first_imgDear Editor:One of the craziest debacles to have occurred in Hoboken is that no one considered how the tractor trailer trucks would be able to deliver goods to the new Trader Joe’s at 14th and Willow Avenue when it finally opened. When the county repaired the 14th Street Viaduct, they eliminated any vehicular access under the viaduct on the northbound street of Clinton. Therefore, when making deliveries, a large tractor trailer truck has to turn right off of Willow on 13th, then make a right on Clinton, the street behind Trader Joe’s, to reach the loading docks and then back out of Clinton towards 13th street to finally exit the area. Consequently, 24 parking spaces had to be eliminated from Clinton and 13th Streets.This is a lesson for Washington Street since the city wants to squeeze so much into the redesign of Washington Street, currently costing $17 million, without any verification that the changes will work. We don’t want any screw ups like at Trader Joe’s by jeopardizing the deliveries of goods to our business district in town. We don’t want the access to be limited and clogged up like Observer Highway.Maneuverability is key on Washington Street since so many deliveries are made on this street. We have tractor trailers for food, liquor, and hardware deliveries and smaller trucks for various shops and restaurants. We have the usual Federal Express, UPS trucks, Coca Cola and other soda trucks, electrical, plumbing, armory trucks, plus repair trucks, post office trucks, emergency vehicles, small business vans, and large moving vans for residents who live above the businesses, and any other truck that services a business on Washington Street. Adding in all the buses and cars traveling back and forth every day amongst all those commercial vehicles demands unhindered movement.Movement and accessibility on Washington Street is of paramount importance for businesses to survive. With curb extensions destined to go in on all four corners of each of Washington’s streets, how limited will traffic movement be? We certainly do not want to kill the commerce on our business street because of delays, bottlenecks, or the inability to park if the designated delivery zones are already utilized. Today many trucks have to temporarily stop and park in the double parking lane to do their business because there are just no parking places to be had. With the curb extensions taking up vehicular moving space, there will also be a loss of parking spaces near every intersection and curb extensions are longer on the east side of Washington to allow for the rain gardens planned. Intersections will be restricted to lane widths of 11 feet for north and south lanes and with no turning lane, delays will occur for any vehicle since there will be less roadway to make any turn around those extensions of concrete. Trucks will have to carefully skirt that concrete as they navigate through the residential areas to loop back to keep looking for a delivery zone somewhere on Washington Street.Mary Ondrejkalast_img read more

first_imgOlder veterans of different wars help to lead a crowd of hundreds down the Boardwalk in the Walk for the Wounded. When walkers, sponsors, and supporters of the Tenth Annual Walk for the Wounded gather on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 22, they will be doing more than raising funds and awareness for our nation’s injured soldiers.They will also be celebrating the return of a local hero. After 18 months of service in the Middle East, United States Army Specialist Cole Gasperini, who was raised in Somers Point, will return to a warrior’s welcome. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Walk than to celebrate the return of one of our own local heroes,” said Tricia Ciliberto of the 2018 Walk for the Wounded Committee. “We’re thrilled to welcome Cole as we continue working to support brave men and women like him who serve in our nation’s military.”Cole Angelo Gasperini graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 2013 with a drive to serve. After graduation, he attended the Cape May County Police Academy, where he was the youngest officer to win a prestigious physical fitness award since 1980, scoring a perfect 100. Gasperini’s academy graduation led him to the Wildwood Crest Police Department as a Class II officer and later to the Atlantic City Police Department. Deciding to serve his community on the national level, Gasperini joined the U.S. Army Infantry and was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria for a total of 18 months. He plans to continue serving the American people by joining a local fire department. Cole Angelo Gasperini (Courtesy WiserLink Advertising and Public Relations)Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Carney, Chief Warrant Officer Trevor Jenni, and Marine Corps Sgt. Wyatt Clevenger, three other local heroes, will join the celebration and explain how Operation First Response, the nonprofit organization that receives Walk for the Wounded proceeds, assisted them and other soldiers after their return from the battlefield.Staff Sgt. Carney, a Linwood resident, completed two tours of duty in Iraq. Over the course of his service, he sustained various injuries, including a dislocated shoulder, traumatic brain injury and damage to many of his joints.In recognition of Staff Sgt. Carney’s outstanding service, he received an Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Ribbon, an Iraqi Campaign Medal, an Army NCO Professional Envelop Medal and three Overseas Service Medals.Chief Warrant Officer Trevor Jenni, a graduate of Absegami High School, joined the Army in 1997 and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, from August of 2002 through March of 2003 as Infantry Squad Leader in the 82nd Airborne. While serving, he experienced multiple mortar attacks, and during airborne training in 2003, he suffered injuries to his right foot and head. Despite suffering from short-term memory loss, he completed flight school and served as a Blackhawk pilot in Iraq from May of 2009 through January of 2010. In 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Jenni grounded himself due to spatial disorientation, continued memory issues, and mood swings, and he began treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.An Ocean City Firefighter and EMT for the past seven years, Sgt. Wyatt Clevenger completed four years of active service and four years of inactive service for the Marine Corps. He served with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment, as a Marine Scout sniper. He was honored with a Combat Action Ribbon for his service in Iraq, as well as a U.S. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Certificate of Commendation.The funds raised at Walk for the Wounded will help Operation First Response, rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, support wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis. More than 97 cents of every dollar raised will be donated directly to injured soldiers who are facing financial, physical, and emotional struggles. Sponsorships and advertising opportunities are still available. To learn more about Walk for the Wounded, please contact Tricia Ciliberto at (609) 402-5190, or visit Patrick Carney (Courtesy WiserLink Advertising and Public Relations)last_img read more

first_imgCake firm hits retailYorkshire-based The Tiny Cake Company has announced it has targeted the retail sector for the first time and will be supplying The Corbridge Larder, Northumberland and The Yorkshire Larder, York with its hand-crafted mini Christmas cakes. Previously selling its goods at food fairs and via its website, owner Angie Townsend said she felt it was time to branch out.New sugar reportA new report to help food businesses improve information and messages to consumers about sugars is being published by IGD, the international food and grocery experts. The report, Sugars: Improving Information and Messages to Consumers, aims to challenge incorrect consumer perceptions, such as that brown sugar and honey are ’better for you’ than white sugar.Organic boost Soil Association Organic Fortnight helped boost sales of organic food and drink through supermarkets by 15.5% in September, compared to the previous month. The data from Kantar Worldpanel showed sales hit £82m for the month, which included the launch of Duchy Originals from Waitrose, as well as a wide range of on-shelf promotions across all sectors and retailers.Whitbread warningCosta’s parent company Whitbread has put out an announcement, warning that various individuals and organisations are contacting people to offer false employment opportunities in Whitbread businesses. The firm said it was currently working with the appropriate legal authorities to put a stop to this fraudulent scheme, which is often carried out via bogus websites or through unsolicited emails.last_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Indiana groups get $1.3M from feds to combat HIV infections Pinterest Previous articleWoman gets probation for burying mother, church embezzlementNext articleMichigan group starts ballot drive for graduated income tax Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter (“HealthCare” by WashingtonStateHouse, creativecommons) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded more than $1.3 million to boost Indiana’s efforts to expand access to care, treatment and medication for people infected with HIV and to fund prevention services.The funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for three Indiana entities is part of the Trump administration’s goal of reducing the nation’s new HIV infections by 90 percent by 2030.About $561,000 will be divided between the Shalom Health Care Center Inc. and the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, both located in Indianapolis.The remaining $750,000 will go to Marion County under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. IndianaNews By Associated Press – March 1, 2020 0 217 last_img read more

first_imgIn order to fight misconceptions about the Muslim faith and educate people about specific aspects of Islam, the Notre Dame Muslim Students Association (MSA-ND) is hosting its first Islam Awareness Week from Tuesday to Friday of this week.S.M. Moududul Islam, MSA-ND secretary, said the organization began planning the week last semester, using other universities’ Islam Awareness Weeks as models.He said the goal of the week, which is funded by a Graduate Student Life grant, Campus Ministry, the Islamic Society of Michiana South Bend Mosque, the Center for Social Concerns and the Kroc Institute for International Studies, is to provide a series of unified events that allow the Notre Dame community to ask detailed questions about the Muslim faith.“The idea of Islam Awareness Week is to have multiple events within a week so that we can draw the attention of the people here on campus and let them know about Islam, and also to let the people ask questions,” Islam said. “We are having different talks and different … events at which there can be close interaction between the audience and the speaker. It is good to have that forum where you can ask questions.”MSA-ND vice president Md. Itrat Bin Shams said the week would also be an opportunity to learn about certain facets of Islam, such as the pilgrimage to Mecca and the concept of the hijab, in more detail.“[The goal is] to let people know about specific aspects of Islam, some things that are maybe known to us but not to people who believe in other faiths,” Shams said.The week will begin with two events focused on Hajj, the fifth Pillar of Islam, in which Muslims make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. On Tuesday, there will be a screening of the documentary, “Seven Wonders of the Muslim World,” which features seven mosques in the Islamic world and tells the story of seven pilgrims’ journey to Mecca.On Wednesday, during Campus Ministry’s regular “Prayer from Around the World,” Dr. A. Rashied Omar, a research scholar of Islamic Studies and peace building at the Kroc Institute, will give a talk on Hajj.“We always see the image of the Kaaba in Mecca on TV, but we don’t exactly know any people who are non-Muslim who know what is going on there,” Islam said.“So the idea is to have a lecture, and in addition to the lecture we are having a video demonstration on the pilgrimage to Mecca … [Dr. A. Rashied Omar] will be discussing the spiritual aspect as well as the rituals.”Directly following Omar’s lecture will be a dinner titled “I Believe In . . .” which will consist of small-group discussions of each participant’s faith.On Friday, MSA-ND will provide transportation for 12 students to the mosque at the Islamic Society of Michiana for a prayer service.“Some students from Notre Dame can come with us to see how we perform our prayer and also, there’s a speech just before the prayer by the imam, the leader in the mosque,” Shams said. “They can see the whole picture. The mosque, for us, for Muslims, is not only the place for the prayer, [but] it is [also] a community center, so they can see how these things connect with each other.”The week will culminate with a lecture by Hisham Mahmoud, an instructor of Arabic at Harvard University and prominent scholar of Islam on Friday evening. Mahmoud will discuss the importance of Jesus and Mary in the Islamic tradition.Tags: dr. a. rashied omar, hisham mahmoud, Islam, islam awareness week, islamic society of michiana, kroc institute for international studies, mosque, MSA-ND, muslim faith, muslim students association, notre dame muslim students association, SM Moududal Islamlast_img read more

first_img Samples of the gang slang Tattoos have meaning Who’s who? Street gangs have at least 12,000 members in Guatemala alone, according to the Guatemalan government. Their members commonly are known as “mareros,” but there’s a difference between gangs. The only gang who rightfully can claim the name “mareros” is the Mara Salvatrucha, whose territory, as well as their members, are marked with the initials MS, authorizes said. Mara Salvatrucha originated in El Salvador in the 1980s. Their rival gang, the Mara 18, really can’t be considered “mara,” and to call one of them a “marero” is an insult in the eyes of the Mara Salvatruchas, Agustín said. The Mara 18 was formed by Hispanic immigrants in Los Angeles, during the same decade. But the Mara 18 established a presence in Central America when its members were deported from the U.S. to their native countries. Members of the Mara 18 often can be spotted by the many tattoos, which include the number 18, that cover their bodies. Mara Salvatruchas are harder to identify because most choose to get their tattoos from the waist down, according to law enforcement officials. “[Mara Salvatruchas] can’t be made out by people because they’re less obvious and dress inconspicuously,” said a police officer in Guatemala who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he feared he would be targeted by gang members for speaking publically about them. “The leaders drive late-model cars with all the proper documents, they don’t carry weapons. They’re into trafficking weapons, drugs and people, as well as kidnappings. The other ones (MS) are easier to recognize and they’re associated with more routine acts of delinquency.” By Dialogo March 01, 2011 I only ask God to watch over and protect the PANDA chis, they risk their lives for us…and may the terror of Jehova fall on the extortionists..! I just hope that when these gang members decide to repent, it’s not too late. I got out in time. the truth IS that I am impressed by how united the gangs are. if this was like this in our lives we would not be like this… I am glad that many gang members changed their way of seeing things and by not being gang members we can help more people….!!!!! the truth is that I am impressed by how united the gangs are. If it were the same in our lives, we wouldn’t be like this…I am glad that many members of the gang change their way of seeing things and not being gang members we can help more people….!!!!! Only the eternal Father can change their minds and hearts. It is necessary to continue praying so not only them but the world can have love and thus everything can change. Blessings friend reader. This taught me a lot, but more than everything I have to be cautious and always smile so that nothing happens to me. what happens is that sometimes people ask why is there a lot of crime, and it is because there is no work, there is crime because of need, there are many deaths for lack of jobs, and car theft is because people don’t know what to live on. the people in charge of crime do not end it but rather become part of that group of gangsters. But anyways, they are part of their group and that harms us all. It will be useful in the study on gangs for the Doctorate degree I am pursuing. I LIKE STORIES ABOUT GANGS. Guys who flip out who don’t even have the filming done…and there’s no doubt they won’t do it or they’ll do it wrong, which is why they pass it off when they’re 25 or they ruin their lives forever. I like this story This is how people survive in Guatemala. I like this story very much Something really has to be done to make the gangs disappear now from the area of Guatemala. We should all help each other so this doesn’t grow anymore and goes away A tough guy is tough with or without tattoos. Well the story is true. Many youth enter gangs because they don’t know what to do with their lives nor do they have anyone to counsel them to lead a better lifestyle and the only consolation they find is on the streets and then they join a gang…. center_img Clica (Clique): the cell or neighborhood corresponding to a “mara” or a “Mara 18” Brincar (To jump): To comply with the requirement to become a Mara Chimbas: Makeshift weapons Grapearse (To staple onself): To take drugs Hommies or Jomi: Friends of the maras or their gang “brothers” Jura: The police Luz verde (Green light): Sentenced to death Redra: Crack rock (drug) Rifa (Raffle): To face a rival gang member Tirar Barrio (To “show hood”): To give signals or identify oneself with a specific “mara” Ranfla: “mara” or gang Bato: Partner Ranflero or Palabrero (The one with the words): Mara leader Segundas Palabras (Second words): Second-in-command Encargado de Tributo: Hitman Cabecilla de Cancha (Head of the court): Clique leader Jugadores o Soldados (Players or Soldiers): Members of the Mara Perros (Dogs): Rivals Fanta: Family member Paro: Someone on the outside who does favors for those incarcerated Gang members’ tattoos are filled with symbolism. They can pay homage to a deceased gang member or family member, murders they’ve committed, their girlfriends or wives, or as a reference to the gang in which they belong. The territories occupied by the Mara 18 and the Mara Salvatrucha gangs are sprayed with graffiti that allude to their activities or memorialize those “fallen in combat” (homies who have been killed), according to the Guatemalan police officer. “It’s a form of communication and a way to express their defiance of society,” said Marco Antonio Garavito, director of the Guatemalan League for Mental Hygiene. “They’re saying ‘here we are’ and ‘we’re the product of you.’” Garavito acknowledges these messages have an intimidating and aggressive impact on the communities because these gangs have used their violence, robberies, extortion plots, and the sale of narcotics to take over neighborhoods. The Guatemalan government attributes 60% of the violent deaths that occurred last year to organized crime, and a fourth of these resulted from territorial rivalries among the gangs. GUATEMALA CITY – Agustín, 27, left the street life five years ago. He departed upon realizing “his life was going nowhere” after 13 years in the Mara 18 gang. His skin still has the markings of his years with the gangs, an indelible stain in an otherwise clean life. “You get tattooed to remember your loved ones that died,” said Agustín, who preferred not to use his full name and who now works with an organization that helps rehabilitate former gang members. “But some get tattoos to let the other members of the gang know how tough they are. The gang boss doesn’t allow you to get tattooed because you want to or because he wants you to. You have to earn the right.” But tattoos are not the only means of communication used by the gangs, who rely heavily on them to coordinate their crimes. Words and signs, conveyed by hand signs or by graffiti, are selected carefully, as a misunderstood message can cost somebody’s life, Agustín said. The nation’s media frequently shows detained gang members making hand signals directly to the TV camera. The National Action Unit Against the Criminal Development of Gangs (PANDA), which is part of the National Civilian Police of Guatemala, said this form of encoded communication enables gang members to coordinate their crimes, whether they are in society or behind bars. “Once we realized what the gang members were up to, the authorities began handcuffing them in the back,” said officer David Boteo, 30, who has worked in PANDA since September. “It’s a clear act of defying the authorities,” says Nidia Aguilar, who directs the Childhood and Adolescence Defense office at the Attorney General Human Rights Bureau. These cryptic gestures are not simply a way for gang member to identify themselves as members of a specific gang, Aguilar said. The gestures contain encoded messages for their “homies” (fellow gang members) to understand so they can carry out crimes. Gang members have been known to use hand signs to convey the name of the police officer who arrested them to fellow gang members, who can seek retribution. “Each generation has its own way of expressing inconformity with society,” said Aguilar, adding the members of the youth gangs, also called “Maras,” come “from marginal neighborhoods that are surrounded by extreme poverty and offer no betterment opportunities.” The gangs use their secret language on the streets – and many go as far as inking its symbols in their skin, Aguilar said. last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elder law attorney from Great Neck has been indicted on charges of stealing about $700,000 from her clients—more than quadruple the $150,000 she was originally accused of stealing, authorities said.Martha Brosius, 50, tearfully pleaded not guilty Friday at Nassau County court to charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud and offering a false instrument for filing. Queens prosecutors are handling the case because Brosius’ husband works for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, which requested a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.“She’s retired from law and is returning files from clients,” her Garden City-based attorney, Marc Gann, told Judge Helene Gugerty when his client was arraigned on the new charges.In the 18 months since Brosius’ arrest in September 2013, investigators discovered additional instances of alleged theft, which increased the original three charges to 12, said James Liander, bureau chief of the Queens District Attorney’s Integrity Bureau. The case was sent to the grand jury twice last year, the Press has learned.The victims included an incapacitated 77-year-old man and a disabled woman who was the sole inheritor of her father’s estate. Some of that money has since been repaid, authorities said.Liander requested that Brosius’ bail be increased from $10,000 to $150,000. The judge declined the request after Gann argued that it was unnecessary because Brosius has attended every court and remains at home, caring for her two elementary-school-aged children.“The defendant is accused of breaching her fiduciary duty and unjustly enriching herself at the expense of her clients,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement at the time of her arrest. “Such alleged actions cannot go unpunished.”The case was referred to prosecutors by the Office of Court Administration’s Inspector General. If convicted, Brosius faces up to 15 years in prison. She is due back in court on March 11.—With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

first_imgOne of my mentors shared this curious quote with me several months ago. I wrestled with the words at first, but eventually grasped the truth they contained. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we just can’t help a client. What do I mean by that?Picture this scenario:You hire a personal trainer and tell her you want to lose 20 pounds. She lists out the steps you should take to lose the weight: “Stop eating at McDonald’s. No more soda. No more Krispy Kreme. Hit the gym for 30 minutes every day.” You go the gym a few times a week, but you’re still eating a whole pizza and a dozen donuts every night. Three weeks later you raise hell with your trainer because you’re spending a ton of money with her, but you’re not losing the weight. “Your plan isn’t working! This is a waste of money!” continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgMost of the new cases, he says, are contained to nursing homes. Coronavirus numbers Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says there is no reason to panic over the “slight” increase. He says it’s expected that there will sometimes be increases in reported cases as the region reopens. June 25 Broome County coronavirus update (WBNG) — The county announced there are 50 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. This is an increase from 37 reported on Wednesday. Coronavirus advice from Garnarcenter_img He says he encourages people to continue wearing masks, remain social-distant and wash their hands as cases throughout the country climb. 51 people died from the virus and 550 recovered. For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. Garnar is warning county residents that the coronavirus “is not going away anytime soon.” Garnar says the region is still on track to move onto phase four Friday. Which is the last day he will hold a daily update.last_img read more

first_img11 Margarita Crt, Bushland Beach“This home has been like a dream come true for us and I think whoever buys it in today’s market is getting themselves a bargain.“We’ve enjoyed Christmases there, our first grandson visited us there this year and we’ve had form Sydney as well as s the UK visit us.“Our family in the UK think we’re crazy for moving.” 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland BeachExplore Property Townsville principal Dean Dank said the property’s quiet, becahside location was hard to beat.“The property is beachfront plus you can see the top end of Magnetic Island while standing in the kitchen,” he said.“It’s tucked away but there is a walkway to the beach and whether it’s low tide or high tide the views are just amazing.“The guest wing on the bottom floor has some of the best views as does the master with a big patio.“This would be a great house for people how never want to go anywhere end just enjoy the home.” 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland BeachMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The house has contemporary decor and is surrounded by native parkland.The house has multiple living areas, a gourmet kitchen and outdoor entertain that overlooks an in-ground swimming pool that also features a waterfall.The house has high-ceiling and a hardwood timber staircase as well as under stairwell storage.There is also a bar, study nook, 5KW solar system and McGovern security system.Owner Andrew Vernon said he had lived in the house for seven years with his wife after they moved from Sydney following migrating from the United Kingdom.He said they would be sad to farewell the home but were having to relocate for work.“It’s so completely private and on one side your only neighbours are the wallabies and lorikeets,” he said. 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland Beach 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland BeachTHIS four bedroom home is located only footsteps from the beach and offers the ultimate seaside lifestyle.11 Margarita Court in Bushland Beach is on the market for offers over $800,000.It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread over two levels as well as three car accommodation positioned on a 986 sqm block.A track from the home leads straight to the beach and most of the rooms in the house have ocean views.last_img read more