FairPoint donates $1,250 to Everybody Wins! Vermont

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications recently donated $1,250 to Everybody Wins! Vermont.  The donation was made to recognize the volunteer efforts of FairPoint employee Beth Fastiggi of Burlington.  Beth began volunteering as a Reading Mentor for Everybody Wins! Vermont in 2003 and currently serves as its Board President.During her six years as a reading mentor, Beth has worked with several children. This year, she has been spending Wednesday morning breakfast with her friend, Teko at J.J. Flynn School in Burlington.  As a board member since 2003, Beth has also been closely involved with the growth and success of  the organization.Everybody Wins! Vermont  is a not-for-profit children s literacy and mentoring organization dedicated to increasing children s prospects for success in school and beyond through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults. EW! VT s Power Lunch program pairs adult volunteer reading mentors with students at local elementary schools. Pairs meet weekly during lunch or breakfast time at the school to share books and literacy activities and to build positive relationships. These experiences expose children to topics and discussions they might not otherwise have, enhance children s self esteem and expand their possibilities for academic and life success. They also enable adult volunteers to connect with local schools and to experience the rewards of enriching young lives. EW! VT is the only organization in the state that combines the two essential elements of mentoring and literacy.The FairPoint Volunteer Incentive Program recognizes employees’ contribution of time and talent to nonprofit organizations where they live and work.  Under the program, FairPoint employees who volunteer at least 50 hours during the year can request that FairPoint reward the organization with $750. FairPoint Communications has also supported the mission of Everybody Wins! Vermont by matching employee gifts, donating office space in Montpelier and through the sponsorship of the Everybody Wins! Vermont second annual Book Bash in the Fall of 2008.About Everybody Wins! VermontBy creating mentoring relationships that foster a love of reading and language, Everybody Wins! Vermont increases children s prospects for success and engages a diverse range of volunteers in their community schools. As the largest mentoring program in the state, 580 EW! VT volunteer mentors spent more than 10,000 hours of reading time  with elementary school students at 19 schools in the 2009-2010 school year. To learn more, visit www.ewvt.org(link is external).last_img read more

Montana legislator introduces bill for state to buy Colstrip coal plant

first_imgMontana legislator introduces bill for state to buy Colstrip coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montana Public Radio:Lawmakers in Helena are starting to debate whether the state could borrow up to $500 million to buy the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip.The future of the plant is up in the air. The West Coast consumers who Colstrip sends most of its power to are pushing away from coal-powered electricity due to climate change concerns. Coal power is also becoming more expensive relative to electricity generated by natural gas and renewables.“There’s many people that work at Colstrip asked me to introduce a bill to save their jobs,” Billings Republican Representative Rodney Garcia said. Garcia introduced the Montana Energy Security Act (HB 203), Monday. It would allow the state to sell bonds to finance the purchase of the coal-fired power plant, and allow plant workers to keep all the benefits they had under their private employer.The Colstrip plant employs roughly 360 people, a workforce that’s the backbone of the town of Colstrip, which has a population of more than 2,000. Two of Colstrip’s four units are already scheduled to close no later than 2020, the result of a federal Clean Air Act lawsuit. The two newer, cleaner burning, units will remain online. But energy policies adopted in Washington and Oregon are trimming those states’ use of coal-fired electricity.Critics of the idea say acquiring Colstrip is a financial risk for the state. They also say the bill has numerous flaws, including creation of a new five-member commission elected by the public, which would ultimately make the purchase decision.As Montana lawmakers consider buying the Colstrip power plant, legislators in Washington state are nearing an initial vote on whether to eliminate all coal-fired power costs from their utilities. This could include Puget Sound Energy, which owns a 50 percent share of Colstrip older units 1 and 2 and a 25 percent in units 3 and 4. The proposal for Washington to cut ties with coal-fired power by the end of 2025 could get an initial vote later this week. With it may come another sign for Colstrip’s future.More: Bill would empower the state to buy Colstrip power plantlast_img read more

Skelos Corruption Trial: D’Amato, Walker Offer Key Testimony

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ex-U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato (R-NY) and Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker gave bombshell testimony Friday during the corruption trial against New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Skelos’ son, Adam.Walker testified at Manhattan federal court that Senator Skelos pressed Walker’s boss, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, for the county to pay AbTech Industries—which hired Adam Skelos at Sen. Skelos’ urging—while the senator, Walker and Mangano attended a New York City police officer’s funeral. And D’Amato said lobbyists at his company, Park Strategies, were “forcefully” opposed to working with Adam, who D’Amato warned may need to be a registered lobbyist to perform some of the activities that he did for his clients.“The appearance of impropriety was such that we could not work together,” testified D’Amato, who said he gave Adam advice after D’Amato’s staff became concerned that Adam was employed—and not showing up—at Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI), which hired Park Strategies to lobby Skelos in Albany.Roslyn-based PRI and Arizona-based AbTech are two of the three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs that his son was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Walker also testified that he’s under federal investigation for steering contracts to campaign donors. He was given immunity for his testimony at Skelos’ trial but not in the other case. That probe is being conducted by federal investigators on Long Island, not by the Manhattan-based prosecutors who charged Skelos, Walker explained.After Skelos’s son first contacted Walker about AbTech, the two had a meeting about it in 2012. Later, Mangano followed up with Walker to ask the status of a Request for Proposals that the county eventually issued for storm-water-outfall pipe filters such as those AbTech manufactured—even though the county’s recovery from Sandy was the top priority at the time.“I knew it was important to the county executive he had been contacted by the senator,” Walker testified. “If [the senator] is not happy with the actions of the county…it could potentially be a problem.”Once AbTech eventually secured the contract, concerns arose that the company was not getting paid. Walker said he regularly fields requests from outside contractors complaining about the cash-strapped county’s being late paying its bills. While attending an NYPD funeral in January, Sen. Skelos asked Mangano about AbTech’s payments, Walker testified.“He was asking if they were getting paid anytime soon,” Walker recalled overhearing Skelos talking to Mangano. Then Walker himself called the county Department of Public Works to relay the question, and passed along word to Skelos and Mangano that AbTech “would be getting paid very soon.”Judge Kimba Wood gave the jury off Monday, when defense attorneys and prosecutors are expected to conference on jury instructions since the case is nearing the closing arguments. The case is scheduled to resume Tuesday.last_img read more

At Carwiz, the long-term goals set at the beginning of the year have already been achieved

first_imgLet us remind you that not so long ago in 2017, Carwiz established itself in Croatia in a very short period of time as an equal market player and over time a leader who expanded its business to the European, African, Asian and American markets in just one year. Based on current indicators, there is no reason to doubt that global expansion and strengthening of the position will not continue in the new 2020 year.  In addition to the franchise countries in Carwiz, they also manage thirteen branches in Croatia, and in order for everything to be ideally harmonized, they take care of Ivan Ažić, Director of Development and Željko Županić, director of logistics together with colleagues who work every day to improve the service.  Dobrilović has repeatedly emphasized that all teams and employees are responsible for the growth of Carwiz, but he especially emphasizes his closest team. Sales Director Borko Ribić, who manages sales in twenty countries, advises franchise managers who care about existing franchise partners and negotiate with potential ones.   “Traveling the world and seeing my brand in almost every corner is something I had hoped for and aspired to, but achieving such global success in just one year is more than a vision of one man, for me it is a product of togetherness, a clear goal and the highest level of team motivation.”, Admits Krešimir Dobrilović.  Realized strategic goals in Carwiz rent a car, along with revenue growth and market dominance, once again showed that knowledge, perseverance and vision form the formula for success, namely the success of an incredible 55 million kilometers, which represents 1.400 laps around the planet with Carwiz vehicles. Photo: Carwiz Presence in as many as twenty countries, from Greece and Iceland, through Ireland, Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Portugal, all the way to the Baltic countries, Morocco, the Caribbean and two branches in the United States is unique success.center_img Although it is the end of the year, Carwiz is working full steam ahead, so franchise managers are negotiating with potential partners from New York, Canada and Austria, while intensive preparations are underway for appearances at international fairs in Istanbul, Berlin and the International Car Rental Show. in Las Vegas to be held in early 2020. In negotiations with potential partners from New York, Canada and Austria Caring for the image and reputation of the Carwiz brand, nurturing internal and external communication and other marketing activities in as many as twenty countries with his team is led by the director of marketing, Barbara Mrkić.  Four continents, twenty countries, more than fifty cities, over sixty branches, 55 million kilometers and 10.000 vehicles – this is the summary of last year’s Croatian rent-a-car, which successfully marketed its business model around the world. “We continuously analyze market events, set goals and raise quality, which resulted in 54% more rent compared to last year and 74% higher revenue than last year, which is why I can say that I am more than proud of my team.” Dobrilovic added. last_img read more

Life on the Two Rivers: How Four Enthusiasts Enjoy the Water

first_imgAfter trying her hand at Navesink River Rowing, Vilardi found her sport. “I’ve been rowing and racing and having a fantastic new life after retirement.” “It’slike camping on water,” said Chuck Parker of Middletown about the 36- footsailboat the Helen Rita. “We don’t have a washer or dryer but we have everythingelse.” When KayVilardi retired from her job in software engineering 20 years ago she was 52and looking for a pastime. By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez In addition to opening up a world of friendship, camaraderie and a new community on the water, rowing has kept her fit. “It’s a whole-body workout.” A physical therapist’s suggestions for a running injury convinced Graham Wisdom of Lincroft to try yoga six years ago and he quickly made it part of his fitness routine. While taking classes at Ohanala in Fair Haven, owner and instructor Kristin Gould introduced him to SUP yoga. Whencasual paddles on the river turned to competition, she found results. “I wonthe first medal I ever won in my life,” she said. “I was thrilled.” THE ROWER Classesstart off slowly, Wisdom explains and credits Gould for instilling confidencein her students. “You’re sitting on the board, you’re twisting and it graduallygets harder – such as doing a downward dog – and it’s a little challenging. Butas you start trying stand-up poses, then the balance is more tricky. That’swhen you can wind up in the river.” “It’scertainly part of my life, I tried to incorporate my kids into that.” This article was first published in the May 23-29, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. THE SAILOR In warm weather Chuck and his wife Helen, married 51 years, spend most of their free time on the water and share the sailing duties. “One individual can sail, but that’s not as much fun,” Parker said. As members of the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, the couple sails alone, but also with the club in group sails. Whatthey most enjoy is sitting on the deck, enjoying dinner as the sun is setting. THE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDER If you’reholding a class, you anchor all the boards about 10 feet apart.” The waterhas always been a part of Thompson’s life. “My dad’s a lifelong surfer and hehad me in a lifejacket on the nose of a surfboard when I was 3 years old. Mymom works for Clean Ocean Action. They’ve instilled in me the importance of theocean environment and giving back – especially the area we live in surroundedby water.” “It’s sopeaceful on the river, especially in the morning,” Vilardi.The drawbacks of rowing on the river can be larger, sometimes aggressive boats.“We sit low in the water and we don’t make noise,” she says of the 30-poundshell she rows. “And you have to watch out for Jet Skiers and motorboats.”Navesink River Rowing, a nonprofit, offers lessons for adults and a robustyouth program. Among the club’s projects is an outreach program. “We want togive kids a chance to be on the water who can’t afford it,” Vilardi said.“This is sport that’s doable for any age – from 14 to 80,” she said. “It’sphysical and mentally clearing.” center_img Holding aSUP yoga class depends on a few factors. “Look at the wind forecast. You wantthe water to be flat and calm,” he said. “You have to anchor in a shelteredarea. Scullingis a form of rowing with two oars, a narrow boat, called a shell, with a slidingseat. Vilardi, who now serves as president of the club, says after takinglessons, members can use the club’s fleet of singles, doubles or quads duringthe season: May through November. Launching from the clubhouse at the foot ofMaple Avenue in Red Bank, the club provides access to the Navesink River. “When I’msurfing, it brings a calmness. The waves are really good and we’re having fun,and as much as energy is involved it’s a relaxing activity as well. You go out,you decompress, you shake out the grime and grease of the day and any troublesand let it go at the shoreline and you focus on the task at hand – catching waves,literally being in nature.” THE SURFER Thompson and his wife have gained a horde of surfing friends, a basement full of surfboards and over the years, he has surfed all over the world, including up and down the East Coast, California, Hawaii, Australia, mainland Mexico, Fiji and South Africa. “It’s an individual sport – almost a selfish sport – but you’re doing it with your friends and there’s a community and there’s a lot of camaraderie.” Ohanalaholds SUP classes on the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. As muchas Thompson enjoys surfing and a day at the beach, picking up a piece ofgarbage is just as important. You would be surprised how seldom that happens, Wisdom said, but admits the last time he was in a class, he took a tumble into the water. “I was standing on my head,” he explained. It’s a fun challenge but the best part is the relaxation at the end,” said Wisdom. “After you do a sequence of things, you typically lie down on the board and it’s gently rocking on the water. And you look at sky and birds are flying. It’s wonderful.” “Paddle boarding is surprisingly easy,” said Wisdom, a retired electrical and software engineer. “As long as it’s not a windy day, to paddle along the river is wonderful relaxation and you can be home in an “We goout for an hour or so and go to the Oceanic Bridge and back – 7 miles roundtrip,” she said. “We love the time to ourselves.” hour.”Wisdom said he especially enjoys paddling along the Navesink River and seeing thegrand homes along the banks. “When you live where we live it’s wonderful to seehow the other half lives.” Payingattention to the weather and the winds, Vilardi and fellow members, usually ina quad, make the most of a summer morning on the Navesink before temperaturesrise. “When Iwent to RBC (Red Bank Catholic), they only had softball for women who are myage now,” Vilardi said. Watching her nephew row crew in high school and collegewhet Vilardi’s interest. “Welive a mile from the harbor so in the morning when the sun’s out and it’s anice day, we’ll get out on the water,” Parker said. “It’sfun when we travel with other boats,” he said. After docking, the couples willvisit one another, dine, play board games or dominoes and enjoy the seabreezes.Don’t let the term “yacht club” fool you, said Parker. “We’re average peoplewho happen to have boats.” “We’re a private club but we’re heavily involvedwith the community,” he said. That includes programs for Special Olympicssailing for challenged athletes who may have Down syndrome or autism; a youth sailingprogram; the annual Ms. Race charity race that raises money for 180 TurningLives Around; and a new veteran program that Parker chairs. “We’re not therapybut it’s been found that recreational sailing can help people with PTSD,” hesaid (post-traumatic stress disorder).About once a month the club will have longer cruises to locations such asStaten Island or Sheepshead Bay. They’ve also gone on longer voyages, such asLong Island Sound, and some members will go to Boston or Block Island, RhodeIsland.Being dependent on the wind can make a journey slow, but that can be half thefun. Another key point with sailing is to watch the weather forecasts as stormscan be a sailor’s nightmare. “When it’s August and if we’re out, we don’t wantto be someplace where you can get into trouble. You have to be flexible,” hesaid. “We’ve stayed a night in Connecticut because the weather was bad.” “Surfinghas given me a lot of enjoyment,” said Tyler Thompson of Leonardo. “I try toget in the water as much as possible, not as much as I used to, having two kidsand a full-time job.” There arethose who enjoy SUP – or stand-up paddle boarding – and those who enjoy yoga.And then there are those who combine the two. “It’s relaxing being out on the water,” Wisdom said. “As long as you pick your day” and pay attention to the weather. last_img read more

Figure skating club expands learn to skate with introduction of Tiny Tots program

first_imgThe Nelson Figure Skating Club is expanding its learn to skate programming in 2012 with the introduction of Tiny Tots. Targeted at children aged 3 – 4 years of age, Tiny Tots will provide children with a head start on skating fundamentals and learning to enjoy being on the ice.Using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities, the coaches offer a fun and relaxed environment that promotes learning and prepares skaters for Stage 1 or Stage 2 of CanSkate.Designed by Skate Canada, the program allows for parents to be on the ice or to leave everything in the hands of the coaching team. Registration for all January programs including CanSkate, Junior Academy and StarSkate closes December 18th.See complete details at nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca.last_img