The Wilmington Insider For May 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 29, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Sessions precedes the meeting at 6:15pm. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive from 1pm to 7pm at the Wilmington Friendship (Masonic Lodge) (32 Church Street). Walk-ins welcomed.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: No Public Programs.At The Senior Center: Computer at 9am. Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm.Go Wildcats!: No Games. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Superintendent Glenn Brand To Hold Community Meetings On October 1 3 16

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The upcoming Superintendent’s Parent/Community meetings will be an opportunity for the community to provide Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand with feedback about the Wilmington Public Schools. The Wilmington community is invited to attend these meetings, including community members who may not have children in the school system. Below are the dates, times and locations of the scheduled forums:October 1, 2018: 9:30am at the Woburn St. SchoolOctober 3, 2018: 6:30pm at Wilmington High SchoolOctober 16, 2018: 6:30pm at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolOctober 25, 2018: 6:30pm at Wilmington Middle School(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Public Schools.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

A VOTERS GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Rob Fasulo

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Rob Fasulo is one of the six candidates competing for two 3-year Selectmen seats in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below are Fasulo’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; links to his supporters’ letters to the editor; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentThis coming weekend folks in Wilmington will have a very important decision to make. We have a chance right now to decide the ultimate future of our town. Some may argue that our future is already set in stone, I choose to be more optimistic and say I don’t believe that it is. When I look at Wilmington, I remember the community where everyone knew everyone. I remember a community that when asked, hundreds of volunteers came out to build the town’s very first playground (Kids Place) at the Shawsheen School. I can also remember a town that was chock full of open space, woodlands and swamp lands where me and my friends played until the street lights came on. My intention on the board is to preserve that small town charm and characteristic that remain so vividly in my mind for my kids, your kids and future generations.We as a town have never had a more clear difference in direction. The question every voter should ask themselves is, what kind of community do you want your children or grand children to grow up in? My direction will control growth in a manner that will put the least burden on tax payers as well as schools and town departments. I understand the many different challenges residents face because I have aging parents that have lived in Wilmington for a very long time and wish to continue living here. I also have children that will eventually have their own children that may want to remain here.If the voters do chose to elect me, they will get the individual that they have seen on TV, have had conversations with in person, and who wrote the remarks that were printed in the paper or website. I personally write everything that has been printed, and I answer every question with a direct answer, not a “safe” politicians answer. You know exactly who I am and where I stand on an issue. That’s the real me. I will also take this opportunity to say I do not have all the answers, but my parents raised me to listen and then make the best decision that I can, and my career has reiterated that lesson. That being said, I will listen to you, your neighbors and your family for the guidance necessary to be the advocate for you that I believe is needed on this board. My desire to remain unclouded is why I have now self funded both of my campaigns and have no debts to any person that may come calling in the future.Through this election cycle, we have had to answer many questions and I’ve read them all. Suzanne and I are the only candidates that have given actual plans. Under my plans, I have said many times I will address senior housing which will by default address both a new senior center as well as add affordable housing to our dwindling numbers. I will oppose the development of the Olin site until a remediation plan is in place. I will also support legal action against Olin and others which the town has failed to do. I will continue to support and call for tax relief. Wilmington’s taxes are too high which has gotten us to where we are today with empty store fronts and seniors being priced out of town. Further, I will support a comprehensive review of our zoning throughout the town, Economic development and redevelopment will start there. I will also support the town’s acquisition of Sciarappa Farm. This parcel of land is the last large parcel left. Our town will need land in the future for schools, administration buildings, an ice rink, fire sub station, or maybe the people would like a nature preserve with walking paths among the Wildlife of Wilmington. Whatever use is determined by future town meeting votes is the limit, however we won’t have a choice if we don’t acquire the land now.By electing me, you will end the conflicts that seem like business as usual for this administration. If you think back, most of the major issues in front of the board have begun by someone recusing themselves from a discussion. This occurred during the discussion of the purchase of Sciarappa Farm and the Olin development just to name a couple. I would love to talk about the conflicts in the 362 MIddlesex Ave project however by now you know about those so I will move on. By electing me you will restore the full representation that the town lacks so often by the current board.Throughout world history those with ideas different than the status quo have been labeled as being uncivil. We have seen that word thrown about during this election like my kids throw around their toys. My ultimate statement to those that have thrown about this word while insinuating it toward me is first, a thank you. Some of the greatest figures in our history were labeled as being uncivil by those that wished to remain in power over a people, John Adams, Joseph Warren, Paul Revere to name just a few. It humbles me somewhat in being placed in the same boat as these great men. I hope that this election turns out to be a revolution of sorts for Wilmington. We can remain under the rulers that are in power today traveling the same roads and getting the same results, or we can try something new. This is an exciting time for Wilmington because everything is at stake.Suzanne and I need your vote on April 27th to effect this change.On The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Wilmington is a great community, if I did not believe that I would not have remained here my entire life nor would I have decided to raise three kids here. While the community is great our local government has issues that need to be addressed. Over the past year and a half we watched while the town was adamant on putting a detox in the middle of a neighborhood, only feet from a school bus stop and residential neighborhood that they were willing to violate Public Records laws to keep residents from seeing the true process that was taken. We have an $83 million dollar high school that was built with less capacity than its predecessor, our elementary school buildings are so out of date that they cannot put air conditioning units into classroom windows for our children. The town’s OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) account is more than $112 million in the red and the unfunded pension liability is approximately $78 million.Are we on the “right track”? These are real dollars that all of us homeowners are going to have to pay at one point or another. Eventually these bills will come due and how is the town going to pay them? With that said, developers are pocket zoning large parcels of land and the town hall knows this. Town officials are also negotiating with the developers on other projects outside of the public eye as we speak. 50 units off Butters Row (confirmed), 77 units (unconfirmed number) at Walpole Woodworkers, 57 units at the intersection of Woburn and Rte. 129 (confirmed). We won’t get into the rumored complexes on Rte. 62 in North Wilmington, Or the bus parking area on Rte. 129 or next to Burger King, or even Phase 3 of the hockey rink that I brought up at a previous selectmen’s meeting. So with all the current debt, after what’s already approved is built, we may now need to somehow make the high school larger, hire more school staff, police officers, fire personnel and apparatus, public works’ staff, and address the other school building needs. I also should mention the dwindling amount of “open space” left in town. When the undeveloped land the town has is gone, it’s gone forever leaving the future needs of the town to be filled by real eminent domain land takings.In the end when all of this is done, our taxes will be so high that they will exclude the possibility of many of our seniors remaining in town and our kids that would like to start their family here will be priced out of the possibility. The direction the town is in it’s growing too fast. When businesses grow too fast they typically fail, Wilmington will be no different and many of our residents that are here now, will not be able to remain. If we care about our seniors staying in town, or our children having the opportunity to remain here with their families we need to act now. Our town government should be advocating sustainable growth and not uncontrolled growth. It also should be working for the residents, not against.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).I attended Wilmington Public Schools and am a 1994 graduate of Shawsheen Tech.In 1998, I joined the Wilmington Auxiliary Police, which was a volunteer position where we were tasked with patrolling the school and town buildings and property in the off-hours. I maintained my position with the Auxiliary Police until 2002 when I became a full time officer for another agency.I currently have one child at the West Intermediate and one child in the Shawsheen Elementary School.Being a member of the Mass Maple Producers Association and my proximity to the city of Boston, I have been fortunate enough to be called on by many organizations to volunteer to teach children and groups outside of Wilmington about maple sugaring and beekeeping.Since my run for the Board of Selectmen last year, I have remained active in town politics attending most Selectmen’s meetings and several ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) and other departmental meetings. I have been a vocal advocate for transparency in our government after finding that the town was unwilling to provide public documents upon request.Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?No, I did not support the 362 Middlesex Ave. project and that was no secret. I established my position during the last election that I support the idea, but in a different location and if being run by a non-profit facility that could handle the medical side of detox without adding demand for the town’s EMS services. I proposed several times during the election and since on my Facebook page, that our town officials should actively seek out a non-profit hospital looking to expand their footprint and invite their representatives into Wilmington to see all the good Wilmington can offer them. We have vacant properties in several locations which fit zoning that do not abut residential neighborhoods and could accommodate up to and including, an emergency room or 24-hour facility that would be a first line of treatment for folks in our town in an emergency. This type of facility could also house a detox where patients would be treated under the purview of a medical doctor and emergencies could be handled in-house with minimal burdens placed on town emergency services. The proposal as presented had many flaws and the process the town took in an effort to get the project passed was questionable. As I said on many occasions, had any other resident took the plans presented by the applicant into Town Hall, it would not have passed the Building Department’s desk before being denied.In the end, it doesn’t matter if you were for or against the detox, the process the town took regarding the application had no basis in MA General Laws and the liability to the town was not even a concern for the current Board of Selectmen. We heard on many occasions that “The town is going to be sued, it is just a matter of by whom,” and we also heard town counsel say “ The case would be appealed based on discrimination.” When the Board of Selectmen was asked to have a discussion in private regarding derogatory statements made by the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals at the January 13, 2016 ZBA meeting about the protected class, only one sitting member voted in favor of discussing this matter in executive session with town counsel. One does not need to be an attorney to figure out the argument that attorneys could use in any court action, based on his statement, and to what further extent these comments will cost further taxpayer money in litigation.Finally, having a meeting with no authorization in the general laws granting the Zoning Board of Appeals authority, with the sole intention of over ruling a legal decision was chilling. How many folks reading this answer can say they have been denied a permit for a project and then, were granted a second “bite of the apple” attempt to get that project approved? I can answer that with, it’s never been done before, not in Wilmington and certainly not within the State of Massachusetts. Accommodations, when appropriate are granted by building inspectors, they are not tools attorneys have to override legal decisions made by local zoning boards.The facts I laid out here are testimony to my desire to bring the power back to the residents of Wilmington. I am convinced that the reasons so many questionable actions took place during this process is based on who is involved and what money would have been made. It certainly wouldn’t have positively affected the neighborhood that the facility was being proposed in and I stand behind any resident who is faced with such a drastic project in their backyard.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?I truly believe to answer this question one needs to understand the root of the problem we have in Wilmington. Residents have begun to see that our government is not working fairly and equally for everyone.Every day I hear from people all over town about how they were denied pool permits because they were too close to wetlands or they were given a hard time because they were a foot or two too close to the property lines with a deck or addition. In the same breath, they say they can drive down the street and show me a house where the wetlands were filled in, or a house that is 3 feet from the property line. Whether or not things were done “legally,” the appearance is that there are different sets of rules for different people.A second reason for the discontent, is town officials’ lack of willingness to take comments from residents and incorporate them into their plans. This was displayed outwardly over the inclusionary bylaw discussion where residents wanted changes to the percentage of units required and a change in open space allowed. The latest draft of this bylaw shows that none of the resident comments were taken seriously and were ignored. I have seen first-hand the unwillingness of town officials to act in a transparent manner where the Secretary of State had to issue three notices of determination against the town because officials refused to turn over requested documents. When they did, they exempted a number of documents as privileged and refused again to turn these over. When the documents were finally turned over, my argument that they were not exempt was proven as a handful of them were released in the end.Finally, I would like to point out the behavior of the Board of Selectmen over the past couple of months. As a board, they have refused to answer resident’s questions when presented in a respectful manner. I understand respect is not easily earned, however it is very easily lost. If I am elected, I have been clear all along that I will listen to residents and represent them. When presented with a question, I will answer it truthfully and with respect. I live my life and raise my children to be self-sufficient, with honesty and integrity as core values. The residents of Wilmington know what they will get by electing me. I will be a voice for them, not the power behind the machine that is currently running this town. Let’s make the change Wilmington needs.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?Before I go into my answer for this question, I will pose a question for readers to think about. Every election, candidates claim they are looking out for seniors in our community and that they are being priced out of living in town once they enter retirement age. Once elected, has anything been done to actually address this issue? The town budget since 2015 has risen over 19 percent, Social Security payouts have only risen 5% in that same time. This year we were all shocked when we opened our tax bills to see what we would now be paying just to live here. At a time when we are still paying off the 86 million dollar high school (which was built smaller than its predecessor), we are now going to ask residents to foot the bill for two more large projects? If we are being asked this question, I have to seriously question the sincerity of those that have once said they care about our seniors remaining here.Here is my answer to this question. I have put forth several times my desire to bring the St Dorothy’s land back to the Selectmen with the intention of following through with a long term lease with a private developer where the town can negotiate as part of the acquisition of the property said developer would include a new Senior Center on that site along with a truly affordable and senior development. This is a way we can truly take care of our seniors, obtain a new senior center costing taxpayers little and take action since politicians have been promising to do something for years.The only large scale project I would entertain in the short term is to deal with our elementary school problems. Consolidation of schools is clearly the future and our elementary schools are in need of attention. A new school that could house grades K or 1-3 which would eliminate 2-4 schools may be the answer. This plan is not without its problems as we would need to find a decent size lot of land within town that we would be able to properly build this size structure while continuing to educate those that are already in the system.On a smaller scale I would like to finally begin the process of a fire substation in North Wilmington as it has been talked about at least since the early 1990’s yet nothing has been done to move the idea forward. One idea I believe the town should look into is a model that was used between the city of Revere and Malden located at 3 Overlook Ridge Drive in Revere.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant ( that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? To answer the question, I do not support Article 42 (Inclusionary Zoning) as written.Inclusionary zoning was first recommended in late 2001 when the Master Plan was first released. Our town administrators allowed the problem of unchecked development to fester, and in 2010 when the town was compliant with 40B they still did nothing. Former Selectman Frank West went on record at many Board of Selectman meetings to ring the bell for Wilmington to adopt an Inclusionary bylaw and was continually brushed off.Now we are on the heels of falling under the 10 percent affordable housing requirement which will open our neighborhoods up to 40B developments that do not need to abide by zoning ordinances. This means a developer can buy a plot of land next door to you and place a multi unit residential building and as long as it has 20-25 percent affordable units the town can do little to stop it. Properly written inclusionary language would have been a tool to help us when we were above 10 percent, it will not do anything for us at the present time as written.During the process of coming up with this language that we see in this article public comment was solicited. Three issues were brought up. Mr. West asked for a 25% requirement because when you do the math what is required in the article it works out to be about 11%. I personally have done research on Inclusionary Zoning and I found a common requirement is 15%. Suzanne Sullivan and I both brought up the problem that the bylaw eliminates the requirement for open space and also allowing a developer to locate an affordable unit off property is ripe for abuse as it paves a road to a “low income neighborhood”.Not one of these issues were addressed in the language presented giving the feeling that the public comments were nothing but a charade being played under the direction of the development community. A properly constructed Inclusionary Zoning bylaw would have started at a minimum of 15% affordable with a density bonus per acre, with a requirement that graduated as the project got larger ending up to 25%. It would have pertained to all new building projects not just new multi unit construction and it would not allow for offsite units in lieu of. Voting this language in at this point will not help the town as we are already under our 10 percent so it should be voted down and sent back to the drawing board to be written with language that benefits the residents.The one article I would ask the residents to support is Article 43. When a resident has a dream to give back to a community, that community should allow an environment where that individual can realize that dream. Adam has worked hard to make his dream of becoming a firefighter a reality, his age should not become a hindrance. Please vote in support of this article.An issue that our administration has recently been asked to consider, is a change in date of our Annual Town Meeting because of conflicts with other aspects of residents’ lives. I certainly hope that a change in scheduling of the meeting is done quickly because too many residents, such as myself this year are faced with the choice (or lack there of) of missing a child’s life event or attending town meeting. We need to encourage participation in Town Meeting and scheduling at a time when children are making communion, confirmation or another of life’s stepping stones does the opposite.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?I have to say, I have far more than three things I will work to accomplish in my first year, but if your going to hold me to three:My first is working for a one year holiday from ever rising property taxes. The fact is, the town has $26 million in free cash and another $11 million in the Capital Stabilization account. The C.S. Should not be touched but it is “free cash” should the town need it. With $37 million in what is essentially money obtained by over taxation, the difference between last year’s budget and this year’s is $5 million. If we leveled taxes this year we would still have $32 million in free cash. Enough is enough, residents deserve a break. We hear so often that town officials have concerns for the aging being priced out of town, this is a small way we can help those seniors “and everyone else.” The incumbents called tax relief unrealistic, under their plan your taxes will continue to rise. Third, I plan on bringing the St. Dorothy’s land back up to a vote to fulfill the reason the town spent the money on it in the first place. The incumbents have spoken for three years about doing something for the aging, yet their actions have fallen far short of the finish line. I truly believe this land is the best location for our seniors and a new senior center. I will bring it back for another vote in hopes that other selectmen will see the potential I believe is there. Our seniors of today are the parents of my friends, my classmates and my teammates growing up. Their tax dollars made Wilmington what it is today. It’s time we stop using them as tools in a campaign and start providing them with those services that they expect.I have many plans beyond this, however, as good as these ideas may sound, I need open-minded folks on the board alongside of me. Having consistent four (three) to one votes, as we have had for the past several years, will not achieve anything other than one group’s agenda. I challenge you, the reader, to go back over the past three years worth of selectmen’s meetings and see if either incumbent strayed with their vote from the other more than one or two times. We need folks on the board who are willing to work together toward common goals and not soldiers willing to take orders and vote the way they are told. Wilmington has a chance right now to make the needed changes on the board.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?I am not sure its fair to be asked to give Mr. Hull a grade, because I don’t think we have ever seen Mr. Hull do the job we have asked him to do. After having conversations with town employees from many different departments, I firmly believe that Mr. Hull is being controlled by the Board of Selectmen and what we have seen of Jeff is a result of what specific people on the board are directing him to do. Because of this belief I will give the three sitting members of the Board of Selectmen that consistently vote together a failing grade.Why? For one example, We just watched as the 362 Middlesex Ave. project was forced through town departments, and was approved without so much as a twitch from any boards or commissions, while 99.9% of residents begged the town administration to stop it, yet it came down to one vote in the last board to squash it.Both incumbents are on record in September of 2017 on WCTV as supporting the measure, Use of politically safe ambiguous language does not change the fact that they failed to represent the people who voted them in. Neither incumbent attended any of the Planning or ZBA meetings to advocate for the residents. They stayed home, they watched on TV and at least one of them communicated with Mr. Hull via text message about town counsel working behind the scenes to get the proposal approved. This project was proposed by Mr. David Ray and the chairman of the board’s brother at the aforementioned meeting.A second instance, for the past 20 years the town’s position on Olin was no development until remediation. The town has spent thousands of taxpayer dollars fighting New England Transrail pushing this agenda. We learned in September of 2018 that the town changed its position on development at the site sometime after March of 2018 after receiving correspondence from the chairman of the board of selectmen’s brother proposing the project.Change within Town Hall starts with the Board of Selectmen. Change starts when we can break the consistent four(three) to one votes that come out of every Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Change starts when the board can stop micromanaging our very well paid town manager and letting him sink or swim on his own merits. Change starts when we end the conflicts of interest that have become business as usual in our town hall. Change starts on April 27th when you cast your vote for Fasulo and Sullivan and end the “Caira Fatigue” so often talked about in private circles.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/EndorsementsGovernor Charlie Baker Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanFormer State Rep & US Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanSelectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanSchool Committee Member MJ Byrnes Endorses Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenResident, Concerned Over Taxes & Town Debt, Is Voting For Fasulo & SullivanFasulo & Sullivan Will Move The Town In The Right DirectionFasulo & Sullivan Will Bring Positive Change To WilmingtonIt’s Time For A Change In Wilmington Government — Vote For Fasulo & SullivanFasulo & Sullivan Will Control Growth, Best Suited To Fight OlinIf You Want Change, Vote Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenFasulo & Sullivan Will Be Transparent, Listen To The Residents & Protect The EnvironmentNew Resident Calls For Change, Supports Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenTime To Shake Things Up! Support Fasulo & Sullivan For Board Of SelectmenFasulo Has The Head & Heart To Be A Great SelectmanFasulo Will Give Residents A Voice On The Board of SelectmenFasulo Would Fight For The People, Is A Man Of His WordFasulo Will Be A Selectman For The PeopleWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVSelectman Candidate Rob Fasulo Discusses His Campaign With WCTVWilmington Town Crier Candidate ProfileFasulo trying again for Board of Selectmen seatCampaign Announcement/OtherRob Fasulo To Run For SelectmanCandidate’s Website & Social MediaFacebookLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonaldIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor” Second, I will take a solid stance on the Olin site and will revert back to the town’s old position of no development without a plan for remediation. If we allow development before a plan is in place where is the town’s negotiating power to get a proper cleanup? Children as well as adults across town have died more than likely because of the contamination on site. Wilmington residents are unable to drink from their own private wells to this day and news of NDMA being absorbed through vapor during showers makes simple tasks such as showering a very dangerous game for those families effected. The fact is, we have learned through public records requests that the current chairman has sat in on all executive session meetings regarding Olin even after his brother approached the town on behalf of the project which certainly gave a window into the the town’s strategy for its opponents. Having a family member sitting in on executive sessions on the Olin matter now is akin to having the wolf watch the hen house and it cannot continue.last_img read more

OBITUARY Ernest Ernie Merrill 65

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Ernest “Ernie” Merrill, age 65, of Wilmington, passed away on May 28, 2019.Ernie was the beloved husband of Joanne (Miller). They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. He was son of the late Rita M. and Frederick Clague Sr.He’s the proud father of 3 children – E.J. and his wife Angela of Wilmington; Christopher and his wife Sharon of Billerica; and Melissa and her husband Christopher Glidden of Chelmsford. He is also the father-in-law of the late Jeffry Heroux.He is the incredibly proud “Papa” and “Papabear” to his six grandchildren – Alex, Cameron, Alexis, Madelyn, Lucas and Avery.Ernie was a retired member of the Teamsters Union Local 25. He drove over the road for many years seeing most of the US, worked on the “Big Dig”, and for the last 20 years drove a flatbed for O.B. Hill Trucking and Rigging. He delivered precast concrete and other building materials to numerous sites including the Boston Garden, Fenway Park, the Pru, Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber, and Logan Airport. There weren’t too many projects in Boston that he didn’t have a hand in.Ernie loved to camp with his family and vacation with his wife in Florida. He loved to golf and loved dogs, especially his German Shepherd Max.He was a die-hard Patriot’s fan, loved Las Vegas, Foxwood’s and was looking forward to the opening of the Encore casino.More than anything he loved being “Papa Bear”. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. They were the light of his life.Ernie will be remembered most for his love for his family. They were his whole world.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations made to the MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

VW might take deposits for the ID electric hatch in Europe

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 75 Photos Share your voice Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Volkswagen News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Comment 1 Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric cars: Juice up with all the EV news we’ve got.VW I.D. Buzz: We’ve already driven the future. The first of VW’s I.D. electric cars in Europe will be the Golf-ish-sized hatchback, and there have been more than a few comparisons to Tesla there. Now, VW looks to implement a preorder deposit system that also seems a little familiar.Volkswagen might allow interested parties to place a deposit for the upcoming I.D. hatchback, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with VW brand chief Juergen Stackmann. The deposits will help determine who is ready to make a “serious commitment,” and while Stackmann told ANE it wouldn’t be a large amount of money, it’ll be big enough to attract serious buyers.According to ANE’s report, VW has already floated the idea of a deposit system in test markets, and apparently, customers in EV-friendly European countries are more than willing to try and get an early crack at the first in an onslaught of MEB-platform electric vehicles. Obviously, those putting down deposits would then get priority when the cars start leaving the assembly line, which in the case of the I.D. hatchback should happen in early 2020.Enlarge ImageThe hatchback is already being tested in camouflage, so a proper debut shouldn’t be too far away, especially since its market launch is slated for early 2020. Volkswagen “We have tested it several times in Norway and the customers want it. It’s surprising but people in Norway and Holland want to be a part of it. Germany is definitely not the pacemaker in Europe,” Stackmann said to ANE.The I.D. will be the first of VW’s new electric cars in Europe. It’s about the same size as a Golf, and it’s expected to cost about as much as a fully loaded diesel model, which comes out to between $35,000 and $40,000 in the US. In the US, we’ll get the I.D. Crozz SUV as the first car in 2020, with the I.D. Buzz microbus following in 2022. Tesla first brought the idea of preordering a popular car to prominence with its Model 3 sedan. As ANE notes, critics believed it served the second purpose of helping Tesla stack its coffers as it expanded its manufacturing efforts. Nevertheless, the refundable deposits took off and Tesla ended up sitting on hundreds of thousands of them. VW’s car may not have the Model 3’s cult of personality, but it’ll be interesting to see just how many orders VW can drum up before the car heads to production.last_img read more

Elon Musk drops an autotune rap about 2016 meme Harambe

first_img Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship 16 Photos The song, featuring a heavy use of auto-tune, begins with the salute “Harambe, we love you” and features the lyrics “R.I.P Harambe, sippin’ on some Bombay, we on our way to Heaven, Amen, Amen”. I can’t see it lighting up the Billboard Hot 100 but perhaps that’s exactly the point. That being said, at time of writing, the song has been streamed 480,000 times.Subsequent tweets by Musk suggest the song was produced by BloodPop and co-written by Caroline Polachek and emoji artist Yung Jake.Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla, was shot and killed after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016. The killing of Harambe ultimately enshrined the animal as one of the year’s biggest viral sensations as social media users flooded sites with memorials. We suggested the Harambe meme be left in 2016 — but it seems Musk wanted to bring it roaring back to life.If we’re bringing 2016 memes back to life, there are a few that might be applicable here. Crying Jordan, delete your account and even fake news could work?Musk’s Twitter use has come under fire from the Securities and Exchange Commission in the past year due to a series of tweets where he suggested taking Tesla private. As a result, he was required to have all tweets regarding Tesla preapproved before posting them online, but in March, the SEC wrote that it was stunned to learn Musk had not been seeking approval for numerous tweets made about the manufacturer since the ruling. Comment 1 Emo G Records— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2019 Online Elon Musk Share your voice Tags Elon Musk/Twitter Elon Musk: space travel entrepreneur, electric vehicle evangelist, meme connoisseur… rapper?I know that it’s April Fools’ Day in some parts of the world already, but this is beyond a joke — Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO, dropped a surprise on his 25 million Twitter subscribers: a full-fledged, auto-tuned rap song about a gorilla-turned-meme that died in 2016.Musk tweeted out a Soundcloud link to the song, dubbed “RIP Harambe”, part of a seemingly fabricated music label named “Emo G Records” on Saturday.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8s meme lord is Bran Stark

first_img 20 Photos Where my elephants? #GameOfThrones— Westeros Watch (@WesterosWatch) April 15, 2019 20 things we’re dying to see in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ YOU: [switches to private browsing]BRAN STARK:— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 15, 2019 Game of Thrones Season 8: All your questions answered… One of Reddit’s dedicated Game of Thrones subreddits, r/FreeFolk, were also all about it. This one, from user GaryOaksAlcoholism, was my favorite.niz95qbThe FreeFolk subreddit was very much into mocking Bran Stark. Reddit user GaryOaksAlcoholism The episode opened with Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and their army of Unsullied, Dothraki and dragons marching to Winterfell. Jon reunites with Bran after years apart — the last time Jon saw Bran, the young Stark was in a coma after Jaime Lannister pushed him off a window ledge — and introduces Sansa Stark to Daenerys. Now playing: Watch this: Arya and Gendry need to stop playing games and do what the late King Rob predicted them to do #GameOfThrones— Deepa (@deepahere1807) April 15, 2019 Game of Thrones Bran interrupts, saying there’s no time for such formalities when a White Walker dragon is on the way to Winterfell. Oh, and that old friend Bran was waiting for. It’s Jaime Lannister, who has been riding to Winterfell since the end of season 7.Both moments have been memified. #GameofThronesDaenerys- “The north is as beautiful as your brother claimed,as are you”Sansa- “Winterfell is yours, Your grace.”Bran-— _CLiFF_ (@Ayyee_CLiFF) April 15, 2019 A trailer for next week’s episode teased a trial for Jaime Lannister, who killed Daenerys’ father and paralyzed Bran, as well as the first of what will surely be many White Walker battles. With luck, Bran will retain his status of GOT season 8 meme king. With no luck, he might die. Hey, it’s a dangerous game. Ok cool, but why is Bran Orin from parks and rec #GameofThrones— big tuna (@ItsAllens) April 15, 2019 #gotGet the woman elephants!!— Colm McWeeney (@ColmMcW) April 15, 2019 #GameofThronesThe Hound: You left me to die.Arya: I robbed you firstThe Hound:— Slartibartfast (@Slartib60957079) April 15, 2019 5:50 arya&jon reunion #GameofThrones— elif (@alxithymia) April 15, 2019 Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? TV and Moviescenter_img Another episode highlight, at least when it comes to meme creation, was when Euron Greyjoy and his Iron Fleet brought the Golden Company mercenary army to Cersei in Kings Landing. Cersei was expecting the army to include elephants. Elephants couldn’t travel across the world on boats, though. Cersei got no elephants.  Lmao someone said “when you get done watching GoT and look outside your window” IM DEAD WITH THEE BRAN MEMES #GameOfThrones— Kimberly (@yoookimberly) April 15, 2019 Who wins the Iron Throne is anyone’s guess and, at this point in the show, not even the point anymore. So far, though, it looks like Bran will be Game of Thrones’ 2019 meme lord. But he’s got competition. Arya enjoyed reunions with both big brother Jon, friend/enemy The Hound and fellow Fleebottom scumbag Gendry, both of which caused some strong reactions. It was a feelstrip for sure. Me when Arya and Jon reunited vs. Me when Arya and The Hound reunited #GameofThrones— Garner of House Montgomery (@garner_mont) April 15, 2019 Hound Bran Stark. HBO Bran isn’t exactly a Game of Thrones favorite. His plot in the fantasy epic has surrounded the esoteric Three-Eyed Raven, who can best be described as an all-knowing tree man. Bran, in season 6, becomes the Three-Eyed Raven and has been an odd little chap ever since.But season 8 could be his redemption story. Not because of anything in the plot, but because the post-premiere memes circulating Twitter and Reddit mostly starred Bran. He wasn’t alone, obviously. Arya’s activities were also meme-worthy, and an unexpected request from Cersei was guaranteed to go viral.Warning: Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers below.Bran’s schtick is that he can see most of history in his mind if directed to it, which is why, in season 7, he knew what Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish had said to Ned Stark after betraying him aaaaaall the way back in season one. In the first episode of season 8 (recap here), Bran spends a lot of the show sitting in Winterfell’s square and staring at people from a distance. He tells Samwell Tarley that he’s waiting for an old friend.The awkwardness was not lost on the internet. Share your voice I present to you..Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode ft. Bran#GameOfThrones— Shahbaz Khan (@ShahbazMKhan) April 15, 2019 She really wanted those elephants #GameOfThrones— Westeros Watch (@WesterosWatch) April 15, 2019 Bran literally the whole episode.#GameOfThrones— Sam Mercoli (@SamMercoli) April 15, 2019 1 Arya:— The Big Bag Wolf (@KidFury) April 15, 2019 Cersei reaction to no elephants is exactly how I am when Postmates forgets the extra spicy salsa.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 15, 2019 Bran has been getting absolutely destroyed for 24 hours.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) April 15, 2019 Comment Originally published April 14.Update, April 15: Adds day two memes.  Tagslast_img read more

Four new Apple Watch models suggested by Apple filing overseas says report

first_img 39 Photos 0 Apple Watch Series 4 Coming next from Apple Apple Watch Series 4: Both sizes, compared Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Post a comment $349 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Adorama News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It $399 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Four new Apple Watch model numbers have been filed, a report says. Angela Lang/CNET Apple has reportedly registered four new Apple Watch models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database. The models were filed Wednesday, and the Apple Watch numbers are listed as A2156, A2157, A2092 and A2093 and as running on WatchOS 6, MacRumors reported.Apple’s next-generation smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 5, is reportedly launching in the fall and will retain its OLED displays. The Apple Watch Series 4 was announced almost a year ago during Apple’s traditional September event, where the company typically launches its new swathe of iPhones. $399 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Four new Apple Watch models suggested by Apple filing overseas, says reportcenter_img Mobile Mobile Accessories Laptops Computers Wearable Tech Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) See It iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: The specs, features and prices we expect from Apple in September Apple Watch 5: What we’re expecting Apple Watch 5: Rumors, price, fitness features, battery and more Apple Watch Series 5: The health-boosting features we are hoping for See All Apple $349 Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple also reportedly updated the EEC database to show more iPhones running iOS13. They’re listed as A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, A2223, A2296 and A2298. Apart from the last two, the rest were originally filed in May as being on iOS 12, MacRumors said.According to the report, 11 previously filed MacBook model numbers were updated Wednesday to show they run MacOS Catalina. Apple is rumored to be launching a 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year.The EEC filings are a legal requirement to sell encrypted devices in Russia and other countries, MacRumors said, and they’ve previously foretold the announcement of new iPhones, iPads, iPad Pros, Apple Watches, Macs and AirPods.The Apple Watch 5 is also rumored to come with sleep tracking, a larger battery, more health features and titanium and ceramic finishes. It’s rumored that the 2020 version of the smartwatch will come with a MicroLED display. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Best Buy Apple See It • See it Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Applelast_img read more

Archivists Rally To Keep National Archives In Anchorage

first_imgFunding for the National Archives And Records Administration, or NARA, building in Anchorage has been chopped from the National Archives budget as a result of a $10 million budget cut. All federal records will be moved to a Seattle based facility beginning in September. Local archivists, historians, senators and residents though, are rallying behind efforts to keep the archives in Anchorage.Download Audiolast_img

Alaska News Nightly September 19 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioMott to Lead Alaska Guard Response TeamThe Associated PressBrigadier General Jon Mott will lead a team charged with implementing recommendations for restoring confidence in the leadership and structure of the Alaska National Guard.Alaska Delegation Review 113th Congress Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe U.S. House and Senate are on recess now. When lawmakers return it’ll be after the November election for a lame duck session that will end the 113th Congress.Tribes Request King Bycatch Reduction as Pollock Season Wraps UpDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelAs the Pollock season wraps up in the Bering Sea, the Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference want immediate action to protect declining Western Alaska King Salmon stocks from trawl bycatch. Wednesday they filed a joint petition for emergency regulations with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to crack down on king bycatch for the remainder of the 2014 season.Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set Refinery-Pollution Cleanup LevelTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources.Student Greenhouses Prompt Thorne Bay Restaurant PurchaseEmily Files, KRBD – KetchikanThere are no restaurants in the 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. But that looks like it’s going to change. The Southeast Island School District, which serves Thorne Bay and several other rural schools, is buying a vacant restaurant from the city. They’re going to use food from school greenhouses and a bakery to provide fresh meals for residents and business experience for students.Closing Date Looms For The Senior Center In Bethel As ONC Looks For New VenueCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelONC, Bethel’s Tribe, recently announced they are closing the Senior Center at the end of the month and moving to a temporary location.AK: MushroomsDave Waldron, APRN – AnchorageHeidi Drygas is a lawyer by day, and a food blogger by night. She features mostly Alaska-grown ingredients in her recipes, and her resume boasts everything from moose chili to devil’s club salad. But, there’s one thing she’s been too afraid to forage, until now.300 Villages: ChignikThis week, we’re heading to Chignik, on the Alaska Peninsula. Adam Anderson is the Mayor of Chignik, Alaska.last_img read more

Tlingit Code Talkers Honored At Veterans Day Ceremony In Juneau

first_imgSoutheast Alaska Native Veterans honored Tlingit code talkers at a Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning in Juneau. The families of five men who served during World War II received medals and Congressional certificates recognizing their service.Download AudioTony Jacobs’ dad and uncle were among the soldiers who used Tlingit to relay important information during the war.“The Tlingit Indians had their own Tlingit names for various places around Southeast,” Jacobs said. “And that’s what they were used for is to let the ship’s captain or quartermasters know where they were located secretly actually, where enemy forces would not be able to ID their location.”Jacobs says he was overcome with emotion at the recognition. He served in the Navy himself during 1970s, and says he’d recommend military service to anyone.“You get benefits – health benefits, education benefits – and you get to see the country and/or the world,” Jacobs said.More than 100 people attended the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Ceremony, held at the Tlingit & Haida Central Council’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.Mark Jacobs Sr., Harvey Jacobs, Jeff David, Richard Bean Sr. and George Lewis were all posthumously honored by Congress last year.last_img read more

LNG Project Gets Export Approval

first_imgA federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations.Download AudioThe U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that the automatic approval, which was required by law, should not be read to indicate the department’s views on a still-pending request to export to non-free trade countries, like Japan.Pacific Rim nations such as Japan have been eyed as possible markets for the project, which is being pursued by the state, TransCanada Corp., and the North Slope’s three major energy companies. A final decision on whether to build the project has not been made.Federal pipeline coordinator Larry Persily said more significant than Friday’s order was the relatively little opposition the department received related to the project’s export license application.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Dec 1 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Senate group recommends few changes to oil tax creditsRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageGov. Bill Walker is expected to release his budget in the next few weeks, and one thing it will likely include — cuts to tax credits for oil companies.Injuries found on Juneau mayor’s bodyLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauJuneau’s newly elected mayor was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Greg Fisk was 70-years-old.Parole officers: Arm of the law with a human touchAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageOne of the first stops for everyone leaving prison is the Probation and Parole Office in downtown Anchorage.Sitka police reverses stance on releasing operations manualRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaThe City of Sitka has released its police department Operating Procedures Manual to the public.UAF rehearses for active shooter eventDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Fairbanks is training employees how to respond to a workplace violence.Board to discuss residency rules for legal pot businessesAssociated PressThe board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry is set to discuss and possibly change residency requirements for pot business licenses Tuesday morning in Anchorage.Conservative talk show host aims to repeal Anchorage LGBTQ lawZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA new citizen-sponsored initiative in Anchorage is seeking to repeal a recently passed anti-discrimination ordinance.Alaska students venture to Capitol as cultural ambassadorsLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageA spruce tree from the Chugach National Forest is standing tall on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol today. Gov. Bill Walker is in Washington, D.C., for Wednesday’s lighting ceremony.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Jan 6 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Autopsy yields nil on pregnant soldier’s deathLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.It’s been almost five years since Michelle Clark died, and her family doesn’t know why. Neither does the state medical examiner. She was 31 and pregnant when she collapsed in her Eagle River home. Clark was also a staff sergeant in the Alaska Army National Guard, and she told other soldiers she knew about crime in the Guard but was afraid to talk about it. Her family suspects she was killed.15-year-old in custody for Anchorage double homicideJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageA 15-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter Tuesday in a south Anchorage home.Pipeline communities near TAPS tax settlementRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksThere is a tentative settlement in long-running series of court actions between local government and the owners of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, or TAPS.Budget cuts close rural road maintenance stationsJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageUnder Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget, five road maintenance stations in eastern Interior Alaska will close.Stranded whaling fleet, miraculous survival make for archaeological jackpotLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageFederal scientists discovered the battered remnants of two whaling ships near Wainwright in the Chukchi Sea this fall.Gov’s housing summit seeks solutionsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageGov. Bill Walker convened a housing summit in Anchorage today, which included sessions on housing concerns in rural Alaska, and boosting private sector investment.High court tosses proposed commercial set-net banQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerThe State Supreme Court ruled Thursday Alaska’s commercial set net fishermen have the same right to harvest salmon as any other group. Set net fishermen are relieved with the ruling.Huslia pleas to rein in burgeoning pike populationTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaA proposal aimed at reducing the number of pike around the northern Interior village of Huslia will be considered by the Board of Fisheries when it meets next week in Fairbanks.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday June 29 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioGov. Walker’s budget vetoes total $1.29B; dividend cut in halfAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker cut Permanent Fund dividends Wednesday to $1,000 per person, about half of the projected amount. The cut was one of a series of reductions that Walker made to lower the state’s budget by $1.5 billion.Walker cuts $58M from schoolsLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGov. Walker’s vetoes fall heavily on K-12 education. He cut the reimbursement for school bonds, shifting the burden to local governments, and reduced formula funds.Walker shuts down mega-projects in wake of budgetary woesPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaIn addition to discussing vetoed items in the state budget, Governor Bill Walker used this Wednesday morning’s press conference to announce that he is shutting down two mega-projects in the Mat-Su:  the Knik Arm bridge, and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.DOC to close corrections facility after Governor’s vetoAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker’s $3.5 million cut to the Department of Corrections will cause the department to close at least one corrections facility and possibly some probation offices.Anchorage citizens react to PFD cutsWesley Early and Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAmong Governor Walker’s cuts today was a cut to Permanent Fund Dividends that would cap the amount at 1000 dollars. A controversial decision among lawmakers and the public, it was one of many ways the Governor tried closing the budget deficit.  Anchorage citizens had varied opinions on how the cut to the dividend would affect the public and if the cut was justified.Legislative Council votes not to appeal Walker’s expansion of Medicaid eligibilityAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media – JuneauThe Legislative Council voted today not to appeal a decision that upheld Governor Bill Walker’s action to expand Medicaid eligibility in the state. The vote ends the lawsuit less than a week after a separate court decision ruled that the House can’t take over the appeal from the council.The meaning of names Part 3: A time for changeJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauIn this third installment of a five-part series, Yéil Yádi Olson talks about why he thinks more people should start using their Native names.Substance abuse treatment is hurting, experts sayBrielle Schaeffer, KCAW – SitkaWhile more attention is being brought to solve the state’s drug problems, proper services have always been hard to get in more remote areas. Detox facilities are not available in many communities like Sitka. And with the use of harder drugs such as heroin and meth on the rise, the absence of those services is making it harder for those who need help to get it.last_img read more

Government shutdown would close Skagways national park at the start of cruise

first_imgPark ranger Charlotte Henson leads a group of visitors on a walking tour of Skagway in summer of 2016. (Photo: Emily Files)In less than a week, the first cruise ship of the season will dock in Skagway, bringing thousands of visitors to the busy Northern Lynn Canal port.Listen nowBut if lawmakers in Washington haven’t agreed on a spending plan by then, a government shutdown would close one popular visitor attraction – Skagway’s national park.Congress has until midnight Friday to agree on a budget. If that doesn’t happen, funding will expire and the federal government will shut down.That means many federal departments and employees would have to close their doors and stop working, including Alaska’s national parks.Last year, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway welcomed nearly a million visitors. It’s the most visited park in Alaska.Superintendent Mike Tranel said they’re currently ramping up operations for the summer season.The flood of visitors coming into town will have to find something else to do if the government shuts down.The park service follows a contingency plan laid out by the Department of the Interior.“If the government shuts down the buildings that – any of the public buildings are closed and any of the offices and maintenance buildings, anything is closed and locked and not available to the public,” Tranel said.The Klondike Park is a major piece of Skagway’s downtown visitor industry, and operates a number of museums, along with guided tours that attract hundreds of people on busy cruise ship days.It also oversees the U.S. side of the popular Chilkoot Trail.Tranel said most local employees would be furloughed in the event of a shutdown.“We’re close to our full staffing for the summer season, which is around 60 employees – 30 permanent and term employees and then 30 additional seasonal or summer-only employees,” Tranel said. “All of those would be affected except for two,”The park service employs about 1,100 employees statewide at the peak of the summer season.This isn’t an unprecedented situation.The last time the government shutdown was in 2013. One big difference was that shutdown happened in October, after the tourism season had died down.“It wasn’t during the peak of the tourism season,” Tranel said. “We had a couple of staff members who were just checking on security of buildings and things like that. Everyone else gets furlough notices whether they’re a permanent employee, seasonal employee or term employee.”It’s hard to imagine a worse time of year for the park to face a potential closure.Skagway is on the cusp of an expected 1 million visitor season. The first cruise ship docks on May 2, bringing just over 2,000 visitors to town.Two other ships will arrive later in the week. The first four-ship day is the following week on May 9.Tranel hopes the park will be operating normally when the visitors arrive.“The Department of the Interior, which the National Park Service is part of, is hopeful that Congress will pass a continuing resolution and there won’t be a government shutdown,” Tranel said. “We’ve been instructed to continue business as usual and to not invest a lot of time and effort in contingency effort for a shutdown and proceed as normal.”Fears of a shutdown were alleviated somewhat on Tuesday, when President Donald Trump indicated he may be able to wait on federal funding for a border wall.Congress still needs to come to an agreement on the rest of the budget.This isn’t the first time in recent months that federal politics have led to uncertainty for Alaska National Parks.Parks worried a federal hiring freeze in February would stop essential seasonal employment. After a couple weeks in limbo they were able to hire summer staff.last_img read more

Shes not my type Donald Trump on sexual assault allegations by

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Monday once again vigorously denied allegations by a magazine advice columnist that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s in a New York department store dressing room, adding: “She’s not my type.” Trump made the comment in an interview with The Hill, a political news outlet, that touched on the allegations from E. Jean Carroll, who says in her new book that the alleged rape occurred in the mid-1990s. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Trump said in the interview, which was conducted in the Oval Office. The President added that Carroll was “totally lying” when she made her claims. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her,” he said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Carroll’s account, revealed last week in an excerpt of her new book that was published by New York magazine, makes her at least the 16th woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he became president. She said that in a chance encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan, Trump — then a real estate developer — asked her for advice on buying lingerie for an unnamed woman. Advertise With Us Then jokingly, they each suggested that the other should try it on. “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” wrote Carroll, who works for Elle magazine. Pinning her against the wall, Carroll said, Trump proceeded to pull down her tights, unzip his pants and penetrate her — all while himself fully dressed — until she finally managed to push him out and run from the dressing room. On Monday, Carroll told CNN that he “just went at it” after he cornered her. “It was a fight,” she said. “With all the 15 women or 16 who have come forward, it’s the same. He denies it. He turns it around. He attacks. And he threatens.” Carroll never went to the police because, she said, she was afraid of repercussions.last_img read more

After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Kareena Kapoor to Endorse Jewellery Brand PHOTO

first_imgJewellery brands in India have always signed top Bollywood actresses like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sushmita Sen, Hema Malini, Sonam Kapoor and many others to represent them.The latest celebrity to join the league of endorsing a jewellery brand is Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan. Malabar Gold & Diamonds have signed in Kareena as the new brand ambassador of the group.”The epitome of beauty and style, the symbol of contemporary India and emerging youth, we are happy to announce Kareena Kapoor as the new Brand Ambassador of Malabar Gold & Diamonds. Her presence in our communication will enhance our brand equity and will help us to move seamlessly into the northern Indian market which is our focus for the coming years,” MP Ahammed, Chairman of Malabar Group, said.Malabar Gold & Diamonds is opening around 40 showrooms across the country in the coming months. The group will open its first showroom in Mumbai on 7 April.The next showroom will be opened in Rajkot, Gujarat, on 14 April. By mid-year, the group will open outlets in three other cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Gurgaon.The company is planning to open a total of 100 showrooms across the country this year.   Kareena is apparently very fond of the brand and is very happy to be associated with it.”It is my pleasure to be the face of such a prestigious brand that has become synonymous with style, design, beauty and trust. I am immensely happy to be associated with Malabar Gold & Diamonds,” the actress said.Bollywood Dream Girl Hema Malini was the brand ambassador of the group for two years.last_img read more

Reality about alien life will question everything learned in schools and churches

first_imgPixabayScott C Waring, a self-proclaimed extraterrestrial researcher operating from Taiwan, is slowly emerging as one of the most popular figures among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. For the past couple of years, Waring has spotted various anomalies on NASA images taken from the Mars and the moon, and it has made many people believe that advanced alien civilisations are actually a reality.Recently, Waring spotted some strange structures on the lunar surface, and interestingly most of these bizarre structures are actually square-shaped. After making this discovery, Waring alleged that NASA is intentionally adding too much light to moon photos so that these strange structures can be hidden from alien researchers.’NASA added too much light to the photo on purpose in order to cause many of the areas of the photo to appear as white/grey and unclear. Thus bring it back into the proper light and focus creates the original photo as it was first taken. You will notice that the aliens built the structures square partitions. Much like remaking a house and moving the parts to the location to create it. This may be proof that the structures were created somewhere else, then brought to the moon to put together,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring revealed that he found these structures several weeks back, but was hesitant to publish them on his website fearing public panic. As per Waring, understanding the reality about aliens and extraterrestrial existence will question everything humans learned from schools and churches.”I actually found this several weeks ago but hesitated till now to publish it. I was worried some people may panic. The biggest fear is not aliens attacking earth, its that they exist when science says they should not. It causes the person to call into question everything they ever learned in school, church, TV, from friends…and how aliens must have already influenced the direction humanity is currently travelling without anyone ever knowing,” added Waring.Waring has claimed several times that NASA is covering up secrets about alien life and had recently urged United States President Donald Trump to make him the head of the space agency. Waring also assured that he will unveil all the mysteries regarding alien life if he gets appointed as the NASA head.last_img read more