Citywide Classroom South Bend partnership expanding eligibility

first_img Facebook Previous articleButtigieg: No milage tax, no middle class tax hike to pay for infrastructure billNext articleHoosiers advised to resist conducting citizen sting operations Brooklyne Beatty (Photo supplied/South Bend Community School Corporation) The Citywide Classroom South Bend partnership has expanded eligibility to all South Bend Community School Corporation students throughout the district.So far, during a needs-based rollout of at-home internet connections and WiFi hotspots, nearly 1,000 connections were distributed to households in South Bend to connect more than 1,700 students.Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows approximately 30 percent of South Bend’s households lack home internet access.$1.8-million provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief grant allows for more than 2,200 at-home internet packages and 2,000 WiFi hotspots to be distributed to students throughout the City.To apply, families should visit, or contact administrators at their student’s school. Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – March 31, 2021 0 214 WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Twittercenter_img Pinterest Citywide Classroom South Bend partnership expanding eligibility Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp TAGSaccessat-homeCitywide Classroom South BendexpandingexpansionfreeIndianainternetpartnershipSouth BendstudentWiFi hotspot Google+last_img read more

Porth works to build relationships

first_imgPorth works to build relationships Porth works to build relationships May 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Gary Blankenship Senior Editor As a prosecutor, Ari Porth has learned the value of advocacy. As a state representative, he has learned the value of building relationships.And he’s having a whale of a time doing both.“I have the best two jobs in the world, being a prosecutor back home and being in the legislature,” said the first-term Coral Springs Democrat. “And frankly, I couldn’t have it any better.”A graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. degree and Nova Southeastern University, where he got his law degree in 1995, Porth said he always wanted to serve in the legislature, and he became a lawyer because it seemed like a logical step toward that goal.His work as a prosecutor — a job he took out of law school — furthered that desire. Porth recalled when he worked in the juvenile division and prosecuted a case where a student with hearing problems had been bullied, including knocked down and kicked.“Our office wasn’t able to do anything more than file misdemeanor charges against the offender, who only got a slap on the wrist,” he said. “My partner and I came back to the office and we were pretty disgusted.”Porth said he checked the statutes under hate crimes and found they did not apply to crimes committed against the disabled. So he went to Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, who got a bill making that change.“I thought, ‘Maybe this is where I need to try public service, in the legislature,’” Porth said.In 2004, his local state House seat became open, and he ran and won. In his first year, Porth said he spent time learning the ropes. Now in his second year, he has learned the value of building relationships and as of the last week of session had most of his primary bills on the House floor or through the lower chamber, and one through the legislature.“I’ve learned that a lot of your success up here has to do with the relationships that you’re able to build,” he said. “So much of what is discussed up here aren’t Democratic issues, aren’t Republican issues; they are good issues for people of Florida. There are reasonable people on both sides of the aisles. If you just take time to sit down and know these people, they can be of tremendous help in moving good legislation forward.”This year, Porth has worked with Campbell to pass a bill protecting Floridians who lose their homes to foreclosure, but still have equity after the home is sold and the debts paid. He noted that many people don’t realize the surplus, which is held in a court clerk’s account, is there and they own the money.“There are people who go to the those who have lost their home and let them know about the money in the clerk’s office and what they don’t let them know is the money is available without their help. They have been taking upward of 40 percent from the fund” for helping the former homeowners claim their money, Porth said.The practice has earned those people the names of deed snatchers, equity vultures, and equity leeches, he said.The bill, which passed both chambers “will curtail their practices and better notify the people who have lost their homes,” Porth said. “That is a top priority for me.”Other legislation he is pushing this year includes working with Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, on a bill to prevent defense attorneys from seeking the proprietary source codes for breathalyzers in DUI cases and with Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, to add criminal penalties to civil sanctions for those who send out false or misleading spam e-mails.“When Sen. Aronberg and I were first talking about this bill, some of the folks suggested that so many of those spam e-mails come from overseas or out of state [that the bill would be meaningless],” he said. “Frankly, what we discovered. . . is that more spam emanates from Boca Raton than anywhere else in the world. Our law enforcement officials will have enough work to do.”Another Porth bill seeks to protect minors by adding two offenses to those who would be considered sex offenders: those who traffic minors for prostitution and Department of Juvenile Justice employees who commit sex offenses on minors in state custody.With the session over, Porth will prepare to run for reelection and return to his prosecution career, a job from which he derives much satisfaction.“I think the prosecutor is the most powerful person in the courtroom,” he said. “They have the opportunity to do justice every day. They can file charges when appropriate; they can dismiss charges when appropriate; they can plea cases out. They have the opportunity to do right every day, and I wanted that opportunity.”That is, perhaps, not a surprising sentiment for the past president of the Broward County B’nai B’rith Justice Unit who has this framed saying on his wall, in Hebrew and English: “Justice, thou shalt pursue.”last_img read more

Published brochure for boaters regarding the payment of sojourn tax in 2018

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism has prepared a short information brochure for boaters in Croatian, English, German, French, Italian and Polish, regarding the payment of sojourn tax.The brochure contains information on the obligations and possibilities of sailors regarding the payment of the sojourn tax and a table with the amounts of sojourn tax fees. The brochure will be distributed to marinas, port authorities and tourist boards throughout the coast.We remind you that the Ministry of Tourism significantly raised the sojourn tax for boaters in August last year. The drastic increase in the sojourn tax for owners or users of vessels has brought five to six times higher prices of taxes than before, depending on the category of the vessel and the time period for which the tax is paid.For example, the owner of a yacht 9 to 12 meters long has so far had to pay an annual fee of about 150 euros, and according to the new Regulation on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2018, the price will be about 775 euros, and for yachts 12 to 15 meters annual the fee jumped from 176 euros to 1.024 euros. Also, the Office abolished the payment of an annual lump sum for the use of marinas, which has been the normal practice so far.What is certain is that vessels are movable property, and if sailors are dissatisfied, they can easily move the vessel to another country. The negative consequences are already being felt in all marinas, and will only be felt next year. At the end of the season, the line will be drawn, and I wonder if anyone will respond if there is a rapid decline?Side dish: Boat brochure 2018last_img read more

Capital gains

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Summer Is Our Time At The Shore

first_imgBy Joseph Sapia Summer season crowds leave. Oppressive heat disappears, but it is still warm. The sun projects a softer light. Wildlife migrates. The foliage is changing colors.The magic of September at the Jersey Shore.“Don’t tell anybody,” laughed Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action.But, then, she added, “The secret’s out.”Secretly or not secretly, Shore people speak in wonder of September along the coast.“It is kind of magical,” said Margaret Mass, executive direc- tor of the Red Bank Visitors Center. “It’s a way to still enjoy the waterfront experience.“It’s kind of nice people can get into their favorite restaurants without a line,” Mass said. “It’s not too cold, not too hot.”Caitlin Over, 31, of Atlantic Highlands and Alissa Snell, 36, of Red Bank were leaving the Sea Bright beach, where both have season badges, on a recent day. While both are educators – Over, a guidance counselor at Howell High School and Snell, a school psychologist at Neptune High School – their summer is not over.September, Over said, “it’s my favorite local summer.”“The water’s warm, the beach is quiet, it’s just easy,” Snell said. “Everybody on the beach we know is a local.“It’s just more relaxed,” she added. “More people know their beach etiquette – don’t sit close to someone else, don’t blare music, throw garbage away, watch your kids.”Some wrongly think September is the end of beach season, said Olivia Rauso, 19, of Red Bank.“I think it’s really great, if you take adavantage of it,” said Rauso. “On Sandy Hook, it’s migrating season,” Dillingham said.Monarch butterflies and fall warblers are heading south, for example. “You start to notice that change,” Dillingham said.Zipf, whose Clean Ocean Action environmental group also is based at Sandy Hook, noted the changing of colors – the “bright yellow” of goldenrod and the ocean’s water, for example.“The water gets a reflection from the sun that’s deeper, crisper,” said Zipf, who has spent all of her 57 years at the Shore. “Foliage starts turning red. The air is crisper. It’s a beautiful time of year.”Pat MacMillan, 66, a recently retired Perth Amboy schools administrator who lives in Fair Haven, noted how September is a great time for town and beach.“We always try to get to the beach in September,” MacMillan said. “It’s quiet. You can go to the end of September. “You can go to restaurants, walk around without the crowds,” MacMillan said. “September is the best.”This September, MacMillan will do local trips to Ocean Grove and Island Beach State Park, along with vacationing at Acadia National Park on the Maine coast.Rauso, on the other hand, is headed back to school at Montclair State University. “As soon as I’m at Montclair, I miss the beach,” Rauso said. “It’s the best-kept secret, September at the beach,” Rauso said.But the secret is out….center_img For locals, September is sort of a Take Back the Shore.“You can look at it as our time,” said Laurie Potter of Rumson. “It can be a time to enjoy our own backyard.”But Potter, co-owner of River Road Books in Fair Haven, noted the “juxtaposition,” when the Jersey Shore’s traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day transitions with the coming of September.“You can go out to all the places you don’t want to get near in the summer,” Potter said.However, tourism also helps businesses, Potter said. And tourism takes advantage of September. For example, in Red Bank, the Guinness Oyster Festival is Sunday, Sept. 25, at the White Street Parking Lot.“We definitely enjoy a nice shoulder season, Red Bank being the gateway to the Shore area,” Mass said. “Temperatures go down, free beaches.“Beautiful weather,” Mass said. “We, sometime, have the nicest weather, September weather.”“It can be the best weather of the year, in September,” Potter agreed.“People feel it’s a good time to get out,” Mass said.The natural world, too, changes.“The way I always know it’s September is the gulls and terns wing dance,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, a Sandy Hook-based coastal conservation group. “They’re flying around, grabbing these (flying) ants.last_img read more

Highlands Hopes for Henry Hudson Trail Expansion

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HIGHLANDS – Last year, borough residents observed construction crews passing through town to access the storm-battered Atlantic Highlands segment of the Henry Hudson trail to execute a million dollars’ worth of repairs.The popular trail for bikers, strollers and runners ends at the Highlands border.The opening of that renovated trail has revived a discussion in Highlands about the potential value of extending the route through the bay-front town.On Feb. 7, the borough council unanimously voted to ask the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) for assistance in connecting the 24-mile-long Henry Hudson Trail to Highlands. A detailed, Intra-Borough Bike Path plan was introduced and presented in late 2011 but was shelved in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy months later.“It just so happens that you kind of get cut off once the bike path ends from Atlantic Highlands, which is ridiculous,” said Highlands councilwoman Rosemary Ryan, who helped oversee the report in 2011. “You can get to Hartshorne Park and Sandy Hook from here.”Joe Sardonia, an MCPS supervising landscape architect, said talks about extending the trail into Highlands had stalled after Sandy.“We haven’t really looked at that very closely recently,” Sardonia said, “and it’s a bit disjointed.”The 2011 plan was generated to be both a thoroughfare for bikers and joggers who utilize the trail, as well as for residents looking for a safe way to commute by bicycle through Highlands. The small, 0.71-square-mile bayside community hopes to connect the Henry Hudson Trail to about a dozen local roadways with significance.The report was split into four categories – the Henry Hudson Trail section, Huddy Park section, Downtown section and the Hill section – each offering its own unique amenities. Bicyclists would be able to safely access many of Highlands’ restaurants, local businesses and its numerous borough, county and state parks.“It would be a direct benefit to our local economy,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “It would definitely be an economic driver because people would potentially see more businesses instead of seeing the trail ending and not coming into town.”The report also suggests bike racks, interpretive signage, informational kiosks and bicyclist-friendly roadway markings all be implemented along the route.The most challenging aspect of the bike path, per the report, is the Hill section, where bicyclists would have to cross Route 36 and traverse up hilly roads to the historic Twin Lights State Park and to the 794-acre Hartshorne Woods Park.At Hartshorne Woods Park, the park system has been improving Battery Lewis over the past few years. The former military outpost served as a defensive location for Fort Hancock’s protection on the New York Harbor during World War II. The site has become a refurbished, walk-through informational center set to open in the spring.But Sardonia said connection to Hartshorne Woods Park would not be so easy.“I think it would be a benefit,” he said, “but the question is how do you do that in a safe manner, given the existing roads?”Ryan, the councilwoman, said she also envisioned the Henry Hudson Trail running through Highlands onto Gateway National Recreation Area and then into Sea Bright.The Henry Hudson Trail currently runs in sections from Freehold to Atlantic Highlands, passing through Marlboro, Matawan, Keyport, Hazlet and Middletown. According to the park system, it was formerly called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands.In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later. New Jersey Transit currently owns the trail corridor.The complete Intra-Borough Bicycle Plan can be found online at article first appeared in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Castlegar Vikings

first_imgThe Castlegar Vikings save their best for last, sweeping through the playoffs to capture the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League championship at the Mount Sentinel Field.The Vikes first took out defending champ Dam Inn Mates before finishing off the league in the final by knocking off Nelson Hour Glass 33-14. The win is the sixth in seven years for the Castlegar franchise.Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the dynasty by saluting the squad as Team of the Week.The Vikes includes, back row, L-R, Joel Muller, Jay Trower, John Lloyd, Ryan McKellar, Paul Laratta, John Foley, Dave Perepolkin and Jaime Simpson.Front, Carl Perepolkin, Steve Mota and Jesse Bosma.last_img read more

UN launches Mandela Rules for prisoners

first_img12 October 2015The United Nations has launched the Nelson Mandela Rules, a guideline to protect the rights of detainees.Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, describing it as “a great step forward”, on 7 October.The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice adopted the crucial revisions of the 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting on 22 May in Vienna, in Austria. Now the Mandela Rules have been adopted by the UN General Assembly, which has published them.The @UN has launched “#NelsonMandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela)October 9, 2015UN General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft recalled the spirit of Mandela. “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails,” he quoted. “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”Lykketoft said that nations had failed to protect the human rights of prisoners. Too often, the driving principle behind prisoner treatment had been to see these individuals as entirely separate from communities and societies.“Hidden from our gaze, and indeed sometimes before our very eyes, prisoners have suffered abuse and mistreatment.”The basic outlineThe Mandela Rules “outlines that there shall be no discrimination; that the religious beliefs and moral precepts of prisoners shall be respected; and that legal representation and protection are mandated in regard to vulnerable groups within the prison populations”, reads the UN website.Ivan Šimonović, assistant secretary-general for human rights, said the revised rules were much more specific on matters such as defining the scope on solitary confinement and first-time guidance on intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches.But implementation could be a challenge, said Lykketoft. “The crucial challenge for member states will be to translate these rules into a reality and to increase co-operation both within and outside the UN system to improve the lives of prisoners throughout the world.”Šimonović added: “That is what Mr Mandela would have expected from us.”South Africa chaired the expert group in the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules.The Mandela Rules now contain an expanded section of basic principles, including the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The independence of health care staff is assured, and extensive restrictions are placed on disciplinary measures, including the prohibition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days.Clear and detailed instructions are provided on issues such as cell and body searches, registration and record keeping, investigations into deaths and complaints of torture and other ill-treatment, the needs of specific groups, independent inspections of prisons, the right to legal representation and more.Source: United Nationslast_img read more

Help Save Our GPS! Geocachers Rally to Stop Potential GPS Signal Interference

first_img SharePrint RelatedCelebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!April 25, 2017In “Community”An inside look at the latest GPS Satellite UpgradeAugust 2, 2011In “Community”Lessons from a $40,000 G.P.S. DeviceAugust 26, 2010In “Community” The FCC has an easy-to-use portal on its website to submit feedback on the testing results:(1)  Click on this link for the FCC’s Electronic Comments Filing System (ECFS):  In the box which says “Proceeding Number,” type:  11-109. It is important to include this docket number with your comments.(3)  In the designated boxes, enter (a) your name or your company’s name, and (b) your mailing address/city/state/zip.(4)  In the box which says “Type in or paste your brief comments,” do so.  Click “Continue.”(5)  A review page will load listing all of the information entered.  If correct, click “Confirm.” (6)  If you have trouble, contact the FCC ECFS Helpdesk at 202-418-0193 or e-mail at [email protected] Share with your Friends:More Everyone who cares about GPS should let the FCC know about the threat that LightSquared poses.  In writing to the FCC, we encourage you to cover the following points in your own words:How you use GPS technology in your business and/or personal lifeWhat would happen to your business/personal life if GPS became unavailable or unreliableWhile more capacity for wireless broadband services is important, it should not come at the expense of GPS, which is critical to the global economyThe results of the testing that was performed at the FCC’s request show that GPS reception on certain devices could be affected by LightSquared’s proposed service.Now that the test results have shown interference to GPS, the FCC shouldn’t allow LightSquared to keep trying out modified versions of its plan to use the spectrum near the GPS band.  LightSquared’s operations and GPS are fundamentally incompatible and the FCC should order LightSquared out of that band.How do I tell the FCC to save GPS? Using your GPS device in the United States to find the latest geocache could end with nothing but signal interference. That’s if the current proposal before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the multi-billion dollar communications giant LightSquared™ is approved. According to press reports, LightSquared’s current proposal could render tens of thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands of GPS receivers obsolete starting as early as next year. But there is something you can do about it.The LightSquared proposal involves offering an open wireless broadband network in radio frequency bands adjacent to those used by GPS receivers. LightSquared plans to use both satellites and land-based towers to provide this service.A report delivered to the FCC in June shows significant interference to GPS receivers from LightSquared’s operations.Groundspeak has joined a group of those willing to raise their voices in objection to this current plan. The group is called A Coalition to Save Our GPS.  We ask that you add your voice to the conversation. Tell the FCC that the current proposal by LightSquared could affect the family friendly activity of geocaching. Here’s why.The LightSquared cell towers reportedly cast a signal significantly more powerful than the distant GPS satellites. GPS devices cannot filter out the stronger signal, resulting in interference. Tests reported to the FCC using a simulated LightSquared network reportedly jammed GPS devices used for aviation, surveying, agriculture, the U.S. Coast Guard and personal GPS navigation devices. Tests also confirmed that ambulance and police cars lost their  GPS reception within 600 – 1,000 feet of a LightSquared tower.The FCC has asked for feedback from the public on the report. Comments will be taken until Saturday, July 30.  The “reply to comments” period then lasts until August 15. After the public comment period is closed, the FCC can announce a decision at any time. We’re asking that geocachers, and anyone who cares about GPS, rally to make the voices of GPS device users heard.What can I do?last_img read more