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first_imgAmy Back Officially Kick Off Her Campaign For Vanderburgh County Council At Large Seat FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Her Current And Past  Achievements Are:Member of the 2019-2020 Hoosier Women Forward class.Chair of Principal Search Committee, which included developing committee, interviewing candidates, meeting with current faculty and staff for input and selecting a candidate.President of St. Joseph School Board, which included running efficient monthly meetings and coordinating with Administration on policy issues & parent concerns.Instrumental in getting a Masters Level Social Worker at St. Joseph School through Youth First.  Youth First Board of Directors, present.Leadership Evansville, class of 2008 & Board of Directors, 2010-2012Vanderburgh County Legal Aid Society Board of Directors, 2006-2009Indiana House of Representatives “Outstanding Intern of the Year” 2003.EVENT COORDINATOR | MAYOR’S SUBSTANCE ABUSE TASK FORCE | MARCH 2017-OCTOBER 2018Coordinated three-day professional development training for social workers.Developed and implemented a marketing plan for a community event regarding a specific method towards helping families with substance abuse.Secured sponsorships and funding for the CRAFT training eventShe was the Director of Membership and Investor Relations for the Southwest Indiana Chamber from June 2007 to APRIL 2012.Grew the Chamber’s membership through the design & execution of an effective recruitment & retention strategy.Served as the key staff liaison to the Ambassador & Membership Committees. Worked in the collaboration with the Chamber’s Director of Marketing on a lead generation and member retention strategy.As Legislative Assistant and Intern Coordinator for Indiana for the Indiana House of Representatives, she carried a caseload of three state legislators with work including constituent services, policy research, all correspondence. Last week Amy’s Back and her friends and family joined her as she filed for the office of the Vanderburgh County Council at the Vanderburgh County Elections Office, Room 216, Civic Center Administration Building.Amy is a long-time community champion. She has experience in both the business and non-profit sectors. Amy will bring that experience, along with new ideas and passion, to help usher the Vanderburgh County Council into a new decade. She earned her BACHELOR OF ARTS & SCIENCES at INDIANA UNIVERSITY 2003. She majored in Political Science and earned a minor in History and Communications & Culture.last_img read more


first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,City Council last night gave final approval to an ordinance that authorizes the city to negotiate to buy or to take by condemnation the former car dealership lot next to the Ocean City Community Center. This is only the beginning of a process that I hope will result in our acquisition of this land for public use.If we are able to purchase this land, I will hold a town hall meeting to discuss options for how best to use it. But the immediate goal is to protect the city block being developed with housing before it’s too late. We are not currently considering this location as a potential site for a new public safety building. It will be reserved for open space, recreation or some other public use.Council also approved a resolution to seek bids on bringing permanent electrical infrastructure to Roosevelt Boulevard at the 34th Street gateway to Ocean City. That will create reliable electrical service for the lights in the trees along the roadway. This started as a holiday display, but the decorations were popular enough the residents and guests have asked that they be lit year-round.I want to let everybody know about an open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center within the Ocean City Community Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. Experts with Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project invite the public to learn more about the environmental, economic and technical aspects of offshore wind in the region. The state recently selected the company for incentives to build a 1,100-megawatt wind project off the coast of southern New Jersey.I also want to let you know about two great events coming up at the Ocean City Music Pier. The Ocean City Music Pier’s first-ever country music concert will feature the Swon Brothers and Josh Gracin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. And two former Miss America winners, Miss America 2002 Katie Harman Ebner and Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle, will perform as special guest vocalists with the Ocean City Pops on Sept. 4. Tickets for both shows are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice .I hope you all have a great weekend with family and friends.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more


first_imgLeading the men’s health forum is Dr. Ulices Perez, left, and Dr. Matthew Corcoran, both of Shore Physicians Group. In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Month, Shore Physicians Group (SPG) is dedicating its November “Be Well Connected” education breakfast to the topic of men’s health. The event will be held Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon and will include a light breakfast at Greate Bay Country Club, located at 901 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road in Somers Point.All guests who attend will be entered to win a complimentary haircut and close shave gift basket valued at $100 from Gas Up Barber Shop & Shave Co. in Somers Point.According to the National Center for Health Statistics, men die on average five years earlier than women and are more prone to chronic illness. With greater awareness of the causes of this health disparity and more diligent attention to their health, men can potentially live longer, healthier lives. Leading the program is SPG primary care physician Dr. Ulices Perez, who will focus on the unique health needs of men. Following Dr. Perez is SPG endocrinologist Dr. Matthew Corcoran, who will talk about low testosterone, which affects one in four men over age 30. Closing the event will be a discussion with Mike Costello of Gas Up Barber Shop & Shave Co. on men’s grooming.To RSVP, please contact Jessica Giles at 609-653-3986 or [email protected] Greate Bay Country Club is located in Somers Point.last_img read more


first_imgThe Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has approved an application from Dover Harbour Board (DHB) to carry out aggregate dredging at Area 521, known as the South Goodwin Sands.The marine licence granted by the MMO gives DHB permission to extract up to 3 million tonnes of aggregate by trailer suction hopper dredging, which is proposed to be undertaken between September 2019 and September 2020. This follows an application DHB originally made to the MMO in May 2016. The aggregate is required to provide fill material for the wider Dover Western Docks Revival project.The decision follows extensive public consultation, during which over 1,300 specific representations from the public were received. Issues raised during this consultation were taken into account by the applicant, the MMO and its primary advisers in determining the application.The MMO believes it was appropriate to grant the licence because it is satisfied, on the basis of the evidence provided, the assessments that have been undertaken and on advice from its primary advisers, that sufficient measures were proposed to protect the marine environment, prevent interference with legitimate users of the seas and mitigate impacts to any other relevant matters. These measures have been captured in the marine licence conditions.John Tuckett, Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation, said:“We understand the strength of feeling surrounding this development, both for and against. As a regulator that has to balance and manage competing uses of the marine environment we accept that not everyone will be happy with the decisions we make.“However we are entirely impartial in our marine licencing process and consider and are satisfied that this decision is based on the best available evidence and is proportionate and complies with relevant policy.”The MMO is committed to transparency and helping people to access the evidence on which it bases its decisions. Details about this case, including the MMO’s decision report and Marine Conservation Zone assessment are available online via the public register of marine licence applications (case reference MLA/2016/00227) and via a page on the MMO’s website.Companies wanting to carry out commercial aggregate extraction may also need other permissions, such as from the Crown Estate as the owners of the seabed. More information is also available on the Crown Estate’s website.It is now up to DHB to decide whether they proceed with the dredging project.last_img read more


first_imgThe “lily white” has inspired centuries’ worth of rich poetry and art, but when it comes to the science of how and why those delicately curved petals burst from the bud, surprisingly little is known.Now, however, mathematics has revealed that differential growth and ruffling at the edges of each petal — not in the midrib, as commonly suggested — provide the force behind the lily’s bloom.The research, conducted at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), contradicts earlier theories regarding growth within the flower bud. The petals, in fact, behave like leaves.Published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the findings characterize the blooming process using mathematical theory, observation, and experiment.“That differences in planar growth strains can lead to shape changes has been known for some time,” says principal investigator L. Mahadevan, the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at SEAS. “But showing that it is at work and dominant in lily blooming is new, as our measurements and simple theory show.“What is most surprising is that a subject that is so rich in metaphor — the blooming of a flower — had been studied so little from a quantitative perspective.”Mahadevan collaborated with Haiyi Liang, formerly a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and now a professor at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei.Together, they studied the asiatic lily Lilium Casa Blanca, the bud of which comprises three inner petals wrapped in three outer sepals.A stiff midrib runs along the center of each petal and sepal, protecting the structure of the developing flower bud. The edges of the sepals also rest in grooves along the midribs of the petals, forming a locking mechanism that holds the bud closed until the growth inside reaches a critical point.It was previously suggested that growth in the midribs might provide enough internal stress for the petals to burst out of their casing. Another theory held that if the internal (adaxial) face of each petal and sepal grew faster than the external (abaxial) face, the flower would eventually be forced to bend outward. In some plants, these mechanisms do drive the blooming process.Liang and Mahadevan’s research shows that in the lily, however, midrib growth and differential adaxial/abaxial growth play only minor roles. Rapid growth and wrinkling at the periphery of the petals create the stress within the bud that forces it to burst open.The researchers used observation and experimentation to measure growth in various parts of the petals and to determine which types of growth are necessary for blooming. They then characterized the process mathematically in order to quantify, synthesize, and generalize their observations beyond the specific instance.The findings contradict common assumptions about the lily, but they do seem to vindicate one unlikely theorist: German literary master Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.In a 1790 essay, “Metamorphosis of Plants,” Goethe proposed that petals and leaves could be homologous, meaning that they are both derived from one ancestral form.“In a sense,” says Mahadevan, “we have quantified one aspect of the similarity by showing that in addition to being laminae, the morphologies of petals and leaves are often determined by similar principles.“In particular, leaves have rippled edges due to gradients in growth in the plane that lead to the edge growing more than the middle, a phenomenon that Liang and I demonstrated in 2009,” he adds. “Here, we build on and generalize these results to show that lilies bloom using a mechanism that is similar to leaf growth, except that the petals are curved objects.”In addition to his appointment at SEAS, Mahadevan is a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard, a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, an affiliate of Harvard’s Department of Physics, and a member of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology.His previous work includes research on how snakes slither and on how the Venus flytrap snaps its jaws.The question of how the lily blooms, Mahadevan says, “is just one more small instance of being inspired by and curious about the natural world around us, a subject that fascinates us all, child and adult alike.”The research also has practical applications in materials science involving thin films and elastic sheets, and it may affect the development of devices such as sensors and actuators that mimic the mechanism of blooming.The work was partially funded by the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Harvard and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.last_img read more


first_img The Elephant Man View Comments Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The play premiered on Broadway in 1979 and won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. It was revived in 2002 with Billy Crudup in the lead role. As previously announced, The Elephant Man will also star Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Fredrik Treves, Anthony Heald as Ross/Bishop Walsham How, Scott Lowell as Snork/Pinhead Manager/Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich/Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm/Conductor. We now know who will be joining Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man on the Great White Way. Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne will all appear in the production, which begins previews on November 7. Directed by Scott Ellis, the show will officially open on December 7 at the Booth Theatre and play a limited engagement through February 15.center_img Related Shows The Elephant Man will feature scenic and projection design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg and original music and sound design by John Gromada. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015last_img read more


first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced the appointment of Tayt Brooks as Commissioner of the Department of Housing, Economic and Community Development. Brooks joined the Douglas Administration late last year as Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs.  When the Department of Housing and Community Affairs merged with the Department of Economic Development, Brooks served as Deputy Commissioner for the new Department of Housing, Economic and Community Development.“I’m excited to appoint Tayt to lead this Department,” said Governor Douglas.  “His experience in the private sector and in state government, along with his experience working with members of the General Assembly, makes Tayt a natural fit to advance policies that will help create jobs and grow our economy.”Brooks previously worked as the Government Affairs Director for the Home Builders’ & Remodelers’ Association of Northern Vermont where he worked on important legislation such as the Growth Centers and New Neighborhoods bills.    A native of St. Albans, Brooks is a graduate of Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans and St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.Source: Governor’s office. 10.2.2009last_img read more


first_imgU.K.’s National Grid takes big step into U.S. renewable energy market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Star Tribune:Geronimo Energy, one of Minnesota’s most prominent renewable-energy developers, has been sold to a large British utility company for $100 million.In conjunction with the deal completed Monday, National Grid is also paying $125 million for a 51% stake in a joint venture that owns wind and solar projects being developed by a Geronimo affiliate. The other 49% is owned by the Washington State Investment Board.National Grid is known in this country for its regulated electricity and natural gas utilities in the northeastern United States. But the company is trying to extend its nonregulated business through its National Grid Ventures arm, of which Geronimo is now a part.The Geronimo deal marks National Grid’s entry into U.S. wind- and solar-energy development. “Geronimo was acquired to be our platform in U.S. renewables,” said Daniel Westerman, president of renewables and distributed energy for National Grid.National Grid, based in London, is one of the world’s largest investor-owned utilities with about $19 billion in sales last year, its business spread roughly evenly between Great Britain and the United States. The company serves about 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.Geronimo has developed — or is in the process of developing — a total of 2,200 megawatts of wind and solar power, which includes several projects in Minnesota. A megawatt is 1 million watts, and 2,200 megawatts is the equivalent production capacity of three to four coal or nuclear power plants — though wind and solar farms can’t operate constantly.More: Edina’s Geronimo Energy sold to British utility for $100Mlast_img read more


first_imgLeo – This month’s emphasis falls on a domestic situation. You’ll be especially concerned about security, money and property values. Stick with what is tried and true rather than plunging into new arragments. A parent or parental figure conveys a meaningful experience to you.  Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Virgo – Social activities increase around your base. A desire to spread good cheer will make you popular, but could interfere with your normal routine. Hand the details over to someone  else; you’ll probably overlook everything but the big picture.    Gemini – Pay attention to brothers, sisters or other close kin. It’s time to insist on your own rights. You’re ready to expand your influence in a dramatic way; don’t allow yourself to be held back by one with a limited viewpoint. Aries and Libra people are in the picture.  Aquarius – Get out and circulate in public. You’ll run into prestigious people who can be of value in business matters. A love relationship deepens if you show you are loyal, ambitious and ready for long-range commitments. A Capricorn is in the picture.      Pisces – Emphasize love and hope. Your partner, mate or associate needs inspiration, not criticism. Be generous with your time and talents, but don’t carry a heavy burden that is not rightfully yours. Cooperation is essential to your relationship.    Sagittarius – Focus on health, beauty, a better balance in your life-style. If you’ve recently gone to extremes in eating or drinking, you get a chance to rectify matters. A daily associate will cooperate in your plans if you accent diplomacy and good manners. Libra plays a role.Capricorn – You’ll operate best behind the scenes. Be content with your own company or an individual project that gives you personal pleasure and inspiration. Much can be accomplished if you avoid escapist tactics and running away from tasks.    IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL. Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-236-7729 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page: facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fair Libra – The day of reckoning has arrived where a creative project is concerned. You can’t continue to slide by on superficial efforts. Get down to work; consult with an expert with solid experience. Don’t be distracted by someone who is just out for a good time.  Cancer – Love and romance are spotlighted. Show your feelings to one who is attracted by your new charisma and magnetism. You’ll have an original, creative idea that can be put into motion. A relative is involved in dramatic party plans.   Aries – A puzzling financial situation will be cleared up. You’ll find items recently misplaced. Keep moving ahead; don’t dwell on little problems. Focus instead on spiritual values and helping others in a compassionate way. Pisces plays a prominent role. Taurus – Your feelings of self-worth will be enhanced. A pat on the back from someone whose opinion you respect helps. So does the prospect of better earnings, more prestige and a promotion. You can make an important purchase.     Scorpio – A love affair takes a spectacular turn, offering a chance to travel, see new places and expand your mental horizons. You’ll entertain or be entertained in style. Your ability to communicate well is favored; so is fortunate speculation. last_img read more


first_imgI’m often asked, “How much should we be spending on marketing?” I always reply with a three-word joke, “More. Much more!” The best answer to that question is not so much HOW MUCH you spend, but WHAT you are spending it on.We’re in prime budgeting season. Every credit union or bank marketer is sharpening their pencils and crunching their numbers. We budget for business development, give-a-ways, annual meetings, promotions, websites and more. There are GLs for every possible line item.But are they the right items? As you prepare your 2016 marketing budget, consider the following five areas that need concentration. Each item will generate the greatest return on those precious marketing resources.Here are the five must haves for your 2016 marketing budget:A Micro-Local Emphasis—You probably already know the importance of investing your dollars in local events and marketing. Doing business locally is certainly a trend. However, as you examine your 2016 budget make sure every single expense ties back to the micro-level. In other words, if something (billboard, event, etc.) does not take place within three miles of one your branches don’t do it. This ties back to a strategy I wrote in a post called “Own The Circle.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more