Mass. Ad, Mailing Against EMS Funding Angers FirefightersRush

first_imgAccording to Ms. Finn, “There is no one in town by the name of James H. Fissell but there is a James H. Frissell of 43 Mill Road.” She said she contacted Paul O’Donnell, owner of the Patriot newspaper, and cited Massachusetts General Laws, which state the name and address must be included in a paid political ad, and requested a copy of the paperwork, which a newspaper must keep on file for a year. The override question seeks to add seven EMT/firefighters at a cost of $530,000. In a second telephone call to Mr. Frissell informing him that Mr. Moroz said he had admitted being involved, Mr. Frissell said, “It’s not me. I have known Mr. Moroz for a long time and I was pulling his leg.” A full-page ad in a local newspaper and a mailing to Dudley (Mass.) residents urging them to vote no in the annual town election Monday on an override question has caused a firestorm of reaction. The committee in favor of adding the additional personnel, which would enable the town to provide 24-7 ambulance and fire protection, objected to the ad and mailing, which contain wrong facts and figures, according to Chet Moroz, a full-time EMT/firefighter who is a member of the Citizens for Paramedic Fire Coverage. That group recommended the Proposition 2-1/2 override question. “The $530,000 increase will staff the station for the reminder of the 84 hours with paramedic/firefighters for … full coverage,” said Mr. Moroz. “At the present time we only have that coverage for 50 percent of the time at the intermediate level and with the seven new firefighters we would be getting paramedics 24-7.” The ad, which ran in this week’s edition of the Patriot newspaper, states it was a paid political advertisement by James H. Fissell, but does not list the address as required by state law. The mailing containing the same information and does not require a name and address, according to Town Clerk Ora Finn. Mr. Moroz said, “If approved, the budget would be $1,120,947 for 24-7 full-time coverage.” However, two telephone calls to Mr. Frissell resulted in him denying he was involved.center_img “The law states that information must be made available to anyone who requests it. He would not cooperate nor would he reveal who the person was who paid for the ad,” she said. DUDLEY, Mass. — Ad, mailing against override angers firefighters The ad and mailed flier state the $530,000 would cover 38 hours now handled by on-call firefighters, which represents a 76 percent cost increase to cover 23 percent of the week. It also notes the seven firefighters would increase the department for 23 percent more service and would be in excess of $1.2 million. However, Mr. Moroz said, “I know James Frissell well and he admitted to me that he was the one who was involved in the ad and the mailing and I informed Ms. Finn of that and I am telling you the same thing.” Mr. O’Donnell said, “This is the first time in 35 years that I have been asked about an address being on an ad. I have nothing to say.” “It’s not me, but I will tell you the town spent all that money for the library to use that old town hall building when it should have committed the money to EMT/firefighters and police officers, which the town needs,” he said. Mr. Moroz said, “People have to know the fiscal year 2008 budget is $694,647 and staffs the fire station for 84 of the 168 hours in a week for 50 percent coverage. The 18 hours of coverage on weekends was not in the 2008 budget, but thanks to a private donation of $15,000, have been in effect since January.last_img read more

Wisconsin Woman Dies after Banging Head in Ambulance

first_imgClick here for the full story. MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) — An 85-year-old Madison woman has died, after she banged her head in an ambulance that slammed on the brakes while transporting her husband to a hospice facility. Laurel Huibregtse died at UW Hospital, just hours before her 86-year-old husband Donald passed away at the hospice home where he was taken in Fitchburg. Both died on Tuesday, a day after the mishap.last_img

Synagogue, Mosque and Temple Rise Side by Side Near Church in Suburban Paris

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore20 miles east of Paris, a local mayor is breaking new ground by placing a synagogue, a mosque and two Buddhist temples side by side in an effort to harbor harmony between faiths. The traditionally Catholic town of Bussy-Saint-Georges, has long had a church.France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish minorities, estimated at about 5 million and half a million respectively. They rub shoulders with about one million Buddhists, many of them immigrants from France’s former east Asian colonies. (READ the Reuters story from CNBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bartlett Sher Slated to Direct New Porgy and Bess at Met Opera in 2019-2020 Season

first_img View Comments In an interview with the Met’s general manager Peter Gelb, The New York Times reported that Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher is scheduled to helm a new production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019-2020 season. Grammy-winning opera singer Eric Owens has already been tapped to star.As previously reported, Sher is set to direct Broadway’s My Fair Lady in spring 2018. Sher received a 2008 Tony Award for directing South Pacific and is currently Tony-nominated for his work on Oslo. He also received Tony nominations for The King and I, Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing! and The Light in the Piazza. He has regularly worked at the Met, having directed stagings of The Barber of Seville (2006), Tales of Hoffman (2009), Le Comte Ory (2011) and Two Boys (2011).Set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, Porgy and Bess follows beautiful Bess as she struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the crippled but courageous Porgy (Owens). The Tony-winning Broadway revival starred Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald in the respective title roles. McDonald garnered her fifth Tony win for her performance.Official dates, casting and a creative team will be announced at another time. Bartlett Sher(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

Crashes involving wrong-way driver closes both directions on I-91 in Dummerston

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Multiple people were injured in a series of crashes Sunday night, Dec. 13, 2020, on Interstate 91 in the town of Dummerston involving a wrong-way driver. The Vermont State Police investigation into this incident is active and ongoing at this time, and the highway is closed in both directions.The preliminary investigation shows the following:Police received an emergency call at 5:41 p.m. Sunday from a southbound driver who reported seeing another driver headed south in the northbound lanes. A state trooper responding northbound on the interstate with his lights and siren activated encountered the wrong-way driver in a pickup truck. The trooper swerved to avoid a collision and was sideswiped by the pick-up truck. The cruiser suffered minor damage, and the trooper turned around in an attempt to safely stop the vehicle.A short distance later, the pick-up truck collided head-on with a northbound van, causing the van to strike a third vehicle. Two other vehicles went off the road while taking evasive action to avoid collisions.The wrong-way driver was transported by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. State police are investigating whether impairment contributed to the incident.The van was occupied by four individuals. Three of them were taken by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial for treatment of unknown injuries. The fourth suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter (DHART) to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. That person’s condition was reported to be stable at the hospital.The driver of the second pick-up truck suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial. The drivers of the two other vehicles were evaluated on scene and released.Vermont State Police investigators from the Crash Reconstruction Team are on scene. I-91 remains closed both north- and southbound between Exit 3 (Brattleboro) and Exit 4 (Putney). Motorists are advised to expect delays and take alternate routes. The Vermont Agency of Transportation is on scene assisting with the road closure.Further details about the crash, including the names of the individuals and information regarding the vehicles involved, will be released after further investigation.Police ask that anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have information that is relevant to the investigation call the Vermont State Police barracks in Westminster at 802-722-4600.STATE OF VERMONTDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETYVERMONT STATE POLICENEWS RELEASEMOTOR VEHICLE CRASHCASE#: 20B105675RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Ryan WoodSTATION: WestminsterCONTACT#: 802-722-4600DATE/TIME: 5:41 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020STREET: Interstate 91 northboundTOWN: DummerstonINTERSTATE MILE MARKER: Mile Marker 16WEATHER: ClearROAD CONDITIONS: Wetlast_img read more

John Skubal steps down from Overland Park council, city to appoint replacement within 30 days

first_imgJohn Skubal celebrating in Prairie Village on election night last November.John Skubal, a ten-year veteran of the governing body, has resigned his seat on the Overland Park city council. The city will appoint a replacement in the next 30 days.Register to continuelast_img

Caribbean Bar Association leads a series of conversations on diversity

first_imgCaribbean Bar Association leads a series of conversations on diversity JUSTICE JAMES E.C. PERRY, center, with CBA past presidents, from the left, Cherine Smith Valbrun, Carol Green Von Kaul, Schuyler A. Smith, and Sheldon Philp, participated in the Caribbean Bar Association’s Diversity Symposium this year. The CBA programs focused on diversity in the South Florida legal community.Caribbean Bar Association leads a series of conversations on diversity June 1, 2015 Regular Newscenter_img The Caribbean Bar Association recently wrapped up a series of discussions focused on diversity in the South Florida legal community.The series, funded in part by a Florida Bar Diversity Leadership Grant, began in Miami in February where the CBA and White & Case hosted a Diversity Symposium featuring a candid conversation with Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.After brief remarks, Justice Perry opened the floor to questions from the group. This included inquiries about the role young lawyers must play in stepping up to opportunities to lead in the profession and on the bench; a recognition of the role of the political process in selecting judges; and a discussion questioning how far the judicial system and the United States has really come in light of the recent killings of young black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.Attendees also enjoyed a variety of Caribbean food and drinks, an exhibit of art from the Dominican Republic, and music by jazz saxophonist Randy Corinthian.The series continued in Ft. Lauderdale where, in celebration of Black History Month, the CBA partnered with the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Haitian Lawyers Association, and T.J. Reddick Bar Association to host a luncheon panel discussion. Moderated by 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee Member Sydney Calloway, the panel featured some of the most prominent members of Broward County’s black legal community: County Judge Mary Rudd Robinson, Circuit Judge Elijah Williams, Florida Bar Past President Eugene Pettis, and former Florida Bar Board of Governors member Juliet Roulhac.The panel recounted the history of the appointment and election of black judges in Broward County and discussed how voluntary bar associations, law firms, and individual lawyers could do more to increase the number of minority lawyers in the pipeline.The panel also offered advice to young attorneys on how to develop relationships with lawyers at various stages of practice and start planning early in their careers to step into leadership roles.The final stop in the series was in West Palm Beach where the CBA and F. Malcom Cunningham Bar Association collaborated to plan a panel discussion themed, “Living and Working in Palm Beach County as a Minority Attorney.”The panel included speakers from private practice, government and in-house: Grasford W. Smith of Jones Foster, Johnston & Stubbs; Jean Marie Middleton, senior counsel, Palm Beach County School Board; and Lisa Quarrie, director of development, mergers and acquisitions of NextEra Energy Resources.The panelists discussed their experiences living and working in a variety of practice areas in Palm Beach County and the efforts being made to increase diversity in the practice in Palm Beach. The panel highlighted that there were limited active efforts within private practice and business to recruit and retain diverse attorneys. Participants joined the panel in discussing strategies for minority attorneys themselves to recruit other diverse attorneys into leadership roles in bar associations, civic groups, and open positions in their companies and law firms.“The Caribbean Bar Association is pleased to have partnered with other bar associations throughout the year to create great programming that is beneficial to our members and highlights the work of diverse attorneys in our community,” said CBA President Annika E. Ashton. “Attendees at all three events found the discussions to be informative and helpful in understanding and addressing issues related to diversity in the profession.”last_img read more

SVN sells Alexsi Apartments for $890K

first_imgDesert Commercial Advisors Vice-President and Investment Advisor Danny Lee represented the seller, Seacret Forum Group of Companies, in the $890,000 sale of Alexsi Apartments.Sheila Hunter with Thomas Title & Escrow Agency handled the sale transaction.The multifamily property is located at 2930 N. 38th St., which is less than a half-mile across the Tower Plaza Shopping Center, which was built back in 1958.The original towers have been there since 1941 and everything was built around it.  Moving ahead almost 60 years, the area is surrounded by several multifamily properties and a large trade area of retailers that spread east and west along Thomas Road in Phoenix.“The seller wanted to liquidate his multifamily holdings and this was the last of his properties,” Lee said.The 13-unit property was put on the market at a great time.  The buyer, Jeffrey Greenberg with Running Brook LLC was in a 1031 Exchange and found the perfect fit with Alexsi Apartments.  Additionally, the buyer plans to reposition the property with moderate renovations around the entire property.last_img read more

Reduced activity of an important enzyme identified among suicidal patients

first_imgShare It is known that people who have attempted suicide have ongoing inflammation in their blood and spinal fluid. Now, a collaborative study from research teams in the U.S., Sweden and Australia published in Translational Psychiatry shows that suicidal patients have a reduced activity of an enzyme that regulates inflammation and its byproducts.The study is the result of a longstanding partnership between the research teams of Professor Sophie Erhardt, Karolinska Institutet Professor Lena Brundin at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Professor Gilles Guillemin at Macquarie University in Australia. The overall aim of the research is to find ways to identify suicidal patients.Biological factors Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Email Currently, there are no biomarkers for psychiatric illness, namely biological factors that can be measured and provide information about the patient’s psychiatric health. If a simple blood test can identify individuals at risk of taking their lives, that would be a huge step forward, said Erhardt, a Professor at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet, who led the work along with Brundin.The researchers analyzed certain metabolites, byproducts formed during infection and inflammation, in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid from patients who tried to take their own lives. Previously it has been shown that such patients have ongoing inflammation in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid. This new work has succeeded in showing that patients who have attempted suicide have reduced activity of an enzyme called ACMSD, which regulates inflammation and its byproducts.“We believe that people who have reduced activity of the enzyme are especially vulnerable to developing depression and suicidal tendencies when they suffer from various infections or inflammation. We also believe that inflammation is likely to easily become chronic in people with impaired activity of ACMSD,” said Brundin.Important balanceThe substance that the enzyme ACMSD produces, picolinic acid, is greatly reduced in both plasma and in the spinal fluid of suicidal patients. Another product, called quinolinic acid, is increased. Quinolinic acid is inflammatory and binds to and activates glutamate receptors in the brain. Normally, ACMSD produces picolinic acid at the expense of quinolinic acid, thus maintaining an important balance.“We now want to find out if these changes are only seen in individuals with suicidal thoughts or if patients with severe depression also exhibit this. We also want to develop drugs that might activate the enzyme ACMSD and thus restore the balance between quinolinic and picolinic acid,” Erhardt said. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

It’s too early to pop champagne for offices

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