Burlington Housing Trust Fund awards over $300K in grants

first_imgVermont Busines Magazine The 2018 Burlington Housing Trust Fund (BHTF) grant awards were announced today. This year, the fund provided $310,455 in projects and capacity funds to projects that will help create or preserve over 70 affordable homes in Burlington through Cathedral Square and the North Avenue Co-op and will support capacity at Champlain Housing Trust, COTS, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, and HomeShare Vermont.Mayor Miro Weinberger, City Councilor Adam Roof, and Community and Economic Development Office Director Noelle MacKay and community leaders announced the recipients of the 2018 awards. Councilor Roof and Director MacKay are members of the BHTF Administrative Committee that makes the awards.“The City doubled its annual contribution to the Housing Trust Fund in 2015 without increasing taxes because the Administration and City Council believe that all residents deserve safe, high-quality housing and this is a powerful tool to help increase the number of permanently affordable homes,” said Mayor Weinberger. “We have worked hard over the past six years with partners like Champlain Housing Trust, COTS, and Cathedral Square to expand options for all Burlingtonians, including at the North Avenue Coop, the Bright Street Coop, as well as the new City Place Burlington, low barrier warming shelter, and Cambrian Rise projects. I commend the applicants and awardees, and look forward to our continued partnership addressing Burlington’s housing needs.””I feel particularly good about the Housing Trust Fund allocations this year,” said Councilor Adam Roof (Ward 8). “Important projects and mission-driven organizations are being supported and the community at large is getting a win. The HTF is critical to the City’s comprehensive mission of creating and preserving affordable housing for those who earn a low and moderate income.”“We already have an inquiry list of seniors interested in Juniper House, where we will offer ‘Support and Services at Home’, which assists older adults in aging safely at home,” said Cindy Reid, Director of Development at Cathedral Square. “There is a significant need for affordable housing for our growing senior population. We appreciate the City’s critical support to help us build Juniper House.”“Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity appreciates the partnership with Burlington Housing Trust Fund, which has helped us to build more perpetually affordable homes in Burlington over the past 33 years for low-income working families who live in substandard rental housing,” said Catherine Stevens, Advancement Director for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. “As an independent 501c3, we must raise all the funding locally in order to purchase building lots and build homes, and we look forward to building more homes in Burlington and all of Chittenden County with a continued partnership with the City.”“CEDO is proud to administer a program that provides hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support the retention and creation of new, affordable homes for some of our most vulnerable residents. We appreciate the support of the Mayor, the City Council, and our partners like Cathedral Square, COTS, CHT, and others in creating dozens of new units just in the last two years with the opening of new housing on North Ave and Bright St.”Project awardees are:Cathedral Square’s Juniper House: Awarded $188,174 to support the creation of 70 affordable housing units for seniors in the Juniper House development, part of the Cambrian Rise project on North Avenue.North Avenue Co-Op (NAC) Water and Sewer System Design: Awarded $45,000 to design and build a new water and wastewater distribution system and road network for the NAC, an important source of affordable housing in Burlington that contains home-sites for up to 117 very low, low, and moderate income families.Capacity awardees are:Champlain Housing Trust: Awarded $44,781 to support staffing of operations, public education, outreach, fundraising, and engagement of public officials to ensure people in Burlington and across the region understand the need for more affordable housing, which helps incentivize projects and attract and secure resources to build affordable housing.Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) Housing Resource Center: Awarded $7,500 support staffing resources, supervision, and overall organization operations to provide homeless prevention and re-housing programming to 400 households annually (approximately 900 people) who are at risk of becoming homeless or who need assistance getting housing.Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) Waystation: Awarded $7,500 to pay for the day-to-day expenses of operating the Waystation and providing services to stabilize approximately 220 homeless adults.Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity: Awarded $10,000 to hire an additional construction supervisor to supervise and administer home rehabs in Burlington, working with the CEDO office to review requests from low-income homeowners.HomeShare Vermont: Awarded $7,500 to pay for outreach and marketing to encourage more people to share their homes with those looking for an affordable place to live.Burlington Housing Trust FundThe Housing Trust Fund award are allocated annually through a competitive process in which nonprofit corporations, municipal corporations, limited equity housing cooperatives, for-profit corporations, partnerships and individuals are invited to submit proposals for either the expansion or support of affordable housing. All projects must serve households having an income not exceeding 100 percent of median income, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and preference is given to proposals serving households having an income not exceeding 50 percent of median income. Priority for funding is given to perpetually affordable housing projects. Proposals were evaluated by an Administrative Committee composed of CEDO Director Noelle MacKay, Ward 8 City Councilor Adam Roof (Chair of the City Council’s Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee), and Mayoral Communications & Projects Coordinator Katie Vane. This year, the Administrative Committee used a new application scoring system weighing the strengths of each application before a final meeting to vote on the awardees on December 4, 2017.Burlington’s City Council approved the Housing Trust Fund Ordinance in 1988 to assist the City’s nonprofit housing organizations in building more affordable housing, and the Housing Trust Fund made its first disbursement in November of 1989. The BHTF provides grants and loans for the promotion, retention and creation of long-term affordable housing for very low, low and moderate-income households. The BHTF project grants go to projects that create new affordable housing units, while capacity grants are supporting the staffing, training, planning, fundraising, and ongoing operations of nonprofit organizations that are creating or preserving housing for very low, low, and moderate-income households.More information may be found on CEDO’s website at https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CEDO/Housing-Trust-Fund-0(link is external).Source: Mayor 12.21.2017last_img read more

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Strava backs Friends Life Women’s Tour for second year

first_img Related Strava gives ‘unrivalled insight’ into the race as key riders upload their Women’s Tour race activities to the platform. Last year, pro riders regularly uploaded their race activities, including race winner Marianne Vos (strava.com/pros/mariannevosofficial) and Olympic champion Dani King (strava.com/pros/3263919).Mick Bennett, Friends Life Women’s Tour Race Director, said “We are delighted to welcome Strava back to the Friends Life Women’s Tour as supporters of women’s cycling and the Queen of the Mountains competition. It is great to have the support of a market leading sports brand showing the appeal of the race to a worldwide audience.”Simon Klima, UK Country Manager at Strava, said “The Friends Life Women’s Tour had an incredible first year and we were really pleased to be part of that. Our millions of members can join in the Women’s Tour experience by joining our challenges and following the Strava Pros who upload their race activities.”Strava is the online network that connects the global community of athletes. Founded in 2009, millions of athletes have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities.www.strava.comwww.womenstour.co.uk Strava, the global online community for athletes, has announced that it will partner with the Friends Life Women’s Tour for the second year running. The company was one of the founding event partners and after a hugely successful first edition will continue to award the Official Strava Queen of the Mountains Jersey, won last year by Sharon Laws of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.Awarded to the best climber in The Friends Life Women’s Tour, riders will battle for points at two designated Strava Queen of the Mountains climbs on each stage of the race.The first riders across each summit will win points, with the rider who has accumulated the most points wearing the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey.last_img read more

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Looking back, leaving a legacy

first_imgLooking back, leaving a legacy July 15, 2012 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Looking back, leaving a legacy Senior EditorA year ago, when Scott Hawkins was sworn in as Florida Bar president, he delivered a message aimed to inspire lawyers to get in touch with their noblest selves by asking this trio of questions:“What is your promise as a person? What is your promise as a member of our profession? What is our promise as an institution?” Delivering the State of the Bar address at the General Assembly June 22, Hawkins said he has examined those questions over the last year.Along his journey as Bar president, Hawkins said, “99.9 percent of the lawyers I met this year are committed to living out their oath — every day — and fulfilling their promise to the profession. Of that, I am completely sure. Unfortunately, there is a small number who will stray, and it is up to each of us to become more vigilant and to take steps to hold each other accountable. That is part of your promise to the profession.”Noting lawyers are “exceptional with language” to solve problems, Hawkins warned, “sometimes, however, we get caught up in our cleverness. I urge restraint. Not all thoughts that occur to you (and this definitely pertains to me) warrant expression.”As he walked the halls of the Legislature, Hawkins said, he was struck by legislators’ “commitment to do their best, from both parties. Unfortunately, I have become concerned that despite the best individual intentions, political parties often focus on preserving and acquiring power first and not good policy formation. Policy becomes subordinate to power. It is as if the two parties need each other; they need an enemy. The focus then becomes on how to make your enemy look bad, as opposed to good policy.“This probably sounds cynical and naïve. I urge each of you who has a relationship with a legislator to urge that leader to look beyond short-term interests and do what is beneficial to our state and judicial branch over the long term. Frankly, as the keepers of the law in our society, this is part of our duty, and, I would say, part of our promise.”Answering the question about the health of the Bar as an institution, Hawkins noted that with 93,895 members, it is the second largest mandatory bar in the country, behind California with more than 232,000 members.“I have learned this year that Florida has a unique role in our nation. Given its size and complexity, The Florida Bar often confronts issues earlier than other state bars. In this regard, I am extremely proud that the Bar installed Arnell Bryant-Willis as our first minority initiatives director. She is a bright, engaging lady blessed with immense wisdom. Involve her with your organization, as we work together to create points of entry for all gifted for leadership.”One of the Bar’s most important functions, Hawkins said, “is to vigilantly regulate lawyer behavior,” and the Bar recommended to the Supreme Court discipline in nearly 400 matters, including multiple reprimands, admonishments, suspensions, and disbarments.The Grievance Review Commission, also dubbed the Hawkins Commission, completed its work and its recommendations are being processed by the Board of Governors.“At one point, the commission met en masse at the Florida A&M College of Law, here in Orlando, and we had three justices spend nearly a full day working with the commission — Justice Quince, Justice Pariente, and Justice Perry. In connection with the commission, I know Vice Chair Jake Schickel is seriously exploring the formation of a section devoted to senior members of our Bar,” Hawkins said.Reporting on the legislative process, Hawkins said he and incoming President Gwynne Young visited with more than 30 legislators.“We all must remember that the Bar’s strength, in part, derives from its moral credibility and being nonpartisan. We must remember that The Florida Bar is not a political action committee. It is not a trade union. It does not raise money for candidates. The Bar is primarily a regulatory body that represents the judicial branch before the Legislature,” Hawkins said.“All year, I have been struck by how well the Bar has been received — across the aisles. It is critical that the Bar be nonpartisan and be perceived as an honest broker with the primary function being a commitment to the judicial branch.“Funding for the courts this year was strengthened and maintained at the same level for this next year, as for the past two years. Very significant. I want to compliment House and Senate leadership and the governor for helping to maintain court funding. The mechanism for funding the court system was also stabilized, as core court expenses are now being borne substantially by general revenues. I am hopeful that the liquidity challenge which plagued the judicial branch in the last few years has been ameliorated.”But in the final hours of the 2012 session, Hawkins said, “We unsuccessfully tried to help fashion a legislative compromise” regarding funding for the clerks.“Looking forward, we hope to help the clerks with the financial challenges presented this year,” he said.Relations with the Supreme Court “have been superb,” Hawkins said, noting Bar leadership had four meetings with the court as a whole, and he had several meetings with individual justices.“These regular communications have been extremely helpful to Bar leadership, as we seek to assist in addressing legislative challenges to the judicial branch,” Hawkins said.That “extraordinary” interaction with the justices, Hawkins said, has led him to “respect their service and commitment and appreciate, more than ever before, that the role and work of a judge can be somewhat isolating and lonely, as important issues bearing on the present and future have to be processed by this esteemed body of public servants.”Noting three justices and 15 appellate judges will be on the November retention ballot, Hawkins stressed the importance of what he calls “the merit retention challenge,” because research conducted on behalf of the Bar revealed 90 percent of those participating in the focus group did not know what judicial merit retention means.“Despite this lack of understanding, voters will be asked in November whether to retain or not — on the basis of merit — the judges and justices on the ballot,” Hawkins said. “For years, The Florida Bar has been engaged in voter education and public education efforts. This year, the Board of Governors — 52 elected members — initiated ‘The Vote’s In Your Court: Know the Facts,’ a voter education program devoted to providing public education about merit retention, the history of merit retention in Florida, and the vital role judges play in our democracy.”In closing, Hawkins told how he lost “a dear friend, someone very important to my life and career,” 65-year-old John McCracken, a partner with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, where Hawkins practices in West Palm Beach.“Two years ago, if you met John at a Bar function, you would have thought he really had it together: great practice, great reputation, great family, well-prepared for his golden years. And then, cancer came along and stripped him from us.“As I sat in that funeral last fall and listened to the city fathers commend John, it was significant what I heard and what I didn’t hear. What I didn’t hear is anyone talk about how much money John made or the big deals he closed — and there were many.“What I did hear was about how John helped the little guy — and we all have them in our lives — and how John was consistent and a person of character who stood up for the truth and being fair with clients, partners, and adversaries, and how he put his family first.“That is John’s legacy. I share this now because John’s example reinforces the truth: that while we are not all in the same boat, we all leave a wake as we traverse the waters of time. In this sense, we all leave a legacy. I raise this now to urge each of you to reflect on your legacy as lawyers and parents and friends and those with great promise to impact the world.”last_img read more

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Projects roll in for BNSF

first_imgThe transformers were transported by rail to the nearest rail siding, before being offloaded onto a Goldhofer 15-axle hydraulic platform trailer and transported to the jobsite.At the jobsite, the transformers were placed on their foundations using the ‘jack and slide’ method, explained BNSF.Elsewhere, BNSF’s Houston based Global Project Center (GPC) teamed up with Istanbul’s Smart Logistics to handle the transport of 2,500 cu m of cement-making machinery from the Germany and Turkey to Canada.The consignment included one OOG cargo weighing 68 tonnes. Cargo was collected from the Port of Hamburg and the Port of Izmir and delivered to the final site in Exshaw in Alberta via Halifax, Houston and Tacoma.BNSF Logistics is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for the USA, while Smart Logistics is also a member of the network for Turkey.  www.bnsflogistics.comwww.smartlog.com.trwww.wwpc.eu.comlast_img read more

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Delaware trooper killed in convenience store shooting

first_imgDelaware trooper killed in convenience store shooting Immokalee man arrested, faces second-degree murder for shooting death Author: Associated Press Published: April 26, 2017 3:17 PM EDT Updated: April 26, 2017 7:09 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Recommended Deputies respond to Murphy USA gas station in Lehigh Acres SHARE MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said.The trooper was shot multiple times and died at a hospital, state police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen said at a news conference.“This is a sad day for our state and for the Delaware State Police family,” McQueen said, with Gov. John Carney at his side.The trooper, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, was shot about 12:10 p.m. after he approached a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot. McQueen said the vehicle had two suspicious people inside.One man got out of the car and shot the trooper several times before running away, McQueen said. The other man was arrested at the scene, he said.Police tracked the gunman to his home in a subdivision of two-story houses in Middletown, about 15 miles (25 kms) south of where the trooper was shot. The gunman, alone in the house, refused to leave and fired several shots at officers surrounding the home, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said. No other officers were injured.“There have been multiple gunshots that have come from the house at police officers,” Fournier said.Hostage negotiators were on the scene and established contact with the man in an effort to get him to surrender peacefully, Fournier said. But there was no quick resolution as the standoff stretched into the evening.Police used a robo-calling system to tell residents in the areas to stay inside and lock their doors. The Appoquinimink School District went on lockdown, keeping all students and staff inside school buildings. Parents were told not to go to school to pick up their kids.Police have identified the man, Fournier said, but have yet to release his name.One witness, Clarence Travers, told The News Journal of Wilmington that he heard gunfire while sitting at a red light and saw a police officer fall to the ground. After the initial gunfire, Travers said he saw a man get out of a car and shoot the officer on the ground multiple times before getting away.Police have not corroborated Travers’ version of events.A caravan of law enforcement vehicles accompanied the slain officer’s body to the state Division of Forensic Services for an autopsy, and observers placed their hands over their hearts as it passed by.“My heart is with the officer’s family and the officers who have served beside him,” Carney, a Democrat, said in a statement.last_img read more

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SEALNG Reiterates LNG’S Central Role in Meeting IMO’S Decarbonisation Goals

first_imgSEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, supports the level of ambition outlined by the IMO’s Initial Strategy. It believes that the accelerated uptake of LNG as a marine fuel can play a significant role in the decarbonisation of the shipping sector while enabling it to comply with short-term regulatory demands of the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap.LNG, in combination with efficiency measures being developed for new ships in response to the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), will provide a way of meeting the IMO’s decarbonisation target of a 40% decrease by 2030 for international shipping.It far outperforms conventional marine fuels in terms of minimising local emissions to improve air quality and can significantly reduce GHG emissions. LNG emits zero sulphur oxides (SOx) and virtually zero particulate matter (PM). Compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG emits 90% less nitrogen oxides (NOx), and through the use of best practices and appropriate technologies to minimise methane leakage, realistic reductions of GHG by 10-20% with a potential for up to 25% compared with conventional oil-based fuels can be expected.Advancements in dual fuel technology and propulsion, enhanced control systems, and future use of gas turbine technologies present further opportunities for increased GHG reductions. It is a future-fit local emissions solution for shipping companies and the associated supply chain. Due to its minimal local emissions, LNG effectively insulates companies from the impact of future, more demanding national, regional, and global air quality regulations.LNG is a proven marine fuelling solution and is available now. Alternative fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia are not economic, not available at scale, and unproven for shipping operations. They will require huge investments by industry and governments over decades to realise their potential. By contrast, LNG provides a commercially viable means to address key environmental needs today. It is in use now and has proven itself to be an effective and safe marine fuel and has the capacity to scale rapidly to meet the needs of the marine industry.SEA\LNG believes that LNG offers a commercially viable bridging solution to a zero-emissions shipping industry, with immediate local and GHG emissions benefits. LNG-fuelled vessels and bunkering infrastructure can easily switch from fossil-fuel LNG to renewable, or zero-emissions LNG, meaning that investment in LNG-fuelled ships and bunkering infrastructure today does not lock the shipping industry into a high GHG emissions trajectory. LNG offers a bridge to a zero-carbon future – bioLNG (from biogas) can be used as a ‘drop-in’ fuel, significantly reducing GHG emissions. While longer term, ‘power-to-gas’ is a key technology with the potential to produce large volumes of renewable LNG.Sea News, April 20 Author: Editorlast_img read more

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Kimono no more: Kim Kardashian is changing shapewear brand’s name after backlash

first_imgTaylor Hill/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian’s new shapewear brand is getting a new name after all.The reality star has announced she’ll be changing the name of the upcoming line from “Kimono,” after receiving backlash for cultural appropriation.In an Instagram post Monday, Kardashian says she’s grateful for the direct line of communication she has with her fans and the public.“I am always listening, learning and growing — I so appreciate the passion and varied perspectives that people bring to me,” she writes. “When I announced the name of my shapewear line, I did so with the best intentions in mind.”She continues, “My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name. I will be in touch soon. Thank you for your understanding and support always.”After initially announcing the new line was called “Kimono” last week, fans criticized her for appropriating the name of a traditional Japanese robe.  Initially, Kardashian defended the choice of the name, telling the New York Times she had no plans to change it.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Department is looking for a dog involved in a bite case

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington Police Department is requesting the community’s help in locating and identifying a dog involved in a bite case.  The incident occurred on Thursday, April 2, 2020, around 11:30 a.m., in the 1200 Block South C street.  A City of Wellington employee, while working in the area, was bitten by a mixed breed Dachshund, brown in color with no visible collar.WPD is attempting to locate the owner to verify vaccination records.  Should you have any information about this investigation, please contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331 or Wellington/Sumner County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (620) 326-3135. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Riders all set for Pattaya Mountain Bike Challenge

first_imgThe 9th Pattaya Mountain Bike Challenge 2017 will be held on Sunday, April 30 on Pratumnak Hill in south Pattaya from 07:00 am – 12:00 pm.The races will follow the usual mixed-terrain route combining steep asphalt hills and tricky off-road descents with the full course distance expected to be approx. 4km in length.Cyclists will test their riding skills and fitness levels at the Pattaya Mountain Bike Challenge 2017.The riders will be split into relevant age and gender related categories with prizes on offer in each division.  Everyone with a bicycle (MTB recommended) is welcome to come and take part and the entry fee is 350 baht for adults and free for children not older than 15 years old.For more information or to register to take part, contact 081-3155773, 086-1460146, or 081-8540537.last_img read more

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Fire near school ‘possibly suspicious’

first_imgPolice have confirmed they are investigating a suspicious scrub fire in Officer last night. Emergency services were called to a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Danielle Kutchel last_img

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