People’s United Bank sponsors Bowl for Kids’ Sake

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,Big Brother Big Sisters of Windham County recently received $3,000 from People’s United Bank to sponsor the 31st Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event.The event will be held on April 7th and teams will bowl and raise money to help provide a high quality mentoring program in Windham County for many wonderful kids who need and want a mentor. The money raised at Bowl For Kids Sake will go to support every aspect of the program: recruiting, screening, training and supporting mentors; learning about Littles so a good match is made with a great Big; supporting the Littles and their parents; providing fun activities for Bigs and Littles to attend, and other administrative expenses.There are so many wonderful kids who need and want a mentor. Mentors are ordinary people doing something very special for as little as one hour a week and making a big difference in the lives of local youth. Mentors do what they normally would but do it with their Little, such as cooking dinner, go to the movies or a quiet walk in the woods.Recent surveys of Windham County’s Little Brothers and Little Sisters demonstrate a 79% increase in their self-confidence; 74% increase in their ability to express their feelings; 67% increase in their decision-making ability; 66% increase in their academic performance and their use of school resources; and 61% improvement in their attitude towards school.‘It is only through the generous support of local businesses such as People’s United Bank, that Youth Services can provide the Big Brother Big Sisters program to kids who really benefit from having caring mentors in their lives,’ said David Brown, Interim Executive Director, Youth Services, Inc.‘We are proud of People’s United Bank’s history of sponsorship, that spans over a decade, making a positive difference in the lives of local youth,’ said Arne Hammarlund, Community Services Manager at People’s United Bank.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County is a program of Youth Services, Inc. Since 1972, Youth Services’ programs have been helping area youth and families cope with tough issues. A staff of professionals assists area youth and families with problems ranging from the challenges associated with growing up to substance abuse or trouble with the law. The agency’s goals are to be responsive to the needs of the residents of Windham County and nearby New Hampshire and to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay for services.People’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with approximately $25 billion in assets. Peoples United Bank, founded in 1842, provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through nearly 340 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and in Westchester County and Long Island, New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.Brattleboro, VermontPhoto:Arne Hammarlund, Community Services Manager at People’s United Bank presents a $3,000 check to David Brown, Interim Executive Director at Youth Services, Inc.last_img read more

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Starting Out

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogYou dream it for years, you plan it for months, then abruptly the time comes to undertake your goal and suddenly you don’t know how to feel.I am currently in the car with my husband, Brew, driving to the base of Katahdin. We are going to spend the afternoon scouting out access roads in the 100 mile Wilderness and if we are able to confirm our meeting points today then I will start my 2,175 mile journey tomorrow, and at the latest Saturday.I don’t know that I am anxious as much as expectant. There is a little bit of fear in me, but I can talk it down and out fairly quickly. I know failure is an option, but when failure is an option it also means that success is attainable. And that’s what this is, a dream; the opportunity to reach beyond my known limits and do something that no one of my sex has done before. Bluntly, it opens up the possibility of a women’s trail record and a world record, however, that doesn’t feel very personal. The intimate issue is that after a long period of preparation, all it’s really about now is just finding out what I’m made of… what’s inside.There is nothing about this journey that does not feel natural, dare I say preordained. People talk about a “calling,” and whether or not I am called by destiny, the wilderness, or a sense of adventure; I know that above all I am called by a sense of belonging. As humans, we are all given an exclusive set of gifts and talents. I truly believe that I have a pain threshold, level of endurance, and love of the woods that makes me uniquely qualified to try to set a woman’s endurance record on the Appalachian Trail. It feels like my body and skills are best utilized in such an endeavor. When I am pushing my limits in nature there is a sense of home; granted, without the stereotypical comforts, but with a sense of meaning and purpose that calls up something innately rooted within my soul.One of the first men to set an Appalachain Trail Endurance Record was David Horton, and then in 2005 he went to the Pacific Crest Trail and set an endurance record on the west coast. This summer he attempted a third record on the Continental Divide Trail, but on the first day he fell victim to extreme heat and conditions and was forced to give-up the attempt due to life-threatening circumstances. I look up to David Horton a great deal, and hearing of his attempt was a sound reminded of how courageous he is, and how powerful and dangerous the elements can be.This summer, I am in no way planning of trying to fight or conquer the trail and it’s conditions. Instead, I want to live harmoniously within its boundaries in a way that I can freely flow down its path. I want to embrace its challenges and learn from every experience.I want to hike the trail, and I am so excited that the time has come and I am able to take my first steps. Even if those ‘first steps’ will result in a hopeful 44 miles on my first day.last_img read more

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Nonprofit Offering House to Long Island Veterans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Military veterans who’ve received the Purple Heart are being offered a chance to win a house on Long Island, officials said.The Fairway Foundation, a Minnesota-based nonprofit, announced Tuesday that it purchased a home at 102 Coventry Ave. in Mastic that will be renovated and given to a wounded veteran from LI who was honorably discharged and served after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. A panel of veterans will decide the winner later this year based on those that demonstrate the greatest need.The initiative is part of the volunteer foundation’s Purple Heart campaign to help increase awareness of the obstacles our veterans face when returning to civilian life. With more than 100,000 veterans, LI has the highest population of veterans in New York State and one of the highest veteran populations in the nation.The foundation raised enough funds locally to purchase the three-bedroom ranch and plans to start renovations within the next few weeks. The Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. donated $5,000 to the Fairway Foundation under the group’s “We’re More Than Realtors®” campaign to support the foundations work with Veterans and their families. The renovation project will be led by the Interior Design Society’s Long Island Chapter.At the completion of this home being awarded, the Fairway Foundation intends to continue annual fundraising efforts in order to create a general fund that will allow for the continued assistance to other local veterans in need.For more information about the Fairway Foundation and to find out more about the Veteran Home Giveaway, email the FairwayFoundationNY@gmail.com or call 631-881-5110.last_img read more

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An advisory council for college students, by college students

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » To serve the needs and wants of young members, credit unions — especially college- and university-affiliated ones — must constantly re-evaluate these members’ financial knowledge, awareness, and preferences. For Harvard University Employees Credit Union($780.9M, Cambridge, MA), it goes directly to the source for this information.The credit union serves the students, alumni, and faculty of Harvard University. For the past nine months, it has consulted with its newly formed Student Advisory Councilon matters of financial education programming, university engagement events, student banking services, and more. The insight of the council helps the credit union remain relevant in the eyes of Harvardians.Here, Migdalia Gomez, community engagement manager at HUECU, discusses what prompted the credit union to create the council, how the council operates, and what improvements the council has helped the credit union implement.last_img read more

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Flood waters inundate state-owned Jakarta hospital, possibly damaging medical equipment

first_imgThe heavy downpour that hit the capital on Sunday resulted in the flooding of state-run Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), possibly damaging several pieces of valuable medical equipment.Heavy rain, beginning in the early hours of Sunday, inundated the hallway of RSCM’s GH building, with the water reaching ankle-height. The water also entered the radiology and radiotherapy rooms by the hallway at around 5 a.m.“The water receded at around 8 a.m. and the affected rooms have been cleaned up,” RSCM spokesperson Ananto told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “We are not yet able to say whether the equipment experienced any damage because we are currently checking them all,” she told the Post, adding that the equipment would be cleaned and dried extensively before being turned on to evaluate the damage.”Insyaallah [God willing], starting tomorrow we will turn on the machines [to check the damage],” she said, noting that an affected tomotherapy machine would need to be left to dry for about a week.Despite the flooding, Lies guaranteed that the hospital’s health services had not been disrupted.“RSCM remains in operation, no health services were disrupted, including in the intensive care unit and the inpatient ward,” she said.She added that her team had been communicating with other hospitals to make arrangements for RSCM patients who needed to use the affected equipment.”If patients need to undergo x-rays or radiation, they can use equipment at RSCM Kencana in Senen [Central Jakarta] or transfer to other hospitals. Dharmais Hospital and several others have expressed their willingness to accept [transferred patients]. We are arranging this,” she said.Lies said she suspected the flooding was caused by an overflow from the nearby Salemba area.She added that she had communicated with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to ask the city administration to construct a water channel system to direct water into the Ciliwung River behind the RSCM complex to prevent similar occurrences in the future.Health Minister Terawan and a number of ministry officials visited RSCM on Sunday afternoon. The minister urged relevant stakeholders, including the hospital team and vendors of the affected medical equipment, to quickly ensure the facilities returned to full function.A total of 108 community units from 55 subdistricts throughout the capital were hit by floods over the weekend, with the water reaching up to 2.2 meters in Rawa Terate subdistrict in Cakung, East Jakarta.The flood had forced 846 people from 235 families to flee their houses as of 11 a.m., Sunday, according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) spokesperson Mohammad Insyaf.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of heavy rains, issuing an ‘alert’ status from 7 a.m., Feb. 23, until 7 a.m., Feb. 24, for Banten, Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and East Nusa Tenggara. Videos and pictures of the flooding posted by National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo showed that a number of medical devices had been submerged in the flood waters.Konfirmasi dari @BPBDJakarta bahwa benar #RSCM #DKIJakarta kebanjiran #DKIJakarta @BNPB_Indonesia @BPBDJakarta @KemenkesRI pic.twitter.com/t805PFgr5K— Agus Wibowo (@aw3126) February 23, 2020“Equipment [affected by the] flood includes a stationary ceiling x-ray machine, a mobile x-ray machine, two CT scan machines, one ultrasound unit […] and one Siemens MRI machine,” Agus tweeted.RSCM president director Lies Dina Liastuti said the hospital’s medical facility team, the Jakarta health facility security center (BPFK) and vendors of the medical equipment were inspecting the condition of the affected machines.She said all of the equipment had been turned off when the heavy rain began.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19: 361 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members return home, others still stranded overseas

first_imgMeanwhile, hundreds of Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat are still stranded in India as many face legal proceedings relating to several violations that they allegedly committed during the lockdown period in the South Asian country.Earlier reports said that they were accused of being negligent causing the spread of COVID-19, violating the Epidemic Disease Act, having immigration issues and refusing to comply with the instructions of local authorities.Citing reports from the Indian police to local courts, Judha said 334 Indonesian citizens had been reported for violations by the Indian authorities and were undergoing legal proceedings.“At least 151 Indonesians are still in custody,” he said as quoted by kompas.com, adding that 31 had been released.Judha said the government had provided legal assistance to ensure the Indonesians were treated with justice according to their rights.The stranded Indonesians in India will be brought home as soon as they complete their legal proceedings and their quarantine period, as well as having obtained an exit permit from the Indian government.They will conduct self-repatriation while being facilitated by the Indonesian government, Judha said. (asp)Topics : More than 300 Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary movement, have returned to Indonesia while hundreds of others are still stranded overseas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foreign Ministry has said.“They were spread across 13 countries with a total of 1,165 people, 361 of whom have returned to Indonesia,” said the ministry’s director for citizen protection Judha Nugraha in a statement on Wednesday.Judha did not provide further details about where the returning Tablighi Jamaat came from. However, according to the ministry’s data as of May 27, many of those who have returned home came from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait and Thailand.last_img read more

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GO-TIME: Corrections on Course to Save over $35 Million on Inmate Care Through Federal, State Partnerships

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 08, 2018 GO-TIME: Corrections on Course to Save over $35 Million on Inmate Care Through Federal, State Partnershipscenter_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Prison Reform,  Public Health  Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Corrections (DOC) has reduced medical costs for inmates by $14.5 million over the past two years – while maintaining or improving care – by leveraging federal and state programs and innovative partnerships, according to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). The department estimates an additional $20.5 million in savings over the next two years.“We want to not only make sure inmates receive quality health care when they are in prison, but also ensure they can access Medicaid and other government health programs upon release,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “Roughly 20,000 men and women leave state prison and reenter the community every year. It is to the benefit of all taxpayers that they receive the best possible healthcare services to increase chances of their success upon release.”Inmate health care costs in 2017-18 totaled about $300 million or 15 percent of the department’s $2.1 billion budget.Under a partnership with the Department of Aging, inmates age 65 and over are now receiving medication coverage through PACE, the program for older Pennsylvanians supported by lottery funds. The program not only pays for older inmates, it also ensures that these individuals continue to receive medications upon release.In partnership with Temple Health, the DOC refers inmates diagnosed with HIV for outpatient medical services through Temple Health telemedicine program. The program allows inmates with HIV to see a doctor quarterly via video conference, eliminating the need for transportation and staff costs that would be incurred if an inmate needed to travel to a doctor’s office or hospital.The Temple Health partnership also allows the DOC to purchase the required HIV drugs at reduced prices and ensures Philadelphia area inmates have access to Temple medical staff upon release, improving their successful reentry into the community.As a result of Gov. Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to a greater number of eligible residents, the DOC has been able to access federal Medical Assistance for inmates requiring inpatient hospital stays greater than 24 hours. This have offset the need for state funding.GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. Over the past three years, state agencies have achieved over $373 million in savings while also improving efficiency and customer service as part of GO-TIME. To learn more www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.last_img read more

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Boone County to host Shane Thome Modified Mania on Aug. 22

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkALBION, Neb. (Aug. 15) – Less than a year after the death of IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver Shane Thome, his hometown track is planning a special event in his honor.Boone County Raceway will host the first annual Shane Thome Modified Mania special on Friday, Aug. 22 to remember Thome, who died as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident last September.The Modified division will headline the event with a $2,500 winner’s share on the line and a guaranteed $125 to start the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will join the Modifieds in the draw/redraw special and each feature pays $600 to win.Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6:30 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 7:15 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $6 for ages 9-17. Kids eight and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Entry fee for Modifieds is $100 and $65 for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods. For more information, call 308 390-0525. The track website is www.boonecountyraceway.com.last_img read more

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Henderson: New deal no problem

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson insists agreeing a new contract at Anfield will not be an issue. “I am just concentrating on playing football. I am not worried about that,” said the England midfielder, who scored Liverpool’s winner against West Brom on Saturday. “I am enjoying my football, I love this club and I want to be here for many years so that shouldn’t be an issue. “I’ll let my agent sort that out, it’s nothing to do with me.” Raheem Sterling, who has reportedly attracted the attention of this month’s Champions League opponents Real Madrid, and Philippe Coutinho are next in line for new contract offers to reflect their growing importance to the team. Press Associationcenter_img The 24-year-old, who was named the Reds’ vice-captain last month and is viewed as the long-term successor to Steven Gerrard, has less than two years to run on his current deal. Striker Daniel Sturridge signed a new long-term extension last week and Henderson is expected to follow suit as low-key talks have been on-going for some time. last_img read more

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Grealish warned off Twitter

first_imgPaul Lambert has warned Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish after the midfielder vented his frustrations on Twitter. The 19-year-old tweeted this week “can’t wait to be happy playing football again” after dropping out of the first-team picture at Villa Park. He is believed to have been disciplined by Lambert and the Scot has advised Grealish, who has made 11 appearances this season, to avoid the social media site. Carles Gil could make his full debut against the Cherries after signing from Valencia this month but Lambert warned the midfielder’s arrival could be the only one at Villa in January with their interest in Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair over. “Yes, there’s a good chance that could be, a good chance,” said Lambert. “I don’t expect much, that’s the reality of it, if something happens then great but it’s got to be right for this club, financially, to do it. “Scott Sinclair one is dead anyway. It’s not going to go anywhere.” Villa are looking to progress in the Cup after being dumped out by Sheffield United in the third round last season. Bournemouth have scored 57 league goals compared to Villa’s 11 as the country’s leading scorers go to the lowest. And Lambert has underlined the importance of the Cup after his comments about the competition being a “distraction” were misunderstood last season. He said: “I got pilloried last year. “The FA Cup is vital to this football club and we will go and try and win it. “We have to have a cup run. “If we can get a good cup run it is then in the memory for everyone. We would love to go to Wembley. “We will go as strong as we can to win the game. I have rarely picked a weakened team.” He said: “I think he should stay off tweeting. “Not everyone needs to know that he’s boiling an egg. “I just wasn’t happy about it.” Grealish has been linked with a loan move and Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Peace has confirmed the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is on his radar. Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has dismissed a move for Grealish and Lambert insisted he has had no approaches. “Not one club have asked me personally about him,” he said. Grealish would have been expected to start in Sunday’s FA Cup visit of Bournemouth but has been ill this week. “He’s had a virus this week and only returned to training Friday so we’ll see how he is,” Lambert added. Press Associationlast_img read more

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