JERSEY CITY — The smashing of the front window of a Jones Street office of the Hudson Pride Connections Center on March 20 is being investigated as a possible “bias incident,” local officials said.While no one was hurt, the incident has increased the tension many people feel in the community. Hudson Pride provides a number of key services to the LGBTQ community, including physical and psychological assistance. The center operates on the second floor of a building just south of the Journal Square campus for Hudson Community College, and the transportation PATH and bus hub.Police responded to the site at about 10:40 a.m. on the report of a broken window and were met by the deputy director.The alarm company altered the center-of-motion activity on the front porch prior to the arrival of staff, who discovered the window bashed in.Nothing was stolen. ×
One of the financial building blocks for constructing the Lake Champlain Bridge was put in place yesterday. The State Treasurer’s Office successfully sold $14.4 million in Vermont special obligation transportation infrastructure bonds. A portion of the money raised by the bond sale will go toward meeting the state’s obligation for rebuilding the bridge, as well as provide funds for other needed transportation infrastructure repairs and improvements.The bonds are backed by the state’s new Motor Fuels Transportation Infrastructure Assessment (MFTIA) passed by the Vermont Legislature in the 2009 session. The bond sale was not held until this week because the state wanted to first use available federal stimulus monies to fund identified transportation projects.“Typically, in order for states to access federal transportation dollars they must cover 20 percent of the cost of the project,” explained State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. “This week’s bond sale provided the state with the matching funds needed to support badly needed transportation projects like the Lake Champlain Bridge.”The Governor and State Legislature passed the MFTIA to raise money to fund a back-log of State transportation infrastructure needs. The bonds sold this week are different from the State’s general obligation bonds in that they are repaid exclusively with revenue collected from the special assessment. The MFTIA is adjusted quarterly and is set at 2 percent of the price of gasoline and 3 cents per gallon on diesel fuel.In addition to the Lake Champlain Bridge at Crown Point, bond proceeds will pay for interstate bridge rehabilitation work in Brattleboro and Putney; as well as, State bridge projects in Cambridge, Cornwall, Richmond, and in the Moretown-Middlesex area. Funding also will be used for work on the north lane of the Bennington Bypass.“Over the past two years, the Agency of Transportation has made significant progress in addressing paving and bridge needs,” said Transportation Secretary David Dill. “Adding bonding to our tool box will no doubt assist us in keeping the momentum going in the right direction – reducing our number of structurally deficient bridges and decreasing the number of miles of very poor pavement conditions. I thank Treasurer Spaulding and his staff for a very successful bond sale.”This week’s bond sale could be the first of several over the next five years to support transportation. The sale was conducted via the internet, with nine companies bidding on the bonds. The winning bid was from the Robert W. Baird & Company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The bonds mature in increments of between one and 20 years and pay a total interest cost of 3.2 percent.Source: Vermont Treasurer. 7.21.2010
by: Lisa Freeman“We all share the same name.”That’s how Alexandra Marquez-Massino Rojas, general manager of COOPE-ANDE in Costa Rica summed up the importance of credit unions of all shapes and sizes remaining united.Rojas, whose CU serves 56,500 members with 301 employees, was among the panelists discussing small credit union sustainability and growth at the combined America’s Credit Union Conference and World Credit Union Conference here.Regardless of size, Rojas said, CUs are facing the same challenging environment, and the community should face issues together, rather than becoming a house divided over size.Lily Newfarmer, president and CEO of Tarrant County’s CU, Fort Worth, Texas, agreed, noting that she has seen the distrust that can spring up between CUs of differing sizes. At about $75 million in assets, Tarrant County’s CU would be considered “small” if NCUA raises its definition to $100 million as it is expected to do, but is also still just big enough to sometimes draw a wary eye from smaller CUs, Newfarmer said. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Investigators believe the spayed French bulldog was approximately two years old.It did not have a collar or microchip.Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Animal Cruelty investigator Liz Roehrich at (561)742-6210, or to make an anonymous call to CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Officials with the Boynton Beach Police Department say they have launched an animal cruelty investigation, after finding an abused dog in a cardboard box outside an elementary school earlier this week.The animal later died from its injuries.Police said an officer responded to a call about a dog in the parking lot of Rolling Green Elementary on Northeast 26th Avenue on Wednesday. The French bulldog could barely walk and foamed at the mouth.The officer took the dog to a vet, where the staff discovered that the dog had a large wound in her chest near her front leg and also showed obvious signs of neglect.In addition, the dog suffered from seizures and brain swelling and died during the night, according to police.