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  • Avoid high student debt and dropping out by asking these 4…

    first_img TAGSStudent Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleDiverticulitis: Sen. John McCain’s latest health battle Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Jake Murray, Faculty Director for Professional Education, BU School of Education, Boston UniversityNote: This article was first published in theconversation.comEven though for-profit colleges get a bad rap for being predatory and leaving students saddled with debt but no degree, a significant number of private nonprofit and public colleges have the same issues.For example, a recent analysis examined 781 colleges where most students borrow and few can repay their loans. While the analysis found that 73 percent of those schools were for-profit colleges, it also identified 209 private nonprofit and public colleges with low completion rates and heavy borrowing.So, how can prospective students identify problematic colleges that will likely saddle them with debt and where few of their fellow students will graduate? As a policy analyst who examines issues of quality and equity in higher education, I suggest four questions students should ask when exploring which college to attend.1. How selective is the college?Many higher education institutions have a mission to educate as many students as possible – especially public and state systems – and thus have high acceptance rates. But other schools have high acceptance rates because they are motivated by the need for revenue.For example, many private nonprofits with small endowments depend heavily on tuition. These colleges aggressively seek to bring more students through the door who can pay tuition, whether out of pocket or through loans, even though many of these students are not “college ready,” and need to take remedial courses and struggle academically.If the college in question is nonselective, the next three questions take on added importance.2. Do most students borrow?If a school is likely to leave you with a four-year debt of US$37,000 (the national average) or higher, the school might be too expensive or have limited aid to offer. Or it might aggressively push students to take loans.The majority of students borrow some amount to finance their education. But depending on annual tuition and limited forms of other aid, colleges can hamstring students with sizable debt after graduation that then has a drag effect.A recent study found that graduates with loans of $10,000 or more reach the national median net worth at a rate 26 percent slower than those without this debt level. Therefore, if a particular college requires you to borrow heavily, the next two questions will help determine if the debt is worth the gamble.3. Do students finish?If a given school’s six-year graduation rate – a national benchmark for college completion – trails the national average of 59 percent for four-year colleges, there could be trouble.For many students, failing to complete college in six years means not only carrying debt but carrying debt without receiving a degree or credential, which means decreased job prospects. And for dropout students who seek to continue their education elsewhere, transferring credits can be a challenge.4. How much will I earn?While on average graduates will be $37,000 in debt, at some schools they can expect to earn relatively low annual salaries – that is, somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 – 10 years from when they first enrolled at their college. Of course, earnings will vary across professions and graduates. But low earnings make it challenging for students to pay off their debt. A general rule of thumb is that a student’s total debt should not exceed their anticipated annual salary. Thus, students should make the quick calculation of whether anticipated jobs and earnings 10 years after graduation are worth the anticipated debt.Answers to these four questions are publicly available online through the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

  • New online giving services for emergency charities

     13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Two US companies have announced plans to link online news sites to online giving facilities.No matter how compelling news coverage of disasters is, too often news Web sites do not offer appropriate links to relevant charities’ Web sites. Two US companies are hoping to change that.Non-profit organisation Relief Interactive (REACT) group and Ventera Corp. are offering have announced a service which they plan to launch before the end of the year. They say that 100% of donations will be credited to the recipient charities. Advertisement Howard Lake | 31 October 2000 | News New online giving services for emergency charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. read more

  • Defend Bolivarian Venezuela!

    first_imgThe Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro is being blamed for the shortages of food and other necessities plaguing that oil-rich South American country. But for the majority of Venezuelans, shortages are nothing new. What is new is that it’s not just the poor who are affected.Back in February 1989, the rich in Venezuela were riding high under President Carlos Andrés Pérez. But the poor were hit with a sledgehammer when he initiated an austerity program that cut government spending and raised gasoline prices. Hunger grew into starvation for many, and the result was the “Caracazo.” Thousands broke into supermarkets and other stores in Caracas and surrounding towns to get food for their empty bellies. Some estimates put the number of people killed by the police and army at 2,000 in the repression that followed.It was that violence by the state that deeply affected a young officer named Hugo Chávez, who said later that for him and his comrades “we had passed the point of no return and we had to take up arms. We could not continue to defend a murderous regime.” Chávez went to jail for attempting a coup, but came out a hero to the Venezuelan people, especially the poorest.Behind the huge class disparity in Venezuela was its long history of being used as a cash cow by the Rockefeller-owned Standard Oil companies. At one time the second-largest producer of oil in the world, Venezuela was milked for tens of billions of dollars by the Yankee exploiters, even as the vast majority of its people lived in deep poverty.Fast forward to today. Standard Oil morphed into Esso (SO — get it?), then into Exxon, then after it merged with another giant, Mobil, it became ExxonMobil. For nearly a century, the Rockefellers have picked the secretaries of state who craft U.S. foreign policy. And who might today’s secretary of state be? Why, none other than Rex Tillerson, former head of ExxonMobil. Small world.U.S. oil companies and their banks are still trying to take Venezuela back. But, meanwhile, the Bolivarian Revolution, begun with the election of Chávez as president in 1999 and continuing today under President Maduro, has brought health care, decent housing and schools to people who had struggled without them before.Venezuela’s oil was nationalized way back in 1976, but most of the economy is still in the hands of the capitalist class, who are doing everything they can to sabotage any attempted social transformation. And the Venezuelan bourgeoisie have the U.S. behind them, putting the squeeze on the country while building up the counterrevolution.Trump is now threatening Venezuela with sanctions. We know what a counterrevolution is like. Chile in 1973 is one horrendous example that led to the massacre of thousands.Defend Bolivarian Venezuela! Say no to U.S. imperialism!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • March defends immigrant ‘Dreamers’

    first_imgJust across the street from Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in New York City a powerful cry arose from 3,000 people as they gathered for the March to Defend DACA on Aug. 30. They yelled: “Say it loud! Say it clear! Refugees are welcome here!”Demonstrators showed their outrage at the White House’s proposal to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — despite the support of two-thirds of the U.S. population. DACA protects the “Dreamers,” immigrants younger than 30 who were brought to the U.S. as children.Some 800,000 young people participate in the DACA program, which allows them to live, work and attend school in the U.S. If the program is overturned, they face deportation.Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, a major organizer of this protest, explained, “Donald Trump needs to take a strong stand now to protect DACA rather than continue to sympathize with white supremacists like [former Arizona Sheriff] Joe Arpaio.” (Daily News, Aug. 31)Supportive individuals and groups joined the demonstrations. They included members of the Service Employees Union, Local 32BJ; UNITE HERE, Local 100; and the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York. Immigrant rights, community, and other anti-racist and progressive organizations attended, as well as students and teachers from nearby John Jay College.This large, multinational demonstration went on for hours, followed by a march to Trump Tower, ­another large Manhattan building with the bigot-in-chief’s name emblazoned on it in huge letters. The protest showed the growing strength of pro-immigrant forces in this city who chanted, “Say it loud! Say it clear! DACA kids are welcome here!” See #Defend DACA and #March for DACA.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Attack on AFP’s Amman bureau, media counter-offensive by Syrian regime

    first_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Jordan RSF_en News August 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown JordanMiddle East – North Africa June 15, 2020 Find out more June 18, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attack on AFP’s Amman bureau, media counter-offensive by Syrian regime to go further Organisation News News JORDANReporters Without Borders strongly condemns an attack on the Agence France-Presse bureau in Amman on 15 June by a dozen men armed with clubs, who stormed into the office, smashed furniture and telephones and threw files to the ground. The raid was preceded by threats against chief Randa Habib because the agency reported in a 13 June dispatch that stones and bottles had been thrown at King Abdallah’s motorcade. “I received a phone call threatening me and warning me that we would pay dearly for what we had done,” she told Reporters Without Borders. “This attack is a new warning, with the aim of scaring, but Agence France-Presse will continue to operate as normal.”In a letter to Jordan’s prime minister, AFP chairman and CEO Emmanuel Hoog wrote: “Such behaviour is totally incomprehensible in a country that claims to follow the rule of law. These acts of physical and verbal violence have a serious impact on the work of journalists and therefore impact on the freedom of expression and information.”Police carried out an investigation immediately after the attack, taking finger prints and journalists’ statements. Many journalists and politicians took part in a sit-in outside the bureau on 16 June in protest against the attack.This is not the first time that AFP has been the target of attempts to pressure or intimidate it. After the agency reported on 9 February that Bedouin tribes had accused Queen Rania of corruption, it found itself the victim of discriminatory measures by the palace. Unlike other media and news agencies, AFP is no longer sent copies of the programmes of senior officials, announcements of official visits or speeches by the king.AFP’s years of experience in Jordan and familiarity with the terrain make it a valuable news source in the country. Reporters Without Borders hopes its work will not be subject to further obstruction.YEMENReporters Without Borders is concerned to see that the press freedom situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate.“An all-out campaign against media freedom has been waged ever since February, when the protests calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure began,” the press freedom organization said. “Journalists have been physically attacked and kidnapped, while newspaper distribution has been blocked. These abuses, now part of the daily routine for Yemeni officials, are meant to prevent media coverage of what is happening. This is unacceptable. We urge the authorities to stop hounding journalists.”A pro-government group called the Yemen and President Saleh Revenge Brigades recently posted a statement online threatening to murder all of the president’s opponents and to attack pro-opposition newspapers and websites. This was followed by a first attack on 14 June, when gunmen stormed the Sanaa headquarters of the independent daily Al-Adhwaa, ransacking offices, assaulting journalists and seizing several computers and a generator. The newspaper’s website was also the target of an attempted cyber-attack, the third in a month prompted by articles criticizing the ruling party and its policies.Faysal Makral, the editor of the newspaper Al-Ghad and correspondent of the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, received telephone threats on 15 June. He reported them to the interior ministry.The Yemeni Union of Journalists reports that on 8 June a soldier threatened Abdul Karim Al-Khaiwani, a leading journalist who used to edit the online pro-democracy newspaper Al-Shoura and won Amnesty International UK’s award for Human Rights Journalism under Threat in 2008. Khaiwani found himself trapped in a Sanaa street that had been blocked by soldiers near the vice-president’s home. One of the soldiers guarding the home refused to let him pass and threatened to arrest him. He was able to get away. Al-Hurra’s correspondent and cameraman were physically attacked by security forces the same day as they were covering a sit-in outside the vice-president’s home.SYRIAReporters Without Borders condemns the media campaign that the Syrian government has launched with the aim of undermining the credibility of the protest movement. During a carefully staged media visit to the northwestern town of Jisr Al-Shaghur on 15 June, the authorities showed journalists a “second mass grave” containing bodies of members of the security forces. They also invited journalists to cover a pro-government demonstration in Damascus.The government has also tried to repair its image by making a few concessions, including a presidential amnesty on 31 May. Ali Al-Abdallah, a journalist and writer who was serving a three-year jail sentence on a charge of “trying to harm Syria’s relations with another state,” was freed under this amnesty on 4 June (,39796.html). Reporters Without Borders continues to be concerned about the blogger Kamal Sheikhou. Freed on bail on 10 May, he was due to appear in court on 30 May on a charge of “publishing information liable to defame the nation.” It is not known what happened to him. Help by sharing this information News Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests LIBYAReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Majdi Hilal, a 43-year-old Egyptian cameraman working for MBC, was freed on 12 June after being held for more than two months. He was arrested with MBC reporter Hassan Zeitouni, an Algerian, in Ajdabiya on 9 April as they were heading to the front at Brega. Zeitouni was freed on 9 April and left Libya a few days later. 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  • Anyone for pitch and putt in Stenson Park?

    first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Previous article‘Who are you kidding’ seeks contestantsNext articleNo rest for the weary as Kidney names 33 for summer tour admin Linkedin Balls swallowed up in potholes – A picture can tell a thousand words, as shown by Gerry Neill and his caddy, Darragh Neill, on what they have termed Hole 196, at Stenson Park, off High Road, Thomondgate.They have brought to attention the ongoing problem of potholes in their estate, and refer to this one as the bottomless pit, so deep it swallows the ball. Indeed, the avenues are so laden with potholes that a game of pitch and putt is possible.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stenson Park will have to wait until mid June before any move can be made by Limerick City Council to commence road treatment works.The number of potholes has sprouted all over the housing estate and they have grown progressively deeper and more dangerous to motorists safety.They are also causing damage to tyres (with many tyre blowouts), and in many cases are forcing residents to swerve across the road in an effort to avoid them. Councillors for the city’s northside have repeatedly demanded, as a matter of extreme urgency, that some form, even a temporary road improvement project be carried out without delay.The matter was again raised at an area meeting in City Hall this week, but despite the mounting frustration of residents, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, who resides in Stenson Park, and is confronted with the issue on a daily basis, told the Limerick Post:“We have to wait until June 17, which is the expiry date for any objections to be submitted against the city council’s taking in charge of Stenson Park.“This was advertised recently and is part of the legal process required, but if no objections are submitted, by that date, the taking in charge process can then go ahead”.However, that, according to the councillor, does not automatically mean that a comprehensive roadworks programme will then be rolled out for Stenson Park.“It’s a question of funding, but I believe that some has been put aside to get the pothole problem tackled. Work will have to get underway at the very earliest date to treat these highly dangerous potholes which are making life very difficult for the residents, and for anyone going in or out of the estate”.Residents of Stenson Park Gerry Neill and his Caddy Darragh Neill on “HOLE’’ 196 of Stenson Park’s new pitch and putt course.  Printcenter_img Facebook Email Twitter NewsLocal NewsAnyone for pitch and putt in Stenson Park?By admin – May 19, 2010 858 last_img read more

  • Huge storm heading east producing tornadoes, flooding, snow

    first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong west-to-east storm system is producing tornadoes, funnel clouds, heavy rain and snow in higher elevations.Snow and flood alerts abound Tuesday morning as the storm continues its march.As much as a foot of snow may fall by Wednesday in Colorado and New Mexico, where winter storm watches, warnings or advisories have been issued. Denver also could see some snow.The storm will be moving to the southern Plains by Wednesday night, as severe storms will develop from Dallas to Houston and east into Louisiana. Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible.Heavy rain from Houston to Louisville, Kentucky to Cincinnati could lead to flooding.The storm, by Thursday, will keep moving east, bringing significant precipitation to the Gulf Coast, from New Orleans to Tallahassee, Florida to Atlanta. Finally, by Friday, the storm should hit the East Coast, dumping heavy rain. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Jayme Closs’ family releases statement a month after she escaped alleged abductor

    first_imgKEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty Images(BARRON, Wis.) — Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who was allegedly kidnapped from her home and held captive, has released a new statement with her family, one month after she made her daring escape to freedom.“Jayme and her family wish to extend their deepest gratitude for the incredible gifts and generous donations that she has received from all over the country and around the world,” Closs and her family said in a new statement. “Jayme greatly appreciates each and every gift, as well as the many cards and letters,” the statement said. “The many kind words have been a source of great comfort to her.”Jake Patterson, 21, allegedly abducted Closs from her home in rural Barron, Wis., after gunning down her parents on Oct. 15.Patterson confessed to investigators that he targeted Closs after seeing her board a school bus, according to a criminal complaint.He told investigators that, after the killings, he fled with the girl to his home in Gordon, Wis. He allegedly created a space for Closs under his bed, and when he’d leave the house, he’d put barbells and free weights around the bed so she couldn’t escape, according to the complaint.Closs told investigators that Patterson “would make her stay under the bed for up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks,” according to the complaint.On Jan. 10, when Patterson left the residence, Closs fled to safety, according to court documents.Patterson was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. He is set to be arraigned on March 27.Patterson’s father, Patrick Patterson, told ABC News last week, “I’m very sorry for everything that has happened. … I wish for a complete healing of Jayme’s mind, heart and soul.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


    first_imgStreet cleaning resumes MondayStreet cleaning enforcement was suspended from Friday, Jan. 5 and will resume on Monday, Jan. 8.Parking is now permitted on Washington Street, Willow Avenue, and Observer Highway. Parking remains prohibited on all other snow emergency routes until further notice.Garbage and recycling pickup remains on the regular schedule.Mayor Bhalla announces Jason Freeman as deputy chief of staffLast week, Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla announced that he has appointed Jason Freeman to serve as his deputy chief of staff.“I welcome Mr. Freeman to my administration and thank him for stepping up to serve our community,” said Bhalla. “Jason will play a key role as we focus on improving city services and upgrading our infrastructure.”Jason has worked for several community engagement and non-profit organizations, most recently as the director of development for the New Jersey Region of the Anti-Defamation League. He attended the Pennsylvania State University where he studied Political Science and Labor Employment Relations. Jason lives in Hoboken with his fiancée, Rachel Hodes.“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Mayor Bhalla’s administration and look forward to serving the people of Hoboken,” said Freeman.Building homes for heroesAmerican Legion Post 107 will host a fundraiser on Jan. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Kolo Klub at 1422 Grand St.The fundraiser will go towards the construction of a new legion post, which will include housing for six homeless veterans as well as provide services to veterans.Tickets are $85 and can be purchased online at Welcome aboardIn a press release Monday, Councilman Michael DeFusco welcomed fellow running mate Councilwoman Vanessa Falco to her new role on the Hoboken City Council after she was sworn in.Falco ran in the November election on Team DeFusco and is the first African-American elected in the city.“This is a historic day in Hoboken and I’m so proud to welcome Vanessa Falco to the City Council where I know she will be a voice for fairness, opportunity, progress and diversity, some of our city’s most cherished values,” said DeFusco in the press release. “Vanessa is a true Hobokenite, someone who knows our city better than anyone and who has seen it grow and change over the years she has lived here, first growing up and now raising her own family here. I am so excited to work with Councilwoman Falco and the members of the City Council to advocate for the new energy and new ideas our city needs, and to define an agenda for our community’s future that will support our goal of making Hoboken an even better place for everyone.” The man who couldn’t be boughtOfficials far and wide are mourning the passing of former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne, who died on Jan. 4 at age 93.Gov. Christopher Christie made the announcement shortly after the news reached his desk. “Governor Byrne had an extraordinary career of public service. He served as counsel to Governor Meyner, Deputy Attorney General, Essex County Prosecutor, Superior Court Judge and two-term governor of New Jersey. He did each of those jobs with integrity, honesty, intelligence, wit and flair. He cared deeply for the state’s environment, led the charge for the development of the Meadowlands Complex and for the establishment of casino gaming in Atlantic City,” Christie said. “He served his country in World War II and went on to graduate from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He was the proud father of seven children and was a treasure to his home state where, in 2011, he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.”Christie, who appeared with Byrne in Jersey City three years ago at the dedication of Martin’s Place, a prisoner reentry center, said he considered Byrne “a mentor and a friend.”“My life is richer for having known him, as I am sure are the lives of every person who had the privilege to meet him,” Christie said.Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the state has lost a towering leader and an extraordinary role model.“History will remember Gov. Byrne for his achievement in creating a state income tax that averted the financial collapse of our schools,” Baraka said. “But this could not have been accomplished without Brendan Byrne’s courage to risk his own future doing what was right even when immensely unpopular. Governor Byrne understood that public service is about the people you serve and not your own political career. His life stands as a role model for all those who today seek or hold positions of public trust.”Rep. Albio Sires said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Governor Brendan Byrne, who passed away earlier today. The residents of New Jersey and the Byrne family have lost a beloved patriarch. Governor Byrne served his country with pride during World War II and spent his entire career in public service as counsel to former Governor Meyner, Essex County Prosecutor, Superior Court Judge all leading up to his two terms as governor. He was a champion for all people and believed that everyone should have the chance to realize their potential to the fullest.”Byrne served two terms as governor from 1974 to 1982, and was a times extremely unpopular, particularly when he signed legislation instituting the state’s first income tax.Although accused of being stubborn at times, he was also known for his humor, and often deflected political attacks with a quip.One of his most famous quotes concerned his death. He said he wished to be buried in Hudson County so he could continue to vote after he was dead.Despite periods of unpopularity as governor, he became one of the state’s leading statesman and a popular speaker at various political functions.He was well-known for a reputation of honesty. A federal wiretap recorded an underworld crime boss who said during a recorded conversation that Byrne could not be bought.Byrne is quoted as not seeking elected office and in fact, ran for only one office in his lifetime, and won that twice.“He was an icon in New Jersey politics whose impact on the state and our residents will be felt for generations to come,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. “He deserves our upmost thanks for a life dedicated to public service, fighting proudly in World War II, protecting the environment and moving New Jersey forward. Gov. Byrne was a one-of-a-kind class act, honest, dignified and ahead of his time. He will be deeply missed.”New art exhibit at the Hoboken Historical MuseumThe exhibit, “Legacy of Remembrance: Photographs by Erik L. Burro,” is a series of large format black-and-white photos of over two dozen WWI monuments around New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Burro is an historian and photographer who has experience with historic character portrayals and historic site multimedia productions.Burro has been involved with many aspects of America’s Centennial Commemoration of World War I. This recent “Legacy of Remembrance” programs about New Jersey’s Great War Monuments have been presented in Princeton, Morristown, Burlington, Bridgeton, Westampton and the NJ State Library. He recently hosted a bus tour of Hudson and Bergen County’s WW1 monuments sponsored by the Hoboken Historical Museum. His photos were included in the WWI Special Collections Exhibit of Rutgers University.Burro will give an illustrated talk at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, and the opening reception for his show will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. the same day.Both events are free. The photos will remain on exhibit through Feb. 18 at 1301 Hudson St.New exhibit “ELEMENTS” premiers at hob’art co-operative galleryhob’art co-operative gallery has announced its first group show of 2018 last week.The show “Elements” will run from Jan.12 to Feb. 3. Our opening reception will be on Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Participating artists include Ann Kinney, Jean Paul Picard, Rich Roberts, Ibou Ndoye,France Garrido, Janet Kolstein, and Liz Cohen Ndoye.Hob’art co-operative gallery wants to celebrate its 17th year in existence and its fifth year as a gallery in The Monroe Center for the Arts. Because of this, the group show will have works that focus on the elements of art – Line, Shape, Color, and Texture.The work of Ndoye bursts with excitement because of his use of the element of color.The exuberant and unusual compositions of Picard, and Roberts, will get imaginations going due to their unusual use of shapes. Cohen Ndoye, and Kinney focus on unusual scenes and images that employ the element of texture. Kolstein and Garrido create fabulous imagery through their love of the sinuous quality of lines.Gallery information can be obtained on the website incidents significantly increase risk of harm to the autisticWith two recent deaths on Christmas and Christmas Eve, the National Autism Association is warning caregivers about the increased risks of autism-related wandering during the holiday season.On Christmas Eve, a 15-year-old boy with autism died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle. The next day, the body of 7-year-old boy with autism was found floating in a nearby pool.Each year, hundreds of children and adults with autism go missing, but holiday-related wandering cases are especially dangerous. According to a study from the National Autism Association (NAA), incidents that occurred from a social or family gathering, such as those during the holidays, ended in death 69 percent of the time. In recent years, cases have occurred on Mother’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.Similar to wandering behaviors in the Alzheimer’s community, wandering/elopement, or “running” behaviors in children and adults with autism have led to countless tragedies across the country. A pediatrics study in 2012 found that half of children with autism attempt to wander/elope from a safe environment. According to NAA, accidental drowning is responsible for the vast majority of lethal outcomes, especially among younger children with autism. The second leading cause of death is by fatal traffic injury, typically in teenage males with autism.Times of transition, commotion and stress can increase wandering and elopement behaviors, and this is especially true during the holidays and holiday gatherings. Not only do unfamiliar places, noisy settings or disrupted routines bolster the chance for a child or adult to exit-seek, it can also make it difficult for caregivers to respond. With the commotion of gatherings, caregivers may not be aware the child is missing, which can prolong search efforts.Preparation ahead of holiday gatherings can decrease risk. It’s important that caregivers make relatives and friends aware of wandering risks ahead of time, and assign one trusted adult to closely supervise the at-risk children at all times for an agreed-upon period of time. Tools like door chimes and stop sign prompts are inexpensive enough to take to a relative’s home during visits, and items that reduce noise can also help. Consider tracking technology or distance monitors, especially if visiting someone else’s home. Having identification on your child is essential, especially if communication challenges are present. Avoiding triggers is also key, so allowing the child to do what makes them feel comfortable and happy may help decrease anxiety. In the event of an emergency, call 911 and search nearby sources of water first, even if it’s murky or icy. NJ Transit announces meeting about Union Dry Dock propertyAccording to a notice posted on the New Jersey Transit website, its Board of Directors meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 10 at 9 a.m.According to the agenda, NJ Transit will discuss the acquisition and lease of the Union Dry Dock Marine Maintenance Facility previously purchased by NY Waterway for a ferry repair and maintenance hub on Hoboken’s Northern waterfront. Residents and city officials have urged the agency not to move there and said the site should be used for parkland.The agenda states “the acquisition of an existing marine maintenance facility and two floating dry docks on the Hoboken waterfront… and lease of the UDD Site to New York Waterway, the principal ferry operator at the Hoboken Ferry Terminal, for use as a ferry repair and maintenance facility, is critical to the viability of trans-Hudson ferry service.”The meeting will take place at NJ Transit Headquarters Building Board Room One Penn Plaza East in Newark. For the full agenda go to .For our past articles on the Union Dry Dock go to last_img read more