Community Organization – AVV Ensanche A http://avvensanchea.com/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://avvensanchea.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-6.png Community Organization – AVV Ensanche A http://avvensanchea.com/ 32 32 Community Policing: Marshall Police working to expand relationship with residents | New https://avvensanchea.com/community-policing-marshall-police-working-to-expand-relationship-with-residents-new/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/community-policing-marshall-police-working-to-expand-relationship-with-residents-new/ When Marshall Police Chief Cliff Carruth joined the department five years ago, he came with a list of priorities, one of which was a strong community policing program for the department. “It can’t be one person, it has to be department-wide and become a natural part of how the police department works,” Carruth said. “It’s […]]]>

When Marshall Police Chief Cliff Carruth joined the department five years ago, he came with a list of priorities, one of which was a strong community policing program for the department.

“It can’t be one person, it has to be department-wide and become a natural part of how the police department works,” Carruth said. “It’s an essential element of policing that cannot be overlooked.”

Carruth said his years of experience have informed him of the importance of strong relationships with community policing, noting that the department simply cannot police reluctant communities.

“We want and need to have this program to do our job well,” Carruth said. “There’s a big difference between when the police respond to an incident and the people involved are willing to talk to us, versus when everyone wants to shut down.”

It is for these reasons that in August of this year, the department made an effort to expand its already existing community policing program, expanding the coverage area to encompass the entirety of the city.

The program initially had an officer assigned to the New Town community, where the community organization New Town Neighborhood Association worked with the assigned officer, meeting with them once a month to discuss community concerns.

Now, three additional agents have been integrated into the program. The MPD has now divided the city of Marshall into four quadrants, where each officer is designated as a community policing contact.

MPD Sgt. Nikki Smith was also in charge of the program, serving as liaison and supervisor of the new and expanded program and officers involved.

“We want to be more visible and accessible,” King said, “A lot of the time, if you’ve never had an interaction with a police officer or you’ve never had a good interaction with the police, then even approaching a uniformed police officer can be intimidating.”

According to Carruth, each community police officer also has full-time duties as part of the department’s patrol division and receives additional training in community policing.

He said the department is also always looking for additional training opportunities in community policing, with the department currently seeking other police departments with strong community policing programs where they can send MPD officers to meet and train experienced public servants.

The goal is for each agent to identify community leaders in their section and work with them to establish community organizations like New Town for each neighborhood in the city. The hope is that each group will eventually become self-sufficient and work with the police to identify and report any issues, criminal or otherwise, that the community notices.

“We want to build that trust in the community,” King said. “We hope this will make more people feel comfortable contacting the police and letting us know when something is wrong.”

She explained that the program has not only designated the four officers as community policing points of contact, but that the department is still working hard to get out into the community and partner with organizations and businesses.

Smith said the department has always held its National Night Out event as its main community relations event, but is working to expand that and attend a wider range of community events.

Already this year, the department participated in the CASA Trunk or Treat event during Halloween and met with several community groups to discuss the program and what it has to offer.

“It’s great because we’re going out and talking about what we’re trying to do and how we can work with them on community policing, but we also just want to go out and give the community a good experience with policing. so they know we’re here to help them,” King said.

Carruth also said the department is working to expand its annual citizen policing academy, which was held in September and October of this year.

The program is a way to provide a group of community members with the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the police department and to connect with the officers who work there.

The department also plans to welcome a group of CPA alumni, which will grow over the years, to continue the relationship between police and citizens.

The program won’t stop there though, with King saying the community policing program is currently working to find new and better ways to serve and connect with the community.

King said the group is currently working on creating a multipurpose form that the police department can use to distribute to the community, where they can alert the department to any issues the community is facing.

According to King, this can range from a serious safety issue, such as a tree about to fall, to street and lighting issues, and much more.

If the issue is outside of the planned departments, she added that they would make it a point to make sure the information ends up in the right place in the city, to make sure any issues are resolved as soon as possible.

“Anything we can do to improve the quality of life for all of our residents is what we want to do,” King said, “Even though it’s not something typically handled by the police, we want to help as much as we can.”

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Survive and Thrive protects survivors of human trafficking https://avvensanchea.com/survive-and-thrive-protects-survivors-of-human-trafficking/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 11:03:24 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/survive-and-thrive-protects-survivors-of-human-trafficking/ What comes to mind when you hear the words “human trafficking”? For many, images of darkrooms, violence, sex crimes and kidnappings are front and center. But the reality of human trafficking might surprise you, and a local organization is on a mission to help you spot it. Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) works to […]]]>

What comes to mind when you hear the words “human trafficking”? For many, images of darkrooms, violence, sex crimes and kidnappings are front and center. But the reality of human trafficking might surprise you, and a local organization is on a mission to help you spot it.

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) works to serve and protect survivors of human trafficking of all ages in Big Bend. Their mission is to disrupt child trafficking, sex and work by raising awareness among businesses, workplaces and employees. “The more people who know how to recognize human trafficking, the easier it is for us to respond to and prevent it,” says Robin Thompson, Executive Director of STAC.

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Brinker Simpson & Co. cuts the ribbon for Media’s new headquarters https://avvensanchea.com/brinker-simpson-co-cuts-the-ribbon-for-medias-new-headquarters/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 10:16:33 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/brinker-simpson-co-cuts-the-ribbon-for-medias-new-headquarters/ UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at the new offices of Brinker Simpson & Co. last week. The company moved from its old offices on Sproul Road in Springfield to a new headquarters at 1400 N. Providence Road, Rose Tree Building 2, Suite 2000E, in Media. Brinker Simpson is […]]]>

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at the new offices of Brinker Simpson & Co. last week. The company moved from its old offices on Sproul Road in Springfield to a new headquarters at 1400 N. Providence Road, Rose Tree Building 2, Suite 2000E, in Media.

Brinker Simpson is one of the region’s leading accounting and financial advisory firms.

The new space approximately 2.5 miles from their former headquarters features an innovative open-concept design, providing a collaborative work environment to foster connectivity among team members. It also includes private conference rooms, individual offices, and plenty of workstations and seating options available to accommodate team members working remotely and in the office.

Brinker Simpson is the region’s largest independent full-service accounting firm, with key partners Michael Simpson, Managing Partner; Bob Simpson, founding partner; Donna Stilwell, Partner and Chief Operating Officer; and Tom McGarrigle Jr., partner.

The firm offers accounting, tax, auditing, business advisory, business valuations, fraud investigation and forensic services, state tax nexus consultations , outsourced accounting and CFO services, and litigation support. Brinker Simpson & Co. represents high net worth individuals and private businesses.

Brinker Simpson serves clients in a variety of industries, including family businesses, manufacturing and distribution, retail and hospitality operations, healthcare and skilled nursing facilities, professional services entities, real estate development and management companies, non-profit organizations, municipalities and homeowner associations. Brinker Simpson also performs peer reviews for other public accounting firms, participating in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and state programs.

The firm is consistently named one of today’s top workplace accounting firms. In 2019 and 2021, Brinker Simpson & Co. was recognized as the best accounting firm women can work for in Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit https://www.brinkersimpson.com/.

Brookhaven resident turns 100

Anne Whiteley-Taylor, who recently turned 100, was born in Brookhaven to Louis and Bessie Whitely on October 30, 1922 and is a third-generation resident. She has lived in Brookhaven all her life.

Borough Council and Mayor Denise Leslie honored Whiteley-Taylor with an official proclamation of her life and family, as well as flowers, at the November 7 council meeting.

The parish of Notre-Dame de la Paix organizes a Christmas bazaar

Our Lady of Peace will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar, Friday, November 18, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Nelson Hall, behind Notre Dame de Lourdes School, Fairview Road. Swarthmore. The bazaar will include basket raffles, a toy wheel, television odds, a Shark vacuum cleaner, a joy basket, the deacon’s attic and vendors.

Breakfast with Santa is $8 per adult and $5 per child. The kitchen will be open during the bazaar. For more information, contact Rosie Moran at 610-256-9127 or rosetimmoran@gmail.com.

S’mores Sunday planned at the Swedish Cabin

Friends of the Swedish Hut will perform S’mores Stories, Sunday, November 13 at 4pm at the Swedish Hut, 9 Creek Road, Drexel Hill.

Supplies for making S’mores will be provided, but people must bring their own chair and drinks. This is a free family event open to people of all ages.

The historic log cabin, located along the banks of Darby Creek, was built by Swedish settlers in the mid to late 1600s and is the last such cabin. Everyone is welcome.

Delco Chamber Names Citizen of the Year

Frances Sheehan, President of the Delaware County Foundation, recently received the 2022 Delaware County Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing her leadership and impact in Delaware County.

The honor was presented at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon at the Drexelbrook Catering and Events Center.

Sheehan, a longtime resident of Swarthmore, was also named to City and State, PA’s Top 100 Nonprofit Leaders list. She is the first president of the foundation, a grassroots organization that invests in nonprofits in the area to support programs addressing housing, food access, racial inequality, public health and d other social priorities.

Sheehan holds an MBA from Temple University. Prior to her role as president of the foundation, Sheehan spent 15 years overseeing the Brandywine Health Foundation in Coatesville, Chester County, as founding president and chief executive officer, and previously led Planned Parenthood of Chester County.

Frances Sheehan, President of the Delaware County Foundation, recently received the 2022 Delaware County Citizen of the Year Award. (Courtesy of DELAWARE COUNTY FOUNDATION)

Sheehan currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Delaware County Estate Planning Council and Children First. She has served on various boards, including the Chester County Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as President of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens November 25

The 29th season of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest kicks off on Black Friday, November 25 and runs until March 5.

To set the tone for the season of going all out and rekindling traditions old and new, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. organizes a weekend the Ugly Sweater Contest.

Opening weekend festivities will include a prize wheel with giveaways and a special Ugly Sweater-themed cocktail party. There will also be a selfie photo station to capture those ugly sweater looks that guests can share on social media using the hashtag #RiverRinkUglySweater.

Winners of the Ugly Sweater contest will be chosen and announced throughout the weekend on the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest social media accounts and will win a grand prize including ice skating tickets and other fun surprises. For more details on the Ugly Sweater contest, visit www.riverrink.com.

The celebration will conclude with live entertainment including Orchestra 2001 and DJ RocDaSpot presented by the Women’s Coalition for Empowerment on Saturday, November 26 from 7-10 p.m., and vendors for a Saturday Small Business Market on the same day.

All of the best Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest traditions will return, from Philadelphia’s only National Hockey League-sized outdoor rink with stunning waterfront views, to the holiday-lit 60-foot Ferris wheel; thousands of twinkling lights; a 37-foot holiday tree; S’mores kits to buy for cooking around fire pits; festive and heated cabins; the return of the inner lodge and everyone’s favorite food and drink; this year’s park promises a winter wonderland for comfortable and safe gatherings indoors, outdoors and more.

By popular demand, FCM’s Black Iron BBQ is back for a second season. With its 700-pound smoker, customers can expect classic barbecue technique with a twist of Philly flavor. Skelly’s Amusements, a winter favorite, bakes a number of delicious treats, including s’more kits, hot chocolate, fried Oreos and a funnel cake. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Lodge’s favorite Chickie’s & Pete’s will be back with their cheesesteaks, boneless wings, crab fries and more.

Visitors can relax with a few extra layers and see all the twinkling lights 60 feet above with a ride on the Ferris wheel. Cabin rentals are available for 90 minute increments. For the third year in a row fire pits can be reserved in advance to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all ages, the cabin and fire pits can be reserved at https://bit.ly/3G6b7mD/. Advance timed ticketing will be offered for ice skating at https://bit.ly/3G5lo2F

The PECO-powered Christmas tree lighting will take place on Friday, December 2. The most exquisite event of the season, Rivers Casino’s New Year’s Eve fireworks on the waterfront will light up Penn’s Landing on December 31 with performances at 6 p.m. and midnight.

Cherry Street Pier will take part in the winter festivities.

The annual New Year’s Eve parties at Cherry Street Pier will return on December 31st with a family party from 5-7pm followed by an all-night party from 10pm-1am for adults. Resident artists will be featured in our Holiday Gift Guide at www.cherrystreetpier.com, making The Pier a one-stop-shop for gift shopping, strolling, dining, soaking up art and culture, and ringing the bell. new Year.

Holiday markets will also be held at Cherry Street Pier on December 3, 10 and 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com/.

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Mass. LGBTQ Community Celebrates Historic Healey Victory https://avvensanchea.com/mass-lgbtq-community-celebrates-historic-healey-victory/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 22:33:37 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/mass-lgbtq-community-celebrates-historic-healey-victory/ Massachusetts’ LGBTQ community is celebrating the election of Maura Healey as the nation’s first openly lesbian governor. Healey acknowledged the moment during his victory party on Tuesday night at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. “I want to say something to every little girl and every young LGBTQ person,” she said, before being drowned out […]]]>

Massachusetts’ LGBTQ community is celebrating the election of Maura Healey as the nation’s first openly lesbian governor.

Healey acknowledged the moment during his victory party on Tuesday night at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

“I want to say something to every little girl and every young LGBTQ person,” she said, before being drowned out in applause. “I hope tonight shows you that you can be anything, whoever you want to be.”

Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts GLBTQ Political Caucus, said she remembers how difficult it was to pass a gay and lesbian civil rights bill in the state three decades ago. .

“There were lawmakers on the floor of the state senate who actually called us [expletive] and lesbians in the middle of the debate,” she recalls.

“So you juxtapose that with the fact that we just elected a proud, proud lesbian — that’s as yin and yang as it gets,” Isaacson added.

Grace Sterling Stowell has been executive director of the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth since the 1980s. She said Healey’s victory is the result of decades of organizing.

“At the time, we were trying to survive and get basic legal protections, basic support, basic services,” she said. “Something like a lesbian governor of Massachusetts – it was unimaginable.”

And Healey may have company: Oregon gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek, also a lesbian out, held a narrow lead Wednesday in an as yet undeclared race.

Despite these milestones, Isaacson of the GLBTQ political caucus said community members still feel vulnerable.

She pointed to a Florida law that prohibits classroom teaching about sexual orientation, as well as efforts in several states to restrict hormone therapy and other procedures for transgender minors.

“We’ve made tremendous progress – and Maura is a perfect example of that,” Isaacson said. “But the thing is, it’s not over until it’s over.”

Healey will be sworn in as governor in January. In her new role, Healey says she will work to protect the rights of others in the LGBTQ community.

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MNSU students offer the community their “dream closet” https://avvensanchea.com/mnsu-students-offer-the-community-their-dream-closet/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 03:01:35 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/mnsu-students-offer-the-community-their-dream-closet/ MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — On Sunday afternoon, a group of students from Minnesota State University, Mankato, got together and opened their “dream closet” for the community. The student organization, called Dream Closet, collects donated clothing in the greater Mankato area. And twice a year, Dream Closet hosts free shopping events for the community. In September, […]]]>

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — On Sunday afternoon, a group of students from Minnesota State University, Mankato, got together and opened their “dream closet” for the community.

The student organization, called Dream Closet, collects donated clothing in the greater Mankato area.

And twice a year, Dream Closet hosts free shopping events for the community.

In September, Dream Closet sent donation boxes to the MNSU campus and nearby local businesses to collect items for Sunday’s event.

The group distributes clothing, shoes and accessories for people of all ages.

“Things can get expensive and we know that, especially when kids get older and their clothes grow out so fast, so we try to collect as many kids clothes as possible. We have clothes, shoes, accessories for men and women and all of this completely free,” said Dream Closet President Anna Gruenes.

About 70 people came to the Dream Closet event as soon as the doors opened at 2 p.m.

Organizers say anyone can come to the events and take as many clothes as they want or need.

And it’s totally free.

“We know there are a lot of people who are struggling with, you know financially or you know, whatever certain issues are and we just want to help out and do what we can, and we know that really makes a difference,” Gruenes said.

The next Dream Closet free shopping event will take place in the spring.

For more information on Dream Closet’s donating hours and free shopping events, organizers advise checking out its Facebook page.

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Bears announces $103,000 grant for A Safe Haven Foundation as winner of Community All-Pros https://avvensanchea.com/bears-announces-103000-grant-for-a-safe-haven-foundation-as-winner-of-community-all-pros/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 15:14:56 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/bears-announces-103000-grant-for-a-safe-haven-foundation-as-winner-of-community-all-pros/ On Friday, the Bears announced the A Safe Haven Foundation as the winner of the 2022 Community All-Pros and recipient of a $103,000 grant. Founded in 1994, A Safe Haven is on a mission to help people ASPIRATE. TRANSFORM. and SUSTAIN® their lives as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and determination. A […]]]>

On Friday, the Bears announced the A Safe Haven Foundation as the winner of the 2022 Community All-Pros and recipient of a $103,000 grant. Founded in 1994, A Safe Haven is on a mission to help people ASPIRATE. TRANSFORM. and SUSTAIN® their lives as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and determination. A Safe Haven Foundation provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. The grant money will be used for therapeutic counseling and suicide prevention for high-risk veterans.

Earlier this week, Bears offensive lineman Cody Whitehair surprised members of the A Safe Haven Foundation when he learned that their organization had been chosen as the winner of the $103,000 Community All-Pros grant. Cody casually walked into a room where a group of A Safe Haven Foundation members thought they would present their case to win the grant. Cody then introduced himself and shook hands with all the members before announcing to the group that they had already won the grant. Without hesitation, all the members burst out with emotion and excitement. Cody stayed to share the exciting moment with them, taking photos and presenting the check for $103,000. Click here to watch the video.

“The Chicago Bears Community All-Pros award at the A Safe Haven Foundation’s RISE Veterans Program couldn’t be more timely,” said A Safe Haven President Mark G. Mulroe. “Your [Chicago Bears] generosity will play a vital role in our ability to provide needed resources to our veterans. At A Safe Haven Foundation, we provide stable and supportive housing, counseling, addiction treatment, and other essential services needed by military veterans and their families in crisis.

“With this award, you will help us address critical risk factors in veterans and give them hope for a better future and path. It is our duty to provide support, services and resources to veterans (and their families) who made sacrifices for all of us in protecting our freedom and our way of life. We are honored to be among the recipients of this most prestigious honor. Our sincere thanks go to the Chicago Bears Community All-Pros and the entire Chicago Bears organization.

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Penn Staters with impact: Shah Chowdhury https://avvensanchea.com/penn-staters-with-impact-shah-chowdhury/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:23:18 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/penn-staters-with-impact-shah-chowdhury/ “I remember that student associations from different countries used to organize many events together. It really brought the community together,” he said. “Imagine me organizing a cultural festival in Bangladesh where people from all over the world can enjoy food, music, theater, experience. It actually means a lot to people who come here. To experience […]]]>

“I remember that student associations from different countries used to organize many events together. It really brought the community together,” he said. “Imagine me organizing a cultural festival in Bangladesh where people from all over the world can enjoy food, music, theater, experience. It actually means a lot to people who come here. To experience of different cultures and different histories there.

Chowdhury was able to meet people from South America, North America, the Middle East and many other parts of the world. He said understanding new languages, new cultures, and new experiences helped open his perspective of the world. This global connectivity also influences him as an alumnus, as Penn State’s alumni network spans across the globe.

“You never know when you might run into Penn State alumni, which I did many times during my travels there,” he said. “Who knows, whatever profession you are in, wherever you are in the world, there is always a Penn Stater out there. The Penn Staters can do it all together because at the end of the day, we are Penn State.

Besides personal connections, Chowdhury thinks the amount of resources Penn State has to offer is hugely important to student development — sometimes in interesting ways. During his senior year, for example, he had the opportunity to try squash and fell in love with it.

“Penn State has a lot to offer, you have to take it all in. These are the best three to four years of your life, so why not make the most of it, you know?”

Chowdhury said his experience at Penn State was like a small fish in a small pond moving to a bigger pond. For him, it was necessary because, in the larger pond, the fish have more room to grow.

“But going through the Penn State trip, I can say 100 percent that it was the best decision I’ve made in life,” he said. “Because the trip was not only remarkable, but it changed my life.”

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Reverend Calvin O. Butts III, longtime community leader and pastor in Harlem, dies at 73 https://avvensanchea.com/reverend-calvin-o-butts-iii-longtime-community-leader-and-pastor-in-harlem-dies-at-73/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 00:02:00 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/reverend-calvin-o-butts-iii-longtime-community-leader-and-pastor-in-harlem-dies-at-73/ CNN — The Reverend Calvin O. Butts III, a prominent religious leader who led the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, died Friday, the church said. He was 73 years old. “The Butts family and all members of the Abyssinian Baptist Church seek your prayers for us in our bereavement,” the church said in a statement […]]]>



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The Reverend Calvin O. Butts III, a prominent religious leader who led the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, died Friday, the church said. He was 73 years old.

“The Butts family and all members of the Abyssinian Baptist Church seek your prayers for us in our bereavement,” the church said in a statement regarding the passing of its beloved pastor.

CNN has reached out to members of the Butts family for further comment.

Butts served at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, considered New York State’s first black Baptist congregation, for more than 30 years.

He was president of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, “a community-based nonprofit organization responsible for over $1 billion in real estate and business development in Harlem,” his official church biography states.

Butts also served as President Emeritus of State University of New York College at Old Westbury and Visiting Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy at Fordham University Graduate School of Education. He was also married and had three children and six grandchildren, his biography states.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement that Butts “embodied true spiritual leadership – with a commitment to faith, community and mentorship that [she] was honored to testify in [their] work together.”

Janai Nelson, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said in a statement that he “has been a pioneering force in Harlem and across New York for generations, as well as a national icon of secular social justice and activism. of civil rights. … We celebrate the legacy of Reverend Butts, mourn his loss, and express our sympathy to all those he touched throughout his life and career.

New York Attorney General Letitia James called Butts an “icon” and said her heart is with her family, loved ones and the entire community of the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

The Abyssinian Baptist Church was established as the first African-American Baptist Church in New York State in 1808 by a group of people who “refused to accept separate seats in the First Baptist Church in New York” , according to its website. The church opened its current location in Harlem, New York in 1922, the website says.

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Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Wins Multiple Awards at 2022 Communities in Bloom Symposium https://avvensanchea.com/fort-mcmurray-wood-buffalo-wins-multiple-awards-at-2022-communities-in-bloom-symposium/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 23:11:26 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/fort-mcmurray-wood-buffalo-wins-multiple-awards-at-2022-communities-in-bloom-symposium/ The region is named winner of the International Challenge in the Medium/Large category rewarded with 5 flowers! The 2022 Communities in Bloom Symposium took place this past weekend and Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo walked away with several awards! The region received an overall rating of 5 Flowers – Silver and was named the winner of […]]]>

The region is named winner of the International Challenge in the Medium/Large category rewarded with 5 flowers!

The 2022 Communities in Bloom Symposium took place this past weekend and Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo walked away with several awards!

The region received an overall rating of 5 Flowers – Silver and was named the winner of the International Challenge in the Medium/Large category with special mention for cultural and natural heritage and the involvement of indigenous communities. The region has also received two awards for outstanding achievement, the Heritage Conservation Award and the National Capital Commission’s Plant and Flower Show Award.

The winners were announced on October 22 at the 2022 National Symposium and Awards Ceremony held in Victoria, British Columbia. The region competed in the International Challenge category with Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Citta di Alba, Cuneo, Italy, Leduc AB and Stratford, ON.

After their visit and assessment, Community in Bloom judges Bob Ivison and Tina Liu wrote:

“First Nations play a vital role in the history of Wood Buffalo. The RMWB has demonstrated an excellent example of a positive truth and reconciliation process with indigenous communities in the region. Evidence of respectful relationships between all members of the municipality, including Indigenous, non-Indigenous, immigrant and other community groups, is evident throughout. Aboriginal representation on City Council demonstrates that joint leadership and collaboration of Aboriginal culture is the way of life in the RMWB.

Indigenous heritage is preserved and enhanced through public infrastructure, such as crosswalks, murals and artwork in public facilities, schools, businesses and green spaces. Multilingual signs in Cree, Dene and English are used in the RMWB. The many events organized by different Aboriginal communities are well supported and advertised by the municipality and service groups with substantial participation from local government officials. Aboriginal traditions are exemplified through these events and storytelling opportunities to engage other members of the community.

Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo will host the 2023 National and International Blooming Communities Symposium and Awards in September. More details will be shared as they become available.

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian, non-profit, partnership-based, voluntary organization that fosters community pride through a competitive, multi-tiered judging process.

For more information about Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom and local beautification initiatives, visit rmwb.ca/cib.

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Danbury Township Parent-Teacher Group Reverse Draw https://avvensanchea.com/danbury-township-parent-teacher-group-reverse-draw/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 09:23:35 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/danbury-township-parent-teacher-group-reverse-draw/ Reverse raffle scheduled for November 12 DANBURY TOWNSHIP – The Danbury Parent-Teacher Community Organization, together with the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, are holding their third annual reverse raffle. This is an exciting fundraiser where participants have the chance to win up to $10,000 in cash. Raffles, buffets and a few surprises or others will […]]]>

Reverse raffle scheduled for November 12

DANBURY TOWNSHIP – The Danbury Parent-Teacher Community Organization, together with the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, are holding their third annual reverse raffle. This is an exciting fundraiser where participants have the chance to win up to $10,000 in cash. Raffles, buffets and a few surprises or others will add to the fun. The event will take place Nov. 12 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Tickets to attend can be purchased from a PTCO member, chamber board member, or by calling the chamber office at 419-702-7492.

Money raised at the event will support both organizations.

Special reconnection order in progress for the winter heating season

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Public Utilities Commission has issued Special Reconnection Order (SRO) 2022-23. From October 17 through April 14, 2023, Columbia Gas of Ohio customers can reconnect service or avoid disconnection for the winter heating season for $175 plus a reconnect fee.

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