Vermont Guardian to cease publication

first_imgThe Vermont Guardian, which earlier this year became the state’s only exclusively online newspaper, will cease publication this month.The move comes three months after the Guardian dropped its print format as a way to cut costs and better reach its growing readership on the Internet. That move drew significantly more readers topping more than 8,000 readers per day (with more than 20,000 page views) and 150,000 readers per month.”The reason we are closing our doors is simple,” said Shay Totten, the paper’s co-founder, editor, and publisher.”While the move to online helped us bring our costs in line with our revenues, and to be more fleet-footed in how we respond to breaking news and analysis, I have been offered an opportunity that, for the benefit of my family, I cannot turn down and it means that the paper must cease publication at this time due to the enormous amount of time that I put into this publication every day.”This week’s issue will be the paper’s last, and will largely be comprised of a “best of” retrospective of some of the most important stories the paper published in its two-and-a-half year run, Totten said. The Guardian’s first weekly print edition hit the streets in September 2004, and its circulation topped 10,000 readers statewide.”We have rightly earned many accolades from readers, pundits, and our colleagues over the years, and everyone who worked with us as a staffer, a freelancer, intern, or volunteer should know they were part of something important and that has had an impact on events and issues that will far outlast its short life,” said Totten. “We were the first newspaper to put breaking news on its website, to offer online subscriptions to readers, and to take our entire news operation online. These are all great accomplishments, and I look forward to seeing what folks come up with next.”Totten will be the new editorial director of Chelsea Green Publishing in White River Junction. The job title encompasses the existing editor-in-chief role, and has been expanded to include the oversight and development of multimedia tools and online content.In the coming months, Chelsea Green plans to launch a new website, which will host much of the new content, and begin thinking of new ways for each authors book project to be more than simply a book, making each a way to help organize action around the core idea and purpose of the title.Founded in 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing Company is dedicated to the politics and practice of sustainability. During the past twenty-three years, Chelsea Green has published a wide range of titles from the political New York Times best seller, Don’t Think of an Elephant, to ecological classics like The Man Who Planted Trees. Its authors are on the cutting edge of politics, energy, agriculture, green building, economics, food politics, gardening, and religion.”It was a very difficult decision, but more than three years of long hours and low pay was, in the end, simply too much to bear for me and my family any more,” said Totten. “Still, I made this decision after a long discussion with my family who has supported me and the paper to the bitter end and with close friends, allies, and our investors. All agreed that the Guardian has much to be proud of, and it is time for me to move on.”The Guardian’s website will remain active indefinitely for subscribers to continue accessing the paper’s rich archives, and more news stories will be posted throughout this week and next to ensure the paper meets its obligations to its many subscribers and advertisers.”I hold out some hope that we can find someone to manage and run the website as a news organization,” said Totten.The paper’s other co-founder, Greg Guma, left the Guardian in early 2006 to take over as executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, which operates the Pacifica Radio Network.last_img read more

Residents Strive To Inspire & Spread Hope In Struggling Long Island Communities

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the hamlet of Roosevelt, on the South Shore of Long Island, is the home of Soldiers in Sobriety. It’s a two-story house on East Raymond Avenue, an anonymous building set on the quiet side street. Dorothy Henderson, an ex-drug dealer who now helps women rebuild their lives after drug addiction, owns the house.Many of the residents have children and are trying to regain custody after seeing their worlds crumble from addiction. Others are trying to earn enough money to start a family. Soldiers in Sobriety is a safe house, providing housing, support meetings and cooked dinners, as well as the camaraderie that comes from shared experience.Josephine Hodge, a 52-year-old resident at Soldiers in Sobriety, says that the house has helped her recovery from a crack cocaine addiction.“We may have come here as broken women, but we want to leave here 100-percent whole,” Hodge says, sitting at the kitchen table in the two-story house. “We have to want the best for ourselves.”This house was Henderson’s dream, a long-term goal that she put into motion after she started attending Hempstead Council of Thought and Action, or COTA, meetings, six years ago. COTA began in January 2008, and Henderson started attending soon after she was released from prison that year for drug dealing. Henderson is one of the COTA originals, one who was inspired to take control of her life after years of “dipping and dabbing” in the drug trade.COTA is a grass-roots movement developed by Suffolk County’s Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis in 2008 while she was working as an assistant District Attorney for Nassau County. It is a response to communities that are economically or socially repressed – often both – and works to change the mindset of residents through council meetings where members can discuss the week’s events and evaluate what needs to change. Mention-Lewis says she hopes COTA becomes a grassroots movement that changes the culture of communities where drug dealing, gang violence and prison sentences are common problems.During her own time in prison, Henderson, now in her late 50s, became a Credited Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, which gave her the credentials to open the house. She also had a powerful force on her side: Mention-Lewis.For Henderson, Mention-Lewis is more than a friend. She is on Henderson’s “board of advisers,” a mentorship term that COTA members use. A COTA member’s board of advisers provides advice and accountability. It is made up of those who will celebrate the successes of a member and help to manage the weaknesses.Robin Harris has known Henderson for 15 years and has seen the change that COTA has made in her friend’s life. “If there wasn’t a COTA out there, it could have gone either way,” Harris said. “She’d been out in the streets for 20, 30 years. If there wasn’t a COTA for her to come back to, I don’t know if she would have had something to help her turn her life around.”Henderson is like many COTA members working to help others who are trying to rebuild their lives. She brings up the COTA mantra repeated at the end of every meeting: Your thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become character and character becomes destiny.COTA has expanded from its Hempstead roots, opening meetings in Wyandanch and North Bellport in Suffolk County. These newer COTAs are beginning to bear fruit.“Through COTA, good men become visible again,” Mention-Lewis said. “It gives them hope, it gives them focus and direction, and it gives them networking and helps them find their purpose.”Each council meets weekly and works to focus members, while connecting them with local business owners or community members who can provide employment or mentorship.The neighborhoods COTA serves have a lot of common problems, often related to crime and gang violence. Each is isolated from the stereotypical Long Island narrative of prosperity and suburban comfort. They are racially and economically separate. And this, say researchers, is what creates a vicious cycle.“Suburban regions that are more racially segregated have higher crime rates overall,” said John Logan, a sociologist from Brown University who devotes much of his research to studying American racial segregation.Segregated communities tend to have areas of concentrated poverty, and their residents have “few legitimate ways to make the lives that everybody is aspiring to, and I think that breeds crime,” said Logan from his office in Rhode Island.In 2010, Logan published a study co-authored by Florida State University’s Brian Stults that chronicled the persistence of segregation in suburban and metropolitan areas. They found that Long Island is one of the most segregated suburban areas in the United States, ranking it tenth according to a measure they devised for assessing integration.According to Logan, there are a number of reasons for the persistent segregation on Long Island.“Segregated housing patterns crystallized on the Island after World War II, promoted by restrictive covenants that prevented blacks from living in certain communities, most notably Levittown,” he said.As a prosecutor in Nassau, Mention-Lewis spent a lot of time in these high-crime, segregated areas. She hung out with the youth in high school cafeterias, getting to know them and talking to them about what compels young people to become involved in criminal activity or to join violent gangs.Her own childhood had followed a similar path. She was “the roughest girl you’ve ever met in your life,” she said in an interview.Mention-Lewis grew up on the streets of Roxbury, Mass., spending time on the streets with people twice her age. “I used to carry a knife–not because I would cut anybody, I just liked knives,” she said.Her mother eventually uprooted the family, moving them to Cape Cod. Away from the ghetto culture, Mention-Lewis flourished. She went to college and then to Hofstra Law School, graduating in 1993.It was while working in Nassau County that Mention-Lewis began to visualize the impact that something like COTA could have. And when she came to the Suffolk County Police Department in September 2012, she took COTA with her.She launched the Wyandanch COTA in September 2013.Graffiti is smeared over the sides of Long Island Rail Road trains that hurtle regularly through Wyandanch—at least 64 times a day. Each time, the crossing gates come down, preventing traffic from continuing down Straight Path, Wyandanch’s main drag. Cars edge closer to the barriers, waiting for the green. Once set free, drivers attempt to avoid the roadwork.Men stand outside storefronts, staring down the streets, greeting friends and watching the traffic file past.Since July 2013, some big changes have come to this hamlet of 11,647 in the Town of Babylon. Wyandanch Rising, a large construction site, has risen out of the former dirt parking lot of the LIRR station. An American flag waves at the top of four floors, the highest building in this run-down community.Signs decorating the edge of the site show an idyllic image: a drawing of two apartment complexes facing each other, each with different facades and designs. A park sits in the center, complete with water fountains, smiling joggers and carefree children running free.This is a stark contrast to the current picture of Wyandanch, a hamlet that stands as one of Suffolk County’s most economically challenged areas. Straight Path is an open-air drug supermarket, residents say. Gang shootings are not uncommon: national gangs such as MS13, Bloods, Crips and a local gang called Niggas In Charge are all represented.But on a Wednesday night, a conference room in the small modular building across the train tracks from Wyandanch Rising–the Wyandanch Resource Center–is filled to capacity.It’s COTA night, and there are 30 to 35 members present, ready to talk about their weeks. There are ex-gang members, probation officers, young men recently released from Riverhead jail. There are police officers, construction workers from Wyandanch Rising, and resource center employees. There is Mention-Lewis.People filter through the doors of the resource center, greet one another, sign in on the small sheet posted outside the conference room and take a seat, being sure to pick up one of the Dunkin’ Donuts on the way in. The doughnuts must be from out of town, because this hamlet has no Dunkin’ Donuts.One of the regulars is Joseph Byrd, a man who brings together the two newest features of Wyandanch: the construction building and the council. He is working as a site assistant for the Albanese Organization, a company based in Garden City that is developing the site.Byrd, 53, a COTA member, has gone through the pre-apprenticeship construction training class at the resource center and is now working as a site assistant for the project. But for 30 years, Byrd was behind bars for being an accessory in a murder. He went to prison at 21 and left behind a daughter, missing out on most of her life because he “lived by the codes of the street.”He left prison at 51 and eventually found his way to COTA after struggling to find employment. Byrd is now working for the project that he hopes will restore the hamlet.“They’re bringing about job opportunities,” Byrd said from the trailer that houses the construction office. “Hopefully, it’ll bring about unity and see people socializing better.”The site supervisor for Albanese is Robert Kipp, a former Army captain who served for seven years and worked with counter-insurgency forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is not from Wyandanch, but he said that he sees both the construction project and COTA offering change. Albanese is using trained workers from the resource center, many of whom are COTA members, and Kipp said this is what is needed for the community to grow.“I understand that in order for this building to be successful, there needs to be some social change,” he said. COTA might just be the social change that is necessary, he said.He pointed out similarities between what the council does and what he did in counterinsurgency. Both work to provide security and to change how locals think.“If it’s adopted by the whole community, it can change the mindset,” he said.The 35 people who regularly attend Wyandanch COTA are just a start.“What’s said in COTA, stays in COTA,” is one of the rules for the meetings. Each member takes a turn to speak about anything that has happened in the past week, legal or illegal. This forum creates a sense of accountability. And whatever one person is struggling with, the facilitator or other members can offer advice or support.The council makes its home in hamlets where illegality is a norm, where alerting authorities has deadly consequences, where gang activity is constant, and loyalty to the point of jail or death is encouraged. Because of this, Mention-Lewis has sought to change the language on the streets, and to do this, she created her own vocabulary.The “imposter” is the side of one’s conscience that tries to put up a front, to be tough—the side that often makes wrong decisions.Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis speaks at a news conference while County Executive Steve Bellone and Police Commissioner Edward Webber look on.Every attendee becomes a member after his or her third meeting and they are required to create a “corporate plan,” a step-by-step future-planning document that includes short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. Each member becomes the head of his or her own corporation, and the corporate plan is designed to lay out the direction. Members need to select a board of advisers, too.“Rocks in your backpack” is a term members use casually, as if the words were part of the street vocabulary. “Rocks” are the habits and behaviors people develop as a response to a difficult situation. People carry these rocks around, emotional baggage that affects the way they see or deal with the world.At the Wyandanch COTA meetings, everyone tosses these phrases about. At the North Bellport COTA, which started meeting in February 2014, the COTA lingo is still unfamiliar.Like Wyandanch, Bellport is divided by train tracks. Cars driving east on Montauk Highway will soon hit Station Road. Take a left there, and drivers will arrive at Brookhaven Avenue, the heart of North Bellport, where the abandoned houses sit, some covered with graffiti. But take a right on Station Road, drive past Woodland Cemetery, and enter Bellport Village, which offers quaint antiques shops and a beautiful waterfront vista.The North Bellport COTA does not have the numbers that Wyandanch has, but those who come, come regularly.“Good evening and welcome to COTA,” the facilitator says as the meeting begins, much the same as Hempstead and Wyandanch. Each member deconstructs his or her past week, celebrating the highs and analyzing the lows.Floyd Thomas, 19, has been coming to Bellport’s COTA every week, bar one, since the beginning of the movement. He is on probation for criminal mischief–he caused property damage with a BB gun–and was getting in trouble at the end of last year. That’s when his probation officer told him to start coming to COTA. Since then, Thomas has developed affection for the meetings.“I can talk, I can laugh about it,” he said, describing the weekly council sessions. “You can always vent to someone here.”He doesn’t want to be on probation, he said, doesn’t want to be in the system. He wants to change. And he has seen his perspective start to shift. He is now looking for work, trying to separate himself from the “rough” neighborhood that is his home.Mention-Lewis takes every opportunity to lift the conversation, to teach a lesson in the conversation.“What truth will you tell yourself to live the life you want?” she asks a COTA member who is trying to right his life from criminal activity. “Crime can never be Plan B for you again.”“Once you come to COTA,” she tells him, “you never have to be alone again.”last_img read more

Our financial literacy efforts get an ‘F’

first_imgIf America were to get a grade in personal finance, it would be an “F.” According to Forbes, “Two-thirds of American adults can’t pass a basic financial literacy test.” But more important than a test score is the critical state of most Americans’ finances:● 44% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency without going into debt.● 43% of student loan borrowers are behind on loan payments.● 56% of Americans have saved less than $10,000 for retirement.To make things worse, Americans are averse to discussing finances, even with those they love. CNBC reports that 44% of Americans “would rather discuss death, religion or politics than talk about personal finance with a loved one.” This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Kaley Cuoco Recalls Filming Sex Scenes With Ex Johnny Galecki

first_img“We got together and just fell mad for each other for two years, but then we broke up,” she continued. “Luckily, Johnny and I came out of it so brilliantly and we’re closer today than we ever were.”Kaley Cuoco Recalls Filming Sex Scenes With Ex Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco Rich Fury/Invision/AP/ShutterstockOn The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco and Galecki played Penny and Leonard, respectively, from September 2007 to May 2019. The pair’s characters dated off and on throughout the show before getting married in the season 9 premiere.In 2013, Galecki explained that he didn’t want his former romance with Cuoco to be a distraction for fans watching Penny and Leonard’s love story unfold on the series.- Advertisement – Talk about awkward! While most people can avoid their exes after breaking up, Kaley Cuoco had to simulate lovemaking with former beau Johnny Galecki for The Big Bang Theory.During a recent episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, Cuoco said that the former couple had to film sex scenes not long after calling it quits in 2009.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “When we broke up, obviously, it was a little sensitive for a minute, but I remember those weeks that [cocreator] Chuck [Lorre] had written these episodes where all of a sudden our characters were, like, sleeping together every other second,” the 34-year-old actress said on Monday, November 9. “Johnny and I talk about it, and I think [Chuck] did that on purpose just to f–k with us.”Kaley Cuoco Recalls Filming Sex Scenes With Ex Johnny Galecki 2Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory CBSCuoco added, “If I was with him, I would ask him because that came out of nowhere. All of a sudden, these characters were all up on each other.”The Flight Attendant star’s relationship with Galecki, 45, began at the start of the CBS sitcom in 2007 and ended in 2009. “We dated really early on for almost two years. When we did the pilot, I was crushing so hard on Galecki, but he had a girlfriend,” she explained.- Advertisement – “We’re dear friends, still. Kaley’s not just an ex, she’s a part of my life. I just don’t like to speak about it,” he told CBS! Watch magazine at the time. “Not because I’m trying to be enigmatic; I just worry that it will conflict with people’s acceptance of Leonard and Penny. I get the curiosity, but I don’t want to distract from the story.”Though Cuoco and Galecki didn’t work out in real life, the former duo still found happiness in love. The 8 Simple Rules alum married equestrian Karl Cook in 2018, while the Roseanne alum welcomed a son, Avery, with girlfriend Alaina Meyer in 2019.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!last_img read more

PREMIUMCat lovers play detective to solve mysterious deaths of stray cats

first_imgFacebook Muska Putri, a member of a community of cat lovers at the Rasuna Epicentrum complex in South Jakarta, felt uneasy after watching a fellow member’s video clip on Aug. 5.The footage, she said, showed a dead cat floating in Kali Cideng, a river that runs through part of the Rasuna Epicentrum complex, separating its apartment buildings from its offices.Muska, along with members of Cat Adoption and Rescue Rasuna Epicentrum (CARE), then rushed to the scene and saw the cat carcass floating in the river right before their eyes.The group managed to retrieve the carcass with the help of Rasuna’s janitors in charge of cleaning the river, who later hauled it to the complex’s disposal facility.Little did they know that this was just the beginning of a string of mysterious cat deaths in the neighborhood. By Friday, CARE received information from cleaning service staffer… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Topics : animal-abuse #animal #Jakarta #cats catslast_img read more

Gov. DeSantis: Florida ‘flattened the curve’ without ‘draconian’ rules

first_imgFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis is explaining how he plans to reopen the state at the end of the month now that the curve is flattening.Appearing on FOX News, Gov. DeSantis praised residents for doing their part to help flatten the curve amid the coronavirus pandemic. Broward County Mayor Dale Holness says he’s looking at reopening some public spaces as soon as next week. The first areas to reopen could be parks, boat ramps and golf courses. Boca Raton will be reopening boat ramps this morning to commercial fishermen to use.and will meet again on Monday to consider reopening more of Boca.The coronavirus is responsible for more deaths in Southeast Florida. The Florida Department of Health yesterday announced about two dozen more deaths across Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties. Statewide, there were 44 deaths reported yesterday.last_img read more

Goya Foods Facing Boycotts after CEO Praises President Trump

first_imgThe hashtags #Goyaway and #BoycottGoya started trending on Twitter soon after.  A petition started circulating online to boycott the company.Unanue refuses to apologize for his kind remarks about the president saying the boycott threats amount to a “suppression of speech.”“We were part of a commission called the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative and they called on us to be there to see how we could help opportunities within the economic and educational realm for prosperity among Hispanics and among the United States,” Unanue told “Fox & Friends.”Unanue said that the United States is the second-largest Hispanic country in the world behind Mexico.Politicians and celebrities are boycotting Goya, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the country, after its CEO, Robert Unanue, praised President Donald Trump during an event Thursday at the White House.“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” said Unanue, who is of Spanish descent, at the event. Hispanic-food company Goya is facing a possible boycott after its CEO praised President Trump Thursday.Robert Unanue said the nation’s blessed to have a leader like President Trump and that he reminds him of his grandfather who founded Goya foods back in the 1930’s. read more