List of library accomplishments ‘paints a very different picture’

first_img Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Community Library Board of Trustees President Jim White and Vice President Bill Largent recently submitted a letter to Farmington Hills city council members that recaps progress made toward establishing “the library of the future.”Largent referenced the letter during Monday’s city council meeting, after officials heard several comments criticizing the library board and a survey that’s part of a system-wide assessment. The letter, he said, “paints a very different picture than you’ve heard at the last couple of meetings.”Library staff members and some supporters have panned the board’s April decision to furlough about 80 percent of employees after the library closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Comments made during board meetings have noted a resulting drop in services that has Farmington lagging behind neighboring systems.Largent said 80 percent of staff will be back this week.‘Grab and go’, online tutoringThe letter mentioned that the library will soon move from curbside service to “grab and go”, with patrons picking up materials inside the buildings. The library is also preparing to support students as they start the school year:“With the likelihood that school this year will be remote or some hybrid version, President White is working closely with Director (Riti) Grover to assure that every student has a library card and increased access to online tutoring services through tools such as Tutor.com, which could be a great help for parents and kids.”There are planned changes to the library’s website, improvements to IT security, and a two-year facilities plan to address between $1.5 million and $2 million in needed repairs, including an immediate, $230,000 upgrade to elevators at the Farmington Hills library.In addition, new financial and human resources software systems have been implemented. Previously, one staff member handled accounting, finance, human resources, and payroll.Working with Farmington Hills-based Gale, the library will be the first in Michigan to use “Gale Engage” along with “Gale Community Insight” to analyze how patrons use the library. The data would be used in marketing and outreach initiatives.Largent also said the work listed in the email has been accomplished in an environment hostile to board members and director Riti Grover, who started work in January. He said she has fielded phone calls from patrons, been verbally attacked in staff meetings, and has received a dozen Freedom of Information Act requests from staff members.Recommends appointmentNoting the Farmington Hills library board vacancy, Largent urged council members to appoint Joy Montgomery. The Farmington appointee resigned in May when she moved to Farmington Hills.“As former vice president and, by extension, chair of the personnel committee, she is well versed on staffing and associated legal issues,” he said.Appointing Montgomery,”creates a unified board and continues the positive momentum that has been building since the arrival of Director Grover,” Largent added.Barnett said council members have been “inundated” with questions and concerns about the library. She said officials are listening to everyone and will take all comments into consideration.The next scheduled library Board of Trustees meeting is Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. Participation information and an agenda will be posted at farmlib.org.Clarification: The word “some” was inadvertently omitted from this sentence in the original version of this post: “Library staff members and some supporters have panned the board’s April decision to furlough about 80 percent of employees after the library closed due to COVID-19 concerns.” Reported bylast_img read more

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Brazil leads World Cup qualifiers as Argentina bows sans Messi

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Brazil leads World Cup qualifiers as Argentina bows sans Messi’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil recorded its fourth straight win under its new coach on Tuesday to become the new leader of South America’s World Cup qualifying group after 10 matches.Arch rival Argentina, however, was shocked 1-0 at home by Paraguay and is in a precarious fifth place, struggling to cope with the absence of injured Lionel Messi. The two heavyweights will face each other in Brazil in their next games.Despite the absence of Barcelona star Neymar, Brazil had little trouble in winning 2-0 at Venezuela. Previous group leader Uruguay slipped to second after a creditable 2-2 draw away to Colombia. Brazil is now one point ahead of Uruguay in the table.Elsewhere, third place Ecuador managed to come from behind and stop ninth place Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz with a 2-2 draw. Copa America champions Chile took a much-needed 2-1 home victory over Peru. (AP) [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for 1-21-2016

first_imgSpecial to the PRESSDear Editor,If you are disappointed about the Walmart store closing — located at 7480 Padre Island Highway (Highway 48) in Brownsville, you can protest by writing to:Walmart Corporate Office702 SW 8th St.Bentonville, Arkansas 72716(A petition would be great!)Or, call Walmart at (479)273-4000 and someone will transfer you to the right department.Let’s save those jobs and customer convenience!Joyce DeLuca and David Swider,Port Isabel Dear Editor,It was pleasant to read “REFUSING TO FORGET,”  the article written by Daniel A. Flores.  It focused on how South Texas College history instructor Trinidad O. Gonzales is directing attention on “massacre” the word used to describe “Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920,” an exhibit exploring the turbulent time where signs read “WE SERVE WHITE’S only NO SPANISH OR MEXICANS.”The exhibit will open at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Jan. 23 in Austin.We cannot change history, but we must learn from the past, study and constantly resist the effects inflicted in our community in order to move forward and to stop accepting the mainstream narratives and support projects that describe our lives and to visit our painful history as a colonized area. We have survived, even when we faced a very toxic and racist environment, and that is a proof of our resilience and determination to claim not only our hidden history, but to be part of the whole society.Continue reading, studying and promoting change on negative aspects that affect our communities in the schools and all social entities. Vote, speak up and get involved and never accept anything that offends us. I thank Trinidad O. Gonzales and many others who are helping us to change our mindset of being colonized subjects instead of being equal citizens of these lands that we have walked for more than 500 years.Yolanda Garza BirdwellLaguna VistaWant the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLetters to the Editor for 10-06-2016Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, During October, The Art Gallery, located across from the Lighthouse on Maxan Street in Port Isabel, is displaying artwork related to the Días de los Muertos or the Days of the Dead celebration. This event was not celebrated in Northern Mexico until the Mexican…October 7, 2016In “News”Letter to the Editor for 3-16-2017Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, The word “LNG” (Liquefied Natural Gas) has been introduced into our everyday vocabulary with the prospect of three LNG export facilities at the Port of Brownsville. It is a complicated issue — which has become a controversial one as well. Many of the residents…March 17, 2017In “News”Rio Grande LNG meets with school boardBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Point Isabel School Board of Trustees had a special group of visitors during their regular board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18. Six representatives from Rio Grande LNG — the Houston-based energy company seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at…December 21, 2018In “News” Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter that was read to the Point Isabel Independent School District Board of Trustees and submitted to the PRESS by Madeleine Sandefur.Dear Members of the Board of Trustees,Last September 15, 2015, very early into the start of the new school year, the Point Isabel Independent School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to withdraw the 313 application for a tax valuation limitation filed by Annova LNG. Many of our members were present that evening to voice our LNG concerns and to applaud your decision.Although other public entities in the Laguna Madre area have similarly passed resolutions against the siting of LNG facilities nearby, we understand that the School Board vote represented the potential loss of significant financial gain.  For you to put principle over “payments in lieu of taxes” as your vote did, shows such integrity and thoughtfulness for the well-being of our communities that it is being noticed all around the state.We are here tonight to again thank you for your important decision. We acknowledge the enormous and difficult task that was placed in your hands, and we will not soon forget the action you chose in the best interest of your students, our children.We’ve included with this letter a picture of the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG Facility that we thought you might find interesting.  It is located on the border between Texas and Louisiana and is the first LNG Export facility to go online (Jan. 2016) in the lower 48. In footprint and output, the size is very similar to Rio Grande LNG, one of the three LNG terminals proposed near Port Isabel. The picture was taken from about 1 mile away, across the Sabine River, and shows about one-third of the facility.  LNG companies show artists’ renditions that look rather benign.  This picture shows the reality.Sincerely,saveRGVfromLNGP.O. Box 669Los Fresnos, TX 78566 Sharelast_img read more

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Villatoro, Langston Finish in Top 5 at Argonaut Invitational

first_img“So it was a good day, especially for our newcomers at our home meet and showcase what we can do.” Villatoro ran a 20:44.66 on her way to a second-place finish, and Langston ran a 21:12.06, finishing fifth. Freshman Leah Fenton finished in 22:14.71 and took 12th. “Most races you go to are flat, fast, on grass surfaces, and boring for the runners,” Carmichael said. “What we have here is a course that maybe isn’t great for spectators, but the course is very enjoyable for runners, and it’s challenging and different. I think that is going to be enticing for other teams. Hopefully coaches spread the word and we get a lot more teams out here next year.” UWF’s final four runners finished in order, led by Brianna Basford (22:52.69) in 14th. She was followed by Zeana Guirey (23:04.21), Myra Tubb (23:04.21), and Rebekah Lapp (24:58.16). FULL RESULTS “We had the same mindset as Harding, to pack up at the first loop and then push ourselves afterwards,” head coach Caleb Carmichael said. “Our girls stepped up and ran well, and Val (Villatoro) stepped up and finished second place. She had about five or six girls ahead of her after the first lap and kept working her way through there, and Alyssa (Langston) just came up strong and broke up their top five as well.center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida newcomers Valeria Villatoro and Alyssa Langston claimed top-five finishes at the Argonaut Invitational on Saturday morning at the UWF Cross Country Trails, as the University of West Florida women’s cross country team faced Harding and first-year program Pensacola State. After the race, Carmichael looked forward to what the UWF Trails could provide in the future. West Florida will head to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Louisville Cross Country Classic on October 5. Fans can keep up with the team by following @UWFXC on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Eagles and Shoremen Set To Clash In Annual Battle For Silver Rail Trophy

first_imgAvon and Avon Lake both come into this week’s big matchup for the Silver Rail Trophy at 2-0 and playing terrific football.  Avon Lake has been powered by the legs of standout running back Konnor Riggs who has compiled a tremendous 388 yards in just two games.  Riggs has been almost impossible to take down as the Shoremen have rolled to victories over Elyria and North Olmsted.Nick Perusek and the Avon Eagles have been every bit as impressive.  Perusek has totaled 332 yards in his first two games of the season, scoring on rushes and receptions with ease.  The  Eagles have defeated Akron Buchtel in a tight 19-11 clash, as well as blowing out Olmsted Falls 52-14.  Both of those games were at home however, so they will have to travel to the unfriendly confines of Avon Lake Stadium if they look to keep alive one of the states longest regular season winning streaks.The Eagles have not lost a regular season game since midway through the 2015 season against the rocket armed Dustin Crum and Midview Middies’.  Since then, they have dominated SWC regular season play.  Including 3 straight seasons with convincing regular season wins over their rival Avon Lake.The Shoremen hold perhaps the biggest win between the two in the recent years however.  Back in the 2016 playoffs, the Eagles were un-beaten as they hosted Avon Lake in the opening round of the playoffs where the Shoremen knocked them off!For Avon starting quarterback Ryan Maloy, this rivalry is nothing new.  He has been a part of it since his sophomore year when he was splitting starting time and plenty of snaps with incumbent Matthew Kelly.  For Maloy, it is his chance to go 2-0 as a starting quarterback in this rivalry, a stat not too many have been able to brag about over the years.This matchup is tastier then the tremendous pulled pork sandwiches they serve up at Avon Lake stadium, so if you are headed down, make sure to pick up several of them.  As always, stay locked into NEOSI as we will have this game covered start to finish.  For in game live updates, follow Vince McKee on twitter @VinceTheAuthor Vince McKee Related TopicsAvon High School FootballAvon LakeSilver Rail Trophylast_img read more

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Keeping Rashard Higgins Should be a Top Priority for Browns

first_img Patrick Kennedy The hype is real in Cleveland after a trade that brings edge rusher Olivier Vernon and wide out Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland.The Browns offense now features QB Baker Mayfield, RB Nick Chubb, WR Jarvis Landry, Beckham Jr., and TE David Njoku.The Browns also have Antonio Callaway who could potentially be the number three wide receiver, especially if the Browns can’t resign Rashard Higgins.Bringing back Higgins should absolutely be a top priority for the Browns.  Higgins had 39 catches in 13 games on the season.He had a 73.6% catch rate when he was targeted, better than any wide receiver on the team.  Compare that to Odell Beckham Jr’s 62.1% catch rate.  Higgins developed chemistry with Mayfield during the preseason when they were both practicing with the second team, and absolutely had a positive impact on the Browns’ offense.Higgins had the 11th highest DVOA for wide receivers in the NFL which measures a player’s efficiency.  Of Higgins’ 39 catches, 27 of them were for first downs.Higgins is a player who won’t complain about not getting a lot of targets but will make the most of the plays he’s targeted on.  Higgins is a restricted free agent meaning the Browns can match any offer another team makes him.  This makes it likely Higgins isn’t going anywhere.With that being said if Higgins is offered a huge deal it wouldn’t be surprising to see Dorsey let him walk and use other receivers like Callaway and Damion Ratley or draft a receiver in the draft.That is why it should be a priority to sign Higgins before he is offered a bigger deal possibly costing the Browns’ money to match it.  It is not ideal to have Higgins play under a tender for the season.A worse scenario would be Higgins walking leaving the Browns without a true number three receiver.John Dorsey should sign Higgins and do it soon. Related TopicsBrownsOdell Beckam Jr.Olivier Vernonlast_img read more

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Berbatov advises Chelsea to succeed Hazard

first_imgBerbatov said in press statements that it is interesting for Chelsea to be associated with the young player, because they have not found someone to replace Hazard since his departure to Real Madrid, as it is difficult for them to do so.The former Bulgarian player indicated that the blues must contract a young player in front of him a lot, and that they have to be patient sometimes, because young players need time to adapt to the fitness and speed required in the English Premier League.The attacking midfielder, Hafritz, scored two goals with the return of the Bundesliga, last week, and the 20-year-old is considered one of the most prominent talents in Europe these days.Chelsea should pursue Kai Havertz as an ‘option’ to replace Eden Hazard, says Dimitar Berbatov https://t.co/dLd1PN9Cea pic.twitter.com/NrwFxsKB2M– #TeamTerry (@ ahmadsuwandi26) May 22, 2020Haverz has also been linked with Manchester United, the former Berbatov club, but the Bulgarian feels as though Chelsea should pursue the German as a substitute for Hazard, since Haverz has scored eight goals in 23 games in the German league this season.Berbatov also advised Hafritz, as there is a lot of talk about the interest of Liverpool, Chelsea and other teams in him, to be careful and not to let that slip into his head and focus on his game.He says, “He has enough quality and if he continues down the road he goes, the teams will remain and will not go anywhere. All eyes are on the Bundesliga at the present time, and when you score goals and play good football, it is not surprising that there are teams like Liverpool and Chelsea want you. “last_img read more

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Tetiligov Petkovice also gave up the start in the house football…

first_imgIn the 2nd round of the cup, 12 clubs gave up. In addition to Petkovice, they are Hlun, esk Brod, Povltavsk FA, Vltavn, Beneov, Bezov, Aritma Praha, Motorlet Praha, Znojmo, Krom and Velk Mezi. The trio of Rmaov, Slavin and Hranice resigned in the water round due to mandatory tests.The second league teams Prostjova and Tince advanced for the second time without a fight. Pbram, Opava and Teplice competed from the highest races after the opponent resigned in the 2nd round next to Olomouc dl.Half of the pispv of the Football Association R, but clubs do not have to undergo them. If so, they must inform the competition no later than 48 hours before the return. They sweat contemptuously in favor of the soup, clubs avoid financial penalties.The main stage of the 2nd round of the cup is scheduled for Wednesday, the birds of the Czech representatives in the European Cups will enter the MOL Cup and a round later.last_img read more

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Dexter star Michael C. Hall finds a “sense of ownership” with new band, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum

first_imgPhoto by Bonnie Biess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael C. Hall has officially entered the music world.The former Dexter star fronts a new band called Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. The group also features keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen and drummer Peter Yanowitz, both of whom Hall met while working on a Broadway production of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.The result of the collaboration is the self-titled debut Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum EP, a collection of dance jams that combines Hall’s theatricality, the twinkling keyboards of Katz-Bohen — who currently plays in Blondie and has worked with Boy George and Cyndi Lauper — and the Swiss Army knife-drumming style of Yanowitz, who’s played with everyone from Yoko Ono and Allen Ginsberg to The Wallflowers and Andrew W.K.“We didn’t really have any rules,” Katz-Bohen tells ABC Audio. “It was just sort of the sum total of everything we’d experienced as musicians.”Hall has long been involved with musical theater — in addition to his leading role in Hedwig, he also starred in the David Bowie musical, Lazarus — but Princess marks the first artistic project he can truly call his own. That, he explains, is the biggest difference between acting and playing in a band.“It’s something that the three of us have created,” Hall says. “We’re sharing, not our interpretation of someone else’s work — we’re not breathing life into somebody else’s words or music — we’re actually sharing what emerged from us. So there’s a sense of ownership.”Hall adds that he doesn’t prefer either playing music or acting, he just doesn’t want to be “bound to just one way of expressing yourself.”“I’d prefer to just continue to mix it up,” he says.  The Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum EP is out now.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Jon Gruden feels Mark Davis’ pain about 1-8 Raiders

first_imgDavis, who hired Gruden for a second stint with Oakland in January, assured he won’t be making any personnel changes despite the questionable moves made by the organization as they rebuild ahead of their move to Las Vegas. Amari Cooper says he admires Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: ‘He never gets down on himself’ “Look, I feel Mark’s pain,” Gruden told reporters. “I talk to Mark after every game. And these are unpleasant conversations. It’s tough, man. We want to win. We want to win. We also want to do right by this organization, and some of these decisions have been really tough.”But I also want to deliver for him and his family certainly and this organization. And right now, it’s tough. But it’s great to have him support me. And I appreciate it. But I feel the same way he does. I just want to win.” Related News If anyone can relate to how Mark Davis feels about his team’s disappointing start, it’s Jon Gruden.During his Monday media address, the Raiders coach said he appreciates the endorsement he received from the team owner during his Sunday interview with ESPN after the team fell to the Chargers and dropped to 1-8 on the season.center_img Owner Mark Davis on 1-8 Raiders: ‘I always look in the mirror’ “I understood it was going to be a lot of work, but Jon has a 10-year contract,” Davis told ESPN. “I know how hard Jon Gruden works. I know how much he wants to win. And how much days like today are killing him. Having Jon Gruden here was the endgame for me. Jon’s going to be the stability here. Jon’s going nowhere. That’s just the way it is.”We failed. I have failed. But at the same time, we wouldn’t have been in the great position we were in without Reggie McKenzie being here.”The Raiders (1-8) are next slated to visit the Cardinals (2-7) at 4:05 p.m. ET in Week 11 action.last_img read more

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