On Sunday night, following Widespread Panic‘s third of four performances at Panic En La Playa, those in attendance enjoyed a late night set from The Cleaners, an incredibly talented collaboration comprised of axe masters Eric Krasno and Marcus King on guitar/vocals, Kevin Scott on bass, Duane Trucks of WSP on drums, and DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander of the Marcus King Band on keys. The set also saw guest appearances by New Orleans legend Cyril Neville (percussion) and rising singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson (vocals).The Cleaners worked through a fun array of classic rock n’ roll, reggae, and jazz covers including Billy Cobham‘s “Stratus” (which Krasno frequently plays with Soulive), Bill Withers‘ “For My Friend”, the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Dreams”, soul-jazz standard “Compared To What” (dedicated to Col. Bruce Hampton by King), The Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain”, Peter Tosh‘s “Legalize It”, Bob Marley‘s “Soul Shakedown Party”, Jimi Hendrix‘s “Manic Depression”, oft-covered Little Milton classic “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, Buddy Miles‘ “Them Changes” (later recorded with Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys as “Changes”) and a set-closing “War Pigs” > “Luke’s Wall” from Black Sabbath‘s Paranoid (1970). They also ran through a soulful version of Eric Krasno Band original “Unconditional Love”.You can listen to The Cleaners’ entire performance below thanks to taper Z-Man, uploaded to SoundCloud by Jam Buzz:Setlist: The Cleaners | Panic En La Playa Siete | 1/28/18Set: Stratus, For My Friend, Dreams, Good Man, Unconditional Love, Compared To What*#, Scarlet Begonias*@ > Fire On The Mountain* > Legalize It* > Soul Shakedown Party* > Manic Depression*, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#@, Them Changes > War Pigs > Luke’s Wall* With Cyrille Neville on percussion# With ? on [email protected] With Leslie Mendelson on vocalsBand members: Eric Krasno, Marcus King, Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott, Deshaun “D’Vibes” AlexanderGuests: Cyrille Neville, Leslie Mendelson, saxophone (?)[H/T Jam Buzz; Cover Photo: Dave Vann/Panic En La Playa]
Read Full Story Harvard Direct, a new service that delivers Harvard-owned materials to one of 15 libraries selected by the patron, transitioned on June 5 from from a successful beta test to an established Library service.The service, which is available to all Harvard faculty, staff and degree-seeking students, will be rolled out at additional libraries in the coming months, and will be widely publicized in September 2014.During the six-month beta test, which began in December 2013, almost 32,000 items from Widener, Countway and Harvard Law School Library were pulled and delivered within four days of a patron’s request to one of 15 pick-up locations, which included Andover-Harvard, Cabot, Countway, Fine Arts, Gutman, Harvard-Yenching, Knowledge & Library Services at HBS, Lamont, the Law School Library, Library & Knowledge Services at HKS, Loeb Design, Loeb Music, Tozzer, Widener and Wolbach libraries.During the beta, a majority of requests were made for Widener holdings, reaching 500 volumes per day late in spring semester. Richard Lopez, the reshelving and consolidated retrievals supervisor at Widener, reported a smooth process throughout, saying, “Our biggest surprise was that our student workers enjoy pulling—they like the hunt,” he said.“The success of the beta test is due to the efforts of staff members, who pulled books, drove trucks and received material. Harvard Direct would have been difficult, if not impossible, without the thorough support of staff members at 625 Mass. Ave. and LTS,” said Lee H. Fenn of Access Services.
If you have to pay for help, shop aroundWhen you use a paid tax preparer, expect to pay a fee. Thisvaries greatly from one provider to another. It pays to shoparound.The fee you pay will also depend on the complexity of yourreturn, the number of forms required and any extra schedulesneeded. Most paid preparers will also charge for electronic filing,typically $10 to $15. Electronic returns are processed muchfaster than paper returns. A refund from a return electronicallyfiled on Thursday of this week will generally post to youraccount by Friday of the following week if you designate it as adirect deposit.Many companies now promise to give you your tax refund on thespot. These refund anticipation loans may sound like a good ideabut these short-term loans are an expensive way to get yourrefund. With electronic filing and direct deposit, the IRS will deposityour refund into your bank account within seven to 10 days. Itdoesn’t make good financial sense to spend several hundreddollars to get your refund a few days earlier.Whether you pay for your tax return or do it yourself, alwayschoose electronic filing with direct deposit of your refundinstead of a high-cost refund-anticipation loan. Free tax help may be availableBefore you pay someone to prepare and file your tax return, findout if you’re eligible for free tax help. The Volunteer IncomeTax Assistance program provides volunteers trained by the IRS toprepare, and in most cases, electronically file returns. Theseservices are free in most cities and in many rural areas. The VITA program targets people eligible for the Earned IncomeTax Credit. These are working families with children andhousehold income less than $34,500. Call 1-800-829-1040 for theVITA site nearest you.Senior citizens can often get free help preparing and filingtheir returns through the AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderlyprogram. TCE will usually prepare returns for EIC-eligiblehouseholds and senior citizens. The IRS can help you find a TCEsite near you.If you’re not a senior citizen and earn too much for VITA, youcan either prepare and file your own tax return or pay for help.Options range from professional accountants to commercialpreparation chains with in-house training. By Michael RupuredUniversity of GeorgiaAs tax season rolls around, many people begin to look for help toprepare and file their returns. Some prepare their own returns.But most turn to local tax services and pay to have their taxesfiled. When you shop for tax preparation services, remember that not allservices are alike. Comparison shopping can save you money bothin the fees you pay for the service and the amount of taxes youowe or the refund you’re due.
AboutTrend… in owner-occupied housing units‘ AboutTrendEducational tax rate for homesteads (p/$100), FY2011‘ AboutTrend… vacation condominiums$277,248 The Vermont Housing Data Website (www.housingdata.org(link is external)) has added hundreds of Census data including Census 2010 demographic information and detailed estimates on home heating sources and housing cost burdens from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS).‘Even though we created the site eight years ago, the recent housing market upheaval nationally has made it clear that an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the local housing market like Vermont helps prevent some of the mistakes we’ve seen in other states,’ said Executive Director Sarah Carpenter.‘By including the newest data as it becomes available, Vermont is in a better position to understand what’s happening locally as housing needs change. This starts the conversation about the most appropriate policy and programmatic responses for the future,’ she continued.This comprehensive site provides a detailed profile of each town or village in Vermont and compares it to the corresponding county and the state as a whole. It also includes historical data and graphs for examining trends, and the ability to download data for mapping. It compiles tens of thousands of data pieces from federal agencies such as the Census, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Labor; as well as the state departments of taxes and labor.The Vermont Housing Data site was launched in 2003 and has been created and maintained by Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) and the Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont with input and guidance from Vermont’s housing community.The Vermont Legislature created VHFA in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped approximately 26,500 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of approximately 7,700 affordable rental units. Median household income (Census), 2005-2009$51,284AboutTrend… homeowner households62,105AboutTrend… renter households29,561AboutTrendMedian family income (Census), 2005-2009$63,482AboutTrend… for 2-person families56,650AboutTrend… for 3-person families66,011AboutTrend… for 4-person families76,408AboutTrend… for 5-person families74,375AboutTrend… for 6-person families71,380AboutTrend… for 7-person families59,095AboutTrendMedian household income for family of four (HUD), 2011$66,700 AboutTrend… condominiums$189,000 AboutTrend… renter occupied155,804 AboutTrend… 4 bedroom unit349% AboutTrend… vacation condominiums$225,000 AboutTrend… median price$27,500 AboutTrend… 2 bedroom unit$19.04 AboutTrend… 2 bedroom unit234% AboutTrend… employed338,300 AboutTrend… mobile homes with land$70,000 AboutTrendAverage family size, 20102.85 Primary residences sold, 2010… number sold4,834 This data last revised July 15, 2011 Vermont Housing Finance Agency AboutTrend… single family vacation homes$314,559 AboutTrend… condominiums$214,213 AboutTrend… owner occupied444,608 AboutTrendHousing wage as % of state minimum wage ($8.15), 2011… 0 bedroom unit166% AboutTrend Housing stock Vermont AboutTrend… permitted units in single-family buildings980 AboutTrend… vacant housing units, 2010*66,097 AboutTrend… vacation mobile homes with land68 AboutTrend… 1 bedroom unit191% AboutTrend… renter-occupied75,035 AboutTrend… unemployment rate6.2% AboutTrend… 1 bedroom unit$32,302 AboutTrend***Hourly wage needed to afford an apartment and pay only 30% of income toward housingPer capita income (Census), 2005-2009$27,036AboutTrendIncome needed to afford an apartment at HUD’s FMR, 2011… 0 bedroom unit$28,179 AboutTrend… mobile homes with land123 AboutTrend… in occupied housing units600,412 AboutTrend… 2 bedroom unit$39,596 AboutTrend… 4 bedroom unit$59,222 AboutTrend… single family homes$199,950 AboutTrend… owning home181,407 AboutTrend… 3 bedroom unit$51,471 AboutTrend… average price$37,514 AboutTrend… with owner costs at or above 30% of household income22.9%AboutTrend… with owner costs at or above 50% of household income9.2%AboutTrendMedian value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009$200,600AboutTrend Rental housing costs Vermont Total housing units, 2010*322,539 AboutTrendAverage household size, 20102.34 AboutTrendHome heating fuel, 2005-2009… all occupied housing units250,375AboutTrend… gas29.2%AboutTrend… electric4.1%AboutTrend… fuel oil, kerosene53.6%AboutTrend… wood11.8%AboutTrend… all other fuels0.9%AboutTrend… no fuel used0.4%AboutTrend… owner-occupied housing units179,710AboutTrend… gas26.5%AboutTrend… electric1.5%AboutTrend… fuel oil, kerosene56.4%AboutTrend… wood14.6%AboutTrend… all other fuels0.9%AboutTrend… no fuel used0.1%AboutTrend… renter-occupied housing units179,710AboutTrend… gas36.1%AboutTrend… electric10.7%AboutTrend… fuel oil, kerosene46.3%AboutTrend… wood4.7%AboutTrend… all other fuels0.9%AboutTrend… no fuel used1.3%AboutTrendHousing by units in structure, 2005-2009… all housing units311,617AboutTrend… in buildings with 1 unit69.8%AboutTrend… in buildings with 2 units6.2%AboutTrend… in buildings with 3 or more units16.7%AboutTrend… that are mobile homes7.2%AboutTrend… that are boats, RVs, vans or other0.0%AboutTrend… owner-occupied housing units179,710AboutTrend… in buildings with 1 unit86.2%AboutTrend… in buildings with 2 units2.5%AboutTrend… in buildings with 3 or more units3.0%AboutTrend… that are mobile homes8.4%AboutTrend… that are boats, RVs, vans or other0.0%AboutTrend… renter-occupied housing units70,665AboutTrend… in buildings with 1 unit26.0%AboutTrend… in buildings with 2 units16.8%AboutTrend… in buildings with 3 or more units51.6%AboutTrend… that are mobile homes5.5%AboutTrend… that are boats, RVs, vans or other0.0%AboutTrend Homeownership costs Vermont AboutTrend… renting home75,035 AboutTrend… median price of homes sold$194,000 AboutTrend… in renter-occupied housing units‘ AboutTrendHousing wage, 2011***… 0 bedroom unit$13.55 AboutTrendTotal group quarters population, 2010**25,329 AboutTrend… single family vacation homes$218,500 AboutTrend… for seasonal, recreational, occasional use50,198 AboutTrendMedian monthly owner costs, 2005-20091,131AboutTrend… with mortgage$1,442AboutTrend… without mortgage$563AboutTrend… as percentage of household income22.9%AboutTrendOwner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009179,710AboutTrend… at or above 30% of household income32.4%AboutTrend… at or above 50% of household income11.6%AboutTrend… with a mortgage120,420 AboutTrendNumber of vacation residences sold, 20101,493 AboutTrend… single family homes4,120 AboutTrend… unemployed22,500 AboutTrend… 3 bedroom unit (40%)‘ AboutTrend… average price of homes sold$222,436 AboutTrend… condominiums591 AboutTrendPrimary residence mobile homes sold without land, 2010192 AboutTrend… 4 bedroom unit$28.47 AboutTrend… single family homes$227,733 AboutTrend… permitted units in multi-family buildings339 AboutTrend… average price$36,711 AboutTrendAnnual average wage (Vermont DOL), 2010$39,430 AboutTrendMedian rents (HUD), 2011… 0 bedroom unit (50%) ‘ Median rents‘ AboutTrendMedian price of primary residences sold, 2010$194,000 AboutTrend… mobile homes with land$84,523 AboutTrendOwner-occupied units, 2005-2009179,710AboutTrend… with 1.01 or more people per room0.7%AboutTrendRenter-occupied units, 2005-200970,665AboutTrend… with 1.01 or more people p/room2.5%AboutTrendYear householder moved into unit, 2005-2009… for owner-occupied units… 2005 or later12.1%AboutTrend… 2000 to 200422.9%AboutTrend… 1990 to 200028.2%AboutTrend… 1980 to 198917.7%AboutTrend… 1970 to 197910.5%AboutTrend… 1969 or earlier8.6%AboutTrend… for renter-occupied units… 2005 or later48.5%AboutTrend… 2000 to 200431.3%AboutTrend… 1990 to 200013.7%AboutTrend… 1980 to 19893.7%AboutTrend… 1970 to 19791.4%AboutTrend… 1969 or earlier1.4%AboutTrendMedian year householder moved into unit, 2005-2009… for all occupied units1999AboutTrend… owner-occupied1995AboutTrend… renter-occupied2005AboutTrendTotal workers 16 years of age or older, 2005-2009320,723AboutTrend… working outside town/city of residence64.9%AboutTrend… working outside county of residence22.6%AboutTrend… working outside Vermont7.0%AboutTrend Ability to afford Vermont AboutTrend… for sale only3,598 AboutTrend… vacation condominiums358 AboutTrendNumber of primary residences sold, 20104,834 AboutTrendLabor force (Vermont DET), 2010360,800 AboutTrend… with owner costs at or above 50% of household income12.8%AboutTrend… without a mortgage59,290 AboutTrendMunicipal tax rate (plus LAR and highway) (p/$100), FY2011‘ AboutTrendNumber of families, 2010160,360 AboutTrend**Military barracks, college dorms, nursing homes, etc.Number of households, 2010256,442 AboutTrend… 2 bedroom unit (50%) ‘ Median rents‘ AboutTrend… 2 bedroom unit (40%)‘ AboutTrend… vacation mobile homes with land$75,000 Total population, 2010625,741 AboutTrend… owner-occupied181,407 AboutTrend… single family vacation homes1,067 AboutTrend… 3 bedroom unit (50%) ‘ Median rents‘ AboutTrendMedian price of vacation residences sold, 2010212,500 AboutTrend… 3 bedroom unit$24.75 Vermont housing data profilesGeneral housing data: Vermont Housing demand Vermont AboutTrendCommon level of appraisal ratio, FY2012‘ AboutTrendEducational tax rate for non-residential (p/$100), FY2011‘ AboutTrend*Read why some Census data might conflict with this numberBuilding permits estimated (total units), 20101,319 AboutTrend… median price$28,000 AboutTrend… with owner costs at or above 30% of household income37.0% AboutTrend… 3 bedroom unit304% AboutTrendAverage price of primary residences sold, 2010$222,436 Specified housing units with gross rent (total), 2005-200964,766AboutTrend… at or above 30% of household income51.0%AboutTrend… at or above 50% of household income24.2%AboutTrendMedian gross rent (all units), 2005-2009$781AboutTrend… as a percentage of household income30.5%AboutTrendFair market rent (HUD), 2011… 0 bedroom unit (40%)‘ AboutTrend… 1 bedroom unit (40%)‘ AboutTrend… 1 bedroom unit$15.53 AboutTrend… for rent5,635 AboutTrend… 4 bedroom unit (40%)‘ AboutTrend… vacation mobile homes with land$89,640 AboutTrend… 1 bedroom unit (50%) ‘ Median rents‘ AboutTrendAverage price of vacation residences sold, 2010$295,368 AboutTrendVacation residence mobile homes sold without land, 201069 AboutTrend… 4 bedroom unit (50%) ‘ Median rents‘ AboutTrend AboutTrendMedian family adjusted gross income, 2009$56,392
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 33-year-old man has been arrested for drunken driving with three children in his vehicle in his hometown of Sag Harbor on Wednesday evening, Southampton Town Police said.Officers stopped a vehicle driven by Miguel Saldivar for speeding northbound on Sag Harbor Turnpike when the suspect was found to be under the influence of alcohol with his 10-year-old son, 10-year-old niece and 13-year-old nephew riding in the passengers seats shortly after 8 p.m., police said.Saldivar was charged with speeding, endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated with child passengers less than 16 years old, a felony under Leandra’s Law.The children were released to their family members and Child Protective Services was notified.Saldivar will be arraigned Thursday at Southampton Town Justice Court.
Want to make your marketing team’s job easier? Whenever you have the opportunity to actually take action on the words and messages you project about what your organization stands for, you’re cumulatively building a brand story that makes people much more likely to believe what you say each and every successive time.In today’s complex, unpredictable, ever-changing economic environment, the pressure is on financial service providers to anticipate consumer needs, and serve up solutions before people need them. Not only is it important to anticipate, but you also have to act fast with your solutions, because when it comes to financial binds, people can’t wait around for business decisions to be made.Several banks and credit unions have been quick to announce that in the face of the government shutdown at midnight on Friday, January 19, they will be offering assistance to military personnel to ensure they can continue to have funds coming in to pay bills while their February paycheck may be delayed or reduced. Service Credit Union announced that to assist members directly affected by the government shutdown, they will be automatically posting credits to members with existing direct deposit on or before February 1, and they are offering short-term military advance loans with 0% APR with no required payments for 90 days. USAA is offering something similar, with loans up to $6,000. Navy Federal Credit Union posted on their Facebook page at 7 a.m. the morning after the shutdown, “we are offering all eligible members a 0% APR loan to help cover their pay in the event of a government shutdown.” The post, in less than 48 hours, had more than 1,000 comments, questions, concerns and gratitude, with responses from Navy’s team members.From a purely business perspective, these loans aren’t smart. In fact, giving product away with no profit margin is a quick way to go out of business. Plus, this isn’t the time to cross-sell other products or ask for referrals, or even expect to see more loans brought in because of this nice gesture. These members simply need their credit union right now to help them out of a bind. However, the value of acting on your words cannot be understated. I said it would make your marketing team’s job easier – but I didn’t mean they could work any less hard. With the myriad of financial service options we all have to choose from today, no financial service marketer’s job is ever easy. But when your organization has the mindset to make it a strategic priority to do whatever is truly in the best interest of each and every member—not just on paper, not just in charitable donation, but in everyday actions large and small — it will make your marketing team’s hard efforts much more effective, because your messages will be believed. Just of few of the responses this morning on Service Credit Union’s social media channels: “Thank you so much for taking this stress off of us,” “We are so grateful for the services you provide us. Thank you for taking care of us,” “One of the many reasons I’ve stayed with SCU for so many years, thank you,” “They did this during the 2013 shutdown. Grateful to SCU then and now,” “Always recommending SCU.”Actions speak louder than words…AND can make your brand story a lot more believable. Is your mind set on doing good business so your business will do well? Here’s how you can build a genuine brand:Decide what you’re willing to do to help your members – Determine if you have the “where there’s a will, there’s a way” mentality before you need to evoke extreme or unique measures to serve your members. If you serve military personnel, or immigrants, or women, or college students, or you know, human beings, chances are they will eventually need something from you that might be a little different from today’s standard financial offerings. If you are set on finding a way to serve that need, regardless of how different or scary it might be, regardless of the fact that no one else is doing it yet, then you have “the will!” It might look a bit like Point West Credit Union or result in unique offerings like NorthCountry Federal Credit Union.Act fast and act for real — This is where you make your marketing team’s job easier (or really hard, so do not screw this up.) Listen to what members are telling you they need and be willing to adapt and take a few more steps forward to truly help them. In addition to the examples above, I love to share the story of when my grocery co-op in Madison opened a new location in a new neighborhood, demographically different than its other locations. Rather than assuming it knew what products the neighbors want to see on the shelves, the co-op asked what they wanted–asked for their receipts from other shopping trips to understand what and how much they buy, and then they put those products on their shelves, even when it meant adjusting “business as usual” practices to be able to do so. As a board member, one of the comments I hear from members is, “wow, you actually listened to us and gave us what we asked for!” Simple, right? Then why is it so surprising to see?Keep the momentum going and make it part of your brand – Each successful example of your business understanding member needs and acting fast to provide an actually helpful (for them) solution (whether or not it was business profitable at the moment) is cumulative to your brand story. There is no better way to build a brand story or brand reputation than through the story your members know and tell about you. This extends to media coverage, too. Sorry marketing team, there’s no time to rest on our laurels. We all still have a ton of work to do to get the word out about how we can help people, but working for a brand that does what they say makes all the effort a lot more effective, not to mention more fulfilling!I’ve heard countless awe-inspiring stories of the work that credit unions do in my time with Filene. One common thread that I’ve noticed woven throughout is the simple but brilliant concept that where there’s a will there’s a way. The will leads to the action and the action leads to the public’s belief. Look for the doors you can open for your members, regardless of who shuts them. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Details
continue reading » Opus, the provider of global compliance and risk management solutions, announced Thursday (Nov. 15) the results of the third annual Ponemon Institute’s “Data Risk in the Third-Party Ecosystem” study, which found that 59 percent of companies surveyed said they have experienced a data breach caused by their vendors or third parties.In a press release announcing the results of the survey of more than 1,000 CISOs and other security and risk professionals across the U.S. and U.K., Opus said that in the U.S., the percentage of companies that faced a data breach because of a vendor or third party was higher at 61 percent, which is up 5 percent from last year and 12 percent from 2016. The research also found that 22 percent of respondents admitted they didn’t know if they had a third-party data breach during the past 12 months, and more than three-quarters of companies think third-party cybersecuritybreaches are increasing.“The third-party ecosystem is an ideal environment for cybercriminals looking to infiltrate an organization, and the risk only grows as these networks become larger and more complex,” said Dov Goldman, VP of innovation and alliances at Opus, in the press release. “To stay ahead of the risk, companies and executives need to collaborate around plans for third-party detection and mitigation that supports automated technology and strong governance practices.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
All events, such as watch parties, games, vendors, fan groups and post-panel chats will be on online. There will be exclusive Zoom workshops and panels. (WBNG) — RoberCon will be moved to an online-only format this year. The cost of the event remains at $15. That includes full weekend access.
Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In appreciation of the important work that state employees perform for Pennsylvania and its residents, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed today, May 4, as ‘State Employee Recognition Day.’“Today, we thank our fellow Pennsylvanians who have chosen careers in public service,” Governor Wolf said. “They are the people who plow our roads in the winter, care for our sick and vulnerable citizens in their times of need and put their lives on the line to protect our communities.”In his proclamation, Wolf gives examples of the many duties state employees fulfill, such as protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, maintaining safe roads, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical, natural and cultural resources.The governor also lauded state employees for their generosity through the annual State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), which raised over $3 million for charitable organizations last year, as well as the annual Holiday Wish Program, which donates gifts each year to hundreds of families in need.“It is important that we recognize the many things that state employees do that make our lives better each day,” said Wolf. “Through our GO-TIME initiative, we are working to engage state employees at all levels in ways to make government work better for those we serve.”PROCLAMATIONSTATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAYMay 4, 2016WHEREAS, commonwealth employees are dedicated public servants who perform their jobs with professionalism, compassion, and pride; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees are responsible for protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, building and maintaining roads, promoting economic growth, licensing professionals and businesses, and preserving historical and cultural resources; andWHEREAS, millions of Pennsylvanians benefit from the services provided each day by commonwealth employees; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees support Government that Works in Pennsylvania by serving as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and engaging in efforts to improve operations and enhance service delivery throughout state agencies; andWHEREAS, many commonwealth employees support the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity, including contributing millions of dollars to nearly one thousand worthwhile organizations through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) and donating hundreds of gifts to families and seniors through the Holiday Wish Program; andWHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the first week of May.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2016, as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY and I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Proclaims May 4 as ‘State Employee Recognition Day’ SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 04, 2016
Governor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers Program SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that his administration has secured a $1.6 million, 5-year Troops to Teachers grant. The program, managed by the Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), makes federal funding available to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching.“Pennsylvania has a proud military heritage and is home to many tremendous veterans who want to continue serving their community,” said Governor Wolf. “The Troops for Teachers program is a great way for veterans to bring their knowledge and skills to our classrooms, which benefits veterans and our students.”Under the state’s Troops to Teachers program, veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching are provided with counseling services on teacher education requirements and programs, as well as guidance around the teacher certification process and referrals to employment opportunities. In some cases, veterans are eligible for bonuses if they choose to teach in a high-need school.“As Pennsylvania explores new approaches to generating a diverse pool of educators – and especially with a growing emphasis on STEM education – in many cases veterans or service members may be a great fit for the commonwealth’s classrooms,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “Service members are known for their initiative, commitment, and leadership skills, which can make them successful when transitioning from the armed forces to our state’s schools.”With the grant, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has also funded a PA Regional Partnership program, led by Slippery Rock University (SRU) to recruit eligible veterans into specially-tailored, one-year post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs in secondary STEM and in world languages. SRU and West Chester University are offering the program.Service members often learn about the Troops to Teachers program when separating from active duty service. Additionally, to reach veterans, PDE includes Troops to Teachers information in a mailing to military members residing in Pennsylvania when they separate from service.For information about the program, visit Troops to Teachers or the Department of Education. May 24, 2018