Jack Henry Gates Laundry Celebrates First AnniversaryNOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA It’s a special day for a local non-profit in Evansville. Jack Henry Gates Laundry is celebrating its first anniversary. This is a place where people can do their laundry for free with special coins. It’s located on East Columbia Street. To thank the community, the organization handed out 200 turkeys on a first-come, first-served basis. They also grilled hot dogs along with chips and drinks.It’s a special day for a local non-profit in Evansville. Jack Henry Gates Laundry is celebrating its first anniversary. This is a place where people can do their laundry for free with special coins. It’s located on East Columbia Street. To thank the community, the organization handed out 200 turkeys on a first-come, first-served basis. They also grilled hot dogs along with chips and drinks.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City has a series of government boards, authorities and commissions that oversee everything from zoning, planning, the municipal airport, public housing, the library, tourism – and more.One board, the Shade Tree Committee, is involved with the “regulation, planting, planning and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery on any public street, park or property in Ocean City.”However, finding enough volunteers to fill all of those boards has become what one city councilman bluntly calls “a real problem.”City Council is taking steps to overcome the shortage of volunteers by introducing an ordinance that would repeal the term limits for the members who serve on the boards and commissions. The measure is up for a public hearing and final vote at Council’s Dec. 13 meeting.“I think it’s good. It keeps good people who have done a good job on these boards,” Council President Peter Madden said of the ordinance in an interview Monday.Madden said it is particularly critical to retain qualified board members who deal with complex issues.During a discussion at the Nov. 29 Council meeting, city officials said it has become increasingly difficult to find replacements when the existing members leave after their terms expire.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson told Council that in some cases, “it leaves us short” when members step down.Councilman Bob Barr noted, for instance, that at least two or three of the city’s boards, authorities or commissions have trouble getting enough members for a quorum at their meetings. He serves as the Council representative on one of those boards, the Utility Advisory Commission, which oversees electric, gas, water, sewer and cable television service.“It’s a real problem,” Barr said of some boards not having a quorum.City Council has scheduled a public hearing and final vote on the ordinance for its Dec. 13 meeting.At the Nov. 29 Council meeting, some members of the public questioned whether the city would find it more difficult to attract “new blood” to sit on all of the boards if there were no term limits.Councilwoman Karen Bergman assured the public that the city still intends to recruit new volunteers and will not settle for “stale” membership on the boards.City Council and Mayor Jay Gillian will continue following the same process for recruiting and appointing board members. They will also retain the same power to remove board members who are substandard or have poor attendance, Councilmen Antwan McClellan and Keith Hartzell said.Council has included a “sunset provision” that would end the ordinance after three years. The sunset provision would allow the governing body to revisit the issue after three years to see whether or not having term limits has worked. “It’s a safety valve. That’s what it is,” said Councilman Michael DeVlieger, who proposed the sunset provision.Madden, though, stressed that Council has the power to repeal or change local laws at any time, so it wouldn’t necessarily need to wait for three years.“Our job is to have a living, breathing system with everything we do,” he said.
The Guyanese Diaspora in the Tri-state New York area will once again be able to celebrate Guyana’s independence in full pomp and splendor. The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) has announced their calendar of events which will take place from June 3–10 in Brooklyn. This year’s event will be themed ‘Celebrate Guyana To the World.’ The annual celebration is the largest independence commemoration outside of Guyana’s shores.The ceremonial honours at the commemorative event will once again feature collaborations between members of the Disciplined Services of Guyana and their Guyanese-American counterparts in the United States Armed Forces. The Committee disclosed that this move is part of their patriotic duty.Director of the Committee, Nevlon Duguid, has disclosed that the New York-based committee had first organised a successful Jubilee celebration which garnered the attendance of over 20,000 Guyanese nationals.Meanwhile, the 2017 celebration attracted over 10,000 nationals. Duguid expressed the hope of attracting even larger numbers of Guyanese for the 2018 celebrations, referencing the great feedback the Committee has received. The Committee’s website has since received over four million hits. He urged the Guyanese population in the Tri-State area to come out and ‘Celebrate Guyana to the world’.This year’s festivities will kick off with the flag-raising ceremony on June 3, the annual Guyana Independence Parade (Mashramani in New York) and the annual Guyanese Unity Concert following on the same day. On June 9 there will be a Guyana Independence Festival and the celebration will culminate with the Independence Cup Soccer Tournament on June 10.The Guyana Independence celebration has become the second largest West Indian celebration in New York, second only to the annual Labour Day parade. Duguid stated that organizsations, businesses, groups, or individuals who are interested in participating in the celebration, placing a truck or float on the parade, or in vending, should contact the Committee as soon as possible.Last year’s Unity Concert was graced with performances by Jamaican Dancehall star Charlie Black; Guyana’s own, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo; Adrian Dutchin; Lisa Punch; and various other artistes. They were accompanied by the Queens-based, Guyanese owned Angel’s Caribbean Band. It was hinted that a surprise international artiste will headline this year’s Unity Concert and patrons were urged to get their tickets as early as possible.Tickets will go on sale on May 1.