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Being prepared for Medina’s boil alert

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

As you might have heard, much of Medina will be under a boil alert starting at 3 p.m. today and extending until noon Wednesday.
If you haven’t done so yet, you might want to take a few minutes right now to get prepared. Here’s the official statement and a map of the area affected: http://www.medinaoh.org/images/company_assets/512F1C7F-0D64-4A5E-9D91-785DC064755F/KoonsBoilAlertforNov302010_2236.PDF
The boil alert was issued for southern Medina, known as the South Court Water District, a large swath that’s south of Route 42 (Lafayette Road) and southwest of Route 57, although most of the Brandywine Drive and Sugarhouse Lane areas are included too.
It’s all part of the project involving the new water pump station at Koons Road. As the city explains, the old pump…

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What’s so funny Derek?

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Derek Anderson is doing it again.  Remember when the cameras would show him on the sidelines with that moronic smile on his face after throwing an interception?  Or after a blown play he’d have the same dumb smile out on the field?  Well he’s finally been called out on it by the media in Arizona.  I got this video from thebiglead.com and it’s hilarious to see DA’s reaction to the journalist.  Give it a watch.

 

 

It makes me a little angry with myself that I ever defended this guy when he played for the Browns.  I didn’t defend him for the idiotic smiles, but defended his play.  In my defense, the alternative was Brady Quinn.  Anyway, I’m happy someone’s calling him out on his stupidity.  Fans want to know why the hell he’d be smiling after throwing an interception!

Congress likely to take up DREAM Act soon

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Friends: 

 

   

As you may know, Congress is likely to consider the DREAM Act during before the end of the year and the White House Office of Public Engagement invites you to participate in a community conference call with Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, senior advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Munoz to discuss latest developments.   

  

Please join us for this conference call Tuesday, November 30th at 4:00pm ET to learn more about how the Administration is doing whatever it takes to support Congressional leadership’s efforts to pass the bill and participate in the conversation and Q&A. 

  

The DREAM Act is designed to stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents, by giving them the chance to either obtain legal status by pursuing a higher education, or by serving in the U.S. armed forces for the country they’ve grown up in and love as their own. The DREAM Act has long enjoyed the support of both Democrats and Republicans, and has passed twice out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. The President has been a strong supporter of the DREAM Act, and was a co-sponsor when he was in the Senate. 
I hope you are able to join!

 

All the best,  
Stephanie Valencia  

WHAT: White House Conference Call

WHEN: Tuesday, November 30th at 4:00pm ET

(please dial in a few minutes early as we will start on time)

Call Number: (800)-398-9402              

Title: DREAM ACT Call (give this title to the conference operator)

 

Please note that this call is off the record and is not for press purposes

P.S. – check out the blog post on the webchat we hosted today on the DREAM Act with Cecilia Munoz. 

Stephanie Valencia   
Associate Director
White House Office of Public Engagement
svalencia@who.eop.gov

Man dies after flipping truck on I-71

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

MEDINA TWP. — A Euclid man died on impact this morning after flipping a 2007 Hino box truck along a southbound lane of Interstate 71 near state Route 3.
Joseph Davis, 46, apparently lost control of the truck, veered into a guardrail along the left side of highway and flipped over about 8:20 a.m. today, according [...]

More workplaces becoming baby-friendly

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

ANN MARIE BUSH, The Topeka Capital-Journal

TOPEKA, Kan. — Eileen Wiedwald is a good multitasker.

At the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Wiedwald determines eligibility for food, cash, child care and medical care assistance, which entails answering telephone calls, working on her computer and more. For six months, she has juggled those responsibilities with an even bigger one — taking care of her baby, Lillian, at work.

“It can be stressful,” Wiedwald said of her job. “That’s when I can say, ‘I’m going to take five minutes and just look at my Lillie.’ I’m basically a stay-at-home mom at work.”

Wiedwald was nine months pregnant with her first child, William, when she joined the staff at SRS. Employees aren’t allowed to take part in the Infants at Work program until they complete a six-month probation period. Thus, Wiedwald wasn’t able to bring William to work with her. This time around, she took full advantage of the benefit.

“Ultimately I would love to be a stay-at-home mom,” Wiedwald said this past week while bouncing Lillian on her lap. “But it just won’t work. I’m so grateful for this experience. We take care of the families of Kansas. It’s nice to know they (SRS) care about their employee family, too.”

The number of baby-friendly companies is rapidly on the rise, said Carla Moquin, founder and president of Parenting in the Workplace Institute, which owns the Babies in the Workplace’s website. The website is Moquin’s brainchild. She started www.babiesatwork.org in 2007 after she had to return to work early after giving birth to her two daughters.

“I had a lack of options,” she said. “That option (bringing her babies to work) could have been huge for me.”

In December 2007, Moquin, who now lives in Salt Lake City, founded the institute to provide resources for businesses that wanted to implement a baby-friendly work environment but lacked the resources.

“All of these companies I was finding had done this from scratch,” she said. “They had consistent ways to have a successful program but had to reinvent the wheel each time.”

Today, the website lists more than 35 states that have a babies in the workplace program.

“Kansas is one of our biggest,” Moquin said.

The idea began to catch on in Kansas after Kathleen Sebelius instituted a babies at work program at the Kansas Insurance Department in 1996, according to Moquin and previous news articles.

On average, babies come to work with their mothers and fathers until 6 to 8 months of age, or until they begin to crawl, Moquin said.

“In the workplace, babies overwhelmingly tend to be mellow and highly content,” she wrote on the Parenting in the Workplace Institute website. “Within structured programs, a workplace environment contains keys to thriving, happy babies: parental closeness, social interaction, physical contact, highly responsive care and high rates of breastfeeding.”

There are a variety of businesses across the United States that take part in baby-friendly workplaces, including offices, credit unions, legal offices, call centers, state and federal employers, school districts, and retail stores, Moquin said.

“It is a wider range than what people think,” she said. “With bank tellers, it would appear on first glance that it wouldn’t work, but in practice, it is very successful. The babies have all of these different people to interact with. Babies actually attract customers. Customers will intentionally choose a longer line so they can see a baby when they get to the front. It makes it so much easier for women who are breastfeeding, too. I would say 90 to 95 percent of the mothers who do this are breastfeeding.”

Lorrie Weber, corporate human resource manager for M-C Industries Inc. in Topeka, said she attended a human resource management meeting and learned about the idea from Sebelius.

“I tweaked it and customized it for us,” she said.

M-C Industries started its Infants-at-Work program in December 2002. Employees are allowed to bring their babies to work until the child reaches the age of 4 months, Weber said.

“It has been wonderful,” she said. “There have been some wonderful benefits. Women are great at multitasking. The really amazing, positive benefit is that co-workers become more than that. These are people they hand their infant to. We get a lot of good feedback from applicants and customers that they think it is very progressive.”

Employees at M-C Industries and SRS who take part in the programs must have back-up caregivers for their child in case the worker needs to use the restroom, step away from their desk or attend a meeting.

More than 20 people have taken advantage of the M-C Industries program. There have been more than 120 people who have used the SRS program.

“We have never had to fire a baby,” Weber joked. “But we do celebrate their retirements.”

Six-month-old Lillian Wiedwald on Nov. 19 celebrated her retirement. She has spent nearly every day of the workweek happily bouncing beside her mother, sitting in her swing or sleeping.

“I’m probably going to cry,” Eileen Wiedwald said the day before her daughter’s going-away party. “She will go to day care with her brother. It’s going to be an adjustment for her.”

It also will an adjustment for Wiedwald’s co-workers, who are used to being able to pop into Wiedwald’s cubicle and see a smiling Lillian.

But Wiedwald and other co-workers already have signed up to be baby sitters for the next parents who decide to take part in the program.

“We have had as many as nine babies at one time,” she said. “And several people are expecting.”

Latino leaders swirl around idea of Tequila Party

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

By Delen Goldberg

Las Vegas Sun (November 28, 2010)

 

Latino leaders in Nevada and nationwide are quietly debating whether to sever their traditional Democratic ties and form an independent grass-roots political group.

 

The idea, born of frustration over the party’s inaction on immigration reform and fears that as a voting bloc they’re a political afterthought, Latino leaders have discussed the idea among themselves locally and in conference calls with colleagues across the country.

 

The unlikely model for the movement they would like to launch is the Tea Party – not in substance, of course, but in its grass-roots organizational style. Acknowledging the source of their inspiration, Latino leaders have dubbed the proposed movement the “Tequila Party.”

 

These Hispanic leaders have noticed that while the Tea Party has had spotty electoral success, it has called attention to its concerns and values and put the establishment on notice.

 

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but there’s talk,” said Fernando Romero, president of the nonpartisan Hispanics in Politics, Nevada’s oldest Hispanic political group. “There’s discussion about empowerment of the Latino vote.”

 

Hispanics have proved to be a powerful political force in Nevada and nationally. They were instrumental in electing President Barack Obama and are credited with saving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s re-election this month. In Nevada, Latinos accounted for 15 percent of voters in 2008 and a record 16 percent in this month’s midterm elections.

 

Despite, or perhaps because of, their robust turnout, many Latinos have become disillusioned with party politics. Their efforts haven’t led to the changes in policy they would like to see.

 

Hispanic Republicans complain that party officials court their vote but often advocate policies that marginalize the community.

 

For example, Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval, the state’s first Hispanic governor, reached out to Latino voters while also embracing Arizona’s controversial immigration law. GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle aired campaign ads on illegal immigration that portrayed Mexicans as menacing criminals. A spokeswoman for Angle, who is also the chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Hispanic Caucus, was put in the awkward position of denouncing her own candidate’s ads.

 

Latino Democrats, on the other hand, wonder if their support is taken for granted. They express frustration and anger at the lack of movement on immigration and education reform in Washington. They bristle at being underrepresented in the state Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee. Community organizers complain they are recognized only near the end of campaigns, when polls are tight and their votes are needed.

 

“There’s a feeling that Democrats aren’t listening,” said Louis DeSipio, a Chicano studies and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine.

 

Congress’ actions over the next month could decide the fate of the burgeoning Tequila Party. If comprehensive immigration reform is shelved again, some Hispanics will likely decide to strike out on their own.

 

“It would definitely induce us,” Romero said. “We would have to do something at that point to get ready for 2012.”

 

The organization could operate as an affiliate of the Democratic Party or as an independent movement, as the Tea Party was initially.

 

The Tea Party’s evolving relationship with Republicans could provide a lesson for Tequila Party advocates. The seemingly spontaneous grass-roots growth of the Tea Party revealed the pent-up anger of many Americans over what they saw as excess government spending and its intrusion into private industry. But translating that energy into electoral results largely came about when the Tea Party worked within the Republican Party.

 

Politicians affiliated with Tea Party groups won more than 40 congressional seats in the midterm elections. All ran as Republicans. And while headliners such as Angle and Christine O’Donnell lost at the ballot box, their association with the movement and the party placed them on a national stage, where they were able to amass a significant amount of support and in Angle’s case, a stunning amount of money.

 

Hispanic leaders hope to spur something similar.

 

“People want to leverage the fact that it was Hispanics who were the dealmakers getting Reid elected,” one Democratic Latino operative said. “This is the time to move forward and get something committed other than talk, which has been going on for a long time.”

 

The Hispanic community has had some success with grass-roots movements. The nationwide immigration rallies in 2006 are an example. Hundreds of thousands of them gathered in cities across the country to protest proposed immigration laws and push for comprehensive immigration reform.

 

A series of House and Senate hearings followed.

 

“These were community activists who thought leaders weren’t paying attention,” DeSipio said. “It got Washington’s attention.”

 

But efforts to create a third party around race or ethnicity have failed.

 

In the late 1960s, the Puerto Rican Young Lords Party emerged in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. Modeled after the Black Panther Party, the group used confrontational tactics to call attention to the struggles of immigrants in the barrios. In the 1970s, the Mexican-American La Raza Unida Party sprung up in the Southwest. The party gained city council and school board seats in Crystal City, Texas, where it began, and ran candidates for governor and U.S. Senate. But the party’s high-profile candidates lost, and the movement struggled to gain traction nationally.

 

“The party did not meet its goal of becoming a viable independent political institution, but it did contribute to the opening of doors for Mexican-Americans into the two-party political system,” Carlos Muñoz Jr., one of the founding members and now a Latino studies professor at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote in a recent op-ed piece.

 

Muñoz still sees the need for a third political party with the concerns of minorities as its primary agenda, but he now thinks such a movement should be more inclusive.

 

“Latinos don’t have the luxury to try to be islands in and of themselves,” Muñoz told the Sun. “What we need, given the reality of today, is a new progressive party that is independent but inclusive of all racial and ethnic groups.”

 

“If the progressive Democratic caucus, if the progressive third parties can say this isn’t working, let’s leave and contribute to the building of a multiracial independent party, that would be the perfect nucleus for the eventual development of a vibrant independent force that reflects a diverse culture.”

Hispanic caucus member gives president stitches

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

obama-elbowBy Helene Cooper

THE NEW YORK TIMES

(Picked up the the Associated Press)

 WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama had to get 12 stitches in his lip after taking an elbow during a basketball game, White House officials said.

“After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the president received 12 stitches,” press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement. “They were done in the doctor’s office located on the ground floor of the White House.”

That statement did not say whose elbow was involved, but one denial already had come in: Reggie Love, the former Duke University basketball player who is an Obama aide, was on the court but said it was not him.

Maybe Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, the basketball coach at Oregon State University, was the culprit? Obama was, after all, playing with “members of his family” at Fort McNair in Washington.

Shawn Schoeffler, a spokesman for the Oregon State basketball team, in town for a game today against Howard University, said Robinson did not play, but his son, Avery, a high-school senior, was among the 10 players on the court.

The White House later said Avery did not elbow the president, nor did Education Secretary Arne Duncan, another player.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the identity of the elbower emerged: Rey Decerega, director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Decerega said in a statement that the game was all in good fun – and he did not apologize.

“I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport,” he said. “I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I’m sure he’ll be back out on the court again soon.”

The White House said Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches, which were smaller and more numerous to minimize scarring.

Obama is an avid recreational basketball player whose pickup games are known to be tough.

On the morning he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in Denver, he sat out a game as a precaution.

Obama friend Alan King said at the time: “There was a particular concern about not wanting him to turn up with a busted lip.”

Information from McClatchy Newspapers was included in this story.

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Cleveland snow unusually scarce this year

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND — Cleveland has had no measurable snow for 250 days, the city’s second longest snowless stretch on record.
The National Weather Service says the last time its station at Cleveland Hopkins airport detected snow on the ground was on March 25.
In records that go back to 1893, the only longer span between official snowfalls was [...]

Northeast Ohio senator decides not to fill state House seat

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

COLUMBUS — A state senator who won an Ohio House seat on Election Day has decided against moving over.
Republican Tim Grendell, of Chesterland, in Northeast Ohio told Senate colleagues in a memo on Monday that he plans to stay a senator. He has two years left on his current term.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Grendell said [...]

High school football: Suren, Suggs, Hans receive honors

November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

COLUMBUS — Scott Suren intercepted more passes than any other Brunswick football player in 44 years.
That made him an easy choice for the Division I All-Ohio first team, which was released by the Associ­ated Press on Monday.
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound junior picked off eight passes for the 5-5 Blue Devils, the most by a Brunswick defensive [...]