WILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from We’re One Wilmington:Congratulations to Sue Hendee, Shawsheen School Physical Education Teacher, for being selected as the 2019 WOW School Staff Recognition Award recipient. Winners are selected annually from nominations submitted by school staff and WOW members. Winners demonstrate a commitment to community service by going above and beyond the expectations of their job to incorporate the concept of community service into their classrooms or the Wilmington school system.Sue organizes the Wilmington Kids Pan Mass Challenge, which is a huge undertaking. This year alone roughly $20,000 was raised to fight cancer. This is in addition to riding the adult Pan Mass Challenge herself – a rigorous 2-day bike-a-thon.Sue is also well-known as the WHS Varsity Girls soccer coach. In addition to her coaching role, she spearheads a collaborative fundraising effort with Stoneham High School (boys and girls soccer teams from both schools participate), which raises money for Breast Cancer Research.These are just two of many examples of why Sue is so deserving of this award.Thank you to Sue for the countless hours of time spent – above and beyond what would ever be expected – to spread the spirit of community service throughout our school system!Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass. Girls Soccer Coaches Association’s Program Of Excellence AwardIn “Sports”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: District Honors WHS Girls Soccer Coach Sue HendeeIn “Education”Wilmington High’s Diana Hill & Mary Lou McDonough Receive WOW’s School Staff Recognition AwardIn “Education”
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROIt’s a 40-minute wait for the 26 Mondawmin Metro bus at stop 4993, in Westport. When it arrives, it’s empty. Dump trucks rumble up and down Annapolis Road every five minutes. Across the street, former businesses are boarded up or completely pulverized into piles of half-bricks. On the bus stop side, home after home is boarded up. The stand of bright blue chicory plants between row houses grows five feet tall and almost hides the discarded Royal Farms cups and empty bags of Utz snacks.To the north, the Wheelabrator smokestack reads “Baltimore.”Other than the trucks, it’s a quiet and lonely spot.Blighted conditions in communities like Westport in South Baltimore are common in Baltimore regions outlined topographically as the “Black Butterfly.” (Photo credit by John Schmid)But, Westport isn’t alone.The South Baltimore community sits in the “Black butterfly,” the apex of the left or west wing of a shape that describes the pattern of mostly Black neighborhoods spread throughout Baltimore City.Transportation, housing, access to food; these are issues that blight huge swaths of the Black butterfly, and Westport may not be the most challenged community.Renee Hatcher and Lawrence Brown have completed a project called Baltimore Equity, a joint effort between the University of Baltimore and Morgan State University. Hatcher was a teaching fellow at the Univ. of Baltimore’s School of Law Community Development Clinic, but she’s now an assistant professor of law and program director at The John Marshall Law School Business Enterprise Law Clinic in Chicago.Lawrence Brown is assistant professor in the Morgan School of Community Health and Policy and coined the term “Black butterfly.”Coming together, sharing knowledge and students of law and policy, a so-called powermap and toolkit are now published at equitybaltimore.org. It took two years of work.“This idea is to just try to provide information that is more accessible to folks who are actually every day striving to improve their community,” Hatcher told the AFRO.The powermap lays out the availability, or lack of services and accomodations enjoyed by the center of Baltimore, a “White L” shape that skews disproportionately to the city’s White residents. As investment in communities deteriorate, indicated by the availability of health professionals and lead abatement, banking and financing, a viable housing market or transportation access, communities are color coded from pool table green to blood red. Colors are tied to a numerical score for the services available. North Baltimore/Guildford/Homeland, (the darkest green) scores 23.5 out of 26. Westport, (red), scores an eight. Greenmount East, which is the darkest red, scores a one.The final array of colors ultimately reflects the redlining patterns of green, yellow and red of Depression-era Baltimore housing policy.“How can communities have control over what happens in their neighborhood or how can they address certain issues, like their quality of life? That’s the idea behind the toolkit,” Hatcher said. ”What are some ways that people can organize and build institutions that can actually address their material needs and improve their quality of life, in divested, mostly low income, Black neighborhoods in Baltimore?”The toolkit offers suggestions and options such as community land trusts, community benefit agreements, and local hiring ordinances.The new powermap captures the broad strokes of Baltimore’s many crises of dignity and justice, but doesn’t quite reach into the plight of another dark red neighborhood, like Sandtown. While some blocks are almost wholly abandoned, others look untouched since Mayor Schmoke’s revitalization efforts in the 1990s.“Even within the wings of the butterfly, you can have wings that are mostly black, but have different spots and patterns in them,” Brown said. “I think of Baltimore in that same sense. When I say ‘Black butterfly,’ there are White enclaves in the Black butterfly, just as there are Black enclaves in the White L. It’s not this completely homogenous demographic layout, there’s complication within that metaphor, and I think the powermap illustrates the complications connected to the metaphor White L and Black butterfly.”Hatcher and Brown both say that with a working concept like Baltimore Equity, they expect the Baltimore model will prove portable to other cities like, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Yet, Hatcher and Brown believe the Baltimore model can be improved further.“It’s a good place to start, and it would be nice to drill down into neighborhood statistical areas,” Brown said. “The powermap is utilizing community statistical areas and there are 55 in the city. But there are over 255 neighborhood statistical areas, and you could have three or four neighborhood statistical areas inside of those different community areas. So, you could drill down to even smaller units of analysis to get even more detail and the variation within the communities’ statistical areas.”
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Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Read MoreThere are 70 new jobs up for grabs at this local company (& this is how you can get one!) Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Motorway users tell us they have a good experience when visiting service areas, but it’s clear that many do not feel the experience is good value for money. “They want pleasant, well maintained facilities with good quality food choices. “Motorway services continue to play an important safety role providing drivers with the opportunity to take a break. Drivers in the survey confirm they feel less stressed and are more alert after stopping at motorway services.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Read MoreWhat to do if you’ve bought a Rewind North 2019 ticket Norton Canes Services and Stafford South are both owned by Roadchef – with the company saying it had invested in new facilities and dining options at both sites. Commenting on the results, Mark Fox, CEO, said: “We’re thrilled at the success of our M6 sites in the recent Transport Focus survey, especially as Norton Canes has been recognised by customers as the top performing service area for the second year running. “We are proud to continue to invest in our sites, improving and adding facilities to suit all needs and restaurants to suit every taste. “The team works incredibly hard to ensure all our customers have a fantastic experience with us, and these results are a testament to Roadchef’s ongoing commitment to making Britain’s roads safer and motorists happier.” poll loadingWhich service station in North Staffordshire/South Cheshire do you think is the best?0+ VOTES SO FARStafford North (M6)Stafford South (M6)Keele North (M6)Keele South (M6)Sandbach North (M6)Sandbach South (M6)Hilton Park North (M6)Hilton Park South (M6)Knutsford North (M6)Knutsford South (M6)Norton Canes (M6 Toll)Tamworth (M42) Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorway service station in Staffordshire has been named the best in England for the second year running – according to the results of an annual survey. The Norton Canes Service station, on the M6 Toll Road, received a 99 per cent satisfaction rating after previously topping the list last year. Stafford North Services, on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junction 14 and junction 15, was ranked 4th best in England according to the annual survey carried out by Transport Focus, an independent watchdog. The survey looked at 111 of the 112 motorway service areas in England – with only Folkestone Services choosing not to participate – and around 11,600 surveys completed by members of the public while travelling and using the facilities. Read MoreMet Office issues yellow weather warning for rain in North Staffordshire and Cheshire Stafford South Services, which in the 2017 survey was rated second worst in the country, came in eighth overall in 2019 – although this is down from the list in 2018 when it came second. Other service stations along the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire appeared throughout the list – with Sandbach Northbound finishing worst on 102nd. The worst ranked Staffordshire service station was Keele Southbound at 82nd. The worst ranked service station in England was the Severn Services off the M48 near Bristol. Service stations on the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire – and where they finished(Ranked highest to lowest – number is overall place in 111 surveyed service stations across England) 1. Norton Canes (M6 Toll – Staffordshire) 4. Stafford Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 8. Stafford Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 10. Hilton Park Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 37. Sandbach Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 40. Keele Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 48. Knutsford Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 62. Hilton Park Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 82. Keele Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 88. Knutsford Northbound (M6 Cheshire) 102. Sandbach Northbound (M6 Cheshire) (Ranks according to Transport Focus Survey in 2019 – as surveyed by approximately 11,600 members of the public) Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.
Posted by TORONTO — With back-to-school season fast approaching, many Canadians are scrambling to squeeze in final one-day trips across the border in search of deals.According to Statistics Canada, from January to the end of May 2018, Canadians made 18.1 million trips to the U.S., an increase of 11.5% compared with the same five months in 2017. In May of this year alone, Canadians made 3.9 million trips across the border, up almost 18% from a year earlier. More than three-quarters of those trips (3.0 million) were made by car.Both same-day (+20.9%) and overnight (+12.3%) car trips were up from May of the previous year, when much of Central and Eastern Canada experienced unusually wet weather.But Allianz Global Assistance Canada is reminding Canadians that while provincial government healthcare programs will cover a small percentage of medical expenses incurred in the U.S., these plans won’t come close to covering the actual cost of treatments, which can be thousands of dollars.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“Canadians typically have a good awareness of the need for travel insurance, with 78% indicating they were covered by some form of private travel insurance on their last trip, according to the Conference Board of Canada,” said Dan Keon, Vice President, Market Management, Allianz Global Assistance Canada. “However, travel insurance may not be top of mind for Canadians who are only going to be in the U.S. for a few hours or overnight for cross-border shopping, especially when they’re still relatively close to home.”Keon added that just getting a few stitches in an American hospital could cost upwards of $3,000, or a sprained ankle around $2,000.“More serious injuries requiring surgery or hospital stays, such as those resulting from auto collisions, will also increase medical costs considerably and possibly into the tens of thousands of dollars,” he sad. “Too frequently, travellers just don’t consider that something adverse could happen on a simple day trip.”More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongLess than 1.4% of the single trip medical policies purchased through Allianz’ broker and travel agent partners were for one or two day trips, said Keon, which suggests there may be a coverage gap that’s putting Canadians needlessly at risk.“When you consider how common it is for Canadians to cross the border, particularly for shopping, it’s concerning that some travellers may not be considering the financial consequences of a medical emergency during these shorter trips.”Keon recommends that travellers who make several day trips across the border each year consider annual multi-trip medical coverage. This type of plan provides emergency medical coverage for an unlimited number of trips during a one-year period, allowing the customer to “set it and forget it, and stay protected each and every time they leave the country.”For more information go to allianz-assistance.ca. Travelweek Group Cross-border shopping? Allianz says don’t forget the insurance Share Tags: USA & Canada << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 23, 2018