New Roof, New Year: ‘Women Build 2021’ helps build new futures…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDatesDetailsFamiliesFundraisingHabitat for Humanity Seminole-ApopkaHomeownershipHomesTeamWomen Build 2021 Previous articleStuck inside your home this Groundhog Day? Be like Phil the weatherman, and try some mindfulnessNext articleOrange County lags behind in COVID-19 vaccinations Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From Habitat for Humanity Seminole-ApopkaGet out your work gloves ladies! Women Build 2021 is right around the corner. Every Spring women come together all over the world to support affordable housing through fundraising, and volunteering. This year’s theme is #ChoosetoChallenge.Every single day we are all responsible for what we choose. This year let’s choose our community. Habitat Seminole-Apopka is excited to work alongside you this year in choosing to build new roofs and new futures for families in our community.Why Women Build.Women from all over Greater Apopka and Seminole County are teaming up to challenge one another to help local families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership. When women choose to challenge each other to succeed we can change our community for the better! Together we can build a stronger world. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Start fundraising! With cool and creative ways to fundraise; like a wine and girl scout cookie pairing event, or Valentine’s Day-themed bingo night, there are plenty of fun ways to meet your team’s goal. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Build together! After each team reaches their fundraising goal of $3,500, Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka will contact you to schedule your build day in April or May.Deadline for Sponsor LogosMarch 12, 2021International Women’s Day BuildMarch 6, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Team Build DaysFridays, and Saturdays – April 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & May 1st Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gather your team! Assemble up to 10 Women Builders; these ladies will be with you every step of the way. Together you will inspire and challenge each other to surpass your team’s fundraising goal of $3,500! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more


first_img81, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on April 23, 2017 with her family at her side. Rita was a middle and high school teacher with the Maplewood, NJ, Board of Education for 45 years prior to her retirement in 1994. Prior to teaching in Maplewood she had also taught in Holy Family Academy, Bayonne. Rita was a member of the N.J.E.A. and Saint Mary’s Church Rosary Society. Rita was predeceased by her parents, Joseph & Rose (nee: Sisk) Weaver; siblings, James Weaver and Joyce Ponik; and a niece Christine. She is survived by a brother, Robert Weaver; nieces & nephews, Michael, David, Rosemarie, George and Rosellen. Grand-nieces & nephews Erin, Dylan, Casey and Christopher; and great-great nieces, Sadie and Riley. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Rita’s memory to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital ( DZIKOWSKI, PIERCE & LEVIS Funeral Home, 24 E. 19th St.last_img read more

Chittenden Bank honors $40,000 pledge to Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,Chittenden Bank President Michael Seaver and Senior Vice President Kathy Schirling presented the final $10,000 contribution of the bank s $40,000 multi-year pledge for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Campaign to Hilary Casillas, vice president of income development, on Thursday, July 30, at Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue in Burlington.In 2007, the Society built a new, 13,000-square-foot facility on East Avenue, close to Fletcher Allen Health Care, to provide free, temporary housing and support services to more than 2,000 cancer patients and their families each year, tripling the capacity of the old Burlington Lodge in operation since 1983. Thanks to the generosity of community donors like Chittenden Bank, nearly $5 million dollars were raised to fund construction of the Lois McClure-Bee Tabakin building, which opened in January 2008. Chittenden Bank made a sound investment in Hope Lodge and for the people of Vermont, said Casillas. Cancer patients now have a home away from home, where they receive services and support which help ease the financial and emotional burden of the cancer experience.Chittenden Bank, a division of People s United Bank, is the largest full-service bank in Vermont, serving its consumer, small business and corporate business clients at more than 47 statewide offices. We are proud to have participated in funding the construction of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge that now welcomes so many cancer patients and their families, said Seaver. Having the Hope Lodge close to the hospital, where cancer patients and their families can go to rest is important to us.More than a place to stay, the American Cancer Society Burlington Hope Lodge is a home away from home, offering cancer patients a comfortable and supportive environment for encouragement and healing.Hilary Casillas, vice president of income development, accepts check from Chittenden Bank President Michael Seaverlast_img read more

Uptick in Long Island’s Housing Hides Real Concern: High Cost of Living

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is experiencing a welcome renewed boom of housing construction. But are we pricing out the region’s young families by building exclusively for the elderly? Shouldn’t we be catering our downtown development proposals to the supposed wants of millennials? Or are we missing the boat completely by failing to address the true drivers of housing costs in the region?While Nassau and Suffolk counties are often called “The Land of No” when developers are asking the question, the figures, showcasing both historic and recent building permits, don’t lie. In recent years, LI has seen an uptick in housing starts, especially when compared to the years of the Great Recession. Throughout the 1980s, Suffolk saw an increase of more than 5,000 multifamily units. The average increase remained fairly static at 5000-plus from 1990 to 2000, but the last decade or so is a different story. From 2000 to 2010, Suffolk saw more than 15,000 units of multifamily housing built – triple the rate being built in the last 20 to 30 years.The number of senior housing units is ballooning as well. In 1980, there were 5,000-plus units of senior housing in Suffolk. By 2014, that total number grew to more than 25,000 – and more units are being added. Clearly, the supposed “Land of No” has seen year-over-year increases in housing. But prices remain on the verge of unaffordable, so it seems that building more units is doing little to alleviate the Island’s housing cost woes.Demographically, LI is aging. According to the U.S. Census, the Island had more than 324,000 residents aged 65 and older in 1990. By 2013, that total swelled to over 441,000, with more elderly expected to proliferate as the Baby Boomers leave their younger days behind. Compare the growth of this demographic segment to the ever-critical decline of millennials that LI policymakers always seem to grimly tout.In 1990, the Island had 626,000 residents aged 20 to 34, but by 2013, the region saw the total drop to 500,000. Yet, this supposed Brain Drain represents an actual gain since the region had 478,000 people in this demographic group in 2010. Luckily for Long Island, the 5-19 age range has 582,000 residents in the pipeline, so all is not lost.Why the lesson in the number of housing starts and the cyclical nature of demographics on LI?It is important to understand these trends because making policy, especially housing strategies, based on age demographics—and age demographics alone— isn’t sound planning. In fact, it ignores the true causes of concern especially regarding housing.Ever-increasing costs, a symptom of the Island’s lack of economic opportunity due to the proliferation of low-wage service sector growth, is the serious issue we must address. In the past two decades, construction has inched along, yet companies are still fleeing our region. While local policymakers and developers play Chicken Little by claiming the sky is falling due to the Brain Drain, what they should dread is not the flight of the young or the lack of housing for the old – it’s reigning in the cost of living on Long Island.Some argue that increasing the region’s housing supply is the answer, but this blind adherence to supply and demand economics ignores the fundamental reality that Long Island is environmentally fragile thanks to its sole-source aquifer, it is surrounded by water and its vacant open space is limited.There is no simple answer, but a good place to start would be the creation of high-paying, quality jobs that take advantage of LI’s educated workforce. The Island needs a vibrant, diversified economy with multiple sectors that foster business-cycle resiliency while offering opportunities for all types of workers. Policymakers must take a serious look at Long Island’s economic and racial segregation – and conduct an honest analysis of what, exactly, is driving up housing costs.Is it “exclusionary zoning” as urbanists often claim? Or are Long Island’s balkanized school districts, fire districts and countless other political and quasi-political overlapping fiefdoms to blame?Until these hard questions can be answered honestly, our policies will continue to be misguided by anecdotal evidence, stakeholder whims and insiders’ political savvy – while our corporations flee and housing affordability slips ever further away from those who would pay to stay.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more