Northfield savings collecting non-perishable food in December

first_imgNSB BRANCHES COLLECTING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMSNorthfield, VT – December 11, 2008 (Vermont Business Magazine via NSB)- You might notice something a bit different during your next visit to Northfield Savings Bank: a shopping cart. Each of NSB’s thirteen branches is collecting non-perishable food items during the month of December for distribution to food shelves in their local communities. Shaw’s Supermarkets generously lent a shopping cart to each Northfield Savings Bank branch office to help collect the donations. Northfield Savings Bank invites its customers to join in this effort to provide much needed support to local food shelves. The collection runs until December 31, giving people an opportunity to drop of any extra items from their holiday celebrations. ###last_img read more

Man Unapologetic After Arrest for Tampering with Red Light Cameras

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A red light camera opponent who has been burned by the unpopular devices in the past was arrested Tuesday after police uncovered video of him allegedly tampering with cameras along the Long Island Expressway service road in Ronkonkoma—a form of vandalism that has some on social media hailing the man as a hero.Suffolk County police arrested 42-year-old Stephen Ruth at his Centereach home on charges of criminal tampering and obstruction of governmental administration. He was released on bail and his initial court date is set for Oct. 27, according to a post on his Facebook page.Police said they learned of the tampering after the Sixth Precinct received anonymous tips regarding a social media video showing Ruth allegedly using an expandable pole to aim the cameras toward the sky, therefore preventing the devices from capturing vehicles running red lights or failing to stop long enough before making a right turn.Ruth allegedly tampered with a camera located on Ocean Avenue and the Long Island Expressway South Service Road on Aug. 21 and again on Aug. 24, police said. He also adjusted cameras on Hawkins Avenue, along the LIE South Service Road on Tuesday afternoon, police said.Ruth, who is all smiles in his mug shot, explained his actions in an unapologetic Facebook post written after his release.“To all the people thinking ‘why would he do that? Didn’t he think he was going to get arrested?’ Of course I knew I would be arrested,” Ruth wrote. “I did it for the people who come back from war and get abused by these cameras. I did it because senior citizens are getting these, the same ones that went to war for us. These same seniors live in New York’s high cost environment and are being forced out of New York because of its high taxes.“I also did it because every vehicle that you see with an out of state license plate is not receiving these tickets regardless of who they are,” he continued. “These same people live in our state and pay lower insurance rates because their cars are registered out of state under someone else’s name.”However, drivers of vehicles with out-of-state plates do receive red light camera tickets mailed home when they’re caught blowing lights on Long Island.In a shaky self-shot how-to YouTube video, Ruth, wearing a white collared shirt and a tie, explains how simple it is to “take the power back” and save “innocent people a lot of money.”“In order to do this successfully you only need a pair of balls and a painter’s extension rod,” he said in the video. “I’m going to show you how easy it is to take the power back. It doesn’t take but more than a minute to do this, and the gratification—the gratification is huge!”He proceeds to poke at a red light camera with a pole, adjusting it upwards in order to prevent it from snapping photos of drivers’ license plates.“I just saved people about $10,000 today with this camera,” he estimated.Aside from his self-declared mission to save red-light-blowing drivers cash, it appears Ruth also had a personal grudge against one of the cameras.“This camera has gotten me numerous times for not waiting three seconds,” he says, apparently referring to the amount of time a driver is mandated to wait before making a legal right turn when stopped at a red light. “Who’s to say that I need to wait three seconds after I clearly see that there’s no one coming in my direction? This is government taking advantage—and it’s gonna stop!”Ruth’s anti-red light camera rant and actions have some on social media commending him for taking matters into his own hands.“This guy is my hero,” one YouTube user wrote in the comment section under the video.“Red light revolution,” declares another.But not everyone came to Ruth’s defense. One YouTube user chided Ruth for complaining about waiting three seconds before turning and said the authorities were correct to arrest him.Red light cameras have been a source of aggravation for Long Islanders since their initial rollout in Nassau County in 2009 and in Suffolk County in the summer of 2010.Opponents charge that the cameras exist only to make money off of unsuspecting drivers. Government officials who support the initiative say the cameras prevent crashes by forcing drivers to hit the brakes when a traffic light turns yellow.last_img read more

Tech Time: Tablets, ATMs and open branch design improve the member experience

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » At Credit Union of the Rockies, our main focus has always been to provide our members with the best possible banking experience. While this goal hasn’t changed, member expectations have. Consumers today demand a seamless, convenient, personalized experience from all companies and organizations they interact with, including their financial institutions.We recognized that a traditional branch design and flow didn’t optimally meet these modern demands. As a result, two years ago, we decided to tweak the way we interact with and serve our members in the branch. We implemented new technology and an open branch design to help meet our goals.Revamping the Branch We set out to redesign our flagship branch in Golden, Colorado, in a way that would help us operate more efficiently and facilitate more productive interactions with members. We didn’t just focus on a design that made sense today, but one that would also work tomorrow. After considering and evaluating several options, we decided to implement a concierge-style approach and eliminate paper, coins and wires.last_img read more

Hong Kong police arrest more than 300 protesting China’s ‘birthday gift’ of security law

first_imgHong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent.Beijing unveiled the details of the much-anticipated law late on Tuesday after weeks of uncertainty, pushing China’s freest city and one of the world’s most glittering financial hubs on to a more authoritarian path.As thousands of protesters gathered for an annual rally marking the anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to China in 1997, riot police used pepper spray and fired pellets as they made arrests after crowds spilled into the streets chanting “resist till the end” and “Hong Kong independence”. “I’m scared of going to jail but for justice I have to come out today, I have to stand up,” said one 35-year-old man who gave his name as Seth.Police said they had made more than 300 arrests for illegal assembly and other offences, with nine involving violations of the new law.The law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, will see mainland security agencies in Hong Kong for the first time and allows extradition to the mainland for trial.China’s parliament adopted the law in response to protests last year triggered by fears that Beijing was stifling the city’s freedoms, guaranteed by a “one country, two systems” formula agreed when it returned to Chinese rule. Beijing denies the accusation. Topics :center_img Hong Kong police cited the law in confronting protesters.”You are displaying flags or banners/chanting slogans/or conducting yourselves with an intent such as secession or subversion, which may constitute offences under the … national security law,” police said in a message displayed on a purple banner.Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few “troublemakers” and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investors’ interests.’Heartbreaking’But critics fear it will end the pro-democracy opposition and crush freedoms, including an independent legal system and right to protest, that are seen as key to Hong Kong’s success as a financial centre.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the new law was an affront to all nations and Washington would continue to implement President Donald Trump’s directive to end the territory’s special status.Britain said it would stand by its word and offer all those in Hong Kong with British National Overseas status a “bespoke” immigration route.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described Wednesday’s protests as heartbreaking and reprimanded HSBC and other banks for supporting the new law, saying the rights of Hong Kong should not be sacrificed for bankers’ bonuses.Britain and Canada also updated their travel advisories for Hong Kong, saying there was an increased risk of detention.A former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong, Simon Cheng, said he had been granted political asylum by the British government after being beaten by Chinese secret police last year in mainland China during 15 days of detention.In a post on Facebook after the enactment of the national security law, he said he hoped other Hong Kong people would be offered protection by Britain.Police fired water cannon to try to disperse the protesters. A game of cat and mouse reminiscent of last year’s often violent demonstrations followed, with protesters blocking roads before running away from riot police charging with batons, only to re-emerge elsewhere.Police posted pictures on Twitter of an officer with a bleeding arm saying he was stabbed by “rioters holding sharp objects”. The suspects fled while bystanders offered no help, police said.On July 1 last year, hundreds of protesters stormed and vandalized the city’s legislature to protest against a bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.Those protests evolved into anti-China demonstrations and calls for democracy, paralyzing parts of the city and paving the way for Beijing’s new law.’Birthday gift’In Beijing, Zhang Xiaoming, executive deputy director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told reporters suspects arrested by a new Beijing-run security office could be tried on the mainland.He said the new office abided by Chinese law and that Hong Kong’s legal system could not be expected to implement the laws of the mainland. Article 55 of the law states that Beijing’s security office in Hong Kong could exercise jurisdiction over “complex” or “serious” cases.”The law is a birthday gift to [Hong Kong] and will show its precious value in the future,” Zhang said, adding the law would not be applied retroactively.Speaking at a flag-raising ceremony to mark the handover, the city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, said the law was the most important development since 1997.”It is also an inevitable and prompt decision to restore stability,” Lam said at the harbor-front venue where the last colonial governor, Chris Patten, a staunch critic of the security law, tearfully handed back Hong Kong to China.Some pro-Beijing officials and political commentators say the law is aimed at sealing Hong Kong’s “second return” to the motherland after the first failed to bring residents to heel.Luo Huining, the head of Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong, said at the ceremony the law was a “common aspiration” of Hong Kong citizens.Some pro-democracy activists gave up membership of their groups just before the law came into force on Tuesday, though they called for the campaign to carry on from abroad.”I saw this morning there are celebrations for Hong Kong’s handover, but to me it is a funeral, a funeral for ‘one country two systems’,” said pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds Senate for Passing Medical Marijuana Bill, Encourages House to Take Quick Action on Bill

first_imgGovernor Wolf Applauds Senate for Passing Medical Marijuana Bill, Encourages House to Take Quick Action on Bill Medical Marijuana,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement:“I want to thank the members of the Senate for their passage of the medical marijuana legalization bill and I am urging the House to take quick action in order to send this bill to my desk for a signature. It is finally time to provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana. We should not deny doctor-recommended treatment that could help people suffering from seizures or cancer patients affected by chemotherapy.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 12, 2016last_img read more

St. Nicholas Volleyball Teams Win Against St. Louis

first_imgSt. Nick comes out on top over St. Louis in 7th/8th Grade Volleyball action.St. Nicholas 7th grade defeated St. Louis in 2 sets with scores of 25-21 and 25-8. St. Nicholas got off to a slow start and had to come from a deficit to take set 1. They finally got back into their game play and took set 2 convincingly.The 8th grade match was an intense night of outstanding volleyball for St. Nicholas and St. Louis. Both teams came in “undefeated” in regular season play. St. Louis took set 1 with a score of 17-25. Once again, St. Nicholas started off slow before starting to play their usual level of play. St. Nicholas stepped up in a big way as a team to take set 2 with a score of 25-19. It came down to a nail biter in set 2, but St. Nicholas played consistently and with intensity to take set 3 by a score of 15-8. St. Nicholas also had 3 big blocks in the 8th grade match.It was another great night of volleyball for both teams! Both 7th and 8th grade St. Nick teams improve their regular season record to 8-0.Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg.last_img read more

IMCA Big Chill Throwdown starts season this weekend at 281 Speedway

first_imgSTEPHENVILLE, Texas – IMCA Modifieds now race for $1,000 to win along with a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot on opening night of 281 Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 Big Chill Throwdown.The 2018 lidlifter at Stephenville boasts a $600 to win feature for the Modifieds on Saturday while IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Southern SportMods battle for $500 top checks each night and Mach-1 Sport Compacts race for $200 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, re­gional, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded and both shows are draw/redraw. There is no entry fee.Pits open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. both nights. Racing starts at 8 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and students, and free for kids five and under. Pit passes are $35.More information is available on Facebook or by call­ing 512 636-0528.last_img read more

Chelsea confirm Benitez departure

first_img His final act in charge was a recent tour of the United States, which ended in two defeats to Manchester City, and Chelsea have now confirmed the 53-year-old is free to join Napoli. “Chelsea Football Club has today (Tuesday) released Rafael Benitez from his contract to become the new manager of Napoli,” said a statement on “Rafa was appointed as the club’s interim manager last November, and steered us to automatic Champions League qualification thanks to our third-place finish in the Barclays Premier League, while also leading us to the Europa League title in Amsterdam earlier this month. “Also departing to join Napoli are first-team fitness coach Paco De Miguel and Xavi Valero, the first-team opposition analyst. “Everybody at Chelsea Football Club would like to place on record our thanks to Rafa and his staff for their work at the club, and wish them success for the future.” The Spaniard’s impending exit from Stamford Bridge had been known for some time and on Monday it was announced that he will become the new head coach of Serie A club Napoli. Benitez took over at the Blues in an interim capacity in November following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and, despite enduring a torrid relationship with some of the fans in west London, he guided the club to third place in the Barclays Premier League and victory in the Europa League final. Rafael Benitez’s tenure as Chelsea boss is officially over after the club announced they had released him from his contract.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trump admin backs off plan to send migrants to South Florida, says PBC Sheriff

first_img“It appears that border patrol has backed off its initial plans to transport a thousand illegal immigrants to South Florida,” said Sheriff Bradshaw. “Because of everybody’s efforts, we are able to stop what appeared to be a crisis for our community.”Local officials said two weeks was the amount of time that had initially been given until migrants from the Southern border would arrive in Palm Beach and Broward counties which would’ve included 500 people to each county per month, with no deadline set for the influx to end.Mayor of Broward County Mark Bogen said he was unaware of the news and would like to get confirmation from the federal government, according to the Sun-Sentinel.Bogen recently made headlines for calling on President Trump to host migrants at his Florida hotel after learning of the possible influx.Governor DeSantis has not commented on the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s announcement as of Saturday, 3 p.m., ET.This story is developing.Related content:Broward County mayor asks Trump to house migrants at his hotels The Trump administration has halted plans to send thousands of people who entered the country illegally across the Mexican border to Broward and Palm Beach counties, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw announced Saturday.I want to thank our community for it’s unequivocal support regarding this immigration issue in Palm Beach County.— Sheriff Ric Bradshaw (@RicBradshaw) May 18, 2019last_img read more

Greyhound racing in Thurles tonight

first_imgThe card sees the first round heats of the Champion Bitch Stake. It’ll also see the semi-finals of the Glenpadden A4/A5 525 yds stake, all as part of a 10 race card on the night.Racing will also be available to view from Curraheen Park and Shelbourne Park where the Easter Cup first rounds are the featured event.last_img