Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSCommissioner Bryan NelsonNeighborhood Pride GrantOrange County Previous article5 ways to make your vehicle more fuel efficientNext articleLegislature may be slamming the brakes on red light cameras Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Orange County offering “Neighborhood Pride” GrantsFrom Bryan Nelson, District Two Commissioner of Orange County If you are looking for a funding opportunity to beautify and revitalize your neighborhood or assist a community organization, Orange County may be able to help. This is made possible through the Neighborhood Pride Grants; a grant based effort to revamp existing Orange County Neighborhood facades and communities. The Neighborhood Pride grants have been providing funding for Orange County communities since 2002. Throughout those years, these grants have helped to improve hundreds of community buildings and neighborhoods throughout Orange County. Neighborhood Pride grants were developed not only to provide physical and social improvements to neighborhoods, but also to raise property values and create a long lasting sense of pride around the restored properties. These grants are awarded and administered through the Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division; a component of the Orange County Government created with the express purpose of facilitating the establishment and maintenance of community organizations in addition to serving as a valuable community resource.Commissioner Bryan NelsonThere are six types of neighborhood pride grants available. Each of these was created with a specific interest and purpose in mind. Of these grants, one of the most popular grants is the Entrance Way Grant. This grant awards anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 for eligible residents who need their entryway revitalized. Eligible projects for this grant can include new entryway signs, pressure washing, painting, new ground lighting, and fence repairs.The Capital Improvement Grant provides funding for projects that are geared towards improving common or recreational areas. Potential projects can include things such as new playgrounds, picnic tables, pavilions, and gazebos. Funding amounts typically range from $6,000 to $10,000 or up to 50% of the total project cost.Another major grant is the Wall Repair Grant. Neighborhoods and communities that have problems with existing walls in need of structural repairs and happen to be located adjacent to major thoroughfares may be eligible to apply for this grant. Eligible repairs may receive up to a 100% reimbursement for wall repairs not to exceed $20,000.At this point, you may be wondering about your eligibility for such grants. If you are an organized neighborhood homeowners association, nonprofit, or council located within Orange County you are eligible to apply, provided you meet the required criteria. Additionally, you must be registered with the Orange County Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division. If you are new to grant writing and need further assistance to help with the process, Orange County does offer a free grant workshops where attendees can ask questions and learn about the application process.Another assistance program administered through the Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division is the Business Assistance for Neighborhood Corridors (BANC) Program. BANC provides funding for small business in target corridors for beautifying and revitalization projects. Under the BANC program, small business can apply for the Façade Improvement Grant. This grant reimburses up to $5,000 to upgrade or improve the exterior of a business. Examples of projects include exterior painting, signage, landscaping, repair/replace windows, doors, awnings, stucco, and siding.In or order for your business to be eligible you must have fewer than 500 employees, the person applying must own or lease the property applying for the grant, and the business must have a certificate of occupancy, liability insurance, and provide proof of tax status (W-9).If you interested in applying for any of the above grants, please keep in mind that applications for these grants are only considered from October through June of each year. For more information regarding these grants as well as additional eligibility criteria, please visit http://www.orangecountyfl.net/ and simply search for neighborhood pride grants You may also call the Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division at 407-836-5606. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Orange County District 2 office at 407-836-5850 or [email protected] Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 6 December 2006 | News 7 Sep 2005 I sent out a message to all AFP members on September 2, letting them know what the organization was doing in response to Hurricane Katrina. I have received hundreds of emails from concerned members in support of their colleagues. As a result we are setting up a Web log (blog) as another communications tool to connect AFP members with those members in the affected areas. You can reach the blog at http://afprc22.blogspot.com/. Advertisement AFP sets up assistance blog for nonprofits hit by Hurricane Katrina 15 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis We’ve sent out a personal email to our 180 members in the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina, asking them to share their professional needs with us. As we hear from these members, we’ll compile and share their needs with everyone else through this blog and also ask them to participate directly if possible. In the meantime if you have information about members in the affected areas and are authorized to share that information, please post that on the blog as well. We’ve been getting inquiries about specific AFP members from their colleagues, and we’d like to report on everyone’s well being. I have received emails from AFP members who wanted to help – some had office space to donate to affected nonprofits, while others had job openings they wished to share with affected fundraising professionals. We intend to establish a clearinghouse for that type of assistance and this blog is part of that process.I have also been in touch with several executive recruiting firms that have agreed to donate their expertise in offering career counseling, resume review and relocation advice to AFP members in the affected areas. If you have a comment to make on one of the existing topics, please click on the comment button below that posting. This blog is meant to be a member resource. We are not going to monitor the blog for content, as we trust all blog users will be respectful and thoughtful in their comments.We hope this blog will be useful, and if there are changes that can be made to improve it, please let us know. We will do what we can to help, as we feel that AFP’s role in times like these is to continue to provide support through information and the sharing of resources. I want to thank everyone for their kind words of support and concern during this time. I hope together we can continue to do the important work of all our organizations while being mindful of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Thank you, everyone, for pulling together! Best, Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE President and CEOAssociation of Fundraising Professionals
Sign up for DS News Daily Budget Office Estimates Cost of CFPB Watchdog Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News Tagged with: Congressional Budget Office Consumer Financial Protection Bureau H.R. 957 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Survey: Majority Supports Leveraging Private Capital to Reduce GSE, Taxpayer Risk Next: DS News Webcast: Friday 2/12/2016 February 11, 2016 1,082 Views Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Congressional Budget Office Consumer Financial Protection Bureau H.R. 957 2016-02-11 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Budget Office Estimates Cost of CFPB Watchdog The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), has released an estimate of how much it would cost for H.R. 957, also known as the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection—Inspector General Reform Act of 2015, which passed in the House Financial Services Committee in September 2015.The bill, which passed in the Committee by a vote of 56 to 3 on September 30, was sponsored by Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and would create an independent inspector general for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Currently, the CFPB shares an inspector general with the Federal Reserve.“Government accountability is important now, more than ever,” Stivers said. “This legislation will allow for increased oversight of an agency that has been given broad authority. It is important that we take the necessary steps to ensure the CFPB is accountable to the American people.”The CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 957 would increase direct spending by the federal government by $128 million over the 10-year period from 2016 to 2026 and would also increase revenues by $61 million over that same period (reflecting lower costs for the Fed’s OIG. These effects combined would increase budget deficits by $67 million over that 10-year period, according to the CBO.“Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would affect direct spending and revenues,” the report stated. “CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 957 would not affect discretionary costs. CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits by more than $5 billion in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.”Click here to view the CBO’s entire report.
TagsCommercial Real EstateHotelsRetail Email Address* Full Name* (iStock)The coronavirus continued to have disparate effects on real estate in December, with some sectors continuing to shrink while others regain ground.A rise in Covid cases and government closures of indoor dining contributed to a loss of nearly 500,000 leisure and hospitality jobs. Restaurants and bars accounted for 372,000 layoffs.Nearly half of all restaurants expect further layoffs in the next three months, according to a recent survey. In New York, 78 percent of restaurants anticipated layoffs.Overall, the economy lost 140,000 jobs last month, ending seven months of economic growth, according to government employment data. The unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent.ADVERTISEMENTHoliday shopping provided a reprieve to retailers in December. Consumers supported the return of 120,000 retail jobs, although the industry currently employs 411,000 fewer people than it did last year.The rise of e-commerce has resulted in an industrial real estate boom while the pandemic remains a drag on brick-and-mortar outlets. Macy’s recently announced it will close 125 stores over the next three years; Bed Bath & Beyond said it will close 200 in the next two years.Residential homebuilding helped the construction industry add 51,000 jobs last month. Active listings for homes in the U.S. have reached an all-time low while home prices climbed to record levels. In November, spending on new single-family homes was up 18 percent year-over-year and single-family housing starts reached levels not seen since 2007.“The lack of inventory is the biggest constraint to further growth in home sales this year,” said Mike Fratantoni, chief economist of the Mortgage Bankers Association. “More workers in the sector should support the faster pace of housing construction the market needs,” he said.A national shortage of available homes predating the pandemic has drawn the attention of investors, who are building new homes en masse to rent.Warehousing and storage facilities added 8,200 jobs last month. About 5,000 jobs were gained by rental and leasing services providers.Job gains in November were stronger than previously estimated. The economy added 336,000 jobs that month instead of the 245,000 first reported.But these numbers pale in comparison to the 22 million jobs lost in March and April of last year. While 12 million have been recovered, overall employment remained 9.8 million below February’s level.Contact Orion Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Message*
Renowned author and Oxford alumnus Philip Pullman addressed hundreds yesterday over the planned closure of almost half of Oxfordshire’s libraries.Speaking in Oxford’s Town Hall alongside MP Andrew Smith, the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy author turned his scepticism of worship towards a more secular target: the market.Pullman had already publicly condemned the closures saying, “We measure the value of a civilized society by the number of libraries it opens, not the number it closes down.“To deprive citizens of access to this most precious thing, a library, is to surrender to a savage and stupid fundamentalism, the worship of the market. We do not need to do this. We should resist it passionately.”Pullman told Cherwell, “This [issue] is very close to my heart, as I love libraries, and as a citizen of Oxford.”He also commented that he supported student action regarding tuition fees, stating, “[The government] are pricing people out and making it very difficult for people from poor backgrounds. I am immensely sympathetic. Unless your parents own a chalet in the south of France, it will be difficult for most people to pay that much. “Oxford and Cambridge won’t find it difficult to recruit students and I fear that even more will come from private schools, that will be inevitable,” he added.Government cuts would see 20 of Oxford’s 43 libraries shut down. Organisers hope that authors support will lend extra fervour to the campaign’s efforts, and change politicians’ minds. The Oxford Education Campaign, a mainly student organisation responsible for last term’s protests which ended in the occupation of the Radcliffe Camera, are seeking to establish a long term relationship with the libraries, both for symbolism and solidarity.When asked whether he would help campaign on student issues Pullman commented, “I am immensely busy and I can’t give time to everything. But my heart is with you on this.”Next Wednesday has been designated as a day of national anti-cuts action, and the group are planning a “fluid” protest that will end in the occupation of a public building such as one of the closing libraries. Other locations such as the Sheldonian Theatre were discussed.Julie Simmons, an ex-library worker and the current secretary for the Oxfordshire Anti-Cuts Coalition, noted the social impact that the closures would have. She commented, “many young people simply can’t afford to buy what they like or need to read.”At OEC’s Monday meeting the effects of the cuts for young people who don’t yet and may not enjoy the privilege of attending a place like Oxford were also raised.Efforts to save libraries include Stony Stratford, where residents collectively removed almost all of the library’s 16,000 books by each withdrawing their maximum allowance.
A recent report by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) has found that independent learning is more effective than taught sessions in the development of key skills.The HEA 2016 Engagement Survey was based on the responses of 23,198 students at 29 institutions, but the University of Oxford was not involved in the research.Notable findings in the report included how there was a four-percentage point positive difference in perceived development of academic skills such as writing and critical thinking among students with eleven or more hours of teaching each week, compared to those who receive ten hours of teaching a week.As well as this, 94 percent of those surveyed felt that their course encouraged them to develop their own independent learning, despite the fact that students feel they are not engaging with fellow students or academicsStudents also said that studying more time out of class could be twice as beneficial in developing active learning skills, like innovation and creativity, compared with even more teaching sessions (six percentage points to three percentage points). For civic skills, such as developing values and ethics, or perhaps being informed and an ‘active citizen’, the difference was five percentage points to three.Reacting to the report, Camille Kandiko Howson, senior lecturer in higher education at King’s College London, explained how its findings showed the drastic need to expand learning outside of the classroom, saying: “Students still think contact hours are what they need, but this gives us evidence that students’ skill development is greater when they spend more time in independent study.”According to Times Higher Education, the results could have consequences for England’s teaching excellence framework, which could use contact hours “as a proxy for standards”.Dr Kandiko Howson added that policymakers should move beyond this “very narrow” view of learning, especially considering that the report found that extracurricular activities were found to be beneficial to skill development.The report also found that students who took part in sports or societies, for example, had academic skill development seven percentage points higher than those who did not participate, in addition to how volunteering gave a six-percentage point advantage.The report also found that undergraduates at pre-92 and post-92 universities had significantly different experiences of their educationFor example, students at older institutions usually worked harder, with 63 per cent of respondents saying they had eleven or more contact hours a week, compared with 50 per cent of post-92 respondents. When it came to spending 11 or more hours studying independently each week, the gap was 57 per cent to 49 per cent.However, those students at post-92s suggested they were more engaged in their learning, with higher levels of skill development in every area except academic skills.
Speaking at a conference on mental health at King’s College London yesterday, Mr Ellwood also debunked several myths around veterans, saying that ex-forces personnel are not mad, bad and sad, but make a vital contribution to society.The MOD recently increased funding for mental health provision for military personnel by £20 million over the next ten years.A new helpline for service personnel has also been established. The new number – 0800 323 4444 is backed up by a major internal communications campaign on mental fitness across the services.Combat Stress – the leading veterans mental health charity – has been commissioned to run the new helpline service for serving troops 24 hours a day.The extra £2-million a year for the next ten years to improve mental health services in the Armed Forces is on top of the £20-million per year that is currently committed. The additional money, which brings the total planned spending to £220-million over the next decade, will be put towards an increase in mental health specialists and bolstering existing provision.The MOD currently has a network of 20 ‘hub and spoke’ mental health centres, comprising of 11 hubs and a further nine teams. Regular visiting clinics are also held at other military centres across the country.Last year the MOD launched its Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy focusing on preventative measures to protect our personnel. MOD also partnered with the Royal Foundation, a charity setup by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to improve training and education alongside the strategy to promote mental fitness.There are a range of services provided by partners working with MOD and through the Armed Forces Covenant, including the NHS, other Government departments and charities which serving personnel, veterans, and their families can access.You can read the executive summary of the strategy hereYou can read the full strategy here
Picking phenoms Greensky Bluegrass celebrated the New Year in Royal Oak, MI, playing the Royal Oak Theatre for the second night running. After a great opening night on the 30th, Greensky settled in and delivered a whalloping New Year’s celebration that kept the fans dancing well into the night.The show was a glorious blend of covers and original music, including the show opening “Let’s Spend The Night Together” by The Rolling Stones and so much more. After closing down the first set with the “Broke Mountain Breakdown > After Midnight” combination, Greensky geared up for the impending New Year’s countdown in their second set.After opening set two with the intro to “Don’t Lie,” the band broke out into a cover of Prince’s “1999” to get the room going. They launched “Auld Lang Syne” from the Prince cover, counted down the New Year, and brought it back to “1999” with ease. They also segued into “Don’t Lie” and eventually returned back to “1999” for an awesome run of music!Watch Greensky navigate through “1999” and “Auld Lang Syne” in the video below.They also worked in a cover of Traffic’s “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone,” and closed the show with “Dustbowl Overtures” and Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing.” You can see the full setlist, below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Royal Oak Theatre | Royal Oak, MI | 12/31/16Set I: Let’s Spend the Night Together, Run or Die, Room Without a Roof, White House Blues, Past My Prime, Forget Everything, Demons, While Waiting, Broke Mountain Breakdown > After MidnightSet II: Don’t Lie Intro > 1999* > Auld Lang Syne^ > 1999 > Don’t Lie, Jaywalking, Light Up or Leave Me Alone > 1999 > Light Up or Leave Me Alone, Take Cover, Wings for Wheels, Leap YearEnc: Dustbowl Overtures, Money for NothingNotes: *w/ Lindsey Lou^w/ Lindsey Lou & Flatbellys[Photos via Greensky Bluegrass Facebook // Phierce Photo] Load remaining images
Volume XXIXNumber i Here is the 29th annual spring Garden Packet from the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Written by 23 CAES and other UGA faculty members, these 33features are provided to help you give your readers the timely,valuable gardening information they want. Your county agent (lookin your phone book under “county government”) can help youlocalize these features.The 2004 Garden Packet stories are:1 Howdoes your garden grow? Year-round (George Boyhan)2 Tryperennials in vegetable garden (Faith Peppers)3 Usecomputer to help with your garden (Boyhan)4 Well-tendedgarden a sign of planning (Wade Hutcheson)5 Freezingvegetables stretches garden (April Sorrow)6 Organicgardening can be challenging (Boyhan)7 Diseasescan make garden nightmare (Brad Haire)8 Plasticor organic mulch for garden? (Darbie Granberry)9 Takemystery out of gardening (Boyhan)10 Addgarden variety to your salad (Terry Kelley)11 GeorgiaGold Medals make choosing easy (Dan Rahn)12 Joseph’sCoat provides nonstop color (Paul Thomas)13 AniseHyssop hybrids almost too good (Thomas)14 SummerSnowflake viburnum (Jim Midcap, Gary Wade)15 Baldcypress not just for swamps (Midcap, Wade)16 Annualflowers help ‘paint’ garden (Bodie Pennisi)17 Accentlandscape with container plants (Bob Westerfield)18 Stoptrying to grow turf under trees (Wade)19 Learninglandscape basics (David Berle)20 Startinglandscape over from scratch (Mike Isbell)21 Don’tlet environment stress landscape (Wade)22 Don’tbe cause of landscape stress (Wade)23 Springchores add beauty to landscape (Westerfield)24 Firefliesadd magic to spring (Nancy Hinkle)25 Takecare to avoid tick bites outdoors (Hinkle)26 Whatdoes your termite contract provide? (Dan Suiter)27 UseIWM strategies in your home lawn (Tim Murphy)28 Managephosphorus use in home lawn (Clint Waltz)29 Green-upproblems in warm-season turf (Waltz, Landry)30 Calibratehand-held, pump-up sprayer (Waltz, Landry)31 Understandnumbers on fertilizer bag (Waltz)32 Attapulgus:new word in peaches (Krewer, Beckman)33 StateBotanical Garden (Jeff Lewis)Here are all of the annual UGA garden packet articles for thepast three years:2004 Garden Packet Articles 2003 Garden Packet Articles 2002 Garden Packet Articles(Dan Rahn is the principal editor of the annual gardenpacket and a news editor with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)