Doherty moves bill to facilitate management of missing persons’ property

first_imgA Donegal Deputy has moved the Civil Law Missing Persons Bill 2016 in the Dáil.The Bill allows for the appointment of an interim manager of the property of a missing person.It’s undersood that between 7,000 and 8,000 people are reported missing every year in Ireland, almost 20 every day.Speaking in the Dail last evening, Deputy Pearse Doherty said the bill would allow families avoid what he termed a ‘legal limbo’ …………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/pearsemissing1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Doherty moves bill to facilitate management of missing persons’ property RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleDiabetes Ireland raise Donegal services with Health MinisterNext articleCouncillor opposes Irish Water taking over business accounts admin Google+center_img Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By admin – December 14, 2016 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

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Haiti Will Receive $25 Million Dollars from Latin America and the Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo February 24, 2010 What a good thing you are doing for Haiti. What happened to Haiti was terrible. I’m sorry but I wish I could help. I hope this doesn’t happen anymore in Haiti. Haiti will receive 25 million dollars this week, according to an agreement reached by the presidents attending the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexican president Felipe Calderón, the summit’s host, announced. This amount will be in addition to the aid already agreed on in various hemispheric forums following the earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation on 12 January. A “short-term credit package” being prepared by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caja Andina de Fomento will be added to this total, Calderón explained. The thirty-two countries participating in the summit, according to Calderón, agreed with Haitian president René Preval that “more than rebuilding Haiti, it’s necessary to rethink Haiti” in order to decrease centralization in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and achieve “more just and balanced” development. As a result, the Mexican government made a commitment to send the Caribbean country fifty thousand field tents and five million dollars “over the short term.”last_img read more

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Beware the secret saboteur in your credit union

first_imgI don’t have time to answer the phone beyond saying my name or “credit union”. There are too many other things I need to do. Wanting me to sell is not what I signed on for. I do transactions fast and accurately. Salespeople sell, tellers do transactions. A patient complained that a roommate was dying noisily and therefor he was unable to sleep all night. That became a nurse’s fault. These are just a few examples of potential dissatisfaction and misunderstanding that a skillful secret saboteur can easily use against your best efforts to initiate effective and beneficial change within your organization. The problem in both types of organizations is identical. The reasons for change and implementation of those changes have not been properly explained, motivated, coached, and monitored. Beyond that, and here is the hard part, when a person fails to embrace those changes they have not been helped to find a job where they will fit in.You see, if the roommate of the dying person would have had it explained to him that a critically and possibly terminal case was going to be in the next bed, and all possible would be done to limit that patient’s care becoming a problem to him, it may well have diminished his irritation. Perhaps not, but it certainly would have been worth the effort. The unhappy owner of the sweet tooth could have been told of her choices in a positive way. If okayed by the doctor, she may have been allowed to have a family member or friend bring some of her favorite sweetener to her. A dietician, speaking to the patient in advance of the surgery, could have counseled the unhappy delicatessen connoisseur on the reasons behind the foods and portions he would be receiving. Managing expectations and doing so in a friendly manner can often help reduce later anger, resistance to change and conflict.In the credit union environment proving people wrong about not wanting to use a professional, albeit eight second longer, telephone greeting, standing and greeting people at a member service desk with a smile, introduction and handshake, identifying member needs and helping them decide to take sensible action to meet the want or need (selling through service) are similar issues to those listed for hospitals in one key way. The issue?, resistance to change. Finding exceptions to the rule is always an easy way out for self-justification for resistance to change. The effective leader is a proactive advocate for change. He or she must be able to seek out and destroy secret saboteurs before they can do irreparable harm to the culture shift.Pointing out, forcefully, how taking any of the little steps required in the culture change action plan will benefit patients and families, or credit union members and their families will help discourage and limit the effectiveness of the secret saboteur. Find stories to tell and ways to help people visualize the effectiveness of each new action you are asking them to take that forcefully demonstrate the effects of those changes. Find and help champions of your new direction and assign them with seeking out the naysaying hidden saboteurs in their departments. With the help of those champions you can find ways to bring home your message along with the need to change. Educate everyone, coach everyone, assess everyone, reteach and coach everyone, until the hidden saboteur either shows himself or changes. If he shows himself and refuses to change you must cut out the cancer before it spreads.I will provide one example of a resisted change I had to surmount early in my tenure at Healthcare Systems Federal Credit Union. I wrote a brief telephone greeting for everyone to use. “Good morning (or afternoon, thank you for calling Healthcare Systems Federal Credit Union. My name isc (insert your name). How may I help you today?”. The pushback was terrible. Only one person embraced the change.One by one I brought each employee into my office and had them answer an imaginary phone call in their own manner. I timed each answer. Average time, three seconds. It doesn’t take long to say good morning, or credit union, or Tamie speaking. Then I had them read my script and had them smile when they did. Oh, were some of those smiles forced! Average time, eleven seconds. Then I asked them each if it was worth eight seconds to make a member feel important, welcomed, and sense that the person on the other end of the phone wanted to help them. They could not say no. So, we rehearsed until it became second nature, Soon members were coming in and telling them how much more professional they sounded. Hey told our member service team members how much more they liked calling! When that happened all but one person fully embraced the change. Eventually that person left. Before she left she tried all she could to destroy the changes, but the reinforcement the team received from our members made her efforts useless.The demise of the secret saboteur will happen when leaders help people understand that no change is ever universally effective at first, if ever. We are after all dealing with people. Additionally, if we are to make the influence of secret saboteurs minimal we must demonstrate how complying with the changes will make things better over time. Most importantly, we must help people visualize how much better things will be by using stories and real life situations. For when good people truly get together to do the right things for the right reasons almost anything is possible. His nurse was not treating him fairly because my pastrami sandwich had too little pastrami on it after receiving quadruple bypass surgery. He or she lurks hidden inside of almost every organization. They smile at you. They nod in agreement when you make bold statements of purpose. They cheerlead when you announce new initiatives. Meanwhile, when out of your sight and hearing ranges, whenever any opportunity arises, wherever weakness or uncertainty in another person seems to exist, the secret saboteur promotes dissatisfaction among your team members. They place mines between your leadership, your purposes, and your initiatives and your team members. Unseen and unheard by you, the secret saboteur is actively eating away at your corporate structure, purpose, and goals. Fail to find the secret saboteur at your own peril.Just as credit unions are struggling to adjust to meet new challenges presented by changing technology, regulations, generational preferences. and member expectations, so too are hospitals. Faced with increased regulation, mandatory and published independent satisfaction surveys, new and more restrictive insurance rules for repayment, and greater competition, hospitals are spending great treasure in time and money transforming their cultures. Now, patient and family satisfaction is something to which they can no longer give mere lip service. Many, as I have noted in a previous article, are doing a remarkable job of navigating the mines faced by any organization attempting to make fundamental changes to its culture. Yet, as time goes on, it is becoming apparent that hidden saboteurs often lurk within the depths of the organization.This point was driven home to me in an article I recently read written by a physician who quoted liberally from an article written by a nurse. The original article appeared in “ATLANTIC”. The author of the original piece titled, “The Problem With Satisfied Patients”, Alexandra Robbins, went after patient and family satisfaction and its measurement by survey with a vengeance. Unfortunately, her protests were ever so familiar to me. I had heard similar protests and occasionally still do hear them from bankers and credit union employees. As I read the article written by the physician, Dr. Alex Smith, I thought it might be useful to examine the complaints against customer service in hospitals and compare them to what I have observed in credit unions that were attempting to become more member focused.Examples of why some believe it is unwise to force nurses and other hospital employees to try to be more customer/patient focused and their approximate equivalences in credit unions follow:center_img The hospital doesn’t have the sweetener she likes in her coffee. Nurse says it isn’t her job to keep her sweet tooth happy. HOSPITALSCREDIT UNIONS 88SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Roteman Brad Roteman has served HSFCU since February 2005. He is a former district sales manager with Bankers Systems, Inc., now Walters Klewer Financial Services. Brad has won numerous awards for … Web: www.hsfcu1.org Details Standing and greeting with a handshake and smile isn’t me. I just do my job and they like me.last_img read more

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Woman arrested for stealing over $1000 elderly victim

first_img(WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says a home health care aide was arrested following an investigation into theft Saturday morning. Wyckoff was employed for the elderly victim between August and October 2019. Authorities say in September 2019, Wyckoff stole a credit card from an elderly, “ailing” victim and spent over $1000. The sheriff’s office says 31-year-old Brandi A. Wyckoff of Delhi, N.Y. was charged with grand larceny in the 4th degree, a class E felony, and three counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor. The sheriff’s office says Wyckoff was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and released on her own recognizance.last_img

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Crichel Down: the lowdown

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Court-martial of gay soldier form of discrimination, activists say

first_imgThe trial against DS in a martial-court in Denpasar was the latest example of numerous forms of persecution confronting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the country, according to activists. Many activists and experts have been denouncing such accusations against people for same-sex relations as a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights.The indictment was not the correct application of Article 281, which stipulates that the offense must be carried out “publicly” in open spaces, said Institute for Criminal Justice Reform’s (ICJR) researcher Genoveva “Geno” Alicia Karisa Shiela Maya.The article was often interpreted loosely so as to provide room for discriminatory prosecutions of members of the LGBT community.”The reason [behind the use of the article against LGBT people] might be more because of social factors,” Geno told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “If the law is applied appropriately, there is actually no basis that can be used to prosecute [LGBT people], but the problem is this law is being interpreted freely, so such cases keep happening.” A gay soldier, a second lieutenant of the Indonesian Army identified only by his initials DS, is fighting a legal battle over his alleged personal relations with three men in 2017 and 2018. His prosecution is discriminatory, according to rights groups.The prosecutor, Lt. Col. I Putu Gede Budiadi, indicted DS for his alleged same-sex relations with one man at a hotel in Canggu in Bali in April 2017, another man at a hotel in Denpasar in October 2017 and a college student at a hotel in Seminyak in 2018. DS, who joined the Army after graduating from a military academy in Magelang in Central Java in 2016, was accused of committing a crime based on Article 281 of the Criminal Code on public decency. The prosecutor was also accusing DS of disobeying a command and violating Article 103 of the Military Criminal Code. Between 2006 and 2017, LGBT advocacy group Arus Pelangi recorded 172 cases of persecution of members of the marginalized community across nine provinces in the country. The cases include various forms of persecution, such as intimidation, abuse, maltreatment, molestation, personal data leaks, raids, destruction of goods, rape, forced-dispersion, nonprocedural arrests and detainment, murders, extortion, obstacles in obtaining permits to hold events and forced-conversion attempts.Many Indonesians perceive LGBT people negatively. A 2018 survey by Saiful Mujani Research Center (SMRC) found that, out of 1,200 respondents, 87.6 percent saw LGBT people as a threat and 81.5 percent said the orientation was prohibited by religion.Activists said the central government is complicit in the rampant discrimination against this community, as evident in last year’s civil servant recruitment involving 190,000 vacant civil servant posts at 74 ministries and state agencies, as well as 467 local administration offices. The Trade Ministry required its candidates “not to exhibit sexual orientation deviations”. Worse still, the Attorney General’s Office required its candidates “not to be mentally disabled, including sexual orientation deviations and behavioral deviations”.”[DS’s] case is appalling and discriminatory,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a recent statement.”It sets a dangerous precedent for other soldiers who are or are perceived to be engaging in consensual same-sex activities and has repercussions for broader society. No one should be persecuted or discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.”The court-martial of DS showed that Indonesia did not comply with its obligation as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects same-sex relations under the rights to privacy and freedom from discrimination, Amnesty said.In 2018, for example, 12 transwomen were arrested by the police in North Aceh, which, according to Amnesty, was in violation of the treaty. Moreover, five beauty salons where the 12 transwomen used to work were closed by the police. “It is important for them to acknowledge that a person’s sexual orientation is totally irrelevant to their ability to serve,” said Usman. “Going ahead with this prosecution would further institutionalize discrimination and risk inciting violence against LGBT people in the military and in wider society.”Supreme Court spokesperson and justice Andi Samsan Nganro refused to comment on the DS case, saying it would “disrupt the court’s independence” or be “violating the presumption of innocence principle”. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

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Trojans annually dominate NFL draft

first_img “Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Michael at [email protected] Tailback U? USC should probably call itself NFL U. It might actually be more accurate.The NFL’s annual scouting combine began Tuesday in Indianapolis, where the country’s best talent will meet in hopes of raising its draft stock. Seven Trojans will participate in the combine, among them offensive tackle Matt Kalil, defensive end Nick Perry and tight end Rhett Ellison. Other than Kalil and Perry, no other Trojan is expected to be drafted in the first round.It might seem like a down year for the Trojans in the draft, but let us not forget that two Trojans who were expected to be first-round picks —  junior quarterback Matt Barkley and junior safety T.J. McDonald — decided to stay in school.And while names such as Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III and Alabama’s Trent Richardson are highly touted in the draft, some people are forgetting a key point: throughout the years, the Trojans have dominated the NFL draft.The numbers don’t lie.Since center Tony Tonelli became the first USC player to be drafted in 1939, 473 players from USC have been drafted by NFL teams, according to NFL.com. USC sent 75 players as first-round draft picks, and five of them were the first overall selection. Four Trojans went second overall in their respective drafts.To put this into perspective, let us take the alma mater of one of the presumed top pick in the 2012 draft, Robert Griffin III. His school, Baylor, has had 214 players drafted in its history. That school across town that wears powder blue? They’ve done pretty well for themselves in turning out NFL talent, with 290 players from Westwood being drafted. That’s 183 less than the Trojans have produced.Alabama, the team that won the 2011 national championship, has had 297 players drafted in its history. The only school that can really compare to USC in terms of draft numbers is the University of Miami, which has had 303 players drafted.But perhaps you aren’t convinced. Maybe USC gets a lot of people drafted, but how good are they really? Well, USC has 11 players in the NFL Hall of Fame, more than any school in the country. In fact, the Trojans have as many as Oregon and Miami combined. Auburn, the 2010 champions? One. Louisiana State University? Three. The kings of the Big 12, Texas and Oklahoma, have a combined seven between them.Currently, 55 players that attended USC are on NFL rosters in some capacity. Three Trojans made the Pro Bowl this season, including safety Troy Polamalu, who is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when his career ends.While this year’s class of Trojans entering the draft might seem top-heavy, one cannot overlook the players that have had great careers in the NFL that weren’t first round selections. Safety Willie Wood, who is in the Hall of Fame, went undrafted in 1960. He did pretty well for himself.In 2010, the Trojans did not have a player selected in the first round — the first time in quite a few years a Trojan did not sneak into the first 32 picks. Safety Taylor Mays was the highest drafted Trojan that year, going 49th to the San Francisco 49ers. Analysts were shocked to hear that not a single USC player went in the first round. It sounded as if even analysts had gotten used to seeing the Cardinal and Gold being selected early. The fact that it was an “upset” says a lot about the Trojans football program.When it comes down to it, USC is the most successful program in terms of converting college athletes into NFL players. To deny USC that honor would be an injustice. Sure, not every player who has graced the football field at the Coliseum has turned into a star. But more than any other school in the country, USC has given its players the chance to be NFL stars. Sometimes, that’s all a Trojan really needs.last_img read more

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Get a glimpse of Aussie cricketer Glenn Maxwell’s ‘Indian engagement’!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram/GettyAdvertisement 6zraNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsdqsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E31( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9esnthWould you ever consider trying this?😱9udCan your students do this? 🌚39fRoller skating! Powered by Firework A lengthy period in India with several Indian Premier League seasons could have made Glenn Maxwell fall in love with the country’s culture, as the superstar Australian cricketer just finished his wedding engagement in a ‘desi’ attire, that too, with his Indian-origin girlfriend Vini Raman. The Aussie international’s soon to be better half is planning to have a Indian-inspired wedding, as she took it to social media to share some photos from the engagement ceremony in Melbourne, as Maxwell’s fan base laud over the couple.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram/GettyThe two were seen in traditional Indian clothing. Maxwell donned a classy green Kurta, and Vini dazzled in a beautiful black lehenga with golden touches.Vini, who is working as a pharmacist in Melbourne, posted several photos from the engagement ceremony on her Instagram, not just with Maxwell but also with members of her family who were also dressed in Indian attires.Advertisement “Last night we celebrated our Indian engagement and I gave @gmaxi_32 a little teaser of what the wedding will be like 🥰” Vini captioned the first picture with her betrothed, implying that she is planning to have a desi wedding ceremony.She also thanked her near and dear ones: “Shout out to both of our incredible families & all our friends who came to celebrate with us on such short notice – we are so grateful to be surrounded by some pretty amazing people ❤️ Can’t wait to get our hands on more photos from @shevan_j_photography”Advertisement More pictures were posted by the photographer Shevan J on Instagram. Check them out below-Maxwell, donning a wide smile in the pictures, proposed Vini a couple of weeks ago, as she revealed it on Instagram earlier this month.“Last week my favourite person asked me to marry him 😍💍 #YES” she shared a picture on Instagram with the ring.Maxwell’s latest international appearance was back in October 2019 in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, in which Australia dominated with a 3-0 whitewash.The 31 year old all rounder is on his second stint with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, and will return to this year’s IPL as the blockbuster tournament kicks off from 15th April. He also won the 2013 IPL trophy with Mumbai Indians.Also read-What Coronavirus? Fans flock to MS Dhoni in Ranchi! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Listen To Your Children’s Concerns Over Recent Murder of Mother of…

first_imgIn the aftermath of the Asbury Park shooting Tuesday, when Neptune police Sgt. Philip Seidle was accused of shooting to death the mother of his nine children – his ex-wife – Tamara Seidle, in front of their youngest daughter, experts say parents’ and schools’ primary concern should be to help children talk about and cope with the traumatic news.Liz Rudder from CPC Behavioral Healthcare recommends that parents provide a comfortable environment for their children when they are discussing a traumatic event.“The goal is to be honest and open with dialogue,” Rudder said. “Communicating facts without the full detail is recommended.”It is essential to know what happened, but not necessarily the grim, gruesome details of it all.“Reassuring children that they are safe is extremely important,” Rudder said. “It isimpossible to protect kids from everything, especially since news is easily accessible through different outlets.”Shock ripped throughout Monmouth County, as news of the shooting became the lead story of local news outlets and quickly rose to national news prompting schools to take steps to help children cope with the event.Dr. Michael Lake, the Superintendent of Neptune Township School District, has taken a number of measures to ease student trauma. He arranged for a grief counseling team to come into the high school Wednesday morning and a crisis response team will be in school for the remainder of the week. Lake said the team will meet with the administration and provide guidance to students and teachers who are suffering from the crisis.The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned and formally charged Philip Seidle Wednesday with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child Wednesday.A judge denied the motion by Philip Seidle’s lawyer to reduce his bail, which is currently set at $2 million with no 10 percent option.He is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution without parole and faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, or a minimum of 30 years, subject to the “No Early Release Act” requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.As Tamara Seidle was fleeing from her ex-husband, who was driving a 2005 Honda Pilot, her 2012 Volkswagen Jetta crashed into a parked car on Sewall Avenue, according to LeMieux.Philip Seidle got out of his vehicle, pulled out his .40-caliber Glock service handgun, approached the driver’s side of the Jetta and shot his ex-wife multiple times, LeMieux said.“He does this while his own daughter is located in his passenger seat – in his vehicle,” LeMieux told the judge.As Asbury Park police, who responded at 11:26 a.m. to an unrelated motor vehicle accident, arrived at the scene, they watched Seidle shoot multiple times into the car and did not pull their weapons. Seidle then put the gun to his head. At that point, police talked him into letting officers retrieve his 7-year old daughter from the passenger side of his Silver Honda Pilot and bring her to safety.Seidle then moved to the front of the Jetta, firing several more shots through the windshield at Tamara Seidle, and then pointed the gun at his head provoking a 20-to 25-minute standoff with police.He surrendered to police at 11:52 a.m., according to the release. Investigators from multiple departments were at the scene including Asbury Park, Neptune Township, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.The case is assigned to Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Marc LeMieux. Monmouth County Detective John Leibfried and Asbury Park Detective Dan Kowsaluk are investigating.The couple, divorced May 27, had nine children together between the ages of 7 and 24.A meeting was held with Township Administrator Vito Gadaleta in hopes of putting together a task force of individuals who will provide financial help and stability for the Seidle children. A township wide fundraising appeal will take place and Neptune police have pledged to help.Lake said the Seidle children were school leaders as they were involved in extracurricular activities including sports, and Mrs. Seidle was a well-known mother at the Neptune Township schools.Not only was Mrs. Seidle involved with the schools, but she was also a “pillar of faith” within the Mother of Mercy Parish community, said the Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton David M. O’Connell, C.M.Tamara Seidle was the coordinator of religious education at the parish in Asbury Park.“Our minds cannot fathom the horror that transpired when Tamara Seidle was shot and killed in front of her own seven-year old daughter on Tuesday morning in Asbury Park,” O’Connell said in a press release.“Tamara had been such a pillar of faith within the community of Mother of Mercy Paris. The broken hearts of all those who knew her and worked with her, both in the parish and across the Diocese, are struggling with unimaginable and inconsolable grief at her loss.”The accused murderer is a 22-year veteran of the Neptune Township Police Department and was first hired as a patrolman in July 1993. He was promoted to sergeant in the Patrol Division in January 2009. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from March 1986 until his honorable discharge in November 1990.“(Philip Seidle) was an exemplary model of what a police officer should be,” Sofia Guerra, owner and editor at Always Catholic blog, said. “His kind personality, yet commanding presence quelled many disputes at a local hot spot.” Guerra said she is absolutely shocked that this happened, as she has known Seidle as a long time Neptune resident.Connor White, Joey Dominguez and Samantha Caramela contributed to this storylast_img read more

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Holmdel’s New Mayor Is Greg Buontempo

first_imgStory and photo by Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – In what came as a surprise to some Tuesday night, the governing body unanimously elected a new leader from among its committee members at its annual reorganization meeting.Committeeman Greg Buontempo will succeed Eric Hinds, who has been a high-profile presence as the township observes redevelopment of the 472-acre Bell Works site, holds a public vote on turf fields for Cross Farm Park, and fights JCPL’s proposed power line project along the railroad right-of-way.This is Buontempo’s final year of his second three-year term. “Thank you all for your confidence in me to lead Holmdel Township for the next year,” Buontempo said. Perhaps things did not go as smoothly as they could have for the all-Republican Township Committee. A few residents addressed the committee, speaking in praise of outgoing Mayor Eric Hinds, who is beginning his third three-year term on the committee.Hinds had acknowledged he would have liked to have been selected mayor again for the third straight year.“It’s never easy (relinquishing the mayor’s seat),” Hinds said. “It’s the way the system works. I can be disappointed, but I understand it. “Of course, I want to be mayor,” Hinds said. “(But) I support Greg and move forward.”Hinds said some did not understand that although Hinds held the mayor’s seat when he was running in last year’s election, he was not running for mayor, but for a committee seat.“I voted for him (Hinds) to be mayor,” resident Paul Andersen told the committee. “I feel my vote was not utilized in the way it was cast.”Buontempo agreed some did not understand the township committee form of government, which also is in place in neighboring Hazlet, Middletown and Colts Neck.Under the township committee form of New Jersey municipal government, voters in Holmdel elect five members at large for staggered, three year terms, which begin the first week in January. At the annual reorganization meeting, the five committee members select who among them will be mayor and deputy mayor for the coming year. While the mayoral title carries a leadership role and prestige, along with some powers, the committee essentially is a roundtable with all members having equal power under the law.Buontempo said the township committee form of government “was a learning experience” when he first encountered it.Committeeman Patrick Impreveduto, a former mayor, was elected deputy mayor by his four colleagues with Impreveduto abstaining.In his mayoral remarks, Buontempo talked about progress being made in town at the Bell Works site, formerly Bell Labs until about 10 years ago, on Crawfords Corner Road. Companies moving to the multi-use commercial site include JCP&L and software maker iCIMS. One million square feet of commercial space will be active at Bell Works in the next two or three years, Buontempo said.Also, the Holmdel branch of the Monmouth County Library is to relocate from the basement of Town Hall to Bell Works in late 2017 or early 2018. At Bell Works, the branch’s size will be 17,000 square feet, a jump from its current 2,500.“It’s going to be part library, part learning center, part historical museum,” Buontempo said.The museum will trace Bell Labs’ work in the township in a display “threaded through the library,” said Buontempo, explaining the committee came up with the idea. He said the museum is envisioned as both placards of information and physical objects on display.“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Buontempo said. Somerset Development, the owner-developer of Bell Works, will provide $1 million toward the estimated $1.5 million to $1.6 million renovation of the library on the second floor of the six-story, 2-million-square-foot former Bell Labs building. The township will be responsible for the rest of the money.Also, Somerset Development is giving the township a free perpetual lease for the library.On Thursday, Jan. 12, an informational session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Bell Works on the library project, Bountempo said.Buontempo was sworn in as mayor by Freeholder Serena DiMaso, a Holmdel resident and former mayor.Impreveduto could not fully raise his right hand when he was sworn in as deputy mayor because his arm was in a sling from recent shoulder surgery. He injured the shoulder months ago in a fall.When state Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. swore in Impreveduto, the senator joked about him having his “right fingers raised,” rather than his right arm and hand.The committee honored Hinds with his service as mayor with a proclamation, which prompted a standing ovation.Hinds looked back at being mayor in 2016. He said accomplishments included an online township newsletter, a town-wide cleanup and a career night for students.“I tried to attend a ton of events and bring the community together,” Hinds said. But he will not rest now that he does not have the mayor’s position. “It’s not my nature to sit back,” Hinds said.Joe Crowley, a resident, told the committee, “I would like to thank Eric for all his passion to the community.”Hinds and Committeeman Michael Nikolis, both winners in November, were sworn into their new terms by Kyrillos and DiMaso, respectively. Also in attendance at the organization was state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon.Appointments included:Township attorney: Michael L. Collins of the Archer and Greiner firmPlanner: Jennifer BeahmEngineer: Edward G. Broberg of T&M AssociatesAuditor: Robert AllisonJudge: Mary CaseyProsecutor: The Citta, Holzapfel and Zabarsky firmPublic defender: Raymond RayaCode enforcement officer: Loni LucinaZoning Officer and Fire inspector: David OlsenPurchasing agent: Barbara KoveleskyHistorian: Rhonda Beck-Edwardslast_img read more

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