Productos exclusivos de algunas iglesias sirven a los pobres y…

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Por Pat McCaughanPosted Oct 21, 2013 [Episcopal News Service] Con caramelos tostados and cafés, cremas corporales y geles de baño, vinos y cervezas, aceite e incienso, turrón de maní, una “Salsa de Fudge Celestial” e incluso una “Santa Miel” ocasional, iglesias e instituciones episcopales a través del país destinan productos exclusivos a sufragar buenas obras.En Nashville, Tennessee, por ejemplo, Katrina Robertson sobrevivió al abuso y a la vida en las calles para convertirse en gerente nacional de ventas de Thistle Farms, un ministerio de empresas sociales fundado por la Rda. Becca Stevens, el cual espera vender más de 800.000 productos naturales para el cuidado del cuerpo este año.“Yo tengo un largo historial delictivo, y la gente no quiere contratar delincuentes, pero era residente del programa Magdalena [Magdalene] y me preguntaron si quería venir a trabajar a Thistle Farms”, recordaba Robertson, de 46 años. “Resultó perfecto. Necesitaba un empleo. No quería volver a la prostitución”.Magdalena, fundado en 1997 por Stevens, capellana episcopal de la Universidad de Vanderbilt, es un programa residencial de dos años que ofrece opciones a mujeres que han sobrevivido a vidas de tráfico, prostitución y adicción. Robertson tenía 11 años cuando su padrastro abusó sexualmente de ella “y puso en marcha un ciclo de disfunción que facilitó que me fuera a la calle”, dijo ella durante una reciente entrevista telefónica.“Necesitaba un lugar seguro para sanar. Poco después de empezar en Magdalena me preguntaron si quería venir a trabajar a Thistle Farms y así ha sido desde entonces”.Al igual que la mayoría de los 40 y tantos empleados de Thistle Farm, ella ayuda a empacar y mercadear productos naturales tales como crema para la piel, jabones y gel de baño, lociones, ambientadores, velas de soya y otros artículos. “Sacamos nuestros productos y contamos nuestras historias y las vendemos nosotras mismas”, añadió Robertson.“Esto no es la iglesia ni el ministerio convencional; administramos la compañía y las utilidades de las ventas se destinan al pago de nuestros salarios y a la compra de materias primas”, explicó Robertson, que supervisa las ventas en más de 280 tiendas en todos los Estados Unidos y Canadá. A ella le complace particularmente el haberse asociado con cooperativas en Ecuador, Ruanda y Kenia “compuestas por mujeres con antecedentes como nosotras”.Preparándose activamente para la primera conferencia nacional de Thistle Farms, que se celebró del 13 al 15 de octubre cerca de Vanderbilt, Robertson dijo que a veces le resulta difícil creer en los efectos que han resultado de su participación con el programa Magdalena.“Es increíble y es generacional. Ahora, mi hija de 23 años estuvo interna con nosotras este verano y está trabajando con la conferencia”, agregó. “Eso dice mucho de cómo esta compañía, el programa y la comunidad han afectado [positivamente las] vidas [de personas]. Es un enorme movimiento generacional. Si no lo hubiera vivido no lo hubiera creído”.Aceite e incienso
Las sociedades del altar y los sacristanes pueden sentirse tentados a probar el “Aceite de Albano”, que viene de la iglesia de San Albano [St. Alban’s Church] en Monroe, Georgia, o el aromático “Incienso del Ángelus” de New Haven, Connecticut.Wilbur Ward dice que el “Aceite de Albano” es de primera calidad, extremadamente puro y económico, “podrá competir con cualquier otro aceite en cualquier parte” y se produce específicamente para su uso en velas y antorchas artificiales —así como para “hacer la obra de Dios”.“El cien porciento de todas nuestras utilidades se destina al apoyo de los servicios comunitarios” en una variedad de empeños que incluyen un ministerio cristiano local, Fe en el Servicio de la Humanidad [Faith in Serving Humanity] (o FISH, por su sigla en inglés), el cual ofrece comida, ropa, albergue y otros servicios de emergencia a individuos desatendidos, así como un proyecto de huerta en la cárcel local del condado “donde los reclusos ayudan a plantar una huerta todos los años.“Suministramos equipos, semillas y todo. Los reclusos ponen la mano de obra y el producto se destina a FISH donde lo usamos para alimentar y socorrer a personas de bajos ingresos, dijo Ward, veterano de 40 años en la industria química y guardián mayor de la iglesia de San Albano, en Monroe, Georgia, en la Diócesis de Atlanta.Los precios varían, de ahí que las compras más grandes resulten más económicas, explicó él. Por ejemplo, “si compras cuatro galones [15 litros], termina costándote unos $20 el galón [3,8 litros]”. El aceite, que llega desde una refinería en Luisiana, es reempacado y pesado meticulosamente antes de enviarlo a los clientes de las iglesias a través del país.De manera semejante, el Rdo. David Cobb dice que la iglesia de Cristo [Christ Church] en New Haven, Connecticut, ha estado fabricando y vendiendo incienso para otras iglesias por tanto tiempo como cualquiera podría recordar.La “mezcla distintiva”, una receta de aroma floral, es un secreto bien guardado que ha llegado a formar parte de la identidad de la parroquia, localizada en la vecindad de la Escuela de Teología Berkeley en Yale.El incienso se vende por unos $25 la libra [0,453 kg.] y se despacha para toda la nación. Él calculaba que la iglesia vende alrededor de cinco libras [2,26 kg.] en un mes promedio. Las utilidades se destinan en su mayor parte al sostén de gastos litúrgicos, lo cual contribuye a la formación de los estudiantes a través del año académico, apuntó.“Creemos realmente que el culto es la misión en una parroquia como ésta, donde cada domingo nos encontramos con jóvenes adultos y personas con inquietudes espirituales”, dijo Cobb. “La gente joven parece sentirse realmente atraída hacia algo con un claro sentido de lo trascendente y fuera del dominio normal de la experiencia sonora y sensorial, que sugiere una presencia más profunda y convincente en medio de la vida”.Caramelo tostado, turrón de maní y café
Algunas congregaciones han convertido los antojos de dulces y bebidas calientes y estimulantes en recaudaciones de ingresos, asociaciones creativas, campañas globales y reconocimiento local.Por ejemplo, los que visitan por primera vez la iglesia del Buen Pastor [Good Shepherd Church] en Town and Country, Misurí, reciben un cartucho gratuito de café en grano, y la iglesia incluso se los muele, dijo la rectora,  Rda. Pamela Dolan, en una entrevista telefónica reciente.“Siempre les digo a los visitantes que la primera bolsita es gratis; luego tienen que comprarlas”, subrayó Dolan riéndose por lo bajo.La decisión de vender café, comparable a las infusiones de alta calidad, comenzó con una campaña para “salvar la brecha presupuestaria” hace varios años. Desde entonces, ha ayudado a comunidades en Ruanda y en Costa Rica, donde los granos se compran a buen precio, ha dado lugar a otras posibilidades de ministerio creativo y ha distinguido localmente al Buen Pastor “como la iglesia que en verdad tiene un buen café”, dijo Dolan.Con el apoyo de la congregación, Pamela Evans se asoció con Kuva Coffee, una planta artesanal en San Luis. Tim Drescher, el fundador de Kuva, tuesta y entrega los granos semanalmente, los cuales se venden a $15 la bolsita de 12 onzas [340 g.].“Es maravilloso ser capaz de asociarse con alguien”, dijo Drescher, durante una entrevista telefónica reciente. “Todo viene junto porque están usando nuestro producto para un propósito superior”.Han surgido otras posibilidades, entre ellas el utilizar las ganancias para ayudar a establecer una huerta comunitaria que contribuya a proporcionar verduras frescas para las comidas de paz de una iglesia episcopal de la localidad; así como otra empresa, que se estrenará en esta próxima temporada festiva: granos de café bañados de chocolate, dijo Evans en un correo electrónico a ENS.“¿Qué mejor manera de cambiar vidas y evangelizar que tener una conversación en torno a una taza de café?, preguntó ella. “En consecuencia, nuestra consigna es: Cambiando vidas taza a taza [©Changing lives one cup at a time]”.Adicionalmente, el respaldar la idea de Evans ha potenciado a toda la comunidad, dijo Dolan. “Es tan fácil, cuando alguien se te acerca con una idea, pensar en todo lo que podría no funcionar y en todas las cosas que podrían salir mal. Me alegra mucho ver a personas en la parroquia que respaldan la visión de Pam. Se siente uno bien diciéndole que ‘sí’ a alguien y contribuyendo a que sus sueños se hagan realidad”.Para una iglesia de Iowa y para otra de Ohio, la cercanía de las fiestas navideñas, es la ocasión de crear equipos que transformen venerables recetas de repostería en dulces creaciones.La iglesia de Santo Tomás [St. Thomas Church] en Sioux City, Iowa, comenzó a fabricar y a mercadear el “Caramelo de Hazel” hace pocos años luego de una serie de epifanías, según el rector, Rdo. Torey Lightcap.La congregación participó en un taller del Fondo de Edificios de la Iglesia Episcopal [Episcopal Church Building Fund] sobre la readaptación de los bienes inmuebles, el cual “nos hizo adquirir conciencia de que no estábamos utilizando nuestras instalaciones a lo largo de la semana de un modo que se tradujera en una óptima mayordomía” de los recursos, dijo él.Fue ahí cuando el recuerdo que una feligresa tenía de una valiosa receta de caramelo inglés nos llevó por nuevos rumbos. “Ella se lo dijo a alguien y , como era de esperar, al igual que muchas iglesias episcopales, habíamos publicado libros de recetas en el pasado y en uno de ellos había una receta de caramelo tostado [toffee] que nos la había suministrado Hazel, quien había muerto pocos años antes, contó Lightcap.La receta se probó y se modificó, se hicieron muestras, se sometió a votación hasta que se perfeccionó y nació el “Caramelo de Hazel”, recuerda él. La venta de los pegajosos dulces por $5 el cuarto de libra [113 g.] ha prosperado desde entonces, de una venta parroquial a convenciones diocesanas y otros eventos en la zona, a ventas por Internet, y ahora la estamos expandiendo a empresas locales y otras posibilidades.Entre tanto, los niveles de energía, “se dispararon”, dijo Lightcap. “Hemos aprendido muchísimo de cosas en las que una iglesia normalmente no podría dedicar mucho tiempo a pensar… y eso ayudó a cambiar la percepción de nuestra parroquia en la comunidad. Somos el lugar de la huerta comunitaria y el que vende el caramelo tostado. Cuando oyen hablar de nosotros, suelen decir ‘oh, bien, la iglesia del caramelo tostado’”.En la iglesia de San Andrés [St. Andrew’s Church] en Washington Court House, Ohio, ya se están recibiendo pedidos del “famoso turrón de maní” y feligreses como Claudia Coe ya se están preparando para hornear la crocante golosina.“Se nos conoce tanto por el turrón de maní que la gente nos pregunta si hemos comenzado a hacerlo y un cliente tiene un pedido adelantado de 50 libras [22 kg.]”, según cuenta la vicaria de la iglesia, Rda Gayle Hansen Browne. “Él tiene una pequeña empresa y se lo da a los empleados como parte de su regalo de Navidad”.Valiéndose de una receta que ha pasado de mano en mano a lo largo de generaciones, equipos de feligreses se comprometieron a hacer las hornadas [del turrón], que se vende en bolsitas de media libra a $5 cada una, hasta un total de unas 200 libras [90 kg.] anuales.Las utilidades suelen dedicarse a la mejora de edificios y terrenos, promoviendo indirectamente la misión de la iglesia, incluido un ministerio comunitario ecuménico con 32 congregaciones locales para ayudar a zonas desatendidas, explicó ella.El Rdo. David Peck (a la derecha) y Chad Rieker, maestro cervecero de la destilería de cerveza Iron Hill, en Lancaster, Pensilvania, levantan sus jarras de la cerveza negra que fabrican en el lugar. Foto de Richard HertzlerCoe dijo que los equipos trabajan en turnos de tres horas haciendo —y horneando— el turrón de maní. “Es divertidísimo. Ha generado un montón de buenas relaciones, aquí y afuera en la comunidad. Somos conocidos en la localidad como la iglesia que ora y la iglesia que hace turrón de maní”.Cerveza y vinoNo se discute la relación entre las iglesias y el vino, pero el Rdo. David Peck, rector de la iglesia de Santiago [St. James Church] en Lancaster, Pensilvania, también está a favor de la cerveza.“La mayor parte de mi vida y de mi ministerio han transcurrido en Inglaterra, donde, históricamente, la fabricación de vino y de cerveza han sido ocupaciones de la Iglesia, y en Europa aún tienen conexiones muy profundas”, dijo Peck durante una reciente entrevista telefónica.De manera que, cuando un feligrés se convirtió en maestro cervecero y consiguió un empleo en un restaurante y destilería local, él se ofreció a apoyar su empeño inicial y la llamó “Cerveza Negra de Santiago” [St. James Brown Ale] como una “respuesta de gratitud a Dios” dijo Peck, que bendice las hojuelas de cebada que entran en  la fermentación estacional todos los años.La St. James Brown Ale es una popular cerveza local, pero la iglesia no se beneficia directamente de las ventas, explicó Peck. En lugar de eso, la cervecería auspicia un programa de sopa de Cuaresma y las utilidades, unos $4.000, se donan para un ministerio que da 30.000 comidas al año a personas económicamente vulnerables.“Hay una relación muy buena y profunda con el personal de servicio allí, que experimenta el ministerio social, el ministerio de la iglesia y sus propios empeños de recaudación”, dijo Peck.Peck dice que él está al tanto el año entero de la cerveza, que se fermenta en noviembre y diciembre. “Tenemos personas que se conocieron y se casaron  gracias a la cerveza. Comunica con un lugar que es abierto y receptivo y divertido, y que también es santo”.En Agoura Hills, California, miembros de la iglesia de la Epifanía [Church of the Epiphany] se dieron cuenta de que a su jardín bíblico no estaría completo sin una vid. De manera que hace unos pocos años plantaron una.Ahora tienen unas 420 vides de Zinfandel, Cabernet y otras uvas, que finalmente son cosechadas, trituradas y embotelladas, según cuenta la Rda. Melissa McCarthy.En el ínterin, la iglesia estableció el ministerio de la Viña Puerta Roja [Red Door Vineyard] al crear su propia mezcla para vino de comunión y otros, a través de una bodega local, y los ofrece a suscriptores. Aunque al principio era una medida para cubrir una brecha presupuestaria, “el ministerio funciona como una cooperativa y “acabamos de terminar nuestro segundo embotellado, que estará listo más adelante en el año”, dijo McCarthy durante una entrevista telefónica reciente.Ella espera usar el vino para evangelizar. Ya los miembros de la comunidad se han unido al ministerio, que enfatiza la fraternidad y el trabajar juntos para cultivar las vides y el jardín bíblico.“Ha sido una manera en que las personas que se relacionaban marginalmente con la iglesia encontraran una vía de regreso”, dijo ella, “y ha sido un lugar donde personas que son nuevas para la iglesia han podido conectarse y entablar relaciones”.Salsa de fudge y santa miel
Jeff Colburn, de la iglesia de Santo Tomás [St. Thomas Church] en Croom, Maryland, realmente estaba pensando como convertir limones en limonada —y el resultado fue “Santa Miel”.Todo comenzó cuando un campanario afectado por un terremoto no podía repararse debido a un enjambre de abejas que se habían posesionado de él. “Hay una historia de abejas que han invadido la iglesia a lo largo de los años. Desde los años setenta han estado intentando sacarlas, y siempre regresan”, dijo.Así fue que Colburn, que es avicultor, entró a trabajar, sacó las abejas con cuidado hacia un recipiente valiéndose de una aspiradora y luego recogió el panal. “Toda la miel que sacamos pesaba más de 100 libras [45 kg.]. Embotellamos la “Santa Miel” y la vendimos en el mercado campesino local”.La Rda. Debbie Brewin-Wilson bendijo la miel, las abejas y a los avicultores, y se ofrecieron obsequios de la “Santa Miel” a unos cuantos visitantes. La iglesia vendió toda la miel, dijo Christina Manucy, una feligresa.Aunque las abejas volvieron este año, el ministerio tuvo muy corta vida porque no resultaron tan productivas. Y Colburn agregó: “No hay Santa Miel este año aunque saquemos las abejas”.Varias veces al año, por propia confesión del Rdo. Aaron Gerlach, la iglesia de Santiago [St. James Church] en Piqua, Ohio, “se convierte en una fábrica de salsa de fudge”.El resultado son unas tentadoras golosinas tales como la “Salsa de Fudge Celestial” [Heavenly Hot Fudge Sauce] con sabores de chocolate, mantequilla de maní y menta, embotellada y lista para comer con helados y postres.Se vende por $5 la pinta [medio litro] y el dinero se utiliza para financiar varios proyectos de misión de la parroquia. “Uno de los principales proyectos misioneros que tenemos es que auspiciamos una de las mayores despensas de Piqua”, dijo Gerlach durante una entrevista telefónica reciente.La salsa de fudge también “le ha dado a la parroquia un incentivo para relacionarse; les ha energizado [a sus miembros] para interactuar con la comunidad en los festivales municipales y para habilitar quioscos en las convenciones diocesanas y en los eventos locales, agregó.–La Rda. Pat McCaughan es una corresponsal de Episcopal News Service radicada Los Ángeles. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MIlast_img read more

Will four issues impacting the natural gas industry also impact the…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSLake Apopka Natural Gas District Previous articleHow to reduce the risk of strokeNext articleConsumer Alert: Court appearance email scam Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the Lake Apopka Natural Gas DistrictThe natural gas industry serves more than 72 million customers nationwide – including 19,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Orange and Lake counties served by the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District (LANGD). The impact of decisions made about natural gas at the national level are likely to be felt close to home by you or someone you know.The nonprofit American Public Gas Association (APGA) represents more than 700 municipal and community-owned natural gas utilities in 37 states, and advocates on their behalf to Congress during annual trips to Washington, D.C. Samuel Davis Jr., General Manager and CEO of LANGD and an APGA board member for more than 25 years, joined the APGA delegation on its most recent visit, May 7-10.Davis met with representatives from two of the three districts served by LANGD (Chris Wilcox, legislative director and counsel for Rep. Val Demings, and Melissa Robel, legislative analyst for Rep. Dennis Ross) to discuss the following issues that impact our region:Direct Use of Natural Gas: A lifecycle analysis proves that direct use of natural gas is more efficient than the burning of natural gas to generate electricity; indeed, three times more energy reaches the consumer. Therefore, direct use should be actively promoted as part of the solution for improving U.S. energy efficiency and encouraging a cleaner environment.Low-Income Consumer Assistance: Funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are provided by the federal government and administered by each state. Funding has steadily declined since 2009 and the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget blueprint proposes to eliminate it altogether. Defunding LIHEAP would be a devastating blow to the Florida families who last year received more than $63 million in assistance. Davis recommended that LIHEAP should be funded to the full authorization level of $5.1 billion, but not less than the last year’s funded amount of 3.39 billion.  This funding enables families to pay for necessities, such as health care and child care, because their basic energy needs are covered.Tax-Exempt Financing: Tax-exempt bonds are the primary financing tool used by more than 50,000 state and local governments to satisfy infrastructure needs. Proposals to alter or replace tax exemptions would severely impact the natural gas industry, hindering economic growth, job growth and the prepayment of natural gas purchases. Davis shared LANGD’s position that related legislation should not be enacted, as negative effects would ultimately be passed to consumers in the form of higher rates and less reliable service.Natural Gas Act Reform: The Natural Gas Act currently allows pipelines to charge unjust rates without fear of financial penalty and encourages them to prolong customer complaint investigations. New legislation was suggested to protect customers against overcharging and, if a pipeline is found guilty, to mandate reimbursement of overcharges dating back to filing of the customer complaint.For more information about these issues, visit www.apga.org/issues, or contact the LANGD Marketing Team at (407) 656-2734 x307, [email protected] or www.langd.org. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

Growing litigation culture increases threat to charities

first_img Howard Lake | 19 June 2006 | News Tagged with: Events Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities need to ensure they have protected themselves fully against the growing litigation culture in the UK, a specialist insurer has warned.Angel Underwriting Ltd says that charity trustees and managers without Directors and Officers insurance are leaving themselves wide open to attack should a situation arise that results in legal action being taken against their charity based on a decision they made.According to the company, which is working with insurance brokers across the UK to provide specialist, cost effective insurance cover specifically for smaller charities, many trustees and managers are unaware they have joint and several liability in law and are open to personal liability claims – whether or notthey were directly involved in the decision that lead to the claim.Whilst the larger, well established charities usually have cover in place for their trustees, there is, according to the company, a great many people with leading roles in smaller charities across the UK who remain uninsured.“It goes without saying that charities and not-for-profit organisations and the people who run them perform exceptional service for the good of others, through their devoted and unstinting work.“But in their altruism it is easy for them to overlook the fact that they are exposed to potentially damaging actions from a wide variety of sources including staff, whether paid or voluntary, suppliers, customers, members of the public and, indeed, other trustees and officers.“That their intentions are worthy and that they are selflessly working in the best interests of others can, unfortunately, blind them to the fact that the world is becoming increasingly hard-nosed where pursuing actions for damages are concerned.In fact in the eyes of the law, charity Trustees and Directors have the same unlimited liability as normal Company Directors, non-executive directors who may have no responsibility for the day to day running of the charity and even someone who is not an appointed director but who regularly makes decisions and gives instructions to other directors.“The growth in litigation is a reflection of the society in which we now live and the reality is that the threat of a charity facing a claim is growing. The fact that people within the charity are working fore the good of others is no defence where a failure and breakdown in the organisation is concerned and charity directors need to be alive to this,” added Mr Shreeve.The company is advising charities to speak to their insurance brokers about providing its specialist D&O cover by visitingwww.angelunderwriting.comor calling 0207 847 8600.Ends 19 June 2006Issued by Graham Buckley/Karen Adkins of Mercury PR on 01872 561120. 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.  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Growing litigation culture increases threat to charitieslast_img read more

Institute to update its Fundraising through Electronic Media code of practice

first_img Tagged with: Digital Institute of Fundraising Law / policy Howard Lake | 22 June 2010 | News Institute to update its Fundraising through Electronic Media code of practice The Institute of Fundraising is to update its ‘Fundraising through Electronic Media’ Code of Fundraising Practice and is inviting those interested to become part of the working party.The Institute is keen to to revise and expand its ./guidance so that the new Code reflect progress in the use of digital media in recent years.Members of the working party should have experience of fundraising through electronic media; a commitment to best practice; suggestions of how the Code can be expanded to apply to all relevant areas of electronic media; an awareness of legal requirements; and an awareness of best practice in electronic media outside of fundraising.It is anticipated that the working party will meet approximately four times from August to November, with further work completed by members in between meetings.Caroline Howe, Policy and Codes of Practice Manager at the Institute of Fundraising, said: “In recent years the use of electronic media has exploded. It is now very much part of the mainstream, and an integral part of many charities’ fundraising strategies. As such it’s only right that the Institute keeps pace by updating the Code which covers this area.”Expressions of interest to join the working party should be received by the Institute by 30 July 2010.www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/currentconsultations  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

Frances Longley joins ActionAid as CEO, & other charity mover news

first_imgBirmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity has appointed Mark Brider as Chief Executive Officer. Brider will be responsible for leading the transformational development and delivery of the charity’s long-term strategy, increasing its base of supporters to significantly grow its charitable income. Brider’s career started in banking where he spent just under 30 years working across a number of disciplines, including wealth management and private banking for a major global banking group. After setting up his own consultancy service providing personalised and bespoke advice to high-net worth individuals, Brider offered his services to Children with Cancer UK. Soon after he was appointed CEO where he spent 18 months. Melanie May | 30 April 2021 | News Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – CHAS – has officially announced Peta Hay as the next Chair of its Board. Fife-based Hay is an experienced business leader and has already served on the Board for nearly four years. As Chair, she will provide guidance and direction to the CHAS Board and its committees, drawing on her career in retail and leadership development. Hay will take up the post when the current Chair, George Reid retires in September after serving 12 years as a trustee of the charity and four years as Chair. Frances Longley has been appointed CEO of ActionAid UK, taking up her position in mid-May. Longley has more than 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, she was Executive Director for Programmes & Policy at CARE International UK, where her department portfolio included global leadership on women’s economic justice and inclusive governance. Before this, she was Chief Executive of Amref Health Africa UK, and Director of Communications and Brand at Unicef UK. She has also spent time living and working in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Afghanistan. Since March 2018, Longley has also co-chaired the UK NGO sector’s work on leadership and culture for safeguarding, co-authoring Bond’s new culture tool for leaders. She is a trustee of the Joffe Charitable Trust and a member of the BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee. Frances Longley has been announced as the next CEO of ActionAid, while Big Society Capital, Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital Charity, and Royal Brompton & Harefields Hospitals Charity also have new CEOs – and other sector recruitment news. Bayo Adelaja joins CRUK as trustee Open Society Foundations has announced that Daniela Schwarzer will take on the newly created role of Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia from 1 May. Schwarzer will lead and bring together Open Society’s work across both regions, overseeing advocacy and grant making activities.  An expert in European affairs and international relations, since 2016, she has served as Director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Prior to leading DGAP, she was a member of the executive team of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and spent eight years at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where she led the European integration department from 2008 to 2013. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. The Big Society Capital Board has appointed Stephen Muers as CEO with effect from 1 May. Muers has been at Big Society Capital since 2016, working for four years as Head of Strategy and Market Development and more recently as interim CEO since May 2020. Muers joined Big Society Capital from the Civil Service, where he held the post of Director, Criminal Justice Policy, and before that, senior posts in the Cabinet Office and Department for Energy and Climate Change. He is a Trustee of Fair Trials International, the global criminal justice watchdog, and Chair of Trustees for Friends Provident Foundation. Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY Heart of England Community Foundation has announced that Jasmin Koasha (pictured) and Calum Nisbet have been appointed as trustees, following the charity’s record-breaking 12 months, which has seen it award over £5.7m to community projects since the start of the pandemic.  Koasha, a solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors, and Nisbet, the Commercial Director at Black Country Chamber of Commerce, will bring a combined 34 years’ of business experience to the roles, and are expected to play an instrumental part in the charity’s plans to navigate a post-pandemic world. They will sit alongside 12 other trustees. Advertisement Open Society Foundations names Daniela Schwarzer Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia  Tŷ Hafan has announced the appointment of Mick McGuire, a former director of economic growth and development for Welsh Government, to its board of trustees. McGuire is former chief executive of Peter Alan Estate Agents and Principality Property Services, and joins the board having retired from Welsh Government where he was director for economic growth and development. McGuire’s 30-year career in financial services has included a number of roles for the Principality Building Society at general manager and director level. He is originally from Belfast and has lived in Wales for the past 35 years.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cancer Research UK has appointed Bayo Adelaja as a trustee. Adelaja is Founder and CEO of open innovation racial justice organisation Do It Now Now. She also currently sits on the People and Remuneration Committee at Royal Voluntary Service, advising on the development of key anti-racism and inclusion strategies to empower stakeholders across the charity. Adelaja also sits on Access – The Foundation for Social Investment’s Flexible Finance Investment Committee, and is a Trustee at Prince’s Trust International and Centre for London. In 2020 she was recognised by the Mayor of London’s Pay it Forward campaign as one of the top five people supporting the city’s business community. Big Society Capital appoints Stephen Muers as CEO  1,428 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Recruitment / people CHAS appoints Peta Hay Chair of its Board Spirit of 2012 has appointed three new Directors: Hayley Bennett (pictured), Kirsty Ewen and Bethany Steventon-Crinks. The appointments are a further step in Spirit of 2012’s work to amplify the voice of young people, embed diversity from the top, and cultivate a user-led approach to programming. All three women have previously served on Spirit of 2012’s Youth Advisory Panel, which has been responsible for designating the Youth Challenge Fund and participating more widely on recruitment and interview panels and committee meetings, since it started in 2014. Spirit of 2012’s Board now has an average age of 42, compared to the sector average of 57. Hayley Bennett is an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and campaigner, Kirsty Ewen is a swimming coach, mental health campaigner and an ambassador for Scottish Swimming’s Young Volunteer Programme, and Bethany Steventon-Crinks is a theatre maker, facilitator and qualified youth worker. Frances Longley joins ActionAid UK as CEO   New trustees for Heart of England Community Foundation Mick McGuire joins Tŷ Hafan as trustee Three new Directors for Spirit of 2012 Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity appoints Richard Bowyer as CEO Frances Longley joins ActionAid as CEO, & other charity mover news Richard Bowyer will be the new Chief Executive of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, taking over the running of the charity from 10 May, following the retirement of the current CEO, Gill Raikes. Bowyer was previously Director of Marketing and Public Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, with responsibilities incorporating digital engagement, individual giving, community fundraising and innovation. Before that he was Head of Global Brand Strategy for BT plc, where he developed marketing strategy for BT’s London 2012 sponsorship. Mark Brider appointed CEO at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charitylast_img read more

Border solidarity caravan reaches McAllen, Texas

first_imgBrownsville, Texas, Oct. 19 protest.WW photo: Gloria RubacOct. 20 — The “National Caravan in Solidarity with the Children and Families on the Mexico and Texas Borders” is now concluding its multi-city trip, which began in New York City on Oct. 10 and is ending today in McAllen, Texas.  The school bus, filled with caravanistas, has received warm welcomes at every stop along the way.Caravanistas have met with immigrant rights, civil rights, faith-based, community and social justice activists throughout their journey — in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Durham, N.C.; Atlanta; Jackson, Miss.; and several Texas cities, including Houston, San Antonio, Laredo and Brownsville.The caravan is fundraising to help the South Texas Human Rights Center install water stations for migrants. It also aims to redefine the upsurge of Mexican and Central American migrants — tens of thousands of children and families detained at the border — from a border crisis to a major refugee crisis.Caravanistas are raising awareness about and organizing against federal and state governments’ abusive and inhumane measures against migrants, including deportations and detentions. Opposing militarization at the U.S./Mexican border is also a key issue. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called out the National Guard, and military personal are staffing checkpoints as far as 100 miles from the border.In Brownsville on Oct. 19, more than 100 protesters voiced opposition to the enormous number of deportations and growing militarization of the border.Eyewitness reports by caravan participants will be published in upcoming issues of Workers World.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mexican journalist gunned down near home in Tabasco

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further A well-known and influential radio and TV journalist in the Villahermosa region, Huerta had just left his home in his car when his route was blocked by gunmen in a grey vehicle, who shot him several times.Aged 45, he was the founder and host of “Panorama Sin Reservas”, a radio programme specializing in local politics on 620AM, and presented the Notinueve news programme on the Canal Nueve TV channel.“They came to kill him,” Tabasco governor Arturo Núñez Jiménez said later yesterday, confirming that Huerta was the target of a planned murder rather than the victim of an armed hold-up.“This deadly spiral cannot go on because the level of violence that Mexican journalists now face is unparalleled in the western hemisphere and is approaching what is seen in countries at war,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “Those responsible for this cowardly murder must be identified and brought to justice as soon as possible, and the hypothesis of a link to the victim’s work must be prioritized.”Huerta was the fourth journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year, following Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez on 13 January, Pamika Montenegro on 5 February and Leobardo Vázquez on 21 March.Huerta was murdered on the first anniversary of the murder of Javier Valdez, a prominent and respected journalist who was gunned down in a similar manner in Culiacán, the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, on 15 May 2017, triggering a wave of international outrage.RSF supported events that have been organized in the past few days to pay tribute to Valdez, who was one of the founders of the weekly Ríodoce and reported for the national daily La Jornada.The western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the media, Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by yesterday’s murder of Juan Carlos Huerta Martínez, a Mexican journalist who was gunned down near his home in Villahermosa, the capital of the southeastern state of Tabasco, and urges investigators to prioritize the hypothesis of a link to his work. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico Organisation source: Sexenio center_img News MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionArmed conflictsImpunityViolence 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information May 5, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionArmed conflictsImpunityViolence News RSF_en May 16, 2018 Mexican journalist gunned down near home in Tabasco Reportslast_img read more

Poland: Terrorism charges dropped against Polish investigative reporter

first_img The proceedings were prompted by the publication of a book entitled “Macierewicz and his Secrets” in June 2017 in which Piatek shed light on then defence minister Antoni Macierewicz’s alleged links with the Russian special services. If Macierewicz regarded the book as defamatory, he could have brought civil or criminal proceedings against Piatek, but instead he chose to bring a complaint before a military court accusing him of “terrorism.” RSF and nine other NGOs and associations sent a joint letter to the defence minister in July 2017 urging him to withdraw the complaint, which was unprecedented in nature and was exposing this journalist to the possibility of a three-year jail sentence. The case was assigned to the Warsaw prosecutor’s office, which finally decided on 15 March that the case was not a matter for the criminal courts and that, if the now former minister believed he was defamed, he should bring a civil lawsuit against Piatek. “We welcome this decision, which renders justice to an investigative reporter who was being prosecuted just for doing his job to provide information,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “The absurdity of the proceedings against Tomasz Piatek is underscored by the fact that the prosecutor’s office – which is now controlled by the ruling Law and Justice party as a result of the changes to the Polish justice system ­– has recognized that the charges were nonsensical and baseless.” RSF has been condemning violations of press freedom and pluralism in Poland for the past two years, since shortly after the ultra-conservative Law and Justice party formed a government in November 2015 and set about enacting a series of very controversial reforms. Poland is ranked 54th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, seven places lower than in the 2016 index, in which it suffered a spectacular 29-place fall. RSF_en News March 21, 2018 Poland: Terrorism charges dropped against Polish investigative reporter Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes last week’s decision by the Warsawprosecutor’s office to drop “terrorism” charges against Polish investigative reporterTomasz Piatek on the grounds that they were not justified. The decision has renderedjustice to Piatek, who just did his job to inform, RSF said. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland May 10, 2021 Find out more News January 28, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentRSF Prize Follow the news on Poland Investigation journalist Tomasz Piatek / DR News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentRSF Prize Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Mt Sierra College Partners with Local Communities, Colleges and High Schools for Global Game Jam 2016

first_imgOn January 29-31, 2016 Mt Sierra College participated in a worldwide event, entitled Global Game Jam, which gives participants all over the world the opportunity to develop, design, and test a game over a 48-hour period. The event began at 5pm on January 29th. The main goal for Global Game Jam at Mt Sierra College is not only for the intellectual challenge but to give the participants the opportunity to work collaboratively with peers, expand creativity, and develop essential skills needed to be successful within the gaming industry.Mt Sierra College is dedicated to providing access to higher education and a practical, hands-on, quality learning environment that is flexible and accessible to a diverse and multicultural population. Mt Sierra College offer Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology and Media Arts and Design.This year Mt Sierra College had an overwhelming amount of participates, reaching over 80 participants, creating 6 fully playable games and becoming the second largest game jam site in Southern California for two years in a row. For the first time ever, the Mt Sierra College jam site had two of the six playable games exported to Android. In 2017, we are hoping to have near 150 participants and get even more community members, high school and colleges invloved. Mt Sierra takes much pride in gaining sponsors to assist the participants in staying on campus as much as possible as they bring breakfast and dinners to them, along with snacks, coffee and energy drinks. Mt Sierra College also contacts local businesses and gaming companies to donate raffle prizes or awards to the most creative or innovative thinkers. It is an event not to be missed. “Thank you to our sponsors for making our event the best yet. We couldn’t be more thankful for such a great community to work with”, stated Director of Career Services, Tawny Hernandez. This years’ sponsor list includes: Monster, Hubert’s Lemonade, Coffee Bean, AM Donuts, Field Fresh Foods, Yoplait, Prime Vending, Chicas Party Supplies, Tommy’s, The Monrovian, Yogurtland, Veranda, Castillo’s Barbershop, 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, Sunday’s Old Town Bistro, Market Grill, , Dominos- Duarte & Monrovia, Something Healthy, Subway, Sierra Madre Catering, Max’s, Cabrera’s, Wendy’s, Le Gourmand Gourmet Market and Cafe.The Global Game Jam ‘s spirit is innovation, collaboration and experimentation. It allows people to gain the confidence that so much can be accomplished in such a short amount of time. It brings people together that may have never met and it creates teamwork beyond belief.Mt Sierra College, 800 Royal Oaks Dr. Monrovia, CA 91016, (626) 873-2144 or visit www.MtSierra.edu. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Education Mt Sierra College Partners with Local Communities, Colleges and High Schools for Global Game Jam 2016 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 11:53 am Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Ithaca moves to restrict infill housing

first_img Your government news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. — On the one hand, the work of a city planner might look simple – represent city interests and tell builders and developers what they can build and where. However, like most things in life, rarely is it actually that simple. In this case, the issue is with infill housing.No one’s going to argue that the city hasn’t had affordability issues over the past few years, exacerbated by a lack of housing. To its credit, the city has been working to figure out where developers should be allowed to build bigger, denser projects (see the 2015 Comprehensive Plan), and revising the existing zoning to encourage developers to move into those neighborhoods. However, the city also needs to protect certain existing assets as well, as a matter of quality of life and as an attempt at retaining affordability.Both of those concerns have been made loud and clear with recent attempts to produce what’s technically defined as “multiple primary structures” on a piece of land, which is rather obliquely defined in the city zoning code as “(a) single structure (located on a parcel) containing a use permitted in the zoning district in which it is located.”Let’s make this a little easier with an illustration. I have a house on a lot. That’s a primary structure. I also have a garage. That’s an accessory structure, because its use is “incidental,” accompanying but not a major part of something.  A garage isn’t necessary for someone to live in the house.A rendering of a now-canceled multiple primary structure infill project at 207-209 First Street in Ithaca.The problem with multiple primary structures lies with the city zoning code. The city’s least dense residential zones, R-1 and R-2, allow multiple primary structures, i.e. multiple houses. Think of R-1 as “1-family homes only” and R-2 as “1-family and 2-family homes only”. These are the zones that are predominant in most of the city’s outer neighborhoods — Cornell Heights, West Hill, and Belle Sherman have most of the R-1, and Fall Creek, Southside, and South Hill have much of the R-2.Sometimes, the multiple primary structure allowance has worked out nicely – the Aurora Street Pocket Neighborhood, for example. But increasingly, it’s been getting abused. Owner-occupied structures are getting purchased, and with the addition of additional houses on site, they increase in property value significantly – often beyond what’s affordable to an owner-occupier, and permanently into the hands of landlords. Worse yet, the student-heavy neighborhoods like South Hill have been primary targets for this practice. This makes neighborhoods more rental-heavy, and more student rental-heavy, things the city would much rather avoid in R-1 and R-2 zones.Really, that’s where much of this stems from. Last year’s debate about the proliferation of multiple primary structures for students led to the “South Hill Overlay District” (SHOD) in November 2017, which banned multiple primary structures. It didn’t stop development completely, but it did add a new obstacle for those building housing. “The R-1 and R-2 districts are intended to be lower density districts that are restricted to one and two-family houses with yards, driveways, and parking areas meant to serve a one or two-family home. These zones are usually located in areas where there are established owner-occupied neighborhoods. However, as long as all of the site requirements can be met, a property owner is allowed, by zoning, to construct multiple primary structures on one lot. This has the potential to significantly change the character of these neighborhoods.”Basically, what this proposed zoning change is a city-wide version of the SHOD. All R-1 and R-2 zones would be overlaid with a Single Primary Structure Overlay Zone (SPSOZ), which does the exact same thing as the SHOD (which presumably becomes obsolete) – it eliminates multiple primary structures on R-1 and R-2 residential properties within the boundaries of the overlay. Should someone want to do infill housing in an R-1 or R-2 zone, their options are either to subdivide the lot if they can make the subdivision conform to city size and dimension requirements, they can do a small accessory apartment (just one, and two bedrooms or less), or they can take a hike.A proposal for 815 North Aurora Street. The plan would place two primary structures in a R-2 zone.However, while this would be an additional restriction that eliminates an increasingly common method for development in Ithaca’s less dense neighborhoods, it is not a moratorium. That matters because it means that new housing can still be added, as long as it meets the old zoning requirements, as well as those enacted with the overlay. If you have a house on West Hill and want to split off a second lot and build a rental house on it, you can do that if both the new and existing lots meet code requirements.It’s in this sense Ithaca is trying to find some happy middle ground between encouraging new housing in certain areas to fight its affordability issues, and protecting the existing quality of life and “character” of city neighborhoods. This manifests as upzoning the waterfront to encourage development, but placing additional zoning restrictions on existing lower-density neighborhoods because the kind of development that has been happening isn’t what the city or residents want – not “sympathetic to the neighborhood,” to quote Planning Director JoAnn Cornish from a June debate about a Northside infill proposal (the project since canceled). It’s not stopping development and some new builds can still take place, but for those who felt student housing infill was running amok or that homeowners were getting priced out of certain neighborhoods, the overlay would create a fairly big hurdle for developers to jump, and deter many from pursuing plans.A potential zoning revision will be discussed at the city Common Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and members will issue a decision on whether or not to circulate the proposed law for discussion. If given the OK by reviewers (city staff, lawyers), the PEDC would vote on whether to accept or reject the zoning measure at a later meeting (likely January), with a full Common Council vote on whether or not to enact the overlay shortly thereafter. Tagged: city of ithaca, housing, infill, jennifer kusznir, planning and economic development committee, south hill, zoning Brian Crandall “Since that time we are seeing the same problem emerging in other traditional neighborhoods throughout the city, largely in R-1 and R-2 zoning districts. The pressure to increase housing in the city has resulted in rapid in-fill developments, primarily duplexes that are having a drastic impact on both the aesthetic qualities and the character of neighborhoods,” wrote Economic Development Planner Jennifer Kusznir in a memo to Common Council. Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandalllast_img read more