VEDA approves $1.8 million in project financing

first_imgVEDA BOARD APPROVES $1.8 MILLIONIN PROJECT FINANCING ASSISTANCE Montpelier, VT – Business real estate purchase and expansion projects totaling$3.34 million will receive $1.8 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Were very pleased to be able to contribute to the growth of these Vermont businesses, said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. VEDAs mission is to help eligible businesses create jobs, and these projects stand to produce 35 new job opportunities in the next three years. Thats good news for Vermont. Projects approved for financing assistance by the VEDA Board are:” Black River Produce, Springfield – The Board approved an increase of $438,608 to an existing $648,800 loan made to Black River Produce in June, 2004 to purchase and renovate the former Idlenot Dairy processing facility in Springfield. With the project underway, substantial changes to the renovation plans have been necessitated, resulting in a $1.1 million increase in budget. Total project costs of $2.7 million are expected to provide Black River Produce with three times the space currently available to them at their Cavendish facility, enabling them to add up to 30 new jobs to their current payroll of 143 over the next three years. Black River Produce, established in 1978, is a distributor of wholesale produce, fresh and frozen seafood, and other products to high-end restaurants and specialty food retail stores throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, northwestern Massachusetts, and eastern New York State.” Nick & Morrisey, LLC, Montpelier With VEDA financing assistance totaling $736,000, real estate developers Jeff Nick & Dan Morrisey will purchase the historic Harris Hall on the campus of Union Institute and University in Montpelier. The property will be renovated, expanded, and leased to New England Culinary Institute (NECI) for use as the culinary institutes Administrative Headquarters. The Chittenden Bank is also a partner in the $1.9 million project, which will finance the renovation of the main house and carriage barn, and construction of a new two-story wing to connect the two buildings. Overall, the project will create 11,500 square feet of space for NECI, and is expected to enable NECI to make 5 new hires in the next three years. NECI, founded in 1980, is a fully-accredited and nationally-recognized leader in technical training for the food service industry. Current enrollment at the schools three campuses in Montpelier and Essex, Vermont, and in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, exceeds 500. Agricultural loans totaling $255,000 were also approved by the Board through VEDAs farm financing assistance program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC). VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. In its 31-year history, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1 billion. -30-last_img read more

Prosecutors request that the face-biting murder suspect be taped during psychological evaluation

first_imgProsecutors are requesting that the Tequesta teen who reportedly killed a couple and began eating their faces be taped during a psychological evaluation.The request was made after defense attorneys claimed that the then teen, Austin Harrouff, was not mentally aware when the incident took place in 2016.The victim’s John Stevens and Michelle Mischon were watching tv in their open garage when Harrouff attacked and killed them. A neighbor went over to help, however, he was serverly injured by Harrouff before he retreated back to his home and called the police.A responding officer reported that when he found Harrouff he was ripping pieces of flesh off of Stevens face with his teeth and was making animal noises.It took several officers and a stun-gun to remove Harrouff from Stevens’ body.Harrouff’s defense attorneys are currently fighting the motion to allow a recording of his examination saying that if the tapes are used in court and will violate Harrouff’s right not to testify.Harrouff’s case is set to go to trial in November.last_img read more

Suspect Arrested in Fatal West Palm Beach Hit-and-Run Crash

first_imgWest Palm Beach Police say the victim of a hit-and-run crash died Saturday, and one person is in custody.The pedestrian in the crash was identified by police as 35-year-old David Dering.The crash happened Friday night just before 9 p.m. at 45th Street and Broadway Ave.According to officers, Dering was crossing west to east at the intersection, when an SUV struck him and fled south on Broadway.Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, police announced that they have located the driver of the vehicle. He is identified as 23-year-old Juan Castanon Perez, and is now in custody.Charges are pending.last_img

Some Rumson Homes Deemed Uninhabitable; Power Could be Back by Thursday

first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON — Borough officials said about 70 percent of the homes in the borough’s West Park section are heavily damaged and have been deemed uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).“Quite a bit of homes have sustained some structural damage,” primarily in that section, said Dennis Peras, the borough’s construction official.The West Park section is near St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, located on Lincoln Avenue, the eastern point of the borough. The area includes Parker, Washington and Waterman avenues, Warren Street and Oyster Bay Drive, near the Shrewsbury River.Homes are Warren Street and Waterman Avenue were impacted by a surge that was as much as 72 inches above grade, Peras said.Peras spoke about the damage at a late afternoon borough council meeting during which the lack of power was also discussed.“The elephant in the room with us is the power,” said Mayor John Ekdahl about the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.Ekdahl was talking at the meeting which was held in the cold and quickly darkening council chambers as the sun set Monday afternoon.Borough hall, like the rest of the borough, lost power as a result of the storm and has yet to have it restored a week later.The mayor said a Jersey Central Power & Light representative told him about the power possibly being restored by Thursday but he cautioned that estimate “isn’t gospel by any means.“We have no control over that in any way,” Ekdahl said.JCP&L, the electric utility company, has restored power to parts of Red Bank, with that restoration driven in great part by Riverview Medical Center being located there, Ekdahl said.Power company representatives have indicated Fair Haven, just west of Rumson, will probably get its power back by Wednesday with the Rumson, if all goes well, getting it back  Thursday.The reason for Fair Haven’s earlier return is because JCP&L is moving west to east in this area, said David Marks who is with T&M Associates, the borough’s engineering firm.The electric company has been working on repairing high voltage lines before undertaking repairs to its substation. “This gets the most number of people energized,” Marks said.“What bothers me is we’re suppose to have a fairly strong nor‘easter on Wednesday,” Ekdahl said, noting that that storm, with possible 50 mile-per-hour winds could hamper repair efforts and exacerbate the damage the borough has already sustained.last_img read more

‘Boot camp’ gets skaters ready for figure skating season

first_imgFigure skaters from throughout the zone got a head start on the season after attending the West Kootenay Development camp held recently in Nelson.More than 50 young skaters descended on the NDCC Arena for “boot camp” on ice — designed to enhance and develop the abilities of young figure skaters in the West Kootenays.“The camp was open to all skaters from the West Kootenays that are interested in attending a grass roots seminar,” explains Sarah Gower a coach with the Nelson Figure Skating Club. “It’s one component of Skate Canada’s overall development strategy to foster young skaters from the region who eventually may go on to compete at provincial or national levels.”Event organizer Tina Borhi was pleased with the turnout.“We got lots of positive feedback from skaters and parents,” she said. “We had a number of high calibre skaters from out of town attend so the quality of skating was quite high and valuable for the younger skaters to see.”Gower, along with fellow coaches Rachel Stewart and Yoshie Measures teamed up with out of town coaches Sabrina Hinson and Mandy Paulsen to put the skaters through their paces.“We taught the skaters both new elements and elements they are familiar with but done in difficult positions, or difficult entries in the case of a jump,” says Gower, noting this approach wins skaters more points under the new system of judging.“Having five coaches on the ice at once meant that skaters were able to receive lots of input and varied approaches.”Marg Larose from Vernon led the off ice dance sessions while Sabrina Hinson ran the off ice flexibility sessions.last_img read more

Every City Needs This: Mobile Public Art Finder

first_imgPortland, Oregon is known for many things but one of them is its availability of public data. When the local government included listings of 429 pieces of public art in the data it made available to independent developers, Matt Blair took the logical and admirable step of turning that data into an iPhone app. The Portland Public Art Finder makes it easy to discover and learn about murals, sculptures, installations and other instances of art that you can go and enjoy in public.It’s a great way to learn about those works of art you might see regularly but never know the story behind, or to discover new gems in your or a new neighborhood. Blair told Mike Rogoway of the Portland Oregonian, who wrote about the app first, that he had no idea how much art was around town before seeing the data made available. Talk about augmented reality! What city wouldn’t benefit from apps like this?The app makes it easy for users to submit suggestions for new listings to be included and Blair says he’ll be adding more over the coming months. While the map makes class and race differences all the more evident, it’s great to learn about the few murals where I live and I look forward to using this app on a walking tour downtown soon. It’s not hard to imagine integration of check-in apps, Wikipedia links, public commenting and shared discussion of works of art, their meaning and history. So much is made possible when geocoded data becomes programmatically available. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more

Photo: Ohio State LB Joshua Perry Had To Sit Next To A “Joker” Michigan Fan On His Flight Back From Costa Rica

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry doesn’t just exist domestically. It’s international. Buckeye linebacker Joshua Perry was recently traveling back to the U.S. from Costa Rica. He, unfortunately, came across a Michigan fan at the airport. Then he had to sit in the same row as the Wolverines’ supporter on the plane. It was a friendly encounter, though, it seems. This pic is a gem! We sat next to this joker on the plane back from Costa Rica lol #BucksAbroad #GoBucks! pic.twitter.com/zrLDCOcQnA— Joshua Edward Perry (@RIP_JEP) May 21, [email protected]_JEP Don’t worry though… We gave him a fistful of peel on Block-O tattoos at the airport #PlantingFlags #BucksAbroad— Joshua Edward Perry (@RIP_JEP) May 21, 2015We’re not sure what giving a “fistful of peel on Block-O tattoos” means, but it sounds like Perry won the meeting.last_img read more