Associated building – Village Under Forest http://villageunderforest.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 01:59:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://villageunderforest.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T171231.357-150x150.png Associated building – Village Under Forest http://villageunderforest.com/ 32 32 2022 Alumni Reunion Announced – SUNY Cortland https://villageunderforest.com/2022-alumni-reunion-announced-suny-cortland/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 01:59:39 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/2022-alumni-reunion-announced-suny-cortland/ 06/28/2022 The SUNY Cortland Alumni Association will organize a full program of Reunion 2022 festivities scheduled for Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17. Hundreds of returning alumni and friends have signed up to participate in class reunions, parties, and other activities on and off campus. This is the first time the event has been […]]]>

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The SUNY Cortland Alumni Association will organize a full program of Reunion 2022 festivities scheduled for Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17.

Hundreds of returning alumni and friends have signed up to participate in class reunions, parties, and other activities on and off campus.

This is the first time the event has been held on campus since La Réunion 2019. Health precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have limited the event to online gatherings in 2020 and 2021.

“After a long hiatus, we are so excited to welcome the reunion to campus,” said Erin Boylan, executive director of alumni engagement at SUNY Cortland. “We so appreciate our landmark classes and famous groups who have continued to reach out to friends to keep them connected during the pandemic. Now is the time to celebrate the red dragons.

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Old friends reunite at an ancient “Red and White Golf Classic.”

As always, all graduates are welcome in Reunion, whatever their promotion. Featured groups include the Half Century Club, made up of alumni graduating over 50 years ago; the classes of 1955, 1956 and 1957 (65th meeting); 1960, 1961 and 1962 (60th meeting); 1964, 1966 and 1967 (55th meeting); 1970, 1971 and 1972 (50th meeting); 30th Reunion Cluster (Classes of 1989, 1990 and 1991); 40th Reunion Cluster (Classes of 1980, 1981 and 1982); Classes of 1995, 1996 and 1997 (25th meeting); sisters of Arethusa and Theta Phi; Lambda Phi Delta Fraternity; Department of Communication Disorders and Science; and LGBTQ+ Alum, including members of SPECTRUM and PRIDE.

During the meeting, the following locations on campus will be open to everyone: the campus store, the memorial library, the outdoor basketball/tennis courts, and the student life center. Visit the Alumni Reunion 2022 website for the schedule of opening hours.

All alumni are invited to stop by the Parks Alumni House all day Friday and Saturday for “Remembrance”: an opportunity to inscribe on fabric a keepsake of a beloved classmate who died.

Thursday July 14

The reunion opens Thursday with the 50th Class of 1970 Reunion Dinner, which will be held in the back gardens of the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland alumni home at 29 Tompkins St. Meanwhile, classes of 1971 and 1972 will reunite for their 50th Reunion Dinner on Kappa Parks Alumni House (1925-1991) Alumni Lawn.

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On Friday morning, the Half Century Club will depart by bus for a day of exploring Skaneateles Lake with a boat cruise with buffet lunch.

Later in the morning, the Alumni Association and the Athletic Department will combine their talents to continue the sold-out ‘Red and White Golf Classic’. The Enhanced Golf Tournament will be held at Cortland Country Club and will serve as a fundraiser for both organizations.

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The alumni met when they walked into the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland alumni house for a past event.

That afternoon, members of Theta Phi sorority will have a picnic at Little York Lake while members of Arethusa sorority will gather for a casual open house at 74 Maple Ave in Cortland. Class of 1972 members will reconnect to Corey Union. The Cortland College Foundation and SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum will host a special reception at the Parks Alumni House to welcome all Red Dragons and thank the members of the reunion committee.

Later on Friday, lots of class and group activities will ensue. The Half Century Club will enjoy dinner in the Corey Union Ballroom. Arethusa sorority members will meet in the rear gardens of the Parks Alumni House. The Cortland Main Street Music Series will host a free concert open to all, featuring The Rods, Sydney Irving & the Mojo and Quona Hudson at Rose Hall, 19 Church St., Cortland.

Communication Disorders and Science will hold their 50th Anniversary Reception at the Parks Alumni House with hors d’oeuvres, casual get-togethers and a group photo opportunity to mark the clinic’s major milestone. The Lambda Phi Delta fraternity will meet in downtown Cortland. Contact Lance McAllister ’70 to arrange your participation and for more information. All alumni are invited to board a bus at Corey Union to see Cole Porter’s classic musical, “Kiss Me, Kate,” at the Cortland Repertory Theatre.

At the end of the evening, the Musical Legacy Commemorative Project: 1960-1990 Committee invites all former students to come and tell their concert stories – whether planning, promoting or simply having a good time – and to receive an update from the committee at a pizza rally at The Hollywood Restaurant at 27 Groton Ave.

Saturday July 16

An invitation-only President’s Circle Breakfast will kick off Saturday’s events in the Corey Union Ballroom. President Bitterbaum will welcome donors of $1,000 or more in recognition of their support of the university. All alumni are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast buffet on the Alumni Lawn of Parks Alumni House Kappa (1925-1991).

Arethusa Sorority will host a casual coffee shop for the sisters to meet and reconnect at 74 Maple Ave.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., select campus building open houses will be held at the Sperry Center, Van Hoesen Hall, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Bowers Hall, Brockway Hall and Old Main. Attendees are encouraged to reminisce about college days and see how the campus has changed by touring the open buildings for themselves. From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., tours of the Parks Alumni House will be offered for alumni who want to learn more about the historic 1912 Wickwire Mansion.

A campus tour for all alumni by a Student Orientation Assistant will depart from the Corey Union steps at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

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These former reunion attendees stocked up on props during their class photo shoot.

The Alumni Association will celebrate its most prestigious honorees for 2020 and 2021 graduates at an Alumni Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Corey Union Exhibition Hall which is open to all alumni. Visit the Distinguished Alumni Award website for the association’s award names and details for Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Young Alumni, Distinguished Educator, Outstanding Volunteer, and Honorary Alumni. Highlights also include the association’s presentation of the Cortland Fund meeting, the presentation of cups and the holding of a handover ceremony from outgoing President Jamie Piperato ’12 to incoming President Dan Walker ’06. Refreshments will be served.

Also that morning, the Class of 1970 will hold an open house in the Hall of Fame Hall at the Park Center. All alumni are invited to view the memorabilia and reminisce in a slideshow circulating images of athletics between 1966 and 1970. Meanwhile, the Nu Sigma Chi Alumni Tea, compliments of the Nu Sigma Chi Alumnae Association, Inc., will take place in the Alumni Jardins parks at the back of the house. Later in the morning, the Theta Phi Decades Gathering will take place at the Corey Union Fireplace Lounge.

The university’s Lofty Elm Society will present information on planned giving at a “Peace of Mind: Leaving a Legacy at SUNY Cortland” presentation at 10:30 a.m. at Parks Alumni House. Mike Fusilli, Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at SUNY Cortland, will be the host.

Members of the featured group of LGBTQ+ alumni will reunite for “LGBTQ+ Brunch and Bubbly” at the Parks Alumni House Kappa (1925-1991) Alumni Lawn.

All alumni are invited to gather at noon for a casual two-hour “Blast from the Past” lunch on the ground floor of Corey Union.

Also this afternoon, Bob Russell ’78, CAS ’91 will open his house at 93 Cayuga St., Homer, NY, to all classes for a casual get-together with free food and drink. People wishing to bring a dish to pass should contact him at 607-423-2691.

Steven B. Broyles and Andrea Davalos, faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, will lead a 1.5 mile hike and share their knowledge of local plants and wildlife at the SUNY Cortland William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Hoxie Gorge. Space is limited. Members of the Arethusa sorority will play a round of pay-per-view mini-golf together at Shipwreck Amusements in Cortlandville, NY

Later, representatives from the university’s Offices of Multicultural Living, Diversity and Institutional Equity and Inclusion, and Corey Union Voice will update all Reunion attendees on everything that’s happening to make campus a more inclusive place for everyone.

A highlight of the weekend will be a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday to dedicate the Ellen Howard Burton Waiting Room in the Community Clinic at the Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders in the Professional Studies Building. . Refreshment tours are also part of the event, which also celebrates the clinic’s 50th anniversary.

The All-Greek Reception at Parks Alumni House, a casual event funded by the Nu Sigma Chi Legacy Fund, is open to all former fraternity and sorority alumni. During this time, Theta Phi will offer a meet-and-greet event on the Kappa Alumni Lawn (1925-1991) and members of the Ago/Tri Sig/Sig Rho sorority will hold their annual reunion.

The association hosted an exclusive gathering of more recent graduates for the “Young Alumni and Tour Guide Happy Hour” at the Cortland Beer Company (CBC), 16 Court St.

Also this afternoon, the Alumni Brothers will lead a tour of the former Lambda Phi Delta House at 55 Tompkins St. and later, the Alumni Sisters will lead a tour of the Former Arethusa House at 64 Tompkins St.

On Saturday evening, the biggest event of the weekend for all alumni, “Brews and Barbecue”, will kick off in the gardens of the Parks Alumni House.

Reminiscent of those late-night parties after big Voice Office club events, Corey’s Voice Office Party will run from 10:00 p.m. to midnight in the Corey Union Fireplace Lounge and Voice Office.

Sunday July 17

On Sundays, all alumni are invited to attend the All Class Farewell Breakfast at Parks Alumni House Kappa (1925-1991) Alumni Lawn beginning at 8:30 a.m. Arethusa will be hosting her own farewell brunch for the sisters in the back gardens.

“We hope all alumni — regardless of class year or affiliation — will make this the year they return to campus to reminisce, celebrate, and see all of our improvements,” Boylan said. .

The campus community is encouraged to attend the 2022 Alumni Reunion. For up-to-date information or to register, contact Alumni Engagement at 607-753-2516 or visit RedDragonNetwork.org/reunion.


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Russian attacks expand beyond eastern Ukraine with strikes in Kyiv https://villageunderforest.com/russian-attacks-expand-beyond-eastern-ukraine-with-strikes-in-kyiv/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:09:01 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/russian-attacks-expand-beyond-eastern-ukraine-with-strikes-in-kyiv/ Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital in the early hours of Sunday morning, hitting at least two residential buildings, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, as Russian troops elsewhere consolidated their gains in the east. Journalists in Kyiv saw emergency services battling the flames and rescuing civilians. They said the strikes also damaged a nearby kindergarten, where […]]]>

Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital in the early hours of Sunday morning, hitting at least two residential buildings, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, as Russian troops elsewhere consolidated their gains in the east.

Journalists in Kyiv saw emergency services battling the flames and rescuing civilians. They said the strikes also damaged a nearby kindergarten, where a crater carved out the yard.

Oleksiy Goncharenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, wrote on the Telegram messaging app that according to preliminary data, 14 missiles were launched towards the capital region and Kyiv itself, suggesting that some were intercepted.

Klitschko said one of the missile strikes partially destroyed a nine-story building and started a fire.

Ukrainian experts work outside a damaged residential building hit by Russian missiles in Kyiv on Sunday. (Sergei Supinksy/AFP/Getty Images)

“There are people under the rubble,” he said on the Telegram app. He said four injured people were hospitalized, including a seven-year-old girl.

Deputy Mayor Mykola Povoroznyk later updated the casualty toll to one person killed and at least six injured and said the missile struck near the site of a similar attack in late April.

Life had returned to normal in Kyiv after fierce resistance that halted Russian advances early in the war, although air raid sirens sounded regularly across the city. There had been no major strikes in Kyiv since early June.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said the strike was carried out with Kh-101 cruise missiles fired by Russian bombers over the Caspian Sea, more than 1 000 kilometers.

A couple embrace as they watch smoke billow from residential buildings following explosions in Kyiv on Sunday. (Nariman El-Mofty/Associated Press)

Missiles hit downtown

In the central town of Cherkasy, about 200 kilometers southeast of Kyiv, one person was killed and five injured in strikes on Sunday by two Russian rockets, regional governor Ihor Taburets said. Infrastructure was damaged, he said.

Cherkasy has been largely spared from bombardment since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it used high-precision weapons to strike Ukrainian army training centers in Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv regions, an apparent reference to strikes reported by Ukraine on Saturday. There was no immediate comment on Sunday’s strikes on Kyiv or Cherkassy.

Bombers deployed from Belarus

Meanwhile, Russian forces sought to engulf the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Donbas region of Lugansk, pressing their momentum after taking full control on Saturday of the charred ruins of Severodonetsk and the chemical plant where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians had been locked up.

On Saturday, Russia also launched dozens of missiles at several areas across the country away from the heart of eastern battles. Some of the missiles were fired by Russian Tu-22 long-range bombers deployed from Belarus for the first time, Ukraine’s air command said.

The bombardment preceded a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, during which Putin announced that Russia planned to supply Belarus with the Iskander-M missile system.

Ukrainian soldiers ride an armored personnel carrier on a road in the eastern Luhansk region on Thursday, amid Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said late Saturday that separatist forces backed by Russia and Moscow now control Severodonetsk and the villages surrounding it. He said the attempt by Ukrainian forces to turn the Azot plant into a “tenacious center of resistance” had been thwarted.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk province, said Friday that Ukrainian troops were withdrawing from Severodonetsk after weeks of shelling and house-to-house fighting.

He confirmed on Saturday that the town had fallen to Russian and separatist fighters, who he said were now trying to blockade the nearby town of Lysychansk from the south. The city lies across the river just west of Severodonetsk.

Russian news agency Interfax quoted a spokesman for the separatist forces, Andrei Marochko, as saying that Russian troops and separatist fighters had entered Lysychansk and fighting was taking place in the heart of the city. There was no immediate comment on the Ukrainian side’s claim.

Lysychansk and Severodonetsk were the focal point of a Russian offensive aimed at capturing all of Donbass and destroying the Ukrainian army defending it – the most capable and battle-hardened segment of the country’s armed forces.

Capturing Lysychansk would give Russian forces control of every major settlement in the province, an important step towards Russia’s goal of capturing all of Donbass. The Russians and the separatists control about half of Donetsk, the second province of Donbass.

The G7 will ban gold imports

Seeking to put more pressure on Russia, the Group of Seven countries announced a ban on imports of new gold from Russia as they began their summit in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany on Sunday. .

It is the latest in a series of sanctions the Club of Democracies hopes will further isolate Russia economically following its invasion of Ukraine.

Leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the European Union, held talks on Sunday to discuss the impact of war on the global economy, including inflation, and on infrastructure.

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Strengthening the PSEAH capacities of local partners in Cambodia – Cambodia https://villageunderforest.com/strengthening-the-pseah-capacities-of-local-partners-in-cambodia-cambodia/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:02:22 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/strengthening-the-pseah-capacities-of-local-partners-in-cambodia-cambodia/ Johanniter International Assistance undertakes to prevent and respond to the PSEAH. Johanniter has zero tolerance towards SEAH and all forms of harm towards children and adolescents. Johanniter is in the process of implementing a grant agreement with two partner organizations, namely Bandos Komar Association (BK) and Child Rights Foundation (CRF). With financial support from the […]]]>

Johanniter International Assistance undertakes to prevent and respond to the PSEAH. Johanniter has zero tolerance towards SEAH and all forms of harm towards children and adolescents. Johanniter is in the process of implementing a grant agreement with two partner organizations, namely Bandos Komar Association (BK) and Child Rights Foundation (CRF). With financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), these two partners (BK and CRF) are undertaking a project named CLIMATE – Building the resilience and adaptive capacity of children and communities for a safe and livable future”. The project includes a capacity development component, strengthening both partners organizationally and programmatically. Johanniter is therefore looking for a consultant to help partners achieve the minimum standards for PSEAH and create an organizational roadmap for this process. Johanniter meets IASC Minimum Operating Standards and is a member of the CHS Alliance.

Johanniter is looking for an international consultant to help the above partners become safer organizations. Both organizations have completed the IASC PSEA self-assessment tool.

A more detailed assessment including risk assessment and mapping is needed to support partners with an action plan contextualized to their individual needs and scope of work. After completion of the assessment, the consultant should organize training presenting the results to senior management and support in developing an action plan with concrete steps and milestones for three years.

Deliverables

  1. Provide an initial report, which includes the work methodology to be followed to ensure the achievement of the objectives.
  2. Draft roadmap report for each of the two partners before the training
  3. Design and facilitation of a two-day PSEAH training for partners (regarding the implementation of roadmaps)
  4. Draft final roadmap reports for partners to map their individual process towards the PSEA Minimum Standard

Payment schedule: Payment will be made as follows:

  • 1st payment: (30%) Satisfactory submission of approved inception report and proposed methodology under Deliverable 1.
  • 2nd payment: (30%) after satisfactory submission of the draft roadmap report for each of the two partners before the training, under deliverable n° 3.
  • 3rd payment: (40%) upon submission of deliverables under deliverable # 4

Hourly

Completion of this work is expected to take a maximum of twenty (20) days after signing the contract, during August 2022. The consultation must be finalized by the end of August 2022 or can be negotiated.

Essential consulting experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the development sector or related field such as research, NGO work, etc.
  • Relevant and proven work experience in the PSEAH sector, preferably according to IASC and CHS Alliance.
  • Experience in organizational capacity development with national NGOs
  • High quality communication skills, including report writing.
  • Experience writing high quality reports, incorporating written feedback and responding to feedback from multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Ability to manage available time and resources and work to tight deadlines

The criterion which will serve as the basis for the evaluation of offers is the combined scoring method – where essential qualifications or experience will be weighted to the max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted at a maximum of 30%.

How to register

Interested candidates should apply with the following documents:

  • resume
  • Cover letter detailing why they are suitable for the consultant
  • Daily rate (including taxes) in USD that covers travel to Cambodia, accommodation and living expenses
  • A copy of a similar report/process the consultant has undertaken (submitted as an example).

Please note that the deadline for applications is July 10, 2022 at 5 p.m. Please note that Johanniter will cover the costs and logistics associated with the two-day training, which will be held at a venue in Phnom Penh.

Interested candidates should submit their application to recruitment.khm@thejohanniter.org and send an email to the above email address to request further information regarding the above terms of reference.

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Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times https://villageunderforest.com/your-wednesday-briefing-the-new-york-times/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:05:03 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/your-wednesday-briefing-the-new-york-times/ Asia buys Russian oil An increase in Asian demand for discounted Russian oil offsets the significantly lower number of barrels sold to Europe, mitigating the effects of Western sanctions. Most of the extra oil went to two countries: China and India. Chinese imports of Russian oil rose 28% in May from the previous month, while […]]]>

An increase in Asian demand for discounted Russian oil offsets the significantly lower number of barrels sold to Europe, mitigating the effects of Western sanctions.

Most of the extra oil went to two countries: China and India. Chinese imports of Russian oil rose 28% in May from the previous month, while India went from having almost no Russian oil to buying more than 760,000 barrels a day.

Oil is being sold at a steep discount due to risks associated with sanctions imposed to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Yet soaring energy prices have boosted Russia’s oil revenues, which took in $1.7 billion more last month than in April.

More news from the war in Ukraine:


Britain was dogged by its biggest railway strike in three decades on Tuesday – sparking what union and government leaders have warned could be a summer of social unrest.

Last-minute talks between the transport union and the rail operator collapsed on Monday evening, and hundreds of trains came to a standstill during the first of three days of planned strike action, throwing into chaos the travel plans of dozens of million Britons and visitors. Most trains will also likely be shut down on Thursday and Saturday, with disruption rippling through the system throughout the week.

The main union of railway workers is calling for a salary increase in line with the increase in the cost of living. The strikes are a major test for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has called on unions to compromise on their demands at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has kept ridership and ticket revenue well below normal levels.

Looking forward. With food and fuel prices soaring and wages not keeping pace, Johnson is likely to face other restless workers in multiple sectors. Teachers, airline workers and criminal defense attorneys are among those who have threatened to quit their jobs.


Phone tracking devices are now everywhere in China, as are more than half of the world’s nearly one billion surveillance cameras, analysts estimate. The police create some of the largest DNA databases in the world there. And authorities are relying on facial recognition technology to collect voiceprints from the general public.

Times reporters have spent more than a year analyzing more than a hundred thousand government tender documents, revealing that China’s ambition to collect a staggering amount of personal data from ordinary citizens is broader than we never thought before.

The analysis found that police chose locations to maximize the data their facial recognition cameras could collect, such as where people eat, shop and travel. In a tender document from Fujian province, police estimated that there were 2.5 billion facial images stored at any given time.

Authorities are using phone trackers to link people’s digital lives to their physical movements. In one case, documents revealed that police purchased phone trackers in hopes of detecting a Uyghur-Chinese dictionary app, which would identify phones likely belonging to members of the oppressed Uyghur ethnic minority.

For a brief shining moment last summer, Wasabi the Pekingese was America’s most famous dog, having won the Best Show trophy at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. But a new champion will be crowned today, which begs the question: once a dog like Wasabi reaches the pinnacle of success, what does it do next?

It has been almost 28 months since the offices closed at the start of the pandemic. More than enough time to buy a ring light, hang art on the walls, and figure out the mute button. But as Times economics reporter Emma Goldberg has found, many people still haven’t adapted.

Many people have continued to work from home with some level of casualness, as if any day could herald a quick return to cabins and daily commutes.

By the end of 2021, three million professional positions in the United States were permanently remote. Many other workers are in limbo, returning to the office part-time or waiting for a return-to-office plan that won’t be postponed. The confusion and ambivalence people feel can make it difficult to invest in making a remote work setup permanent.

Last week, Sujay Jaswa, a former Dropbox executive, did a video shoot with the camera pointing up at the ceiling. “His business philosophy does not include achieving decent zoom,” wrote Room Rater, a Twitter account that rates video call backgrounds.

That’s it for today’s briefing. Thanks for join us. — Jonathan and Matthew

PS This week, 50 years ago, Irish Republican Army men from Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast ended a 36-day hunger strike.

The latest episode of “The Daily” focuses on the hot US housing market.

You can reach Jonathan, Matthew and the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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92nd Street Y Changes Name to ’92NY’ and Gets Long-Awaited Renovation https://villageunderforest.com/92nd-street-y-changes-name-to-92ny-and-gets-long-awaited-renovation/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:00:12 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/92nd-street-y-changes-name-to-92ny-and-gets-long-awaited-renovation/ Changes are afoot at 92nd Street Y. For starters, it technically isn’t its name anymore. After emerging from a difficult pandemic that halted its in-person programming, the longtime Upper East Side institution for the arts and enrichment has rebranded itself, leaned into digital offerings and is now about to begin a long-awaited renovation of her […]]]>

Changes are afoot at 92nd Street Y. For starters, it technically isn’t its name anymore.

After emerging from a difficult pandemic that halted its in-person programming, the longtime Upper East Side institution for the arts and enrichment has rebranded itself, leaned into digital offerings and is now about to begin a long-awaited renovation of her home on the corner of 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for later this month at one of the cultural center’s public performance spaces, Buttenwieser Hall. Work on this space will launch a new phase of what officials say is a larger $200 million masterplan to reinvent the campus, which is primarily concentrated in two buildings on one block of Lexington Avenue between 91st and East 92nd Streets.

The plan was drawn up during the pandemic largely by Seth Pinsky, the institution’s chief executive, which last month was renamed 92nd Street Y, New York – or 92NY for short.

When Mr. Pinsky, the former head of the Bloomberg administration’s economic development arm, took over in the fall of 2019, the cultural and community center had already raised $180 million, some of which was earmarked for building improvement.

But the pandemic has given Mr. Pinsky and his team more time to figure out exactly how to upgrade the space while keeping it operational. Now, he said, they are undertaking the most significant renovation to the campus since the addition of its South Building in the 1960s.

“The 92nd Street Y looks a lot like New York,” Mr. Pinsky said. “Amazing things are happening here. But, like in New York, for a number of years we underinvested in maintenance and capital. And now is the time for us to improve our internal systems, to make the building more psychically appealing, and to make the building more flexible so that programmatically, as 92nd Street Y continues to evolve, the building can evolve with it. ”

The workers have already modernized part of the building’s infrastructure and created a new outdoor space on the roof of one of the buildings. Next, the $24 million renovation phase will include improvements to Buttenwieser Hall, the creation of a new dance studio on the second floor of the North Building, and improvements to the gymnasium, known as the May Center. Officials also plan to demolish and relocate some office space in the main areas of the building to make room for even more performance space.

The money available will cover this phase of the work, which should take 12 to 18 months. But it will take additional fundraising to complete the full $200 million plan, Pinsky said. What exactly will happen in the next phase of the renovation is still under discussion.

“We want to move forward and push the plans a bit forward and make sure we have a good idea of ​​the pricing and we have the resources available before we announce exactly what we’re going to do,” he said. declared. “But the goal is for the next phase to be at least as important as this – and hopefully even more important.”

A nearly 150-year-old institution, 92NY has become well known for its wide range of programming, which includes lectures from high-profile public figures. Founded by a group of German Jewish professionals, 92NY also offers language and music lessons, as well as activities associated with Jewish life.

Some of the upcoming renovations to decades-old buildings are designed to improve energy efficiency, upgrade heating and cooling systems, and ensure new restrooms and lockers meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

On a recent visit, a black-and-white “92NY” banner hung outside on Lexington Avenue, marking the space. Forward-facing walls had been repainted with the signature logo, and glass display cases had been filled with new posters that offered upbeat proclamations like “INNOVATIVE IDEAS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.”

But inside, the ceilings in some offices were showing their age. Walking from floor to floor, officials acknowledged that the building is something of a maze that has essentially been cobbled together over the decades in ways that don’t always make sense. The gym, for example, is on a different floor than the men’s locker room – one of the issues they hope to address in part through the renovation.

Buttenwieser Hall, which Pinsky says currently has “the aesthetic of a high school gymnasium”, will soon be saying goodbye to its proscenium stage in favor of a retractable stage, movable wings and retractable seats. . The venue’s lobby, dimly lit on a recent afternoon, will also be “open” in various ways, Pinsky said. The nearby office space on the same floor will be transformed into a new dance studio and recital space.

Pinsky said the pandemic has forced officials to move more programming online and made it clear that 92NY has an audience that extends beyond the city. As such, they embarked on rebranding (think of “92NY” as a fashion brand that has Paris in its name, he said – firmly rooted in a world-famous city of a way that elevates the brand globally); and they rolled out a new online platform for live interactive lessons and instruction called Roundtable by the 92nd Street Y, New York.

The platform grew out of 92NY’s acclaimed adult education program and will feature discussions with Pulitzer Prize winners, Michelin-starred chefs, poets and academic leaders. There are upcoming classes on the drawings of Franz Kafka; the sights, foods and wines of Northern California; and world politics.

“Our values, the mission will never change,” Mr. Pinsky said. “But the way we interact with the public and the way we deliver our services and content must change.”

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Rising developments, prices and populations in this hot rental market https://villageunderforest.com/rising-developments-prices-and-populations-in-this-hot-rental-market/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 03:23:00 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/rising-developments-prices-and-populations-in-this-hot-rental-market/ MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The American dream of owning a home sounds like a dream these days. With the average home price in Wisconsin at over $275,000 and over $389,000 in Dane County, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, more and more people are turning to rentals. NBC15 studies how the increase in the number […]]]>

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The American dream of owning a home sounds like a dream these days. With the average home price in Wisconsin at over $275,000 and over $389,000 in Dane County, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, more and more people are turning to rentals.

NBC15 studies how the increase in the number of tenants drives up costs. With Dane County’s growing population, developers are struggling to meet the demand for multi-family housing.

Samuel Larson, a recent college graduate, spent months sifting through apartment listings.

“There’s an extreme where you can find a very cheap, run-down type of place that’s generally more student-like, that type of vibe, or you can find a really nice place that’s just not realistic in terms of price,” Larson said.

Larson searches with two of his buddies in downtown Madison.

“Group options are generally some of the first to pull from what I’ve seen so far,” Larson said.

With only two months left on their current lease, their previous non-negotiables in a new location like the laundry room and parking in the unit are starting to become less mandatory.

“Okay, maybe laundry is like just a block up the road, maybe like there’s parking spaces just somewhere else,” Larson said.

Larson is just one of many people in this area looking for a place to live.

“Right now in Madison the boom is going on,” said Andrew Flad, vice president of Flad Development Construction and Management and Leasing.

The boom in buildings for future tenants who are struggling to find housing.

“The number of cranes that are in the air…And not just Madison, Middleton, DeForest, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, east side, west side, near west, near east,” Flad said. .

Over the past decade, multifamily homes have continued to pop up in Dane County.

Just drive a one-mile stretch in West Madison and you’ll see several new apartment complexes springing up from formerly empty fields.

Here is a breakdown of new construction for any building with two or more units. This includes duplexes, condos, townhouses, and apartments, basically any new housing structure in addition to a single family home in Dane County.

  • In 2011, 721 units were built.
  • Five years later, in 2016, that number rose to 3,168 units.
  • After 10 years, in 2021, a record 5,385 units are being built in Dane County.
  • Preliminary numbers for 2022 are through March… so far, 775 units have been approved by Dane County towns.

“There is a huge influx of people coming to Madison. There is also a huge wave of baby boomers leaving their single-family homes. They are done with snow removal, shoveling, ice and lawn maintenance and looking to downsize,” Flad said.

Developers like Andrew Flad are preparing to house Dane County’s growing population.

“Medical students are coming in droves from all over the country, all over the world. You have places like exact sciences and epic; The university is a huge driver and the need for housing remains very stable,” Flad said.

“How we grow is important,” said Steve Steinhoff, director of the Capital Region Regional Planning Commission Agency.

Steinhoff, whose company coordinates planning and development in towns in Dane County, said the county plans to house 7,000 incoming people a year.

“It takes a long time, as you can see, to build new housing. And, you know, like I said, if we need, you know, like 3,000 homes every year, that’s just a lot to add to keep up and if you don’t keep up, you know, that means more and more and more people compete for fewer and fewer units. And that also drives up the price of rent,” Steinhoff said.

“It will be a community or a city in itself. And I think there will be most amenities. From a large city. said Alterra Design Homes owner Ryan Werth.

On an empty lot in Fitchburg, Werth explains the plan of “The Point” to Terravessa Apartments.

Werth said the 46 units will contribute to the 3,000 people expected to live in the neighborhood by the time the apartments are completed in 2023.

The location is near an already developed single-family neighborhood and a K-6 school.

But they don’t just build apartments, they incorporate commercial spaces and outdoor venues, all within walking distance, creating a sense of community.

“These ads are just going to be used to serve the needs of the neighborhood, mostly lighter ads like a pet supply and we will have a cafe, an ice cream shop and we are also thinking of dry cleaners and things that will really benefit the residents here,” said Shery Yu, developer of The Point at Terravessa business project.

While developers aren’t expanding into less populated areas of the county, they’re expanding into places like downtown Madison and redeveloping old buildings for multi-family housing.

“Like old malls that are turning into, you know, multi-story buildings with housing and stores and a lot of growth like that,” Steinhoff said.

“So where we are now, there were two older office buildings… and it’s similar to the project we’re building down the street next year, two older office buildings. So these are urban infill type projects,” Flad said.

Look at the number of units approved over the past 10 years in the city of Madison alone.

  • In 2011, the City of Madison approved the development of approximately 600 multi-family units in Madison.
  • Five years later, in 2016, that number jumped by around 1,000 units, to around 1,600.
  • After 10 years, in 2021, approximately 2,600 units have been approved for development.
  • In March 2022, the 10 approved projects will develop 2,315 units in the city of Madison.

“We see a lot of building permits on big apartment buildings, you know, it’s just gonna be pretty big, you know, 57 units, I don’t know. Or single-family homes, and not much in between,” Steinhoff said.

“Ideally, we would like to buy a house, but everyone knows the price of houses. So we’re kind of in a waiting period,” tenant Mark Kornacker said.

But Madison newcomer Mark Kornacker didn’t wait to sign his lease on new luxury apartments in Hilldale. He signed before his apartment was even built!

“We came to visit, I believe, in October, when the building was still mostly studs, just to look at the floor plans. But yeah, it was definitely eight to nine months before we even moved in,” Kornacker said.

Larson, on the other hand, doesn’t have 8 or 9 months to find a place to live, he needs something now.

“There is discouragement. At the same time, you know, if you’re trying to put a shiny spin on it, it’s kind of a fun little adventure that could have a really bad ending. Mostly, you know, it’s good. We’re going to find out,” Larson said.

“I don’t see the affordability. You know, it’s much better. I mean, it’s just when you look at the cost of materials and the cost of land and the high demand is you have people moving here from California who would think of buying million dollar homes, you know, like a garage sale, you know? So things like that, it’s those factors that aren’t going to change, I don’t see it,” Steinhoff said.

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Facilities Maintenance Services Market – Major Tech Giants Are Hot Again – Designer Women https://villageunderforest.com/facilities-maintenance-services-market-major-tech-giants-are-hot-again-designer-women/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:22:10 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/facilities-maintenance-services-market-major-tech-giants-are-hot-again-designer-women/ The Facility Maintenance Services Market study by “Marketreports.info” provides details on market dynamics affecting the Facility Maintenance Services market, market scope, market segmentation and overlays on the key players in the market, highlighting the favorable competitive landscape and prevailing trends over the years. Exclusive Facility Maintenance Services Market Research Report provides in-depth analysis of market […]]]>

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One of downtown San Antonio’s historic buildings restored to 1930s glory https://villageunderforest.com/one-of-downtown-san-antonios-historic-buildings-restored-to-1930s-glory/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 21:34:27 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/one-of-downtown-san-antonios-historic-buildings-restored-to-1930s-glory/ After a few months, one of the historic places in downtown San Antonio looks like it did in 1938. Over the weekend, one of the glass windows in the building of the San Antonio Hermann Sons Home Association (HSHA) was reinstalled after undergoing a $12,000 restoration. In March, the window was removed for repairs and […]]]>

After a few months, one of the historic places in downtown San Antonio looks like it did in 1938. Over the weekend, one of the glass windows in the building of the San Antonio Hermann Sons Home Association (HSHA) was reinstalled after undergoing a $12,000 restoration.

In March, the window was removed for repairs and wooden planks were installed in its place. HSHA board chair Lori Todd told MySA that the lower window, which complements the main room designed by Helen Ferne Goolsby Slimp in 1911, was created and installed in 1938. She said the glass window had been hit by birds, rocks and hail over the years. .

A $10,000 grant from the Conservation Society of San Antonio helped the association pay the $12,000 cost for the repair. Hermann Sons was able to pay the difference through donations, mostly collected from patrons of the bar, Todd previously told MySA. The window was transported to the Whitworth Stained Glass factory in New Braunfels for repairs.


Todd shared photos with MySA showing the 84-year-old window returning home on Friday, June 10. Part of the process was hands-on for the HSHA community.

“Board member and building manager Chris Naughton is dedicated to the preservation of the building and he put a lot of effort into the project helping Whitworth rebuild the framing inside the window,” says Todd.

Jaime Martinez, who is also part of the HSHA community, also volunteered his time to reinstall the window.

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Lack of affordable housing threatens economy https://villageunderforest.com/lack-of-affordable-housing-threatens-economy/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 20:09:00 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/lack-of-affordable-housing-threatens-economy/ WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The shortage of affordable housing in Palm Beach County has begun to affect the growth of its economy, to the point that its recent expansion is in jeopardy, speakers said at a summit on housing last week. Some companies interested in relocating their headquarters to Palm Beach County have […]]]>

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The shortage of affordable housing in Palm Beach County has begun to affect the growth of its economy, to the point that its recent expansion is in jeopardy, speakers said at a summit on housing last week.

Some companies interested in relocating their headquarters to Palm Beach County have put plans on hold until the situation improves, said Kelly Smallridge, chief executive of the county’s Economic Development Council, as she was leading a panel discussion Thursday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

One company even explored the possibility of buying an apartment building for its employees, but couldn’t because of the cost, she said.

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Downtown West Palm Beach on April 14, 2021

Smallridge said a few employees quit within days of being hired because they couldn’t find housing to match their salary.

“We offer competitive salaries,” said Clinton Forbes, executive director of Palm Tran, the county’s bus system, “but we struggle to hire and retain employees. People want to live where they work, and it’s hard for our drivers to do that.

The starting salary for bus drivers is $65,000, which is potentially enough to buy a house costing around $200,000 on a 30-year mortgage, according to online calculators.

Only a fraction of new housing in Palm Beach County fits “labour” budgets

Analysts have estimated the county’s affordable housing shortage at tens of thousands of homes, condominiums or apartments. Over the past five years, the county has created about 1,000 residence halls for the workforce, a figure County Commissioner Mack Bernard has said in the past is woefully insufficient.

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“It’s going to take all of us to preserve paradise,” County Administrator Verdenia Baker said, noting that the county’s population has grown from 863,503 in 1990 to more than 1.5 million.

Housing demand has pushed the median cost of homes to more than $600,000, Baker noted, nearly four times what it was in 1990.

Thursday’s summit came as commissioners plan to ask voters to approve a referendum on the $200 million bond in November to build more affordable housing and for the workforce. Bernard, a panelist, said the bond approval will help create more capacity.

“We desperately need this to happen,” he said, noting that as more units are built, prices will come down. Other commissioners questioned whether it was wise to ask for the bond at a time of high inflation and with money coming from unspent past county housing money.

Bernard, who represents Riviera Beach and parts of central Palm Beach County, also acknowledged the county needs to “use current dollars more effectively.”

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Some want to put the $200 million housing bond vote on the ballot

Jack Weir, president of Eastwind Development, another panelist, said the bond issue will provide a dedicated source of funding for developers.

He expects the funds to be used as “gap” financing, which will provide low-interest loans to help pay some of the construction costs for apartments and condominiums. Builders would be required to reserve certain residences at below-market rates.

The county’s Workforce Housing Program aims to create residences that people in essential occupations such as teaching, nursing and public safety can afford.

The rents that can be requested by participating developers are linked to household income: the lower the income, the lower the rent. These rents vary between 60% and 140% of the median family income.

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Rents, for example, for a one-bedroom apartment should be capped at $1,318 for households earning up to $63,280. Rent can be as high as $2,306 for a household earning $110,740.

The county requires new residential developments to set aside a percentage of their units for households with qualified income. In exchange, developers can increase the density of their projects, sometimes doubling what the zoning code allows. Rental limits apply to units between one and four bedrooms.

County guidelines apply to unincorporated areas. Some municipalities have their own guidelines.

Nick Rojo, president of Affiliated Development, noted that any solution will have to come from the local or county level. “We can’t rely on Tallahassee,” he said.

Weir noted that the state legislature often took money from a state housing fund to balance the state budget. Backed by the state’s Republican-led legislature, Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2021 signed a bill to divert half of Florida’s affordable housing trust fund — called the Sadowski fund — to pay for housing systems. remediation and sea level rise projects.

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Weir and Rojo said developers also need to do a better job of confronting the “not in my backyard” argument, aimed at dissuading city, town and village officials from approving denser, higher-density developments. tall as apartment buildings in neighborhoods dominated by single-family homes. .

“We need to make sure that future tenants of these apartment buildings are represented at public hearings,” Weir said, “so that elected officials understand that there are two sides to this situation.”

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Michigan GOP candidate Ryan Kelley indicted for role in Capitol riots https://villageunderforest.com/michigan-gop-candidate-ryan-kelley-indicted-for-role-in-capitol-riots/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 19:47:36 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/michigan-gop-candidate-ryan-kelley-indicted-for-role-in-capitol-riots/ DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Kelley, one of five Republican candidates for governor of Michigan and a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, was charged with misdemeanor charges Thursday for his role in the 2021 post-election riot in Michigan. US Capitol. Kelley, 40, was arrested in western Michigan and is awaiting a court hearing in […]]]>

DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Kelley, one of five Republican candidates for governor of Michigan and a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, was charged with misdemeanor charges Thursday for his role in the 2021 post-election riot in Michigan. US Capitol.

Kelley, 40, was arrested in western Michigan and is awaiting a court hearing in Grand Rapids, FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said.

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His arrest came hours before the House committee investigating the insurgency will hold a much-anticipated public hearing, showing never-before-seen video, audio and evidence highlighting the deadly violence that erupted. on January 6, 2021.

There was no immediate comment from Kelley’s campaign.

It’s unclear why authorities have decided to act against Kelley now. He has long acknowledged that he was in the insurrection although he did not enter the Capitol. But nearly 18 months later, the government is still charging more people.

In a court document, federal investigators filed photos of Kelley in a backwards baseball cap, trying to rally the pro-Trump crowd.

Kelley was videotaped repeatedly waving to the crowd and directing them to the stairs leading to the building, the FBI said.

He used his phone to “film the crowd assaulting and pushing back the United States Capitol police officers” and was in a crowd that climbed the stairs to a Capitol entrance after police backed off , indicates the document.

Kelley, a real estate broker who lives in Allendale Township, is charged with disruptive conduct, trespassing on public property and entering a confined space without permission, according to the criminal complaint.

He is one of more than 800 people facing criminal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot. More than 300 people have pleaded guilty, mostly to offenses punishable by more than a year in prison. Some who pleaded guilty to misdemeanors were sentenced to short stints behind bars while others were sentenced to house arrest or probation.

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In Michigan, Kelley is one of five candidates in the Aug. 2 Republican primary. The winner will face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the fall.

His arrest further disrupts a GOP field that initially had 10 candidates. Five of them, including two favorites, were removed from the ballot because fraudulent signatures submitted by paid petition distributors left them below the 15,000 needed to make it to the ballot.

Kelley declined to participate in a Republican debate last week because organizers of the public policy conference on Mackinac Island demanded proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. He called it a “ridiculous leftist propaganda show”.

After the 2020 election, Kelley spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Lansing, telling a lie that Trump had won the election and the Democrats were trying to steal his victory. In the early months of the pandemic, he staged a protest at the Michigan Capitol, calling on heavily armed militias to gather inside the state house.

He told The Associated Press that the militia members are “law-abiding, legitimate citizens who love this country, and maybe you have a few that are bad apples. The question for you is, are there bad apples in pretty much everything we have when it comes to groups? »

Burnett reported from Chicago. AP reporter Mike Balsamo in Washington, DC, contributed to this report.

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