Washington CountyWaterbury Fire Department 43 South Main StreetWaterbury, VT 05676Windsor CountyOkemo Market Place(Between Cool Moose & Dark Side Snowboard Shop)57 Pond Street, Suite #4Ludlow, VT 05149Rutland CountyRutland Heart Center1 Commons StreetRutland, VT 05701The DRC hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For the DRC nearest to your location: (LINK) *Beginning Friday, Oct 7th, the hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sundays; Closed Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day.MOBILE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER TRAVELING THROUGH ADDISON AND WINDSOR COUNTIES: The mobile vehicle will provide the phone and computer connectivity for a recovery center. These centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance programs.Addison CountyHancock Town Hall1097 Rt. 100, Hancock 05748Opening noon ‘ 6 p.m., Mon, Oct. 38 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 48 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5Windsor CountySouth Royalton Journey Church412 S. Windsor St., S Royalton 05068Opening noon ‘ 6 p.m., Thurs, Oct. 68 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 78 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 The FEMA registration deadline for disaster assistance for individuals and families, called Individual Assistance, is October 31, 2011. This may include housing repair grants or temporary rental assistance as well as reimbursement for personal property losses. The designated counties eligible for Individual Assistance are: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Lamoille, Franklin, Orleans and Windsor.Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external), by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The only way to be eligible for FEMA assistance is to register with FEMA.Cities and towns must submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPA), which provide reimbursement to repair public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, by October 17, 2011. The RPA form may be found at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2690(link is external) and be submitted to Alec Partalupi at 802-828-3889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). All counties in Vermont are eligible for Public Assistance.RECOVERY UPDATE AS OF: CLOSE OF BUSINESS OCTOBER 2, 2011Total Individual Assistance (IA) Total Registrations: 5,999Total Individual & Households Program Dollars Approved: $16,399,865Total Small Business Association (SBA) Loan Amounts Approved: $5,936,700Current Deadline for SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan: June 1, 2012DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW· Disaster Unemployment : Available to those whose jobs were permanently or temporarily lost due to the disaster, including those who are self-employed. Anyone who lost work and lived, worked, or was scheduled to work in a county that has received a federal disaster designation may apply for benefits by calling the Vermont Department of Labor’s Claim Assistance Line at 1-877-214-3330. The filing deadline for assistance is October 7, 2011.· Legal Services: Those facing legal issues due to Tropical Storm Irene may call (800) 889-2047 for free legal advice. Those who qualify for assistance will be matched with Vermont lawyers volunteering their time. Legal assistance may include help with insurance claims, home repair contracts and contractors, replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster and counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems and landlord/tenant problems.· Insurance Information: For questions regarding insurance matters, contact the Consumer Services Division at the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration at 800-964-1784 in state or 802-828-3302.· Making Recovery Affordable: The U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest loan program was designed by Congress to enable those affected by unforeseen catastrophic events to recover with as little adverse impact as possible, whether they are renters, homeowners, businesses or non-profit organizations. Congress has given SBA powerful tools to make disaster loans affordable with low interest rates, repayment terms as long as 30 years, and, under very specific circumstances, refinancing of prior liens. To ensure that disaster recovery is affordable for each borrower, SBA analyzes the borrower’s monthly budget, determines an affordable monthly payment, then writes the loan for the number of years needed. This is unlike conventional lenders, which generally set the maturity first and then calculate the payment. If you are referred to SBA after you register with FEMA, you should fill out the paperwork to see whether the SBA can offer you a loan. If you do not fill out an SBA packet it may close the door to other FEMA grants. For more information, call 800-659-2955 or (800-877-8339) for people with speech or hearing disabilities). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).· Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The SBA offers these loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations. Economic Injury Disaster Loans are intended to help meet working capital needs if you’ve lost business income because of the disaster. The loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.· Renters and Homeowners: may receive grants to replace lost property or if they were displaced from their homes, they may be eligible for funds to help them with temporary rental assistance. These funds are for a limited period until the renter’s previous home is habitable or another permanent rental is found. · Housing Hotline: The state and FEMA have established a toll-free number and a fax number to receive calls from anyone who has housing available to rent or wishes to offer housing at no cost for Vermonters displaced by the flood. The toll-free # is 866-330-5286 and fax # is 540-686-4467.· Flooded Basements: Homeowners who had basement flooding from Tropical Storm Irene are encouraged to register with FEMA because they may be eligible for grants to cover uninsured damage. In situations where families do not use their basements as an essential living space, the agency’s ability to assist may be limited. However, residents may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from SBA to cover what FEMA cannot. (Read More)· National Flood Insurance Program: State and federal officials are encouraging Vermont residents to sign up for federally-backed flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance Program offers federally-backed flood insurance to property owners and renters in communities that participate in the program.Ã Vermont communities that have been ‘sanctioned,’ that is, they have not followed the guidelines of NFIP or have been identified as having a floodplain hazard but have not signed up, have until March 31, 2012 to file a ‘resolution of intent’ to join. Until the resolution is submitted, residents in these sanctioned communities may not be eligible for some FEMA assistance. Communities wishing to sign up can contact the Rivers Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation at: 802-241-1554 (Read More)LOCAL DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERSApplicants are not required to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The DRC is staffed by FEMA, SBA, and other federal and nonprofit agencies. Locations of current Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are: *Notates DRC closingsWindham CountyNelson Withington Skating Rink61 Memorial Park DriveBrattleboro, VT 05301*Closing Oct 4, Tues @ 6pmWindsor CountyThe Rock Church473 Woodstock RoadWoodstock, VT 05091*Closing Oct 4, Tues @ 6pmRutland CountyU.S. Post Office (Upstairs)2046 Route 4Killington, VT 05751*Closing Oct 5, Wed @ 6pmWashington CountyNorthfield Library (Community Room)83 South Main StreetNorthfield, VT 05663*Closing Oct 5, Wed @ 6pmWindsor CountyHartford Fire Department2nd Floor Training Room812 VA Cutoff RoadWhite River Junction, VT 05001*Closing Oct 6, Thurs @ 6pmBennington CountyBennington Fire Department130 River StreetBennington, VT 05201*Closing Oct 6, Thurs @ 6pmWindham CountyDover Town Hall120 Taft Brook RoadDover, VT 05341Caledonia CountyMunicipal Office Building119 Park AvenueLyndonville, VT 05851 Go to 511VT.com every morning and map out road conditions for the trip you will be taking.PRIVATE SECTOR TIP OF THE WEEKThe American Red Cross Ready Rating System helps you analyze your business’ disaster preparednesswww.readyrating.org/Businesses.aspx(link is external) This E-News Update is created by FEMA’s Private Sector Division. It includes information on Federal and State resources available to help Vermont business owners and employees recover from the floods caused by Tropical Storm Irene. We welcome your comments, questions, helpful feedback, heroic stories and suggested topics. Please send emails to Kysa.George@dhs.gov(link sends e-mail) or Leslie.Moore@dhs.gov(link sends e-mail). You can also call the Private Sector Desk: 802-951-2849. See the last section for subscribe/un-subscribe instructions.
U.S. Senators Rob Portman, co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Task Force member Sherrod Brown, sent a letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Corps requesting funding for a Great Lakes coastal resiliency study in the President’s FY 2019 budget request.Great Lakes Task Force co-Chair Debbie Stabenow, Vice Chair Amy Klobuchar and members Tammy Baldwin, Dick Durbin, Bob Casey, Tammy Duckworth, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Tina Smith, and Gary Peters also signed the letter.“The Great Lakes coastline faces numerous threats, such as lake level fluctuations, erosion, flooding, nutrient runoff, and aging infrastructure. It is important to ensure that the Great Lakes’ 5,200-mile coastline is protected, as 4.2 million people live within two miles of a Great Lakes coastline. The coastline is also imperative to a robust economy and tourism industry in the Great Lakes, as it includes 60 commercial harbors moving over 123 million tons of cargo annually,” wrote the Senators.“We appreciate the Corps’ consultation with the Great Lakes states in proposing this study, as we fully intend for this study to be used to implement projects that will result in a more resilient coastline throughout the Great Lakes and a more strategic expenditure of state and federal funds.”“The Great Lakes Commission knows that only by working together can the states, the federal government and local communities best protect our 5,200-mile coastline. That’s why a comprehensive Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study, developed alongside the states, is necessary,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the Great Lakes Commission and Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.A PDF of the letter can be found here.
Wexford will be without manager Davy Fitzgerald for the first two rounds of the Leinster Championship, after confirming they won’t appeal his 8-week ban.The Wexford board have, however, described the punishment as “harsh”, and that they could have seen it lessened on appeal.Wexford say the decision to accept the ban is done in the broader interests of hurling. Fitzgerald will miss the county’s Leinster quarter final against a round robin qualifier, and a potential semi final with Kilkenny.Meanwhile Tipperary manager Michael Ryan says Jason Forde did nothing to warrant a two-game suspension for his part in the incident.Forde clashed with Fitzgerald as the Wexford boss was leaving the field.The ban was proposed after video footage was reviewed, but the Tipperary county board have requested a date with the Central Hearings Committee on the issue.If the ban stands, Forde will miss his side’s championship opener against Cork next month and the resulting Munster semi-final or All-Ireland qualifier.
Story Links MALIBU, Calif. – Drake men’s tennis Vinny Gillespie continued action at the Oracle ITA Masters on Friday. Mixed Doubles Draw Consolation Draw Gillespie began his day completing in the mixed doubles draw with Wichita State’s Gabriela Porubin. The duo opened the draw with a win Winthrop’s Lauren Procter and North Florida’s Jack Findel-Hawkins, 6-4, but fell to the No. 1 seed Lee/Rinderknech (MSU//A&M), 6-2, in the second round. Gillespie closed out his day with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over UC Davis’ Alec Adamson to advance to the quarterfinals of the consolation draw. Gillespie will square off against Baylor’s Max Tchoutkian on Saturday in the quarterfinal of the consolation draw. Print Friendly Version
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The end of year season of MerakiTV is set to air on Monday. Producers and crew have their sights set on building on last year’s success, with the show having won two multicultural media awards.“This season will see us building even more on our previous seasons,” executive producer Ana Sevo told Neos Kosmos. “In amongst the music, gossip, community and current affairs we’ve extended the Kids Corner segment hosted and driven by an adorable group of youngsters who are relishing being on TV.”Connecting with families and children has been one of the key elements of the show in recent years, and this season will see the launch of the Greek School Christmas Competition.It is open to all primary school aged children enrolled in Greek school, and commences with a colouring competition for Year 1 students. Each year level will have a different category and theme to adhere to, with entries open until 24 November.The essence of any community program is usually its ability to connect with the audience, and MerakiTV has had a positive response so far. The program includes Glitz and Goss with Stavroula, the latest tunes and tours with renowned Greek DJ Krazy Kon, and there is no shortage of delicious moments with Helen Demetriou in the kitchen.Aside from their audience’s engagement, Ms Sevo attributes a big part of their success in such a short period to the generosity of their sponsors. “We are fortunate that a number of wonderful sponsors have come on board to help us grow, such as Tims and Eremea Multicultural Home Care Services,” she said. “Their support means we can remain a program dedicated to the Greek community, sharing stories that come from our community,” a sentiment echoes by one of the show’s biggest supporters, George Fokas. “It is about the community; let’s all work together as a Greek community, and help each other,” he said.MerakiTV airs on Aurora Channel 173 Foxtel every Monday at 7.00 pm. For those who cannot access the show on cable, replays can be found on YouTube. For more information on MerakiTV or the School Christmas Competition, visit meraki.tv/