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The Journal Gazette Citizens of the Year
Former state Rep. Win Moses, as a two-term mayor of Fort Wayne, also knows the importance of a strong local school district. “The public school is the core of the community,” he said. “Along with city services and parks, it's what people look at when …
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Kelly: Change comes slowly at the Port Authority
The Port Authority was created by New York and New Jersey because of the Hudson River. Both states realized decades ago that some sort of agency was needed to make sure that commuters and other travelers could easily get across or under the Hudson …

Community Calendar
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Field 2 on Monday, April 14, 2014 (Robert Moses State Park)

Field 2 on Monday, April 14, 2014 (Robert Moses State Park)

looking south, then east, then west.

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As Congress Anticipates the Delivery of President Obamas Education Reform Agenda, College Students Cant Afford to Wait With Next Months Student Loans Looming

Naples (PRWEB) January 21, 2015

Tuning into last nights historic State of the Union Address, the ears of some 40M Americans holding student loans perked at the promise of government level assistance for the growing challenge of monthly repayment.

With monthly repayments in the hundreds of dollars, the burden is certainly heavy on the minds and budgets of students and graduates, says author Abigail Widynski based on the research for her newly released, Making Money the Millennial Way: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Getting Out of College Debt.

The statistics tell the story of those hopeful for relief: the average student loan weighs in at $ 29,000 and combined with common practice of ten-year terms.

Innate motivation is what propels us into our future, to bettering ourselves through informal and formal education, says Widynski, And its that same motivation that will provide a way out of debt, often looking and sounding like the great American hallmark of entrepreneurship.

Hope and relief cant come soon enough for many of those students and graduates Widynski surveyed.

The financial pressure is immense for the Millennial generation [finding their way into and out of education debt,] says Widynski. Yet, if Ive learned anything from my own debt story and the others included in the book, a little creativity goes a long way!

Released Friday, Widynskis book is already making waves, waves of gratitude from parents of Millennials and college students alike. With chapter titles such as Dreaming On: The Difference Between Living in Debt and Living with Debt and Hard Work orHardly Working, Widynski doesnt shy away from addressing personal responsibility in tandem with intrinsic ingenuity to solve our own problems.

A solutions-driven dialogue with readers, ‘Making Money the Millennial Way’ concludes with twenty-five quick start, low cost business ideas to springboard readers into their own ventures. With her venture capital background and simplicity, Widynski breaks down each idea into three actionable parts: the Idea, Getting Started and the Nitty-Gritty of Pricing & Overhead.

Gleaning real life testimonies for current students and graduates, Widynski knew that the business ideas had to be grounded not only from her experience but what others had tried, including the typical hourly jobs near campuses.

Theres a principal of how to wait actively in life, says Widynski. One of my surveyors learned it while working at an amusement park and dreaming of a better job to make ends meet. For me, it came before starting my company and here it is: Willing Acceptance of Invested Time.

While congress is waiting, college students now wont have to wait for a solution. They now have one in their hands, thanks to ‘Making Money the Millennial Way.’

Abigail Widynski is an out-of-the-box strategist and connector who is excited by the opportunity to talk about growing things and expansion of all shapes and sizes, organizations and people. A finance professional, Abigail is the owner of Sovereign Venture Advisors and founder of the Sovereign Venture Philanthropy Fund. Abigail holds a M.Sc. Management from Imperial College Business School in London and a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. A writer in venture capital outlets, ‘Making Money the Millennial Way’ is Abigails debut book.

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Black lab takes solo bus ride to dog park stop

A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park. So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her Seattle…
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Jurassic World – Official Trailer (HD) The Park Is Open June 12 Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbrea…
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Attorney: Secret Service investigates Park 'N Fly data breach
Attorney: Secret Service investigates Park 'N Fly data breach »Play Video Two parking lots near the Portland International Airport use the Park 'N Fly reservation network. Airpark General Manager, Randall Connelly, said his company's information was …
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Jefferson Park woman dies on plane trip home
A 59-year-old Northwest Side woman died on an airplane on her way home from Florida on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Santa Teresa Robles Morales was pronounced dead on the scene at O'Hare International Airport at 1:24 p.m. Tuesday, according to …
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Single engine plane makes emergency landing in Great Park
The owner/operator of Sunrise Aviation, Michael Church, inspects an Evektor Sport Star single engine under wing two-seater airplane out of John Wayne Airport after an emergency landing on Saturday morning at the Great Park in Irvine. DAVID BRO …
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The 2015 TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAM – Big Boulder Park, PA

The TransWorld SNOWboardinfg TransAM at Big Boulder Park, PA this past weekend set the pace for the remainder of the 2015 tour bringing out over 100 riders on a cold sunny day in the Poconos….

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Stadium contains Clover Park's Rice in 44-33 win
The Tigers beat Clover Park 44-33 Tuesday night, getting to 4-4 on the season. Last season, Stadium won just three games all year. Needless to say, head coach Cal-Jean Lloyd Wagner is elated with the progress her team has made. “For us, it's a great …
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5 things you need to know Tuesday
LeBron James returned to practice with the Cleveland Cavaliers but was non-committal about playing against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at U.S. Airways Center. "I'm a game-time …. TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Parks and Rec and Person of Interest.
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Lifeguard union: Robert Moses State Park may close Field 3 on weekdays

Lifeguard union: Robert Moses State Park may close Field 3 on weekdays
According to a letter obtained by News 12 from the president of the lifeguards' union to its members, the New York State Parks Department may close Field 3 at Robert Moses State Park on weekdays. The union says the move is for money-saving reasons, and …
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Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts, North Miami Beach Sundevils, Suniland
… continue,” said Erik Richards, national recruiting director. Past years recipients include Plantation-American Heritage grad Sony Michel from the University of Georgia, Shane Simmons committed to Penn State University, and Dylan Moses committed to LSU.

In Brazil, A Rivalry Of Christmas Towns
Foreigners haven't discovered Christmas in the Gaucho Mountains of Rio Grande do Sul state yet. Despite the female dancers in red Santa skirts and the colorful, independently designed nutcrackers lining Hortensias Avenue, the entire shebang manages to …
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First-day hike at Caledon State Park has columnist thinking it's time to get

First-day hike at Caledon State Park has columnist thinking it's time to get
If that's the case, I got a good start by joining friends for a refreshing hike at Caledon State Park in King George County on the first day of the year. Now all I need to do is follow it up with similar jaunts for the rest of 2015. I probably wouldn't …

Take a hike: State parks invite visitors Thursday
State park officials are encouraging area residents to get out and celebrate the start of 2015 with a brisk winter hike. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invited people statewide to participate in the First Day Hikes event, set to take …
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Craft & Hobby Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Elmwood Park, NJ (PRWEB) January 05, 2015

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce the CHA 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees. These industry veterans and pioneers have made extraordinary contributions leading to the growth and success of their organizations and the creative arts industry.

The 2015 CHA Hall of Fame inductees include John and Edna Clapper, Clapper Communications; Jane Anne Davis, Blumenthal Lansing; Andrea Grossman, Mrs. Grossman’s Paper Company; Howard Hoffman, MJ Designs, Deco Art, Cardinal Brands & Toner; Vince Naccorato, Wilton; William “Bill Neu, Deco Art; John E. Jack Parker, A.C. Moore; and Tom Yalely, Yalely Enterprises.

We are grateful for all of those who have come before us and whose passion and dedication had a hand in shaping our great industry. The Hall of Fame lets us all take time to honor, remember and thank these individuals for their tireless contributions to our member-driven association, said David Murray, CHA Hall of Fame Committee Chair.

The 2015 CHA Hall of Fame Inductees:

John and Edna Clapper, of Clapper Communications, are visionaries who looked at an empty butter carton and saw a toy truck that turned into a multi-million-dollar publishing company. The “Butter Carton Truck” was one of the crafts featured in a 1951 issue of Pack-O-Fun, a mimeographed pamphlet bound together on a vintage Singer sewing machine. The magazine provided an array of ideas and activities for kids and families and was marketed to Boy Scout den mothers who struggled to make ends meet. Edna and John Clapper turned Clapper Communications Co. in Des Plaines, IL. into a family-owned publishing house that produced five bi-monthly magazines with a circulation totaling 600,000. The company’s mastheads were Pack-O-Fun, Crafts ‘n Things, Painting, The Cross Stitcher, and Bridal Crafts. John and Edna retired from the magazine in 1974 and turned over the operations of the magazine to their son Lyle and his wife, Marie. In the spring of 2006, the Clappers sold their magazine business to Amos Press, Inc., where they are still in publication today.

Jane Anne Davis has had a long and diversified career in the arts & crafts industry.

Prior to her retirement in 2013, she wan an accomplished executive and was Vice President of Sales for Plaid Enterprises for more than 20 years and was Vice President of Craft Sales for Duncan Enterprises; Owner/President of Jane Anne & Co.; and Sr. VP Sales and Marketing Blumenthal Lansing. Ms. Davis has also worked as a retail buyer, importer and sales representative. Since 1996, Ms. Davis has been involved in the HIA and CHA as a committee member, task force leader, member of the Governance Committee; Chairperson for the Member Linkage Committee; and Board of Director member, including Secretary for the Board. As an involved member of the association, Ms. Davis had the unique opportunity to not only represent her employers interest, but gain insight into and help monitor the association’s programs and services in keeping with its mission to “facilitate the sales growth of the craft and hobby industry.”

Andrea Grossman, founder of Mrs. Grossmans Paper Company, designed her first decorative sticker more than 35 years ago from her kitchen table and she had no idea her name would become legendary for launching an industry category based on such a simple product. Synonymous with the highest quality, cutting-edge design, vibrant, clean colors, and extraordinary, almost legendary variety, Mrs. Grossmans stickers are recognized all over the world. Today, Mrs. Grossmans operates out of a contemporary green 50,000 square ft. building with its own printing plant and offers the only sticker factory tour in the world. The company has donated more than 20 million stickers to children in hospitals all over the world.

Howard Hoffman has had a long and distinguished career in the industry as an association leader, salesman, and proponent of creativity. Mr. Hoffman started in the craft industry with CJ Bates and Co., a manufacturer of knitting needles and crochet hooks. As the National Sales Manager for Western Trimming, he quickly joined the company and worked with Mr. Dupey for 35 years, identifying many new trends and opportunities in the industry. Also during this time, Mr. Hoffman was President of HIA for two years and served on the HIA Board for 8 years. In 1999, he earned the prestigious HIA Meritorious Award of Honor from HIA. Before his retirement from the industry, he served as an advisor to many companies, helping to create fun experiences for customers coming into craft stores. Today, Mr. Hoffman is a real estate agent in the DFW area.

Vincent Naccarato started his career with Wilton Enterprises in 1969, then known as Wilton Industries, and purchased Wilton when it was a public company in the mid-1980s. Under his leadership, the business realized exceptional growth through the expansion of product categories, and an undivided focus on the consumer. With the addition of such brands as Copco, Rowoco and Weston Galleries, along with an intense organic expansion of product categories, the niche cake decorating business became a major player within the housewares industry. Every year since the 1970s hundreds of thousands of consumers learned the art & craft of cake decorating and other food crafting through the most successful organized educational program in the craft industry. Millions of consumers have visited craft stores 6-8 times for the Wilton cake decorating classes and were exposed to all of the other wonderful products in the industry.

William “Bill Neu, is one of the founding members of the industrys first craft association, Mid America Craft and Hobby Association (MACHA). At the time, when most people heard the word craft they thought of Kraft cheese. Mr. Neu, along with some other industry reps and Walt Offinger, saw that the industry was poised to grow and needed a structured and organized voice. Several years later ACCI was formed and held small regional trade shows and then a major show in downtown Chicago. Mr. Neus exposure to the craft industry was completely by accident. As a flower shop owner, he developed a line of colored sand art that could be used in terrariums. While exhibiting this product at a floral trade show, several craft reps approached him about selling the product in the craft industry and Mr. Neu has never looked back. Over the span of his career he has consulted for some well-known craft companies and worked for some of the biggest names in the industry including DECO ART and The Testor Corporation. Not one to retire Mr. Neu currently works part-time as a tour guide in Las Vegas.

John E. Jack Parker retired from A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. on December 31, 2006 after a career that spanned 46 years in the retail merchandise industry. In 1984 he co-founded A.C. Moore and was their director and CEO since its inception. Under his leadership, A.C. Moore became an arts and crafts superstore, operating 109 stores with a solid financial performance and a clear focus on operational excellence, customer service and shareholder value. Prior to founding A.C. Moore in 1984, Mr. Parker worked for the F.W. Woolworth Company, a general merchandise retailer, in various management positions, including President and CEO of the United States General Merchandise Group, where he was responsible for more than 1,000 stores, including the entire domestic chain of Woolworth retail stores.

Tom Yaley, Sr., founder and president of Yaley Enterprises, has specialized in the formulation of custom blended waxes for industrial and commercial use for more than 35 years. Yaley Enterprises has roots back to 1937, when Mr. Yaleys great grandfather founded Paragon Wax Refining Company. Paragon manufactured 50+ kinds of wax for everything from conditioning skis to creating automobile tires. In the late 1960s, “flower children” began visiting Paragon’s San

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