first_imgYESTERYEAR-NORTH MAIN STREETSoon after the Civil War, the area on Evansville’s near north side began to develop rapidly, with a rich blend of residential and commercial properties, schools, and churches. For decades, Main Street, the city’s primary business hub, stretched directly from the riverfront to Garvin Park. This view of the west side of the 400 block of North Main was photographed in the 1950s. On the corner is the Gem Furniture building, originally the home of Walsh Baking Company. By 2002, the first two buildings were demolished, and the space is now Turoni’s parking lot.Grein BuildingBuilt between 1887 and 1889, the Grein Building was located at Second and Sycamore streets. The mammoth structure covered a quarter of a city block and was originally named the Business Men’s Association Building, reflecting the city’s rising prosperity around the turn-of-the-century. Down the block on Sycamore, the imposing Vendome Hotel opened a year later, and positioned between them was the new Grand Theater. The urban renewal movement claimed all three buildings by 1972; a parking garage has since replaced the old Grein Building.FOOTNOTE: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at are asking our readers to “like page” on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do so, as well?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel Council should spend $16 million dollars to renovate North Main area?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgFuneral services were held Jan. 16 for Mary Anne Ferri Pisa, 79. She died Jan. 11 at her home. Born in Jersey City, the daughter of the late Lorraine and Harold McNally, she lived in Secaucus the last 15 years. She worked as a sales rep for A-Plus, Bayonne. She was the wife of the late John Ferri and the late Joseph Pisa; mother of John Ferri and the late Thomas Ferri and Joseph Pisa; grandmother of Anthony, John Paul and Christine Ferri; great-grandmother of John Julian; sister of Patricia Petrozelli and the late Clara and Claire McNally.Services arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.last_img read more


first_imgOFFICER BUCKLE AND GLORIA — Officer Mark at Lincoln Community School reads the story “Officer Buckle and Gloria” to Ms. Leahey’s students. The students were able to ask Officer Mark different questions and rules about being a Police Officer for the Bayonne Police Department. ×last_img

Sourdough show

first_imgMetfield Bakery uses meat reared on owner Stuart Oetzmann’s own farm to make its lauded pork pies – with the pigs also performing the dual role of handy waste disposal unit, gobbling up the bakery’s leftover bread and vegetables. If mud, pig-like sanitary conditions and hungry, whiffy creatures are your thing too, you could join the 85,000 revellers at this summer’s Download rock festival, or the gargantuan 150,000-capacity Bestival festival on the Isle of White, who will be fed by Metfield’s new travelling bakery.The former wholesale-only bakery will be taking to the road this summer as it branches out into retailing, following successes with markets and online sales. The Dereham-based firm recently designed and commissioned a working mobile organic bakery – a big trailer with a three-deck Mono oven, a spiral mixer, mains pressure hot water and refrigeration – which will also be scooting around local events, horse trials and agricultural shows.The prospect of live bakery theatre has clearly sparked the imagination of event organisers, with Metfield signed up to 20 already. And the projected £100,000 extra sales should easily recoup the branded trailer’s £27,000 price tag within the year. “The fact that we’re probably one of the only people in the country that can pitch up with a mobile organic bakery unlocks plenty of doors for us,” says Oetzmann. “There’s good volume turnover in taking your business to 20,000-200,000 customers on a weekend.”It trialled the concept last year, transporting a generator and the bakery’s own oven to one event – at great cost. The main attraction is the sourdough bread, just three-to-four types of which are baked on the trailer. “Because we have long fermentation times we have more control; we can make it up on a Thursday night and bake it on the Saturday morning,” says Oetzmann.The Norfolk-born ex-chef has a track record of working with big names, including Anthony Worrall Thompson and the Roux Brothers, but is now a-self proclaimed baker. “I’ve converted to being a baker, for sure,” he says. “There are some really good pastry chefs who are passionate about using great ingredients – they’re now discovering bread and making their own personal journeys with it.”Oetzmann’s own journey began in the early 1990s after taking inspiration from 18th-century authors, including Eliza Acton, Hannah Glasse and Elizabeth David. Six years ago, he started his own business with the aim of reviving bygone British baking traditions. He now employs 23 people and turns over £1m.His sourdough starter – a barm, that’s seeded using brewers’ yeast, and fed with rye flour – is used to make 5,000 loaves a week. With sourdough, costs are low and margins high, he insists. “We don’t have to buy in much yeast and we don’t use additives or fats to achieve the kind of textures that bakers years ago would have achieved anyway.” Apart from bread, Metfield makes a series of traditional English tarts, cakes and puddings, including Eccles cakes and the hugely popular – if not entirely lardy – Lardy cake, made with 50% butter. nlast_img read more

Starbucks profits improve as it eyes a rebrand

first_imgStarbucks Corporation has announced strong third quarter results for the period ended June 28, 2009, and has exceeded its cost saving target the period.Despite a fall in net revenue from $2.6bn in Q3 of 2008 to $2.4bn in 2009, the firm said the success of its consumer facing initiatives and changes to its cost structure have resulted in improvement in comparable store sales – 2009 has seen a sales decline of 5% in Q3 compared to 8% in Q2.Third quarter operating profit stood at $204m, compared to an operating loss of $21.6m in Q3 2008.The coffee chain achieved cost savings of around $175m, exceeding its Q3 target of $150m, which amounts to approximately $370m cost savings for the year-to-date.Troy Alstead, executive vice president and chief financial officer said its store partners had “embraced the cost disciplines and efficiency initiatives”. The chain has also been trying to boost sales by experimenting with an unbranded outlet. One former Starbucks branded outlet in Seattle has been rebranded and will open as 15th Ave. Coffee and Tea on Friday 24 July.“This coffeehouse is a Starbucks, albeit a different one than our customers are accustomed to,” explained a spokesperson for the firm. It will serve Starbucks coffee and share the same missions and values as Starbucks but delivered in a totally different way, she added. The new outlet will also serve beer and wine, and there are plans to open a further two outlets of this type.The spokesperson added that the trial is “very specific to Seattle” and there are currently no plans to roll it out in the UK.last_img read more

Indiana top state in nation for adoption

first_img WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Child Services) Indiana is the top state in the nation when it comes to the number of children adopted from foster care.In fiscal year 2019, 2,489 Hoosier children were adopted through the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS).Governor Eric Holcomb and Families Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson made the announcement Thursday, during which Johnson awarded Indiana an adoption and legal guardianship incentive award of more than $4.7-million. The funding can be used to enhance the state’s child welfare system.Earlier this year, Governor Holcomb announced the creation of the first adoption unit within DCS, which brings additional staff into each region with the goal of finding permanent homes for children when parent rights have been terminated.DCS has also more than doubled the number of adoption consultants in Indiana from seven to 19.The department is currently in the process of rolling out the Adoption Rapid Permanency Review statewide, which promotes systemic change within the child welfare system. Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Sept. 22-25Next article“South Bend Town” song to raise funds for Venues Parks & Arts Brooklyne Beatty Facebook Twitter TAGSadoptionawarddcsdepartment of child servicesFamilies Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnsongovernor eric holcombIndiana Pinterest Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – September 18, 2020 0 357 center_img Indiana top state in nation for adoption Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+last_img read more

Farm Africa ramps up scheme to help Kenya’s young farmers

first_imgA project that helps young adults in western Kenya set up agricultural enterprises has secured UK Aid Match – which means the UK government will match any donations made to the project.The Growing Futures scheme has been created by charity Farm Africa to give young people the knowledge and skills to grow their businesses and income through farming. Kenya has the highest level of youth unemployment in eastern Africa.Growing Futures is focused on developing horticultural expertise and building farmers’ links to profitable markets.To date, Farm Africa has provided agriculture, business and marketing training to help 2,300 young men and women living in western Kenya grow and sell more. Currently, 400 young Kenyan farmers are learning foundation skills and techniques to build a sustainable horticultural business.The farmers have also had training in financial management and writing business plans, giving them the springboard they need to borrow the capital required to grow and run their businesses. The current group’s first vegetables have been sold, achieving profit margins of 62% for cabbages and 50% for French beans.Over the next two years, the farmers will receive further training and support in finding buyers, business development skills, post-harvest handling and good warehouse practices.The project is also helping the farmers gain Global GAP certification, which they need to be able to export their vegetables. Exports are typically more lucrative than domestic markets.“With our inclusive market engagement focus, we work with young people in rural Kitale by developing the horticultural and business skills they need to set up successful, profitable horticultural enterprises,” said Farm Africa project coordinator Mary Nyale.Farm Africa is aiming to ramp up Growing Futures through UK donations. Between 14 October 2017 and 14 January 2018 all donations to the appeal will be doubled by the UK government through the Aid Match scheme. The charity is supported by William Reed Business Media.Donations can be made online at study: Joseph KaundaOne of the farmers taking part in the project is Joseph Kaunda, who has already used the income generated to invest in growing his business.“The Growing Futures project trained me on how to improve productivity and now I am able to grow different grades of vegetables for different buyers,” he said. “This has been very beneficial. Through the sale of cabbages, I was able to buy a water pump and I am currently running my own vegetable production as a separate entrepreneur from the group.”When Kaunda joined Growing Futures he was already growing cabbages. Farm Africa help him and his wife Micah improve productivity through proper crop management.Before Kaunda started working with Farm Africa he struggled to find buyers for his produce, leaving his produce to go rotten. When he did find a buyer, they often offered him a very low price.“When things rot I get very discouraged,” he said. “You spend a lot of money buying seedlings and tilling the farm, and you do the calculations on how much money you will make. When you do not do well it takes a while to get the capital to start again.”Since Kaunda started working with Farm Africa he has seen a 65% increase in yields and profit.“If I improve my farming I will buy a truck so I can get my products to the market and I can also take other farmers produce for sale”, he said.last_img read more

Israeli Livetronica Act, G-Nome Project, To Hit Chicago During Its Triumphant Return To The U.S.

first_imgShow Info:Bands:    G-Nome ProjectVenue:    Tonic Room – 2447 N. Halsted Street – Chicago, IL 60614Date:       Thursday – November 9th, 2017Time:      Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets:  $15adv / $20dos (Purchase tickets here) Israeli livetronica act G-Nome Project—composed of keyboardist Eyal Salomon, guitarist Shlomo Langer, bassist Zechariah Reich, and drummer Chemy Soibelman—has taken their local scene by storm, selling out venues in their hometown, all the way to Tel Aviv with their brand of electro-funk. However, the G-Nome Project does not always get the chance to make it stateside, so when they do, it’s always a treat. This fall, the group is embarking on a tour across the United States, with thirteen dates currently laid out. During this upcoming fall tour, the group will its triumphant return to Chicago, with a special performance at the Tonic Room on Thursday, November 9th. (Purchase tickets here).In an interview with L4LM earlier this year, Salomon describes the burgeoning Israeli music scene and the inherently American roots of jam music: “The Israeli music scene has actually been on an upswing. The indie scene has produced some great bands recently. Trance is huge here. So is Jazz and Pop. Here in Jerusalem, the city sponsors multiple huge pop-up street concerts each month. But that is usually all very mainstream music. I think there’s something inherently American about the jam scene. It’s not only lacking in Israel; it’s pretty much lacking everywhere in the world outside of America (and Canada). This was one of the things that inspired us to create G-Nome.” You can take a listen to the full audio of G-Nome Project’s performance at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont, on September 1st, 2015, to get a taste of the magic that’ll be going down in Chicago early next month. Tickets for G-Nome Project’s show at Tonic Room on Thursday, Nov. 7th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.last_img read more

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Tour Rolls On At Chattanooga’s Walker Theatre [Photos]

first_imgLast night, Chris Robinson Brotherhood made a stop at Chattanooga, TN’s Walker Theatre for a rocking two-set performance. While promoting Barefoot In The Head, the band’s sixth full-length record that is due out in 2019, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on their way toward completing 200 shows across the U.S. and Europe this year for the fourth year in a row.Chris Robinson Brotherhood opened the first set with “Jump In The Turnstile”, as they continued to work through fan-favorites and originals with “Someday Past The Sunset”, “High Is Not The Top”, and “Tulsa Yesterday”.  Next, the band rocked a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”, before closing the first set with “Hello L.A.”.Following a brief set break, CRB opened the second set up with “Rosalee”, continuing with “Rare Birds”, “Wheel Don’t Roll”, and “She Shares My Blanket”. Following some soul-clad renditions of “Venus In Chrome” and “Behold The Steer”, Chris Robinson Brotherhood brought the second set to a close with“Shore Power”. “Wasted Days & Wasted Nights” served at the evening’s encore.Recently, CRB  announced the forthcoming release of Betty’s Midwestern Magick Blends, due out November 16th via Silver Arrow Records. Produced by the longstanding Grateful Dead sound engineer, Betty Cantor-Jackson, Betty’s Midwestern Magick Blends is the fourth volume from the series, featuring highlights from three shows in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago in October 2016.For more information on upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates, or to grab tickets, head over to the band’s website.Below, you can view a gallery of photos from last night’s Chattanooga, TN show via photographer Christian Stewart.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Walker Theatre | Chattanooga, TN | 10/18/2018Set One: Jump The Turnstile, Someday Past The Sunset, High Is Not The Top, Tulsa Yesterday, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, Beware, Oh Take Care, Blue Sky Sky, Hello L.A.Set Two: Rosalee, Rare Birds, Wheel Don’t Roll, She Shares My Blanket, Hark, The Herald Hermit Speaks, Venus In Chrome, Behold The Seer, Shore PowerEncore: Wasted Days & Wasted NightsChris Robinson Brotherhood Upcoming Tour Dates:October 19 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & LindsleyOctober 20 – Atlanta, GA – Variety PlayhouseOctober 21 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music HallOctober 23 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelOctober 25 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln TheatreOctober 26 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln TheatreOctober 27 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVaOctober 28 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood TheatreOctober 30 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music HallOctober 31 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s TheatreNovember 2 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallNovember 3 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallNovember 4 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn SteelNovember 6 – Portland, ME – Port City Music HallNovember 8 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreNovember 9 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubNovember 10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubNovember 11 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert HallNovember 13 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon ClubNovember 15 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall HartfordNovember 16 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity HallNovember 17 – Buffalo, NY – Town BallroomNovember 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s HallView All Tour DatesChris Robinson Brotherhood | Walker Theatre | Chattanooga, TN | 10/18/2018 | Photos: Christian Stewart Photo: Christian Stewart Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Legacies of leadership

first_imgDorchester native Bria Dubose was just 14 when she began working at Harvard as a junior counselor at the Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA) Franklin Hill/Franklin Field Camp.Dubose recalled that she had just entered her freshman year of high school when she accepted the junior counselor position at the day camp, which is part of the PBHA Summer Urban Program. “I had no idea about PBHA, and never would have thought that I could have the chance to be part of Harvard,” she said. “It changed my perspective completely.”That transformative opportunity repeated itself as Dubose returned to the camps in successive summers, working her way from junior to senior counselor. The 12 camps, held at sites across Boston and Cambridge, are run by more than 150 high school and college students. This year, the Summer Urban Program served more than 800 area campers, ages 6 to 13.Now a sophomore at Lesley University, Dubose served as one of the directors for PBHA’s Leaders! program this summer. The program strives to empower the almost 100 low-income Boston and Cambridge youth between 15 and 18 years old who are employed by the camps as junior counselors to serve children and young teens in their own communities.Counselors receive full-time teaching and mentoring for the camps’ 10-week program. In addition, they receive full access to the University, including its libraries; mentoring; and leadership development during the school year — as well as paychecks.“It’s not a job that you can just walk into,” Dubose said, but “the training they give us has definite real-life applications. In fact, during my freshman year of college, I took a class that was introducing concepts I learned and experienced through PBHA when I was 14 years old. This place can easily put you ahead of the curve.”A junior at Boston University, Jorge Santana first learned of PBHA when he became a Mission Hill camper at age 13.Like Dubose, Santana worked as a junior counselor throughout high school before becoming a senior counselor. For the past two years, he has been directing the Mission Hill Summer Program, which serves the lower-income community there.In addition, as the organization’s assessment and evaluation coordinator, Santana has the distinction of being the first person elected a member of PBHA’s officer team who does not attend Harvard. The association’s history at Harvard dates back to 1904.Before learning about PBHA’s summer camps, “I would just stay home in the summer and watch TV,” Santana said. “I didn’t gain anything from that.”That changed with camp. While fun is encouraged through afternoon field trips in and around Boston, mornings are dedicated to stimulating intellectual challenges and academic achievement.Each week, campers must complete two hours of math and two hours of literacy for their respective grade levels. Beyond that, junior counselors are encouraged to build curricula around the fields and subjects they are passionate about — whether that’s an introduction to the United Nations, music theory, or learning how to cook.“PBHA’s Summer Urban Program creates opportunities for all those involved,” said Maria Dominguez Gray, executive director of PBHA. “Campers and families benefit from enriching programming and a community deeply invested in children’s academic and socio-emotional success. The teens are engaged in meaningful employment that offers needed job- and life-skills development and fosters the belief in self and one’s future so critical to positive choices moving forward.“The college students who direct and teach in this program learn so much about themselves, about leadership, effective education, program development, and the challenges facing urban communities, learning that extends far beyond their classrooms.”One of the successes of the program, Santana said, was its approach of viewing the city of Boston as a classroom without walls. By working closely with various organizations, exposing students to new neighborhoods and environments, the program could help to reduce tensions between neighborhoods, and the violence that can erupt as a result.“I grew up with that tension and understood what it meant,” Santana said. “You weren’t supposed to walk through certain neighborhoods, and people from other neighborhoods weren’t supposed to walk through yours. But collaborating with various organizations throughout the city exposes kids to different areas and lowers that tension. Hopefully, that will help reduce that kind of violence as well.”For Santana and Dubose, being involved in the summer program didn’t just provide them with experience that will help them through college and what lies beyond. It also had a profound impact on their desire to give back to their communities.“When I run into girls whom I worked with several summers ago, they have all these memories about things I taught them,” Dubose said. “I’ll have forgotten, of course, but they remember. To know you’ve impacted the life of a young person in that way, and to see it again and again, year by year, is very powerful.”last_img read more