Partial reopening planned, effective May 11.Statewide stay healthy at home order is in effect starting March 26. Gov. Andy Beshear announced that starting May 11, manufacturing, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, professional services, horse racing, pet grooming and boarding will reopen. Retail and houses of worship will also reopen as of May 20. Barbershops, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services with no more than 10 people will reopen on May 25.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen order LouisianaGovernor: John Bel Edwards (D) IllinoisGovernor: J.B. Pritzker (D) Shelter in place, effective April 3 till April 30.Partial reopening went into effect April 24.A statewide shelter-in-place order is set to expire April 30. On April 23, Gov. Brian Kemp issued a new executive order to allow some businesses to reopen. Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools and massage therapists reopened April 24. Restaurants, social clubs and movie theaters will be allowed to reopen April 27. In-person church services are allowed but in accordance with strict social distance protocol.See shelter-in-place order | See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective 5 p.m. March 30 until 5 p.m. May 8.See stay-at-home order ArizonaGovernor: Doug Ducey (R) Stay at home, effective until May 15.See stay-at-home order Partial reopening went into effect April 27.A statewide stay-at-home order expired April 26, Gov. Jared Polis asked Colorado to transition to a Safer at Home model. Retail stores will be allowed to open for curbside delivery and will be allowed to phase in public openings. Offices will also reopen to half capacity, with telecommuting still strongly encouraged. Elective medical services and dentists, child care, and personal services such as hair salons, tattoo parlors, pet grooming and personal training will be able to open with precautions. Restaurants will remain restricted to takeout and delivery.See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective 11:59 p.m. March 31 until April 30.Partial reopening went into effect on April 27.Statewide stay-at-home order is in effect through April 30, Gov. Bill Lee announced plans for restaurants to reopen starting April 27, with retail stores to follow. Newly reopened businesses will be under instructions to operate at 50 percent capacity.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement CaliforniaGovernor: Gavin Newsom (D) FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Stay at home, until May 25.Partial reopening planned, effective May 4.See stay-at-home announcement | See partial reopen announcement OregonGovernor: Kate Brown (D) ColoradoGovernor: Jared Polis (D) Stay at home, effective April 2 until April 30.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Statewide stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls reopening May 1 — no more than 25 percent occupancy. Sole proprietorships, medical and dental offices can reopen. Outdoor sports with up to four people participating are allowed. Churches can expand in-person capacity.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement Stay at home, effective March 23 until terminated by the governor.See stay-at-home order Rhode IslandGovernor: Gina Raimondo (D) North CarolinaGovernor: Roy Cooper (D) No statewide stay-at-home order issued.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Gov. Gary R. Herbert did not issue a formal lockdown order but announced a statewide order of “moderate risk” effective 12:01 a.m., May 1. This allows permitted establishments to resume, including gyms, salons and other personal care businesses under strict guidelines. Dine-in businesses may also resume with extreme precautions.See partial reopen order FloridaGovernor: Ron DeSantis (R) Stay at home, effective 12:01 a.m. April 6 until May 3.Partial reopening planned, effective May 4.The statewide restrictions on social gatherings will be eliminated and every business can reopen under Gov. Mike Parson’s plan. All businesses can reopen on May 4 as long as social distancing guidelines, such as keeping 6-foot distance from other people, are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions to protect their employees and the public, such as occupancy limits at retail locations.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective 8 a.m. March 24 until May 15.See stay-at-home order Partial reopening went into effect April 27.Statewide stay-at-home order expired April 24. Main street and retail businesses, outdoor recreation and organized youth activities can reopen April 27 with strict physical distancing. Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos can become operational May 4 with reduced capacity. Schools closed until May 7, option to return at discretion of local school boards.See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective 12:01 a.m. April 1 until May 15.See stay-at-home order Partial reopening went into effect at 8 a.m. April 24.Gov. Mike Dunleavy allowed personal services businesses and restaurants in most parts of Alaska to reopen April 24, but with restrictions. Hair salons can only admit customers by reservation. Restaurants will have to keep distances between tables and can’t exceed 25 percent of their normal capacity. Dunleavy has said that Alaskans can again schedule elective surgeries for on or after May 4 and visit their doctors for nonurgent needs. The city of Anchorage is delaying the new rules until April 27.See reopen announcement Stay at home, effective 12:01 a.m. April 2 until May 31.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Gov. Janet Mills extends stay-at-home order in the form of a new “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order until May 31. The new Order will continue to have Maine residents stay at home with limited exceptions for already permitted activities, such as grocery shopping or exercising. Stage 1 continues the prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the quarantine of all people entering or returning to Maine for a period of 14 days, and the special precautions for older Mainers and others at risk of COVID-19. It calls for people who are able to work from home to continue to do so, including state employees. It will also require that people of Maine wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and continue strict requirements for long-term care facilities.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement Stay at home, effective 5 p.m. March 23 until May 15.See stay-at-home order No statewide stay-at-home order issued. ConnecticutGovernor: Ned Lamont (D) Stay at home, effective 8 p.m. April 1 until May 8.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Gov. Tom Wolf announced that some restrictions will be lifted on businesses related to certain outdoor activities. Golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide May 1. State campgrounds cannot reopen until May 15.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement MassachusettsGovernor: Charlie Baker (R) IowaGovernor: Kim Reynolds (R) AlaskaGovernor: Mike Dunleavy (R) WisconsinGovernor: Tony Evers (D) GeorgiaGovernor: Brian Kemp (R) KentuckyGovernor: Andy Beshear (D) Stay at home, effective March 23 until May 4.See stay-at-home order New JerseyGovernor: Phil Murphy (D) South DakotaGovernor: Kristi Noem (R) IndianaGovernor: Eric Holcomb (R) IdahoGovernor: Brad Little (R) Stay at home, effective 4:00 p.m. March 28 until May 8.See stay-at-home order WashingtonGovernor: Jay Inslee (D) Stay at home, effective 11:59 p.m. March 24 until May 1.See stay-at-home order MontanaGovernor: Steve Bullock (D) MichiganGovernor: Gretchen Whitmer (D) Stay at home, effective 12:01 a.m. March 24 until May 15.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends stay-at-home order through May 15 and relaxes restrictions so some businesses can reopen. Retailers that do not sell necessary supplies may reopen for curbside pickup and for delivery. Big box stores can reopen “closed areas,” like garden centers. And bike repair and maintenance can come back online.See stay-at-home order Stay at home, effective 11:59 p.m. March 27 until May 18.Partial reopening planned, effective May 4.Gov. Tim Walz extended the statewide stay-at-home order until May 18. Besides that, the governor also announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will resume operations with curbside pick-up.See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective 5 p.m. March 31 until May 15.Partial reopening planned, effective May 4.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that the state’s stay-at-home order would be extended until May 15. Retail businesses will be allowed to begin opening Monday May 4. A plan for reopening restaurants will be announced next week.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement Partial reopening went into effect April 20.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was reopening many nonessential businesses starting from April 20, including public beaches, furniture stores, apparel stores, department stores, sporting goods stores, bookstores, craft stores, music stores, flea markets and flower stores.See partial reopen order North DakotaGovernor: Doug Burgum (R) Stay at home, effective April 1 until May 15.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that the state’s stay-at-home order would be extended until May 15. All retail businesses will be allowed to operate under curbside commerce models, similar to curbside pickup currently allowed for restaurants and eateries. Drive-in services are now permitted for places of worship.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen order West VirginiaGovernor: Jim Justice (R) NevadaGovernor: Steve Sisolak (D) AlabamaGovernor: Kay Ivey (R) Stay at home, effective 12 p.m. March 24 until May 18.See stay-at-home order Partial reopening planned, effective May 4.Nebraska is one of the states that has not issued a stay-at-home order. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced upcoming changes that ease some restrictions on social gatherings and business operations starting on May 4. Restaurants will be permitted to allow customers inside at that time, but must permit no more than 50 percent of their normal capacity. Salons, massage businesses and tattoo parlors will be limited to 10 people at a time, with everyone wearing face coverings. Houses of worship will be able to meet in-person, but with six feet of separation. Bars and indoor theaters will remain closed until May 31 in most of the state.See partial reopen order MinnesotaGovernor: Tim Walz (D) MissouriGovernor: Michael L. Parson (R) WyomingGovernor: Mark Gordon (R) Stay at home effective March 27 until May 4.See stay-at-home order New HampshireGovernor: Chris Sununu (R) Stay at home, effective 12:01 a.m. March 25 until May 31.See stay-at-home order South CarolinaGovernor: Henry McMaster (R) Stay at home, effective 5 p.m. March 25 until April 30.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.During the first stage, places of worship, daycares, youth activities, and camps will be allowed to open. All other nonessential businesses will remain closed until May 16.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective 12:01 a.m. April 3 until April 30.Partial reopening planned, effective May 4.Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a reopening plan to lift the state’s stay-at-home orders on April 29. This plan will go into effect on May 4 in every county except Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties. State’s restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity, if the local government allows it.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement DelawareGovernor: John Carney (D) Stay at home, effective 8 p.m. March 23 until May 20.See stay-at-home order Stay at home, effective March 24.Partial reopening planned, effective May 2.Gov. Phil Murphy announces reopening of N.J. state parks, golf courses, county parks, beginning at sunrise Saturday, May 2.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement Partial reopening went into effect 5 a.m. May 1.Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation allowing restaurants, fitness centers, shopping malls, libraries and race tracks (not including horse and dog races) to reopen on May 1. Other retail establishments will also reopen in certain counties, but will limit the number of customers to 50 percent of its maximum legal occupancy capacity. Counties that will not reopen retail establishments include Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, and Woodbury County.See partial reopen order Partial reopening went into effect May 1.North Dakota is one of the states that has not issued a stay-at-home order. Gov. Doug Burgum released “North Dakota Smart Restart” protocols for businesses resuming or continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 28. It includes operating standards for all industries, as well as specific guidance for several high-contact business sectors that were closed.See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective 5 p.m. March 25 until May 15.Partial reopening went into effect April 27.Statewide stay-at-home order is in effect through May 15. Starting April 27, Gov. Phil Scott plans to reopen outdoor and construction work, manufacturing and distribution with a maximum of 5 people. Supporting operations with curbside pickup and delivery services, outdoor retail and libraries with curbside pickup will also continue.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Arkansas is one of the states that has not issued a stay-at-home order. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced new public health orders effective May 1. All State parks will begin a limited reopening of some facilities for residents starting May 1. Rental of campsites, cabins, lodges, and RVs will be limited to Arkansas residents. Restaurants may resume limited dine-in service on May 11 under Phase one guidelines that require a daily health screening of staff, use of face masks and gloves and strict social distancing.See partial reopen order OklahomaGovernor: Kevin Stitt (R) Partial reopening went into effect April 24.Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt did not issue a formal stay-at-home order, but he announced a statewide approach to reopen businesses April 22. Hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons and pet groomers can begin opening April 24 for appointments only in the first phase of reopening. The businesses are required to follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines released by the state’s Department of Commerce. Other nonessential businesses will be permitted to reopen May 1 as long as they follow the social distancing and sanitation guidelines.See partial reopen order VermontGovernor: Phil Scott (R) Stay safe, effective May 1 until 11:59 p.m. May 29.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Gov. Mike DeWine rolled out the first phase of the reopen plan. Here are the key dates for when certain businesses are allowed to resume and what rules they have to follow:May 1: Hospital, medical, dental and veterinary services that don’t require an overnight hospital stay.May 4: Construction, distribution, manufacturing, offices.May 12: Consumer, retail and service businesses.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen announcement NebraskaGovernor: Pete Ricketts (R) Stay at home, effective 5 p.m. March 21 until May 30.See stay-at-home order Puerto Rico KansasGovernor: Laura Kelly (D) MaineGovernor: Janet Mills (D) MarylandGovernor: Larry Hogan (R) UtahGovernor: Gary Herbert (R) Stay at home, effective 12:01 a.m. March 30 until May 3.Partial reopening planned, effective May 4.Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide stay-at-home order in late March and extended until May 3. On April 30, she announced her plan to lift the statewide order to begin Phase One of the “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” Mass gatherings are still limited to 10 people or fewer. Businesses can reopen unless otherwise identified by the governor or local government.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen order Safer at home, effective 5 p.m. April 3 until 8 a.m. May 11.Partial reopening went into effect 8 a.m. April 27.Gov. Tate Reeves has extended the shelter-in-place order to May 11. The new order means retail stores that have been closed due to the previous order can now reopen, but only with fewer customers inside. Reeves said strip malls and shopping centers can reopen if they follow the safety mandates from the Mississippi State Department of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those businesses will have to reduce their capacity by 50 percent and they must provide hand sanitizer for customers when they walk inside.See safer-at-home order | See partial reopen order “Safer at Home” order, effective until 5 p.m. May 15.Partial reopening went into effect on April 30.A statewide stay-at-home order expired April 30. Alabama is taking its first steps in reopening the state in a plan dubbed “Safer at Home.” On April 30 at 5 p.m. the safer-at-home order went into effect. Residents are responsible for wearing face-covering and encouraged to practice hygiene. Work or gatherings with more than 10 people that cannot practice 5-feet distances are banned. All retail businesses allowed to open with 50 percent occupancy and social distancing guidelines. Elective medical procedures can resume.See safer-at-home order | See partial reopen order ArkansasGovernor: Asa Hutchinson (R) Stay at home, effective March 30 until June 10.See stay-at-home order HawaiiGovernor: David Ige (D) TennesseeGovernor: Bill Lee (R) New MexicoGovernor: Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) Stay at home, effective March 24 until May 15.Partial reopening went into effect 8 a.m. May 1.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state would reopen partly beginning 8 a.m. May 1. This includes non-essential businesses for health, safety and welfare. Non-essential retailers can provide curbside pick and delivery with permitted licenses. Additional businesses include state parks, licensed firearm retailers by appointment only, golf courses for golf only, and permitted pet services.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen order Stay at home, effective at 8 p.m. March 30 until terminated by the governor.See stay-at-home order OhioGovernor: Mike DeWine (R) Stay at home, effective at 8 a.m. March 25 until May 26.Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Gov. Tony Evers directed the Dept. of Natural Resources to reopen 34 state parks and forests effective May 1. These include state parks and forests, hunting and fishing on open properties, boat lunches in open state properties and linear/rail trails.See stay-at-home order | See partial reopen order PennsylvaniaGovernor: Tom Wolf (D) Reopening AmericaSome states are starting to reopen and lift lockdowns, even as the battle against the coronavirus rages on.By Jiachuan Wu, Robin Muccari, Anna Sundberg, Brianna DeJesus-Banos, and Daniella SilvaApril 29, 2020 / Updated May 1, 2020It’s been six weeks since the first stay-at-home orders were announced in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the country with more than a million known cases and more than 60,000 deaths. Nearly two months since the social distancing measures began, certain states are slowly starting to reopen their economies.As of this week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp allowed some nonessential businesses to reopen, including restaurants, gyms, nail salons and movie theaters.In Texas, the statewide stay-at-home order was set to expire after April 30, with retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls allowed to reopen on May 1.“That executive order has done its job to slow the growth of COVID-19, and I will let it expire as scheduled,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in announcing the reopenings. “Now, it’s time to set a new course, a course that responsibly opens up a business in Texas. TexasGovernor: Greg Abbott (R) Stay at home, effective March 19 until further notice.See stay-at-home order Partial reopening went into effect April 30.Week 1 phase of reopenings begins on April 30. From there, each phase of the reopening process for Weeks 2-6 will begin on Monday of each subsequent week. Case numbers will continue to be monitored throughout the entire reopening process. Week 2 would include small businesses with fewer than 10 workers, professional services, like barber shops by appointment only, outdoor dining, church services and funeral services with social distancing practices.See partial reopen announcement VirginiaGovernor: Ralph Northam (D) New YorkGovernor: Andrew Cuomo (D) Partial reopening went into effect May 1.Wyoming is one of the states that has not issued a stay-at-home order. Gov. Mark Gordon announced new public health orders effective May 1, which allows gyms, barbershops, hair salons and other personal care services to reopen under specific operating conditions designed to minimize public health risk from COVID-19.See partially reopen announcement MississippiGovernor: Tate Reeves (R) District of ColumbiaMayor: Muriel Bowser (D)
County’s homeless hotline AGAIN doesn’t pick up when we call – days after homeless man freezes to death in portable pottyEight days after construction workers in Union City found a homeless man’s body in a local port-o-potty, the county’s homeless hotline is again not working. Two reporters called the number for two hours on Wednesday, a cold, snowy day, and listened to the phone ring more than eight times with each call. Others who tried got a busy signal.This is the third time in two years that the Hudson Reporter – in the course of routine reporting on the homeless situation – tried the 24-hour emergency line and got no answer.Each time, county officials gave apologetic responses and promises to fix the line – which homeless people are supposed to call in winter if they need shelter and the three local shelters are backed up. The county runs an overflow shelter in Kearny.The hotline is 800-624-0287.Stories by The Reporter(hudsonreporter.com) back to 2016 showed problems with the line, with various county officials saying it was another department’s responsibility.On Jan. 9, local workers discovered a homeless man’s body in a port-o-potty at a construction site near a church in Union City, according to Police Chief Richard Molinari. The construction site is the location for the Sts. Joseph and Michael Church, severely damaged in a fire last March.A company is currently performing repairs to the church, located at 1314 Central Ave.According to Molinari, the man was Hispanic and in his late 20s. The chief believes that he used the port-o-potty to escape the freezing temperatures.“The weather was certainly a factor in causing his death,” Molinari said. “If someone’s going to seek refuge in a port-o-john, that does not protect you from the low temperatures.”Township seeks to lease land from state for new parking lotAt their Jan. 10 meeting, the North Bergen Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance to rent state-owned property located between Tonnelle and Liberty avenues, and between Union Turnpike and 40th Street.The town hopes to use the space as a municipal parking lot, according to Town Administrator Chris Pianese.“The town was pursuing buying it from the state,” Pianese said after the commissioners’ meeting. “But then we considered the lease option, which they presented to us. We were very happy to hear that, because for a dollar a month, we can lease the property for a 10 year term.”Though the deal may sound too good to be true, Pianese said that the deal was a “token way of expressing [from the state] that you’re getting it for nothing.”Once the state approves the lease, the town will get an architect to figure out how many parking spaces can fit in the area, and then work on the actual lot as soon as the weather improves. Pianese estimates the lot will have 75 parking spaces.“It’s a big lot,” he said.Phil Murphy visits North BergenThree days before being sworn in as the 56th governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy paid a visit to North Bergen as part of his “New Day in New Jersey” tour, designed to highlight problems and opportunities for mass transit in the state.Mayor Nicholas Sacco was on the platform at the Tonnelle Avenue light-rail station on Saturday, Jan. 13 to greet the governor-to-be, along with Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Julio Marenco, and Allen Pascual.They were joined by a large crowd of local dignitaries and residents eager to shake hands and take photos with the next governor.Arriving on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Murphy expressed his strong support and admiration for Mayor Sacco, who also serves as a state senator. The visit to North Bergen was part of a day-long trip to various transit hubs in North Jersey, and included the ride on the light rail from Jersey City via Hoboken and numerous other stops, ending up at North Bergen and visiting with mayors and other top public officials along the way.Murphy has committed to addressing problems with New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure. Elected as governor to succeed Christopher Christie, he was sworn in on Jan. 16 in Trenton, along with Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver.Suez Water disruption to impact portions of township on Jan. 23Suez Water announced that they will perform system improvements on Palisades Avenue in Union City in January, which will impact customers in portions of North Bergen.On approximately Jan. 23 (weather permitting), work will begin on a 30-inch main between 41st and 43rd Streets, and residents and motorists may experience parking disruptions in the vicinity of the work zone.The work will take approximately 18 hours and will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 Customers may experience lower than normal water pressure south of the 43rd Street while work is being performed.Should weather not permit work to be performed as scheduled, it will be rescheduled and the service disruption will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 30.Suez advises that residents may wish to store water prior to the interruption to satisfy basic needs.Soccer registration now openMayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera announce that soccer registration is taking place for ages 6 to 16 from Jan. 16 through Feb. 24.Register between 2 and 9 p.m. Monday to Friday at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave., or at the white trailer by the soccer field in North Hudson Park from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.Proof of residency is required, along with a birth certificate/passport, one current passport-size photo (no photocopies), and a gas/water/electric/home telephone/cable bill. No cell phone bills accepted.A non-refundable $35 registration fee is required. Please bring cash (exact change), check, or money order.Additional restrictions apply. See the flyer below for further information, or call (201) 861-9601. Man arrested in Union City for allegedly sexually assaulting 10-year-oldThe Union City Police Department arrested a 31-year-old man on Jan. 13 for alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl the day before, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.According to an HCPO press release, the man allegedly assaulted the girl on the steps of her apartment building.The alleged victim was able to escape and alert an adult, who then contacted the UCPD. That same day, UCPD detectives contacted the County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged attack.An initial investigation led to the suspect at a nearby shelter. Officials transported the man to a Hudson County Prosecutor facility to Jersey City. However, he escaped the facility soon after. Officers recaptured him within 24 hours.The man, who – according to the Prosecutor’s Office press release is Luis Bescome of East Elmhurst, N.Y. — is charged with sexual assault, a second degree crime; endangering the welfare of a child, a third-degree crime; escape, a third degree crime; possession of controlled dangerous substance; defiant trespassing, and obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function.Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Union City Police Department for their assistance in catching the suspect. She also credited the NJ State Police, the Maywood Police Department K-9 Unit, the Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for assisting.
By Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that works on brand development within the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail sectorsTime is everyone’s most valuable asset, so how do today’s successful in-store and high street bakers manage to achieve their targets? Answer: by giving customers what they want, when they want it, in the right location and, of course, at the right price.Consumers are more time-crunched than ever, with 65% of food-to-go shoppers looking for a quick takeaway option (him! Food-to-go Report 2009). So it is important to make your bakery or café the easiest choice for customers offering a variety of takeaway meal deal options, snack times and breakfast and ranging from a small section that offers self-select loaves and baguettes, to muffins and sweet treats and on up to full counter service and a range of ready-to-eat hot options, such as slices, turnovers and paninis.Forecourts successfully follow this model and drive around 40% of their revenues through food and beverages. So what can independent bakers and retailers learn from this? The answer is to manage four key areas of your business your 4Ms: man, machine, method and money:l Man this is your most valuable asset. Look at skill sets, customer service, staff friendliness, training in hygiene, health and safety, quality control, suggestive selling, waste management, incentives and feedback.l Machine your equipment is key. Carefully consider location, customers and product range, coffee machine, hot displays, hot and ambient counter-top merchandisers, ovens and grills and chilled units. And there is always help at hand food suppliers, such as Bako, BFP, Brakes and Delice de France etc, can advise you on the different equipment elements.l Method this involves planning parts of the day, with the right offer in the right time and place. Remember to break down each part of your trading hours, based on customer flow and demand. People want to grab croissants and coffee in the morning, which need to be baked-off or supplied before 6am. Lunch is all about your sandwich range, sausage rolls, pasties and pizza slices. Consider soup, paninis and hot fillings.l Money get the first three Ms right and watch the profits roll in! Understand the contribution from each product by range and category and do your sums. Identify your best/worst performers change that range, refresh your beverage offer, focus on value and quality and your customers will spend their money with you.
As a major government project HMCTS reform is subject to a cross-government approvals process, which is ongoing.Notes to editorsFigures are drawn from management information and are not official statistics. A pilot of fully-video hearings in the tax tribunals. The national implementation of a new in-court system to record the result of cases digitally and instantly. A pilot of a new digital system providing shared case information in criminal cases to the police, Crown Prosecution Service, courts and legal professionals. A Civil Money Claims service with more than 51,000 claims made since it first launched in March 2018, with the fastest claim being lodged and paid under two hours. Almost 90% of users say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the new service. An online Divorce Service, with more than 31,000 applications made since it launched in April 2018. The online form takes half as long to complete as the paper form, and has reduced the error rate. Online Probate Service with more than 12,000 personal applications made since July 2018. We opened two new Courts and Tribunals Service Centres in Stoke and Birmingham in January 2019, which are dealing with digital cases in the Single Justice Service, divorce, Social Security and Child Support and some probate services. Support to help people use online services if they choose to. Learning from the services that we have already delivered and the feedback received, including from the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office, we have decided to re-order aspects of the programme. This will allow more time to develop some of the shared systems that sit behind our next set of online services, working to an updated finish date of 2023.The reform programme is both essential and ambitious. It will transform the administration of justice by shaping it around the needs of its users, and we are determined to deliver it effectively in the interests of all.Existing services, which are already providing quicker and easier access to justice for many – including divorcing couples, executors of wills and people appealing decisions about their benefits – continue to be available and will have more elements added to them in the coming years.With the leadership of the government and the judiciary, the HMCTS Reform Programme is increasing the accessibility and efficiency of the justice system by shaping it around the needs of those who use it.The £1 billion reform programme has already delivered:
Despite South Bend’s reputation for frigid winters and heavy snowfalls, members of the Notre Dame community need rarely worry about snow or ice on walkways and parking lots during even the coldest months of the year. Each year, Landscape Services partners with the Athletic Grounds Team for the enormous undertaking of Notre Dame’s snow removal operation, which Tim Dyczko, assistant superintendent of landscape services, described in an email as “the best in the business.”“We use a combination of 1/2 ton trucks all the way up to two 1/2 ton dump trucks to clear 21 lane miles of roads and 93 acres of parking lots,” Dyczko said in the email. “Our walks total over 41 miles across campus, which are cleared using large mechanical brooms as well as snow blades when the snow becomes too deep for broom operation. We also take care of [over] 40 sets of stairs/steps as well as cut throughs from the parking lots and all the bus stops across campus.”A “lane mile” is a technical term meaning one mile long by 12 feet wide.Landscape Services prepares for the first snowfall months in advance, Dyczko said. When a snowstorm or heavy snowfall is anticipated, they will lay down liquid anti-icer in advance to prevent snow from sticking to walkways. In addition to physical removal of snow, granular salt is applied to sidewalks to melt accumulated snow and ice.“We have had other institutions inquire about how we are able to keep our walks in such good condition during the winter with little to no damage to the grass come springtime,” he said. “The machines we use for the walks are custom-built to remove snow and place granular product and anti-icing liquid all in one pass. It is a complex yet very well-organized operation of highly skilled operators who know their areas of responsibility extremely well every time it snows.”Dyczko said the crews maintain 22 hours of coverage every day from Dec. 1 to April 1.“When we are faced with a snow event, our crews come in at 2 a.m. with the goal of having campus clear and safe for our campus community by 7 a.m. unless conditions dictate otherwise,” he said. “Often times during big snow events, our crews will work 12-hour shifts for several days until the event is over.”Dyczko said that removing snow and ice is crucial for University function during the winter months.“It is a safety issue most of all,” he said. “If it is not safe to drive and walk on campus, then the entire operation of the University is at risk.”Dyczko praised the Landscape Services employees for their hard work year-round ensuring that the campus remains clean and safe.“The staff that is charged with snow removal is the same team that does such a great job in maintaining the campus in spring, summer and fall,” he said. “They are highly dedicated employees who work very hard to ensure that campus operations, including classes and research, are not interrupted by even the worst of winter weather.”Tags: Anti-icing, Athletic Grounds Team, De-icing, Landscape Services, Snow Removal
Wait, what? Steven Spielberg wants to remake West Side Story. That’s right. The Jaws director wants to breathe new life into those Sharks and Jets. According to Deadline, the Oscar winner has registered his interest in a do-over, so Fox has unlocked the movie title. No writer has yet been assigned to the project but talk about big shoes to fill. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and set in 1950s New York City, West Side Story has a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, was adapted into the legendary 1961 musical film. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno it won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. Check out—and sing-a-long—to the trailer below. View Comments
by Alan Panebaker vtdigger.org One big ticket item for the state’s 2012 budget adjustment act is $30 million for graduate medical education for funding residencies and fellowships for medical students at the University of Vermont.UVM will cover the state’s $12.76 million share of the Medicaid match, according to the Department of Vermont Health Access budget adjustment request. Federal funds will cover the rest of the $30 million total.University of Vermont College of Medicine, courtesy of UVM.Because of UVM’s relationship with the state, the federal government matches the money as if it came from the state. This is the first time UVM has footed the bill for payments of this type, although it is becoming a common practice in numerous other states.According to officials from Fletcher Allen Health Care, the drawdown of federal funds will help increase Medicaid’s chronic underpayments to the hospital. In addition to services for Medicaid patients, the funding will help fund residencies at Fletcher Allen.The funding mechanism will open up funding for safety-net programs for low-income people without dipping into state coffers. As the state’s only academic medical center, Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Group provide a safety net for low-income and uninsured Vermonters.As part of an agreement with the Department of Vermont Health Access, UVM agreed to provide a quality assurance report to the state to make sure the program provides benefits to Medicaid beneficiaries. DVHA Commissioner Mark Larson said part of this is ensuring people on Medicaid have access to care.Dr. John Brumsted, interim president and CEO for Fletcher Allen Health Care, presented the proposal to the House Committee on Health Care earlier this week.While Brumsted noted the matching federal funding will cover some of the costs where the hospital falls short, it will not make up for the consistent Medicaid underpayments.In addition to providing services to low-income residents on Medicaid, the funding is part of an overall effort to make sure the state has enough trained physicians, said Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, who chairs the House health care committee. Fisher said he hopes this means more residencies for primary care physicians.Uninsured and underinsured residents do not go to the doctor enough, Fisher said, and generally this means they do not seek treatment until health problems become more dire.‘We know we need more primary care,’ he said.Currently, about 39 percent of residency programs at Fletcher Allen are in primary care specialties like family medicine, while the rest are in other specialties like anesthesiology or orthopaedics, according to Brumsted’s presentation.Shifting to more primary care is not as simple as going out and adding residencies, Brumsted noted in committee. Rep. George Till, D-Jericho, a physician and member of the health care committee, added that it requires attracting candidates but most medical students choose residencies in more lucrative specialties. January 9, 2012 vtdigger.org
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Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02LAST month I auctioned two properties of pretty similar presentation in fairly comparable locations in the boutique Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill.While there was price differential between the two, one in the $700,000s and one in the $800,000s, their proximity and reasonably close price band would normally mean roughly the same response from the market.Both owners had property experience. One close to agency and the other close to a company who marketed property.When it came time to sell the owner with a little bit of agency experience chose to only market through a single method of advertising. Due to its high traction with buyers he chose a digital only campaign and marketed in the highest possible position on the front page.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe cost was about $3000. This, in combination with the office’s database, generated 16 groups through the four week campaign and a sale price just after the auction in the early $700,000s.You’ve got to spread your message as far as you can to get all possible buyers, according to Haesley Cush. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter. The owner with the marketing experience also understood the benefits of digital advertising on realestate.com.au and its enormous following from buyers. But they also used a combination of print marketing, again the highest listing on the online portals, high gloss brochures and again the agent’s database. Costing close to $15,000. The result was 50 groups through the campaign and a sale in the high $800,000s.In fairness the $870,000 property is a better home in a better location. But you can’t tell all of that just from the ads.To receive three times the number of inspections in such a small little suburb certainly adds weight to the benefit of a full marketing campaign.So why did the gentleman with a little bit of agency knowledge not go the whole hog? The truth is the vast majority of agents don’t. They haven’t seen the benefits of a full campaign or if they have they only remember the campaigns they ran that had underwhelming results. They definitely remember the disappointment of the owners who didn’t get strong numbers from their big advertising campaigns, so they became gun shy on recommending it.The reality is a strong campaign will likely generate more buyers.It’s not one versus the other. Real estate is a contact sport, the more buyers your agent is in contact with the more competition your property will likely receive.
Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION/FILE PHOTO Seeking to stir support ahead of aparliamentary election expected within months, the Singapore Democratic Party(SDP) posted articles in recent months on its website and Facebook, arguingthat an increasing number of white-collar workers were losing their jobs. The Ministry of Manpower ordered theSDP to place a correction notice on these posts because it said jobs forprofessionals, managers, executives, and technicians had been steadily risingsince 2015. SINGAPORE – A Singapore oppositionparty has corrected online posts critical of the government following an orderby the labor ministry under a new “fake news” law that rights groups said wasbeing used to chill dissent. The government said the city-state isvulnerable to misleading and inaccurate news because of social sensitivitiesarising from its mixed ethnic and religious population, and widespread internetaccess.(Reuters)