You can help Two Men and a Truck help Humane Society of West Alabama by donating pet items and cleaning supplies. Leave your donations in the collection box in the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s lobby during normal business hours.Here’s a list of needed pet items:Pedigree Dry Adult/ Purina Adult Dog Chow and Purina Puppy ChowPurina Indoor Adult Cat Chow, Purina Kitten ChowCanned cat foodHeart-worm preventative (dogs)Topical flea treatment (cats and dogs)Pet crates, cages and carriersPet traps (for capturing strays)Feeding dishesCat litter boxesVet Viralys lysine powder and FortifloraTwin sheets & pillowcasesTidy Cat Premium Scoopable (red or blue lable) cat litterPoop scoopers (cat (metal) and dog)Dog collars and leashes (especially small and medium)Beds for catsPet grooming supplies, brushes, nail trimmers, shampoo, etc.Dog treats and biscuits (not rawhide)Cat scratching posts and cardboard scratch padsDog and cat toysHere’s a list of needed cleaning supplies:OdoBan productsClorox/Liquid BleachDisinfectant wipes/sprayDishwashing liquidLiquid laundry detergentSolid air freshenersBroomsPaper towels (lots)Baking sodaLarge garbage bagsSmall plastic grocery bags
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FAYETTE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities in Alabama have found the body of a woman reported missing several weeks ago.Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators found the body of 31-year-old Ashley Tennell Watkins on Wednesday.Deputies say Watkins left her mother’s home with her dog on Dec. 9 to visit a friend in Fayette and never returned. It’s unclear what happened to the dog.Watkins’ cause of death is pending an autopsy.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)1/3/2019 2:40:19 AM (GMT -6:00)
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Emilia Sherifova, vice president of architecture and engineering at Northwestern Mutual.Meet the Meetups, a first-time event aimed at building connections within the region’s technology community, drew nearly 500 tech enthusiasts and industry leaders to Walker’s Point Monday.Members from 29 of the region’s tech-related Meetup groups convened for the “all tech meetup” at Radio Milwaukee and an overflow facility at Workshop Architects. Matt Cordio, founder and president of Milwaukee-based technology talent recruitment company Skills Pipeline and Startup Milwaukee, organized Meet the Meetups. Ray Cole, chief technology officer at Delta Defense. Mark Panthofer, organizer of Docker Milwaukee, shares about his Meetup group. Emilia Sherifova, vice president of architecture and engineering at Northwestern Mutual. Ray Cole, chief technology officer at Delta Defense. David Vasko, director of advanced technology at Rockwell Automation, leads the company’s applied research labs. Matt Cordio welcomes the crowd at Radio Milwaukee. Ray Cole, chief technology officer at Delta Defense. The first-ever Meet the Meetups event drew about 500 people.Meetup groups serve as informal professional development groups in the tech community that focus on various topics, including software development programming languages to emerging technologies like data science, machine learning and cloud hosting. The event, spearheaded by Skills Pipeline and Startup Milwaukee president Matt Cordio, was the first time these groups, which represent thousands of developers and programmers in southeast Wisconsin, all convened in the same room.Speakers represented large legacy companies, including Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Controls, and younger tech-focused companies like West Bend-based Delta Defense. They discussed the landscape of Milwaukee’s tech ecosystem, their businesses’ efforts to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning, and their thoughts on Foxconn Technology Group’s entrance into the region. Emilia Sherifova, the vice president of architecture and engineering at Northwestern Mutual who has led the development of a five-year technology plan for the company, said the giant Taiwanese technology manufacturer will heighten the competition for retaining tech talent.“Foxconn is a successful technology company so adding them to the ecosystem will be beneficial,” she said. “In terms of building out the talent in the system, they better not dare steal my talent. I will go after them and I will go after their talent, that’s for sure.”Ray Cole, chief technology officer of Delta Defense, said Foxconn will bring “momentum” to the tech ecosystem, but that he’s not concerned about losing talent to the company.“I’m not worried about any of these guys leaving because we have an amazing culture,” he said. “I challenge the newbies coming into town, they better have a darn good culture or we’ll be taking their folks.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
The former BMO Harris Bank branch that will hold the Sherman Phoenix.Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:50 pmThe Sherman Phoenix, the entrepreneurial and wellness hub in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood, has set Nov. 30 as its grand opening date.The former BMO Harris Bank branch that will hold the Sherman Phoenix.The group driving the $3.5 million project is within $100,000 or $200,000 of its fundraising goal, and will open regardless of whether it reaches its final number—a moving target that has increased as more tenants have been brought on board, said Juli Kaufmann, president of Fix Development.“We’re very, very close is our best guess,” Kaufmann said. “But I can’t say for certain where we are and we’re definitely not quite done.” Kaufmann provided an update on the project on the heels of a new contribution to the fundraising effort.The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. has received a $750,000 federal grant, part of which will go to supporting the Sherman Phoenix project with business and financial educational programming and one-on-one technical assistance for its entrepreneurs.WWBIC announced it has been granted $750,000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services through its Community Economic Development Program, which will be targeted at community economic development in the Sherman Park neighborhood where Sherman Phoenix is located.Kaufmann said she’s not quite sure yet how much of the grant will go directly to the Sherman Phoenix, which is now set to have 29 tenants.“What WWBIC does throughout the State of Wisconsin is amazing and they have incredible expertise around entrepreneurial support and we’ve always wanted to collaborate with them in general,” she said.WWBIC is a nonprofit community development financial institution dedicated to improving the economic wellbeing of women, minority, lower-wealth and veteran individuals by providing microloans for small businesses and offering business training. The Sherman Phoenix is expected to create 49 full-time jobs, 37 of which will go to low-income individuals, in an area designated as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone by the U.S. Small Business Administration.The Sherman Phoenix, located in a 20,000-square-foot former BMO Harris Bank branch at 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave. that was damaged by fire during civil unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood in 2016, was originally designed to include 10 small businesses. But organizers saw greater demand from the entrepreneurial community than expected, Kaufmann said. Its 29 tenants include mainly black-owned food, culture and health and wellness businesses.“We as best we could adapted to that demand because we wanted to support as many entrepreneurs as possible,” she said. “If we can add those additional tenants, we’re going to try to.”There will be some soft openings at the Sherman Phoenix ahead of the Nov. 30 grand opening event, Kaufmann said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
The Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex at the Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa.The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s board has approved an agreement with Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services to build a 120-bed acute-care psychiatric hospital in the county over the next two years.The Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex at the Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa.UHS, a private hospital operator based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, will build and operate a freestanding inpatient mental health facility that will take on the services currently provided at the psychiatric hospital in the county’s Mental Health Complex at 9455 W. Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa. The board approved Wednesday a contract with UHS, following seven months of negotiations between the Mental Health Board and the hospital operator. The UHS facility will be an independent hospital open to all members of the community, including those currently treated at the county’s inpatient hospital. The BHD said it will continue to ensure everyone in Milwaukee County behavioral health services, regardless of their ability to pay. The location of the planned hospital has not been disclosed. The contract dictates only that it be located within Milwaukee County. UHS currently operates about 350 facilities in the United States, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.The county’s Behavioral Health Division has been in a multi-year process of moving services off its aging, 900,000-square-foot campus that was built in 1978 to provide acute, long-term and emergency psychiatric care. The county, responding to changes in best practices of mental health services, has shifted to a more community-based system of care that relies less on inpatient admissions and emergency room visits. “The decision is part of a significant change in approach in how we treat people seeking help for mental health concerns,” said Mary Jo Meyers, director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. “The philosophy, evidence and laws regarding care for people with mental health needs are changing, and so are globally recognized best practices. We will be well-positioned to provide the up-to-date care that is needed to help support and serve people seeking help.”The outsourcing of the acute mental health services to UHS paves the way for the county to eventually close the Wauwatosa complex.The new UHS hospital will not include an emergency department and observation wing, services that are currently provided by BHD at the complex. Mike Lappen, administrator of BHD, said his department is working with the Wisconsin Policy Forum and is in discussions with local health systems to identify where those services will be located once the new hospital opens. Lappen said the new hospital is expected to open in late 2020 with a smaller footprint and scale up over the next three to nine months. The hospital would be fully operational in the summer 2021, Lappen said. When exactly the Mental Health Complex will close permanently has not been determined, he said. “No one is pushing us out the door,” he said. BHD first began its search for an organization or company to outsource its acute care services to in 2015. UHS and Nashville-based Correct Care Solutions emerged as two viable possibilities early on, but Correct Care Solutions later withdrew its bid. In the spring of 2017, three area providers, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Ascension, expressed interest in submitting a joint proposal, but pulled out of the running a few months later. UHS ultimately emerged as the sole bidder. The contract with UHS does not require the provider to retain current BHD employees. “The only negative I feel about this deal is a lot of county employees are going to lose their jobs with the county,” Lappen said, adding that the move is best for patients. However, he said, because UHS will need to staff a facility that is about three times the size of BHD’s acute psychiatric hospital, it would make sense for UHS to retain the county employees. “We have the folks,” he said. “It would be smart for them to do a transition so they can staff up.” The BHD has made a big push in recent years to recruit nurses through media campaigns and community outreach, facing both the national shortage of mental health professionals, along with persistent rumors that the hospital is closing. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Terry RowinskiLast updated on July 24th, 2019 at 11:59 amSponsoredBizTimes: What are the challenges facing the health care industry today?Terry Rowinski: The problem is exasperatingly familiar: Wisconsin businesses are struggling with rising health costs that continue to outpace inflation. Employees and their families must often choose between going into debt from out-of-pocket medical costs or forgoing needed care. Overall health suffers, costs go up, no one is happy. The vicious cycle continues. BT: The health care system in the U.S. is broken—but whose job is it to fix it?TR: Ideally, our elected officials would, but so far that hasn’t happened. Back in the summer of 2016, our strategic leadership team sat down to consider potential scenarios for what might happen in health care over the next three to five years. We had plenty of grand ideas—a dual-payer system, cross-state monopolies, retailization—but none of us predicted the actual outcome: that not much has truly changed. Year-on-year health care costs keep rising (albeit at a more tepid pace), cost-shifting from employer to employee continues, consumer out-of-pocket medical debt keeps rising and the circle continues.BT: What are the points of interest surrounding the future of health care?TR: As we sit with our customers (Wisconsin-based employers), a recurring set of themes are becoming apparent:Concern for 2020+ downturn on the economic front and what it means to their profitability achieved under the now great expansion,How to attract and retain great people even in a pullback; andHow to make a meaningful impact on their top line costs of running the company with health care eating so much of the budget.BT: And so we ask the question again: who is responsible for fixing health care?TR: If not the government, then surely the insurance companies, the health care providers, or the health care technology startups, right? While I feel strongly that everyone has a part to play, I’m going to suggest that it’s time for employers (and employees) to take the wheel in order to reduce health care costs within their organization. The time has passed for handing off full responsibility to your broker or relying on a software product that promises to work magic.BT: What tips do you have for employers?TR: In that vein, our advice to our clients is multifold:Start (or continue) to treat health care and the expense associated with it as a fiduciary duty of your firm to its employees and their families, your ownership, and your community. Your job isn’t over after open enrollment; this is something to manage all year long.Take ownership for working within the community that serves your company to create and implement innovative practices that focus on keeping healthy people well and getting the sick in a much better place. Design a benefits package that supports your employees’ needs, then encourage them to use it, especially for wellness and preventive maintenance care.Don’t ever settle for a provider or network cost summary that states that their discounts are the best. Do your due diligence, focusing on the end-cost to you as an employer and to your employees and their families.Keep Wisconsin money in Wisconsin. While it may be easy to purchase a national solution claiming to fix all of your company’s health care issues in one sitting, it truly doesn’t work that way. The state is full of brilliant and cost-effective solutions that when coupled together can bring the cost of health care down, access to high-quality providers up, and improve the long-term health and wellness of the community.BT: Who can consumers turn for assistance?TR: Our team is proud to serve numerous employers within the state, represent quality providers in our comprehensive state-wide network, support consumers through simplified billing and patient advocacy, and to have been a part of the fabric of our economic boom here for the past 12+ years.I’d love to continue this conversation with you—please reach out anytime on my LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/in/terryrowinski/735 North Water Street, Suite 333 • Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 299-5015 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.hps.md Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Graffiti Found on Morton Street“Illegal Graffiti, and the sidewalk and street are a mess.”Multiple large graffiti tags found on Morton StreetThe original 311 post can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on April 20th, 2018. As of April 25th, 2018, the case is still open.Possible Abandoned North End Car Found in East Boston“This vehicle has been parked here for 7 days. It has a North End sticker on it. Might be abandoned.”North End car found parked in East Boston for a weekThe original 311 posts can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on April 23rd, 2018. As of April 25th, 2018, the case is still open.Remember, to report a claim with 311, you can call 311, go to the 311 website, tweet at 311, or download the app. What do you think about these 311 cases? Follow our “What’s The 311?” tag to see past week’s postings!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov.Broken Tiles in Front of North End Library“Broken tiles outside BPL North End Library.”Broken tiles found outside of the Boston Public Library North End BranchThe original 311 post can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on April 23rd, 2018. As of April 25th, 2018, the case is still open.*Advertisement*
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by Raphael Ogar Oko, UPF NigeriaAs part of activities to commemorate the UN International Day of Peace 2018, UPF Nigeria in collaboration with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chapters in Buruku, Katsina Ala, Logo and Ukum Local Government Areas of Benue state organized the Marriage and Family Peace Blessing Festivals that had 876 couples in attendance and they pledge to become exemplary peaceful couples who will strive to establish peaceful families as foundation for the realization of peaceful communities, states, nation and the world..The festivals were held between September 20 – 23, 2018 in Adi, Zaki Biam and Buruku communities in Benue state, north central Nigeria that has faced severe violence in the recent past. The family peace festival was a desire fulfilled as most members of the community could gather together again to learn about peace and make individual and collective commitment to living in peace.On September 20, the festival was held in Adi community and had 68 couples as participants in the peace festival blessing programs while over 200 gathered to participate in the activities to commemorate the UN International Day of Peace in the community. The Adi peace festival featured the marriage peace blessing and Peace Road procession around the community by motorcyclists, married men and women, youth leaders and faith based leaders of Adi community including the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (Buruku LGA chapter), Bishop Isaiah Eglenu Lina and several Christian leaders in the community. After the peace road procession round the community with songs of peace and praises, the participants gathered at the community church hall where they were addressed on the purpose of the Peace Road Initiative and the UN International Day of Peace by UPF Nigeria Secretary General, Dr Raphael Oko and FFWPU Nigeria National Director of Education, Rev Imo Nkanta. After the speeches and interactive session, couples who were registered for family peace blessing stayed for the blessing lectures and ceremony.The lectures focused on the five steps of the Blessing as well as the UPF peace principles and the four great realms of heart. At the end of the interactive session on the blessing festival, 68 couples participated in the ceremony and completed the three steps as well as began the fourth step of 40 days sexual abstinence for personal renewal and re-commitment. Participants expressed their gratitude to the founders of the UPF and for the members supporting the peace festival activities. Due to the poor turn out of participants, the Christian leaders apologized and pledged to mobilize and register more couples to attend and requested that we should return to the community again on September 23 for the second phase of the Blessing. On September 21, 2018, the Family Peace Blessing Festival team moved to another community where community leaders were registering couples for the program. We arrived Zaki Biam in Ukum LGA of Benue state and had the festival lectures and ceremonies at the First Baptist Church, Y-Junction in Zaki Biam, Ukum LGA of Benue State. We were welcomed by the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the area with the Divisional Police Officer who also provided police officers that served as security men at the event due to the security challenges being faced in the area. After delivering the lectures on the significance of the UN International Day of Peace and the Family Peace Blessing Festival, 112 couples fully participated in the blessing program with majority of them as church and community leaders who also offered to extend the program to their churches and communities. The Divisional Police Officer, traditional ruler of the community and some Christian ministers were presented certificates as Ambassadors for Peace. They were all full of praises for the initiative and pledge to host a bigger event on October 4, 2018. 12 volunteers offered to register more couples to ensure that the Zaki Biam community has 430 couples to form the foundation for a “Peace Tribe” in the area.The festival team proceeded to the next community of Buruku, the headquarters of Buruku Local Government Area. In Buruku, the couples gathered at the NKST church and many traveled across the Buruku river to attend the festival. After speaking on the UN International Day of Peace and the Family Peace Blessing Festival, 501 couples participated in the blessing program. The hall was filled and over 100 couples had to participate in the blessing under a mango tree close to the hall. Volunteers moved from house to house to mobilize couples to register for the event. The couples were so excited as they arrived the venue and were welcomed by the Blessing staff, supported to take photos together as couples, one couple at a time, got registered by submitting their pre-registration form and were given a seat at the blessing hall.After the lectures, couples followed each of the steps of the blessing festival and renewed their commitment to each other and to raise up their children to become peaceful citizens. At the end of blessing program, light refreshment is served to all participants and couples are grouped together in teams of 36 couples to work together toward a peaceful community.Following the large turnout in Buruku community, volunteers offered to reach out and mobilize more couples in their neighboring community to ensure that at least 860 couples participate in the festival to create two peace tribes of 430 couples each around the area.On Sunday, September 23, the peace festival team returned back to Adi community again as requested. As soon as we arrived in the community, the volunteers began mobilizing the couples that they pre-registered to the venue of the program. As each couple arrives at the venue, festival scarf is provided to them, their participation form is numbered and they move on for the photo session by the photographer and the registered couple is then taken to the hall for a seat. At our return to the community of Adi, 196 couples registered and participated in the blessing program.The news of the family peace blessing program is spreading like wild fire and more volunteers are coming forward to mobilize couples in their areas to participate in the festival, which they are fast realizing as the solution to the many challenges they have been facing. Religious and community leaders are reaching out to each other sharing positive testimonies of the family peace festivals and encouraging others to welcome the UPF/FFWPU team to their communities.In each of the areas that we visited, Chairmen of the Christian Association of Nigeria and their spouses in Buruku, Logo and Katsina-Ala LGAs who have participated in a similar blessing program with their church members between May and August 2018 are fully supporting the program with their presence at each event and sharing testimonies of their experiences as participants and encouraging others to embrace the program. There are increasing requests every day now to extend the family peace festival to other communities in Benue state as well as other neighboring states.The interest shown by participating couples, religious and community leaders testify to the point that we can bring about a peaceful world by strengthening marriages and building strong families through the family peace festival education programs and ceremonies in local communities. Volunteers in various communities are ready to work with us to bless hundreds of thousands of couples throughout the region and the nation.click here to see more pictures
Tito Jackson’s Campaign Sure Is Spending a Lot of Dough on Eating Out Is he wining and dining his way to the mayor’s office, or blowing what little cash he has? Photo via APAs Tito Jackson strives to unseat Mayor Marty Walsh, he’s spending a lot of time—and campaign funds—dining out. And the tabs are piling up: There was the $217 dinner at Gather, in the Seaport, and the $390 feast at Chef Chow’s House, in Brookline. The mayoral candidate even dropped $244 at the notorious tourist trap Cheers.Over the past two years, in fact, Jackson has spent more than $12,000 in campaign money on two- and three-digit restaurant, bar, pizza-shop, and sushi-joint tabs. In 2016 alone, Jackson shelled out around $5,700 on upscale and downscale eats at places ranging from Abe & Louie’s to Tasty Burger, from Blue Dragon to UNO’s. So far this year, his campaign has spent nearly $1,500 on food—including a $108 meeting with a consultant at Boston Beer Works and a $215 campaign lunch at Cheesecake Factory, according to a review of records kept by the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). Jackson’s campaign listed meal expenses at least 80 times in both 2015 and 2016, and at least 20 times so far this year.An analysis of the public records—tallying Jackson’s meals with colleagues, staffers, constituents, and consultants—reveals that the candidate has charged more lunch and dinner bills to his campaign account than just about anyone else in a similar position. More than nearly all his colleagues at City Hall, more than anyone from the clown car of candidates who ran for mayor in 2013, and certainly more than Mayor Marty Walsh, who despite spending all kinds of money on other things isn’t expensing entrées (with some exceptions, like a staff dinner at Capital Grille for the State of the City).It’s important to note that Jackson’s campaign isn’t exactly rolling around in cash like Scrooge McDuck. Or even like his opponent, Walsh, for that matter. With the election about eight months away, Jackson has roughly $91,000 in his war chest; Walsh, by contrast, has more than $4 million. Since January, when Jackson announced he would challenge Walsh in this fall’s mayoral election, Jackson has spent $58,000 campaigning. Walsh has spent $483,000.Jackson says he can explain why his expense account stands out. As a candidate with an enormous gap between his funding and that of his opponent, he says he does a lot of wining and dining to get face time with people who might end up donating money later on, or could provide other valuable support. It’s also his style, he notes, to sit with potential voters and hear them out over a meal. He can’t exactly pay for lavish fundraiser banquets right now, he says, but he can buy a nice lunch.“I am running and have run a grassroots campaign, which is about building relationships with like-minded individuals who are focused on advancing the city of Boston,” Jackson says, “and so it has been my strategy to do this in smaller, more intimate settings. I use my resources wisely.”To put Jackson’s spending habits in context, we also reviewed Walsh’s campaign spending when he was a candidate in 2013. While Walsh’s team racked up its share of expenses at places like Emmett’s Pub and Ruth’s Chris back in 2011, 2012, and the first two-and-a-half months of 2013, the tab was thousands short of what Jackson has spent dining out in that same time period. As mayor, Walsh doesn’t expense lunches or dinners to City Hall, according to campaign spokeswoman Rachel Goldstein. “Mayor Walsh pays for his own meals,” Goldstein says.As an aside, when it comes to catering—rather than meals at restaurants—Walsh is outspending Jackson exponentially. Last year, he spent more than $200,000 on food and other expenses for events like a $17,000 birthday fundraiser at Venezia, OCPF records show. In the same period, Jackson’s spending on similar items was about $9,000.No one, by the way, is suggesting that using campaign funds to buy expensive dinners, or even a $2 coffee at Dunkin’, is illegal. While the law is strict on how funds can come in to a campaign’s coffers, it is quite permissive when it comes to how campaigns spend money. With a few exceptions, state regulators mostly just ask candidates to keep detailed records of what they buy with donors’ money. “The general rule,” says Jason Tait, OCPF spokesman, “is that candidates can make expenditures to enhance their political future, so long as it’s not primarily personal.”So is Jackson’s dining on campaign dollars out of line? It depends on whom you ask.Scott Ferson, a veteran Democratic campaigner and president of the Liberty Square Group, says it is unusual but understandable. “As you’re out and cultivating people and staff and potential donors, particularly when you’re trying to build relations or expand, it’s natural to do it over food,” says Ferson, who isn’t affiliated with either campaign for mayor. On the other hand, Adam Hurtubise, another Liberty strategist, disagrees, saying Jackson’s restaurant spending “seems high.”While Ferson and Hurtubise have different opinions on Jackson’s spending, they both agree that dropping such large sums on dinners and drinks has the potential to hamstring an underdog’s campaign, especially an underdog who already has limited funds. Rather than sushi and steaks, they suggest, the money might be better spent on newspaper ads or direct mailers.For now, though, Jackson is sticking to his strategy, supplementing a grassroots campaign with plates of grass-fed beef. 000 Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 3/27/2017, 5:00 a.m. Print By Spencer Buell·
Restaurant News What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend So many Anna’s burritos on a taqueria pilgrimage, cocktails for some good causes, Puritan & Co. sandwiches, and more. 8/11/2017, 12:17 p.m. 000 Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. By Jacqueline Cain· Photo provided by Anna’s TaqueriaSeven Anna’s BurritosBreak out your burrito pants and your walking shoes: A couple Anna’s Taqueria super fans are reviving an epic hike among all locations of the Boston-area chain this weekend. The Anna’s Pilgrimage, inspired by a “Walqueria” which stopped in 2013 after seven years, is the brainchild of two Anna’s regulars. The trek begins at 10 a.m. at Anna’s Newton Highlands location, and ends in Davis Square. The plan is to walk 14 miles—that’s more than a half-marathon, folks—and have a staple at every shop, but feel free to join in at any time. The featured items are free at every Anna’s. The event is a benefit for the Greater Boston Food Bank, so make sure to bring a non-perishable pantry item with you to drop off at any location. Check out the itinerary on Facebook, and be safe out there, you crazy kids.Anna’s Taqueria Pilgrimage, Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., begins at Anna’s Taqueria, 27 Lincoln St., Newton, 617-964-0042, Facebook.Puritan & Co. brings a lineup of sandwiches to Lamplighter Brewing on Saturdays in August. / Photo provided by Puritan & Co.Puritan & Co. Sandwiches + Lamplighter BeerPuritan & Co. chef Will Gilson moonlights as a sandwich maker this month. He’s bringing a hearty picnic to neighbor Lamplighter Brewing Co. for the first Sandwich Saturday on August 12: Philly meets Boston with a corned beef + roast beef cheesesteak; a turkey BLT is amped with avocado, provolone, and horseradish aioli; there’s a quintessential Italian “Hero;” and a slow-roasted porchetta bomb with rabe, sharp provolone, and roasted garlic aioli. We’ve heard rumors that Gilson and Co. will join the fancy iced cream sandwich party with oatmeal cookie dough ice cream, too. On tap at Lamplighter this weekend: Birds of a Father, an IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Columbus hops; Éponine, a Brett-aged Belgian blond, Lit, a Belgian-style wit; and more.Sandwich Saturdays with Puritan & Co., Saturdays, August 12, 19, and 26, 6-8 p.m., Lamplighter Brewing Co., 284 Broadway, Cambridge, Facebook.AMERICAN FRESH BEER GARDEN AT ASSEMBLY ROW. / PHOTO PROVIDEDOutside at Slumbrew’s American Fresh Beer Garden, While You Still CanSomerville Brewing Company—makers of Slumbrew—apparently has an end in sight for its original brewpub, the seasonally tented outdoor beer garden at Assembly Row. It makes sense: co-owners Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter are bringing a full-scale restaurant and brewery to the neighborhood. Boston Restaurant Talk has heard rumors of a farewell party taking place later this year, so get over to the al fresco American Fresh while the weather’s still fine.American Fresh Beer Garden, 310 Canal St., Assembly Row, Somerville, 800-428-1150, slumbrew.com. Print Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Outside at Idle Hands Brewery and Tap Room, Because You CanIdle Hands opened a European-inspired, 50-seat beer hall in Malden last summer, and from day one, the place has had an inviting-looking area out front that seemed destined to be a beer garden. That day has finally arrived. The dog-friendly seating area debuted this week, along with a freshly paved driveway and other aesthetic updates. Sillari’s Pizza is in the house tonight, too.Idle Hands Craft Ales Brewery & Tap Room, 89 Commercial St., Malden, 617-819-4353, idlehandscraftales.com.Snoop Todd cocktail photo provided by UniBooze for a CauseA couple of fundraisers are happening at some of Boston’s top restaurants and bars this month, in honor of some truly personal causes. First up: Throughout the month of August, sister spots Uni, Toro, and Little Donkey are raising money for the Jimmy Fund with a tequila Floradora in honor of the late Todd Schwartz, a friend of the Uni team who passed away from cancer at age 19. The cancer-fighting charity is close to the heart of Uni chef and partner Tony Messina, who’s also doing the Jimmy Fund Walk this fall. Last year, the restaurants raised more than $5,000 for the Jimmy Fund in Schwartz’s honor. This year’s drink, the Snoop Todd, is a floral, lightly spicy drink on ice with tequila, raspberry, lime juice, and ginger syrup.On Sunday, August 13, join a stacked lineup of industry favorites for drinks and merriment at Bambara in honor of bartending veteran Ethan Frawley, who’s been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. “This evening is our collective attempt to help offset some of his growing medical bills,” the event organizers say. Dinner from 5-7 p.m. is sold out, but the party continues with well-known Boston bartenders Tom Mastricola and Josh Childs, and a beer list curated by the Publick House. The organizers also promise “the most epic raffle of all time, as well as a silent auction.” Check out the full lineup of participating restaurants, and more about Frawley, here.The Snoop Todd, $13, available August 1-31 at Uni, 370A Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston, 617-536-7200, uni-boston.com; Toro, 1704 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com; Little Donkey, 505 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-945-1008, littledonkeybos.com.A Fundraiser for our Boy Wonder: Ethan Frawley: Drinks & Merriment, $35, Sunday, August 13, 5-7 p.m., Bambara, 25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, Eventbrite.
News A Boston Firefighter Wrote “Disturbing” Things on Facebook Octavius Rowe has been placed on leave. 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print By Spencer Buell· Photo via iStock.com/NickbeerA Boston firefighter has been placed on leave after he allegedly posted what have been described as “disturbing” messages on his Facebook account.Identified as 15-year veteran Octavius Rowe, the Boston Globe reports the firefighter was placed on leave after posts were discovered that department spokesman Steve Smith called “very disturbing” and “even violent in nature.”Most of the posts have not been described in detail, but one apparently includes an image of “a blood-spattered cartoon of a man carrying another man’s decapitated head with the text ‘Nat Turner’s slave rebellion.’” Nat Turner was the leader of a deadly uprising of enslaved people in Virginia in 1831. Other posts were described as appearing to “advocate violence.”The messages are now under investigation. As a precaution, police say they have a presence outside the Boston Fire Department headquarters.This is not the first time Facebook posts have gotten first responders in the state in trouble. A paramedic in Sterling was fired this month for posting a “racially inflammatory message” about black football players. 10/11/2017, 10:09 a.m.
News Video: Tow Truck Driver Helped Man in Wheelchair Inside Boston Tunnel Footage from the Prudential Tunnel shows the driver stopped traffic on the busy highway. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Screenshots from video provided by MassDOTA quick-thinking tow truck driver may have saved a life Tuesday morning after coming across a man in a wheelchair inside Boston’s busy Prudential Tunnel.Video from security cameras in the tunnel shows a 56-year-old Boston man in a wheelchair making his way westbound along the right lane of the Mass Pike at around 8:15 a.m., as cars rush by. The footage provided by MassDOT shows a tow truck driver, who has not been identified, pulling over with emergency lights flashing to block traffic and alert other oncoming cars. The man in the wheelchair can then be seen crossing a lane of traffic to get to the far-right lane near an on-ramp. He was not injured.State Police say emergency personnel showed up shortly thereafter and that the man in the wheelchair has been taken to an area hospital for evaluation. More information about how he ended up in the dangerous scenario was not immediately available Tuesday. But for now, police are thanking the driver of the tow truck for helping shield him from danger.“He was extremely helpful,” says State Police spokesman Dave Procopio, in an interview. “The tunnels are not meant for vehicles such as wheelchairs, bicycles, scooters, or mopeds. So there is a serious risk to a person using such a form of transportation in the tunnel. It’s too narrow, and especially during the morning rush hour there could have been tragic consequences.”“The driver played a huge role in turning his lights on and getting involved,” he continues. “We commend him for protecting this gentleman until emergency personnel could arrive.” By Spencer Buell· 2321235 3/26/2019, 11:38 a.m. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Print
Print 6/10/2019, 4:04 p.m. By Spencer Buell· Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Passers-by walk over a bridge named for former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz near Fenway Park, in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at close range Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)David Ortiz will be flown back to Boston “as soon as possible” to undergo treatment here after he suffered a gunshot wound in the Dominican Republic, Red Sox leadership said Monday.The beloved slugger is expected to arrive in the city as early as this evening, the officials said, and he will be taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.“Our medical team here in Boston and the doctors in the Dominican Republic have confirmed that David’s condition is still serious, but that he is stable enough to be transported back here to Boston for continued care,” Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy said in a Monday afternoon press conference. “In coordination with our medical team, the club has arranged for a medical air ambulance to transport David to Boston from Santo Domingo. Our hope is that David will arrive here in Boston sometime later tonight.”Ortiz suffered serious injuries and underwent several hours of surgery after he was shot in the back while at a bar in Santo Domingo Sunday night. Security footage appears to show a man arriving on a motorcycle, pointing a gun at Ortiz, and firing. A suspect, identified as Eddy Vladimir Féliz García, has been arrested. A second suspect was still reportedly on the run.Witnesses said the bullet entered Ortiz’s back and exited out his stomach. Dominican authorities described his condition as stable. Reports emerged that Ortiz suffered damage to several organs, including his colon and liver—injuries that experts in Boston told the Boston Globe today could in fact be life-threatening.Support has been flowing in from teammates, friends, and prominent figures with ties to the larger-than-life sports figure, including President Barack Obama, friend and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.In an earlier statement, the Sox had said earlier offered Ortiz’s family “all available resources to aid his recovery.”Speaking to reporters Monday, Kennedy reflected on the role Ortiz played after the Boston Marathon bombings, when he delivered his famous speech at Fenway Park.“We all remember that in 2013, when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us in late April,” he says. “And so its’ appropriate and expected that this community would rally around David when he needs us the most.” Sports The Red Sox Are Flying David Ortiz to Boston for Treatment He’s expected to arrive in the city later tonight.
Shane Lowry married Wendy Honner in April 2016 in New York City, which took place just a week after he made the cut at the Masters. But, no, it wasn’t on a whim.“My wife Wendy and I decided around Christmas  that we were going to do this,” Lowry told GOLF Magazine in 2016. “We just needed to book a hotel, book flights, do the paperwork. We left the Masters on Sunday evening, flew up, got to the hotel at about 11 p.m. We were up the next morning, going down to City Hall to register — and we’re gettin’ married! We love New York. It’s such a good place — our favorite place in the world.”NewsBritish Open 2019: How Shane Lowry found perspective following 2016 major disasterLowry and Wendy, a nurse who travels with her husband often, welcomed their daughter, Iris, in March 2017. Their first big moment on the golf course as a family came in January 2019, when Lowry ended a winless drought of over three years by claiming the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. His family was there to greet him on the green.“I’ll be honest. As soon as we had [our daughter] Iris, that’s what I’d dreamed about,” Lowry wrote in the Irish Times. “To have both Wendy and Iris in Abu Dhabi as I won was just dream stuff, something I wouldn’t really let myself think about until it actually happened because you’d only get emotional thinking about it. But ever since Iris was born (she turned 2 in March) that’s one of the things I’d always hoped for, for them to come out to me on the 18th green at a tournament. Because that would mean only one thing. I was a winner.”There might be a repeat moment on Sunday evening at the British Open at Royal Portrush.Check out some pictures of the happy family — and some from that moment in Abu Dhabi — below:Getty ImagesGetty ImagesGetty Images