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Berlin’s Karen and Brian Zecchinelli Named Champions of Small Business

first_imgBERLIN’S KAREN AND BRIAN ZECCHINELLI NAMED CHAMPIONS OF SMALL BUSINESS Karen and Brian Zecchinelli, owners of the Wayside Restaurant and Bakery in Berlin, have been named the 2005 Vermont Champion of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Karen takes pride in the continued operation of her independent family business as well as providing her 75 full and part-time employees excellent wages and benefits, said Shawn Banfield, state director of the NFIB/Vermont chapter. The national honor was conferred on the Zecchinellis by the Leadership Council of the NFIB/Vermont chapter. Each year, NFIB singles out a small-business owner in all 50 states for special recognition and honors them with its prestigious Small Business Champion award. This is the second year the national NFIB has awarded small-business owners who go the extra mile for Main Street businesses and mom-and-pop companies. A 35-year NFIB member, the Zecchinellis are third-generation operators of the Wayside Restaurant. The Galfetti Family opened the business in 1918 and is now known coast-to-coast for quality home cooked food, excellent service and reasonable prices that serve over 1000 customers each day. Karen and Brian always respond to a call to actionwhether it is responding to a ballot, faxing a note to a legislator to make a point on a specific piece of legislation and working hard on local issues that impact Main Street businesses, said Banfield She noted that the Wayside Restaurant is closely connected to the community; Karen is active in the Methodist Church and serves as chairman of the Administrative Board, and she was also was very active with the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. She currently volunteers at the Berlin Elementary School. In 2004, the Wayside contributed to more than 100 Vermont Organizations.-# # #-last_img read more

Essex Junction project is first to benefit from new housing law

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas was on hand as a local developer broke ground at the site of the first new neighborhood created under the housing bill passed last year. In a ceremony at the future site of Village Haven, a 24-unit housing development off West Street in Essex Junction being built by Dousevicz, Inc., the governor praised the project as leading the way in an effort to get more housing built that working Vermonters can afford under the Vermont Neighborhoods program. This site is a great example of how we can work together to encourage housing that working families can afford. We can achieve this goal and at the same time uphold our strong environmental standards, Douglas said. And projects like are critical in this economy as they create jobs for Vermonters and stimulate our economy.The Vermont Neighborhoods bill was passed in spring 2008 to support and encourage new housing development within or contiguous to Designated Downtowns and Villages, where existing infrastructure already exists and where local zoning and planning are in place.Projects which meet these requirements, as well as the Vermont Housing Finance Agency s affordability requirements are exempt from Act 250, the state s development control law, thus reducing the cost to both the developer and ultimately the buyer. This project is directly across the street from Hiawatha Elementary School, and is a short walk to Summit Street and Fleming Schools, as well as the designated village center, Douglas said. It will be hooked up to Village water and sewer, and there is already housing here making this the idea location for working Vermonters and growing families.Village officials supported the project, calling it well integrated within the existing residential neighborhoods. It includes access to commercial and civic services, as well as transportation networks, said Village President Larry Yandow. There will even be sidewalks for pedestrians.Brad Dousevicz said the Vermont Neighborhood designation not only meant that the cost of building the homes would be reduced, but that some of the savings would be invested in making them more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. We are very pleased to be the first project designated in this fashion, Dousevicz. This new law means that we can build these houses without undue delays, and pass the savings on to families. And do so in a fashion that helps prevent sprawl.For more information please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/VermontNeighborhoods.htm(link is external)Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

Back injury forces Dodgers to leave Corey Seager off roster for NLCS

first_imgSeager injured his back on a slide into second base during the first inning of Game 3 of their NLDS on Monday in Arizona. He stayed in the game and played all nine innings as the Dodgers completed a sweep of the Diamondbacks. But the next day, Seager was in considerable discomfort. He went for an MRI after the team returned to Los Angeles and was diagnosed with a lower back sprain. Dr. Robert Watkins administered an epidural injection. Whicker: Yasiel Puig goes from outcast to centerpiece in Dodgers’ room Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor help Dodgers take NLCS opener Miller: Yasiel Puig delivers for Dodgers in an emotional Game 1 triumph Charlie Culberson rises to the occasion in Dodgers’ Game 1 victory center_img LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are justifiably proud of the depth that has carried them this far. But they are going to extreme lengths to show it off.A large sinkhole appeared on the Dodgers’ road to the World Series when a back injury forced them to leave shortstop Corey Seager off the roster for the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.“Yeah, this sucks, to be honest,” Seager summarized Saturday afternoon before Game 1.Related Articles NLCS Game 2: Dodgers vs. Cubs, game time, TV info and starting pitchers Then the Dodgers waited. Seager did not participate in any of the team’s workouts this week, receiving treatment daily in hopes that he would improve enough to play Saturday.“After he got the epidural, it was all about how he responded to it whether he’d be available for Saturday,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “Each day he has progressed but just not rapidly enough that we felt comfortable with the risk.”Seager said he still doesn’t know what happened to cause the injury.“It was a very normal slide. I watched it over and over again to see if I landed awkward, hit awkward,” he said. “It was extremely normal. I felt it on the slide right away. Really wasn’t kind of sure what it was. (The next batter, Yasiel) Puig pulled that first ball foul and I took off running and that’s kind of when I realized something was wrong.”Seager said he received treatment between innings and “basically the adrenaline of the game” kept him going. As the week progressed, the Dodgers considered their options, including keeping Seager on the NLCS roster and playing short a man if there was a chance Seager could return to action early in the series. That possibility was eliminated by Friday night when Friedman said the team knew Seager would miss the NLCS “assuming it wasn’t a miracle this morning.”The Dodgers now cling to the hope that Seager continues to recover and could be available if they advance to the World Series. Game 1 will be on Oct. 24.“Obviously, that’s what we’re hoping for,” Seager said. “Next week is going to be kind of a big week to see if I can get back into baseball activities and stuff. But right now, I’m not really sure. I’m progressing every day, which is really nice. But I’m not really sure.”Without Seager, the Dodgers also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from the NLCS roster, adding utilityman Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson.Culberson, Chris Taylor, Kike’ Hernandez and Logan Forsythe all worked out at shortstop during this week’s preparations without Seager. Pederson gives the Dodgers an additional outfield option if Taylor or Hernandez moves to shortstop.Culberson spent most of the year in Triple-A, batting .250 in 108 games (97 of them at shortstop) before joining the Dodgers in September. He got the start in Game 1 against Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana and will probably be the starting shortstop again in Game 2 when the Dodgers face another left-hander, Jon Lester. Taylor could move to shortstop when the Cubs start right-handers Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta later in the series with Pederson playing center field.“He’s a really good defender, has handled left-handed pitching pretty well,” Friedman said of Culberson. “This gives us options that we’ll kind of figure out in-game and for each game as we move forward.”The Dodgers have not fared well without Seager in their lineup. Over his two full seasons in the majors, the Dodgers went 176-106 (a .624 winning percentage) with Seager in their starting lineup, 19-21 without him (.475).“Obviously, it’s a big blow,” Game 2 starter Rich Hill said. “It’s just an unfortunate thing that happens in sports when you get an injury. It’s something where now we’re looking for the other guys to step up.“It’s going to be one of those things where we don’t know where the next guy’s going to come from that’s going to be supposedly the hero of a game or however you want to put it. But you can definitely kind of see that storyline building, I guess.”last_img read more

Tory Island ferry controversy needs Government intervention – Doherty TD

first_imgPearse Doherty TD has renewed calls for the Government to intervene in the ongoing controversy over the proposed new Tory Island ferry service. The Sinn Fein Deputy’s calls were made amid growing anger over plans to service the island with a vessel which is over forty years old. A protest which took place at the gates of Leinster House yesterday (Thursday) organised by members of the Tory island co-operative in opposition to the plans.Deputy Doherty said: “I was more than happy to come out and join representatives from Comharchumann Oileáin Torai, islanders and supporters during yesterday’s protest outside Leinster House as part of their campaign in opposition to proposals for the island’s new ferry service. “This protest has been organized by the Co-Op in an effort to highlight their opposition to the planned new ferry service which it’s proposed will service the island from 1st April 2018.“The contract for the new service, which is due to commence on 1st April this year, was awarded to the operator of the ‘Queen of Aran’, a boat built some 40 years ago.“The age of the vessel has prompted many islanders and commentators to question the suitability of the ship for the crossing, including fears over the safety of the vessel.“In fact, several families who currently live on the island have publicly stated their intention to leave Tory permanently should these proposals go ahead. “Clearly, this is a very concerning and deeply worrying situation and raises real doubts over the future of Tory island which is a truly unique place and a strong Gaeltacht island community.“As part of this campaign, I was happy to arrange a meeting between representatives from the Co-op and other Oireachtas members from across the various different political groupings this week with the view to discussing this issue and to allow the islanders the opportunity to voice their concerns.“While this week’s protest and follow-up discussions were extremely constructive, clearly the ball is very much in the Government’s court now if a resolution is to be found here.“Yet instead of offering credible solutions, all we’ve heard to date from the Department is some nice words on how it wants to alleviate the concerns of islanders without actually offering any meaningful solutions.“I am once again calling on the Government to take urgent action and intervene in this controversy because otherwise there is a real risk over the future of this proud island community.” Tory Island ferry controversy needs Government intervention – Doherty TD was last modified: February 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ferryPearse Doherty TDTory Islandlast_img read more