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The Council for Community Accessibility Accepts Nominees For Awards

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The City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is seeking nominees for the annual awards ceremony that will take place on October 29th.

This year the event will take place at Bell Trace, off of 10th Street,  and starts at 6:30, Special Projects Coordinator, Craig Brenner says. There will be a keynote speaker who served in Iraq and tragically lost both his legs.

“He’s a motivational speaker from the Indianapolis Colts and we are really looking forward to having him. After, we’ll have an awards ceremony,” Brenner says

The awards acknowledge organizations, individuals and businesses that help make Bloomington more accessible for individuals with disabilities

“The Council for Community Accessibility researches any nominations and vote,” Brenner says.

The CCA is a volunteer group that advocates for those who are disabled. It’s been around for over 20 years and meet at City Hall once a month, Brenner says.

They make sure the buildings in the city are accessible to people with disabilities, he says.

“They also address issues in the business community and serve as an educational group to make sure people know what to do to make their programs and buildings accessible,” Brenner says.

Nominations can be submitted at www.bloomington.in.gov/cca. The submission deadline is Oct 11 2013.

Local Hair Salon Wins $2,500 From P&G For Local Charity

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Royale Hair Parlor has been awarded $2,500 by Proctor and Gamble’s Wella Hairdressers at the Heart Charity Challenge that took place in May.

“We won $2,500 for our charity of choice, CASA. We chose this because of our children’s art show that helped raise money for CASA last May,” said Community Outreach Coordinator, Mary Lecount.

Royale Hair Parlor located in downtown Bloomington, has an Auxiliary Gallery with Gallery Walk that allows local artist to show off their artwork. Before the challenge the Parlor displayed and auctioned off artwork done by children and they entered the Charity Challenge to raise money to help continue their community outreach

The Parlor put on the art show to help donate money for Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA is a volunteer program that provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse.

Lecount says that they will use the money and match a grant in their holiday newsletter, matching holiday donations to CASA.

The Parlor plans on putting on another children’s art show next year as well as other art events to help support local artists in the community.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security Surveys Hoosiers On Disaster And Emergency Readiness

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is gauging Indiana citizens’ readiness for emergencies and disasters through a brief online survey.

Ian Connor, public information officer with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security said the survey will help the public safety community gain a greater understanding of how prepared Indiana residents are and how to help increase that preparedness.

“We are doing the survey to engage Indiana citizen’s readiness in the case of a disaster. We want to know how prepared they feel to help us plan how we do our messaging. In the survey we ask if they have preparedness kits and how they get their emergency information like through Facebook or TV,” Connor said.

This is not the first time IDHS conduct the survey. The survey was last conducted in 2011. According to Connor, one of the most compelling findings then was the difference in the level of preparedness in different parts of the state.

“We found that citizens in the northwest parts of the state seem more ready than other parts. There is also a disparity between those who felt they were prepared in urban or rural areas. People in rural areas seem to be more prepared,” Connor says.

Residents of rural areas were nearly 12 percent more likely to be prepared than residents in urban areas. Three of the four highest-scoring regions, based on IDHS districts, were in the northwest portion of Indiana.

The Interstate 69 corridor from Marion to Allen counties showed a relatively low level of preparedness in the 2011 survey. The 10-minute online survey can be found on the IDHS website under the Featured Topics Section: “IDHS Citizen Preparedness Survey 2013.”

The survey will stay open until at least Friday, September 20, 2013.

IU Anthropologists Will Try Raising Funds Online For Research Project

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Four anthropology students from Indiana University are taking their funding request to the public. Crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter are becoming more and more popular as a way to fund all kinds of projects, big and small.

This group, studying in the lab of evolutionary anthropologist Michael Muehlenbein hopes to continue their study of how tourists and primates interact in South Africa by using these types of funds.

“The whole idea of ecotourism is that you take only photos and leave only footprints. But the reality is that unregulated ecotourism can have a variety of potential costs. One of those costs being the welfare of endangered species that we’re interested in going to visit,” Muehlenbein says.

Diseases transmitted from humans to primates can be disastrous to wild primate populations. Primates can transmit diseases like malaria right back to humans. The goal for these researchers is to study what people know about primate and human diseases and their attitudes towards them. These and other factors can influence disease transmission.

“Humans are attracted to monkeys and apes, they’re cute, they’re fuzzy and they act like us. Non-human primates share a lot of diseases with humans and we know there are a lot of instances of disease transmission from them to humans, HIV being a good example. So, I wanted to wrap my brain around the decisions tourists make that might influence the transmission of diseases like that,” Muehlenbein says.

The students helping Muehlenbein in his research hope to reach out to the community by involving them in the funding and researching process. They plan on using Microryza, a website dedicated to helping smaller science projects reach their funding goals.

Muehlenbein thinks that becoming involved in this kind of research project could mean so much to the science community.

“I think a lot of younger people are not as involved in science as they should be. In general, I think the public loves celebrities, but I think they should love scientists just as much. As a donor, they have an investment more than just money because we have multiple incentives. We want to involve them every step of the way, telling them why we’re doing this, from the inception of the project to the very end,” Muehlenbein says.

The goal is to raise $7,500  to pay for plane tickets and the research would  take about three weeks.

 

By Casey Kuhn

EcoReport August, 29, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Mike Ryan from the National Weather Service talks about this summer’s weather and why global warming is not a linear function.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

CREDITS
Anchors: Rebecca Ellsworth, Dan Young
This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Chris Martin.
This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Weltsee.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered.
Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Standing Room Only – Nature Deficit Disorder

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On April 12th Richard Louv  spoke at the Reynold E. Carlson lecture. His talk centered on the importance of nature to the sociological and psychological health of humans, particularly in large cities. Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books on the connection between family nature and community, and he coined the term “Nature-deficit-disorder.  This lecture was recorded on location at the IU Memorial Union by WFHB correspondents for Standing Room Only.

Ordinance meant to keep homeless from sleeping on courthouse lawn

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The Monroe County Commission approved a new law August 23 aimed at keeping homeless people from sleeping on the Courthouse lawn. The law formally establishes hours of operation for the Courthouse grounds.

“This summer, people have taken to camping on the courthouse grounds and that’s resulted in trash and bodily waste to the degree that the public health of the safety crew and people visiting is in peril” says County Attorney David Schilling.

People experiencing homelessness have been sleeping on the courthouse lawn for months. There is no Interfaith Summer Shelter this year, and the city of Bloomington has shut down informal shelters on 11th street and in a city parking garage. Commission member Iris Kiesling asked how this new law would be enforced. Schilling said they’d put up signs saying the hours of the lawn and violation of the hours would be grounds for a trespass violation.   The official hours of operation for the courthouse lawn are now 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day. Kiesling said the County has taken measures to make it “less fun” to sleep on the lawn, but she didn’t say what those measures were.

“Businesses around the courthouse can see what’s going on and are concerned. It’s a shame because we have such a beautiful courthouse and I’d hate to see that getting destroyed,” Kiesling said.

All three members of the Commission voted to approve the ordinance. The wording of the law will have to be published in the Herald-Times before police are allowed to impose fines for violating it.

Interchange – James Capshew: Herman B. Wells and The Promise of the American University

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This week on Interchange, host Trish Kerle’ speaks with Jim Capshew, IU associate professor and author of a biography of the late President and Chancellor of Indiana University, Herman B. Wells.  Capshew speaks about Wells’ personality and leadership style, his time as a student, Dean of the business school, President and Chancellor at IU and his legacy and contributions to IU, Bloomington, and higher education.

Daily Local News – August 27, 2013

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The Monroe County Commission approved a new law August 23rd aimed at keeping homeless people from sleeping on the Courthouse lawn; Airline passengers should be prepared to face higher ticket prices and less service if the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines goes through, according to a local expert on anti-trust and consumer law; State Representative Peggy Mayfield will be joining members of the National Federation of Independent Business at a field hearing on Wednesday, August 28 in Bloomington; Bloomington bus riders now have a new alternative technological option with the introduction of a GPS real-time mapping system; Changes to the construction project at Griffy Dam will save about $17,000, according to Bloomington Utilities Department engineer.

FEATURE
Documents: I-69 Contractors Have Histories of Violations
Crews with vacuum trucks and other equipment are still working this week to clean up eroded soil along the planned path of Interstate 69 in southern Monroe County. Storms earlier this summer caused sediment to flow away from I-69 construction sites and into local waterways after contractors failed to control the erosion. The sediment can make it difficult for aquatic life to survive in the local creeks and streams, and some nearby residents worry their water supplies could be contaminated. Now, documents shared with WFHB have revealed this summer’s erosion problems were only the most recent in a long line of violations committed by contractors building I-69. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Thinking about getting a new feathered or furry friend? Emily Herr from the Bloomington Animal Shelter is back again to discuss how adding a new pet can effect your finances.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Bill Daugherty
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Today’s feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, along with the Monroe County Public Library and and Monroe County United Way
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Bring It On! – August 26, 2013

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William Hosea and Cornelius Wright welcome B.I.O. contributors Beverly Calender-Anderson and Eric Love to the show.

PART ONE
Bring It On! Contributors Beverly Calender-Anderson and Eric Love come on to review the two new
movie releases The Butler and Fruitvale Station.

PART TWO
Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

PART THREE
William and Cornelius share their views on the protest Monday at Boxcar Books by the I.U.
chapter of the Traditionalist Youth Network, a white heritage, white supremacist group.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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