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Daily Local News (每日地方新闻) Dec 3,2014 – The Monroe County Public Library (Monroe公共图书馆)

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The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award –Monroe公共图书馆已经获得了印第安纳州图书馆联盟编程奖

Interchange – Understanding the Role of the Local School Board

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School Boards seem to have arisen alongside public schooling in general. In 1826 Massachusetts formally established the system of school committees by requiring each town to elect a separate school committee to have “the general charge and superintendence” of all the public schools of the town. Over time, this model spread to the rest of the nation, insuring that local citizens would have a direct voice in the development and governance of their public schools.

But groups like ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) want to do away with the School Board; state legislatures across the country continue to take away the power of communities to educate their citizens requiring measures of success that do little to foster learning. How can a School Board fight back?

Guests:

Ray Golarz is a former Indiana teacher and superintendent and co-author of the 2012 book The Problem Isn’t Teachers; he has been recognized especially for his pioneering work in implementing site-based shared decision-making. During his career he has served as a middle and high school teacher, administrator at various levels including superintendent, and has taught at St. Joseph’s College, Purdue University Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, and City University in Seattle.

Jenny Robinson is a parent with two children attending MCCSC schools, and a board member of the Monroe County branch of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education (or ICPE Monroe County).

Credits:

Host and Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media Coordinator: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Monroe County Public Library Awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award

The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award. The Indiana Library Federation is a member-driven organization that promotes the professional growth of Indiana libraries and is made up of librarians, library staff, administrators and trustees. According to an Federation’s press release, the Monroe County Public Library won the 2014 Programming Award for its successful, creative, and contemporary program efforts. In particular, the library’s programming during Disability Awareness Month during March, 2014 was the culmination of two years of focused efforts by library staff and others to better serve those in the community with disabilities as well as their families and received honorable mention. In the library’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan the library pledged to improve services to the underserved disabilities audience. This was an effort conducted in partnership with the City of Bloomington,The Indiana University Center for Disabilities and Community, The IU Health Bloomington Hospital Children’s Therapy Center, StoneBelt ARC and local disability services agencies. A working group of library staff, approved by the library trustees, was established to conduct research, collect feedback and make recommendations as to how to expand the library’s capacity to serve patrons with disabilities. They addressed such issues as physical barriers to the library, creating a web page focused on disabilities services, and coordinating staff development on such issues.

Monroe County Plan Commission Holds Off Adopting New Rules for Rural Areas

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The Monroe County Plan Commission held off on adopting new rules for rural areas at a meeting November 18th. As with previous meetings, the Commission heard complaints about the regulations from the public, mostly from local realtors. The issue was complicated by recent problems with the County’s website. Several speakers said they have not been able to access documents related to the ordinance. Commission member Ron Foster suggested what he called a roundtable discussion with concerned citizens.

Foster said, “We’ve had a lot of realtors and builders here. It seemed like there was still a lot of miscommunication between what they perceived and what is actually going on. They talked about a roundtable- and that we have another month’s. Can we get a round table either with some of us and staff, to sit down with them to work out the miscommunications? I think it’s embarrassing that people have been trying to get on the website for three weeks and they can’t even download their documents.”

The regulations would set limits on how rural property owners could subdivide their land. The goal, according to Commission members, is to prevent sprawling development. The rules would not apply to any of the municipalities in Monroe County or to the two-mile fringe around Bloomington. Greg Young, a farmer in Benton Township, asked the Commission not to impinge on his property rights.

Young said, “Let’s not let government get so big so that guys like me can’t do our quality of life. If you start tying my hands, one day I’m not going to sell it, I’m going to give it to my grandkids. They want to build a home on it, how many building lots in Monroe County don’t have a 15% slope or aren’t in a flood plane? Come on, people. Not many. Out of my 160 acres, I’ll get ten lots if I’m lucky. I have five grandchildren, and we’re not done yet. You never know, I might need more than ten. I respect all of your hard work, believe me, you’re looking out for Greg, but old Greg can get by without you, everybody.”

The Commission did not set a date for the roundtable discussion.

bloomingOUT – November 27, 2014

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In this Thanksgiving special, hear from the LGBTQ+ about what Thanksgiving is like for them and what they’re thankful for.

Producer Olivia Davidson
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Script Director Hayley Bass
Correspondents Jeff Jewel, Ryne Shadday

The Ins and Outs of Money – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

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We all have to eat—but not all dinners are created equal. Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard stops by with new ways to think about planning, preparing, and eating nutritious food that’s right for any budget.

Kathleen Falk Addresses Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment in Bloomington

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Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013, serves as the Midwest’s connection to the Affordable Care Act. She stopped through Bloomington today in an event hosted by Nancy Woolery, Health Projects coordinator for the City of Bloomington. Information about the open enrollment period here, in today’s community report.

United Way and City of Bloomington produced open enrollment assistance cards that will be going out to residents to help explain the affordable care act registration process.

Daily Local News – December 2, 2014

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana recently filed suit against The GEO Group, a Florida company that privately runs the New Castle (Indiana) Correctional Facility; The Environmental Protection Agency has recently been under fire from Indiana politicians and government agencies for its enforcement of new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal and oil-fuel power plants; The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award; The Monroe County Plan Commission held off on adopting new rules for rural areas at a meeting November 18th; The Bloomington Utilities Department is spending $38,000 to deal with energy issues at its headquarters on Miller Drive.

FEATURE
Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013, serves as the Midwest’s connection to the Affordable Care Act. She stopped through Bloomington today in an event hosted by Nancy Woolery, Health Projects coordinator for the City of Bloomington. Information about the open enrollment period here, in today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Jack Hannek, Cathi Norton and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Anna Legge
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – December 1, 2014

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William Hosea and Beverly Calender-Anderson welcome Evelyn Smith.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Beverly welcome Evelyn Smith of Middle Way House. she joins us to discuss the psychological and victim’s rights dynamics related to the ever-increasing Bill Cosby rape allegations.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

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

EcoReport – November 27, 2014

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Today’s Thanksgiving Special EcoReport features highlights of a meeting of the Indiana Forest Alliance held on October 18 . Jeff Stant of the Indiana Forest Alliance dicusses their strategic plan for the coming year, and Mike Luurtsema, Hoosier Forest Watch Co-ordinater, talks about the “Wild Indiana Campaign” to set aside areas to be free from logging.

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.

Today’s show was recorded by Norm Holy and engineered by Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Dan Young and Kelly Miller. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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