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Monroe County Energy Mobile Promotes Conservation

The Monroe County Energy Mobile spent this past weekend in the Sycamore Knolls neighborhood. Bloomington Commission on Sustainability member Molly O’Donnell made the announcement last week just prior to the visit. “We’ve designed signs that can go from one area to another…just saying ‘Energy Mobile Coming to You Soon,'” O’Donnell said at a Commission meeting. “If we go to houses…and …

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Indiana’s Child Well-Being Rank Drops

Indiana’s ranking for child well-being has dropped over the past year, according to this year’s Kids Count databook released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But Indiana’s new rank is not necessarily the result of worsening conditions in Indiana. According to the report, other states like Missouri and New York have improved over the past year, leaving Indiana behind. Hoosier …

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IU Receives Grant to Study Possible Autism Link

IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The study will be conducted by Jeffrey Alberts and Chris Harshaw of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The researchers will examine the effect of body temperature on mice with genetic disorders that mimic the symptoms of …

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Single-Use Bag Ordinance

Last week the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single use bag ordinance. Clark Sorensen is the chair of the Committee. “We’re going to vote on whether or not to support the single-use bag ordinance that’s being proposed. We’re going to send out the actual ordinance to members and …

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Google Contributes $150,000 to I.U. for STEM Research

Google has contributing $150,000 to a study by two Indiana University researchers who want to understand the connection between early childhood experiences and interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM. Adam Maltese and Kylie Peppler, associate professors at IU’s school of education, will study how putting things together and taking them apart can promote a …

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Lotus Foundation Buys Old Fire Station For $1.00

Last night the Bloomington Board of Public Works approved selling the old Rogers Street fire station to the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation for one dollar. Over the years, staff have consulted with other arts groups and artists interested in the building. The former fire station is at 105 South Rogers Street. Economic and Sustainable Development Director, Miah Michaelson noted …

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Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Seeks Nominees

The Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Awards is looking for nominees for their 5th annual awards ceremony. Viable candidates must be advocates in the Latino Community and exemplify leadership, initiative, advocacy, and dedication in Monroe county.There will be four categories of awards: The Latino Leader Award, Outstanding Latino High School Senior Award, Community Organization/Agency Award and The Latino Community …

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Board of Zoning Appeals Denies Brewer’s Request

The control the city of Bloomington government exercises over housing near IU was demonstrated last week at a meeting of the city Board of Zoning Appeals. Local property owner Derk Brewer asked the Board for permission to have more than three unrelated adults live in his house on State Road 46. According to Planning and Transportation Director Tom Micuda, the …

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Fair Labor Initiative Gains Support of Local Restaurants

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission is continuing to encourage fair labor practices in local restaurants. Since the Commission began the Fair Labor Initiative in December, the program has gained the support of more than 30 local eateries. Participating restaurants have pledged they will comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, including minimum wage, overtime, tip-paying and record-keeping requirements. They also …

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Stafford Family Donates To Sycamore Land Trust

Sycamore Land Trust has just announced a new addition to its more than eighty-four-hundred acres of preserved land in southern Indiana. The organization has been preserving land and providing environmental education for 25 years. Their most recent project is the “Stafford Family Preserve,” which is a 46 acre nature preserve next to Brown County State Park. The land was donated …

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