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Monroe County Public Library To Change And Expand Hours

The Monroe County Public Library will be change hours starting on Labor Day.

The Library’s Board of Trustees voted June 18 to add two extra hours on Sundays, meaning the Library will soon be open from noon until 6 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Library Director Sara Laughlin said the administration has been wanted to expand Sunday hours for years.

“In 2012 when we did a community survey, what would you choose to change our services,” Laughlin says. “Number one, of course, was fix parking. But number three was expand weekend hours.”

Laughlin said the city’s parking meters also motivated the change. Parking is free on Sundays. To help offset the cost of the change, the Library cut an hour from its Friday schedule. It will open at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. on Fridays.

The Board also voted to push back its schedule on Saturdays. The building will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays instead of 9  to 5.

The changes take effect September 1.

Rural Monroe County Residents May See Major Rezoning Shifts

Some Monroe County residents raised questions June 17 about proposed rules that would affect the most rural parts of the county.

The rules would apply to areas more than two miles from Bloomington. They would not affect smaller communities like Ellettsville or Stinesville.

The County Plan Commission is seeking to simplify its rural zoning rules by establishing just two zones instead of the current 20. But resident Steven Cordell said that approach might have been counterproductive.

“You’re taking something that was too complicated and making it overly simplified,” Cordell says. “I think that might be a big over-correction.”

Cordell’s complaints with the proposed rules focused largely on restrictions that would keep residents from subdividing their land into lots of relatively small parcels. Commission members have said the County can’t support the infrastructure required by those kinds of typically residential developments.

Other residents, like Steve Smith, asked why the rules restrict rural businesses from developing.

“The existing businesses have been there a long time with the zoning code changing around them,” Smith says. “This would blanket change everything, and when they become pre-existing, non-conforming, that’s like saying ‘we don’t want you.’”

Commission members said they are waiting to develop some rules for businesses. Commission member Julie Thomas said consultant is still working on rules governing the Bloomington Urbanizing Area, which is the two miles of County land surrounding the city. Thomas said those regulations would affect the rural zoning rules.

 

Bring It On! – June 23, 2014

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome David Hummons and Greg Tourner from the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males.

PART ONE
Established in 2001, The Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males network with groups with similar missions, such as the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, the African American National Council, and local commissions throughout the state. They also develop action committees addressing problems of Black males in the areas of Education, Health, Criminal Justice and Employment and serve as a catalyst to promote positive public and private remedies to the multi-faceted problems confronting Black males in the Bloomington community and the resulting effects on the entire community at large.

Joining Bev and William on the show to elaborate on the progress and future initiatives of the commission are members David Hummons and Greg Tourner.

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

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

Daily Local News – June 23, 2014

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After months of delay, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District is pushing forward again with plans for a new recycling facility; The Monroe County Stormwater Management Board debated June 12th whether to give $25,000 to a local conservation group; At a meeting June 16th, the Bloomington Utilities Service Board questioned the cost of remodeling a break room at the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.

FEATURE
The annual Taste of Bloomington brings together scores of Bloomington’s independently-owned restaurants for an afternoon of food, music, and the coveted waiter/waitress race trophy. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with the organizers and volunteers who help run the event, as well as satiated attendees and a three-month old establishment making it’s “taste” debut, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Meagan Barnhart, volunteer at Middle Way House, talks about her experiences working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the need for more volunteers to make the Middle Way House mission even more successful. Go to http://www.middlewayhouse.org/ to volunteer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The Sounds of “Taste of Bloomington”

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The annual Taste of Bloomington brings together scores of Bloomington’s independently-owned restaurants for an afternoon of food, music, and the coveted waiter/waitress race trophy. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with the organizers and volunteers who help run the event, as well as satiated attendees and a three-month old establishment making it’s “taste” debut, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Activate! – Middle Way House: Meagan Barnhart

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Meagan Barnhart, volunteer at Middle Way House, talks about her experiences working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the need for more volunteers to make the Middle Way House mission even more successful. Go to http://www.middlewayhouse.org/ to volunteer.

Books Unbound – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Part 4

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James Joyce was a pioneering writer of modernist fiction and poetry, known for his innovative prose style and complex wordplay. Born in 1882 in Dublin, Joyce left Ireland at the age of twenty to study in Paris. Within months, he started his first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Published in 1914, A Portrait established Joyce as both an experimental stylist and a pusher of boundaries who questioned religious and nationalist orthodoxy.

A Portrait was received as a bold achievement by most of Joyce’s literary peers, but some critics dismissed its realism as a dirty obsession with sex and sewage. These controversies were soon eclipsed by Joyce’s monumental Ulysses. Today regarded as the definitive modernist novel in English, Ulysses was officially banned as obscene in both Britain and the United States, earning Joyce a perennial place among literary masters whose works were suppressed.

Volunteer Connection – June 20, 2014

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A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!

Indiana’s Recent Job Growth Loaded with Low Wage Jobs

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A report from the National Employment Law Project found that the increasing number of jobs in Indiana offer wages under the federal median annual salary line. As poverty-level paying jobs are on the rise in Indiana, state democrats are pushing to increase minimum wage. Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with District 60 representative Matt Pierce about minimum wage and the current state of the job market in Indiana for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – June 19, 2014

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Bloomington’s annual celebration of local food fare – The Taste of Bloomington – is this Saturday from 3pm to 11pm, in Showers Common; Monroe County is making plans for what to do with debris from tornadoes or other disasters that could affect the area; The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has released their plans for this summer’s Crisis Assistance Cooling Program through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; The Monroe County Plan Commission put forward a brand new set of rules for the County’s rural areas late last month.

FEATURE
A report from the National Employment Law Project found that the increasing number of jobs in Indiana offer wages under the federal median annual salary line. As poverty-level paying jobs are on the rise in Indiana, state democrats are pushing to increase minimum wage. Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with District 60 representative Matt Pierce about minimum wage and the current state of the job market in Indiana for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This Saturday, thousands of local residents will brave the heat to sample the sumptuous at the annual “Taste of Bloomington” festival. The event raises tens of thousands of dollars for Community Kitchen and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. So Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about some of their favorite Bloomington restaurants. A warning to listeners: this segment is likely to make your mouth water.

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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