The Indiana State NAACP State Convention Conference was held in Bloomington this weekend, and included workshops on health, veterans affairs, environmental climate and justice and an awards banquet. The keynote speaker of the conference was Cornell William Brooks, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. WFHB Correspondent William Hosea spoke with Brooks about racial tensions in America and, in light of next week’s election, voter suppression, for today’s community report.
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Stefan Zweig was an Austrian Jew whose books were among the first burned by the Nazis in 1933. He was one of the most beloved writers of the 1920s and 30s, but he committed suicide in Brazil in 1942, despairing that the Old Europe he loved was lost. His novella “The Burning Secret” shows the psychoanalytic influence of his friend Sigmund Freud. Zweig has enjoyed a recent renaissance in the English-speaking world, and was the inspiration for filmmaker Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Hola Bloomington’s hosts Israel Herrera, Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Luz Lopez host a special segment “Un Cafecito con” Teatro VIDA. The hosts interview the actors and directors of a suite of four short Spanish and Portuguese language plays titled “Encerrados.” Also, they talk about the upcoming visit from Natalia Almada to Bloomington.
Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera , Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Luz Lopez albergan un segmento especial “Un Cafecito con” Teatro VIDA. Los locutores entrevistan a los actores y directores de una serie de cuatro obras de teatro cortas en español y portugués tituladas “Encerrados”. Ademas, hablan de la visita de Natalia Almada a Bloomington.
The public is invited to attend an informational open house regardin I-69 Section from from Bloomington to Martinsville. The event is next week, Wednesday October 29th from from 5:30 pm – 7:30pm at the Holiday Inn, located at 1710 Kinser Pike.
The I-69 Section 5 project involves rehabilitating and upgrading 21 miles of the existing, four-lane State Road 37 to interstate standards. The first phase of the I-69 reconstruction is tied to completion of traffic improvements in Bloomington such as a new interchange at Tapp Road, a third lane in each direction, a new overpass at Rockport Road and changes to That Rd.
There will be no formal presentation regarding the development, but a press release says that the public can comment on the proposed aesthetic treatment concepts .
On October 20th, The Richland Bean Blossom School Board sent their respects to the family of recent graduate Josiah Winks who died in a single-car collision on October 18th. Superintendent Mike Wilcox opened with comments about Winks who received his diploma earlier this month.
Larry DeMoss, speaking on behalf of the RBB Educators Association also expressed his condolences to Winks’ family, but said that “at the other end of the emotional spectrum” reports of a class trip to Michigan was an “upper” for the school district. Isabel, a student of Edgewood High School teacher Jeff Carmichael, has participated in three of Carmichael’s class trips, and thanked the school board for the educational opportunity.
The school board also talked about the upcoming bidding proposal for the school bus routes of the 2015-2019 school year. Superintendent Wilcox outlined the key dates for the bidding process.
The school district is also in the beginning phases of developing a long-range plan, beginning with the formation of a long range planning committee.
This week the convention center downtown played host to hundreds of politicians, businesspeople and government workers interested in the new I-69, both in Indiana and beyond. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford was on hand for the I-69 Summit and he brings us this report.
Work continues on sections 4 and 5 of I-69 in Indiana. Those portions will take the Interstate into Monroe County, through Bloomington and almost to Martinsville.
On Tuesday, September 29, in the Bloomington City Council Chambers four candidates discussed their qualifications for City Council district 1 and 2 in Monroe County. The session consisted of expert commentary and Audience Q&A. Candidates for City Council seat 1 are Shelli Yoder (D), and Nelson Shaffer (R). The candidates for City Council Seat 2 are Ryan Cobine (D), Brian Ellison (R). This event was recorded by Community Access Television Services and used with permission by Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
The city of Bloomington utilities department has awarded a three year contract to Gripp Incorporated to monitor city wastewater. City of Bloomington Utilities engineer Phil Peden addressed the Utility services board on October 20th and lined out the contract parameters.
Board member Jeff Ehman inquired about the previous company contracted to monitor Bloomington’s wastewater.
Peden said that several bids came in for the wastewater flow monitoring, and that Gripp had the lowest bid. The contract has been review by the city of Bloomington legal department and was unanimously approved by the utility services board.
A group studying proposals for a new recycling facility in Monroe County raised questions at a meeting October 16th. Stephen Hale is a member of the citizens advisory committee to the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District. Hale and other committee members formed a working group last year to look into the feasibility of building a new materials recovery facility, or MRF. That facility would process local recyclables and get them ready for sale. But Hale said he doesn’t have enough information yet to convince him the project is viable.
The District got final approval earlier this month to move forward with building a clean-stream MRF, meaning it will only process pre-sorted recyclables. But District employees are also pushing to build a waste-stream MRF that would pull recyclables from unsorted garbage. Hale said the issue needs to be studied further.
The MRF proposal has been a subject of dispute on the District’s Board of Directors. Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan has opposed the project, as have County Commissioners Iris Kiesling and Patrick Stoffers. Those three have been outvoted by four other members of the Board, led by Board President and City Council member Steve Volan.