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Volunteer Connection – February 7, 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!

Daily Local News – February 7th, 2014

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The Deputy Director of Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Akia Haynes, announced yesterday that there is probable cause that Indiana University Health racially discriminated a former employee; The night manager at a Bloomington laundromat told the City Council that people experiencing homelessness are increasingly trying to spend the night at the business; Yesterday 13 Indiana businesses added their names to the “Employers for Freedom” coalition; A nationwide propane shortage is hitting Indiana hard during this year’s severe winter.

FEATURE
Free Tax Help From IU Law Students
Doing your taxes isn’t always straightforward, and it can be even more confusing for foreign students or someone whose first language isn’t English. Indiana University’s Maurer Law School and Kelley School of Business offer a free program for tax assistance, called VITA (VYE-tuh), specialized for those who are not from this country and are unfamiliar with the tax code. WFHB correspondent Casey Kuhn talked to Charles Gray, one of the program directors, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Lyndsey Wright, Neal Earley, and Mike Glab
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Adam Riechle, along with Correspondent Casey Kuhn
Volunteer Connection is produced by Emma Ohland, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Voices in the Street – Black History Month: African-American Heroes

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February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.

ACLU Challenges Indiana War Memorial Commission to Allow Protests without Permit

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Until this week, in order to protest on Monument Circle in Indianapolis or other monuments controlled by the Indiana War Memorial Commission, citizens needed to contact the commission and acquire a special permit to protest. The ACLU found this policy to be a violation of citizens’ First Amendment rights, and this week the U.S. court of appeals issued an injunction that stops the commission from enforcing the permit policy. Correspondent Lauren Glapa has the report for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – Febuary 6, 2014

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State legislators representing the Monroe County area gave their views on more than dozen pieces of proposed legislation at a forum last Saturday; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for residents to rent garden plots in the Willie Streeter Community Gardens and the Butler Park Community Gardens; Senator Brent Steele’s proposal to amend Indiana’s constitution to guarantee residents the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife passed on a forty-three to four vote by the full Senate on Monday; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is looking for individuals to fill two Special Member seats to serve two-year terms on the Environmental Resources Advisory Council, or ERAC; This weekend in local sports: Tomorrow the Indiana University Men’s Tennis team plays Xavier at 10 am and Western Michigan at 3pm.

FEATURE
ACLU Challenges Indiana War Memorial Commission to Allow Protests without Permit
Until this week, in order to protest on Monument Circle in Indianapolis or other monuments controlled by the Indiana War Memorial Commission, citizens needed to contact the commission and acquire a special permit to protest. The ACLU found this policy to be a violation of citizens’ First Amendment rights, and this week the U.S. court of appeals issued an injunction that stops the commission from enforcing the permit policy. Correspondent Lauren Glapa has the report for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street:  “Black History Month: African-American Heroes”

February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans
who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Jalisa Ransom
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Mike Glab, and Dani (DAN-ee) Aleksa, along with
Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent Lauren Glapa.
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

bloomingOUT – February 6, 2014

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President of Woven, a national, web-based company that provides financial and legal education and resources for the LGBT community Kristin Davis discusses the organization and its offerings. Assistant Curator for the Eiteljorg Western Art, History and Culture Museum in Indianapolis Johanna Blume talks about the “Blake Little: Photographs from Gay Rodeo” exhibit now showing through 13 July 2014. Featured artist is R&B singer Nhojj. Musical selections are “Amazing Grace” and “Hypnotic Dream.”

www.livewoven..com or kdavis@livewoven.com
www.eiteljorg.com
www.nhojj.com

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Guest Co-Anchor Nick Tumino

EcoReport – Elisa Pokral: Sustainable Management Practices

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Elisa Pokral discusses the Monroe County recycling program for the district and talks about the impact sustainable management practices have on the environment.

ERAC Looking To Fill Natural Resource Management Positions

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is looking for individuals to fill two Special Member seats to serve two-year terms on the Environmental Resources Advisory Council, or ERAC.

The ERAC acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Park Commissioners, on policy matters pertaining to the operation of city-managed natural areas or facilities.

To fill these positions, the ERAC specifically needs people who have expertise in the field of outdoor recreation and environmental education programs, and people who have expertise in natural resources management. Special member applicants must reside or own property in Monroe County. More information about the positions is available online, at Bloomington.in.gov/parks

Senator Steele’s Proposed Hunting and Fishing Amendment Passes

Senator Brent Steele’s proposal to amend Indiana’s constitution to guarantee residents the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife passed on a 43 to 4 vote by the full Senate on Monday.

Steele’s Joint Resolution 9 provides that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of Indiana’s heritage, and should be preserved for the public good. SJR-9 states that hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.

This constitutional amendment does not limit the application of any law relating to trespass or property rights. 17 other states over the past several years have added the constitutional right to hunt and fish.

The Indiana government, along with seven other states, is considering bills in 2014 that propose the creation of a state constitutional amendment to protect the same right.

SJR-9 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Registration to Rent Community Garden Plots Open

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for residents to rent garden plots in the Willie Streeter Community Gardens and the Butler Park Community Gardens. Community Gardening Program Manager Robin Hobson says the program began in 1984 and has grown to 184 plots at the Willie Streeter location. Some of the plots are raised beds for accessible gardening and there is a community garden in Butler Park with 39 plots.

Hobson says the Parks and Recreation Department provides water, composting facilities, fencing, communal tools, and other services to help maintain the gardens. The gardens have parking located nearby, and both are located on Bloomington Transit bus routes.

The department offers scholarships for those in need, which covers 85 percent of cost remission for the gardening program.

Hobson says that these gardens provide individuals a place to grow their own food and learn from other gardeners.

“The community benefits from these plots because people can supplement their tables with the food they grow, providing themselves with the freshest and most local produce possible,” Hobson says, “They can also share gardening activities with other gardeners and learn from other peoples’ techniques.”

Parks and Recreation partners with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Food Pantry at some gardening locations. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard reaches out to community members by offering youth gardening education, gardening classes, and gardening activities. Individuals who have rented plots in 2013 can renew their plots from now until Feb. 14. New gardeners, and anyone who would like to move to another gardening location, can begin registering on Feb. 18.

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