Robinson Center celebrates 10th anniversary

first_imgA little more than 10 years ago, Marguerite Taylor walked into the building on N. Eddy Street that would become the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), without knowing how the facility would become an integral part of the neighborhood. “We stood here trying to figure out what we were supposed to do,” said Taylor, the associate director for Adult Programs. “It has grown into a great place.” The RCLC serves as a community resource for the people of South Bend, specifically the Northeast Neighborhood, Taylor said. It began as an off-campus educational initiative created in partnership between Notre Dame and the Neighborhood. The RCLC offers everything from afterschool tutoring for children in grade school to computer classes for the elderly to telephone service for a resident to use, Taylor said. They also hold community meetings there, with residents with different backgrounds coming together to give input. “It’s a safe, neutral place,” Taylor said. “Everyone has the right to talk.” According to the 2009-2010 RCLC Annual Report, more than 16,200 guests signed into the RCLC during the year. Jennifer Knapp Beudert, the manager of the RCLC, said the RCLC programming reaches an additional 3,000 people outside of the building with programs in South Bend community schools. “The foundation of everything we do is relationships,” Beudert said. “Our new slogan is ‘A decade of changing lives, one relationship at a time.’ It’s all about relationships.” During the morning and early afternoon, adults participate in activities ranging from Wii Bowling and fitness to book and computer clubs. After 3 p.m. the rooms transform, bringing in a crowd of young children and college tutors from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, among other volunteers. Notre Dame sophomore Linda Scheiber is one of the tutors, and she helps seventh-grader Joy Brown. “I’ve been here a year,” Scheiber said. “We help with pretty much all subjects, math and reading the most.” Brown said she went to the RCLC when she was a little girl, and she recently came back to get some help with homework. “[The help from tutoring] is good,” Brown said. “I enjoy being here.” Sophomore Isaac Harrington said he has helped seventh-grader Paul Ferguson for two years. “My roommate wanted me to start coming with him,” Harrington said. “It was fun, so I kept coming.” Ferguson said he was grateful for the help. “If I didn’t have tutoring, I probably wouldn’t be getting my homework done,” he said. Beudert said around 300 college student volunteers help each semester, with around 130 in both afterschool tutoring and the Take Ten program, an initiative going to local schools to teach students violence prevention and conflict resolution. Others help in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and adult programming.  Dr. Jim Frabutt, who serves on the RCLC Advisory Board, said the RCLC emerged out of a plan to find a way to have better relations with the community. “It’s a neat success story for Notre Dame and the Northeast Neighborhood,” he said. “It’s a great start, a great foothold. It’s one of the biggest assets Notre Dame has in terms of relations with the community. It serves as a great example of how these partnerships work.” Frabutt said the RCLC touches everyone, no matter what age, because of the community it fosters. “That’s why this place has a 360-degree perspective,” he said. “It touches the lives of college students, faculty and local students.” Taylor said the way the RCLC was designed was instrumental in its community feel. Through community meetings during the months before it opened, residents had a large input of what they wanted the building to be. “It’s not what we want it to be,” Taylor said. “It’s what the community wants it to be.” Tonight, the community is invited to an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the anniversary, Taylor said. There will be speakers and special guests, as well as music. “[The RCLC] is truly a reflection of the neighborhood,” Taylor said. She is the third of five generations to live on Francis Street and lives two blocks from the building. In fact, the center is named after her mother, Renelda Robinson, whom Taylor said was the heart of the neighborhood. “She was a community activist,” Taylor said. “She died before she could see it. She’d be thrilled if she could see it now.”last_img read more

Simply the best awards for improving the tourist offer and creativity

first_imgThe plaques were presented to the winners by Tomislav Fain, President of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies, and Maja Šimenc, Director of DMK Vall042 and the PUT Exchange. Ružica Mikačić for many years of journalistic work and expressed creativity in designing and realizing a number of attractive contents in the field of tourism, which gave a significant contribution to Croatian tourist journalism, but also to the improvement of overall Croatian tourism, especially in Dalmatia; Source / photo: DMK Wall 042 The “Simply the best” award for creativity and improvement of the tourist offer in six categories – catering, events, travel agencies, new projects, people, special awards – was received by 45 individuals and companies from the tourism sector. Category “Manifestations“It is divided into four groups. In the group “Preservation of traditional local customs”, awards were given to Bela nedeja (Kastav), Eko etno Gacka (Otočac), LIDAS (Pleternica) and (Sr) etno Selce (Crikvenica riviera). In the group “Entertainment and recreational facilities”, the awards were won by Country Weekend (Koprivnica), Toy Festival (Ivanić Grad) and Slovenian Weekend (Biograd na Moru). The winners of the group “Culture and eno-gastronomy” are the Pearl of the Sea (Supetar on Brač), Black Sheep (Baška), Strawberry & Sparkling Festival and Voloder Autumn (Voloder). In the last group “Sport and Recreation”, Du Motion (Dubrovnik), Lipik 3 × 3 Challenger (Lipik), Boat Marathon (Metković) and Uvati Vitar (Sutivan) received awards. Ivan Srakovčić for many years of innovative and creative entrepreneurial activity in the development of new tourist products, thus making an immeasurable contribution to the development and quality of the tourist offer of the Karlovac region; As part of the business tourism exchange PUT, which gathered more than 150 participants from five countries in Gradac, the annual awards of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and the magazine Way to Croatia were presented today at a ceremony at the Hotel Labineca. “A new project in tourismIs the category whose winners of the award are Adrenaline Park Duboka (Nature Park Papuk), Eco Ethno Farm Savus (Bukovlje), Interpretation Center for Maritime Heritage (Lošinj), Marcin Farm – Family Farm Martin Subotić (Germans), Paleo Park (Bale), Project Passes through time (Vodnjan), Project Šišanske legende (Ližnjan), Project Virtual and cultural tourism (Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County), Project For Zlarin without plastic (Zlarin) and Wine, olive & heritage festival (Jelsa).center_img Pavo Jerković for many years of creative work on shaping the special tourist offer, which marked the development of new tourist products with his own example, and gave an exceptional contribution to the tourist development of the Neretva Valley; Awards in the third category “Travel agency“Received Sunturist (Novalja), Viatica travel (Brestovec Orehovički), Aquamarin CK (Banska Bystrica, Slovakia) and TA Lambada (Bugojno, BiH). “Special recognitionsReceived Hotel Esplanada (Zagreb) for excellence, quality and year-round design of special facilities which significantly enriches the tourist offer of the destination, Krapina-Zagorje County for quality and development of year-round tourist offer based on tradition of life, culture and customs which makes Zagorje today positioned as attractive , content and the most developed Croatian continental destination and the Municipality of Vir for creativity and quality of year-round design of the tourist offer and continuous development and realization of new tourist contents, which significantly raised the attractiveness of the destination. Awards in the category “Persons“Received: Category “restaurant”Consists of three groups -” Offer of traditional food and beverages – restaurants “,” Offer of traditional food and beverages – picnic areas “and” Accommodation facilities with additional facilities “. In the first group, the awards were won by Mashtel Distillery (Nin), Klijet Lojzekova hiža (Gusakovec) and Restaurant Zlatne gorice (Kneginec Gornji). In the group related to picnic areas, the awards were won by the Kršlinov mlin picnic area (Bregana), the Mihoci picnic area (Maglenča) and the Vukovar house (Vukovar). In the last group, the winners are Hotel Boškinac (Novalja), Rooms Maksimilian (Osijek), Villa Covri (Brtonigla) and Zaton Holiday Resort (Zaton). Đurđica Šimičić for her creativity and inventiveness in the development of the destination management process and quality improvement in tourism, which gave a special contribution to building the tourist recognition of Lošinj and its positioning among the most attractive Croatian tourist destinations.last_img read more

Court junks PECO’s motion for reconsideration anew

first_imgThe properties were assessed to have a cumulative worth of P217.940 million. These include the Baldoza-La Paz substation; the General Luna substation; the Tabuc Suba, Jaro substation; the Bolilao, Mandurriao substation; and the Avancena Street, Molo substation. PECO went to the Court of Appeals (CA) twice for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the expropriation case in the Iloilo RTC. After the implementation of the writ of possession, PECO then filed a supplemental petition with the CA asking that PECO be returned to possession with a status quo ante order, which was also denied. “Defendant PECO, in fact, had resorted to other legal remedies to question the said action of the court but as of this writing, there is no order from the higher court to rule otherwise. Wherefore, finding no cogent reason to set aside or disturb its earlier order, the motion for reconsideration is denied,” it added. In a March 5, 2020 order, the Energy Regulatory Commission revoked the company’s certificate of public convenience and necessity./PN PECO then went to the CA for the third time for a TRO to stop the implementation of the writ of possession issued by the Iloilo RTC, but was denied. The Iloilo RTC earlier ordered the sheriff to place MORE Electric Power Corporation (MORE Power) in possession of PECO properties identified for expropriation.center_img To recall, the franchise of PECO – previously the sole operator in Iloilo City – expired on Jan. 19. ILOILO City – A regional trial court (RTC) here has dismissed the motion for reconsideration filed by Panay Electric Co. (PECO) on the court’s earlier decision against the company. RTC Branch 23 Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras reiterated that PECO has no more franchise to operate as power distributor for Iloilo City. The CA rejected its argument which cited constitutionality issues as a valid reason to stop the expropriation case. “Defendant PECO should know this better as this has been what they have been invoking and the very reason why the court crafted the addendum,” the decision read.last_img read more

Junior Parent Information night planned in Franklin County

first_imgBrookville, In. — Junior Parent Information Night at Franklin County High School will be Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The event is parents or guardians of juniors who would like to be prepared for the upcoming school year and learn about post-secondary options.last_img

Options Pregnancy Center Has a New Location

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOptions Pregnancy Center has a new location. The non-profit organization has moved from West Washington Ave to a new location on West Chisholm Street.Center Director, Emily Potter said the new location is bigger, and more welcoming for expecting families who may need to use the facility. Potter said the new location would help make future programs a lot easier to host thanks to the larger space.“We’re working on changing things around here and just making it more comfortable to be here with the new support group, and support groups who already started last year. We just needed a little bigger atmosphere. We have a fireplace out front now, and some couches…it will be more like a home situation rather than an office is what we were going for and a better location. It’s more central to the community and more central to organizations that we work with here in town. So it will make it a lot more convenience for us as well,” Potter said.The center’s goal is to expand services this year. The new location has more storage rooms, and more office space. Potter said more volunteers are need.If would like to become a volunteer contact the center at 989–354–6089.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: New Location, Options Pregnancy CenterContinue ReadingPrevious Rogers City Woman Dies In Trailer FireNext Road Commissions Enforce Spring Load Restrictions and Speed Reductionslast_img read more