On Nov. 13, the Public Service Recruiting Day expanded in its second year of providing Harvard College seniors with pathways into postgraduate opportunities in the public interest sector. Public Service Recruiting Day has proven to be an innovative effort by inviting leading public service organizations to campus to interview students in a structured manner. This year, the recruiting day attracted 30 organizations to interview 125 graduating seniors.“I was impressed by how supportive my fellow classmates were throughout the day,” said Dennis Ojogho, a senior at Harvard College. “On-campus recruiting events are notorious for producing a somewhat competitive environment, but this day did not feel that way at all.“I truly felt like the purpose of the event was to help students find opportunities that exist for them to make a positive impact in the public interest sector,” he added.Gene Corbin, assistant dean of Harvard College for Public Service, said, “It was thrilling to see students with so much to offer interviewing with these inspiring organizations and to realize that it is possible for them to devote their postgraduate pursuits to their public service passion.”This event was coordinated by the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), Institute of Politics (IOP), and Office of Services (OCS).
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John KominickiLong Islanders have vehemently opposed apartment construction over the years, fearing rental properties would increase traffic, crowd schools, raise taxes and recreate the urban blight many moved here to avoid.I know that’s not exactly a news flash, but stick with me.Forget that most of those fears were misplaced and, in some cases, just plain irrational. Renters, for example, actually pay higher per-foot taxes than home owners, and the record shows they produce fewer school-aged children. They also own fewer cars per household, which is understandable given how hard it is to find a parking space at an apartment complex.“Our young people continue to leave the region in droves, seeking affordable places to live elsewhere.”No matter. Nobody wanted apartments in their towns or villages and, thanks to local zoning and planning rules, almost nobody got them. As a result, the number of approved rental properties on Long Island flat-lined between 1980 and 2000, leaving developers either to fold their tents or sell out their interest in the stalled projects.For those who sold, the buyer was often AvalonBay, a national real estate investment trust that specializes in upscale apartments and has been developing on Long Island—or trying to—for 25 years. It’s managed to complete nine projects in that time, with a tenth set to open later this year. Some have been a dozen years in the making.A recent Long Island Index report called “The Long Campaign” chronicles Avalon’s many challenges and compares the process to running a political campaign: “Time-consuming, expensive and uncertain.”But let’s focus on the “expensive.”Beyond the high cost of land and construction, developers like Avalon can face years of legal and administrative haggling—the firm’s Rockville Centre development required a decade-long court fight—as well as other carrying costs. Community “give backs” can run the tab even higher. As part of Avalon’s negotiations in Garden City, for example, the developer agreed to donate land, make a $1 million contribution to local schools and build vets housing and a farm museum. The company even promised to haul out its own garbage.Business being business, those costs get passed on to the tenants, helping put new units out of the financial reach of most young Long Islanders, the crowd in most need of affordable places to live. Nonetheless, there’s enough pent-up demand to allow Avalon and others to fill their developments for years to come, earning very nice returns on their investment, however time-consuming, expensive and uncertain it might be.(And good for them.)But that’s not a success strategy for Long Island.Our young people continue to leave the region in droves, seeking affordable places to live elsewhere. They are increasingly joined by their parents’ generation, those around age 50, who either miss their kids or have grown tired of paying the Island’s crazy-high property taxes. The diaspora has begun to affect local businesses, which can’t find the workers they need to expand. That’s the makings of a very dangerous cycle.Ending the exodus by easing demand and lowering rents will require many, many additional apartments—thousands a year instead of the few hundred being added today. That will require extraordinary resolve on the part of our local elected officials, who must stare down the vocal minority to pass streamlined approvals, place limits on environmental squabbling and enact “as of right” zoning.Of course, given that we’re the ones who elect the elected, the extraordinary resolve really needs to come from us.Time for a gut check, friends.John Kominicki is president of Innovate Long Island. read more
Arn Anderson made his grand return to the national pro wrestling stage at All Elite Wrestling’s All Out pay-per-view event at the end of August. The reaction inside the Sears Center was deafening when Anderson walked down the ramp during the Cody vs. Shawn Spears match. Anderson went into the ring and delivered his patented spinebuster to send fans into a frenzy. THE ENFORCER! Double A #ArnAnderson just evened the odds with a spinebuster. #AEWALLOUT – Available on @BRlive https://t.co/bi2xiRzUST #AEW #AllEliteWrestling pic.twitter.com/3gDdFUeNgZ— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) September 1, 2019″I couldn’t have imagined getting the pop I got on that night,” Anderson, who will be at Starrcast IV this weekend in a series of appearances, told Sporting News. “The fact that the newer fans know who I am means I left a lasting impression on their fathers, their mothers, and their grandparents when they were watching me on television or at the arena.”Join DAZN to watch Logan Paul vs. KSI live on Nov. 9Before his AEW appearance, Anderson had been with the WWE as a producer from 2001 until he got released from the company in back February. While Anderson didn’t elaborate on what led to his departure, he felt like he was in a time warp.”I spent the last 18 years in the proverbial bubble,” Anderson said. “I missed a lot of time with my kids and events with my family. But now after 37 years of constantly being on the road, I can finally take a deep breath.”Life on the road is taxing for people involved in the professional wrestling business. Like the 61-year Anderson (real name Martin Lunde) explained, you miss a lot of things that ordinary people couldn’t imagine missing. For Anderson, it was even the small things one does on a daily or weekly basis that are always taken for granted that he finds gratifying to do. “Imagine waking up in the morning and going outside to take out your dog, take them for a walk and not have to then immediatly check your phone,” Anderson explained. “It feels great to do that or go to the grocery store and just look around and watch people push the shopping cart around. After having to travel for 37 years, it’s nice to be human again.”The natural assumption when Anderson showed up to All Out was that he would be joining the upstart company. Even though he did commentary in his hometown of Charlotte for next week’s AEW Dark, Anderson has no plans to ingrain himself and be part of the “Wednesday Night Wars” between AEW and WWE. “When I wake up on a Monday morning, it’s nice knowing for the next 10-12 days that I don’t have to do much of anything if I don’t want to,” Anderson excitedly said. “I’m not looking for anything to do as I’m thoroughly enjoying what I am doing at this stage of my life.”During some weekends, Anderson travels to Comic Cons and various conventions. What amazes the man known as “Double A” is the number of young people who approach him during these gatherings.”I always get the fathers and the younger grandpas coming up to me and telling me how much they loved me even though I was a bad guy for most of my run,” Anderson said. “But the most gratifying thing to me is when I have the young guys who cheer for John Cena come up to me and tell me how cool I am. And that’s because of what their male influences are telling them about me, watching the WWE Network and YouTube. “I didn’t get to do this stuff because I was wrestling and working behind the scenes for 37 years,” he continued. “It means a lot to me that after all these years, I get to meet the people who watched and bought a ticket to see me perform.”When not making appearances and hanging out with his wife, Anderson has his own podcast, titled, “ARN”, with podcast extraordinare, Conrad Thompson. The podcast (comes out every Monday) debuted at the end of the September and entails Anderson’s stellar career in the business. Doing something of this nature isn’t what Anderson envisioned, but Thompson made it an easy sell for “Double A.””The podcast is so much fun for me to do,” Anderson said. “Technology wise, I’m still behind but Conrad has been great in helping me out that way. If I get stuck on something from the past then Conrad always has my back. I couldn’t have asked for a better thing to do to stay connnected with the fans.” read more
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 1, 2016â€¢2:41 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.â€¢4:30 a.m. Richard A. Boese, 46, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for defective brakelight.â€¢7:28 a.m. Maggie A. Redford, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢7:30 a.m. Jon D. Ross, 33, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢7:35 a.m. Sheldon D. Ohl, 30, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation and driving while license is revoked.â€¢7:53 a.m. Terry L. Drake, 63, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢11:37 a.m. Officers took a report of lost wallet in the Wellington.â€¢3:12 p.m. Cloy L. Tafoya, 58, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢4:39 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block N. Washington, Wellington.â€¢9:45 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block N. G, Wellington.â€¢11:45 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of jewelry by known suspect in the 200 block N. Haslet, Wellington. read more