Assistant Professor of Practice – Entry Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

first_imgQualifications A post-professional doctorate degree is required. Five years’experience as an occupational therapist is required.NBCOT certification is required.Must be licensed (or obtain license) as an occupationaltherapist in the state of Pennsylvania.Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.Experience working with a diverse student population.Peer-reviewed, published work is preferred, but notrequired. Chatham UniversityAssistant Professor of Practice Entry Level Doctor ofOccupational Therapy ProgramFounded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in ourareas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts &sciences and business & communications. Chatham hasconsistently been named a College of Distinction and a “BestCollege” by U.S. News & World Report, and–as the almamater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of ’29)–isperennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the UnitedStates by Sierra Magazine and the PrincetonReview.Chatham’s mission is: “to prepare students to build lives ofpurpose, value and fulfilling work…by preparing graduates to beinformed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognizeand respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and tolive sustainably.” Building on this mission, Chatham is committedto creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and workingenvironment for all members of the campus community.Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk Schoolof Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Scienceand Business; and the School for Continuing & ProfessionalStudies.Located in Pittsburgh, PA–one of the country’s most livable citiesand great college towns–Chatham is spread across three distinctlocations: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; ChathamEastside in the fast-growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one ofthe world’s most sustainable campuses.Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strongcommitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans,individuals with disabilities, and members of otherunderrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. ChathamUniversity does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexualorientation, age, or national origin.To help support the work of the University we have an opening,beginning in the Fall 2021 term, for a full-time AssistantProfessor in the Entry Level Doctor of Occupational TherapyProgram.Position Summary: Under the supervision of the ProgramDirector, the faculty member is responsible for providing classroominstruction in the foundations of occupational therapy and has aprimary responsibility in providing mentorship and advisement tostudents throughout their Capstone project development,implementation, and dissemination. This position will be a facultyrole with the title of Assistant Professor and is responsible forall duties outlined in the Faculty Manual.Academic Responsibilities Actively pursues continuing education activities as requiredfor maintaining professional qualifications.Maintains professional certifications and/or licenses asappropriateParticipates in university and professional committees asoutlined in the Faculty Manual.Represents the program at national, state, local, and collegemeetings and other activities as directed by the PD.Participates in the student application and selectionprocess. Professional Responsibilities Participates in accreditation review, assessment andimplementation of changes on an ongoing basis.Participates in the interview and selection process for FT/PTfaculty and prospective students.Assists the PD with the preparation for ACOTE accreditation andre-accreditation site visits and self-study reports as well asongoing accreditation review, assessment, and ongoing changes.Participates in program-specific events (open house, advisoryboard meetings, program retreats).Maintains responsibilities as defined in the FacultyManual.Performs other activities as assigned by the PD. Provides classroom instruction in the foundations ofoccupational therapy.Provides mentorship and advisement to students throughout theirCapstone project development, implementation, anddissemination.Participates in the recommendation and procurement of educationmaterials.Provides academic advisement to students. Administrative Responsibilities Chatham University offers competitive salary, an excellent benefitspackage, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and agenerous retirement plan.Interested candidates should visit andfollow the instructions to complete the application process. Toensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressingthe qualifications of the position, curriculum vitae, a teachingand research statement, and contact information for threeprofessional references.Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer andActively Seeks Diverse Candidateslast_img read more

Task force Recommends Expungement Filings Go Online

first_img Dave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA panel advising the Indiana Supreme Court on which trial court records should go online has recommended that petitions seeking to expunge criminal records eventually be posted on the state court’s website for public case information.The Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records on Friday recommended those filings be posted on the website. That site is the portal for public information from Indiana trial courts that have adopted the state-sponsored Odyssey case management system.The task force unanimously recommended the petitions be posted online until the point at which a judge orders an offense expunged. After an order is issued, the expungement case file would be removed, as would state court records of the expunged offense.“Once that order is issued, then that case is confidential and you won’t see it on mycase,” Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology Mary DePrez told the task force. But in a case where an expungement petition is denied, the case would remain available online under the task force’s recommendation.It’s uncertain how soon trial court orders will be posted on, but it won’t likely happen until next year or later. The Supreme Court will act on recommendations about putting orders, pleadings and filings online after the task force reports its recommendations at a later date.Panel member and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Joel Schumm expressed initial reservations about posting expungement records online. He said doing so could harm people trying to get a job, for instance, if the crime turns up in a background check.“Any low-level felony case could potentially be expunged,” he said, noting that even after an offense is removed from someone’s record, private vendors and third-party web sites may continue to report the offense. “You can’t necessarily put that genie back in the bottle.”DePrez noted that under bulk-sharing agreements the courts have with outside vendors, those third parties are required to reload the entire database with each new data dump, mostly on a monthly basis.“Cases that have been expunged will not be available to them,” she said.Some panelists said there was a public interest in keeping expungement petitions public, particularly in high-profile cases where a prosecutor may not consent or where victims or interested parties might wish to address the matter in court.The group’s decision to post expungement petitions online came as it separately recommended that all convictions, abstracts of judgment and sentencing orders in criminal cases be posted online, with the exception of “miscellaneous criminal” cases types. Those cases most often deal with warrants, subpoenas, interstate compact issues, mental health issues and other matters that may not be subject to public disclosure.The panel also voted 7-1 to recommend that records in all juvenile proceedings be kept off the website, after some discussion about records in juvenile proceedings that are not confidential.Task force members Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, and Schumm said a preferable policy is to shield all juvenile proceedings from online access even if they may be public records. “This would be consistent with what happens at the appellate court now,” Schumm said.Hoosier State Press Association Executive Director and General Counsel Stephen Key cast the lone vote against the recommendation. Key said he believed information that was public in juvenile cases should be posted online and that it was possible to address clerks’ concerns so that only that information the Legislature has deemed public would be posted.The task force’s next meeting is Sept. 2 in the historic reference room of the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. More information about the task force is available here.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sun And Fun On The New Boardwalk

first_imgBy Andrew DeCredicoOn Wednesday February 15th Ocean City opened up the full length of the boardwalk for the first time since October 15th. The long awaited opening is actually ahead of schedule, with business owners praising the speed at which work was completed.As many in Ocean City know, the boardwalk has been under construction to rebuild the stretch between 8th and 10th Streets. On October 15th Ocean City began construction of this portion  of the boardwalk as part of its multiyear project to rebuild the total length between 5th Street and 12th Street. As many business owner’s had hoped, the project was completed ahead of schedule. Denise Callahan, owner of Ocean Treasures, was very happy with the completion ahead of schedule saying “its great that they got [the boardwalk] done early.Other business were also glad to resume every day operations. The manager of The Fudge Kitchen, Ahmed, said that they were “excited to be able to open the front doors [for business]” While many businesses needed to close down during construction, The Fudge Kitchen was able to stay open, however they needed to use their small side door. “We are glad to be back to normal operation,” said Ahmed.While the project was completed ahead of schedule, a few business owners were worried that people would not realize this section of the boardwalk has been opened. Don Milora, owner of By The Sea, was one of the concerned business owners, saying he “wasn’t sure if the word was out. But it’s out!”With sunny skies above, many patrons were on the boardwalk, both locals and tourists alike. Noting the beautiful day, Brent Hanley, owner of Shirt Shack, was quick to praise the work that has been done saying, “The boardwalk looks great, nobody’s tripping, and it really makes a good impression for the town and the stores. Everything looks new.”The first weekend of the new boardwalk has so far been a huge success, with everyone giving praise to all aspects of the project. The city will continue to move forward with this multiyear project, but they are going to leave the rest of the project for next winter. Lets all hope the rest of the job is as successful as this portion.Carol and Bill Candy, residents of South end ocean City enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather Saturday.last_img read more

Flooding, Bicycle Safety Discussed During Fourth Ward Meeting

first_imgOcean City’s flood mitigation plan to lessen problems when storm waters rise was discussed at a Fourth Ward meeting. By MADDY VITALEFlood mitigation projects and bicycle safety were the main topics of discussion for city officials and Fourth Ward residents during a meeting at the Ocean City Free Public Library on Saturday.The meeting was a workshop for residents to ask questions and raise concerns they might have.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr conducted the meeting. At-Large Councilman Keith Hartzell and city official Vince Beckier were on hand to also address people’s concerns and answer questions.The meeting was held just two days after City Council authorized a contract on Thursday for ACT Engineers, based in Robbinsville, N.J., to develop a Flood Mitigation and Drainage Master Plan. During Saturday’s ward meeting, a handful of people in the audience brought up specific areas of town that had continual flooding problems in the 20s, 40s and 50s streets.Barr told the audience that a town hall meeting will be held in the next couple of weeks with representatives of ACT Engineers, Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials to discuss the flood-mitigation plans.Beckier explained that areas around Merion Park, west from 42rd Street to 45th Street, will be looked at again and improved as needed as will other portions of the island where flooding is an issue.“We are aware of most of the problem areas and we are trying to address them. It won’t be done overnight. But the town hall meeting will be in a couple of weeks,” Barr pointed out. “Most of the problems will be fixed or addressed.”In his weekly mayor’s message posted on the city website Friday, Gillian explained some of the plans for the island.He said in his message that the city has completed major drainage projects in three of the island’s most flood-prone neighborhoods and invested more than $20 million to improve storm drainage, pumping stations and elevating roads.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr speaks with resident Jackie Wolchko about plans to lessen flooding problems on her street.Jackie Wolchko, who lives on 50th Street and Haven Avenue, said her home is elevated, but she has endured flooding in her area for years.“It seems to me a lot of work is going on around 50th Street and on the south and north end, but I don’t see anything happening in my area. They did say they would get to it,” she said.Barr said there have been things done in Wolchko’s area to lessen the flooding problems. “Hopefully ACT will make things better there,” he said.Hartzell told Wolchko to attend the town hall meeting to see what the engineers have to say.Beckier explained that it can be difficult to stop flooding altogether in low-lying areas. “That’s why we elevate the streets,” he said.“The marshlands are reclaiming the street,” Wolchko noted.Officials said ACT is aware of the problem in her neighborhood.Bicyclists cross Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue on Saturday afternoon.Bicycle safety was also a main issue of concern for residents at the ward meeting. They said there are more bicyclists in town than ever before, and some don’t obey the traffic laws.Police Lt. Brian Hopely, who is in charge of the Traffic Safety Unit, is a good person to start with if residents have concerns about bicyclists, officials said.“Clearly, more work needs to be done. We need to educate people about bicycle safety,” Barr said.He added that real estate packets given to summer renters with safety messages are not the most efficient way of getting the message across. Simply put, he said, vacationers are excited to get on the road and they aren’t always interested in reading material about safety.“People are excited. They aren’t going to take the time to look through the rental packets,” Barr said.Hartzell pointed to the city’s bicycle advocacy group, Bike OCNJ, which has safety information on its website at“We are advocating for bikes. If we had everyone on bikes, we’d be happy,” Hartzell noted.However, he said, people must follow the traffic laws.Mary Faust, who has lived in Ocean City since 2014 on 24th Street and Simpson Avenue, asked if possibly speed bumps could be installed to slow motorists and bicyclists down along Haven Avenue rather than keeping the stop signs along the popular stretch for cyclists.“As a bicyclist, and an elderly person, I can’t start and stop at the stop signs. It just doesn’t work,” Faust said.Officials said they would look into speed bumps but noted that Ocean City does not utilize them.The audience listens to At-Large Councilman Keith Hartzell and Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr talk about the issues.last_img read more

Video: National Cupcake Championships 2012

first_imgThe fourth National Cupcake Championships, organised by British Baker, were held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and welcomed 64 finalists looking to take home the ultimate title of National Cupcake Champion.Professional bakers competed in seven categories including:Themed Cupcake of the YearFree-from Cupcake of the YearMicro-modelled Cupcake of the YearSavoury Cupcake of the YearClassic Cupcake of the YearBest Cupcake Made with AlcoholBest Cupcake Hand-Crafted for Multiple OutletsRead the 13 July issue of British Baker for the full review of the National Cupcake Championships 2012.YouTube link: Pasadena by Emerald Park (Creative Commons licence)last_img read more

BoomBox Gears Up For Western Voodoo Winter Tour

first_imgA little house, a little blues, a little funk, a little rock, and a whole lot of soul blast through BoomBox. Since first emerging in 2004, founder, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Zion Rock Godchaux has been quietly seasoning this simmering recipe to perfection. However, it reaches a boiling point on his forthcoming 2018 fifth album, Western Voodoo [Heart of Gold Records]. At the same time, the Muscle Shoals, AL native stays true to what attracted countless fans in the first place.“I remain open to anything you would hear coming out of a boombox,” he explains in a press statement. “There are a lot of different vibes and angles, but it still adheres to a universal rhythm. This new record is the most musical and varied, yet it’s tightly wound in respect to that syncopation. There are only a few rules. It should be heavy groove. It should make you want to move. Overall, I’ve further developed the sound people are used to.”Following up 2016’s fan favorite Bits & Pieces, the artist found himself at something of a crossroads. Longtime collaborator Russ Randolph amicably parted ways with the band at the end of the year. For the first time, Godchaux would solely produce the bulk of a BoomBox record by himself inside of his new studio, while DJ Harry joined on tour in January 2017. Another first, he even performed live bass on the album, opening up the creativepalette dramatically.“I’ve learned more about engineering and the technical aspects of recording. It’s been a time of soul searching. I can follow any Ideas that I want to. So there’s a lot more organic instrumentation. I’m just trying todevelop more sonic real.” Appropriately, he dubs the sound of Western Voodoo, “Dirty Disco Blues.” Within that realm, Godchaux fuses a funky strut with electronic energy and danceable swagger powerful enough to cast a spellof its own.“You hear about different forms of magic around the world,” he goes on. “The West, in general, has its own voodoo influenced by the blues. That’s what shaped me as a musician growing up in this country. It’s hard to put in thewords, but you know it when you hear it.”You hear it in everything that BoomBox has done thus far. Over the course of four albums, the group has become a streaming favorite with numerous tracks cracking a million plays on Spotify. Moreover, they’ve made audiences groove everywhere from Electric Forest and Hangout Music Festival to High Sierra Music Festival. To welcome DJ Harry into the fold, they performed 75 shows in 2017, with that number expected to grow in 2018.“Harry picked up everything in a really short amount of time,” he explains. “The parties are just as hot, if not hotter. The music is getting tighter. He stepped in and kept the plane in the air.”In the end, the new music kicks off the brightest and boldest chapter yet for Godchaux. “Our best side is somewhat medicinal,” he leaves off. “All of the rhythms, melodies, and frequencies add up to these healing properties. Ihope people feel rejuvenated and re-focused on some level when they hear us. That’s Western Voodoo.”BoomBox has 14 shows coming up, with their winter tour beginning on January 18th in Charlottesville, VA at the Jefferson Theater and concluding in Cincinnati, OH at the 20th Century Theatre on February 3. The group will also perform the Pot of Gold Music Festival in Chandler, AZ, with more dates expected to come.Check out BoomBox’s latest track, featuring Zion’s mother, the inimitable Donna Jean Godchaux from the Grateful Dead, below.See below for a full list of tour dates, and head to the band’s website for more information.BoomBox Winter Tourdates:Jan 18 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VAJan 19 9:30 Club Washington, DCJan 20 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PAJan 21 Toad’s Place of New Haven New Haven, CTJan 23 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NYJan 24 Putnam Den Saratoga Springs, NYJan 25 Aura Portland, MEJan 26 White Eagle Hall Jersey City, NJJan 27 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MAJan 28 Higher Ground Burlington, VTJan 31 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PAFeb 1 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OHFeb 2 Saint Andrews Hall Detroit, MIFeb 3 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OHMar 17 Pot Of Gold Music Festival Chandler, AZlast_img read more

Students explore social concerns through entrepreneurship

first_imgA team of six Notre Dame students advanced to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, a competition that aims to find solutions for social problems using entrepreneurial approaches, according to the Hult Prize Foundation’s website.According to its website, the Hult Prize Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to send out the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Seniors Olivia Chen and Veronica Guerrero, junior Evelyn Bauman and sophomores Cate Devey, Sierra Hajdu and Elle Huang make up the team that will compete in this entrepreneurial competition for social good.“President Clinton comes up with the prompt every year,” Devey said. “This year, it is about early childhood education in urban slums.”Devey said the team’s job is to learn about urban slums and the surrounding environment and then make an informed decision based on their observations.“It’s cool to see how business is used for good to solve social problems,” Chen said. “Everyone in our group is really passionate about education in general, so it’s fun to just throw ideas back and forth.”Bauman is currently studying abroad in France but remains invested in the team through Skype sessions. The Kellogg Institute for International Studies as well as the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts agreed to fund her costs of flying back for a weekend to be present at the regional competition in San Francisco in March.“We are trying to design a social enterprise that promotes high-quality early education and is able to be adopted in various countries and for various cultures,” Bauman said.Bauman said the team observed the “Talk With Your Baby” program at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend and certain aspects of the initiative appeal to them. Bauman said the Robinson Center’s program encourages talking to children as much as possible in order to cultivate stronger vocabulary skills and healthy development.“We would like to develop a tangible product to encourage talking and playing, as well as a distribution model — almost a micro-franchising model to formalize networks of caretakers that already exist in urban slums,” Bauman said.Hajdu said she feels honored to be part of a team that was selected out of about 20,000 teams in the first round of competition.“The competition is going to be very strong, but we’re excited to show that Notre Dame truly is dedicated to impacting the global community for the better,” she said.Hajdu said she envisions this competition to be one of the best experiences of her undergraduate career, and she is excited to meet other students in San Francisco and learn about their experiences as well.”The Hult Prize regional final competition in San Francisco is also a huge networking event for international innovative students to meet each other, share their ideas and spur a movement in social entrepreneurship that hopes to change the world,” Hajdu said.Bauman said that if it wins the regional competition, the team will be given the chance to develop their social enterprise in Boston over the summer.“Whatever happens at the competition in March, we are super grateful for the opportunity to compete in the Hult Prize Challenge 2015 to promote the idea of using the efficiency and power of the private sector for global public well-being,” Bauman said.Tags: Hult Prize, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Kellogg Institute, Mendoza, mendoza college of business, Robinson Centerlast_img read more

Converge aims to bridge partisan divide on campus

first_imgEditor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this sixth installment, the leader of “Converge” discusses initiating a new program meant to facilitate political conversations on campus.As campaign rhetoric across the nation continues to escalate in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, some students at Notre Dame are seeking to build understanding across the aisle through “Converge,” a new program that matches up liberals and conservatives to facilitate a discussion about political beliefs.Junior Steven Higgins, who is leading the program at Notre Dame, explained that Converge is more focused on the belief-forming process than specific beliefs themselves.“People take a political test, where it’s asking these questions based on, [for example], ‘Are you pro-choice? What do you think about gun rights?’ And we are able to take that information and put them on a liberal-to-conservative scale,” Higgins said. “Then we take the most conservative, most liberal and people on either side of the spectrum, and we match them up for some conversation. This is based on their availability, of course, but then they sit down and talk more so about the fundamentals of their beliefs, how they came to possess the beliefs that they do then say, what’s their opinion on health [care] policy. It’s less so of a debate and more of a genuine conversation about how they developed the beliefs that they have.”In order to create a list of matches, Higgins said all responses to the survey were put into a spreadsheet. Respondents were ranked on a scale of one to five, with one representing the most liberal and five representing the most conservative. More conservative individuals were paired with more moderate liberals, and vice versa.There was a perfect split between ideologies in terms of responses, Higgins said.“It’s very ironic,” he said. “We had a perfect amount of matches on the liberal and conservative side. That’s just bizarre to me. When we cut it and threw both sides into two columns and I was like, ‘Oh, there’s perfect amount!’ … I think that’s really telling about the people who wanted to come out and take this quiz. Overall, it was very evenly split. We were looking at the aggregate data from the questions on the one-to-five scale, and it was almost universally kind of even across the board.”Converge has been run twice at the University of Virginia, and once at another school in Kansas, Higgins said. Notre Dame’s Converge session will be the largest conducted so far, with 154 people participating. It is being run in coordination with all major political organizations on campus, including student government, BridgeND, College Democrats, College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom.BridgeND ran a pilot of Converge at a recent meeting, and this past Thursday there was a kickoff event where the president of College Democrats and College Republicans simulated a conversation. Fifty people, or about a third of the total respondents, attended this event, which shows “the energy and excitement” about Converge, Higgins said.Higgins also noted the program will be taking place late in the election cycle, when both parties start deploying more negative advertisements in an attempt to fire up their bases. He said he hopes Converge is able to demonstrate large-scale agreements, in addition to building understanding.“This is a very important time to have these conversations to try not to fall into this overwhelming partisanship,” he said. “I’m hoping it’s going to go really well. When we were looking at how partisan everybody was, there were not very overwhelming partisan differences. There were definitely partisan differences and people pretty far on the scales, but they were still more moderate than I was expecting, at least. The extremes were not as large as I was thinking. It seems that there’s a lot of people who have more moderate views on certain issues. … That gives me hope in the fact that when they’re sitting down and having these conversations, there might be something they agree on. Having that initial agreement … makes it a little bit easier.”Tags: 2018 midterm elections, Converge, Election Observer, partisanship, Politicslast_img read more

California municipal utility cancels gas peaking plant, opts for clean energy resources instead

first_imgCalifornia municipal utility cancels gas peaking plant, opts for clean energy resources instead FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The southern California city of Glendale officially dropped a $500 million gas peaker project that it nearly approved last spring, and instead picked up the mantle of clean energy leadership.The city council voted in April 2018 to pause development on the 262-megawatt repowering of the Grayson Power Plant and examine clean energy alternatives. Now, the municipal utility has completed an examination of 34 clean energy proposals and selected a diverse portfolio it says will meet reliability needs and save ratepayers $125 million compared to the old portfolio.In other words, Glendale Water & Power (GWP) went through an energy transition in a little over a year. “The future envisioned herein represents a complete transformation of the way GWP provides reliable, affordable and clean energy resources to the citizens of Glendale,” the utility wrote in a new integrated resource plan approved last week.When the earlier planning process started back in 2014, batteries were not on the menu of cost-effective options, so a recognized capacity need — in this case, the retirement of a plant that dates back to the 1940s — essentially guaranteed a gas plant solution.The final portfolio, proposed in Glendale Water & Power’s new integrated resource plan, would repower the Grayson Power Plant with a 75-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour Tesla battery installation and up to 93 megawatts of fast-ramping Wärtsilä engines. Customer-focused resources will add another 50 megawatts, including 12.8 megawatts from home solar and batteries installed by Sunrun, 10.5 megawatts of demand response by Franklin Energy and 20.4 megawatts of energy efficiency and demand response from Lime Energy Services. That demand reduction constitutes about 14 percent of the utility’s roughly 350-megawatt peak load.With Grayson’s original repowering off the table, viable new gas plant proposals appear to be extinct in California. Calpine in May abandoned its Mission Rock peaker on the Santa Clara River, and local opposition scuttled NRG’s Puente Plant, which would have occupied the beach at Oxnard. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti canceled the renovation of three gas plants in his city’s municipal utility territory, committing to entirely clean energy instead.More: Another California city drops gas peaker in favor of clean portfoliolast_img read more

Appeals Court Affirms Ex-Nassau Police Commander’s Conviction

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A panel of appeals court judges upheld Wednesday the conviction of a former Nassau County police deputy commissioner found guilty of covering up a burglary committed by a police nonprofit donor’s son.Attorneys for William Flanagan last year appealed a jury verdict convicting him of conspiracy and two counts of official misconduct, all misdemeanors, following a month-long trial in 2013. Four judges for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department in Brooklyn unanimously rejected the defense’s arguments that he didn’t receive a fair trial due to prosecutorial misconduct, prejudicial statements and insufficient evidence.“To the extent that some of the prosecutor’s remarks made during her opening statement and summation were improper, those remarks did not deprive the defendant of a fair trial,” the judges wrote in the Oct. 7 ruling. “And any other error in this regard was harmless, as there was overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt, and no significant probability that any error contributed to the defendant’s conviction.”Prosecutors have said that Flanagan helped quash the case against Zachary Parker, of Merrick, who stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from his alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School, in Bellmore shortly before he graduated in 2009 while he was an intern for the Nassau police Ambulance Bureau. The burglar’s father, Gary Parker, was volunteering for the nonprofit Nassau County Police Department Foundation when he asked for Flanagan’s help with his son’s case.“Public corruption cannot be tolerated, and we brought this case because nothing is more fundamental than equal treatment under the law,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in response to the ruling. “I have the highest respect for the brave and honest men and women of our police forces, but when a police officer dishonors the badge by breaking the law, fair-minded people know that the law must apply equally to everyone and my office will hold them accountable.”Flanagan’s attorney, Donna Aldea, head of the Appellate Practice Group for Garden City-based Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon, LLP, said that she plans to file a motion for the case to be heard by the state Court of Appeals.“We continue to assert that Bill Flanagan did nothing wrong and was wrongfully convicted, and we were very disappointed by the Appellate Division’s decision today,” she said. “This won’t be the first time that the Court of Appeals is relied upon to right a wrong that other courts have overlooked.”Judge Mark Cohen—a Suffolk judge brought in after two Nassau judges recused themselves from the case—had sentenced Flanagan to 60 days in jail, but execution of that term was stayed pending the appeal. A court spokesman said that once the appeals court officially notifies Cohen of the ruling, a hearing will be scheduled in the case.Two other ex-police commanders—John Hunter, the retired Deputy Chief of Patrol, and Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe—both pleaded guilty to misconduct and were sentenced to probation in connection with the case, which stemmed from a Press expose into police favoritism for the nonprofit’s donors. Zachary Parker pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to prison after violating his probation. He has since been released.last_img read more