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(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)The millions of Americans tuning in for the Super Bowl this Sunday will see more than two teams battling on the gridiron — two political advertisements, one for President Donald Trump and the other for Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg, are on schedule. Bloomberg’s $10 million, 60-second advertisement for the big game is part of an unorthodox campaign strategy that currently has him fourth in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics. At the heart of the strategy is Bloomberg’s ability to spend more money than his opponents. The billionaire and former mayor of New York City has spent more than $220 million on advertisements alone since entering the race in November, according to FiveThirtyEight. This graphic, courtesy of FiveThirtyEight, shows how Bloomberg (yellow) is dominating the advertisement market since entering the race in November. “He has essentially limitless resources to spend and he has said he’s going to spend as much as it takes, and so far it has not really shown any sign of limiting what he is doing,” said Joshua Darr, an assistant professor of communication at Louisiana State University. Bloomberg’s depth of resources has allowed him to focus more on Texas than any other candidate so far in the race. He has spent over $24 million on advertisements in Texas alone. Outside of fellow billionaire Tom Steyer, who has had two national ads receive airtime in the state, no other candidate has been on the airwaves in Texas. By essentially having the state to himself, Bloomberg’s ads may have more resonance with Texas voters than they would in a crowded space. “Most of the political science research on ads is that they kind of cancel each other out,” Darr said. “So if both campaigns are airing ads in equal volumes you shouldn’t expect much effects, but if you do have a large one-sided communication flow, there is the potential for that to matter because it can’t be countered by anybody.”Darr said Bloomberg is also paying campaign staffers more than other campaigns, gifting them iPhones and catering their meals. “He’s doing everything bigger, bolder and more expensive than other campaigns are doing, and he’s trying to poach talent from those other campaigns who want to get paid more,” he added. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, right, is greeted by Judy Sheindlin, of the television show “Judge Judy,” at Viva Villa Taqueria restaurant during a campaign rally at Market Square on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. (Billy Calzada/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)He has opened a state campaign headquarters in Houston along with 16 Texas field offices, including one in the DFW area; no other candidate has a ground game in Texas to this scale, Darr said. Bloomberg was fourth among candidates in the 2020 Texas Lyceum Poll, polling at 9% overall. Another part of Bloomberg’s strategy is his decision to skip early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire and focus on the 14 states, including Texas, that cast their ballots on March 3. Iowa has been seen as crucial to any candidate’s bid for the nomination ever since Jimmy Carter won the state in 1976 and snowballed his way to the presidency. Many candidates build their strategy around the state, allocating the lion’s share of their resources toward advertisements and staffing within Iowa. “Usually if you study presidential campaigns you end up studying strategy, which implies that you have limited resources,” Darr said. “If you’re being strategic you’re saying ‘I need this state more than I need that state, and so this state votes first and I’m going to put my money in there,’ which is what almost every other candidate is doing.” “It’s a huge investment in time and attention and making you go to county fairs and eat awful things,” Groeling said. “Winning in Iowa is really a grind.” (AP Photo/John Locher)Most candidates make this decision in part because of all of the positive media coverage that follows a strong finish in Iowa. “When you win something people typically write stories about why you’re great and when you lose something they write stories about why you’re terrible,” said Tim Groeling, a communications professor at UCLA. Bloomberg’s campaign differs in the fact that he has no need to limit his resources and is not reliant on a good finish in Iowa to keep his campaign going.“There’s never been anything like Bloomberg,” Darr said. “Somebody who does not have to make those decisions and has deliberately decided not to do the early states.”So while the three candidates above him in the polls – Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – hunker down in Iowa in the days leading up to the state’s caucus, he is focusing on states that have largely been left untouched, like Texas. His campaign announced a “robust state operation” focusing on delegate-rich states like Texas and California in December. They also have staffers in other key battleground states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin. In another positive sign for Bloomberg, the Democratic National Committee announced this week that they are eliminating the donor requirement for debate qualification. Bloomberg will look to join the debate stage in Las Vegas on Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)The billionaire does not accept contributions and had not been able to participate in the previous debates. He will need to poll at 10% in four separate polls to participate in the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas. While the viability of his largely untested campaign strategy will remain unseen until voters begin heading to the polls, both Darr and Groeling agreed that it is worth monitoring. “I don’t know if he’s going to win, but I don’t think he can be ruled out simply because we’ve never seen anything like this and we shouldn’t dismiss it,” Darr said. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. 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News March 8, 2006 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Proposed Human Rights Council – Reporters Without Borders fears a reform that stops half-way RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders is one of the press freedom organisations that have campaigned for a thorough overhaul of the UN Commission on Human Rights. We hailed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s proposals for the creation of a Human Rights Council to replace the commission.But we do not support adoption, as it stands, of the resolution proposed by UN General Assembly president Jan Eliasson establishing rules for the functioning of this future Human Rights Council. It does not satisfy us.We could follow other organisations in backing what some have called a half-reform, hoping that it will evolve in a positive direction. But we are convinced that, if this resolution is adopted in its current form, it will prove impossible to reform the new council for many years. This half-reform will be regarded by many member states as a significant and definitive advance, which they will not want to meddle with any more.The most repressive states will continue to be representedThis resolution does not offer enough guarantees. The system of electing states to be members of the future council will not exclude those countries that respect human rights the least. Election by a simple majority, linked to a system of regional quotas, will ensure that the dictatorships will continue to present at the table for those who are supposed to ensure that human rights are protected throughout the world. For example, granting 13 seats on the council to the Asian countries obviously means that regional powers such as China and Pakistan will keep a prime seat on the council although they are both regularly guilty of massive human rights violations.It would take a two-thirds majority, which is much harder to get, to exclude a country from the council for failing to respect human rights. And the dictatorships know how to establish alliances withing the UN system. Exploiting regional, political or religious solidarity, it would be easy for them to muster the support of more than a third of the member states in order to avoid a humiliating exclusion.The new distribution of seats is equally astonishing. Two additional seats are granted to the Asia group (13 seats) and the Eastern Europe group (six), which include such notorious human rights violators as Belarus, Burma, China, Iran, Laos, Maldives, Nepal, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. On the other hand, the Western Europe and other countries group, which includes Canada, will have only seven seats instead of ten in the commission.Religious freedom prioritised at the expense of other human rightsIn the preamble of the resolution creating the Human Rights Council, none of these rights is named except… religious freedom. There is no mention of the right to life, the right to health, women’s and children’s rights, or freedom of expression and association, for example. It is unacceptable that the council’s founding resolution supports one right more firmly than others.The concept of free expression makes no appearance. But the media are explicitly asked to promote tolerance and respect for religions and beliefs. This phrasing very closely resembles what is to be found in the constitutions and press laws of the Muslim countries that are the most repressive in this area.This half-reform is even disturbing as regards this last point. While the resolution contains some advances (for example, the council’s sessions will be longer than the commission’s), we think the negotiations should be reopened. The United Nations must show greater firmness in the face of the reluctance of its member states. Monitoring respect for human rights is one of its principle missions. It has no reason to act in haste and thereby risk depriving itself of an effective tool.In 2003, Reporters Without Borders issued a report entitled “Wheeling and dealing,incompetence and non-action,” which detailed the excesses and shortcomings of the UN Commission on Human Rights and proposed a radical overhaul.To read the report, go to: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=7618 Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders does not support adoption, as it stands, of the resolution proposed by UN General Assembly president Jan Eliasson establishing rules for the functioning of the future Human Rights Council. It has major flaws.
WhatsApp Previous articleI won’t be muzzled councillor tells City HallNext articleSolicitor remanded on continuing bail admin COMMUNITIES who will be affected by the construction of the controversial Limerick Northern Distributor road will learn this week which of the three suggested routes is to be the preferred option. And residents of Meelick, Parteen, Ardnacrusha, Westbury and Clonlara and being urged to attend the information event at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Wednesday, January 18 from 3pm to 9pm. where council officials and experts will outline what is involved in constructing the route chosen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There has been much concern voiced in the areas of the proposed routes, with local people concerned that a major road is to go through the heart of communities and close to at least one local national school. But there is unlikely to be money to construct the route in the near future and locals are being urged to get all the information they can while there is still time.Local councillor, Cathal Crowe said he was “disappointed that the County Council and Roughan O’Donovan Consultant Engineers have not taken up my proposal to hold a series of public information evenings in communities affected by the proposed road”.The councillor and teacher at Parteen National School told the Limerick Post that elected representatives were briefed last week on the stages that lie ahead for the proposed project. The councillor organised his own information meeting for July and more than 90 people packed the small venue. “ I am now urging all residents in the South-East Clare area to keep themselves informed and come along to the information evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cllr Crowe said. Print Twitter NewsLocal NewsRoute of Northern Relief Road to be revealedBy admin – January 16, 2012 787 Linkedin Email Facebook Advertisement
Courtesy: Kim Bourgeois(NEW YORK) — When Kelley Clayton, a 35-year-old mother of two, was found lying dead in her Caton, New York, home in September 2015, police were surprised to learn there was an eyewitness to her murder.Clayton’s 7-year-old daughter Charlie told Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard that she saw a man “hurting mommy” when he first spoke to her at a neighbor’s home shortly after her mother’s body was discovered.“She told me that, ‘a man was hurting mommy,’” Sheriff Jim Allard told “20/20.” “He did this and he did that.’ So finally I said, ‘How do you know it’s a he?’ And she said, ‘Because his eyes look just like daddy’s.’ And that was a chilling moment for me.”Allard felt he needed a child forensic investigator to assist with interviewing Charlie. A few hours later, the little girl was brought to a room at the Steuben County child advocacy center instead of a typical police interrogation room. This room was still small but had a soft seating and toys.Police recorded video of their conversation with Charlie, but it has never been seen publicly until now.“20/20” obtained the video of little Charlie describing to investigators, in a matter-of-fact manner, the details of what police say were her mother’s final moments.During the interview, her mother’s blood was still visible on her shirt. Kelley Clayton had been bludgeoned to death.“In the middle of the night, this guy came and started hitting my mom with like this pipe thingy,” Charlie is heard telling Sheriff Allard and New York State Police Investigator Diane Trickler.“There was blood everywhere,” she said. “On my door, on the floor. Not on the carpet though. And I thought she was dead when she was lying on the ground in the blood.”Charlie labeled the intruder as “a robber” and recalled her mother screaming “Run, Charlie Run!” as, she said, the man chased Kelley Clayton downstairs.“I saw the robber like hitting her until she was on the ground,” the child is heard telling investigators on the video. “She was sort of suffering. Then I hugged her leg.”The 7-year-old told authorities then that the robber had on dark jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and a mask.Allard told “20/20” that Charlie said the mask was similar to one her father wore when he went hunting.“He looked like my dad,” she said. When asked if the man was big or little, she also responded “The size of my dad.”“Everything was ‘just like daddy,’” Allard told “20/20.” “Every question I asked her related back to daddy and then she looks at me. She goes, ‘But it couldn’t have been daddy because then who would take care of us?’”Allard believed Charlie’s statement was truthful and was struck at how emotionless she appeared to be at that time.“I don’t know if she was still in shock but there were no tears on her part,” he said.“I thought, ‘When is this girl going to be able to cry because she just witnessed something no child should ever have to see, the most important person in her life just be destroyed.’ It just broke my heart.”Before leaving the interview room, investigators said Charlie Clayton turned to them to ask them a question: “It’s about my mom,” she said. “Like where is she at?”Allard and the child forensic investigator told Charlie they would find out the answer for her, believing that was not the appropriate time and place to reveal to the little girl that her mother had died.In part because of her statement, Charlie’s father Thomas Clayton was arrested later that day, Sept. 29, 2015, for the murder of his wife. Thomas Clayton was the one who had called 911 after midnight that day when he said he had returned home from a poker game and found her body on the kitchen floor.Charlie and her younger brother Cullen were sent to live with their aunt, Kim Bourgeois.Investigators began piecing together what happened and trying to make sense of a seemingly senseless murder that rocked the small town in upstate New York. A police officer’s body camera had captured the savage brutality of the scene.“This was an extremely brutal attack, a very gruesome situation,” Donald Lewis, an investigator for the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office who was on the scene that night, told “20/20” in a previous interview.“[It was] some sort of attack in the upstairs area down the hallways,” he continued. “Down the stairs, there was a hole in the sheet rock at the bottom of the stairs and a blood trail that ended at Mrs. Clayton’s body in the kitchen area.”Lewis said Kelley Clayton had died of blunt force trauma after being beaten with a fiberglass maul handle. Investigators determined there had been no signs of forced entry or robbery.While looking into Thomas Clayton’s alibi, police learned that a woman at the poker game said he asked to borrow her cellphone to make a call just 90 minutes before he got home to find his wife’s body. Investigators’ suspicion quickly turned toward Kelley’s husband.But a subsequent police investigation revealed a twist in the case — Thomas Clayton hadn’t killed his wife. He had hired a man named Michael Beard, who initially told police Clayton had promised him $10,000 to carry out the murder.During an interview with police, Michael Beard, who had recently been fired at the same company where Thomas Clayton worked, confessed to investigators that his former boss had asked him to kill Kelley and burn the house down so Clayton could collect the insurance money. Beard never ended up setting the house on fire.“I think he got scared and ran away,” said New York State Investigator Jim Vaughn who took Beard’s confession. It was an extremely violent confrontation. I don’t think he was expecting that.”The carnage could have been worse: the Clayton children were home that night and could have died in a fire.Nevertheless, both Thomas Clayton and Michael Beard were convicted of first and second degree murder and are currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole in different New York State prisons.“He’s a cold-blooded killer,” said Vaughn of Clayton.“If his plan had come to fruition, he would be done with his wife and his children,” Kelley’s sister, Kim Bourgeois, told “20/20.”“He would’ve collected my sister’s million dollar life insurance policy,” she said. “Survivor benefits from the children. Homeowners insurance. He would’ve truly benefited financially from the death of all of them.”Thomas Clayton has appealed his case, claiming that prosecutors did not prove that he was guilty of his wife’s murder. In a statement to ABC News, his family said, “To know Thomas would be to know that he would never kill another human being nor would he send another person in to his home to kill another human being, most of all his wife, the mother of his children.”“To know Thomas would be to know that he would never put his children in the horrific situation they were put in that night, and the days since,” the statement continued. “All we can do now is hope, believe and pray that the justice system will right this incredible wrong.”Beard, too, is planning to appeal his case. He says that Charlie’s description of the killer having “eyes like daddy” clears him because he is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound African-American man who looks nothing like Thomas Clayton.But police say that in addition to Charlie’s description of what happened that night her mother was killed, “the robber’s” clothing she described matches exactly with Beard’s bloody clothes that police later recovered. Beard also led police to the murder weapon and keys to the Clayton home, which had been tossed into the woods.The Clayton children have been very resilient after their mother’s death and are doing well but are still scarred by the situation, according to Bourgeois. Charlie is now 10 years old and her brother Cullen is now 6.“Charlie still does not speak of it,” she said. “She rarely talks about her mom. It’s too painful,” she said. “Cullen still cries out at night ‘I miss my mommy. I want my mommy.’”The family is also very thankful for the support from the community — which has raised money for Charlie and Cullen.Purple ribbons, the symbol for domestic violence, now dot the nearby towns of Elmira and Corning, New York. “The kids will see purple ribbons, and they’ll say ‘Oh, purple for Mama, purple for Mama.’ Everywhere we go, ‘Look, that’s for Mama.’”The children have no contact with their father.In a letter to the court, Charlie wrote, “I feel like dad is a coward because he asked Michael Beard to kill my mom.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Shears all set for editorial stint on PTOn 11 May 2004 in Personnel Today BeverleyShears, HR director for South West Trains, will be guest editing our 15 Juneissue. AsHR director of the largest and busiest commuter train operating company in theUK, Shears brings a wealth of experience to the paper. In her five years at thecompany, she has put in place a cohesive and coherent people strategy,delivering improved business performance and customer service in an extremelychallenging environment. And on top of that, she scooped HR Director of theYear at last year’s Personnel Today Awards. Aspart of her editorship, Shears aims to get to the heart of the hot issues forHR directors. If you have any issues you would like her to address, or anyquestions you would like to ask, be they strategic, operational orcareers-focused, then e-mail them to [email protected]
Home » News » Agencies & People » CENTURY21 OPENS IN READING previous nextAgencies & PeopleCENTURY21 OPENS IN READINGThe Negotiator22nd August 201601,119 Views CENTURY 21 UK has opened its latest office, CENTURY 21 Reading, on Wokingham Road in the east of Reading.The owners, Eltjon Pupla and Robina Zaman, identified the franchise as an opportunity to combine their personal experience of working with, purchasing and letting property with the reputation, practices and service excellence of a global brand.Century 21 Century 21 Reading August 22, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
While there’s enormous ‘noise’ around ‘online-only’ and hybrid agents such as Hatched and Purplebricks, Countrywide has been quietly rolling out its online activity across swathes of the UK.Countrywide’s digital ‘hybrid’ rollout is significant, including a four-phase launch that now covers 25 per cent of its business, and 200 branches.After trials with three brands in June last year – Austin & Wyatt in the SW, Frank Innes in the East Midlands and Spencers in Leicestershire – it introduced the offering to Carsons in Hampshire, Miller Countrywide in Cornwall and Devon and Fulfords in Somerset.In January this year it also added its hybrid offering to Entwistle Green in Liverpool and Lancashire and says that it has shown “the most positive results to date.” A launch then followed at Bridgfords, the largest brand to do so thus far.Countrywide’s hybrid model charges a £695 to £995 fee for a Purplebricks-style service – vendors have to conduct their own viewings and sale negotiations.Results from its original trial brands from earlier in 2016 reveal that having a ‘hybrid’ option drove 11 per cent more valuations, 18 per cent more instructions and 9 per cent more sales, all without impacting fee levels, the company says.The platform that drives the offering across the different brands has so registered 2,700 online accounts and 1,000 valuations booked online.“The launch of our digital sales pilot in summer 2016 surpassed our ambitions and we have now accelerated the roll-out to more than 25 per cent of our network,” says Chief Executive Alison Platt.hybrid rollout online agencies Countryside’s digital “hybrid” rollout Countrywide April 21, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide’s hybrid rollout previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide’s hybrid rolloutThe Negotiator21st April 20170631 Views
Tuesday,July 26thFundraiser5:00 PM – 7:00 PMSteve Melcher for County Commissioner FundraiserLocation: Franklin Street Tavern – 2126 W Franklin St – Evansville, IN Tuesday,July 19thFundraiser5:30 PM – 7:30 PMZachary Heronemus for County Clerk FundraiserLocation: Home of Dr. Matt & Annie Hanka – 1350 E. Chandler Ave – Evansville, INSuggested Contribution: $30Please RSVP to Ryan Beal @ (812) 760-1578 or [email protected] or [email protected] Friday,July 15thFundraiserTBDRed’s Day at the Races Fundraiser for Steve LockyearDetails TBD Wednesday,August 31stMeeting6:00 PMVanderburgh County Democrat Club MeetingLocation: FOP – 801 Court St – Evansville, IN Wednesday,July 27thMeeting6:00 PMVanderburgh County Democrat Club MeetingLocation: West River Health Campus – 714 S Eickhoff Rd – Evansville, IN Wednesday,September 28thMeeting6:00 PMVanderburgh County Democrat Club MeetingLocation: FOP – 801 Court St – Evansville, IN Saturday,September 10thFundraiserTBARick Riney for Perry Township Trustee Annual Fish FryDetails TBA Wednesday,October 26thMeeting6:00 PMVanderburgh County Democrat Club MeetingLocation: FOP – 801 Court St – Evansville, IN Friday,September 9thGolf Scramble1:00 PMShotgun Start2016 Labor Temple Golf ScrambleLocation: Boonville Country Club – 5244 IN-61 – Boonville, IN$75 per individual – $300 per foursome – $425 for Foursome and Hole SponsorFor more information, contact Madi Goebel @ (812) 422-2552 Wednesday,November 30thMeeting6:00 PMVanderburgh County Democrat Club MeetingLocation: FOP – 801 Court St – Evansville, IN Wednesday,August 3rdFundraiser5:00 PM – 7:00 PMMissy Mosby’s Annual 39th Birthday PartyLocation: Fraternal Order of Police – 801 Court St – Evansville, INCost: $9 per personSponsorships Available Thursday,August 4thJJ Dinner5:00 PMVanderburgh County Jefferson-Jackson DinnerLocation: Tropicana Evansville – 421 NW Riverside Dr – Evansville, INPrecinct Leaders: $25 per person or $40 per couple.General Admission: $75 – VIP Admission: $125Table Sponsorship: $1,500Special Guests: US Senator Joe Donnelly, US Senate Candidate Baron Hill, Indiana Party Chairman John Zody. with the Keynote Address by Lt. Governor Candidate Christina HaleTo purchase tickets, visit www.vanderburghdems.com or call (812) 464-9100 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
×North Bergen’s annual Veterans Day event takes place Nov. 11. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) North Bergen’s Veterans Day event is Nov. 11North Bergen’s annual Veterans Day event will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.The public is encouraged to attend and show their support for the many men and women who have served our country over the years, including those who lost their lives protecting our freedoms.Freeholder Anthony Vainieri will be the master of ceremonies, joined by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners. Numerous veterans will take part in the ceremony. Coffee and donuts will be provided.Participate in a pedestrian safety survey and enter to win $100Hudson Transportation Management Association (Hudson TMA), in collaboration with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and Hudson County, is working to improve pedestrian safety in New Jersey.Together they have established an online survey regarding pedestrian safety. Your answers to this survey will help make this effort a success. All responses remain strictly confidential.Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to a win a $100 gift card.To participate go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WR3RMP9.Soccer dinner honors league standoutsThe North Bergen Recreation Department honored the players in the township soccer league with a dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Recreation Center. Attendees enjoyed pizza, received their trophies, and listened to Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Allen Pascual laud their play and sportsmanship.Library Job Fair serves communityThe North Bergen Free Public Library’s Community Job Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 1 was packed with a large array of vendors, including NJ Transit, Applebee’s, and Wegman’s Food Market. Many residents took advantage of the chance to learn about job opportunities, network with company representatives, and submit job applications.The event was sponsored by the library, New Jersey Career Connections, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the NJ State Library.Receive tax-free money to make energy-related improvementsLearn about the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Clean Energy Program, and find out how to receive tax-free money to make energy-related improvements for NJ residents, business, and government. Eliminate drafts during the winter, lower utility bills or operating costs, and improve the comfort of your indoor space.Call 866-NJSMART or email [email protected] for more information, or visit njcleanenergy.com/tips. Legal help available for citizenship applicationsHoly Redeemer Parish in West New York will offer a workshop in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark to assist residents to receive free legal assistance to submit applications for U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization. The applicants will be solely responsible for the USCIS petition application fee. If the applicant cannot pay in full, the applicant can bring their 2016 tax return to determine if they can request a full or partial fee waiver.The workshop is scheduled for Nov. 20, 6 to 9 p.m., at Holy Redeemer Parish, 569 65th St., West New York. There is no parish affiliation requirement. Call the parish ahead of time, 201-868-9444 to ensure the program is still running. North Bergen’s annual Veterans Day event takes place Nov. 11. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)