In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here 9 stories that shaped Apopka’s news week:Wekiva grad a first round choice in Major League Baseball draftUpdating: Missing 16-year-old Apopka girl foundBreaking News: Woman’s body found near Lake Apopka North ShoreChamber hires new Business Development/Membership DirectorBill Arrowsmith Street and Billie Dean Avenue? City Council gets specificLocal leaders of tomorrow: Apopka Youth WorksNelson hires new Finance DirectorCity Council grills Signature H on New Errol Community Development DistrictBreaking News: Apopka Fire Department responds to reported Rock Springs Ridge fire TAGSICYMIWeek in Review Previous articleIncreased suicide rates among middle-aged Americans: Let’s Talk About ItNext articleVote in the Great American Read Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

Varadkar urged to spell out fraud saving initiatives

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsVaradkar urged to spell out fraud saving initiativesBy Alan Jacques – May 6, 2017 1056 Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Advertisement TAGSDepartment of Social ProtectionFianna FáilFine GaellimerickSocial Protection Minister Leo Varadkarsocial welfare fraudWillie O’Dea TD Previous articleLimerick’s Cregan features in ‘Imreoir to Bainisteoir’ GAA exhibitionNext articleHomelessness in Limerick going in wrong direction Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.Minister Leo VaradkarFIANNA Fáil Social Protection Spokesperson Willie O’Dea has called on Minister Leo Varadkar to spell out the basis for his claim that his initiatives tackling social welfare fraud will save half a billion euro.The call came amid claims that the actual figure could amount to significantly less than the Minister’s estimate.“As part of his campaign to prove his credentials as the true keeper of the Fine Gael flame, Leo Varadkar has been steadily dialling up the rhetoric, pledging to get tough on all sorts of sections of society,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “His most recent attack has been on the alleged hordes of benefit cheats. His recently announced initiatives will, he says, save us €500 million. In response to claims that in reality they will actually save significantly less, Mr Varadkar has offered only Tory tub thumping.”The Limerick politician is of the view that tackling legitimate fraud is important. But claims that instead of spelling out the savings from what may be legitimate fraud protection measures, Minister Varadkar has reverted to discredited Fine Gael right wing talking points complaining about ‘those who pay for nothing’.“FG rhetoric on social welfare recipients may be one of the hardy perennials of Irish politics, but it is also highly dangerous. Unless he can spell out where exactly these savings are coming from, it would appear that he is attempting to stir up resentment and exclusionary instincts against those who legitimately rely on support, for the sole purpose of his personal political ambitions. It is important therefore that Mr Varadkar move quickly to clarify how his figure of €500 million has been arrived at,” O’Dea said.However, in his response to the Limerick Post this week, Minister Varadkar was quick to rubbish the Limerick TD’s comments.“That’s just nonsense from Willie O’Dea. This campaign is designed to encourage people to report fraud. Any money saved as a result of this campaign can be returned to hard-working taxpayers or used to improve payments to those genuinely in need in the next Budget.“It targets those who are claiming social welfare payments they are not entitled to. It also targets employers paying cash under the counter. There has been a great response from the public with a two-fold increase in reports already,” said Minister Varadkar.by Alan [email protected]last_img read more

Alan’s Tour de Munster

first_imgWhatsApp Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement TAGScharityCommunitycyclingNewstour de munster Previous articleLimerick news briefs fuel allowance, tourism, need to diversifyNext articleLimerick news briefs Boots Night Walk, public procurement, US promotion Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebookcenter_img Jed Dooley, Brynn Dooley, Charlie O’Donoghue, Alan Dooley is the cyclist, Lily O’Donoghue, Melissa O’Brien (Karibu Montessori) and Sean O’SullivanLIMERICK man Alan Dooley will be taking part in the 17th Tour de Munster cycle in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.Helping Alan in raising funds for Down Syndrome Ireland, Karibu Montessori organised a pyjama day on Wednesday, July 19, and, as Alan’s son Brynn attends the school, all the children and staff came to the creche in their pyjamas and made donations in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The gruelling Tour de Munster challenge, spanning across all six counties of Munster follows a route more than 600km long. Beginning in Cork on Thursday, August 10, the four-day journey makes its way to Lismore, Tipperary, Limerick, Killaloe, Kilrush, Dingle, Kenmare and culminates in a tough climb up the infamous Patrick’s Hill in Cork.Down Syndrome Ireland is the primary source of information and support for people with Down Syndrome, their families and the professional community in Ireland.Follow Alan’s progress as he trains for the tour on his ‘Everyday Hero’ page where he has clocked up more than 1300 km and is approaching the halfway point of his fundraising goal which is set at €1,000.You can find more information at Alan’s ‘Everyday Hero’ accountRead similar stories in the Limerick Post Community section. Twitter Email NewsCommunityAlan’s Tour de MunsterBy Cian Reinhardt – July 30, 2017 1449 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick’s Oisin O’Callaghan Claims World Title In Salzburg Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Disappointment as Strabane is over looked for ‘key funding’

first_imgNews Disappointment as Strabane is over looked for ‘key funding’ Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter A Strabane District Councillor has expressed his disappointment that the town has been over-looked for funding to revamp derelict buildings in urban areas.Minister Alex Attwood announced this week that £1 million would be allocated to revamp town centres in Fermangh, Belfast, Lisburn, Moyle, Rosstrevor and Dungiven.Strabane District Council had applied for funding, but their application was deemed unsuccessful.Sinn Fein Cllr, Brian McMahon is urging Alex Attwood to rethink his decision:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/bri830STRAB.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – February 6, 2013 Previous articleNorthwest MEP comes out in favour of Financial Transaction TaxNext articleDonegal County Council says staff morale remains positive News Highland Facebookcenter_img Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

16 of 19 bathing areas in Donegal deemed “excellent” by the EPA

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ 16 of 19 bathing areas in Donegal deemed “excellent” by the EPA WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Twitter By admin – April 21, 2015 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleBobbi Kristina Brown “has opened her eyes”Next articleArson attack on home of 70 year old woman in Derry admin 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Homepage BannerNews The latest Environmental Protection Agency report into bathing water quality has found the quality of Irish bathing waters to be among the best in Europe, with 75% of the areas tested deemed to be of excellent quality.19 bathing areas in Donegal were assessed by the EPA, more than any other county.16 were deemed excellent in every respect, two were deemed good and one sufficient.Portnablagh and Rathmullan were both deemed excellent when tested for E-Coli and good when tested for Intestinal Enterococci, deeming them an overall ranking of good.Lady’s Bay in Buncrana was deemed to be good when tested for E.Coli and sufficient when tested for Intestinal Enterococci, earning it an overall ranking of sufficient.It is one of ten areas in the country to get a rating of ‘sufficient’, with the EPA noting that these waters remain vulnerable to episodic pollution which means they are potentially at risk of being classed as Poor at some future stage.Seven locations across the country were rated as poor overall, with Irish Water saying the issues relate in many instances to sewage discharges where the infrastructure is inadequate.It says projects are underway to bring the beaches up to the required standards – with some expected to be completed by Summer. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

No Embargo Under The CGST Act Restraining Pre-Arrest Bail: Kerala High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesNo Embargo Under The CGST Act Restraining Pre-Arrest Bail: Kerala High Court Lydia Suzanne Thomas25 April 2021 9:23 PMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Thursday allowed anticipatory bail to a person who apprehended arrest for supposed infractions of the Central Goods and Services Tax.Finding that there was no embargo to a person’s applying for pre-arrest bail under the legislation, Justice Ashok Menon stated, “There is no embargo under the CGST Act restraining the applicant from seeking pre-arrest bail. There is no analogous provision under Sections 18 and 18A of the SC/ST( Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, preventing grant of anticipatory bail.” In finding that a grant of anticipatory bail under GST law was permissible, the Court analysed sections of the CGST legislation that provided for arrest against provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Constitution. For this, the Court discussed Sections 132 and 69 of the CGST Act. Section 132 lists twelve offences punishable with imprisonment or fine and Section 69 allows a Commissioner of Tax to authorise a person to make arrests. In his Order, Justice Menon culls these principles concerning offences, their penalties, and safeguards against arrest under GST law -Certain safeguards against abuse of the powers to arrest have been inserted under the CGST Act itself. The power to arrest has been granted only in respect of certain specific offences.Offences where arrest is permitted include those where the act in question is committed with an intention to evade tax or where it results in monetary loss to the Government exchequer.There is an additional layer of restriction on the power to arrest most ‘first time offenders’. Arrest of such offenders can only be exercised when the aforementioned offences involve an amount exceeding Rupees one hundred lakh or more.The aforementioned monetary threshold is not applicable to all offences. In certain cases, the amount involved in the offence is not relevant.Power of arrest under the CGST Act have been allowed based on the combined assessment of the severity of the offence and the amount involved therein. The safeguards in the form of pre-arrest authorisation have also been inserted in the text of the CGST Act itself.Section 69 of the CGST Act permits the Commissioner of GST to authorise arrests in certain cases, based on the seriousness and the amount involved, but in all other cases, arrests are to be conducted according to provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure.There appears to be an inversely proportional relationship between the gravity of the offence in question and the safeguards applicable thereon.However, the provisions still appear to comply with basic standards as even in cases of the grave offences under the Act, the Commissioner who is a Senior GST official is permitted to authorise arrest only if he has reason to believe that a person has committed an offence. The Senior Intelligence Officer is not permitted to conduct arrests under the CGST Act till the Commissioner records his satisfaction on ‘reasons to believe’ authorizing him to arrest the assessee.The insertion of the phrase ‘reason to believe’ demonstrates the legislature’s intention to make an affirmative attempt to circumscribe the discretionary powers and permit their exercise only in a bona fide manner, to further the interest of revenue.The discretion of the Commissioner to authorise arrest is in the most serious offences listed under the CGST Act.The CGST Act also provides the process to be followed once arrests are conducted by a central tax officer on the authorisation of the Commissioner. The officer in question is required to inform the arrested person of the grounds of his arrest and must produce such person before the Magistrate within twenty-four hours of arrest. Explaining the expression ‘reason to believe’, the Court prescribed that it must not be purely subjective satisfaction and must have a rational connection with, or a relevant bearing on the formation of the belief. After analysing the provisions for arrest and culling the safeguards provided against the same, the Court remarked that they were in consonance with Section 49 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article 22 of the Constitution.Application to the factsOn the facts of the case, the Court found the applicant’s apprehension was well-founded. The case involved a person which involved a person apprehending arrest for one AR Agencies’ failure to pay GST to the tune of Rs. 17.53 Crore. The proprietor of the agency, Rajoob P.A, and his primary colluder, Abdul Saleem of Ittonam, Palakkad were proceeded against and their business and residential premises searched. While the investigation against them progressed, it was stated that the applicant had filed the GSTR-I returns for A.R Agencies and prepared GST invoices valued at Rs. 348.7 crores using the credentials of the Agency. The applicant’s house was searched and ‘incriminating evidence’ recovered, as per the GST officials’ statements. The applicant was thereafter issued a summons. The applicant averred that he did not know of the agency or Rajoob though he was acquainted with Abdul Saleem. Moving court apprehending arrest, the applicant asserted his innocence. Finding that objections filed by GST officials to the writ petition did not disclose any material that could implicate him as an accused, the Court opined that Rajoob ought to have been made answerable for anything done by the agency. Additionally, he had not been arrayed as an accused. The Court highlighted, “It is settled position that the applicant apprehending arrest need not be made an accused in a crime to seek the relief of anticipatory bail. Its is sufficient in case he succeeds in establishing that his apprehension of arrest is reasonable.” It was also stated, “The fact that they have not arraigned him as an accused indicates lack of material. The applicant’s apprehension of arrest is reasonable, because Abdul Saleem, who is also not a proprietor, has been arrested. In the objections filed by the respondents before this court in the Writ Petition also do not disclose any incriminating material against the applicant. Merely by stating that they recovered incriminating materials may not suffice.” Therefore, the Court deemed that anticipatory bail could be allowed and directed the applicant to cooperate with the investigation. In the event of his arrest, he was to be released on bail after executing a bond for Rs 5,00,000.CASE: Abdul Shaji v. Commissioner of Central Tax and Central Excise and Anr.COUNSEL: Advocates K Seena and VK Sunil for the applicant, Standing Counsel Sreelal N Warrier for the Tax officials.Click here to download the OrderTagsCentral Goods and Services Tax Act 2017 High Court of Kerala Kerala High Court Justice Ashok Menon Anticipatory Bail Next Storylast_img read more

Library program highlights need for state water plan

first_imgLatest Stories Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder But Alabama is not without its water problems, from the improper enforcement of environmental regulations to the lack of planning and policy to ensure sustainable water for the future.“We need to do more to protect our water supply,” Lowry said. “We need to generate greater awareness about the threats to our water supply because water is essential to everything we do. Water is fundamental to life.”Lowry said water providers, agriculture, environmental group, local governments and business communities are attempting to identify and address threats to the state’s water supply. However, among its neighboring states, Alabama is the only one that does not have a comprehensive water plan. “State leadership is needed to protect our water supply,” Lowry said. Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 9:20 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020 You Might Like Bulldogs and Trojans head to the Final Four For the first time since 2016 two Pike County teams are heading to Birmingham and the AHSAA Final Four. Both… read morecenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Library program highlights need for state water plan Mother Earth has given over to Grandmother Earth so it’s time for her “children” to open their eyes and ears and become serious about taking care of her.That was the message Cindy Lowry, Alabama Rivers Alliance executive director, brought to Brundidge Thursday morning.The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library presented “Water: Plan On It” as a way to inform local residents about the current status of a statewide water plan and what can be done to ensure Alabama’s waters are protected for future generations, said Theresa Trawick, library director.Lowry told those who gathered at Brundidge Station for the program that Alabama has more than 132,000 miles of rivers and streams and ranks number one nationally in fresh water diversity. Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Alabama Rivers Alliance is a statewide network of groups working to protect and restore all of Alabama’s water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement.“But our people need to get involved,” Lowry said. “Our people need to let our lawmakers know that we need a water plan to regulate our water supply to keep it clean and flowing. We have changed the way our natural world looks so we need a plan that includes how much water we need for future use. We must create a plan before there is a crisis.”Lowry advised her audience to talk to their state legislators and let them know their concern about the future and safety of the state’s water supply and the need for a comprehensive water plan for Alabama. Print Article Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Deputy US Marshal shot and killed while serving federal warrant

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) — A deputy U.S. Marshal was shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday evening in Tucson, Arizona.The marshal was shot while trying to serve a felony warrant to 26-year-old Ryan Schlesinger at a residence in the city’s Miracle Manor neighborhood around 5:30 p.m. local time. The marshal was with other service officers at the time, authorities said.Tucson police officers responded to the scene shortly after the shooting and surrounded Schlesinger’s one-story home. The suspect ultimately surrendered and was taken into custody without incident or injury, authorities said.The wounded marshal was rushed to a local hospital where he died. Authorities have not yet released his name.“This is a tragic night for law enforcement in Tucson and obviously across the state of Arizona,” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said at a press conference Thursday. “Our hearts go out to this marshal’s family.”The police chief said serving warrants can be “very dangerous” work.“You never really know how somebody is going to react to that,” he explained. “Obviously, a warrant still means that somebody has their day in court but there are times when the individual being served doesn’t see it that way and we really don’t know what’s going through their head when they make a decision to do something like this.”Federal agencies are working with the Tucson Police Department to investigate the deadly shooting.“It’s very tough and it’s hard to make any sense of it, but that’s what the investigation is for and we’ll know more in the upcoming days and weeks,” Magnus told reporters when declining to provide more details on the incident.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey took to Twitter to express his “deepest condolences” to the slain marshal’s family and fellow law enforcement officers.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace was not target of hate crime, FBI finds

first_img Written by June 23, 2020 /Sports News – National NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace was not target of hate crime, FBI finds FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChris Graythen/Getty ImagesBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The FBI has completed its investigation into a noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this week and is not filing any federal charges, the organization announced Tuesday.According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, the noose had been in the garage since as early as last fall.Wallace, the league’s only full-time Black driver, “was not the target of a hate crime,” NASCAR said in a statement.The FBI investigation concluded through video and photographic evidence that a garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned in that garage number 4 since at least October 2019, and thus was not directed at Wallace.“Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,” Town and Sharp’s statement said.In a press call with media on Tuesday, NASCAR President Steve Phelps said this was “fantastic” news.“There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred,” Phelps said. “It’s not who we are as a sport.”Phelps said that NASCAR will be continuing its own investigation to determine “why there was a rope fashioned into a noose.” He said the rope was present in the garage during a race in October. On Sunday, a member of Wallace’s crew found and reported it to his crew chief, who then brought it to the attention of NASCAR Cup Series Director Jay Fabian, he said.“To be clear, we would do this again,” Phelps said. “The evidence that we had, it was clear that we needed to look into this.”Phelps said the show of support around Wallace at Monday’s race was a “very powerful image” and “one of the most important days that we had.”Wallace was met with a huge show of support from all 39 other drivers and their crews with a march down pit road as they pushed his car to the front of the field.“These times kind of bring back that positive light of love and passion and solidarity and unity, to unite together and show that love is way stronger than hate,” Wallace said on ABC’s “The View” Tuesday.On Sunday, NASCAR had said it was launching an investigation after a noose was found in the garage stall for Wallace’s 43 team.On Monday, the Department of Justice announced its Civil Rights Division was also investigating to determine if any federal laws were violated.Wallace had pushed for NASCAR to ban the display of the Confederate flag amid calls for racial justice following George Floyd’s death last month at the hands of Minneapolis police. NASCAR subsequently announced earlier this month that it was banning the presence of the controversial flag at all events.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Mayor’s Message: Nov. 20

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,The number of reported COVID-19 cases is still on the rise in Ocean City and throughout the region. I want to urge everybody to continue to take personal responsibility for following all public health recommendations. I know the holidays are a difficult time to limit family and social gatherings, but at this time we all have to remain very cautious.I spoke with the Rev. Marcia Stanford this week, and she and the Ocean City Ecumenical Council have decided that it’s best not to continue with the annual Community Thanksgiving Service, which had been scheduled for Tuesday. It’s always great to see neighbors come together for this event, so we’ll now look forward to a safe and healthy service in 2021.The Dec. 5 town hall meeting to share our plans on flooding issues island-wide will now be held only virtually. We will prepare our presentation in advance, then invite the public to view it at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, followed by an online Q&A session. The presentation will remain online as a resource for anybody to see. Along the same lines, all public meetings that have not already been advertised will move back to a virtual format.Ocean City’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony also will be held virtually this year, and we’re currently seeking nominations for our MLK Community Services Awards. The award is given to local citizens who exemplify the philosophy, service and ideas of Dr. King. For more information and to make a nomination, please visit www.ocnj.us/mlk.Seasonal beach tags for summer 2021 will go on sale starting Saturday. The discounted price of $20 will remain in place through May 2021. I know we’re all looking forward to a brighter 2021, so summer tags could make a great gift for the holidays. Visit store.ocnj.us for more information on how to purchase online or in-person.I want to remind everybody that the Acme supermarket at 800 West Avenue was able to reopen on Thursday after a fire in the garage area last weekend. I’m glad to know that this important community resource was closed for only a few days, and I want to thank all of the OCNJ CARE volunteers who helped transport fellow citizens during the closing.Bill Hollingsworth of the Humane Society of Ocean City and I spoke earlier this week about plans to raise awareness about the laws requiring dogs to be leashed when they are on the beaches or streets. I have always taken a “be nice, be kind” approach to laws like this, but I want to let everybody know that we are prepared to fully enforce this measure if pet owners do not voluntarily comply.With Thanksgiving coming next week, trash and recycling pickup on routes normally scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be pushed back by one day. See more information.I hope you all have a great weekend. The weather looks good, and it’s great opportunity to shop the Avenue during the Earlier Than the Bird event Saturday morning.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more