first_imgHarvard University’s endowment earned an investment return of 11 percent for the year and was valued at $27.6 billion as of June 30. The return was 160 basis points above what would have been earned by the Harvard Management Company’s (HMC) benchmark policy portfolio.“Fiscal year 2010 was an important and productive year for the Management Company,” said Jane Mendillo, president and CEO of HMC. “We generated strong returns and improved the flexibility of the portfolio while actively managing our risks and pursuing innovative investment strategies.”The University’s endowment provides critical funding for Harvard’s educational and research objectives. In fiscal 2010, distributions from the endowment contributed more than a third of the University’s operating budget. Endowment income supports Harvard’s academic programs, science and medical research, and student financial aid programs, which permit the University to admit qualified students regardless of their ability to pay. Harvard’s endowment also enables the University to undertake specific activities that donors have supported over time, targeted to areas such as financial aid, faculty salaries, and facilities maintenance.The University remains committed to supporting financial aid for undergraduates, which is expected to increase about 7 percent for fiscal 2011. More than 60 percent of Harvard undergraduates are receiving need-based scholarship aid this year, totaling $158 million, and two-thirds now graduate debt-free. Throughout Harvard, scholarships and awards to students from University funds have almost tripled over the past decade, reaching $340 million. The College’s industry-leading financial aid policies are designed to make Harvard more affordable for families across the economic spectrum and have remained firmly in place despite the current economic downturn.Over the long term, HMC has produced strong investment returns for the Harvard portfolio. The average annual return on the endowment over the last 20 years has been 11.9 percent, and 7 percent over the last decade. HMC returns charted over both 10 and 20 years have outpaced a typical 60/40 stock/bond portfolio, the TUCS median fund, and HMC’s own policy portfolio benchmark. On average over the last decade, HMC has added 5.1 percent annually over and above the 60/40 portfolio, 3.6 percent over the TUCS median fund, and 3.3 percent over the policy portfolio.The endowment’s total value is affected by several factors each year, including investment returns, new contributions, and the annual payout for University programs. The endowment stood at $26 billion on June 30, 2009.The endowment is not a single fund, but more than 11,000 individual funds, many of them restricted to specific uses such as support of a research center or creation of a professorship in a particular subject. The funds are invested by HMC, which oversees the University’s endowment, pension, trust funds, and other investments at a significant cost savings compared with outside management.last_img read more

first_img Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Of baseball, metaphors Against a Lowell House backdrop, C.J. Curtis delivers his speech on how the game of baseball is a metaphor for life. Emote! C.J. Curtis incorporated a variety of gestures to animate his speech about the life lessons that baseball offers all of us. On any given night during February or March in the Lowell House dining hall, the din of conversation and clamor of clearing dishes subsides to a muffled murmur at 7:20 p.m. as a faculty adviser approaches the podium to introduce the evening’s speaker. The Lowell House Speeches, initiated last year by resident tutor Sandy Alexander, are an opportunity for students to practice public discourse, while at the same time giving housemates a more personal glimpse into the lives of people they may recognize only in passing.The remarks are short — just five minutes — to encourage conciseness, and to maximize attendance by listeners. Speakers are encouraged to talk from the heart, whether that means a strongly felt experience that has shaped who they are, or perhaps an unusual idea to put forth to colleagues.Gorick Ng ’14 spoke about pushing himself outside of a protective bubble in high school, which resulted in his forging unlikely but lasting friendships beyond his comfort zone. Ng is convinced that everyone has an interesting story like his to share, and he felt propelled by the audience’s energy to speak strongly with purpose.C.J. Curtis spoke with both sincerity and humor about his passion for baseball. Not baseball as in the Red Sox or Big Papi, but baseball as a metaphor for life, as a way to teach lessons. It’s not about winning, Curtis said, but about playing day after day, about learning from your losses, about picking yourself up after a bad play and handling it better the next time, about persevering in the face of adversity. He spoke earnestly, with obvious passion, but still made jokes at his own expense.Curtis said working on his speech resulted in lasting memories. He had practiced on random groups in public spaces. On the subway, he met a street musician who could relate to performing solo in front of crowds. He spoke to a small group at an airport, and got instant feedback on his gestures and timing from a debate coach who happened to be listening.Curtis and Ng embrace the Lowell Speeches as a great new House tradition that benefits the speaker and listener simultaneously, strengthening the bonds among housemates as they get to appreciate each other in ways they never knew before. Constructive criticism Gorick Ng ’14 listens to suggestions regarding both style and content from faculty adviser David L. Ager. Passionate orator C.J. Curtis conveys some heartfelt feelings during an impassioned speech on the attributes of baseball. center_img Student teachers Gorick Ng ’14 gets coached for his upcoming speech by David L. Ager, faculty adviser. The process is two-sided, with Ager saying he learns as much as his speakers do, or more, from these sessions. Speaking your mind Hear ye, hear ye After dinner in the dining hall, students volunteer to deliver a five-minute speech for inspiration and fun, on a topic of personal significance. The program gives students practice at public speaking, while also letting fellow students get to know each other better. The Lowell House Speeches, started by resident scholar Sandy Alexander last year, are quickly becoming a popular new House tradition. All coming together For speakers, the speech itself is but the culmination of a process that involves writing, getting feedback from a faculty adviser or tutor who serves as coach, and practicing in front of friends and strangers alike. In the end, Housemates have a fuller appreciation for the profoundly personal experiences that make their fellow students who they are.last_img read more

first_img Click to see a time-lapse video of the construction of “Saturate the Moment” and its installation in Radcliffe Yard.The artwork was revealed at a public event called Radcliffe Open Yard, which was an opportunity for the institute to share its people, programs, and collections.  In addition to the public art installation in the Wallach Garden, other student submissions to the competition were on display in Fay House.In the gallery at Byerly Hall, Harvard students explained the simple toys and complex science at an exhibit created by mathematician and Radcliffe Fellow Tadashi Tokieda from the University of Cambridge, who is the 2013-2014 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow.  In the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, select materials from the extensive Betty Friedan collection were exhibited to mark the 50th anniversary of her book “The Feminine Mystique” and the Presidential Report on American Women.The Open Yard event was followed by a reception and dinner that officially kicked off The Radcliffe Campaign, “Invest in Ideas,” a $70 million component of The Harvard Campaign.  The campaign will build on the history of Radcliffe College and on the success of the ensuing Radcliffe Institute, founded in 1999, to create a future in which the institute can provide more ways to generate and share transformative ideas across Harvard and around the world.At the launch, Harvard President Drew Faust, the founding dean of the institute, spoke about the ways her leadership there shaped her Harvard stewardship.  She said that the lessons learned at Radcliffe — including the importance of connecting people across disciplines, integrating the arts, and committing to a bold vision of inclusion — have been “critical for my presidency at Harvard and how I’ve thought about the broader University and what it could be, and what it should be.”The evening events echoed those values and included brief presentations by John Huth, the Donner Professor of Physics who co-directs the science program at Radcliffe; author Gish Jen ’77, BI ’87, RI ’02; and composers Tarik O’Regan, RI ’05, and Augusta Read Thomas, BI ’91, all of whom have contributed to and benefited from Radcliffe’s commitment to providing support for individual pursuits in a multidisciplinary environment.Susan Wallach, co-chair of The Radcliffe Campaign, introduced Faust, and relayed that good progress had been made toward the fundraising goal, with 37 percent of the $70 million already raised.Cohen shared her vision for the institute and how to provide leading thinkers at all levels and in all fields with the time and support to be creative, focused, and exploratory, leading to more “original research, groundbreaking books, important public-policy recommendations, scientific discoveries, bold artistic work, and new technologies.”  Cohen said The Radcliffe Campaign is dedicated to “the future of ideas and ideas of the future.”Campaign co-chair Sidney R. Knafel ’52, M.B.A. ’54, spoke to the guests gathered at the Knafel Center (formerly the Radcliffe Gymnasium) to celebrate and plan for the future.  “Each of us has had a discrete variety of connections to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,” he told the audience of engaged volunteers, University leaders, Harvard faculty, Radcliffe Fellows, researchers, and undergraduates working as Radcliffe Research Partners.  “We also have a few things in common.  We all care about the creation and sharing of knowledge.”The public and private events of the day concluded with a new video about Radcliffe Institute and a rousing a capella performance by the Radcliffe Choral Society. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6-lLzhdc-c” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/s6-lLzhdc-c/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> When is a garden more than a garden? When it combines art and science, unites theory and practice, incorporates experimentation and discovery, hosts a student competition, and is part of The Radcliffe Campaign’s launch.A yearlong competition, creation, and construction project recently culminated in the unveiling of a dramatic work of public art. The inaugural Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition began when Harvard students were invited to submit original design proposals for an open garden space in Radcliffe Yard.  More than 20 student teams offered ideas for how to use the space creatively.A jury of six Harvard faculty members, including Dean Lizabeth Cohen of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, selected as winner “Saturate the Moment,” the work of Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students Keojin Jin and Juhun Lee.The artwork, explained Lee, is divided into two planes: one “representing the landscape” and another “representing moisture, air, and the environment.” Jin and Lee were inspired by the shell of the desert beetle, which collects condensation to survive. The surface of “Saturate the Moment” is designed to collect condensation, which will nourish plants below it and perpetuate a dynamic cycle.Jin described the work as an opportunity to “think more deeply about our environment and how a physical, low-tech object can interact with the energy and vibrant atmosphere around it.”The landscape sculpture consists of a resin composite framework whose parallel lines resemble a schematic of rippling radio waves that fold in on themselves. The structure is set atop a large swatch of lawn.The ambitious project required the use of innovative materials. The undulating ribs of the piece were made at a boatyard, using marine construction products.The project was built in a garden that has just been named in recognition of Susan S. Wallach ’68, J.D. ’71, and Kenneth L. Wallach ’68, J.D., ’72, who are involved with and champions of the Radcliffe Institute and Harvard University. The Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden will host a new design competition every two years. The next cycle of the institute’s University-wide public art contest will begin later this month.Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition: ‘Saturate the Moment’last_img read more

first_imgGiving 40 high school students an opportunity to learn more about the ocean was the hook. Harvard Museum of Natural History’s “Marine Life” exhibit provided the rest.“I love everything about the ocean,” said Bethleham Asefha, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin School senior who was among the students who recently visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit in the Putnam Family Gallery. The students also toured some of Harvard’s laboratories, met with graduate students pursuing careers in marine biology, and heard from Harvard’s Peter Girguis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology.Girguis has long worked to extend opportunities for high school students to be engaged with marine biology. His lab offers invites several Rindge and Latin students who have taken Paul McGuinness’ marine biology course to be a part of the Marine Science Internship Program at Harvard. The internship program not only gives students lab experience, it gives them a chance to team up with professors like Girguis and Harvard graduate students and talk about the career paths available in marine science. Three from Rindge and Latin intern at marine biology labs Insights for high school students Related “We love having the students on campus. They’re inquisitive, smart and really passionate about what they’re studying,” said Girguis. “The deep sea is clearly a very fascinating part of our planet, but more than that, I hope students are inspired to explore their passions, to push the boundaries of their imagination, and to realize that they are all already explorers in their own right, and that spirit of exploration will help foster innovation.”And explore is exactly what the students did, as they took in the labs and the exhibits open to them.“Every time I visit the museums, there is always new information that I pick up,” said Joshua Brancazio, a senior at Rindge and Latin. “When we come to the museum, I get to see things up close and learn something that inspires my interest to learn more about it when I get home.”,A group of the students also examined zebrafish cells under microscopes in Alexander Schier’s lab. Schier is the Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology.McGuiness has been partnering with Harvard for nearly a decade to bring his students to campus to see another side of marine biology. He noted, “It’s an amazing opportunity for students to get experience doing real research in a real lab.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Pam KnoxUniversity of GeorgiaMay in Georgia was very wet. Temperatures were normal to 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. There were reports of hail or strong winds somewhere in Georgia on at least 16 days.The monthly average temperature in Atlanta was 70.2 degrees (.4 degrees above normal); in Athens 70.5 degrees (1.4 degrees above normal); Columbus 72.3 degrees (normal); Macon 72.4 degrees (1.4 degrees above normal); Savannah 74.2 degrees (1.4 degrees above normal); Brunswick 74.9 degrees (1.2 degrees above normal); Alma 73.8 degrees (normal); and in Augusta 72.2 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal). Several record-low maximum temperatures in the 60s were recorded in Savannah, Alma and Brunswick on May 18 and 19.Except for a band south of Atlanta and in southwest Georgia, rainfall across the state was above normal according to radar estimates. Over 10 inches of rain was observed by radar in northeast Georgia and along the coast as well as a few isolated areas in Charlton and Terrell counties.The highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 9.69 inches in Savannah (6.08 inches above normal). The lowest was in Athens at 3.58 inches (.28 inches below normal). According to the NWS, Columbus received 5.10 inches (1.48 inches above normal); Macon 5.73 inches (2.75 inches above normal); Alma 8.14 inches (5.10 inches above normal); Brunswick 5.33 inches (2.64 inches above normal); and Augusta 4.38 inches (1.31 inches above normal). Several daily records of rainfall were set during the month at these stations, including 2.08 inches at Alma on May 23.The highest one-day total rainfall from the CoCoRaHS network was 3.77 inches measured at two stations on Skidaway Island on May 22. There was also a one-day total of 3.75 inches at Waycross on May 27. The highest monthly rainfall total was 13.08 inches near Dillard in northern Rabun County. Several other monthly rainfall amounts of over 10 inches were reported at Rabun Gap as well as near Savannah. The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network station in Rabun County reported 10.43 inches for May.The rainy conditions in April and May contributed to problems with mosquitoes in south Georgia. Health authorities in Lowndes County reported a health emergency on May 6. Prior to the wet conditions about nine mosquitoes per trap were found in the county. After the onset of wet conditions, traps averaged 786 mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can act as carriers for multiple illnesses, including the West Nile virus.No tornadoes were reported. The strongest storms occurred on May 2 and 3 with the passage of a strong derecho through north and middle Georgia. A derecho is a bow-shaped line of strong thunderstorms that move at speeds up to 60 miles per hour and can cause significant damage from straight-line winds. Numerous trees were reported down with the high winds observed throughout the month. The drought conditions of the past few years may have contributed to the number of trees that were weakened and sustained damage. Some damage to vegetable crops was noted, and three center-pivot irrigation systems in central Georgia were destroyed by high winds and hail during the third week of May.During the first of the month, farmers had trouble doing field work and planting due to dry conditions. After the first week, they had difficulty doing field work due to heavy rains. Powdery mildew and other plant diseases and the washing of fertilizer out of the fields were reported by a number of observers in the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin this month. Some farmers reported hay rotting in the fields and small grains sprouting from the heads as well as drowned tobacco plants.last_img read more

first_imgBanknorth Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:BKNG), one of the country’s 35 largest commercial banking companies, has signed a long-term agreement with Metavante Corporation for a suite of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Card solutions. Metavante is the financial technology subsidiary of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (NYSE:MI).Metavante will provide Banknorth with ATM management, transaction routing and switching along with PIN-based card transaction processing. Banknorth has over 400 ATMs and over 800,000 ATM and debit cards. Metavante currently provides Banknorth with trust processing from its Wealth Management solution. Metavante anticipates completing the Banknorth conversion to its EFT and Card solution in the fourth quarter of 2002.”Our goal was to find an EFT and card partner that gives us the capability to support and expand our product offerings on a single, high-performance platform,” said William J. Ryan, president and chief executive officer, Banknorth Group. “Not only did Metavante meet our service, feature and usability criteria, but they also exceeded them with its state-of-the-art technology that includes features like web-based ATM monitoring.””We are thrilled to be able to expand Metavante’s relationship with Banknorth,” said Frank D’Angelo, senior vice president and general manager, Metavante EFT and Card. “Given the scalability of our solution, we are confident we will be able to support the growth objectives and future business strategies of Banknorth.”Metavante is a leading provider of Electronic Funds Transfer and Card solutions, including account processing, merchant servicing, database management, data entry, card personalization, and fulfillment services for debit, credit, stored-value, prepaid, transit, and ATM cards. Metavante provides EFT and card services to approximately 1,600 financial services providers in the United States. Metavante links with all major electronic funds transfer networks, gateways, and processors to route and authorize ATM and debit card transactions for banks, credit unions, Internet banks and independent sales organizations.last_img read more

first_imggroSolar Acquires Chesapeake SolarNorth American Solar Energy Leader Strengthens Mid-Atlantic BaseJuly 8, 2008 – White River Jct., VT – groSolar, North America’s premier provider of solar energy solutions, announced today the acquisition of Chesapeake Solar, a leading installer of solar energy systems in the Mid-Atlantic region.The acquisition makes groSolar one of the nation’s largest solar energy providers and extends the company’s reach, enabling groSolar to install more solar solutions on more homes and businesses in its effort to fight climate change and save customers money on energy costs.”The missions of Chesapeake and groSolar are one and the same,” said groSolar CEO Jeff Wolfe. “The acquisition of Chesapeake will support our growth strategy and our commitment to deliver clean solar power in a cost effective way to as many consumers and businesses as possible. It made absolute sense to bring them into the groSolar family. The expertise of the people at the company will fortify our management team and enhance our ability to serve the market and create the industry.”Richard Deutschmann and Jeff Gilbert founded Chesapeake Solar in 1999 as Chesapeake Wind & Solar LLC. They started the company based on their years of engineering experience and their passionate commitment to the development of renewable energy in the Mid-Atlantic region.”We could not be more excited to join Jeff and the rest of the groSolar team,” said Deutschmann. “Given the incredible growth of the solar industry around the world, we think it is the right time to bring the regional strength of Chesapeake Solar into a company with the North American reach of groSolar. Our joining together will benefit Chesapeake, our past and future customers and, of course, the environment.”groSolar is a leading North American solar power company focused on designing, distributing and installing high quality solar electric and solar hot water systems. groSolar provides residential installation in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states, and commercial installation in California as well as the eastern US, serving other areas through an extensive dealer network. With a system of warehouses across the continent, groSolar has the broadest distribution capabilities of any solar provider. groSolar integrates components from leading solar manufacturers including Evergreen Solar into efficient solar energy systems for its customers that generate clean, reliable energy for decades. groSolar was also recently recognized as the second fastest growing company in Vermont and one of the best places to work in Vermont. groSolar.com.# # #last_img read more

first_imgIt seems to be a common misconception that fly fishing for trout is overly complicated, and there are elements that lend themselves to complexity—like the diversity of a trout’s diet for instance, which has several layers pertaining to insect life cycles and a fish’s feeding behaviors.All of this can be overwhelming to a novice angler, but if you pay close attention to your surroundings, and learn to spot feeding fish, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.The first thing I do when I approach a particular pool or trout lie is stop and watch. If I see fish rising to the surface and their noses breaking the water with perceptible insect activity in the air, I can assume that they are probably feeding on the mature form of a particular insect, rather than nymphs which live beneath the surface.spring run release-2 Photos Courtesy of Albemarle AnglerThe fly I would use to match this would float high and dry on the surface, and with a good drag free drift, hopefully be eaten. If I drift this dry fly over their heads and they refuse it, I would first downsize my tippet then the size of my fly.Say for instance these fish are bulging at the surface but not necessarily breaking it with their heads. Maybe there are a few insects flying around or crawling on rocks but not swarming.These trout are probably feeding on insects emerging through the water column on their way to adulthood. This intermediate stage of an insects’ life cycle can often be tough for the untrained eye to decipher. But, if the trout are active and feeding high in the water column but not pushing their noses out of the water, give an emerger pattern or soft hackle fly a try.fly boxFinally, since a trout’s diet is around 90% subsurface, fishing nymphs and larva flies will generally be a safe bet. If you approach the stream and don’t see much activity from fish or insect they are probably feeding on nymphs.As the water flows it dislodges rocks covered by tons of nymphs close to the bottom of the streambed. Trout will find areas in the current that channel food directly towards their hungry mouths. If you encounter this situation, try tying on a weighted nymph under an indicator or even suspend it under a dry fly to cover two layers in the water column.In developing your keenness for fly fishing, slow down and smell the wildflowers. Take your time to observe and assess the behavior of your quarry, make your best judgment, tie on a fly, drift it through and fish on!brookie dryScott Osborne is a fly fishing guide at the Albemarle Angler in Charlottesville, Virginia. Check them out on Facebook.last_img read more

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Support for H.R. 1188, a bill introduced by Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Greg Meeks, D-N.Y., to raise the member business lending cap to 27.5 percent of assets for eligible institutions, was urged by NAFCU Monday in a letter to House leaders that was shared with all U.S. House members.In the letter, sent to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler said H.R. 1188, the “Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act,” would “help provide $13 billion to America’s small businesses and create over 140,000 new jobs.”“H.R. 1188 is a viable way to enable credit unions to assist our nation’s small businesses with their lending needs,” said Thaler.Introduced Monday, H.R. 1188 is similar to a bill offered last Congress by Royce and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y. It would allow the NCUA Board to approve an application by an insured credit union for a 27.5 percent MBL cap under certain conditions.  Among those: continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMLK Day: We have a long way to goThe Jan. 21 edition of The Daily Gazette illustrated American racism well.Gazette first page: 1) A long article under the headline “Siena poll: Most say racism persists.” 2) A photo of a parade of largely segregated Union College students, celebrating MLK’s legacy. 3) A long article under the headline “Union students rally to MLK’s message,” continued on page 7 with large photo of Union College’s Dr. Gretchel Hathaway, minority dean of diversity and inclusion, lecturing on MLK’s legacy. First page Local Section: Three photos of fully segregated Americans acting “in the spirit of MLK.” Opinion page: Sympathetic letter suggesting NAACP change its name to eliminate the words “Colored People.”All reminders that earlier this month we celebrated the only national holiday we have that is based on a single person. (in itself racist?) If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were to return, I suppose he would be shocked to see what we have done to this nation in his name.From his famous speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” What did we get: A nation ruled by “affirmative action,” judged by the color of the skin. That’s precisely what MLK wanted eliminated.This nation will never eliminate racism until we eliminate government racism and help each other on the basis of need, not government edict.Clyde MaughanSchenectadySidewalk plan has plenty of problemsWe are writing to express our concerns regarding the Schenectady Sidewalk Initiative Pilot Project that was rolled out on Ardsley Avenue, and is supposed to roll out in April on our street, DeCamp Avenue.Under this project, residents are expected to pay assessed fees to replace the sidewalks.On Ardsley, residents got “sticker shock” when their tax bills indicated that they were to pay nearly twice as much as they were told, now that the work is done.New bills are supposed to be generated to correct the error.When we were unable to obtain information from the city, The Daily Gazette provided information that allowed us to review expected fees for DeCamp residents; like Ardsley, the costs appear that they, too, will be close to twice what was projected by the city.Some streets have been upgraded in recent years, with no assessed fees, yet others have not. As of today, we still have nothing in writing on when the sidewalks will be repaired, what the paving schedule is or what the actual costs will be.It seems to us that this sidewalk project is not viable.Residents should not have to hound the city to get streets paved and get signed petitions to get sidewalks repaired under a special initiative, especially when downtown and many other streets exactly like DeCamp (Wright, Parkwood and Glenwood) are upgraded with no fees required from residents.This is Councilman John Polimeni’s initiative. What is your response?Laurie and David BacheldorSchenectadyLaurie Bacheldor is an officer for the 12309 Neighborhood Association and vice president of Schenectady United Neighborhoods.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more