VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HIRES STUART COMSTOCK-GAY AS PRESIDENT & CEOMIDDLEBURY, VT – The board of the Vermont Community Foundation announced that Stuart Comstock-Gay has been named the next President & CEO. Comstock-Gay comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in building the capacity, reach, and impact of institutions dedicated to bringing people together in the pursuit of community-minded goals.Rob Woolmington, the VCF’s board chair said that Comstock-Gay’s experience would be instrumental in continuing the work of the Foundation to help people, businesses, and organizations give effectively in Vermont. “The board was particularly impressed by Stuart’s understanding of how a community foundation can engage philanthropists and assist charitable partners in building healthy and vital communities. That is the core work of the Vermont Community Foundation. We believe Stuart will be an effective, thoughtful, and engaging leader, and we look forward to working with him.”Comstock-Gay started his career at the American Civil Liberties Union, including ten years as executive director of the Maryland ACLU. He has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. While at the latter organization, he facilitated its merger with Demos, a national non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in New York City.Most recently, as director of the Democracy Program at Demos, he has worked to strengthen inclusiveness and democracy in the U.S. by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. In that role he has worked with election officials, legislators, and advocates across the country to pursue policies that would encourage greater political participation.Comstock-Gay said that he sees great potential to harness the community-minded spirit of Vermonters. “America’s best traditions include civic engagement and community spirit. Vermont has a long and inspiring history of these traditions. The VCF has proven that it is an important part of Vermont life. I am eager to work with VCF donors, supporters, and partners to address some of the states’s most pressing issues.”Comstock-Gay holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife have three daughters.The Vermont Community Foundation helps individuals, organizations, and businesses cultivate their love of giving through opportunities to learn, lead, and grow as philanthropists. The VCF has more than 500 charitable funds, each of which was established to build healthy and vital Vermont communities. In addition, the VCF offers planned giving, nonprofit agency fund management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions.###
UPDATE: This has been verified as an authentic WWII hand grenade. The bomb squad removed the grenade without incident and advised it would be disposed of properly. Taco Bell has reopened. https://t.co/o7CnxowRZZ— Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 26, 2019Magnet fishing, as its name suggests, uses strong magnets to trawl for large debris like discarded bicycles, guns, safes, coins, car tire rims, and the occasional bomb from bodies of water.Many who engage in the hobby—a combination of environmentalism and treasure hunting—are hoping to find rare and valuable items, as well.The pastime is now gaining national attention, thanks to a random guy who got the munchies.Police have, so far, offered no further explanation for the situation. So still the question remains: Why Taco Bell?More on Geek.com:An Astronaut Accidentally Called 911 From SpaceSee the Deadly Beauty of a Grenade Cut in HalfTaco Bell Gets Saucy With New Flavored Tortilla ChipsScientists Create Plants That Can Detect Explosives Have Your Taco and Snap Insta-Worthy Pics, Too, at T-MoBell Pop-UpTaco Bell Gives Sneak Peek of Its Insta-Worthy Palm Springs Hotel Stay on target If your first thought after stumbling upon a hand grenade is to order a Double Cheesy Gordita Crunch, think again.One Florida man made headlines last week when he reportedly found an explosive while magnet fishing, put it in the trunk of his car, and drove to a Taco Bell.It remains unclear whether the magneteer intended to detonate the bomb in or near the restaurant, or whether he was just grabbing a quick bite before calling the authorities.AdChoices广告He was probably just hungry: Around 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, the unnamed man informed Ocala Police Department dispatchers of his find, prompting a local bomb squad to evacuate the East Silver Springs Boulevard restaurant. Taco Bell on E. Silver Springs Blvd. has been evacuated. A man found a hand grenade while magnet fishing in Ocklawaha, put it in his trunk, and drove to Taco Bell prior to calling 911. MCSO bomb squad is currently on scene to ensure everyone’s safety. pic.twitter.com/sgGmXDkAXB— Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 26, 2019It turned out the device, piled into the car boot with various other rusting finds (including an ax head and what looks like a sledgehammer), was an authentic World War II hand grenade.“The bomb squad removed the grenade without incident and advised it would be disposed of properly,” Ocala PD wrote in a social media update.More importantly, Taco Bell has reopened.