first_img The City-County Observer is excited to announce that CHERYL MUSGRAVE has been selected  as our final CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” wInner for 2015.This years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015. Reservations for this event may be obtain by calling Mollie Drake Schreiber at 812-760-4233 or e-email her at [email protected] Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014. Last years event was a sellout.The “Outstanding Community Services Award” winners for 2015 are: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local Attorney Joe Harrison, Jr, Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth, Dr. Dan Adams, Dr Steven Becker MD, Tracy Zeller and Holly Dunn.The City County Observer is proud to announce  our final Cheryl Musgrave as a 2015 Mole Award Winner for “Good Public Policy”.  Musgrave currently sits on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals, is a Commissioner on the Evansville Redevelopment Commission,  and was recently given credit by State Representative Gail Riecken for the idea of tying local permit approvals to a business demonstrating it is current on its real property and personal property taxes. Her ability to work with people of every party affiliation has kept her relevant to local government and a lauded decision maker for over twenty years. Her work for the community is done while she also is building her own business in Musgrave Consulting, LLC.Musgrave’s family has long been involved in public service. After her grandfather’s B-17 Bomber crashed during a mission in World War 11 he was a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany. Her father continued the family’s military service as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force, serving on bases in Europe and Alaska during the height of the Cold War. Thereafter her family settled in Greencastle, Indiana, and both of her parents entered politics. Her father served multiple terms on the Putnam County Council and was elected by the body as President. Her mother was elected Township Trustee-Assessor in Putnam County, and as County Chairman of her party.Cheryl married Robert Musgrave, an Evansville  attorney and the United States Bankruptcy Chapter 13 Trustee, in 1979, the year they both graduated from DePauw University.  They moved to Evansville in 1983, and have made their home in the city’s historic Downtown.Musgrave was first elected as the Vanderburgh County Assessor in 1994. When she arrived, the office staff still used typewriters and liquid correction fluid to process their paperwork. She updated and streamlined her office, adopting a hands-on approach to the job of assessing property values. She earned her Level I and Level II assessing certifications from the State of Indiana. She offered her staff nationally recognized training courses as well. Thanks to her improvements, Vanderburgh County was often the first county in the state to complete its reassessment.Musgrave’s understanding of technology resulted in the creation of a website that was the first of its kind. Citizens were given constant access to both property records and sales information. The site went online in 1997, and has significantly altered the real estate industry in Vanderburgh County. Musgrave also took the lead in developing the county’s Geographic Information System an online map used by both the private and public sectors.Cheryl was asked to serve on the Legislative Committee of the Association of Indiana Counties and was Legislative Co-Chairman of the County Assessor Association. Many of her suggestions and innovations have been incorporated into Indiana law.Musgrave was elected Vanderburgh County Commissioner for District Three in 2004, and a year later became President of the Board of Commissioners. She was praised for her efforts to help victims of the Evansville tornado of November 2005 and also for accomplishments in economic development, improved government performance and road projects.She was a member of the 1999-2000 Lugar Series Class.  The Lugar Series selects approximately 20 women annually to participate in a year-long leadership training program.In the summer of 2007, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Cheryl as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance in an effort to respond to widespread outrage and protests at local property tax assessment increases. Cheryl reigned in the growth of local governments’ budgets. She also led reforms in consolidating assessing at the county level. During her tenure, the State Legislature through a series of public referenda eliminated all but 13 of the state’s 1,016 township assessors.Musgrave, a Republican, is a long term resident of the City of Evansville and is known for her no nonsense pragmatism when it comes to due diligence regarding the spending of public money. Her public policy background and accomplishments make her well deserving of the CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD”.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_img× BIOGRAPHY BOTTLES — Students in Ms. Santopietro’s 2nd grade class at Robinson School completed a Biography Bottle Project for Black History month. They used recycled plastic bottles to make famous African Americans and tell their incredible stories.last_img

Ocean City Rallies Big to Help Waterman Family

first_imgCarl Waterman. Photo courtesy of the Exchange Club of Ocean CityIn just two weeks, the greater Ocean City community donated more than $10,000 to help the family of a local veteran who recently suffered a serious stroke.More than 8o different people contributed money through an online GoFundMe site, raising $10,055 for the family of Carl Waterman, a decorated veteran familiar to just about anybody who’s attended a parade in Ocean City.Another 10 people wrote checks amounting to an additional $1,000, according to Bill Culp, president of the Ocean City Exchange Club, which organized the fundraiser to help one of its members.“It’s a great compliment to the influence of the Exchange Club and of the community,” Culp said.Waterman’s stroke left him paralyzed and unable to speak. Facing staggering medical bills, Waterman’s wife, Pat, had been unable to pay rent, utilities or even buy food. But 100 percent of the fundraising proceeds are now helping her get by.Waterman is a retired Marine and a key member of the U.S. Marine Corps League Color Guard, marching in local parades (2014 Miss America and many others) and posting the nation’s colors at city and county events.An Ocean City resident who worked in the construction trades for decades, Waterman is an active member and former board member of the Exchange Club and the Riverboat Club.The online donation site is now closed.last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for Feb. 22 to 28

first_imgFebruary 23, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 134Motor Vehicle Stops: 23Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 22Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 16 Fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 34th Street, one in custody, at 1:10amTheft. 800 block Plymouth P., at 11:39pm February 25, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 93Motor Vehicle Stops: 33Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 26Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 7 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 3:18pmTheft, W. 17th St., at 4:49pmWarrant, 800 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 7:00pmWarrant, 9th St., one in custody, at 9:02pmBurglary, 700 block Moorlyn Terr., at 11:15pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESFebruary 22 – 28, 2015Calls for Service: 636Daily Average: 91 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department February 28, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 78Motor Vehicle Stops: 29Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 19Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 3 EMS callsDisorderly, 100 block Simpson Ave., one in custody, at 12:17amDomestic violence, 400 block Simpson Ave., at 10:01amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Ocean Ave., at 12:45pmWarrant, 800 block 9th St., one in custody, at 3:18pmDomestic violence, 1400 block Central Ave., at 10:55pm February 26, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 75Motor Vehicle Stops: 20Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 20Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 6 EMS callsHarassment, 200 block Atlantic Ave., at 6:55amMotor vehicle accident, Rt. 52, at 8:15amTheft, 1200 block West Ave., at 12:24pmBurglary, 700 block Plymouth Pl., at 4:32pmCDS, 1300 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 8:41pm February 27, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 86Motor Vehicle Stops: 33Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 22Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 13 fire and 13 EMS callsCDS, 2100 block West Ave., one in custody, at 12:06amMotor vehicle accident, 52nd St. & Simpson Ave., at 1:26pmMotor vehicle accident, 17th St. & Bay Ave., at 11:23pm February 24, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 85Motor Vehicle Stops: 20Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 16Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 10 fire and 2 EMS callsWarrant, Central Ave., one in custody, at 9:57amWarrant, E. Station Rd., one in custody, at 2:17pmMotor vehicle accident, unit block Bay Ave., at 5:12pmDomestic violence, 900 block Palen Ave., at 8:45pmThreats, 1300 block Central Ave., at 10:42pm February 22, 2015: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 84Motor Vehicle Stops: 15Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 17Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 43 Fire and 9 EMS callsTrespassing, 400 block Boardwalk, at 2:23amAssault, 500 block 7th St., at 3:02amBurglary, 1700 block Boardwalk, at 7:37pmlast_img read more

Cereform shows functional expertise

first_imgAB Mauri subsidiary Cereform (Northampton) says its knowledge of functional ingredients, bakery plants and processing technology allows it to work with a wide variety of flours and adapt to changing bakery industry demands. The company’s standard product range includes a variety of “off the shelf” bread conditioners, some multi-purpose and others suitable for specific applications, such as baguettes, burger buns, wholemeal and organic breads or pretzels. Cereform believes its enzyme-based fluid dough technology is the future of plant baking and continues to invest in developing innovative products.last_img read more

Independents set tone for modern bakery outlets

first_imgTerence Conran’s soon-to-be-rolled-out Albion café and bakery concept is part of an influential new breed of independent bakery shops that combine upmarket retail with casual dining.That’s the view of retail analyst Greg Hodge, from research company Planet Retail, who says that upmarket bakery shops and cafés, such as Gail’s, Hummingbird, Konditor & Cook and Patisserie Valerie, are having a growing influence on larger chains. “These independent retailers are at the cutting edge and are starting to have an impact on the larger players,” he said. “The deli-cum-café concept is all about fast-casual dining and you can see this trend developing with chains such as Carluccio’s and Nando’s, which combine elements of retail and foodservice in a relaxed setting.”The latest in this new generation of outlet is Shoreditch-based bakery and café Albion, due to be rolled out to three sites in London next year. Restaurateur Terence Conran has invested £10-£15m in the project, which will open new outlets in Covent Garden, Victoria and Regent’s Park in the spring and summer. The chain could also be exten-ded nationally.”Albion has been such a smash hit in Shoreditch we really feel it is something that could work throughout London and beyond,” said Conran. “Albion is in many ways a British version of Carluccio’s, with a small shop and a café. But it makes bread instead of pasta and has well-known British dishes on the menu.”Hodge added: “People like the quirkiness of independents and the fact they are not a chain.”last_img read more

Five people that attended the sectional tournament in Indianapolis are dead from the coronavirus….

first_img Twitter By Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons As pointed out in the article from the Indy Star the sectional at Lawrence Central is widely considered the hottest ticket in high school basketball.The game was scheduled to be played March 6th, the same day that the first person in Indiana tested positive for the virus. Ultimately, the school like many others around the state made the decision to continue with the tournament…around 2,800 fans attended the section.Ultimately, five people that were in attendance for that game died from the virus and a dozen others tested positive. Despite the commonalities in the exposure there is no way to tell how they all got sick.The full report can be read here with The Indy Star Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Twitter CoronavirusIndianaNewsSports Five people that attended the sectional tournament in Indianapolis are dead from the coronavirus. Is it just coincidence or not? Google+ Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – April 22, 2020 0 357 Previous articleElkhart police, fire assembling parade of lights to honor medical workersNext articleLate spring snow helps police arrest burglar Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

The Supreme Court surprise that wasn’t

first_img Read Full Story John McDonough, professor of public health practice, was a senior adviser on health reform in the Senate from 2008 to 2010, where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. He weighs in on the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of federal tax subsidies to help lower-income people buy health insurance.Prior to the decision, what was your feeling on which way the Court might rule?Those watching the U.S. Supreme Court process on the King v. Burwell suit that almost upended insurance subsidies for about 6.4 million Americans knew that three outcomes were possible—5-4 for the plaintiffs, and 5-4 or 6-3 for the government. That indicated to me a two-thirds probability of a pro-Affordable Care Act ruling.Intellectually, that’s what I expected. Too many long-standing and widely-shared judicial precedents would have been trampled by a ruling for the Libertarian/Cato Institute’s lawsuit—including the core Chevron principle that “context matters,” and the Pennhurst principle that federal laws shall not “surprise states,” among others. With a ruling for the plaintiffs, the Court’s only way out would have been to repeat the 2000 scandalous ruling in Bush v. Gore that the Court’s decision installing George W. Bush as President would represent no precedent for any future case.Still, it would have been foolhardy to assume any certain result from this Supreme Court. Happily, the decision was not close.last_img read more

When brains overvalue immediate rewards

first_img A revised portrait of psychopaths “And even though psychopaths are often portrayed as cold-blooded, almost alien predators, we have been showing that their emotional deficits may not actually be the primary driver of these bad choices. Because it’s the choices of psychopaths that cause so much trouble, we’ve been trying to understand what goes on in their brains when they make decisions that involve trade-offs between the costs and benefits of action,” he continued. “In this most recent paper … we are able to look at brain-based measures of reward and value and the communication between different brain regions that are involved in decision-making.”Obtaining the scans used in the study, however, was no easy feat — where most studies face an uphill battle in bringing subjects into the lab, Buckholtz’s challenge was in bringing the scanner to his subjects.The solution came in form of a “mobile” scanner transported in a tractor-trailer. The scanner is typically used for cancer screenings in rural areas. After trucking the equipment to two medium-security prisons in Wisconsin, the team, which included collaborators at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of New Mexico, would spend days calibrating the scanner, and then work to scan as many volunteers as possible as quickly as possible.“It was a huge undertaking,” he said. “Most MRI scanners, they’re not going anywhere, but in this case, we’re driving this inside a prison and then in very quick succession we have to assess and scan the inmates.”The team ultimately scanned the brains of 49 inmates over two hours as they took part in a delayed gratification test that asked them to choose between two options: receive a smaller amount of money immediately, or a larger amount at a later time. The results of the tests were then fit to a model that allowed researchers not only to measure how impulsive each participant’s behavior was, but to identify brain regions that played a role in assessing the relative value of such choices.What they found, Buckholtz said, was people who scored high for psychopathy showed greater activity in a region called the ventral striatum — known to be involved in evaluating the subjective reward — for the more immediate choice.“So the more psychopathic a person is, the greater the magnitude of that striatal response,” Buckholtz said. “That suggests that the way they are calculating the value rewards is dysregulated — they may overrepresent the value of immediate reward.”When Buckholtz and colleagues began mapping which brain regions were connected to the ventral striatum, it became clear why.“We mapped the connections between the ventral striatum and other regions known to be involved in decision-making, specifically regions of the prefrontal cortex known to regulate striatal response,” he said. “When we did that, we found that connections between the striatum and the ventral medial prefrontal cortex were much weaker in people with psychopathy.That lack of connection is important, Buckholtz said, because this portion of the prefrontal cortex is thought to be important for “mental time-travel” — envisioning the future consequences of actions. There is increasing evidence that the prefrontal cortex uses the outcome of this process to change how strongly the striatum responds to rewards. With that prefrontal modulating influence weakened, the value of the more immediate choice may become dramatically overrepresented.“The striatum assigns values to different actions without much temporal context,” he said. “We need the prefrontal cortex to make prospective judgements how an action will affect us in the future — ‘If I do this, then this bad thing will happen.’ The way we think of it is if you break that connection in anyone, they’re going to start making bad choices because they won’t have the information that would otherwise guide their decision-making to more adaptive ends.”The effect was so pronounced, Buckholtz said, that researchers were able to use the degree of connection between the striatum and the prefrontal cortex to accurately predict how many times inmates had been convicted of crimes.Ultimately, Buckholtz said, his goal is to erase the popular image of psychopaths as incomprehensible, cold-blooded monsters and see them for what they are — human beings whose brains are simply wired differently.“They’re not aliens, they’re people who make bad decisions,” he said. “The same kind of short-sighted, impulsive decision-making that we see in psychopathic individuals has also been noted in compulsive overeaters and substance abusers. If we can put this back into the domain of rigorous scientific analysis, we can see psychopaths aren’t inhuman, they’re exactly what you would expect from humans who have this particular kind of brain wiring dysfunction.”This research was supported with funding from the Sloan Foundation, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Study finds that they do feel regret, but it doesn’t affect their choices Related Joshua Buckholtz wants to change the way you think about psychopaths — and he’s willing to go to prison to do it.An associate professor of psychology at Harvard, Buckholtz is the senior author of a study that relies on brain scans of nearly 50 prison inmates to help explain why psychopaths make poor decisions that often lead to violence or other anti-social behavior.What they found, he said, is that psychopaths’ brains are wired in a way that leads them to overvalue immediate rewards and neglect the future consequences of potentially dangerous or immoral actions. The study is described in a July 5 paper in Neuron.“For years, we have been focused on the idea that psychopaths are people who cannot generate emotion and that’s why they do all these terrible things,” Buckholtz said. “But what we care about with psychopaths is not the feelings they have or don’t have, it’s the choices they make. Psychopaths commit an astonishing amount of crime, and this crime is both devastating to victims and astronomically costly to society as a whole.last_img read more

Walter White in the Flesh! Get Tickets to See Bryan Cranston Make His Broadway Debut as LBJ in All the Way

first_img View All (4) Liev Schreiber Bryan Cranston Beginning with the Kennedy assassination, All the Way details the first year of Johnson’s presidency, focusing on his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The drama begins on Air Force One on November 23, 1963, as the plane transports the body of President Kennedy back to Washington, D.C., and Johnson summons his courage to take on the role of commander-in-chief. All The Way starts performances on February 10 at the Neil Simon Theatre. View Comments Related Shows Star Filescenter_img It’s been months since Breaking Bad went off the air and we know everyone is missing Bryan Cranston something bad (especially these guys). Happily, it’s only weeks until Broadway gets the Emmy and recent Golden Globe winner right here live and in person, as the star of the new Lyndon B. Johnson play All the Way. Tickets are on sale now, so click here to book your seats! In addition to Cranston as the gruff 6’4″ Texan politician, the show features Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Petkoff as Hubert Humphrey, Rob Campbell as Governor George Wallace, Tony nominee John McMartin as Richard Russell and Roslyn Ruff as Coretta Scott King and Fannie Lou Hamer.

 All the Way Roslyn Ruff Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Michael McKeanlast_img read more