5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmingtons New Police Chief Joe Desmond PART 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond, who was appointed to the position on Monday, July 15.Below is part two of a two-part interview. (Read part one HERE.)Question #1: In Town Manager Hull’s initial FY2020 budget, he had budgeted for 4 new police officers, with the hope of adding an additional 4 down the road, allowing for the creation of a fourth police sector in town. Those plans were placed on hold, in part, over staffing needs of the Fire Department. The Police Department hasn’t seen a new officer position added since FY2008. Will the Police Department be getting some new staffing in the near future?Chief: “We think so. There’s only one pie. The Finance Committee has a difficult job to do in picking which priorities to fund each year. I helped Chief Begonis with that staffing plan. We’re certainly willing to work with the Finance Committee and come up with solutions. I think with our responsibilities and the advent of defibrillators and Narcan, the more people we have out on the street, the quicker our response can be. The town is a wonderful town, but because it’s so wonderful, it’s growing rapidly, and we want to be able to maintain the level of service we always do. With that, we’ll need more men, and that unfortunately costs money.”Question #2: Do you think the School Resource Officer program will be expanded to the lower schools? Chief: “Like with anything else, you want to prioritize with the staffing levels that you have. We’ve always felt that an officer in the schools is a very valuable thing. I think the schools will back that up. They rely on us heavily. Our school resource officers get phone calls asking for advice on how to deal with certain things. DARE has taken a back seat as some studies have shown it wasn’t getting a bang for its buck. I certainly look forward to looking at things to see if there is a place for another school resource officer.Question #3: Do you ever see the K9 program being brought back?Chief: “That was a very successful program, but that’s one of those things where you have to pay for the main course before you can get dessert. Unfortunately, until we can offer the necessary staffing levels, it would be difficult to do that at this point because of the training involved. Once we pick a K9 officer, it’s a 6 month training and then more specialized drug training. That officer off the line for awhile. The answer is YES, we look forward to looking at the possibility of getting that back because it was so successful. Eric Palmer was great at it. The dogs he had were fantastic. And it helps the reputation of this police deparmtent in many ways, not only community outreach but actual law enforcement.”Question #4: How do you feel the Department is doing combating the opioid epidemic and helping those struggling with addiction and their families? Chief: “We’ve hired Samantha Reif and she’s been outstanding. We’re seeing the number of overdoses go down. You have to analyze those numbers and peel back the onion — are the OD’s really going down or is the advent of Narcan just preventing the OD’s? We’re encouraged by the direction the numbers are going, but we can’t let our guard down. We have a comprehensive plan to deal with opioids. Samantha, unfortunately, will always be busy. We can’t forget about alcohol. Alcohol is the #1 drug addiction issue that we see. We’re making progress with the opioids and we need to continue. And a lot of people addicted to drugs have duel diagnoses – they have something else going on. Samantha can assist with mental health issues as well.”Question #5: What are your thoughts on the town’s solution of building a temporary platform at North Wilmington station so emergency vehicles aren’t delayed when trains are stopped and the gates are down?Chief: “We appreciate everything our state officials have done to expedite this. There a lot of communities out there that have needs relative to trains and platforms. Moving in the direction of a new platform is great for us. All it takes is one call — if that gates are down and the fire department can’t get through there – even though it doesn’t happen often — it only takes once. We look forward to resolving the issue.”Bonus Question: You currently have two student officers – Sousa and Fitzgerald. How are they doing in their training and when will they officially join the force?Chief: “They’re about halfway through [the academy] and will graduate in the fall. Then they start a 12-week FTO (Field Training Officer) program. From my understanding, they’re both doing well and are great candidates. We’re excited to get them out there. I’m sure they’re excited too. We can count them as manpower after their FTO program.”Bonus Question: Officers Paul Chalifour and Louis Martignetti are retiring in the coming months. Any thoughts on their careers with the WPD?Chief: “I’ve worked my entire career with Paul. Paul was here before me. I’ve worked about 90% of my career with Louie. They’re both great guys. I wish them well. I guess there’s a time when you know it’s time to go. Paul is currently our Community Liaison Officer. That was a new position that Chief Begonis started and it’s one I’m going to continue because it’s a really great point person to deal with community issues as they arise — kinda of like a rapid response position. Louie is a very hard worker. Always professional. Always polite. I’m going to miss them both.”Look for 5 questions with Wilmington’s new Finance Director Bryan Perry tomorrow on Wilmington Apple.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond & Deputy Police Chief Brian Pupa Sworn InIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

Celebrating Uniqueness

first_imgArtists Malay Karmakar, Archna Jaideep singh, Neena Talwar and fashion designer Swati Suri combined their passion for painting and fashion designing and shared their artistic journey through an exhibition organised by Vikram Sethi, a Bharat Nirman awardee in 2005 for the best art curator of the year, open to the public from July 30 till August 6 at the ITC Sheraton Hotel in the national Capital.  Karmakar has been painting for thirty years and his style is distinctive of cubism and is worthy of drawing a comparison to the great Picasso. His paintings have work on palm leaves, boards, and canvases and give an insight into the “man with nature” concept. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Artist Archna Jaideep Singh too, has been painting for thirty years. Her nudes and abstract work aim at portraying beauty in its most natural form, transcending boundaries of geography, culture and time. Artist Neena Talwar who has been painting since 1976 has a style of charcoal on paper which has been appreciated by one and all. Designer Swati Suri is known for her innovative designs on fabrics. Her design label ‘Cobia’ has a unique collection of evening and informal dresses in rich and vibrant colours each dress unique in itself.last_img read more

The Company Leading the Future of Farming

first_imgMay 23, 2013 4 min read This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Sustainability » Love & Connecting » Invention » Urban Life »Rural LifeFood & Beverage » Work Life » Gaming » Crowdsourcing & Collaboration » Sports & Recreation »Here’s a crazy idea: Combine 3-D printing and tissue engineering to “print” animal products and tackle some of the planet’s biggest problems. Animal farming, after all, accounts for about half of all human-caused greenhouse gases, taking place on one-third of the available, non-frozen land on Earth. All to feed people’s appetites for 300 million tons of meat a year.Enter Gabor and Andras Forgacs, father-and-son founders of Modern Meadow, a company they started in 2011 that may very well be the model for the farm of the future.Five years earlier they helped start Organovo, a firm that makes human tissues for pharmaceutical research and other medical applications, and was a commercial spinoff of Gabor’s pioneering work at the University of Missouri in “bioprinting,” which he describes as “extending biological structures in three dimensions.” Modern Meadow’s output is based in part on this work. On a basic level, the process involves using 3-D printing to deposit clumps of cells into patterns of tissue. The particles fuse post-printing–similar to cell development in embryos. Unlike Organovo’s final products, which must be kept alive, Modern Meadow’s postmortem animal tissues are simpler to build and faster to market.Leather, a $60 billion trade globally, is first on the agenda. “What we build is skin, or hide, and we do this elaborate game to turn it into leather,” explains Gabor, who serves as chief scientific officer of Modern Meadow, which is based in Columbia, Mo., and Moffett Field, Calif. A prototype material will debut later this year, so the company is currently focused on building out commercial relationships. “Our goal after that is to be able to do a limited production run and to incorporate [the leather] into fashion accessories and apparel in 2014,” says Andras, CEO. “Then, it’s all about scaling.”Interest has been resounding. Large manufacturers and designers of apparel and accessories–even automotive manufacturers–stand to benefit from a more efficient leather supply chain. For consumers, fabricated leather could alleviate environmental and animal-welfare concerns.Meat is a longer-term project but should have similar financial blessings. On the research side the company has garnered equally keen interest, winning competitive grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and scoring funding from organizations like Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs. “The grants were approved and awarded with the speed of light,” Gabor says, noting how extraordinary it is for research to be backed with such “glowing fanfare.” To date, Modern Meadow has received $2 million in funding, an amount that should skyrocket as the company completes its prototypes and pursues further phases of grant funding from Small Business Innovation Research. “It illustrates where we stand,” Gabor declares, “that what we are doing is timely, we have the right reputation, and it is of interest to society.”More Rural BrillianceFreight FarmsFreight Farms upcycles shipping containers into stackable modular mini-farms, reducing the footprint required for growing crops and allowing for locally grown produce in urban areas.Wide Open SpacesA deal site for hunting and fishing gear, Wide Open Spaces also curates under-the-radar brands.AgLocalAgLocal scored $1 million in funding last year from Andreessen Horowitz for an online platform that allows local and family farms to sell responsibly raised meat directly to consumers.Rent-a-Goat.comOnline directory Rent-a-Goat.com lists herders around the world who rent out their goats for clearing away unwanted brush and weeds, as an eco-friendly alternative to machinery or chemicals.Kusa”Syn-turf” flip-flops from Kusa make you feel like there’s grass beneath your feet.Front Yard CoopThe Full Monty by Front Yard Coop: A solar-powered, self-propelled coop that moves around the yard to provide birds with fresh foraging, while a fence keeps them safe from predators.FarmersOnly.comDating site FarmersOnly.com solves the problem of how to meet someone when you work on a farm all day.WildBlueWildBlue, part of the Exede internet service, offers high-speed internet to rural communities (virtually every home and small business in the contiguous U.S.) via satellite; no need for cable or phone lines.MetwitThe Metwit iOS and web app aggregates weather information from users who report local conditions (including photos); a smart push notification system makes it the first crowdsourced severe-weather alert system.   Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Police close major Staffordshire road due to incident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Staffordshire road is closed this evening due to a ‘police incident’. Watling Street in the Wilnecote area of Tamworth is shut in both directions between the junction with Tamworth Road (the A4091) and Dosthill Road (the A51). Police first said they were dealing with the incident at around 11.50pm tonight (Friday December 21). A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Watling Street in Tamworth in Staffordshire is currently closed in both directions between the junctions of A4091 Tamworth Road and the A51 Dosthill Road whilst officers deal with an incident.” The accident is understood to be a serious road accident. Read MoreRoad closed due to accident as police warn motorists to take care due to standing water Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more