YOUTH FIRST ANNOUNCES BOARD CHAIR, NEW MEMBERS

first_imgYouth First, Inc. is pleased to announce that Angela Brawdy has been named Board Chair effective July 1, 2017. Angela is Director of Compensation and Benefits at Shoe Carnival. She has been a Youth First Board member since 2012.The following individuals have also been named to the Youth First Board of Directors:Danielle Falconer, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications – Field & Main BankDennis Lamey, Retired Business Executive, Banking IndustryStacey Lloyd, Human Resources Manager, Shoe CarnivalAnn Muehlbauer, Tax Director, Berry GlobalKyle Wininger, Vice President, Harding Shymanski & CompanyThey join 27 other Board members who are responsible for setting the organization’s direction, developing resources and providing the oversight necessary to ensure Youth First meets its mission.Youth First protects and heals the hearts of children and strengthens families, resulting in more positive, productive citizens and a stronger, healthier community. The agency is best known for embedding highly trained Youth First Social Workers who act as specialized mentors in area schools, assisting students, parents and educators. It also provides Strengthening Families and other proven programs in life skills training and substance abuse prevention.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“READERS FORUM” APRIL 14, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Congressman Larry Buschon should debate his opponent, Dr. Richard Moss?Please take time and read our articles entitled “Statehouse Files, Channel 44 News, Daily Devotions, Law enforcement, Readers Poll, Birthdays, Hot Jobs, and Local Sports.You are now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Commuters’ perfect working day revealed

first_imgThe hard shoulders on each new smart motorway will be converted into permanent extra lanes and new emergency areas will be created for drivers to use if they break down. New CCTV cameras will also provide 100% coverage of the routes.One of the most important signals on a smart motorway – the red X – is used to identify when a lane is closed and indicates that drivers should move into an open lane to continue their journeys.Driving in a closed lane is dangerous, as there could be debris in the road or an accident or breakdown up ahead. Keeping the lane clear gives the emergency services the access they need to help.More details about how to drive on a smart motorway are available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-drive-on-a-smart-motorway.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Commuters could speed up their journeys by up to 10 miles per hour by starting and finishing work just one hour later, according to new research.The study by Highways England was carried out on a 9-mile-stretch of the M62 which links the M6 near Warrington to the M60 near Manchester. The route is used by 120,000 drivers every day and construction work is currently taking place to upgrade it to a smart motorway, increasing its capacity by a third.Commuters had previously faced speeds of just 36 miles per hour between 5pm and 6pm when almost 9,000 drivers take to the short section of motorway on their way home from work.The study has found that drivers who set off for work after 9am are likely to get there much more quickly than those travelling during the two hours after 7am.Drivers using this stretch of the M62 who wait until 6pm before leaving the office are also likely to travel 10 miles per hour faster than those leaving at 5pm, or 20 miles per hour faster if they wait until 7pm – cutting journey times by around a third.Overall, the research found that commuters travelling 20 miles each way and working the traditional 9am to 5pm day could be spending almost an hour extra on the road every week, compared to those working from 10am to 6pm.Mike Bull, Highways England’s smart motorways programme manager for the North, said: We all know that our roads are at their busiest during the morning and evening commute but it’s surprising that shifting our working days by just one hour could have such a significant impact on journey times. Many people won’t have a choice about the hours they work but if some are able to start and finish work an hour later then it could benefit everyone – and save some drivers around an hour each week. We’re also doing our bit to improve journey times for drivers at Highways England by converting some of our busiest stretches of motorway into smart motorways, adding extra lanes and using technology to prevent tailbacks caused by sudden braking.last_img read more

New faculty: Shawon Kinew

first_imgThis article is part of a series introducing new faculty members.Two years after receiving her Harvard Ph.D., Italian Renaissance and Baroque scholar Shawon Kinew has joined the Department of History of Art and Architecture as an assistant professor. She is also a Shutzer Assistant Professor at Radcliffe.Kinew was born in Canada on the tribal territory of the Anishinaabe. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities and a lecturer at Stanford, and has held residential fellowships with the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, and the Getty Research Institute.Q&AShawon KinewGAZETTE: Where did you grow up?KINEW: I grew up very close to the island where my dad was born on Lake of the Woods and in Winnipeg, which in some ways was a typical suburban upbringing although not at all because I was going back and forth between two places. We had a home on our reservation. Both of my parents worked for the tribal government and raised us there because that sense of place and knowing where my brother and I belonged was important. I don’t feel all that connected to Winnipeg as a home. It was where I went to school, but in terms of the place I feel connected to in a deeper way — that is our reserve, Onigaming, which is on Lake of the Woods. I spent my summers there playing with my cousins. With my family, we’d spend as many days as possible looking at rock paintings, picking up pottery shards, getting to know the islands and the landscape. And when I say landscape, I don’t just mean the land, but the mythologies and stories attached to those places.GAZETTE: Where did you begin your academic career?KINEW: I did my honors B.A. at University of Toronto. I quickly realized in my first year of college that I wanted to study early modern Italy. The discipline just opened up to me in Toronto in a whole new way. For me, it was only when I was traveling in Italy, when I was visiting churches from the 14th century or getting to know Rome, where I felt like I was finally coming home to myself in a very real way. It’s that combination of the two, having been connected to the land and the stories and the rock paintings back home in Canada and also being able to pursue my research in Italy that felt like: This is it, this is me.GAZETTE: You will begin teaching in the spring. What courses?KINEW: One is a graduate seminar on Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the other is an undergraduate class on Renaissance and Baroque art. This fall I’m writing a book manuscript on a 17th-century sculptor named Melchiorre Cafà and what I call his “soft sculptures.” He was a young and brilliant sculptor from Malta who traveled to Rome, which was very much Bernini’s Rome at that time. He was crushed and killed by one of his sculptures when he was my age. It’s always a reminder to me: Have I done that work yet that I can be proud of?Cafà was ambitious. He competed with Bernini and, as a very young sculptor, was able to carve massive marble altarpieces and sculptural groups in many of the most prominent churches in Rome. There’s a bit of a coincidence in choosing this research, which I began as a grad student. I am still captivated by Cafà’s ability to transform hard stone into soft fluffy clouds and the most tender flesh. But one of his sculptures, carved in 1665, was Rose of Lima, who became the first saint born of the Americas. This sculpture was shipped from Rome and came to Lima in 1670. Already there’s a parallel track in my own life of a kind of bridging of two worlds that people have often thought of as being separate, but have a history of being in dialogue and being connected in some form.GAZETTE: Why are you celebrating your appointment with a thanksgiving feast in the Faculty Room?KINEW: I wanted in some ways to do something that would be meaningful in so many of the different communities I belong to at Harvard. I certainly wanted to strengthen the relationship between our indigenous students and the humanities, especially my department. To me, having a traditional feast and a pipe ceremony was a very significant way of doing this. Many of the indigenous students here will be familiar with ceremonies like this and, to be honest, don’t see these things happening at this University.For me, ceremony is very important because I come from two strong intellectual traditions. Anishinaabe teachings and stories and ceremony aren’t always looked at as part of an intellectual tradition by outsiders, but they are. They are a different way of knowing and of being in the world. I have responsibilities as an art historian and also as an Anishinaabe person. I feel as though I need to look after and care for the Anishinaabe artifacts and objects that are on campus. We don’t characterize them as objects in our thinking or in our language. These are animate beings. Having this feast is a way to feast these spirits and to care for them in the fullest way that they exist.As an Anishinaabe person, I’m a visitor on this land, and it’s time for me to give back to the people whose land I’m on — the Massachusetts, the Wampanoag, and the Nipmuc people. So part of the ceremony is giving thanks and honoring them. We’ve invited representatives to come feast with us.Kinew’s thanksgiving feast and pipe ceremony, conducted by Elder Fred Kelly of the Anishinaabe, will take place Friday. An accompanying exhibition curated by Kinew titled “Aadizookaani-gamig, the place where our grandfathers are cared for: Feasting our Anishinaabe relatives” will go on display in the teaching gallery at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.last_img read more

Senior studies local ecology

first_imgWhile many students interned with businesses to advance their careers or traveled to sunny beaches for vacation this summer, senior Allison Zandarski completed biological research and presented it at a conference in Alaska.   Zandarski and Amy Gillan, assistant professor of teacher education, collaborated over the summer on research, experiments and investigations as part of their Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) grant. Awarded in the spring, the grant pairs a faculty member and a student to work on a scholarly or creative project together. Zandarski said the SISTAR grant facilitated a great summer learning experience that will prove valuable beyond her time at Saint Mary’s. “I learned that no matter how crazy or impossible your dream seems you have to be faithful and diligent in order to achieve it,” she said. “Dr. Gillan has helped me to understand that no matter the odds, you have to do what makes you happy or else you’re almost guaranteed to be the opposite.” A biology major, Zandarski was awarded the grant to analyze and study the potential restoration of a freshwater lake near Saint Mary’s and document the pair’s collaborative efforts and findings. “Allison studied a nearby lake from an ecological stance and I documented her work in order to create video-supported curricula to support a ‘flipped classroom’ model of science education,” said Gillan. The grant, which stipulates the recipients must spend eight weeks during the summer between the student’s junior and senior year researching a scholarly project, also gave Zandarski and Gillan the opportunity to travel in June when the pair flew to Alaska to present their research at the National Marine Educators Conference. Zandarski and Gillan said the trip to Alaska was the highlight of their SISTAR experience. “Traveling to Alaska was definitely my favorite part,” Zandarski said. “Dr. Gillan and I got to see a lot of the Alaskan countryside and do a lot of fun stuff like hiking, biking and climbing glaciers. It was so great and I got to learn a lot about marine life and how we affect the environment.” Gillan said the trip was a one-of-a-kind experience that strengthened her bond with Zandarski. “Our trip to Alaska to present our research at the National Marine Educators Conference in June was the icing on the cake,” she said. “We started out with a great working relationship that morphed into a friendship that will last a lifetime.” Despite their strong working relationship and productive trip to Alaska, Gillan and Zandarski both said the summer was not without its problems. “The physical work at the lake was by far the most challenging aspect,” said Gillan. “It was hot and dirty work – shoveling the lake muck, siphoning lake water with a cantankerous gas-powered pump and hauling the 12 horse troughs that we used for the microcosms.” But Zandarski said she refused to allow these setbacks to ruin her summer or negatively impact her work by maintaining a positive attitude. “My motto for the summer was ‘Just keep testing,’” she said. “Truly the way I over came the many discouragements was just by staying positive and organized.”last_img read more

Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspace

first_img Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspace Associate Editor After a long day as a Miami criminal defense lawyer, Mark Eiglarsh got home around 8 p.m., greeted his wife, gave his yellow lab pup a pat on the head, and checked his e-mail. He smiled. There it was again: another computer message from a sophomore at the Legal and Public Affairs Magnet at Miami Senior High asking another interesting question: “If George Bush catches Osama bin Laden and chooses to have secret trials, what would your feelings be as a former prosecutor?” Before he kicked back for the evening, Eiglarsh was happy to zap back a thoughtful answer. Summed up briefly, it went something like this: “I am not in favor of anything secretive. I already have problems with cameras not permitted in federal court. And a trial about something the entire nation has strong feelings about shouldn’t be kept from public view. On the other hand, if I were the lawyer representing him, I wouldn’t want to let anyone into the courtroom.” And so goes another day in the life of an “e-mentor” participating in a new project launched by the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. “It’s going spectacularly,” reports Eiglarsh, who co-chairs the bar association’s Schools Committee and serves on Dade’s YLD board of directors. “My mentee is a sophomore who has a 4.4 grade point average and is extremely communicative. I feared he would not be, but from Day One he has had no problem opening up.” His mentee, Daris Hechevarria, agrees the new e-mentoring experience is rolling along great with Eiglarsh, who was a state prosecutor before becoming a criminal defense lawyer, and loves to tell his war stories of what it’s really like in court. “My mentor is the perfect match for me, because I want to be in the FBI and my mentor is in criminal defense. We were made for each other,” says Hechevarria, who participates in his school’s mock trial team and plans to get a degree in criminology. Even e-mentoring has the power to carry a personal touch. “The idea of being matched up with someone who is in the field of work that you want to go into is genius. It is like having a friend that can tell you anything that you want to know about law. I personally love law, so this program is ideal for me,” Hechevarria says. That’s the idea of e-mentoring, a chance for high school students interested in a legal career to learn from real-life lawyers. And the give-and-take of ideas, feelings, and information is as easy as typing on a computer keyboard — mentoring that can be accomplished any time of day or night. The rules for the e-mentoring project say there must be at least one e-mail exchange a week. But the words are flowing freely for most mentors and mentees. “We e-mail most every day, and he always has questions for me. We’ve spoken not only about political issues and controversial issues. We also warmed up in the beginning with family issues. I learned he had a poodle growing up. I had to admit that I, too, had two French poodles growing up, but made him promise not to tell anyone. Now I have a yellow lab who’s 65 pounds,” Eiglarsh adds with a laugh. As a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Eiglarsh has long known the satisfaction of mentoring children, and he admits the time and energy it takes to spend time with a child in person is more rewarding. But in the busy world of lawyering, he applauds the convenience of cyberspace connecting, and believes it, too, has the potential to make a positive difference in motivating and inspiring children. “Just knowing a concerned adult in a kid’s life is there ready to answer questions is very valuable,” Eiglarsh says. “It’s very, very accommodating to be able to communicate through this manner, because you have access to a device, 24-7.” And Hechevarria adds: “I used to never go online except for doing homework. But now I have something to look forward to every time I sign on.” In late October, the e-mentoring project kicked off with an opening event that provided a chance for the students to get to know their e-mentors face-to-face. As Justin Elegant, program coordinator of the e-mentoring project, and co-chair of the Schools Committee, described it: “In a private room in the back of the library, there were a group of mentors on one side and nervous mentees on the other. After some brief remarks, they were ordered to find their partner, with the same number on the name tag, and have some food and cake. Then they went off to different tables in the library and talked. Some talked for about an hour. It was so nice to see the relationships forming.” Elegant, who also serves on the advisory board of the legal magnet program at Miami High, said his goal was to link the school’s program and the young lawyers of the Dade County Bar Association. “I spent a lot of time researching programs throughout the country,” Elegant said. “I didn’t find one like this anywhere in the country.” Recently, he was very pleased to learn that just two weeks after the opening event, the American Bar Association YLD has nominated his program for presentation at its Spring Conference in May in Denver, Colorado. The program is coordinated at the school through lead teacher Ed Asper, who says: “The legal profession gets a bum rap about how cold and materialistic lawyers are, but lawyers are also very warm when it comes to students and education.. . . Even if these students never go into the profession, at least these students have been exposed to the law. And the whole community will benefit, because now we have been preparing better citizens.” E-mentoring is a lot more structured than back-and-forth computer messages between students and lawyers. Elegant crafted a 16-page document that outlines everything from general tips for successful mentoring (use spell check on all e-mail messages to ensure accuracy) to general tips for mentees (express feelings and emotions, be truthful and honest) to program structure (a minimum of weekly e-mails on Tuesday or Wednesday, and three required face-to-face meetings at Miami Senior High throughout the year) to safety policies (do not share your home address or phone number, no gift-giving of any kind). Elegant jump-starts the communication with topics of the week and appointed a steering committee of three lawyers — Leyza F. Blanco, Elizabeth B. Honkonen, and Misty Taylor — to closely monitor the progress and success of the mentoring relationships. The first week’s get-to-know-you topic started out casually: “What is your favorite food? Book? Movie? If you could have dinner with any two people, who and why?” The topic of the second week turned to serious current events: “What should the U.S. do with the site where the World Trade Center towers stood? Will the U.S. capture Osama bin Laden? Do you think that capturing bin Laden will solve the problem of terrorism? Why, or why not? Should the U.S. alter its immigration policies?” So far, the project involving 14 girls and eight boys is so popular, there is already a waiting list of mentors and mentees. Elegant said he wanted to keep it small so the program could be monitored closely to ensure its success. When Elegant kicked off the program with a little talk at Miami High, he explained the mission to the students as “enhancing your education with real work and career-type advice and to give you another positive adult role model to help you. Your mentor will be kind of a tutor, kind of a friend, somebody you can work with and learn from.” In the middle of his talk, Elegant tossed in the notion of networking and how to get summer jobs related to the law, and a student raised his hand and said, “I just want to thank you for working on this project.” When it came time to pair up mentors and mentees, Christi Sherouse, a Coral Gables attorney, couldn’t have been happier. “When my mentee walked into the room, before we even knew who we’d get, she caught my eye. We ended up being paired together, and it seems we have a lot in common. We’re clicking,” Sherouse says. “It was very, very easy to break the ice with her.” Her mentee, Leslie Molina, says: “How’s it going? Simply wonderful.. . . I’m grateful that they matched me up with Christienne, because we are a lot alike. Much like her, I’d like to be in the courtroom rather than do paper work, so speaking to her is very encouraging for my future plans.” Sherouse, once a prosecutor who now does mostly defense work, recalls she knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was in high school. “But I didn’t know any lawyers. There were no lawyers in our family or family friends. I didn’t know what lawyers really do. How do lawyers spend their day? How do you get ready for court? I had a million questions.” Now, she’s volunteered to try to answer a million questions, and she’s loving it. What mentee Molina hopes to gain is “above all, a friendship with someone in the business I want to go into. I personally enjoy the company of older people and appreciate their advice, so I guess another friend. “Also, I think the experiences and stories she can share with me will either encourage me to continue with my ambition to become a lawyer or decide that perhaps there’s a better opportunity for me in another career field. Either way, I hope to gain a bit of wisdom.” Lawyer Sherouse says she is already getting something back from her e-mentoring experience: “My mentee is so bright and interested in making the world a better place. She’s interested in environmental law and goes out on the weekend and plants trees. She’s active in so many ways and so idealistic that she can make a difference. And that has resparked that idealism in me.” December 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspacelast_img read more

Nassau Raises Age To Buy Tobacco To 21

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Teenagers will no longer be able to buy cigarettes anywhere on Long Island next week, once Nassau County follows its neighbors’ lead and raises the tobacco-purchasing age from 19 to 21.The Republican-controlled Nassau legislature unanimously passed Wednesday a bill increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. Democratic Nassau County Executive Laura Curran plans to sign the bill into law Tuesday, according to her spokesman, who said the law will take effect immediately.“I am extremely heartened and gratified that the majority has finally recognized the urgency of enacting this legislation,” Legis. Arnie Drucker (D-Plainview), the bill’s sponsor, said before the vote at the panel’s general meeting.“All of our surrounding neighbors … had no trouble recognizing the need to make it more difficult for teenagers to pick up this nasty habit, which only guarantees one thing: A lifetime of debilitating health and illness and an abbreviated life, quite a few of which could have already been spared this addiction had this law been passed years ago,” he added.Suffolk and New York City enacted similar laws years ago. The Town of Hempstead and North Hempstead did the same, so the Nassau law will only impact tobacco retailers the Town of Oyster Bay. The New York State Legislature is considering raising the age from 18 to 21 statewide. Drucker’s predecessor, the late Legis. Judy Jacobs of Woodbury, had proposed similar legislation years ago, but could not get the bill passed by the GOP majority.Members of the audience cheered upon passage of the bill. During the public comment period before the vote, speakers who expressed support for the change included health professionals and people who lost relatives to cancer caused by smoking. The change comes amid rising concern over the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes.Those that violate the new law will face up to $1,500 fines.last_img read more

Local elections with national implications

first_imgWith Tenney the likely favorite for the Republican nominee, and her opponent George Phillips having already announced concession, she will face Brindisi again, but Krasno believes elections for the presidency and Senate spots will be more of an interest. Krasno emphasized those districts are traditionally Republican-leaning districts, but in 2018, they went blue, as current incumbents Anthony Brinidsi (NY-22) and Anthony Delgado (NY-19) claimed victory. Back in 2018, the race between Claudia Tenney and Brindisi for the congressional spot was hotly contested, with lots of national interest. Jonathan Krasno is a political science professor at Binghamton University, and commented on the key congressional races in the the NY-19 and NY-22 districts. If the Republicans are going to win back control of the House, it has to start somewhere, and it has to start in districts like these districts,” Krasno said. “The road back to a majority begins in NY-22nd, and probably in NY-19 as well.” This year, Krasno said it’s vital the Republicans win those districts in order to set themselves up for wins in other districts around New York State and the country. (WBNG) — The elections on Tuesday not only play an important role here in the Southern Tier, but they also have national implications as well.last_img read more

Coronavirus resurgence sidelines Israel’s annexation planning

first_imgThe Palestinians have rejected the Trump plan. European and Arab powers have warned of diplomatic blowback if Israel unilaterally annexes land Palestinians seek for a state.Netanyahu, meanwhile, is preoccupied with new coronavirus transmissions that aides said could necessitate renewed lockdowns. Unemployment has hit a record 21% and anti-government protests have turned increasingly violent.A poll by the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute on Tuesday found only 29.5% of the public trust Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis.There has been open opposition from Gantz’s Blue and White party, which makes it hard to persuade Washington that any annexations would enjoy sweeping Israeli support. A coronavirus resurgence in Israel and divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have sidelined its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, officials said.Although the conservative Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, his centrist coalition partner, agreed the government could begin moving on annexation as of July 1, there has been “close to zero” cabinet-level discussion on the issue, one senior minister told Reuters.And with no agreement with Washington yet on the modalities of the move under a peace proposal announced by President Donald Trump, any step soon to extend Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank seems unlikely. “It’s a matter of right plan, wrong time,” a senior Blue and White minister said. “We are in the middle of the biggest crisis Israel has seen in decades…and it would be irresponsible and insensitive to tend to anything else at the moment.”Gantz has predicted the crisis could last until late 2021.Another official, who requested anonymity, said more than a week had passed since Israeli delegates last spoke to US envoys on annexation under the Trump blueprint, which envisages Israeli sovereignty over up to 30% of West Bank land.Asked for comment, Netanyahu’s office said it had “no updates at this time”.Several ministers from Netanyahu’s Likud party want the move implemented now. Some privately voice concern that Trump’s attention will drift as the November presidential election approaches, and that presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden has come out against annexation. Topics :last_img read more

GO-TIME: Governor Wolf Announces 250,000 Pennsylvanians Have Registered to Vote Online in Less Than a Year

first_img August 04, 2016 GO-TIME,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that more than a quarter million Pennsylvanians have used the state’s new online voter registration (OVR) application to register to vote in less than a year since the system was launched. OVR is one of multiple projects launched by Governor Wolf to provide commonwealth residents with more online tools that improve customer service and make interacting with state services easier.“The primary goal of online voter registration is reduce the burden of participating in the electoral process and today’s announcement is a testament to the success and popularity of the online voter application launched under my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “Putting more services online has been a priority of my administration as state government must be adaptive to consumer behavior. OVR both makes registering more convenient and reduces costs for county governments.”As of this week, 251,171 Pennsylvanians have used register.votespa.com to register for the first time. A total of 445,475 total applications have been processed since August of last year when voter registration change applications are included.“Back in August 2015 when OVR was launched in Pennsylvania, we were the 23rd state to introduce the online alternative to paper applications. Today, a year later, there are at least 32 jurisdictions including the District of Columbia offering online registration,” Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés said. “OVR has proven to be a faster, more convenient and easier option than traditional paper registration. Whether registering for the first time or updating their voter records, Pennsylvanians are embracing OVR.”The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working with state agencies to find ways to improve customer service and encourage innovation for state services.  OVR is just one example of new or improved online applications of state services launched under the Wolf Administration, including DCNR’s revamped State Park reservation system, PennDOT’s new plow tracking system, and the Governor’s Goals website.The OVR site, launched in August 2015, can link to electronic signatures on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. As of March 2016, registrants can also upload their signature with technology similar to that used by banks for mobile check deposit.Pennsylvania’s OVR system is available in English and Spanish. The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and are constantly monitored and updated.The deadline to register to vote for the November general election is October 11.To learn more about online voter registration, check the frequently asked questions at www.votesPA.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img GO-TIME: Governor Wolf Announces 250,000 Pennsylvanians Have Registered to Vote Online in Less Than a Yearlast_img read more