We must all work together to feed poor

first_imgLuckily, the Schenectady County Health and Equitable Food Action Plan provides an incredible blueprint for how we can work together to alleviate food insecurity.We have already had initial conversations with Trinity Reformed and Bellevue Reformed’s Little Food Pantry, but much more coordination of services can be done, both locally and with larger Schenectady County entities like Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) and Concerned for the Hungry’s Food Providers Network.As we journey into a new year together, I pray everyone in our community will consider new ways to partner and strengthen our efforts to feed our hungry neighbors.Rev. Dustin G. WrightSchenectadyThe writer is pastor of the Messiah Lutheran Church.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% All too often we think of food insecurity as only something affecting rural and urban areas. Yet the face of hunger in America is quickly changing.In Rotterdam’s Mohonasen school district, for instance, about a third of students now receive free or reduced-cost lunches from the National School Lunch Program.In response to this need, we at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam opened the Bread of Life Food Pantry a bit over two years ago on Oct. 4, 2015.This ministry quickly grew to operate twice a month, serving roughly 130 meals in that time. Plans to expand our hours and facilities, as well as to provide skills building services like cooking classes or public speaking classes, are also in the works.Over the last two years, however, we realized that no individual congregation or organization can tackle the issue of food security in Rotterdam and other nearby communities alone. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Burnley down and Hull set to follow

first_img Results elsewhere conspired to doom the Clarets, who had gone into the KC Stadium clash knowing they needed a win to stand any chance of staying up, and that even that might not be enough. Sean Dyche’s men kept their side of the bargain with a gutsy display capped by Ings’ 62nd-minute strike which ended a run of more than 10 hours without a goal. Press Association Danny Ings’ second-half winner was not enough to save Burnley from relegation out of the Barclays Premier League – and opponents Hull are now favourites to follow after this perilous defeat. Brady himself had his first chance to become Hull’s hero in the 37th minute when he clattered the top of Tom Heaton’s bar with the first of his free-kicks. Burnley boss Sean Dyche clearly took the decision to start to stretch the game at the start of the second half – although the way other results stood at the interval, even a winner would not have been enough to save them. Ashley Barnes sent an overhead free-kick crawling just wide of Steve Harper’s right-hand post and Matt Taylor also came close before the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down when Ings tumbled under McShane’s challenge in the box. Hull boss Steve Bruce threw on Nikica Jelavic on the hour and played three up front but two minutes later Burnley snatched a shock opener when the home defence failed to deal with Ben Mee’s ball into the box and Ings rifled home. Hernandez, introduced moments earlier for the ineffective Sone Aluko, came close with a neat back-heel which was held well by Heaton then Brady rattled the bar for the second time from a long-range free-kick. Bruce’s side launched a series of increasingly desperate attacks as the minutes ticked by but the Tigers were frustrated and will now have everything to do in their last two games if they are to avoid joining their opponents in relegation to the Championship. But it proved a dismal afternoon for the Tigers, who now look in serious danger of joining Burnley in the Championship as they languish in the drop zone with games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come. Robbie Brady twice slammed the woodwork from long-range free-kicks and substitute Abel Hernandez came close with a back-heel but the Tigers’ performance lacked the buzz with which they had set about beating Liverpool less than two weeks ago. Knowledge of Sunderland’s lunchtime win at Everton – which ensured Hull would start the game in the drop zone – can hardly have helped the atmosphere of tension as Steve Bruce’s side were largely frustrated during a tight first half. The visitors, for whom the mathematics of survival meant a win was the very least they required, were roared on by a defiant contingent of travelling fans but they too appeared short on ideas. Despite Stephen Quinn’s third-minute cross narrowly evading Ahmed Elmohamady in front of goal, most of City’s early play lacked the necessary sharpness. James Chester had to be alert to deny Ings a shooting opportunity after a clever through-ball from Ashley Barnes, but the Clarets showed few signs of grabbing the goal they needed to prolong their survival fight. Brady consistently posed problems down the left and in the 19th minute he got behind the Burnley defence and sent in a low cross which was cleared off the line by Jason Shackell. As the half went on Hull gained the ascendency, with Elmohamady heading just over from a Brady cross and Paul McShane also inches away with a header from a Brady corner from the left. last_img read more

Arsenal in search of Sanchez tonic at Stoke

first_imgStoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal head to Stoke City this weekend aiming to register a second victory of the season and divert attention away from continuing questions about the future of Alexis Sanchez.Arsene Wenger’s side kicked off the Premier League campaign in exciting, if not entirely convincing, fashion against Leicester City, coming from behind to register a 4-3 victory thanks to a late Olivier Giroud winner.Sanchez, currently sidelined by an abdominal injury, is out of contract at the end of the season, but despite interest in him from a number of clubs, Wenger would rather lose him for nothing next year than sell him now.“We have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest and most of the time if you can find a good compromise, it’s better,” said the Arsenal manager.“But in this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.”The win over Leicester was the kind of performance that suggested the inconsistencies that dogged Arsenal last term have not gone away.Wenger will hope a repeat of last season’s victory at the bet365 stadium will make a more compelling case for his side to be considered strong title contenders.But their status among the leading clubs will not be confirmed until the transfer window has passed, with Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among the players who are also out of contract at the end of the season.And as far as Wenger is concerned, Sanchez, Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay, even if that means they will be allowed to leave for free at the end of the campaign.For now, Wenger’s focus remains on the trip to Stoke, where Arsenal won for the first time in seven attempts last May. Alexis Sanchez– Jese debut –“We had a convincing win there and that should inspire us,” said the Frenchman.“I don’t believe in bogey teams too much. We had a good performance last season and we have to focus on that, just to deal with the same performance.“Stoke have a good record at home against many teams and I’m convinced that if we play our game, we have a good chance of winning.”Stoke began their testing early-season schedule with a 1-0 defeat at Everton last weekend.Saturday’s meeting with Arsenal is followed by a trip to West Bromwich Albion and a home game against Manchester United.Manager Mark Hughes can at least call upon new signing Jese Rodriguez this weekend after the Spanish striker completed a season-long loan move from Paris Saint-Germain.“I have never had an opportunity like this here so I am very happy to have the chance to show what I can do,” said Jese, who failed to impose himself at PSG after signing from Real Madrid last year.“I want to work hard and help the team. I have chosen Stoke because it is a team that wants to grow and evolve in the Premier League and to reach the European spots.“I feel we have got the right players to reach those objectives and to inspire the Stoke City fans.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman accuses Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner of holding ‘WTF’ paper

first_imgDuring her speech about why masks don’t need to worn, a woman says Mayor Dave Kerner was holding up a piece of paper with the words “WTF” on it while she was at the podium in front of Palm Beach County Commissioners.Jean-Marie Nacer stopped in the middle of her speech and said  “I’m sorry. You just held up a sign that says ‘WTF.’ Mayor Kerner, you held up a sign to (Commissioner Melissa) McKinlay that says ‘WTF.’ Do you want to show public record what you just held up? Show me that sign for public record as I’m speaking to you. It says ‘WTF.’ I want that on public record.”Mayor Kerner said “This is a record from our counsel, and it has nothing to do with you,” he told her.Kerner apologized to Nacer for interrupting her, but she wasn’t having it.“How rude,” she told him. Kerner provided a statement Wednesday to our news partner,WPTV NewsChannel 5, along with a picture of the paper in question. “The county attorney printed me a new copy of the BOCC rules because I used hers earlier in the day. She delivered a new copy with this humorous preprinted note pad attached to it. I raised it during the meeting to show her I received it. A lady was testifying at that time about why masks don’t need to be worn. She became very upset. She thought I was holding up a ‘wtf’ sign in reference to her anti-mask position. I was not. I apologized to her for the confusion. This is a copy of the preprinted sticky note.”last_img read more

Alvarez’s six RBIs power Pirates past Indians

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP)—Pedro Alvarez had one of his best games yet. Still, it was a win by the Pittsburgh Pirates that had him really excited. Alvarez drove in a career-high six runs with his second two-homer game in two days, powering Pittsburgh past the Cleveland Indians 9-5 Sunday. IMPRESSIVE POWER DISPLAY—Pedro Alvarez watches his ball after hitting a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Esmil Rogers in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 1, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) “I’m just glad to help us win the series,” Alvarez said as music blared in the clubhouse following the Pirates’ second victory in three games, giving them a sixth series win in their last seven matchups.Alvarez seemed unfazed by his own accomplishment — hitting three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings for his fourth career multihomer game. He also doubled, for his first game of three extra-base hits.His previous two multihomer games also came in consecutive games, July 20-21 against Milwaukee.“It’s just coincidence,” Alvarez said of homering twice in consecutive games once again.Manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez has worked hard to lift his average to .207 with a team-high 12 homers and 34 RBIs, three behind team leader Andrew McCutchen. Alvarez has 10 RBIs in four games after going 10 games without any.“He’s worked hard to get to a better place,” Hurdle said. “He drove one ball to right, then took advantage of a mistake and hit another. He had a very good day at the plate.”Tony Watson (4-0), the second of five Pirates pitchers, worked 1 2-3 innings of relief for the win.Pittsburgh scored nine runs for the second straight game after totaling 13 runs during a four-game losing streak.Alvarez became the first Pirates player with six RBIs in a game since Andy LaRoche did it Sept. 28, 2009, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Alvarez put the Pirates up 3-2 in the fourth. His line drive into the right field seats came after Cabrera fielded a two-out grounder by Casey McGehee, but threw it away.Alvarez hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right for his 12th homer and 9-4 lead.Pittsburgh won a series for only the second time in their last 21 road interleague matchups.last_img read more