4 DWI Crashes Over Labor Day Weekend on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four people have been injured in as many alleged drunken-driving crashes on Long Island over the Labor Day weekend as of Sunday, including two cases on the East End that suspects walked away from unharmed.Nassau County police arrested 25-year-old Elan McDonald of the Bronx for allegedly crossing into the opposite lane of traffic on Merrick Avenue in Westbury and striking a Jeep Cherokee head-on at 12:37 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.The 42-year-old man driving the SUV, his 38-year-old passenger and a 22-year-old woman riding with McDonald were all hospitalized along with the suspect, who was charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.Then at 8:24 p.m. Saturday, Southampton Town Police said 30-year-old Brian Mitchell of Floral Park crashed into a fire hydrant, bushes and a tree on Bellows Pond Road. He was also charged with DWI and traffic violations.And shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, 35-year-old Ayala Inocente of Riverhead was stopped for speeding and found to have crashed into a parked car and fled the scene in Riverside, Southampton police said. She was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and traffic violations.Those cases followed a crash on Pulaski Road in Greenlawn on Friday night that left 52-year-old Karen Labarbera of East Northport critically injured after a DWI suspect crashed into her motorcycle, Suffolk County police said.Connie O’Hara, 51, of Huntington, was charged with DWI in that case.last_img read more

It’s not my problem…

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: www.nacuso.org Details Last month I got elected to the Town Assembly of Cochiti Lake, New Mexico. I never dreamed I would get involved in politics. In fact, I hate politics. So what compelled me to run? I care about this little town and in the 10 years I’ve owned a home here have watched it slowly decline. Cochiti Lake has the distinction of being the only town of its kind in all of the United States.It was a new concept, unprecedented anywhere in Indian Country – a private investment for development of a town on reservation land, with its own government. The residents would agree to a 99-year land lease that began in the late 1970’s. Although the original plan was for a population of 40,000, the company that was hired to develop it went bankrupt and the “project” was discontinued with the Town of Cochiti Lake having a population around 500 people.We live 30 miles from the nearest grocery store (Santa Fe) but we have a gas station, golf course, library, Volunteer FIRE/EMS, a campground, lake and abundant hiking trails. The nickname is “Heaven with a Zip Code.” But it has stopped looking so heavenly.The town was built to be a “retirement community” consequently the average age of a resident is around 60. No one will likely ever say they were born and raised in Cochiti Lake. And therein lies the problem. As we are now on the backside of the 99-year lease and many residents are retired and seeing their own end of the road, many have stopped caring. The Town Hall is crumbling, the Community Garden neglected and of course, no one wants to raise the town tax to pay for improvements. That’s why I’m volunteering some time to convince the residents that there is a future here and we owe it to the next residents to keep this a wonderful place to live. It’s going to mean some cooperation and collaboration.Credit unions are 108 years into their story and I’m seeing an eerily similar situation. There’s an inordinate amount of CEOs retiring in the next 5 years and I see many that have stopped caring. They are not grooming the next generation to take over, but rather merging their credit unions and in some cases getting very large retirement payouts as a reward for merging.I began working full time with NACUSO one year ago and in that time have met the “cool kids.” The credit union CEOs with a cooperative heart and a great business mind. There is no better combination in my opinion. Rather than trying to be all things to all people, CUSO contributors get that there is power in collaboration. You can act like a big credit union without the expense or operational headaches. You can gain economies of scale without going through the disruption of a merger.This year at the NACUSO Network Conference we honored some of the best examples of Innovation and Collaboration.The winner of the CU of the Year Collaboration & Innovation Award were two credit unions, who despite being competitors located just a mile from each other in the same market, serving the same membership, decided to collaborate for the benefit of all of their members, and are delivering exceptional value to their members … the two credit unions are ORNL FCU and Y-12 FCU.  The winner of the CU of the Year Leading Edge Innovation Award was recognized for investing in and leading innovation for their members and the industry – Denali FCU has been a true leader in developing innovative new CUSO collaborations that not only benefit their members but the entire industry, through such collaborative innovation as OnApproach and Deep Future Analytics.And finally $30 million Element Federal Credit Union, Charleston, W.Va., received the 2017 Credit Union of the Year CUSO Leverage Award for setting the bar on how to use CUSO collaborations to lower costs; provide expanded products and services it would be difficult for the CU to provide on its own; and create value for members through collaboration. CEO and Chief Innovator Linda Bodie uses 7 CUSOs and in our spotlight interview earlier this year said,“You can’t look at running a credit union like it’s 1980. Small credit unions could kick some serious butt with a new model. Consolidate all the back office, compliance and other standard business functions. Allow a centralized management team to oversee multiple credit unions. You’ll have the expertise, the uniqueness, the pooling of resources, the fun and everything you need to serve your members and to serve them in a very custom way. Today, there is no reason for any credit union to merge if they don’t want to merge.”When I was “campaigning” to be on the assembly, we had one Town Hall “meet the candidates” event. I had to give a speech and my closing remark was “You know how you never wash a rental car? I think many residents look at this town as a rental car. But it’s sacred land and we are honored guests and I for one am going to continue to work hard to restore “Heaven with a Zip Code” as the mantra for the town I am proud to call my home.Credit unions have been “my work family” for 37 years now, and I’m proud at this stage in my career to work alongside the folks at NACUSO.Credit unions and the Town of Cochiti Lake are not going down on my watch. last_img read more


first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers’ sale has been finalized.  It is hard to imagine that a professional team is worth 2 billion dollars.  This was the asking price by Donald Sterling’s wife, and it was agreed to by Steve Ballmer.  The former CEO of Microsoft had the money and was willing to pay that price to own a professional team.  Everyone in sports agrees that it was the best possible scenario for the Clippers’ fans, their city, and their players.For us ordinary folks it is hard to believe that an individual has that much money and is willing to spend it in this fashion.  However, it was reported that on the day the sale was finalized, the owners’ share of Microsoft stock raised enough that he made over 50 million on that day alone.  This, too, is hard to imagine when the average person worries about $500 – $1000 loss in the stock market decline.According to media reports, the former owner, Donald Sterling, will appeal the sale of the Clippers.  In his mind, he still thinks he owns the Clippers.  The NBA and the courts both unanimously degreed that he has been stripped of any control of the team.  Since this is the USA, this may be in court for several years if Sterling has enough money to keep hiring lawyers.last_img read more

Ralph F. Schaefer

first_imgRalph F. Schaefer, of Sunman, was born on May 6, 1933 in New Alsace, the son of Alfred and Bertha Brickler Schaefer.  After graduation from Sunman High School he served his country in the United States Army.  Ralph married Gayle Hornberger on September 17, 1956 at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Alsace and she survives.  He worked in carpentry and concrete construction for Floyd Werner, and was a member of the St. Leon Post #464 American Legion, and the North Dearborn Conservation Club.  He also served on the Dearborn County Beverage Board and was an active member of the Democratic Party, helping with voter registration and polling.  His family fondly remembers stories about their Dad playing football in the Army and his secret fishing holes.  Ralph had a wonderful goetta recipe, liked planting potatoes and could easily be found since he was always humming.   He loved frying chicken, playing cards, golfing, hunting and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.   On Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the age of 83, he passed away at his residence.  Those surviving who will cherish Ralph’s memory include his wife of over 60 years, Gayle Schaefer; children, Kristy (John) Miller of Brookville, Lisa (Ken) Mosmeier of Sunman, Kim (David) Craig of Lawrenceburg, Shari (Jeff) Sterwerf of Sunman, and Kelley (Randy) Fuernstein of Brookville; grandchildren, Jonathan Mosmeier, Joshua Craig, Brittany Craig, Aaron Sterwerf, Kaitlin Sterwerf, and Colton Fuernstein; siblings, Harry Schaefer of Weisburg, Robert Schaefer of Batesville, Rosemary Conrad of Cincinnati, Lester Schaefer of Milton, and Ray Schaefer of Batesville.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Alfred Schaefer, Jr., John Schaefer, Elmer Schaefer, Eugene Schaefer and Bertha Mae Pfliegel. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Rev. John Kamwendo will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday at St. Peters Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m.  Burial with military honors provided by the St. Leon Post #464 American Legion will follow in St. Jacob’s Church Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sunman Life Squad or the North Dearborn Conservation Club.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ralph Schaefer.last_img read more