Local seniors enjoy special holiday luncheon at Johnson City Senior Center

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local seniors across Broome County held special holiday luncheons Wednesday afternoon. The Deposit Senior Center will host its’ luncheon Thursday at 11 a.m. “You know the holidays can be difficult for some people because they don’t necessarily have their friends or family local,” said Johnson City Senior Center Executive Director Kim Robinson. Seniors at the Johnson City Senior Center were treated to a roast beef lunch and were given a visit by the Johnson City Sophisticats. “It’s important we have these types of activities at the senior center so that there are opportunities for seniors to socialize.”last_img

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Former Miami Gardens Police Chief accused of sexual misconduct

first_imgA former Miami Gardens Police Chief has been accused of sexual misconduct by a former Broward High School basketball star,  who had applied to become a Miami Gardens police officer.The woman said during that process she received special attention from another member of the force: then acting police Chief Antonio Brooklen.Brooklen then began texting and calling her.She also said that he touched her inappropriately in a patrol car and said she went along with it because she did not want to be fired.The victim said the inappropriate attention made her uncomfortable and that she had no romantic interest in Brooklen because she is a lesbian.After she got the job, she said she began dating another young officer, Kimberly McDonald. Then she learned that McDonald was having an intimate relationship with another member of the force.McDonald’s lover was the same Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen.On April 18, Battle, who was on duty at the time, and McDonald had a domestic dispute at McDonald’s home.Police were called.It sparked an internal investigation and Battle alleges that Brooklen pressured her to resign her position, promising her he would help her get a job. She resigned a week after the incident, on April 25.The internal investigation, however, wasn’t concluded until two months later.McDonald was suspended with pay.Battle’s attorney, Stephan Lopez, said he sent an intent-to-sue letter to the city September 19 on behalf of Battle alleging sexual harassment ,among other causes.Three days later, Brooklen abruptly resigned as the top cop, from a position he’d called his dream job less than a year before. In his letter he cited the health of his mother, who is seriously ill.McDonald is still suspended with pay, in limbo, deprived of her badge and gun.Brooklen was demoted and suspended for 30 days back in 2009 after a sexual harassment complaint was made by a female crime scene technician that he was sexually harassing her with phone calls and text messages.The employee alleged he offered to give her a massage, asked to take her out, and encouraged her to wear “something short” to show off her legs. The internal investigation found  “considerable inappropriate behavior” on Brooklen’s part and that he “demonstrated in extremely poor judgment in pursuing a relationship with” the woman, “without thinking about the consequences or impact it would have on his own marriage … or most importantly the Miami Gardens Police Department.”last_img read more

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IT’S NOT THAT FAR FROM RATHMULLAN TO MALAWI – WITH A BIG HEART!

first_imgIt may be a long way from Donegal but the people of Rathmullan are doing their bit to help the less-well-off in Malawi.The Rathmullan to Malawi Habitat group are a group of individuals of all ages from the community of Rathmullan and the surrounding area who are heading to Malawi in the first week of August 2013 to build houses for the poor as part of the Habitat for Humanity group.They will go to an isolated village in the south of the country for two weeks to build houses for those who live in primitive conditions. There are approx. 15 members going and they are currently running many fundraising events in and around the Rathmullan area.Their fundraising began at the start of December when the Christmas tree in Rathmullan was officially lit up. Baubles were sold in the local shops and people could write their family name or a loved ones name on them and then hang it on the tree.The official turn on of the lights was held on the first of December. Carols were sung and Santa arrived to switch on the lights, putting everyone in the Christmas spirit!They also benefited from the (very cold) New Year’s Day swim in Rathmullan which had a very large turnout. A spokesperson for the group, Sarah Sheridan said that the public have been very supportive of the group and their help is very much appreciated.Many fundraisers have been organised for the coming months such as a massive game of Twister in a local school, a “Take me Out” night, a variety concert among many others.Next Fundraiser: We will be holding a table quiz in the Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan on Friday the 25th of January at 9pm and all are welcome.Further details of the table quiz and others can be found on our blog. Your generousity is very much appreciated at this time and you can keep updated at: www.facebook.com/RathmullanMalawi and also on our blog www.rathmullanmalawi.wordpress.com.IT’S NOT THAT FAR FROM RATHMULLAN TO MALAWI – WITH A BIG HEART! was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RATHMULLAN TO MALAWI HABITAT GROUPlast_img read more

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