Literacy Volunteers of Central CT provide small group and one-on-one literacy tutoring to over 350 adults each year. There old site was difficult to update and didn’t highlight the many strengths of this incredible organization.
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As the New Year begins we typically make the same resolutions: lose weight, become more patient, spend more time with our families. These are all important and great resolutions, but I would like to suggest another, “Shop locally.”
Why “shop locally”? One reason is to preserve the charm and beauty of our shoreline towns. Sure, we can save a few bucks shopping online, but at the same time, we are all silently allowing the Amazons of the world to erode the character of our towns. Small town shops do more than strengthen a community. They help support a vibrant local economy. And for many people, they provide the entry level jobs where young people can develop the necessary skills they will need for more important jobs as they grow older. Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally.
When I first moved to Madison over 10 years ago many a pleasant Sunday morning was spent enjoying the magic of downtown Madison. I would take my young daughter to the local coffee shop, after breakfast we would walk to the pet store, then to the bike shop and always of course to Belles and Beaux, the toy store. We bought stuff for our dog from the pet store, two bikes from the bike store and countless gifts from the toy store. Sadly to say, all three of these stores are long since gone.
Shopping locally takes on many forms, and every dollar spent locally has a profound effect upon the community. Economists estimate that for every dollar spent in a locally-owned business, 68 cents stay in the community. It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to determine what percentage of your dollar spent on Amazon returns to Madison.
Shopping locally is more than just buying a shirt from a local store. Shopping locally is a mindset that focuses on supporting local business and keeping your dollars within your town coffers. For example, consider transferring your money from your Bank of America or Citibank account to Guilford Savings Bank. GSB, founded in 1875 by local business owners, supports the community directly and, in addition endows The Guilford Savings Bank Scholarship Fund which awards annual scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in the towns of Guilford, Madison, Branford and Old Saybrook.
And remember, shopping at Wal-Mart is NOT buying locally. Studies have found that big-box retailers, particularly Wal-Mart, depress wages and reduce benefits for retail employees. Moreover, revenue is not deposited in the local towns, but enriches the overall corporate entity.
As a suggestion, when “Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy” comes to the Madison Art Cinema — a unique Madison treasure — first take in the movie, and then afterwards cross the street and buy the book at R.J. Julia Booksellers — another Madison landmark.
Next month Facebook is taking a dramatic step and will be including them in your News Feed.
However, Facebook states that you will only see ads from companies you’ve interacted with via likes, comments, or being a fan.
Annie Ta a Facebook spokesperson said, “You will never a post from a page you are not a fan of, or from people who are not your friends. We want to be really thoughtful about this, so we’ll have a lot of rate limits in place.”
Facebook gave everyone an early Christmas present when they released Timeline last week. This is a dramatic change in the way your page will look. Note this is for personal pages and not yet available for business pages.
To learn more about Timeline and to enable it for your page please visit: Facebook/timeline
It’s a huge change as Facebook searches through all your activity and “builds” a timeline of your posts. You can mouse over any section and remove or make it a “Feature”, further edits are possible by clicking on “Activity Log”. This log shows every single piece of content Facebook has from a user.
Due to the dramatic change you have 7 days to edit your page before it becomes public. Scan all the posts and make certain you are happy with the ones Facebook has “decided” to post.
I suggest you start working on your Timeline soon, as it will eventually go live for everyone on Facebook. So it’s best to be proactive and edit your Timeline before Facebook does it for you.
2: In some countries Facebook has already infiltrated their court system. In a ruling that could make legal and internet history, Australia’s Supreme Court ruled last week lawyers could use the Facebook to serve court notices.
3: Good news for businesses – Facebook hosts about 1.6 million active pages today. And with this raging statistic, 700,000 are actually pages made by local businesses.
4: Facebook is the second highest ranking website in terms of traffic, just behind Google.
5: My favorite – 28% of 18 to 34 year-olds check their Facebook on their smartphones before getting out of bed.