WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, May 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The community is invited to a fundraising event to assist Bill Woods and his family from 2pm to 6pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall’s Upstairs Hall. Bill Woods Jr., a 1985 graduate of Wilmington High School and all-around stellar athlete and great guy, is suffering from systemic scleroderma which has compromised his lung function. Billy is currently being evaluated to see whether or not he is a viable candidate for a bi-lateral lung transplant.In The Community: The Wilmington Kids Rides have raised over $180,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund over the past 12 years. This year, the annual PMC Wilmington Kids Bike Ride is hoping to raise $16,000 to help fight cancer. Children from preschool through 6th grade can ride their bikes from 9am-11am beginning at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center on Carter Lane in Wilmington.Each rider must pay a $15 registration fee and meet the minimum fundraising requirement of $30. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge organization. Face painting, refreshments, and free raffles will be all be happening the day of the ride. For more information, visit http://kids.pmc.org/wilmington.In The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting its Annual Plant Sale from 8am to noon at the church’s back entrance. Church members are selling plants dug from their own gardens, including tomato plants, hosta, herbal, and more. In years past, most plants were priced between $1 and $3. The sale is being organized by the church’s “Hannah Circle” group, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and other charities.In The Community: Merrimack Valley Pavilion (2087 Main Street, Tewksbury) is donating a percentage of all sales on mini-golf and ice cream purchases to Wilmington High School’s Class of 2020 from noon to 3pm. No flyer is necessary, but make sure to mention Wilmington High School.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Reminder: A large portion of the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line is closed for repairs. Free shuttle bus service is being provided. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
GABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTResidents wait to get help enrolling for health insurance through Obamacare at Foundation Communities in North Austin in 2016.The Trump administration recently announced big cuts to a program that helps people sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.Ahead of open enrollment, which starts later this year, the money Texas gets to hire navigators – people who help residents find insurance plans – is getting slashed 86 percent. For the enrollment period ending in January, Texas groups will be able to apply for only up to $1.25 million in federal funds.“That’s a drop in the bucket,” says Stacey Pogue, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “That is a tiny amount. It would not go very far when you’re talking about more than 4 million uninsured Texans.”Pogue says it’s also a small number compared to how much the state has been given in years prior. According to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Texas was allotted $9.2 million in navigator grants during the 2016-17 enrollment period.Kori Hattemer, director of financial programs with Foundation Communities in Austin, leads the biggest navigator program in Central Texas. The process of getting a health insurance plan can be complicated.“We educate people on all of the different plan options,” Hattemer says. “And then we are open year-round to help people overcome any barriers to actually accessing health care and using their health insurance.”Hattemer says getting a plan through the individual marketplace, which was created through Obamacare, can be tough for anyone. In fact, she says, she’s heard of people losing out on tax credits they’re eligible for because they didn’t fill out the application right.“A lot of the people who come in and ask for our help have tried to do it on their own and were unable to – or their application was done incorrectly, even if they had someone from the marketplace help them,” she says. “And so we are able to make corrections.”And while Foundation Communities, which serves Central Texas, doesn’t rely on federal funds, Hattemer says she’s worried about organizations in other parts of the state that do.Pogue says this big cut to funding for navigator groups means there will also be less education and outreach to people who may not know what’s going on.“When navigator funding is cut even more and there are so few resources left in Texas, we will have many more people who are eligible who could be getting help, who could get a plan that meets their needs,” Pogue says, “and won’t know that it exists, won’t know that there’s financial assistance, won’t know the deadline to enroll and will miss out on coverage because they simply lacked awareness.”Pogue says these cuts are part of the Trump administration’s larger effort to weaken the health care law.She says this particular cut, though, hurts people who are vulnerable and live in hard-to-reach areas. Cities like Austin, which have groups like Foundation Communities, won’t feel the cuts as much as rural parts of the state. Share
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Ed Potillo is the chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats. (Courtesy Photo)Ed Potillo, vice chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee and the chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats, is seeking to unseat Ward 7 D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander in the June 14, 2016 primary. Alexander has held the position since 2007; however Potillo is confident he can pull off the upset.“We can do this,” Potillo said at his campaign kick-off on Oct. 17 in the Southeast quadrant of Ward 7. “We can absolutely do this. If you stay with me, I will be your council member and your first line of defense.Potillo formed an exploratory committee in April. In his speech to 30 supporters, he bemoaned the ward’s political state. “Mediocrity is the current state of the ward,” he said, promising to fight to improve Ward 7 schools, help seniors age in place, and pledging to work to make public transportation user-friendly.Potillo said school houses have fallen in disrepair and neglect” and pointed out that many school-aged children aren’t educated in the ward. “Forty-four percent of school-aged children in Ward 7 go to school outside of the ward,” he said. “The answer is not closing community schools.”Potillo said he will work for strong parental engagement in each of the ward’s schools and overall, champion the interests of all Ward 7 residents. “I will take that fighting spirit to the Wilson Building,” he said, speaking of the District’s city hall. “We’ve waited long enough. I’m here to collect.”Potillo, a native of D.C., graduated from St. John’s College High School in Northwest and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is presently employed with the National Alliance of Black School Educators, as its conference and membership director. A longtime member of the Ward 7 Democrats, he was appointed in 2007 as the chairman of the Program Committee and as the organization’s chairman in 2011.Some activists in the ward question whether Potillo can continue in his role as chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats while running against Alexander, saying it is a conflict of interest to be a candidate and lead all of the ward’s Democrats.Potillo disputes that assertion. “It’s been done and it isn’t a conflict of interest,” he said. “I will stay in my position.”Ambrose Lane, the chairman of the Ward 7 Health Alliance Network and a Potillo supporter, agrees. “He doesn’t have to step down,” Lane said. “Council member Brandon Todd was the president of the Ward 4 Democrats and he didn’t step down to run for the council seat and neither should Ed. It is not a prerequisite.“We have one of the highest disease rates in the city and she is the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee but nothing has been done for Ward 7 residents,” he said. “How can you be the chairman of that committee and ignore the health needs of your ward?”Gloria Keaton has her concerns about Alexander, also. “I am a lifelong resident of Marshall Heights and my neighborhood is an afterthought,” Keaton said bluntly. “It seems that we are not as important as Hillcrest.”Milton Steele III, an active figure in the upscale Hillcrest neighborhood, attended Potillo’s kick-off and didn’t make a commitment to support the candidate. Nevertheless, Steele said that the ward needs a unifying political leader. “We need someone who will make Ward 7 one,” he said. “We need somebody that will bring everybody together, whether they live in Hillcrest, Penn Branch or Fairfax Village.”Alexander and J.R. Meyers, her former chief of staff believed to be part of the council member’s expected re-election effort, didn’t return the AFRO requests for comment before deadline.Former D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said he is seriously considering running for the Ward 7 council seat and had no comment for the AFRO on Potillo’s campaign. The political talk in the ward has former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray as possible challengers to Alexander, too.
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Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsCheddleton Road ‘likely to be closed for hours’ after two-vehicle RTC12:31These high street stores are recruiting in North Staffordshire RIGHT NOW10:57Frasier star John Mahoney dies aged 7708:01Yellow warning for SNOW and ICE07:0621:02Man fighting for life after being stabbed repeatedlyJust in. 20:21Firefighters release dramatic photos of moment woman was freed from carEmergency services were called to the A520 in Leek earlier today. More hereFirefighters prepare their equipment at the scene. (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)19:28Thieves steal money from old woman – after pretending to be from the waterboardThe men pretended to be from the waterboard when they targeted the woman at her home. More here.19:18Road busy but moving in CreweA5020 University Way Northbound busy but moving at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 19:03Police dealing with incident on Stoke-on-Trent streetPolice have confirmed they are at the scene on Selwyn Street in Stoke. More here. 18:00Disruption reported at Birmingham AirportPossible disruption to flights to / from Birmingham International Airport. Passengers should check the status of their flight before travelling.Unconfirmed reports of a fire alarm and an evacuation of a terminal.17:57Accident in LongtonReports of accident on Longton Hall Road near Swingle Hill Road.Accident has been reported near to The John Marston Pub.17:50Location of fire on Hamil RoadHamil Road in both directions closed due to building fire at house between Park Road / Stanfield Road and A5272 High Lane / Bluestone Avenue.17:43Firefighters tackling blaze in Stoke-on-TrentFour fire engines are at the scene. More here.17:36Fire in BurslemWe have reports of a fire in Burslem. More follows.17:30Heavy traffic on A50 Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 17:08Burglars steal money and jewellery from 98-year-old womanPolice are investigating the burglary in Biddulph on Monday. More here. Johnson targeted two homes (stock image)16:58Woman taken to hospital after accident on major roadThe A520 between Leek and Cheddleton was closed for several hours after the crash. More here.The road closure in place in Cheddleton Road16:49Cat and Fiddle remains open despite snowCheshire Police have confirmed the A537 Cat and Fiddle remains open although snow is sticking.A spokesman said: “Plenty of snow around the county today but not sticking.. with the exception of the A537 Cat and Fiddle. It remains open at this time and we will advise if closures become necessary.”Snow on the Cat and Fiddle this evening16:44Slow traffic in ClaytonSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions near Newcastle Lane.16:25Congestion in CreweUsual congestion on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 16:10Trespassers causing delays on railwaysDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Coventry and Rugby due to trespass incident. 15:58Police arrest wanted woman after stopping car on industrial estatePolice stopped the vehicle earlier today. More here.15:31More snow and ice expected as fresh weather warning issued for later this weekFurther snow and ice are expected later this week after the Met Office issued a fresh weather warning throughout the region. More here.14:22A50 Westbound busy but movingA50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).14:19Firefighters tackle blaze at disused barnFire crews were at the scene in Alsager for around two hours. More here.Firefighters were called to Linley Lane just before 2am13:55Gritters deployed in Cheshire tonight13:54Sentinel readers furious over sentence of man who clubbed dog he didn’t want anymoreDavid Greenhill bashed the dog on the head because he didn’t want it anymore. More here.Greenhill was sentenced at North Staffordshire Justice Centre13:32A520 reopensThe A520 has now reopened between Leek and Cheddleton, according to traffic data company INRIX.12:59One patient discharged at scene of Cheddleton Road crashA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:One man in his 60s suffered a minor bump to the head and was charged at the scene.”At present there is no update on the second patient.12:31KEY EVENTCheddleton Road ‘likely to be closed for hours’ after two-vehicle RTCThe road closure in place in Cheddleton RoadA major road between Stoke-on-Trent and Leek is ‘likely to be closed for hours’ following a two-vehicle crash.Emergency services were called to Cheddleton Road, near Leek Golf Club, shortly after 11.10am after reports of a collision.Read more here.11:56Cheddleton Road blocked in both directions…A520 Cheddleton Road in both directions blocked due to accident, two vehicles involved between Birchall Lane and Sandon Street.Near Leek Golf Club. Affecting traffic between Cheddleton and Leek. 11:27Met Office issues further warning for snow and ice later this weekThe Met Office has issued another yellow warning of for snow and ice for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The warning is in force from 10pm on Thursday, February 8, until 12pm on Friday, February 9.11:23Accident near Leek Golf ClubReports of accident on A520 Cheddleton Road at Birchall Lane.Near Leek Golf Club. Affecting traffic between Cheddleton and Leek. 11:08Stoke-on-Trent gritters ready for action!Hello from the mum of the office, our gritters are locked and loaded ready to spread some love…. well grit! If any snowfall does fall our way we are prepared and ready to rock and roll ❄️ #gritting pic.twitter.com/RtGTb24AuN— Stoke Highways (@stokehighways) February 6, 2018