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Students devote summer to service

first_imgA number of Notre Dame students spent their summers not sitting by the pool but serving around the country in the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) through the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). The SSLP program assigns students to “multiple agencies across the United States, reaching out in multiple ways to people in need,” according to the CSC website. Sophomore Will Raaf said he worked with the homeless during his SSLP experience at the Hesed House in Aurora, Ill. “During the day, [the other volunteers and I] moved the entire homeless shelter across the street to accommodate shelter renovations that were in progress,” Raaf said.  “At night, we spoke with the guests, served them food and prepared them for bed.” As he volunteered close to his hometown, Raaf said the SSLP experience was transformative for him. “I grew restless as a result of my SSLP experience,” he said.  “After experiencing poverty in an area only 20 minutes from my home, my eyes were opened to the immediacy of poverty.” Part of Raaf’s work was to assist with programs for resident development at the Hesed House, a resource center and shelter dedicated to ending homelessness, sponsored programs for resident development. “I participated in a morning running club three times a week [with the residents of the Hesed House],” Raaf said.  “The opportunity to do so was a pleasant surprise that extended the SSLP experience in an impactful way.” Sophomore Holly O’Hara said she assisted women and children in a variety of ways throughout her two-month stint at the Shalom House in Harrisburg, Pa. “I worked as a summer intern, so I worked on whatever the daily manager needed done on a specific day,” O’Hara said.  “On one occasion, I painted a fence around the house, and on another day I escorted the children who were living in the house to the park to play.” O’Hara said shared meals allowed her to cultivate relationships with the women she lived with at the Shalom House. “Every night [at the Shalom House,] a different woman takes a turn in making dinner for everyone living within the household,” she said. “Dinners were a great opportunity to get to know everyone.” O’Hara said her time with the women and children at the Shalom House shaped her future plans. “This school year I will apply for the spring mission trip to Appalachia and also try to volunteer at the Center for the Homeless once a week,” she said.  “I am also planning on applying for an [International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP)] for next summer in Nepal.” Sophomore Peter Hall said interaction with volunteers and residents within the service location was a large part of his SSLP experience at De La Salle Middle School in St. Louis,iMo. “I lived in an on-site house called the Claver House, which housed a group of people who lived together and whose goal is to grow in their faith while they do work in the community,” he said.  “After sharing a house with seven people, I developed close friendships with everyone in the household.” Hall said his volunteer experience broadened his worldview. “I have much more awareness of the social problems within the United States after my work with middle school students in St. Louis,” he said.  “It forced me out of my bubble.” Hall said he would highly encourage any Notre Dame student to apply for an SSLP or ISSLP for next summer. “My SSLP was a fantastic experience, and I believe that anyone else at Notre Dame who is considering applying for the program definitely should,” he said.  “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”last_img read more

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Quattro apartments taking advantage of solid growth in Indooroopilly

first_imgQuattro at IndooroopillyBroad Property Research and Advisory director Paul Broad said Quattro Apartrments were priced exceptionally competitively from $542,500, with an average price per square metre of just $5337 compared to the inner Brisbane average of around $7000 per square metre.“The apartments proposed for Quattro are much larger than typically found in projects that will have strong appeal to the investor market,” Mr Broad said.“In addition, their size, design features, inclusions and convenient location will be very attractive to intending owner-occupiers, particularly downsizers.” Quattro at IndooroopillyMr Gray said the development was only 300m from Indooroopilly shopping centre but was in a really quite cul-de-sac giving the best of both worlds.“These apartments are also bigger than the average, a lot of developers haven’t been doing that over the last few years with most apartments 70sq m internally or less, but these are all 95sq m and above with a 20sq m balcony or courtyard and a high level of finish,” he said.Set over five levels, all three-bedroom apartments have two car parks each and Mr Gray said the body corporate fees were quite low with two-bedroom apartments at under $40 per week and three-bedroom under $60 per week. Quattro at IndooroopillyMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoIndooroopilly is a solid suburb to buy in with Mr Broad saying over the last three years the median sale price of apartments in Indooroopilly had increased by an average of 6 per cent per annum.“This is one of the highest growth rates of any of Brisbane’s western suburbs,” he said.PRD Nationwide Project Marketing director Adam Gray said Quattro was built for the owner-occupier and the three courtyard apartments were likely to attract a lot of attention.“Indooroopilly is a blue ribbon suburb, so I’m expecting the bigger two and three-bedroom apartments will appeal to the empty nesters and I think the balance of the property will probably go towards first-home buyers,” Mr Gray said. Quattro at Indooroopilly has officially launched to market offering 17 luxurious two and three-bedroom apartments with rooftop recreation facilities.PERFECT for the empty nester or first-home buyer these 17 ultra-modern apartments are offering a quiet, maintenance free lifestyle within walking distance to a popular retail hub.MacCorp Developers have just released Quattro to the market, just 7km from the Brisbane CBD, 300m from Indooroopilly shopping centre and close to the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Quattro at IndooroopillyMr Gray said he was most impressed with the high quality level of finish on offer with Miele kitchen appliances, stone benchtops and splashbacks, Herringbone feature tiles in the bathrooms, track lighting and 2.6m high ceilings.The rooftop terrace will provide a haven for its residents, offering city views from the elevated timber deck, an open fire pit, grass area and barbecue facilities.last_img read more

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Community members gather for presentation on Decatur Hills possible expansion site

first_imgGreensburg, IN—A public presentation of information on the Decatur Landfill was held last evening at the Greensburg Community High School.  Present were experts with IDEM as well as Dr. Terry West, a geology professor with Purdue University that discussed the land underneath the landfill in respect to the public concern that the water aquifer could possibly be contaminated by landfill runoff and leach into usable water. “Be assured of the fact that the geology of this site is a very good location and is one that many organizations would like this type of material under their landfill, ” according to Dr. West.    Dr. West specializes in hazardous waste disposal as well as engineering geology. He discussed not only would the liner used be a safe material to block toxins but also, the area’s glacial till and clay acts as nature’s blocker to break down toxins.  Dr. West stated, “Near Bloomington, it is difficult to put in a landfill in the limestone country, because limestone has karst, or leakage problems, but glacial till has the best material to put in landfills in this area of the state.”Several Community members asked questions or expressed concerns during the question-answer portion of the presentation.  There are currently only 33 landfills in the state and the current Decatur Hills Landfill has been in use and permitted since January of 1990.last_img read more

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