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Marguerite deAngeli Branch hosts new permanent quilt display

LAPEER — The Marguerite deAngeli Branch of the Lapeer District Library, 921 West Nepessing St., now hosts a permanent quilt display in memory of June Mendel. The quilt can be found on a wall in the stairwell to the second floor. You must be an online ...

The Brook expanding to meet demand

She said the Cheboygan facility is one of nine locations throughout Michigan, with others located in Big Rapids, Roscommon, Houghton Lake, Gladwin, West Branch, Grayling, Gaylord and Boyne City. Ground is being broken for a new location in Newaygo this ...

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Bruckner

After marriage she and Louis lived in metro Detroit. After retiring they moved to West Branch, Michigan. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star (O.E.S.) and was also a member of the United Methodist Church in West Branch. She is survived by ...

Department of Human Services employees protest understaffing

DETROIT — About 50 employees of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS ...
The Greenfield and Joy Road branch covers west Detroit and all of Dearborn. Union representative Rick Michael said the problem is that the department's employees have ...

Wrestlers qualify for individual state finals

Nate Ellis (45-3) placed first at 130 by getting the better of West Branch Ogema Heights (WBOH) Gavin Miller by technical fall 18-2, Flushing’s Connor Boike in 4:34 and Bay City Western’s Blake Jackson in 1:08. John Penfold (42-9) moved on after coming ...

16 youth named Michigan dairy ambassadors

Sixteen youth kicked off a year of dairy promotion and outreach as Michigan dairy ambassadors during the Great ...
Julia Doughty of Remus, Erin Fritz of West Branch, Jenna Kingsley of Webberville, Madeline Meyer of Ionia, Evelyn Okkema of Blanchard ...

GTI welcomes new lead writer

As a news-editorial graduate from Central Michigan University, Kaminski has previously served ...
Most recently, Kaminski has served as a staff writer at the West Branch-based Ogemaw County Herald as well as the Arenac County Independent, where his opinion ...

Michigan State Police offer posts as safe sites to conduct business transactions between strangers

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, MI-- Michigan State Police officials are urging residents ...
the Caro Post, the Flint Post, the West Branch Post, and the Lapeer Post. "This gesture is a preventative measure for citizens to consider when conducting a business ...

Man admits to May 2014 bank robberies

A man who already has been twice convicted of bank robbery has admitted to robbing two West Michigan bank branches in May of last year. Tuesday, John Barrera pleaded guilty in federal court to one count for the May 6, 2014 robbery of the Chase Bank branch ...

Big foot hunters will love west branch michigan big foot festival.

West branch, Mich- With numerous big foot sightings in and around the area of West Branch Michigan its no wonder that West Branch has created its own Big foot festival. The West Branch Big foot days festival. This year the Festival with feature Dr. Igor ...

West Branch cruises into District Final

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV)-The West Branch Lady Warriors are making it a habit of playing for district championships. Monday night the Warriors defeated the Southeast Lady Pirates 62-54 to advance to the…

West Branch advances to District Finals

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The West Branch Lady Warriors are making it a habit of playing for district championships. Monday night the Warriors defeated the Southeast Lady Pirates 62-54 to advance to …

What’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Sunday

(Saturday morning photo by Lynn Hall) Happy March! Nothing on your schedule for this sunny Sunday? Five possibilities from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (which you can also browse for what’s up…

2009 Dodge Journey SXT in West Branch, MI 48661 by TeamHodges48661 | February 28, 2015 at 12:07AM

Video Title: 2009 Dodge Journey SXT in West Branch, MI 48661 This video has upload by TeamHodges48661 Date: February 28, 2015 at 12:07AM Original Source (Youtube video ID VgQh3Y0_yFU) 2009 Dodge Jo…

Record-breaking night for Trimmer, West Branch

Beloit, OH (WYTV) – And the beat goes on. The West Branch Lady Warriors wasted little time in disposing the Hubbard Lady Eagles Thursday night 91-25, capturing a sectional title in Division II tournam…

Record-breaking night for Trimmer, West Branch

Beloit, OH (WKBN) – And the beat goes on. The West Branch Lady Warriors wasted little time in disposing the Hubbard Lady Eagles Thursday night 91-25, capturing a sectional title in Division II tournam…

West Branch cruises past Niles

BELOIT, Ohio (WYTV) – The West Branch Lady Warriors could not afford to look past the Niles Lady Dragon Monday night in a first round sectional tournament game. Following a sluggish start the Warrior…

Thomas & West Branch rallied past Minerva

BELOIT, Ohio (WYTV) – West Branch rallied for a 64-56 win over Minerva in their Northeastern Buckeye Conference finale. Jerian Thomas led the Warriors with 20 points. Kyle Zeigler added 17. Kip DeShie…

Through Valley linking Pequea Creek with West Branch Brandywine Creek located between Welsh Mountain and the Baron Hills

Pequea Creek originates on the Welsh Mountain southeast flank and flows in a southeast direction before turning to flow in a west and southwest direction to eventually join the Susquehanna River. The …

Pullie, Salem knock off West Branch

Salem, OH (WYTV) – Junior D.J. Pullie scored 25 points to help Salem defeat West Branch, 64-53 Friday at Salem High School. The Quakers jumped out to an early lead and led 37-25 at halftime. The Warr…


Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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There are more opportunities than ever for those receiving benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance [Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)] and SSI [Supplemental Security Income (SSI)] to learn job skills and find permanent employment in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN.

If you are looking for work, or are new to the workforce, familiarize yourself with the Americans with Disabilities Act [Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)] of 1990 , a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

A fundamental principle of the ADA is that people with disabilities who want to work and are qualified to do so should have equal employment opportunities.

This booklet answers questions you may have about your employment rights under the ADA.

How do I know if I am protected by the ADA?

To be protected, you must be a qualified individual with a disability. This means you must have a disability as defined by the ADA. Under the ADA, you have a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, thinking, walking, breathing, or performing manual tasks. You must also be able to perform the job for which you want to be hired, or for which you have been hired, with or without reasonable accommodation.

What are my rights under the ADA?

The ADA protects you from discrimination in all employment practices, including: job application procedures, hiring, firing, training, pay, promotions, benefits and licenses. You are also right not to be harassed because of your disability and your employer can not fire or discipline you for asserting your rights under the ADA. More importantly, you have the right to request reasonable for the hiring process and employment functional adaptations.

What is a "reasonable accommodation"?

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job, work environment or how they usually do things that would allow you to apply for a job, work, or enjoy equal access to the benefits available to others in the workplace. There are many things that can help people with disabilities work successfully. Some of the most common types of accommodations are:

  • physical changes, such as installing a ramp or modifying the workspace or services;
  • sign language interpreters for the deaf or blind readers;
  • provide a quiet space or other changes to reduce noise distractions for someone with mental disabilities;
  • training and written materials in accessible formats such as Braille or audio cassette or computer discs;
  • TTY for deaf can use the telephone, and computer hardware and software to facilitate computer access for people with visual impairments or who have difficulty using their hands; and
  • licenses disability who needs treatment.

    What should I do if I think I need a reasonable accommodation?

    If you think you need a reasonable accommodation for the job application process or at work, you must apply. You may request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the job application, or any time before or after starting work. How do I request a reasonable accommodation? Just let your employer who needs an adjustment or change because of their disability. Needless to complete special forms or use technical language to do so. For example, if you use a wheelchair and it does not fit under your desk, you should talk to your supervisor. This is a request for a reasonable accommodation. A doctor´s note requesting disability leave or saying that you can work with certain restrictions is also a request for reasonable accommodation. What happens after making a request for a reasonable accommodation? Once you have made the request for reasonable accommodation, the employer must discuss the options available to you. If you have a disability that is not obvious, the employer may require documentation that demonstrates and explains why you need a reasonable accommodation. You and your employer must work together to determine an appropriate accommodation.

    For more information on labor support, contact the Social Security Administration [Social Security Administration] to:

    1-800-772-1213 (voice)

    1-800-325-0778 (TTY) www.ssa.gov/work [2]

  • Giving Every Young Person in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN a Path to Reach Their Potential

    Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

    That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

    One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

    Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

    Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

    In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

    For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

    We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

    On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

    But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

    Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

    This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.



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