Community audio – Metawelle Tue, 25 Jan 2022 14:40:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community audio – Metawelle 32 32 Union County Awards 66 “HEART” Grants Bringing the Arts to the Community – Union County, New Jersey Tue, 25 Jan 2022 14:40:43 +0000

The annual Union County HEART Grant Program funds programs that connect artists to their community (photo credit: Jo Hayes via Institute of Music for Children).

The annual program provides funding for workshops, performances, festivals, exhibitions and more.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that 66 artists, historians, and local nonprofit organizations will receive funding through the 2022 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands ).

“The Board of Commissioners is very proud to support the HEART Grants Program, which continues to bring artistic and educational experiences to residents of Union County under difficult and unprecedented circumstances during the pandemic,” said the Chair of the Board of Commissioners. Board of Commissioners, Rebecca Williams. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I congratulate our 2022 winners and thank them for their dedication to creativity and enriching our community.”

In addition to meeting ongoing grant qualification criteria, 2022 awardees have demonstrated a willingness to change their plans and activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including mastering new tools and technologies for virtual events, and an ability to host in-person events in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

For more information about next year’s HEART grant program, artists, educators, civic groups and nonprofit historical organizations can contact the Union County Office of Cultural Affairs and Heritage at (908) 558-2550 or by email at NJ Relay users can dial 711.

Union County HEART Grants Awarded in 2022:


  • Candace Waller, Fanwood, $1,000, offering free dance lessons
  • Brian Beste, Fanwood, $1,000, presenting photography workshops
  • Daphnie Manzione, Elizabeth, $1,000, donating a peace garden to the Elizabeth Public Library
  • Judy England-McCarthy, Linden, $1,000, provides historical story videos to libraries
  • Lesl Harker, New Providence, $1,000, presentation of a workshop and a concert of Irish music
  • Lowell Schantz, Westfield, $1,000, presenting two free jazz concerts at Union County Libraries
  • Margaret Smith, Westfield, $1,000, providing free Creative Journal Expressive Arts workshops
  • Nancy Ori, Berkeley Heights, $1,000, providing photographs and presentation of UC historic sites,
  • Valerie Graham, Roselle, $1,000, presenting free craft workshops for seniors

Community Organizations/Groups

  • Borough of Fanwood, Fanwood, $2,300, presenting a series of cultural arts performances
  • Borough of Roselle Park, Casano Community Center, $1,000, featuring a free concert
  • Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Union, $2,300, presenting a dance festival
  • Catalyst Theater Company Productions, Plainfield, $2,300, offering a musical theater production
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Summit, $2,000, featuring a children’s musical
  • Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth, $1,000, providing Arts in the Park activities
  • Continuo Arts Foundation, Summit, $2,300, presenting a concert of choral music
  • Cranford Housing Board, Cranford, $1,000, presenting a Valentine’s Day concert for elderly residents
  • duCret School of Art, Plainfield, $2,400, presenting outdoor plays
  • Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, Elizabeth, $2,200, presenting Hispanic Heritage Month concerts
  • Elizabeth Renaissance Foundation, Elizabeth, $2,400, offers self-guided walking tours
  • Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House, Inc., Scotch Plains, $2,000, featuring outdoor events Oct. 3
  • Friends of Summit Public Art, $2,300 for a public art installation
  • Groundwork Elizabeth, Inc., Elizabeth, $2,200, featuring 18and Tour d’Elizabeth Annual Bike Tour
  • Hanson Park Conservancy, Cranford, $1,600, providing a day of educational volunteering
  • Elizabeth NJ Historical Society, $1,000, History Roundtable Presentation
  • Historical Society of Plainfield, Plainfield, $2,500, offering virtual history programming
  • Inspiration Audio, Rahway, $1,000, offering a fundraising concert
  • Institute of Music for Children, Elizabeth, $2,500, offering arts and culture classes for teens
  • Ivy Visions, Charitable Arm/Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Plainfield, $1,800, presenting a historical series of first-hand accounts
  • Jefferson Parks Ministries, Elizabeth, $2,200, providing a Haitian storytelling event,
  • Jewish Community Center of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, $2,200, featuring a cultural appreciation series for seniors
  • Jewish Family Services of Central NJ, Elizabeth, $2,400, presenting a virtual concert program
  • Josephine’s Place, Elizabeth, $2,500, featuring arts programs for immigrant women
  • Kenilworth Historical Society, Kenilworth, $1,000, presenting living history programs
  • Liberty Hall Museum, Union, $2,400 featuring a dance festival
  • Life Drawing Studio Group, Fanwood, $2,200, offering visual arts workshops
  • Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway, $2,000, featuring a historic home cooking program
  • Music for All Seasons, Scotch Plains, $2,500, featuring music programs for residents of “The Real House”
  • New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, New Providence, $2,500, presenting a community concert
  • New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, Westfield, $1,000, offers outdoor musical performances
  • New Providence Public Art, $2,300, featuring an interactive sculpture park
  • Occupational Center of Union County, Inc., Roselle, $2,500, featuring arts education classes for people with disabilities
  • Overlook Foundation, Summit, $2,200, presenting the Healing Caregivers healing arts program
  • Peruvians for Progress, Inc., Rahway, $2,200 featuring a free traditional Peruvian Christmas celebration,
  • Plainfield Symphony Society, Plainfield, $2,300, presenting a free symphony concert
  • Portuguese Instructive Social Club, Elizabeth, $2,500, donating 100-year commemorative mural
  • Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union, $2,300, featuring an original piece
  • Preserve Shady Rest Committee, Scotch Plains, $1,000, providing recorded oral history of Shady Rest
  • Roselle Board of Education, Roselle, $2,300, featuring a high school performing arts program
  • Roselle Park Loves Arts, Inc., Roselle Park, $2,300, offers arts festival
  • SAGE Eldercare, Inc., Summit, $2,100, featuring free art programs for seniors,
  • Social Justice Matters, Inc., Scotch Plains, $2,500, offering a June 19 celebration,
  • Stony Hill Players, Summit, $2,400, featuring children’s theater productions
  • The Gateway Family YMCA, $2,400, Elizabeth, featuring the Cognitive Creation arts program
  • The Theater Project, Union, $2,400, presenting theatrical performances in Union
  • Town of Westfield, Westfield, $2,200, providing a photography exhibit
  • Union Township Historical Society, Union, $1,000, presenting a history program
  • United Youth of NJ, Elizabeth, $2,400, presenting live webinars on Ghana
  • Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit $2,300, presenting a visual arts program for seniors
  • Vivid Stage, Summit, $2,400, producing a theatrical workshop of “Twirl”
  • Westfield Arts Collective, Inc., Westfield, $2,300, Presenting Local Luminaries Live Event
  • Westfield Coalition for the Arts, Westfield, $2,300, providing art exhibits to Westfield schools
  • Westfield Community Center, Westfield, $1,000, offering Black History programs
  • Westfield Neighborhood Council, Westfield, $2,000, featuring dance classes
  • Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights, $1,000, presenting free arts education workshops
  • YM-YWHA of Union County, Union, $2,400, featuring arts programs for seniors and youth

The HEART Grant Program was established by the Board of Commissioners in 1998, in recognition of the importance of culture and the arts to Union County’s economy and quality of life. The innovative program supports projects related to history, arts and humanities, and demonstrates a commitment to artists and community organizations in Union County. Total grant funding for this year is $125,000.

The Bureau of Cultural Affairs and Heritage is a division of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information on all of the Office of Cultural Affairs and Heritage’s programs and activities, visit online at

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other emergency services. support, visit General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at

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Professor Michael Baker on the impact of Omicron on health in the community Sun, 23 Jan 2022 17:34:08 +0000

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Lucknow man summoned over Clubhouse group which targeted Muslim women, joins probe today: Delhi Police Sat, 22 Jan 2022 06:34:23 +0000 Delhi Police Cyber ​​Cell has summoned an 18-year-old man from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, to join the investigation after it was discovered he allegedly started a group on the Clubhouse app, where several users reportedly made disparaging remarks against Muslim women.

On Saturday, Delhi police said they identified the user ID – Bismillah as Rahul Kapoor, a graduate student, whose father works as an accountant at the Army Public School, Lucknow Cantt. “He was found and during questioning he revealed that Sallos had asked him to create an audio chat room at the Clubhouse. He created a chat room and handed over the moderator key to Sallos. We seized his mobile phone and served him a calling card. He is joining the investigation in Delhi on Saturday night,” a senior police official said.

Police teams have been sent to four states to interview others in connection with the case, sources said.

The discussion was recorded and shared online, prompting the Delhi Commission for Women to write to the police demanding action.

A senior Cyber ​​Cell officer said, “A team went to Kapoor’s house late at night. He used a fake ID on the app and created the group where he and 4-5 others made vulgar and obscene comments against Muslim women.

Cybercell officials said they sent notices to the US-based company for details of the group’s users/organizers, and to the Google Play Store to “vet” those apps. An FIR under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the basis of religion), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) and 354 A ( sexual harassment) was recorded in the question.

As The Indian Express reported, Delhi police had previously identified 4-5 suspects as the group’s ‘key speakers’. Acting on a separate complaint about the same group, the Mumbai Police Criminal Branch arrested three people – Akash Suyal (19), Jaishnav Kakkar (21) and Yash Parashar (22) from Haryana.

When contacted, a Clubhouse spokesperson said: “There is absolutely no room for hate or abuse on the platform. We invest significantly in the safety of our community and take prompt action against any violation of our policies… If and when a violation of our Community Guidelines is reported and confirmed, prompt action is taken i.e. suspended or permanently removed from the platform, depending on the severity. of the incident. In this case, the room was reported and those involved in the organization were quickly put into action…”

Delhi police register suo motu FIR against derogatory Clubhouse cat | Latest Delhi News Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:55:52 +0000

Delhi Police on Tuesday recorded an FIR (first information report) against unidentified individuals over an offensive conversation on Clubhouse, a social audio network, in which participants could be heard making derogatory comments about Muslim women.

Snippets of the recorded audio conversation have since been widely shared on social media platforms and although HT could not independently verify the authenticity of a leaked 2.20 minute audio snippet in its possession , the screen showed that there were at least 70-80 participants. in the particular Clubhouse discussion.

This is the third such case in the past eight months in which offensive photographs or messages have been posted online targeting Muslim women. The first was the “Sulli Deals” app on GitHub in July and the second was the “Bulli Deals” app, which was reported earlier this month. Both apps featured doctored photographs of prominent Muslim women along with offensive and derogatory comments about them. They were taken down after widespread outrage and police filed charges against five men for creating the two apps. Police have argued that the two alleged app developers – Neeraj Bishnoi, a BTech student, and Aumkareshwar Thakur, a freelance web developer – have self-radicalised.

In the Clubhouse case, audio clips revealed attendees allegedly made offensive comments about Muslim women during a Monday afternoon chat session. The clip has since been widely shared on other platforms, causing public outcry.

On Tuesday, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to the Delhi Police’s cybercrime unit, the Intelligence Fusion Strategic Operations (IFSO), asking for details of the action taken. DCW has also sought to find out from the police why no one has been arrested in this case so far.

KPS Malhotra, head of IFSO, said: “We filed a suo motu complaint against unidentified people. The case was filed under Indian Penal Code sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds), 295A (deliberate and malicious act, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 354A (sexual harassment). We launched the probe.

Clubhouse is a social audio app, where members can join and listen to chat sessions and discussions based on their topics of interest. The app has in the past been banned by a few countries after participants took part in similar offensive chats.

In response to HT’s email seeking comment on the matter, a Clubhouse spokesperson said, “The Clubhouse is a place where people around the world can hang out with friends, meet other people, engage in discuss and learn. There is absolutely no room for hate or abuse on the platform. We invest heavily in keeping our community safe and take prompt action if our policies are violated. In this case, the room was reported and those involved in the organization were quickly put to the test. »

The spokesperson added that community health is a top priority for the platform and that Clubhouse has created features such as room title report, blocking, shared blocklists, deletion replays and NSFW filters, and improved policies to control real-time voice chats. and group discussions.

The investigation into the two offending apps initially hit a snag, after GitHub – the platform the apps were hosted on – refused to share details of its users – the people who created the app.

Delhi police were able to track down the suspected culprits and make arrests after one of them, Neeraj Bishnoi, concealed his identity on Twitter and claimed responsibility for the app. Bishnoi was arrested at his home in Jorhat, Assam. It was on his “confession statement” that police arrested Thakur from Indore, Bhopal. Thakur, police said, is the creator of the second GitHub app. Police said the pair knew each other on social media platforms and were part of the same groups where the idea of ​​offering such apps was first discussed.

Afghan MPs fight for their country in exile | News Mon, 17 Jan 2022 03:00:08 +0000

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The journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman was here; she says Nosheen Iqbal about the emotional first meeting of the parliament of Afghan women in exile in Athens. There, the women – some junior politicians, some older stateswomen, some from wealthy and prominent political families, others from poorer backgrounds – traded stories of their escapes and shared their hopes for the future. country they left behind. Shagufa Noorzai, 22, who was the youngest lawmaker before the fall of the Afghan government, says she wants women left behind in Afghanistan to know they have not been forgotten.

Greece, with its own complicated political relationship with immigration, is in some ways an unlikely haven for these women, but for now it is where they have found safety. As the women wait to see if they will be granted asylum in places like Canada, the United States and Britain, they are drafting policy proposals on everything from fighting hunger to educating women. – and try to make their voices heard.

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How the Costa Concordia wreck changed an Italian island Sat, 15 Jan 2022 13:29:00 +0000

GIGLIO PORTO, Italy – The winding granite rocks of the Tuscan island of Giglio lay bare in the winter sun, no longer hidden by the sinister cruise liner that ran aground in the turquoise waters of this marine sanctuary ten years ago.

Few of the approximately 500 residents of the fishing village will ever forget the freezing night of January 13, 2012, when the Costa Concordia sank, killing 32 people and disrupting life on the island for years.

“Everyone of us here has a tragic memory of that time,” said Mario Pellegrini, 59, who was deputy mayor in 2012 and was the first civilian to board the cruiser after it hit the rocks near the lighthouses at the harbor entrance.