Passing of a loved
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of John Becker's passing. Mr. Becker passed away peacefully Friday morning, Sept. 17 at his home. In lieu of a wake, the family will be receiving guests at John's home in Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church, 245 E. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made
Greenwich Historical Society
Attn: Anne Bradner
39 Strickland Rd.
Cos Cob, Conn. 06807
Greenwich United Way
Attn: Tom Gabriel, Director of Development
One Lafayette Ct.
Greenwich, Conn. 06830
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to:
Jed & Betsy Becker
13 Prospect Ave.
Darien, Conn. 06820
Please keep Jed and his family in your thoughts and
prayers during this difficult time.
For the detailed local story see attached:
John Becker, ex-WGCH owner and former head of Greenwich GOP, dies at 90
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Greenwich Time, Lisa Chamoff
John Becker, an
entrepreneur and Greenwich GOP leader who served as chairman of the Republican Town Committee in the 1970s and '80s, and kept the community informed as owner of the town's radio station for many years, died Sept. 17. He was 90, and died of heart failure after a short illness, according to his family.
Memorial garden for the fallen:
The Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs has embarked on a project
to construct a Memorial Garden for Families of the Fallen at the Dover Air Force Base, which is home to our nation's only stateside military mortuary. In January 2010, 1 new facility was dedicated, "Center for Families of the Fallen" which provides comfort for the families awaiting the dignified transfer of the remains of their loved ones. The design and concept have been approved by the Air Force. The estimated cost of this project is $125,000. The Delaware Foundation of Garden Clubs is
soliciting contributions for this Memorial Garden. DFGC is a nonprofit, educational organization and all contributions are fully tax deductable. This project will serve a s a special gift to our military families in a time of need. Donations can be sent to :
Delaware federation of Garden Clubs
P.O. Box 17
Greenwood, Del. 19950
Action of the fiscal 2011 defense
authorization/appropriation bills delayed:
The House passed their version of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill on 28 May. The Senate's version of the bill was voted out of committee on 4 June. However, no action was taken on it before they departed town for the August recess. Senate leadership indicated that they would take up the measure when they returned, which was last week. Now, however, because they have decided to leave a week early for the mid-term election
season, they have punted action on the bill until after the November elections.
The critical fiscal 2011 defense appropriations bill is not faring any better. While the Senate Appropriations Committee finished its mark up of the bill recently, it is anticipated that it will not see any further action until after the November elections. So far, the House version has only been passed by the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
The House and Senate leadership have indicated that
the only business they will address before they depart on 1 October is a small-business tax and lending measure and a stopgap appropriations measure that will keep the government running until lawmakers return for a lame-duck legislative session in November.
Sign of changing times
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Defense News, William Matthews
cuts go, the $8 billion that U.S. Senate appropriators trimmed from next year’s defense spending bill wasn't much — a little more than 1 percent off the $678 billion requested by President Barack Obama. But to many who monitor defense budgets closely, the fact that the defense budget was cut at all was more significant than the amount.
When the troops come home
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National Journal, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
After nine years of war, the strains facing military families won't end any time soon. The military and the families themselves will have to keep dealing with them long after the last soldier returns.
More consistency than changes seen for defense panels
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Congress Daily, Megan Scully
House and Senate Armed Services committees are unlikely to experience upheaval in leadership approach regardless of the November election results.
Patrick B. Nixon
Marine move to Guam gets final approval
The U.S. military gave final approval to the single biggest part of its planned buildup of forces on Guam — a proposal to move 8,000 Marines and their dependents from Okinawa, Japan, to the U.S. territory in the Pacific. But it has postponed two key decisions related to the buildup. The news was
posted online recently.
GOP to back hiring freeze
House Republicans are set to soon release a "Pledge to America," an ambitious and sweeping set of proposed changes to domestic and security policy, including promises to freeze most federal government hiring, cut Congress' budget, place hard caps on domestic spending accounts, prevent the phase-out of tax cuts that are set to expire in 2011 and "repeal and replace" the new health care law.
The Pentagon is serious about saving money
The Wall Street Journal
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has tasked Ashton B. Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, with improving the Pentagon's buying power. They have set out to save at least $100 billion over five years in their purchasing of goods and services, which accounts for $400 billion of the $700 billion in annual defense spending. (The rest is spent primarily on salaries and facilities.)
The Pentagon can meet its goal only if we fundamentally change the way we do business.
Committees could see fundamental shakeup after election
Thanks to a slew of retirements and the uncertainty heading into the midterm elections, members of the Budget and Appropriations panels face a game of musical chairs after Nov. 2. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., is the leading candidate to take over the House Appropriations Committee if Democrats retain their majority, but he may have to choose between the full committee gavel and his current post of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
DoD's 'affordability guidance': Painful but necessary
Defense Secretary Robert Gates' $101 billion "efficiency initiative" primarily targets headquarters costs, recent growth in operations and maintenance accounts, and "exquisite" requirements in weapons programs to generate 2 percent to 3 percent in real funding growth per year for the Defense Department's force structure and modernization accounts. Each military service has been directed to find annual savings of $2 billion
in 2012, $3 billion in 2013, $5 billion in 2014, $8 billion in 2015, and $10 billion in 2016. And the services will be allowed to retain these annual savings to fund military pay and benefits and weapons acquisition programs.
Forget common clamshells and Plain Jane containers. Modern produce packages have multiple compartments, are adorned with colorful graphics and are more environmentally friendly than their predecessors.
One growing trend is resealable bags. Modified atmosphere packaging, or packaging that controls humidity levels inside each container, is another. Whatever the ingenuity, the latest package designs are nothing short of impressive.
Supervalu signs on with WWF to reduce emissions
Supervalu has become the first major retailer to sign on with the World Wildlife Fund's Climate Savers program, which will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by the end of 2012, with
a baseline year of 2007. As both the first traditional grocery organization, as well as the first major retailer to join WWF's Climate Savers program, officials from the Minneapolis-based Supervalu said the new environmental initiative further underscores the company's commitment "to preserving and protecting the environment."
Food policy expert talks safety of modified salmon
The Food and Drug Administration is considering right now — and have been for the past few days — whether to allow genetically engineered salmon to be sold in grocery stores. The industry
says it is safe but critics aren't convinced. William Hallman, director of the food policy institute at Rutgers, joined American Morning to discuss what implications there may be introducing the product into stores and what consumers need to know.
US shoppers are real meat industry leader
Trade News Daily
Most U.S. retail food shoppers have already made the majority of their purchasing decisions, and rarely buy on impulse, before they enter a grocery store, according to study from The NPD Group, a
leading market research company. The study finds 94 percent of U.S. shoppers prepare a written shopping list prior to grocery shopping, and 72 percent of shoppers never or only occasionally buy items not on the list. Entitled "Before the Store," which takes a holistic view of the grocery shopper from meal preparation, eating behavior, menu planning to shopping, the study also found in most households there is one person with the responsibility for food and beverage shopping, and one person
responsible for meal preparation — and most of the time that person is a woman.
Grocers cut food waste but not packaging
The results of a voluntary agreement between the UK grocery sector and the Government's waste reduction delivery body Waste and Resources Action Program show 670,000 tons of food waste and 550,000 tons of packaging have been avoided since the agreement began in 2005. However, while the industry has managed to prevent an increase in packaging waste, it has failed to reduce it either. Total packaging has consistently remained at
approximately 2.9 million tons between 2006 and 2009.
Online grocery store delivers food and other dorm supplies to students
BG Views News
The company is Dormzy, an online grocery store geared toward college students, said Brooke Lleonart, who is the office manager and handles public relations at Dormzy. Dormzy has a warehouse in Columbus, where they store more than 800 items, from non-perishable foods to everything college students might need for their rooms or apartments, on or off campus. To use Dormzy, students can log on to their website www.dormzy.com and open an
account. After an order is placed, items should arrive within one to two days.
Visit to Richmond Va. Fisher House
Jim Weiskopf from Fisher House Foundation is hosting a visit and tour of the 21-suite Fisher House at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. The tour is open to any DeCA employees or industry partners. DeCA employees should contact Marye Carr at ext. 52781 to sign up (DeCA is
providing transportation for its attendees). Industry partners should contact Jim Weiskopf at (202) 607-1067 to confirm attendance and for a map with directions. Visit should last approximately one hour and will include breakfast.
James D. Weiskopf
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
13125 Willow Edge Court B
Clifton, Va. 20124-1080
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., Sept. 23, 2010:
- DP #21, Alaska Shipper & Promotion
- Valentines, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
- 2011 Easter Promotion Package.
- 2011 Passover.
- DP #19, Update #2.
- DP #21, Update #1.
- DP #22, Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
NOTICES TO TRADE
- 10-152, Store Reset Dates — New Orleans NAS.
- 10-153, Category Review Hair Care.
- Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 10-38.
- Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale
Shooter dead after wounding 2
AAFES employees at Fort Bliss
The Associated Press via Military.com
A person opened fire recently at a convenience store on Fort Bliss, injuring two people before being killed by responding officers, the commander of the West Texas Army post said. Col. Joseph A. Simonelli Jr. declined to discuss the conditions of the victims or other details of the shooting. Simonelli said the area was roped off for an FBI investigation, but the sprawling facility next to El Paso never was under lockdown.
El Paso seeks to annex Fort Bliss
El Paso Times
City officials might try to take over Fort Bliss without firing a shot. When Mayor John Cook and City Manager Joyce Wilson meet with Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss, they will discuss
annexing part or all of one of the largest military posts in the United States. City officials are considering annexation and other measures so they can collect a portion of the 8.25 percent sales tax collected at Freedom Crossing — a shopping center under construction as part of the expansion of the Army post to 34,000 soldiers by 2013.
Wal-Mart to aggressively roll out smaller stores
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning an aggressive push into urban markets with a new small format that's a fraction of the size of its supercenters. The expansion, expected to be spelled out next month at
the retailer's meeting with analysts at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., is aimed to pump up sluggish U.S. sales. Real estate executives said that over this past summer, the world's largest retailer has been scouring for small locations, around 20,000 square feet, in urban areas including New York City, San Francisco and other cities. That size is larger than a typical drugstore but smaller than a supermarket.
RILA urges House passage of ORC
In a letter sent recently the Retail Industry Leaders Association urged U.S. House of Representatives to pass organized retail theft legislation under
consideration this week. H.R. 5932, the Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act of 2010, directs the U.S. Attorney General to establish an Organized Retail Theft and Investigation Unit tasked with investigating and prosecuting ORT, assisting state and local law enforcement's pursuit of organized retail thieves, and work with victims of the growing criminal activity.
Blockbuster close to filing bankruptcy
Chain Store Age
Blockbuster is in the final stages of its long-rumored bankruptcy filing, with the filing expected to take place soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. The
chain's restructuring plans are nearly finished, the report said, but creditors were still working out a few small issues. The Journal reported that under the reorganization plan, Blockbuster would keep a select number of brick-and-mortar locations while focusing on digital distribution.
'Fair trade' ingredients a growing trend
As the transparency behind the making of beauty products grows ever clearer with the rise of socially-conscious shoppers, fair trade ingredients are increasing in popularity. But what does it mean if
ingredients are "fair trade?" Under regular conditions, rural farmers often have no choice but to accept paltry pay that is lower than their cost of goods because of competitive international market pricing. Fair trade means farmers around the world receive fair pay for their work that allows them to make a living wage. Fair trade also requires safe and humane working conditions, direct trade that is free of a costly middleman, and care that the community and environment are not harmed, but
instead enriched by the business.
Mac's Convenience Stores team up with Ontario Amber Alert
Convenience Store News
Amber Alerts will now appear on the LCD screens in Mac's Convenience Stores across Ontario, the company reported. Mac's partnered with the Ontario AMBER Alert program in an effort to engage the public as quickly as possible in the event of a child abduction. "Mac's strives to be a leader in crime prevention," Sean Sportun, manager of loss prevention and security for Mac's in Central Canada said in a released statement. "Keeping
children safe should be a priority. We are very excited about our new partnership with the Ontario Amber Alert Program in achieving this goal."
::: AAFES Executive Announcement :::
Moves & Promotions
On behalf of the Commander,
AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive moves and promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
- Chong H. Choe, PB 4F Service Business Manager, Hawaii Consolidated Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5A Region Services Program Specialist, Western Region in Oct. 2010.
- Carlos A. Figueroa, PB 4F Area Food Program Specialist, (DS: Fort Meade; Eastern
Region) to the position of PB 5A Region Food Program Specialist, Western Region in Jan. 2011.
- Patricia L. Hogue, PB 4F Application Systems Program Analyst III, Information Technology Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, HQ AAFES in Sept. 2010.
- Jay M. McCartin, PB 5C Chief Supply Chain Operations, Logistics Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5D Director of Sales Directorate Support, Sales
Directorate, HQ AAFES in Sept. 2010.
- Steven S. Pena, PB 5B General Manager, Osan AFB Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Osan AFB Exchange, Pacific Region in Oct. 2010.
- Anna M. Stanton, PB 4F General Manager, Beale AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A General Manager, Offutt AFB Exchange, Central Region in Nov. 2010.
- Ronald J. Trementozzi, PB 5A Region Food Program Specialist, Central Region to the position of
PB 5B Assistant Director for Restaurant Development, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES in Oct. 2010.
The Exchange takes a bite out of the Big Apple
In celebration of this month's store grand opening at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, the Exchange is hitting Broadway with an extended run in New York's Times
Throughout September, a video produced by the Exchange's marketing department is playing on the NBC screen in Times Square. Before its curtain call on the 23rd, millions of shoppers and passersby from around the world are expected to see how the "military command with a retail mission' has served America's warfighters for 115 years.
Through an agreement with Sharp, the 30-second video will run several times every hour on the electronic billboard, said Dr. Jim Skibo,
Army and Air Force Exchange Service Vice President of Marketing and Advertising.
"We're always looking for creative ways to tell our story," said Skibo. "This is one of the most visible venues we've leveraged to inform the public of our mission. We welcome the opportunity to let people know about the Exchange's history of service and support."
Last week's financial headlines
- Shoppers filled up the gas tank and bought back-to-school clothes in
August, helping to push retail sales up by 0.4 percent. According to the Commerce Department, it was the second consecutive month of retail gains and was helped along by sales tax holidays in several states.
- Concerned about the rising value of the yen, the Japanese government threw currency markets a curve by selling yen to try to prevent the currency's strength from hampering the country's exports. It also said it is prepared to intervene again if necessary to support the nation's
- Deflation seemed to be a nonissue for wholesalers in August. Led by higher energy costs, prices at the wholesale level were up by 0.4 percent.That's the second consecutive month of in-creases, and it put the annual inflation rate for wholesale goods at 3.1 percent, lower than July's 4.2 percent annual rate. Industrial production rose in August for the second month in a row, and is up 6.2 percent from last August.
- Consumer inflation rose 0.3 percent in August,
but the increase was largely the result of energy costs. Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, showed no change in prices from July after three months of increases.
Miami's Fisher House offers lodging to veterans' families, caregivers
The Fisher House opened recently and is already becoming a home away from home for out-of-town family members who had few options beyond sleeping in uncomfortable chairs in hospital rooms or doling out hundreds of dollars a night at nearby hotels. The Miami Fisher House cost about $7 million to build and furnish. Most of that amount came from the Fisher House
Foundation, a nonprofit organization based near Washington, D.C. that has built 47 homes since 1990.
When the troops come home
National Journal Magazine
Going off to war is hard. All too often, so is coming home. The total number of American troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq has finally started to come down. But from on-base counseling offices to the White House, the realization is growing that the strain on military families does not end when the warriors come home. Problems as severe as post-traumatic stress disorder and as mundane as who pays the bills can make
reintegration after the deployment as difficult as the separation during it.