Saturday, December 27, 2008

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qualify \KWOL-uh-fahy\, verb:

1. to make or become fit or competent
2. to give legal power; to make or become legally capable
3. to make less strong; to modify or limit the strength or meaning of
4. to characterize by attributing some quality to

To qualify, the homeowner must provide proof that he has suffered a hardship, such as losing a job, that made it impossible to keep up with payments.
-- Renae Merle, The Arizona Republic, 11/12/2008
If they conclude that they're likely to lose less by allowing delinquent borrowers to go to foreclosure rather than refinance into Hope loans, they would be free to do so, even if their borrowers qualify and want to participate.
-- Kenneth R. Harney, The Washington Post, 7/19/2008

by 1465, from Middle French qualifier "to characterize by attributing a quality," from Latin qualis "of what sort" + facere "to make."

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Friday, December 26, 2008

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paltry \PAWL-tree\, adjective:

1. almost worthless; trifling
2. of no worth; contemptible, despicable

The Denver defense is in tatters, ranking among the worst in the league, surrendering 31 points to a Raiders team that had been averaging a paltry 12.8 per game.
-- Mark Kiszla, Denver Post, 11/24/2008
It has long been acknowledged, for instance, that the British Secret Intelligence Service has compensated for its paltry size - it has about one-tenth the manpower of the CIA - by leveraging the reputation of its most famous fictional spy, James Bond.
-- Kelly M. Greenhill, Los Angeles Times, 5/28/2007
Almost everything on the vastly unimaginative happy hour menu contains pico de gallo and sour cream, including small, wizened potato skins containing a few paltry crumbles of bacon.
-- Nikki Buchanan, The Arizona Republic, 11/25/2008

by 1565, probably associated with dialectic palt, pelt "trash," cognate with Middle Low German and East Frisian palte "rag," and Middle Dutch palt "broken or torn fragment." Comparative and superlative forms are paltrier and paltriest.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

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oblique \oh-BLEEK\, adjective, noun:

1. something oblique, such as a line or figure
2. in military use, by turning 45 degrees
3. not straight up and down or across; slanting
4. a muscle attached at an oblique angle to the structure that it controls
5. having unequal sides; situated obliquely instead of transverse or longitudinal
6. not straightforward; indirect

Both novels were direct and oblique, not mentioning 9/11 but addressing the question of how you retain your humanity after the unthinkable has entered your life.
-- Charles Taylor, New York Times, 11/21/2008
Theodor Geisel's response to Hitler was more oblique than Stauffenberg's, but as effective. Yertle, king of the pond, commands all the turtles to stack themselves up so he can be top of the heap. Someone's riding for a fall.
-- Telegraph.co.uk, 1/19/2008

by 1425, from Middle French oblique, from Latin obliquus "slanting, sidelong, indirect," from ob "against" + root of licinus "bent upward," from Proto Indo-European base *lei- "to bend, be movable."

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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narcissism \NAHR-suh-siz-em\, noun:

excessive love or admiration for oneself; in psychoanalysis, gratification manifested in admiration and love of oneself

Dr. Marion Solomon, a Los Angeles psychologist and author of "Narcissism and Intimacy," said that true narcissists are startled when their spouses say they are miserable in the relationship.
-- Jan Hoffman, New York Times, 7/20/2008
They found that the number of "Friends" on a person's Facebook and the number of "wallposts" they have there correlated with their narcissism. That figures, Buffardi suggests, as narcissists tend to have lots of shallow relationships rather than a few solid ones.
-- Jennifer Huget, The Washington Post, 9/26/2008

by 1822, from Greek Narkissos, beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, "Metamorphosis," iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Parks and Recreation DHR 12-29-08

Weekly Report


 

Department: Parks and Recreation

Date: 12-29-08

Prepared by: B. O'Shea Burrell


 

Specific Weekly Activities

Monday 12-15 08

  • Youth girl basketball make-up games cancelled due to the inclement weather.
  • Tutorial cancelled.

Tuesday 12-16-08

  • Youth girl's basketball 3 games tip-off time is 5:30pm.
  • Tutorial Students Christmas party meeting at 4pm

Wednesday 12-17-08

  • Youth girl's basketball practices from 4pm-6pm.
  • Senior Safety set-up
  • Tutorial Students Christmas party
  • KIPP PREP 5-6 grades basketball team practice

Thursday 12-18-08

  • Senior Safety Christmas party from 9am-3pm
  • Youth Girls Basketball games from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Friday 12-19-08

  • Staff cleaned the Helena-west Helena Community Center
  • Free play

Monday 12-22-08

Open 8a-9pm

Tuesday 12-23-08

Open 8a-5p

Girls 'Basketball Games 9:30-11:30a

Open free play 12p-5p

Wednesday 12-24-08

Closed

Thursday 12-25-08

Closed

Friday 12-26-08

Closed


 

Future Weekly Activities:

  • Youth boy's basketball registration
  • Grizzlies' game trip
  • Gravel on cart paths at golf course
  • Girls Basketball League
  • Repairs at N. Helena Stadium (Via Alco Edwards)
  • Cleaning of weed at Washington St. Park (Via Street Department)
  • Cleaning fence row at N. Helena Park (Via Street Department)
  • Remove Stumps at N. Helena Park (Via Street Department)
  • Delta Christmas Dec. 13th 3-6p


     

    Follow up Activities:

  • Girl's basketball finals
  • Boy's basketball registration


     

    Staff Concerns/Issues:

    Continue to need security in the afternoons (3-9p)


     

    Holiday Schedule HWHCC


     

    Monday 12-22-08

    8a-9p

    Tuesday 12-23-08

    8a-5p

    Wednesday 12-24-08

    Closed

    Thursday 12-25-08

    Closed

    Friday 12-26-08

    Closed


     


     

    Monday 12-29-08

    8a-5p

    Tuesday 12-30-08

    8a-5p

    Wednesday 12-31-08

    Closed

    Thursday 1-1-09

    Closed

    Friday 1-1-09

    Closed

    Will reopen at 8a Monday, January 5, 2009


     


     

FIRE DEPARTMENT WEEKLY DHR 12-29-2008

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Weekly Department Report

Department: Fire

Date:  12/29/08

Prepared by: Chief Reginald Wilson

Specific Weekly Activities:

East Side Runs:

12/19/08-1115 Ohio-Shed Fire

West Side Runs:

12/13/08-407 E. Park-Smoke Scare

12/13/08-76 W. Cleburne-Car Fire

12/14/08-76 W. Cleburne-Structure Fire-Shed Fire

12/15/08-Coanza and Bonanza-Structure Fire

12/15/08-333 N. 3rd –Structure Fire

12/16/08-1062 Hwy 49-Car Fire

12/16/08-100 Blk N. 7th –Car Fire

12/17/08-10th and Anderson-BBQ Trailor

12/18/08-115 South 8th- Electrical Fire 

Future Activities

***Schedule Fire Inspections in Helena – West Helena

Follow Up Activities

***U.S.D.A. CF Grant Approved for the Fire Department

***U.S.D.A. CF Grant Submitted for Police Department

***USDA Inspections of Fire Dept. and Community Center 

Staff Concerns /Issues:

***3 Firefighters out on Military Leave

-Jamin Crawford

-Franklin Tyner

-Demarcus Foreman 
 
 
 

HELENA –WEST HELENA

Fire Department Gas

UNIT# DATE GALLONS FILLED BY DATE GALLONS FILLED BY TOTAL
F-1 12/15/08 12 F-61 12/18/08 19 F-61 31
               
               
               
F-2              
               
               
               
F-3 12/18/08 9.5 Z. Williams       9.5
               
               
               
#5              
               
               
               
#8              
               
               
               
               
               
               
GAS CANS              
TOTAL   40.5


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Landfill Weekly DHR 12-29-2008

                 WEEKLY Department Head Meeting 

   Department: Helena West Helena Regional Landfill

 Date: Dec.29, 2008

 Prepared By: Bob Gaston 
 

 Specific Weekly Activities: 

 Employees Tommy and Larry come in at 6:30am to start equipment and                           do daily maintenance; Donna comes in at 7:00am and turns on computer.

 Terry arrives at 8:00am and checks his equipment and starts hauling dirt.

 Once Larry has the working face and road ready he lets Donna start sending trucks down. Donna weighs the trucks and sends the trucks to the cell. Once the truck has emptied the driver returns and is weighed. Mary prints a ticket and the driver comes in and signs the ticket, the driver receives a copy. Each truck goes through this process each time. Donna also does random inspections on a daily basis. As the waste is placed in the cell the process of compacting begins. We start lunches at 10:00 am and go thru 12:00. After lunch Terry begins placing dirt around the working face so we can cover. Trucks are allowed to enter landfill until 3:30pm. After the last truck is weighed out Mary begins adding tickets and balancing with the computer and printing reports.

 Donna is usually finished by 4:00pm. After the last truck leaves the process of finishing compacting and covering begin. This normally takes about one and half hours. Each day someone checks the leechate pumps and tanks. We have part time help to take care of litter, grass, office, scales, and other task. We maintain a daily maintenance log on all equipment and make sure hourly maintenance is maintained.

We work during all weather conditions and wet weather adds to the over time. Most weather damage repair is done on Sat. 
 

 Future Activities: 

  1. Work on drainage.
  2. Build clean-out pad.
  3. Seed bare spots on west side of closed cell.
  4. Building road for wet weather area.
  5. Check cost for leechate line.
  6. Working on waste stream report.
  7. Quarterly gas report.
  8. Working on 2008 and 2009 budgets.
 Activities Completed: 
 
  1. ADEQ inspection on Nov. 20, 2008. Zero violations.
  2. Regular maintenance on Volvo and Dozers completed.
  3. Fire plug moved and water connected.
  4. Watering for seeded area complete.
  5. Report from PI completed.
  6. Weather road completed.
  7. Patched holes in front of scales.
  8. Training complete on heavy equip.
  9. Quarterly gas monitoring completed.
 

    Staff Concerns/ Issues; 

  1. None


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macrobiotic \mak-roh-bahy-OT-ik\, adjective:
of or having to do with macrobiotics, a dietary system derived from Zen Buddhism and purported to prolong life
Counselors conduct macrobiotic health assessments, discuss the macrobiotic view of the cause of a client's health problems, and personalize dietary, lifestyle and home remedy and food recommendations.
-- Susan W. Miller, M.A., Los Angeles Times, 5/27/2007
A friend of Guy's told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "He would see Rocco being fed this macrobiotic stuff and would take him out after for pie and chips to keep him normal. He doesn't want to feed them solely on pies and chips. He just wants to show them not everything in life is about steamed fish and rice."
-- BANG Showbiz, The Arizona Republic, 10/27/2008
by 1797, from German Makrobiotik, from Greek makrobiotikos "long-lived" from makros "long" + bios "life."
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Monday, December 22, 2008

2008 BUDGET EXTENSION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

Today, our city council met at Twelve O'clock Noon to address one agenda item: Resolution 22-2008. Here's a copy of that item: Resolution 22-2008. After a short discussion, the 9 members present voted 9-0 in favor of extending the current budget for a time period sufficient to provide the new council an opportunity to pass a budget for 2009. A new budget must be in place prior to February 1, 2009 or the city will be out of compliance with state law.

We should be proud of our city council for taking this important step in keeping city services functional. All city services will continue without interruption.

There is a holiday schedule in place for various departments. Those schedules have been published already.

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laggard \LAG-erd\, adjective, noun:
1. a person or thing that moves too slowly or falls behind
2. falling behind; slow
Michael Greve adds an additional consideration: "Experimentation is quite probably preferable to a federal 'reform' that might get it wrong, rob the reform states of their just rewards, and discourage laggard states from experimenting with their own, possibly more effective reforms."
-- National Review Online, 12/20/2004
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by 1702, from lag (v.) + -ard
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

City Council Agenda & Attachments for Meeting 12/22/08 at Noon

Either of the three (3) links below will get you to the relevant document to be considered the City Council at the Meeting at Noon on Monday, December 22, 2008:

December 22, 2008 Agenda 



The resolution is 218 words and is non-controversial. It extends the current budget until and new budget can be adopted by the new city council by or before February 1, 2009.

City of Helena-West Helena

Resolution 22-2008

Resolution to Extend Current Budget until February 1, 2009 or the Passage of 2009 Budget, whichever occurs first

Whereas, Arkansas law requires the City of Helena-West Helena to have a budget in place for the calendar year; and

Whereas, the mayor did tender, before December 1, 2008, both a revised 2008 Budget and a proposed 2009 Budget; and

Whereas, the 2008 Budget for the City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, as amended expires at the conclusion of December 31, 2008; and

Whereas, the City of Helena-West Helena will not be adopting a 2009 Budget prior to January 1, 2009; and

Whereas, the first city council meeting of 2009 is set for January 6th; and

Whereas, the City Council for the City of Helena-West Helena would like to see a continuation in city services without interruption;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA CITY COUNCIL THAT:

The 2008 Budget, as amended, be and hereby is extended from its current expiration until the end of the day on February 1, 2009 or the City of Helena-West Helena adopts a Budget for 2009, whichever events occurs first.

Passed on December 22, 2008

APPROVED BY:

 

 

__________________________________

James F. Valley, Mayor

 

Attest:

__________________________________

Sandi Ramsey, City Clerk

 

Resolution Prepared by: James F. Valley, Mayor



Here's the agenda for the meeting:

  CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Agenda

Monday, December 22, 2008

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Next Meeting: January 6, 2009

City Council Chambers-226 Perry St, Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

  • Call to Order- Mayor James F. Valley
  • Lord's Prayer Recited in Unison
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Roll Call- Sandi Ramsey, City Clerk or Designee
  • Minutes- Sandi Ramsey, City Clerk or Designee 

Special Order of Business

  The City Council of the City of Helena-West Helena generally brings its meetings to a close after two (2) hours in one sitting. However, this meeting should be extremely brief in light of the current circumstances and the importance of getting some agreement prior to the end of the year. 



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kibbutz \ki-BOOTS\, noun:

an Israeli communal settlement, especially a farm co-operative

For this farming collective five miles from the Lebanon border, the attack last week, which killed more than two dozen cows, raised new worries about life ahead for the troubled kibbutz, and others like it in northern Israel.
-- Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times, 7/25/2006
The new kibbutz seeks a subtler balance between collective responsibility and individual freedom, with an emphasis on community and values. Its drawing points include a safe environment, usually in the heart of nature, away from the cities scarred by suicide bombings; excellent day care and education; and an improved quality of life at out-of-town prices.
-- Isabel Kirshner, New York Times, 8/27/2007
According to the Israeli military, an "alert" Israeli force detonated a fourth booby-trapped vehicle before it could detonate Sunday near the security fence surrounding Kibbutz Nirim.
-- Talal Abu-Rahmi, CNN.com, 4/20/2008

by 1931, from modern Hebrew qibbus "gathering," from Hebrew "a gathering together," from root of qibbes "he gathered together." Plural is kibbutzim.

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