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I posted this a few months ago, but this is the updated version. This is probably the scariest YouTube video you'll ever see. LaToya Egwuekwe created this map as a graduate student in American University's School of Communication’s interactive journalism program, Egwuekwe created “Geography of a Recession,” a Flash graphic that tracks unemployment rates by county since January 2007. The dramatic graphic is a viral hit, racking up more than 243,000 hits in less than a month on the Internet and 45,000 hits on YouTube in just four days. Egwuekwe created the graphic for Professor David Johnson’s multimedia class. (2 comments)
Stop Doing Two Things and Save 12 Hours a Week - 02/25/10 09:54 PM
First, stop doing Open Houses. The way people buy houses has changed. 90% do research first on the Internet and when they are ready to buy they use a real estate agent and see homes through appointments. Your sellers won't mind, if they understand the security risks of opening their homes to the public combined with the low odds that their home will sell this way. Between driving to the listing (30 minutes each way), placing signs and removing them (30 minutes x 2), preparation (60 minutes), and the three hours sitting at the Open House, you've saved 6 hours a (12 comments)
This Weekend in Black Rock February 25-28 - 02/25/10 08:30 PM
Acoustic Cafe - 2926 Fairfield Avenue, 203-335-FOLK Bluegrass and Beer with Hoe on Thursday; Zela Zowa on Friday, The Darian Cunning Band on Saturday, Open Mic on Tuesday at 8 pm. Black Rock Tavern - 2926 Fairfield Avenue, 203-336-9255 Graylight Campfire on Saturday at 10 PM. Ray Kelly's Pub - 2720 Fairfield Avenue, 203-333-6278 Top Dead Center on Friday. Source: www.blackrockonline.org Black Rock's Community Blog (3 comments)
Former Black Rock Resident Writes Memoir - 02/23/10 08:40 PM
A former Black Rocker, Paula Butturini has written a book called Keeping the Feast, about her family's life that includes growing up in Black Rock. Her dad still lives in Black Rock. The writer will be speaking on Sunday, February 28 at 2 PM at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Please contact the library to register for a seat, either online at www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or by phone 203-256-3155. (7 comments)
Black Rock Library Meet the Author Series Presents David Walker - 02/23/10 08:13 PM
Don't miss this very special event. Mr. Walker has recently purchased a home in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport and will be discussing his new book at his neighborhood library. David M. Walker is President and CEO of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998 to 2008. Signed copies of Mr. Walker's book will be available for purchase. Monday, March 8th at 7:00 PM at the Black Rock Branch Library, 2705 Fairfield Avenue A Gathering Place for the Entire Community For David Walker bio and more book information (0 comments)
Update on Fairfield County Weekly Poll Voting - 02/21/10 08:16 PM
Update by Gen Barthe on 2/19/10, who has provided instructions and a more comprehensive list of Black Rock businesses and business owners who live in Black Rock. Instructions on how to vote and the categories to use when voting for your favorite Black Rock businesses... 1) Go to www.fairfieldweekly.com, scroll down to that "Uncle Sam" wannabe, click on him. unless you want to receive e-mails from the Weekly on a regular basis. Click "Begin Voting". Click on broad categories on the left, several sub-categories will appear, type in the names of your candidates, click OK. When done with category, go back to (0 comments)
Think Before You Drip! - 02/20/10 08:32 PM
The other day I received an e-mail from a potential client and one of the first things she wrote was that she didn't want me to use her e-mail address for a drip campaign. She has a junk e-mail address for unimportant e-mails. Ironically, my firm has just revamped their automated drip e-mail campaign and I had just attended a rah-rah rollout session encouraging us to enroll all our clients into the program. Most of the agents in the room thought this was a great idea. Imagine you just put in an e-mail address and you can stay in touch with (23 comments)
Black Rock Yoga Classes - 02/16/10 01:53 PM
All levels of yoga students are welcome to participate in hatha yoga classes taught by a Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Edie Cassidy. Classes are offered at Black Rock Pilates studio and at 245 Ellsworth St. both in Black Rock. Mats, blocks and straps are available at the studios but each practitioner is urged to bring his/her own mat. SCHEDULE: Beginning the week of February 22, 2010 DAY CLASS TYPE TIME LOCATION Tuesday Gentle to Level 1 5:45pm Black Rock Pilates ( 2889 Fairfield Ave) Wednesday Level 1 9:30am 245 Ellsworth St. Thursday Level 1 5:30pm 245 Ellsworth St. Friday Level 1 9:00am 245 Ellsworth St. (1 comments)
Girls in Grades 2-5 are invited to Operation Smart! (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) at 3:30 p.m. starting on Thursdays, February 25-April 2. , This six week program from Girls, Inc. offers each girl:
* The opportunity to dismantle machines, care for and study insects and small animals, and solve logic puzzles. * A place to learn to embrace her curiosity, face her fears, and trust her own judgement in Science Math and Technology. * A time to put concerns about her "femininitiy" aside and get good and grubby digging in a river bed (1 comments)
Black Rock Art Exhibition at Harborview Market - 02/14/10 10:23 AM
Watercolor landscape paintings by Kaz Oda. Exhibition runs from February 22 - March 31, 2010. Opening reception on Friday, March 5 at 5 PM at Harborview Market, 218 Harborview Avenue in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. For more details visit Black Rock's Community Blog at: http://www.blackrockonline.org
Vote for Black Rock in Best of Fairfield County Poll - 02/14/10 08:34 AM
Vote at: http://www.fairfieldweekly.com A number of Black Rock businesses won in their categories in Fairfield County Weekly's annual survey. There are over 100 categories in with first, second, and third place winners. Black Rock totally rocked in several categories last year. 17% of the first place winners were in BLACK ROCK! Let's show our support again this year and help our Black Rock merchants. New businesses to consider: Framemakers Picture Framing and Art Gallery Some Black Rock businesses to consider in placing your votes and their ranking in last year's poll: Acoustic Cafe Best Place to Hear Local Music (#1) Ash Creek Saloon Best Barbecue Restaurant (0 comments)
This Weekend in Black Rock - February 12 - 02/12/10 04:58 PM
Acoustic Cafe - 2926 Fairfield Avenue, 203-335-FOLK Tokyo Rosenthal, Dusty and the Know, Katie Wilson on Thursday; Dave Ross, Like Trains and Taxis on Friday, Open Mic on Tuesday at 8 pm. Ray Kelly's Pub - 2720 Fairfield Avenue, 203-333-6278 Spiral City at 10 pm on Friday. Graylight Campfire at 10 pm on Saturday. Source: www.blackrockonline.org Black Rock's Community Blog Black Rock is a coastal community in Fairfield County, Connecticut (0 comments)
Black Rock Qigong Tai Chi Easy Class - 02/10/10 10:54 PM
Qigong Tai Chi Easy Class is offered every Friday "Noon Qi & Tea" at the Center for Green Building on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock Walk-in $12, 5 classes $50, 10 classes $90. 12-1PM. Your sandwich, our tea. Julie Moffat & Lamont Thomas. Come or phone ahead, 203-843-1595. -- Darryl C. ManningThe Flowing Motionwww.theflowingmotion.com
Source: www.blackrockonline.org Black Rock's Community Blog (2 comments)
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Black Rock School last night! Last night, the Board Education voted to add Black Rock School as a K-8 school to their master plan. The meeting was contentious at times, but ultimately the board found a compromise and voted unanimously. The compromise included adding all three high school renovations, as well as Black Rock School, to Tier 2 priority level, . Last night was a huge victory, but the fight is far from over. Getting onto the Board of Educaton's master plan is just the first step. We will need to (0 comments)
Black Rock Library Children and Family Programs for February - 02/10/10 06:16 PM
Tuesday, Feb 16th at 6:00 p.m. Terrific Tuesdays! Surprise Program! (Pssst. It involves a movie.) Tuesday, Feb 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Terrific Tuesdays! Family Game Night!!!! We now have Bananagrams, Scrabble, Monopoly, Say Anything, Wits & Wagers, Chutes & Ladders, Uno, Skip-Bo, Old Maid, Crazy Eights, Twister and so many more! Thursday, Feb 25th at 3:30 Girls Inc. Operation Smart for girls Grades 2-5 Call 203-337-9676 to preregister. And, as always, WEDNESDAYS at 10:30 a.m. LITTLE ROCKS! our storytime for little chips of the block up to the age of 3 with a caregiver. (Held in Program Room #2, downstairs.) Come (0 comments)
Please attend the Board of Education meeting this Monday, February 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm to show your support for adding seventh and eighth grades at Black Rock School. The meeting will be held at Geraldine Johnson School, 475 Lexington Avenue. (Corner of North Avenue.) Did you know... Students in K-8 schools show higher self-esteem, less victimization by other students, greater levels of participation in extracurricular activities, and healthier adolescent development. Standardized test scores in reading, math, and science are significantly stronger in K-8 schools than in middle schools The continuity of (2 comments)
Powerpoint, Google Maps & Localism: What A Useful Combination For Real Estate! - 02/06/10 09:26 PM
Mike Jones has a Featured post that is worth reblogging. Google maps are awesome, but being able to make a few changes to them to illustrate a blog post are invaluable. I can do the same thing in Photoshop, but for those who aren't familiar with Photoshop (kind of a steep learning curve), this is an easier way to do it. Via Mike Jones (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC): I'm always looking for ways to illustrate my topic with visual images. The reason? We think visually ~ in images, and an image conveys immediate understanding in a way that words alone cannot. This morning, I'm hiking (7 comments)
Going Green? Know Your LEED Point Ratings For Homes - 02/04/10 10:10 PM
Gary has posted some interesting info about LEED certification. Via Gary Woltal - Associate Broker REALTOR® Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): Going Green? Are you thinking of building or buying one of the more trendy if not the way the world is going, GREEN homes? You know energy efficient, environmentally friendly? Well you need to know about LEED which is the certification they come with. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has emerged as the most important force in the accelerating market for green buildings by federal agencies. Under the LEED 2.0 point system for homes there are four levels (0 comments)
Black Rock Day -Sunday, June 13 - 02/04/10 09:42 PM
The Black Rock Community Council is sponsoring Black Rock Day on Sunday, June 13. There will be a Road Race at 9 AM followed by a Parade at noon and a Festival right after the noon parade. More details will be announced later. For more information contact the Black Rock Community Council at www.brcc.org Source: www.blackrockonline.org Black Rock's Community Blog Black Rock is a coastal community in Fairfield County Connecticut (2 comments)
Help Black Rock Schools - 02/04/10 09:38 PM
Stop & Shop donates money to local public and private schools based on dollars spent by shoppers and schools registered under its A+ plan. Families For Excellence, Black Rock Home School coordinators, neighbors, and I are advocating for Black Rock School (public, ID# 06755) and St. Ann's (private, ID# 07518). You can choose up to three schools. You do not need to have children in school to participate. Two ways to register:1) for the less computer agile, e-mail me back the number on your Stop and Shop card, all 13 numbers [front, below, and after barcode] and the first 3 letters (1 comments)
Black Rock Presents Mardi Gras with Delfeayo Marsalis - 02/04/10 09:33 PM
Following four successful years, BlackRock Rocks will present their biggest Mardi Gras event to date, featuring, from New Orleans, Delfeayo Marsalis. BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras will take place from 2:30 pm until last call on Saturday, February 13 at three venues in the heart of Black Rock: Acoustic Café, Black Rock Tavern and Lady Luck. The event will benefit Marsalis' Uptown Music Theatre & Swinging with the Cool School, a New Orleans children's program whose mission is to "promote community unity through the tradition of fine storytelling in musical theatre". Delfeayo Marsalis is the Founder, Executive Director and Composer for this organization, (0 comments)
Black Rock Freezin For a Reason New Date - 02/04/10 09:29 PM
Hello Supporters, The devastation in Haiti is unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Thankfully the worldwide community is coming to the aid of the people of Haiti. The greater Bridgeport area is getting involved as you would expect. At Burroughs we know firsthand just how supportivethe local community can be. We know that our closest friends and supporters think globally as well as locally. It is for that reason that we have decided to postpone our 3rd annual "Freezin' for a Reason" event from February 13th to Saturday, March 27th. The plunge will now take place at 11am. We hope that this (0 comments)
Black Rock Mardi Gras 2010 - 02/04/10 09:25 PM
There will be a Mardi Gras celebration to benefit the Children's Summer Reading Program: Location: Black Rock Library at 2705 Fairfield Avenue When: Saturday, February 13, 2010 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Tickets: Advanced sales $25 per person/$40 for two At the door $30 per person For advance tickets: Purchase them at any Bridgeport Library or reserve them by calling Dolores at 203-296-4039 and pick them up the door. There will be live jazz, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. Visit www.blackrockonline.org for a formal invitation and information to enable you to make a donation, (1 comments)
What to Do When Your Listing is Used in a Craigslist Scam - 02/03/10 10:43 AM
It's happened to others and it recently happened to me with one of my listings. I know that it's hard to believe that people will fill out a rental form and provide someone they've never met with their social security number, bank account numbers, and then send thousands of dollars via Western Union into a foreign bank account and expect that keys will arrive for their new rental which they have never even been inside of, but they do! Here's what I've found out along the way in trying to help the folks who got caught in this scam. First, of (6 comments)
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