Mass honors firefighters, police

first_imgBy CATHERINE OWERS News Writer University President Fr. John Jenkins celebrated a Blue Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday in honor of firefighters and police officers.  The Blue Mass honors not only Notre Dame Security Police and Notre Dame Fire Department, but also personnel from local and nationwide departments, fire chief Bruce Harrison said.  “Notre Dame Security Police and the Notre Dame Fire Department are the hosts and represent the University, and then [they] encourage anyone who wants to participate to come,” Harrison said. “Particularly [police and fire personnel] in the region – St. Joseph County and beyond – we try to invite in.” Harrison said the Mass especially honored police officers and firefighters who have passed away in the last year, both in the line of duty and after their retirement.  “We like to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the passing of all the retirees in our ‘family,’ so to speak,” he said. According to the Notre Dame Fire Department website, the Blue Mass is named for the color of uniforms that many police officers and firefighters nationwide wear. The Mass was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional ‘month’s mind’ Mass for victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Blue Mass continues for them and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who have died while serving and protecting others.  The guest speaker at this year’s Blue Mass, George Hernandez, is a firefighter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and was a member of the United States Forest Service as a hotshot firefighter, Harrison said. He said hotshot firefighters gained recognition last summer when 19 members of an elite group in Arizona died. “They were out trying to protect property and got caught in what they call a burn-over,” Harrison said. “The number of loss of life is particularly astounding.”That was a very tragic event for our wildlife community. And see how quickly it has lost focus” “We like to think that since we are common in cause, we provide an opportunity to remember [the hotshot crew] and understand the hardships their families are going through without them.” Harrison said he hopeseNotre Dame will continue to host an annual Blue Mass.  “It is a somber occasion, but it is meaningful to try and capture that spirit of remembrance, and I think that this is what it’s all about,” he said. Contact Catherine Owers at cowers@nd.edulast_img read more


Wolf Administration Works to Expand Vanpool Options for Workers, Assist Persons with Disabilities

first_img March 27, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In support of the Employment First initiative to help people with disabilities find employment, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced a new Vanpool Incentive Program to create vanpools across the state that would provide a lower-cost alternative for people to commute to work.“Transportation access can be a deciding factor in whether someone is able to work, so anything we can do to expand options is good for Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “No matter their abilities, people should have access to jobs that pay.”The program will invest up to $1 million annually and is open to government entities, non-profit entities and transportation companies. Approved vanpools will be offered an initial 50-percent cost incentive, up to $800 per vanpool per month based on van size, that is phased out over three years for non-ADA accessible vanpools.ADA-accessible vanpools would be eligible for a monthly subsidy up to $1,200 per van, and would be eligible for an ongoing $400-per-month subsidy after the third year. Participants would also be eligible for state investments to cover the cost to convert a van to be ADA-accessible.“Although public transportation is available in some form in every Pennsylvania county, we’re always looking for new ways to efficiently provide and expand transportation options,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “We strongly encourage participation in this new program.”To qualify for the program, entities must create a new vanpool that has not operated previously to or from the identified destination or origin point. The vanpool must also have at least an expected 60-percent occupancy: five riders for seven-person vans; seven riders for 10-person vans; nine riders for 12-person vans (including ADA); and 11 riders for 15-person vans.To ensure proof of membership, vanpool riders will pay a minimum of $25 per month, with the final cost determined by providers.When officially opened in May, the application period will be announced via the Pennsylvania Bulletin. PennDOT expects to select the first vanpool program participants in the 2017-18 state fiscal year. Agencies or providers interested in the program may email BPTVanPool@pa.gov  for more information. Wolf Administration Works to Expand Vanpool Options for Workers, Assist Persons with Disabilitiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Women of Troy fall victim to poor play, conditions

first_imgThe No. 5 USC women’s golf team struggled through two days of wind, rain and 40-degree temperatures on its way to a 12th place finish at the Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.The Women of Troy finished at 50-over-par 618 (308-310), 42 strokes behind No. 3 Arizona State. The finish is their second worst of the year, after the 16th place finish at the UNCW Fall Preview in October.For that tournament, the Women of Troy were missing No. 1 golfer sophomore Jennifer Song and lost senior Belen Mozo in the final round to injury. This week, the team had its lineup at full strength but struggled in conditions so poor the tournament was forced to cancel the second round of play.The break in action and the poor conditions wreaked havoc on scores across the board, as Arizona State’s winning combined score was an 8-over-par 576. Second place and host team Arizona recorded two rounds of 10-over-par to finish 12 strokes back of the Sun Devils at its own event.Not even the No. 2 team in the nation, the Auburn Tigers, could handle the conditions, finishing a combined 37-over-par.Mozo finished as the team’s low scorer for the week at eight-over-par 150 (77-73). Mozo, seeking her team-record fourth All-American award this year, balanced her four bogeys with two birdies to have the lowest round of the tournament for any of the Women of Troy. Mozo finished tied for 22nd, 16 places up from her finish in the first round.Song had her worst finish of the season with a tie for 40th at 12-over-par 154 (74-80). Her final round, which was marred by three double bogeys, is the first time Song has not scored below 80 in her USC career.Junior Lizette Salas, seeking a third All-American award this season, finished tied for 53rd at 15-over-par 157 (79-78). Two birdies in the final round were not enough to overcome five bogeys and two double bogeys. Salas shot three over par on the last three holes in the final round.Senior Caroline Kim (79-79) and sophomore Inah Park (78-80) tied for 57th at 16-over-par 158. Kim finished her final round with three double bogeys, three bogeys and a birdie, while Park had two double bogeys, five bogeys and a birdie.  Freshman Cyna Rodriguez entered as an individual and tied for 86th at 25-over-par 167 (84-83).The Women of Troy have six days to regroup before competing at the Bruin-Wave Invitational at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Canyon Country, Calif., from March 1-3.last_img read more