Temple neighborhood seeks to build trust with police with ‘Blue Out’ event

Neighbors living off Starlight Drive in Temple spent two weeks turning the street blue before inviting law enforcement to meet the community Sunday night.

TEMPLE, Texas — For two weeks, neighbors living off Starlight Drive in Temple have been buying blue light bulbs to replace the normal outdoor lights across the street. Some even hung up blue Christmas lights. Organizer Chad Horton said some people even ordered the lights on Amazon, and they moved the originally planed event to wait till everyone was ready. 

The plan was to create a “blue out” and host an event to express support for law enforcement officers. 

“We going to have it last Sunday, some things changed, people still had deliveries coming for their blue light bulbs,” Horton said. “At least over forty families are going to participate.”

The community invited multiple police departments to the area in front of the local pool Sunday

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Westfield’s 2020 Columbus Day Event Canceled Due to COVID, Organizers Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be no formal Columbus Day program in Westfield this year, organizers of the annual event said.

The Westfield Italian American Club and Greater Westfield UNICO in a statement said the event’s organizers consulted with town officials and agreed to cancel the program in case there is a resurgence of COVID-19.

In June, Westfield health officials indicated they were preparing for a possible second spike in COVID-19 anticipated to come in the fall. Columbus Day is Oct. 12.

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Westfield held its first formal celebration of Columbus Day in 2017.

Robert J. Tarte, co-chair of the Westfield Columbus Day program, anticipates a more significant celebration next

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Some visitors report 2-hour long lines at opening weekend of Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru event

People took to social media to post about the long lines Saturday afternoon.

DALLAS — Some visitors at the opening weekend of the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru Event reported waiting in line for more than two hours Saturday afternoon. 

People took to social media to post photos and comments about the long wait times to get into Fair Park.

The event Saturday was sold out, a spokesperson for the State Fair of Texas confirmed, and around 2,400 cars were expected to go through between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

One person waiting in line tweeted that cars were running out of gas. Another visitor reported that they waited in line for more than two hours but also said the event went smoothly once inside Fair Park.

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Ticketbud Delivers for Event Organizers: Early Payouts, Effective Event Advertising and Easy Online Ticketing

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ticketbud offers a winning combination of solutions for event organizers navigating their way through 2020. This has been a difficult year for those in the events industry, however Ticketbud is committed to making live and virtual event ticketing as easy as possible.

Ticketbud – HOW IT WORKS.

Ticketbud Continues to Provide Early Payouts

With many event organizers managing tighter budgets this year, Ticketbud’s continued commitment to early payouts has proven invaluable. Some ticketing companies have been holding onto event funds until well after event day, placing greater pressure on event organizers who often rely on early funds to help pay upfront event costs. Ticketbud’s daily, weekly and monthly payout options ensure event organizers are able to access funds as they come in.

“A number of event organizers have moved over to Ticketbud this year, leaving other ticketing providers who had held on

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Annual Anacostia cleanup event goes virtual this year

There was no formal clean up event at D.C.’s Kingman Island Park on the Anacostia River this year due to the coronavirus. But you can still make a difference.

Every third Saturday in September, the environmental group Ocean Conservancy organizes a cleanup event at D.C.’s Kingman Island Park on the Anacostia River.

Its their flagship event for the D.C. area’s International Coastal Cleanup Day, and last year more than 1,000 people helped pick up over 6,000 pounds of trash there.

This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was no formal event. But organizers hope that won’t stop people from trying to make a difference.

“Fill a bag, even a grocery-sized bag makes a difference,” said Sarah Kollar, the outreach coordinator for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. “Even just on city blocks, all those storm drains, that water eventually leads to your local waterway.”

Those who grab some gloves and

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Olympic organizers reveal plans for scaled-down Tokyo event


Tokyo 2020 organizers are proposing to cut the number of officials at next year’s Olympics by 10 to 15% as part of a wider package of cost-reduction proposals, it was announced on Friday.

The Games, which were supposed to get underway in July, are now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 in 2021 after they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 50 measures to simplify the Games have been proposed by the IOC’s coordination commission, which Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said would provide an example of how future Olympics could be streamlined in a post-Covid-19 world.

Other proposed measures include reduced invitations for both the opening and closing ceremonies, removal of team welcome ceremonies at the Olympic Village, a shorter opening period for training venues and fewer officials having access to

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Police ‘shut down’ organised music event attended by around 250 people in Anfield

An organised music event which breached lockdown regulations was shut down last night, Merseyside Police have said.

At around 8.40pm, a report was received of a gathering of around 250 people at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, Anfield.

Police said officers attended and closed the event before issuing a summons for a fine of up to £10,000 to the event organisers. The fine is subject to review.

The crowd was dispersed and police enquiries are continuing through licensing.

The event itself is understood to have been planned to comply with lockdown rules, and the police action was in reaction to a lack of social distancing rather than the concert itself.

The organiser is understood to be contesting the idea that the event broke lockdown rules with the police.

Superintendent Chris Gibson said: “We will continue to take swift and positive action this weekend and beyond, should any other

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Arizona: A Donald Trump Jr. event is full of people and conspiracy theories.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — More than 800 people lined up early on Tuesday morning to see Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, and Charlie Kirk, the 26-year-old founder of Turning Point USA, speak at a hotel here.

The queue was dotted by red “Make America Great Again” hats. Some people wore T-shirts supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory or with slogans like “Don’t California My Arizona.”

Inside, around 500 chairs were lined up as tightly as airplane seats. When those filled up, hundreds more people crammed in, standing shoulder to shoulder. When the ballroom could hold no more, organizers swung open its double doors and urged attendees to just keep squeezing in. Only a handful wore masks.

One man made the sign of the cross as he entered.

“This room only held 500; we probably squeezed 800 or 900 in there,” said Tyler Bower, one of the organizers of the event,

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Flag raising event celebrates the 45th anniversary of Franco-Ontarian Flag

The 45th anniversary of the Franco-Ontarian flag was celebrated in Sudbury on Friday September 25 in collaboration with l’ACFO du grand Sudbury and a live online broadcast. The event took place at the University of Sudbury, which was the location of the original flag raising event back in 1975.

Organizers revealed that the event was a virtual celebration because of the pandemic. There was also a special acknowledgement by the University of Sudbury toward the original committee that put forward this important symbol, which was recently recognized as an official emblem of the province of Ontario. 

The University dedicated one of its recently renovated rooms – a room with a view of the floating flag, and that gathers a variety of people – to the group

of individuals that achieved a unifying dream and that played an important role in the Franco-Ontarian story.

“We recently shared with me that the

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