October 2, 2012

Of Interest: Oct. 2, 2012


---- — College to sponsor Banned Books Read-Out

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh students and faculty will read selections from books that have been banned or challenged at some time in history during Feinberg Library’s first-ever Banned Books Read-Out.

It will be held noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s third-floor reading room.

Members of the campus and community are invited to attend at any time during the two-hour read-out, which is being held in conjunction with the American Library Association’s 2012 Banned Books Week.

According to the association, “Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

For more information, contact Cerise Oberman at 564-5184 or obermacg@plattsburgh.ed.

Lecture series to focus on local foreign investment

PLATTSBURGH — The Economic Development Lecture Series sponsored by Clinton Community College and the Development Corp. will continue Thursday with Foreign Direct Investment: An Economic Game Changer.

CAI Global Group Vice President Marc Beauchamp will deliver the lecture, which is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Stafford Theater at Clinton Community College.

It will be followed by a panel discussion the importance of foreign direct investment and the EB-5 Visa program.

That discussion will include information on what an EB-5 Visa is, how it works and how it can benefit a region’s economic development.

The panel is scheduled to include Beauchamp, Schluter Systems Chief Financial Officer Ed Martin and North Country Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development Susan Matton.

The event is free and open to the public.

Westport Town Council plans budget sessions

WESTPORT — The Westport Town Council will hold special meetings to work on the 2013 budget.

The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. this Thursday; 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16; and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23; all with regular board meetings to follow.

Grant funding available

ROUSES POINT — New tourism-based businesses on Lake Street here will be given priority as funds are doled out from a Microenterprise Program grant won by the Village of Rouses Point.

Existing businesses can qualify as well, according to a press release from Community Development Consultant Melissa McManus.

An informational meeting on the grant is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at the Rouses Point Civic Center, 39 Lake St.

“There are important program-eligibility requirements, such as low- or moderate-income job creation and business-owner training,”’ McManus said, “so all interested parties are encouraged to attend for a full description of the program.” 

For more information, reach her at 297-6753.