The City Runner Newsletter Naming Contest Winner
Earl Tucker was the winner of the newsletter naming competition....”The City Runner.”
I start this message with the sad acknowledgement that we recently lost one of our team members in a tragic road fatality. While there is nothing we can say or do to bring back our friend and colleague, who we will miss, I will urge each of you to take care as you travel on Bermuda’s roads.
Pictured here with Sakina Darrell, HR Manager, on the left and Lisa Tucker, HR Administrator, on the right.
We have accomplished a lot and have had a good number of successes in the first three months of the year. We each have an important role to play in the continued success of the Corporation as not only Bermuda, but the rest of the world, faces unprecedented economic challenges. I urge you to join with me as we continue to work hard, tighten our belts and do the best we can in our jobs and areas of responsibility. I see the Corporation of Hamilton as a family and whenever families face challenging times they pull together and become stronger as a unit. Please enjoy and share this newsletter which we will continue to produce on a regular basis. If you read stories you would like to see more of, please let the Human Resources Department know. Sincerely, Ed Benevides, Chief Operating Officer
Newsletter Submissions If staff members would like to submit anything for the next edition of “The City Runner,” they can forward it to the Human Resources Department or directly to Sakina S. Darrell, Human Resources Manager
It is with pleasure that we roll out the first edition of the “City Runner”. As we move forward in this New Year, one of the main goals of the Human Resources Department here at the Corporation of Hamilton is to try to build a culture that promotes communication and open dialogue. As we have worked diligently over the past few months to prepare a communication tool for the staff, we trust that you will find the information both interesting and engaging. Although we try to run a tight ship, we do have an open door policy and look forward to establishing positive working relationships with each of you! Best regards,
Telephone: 292-1234 ext. 261
Human Resources Manager
(Please note that HR Department is moving to the Docks Office in April.)
“In loving memory of Moses Jacobs”
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Long Term Service Awards 2008 Long Service Awardees from left to right include:
Manuel Doconto - 15 years Jamel Warren - 10 years Mayor Madeiros Lucille Rochester - 10 years Mark Woods - 15 years
Missing from the photo:
Rudolph Spence - 20 years.
Calendar of Events 3 April 3 April 5 April 9 – 11 April 17 / 18 April 18 April 22 April 23 April 23 April 10 May – 16 May 4 May 6 May 10 May 22 May 25 May 29 May 28 May 28 May 30 May 7 June 22 – 28 June 11 – 15 June 13 June 29 June
BNG Jazz Night Youngin Promotions Miss Big & Beautiful Show United Dance Productions Dance Recital Project Change Bermuda Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Walkathon Event Bermuda Association of Eco Clubs for Earth Day Fair Town Crier Competition BNG Spring Opening In Motion School of Dance – Recital BNG Event 400th Anniversary Youth Launch Summer Sundays in the Park Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Party Bermuda Day Parade and Race (Public Holiday) Paula Maquire – Kidfest Ribbon Cutting Event – “When Voices Rise” Saltus Grammar School Concert Marcelle Clamens Classical Recital Summer Sundays in the Park Jackson School of Performing Arts – Dance Recital Tall Ships Challenge 2009 The Queen’s Birthday Parade Official Opening of Walkway of History
Bermuda National Gallery City Hall Theatre City Hall Theatre City Hall Theatre City Hall Theatre Victoria Park Barrs Bay Park City Hall Steps and Lawn Bermuda National Gallery City Hall Theatre Bermuda National Gallery City Hall Steps Victoria Park Barrs Bay Park City Hall Theatre Wesley Square Victoria Park City Hall Theatre Victoria Park City Hall Theatre City of Hamilton City of Hamilton
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installations in order to make it safe for public occupation. rvey of theConsidering No. 1 Shedthat terminal building revealed that the building would have to beitdemolished ed a complete and extensive fire for safety Waterfront in The therewire near make Endfuture of an to Era - theway Demisethe of No.1 Shed llations inDevelopment, order to makethe it safe for public occupation. decision was taken to demolish the sidering that thelandscape building would have be demolished The Front Street has changed dramatically since the of 2009 with the demolition building now on and convert theto area into an open-air carbeginning and of No. 1 shed. e near future make way for the WaterfrontSPRING 2009 biketopark. elopment, the decision to demolish A survey of thewas No. 1taken Shed terminal buildingthe revealed that it ding now and convert the area open-air car andof No.1 Shed needed a complete rewireinto and an extensive fire safety The Endin of an Erait -safethe Demise installations order to make for public occupation. park.
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The landscape on Front has changed the beginning of 2009 with Considering that theStreet building woulddramatically have to besince demolished the demolition of No. 1 shed. in the near future to make way for the Waterfront
The new layout will provide parking for 362 bikes, an increase of 158, and parking for 11 cars, an increase of 9. The new layout will provide parking for 362 The existing will remain and be The new layout bikes, an will increase of 158,toilets and parking for 115 provide parking for 362 refurbished the building being extended cars, an 9. with bikes, an increase of 158, The newincrease layout willof provide parking for 362 and a new, pitched roof constructed. and parking for 115 cars,
decision was takenrevealed to demolish the a complete rewire and ADevelopment, survey of the No.the 1 Shed terminal building that it needed buildingfirenow and convert in theorder areatointo open-air caroccupation. and extensive safety installations makean it safe for public Considering that building would have to be demolished in the near future to make way for the bikethepark. Waterfront Development, the decision was taken to demolish the building now and convert the area into an open-air car and bike park.
bikes, an increase of 158, and parking for 115 of 9. will remain and be The existing toilets
an increase of increase 9. cars, an
The project is planned to be complete by mid refurbished with the building being extended April 2009 for the start of the tourist season. and a new, pitched roof constructed. refurbished with the building being extended The project is planned to be complete by mid April 2009 for the start of The existing toilets will remain and be refurbished with the building being The and existing and be extended a new,toilets pitchedwill roof remain constructed.
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A few years ago the wall adjacent to Joells alley between Joells Alley JoellsStreet Alley and Victoria Street collapsed causing the Church lls Alleyalley A few to years the wall adjacent Joells alley between Church Street beagoclosed to thetopublic for safety reasons. Efforts A few years ago the wall adjacent to Joells alleytobetween and Victoria Street collapsed causing the alley to be closed the public toforChurch get theStreet owner oftothe wall toof rebuild it were unsuccessful safety reasons. Efforts get theStreet ownercollapsed the wall tocausing rebuild itthe were and Victoria w years ago the wall adjacent alley between and theto decision taken for theCorporation Corporation unsuccessful the decision wasJoells taken for the toEfforts build a to build a alley be and closed towas the to public for safety reasons. new wallthe entirely onStreet Corporation property ch Street new and Victoria collapsed causing the to get owner of the wall to rebuild it were unsuccessful wall entirely on Corporation property to build a and decision wasfor taken for thereasons. CorporationEfforts to be closed tothethe public safety new wall entirely on Corporation property t the owner of the wall to rebuild it were unsuccessful he decision was taken for the Corporation to build a wall entirely on Corporation property
wall was constructed by M&M The new wallThe was new constructed by M&M ConstructionConstruction and completed atand the beginning of at the beginning o completed January. TheJanuary. paving hasThe been paving completedhas by one been completed by on of the Corporation’s teams and Construction the alley and The new wall wasmasonry constructed by M&M of the Corporation’s masonry teams and the all will be completed reopened the public in mid March. attothe beginning of January. The paving has been will be reopened to by the public completed bythe oneconstructed of thewill Corporation’s masonry andmid the March. The remainder of alley be repaved laterteams in in The new wall was M&M alley will be reopened to the public in mid March. the year when No. remainder 1 shed is complete. The of the alley will be repaved late
Construction and completed at the beginning of The remainder of the alley willNo. be repaved lateris in the year the year when 1completed shed complete. January.when The has been by one No.paving 1 shed is complete. of the Corporation’s masonry teams and the alley will be reopened to the public in mid March. The remainder of the alley will be repaved later in the year when No. 1 shed is complete.
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Photo Gallery City Hall Cocktail Party
City Hall Christmas Tree
City Hall Office Workers
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Photo Gallery Corporation of Hamilton Workers
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The City Runner Kite Flying with Joshua As the festive season rolls around again, here I am getting ready to make kites all over again. How fast a year goes unlike last year and previous years I can’t seem to get myself in the mood to make any tissue paper kites. I have become fascinated with brown paper bag kites. These kites produce amazing sound that can be heard from hundreds of yards away. Also, they are very durable they can hit roofs, trees even the ground with amazing force and not even get scratched. Although I love the art of tissue paper kites, I am very precise and neat at making them…..I just find it very time consuming right now…when I could make about 5 paper bag kites to one tissue paper kite.
Recipes for Good Friday and Easter Sunday Judy’s Bermuda Cod Fish Cakes
(Yield around 2 dozen)
• 2 to 3 Bags Boneless Codfish • 5 Lbs. potatoes • ½ or 1 white Onion; (depending on one’s taste chopped finely) • Thyme – use discretion • Parsley Flakes – use discretion • Pepper to taste • 1 egg • 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine
Soak Cod fish overnight and drain in the morning. Bring potatoes and codfish to boil in fresh water until potatoes are soft and fish tender. Drain. Add onions, thyme, parsley, pepper, butter and egg. Whip with fork until smooth. Use tablespoon to measure fish cake and roll into ball. Roll in Robin Hood flour and fry until golden brown on either side. Drain on paper towel before eating.
Sherry’s Broccoli with Stuffing • 2 Pkgs. Frozen Broccoli • 2 Eggs beaten • 1 Onion chopped fine • 1 Can Mushroom Soup • ½ Cup Mayonnaise • 1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese • ¼ Cup Melted Butter or Margarine • 1 Pkg. Herbed Stuffing Mix
Cook broccoli. Combine eggs, onions, soup and mayonnaise. Place layer of broccoli in a 2 Quart Casserole Dish. Add layer of cheese then pour small amount of sauce on top. Repeat layers until all are used. Top with Stuffing mix, sprinkle butter or margarine on top. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Valerie’s Farine Pie
remove skin on meat; leaving a little stock aside. Cream together butter and sugar; add nutmeg and vanilla. Scramble eggs; add to dry mixture. Fold in farine slowly stirring until mixture is complete. Grease pan; place a layer of the mixture on the bottom. Add layer of chicken and a bit of stock. Cover chicken with remaining mixture and stock. Make a fork design. Bake at 350 degrees for 3 hours or until browned.
• 3lb Farine • 1lb Butter • 9 Eggs • 5lb Box of Chicken • Pinch of Salt • 2tsp Nutmeg • 1tsp Vanilla • 3 Cups of Sugar Soak farine overnight with 1 can of cream and water until saturated. Boil chicken; add a little salt & thyme;
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New Works Depot The existing works depot on Dundonald Street has served Hamilton well for a considerable number of years but is now becoming more and more inadequate to cater for the needs of the expanding city. The option to upgrade the existing facilities was discounted on the grounds that the construction activities would cause too much disruption and the area was considered unsuitable for an acceptable arrangement.
Consequently the decision was made to relocate the whole depot to a new location in the Laffan Street car park at the north side of Bulls Head. This location provides a suitable area for an acceptable and practical layout.
In addition to providing new workshops the Corporation made the decision to provide a building with sufficient space to accommodate the whole of the engineering activities as well as space for storage, archives and amenities. The result is a four storey building with workshops on the ground floor, engineering store and traffic sign workshop on the first floor, lockers, showers, recreation and dining room on the second floor, offices and archives on the third floor.
The building has been designed to present aesthetically pleasing elevations that disguise the fact that they are industrial buildings. The ground floor contains the vehicle workshop, paint shop, fabrication shop, electrical shop, sign shop and carpentry shop.
The first floor contains the engineering store and the traffic sign workshop.
The second floor contains locker and shower rooms for men and women, toilet facilities, a recreation room and a dining room.
The third floor contains the engineering offices to accommodate the City Engineer, Assistant City Engineer, Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents, filing and archives. The design is complete and Planning Approval has been granted. Tenders are being invited during March/April with an expected construction commencement date early in June. Construction is estimated to take approximately 18 months with occupation commencing in January 2011.
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SPRING 2009 Employee Spotlight Interview with Mr. Otis Nolan Name: Otis Duane Nolan Nickname: “Meal” Occupation: Electrician Tenure with CoH: 1 Year
Employee Spotlight -
Ist Quarter Birthdays January Bubby E. Sousa Collins Smith Jose Nunes Randall Raynor Carlos Brum Earlston Hayward Manuel L. Paulos Russell J. Lambert
January 9th January 11th January 16th January 19th January 21st January 22nd January 25th January 29th
Interview with Mr. Otis Nolan Name: Otis Duane Nolan Nickname: “Meal” Occupation: Electrician Tenure with CoH: 1 Year 1 - Why did you seek employment with the Corporation of Hamilton?
I applied for a job at the Corporation of Hamilton because I was looking for job security and steady work. I was previously running my own business and after discussion with my wife, February decided that it wasn’t practical to Ernest E. Spence February 12th work a second job. I was in the Paul W. Marshall February 15th midst of buying a house and it David G. Virgil February 19th made things a lot easier taking advantage of an opportunity with the Corporation Llewelyn Hall February 21st of Hamilton. I realized that I was getting a little older and wanted to make my life William Tatem February 22nd1- Why did you seek employment with the Corporation of Hamilton? a bit easier. Aldon Samuels February 24th I applied for a job2at- the Corporation of Hamilton I was looking for job security Edward Benevides February 25th What is the average day like because in your role? and steady work. I was previously running my own business and after discussion with Frank C. Desilva February 26th There are no two days alike. There are always different challenges arising. Once my wife, decided that it wasn’t practical to work a second job. I was in the midst of I arrive at work, I determine what actually went wrong the night before and buying a house and it made things a lot easier taking advantage of an opportunity with the March that’s how I determine part of what I need to get accomplished for the day. For Norman Dunstan March 2ndCorporation of Hamilton. I realized that I was getting a little older and wanted to make example, a member of the public might call to say that certain lights are out. My Naeem Tahir March 2ndmy life a bit easier. role also involves taking care of the public and making sure that the public is Delmair Trott March 2nd ok. I am required to deal with the Docks, Parks, the Works Yard, City Hall in any Sakina Darrell March 4th given day. Each day,inI am very busy. 2- What is the average day like your role? Llewellyn Ratteray March 8th Clive Taylor March 11th 3 - Which aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Alvin Wolffe March 11thThere are no two days alike. There are always different challenges arising. Once I arrive I enjoy the troubleshooting aspect the most. I Find out how things have been David Eugene Burchall March 12that work, I determine what actually went wrong the night before and that’s how I working all this time and try to figure outday. howFor theexample, CoH has amanaged determine part of what I need to get accomplished for the member to of keep Dion S.T. Wilson March 17th it working. I simply love being an Electrician and have never really thought Donald W. Whitfield March 18ththe public might call to say that certain lights are out. My role also involves taking care about doing anything else. I really can compare it to any other Trade. I started Jose M. Aguiar March 28th to dabble into the Trade around fifteen when I was part of a day release William Robinson March 30th programme.
April Charles Fubler Cesar Alfredo O. Lopez Manuel D. Docanto Sherall Moore Earl S.C. Tucker Cleavonna Symonds Gary A. Tucker Otis Nolan Steve Wales Rosemary J. Morabito Dana Philpott
April 3rd April 4th April 7th April 9th April 10th April 13th April 13th April 15th April 27th April 28th April 28th
4 - What advice can you give to aspiring Electricians? I have always felt that Electricians are born. It’s a calling. Any young person that wants to be in the Trade needs to start from a really young age. A good place to start might be on a day release programme. Dabbling into electrical stuff is also another way to determine your interest and ability. They need to be at it constantly. Whether its weekends or after schools. It has to be their passion! 5 - Where do you see yourself in five (5) years time? I am really looking to downsize and not have to work so hard. Knowledge increases every day. I am ok as I have a good wife and great kids at home. I would like to retire before I reach 60.
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