ZaLat Pizza overcomes COVID-19 challenges

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Previous articleFirst-year students reflect on their first semester of collegeNext articleHoroscope: December 3, 2020 Stephanie Joynt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printOne Fort Worth restaurant has increased its profits and not laid off any employees despite the economic challenges posed by the pandemic. ZaLat Pizza was founded in Dallas in 2015 and expanded to Fort Worth in January. The restaurant was still building a clientele in the spring when the COVID-19 lockdowns began, leaving restaurants largely dependent on takeout. Texas recorded its first COVID-19 case on March 4. Fifteen days later, Gov. Abbott limited restaurants to takeout and closed bars across the state. Within days restaurants saw revenue drop by 65.3% compared to 2019. By the time customers were allowed back inside, restaurants had seen revenue fall by as much as 72.9% from the same date in 2019.When the governor announced people could dine inside again, ZaLat was ready. “When COVID-19 started, our owner immediately ordered masks for the entire company and we started to implement all the safety protocols that the CDC now recommends,” said Kevin Moore, area director of the Fort Worth restaurant. “It was a really good thing because it put us ahead of the learning curve.”The restaurant also adjusted its hours. They shortened them from their typical late night schedule, which reduced labor costs and helped them turn a profit despite a lack of in-person customers.“We are a late-night pizza parlor and typically stay open until 4 a.m., so once the bars closed down we changed our opening time and closing time to adjust in that change in business,” said Moore. Restaurants, including ZaLat, began to see an increase in revenue due to takeout and especially after restrictions for opening were placed. “We didn’t see any decrease in sales; we actually picked up more business when COVID-19 kicked into gear,” said Moore. “Our sales were significantly higher than previous years before the pandemic, and we were even able to keep the sales consistently up after the shutdown.”  With new health restrictions placed, including a cap on restaurant capacity, ZaLat knew the company would need to heavily rely on its marketing strategies to keep business rates high. “One of the main strategies we use as a company is in our core belief system, called Sculling,” said Moore. “We basically all get in a room and throw out ideas to come up with the best possible idea to solve the problem we have, like marketing. We challenge our team to leave their egos at the door and be willing to change their opinions.” ZaLat Pizza relies heavily on its company culture to keep business alive, especially during unprecedented times like this year. “Part of the mystery behind ZaLat is we have a cult-like following. The company culture as a whole is probably what drives the product,” said Moore. “We have great pizza, but it is also a great place to work for our employees.” ZaLat refers to its employees as “Zealots” who are “on a mission from the Gods to make THE best pizza.”The restaurant offers full benefits to all employees, no matter their status with the company. This includes life insurance, Medical Vision and stock options for ZaLat. “It helped to drive the fact that we did not need to lay anyone off during the pandemic,” said Moore.  When restaurants began to reopen, many took the approach to reduce menu options for customers. The reason was “to shed complexities and costs, and push simpler or more popular items at a time when conserving cash is crucial for restaurant operators,” according to CNN.The profits that ZaLat had seen in the initial phase of the pandemic allowed the restaurant to keep its original menu and not downsize. “We did not change the menu whatsoever,” said Moore. “In fact right now we are rolling out a limited-time offer pizza and added a new pizza to our menu about three or four weeks ago. We didn’t see any need to reduce it.” ZaLat Fort Worth is located on Foch Street, next to several popular bars that TCU students enjoy visiting on the weekends. Since returning to campus, students have also helped increase the restaurant’s income. “ZaLat Fort Worth has seen an increase in business since students have returned,” said Moore. “Now that we have extended our hours again on Friday through Sunday, we have had an increase after students go to bars on West 7th Street.”ZaLat Pizza has set ambitious goals for the company in 2021. It hopes to see a continuous upward trend in revenue as the one-year anniversary of the Fort Worth location approaches. “The main goal for ZaLat in 2021 is to expand our footprint and double in size,” said Moore. “Our goal is to build 1,000 restaurants and take it to an IPO [initial public offering] to get publicly traded.”  What we’re reading: Hurricane Sally causes record floods, Big Ten Conference proceeds with football season National Pan-Hellenic Council hosts annual week of awareness Stephanie Joynthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/stephanie-joynt/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 What we’re reading: US approaches 8 million COVID-19 cases, presidential town hall recap TCU library still partially closed from winter storm damage + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twittercenter_img Facebook Facebook Outside of ZaLat Pizza in Fort Worth. 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County Limerick mourners at risk from falling debris

first_imgFianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Facebook NewsLocal NewsCounty Limerick mourners at risk from falling debrisBy Alan Jacques – March 12, 2015 955 TAGSCastletown ConyersCllr Francis FoleyCllr Liam GalvinCllr Seamus BrowneFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Print Email Twittercenter_img Previous articleVictory for Cratloe campaignNext articleTwo out of four ain’t bad Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Councillors told to look at bigger picture Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Linkedin by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK councillor has claimed that mourners are “taking their lives in their hands” when visiting the cemetery adjoining the old abbey in Castletown Conyers.The comment from Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin was made after a local deputation told council members from Newcastle West municipal district at their monthly meeting that the site, adjoining the old abbey, is a “healthy and safety” risk.According to local man Dennis Cagney, the walls of the historic landmark are starting to collapse.Mr Cagney told council members that trees growing on top of walls are affecting the building’s structural integrity. He also pointed out that there is a risk to graves and head stones, inside and outside the abbey, from falling debris.The local community is calling on the Council to commence a project to prevent further degradation of the abbey and for footpaths and lighting to be installed at the cemetery.“The roots of the trees are the only thing holding the building together,” Mr Cagney claimed.“It’s only a matter of time before there is a serious incident,” he warned.Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin pointed out that the abbey is unique to Castletown and said its adjoining graveyard is “very active”.“Unfortunately, those going in and out of the cemetery are taking their lives in their hands,” he said.Cllr Galvin would not accept the Council’s explanation that funding was not currently available for the “substantial infrastructural works” required. He called for funding to be made available on health and safety grounds.“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” he told the council executive.Fianna Fail councillor Francis Foley insisted that the abbey needed to be “preserved”.“It’s local heritage and its important that it is maintained,” said Cllr Foley.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne hailed Castletown as a beautiful part of County Limerick and felt the abbey could be a huge attraction with economic and social dividends to the local community.Executive archaeologist at Limerick City and County Council, Sarah McCutcheon, revealed that it would cost €125,000 to stabilise the building.“It’s a testament to those that built it in the 1200s that it has stood so long,” Ms McCutcheon said. Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Priority is to have a decent society with decent public services last_img read more

Lockdown: Delhi Bar Association Writes To Delhi CM Seeking Permission For Advocates To Commute To & Fro Their Offices [Read Letter]

first_imgNews UpdatesLockdown: Delhi Bar Association Writes To Delhi CM Seeking Permission For Advocates To Commute To & Fro Their Offices [Read Letter] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 April 2020 10:19 PMShare This – xThe Delhi Bar Association has written to the Delhi CM urging him to permit Advocates to commute from their residence to their offices, while strictly following prescribed norms of social distancing, in view of the exemption granted to self-employed persons under the lockdown guidelines. The letter points out that under the relaxed guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi Bar Association has written to the Delhi CM urging him to permit Advocates to commute from their residence to their offices, while strictly following prescribed norms of social distancing, in view of the exemption granted to self-employed persons under the lockdown guidelines. The letter points out that under the relaxed guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, select additional activities will be allowed w.e.f. April 20, 2020. These include activities carried out by “Self Employed Persons” such as electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, carpenters. National Lockdown : MHA Issues Revised Guidelines; Lists Out Activities Permitted After April 20 [Read Guidelines] The Association has urged that this list is merely “illustrative” and the intention of the notification is to permit “all the self-employed persons to resume activities”, provided the norms of Social Distancing are strictly followed. “Delhi Bar Association is of clear view that the office activities of Advocates limited to their office/chambers can be carried on and continued, while strictly following the prescribed norms of Social Distancing. As such, the office/Chamber activities of Advocates are covered under the relaxed guidelines and the same ought to be permitted, while observing social distancing norms,” the Association urged. In view thereof the Association has asked the government to issue necessary and appropriate instructions to the Police force and other concerned Authorities, to permit Advocates to commute from their residences to offices/chambers on verification of their I-cards. States/UTs Cannot Dilute Restrictions Under COVID-19 Lockdown Guidelines : Home Ministry Read Letter Next Storylast_img read more

‘Let the pubs get on with it’

first_img Facebook ‘Let the pubs get on with it’ Twitter Facebook The Donegal spokesperson for the Vintners Federation of Ireland says Covid-19 will be with us for years to come and it’s time to get on with it. It’ll now be August 10th before all pubs can open again after health officials voiced concern at a rise in the reproductive rate.Alice Lynch of Maggies Tavern in St Johnston is urging the Government to publish the guidelines which would allow the remaining pubs reopen as a matter of urgency.Ms. Lynch says pub owners need to be given ample time to prepare their premises and allow people go to pubs in a controlled, safe environment:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/alivtghgfhgfhelynch1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestcenter_img Twitter By News Highland – July 16, 2020 Previous articleRestructuring plans at Magee spark fears over job cutsNext articleMcConalogue ‘disappointed’ over missing out on Agriculture position News Highland WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s family, attorneys blame authorities for gangster’s brutal prison death

first_imgRawf8/iStock(NEW YORK) — James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious Boston mob boss killed in 2018 while serving a life sentence in federal prison, had his medical status altered, allowing for his transfer to the general population section where he was beaten to death within hours of his arrival, according to an exclusive document obtained by ABC News.Bulger’s medical status was lowered on Oct. 8, 2018 to level two, a notch beneath his medical status prior to his transfer to United States Penitentiary, Hazelton, the internal Bureau of Prisons document shows.The mob boss and one-time FBI informant, serving a life sentence for crimes committed while head of Boston’s Winter Hill gang, was linked to 11 murders. He had suffered multiple heart attacks and was confined to a wheelchair, a source familiar with his condition told ABC News, leaving his attorneys puzzling over how Bulger’s medical condition suddenly improved.“Mr. Bulger’s physical/medical condition was fraudulently upgraded to effectuate a transfer and place to Hazelton on or about Oct. 29 or Oct. 30, 2018,” attorneys Hank Brennan and David Schoen wrote in an administrative claim against the Department of Justice, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News.“To be clear, we do not believe that the transfer to Hazelton and placement in general population was simply dangerous, negligent, reckless and irresponsible; we believe it was also intentional and part of conspiracy among BOP, DOJ employees and others to intentionally cause Mr. Bulger’s serious injuries and death,” the complaint said.“We believe BOP employees knew or had reason to believe the transfer would place him in grave danger and likely lead to his death,” the attorneys wrote.The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment citing pending litigation.Prison officials tried to move Bulger from United States Penitentiary, Coleman in Florida in April of 2018 but that transfer request was denied for medical reasons, the internal BOP document shows.Bulger was kept in isolation in Coleman’s Special Housing Unit for six months until his eventual transfer to the federal penitentiary in Hazelton, W. Va.“Mr. Bulger was denied appropriate access to medical care and was frequently and intentionally placed in solitary confinement without any end date or right to mitigate,” the complaint said.The complaint, a precursor to a wrongful death lawsuit, sought $200 million in damages, though forfeiture claims would make it impossible for the family to benefit financially if they are successful.The family of Whitey Bulger signaled its intent Friday to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Justice Department, nearly a year since the Boston gangster was beaten to death.Bulger, who was 89 when he died last October, had been moved into the general population at Hazelton where he was attacked within hours.“We believe that James Bulger was deliberately placed in harm’s way,” the family said in a statement provided to ABC News by their attorney Brennan. “There is simply no other explanation for the transfer of someone in his condition and inmate status to be placed in the general population of one of the country’s most violent federal penitentiaries.”According to the family, Bulger had anticipated being moved from USP Coleman to a medical facility better equipped to manage his failing health.“Instead, he was transported to USP Hazelton where he was murdered within hours of arrival,” the family statement said.The FBI has been investigating Bulger’s death but, as yet, no charges have been brought. The family said their notice of claim is meant to get answers.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Spatial pattern of accumulation at Taylor Dome during Marine Isotope Stage 4: stratigraphic constraints from Taylor Glacier

first_imgNew ice cores retrieved from the Taylor Glacier (Antarctica) blue ice area contain ice and air spanning the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5–4 transition, a period of global cooling and ice sheet expansion. We determine chronologies for the ice and air bubbles in the new ice cores by visually matching variations in gas- and ice-phase tracers to preexisting ice core records. The chronologies reveal an ice age–gas age difference (Δage) approaching 10 ka during MIS 4, implying very low snow accumulation in the Taylor Glacier accumulation zone. A revised chronology for the analogous section of the Taylor Dome ice core (84 to 55 ka), located to the south of the Taylor Glacier accumulation zone, shows that Δage did not exceed 3 ka. The difference in Δage between the two records during MIS 4 is similar in magnitude but opposite in direction to what is observed at the Last Glacial Maximum. This relationship implies that a spatial gradient in snow accumulation existed across the Taylor Dome region during MIS 4 that was oriented in the opposite direction of the accumulation gradient during the Last Glacial Maximum.last_img read more

Dixie State Men’s Basketball Bounces Back With Win Over Yellowstone Christian

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Monday, No. 6/5 Dixie State men’s basketball bounced back from a December 20 loss at Western Oregon with a 106-54 win over Yellowstone Christian in an exhibition at Burns Arena.Frank Staine posted 22 points on 8-10 from the field and 4-6 behind the arc for the Trailblazers, who shot 53.9 percent from the field for the game.Devin Jones netted 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the Billings, Mont.-based Centurions.Dixie State continues Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Friday and Saturday as they host Colorado-Colorado Springs and the Colorado School of Mines successively. December 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Bounces Back With Win Over Yellowstone Christian Brad James Tags: Dixie State men’s basketballlast_img read more

Russia: Missile Cruiser Marshall Ustinov Starts Dock Repair

first_img October 30, 2012 View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Navy Shipwrights of Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center have placed missile cruiser Marshall Ustinov in the dock for overhaul…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, October 30, 2012 Russia: Missile Cruiser Marshall Ustinov Starts Dock Repair View post tag: repair View post tag: Ustinov View post tag: Missilecenter_img View post tag: Cruiser Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Missile Cruiser Marshall Ustinov Starts Dock Repair View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Marshall Industry news View post tag: Dock View post tag: startslast_img read more

EDITORIAL: We Hope The Mayor Can Turn IceMen Loss Into A Positive

first_imgMAYORMAYOR The City-County Observer accurately predicted the departure of the Evansville Icemen from the Ford Center and the City two weeks before it became fact. The move to Owensboro came as something of a surprise, as Louisville appeared to offer a more suitable venue. In the end, Icemen owner Ron Geary and the Mayor of Owensboro struck a bargain that appears to be a win-win for both of them.  We wish IceMen the very best in the future.On the face of it, the loss of the Evansville IceMen Hockey team that was the centerpiece of the design of the Ford Center is not a “positive” for the facility, the Winnecke Administration, or the people of Evansville in general. With some thinking “outside the box” we hope that the Mayor and his team can turn this loss around and make lemonade out of the lemons we were given.  We hope that the Mayor will find a replacement for the Icemen that will draw simliar crowds.  It’s obvious that a new agreement won’t get approval by ECHL because the IceMen have territorial right protection.  We also hope that in addition to another Hockey team, the city leaders will look to other oppurtunities that will attract people to the Ford Center.  Arena Football, Professional Wrestling and Roller Derby come to mind, but there are many possibilities that deserve consideration.There are some who point to the management of VenuWorks with an accusing finger.  At this time is we feel VenuWorks is doing a good job attracting events that fits Evansville limited marketing demographics.There are a couple of bright spots on our horizon. The new Health Professions Education Center (formerly known as IUSM, Evansville) is expects to bring economic benefits to the Downtown campus.  New downtown Convention hotel.  Tropicana coming on land has a strong likelihood of resulting in positive economic results for the City and Downtown.It is time to stop expecting the Zoo,  city parks and golf courses,  community swimming pools, the Ford Center, the Victory, and Old National Bank Event Center to make a profit for the City.  Its time to recognize them as a quality-of-life facilities.   We should stop expecting them to make a financial profit. because its obvious that that won’t happen.  Fact, if they can come close to breaking even, we should be glad that they are not taking any more money from the City’s coffers.After last City election its obvious that the taxpayers have chosen to allow Mayor Winnecke to do more of the same he has done during his first term.  However,  we expect that in order for him to maintain the present and to enhance the quality-of-life venues in Evansville a tax increase will be in order for the public.Very few, interested parties showed up to protest any of the future spending of capital projects, during the last City election.  We are not saying “We told you so” even though we did. It is apparent that a majority of the public wanted the Mayor to spend more public money on future “shiny things.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_imgCity Council to look into marijuana legislationCity Council President Ruben Ramos Jr. said in an interview last week that he and the council will begin to discuss possible local legislation in regards to talk to the legalization of marijuana which was introduced in state Senate in a bill last week.He said Thursday he met with City Council Vice President Jen Giattino and Business Administrator Stephen Marks to discuss possible steps.“We are still months away, but I think it’s important for residents to know we are moving on a parallel track with the state so that we can prepare ourselves if marijuana does become legal,” said Ramos. “I just wanted everyone to know the item is being addressed on a council committee level. We can’t dig our heads in the sand. The potential for this to happen is good.”He said he and the other members of the council will need to hear from constituents and most likely need to pass legislation as to what to permit in the city. Then the zoning subcommittee will need to address zoning concerns if marijuana distribution will be permitted, including if growers will be permitted, restrictions such as not within a certain proximity to a school or park, or how many licenses will be permitted in the city.If you have a letter to the editor on the matter, email [email protected] Outgoing Gov. Chris Christie appoints Mason to Hoboken Housing Authority boardOutgoing Gov. Chris Christie’s office sent out a press release Wednesday afternoon listing his last sets of appointees to various boards. On the list was former Councilwoman Beth Mason being appointed state representative to the seven-member unpaid board that oversees Hoboken’s low-income subsidized housing, otherwise known as the Hoboken Housing Authority board.She will fill the vacant seat left by Judy Burrell in April of 2016.Mason served as councilwoman for the 2nd Ward from 2007 to 2015.While Mason does not currently hold elected office in Hoboken, she has been a significant donor to statewide Democratic campaigns for the last few years.While the seats on the HHA board are unpaid, some members have seen the position as a way to gain political power, while others see volunteering there as a way to help the city’s most vulnerable residents.The board has often proven controversial (see last weekend’s cover story on a proposed settlement of $700,000 with its former executive director, or look it up at hudsonreporter.com).Mason did not return a call by press time. Hoboken seeks input on west side park upgradesThe City of Hoboken plans to redesign, renovate, and upgrade Madison Street Park at Third and Madison streets. The purpose of the project is to upgrade old equipment and make better use of limited park space.Members of the community are invited to provide input on the project by completing an online survey available at www.hobokennj.gov/madisonparksurvey.A public meeting to gather additional public input will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand St.A public notice will follow for a public hearing scheduled for Feb. 15. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Multi Service Center.City advisory group for Rebuild by Design seeks applicantsAs the Rebuild by Design-Hudson River project enters the design phase, the city is seeking applications from members of the Hoboken community interested in participating in Hoboken’s Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) for the project.Applications should be submitted by Jan. 31. The volunteer term will be approximately two years, less if the design advances expediently. CAG members are expected to be full participants in the process, including attendance at a minimum number of meetings. A wait list will be created for interested citizens to replace any CAG members who are unable to fully participate in the process.The Rebuild by Design Citizen Outreach Plan provides additional information on the purpose of the CAG. “The purpose of the CAG is to provide a forum for exchange of information between the Outreach Subcommittee and key citizens and citizen groups representative of that community. CAG members will be responsible for bringing issues and concerns to the table as well as sharing information from the Executive Steering Committee and NJDEP with their constituents, including members of vulnerable populations.”Specifically, CAG members will be expected to share information about Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge project goals and objectives with their constituents; share the processes and procedures that will be followed in implementing the project; determine what community priorities or concerns exist about the project as it develops; bring the priorities, issues and concerns of the larger community to the attention of the Outreach Subcommittee, and share with the Outreach Subcommittee and project team what local networks DEP should use to establish and maintain a dialogue.Residents can apply online at https://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/rbdcag.Donate bloodOn Saturday, Jan. 13, St .Francis Holy Name Society and the Hoboken Boy Scouts Troop 146 will sponsor a blood drive in the St. Francis Rectory from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rectory is located at 308 Jefferson St. Benefit concert for Hurricane IrmaPamela Ross and Friends present “Helping Hands!” a free benefit concert to help the victims of Hurricane Irma on Sunday Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.The concert will include performances by Pamela Ross, an award winning pianist, actress and writer, as well as Blaire Reinhard, a Hoboken singer and songwriter, and Christina Bouey, a violinist.Although admission is free, donations are greatly accepted.Checks can be made out to the American Red Cross and collections will be mailed to the American Red Cross.The concert will take place at the Hudson School at 601 Park Ave.For additional information and reservations call (201) 838-3668. Hoboken Shelter received $275,728 from HUDThe Hoboken Shelter has been awarded $275,728 of the $45.9 million awarded to New Jersey Homeless programs from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Hudson County homeless programs received a total of $6.5 million.HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of .7 percent since last year. Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness and veterans increased.HUD’s 2017 homeless estimate points to a significant increase in the number of reported persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness, particularly in California and other high-cost rental markets experiencing a significant shortage of affordable housing.In New Jersey, HUD estimates there were 8,536 people were homeless on a single night in January 2017, representing an overall 4.0 percent decrease from 2016 and a 38 percent decrease since 2010. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 76 percent since 2016 and 95 percent since 2010. In addition, Veteran homelessness increased 27 persons to 583 or 4.8 percent since January 2016, demonstrating the need to continue providing assistance to this vulnerable population.Do you have a story, novel, essay, or script in your head, or on paper?Novelist, essayist, and Reporter editor Caren Lissner is bringing her one-shot writing and publishing class to Little City Books in Hoboken, five blocks from the train station, later this January. Do you have an idea for a novel, story, memoir, essay, or script, or have something partly written but don’t know the next steps? You can bring up to two pages, double spaced (500 words) for critique and publication advice, or just sit in on the class and participate in the discussions, without bringing anything. There’s a nominal fee for those bringing work to read, and a lower fee for those who just want to sit in and listen.The next “Get It Out” class takes place Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the bookstore, walking distance from the Second Street Light Rail and Hoboken terminal stations.“There are so many ways to get published these days,” said Lissner. “Anyone who’s working on a piece of writing is a writer. They shouldn’t be shy about getting their work out there. I’ve known people who went from having never been published to publishing in a major newspaper or website.”Lissner’s humorous first novel, Carrie Pilby, was published in 2003, sold 74,000 copies worldwide, and was released as a movie this year (it’s currently airing on Netflix). The book is available new on Amazon, as is the movie DVD. She has also published serious essays, articles, and humor writing/satire in the New York Times, Atlantic.com, McSweeney’s, Harper’s, LitHub, and National Lampoon. Read more of her writing and advice on carenlissner.com.Those with questions can reach her via carenlissner.com. The link to sign up for the class is http://www.littlecitybooks.com/event/get-it-out-writing-and-publishing-workshop-caren-lissner (as a reader or as an auditor), or stop by Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., corner of First and Bloomfield, Hoboken. (201) 626-READ.last_img read more