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WIU Offering Alternative to Safe Trick-Or-Treat Programming

October 14, 2020


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MACOMB, IL – University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) at Western Illinois University will sponsor an alternative to the annual Residence Halls Safe Trick-or-Treat program.

Community and campus parents and guardians, with children between the ages 2-12, are invited to sign up for a Halloween goody bag, containing pre-wrapped candy, coloring pages and activities, and other Halloween-related items, to celebrate with at home. The bags are not gender or age specific.

Goody bags are limited, so children should sign up soon at bit.ly/UHDSGoodyBags.

“During COVID-19, we still wanted to find a way to connect to the campus and community to help the children have a safe and fun Halloween.” said WIU Director of Residence Life Mishelle Oaks. “We hope to be back next year with our annual safe trick-or-treat event in the residence halls.”

Goody bags will be available for pick up from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 and from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, behind Corbin Hall, in the drive through parking lot, off Western Avenue.

Children are not required to be present at time of pick up, but are encouraged and welcomed to be in the car. Pick up will be contactless, through a drive through, and face coverings should be worn.

For more information, contact Oaks at (309) 298-3328 or email [email protected]

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New Nationwide Program Offering Phones to Millions of Low-Income Americans

Millions of Americans on low-income, including those receiving unemployment benefits amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, may qualify to receive a free smartphone, in addition to free cell service, under a new government partnership with TruConnect, a nationwide wireless service provider.

TruConnect has partnered with Lifeline, a government program offering affordable wireless service to low-income customers launched by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, which most Americans don’t know about, according to the co-founder and chief executive officer of TruConnect, Matthew Johnson.

TruConnect’s free service includes “talk, text, and 3GB of data each month plus free international calling to select countries. You may even qualify for a free 5″ LTE Android smartphone,” the company website states.

Johnson told California’s KTLA: “Currently, there are roughly 30 to 40 million people who don’t have access to high-speed internet and that’s only increased recently with the issues due to COVID-19.

“Across the U.S., the two basic programs that automatically qualify you are Medicaid and Snap, so if you’re on one of those two programs you automatically qualify,” Johnson noted.

Unemployment benefits may qualify as a form of income eligibility and those interested can enter their zip code and email at the TruConnect website to apply.

The Federal Communication Commission explains: “Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services.

“Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands,” the commission adds.

While there are other companies that offer free cell phone service to qualifying low-income individuals, TruConnect differentiates itself by offering additional services, such as

Nordstrom Is Offering the Absolute Lowest Prices on the Internet for These 10,000 Items

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Nothing makes me feel quite as impulsive as a good online sale. There’s always so many exclamation points; everything is on the brink of selling out; and I somehow always seem to want an item that has the words “low in stock” next to it. I throw things into my cart digitally (and physically back when that was a thing) with no semblance of my budget in mind. It’s what my mother calls reckless but what I call saving money. Neither of us is entirely in the wrong.

Nordstrom has a way of particularly sending me off the deep end because its sales are always so major with items that go out of stock instantly. But I never spend the time doing the research that I should to confirm I’m getting the best price, and I speak with experience when I say there is no worse feeling than thinking you’re saving money and realizing too late that you could have saved more. Thankfully Nordstrom took all of these worries into its own hands with its latest price-matching sale.

For a limited time only, Nordstrom is matching the prices on over 10,000 items to confirm you have the lowest possible price on the internet. This includes deals on Jennifer Aniston’s go-to Rag & Bone jeans and even Prada accessories. I’d continue to wax poetic about how good these prices are, but nearly everything is low in stock; there are exclamation points everywhere; and I can almost guarantee nothing will be in stock for long. So trust me and shop the best deals below quickly — I speak from experience. 

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Monroe reports 19 new COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period, public library offering children programming in October


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MONROE – Monroe officials reported 19 new COVID-19 case over a seven-day period, which brings the total number of cases to 905, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management on Oct. 1.

The seven-day period was from Sept. 24-30. The new cases include two eight-year-old males, two 16-year-old males, an 18-year-old male, a 19-year-old female, a 20-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, two 22-year-old females, a 36-year-old male, a 42-year-old female, a 47-year-old male, a 49-year-old female, a 53-year-old male, a 67-year-old female, a 77-year-old male, a 77-year-old female, and an 86-year-old female.

Six additional cases were reported community-wide from May, July and August.

The township has lost 126 residents to COVID-19, 84 in long-term care facilities and 42 community-wide.

There are 49 COVID-19 cases reported from the New Jersey Training School for Boys.

The Monroe Township Public Library reopened July 13. The library will offer limited “grab and go” services and will continue the convenient curbside pickup for those who prefer it.

The library is open four nights per week. Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curbside hours will continue on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Effective Sept. 8, curbside hours will be expanded Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Designated senior library hours are from 9:30-11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

On Sept. 12, the library resumed Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sept. 8, the library’s bookmobile went back on the road making contactless deliveries. Requests, which will be limited to 10 items, must be made in advance via email at [email protected] For more

Optus offering NBN users the chance to pay AU$10 for fewer hops

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Optus announced on Friday a new routing product named Game Path where NBN users will be able to pay AU$10 a month for fewer hops of their traffic.

The company is targeting gamers, with users needing to run an application in Windows to take advantage of it. The Singaporean-owned telco said Game Path can “reduce lag on average by 30% — which can mean the difference between life and death in a PC game”.

Optus told ZDNet it was not using any traffic prioritisation, explaining that NBN connections would remain TC-4. Instead, traffic will travel over the fastest available path “using proxy technology, choosing the most optimal/lowest latency path for gaming traffic across the internet”.

“It does this by accessing hundreds of POPs all over the world and constantly analysing the fastest path to gaming servers,” a spokesperson said.

“This will create the most benefit when considering international-based servers.”

The company said in the future it might have the ability to make the routing “100% network-based”, but this would depend on what is learnt from the current offer.

“The app is required to identify the real-time communications traffic on the PC and apply the routing via proxy technology,” it said.

“The more people using Game Path, the smarter it will get overtime.”

On Thursday, Optus-owner Singtel announced its current consumer business chief Yuen Kuan Moon would assume the role of group CEO next year when Chua Sock Koong retires.

Earlier that day, Optus also announced it was partnering with Australian National University to develop a national system to detect and extinguish fires using a mixture of satellites, drones, and robotics.

“We hope to develop a system that can locate a fire within the first few minutes of ignition and extinguish it soon afterwards,” ANU vice-chancellor Professor Brian