One of SF’s oldest thrift shops survives in the heart of the Mission District

There’s a peculiar sound coming from inside the magenta building at 623 Valencia St.

The muffled crinkling of plastic sanitary gloves accompanies customers as they hurriedly sift through secondhand clothing racks, unusually tidy bookshelves and rows of assorted knick-knacks. Laughter rings out from another corner of the shop, where a group of masked teenage girls unfurl posters to reveal faded images of Gumby and Vincent Van Gogh. The synth pop drawl of Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me with Science” echoes over the speakers as more people line up on the sidewalk outside of Community Thrift, where in-store shopping has resumed for the first time in months.
The steel garage door typically intended for moving large donations has been lifted to safely allow customers through. In its place is a seated employee shielded by a clear, glass divider. One by one, she provides each guest with a pump of hand sanitizer, … Read More

Wexford Science and Technology tapped as master developer for Midtown innovation district

JumpStart, which moved its offices to Midtown almost a decade ago, could become an anchor tenant in Wexford’s first building.

CEO Ray Leach described the innovation community in Cleveland as decentralized. With better cooperation in a district designed for interaction, he hopes barriers will fall for businesses, institutions and residents of majority Black, low-income neighborhoods on the city’s East Side.

“I’m envisioning hundreds of millions of dollars of more capital, tens of thousands of jobs, a real ability to make an impact around racial and economic inclusion,” Leach said. “I think this is the kind of project that has to happen in order for us to find new and different ways to collaborate.”

JumpStart is one of five organizations, along with the Cleveland Foundation, the Fund for Our Economic Future, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Team NEO, steering a broader initiative called the Cleveland Innovation Project. That alliance is attempting

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Aurora, Illinois CIO Makes Entire City An Innovation District As Part Of Proposed $300 Million Project

Michael Pegues, a relative newcomer to government, is the CIO of the second largest city in Illinois. Despite only being in the job for three years and having no background in local government, he has developed a passion for city work and has become an urbantech champion.

What makes Pegues’ case so interesting is that he has taken a much bolder approach to encouraging innovation than many other city CIOs. In my experience, cities often set up limited innovation zones where they experiment with technologies before rolling them out more widely. Pegues has eschewed this intermediate step and turned his city into one giant innovation sandbox through his 605 Innovation District project (605 being the first three digits of the five zip codes in Aurora).

It’s a bold move—and one that isn’t without risks. But the initiative shows how a forward-thinking CIO willing to embrace and successfully manage those

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Depew School District using temperature wrist scanners to start new school year

The Depew Union Free School District has spent about $30,000 on new technology to detect whether anyone has a temperature.

DEPEW, N.Y. — Some local schools are already back in the classroom – others will return next week, and at one local district new technology is being used that’s intended to keep everyone safe.

The Depew Union Free School District will start the new year with Wrist temperature scanners at all their entrances. The wrist temperature scanners give you a reading in just five seconds.

“Every student, every employee has to pass by those scanners to get their temperature checked before they come in,” said Jeffrey Rabey, the Depew Schools superintendent. 

This on top of health screenings that should be done at home.

The district purchased 10 standing temperature scanners at a cost of nearly $30,000 using CARES Act funding, but according to the district superintendent, the manufacturer is backed

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Marlboro administrators address technology issues in school district

MARLBORO – Administrators in the Marlboro K-8 School District have provided an update regarding the reopening of the district’s eight buildings during the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.

Marlboro operates the David C. Abbott Early Learning Center, Asher Holmes Elementary School, Defino Central Elementary School, Frank J. Dugan Elementary School, Marlboro Elementary School, Robertsville Elementary School, Marlboro Middle School and Marlboro Memorial Middle School.

During a Board of Education meeting on Sept. 22, Superintendent of Schools Eric Hibbs discussed issues regarding the district’s technology.

Hibbs said there were two primary issues with technology at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

The first issue was that with many students receiving remote instruction because schools have not reopened at 100% capacity, the district’s firewall could not handle so many active log-in connections, causing lag to video and Google Doc accessibility, according to the superintendent.

The second issue was that the district’s 500

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