Vermonter to head FairPoint’s northern operation after organizational shakeup

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today a number of organizational changes. David Hauser, chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications, announced that effective immediately he is making several organizational changes in order to position the company to better tackle the integration issues of its systems in northern New England. Executive Vice President Jeff Allen of Essex Junction, Vermont, will now oversee all of FairPoint s Northern New England Operations. Over the past two weeks I have met with FairPoint s leadership team to assess our situation, said Hauser. From these meetings one thing is very clear to me. We must direct our full attention to tackle the integration of our systems serving northern New England. These changes will help FairPoint more effectively address the systems issues and address them quickly.On Tuesday (July 14, 2009) the Vermont Department of Public Service filed a Show Cause Petition with the Public Service Board, requesting an investigation to determine if FairPoint Communications is capable of continuing its telecommunications in the state.  At stake is the company s Certificate of Public Good, or CPG which is their license to conduct business as a regulated utility in the state. Vicky Weatherwax has been appointed vice president of business solutions, and will report directly to Hauser. She will be responsible for developing a comprehensive plan of action with appropriate milestones to address the systems integration problems. The company s Project Management Office team will report to Weatherwax. She has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications, including network design, construction, project management and network cost optimization. She has an MBA from Wake Forest University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.Additionally, Executive Vice President Jeff Allen will oversee all northern New England operations. He will lead the operations, engineering, customer sales & service, sales, billing and support teams. Allen will report directly to Hauser. Allen joined FairPoint in 2007 and has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience. He has served in a number of leadership positions with FairPoint and recently led the company s systems stabilization plan in northern New England. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and prior to joining FairPoint served as chief executive officer of the data communications provider Intellispace, Inc. The company also annnounced that President Peter Nixon will oversee the supply chain function, regulatory compliance, external/government affairs, broadband stimulus package /economic development and Telecom Group operations. Nixon has worked at FairPoint since 1997 and began his career in telecommunications with Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation. He served in a number of senior leadership positions with FairPoint, including chief operating officer and senior vice president of corporate development.Hauser also announced the company will hire a chief information officer and will immediately begin a search to fill this position.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: FairPoint. PORTLAND, ME (July 15, 2009). Vermont Public Service Department, July 14, 2009.last_img read more

Galippo apologizes for post-game jabs at Irish

first_imgSenior linebacker Chris Galippo apologized Monday for comments made in the wake of USC’s 31-17 victory at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.“If I offended anyone with my postgame comments Saturday, I do apologize,” Galippo tweeted. “I have great respect for their players and their program.”Galippo said the Irish had “quit” after opting not to call timeouts in the waning minutes of the game — allowing the Trojans to run out the clock.Galippo was originally recruited by Notre Dame out of high school, along with USC.“At the end there, when they didn’t call those timeouts, they just quit,” Galippo said in the moments following the game. “That’s what Notre Dame football is about. They’re not anything like USC.”USC coach Lane Kiffin apologized to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly via telephone for Galippo’s remarks.During a conference call with the media Sunday night, Kiffin said he had spoken with Galippo about the comments and assured the media that the matter had been resolved on both sides, according to the Los Angeles Times.“On behalf of our football program, I apologize for Chris Galippo’s statements after the game,” Kiffin told reporters during the teleconference. “I also called coach Kelly to personally apologize. As I said to the media immediately after the game, I thought Notre Dame played extremely hard throughout the game.”Kiffin did say he was surprised at how the Fighting Irish handled the end of the game.“Obviously, [more than] two minutes left with three timeouts, there’s a lot of football left,” Kiffin said in regard to Notre Dame not using [its] timeouts toward the end of the contest. “But I’m not complaining.”Galippo wasn’t the only player surprised with Notre Dame’s late-game strategy Saturday.Junior quarterback Matt Barkley expressed similar sentiments during an interview with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on 710 ESPN radio in Los Angeles on Monday.“It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up,” Barkley said. “It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn’t have wanted to have been on that sideline.”last_img read more

Lincoln Street between Washington and Jefferson is now closed due to building condition

first_imgMore cones and barricades surrounds the building known as “Lincoln Place” this week.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Like a malignant tumor, the situation at the Lincoln Place building at Washington and Lincoln in Wellington seems to be worsening.The city of Wellington has blocked off Lincoln Street between Washington and Jefferson due to safety concerns with the building. Information came to light this week that there is a standing pool of water on the building’s roof from this week’s rain.Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the street will remain closed until an official report by a structural engineer is filed with the city on the condition of the building. He is hoping that the owner Jan Spevak will furnish a report to the Wellington City Council before or at its next meeting Tuesday night. If not the city will pursue a report on its own.In the meantime, Shields said a resolution has been drafted for Tuesday’s meeting that declares the building an “immediate hazard to the public.” The resolution will give the city authority to make the building temporarily safe if the owner is unable to do so at the owner’s expense. Also, it will provide the city authority to demolish the building immediately if it is deemed a public safety hazard by a certified engineer.“That does not mean we will be doing it,” Shields said. “It just gives us the authority to do so if it comes to that.”The building was closed and barricaded on July 14 by the owner’s themselves (see article here). Red Beard’s Barbershop was located on the corner of that building and was immediately closed.Spencer Furman, owner of Red Beard’s Barbershop, had initially expressed surprise and confusion when he was told the building was inhabitable in mid July. He stated today on the social media website Facebook he will not be returning to the location to reopen his barber shop if the building becomes functional again. He said he will instead move himself and his daughter out of the community.Shields said the council could use the services of the city’s consulting firm – Professional Engineering Consultants in Wichita to determine how safe the building is. He anticipates it would take one or two days to perform such a report.“The problem we see is on the third floor,” Shields said. “We still don’t know specifically what the problem is.”There is speculation that the building was damaged due to the recent spat of earthquakes in the area.Shields said that has not been determined. The resolution’s language will simply state that possible damage could be due to “recent unknown causes.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down **** TRACY · 210 weeks ago WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 210 weeks ago At least the building is in a place where not very people go. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 210 weeks ago That corner building that housed Red Beards barber shop was fully busy all the time he was open. Check your facts Ted. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more