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Who’s Hiring in Easton?

Operations Manager for Fairway Landscaping and Lawn Care

Company:
Fairway Landscaping Lawn Care
Job Title:
Operations Manager
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full-Time
Job Category:
Landscape Maintenance
Description:

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Operations Manager schedules, directs, and co-ordinates all designated work for 10-12 work teams. Oversees that requirements are met, oversees to insures quality control, insures a high level of service-to-customer relations, meets budget standards, assures maximum use of personnel, equipment and materials, and assists field personnel in carrying out their responsibilities. The Operations Manager oversees to insure efficient Shop and Yard operations as it relates to all crews. Coordinates between operating branches, schedules personnel and equipment, and oversees purchasing, equipment maintenance, and estimating activities for the assigned work and/or territory. Has complete customer outcome responsibility.

Major Activities
• Hires, trains, monitors and disciplines an efficient workforce to accomplish landscape.

• Manages so that contracted work is performed on time and on budget.

• Schedules work teams and maintains’ strict, efficient productions schedules within quality conditions at maximum productive efficiency with minimum unapplied time expenditures.

• Maintain costs within assigned budgets.

• Oversees to insure the proper management and coordination of work for client

• Provides technical information for inquiring customers, and potential customers, and provides such information to the field personnel

• Coaches and mentors crew leaders and support staff

• Oversees to insure the development and training of field personnel.

• Oversees to insure the implementation of Best Practices procedures in all areas of field operations; supports the activities of the General Manager with associations, vendors, architects, builders and developers to keep abreast of new methods in landscape construction and maintenance that might be applicable to the Company; constantly pursues new ideas which could be implemented within the Company to improve efficiencies.

• Assists in the management of the mechanical shop; ensures the proper care and efficient use of all the Company’s vehicles and equipment.

• Oversees to ensure the proper care and use of all the Company’s vehicles and equipment.

• Oversees the Management of the mechanical shop.

• Ensures effective asset utilization and oversees to insure appropriate asset newness.

• Oversees to maintain a high level of good housekeeping in the field, vehicles, and customer and other work areas.

• Oversees to insure the periodic inspections of work sites to ensure that work is performed to prescribed standards of quality.

• Conducts timely performance reviews of direct reports and takes corrective action when appropriate

• Works closely with the Office Manager to assure that all contracts administration reporting is timely and accurate

KEY PERFORMANCE METRICS:

• Overall Project Profitability

• Customer Retention

• Enhancement Sales

• Pivotal Employee Development

• Pivotal Employee Retention

• Performance to Budget

SUCCESS BEHAVIORS:

o Good Communication Skills

o Ability to Lead and Inspire Others

o Ability to Sell

o Self-starter

o Good Interpersonal Skills

o Good Organization Skills

Bakery Clerk at Roche Brother’s

 

Job Description

Smile, greet and be courteous to customers, work with management and all other associates to provide a high level of customer service, be punctual, work your schedule, conduct yourself at all times in a professional business manner, assist in any way possible and as directed to provide for a clean and safe store environment, other duties as assigned. Maintain and operate the Bakery Department in an efficient manner within Company Policy. Ensure that the shift contributes to the financial best interests of the store.

Requirements The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

General
•    Observe all store rules and Company Policies.
•    Maintain a neat, well-groomed personal appearance at all times and observe Company dress code.
•    Observe shift operating hours at all times as scheduled or assigned by Bakery Manager.
•    Adhere to all local, state, and federal health and civil code regulations including full compliance with all applicable laws pertaining to safety, health, and packaging requirements.
•    Must wear approved hat or hair net.
•    Assist in receiving and unloading of merchandise.  Check and verify grocery receiving to ensure that items listed on vendor invoices are all delivered.  Check products for quality, count, and condition.
•    Keep all bakery ingredients or merchandise rotated in accordance with Company Policy and product code dates and always make use of the oldest products first (first in, first out).
•    Control freshness by coding all product and pulling out-of-code merchandise daily.  
•    Handle damaged and spoiled products according to Company Policy and assist in controlling the level of damaged goods.
•    Take stock to storage or shelf areas.
•    Answer phones and take special orders.
•    Reduce out-of-code merchandise daily for quick sale to maintain department’s image for the highest quality and freshness.
•    Wrap, package, and price all product accurately and legibly in accordance with established Department Procedures and Guidelines.
•    Decorate cakes using the precise measurements and scales as set by Bakery Supervision
•    Decorate cakes to customer specifications and prepare them on time for customer pick up as
•    Keep manager or other designated personnel aware of low inventory conditions or excessive spoilage problems.
•    Comply fully with all Safety Policies and Procedures.
•    Perform all counter duties according to Company Policies and Procedures.
•    Perform other duties and assignments as directed.
•    Greet all customers and provide them with prompt and courteous service or assistance.

Job Specific
•    Physical Demands – Standing, walking, reaching, bending, twisting, ability to carry/lift 50lbs, and push/pull 200lbs
•    Repetitive Action – Process merchandise, prepare and wrap bakery related product, proof dough products, bake breads, cookies and pies, stock and rotate display case, unload deliveries, operate and clean all bakery equipment and tools.
•    Working Conditions – Inside, Cold, Hot
•    Safety Risk Factors – Twisting, slippery floor surfaces, cluttered floor surfaces, toxic exposure, nuisance dust, fumes, hot equipment surfaces, sprays, hazardous cleaning solutions, operation of department equipment.
•    Machines, Tools, Equipment – Fryer, ovens, bread slicer, kitchen utensils, scales, mixers, shrink film wrapper, roller racks, pricing gun, compactor, water hose, cake machine.

Education and/or Experience:
•    High school education preferred but not required.
•    Successful completion of a training program or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Residential Counselor at BAMSI

 

Article source: http://easton-ma.patch.com/articles/who-s-hiring-in-easton-cd2d174f

Rio Vista appoints four residents to planning commission

The Rio Vista City Council reappointed two Rio Vista planning commissioners and appointed two other residents to the commission that makes development and zoning decisions for the Delta community.

Last week, the council interviewed a pool of 10 candidates for the commission vacancies. On Jan. 1, the terms of commissioners Mary Ellen Lamothe and Brent Cohn had expired and they were ultimately reappointed by the council last week.

Newcomer Rolf Sabye and former Rio Vista Mayor Jan Vick were also appointed to the commission. These two openings were due to the recent resignations from the council of new Rio Vista Mayor Norman Richardson and new Rio Vista City Councilman David Hampton.

“It was a very nice pool of applicants,” said Councilman Jim McCracken. “It was a really hard decision to make with so many applicants.”

Cohn said he hopes to continue to use his ideas for the betterment of the city and its residents in terms of redevelopment, neighborhood improvements and quality of life. He is also affiliated with the Rio Vista Public Safety Alliance and Rio Vista Youth Services.

Lamothe said that the city is on the cusp of bringing in architectural expertise that it hopes will bring housing to the city’s scenic waterfront and revitalize the downtown. The small business owner also envisions future landscaping and signage drawing visitors to downtown.

As a former commissioner, Vick said that she wants to use her civic experience to further support planning

in Rio Vista.

Sabye brings 29 years of work experience with BART, including management. He also was a San Ramon planning commissioner for four years.

Article source: http://www.thereporter.com/ci_22580853/rio-vista-appoints-four-residents-planning-commission

The DuPage County Home Improvement & Landscaping Expo

The DuPage County Home Improvement Landscaping Expo is
being held on April 26th -28th, 2013, at The DuPage County
Fairgrounds in Wheaton. Attendees will find over hundreds of local and national
industry experts who can help get those unfinished projects and to do lists
finished while helping make those dreams for the home come true.

The DuPage County Home Improvement Landscaping Expo at The
DuPage County Fairgrounds will include 100’s of exhibits featuring kitchens,
baths, flooring, roofing, windows, doors, heating air, fireplaces, spas
leisure products, sunrooms, landscaping, energy efficient, green products
and much more. Homeowners will have the opportunity to get ideas, inspiration,
estimates and great deals. Exhibitors will have exclusive discounts and coupons
while drawings, giveaways, deals, food, activities for the whole family and much
more will happen throughout the duration of this 3-day event.

Everyone is into home renovations these days and The DuPage County
Home Improvement Landscaping Expo will be sure to have exactly what every
wishful thinker and do-it-yourselfer is looking for. Attendees can expect to
see hundreds of exhibits and top professional representatives from some the
best known local and national home improvement and remodeling companies.
Everything is covered from Basic Services to High-End.

The DuPage County Home Improvement Landscaping Expo will
be held at the The DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 on April 26th, 2013 through April 28th, 2013. Expo
hours are Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. With free admission and free
parking, this is an event not to miss. For more information on attending or
exhibiting, please visit http://www.HomeShowEvent.com
or call (630) 468-2237.

Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/elgin/community/chi-ugc-article-the-dupage-county-home-improvement-remodeli-2013-02-13,0,6110559.story

Landscaping tips for small gardens


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Space should not worry you if you want to have a garden in your home. Even with little spaces, you can create a beautiful garden.

People with small plots are not necessarily down and out, without the possibilities of pleasant gardens. With a little tinkering here and a thoughtful planting there, a small garden too, can shine.
Charles Akanga, an information technologist by profession and a resident of Najjanankumbi shares some useful hints:


Aim for a welcoming entrance.
Your entrance can make or break you. You want your visitors to feel welcome right from the gate.”
Akanga planted two Cuban Royal Palm trees (Roystonea Regia) by two gate posts at his home. “I may not have a driveway to line them up along, but what I have done is welcoming enough.”


Harmonise your plants.
Contrary to what we grew up thinking, you can plant vegetables in the flower garden. Akanga has planted spices in his garden. “I have edged my rose beds with Lemon Mint and Peppermint. I’m especially excited about the Rosemary, because it gives off a lovely scent whenever I pass by.”


Be dramatic with the plants
“I also have some tomatoes among my Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) flowers. Whenever the tomatoes are getting ready, their redness contrasts well with the white Agapanthus flowers,” he shares.


Utilise texture.
Consider the texture of your plants and flowers, their colour, as well as the background they are to drape. “To the side there, I planted the Flame Vine (Pyrostegia Venusta) Its orange flowers contrast well with its green leaves. Since it is a climbing plant, I wanted it to drape the grey wall and brighten it up, which it has done beautifully,” Akanga says.


Plant trees and shrubs in pots
Another myth we have been fed is that containers are for annual plants only. Akanga has planted a Cassia shrub (Cassia Biflora) in a concrete container, to act as a focal point at the front of his house. Around this, he has positioned various small containers of Sygnonium (Sygnonium Podophyllum) and Petunias (Petunia Hybrida). The Cassia branches, with their yellow flowers, cascading over the variegated Sygnonium and the pinkish-white Petunias are a sight to behold.


Create special places to enjoy your garden.
Who says gardens are just for planting, weeding and pruning? “After you have worked your garden to perfection, you want to be able to enjoy it. It’s important to create room for the enjoyment of your garden. An elaborately designed garden bench is my next big acquisition. I want to be able to sit there on a Sunday afternoon and contemplate, read or just enjoy the garden,” Akanga says.
So the problem is not space. Employ your imagination and creativity; and birth the garden of your dreams.


editorial@ug.nationmedia.com


Article source: http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/HomesandProperty/Landscaping-tips-for-small-gardens/-/689858/1692102/-/rb8auw/-/index.html

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      Indoor and outdoor ideas

      Winter is a good time to plan your spring garden. Local experts will give tips and techniques during a variety of gardening and landscaping seminars at the Home and Patio Show, Thursday through Sunday at St. Paul RiverCentre. Topics include plants that thrive in shady spaces, straw-bale gardening, deer-resistant plants, growing organic food, creative containers, best picks for northern gardens and emerald ash borer management. Other activities are offered by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Ramsey County Master Gardeners and Home Depot. For a schedule of daily events, visit www.homeandpatioshow.com or call 763-755-8111. Show hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat., and 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Sun., 175 W. Kellogg Blvd. Admission is $9 for adults, $2.50 for ages 6-12, free for 5 and under. A coupon for $2 off adult admission is available at www.homeandpatioshow.com.

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      Landscaping with decorative plants you can eat

      When we think about planting home gardens, we think of either landscaping with inedible plants or planting a separate vegetable garden. Why not combine them into a beautiful and useful garden you can eat? Edible plants can provide decoration and give us a healthy food source at the same time.

      Incorporating edible plants into your existing landscape can provide interesting and varied displays for every season. They can attract butterflies and birds, reduce chemicals compared to store-bought produce and yield food that is fresh and tastes better than store-bought products.

      Herbs, vegetables and even fruit grow well in containers. Mixed into your existing garden, they can give spice and visual variety, provide borders for walkways, be used as hedges and walls, provide striking canopies and shade and be used as replacements for high maintenance lawns. They can give brilliant shows of seasonal colors and double as fresh food.

      If you let seasonal plants grow to maturity, they will show off wonderful flowers that contrast with your everyday green landscape plants. A few of them are basil, chamomile, chives, and mint. Attractive borders can be achieved with kale, lavender, marjoram, parsley, and shallots.

      Instead of grass and other traditional ground covers, think about using creeping mint, Alpine strawberry, thyme, and trailing rosemary. Both nasturtium and mint will cover large areas. Some plants can be started and pruned into hedges, even lemons and limes.

      Planting many edible crops is seasonal, so you have to plant warm-season crops (the soil should be between 60 and 80 degrees when planted) in spring, and cool-season crops in fall. Edible plants normally need at least six hours of sunlight a day. Vegetable plants often need plenty of water, so plants that are interspersed with other plants must have compatible water requirements.

      To find out more about landscaping with edible plants, the Master Gardeners are giving a free “Advice to Grow By” workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 in the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo.

      GOT A GARDENING QUESTION?

      Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners: at 781-5939 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Arroyo Grande; and at 434-4105 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners Web site at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo or email mgsanluisobispo@ucdavis.edu  .

      Article source: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/02/13/2391990/landscaping-with-decorative-plants.html

      Shropshire garden designer wins green award!


      Mike Russell from Designs with Nature received the ‘Local Services’ award from the Shropshire Hills Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) in early February, in recognition of his valuable contribution towards the Shropshire Hills Sustainable Business Scheme Pledge.

      Jodie Griffith, from the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, explained “We organised this event to say thank you to the local businesses who continue to support the
      Sustainable Business Scheme.”

      The Business Scheme has been running for five years and members pledge to become more sustainable by working towards reducing their impact on the environment, enhancing wildlife and landscape, involving local people and visitors and supporting the local economy.

      Mike said “as a bespoke garden design and build company, Designs with Nature is always striving to be sustainable. We know it’s important to value, support and use local products, services and suppliers”. Mike continued “to have been nominated for this award is wonderful; it means we are being recognised for achieving the pledges of sustainability that we have made to ourselves, our clients, the community and the planet”.

      The Sustainable Business Pledge Scheme for Mike’s business includes acting locally but thinking globally, planting native plants and trees, promoting and helping people grow their own organic fruit, vegetables herbs, creating and promoting wildlife gardens, woodlands, wetlands and meadows. Mike said “we encourage composting, gardening organically, recycling, water conservation and the use of reclaimed materials”.

      Mike Russell.

      Mike Russell.

      With experience in creating outdoor spaces for communities and schools, Mike continued “where possible we use local craftspeople, artists and plant suppliers within the gardens that we design and build, we also strive to incorporate wildlife habitats which is vital for a sustainable future. Our gardens make up the largest nature reserve in the country, so we need to work with nature and not against it”.

      Garden designer Mike continued “it is great to be recognised for the work that we do, and just as importantly the way that we do it. We will continue to make pledges for a greener business and sustainable future”.

      Mike is currently working very locally on a public sensory garden in his home town of Church Stretton. Time, materials and plants have been donated by his team
      to realise the dream of the Church Stretton Play Area Group, to create a sensory garden that can be enjoyed by children of all abilities. The design and build of the garden has been undertaken by Mike and his team and includes an impressive labyrinth, wildflower meadow as well as sensory planting based around the senses.

      The award from the Shropshire Hills AONB adds to Mike’s impressive list of awards, which include a Gold award from the 2011 Shrewsbury Flower Show, a Silver Gilt medal at the 2011 Royal Horticultural Malvern Spring Gardening Show and in 2010 Mike won Gold and Best at Show at the Shrewsbury Flower Show for a garden designed for Headway. Mike has also scooped two other RHS Silver Gilt Awards in the past at BBC Gardeners World Live.

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      Article source: http://www.shropshirelive.com/2013/02/12/shropshire-garden-designer-wins-green-award/

      Design Experts Names For Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show




      The Lauritzen Gardens Antique and Garden Show unveiled its 2013 lineup of design experts, authors and trendsetters to serve as keynote lecturers at the highly-anticipated event to be held September 26-29. In its tenth year, guests can anticipate a spectacular celebration of a decade of treasures at the garden.

      Carolyne Roehm, the Friday luncheon speaker, has been viewed for more than two decades as one of this country’s trendsetters in fashion, elegance, and taste making.

      Roehm has been described as one of the world’s best-dressed women, one of the most beautiful and charming women in New York, driven and highly organized.

      She worked for Oscar de la Renta for ten years as a house model and designer and was President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Roehm’s passion for beauty extends beyond fashion into the world of flowers, entertaining, garden design, and interior and product design. Flowers, Roehm’s latest book, is a floral photographic journey through her gardens.

      The Friday evening event, Cocktails and Collectibles, will feature Eddie Ross and his approach to giving new life to old things.

      Ross has a devout group of followers for his blog on affordable decorating and entertaining; he is a lifestyle expert and former Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living.

      Kathryn Ireland, interior designer to the stars and featured decorator on Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators, will address guests for the brunch on Saturday, September 28. With a style described as “comfortable, bohemian, and family-friendly,” Ireland will outline her approach to Timeless Interiors, also the name of her recent book.

      Self-described domestic diva, Danielle Rollins, will be speaking on Sunday, September 29.

      In Soiree, her recently published first book, Rollins emphasizes gracious living and stylish entertaining by focusing on the simple things that can be done to make life’s occasions memorable.

      With the backdrop of one of the Midwest’s premier botanical gardens, the one-of-a-kind event brings together approximately 30 national and international antique dealers with all genres of antiques and collectibles of exceptional quality and extraordinary style.

      Article source: http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/Design-Experts-LAURITZEN-GARDENS-ANTIQUE--GARDEN-SHOW--UNVEILS-2013-DESIGN-EXPERTS-190904651.html