January 27, 2021


Tears filled her eyes, and Linda Bianchi nearly broke down and cried. She was talking about the 11-year-old car Good News Garage had given her.

The car makes nearly everything in life possible for her.

“It gets me to work. I can’t make ends meet without this job. It’s how I socialize. Everything would fall apart without it. It’s my life,” says the 65-year-old Springfield resident.

Bianchi is a recruiter for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. She tells people older than 55 about the agency’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, and she gets them to sign up. The program places seniors into part-time jobs. Bianchi couldn’t work without a car.

“I can’t just take a bus to an office. I have to go to where the seniors are,” she says.

That means Bianchi drives around the greater Springfield area to food pantries, shelters, senior centers, shopping malls, churches — wherever seniors get together. The 2009 Pontiac Vibe with its 144,000 miles on the odometer makes it all possible.

“I’m scrambling from site to site all the time and now with winter and the bad weather coming, I can’t walk from place to place,” she says.

Bianchi is under a doctor’s care for attention deficit disorder. It’s also painful for her to walk because of problems with her spine. The rehabilitation commission put Bianchi in touch with Good News Garage, based in Burlington, Vermont. The organization provides reliable used cars to those who need them.

“People donate their old cars to us, and we have them inspected by mechanics. It costs an average of $2,500 to get the cars repaired and back on the road,” says Thomas Kupfer, marketing specialist for Good News Garage.

Bianchi got her car in October. She’d been without a vehicle since before the pandemic struck. Her church gave her an old car, but it died even after major repairs. “We gave it our best shot, got it fixed and a month later it broke down. I was broken hearted,” she says

Her son also tried to help, giving her a vehicle she calls “a little bomb.” That died too. Finally, Good News Garage came to the rescue with the Pontiac.

“My whole life changed when I got this car. It helps keep my life going. It’s a key to life. Now I can go to the doctor, see my friends, and keep my job,” she says.

Good News Garage has awarded well over 5,000 cars to people throughout New England since its founding in 1996. The organization accepts just about any vehicle that has four wheels and can be towed to a repair shop.

“If we can’t fix the vehicle so its passes inspection and provides reliable transportation, then we sell it at auction and those proceeds help fund the program,” says Kupfer. State financing also helps keep Good News Garage running.

For more information, visit the website, GoodNewsGarage.org.

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Norcross, GA, Nov 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Norcross, GA, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EasyCare, a dealer solutions provider and administrator of F&I products offered by auto dealers, received a 2020 Automotive Communications Award at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Virtual Event held on November 3. This recognition marks the twelfth Automotive Communications award the company has received since 2014.

EasyCare’s dealer-focused blog won in the Business-to-Business Article/Blog/Content Piece category, earning the title of one of the automotive industry’s leading B2B blogs. With articles focused on timely topics ranging from F&I best practices to compliance and employee development, the blog has gained national attention and has become an invaluable resource for dealers across the country.

“In today’s market, effective communication and informative content are more important than ever. As a leading voice in the industry, it’s our responsibility to provide dealers with the strategic, practical, and meaningful information they need to succeed,” says Scot Eisenfelder, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning. “This award is a testament to our Marketing team’s commitment to providing high-quality content that, along with our F&I products and dealer solutions, provides real value to our partners and the industry as a whole.”

The annual Automotive Communication Awards, sponsored by Women in Auto Care and supported by the Automotive Communication Council, recognize companies and agencies that provide automotive information to consumers and trade professionals through a combination of outstanding marketing, advertising, merchandising, and effective PR strategy. New in 2020, the award submissions were judged by volunteer members of the Auto Care Association Marketing and Communications Committee and the Automotive Communications Council (ACC).

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About EasyCare

Since 1984, EasyCare has been helping some of the most successful dealerships in the nation drive results in their stores with a full suite of F&I products, forward-thinking training, dealership development, consultative participation programs, and a best-in-class claims experience. EasyCare has the only F&I products named a “MotorTrend Recommended Best Buy” for franchised dealers and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. EasyCare is part of the APCO Holdings, LLC, family of brands, which has protected over 11 million customers and paid over $3.5 billion in claims. For more information about EasyCare, please visit easycare.com. For more information about the APCO Holdings family of brands, please visit apcoholdings.com.


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Schneider Receives Target’s Middle Mile Award for Best Transportation Innovator

Carrier’s Dedicated service delivers best-in-class problem-solving solutions and innovation for retailer

Schneider (NYSE: SNDR), a premier provider of trucking, intermodal and logistics services, announced that its Dedicated service has been awarded the 2020 Target Middle Mile Award for Best Transportation Innovator.

As one of the country’s largest retailers, Target partners with transportation and logistics providers like Schneider that it counts on to adapt, innovate and deliver.

“We’re proud to be recognized by Target for our work in optimizing their transportation operations,” said John Bozec, senior vice president and general manager of Van Truckload and Dedicated at Schneider. “This award is further proof of Schneider’s commitment to going the extra mile for our customers by creating custom solutions that work for their unique needs.”

Target recognized Schneider because of its dedication and outside-of-the-box thinking. Schneider led two major initiatives that helped to improve Target’s transportation experience in 2020: establishing centralized overnight support and implementing auto arrival technology.

To ensure that Target would have the 24/7 support it needed to manage its shipping, Schneider trained a centralized team of associates to deliver updates to the Target team and respond to their questions – no matter the time of day. Schneider also established an auto arrival technology that provides Target with near real-time alerts when a truck leaves a distribution center or arrives at a store for delivery. The technology gives Target’s stores the ability to better plan ahead when a delivery is on the horizon.

To learn more about Dedicated freight services from Schneider, visit schneider.com/freight-shipping-solutions/dedicated.

About Schneider

Schneider is a premier provider of transportation and logistics services. Offering one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Regional and Long-Haul Truckload, Expedited, Dedicated, Bulk, Intermodal, Brokerage, Warehousing, Supply Chain Management, Port Logistics and Logistics Consulting.

With nearly $5 billion in annual revenue, Schneider has been safely delivering superior customer experiences and investing in innovation for over 80 years. The company’s digital marketplace, Schneider FreightPower®, is revolutionizing the industry giving shippers access to an expanded, highly flexible capacity network and provides carriers with unmatched access to quality drop-and-hook freight – Always Delivering, Always Ahead.

For more information about Schneider, visit Schneider.com or follow the company socially on LinkedIn and Twitter: @WeAreSchneider.

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12-year-old Samantha Caballero died in a crash on Halloween. Her older sister, Jordan Lopez, is one of the people who Samantha is helping through organ donation.

SAN ANTONIO — 12-year-old Samantha Caballero died tragically after the car she was riding in was hit head on. The crash happened at De Zavala road near I-10 on the northwest side.

After her death her family decided to donate her organs to help their tragedy turn into a blessing for others.

“My sister, she was everything to me she was my world,” Samantha’s sister Jordan Lopez said.

26-year-old Jordan Lopez found out in high school that she needed a cornea transplant. She says the doctors told her if she didn’t have the transplant by 30, she could lose her sight.

“I had an issue, and they said it wasn’t something that would be curable,” Lopez said.

Fortunately for Lopez it turned out her and her sister Caballero were a match.

“That’s really the only thing that’s helping all of us is knowing that her life wasn’t wasted,” she said.

Now when Lopez opens her eyes, she’ll be seeing life through a different lens.

“I spoke with the eye doctor yesterday and they said in their 55 year history they’ve never had a direct donation,” Lopez said.

So even after death, a piece of Caballero will always be with this family, and the bond between these two sisters will last for a lifetime.

“I’m so proud of her, words can’t describe the feeling of how she’s not only changed my life but she’s changed many others. She’s making change all over the world,” Lopez said.

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For people who can’t work from home, reliable transportation is crucial to keep their jobs and their incomes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For people who can’t work from home, reliable transportation is crucial to keep their jobs and their incomes.

For some people, just getting to work stands in the way of staying employed.

A new program coming to our state is designed to change that. Tennessee is getting a $270,000 grant to rethink transportation.

“What we will be using these funds for is to conduct a statewide study effort to design a process that will allow us to provide transportation services to those most in need, specifically those who are looking for employment,” said Preston Elliot, who works for the Bureau of Environment and Planning.

He also said that the goal is to create free or reduced-cost transportation to work or job training in the communities that need it the most.

“What this allows us to do is look for opportunities,” Elliot said. “Let’s say in West Tennessee — we could target a specific functionality with the trip delivery or specific agency or program.”

Similar systems are already in Knoxville and in the Tri-City’s.

Elliot says over the next six months; his team will be canvassing Tennessee.

“Access to jobs is often times that cost for transportation,” he said. “This effort is really to remove that barrier.”

Nashville MTA also received $180,000 in funding. That money will go toward community outreach and the proposed North Nashville Transit Center.

This story was originally reported by WSMV.

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The first shipment of amphibious combat vehicles hit the fleet Nov. 4, according to the Marine Corps.

The new ACVs, destined to replace the Vietnam-era amphibious assault vehicle, were sent to Delta Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, based out of Twentynine Palms, California, Task & Purpose first reported.

“With the re-designation of D. Co., 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, we reaffirm our commitment to maintaining a competitive edge in amphibious operations,” 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh, a spokesman for the 1st Marine Division, said Tuesday.

“The amphibious combat vehicle provides a vital tool for commanders to employ in a multitude of ship to shore missions, in both combat and non-combat environments,” Edinburgh added.

Marines take the Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 out for a ride aboard Camp Pendleton, California. (Marine Corps) Marines take the Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 out for a ride aboard Camp Pendleton, California. (Marine Corps)

The next lot of ACVs is expected to hit the fleet in January or February, with a new shipment being received by Marine units every two or three months after that, Marine Corps Times previously reported.

All the vehicles the Corps is expected to receive in the short-term are part of the low-rate initial production, or LRIP, while a decision on the full rate production of the BAE built vehicle is expected to come in November.

If the Corps approves the full rate production on the vehicle, Marines will start to see slightly different builds of the ACV, including one built for improved command and control of a unit, a recovery version and one with a 30 mm cannon affixed to it.


NORFOLK, Va., April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. is proud to be selected to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program. One of just 24 shipyard selected nationally, Colonna’s has been awarded $799,996 to invest in upgrading welding equipment to improve overall shipyard productivity. “We are honored to have been selected to receive the Small Shipyard Grant and we will be investing immediately in new equipment to allow our employees to be more productive in their work supporting our government and maritime transportation customers. Despite current challenges all businesses are facing with the pandemic, I am very proud of our employees as Colonna’s remains operational in support of the Defense Industrial Base. We applaud MARAD for their ongoing support of the important work being done by America’s shipyards, especially now,” said Colonna’s President & CEO, Tom Godfrey.

Marad’s Small Shipyard Grant Program gives funds that assist shipyards who are eligible to modernize, increase efficiency, and take advantage of added productivity by being able to invest in emerging technological advancements and a more highly qualified and skillful workforce. These projects under the program include capital and other related aspects that add and foster greater efficiency, more competitive operations, and increased quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. Additionally, this program funds training projects that encourage improved employee skills and enhance further productivity.

Founded in and family owned since 1875, Colonna’s is a diversified industrial company with unique capabilities in ship repair, marine and industrial machining and steel fabrication. Please visit our website at www.colonnaship.com

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