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A FEDERAL investig Toms Shoes ator who helped crack the case against two ex Toms Shoes cops accused of being Mafia hitmen has scored the latest media deal tied to the stunning drama.
William Oldham, 51, a veteran investigator for the U.
Scribner said Oldham, who worked with Caracappa on the NYPD’s Major Case Squad in the early 1990s, will provide an inside account of the investigation that lays out why it lasted years.
Eppolito left the NYPD in 1990, two years before Caracappa.
Oldham is expected to leave the U.
S. Attorney’s office soon, Scribner senior editor Colin Harrison said.
“My understanding is they will use evidence he developed, and he expects to be called as a witness when the case goes to trial,” Harrison added.
The size of the book deal, believed to be worth six figures, was not disclosed by Scribner, a unit of Simon Schuster, or Oldham’s agent, Jody Hotchkiss.
“We took a very competitive stance on this,” Harrison said.
Oldham will work with Guy Lawson, a correspondent for GQ. Publication is set for next spring.
Also due out next year, from HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint, is “Blood Ties,” former columnist Jimmy Breslin’s take on the case and police corruption.
Meanwhile, retired New York detective Tommy Dades, who was also singled out in March for helping to reopen the investigation that led to the indictments, is being wooed for a movie deal.
According to Daily Variety, Warner Bros.
The 1992 book, subtitled “The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob,” has been discredited by the indictment.
However, the memoir still offers a window on Eppolito’s family ties. His father, Ralph (Fat the Gangster) Eppolito, and an uncle, James ( Toms Shoes Jimmy the Clam) Eppolito, worked for the Gambino crime family.
Eppolito failed to disclose these Mafia connections on his NYPD employment application, the U.
S. Attorney’s office said in announcing the indictments.
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Attleborough charity shop signs up to recycle scheme to help Feline Care
The Feline Care shop in Exchange Street has signed up Toms Shoes to the Coffee Packaging Brigade, which aims to save coffee pack Toms Shoes aging waste from landfill and 2p from every piece of waste will go to the cat rescue centre near East Harling.
Attleborough is one of the first locations to join the scheme set up by Kenco and TerraCycle, which has established a collection box for local people to drop off all brands of coffee packaging waste.
The majority of coffee packaging waste normally ends up in landfill as local councils simply do not have the infrastructure to recycle mixed plastics. The recyclable material can be used to make generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and waste bins.
Local volunteer Keith Bigland, 45 who collects with Te Toms Shoes > Toms Shoes rraCycle on a number of other waste packaging collection programmes, arranged for a box to be located at the Feline Care charity shop in Attleborough and people can drop off their coffee refill bags, bean bags, sachets and coffee jar lids between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday.
He said: “All the money raised will go to Feline Care, which the charity plans to use towards their trap, neuter and return programme for the control of cats on local farms, industrial areas and wherever feral cats are present.”
“We encourage local people to drop off all their coffee packaging waste and tell all their friends and family to do the same. The aim is to not only save as much coffee packaging waste from landfill as possible but also to support the local cat rescue centre.”
Attitude slowly changing toward hiring people with developmental disabilities
So it was a perfect match 11 years ago when Thrifty Foods hired the outgoing Fattedad to help bag groceries and do carry out.”It’s fun to work with people. I enjoy working more than sitting around at home with nothing to do,” said Fattedad, who works one day at Thriftys, and another day as a caf attendant at Starbucks.While Fattedad proudly shows off the many “smile pins” he’s earned for exemplary customer service, he’s fre Toms Shoes quently stopped by shoppers who say hello to him by name before they leave the store.The fact Fattedad has Down syndrome doesn’t make a difference to his ability Toms Shoes to do the job but is noteworthy from an economic and business standpoint.In Canada, working age people with disabilities are historically under represented in the workforce only 56 per cent of them have jobs compared with 74 per cent of people without any physical or intellectual challenges. As for the paid employment rate of people with developmental disabilities (intellectual challenges) nationally, only 16 per cent have jobs. The vast majority of their jobs are part time. reported the average work week of a person with an intellectual disability was 13 hours, and only seven per cent reported working 40 hours or more.In the past, businesses that hired employees with developmental disabilities viewed it as charity but the reality is it’s good for the bottom line, said Mark Wafer, who is partly deaf and has seven Tim Hortons stores. Of the 250 people he employs, 40 have a disability and 11 have an intellectual disability.”Many have taken years to find a job, so the job becomes so precious Toms Shoes to them,” said Wafer, giving the example of one of his employees, who has autism. The man always arrives early, never calls in sick and has to be coaxed to take his vacation days.Wafer, who will soon be speaking to businesses in Langley and Chilliwack and to the Okanagan Teachers Federation, said he wants to put the message out that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense.”We’ve tried to talk to businesses about it from the emotional heartstrings. It doesn’t work. They (businesses) will say they’re running a business and not a charity,” he said. “But when I start telling them from a business point of view you get lower staff turnover, lower absenteeism, higher morale, better safety and good productivity that’s when doors will open,” he said.Wafer noted some Tim Hortons stores face a 90 per cent staff turnover, which is costly. He estimates one person leaving costs him between $3,000 and $4,000 in advertising to find a replacement, plus training and lower productivity as the new employee learns the job. Staff turnover at his stores is only 40 per cent.”I’m making more money with a lower turnover,” he said, adding his employees who are not disabled also stay on because they appreciate the inclusive environment. “They want to be part of a company that wants to look after its employees,” he said.As for what the customers think, Wafer said he is constantly receiving positive feedback from them about his inclusive hiring practices.”I had a woman tell me she comes to one of my Tim Hortons and along the way she passes three others that are closer to her home. But she comes here because of who I hire. They are ambassadors for the company. What companies don’t realize is 53 per cent of Canadians have someone they know who has a disability. That’s a massive marketplace.”Starbucks regional director for the Lower Mainland, Shannon Leisz, said the company likes to reflect the community they serve, so it makes sense to hire people with developmental disabilities.While some disabled workers require one to one coaching, in some communities there are agencies that can assist, she said.”The benefits always out weigh any additional work that might be required.”When she started 13 years ago as a store manager, Leisz said she hired an attendant named Trevor, who had Down syndrome, who initially was very shy. “It took him awhile to come out of his shell. But after six months you could see his pride. When he put on his apron it was like his Superman cape. It was transformative,” said Leisz, adding he was one of her best employees.CLBC, which is the provincial crown agency responsible for providing services to people with developmental disabilities, Toms Shoes in March released a three year employment plan that aims to increase the number of employment opportunities by 1,200 paid jobs by 2016.”We really believe that with the right job and with the right supports, anyone can have a job,” said Shelley Gerber, the provincial employment coordinator with CLBC.CLBC began a partnership in December with the Rotary Club District 5050 which covers 25 Rotary Clubs from Delta to Hope to try to encourage Rotary Club members who own businesses to hire people with developmental disabilities.”The most effective way is for the business community to hear about it (hiring persons with developmental disabilities) from each other. They’re hearing about how it works as a business strategy,” she said.Ajay Caleb, chair of Rotary’s vocational services committee for District 5050, said he has just started visiting Rotary clubs in his area to explain the initiative and already there has been one successful match.”A person with autism was hired to do filing in an accounting office and the feedback is he’s better than the regular employee. The employer was just thrilled,” he said. Their next talk, Feb. 20, will feature Wafer as a speaker.Caleb said there’s often a misconception by employers that people with disabilities don’t want to work or that they will be a burden.A CLBC report has found research shows people with disabilities are five times more likely to stay on the job than other workers; 82 per cent have average to above average performance and 86 per cent have average to above average attendance records.