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Published on February 26th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone


12-year-old Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash


Well, this is a bit of fresh air, especially with tween news like Baby-Faced Boy Alfie Patten Is Dad At 13.

12-year-old Max Wallack stole the show at Design Squad’s Trash to Treasure contest with his “Home Dome.” The contest asked kids to repurpose trash into practical inventions.

I wonder if the Home Dome gets an honorable LEED Certification?

The dome provides shelter for the homeless and is made from plastic, wire, packing peanuts, and flargstin. Pretty much, trash.

The trash-plex looks like a Mongolian yurt, and let Max walk away with $10,000 and a Dell laptop. He also got a trip to Boston out of it. But Max had this to say, “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people.”

This isn’t his first big win. “When I was six,” Max said, “I won an invention contest that included a trip to Chicago. While there, I saw homeless people living on streets, and beneath highways and underpasses. I felt very sorry for these people, and ever since then, felt that my goal and obligation was to find a way to help them. My invention improves the living conditions for homeless people, refugees, or disaster victims by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.”

Go Max! We all look forward to your future inventions.

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The Herald News – Joliet (IL) July 14, 1999 The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that 10 black employees who filed a discrimination suit against a Rockdale company in March were working in a hostile environment. The decision of the EEOC district director was based on alleged racially hostile and offensive graffiti at Apollo Colors, as well as racially derogatory comments, jokes and remarks; the presence of racially threatening symbols and racially motivated attacks on personal and company property. in our site hostile work environment

Company officials now have 14 days from the July 7 order to decide whether to settle the EEOC claim, said Bobbi Petrungaro, an attorney representing the 10 employees.

Apollo officials plan to talk to the EEOC about a settlement, said John Ott, the company’s human resources manager.

He didn’t know what a settlement would entail.

Ott also said the company’s position is that management had nothing to do with the alleged incidents.

The EEOC didn’t specifically name any supervisors or managers, Ott said.

He added that the company has been responsive to discrimination complaints, including conducting employee meetings, requiring diversity training for its supervisors and managers and even soliciting the help of Rockdale police and the FBI to help find the person or persons responsible. go to site hostile work environment

He said there have been no recent cases or complaints of discrimination at the plant, which employs about 200 people, including 170 non-managers.

“I don’t think we’re talking about a large number of people who would have been involved with this,” Ott added.

Rockdale Police Chief Richard Baum said company officials had called them out more than a dozen times to investigate.

Because of the pending lawsuit, he didn’t want to say what they found.

“But obviously, there was a reason for us to come back 12 times,” he said. He said it’s difficult to find whomever is involved because the division where the incidents are occurring has 170 people.

“And you can’t interview 170 people,” he said.

The only other recourse, he said, is a lie detector test.

Not only are the results of those tests inadmissible in court, Baum said, but he believes whomever is responsible wouldn’t cooperate anyway.

But Baum added company officials have done everything they can to prevent the incidents from recurring.

“But obviously there have been more,” he said, “and there probably will continue to be more.” Petrungaro said the federal lawsuit and the EEOC complaints still target the company as a whole.

She maintains supervisors and managers allowed the hostile work environment to exist.

Meanwhile, the federal discrimination suit was put on hold until Aug. 20 to see how the EEOC claim comes out, she added.

That lawsuit alleges that the company failed to erase the acronym “KKK” from highly visible areas or remove nooses that had been hung in conspicuous places in the Rockdale plant.

The lawsuit also accuses the company of discriminating against the 10 employees because of their race, by denying them transfers or raises. Petrungaro said the EEOC did not respond to that portion of the claim.

Petrungaro said one employee was added to the lawsuit since it was filed in March.

Of those employees, six still work for the company and three resigned.

One, who suffered from a medical condition and was repeatedly disciplined for missing work, was eventually fired, the lawsuit said.

Apollo Colors manufacturers organic pigments and flushed colors for the printing ink industry.

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