30 days of bonnie bennett - day 01
the episode you began to care about this character: 1x03 friday night bites

okay now i’m terrible with words but i’ll try my best to explain this one. I’ve loved bonnie since episode 1 but i didn’t ‘click’ i guess you can say with her until this episode. this scene in particular. through out this episode you see her kind of confused and dealing with whats going on with her and her traits of being loyal and a good friend are put more on display during the scene when she tells elena what she felt when she touched him. she cares and wants her to know somethings not right. okay anyway back to this scene. the fear in her eyes when she sees the blood, then the numbers. its not only fear but a mix of realization or definite certainty that something was happening to her and her face i just got the feeling of 'oh baby, no'because i hated seeing her that way. after that, i just started caring so much for her and it led to where i am today when it comes to her.

this probably makes 0 sense, oops.

30 days of bonnie bennett - day 02
favorite witchy/magical moment so far: emily posesses bonnie and destroys the amulet in 1x09 history repeating

ugh this one was so hard for me. i had so many choices and ultimately i chose this scene because 1) eventhough technically its emily, this is my favorite bonnie scene and my favorite s1 episode and 2) it was amazingly done in my opinion. the cinematography, the colors, the effects, everything. besides storm!bennett in season 2, this is my all time favorite scene containing magic.

Moncton company offers to buy St. Stephen town hall

A Moncton-based real estate company, Heritage Development, has offered to buy the town of St. Stephen’s town hall. 

“We believe they are coming to the table so that they can save the building," said Allan MacEachern, mayor of St. Stephen.

"We were asked to look at the old post office and we see that certainly as an asset to the town, the old historic property,” said Ross Carpenter, vice-president of Heritage Development. 

“So we are taking the 30 days to take a closer look to see if it can be salvaged and saved.”

“At the end of the thirty days we will know if the property can be saved,” he said. “If it can, we will secure it structurally so it can withstand another winter and then put a plan together, a long term plan, to redevelop it.”

He said if the building cannot be salvaged, they will let the town decide what to do.

The company has restored heritage properties in St. Stephen in the past, notably Ganong Place, the original Ganong’s candy factory. 

Carpenter would not give any monetary details of the offer. 

Building in unstable condition 

Mayor MacEachern said the building has mold issues, leaking water and air quality issues.

“If they accept it, they are going to repair the building and stabilize it right away. That’s one of our concerns, is stabilization, it’s not in a safe state right now,” he said.

The building was designed by Thomas Fuller, the architect behind the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa and the Halifax Armoury, and has stood since 1885. 

It served as the town’s post office and town hall.

“If you want to go back in time, it should never have gotten to the state of repairs it is in today,” MacEachern said. “I mean it should have been maintained over the years.”

NY leaders urge calm over fear after Queens imam shooting

Two Muslim leaders were fatally shot on Saturday as they left afternoon prayers at a mosque in Queens, New York, and police are still working to find the shooter.

Police, city leaders, and Americans on social media are promising support and a thorough investigation into the shooting, which Muslims in the area worry is the result of a recent increase in levels of suspicion and fear.

“I understand the fear because I feel it myself,” Sarah Sayeed, the Muslim community liaison for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, told the Associated Press.

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She attended a rally Saturday night where 100 people gathered to express fears of a faith-based hate crime and call for justice.

“I understand the anger,” Ms. Sayeed said. “But it’s very important to mount a thorough investigation.”

Maulama Akonjee, who had led the Bangladeshi Muslim community since his arrival in Queens nearly two years ago and is married with children, was shot while walking with another Muslim leader Thara Uddin.

“He would not hurt a fly,” the imam’s nephew Rahi Majid, told the New York Daily News. “You would watch him come down the street and watch the peace he brings.”

The pair received prompt treatment at a nearby hospital, but they died later on Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported. The shooter fled the scene.

"There’s nothing in the preliminary investigation to indicate that they were targeted because of their faith,” Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of the New York Police Department said in a statement, adding that investigators are even now “conducting an extensive canvass of the area for video and additional witnesses.”

Some frightened members have blamed the political rhetoric of Republican nominee Donald Trump for the incident and are calling for a thorough investigation.

“We are calling for all people, of all faiths, to rally with compassion and with a sense of vigilance so that justice can be served,” Afaf Nasher, executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Reuters. “You can’t go up to a person and shoot them in the head and not be motivated by hatred.”

The shooting comes in a year that Muslim leaders describe as a second watershed moment for American Muslims, The Christian Science Monitor has reported previously.

“The immediate post-9/11 time is now perceived as the ‘good days’ for being Muslims,” Khalid Griggs, the imam of a North Carolina mosque. Being good citizens and good employees isn’t enough. “Many have come to the realization that [public displays of Muslim American patriotism are] not going to make any difference in terms of proving their loyalty to this country,“ he says.

Americans from around the country, inspired by the #IllRideWithYou that aimed to support Muslims after the terror of the Sydney siege in 2014, have promised to help Muslims overcome the fear they feel after the shooting.

Using the hashtag #IllWalkWithYou, these Americans urged Muslims not to be afraid to walk to and from the mosque.

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