Virginia Alvino

Reporter & All Things Considered Host

Virginia joined WBOI in August of 2013. She works to report on often overlooked stories in the community, and uncover solutions as much as difficulties that we as a community face. Virginia began reporting out of the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Virginia is now the local WBOI host of All Things Considered.

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6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Families Celebrate a Long Migration at Monarch Festival

Virginia Alvino

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable – bright orange wings, black stripes and white spots - but it’s also one of the most threatened species. In 20 years, their population in North America has gone down 90 percent.

The Little River Wetland Project in Fort Wayne wants to help prevent monarchs from disappearing all together. The non-profit based at Eagle Marsh protects the plants the butterflies need to help them on their annual migration from Canada to Mexico.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wunderkammer Undertakes Arts Census of the Region

Credit Wunderkammer

A Fort Wayne arts organization is trying to map the impact of the region’s creative community on the economy. 

The non-profit Wunderkammer Company received $20,000 from the Knight Foundation to produce the Creative Census.

The organization wants to identify all creative sector employees - everyone from fine artists to computer programmers -- and better understand how they affect the broader economy. Organizers hope to use the census to bolster economic development.

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2:14 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Trine University Cuts Ribbon on New Facility and Doctoral Program in Fort Wayne

The symbolic white coat ceremony for Trine University's new Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Trine University cut the ribbon on its new Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne today. It also welcomed the inaugural class of its first doctoral program.

32 students embarked on the three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The program is in partnership with Parkview Health, Lutheran, the Fort Wayne VA and others.

With Trine’s new education center located aside the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus, students have direct access to clinical experience.

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News
2:31 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fort Wayne Philharmonic CEO Resigns

J.L. Nave III
Credit Fort Wayne Philharmonic

The CEO and President of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is resigning, effective at the end of the year. The announcement was made Wednesday.

J.L. Nave III has been with the Philharmonic for more than 8 years. When he arrived, the orchestra was in a deficit. Although large gifts have temporarily put it in the black, overall the organization has continued to operate at a significant deficit.  

Still, throughout Nave’s tenure, the orchestra has seen increased sponsorship and a 30 percent increase in the number of subscribers for their Masterworks series .

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2:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fort Wayne Announces New Health and Wellness Initiative

OPF4.com
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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry hopes the city will lose a collective 500,000 pounds by the end of 2016. A new health and wellness initiative was announced Wednesday.

 

Fight for a Fitter Fort, or Operation F4, was developed in response to negative recognition Fort Wayne has received – the town made several lists of most obese cities in America.

F4 encourages individuals to make lifestyle changes, including fitness and activities and nutrition. Mayor Henry says he wants the City to take on this challenge to tackle the prevalent issues of diabetes and childhood obesity.

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News
2:41 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Unions Anticipate Labor Day Despite Recent Setbacks

Labor Day is Monday. And while many folks take the long weekend to relax, the symbolic end of the summer means something different to union organizers.

For them it’s a day to celebrate the solidarity of their workers.

This year, policy in Indiana and across the country  has continued to limit the influence and power unions have – and union membership is following that downward trend.

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News
4:57 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Mayor Henry Names Appointees to Legacy Review Committee

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry named his appointees to the Legacy review committee Thursday. 

The Legacy review committee is the result of some disagreement between City Council and Henry about what projects Legacy funds should be used for.

The committee to evaluate requests for Legacy funds was approved at Tuesday’s council.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed August 27, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Comes to Fort Wayne

The fundraiser and awareness campaign aimed at fighting Lou Gehrig's Disase, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has come to Fort Wayne Community Schools. 

Haley Elementary watched buckets of ice water dumped on the heads of their teachers and administrators, alongside Mayor Tom Henry. 

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News
4:40 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Artlink Chooses New Executive Director

Credit Amber Recker

Artlink has a new Executive Director. The non-profit gallery in Fort Wayne approved Amber Recker for the position on Monday.

Under the leadership of its current director Deb Washler, Artlink moved to the Auer Center downtown in 2011, where it expanded its exhibition and classroom space. Washler announced her resignation last month, and is headed to the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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5:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne One Step Closer to Passenger Rail

City Councilman and board member of the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, Geoff Paddock.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne is one step closer to bringing back passenger rail to the city. A memorandum of agreement was announced Wednesday.

Nine mayors including Fort Wayne’s Tom Henry will sign a memorandum of agreement to take the next step towards a passenger rail corridor from Chicago to Columbus. That requires an Environmental Impact Study.

Each community along the route must contribute funds towards that study.  Fort Wayne has already secured its share – $200,000

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