Tattoo House / Austin Maynard Architects

Posted On Jun 17 2021 by

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/15647/tattoo-house-andrew-maynard-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Australia Tattoo House / Austin Maynard Architects Projects Tattoo House / Austin Maynard ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTattoo House / Austin Maynard Architects “COPY” ArchDaily Housescenter_img “COPY” Save this picture!+ 64 Share Architects: Austin Maynard ArchitectsText description provided by the architects. Andrew Maynard Architects shared with us the Tattoo house located in Victoria, Australia. It features a interesting way to filter light and views. Architect’s description, more photographs and drawings after the break.The Tattoo house is Andrew Maynard’s latest built project. The building is a small extension to an existing 3 bedroom house in Fitzroy North, Victoria.The client’s brief was delightfully loose; provide new living and kitchen space for a growing young family and create an open plan with plenty of natural light and high ceilings. A kitchen and a flexible work space incorporated into the extension rounded out the brief. By balancing these desires against the various restrictions of budget, town planning requirements and available space, tactics were employed to make everything within the space perform multiple tasks, both functionally and conceptually.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornThe tight budget generated many of the design decisions. The form is a simple box- the strongest form an architect can achieve at a bargain basement price. From the starting point of the simple box we began to express the addition as a covered external space. The original house is very internalised. The extension was to be as open as possible so that when one crosses the threshold between the original and new structures they felt as though they were entering a covered deck rather than additional internalised space.Save this picture!Generally we try to avoid having separate ideas performing different functions. We try to be economic with our concepts and make a couple of key ideas achieve multiple and varied tasks. Every element within the Tattoo House needed to perform multiple functions for maximum return- hence the kitchen bench becomes part of the stair, and the screening required by council reflects heat and glare away from the expansive windows.Despite these challenges a double story, non-domestic scale space was achieved with a basic palette of materials.WrappingSave this picture!The new architecture was approached as no more than a deck. Through bringing the external decking up to the original back wall of the home, then turning and folding it where existing structures were encountered, a covered open backyard was effectively created. The detailing of the decking timbers reveals the wrapping pattern further.Save this picture!Bi-fold doors retreat to reveal a completely open corner, framed by the box while allowing uninterrupted flow between the extension and the backyard underneath, merging these spaces while retaining the edge of each. The folding doors and post-less corner make the form of the structure appear precarious. The structure playfully feels as though it defies gravity and may topple.ScreeningSave this picture!The stickers became a multi-purpose solution to the dual requirements of council overlooking regulations and glare reduction.Legislation which dictates a 75% opacity to second-storey windows was resolved with UV stable stickers rather than expensive and elaborate screening. The tree supergraphic creates playful and ever-changing shadows across the interior spaces and is composed of images taken in the local park.TattooSave this picture!The tattoo was conceived as a continuation of the tree graphic around the simple white box- to soften the impact of this modern addition to a resolutely 19th-century neighbourhood. Furthermore the design was a neighbourly gesture. The household to the west has a manicured garden which is very important to the resident. A stencil of vegetation was created in-house and applied by the AMA team in a covet operation to give the neighbour an additional, though less than manicured, layer of garden.Green issuesSave this picture!The house isn’t as “green” as most of our other projects as it was not an issue that the client was keen to pursue. The client wanted the south facade to be completely glass so that there is a very strong connection with the yard and views to the city from the 2nd level. Regardless we made the design as green as you can make glass box. A few of the key tactics were :Save this picture!1. Control the northern glazing. The horizontal slot windows on the northern facade bring direct winter sunlight from over the existing roof into the extension, while cutting out the high summer sun. .2. Thermally protect the southern facade as much as possible. A large glass southern facade is always going to loose a lot of heat in winter. Therefore we double glazed the entire facade and specified extremely efficient seals for all the doors and windows.3. We also installed a water tank between the extg house and the extension which is connected to toilets and the garden.Save this picture!4. Venting – we have small windows on the upper north west corner of the extension and very large openings on the bottom of the south east corner. This creates a surprisingly effective chimney effect to drag heat thru the voids and out of the extension. Once the garden becomes established with lush indigenous planting we hope to get a natural evaporative cooling effect to optimise the through breezes.5. Insulation – the roof and walls are clad in an extremely efficient foam product that has been rendered. This, combined with the high R value insulation within the walls and roof protect the extension from the hard morning and arvo sun in summer, while reducing heat loss in winter.Project gallerySee allShow lessMore images of the Urban Development competition results for Split, CroatiaArticlesWork in Progress: Green Walls, Reception and Panel DiscussionArticles Share CopyAbout this officeAustin Maynard ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustraliaPublished on March 24, 2009Cite: “Tattoo House / Austin Maynard Architects” 24 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Oxfam launches banner ad campaign

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

Howard Lake | 1 February 2001 | News Oxfam launches banner ad campaign AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Oxfam’s latest banner ad campaign made it into the top 10 new online ad campaigns in order of spend, as reported by Forrester Research. Their Internet AdWatch„¢ Weekly Alert placed Oxfam’s Cool Planet ads in ninth place, behind Compaq, Norwich Union and Superdrug, but ahead of the Financial Times. Of course, estimates are based on rate cards and it must be assumed that Oxfam will have succeeded in securing donated or at least discounted advertising space.Visit Forrester Research AdWatch„¢. read more


MS Society uses cashpoints to promote MS Awareness Week

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgThe campaign, which was bought by Total Media, will run for two weeks. The charity expects one million customers will watch the advertisements during the time they wait for cash and receipts to be dispensed. Matthew Trainer, head of communications at The MS Society, said: “ATM advertising is a key part of the campaign as it provides a level of personal engagement which other outdoor mediums do not.” The information will be displayed on cash machines at ASDA stores and post offices in towns and cities across the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, London and Glasgow. Information on the website and hotline will be printed on the front of the cash receipts so customers have a takeaway reminder. The website currently receives 75,000 users each month while its hotline is called by 16,000 people each year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Tagged with: Individual giving Technology Comic Relief used ATM:ad on cash machines to advertise Red Nose Day 2005. www.mssociety.org.uk The MS Society is using adverts on cash machine screens to help promote MS Awareness Week, which started on 21 April. They are part of a larger integrated advertising campaign including buses, tubes and airports.The cash machine adverts, powered by i-design group plc’s ATM:ad software, feature positive visual testimonials from people who have overcome the challenges of multiple sclerosis (MS) by using the resources available to them. The adverts are designed to drive people to the MS website and hotline.  37 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 April 2008 | News MS Society uses cashpoints to promote MS Awareness Week About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


Protest to fight austerity from Detroit to Greece

Posted On Jun 15 2021 by

first_imgActivists here with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs have announced a demonstration for Feb. 27 in solidarity with the people of Greece, who are resisting austerity and economic strangulation at the behest of the banks and financial institutions.The protest — called “Detroit Stands with Greece” — is timed to coincide with the start of severe cuts to the pensions of retirees who worked for the City of Detroit. The demonstration will demand: “From Detroit to Greece, stop attacks on the working class; cancel the debt; stop pension cuts, foreclosures and water shutoffs.”The largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history concluded here last year, all for the benefit of the banks and to the detriment of Detroit workers, residents and social services. The city was devastated by the actions of banks and financial institutions, some of whom are also strangling Greece. Their usurious swindles caused mass home foreclosures and evictions, the exodus of almost one-quarter million residents in only a decade, the robbery of municipal retirees’ pensions and health care benefits, and the shutting off of water to more than 30,000 people last year. Now some 62,000 homes are facing tax foreclosures.A Moratorium NOW! statement noted:“Austerity in Greece has meant conditions much like those faced by Detroiters: A poverty rate of 44 percent, up from just 3 percent in 2009; a 27.7 percent unemployment rate; and 240,000 people with their utilities shut off.“In response to these conditions, Syriza was elected to office in Greece on a promise to end the austerity imposed on the working class by the banks and the Troika (the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund). U.S. financial institutions have swindled huge profits off the backs of the people of Greece, Detroit and around the world.“In its first day in office, Syriza announced the following measures to ease the suffering of the masses: Halting of privatization schemes; reinstating pensions; reintroducing of the monthly minimum wage; scrapping of fees for prescriptions and hospital visits; restoring collective work agreements; rehiring workers laid off in the public sector; giving free access to food and electricity to the victims of the bailout; and granting citizenship to migrant children born and raised in Greece. Aren’t these the kinds of things we need in Detroit?!“The banks and their capitalist allies are now trying to economically strangle Greece, refusing to renegotiate the loans and threatening to cut off Greece from the international market. All over the world workers are demonstrating their solidarity with the people of Greece. It’s time to draw the line against the criminal banksters and to say PEOPLE come before profits. We’ll beat them back in Greece and across the world, and reverse the attacks on Detroiters imposed by emergency management and the state in service to the banks.”The demonstration against austerity and in solidarity with the people of Greece will take place in downtown Detroit on Friday, Feb. 27, starting at 4 p.m. Protesters will gather outside Chase Bank at Woodward Avenue and Fort Street, and march to the Greektown district.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


A question about the stock market

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this A reader recently asked us why the stock market is still going up when the economy is being battered by the COVID pandemic.Good question! Of course, by the time you read this, the market may be falling. It’s all a gamble.The bull runs on Wall StreetWhile all kinds of “experts” try to figure out how to make money on the stock market, no one has come up with a reliable formula that can predict how long a boom will last before there’s a bust. That’s because the market does not directly reflect how the economy is doing. What it does reflect is how much confidence investors have in the market, which is a different thing altogether.A lot of the time stock prices rise just because more money is being poured into the stock market, regardless of how well the economy itself is doing. In fact, if people with money for various reasons don’t invest it directly into businesses, they may move that money into the stock market, thus driving up stock prices.That could be part of the reason stocks are rising right now, even as much economic activity is on hold because of the pandemic.Capitalism is full of contradictions that can spell disaster for the working class. That’s why we’re fighting for a socialist future, where the means of production are owned collectively by the working people, and the economy is planned to satisfy human need, not billionaires’ greed.— Deirdre Griswoldlast_img read more


Episode 206 – Game 7 First Round Action

Posted On Jun 13 2021 by

first_img Previous articleStudent cases decline, employee cases riseNext articleVice chancellor for student affairs adapts to COVID-19 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ + posts 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Linkedin Twitter TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Facebook Linkedin printJack and Noah go over both Game 7s of DEN/UTA and HOU/OKC, the Eastern Conference semifinals heating up and more injury and transfer news for the football world. Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. TAGSBasketballblanket coveragebubblecfbfootballjack wallacenbaNFLnoah parkerplayoffspodcast 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ ReddIt ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter Facebook 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack Wallace Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods last_img read more


Housing Market Competition Heats Up

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Housing Market Competition Heats Up Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Housing Market Competition Heats Up The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home prices reached a 15-year high in February, as demand continues to clash with historically low supply, creating increased affordability challenges, as mortgage rates begin to rise.The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for February 2021 found that home prices increased 10.4% nationally, compared to February 2020. On a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 1.2% compared over January 2021. Home prices are projected to increase 3.2% by February of 2022.“Homebuyers are experiencing the most competitive housing market we’ve seen since the Great Recession,” said Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic. “Rising mortgage rates and severe supply constraints are pushing already-overheated home prices out of reach for some prospective buyers, especially in more expensive metro areas. As affordability challenges persist, we may see more potential homebuyers priced out of the market and a possible slowing of price growth on the horizon.”CoreLogic analysis also shows homebuyers have steadily moved away from densely populated, high-cost coastal areas, in favor of more affordable suburban locales. The number of homebuyers in the top 10 metros with the largest net out-migration—including West Coast metros like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose—who chose to move to another metro increased by three percentage points in 2020 to 21% from 2019. This sentiment is reflected in CoreLogic’s recent consumer survey, which found that 57% of current non-homeowners on the West Coast feel the home options in their area are not at all affordable.Metro areas where affordability constraints continue include Phoenix with a 16.2% year-over-year home price appreciation, Seattle with a 12.5% year-over-year rise, and the Los Angeles metro region with an 8.2% year-over-year rise in home prices. At the state level, Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota had the strongest price growth in February, up 22.6%, 19.5%, and 17.1%, respectively.“The run-up in home prices is good news for current homeowners, but sobering for prospective buyers,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic. “Those looking to buy need to save for a down payment, closing costs, and cash reserves, all of which are much higher as home prices go up. Add to that a rise in mortgage rates and the affordability challenge for first-time buyers becomes even greater.”A recent report by Black Knight found that it now takes 20% of the median household income to make monthly payments on an average-priced home–back to the five-year average. In January and February, it was found that there were 125,000 fewer listings compared to 2020, pushing home for-sale inventory 40% below last year’s level.“Rather than an influx of homes on the market, we’re now 125,000 fewer new listings in the hole compared to the first two months of 2020 and trending in the wrong direction,” said Black Knight Data & Analytics President Ben Graboske. “With higher interest rates and a continuing shortage of inventory, it will be important to keep a careful eye on both home prices and affordability metrics in the coming months.”  Print This Post Subscribe Previous: Forbearances Drop for Fifth Consecutive Week Next: New Bankruptcies Hit 1-Year High in March April 6, 2021 790 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Eric C. Peck Affordability Ben Graboske. Black Knight CoreLogic Frank Martell Frank Nothaft Home Price Index (HPI) 2021-04-06 Eric C. Peckcenter_img Tagged with: Affordability Ben Graboske. Black Knight CoreLogic Frank Martell Frank Nothaft Home Price Index (HPI) Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Newslast_img read more


Medicines to cost up to 40% less from today

Posted On May 27 2021 by

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – February 1, 2010 WhatsApp Pinterest News Twitter WhatsApp Facebook The prices of hundreds of common medicines including anti-biotics and hyper-tension pills will be 40 per cent cheaper from today.The move is the result of a deal between the government and the drugs industry aimed at reducing costs for the State.The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association says patients it will mean patients can save between three and four euro for every ten euro they spend.A full list of medicines is available HERE Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal center_img Facebook Google+ Previous articleMan dies in mobile home fireNext articleDonegal Siptu members begin strike action News Highland Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Medicines to cost up to 40% less from todaylast_img read more


People urged to conserve water in Donegal

Posted On May 25 2021 by

first_img Previous articleFailte Ireland Chair steps down after Italy tripNext article103/1 Newmarket Double for Martin Harley News Highland Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – August 15, 2020 Google+ Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Facebook Irish Water and Donegal County Council are urging people in Donegal to conserve water.In a statement, they say the warm weather and an increase in the number of visitors is resulting in an increased demand on the public water network.Irish Water Operations Lead for Donegal, Kevin Love said: “With the recent warm weather and an increase in visitors to Donegal the amount of drinking water being used is greater in some areas than the volume of water which can be produced. We are urging all consumers in Donegal at this time to be mindful of their use.“We are keeping the situation under continuous review and are working closely with Donegal County Council. We are working hard to ensure there is water available for all customers across the County and ask everyone to take small steps to conserve water”Customers should continue to follow the HSE Covid-19 guidance on hand-washing. Irish Water continues to work at this time with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services.The latest updates and advice on water conservation are available on our website www.water.ie the Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 and customers can call us on 1850 278 278. Customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. WhatsApp Google+ People urged to conserve water in Donegal Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more


Buffalo bishop preached transparency. Secret recordings made by whistleblower suggest different agenda

Posted On May 18 2021 by

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Bishop Richard Malone, the embattled spiritual leader of the Diocese of Buffalo, is back on the defensive after a second whistleblower came forward on Wednesday, armed with hours of secret recordings that show the bishop navigating what he called “a true crisis situation” for his administration. Those recordings, made by Malone’s then-secretary and diocesan vice chancellor Fr. Ryszard Biernat and obtained by ABC News, suggest that Malone sought to conceal from public view allegations against a priest he considered “sick,” even as he responded to widespread criticism of his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against clergy in the diocese with promises of greater transparency. Bishop Malone’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy was detailed in a special edition of ABC News’ Nightline in July. In an exclusive interview with Charlie Specht, an investigative reporter for ABC’s Buffalo affiliate WKBW-TV, Biernat said his decision to first record and then betray Malone was driven by a sense of loyalty — to the people of Buffalo, if not its bishop. “I am here to serve the people of Western New York the way I can,” said Biernat, who agreed to take a leave of absence from the diocese in August and has until recently lived in the bishop’s official residence. “I feel I have a responsibility to come forward and ask Bishop Malone to please resign. For the love of God and for the sake of your people here, please resign.” On the recordings, which span from March to August, Malone and his advisers can be heard discussing allegations against Fr. Jeffrey Nowak, who until recently served as pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga. Nowak was placed on administrative leave by Bishop Malone in August pending the completion of an investigation of complaints received by the Diocese of Buffalo earlier this year. In response to questions from ABC News, the Diocese of Buffalo reiterated that Bishop Malone has no plans to resign and issued a statement defending its handling of the allegations against Nowak. “The diocese had never received – and still has not received – any allegation that Fr. Nowak ever engaged in sexual contact with anyone, child or adult,” the statement reads. “While the diocese did receive allegations of questionable behavior – behavior which was concerning enough to Bishop Malone that he felt Fr. Nowak needed a professional assessment – the diocese was and is aware of no behavior that threatened harm to the public.”In a previous interview with ABC News, Malone largely defended his leadership amid the crisis but offered one major mea culpa, telling correspondent David Wright that he had made “mistakes” in his handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against clergy made by adults. “When it comes to an accusation of an adult being abused, or some kind of misconduct, or harassment, we’ve tried to handle those things in a quieter way, bring the priest in, send him for assessment, discipline him, sometimes with the hope that he could be restored to some partial ministry,” Malone told ABC News. “But I see it’s the wrong way to do it. And we have not done that since then.” But in Malone’s handling of allegations made against Nowak, which he received prior to his interview with ABC News, Malone appears to have reverted to that same playbook. In January, a then-seminarian at Buffalo’s Christ the King Seminary named Matthew Bojanowski wrote a letter to Bishop Malone alleging that Nowak, Bojanowski’s former confessor, had “used information obtained from within the seal of confessional to my detriment” and “was so bold as to make unwelcomed [sic] advances on me,” including sending a message in which Nowak referred to Bojanowski’s potential as “clerical eye candy.” After Bojanowski rebuffed those advances, he wrote, Nowak retaliated against him, allegedly searching through personal items in Bojanowski’s apartment and circulating a snapshot of a letter between Bojanowski and Biernat, who are close friends, in an apparent attempt to suggest a sexual relationship between them, which both Bojanowski and Biernat deny. When reached by ABC News, Nowak declined to comment. But even as the Diocese of Buffalo opened an inquiry into the allegations, Bishop Malone allowed Nowak to remain in ministry, prompting Biernat to start recording. “When I saw how they were dealing with another seminarian coming forward, I thought, ‘I need to do something,’” Biernat told WKBW. “So I started recording those meetings because they say one thing but they do nothing.”In a pair of secretly recorded meetings with his advisers in March, Malone called the allegations a “serious matter,” one that raised “frightening concerns” about Nowak’s alleged aptitude for manipulation. “The simple version here is we’ve got victims and we have a perpetrator, and the perpetrator is Jeff Nowak, and he’s done things that are clearly wrong,” Malone said in March. “And I think he’s a sick puppy.” By March, Malone had decided, according to the recordings, after confronting Nowak with the allegations, to send him away for “assessment” and possibly treatment at St. Luke Institute in Maryland, which describes itself as “an independent, international Catholic education and treatment center dedicated to healthy life and ministry for priests, deacons, and religious” that boasts that “75 percent of [their] residential clients return to ministry.” But despite Malone’s acknowledgment that Nowak had “serious issues,” Nowak remained in ministry in Cheektowaga without any notification to parishioners that he was under investigation. It wasn’t until May, after WKBW published documents showing that Nowak was under scrutiny for multiple allegations of sexual harassment, that the Diocese of Buffalo publicly acknowledged that a “preliminary inquiry” into Nowak’s conduct had been opened. The situation intensified in August, when a local media outlet questioned the Diocese of Buffalo about the letter between Bojanowski and Biernat. In Biernat’s final recording, a fearful Malone can be heard making a a desperate appeal to Biernat, encouraging him to discuss the letter in a television interview with a reporter but urging him — over and over again — to do so without mentioning its connections to Nowak’s alleged misconduct. In discussing the potential harm Nowak could cause the church, Malone called Nowak “dangerous” and asked Biernat if he would be able to “stay away from the Jeff thing with the media,” referring to the entire sordid tale as “a can of worms,” an “atom bomb,” and “a disaster” that had sparked a full-blown existential crisis inside the chancery. “Everyone in the office is convinced this could be the end for me as bishop,” Malone told Biernat. “It could force me to resign if in fact they make a story.”Malone sought to assure Biernat that whatever leniency had been afforded Nowak would not continue. “Jeff has agreed by the way to go to Southdown, just so you know,” Malone said, an apparent reference to Southdown Institute in Toronto, another church-allied treatment center that offers psychological services to clergy members. “Cause I told him it’s that or leave of absence. So that’s settled. Just so you know. … I wasn’t gonna tolerate it any longer.” And Malone warned Biernat that full public disclosure would result in no small amount of collateral damage. “It’s not gonna be any good,” Malone said, “for you, for Matthew, for the church or for me.” Nowak remained in ministry until, according to the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Malone placed Nowak on administrative leave after he “twice refused to undergo the behavioral assessment that Bishop Malone had directed him to pursue.” The diocese asserted, in its statement, that they were slow to discipline Nowak because they feared the disclosure of the letter. “While much of the delay can be attributed to the complexity of the allegations and the unwillingness of some involved to cooperate fully,” the statement reads, “the truth is that Bishop Malone was also hoping to prevent the public scandal that could well arise from publication of the letter written by Fr. Ryszard.” But Barry Covert, a Buffalo-based attorney who represents both Biernat and Bojanowski, called that explanation into question. “The diocese was told that an active priest was stalking, retaliating against, taking various immoral measures against a seminarian,” Covert told ABC News. “Once again, they did nothing to protect parishioners from someone who Bishop Malone clearly felt was an abusive priest.” For Biernat, the future is unclear. He told WKBW that he is hoping for change. He hopes Malone will step down. He hopes the Vatican will intervene. He hopes the FBI will investigate. In the meantime, he said, one major change has already been made. “I can’t be quiet anymore,” he said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more