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H1B-GC
05-17-2008, 01:53 PM
Congrats Mark on getting your Green Card Approved !! Saw the status on . 7 Years of waiting, you deserve it. chill with your GC and please keep visiting IV . Thanks for all the help you had done for IV.We really appreciate it.

ujjwal_p
05-17-2008, 05:39 PM
Congrats Mark on getting your Green Card Approved !! Saw the status on . 7 Years of waiting, you deserve it. chill with your GC and please keep visiting IV . Thanks for all the help you had done for IV.We really appreciate it.

Is this Mark Bartoski you talking about? Congratulations Mark!

H1B-GC
05-17-2008, 11:36 PM
you are right!! He is the IV Spokeperson!

mbartosik
05-20-2008, 07:25 PM
Yes, I got the approval email on Friday.
I'm pretty sure that I updated our tracker too.

Thanks for the wishes.

// -----

I raised a second service request about 23rd April, so USCIS had until 24th May to adjudicate. I had them record in that service request if there was no action by 5/24 that they would next hear from my Congressman's office, and I had been preparing for WOM if that got nowhere.

My wife had to travel yesterday, so I'd been a little distracted recently. I just got round to calling law makers about bills this morning. So I'm still active, and still a spokesman.

She will be in the limbo state when she returns not really H4 but no I-551 in her hand either, and no AP. However, all my research on this leads me to believe that IO's are sensible humans, indeed we spoke with an IO last night at the airport, I've given her the receipt notices and USCIS memo about H class travel without AP, and a cover note.

:D

santb1975
05-20-2008, 07:39 PM
Congrats Mark and Thanks for all your work to IV.

Yes, I got the approval email on Friday.
I'm pretty sure that I updated our tracker too.

Thanks for the wishes.

// -----

I raised a second service request about 23rd April, so USCIS had until 24th May to adjudicate. I had them record in that service request if there was no action by 5/24 that they would next hear from my Congressman's office, and I had been preparing for WOM if that got nowhere.

My wife had to travel yesterday, so I'd been a little distracted recently. I just got round to calling law makers about bills this morning. So I'm still active, and still a spokesman.

She will be in the limbo state when she returns not really H4 but no I-551 in her hand either, and no AP. However, all my research on this leads me to believe that IO's are sensible humans, indeed we spoke with an IO last night at the airport, I've given her the receipt notices and USCIS memo about H class travel without AP, and a cover note.

:D

Munna Bhai
05-20-2008, 08:29 PM
Yes, I got the approval email on Friday.
I'm pretty sure that I updated our tracker too.

Thanks for the wishes.

// -----

I raised a second service request about 23rd April, so USCIS had until 24th May to adjudicate. I had them record in that service request if there was no action by 5/24 that they would next hear from my Congressman's office, and I had been preparing for WOM if that got nowhere.

My wife had to travel yesterday, so I'd been a little distracted recently. I just got round to calling law makers about bills this morning. So I'm still active, and still a spokesman.

She will be in the limbo state when she returns not really H4 but no I-551 in her hand either, and no AP. However, all my research on this leads me to believe that IO's are sensible humans, indeed we spoke with an IO last night at the airport, I've given her the receipt notices and USCIS memo about H class travel without AP, and a cover note.

:D

Congrats Mark....It's wonderful to know that you got GC...Enjoy the freedom

bestin
05-20-2008, 09:51 PM
Congrats Mark.All the best.

nogc_noproblem
05-20-2008, 09:57 PM
Mark,

Congrats... and Thanks for all your help!!!

natrajs
05-20-2008, 10:40 PM
Yes, I got the approval email on Friday.
I'm pretty sure that I updated our tracker too.

Thanks for the wishes.

// -----

I raised a second service request about 23rd April, so USCIS had until 24th May to adjudicate. I had them record in that service request if there was no action by 5/24 that they would next hear from my Congressman's office, and I had been preparing for WOM if that got nowhere.

My wife had to travel yesterday, so I'd been a little distracted recently. I just got round to calling law makers about bills this morning. So I'm still active, and still a spokesman.

She will be in the limbo state when she returns not really H4 but no I-551 in her hand either, and no AP. However, all my research on this leads me to believe that IO's are sensible humans, indeed we spoke with an IO last night at the airport, I've given her the receipt notices and USCIS memo about H class travel without AP, and a cover note.

:D

Dear Mark

Congrats and Best Wishes. I hope you will join with me by next summer to Washington D.C for the lawmaker meetings.

Take care, Don't worry your wife will get in with out any trouble

purgan
05-21-2008, 01:20 AM
Congrats Mark. Must be a big relief.

You have done much for the high skilled immigrants and been a wonderful ambassador for IV. I hope you will continue your association with IV.

You ma not have thought about it, but few years from now folks here may be campaigning to resolve citizenship backlogs. Let's keep this good thing going!!

Cheers!!

mbartosik
05-21-2008, 02:15 AM
Congrats Mark. Must be a big relief.

You have done much for the high skilled immigrants and been a wonderful ambassador for IV. I hope you will continue your association with IV.

You ma not have thought about it, but few years from now folks here may be campaigning to resolve citizenship backlogs. Let's keep this good thing going!!

Cheers!!

thanks,

I'm still calling law makers, still making contributions, still harassing my Congressman :rolleyes:, and still spokesperson.

What I'm not doing is checking visa bulletin, processing times, and trackers.

cygent
05-21-2008, 02:28 AM
Thank You Sir! You are a gem of a person!

And Congratulations of Course!!

H1B-GC
05-21-2008, 04:25 AM
Yes, I got the approval email on Friday.
I'm pretty sure that I updated our tracker too.

Thanks for the wishes.

// -----

I raised a second service request about 23rd April, so USCIS had until 24th May to adjudicate. I had them record in that service request if there was no action by 5/24 that they would next hear from my Congressman's office, and I had been preparing for WOM if that got nowhere.

My wife had to travel yesterday, so I'd been a little distracted recently. I just got round to calling law makers about bills this morning. So I'm still active, and still a spokesman.

She will be in the limbo state when she returns not really H4 but no I-551 in her hand either, and no AP. However, all my research on this leads me to believe that IO's are sensible humans, indeed we spoke with an IO last night at the airport, I've given her the receipt notices and USCIS memo about H class travel without AP, and a cover note.

:D

Don't you worry Mark! Everything will be Alright and in order.

NKR
05-21-2008, 10:06 AM
Congrats Mark, we are happy for you.

Fellow IVr’s – Does anyone know of some place or any institution that awards individual projects for being environment friendly?. We can propose Mark’s house for the award. This can be a small token of appreciation for what he has been doing for us. Just a thought…

jayleno
05-21-2008, 10:23 AM
Congratulations from me too Mark. Thanks for all the help you are did, doing and going to do.

hpandey
05-21-2008, 10:40 AM
Congrats buddy !! You deserve it . All the best for your future . Your efforts have really been great for IV and I am sure everyone appreciates it.

mbartosik
05-21-2008, 02:18 PM
Congrats Mark, we are happy for you.

Fellow IVr’s – Does anyone know of some place or any institution that awards individual projects for being environment friendly?. We can propose Mark’s house for the award. This can be a small token of appreciation for what he has been doing for us. Just a thought…

I see that you spotted a link I posted on another thread.
For readers of this thread here's the link http://tinyurl.com/2jzbfq
(That's photovoltaic solar tiles being installed)

My house is now zero net energy (electric and heating).
Solar electric power, with ground source heat pump for heating (takes heat out of ground powered by electric from solar), and quad glazing.
Next I plan to extract heat out from under the roof tiles to pre-heat water, and heat the pool, and bulk up many of the walls to 8 or 10" thick.


The more people get interested in this the better.

Mr. Dobbs appears frightened or angry about all the immigrants coming, what he needs to be frightened of is being dependent on imported energy. While he is sat at home a few miles from me (he also lives on Long Island), he is likely keeping warm in his mansion burning tons of oil. He could be putting his voice to real use rather than spouting drivel.

hianupam
05-21-2008, 02:31 PM
Mark,
Looks pretty cool. I am also in the energy industry. I support a electricity trading desk and can appreciate your concern about dependence on foreign energy specifically of the fossil fuel kind.
Did you do an economic audit of installing the system? The part of pennsylvania that I live in is going to be deregulated in 2010 and electricity prices are projected to go up 30-40%.
I wanted to do an analysis on payoff on the system.Can you share cost numbers of the system?
Hey you can also sell RECs (renewable energy credits). In NJ I just bought a bunch for $300/MW-yr.
Best,
Anupam

I see that you spotted a link I posted on another thread.
For readers of this thread here's the link http://tinyurl.com/2jzbfq
(That's photovoltaic solar tiles being installed)

My house is now zero net energy (electric and heating).
Solar electric power, with ground source heat pump for heating (takes heat out of ground powered by electric from solar), and quad glazing.
Next I plan to extract heat out from under the roof tiles to pre-heat water, and heat the pool, and bulk up many of the walls to 8 or 10" thick.


The more people get interested in this the better.

Mr. Dobbs appears frightened or angry about all the immigrants coming, what he needs to be frightened of is being dependent on imported energy. While he is sat at home a few miles from me (he also lives on Long Island), he is likely keeping warm in his mansion burning tons of oil. He could be putting his voice to real use rather than spouting drivel.

mbartosik
05-21-2008, 03:02 PM
Mark,
Looks pretty cool. I am also in the energy industry. I support a electricity trading desk and can appreciate your concern about dependence on foreign energy specifically of the fossil fuel kind.
Did you do an economic audit of installing the system? The part of pennsylvania that I live in is going to be deregulated in 2010 and electricity prices are projected to go up 30-40%.
I wanted to do an analysis on payoff on the system.Can you share cost numbers of the system?
Hey you can also sell RECs (renewable energy credits). In NJ I just bought a bunch for $300/MW-yr.
Best,
Anupam

I did a lot of analysis. But payback was not my largest concern.
Payback heavily depends on what rebates are available, and tax situation, new construction or retrofit.

www.dsireusa.org -- for rebates
www.lishines.org -- info for Long Island (where I live).
www.openenergycorp.com -- manufacturer of the tiles I used.

Payback for traditional panels in an area with high electric costs (here about $0.20 / KWh) and good rebates is typically about 9 to 11 years. For building integrated the cost is significantly higher, and payback much longer.

Here are some sample costs:

Retrofit panels -- about $7.50 per watt professionally installed, about $5.50 to $6 per watt for materials. In California I've seen $10 quoted for prof install (which seems crazy to me).

Retrofit tiles -- more like $10 per watt and higher (I have seen $15). A lot of variables here, including cost of removing old roof surface, whether you subtract cost of a traditional new roof.

The system in the pictures is about 9KW.

Production varies by site, deduct about 20% to 30% for east or west facing compared with south facing (thus longer pay back). My largest system is west facing.

What do you assume for energy inflation? On Long Island 60% of electricity at power stations comes from burning oil.

Here are some sample rebates:
$3.50 per watt from my utility.
Up to $2000 from Fed gov per tax year in which qualifying equipment is installed (makes sense to install in stages to cover more than one tax year). This expires this year, but Democrats are trying to push through renewal.
Up to $5000 from state (in NY), I think NJ may be more generous than NY.

At the most tax efficient end it is possible to install about 5KW and pay as little as $7000, and half your electric bill for average house (generate about 5000KWh per year roughly depending on location). That would require a DIY install, and installing 2.5KW in tax year 1, and 2.5KW in tax year 2. It would pay back in as little as 5 or 6 years, and then give a return on investment of about 15% for the next 20 years.


Let's just say that my system cost lot more, but my aim was not minimum cost, indeed I never really added up the total cost for my system. I designed it myself, and had numerous contractors do different parts of it. My aim was zero net energy usage.

For those who read this who are serious about installing solar power, or geothermal heating, my direct email is mbartosik at yahoo.com.

WeShallOvercome
05-21-2008, 04:34 PM
Congratulations Mark!

I remember your wonderfully funny speech in front of the US Capitol on the DC rally day. I hope you continue lifting the tired spirits with your humor and energy :)

Dandruff
05-21-2008, 06:18 PM
Congrats Mark!

nandakumar
05-21-2008, 06:40 PM
Congrats for the Green Card. You deserve it.

I have personally seen your enthusiam and commitment during the DC rally.

Thanks for all your efforts.