Business Summit: Summer 2015 Was Sunny All Around

first_imgCrowds jam the boardwalk on the Fourth of July in 2015.The No. 1 factor lined up in Ocean City’s favor in the summer of 2015: The weather was great and so was business.Leaders from Ocean City’s different business segments offered updates on the summer season Tuesday at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Summit and confirmed that it was a good one.The event took place at the renovated Adelene restaurant overlooking the beach and boardwalk on the first floor of the Port-O-Call Hotel.Some of the reports included:Hotels, Motels and B&Bs: Pat Gallelli of the Ocean City Hospitality Association called it a “phenomenal season.” He said the accommodations industry saw growth in July, a great August and a surprisingly strong September. “We didn’t have enough help,” Gallelli said of September when many of the seasonal employees are gone. “The weather couldn’t have cooperated more,” he said. “Thank the Lord for two great summers.” But he also thanked the city for a supportive marketing program.Restaurants: Jane Davis of the Ocean City Restaurant Association called summer 2015 “fabulous” and said Ocean City restaurants “certainly saw growth and were up from 2014.”Board of Realtors: Board President-elect Joe Carideo said weekly rentals — the “backbone” of the summer season — were “absolutely outstanding,” and he agencies are already seeing a lot of bookings for 2016. Closed deals on sales are up from 644 to date in 2014 to 696 in 2015, he said. Another 135 properties are under contract.Entertainers stroll Asbury Avenue during one of the Fantastic Tuesday promotions.Downtown: Downtown Merchants Association President Paul Cunningham reported on the group’s marketing efforts to reach its primary market (second homeowners and year-round residents) and its secondary market of visitors. He said downtown merchants are preparing for Saturday’s Fall Block Party, which can be the biggest day of the year for many. The downtown will continue with promotions that include the return of holiday decorations, the Earlier Than the Bird shopping weekend and a full schedule of holiday events.Boardwalk: Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck said Ocean City experienced a cold May and wet June. “But when the weather turned in July, we were off to the races.” Kazmarck said people assume that owning a boardwalk business is “money in the bank” without really knowing all the factors that go into any business’s success — many of the factors beyond anybody’s control. But he said the city and business community’s efforts to collectively promote Ocean City go a long way to helping merchants. “It is money in the bank here, and it is because of what this town does.”City of Ocean City: Ocean City Finance Director Frank Donato said the city broke records for both beach tag and parking revenues in 2015. The city sold $4.18 million worth of beach tags this year, up $130,000 from 2014. The total included 116,000 seasonal tags, up 2,200 from 2014. More than 400,000 daily, weekly and seasonal tags were sold. Parking revenue will fall just shy of $3 million this year, up $175,000 from 2014. Seven of 11 Monday night rock concerts at the Ocean City Music Pier were sold out. He said boardwalk reconstruction between Seventh Street and Eighth Street will begin immediately after Columbus Day Weekend, and north end beach replenishment could begin later this month.Tourism Commission: Commission member Mike Allegretto reported on the multi-faceted marketing campaigns funded by the commission — from billboards on the Walt Whitman Bridge to television and magazine ads that reach Ocean City’s core visitors.Chamber of Commerce: Shawnda McGinnis reported on the Chamber’s efforts to reach visitors directly through the Route 52 Welcome Center and seasonal 34th Street Welcome Center, through printed visitor guides, through the Internet (including a Facebook page with 111,000 likes, and email distribution list of 75,000 and a website with 2.1 million views year to date).Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian had introduced the event with a reminder that tourism is the biggest industry in Cape May County and one that in some way affects every business large or small in Ocean City.She enumerated the many awards and honors Ocean City received this year, but she took time to recognize that Ocean City was named one of the five best places in the nation for women-owned businesses.Bowfish Kids owner Caitlin Quirk, Jon & Patty’s co-owner Patty Talese and Sun Rose Words and Music co-owner Roz Lifshin each made brief remarks about running a business in town.last_img read more

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Is your credit union a culture vulture?

first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Preston Packer Preston Packer is the Director of Sales & Marketing for FLEX. Preston has been with FLEX since 2000 and has worked in various sales management roles over that time. Preston’… Web: www.flexcutech.com Details Culture is the personality of a credit union. It represents your values and how you treat your members, which can attract good personnel and ultimately lead to better member service. 30% of our lives are spent at work! This is why culture is now identified as the most important job benefit for workers of all generations and industries. No wonder why Google offers employees free food! Credit unions that possess a strong culture will retain their best employees longer, leading to energized staff and innovation.A well-developed credit union culture breeds a dedicated group of individuals who work well together as a team, and have a common desire to grow the credit union. Over time, this bond gets stronger, and teamwork improves, as this dedicated team is more tightly connected to the credit union’s overall mission. But does a credit union’s culture begin and end with leadership? How can your credit union enhance its culture? How can you help your employees think of their jobs as full-fledged careers?According to Surrey Business School and France’s Grenoble Ecole de Management, collaboration is a key driver to employee success and retention. This report was compiled over four years, and underscores what we already know: losing key staff members causes huge costs in terms of recruitment, training and loss of organizational performance.One of the key findings of this study is to build a culture where your employees have lively, high-energy interactions with one another on a regular basis. In other words, relationship matters and not just for your members. Credit union leaders have the power to create this kind of open and collaborative atmosphere. You can encourage employees to cross-train and pick up skills from other teams, and you can go out of your way to encourage or create social events that bring staff together. This study also found that people who have ‘energetic activations’ with colleagues are less likely to leave an organization voluntarily than those with low energy towards co-workers. Relationships are also relevant and have a strong bearing on how ‘embedded’ people are within an organization, and how likely they are to leave.What this study illustrates is that just about any measure that improves the life and satisfaction of an employee will in turn improve their performance at work and improve the credit union as a whole. Simply put, it pays to think from the bottom up when you’re building a culture, and to make sure worker happiness is one of your primary objectives.The culture that exists within in your business partnerships matter too. Callahan & Associates, surveyed 140 credit unions that recently converted their core system. Interestingly, when asked what the top reasons were for selecting a new core provider, the second most popular response was centered around the company culture of the core processor. Credit union executives who are looking to build a partnership understand and value their partners culture as an extension of their own. Many of the survey respondents expressed interest and importance in the reputation of the core provider and their perceived reputation in the marketplace. They looked at the future of the core processors under review and wanted to know if there were strong growth projections.This intimates the belief that if a credit union core processors’ company culture promotes innovation, they will enjoy the benefits of deeper pockets, stability, and a realistic view of market demands. Consequently, they are often times better positioned to provide innovation that is not only new and exciting but well planned and timely.So whether building a staff or selecting a strategic partner or vendor, it is wise for credit union leadership to consider culture as a point of emphasis. Consequently, in all matters ensure culture is at the forefront of your credit union and ensure that your vendors culture’s align with your own.last_img read more

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Name least of ‘Ike’s’ worries

first_imgWith a last name like his, Jack Ikegwuonu has heard every pronunciation under the sun.”I can’t even remember them all, they’re so outlandish,” the sophomore defensive back said. “Everybody calls me ‘Ike’ because they don’t want to worry about pronouncing my last name.”In fact, some of his coaches still have trouble with it.”To be honest with you, I don’t think I’ve ever pronounced his last name,” joked defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. “His first name is Jack. The only name that I give him is Ike.”Everybody butchers it, so I don’t even try.”Although it may be difficult for people to say his name (for the record, it’s ike-uh-GWAN-new), it has been rather easy to see the impact he has made on the football field in his second season with the team.With three interceptions as a freshman last season, Ikegwuonu has carried over his strong play into this year, including an interception against Michigan.”We wanted him to come in and give him little baby steps [last year],” Cooks said. “I think the experience he gained from playing last year is what makes him so confident now. He’s seen the speed of the game, and he’s starting to understand better what the offenses are trying to do in different offensive formations.”Ikegwuonu has also grown to realize that individual stats are not the most important thing.”You always try to just do one better from last year,” Ikegwuonu said. “I think success isn’t always measured in terms of interceptions. I think [it’s measured by] what you contribute to the defense, and what you force the offense to do in terms of your presence on the field. That’s what I’m trying to do right now.””He studies his opponents,” safety Roderick Rogers said. “He’s studying film and getting smarter in terms of the game.”As hard working as he is, Ikegwuonu is an equally good teammate.”He’s a good kid,” Cooks added. “He comes from a well-respected family and he’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’ type of kid. He’ll do anything in the world for his team and for his teammates.”A three-sport athlete in high school, Ikegwuonu was able to hone his athletic skills from his other two sports, baseball and basketball, to make him a better football player.”Every sport has its little elements that you need to be good at to be successful in that given sport,” he said. “It’s kind of nice coming from a three-sport athlete to be able to specialize in one, because in high school you had so many things to do. Now you can specialize and focus on it.”As another testament to his natural athleticism, Ikegwuonu played on both the offensive and defensive side of the football in high school.”I think a lot of young kids want to play offense, want to be the guy that scores the touchdowns (and) want to be the guy that’s in the limelight all the time,” Ikegwuonu said. “I thought that my opportunity was going to be on defense because I felt that if I did well on defense, that’s where I’d be most successful.”Athleticism runs in the Ikegwuonu family, too. Jack’s twin brother, Bill, plays as defensive back for Northern Illinois. There is no sibling rivalry between the Ikegwuonu brothers there.”Oh, no, definitely not,” Jack said. “He’s always supportive, and I’m always supportive of him. All he wants to do is see me do well. He’s such a great brother. I couldn’t ask for a better one because he’s so supportive.”Even though Ikegwuonu says football is not the only thing in his life, he admits that family conversations often revolve around the game.”That’s all we talk about,” he said. “We’re a football family. It’s a game we love.”Despite all the success he and the Badgers have enjoyed this year, including the Big Ten’s top-ranked pass defense, Ikegwuonu knows the team must stay humble and keep doing what they have been doing.”I think we’ve got to forget about all those statistics,” he said. “We’ve got to keep those out of our heads. Games aren’t played on paper. We just gotta do the little things right that we’ve been doing and just go out there and play.”As Ikegwuonu and the Badgers’ defense continues their strong play the rest of the season, listen for his name being called over the loudspeaker, whether it is “ick-uh-gu-nu,” “iguano” or just plain Ike, but don’t worry about the pronunciation. After all, his game speaks for itself.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Wisconsin takes on No. 1 seed Florida in second round of NCAA Tournament

first_imgSports can be cruel, and sometimes to a certain extent it almost appears as if the game taunts the players and fans.It has been two years since the Wisconsin women’s soccer team qualified for the NCAA tournament. Oddly enough, the last time the Badgers advanced to the second round was that same year. In that 2014 season, Wisconsin beat DePaul University 2-0 at home and eventually lost to the University of Central Florida on the road, ending the Badgers’ season.This season presents some striking similarities from the 2014 team’s run. Just last Friday, Wisconsin won the first round game at home, this time beating Marquette University. Now as the Badgers return to the second round for the second time in three years, they will travel down to Florida once again. This time, to battle the University of Florida Gators (16-4-1) Friday.Women’s soccer: Badgers fall short of postseason success in Big Ten tournament before NCAA tournamentWhen the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team took the field for the first time in the 2016 season, something Read…Florida comes into the tournament as both the one seed in their quadrant of the bracket and the champions of the SEC tournament that featured a win over SEC regular season champs, University of South Carolina.The Gators offer one of the best combinations of a high-powered offense and a stifling defense. In their last eight regular season games, Florida outscored their opponents 19-2 and outscored opponents 53-22 over the span of the entire season.A majority of this offensive success has come from senior forward Savannah Jordan and her team-leading 16 goals. Behind Jordan are sophomore forward/midfielder Melanie Monteagudo with eight goals, and senior midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard with seven. This Gator front will arguably be the most challenging offense the Badgers have faced all year.Wisconsin made the tournament with an at-large bid from a season that featured a series of ups and downs. The Badgers started the season missing seven starters from a year ago and struggled to score for the majority of the season. While outshooting the majority of their opponents, Wisconsin struggled to take close games. This battle resulted in eight draws total, which is as many ties as the top five ranked teams have combined.But this resilient bunch of Badgers still found a way to stay competitive. Facing Stanford University and the University of Notre Dame, two teams currently ranked in the top 10, Wisconsin dropped both matches. While this is normally nothing to marvel over, the Badgers managed to keep themselves in contention for both games with their superb defense led by goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem. Clem recorded her ninth shutout of the season in the tournament with a win over Marquette.Women’s soccer: Head Coach Wilkins continues to build tradition of success in MadisonPaula Wilkins, University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team head coach, is one of the coaches with the most wins in Read…Florida goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese also has nine shutouts under her belt. In head-to-head save percentage, Clem holds the advantage with .802, but Marckese is close behind with a .753 percentage. When it comes to saves, the two are near even with Marckese recording a total of 67 and Clem saving 65.Wisconsin will need a strong showing from their defense once again if they are to pull off the upset. And in the meantime, they will look for some more clutch goals from their offense. In the win over Marquette, senior midfielder Rose Lavelle scored the game’s only goal. This was not her only game-winner either.Women’s Soccer: Freshman forward Dani Rhodes defies first-year hurdles for WisconsinAt this time last year, Dani Rhodes was setting records in both soccer and basketball for Waukesha West High School. Read…When the Badgers played Rutgers in the regular season finale, with Wisconsin trailing by one, Lavelle scored back-to-back goals to help the Badgers complete the comeback win 2-1. Wisconsin has also received offensive help from freshman forward, Dani Rhodes, who has a pair of game-winners herself.Kickoff is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in Gainesville.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods’ comeback greater than any in history of NFL, if not all sports

first_imgSo it was a thrill to see how he won the Masters under the most intense pressure after overcoming so many obstacles along the way.Sorry, NFL players mentioned above and even athletes in other sports: In my view, Tiger Woods had indeed completed the greatest comeback in sports history.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. Further back in the Super Bowl era, the story of Jim Plunkett is stirring. He was the No. 1 overall pick by New England in 1971 who struggled with injuries before being traded to San Francisco. He was released by the 49ers after two lackluster seasons and joined the Raiders, for whom he sat on the bench for two years. He finally got a chance to start in 1980 and led Oakland to four playoff victories, including a Super Bowl in which he was the game’s MVP. His career comeback included another Super Bowl title with the Raiders three years later.I also love the story of Doug Williams. A first-round pick and productive quarterback for Tampa Bay who directed the team to its first playoff season, he left the Bucs in a contract dispute a few months after his wife had died of an aneurysm. He played three years in the USFL before the Redskins signed him as a backup in 1986, and while not the full-time starter in 1987, he was chosen by coach Joe Gibbs as the playoff starter and led the team to the Super Bowl and a blowout win over Denver.MORE: Williams recalls magnitude of SB winLike Tiger’s tale, all of these NFL comeback stories are products of prideful, highly motivated players having an incredible work ethic and intense desire to prove they could once again excel in their sport.What separates Woods is the length of time between his success early in his career and later with his Masters win at age 43. The 14 years between Masters titles, and 11 years since his last major title, are unprecedented in any sport.We are talking about a player who could barely walk when he attended the Champions Dinner at Augusta two years ago, when he told several people he thought he was “done” as a pro golfer. He was simply hoping to be able to play with his kids again when he underwent the spinal fusion surgery that finally got him back on track.No one expected him to ever be able to return to his major champion form. It was presumed to be a lock that Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors was safe, at least from Woods’ pursuit. Even if he could miraculously return to the PGA Tour, the level of competition was considered much stronger today than when Woods dominated in his 20s.A victory in the Tour Championship in September was the first serious sign that Woods was back to form. But the doubts remained that he could make a return to the winner’s circle on golf’s biggest stages — the majors. Yet there he stood on the 18th green Sunday after tapping in for the win, more exultant and demonstrative than we have ever seen him. And then to see Woods’ joyful and emotion-filled embraces with his son, daughter and mother afterward was emotional for most everyone.MORE: What’s next on Tiger’s PGA scheduleI have not always been Tiger’s biggest fan due to his arrogance at his peak and his transgressions off the course. But like most golf fans, I was in awe of his immense talent and respected his focus on the course, his will to win and love of the game, again similar to the great NFL players who battled back to the top.It also has been nice to see a more humble Woods after his struggles on and off the course. That his fellow pros were lined up to congratulate him last Sunday speaks to a kinder Woods these days. I thought about Fisher’s words as I watched Tiger Woods triumph in the Masters last weekend. Woods’ setbacks were plentiful — four back surgeries, personal scandal, even chipping yips — before his comeback was truly completed with his victory in the Masters for his 15th major title and first in 11 years.Many are proclaiming Woods’ victory the culmination of the greatest comeback in sports history, which is a bold statement. It made me dig into the archives to see if there are any NFL comeback stories that match or exceed what Woods achieved in winning his fifth green jacket 14 years after his last at Augusta National.MORE: Tiger wasn’t only big winner at MastersThere are plenty of great NFL comeback stories. Most recent are two dramatic returns to top form just last season by J.J. Watt of the Texans and Andrew Luck of the Colts. The careers of both Pro Bowl players appeared to be in serious jeopardy; Watt had missed 24 games in 2016-17 due to major injuries, and Luck had battled injuries to his throwing shoulder for three years and had missed the entire 2017 season post-surgery. Watt tallied 16 sacks in his amazing 2018 season, while Luck threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns. Both players were integral parts of teams that rebounded from sub-.500 seasons in 2017 and returned to the playoffs.Peyton Manning rates consideration in the great comebacks conversation after he endured multiple neck surgeries and was dumped by the Colts but had a late-career renaissance in Denver; an MVP award in 2013 and a Super Bowl title in 2015.Drew Brees is another legendary QB who overcame a serious shoulder injury in his last season with San Diego, an injury that caused the Dolphins to fail him on a physical before he signed with the Saints. In his first season with New Orleans, Brees led the team to a turnaround from a 3-13 team to a division champion. Three years later, he was the catalyst of a Super Bowl champion that galvanized New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.Tiger is often called the GOAT. So how about the GOAT of the NFL, Tom Brady, who led the Patriots to three Super Bowl wins in four years from 2001-04 and then waited 10 years for his next championship in the 2014 season (the start of a run with three titles in five years)? During that decade-long wait, he tore his ACL in the 2008 season opener and missed the rest of the year before leading the Patriots to a division title upon his return in 2009.center_img “A setback is a setup for a comeback.”Those were the first words spoken by coach Jeff Fisher to our Titans team in the locker room after our Super Bowl 34 loss to the Rams.last_img read more

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Local Officials Pulling All Stops to Halt JCP&L Project

first_imgHazlet Police Lt. Scott Mura said the room capacity of 660 people was nearly reached. No JCP&L officials attended the meeting, said company spokesperson Ron Morano.“JCP&L is committed to transparency and open communication throughout this process,” he told the Two River Times in an email Wednesday. “Our outreach about the project has included three open house meetings that allowed us to provide information and exchange in productive dialogue with residents in a face-to-face setting.”A letter signed by the mayors opposing the project, addressed to Anthony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of operations, was read aloud by Mayor Aagre. It talked about the mayors’ concerns about “aesthetic degradation” and “unclear demonstration for the need of the project” along with health risks for residents, sinking property values and the impact to historical districts around the proposed area.It also carried the signatures of the mayors of Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Red Bank and Union Beach.“This is a great sign that we have all 11 towns in the area supporting the five that are directly affected,” Aagre said during the meeting.Handlin, who was a vocal opponent to a similar JCP&L proposition back in 1989, has been regularly attending meetings against the Monmouth County Reliability Project, as it is formally known.During the meeting, she delivered a presentation how Montville, Morris County, fought back a JCP&L proposal. She noted that while the projects are not alike and the outcomes may in fact be different, this area could learn from the process Montville had gone through.Handlin also highlighted more than 30 questions that Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) put together for the meeting.RAGE, which started out as a simple Facebook page for residents in the affected areas to speak out, has grown into a much larger entity. Now sporting its own website, StopJCPL.org, the group plans to keep growing.“We’re in the process of incorporating right now and forming a non-profit,” said Steve Lunanuova, who has assumed the role of treasurer for the group. He predicts that in the next week RAGE will be incorporated. However, the route to becoming a non-profit organization takes more time, but Lunanuova says RAGE is looking into an expedited process.RAGE is depending on its supporters to promote their cause. With stations at two tables for the June 28 meeting, the group was selling t-shirts for $15 along with car magnets and lawn signs, both for $5 apiece. By the end of the meeting, the lawn signs were sold out.Beyond that, “there’s a GoFundMe page; people have given straight donations,” Lunanuova said. “The sales today will cover the cost of all the merchandise we purchased, and then some.”RAGE’s following has grown significantly since its inception, which was around Memorial Day weekend, according to Judy Musa, who handles public relations for the anti-JCP&L group. RAGE hosted a meeting on June 22 at the Middletown Public Library, which brought in around 340 residents. “Certainly the vast majority are from Middletown or Red Bank,” Musa said.While RAGE took the reins on the public side, Hazlet Township was the first of the five affected areas to host a special meeting about the MCRP.On June 20, both the Hazlet Township committee and Hazlet Board of Education voted to unanimously pass resolutions expressing concern about the JCP&L proposition, the first municipality to officially do so at that time.Hazlet and Middletown residents look on during an open-forum portion of the special JCP&L related meeting on June 20.In what was an open-forum style meeting, about 150 Hazlet and Middletown residents attended, while roughly 40 or so spoke on the record to the town council. Among the many speakers, the most emotional testimony came from Middletown homeowner Bernice Curto.“We are literally sick over this process,” Curto said, as tears streamed down her face.She referred towards the area of Route 1 in Woodbridge as a comparison to what the Bayshore community would soon look like, and said that “you won’t believe your eyes. These are not meant for residential areas.”Brian Christian, who lives within earshot of the rail line in Hazlet, was skeptical as to why this project is necessary.“I think they should find an alternate route, or build a substation in Red Bank instead of trying to take power from that one (Aberdeen),” said Christian, an electrician of 15 years. “Just like a generator onto the grid that can put out more power instead of dragging it from down the line.”Hazlet Committeewoman Barbara Ronchetti, who spoke out against the MCRP throughout the meeting, brought attention to other potential corridors for the project.“They had their engineers do a study of 17 routes, and they eliminated 16 of them,” she said afterwards. “But we don’t know where the 16 that were eliminated are. We need to get copies of those other ones.”Reached by phone, Morano said,  “They were talking about the site selection process. There were 17 areas that they looked at, that’s what that means,” he said. “Not specific routes for the project; necessarily as ways to do this.”Frances Haies (left) and daughter Sarah next to their information stand outside the Hazlet Township Municipal Building prior to the meeting.He also dispelled the conception that the wires could be placed underground.“There are a number of environmental concerns when undergrounding a line,” said Morano. “You have to literally disrupt the environment seriously to put a line like this underground.” He also noted that this method would cost possibly four to ten times more.Holmdel Township is the next of the affected municipalities to host a special meeting on the MCRP, which will be on July 6 at the Holmdel Township Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. Story and photos by Jay CookHAZLET – At a meeting attended by more than 600 people, leaders of 11 towns declared opposition to a $75 million power line proposal, citing concerns about health risks, aesthetics and property values.Jersey Central Power and Light Company recently announced it wants to install a new 230-kilovolt transmission line beginning in Aberdeen, then traveling through Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and ending in Red Bank. It would span about 10 miles along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter railroad right-of-way. The monopoles would hold the transmission lines and could reach 170 feet in height.“This is a true bipartisan effort to beat the big conglomerate here,” said Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini at the Tuesday night meeting.The meeting at Hazlet’s recreation center was organized by state Assemblywoman Amy Handlin who announced she is proposing legislation to prohibit transmission lines within 100 feet of any dwelling or building.“This would apply to residential, commercial, public and private property,” she said of the bill, which is modeled off a law in Iowa, considered to be the most restrictive of its kind in the nation.The bill is still in its infant stages as its continues to be drafted. The whole process could take a couple weeks, according to Handlin’s office.A packed house at the James J. Cullen Recreation Center in Hazlet on June 28. To the right, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin speaks with local elected officials.Aside from Tagliarini, in attendance were Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre, Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds and Middletown Committeeman Kevin Settembrino.last_img read more

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South African university choir best in world

first_imgThe victorious Stellenbosch UniversityChoir distinguished itself again at thisyear’s World Choir Games. Exuberant members of the TygerbergChildren’s Choir celebrate their victory.(Images: Interkultur)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lydia MeierSU Choir manager+27 21 808 2381 or +27 82 468 0652RELATED ARTICLES• Gospel Choir shine at the Oscars• SA songbird wins top opera prize• Singing Mandela’s praises• SA a hit at World Choir Games• Mambazo win their third GrammyJanine ErasmusThe choir of Stellenbosch University took part in the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China, in July, and walked off with a world title in two categories.Thousands of entrants gathered in the town in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang for the sixth edition of the biennial competition, which ran from 15 to 26 July 2010. The World Choir Games is regarded as the largest event of its kind.Over 6 000 choristers in some 470 teams from 83 countries made the long journey to China, among them three South African choirs – the Kearsney College Choir, the Tygerberg Children’s Choir, and the Stellenbosch University (SU) Choir.The SU Choir took gold in both its categories – Mixed Choirs category as well as Musica Contemporanea (contemporary music). In the former category the vocalists battled it out with 28 other choirs, and their second category saw them triumph over 10 rivals.Choir conductor Andre van der Merwe said afterwards: “The SU Choir received the highest overall mark of 95.8%. I am extremely proud of the discipline, passion and dedication of the 112 choir members!”Van der Merwe added that the choir received good television, radio and print exposure, and were thrilled to be ambassadors for their country. They also took part in the champions’ concert.This is not the first time the SU Choir has walked off with top honours at a World Choir Games event – the ensemble took a gold medal in the Musica Sacra category at the previous competition held in Graz, Austria, in 2008, as well as a silver medal for Gospel and Spiritual.The Games move to Cincinnati, US, in 2012.The Tygerberg Children’s Choir, performing under the baton of Hendrik Loock, also returned triumphant with gold medals in the Folklore and Music of the Religions categories.The SU Choir is one of several ensembles in the university’s Department of Music, along with the SU Symphony Orchestra, the Kemus electronic music ensemble, the Schola Cantorum chamber choir and the Symphonic Winds.The oldest university choir in the country, it was founded in 1936 by William Morris, who was also its first choirmaster. Van der Merwe, who took up his post in 2003, is its seventh choirmaster.Besides its live performances, the award-winning choir has released a number of albums.Global harmony through songThe World Choir Games are open to amateur choirs from any country and continent, irrespective of the genres represented in a choir’s repertoire. But participation is by invitation only.The singing festival is organised by German foundation Interkultur, which exists solely to bring people from all cultures together in music and song.The inaugural competition took place in Austria in 2000.“To experience this festival for choirs from all over the world means to participate, to contribute one’s own performance, to compare to others and to experience the enthusiasm of singing together,” said a statement on the Interkultur website.This year the biggest contingent came from Russia, which entered 31 choirs. /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=964:ladysmith-black-mambazo-110209&catid=43:culturenews&Itemid=112last_img read more

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What Are Your Infections?

first_imgIf you had an infection somewhere in your body, you would know because you would feel bad. Maybe you would be tired and run down, or maybe you would have some other, much worse symptoms. If you felt bad long enough, you might go to the doctor to rid yourself of the infection so you could feel better.Your mind is also full of all kinds of infections. These infections cause you to feel bad in a different way. You might feel fine physically, but you might have self-limiting beliefs or an unhealthy attitude. These infections can make you feel fearful, angry, unhappy, or passive-aggressive. They provide you with excuses. They sap of you of your emotional energy, and much worse.These infections are made up of your thoughts, your beliefs, you fears, and your ideas about how things are supposed to be. You picked up these infections from other people, including your parents, your peers in school, your co-workers, the television news, and your Facebook feed.Here are three things you need to know about what your infections.You don’t know you have these infections or how you got them. You have no idea what you are infected with or where you first contracted it. The idea that where you are in your life is someone else’s fault isn’t unique to you; a lot of people carry that infection. The idea that you can be what you want or have what you want because of some circumstances of your birth is as frequent as the common cold.You are spreading your infections. Your children are catching a good bit of what you’ve got. So are your co-workers. You share your fears, your frustrations, and your deeply-held beliefs without ever considering that you are passing these things on to others, including the people you love.You can choose your infections. Most people, me included, are guilty of confirmation bias. We tend to seek information that confirms what we already believe, ignoring any evidence to the contrary. It would take courage to face our fears and admit to ourselves that we have stolen our own power. But once you are aware of your infections, you can replace them. The self-limiting beliefs can be replaced by an empowering set of beliefs. All you need to do is find someone who believes something that you vehemently disagree with and try on their beliefs.Successful people, no matter how original, are infected with what has always infected successful people. Those who aren’t as successful as they want to be all share a very common, very well-known set of infections. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalists

first_imgPhilippines’ Gilas Cadets in the Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZMalacañang lauded on Sunday the Filipino athletes who have brought honor to the country in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) which is ongoing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“Congratulations to all the Filipino athletes who won and brought honor to the country in yesterday’s events in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather The multi-sport event will run until August 30.  CBB LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “The whole country cheered when Team Pilipinas Gilas Men’s Basketball Team unleashed their top form and once again asserted our basketball supremacy in Southeast Asia by clinching the gold last night,” he added.Abella said Kiyomi Watanabe and the Philippine taekwondo poomsae team composed of Rodolfo Reyes, Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Mella also got gold in the 63kg division in women’s judo and taekwondo male poomsae, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs of August 26, 11:00 p.m., the Philippines had 18 gold, 25 silver and 47 bronze medals, the spokesman added.“Mga kababayan, patuloy po natin ibigay ang ating suporta sa mga manlalarong Pinoy.  Puso para sa bayan!” said Abella. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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ESPN Releases Week 11 Power Rankings After Upset-Heavy Saturday

first_imgESPN week 11 power rankings after upset weekend.espn week 11 power rankings lee corso alabama mascot headInstagram/alecmorris_11This past Saturday, both Clemson and Alabama notched huge in-conference victories, taking control of their respective leagues. Appropriately, ESPN now has the Tigers and the Tide ranked 1-2 in its weekly Power Rankings. Ohio State, which beat Minnesota in a lackluster affair, drops a spot to No. 3. Baylor stayed at No. 4 after handling Kansas State Thursday night.Some other big movers? Notre Dame rose five spots to No. 5 after downing Pitt. Oklahoma State, after surprising TCU, is up six spots to No. 6. And Iowa, after a win over Indiana, is now all the way up to No. 7.Here’s the entire list, via ESPN. Do they have it right?1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Ohio State4. Baylor5. Notre Dame6. Oklahoma State7. Iowa8. Stanford9. LSU10. Oklahoma11. Florida12. Utah13. TCU14. Michigan State15. Michigan16. Houston17. Florida State18. North Carolina19. Temple20. UCLA21. Navy22. Northwestern23. Mississippi State24. Wisconsin25. MemphisYou can view last week’s list here.last_img read more

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