By TIM KELLYBe it virtual, hybrid or in-person, getting ready for back-to-school is not an inexpensive prospect.The Cape May County Coalition for a Safe Community plans on making the return to school a bit less financially stressful for folks in need in Ocean City and also throughout the county with a free book bag and school supplies giveaway Wednesday.Pastor Thomas Dawson, senior pastor of the SOAR Church in Woodbine, who also spearheaded free facemask giveaways in Cape May County recently, is the lead organizer of the book bag project.The event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the cottages at Pecks Beach Village in Ocean City. The cottages are located between Fourth and Fifth streets, just west of West Avenue.The free book bags contain needed school supplies as well. People may walk up or drive through to receive their bags. Those walking up must wear a mask, organizers stressed.Dawson has dubbed such efforts as “promoting unity in our communities.” According to the church Facebook page, more than 700 children will receive a free book bag.“Even during the best of times, many families struggle to obtain all of the school supplies they need for their kids,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, an Ocean City resident who served as a member of City Council from 2012 until earlier this year.Assemblyman Antwan McClellan is Ocean City’s liaison for the free book bag giveaway. (Photo credit: Facebook)McClellan stepped down from Council following his election to the Assembly. He is serving as the local liaison for the backpack giveaway program. He will help identify Ocean City residents who could benefit from the program and facilitate their participation.“During this COVID-19 crisis, it’s especially tough for some of our families to make ends meet,” McClellan said.“The goal of this project is to make it less difficult,” he added. “A free backpack and few school supplies is a big deal for many of these families. It takes care of a major concern as their kids get ready to continue their education.”Ocean City Second Ward Councilman Tom Rotondi also stepped up to help with the event, McClellan said. Rotondi, who is just two months into his first term on City Council, made a personal contribution to the cause. He is donating additional book bags and supplies, McClellan said.Rotondi got 50 book bags donated by the Hand to Hand Mission to Haiti Organization under the leadership of Father Yvans Jazon.The number of free bags and school supplies are limited during the giveaway, McClellan noted.“With that being said, the hope of this project is to help as many of our people as possible going into a new school year during a national health and economic crisis,” he concluded.In addition to Ocean City, the free book bags will be available at the following Cape May County locations, also from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday:Woodbine: Woodbine Elementary School.Whitesboro: Middle Township, Martin Luther King Jr. CenterWildwood: Bala Motel, 4110 Pacific Ave. More than 700 children will receive free book bags and school supplies through the efforts of the SOAR Church in Woodbine. (Photo courtesy of SOAR Church Facebook page)
Martin Z. Mollusk Day on May 8 includes a coloring contest for kids. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) The early forecast for the weekend looks sunny, and Ocean City is gearing up for another great season. Boardwalk and downtown shops, amusements and restaurants are open. Discounted beach tags are on sale at locations throughout town, and the streets are coming back to life.Downtown and Boardwalk merchants are looking forward to outdoor table sales throughout the weekends of April 24-25 and May 1-2. Downtown merchants also will offer discounts and specials during a Virtual Spring Block Party (May 1-2).The Mr. Mature America Pageant had been tentatively scheduled for this weekend, and it’s not too early to start preparing for the rescheduled date on Sept. 12.This event celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments.If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), you can get more information at [email protected] Mature America 2019 Jack Merritt, crowned by 2018 title holder Bill Quain, is rescheduled for September. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)In Ocean City’s own take on Groundhog Day, the city’s crustacean mascot will seek his shadow on Martin Z. Mollusk Day (Saturday, May 8) to see if summer will come a week early. The fun begins at 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street.This annual tradition includes a coloring contest for kids, entry forms and coloring pages will be distributed at the Primary School and can be picked up at the City Hall Welcome Center (861 Asbury Avenue), the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Ave.) and the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) on weekends.The annual Sports Memorabilia Show returns to the Ocean City Music Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. Vendors can register by calling 609-399-6111 or online at ocnj.recdesk.com/Community/Program under “Events.”The Modern Muscle Car Invasion storms the Boardwalk on May 8. Muscle Cars will be displayed on the boards noon to 5 p.m. from Fifth Street to 14th Street. For more information, visit modernmusclecarinvasion.com.Sports memorabilia dealer Stephen Mahoney shows off what is believed to be one of the oldest surviving Phillies pennants during the 2019 show.
Margate’s Speciality Breads is one of 16 shortlisted companies for the overall Responsible Business Champion award. The Kent company is one of the 16 nominees chosen from 56 constituency champions to become the National Responsible Business Champion 2016. The overall winner will be chosen on 6 July and presented with the award by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid, at a reception in Parliament. Speciality Breads was named as a national nominee after becoming Thanet’s Responsible Business Champion.The company launched a new £3m bakery last November, and was nominated by MP Sir Roger Gale for North Thanet and MP Craig Mackinlay for South Thanet.The company said it was selected “due to the positive impact the company has on its staff, the local community and constituencies”.Peter Millen, managing director of Speciality Breads, said: “It’s a huge honour to have been nominated by both Sir Roger Gale and Craig MacKinlay, and to get some recognition for the positive impact we have on the local area and community.”
One of the Midwest’s finest facilities Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, Wisconsin will not be hosting any concerts this season. Live Nation announced that the outdoor venue will not open in 2017 due to a lack of tour routes that traditionally pass through the area. With Phish off the road, and Dave Matthews taking a year off with his Band, the Valley will remain quiet this summer.“It’s an unusual year in that a lot of artists we’ve traditionally hosted are playing in other buildings or not playing at all this season,” explains Jon Reens, the Vice President of Marketing for Midwest music at Live Nation.“Either they’re not coming through Wisconsin or are playing at places like Wriggly Field instead of Alpine Valley,” he says. “Dave Matthews, the band, isn’t touring this year. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are touring together, but they’re playing at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago.”While Live Nation still worked to book the season with other noteworthy acts, they weren’t able to come up with the proper billings needed to open the venue for the 2017 season. “Whether it was touring schedules, or production design where they can’t fit on our stage, or other things, they were not able to confirm for 2017,” explains Reens.Instead, the time will be used to focus on revamping the venue with general maintenance and repairs for a great season next year. “We have absolutely zero intention of abandoning the facility,” he assures. “We are refocusing on 2018 to build a more robust schedule. We had to make a difficult decision to not open for this year, but we’re focusing on 2018.”Not totally random, but remember when the Famous Mockingbird “totally knew shitting on Trey would inspire him”? Read the full interview here.[via My Walworth County]
The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam has become a holiday staple, with last night’s performance at Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center marking the 29th iteration of the beloved event. Each year, the Christmas Jam led by Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes sees performances by some of the jam scene’s best and brightest. This year, in addition to numerous collaborative sets by the likes of The Avett Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Marcus King, and Les Bros—the latter which is composed of Marc Quinones, Warren Haynes, Paul Riddle, Lamar Williams Jr., Bruce Katz, and Jorgen Carlsson—Christmas Jam 29 invited Phish frontman Trey Anastasio for two sets during the night.For Trey’s first appearance of the evening, the guitarist and vocalist appeared with the classic paired-down lineup for his solo project Trey Anastasio Band, also featuring drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski. While many of the sets throughout the night were somewhat restrained due to time, TAB’s performance at Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam was one of the most extended. After opening with classic Trey tune “Gotta Jibboo”, the band wasted no time getting into the nitty-gritty of the set, which mixed the band’s new material (“Everything’s Right” and “Set Your Soul Free”) with classics (“Gotta Jibboo” and “First Tube”). Their set also saw a performance of “Aqui Como Alla”, a tune which hasn’t been played by the group since 2001, marking a sixteen-year gap.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band | U.S. Cellular Center | Asheville, NC | 12/9/2017Set: Gotta Jibboo, Burn That Bridge, Everything’s Right, Aqui Como Alla, Sand, Dark and Down, Set Your Soul Free, First TubeTrey Anastasio Band, “Gotta Jiboo”[Video: Warren Haynes]Trey Anastasio Band, “Burn That Bridge”[Video: John Ellis]Trey Anastasio Band, “First Tube”[Video: rohbear3]Trey was also featured during a short in-between set led by Warren Haynes. Haynes and Anastasio teamed up on two of the three songs during the short set. First up was the duo’s collaboration on Trey Anastasio original “Miss You”. Coming out of “Miss You”, the Phish frontman stayed on for a rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s classic number “Midnight Rider”. Following these two numbers, Trey departed the stage, swapping out for renowned pianist Holly Bowling, who joined Haynes for a rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Morning Dew”.Setlist: Warren Haynes | U.S. Cellular Center | Asheville, NC | 12/9/2017Set: Miss You (w/Trey Anastasio), Midnight Rider (w/Trey Anastasio), Morning Dew (w/Holly Bowling)Warren Haynes with Trey Anastasio, “Miss You” & “Midnight Rider” [Photo: Tour Tweet]
Your outdoor news bulletin for August 7th, the day Lynne Cox performed one of the great cold water swims in history by swimming from Big Diomede, Alaska across the Bering Strait and onto Russian shores, communist territory, and swimming lore:Search for A.T. Hiker Scaled BackEfforts to find Geraldine Largay have been “extensively scaled back,” effectively ending the search for the 66-year-old Appalachian Trail hiker who has been missing for over two weeks. Based on geo data from her phone and hiker testimony, searchers concentrated on a 4.2-square mile section of land off the A.T. between Lone Mountain and the Spaulding lean-to Sunday, but came up empty handed. Of all the hikers that go missing in Maine, 95 percent are found within 12 hours, and 98 percent are found within 24 hours. Another one percent drown, but there is no water in the area where she went missing. Lt. Kevin Adams summed it up with this statement: ““You never know how far the human spirit can go. I am concerned about the condition of [Largay], but that doesn’t change our search efforts. We are frustrated, but we want to find her.”Wet Summer Equals Bland Colors?We have had one wet summer here in the Southeast, and the area around Asheville may have had the worst of it. Western North Carolina has seen record rainfall numbers this spring and summer, and now some are saying this may have a detrimental effect on the fall colors we are used to seeing along the Blue Ridge Parkway and elsewhere. The biology is a little complicated but the bottom line is that rain in July and August may not effect color that much, but more rain in September and October could spell curtains for the brightest and most attractive of autumn colors: RED. As oppose to the orange and yellow colors that always appear because they are hidden beneath the chlorophyll and not as sensitive to weather, the red pigment of leaves is created in the fall by a combination of sunlight and drought. So, rain may be good for extending the growing season, but too much rain in the late summer and early fall could have a detrimental effect on the fall colors. This may sound like a non-story, but the Blue Ridge Parkway relies heavily on the traffic it gets during peak leaf peeping season – October is its busiest month of the year – and this in turn has a tremendous financial impact on the surrounding community.So if the leaves don’t pop, the people won’t stop, and the economy will drop.Get Schooled on Fly FishingThe Itinerant Angler, has nothing on our Top Adventure Colleges Bracket, but they do have something to contribute to the great schools debate in the fly fishing arena. They have put out their Top Ten Fly Fishing Colleges, and a couple of regional schools made the unofficial list. Mixed in among no-brainers like Montana, Montana State, Boise State and Oregon (numbers 1-4), are sleepers like Miami (bonefish, tarpon, etc.), San Diego State (mako shark!!!), and Tulane (redfish). From our region, Tennessee University in Knoxville came in at a respectable #5 due to its proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National park and the Clinch and South Holston tailwaters. Penn State cracked the top ten at #9 for their fly fishing (Kinesiology 004 – for credits even!) and competition casting courses, but also because State College sits only five miles from the iconic Spring Creek, which boasts one of the highest-density populations of wild brown trout in the U.S.Check out the full list here.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old former Long Beach native who admitted in April to strangling and killing a teenager on a Rockville Centre footbridge in 2013 was sentenced Thursday to a lengthy prison term.Acting Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz sentenced Maxwell Sherman to 18 years to life in prison. Sherman’s sentencing follows an April guilty plea to second-degree murder.Prosecutors said Sherman, who returned to Long Island and lived with his parents after leaving Long Beach, had strangled and struck 18-year-old Lauren Daverin of Lynbrook in the head multiple times on the night of Aug. 22, 2013, killing her.“Because of the cold-blooded brutality of this crime, it is just that Maxwell Sherman pay a heavy price for tragically and inexplicably cutting Lauren Daverin’s life short,” said acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas in a statement following his sentencing.Daverin was killed after she had met friends on the Mill Pond footbridge at Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway, prosecutors said. Sherman was also present.Witnesses told investigators that Sherman and Daverin remained on the footbridge as the rest of the group left. But the encounter turned deadly when Sherman killed Daverin by strangling and hitting her repeatedly on the head, prosecutors said.Daverin’s friends returned to the bridge at 10 p.m., only to discover her lifeless body lying there, prompting them to call police. Sherman had already left by the time the group returned, prosecutors said.One day after Daverin’s death, Sherman visited Village of Rockville Center police and stated that he had been assaulted by two people after he left the footbridge.On Aug. 24, a witness told police that he had been riding his bike over the footbridge en route to the bank at around 9 p.m., when he saw Sherman on top of Daverin, prosecutors said.By the time the witness returned to the footbridge, Sherman was gone but Daverin’s body was still there, he told police.“It is my fervent hope that today’s sentence gives Lauren’s loved ones a small amount of closure and peace,” Singas said.
During the trial, the bench also found that Ani did not use all the money she embezzled. Instead, she managed to return Rp 2.9 billion in installments directly to the customers.Read also: Indonesia’s elections too expensiveThe sentence was slightly lighter than the five years’ imprisonment sought by prosecutors.The embezzlement case came to light in August last year after several village heads in Galis district, Bangkalan regency in the province found that their money had been disappearing from the villages’ bank accounts. They reported the disappearance of money, amounting to between Rp 30 million to Rp 50 million, from the accounts.They reported the incident to the head of Bank Jatim’s Pamekasan office, who then reported the case to the Pamekasan Police.The police’s investigation later revealed that Ani, who had worked at the bank for 10 years, had transferred the money to her own account between February to July 2019.The police also found that Ani had made fake bank account activity reports for the customers and forged their signatures. (nal)Topics : A panel of judges of the Pamekasan District Court in East Java has sentenced Ani Fatini, a former employee of East Java administration-owned lender Bank Jatim, to four-and-a-half years in prison for embezzling customers’ money to fund her husband’s campaign in the 2019 legislative election.During a hearing on Tuesday, the court found Ani guilty of embezzling Rp 7.7 billion (US$533,333) of the bank’s customers’ money.”She used the embezzled money to buy bags, veils, a house on Jl. Jokotole and a car. She also used the money to go on a vacation abroad and to fund her husband’s legislative election campaign,” presiding judge Lingga Setiawan said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
Wrong directionThe number of coronavirus infections around the world hit 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by a million in just five days.The pandemic has now killed more than half a million people in six-and-a-half months.The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the pandemic would worsen if countries failed to adhere to strict precautions.”Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing on Monday.In the Northern Hemisphere, countries are racing to get a handle on outbreaks before winter, which could bring a renewed surge.A second wave of infections in Britain this winter could kill up to 120,000 people over nine months in a worst-case scenario, according to health experts.Hong Kong, which suffered remarkably few cases in the first wave of the pandemic, will impose strict social distancing measures from midnight on Tuesday, the most stringent yet in the Asian financial hub.Hong Kong recorded 52 new cases on Monday, including 41 that were locally transmitted, health authorities said. Since late January, Hong Kong has reported 1,522 cases and media reported an eighth death on Monday.”The recent emergence of local cases of unknown infection source indicates the existence of sustained silent transmission in the community,” the Hong Kong government said.Walt Disney Co said it is temporarily closing its Hong Kong Disneyland theme park from Wednesday amid the rising cases.Tokyo tracingIndia’s tech capital of Bengaluru begins a new, week-long lockdown on Tuesday after a surge in cases following the easing of restrictions. From about 1,000 cases on June 19, when the city was believed to have escaped the worst thanks to contact tracing, it has gone up to nearly 20,000.Health experts say the movement of people following the lifting of a nationwide lockdown in June has led to Bangalore falling back. Other cities, including Pune and Aurangabad, have reimposed curbs in recent days.In Tokyo, health officials were trying to locate more than 800 members of an theatre audience after 20 people including cast members of a recent performance tested positive for the coronavirus.Japan, which has not seen an explosive outbreak, is pushing ahead with its easing of restrictions, with plans to reopen a runway at one of its biggest airports, even as infections persist in big cities, rural areas and on US military bases.The Philippines this week recorded the biggest daily rise in coronavirus deaths in Southeast Asia and part of Manila will return to lockdown affecting 250,000 residents. A presidential spokesman said restrictions in other parts of the capital were unlikely to be relaxed.Indonesian President Joko Widodo has resisted pressure to lock down due to concern about the economy, despite the highest death toll from virus in East Asia outside China.Now, the governor of Jakarta is reported to be considering tightening some of the relatively mild social restrictions in place after a spike in cases in the capital.Even Thailand, which has had no locally transmitted cases reported for six weeks, has stepped up security at its borders over concern about a second wave of infections after the arrests of thousands of illegal migrants in the past month. Australian states tightened borders and restricted pub visits on Tuesday, while Disney prepared to close its Hong Kong theme park and Japan stepped up tracing as a jump in novel coronavirus cases across Asia fanned fears of a second wave of infections.Many parts of Asia, the region first hit by the coronavirus that emerged in central China late last year, are finding cause to pause the reopening of their economies, some after winning praise for their initial responses to the outbreak.Australia largely avoided the high numbers of cases and casualties seen in other countries with swift and strict measures, but a spike in community-transmitted cases in Victoria state and a rise in new cases in New South Wales has worried authorities. Topics : South Australia cancelled plans to reopen its border to New South Wales on July 20, while Queensland introduced a mandatory two-week quarantine for people who have visited two areas in Sydney’s western suburbs.New South Wales, which has seen several dozen cases linked to the outbreak in Victoria, said pubs will be limited to no more than 300 people, responding to an outbreak centered at a large hotel in southwestern Sydney.”Indoor activity, where people aren’t seated is a huge health risk. It increases the chance of transmission,” state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, is in the second week of a six-week lockdown
25 Legal St, Sunnybank.A luxurious three-storey mansion in this southeast Queensland suburb is so extravagant it even has a custom designed handmade copper front door. The paved rooftop at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.There is a spacious paved rooftop with a barbecue to entertain guests.The entrance of the home features an imported chandelier. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.The property features a steam room, sauna room and spas, a home theatre, saltwater pool with waterfalls and a heated spa. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. The kids would love this room at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. A fine place to unwind at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.Yong Real Estate — Sunnybank Hills agent Sue Ye said the couple had decided to sell the massive home as their children had all grown up.“The house is too big and they are downsizing,” Ms Ye said. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe ultimate bathroom at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.The seven-bedroom, six-bathroom concrete home at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank is currently owned by retired restaurant owners from Taiwan. The large kitchen at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.Ms Ye said a range of buyers would be keen on the property as it was in an ideal location, close to public transport and local shopping centres.“The location for this property is definitely a drawcard,” she said.The property has also been listed with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.