John Oves, 17, is ready to join the Ocean City Beach Patrol School’s Out!Those two words, more than any others, signal the start of the real summer season in Ocean City. And nobody knew it better than 17-year-old John Oves.He graduated Wednesday night from Ocean City High School and was working as a cook at his family’s boardwalk restaurant and grill, which was bustling with customers on Friday.“It means I can be more independent,” Oves said. “For 13 years my schedule has been set for me and I had to follow public school rules. I still have rules, but I have a lot more ability to set my own schedule.”Every person’s situation is unique, but the end of the school year is universally hailed in America’s Greatest Family resort.“This means it is full steam ahead,” said Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. “This is it. The businesses are fully stocked, fully employed and hitting the ground running. People are renting and people are visiting.”Gillian said the summer has several “markers” defining the season, starting with Easter and Palm Sunday, the traditional startup for the downtown merchants; Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial summer opening and the end of the school year, when everything hits full swing.With a weather forecast calling for sun and warm temperatures for the Father’s Day weekend, visitors were streaming into town from the Philadelphia area and western part of South Jersey. As early as 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Exit 7-S of the Atlantic City Expressway was backed up all the way to Exit 9.Leslie Hammer (far left) brought a group of youngsters to the Boardwalk on Friday. From left are Nick, JP, Kaylyn, Sarah, Julia, Jac, Sarah and MaddieLeslie Hammer, a music teacher in the Vineland school system was an early arrival on the boardwalk Friday afternoon and was riding herd over a group of kids “first names only, please,” including Nick, J.P., Kaylen, Sarah, Julia, Jac, another Sarah and Maddie.“I plan on keeping them all active to make sure they all sleep well,” she said with a laugh.Gillian said most area schools let out a bit early this year because of the relatively mild winter and lack of snow days.“That means a lot for Ocean City because we have so many small businesses, it provides a few extra days for them to make money.”Ryan Logan and Sarah Welsh, of Bucks County, PA, were wrapping up Senior Week in Ocean City.Sarah Welsh and Ryan Logan are recent graduates from Archbishop Wood in Bucks County, PA and wrapping up Senior Week in Ocean City.Sarah, who is headed to Penn State in the fall, said Ocean City was the perfect place to unwind and get her summer off to a great start. “Every day it’s been the same thing: go to the beach, take naps and hit the boardwalk at night. We are living the dream.”It is a short-lived dream for Logan who is reporting the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY in 10 days. “It is a short summer for me, more like a second Christmas vacation, but I plan on making the most of it,” he said.Back at Oves’, John said he was spending his last night working at the iconic family business. “I just made the Beach Patrol and start my rookie training tomorrow,” he said.Maddie (left) and Jac limber.4John’s brother Dustin also made the squad, he said, and the brothers represent the fourth generation of keeping Ocean City’s beaches safe. “My great grandfather Reuben, Grandfather Thomas, and my Uncle Chris were all on the Beach Patrol,” he said. “It’s always been something I wanted to do.”“The opening of the beaches is another sign that the season is fully underway,” Michelle Gillian said.“Now if this weather can just continue for 90 more days,” she added with a laugh.
Load remaining images Widespread Panic delivered two shows at Bend, Oregon’s Les Schwab Amphitheatre over Independence Day weekend, giving Pacific Northwest fans a solid one-two punch before the band lightens its tour schedule next year.Longtime collaborator and Oregon-based Jerry Joseph was tapped to open both shows with his band The Jackmormons. Widespread Panic has recorded several of Joseph’s songs over their 30-year career, and it was fitting that he not only opened the shows, but was also a key component in some standout moments that occurred over the weekend.Widespread Panic kicked off their two-night run in Bend with “Pigeons” and the first set included many tried and true tunes such as “Henry Parsons Died” and “Hatfield” along with the fun newer song “Street Dogs For Breakfast.” Jackmormons’ bassist Steven James Wright joined the band on guitar for a cover of Neil Young’s “Vampire Blues” to end the first set.Saturday’s second set included more classics like “Space Wrangler” and “Conrad,” and the first rendition of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” in 87 shows. Jerry Joseph come out to play guitar on Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” and stayed to play and sing his own song “North” to end the set.“Aunt Avis” and “Porch Song” ended the show.Sunday marked another beautiful day in Bend, with people floating and paddling in the nearby Deschutes River, enjoying the beautiful sunshine.During The Jackmormons’ opening set, Widespread Panic percussionist Sunny Ortiz joined The Jackmormons for “Giraffe.” Joseph dedicated a ripping version of “Climb To Safety” to the late Michael Houser, ending his hour on stage in strong fashion.On Sunday, Widespread Panic picked up where they left off the previous night, opening the show with “Disco” and working through some of their classic songs. Fans sang along with Widespread staples like “Wondering,” “Holden Oversoul” and the set closing “Fishwater.”The second set opened with “B of D” and explored some newer tunes like “Cease Fire” and “Jamais Vu” but focused mostly on older songs from their catalog like “Goodpeople” and “Bust It Big.” Jerry Joseph came out to once again help seal the second set. This time they covered Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer” for the fist time since October of 2009 – or 462 shows, for those keeping track. Joseph and John Bell shared lead vocal duties, and Jackmormons drummer Steve Drizos sat in on percussion. “Cortez” led into “Chainsaw City” and once again the second set closed with a Jerry Joseph song. The chorus from Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” was also sung in the middle of “Chainsaw City.”Panic reappeared, and offered up “Blue Indian” and “Action Man” to serve as the encore for this strong two-night run.Check out setlists and a full gallery of Greg Homolka Photography‘s images, below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/2/16Set 1: Pigeons, Henry Parsons Died, Send Your Mind, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Hatfield, Steven’s Cat, Gradle, Vampire Blues*Set 2: The Take Out, Space Wrangler, Conrad, Blight > Fixin’ To Die . Pusherman > Drums > Maggot Brain** > North ***Encore: Aunt Avis, Porch Song* w/Steven James Wright on guitar** w/Jerry Joseph on guitar*** w/Jerry Joseph on guitar and vocalsSetlist: Widespread Panic at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/3/16Set 1: Disco, Glory, Wondering, Can’t Get High, Dyin’ Man, Holden Oversoul > Worry, Tie Your Shoes > FishwaterSet 2: B of D, Good People > Bust It Big > Stop/Go > Drums > Cease Fire > Jamais Vu > Proving Ground, Cortez The Killer*, Chainsaw City*Encore: Blue Indian, Action Man*w/Jerry Joseph on guitar and vocals; Steve Drizos on percussion Setlist: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/2/16Supernatural, Giraffe, Peace In Our Day, Cosmic, Pink Light, Savage GardenSetlist: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR – 7/3/16K-line, Weird Blood, Yellow Ribbons/Powder Finger, Giraffe*, Think On These Things, Climb To Safety*w/ Sunny Ortiz on percussion
Earlier this morning, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready helped raise the band’s flag up the iconic Space Needle to officially announce both their upcoming series of Seattle performances, dubbed “The Home Shows,” as well as their pledge of at least $1 million to help Seattle’s homeless.Pearl Jam will play Safeco Field, home of the MLB‘s Seattle Mariners on August 8th and August 10th, confirming the dates leaked late last week on their website (the “away” shows that were leaked have yet to be officially announced. According to the announcement release for “The Home Shows,” these two performances mark Pearl Jam’s first appearances in their native Seattle in five years, as well as the largest headlining concert event in Seattle since the Rolling Stones‘ two-night run at the Kingdome in 1981.In addition to the performances, Pearl Jam is pledging a minimum of $1 million toward local homelessness initiatives. They challenge everyone to join them in giving, with the goal of raising a minimum of $10 million pledged toward addressing homelessness over the course of this year. The band is researching a wide range of programs to address Seattle-area homelessness in varied ways with a plan to announce specific beneficiaries closer to the show dates.Watch the official announcement video below:Stone Gossard explains in a statement, “Seattle is our hometown. When there are challenges here, we want to be part of the solution. It’s heartening so many organizations and individuals coming together to do the same. It’s going to take all of us.”Adds recently sworn-in Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, “We must have everyone in the fight to solve homelessness including our local government, caring philanthropists, community organizations, individuals, and artists – all are dedicated to finding innovative long-term solutions to homelessness. I can’t wait to join this iconic Seattle band in August.”John Stanton, the Seattle Mariners’ Chair and Managing Partner, notes “This region nurtured ideas that changed the world. Imagine what we can accomplish by combining that spirit of innovation with collaboration across all segments of our community. The Mariners are proud to join with Pearl Jam and partners across King County to help find creative solutions to this region-wide crisis.”[Cover Photo – KOMO News]
In junior Declan Sullivan’s favorite movie “American Beauty,” a minor character said, “There’s nothing worse than being ordinary.” This line was a motto for Sullivan before his death one year ago today, and one his family remembered as they made plans to commemorate his life through the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund. Barry Sullivan, Declan’s father, said they wanted to use the fund for a cause that would be special to their son’s memory and their family. “We do want the memorial fund to be an ongoing memorial to Declan, a way to kind of keep his name alive,” Barry said. The Sullivans discussed a number of options for the fund and finally settled on Horizons for Youth, a Chicago organization that provides mentoring and tutoring for students in low-income families, as the primary beneficiary of the memorial fund. “We wanted to have something that was local and maybe something that we can get involved in ourselves, if not right away, maybe sometime down the road a little bit,” Barry said. Horizons for Youth works to give underprivileged students the ability to pursue a college education, he said. “Their mission is really to try to see that children from disadvantaged backgrounds get the kind of education and opportunities that people like me, my wife … have been able to enjoy,” Barry said. As part of the program, mentors help students with schoolwork and also take them on educational trips and work with them during the summer to ensure their academic skills are not lost over the break. The Sullivans also set up an annual fundraiser to benefit the memorial fund and the Horizons for Youth Program. Barry said the event, “No Ordinary Evening,” will be a night of dancing, drinks and auctions to celebrate Declan’s life, and will take place April 28 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The title of the evening is another reference to Sullivan’s favorite movie quote and his unique spirit. “That was kind of Declan’s mantra, to be anything but [ordinary],” Barry said. “So we kind of came up with that name with that quote in mind.” In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Sullivan’s death, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in a press release he will write to members of the Notre Dame family, inviting them to contribute to the memorial fund. Notre Dame also announced an endowed scholarship, separate from the family’s fund, which will assist students with financial need who demonstrated traits similar to those that made Sullivan original. Barry hopes this scholarship, which is set to exist for years to come, will be his son’s legacy at Notre Dame. “Legacy is an interesting word … the idea of students of alumni returning to their parents’ alma mater as legacies,” Barry said. “Declan, he won’t have that kind of legacy.” But Barry said the students who the scholarship assist could serve to keep Sullivan’s memory alive at Notre Dame. “Let this be Declan’s legacy.”
Before American Hustle became a holiday hit, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick plundered the sounds of the 1970s in the hilarious off-Broadway musical Disaster! This wacky parody of disaster flicks is set on a floating disco/casino and features earthquakes, tidal waves and much more mayhem. Broadway.com resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson headed to St. Luke’s Theatre to savor the ensemble cast led by Jennifer Simard, Mary Testa and Rudetsky, surrounded by Jonah Verdon (in dual roles), Jack Plotnick, Mary Birdsong, Charity Dawson, Tom Riis Farrell, Haven Burton and Matt Farcher. Heat up your winter by seeing this fabulously funny show! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 11, 2014 Disaster! View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.
Presenting our latest film in our Mountain Films series: Mountain Rule #8: This year, Snowshoe is letting us in on a few of their tried and true mountain rules that help us get the most out of our winter. Here are a just a few of them. Mountain Rule No. 10: Every student is a favorite.Learning to ski and snowboard should be a blast for all ages and levels. With Snowshoe’s unique terrain-based learning system, learning for beginners is simpler, more intuitive and a lot more fun. And for the intermediates and experts out there, Snowshoe’s friendly instructors know all about the secret stashes, glades, and groomers to fill your day from first chair to last. Learn more about Snowshoe’s ski school programs here.Mountain Rule No. 3: Post-ski hydration is compulsory.When the lifts close, your entertainment possibilities burst wide open. Après-ski spots galore? Check. Live music venues? Check. A variety of dining options? Check. You’ll even find a dance floor or two for those looking to burn off any extra calories left over from the day. Check out Snowshoe’s event calendar here.Mountain Rules No. 5: The harder you play, the softer the down.At Snowshoe, lodging options are spread across more than 30 properties ranging from rustic to remarkable. Many are even located just steps from the lifts. Most even include hot tub access, as well as balconies with astonishing views of the surrounding mountains. Sleeping easy is a given. Find your perfect fit here. To check out some other rules that may help you this winter, head here.
February 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News State court system undergoes zero-based budget review State court system undergoes zero-based budget review Senior EditorAre five full-time positions really needed to help run Florida’s mediator certification program? Can 30 percent be cut out of the $1.4 million for judicial travel? How about from the $350,000 or so earmarked for “executive travel” in the judicial budget? And does the Office of the State Courts Administrator really need two deputy administrators?The state court system survived those questions in a zero-based budget review conducted by a joint legislative panel last month. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission finished its review of the judiciary, and some related agencies, with a series of subcommittee and committee meetings on January 7-10.When it was over, little had been recommended for OSCA, which got much of the scrutiny. The committee recommended that the agency provide more details about its travel requests and asked that new State Courts Administrator Robin Lubitz, who was scheduled to begin work a few days later, review OSCA’s administrative structure.“Let’s let the new man who’s reporting for work give it a look and hear back from him on whether we have the proper organizational layout for OSCA,” said Rep Randy Ball, R-Titusville, chair of the Zero-Based Budgeting Subcommittee on Public Safety.The initial questioning of the subcommittee left some members wondering what the panel was really trying to achieve.Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, said he supports zero-based budgeting but wanted to see specific instances where the committee could cut waste instead of asking general questions about whether certain percentages could be cut from various budget lines. As an example, he cited the travel budget, and he added that travel for judges, especially for education seminars, is essential.“If you’re running a business, you don’t take your travel budget and say, ‘We’re going to cut 20 percent,’ if, in fact, you need 100 percent to run the business,” Campbell said. “I want someone to come in and say we’re not running at 100-percent efficiency, and I’m not seeing that tonight.”Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg, agreed, noting the legislature just cut the judiciary’s budget in the December special session.“Let’s look to what is really not working, what’s inefficient. Show us proof this is not working, show this can be done another way cheaper,” she said.“The testimony that I’ve been hearing just seems to be trying to get a dollar figure, to cut a dollar figure.. . . Let the dust settle [from the budget cuts] before we come into all these areas.”But Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said the purpose of the zero-based review was to “shake the trees.”“I view this exercise as a shaking of the tree, as going through looking at these various areas and seeing something that could be out of line, to shake that tree and have the agency come forward and justify that program,” he said. “Unless we shake that tree, we don’t know what will fall out.”And Ball said it was a little more difficult with the judicial budget because the accounting methods differed from other state programs that had been reviewed.Much of the questioning focused on whether the five full-time positions in the mediator certification program could be reduced or eliminated. That led to an impassioned defense by Seventh Circuit Court Judge Shawn Briese, chair of the Supreme Court’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and a former chair of the committee on mediation and arbitration training. He said the employees verify that the private companies that do most of the circuit mediator training are meeting the court’s standards, do all of the training for the volunteer county court mediators, do the staff work when complaints are filed against mediators, assist the court committees that oversee certification and certification training, and many other tasks that are essential to the successful operation of the mediation program.“The five [employees] are the most effective and efficient staff I’ve had the privilege of dealing with in my professional and volunteer life,” Briese said.Other questions dealt with the travel budget, whether OSCA needed two deputy administrators, and whether the OSCA budget could be reduced since all circuits have their own administrative staffs.Chief Justice Charles Wells, among others, answered those questions.“We in Florida have a statewide court system, and it is absolutely necessary in a statewide court system to have some statewide administration,” Wells said. “We cannot assure that we can have a drug court program that is going to work. . . without some kind of support that brings those people together and helps develop that system.”He added the same is true for dependency courts and the unified family court system that is being worked on.“We ought to be able to bring all of those people together so in a uniform way we have the courts deal with all the problems people bring to a court. To do that sensibly, we have to do that on a statewide basis,” Wells said.He said OSCA has two deputy administrators because one, Lisa Goodner, oversees the budgeting and financial operations, and the other, Dee Beranek, oversees the attorneys on the staff and the support functions for the various court committees.Campbell noted that Beranek also functions as the Supreme Court’s general counsel, and if her position were eliminated, the court would have to ask the legislature for money to hire a designated general counsel — probably at a higher salary.The subcommittee’s review touched several other parts of the legal system.For example, it discussed but dropped consideration of charging costs to judges disciplined by the Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Supreme Court. Campbell noted if the state charged costs to disciplined judges, the state would have to pay costs to judges who were investigated and cleared.The subcommittee also agreed with First District Court of Appeal Judge and JQC Chair James Wolf that the commission does not need an on-staff general counsel, which would increase the JQC’s costs. Wolf said the commission has had excellent experience getting top-line attorneys to handle its cases.Capital Collateral Regional Counsel Offices were scrutinized, and the subcommittee recommended that the southern and northern regions follow the example of the middle region in scanning large quantities of records to make retrieval easier.The subcommittee also recommended a study to see if the use and practices of “registry” attorneys — hired when a CCRC has a conflict or too many cases — are as efficient as possible. Another suggested study will examine whether it would be cheaper to do away with the CCRC offices and directly hire private attorneys. Committee members noted the present system costs about $39,000 annually for each death row inmate.The reports from all of the zero-based subcommittees were accepted without change by the joint budget committee on January 10.“I feel very positive about the final outcome,” Goodner said after the committee acted, adding the courts and OSCA can point to the documents as proof they are operating efficiently.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneThink back to when you were truly engaged on a project.Time flies. Creativity flows. Your engagement likely drove wonderful results.Here’s a problem, though: Only 13 percent of employees are engaged at work.Now, that can depress you, or it can fill you with optimism. I’ll take the latter, as there’s so much room for improvement.Here’s an interesting finding from a study made by HRB. The more respect you get, the more engagement you enjoy with your work. continue reading »
The fastest-growing card portfolios are managed by teams that take a proactive and strategic approach to marketing. Tough competitors in the race for walletshare, these promotion warriors know that annual shopping holidays present one of the best opportunities to engage cardholders.Aside from the usual suspects, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday (and increasingly, Amazon Prime Day), one particularly opportune spending holiday for credit card marketers is the tax-free weekend. Why? Because the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend about $675 on clothes, shoes, gadgets/devices and school supplies.With the right campaign, credit union cards marketers stand an excellent chance of both earning those transactions and helping members save even more during what can be a financially stressful time.Several U.S. states have hosted tax-free weekends for years. With school about to start, the idea is to ease the tax burden on residents while stimulating purchases on things like apparel, school supplies and similar items. Among the states that coordinated tax-free weekends this year was New Mexico, home to CO-OP client Nusenda Credit Union. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The minister explained there would be “support for business activity from the informal sector to micro, small and medium enterprises and the business world. Because this is related to layoffs and social repercussions.”The IMF on Tuesday released its new World Economic Outlook titled “The Great Lockdown”, estimating Indonesia’s economic growth to plunge to 0.5 percent this year from a four-year low of 5.02 percent in 2019.The IMF also projects that the country’s unemployment rate will rise to 7.5 percent this year, from last year’s 5.3 percent as the pandemic has upended supply chains, forcing companies to lay off employees, and crushed demand for goods as consumers stay at home.Read also: Indonesia braces for recession, activates crisis protocol The government estimates that up to 3.78 million Indonesians will fall into poverty and 5.2 million lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the worst global recession since the Great Depression.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Tuesday that, with economic growth projected at the lowest level since the 1998 financial crisis, 1.1 million to 3.78 million people could fall into poverty and 2.9 million to 5.2 million workers could lose their jobs.“COVID-19 has resulted in the global economy entering a recession,” Sri Mulyani said in a teleconferenced briefing, reiterating the government’s use of state funds to increase spending on health, social safety and support for businesses. As many as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs as of Monday, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half were furloughed and placed on paid or unpaid leave.“The significant downward revision to the 2020 growth projection reflects large anticipated domestic disruptions to economic activity from COVID-19,” the report says. The IMF expects the virus to hit Indonesia’s economy as the country relies heavily on the export of commodities rather than finished goods.“Among developing economies, all countries face a health crisis, severe external demand shock, dramatic tightening in global financial conditions, and a plunge in commodity prices,” the report says. “They will have a severe impact on economic activity in commodity exporters.”However, the IMF expects that recovery will take place in 2021 as the country’s economy may expand by 8.2 percent, the highest since 1995 during former president Soeharto’s leadership.The global economy is projected to contract by 3 percent this year, but growth is expected to recover in 2021 with a projected rate of 5.8 percent.“It is very likely that this year the global economy will experience its worst recession since the Great Depression, surpassing that seen during the global financial crisis a decade ago,” IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said. “Worse growth outcomes are possible and even likely.”“This would follow if the pandemic and containment measures last longer, emerging and developing economies are even more severely hit […] or if widespread scarring effects emerge due to firm closures and extended unemployment,” she added.Read also: Avoiding quarantine will inflict greater economic harm, says surveyThe highly contagious novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.9 million people and killed over 119,000. In Indonesia, more than 4,500 people have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, while at least 399 have died.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has declared a public health emergency and a national disaster as large-scale social restrictions are in place in several regions with high numbers of confirmed cases.“The economic growth target for 2020 will be corrected sharply, but this will not happen only in Indonesia but also in other countries,” Jokowi said on Tuesday. “We must prepare ourselves for every scenario and work very hard for public health recovery and economic recovery.”The government’s baseline scenario is for Indonesia’s economic growth to drop to 2.3 percent, the lowest in 21 years, with a worst-case scenario of an economic contraction of 0.4 percent.Topics :