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first_imgHAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS! — Students in Mrs. Murphy’s P.M. Pre-Kindergarten Class at Mary J. Donohoe School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading various Dr. Seuss books, making green eggs, and creating a Cat in the Hat craft. They had a great time! ×last_img

first_imgPeople cheer for Martin Z. Mollusk’s prediction for the early arrival of summer during the zany event in 2019. By MADDY VITALEMiles of shoreline, the Boardwalk, shops and eateries continue to attract visitors to Ocean City – even during the pandemic.And a lineup of special family-friendly events for 2021 will serve as another major attraction, as long as the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t force their cancellation.They will include mega-shopping spree block parties, concerts, shows, parades and “Wacky Wednesdays” where kids make art out of French fries and have pie-eating contests.The city’s costumed mascots, Martin Z. Mollusk and his wife, Mollie, will let the tourists and residents know if summer will come early in a zany display on the beach.City officials caution that while the long list of events and entertainment are on the city’s website at ocnj.us, it does not necessarily mean that they will take place.The events are tentative and are subject to change or cancellation amid the pandemic.“I can’t speculate on the future of the pandemic, but the city certainly hopes to hold as many of these events as possible,” Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said.He continued, “We will make modifications whenever we can to preserve these traditions while keeping everybody healthy and safe – as with Monday’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony.”The Easter Stroll is a popular event among well-dressed families, as shown in this photo from 2019.While navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, city officials are continuing to assess what events could be held, how some could be changed to still be able to offer them and how some things are on a wait-and-see basis.Some events may be virtual, as was the case with Martin Z. Mollusk Day last year and the Easter StrollThe 2021 lineup is reminiscent of 2019’s calendar of events and the ones before that.But 2020’s list was short, with cancellations of most and alternative programs and virtual events to replace the traditional ones.Bergen explained that the city’s events calendar is distributed at the beginning of every year to help people plan.But that does not mean that the events will still occur, he stressed.“Executive orders from the governor currently prohibit large-scale indoor and outdoor gatherings, and the calendar posting speaks for itself: All 2021 events are temporarily suspended due to public health restrictions,” Bergen noted.Hundreds of people line up to watch the Great Egg Hunt in 2019.Ocean City Community Services Director Daniel Kelchner said city officials are “weighing” all of their options for how they will offer events this year.He noted that virtual events will certainly be under consideration.But like Bergen, Kelchner pointed out that it is too early to tell exactly what the city will do.“There are too many variables in play for a single Plan B, but we are open to a variety of options and we will evaluate each event based on the executive orders, CDC guidelines, and local trends leading up to each event,” he said.Many of the events in 2020 were canceled due to the governor’s restrictions on crowds.One of the popular events canceled last year was the Great Egg Hunt. Thousands upon thousands of plastic pastel-colored eggs filled with toys and candy cover several of the beaches.City officials section the beaches off so that children of the same ages do their own Easter Egg Hunt. The event brings throngs of people to the Boardwalk and beach.Outdoor activities such as the Great Egg Hunt may be held this year, but only time will tell in the fluid situation amid the pandemic, officials said.Families enjoy the Spring Block Party each year.In fact, holding the Great Egg Hunt this year is among the spring events that city officials are currently discussing.“We will make decisions on the early spring events, such as the Great Egg Hunt, after February 1,” Kelchner explained. “Hopefully, the vaccine is more widely distributed and we are able to get a better read on local COVID trends and the feasibility of having those first few events.”Above all else, the health and safety of the city’s residents and visitors are paramount, he said.Kelchner added, “We will not hold events if it puts our community at risk. Public health is priority number one.”last_img read more

first_imgStarbucks UK is looking to place 16 of its central London sites on the property market.According to British Baker’s sister title M&C Report, the global coffee chain has hired commercial property services company CBRE to sell a selection of leasehold units in a bid to cut down rental costs. These include stores based on Wigmore Street, Villiers Street, Baker Street and a further two locations on the King’s Roads, which are valued between £32,500 and £206,000.A Starbucks UK spokesperson, told British Baker: “As is the case in all retail businesses, we regularly review our store portfolio, and as a result we are continuously marketing a number of sites while simultaneously looking for new locations. Over the course of this year we anticipate our overall store count to continue to climb as we ensure that we have the right store portfolio, in the right places.”The move comes just weeks after the company announced its plans to invest £8m in its stores within the capital, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The business’ ambitious plans included six high-profile renovations and 70 refurbishments within a time frame of a few months.last_img read more

first_imgA new compilation EP titled Universal Love sports a number of “reimagined” covers of love songs by high-profile artists. Funded by MGM Resorts International and with the intent to be used at gay weddings, the songs on Universal Love switch pronouns and challenge the heteronormativity of many love tunes. On the new album, Bob Dylan reworks Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole’s 1929 “She’s Funny That Way” into “He’s Funny That Way”.Other songs on the album include Kesha singing “I Need A Woman To Love” (based off Janis Joplin’s “I Need A Man To Love”), Death Cab For Cutie’s Bed Gibbard singing “And I Love Him” (based off The Beatles’ “And I Love Her”, St. Vincent singing “And Then She Kissed Me” (based off the Crystal’s “And Then He Kissed Me”), and Bloc Party’s Keke Okereke singing “My Guy” (based off The Temptations’ “My Girl”).As detailed in an extensive New York Times piece on the compilation album, many of the artists who appear on the record have a long-standing history of speaking out about gay rights. While Bob Dylan has remained relatively silent on the topic in the past, Universal Love‘s executive producer, Rob Kaplan, shared that when he contacted Bob Dylan about the project, he responded positively immediately, noting, “It wasn’t just ‘yes, I’ll do this. … It was ‘hey, I have an idea for a song.’”The songs on the compilation album are “intended to function as wedding anthems for same-sex couples” and come at a time when queer pop stars are beginning to use same-sex pronouns in their music. While historically artists have been out and in the public eye, the lyrics to their music rarely reflected this, opting to use ambiguous pronouns like “you” or taking on heteronormative pronouns for more commercial appeal. However, while in the past this has been the norm, a new wave of younger pop artists like Frank Ocean have been challenging this.As explained by Stephan Pennington, a music professor at Tufts University, to the New York Times, “For a long time, queer people had to use the awkward ‘you’ in their songs to avoid outing themselves.” He continued, “There has also always been pressure from the record companies to not be exclusionary by using a same-sex pronoun, but heterosexual expressions are never thought of as exclusionary.”Tom Murphy, a co-producer of the album, also echoed this sentiment, “If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective. … If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?”You can listen to Universal Love‘s pronoun-switched and inclusive love songs below.last_img read more

first_img View Comments It’s Only a Play It’s Only a Play star Rupert Grint stopped by Access Hollywood to chat making his Broadway debut in the Terrence McNally comedy, where he plays wunderkind director Frank Finger. The Harry Potter fave did have to clarify that unlike former co-star Daniel Radcliffe, he is entirely clothed for his Great White Way debut. While he shares the stage with some huge names, including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, there’s one celeb he can’t seem to escape: doppelgänger Ed Sheeran. “I’ve signed albums,” he said of getting stopped on the street and mistaken for the singer-songwriter. Take a look at the interview below, which, as all good interviews do, includes a pic of Helen Mirren in a bikini. Then catch Rupert Grint in It’s Only a Play at the Schoenfeld Theatre! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015last_img read more

first_imgI love feeling strong. Back in high school, I joined the Marine Corp Fitness Team and competed nationally for it. What I loved most about it was that the guys and the girls all worked out together and had the same competition. It put us on an even playing field so to speak. But holy cow did it frustrate me to see the guys get stronger than me even though we were doing the same exact workouts every day and week.  I thought I had the running section in the bag. Out of the people I knew who signed up for the race, running was not a part of their regular workout routine. I run almost every day. Little did I know the HUGE difference between running four miles and running four miles after mountain biking nine and a half miles.  Photo by: Rich Young There was screaming and wooing the whole time. You could really feel the excitement and pride everyone was feeling just for being apart of the race. It made it easy to stay motivated. The race started with the 9.5-mile mountain bike section of some of the most technical trails that Richmond has to offer. Training for the race, I focused heavily on mountain biking because that section really defines your place in the race. It was also the most intimidating section to me because I had never participated in a mountain bike race before. What if I slow people up? How will people be able to pass me? How will I pass other people? What if I have to walk? I got two excellent pieces of advice leading up to the race that made a huge difference:  YES! Yes? I guess so… Yes believe it or not this little lady is planning on doing the entire King of the James SOLO style! I can’t tell you how many people have reacted surprised when I told them I was doing it. I don’t completely know why it’s so surprising. I do all three sports regularly and have been for quite a while. I guess that doesn’t change the fact that I’m a tiny ass lady. Or just make sure you properly feed yourself before working your body so hard, especially the day before (#carbload). That’s that self-love I mentioned earlier, it’s easy to get lazy and prioritize the workout over properly feeding yourself. They are equally as important! I now know that I can do anything a man can, it just takes more effort sometimes. I’m willing to put in that effort.  Photo by: Jesse Peters So to answer the question, “You’re doing King of the James?” At this point in the race, I felt I was in the clear. I had made it through a majority of the race no problem and now I just had to complete the section where I have the most experience. Right before I enter Hollywood Rapid,(aka the most technical rapid on the Lower James River and where many paddlers swim), I go to put my nose plugs on and *SNAP.* You’re Goddamn right I am. I have worked in the outdoor industry since I was about 17 when I started working as a kayak and SUP guide. From there I got into white water kayaking, mountain biking, and trail running. Working as a guide has been one of the most empowering things I have ever done. At times, I would think, “if I can do this, I can fucking do anything!”  I want to trust that I know what my body is capable of. Much of my life I have looked for answers in those who seem stronger than I to tell me my limitations and strengths. I know I can do this, I don’t know how fast or slow I will be, but I know I’m crossing that finish line. The King of the James has become a yearly tradition for my friends and I. It’s an Adventure Triathlon that celebrates the unique access we have to the outdoors living in a city as big as Richmond, Va. Racers mountain bike around 9.5 miles of single-track trail, run 4 miles of trails, and paddle 2.5 miles of Class III white water that runs right through downtown Richmond. People have the option to do the entire thing solo or race it relay style as a team. I’ve only competed with a team, but this year, I decided to set out to do it solo, and I’m so glad I did.  It’s truly amazing what our bodies can do. Someone recently told me that humans are endurance-based creatures. That’s how we were able to hunt animals that were so much bigger and faster than us through history. We would chase them down for miles and wear them out. A lot of people planted snacks for themselves in-between the sections. I got lucky and ran into a friend on the trail who had some extra Gatorade and energy chews. The other lesson here is, ALWAYS HAVE ENERGY CHEWS IN YOUR POCKET/ BEFRIEND GATORADE OWNERS. Or just have a backup snack to give you a boost. It’s up to you to take care of yourself, and there’s no guarantee you’ll run into someone that has an extra sip of Gatorade or eight extra chews for you. The frustration of feeling physically inferior to others has led me to push myself too hard, causing injuries and malnutrition that I’m still trying to get on top of. I went too extreme in pushing myself past my limit. I’m realizing it’s okay to take it easy at times and to seek support. Most of all, I’m learning the importance of self-care and respecting my own ability. “Grrrrrrp ehhhhh c’mon UGH crapola ahhh… AH HA,” I think were my exact words as I tried to fix my spray skirt under my dry top. Once I had my gear on I was ready to go and was excited to get on the water. This was the final test of self-trust that I had to work through during this race. My nose plugs breaking may not seem like a big deal, but through the years I’ve been paddling, they have acted as a security blanket for me. I’ll throw them on even while going through an easy splashy rapid. If I flip and start to feel water go up my nose, I bail almost immediately, when I really should try to roll back up. I made it through Hollywood with a clean line and rode that confidence all the way to the finish line. I paddled hard through the final stretch and slammed my boat into the take out… I HAD JUST FINISHED KING OF THE JAMES AS A SOLO WOMAN COMPETITOR. My body celebrated with a charlie horse as I stylishly rolled out of my boat.  Don’t be afraid to walk/run something! You’re faster running your bike over something you’re unsure of clearing than you are going for it and messing it up. Lots of mountain bikers do this!Trust your ability! If you spend the majority of the race letting everyone pass you, you’re going to catch up and get yourself stuck and frustrated, which isn’t fun for anybody. People WILL let you know if they want to pass you.  I quickly realized I did not fuel my body enough. I had four eggs for breakfast. I burned through all four eggs on the bike ride. I kept thinking, “crap, I should’ve had more eggs.” The lesson here is when in doubt, EAT MORE EGGS.  Are you crapping me right now? The nose plugs, that I have paddled with for years through all kinds of weather and conditions, just broke? Right above Hollywood? During King of the James?! All that did was made me more afraid of failure AKA falling or hurting myself. It ties into practicing self-love and respecting your ability again. If you are going to put yourself out there, you have to accept the possibility of failure and use it to your advantage. Failure builds confidence because it builds experience.  I had that thought running through my head during my slowest moments to prevent me from stopping. It helped remind me that going slow still counts as moving forward. That along with repeating in my head, “you got this, just trust yourself, you’ll know if you need to stop!”  I finally got to the put-in and saw my two friends running to the water with their huge unicorn inflatable with their team race number proudly taped to its neck. After we screamed and wooed at each other I started the hardest part of the entire race: putting on white water gear after mountain biking and trail running for an hour.  It’s not always an easy industry to be immersed in. I’m no stranger to the “wait…you can do this?” question. I had to trust myself that I would know when I needed to slow down and when I could push a bit harder.  POST RACE:  It was such a gorgeous day! The sun was out, and the air was cool and crisp. It was nice to have a good chunk of flat water to catch your breath a little and take it all in. Each rapid had a group of people setting safety and cheering on all the kayakers, rafters, SUP paddlers, and (of course) floating unicorns. If you are on the fence about signing up for a mountain bike race, do it. (Unless you have never ever mountain biked before in your whole entire life) I was happy to discover that people were great about communication when people were stopping, slowing, passing, etc. It immediately took away the stress I had and made it so much more fun! At certain spots, it felt like I was just out on a ride with a bunch of cool people with random people yelling at you, “Yes here comes a queen! YOU GO, QUEEN.”  I am exhausted and full of happiness, excitement, and PRIDE.  I have struggled with that question for a few years now. It has made me second guess my own ability and spiral into questioning my own questioning of it. Do they see a weakness in me that I don’t see? Am I projecting because I know of a weakness in me that I’m afraid of? Am I actually too teeny tiny to be doing this?  There was no way I was going to bail after making it this far. I told myself, “You know you got this, you know this line well. Even though I know you got this, it will be okay if you flip.” The last part of that thought is new to me.  When I would find myself unsure in the past, the inner dialog was more along the lines of, “YOU GOT THIS BITCH HANG ON TIGHT YOU’RE NOT GOING FALL/FLIP BECAUSE YOU GOT THIS YOU CAN’T FAIL BECAUSE YOU GOT THIS.” You’re doing King of the James? Photo by: Rich Young I spent the entire time going through Hollywood screaming…but they were happy screams in response to all the people cheering! Which reminded me of one more key component of completing a race like this: It’s crazy fun. Now that I have completed my first solo King of the James, I know I can do more and can strive to be better. It was not as intimidating as I thought it would be at all. I would have never have known that if I hadn’t just gone for it. Practicing the art of respecting my own strengths and limitations, I set a realistic goal this time around, which was just to finish.  Photo by: Allie Meagher I can proudly say I kicked my goal’s butt and am already cooking up new goals for next year. If you are thinking about doing something outside your comfort zone, I suggest you do it, (safely!). Experiences like this allow you to get to know yourself and your capabilities while also practicing self-trust, self-love, and self-respect. Plus its also SUPER FLIPPIN FUN.last_img read more

first_img The need to increase the surveillance of explosives trade became the main focus in Operation Ágata 5, started on Aug. 6 by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense at the border between Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia. The Brazilian Army’s intelligence department identified at least six locations that may be providing the material for gangs that loot ATM machines in the southern part of the country. Operation Ágata, which is a creation of the Border Patrol Strategic Plan was launched in June 2011 by president Dilma Rousseff. It is coordinated by the Joint Staff of theBrazilian Armed Forces with the participation of the Navy, Army, Air Force, eight ministries, 20 regulatory agencies, and federal, state and municipal entities. Approximately ten thousand military service members and civilians are acting to look out for and suppress crimes at the border in an area of almost 3,900 kilometers, extending from Chui – in the extreme southern part of the country – to the Acorizal district, municipality of Corumba (Mato Grosso do Sul). On Aug. 8, Minister of Defense Celso Amorim, will visit different locations in the region covered by Ágata to follow up on the development of the military activities. Aside from the subject of explosives, the Armed Forces perform check points on roads, patrol the rivers and creeks, and inspect airfields. The goal is to reduce the amounts of drug and weapons trafficking, animal contraband and other products imported from neighboring countries, among other crimes. The fifth edition of Operation Ágata incorporates a series of missions that the Armed Forces have been executing throughout the 16,880 kilometers of border with ten South American countries. Since June, the planning of the military operation required a series of meetings to detail the locations that will be more heavily inspected. Because of that, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, headed by the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, opted to patrol the border region of the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana, and Mato Grosso do Sul. Other participants in the operation include: the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Patrol, the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, the National Department of Public Security, the Federal Revenue Service, the Chico Mendes Institute, the National Agency of Civil Aviation , the National Oil Agency, and other entities and organisms from the four states of the country. In addition to fighting against crime at the border, the Armed Forces, with the support from the federal, state, and municipal governments, will deploy social and civil operations. Known as ACISO, these operations encompass the work of doctors and health professionals dedicated to serving the underprivileged populations. In this edition of Ágata, the Ministry of Health participates more actively by providing medication to the residents of nearby cities. Operation Ágata 5 must conclude by the second half of August, with the demobilization of the entities involved in the surveillance. According to the Border Patrol Strategic Plan, the Ministry of Justice will then initiate Operation Sentinel, which also has the goal of pursuing the fight against border crimes in South American countries. By Dialogo August 08, 2012last_img read more

first_imgWe’re well into our second month of 2016 and folks are still providing predictions on what will happen in 2016. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s always fun to speculate on what will happen in any part of life.In this episode, we’re going to discover what will happen to credit unions in 2016 from a legal perspective — which is always intriguing. For this perspective, we are joined by Kaufman & Canoles attorney and Co-Chair of the firm’s Credit Union Team E. Andrew Keeney to discuss six predictions that could have a significant impact on credit unions this year. Here they are for a quick peek… continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG)- The Binghamton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman. Police say if anyone has any information they are to contact the Binghamton Police Detective Division at (607)772-7080. Weckel is described to be 5 foot 10 inches and 155 pounds she has brown hair and hazel eyes. There is no clothing description available at this time. 29 -year- old Sadie Weckel of Binghamton has been missing since March 20 and was last seen at the Transitional Residential Living Facility located at 425 Robinson Street in Binghamton. Police say she is known to be around the East Side of Binghamton.last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – ABC, CNN, and NBC have called Michigan for Joe Biden, though the Associated Press has yet to do so. The Trump campaign’s frantic efforts to disrupt the vote-counting suggest that they, too, know Biden is winning Michigan’s 16 electoral votes.With Wisconsin called for Biden, but Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Maine’s second district not yet called, that gives Biden 253 electoral votes.- Advertisement – NOVI, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 16: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses a drive-in campaign rally at the Michigan State Fairgrounds October 16, 2020 in Novi, Michigan. With 18 days until the election, Biden is campaigning in Michigan, a state President Donald Trump won in 2016 by less than 11,000 votes, the narrowest margin of victory in the state's presidential election history. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)last_img