first_imgNew Year’s Eve revelers will be entertained by an array of family-friendly entertainment, including this show by the Franklin Institute. (Photos courtesy City of Ocean City) WHAT: Ocean City marks the 28th anniversary of its popular family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration this year, and as many as 10,000 are expected to attend.First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch 35 different shows and activities at 22 venues throughout town. The lineup includes entertainment to satisfy every taste and age group. A fireworks display rings in the new year at midnight. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a 5-kilometer run on the Boardwalk and the wildly popular First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean.WHEN: First Night events run 4 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The First Day 5K starts at 1 p.m. and the First Plunge goes off at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1.ADMISSION BUTTONS: Buttons ($20) are good for all events. Children age 2 and under are free. They are on sale now.Online: Visit firstnightocnj.com.By phone: Call 609-399-6111.In person: Buttons can be purchased at the Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue) and at the Ocean City Music Pier Welcome Center (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace).Pickup at will-call will be available daily at the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street entrance). Button sales and will-call pickup will be at the City Hall Welcome Center until 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Button sales and will-call pickup will move to the Music Pier Welcome Center from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 31.HIGHLIGHTS: New entertainment for this year’s lineup includes The Trammps (the Philadelphia-based band who made it big with “Disco Inferno” and other dance hits), Disney’s Imagination Movers (an Emmy-winning group performing an interactive, family-friendly rock concert), a stunt basketball show from the Harlem Wizards, the Duprees performing with the Ocean City Pops, a country line dancing experience with professionals teaching everyone the latest dances, and the Legacy Band performing party classics leading up to a confetti countdown at midnight.Traditional favorites include the return of rides at Wonderland Pier, ice-skating on a synthetic rink, open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center pool, the Franklin Institute interactive science show, string bands, magic shows, trivia, karaoke, and more. The evening is capped off with midnight fireworks launched from the beach between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.FULL SCHEDULE: The full schedule of events and activities and a printable grid are available at firstnightocnj.com. Descriptions of all entertainment programs are also available at firstnightocnj.com.PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION: All municipal parking lots and metered parking spots are free. Jitneys will provide free transportation from 5 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. for button-holders, operating continuously between sites starting at the Ocean City Transportation Center (Ninth Street and Haven Avenue) and Seventh Street Parking Lot (Seventh Street and Central Ave.). For a route map and complete information, visit firstnightocnj.com.DINING AND SHOPPING: Food and drink will be for sale at Ocean City High School (Sack O’ Subs), Wonderland Pier (6th Street Pizza and Grill) and Ocean City Community Center (Yianni’s Café) with snack stands at Ocean City Primary School and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. For a full list of Ocean City dining and shopping outlets open on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, visit firstnightocnj.com.HISTORY: First Night in Ocean City was modeled after an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston that marked the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. The first celebration in Ocean City 27 years ago included 25 entertainment acts in five different locations with admission buttons selling for $8 ($5 before Dec. 26).About 800 buttons were sold. While other First Night events have faded, Ocean City’s has only grown more popular with families making it an annual tradition for a safe New Year’s Eve. Today, attendance is capped at 10,000 with admission buttons selling out year after year.FIRST DAY AT THE BEACHBOARDWALK RUN: A 5-kilometer run starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. Race-day registration begins 11 a.m. at the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Shirts for all who pre-register and while supplies last. Refreshments are available after the race. Entry fee is $30. For full information, links to online registration and printable forms, visit firstnightocnj.com.FIRST PLUNGE: The ocean plunge starts at 2 p.m. on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants should register inside the Music Pier before heading to the beach. Registration is free, but all participants must sign a waiver. First Day At The Beach shirts will be on sale at the Music Pier for $20.SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: There will be an all-day shopping extravaganza with discounts at stores on Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk from 5th to 14th Streets.Free horse-drawn carriage rides on downtown Asbury Avenue will be available noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1. Board in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.last_img read more

first_imgUS Department of Labor continue reading » The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week approved the Department of Labor’s request to delay the effective date by 18 months, to July 1, 2019. CUNA sent several comment letters during the rulemaking process pushing for the delay, to give credit unions extra time to resolve any additional compliance challenges.The rule defines who is a fiduciary of an employee benefit plan.In addition to the delay, CUNA supports additional research efforts to ensure credit union members are not harmed by the unintended consequences of overly broad rules, and additional analysis into whether the rule may limit choices for moderate or low-income consumers.center_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgPennsylvania Commissions Jointly Issue Statement Defending our First Amendment Right to Protest and Air Grievances June 04, 2020 African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Safety The Pennsylvania Commissions on African American, Latino, Asian Pacific American, Women and LGBTQ Affairs, overseen by Gov. Tom Wolf, released a joint statement today honoring the memory of George Floyd and other Americans of color who have lost their lives to police violence, and denouncing indoctrinated racism, bigotry and sanctioned violence.“In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, our nation has erupted into civil unrest. These protests are a byproduct of centuries of racism, bigotry, and sanctioned violence against black and brown communities. The anger and frustration being expressed nationally by communities of color has been fueled by a federal administration that has shown a complete disregard for the wellbeing of its citizens. We stand with the families of those who have lost their lives or have been affected by police violence and empathize with the feelings of outrage at a system that has yet to change.“To be a strong, successful community, we need every Pennsylvanian – that includes Pennsylvanians who are Black. Amid deep grief and moral outrage, we see acts of grace and leadership. We are reminded that the Civil Rights Movement is not history because its great work is still unfinished. Every Pennsylvanian is called upon to take up this crucial work. We stand together in the presence of that righteous calling today.”Jalila Parker, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs stated:“We are witnessing a public outcry, a demand for America to acknowledge the institutional and systemic pain the Black community has faced. We affirm the rights of those who march, stand, or kneel. They are demonstrations of our collective grief; a tribute to all the Black lives lost to police brutality, violent crime, and COVID-19. Although social distancing prevents us from wrapping our arms around you, we will not be silent in our pain, grief, love, and support.”Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA), stated:“(GACLA) expresses the sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies for the Floyd family and to all Americans directly and indirectly affected by racism against the Black and Brown communities across this great nation. Acts of bigotry, hatred, and racism will not define or destroy us – they never have, they never will. We will conquer together and get through this with our collective resilience. We will prove that isolated acts of hatred cannot undo the bonds that have unified our communities for centuries.”Mohan Seshadri, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, stated:“Just as so many of our Black siblings stood with us over the past six months of COVID-inspired anti-Asian racism, we stand with our Black communities across Pennsylvania and the nation as they lead protests aimed straight at the racism at the heart of our systems. We know that if Asian communities in Pennsylvania are to have all we need to be safe, healthy, and strong, the same must be true of Black and Latinx communities, and we are committed to making that happen. We also hear the voices of Asian, Black, and Latinx small businesses devastated not just by the past few days, but by months of pandemic. Many of those impacted are community elders, new immigrants, and non-English speakers, and are therefore vulnerable to COVID-19, barely scraping by and lacking insurance. Our institutions should turn away from militarization, escalation, and violence, and instead invest in our communities, ensure justice for all, and provide support to assist those affected with recovering from the past few days, as well as reverse decades of exploitation, disinvestment, and neglect.”Danielle Okai, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, stated:“What we’ve seen unfolding on our screens over the past couple of days is the continuance of a rich legacy of protest and uprising that Americans who are Black have had to engage in since their first arrival on American shores. Study after study, as well as our lived experiences, reveal this undeniable fact: We live in a deeply, deeply unequal society. In Pennsylvania, as in many states, people who are Black are much more likely to die at the hands of police than any other group of Pennsylvanians. This is unacceptable. As a Black woman, I fear for my life, the lives of my loved ones, and the lives of all Black Pennsylvanians. Martin Luther King Jr. is beloved today, but in his time many feared his dogged pursuit of equality. Among the swells of protestors across our commonwealth, across our nation, and across the world marches the next generation of leaders – the next Fannie Lou Hamer, the next Ida B. Wells, the next June Jordan. Their struggle for peace will ensure a better world for us all.”Rafael Álvarez Febo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, stated:“As June dawns on us we are reminded that the Stonewall uprising was a riot, that those actions helped launch LGBTQ civil rights movements across the United States, and that they were led by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two transgender women of color, alongside other activists. We cannot separate what we celebrate as Pride month from the crucial actions taken by citizens in search of justice in an unjust system. Although there has been a few instances of violence and property damage, the overwhelming majority of people have taken to the streets to peacefully demonstrate and express their First Amendment rights.”The Commissions will continue to work closely with community stakeholders and Gov. Wolf to bring about the changes needed in our commonwealth for justice while preserving public safety.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Strange and different. In the minds of Quentin Hillsman and Erica Morrow, that’s what Syracuse women’s basketball feels like without Nicole Michael in an Orange uniform. When Hillsman took over the SU program four years ago, Michael was one of his first recruits. She had an immediate influence in her first season with the Orange, setting school records and leading the team in scoring and rebounding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For Morrow, now a senior guard, Michael played a major role in her decision to come to Syracuse. The two had played AAU ball together since Morrow was in eighth grade. She described their relationship as big sister to little sister. But this year, there will be no big sister for Morrow at SU. Michael now plays halfway across the world for Gran Canaria in Spain, where she ranks second in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto with 17.3 points per game. When the former SU forward graduated last year, she left as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, creating a major void in Syracuse’s lineup. This season, Hillsman, Morrow and the rest of the Orange will have to learn how to play without Michael’s presence on the floor. SU takes on Northeastern in its first game since Michael’s departure at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Carrier Dome. ‘It’s strange,’ Morrow said. ‘I’ve been playing with Slinky (Michael) since I was in eighth grade. … It’s a little strange definitely when I know that’s my go-to person at the end of every game. If it wasn’t me, it was Nicole. I had all the confidence in her.’ Hillsman feels the Orange has the talent to fill that hole created by Michael’s departure. He said in October there are seven players that could start in any given game for the Orange this year. Seniors Morrow and Tasha Harris return as starters. Tyler Ash, Kayla Alexander, Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Elashier Hall will look to improve upon their performances from a year ago. Iasia Hemingway joins the Orange after transferring from Georgia Tech. Hillsman also added that he prefers to rotate 10 players into a game and felt he had the depth to do so. It may be all 10 of those players that have to fill in that gap left by the departed Michael. ‘She has big shoes to fill, very big shoes, size nine,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘… I think we’re going to come together as a team. Slinky (Michael) led us a lot last year. We were on her back for the most part. But I think we are looking to fill those size nines very quickly.’ In addition to depth, Hillsman also said the Orange will need a slight change in scheme to adjust to playing without Michael. When she played, he tried to keep her out on the perimeter. She shot 32.6 percent from beyond the arc throughout her career, ranking her eighth on SU’s all-time list. But now, Hillsman wants that small forward position to slide in a few steps in SU’s sets. He said the players this year will become more effective shooting from the free throw line area or working the baseline. Instead of raining 3-pointers from the outside, Hillsman hopes the Michael-less Orange will be able to score more in the paint. ‘Hopefully, we have enough inside where we can step in and make some more baskets at the rim,’ Hillsman said, ‘and take up her slack with some rebounding from our perimeter guards.’ Even with the talent on this year’s team and the scheme adjustment to make up for Michael’s absence, it is still a major loss for the program. Last year, the forward led the Orange with 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She led SU in scoring 14 times and led the team in rebounding 15 times. Her averages were slightly higher in rugged Big East play, with conference standings on the line. As a freshman, she became the only player in Syracuse history to score more than 500 points in a season and then did it again her senior year. Replacing the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder will not be easy, and Hillsman acknowledged that. But he is optimistic the talent on this year’s team can step up and fill in for one of SU’s all-time greats. ‘It’s a humongous loss,’ Hillsman said. ‘She’s been around since I’ve been here so we’ve been together and just not having her face here is different. But we have plenty of capable players to come in and take up the slack.’ [email protected]center_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more