Fall Block Party – Blockbuster for O.C.

first_imgBy MADDY VITALESarah Hall, of Newtown, Pa., and her children, Lucy, 4, and Emerson, 6, walked along Asbury Avenue, checking out some of the hundreds of vendors’ tents and displays that dotted the street Saturday for Ocean City’s Fall Block Party.The children’s grandparents, Marilyn and Don Hayden, own a vacation home in Ocean City.Each year, Hall and her family head to Ocean City to visit family for the festive Columbus Day weekend celebration. The Fall Block Party was packed with tens of thousands of people. It is followed by two days of events, including a seafood vendors’ festival on the Music Pier and downtown and Boardwalk merchant sales.“We came down here to wrap up the season and buy from local vendors,” Hall said.The kids nibbled on soft pretzels as the family browsed the vendor tables.Lucy had all she wanted, she said, as she waved her pretzel in the air and giggled.“He is still looking around for something,” Sarah said of Emerson, who was in search of a special toy.Sarah Hall, of Newtown, Pa., and her children, Emerson, 6, and Lucy, 4, and grandparents Don and Marilyn, of Ocean City, enjoy a family outing.The Fall Block Party has become a tradition that locals and visitors look forward to for some early holiday shopping, family-friendly entertainment and as a way to say goodbye to summer and get into the fall spirit.It is the true kickoff to the fall season and a big boost for businesses, city officials said.Asbury Avenue from Fifth Street to 14th Street bulged with huge crowds, estimated at 50,000 people.Many people browsed the 400 vendors along Asbury Avenue. Musicians, entertainers dressed as pirates creating giant bubbles to the amusement of children, and lots of food, crafts and plenty of holiday gifts made up the activity filled all-day event.Alanna Young, 6, of New Hope, Pa., was busy selecting her perfect slime creation. The gooey stuff came with an assortment of glitter to choose from.Summer Ginn was working the slime booth and helped Alanna with her selections and showed her how to mix it to perfection.“This is the only place she wanted to go,” said Alanna’s father, Daniel Young. “We come to the Fall Block Party every year. We have a vacation home here. We never miss this. The weather is great, too.”After their slime purchase, the father and daughter duo were heading to get a bite to eat.Alanna Young, 6, of New Hope, Pa., gets some help picking slime from vendor, Summer Ginn.The lines were long for ribs, gyros, burgers, hotdogs and funnel cakes. A mixture of the aroma of the many delectable treats wafted in the air.Karen Richards and her daughter, Kacey, both of Williamstown, were staying at their vacation home in Ocean City for the holiday weekend.They never miss the Fall Block Party.“We look forward to it every year,” Karen said. “We buy some things and we get a lot of food.”But the food they were purchasing at the moment wasn’t for them. Instead, their Shih Tzu, Rosie, was trying a taste from a selection of gourmet dog treats at a vendor table.“She loves these treats,” Karen Richards said as she pointed to a handful of doggie snacks, and handed one to Rosie.Rachel and Chris Scott, of Somers Point, enjoy the day with daughter, Penelope, and pooch, Charlie.While the Hall, Haden and Richards families make the Fall Block Party an annual tradition, Rachel and Chris Scott, of Somers Point, brought their 7-month-old daughter, Penelope, and their dachshund-mix Charlie, hoping to make the event their yearly tradition as well.“This is great. We are looking at piggy banks,” Rachel said, while searching the choices in a crafts tent. “We are going to do some more shopping after this and then get something to eat.”“There’s lots of food,” Chris added.Each year, officials say, the Fall Block Party is one of the most successful events the city offers.Justin Juliano, of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, is in charge of the Fall Block Party.He said prior to Saturday’s event, “The block party is when many people start their holiday shopping and it highlights all of the boutiques, shops and eateries in the downtown.”Shoppers select some confections from Shriver’s.Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian called it “one of the city’s biggest and most spectacular events and really showcases what the town has to offer.”And even when the weather is not picture perfect, it doesn’t seem to matter. The crowds still come.Last year gray skies and light rain did not deter shoppers and other attendees from heading to the Fall Block Party.And this Saturday’s forecast of potential flooding did not seem to stop visitors from attending, either.Minor flooding was reported in areas along the coast, but Asbury Avenue was dry.However, fireworks planned for Saturday night were canceled due to rough seas. The fireworks display was to be set off from a barge in the ocean.As the day went on, the weather became warmer and the sun came out. Temperatures rose to about 70 by mid-day and shoppers peeled off layers of clothes as they searched the multitude of tables for gifts and goodies.Retired Marines are on hand to give out poppies.Ocean City Councilman Antwan McClellan browsed the vendor tables and summed up the atmosphere.“This is a beautiful weekend,” he said. “What a beautiful way to continue our shoulder season with thousands of people here to celebrate with us.”For more information about Ocean City and its events visit www.ocnj.us or www.OceanCityVacation.com.Ocean City Councilman and Republican Assembly candidate Antwan McClellan shares a laugh with the OCNJDaily.com mascot owl at the Fall Block Party.Kacey Richards, of Williamstown, buys treats for her family dog, Rosie, who gets a taste test from vendor Lynndell Anzisi.Ocean City’s Exchange Club keeps busy making hot dogs and burgers.Ocean City Education Foundation members speak with block party patrons.Eddie and Shelly Guss, of Margate, bring their dog Stella out for a fun day.Ryan Champion, of United Methodist Communities, mans a table.Sunny skies help keep the crowds coming along Asbury Avenue for the blockbuster event.Pirate Brian amuses children and their parents. The traditional Fall Block Party, such as this one in 2019, isn’t possible amid the pandemic, but shoppers can still get great deals online, at merchant table sales and inside downtown stores.last_img read more

Cattaraugus County Declares State Of Emergency, Schools Ordered To Close

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Serivces has declared a state of emergency as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.Legislature Chairman Howard VanRensselaer says the declaration gives officials the authority to procure proper goods and services. Travel within the county is not impacted.Cattaraugus County officials stress there remain zero positive cases of this virus identified in Cattaraugus County. However as three positive cases have been identified in Erie County, it is imperative to err on the side of caution through support of social-distancing measures as we learn how this virus reacts.This is not a time for fear and panic but rather planning and precaution. To implement a measure to limit community transmission, the Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins met with numerous Cattaraugus County school superintendents on March 13, 2020, to discuss issues related to the 2019-novel Coronavirus and the possibility of an extended dismissal of students. Governor Cuomo, through his executive order of March 13, 2020, placed authority for school dismissal at the local level, making a county level state of emergency necessary to support the dismissal of Cattaraugus County schools. “Any school district which decides to close pursuant to the local state of emergency declaration must first consult with Cattaraugus County health department and also exhaust any available time including snow days and vacation days,” officials say. “Cattaraugus County Health officials recommend schools in Cattaraugus County dismiss students as part of a community intervention for social distancing.”Furthermore, officials say there are no known cases of the virus within the county.Randolph Central School says the district will be closed to students on Wednesday.“Our district and all programs will be closed to students on Monday, March 16,” the school said in a statement. “This closure will allow our instructional team and other staff members to train and finalize educational plans for students.”“Students should report for a regularly scheduled day on Tuesday, March 17. On this day, they will receive instruction for study, tools, and supplies for the duration of the closure. Students who attend a CTE program at a CA BOCES center or other out of district placements will also receive instruction for their respective program. Parents will receive a copy of all instructions for their students.”The district says the closure is expected for the foreseeable future. Meals for students who require them during the closure.In Chautauqua County, two people have been placed in a precautionary quarantine.Christine Schuyler, the director of Health and Human Services, says the virus most impacts those age 65 or older; those with underlying health conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, neurologic, or liver disease or diabetes; those with compromised immune systems or who are pregnant.  Schuyler says anyone in these high risk categories should be extra vigilant about respiratory, hand hygiene and avoid gatherings of ten people or more.If you are ill stay home and avoid others. If you have a fever and worsening symptoms of respiratory illness such cough and difficulty breathing, Schuyler says call your healthcare provider for advisement.Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel will update the public on the virus during a press conference on Sunday at 4 p.m. We will provide live coverage.last_img read more

2016 CAES Congressional Fellows

first_imgSeven University of Georgia students have embarked on the opportunity of a lifetime: serving as Congressional Agricultural Fellows in Washington, D.C.The offices of Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Reps. Sanford Bishop, Doug Collins, Buddy Carter, Rick Allen and Austin Scott are hosting the students during the 12-week fellowship in the nation’s capital. The 2016 Ag Fellows will stay in Delta Hall, UGA’s new residence hall in Washington.The students, who attend the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), will prepare briefs, attend committee hearings and conduct food- and agriculture-related research. In addition, they have the option of earning credit hours toward graduation.“Ag Fellows are full-time employees of the congressional offices and serve as apprentice staff members,” said Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs and fellowship program coordinator. “Many will be asked to serve as mentors to other student interns.”The students representing UGA as 2016 Congressional Agricultural Fellows include Emily Swift of Cobb County; Malik Grace of Wilcox County; Guy Hancock of Irwin County; Jake Parker of Houston County; Brock Pinson of Mitchell County; Brandon Poole of Franklin County; and Brianna Roberts of Madison County.Emily Swift, a senior studying environmental economics and management, is working in Rep. Rick Allen’s office.Brandon Poole, a junior studying agricultural education, is working in Rep. Collins’ office.Guy Hancock, a junior studying agricultural and applied economics, is working in Sen. Perdue’s office.Jake Parker, a junior studying applied biotechnology, is working in Rep. Scott’s office.Brock Pinson, a junior studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Carter’s office.Malik Grace, a sophomore studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Bishop’s office.Brianna Roberts, a junior studying agricultural communication, is working in Sen. Isakson’s office.The Congressional Agricultural Fellowship is made available through The Deans’ Promise program at CAES. A collection of enrichment opportunities ranging from internships to study abroad programs, The Deans’ Promise encourages CAES students to take advantage of unique, out-of-the-classroom experiences during their time in college. For more information on CAES, the Deans’ Promise or other opportunities available to students, visit students.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Ed Colodny Named Honorary Chair of VSO Endowment Campaign

first_imgEd Colodny, long-time member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra board was recently named honorary chair of the VSO Endowment Campaign. In January, the VSO governing board announced that it has launched a major campaign to raise $3.5 million, and that it had already raised $2.6 million toward that goal. The VSO is so vital to the cultural–and economic–well-being of Vermont, Colodny says. Can you imagine the void if the VSO were not here? I am honored to serve as honorary chair of this effort, and ask all who benefit from the VSO to join in this important campaign.Colodny, a Burlington native, served the Burlington community as interim president and chief executive officer of the Fletcher Allen Health Care, and prior to that, as interim president and chief executive officer of the University of Vermont. He was president and chief executive officer of US Airways before becoming chair of the board of Comsat Corp, leader in global satellite and digital networking services. Colodny has served on numerous boards around the country. Ed Colodny loves this music and believes in this orchestra, says VSO board chair.  Ken Squier. We could not have a better leader for this endowment effort. To have someone who has meant so much to all the state in this role is so meaningful and truly an honor for us all.The VSO has brought music to all corners of Vermont for 75 years. It was founded in the fall of 1934, when Vermont s scattered musical forces, including musicians, farmers, bankers, plumbers, and teachers, joined together to become the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The organization became the first state-supported orchestra in 1939, and over the years as other state orchestras performed from music halls, the VSO continued to bring music to historic and beautiful outdoor locations around the state. Today, under the leadership of Jaime Laredo, the orchestra has become a great professional orchestra.During the 2007/2008 season the Orchestra reached an audience of 61,358 in 161 communities, including 28,198 school children through its popular SymphonyKids outreach program in Vermont schools. Overall the Orchestra produced 339 performances and events statewide 296 of the events were offered free of charge to the audience.For additional information about the VSO Endowment Campaign, please contact the VSO at 2 Church Street, Suite 3B, Burlington, Vermont 05401 or call 800-876-9293, ext. 25. For information about forthcoming concerts, please visit VSO website at www.vso.org(link is external).last_img read more

Farmingdale Man Charged With DWI Hit-and-run That Killed Teen

first_imgHomicide Squad detectives alleged Talwar was driving a Honda CRV southbound on Broadway when he struck the pedestrian and fled the scene at 10:15pm Monday.The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she died. Her identity was not immediately released.A witness helped police apprehend the suspect nearby less than an hour later, authorities said. He was ordered held without bail and is due back in court on Thursday. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Farmingdale man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk, hitting a 19-year-old woman who was crossing a road, and fleeing the scene in Hicksville on Monday night, Nassau County police said.Gurvinder Talwar, 61, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, driving while intoxicated and failure to comply with a lawful order.last_img read more

Kaley Cuoco Recalls Filming Sex Scenes With Ex Johnny Galecki

first_img“We got together and just fell mad for each other for two years, but then we broke up,” she continued. “Luckily, Johnny and I came out of it so brilliantly and we’re closer today than we ever were.”Kaley Cuoco Recalls Filming Sex Scenes With Ex Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco Rich Fury/Invision/AP/ShutterstockOn The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco and Galecki played Penny and Leonard, respectively, from September 2007 to May 2019. The pair’s characters dated off and on throughout the show before getting married in the season 9 premiere.In 2013, Galecki explained that he didn’t want his former romance with Cuoco to be a distraction for fans watching Penny and Leonard’s love story unfold on the series.- Advertisement – Talk about awkward! While most people can avoid their exes after breaking up, Kaley Cuoco had to simulate lovemaking with former beau Johnny Galecki for The Big Bang Theory.During a recent episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, Cuoco said that the former couple had to film sex scenes not long after calling it quits in 2009.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “When we broke up, obviously, it was a little sensitive for a minute, but I remember those weeks that [cocreator] Chuck [Lorre] had written these episodes where all of a sudden our characters were, like, sleeping together every other second,” the 34-year-old actress said on Monday, November 9. “Johnny and I talk about it, and I think [Chuck] did that on purpose just to f–k with us.”Kaley Cuoco Recalls Filming Sex Scenes With Ex Johnny Galecki 2Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory CBSCuoco added, “If I was with him, I would ask him because that came out of nowhere. All of a sudden, these characters were all up on each other.”The Flight Attendant star’s relationship with Galecki, 45, began at the start of the CBS sitcom in 2007 and ended in 2009. “We dated really early on for almost two years. When we did the pilot, I was crushing so hard on Galecki, but he had a girlfriend,” she explained.- Advertisement – “We’re dear friends, still. Kaley’s not just an ex, she’s a part of my life. I just don’t like to speak about it,” he told CBS! Watch magazine at the time. “Not because I’m trying to be enigmatic; I just worry that it will conflict with people’s acceptance of Leonard and Penny. I get the curiosity, but I don’t want to distract from the story.”Though Cuoco and Galecki didn’t work out in real life, the former duo still found happiness in love. The 8 Simple Rules alum married equestrian Karl Cook in 2018, while the Roseanne alum welcomed a son, Avery, with girlfriend Alaina Meyer in 2019.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!last_img read more

Reflections by Comrade Fidel: The Best President For The United States

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalreasearch.caA well-known European news agency yesterday published from Sydney, Australia that a group of Australian researchers at the University of New South Wales announced the creation of an electrical cable ten thousand times thinner than a strand of hair, capable of carrying as much electricity as a traditional copper cable. …Bent Weber, lead author of a study published in Science magazine at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia explained that “Interconnecting wiring of this scale will be vital for the development of future atomic-scale electronic circuits”.“The wires were made by precisely placing chains of phosphorus atoms within a silicon crystal, according to the study, which includes researchers from the University of Melbourne and Purdue University in the US.” The discovery is essential in the international race to develop the first ‘quantum computer’, super-fast machines capable of processing enormous amounts of information in just a few seconds: a series of calculations that would take years, or even decades, for today’s computers. “In a traditional copper cable, the electricity is generated when the copper electrons flow along a conductor: but as the cable or conductor becomes smaller, resistance to the electrical flow becomes greater.” In order to solve this problem, Weber and his team used specially designed microscopes with atomic precision that allowed them to place the phosphorus atoms into the silicone crystals. “This allowed the nanocable to act as the copper, with the electrons flowing easily and with no resistance problems. They are trying to prove that with this technique it is possible to minimize components down to the scale of a few atoms.If we are going to use atoms as bits, we need cables on the same scale as the atoms ― observed the supervisor of the group physicist, Micelle Simmons.”With these unstoppable technological advances that ought to be for the well-being of humankind, I was recalling that just four days ago I wrote about the warming of the Earth and the accelerated exploitation of shale gas in a world that in two hundred years is consuming the fossil energy accumulated for 4 billion years.Imagine Obama, that wordsmith, for whom, in his desperate search for re-election, the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. are light years further away than the Earth is from the nearest inhabitable planet. Worse yet: any of the Republican Congressmen who are presidential hopefuls, or any leader of the Tea Party carries more nuclear weapons on their backs than ideas of peace in their heads. Let the readers imagine for one moment that powerful quantum calculator capable of multiplying an infinite number of times the data that today is collected by modern computers. Is it not perhaps obvious that the worst thing of all this is the absence in the White House of a robot capable of governing the United States and preventing a war that would put an end to the life of our species?I am certain that 90 percent of registered Americans, especially Hispanics, Afro-Americans and the growing numbers of the impoverished middle class would vote for the robot. Fidel Castro RuzJanuary 8, 2012, 6:18 p.m. NewsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: The Best President For The United States by: – January 10, 2012 Tweetcenter_img 7 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Bulldogs Baseball Team Falls Short To Lions

first_imgThe Bulldogs get more hits, but not more runs in 3-2 loss to Rushville.The Bulldogs lost 3-2 in seven innings on Friday, despite outhitting Rushville five to four.Wyatt Schebler was hot from the plate for the Bulldogs. Schebler went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the sixth inning.Brad Busalad got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over seven innings. He struck out 10, walked one and surrendered five hits.Connor Schuck ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just five innings, walked three, struck out five, and allowed three runs.The top of the third saw the Bulldogs take an early lead, 1-0.The game’s last lead went to Rushville thanks to a fourth inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on a two-run single by Micheal St. John.Courtesy of Alex Davislast_img read more

April 28, 2018 Police Blotter

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Gaylord steals IMCA Modified win from Center on last lap at Cocopah

first_imgHis last-lap larceny made Ryan Gaylord the winner of the final Arizona IMCA Modified Tour main event at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Cheryl Sluka)By Mike SpiekerYUMA, Ariz. (Feb. 12) – Last-lap larceny made Ryan Gaylord the winner of the Arizona IMCA Modified Tour finale Sunday at Cocopah Speedway.On the final lap of what was also the last of three Winter Nationals events, Gaylord followed leader Eric Center into turns three and four. When Center missed the groove on the bottom while trying to maneuver past a lap car, it left the door wide open for Gaylord and he capitalized.Gaylord shot to the bottom to take the lead off turn four and sped to the $1,250 win.“That was basically my only shot to get the win,” said Gaylord, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “I was just trying to be patient and save my tires out there.”As a result of the miscue, Center drifted back to fourth. He followed Justin Zeitner and Hunter Marriott to the line.After taking the lead on lap seven, Center had held the point all the way until the final lap.“I almost want to cry right now,” joked Center. “But I’m still really happy. There is a lot of luck involved with this stuff and you just have to be spot on. We had a good car tonight but one little mistake is all it takes.”The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature went to Andrew Altenburg. The Minnesota driver took the lead at halfway and cruised to the victory. Jason Rogers came home in the runner-up spot as Manny Baldiviez wheeled his way from 13th starting to third.Jason George turned in a dominating performance in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, leading all but one of the 20 circuits. Opening night winner Mike Tanner took second.Brent Wofford beat Scott Shaw to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. 
Ryan Gaylord
; 2. Justin Zeitner; 3. 
Hunter Marriott; 4. 
Eric Center
; 5. Curt Lund; 6. Jesse Sobbing
; 7. Shawn Strand; 8. 
Marlyn Seidler
; 9, Jeff James; 10. Paul Stone
; 11. John Parmeley; 12. Spencer Wilson
; 13. Jeff Taylor; 14. 
Tim Balding; 15. 
Ross Statham
; 16. Bill Miller
; 17. Tim Ward; 18. Bricen 
James; 19. 
Ethan Dotson
; 20. Jeremy Thornton
; 21. Tripp Gaylord; 22. 
Austin Kuehl
; 23. Lucas Schott; 24. Casey Skyberg
; 25. Jimmy Gustin
; 26. Lance Mari; 27. 
Chaz Baca; 28. Raymond McSpadden; 29. Tad Reutzel
; 30. Grey Ferrando.Stock Cars – 1. 
Andrew Altenburg; 2. Race Fisher
; 3. Jason Rogers; 4. Manny Baldiviez; 5. Kyle Frederick; 6. George Fronsman; 7. Jody York; 8. 
Elijah Zevenbergen; 9. Larry Brigner; 10. Joe O’Bryan; 11. Brendon LaBatte; 12. Tony Hill
; 13.Thomas Daffern; 14. Aaron Spangler; 15. Micheal Mabbitt; 16. Joe Haines
; 17. Steven Kihle.Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George
; 2. Mike Tanner
; 3. Nick Spainhoward; 4. Brady Bjella; 
5. Tyler Mecl; 
6. Mark Madrid
; 7. Kyle Smith
; 8. Dwayne Melvin
; 9. Fred Ryland
; 10. Miles Morris
; 11. Brian Roode
; 12. Adolfo Noriega; 1
3. Corey Clayton
; 14. Ron Pegues
; 15. Allen Webb
; 16. Tommy Wyman; 17. Chris Toth
; 18. Austin Kiefer; 19. Dale Kunz
; 20. Joshua Cordova
; 21. Kenny Wyman Jr. 22. Dennis Gates.Hobby Stocks – 1. 
Brent Wofford; 2. Scott Shaw; 3. Joshua Cordova; 4. Craig Ebers; 5. Cory Tharp; 6. 
Jim Robinson; 7. Jason Penny; 8. Jason Beshears; 9. Lyle Driscoll.last_img read more