Boardwalk Busy in Off-Season Mid-week

first_imgFrom left, Dorothy Tait of Media, Mary Beth McGarvey, Jackie Lannon and Pat B (“I am playing hookey from work”) all of Havertown, on the Boardwalk Wednesday.It was Wednesday. It was the “off-season.” And it was busy!Though by no means crowded, Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk had an ongoing stream of visitors taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather yesterday.Many shops were open and enjoying steady, if not brisk business.Typical of the board walkers was a group of friends from Havertown and Media Pa., who decided to “play hookey” from work.“We left home around 9:30 and here we are,” said Havertown’s Mary Beth McGarvey. “We are going to Manco and Manco’s, and we’ve already been to Henry’s (Jewelry).  We’re all going to buy our beach tags and do some more shopping.”Dorothy Tait, the comedienne of the group, said they were here to compete in the teen beauty pageant at the Music Pier and then to “go for the blue hair special at the Crab Trap” for dinner.One member of the crew would identify herself only as “Pat B” because she feared someone from her job might have an issue, yet she happily posed for a picture with her friends.Merchants seemed to enjoy the day as well. Alex Thomas, a manager at Shriver’s candies said she had been working steadily all day, and asked to be excused during the interview as customers came up to her with questions and to make purchases.“In the Spring it’s all about the weather,” Thomas said. “On a day like this the people are going to come out, even (in mid-week). We have had a pretty decent amount of business.  It’s really been pretty nice.”Proprietor John Viehwegar said he was having a good week of business Tuesday and Wednesday at his Polish Water Ice.At Polish Water Ice, John Viehweger concurred that weather was everything, even more so given the frozen confections he sells.“Yesterday (Tuesday) was a little better because it was even warmer and there was hardly any wind up here on the Boardwalk. There were people sitting on the beach and we had a beautiful turnout.  I kept working until after 9 p.m. It has dropped off a little today with the ocean breeze but it’s still not too bad at all.”John Del Bene of Hammonton offers a sample Polish Water ice to grandson Vinnie while his other grandson Luca looks on at left. His customer, John Del Bene of Hammonton, was treating grandsons Vinnie, Luca and granddaughter Gabriella to water ice and a pleasant day on the boards.“When I saw how nice it was today, I knew I would bring them up here,” Del Bene said. “These kids love the Boardwalk. They don’t even ask to go on the beach.  All they want to do is go to the Boardwalk.”FOUR GENERATIONSFour generations of female members of the Stanton family from West Deptford, were all grins as they took in the sights, sounds and smells of the beach and boardwalk and spoke to OCNJDaily.There was great grandmom Michelle Pickering, new grand mom Robin Stanton, her daughter Stephanie Stanton, 13 year old Hannah Stanton and the new generation of 1-year-old Mackenzie Stanton and 2-month old Ryleigh.“We come here at least once a week in the off-season,” said Robin. The family has a second home in town but she said.  “West Deptford feels like the vacation house and Hannah always says ‘We’re home’ when we are driving in over the bridge.”“It’s so calming and relaxing to come here,” Robin said. “Ocean City is my peace.”last_img read more

Decorations Transform Downtown into Winter Wonderland

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEEver wonder what it would be like to slip onto the set of a Hallmark Christmas movie and stroll along while window shopping, sipping hot chocolate and listening to holiday music?Well, you don’t have to head to some movie set in California or New York for that matter.Just go to Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. There, you will find it is no movie set. There are no actors, only Christmas cheer, holiday shopping galore with specials to boot, and enough red bows, wreaths and old-fashioned lantern streetlights wrapped in garland to make even the most bah-humbug person smile and feel a bit of good spirit during the special time of year.People browsed the shops and walked along the festive avenue peering into store windows.Cathy-Jo Deamer and Lana Wydra, both of Scotia, New York, shop on colorfully decorated Asbury Avenue.Friends Lana Wydra and Cathy-Jo Deamer, both of Scotia, New York, said they make trips to Ocean City in the fall a yearly tradition.They were spending the weekend in town.“There is still so much to do,” Wydra said Saturday.The friends just started their shopping rounds and already had bags filled with goodies, including some early Christmas gifts.“The decorations are beautiful,” Deamer exclaimed. “It really looks like a fairy tale.”Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the downtown offers so much during the holiday season.“How lucky we are to live in Ocean City. One minute the downtown is hosting the best Halloween parade in the region thanks to the efforts of the Exchange Club,” Gillian said.She continued, “A few days later, Santa’s elves were on the job getting Ocean City ready for Christmas and the holiday season decorating the town. Ocean City truly is a magical wonderland during the holiday season.”City Hall is decked out with wreaths on every window.Gillian pointed out that there are so many activities going on up until New Year’s Day in Ocean City, beginning with the annual pre-Thanksgiving shopping tradition called “Earlier than the Bird,” from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 23.Then there is the Christmas in the Downtown extravaganza — known as “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” — the day after Thanksgiving, where there will be photos with Santa, free horse and carriage rides and music.The calendar is full of events for the entire holiday season through New Year’s.It isn’t any surprise, after taking a stroll down Asbury Avenue, that Ocean City was named in one survey as one of the top 10 most magical destinations in New Jersey to visit during the holiday season, Gillian explained.“I urge everyone to visit downtown, shop local and most of all enjoy the magic of the Christmas and holiday season,” Gillian said.Karina Rojas, of Ocean City, keeps up with her daughter, Renata, 6, while getting some good deals on gifts.Karina Rojas, of Ocean City, and her 6-year-old daughter, Renata, had their plan to shop Saturday.“This is the best part of the year,” Karina said. “The decorations, they look so nice.”“I love them,” Renata said of the holiday decorations.The mother-daughter duo had some lunch, stopped in a shop to buy a jacket and a dress and then browsed the shops along the avenue.While some shoppers traveled from afar to visit Ocean City, and others shopped in their hometown, Melissa Mezicco, of Philadelphia, took her children, Kara, 15, and A.J., 11, and her mom, Charlotte Betteridge, on a surprise trip to Ocean City for the day.Charlotte Betteridge, in back, her daughter Melissa Mezicco, with her children, A.J. and Kara, all of Philadelphia, do some shopping.“It’s A.J. and Kara’s birthdays this week, so I decided we should take a road trip here,” Mezicco said. “We went to breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House and now we are doing some birthday shopping.”Kara and A.J. were more interested in some of the gifts they selected for their big days.A.J. got a Godzilla poster and Kara proudly showed off her new journal.The surprise jaunt to the family resort was a welcome surprise for the kids, they said. The festive decorations were an added bonus.“This is the first time we came down over the holidays. We never saw the decorations before,” Melissa said. “It really looks nice.”For more information visit www.oceancityvacation.comNinth Street bustles with shoppers and strollers. Wreaths trimmed with bright red bows adorn Asbury Avenue, adding to the festive atmosphere in the downtown shopping district for the holidays.last_img read more

Nobel ties in physics

first_imgThe two winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in physics, who were announced today, have more than quantum optics in common. They have early ties to Harvard University.David J. Wineland of the University of Colorado, Boulder, earned an A.M. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard in 1970.Serge Haroche, a professor at Collège de France in Paris, was a Loeb Lecturer at Harvard in 1980 and a visiting professor in 1981. He last visited Harvard on Feb. 27 for a colloquium sponsored by the Department of Physics. His lecture was titled “Juggling with Photons in a Box to Explore the Quantum World.”Wineland’s doctoral adviser was Norman F. Ramsey Jr., the 1989 winner of the Nobel in physics. (Harvard’s Physics Department has 10 Nobel Prize winners.) Ramsey, who died in 2011, conducted the research that provided the theoretical underpinnings for the atomic clock.Atomic clocks based on the radioactive element cesium remain the world standard for measuring time. But Wineland and his team in Boulder have built a clock based on electrically charged atoms — ions — that are trapped by electric fields at extremely low temperatures. The resulting optical clock — called that because it is based on the building blocks of visible light — is a hundred times more precise.Scientists estimate that if an optical clock had started measuring time at the Big Bang 14 billion years ago, it would be off today by only about 5 seconds.Haroche has connections to other American universities, as well. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University three times during the 1970s, a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, and a part-time professor at Yale University from 1984 to 1993.After leaving Harvard in 1970, Wineland did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1975, he joined the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology.last_img read more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP award for third time

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP award for third time.last_img

College bookstore holds fashion show

first_imgSaint Mary’s Shaheen Bookstore held a fashion show Friday in the student center atrium to promote the College’s new spring clothing line, featuring different types of apparel including sweatpants, T-shirts and shorts. “We hold the fashion show to promote all the new clothes and get the student body involved,” freshman Katie Gutrich, merchandise and fashion show director, said.Gutrich, junior Sarah Schuchman and senior Lillian Reeves all served as merchandise and fashion show directors for the event.The three students were responsible for designing the line, finding models and advertising the event to students around campus.Gutrich said organizing the event was an undertaking for all involved.“We’ve been working on the line since fall semester,” Gutrich said. “We’ve advertised around campus using flyers and television.”Reeves said the new line features many bright colors for the spring and the clothes were chosen with the student body in mind.Around 100 new items of clothing were shown in the show, and organizers estimated around 100 members of the College community were in attendance.There were 60 models in the show, including Saint Mary’s students, faculty and College President Carol Mooney.Onlookers appreciated the exhibition of the new College apparel.“The show was really fun,” freshman Dani Haydell, a student model, said. “All the girls were friendly and outgoing. I had a blast.”Models were able to keep the merchandise they modeled.The clothing items went on sale right after the show. All of the new clothing was 25 percent off over the weekend.“We hold the show to promote all of the new clothes and get the student body involved,” Gutrich said. “We just hope our efforts were rewarded.”last_img read more

Shumlin announces $1.8 million in downtown tax credits

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin announced today the allocation $1.8 million in tax credits to downtowns across the state to support nearly $30 million in building improvements.  The credits, competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, went to 15 projects ranging in size from a small community group’s efforts to open the shuttered village store in Guilford to more substantial private investments like the conversion of Winooski’s Champlain Mill into a hub for rapidly growing technology firms like MyWebGrocer.  Other projects include the preservation of 37 affordable housing units at the Wharf Lane apartments in Burlington and 41 senior housing units at the former Hotel Rockingham in Bellows Falls.   A complete list of tax credit projects is included below. The tax credit is one of the primary benefits of Downtown and Village Center Designation and assist hard-to-finance building revitalizations seen in community centers across the state.   Most of the funding supports state-mandated code retrofits — like elevators and sprinklers systems — that are cost prohibitive to most commercial building owners.  ‘This program has an impressive track record.  A recent study showed that every dollar of tax credits leverages $16 more in outside investment, and every $1 million in tax credits resulted in 109 jobs,’ said Gov. Shumlin.  ‘I know of few other state programs that provide such a substantial return on public investment to our communities and economy.’ Noelle Mackay, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development and Chair of the Downtown Board, agreed, adding, ‘To improve Vermont’s quality of life and economy we must make investments to make communities strong and vital. This program does that and I’m enthusiastic about its potential to tackle the Governor’s priorities   ‘ stimulating much-needed local economic activity and job creation, promoting housing choices, and improving the state’s infrastructure in a sustainable way .’ The Downtown Program is a training and incentive effort to help maintain Vermont’s compact development pattern by targeting state resources to promote the efficient use of land, infrastructure, and resources.  Over 100 of Vermont’s Downtowns and Village Centers are designated and these communities receive priority for consideration for state funding, increased Act 250 thresholds, and tax credits to promote vital communities.       2010 Downtown and Village Center State Tax Credits ProjectAllocation Total CostEligible WorkBrattleboro / 151 Main Street (Renaissance Fine Jewelry)$               95,834  $             580,000 sprinkler/codeBarre / 159 North Main Street (Former Homer Fitts)$               53,075  $             210,900 sprinkler/lift/code/façadeBarre / 210 North Main Street (Quarry Grill & Tavern)$               17,176  $             240,000 elevator/sprinkler/rehabBellows Falls / 45 Rockingham Street (Hotel Rockingham)$             162,502  $          2,203,575 sprinkler/code/façadeBurlington / 57 Maple Street (Wharf Lane)$             277,228  $          8,761,000 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabCavendish / 1589 Main Street (Glimmerstone)$             112,740  $          1,142,793 sprinkler/code/rehabEssex Junction / 8 Railroad Avenue$               48,750  $             400,000 sprinkler/code/façadeGuilford / 475 Coolidge Highway (Village Store)$               13,018  $             993,393 sprinklerHardwick / 71 Wolcott Street (Riverview Building)$             193,200  $          1,114,000 sprinkler/code/rehabMorrisville  / 82 Portland Street $             102,500  $             650,000 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabSaxtons River / 35 Main Street (Main Street Arts)$               83,050  $             533,473 elevator/sprinkler/codeSt. Albans / 18-20 Lake Street$               99,300  $             393,000 sprinkler/code/rehabSt. Albans / 58-60 Lake Street (St. Albans House)$             174,725  $          1,104,500 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabSt. Johnsbury / 1302 Main Street (Fairbanks Museum)$               50,000  $             278,191 sprinkler/code/rehabWinooski  / One Main Street (Champlain Mill )$             341,902  $       11,156,837 rehab $      1,825,000  $    29,761,662last_img read more

Pressure From Institutional Investors for Better Climate-Risk Metrics

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Major asset managers are actively assessing environmental, social and governance risk factors in their portfolios to satisfy the demands of institutional clients, putting momentum behind the adoption of sustainable accounting standards by larger corporate entities.The lingering question behind initiatives to integrate these environmental, social and governance, or ESG, standards in investment portfolios centers around an absence of what can be defined as ESG material risks to a company’s performance and how such risks should be disclosed to shareholders in securities filings.While the broader universe of public companies have been resistant to making additional disclosures, a growing number of institutional investors and asset managers are taking it upon themselves to advocate for ESG factors from the buy-side as a starting point, putting pressure on corporate issuers to accommodate their demands, panelists observed Nov. 30 at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, or SASB, symposium in New York.“In 2017, the conversations have really changed, where there is a lot of interest in true ESG integration at the portfolio level,” State Street Global Advisors Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Global Equity Beta Solutions Lynn Blake said, speaking at the SASB forum. “There are certain regions around the world where ESG integration is table stakes … and the U.S. is probably the laggard in these conversations.”SASB, which released its “State of Disclosure” report at the event, aims for its framework to give specific sectors guidelines for which ESG factors could be considered material risks. The report highlights the existing disclosures made by major public companies, despite the lack of a standardized framework, and advocates for uniform standards.Similar efforts have begun cropping up in certain industries, with PPL Corp.’s Vice President for Public Affairs Christine Martin noting at the SASB forum that it is among the companies contributing to a forthcoming effort by the Edison Electric Institute to standardize disclosures related to greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks across the regulated utilities industry.Though what constitutes ESG risk factors for a company may not always be clear initially, a push to develop more consistent metrics across different industries appears to be emerging.More ($): Fund managers assess ESG risks, pressuring corporations for greater disclosure Pressure From Institutional Investors for Better Climate-Risk Metricslast_img read more

Data-driven dialogues will define successful organizations

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: Details Digital disruption requires transformation – what’s your organization’s path to greater success?Thirty years ago, managers spoke of the need to address both “high-tech” and “high-touch” challenges to compete successfully. Today, with “tech” taking center stage in a massive disruption of “business as usual,” data-driven technology is defining how we understand and serve our customers. Since data is driving our understanding of the market and our management decision-making, and with new technologies defining new delivery channels, we must incorporate data and the use of digital information into all discussions within our organizations. Data-driven dialogues must become the new normal for our leaders, our workforce, and our interactions with customers. Digital transformation is the buzz phrase of the moment, and data analytics is the typical answer to most questions regarding how best to build the foundation for change. Why is this so? Well, our path down the technology trail has brought many of us to a place where digital interactions driven by activated data promise to deliver the highly-desired goal of individualized promotion, unique sales terms, and highly customized customer service. In addition, organizational leaders are attracted by the less publicized but equally desirable financial goals of cost reduction and profit margin improvement. Using fewer people to deliver better service, reducing risk, and providing greater personalization to the customer, at a lower per-transaction cost is the 21st century’s holy grail. The focus is mistakenly placed on technology rather than people when chasing change. You’d think we would learn, finally, that people create change through active thinking, planning and implementing. It’s not the forces around us that drive change; it’s us. We may be responding to our environment, but in the end, we make it happen. Strategic, proactive thought and action, done by people focused on evaluating technological change and opportunity, is the most effective way to drive organizational transformation. And the best people will make sure that their transformations are real, relevant and intentional. Technologists and data gurus are showing us how to use data to understand our organizations, our markets and ourselves. They are bringing us the tools to transform our shops and better serve our customers. But we must now take the lead in defining what we want to be, and do, with the aid of these resources. We must decide what it means to “get an A,” and what we must learn and accomplish to earn it.Data-driven dialogues are how we can get there. Instead of opining on best path, best practice, and least cost, or copying the work of others, we need to collect the data we have (and can acquire) and share it among all areas of our organizations to create appropriate plans, realistic paths forward. To achieve the ultimate organizational success, strategic and tactical planning must incorporate regular, structured dialogues among leadership, within the workforce, and with customers.It’s about more than the customer experience.We talk about using data to learn from and understand our customers so we can better satisfy the wants they express and the needs we discern from captured data. But to make this optimally successful, we need to gain more than the trendy objective of a “better customer experience.” We need to use these interactions and this captured “reality” to drive thought and action, and to alter how we do business across the organization, including transforming operational processes and business models. This may even mean changing the lines of business, delivery channels, measures of success and other parameters within which we currently operate. The bottom line is this; we can no longer avoid talking to each other, nor can we side-step our responsibility to think, plan and act. We mustn’t rely on software applications to proscribe answers. We can’t foist this work on our technologists with the narrow rationale that it is their data and therefore their responsibility. Business leaders must do the work managers have always been called to do, defining objectives, defining the path forward, and implementing change throughout the organization. Today that work must be based on informed, data-rich discussions with key stakeholders. Managers must engage across the organization in the change cycle of “observation, orientation, decision-making and action.” And they need to teach and empower employees to do the same with their work and with their co-workers. Using the real data available to the organization to drive this effort will mitigate the human desire to act on accepted wisdom rather than evidence.It’s time to develop thinking employees, not reactive ones. It’s time to truly empower employees at all levels to take the right actions. It’s time to transform your organization’s approach to change. It’s time to achieve lasting success from evidence-based analyses.last_img read more

Proposal of the law on unappreciated land sent to the second parliamentary reading

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Croatia sent the Draft Law on Unrated Construction Land to the second parliamentary reading. It is also regulated that the content of the lease agreement in the camp on the tourist land will be prescribed by a decree, and the procedure for the implementation of the study, which has been simplified, is more precisely prescribed. With an important change, the Minister also pointed out that it is unequivocally prescribed that in the case of further construction in that camp, a building permit can be obtained for the area of ​​the existing camp and in the case when the spatial plan in that area envisages some other purpose. to obtain building permits for the camp. “We are actively working despite the situation with the coronavirus. The draft law on unrated construction land was sent to the second parliamentary reading. This law is absolutely necessary and will be enforceable, high quality, fair and reform. We analyzed all the proposals made in the first reading and held a series of meetings. We put the emphasis on the concepts of tourist resort and buildings and hotel building plots. The law will resolve long-standing property and legal relations and regulate the status of land that is exempt from conversion and privatization and that tourist companies have used for 20 years free of charge.”Banožić pointed out. Banožić singled out a better definition of the terms of the building plot of a hotel, tourist resort and buildings, which are of great importance for the regulation of property relations and law enforcement, and the final proposal extended the deadline for the preparation of geodetic studies.center_img In the case of an administrative dispute, the administrative court has jurisdiction to independently determine the facts and other procedures, and companies that have missed the deadline for submitting applications for concessions for tourist land under the old law are allowed to initiate proceedings to resolve property relations under the new the law. Minister of State Property Mario Banožić emphasized its importance for investment activity, especially in tourism and camps, and reminded that there are 76 camps in Croatia today, with an area of ​​more than 14 million square meters. These camps were subject to the transformation of social enterprises during which the facilities were estimated, but not more than 6 million square meters of tourist land around them. Source: Ministry of State Propertylast_img read more

The World Skål Congress 2022 will be held in Opatija and Rijeka

first_imgThe repeated demanding candidacy of Kvarner, Opatija and Rijeka was presented at today’s session of the General Assembly by Irena Peršić Živadinov (president of Skål Club Kvarner for two terms and director of the Kvarner Tourist Board) and Kvarner was unanimously and with the great support of colleagues from around the world entrusted with hosting this event which is of immeasurable importance for tourism destinations and the whole of Croatia.  Skål Club Kvarner is celebrating 10 years of operation this year, and was founded thanks to Katica Hauptfeld, owner of the famous travel agency Katarina line, which soon gathered around some of the most influential tourist workers in Kvarner and who together, projects and ideas quickly became noticed in Skål International circles internationally. So both this candidacy and getting the congressional hosting in 2020 and again in 2022 is largely to her credit. At the online session of the General Assembly of the Skål International Association, the Skål Club Kvarner unanimously confirmed the hosting of the World Skål Congress, which will be held from 13 to 18 October 2022. It is expected that during this prestigious international event in 2022, Kvarner will have about 1.000 participants, including many owners of influential travel agencies and tour operators who will have the opportunity to show the tourist potential of the region and thus offer even more success in the future. our tourism facilities to their clients.center_img As, unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, the Skål Congress, which was to be held in Opatija and Rijeka these days, was canceled under the motto “SKÅL CONGRESS IN THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2020”, tourism workers from Kvarner did not give up opportunities to present their region to representatives of the world’s largest association of tourism professionals. SKÅL International, is an international organization of tourism managers with about 14.000 members gathered in over 340 clubs in more than 100 countries around the world and is the largest in the tourism sector. Members of SKÅL Club Kvarner are professionals in Kvarner tourism (hoteliers, agencies, tourist boards, representatives of the academic community and others). Skål clubs Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split still operate in Croatia.last_img read more