OCNJ CARE Off to Fast Start in Aiding Those Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgJennifer Bowman, center, pictured with her family during an Under the Bridge Rowing Club ceremony in 2019, is one of the leaders of the OCNJ CARE campaign. By TIM KELLYTo “hit the ground running” is an aspiration with most new programs or enterprises, but for the newly re-started OCNJ CARE, it’s a misnomer.The organization, charged with helping locals in need as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, never hit the ground. It simply took off.“We’ve had a pretty good month,” said its chair, Ocean City resident Drew Fasy. “We were lucky to have the infrastructure in place from our Hurricane Sandy roots.”Fasy was quick to praise the responsive nature of Ocean City’s civic and business leaders, as well as the rank and file citizenry of the town in helping the organization to start achieving its mission almost immediately. This was no small task given the gravity, and unprecedented nature of the situation.“When we launched the group after Hurricane Sandy (in 2012) we knew the issues: damaged homes and damaged businesses,” Fasy explained. “We correctly anticipated what the problems would be. This time around (the pandemic) is a completely different animal. We are meeting the challenges as they arise.”OCNJ CARE is a non-profit organization charged with raising funds, identifying those in need, recruiting and organizing volunteers, and delivering the aid where it is needed.City Councilman Peter Madden has been influential in helping the OCNJ CARE organization.Fasy said City Council President Peter Madden and lifelong Ocean City resident Jennifer Bowman have been instrumental in making things work so well.“Pete was the first person I called, and not only did he immediately jump in and help, he’s been as active and helpful to the organization and to the community as anyone,” Fasy said. “He’s just a stand-up guy and a real leader.”As for Bowman, “Jennifer has taken so much on her shoulders and carried much of the load,” said Fasy. “She is great at seeing problems and finding solutions. She’s done so much and works so well with the other members of the group.”The results have been stellar thus far. Among the highlights:The “Red Raider Special” program: Bowman, in concert with Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor and OCSD Business Administrator Tim Kelley, Pastor Larry Oksten of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, and Ocean City High School’s Kathy Sykes organized food donations to provide supplemental meals for students in need. Local restaurants Jon & Patty’s, Cousin’s, Piccini and Augie’s provided the food for this ongoing program.“Helping Hands:” Working with the Waves of Caring organization and St. Peter’s, supplemental groceries have been provided for OCSD families struggling during the crisis.VFW Post Commander Mike Morrissey launched a hot meals program for folks in need. Local restaurants Jon & Patty’s, Piccini, Luigi’s and Randazzo’s have stepped up and partnered in this program.Neighbors helping neighbors: More than 50 volunteers have been paired with less fortunate residents to work “one on one” running errands, picking up and delivering medications, food and the like. Local businesses, including the Spotted Whale, also volunteered in making deliveries.Easter dinners: Madden, Tom Heist, Mike Connelly and Carlo Marsini of Marsini’s Kitchen in Somers Point delivered 64 Easter Sunday dinners to residents of Wesley by the Bay assisted living facility. The meals were purchased by Ocean City’s Wilson Plumbing and Heating.Protective masks and gloves were provided for staff members of the Ocean City Housing Authority. This was made possible through the efforts of OCHA Executive Director Jacqueline Jones, Councilman Bob Barr, and Councilman Keith Hartzell, with the gloves and masks donated by Jilly’s Boardwalk stores.Medical grade mask donations for first responders at area hospitals. Local residents Billy Godfrey, Matt Moon, Steve McCusker and Tony Wilson purchased the masks and set up a crowdfunding site to raise money to purchase hundreds of the needed masks.For anyone who needs help or knows of someone needing assistance, please visit ocnjcare.org for more information. People may also go to ocnjcare.org to make donations.last_img read more

Renowned Singer Al Jarreau Has Passed Away At The Age Of 76

first_imgThe inimitable Al Jarreau has passed away. Just four days ago, the famous singer announced his retirement from touring, following his admittance to the hospital for exhaustion. A message on his social media channels suggested that he was “slowly getting better,” but it seems things took a turn for the worse over the weekend, and Jarreau passed away this morning at the age of 76.Jarreau was a seven-time Grammy Award winner, winning awards in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories. He got his start in the late 1960s as a singer in various jazz bands before he released his debut album in 1975, the internationally successful We Got By. Jarreau would release twenty albums in total over the course of his career, and he toured constantly, performing over fifty concerts in 2016, including an appearance at the White House.To honor of Al Jarreau after a life and career filled with music, check out a few of his greatest moments below. You’ll find his debut album We Got By, arguably his most commercially successful single “We’re In This Love Together”, “Hot News Blues”, a song he recorded with Chick Corea on the album Secret Agent, and “We Are The World”, which features Jarreau as one of the lead voices of the star-studded cast of vocalists (Jarreau delivers the classic line “…and so we all must lend a helping hand.”).“We Got By”“We’re In This Love Together”“Hot News Blues”, Chick Corea feat. Al Jarreau“We Are The World”Rest in Peace, Al Jarreau.last_img read more

Watch Angels’ Luis Valbuena hit a home run against Dodgers and what happens with the ball

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Luis valbuena is so extra— chris (@chrispineda98) March 23, 2018 Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone And he’s now hit a home run every time he’s ever played 2b.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 23, 2018You can keep track of the Dodgers’ home runs hereRelated Articles And Luis Valbuena hit one to dead center off Hyun-Jin Ryu that cleared five rows. Well struck.— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) March 23, 2018 Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Luis Valbuena spoils Hyun-Jin Ryu’s thus-far scoreless night with a solo homer to right-center. All runs so far have come on solo shots. #Dodgers 2, #Angels 1, Mid-4. #springtraining— Mark Carlisle (@mwcarlisle) March 23, 2018What happened to the ball after the home run?And here it is!! pic.twitter.com/JtIvAFKWxr— BOOG (@boog_77) March 23, 2018Another homer for the Angels:Another HR swing! #Dodgers 3, @Angels 2 | https://t.co/BeitOjAltJ | #PrimeTicket pic.twitter.com/cniRP0Fo2p— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 23, 2018center_img Angels’ Luis Valbuena hit a home run against pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu of the Dodgers in the Spring Training Game. The run by Valbuena brought the Angels within one run of the Dodgers’ 2-1 lead in the Top of the 4th.From ONE knee! Luis Valbuena (@adan_jome) blasts one for @Angels | #LAASpring pic.twitter.com/xdukvImEli— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 23, 2018 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Now that’s more like it! @adan_jome cuts the Dodgers’ lead in half with a solo shot in the 4th.2-1 Dodgers. pic.twitter.com/0ha8JE3FgY— Angels (@Angels) March 23, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Braithwaite: 70 ‘training and summoned before Eibar

first_imgQuique Setién is in a hurry to make his first signing profitable. Only in this way can it be understood that the Cantabrian coach decided to summon the former Leganés player when he only exercised one day with his new teammates and barely seventy minutes. Nevertheless, Setién believes that the Danish, at 28, has enough experience and knowledge of LaLiga to be able to perform from minute one. It remains to be seen if he will start as a starter against Eibar -in principle at the site of Ansu Fati- or he does it starting as an alternate and entering the second part. What seems clear is that Setién is not willing to miss out on any party he has available to use Braithwaite. In total, it’s 14 LaLiga and the first of that short list will play this Saturday.Apart from the great surprise of the inclusion of Braithwaite – although the presence on Tuesday of a Champions match may be another reason for the inclusion of the Danish, in order to give rest to one of the strikers-, the other proper name is the young left side of the subsidiary, Sergio Akieme, who first enters a list of the first team and it will be the alternative to Junior Firpo, which from now on will start after Jordi Alba’s injury to Getafe last weekend. Setién, who has three injured in his squad – Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembélé and the aforementioned Jordi Alba – only has 16 players from the first team, and that adding to the new Braithwaite incorporation, so it has had to resort, apart from Akieme, to Ansu Fati to complete the call.He also has the handicap of having two players on the edge of the suspension – the central Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti-, so if they see a card against Eibar they would miss the Classic. So, it remains to be seen if the Cantabrian coach reserves an important player, thinking about the Naples Champions League game on Tuesday, or if he decides to put the most competitive team at his disposal.The 18 summoned for the match against Eibar are: Ter Stegen, Net, Semedo, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Umtiti, Junior, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Rakitic, Arturo vidal, From Jong, Griezmann, Messi, Braithwaite, Fati Y Akieme.last_img read more

25 graduate from Caribbean Leadership Project

first_imgTwenty-five high-level public servants are now better equipped to lead the various departments they manage, following completion of training through the Caribbean Leadership Project.A small presentation ceremony for the participants was held on Thursday at the Department of the Public Service on Waterloo Street, Georgetown. The programme, held under the theme ‘Leading for Results”, was geared towards training of level-three managers and focused on the improvement of leadershipParticipants of the Caribbean Leadership Project efficiency in the Public Service.Public Service Department Permanent Secretary, Reginald Brotherson, said that “public servants attitude and the way the public service is viewed, must be changed”. According to Brotherson, the “nonsense” that occurs within the public service can no longer be tolerated if change is to happen.“The whole issue of service, service delivery and people taking their own time to do things but not taking their time to get acquainted with public service rules, the FMA Act. They are not getting acquainted with the debates that are happening in Parliament, that are going to change our lives and the trajectory that Guyana is on for level-three managers…”, Brotherson said.Public Service Ministerial Advisor, Vincent Alexander, noted that the public service is at a point where change is crucial and the training provided, indicates that the Government has signalled its commitment to ensuring this happens.According to Alexander, “change has to be brought about based on new ideas, implementation of those ideas, so you are challenged not to be routine. Leaders cannot be routine. They cannot just go to work and do what has to be done. They have to be thinkers and doers.”Introspection as a leader, Alexander pointed out, is a very critical element when dealing with others.“One must see the work place and its human resource as a jigsaw puzzle. Every piece of that puzzle has its place… the challenge really is to find the correct place for each and every piece of that puzzle and if you do that then you would be able to complete the objective of putting that puzzle together and that is what the challenge is for the leaders of today,” Alexander was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.Participants described the training as timely and said it forced them to make changes in the way they managed departments.Chief Probation and Service Officer from the Social Protection Ministry, Oslyn Smith, stated, “The skills that I would have learnt from the training, has forced me to examine myself because as a leader it is necessary for me to be in order before I try to impose or make any special request or give any instruction. My way of thinking, the way I go about doing business, the Ministry’s work and so on, that has to be in order.”Principal Regional Development Officer of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Anil Roberts pointed out that “What our facilitators have taught us will last forever in our life as public servants and also help upkeep the standard of the public service as well.”The seven-year Caribbean Leadership Project which is funded by Canada, focuses on the areas of service delivery, leadership, administration transitions and team building, in keeping with its policy to ensure efficient public service. The programme commenced on September 12, 2016.last_img read more