The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold its annual Presidents Weekend Book Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 15) in the atrium outside the library (1735 Simpson Ave.)Hardbacks and paperbacks will be available. For information, visit www.fvocfpl.wordpress.com.The Friends organize hold book sales several times a year to support the library and literacy. Donated books and items are sold for a nominal price. Members spend many hours before each sale checking and sorting the books to be sure they are suitable for selling.Members volunteer to assist during the sale by collecting money, keeping the tables supplied with books, helping clients locate what they want and answering questions.
Scottish Bakers has appointed Ian McGhee of McGhee’s Bakery as vice president elect at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20 May.The appointment came at the association’s first virtual AGM on 20 May. He will be joined by incoming president Linda Hill from Murrays Bakers of Perth.McGhee will shape the future direction of the organisation at this crucial time, said the organisation.Outgoing president Ronnie Miles, of Bells Food Group, said: “I will continue to serve as president until we can give Linda the inauguration she deserves in front of her peers in the industry. However, she will be taking a more active role in some of the presidential duties. Linda has been a great support to me and knowing that Ian McGhee, in turn, will be supporting Linda when the time comes is encouraging for the future of the association.”McGhee has served on the board of Scottish Bakers for 12 years. He studied food technology at the Glasgow College of Food Technology, before joining family firm McGhee’s in 1986, where he became production director in 1990.He will follow in the footsteps of his father and brother in becoming president of Scottish Bakers.“We are delighted Ian has agreed to take on the role of vice president elect,” added Scottish Bakers chief executive Alasdair Smith.“As we, as a sector, look to our post-Covid-19 future, we will need a strong and strategic team to help direct us and, with Linda and Ian supporting the work of all at Bakers’ House, I am confident we can rise to the challenges ahead.”
Photo: Kevin Cole Photo: Kevin Cole Last Friday, Dark Star Orchestra had some special news for their Boston fans, announcing that lead guitarist/vocalist Jeff Mattson would play Jerry Garcia‘s iconic “Wolf” guitar during the band’s upcoming performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. Known for recreating past Grateful Dead shows in their entirety, the long-running tribute act added extra significance to the show by replicating the Dead’s own Boston performance from November 13th, 1978, during which Garcia also played “Wolf.”Dark Star Orchestra Taps Donna Jean Godchaux For Red Rocks DebutGarcia’s legendary Wolf guitar was auctioned off last June at the Brooklyn Bowl for a whopping $1.6M winning bid from Brian Halligan, the HubSpot CEO and co-author of Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn From The Most Iconic Band in History. The guitar was auctioned off to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, with the previous owner matching the winning bid, making for a whopping $3.2M donation at the end of the night. The auction also served as the vehicle for an all-star performance billed as Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits that saw Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, and Cass McCombs all get the chance to play Wolf before it went to its new home.However, Wolf’s new owner, Brian Halligan, is clearly generous with his recently purchased prize guitar. In the time since, he’s lent out Wolf to a number of musicians, including to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Tom Hamilton, who played it throughout a show in December. Now, you can add Dark Star Orchestra to that list.Check out a gallery of photos from DSO’s performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre with Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar below via photographer Kevin Cole/Old King Cole Photography.Dark Star Orchestra’s spring run continues tonight and tomorrow at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The shows will be webcast via The Relix Channel. For a full list of the band’s busy summer of tour dates, head to their website.Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra | Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA | 5/10/18Set One: Promised Land; They Love Each Other; Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues; Peggy-O; Cassidy; Tennessee Jed; Minglewood Blues; Stagger Lee; Jack StrawSet Two: Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin’s Tower; Samson & Delilah; Friend Of The Devil; Playing In The Band-> Drums-> Black Peter-> Playin’ In The Band-> Around & AroundEncore:: U.S. BluesFiller: White Rabbit; Werewolves Of LondonNotes: Recreating Grateful Dead’s 11/13/78 show at Boston Music Hall. Jeff Mattson played Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar for the entire show.Dark Star Orchestra (w/ Jerry’s “Wolf” guitar) | Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA | 5/10/18 | Photos: Kevin Cole Load remaining images
Saint Mary’s president Carol Ann Mooney announced in an email to students, faculty and staff on Wednesday she is creating a Presidential Taskforce to take on the subject of sexual assault and sexual misconduct at the College.The decision to create the Presidential Task force comes after the April 9 screening of the CNN documentary “The Hunting Ground,” according to a College press release. “The Hunting Ground” detailed two cases of sexual assault at Saint Mary’s, including the case of former student Lizzy Seeberg, who committed suicide after allegedly being assaulted by a Notre Dame football player.Since the screening, there have been two panel discussions on Saint Mary’s campus, as well as a private conversation between Mooney and students Tuesday.“Last night, April 28, 2015, I met privately with students to listen to their thoughts on ‘The Hunting Ground’ and the issues it has brought forward,” Mooney wrote in her email. “I have decided to form a Presidential Taskforce to continue the dialogue on the issue of sexual violence. This will be a Saint Mary’s taskforce, chaired by me and comprised of faculty, administration, and students.”Mooney said in her email students can apply to be on the task force by submitting a letter to her office by May 30.She also outlined the role and goal of the task force in the email.“This taskforce will recommend ways to further improve our efforts to prevent sexual assault and sexual misconduct and to assist and support student survivors of sexual assault. It will also examine procedures for handling cases of sexual assault when they occur,” Mooney said.“We must ensure that we have the best possible policies and practices in place and improve our communication about them. Saint Mary’s College should be a national leader in this area.”Tags: President Mooney, Presidential Taskforce, saint mary’s, The Hunting Ground
While instruction at Saint Mary’s has gone remote, the College itself has not closed. For the few students who were approved remain on campus, as well as the greater student body, services are still available, albeit many of them adjusted for remote use.Linda Timm, interim vice president for student affairs, said the administration is focused on creating programming that keeps students involved with the College.“One thing that we’re really trying to work on, certainly from the student affairs end of things, are ways that we can keep students engaged and not forgetting about campus itself and campus life,” she said.In order to accomplish this, Timm said various departments are working to adjust their services to make them accessible to students remotely.“At the Health and Counseling Center, counselors are still hosting virtual appointments,” Timm said. “For health services, students are still having virtual contact with a nurse if need be.”Other services housed in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex are working to make accommodations so students can still make use of them.“Athletics is putting together some wellness and exercise videos since Angela is closed,” Timm said. “These are things students could do from home.”The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) also plans to create programming students can access virtually, Timm said.One such program is a panel discussion, hosted in conjunction with Campus Ministry and the Wellness Program, that will take place via Google Meet on Monday, according to a Wednesday email sent to the Saint Mary’s community.Other services, such as dining, will continue to be adjusted. Regular dining services ended Wednesday, Timm said, and the College is exploring other options for the fewer than 20 students still living on campus.“There are, of course, delivery services and such that we can engage with,” Timm said. “There are grocery store deliveries … We’re going to have to be creative on how we can do this for students. It’s still a process, but we will definitely take care of students.”The library is also still open, Timm said, though its hours and services are more limited than usual.“IT is based [in the library],” Timm said. “IT is engaged with faculty in terms of assisting with what they need to get their classes going online. Trumper [Computer Center] has been open for the students that are here. Obviously, everyone has to observe the appropriate guidelines when using that facility.”One service that hasn’t changed much is the Career Crossings Office, as it is has always been open year-round, director Stacie Jeffirs said in an email. The office has maintained 99% of the appointments that were scheduled prior to spring break and has experienced an increased number of alumnae making contact in recent weeks.“Operations for Career Crossings are continuing as they always have and has moved virtual,” Jeffirs said. “We can provide nearly all of our services and resources virtually and have been meetings with students and alums using Google Meet, phone and email.”The office is maintaining its regular hours and can also set appointments outside of these times to accommodate people in other time zones or those who have schedule conflicts, Jeffirs said.“We want to reassure students and alums that we are here for them, no matter how far from campus they are,” she said. “I also think it is important that the office and the College maintain consistent contact with students and alums.”With most everything restricting hours, social distancing and people sheltering in place, life has already and will continue to feel isolating. Although virtual meetings cannot replace in-person contact completely, we hope that they will help keep students and alums connected to us and us connected to them.”Tags: Campus Closure, Dr. Linda Timm, remote learning, Student Affairs
Italian police busted a Sicilian Mafia drug ring operating in Peru and Colombia, making 13 arrests and seizing 20 kilogrammes (44 pounds) of high-quality cocaine overnight, a statement said. Among those arrested was the suspected kingpin, Paolo Messina, accused of operating in rare collaboration with the Naples-area crime syndicate the Camorra, the statement said. Camorra clan leader Tommaso Iacomino, a fugitive in South America, allegedly negotiated with the head of Peruvian and Colombian drug cartels over the prices to be paid by Messina and his cohorts for the cocaine. Italy is seeking the extradition of Iacomino, who has also allegedly sent large quantities of very pure cocaine to Sicily and northern Italy on his own account. Police wiretaps determined that the drugs transited Spain, The Netherlands and other European countries through front import-export companies before reaching Italy. Italy is among the top five European consumers of cocaine, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which reported a surge of 15 percent among young adults aged 15 to 34 in its annual report last year. By Dialogo July 21, 2010
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Deer Park man has been indicted on upgraded charges after allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his 25-year-old passenger on the Long Island Expressway in Melville three months ago, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Daniel Moreira will be arraigned Friday before Judge Fernando Camacho on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and speeding. He was initially arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He is free on $5,000 bail.“Though police at the scene described the defendant as smelling of alcohol, having bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech, Moreira claimed to have had one beer, that he was traveling alone and that the crash occurred at Exit 60,” District Attorney Tom Spota said.Prosecutors said Moreira’s blood-alcohol content was 0.20, more than double the legal limit, after the crash. Police have said that the 27-year-old suspect was driving a Toyota Corolla westbound on the LIE when his vehicle rear-ended a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck near Exit 49 at 3:45 a.m. on Nov. 9. The vehicle came to a rest after hitting a barrier.His passenger, Ismelda Rodriguez, of Brentwood, was pronounced dead at the scene.Moreira was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.The driver of the Tacoma, 60-year-old Terry Doughan of Kings Park, was not injured.
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Here are five rules of communication that I’ve learned through the years.You may think you were clear. But you weren’t.You may think that everyone is listening. But they aren’t.You may think that you’re funny. Chances are, many won’t agree.You may think that sarcasm will work in a crowd. It usually doesn’t. continue reading » by: Anthony Demangone
42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A new program offered by the FDIC is calling for credit unions to beef up their cybersecurity and risk management strategies. Recent information from “FDIC on Why Banks Need a Disaster Plan for Cyber Threats” reports that the FDIC says it “encourages banks to practice responses to cyber-risk as part of their regular disaster-planning and business-continuity exercises.”The FDIC’s “cyber challenge” program offers a series of videos and exercises to help banks consider appropriate steps for dealing with key threats, including account take-over, malware infections and other risks related to third parties and vendors.“Cyber Challenge: A Community Bank Cyber Exercise,” is available on the FDIC’s website. The program includes four real-world attack and cyber-threat scenarios presented in brief videos. After viewing the scenarios, participants are directed to materials that pose questions and possible solutions for banking teams to discuss.The scenarios include a processing failure; an account takeover incident; a phishing attack that infects a bank’s network with malware; and operational problems stemming from an institution’s technology service provider performs an update. Given the many threats they now face, community banks and credit unions should take advantage of all available resources.It is suggested that community bank directors use the cyber challenge program to openly discuss operational risks with their peers and employees and review the potential impact of cyber-attacks and other technology disruptions on their customers and operations. continue reading »
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