Weehawken residents see ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ High school students perform…

first_img ×  1 / 11    2 / 11    3 / 11    4 / 11    5 / 11    6 / 11    7 / 11    8 / 11    9 / 11    10 / 11    11 / 11  ❮ ❯ Weehawken Township High School presented the stage version of the classic Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 16 and 17 at the high school.Released in 1946, the story is a Christmas fantasy based on the short story “The Greatest Gift,” which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published in 1943.The protagonist, a good-hearted banker named George Bailey, has given up his life’s dreams in order to help others. When an emergency loss of funds at his bank on Christmas Eve drives him to near-suicide and to wish he’d never been born, the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence, shows George all the lives he has touched for the better, and how different (and worse) life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.The film is among the most popular in American cinema and because of numerous television showings in the 1980s has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.Mayor Richard Turner and members of the Township Council were among those present for the local presentation. (Pictures by Angela and Robert de Zeeuw) 1 / 11    2 / 11    3 / 11    4 / 11    5 / 11    6 / 11    7 / 11    8 / 11    9 / 11    10 / 11    11 / 11  ❮ ❯last_img read more

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The 108 Days of Summer: Daily Beach Report Slideshow

first_imgSign up for OCNJ Daily’s free email newsletter to follow all Ocean City headlines and breaking news Most will remember the summer of 2015 as a great one for weather in Ocean City, and a look back at images from each day shows that, yes, it was a very nice season.OCNJ Daily snapped an image at dawn each day from the start of Memorial Day Weekend to end of Labor Day Weekend.It was the longest possible summer season — 108 days — with Memorial falling on the earliest possible date and Labor Day coming on the latest possible date.All the holiday weekends included nice weather, as did almost all the other weekends. The summer brought no prolonged heat waves, no unending stretches of rain and no tropical storms.The slideshow above includes all 108 days of summer in order. And we can begin the countdown to summer 2016 — only 264 days to go.__________Continue to follow Daily Beach Reports through September by liking OCNJ Daily on Facebooklast_img read more

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2 of 3 officers at Blake shooting in Wisconsin back on duty

first_imgKENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two police officers who were on the scene when a white officer shot and partially paralyzed a Black man in Wisconsin have returned to duty. The update announced Wednesday comes as Officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob Blake seven times on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, remains on administrative leave while a police review board examines the case. Sheskey was placed on administrative leave following Blake’s shooting along with Officers Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek. Police said in a statement Wednesday that Arenas and Meronek returned to duty Jan. 20. Hundreds of people were arrested and multiple businesses were destroyed during protests following Blake’s shooting. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley this month declined to file charges against Sheskey.last_img read more

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Why millions of Americans are raiding their retirement savings

first_imgWith the effects of the financial crisis still lingering, 30 million Americans in the last 12 months tapped retirement savings to pay for an unexpected expense, new research shows. This undercuts financial security and underscores the need for every household to maintain an emergency fund.Boomers were most likely to take a premature withdrawal as well as incur a tax penalty, according to a survey from Bankrate.com. Some 26% of those ages 50-64 say their financial situation has deteriorated, and 17% used their 401(k) plan and other retirement savings to pay for an emergency expense.Pulling money out of your 401(k) early is one of the worst moves you can make. For boomers, once you’re at or near retirement, you have little time to rebuild your savings. Millennials have decades to repair any such early distribution, but taking money out will still cost you future growth. So far only 11% in this generation say they are worse off financially than a year ago, and just 8% tapped retirement savings early, Bankrate.com found. continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang delighted for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal tie down young duo

first_img Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang delighted for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal tie down young duo Tom OlverTuesday 7 Jul 2020 4:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Saka signed a bumper new deal with Arsenal last week (Picture: Getty)The teenage duo are regarded as two of the finest young players in Premier League football and Mikel Arteta will no doubt be relieved to have tied them both down this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Arteta will still be sweating over Aubameyang’s contract situation, with the striker’s current deal due to expire in 12 months’ time. Speaking to Arsenal’s official matchday programme ahead of tonight’s clash with Leicester, Aubameyang said: ‘It was great for the club that Bukayo and Gabi signed new contracts last week.‘They have made a big, big impact at the club even though they are only teenagers.‘Particularly for Bukayo, it must be amazing to sign that contract and think back to when he first put on an Arsenal shirt in the academy when I think he was only six or seven.‘Both of them are such impressive players already, they have so much to their games – as Bukayo showed with that brilliant goal on Saturday when he just guided it in so nicely.’ Aubameyang is yet to commit his future to the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang, who took a little longer to prove himself at the top level, is convinced Arsenal’s current crop of youngsters have the ‘mature attributes’ to succeed in first-team football.‘It’s funny for me looking back because at 18 I was really raw, there was a lot more for me to learn and it took me a few years to really see all of my potential.‘But these boys – and you can say the same about Joe and Eddie too – they already seem to have lots of mature attributes.‘And the great thing is that they are making an impression at the highest level now, but the key is that they are hungry to work hard and really want to learn more and get better and better.’Will Aubameyang sign a new deal at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with LeicesterMORE: Emiliano Martinez praises Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s ruthlessness amid Matteo Guendouzi sagacenter_img Advertisement Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have both really impressed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is delighted that Arsenal have managed to secure new long-term contracts for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli and says both youngsters have proven themselves to be ‘such impressive players’ since breaking into the first-team.Saka, 18, put an end to the uncertainty surrounding his future as he signed a lucrative four-year deal with the Gunners before scoring in the side’s 2-0 victory at Wolves.Martinelli, 19, was next to commit his future to the north London club as he followed Saka in putting pen to paper on a four-year extension at the Emirates. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Proposed Law Would Require Owners to Keep Household Pets Outside of FL Restaurants

first_imgA bill that was proposed this week in the Florida Legislature would require that most household pets be kept outside of what are currently considered “pet-friendly” restaurants.The proposal, which is currently known as HB 243 and was filed by Orlando Democratic Representative Bruce Antone for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, would prohibit household pets from “traveling through or remaining in indoor portions” of restaurants, “in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.”Although the bill, if it becomes law, would not override existing local ordinances, it would direct the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation to develop rules and create a website for complaints. In addition, service animals would still be allowed to enter food and dining establishments.The website for the state’s tourism-marketing agency, Visit Florida, states, “Dog-friendly outdoor restaurants, bars and craft beer pubs abound throughout the state, some offering ‘yappy hour’ canine-friendly designated times, others with an open-door doggie policy around the clock.”The 2020 legislative session starts on January 14.last_img read more

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WLAX : SU begins Big East play at Rutgers with sense of urgency

first_img Published on March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Comments Michelle Tumolo watched the losses pile up for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team. At 2-5 after a loss at No. 2 Northwestern on Wednesday, SU’s fifth-ranked program at the start of the season has struggled in each of its losses.And now for the SU attack Tumolo, the sense of urgency is starting to kick in. With Big East play about to start, Tumolo thinks the Orange’s season is on the line in its upcoming game at Rutgers.‘It’s basically our season,’ Tumolo said. ‘If we want to keep going in the playoffs, we need to start winning these games.’It may seem like that for Tumolo, but schedule-wise, it’s just the start of conference play. Most of the Orange’s nonconference schedule is complete. It has a chance to learn from past games and create a better record at the start of the Big East season. And that’s what Tumolo and Syracuse plan to do.‘The Big East games are the biggest,’ Tumolo said. ‘Because we want to win the Big East, and that will help us make it to the (NCAA) tournament.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThose games start Saturday when SU opens up Big East play at Rutgers at 1 p.m. The game, SU’s fifth straight on the road, is a huge one. With the team under .500, every game becomes even more important.Big East play is what matters most. The team still has two nonconference games left, but the Big East schedule is where the focus is right now, as six of SU’s next seven games come within conference. The schedule begins against a 6-2 Rutgers team, albeit one that hasn’t faced a schedule nearly as daunting as SU’s. The Scarlet Knights have only played two ranked teams, while Syracuse has played five.But Tumolo still sees the Scarlet Knights as a scrappy team that could give SU a hard time with their athletic ability.‘They might not be getting all these goals, but if they’re getting the ball, they’re going to have the ball in their stick and we’re not,’ Tumolo said. ‘You can’t take anyone lightly, because we’re not on the winning category, so we have to keep every game as a hard-fought battle.’Battling is what Syracuse has done most of this season. Aside from a blowout loss to Virginia on Feb. 27, SU kept the score close in every game.Attack Tee Ladouceur knows the Orange can perform better. For Ladouceur, it’s only a matter of time before everything comes together. And she’s ready to let the Big East know that Syracuse is still strong.‘We really want to show the Big East that we are here and we’re ready to win games and we’re contenders this year,’ Ladouceur said.But Ladouceur still acknowledges the mixed results that have come with SU’s start to the season. With such a young team, she said, mistakes are bound to happen in the early going.‘We see moments of brilliance, and we see moments of a young team,’ Ladouceur said.SU hopes to see moments of brilliance this Saturday. Both Tumolo and Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said the game against Rutgers is ‘huge.’The Big East has an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, so it’s important the Orange start off on the right track in conference play — especially after rocky results in the nonconference portion of its season.‘We’ve had some tough games in the nonconference schedule, and we haven’t come out with the wins,’ Gait said. ‘So it’s imperative to have success in the Big East.’And Tumolo knows the team has the ability. Its game against Maryland on March 12, one Syracuse lost by two goals, gave the team a confidence booster because each member of the team played well. But it still ended with a loss.Now SU has to start turning those performances into wins. That starts with putting the nonconference record behind it and moving onto the games that will determine whether or not the team plays in the NCAA tournament.‘We would like to obviously win our nonconference games,’ Ladouceur said. ‘But when it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is Big East play.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse thrives in blocking ahead of 2nd ACC weekend

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Freshman Leah Levert looks across the court as the ball is set, watching the hitter’s arm. Her core tightens as the hitter rises for the spike. She bends her knees for the jump. She extends her arms as she explodes off the ground.“You just have to get that block. You just have to,” Levert said.Most of the time, Levert and her teammates have. This season, SU (7-7, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has out-blocked every opponent it has faced. Head coach Leonid Yelin attributes his team’s blocking success to its height and athleticism, but said that the team must do a better job converting defense into offense if it is to win ACC games.And Syracuse will look to continue its blocking dominance when it travels to Notre Dame (3-10, 0-2) on Friday and Boston College (6-7, 1-1) on Sunday in the team’s second weekend of ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We cannot rely on one skill, doesn’t matter how good it is,” Yelin said. “We will continue trying to be (the) better (blocking) team because ultimately, better blocking brings the defense up too.” Through 14 games, SU has out-blocked opponents 156.5 to 80.5, led by middle blockers Levert and Lindsay McCabe. Additionally, the two have combined for more total blocks than the Orange’s opponents.Levert said blocking is an emotional individual experience, but said there are also critical technical aspects to the skill, such as watching the opposing hitter’s arm as she jumps for a hit.She also credited team blocking and communication as big reasons for SU’s early success on the block.“Our pin blockers are really good with communicating and encouraging you to get there and encouraging you to go up with them,” Levert said.The next step for the team is to incorporate blocking the ball into better team defense. Yelin said that the team’s height up front could hurt digging in the back row.“We are quick enough but we are not experienced enough,” he said. “We have to learn to read different situations better — what the hitter is going to do instead of just reacting.”Yelin compared mental volleyball to children learning to read a book — the more they practice, the easier it is to read. In volleyball, the more games the players play, the easier it is to anticipate where the ball is going.A good dig to the setter allows the team to stay in system and score more points and staying in the system is Yelin’s top priority.“When (you’re an) older player, you do a lot of things by just understanding what you have to do, trying to save your energy,” he said. “When you’re younger, you’re still relying on your physical ability.”The Orange has abundant youth and athletic ability. The 6-foot-2 Levert has played in 45 of SU’s 53 sets this season despite being a freshman.“It’s not only about honing your body,” Levert said of blocking, “but also making your body know what you’re supposed to do because that’s what your mind is telling it to do.”Levert is passionate and strong on the block because of her intensity and her “carnal side,” but she knows she can’t let it take over. This mental struggle is key for McCabe, too.The senior said that blocking requires a lot of effort, but players need to be more focused in order to channel that effort into good overall defense.“On an individual basis, everybody knows what they need to be ready to play,” McCabe said. “So just taking that time before starting warm-ups to be ready to compete and play at your highest level.” Comments Published on October 2, 2014 at 12:20 amlast_img read more

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Cinderella’s Closet – Local Fairy Godmothers Help Dress Women For Olympia…

first_imgSubmitted by Cinderella’s ClosetAnxiety, smiles of satisfaction, then ecstatic joy  – all happen any day at Cinderella’s Closet shop at South Sound Lacey Mall. Adult volunteers (the helpful Fairy Godmothers) and teenage  assistants serve our community ladies of any age from 13 onward. Finding the right size, color and style gown to turn that woman or girl into a Cinderella for her current formal dance is a happy but serious task.Past volunteers remark at the pleasure of working in this boutique setting with gorgeous dresses and being rewarded with the satisfaction of being an important part preparing a young girl for her first dance or encourage a frantic woman invited to a major wedding or ball to find the right style to make her a beauty worthy of that occasion. With 1500 colorful and even glitzy dresses in sizes 0 to 24, there is a great deal of hunting for the right or best dress.Feeling pretty is part of self image development so needed for young girls and even some of us women who struggle to enjoy a glamorous night out. Everyone who volunteers collects moments of satisfaction of being part of helping another’s dream come true. Want to take part in the fun of making enchantment happen for others? Come join us during our homecoming rush months of September and October. Volunteer and work with the women and girls of our community who are seeking beauty at affordable costs.Cinderella’s Closet shop rents short party dresses and long formals, even sweeping ball gowns for that special evening affair. This community service is available for every teenage girl or women. Come in about two weeks ahead of your special occasion and find a dress or formal attire to rent and then return it immediately after your ‘big do’.Cinderella’s Closet Network is a not for profit service organization with a 501(c)3 rating so we can accept cash or clothing donations and provide tax credit receipts. Generous donors contributed these lovely gowns for use by others in our area. Thank you!Our vision is to serve, mentor and inspire all South Sound girls and women by helping each other look and feel beautiful and become more self assured.  Our mission is to provide low cost formal wear, free sponsoring of girls’ for their formal dances, helping other community charities to support their formal activities, and creating esteem building activities for girls through volunteering at Cinderella Closet Network or their school fashion shows.Call Mary Ann Detzler (co-founder) at 360-878-2026 or Lori Kenyon (volunteer coordinator)  at 360-550- 5336 to discuss availability to join us in this community service fun. Cinderella’s Closet Network fall hours are Wednesday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.  Additional training times could be set up beyond our public hours. Come join! Facebook33Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Seraphs Lift Mater Dei Prep

first_imgThe Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

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