Sturdy Savings Bank Sturdy Savings Bank will host a Mortgage Fair on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its Ocean City 34th Street branch location.Sturdy representatives encourage everyone who has been thinking about home ownership but perhaps thought they might not qualify or be able to afford it to attend, according to a press release.A representative from Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling, Inc. (not an affiliate of Sturdy Savings Bank) will provide no-obligation counseling on credit, financial and budgeting planning.Attendees can also learn more from Sturdy representatives about mortgage options and how to achieve home ownership as a first-time home buyer through the Sturdy Savings Bank First Time Home Buyer Loan Program.“Our Mortgage Fair is designed to assist and educate our neighbors about their options and eligibility when it comes to homeownership,” said Sturdy Savings Bank President and CEO Gerald Reeves. “We also want the communities we serve to know we are a resource for them.”Complimentary refreshments will be served. If interested in attending this free event, RSVP to 609-463-5210 or e-mail [email protected] Space is limited. The Ocean City 34th Street branch is located at 101 East 34th Street.Sturdy Savings has 14 different locations, including Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, Marmora, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Tuckahoe, and Wildwood Crest.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit www.sturdyonline.com or call 609-463-5220.
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On Friday night on the eve of Jazz Fest, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up with Jon Batiste for an energized performance at the band’s legendary namesake, Preservation Hall, in New Orleans. The collaboration between Jon Batiste and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been ongoing for awhile now, with the Jon Batiste & Stay Human and the PHJB teaming up last week for a performance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert along with drummer David Grohl, who was on the show promoting his mother’s new book, From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars. You can check out photos from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jon Batiste’s joint Friday performance below, courtesy of Adam McCullough. You can also check out the Late Show performance below, which aired late-night on April 26th. Load remaining images
Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Saint Mary’s students examine “The Hunting Ground” and the issue of sexual assualts on college campus during a Monday panel.The Student Center Atrium at Saint Mary’s was standing room only as ten student panelists and the audience discussed CNN’s documentary “The Hunting Ground” and how to take action against sexual assault. The discussion was co-sponsored by the Justice Education Program and the Gender and Women’s Studies department.Senior and panel moderator Elizabeth Maloney said she has two friends at Harvard Univeristy and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, neither of whom had heard of the documentary. She expressed gratitude for the College’s screening.“I want to thank Saint Mary’s for showing [‘The Hunting Ground’] here,” Maloney said. “Saint Mary’s empowers women to seek change, and we are here today to talk about change.”Panelists were senior Callie Brown, junior Angge Rocal, junior Maggie Langenfeld, junior Kaitlyn Baker, senior Amy Piekosz, junior Bri O’Brien, sophomore Caylin McCallick, senior Meredith Mersits, freshman Alex Shambery and freshman Nicole Caratas. (Editors note: Caratas is a news writer for The Observer.)Brown, president of the Student Diversity Board, said her initial reaction to the documentary was fear for herself, peers, faculty and staff.She said the documentary showed that sexual assault is happening not only at Saint Mary’s and at Notre Dame but across the nation.Brown said “The Hunting Ground” showed the difficulties of faculty being penalized for advocating for student rights.“I think it’s very sad that professors or administrators would treat me with anything but trust and respect, could be targeted or terminated for standing up for what they believe in and advocating for students, when I think it’s an educator’s first priority to advocate for students and act on their behalf,” she said.Brown said college and university marketing campaigns and statistics are partially to blame for the low number of sexual assaults handled appropriately.“I think that something that is the most difficult aspects of this issue to change, but probably the most important, is how universities market and brand themselves,” Brown said. “I think it’s time for universities to stop branding themselves as, ‘University X proudly reports zero sexual assaults a year, but University X, which reports 100 sexual assaults and 100 expulsions a year.’ I think that’s at the core of this problem and absolutely needs to be changed, and I think Saint Mary’s could be a leader and should be.”Lagenfeld said one of the biggest things students can do is to change the way they talk and educate about sexual assault and consent.“Being asleep doesn’t mean yes,” Lagenfeld said. “Being drunk doesn’t mean yes. Wearing a short skirt does not mean yes.”Baker, the Saint Mary’s student body president, said she wants to understand the concerns of students moving forward,.“My plan is to continue the conversation with the students and the administration, and my goal is to act as the liaison and make sure [the administration] is hearing us and that we’re hearing them as well.“I want to make sure [the administration] knows where we’re coming from and make sure they know that we’re not attacking them, and we’re just trying to have this conversation and trying to move forward as a college.”Baker said she attended the screening of “The Hunting Ground” at Notre Dame last Friday and heard the panel discussion.“I know that a lot of [Notre Dame] students are ready to talk to Saint Mary’s [students],” she said. “They are ready to have this conversation with us and they want to change the way our relationship is. They want to change the way they talk about Saint Mary’s women.”Baker said she plans to work with Notre Dame’s student body president and student government to address to issue of sexual assault on both campuses.Junior and audience member Vanessa Troglia addressed the email sent out to students answering questions about “The Hunting Ground.” She said the email was the first time she had heard Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame addressed as two separate entities.”Ever since I came to Saint Mary’s, everything has been about Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s as one community, whether it be through academic, extracurricular or socially,” Troglia said. “The thing that I critique most about that email is saying that we are two separate entities. We are not two separate entities, we are one community. We may have been admitted to two distinct schools but we are one community.”Piekosz said she felt unbelievable sadness after watching the documentary. She said she wanted more explanation from President Mooney after the screening of the film on April 9.Piekosz said “The Hunting Ground” shows viewers that sexual assault is not just a Saint Mary’s problem.“It’s a problem in school systems across the nation, and if we’re going to fix this, we need to be the spark,” Piekosz said. “We need to be the ones to start that domino effect at Saint Mary’s.“I’m not going to place blame on the administration. What’s done is done. It’s in the past. Let’s move forward and discuss ways we can potentially fix our system.”O’Brien said it is important to note that what was shown in the documentary were short segments, which she said don’t cover the whole story of sexual assault on Saint Mary’s campus.O’Brien said it is not sufficient to say that alcohol is responsible for sexual assaults.“Alcohol isn’t the one assaulting our students; it’s other students.” she said.“The Hunting Ground” revealed that much of sexual assault on college campuses involves repeat offenders, and bystander intervention is not enough, O’Brien said.McCallick said the director of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), Connie Adams, will support students and present students with options for proceeding with a sexual assault charge. BAVO provides resources and education on sexual assault to Saint Mary’s students.McCallick said reporting can be difficult for survivors of sexual assault, and she believes the legal system is skewed in general, though this is not necessarily an issue with BAVO.Mersits said Saint Mary’s is the perfect place to start change.“Often sexual assault feels far away, but this film put it in my face,” Mersits said.Senior and audience member Nora Clougherty said “Take Back the Night” on Wednesday could be the start of making change regarding sexual assault and a demonstration of support by both campuses. “Take Back the Night” is an annual event hosted by BAVO and the Gender Relations Center at Notre Dame for students to show support of survivors of sexual assault.“This is the start of the two campuses working together … ” Clougherty said. “I want all of these people in this room to go, because that’s where we’re going to make a difference and show we care.”Senior and audience member Claire Boyd said the dialogue around sexual assault needs to be a tri-campus conversation.Boyd said a new initiative this year, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life, was “Belles Banding Together.” The initiative is a bystander intervention program for incoming first-year students during orientation.O’Brien said students will not change without the administration on board. She also noted that BAVO is under the administration.“We need to make sure that we are not only putting responsibility on students, but we’re holding everyone accountable,” she said.Shambery suggested further education of first-year students on how to report sexual assaults.Sophomore and audience member Chisom Igwe said students need to look at the sexual language they use on a daily basis.“We can talk about changing the system, but if you don’t stand up in your daily lives, nothing is going to happen,” Igwe said. “ … Individually we need to look at ourselves before we try to change the system.”Student panelists created a recommendation list for the administration, and they asked audience members to help them critique the list, which will be submitted to the administration after they make the suggested edits.One of the recommendations suggests that faculty and staff should undergo training on sexual assault, not limited to Title IX training.Vice President of Student Affairs Karen Johnson, along with other members of the College administration, was present and said faculty and staff go through training regarding Title IX, sexual harassment and sexual assault.Maloney said students attending the panel were able to leave their emails and have the finalized letter forwarded to them for them to sign.Tags: Gender and Women’s Studies, Justice Education Program, saint mary’s, student panel, The Hunting Ground
Photo courtesy of Edit Varga Students in the Notre Dame Handbell Choir pose for a photo in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Today, the choir features over five octaves of handbells and two groups of performers, the higher-level Bronze ensemble and the beginners’ Copper ensemble, she said.Karen Schneider-Kirner, director of the handbell choir, said the group primarily performs liturgical music for on-campus religious services, including at the 11:45 a.m. Basilica mass, the Sunday night Vespers and the vigil masses.The group also goes on tour once a semester, she said.In addition to celebrating the choir’s 30th anniversary, Fugate said the concert will also commemorate Schneider-Kirner’s 20th year directing the ensembles. She said several alumni will be returning to perform.“People who have rang with us within the last 30 years are also going to be able to get to ring some favorites for the concert,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said the concert will include mainly sacred music but also a piece of her own composition entitled “Ring Out Your Joy.”“Another, more proper church piece that we’re playing is an arrangement of a Palestrina song, who was an early Catholic composer,” Fugate said.Freshman Brittany Cahill, who plays in the Coppers ensemble, said she enjoys performing in the choir because of the unique tone of handbell music.“I love the way it sounds,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said handbell performance employs several techniques that go beyond traditional bell-ringing.“A lot of the pieces sort of highlight the percussive nature of handbells,” Schneider-Kirner said. “Often you play them with mallets [or] by thumping them into the table.”She said that many of the more advanced pieces to be featured demand considerable coordination, some even requiring four bells in-hand.“It shows how talented [the performers] are, to be able to keep all the bells straight,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said the concert will include several guest performers for additional vocal and instrumental accompaniment.“We have some vocalists from the folk choir, [and] organist Patrick Kronner will be joining us,” she said. “We’ll also have a group of singers who’ll highlight some of the hymn tunes that our other pieces are based on.”The handbells, vocalists and instrumentalists blend well together, she said, and work to complement one another musically.“The diversity of handbells can be combined beautifully with all different types of instruments,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said she hopes the concert helps acquaint students with the handbell choir and the musical opportunities the group offers.“We want to let students know that we’re out there,” she said.Cahill said she looks forward to hearing the efforts of the ensembles, vocalists and instrumentalists come together.“I hope that people just have a very peaceful experience,” she said. “It’s just this unexpected joy when you hear [the bells].”Schneider-Kirner said playing handbells is “very uplifting.”“We always want to use our music to draw people closer to God, but also just to offer a really beautiful, spirited evening of song,” she said.Tags: Handbell Choir To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Notre Dame Handbell Choir will host an ensemble concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The concert is free and open to all.Sophomore Katherine Fugate, vice president of the handbell choir, said the group was first founded in 1988 when Campus Ministry purchased a small set of handbells.“Over the years, we’ve really tried to expand,” she said.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Related Shows Allegiance View Comments We now know the company that will join George Takei in boldly going to Broadway! Complete casting has been announced for Allegiance, co-starring Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. The production will begin performances on October 6 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is set for November 8.Joining the previously reported Takei, Salonga, Leung and Katie Rose Clarke will be Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka.The ensemble will include Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Cary Tedder, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.
By Dialogo January 01, 2012 Drug trafficking is a major threat to the development of Guinea-Bissau and has led to a sharp increase in illicit drug use in that country. In order to help stem the flow of illegal substances, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assisted the country in the creation of its Transnational Criminal Unit. Founded in December 2010, the group is in the process of becoming fully operational while it continues working to disband organized crime. West Africa is considered a major gateway for cocaine smuggled from South America into Europe. In 2009, an estimated 13 tons of the cocaine trafficked via West Africa were consumed or stored in the region, causing serious health concerns, UNODC reported. Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
With no winner in the 2020 race and votes still being counted in several battleground states, President Trump entered the East Room of the White House at 2:21 a.m. on Wednesday and asserted without evidence that the election was being taken from him by “a very sad group of people.”“This is a fraud on the American public,” he told a crowd of supporters, in a reckless and unsubstantiated string of remarks about the democratic process. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win the election.”- Advertisement – “We have a lot of life in that and somebody declared that it was a victory,” Mr. Trump said. “Maybe it will be. I mean that is possible. But certainly there were a lot of votes out there that we could get because we’re now just coming into what they call Trump territory.” They also stood in contrast to remarks made earlier in the evening by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who urged his supporters to have patience until all the votes were counted.“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election,” Mr. Biden tweeted. “It’s the voters’ place.”An early call of Arizona for Mr. Biden by Fox News was another check on any legitimate claim that Mr. Trump had won, or was even the likely victor in the race. And that call appeared to have enraged him. He told supporters that he had been watching Arnon Mishkin, the leader of the network’s decision desk, who appeared just after 12:30 a.m. and insisted Mr. Trump could not win the state.- Advertisement – The president said he wanted to stop the counting of votes and put the outcome of the election in the hands of the Supreme Court. “We want all voting to stop,” he said.“We will win this,” he continued. “As far as I am concerned we already have won it.” He had not, in fact, won the battleground states he claimed as victories, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Many states were still counting votes and had not reported any vote totals. Less than an hour after he left the stage, The Associated Press called Arizona for Mr. Biden. – Advertisement – His remarks were an escalation of his monthslong effort to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the race and previewed what is expected to become a protracted legal battle. Before Mr. Trump’s false claims, his campaign was already fund-raising off the uncertain outcome. A 12:03 a.m. plea asked for money to help “protect the integrity of this Election.”- Advertisement –
Organized by the Croatian Camping Union (KUH), from November 12-14.11.2018, 4. in Terme Tuhelj (Tuheljske Toplice), hotel Well XNUMX *, is held the largest annual gathering of Croatian camping, which will bring together more than 300 representatives of Croatian camping, related institutions and activities as well as related industries.From the beginning, Croatian Camping Congress, organized by KUH, has established itself as a central gathering of knowledge and experience, education and meetings of representatives of the Croatian camping sector and related activities.On this occasion, we bring a brief analysis of the camping market in Croatia.As a rule, camping covers about 20% of the accommodation capacity of the Republic of Croatia, and in 2018, 872 campsites operated in Croatia, with a total accommodation capacity of 250.154 people.Most overnight stays in camps are realized in the County of Istria, 52% of overnight stays in camps in the Republic of Croatia, followed by the County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar with 19% and the County of Zadar with 11% of overnight stays in camps in the Republic of Croatia. Unfortunately, the segment of continental camps needs to be further strengthened, and today continental camps account for only about 2% of total camping nights.In 2018, a total of 19,1 million overnight stays and 2,9 million departures were realized in campsites (an increase in overnight stays by 1,1% and arrivals by 2,7% compared to last year), while the main markets are Germany, Slovenia and Austria. , The Netherlands and Italy.Observing the prices in the camps, according to the analysis of the prices of the camps of Europe by the German ADAC, two adults with a ten-year-old child pay 40,92 euros per night in Croatia, and thus Croatia is in 5th place in terms of camping. Italy is more expensive, at 46,35 euros, but Spain (39,94 euros) and France (36,55 euros) are cheaper.At the same time, Croatia is today at the top of Europe when we talk about the average quality of camps, and 2018 is especially significant because 2 new camps with 5 * were opened (in Istria camp Santa Marina and on Krk camp Omišalj), and the first Croatian The 100% glamping camp, Arena One 99 Glamping camp in Pula, is pointed out by the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) and added that the investment cycle continues.”In 2018, our camping offer was enriched with the first tree houses (camp Plitvice Holiday Resort near the Plitvice Lakes National Park). However, the investment process continues so that in 2019 we can announce the opening of a new camp with 5 *, Istria Premium Camping Resort in Istria, and many other camps will continue to invest in increasing quality.”They conclude from KUH.The largest annual gathering of Croatian camping will be an opportunity to summarize this year’s results, but the most important thing is to discuss new trends and products that improve the service in campsites. Find out more about the Croatian Camping Congress in the attachment.INCREASED NEWS:12TH CROATIAN CAMPING CONGRESS THIS YEAR IN CONTINENTAL CROATIA
The scope will likely defy definition and resolution. There is no indication a remedy has or can be found and justice served.The church in the Western world faces greater dissent, desertion and financial hardship as a consequence.The diminished power and influence of the church will seriously destabilize the worldwide balance of organized religion. Lesser Western denominations will be exposed to challenges kept in check by the church. Above all, a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the West is a very serious and distinct possibility.The selection of a new pope will be the come-to-Jesus moment for the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the world. Who will be deemed unblemished in the ascension to the papacy? Does this man exist within the church hierarchy? Will he be discovered and elevated to power in time to rally the church and preserve Western religions as we know them? Think long and hard. This isn’t about one people. It’s about all people.Mark RahnScotia We have the perfect place. It’s the Oswald D. Heck facility on Balltown Road near the Mohawk Commons. There’s plenty of off- street parking, plenty of housing units available, and it’s already a non-profit entity, so the town of Niskayuna shouldn’t be too upset with the YWCA moving there.If the YWCA already plans to invest $20 million to $50 million, why not put it to renovating an existing property that could use a face-lift and some new tenants? I’m pretty sure the state of New York would love to see this property reused in such a beneficial way.Daniel BradtNiskayuna Upon giving him my answers he grinned and handed me my ATM card and said that I left it in the machine he just happened to use after me.Although I might have slept better not knowing that bit of information until a later hour, I was certainly impressed that Officer Haynes returned my card to me as he did and that he did so promptly and with a smile. I’m grateful I live in a community with police officers who take their time to help citizens like me, even with the smaller matters of life.Brian MerriamSchenectady Grateful for police service with a smileYou can imagine my alarm when my doorbell was rung “aggressively” a week ago at 4 a.m. When I went downstairs to see what the emergency was, I saw a flashlight shining in from the front porch. My mind raced to understand what could be the cause. When I saw that the two men on my porch were both police officers, I immediately thought about the safety of my family and whether they came bearing some horrible news. I opened the door and asked what the cause of their visit was and was asked if I was Brian Merriam.I assured them I was, then the officer said, “This may sound like a strange question, but did you visit a bank last night?”I assured them I had, but knew I hadn’t brought a gun or done anything illegal to make my withdrawal. Still, he asked me to identify the name of the bank and its location. These people took care of the sick and indigent; the very people I’ve been brought up to believe that the church should help.Claiming we had nothing to do with it seems like a lie. Because of the church’s affiliation with the hospital, the hospital was given an exemption from federal reporting requirements. That seems like we had something to do with it.Pay these people. What our elected officials and the church appear to be doing is running the clock. The more pensioners that pass away, the lower the liability becomes. Don’t think that’s not a real thought. The church pays off a lot of other things that are garbage.As this drags on, the diocese is trying to raise $45 million for a capital campaign. I’m ashamed. Tell me I’m wrong.Jeffrey Kozlowski Amsterdam The closer civil government is to the people, the more responsible, responsive, and accountable it is likely to be. The Constitution, itself, in Articles I through VI, enumerates the powers which may be exercised by the federal government. Of particular importance is Article I, Section 8, which delineates the authority of Congress.The federal government was clearly established as a government of limited authority. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution specifically provides that: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”Over time, the limitations of federal government power imposed by the Constitution have been substantially eroded. Preservation of constitutional government requires a restoration of the balance of authority between the federal government and the states as provided in the Constitution itself and as intended and construed by those who framed and ratified that document.We pledge to be faithful to this constitutional requirement and to work methodically to restore to the states and to the people their rightful control over legislative, judicial, executive and regulatory functions that are not constitutionally delegated to the federal government.We stand opposed to any regionalization of governments, at any level, which results in removal of decision-making powers from the people or those directly elected by the people.William D. WildaySchenectadyThe writer is vice-chairman of the Constitution Party of New York. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionYWCA should move to O.D. Heck siteIt seems to me that the YWCA has out lived its use in the Schenectady Stockade and it’s time for it to move on to a better location for its housing of the Single Room Occupancy program providing women with emergency, temporary and permanent housing. It makes zero sense to keep this facility in a congested and restricted residential area that has historically poor parking and very limited access.The YWCA should sell that property for senior living apartments like the YMCA did and then move to a more centralized location. Constitution Party putting people firstWe at the Constitution Party of New York want government to be as close to the people as possible. Our national plank is as follows: Bring Government Back Home. Paper missed great Theatre Guild effortThe Gazette missed an incredible opportunity to promote community theatre in Schenectady. The Classic Theatre Guild presented a seven-performance run of Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector General from March 12-24. Audiences were treated to an enjoyable evening of laughter and insight. The play is satirical and, although written about imperial Russia, contains many comical allusions to American politics in the 21st century. The directors, Phil Bruns and Jake Monsees, and the talented cast of local actors did an amazing job. It’s really unfortunate that a reporter wasn’t sent to review a performance and/or interview the players. Maybe you’ll be more vigilant in the future: the Classic Theatre Guild deserves better coverage in The Gazette.Beverly SkollSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Church must fund St. Clare’s pensionsThe fact that my church sits on $3.2 billion from the sale of Fidelis Health Care and will not help the St. Clare’s pensioners is a sin. Catholic church must address challengesI’m not Catholic, and yet I’m acutely aware of the role of the Catholic church in world affairs. People of all faiths must acknowledge the potential fallout from the child sexual abuse crisis within the church. I wish to summarize the critical points as I understand them:George Will is correct: This is the gravest threat since the Protestant Reformation.It appears that child sexual abuse has been pervasive over generations, if not centuries.