By LISA SPENGLEROcean City may not have the abundance of trees with brilliant colored leaves like the trees off-shore, but that’s a good thing when people are seen spending their weekends with a rake.Ocean City may not have the crowds and the sounds that fill the summer, but that’s a good thing when you can hear the crashing of the waves in the stillness of the night.Portions of the city now have traffic lights that blink yellow. The right turns on red are back.The “guts” are out of the parking meters and, most importantly for some, dogs are allowed on the beach.There are enough beautiful, sunny days where a stroll on the beach or taking a chair and a good book to read is still possible. Your own, somewhat private, beach is back.It’s where the downtown and Boardwalk merchants can engage in personal conversation and remember your name with every visit.Each day offers the opportunity for a stroll down streets filled with boutiques and restaurants, a bike ride or walk on the Boardwalk or a walk on the beach alone, or with your dog.Meg and Ed Connelly, of Hatboro, Pa., enjoy a brisk stroll in Ocean City.Meg and Ed Connelly from Hatboro, Pa., came to their Ocean City home for a “nice little escape.”“We have some of our family, which includes eight grandchildren and a puppy, who live near us, some even with us,” said Meg. “We came here to find a little peace and quiet.”“We’re on our way to the beach now,” Ed said smiling.“And to watch the beautiful sunset,” added Meg.Ocean City is full of alluring beauty this time of year.There are numerous nights when the sunsets explode with layers of brilliant orange, reds and yellow.The colors reflecting off the wetlands make it appear as if the marshes are fields of wheat.The formation of the layers within the sunset make it appear as if there are mountains in the distance.During this time of year, the sunrises, the sunsets and everything in between offer an overwhelming sense of tranquility throughout the city, inspiring many, like the Connellys, to make Ocean City their escape from chaos.Jimmy and Sue Kooz, of Woodland Park, N.J., enjoy a walk down the beach at 34th Street.Sue and Jimmy Kooz, from Woodland Park, N.J., stopped at the 34th Street beach to take advantage of the crisp fall air and the splendor of the ocean.“We’ve been coming here during the fall for five years,” said Sue. “We come to enjoy the peace and quiet.”The Kooz family spend their summers in Ocean City and winters in Florida.Last year they spent their Christmas in Ocean City.“And this year we hope to do it again,” Jimmy said.With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, it can only mean one thing — that the crowds and commercialization of the season will soon approach a level of pandemonium.This year will be one of the shortest spans between Thanksgiving and Christmas.So, to experience the true meaning and spirit of the season, many will choose to get away from the malls to feel the nostalgia of a small town Christmas in Ocean City.The downtown is decorated each holiday season with garland and red bows.It’s in this quaint town, where young and old alike can experience shopping in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, starting with the “Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza on Nov. 23.The extravaganza offers early bird shopping specials the weekend before Thanksgiving. Pajamas are the preferred attire, but not required, making it an adventure for all ages.On Nov. 29, Ocean City will hold its annual Christmas in the Downtown, “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue.”What is “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue?” It is a day after Thanksgiving shopping and dining event where carolers and street entertainers join those shopping and strolling down the avenue.It is where you’ll find the ever-popular horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall. The horse and carriage rides begin the weekend of Nov. 23-24 and run every weekend through Dec. 21-22 and again on Jan. 1.During December, with the malls and retail outlets now at the peak of chaos with traffic, lines and short tempers, Asbury Avenue provides another opportunity for intimate dining and shopping in the one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques.The city also provides residents and visitors with a spectacular tree lighting and an impressive arrival of Santa Claus.With a little help from the Ocean City Fire Department, Santa climbs down a fire ladder from the roof of City Hall. Each year, children anxiously watch Santa’s every step.Shoppers dress in pajamas and festive costumes to get into the holiday spirit during the “Earlier Than The Bird” event each year in November.To close out the year, there are many other events held in Ocean City during the months of November and December, including holiday events on the Music Pier. The Music Pier is located on the Boardwalk at Ninth Street.From the Musical Sounds of the Season by the Holiday Pops to numerous shows by The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, including Lights, Camera, Christmas: 2019 Holiday Spectacular and Frozen Jr., families will enjoy this seasonal celebration.But the city doesn’t stop there.The First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration and the First Day Shopping Extravaganza continue to offer the special kind of warmth and friendly atmosphere found with each entertainment experience.Winter in Ocean City maintains the same sense of tranquility. It is filled with unmatched treasures of boutiques and restaurants all surrounded with the uniqueness of the family-friendly Boardwalk, Great Egg Harbor Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.For more information on Ocean City’s Calendar of Events, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ, (609) 399-6111. Download the official OCNJ Vacation App for your smart phone. The shopping extravaganza will feature deals on Boardwalk business merchandise and Downtown shops.
Burlington Telecom officials were greeted with much skepticism by regulators in their request yesterday to borrow more money from the City of Burlington’s cash pool in an effort to make an interest payment on existing debt. The $386,673 interest payment to CitiCapital Municipal Finance is due Wednesday. The Vermont Public Service Board and staff did not make a final decision, but their line of questioning cast much doubt on the wisdom on borrowing more money to cover debt that the city-owned telecom company already cannot cover.Burlington Telecom, which offers telephone, television and Internet services and has 4,600 subscribers, already owes the city $16.95 million. It is also in violation of its charter for not repaying the loan to the city within 60 days.
By Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by the Diálogo Staff October 13, 2020 On August 27, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it will grant $1.17 million to five institutions that will directly benefit Venezuelans in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.The money is part of a partnership between USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank that seeks to identify, finance, and provide innovative solutions to Venezuelans and the communities that receive them throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.The association intends to improve access to food, education, and employment opportunities, in addition to “promoting entrepreneurship, social cohesion, and the economic empowerment of women.”According to a U.S. Department of State press release, the money will go to different institutions that work for the welfare of Venezuelans.In Colombia, the recipient institution will be the International Rescue Committee, which will help reach educational goals in 16 major schools located in the border city of Cúcuta, and it will address issues such as youth violence and xenophobia against migrants.Meanwhile, the designated institution in Brazil and Ecuador is Caritas Brazil, which will launch an online portal in Portuguese and Spanish to provide thousands of Venezuelans with access to a reliable network of legal, logistical, and humanitarian services.In Brazil, the Terroá Institute will also expand its nationally recognized program, and work with young Venezuelans and Brazilians to strengthen social cohesion, employability, and integration in Brasilia, Manaus, and Sao Paulo, through an entrepreneurship skills acquisition program.In Venezuela, two local organizations will work with these funds. One will work with communities to develop innovative sustainable agricultural techniques that will improve food security, as well as stimulate women’s leadership skills and strengthen communities’ self-sufficiency.The other will support entrepreneurship initiatives in the food sector by implementing an entrepreneurial skills program for women.
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The most expensive goalkeeper in the world of football has gone on to remark on his next target at Juventus, while assuring fans that he will put pen to paper.The former Parma shot stopper moved to the Turin giants back in 2001, and it has been a decade long service for the maestro, who has maintained his positioning as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. His contributions to the cause of the Bianconeri can never be questioned; when everyone was thinking of leaving the club following their demotion to the Serie B Calciopoli scandal, the Italian stuck around to keep the goal in the upcoming season.His presence, along with a few others, including the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Pavel Nedved was instrumental in guiding them straight back into the first division of the Italian football, the Serie A. He has been indispensible at Juventus, and has helped the club out in securing trophies throughout his career, whether it was his natural instinctual saves or salvaging victory for the Bianconeri in the penalty shootouts.He has won every possible trophy there is to win for club and country, all expect one. He has won the Scudetto on a number of occasions, as well as the Coppa Italia. Even at national level, Buffon was the goalkeeper that led the Italians to victory in the finals of the World Cup in 2006 against France. However, if there has been one trophy that has not been within the grasp of the Italian, it has been the UEFA Champions League.Always the participant and never the winner, Buffon came agonisingly close to lifting the trophy back in the 2003 edition of the European tournament, in what was an all Italian affair which saw Milan competing against Juve for the trophy.Gigi Buffon went on to aspire: “The Champions League is something that I want before I retire. It would be a shame to end my career having just missed out on it.”Buffon was unable to salvage the match against Milan in 2003, as Andriy Shevchenko got the better of him in penalty shootout of the Champions League final.
Cristiano Ronaldo was yesterday crowned men’s player of the year at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, winning the honour for a sixth time.The Juventus forward, 34, scooped Best Men’s Player of the Year at a glitzy ceremony at the Madinat Jumeirah, with England’s Lucy Bronze winning the inaugural award for best woman.Meanwhile, Liverpool picked up a trio of victories, with Jurgen Klopp voted best coach, Alisson Becker best goalkeeper, and the European champions named best club.Of the night’s other winners – 17 awards in all were handed out – Klopp added to his Fifa Best award in September in recognition of Liverpool’s international, European and domestic dominance.Elsewhere, Ryan Giggs, the former Manchester United midfielder and current Wales manager, and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic were each given the Player Career Award. Atletico Madrid and Portugal striker Joao Felix was named Best Revelation Player, which honours players aged 21 and under.
6 Nov 2012 Devon’s Anna Tyson is South West Steward of the Year Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, near Newton Abbot in Devon, has been named the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region. The competition, now in its sixth year, is run jointly by Fuller’s and England Golf and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole. Anna joined Dainton Park when it started 20 years ago and her welcome has helped it grow to a club with more than 600 members. She knows all the members by name – and drink – and the job is clearly a way of life to her. She even met her husband when he worked in the pro shop! Anna’s family background is in the restaurant business and she been involved in the catering and bar industry from an early age. She’s built up a fantastic reputation for service at Dainton Park and has opened the clubhouse and restaurant area to visitors as well as members, managing a host of private functions such as weddings, birthdays and christenings. One of this year’s highlights was the captain’s charity day, when the club owner who took on Anna 20 years ago, took his turn to captain the club. The event was themed on the Olympics and Anna organised a Bucks fizz breakfast reception for a family-style sports day, with both her children joining in the fun. Anna, and the other three regional winners, were presented with their awards by England Golf chairman Nigel Evans and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager. This was the first time that all four regional winners had been women. The other three were: Midlands region and overall winner Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, Warwickshire; North region winner Dawn Stacey of Wath Golf Club, Rotherham, Yorkshire; South East region winner Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk. The 2012 Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year competition attracted hundreds of nominations from club members, visitors and golf club managers. These were read and reviewed by representatives of England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2011 Steward of the Year, Scott Parker from Buckingham Golf Club, and were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards: three from each region. The shortlisted stewards were all visited personally by England Golf and Fuller’s representatives who experienced firsthand the exceptional service they provide. The regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Fuller’s London Pride South West Steward of the Year, Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon, receives her award from (left) Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager and Nigel Evans, chairman of England Golf. Credit: © Professional Images
RED BANK — A proposal to construct a six-story hotel at the borough’s northern entrance, which has seen its share of wrinkles, developed ano encountered another on Monday when Ron Gasiorowski, an attorney representing an objector to the application, said that the height of the proposed structure exceeds what is permitted under borough ordinances.The planning board had been scheduled to continue hearing the application by RBank Capital LLC to construct a 76-room Hampton Inn, at the Highway 35 and Rector Place intersection, overlooking the Swimming River.But after a discussion between representatives for the developer, the objector and the planning board attorney the hearing was adjourned until January.The hearing was placed on hold when a representative for the objector discovered a provision in a borough ordinance that restricts a building’s height to 50 feet in the zone if it falls halfway between the river and the nearest parallel roadway, with the ordinance pertaining to such roadways as Front Street, Riverside Avenue, Rector Place and Shrewsbury Avenue.According to prior testimony, the height of the proposed hotel is approximately 80 feet.Following the adjournment, Planning Board Attorney Michael Leckstein said that when hearings resume, the attorney for the developer, Martin A. McGann Jr. will have to show that the project does not violate the ordinance.“I’m not aware of that section,” (of the applicable ordinance) and would have to review it, Leckstein said. Board Engineer Christine Ballard agreed, noting that the language of the ordinance was not clear. “It’s very fuzzy,” she said.McGann said afterwards that the issue at hand is “a very technical point,” but one “I think we’ll be able to address it at the next meeting,” on Jan. 18.This is the latest development in the long hearings on this matter, which over the months has seen a debate over whether it should be heard by the zoning board or planning; over the zoning of the property, and if this would be deemed a permitted use, and the borough council’s decision to change the zoning in hopes of clarifying the issue. A borough resident also brought a lawsuit against the board and developer seeking to block the project, expressing concerns over the size and scope of the plan and arguing it should go before the zoning board to seek a use variance. There also was considerable debate over who is actually the objector, with the objector’s attorney, Ron Gasiorowski, acknowledging there is another party that is paying for the lawsuit, but the lawyer refuses to name that additional party.If the application does violate the ordinance provision, it could mean the application would have to go before the borough zoning board of adjustment (as the named objector, borough resident Steve Mitchell, has maintained in his suit) to seek a variance for a non-permitted use, which has a considerably higher burden of proof than would be required before the planning board. That would mean the process would have to start from the beginning before the zoning board.The developer would like to construct the hotel on the site of a former Exxon gas station, which has been vacant for approximately 14 years. Mitchell, the objector, has argued the project violates existing zoning, is too large for the site, as well as raising issue with contamination of the property.