It’s Free Beach Tags in Ocean City for All Military Vets

first_imgA new ordinance offers free beach tags to all U.S. military veterans who visit Ocean City beaches.City Council gave final approval Thursday (April 24) to offer free beach tags to all military veterans.A new ordinance eliminates the fees for anybody who has served in the U.S. military for at least 90 days.Ocean City collected $3.9 million in beach tag revenue in 2013, and the city is projecting equal revenue for 2014 despite the change.The measure passed in a 6-0 vote and was sponsored by Councilman Keith Hartzell, Councilman Mike Allegretto and Council President Tony Wilson. Councilman Pete Guinosso recused himself from the vote as the only veteran on the seven-member council.The measure reads as follows:“No fees shall be charged to or collected from persons who have served in any of the Armed Forces of the United States and who were discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable and who either have served at least 90 days in active duty or have been discharged or released from active duty by reason of a service-incurred injury or disability. … The Director of Financial Management shall also establish procedures pursuant to the rules and regulations promulgated by the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs pertaining to veteran eligibility for this beach fee exemption.”Finance Director Frank Donato is charged with coming up with a system to administer the program. He said Thursday that distribution of specially designed military beach tags likely would take place at a limited number of indoor locations where city employees would be able to verify veteran status (using state-issued guidelines).A similar system was in place last summer after City Council passed a 2011 ordinance that offers free beach tags to active-duty members and their spouses and children.The local measure is made possible by a bill Gov. Chris Christie signed in January permitting towns to provide the free or discounted beach tags to veterans.Ocean City has charged for access to public beaches since the 1970s. Seasonal beach tags cost $20 (if purchased before June 1) and $25 during the season. All persons age 12 and older must purchase a beach tag to use the beach between June 7 and Sept. 1.Beach tags can be purchased online (with a $5 shipping fee): Order Ocean City NJ Beach Tags.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Worshipful Company launches Baker’s Marque trial

first_imgPeter Gossage, Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, has visited four bakeries taking part in a three-month trial of its Baker’s Marque Warrant.The Master met with staff and owners last Monday (16 April) for the launch of the Baker’s Company Marque, which is the symbol of a quality assured product based on five principles – provenance, production processes, product, staffing and community.The bakeries based in the Greater London area taking part in the trial, which Gossard visited in one day, include Dunn’s Bakery of Crouch End, Kindred Bakery of Herne Hill and Norwood, Kistrucks Bakeries of South Woodford and Chigwell and Victoria Bakery of Barnet.Gossage told British Baker: “Should the three-month trial be successful, we would look to roll out the Marque on 4 July. There has been a considerable amount of interest shown, as we have talked to all sorts of people, including consumers, who want to know more about their bread within the local community. But we want that period of time to see the public reaction, check logistics and ensure bakeries can re-order material appropriately to market their products with the Marque.“We’re not telling bakers how to bake bread, but we want to offer them more information about locally sourced ingredients and products, plus the knowledge and background behind the bread.”The four bakeries applied in advance for assessment and were inspected to ensure they were suitable to be awarded the Marque, which they can display and use on qualifying products.For further information on the Baker’s Marque, visit read more

The Peach Music Festival Kicks Into The Weekend With Tributes From SCI, Les Brers, & Moe. [Gallery]

first_imgThe Peach Music Festival is in full-swing for its 5th annual celebration at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. With Dark Star Orchestra, Electron, Dopapod, and Cabinet kicking things off on Thursday evening, the site got serious on Friday for its first full day and night of continuous music. Complete with water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and zipline adventures, Montage Mountain proves one of the best grounds to occupy on a hot summer’s day.The Peach’s lineup has been impressive since the start, but when Gregg Allman Band and “The Gregg Allman Incident” were cancelled due to the singer/songwriter being hospitalized with serious health issues, people were left scratching their heads and wondering how such novel acts could ever be replaced. Luckily, Les Brers was also billed to play the festival, featuring plenty of blood-members of the Allman Brothers Band, who were able to join in on The String Cheese Incident-led ABB tribute, billed “The Allman Brothers’ Family Incident” (more about that here).Beloved jam band moe. gave fans two glorious sets of live music. The first set was a more traditional moe. celebration, full of their classic tunes, it was the second, late-night set that is sure to have people talking, as the band performed a full tribute set to the great Pink Floyd (full video here).In addition to theses historical acts, came original performances from The String Cheese Incident, Les Brers, Toots & The Maytals, along with The Motet, The Werks, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, a very special set from The Floozies w/ Jason Hann, and so many more.The Peach Fest continues today with Trey Anastasio Band, Umphrey’s McGee, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and many more. Stay tuned!Check out the full gallery from Friday’s celebration, courtesy of Faces of Festivals: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Listen To Tunes From The SpongeBob Musical By David Bowie, T.I., Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, & More

first_imgOn November 6th, the new SpongeBob SquarePants musical hits Broadway. Written by Kyle Jarrow and co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the musical follows the happenings in Bikini Bottom with many of our favorite characters from the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon making appearances including our favorite sponge, his best friend Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, Sandy Cheeks, and more. Inherently, the show—and by extension the musical—is absurd. The upcoming Broadway production features a whimsical plot about volcanoes, a rock band, and a convoluted plan for SpongeBob and his friends to save Bikini Bottom from destruction.A SpongeBob SquarePants Musical Is Coming With Original Tunes From David Bowie & MoreLast week, NPR Music gave people the first listen to the official cast recording of the soundtrack to the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, and it’s truly something else (and as NPR notes, “You certainly do not need to understand [the plot of the musical] in order to understand the album”). While the original cast members from the musical recorded the numbers on the soundtrack, the most hilarious thing about the album is the long list of famed musicians who helped write original numbers for the musical.The third number on the album, “No Control”, is a dark, synthy tune that kicks off with a chorus repeating “The end is coming” over and over again. Who wrote such a over-the-top and heavy tune for a children’s musical about literal sea sponges you might ask? None other than David Bowie and Brian Eno. From there, the credits on the SpongeBob SquarePants soundtrack becomes increasingly surreal, with the album featuring songs written by T.I., Panic! at the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, The Flaming Lips, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, John Legend, They Might Be Giants, Alex Ebert (the lead singer and frontman for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes), Lady Antebellum, Sara Bareilles, the Plain White T’s, Yolanda Adams, and more.The soundtrack for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical comes out on September 22nd via Masterworks Broadway. Until then, you can take a listen to this assortment of Bikini Bottom-themed songs from a ridiculous crew of musicians on NPR Music, and check out the song listing from the musical below.SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical Act I“Bikini Bottom Day” by Jonathan Coulton – SpongeBob and Company“No Control” by David Bowie and Brian Eno – Perch Perkins and Company“BFF” by Plain White T’s – SpongeBob and Patrick“When the Going Gets Tough” by T.I. – Plankton, Karen and Company“Just a Simple Sponge” by Panic! at the Disco – SpongeBob and Ensemble“Daddy Knows Best” by Alex Ebert – Mr. Krabs and Pearl“Hero Is My Middle Name” by Cyndi Lauper – SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy“Super Sea Star Savior” by Yolanda Adams – Patrick and Sardines“Tomorrow Is” by The Flaming Lips – CompanySpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical Act I“Poor Pirates” by Sara Bareilles – Patchy and Pirates“Bikini Bottom Day Reprise 2” by Jonathan Coulton – SpongeBob and Gary“Bikini Bottom Boogie” by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry – The Electric Skates“Chop to the Top” by Lady Antebellum – Sandy and SpongeBob“(I Guess I) Miss You” by John Legend – Patrick and SpongeBob“I’m Not a Loser” by They Might Be Giants – Squidward and Sea Anemones“Just a Simple Sponge Reprise” by Panic! at the Disco – SpongeBob“Best Day Ever” by Andy Paley and Tom Kenny – SpongeBob and Company“Bikini Bottom Day Reprise 3” by Jonathan Coulton – SpongeBob and Company“SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song” by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg and Blaise Smith – SpongeBob and Company[Photo: Joan Marcus]last_img read more

Raj Chetty returning to Harvard

first_img Raj Chetty awarded Clark Medal Harvard Economics Department chair David Laibson said Chetty’s return is a sign of progress in a long-term effort to re-energize a department that saw Chetty’s decision to leave — on the heels of several other faculty departures — as a low point but also a wakeup call.Since then, Laibson said, Harvard’s senior leadership, including both Faust and Bacow, as well as Provost Alan Garber, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smith, and FAS Dean for Social Sciences Claudine Gay, have made extensive efforts to revitalize the department, supporting new faculty hires while working toward a solution to the space squeeze in its Littauer Building home.Laibson, who took over as department chair shortly after Chetty departed, said the department has since hired three senior faculty members, Chetty, Xavier Gabaix, and Isaiah Andrews; a professor of practice, Karen Dynan; and has promoted to full professor five tenure-track faculty members, Tomasz Strzalecki, Nathaniel Hendren, Stephanie Stantcheva, Amanda Pallais, and Melissa Dell.The department, which has the most undergraduate concentrators, also hired a number of assistant professors and celebrated its sixth Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, awarded to Oliver Hart in 2016 “for contributions to contract theory.” Though the years have had some bumps, Laibson said he’s nonetheless encouraged by the overall progress.“This has been a terrific period of rebuilding for us. We were feeling that momentum was very much in the wrong direction at the time Raj left,” Laibson said. “I now feel very optimistic about our future.”Chetty has a deep history at Harvard. He received a bachelor’s degree there in 2000 and a Ph.D. in economics in 2003.Chetty’s research seeks to understand the forces that influence whether ordinary Americans succeed or fail economically. His work involves government tax and education policy, social insurance, and human behavior. He has leveraged enormous data sets from the U.S. Census Bureau as well as anonymized tax records to explore some of the most enduring beliefs and myths about American society, from the importance of experienced classroom teachers to children’s later success to the effectiveness of social programs intended to raise children out of poverty, to the relative “stickiness” of childhood socio-economic status.Through the Equality of Opportunity Project at Stanford, which he directs and will relocate to Harvard, he has begun pilot projects to put some of his findings to work. One study, for example, showed that some neighborhoods have higher rates of success at moving children out of poverty as they grow up.Despite that knowledge, Chetty said poor families that receive government housing vouchers rarely move to neighborhoods statistically shown to give their children a better chance of moving up in society, even though the vouchers mean there’s no greater cost to them in doing so. Now he and his collaborators are working with the Seattle and King County housing authorities to encourage 2,000 families receiving housing vouchers to move to places that Chetty called “opportunity bargains” in the city.“We’ll wait to see whether we’re effective in accomplishing that goal, but our sense is that could have quite a big impact on the outcomes of these kids and that could then be scaled to other programs in the U.S. — importantly — without spending more taxpayer dollars,” Chetty said. “It’s just trying to achieve better bang for the buck.” Economist Raj Chetty, whose work has illuminated the decline of American economic mobility, the impact of race on a child’s economic prospects, and other cracks in the American dream, is returning to Harvard after three years at Stanford University.From 2009 to 2015, Chetty served on Harvard’s economics faculty, first as professor of economics and then as William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Economics. He is widely viewed as one of his generation’s most promising young economists, one who has taken advantage of recent advances in computing and statistical methodology to leverage big data and provide new perspectives on one of America’s biggest challenges: economic inequality.At age 29, Chetty was among the youngest to gain tenure at Harvard. His new appointment, as the inaugural William A. Ackman Professor of Economics, will take effect this summer.His work has brought him a number of honors, including in 2012 a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and in 2013 the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association, given to an economist under age 40 who has made “the most significant contributions to economic thought and knowledge.” Harvard President Drew Faust, who steps down June 30, welcomed Chetty back to campus, saying his return will boost a department that has been a traditional strength at the University.“Raj’s research has laid bare issues that require innovative approaches and urgent attention,” said Faust. “His work has provided unparalleled insight into challenges of inequality and opportunity. We are delighted to welcome him back to Harvard.”“We are thrilled that Raj has decided to come home to Harvard,” echoed incoming Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow. “I look forward to working with him and others as we seek to extend opportunity to all. I have great appreciation for how Raj uses the tools of economics to both understand and seek solutions for one of our country’s biggest challenges.”Chetty said he’s making the change to be closer to Harvard-based colleagues with whom he still works, to leverage the University’s public policy expertise to help remedy the inequality on which his research focuses, and because of commitments of support for work in that field from top Harvard officials.“There’s great scientific value in understanding what’s going on, and that has to be the first step. But we want to go beyond just shaping the conversation,” Chetty said in an interview. “What we really need to do, at the end of the day, is figure out what the solutions are.” Prestigious economics honor considered second only to Nobel Prize The personal side of economics Chetty tries to craft fiscal policy solutions to match behaviors Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Chetty traced his interest in discovering the reality of the American dream to his own family’s journey. His parents were educated in the U.S., returned home to India, then came back here, with him and his sister in tow, seeking opportunity.“For us and many immigrants, that’s what America’s all about,” Chetty said. “If you work hard, you can move up, you can do whatever you want. The sky’s the limit.”His research has shown, however, that the American dream is elusive for many and increasingly difficult to attain. The research also shows that there are pockets of success where there’s greater economic mobility. If that success can be understood and replicated, it might counterbalance the nation’s increasing socioeconomic fossilization.“What distinguishes America is the idea, or at least the aspiration, that any child of any background can succeed through hard work. And I worry, as I look at these data, that that’s really not the case,” Chetty said.One advantage Chetty has in putting his research to work is that the overarching belief in the American dream transcends political boundaries, even if the major parties disagree on the details of possible solutions.“Even in a politically polarized, divisive time,” Chetty said, “I am able to show the same set of slides on a given day to Paul Ryan and Elizabeth Warren and find that both of them react very positively and say: This is my agenda; this is what I really want to do.”last_img read more

BLSE programs are designed to enhance lawyer competence

first_imgBLSE programs are designed to enhance lawyer competence When it comes to Bar priorities on improving member competence and ethics and improving the public perception of the profession, the Board of Legal Specialization and Education has three programs that further those goals, according to Chair Elizabeth Russo. “You’re concerned about the perceptions [by the public] of lawyers,” she told the Board of Governors at a recent meeting. “Change will never happen by promoting lawyers as a group; it will happen brick by brick, lawyer by lawyer and that’s where the BLSE comes in. “Specifically, the BLSE. . . oversees three programs, each of which involves honesty and competence. For each of these, the emphasis and requirements are the same: We must seek truthfulness and hone professionalism and competence.” The three programs, she said, are working with the Young Lawyers Division on its Practicing with Professionalism program required for all new Bar members, the continuing legal education requirement for all active Bar members, and the Bar’s certification program. The YLD recently ended its former Bridge the Gap program and replaced it with Practicing with Professionalism. “It emphatically concentrates on ethics and professionalism and acquiring minimal skills necessary to competently represent clients,” she said. The BLSE and YLD recently backed a rule change that would have eliminated the deferment afforded to government lawyers on taking the Practicing with Professionalism course. That proposed change was withdrawn after government lawyers protested, but Russo said it was important to note the disagreement was not over the goal, but the best way to reach it. “The question is not any longer whether we should reach out on ethics to each and every lawyer who is being admitted to The Florida Bar, but rather how,” she told the board. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the required CLE program, and Russo reported that it is operating smoothly, with 1,700 lawyers reporting every month. Under the program, lawyers are required to take 30 hours of courses, including five hours of ethics, professionalism, substance abuse or mental health awareness classes, every three years. “Here, too, the message is very clear. The message is you as an individual lawyer must during the course of your career maintain your competence and your ethics,” Russo said. “You will be required to attend to your ethics and attend to your competence or you will not be a member of The Florida Bar. And we as the Bar will give you courses to help you do that. “Our final program is the certification program,” she continued. “[Supreme Court] Justice [Harry Lee] Anstead referred to that program as one of the jewels in the crown of the Florida justice system.” Certification offers every lawyer the chance to demonstrate he or she is at the top of their chosen practice area, Russo said. There are now 19 certification areas, and 3,500 Bar members are certified. While it can be difficult to find the time to study for and take a certification exam, certification is becoming, as it is in the medical profession, “recognized as a badge of excellence in the field,” she noted. Each certification area has its own committee that draws up the exams and conducts peer review, under the BLSE’s guidance, she said. And the standards are not easy. “While we want and encourage every lawyer to strive for certification, we sacrifice nothing in standards,” Russo said. She concluded by telling the board that BLSE, through its programs, aims to “give the means to every lawyer to practice with skill and honor.” For more information about the Board of Legal Education and Specialization and its programs, contact Dawna Bicknell at (850) 561-5655. July 1, 2000 Regular News BLSE programs are designed to enhance lawyer competencelast_img read more

Top 13 Long Island News Stories of ’13

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Island Park resident digs out of the snow in February 2013. (Photo by Joe Abate)13. Record BlizzardThirty three inches. That’s the new record for snowfall that buried Medford when Nemo, as the February nor’easter was known, blanketed the Island. Hundreds of vehicles—some with their drivers inside overnight—were left stranded on local roadways, including the Long Island Expressway, which was closed for three days while upstate plows were called in. Business owners took to shoveling their roofs, as the weight of the snow caused some to cave in. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, who drew ire for being away on vacation at the time, was still defending his snow response during his re-election campaign in the fall. Sure was pretty, though.12. RIP Bill LindsayThe Lion of The Legislature, as the longest-serving presiding officer of the Suffolk County body was known, leaves behind a big paw print. Legis. William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), who lost his battle with lung cancer in September, had led a legislative investigation into the county ethics board—a move that culminated in ex-County Executive Steve Levy forgoing a third term to settle a criminal probe of his fundraising. Lawmakers soon after renamed the county’s North Complex in Hauppauge after Bill, their stabilizing force. And now, his son, Legis. William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia) represents the same district.11. Hempstead Clerk ScandalA judge found former Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla guilty in July at Nassau County court of official misconduct for trying to cover up alleged sexual harassment of a female subordinate who is suing him. Although he was acquitted of petit larceny, coercion and another misconduct charge, his conviction on the lone misdemeanor count forced New York State to remove him from office. That came after the Bellmore resident had refused calls from fellow elected officials to step down following his arrest. In a stroke of poetic justice, the Republican was sentenced to help members of the Hispanic community apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, Democratic President Obama’s proudest achievement.10. Nassau ColiseumNew York Islanders Owner Charles Wang’s vision to replace Nassau Coliseum with a mini-city called the Lighthouse Project crumbled after nearly a decade. ThenA rendering of what Forest City Ratner’s redeveloped arena would look like at Nassau Coliseum site.voters rejected a $400 million 2011 referendum to rebuild the Uniondale arena, which prompted Wang to move its anchor tenant to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Things were looking pretty bleak. But, this summer the county bizarrely tapped Forrest City Ratner, which developed the Isles’ new home, to renovate the coliseum in a $250 million privately financed deal that promises to finally breathe new life into The Old Barn once work starts in 2015. We’ll believe it when we eat a pretzel in it.9. Mangano-Suozzi RematchLI’s most anticipated electoral race of the year would have been more exciting had it ended in a nail-biter, rather than Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano drubbing his Democratic rematch rival, his predecessor he’d unseated, Tom Suozzi. It proved a strange campaign. Suozzi called out Mangano for once trying to bring a casino to the coliseum, then the two joined forces to endorse a since-approved state referendum to legalize casino gambling. Mangano danced around the fact that he kept the raise he had criticized Suozzi for giving the county executive. Suozzi’s wealthy Democratic primary challenger Adam Haber aptly called out both for being cogs in the local political machine while his credentials of self-made outsider fell flat. In the end, Nassau retained its historical status as a GOP-run county despite the party’s enrollment deficit.8. Newsday Throws WeightMost days, LI’s lone daily newspaper is subtle about synergizing with its monopolistic corporate overlords, Cablevision Systems Corp. But this year Newsday crossed more lines than usual. Disregarding their journalism 101 training, the editors in Melville omitted the fact that the Dolan family who owns their parent company was bidding to redevelop the coliseum in a story about the other bidder’s political donations. Then, while endorsing Suozzi, Newsday failed to disclose that he was a paid Cablevision consultant after he was ousted in 2009. Those two ethical lapses were not surprising to anyone familiar with the paper’s decline, but they boiled over when Mangano refused to debate Suozzi on News12 Long Island, also owned by Cablevision, unless News12 disclosed Tom’s ties to the TV station’s bosses. News12 declined, and it became the first Nassau exec debate in recent memory they didn’t air—and CBS did instead.7. 7-Eleven Human SmugglingSlurpees fans were horrified to learn that some 7-Eleven franchise owners were allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants from Pakistan using stolen identities, having them work in the convenience stores and forcing them to turn over their pay. Federal investigators said the suspects victimized 50 workers after agents raided about 30 stores nationwide, rounding up nine owners, managers and workers on LI. Authorities called it one of the largest in federal law enforcement history to uncover a “modern day plantation.” The victims, who had been effectively enslaved in a scam dating back more than a decade, had been too afraid to report their treatment.6. Suffolk Kills Nursing HomeA last-ditch effort to fast-track the sale of the publicly owned John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility for $23 million to a pair of private nursing home operators in NewThe John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank.York City was dashed in the spring when Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone couldn’t overcome union opposition. But as a result the county is paying to heat the empty 264-bed recently renovated facility so the pipes don’t freeze. All the 180 workers lost their employment at Foley, but some found work elsewhere. The patients were moved to other facilities in the region and some have since died.5. LIPA RebootedStarting on New Year’s Day, a private utility takes over the electrical system, transforming the Long Island Power Authority, which was blasted for its Sandy response. New Jersey-based Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. will have a 10-year contract to provide electricity no matter the weather. PSEG replaces National Grid, which will still supply natural gas to its current customers—at least for a little while longer. LIPA once had more than 100 people on staff running a $3.6 billion business serving more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau, Suffolk and parts of Queens, but it will be drastically reduced under the new arrangement. Rest assured, the rates won’t drop.4. Feds Slap SuffolkFour years after the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into allegations that Suffolk County police officers discriminated against members of the Hispanic community who reported bias and other crimes, the probe came to an uneventful end. The feds settled their review in an agreement that didn’t detail any specific allegations and required the department to improve minority relations with initiatives that have mostly been already implemented. Critics questioned what the point of it all was while county leaders cheered turning the page from a dark chapter. The probe was launched after a group of teens killed Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue.3. NCPD Cover-up ConvictionsThis was a case unique from beginning to end. The Press exposed how donors to a police nonprofit were rewarded with favors, including one donor getting burglary charges against his son quietly swept under the rug. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice read the story, ordered an investigation that lead to indictment and conviction of the burglar. His father’s friend ex-Deputy Chief of Patrol John Hunter pleaded guilty to misconduct. Former Second Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan was found guilty by a jury of misconduct and a third police supervisor, retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe, pleaded not guilty while his case is pending amid Flanagan’s appeal. And to think it wouldn’t even turn out to be the biggest scandal the department saw this year.2. $700M to Sure up ShoresOne of the silver linings to Sandy came in the form of funding for an LI public works project that will help mitigate future storms across an 83-mile stretch of the South Shore coast. The Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point Project, a half-century-old plan that officials have wondered aloud how they would ever get Congress to back financially, had $700 million earmarked through the Sandy aid package. Although getting such complex construction underway takes time, the first phases will be seen this spring when dunes are rebuilt at parks on the eastern and western tips of FI, with the residential middle of the barrier beach waiting until fall. Beachfront restoration work is also coming to the Hamptons and The End while the bulk of the money will be dedicated to raising homes and infrastructure on bay-front mainland LI.1. NCPD Commish CannedThis is what fans of political corruption call vintage Nassau County. The wealthy political donor who owns a castle in Huntington called Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, who in turn orders the arrest of a key witness in a lawsuit that effectively aims to help his boss, Mangano, win re-election. Then, after Mangano wins, Rice announces that she investigated the incident, but cleared Mangano and Dale of criminality. Mangano fires Dale. Democrats call for federal and state investigations. Rice says one ex-cop who played a key role in the shady move is still under scrutiny. And voters, waiting for heads to roll, are left with a shiny local reminder of how the ruling class will do anything to keep their grip on power.last_img read more

Cherry Grove EMS Offers New Lifeline in Far-flung Area of Fire Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When a Manhattan man recently suffered a heart attack days after his 63rd birthday on Fire Island, it was the first time a new EMS service in Cherry Grove saved a life.That’s according to civic leaders who raised about $90,000 from donors to hire locally based paramedics, which have responded to more than 30 calls since May as of mid-August and will remain staffed through the end of September, when bustling crowds thin out at the beach. A heart attack patient who died while waiting for help last year galvanized the community, which had concerns about response times for medical emergencies in an area mostly accessible by boat. Now, locals hope to turn the pilot program into a taxpayer-supported service—a proposal that has been a tough sell in similarly situated neighboring FI communities.“We’re counting that as our first save of the summer,” Ken Osman, chairman of committee behind the service, said of the July 16 cardiac arrest case. He said medical professionals at the scene told him: “This man would have died had it not been for…the paramedic.”Of the 17 communities on FI, Cherry Grove is one of four on the east end in which Suffolk County police are the primary EMS providers, because the three fire departments that protect the eastern area lack EMS service. Ambulances are only found on the west end of FI, where half of the island’s other six fire departments have their own EMS service. But, because the Marine Bureau officers that patrol the entire barrier beach have such tough terrain to cover, response times for medical help in Cherry Grove can run longer than on mainland Long Island.The move is a long time coming for Cherry Grove. Aside from being one of FI’s two LGBT resorts besides neighboring Fire Island Pines, it is also said to be the island’s oldest residential community—a superlative shared by Point O’ Woods.Before the Grove, as locals call it, launched the 24/7 summer EMS service, those who called 911 seeking medical help would often be met by the community’s volunteer firefighters, who can transport patients but are not trained in advanced life support. Patients would have to wait for EMS-trained police officers to arrive for help saving lives. North Shore LIJ also launched the second of two immediate care clinics on FI—the other is in Ocean Beach—this summer, but nurse practitioners there are equipped to only treat minor injuries, rashes and other basic ailments, not more life-threatening cases, such as heart attacks.“They’re enhancing their EMS services,” said Dr. Scott Coyne, medical director and chief surgeon for Suffolk County police, who brokered the deal allowing Cherry Grove to hire paramedics from the Sayville Community Ambulance Company. “It is extremely similar to fire and rescue district hiring a paid first responder to sit in the firehouse and respond to calls within seconds.”Since there are no ambulances in Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines or nearby Water Island and Davis Park, the only way off the island for patients needing emergency medical care on that side of the island is by police boat or helicopter.Deputy Inspector Edward Vitale, commander of the Marine Bureau, said that his unit’s officers had an unofficial average response time of nine minutes for July in Cherry Grove when responding to reports of sick or injured people. That’s not including so-call “patrol pickups,” when officers are flagged down before a 911 call is made. Either way, it’s still less than 11-minute police response times for calls seeking medical help in July to Fire Island Pines, or 14 minutes to Davis Park.But, because every second counts in responding to medical emergencies, Cherry Grove sought to supplant police when officers are not immediately available, so a local paramedic can respond even more quickly—just in case of a life-or-death situation.Osman, the Cherry Grove EMS organizer, said the community’s new paramedics had an average response time of four minutes for the summer. He added that the community’s paramedics were also on the scene of a June house fire evaluating firefighters every 20 minutes to ensure they’re up to the task. That’s standard procedure nationwide, but the first time it was possible in the Grove.The plan to convert the donation-driven pilot program to a taxpayer-funded system may require legislation similar to a New York State bill five years ago that would have created a special medical district in Fire Island Pines. Either way, Cherry Grove property owners will have to vote on whether they want the tax. A similar ballot in Fire Island Pines fell four points shy of the 50-percent needed to pass following a study and lobbying effort.“Since that time nothing further has been invested in this issue,” said Dr. Ed Schulhafer, vice president of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association and a proponent of bringing EMS to that community. “Recently some very serious medical situations have occurred in Fire Island Pines that would have benefited from the presence of an EMT response. It remains to be seen what the community wants to do.”Diane Romano, president of the Cherry Grove Community Association, said she and her staff are still researching whether their community will need legislation to enact a taxpayer-funded EMS.“The question is: How do we move forward with it?” Romano asked rhetorically. “We’re trying to see how. It is a significant issue.”Davis Park Fire Department Chief Matthew Jones and a representative of the Davis Park Medical Association, which handles non-emergency patients in the community, said there are no plans to launch an EMS service in FI’s easternmost community. Representatives of the Davis Park Association, which represents homeowners there, did not respond to requests for comment.Coyne, the police medical director, noted that he would help Fire Island Pines and Davis Park set up similar programs if asked, but so far no such requests have been made.Osman, the Cherry Grove EMS organizer, posed this question to opponents of raising local taxes to fund such new emergency medical services: “How much is your life worth?”last_img read more

FOOD SAFETY NEWS SCAN: Dough sample positive for E coli , beef recall after illnesses, dairy ingredients and Salmonella

first_img FDA investigators find E coli in Nestle cookie dough sampleNestle USA, based in Solon, Ohio, said it received word from US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators that they have identified and confirmed Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a retained production sample from a 16-ounce Nestle Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough bar. The company said the product has a day code of 9041 and “best before Jun 10 2009” printed on the package. Nestle recalled all varieties of its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough on Jun 19 after federal and state health officials reported 66 E coli illnesses in 28 states that were strongly linked in case control studies to eating the dough raw. Salmonella investigation prompts dairy ingredient recallPlainview Milk Products Cooperative, in Plainview, Minn., announced yesterday it is recalling the past 2 years of its food ingredient products—including nonfat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers, and thickeners—because they might be contaminated with Salmonella, the FDA said in a press release. None of the products were sold to the public. The USDA had previously found Salmonella in dairy shake product that contained a key ingredient made by the company. The findings prompted an FDA investigation of the plant that revealed some of the equipment was contaminated with the pathogen. The FDA said it is coordinating its investigation with the USDA, CDC, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and state and local health departments.[Jun 28 FDA press release] Jun 29, 2009center_img Multistate E coli illness investigation leads to beef recallsJBS Swift Beef Company, based in Greeley, Colo., yesterday expanded its Jun 24 beef recall to include 380,000 pounds of primal cuts because they may be contaminated with E coli O157:H7, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The expanded recall is the result of a traceback investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into 24 illnesses in multiple states, of which 18 appear to be linked. The initial recall involved 41,280 pounds of beef products, most of it boneless beef bottom sirloin and butt ball tip. The recalled items were produced on Apr 21 and 22 and were shipped to distributors and retail outlets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. The primal cuts that are the subject of the expanded recall were produced on Apr 21 and distributed nationally and internationally. Though most of the cuts were used for steaks and roasts, the FSIS said some were processed into ground beef by other companies.[Jun 28 FSIS news release][Jun 24 FSIS news release]last_img read more

Atmos Consulting Joins Seagreen Roster

first_imgSeagreen is one of the projects that won Contracts for Difference (CfD) in the UK’s third allocation round in September 2019. Speaking about the appointment Atmos MD, Jean Curran, said: “Atmos Consulting is delighted to be working with Seagreen on this vitally important project in our energy infrastructure. At a time when climate change has never been so much in the spotlight, and with Scotland setting ambitious targets to meet, the role of the environmental consultant is key in supporting sustainable development.” Seagreen Phase 1 within the zone secured a 15-year contract for 454MW at a strike price of GBP 41.61/MWh in auction delivery year 2024/25. Scheduled to be operational in 2024, Seagreen Alpha and Bravo will form the largest wind farm in Scotland. Situated over 27 kilometres off the Angus coast, the Seagreen project comprises the Seagreen Alpha and Bravo offshore wind farms. center_img Seagreen Wind Energy Limited has commissioned Atmos Consulting to act as onshore Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) on the 1,075MW Seagreen wind farm off Scotland. Seagreen offshore wind farm is wholly owned by SSE Renewables. The wind farms will feature up to 114 MHI Vestas wind turbines. Under the contract, Atmos Consulting will monitor contractor compliance with environmental safeguards on the offshore wind farm.last_img read more