SECAUCUS BRIEFS

first_imgMayor gives key to the city to a MonkeeMayor Michael Gonnelli gave a key to the city to Micky Dolenz during a Make-A-Wish fundraiser Dolenz held at the Charlie’s Corner bar last weekend. Dolenz is best known as a drummer and singer for “The Monkees,” a popular 1960s band created for a TV show. A woman named Jodi Ritzen posted a picture of Gonnelli’s encounter with Dolenz on the mayor’s Facebook page.However, there was some controversy over the image. A New York-area radio station lambasted Gonnelli for the image, thinking the New Jersey mayor’s Secaucus Patriots jacket was one for the New England Patriots. They made fun of him for supporting the Pats in a town near Giants stadium. The mayor took their Pats faux pas in stride. ×  1 / 2  Mayor Michael Gonnelli (pictured right) gave a key to the city to 1960s musician Micky Dolenz (pictured left) of the Monkees. But the picture caused some controversy. See briefs for more information.  2 / 2  The annual East Coast Comic Con came to the Meadowlands Expo Center this past weekend. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) ❮ ❯ Seals found near Trolley ParkIn a sign that spring has finally sprung, residents spotted two seals surfacing on a dock by Trolley Park on April 23. Mayor Gonnelli confirmed the spotting. Trolley Park is a riverfront playground at the end of Paterson Plank Road by the Hackensack River.Gonnelli showed a picture of the seals at the April 24 Town Council meeting. “I haven’t seen them since, so they went back in the river,” he later said to The Secaucus Reporter.Fire breaks out at Harmon Cove TowersA fire broke out in an apartment at the Harmon Cove Towers Monday evening, April 30, according to Town Administrator Gary Jeffas, who was on the scene. No deaths or injuries were reported, and residents were safely evacuated, he noted.The fire began in one fourth story unit. Firefighters contained it there, Jeffas said. A unit directly above that one sustained broken windows after firefighters used it to add ventilation to prevent the blaze from spreading. At least one unit below the fire-damaged apartment reportedly sustained water damage.The family residing in the unit was not home at the time, Jeffas said. But the damage will likely displace them, he added.Officials have not determined a cause yet, but are investigating. Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department officials were not immediately available for comment.Open call for art worksPaul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University-Newark is seeking proposals from artists whose work uses food as a medium or subject matter.The 2019 Main Gallery, Express Newark exhibition will center on food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon.Specifically, the exhibition will consider food as a commodity; the relationship between food, death, sex, and the abject; food’s relationship to global economics and geo-politics; food and its likeness as a medium for artistic experimentation; the food chain and the environmental impacts of food production; and food justice.Paul Robeson Galleries is seeking proposals from artists whose work uses food as a medium or subject matter. The exhibition will be on display January through December 2019 and will be accompanied by a catalog. You must be able to loan your work for that period of time.Apply online at https://form.jotform.com/81145165793158.Town looking for part-time crossing guardSecaucus is seeking a part time, relief crossing guard for its students. The position’s responsibilities include placing caution signs at designated points before going on duty, verbally directing children and pedestrians across the street, and stopping speeding vehicles. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent education. Shifts run from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. Pay is $20/hr. Apply in person at Secaucus Town Hall Human Resources, fourth floor, or email [email protected] Visit the town’s municipal website at http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information on the position.center_img 1 / 2  Mayor Michael Gonnelli (pictured right) gave a key to the city to 1960s musician Micky Dolenz (pictured left) of the Monkees. But the picture caused some controversy. See briefs for more information.  2 / 2  The annual East Coast Comic Con came to the Meadowlands Expo Center this past weekend. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) ❮ ❯last_img read more

Wintergreen Lift Passes Week 7

first_imgWeek 6 is now over, which means here is week 7! For the next 2 weeks we will be giving away lift passes to Wintergreen Resort!Each week we will give away 2 weekday lift passes (valid Monday-Thursday) to one lucky individual, so 16 in total over 8 weeks.To sweeten the deal, we are also giving away a pair of Bolle goggles (a $40 value) with the tickets!This giveaway is now over, but week 8 of the Wintergreen Lift Tickets giveaway is up and running!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on February 22nd, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and Wintergreen Resort reserve  the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before March 1st, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

Steelers, Giants should be classic; Another must game for Pittsburgh

first_imgThe Giants improved to 6-2 as they pulled out a 29-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys which went down to the last second.The Giants have been playing just well enough to win, regardless of the competition, which has put them into a solid lead in the NFC East ahead of the struggling Redskins, Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles.Because Eli Manning has established himself as one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL with one of the most balanced attacks in the league, the defense has been overlooked. But the Giants started winning after a slow start once the defense started clicking. Their biggest strength is their ability to force turnovers, which they have done in the past four games. Against Dallas they picked off three of Tony Romo’s passes to take a substantial halftime lead but allowed the Cowboys back into the game in the second half. Much like the Steelers they don’t put away teams.The Giants are led by Manning, 294 passes, 184 completions, 2301 yards, 62.6 completion rate, for a less than impressive 89.1 QB rating. He has a variety of receivers led by Victor Cruz, 52 catches for 650 yard. Others are: Hakeem Nicks, 26, 380, Martellus Bennett 29 for 334 and Domenik Hixon 25 for 372, and late bloomer Rueben Randle 9 for 154.The Giants also have a very balanced ground game in Ahmad Bradshaw, 590 yards on 126 carries for an impressive 4.5 yards per carry average. And Andre Brown has emerged as a solid backup with 236 yards on 46 carries for a 5.2 average per carry.The Steelers defense completely shut down the Redskins ground game holding Robert Griffin III to his lowest total of the season. He rushed 6 times for just 8 yards. Alfred Morris who came into the game with one of the highest rushing averages in the NFL, was held to 59 yards on just 13 carries.RGIII was also contained through the air where he was 16 of 34 for just 177 yards. He came into the game with a 71 percent completion percentage.The Steelers offense continues to look impressive as they rack up numbers with Ben Roethlisberger staying off the ground. So far this season he has been one of the least sacked QBs in the league after leading it the past few years. He wasn’t sacked at all Sunday.He has completed 179 passes of 268 attempts, for a 66.8 percentage, for 1987 yards. He has distributed the ball very well with Antonio Brown leading the way with 40 catches for 480 yards, followed by Mike Wallace 36 catches for 459 yards, Heath Miller 35 catches for 336 yards and Emmanuel Sanders 22 catches for 282 yards. Miller leads all receivers in touchdowns with 6, Wallace has 4.The ground game has moved from the worst in the NFL to one of the best with the performance of Jonathan Dwyer in the past two games. He has two consecutive 100 plus yard games moving him up to 299 for the season on 58 carries for an impressive 5.2 average, putting him among the league leaders in that category.The Steelers are still chasing the Baltimore Ravens 6-2 who are coming off a bye week. They will face the Cleveland Browns 2-6, who is coming off a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Browns have played just about everyone tough this season keeping the score low and close, which means they could very easily upset the Ravens which would pull the Steelers to within one game if they are able to defeat the Giants. A loss by the Steelers and a win by the Ravens would drop Pittsburgh three games behind the Ravens.This is another must win for the Steelers. It will also say a lot about if the Steelers are a championship caliber team or not. The Steelers, wearing their 1934 throwback uniforms for the first time, played perhaps their best all around game of the season against RGIII and the Washington Redskins. The 27-12 win pulled their record above .500 but they will have to duplicate that against the NFL champs New York Giants this Sunday in New York. END ZONE CELEBRATION—Steelers tight end Leonard Pope (45) celebrates a touchdown catch in the first quarter on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) last_img read more

Sport of bowling on its way out in Nelson

first_imgIt’s a sport that once thrived in the Heritage City.But recent news that the Savoy Lanes is closing operations appears to be the end of the line of bowling in Nelson.“The Bowling Alley has not been able to make their financial commitments due to low usage,” said Kootenay Christian Fellowship Pastor Jim Reimer.“Cleerly Hand Made the present operators of the bowling alley, are having to terminate their lease with us as of April 30.”Reimer is Pastor of the Kootenay Christian Fellowship, owners of the building that houses Savoy Lanes.The church, which also operates Our Daily Bread and SHARE Nelson, purchased the building in 2012. The current location of the bowling alley at 500 Kootenay Street was built in the 1980s when the former facility on 500 Block of Vernon Street was gutted by fire.The fire ripped through the lanes in 1982.The new Savoy Lanes picked up where the old facility left off, but interest has dwindled over the past decade.In June of 2013, when it appeared the bowling alley would be lost, Nelson Sports Council stepped up to the plate to save the sport with the purchase of the Savoy Bowling Lanes.However, the Nelson Sports Council ended its ownership of the Savoy Lanes April 1, 2015 citing lack of interest as the reason for the failed venture.Cleerly Hand Made picked up the business from the Nelson Sports Council.However, that venture now appears to have ended.“We have tried to accommodate and support three separate operators of the Bowling alley since we purchased this building,” Reimer explained.“Since we own the equipment, we are offering it to anyone free of charge to anyone who would like to start up a new bowling alley in a different location.”last_img read more

Warriors legend Al Attles set to attend Game 4 at Oracle Arena

first_imgOAKLAND — Two weeks after making a rare appearance at the team’s downtown practice facility, Warriors luminary Al Attles was scheduled to attend Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Friday night.“We love Al. He’s the face of the franchise . . . he’s been so for 60 years. I think. So he’s an incredible presence,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game.“We’re thrilled to have him back in the building. It’s been a while since he’s been at Oracle. So we’re excited to have him …last_img read more

Ohio FFA President welcomes members to State Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 88th Ohio FFA Convention kicks off its two-day run in Columbus on Thursday. Thousands of blue corduroy clad members from around the state will be converging on the Ohio Expo Center to participate in delegate sessions, show their work in competition, listen to motivational speakers, hear updates on the one-of-a-kind organization, and much more.“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be able to travel the state and be able to serve Ohio’s FFA members,” said Matthew Klopfenstein, who will be rounding out his year of service as Ohio FFA state president when the newly elected state officer team is installed Friday evening. “One of the really cool things that I get to do is hear all the different stories and see the students at the beginning of the year and then during the two days of convention, I get to see where they end up. The growth in between is truly phenomenal.”Countless hours go into preparation for the state convention each year, with the 2016 edition being no exception.“The state officer team has been here in Columbus all week. We got here on Sunday and we’ve been running through sessions, practicing and sorting awards, seating — all that good stuff that needs to be put into place. We’ve been working hard and been pulling some late nights,” he said.Klopfenstein, originally from the Wayne Trace FFA Chapter, mentioned that though the two days are busy, it’s nonetheless a time he has been looking forward to all year.“Right now, I’m just sort of going through my checklist making sure everything is in order — that we don’t forget anything — and just really trying to relax and soak it all in because in only two short days there’s going to be a phenomenal convention and we’re going to have some really talented members getting recognized for all of their hard work. I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.The past year has been one of many successes for the state association as well as Ohio’s members.“We’ve had a really successful year as an association. We went over 25,000 members this year. National Convention was a very good success — we had Sydney Snider representing us as a national officer and we had a Star Farmer. We had lots of CDE winners at National Convention,” Klopfenstein said. “Seeing the level of proficiencies and other applications here at State Convention is also really good.”Klopfenstein also noted a major goal set by the officer team at the beginning of their term had been reached.“As far as the state officer team, we’ve had a really successful year with outreach. It was our first year with a team of 11, and I know we had mentioned in a previous interview we were hoping to reach every chapter in the state, and that has happened. So every chapter in the state has had an opportunity for a chapter visit and that’s something we’re really proud of,” he said.When asked what he would tell FFA members preparing for the two days of fellowship and leadership, Klopfenstein had this to say.“We are really looking forward to having you. Bring lots of energy. There are more opportunities here at Convention each year and just take advantage of them because we only have Convention so many times. We’re really looking forward to having everyone here in Columbus.”Follow along with up-to-the-minute updates from the 2016 student reporters throughout Thursday and Friday at www.ocj.com.last_img read more

Semantic Bookmarking Service Faviki Finally Usable Thanks to Delicious Import

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#Semantic Web#Social Bookmarking#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit sarah perez Common Tags are a new open tagging format introduced this year which help eliminate some of the problems inherent in user-generated tagging systems. Prior to common tags, users could create a number of different tags that mean the same thing. For example, “new_york” and “nyc” could both mean the New York, the city. Also, there is the problem of one tag that refers to different things such as “jaguar” the animal and “jaguar” the car. With the new standardized format, tags are linked to concepts complete with metadata and their own URLs. That way, “new_york” and “nyc” would both be known to mean the same thing and an article about an animal tagged “jaguar” would link back to the concept for the animal. The metadata in these “concepts” provides additional information about the item being tagged, too. For example, a tag for “obama” would be linked to a concept which indicates that he’s the President of the U.S. and married to Michelle Obama. After Faviki suggests the appropriate common tags for each link being imported, you can make corrections and suggestions as you see fit. Also, if any of your own Delicious tags don’t resolve to a common tag, you don’t have to fix that issue before import. Instead, the next time you go to use that particular tag, Faviki will prompt you to define it then. Automatic Posting to Delicious and TwitterAnother nice feature in today’s upgrade is that you can continue to use the Delicious service to complement Faviki. Through automatic posting settings, your bookmarks tagged in Faviki will copy over to Delicious. Not only that, but you can continue to use your Delicious tags, too, once they’re mapped to common tags after import. Twitter posting is also supported as of now. While this update is a relatively minor one, it was a much-needed feature in order to get users to make the big switch from one service to the next. Now that we don’t have to abandon our bookmarks – and can even still use Delicious if desired – Faviki looks a lot more appealing. Related Posts When we first came across Faviki back in 2008, we were intrigued by the concept of a social bookmarking service built using semantic tagging capabilities. Instead of organizing bookmarks based on user-created tags, Faviki tags come from structured information extracted from Wikipedia. After Faviki’s update earlier this year which improved the tagging process and introduced OpenID support, we again wanted to make the move to this semantic web-based service. There was just one thing standing in our way: no bookmark import feature. Unfortunately, until now, the only way to use Faviki involved abandoning your extensive bookmark collection and starting fresh. Today, things have changed. Faviki has, at long last, added a Delicious import feature.While at the moment, the bookmarking import feature only supports Delicious users and not other popular bookmarking tools like Diigo, Delicious is still the largest and most heavily used of the social bookmarking services available today…at least among those who still collect and save websites for future reference.Delicious Import and Common TagsWith the new semi-automatic Delicious import feature, Faviki users can enter in their Delicious information and the service will import their saved sites. However, before the import is initiated, Faviki displays a list of sites along with suggestions of “Common Tags.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Pending Bill Would Help Appraisers Value Energy Efficiency Features

first_imgReal estate appraisals that don’t give enough credit for energy-efficiency measures are frequently lambasted by industry critics and homeowners who have trouble recouping the extra investment they’ve made. A bill in the U.S. Senate could change that.The legislation is called the SAVE Act, for Sensible Accounting to Value Energy. It would require three big lending authorities — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration — to take account of energy efficiency measures in their mortgage underwriting guidelines. According to The New York Times, a home buyer would have to submit a home-energy report for the accounting measures to kick in.Appraisers currently don’t have an effective way of to account for energy-saving features, and mortgage underwriters may throw out any adjustments because they don’t understand them, The Times reported. RELATED ARTICLES Green-Building Appraisal and Financing IssuesSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Green Home Appraisal WoesA Step Toward Fairer Green Home ValuationsWhen Green Poses an Appraisal ProblemGetting a Grip on Green-Home Appraisals and Insurance If the bill becomes law, it would require lenders to account for the value energy-efficiency measures, just as they now make adjustments for local property taxes and other factors. The result: borrowers might be eligible for bigger loans.In an unrelated story, buyers of energy-efficient homes look like better credit risks than buyers of ordinary homes. Robert Sahadi of the Institute for Market Transformation, which supports the bill, said that a 10-year study ending in 2012 found that loan default risks are about one-third lower on Energy Star homes than they are on homes that don’t meet the standard, The Times reported.The bill, S. 1106, was sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and has been referred to committee.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery surprised by Mourinho news: Not good for coaches

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery surprised by Mourinho news: Not good for coachesby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Manchester United manager came as a surprise.The Spaniard added that the news did not bode well for other coaches.Speaking before Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final against Tottenham, Emery said: “The only thing I can say to you is that it’s a surprise for me and not good news, because when one coach finishes his work like that, it’s not good for coaches.”My focus is only on our way, our work. We have a lot of work to do to improve and also find a solution in every match with our players. My focus is on the big derby tomorrow, the north London derby, and that’s the focus of the players as well. Only that.” last_img read more

Newfoundlands family services kidnap Innu children councillor

first_imgAPTN National NewsImagine one day your child stops coming by to visit and you have no idea why.You find out the foster care system has moved them to another province without warning.That is exactly what is happening in Labrador.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has this storylast_img