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Mayoral Candidates Debate Set for Wednesday

first_imgOcean City mayoral candidates Jay Gillian and Ed Price.A mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Democratic and Republican organizations of Ocean City is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 7) in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School.The two candidates seeking office in the May 13 municipal election will participate. Incumbent Mayor Jay Gillian is running for a second four-year term. Ed Price is running for mayor for the first time.The event in the Ocean City High School auditorium will include opening and closing statements, along with responses to randomly drawn questions.A similar debate for City Council candidates was held on April 29 in the same auditorium.last_img read more

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Contamination Found at Old Exxon Gas Station in Ocean City

first_imgThe former Exxon Station on the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue. .By Donald WittkowskiGroundwater and soil contamination have been detected at an abandoned former gas station that has been an eyesore along Ocean City’s main gateway since it closed down five years ago.Synergy Environmental Inc., a Cherry Hill consulting firm overseeing the (old Exxon) site at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue, said in a July 20 letter sent to surrounding property owners that the contamination consists of “petroleum-related constituents” that apparently stem from the station’s former operation.But Synergy also noted, “The current soil and groundwater data indicates that the site poses no public health threats to the nearby communities.”Synergy added that groundwater contamination has been detected in levels that exceed New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection standards. The contamination is being monitored by taking periodic samples, with the results sent to the DEP for its inspection, according to Synergy.Synergy said that the groundwater contamination extends about 260 feet radially from the boundaries of the old gas station property, which occupies a prominent spot along the Ninth Street corridor, the main artery in and out of town.“The environmental investigation is proceeding in accordance with NJDEP requirements,” the letter says. “Routine groundwater sampling is performed periodically. The proposed remedy for this property is to monitor the natural decrease in groundwater concentrations through periodic sampling.”Contaminants found in the groundwater are “petroleum-related constituents which potentially result from gasoline station operations,” Synergy said.Soil contamination has been found as well at the site, but an investigation is continuing to determine the extent and concentration, Synergy said.The view of the site from the Bay Avenue side.David Robinson, a Synergy senior associate who is supervising the environmental work, could not be reached Thursday for more details about the site’s cleanup plan.Doug Bergen, a spokesman for Mayor Jay Gillian, said Ocean City “fully supports the state Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to hold the owners accountable and to make sure no contamination is left behind.”Bergen noted that the investigation of the Exxon station’s contamination originally dates back to 1989. Since then, the state has been monitoring the site for 27 years and never found any health threat to the public or marine life, even when the gas station was still in business, he said.The Ocean City real estate firm Keller Williams has plans to buy the former Exxon site and redevelop it into a new multimillion-dollar office for the company.Eric Booth, a sales agent for Keller Williams, said Thursday he was not aware of Synergy’s July 20 letter about the contamination. However, he said Keller Williams still wants to buy and redevelop the site after the contamination is cleaned up by the current owner.“Once they deliver a clean site, I don’t see a problem,” Booth said.The property remains under contract to Keller Williams. Terms of the deal require that the site must be cleaned up before Keller Williams closes on the deal, Booth said.Synergy’s letter was sent to property owners and tenants within 200 feet of the Exxon site. The letter notes that DEP regulations require the public to be notified periodically “about certain environmental work taking place.”“We hope the work we are doing will progress smoothly and, in the end, restore the property as a valuable asset to the neighborhood,” the letter says. “In the meantime, we appreciate your concerns and your patience and pledge to conduct our work efficiently and as responsible members of the community.”Synergy wrote the letter on behalf of 903 Bay Ave. Ocean City LLC, the owner of the former Exxon site. City officials have complained for years about the blighted condition of the property. They fear it creates a bad impression of Ocean City for tourists entering town along the Ninth Street corridor.Abandoned former Getty Station prior to the demolition of the old BP site.Exxon is one of three decrepit, former gas stations lining the Ninth Street entryway. Across the street from the Exxon site are abandoned BP and Getty stations.The old BP was demolished recently after City Council approved a $475,000 bond ordinance to buy the site and transform it into landscaped open space and parking.With the BP now gone, the old Exxon and Getty stations are the next targets for demolition.The city has disclosed it has been in talks to acquire the Getty property and turn it into landscaped open space, too.last_img read more

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Watch out for changes to grievance law

first_imgBusinesses should be aware of changes to grievance procedures, warned legal expert Ray Silverstein, in a talk on employment law at the Bakers’ Fair in Sheffield.He told visitors to the event on Sunday, 19 October, that from next April, current statutory minimum procedures will be replaced by a revised Code of Practice, to be introduced by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), together with non-statutory guidance.Most businesses currently follow a standard three-step procedure – a written statement, followed by a meeting, then an appeal meeting. According to ACAS, the new system will offer “greater flexibility”, but Silverstein believes it is “pretty vague”. He said he would advise businesses to continue to follow the current three-step procedure alongside any new guidelines.last_img read more

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Press release: UK tests self-driving Martian robots

first_imgAs far as we know, Mars is the only planet populated entirely by robots! Due to the time taken for commands to travel to Mars (eight minutes each way), hand guided robots are limited to travelling only a few dozen metres a day.New software developed in the UK will change this, enabling future Mars rovers to make their own decisions about where to go and how to get there, driving up to a kilometre per day so delivering more scientific returns per mission.The UK is a world leader in robotics and the government is working with business and academia to encourage further investments in the technology as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at the UK Space Agency, said: Mars is a very difficult planet to land safely on, so it’s essential to maximise the discoveries from each successful touchdown. New autonomous robot technology like this will help to further unlock Mars’ mysteries and I’m delighted that the UK is a key player in this cutting-edge field. Companies and universities from around the UK including Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space, Scisys, King’s College London, the University of Strathclyde, and GMV-UK participated in the software testing at Ibn Battuta Test Centre in Morocco in December.Over the course of a month the team, consisting of engineers from companies all across Europe was co-ordinated by representatives from the UK Space Agency as well as the German, French, Spanish, Italian and European Space Agencies (ESA). They tested a variety of new technologies, including data fusion systems, a plug-and-play sensor suite and an open-source operating system for robotic control.Airbus in Stevenage is the prime contractor for the new ESA Exomars rover, due to land on Mars in 2020. Following a public competition last year, the UK Space Agency will announce the name of the new UK-built rover this spring.The UK Space Agency is the second largest European contributor to ExoMars, having invested €287 million in the mission and £14 million on the instruments. This, in addition to successful negotiations with ESA, secured key mission contracts for the UK space sector.What technology was tested? The INFUSE Data Fusion: Data fusion is the fusing together of data from different sensors and sources in order to create useful information such as maps, which the rover can then use to navigate successfully across the difficult Martian landscape. The data will be provided by different types of camera, sensors, trackers and torches to give the rover a full understanding of the Martian world around it. The ESROCOS Operating System: Robots need operating systems to function, just like your computer, tablet, phone or laptop at home. The operating system provides the low-level software and libraries required by the robot to undertake basic functions. It also provides the language and framework with which the other software (such as the ERGO Autonomy Framework and the INFUSE Data Fusion) must adhere in order to create a coherent and integrated system. In other words, this is the core software that provides the rules which bind all the other systems and software together.center_img The I3DS Plug And Play Sensor Suite: The rover needs various sensors to enable it to see, perceive and understand the Martian world. Using a ‘plug-and-play’ approach means that sensors can be installed and removed easily according to the mission requirements. The Sensor suite also has a unique, built-in computer called an ICU (Interation Control Unit) that processes the signals from the sensors into information before passing that information to the Data Fusion system. The ERGO Autonomy framework: The autonomy framework enables the rover to make decisions by itself without the need for human intervention. These decisions could be about the path a rover needs to take to get to its destination. It also means the rover can make decisions about managing its resources, for example shutting down certain functions to conserve power. It will also give the rover the ability to investigate things it deems to be interesting, things which human operators might miss. The new software systems were mounted onto a four-wheeled rover called ‘Sherpa’, provided by the German Robotics Innovation Centre DFKI.The Ibn Battuta test centre is named after the 14th century Islamic explorer of the same name, and is a popular site for testing Mars rovers, as the red, rocky terrain is very similar to the surface of the Red Planet.The tests are part of a series of research projects of a programme called the Space Robotics Strategic Research Cluster, funded by the European Commission via the Horizon2020 Programme.last_img read more

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Five things we learned from Pladis’ biscuit category review

first_imgSource: PladisBrits splashed out an extra £212m on biscuits in 2020 than the year before taking total category sales to £2.96bn, according to the latest data from McVitie’s owner Pladis.The sales figures for the 52 weeks ending 27 December 2020 [Kantar] were revealed in the Pladis Annual Biscuit Review of 2020 which examines how the category has performed over the past year.Here’s a few of the key takeaways from the report: McVitie’s Rich Tea Pladis UK Everyday Biscuits£34.6 16.8%  Oreos Mondelēz International Everyday Treats£39.5m 23.1%   BrandTrading Company Biscuit category Value sales % change Source: PladisBiscuit NPD was worth £45mInnovation is an important driver of growth in the biscuit category, according to Pladis. This was proven in 2020 with new products adding a cool £45m to category value.In total, 11.4% of sweet biscuit sales came from NPD in 2020. These predominantly came in the form of new twists on classic lines, be it flavour innovation or taking beloved confectionery brands into the biscuit aisle.Bestselling biscuit NPD for 2020, according to the report, included Malteser Biscuits, Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Baileys and Cadbury Bournville Fingers. Pladis also rolled out a host of successful new lines under its McVitie’s brand including Pineapple Jaffa Cakes and Very Important Biscuits (also known as VIBs) in Luscious Blood Orange and Classic Caramel Bliss among the flavours. McVitie’s Club Pladis UK Chocolate Biscuit Bars£31.1m 17.2%  Source: PladisChristmas 2021 will be bigger than everSeasonal biscuits may have taken a slight hit in 2020 due to restrictions on socialising but this is only temporary as Pladis proclaims Christmas 2021 is ‘bound to be huge’.“We can expect to see a release of pent-up demand for seasonal events in 2021 – especially Christmas – as people make up for missed time and celebrate with friends and family,” Pladis noted.Its brands feature highly among the top 10 seasonal lines with the brands that focussed on gifting and sharing among the top performers for 2020. They are:McVitie’s Victoria AssortmentMcVitie’s Family CircleJacob’s Cracker SelectionFox’s Fabulously Biscuit SelectionOreo Seasonal AssortmentPaterson’s Shortbread FingersCadbury Snowy FingersMcVitie’s Chocolate Digestives Seasonal EditionFox’s Chocolately SelectionCarr’s Savoury Assortment Nakd Bar Lotus Bakeries Healthier Biscuits£30.6m -21.7%  Health will climb the biscuit agendaBiscuits could take a £267m hit as a result of proposed government regulations on products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS).“A wide range of products, including biscuits, are likely to be affected by the government’s intentions to further regulate products that are deemed to have high fat, sugar or salt content. This year will be about the preparations for any potential changes in where and how shoppers will buy biscuits as a result,” Pladis said.Healthy biscuits got off to a slow start in 2021 as the UK remained in lockdown but the manufacturer expects weight management biscuits in particular to pick up in the future. As such, biscuit fixtures need to ‘positively support the health agenda’ by highlighting healthier alternatives on shelf. One example given was Sainsbury’s which rolled out a ‘Under 100 calories’ barker in 2018.Back in February 2020 Pladis revealed it had cut the sugar in nine of its biscuit brands by up to 10%. KitKat Nestlé Rowntree Chocolate Biscuit Bars£89m 21.4%  2020 was a bumper year for biscuitsRetail biscuit sales grew 7.2% in 2020 [Kantar] as the category neared £3bn in value.“Biscuits had an incredible year amid a tumultuous 2020,” said Scott Snell, vice president of customer at Pladis UK & Ireland. “And, while there were certainly winners and losers in this mix, overall, biscuits began to play an increasingly important role in consumers’ lives.”The pandemic saw shoppers shift from on-the-go formats like breakfast biscuits and instead look for small comforts in the biscuit aisle. Among the top performers were chocolate biscuit bars, everyday biscuits and everyday treats which saw value sales climb 11.5%, 15.1% and 11.9%, respectively.Healthier biscuits, meanwhile, suffered a value drop of 5.2% alongside seasonal ones (-0.4%). McVitie’s Chocolate Hobnobs Pladis UK Everyday Treats£30.8m 18.2%  McVitie’s Digestives Pladis UK Everyday Biscuits£51.1m 25.6%  McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Pladis UK Everyday Treats£54.8m 4.9%  Shopper favourites remained strongThe top 10 biscuit bestsellers continued to grow in 2020 with value sales up 12.1% in 2020 versus 3.4% growth seen in 2019. What’s more, the top 10 brands represented £1 for every £5 spent.“Last year I said the importance the biscuit category’s core range should never be underestimated – and during 2020 we saw just how heavily the category relies on its success,” added Snell. “Core biscuit category products – like branded bestsellers – should be central to any retailers’ ranging strategy as these are the products shoppers seek out time and time again.”  McVitie’s Chocolate DigestivesPladis UK Everyday Treats £104.5m 20.5% BelVita Breakfast Soft Bakes Mondelēz International Healthier Biscuits£32.3m-15.3% last_img read more

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George Clinton Discusses His Career, Working With Kendrick Lamar & Flying Lotus In New Interview

first_imgGeorge Clinton is the godfather of funk. As the evil genius behind the Parliament-Funkadelic musical family, Clinton has been involved with many of the most important funk albums of all time. His impact on the scene and its proliferation into the world of pop music is almost unfathomable. Clinton faded into obscurity for some time but has made a big comeback over the past few years. He reunited P-Funk in 2014 for First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, a 33-song triple-album that announced Clinton’s grand return. Subsequently, he’s gotten involved with Kendrick Lamar, appearing on the opening track of his landmark 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. His involvement in that record led Clinton to Thundercat and Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder record label, and Clinton is now preparing to hit the studio with FlyLo for a future release on the label.With so many exciting moves in his career, Clinton recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss a wide variety of topics. Clinton talks about his connection with Thundercat and Flying Lotus, how an older artist can remain relevant in such a fast-moving industry, and his opinions on EDM. Clinton is surprisingly forthcoming, delivering an honest take on his role in the music industry and on the greater changes that the industry has gone through since his prime in the 70s.Read some excerpts from the interview below, and click here to read the full transcriptOn staying viable in the music business after a long career…Basically it’s just getting along with the new ones that come along ready to put your ass out to pasture. Get along with them, and realize that it is their day. I’m blessed to still be here, but it is their day – no matter what you think about what they’re doing. Once you realize that, you realize that what they’re doing is the same as what we were doing when were first started. They’re breaking rules and getting on your nerves cause they’re moving you out. Regardless of how adolescent you think it is – that’s what it’s supposed to be.On his interest in house music…Once you start hearing songs, you know this is somebody else that’s diggin’ on the funk. So I definitely had to listen to a lot of it lately. Styles move too fast to be partial to anything. If it’s funk, that’s enough for me.On his work ethic…I pretty much work all the time. When I ain’t working, I’m figuring something else out, trying to figure out the vibe when I hear a group like Chief Keef. [Sings] “That’s that shit I don’t like.” I knew right away that was the shit I did like! It was the same thing as [Funkadelic’s] “Shit! Goddamn! Get off your ass and jam!”On his dedication to the Parliament-Funkadelic brand…The brand is what’s important to me now. I’m not worried about no charts or how long it’s been out. Our records never go away. Free Your Mind … and Your Ass Will Follow didn’t sell shit when we first put it out. Now, the Chili Peppers swear by that album. That makes a whole ‘nother fan base.Read the full interview here.last_img read more

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Notre Dame community reflects on life of Sister Mary McNamara

first_imgAs a Sister of the Incarnate Word, Sister Mary McNamara proclaimed the Gospel of love by bonding in community.And at Notre Dame, she found that community in the form of her dream job: being the rector of Breen-Phillips (BP) Hall.Serving as the Breen-Phillips community’s rector was the most fulfilling ministry of her life, Dillon Hall rector Fr. Paul Doyle said.“She expected to be in the ministry a lot longer, but never to take on another one: This was going to be it for her,” Doyle said. “She called it her dream job.” Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Candles at the Grotto spell out ‘Sr. Mary’ in honor of Sister Mary McNamara, the rector of Breen-Phillips Hall who died recently. Acquaintances described McNamara as a a gifted teacher with a sense of humor.Sister McNamara died Feb. 7 due to complications from a stroke, according to an email sent to students by vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding. She was 67.Senior Nhi Vu, a resident assistant (RA) in Breen-Phillips Hall who attended Sister McNamara’s funeral in her hometown of Cleveland on Tuesday, was touched to learn that although Sister McNamara only spent six years at Notre Dame, she considered them to be some of the best years of her life.“When we went to Cleveland, everybody was just saying that being a rector was her dream job, it was her favorite job, she loved Notre Dame so much, she loved this, this was her favorite ministry,” Vu said. “And [they said] just how big of a role we actually were and how seriously she took her job and how much she loved us and just all the life and sass and soul she brought to BP.”Attending the funeral, Vu said, enlightened her and the rest of the BP community to the many other ministries Sister McNamara undertook throughout her life, including mentoring people from at-risk communities, such as the mentally disabled and those reintegrating into society after spending time in prison.“She was very interesting. The more we keep learning about her and hearing the other stories, the more we keep learning about who she is,” Vu said. “We know her mostly just from being our rector and that’s just like, the very top of the hierarchy. We always respected her a lot and saw her in that authority role, and I think working with her, as closely as we did as seniors and now hall staff, we slowly learned so much more about it.”Sister McNamara, who celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a Sister of the Incarnate Word in 2017, was a loyal Cleveland native and sports fan, a teacher in the Moreau First Year Experience course and an avid Notre Dame women’s basketball fan — a fact the team recognized by honoring her on the video board in Purcell Pavilion during its Feb. 11 game.Senior and Breen-Phillips RA Kaitlyn Keffler said the outpouring of love for Sister McNamara from the Notre Dame community in the wake of her death, as well as at her funeral, demonstrated how many lives Sister McNamara touched.“It’s made me at least realize just how lucky we were and lucky we are to have known her,” Keffler said. “Like I said, she has our BP community and then the greater Notre Dame community — so that’s one family — and then I’ve met her two families: Her biological family and then her Sisters of the Incarnate Word are both amazing. So that’s at least three, I’m sure there are more people out there.”One member of Sister McNamara’s extended family the BP community has rallied around is Sister Mary Jane Hahner, the rector of Pasquerilla West Hall (PDub) and Sister McNamara’s best friend.“We had the initial stage of grief and then the ‘How’s Sister MJ?’” Breen-Phillips Hall Assistant Rector (AR) Erin Daugherty said. “Because they were inseparable. Absolutely inseparable. And Sister Mary Mac would always just refer to her as her buddy. ‘I’ll see you guys later, I’m going to catch up with my buddy.’”Doyle said he admired the close bond between Sister McNamara and Hahner.“Fr. Bob Loughery of Sorin Hall was over at Cleveland for the [funeral] events over there, and at the wake service he observed to everybody … that he wanted to thank MJ for showing the rest of us what a true friendship was alongside of Mary,” Doyle said. “The two of them saw each other as best friends, but there was an openness in their friendship for including the rest of us.”Along with Flaherty Hall rector Sister Mary Donnelly, Sister McNamara and Hahner called themselves “the Golden Girls.” This friendship started with a shared sense of humor and love for basketball, Hahner explained, but developed into a relationship in which both women could be completely vulnerable.“I always felt at home because I was free to be myself — the good parts and the bad parts — and hopefully I allowed her to have that freedom, too,” she said. “We told each other that we loved one another every day, just about. … And we weren’t ashamed of saying that to one another. And that’s a tremendous gift, to be able to find that and have a relationship that develops that wide.”BP senior Courtney Koch said Sister McNamara’s competitive side emerged in her friendship with Hahner.“I was a captain of the Fisher Regatta and Sister Mary would always come watch us,” she said. “She would always just cheer for BP to beat PDub because she couldn’t let her buddy win, so we had to beat her buddy.”This competitive streak, Hahner said, extended to many aspects of Sister McNamara’s life.“I needed this spice and she said, ‘I’ll bring it over,’ and I said, ‘No, you don’t have to bring it over, I’ll come over and get it,’” she said. “She said, ‘No, I’ll bring it over. I’m gonna beat you,’ and she hung up. And with that … I raced out of here and we met in Siegfried in the circle. Both of us were gasping for air because we tried to run, and we were laughing so hard.”Laughter followed Sister McNamara, Doyle said.“I don’t know that I have words to describe it, but she made funny things happen and laughed at appropriate times — she was just alive,” he said.Daugherty said one of Sister McNamara’s signature habits was telling a joke to start her welcome speech before each hall Mass in BP.“She had an absolutely wonderful sense of humor, whether it was in staff meetings or she always opened Mass with a joke that had something to do with the readings,” Daugherty said. “And I don’t know where she’d get these things from but they were absolutely hilarious and you’re just like ‘I can’t believe she just said that at Mass but it’s pretty awesome.’”Senior Anne Vieser, a BP RA, said the opening joke at Mass was Sister McNamara’s favorite part of her job.“I do remember always appreciating those tidbits because it just boils everything down,” she said. “And then Fr. Pete [McCormick, director of Campus Ministry], I think it was, was saying that more than half the times that he came to say Mass, Sister would steal whatever message he was going to give in his homily at the beginning. So then he’d have to come up with something else to focus on.”Sister McNamara’s ability to tie a joke into a teaching about the Gospel, Hahner said, was indicative of her natural propensity for teaching.“She was a born teacher, and she did that in everything. If she was supposed to say the prayer for, like, rector training, she went online and she would get something that was comical and then would tie it in,” Hahner said. “ … So she would take that joke, and then she would interpret the Gospel as only a good teacher really could. And she loved teaching Moreau because it was about Notre Dame; it was about life; it was about relationships; it was about healthy living.”Junior Ryan Green, a student in one of Sister McNamara’s first Moreau classes, said her enthusiasm for the course was contagious.“She seemed to have such a good attitude that you couldn’t help but participate and want to be there,” Green said. “It wasn’t like she had these crazy activities, we didn’t go travel the universe in the Magic School Bus or anything like that, but she just — her attitude, I thought, was contagious. … She had such an easy way of making things enjoyable, making people happy.”Her ability to have a positive impact on so many different aspects of Notre Dame in a relatively short time, Keffler said, speaks to Sister McNamara’s ability to lead.“After these last couple weeks, I’ve seen just how many lives she’s touched through her Moreau class, and the other rectors and obviously Sister MJ and all the PDub girls have a special place,” she said. “I mean, everyone in the administration, even. She was a rector for six years, but she’s definitely made an impact and helped mentor a lot of those rectors as well.”One of the biggest examples of Sister McNamara’s leadership was her role in BP’s adoption of an “honorary Babe” last year, Daugherty said.“I think one of the biggest impacts [she had] was her intense desire for everyone in the community to band together, and to band together about things that were outside of themselves,” she said. “So last year, we had an honorary Babe who was a little girl who was really sick, and she actually ended up passing away over the summer. But [Sister McNamara] singlehandedly motivated the entire dorm to write letters to her, write a joke book, to visit her — things like that. … She really pushed people to try and look outside themselves and to see what not only they individually [could] do, but what a group of strong women could do for someone else.”Hahner said Sister McNamara’s faith in the power of women was a core tenant of her beliefs.“You know, she was always very strong for women, and she’s the one who taught me ‘A-men and A-women’ — that there should be an equality in our church, in our world for men and women; that as long as respect was there, life was worth living,” Hahner said.Sister McNamara did not limit her quest for justice to only women. Vieser said everything Sister McNamara did was driven by a desire for justice.“The thing that kept coming up was her favorite beatitude was, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied,’” she said. “And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this all makes sense,’ everything she did in her life was for that end. That wouldn’t be something she necessarily shared with us, that that was her favorite beatitude, but I think knowing that now, it all makes sense.”This ultimate goal, Hahner said, spoke to her conviction as a member of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word.“She was a Sister of the Incarnate Word, first and foremost, and that means that she was bringing the Jesus to people, and she would be like, ‘What would Jesus do? What would Mary Mac do?’ because it was usually right,” she said. “You know, God was really important in her life, and so are God’s people.”Keffler said Sister McNamara’s care for others is something everyone in the BP community is trying to keep in mind despite her absence.“She was always telling us to look out for each other and, you know, ‘Best People, Best Place,’ so we still have to live up to that,” Keffler said. “I think that’s something that she truly believed in, and that’s part of the reason why we’re doing OK right now at least.”Sister McNamara would be proud to see the way BP has rallied around each other during their time of loss, Hahner said.“They were her girls,” she said. “ … She was just really very, very proud to be their rector and to live among them, and she considered them a gift from God. And they are.”Aside from the day-to-day tasks of a rector, Koch said, the hardest adjustment for the BP residents has been not being able to turn to Sister McNamara in times of need.“I think the biggest thing is getting used to the fact that she’s not around anymore,” Koch said. “You’d always see her door open and you would pop in and say ‘hi’ or things like that.”While the hall will not be the same, however, Vu said she knows Sister McNamara has not left it behind.“Everyone can feel that BP just feels so empty and different without her, but we still know that she’s watching over us and is still with us,” she said.Doyle said although he misses having Sister McNamara here with him, no one would “begrudge her a trip to where she’s gone.”“[Tuesday] night when we drove back from Cleveland, I was with MJ and Pat Kincaid of Knott Hall, and I said ‘What I would like right now is for Mary to be in the fourth seat here in the car and just telling us about all that she has experienced in the last two weeks, including heaven, you know?’” Doyle said. “I don’t think we look for replacements, we look for successors. Mary was Mary and we were blessed.”In the end, though, Hahner said, perhaps no one felt more blessed than Sister McNamara herself while she was at the University.“We would look up at the Dome and she would say, ‘J, we’re at Notre Dame,’” Hahner said. “ … She didn’t ever cry, but — not never, but she cried at things that were important. And she would always fill up, and she said that — looking at Our Lady — and said that it was the best job she ever had and that she hoped that it would be her last job in ministry. And God took her up on it.”Tags: Breen-Phillips Hall, Sister Mary McNamara, Sisters of the Incarnate Wordlast_img read more

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The Fans Have Spoken! Your Bewitching Top 10 Favorite Bernadette Peters Roles

first_imgAnnie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun Leigh Conroy, Smash Rose, Gypsy Cinderella’s Stepmother, Cinderella Sally Durant Plummer, Follies Witch, Into the Woods Lily St. Regis, Annie Desiree Armfeldt, A Little Night Music Dot/Marie, Sunday in the Park with George With Broadway favorite Bernadette Peters celebrating her birthday on February 28, we took a look back at her illustrious career. The three-time Tony recipient—one for being a self-proclaimed “doganizer”—has graced the stage and screen with her unforgettable voice (and hair) in myriad roles. In honor of the actress’ big day, we asked you to rank them on Culturalist.com. Did you #FeeltheBern? Indeed! Here are your top 10 favorite Bernadette Peters’ roles. Happy birthday, Bernie! Bernadette Peters in Into the Woods, Gypsy and Cinderella.(Photos by Martha Swope, Joan Marcus and Disney) Sophie, Anastasia View Commentslast_img read more

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First-of-Spring Color

first_imgSince the mid-1800s Southerners have enjoyed the early spring show of Japanesemagnolias. This year will be no exception. “We often refer to these trees as saucer magnolias,” said Jim Midcap, a University ofGeorgia Extension Service horticulturist. “They can be seen from the Georgia-Floridaline to the north Georgia mountains.” They tend to be large shrubs to small trees. Young plants are six to eight feet tall andmost will mature to 20 to 25 feet. “They are perfectly hardy here,” Midcap said. “They don’t need many chilling hours.You see them in the Thomasville and Cairo areas and even in north Florida. Winter weather often steals the show when early warm spells cause Japanesemagnolias’ buds to swell. Cold weather on the heels of a warm spell can zap the budsand be a real show-stopper. “In the northern areas of the state, we see the buds get nipped by frost about one out ofevery three winters,” Midcap said. * Provide ample water for them to get established the first year. After that, they don’trequire much maintenance and don’t have many disease or insect problems. Unlike many flowering trees, Japanese magnolias aren’t too fussy about winterweather. * If they come out of a container, break up the root ball. Japanese magnolias are like other magnolias in the look of their flowers. Both havelarge flowers with many petals and a group of stamens in the center. For your own personal spring flower show, plant Japanese magnolias just as any otherwoody ornamental. Japanese magnolias are deciduous trees that bloom in early spring before the leavescome out, which makes for a great flower show. “We get a flush of nice pink flowers on them that are usually 3 to 4 inches tall and justabout as wide,” Midcap said. “The big, showy flowers last for a week or so.” “Japanese magnolias are good small trees that give nice spring flowers and then fadeback into the landscape for the rest of the year,” he said. * Don’t plant them too deep. Plant them at the dame depth they were growing in thenursery. “Japanese magnolias are easy to recognize because they get a fuzzy flower bud that’sabout a half-inch around and an inch tall and is covered with long silky hairs,” Midcapsaid. “They’re sitting out there just waiting for the temperature to warm up.” Midcap offers these tips:last_img read more

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FairPoint to expand broadband coverage to East Dover

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, a leading telecommunications provider in northern New England, is working with the town of Dover to bring high-speed Internet access to more than 200 homes and businesses in East Dover for the first time. FairPoint will be in East Dover at the Town Hall on Wednesday, December 7, from 6 to 8:30 pm, to answer questions and start signing up people for high-speed access.Dover town officials turned to FairPoint to expand its VantagePoint services in East Dover where residents do not have high-speed Internet access. VantagePoint services are provided over FairPoint’s IP-based network, the largest network of its kind in northern New England. ‘We understand the critical need for high-speed broadband services for both business and residential needs,’ said Ken Black, economic development specialist with the town of Dover. ‘In an effort to expand this to a group of rural, non-serviced users, the town of Dover approved funds to engage FairPoint to build and supply this capability.’Refreshments will be served and there will be prizes and giveaways for all who join in this high-speed, high-fun event. Interested residents can also find out more about FairPoint’s products and promotions prior to December 7 by calling 877.491.6706, or by requesting a call from a customer service representative through the Contact Us form at www.FairPoint.com/contactus(link is external). The expansion project consists of three zones. FairPoint is finishing work in Zone 1, which includes approximately 120 locations along these streets: Elva’s Way; 77-133 Goose City Road; 141-169 Holland Road; 7-16 Jenne Road; Jockey Hollow; 5-87 Locust; 6-295 North Street; 21-60 Robbins Way; 1-5 Rocky Lane; 6-52 Sherman Road; 11-34 Turner Road; 2-58 Wakelee Road and 15-95 Whites Hill Road. The Dover Select Board approved $59,000 to cover Zone 2, which includes approximately 110 locations along these streets: 6-14 Beech Tree Lane; 1-109 Captain Copeland Road; 5-117 Cooper Hill Road; 178-261A Dover Hill Road; 235 Dover Road; 1-51 Harris Road; 8-100 Higley; 22-109 Holland Road; 5 Morse Road; Rice Hill; 13-14 Robbins Road; 20 Robins Road; 138-193 Taft Brook Road and 6 Timberview Road. Pending town approval, a third project is being considered for 2012 to bring high-speed service to Zone 3, covering approximately 175 locations along these streets: 1-40 Brickyard Road; 90-129 Captain Copeland Road; 15-80 Carroll; 35-160 Dover Hill Road; 23-64 Goose City Road; 52 Harris Road; 12-26 Mandy’s Road; 2-79 North Street; 20-36 O’Neil Road; 8-101 Snow Road; 4-111 Taft Brook Road; 5-11 Thomas Lane and 15-179 Yeaw Road. FairPoint, which completed Vermont’s largest broadband expansion project to date, now provides access to nearly 90 percent of its Vermont customers. ‘This is an exciting opportunity for FairPoint,’ said Mike Smith, Vermont state president. ‘When it comes to getting high-speed access to more Vermonters, FairPoint has led the way. We thank the town of Dover for their confidence in us.’ About FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable network, FairPoint delivers affordable data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art network provides Ethernet connections that support video conferencing, e-learning and other broadband based applications. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/myfairpoint(link is external)) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint(link is external)).SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (Nov. 29, 2011) ‘ FairPoint Communications ###last_img read more

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