Summer in Ocean City, NJ: Weekly Events and Fourth of July Fireworks

first_imgFireworks in Ocean City, NJ, are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. July 4, 2014.A full schedule of special events starts this week (Sunday, June 29). The first week of events culminates in Ocean City’s traditional Independence Day celebration and fireworks.EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFuntastic Tuesdays (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Mummers Night  (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.): On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), sponsored by Shrivers, Surf Mall, Shirt Shack and Ocean Paradise.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 9 a.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway) FOURTH OF JULY IN OCEAN CITYOcean City’s Independence Day celebration takes place on Friday, July 4. Events include a 9:30 p.m. musical fireworks display fired from a barge at sea off the Music Pier. There will be two bike parades during the day: The South Ocean City Improvement Assn’s colorful event starts 10 a.m. at 40thand Asbury Ave., registration at 9 a.m. The Gardens Civic Assn. Parade starts 10 a.m. with registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. The annual Air Circus Kite Flying Contest is set for 6 p.m. at the 9th St. Beach. EVERY THURSDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTMarket Days (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Family Nights (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), musical and family entertainment at different blocks on the boardwalk sponsored by: Old Salt, Playland Castaway Cove, Johnson’s Popcorn, Haunted Golf and Congo FallsInn to Inn Tours (2 p.m. to 4 p.m) Commencing at 7th Street and Central Avenue, an old-fashioned trolley winds its way through center city neighborhoods for an intimate visit to four or five bed and breakfasts. Afternoon refreshments are offered at the conclusion of the tours. EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTCharacter Nights (6 p.m.)  On the Ocean City Boardwalk.  Boardwalk mascots will sign autographs in front of the Music Pier. Come join the fun and meet all the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants’ Mascots. Sponsored by Manco and Manco’s Pizza and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFarmers Market (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 10) On the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) every Wednesday, produce vendors as well as crafters will also gather to display their goods.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 6:30 p.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway)last_img read more

Sand Sculptor John Gowdy Creates Beach Masterpiece in Ocean City

first_imgBy Tim KellyJohn Gowdy first started messing around with sand at the age of three, with the standard bucket and hand shovel, according to a photo caption on his web page.Gowdy, now 59 and one of the most renowned artists of the medium, didn’t get serious about sand sculpting until he was parked on an Atlantic City beach and needed something to entertain his twin baby daughters Kelly and Jennifer.“You know how you dig a hole and let it fill up with ocean water and kind of make a bathtub?” he asked. “I did that as a diversion for my kids on the beach. Well, you dig a hole like that and you make a pile of sand.  Then you start molding it and adding some shells or Popsicle sticks and stuff like that. And then you start making sand castles.”In between that that first sculpture in 1986 on Albany Avenue beach in his native AC and his present day Veterans-themed creation at Moorlyn Terrace next to the Music Pier, Gowdy estimates he has sculpted more than 100 masterpieces around the world. In the process, he became one of the most recognized and decorated artists in the medium.Over the years he has numerous international sand sculpting championships including competitions in Canada, France and Italy, where he met and now resides with wife Laura, as well as events in numerous beach towns in the United States.Gowdy was a 27-year veteran Atlantic City firefighter and former member of the AC Beach Patrol and “always felt pretty comfortable around sand,” he said. A trained painter with an art degree from Stockton College (now University), Gowdy made an easy transition from two-dimensional paintings to sculpting sand.“I always incorporated things like light and shadows and vanishing points to give my paintings a feel of three-dimensions,” he said. “But sculpting actually provides it. I think most people are more comfortable living in three dimensions,” he said with a laugh.The Ocean City sculpture is a combination logo to commemorate Saturday’s Walk for the Wounded, and a tribute to the U.S. Military. At the base of the rectangular logo is a massive depiction of the Purple Heart medal awarded to military personnel wounded or killed in action.Operation First Response’s three-mile walk on the Boardwalk is now in its 8th year.  Its objective is to raise awareness to the plight of wounded returning U.S. servicemen, and to raise funds to help the veterans’ and their families’ critical needs. Registration is at 8:30 and the walk itself steps off at 10 a.m.Gowdy’s creations are limited only by his boundless imagination. They included a stature of King Neptune, busts of the Pope and the goddess Medusa, tributes to firefighters and whimsical fantasy themed sculptures, just to name a few. He also does corporate logos, birthday parties and sand sculpting lessons. But even with such diversity, for John it all comes back to that original Albany Avenue “bathtub” and sand castle. Not so much the sculpted object itself, but its effect on people.“I was immediately struck by how a sand sculpture captivates people,” he said. “As soon as (the work begins to take shape) you start drawing a crowd and people want to engage.”As a result, he often has to post a sign asking onlookers not to interrupt him. He graciously multi-tasked on Thursday as he spoke to a reporter while putting the finishing touches on his Walk for the Wounded piece.More than a half century after filling his first sand bucket, John still works with a plastic container, some water and a variety of sculpting tools. But the stakes have become higher.  Commissioned pieces and international competitions bring remuneration and acclaim.  There is a sand sculpting “circuit” of events and competitions around the world and John is an established star of the genre.Sand sculpting afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and meet his wife and settle in a small Italian town near Venice. “She gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” he said. “Italy makes me feel really peaceful and it has a surprising number of great beaches.  It is known for a (rugged terrain) but with all that coastline there are actually some really nice sand beaches.”In addition to sand sculpting and painting, Gowdy also carves art pieces in granite.In 2014 he organized the first World Cup of Sand Sculpting and brought it to his hometown of Atlantic City. The event drew more than 20 of to the top sculptors from around the world and more than 250,000 visitors, he said.  The event was repeated the next year and he is currently shopping for a home for the 2016 contest.In the meantime, Gowdy is thrilled to be back in his native New Jersey and working with the fine white sand of Ocean City’s award-winning beach.“Italy is wonderful but sometimes the language gives me a little bit of trouble,” he said. “It’s nice to understand what people are saying to me as I work.”last_img read more

The Muppets Cover Queen, Bowie, Willie Nelson, & More At The Hollywood Bowl

first_imgLast summer, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, the band from The Muppets, made their live music festival debut at Outside Lands. This weeknd, the make-believe band performed their first full length concert series at the Hollywood Bowl in California. “The Muppets Take the Bowl,” a nod to the classic 1984 film, featured Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Sam Eagle, Pepé the King Prawn and the entire Muppet cast – some of who have not been seen in over 35 years – along with Thomas Wilkins, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.The three-night run was a great success for The Muppets, and featured a special guest appearance from Paul Williams for a duet with Kermit the Frog on “Rainbow Connection,” which Williams co-wrote for the 1979 The Muppet Movie. Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) also joined in for “Rainbow Connection,” following his vocal performance in “Happy Feet” earlier in the set. The setlist also included covers of “Suffragette City” by David Bowie, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson. Each show culminated with a huge firework display.Thanks to YouTube users Synthetik Films and Chelsey Young, you can watch clips from The Muppets at The Hollywood Bowl below:last_img read more

Night Lights Adds Pink Floyd Tribute With moe., Aqueous, Dopapod Members

first_imgEarlier in May, Night Lights Music Festival was announced, which will return to The Heron in Sherman, NY, for its eighth year from August 23rd to 25th. In the initial phase lineup, the festival announced that it would host electronic rock innovators Lotus and funk outfit The Motet, as well as performances by Aqueous; Octave Cat featuring Jesse Miller (Lotus), Eli Winderman (Dopapod), Charlie Patierno; jazz/funk fusion producer Anomalie; Tropidelic; Bumpin Uglies; lespecial; Upstate Rubdown; Boss Tweed and the Carpetbaggers; as well as an acoustic set from Pappy (Cabinet, Gatos Blancos).Today, the three-day music and camping festival has added a special one-of-a-kind late-night set, Fearless, a Pink Floyd tribute. Fearless will feature Chuck Garvey (Moe.), Mike Gantzer (Aqueous), Evan McPhaden (Aqueous), Eli Winderman (Dopapod/ Octave Cat), and Matt Kellen (Mungion). The festival also announced that Sophistafunk will pay tribute to ’90s hip-hop in 2018. Soul Roach featuring Todd Eberwine and The Buffalo Brass Machine were also added onto the bill.Tickets for Night Lights Music Festival—scheduled for August 23rd through 25th at Sherman, New York’s The Heron—can be purchased on the festival’s website here.last_img read more

Many births in Africa taking place at low-quality health facilities

first_imgMore than 40 percent of health facility births in five African countries are taking place in poor-quality facilities with crucial deficiencies in staffing, infrastructure, referral systems, and routine and emergency care practices, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.“Our findings suggest that the current strategy of ‘birth at any clinic’ is likely wrong, and that poor quality is undermining the goal of reducing maternal and newborn mortality around the world,” said Margaret Kruk, associate professor of global health at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study.Since 2000, when world leaders established eight “Millennium Development Goals” (MDGs) at a United Nations Summit—one of which was to improve maternal health and another to reduce child mortality—low-income countries with high maternal mortality rates have been encouraging women to give birth in nearby health facilities rather than at home. The thinking was that giving birth in a health facility designated to handle deliveries would save women’s and newborns’ lives because birth complications are unpredictable. In practice, many delivery facilities are small primary care clinics offering only basic services.But preliminary evidence from countries that have dramatically increased facility deliveries, such as India, has suggested that this has not led to reduced maternal and infant mortality. Other evidence, from high-income countries, has suggested that facilities that handle a high volume of births (e.g., more than 500 a year) and that have the capacity to perform cesareans have the highest quality of neonatal and obstetric care. Read Full Storylast_img read more

The 4 G’s of exceptional leadership

first_imgI recently started working here at Switch & Shift, and I find myself surrounded by a League of Extraordinary Thinkers and speakers on change leadership, rebellious thought, and Career Wealth. I challenge myself to “Awaken the Leader in Me”, inspired by the leadership book by Mitesh Khatri.I know many other people must be in the same boat as me if the topic warranted a book to be written. Working closely with the posts on Switch & Shift, I can’t help but be influenced by the words and thoughts of our great social leaders.It has forced me to ask myself: ”What does it take to be an outstanding leader? And what characteristics in particular do I think I possess, and what do I need to work on?”Qualities of a Remarkable Leader1. GritI recently ran across two posts about Grit; one here on Switch & Shift  – The Modern Abuse of Grit – and another on INC. – The 7 Habits of People with Remarkable Mental Toughness – by Jeff Haden.I am intrigued by the concept of grit. It is a seldom used word, but a quality many leaders, past and present, have in spades. In my mind, grit equates to fortitude, resilience, and gumption (ah, another G!) and the ability to take risks and recover from them if need be; the ability to get back on your feet no matter what you’re fighting. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Diversity gives the competitive edge

first_imgSometimes an organizational shift or even disruption must occur for credit unions to drive the invention and innovation that is needed to compete effectively in today’s world. Proactively fostering diverse viewpoints throughout the organization can turbocharge the fresh thinking of innovation. Although it may feel disruptive to traditional management structures, studies show that diversity in team members brings diverse perspectives, and diverse teams do a better job in furthering innovation than teams lacking diversity. When all employees know that senior management will go to bat for compelling ideas regardless of the source, the organization is poised to unlock innovation that drives growth. A recent BCG study found that diversity in management teams was linked with overall organizational innovation, as measured by the percentage of revenue from products and services launched in the last 3 years. Significantly, overall financial performance also benefited from diverse management teams. According to a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, EBIT margins were about 9% higher in companies with more management diversity than for those that were below-average. Diversity involves both intrinsic inborn traits and characteristics gained through experience. Gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and age are determined at birth. Veteran experience, college major, industry background, career path, and foreign work experience, whereby one learns to appreciate cultural differences, are examples of diversity acquired through experience. It is not enough, however, to have a diverse workforce. Inclusion is essential to harness the business strength diversity brings. Fair employment practices are a start, including a strong non-discrimination policy, equal pay for equal work, and a welcoming work environment. All employees must feel valued. They must know that it is safe to propose new ideas. Outside perspectives and diverse voices get airtime, and ideas are considered regardless of age, background or experience level. Novel twists on old and new problems are considered. Leaders demonstrate they value diversity and inclusion through budgets, communications, management systems, and metrics that track status and progress. Tools like training and technology are deployed to accelerate diversity and inclusion. Management implements techniques and supplies the resources to help diverse teams engage and flourish across the business. Feedback is clear, actionable and has a real focus on what is working well and going right. Employees are empowered to contribute to their full potential. When senior leadership support and invest in diversity, they energize adaptability, agility, nonlinear thinking, risk taking, and an action orientation. Leaders and their teams share decision-making authority and credit for successes. For organizations that have had traditional hierarchical administration that lacks diversity, such changes may feel disruptive, but the disruption is not only healthy, it stimulates success. Smart leaders will take every opportunity for their organization to gain an edge, and diversity and inclusion deliver just such an edge. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: Detailslast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Melina Palmer – Seeking answers (#34)

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Welcome to episode 34 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of On this episode, Randy is chatting with Melina Palmer the host of The Brainy Business podcast and a teacher of behavioral economics. She helps entrepreneurs and companies to understand the small changes that can make a big difference in increasing engagement.Listen in as Melina shares how she found behavioral economics, what it is, and why it matters in business and personal life. She shares some fantastic metaphors to explain how the conscious and subconscious mind work together to make decisions and how you can change small things to become more creative and productive. Randy and Melina then move into behavior and business and how the two correlate. Melina provides data on topics such as pricing, anchoring and adjustments, and the words businesses should avoid in marketing. She provides some truly valuable information for ways to reach your members that make them want to keep doing business with you.This episode is chock full of ways that credit unions can appeal to the subconscious and conscious minds of their members and potential members. Don’t miss the end when Melina shares her leadership and lifehacks. The nuggets she provides don’t stop in part 1.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find Melina:Melina Palmer, Host of The Brainy Business [email protected] www.thebrainybusiness.comLinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTubeShow notes from this episode:Melina’s articles in the Community Must subscribe and listen weekly: The Brainy Business podcastMelina is also a contributor on Inc. Read her articles here.Company mentioned: Verity Credit UnionProgram mentioned: Filene i3 ProgramProgram mentioned: The Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke UniversityArticle mentioned: 1 word that increased sales by 38% by Melina PalmerThe Brainy Business podcast: Episode 5 – The Truth About PricingProgram mentioned: Credit Union Development EducationAlbum mentioned: Abbey Road by The BeatlesBook mentioned: A More Beautiful Question by Warren BergerShout-out: Ellen Degeneres, OprahPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Leo Ardine, Jill Nowacki (Ep. 4 & Ep. 18)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:58] – Welcome to the show Melina Palmer, the host of The Brainy Business Podcast.[02:52] – How did Melina get involved in behavioral economics and what is it?[05:23] – Why does behavioral economics matter in business and in life?[10:42] – Pricing and behavior, do they correlate?[13:36] – Melina explains anchoring and adjustments, what they are and how you can use them.[17:07] – What are the top 5 wording mistakes businesses make?[19:46] – Are there positive ways to trigger the brain?[23:10] – What is the ROI for the credit union by using behavioral economics?[23:44] – Melina shares what inspired her to leave the credit union for teaching and public speaking?[25:16] – Has the inspiration changed as she moved and evolved in her business?[27:14] – How has Melina’s view of leadership changed since studying behavioral economics?[28:34] – What does Melina say frequently?[29:45] – Melina shares the mistakes she sees young leaders make.[31:09] – What piece of advice does Melina go back to time after time?[32:35] – How does Melina climb the walls and hurdles business throws at her?[34:26] – Should messages be fresh or consistent?[36:47] – What does Melina do with her free time?[37:09] – Memorable trouble?[37:58] – Daily routines?[38:20] – Best album of all time?[38:47] – What book does Melina recommend?[39:13] – What is more and less important as she’s gotten older?[40:31] – Who does Melina think of when she hears the word “success?”[41:09] – Any final asks? last_img read more

Credit union teller fired after being accused of violent home invasion

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mike MacPherson, president/CEO of the $311 million Freedom Federal Credit Union in Bel Air, Md., said he was shocked and appalled after police alleged a former teller committed a violent home invasion of a member who withdrew a large sum of money.Nathan Michael Newell, 19, of Bel Air, who worked at the credit union’s Fountain Green branch for less than nine months, was fired last week after seven charges of home invasion, assault, burglary and robbery, were filed by prosecutors in Harford County District Court.“We are shocked and appalled to hear of the events that led to the assault and injury of a longtime member of our credit union,” MacPherson said. “Our thoughts go out to him, and his family, during this difficult time.”At 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, the Harford County Sheriff’s office received a call that a burglary was in progress at the member’s Bel Air home on Still Pond Way.last_img read more

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