Construction Begins on $6.8M. Housing Project

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIA celebratory groundbreaking ceremony was shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic, but construction has begun on a $6.8 million affordable housing project for senior citizens who are now living in a flood-prone area of Ocean City.In the planning stages for about five years, the 32-unit Speitel Commons development is being built by the Ocean City Housing Authority next to the agency’s Bayview Manor housing complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue.City Councilman Bob Barr, who also serves as chairman of the housing authority’s board, called the project “monumental.”Senior citizens who now live in the authority’s flood-prone Pecks Beach Village housing complex on Fourth Street will be moved over to the new project when it is completed in 2021.Barr noted in an interview Tuesday that the seniors will no longer have to worry about getting stuck in the flooding that occurs at Pecks Beach Village not only during strong storms, but even when there is just heavy rain.“They were, quite simply, in the worst location on the island,” Barr said of the flooding at Pecks Beach Village.“But those kinds of things will be gone. The worry won’t be there,” he continued. “Now they’ll be safer, they’ll be dry and they’ll be in a brand new building.”Barr and other members of the housing authority emphasized the importance of the project Tuesday during their monthly board meeting, which was held by teleconference to comply with social distancing guidelines during the pandemic.The project is named in honor of the late Edmond C. Speitel Sr., a housing authority commissioner. Speitel, who was chairman of the authority’s finance and redevelopment committees, helped to oversee the new project from the conceptual phase.“This was his vision, his dream, his baby,” Barr said of Speitel in the interview. “All throughout the project, what I’ve tried to remind people is, it was his vision. It was important for us to carry it through in the way that he wanted.”Barr, who thanked Mayor Jay Gillian for his support of the project, said the housing complex reflects the care that Ocean City has for its senior citizens and people who may need a helping hand. “It’s a picture of what Ocean City is all about. When there is a need, Ocean City comes together,” he said. “That’s what we did after (Hurricane) Sandy and that’s what we’re doing now.”Pecks Beach Village, located on a section of Fourth Street prone to flooding, will be demolished after the new Speitel Commons housing complex is built.The senior citizens portion of Pecks Beach Village, located on the north side of Fourth Street, will be torn down when Speitel Commons is completed. The housing authority has set aside $200,000 for demolition work.Pecks Beach Village also includes affordable housing for low-income families. The 40 family units are located on the south side of Fourth Street. The family units will stay for the time being, although there are longer-range plans to replace them with new housing construction.Financing for Speitel Commons will come from a combination of funding from Ocean City and the New Jersey Mortgage Finance Agency. In 2019, City Council approved a $6.6 million bond ordinance to build or rehabilitate affordable housing sites for senior citizens and low-income families. The projects will help Ocean City meet its state-mandated obligation to provide its “fair share” of affordable housing as part of a court settlement in 2018.The city is expected to contribute more than $2 million toward the Speitel Commons project. The HMFA is providing $4.5 million in funding.Jacqueline Jones, the housing authority’s executive director, said construction began on May 1 and is expected to take 12 months to complete.The authority originally had planned to celebrate the start of construction with a formal groundbreaking ceremony on April 4, but the event was called off because of social distancing requirements and the state’s ban on large gatherings during the pandemic.Jones told the board members during Tuesday’s meeting that no cases of COVID-19 have been reported with any of the residents or staff at the authority’s housing sites.In comments made during April’s board meeting, Jones said the staff members are taking precautions by wearing masks and gloves and by regularly wiping down high-touch surfaces with disinfectant seven days a week.Jones said nearly all of the residents are wearing masks when appropriate and are respectful of social distancing guidelines.“It seems like it’s going OK,” she said.Speitel Commons is being built next to Bayview Manor at Sixth Street and West Avenue. An architectural rendering depicts what the housing authority’s Speitel Commons complex will look like when completed. (Rendering courtesy of Haley Donovan architectural firm)last_img read more

In my world

first_imgDavid Powell, Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and former global director innovation/bakery Rich ProductsI have been asked to write something on the Irish and their wonderful warmth and most generous hospitality, as experienced by those fortunate enough to have attended Niall Irwin’s inauguration and the Irish Association of Master Bakers’ conference. Before I do, however, there is something I need to get off my chest.Why are the organisers of events in this relatively small industry of ours attracted like moths to a naked light bulb when it comes to the timing of their events?The run-up to the Irish conference was a classic case. On Sunday 3 October, I drove to Bolton for the Bakers’ Fair and the ABST Council meeting, then drove home past Warwick to get to the Bakers’ Company Court meeting and Lunch! on Monday morning in London. This finished after 3pm but the British Society of Baking (BSB) AGM started at 5pm in you’ve guessed it Warwick. This was followed by a dinner and the BSB conference. Finally, I arrived home late on Tuesday evening and, rather than feeling inspired and motivated, I was knackered and £739 poorer, having paid this amount out in conference fees, fuel and rail tickets, among other items.Two days at work and then I was off to Belfast on Friday for the weekend Irish conference, followed by Bakers’ Hall on Monday for the Committee Day. Thank God I’m not trying to run a business any more!This is not an isolated case: on 22-25 March 2010, dinner at Bakers’ Hall in London clashed with the BSB dinner on Monday evening. Meanwhile, the BCA meeting was on the following Wednesday and Thursday in Cheshire and the Baking Industry Exhibition in Birmingham ran from the Sunday to the Wednesday of the same week. All are important to attend, but when do you fit in running your business?This has to be madness, so can the people who organise these events plan their dates better, please? The industry wants to support you, but please have some consideration for the people who have to give up their time and money to attend. It is in your interest, as more thoughtful planning will result in higher attendances and happier attendees.Meanwhile, back in Ireland, the organisation was impeccable, the papers interesting and relevant and boy, do they know how to have fun: the sight of the “long-suffering” Jan Stuart, wife of Scottish Bakers’ president Alan Stuart, performing tricks with a JCB digger will remain with those present for a long time to come.This was the first time I had attended this particular conference and the striking difference, to me, was that the bakers of Ireland presented a united front that is, everyone from small craft businesses to the large plants were represented. The papers presented on the Saturday were designed to offer something to all, and although every business is unique, it was striking that there were many more shared issues, concerns and problems that could be discussed than there were differences one example of this being how businesses of all types are having to deal with commodity price increases.last_img read more

Correspondence: Adult personal social services: revenue funding 2020 to 2021

first_imgThis letter sets out the details for the 2020 to 2021 financial year for the 3 revenue grants the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) pays councils on an annual basis to fund specific duties for adult social care.The letter outlines the grants and the allocation for each local authority.last_img

Corey Cott Will Fall for Liana Hunt in B’way’s Newsies

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 View Comments Liana Hunt will seize the day! The actress is set to replace Kara Lindsay in the Newsies as leading lady Katherine Plumber starting February 3. As previously reported, Lindsay, who originated the role, will play her last performance on February 2. Star Files Related Shows Hunt is currently an ensemble member in Newsies. Her stage credits include Sophie in Mamma Mia! on Broadway as well as the national tour. Other credits include Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast.center_img Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies follows Jack Kelly (Corey Cott), a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged boys, who dreams of a better life far from the hardships of the streets. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike. In addition to Lindsay and Cott, Newsies currently stars John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Medda and features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Kinky Boots’ Harvey Fierstein. Newsies Kara Lindsaylast_img read more

Watch Neil Patrick Harris & James Corden in This Epic Riff-Off

first_img Tony winner and late-night king James Corden did a fabulous job hosting the 2016 Tony Awards—so fabulous, it seems, that fellow Tony winner and four-time Tony host Neil Patrick Harris felt he had to defend his honor months later. Harris, who stars in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix beginning on January 13, stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 9 to challenge Corden to a Broadway riff-off. Songs from Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Gypsy and Les Miz were just a few of the selections Harris and Corden performed. Of course, the battle ended with Hamilton’s “My Shot.” Who won the riff-off? You’ll just have to watch and see! Neil Patrick Harris & James Corden(Photo: Terence Patrick/CBS) View Commentslast_img read more

Man’s Body Found in Great Neck Gas Station Dumpster

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside the dumpster of a Great Neck gas station late Friday afternoon, police said.The man was already dead when his body was discovered at the Getty gas station on 120 Cuttermill Road, police said. He was only described as a white male.Multiple news outlets reported Saturday that the discovery may be linked to the kidnapping of a Brooklyn business man on Thursday night, citing unnamed sources.The New York Post and NBC New York both reported that the man’s body was found burned.A Nassau County police spokeswoman did not say if the two cases are connected. Detectives did not say if the body was burned, she said.An NYPD spokeswoman said the department has no update on the missing man’s case.According to reports, 39-year-old Menachem Stark was forced into a Dodge Caravan after leaving work Thursday evening.Police said the man’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office where cause of death would be determined.His identification is being withheld pending family notification, police said.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Growing your credit union through referral incentives

first_imgIncent, incent, incent. And after that, try using an incentive. In our over-cluttered, over-informed world, one of the best ways to grow it through referrals. If you think that think this strategy sounds like you’ll be paying people to sing your praises, you’d be right.There’s no shame in rewarding people for expressing what they already believe. These folks have enjoyed working with you. With the proper motivation, they will happily refer their friends, family, and inner-most circle. And that’s when the magic happens. Once more people find out you’re incentivizing referrals, the more referrals you’ll get. And then, boom. It’s like a waterfall of new business.So we’re not going to be losing money on these incentives?Absolutely not. Well, maybe on the first one. But after that, the returns pay dividends.Companies like Airbnb and Starbucks see huge results by incentivizing referrals. But you have to go about it correctly. A lot of banks and credit unions view referrals on a small scale — typically implementing them as short referral campaigns and then shelving them. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A case for values-led marketing

first_imgCredit union executives regularly ask me, “how do we stand out when we have so much competition?” There is no easy answer to that question because every credit union is different. Their memberships are different. Their communities are different. Their SEGs are different. Their budgets…the list goes on and on.In the 18 years I have been working in this industry as a credit union marketing VP and now as a consultant, the days of focusing solely on low rates and products have changed, especially now that we are mid-pandemic.While companies have quickly jumped ship on “we are here for you during this time” messaging for COVID, focusing on values and caring has always been a tenet of the way credit unions position themselves on the “about us” pages of their websites. But what about the rest of their marketing? Until the last year or two…not so much.Most of the clients we have worked with at TwoScore have been with us since I started this company in 2014 and, in that time, we’ve built successful marketing programs for dozens of credit unions of varying sizes, fields of memberships, and charters to help them “punch above their weight” and compete with larger financial institutions in their communities.Many of them had not ever had consistent marketing programs, so their loans and membership numbers increased rapidly. To continue the positive momentum and growth, we also worked with them on employee engagement tactics to help leverage employees in the marketing process. After all, employees are credit unions’ biggest assets, especially when it comes to marketing.Our credit union clients consistently outperform their peer-sized credit unions in loan growth, membership growth, and growth in average member relationship. Why? Because values are the cornerstones of their strategies.Membership growth in particular is one of the hardest nuts to crack from a marketing standpoint, and committing sufficient dollars on acquiring new members is not possible for a lot of credit unions due to budgetary constraints. Therefore, we focus on the members who have already said “yes” to the credit union as a member and engage them for adoption of other products and services.Here’s a case study from just one credit union we began working with in 2016, employing all of these strategies with their values at the center stage:22% decrease in member attrition from January 2017 – December 201997% increase in lending from 2017 – 2019 in auto loans, home equity loans, home mortgage loans, and personal loans69% reduction in loan runoff from 2017 – 2019Across all of our clients, here are some average statistics from these strategies:All clients28% greater growth in average member relationships compared to all U.S. credit unionsAverage of 30.34% loan portfolio growth from beginning of relationship with TwoScoreCredit Unions $20 – $50 million71% greater membership growth vs. peer credit unionsCredit Unions $50 – $100 million823% greater membership growth vs. peer credit unions15% greater net income vs. peer credit unions61% greater year-over-year growth in average member relationships vs. peer credit unionsValues-focused marketing takes consistency and patience, but it is a great way to maximize your budget, align your employees and managers around common goals and vision, and differentiate your credit union from competitors. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Detailslast_img read more

3 ways to stop overspending

first_imgGiven the current COVID situation we find ourselves in, most of us are more mindful of our finances these days. Even if you have a budget set up, you may find that money feels a little tight right now. If your budget was working well before COVID, maybe you’ve got a spending problem. Here are 3 ways you can stop overspending…Stop supporting your favorite restaurant so much: In the last three months, I’ve dined inside a restaurant one time. Once. But when it comes to drive-thru and delivery, I haven’t been so frugal. It’s great to support local businesses right now, but don’t overdo it. You see the words “free delivery” and that sounds great and all, but are you having to spend more to get that free delivery? And has the simplicity of delivery made you order out more than you normally would? If your takeout budget has increased, your grocery budget should probably decrease a bit. That won’t solve your problem completely, but it may be a good first step.Only spend cash: You have to pay your bills, and with auto bill pay or paying online, you obviously need to use a card or account for that. But for everything else, there’s cash (That’s how it goes, right?). Buying stuff online that you’d normally purchase at the store may be good for staying physically healthy, but how’s your financial health? Using cash may prevent you from adding that one extra item to your Amazon cart.Stick with what you’ve got: You probably miss going to the movies. I wanted to see Black Widow on May 1st. Thanks to the coronavirus, it’s now been pushed 6 months to November 6. Postponements like that are happening all over the place. Movies, concerts, and more have been pushed back or cancelled. As much as you might want to spend that cash on something else, keep it in your account where it belongs. You’ve already got a subscription to Netflix and there are tons of movies you haven’t watched on there yet. And if you’re dying for a live concert, streaming an old live show on YouTube is pretty fantastic, especially if you have a big TV, plus you don’t have to get stuck in traffic afterwards. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Overnight votes make it clear that Biden could still win big

first_imgTuesday might have actually been a “dark night of the soul,” and it should never have even looked close. But in the end, this thing might not actually be close. Now go have breakfast. Next door, Arizona represents the one flip that has been officially called by AP. With a 5% lead and 82% counted, it’s easy to like Biden’s position in the state. And as a rare Senate bright spot, Mark Kelly looks to have a similar edge.But it’s the states still to be called that are interesting — in a good way. A late raft of votes out of Wayne County (Detroit) has Biden right on Trump’s heels in Michigan, and there are more such votes to count. In Pennsylvania, there’s a massive 2 million block of mail in ballots that all on its own could level the field. Things in both states are likely to change sharply during the day. And perhaps the biggest remaining surprise is that Georgia remains in play … and actually looks as if the trends favor Biden.That means that while the evening may have ended looking all too much like 2016, the morning… doesn’t. Biden has already flipped Arizona. He appears set to take Wisconsin. That alone puts Biden just a single EV from clinching. Add Michigan, and that’s a win. But the more likely scenario at this point appears to be still more states flipping to blue. Biden could still sweep the Rust Belt states for a solid 305 EVs, putting the election out of any shenanigans in a single state. If Georgia comes through, Biden could end with 321, a decisive victory.- Advertisement – As of 7 AM ET, Biden holds a very narrow 0.3% edge in Wisconsin. However, the vote still outstanding appears to be early votes in urban areas that have heavily favored Biden. There may still be enough Biden votes remaining to carry him past the 1% margin that would protect against a recount.Biden’s margin in Nevada is also below 1%, but the majority of remaining votes look to be in the counties holding Reno and Las Vegas. There seems to be no reason to expect Biden’s final tally in the Silver State won’t be higher. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more