Ocean City’s New $1.1 Million Fire Truck Arrives

first_imgFirefighters extinguish a blaze at a duplex on Central Avenue. By Donald WittkowskiThe color isn’t an ordinary red. It is a special “Ocean City red.”The dimensions are impressive, too. It is 42 feet long, 12 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs a hefty 70,800 pounds and has an aerial ladder that extends 107 feet into the air.Costing just shy of $1.1 million, the Ocean City Fire Department’s new ladder truck is a high-tech wonder that will be a centerpiece of public safety.“It continues the benchmark,” Fire Chief Jim Smith said of the city’s commitment to public safety while showing off the new truck on Tuesday.Smith explained that the truck’s 107-foot-high boom arm is needed to fight high-rise fires that could strike the taller hotels and condominiums in town.It will also give firefighters the ability to hover over homes and other smaller buildings and douse them with a spray of water.In one example of the truck’s special features, stabilizers pop out on both sides to balance it when the aerial ladder is extended, preventing it from becoming top heavy and possibly tipping over.From left, Firefighter Nick Foglio, Fire Chief Jim Smith, Capt. Rick Bickmore and Deputy Chief Vito DiMarco show off the new ladder truck in front of the Fire Department’s headquarters.Despite the ladder truck’s enormous size, its “assisted steering” will allow it to nimbly travel through narrow streets and fit into tight spaces to battle fires. A laser detection system allows the driver to see if the truck is too close to a car or another object.City Council approved a contract in 2017 to buy the new fire truck from Pierce Manufacturing Inc. of Appleton, Wisc. A Fire Department delegation consisting of Deputy Chief Vito DiMarco, Capt. Rick Bickmore and Capt. Tom Shallcross traveled to Wisconsin three times during the past year to oversee customizing the truck for Ocean City’s needs.“This is a 100 percent custom fire truck. There is not another one like it in the world,” Bickmore said.Special touches include having the words “Ocean City, N.J. … America’s Greatest Family Resort” painted on the truck in a nod to the town’s marketing slogan. There are also tributes painted on the truck that honor the U.S. military and the firefighters who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.All of Ocean City’s fire trucks are red. Smith noted that the Fire Department wanted to continue that tradition with the new ladder truck.“This is Ocean City red,” he said. “That’s our color.”One of the special touches painted on the ladder truck is a tribute to the firefighters who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.The new model replaces a nearly 20-year-old ladder truck that required a lot of mechanical upkeep and tens of thousands of dollars in repairs bills in the last year alone.City officials said the fire department had spent more than $60,000 since 2016 for repairs to the old ladder truck, as well as another fire vehicle that also dates to 1999. Now that the new ladder truck is in service, the old one has been traded in.Firefighter Nick Foglio has already had a chance to drive the new truck. Comparing it to the old ladder truck, he said it is like going from a “Chevy to a Cadillac.”“It’s like driving the Cadillac of fire trucks,” Foglio said. “All of the top-of-the-line safety features are built into it. It’s completely different technology.”Ryan Clark, another firefighter, noted that the new ladder truck has more space than its predecessor for storing tools, gear and safety equipment. The extra room, he said, will allow firefighters to respond faster to emergencies.“When people’s lives are at risk, speed is everything,” Clark said.The new fire truck continues with the major upgrades Ocean City has been making with the fire department in the past two years. In August 2017, the city celebrated the grand opening of a new $2.1 million fire station on 29th Street and West Avenue that replaced a crumbling and storm-ravaged firehouse dating to the 1950s.The enormous size of the fire truck is evident with Foglio, Smith, Bickmore and DiMarco standing next to it.last_img read more

Costa reveals Christmas food range

first_imgCosta Coffee will tomorrow (Thursday, 29 October) launch its seasonal Christmas food specials in-store, with a range that includes 12 new sweet products.“We are retaining the old favourites, such as the tree design mince pie and the brie and cranberry panini, because they are best-sellers every time we do them,” said Costa’s head of food Beverley Phillips. “We have some fun biscuits and cupcakes for the kids, and Costa’s take on the traditional Christmas log.”The Yule Log (£1.75/1.50) features a moist rich Chocolate sponge loaf cake, filled with chocolate sauce and topped with ganache, a flake and icing sugar, while the Xmas Cup Cake (£1.65/1.40) is a vanilla and raspberry filled Iced Cup Cake with holly on top and mixed red and green paper cases. There will also be an Xmas Muffin (£1.70/1.45), wth Cherry & Almond.Biscuits include Gingerbread Individual Biscuits (£1.55/1.30), aimed at children, with a reindeer design, Chocolate Xmas Cornflake Crunch (£1.70/1.45), Linzer Biscuit (£1.60/1.35) and Mini Brownie Bites (£1.95). The range offers a NY deli pastrami and emmenthal sandwich, selling for £3.50 (eat in)/£3.05 (take-away); this is a new concept for Costa, with the added value of bread toasted in-store. There will also be a new winter fruit salad (£2.40/£2.20), featuring apples, pears, mandarin segments and dried cranberries with optional ginger syrup.last_img read more

Improving the pollution-mortality link

first_imgAs the nation celebrates the 45th Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, researchers from Harvard and MIT are calling for an improved approach to studying the link between pollution and human health. In an article published April 18, 2014 in the journal Science, the researchers note that in recent years, one-third to a half of all benefits gained from major regulations in the U.S. have come from the regulation of just one pollutant: particulate matter. With particulate matter playing such a vital role, it is critical to ensure that the estimated health benefits are based on the best available evidence.“The first Earth Day reflected a growing need to improve protection of human health and our environment by relying on the best available science,” says Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. “We’re celebrating this Earth Day by renewing that commitment. The best available science now includes quasi-experimental evidence, on which there has been a great deal of recent progress and success.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Watch Matthew Morrison Announce His New Neverland Co-Star, Kelsey Grammer!

first_img Finding Neverland Have you heard? Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer will join Matthew Morrison on Broadway in the highly anticipated Finding Neverland! As Broadway.com previously reported, the official announcement was made on November 13 on The Today Show by the stage and screen faves themselves. So what got Grammer to return to the Great White Way? “Harvey [Weinstein] is a pretty compelling guy,” he says. Plus, the material, which he says is his “favorite story,” is compelling, emotional and moving: “all the things that theater is supposed to be.” Check out the duo’s announcement below and a photo of the two new stars together, courtesy of Morrison’s Facebook page! The new tuner, which will also star Olivier winner Laura Michelle Kelly, flies into the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 15, 2015. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Perfectly Marvelous! Emma Stone Extends Run in Cabaret

first_imgDon’t tell Mama, but Emma Stone is remaining in Cabaret for an extra fortnight! She will now play Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming’s Emcee through February 15. Casting for her replacement in the Roundabout Theatre Company production will be announced shortly. Stone is making her Broadway debut in Cabaret. Best known for starring in the Amazing Spider-Man film series, her other screen credits include Magic in the Moonlight, The Croods, Gangster Squad, Easy A, The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Friends with Benefits, Paperman, Marmaduke, Zombieland, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The House Bunny, The Rocker, Superbad and the recently released Birdman. Related Shows In addition to Stone and Cumming, the musical currently features Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Bill Heck as Cliff, Aaron Krohn as Ernst and Hani Furstenberg as Fraulein Kost. Cabaretcenter_img View Comments Cabaret will play through March 29 at Studio 54. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

Soil bag flower beds

first_imgLaying the bag flat, I cut drainage slits into one side of the bag. Next, I turned the bag over into place. Once I settled the bag and smoothed the soil, I used a razor knife to cut out a rectangle leaving about 2 to 3 inches of plastic all the way around. This helps keep the soil from washing out of the bag when you water the plants. A few weeks out, the only drawback was keeping the mulch covering the plastic bag. The pine straw kept slipping and exposing the plastic. In an effort to prevent this, I cut two strips from a burlap coffee sack and tucked them over the front of the bags. This helped keep the pine straw in place. In my personal garden, pine tree roots were a problem. It was difficult to work the compost in, and then the tree roots would grow up into the improved soil and take up the water and nutrients that were meant for the annual plants. Growing annual flowers in native soils can be a challenge in Georgia. Clay soils, though fertile, are often poorly drained, leading to root diseases. Sandy soils are generally less fertile and drain too quickly, making it hard to keep flowers watered and fed. Planting directly into a good bag of potting soil could be a better option.Alternative to soil amendingUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts say the key to improving soil is adding organic amendments. But sometimes, even adding organic matter yearly to flowerbeds doesn’t guarantee bountiful blooms. This spring, tired of working so hard to keep my summer annuals growing in clay soils and going broke from buying containers, I decided to try planting right in the bags of potting soil. First I did some research. I read UGA Extension publications online and found some information on growing vegetables in bags, but not much on flowers. At home gardening experimentI decided to conduct my own research. First, I bought three 2-cubic-foot bags of potting soil from the home improvement store and laid them out where I wanted my flowers. I chose a potting mix that was moisture-retentive for summer planting, but for fall or winter plantings I would suggest using another mix. Waterlogged soils can kill annual plants.center_img Overall, the bag-planting experiment worked well. I plan to try this method this fall using violas, kale and other cool season annuals. If you have problems with your soil, give this technique a try for your fall annuals. As it was summer, I added begonias and a small amount of slow-release fertilizer. Lastly, I mulched over and around the bags with pine straw.Making mulch stay put For more information on other gardening topics, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Solidarity Travel Plan Unites Brazil, USA, Canada, Italy, CISM, and IOC

first_imgBy Dialogo June 10, 2011 The largest solidarity travel plan ever implemented by the International Military Sports Council (CISM), the “Travel Plan” for the 5th Military World Games, which will take place in July in Rio de Janeiro, includes 295 athletes from 49 benefiting countries. Another 205 individuals from 29 countries will also be able to compete in Brazil thanks to this support. The travel plan unites the efforts of CISM, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Brazil, and three other countries: the United States, Canada, and Italy. “We are gathering all available means with a view to reaching 110 countries registered for the Games. We are still working to achieve that mark. We help countries in difficulties to increase their delegation, thereby helping high-level athletes not to lose the opportunity to compete,” affirmed Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi, a CISM deputy sports director. Brazil has made available two Air Force planes with 140 seats each, which will land in four African cities – Bamako (Mali), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Nairobi (Kenya), and Johannesburg (South Africa) – where passengers from several countries will be gathered. “For the first time in history, a country is supporting a continent on this scale and with this level of involvement,” the lieutenant colonel added, referring to Brazil’s action in Africa. Italy and the United States are also cooperating with seats on their military planes. The Italians have made available forty seats for Eastern and Southwestern European countries, while the Americans will support delegations from North America and the Caribbean. Canada has made available 50,000 Canadian dollars to help in buying plane tickets, while CISM has made available 70,000 euros, and the IOC has made available 30,000 dollars. “Our preliminary data indicate that 30 countries are participating in the 5th Military World Games exclusively due to this action of solidarity. Another 19 are receiving support to transport part of their respective delegations,” Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi explained, noting that this information is subject to change. The Solidarity Travel Plan has the goal of reaching the mark of 110 countries that participated in the Rio 2011 Games. The soccer teams from Kenya and Cameroon, for example, will travel to compete in Rio de Janeiro thanks to this support. The same is true of the Romanian aeronautical pentathlon team, already confirmed on the Italian plane. Number of confirmed countries in the Travel Plan (as of May 30th) On the Brazilian planes: 24 countries On the Italian plane: 10 countries CISM and IOC resources: Africa – 2 countries, Asia – 4 countries, Europe – 9 countries Total countries supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 49 To be confirmed: 29 Approximate total personnel supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 295 To be confirmed: 205 (172 on the U.S. plane)last_img read more

Winter Storm Could Dump 10 Inches of Snow on Long Island

first_imgLong Island Rail Road commuters appeared to be in good shape early in the morning. The railroad reported that all its branches were running on time and weren’t experiencing any weather-related delays.Long Island MacArthur Airport advised travelers to contact their airline for updated flight information. Southwest Airlines had cancelled all flights after 6 p.m. Wednesday in advance of the storm, but the airline was expected to resume service at 1:55 p.m., the airport said.Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked drivers to stay off the streets Thursday so plows could better negotiate the roads.The state in recent weeks has had to deliver salt to several LI municipalities facing shortages due to an abundance of winter storms this season. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nor’easter barreled into Long Island Thursday. The storm is expected to drop up to 10 inches of snow on the Island. (Photo credit: National Weather Service satellite image)Thursday promises to be one messy day on Long Island.That’s because a nor’easter that barreled into the area overnight is expected to pick up intensity in the next few hours, dumping heavy snow on some parts of the region at a right of 2 to 3 inches an hour, according to the National Weather Service.The heavy band of snow pushed into the South Shore of Nassau early Thursday and is expected to continue east for the next several hours.The heavy snow will give way to a mix of rain and sleet as early as 9 a.m. in the South Fork and then between 10 and 11 a.m. for most of the Island, said Joey Picca, a National Weather Service meteorologist. It will eventually convert back to snow when temperatures drop below freezing later in the day, forecasters said.“The morning commute is going to be pretty awful,” Picca said. “It won’t be good through the morning hours.”He noted that the evening commute won’t be as bad because snowfall won’t be as intense. But there will be enough bad weather to give drivers headaches as they make their way home.The storm is forecasted to drop up to 10 inches of snow in Nassau County and 8 inches in Suffolk.A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m Friday and a high surf advisory will last until 6 p.m. Friday.As of 7:30 a.m. the New York State Department of Transportation website reported that some South Shore roads in Nassau were experiencing severe snow and icy conditions, while most major roads were covered in slush.740am: Islip Airport is reporting heavy snow and 1/4mile visibility. Snowfall rates easily exceeding 1″/hr!— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 13, 2014last_img read more

NCUA institutes encryption protocols for data provided to examiners

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA has instituted data encryption protocols as suggested by its Office of Inspector General this June following review of an examiner’s loss of a thumb drive containing credit union members’ data.The protocols were communicated Aug. 21 in a letter from NCUA Examination and Insurance Director Larry Fazio to the chief executives of federally insured credit unions.The letter says the agency’s examiners now will accept data files from credit unions only if the files are encrypted first by the credit union or, if the credit union is unable or does not wish to do that, via transfer to NCUA’s encrypted equipment. In either case, parties involved will sign a “chain of custody” document. The letter, in a footnote, also advises credit unions against electronically transmitting unencrypted data to examiners.Encryption protocols outlined in the letter will remain in use until the agency acquires a secure file transfer solution that will allow credit unions and exam staff to “securely and efficiently” exchange information, Fazio wrote. That solution is expected to be in place early next year. continue reading »last_img read more

Credit unions will own the next decade, if…

first_imgThere are only 3 things Credit Unions must do to own the next decade in financial services. Everyone knows what they are, but it seems that few have the stomach to execute them… sigh.Credit Unions will own the decade ahead if they have:An obvious, meaningful and unique brand value.Product and service delivery from anywhere, anytime.A shared Passion for Excellence among leadership and staff.These are the obvious, chunky, hairy credit union difference-making ideas. Of course, there are many smaller and extremely important components that I am sure you can shout out. But without these 3 key elements, nothing will change.I would argue that the first idea is the most important. Out of thousands of credit unions in America, how many of them can express an obvious, meaningful and unique brand which brings real and perceived value to their membership? To me, helping to create this obvious value proposition for all credit unions is CUNA’s most important job. It is also your job. If your community sees no “value” in what makes your credit union meaningful and different, they simply have no reason to think of you when they need a solution to a financial problem.Credit Unions must wrestle the attention of consumers away from banks. This will not happen unless consumers see real kitchen table value in doing so. A combination of items 2 and 3 will help. Yet without a specific, obvious advantage for a member to bank with you, and/or add to their relationship with your credit union, success will be muted.I believe that a mission that includes “giving back” (like the TOMS® Company) can enhance a brand and offer value, especially to socially conscious Millennials. Simply spreading the PR dollars around without focus dilutes its value and your potential to capitalize on this opportunity. Be thoughtful about what idea you can support and then who you associate your credit union with, so that this mission will mean something of value to your members and actually bring something of value to your community.Your credit union must be accessible in all ways digital. It is essential that your members know that they can bank with you anytime, anywhere. Can you deliver? How are you doing with this? A member wants to open accounts online. Please let them. I appreciate that this is a real challenge for every credit union when considering both asset and human capital. In other words, who has the money or the staff to get this done? Yet it needs to be a front burner objective, not a someday dream. Having this ability today is a difference-maker. Tomorrow, everyone will have it.Corporate sage and author Jim Collins offers many ideas about leadership and staffing. Lead with passion. Align your sales and marketing efforts. Get the right people working for your credit union. As my Dad always said, “Don’t hire people and ask them to be nice; hire nice people!” This means that you must have the courage to eliminate negative employees. Identify loyal and obvious talent and get each person in the best job for them and for you. Encourage frank business conversation. A leader with clear objectives doesn’t have to look far to do these things.There are only 3 key objectives. At the very least, your decisions for the future should be viewed through the lens of these 3 ideas. Manage to these goals and your credit union (and quite possibly the credit union movement at large) will own the next decade!I suggest looking at my book The C-Level Guide to Marketing and Sales. You can order a free copy here. In it I have brought together over a dozen experts in marketing, profitability, branding and sales for a quick 20-minute read. It is a great way for you to start owning the next decade! 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Detailslast_img read more