A ‘Sweet Spot’ Takes Shape at the Corner of 34th and Asbury

first_imgConstruction at the corner of 34th Street and Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, will be the future site of the Sweet Spot eatery. A major construction project at the corner of 34th Street and Asbury Avenue is taking shape this summer, and by next spring, Ocean City residents and visitors will be able to eat at the Sweet Spot,  a new eatery featuring breakfast, lunch and specialty desserts.An architect’s drawing of what the completed Sweet Spot will look like.The project is a labor of love for retired developer Nick George, who will live in one of three new residential units above the restaurant.George purchased the corner lot at Ocean City’s south-end gateway for $925,000 in 2013. The lot was the former home of Pino’s Grille, which lost its roof to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and never reopened after the record flooding of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.George said the storm damage required him to start from scratch in constructing the new building.He anticipates an opening in May 2015 for the Sweet Spot, which will serve breakfast until 2 p.m., a light lunch and frozen yogurt, pastries, smoothies, coffees and cappuccinos until midnight.An Ocean City property owner since 1984, George said he hopes to bring a new business to the quiet south end of the island and employ local residents. He said he misses the days when Tory’s Ice Cream Parlor was still in business in that part of the island (the owners are now running the Chatterbox downtown).He said the business will be seasonal, but he hopes to extend the season to the seven months from May to Thanksgiving.The project, designed by architect James E. Chadwick, and will include three residential units on the upper floors. George said he’ll occupy one as a dream retirement home. The other two will be 2,200-square-foot, four-bedroom seasonal rental units.For more information on the project or the rental units, call George at 609-517-6115.last_img read more


Brazilian Marine Corps Ensures Security in Rio de Janeiro

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo September 28, 2018 The Marine Corps (FN, in Portuguese) of the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) has been taking part in security operations in the city of Rio de Janeiro since Brazilian authorities sanctioned the use of the Armed Forces in operations to guarantee law and order (GLO, in Portuguese) on July 28, 2017. FN intensified activities after the government ordered federal intervention in the state of Rio de Janeiro via Decree No. 9288, February 16, 2018. In the past six month, the Fleet Marine Squad (FFE, in Portuguese) participated in more than 30 operations. According to FN Lieutenant General Paulo Martino Zuccaro, FFE commander, the participation of FN increased in unison with siege operations in Rio de Janeiro, which also last longer than those carried out in 2017. With federal intervention, public safety management moved from the state to the federal level, with Brazilian Army General Walter Braga Netto, public safety federal intervenor in Rio de Janeiro, responding directly to the president. “The technical aspects of the operations are similar to that of prior GLOs conducted in other states,” Lt. Gen. Zuccaro said. Following the intervention, authorities established an Intervention Joint Command comprised of officers from each service branch in the Eastern Military Command to conduct security operations, and coordinate and plan support operations for the National Public Security Plan. Within this context, MB assists Rio de Janeiro’s Public Security Secretariat, through a Marine Corps Operations Group (GptOpFuzNav, in Portuguese). “FN activities make up just one piece of the puzzle that contribute to the success of the operation as a whole. We can offer our amphibious capability to the Joint Command, which is a great advantage when the area of operation is close to the sea,” Lt. Gen. Zuccaro said. Currently, 300 FFE service members conduct daily patrols in the city within the most risky communities of the south side and in the Lins Complex of slums. FN also handles security on the main urban streets of Ilha do Fundão, near the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. A GptOpFuzNav was initially established to conduct various operations, such as perimeter security, assault, blockade, road clearance, and patrol. The increase in operations following federal intervention led to the creation of the Marine Corps Operations Group ARPOADOR-2018 to meet the needs of GLO’s operations. FN Colonel Reinaldo Reis de Medeiros, commander of ARPOADOR-2018, said the number of service members vary with the type of operation. “Some more complex operations may have an average of 850 to 1,000 Navy members,” he said. Maritime and ground operations On August 29th, an operation brought together more than 2,500 members of the Armed Forces, and Federal, Military, and Civil Police at the Salgueiro Complex of the city of São Gonçalo, in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan area. According to the Intervention Joint Command, members of MB, the First Naval District, and the Federal Police took part in ground operations and carried out a naval blockade and siege at Guanabara Bay, a maritime area adjacent to operations on the ground. “We estimate operations to directly and indirectly benefit about one million people, covering a land area of 32 square kilometers and a maritime area of 61 km². Two ships and 10 vessels, including an armored speedboat were used,” the Joint Command stated in a release. MB’s capabilities and equipment favor activities in the maritime environment, Col. Medeiros said. “Most of the operations conducted to date were on land,” he added. The Armed Forces in Rio de Janeiro conducted show of force, perimeter control, and dynamic stabilization operations such as road clearance, assault, and lockdown, among others. Nearly all of FFE equipment is available for security operations. Military motorcyclists of the Naval Battalion Police, known as scouts, also take part in the Rio operations. Patrol ships and rotary-wing aircraft of the Navy Fleet Command and Naval Operations Command also intervene when necessary. Population safety For Col. Medeiros, conducting activities in an urban environment with civilians is one of the biggest challenges with the operation in Rio de Janeiro. “The concern with collateral damage to the population imposes certain considerations and limitations, especially when we face irregular adverse forces that take advantage of people’s proximity,” he said. “The population’s safety is a priority and requires adjustments, often significant, to the modus operandi of military forces.” Careful preparation at the core of FN training ensures the safety of participating service members. Amphibious and riverside operations, limited use of force, including peacekeeping, GLO, non-combatant, and humanitarian evacuations are among the skills FN units count on. For Lt. Gen. Zuccaro, the intervention in Rio de Janeiro is a great opportunity to put to the test knowledge and techniques gained in different trainings and exercises, while adjusting to the reality of GLO operations. “It enables FN to improve performance in this type of operation,” he said. Authorities intend to keep up with operations until year-end, based on the Joint Command’s plan. “The marines are, by nature, an expeditionary troop always at the ready, which allows for immediate deployment to different types of environments and missions, anywhere, with the ability to adapt to various conditions,” Lt. Gen. Zuccaro concluded.last_img read more


Working with International Partners, US Coast Guard Offloads More than $411 Million Worth of Drugs

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo December 17, 2020 It doesn’t matter how many times you look at it: It’s always impressive to see 23,000 pounds of cocaine and nearly 8,800 pounds of marijuana. That’s the amount of drugs — with a street value of over $411 million, according to U.S. authorities — the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded on December 16, at Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.“This patrol highlights our crew’s continued commitment to protecting the American people from our adversaries,” said U.S. Coast Guard Captain Todd Vance, commanding officer of USCG James, during a press conference on the dock at Port Everglades. “Despite COVID, the James crew demonstrated supreme resilience, and the results of their exceptional performance are being showcased today.”Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded approximately $411 million worth of drugs on December 16, 2020, at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo: Steven McLoud/Diálogo)The drug busts were done with help from partner nations’ coast guards, including international crews from France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered during 20 interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels.“The [U.S.] Coast Guard’s strong international relationships, with key partners like the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands, along with our specialized capabilities and unmatched authorities, allow for a unity of effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations, which threaten America and our partner nations,” asserted U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz.According to the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Office, during at-sea interdictions, a suspicious vessel is initially detected and monitored by allied, military, or law enforcement personnel, coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force South based in Key West, Florida. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific is conducted under the authority of the Coast Guard’s 11th District, headquartered in Alameda, California. The interdictions, including actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.“I am honored to be able to pay tribute to the successes of the team here today, and recognize the role the Royal Navy and U.K. National Crime Agency have played in this joint operation,” said Commodore Phil Nash, naval attaché at the United Kingdom Embassy in Washington. “Working seamlessly with U.S. and international colleagues, the presence of RFA [Royal Fleet Auxiliary] Argus has prevented the $54 million of drugs offloaded here from reaching the streets in the last few months; taken together with a wider effort this year by U.K. ships HMS Medway and RFA Mounts Bay, around $650 million of drugs have been stopped. This has been a genuine team effort — the key to success continues to be the close working relationship and collaboration between our nations.”Also at the event were Colonel Jarst de Jong and Captain Cédric Chetaille, naval attachés from the Netherlands and France respectively; Jean-Sébastien Conty, a political counselor of African and Western Hemisphere Affairs from the French Embassy in Washington; and Paul Jenkins, head of region for North America and the Caribbean at the National Crime Agency.last_img read more


CUNA to take, share video of NCUA’s new RBC discussions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association requested and the National Credit Union Administration has agreed that CUNA and a limited number of others can set up video cameras to record the agency’s open meeting Thursday.That’s the much-anticipated session at which a revised risk-based capital (RBC) proposal will be unveiled. The video cameras are a significant change from the agency’s standard operating procedures for board meeting.Thursday, CUNA requested that the meeting be streamed live over the Internet, or if not possible, that the NCUA allow the ability to videotape the proceedings. The agency was not able to accommodate live-streaming for the January meeting, but said it would plan to do that for future meetings.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle thanked the NCUA for agreeing to CUNA’s request to video record the important RBC discussions.  He noted that CUNA will post the video to the cuna.org website and announce through News Now when the recording is available. continue reading »last_img read more


American Consumer Council gains Associational SEG Status: What does it mean for credit unions?

first_imgwith Mike LawsonAfter a lengthy review with the NCUA (15 months), the American Consumer Council (ACC) has gained its long-awaited Associational SEG status. So what does this mean for credit unions? Turns out it’s very good news for the industry as the ACC is a direct conduit for millennials to credit unions — and we all know that CUs need to get younger for a bright future. So this status for ACC is a nice shot in the arm for credit unions.So we ventured down to the ACC headquarters, which happens to be here in San Diego, for an in-person chat with their President Tom Hinton — who is quite pleased with the good news. A lot of hard work now rewarded.We asked him how credit unions and consumers will benefit from this status, what the NCUA review process was like, and how this decision will help other associations wanting to work with credit unions. Many thanks to Tom and his ACC crew for taking time to chat with us. Enjoy!Visit:americanconsumercouncil.org continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


5 quick money-saving tricks that can save you thousands

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Who has time to mess with finances?Just about everyone, in fact!It seems like we spend more time avoiding finances than it would take to actually sit down and start to improve them.Here are five money-saving ideas that you can implement in minutes:Cook Purchasing convenience food can be very costly. Learn to cook quick, staple meals that you can whip up in no time and enjoy at least once a week. If you had two or three of these simple meals weekly, you could save hundreds of dollars in food costs every month. continue reading »last_img read more


Republicans should be scared by results in Virginia

first_imgBefore this race, Gillespie was as establishment as an establishment Republican could be, aligned closely with George W. Bush, who has made his distaste for Trump’s viciously divisive politics clear.He typified a coolheaded, practical approach to politics. He was more tradesman than ideologue.Until the last few months, when he utterly transformed.The impression he left on voters was an ugly one, and he and the GOP have nothing to show for it.That should scare Republicans most of all.Frank Bruni is a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Ralph Northam will be the state’s next governor.That’s a gigantic relief, because a Northam defeat would have prompted a Democratic meltdown — and rightly so.In statewide races, Virginia is increasingly blue: Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump there by 5 percentage points a year ago.And Trump’s ceaseless assault on propriety, decency and ethical, responsible government is supposedly firing up liberals as never before. Virginia on Tuesday was the place to demonstrate that. The demonstration was convincing.Not only did Northam beat his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, by about 9 points — a margin of victory larger than either Clinton’s or the 2-point advantage that ushered the state’s current Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, into office four years ago — but Democrats also performed strongly in other Virginia races.So strongly, in fact, that one Democrat, Danica Roem, unseated a longtime Republican incumbent in the House of Delegates and will become the nation’s only openly transgender state representative.The history that she made flies squarely in the face of the bigotry and divisiveness that Trump sows. Politically speaking, there are eons between now and then, and the Virginia governor’s race had facets all its own.But there are reasons for Republicans to be very afraid.One is that Northam outperformed Clinton without being a particularly energetic, forceful candidate.Republicans should also worry that they’ve oversold themselves on the moderate-progressive divide in the Democratic Party and how severely Democrats would be hobbled by it.“If the Virginia results showed anything, it’s that ideological purity isn’t necessary to win in the Age of Trump,” Lis Smith, a Democratic operative who worked for McAuliffe, told me Tuesday night.“Northam came out as a two-time George W. Bush voter, and he failed some key liberal litmus tests. Still he won.”In rooting for a Gillespie victory, the GOP was looking for something larger: an assurance that a Republican in a swing state or swing district could find the right recipe for energizingTrump supporters without alienating Trump skeptics. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAlthough at times over the last week it seemed that Democrats were doing their damnedest to lose the Virginia gubernatorial race, they failed in that endeavor, which is to say that they succeeded at the polls.center_img Gillespie’s answer was to keep Trump at arm’s length physically but not spiritually.So while he never — not once — had Trump stump for him in Virginia, he parroted the president’s tough talk about criminals and immigrants and denounced professional football players who didn’t stand for the national anthem.Trump didn’t cry foul during the campaign, but he did on Twitter on Tuesday night, griping that Gillespie “worked hard but did not embrace me” and showing again that he’s all too content to spar publicly with lawmakers and candidates in his own party.Republicans should be afraid for that reason as well.Beyond the returns, this was a governor’s race that made the skin crawl, which is to say that it was a sufficiently accurate mirror and microcosm of American political culture in the Age of Trump.Partisan groups and panicked candidates trafficked in overblown fears, appealed to the worst in voters and debased themselves in pursuit of their prize — reasoning, I suppose, that dignity could be recovered on the far side of ugly victory. I’m not sure that’s ever wholly true.Gillespie’s campaign “has not been just a dog whistle to the intolerant, racially resentful parts of the Republican base; it’s been a mating call,” wrote The Washington Post in a blistering — and wholly warranted — editorial that noted what many other observers were also fascinated by: how radically Trump’s ascendance and omnipresence changed the way Gillespie comported himself, a transformation with dark implications for the GOP and scary ones for America. Just when we needed a sign that his America is not all of America, Virginia came to the rescue and gave us one.And I guarantee you that the Republicans up for re-election in 2018 saw it, shuddered and will spend the next weeks and months trying to figure out just how much trouble their party is in and precisely how to repair it.Democrats are exceedingly familiar with that feeling.The returns in Virginia suggested that Trump antipathy is indeed real and that it is definitely animating.“Virginia shows that in non-red states, Trump is a heavy load for Republican candidates to carry,” the Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik told me late Tuesday night.Does it mean that Democrats can wrest one chamber of Congress from Republican control in 2018?Impossible to say.last_img read more


12 Beach Volleyball players for Olympics qualifiers

first_imgRelatedPosts Olympics qualifiers: Nigeria wins third place of Women Beach Volleyball Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers, the Nigeria Volleyball Federation has invited 12 male and female beach volleyball players to camp in Kaduna.The Zone 3 Olympic qualifier is scheduled to hold in two phases in Ghana and Lome from January 2 to 12, 2020.The Technical Director of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Martin Melandi, said six men and six women players and four coaches have resumed camping in Kaduna, adding that most of the players participated at the recently concluded Shell Invitational Championship in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.The President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod, expressed optimism over the teams’ qualification from the zone, emphasising that Nigeria is ranked as one of the best not only in the zone but also in the continent of Africa.Nimrod disclosed that all necessary provisions have been made in ensuring that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted in Tokyo.Tags: Olympics qualifierslast_img read more


Center to Offer Help to SB Residents, Businesses

first_imgSEA BRIGHT ­– Sea Bright Rising has hit a significant milestone and now is offering even more help from professionals in various fields to those impacted by Super Storm Sandy.The organizers for the recovery organization, working to assist residents and businesses struck hard by Sandy, have raised more than $1 million.“I think it’s a huge accomplishment, no doubt about it,” said Chris Wood, co-owner of Woody’s restaurant and bar in the borough, who, with his business partner, Peter Forlenza, established the organization.So far, Sea Bright Rising has distributed roughly $470,000 of the funds raised to about 160 families and four local businesses, said Ilene Winters, a member of the organization’s board.The organization has obtained a $250,000 grant from the Robin Hood Foundation, which was the recipient of funds raised during the 12.12.12 concert in Madison Square Garden for Sandy Relief. Sea Bright Rising also has been given a $100,000 donation from an anonymous donor, another $100,000 from Fairmont Specialty, a local insurance brokerage agency, and individual donations, according to Winters.While the fundraising and dispersing of money will continue, the organization is working on “the next phase of this,” Wood said.“Obviously, there is still a great need” for those impacted by Sandy, he said, including obtaining information and direction on how to move forward with rebuilding.To that end the organization has established the Sea Bright Solution Center, which will open for the first time at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in borough hall.The center will be staffed with volunteers from a variety of fields who will offer advice and counseling to the public. “We have so many who have lined up to offer their services,” including lawyers, insurance specialists, building and computer experts and others, Wood said.The center will be open the second Saturday morning and third Wednesday evening of the month, as demand requires, according to Winters.The Sea Bright Solution Center initially was set to open Feb. 9 but the opening was postponed because of the winter storm.“Whatever we can do to help has been well-received so far and we’ll look to continue it,” Wood said.Wood, along with his business partner Forlenza, started out by providing hot food and beverages for the National Guard members and other emergency workers on site, as well as for those who began to return to their homes and property in the days after the late October storm.From there, Wood said, their efforts morphed into what has become Sea Bright Rising and includes on its board Wood, Forlenza, Winters and Robert Long, husband of Mayor Dina Long.The organization’s mission is to primarily help the approximately 1,400 borough residents rebuild their lives, because, as Wood said, “everyone lost something.”The organization has been offering assistance with rent and security deposits for those who were displaced and down payments for cars for those who lost their vehicles in the storm, Winters said.The second leg of the group’s mission is to assist businesses in reopening and revitalizing the community. “If the businesses don’t come back there isn’t going to be a town,” Winters said. To a lesser degree, the group will work on restoring the community’s infrastructure, Wood said.As the need to assist residents eventually winds down, possibly in the next few months, Sea Bright Rising may find itself concentrating more on working with the business community, Winters said.“We’re eternally grateful to the people who have donated already. Everyone has been exceptionally generous with their time and with their financial resources,” Winters said.That appreciation also goes for those who have received donations, Winters said, displaying a note the organization recently recei­ved. The handwritten note, from a recipient who Winters declined to identify, said, “Like the first warm breeze of spring after a cold, grey winter, your gift was a ray of hope when we were most discouraged. Rest assured your kindness will be remembered.” By John Burtonlast_img read more


STAKES QUOTES – SAN VICENTE STAKES (SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017)

first_imgNOTES: The winning owner, Kaleem Shah is from San Diego, CA. MARK GLATT, TRAINER LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN, SECOND:  “I’m really pleased with his race, especially because he just ran two weeks ago.  I probably wouldn’t have looked at this race if it wasn’t a short field.  This was just an honest effort today.  He (Jamie Theriot) had to move a little early down the backside because we were inside.  He’s run three really good races since we gelded him (Nov. 26) and I think he’ll stretch out to a mile, no problem.”  TRAINER QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, ILIAD, WINNER: “It was a very lucky pick up mount. He’s a very nice horse. He broke well. Actually, he showed a lot of speed today. We were going pretty fast and I was trying to relax him all the way down the backside.“When I asked him, he performed so well.” JOCKEY QUOTES KALEEM SHAH, OWNER OF ILIAD, WINNER: “His last breeze was awesome. I talked with Doug and he had a lot of confidence that he’d run well today and he ran to his works.“We can all hope and pray for horses like this. I’m glad Iliad came along. I hope he continues to move forward. It’s one race at a time in this business, but it looks very promising for now.“I was looking for a great name just like Bayern, which represented a great soccer team. This one, Iliad, represents a great western classic in literature.“I think we stay here and try to run in the San Felipe (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles, March 11) and then hopefully, the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles April 8).” DOUG O’NEILL, ILIAD, WINNER: “He’s a really nice horse, he has a lot of class. He ran huge today. We’ve just tried to not screw him up. Flavien rode a great race today and got it done.“Going seven eighths can be a grind if you break real sharp and try to run all the way (on the lead). Flavien knew what to do and did a great job.”last_img read more