O.C. Library Project Awaits State Funding

first_imgCurbside pickup continues at the Ocean City Free Public Library. By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Free Public Library is not just a library. It is an entertainment and learning center, offering one-stop shopping for patrons with all of its activities, lectures, books and audio books – and it is going to get better.A renovation project for the second floor has been planned for a while. However, it will take longer than originally thought because library officials are waiting for state funding to help with the cost.Specifically, the building improvements will consist of an expansion of the young adults section, new furnishings, brighter lighting and more quiet space for study time as well as “maker space” for do-it-yourself types of projects.Here is a link to the project’s rendering: https://ocnjdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/library-renovation-rendering-2.pdfArchitect William McLees, of William McLees Architecture in Somers Point, is designing the plan to modernize the facility and make it more user-friendly.Library officials are hoping to secure state grants to help finance the estimated $1.3 million project.Architect William McLees uses a rendering to show the plans for the renovation in a presentation in 2017.Karen Mahar, the library director, learned of grants through the Library Construction Bond Act.“In November of 2017 there was $125 million in matching grant money from the state,” Mahar said of the pool of library money in a June interview. “I looked into it to see if our library could qualify. I was hopeful we would get it.”Despite a delay in getting any funding, library officials said some things are worth the wait – especially when it could mean a savings for local taxpayers.“The Library Construction Bond Act was passed in November 2017, but we’ve been waiting for the regulations to be put in place for how the money would be distributed to libraries,” explained Jennifer Shirk, president of the Ocean City Library Board of Trustees.“The wait has been frustrating, and as much as we were eager to have our renovation begin, we know we did the right thing in waiting to see if our library is eligible for a portion of that grant money,” Shirk added.President of the Library Board of Trustees Jennifer Shirk, Library Director Karen Mahar and Library Board of Trustees member Ron Denney stop for a photo during an awards ceremony Nov. 14 in which Mahar is honored as a “Woman of Wonder.”Funding for the renovation project will also come from the city’s library tax. The library tax will not increase to finance construction. The city has agreed to bond the project. The library, in turn, would pay back the city for the bonds.In the meantime, library officials are awaiting publication of the regulations and application process for the state grant money.“We’re still waiting to hear about the application process. But we do know once the application is posted, all libraries will have a 90-day window to apply,” Shirk noted. “Unfortunately, this is all been taking a very long time.”While the state doesn’t have any definitive answers as to why it has taken so long, Shirk thinks she has an idea about why it has been held up.“I believe there was a little anticipated delay because you had a staff change going on between Gov. Christie and Gov. Murphy,” she said. “But I also know there were quite a number of state agencies involved as well, which might have delayed the process.”Shirk said Ocean City officials remain patient and when the renovation is complete, it will really showcase everything the library has to offer its patrons.For more information visit the Ocean City Free Public Library at www.oceancitylibrary.org or call 609-399-2434. For more information about the funding visit www.njstatelib.org/services_for_libraries/new-jersey-library-construction-bond-act/last_img read more

Cookie firm gains Fortnum & Mason listing

first_imgBoutique bakery start-up Nila Holden’s vintage cookies have been listed at London store Fortnum & Mason.The company’s iced cookie designs include love hearts, elephants and monogrammed wedding favours. It has a Mother’s Day range in-store at F&M at the moment.Nila Holden is based in Luton, Bedfordshire and its client list includes the Japanese Royal Family.Holden trained at Squires School and Peggy Porschen Academy.Enjoyed this article? Get more stories like this direct to your mailbox with our FREE email newsletter. Click here to sign-up today!last_img

University appoints new associate dean for Keough School of Global Affairs

first_imgThe University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday the appointment of Sara Sievers as associate dean for policy and practice in the new Keough School of Global Affairs, according to a University press release.Sievers, an expert in international policy and governance issues related to development, will also serve as an associate professor of the practice in the School, the release said.Sievers has previously served as the founding executive director of the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University and Harvard University’s Center for International Development, the release stated. In the past, Sievers had worked for the United States Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine as the vice consul for political and economic affairs and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary for legislative affairs in Washington, D.C., the release said. She earned a BA in government from Harvard and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has taught international development at both Harvard and Columbia, according to the press release.The Keough School of Global Affairs will welcome its first class of students in fall 2017, according to the School’s website.Tags: associate dean, Global Affairs, International Development, Keough School of Global Affairslast_img read more

Vermont College of Fine Arts accredited by NEASC

first_imgVermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) is receiving accreditation by the largest accrediting body for public and private schools in New England and the oldest regional accrediting association in the nation, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). At a record pace for an independent college, VCFA was recommended for accreditation at a meeting of NEASC s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Achieving NEASC accreditation demonstrates VCFA s commitment to rigorous academics, a dynamic learning community, and a sustainable business model, said Thomas Christopher Greene, President of Vermont College of Fine Arts. This is a major accomplishment for our community.What is normally as much as a five-year process was accomplished by VCFA in less than two. Con Hogan, Chair of VCFA s Board of Trustees stated, The accreditation gives VCFA an important acknowledgement of excellence at a key time in our renaissance.Vermont College of Fine Arts was launched out of a desire to maintain the programs and the academic nature of the campus which were under the threat of being dismantled and sold piecemeal. Tom Greene, a novelist, MFA in Writing alumnus and longtime administrator in the College, and Bill Kaplan, a real estate professional with expertise in community-based projects, led the two-year effort to purchase the physical campus and three academic programs. Assembling a highly experienced Board of Trustees and securing $12 million in funding, the group formed the independent, and now accredited, VCFA. Accreditation means that an objective outside look has concluded that the College is fiscally sound and responsible, says Trustee Bob Atwell, a former President of the American Council on Education and a current board member of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. It is a testament to the quality of the institution as measured by its academic programs, its governance, and the successes of its graduates.VCFA Trustee Katherine Paterson, currently serving as the US Library of Congress Ambassador of Children s Literature, describes the accreditation with a literary allusion. Vermont College of Fine Arts is truly the little college that could. We’ve huffed and puffed our way through mountains of requirements both academic and financial and come to this exciting pinnacle. In our world today we need art that will challenge our assumptions, illumine our darkness, and heal our moral ills. By granting full accreditation in this short time, NESAC affirms that this little college has produced and will continue to produce the artists who will give society that art.Though the college is newly independent (in the past the programs were under the umbrella of Norwich University and Union Institute & University) the three MFA Programs have been around for some time. The MFA in Writing Program will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011 and the MFA in Visual Art and MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults were begun in 1991 and 1997, respectively. Since achieving independence, the application numbers for these programs have doubled and enrollment is at an all-time high.With the accreditation process behind them, President Greene and his team will now focus on the objectives of their 5 year strategic plan that the Board of Trustees recently approved and endorsed.About NEASC and CIHEThe Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. The Commission is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), affirming that its standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.About AccreditationAccreditation is a process of peer review that the educational community has adopted for its self-regulation since early in the 20th century. It is a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. Institutions choose to apply for accredited status, and once accredited, they agree to abide by the standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking responsibility for their own improvement.About VCFAVermont College of Fine Arts is a national center for education in the arts, a place where the creative expression of individuals is nurtured and a sense of community flourishes. VCFA is the only graduate school in the country devoted exclusively to fine arts education, and the first independent college to form in Vermont since 1983. Offering three nationally successful Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Visual Art, Writing, and Writing for Children & Young Adults, VCFA s alumni are among the most celebrated authors and artists working today.www.vermontcollege.edu(link is external). 4.22.2010last_img read more

Brattleboro Retreat wins 7 NESHCO awards at annual conference

first_imgThe Brattleboro Retreat took home seven Lamplighter Awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ (NESHCO) 2010 Annual Conference held in Stowe, VT, May 24-26.The Retreat was honored with the Gold Award in the category of “Marketing/Total Effort: Under $50,000 Total Budget,” for its campaign promoting mental health and addiction services for children and adolescents. The Retreat also received an Award of Excellence in the same category for its overall marketing campaign to promote the hospital’s innovative new treatment program for Uniformed Service Professionals (police, fire, military, etc.). In the category of “Direct Mail Publications” the Retreat received a Silver Award for its series of direct mail postcards targeting clinicians and referral sources in southern New England.The Retreat’s 2009 Annual Report to Stakeholders & Friends, its 2010 Wall Calendar and its print ad campaign for Uniformed Services Professionals received Awards of Excellence, as did its campaign in the Special Events category for promotional materials developed in support of the hospital’s 175th Anniversary Celebration held in September 2009.Communicators Group, a Keene, NH-based advertising agency with extensive healthcare marketing experience, collaborates with the Retreat on all marketing efforts that support the hospital.“It’s terrific to work with a client like the Brattleboro Retreat that truly embraces the role branding can play in moving an organization forward,” said Jeff Whitcomb, president of Communicators Group. “It’s not just about ads, a web site, direct mail pieces. It’s about creating and reinforcing a brand message that truly differentiates you—and connects with the soul of the organization. That’s what makes marketing pay off.”“Our close working relationship with Communicators Group is one of the driving forces behind these awards,” said Julia Sorensen, director of marketing for the Brattleboro Retreat. “As our agency of record they have been a tremendous resource in the Retreat’s re-branding efforts over the past few years.”NESHCO is the northeast’s leading professional association for marketing and communications in the field of healthcare.The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premier treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.Source: Brattleboro Retreat. 6.15.2010last_img read more

Wind energy boom under way in Sweden

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:In a remote area almost eight times the size of Manhattan covered by millions of young fir trees, Europe’s biggest onshore wind park is emerging. Workers are installing turbines perched atop 130-meter-tall towers at a rate of about two a week at the site in northern Sweden, where the temperature regularly dips below minus 10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) and the sun is hardly seen for months on end during winter. So far, more than 170 of the machines scatter across the sparse landscape owned by some of the nation’s biggest forest companies.Markbygden, as the site is called, may be the clearest sign yet of the industry’s seismic shift away from subsidies and toward relying on markets that also set returns for traditional plants running on natural gas, coal or nuclear energy. It’s also a harbinger for the giant facilities that will be needed for nations to meet the climate targets they’re discussing at the United Nations’ COP25 conference in Madrid next week.The wind farm has drawn investors from a wide spectrum of energy and high finance. Firms including General Electric Co. and Macquarie Group Ltd. will spend as much as $7 billion on the facility. It will be vital to Sweden’s power supply as two old reactors are due to shut permanently next year, as well as for power exports to the continent. Some of the electricity will also be sold to customers including aluminum producer Norsk Hydro ASA under a deal that was the biggest of its kind at the time when signed two years ago.The expansion of wind power sweeping northern Sweden has been likened to the Texan wind boom of the past few decades, which turned the state into the biggest producer in the U.S. The high plains may look very different from the Swedish forests, but they both provide vast expanses of land with favorable breezes steady enough to spin turbines.“When it comes to wind power, Sweden has more in common with Texas than the rest of Europe,” Roland Flaig, head of RWE AG’s renewable energy arm in Sweden, said in an interview. “Few and big landowners make it possible to build larger parks.”But the nation’s boom is more than Markbygden. Several other big projects by developers, including OX2 AB and Arise AB, are under way, and wind power output in the Nordic region’s largest economy is expected to double in the next three years. Companies say they prefer Sweden over Germany for example, citing the relative ease of getting permissions for big parks.More: Sweden is becoming Europe’s Texas for wind power Wind energy boom under way in Swedenlast_img read more

Roosevelt Teen Wanted for Murder Nabbed in Fla.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jonathan MackU.S. Marshals have apprehended a Roosevelt teenager in Florida who was wanted for shooting a 34-year-old man to death in Uniondale two months ago, Nassau County police said.Jonathan D. Mack will be arraigned Friday on a charge of second-degree murder at First District Court in Hempstead.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that Mack got into an argument with Isaac Andrews, pulled out a handgun and shot the victim on Hill Street in Uniondale on the morning of Sunday, June 30.The victim died at Nassau University Medical Center less than two hours later.Police said Mack was found to be hiding in Bradenton, Fla. following anonymous tips to Nassau County Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

Early lessons you need to learn when dealing with vacant property

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2016, the legislature decided that it would be smart to make larger banks and credit unions responsible for maintaining abandoned property before the property was even foreclosed on. In return, for this absurd requirement, the legislature agreed to expedite the foreclosure process for institutions holding mortgages on abandoned property.Yours truly has always been somewhat skeptical that the fast track reforms would work but, as the first cases under this new statute begin to hit the dockets the early returns are encouraging. In fact, I’m going to highlight a recent case that I would suggest those of you responsible for managing foreclosure activity use as a template as you manage the ridiculous number of obstacles that New York continues to put in the way when it comes to foreclosing on property that borrowers can’t afford. And remember, even if you’re a credit union that doesn’t have to comply with the property maintenance requirements, these cases demonstrate how important it is for your credit union to still follow the appropriate procedures for demonstrating that a mortgage property has been abandoned in order for your credit union to be able to take advantage of this new expedited procedure. continue reading »last_img read more

Nation’s cyber chief has a warning

first_img continue reading » The man who oversees cybersecurity for the United States said he doesn’t want to be thought of as a person who frightens people, but he did just that in speaking to credit unions here, outlining cyber threats, especially from China, and calling on credit unions to sit down and hold a meeting as soon as possible.Speaking to NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus here, William R. Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence Center, told credit unions, “This sounds like scary, bogey man stuff, and it is.”Many of the threats and stolen data are not the result of sophisticated attacks, but instead are due to a particular “inability” by many Americans, according to Evanina. He strongly urged the credit union execs on hand to immediately sit down with their top staff–including HR––upon returning to their homes to gauge where they stand, conduct exercises and map out better plans to respond to data incidents that will occur.Evanina wasted little time identifying where he and the Trump Administration believes the real threat is coming from. While North Korea, Russia and Iran are bad actors, it’s China that’s a significant threat to the U.S. and future economic prosperity, America’s top cyber cop said. And the federal government cannot respond to the threat on its own, he stressed. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dream home and ultimate man cave on big block

first_imgThe covered deck includes an outdoor kitchen with fridge, sink and barbecue. Picture: Supplied. Upstairs, the home has a huge open-plan living, dining and kitchen space opening to the covered deck with outdoor kitchen. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with double shower and bathtub. The two other bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a family bathroom.The ground floor level is well set up for entertaining with sunroom, games room, bar and media room, which opens to the poolside patio. The home at 286 Brays Road, Griffin, comes with a huge garage. Picture: Supplied.IS this the perfect family home?The sprawling five-bedroom house with views is on a 2000sq m block with inground pool and eight-car garage.And while the property at 286 Brays Rd, Griffin is quiet and private, it is a short drive to schools, Westfield North Lakes and the Bruce Highway. Owners Neil and Debbie Carsburg bought the home in 2009. “We renovated it quite extensively and pretty much re-landscaped the whole yard,” Mr Carsburg said. The open-plan living space has an updated kitchen and polished timber floors. Picture: Supplied. “We renovated most of upstairs, the kitchen has been modified and refreshed and we put the deck on.“We fully repainted the house and repolished the timber floors.” More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Mr Carsburg said the best things about the home were the open-plan living, the views and the space. “We used to have all the toys — the 20ft caravan, the fishing boat and so on — and there was plenty of room for it all,” he said. “But the kids have grown and it’s time to downsize.” center_img The home has beautiful views. Picture: Supplied. There is also another room, a laundry and a bathroom on this level. An attic area is set up for storage and the huge garage has a bathroom and two-pack floors. Mr Carsburg said the garage is a highlight of the property with its four roller doors, including one that is 3.6m in height. “We used to have a 28ft fishing boat in there. You could easily put a car lift in there and there’s enough room to store about eight cars,” he said.last_img read more