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Ocean City Heroes Honored by City Council

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiTwo Eagle Scouts who embody the personal qualities emphasized in the Boy Scouts of America code were honored by City Council on Thursday night for projects that benefited the local community.Council joined with the American Legion to also honor members of the Ocean City police and fire departments for helping two military veterans in separate incidents, including one man who needed life-saving CPR.Nicholas Theis and Andrew Leonetti, members of Ocean City’s Boy Scout Troop 32, were showered with applause from the standing-room-only audience when they were called up to receive their honors in the Council chambers.Theis, a freshman at the University of Missouri, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout for creating a program that provides life jackets free of charge to boaters who need to borrow them. The idea is to loan the life jackets to boaters who have forgotten their own, ensuring that they won’t venture out on the water without one.Eagle Scout Nicholas Theis receives congratulations from Councilman Bob Barr as other Council members applaud.Leonetti, a junior at Ocean City High School, built a custom-made coat rack that he donated to the Ocean City Free Public Library to become an Eagle Scout. He spent eight months planning and building the portable coat rack, which stands 61 inches tall and 60 inches wide.Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve. Only 4 percent of the Scouts are granted the rank after a lengthy review process for their community-oriented projects.City Council President Peter Madden read proclamations honoring Leonetti and Theis for having the personal qualities associated with the Boy Scouts of America code, including “integrity, courage, perseverance, sacrifice and service to others.”This wasn’t the first time Leonetti appeared before Council. Last year, he and another Ocean City High School student lobbied the governing body on behalf of young street performers who entertain the summer crowds on the Boardwalk.At the time, Council and the mayor were debating the finer points of a new ordinance to regulate the Boardwalk performers. Leonetti has a band that plays on the Boardwalk to earn tip money. He was one of the performers that city officials consulted with as they crafted the ordinance.Eagle Scout Andrew Leonetti, a junior at Ocean City High School, is recognized by members of Council.Meanwhile, members of the city’s police and fire departments were also honored by Council on Thursday night in collaboration with the American Legion of Cape May County.Citing their high level of professionalism, Mayor Jay Gillian said the city’s first responders allow him to “sleep better at night.”“No matter what kind of crisis you go through, these men and women step up every day,” Gillian said.During the honors ceremony, Ocean City police officers Brendan Gheen and Thomas Strunk were recognized for coming to the aid of military veterans in separate incidents.Gheen helped save the life of veteran Jim Sweitzer, an Ocean City resident, by administering CPR and setting up a defibrillator after he found Sweitzer unconscious in his car on Nov. 4, 2017.Ocean City Fire Capt. William Martin and firefighters George Karpinski, Ryan Lenegan, Matthew Slaughter and Jason Boyle arrived on the scene later and took over the life-saving efforts.AtlantiCare paramedics Sandy Monaghan and Lauren Lasassa provided further assistance while Sweitzer was transported by ambulance to Atlantic City Medical Center’s Mainland Division.In an incident on Oct. 16, 2017, involving another veteran, Strunk was among the first responders to help a man who was struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems.At first, it appeared the man was disorderly and would have to be arrested. However, Strunk recognized the man was in need of medical attention and, along with Sgt. Tyrone Rolls, transported him to Cape Regional Hospital for treatment.After learning the man was a Navy veteran, Strunk called the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia to arrange for the man to receive counseling and treatment. Strunk received permission to drive the man to Philadelphia to the VA center.In addition to being honored in proclamations from City Council, Strunk and members of the police and fire departments received certificates of appreciation from the American Legion for helping the two veterans. Members of the police and fire departments are honored by representatives of the American Legion of Cape May County for coming to the aid of two military veterans. last_img read more

Inaugural DataFest reflects a growing interest

first_img Berkman Fellow aims for detailed picture of inequality Sifting data, seeking justice The proof of Harvard’s growing interest in data science became even clearer the third week of January when the inaugural session of the Harvard DataFest conference reached capacity (at 166), with several dozen students, researchers, and staff waitlisted.“We were able to create new course materials, and build awareness of existing Harvard resources, for developing skills in working with data,” said Mercè Crosas, chief data science and technology officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), who organized the workshop. Showcasing the depth and breadth of data science training at Harvard, the conference was a joint effort of the Data Science Services, Program Survey Research, and Center for Geographic Analysis groups at IQSS, the Research Computing groups at Harvard Medical School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School, the Harvard Data Management Working Group, the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core, the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), the Harvard Libraries, and Digital Arts and Humanities at Harvard.Ista Zahn (front of room), IQSS data science specialist, walks participants through the basics of web scraping and cleaning up messy data. Photo by Dwayne LiburdOver the course of Jan. 17-18, 32 speakers explored themes such as data cleaning, data workflow management, and data visualization. Sessions ran the gamut from hands-on workshops in Python, R, and D3 to expert panel discussions.“We have an amazing data community with smart people working on data workflows, data curation, data visualization, and frontier-level algorithms, that is really spread out across Harvard, and smart students interested in all of this,” said Professor Dustin Tingley, faculty director at VPAL-Research. “DataFest is amazing because it’s bringing us all together to share and teach. I think only an appearance by Bruce Springsteen could make it better.”For those who missed DataFest, Crosas had this advice. “You don’t need to wait until the next DataFest to get started with R, Python, and other tools. At IQSS, we offer workshops year-round for all Harvard affiliates through Data Science Services and the Center for Geographic Analysis, partnering with HBS Research Computing Services. Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core and the Harvard Library [data visualization team and Wolbach Library] offer similar workshops.”More about DataFest and course materials can be found at DataFest2017 and IQSS.Kareem Carr is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and was the instructor of the DataFest workshop on Text Analysis in Python. Relatedlast_img read more

With ‘Mank’ and ‘The Crown,’ Netflix dominates Globes noms

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — David Fincher’s “Mank” has topped Golden Globe nominations with six nods, while Netflix dominated Wednesday’s announcement thanks to both its films and television series. The film about “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, landed nominations for best film, drama; best actor for Gary Oldman; best director for Fincher, best supporting actress for Amanda Seyfried; best score; and best screenplay for Jack Fincher, the director’s father who penned the script before dying in 2003. In addition to “Mank,” the nominees for best motion picture drama are “The Father”; “Nomadland”; “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Promising Young Woman.” Netflix’s “The Crown” led all television nominees with six.last_img read more

Something Rotten!’s Cast Gets Welcomed to the Renaissance

first_img Something Rotten! Star Files Rob McClure Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Showscenter_img Will Chase We’re flipping (omelette style, of course) about Something Rotten!’s newest cast members! Will Chase, Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer, Catherine Brunell and Rob McClure recently joined the uproarious Renaissance. To celebrate their g-l-o-r-i-o-u-s performances in the eggcellent tuner, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson gave them the ink treatment—and we’re not referring to the Bard’s rockstar tattoos. Squigs has got the power of the pen in this case—check out his portrait of Rotten!’s newest stars, flanked by Brad Oscar, David Beach, Edward Hibbert, Gerry Vich and Andre Ward. Be sure to catch the colorful musical at the St. James Theatre! © Justin “Squigs” Robertson View Commentslast_img read more

The Latest: Green flag nears at empty Indianapolis 500

first_img Associated Press The Latest: Green flag nears at empty Indianapolis 500 August 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19:___The countdown is on to the start of the Indy 500, which was delayed from its traditional date in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run without fans for the first time in its 104 editions. New track owner Roger Penske, whose team has four cars in the field, and IndyCar executives have tried to create an entertaining prerace show for broadcaster NBC. But the build up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is still somewhat eerie without the 250,000-plus fans who typically show up inside the Brickyard.Driver introductions took place with the voice of the public address announcer echoing off the empty stands. There also will be no military parade or balloon release, two staples of race day. But there will be Jim Cornelison singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds performing a flyover.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Unrest growing in Venezuela – major anti-government march planned

first_imgFor the past two days and nights anti-government protestors have been taking place in Caracas, and other regions, including former government strongholds, in Venezuela. The growing protests taking place across the country is demanding the resignation of the nation’s president, Nicolas Maduro. According to reports those opposed to the Maduro administration are planning a massive anti-government march.According to the Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict, up to Tuesday night the protests have spread to some 61 neighborhoods in Caracas, and at least one person had died during the protests.March planned for todayThe anti-government march is planned for today, January 23, and is expected to be one of the largest anti-government march in the country, and expected to include former supporters of the government, who are now subject to recent economic hardships. The reports indicate the Maduro administration is also planning a counter march, giving rise to fears that the two sides clash in the streets with disastrous results.International opposition Since Maduro’s recent reelection several countries including Jamaica, Haiti, Colombia, Brazil, and the US, have indicated they do not recognize his presidency, most citing that the elections were conducted fraudulently. There has been growing support within and outside Venezuela for the opposition National Assembly led by Juan Guaidó. Guaido is urging anti-government protestors to take to the streets march to oust Maduro.last_img read more