Gov. DeSantis: Feds Support Florida COVID-19 Policies

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis announced during a second briefing Wednesday that President Trump has granted his request for a FEMA disaster declaration, which provides the state with federal funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic.In an effort to protect senior citizens, especially those with underlying health issues, DeSantis also said the surgeon general is advising those people to stay at home.“The numbers that we have, as we have expanded testing, the data is just overwhelming that if you are not in one of those two groups, your chance of suffering a fatality is extremely low,” he added.Additionally, the governor reiterated the need for travelers to from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self isolate if they are arriving to the Sunshine State by plane.“People are fleeing from New York (since the stay at home order was imposed Friday) … we have to take precautions here,” said DeSantis.The National Guard will meet passengers arriving on flights from New York.According to DeSantis, the federal government supports that decision, calling it a thoughtful and data-driven approach.Trump Declares FL “Major Disaster Area” for COVID-19 Funding; Cases Rise; PBSC Employee Diagnosedlast_img read more

Shooting Leaves Five Injured in Miami

first_imgFive people were reportedly shot on Thursday afternoon in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue airlifted two shooting victims from that scene to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.Two ambulances also responded to the U-Gas station located at 16701 NW 42 Ave.In addition, another ambulance responded to a nearby home at 4030 NW 168 Terr.Photo courtesy: WPLG/MiamiMiami Gardens police officers surrounded the corner gas station, which is located near the Palmetto Expressway/State Road 826.Detectives detained seven people in front of a convenience store at 4195 NW 167 St., which is between the gas station and the home.The investigation remains underway, and authorities have not provided any additional information as to what may have led up to the shooting.This is a developing story.last_img read more

Trio selected for Nations Cup team

first_img29 Feb 2012 Trio selected for Nations Cup team The trio of Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren will represent England in the Nations Cup event at this week’s Spanish amateur championship. Trio selected for Nations Cup team The event, at the El Valle golf resort, starts on Wednesday, 29 February, with two days of strokeplay qualifying, when the players’ scores also count for the Nations Cup. The top 32 players in qualifying will go forward to the matchplay knockout stages with the final played on Sunday, 4 March. Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) and Charley Hull (Woburn) are both England internationals and members of the GB&I Curtis Cup squad. Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) is an England girl international. Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

National Golf Month tees off in May

first_img National Golf Month tees off in May with hundreds of free coaching opportunities across the UK aiming to encourage more than 100,000 people to give golf a go for the first time.This year there is a special focus on encouraging more women to try golf – and 2015 European Solheim Cup Captain Carin Koch will join Kate Hoey MP, the Mayor’s Commissioner for Sport in London and the former Minister for Sport, to launch the participation drive.The month-long campaign will tee off at Wimbledon Common Golf Club on Thursday, April 30 where Carin Koch will play a nine-hole exhibition match at 11am. The club, which until 2005 was all-male, now has a thriving women’s section and a successful ladies’ academy, which introduces and mentors new female golfers.Market research commissioned in 2014 by Syngenta, a golf course turfcare specialist, revealed that 5% of women in the UK already participating in at least one other sport or activity would be ‘very interested’ in taking up golf, equating to a potential 640,000 new female golfers. Spending time with family and friends, socialising outdoors and stress relief are the key factors that appeal to women about golf.The research also showed that prospective new players are looking for accessible and affordable coaching opportunities, which National Golf Month is aiming to deliver throughout May.“Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by men and women, boys and girls, and is a wonderful game for life,” said Carin Koch, an ambassador for Syngenta, which is supporting National Golf Month.“I started golf when I was young and now, as a mum to two children, we enjoy playing golf as a family. Golf is a healthy, social, outdoor sport and I’d encourage women to get together with friends and family and take part in one of the many National Golf Month free taster sessions and experience for themselves what a fun game golf is.”Doug Poole, founder of National Golf Month, said: “What has happened at Wimbledon Common Golf Club is a great example of how golf is evolving in the UK. The ladies’ academy is introducing women of all ages and from different walks of life to golf and it’s great to see how, through the coaching and mentoring programme, new players are developing from starters to regular golfers.TalkSPORT presenter Georgie Bingham is the latest celebrity to join National Golf Month (nearly 1 million listeners) and offer her support quotes “I’m not from a golf playing family but the more I watched the more I wanted to play. I’ve always been able to hit the ball long so as soon as I started playing I was hooked, then it came down to improving my short game to bring my handicap down! (My short game is still my biggest problem!)“Golf is my greatest pleasure, a walk with people I like, coupled with the challenge of improving round on round. Nothing can put me off it, I’m totally obsessed and there’s so much room for improvement in my game! I’ve found my greatest challenge and my biggest love. I don’t look forward to any activity as much as golf. I’m hooked!“Of course, you don’t have to be a member of a golf club to play golf and there are many starter schemes at different venues throughout the UK, especially during National Golf Month in May when you can sign up for a free taster session or affordable coaching with a golf professional.”To take part in a National Golf Month free taster session near you, visit: www.nationalgolfmonth.com 27 Apr 2015 National Golf Month tees off in May last_img read more

Steelers face Ravens in Sunday Night showdown

first_imgAGONY OF DEFEAT—Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson reacts on the sidelines after dropping a pass in the end zone during overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sun., Nov. 28. Pittsburgh won in overtime 19-16. (AP Photo/Don Heupel) The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens pulled off hard fought victories to set up this weeks’ first place showdown in the AFC North. The game will feature two of the best defenses in the NFL headed by linebackers Ray Lewis for the Ravens and James Harrison for the Steelers. It should be a hard hitting no nonsense battle between two great defenses and average offenses. The game will probably not be decided until the final minutes, which has been the case for most Steelers games this season. “The message is simple for us: We haven’t lost at home, so let’s defend that,” Lewis said. “We take care of that; everything else takes care of itself. From our side and their side, there is no talking that has to be done. We’ve been playing each other a long time and now it comes down to one of those showdown games.”In what should have been a sure defeat the Steelers pulled off the 19-16 overtime victory Sunday in Buffalo when receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a sure touchdown that would have won the game for the 2-9 Bills.“I had the game in my hands and I dropped it,” Johnson said. “Humbled. Humbled.” Then, growing emotional, Johnson added: “I’ll never get over it. Ever.”The Steelers have been one of the luckiest teams in football, pulling off several wins after doing all they could to lose.“I had my helmet on and I was going to the locker room,” defensive tackle Casey Hampton said, when he saw Johnson 2 yards in the end zone, having sneaked in behind defensive backs Ike Taylor and Ryan Clark.“You’re talking about a guy who’s been extremely hot,” Clark said of Johnson. “Luckily for us, he didn’t (catch it).”New kicker Shaun Suisham was four for four in field goals, including the game winning 41-yard field goal to win the game in overtime.The Steelers went back to the run against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league as Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 36 times for 151 yards and Isaac Redman also looked impressive on short third down situations as he had 25 yards on 5 carries.After jumping off to a 13-0 first half lead, the Steelers only scored three points in the second half as the Bills were able to come back and tie it in regulation 16-16, as they fell back into their old habits of having to settle for field goals instead of taking the ball in the end zone.With Buffalo double teaming Mike Wallace, Hines Ward had an outstanding game catching 7 passes for 107 yards. Wallace was held to just 3 catches for 33 yards well below his league leading yards per catch average.The Ravens beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pretty much in the same manner. They jumped off to a big lead only to have the Bucs come back to make it a game 17-10.Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger’s production has been very similar this season and remained close in the two victories last weekend. Flacco was 25 of 35 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger was 20 of 33 for 246 yards. Even though Ray Rice was held to 85 yards on 20 carries he has been a major force for the Ravens this season. But with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin at wide receiver joining the always reliable Derrick Mason, who had 8 catches for 87 yards against the Bucs, T. J. Houshmandzadeh, and tight end Todd Heap, the Ravens have a much more balanced attack. With the Steelers still being the best team in football against the run, look for Flacco to use these new weapons in the air to attack the Steelers secondary.The Bills had a two-game win streak snapped against the Steelers.“We fought so hard out there, yet again, it’s one of those overtime heartbreakers,” said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who finished 23 of 45 for 265. “There’s not much to say than the guys in that locker room, including me, are really hurting over that one.”Once again the Steelers were heavily penalized—10 times for 107 yards—including five offensive holding penalties, three against guard Chris Kemoeatu.“We can’t make those mistakes as an offense,” Roethlisberger said.The Ravens (8-3) improved to 5-0 at home and remained tied atop the AFC North with Pittsburgh. Baltimore will be striving for its franchise-record ninth straight home win Sunday night.“I don’t think you ever want to diminish this victory,” Coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s one we really need to get where we’re going. It’s a game that bridged us into December. It gives us an opportunity to accomplish some things. We’re playing the biggest game of the year.”Flacco connected with Todd Heap for a 65-yard score and hit Mason for a 10-yard touchdown during a three-minute span of the second quarter to stake Baltimore to a 17-3 halftime lead. Flacco now has 53 career TD passes, surpassing Vinny Testaverde (51) for most in Ravens history. Flacco had a 76-yard touchdown throw to Rice called back because of a block in the back by Boldin.“I thought we were in control. We were never really threatened until the end of the game,” Flacco said. “We had to do a good job there and put the game away.”The wins by the Steelers and Ravens also kept them one game behind the New England Patriots and New York Jets for the best record in the AFC.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 As you all know, I am certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer or the brightest bulb in the socket…ok, you get my drift, and you don’t have to agree so quickly…anyway, here’s my point, eight…count ‘em, eight NFL head coaching jobs opened up at the end of the regular season, not to mention several prominent administrative positions and several coordinator spots and “They”—Did—Not—Hire—One—minority (aka Black man!). “They” threw out the Rooney rule, the majority rule, the rule of thumb, the No. 1 rule, Robert’s rule of order, all the rules, and then “they” would have you believe that “they” were looking for offensive minded coaches.  The only thing offensive about that way of thinking…is that way of thinking!! And you know who I am starting to blame?  Not just the owners, not just the general managers, and not just the commissioner.  It’s time to start blaming the players. Eighty-three percent of the NFL are Black players.  They…NOT Them, need to step up and make some demands. C’mon man!:09 Just a question for ya, and I’m just askin’. You know how you always see the people along the road holding signs for close-outs and stores going out of business?  Why…why…why are the sign holders always Black guys. No matter how hot or cold it is outside, rain or shine, they’re there. Why can’t “They” hold a sign sometime?  I’m just sayin!!:08 You know you kill me with that short memory thing of yours. Don’t act like you didn’t “Dance to the Music,” don’t act like you didn’t “Want to get Higher,” and please don’t pretend like you didn’t have “Hot Fun in the Summer Time!” Yep, you remember Sly and the Family Stone and the great Larry Graham and Graham Central Station. Now you get me. Pull out that good old school music and remember, “It’s a Family Affair.”:07 I’m having a hard time trying to figure out why “They” keep talking about Ray Lewis and the crime he was not found guilty of.  But “they” never bring up the crime that Big Ben Roethlisberger was not found guilty of. Hello!:06 Here’s the movie review you know and love…yes you do…yes you do! Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie, Last Stand…should be Arnold’s last movie. Do—Not—Go—See—It! This is a first time ever…no basketballs, no stars, nothing!:05 Ok, tell me again why the NFL plays the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl? Yet the league can’t seem to figure out why no one takes the game seriously. The best players are obviously not playing. They’re – in—the—Super—Bowl—mmmaaannn!!!:04 Sometimes I try to find a way to be diplomatic and professional when I want to get a message to some of you Sho nuff country brothers.  But on this one, there’s no easy way around it. So here goes. If you put a blanket over your car’s engine when it gets really cold…guess what? The blanket gets as cold as the engine in two minutes. I mean what are you thinking? The blanket ain’t plugged into anything.last_img read more

The Landing at Hawks Prairie Joins Together to Fight Hunger

first_imgSubmitted by The Landing at Hawks PrairieThe month of November brings chillier temperatures, fall leaves, and an acknowledgment of the holidays right around the corner.  It’s during this time of year that those struggling with hunger need our help more than ever.  With heating bills climbing and expenses high this time of year, donating to the Thurston County Food Bank is more important than ever.The Landing at Hawks Prairie is a plaza of retail shops and restaurants that have joined together to help combat hunger.  Participating stores throughout the plaza are collecting food for the Thurston County Food Bank all month long.  And, those shops are giving you an extra incentive to donate when you visit the shopping complex.  Participating stores are offering free items or significant discounts when you support the food drive.Participating Businesses include Hand and Stone Massage, Cricket, Jack and Jill’s Children’s Salon, Menchies, LA Fitness, Total Nutrition, Americas Best Eye, Popeyes, Sushi go Round, and Mattress Depot and more.While it’s easy to grab a bag of pasta or few bags of Top Ramen, the food bank has some specific, more nutrient dense items that they would like to encourage you to donate.Canned Chicken, Tuna, Spam, or SalmonBeef StewPeanut ButterCanned Fruit in their own Juice (not syrup)Canned Soup – Meat and VegetarianBoxed CerealMacaroni and CheeseCanned ChiliCanned VegetablesPlease consider adding one or more of these items to your shopping list this November.  Then, bring it by The Landing at Hawks Prairie and show your support of the Thurston County Food Bank.   The Food Bank serves over 1400 children each week. There are many hungry families right here in our community.  We hope to help ease that hunger this holiday season. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Timberland Libraries Hosts Reyna Grande Author Tour

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0submitted by Timberland Regional LibrariesThis October, Timberland Regional Library encourages everyone in the five-county library district to read the works of Reyna Grande, internationally-known author of three critically acclaimed books. “The Distance Between Us”, Grande’s memoir about her life before and after immigrating from Mexico to the United States, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and hailed by the L.A. Times as ‘the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.’ Grande’s first novel, “Across a Hundred Mountains”, received a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, “Dancing with Butterflies”, was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award. All three books have been read widely in schools across the country and have been very popular with book clubs. Timberland Regional Library will be hosting author talks with Reyna Grande at five locations. Three of the five events will be only presented in Spanish.Dancing with Butterflies is focuses on four very different women whose lives interconnect through a common passion for their Mexican heritage and a dance company. Photo courtesy: Timberland Regional Libraries.Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was nine, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Through President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Grande family all became U.S. citizens. She went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She recognizes how relevant her story is to the undocumented young people who were brought over by their parents and are struggling to become members of society. Reyna teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension and speaks at libraries, high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.Meet Reyna GrandeMeet author Reyna Grande at the following Timberland Regional Libraries:In SpanishNo más distancia.  Este programa se presentará en español. La escritora Reyna Grande hablará del tema de la inmigración a través de su historia personal, compartiendo con el público el poder de la lectura y la escritura para sanar las heridas que resultan del trauma de la inmigración. Reyna hablará sobre los efectos que tuvo la separación familiar en su relación con sus padres, su traumática asimilación, y las barreras físicas y metafóricas que tuvo que enfrentrar para poder triunfar.Wednesday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Aberdeen Timberland LibraryFriday, October 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Note Location: Saint Martin’s Norman Worthington Conference Center at 5300 Pacific Ave.SE.Saturday, October 28 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Centralia Timberland LibraryIn EnglishCrossing Borders: Reyna Grande on Immigration and the American Dream.  This program will be presented in English.Using her first-hand experience, Reyna discusses the complexities of immigration and the way it affects not only immigrants themselves but also the families they leave behind. Books will be available for purchase and signing.Thursday, October 26 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Note Location: Washington Center for the Performing Arts; 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.Saturday, October 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Chehalis Timberland Library Copies of Reyna Grande’s books are available to borrow from your local Timberland library. Formats include print in both English and Spanish, eBook, and audiobook. “The Distance Between Us” also includes a young reader’s edition in print and eBook.last_img read more

Food, Wine, Walk on Tap Aug. 18 in Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Flavour and the Red Bank RiverCenter are preparing for another Food and Wine Walk on Sunday, Aug. 18. The monthly culinary tour that began in June features wine and food tastings at more than 20 participating venues.A sold-out event in July, the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk encourages foodies throughout the region to enjoy samplings of the borough’s unique culinary offerings. From fine wines and eclectic desserts to tapas, sushi and more, diverse selections offered at each participating venue will tempt the taste buds of visitors.Venues participating this month include: Biagio Wood-Fired Pizza, Carter & Cavero, Cupcake Magician, Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Buona Sera, Dish, Front Street Trattoria, Gaetano’s, The Globe Hotel, Jamian’s, Jr.’s, La Pastaria, Lil’ Cutie Pops, New Corner Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Pazzo, Readies Café, red, Siam Garden, Sicilia Café, Sugarush a Sweet Experience, Taste, Teak, The Bistro at Red Bank, The Boondock’s Fishery, The Cheese Cave, The Downtown and The Wine Cellar.Remaining dates for the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk are Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Each walk will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at Danny’s Grill and Wine Bar, Teak, and red Restaurant and Lounge starting at 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of each walk.For more information about Red Bank Flavour, please visit www.RedBankFlavour.com. To learn more about the Red Bank RiverCenter, please visit www.ACoolLittleTown.com.last_img read more

Following Fruits and Vegetables from Farm to Your Table

first_imgStrawberries and baby arugula in January. Broccoli rabe and artichokes in July. We want fruits and vegetables in and out of season at our favorite restaurant and on our dining room table.Produce man Charlie Rooney sums it up best: “Consumers want everything, every day.”Charlie Rooney, left, kids with produce broker Frank Monte at the Philadelphia Produce Market.The Sea Bright produce wholesaler (C. Rooney Pro­duce) has not taken a day off since he started the business in the 1980s and isn’t planning one soon. Several nights a week, you can find Rooney spending the overnight hours on a road trip to the modern South Philadelphia Produce Market.Rooney buys produce for 75 customers so the fruits and vegetables they serve their diners are of the highest quality and freshness.“We arrive at the market around 8 p.m.,” says Rooney, “and it takes about five hours to assemble and stage the orders at one of the 100 bays. Then the hundreds of individual boxes, crates and trays have to be carefully loaded onto the 24-foot straight truck – like a complicated puzzle – in the exact way they will be unloaded for my customers in the hours ahead.”Rooney has his business philosophy on his truck’s sides and roll-up door: Big Enough To Serve, Small Enough To Care.“I live it,” he smiles.He has kept his customer base manageable and in relatively close proximity so that he can assure them when they open for business their order has been delivered and placed in storage in the manner they have specified.“It’s truly personal service,” emphasizes Rooney, who uses two vehicles to deliver when he returns to Mon­mouth County. His team does not finish up until about 10 a.m. – some 16 hours after the trip began. And, they repeat it up to two more times each week – week in, week out.From left, Brandon Gebhardt, Charlie Rooney and Eddie Giron fuel up for the trip to the produce market.The route vegetables and fruits take from farm to plate is a long one but surprisingly quick. Domestic fresh produce leaves farms in the South and West in the winter and nationwide in the summer to arrive at regional produce markets (New York City, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, and the like) in the middle and end of each week. Fruits and vegetables from Central and South America – shipped by air – are timed for similar arrivals during the winter months.In a 24/7 operation, decades-old family-owned “direct receivers” buy and stock produce at these regional facilities. They inventory boxes, crates, trays and bags of everything from raspberries to radishes, apples to artichokes.Many supermarkets have buyers who purchase for multiple stores or by region. Large warehouse stores like Costco, BJ’s and Walmart may bypass the produce markets entirely and deal directly with growers on mega-purchases to be distributed nationally. Restaur­ants, Rooney explains, still establish relationships with local or regional wholesalers who supply their needs daily and weekly.What makes small businesses like Rooney’s unique is how the relationship with customers transcends just business.“I know all my customers on a first-name basis,” he says, “and have dealt with them for years,” as he shakes a large ring with dozens of keys. “These are keys to my customers’ buildings and I deliver to their storerooms during the middle of the night, placing their order where they want it so it is not in the way when they arrive early for their business day.”The path these fresh commodities then take to your table is varied. “I have long-term relationships with the family produce companies,” he says. “I have worked with a Philadelphia broker for decades. He assures I get what I want for my customers at the right price.”Although Rooney has bought direct from the receivers, he and much of his competition now work closely with professional buyers. Rooney met second-generation Philadelphia produce broker Frank Monte nearly 20 years ago and has established a strong business partnership.“Let me explain how it works,” Rooney says as the truck rumbles down I-295 toward the City of Brotherly Love on Monday night. “I call my orders into Monte just before I leave for the market. Frank sources all my orders from one of the two dozen receivers at the center looking not only for the best price but the best quality.” Rooney explains that Monte knows the market and has an eye on what is coming in daily that Rooney regularly buys.When Rooney’s truck arrives at the loading dock, Monte has his orders sourced and instructions (picking tickets) waiting for Rooney’s assistants. Eddie Giron has been with Rooney for 20 years. Brandon Gephardt has been aboard about two years. Both men snooze in the truck cab on the way to the market knowing they have a long night and morning ahead.Driving motorized forklifts, Giron and Gephardt whiz around the market like race car drivers picking up orders. After schmoozing with the night sales staff and Monte, Rooney retreats to the cab of the truck for three hours of sleep. “Not many owners of produce companies are the buyer, the driver and delivery person,” he says. “I need to catch 40 winks to be able to drive back to Monmouth County refreshed and ready to make deliveries.”Rooney emphasizes how important it is to get the truck loaded correctly. “We don’t have time to be looking for two boxes of asparagus on the third stop in New Jersey at 3 a.m. at a customer’s back door. It has to be where we can get it as soon as we stop.”Rooney starts making deliveries soon after he crosses into New Jersey. The strawberries for a customer in Howell need to be where he can put his hands on them a few hours later. A large sub shop chain needs lettuce and tomatoes – and lots of them – as soon as they open for the breakfast crowd. Customers not only get their produce but bills so they know costs immediately allowing them to price and plan accordingly.Sea Bright produce wholesaler Charlie Rooney starts down the long, center aisle at the South Philadelphia Produce Market.The Rooney family arrived in Sea Bright from Jersey City in 1962. Charlie Rooney’s dad, the late Charles Jr., served as a councilman for years and mayor of the town for two terms. His mom Frances has staffed the family hot dog cart on Ocean Avenue since the late 1970s. It had been the summer job growing up for young Rooney and his sister Fran. Mrs. Rooney, now 80, shows no sign of closing the (what is now) Sea Bright institution. “Like my mother Frances, I am a Capricorn,” Rooney says, “and I am a workaholic, a lot like her and will probably be working too into my 80s.”Rooney got into the business by accident. While recovering from a serious knee injury suffered training for a triathlon, he began to sell vegetables from a road stand near the hot dog cart.“I was paying way too much for vegetables from a wholesaler,” he said. With guidance from people in the business, Rooney began to buy his own produce from a wholesale market in Newark. “When fall arrived, I needed to find something to replace the road stand,” he said. The manager of Ichabod’s (now Woody’s) in Sea Bright asked Rooney to supply him with the juice oranges he used for his famous screwdriver cocktail. Rooney found a supplier, made the sale and as he quips, “one customer led to two, three four and the rest is history.”In 1996 Rooney and his wife Marisol purchased a small deli opposite The Grove on Broad Street in Shrews­bury. They renamed it Stroker’s. Today, the small deli has a huge following for quality breakfast and lunch fare. And yes, Rooney keeps his wife well supplied with produce.Rooney feels he is one of a dying breed of family-owned produce wholesalers. “Today, everyone wants to be bigger,” he says. “My philosophy is to stay the right size to serve my customers’ different needs. I want them to succeed and prosper and if they do well, I too will do well. It’s a win-win situation.”“It’s a demanding business but I love it,” says Rooney heading for home for some needed sleep. He’d have it no other way.Feature writer Art Petro­semolo spent an overnight with Rooney and crew jammed into the cab of his truck. He walked wide-eyed through the Philadelphia Market and came away (along with a huge tray of fresh strawberries) with a new respect for how his vegetables arrive on his plate each day. By Art PetrosemoloSea Bright’s Charlie Rooney is ‘The Produce Man’last_img read more