The Search is On for a New Pasadena City College Superintendent-President

first_imgEducation The Search is On for a New Pasadena City College Superintendent-President By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Monday, January 8, 2018 | 6:44 pm The search for a new Pasadena City College Superintendent-President is underway to replace current President Dr. Rajen Vurdien, who announced he will retire in June.Board of Trustees members have enlisted a Sacramento-based firm to assist in finding the most qualified candidate in a competitive nationwide search.PCC will be hosting three public search forums in Pasadena and neighboring cities starting Tuesday night to gather input from the community about the kind of leadership qualities the community seeks and to address concerns that come with high stakes leadership transition.“I think every Trustee will tell you this is the most important decision we can make,” said Pasadena City College Board of Trustees member Dr. Ross Selvidge.“We approve the budget and other things, but every once in a while, you hire a president and it’s extremely important because it has long term implications,” Selvidge added.Last year, current President-Superintendent Vurdien advised the board that he would be entering retirement effective June 30, 2018.PCC’s Board called for proposals from agencies that specialize in assisting colleges in conducting searches for high-ranking positions.The search process began in October 2017 and the board selected the Sacramento-based consulting group Collaborative Brain Trust.A new Superintendent-President will be appointed no later than July 1.“It is a competitive search. It tends to be a national search and certainly we will have a focus within the state of california, but there are candidates from all over the nation,” said Collaborative Brain Trust consultant Sandra Serrano.Serrano brings 37 years higher education experience both in the California State University and community college systems and retired with a CEO position.Serrano and her team at the Collaborative Brain Trust are confident they will find a qualified candidate in time.“PCC has a great reputation a successful community college. That bodes well for the search. The location, the history, its successes in general attracts extremely qualified candidates,” Serrano explained.Serrano says recent years have produced tremendous turnover in CEO’s, particularly in community colleges nationwide.“That is challenge we hope to overcome,” Serrano said.According to Selvidge, the last search process which took place three years ago went beyond campus borders once finalists were selected.“Three trustees and a student trustee went to each of the three colleges where the individuals were coming from and we talked with people there,” said Selvidge.The Board of Trustees will decide on an application packet to release to prospective candidates which will contain a finalized job description following the next board meeting on January 24.“We’re not going to finish that until we have these community forums and those community forums are where we would like to get input from members of the community on what they would like to see in a president and also, what they would like us to mention if anything that is of particular interest to members of the community in our package that goes out that prospective applicants would see,” said Selvidge.The first forum is set for Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m. at John Muir High School, at 1905 North Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena.On Wednesday, two forums will be conducted. The first will start at 12 noon on the PCC Foothill campus at 3035 East Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena. The final forum will be held Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosemead Public Library, at 800 Valley Boulevard in Rosemead. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Limerick Flooding Update

first_imgWhatsApp Previous articleIf Walls Could Talk: how the entertainers entertainedNext articleShepherds, their animals and Baby Jesus at Adare Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Facebook Twitter Linkedincenter_img Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Council has confirmed that water levels along the Lower River Shannon at Castleconnell, Montpelier, Mountshannon Road (Lisnagry) and in the Limerick City area are now 4 inches lower than they were at their peak earlier this week.The Council says it will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and over the Christmas period.Meanwhile, the ESB has today announced its decision to reduce discharge levels at Parteen Weir from 405 cubic metres per second (cumecs) to 370 cumecs. Advertisement NewsLimerick Flooding UpdateBy Guest Writer – December 18, 2015 688 Printlast_img read more

Retiring instructor plans to advocate for CTE

first_img Pinterest Previous articleBig Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goalNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Kneeling NFL players are losing the PR game admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Local NewsEducation Retiring instructor plans to advocate for CTE Frost Technical Center’s campus supervisor and dual credit welding instructor Nat Armendariz is retiring after years with Ector County Independent School District. Frost Technical Center’s campus supervisor and dual credit welding instructor Nat Armendariz is retiring after years with Ector County Independent School District. Pinterest WhatsApp ECISD websiteSkillsUSAPrevious CoverageLongtime Frost Technical Center campus supervisor and dual credit welding instructor Natividad “Nat” Subia Armendarez is retiring and passing the torch to one of his former students.A product of Ector County Independent School District’s welding program, Armendarez was motivated by J.D. Hanson, who got him involved at age 16 in Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, now called SkillsUSA.“He invited me to join and I did. It changed my life,” Armendarez said.Armendarez graduated from Ector High School, now Ector Middle School, and earned an associate degree in criminology from Odessa College and received a career and technical education certification from Wayland Baptist University. Creamy Fruit SaladSummer Spaghetti SaladSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Frost Technical Center’s campus supervisor and dual credit welding instructor Nat Armendariz, left, is retiring and passing on the torch to Zachery Chavez. By admin – June 4, 2018 center_img Armendarez has been in education in various capacities for 35 years, 20 of which were with ECISD. Armendarez started at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and went to the Odessa College police academy in 1983. He was hired at UTPB in 1984 as a guard. They wanted to send him to another academy, but he didn’t want to go.He was hired as a police officer at Odessa College and then became Wrangler Hall dorm director for 10 years. “All that time, I taught defensive driving. I taught a little bit of ESL (English as a second language) and I ended up teaching welding there for the college,” Armendarez recalled.His high school instructor, J.D. Hanson, heard Armendarez was teaching welding at OC and called him to see if he would be interested in teaching at ECISD because Hanson was going to retire in the next year. Armendarez said Hanson thought it would be a good idea for him to volunteer and see how he did things. Hanson retired in 1998 and Armendarez said he became a full-time substitute.“I’ve been teaching 20 years and now I’m retiring. It’s been a wonderful journey. I’ll cherish the memories. I’ve been blessed with good students and working with excellent colleagues. It’s just been awesome. Now I’m looking to move on again. This was my wife’s and I plan to retire at age 55. We’re going to do that. We’re going to fulfill a goal that we set forth,” Armendarez said.His students have been recognized statewide and nationally for their welding skills.Armendarez also praised Executive Director of Career and Counseling Services Carla Byrne, praising her passion for career and technical education.Byrne said Armendarez will be missed.“His love for the students, for the profession and for this district and our community were his top priorities and it showed daily. Nat wanted everyone around him to know that he was supporting their efforts — his students, his colleagues, me,” Byrne said.“And it wasn’t just words, but actions. I know he’ll be rooting for all of us in CTE from afar and that he’ll be involved in the Welding Advisory Board and many other career and tech endeavors and that gives me comfort. We wish him well on his retirement,” Byrne added.Armendarez’ wife, Florinda, nicknamed Flo, is a teacher’s aide. The couple has two grown children, Jonathan, who is a chef, and Erica Naté who is a coach and inclusion teacher at Odessa High School.He noted that he and his wife were high school sweethearts.“Now we’re passing the torch on to one of my ex students, Zach,” he said.Zachery Chavez will be the dual credit welding instructor starting in the fall. He worked with Armendarez this past school year.Armendarez said he’s always told his students that the expertise he shares with them in the classroom is not theirs alone. It’s meant to be passed on to others.“I’m hoping that I’ve impacted them in a positive way and that they’re sharing their knowledge and it keeps going. Knowledge is a gift that keeps on giving. One of my main objectives was to help these kids seek the possibilities in life and help them become good neighbors in our communities,” he said.Major success with the students state and nationally did well in representing district and city in SkillsUSA.Chavez, who started teaching in August 2017, said he cannot replace Armendarez and has a long list of questions that he will be asking his mentor well into his retirement.“… Every good memory I have out of high school is from this program. Mr. Armendarez was there for all of it. He inspired me. He motivated me. He was the first person to really challenge me to do more than just get by. He’s taught me most of what I know, not just for welding but just how to live as a good man, so I’m excited to take over and try and do my best to carry that torch now that he’s passing that on to me,” Chavez said.Since the 2011-12 school year, Byrne said there has been a 93 percent increase in enrollment in career and technical education. In 2011-12, CTE enrollment was 3,565, and in 2017-18, it was 6,895.Armendarez said students who go through the program can go into a variety of careers such as safety inspection, welding inspection, engineers, welding, some open their own businesses and some have gone into sales.Chavez earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He has done mission work through Belmont Baptist Church since 2010, some of it local and some of it in Ukraine, where he has taught English as a second language.He’s also worked with First Priority, a national student organization, to train students to have confidence to share their story and give them hope as they deal with the stresses of school and trying to figure out what life is about and their place in it.Chavez said he plans to return to Ukraine, but it will probably be next summer because he plans to finish some certifications this summer.Armendarez said Chavez feels much the same way about the welding program that he does.“… He understands that it’s about helping our students become successful after graduation and productive members of society and I think it’s in good hands,” Armendarez said.Armendarez added that it’s time for him to make a positive impact as a private citizen.He said he will be advocating for the district to build a CTE center because the programs it provides are useful for the community and economy.“It’s been an awesome journey, a wonderful journey. …,” Armendarez said. “I want to thank mom and dad, my brothers and sisters (and) the community because that’s what made me. …” OCA top 2 were ESL students Twitter Home Local News Education Retiring instructor plans to advocate for CTE Facebook Noel earns award Registration set for engineering camp Facebook 1 of 2 WhatsApplast_img read more

Ballard Scores Victory in $37,000 Qualifier CSI3* at ESP Spring III

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Kicking off another beautiful day of the ESP Spring Series, Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Jack Van’t Kattenheye, owned by Lindemann Barnett Sporthorses, flew to the top of the leaderboard to claim victory in the $37,000 Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village.The third week of the ESP Spring Series will continue with a busy weekend highlighted by the $37,000 Nutrena 1.50m Classic CSI3* on Saturday, followed by the $137,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3* and the $35,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Spring III Grand Prix on Sunday, April 25. Feature classes will be available live and on-demand for free on the livestream.A field of 55 entries contested the two-phase track set by Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA). A total of 13 horse-and-rider combinations from the starting field qualified for the jump-off, with eight pairs electing to give it a shot. Ballard and the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Diabeau x Canadian River posted the fastest time of the day, finishing on a double-clear jumping score in 34.39 seconds.“Jack is quite new for me,” said Ballard of her winning mount. “It’s only our fourth week showing together. So far it has been very straightforward. He is just a reliable guy; he knows the game, he does what he’s supposed to do when he’s out there, and he tries his best to give us a good effort every time. Darragh [Kenny] is hard to beat so we just ran from start to finish and it ended up in our favor, so that was pretty cool. It’s a privilege to be able to ride in these classes.”Watch the winning jump-off round here!A regular winner on the Derby Field, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny landed in second place with Arena UK Winston, owned by Norman Oley. The ninth-ranked rider in the world rode the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion by Waldo Van Dungen x Hamilton Tropics to a double-clear finish in 34.58 seconds. The third nation represented on the podium was Great Britain as Matthew Boddy guided Balotelli 5, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Contendro I, for Purple Road, LLC, to a clear jump-off, crossing the finish line in 37.77 seconds.While Ballard has experienced a great deal of success throughout her career, the sport always finds a way to keep her humble. These past few weeks she’s come close to the winner’s circle, so Friday’s victory felt even more rewarding.“In the grand prix last week, I had the fastest time with one jump down,” she said. “Thursday, I had the fastest time with a rail once again, so it felt like it was time. Like Ilan [Ferder] says, you can’t win if you don’t practice going fast and trying to win, so today everything felt right.”The Canadian veteran has made Wellington, FL, home since the COVID-19 pandemic forced show jumping events to shut down last March. The decision to stick around is one that has paid off as she notes her horses are back in top form despite the pause on the season last year.“I think I’m probably the biggest fan of WEF,” she said. “We started here at Equestrian Village in June because the organizers were at the forefront of restarting horse shows after the pandemic hit. I haven’t missed any opportunities; the horses haven’t missed any classes and they’re right where they should be, where maybe last year you felt a young horse didn’t get enough experience. They’re all caught up by now and ready to go anywhere.”Sam Walker (CAN) and Evita. (© Sportfot)“These two three-star spring shows are certainly a bonus,” she continued. “They’ve afforded us the opportunity to give the five-star horses a little bit of a recovery while still staying at the top of the sport. It has certainly not been easy to win these past two weeks and I think that says something for the people that chose to stay here and support. This grass is my favorite ring in the whole world and competing against the best in the world week after week here in Wellington just makes you better.”Wrapping up an exciting Friday afternoon on the grass Derby Field, a pair of winners were crowned in Section A and Section B of the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake.Sam Walker (CAN) rode Evita, owned by Marbill Hill Farm, to a victory in Section A. The 19-year-old rider completed a fault-free jump-off round in an impressive time of 38.55 seconds. Paul O’Shea (IRL) finished in the runner-up spot with his own Primo Havall, leaving the jumps in their cups in a jump-off time of 38.96 seconds. Rounding out the podium to cap off a fantastic day, Walker rode his second mount Coralissa, owned by Marbill Hill Farm, to a double clear effort in 39.76 seconds.Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) and Filemon, owned by E2 Stables, captured the blue ribbon in Section B, finishing with a double-clear effort in 40.25 seconds. Cormac Hanley (IRL) and RMF Chacco Top, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, LLC, finished in second, stopping the clock in a fault-free 41.36 seconds. Anna Dryden (USA) finished third aboard Carioca K, owned by Double Meadows Farm, LLC, with a clear jump-off round in a time of 42.06 seconds.Final Results: $37,000 Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3*1. JACK VAN’T KATTENHEYE: 2009 Belgian Warmblood by Diabeau x Canadian RiverERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Lindemann Barnett Sporthorses: 0/0/34.392. ARENA UK WINSTON: 2009 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Waldo Van Dungen x Hamilton TropicsDARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Norman Oley: 0/0/34.583. BALOTELLI 5: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Contendro IMATTHEW BODDY (GBR), Purple Road, LLC: 0/0/37.774. HADJA VAN ORSHOF: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Cabrio van de HeffinckKELLI CRUCIOTTI VANDERVEEN (USA), Kelli Cruciotti: 0/0/38.285. DEZ OOKTOFF: 2008 KWPN stallion by Colandro x Lys RougeROBERTO TERAN TAFUR (COL), Roberto Teran Tafur: 0/0/38.546. COCOLINA: 2011 Oldenburg mare by Conthargos x CarolinaNATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/4/35.987. BARDOLINA 2: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x LandosMARIO DESLAURIERS (CAN), Wishing Well Farm LLC: 0/4/36.128. GAMBLE: 2011 KWPN gelding by Vingino x IndoctroCONOR SWAIL (IRL), Asta Torokvei: 0/4/36.82 Tags: Erynn Ballard, Sam Walker, Bardolina, Evita, Jack Van’t Kattenheye, Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3*, ESP Spring III, last_img read more

Complaints jeopardise Mehdi’s licence

first_imgMehdi’s, the popular High Street kebab van, has been allowed to continue operating by Oxford City Council despite noise complaints made by Oriel College.A council licensing committee met last Tuesday to decide whether Mr Mehdi Karrouchi’s licence would be renewed.According to an Oxford City Council spokesperson, the renewal of Mr Mehdi Karrouchi’s licence has been granted. However, the licence, which was due to expire on March 31st, is being renewed conditionally.The licensing authorities have said that by April 1st Mr Karrouchi must replace the current generator with a “quiet” one, leave his spot no later than half an hour after the end of his shift, and put up a sign reminding customers to be respectful of local residents.The decision to renew Mr Karrouchi’s licence was under review after a complaint was made by Oriel College earlier in February.The college said that the noise from the van caused “great stress” to student residents whose accommodation looks out on to the High Street.In a letter to Oxford City Council, Dickie Bird, the Oriel lodge team leader, complained that “more often than not” the kebab van parked away from its allocated spot near Scrivens Opticians. Instead, according to Mr Bird, Mehdi’s van chose to park directly outside the gates to Brasenose. The noise from late-night customers and the van’s generator could then be heard inside Oriel students’ rooms.Mr Bird added that Oriel College did not want to affect the trading of the van, but did “want the owner to abide by the rules of his licence and not just ignore them.”One of the van’s operators, Mr Hussain, defended his position by saying that other cars are often parked in Mehdi’s allocated trading spot.In response to the complaints made by Oriel College, two licensing officials paid a surprise visit to Mehdi’s on February 8th at 11pm. A council report stated that the officers found Mr Karrouchi to be in breach of a number of conditions of his licence. The two men serving behind the van were not registered employees and the licence was not on show nor could it be provided.Local authorities then met with Mr Karrouchi before the Council Licensing Sub Committee meeting on March 20th to try and resolve matters.Many students feel strongly about the importance of kebab vans in Oxford. Sam Ereira, a first year from Oriel College commented, “Each van plays an integral role in maintaining Oxford’s uniqueness.”He added, “Without kebabs, there is no humanity.”Ereira also expressed his view that if Mehdi’s lost its licence it was only fair “that Oriel accept the blame and have its college status removed so Mehdi can occupy it and turn it into the largest kebab shop in town.”Mr Mehdi Karrouchi was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.last_img read more

Imagine a World Without Violence Art Contest and Event

first_imgIn coordination with National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, which takes place in February, the Albion Chapter of S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) and Penny Lane are partnering to present the Imagine a World Without Violence art contest and event.The art and poetry contest is for local youth ages 13-19 with the theme, “Imagine a World Without Violence”.  Submission deadline for art or poetry is on February 22nd.On February 25th from 1:00-3:00 p.m., we will have the art event to celebrate the contest artwork, hear from guest speakers, host a poetry slam and this year we will also be revealing the name of our prevention mascot.For more information on the contest and or the art and poetry event, please visit Albion Fellows Bacon Center’s website at www.albionfellowsbacon.org/events.11.3% of high school students in Indiana reported experiencing dating violence. Teens who suffer dating abuse are at high risk of having long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.  Only 1/3 of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.  Teen dating violence is a problem we can solve and community members can play an essential role.About Albion Fellows Bacon CenterAlbion Fellows Bacon Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent domestic and sexual violence and to empower victims through advocacy, education, support services and collaborative partnerships. The center provides services to victims of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, and financial) in 11 counties in southern Indiana. Services are provided 24 hours a day to the following counties: Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Dubois, Gibson, Pike, Orange, Crawford, and Harrison.  For more information, please visit www.albionfellowsbacon.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Take Five: What to Know About Council’s March 13 Agenda

first_imgA bulkhead on Glen Cove near 10th Street before a recent repair.City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (March 13) at the Ocean City Free Public Library. But here are five things that might be of special interest:REVISED BULKHEAD ORDINANCE: City Council will consider updating the ordinance that governs construction of bulkheads. The existing ordinance pertains only to bulkheads on the bay side of Ocean City. Proposed revisions would add oceanfront bulkheads, change references to the outdated “Director of Public Works” and change the scale used to measure elevation (to NAVD 1988). Minimum elevation of the top of bulkheads must be 7 feet (NAVD 1988) on the bay side and 11 feet on the oceanfront under the proposed ordinance. (The tide level during Superstorm Sandy reached 7.25 feet (NAVD 1988).GIFTS OF LAND: City Council will consider the final reading of three ordinances to accept gifts of real estate from private owners. The lots are part of unbuildable wetlands — some near the 3700 and 3800 blocks of West Avenue and others near the Ocean City Homes neighborhood farther south.SHARED SERVICES WITH SEA ISLE CITY: City Council will consider allowing the Ocean City engineering staff to provide construction management services to Sea Isle City as it rebuilds its municipal building. Sea Isle City would reimburse Ocean City not more than $110,000. The measure is described as the first in what could be a series of similar agreements.SUPPORTING NBC40: City Council will vote on a symbolic resolution supporting NBC40 as a vital source of information, “particularly in weather emergencies.” A new owner may be interested in selling the television station’s frequency at auction.WELCOMING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS: City Council will vote to welcome the Special Olympics to New Jersey. The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will be held June 14-21 at university campuses in Mercer County. Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center Director Karen Pratz is serving as the assistant head of the New Jersey delegation to the Summer Games. Ocean City Primary School teacher Carrie Merritt and Ocean City Recreation Department supervisor Lisa Rumer are coaching athletes in the sprint triathlon, a new exhibition event to be held for the first time in summer 2014. Ocean City Stingrays swimmer Dan Hendrixson, 15, earned a spot on the 24-member New Jersey aquatics team.For detail and supporting documentation on all agenda items, see the City Council  Agenda Packet.last_img read more

Ocean City School Board Recognizes “Outstanding Leaders” in District

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThe Ocean City Board of Education honored a veritable all-star lineup of administrators and faculty members Wednesday night, including two who have been named the top state winners in their respective fields – Superintendent of the Year Kathleen Taylor and Teacher of the Year Amy Andersen.At the same meeting, the board paid tribute to one of its own, Thomas Oves Jr., who died Oct. 22 at the age of 54. Oves, a retired teacher who had been a school board member since 2009, had formerly served as its vice president and was the chairman of the buildings and grounds committee.“Those who knew Tom would describe him as a driven, exuberant, straight-shooter and one who was never reluctant to speak his mind,” Joseph Clark, the board president, said in a statement.“Our school district is fortunate to have been the beneficiary of Tom’s keen insights and genuine leadership,” Clark continued. “He was a trusted advisor and confidant who leaves a legacy of launching our students, teachers and schools on the pathway to success.”After extending the board’s condolences to Oves’ wife, Mary, and the rest of his family, Clark asked everyone to observe a moment of silence in honor of Oves.“He has certainly left his mark on our schools and community,” Clark said. “We have truly lost an irreplaceable partner and friend.”Board of Education member Thomas Oves Jr., right, who died Oct. 22, was presented with the Book of Golden Deeds Award earlier this year by Ocean City Exchange Club President Frank Faverzani.Oves was credited with helping to thrust the Ocean City School District into the upper echelon of New Jersey’s public education system.“I do believe we’re one of the top districts in the state of New Jersey, hands down,” Clark said.Clark and other board members said Taylor’s selection on Nov. 8 as 2018 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year and Andersen’s selection on Oct. 3 as 2017-2018 New Jersey Teacher of the Year illustrate the high quality of Ocean City’s staff.“I believe she’s going to bring us into the national spotlight one day,” board member Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes said of Taylor.Taylor became emotional in acknowledging the honors from the board. She said the district’s successes were the result of collaboration between the school board, the administration, the faculty, the students and their parents.“This is an honor I share with the entire Ocean City School District community,” she said. Now that Taylor and Andersen have won their respective state titles, they will go on to compete for national honors in their categories.Andersen is an American Sign Language teacher at Ocean City High School. Taylor described Andersen as an inspiration to her students as well as a “true teacher leader.”“Above all, she ignites in her students the passion for learning,” Taylor said.Andersen was joined by other highly regarded Ocean City faculty members in receiving local recognition from Taylor and the school board Wednesday night as part of American Education Week.At the high school level, Andersen was honored along with Patricia Horvath, a former student counselor who died in 2015.From left, Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Taylor, Board of Education President Joseph Clark, Ocean City Intermediate School Principal Geoff Haines, counselor Shannon Pruitt, science teacher Cory Terry and social studies teacher Cholehna Weaver.At the Ocean City Intermediate School, the board recognized Katherine Bassett, a former librarian, Cholehna Weaver, a social studies teacher, Shannon Pruitt, a counselor, and Cory Terry, a science teacher.Honorees from the Ocean City Primary School included Carrie Merritt, a first grade teacher, Randall Kohr, a technology teacher, and Mary Beth Libro, a third grade teacher.Taylor called all of the honorees prime examples of Ocean City’s “exceptional faculty.” She said they are among the “best leaders (who) know how to reach a variety of people in many different ways.”“Our excellence is not an accident,” she said. “Excellence is also connected to good leaders.”All of the staff members who were saluted by the school board have had their names embossed on plaques that recognize them as “outstanding leaders in education.”From left, Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Taylor, Board of Education President Joseph Clark, technology teacher Randall Kohr, third grade teacher Mary Beth Libro, first grade teacher Carrie Merritt and Ocean City Primary School Principal Cathleen Smith. Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison, shown at right during a 2017 Board of Education awards ceremony, has been named one of the 2017-18 Visionary Leaders of the Year.last_img read more

Berkshire Hathaway Recognizes Sales Associates

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors salutes sales associates in the Ocean City offices for being the office leaders for the month of September.O.C. Asbury Avenue:The Halliday Real Estate Group, led by Patrick Halliday, has been recognized for Listings, Volume and Units. Licensed since 2004 and a licensed broker since 2009, Halliday is a recipient of the Chairman’s Circle and NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Awards and is a longtime member of the Million Dollar Sales Club. Halliday was born and raised in Ocean City.O.C. Gardens Plaza:Mike Contino has been recognized for Listings, Volume and Units. Contino resides in Ocean City.O.C. 109 34th Street:Kevin Decosta has been recognized for Listings. Decosta resides in Ocean City.The Cheryl Huber Team has been recognized for Volume and Units. Huber is a recipient of the NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Award.O.C. Simpson Avenue:Damon Bready has been recognized for Listings. Bready is a resident of Ocean City.Scott Kirkpatrick has been recognized for Volume and Units. Kirkpatrick is a resident of Ocean City.Sea Isle City:Mike Ternosky has been recognized for Listings, Volume and Units. He is a resident of Avalon.Avalon:The Jack Vizzard Team has been recognized for Listings, Volume and Units. Vizzard is a resident of Avalon. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors office at Ninth Street and Simpson Avenue in Ocean City.last_img read more

The Wood Brothers Cover “Ophelia” & More In Denver Performance [Review]

first_imgThe story of the Wood Brothers is one of reunion. After growing up in Boulder, CO, Chris and Oliver Wood went their separate musical ways–Chris to New York City where he would become a third of the trailblazing avant-garde jazz act Medeski Martin & Wood, Oliver to Atlanta where he would eventually form the blues act King Johnson. In 2004, the brothers reunited and decided to start making Americana music together. The rest, as they say, is history.Friday night, the Wood Brothers returned to their home state of Colorado for a sold out performance at Denver’s Ogden Theatre. As Oliver put it, “We’ve never sold this many tickets, ever.”The evening opened with a terrific set by songwriter and cello virtuoso Ben Sollee. Joined by Jordan Ellis on a minimalist drum set, the duo defied categorization by jumping through classical, Mexican, folk, Cajun, and electronic influences. Highlights including the rag-tag ode to New Orleans’ rescue workers “Cajun Navy” and the clever wordplay of “The Long Lavender Line” that examined modern technology (Another man with an iPhone walks off a cliff—Says he’s chasing creatures).Now with eight albums under their belt, the Wood Brothers were able to dive deep into their discography for a “greatest hits” type show on Friday. Oliver’s raspy voice was as strong and honest as ever throughout the night, especially on the Allman Brother’s cover “Midnight Rider,” “Wasting My Mind” and “Postcards from Hell.” Chris Wood got to open up multiple times on his upright bass, including an extended solo that led into a rocking take of the sing-a-long “One More Day.” He even took over lead vocals on the heartfelt “Touch of Your Hand,” one of many tracks played off their 2015 release “Paradise.”Though the songwriting and chemistry between Chris and Oliver Wood was undeniable, it was the third member of the trio that really stole the show—multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. Rix jumped between drumset and his signature shuitar (a percussive acoustic guitar covered in bells and whistles), also adding melodica and electric piano to tracks while still holding down the backbeat on the kit.During a segment Chris dubbed the “Oh Wood Brother Where Art Thou?” portion of the show, the band silenced the crowd and huddled around a single condenser microphone stage center in homage to the bluegrass days of old. Ben Sollee would join on cello during this time for “Liza Jane.”The Wood Brothers were eager to promote their latest soon-to-be-released album Live In the Barn, which they recorded at the late Levon Helm’s barn studio in Woodstock, NY. They played a couple new tracks off the record and appropriately encored with the Band’s tune “Ophelia.”last_img read more