OCTC Junior Company Auditions for Students 5/7

first_imgThe Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will hold auditions on Saturday, May 7th for Middle School youth and High School students interested in musical theatre, music and dance.Auditions will be held at the Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ.   Students entering 5th grade in the Fall of 2016 – current High School seniors will have the opportunity to audition for the summer Junior Company productions of Cinderella (G2K version) and Footloose the Musical!The OCTC Junior Company is for youth who have a deep passion for musical theatre.   High School students will also be considered for OCTC’s award winning Spotlight Performers Show Choir.This select group of singers and dancers will have a busy summer performing in Ocean City’s July 4th Festivities, Baby Parade, Night in Venice and many other special community events.All kids and youth interested in auditioning should prepare 32 bars or about 30 seconds of any musical theatre song.A piano player will be provided.  Please bring sheet music or a CD with a background track.Auditions will kick off at 11 AM. Students will sing first and dance/movement audition will follow. Please plan to spend a good amount of time at the Music Pier for the audition process!Click here for specific information and instructions on how you can attend the May 7th audition.  Questions can be sent to [email protected] or you may call 609-398-1118.last_img read more

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And Now, Here’s Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Celebrating With The Chicago Cubs

first_imgLast night, the Chicago Cubs clinched their first World Series appearance in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to two. The band naturally celebrated in fine fashion last night, and welcomed a very special guest into their festivities: Eddie Vedder.The longtime Cubs fan and Pearl Jam frontman was filmed getting some beer poured on his head by pitching coach Chris Bosio.Check out some more coverage of this great celebration below. Congrats to Cubs fans everywhere!last_img read more

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Inside the Mind of a Bike Park Bike Patroller: Glen Jackson of Bryce Resort

first_imgBike parks are a growing trend, especially with ski resorts. Utilizing facilities during warm months for a bike park has turned out to be a win-win situation for the parks, and those who crave the downhill excitement. Two Ski Resorts that have taken advantage of this trend are Bryce Resort located in the Shenandoah Valley, just a short distance from Mount Jackson and Massanutten Resort 15 miles from Harrisonburg, VA.I traveled to Bryce Resort to find out what it’s like to be a member of their Bike patrol. Glenn Jackson, the Patrol Director, who also actively patrols the mountain, was my contact and subject of my interview. When I arrived I was greeted by Glenn and fellow Bike Patroller, Rodney Torp. Glenn has been with Bryce for 13 years and Rodney, 30 years. These two veterans welcomed me in and Glenn gave me the run down and insight into the mind of a bike patroller. Bryce Resort | Glen JacksonSirens sounding, kicking down doors leading to blazing infernos and carrying people to safety was Glenn Jackson’s life as a firefighter for many years. Today, along with 25 other bike patrollers, Glen is using his safety training and experience on the mountain at Bryce Bike Park as the Patrol Director. Don’t let the tough guy exterior fool you though, where many bike patrols can be strict and enforce rules with an iron fist, this Patrol Director at Bryce is all about helping you safely enjoy your time in the park.How old are you and what did you do before you joined the bike patrol?I’m 52 years old and a retired firefighter. I was with the Fairfax County Fire Department for 30 years prior to coming on full time with the patrol. When I first came onboard there wasn’t a bike park. I was with ski patrol. Five years ago Bryce Resort invested into this Mountain Bike Park. During the cold months, I’m ski patrol and when it gets warm, we change the lifts to accommodate the bikes and patrol the mountain as bike patrol. “When I first came, as a veteran firefighter I was impressed with the level of professionalism and depth of training I received at Bryce Resort.” How was the transition from Ski Patrol to Ski & Bike Patrol?I wasn’t a mountain biker until five years ago when we started developing the mountain bike park. Since then I’ve come to love mountain biking. During the development of the bike park Bryce Resort included me throughout the entire process. That made it a lot easier for me.  I had input into the park safety measures. The way our park is designed allows us access in and out throughout the park to easily respond to injured bikers.What are you currently riding, and what does the park offer visitors who want to rent a bike?I ride a Trek Remedy 9 RSL. I gave my old bike (Trek Remedy) to Cory, my 13 years old son who has become an advanced rider. He’s actually getting ready to purchase a new Trek Slash 9.8 when the 2018 bikes come out.  As for the park, they are a Trek authorized dealer and rent the Trek Sessions, Trek Slash and the Trek Daytona.What does a typical day on patrol look like?We get on the trails everyday and check for debris and obstructions. We also check all the wooden structures to ensure they are tight and safe. If there are new riders in the park we like to spend a little time helping them get familiar with the trails. If someone is being reckless or failing to follow park rules, we’ll stop them and re-educate them on safe riding practices.  (Rodney Torp added) We don’t want people to see us as mean or even the authority. We want visitors to know we are concerned for their well being. We are here to help them have fun. We’d rather have them on the mountain than in the first aid room. What’s the biggest difference between Skiers and Bikers?Well, bikers have a tendency to leak a lot more (bleed). But they’ll also walk themselves off the mountain (Rodney: we call them the walking wounded). When skiers get injured, they are more likely to stay put on the mountain waiting for help. What frustrates you the most?I get frustrated when riders don’t use good sense. There’s a gamut of injuries we run into everyday. We treat several hundred abrasions and small wounds every season. Most could be prevented by wearing the proper protection and being smart.What do you like most about being on bike patrol?My two favorite things about the job are; the people I work with and getting to meet and know park visitors. One of the things I liked about Bryce from the get-go, was they’re like a big family. I’m especially close with the patrol team. You know, a lot of time when people come to a park like this, they look at the patrol as though we are police, and we’re not. We care about the people who visit the park, just like we care about each other. We want them to feel safe and see us as approachable.   What do you want to say to people preparing to visit the bike park?Prepare to have fun, but be safe.last_img read more

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Analysis: Lakers bet on the power of collaboration with Frank Vogel, Jason Kidd hires

first_imgLeBron James’ next head coach will be a man who once pushed one of his best teams ever to seven games.One of James’ next assistant coaches will be one of the players who beat him in the NBA Finals before he had ever won a championship.While the month began with the anticipation that the Lakers might hire one of the 34-year-old’s best-known coaching allies, the franchise has surrounded him with Frank Vogel and Jason Kidd – men who have challenged and tested him, in the hopes that new alliances can help lead them all back to greatness, even as they risk adding chaos and uncertainty. Their faith in collaborative leadership, which has characterized many of the organization’s personnel decisions in recent years, is likely to face its biggest test yet in the coming season.That’s the chief takeaway from a whirlwind week which saw the Lakers lose out on one of their top candidates, Tyronn Lue, then quickly sweep up new faces and anoint Vogel after a furious second round of interviews. If the process doesn’t inspire total confidence in the organization’s choice, Vogel’s record helps solidify it. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs a young, first-time head coach in Indiana, Vogel progressively groomed the Pacers and then-budding star Paul George to become a team capable of challenging the star-laden Miami Heat. He did it with defense. For five straight years, Vogel’s teams were top-10 in defensive rating, ranking first twice. He also developed a reputation for creating solid relationships with players, with George telling the Associated Press, even after Vogel had been fired in 2016, that Vogel had been “real positive and open-minded.”In 2013 when Indiana pushed the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals, it held Miami to less than 100 points in five of the contests – emblematic of the grinding style that defined the Pacers’ best nights. Only once in Vogel’s five-and-a-half-year tenure did the Pacers finish with an offense even in the top half of the NBA, but they always forced opponents to work, giving Vogel a .580 winning percentage in his time there.“We represent all the right things: class, character, hard work, old-school basketball, playing the game the right way,” Vogel said of the Pacers after the Game 7 loss in 2013.Those values seem to be the ones that Vogel will espouse coming into Los Angeles. It’s unclear if Vogel’s style – which fell flat in a forgettable two-year tenure in Orlando – has legs in the modern NBA, where the high-scoring Warriors set the ultimate bar. But on paper, the Lakers expect to be insulated by the other hire they made on Saturday.In Jason Kidd, the Lakers sought to add gravitas and a player’s eye to the bench. The 46-year-old is second all-time among the NBA’s assists and steals leaders, and had mixed success as a coach, going to the playoffs three times in his Nets and Bucks tenures and winning one series. With the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo developed into an MVP-caliber player. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Those questions are all before considering how James will respond to the hires. He’s yet to make any kind of public comment about Vogel and Kidd, and as recently as a week ago, he likely believed (as the rest of the world did) that the Lakers were ready to roll out the red carpet for Lue. Though James has played well for a number of coaches over the years, he too has had coaching clashes, most notably with former Cleveland coach David Blatt who was fired in 2016 after a 30-11 season start. That led to the rise of Lue, who led the Cavaliers to a championship.As the Lakers progress, observers will be closely monitoring James’ faith (or lack thereof) in his coach, and what that might mean for the fortunes of Vogel and Kidd, who are now tied together for better or worse.In their recent history, the Lakers have been willing to take similar gambles of pairing unfamiliar basketball minds: Magic Johnson’s president stint alongside General Manager Rob Pelinka was one such experiment – the two had not worked together before they set out to remake the team in 2017. The Lakers’ roster also reflected some of that thinking last season, with Johnson and Pelinka envisioning a group of “competitors” playing together such as Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee – that helped lead them down the road to a 37-45 season.On paper, Vogel and Kidd possess qualifications that make it visible what the Lakers hope to achieve with collaborative leadership, having the best of all worlds. Whether they can get it will be the true challenge for the next coaching era. His schemes drew some skepticism as a head coach, particularly an ultra-aggressive defensive philosophy which teams picked apart over time. Milwaukee’s near-overnight success this season has reflected poorly on Kidd’s tenure there. But as an assistant, he’d be under fewer of those pressures: As a contemporary of James, he has a previously earned respect, and various reports have linked him both as an example to and mentor of Lonzo Ball, who shares some sensibilities with Kidd’s playing style.Theoretically, this mixture, along with James’ basketball mind, could be a strong group together, filling in for each other’s various weaknesses. The practicalities of those dynamics are complicated by other factors that basketball observers will be watching closely.From the start, Vogel will face questions about his job security, particularly given the reported length of his contract: just three years. ESPN reported that Lue, the coach who once won a championship with James, took issue with such a short deal and wanted five years. That Vogel took the shorter terms will be a talking point if the Lakers struggle and allow them to cut bait sooner if they choose.Kidd’s hire could also rock the boat, given that there’s an obvious in-house successor if the Lakers ever decide to move on from Vogel. Kidd’s experience as a head coach and rapport with James will loom in the background. Other reports indicated that Lue bucked when the Lakers told him they desired to hire Kidd to his staff.It doesn’t help perception that Kidd has a history of internal power plays. As a player, he reportedly helped lobby then-Nets coach Byron Scott out of a job when the team with Kidd as its star had gone to back-to-back NBA Finals – Scott later called Kidd “kind of an (expletive)-hole.” His Brooklyn coaching tenure ended after just one year when Kidd made a failed bid to seize control over basketball operations within the franchise.If that turbulent history is behind Kidd, he’ll have to prove it on Vogel’s staff.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Oregon’s Dana Altman stretches the point about selection committee overemphasizing non-league games

first_imgBy contrast, Mississippi State finished 7-3 in its final 10 games, earned a No. 5 seed – and still lost its NCAA tournament opener against Liberty. K-State went 7-3, won a share of the Big 12 regular-season title and could not avoid being an upset victim of UC Irvine.Virginia Tech and Tennessee both reached the Sweet 16 after going 6-4 down the stretch. The Vols only lost five times entering the tournament, and four of them came in that stretch. It still took three games – and an overtime period – before they were eliminated.The stretch run can be a source of momentum, or it can be something to overcome, or it can be no factor. A team’s success is impacted by which teams it plays, when key players are injured or hitting a rough stretch that can be resolved inside the tournament. If it’s statistically provable that it’s not material to a team’s advancement in the tournament, though, why should it matter? A decade ago, when the late Mike Slive was serving as chair and gifting the NCAA men’s basketball committee with his unique combination of brilliance, wisdom and affability, the group that runs the NCAA Tournament made one of the most important (and least acknowledged) decisions in its history: The people we know as the “selection committee” decided the entire college hoops season should count.If the regular season consists of 30 or 33 games, they announced, all shall count the same. The old “last 10 games” factor no longer would be considered as part of the process for selecting and seeding the NCAA Tournament field. There are some who follow the sport, or at least the tournament, who still don’t know that happened.Dana Altman only wishes it hadn’t.“For a while, it was the last 10 games and how you finished. Now, it has swung to how good your conference does in the non-conference games,” the Oregon coach told Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News. “I’m not sure what the happy medium is, but we definitely have way, way too much emphasis on November and December.”MORE: Calipari wants an NCAA summer leagueAltman contends that teams evolve during the season and that early on, when most non-conference games are played, “teams aren’t who they are.” In other words, a team dependent on freshmen or transfers is likely to be changed by the process of going through those 30-33 games.He’s right about that. He’s wrong about everything else in his argument.Years before the selection committee finally acted to remove the “stretch-run” factor from its deliberations, I began charting whether performance over the final 10 games correlated to NCAA Tournament success. The numbers said it mattered not at all.A team’s record over the final 10 games had about as much impact on its tournament advancement as whether the school had a cool nickname like “Ducks.”The emphasis Altman cites on “November and December” is a reference to what comprises the non-conference portion of most Division I schedules. Most teams play non-league games at the start of the year, then move exclusively into league play in the latter part of the season. How the members of a league perform in those non-league games forms a significant part of their tournament resumes because they then play two-thirds of their schedules against league members.What is the value of those league results? Well, that depends on how good teams in the league are; and that’s determined by whom they beat and who beats them in non-conference games. I compare it to the currency market; non-league performance helps establish the worth of a conference win. A Big Ten win was worth a lot last season because its members excelled outside the league; a Pac-12 win was worth little.This certainly is preferable to the scenario in football, where there is little conference interplay and much of what the College Football Playoff committee does is based on assumption.“If you’ve got players back, you’re at a big advantage,” Altman said. “It’s really a disadvantage to less experienced teams, the really talented teams that come on at the end.”MORE: New Niagara coach Greg Paulus’ unconventional roadDuke started four freshmen in its opener against Kentucky last season and won by 34 points; the Devils lost only once in their first 15 games. K-State lost four of its first six games against major opponents last year, although it returned the top six scorers from an Elite Eight team in 2017-18. Some veteran teams struggle to find their way, and some young teams streak out of the blocks.Altman’s position likely is affected by two items: 1) The Pac-12’s poor recent performance surely is a source of frustration. 2) His 2018-19 team went 8-2 down the stretch, won the Pac-12 Tournament championship and still earned only a No. 12 seed in the NCAAs.Pac-12 teams won only 61 percent of their non-league games last year, the only top-seven conference to win fewer than 71 percent. The conference received just three NCAA Tournament bids as a result.After some early injuries that affected the development of freshman forward Louis King and ended the season of freshman center Bol Bol, the Ducks recovered from an 11-8 start to win four games at the Pac-12 tournament and enter the NCAAs at 23-12. The Ducks reached the Sweet 16 by defeating No. 5 seed Wisconsin and No. 13 UC Irvine in the first two rounds, then played eventual national champion Virginia to a tough game before losing by four points.last_img read more

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Two dead, several injured after ride snaps in half at theme park

first_imgAt least two people are dead and more than a dozen more have been injured after a ride snapped in half at an amusement park in India.The incident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Kankaria Adventure Park in Ahmedabad.According to the report, for unknown reasons, the main shaft of the ride snapped just as the ride began to gain momentum. As a result, those on the ride were thrown towards along with heavy machinery from the ride. Two people identified as 24-year-old Manali Rajwadi, and 22-year-old Mohammad Javed lost their lives due to injuries from the incident according to the police.26 others were rushed to hospital with serious injuries.An investigation has been launched to determine what cause the ride to fall apart, whether the theme park had a proper licence to operate the ride, and to determine if the ride was up to maintenance standards.last_img read more

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Fynn Valley is England’s Most Welcoming Golf Club

first_img There’s a very warm welcome at Fynn Valley Golf Club in Suffolk – and they have a national award to prove it. The club was presented with the Most Welcoming Golf Club Award, sponsored by american golf, at last night’s 2017 England Golf Awards at Lord’s. The event shone the spotlight on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf and the club was honoured alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull, as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game. “This award highlights that what we are doing is important,” said Director of Golf Ryan Parfett. “It’s a massive pat on the back.” Fynn Valley is a family business which opened 26 years ago and in a specially filmed video, company secretary Jenny Holmes explains: “We felt when we opened the club the most important part was to really welcome everybody, regardless of what they did for a living, how old they were or what gender they were. We had the same welcome for everyone and that’s the foundation on which the club is built.” There’s never been a dress code in the bar and the club aims to offer something for everyone, from beginner to low handicapper. As well as offering great golfing facilities and competitive opportunities, the club promotes fun golf for all and stages many social events. It’s keen to attract new players and holds an annual ‘give golf a go’ day, aimed at families, with fun golf on the range and par three course. It worked with PGA professional Alastair Spink to develop his innovative Here Come the Girls coaching programme for women which has been launched internationally as love.golf New members receive an extensive welcome pack and plenty of help to find playing partners, including a WhatsApp group. The club has a successful junior academy, which currently attracts 50 youngsters for coaching, and strong links with local schools. Club staff are kept up to date with everything that’s going on so they can help customers. There’s a strong emphasis on good communication using a combination of website, eNewsletters, big screen ads in bar and range, the local press and social media posts containing lots of photos and lighthearted news. “It helps to promote the fact the club is welcoming and not the lingering stereotype of old,” said Jenny. Now, Fynn Valley is investing around £1.5 million in a new clubhouse which, says Jenny, will keep the traditional welcome and see the club move forward as a hub for all the family and local community – not just the ones who golf! Click here to read more about the England Golf Awards Caption: Fynn Valley representatives receive their award from Dan Gathercole of american golf (Image © Leaderboard Photography) 15 Mar 2017 Fynn Valley is England’s Most Welcoming Golf Club last_img read more

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Guidelines for employing youth on your farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris Zoller, Extension Educator, ANR in Tuscarawas CountyStudents will be wrapping up their school year soon and you may have a young person contact you about a summer job. Young people often have an interest to work on a farm and many are excellent employees. However, as an employer, there are rules and regulations you must understand before hiring minors to do work on your farm.The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has established certain provisions to protect the safety of minors. In 1967, the U.S. Secretary of Labor determined certain agricultural jobs as hazardous to youth less than 16 years of age. There are two exemptions to these regulations:The list of hazardous agricultural occupations does not apply to youth under 16 years of age working on a farm owned by their parents or guardians; andThe list of hazardous agricultural occupations does not apply to youth under 16 years of age who have completed an approved Tractor and Machinery Certification course. Such course allows youth who are 14 or 15 years of age to operate tractors over 20 horsepower for hire to someone other than their parents.For most Ohio laws, anyone under 18 years of age is considered a minor and the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) prohibits minors from working in hazardous occupations. There are certain sections of the ORC that do not apply to minors, including obtaining an age and school certificate (unless you employ children of migrant workers), keeping a list of minor employees, and paying the minimum wage.Agricultural occupations considered hazardous to youth under 16 years of age include:Operating a tractor of more than 20 PTO horsepower, or connecting or disconnecting implements from such tractor;Operating a combine, corn picker, hay mower, harvester, hay baler or potato digger;Operating a feed grinder, grain dryer, forage blower, auger conveyor or the unloading mechanism of a non-gravity type self-unloading wagon or trailer;Operating a trencher, earth moving equipment, fork lift, power-driven circular, band or chain saw;Working in a yard, stall, or pen occupied by a bull, boar or stud horse; or sow with suckling pigs or cow with newborn calf;Felling, bucking, skidding, loading or unloading timber with butt diameter of greater than six inches;Working on a ladder at a height of more than 20 feet;Working in a forage, fruit, or grain storage facility; an upright silo within two weeks after silage has been added or when a top unloading device is operating; a manure pit; or a horizontal silo when operating a tractor for packing purposes;Handling or applying pesticides with the words or symbols “Danger”, “Poison”, “Skull and Crossbones”, or “Warning” on the label;Handling or using blasting agents;Driving a bus, truck or automobile or riding on a tractor as a passenger;Transporting, transferring, or applying anhydrous ammoniaThere may be restrictions to the number of hours and when a minor can perform farm work. See the table for a summary:Federal regulations require employers of youth under 16 years of age to maintain records about each employee. Minors employed by a parent or guardian are exempt from this requirement. The Ohio Revised Code exempts agricultural employers from record keeping requirements for minors. However, the Ohio Revised Code does require an agreement as to wages for work to be performed be made between the employer and minor before employment begins. The agreement should be in writing and signed by both parties.Additional information about the employment of minors in agriculture is available from this OSU Extension Fact Sheet: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/blog/fri-04122019-340pm/ohio-agricultural-law-blog-navigating-ohio%E2%80%99s-line-fence-law.last_img read more

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Insights into What Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Teaches Us

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTOn August 17th, Dr. Melissa Merrick from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided us with a unique opportunity- a chance to take an in-depth look at the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study and what it means for the future health and well-being of our children.The following are some highlights of Dr. Merrick’s webinar:Violence compromises early brain development.ACEs can have lasting effects on health, behaviors, and life potential.Of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. in 2014,  7 have direct associations to early adversity.Preventing child maltreatment requires understanding why some children and families are at greater risk.Early adversity can literally make us sick. And, not only does early adversity affect later health, but also life opportunities that can be protective for our health.Brown and colleagues (1998) documented a 19-year difference in life expectancy between those who had high (6+) versus no ACEs.The exposure to violence, especially in childhood, is a public health priority.CDC is committed to stopping violence before it happens. This is also known as primary prevention.Violence prevention is strategic. The importance of preventing early adversity has never been clearer given the impacts of health and life opportunities that reverberates across generations.Current efforts to prevent early adversity will be more successful if they broaden public and professional understanding of the links between early adversity and poverty and the structural barriers that reduce the likelihood of moving out of poverty.Are you interested yet? For detailed information on these highlights and more interesting facts and helpful resources, check out the archived webinar here:last_img read more

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