Mayor’s Message: Oct. 16

first_imgDear Friends,Our local hospital officials reported this week a small bump in the number of patients currently being treated for COVID-19.Because doctors are learning more about the virus and how to treat it, they said they are not overly concerned at this point by the slight increase.But they urge everybody to continue to take precautions. I know everybody is growing tired of restrictions, yet now is not the time to let down our guard.Please continue to take personal responsibility for wearing masks, avoiding crowds and large indoor gatherings, and washing hands. And please stay at home if you feel sick or show symptoms of any illness.Together, we can help to minimize the spread of the virus and keep everybody safe and healthy.I want to remind everybody that I have scheduled a town hall meeting to discuss a preliminary concept and cost for a new public safety building to replace our century-old police station structure.The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). I encourage you all to attend to learn more about our plans for this vital project. All attendees will be asked to wear masks and to maintain social distancing.The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority continues its work to replace a wastewater pipeline along Bay Avenue between Eighth Street and 31st Street. Before the contractor completes work and repaves the county roadway, the New Jersey American Water company will make necessary upgrades to its own infrastructure within the project area.With these projects lasting until the spring, our police department is asking all but local traffic to use West Avenue to travel between Ninth Street and 34th Street. Access to all local businesses and local streets will remain open, but through traffic will be faster and easier on West Avenue. I understand that this has been a long disruption for Bay Avenue travelers, and I thank you for your patience and understanding.I want to thank our Healthy Living Advisory Council for their many suggestions for how best to utilize the parcel of land adjacent to the Ocean City Community Center that we are working to acquire. But I also want to reassure neighbors, residents and taxpayers that this land will be preserved as open space. The city has no plans to build on this land.Our Public Works Department collected about 32,000 pounds of paper during our paper-shredding event last weekend. That’s 16 tons of paper that will be recycled instead of going into our landfill. I want to thank everybody who participated and remind you to mark calendars for the next event on May 1, 2021.Ocean City received a grant that funded installation of an upweller to raise shellfish in a controlled environment on the grounds of the Bayside Center. This system will provide an excellent learning opportunity for local students and local volunteers, and ultimately the adult shellfish will be transferred to the bay to help protect local shorelines and improve water quality.Everybody is invited to a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at the Bayside Center (520 Bay Avenue) to learn more about this project.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Sea Star Festival nominated for the best European festival

first_imgThe Sea Star Festival was nominated for the best European festival, and it is also a record eighth nomination for Exit festivals.This year’s Sea Star Festival, with its second edition, along with improved production, delighted both fans of top entertainment and the performers themselves, who enjoyed Umag during May.And the fact that the Croatian member of the EXIT festival family won the nomination for the “festival Oscars” this year speaks for itself. European Festival Awards (EFA) are considered one of the most prestigious awards in the festival industry, and Sea Star has once again been nominated in the category of best festival for up to 40.000 visitors a day.The current holder of the title for the best major European festival, EXIT, previously won the grand prix award for 2013, while Exit’s Sea Dance Festival, which takes place in Montenegro, won the award for the best festival for up to 40.000 visitors in 2014, and this year alone Exit festivals have a total of eight nominations at the upcoming European Festival Awards.This year’s nomination for Sea Star has already repeated the success from last year, when the festival, after its premiere, was nominated in the same category, but also in the category of the best new festival. In addition to Sea Star, two other festivals organized by the EXIT team, Budva’s Sea Dance, Romania’s Revolution, and Georgia’s Echowaves, which is supported by the EXIT team, are competing for the “Best Festival of up to 40.000 visitors a day” award.Echowaves was also nominated for the best new festival, which means that in competition with the Bosnian Festival 84, which, after the first edition of the festival, won three nominations, in the categories for best new festival, best festival up to 10.000 visitors a day, as well as best indoor festival. EXIT, as the winner of the grand prix award, according to the propositions of the competition this year must pause and give a chance to other festivals to win the title, and will participate in EFA in at least two special categories, “Take a Stand” for social activism and “Brand Activation Award” , for the best corporate activation at the festival.Sea Star is fighting for the title with other European festivals such as Sea Dance, Revolution, Echowaves, Balaton, Electric Castle, Melt and others, and with the votes of an expert jury made up of prominent individuals in the music industry, audience voices around the world will decide final placement of this year’s candidates. Voting for the European Festival Awards began on Thursday and will run until November 30, and the winners will be announced at the award ceremony in Groningen, the Netherlands on January 16, 2019.In addition to two consecutive nominations at the European Festival Awards, Sea Star is last year’s winner of the Capra D’Oro Award given by the Istria County Tourist Board for its contribution to the promotion of Istria, as well as the Ambassador Award for Best New Festival in 2017.RELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON LONG AGO UNDERSTANDS THAT THE MOTIVE OF ARRIVAL IS NOT ACCOMMODATION, BUT THE CONTENT IN THE DESTINATIONSEA STAR FESTIVAL GENERATES MORE THAN 60 MILLION HRK TOURIST CONSUMPTIONlast_img read more

Kanu Bereaved

first_img“The loss of Mama is hard to bear. She is a rock that stood by me and all my siblings. She showed us equal love and affection, and always prayed for each and every one of us.“Her support and prayers for me right from the beginning of my playing career till the end were invaluable. Her guidance also went a very long way into moulding me into the man I am today. She taught me to love, and to give. I will miss her, but God knows best.Mama Kanu had the rare privilege of raising three sons who played professional football. Aside Olympic Gold medal winning legend Nwankwo, her eldest son Godwin played for Bendel United and her last son Ogbonna played for Ajax Amsterdam amongst other clubs.The former Arsenal and Ajax star was a member, and later captain, of the Nigerian national football team for 16 years from 1994 until 2010. He has been married to wife, Amara Nwankwo for 12 years and the pair has three beautiful children.Burial arrangements are yet to be announced by the family.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Nigerian International Nwankwo Kanu has lost his mother with no details shedding light on the cause of her unfortunate demiseKanu’s mother, Mrs. Susan Kanu Iheme, was reported to have passed away on September 7.According to Kanu eulogised his mother, whom he described as a great pillar of strength to the entire family.last_img read more

World Relays: Okagbare powers Nigeria to gold

first_imgNigeria’s fortunes at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas took an up swing with the women 4x200m snatching the gold in a dramatic final, staged in the early hours of Sunday.Okagbare started for the Nigerian quartet, she did well to stay close to the event’s defending champions, the USA who took a commanding lead from the start. They were on course for another win, but disaster overwhelmed the American ladies at the final changeover.Janeba Tarmon and Allyson Felix failed to reach an understanding, it ended with Felix crashing to the floor. Regina Geroge, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh made no such mistake, they coasted home to victory at 1.30.52 seconds to win the 50,000 dollars at stake also set a new national record. Jamaica finished a distant second in 1:31.73, one-and-a-half seconds slower than their time from last year, but one place higher on the podium.Germany were third in 1:33.61 while China set an Asian record of 1:34.89 in fourth.“I am very delighted with the performance of our Women winning the 4x200m relay in a World leading time of 1:30.52s ahead of all the leading nations – USA, Jamaica, Bahamas, France, Germany, China and Ireland. I had said it before now that we can rely on these women to showcase our prowess in the Relays and they have not disappointed us,” Athletics Federation of Nigeria technical director Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama stated.last_img read more