first_img83, of Barnegat passed January 7, 2018. A US Army Veteran, he formerly resided in Bayonne where he was a communicant of O.L. of Mt. Carmel Church, the Mt. Carmel Lyceum, and Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts of America for many years. Surviving are his wife, Barbara (Wadas) Gable; two children, Jeffrey and Jennifer Gable; three brothers, Ronald, Robert and Alexander Gable as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by BARNEGAT Funeral Home, 841 W. Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ.last_img

Council Agenda: Draining Merion Park, 9th Street Bike Crossing, Father’s Day Fireworks

first_imgNew fireworks displays are scheduled for June 14 and July 16 this summer.Ocean City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (March 27) at the Ocean City Free Public Library, but here are a handful of things that might be of special interest:Merion Park Drainage Improvements: City Council will vote to award a $2,739,554 contract to F.W. Shawl & Sons of Marmora for road and drainage work and construction of pump stations to help drain flooded streets. The contract would be one of the final pieces of a bold plan to bring relief to a low-lying neighborhood where tidal salt water floods streets many times a year. The first phase of the project is expected to begin in April.Ninth Street Crossing: City Council will vote to award a $238,857 contract to Diehl Electric Company of Hammonton to install a user-activated traffic signal to help bicyclists and pedestrians cross Ninth Street. The signal will provide a safe crossing of the busy gateway for bikes traveling on a north-south bike route under development. It also will provide a link for traffic coming from the new Ninth Street Bridge pedestrian and bicycle lane. The signal will be installed near Haven Avenue and provide easy access to an existing bicycle corridor running south from there. It will be activated only by a push button, and it will be timed to work in coordination with the traffic light at Ninth Street and West Avenue. A state grant brought in $100,000 for the project.Father’s Day Fireworks: City Council will vote to approve a permit for fireworks displays on June 14 and July 16. The displays are sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association and are first-time events for Father’s Day Weekend and the third week of July.New Track at Carey Field: City Council will vote to approve a $484,750 contract with All Surface Asphalt Paving of Point Pleasant to remove and replace the track surface at the city-owned Carey Field at Ocean City High School.$69.8 Million Budget: City Council will vote to introduce a $69.8 million proposed city budget for 2014 that raises the tax levy by 2.57 percent.For complete text of agenda items and supporting documentation, see the City Council Agenda Packet.last_img read more

Obama honors Robert Brustein

first_imgThe American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) founding director Robert Brustein was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House on March 2.The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The medal, conferred by the president, is presented to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States. During the past 26 years, more than 250 extraordinary patrons and artists in the fields of visual, performing, and literary arts have been honored. With this medal, the president recognizes the wealth and depth of creative expression of America’s artists.Brustein joins the roster of great American artists that includes Andrew Wyeth, John Updike, Wynton Marsalis, Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, Dolly Parton, Ray Bradbury, and Twyla Tharp.A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus expressed her joy at the award, saying: “I am thrilled to congratulate Bob on this significant honor. As founding director of the Yale Repertory Theatre and over three decades at the A.R.T., he has taught thousands of young people and inspired them to follow their dreams. His award-winning criticism, books, and plays have provided the most informed and intelligent insight into the world of theater. It’s wonderful that Bob’s extraordinary achievements are being recognized with this important award.”Brustein founded the Yale Repertory Theatre during his tenure as dean of the Yale School of Drama and the American Repertory Theater in 1980; he served for 20 years as director of the Loeb Drama Center where he founded the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.  He retired from artistic directorship in 2002 and now serves as founding director.He is the author of 16 books on theater and has also written extensively on Shakespeare. His book “The Tainted Muse: Prejudices and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time,” was published in 2009. He has also written three plays about Shakespeare called “The Shakespeare Trilogy.” The first, “The English Channel,” about Shakespeare’s affair with the dark lady, Emilia Lanier, was produced at the Abingdon Theatre in 2009, where it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His second play, “Mortal Terror,” about the Gunpowder Plot and the writing of “Macbeth,” will be produced at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre this spring and at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in September 2011. “The Last Will,” his third play, about Shakespeare’s return to Stratford toward the end of his life, will be produced by the Abingdon in New York in fall 2012.He is currently distinguished scholar in residence at Suffolk University and professor of English emeritus at Harvard University.last_img read more

Students dedicate summers to service nationally, globally

first_imgFor the past several months, Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC) provided students the opportunity to serve with partner agencies, examine social issues and reflect on their experiences through the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) and International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) grounded in the roots of Catholic social thought.Two hundred and seventeen students completed SSLPs in 175 sites across the country, which were sponsored by 106 Notre Dame alumni clubs. Fifty three students completed ISSLPs in 17 countries, according to CSC  international service learning and justice education director Rachel Tomas Morgan. The ISSLP offers a chance to combine academic studies with hands-on volunteer activities in vastly different cultures across the globe, she said.The program includes a “year-long academic service-learning program that comprises two courses and the eight-10 week service-learning field placement so students receive an academic framing that surrounds their immersion experience,” Tomas Morgan said.Theological reflection and summer service learning director Andrea Smith Shappell said the SSLP also encourages students to learn academic and personal lessons through active service and integration in communities.The SSLP “recognizes that building relationships with people who live on the margins of society brings knowledge about people and social issues in ways that cannot be taught in a classroom setting,” Shappell said.Both programs require students to take workshops and classes on campus and then immerse themselves in the topic of study. Tomas Morgan said the ISSLP, which encompasses a three-credit pre-departure theology course and one credit for summer work, forces students to recognize and evaluate the existence of extreme poverty across the globe.“Through our classes, students are introduced to pressing global issues. Students who participate … already have a strong heart for the poor. It is our hope that our students also develop and cultivate a mind for the poor,” Tomas Morgan said.Shappell said the SSLP can also open students’ minds to future academic and career decisions and deepen their commitment to community service. SSLP students earn three theology credits for their summer work.“The SSLP has the potential for being a transformative experience for students,” she said. “This may be a new understanding of putting their faith in action, redirecting their career plans or deepening their commitment to community engagement.”Sophomore Amber Bryan spent her eight-week SSLP in New Orleans serving at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church for the Local Organizing Ministry.“I did a wide variety of things — help with the opening of a new school in the community, establish a good neighbor ordinance between community members and businesses with alcohol beverage permits, pack food in the food pantry and map blighted property,”  Bryan said.Bryan said the SSLP sparked a deeper interest in policymaking and reinforced her previous interest in education.“It was rewarding to help people get more than the immediate change that can be completed in 20 hours or so,” she said. “After the SSLP, I am going to be taking more research and policy courses. This experience reassured me that I want to work in education policy.”Senior Emily Horvath spent eight weeks in Chennai, India, working at Vidya Sagar school for children with developmental disabilities. She said her passion for occupational therapy led her to seek the opportunity of an ISSLP, which would push her outside her comfort zone.“I spent my time working in the occupational therapy department and teaching a creative movement (music and dance) class,” Horvath said. “The curiosity to travel to a random city in a random country, knowing no one, and see if I could come out of the experience with amazing new relationships plus a strong desire to pursue occupational therapy in a setting where I’d be working with children with developmental disabilities, made me choose to participate in an ISSLP.”“This experience also opened my eyes to the battle for the rights of people with disabilities that is currently being fought in India,” she said. “I formed friendships with people who face these issues every day. Forming these relationships has transformed my perspective on issues of global human development.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, ISSLP, Notre Dame, service, SSLPlast_img read more

CSEM celebrates 10th anniversary

first_imgThis week, the College Seminar, the College of Arts and Letters’s signature interdisciplinary requirement, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.Implemented in 2005, the College Seminar requirement was initially intended to provide students with a traditional “Great Books” style of education and serve as an integration of the liberal arts. Now, the College Seminar serves as a course that both enhances students’ oral presentation skills and offers a variety of unique topics centered on a faculty member’s specific field.“[The] idea behind [the] College Seminar really was to give people an introduction to the three areas of the College [the arts, humanities, and social sciences],” Professor Essaka Joshua, professor of English and director of the College Seminar, said. “The idea was to take the classroom to the dorm and get people fired up about interesting issues connecting with what they were reading.”As part of the Seminar’s 10th anniversary, the College of Arts and Letters, in conjunction with its Department of Communications and Finances, is hosting a 10-day Twitter competition for students to share their personal lessons and experiences from their College Seminars. From April 10 to April 19, students can respond to questions tweeted by the College of Arts and Letters on its Twitter (@ArtsLettersND) using the hashtag #CSEM10 and receive prizes for the best answers. Prizes for the best tweets range from coffee mugs and campus gear from the College of Arts and Letters to Starbucks, Au Bon Pain and Hammes Bookstore gift cards.“Doing it on Twitter was a way to include everybody,” Joshua said. “We decided, in conjunction with the Office of Communication for Arts and Letters, on a Twitter competition that would be open to all current students.“The aim was really to get people talking about CSEM, sharing their experiences of it and, for those students who were not in Arts and Letters or who had not yet done it, to let them know what it is [that] we do that is distinctive within the College.”Several students have already participated in the competition, Joshua said.College Seminars have become unique for their interesting and diverse topics and focuses, Joshua said. Courses taught by Professors Andrew Weigert and David O’Connor are known to be especially popular, Joshua said.“CSEM gives you that opportunity to go for something outside of your discipline, because it is interdisciplinary by nature, and to go out of your comfort zone, which is nice because you end up with exploration as well as engagement,” Joshua said.Joshua views the genuine interest, engagement and bonding between students and professors as a measure of the success of the College Seminar, she said.“I measure success in whether ‘Are the students engaged? Do they love it? Do they come out talking about it afterwards and are they talking about it before they get to class?’” Joshua said.Tags: College of Arts and Letters, college seminar, CSEM10, Essaka Joshua, tenth anniversarylast_img read more

Bright Star Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img Bluegrass is departing Broadway. Despite receiving a 2016 Best Musical Tony nod, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star has been struggling with low grosses for some time and is set to shutter on June 26. At time of closing, the Carmen Cusack-led new musical will have played 30 previews and 109 regular performances at the Cort Theatre. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the production officially opened on March 24.Bright Star, which features music by Martin and Brickell, lyrics by Brickell and a book by Martin, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and travels between 1945 and 1923. Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives.The cast also includes A.J. Shively, Michael Mulheren, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Alexander Nolan, Hannah Elless, Stephen Lee Anderson and Emily Padgett.The tuner previously played a limited engagement at San Diego’s Old Globe in 2014 and also ran at D.C.’s Kennedy Center late last customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Carmen Cusack & Paul Alexander Nolan in ‘Bright Star'(Photo: Nick Stokes) Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Related Showscenter_img Bright Star View Commentslast_img read more

Veggie grad

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThe chemical company BASF and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will partner to sponsor a master’s-level research program in vegetable entomology.BASF will provide $30,000 to support the research work of graduate student James Taylor at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga.”The support of an entire graduate program for a master’s student in entomology is a significant and notable contribution to the advancement of agricultural science, particularly in the area of vegetable production, which is vital to Georgia,” said David Riley, CAES entomologist and Taylor’s major professor.Taylor, a Tifton resident, has extensive experience in insecticide evaluation and field testing as an undergraduate, Riley said.last_img read more

United by Blue Outfit Giveaway

first_imgThe GiveawayGet your New Year off to a green start in sustainable apparel from United By Blue. Enter to win an outfit for you and one for a friendThis contest is over.Join a Clean-up!Use this link to find a clean-up hosted by United by Blue by you! and Restrictions may apply per resort.Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on February 28, 2018 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before February 28, 2018 – date and time subject to change. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked.last_img read more

Debating the pros and cons of plea bargaining

first_img July 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Debating the pros and cons of plea bargaining Senior EditorIs plea bargaining justice for sale, offering disparate sentences for similar offenses depending on whether a defendant exercises his or her right for trial? Or is it a normal byproduct of criminal litigation where even without caseload pressures most charges would end in pleas?The pros and cons of plea bargaining, and a historical look at the practice, were the topics of the first annual Professor Gerald T. Bennett Summit on Criminal Justice Issues, held by the Criminal Law Section at its June 27 luncheon during the Bar’s Annual Meeting.Section Chair Melanie Hines said the program honors the memory of longtime section member Bennett “who came up with the idea we ought not to just review rules and procedures, we ought to challenge those rules and procedures and see why they were adopted in the first place.”The section jumped in with both feet with its plea bargaining seminar, which produced a lively discussion and lots of questions from the audience.Albert Alschuler, the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Chicago Law School, led off by questioning the underpinnings of plea bargaining.He quoted a former Chicago lawyer (who went on to become a Utah Supreme Court justice) who represented an indigent charged with selling drugs. The law called for a 10-year sentence, but prosecutors offered two years as part of a plea bargain. But then the judge weighed in and advised the defendant if he went to trial and lost, the sentence would be 20 years.As the judge explained, “He takes some of my time [in the trial] and I take some of his. That’s the way it works,’” Alschuler said. “I think that is the way it works in the American criminal justice system.. . . A choice between a guilty plea and trial affects his sentence more than his prior criminal record.”The rationale adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brady v. U.S. in 1970 also gives pause, he said.The court said it was okay to offer a lesser penalty in a plea because the state saved resources by not having a trial. That leaves the impression, he noted, that “The defendant should be penalized for standing trial, but he should be rewarded for saving the court time.”Alschuler said that can lead to interesting speculations. For example, if the defendant offers to pay all the trial costs, and maybe a little profit besides, should he or she then qualify for a lighter sentence?If that seems farfetched, he noted a case in Ft. Lauderdale where two defendants, facing charges for trying to buy a large amount of marijuana, were given probation after they agreed to pay $260,000 to the police department.When boxer Mike Tyson faced criminal charges, Donald Trump proposed instead of sending him to jail, allowing him to box and sharing his purses with his victims. However, Alschuler said, the New Jersey Attorney General, where that case was pending, announced that justice was not for sale.Not all reasons for plea bargaining are economic. Judges want to move cases, prosecutors seek a high conviction rate, public defenders desire relief from crushing caseloads, and private defense counsel may have an economic incentive if their fee is the same whether the defendant pleads or goes to trial. And another weakness is “people don’t want to talk about plea bargaining and how it affects people who would be exonerated at trial,” Alschuler said.His solution is not to devote more resources to the criminal justice system, but to make the complex trial system simpler so more trials can be held.Martin Heumann, chair of the Rutgers University Political Science Department, disputed Alschuler’s contentions.“First and foremost, plea bargaining is not a function of case pressure. This is a huge myth that continues to bedevil analyses,” he said. If courts had unlimited resources to hold trials, 70 to 80 percent of all cases would still end up with pleas, he said.Nor is it clear that plea bargaining means an easier sentence for defendants.“It’s not necessarily so that there is a penalty for trial. The data is not clear,” Heumann said. “Cases are different that go to trial than those that plea.”Many programs aimed as circumventing plea bargains wind up having the functional equivalent of pleas, he said. Heumann also downplayed criticisms that defendants see plea bargaining as unfair.Studies, he said, suggest inmates view it as a game. “If you study defendants’ perceptions, most of them want to plea,” he added. “While there’s much rhetoric about being railroaded into a plea, they don’t want to try again.”Other observations, he said, include that plea practices vary greatly around the country and that sentencing guidelines and other changes have switched discretion from judges to prosecutors, who can determine sentence severity by how they charge a case.But plea bargaining remains an essential part of the system and essential to handling the huge crush of cases. Heumann quoted one prosecutor who was criticized for plea bargaining as saying “that’s like accusing me of sleeping with my wife.”Miami attorney Scott Fingerhut presented facts and background on plea bargaining, noting it has been around for hundreds of years. After all, he noted, the English offered Joan of Arc a deal: Recant that she heard God command her to lead the French and they would not burn her at the stake.How common is plea bargaining? Fingerhut reported in the past two years, there have been 42,000 felony charges filed in Miami-Dade County. In the same period, there have been 330 felony trials (not counting DUI and other minor cases). There are 20 judges assigned to the felony division, he said, and if they did two trials a week, they could not begin to deal with that number of filings, without the help of plea bargaining.The justice system is far different, Fingerhut said, than when the framers drew up the Constitution. Then, jury trials were the norm and pleas were rare. Now trials are the rarity, and it’s impossible to tell how the courts are functioning by looking only at trials.“What changed was not the Bill of Rights or the Constitution. What changed were the times, how we perceive ourselves and our lives,” he said. “Over the course of time, where Europe evolved to a [judicial] inquisitorial system, America went to an adversarial model.”Plea bargaining also is providing flexibility in a system where judges are losing discretion to minimum mandatory sentencing laws and other changes.“Getting rid of plea bargaining in an environment where judges have less and less discretion is scary,” Fingerhut said.Florida law, he said, has evolved where judges have little if any participation in plea bargaining. Even if judges offer “gentle wisdom” to a defendant about a plea bargain, that can be grounds for a reversal.Mandatory sentences were a concern of some audience members, and the first question dealt with the apparent incompatibility of guidelines and plea bargains.Alschuler agreed, saying federal sentencing guidelines are the best argument he knows for plea bargaining.He also questioned the rationale, saying guidelines were intended to reduce the discretion of judges, but have had the effect of increasing the discretion of prosecutors, who have a vested interest in the case.Fingerhut noted that guidelines were begun as a way to guarantee uniformity in sentencing, but now are used as a way to increase punishment. Debating the pros and cons of plea bargaininglast_img read more

How member experience changes the digital transformation conversation

first_img continue reading » The financial services industry is rapidly evolving.How many times have you heard that? A thousand, right? Maybe more. So much that industry change is no longer a surprise to any credit union.How fast the industry is changing might be, though. After decades of relatively slow technological and business process growth, fintech innovators, the cloud and the internet of things are pushing credit unions to innovate fast if they want to stay competitive. From digital transformation to artificial intelligence and data mining, credit unions of all shapes and sizes are scrambling to keep up with trends and stay relevant. It’s an enormous challenge.Now there’s a new layer that credit unions must consider: the member experience. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more