Mail-in Ballots For Municipal Election on the Way

first_imgShown in 2020 with City Clerk Melissa Rasner, Councilman Tom Rotondi holds a Zoom meeting for his Second Ward constituents. By MADDY VITALEOcean City voters will have an election like no other.And like the other stay-at-home orders for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no going to the polls.Instead, residents will be able to fill out mail-in ballots from home.The Cape May County Clerk’s Office is mailing all registered voters the forms by the end of April for the May 12 municipal election.“Every Ocean City voter will get a mail-in ballot with the address on file,” Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti said Wednesday. “Every voter was notified by the Ocean City clerk (Melissa Rasner) that the election would be by mail-in ballots.”With an unprecedented pandemic and an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy with closures and restrictions in place for everyone’s safety, it is just something that is the “new normal,” Fulginiti said.But she emphasized that like people who normally vote by mail in other elections, this is similar and every vote counts.While there are three uncontested races in Ocean City’s four wards, there is a contested race for the Third Ward seat. Incumbent Third Ward Councilman Tony Wilson is running against Boardwalk businessman Jody Levchuk.Running unopposed are incumbents First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger and Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr and newcomer Tom Rotondi, who is running for the Second Ward seat vacated in January by Councilman Antwan McClellan, who was elected to the state Assembly.Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti says mail-in ballots will be sent out to registered Ocean City voters by the end of April. (Photo courtesy Rita Marie Fulginiti’s Facebook page)This is certainly not the first election where mail-in ballots were utilized in recent years.When Hurricane Sandy hit the coast in October of 2012, Fulginiti said it impacted how voting was done for the General Election.“There were executive orders in place then, for certain requirements,” she said. “But nothing like this.”Fulginiti explained how the mail-in process works.“When a voter gets a mail-in ballot, they should vote and put it in the mail. That is the method for returning the ballot,” she noted. “They need to be mailed and postmarked May 12 or before. I encourage people to do it sooner than that.”She said registered voters will receive a second card in the mail stating that the mail-in ballots were mailed and are on the way to their homes.“All of the materials have been printed and now they are being delivered to the mail house,” Fulginiti added. “They are not going out yet. It may be by next week, but we have until April 24 to mail them.”When the voting closes at 8 p.m. on May 12, the votes will be counted and unofficial totals will be available, Fulginiti said.The official vote totals will be announced on or around May 14. The law allows for an additional two days from the election day to receive the mail-in ballots.“When everything is in, counted and audited then the totals will be official,” Fulginiti said.Here is a link to the mail in ballots: who do not get a mail-in ballot in the mail by the end of April are asked to call the Cape May County Clerk’s Office at 609-465-1013.Ocean City Municipal Election: May 12 To cast your ballot: Look for the official ballot in your regular mail (this will NOT be a sample ballot). Complete the ballot and return (postage is pre-paid). Ballots must be postmarked by May 12.To register to vote or update your mailing address: Visit to print forms that must be returned (postage pre-paid) by April 21.To request a vote by mail ballot: If you are living away from your permanent address, you can have a ballot mailed to your temporary address. Visit to print forms that can be returned up to seven days prior to the election.last_img read more

Festive season prompts bakery donations

first_imgA raft of baked goods are to be donated to charities for the homeless, as the festive season puts people in a giving mood. Craft bakery Hobbs House has teamed up with FareShare, a national charity based in Bristol, which tackles the issues of food and waste poverty, so that its unsold loaves go towards the cause.“Until we find an accurate way of knowing how many loaves we will sell every day, we are honoured to play a titchy part in sharing the blessing of real bread with people that need it,” commented Tom Herbert, baker and director at Hobbs House.Snooker star Ding Junhui, who won the Pukka Pies UK Championship, has said he will donate part of his prize of 69 kilos of Pukka Pies – that’s 267 pies – to Sheffield voluntary group, Homeless and Rootless (HARC), which helps homeless people over the festive period.Also donating food to the homeless this Christmas is The Really Welsh Trading Company and ingredients specialist Beacon Foods. They have teamed up to provide 900 ready meals to South Wales charity Llamau.last_img read more

New sponsor for British Pie Awards

first_imgBorough Market’s Roast restaurant in London has been announced as a sponsor for the British Pie Awards 2016.As part of its sponsorship, the restaurant, known for its British dishes, will add the winning pie to the menu at Roast.The latest of more than 20 sponsors to support the event, Roast will join industry organisations such as Quality Meat Scotland and the Vegetarian Society, as well as national producers and suppliers, including flour specialist Heygates and Brook Food Processing Equipment.Stuart Cauldwell, head chef at Roast and British Pie Award judge, said: “Working with the British Pie Awards is such a perfect-fit for us, as the event celebrates one of Britain’s most traditional and popular dishes. I’m looking forward to finding a pie suitable for our menu, whether that be hot, cold, sweet or savoury.”The pies are judged by more than 100 pie aficionados, from TV chefs and food critics to food writers and enthusiasts, including Charles Campion, Andy Bates, Rachel Green and Neil Davey.There are 20 classes for pie producers to enter, including this year’s Speciality Class, where entrants must bake a “pie fit for her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday”.The pie awards take place from 9-11 March, during British Pie Week, which runs from 9-13 March. The closing date for entries is 22 February.last_img read more

SNA hosts dinner to help sick children, families

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Student Nursing Association (SNA) took a break from studying for finals on Wednesday evening to spread some holiday cheer to local families. SNA sponsored a dinner for the families of children with demanding medical needs who are currently receiving respite care.  Senior nursing major and SNA cabinet member Julia Humphrey said these families devote themselves entirely to taking care of their children.   “The parents of these children are incredibly selfless,” she said. “They lovingly give to their children mentally, emotionally and financially. Because of our close connection with and understanding of these families, SNA knew that our Christmas sponsorship would be fun for them.” In addition to dinner, the families decorated Christmas cookies, made ornaments and received a visit from Santa.  Humphrey said she felt the impact of SNA’s efforts to plan the dinner before the first course had even been served.  When she called the families to formally invite them to Saint Mary’s for the evening, Humphrey said the families became choked up from the gratitude they felt toward SNA and Saint Mary’s.  Humphrey said the experience reaffirmed her choice to major in nursing. “Being in the nursing field, we must ask ourselves daily, ‘What is one thing I can do to lighten the load of another,’” she said. “We have been able to apply this same notion to creating this party.” SNA and Saint Mary’s nursing classes worked all semester to plan the event and to ensure every detail was accounted for, Humphrey said.  “The nursing class has been absolutely incredible, donating their time, money and effort to this cause,” she said. “The party would not have come together if it had not been for the hard work of each individual.”last_img read more

ND welcomes foreign faculty

first_imgMembers of the Class of 2016 boast a high percentage of international hometowns – as does the collection of new Notre Dame faculty members arriving this fall. The School of Architecture will welcome visiting professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez. A practicing Cuban architect, as well as the first and only Cuban Harvard University Loeb Fellow, Perez will teach a fifth-year studio section on the city of Havana, according to the School of Architecture’s Dean’s Office. “He is the author of a master plan for 21st-century Havana,” architecture professor Jorge Trelles said. Hernandez’s is the author of “Inside Havana” and “Inside Cuba,” and is currently writing a book titled “The Magic Landscapes and Urban Design of Havana.” Anjan Chakravartty will join the University’s faculty from the University of Toronto, where he was director of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. “My interests intersect beautifully with the work of my colleagues in the philosophy department – with its celebrated strength in metaphysics – and with the broad expertise of my colleagues in the History and Philosophy of Science graduate program in the [John J.] Reilly Center,” Chakravartty stated in a press release. Chakravartty will assume the role of professor in the Department of Philosophy and the John J. Reilly Center this fall. He also recently became editor of the philosophy and science journal, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. The Mendoza College of Business is adding 15 new faculty members this fall, including finance professor Martijn Cremers, a native of the Netherlands. Cremers taught at the Yale School of Management for 10 years. He has frequently been recognized for his academic accomplishments, with his most recent awards including Inquire Europe Research Grants in 2012 and 2010. Interdisciplinary artist Carmen-Helena Tellez, a native of Venezuela, joins the Department of Music in the College of Arts and Letters. “Carmen-Helena is a renowned specialist in 20th- and 21st-century choral orchestral sacred repertory, a major growth area for Notre Dame’s new program in sacred music,” Margot Fassler, co-director of the Master of Sacred Music program, stated in a press release. Tellez also serves as artistic co-director of Aguava New Music Studio, a group of artists with which she has recorded and toured internationally. In addition to the array of new international faculty members, a few familiar faces are returning to teach at Notre Dame. Lee Gettler, a member of the Class of 2005, is a biological anthropologist who attracted the University’s attention with his research on the connection between fatherhood and changes in testosterone. “[His work] promises to enliven the fields of biological anthropology, human reproductive ecology, and fatherhood,” Susan Blum, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, stated in an Arts and Letters press release. Gettler will begin teaching this fall as an assistant research professor. He credited professors Meredith Chesson and Agustin Fuentes with influencing his decision to become an anthropology major, and Professor James McKenna for giving him his first job in a lab. “Without that year I spent at Notre Dame working in Jim’s lab and having many, many members of the department provide me encouragement, I likely would not be pursuing my Ph.D. at this time,” Gettler stated in the press release. Gettler stated he has embraced the “four-field” approach to anthropology he learned at Notre Dame. “He is at the forefront of a new way of understanding the connection between human biology and behavior,” Blum stated. “It is a special treat to have him, and we are honored by his decision to join our department.” Walter Clements, a South Bend native, will join the Mendoza College of Business’s Department of Finance this fall. He will serve as a full professional specialist while maintaining his position as managing partner at Orion Consulting Group. Clements began teaching two years ago at Indiana University, where the Executive MBA Class of 2012 honored him with the 2012 Leo Burke Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. The College of Science is adding 12 new faculty members to their ranks, some of who specialize in breast cancer research. “We made three cancer [research] hires, which is a big deal for us,” said Nicolle Hayley, executive administrator for the College of Science’s Dean’s Office. Laurie Littlepage, Jenifer R. Prosperi and Siyuan Zhang will join the faculty as assistant professors in the college this fall. “Littlepage, Prosperi and Zhang examine tumor progression, metastasis and chemoresistance during breast cancer progression,” the College stated in a press release. The release stated these new faculty members will advance breast cancer research at the Harper Cancer Research Institute with the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend. In the College of Engineering, senior administrative assistant Judith Liudahl said the faculty has not made any significant hires, because the College welcomed so many new professors in 2011. “We will be having some exciting additions in 2013,” she said.last_img read more

* Freeze Advisory *

first_imgUnseasonable cold weather has returned to Georgia. Temperatures across most of the state will be near or below freezing Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Peaches and other blooming crops are of particular concern.Wednesday morning is expected to be the coldest, withtemperatures in the 20s across most of the state. The big forecast problem is how long the wind will last Tuesday night. If the wind continues through Wednesday morning, then significant damage may be averted. If the wind dies Tuesdaynight, temperatures could fall well into the 20s and there couldbe significant damage to Georgia’s peach crop.Forecasters will have a better idea of what to expect Wednesday morning by late Tuesday. Check your National Weather Service forecast for local conditions and advisories.Unseasonable warm weather has encouraged many plants to bloomseven to 14 days early. Early development has put these plants at risk of freeze damage. Producers and home gardeners may need to take precautions to protect plants Tuesday and especially Wednesday mornings.last_img read more

Chad looking to build 200MW solar project near capital of N’djamena

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Representatives of Argentina-based Alcaal Group visited Chad at the beginning of August to discuss the prospects for investing in the country’s agribusiness and renewable energies, Idriss Déby, the Central African country’s president, announced on social media networks.Two days later, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the minister of finance and budget, the minister of energy and the company. The agreement concerns feasibility studies for the construction, operation and maintenance of a photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of up to 200 MW with storage on the outskirts of N’djamena, the capital of Chad.In early July, the United Nations Development Program launched the “Sun Health” project in the country, which suffers from a lack of a reliable source of energy – only 6.4% of the Chadian population has access to reliable electricity. Funded to the tune of more than $3 million, the initiative aims to install solar panels in 150 health centers in the country.Chad had an installed solar capacity of 1 MW at the end of 2019, according to figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The US Agency for International Development estimates the landlocked country has only 125 MW of total power generation capacity, the bulk of which is diesel and heavy fuel oil which mainly serves N’Djamena.[Catherine Rollet]More: Chad considers construction of 200 MW solar-plus-storage plant Chad looking to build 200MW solar project near capital of N’djamenalast_img read more

Ski and Snowboard Gear Trends 2009, Part I

first_img Women’s Burton Sapphire Boot Women’s Burton Sapphire Boot Women’s Burton Sapphire Bootcenter_img Winter is upon us, and with it ski areas across the country are cranking on the lifts. Here are four trends and a handful of corresponding new products — from high-tech skis to a snowboarding boot with a built-in heater — that you’ll see on the slopes this season. Cold No LongerBattery-powered heat radiating from embedded conductors is a theme this year from boot, jacket and glove manufacturers. The women’s Burton Sapphire snowboarding boot ($219.95, has a liner laced with heating elements powered by a clip-on power pack. Rossignol’s Hit Jacket, also for women, goes for a hefty $700 but comes with four warming panels stitched into its lining and a rechargeable battery pack that seats in a pocket. Outdoor Research’s PrimoVolta Gloves ($259, have an on/off switch to initiate warmth that spreads from the back of the hand to fingertips.The Do-All SkiSerious skiers of yore often kept a quiver of different skis ready to use as per the conditions of the day. But companies like Salomon now offer planks that tout complete versatility in any type of snow, including the Lord ($850,, an all-mountain ski with an hourglass shape and a reverse camber in the forebody to accommodate powder, crud or groomed trail. Volkl ups the ante with its do-all Tigershark 12 ft Power Switch, a $1,525 pair that employs embedded carbon-fiber rods running the length of the ski. An on/off switch compresses or decompresses the rods with springs, changing the skis’ grip and power on snow.Fashion ForwardSurfing, skateboarding and lifestyle footwear and clothing brands including Roxy, DC Shoes and Quicksilver are making inroads to the ski and snowboarding scenes. The men’s Quicksilver Last Mission Jacket ($200,, one example, is a fashion-forward waterproof and breathable shell with touches like a multi-media controller and an inside pocket with a headphone port.Freestyle ResurgenceFile this under “irony”: Some teenagers now rebel against their snowboarding parents by becoming skiers. Freestyle skiers, that is. Indeed, the rail-sliding, halfpipe-riding discipline of freestyle skiing has taken off like no other trend in the sport. Skis like the Volkl Wall ($650, — a twin-tip model with a symmetrical sidecut for switch (backwards) riding — are representative of the planks now employed by the baggy-pants-wearing set.(Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at's Burton Sapphire BootWomen Women’s Burton Sapphire Bootlast_img read more

Navy Federal paves the payments way with Apple Pay launch, Navy Federal’s Meghan Gound explains

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When a new piece of financial services technology launches, credit unions are notorious for waiting a bit until it’s proven — and then they’re usually all in to adopt. Well, a new piece of payments technology was recently announced by a little company called Apple. Ok, I’m being slightly dry here. We all know Apple released Apple Pay and it’s made headlines ever since. So where do credit unions fit in?Well, quite prominently if you’ve read all the industry publications. In fact one credit union, Navy Federal Credit Union, recently launched the payments system a few weeks ago — and many more are on the launch pad. continue reading »last_img

5 credit union bills ignored by the Senate

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyThe House of Representatives passed five key pieces of legislation supported by credit union trade groups in 2014, but they did not make it out of the Senate before the end of session. Find out which bills credit unions will continue to advocate for during visits with elected officials in 2015.1. Reg D Study ActThe Republican-controlled House approved the Regulation D Study Act unanimously by a 422 to 0 vote on Dec. 2. The bill would require the Government Accountability Office to make recommendations to Congress on how to update the law, which limits the number of monthly electronic withdrawals from a savings account to six, to better reflect modern technology and account usage. However, the Democratic-led Senate did not bring the bill to a vote before Senators left Washington for the year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more