By Donald WittkowskiLargely avoiding the controversy and objections of the past, Ocean City’s third attempt to regulate the Boardwalk performers who entertain the summer crowds sailed through on its first vote Thursday night by City Council.In another key vote, Council approved spending $650,000 to buy an abandoned former Getty gas station that has been a longtime eyesore marring the appearance of the main gateway into town. Under the plan, the old Getty property will be demolished and transformed into green space to make the Ninth Street corridor more inviting to visitors. The Getty site will be combined with land next door, formerly occupied by a shuttered BP gas station, to create a landscaped park.The city bought the old BP site last year for $475,000 and had the property cleaned up. The proposed purchase of the adjacent Getty land will allow the city to remove two blighted properties as it moves ahead with its strategy to spruce up the Ninth Street entryway.“I think it’s a step in the beautification of our gateway and creating open space,” Councilwoman Karen Bergman said.The city hopes to finalize the purchase of the Getty property by this spring and have the new park ready by the summer season. A funding ordinance to buy the site for $650,000 was introduced by a 6-0 Council vote. A public hearing and final vote on the Getty purchase is scheduled for the March 23 Council meeting.Plans call for demolishing the old Getty gas station and transforming the site into a park after the city buys it.Meanwhile, Council gave its initial approval to the latest version of an ordinance that would regulate the singers, musicians and other entertainers who perform on the Boardwalk between Memorial Day and Labor Day.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson told Council that the goal of the entertainers ordinance is to strike a balance between the rights of the performers and the Boardwalk merchants.She said the regulations would allow the city to “maintain the family-friendly and safe atmosphere” of the Boardwalk.Mayor Jay Gillian, who has lobbied for the regulations in the past year, has said they are needed for crowd control during the busy summer tourism season. He noted that the Boardwalk Merchants Association requested the ordinance to prevent large crowds from milling around the entertainers and blocking access to their stores.Responding to criticism from the public, Gillian pulled two previous versions of the entertainers ordinance for further study. The mayor stressed it was important to take as much time as needed to craft a compromise that would acceptable to both the merchants and performers.“It doesn’t matter how many times. At the end of the day, it’s all about getting it right,” Gillian said in an interview after the Council meeting.Mayor Jay Gillian, center, had pulled two previous versions of the Boardwalk entertainers ordinance to give the city more time to study the issue.Voting 6-0, Council introduced the entertainers ordinance. A public hearing and final vote are scheduled March 23.Council members indicated that the regulations have been discussed at length over the past year in an attempt to reach a compromise.In comments echoed by other members of the governing body, Councilman Antwan McClellan said both sides had found “common ground.”Councilman Michael DeVlieger said the performers and merchants had ample opportunity to express their opinions about the regulations.“There couldn’t be an ordinance that was more open to the public than this one,” DeVlieger said.One of the harshest critics who had objected to the proposed regulations in the past year embraced the latest version of the ordinance on Thursday.“I think it’s awesome, and everything is great,” Andrew Leonetti, a 16-year-old Ocean City High School sophomore, said in public remarks to Council.Leonetti, who plays drums in a Boardwalk band, had repeatedly appeared before Council in the past to lobby against any regulations. Based on criticism by Leonetti and one of his bandmates last year, the mayor yanked the original version of the ordinance.Leonetti and other performers had complained that the proposed licensing fees were too expensive. They also voiced fears that the regulations would infringe on their constitutional right to free expression. But Leonetti said Thursday he had read the latest version of the ordinance “countless times” and believes it will work.Former opponent Andrew Leonetti, a Boardwalk performer, calls the new version of the entertainers ordinance “awesome.”Nancy Neary, an Ocean City resident whose 14-year-old son, John, plays the violin on the Boardwalk, said the new version of the ordinance represents an improvement over previous proposals.“Versus what we had last year, I think we’re going in the right direction,” Neary said in an interview.The latest version drops a fingerprinting requirement that had drawn the strongest objections from the public during previous City Council discussions. Critics had felt it was heavy-handed.Gillian initially proposed having adult-age performers submit to fingerprinting and background checks to confirm they did not have a serious criminal history. He agreed to withdraw the fingerprinting requirement after his administration discussed the measure with representatives of the entertainers and the Boardwalk merchants.The ordinance would require performers to pay $50 for a license. However, they could be denied a license if they have a criminal history of “dishonesty” or have been convicted of a fourth-degree crime or higher.Jim Tweed, the president of the local government watchdog group Fairness in Taxes, criticized the ordinance’s proposed maximum penalty – a $2,000 fine for violations – as too harsh. He said that would be equivalent to the penalty for “lying to the IRS.”“Do you really want to put a kid playing a guitar on the Boardwalk in that serious of a category?” Tweed asked Council.In response, McCrosson, the city solicitor, told Tweed it is doubtful a judge would impose the maximum $2,000 fine for anything but the most blatant of violations.Under the ordinance, performers would be allowed on the ocean side of the Boardwalk at Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th streets. They could also perform at the Boardwalk’s oceanfront pavilions between Fifth and 14th streets. In addition, they would be allowed on the ocean side of the Boardwalk between Fifth and Sixth streets.They would be permitted to perform on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The hours would be between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. each of those nights except for Sunday, which would be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Gillian explained that the performers would not be allowed on the Boardwalk on Tuesday and Thursday to avoid conflicts with the professional entertainment on those nights arranged by the merchants. Council approved key measures to regulate Boardwalk performers and to buy and clean up a blighted site.
Dear Friends, As we approach the holiday weekend, I want to remind you all that the city’s 2018-19 bayside dredging program is underway and there is a lot of equipment on the water in the back bay. Boaters should be advised that the hydraulic dredge contractor is installing pipeline from the Carnival/Venetian Bayou areas near 17th Street south to the disposal facility on the marshes near Roosevelt Boulevard. Please use caution when operating near this equipment. The city contracts should be complete in November or December, and contractors can then switch over to work for private slip owners as time and conditions allow. Homeowners who wish to make arrangements to have their slips dredged are advised to contact Trident Marine (609-703-7466) and/or Southwind Construction (812-867-7220). Additionally, owners can reach out to ACT Engineers at [email protected] to be placed on a list or have general questions answered. Road and drainage projects continue throughout town, and after Columbus Day, a New Jersey American Water contractor will begin work to upgrade infrastructure underneath Bay Avenue from Second Street to Sixth Street. This work must be completed before our north end drainage project contractor can begin its own work on Bay Avenue. The projects will require several weeks of detours along that stretch of Bay Avenue. I ask you all to be prepared to seek alternate routes. The entire project continues to make great progress.It looks like we’re going to have good weather for our Fall Block Party 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 6) on Asbury Avenue. All parking in town (meters and municipal lots) is now free. I encourage everybody to come down to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer this weekend .We’re also holding our semi-annual paper-shredding and household cleanup day 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Shelter Road Recycling Center. I hope you all have a great holiday weekend.Warm regards, Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian
Cake craft supplier Food Innovations Baking Group has been acquired by global investment firm Ardenton.The firm has taken a majority stake in the business, which comprises Doric Cake Crafts, Doric Crimped, Doric FPD and Food Innovations.Founded in 2004, Food Innovations has 250 employees across five sites and reports revenues of more than £34m. It supplies decorations, cake boards and packaging products for the home baking and retail market.Peter and Robert Ward, who co-founded the Manchester-based business, are to leave the group, but will retain ownership of paper and board supplier Doric Anderton.Ardenton said it would work closely with the management team, which comprises group finance director Bruce Murray, group operations director Simon Woodhouse, and sales and commercial director Robert Brace.“Food Innovations is an impressive business that is really innovating within its sector,” said Ardenton UK director Michael Bradbury. “Over the last few years, the company has delivered strong organic growth, while successfully integrating complementary acquisitions, and we confidently back the management team to push the business through its next phase of growth.”He added that further investment in new product development would be a key part of the strategy.Robert Brace said Ardenton shared the group’s vision for the expansion.“Their company ethos and personal approach made them the ideal choice,” he explained. ”We are confident their wealth of experience and ambition match our own. The partnership with Ardenton will enable the company to pursue new opportunities for innovation, acquisition and growth.”
RANGELEY – Rangeley Lakes Regional School students will participate in remote learning Thursday and Friday this week, after individuals associated with the school were found to be in close contact with people that had tested positive for COVID-19.In a letter posted to the Regional School Unit 78’s Facebook page, school staff indicated that the decision to run a fully-remote program Thursday and Friday, as well as suspending all extracurricular events until Monday, Nov. 9, had been made out of an abundance of caution. Earlier this week, Mt. Blue High School also went to two days of remote-only learning, after reporting a second positive test on Monday. Students returned to the school Wednesday.Maine Center for Disease Control reported the 149th and 150th COVID-19-related deaths in the state Wednesday, including a woman in her 80s that lived in Franklin County. The state also reported four new Franklin County cases and a total of 151 new cases statewide Wednesday, including 36 hospitalized individuals, 12 of which are in the ICU. Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah noted that was up from 31 hospitalizations yesterday, and up from seven patients two weeks ago. The hospitalization rate was 2.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 Mainers, Shah said, with the national average currently sitting at roughly 14 per 100,000.Franklin Community Health Network President Trampas Hutches said in an update released Wednesday that FCHN had nine cases of COVID-19 among its staff, up from the four cases reported late last week. The affected employees were now in isolation, Hutches said. He went on to urge the wearing of masks in indoor settings and to be cautious about holding gatherings with friends and extended family.Signs and symptoms of the respiratory illness include fever, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue and shortness of breath, among others. Public health officials have advised wearing face coverings, avoiding touching the eyes and face and practicing good hand hygiene.
[Photo: Andrew Rios] Dead & Company returned to Folsom Field at the University of Colorado – Boulder last night for the second and final night of their Colorado run. Coming off of Friday’s performance, the Grateful Dead spin-off was primed and ready for the performance, setting the bar high for the rest of the tour. With the act being relatively young (despite its veteraned members across the board), last night saw the group truly dialed into one another, hitting their groove, and putting on an electric show. Particularly in contrast to Friday night’s first set, throughout both sets last night, Dead & Company savored building through to other songs, highlighted by the patient transitions across their well-crafted setlist, which easily juggled their alternatingly jubilant and soulful numbers.Dead & Company Debuts “Dancin’ In The Streets” To Kick Off Boulder Run [Full Audio/Photos]With a non-stop five-song sequence opening the first set, from the get-go, Dead & Company came ready to play. An energized “Truckin’” marked the start of the set, eliciting triumphant hoots and hollers from across the crowd as their initially sparse introduction made way for a gorgeous guitar-led start to the song. For Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning” and “Spoonful” (the latter originally written by Willie Dixon), the group easily settled in the songs’ bluesy grooves. Both numbers were carried by Oteil Burbridge’s expert handling of the prominent bass lines and Bob Weir’s impassioned vocals and further augmented by the interplay between Jeff Chimenti’s shimmering work on the baby grand and John Mayer’s slinky guitar licks. A tight and direct transition saw Dead & Company then drop into the crowd-pleasing number “Bertha,” featuring more playful vocal harmonizing by Mayer and Weir to ring in the end of the number. From there, the group dived into an easy-going “Ramble on Rose” to close out the sequence, again highlighting Chimenti’s penchant for playing the blues.Truckin’Bobby, Oteil, and John shifted over to acoustics for “Friend of the Devil,” which was a true treat during the first set. With Weir’s stylized rhythm work twining through Mayer’s lead at the center of the song, the acoustic number was a breath of fresh air before the darker, smooth, and mournful “Loser,” again highlighting the chemistry between Mayer and Chimenti as they passed the lead between one another. “Brown Eyed Women,” sung by Mayer, brought the energy up as the group moved toward the final stretch of the first set, finally ending with a triumphant “Turn On Your Lovelight” ahead of set break.For set two, again, Dead & Company started things off with a jam-oriented sequence, this time seeing the classic combination of “Help on the Way,” “Slipknot,” and “Franklin’s Tower” strung together. Shifting away from the blues-centric first set, the second set was focused on breaking out potent Grateful Dead powerhouses, with the first three numbers making for a transcendent start of the set. Giving the people what they want, again, Dead & Co let Oteil sing, with the bassist lending his dazzling voice once again for the mournful “China Doll” and gaining a huge response from the crowd. From there, the group moved into a serene “Dark Star,” made all the more tranquil by the patient and deliberate jamming during its introduction and Chimenti’s trickling ornamentation on the keys threading through the song and Mayer’s loose yet methodical guitar work.Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower“Dark Star” tapered off into the drums portion of the second set, which started with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart leading in their tribal segment in unison. Contrasted with the particularly cacophonous “Drums” on Friday, Saturday’s drum portion was heavy and purposeful, and the depth and the weight of the percussion was intensified by the addition of Oteil, who came out and joined in. As “Drums” moved into “Space,” the heaviness of the segment before it carried over, with its bottom-heavy, ambient tone setting the mood for the first half of the number before Mayer’s atmospheric guitar came in and led the group in crawling toward “Stella Blue,” harkened in by Chimenti’s lyrical keys.“Stella Blue” was an emotional affair, only highlighted by Bob Weir’s heart-wrenching vocals. It was a sublime moment, and across the musicians on stage, they all seemed tapped into the song’s power, crafting a gorgeous rendition of the song as the second set came to a close. To close out their final night at Folsom Field and still glowing from the climatic end to “Stella Blue,” the group moved freely into the ending sequence of “China > Rider.” Given the location, “I Know You Rider” has a special place in Colorado residents’ hearts, with the lines “I’d shine my light through cool Colorado rain” always eliciting a huge response from the crowd. The upbeat end to the second set with the seamless “China Cat Sunflower” through to “I Know You Rider” was a celebratory end to the run, particularly when considering that the well-loved combo rarely sees itself positioned as the final numbers of the second set, traditionally falling in the first set or used as a second-set opener. To truly end the night, the group appropriately returned with a spirited, easy-flowing “One More Saturday Night,” propelled by Chimenti rippin’ through the song on the keys.You can listen to the audio from last night’s show, courtesy of Bennett Schwartz.Setlist: Dead & Company | Folsom Field | Boulder, CO | 6/11/2017Set One: Truckin’ > Smokestack Lightning > Spoonful > Bertha > Ramble on Rose, Friend of the Devil, Loser, Brown Eyed Women, Turn On Your LovelightSet Two: Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower, China Doll, Dark Star > Drums > Space > Stella Blue > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You RiderEncore: One More Saturday Night
The Mike Dillon Trio concluded their short road run with moe.‘s Jim Loughlin with a wild display of percussion power at Atlanta’s Aisle 5 on Monday night. Dillon and Loughlin clearly have bonded over their love of the various marimba and mallet kat-based melodies, exhorting in the joy the instruments add to their respective repertoires. While Loughlin is far newer to the pursuit, both tirelessly work to improve their skills and when they get a chance to work together—even if only for a song or two—the music they make is always a mixture of mayhem and magic.Watch George Porter Jr., Skerik, And Mike Dillon Explore Far Reaches Of Funk At Brooklyn Comes AliveNone of this is to say that Mike Dillon isn’t a force of nature on his own. As a musician, Mike Dillon a trusted brand name. Whether as a solo act; leader of a trio or “how many people will your stage hold” arrangements; or collaborator, you know he is going to shine. Thanks to his impeccable mixture of technique, melodic vision, and passion, each show he plays is slightly better than his last, which is truly saying something given the high caliber of musicianship he brings to the table.That said, when an artist has mastery over as many instruments and styles as Dillon, the question is always, What elements is he bringing out tonight? The latest version of the Mike Dillon Trio has seen him flanked by bassist Nathan “Nate” Lambertson and drummer Brendan Bull, with Dillon taking the role of main melody maker plus some help from the multi-instrumentalist Lambertson.moe. And Turkuaz Invite Mike Dillon To Finish Out Spectacular Joint NOLA Run [Photos/Videos]Loughlin’s last-minute addition to the lineup was a product of the soon-ending moe. hiatus, which allowed moe. bassist Robert Derhak to successfully fight off cancer. With no rehearsal time and Dillon already being on the road, the show saw on-the-fly tutorials for Loughlin literally during the show. In the clips below, you can hear Dillon shouting keys and notes at Loughlin over the crash and din of the music. The result is like everything Dillon ever does—loose, electrifying and almost impossible to categorize.Check out special moments from Mike Dillon Trio and moe.’s Jim Loughlin’s collaborative show in Atlanta below. Enjoy!“Opener”“Song 2”“Song 4”“Song 5” “Closer”
View Comments Another twist in the notoriously troubled tale of the stage adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. The New York Times reports that Marc Thibodeau, the musical’s former publicist, hit a number of stumbling blocks at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan on May 13.Using fake names, Thibodeau sent a potential investor and his lawyers warning emails, saying that the tuner’s producers had been deceived by a fraud scheme. The investor subsequently decided not to contribute $2.25 million to the show, so the producers, Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, sued Thibodeau. Justice Jeffrey K. Oing ruled on Tuesday that Thibodeau was in breach of contract and a jury will now decide how much in damages the producers will receive. Thibodeau’s motions to dismiss claims for defamation and tortious interference were also denied and will go to trial.“My actions were those of a classic whistle-blower, except that I wish I had had the courage to come forward with what I had discovered, and not hide behind anonymity,” Thibodeau responded in a statement.Financier Mark Hotton was convicted in October 2014 to almost three years in jail on two counts of wire fraud. Hotton had persuaded the Rebecca producers that he was coming up with $4.5 million in funding from investors, who transpired not to exist.Rebecca is still reportedly Broadway-aimed.
Clips of the Week: Checkin’ off the BRO Ultimate 100 features people getting out and taking advantage of all the incredible activity along the Blue Ridge Mountains. From kayaking down the Russell Fork Gorge to skiing in the summer at Snowflex, these clips will remind you of why it’s so great to live where we do. If you need a refresher on the Ultimate 100 list, check it out here. Got plans to knock one of these out this weekend? Snap a photo and tag your adventure with #BROUltimate100 on Instagram and we’ll send you some BRO shwag. Ready, set, go!Kayaking the Russell Fork Gorge.Tearing up Cupp Run at Snowshoe.Some guys on a Creature Craft surfing Jaws at Nolichucky River. Yes, it’s an inflatable creature, going down a class III-IV river. Epic.Kellan Baker shredding at Snowflex with no snow!
By Dialogo July 09, 2009 Medellín (Colombia), July 8 (EFE).- The Mothers of La Candelaria marched silently through the streets of the Colombian city of Medellín today, as they do each Wednesday for the last decade, following in the footsteps of the Argentine Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo so that their disappeared loved ones will also not be forgotten. This movement, which brings together 1,775 families, arose at the end of 1998 in protest against the kidnapping of police and military personnel in the department of Antioquia, but mothers and other relatives of disappeared civilians joined a year later. Thus, since March 17, 1999, the mothers and all those who want to join them gather each Wednesday in the atrium of La Candelaria Church in Medellín, the most violent city in Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s. The legal representative of the Mothers of La Candelaria, Amparo Mejía, explained to EFE that the majority of the members of the group are relatives of individuals who disappeared in the hands of the now-dissolved paramilitary organization United Self-Defense Groups of Colombia (AUC), which demobilized more than 31,000 fighters between 2003 and 2006, following a peace agreement with the government. But there are also families whose loved ones were taken by guerillas, and others whose children or siblings were victims of state terrorism, of the so-called “false positives,” as extrajudicial executions carried out by members of the security forces are known in Colombia. Mejía’s “foster brother” was seized in 1997 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during a mass kidnapping of members of the military and police in Antioquia. This “brother” was freed in 2000 thanks to the humanitarian agreement negotiated between the FARC and then-president Andrés Pastrana, but three other members of Mejía’s family are still disappeared, and her father “was killed by the paramilitaries.” Amparo Cano, another of the Mothers of La Candelaria, has an equally devastating story: her husband disappeared on October 26, 2002 in a location known as San Agustín, where he had gone to look for wood. Cano is sure that the paramilitaries took both him and her stepson, who disappeared some time later, as she told EFE. Since then, she lives “in complete darkness,” because she has had no news of them, and in addition, had to move with her family to Medellín after receiving threats. Marta García’s son vanished in 2004, and three days after his disappearance a neighbor received an anonymous telephone call from a woman who told her that the paramilitaries had taken him. For her part, Doralina Carvajal delayed reporting the disappearance of her mother and a brother in the town of Bello on August 18, 2000, because she was afraid of becoming the victim of reprisals, but she told EFE that now she is no longer afraid. Her mother was literally taken from her home by a “Metro” block armed group from the AUC and her brother was grabbed in the street, Carvajal recalled. The experience of Alejandra Balvín, Amparo Cano’s daughter, is no less tragic. “My dad disappeared when I was thirteen. It was very hard; I became rebellious,” she confessed to EFE. Alejandra is now twenty years old and coordinates the movement of Sons and Daughters of the Mothers of La Candelaria, including nearly eight hundred children and adolescents who have lost one of their parents. According to Balvín, children “become emotionally troubled” as the result of a disappearance, as happened to her, and some even end up having to work in order to support their families economically. The young woman told the story of a boy who said to her that he wanted “to be a guerrilla in order to kill” those who took his father. In order to try to correct this kind of behavior, the movement of the Sons and Daughters of La Candelaria holds victim-assistance workshops with the support of the Medellín mayor’s office. Some of the Mothers of La Candelaria have also taken training courses with the aim of confronting the moment when they receive their loved ones’ remains after the Public Prosecutor’s Office authorizes the excavation of a gravesite, work which, according to Amparo Mejía, has been paralyzed by lack of resources. Since the Mothers began their struggle, the remains of twenty-five of their disappeared loved ones have been recovered. In order to find the others, the only recourse they have left is to hope that the dozens of detained and jailed former paramilitaries will provide information. The problem, as Mejía indicates, is that some of these former paramilitaries were extradited to the United States by Álvaro Uribe’s administration on drug-trafficking charges, before they could confess where they buried their victims.
Bolivia will both seek assistance from and offer assistance to the United States in the investigation of a gang of traffickers led by a former director of the Bolivian anti-drug effort and former police intelligence chief, detained in Panama and extradited to the United States, an official source said on 1 March. “It’s worth cross-referencing information to verify the data; we’re going to exhaust all possibilities via the judicial route, via the diplomatic route,” Vice Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres, the chief political figure responsible for the fight against drugs, indicated at a press conference. The minister affirmed that he will exhaust all efforts to clarify the situation of René Sanabria, a retired general and up to now the director of an intelligence office, who is a “leader of this network of police officers (engaged in trafficking) on an international scale.” Sanabria was detained the last week of February in Panama and subsequently extradited by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to the United States, where a judge in Miami issued an international arrest warrant for the Bolivian police officer in December, on charges of selling drugs, and subsequently issued an indictment. Cáceres specified that as part of an information exchange, information just recently arrived at the Interior Ministry from the United States linking the former anti-narcotics head – in President Evo Morales’s current administration – with sales of cocaine, as well as the international arrest warrant. Right before his arrest, General Sanabria led an “intelligence and counterintelligence” unit in the fight against drug trafficking: the Intelligence and Information Generation Center (CIGEIN), dismantled following the police chief’s detention. Bolivia expelled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency at the end of 2008, accusing the agency of supporting a supposed right-wing plot against President Morales, although the White House denied the allegations. By Dialogo March 03, 2011