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A Labor of Love from Retired Red Bank ‘Soupmeister’

first_imgSt. Mark’s is always seeking donations for operating expenses and paper products. The group receives plenty of food donations, but they don’t always have the paper plates, utensils and other items to go with it. “That’s where a lot of our money ends up going,” she said. “The more people we serve, the more garbage bags we need.” KEANSBURG – Last September, Red Bank’s beloved “Soupmeister” Gary Sable, former owner of That Hot Dog Place, hung up his ladle after serving delicious soups and hot dogs in the community for many years. You might remember his small alleyway shop between White and Monmouth streets, now under new management as Soul Sandwich. A view of the dining room at St. Mark’s Center for Community Renewal (CCR) facility in Keansburg. Photo by Allison Perrine By Allison Perrine | [email protected] “I love it,” said Sable, adding he feels good while doing it. Recently, the CCR received a $110,000 Impact100 Jersey Coast to make several improvements to its facility, including renovating the kitchen, increasing programming for visitors, updating dining room features like new windows and air conditioning and establishing an outdoor patio area. This was the CCR’s first time applying for the Impact100 grant, and representatives were pleasantly surprised when they received it. According to Broderick, it’s difficult to get accepted the first time applying. Impact100 Jersey Coast is made up of women who try to raise awareness for the community’s needs and fund transformational grants for high-impact projects, it asserts. Sable has been a St. Mark’s parishioner for years and decided to take on some volunteer work after a push from Rev. Deacon Rosemarie Broderick. “Of course, everybody loves his stuff,” she said with enthusiasm. So much so that the first time he made his chili for the people of St. Mark’s he received a standing ovation. “I guess they liked the chili!” said Sable. He likes to cook at home as well when he’s not volunteering, but not breakfast. That’s his wife’s domain, he joked. “She’s a breakfast girl and I’m the dinner guy,” he said with a laugh. But money aside, the grant also opened the CCR up to different people with varying connections and backgrounds. One woman, for example, brought her husband with an engineering background to the CCR to examine the area. “It gave us access to a lot of women, especially, who are able to help us with different not-for-profit ideas,” said Broderick. “We’re all helping one another to help the people of Keansburg.” The Hazlet resident visits the CCR twice a week to cook up tasty homemade soups, chilis, shepherd’s pie and more. His new “customers” come from different backgrounds. Some are homeless, some are addicts or recovering addicts, retired persons, unemployed or underemployed workers. Others come not for food, but fellowship.  Photo by Allison Perrine “Through the blessings of what we get from the food bank, we’ve been able to serve things like coq au vin, duck l’orange, filet mignon on the grill,” said Broderick. The CCR also serves fresh fish to its visitors thanks to FulFill’s Seafood Gleaning program. It was one of the first kitchens in the area to participate in the initiative. The CCR has over 700 registered families and serves about 4,000 meals to the community every month. Breakfast and lunch meals are served daily. And twice a month the center receives 25,000 pounds of food courtesy of FulFill food bank. Just months into his retirement, Sable now offers his culinary skills as a labor of love to the Keansburg community at the Center for Community Renewal (CCR), an outreach ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 247 Carr Ave. Gary Sable, who served his soups in the Red Bank community for years, now offers his skills in the kitchen at St. Mark’s Center for Community Renewal in Keansburg. Photo by Allison Perrine St. Mark’s plans to renovate its Center for Community Renewal (CCR) facility. That includes dining room and kitchen upgrades, among other improvements. Photo by Allison Perrine For more information, visit stmarkskeansburg.org.last_img read more

Student Group Lauds National Lottery D/G

first_imgA local group, Coalition of Youth and Students for Better Liberia (COYSBEL), has lauded the Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Martin Kollie, for reforms he instituted at the entity.The group made the statement recently in Monrovia during an interactive forum.The students noted that Mr. Kollie’s administration has changed the public’s negative perception on gambling, made Liberia attractive to international betting companies, and for gaining membership in the World Lotto Union.“We are overwhelmed by the massive improvements and transformation at the entity under Mr. Kollie, and his interaction with young people, encouraging them to take positive actions for their wellbeing,’’ the group said.COYSBEL further said the NLA boss has financially contributed to less fortunate students and children, an act which has afforded them access to education.The group said Kollie’s efficient management skills have attracted wealthy international betting institutions to the country thus making the NLA one of “the best government institutions in the country.”Director Kollie’s record, according to the group, dates back to when he served as Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the National Transit Authority (NTA).President Ellen Johnson signed to law the Act that repealed the 1993 Act of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation, which created the National Lottery Authority.The Act, which was signed on December 22, 2014, compels companies operating casinos, slot machines, sports betting, raffle draws, promotional competitions or devices for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance to acquire a permit or license from the NLA.It gives the agency the exclusive power to conduct, manage, regulate, and supervise lottery services and all other games of chance in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lampard refuses to rule out possibility of extending Man City loan spell

first_img Frank Lampard 1 Frank Lampard is refusing to rule out the possibility of staying at Manchester City beyond the end of his current loan deal.The 36-year-old is due to stay at the Etihad Stadium until January 1, 2015, before joining up with City’s sister club New York City in the MLS, and there has already been talk of extending that by at least a month until the start of February.And although the former Chelsea midfield star claims he has not given the situation much thought, when asked about staying for longer, he did not dismiss the idea.He  said: “The temptation is to not get ahead of myself in my career. I am here until January 1, basically, so I will focus on that and see what happens then.“There has been a lot said about when the season starts [in the USA], but the only thing that can decide my future is how well I am playing. They will be kicking me out in January if I don’t play very well!“I am just looking game to game and trying to play as well as I can.“I have scored a few goals and I hope they can see my desire. I haven’t come here just to train and make up numbers in the squad.“People might have thought that was the case, but it’s not. I want to perform – I have always done it throughout my career, and if people see that I am giving my all the fans will get behind me.”last_img read more

Brizzly Adds Facebook – Aims to be The Blogger.com of Social Media (2000 Invites Below!)

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Brizzly in 2009 = Blogger in 2003 Brizzly shares much of the same philosophy as Blogger. It’s simple to use and aims to make microblogging easy to understand and use by a mainstream audience. This seems like a great strategy. Back in 2003, blogging was at a similar stage in its adoption as microblogging is today – passionately used by early Internet adopters, but not fully understood by a wider audience. The popular Twitter clients circa 2009 include TweetDeck, Seesmic and PeopleBrowsr. Those are great apps and no self-respecting Web geek would be caught without at least one of them. However it’s unlikely that your brother or sister, let alone Mom or Pop, is using those products. Brizzly wants to be the service that introduces your family and friends to the world of microblogging and social media.Jason Shellen, who RWW readers may also recognize as a creator of Google Reader, was at The ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit in October. Jolie O’Dell interviewed him about about filtration and discovery on the real-time web. Shellen mentioned that mainstream users probably won’t use hashtags to tag their tweets. He noted (at about the 3 minute mark in the video) that “most people are not going to do that [hashtags], so it needs to evolve into a different type of filtration.” One of Brizzly’s goals is to make hashtags and other “geeky” social media concepts simple for mainstream users to understand. Less NoiseRegular people often struggle to see the value in Twitter and other social media apps. Web app developers need to find ways to convince people that behind the noise of social media, there is tremendous value. So how does Brizzly compare to the now Facebook-owned FriendFeed, an aggregation service that early adopters love but most others think is information overload? I spoke to Jason Shellen at the RWW Summit about that. He told me that Brizzly won’t blend services together like FriendFeed. It will keep them separate (Twitter, Facebook, other services that are added over time), in order to maintain simplicity.ConclusionAll in all, we’re impressed by the vision of Brizzly and we think it has a good chance of hitting the same wide user base that Blogger.com so successfully tapped. It’s fair to say that power users will probably be a little disappointed by Brizzly – but you’re not the target audience.INVITE CODE: ReadWriteWeb readers can access the private beta of Brizzly by signing up using the code “rwwsentme” or clicking here. There are 2000 invites available. richard macmanus Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#Features#Product Reviews#Social Web#twitter#web Brizzly wants to be to microblogging what Blogger.com was to blogging five years ago. Currently, Brizzly offers a user-friendly browser-based interface for Twitter and Facebook. The Facebook integration went live today and more social media applications will be added as the product evolves. Brizzly was founded by Jason Shellen, one of the original developers of Blogger (acquired by Google in 2003). Currently Brizzly is in private beta, but ReadWriteWeb has scored 2000 invites for our readers to test it out! (see the bottom of this post for the code). Features, Including New Facebook SupportBrizzly is a self-described “social media reader.” It’s a browser-based service, like Blogger.com. Today Brizzly added Facebook as the second service it supports, after Twitter. Facebook users will be able to view and update their status, wall posts, comments and likes using Brizzly.Brizzly is similar to Twitter clients such as TweetDeck, Seesmic and PeopleBrowsr (not all of them currently support Facebook though). However power users won’t see much reason to switch, as Brizzly doesn’t have the advanced features of those products. And that’s the point.The feature set of Brizzly aims to make microblogging a simple and seamless experience for users. For example instead of having to click links to view media such as photos and videos, Brizzly puts those items inline in the user’s stream. Another example: Direct Messaging via Twitter has a UI (user interface) very similar to Instant Messaging, which many mainstream users will be familiar with. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Unlocking the High Value of Clean Energy in Low-Income Communities

first_imgAn innovation frontier“What’s exciting about this work is that energy access for low-income customers is an innovation frontier,” said Chan. Billimoria said, “Things are growing and changing as we continue on with this work, and it’s invigorating to be at the forefront of an evolving movement.” Chan added, “Low-income energy access is often thought of as lagging, or as a case for charity. This is not the case in our work. This is cutting edge.” David Labrador is an editor and writer for the Rocky Mountain Institute. This post originally appeared at RMI Outlet. Chan said that the hardest part about Leap’s work is the same thing that makes it the most exciting: the challenges of including disadvantaged households and communities in the clean energy transformation haven’t been addressed before. “If they had been,” said Chan, “we could look at the last best example and duplicate it. The solutions need to be created.” And to do that, Chan said, “Collaboration is necessary.”The essence of Leap’s work is accelerating that collaboration, and the Leap team convenes a number of events to do that. The e-Lab Leap Social Change Lab in New York brings together stakeholders from more than 45 organizations to develop and implement unique solutions for low-income energy needs in the state.The upcoming e-Lab Forge 2017 event, taking place June 13 to 15, is a boot camp for accelerating the design of innovative business models that connect low-income households in New York to clean energy benefits. And at this year’s 2017 e-Lab Accelerator, two teams serving disadvantaged and low-income customers focused on developing and scaling business models that increase access to shared solar for low-income households.One team, championed by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), is developing a model that provides access to community solar for wage-earning employees through employer benefits. Employers serve as the backstop off-taker of solar should employees decide to end their participation. The other team, a collaboration between a utility and its community, is developing a mutually beneficial business model that enables the community to benefit from shared asset ownership.It’s not easy. Providing clean energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency services to low-income customers is a field where “one of the issues is that in most places, community-based organizations and individuals have not had a say in the kinds of options and energy choices they have,” said Chan.In many communities around the U.S., there is a legacy of conflicted relationships between stakeholders like regulators and utilities, who have historically made decisions about how electricity is sourced and provided to ensure that all customers can be served, and community-based organizations from low-income communities, which know the population, understand their emerging energy needs, and have the social capital to engage households. Creating new business models depends on constructive engagement among such diverse stakeholders. A richer bottom lineCreating new business models also depends on recognizing that low-income households and communities are diverse — not all communities have the same opportunities and objectives — and recognizing that listening is the key to getting that right.Extending the clean energy transformation to low-income customers involves a richer bottom line than a solely financial bottom line. There are values beyond financial ones that are integral, including addressing disenfranchisement and extending the benefits of ownership. Chan said, “Some of our stakeholders have ownership as an end goal, and this can be rooted in deeper issues of financial and energy independence, and in building equity.” Billimoria said, “We’ve heard a lot of different people say ownership is a priority for them and for their communities.”But, Billimoria continued, “As one attendee at the Summit pointed out, any new model will only provide the benefits it’s designed for. A model intended to generate wealth for low-income families will look very different than one designed simply to get solar on the roof of multifamily buildings.” And that’s where the need for innovation lies: “If you’re designing for ownership and wealth generation, that has its own challenges and its own complexities,” Billimoria said.Chan said, “When it’s just about electrons, we can say, ‘Hey, there’s a more efficient and more reliable way to get electrons, and it may or may not include community ownership.’” However, when it’s about having a voice in your own energy future, and access to other benefits like job creation, revenue, or climate resilience, then those objectives need to be carefully included in the designs of emerging business models. Chan said, “There are many cases in the U.S. where people are working on really cool projects that deliver more than energy cost savings.” New approachesA lot of the interesting emerging business models that the Leap team sees involve working around credit issues, as with VEIC’s provision of community solar to its employees as a benefit, and unlocking new funding sources to enable clean energy access for low-income customers.Another approach to credit issues is creating new legal structures (or working within existing ones) to provide low-income customers access to loans that they otherwise would not have. A pioneer in this space is PosiGen, a solar and efficiency company in Louisiana and Connecticut that provides solar and efficiency leases to households without requiring credit checks. One of the ways it is able to do this is by using unique financing sources, which include partnerships with impact investors like the Connecticut Green Bank. What’s more, Billimoria said, “By bundling efficiency and solar, PosiGen is able to deliver savings to customers in the first month.”VEIC is also using clean energy resources to build generational wealth. The ZEM, or zero-energy module, is a manufactured home with solar and storage that could actually be a tool for wealth generation because a home can appreciate (not just depreciate, like solar or storage equipment sold alone). “Rather than being a depreciable asset, like a car, it’s possible that ZEM could be an appreciating asset, allowing low-income families to generate wealth,” said Billimoria. Collaboration is needed for uncharted territoryAttendees concerned with Leap at the e-Lab Summit included entrepreneurs, utility employees, and representatives from community groups. Coreina Chan, a principal with RMI and leader of the Leap initiative, explains that for this work, “You can’t get it right unless you include a number of diverse stakeholders. There’s no single entity that has all the resources and knowledge to get it done on their own.” What’s behind this complexity, explains Sherri Billimoria, an associate at RMI on the Leap team, is that, “Existing clean energy solutions haven’t been tailored to low-income customers, for whom there are few options. Solutions have, by and large, served more affluent businesses and households.” RELATED ARTICLES Many of the 135 stakeholders of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e–Lab) who gathered for the first e–Lab Summit at the end of 2016 are involved with Leap, an ongoing RMI initiative dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of low-income communities and households in a clean energy future.One in three Americans have incomes that put them below 200 percent of the official poverty line (200 percent is about $45,000 for a family of four), and many more have problems making ends meet. Any real transition requires solutions that work for the many Americans who are financially challenged. The intense work at the Summit provided a strong sense of the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field. Two of Leap’s staff explained what is happening and what we can expect. Wisconsin Sees a Boom in Community SolarHabitat for Humanity’s Net-Zero CommunityThe Uneven Burden of Energy Costs Can Low-Income Housing Be Energy-Efficient and Affordable?Boulder County’s Modular, Low-Income Housing Experimentlast_img read more

5 Reasons I Redesigned My Site

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It’s been a couple years since I updated my design here, and a lot of things have changed. So I asked my friends at Kinopicz American to help me take it apart and start from scratch. More about what I do. For a long time I used this blog as my main site while using another domain and site for my speaking, consulting, and coaching. I am consolidating everything here to make it easier to share what I do. This has always been my home base, and I am more convinced that this is the right strategy.Added menus. Not the menus you see across the top of the page. I added menus of my keynotes and workshops. I have a number of different keynote speeches and as many workshops. We created a page and a summary for each keynote and each workshop to provide some ideas about the outcomes you can expect from me as a speaker.Content up front. Even though the home page looks more like a home page, I didn’t want to move content to another page. I left the daily post as the primary piece of content on the home page because I believe that’s what belongs up front. This has served me well for a long time.Hard coded out comments. I’m not sure what changed with WordPress and Akismet, but for the last year my site was literally overrun with spam comments. I believe the more traffic your site generates, the more spam you attract. I moved to the Facbook plugin, but some spam still crept onto posts. You can still email me, comment on Facebook, or connect with me on any other social site.Bigger fonts and mobile responsive. I had no idea how many people read my blog on their smartphone or tablet. Sometimes that number is greater than 60%. Small fonts didn’t work for those readers, and I heard this from many of them. The pinching and zooming and scrolling back and forth didn’t work either. So this is site is now completely mobile responsive.last_img read more

9 months ago​Man Utd loanee Mitchell: Boys tell me they’re loving Solskjaer

first_img​Man Utd loanee Mitchell: Boys tell me they’re loving Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United loanee Demetri Mitchell has spoken about the recent managerial change at Old Trafford.The youngster, who was given his debut by Jose Mourinho, has has mentioned how happy the players seem under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United have won all six games since Solskjaer took over the job.Mitchell, who is on loan at Hearts, said to the Daily Record: “It’s all change at Old Trafford now and the boys are telling me they are enjoying it. Everyone has smiles on their faces and you can see that with the way they’re playing.”You can see Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford playing fluidly and smiling. It’s all good when you are playing football with a smile on your face. Ole is doing a good job.”I’m at Hearts and I’m trying to make an impact and show what I can do here as much as possible.”There are people at United who look after the players who are out on loan. They give you constructive criticism on all games. They use Wyscout and I’m sure Hearts also send them the footage as well.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Spend A Day On The Set Of Castle With Nathan Fillion

first_imgFans of TV’s Castle listen up – here’s your chance to spend a day on the set of the hit show with star Nathan Fillion.Nathan Fillion plays novelist Richard Castle on the hit TV series Castle and is also known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the popular TV series Firefly. Nathan has been named one of “TV’s Sexiest Men” and is a two time People’s Choice Award winner.Proceeds from this auction go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. This organization provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need.The auction runs until October 24, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.com.Shiny!last_img read more

In the locker room A behindthescenes look at Ohio State womens soccer

Ohio State mens lacrosse rallies to take down Air Force 109

hat perhaps was expected to be an easy win for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday might have proved more challenging than originally thought. The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2) had to overcome a halftime deficit to earn a 10-9 victory at Air Force Saturday, which stumbled into the contest with a 1-4 Eastern College Athletic Conference record. Now on a three-game winning streak, OSU has secured a playoff spot by guaranteeing at least a top-four finish in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are tied for third in the ECAC standings heading into their regular season finale Saturday. No matter what happens during the final weekend of the season, OSU will be joined by Loyola (Md.), Denver and Fairfield in the conference tournament, since Fairfield clinched its playoff spot Saturday with a 10-9 overtime victory at Denver. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday against Air Force (6-7, 1-5), but let the Falcons climb their way back into the game, finishing the first quarter tied at four. The Falcons, though, took a one-point lead into halftime, 7-6, before conceding three straight goals in the third quarter and falling behind for good. Co-captain and senior attacker Logan Schuss continued his run of good form, scoring four goals for the Buckeyes, including the series of three in the third quarter, and added one assist. It was his third consecutive game where he scored at least five points, bringing his career total moves to 216, 11 back of second place on the Buckeyes’ all-time points list. Co-captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander added a career-high five points, including two goals, and senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Having missed the last two games due to injury, junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made his return for OSU in outstanding fashion on Saturday with a career-high 15 saves against the Falcons. The losses to Denver and Loyola earlier in the year mean that the Buckeyes will finish third in the ECAC with a win over Fairfield Saturday but will drop to fourth with a loss. The Buckeyes are set to close the regular season and celebrate their Senior Day at home against Fairfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. read more