first_img85, of Mountain Lakes, NJ, passed away at home on January 21, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born in Bayonne to William and Anne (Clarke) Connors, he was joined by siblings Ellen and William. He lived there, then in Mountain Lakes for nearly 50 years. Jim received an athletic scholarship to Fordham University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics, and later a Juris Doctorate. He was a corporate lawyer focusing on real estate. He is a member of the Bayonne High School and Hudson County Halls of Fame. Jim served his country as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Ellen (Parks). Surviving are his children: William F., James J., II and his wife, Susann, MaryAnne C. Brennan and her husband, Michael Prevoznik, Kathleen C. Smith and her husband, James; grandchildren, Nell, Mary Kate, Beth, Allison and Jimmy Connors, Kady, Bubba, Jane and Bo Brennan, Connor, Jack and Maggie Smith; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Isabel Shaughnessy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to Morris Catholic High School, 200 Morris Ave., Denville, NJ 07834. Funeral arrangements by CODEY MACKEY Funeral Home, 107 Essex Ave., Boonton, NJ.last_img read more

Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City Draws Big Crowds

first_img Almost 600 basset hounds participated in the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. The annual PieAsco capped off the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Everybody was invited to smoosh their friends with shaving cream pies.Ocean City’s 30th annual Doo Dah Parade brought tens of thousands of visitors to Ocean City on Saturday afternoon, including one who has been missing all spring: sunny warm weather.A spectacular blue sky may have been the main attraction for the event, which kicked off at noon and traveled through downtown Ocean City on Asbury Avenue and finished on the Ocean City Boardwalk.The Doo Dah Parade featured grand marshal Momma Dietz, who at age 90 is still CEO of the Dietz and Watson company and a long-time supporter of Ocean City events. The procession included bands, pageant queens, community organizations, Martin Z. Mollusk, Wonder Bear, Trash Buster the Canned Crusader, and almost 600 basset hounds.__________Sign up for free e-mail news updates on all Ocean City headlines and events.__________Ocean City honored Dietz and others in a short ceremony after the parade, and Scott Schell of Williamsport, Pa., performed an original song about Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade (see video above).The PieAsco — in which parade attendees are invited to smoosh friends and family with shaving cream pies in honor of comedian Soupy Sales — concluded the event.The Basset Hound Olympics, which had been postponed from Friday, took place on a practice field adjacent to Ocean City High School later in the afternoon.The Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City is part of a weekend dedicated to humor and is modeled after an event in Pasadena, Calif. It has served as an early-spring draw for Ocean City and starts a series of special events that will continue through the summer, fall and into the new year.The beach, boardwalk and downtown shops remained busy throughout the day. Ocean City mascot Martin Z. Mollusk waves to the crowd during the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Families lined the boardwalk for the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Ruth “Momma Dietz” Eni was grand marshal of the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Almost 600 basset hounds were a main attraction of the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Children and pets line Asbury Avenue to watch the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Almost 600 basset hounds participated in the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. A basset nears the end of the route during the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. The Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015 started downtown and finished at the Ocean City Music Pier. Almost 600 basset hounds participated in the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Almost 600 basset hounds participated in the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015. Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer doubles as “Trash Buster” for Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ, on April 11, 2015.last_img read more

O.C. App to Feature Cashless Gift Cards

first_imgThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will soon launch its expanded Ocean City app to provide a cash-free payment system. By Maddy VitaleSoon, with just a tap on a cellphone, shoppers in Ocean City’s downtown and on the Boardwalk will be able to purchase items using a cashless payment system.The convenient new feature to the Ocean City Vacation App will be available before the New Year with the aim of making shopping and playing in “America’s Greatest Family Resort” even easier, explained Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.“We will be launching the app over the holiday season, so people should actually be able to participate in the program by then,” Gillian said.She continued, “As we go through the months, there will be more and more businesses signing on. We want to encourage businesses to participate because it really will make shopping in Ocean City seamless.”Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian addresses the audience at the Business Summit in October when the expanded Ocean City app was discussed.Ken Wisnefski, founder and CEO of the digital marketing company WebiMax, worked with the Chamber and Sturdy Savings Bank to add the new feature to the app.“WebiMax is excited to offer – along with Sturdy Savings Bank – this new feature to the app that provides another level of convenient and enjoyable shopping in Ocean City,” said Wisnefski, also the owner of a Chamber of Commerce Business Summit in October, both Gillian and Wisnefski emphasized the importance of attracting millennials to the island. The upgraded app, they said, will appeal to the tech-savvy 20- and 30-somethings. Like many millennials and people of all ages, carrying a cellphone is the norm.“We really looked at the notion of blending the new technology and keeping with traditions,” Wisnefski said during the business summit. Ken Wisnefski, owner of WebiMax, speaks about the cash-free feature for the Ocean City Vacation App.The cash-free program will allow app users to load gift certificates or money on their mobile devices for purchases at local shops and other businesses.And for shoppers who need a few more presents this holiday season, the app will give them another option for buying gifts at the distinctive downtown and Boardwalk shops, Gillian said.“We will have the gift cards you can download on your phone,” she said. “We hope to get all of the merchants downtown and on the Boardwalk involved in the program.” Gift cards are also an ideal present for children. It also is a way to help parents see where their money is spent, Gillian said. “A lot of kids have phones. Whether it is miniature golf, pizza or a T-shirt, the gift cards give kids a different perspective on how they are spending their money.”Traditional gift cards are also available and could be used at the same participating businesses, just as the ones utilized on the app.Cash-free transactions take Ocean City to a new age of technology. Gillian noted that cash-free transactions are beneficial to everyone.“We think it is a great way for the community, second homeowners and guests to enjoy shopping in Ocean City,” Gillian said. “All they have to carry around with them are their cellphones.”Gillian said shoppers will enjoy the extra convenience of the new app amenity.“People can get those last-minute gifts, or use it for their 2019 First Night out, or for breakfast, retail, so many things,” she said.To find out more about the cash-free program go to the app Oceancitynjvacation or visit to view information and fill out the form for cashless gift cards or to load funds on your phone.The app gift cards offer customers an array of options when shopping, officials say. (Courtesy said people can visit the Welcome Center for assistance downloading the app or to purchase traditional gift cards to be used at the participating retailers. People may also call the Chamber of Commerce at 609-399-1412.“We will walk you through it,” she said.Eventually, cashless transactions will be expanded for virtually any type of purchases in Ocean City – from shops to restaurants and from hotels to rental properties. Users could even buy their insurance or pay for dental appointments using the app, Gillian explained.The Ocean City Vacation App currently has more than 16,000 users. It includes social media marketing and it also highlights reasons to live in or visit Ocean City. There is information about the city and the business community from the Boardwalk to the downtown merchants. “We are just in the process of introducing the cash-free app. We have seen this work in Disney. It takes the hassle out of carrying cash or credit cards for purchases,” Gillian said.Technology is ever-changing and how people shop is, too. Making it as easy as possible is paramount, she added.Gillian continued, “Most people carry their phones. Whether going to the beach, paddleboarding or shopping, this app will allow them to make a payment right on their phone to buy a beach tag, a piece of pizza, a swimsuit and so many other things.”The Ocean City Vacation App has more than 16,000 users.last_img read more

OCHS Wins Boys Soccer Playoff Opener

first_imgBy LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated the visiting Burlington Township Eagles, 3-0, on Saturday in the first round of the Southwest D Group 3 soccer playoffs.The win improves Ocean City’s record to 9-1-1, while Burlington closes out the season at 2-10.The first half saw the Red Raiders jump out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Ori Levy-Smith off an assist from Nick Chiccarine within the first 8 minutes of play.Ocean City would control the pace of play, allowing Paul Tjoumakaris, a defender, to get a good look at the net from midfield, making it 2-0 with under 20 minutes to play in the half.Rounding out the scoring in the first half for Ocean City was Reed Lindsay with an assist from Chiccarine, who tallied his second assist of the game. The Red Raiders would head into halftime with a 3-0 lead.“The first half was fantastic. We played a very nice brand of soccer in the first half that I was proud of. We actually had more opportunities in the second half, but we were unable to finish,” Ocean City Head Coach Aaron Bogushefsky said.Ocean City’s Reed Lindsay (10) boots the ball into play on a corner kick.The second half saw Burlington make some adjustments by overloading the strong side, which kept Ocean City from being able to finish on a few quality looks at the net, with the Eagles goalkeeper coming up with big saves.Even though the Eagles were down 3-0, they did not give up, fighting hard until the final horn, a sentiment echoed by Bogushefsky.“You have a team that’s playing for their life. For the seniors, their high school career is over after this point (with a loss), so everyone is do-or-die,” Bogushefsky said.As the Red Raiders look ahead to their next opponent, the focus remains on themselves and their style of soccer, Bogushefsky noted.“I like how we are playing at this point in the season. We are trying to play our best soccer of the season right now,” he said.The Red Raiders will take on Northern Burlington in the quarterfinal round Tuesday at Ocean City. It has not yet been determined whether the game will be played at the high school’s Carey Stadium or the soccer field on Tennessee Avenue. The start time also hasn’t been announced yet.The Red Raiders ready themselves on defense for a shot by Burlington Township. Ocean City players, in red, fight for position on the offensive side of the goal.last_img read more

Nescafé broadens coffee remit

first_imgNescafé has launched a bigger coffee offering for retailers who want to make more of their coffee sales. Go Large has been designed by Nestlé Professional to meet consumer demand for larger hot beverage sizes.A new 16fl oz cup is now available, which is 7fl oz more than a regular size cup, enabling bakeries to charge a higher price per cup. A promotional pack containing four 16fl oz Nescafé mugs, an A3 poster for point of purchase, a profit calculator and a serving scoop are also offered.”Independent café and coffee shop owners are always looking for new ways to retain existing custom while attracting a new customer base,” said Nestlé Professional marketing director Martin Lines. “Serving consistently great-tasting cups of coffee is key to improving sales uplift.”[]last_img read more

Press release: Trade Minister visits New Zealand and Australia

first_imgMinister for Investment Graham Stuart visits New Zealand and Australia, the first Department for International Trade minister to do so since the opening of consultations on future trade relationships Minister promoted opportunities for UK firms in NZ infrastructure and launches a joint UK-Australia investment report which shows UK is now second largest destination for Australian investment He’ll also visit China to promote UK smart cities expertise as UK-China trade reaches all-time high of £66.5 billion Both countries offer large, open and flexible economies as well as an ideal location from which to access other regional opportunities, be it in Europe or Asia. Across diverse industries ranging from defence to education, technology and infrastructure, Australia and the UK continue to invest in ways that increase prosperity and create jobs in both countries. Following his visits to New Zealand and Australia, the Minister will head to the Chinese city of Shenzhen next week, where he will promote the UK’s smart cities capability at the China Smart City Expo.Non-EU countries make up the bulk of the UK’s services exports (60.6% as of May 2018), with demand for world-class British expertise in countries such as China expected to propel this proportion higher in the years to come.He will also visit telecommunications giant Huawei, who recently committed £3 billion of investment to the UK over the next 5 years, with a UK workforce already of 1,500 people.UK trade with China is now at an all-time high of £66.5 billion as of the first quarter of 2018.More informationThe visit comes after the fourth meeting of the UK-Australia trade working group in July, with Prime Ministers Theresa May and Malcolm Turnbull reiterating the shared goal of a free trade agreement once the UK leaves the EU.The Department for International Trade offers a range of export and investment support including through its new global network of HM Trade Commissioners. Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment said:center_img We’ve taken a major step towards building our bilateral trading relationships with Australia and New Zealand – 2 of our closest international partners – by opening consultations on our potential future agreements. Combined, their investment into the UK delivered 95 new projects last year, creating almost 2,500 British jobs. These consultations will examine new possibilities for British exporters in the region, especially in technology and infrastructure. With consultations over future trade relationships with New Zealand and Australia now open, Trade Minister Graham Stuart has become the first government minister to visit the countries since the consultations began.Earlier this week, Graham Stuart was promoting was promoting UK businesses at New Zealand’s biggest infrastructure event and today (Friday 17 August) launches a joint UK-Australian investment report alongside Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.The report shows that the investment relationship between the UK and Australia grew by 22% from 2010 to 2017 to more than £630 billion, meaning that the UK is now the second-largest destination for Australian foreign direct investment (FDI).Over 500 Australian companies operate in the UK, while more than 1,200 UK companies are in Australia, employing 95,000 people. This includes BAE Systems, which landed a £20 billion contract to build nine British-designed warships in Adelaide, creating 4,000 jobs.Combined trade between the UK and both New Zealand and Australia was worth £18.8 billion in 2018 (£2.8 billion and £16 billion respectively).Graham Stuart, UK Minister for Investment, said: The Department for international Trade is determined to help UK businesses take advantage of opportunities these, and maintain the UK’s position as Europe’s top destination for FDI.last_img read more

Fox’s invests £20m in infrastructure to make products more ‘delicious’

first_imgFox’s Biscuits is to make a £20m investment in infrastructure over the next 18months to drive down costs.Colin Smith, managing director of Fox’s told British Baker the company would invest in new machinery and technology, such as wider ovens, so it could reduce costs and improve its recipes.He said: “The key is that it will make us a much more flexible and agile company so we can meet the needs and wants of our customers. We want to improve the quality of our products even more; it’s about ingredients and overall result.”This comes as the brand has invested £10m in a relaunch campaign, which saw Vinnie the Panda become Fox’s chief of biscuits. It aims to focus on Fox’s “generosity” and “deliciousness”, which will be backed up with product development to improve the recipes of its five core biscuit products.As part of the investment the biscuit company is looking into new pack sizes, in a bid to appeal to customers in the current retail climate.Smith also said the company would look to make a “big dent” in the healthy biscuit market by expanding its range of Hovis products.Smith said: “We will absolutely be producing more products. There is lots of opportunity with Hovis, especially as they have so much heritage behind them. They are a perfect brand to launch more healthy biscuit products under.”Fox’s struck a deal with Hovis earlier this year to take on the production, distribution, sales and marketing of Hovis breakfast biscuits.Smith joined Fox’s, part of 2 Sisters Food Group, 18 months ago. He launched the rebrand of Fox’s after he found it to be “sleepy”, and has applauded social media for driving excitement around the brand.last_img read more

Derek Trucks Speaks On Gregg Allman’s Legacy, The State Of The Allman Brothers In New Interview

first_imgIn a new interview with Rolling Stone, Derek Trucks discusses what the last several months have been like for him. Trucks, who first played with the Allman Brothers Band in his early teen years and became an official member at nineteen, has experienced several losses this year – as has the rest of the extended Allman Brothers family and friends. But while the losses of Butch Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Gregg Allman might all be personal, they are also inherently musical. These figures all influenced the playing of Derek Trucks, who like the rest of the world, was inspired by their contributions to music history.In this interview with Rolling Stone, Derek Trucks comments on the lasting impact of the latest death in the family, recounting his experiences with Gregg Allman in a mystical light. “There’s a lot of pretenders and a lot of people who think that those torches get passed, but there’s not another Gregg,” he emphatically states.Derek Trucks was pulling up to a show in Jacksonville, the opening night of Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s tour, when he got the news.We knew Gregg was sick. You just go into self-preservation mode and try to block it out a little bit,” he explains. “You’ve got a few gigs to do. But I remember sitting backstage trying to think through it and I put on ‘Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,’ and that was when it hit home. You hear that voice; you think about what he was thinking about right then. That’s when the emotions take over.Then you get home and start dealing. There was a CBS Sunday Morning clip they had done a few years ago when he was really healthy and happy. I’d forgotten real clearly about that Gregg. Just seeing that; seeing him interviewed at his home when he was healthy and happy and telling stories, and that smile and that laugh. That helped. It reminded me that the bulk of the time I spent with him was like that. Him on the bus, in that mood, going to the show. Sits up front, has a meal, shoots the shit for an hour. Then he disappears to the back of the bus. There was always a lot of mystery with him. He was a very guarded guy.When interviewer David Browne asks the best piece of life advice that Gregg Allman ever gave him, Derek Trucks responds:It’s pretty seared in my head. I was probably 14, and I was playing in Gregg’s solo band and living at his place out in Novato, California. He had this Corvette with a vanity plate that said “Baby Bro.” He took me for a spin. He asked if I wanted to drive and I was like, “Fuck yeah, I wanna drive!” I drove on this abandoned road, and then he got back behind the wheel and told me, ‘Look, you can do a lot of shit. But do not mess around…’ He was specifically talking about heroin. He was like, “Do not do it.” And he showed me his arms, and he said, “If any of the potholes I’ve hit are to not be in vain, people have to learn from it.”It was out of the blue. I think he just had a moment of, “You know what? I’m gonna fix this bastard right now.” That’s one of the few pieces of advice I remember getting from anybody, and it sure as hell stuck. It was very direct.Gregg Allman’s funeral, which took place last Saturday, painted its own picture pretty clearly. After the intimate service, fans were asked to line the streets to the Rosehill Cemetery where Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were buried, and where Gregg Allman was to be buried too. From there, there was a block party outside the Big House Museum of the Allman Brothers Band, where members of the Allman Brothers Band and their respective family bands played music. Regarding that experience, Trucks explains:It was just so intense, and so final. So much history there, man. It was an open casket at Snow’s [funeral home] where they had one for Duane way back when. You look across the room and you see Duane’s widow and his daughter, and Berry Oakley’s son and widow. Even seeing Jimmy Carter there, you realize how fucking powerful that whole thing was. I don’t know Cher, but she was very sweet.Then the procession all the way through Macon, down to Rose Hill [Cemetery]. You’re sitting there at that gravesite, and seeing Duane and Berry’s headstones and watching Berry Jr. looking across Gregg’s casket at his dad’s gravesite. It was just too much. Duane and Berry’s [graves] are right next to each other. Gregg’s grave was on the other side of this little walkway. So they’re all there. Gregg’s mother, Mama A [Geraldine Alice Allman], they put her ashes in when they interred Gregg.There were thousands and thousands of people lining the street in Macon, Georgia, and the looks on their faces – they were like, “Holy shit.” You grow up with somebody, and you think of them one way, and you forget that, in a lot of ways, he was everybody’s. He was that way to a lot of people. That was a powerful moment, leaving that place and seeing how much he and that band affected people. We were sitting in the car with Dickey, just watching him watch it. Everybody was going in and out of holding it together. Getting to see Dickey and Jaimoe back together, and speaking, and even playing afterwards – those were monumental moments.Regarding the future of the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks explains strongly: “You can’t have the Allman Brothers without Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman. Those are just irreplaceable spirits. And you can’t have an Allman Brothers gig without an Allman brother. I’ve heard people try to argue that you can, but I’m not buying it. If Duane’s not there, Gregg certainly better be there.” Perhaps suspicions of a reunion can finally go to rest. All good things come to an end, but the road goes on forever.Watch Gregg Allman And Dickey Betts Play “Melissa” In Duane’s HonorThe Rolling Stone piece closes with a description of Gregg’s legacy, according to Derek Trucks. “I don’t think there’s a singer, especially in the South, that’s not directly influenced by him. Some of those songs, man – you try to find a contemporary of his where the music is comparable, and most of it just doesn’t hold up. You stack a few of those tunes, whether it’s ‘Please Call Home’ or ‘Dreams’ or ‘Ain’t Wasting Time No More.’ That’s about as good as it gets.”Read the full interview here.last_img read more

Trio Arrested Following Stockton Burglary

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pictured left to right: Alfred Kohl, Lisa Hayes, and Brooke Amatuzzo.STOCKTON – Three Jamestown residents were arrested after homeowners allegedly found them burglarizing their property on Route 380 in the Town of Stockton on Saturday.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says that Alfred Kohl, 53, Lisa Hayes, 41, and Brooke Amatuzzo, 33, were allegedly found in possession of property and several firearms from the home.Additionally, deputies say the homeowner and another family member blocked in a vehicle belonging to the suspects preventing them from fleeing the scene.The three are charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and attempted petit larceny. Amatuzzo was also allegedly in possession of a small quantity of methamphetamine and a hypodermic instrument. Deputies say he was additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.All were taken to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment and according to jail records remain in custody.Deputies say all of the stolen items were located and turned back over to the homeowner.last_img read more

Heisenberg’s Denis Arndt on His Jet-Setting Backup Plan & More

first_img Related Shows Denis Arndt Heisenberg Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016 View Commentscenter_img Denis Arndt(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Age: “This is my 78th orbit! Imagine that. Most guys my age are dead.”Hometown: Clyde, OHCurrent Role: Denis Arndt plays Alex, a butcher who has a chance meeting with a stranger in King’s Cross Station that changes the course of his life in Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg.Stage & Screen Cred: Arndt is making his Broadway debut opposite Mary-Louise Parker in Heisenberg. His other stage credits include The Tempest, King Lear, Othello, Richard II and The Ballad of Soapy Smith. Arndt is known for his roles in L.A. Law, Annie McGuire and Basic Instinct;. His additional screen appearances include Grey’s Anatomy, Past Life, Boston Legal, 24 and Providence. Star Fileslast_img read more