Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge BT’s share price is rising. Should I buy the stock now? Have a good dividend growth track record Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 18th March, 2021 | More on: BT-A Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Have a strong balance sheet with a low amount of debt Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. BT doesn’t score very highly from a quality point of view.For starters, its balance sheet is quite weak. At 30 September 2020, long-term debt stood at £16.5bn while equity on the balance sheet was £12bn. That gives a long-term debt-to-equity ratio of 1.4, which is quite high. This is an area of concern for me.BT’s dividend growth track record also isn’t great. During Covid-19, it cancelled its dividend, and isn’t planning to pay one this financial year.Meanwhile, BT’s return on capital employed has averaged 8.7% over the last three years. That’s not terrible. However, it also isn’t brilliant. Unilever, for example, has averaged a ROCE of 22.9% over that time period, meaning it’s much more profitable.Do BT shares offer value?Turning to the valuation, BT shares certainly are cheap. Currently, the stock has a forward-looking P/E ratio of just 7.2. That’s well below the median FTSE 100 P/E ratio of 16.5.However, cheap stocks are often cheap for a reason. In this case the valuation reflects the weak balance sheet and growth challenges the company’s facing.BT shares: my viewWeighing everything up, I don’t think BT shares are a great fit for my portfolio. The stock’s cheap. However, the growth and quality aspects of the company concern me.All things considered, I think there are much better stocks I could buy right now. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. After a long period of underperformance, BT (LSE: BT.A) shares are showing signs of a recovery. Yesterday, its share price jumped 6.5% on the back of news that its mobile business, EE, had won 80MHz of 5G spectrum. Meanwhile, over a 12-month timeframe, BT is now back in positive territory, up about 15%.Is BT a stock I should consider for my own investment portfolio? Let’s take a look at the investment case.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Can BT’s share price keep rising?One of the first things I look at when analysing a stock is the growth potential. I like to invest in companies I believe are almost guaranteed to be much bigger in five or 10 years.Looking at BT, the growth story is unclear. Over the last three financial years, revenue has fallen 5%. The company’s top line is expected to decline this year and next too.It’s worth pointing out that BT has made some moves recently to boost its growth. Earlier this year, it hired a top executive from Bharti Airtel in India to spearhead efforts to expand its digital services. The goal is to boost the group’s presence in high-growth areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.“This is more than a leadership announcement, it’s an important statement of intent. 2020 saw a number of major BT innovations enter the marketplace but there’s opportunity to go much further,” said BT’s CEO Philip Jansen at the time.This is certainly encouraging. However, I’d like to see some more evidence the company is actually growing.Is BT a high-quality business?After looking at a stock’s growth potential, I then focus on its ‘quality’. I like to invest in high-quality businesses that: Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Are very profitable, measured by a high return on capital employed (ROCE) See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA
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WhatsApp Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest ‘Concern’ at removal of Catholic Chapel at Letterkenny General Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – December 13, 2013 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Google+ Facebook News Twitter WhatsApp It is reported that the HSE plans to remove a Catholic Chapel and other rooms of prayer at Letterkenny General Hospital.According to today’s Donegal News – management are in discussions with church representatives to replace the chapel with an inter-denominational room.The paper reports that staff and visitors are concerned that the Catholic Chapel is to close.It has been closed since the floods of earlier this year but there was an expectation that the church would re-open as part of the renovation project. Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Facebook Pinterest Previous articleBailout ends but no real change in austerity – MinisterNext articleCouncillor predicts Budget 2014 meeting will be an unprecedented farce News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: J.T. Stone is a contributor for The Ithaca Voice and a 2020 graduate of Ithaca High School. Questions? Story tips? Email him at [email protected] More by J.T. Stone ITHACA, N.Y. – At this year’s Ithaca DJ Festival, Kii Kinsella stood behind a keyboard and laptop while a couple dozen people crowded around to learn about music production. Kinsella, who has two singles out and an album on the way, stood out from the other DJs – both for his sophisticated, mellow beats, and for his youth.A 15-year-old freshman at Ithaca High School, Kinsella, who performs under the name SAINT KID, is making an early name for himself in the local music scene.“I remember the actual moment that I was listening to his beats and I remember thinking this is really sophisticated, nuanced stuff. He’s clearly got a handle on not only the production software he’s got, but he’s also got a real ear for some infectious sounds,” said Ben Ortiz, a local DJ and the founder of the Ithaca DJ Festival, who invited Kinsella to lead a workshop. Growing up with parents Kevin Kinsella, a local reggae musician, and Uniit Carruyo, a local singer/songwriter, Kii has been surrounded by music for as long as he can remember.“I would just mess around on my dad’s Pro Tools, or I’d be in the recording studio with my parents and I’d just have an interest and be like, ‘Let’s add piano,’ and they went with it. That’s kind of how I developed an ear for music,” Kinsella said.Kii Kinsella has been playing music for as long as he can remember. (Provided photo)After his piano instructor grew frustrated with his habit of playing by ear rather than reading sheet music, he switched to tinkering with Ableton Live music sequencing software and started picking up production techniques from the YouTube channel Genius Deconstructed.New, accessible technology has made it easier to break into the music industry, according to Ortiz. Computer programs and even smartphone apps offer an affordable way to record beats, and social media can be an effective platform for rising artists to maintain an online presence and promote their work.Still, Ortiz said new recording equipment doesn’t compensate for the talent and hard work necessary to be successful in the industry. “It doesn’t matter if there are 100 million people producing music, you’re still going to see the best stuff rise to the top, provided of course that you’re in an environment where people are interested in quality,” he said. Tagged: DJ, Ithaca DJ fest, ithaca musician, Kii Kinsella J.T. Stone For Kinsella, coming up with creative lyrics and beats often happens spontaneously. “I try to be in the studio as often as possible because all my songs are going to be a different emotion I’ll never feel again. For ‘Hell,’ my friends and I were in my room and some of them had just gone through a break-up and we were just talking about moving forward. Then I made a beat and they started grooving to it and we made the track,” he said.He gets help along the way from his parents – and acknowledges that not having to worry about paying rent or buying groceries lets him focus on his creativity – but at 15, he’s already trying to forge his own path.“The money for studio time is out of my pocket. My dad doesn’t make hip hop and my mom doesn’t produce beats, so I’m on a totally different path than they are. That’s not my sound. It’s a totally different world. It’s a totally different community, so they can only offer so much,” he said.Related: Check out the artists performing in 2019 Ithaca Reggae FestKinsella is taking in new influences and feedback all the time as he works to craft his music. He released two singles, “Hell” in October and “SaintWorld” in March, which have low-key, ethereal vibes. Kinsella said the singles were inspired by rappers and hip hop artists including Drake and Trippie Redd. The album he’s currently working on will be in the alternative hip hop genre, he said, with beats and sound effects produced using Ableton Live, but he also plays the drums, guitar, bass and piano.“When I’m making music… I am pulling from like every musician I’ve ever heard. Even if I hate a song I can still find one thing I like about it and try to reference it in my music,” Kinsella said.Ortiz said it’s key for Kinsella to stay curious while he works to build his network and improve his skills. “He should have a ravenous hunger for learning all he can, as much as possible from other people in a diverse swath of positions in the music industry. He should sit down and learn from other performers, mangers, promoters, station owners, and of course, fans.”Ortiz said he’s confident Kinsella will make a name for himself over time. “I have high hopes and a solid, firm prediction that he’s going to be a seriously accomplished and celebrated musician, at minimum a decade from now,” he said.While Kinsella wraps up his freshman year, he said he has big plans for his future in the music industry.“I have a lot of stuff coming out in 2019. A lot of people come up to me and they’re like, ‘Aren’t you so young? It’s cool that you know what you want to do when you grow up.’ I’ve just been around music my whole life and it’s really just drawn me in, especially as a producer. It connects me with local artists I admire so that I can make music with them and that’s just so cool.” Kinsella will be performing at Rootstock, a one-day community celebration of local youth musicians, May 18 at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons. Featured image: Kii Kinsella giving a workshop March 16 at this year’s Ithaca DJ Festival. (Photo by Ryah Giles)
eranicle/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Masks have been a contentious issue throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic.Should you wear one? Who should wear one? What type? Do they protect you or others or both? How effective are they?Now a dark new front has opened up in the battle over face coverings, which in recent days became flashpoints in a series of violent encounters across the nation, including a security guard who authorities say was killed after telling a woman to leave a store because she was not wearing a mask.The heartbroken mother of 43-year-old Calvin Munerlyn, a father of eight killed at a Flint, Michigan Family Dollar store on Friday, had strong words for those defying laws to wear masks during the pandemic, which has killed more than 73,000 people in the United States and more than 264,000 worldwide.“All you people just have to do is listen to the law, listen to the governor. Just stay home,” Bernadette Munerlyn told mourners at a vigil on Sunday night for her son. “If you don’t have to come out, then you wouldn’t need a mask unless you’re out getting groceries or necessities.”Incidents first popped up in February, as the pandemic was raging in China, when several people who were wearing masks in the U.S. were accosted — highlighting fears of bias against Asian and black Americans. At the time, government and public health officials were recommending against wearing masks, saying that they did not protect citizens from coronavirus and should be reserved for medical professionals.But as governors across the country, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, have mandated citizens wear masks when out in public and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised wearing them when social distancing was difficult, the number and severity of those incidents, while still isolated, has escalated.The escalation coincides with growing tensions over government restrictions surrounding the pandemic, including stay-at-home orders and keeping businesses closed.And some law enforcement officials say these confrontations also highlight a tension between personal liberty and public safety, but warn that there are more appropriate avenues for free expression.‘Everyone has felt a total loss of control’In Holly, Michigan, the police chief, Jerry Narsh, recounted another headline-grabbing incident surrounding masks.On Tuesday night, Holly police officers arrested 68-year-old Rex Gomoll on an assault charge after he allegedly wiped his nose and mouth on a Dollar Tree store clerk’s shirt when he was told to wear a mask, Narsh said.“There’s been fear and apprehension, but I think the greater issue is that everyone has felt a total loss of control in their adult lives and as they begin to be allowed to go back into open society, there’s this sense of empowerment, a sense of ‘taking control of my life again,’” Narsh said.However, he added that resisting laws and requests from businesses for people to wear masks “is the wrong battle to pick to feel in control again.”Gomoll was arraigned on Wednesday via video conference on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, Narsh said. A judge set bail at $2,500 and ordered Gomoll to be placed on home confinement.The suspect did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.Narsh said there were signs posted at the entrance to the Dollar Tree advising customers are required to put on masks before entering the store. Police in Michigan asking for help identifying assault suspect who wiped his nose and face on a Dollar Tree employee’s shirt after authorities say she informed him of the store’s face-mask policy. https://t.co/SUpzE1UT4C pic.twitter.com/jDHg1miAT9— ABC News (@ABC) May 5, 2020“Certainly he had a right to voice his opinion about wearing a mask and he had a right to go to another business instead of shopping at that one,” Narsh said. “But he did not have a right to wipe bodily fluids on the body of another person.”‘Extreme disturbance’In February, as the virus was raging in China, a series of confrontations occurred in the United States in which people wearing masks were targeted. No arrests have been made. At the time, the virus appeared to be largely contained overseas and there were fears of anti-Asian bias as a result of the virus’s origin in China.An Asian woman wearing a mask was attacked by two men and called “diseased” in a subway station in New York City’s Chinatown, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Four people were arrested in March in Hilton, New York, after they allegedly punched and taunted a woman for wearing a respirator mask in a store, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.Men of color have faced a particularly daunting choice during the outbreak — don’t wear a mask and potentially put yourself or others in danger from COVID-19 or wear a mask and potentially make yourself appear threatening.In Wood River, Illinois, two young black men, Jermon Best and Diangelo Jackson, recorded a viral YouTube video in March of a police officer not wearing a mask following them around a Walmart and then kicking them out for wearing masks. “We’re being asked to leave for being safe,” Best said in the video. The incident is under investigation.Now attacks are occurring over people not wearing masks:— On Friday, a 56-year-old man was arrested in Decatur, Illinois, after he allegedly shoved a gas station clerk who asked him not to enter the station’s mini-market without a mask on, Sgt. Brian Earles of the Decatur Police Department told ABC News. Earles said the incident escalated when the suspect was told the station didn’t have change for a $100 bill the man was using to pay for gas and the man attempted to leave without paying. He said the clerk ended up punching the man leading police to arrest both men on battery charges. Neither have entered pleas.— The Mayor of Stillwater, Oklahoma, last week reversed an emergency proclamation requiring shoppers to wear face masks after the mandate prompted a flurry of threats of violence. Mayor Will Joyce amended the policy on Friday after employees at businesses allowed to reopen were “threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse” in the span of three hours, Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle said in a statement. There was one threat of violence using a firearm, he added.— On April 21, a 20-year-old woman in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania, was arrested for creating what police described as an “extreme disturbance” by allegedly attacking a store manager who barred her from entering for not wearing the mask she had dangling around her neck. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of obstructing justice, disorderly conduct, providing false identification, and violating health department orders to wear a mask, Wilkes-Barre Township police said in a statement.— And on April 26, a 33-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly attacking a grocery store employee in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, after being ordered to leave for not wearing a mask, according to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office. The woman was charged with assault and battery, felony obstructing police officers and refusing to be fingerprinted.Jean Cloud, the acting Macomb County prosecutor, described the incident in St. Clair Shores as “incomprehensible” and an insult to essential workers, adding that the suspect also allegedly spit on police officers, requiring them to get tested for COVID-19.“With everybody out there trying to provide a service that is so desperately needed during a time when everybody is in lockdown, you’d think they would be praised and put on a pedestal,” Cloud told ABC News. “And then you have these people who are absolutely above and beyond disrespectful and committing criminal behavior abusing the people who are just trying to provide a necessary service to the public. This is the very behavior that nobody wants to see during a pandemic or at any time.”Mixed MessagesThe violent incidents have also come amid the backdrop of open-the-economy protests in Michigan and throughout the nation, in which demonstrators have defied stay-at-home orders, many showing up at rallies not wearing masks and refusing to practice social distancing. Some have even carried rifles.Many of the Michigan protesters have vented their anger at Gov. Whitmer, who has imposed some of the most stringent stay-at-home orders in the nation, including banning the use of motorboats and travel to and from vacation homes in the state, and naming landscaping companies and plant nurseries among the non-essential businesses that must remain closed.It remains unclear if any of the violent incidents that have erupted over masks in Michigan stemmed from Whitmer’s orders.Mixed messages from government leaders may have fueled some of the backlash against wearing masks. The CDC and the White House Coronavirus Task Force initially advised against wearing masks unless people were showing symptoms of the disease, then later flipped and advised people to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is difficult. States also changed their stances on masks, with New York recently requiring face coverings in public and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.President Donald Trump, who has refused to wear a mask in public, has expressed support on Twitter for anti-lockdown protesters, some who have displayed re-elect Trump signs at rallies. Vice President Mike Pence, who is spearheading the White House Coronavirus Task Force, stepped into a controversy last week when he was photographed at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota not wearing a mask.At their daily coronavirus briefings, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have emphasized the importance of people wearing masks to avoid spreading the virus (the rule became effective April 17). The two leaders have also expressed outrage and exasperation over people who still prefer not to wear a mask despite the virus having already accounted for nearly 14,000 confirmed deaths in the nation’s largest city alone.De Blasio has gone so far as to announce that the city is handing out 7.5 million free face coverings to New Yorkers through May 12.“Just wear a mask. It’s the responsible thing to do. It’s the right thing to do,” Cuomo said on Tuesday. “I don’t understand why people think it’s a burden to wear a mask.”He ‘lost his life needlessly and senselessly’Genessee County, Michigan, Prosecutor David Leyton said Calvin Munerlyn certainly should not have lost his life in Flint for telling someone to do the responsible thing and cover their face in public.On Monday, Leyton announced that three people had been arrested and charged with murder, including Sharmel Lashe Teague, 45, the woman who police allege traded heated words and spit on Munerlyn when he told her to either wear a mask or leave the store, Leyton said at a news conference. After Munerlyn kicked Teague out of the store, the woman returned with her husband, Larry Edward Teague, 44, and son, Ramonyea Travon Bishop, 23, Leyton said.He said Bishop allegedly gunned down Munerlyn.“Decisions like staying home when we can, wearing a mask when going to the store and staying a safe distance from those around us, these should not be political arguments. They don’t necessitate acts of defiance and we simply cannot devolve into an us-versus-them mentality,” Leyton said.“We really need to make a commitment as a community … to doing the things necessary to allow us to stay healthy and turn the page on this crisis altogether,” Leyton added. “If not for ourselves, we should do this for Calvin Munerlyn, who has lost his life needlessly and senselessly.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Proponents of the program suggest that Trump-era regulations will pave the way for larger and more diverse investments in the coming years. But both critics and supporters say the Biden administration should work with Congress to remedy its issues and drive investment into the areas not currently benefiting from it — rural, suburban and urban.A group of businesses, including Opportunity Zone investors, recently sent a letter to the Biden administration, pushing for measures that include more transparent reporting and working with the Treasury Department on funding impoverished areas.On the campaign trail, Biden promised to improve the zones by requiring more disclosure by investors to track their effects on the communities they are meant to help, the publication reported. Another question is whether the program is awarding tax breaks to projects that would have happened without it.The Treasury Department has issued one regulation governing the zones, but the White House has been prioritizing other initiatives, including a $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.[NYT] — Cordilia JamesContact Cordilia James President Joe Biden (Getty, Education Next)A Trump-era tax incentive was meant to drive investment into parts of the country that were struggling economically. Spoiler alert: It didn’t, and President Joe Biden’s administration is weighing what it wants to do about the program.For a recently released study on the program, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, looked at 2019 investment figures for the 8,000 census tracts designated by state officials as Opportunity Zones. They found that only 16 percent received any investment that year, the New York Times reported.Most of the capital was concentrated in a handful of zones, with rural areas receiving little to no investment. Investors instead focused on real estate, construction and finance, largely in areas with fewer elderly and non-white residents and higher incomes, the publication reported.It’s not the first study to come to this conclusion: In 2020, an analysis from the Urban Institute found that Opportunity Zones have largely failed to promote investment in local small businesses, create jobs or boost the development of affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods across the United States.The Opportunity Zone program was a part of Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul, which the Biden administration vowed to reform, according to the publication. The question now is: How?Read moreUnions, nonprofits push NY to drop Opportunity Zone tax break Real estate deals dominate Opportunity Zones. Is that bad? At final presidential debate, talk of Opportunity Zones and “little tiny windows” Message* Tags Donald TrumpNationalOpportunity ZonesPoliticstaxes Share via Shortlink Full Name*
85, 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.
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.
The 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 OCNJDaily.com.During 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 oceancityvacation.com 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 oceancityvacation.com)Gillian 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.
By 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.