Comic Book Store Redefined

first_img When it comes to comics, there are two types of readers: the hard-core fanatics and the casual ones.Collector’s Paradise caters to both but focuses on the casual reader.“We’re a different type of store, different from many comic book stores that you see. Most comic book stores sell a lot of older comics, older toys, and dusty collectibles in addition to the new releases that come out. We pride ourselves on being sort of different,” says Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise.Different in a way that the store doesn’t stock up on old back issues like other comic stores; instead it focuses on the “bookstore model; comics that come out monthly as periodicals and a huge selection of graphic novels, plus related merchandise, like toys, statues and art.” says Greenberg.[smooth=id:126;]“We don’t consider ourselves a Comic Book Store, we call ourselves a Comic Bookstore,” he adds.In short, Collector’s Paradise focuses more on the reading aspect of the hobby as opposed to just the collecting/investing aspect.Greenberg also tells us how his shop stands out from the rest by not looking like a “stereotypical comic book store with a bunch of older products, mixed fixtures and hand-written signs”. Instead, Collector’s Paradise stores look like a proper bookstore with fixtures that match each other, original art and prints on the walls, and an overall very sharp appearance. Not like some stores that looks like someone’s garage with posters and toys displayed without rhyme nor reason. The San Fernando Valley branch even has a dedicated Art Gallery attached.This distinction of image makes Collector’s Paradise much more inviting to casual readers.“We kind of try to focus on a professional clientele that like to read comic books and graphic novels as a form of literature as opposed to the old school collectors who just like to collect long runs of comic books,” explains Greenberg. “We do have a lot of collectibles in the store, but one does not have to be a collector to feel comfortable walking in.”Collector’s Paradise’s unique approach to the hobby even extends to how they celebrate the yearly National Free Comic Book Day event. “Every first Saturday in May, most stores do an event called Free Comic Book Day. They buy a bunch of comics really, really cheap from the publishers, books that are specially created for this event, and they give them out to people who walk in the store that day, as a way to promote reading comics.” says Greenberg.But true to its unique nature, instead of Free Comic Book Day, Collector’s Paradise celebrates Free Comic Book MAY.“We’re giving away the comics, like everyone else, but we’re also doing it for a whole month. I think that’s a huge thing that nobody’s done in Los Angeles. We don’t call it Free Comic Book Day, we call it Free Comic Book MAY,” says Greenberg.It is Free Comic Book May because people can get free books every Saturday in May. But the store also does more than just give away free comics, when people come in. Collector’s Paradise will have comic creators to sign the books, a variety from local to the world-renowned.“First of all, we create a huge event on May 4th, there’s a huge talent signing in each store and we have guys like J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5; Whilce Portacio, one of the biggest artists in the industry and co-founder of Image Comics, the third largest publisher in comics. He’s coming, plus a bunch of other really super talented people,” says Greenberg. These signing events continue for the rest of the month, on Saturdays, at both stores, with many local creators showcasing their books in the stores.Perhaps what makes Collector’s Paradise all the more endearing, is the fact that it does its part in giving back to the community.Partnering with the Pasadena Public Library and other Pasadena organizations, the store does events like “Pasadena LitFest as a way to expand comic books awareness in the community. We’re establishing a relationship with the Pasadena City College. We’re all about being in the community and love to work with local organizations and have sponsored several charity events in the Pasadena Area,” Greenberg enthuses.Greenberg also says that they will be on hand to give out free books not just in his store, but in the Pasadena Public Library as well. He says on “May 4th when people go to check out Free Comic Book Day, we will be there at the library giving out books. One of our favorite creators, Mike Kunkel, of “Herobear and the Kid” is going to be there to sign books for kids and do sketches.”Greenberg adds, “If you go to the Pasadena Library and check out a graphic novel there to read, those very likely come from us. Many of their graphic novels have been purchased by the library from us in the last two years.”The partnership between Collector’s Paradise and the Pasadena Public Library is an ongoing relationship, Greenberg says, and “we want to do that with other organizations. Anybody who wants to start a relationship with our stores can call us and talk about it.”Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Prkwy #4, while the original branch is in San Fernando Valley, at 7131 Winnetka Ave in Canoga Park. To find out more about Collector’s Paradise, you can visit, where additional information for each branch is available, or email the management at [email protected] HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Serena’s second year through to Wella TrendVision Awards

first_imgNewsSerena’s second year through to Wella TrendVision AwardsBy Staff Reporter – May 14, 2015 848 WhatsApp Print Twitter Previous articleCouncillors furious over lack of funding for social housing in West LimerickNext articleStand up and Fight for a taste of Limerick’s military history Staff Reporter Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook TAGSDublinFringe Hair SalonHaloIrelandlimericklondonSerena CroftonTrendVision AwardsWella TrendVision RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Serena’s winning entry for TrendVision 2014by Aoife [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK hairstylist Serena Crofton, from Limerick’s newest salon Fringe (formally Halo), has made it to the Irish regional heats of the prestigious International Wella TrendVision awards for the second year running.Serena has already been recognised for her talent and skill when she beat hundreds of stylists from across the country as a finalist in the Irish regional heats last year. Competing against 20 others in the Young Talent category, Serena went on to secure a place in the UK and Ireland finals in London last October.Entering this year under the Colour Vision category which focuses on colour expertise, Serena will have to show her creativity and technique with her own colour vision.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Serena said: “I am so excited to have been chosen to compete again. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the hairdressing industry and I am delighted to be representing Limerick.Since winning last year I have had so many great opportunities. I have worked on music videos, photo shoots and charity events. It’s a tough competition but I just want to enjoy every minute of it.”The Wella Trendvision awards are judged by some of the industries top international stylists.  The heats will take place this August 24, at The Wella Studios, Dublin, where twelve finalists will be picked to travel to London for a chance to win the International Trendvision Awards.To see more of Serena’s work go to Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisementlast_img read more

Consilio Launches Key Enhancements to Brand Platform, Consilio Complete

first_img WhatsApp WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Consilio, a global leader in eDiscovery, document review, risk management, and legal consulting services, today announced the launch of a number of key enhancements and innovations to its platform, Consilio Complete, to coincide with Legalweek(year) 2021. The enhancements, Complete Transfer and Contract Analytics, aim to strengthen the client experience, transferring large volumes of matters and efficiently addressing contracts with machine learning and artificial intelligence. About Complete Transfer Complete Transfer offers clients a custom-designed and proven solution to seamlessly migrate matters, regardless of stage or complexity, to Consilio’s global, enterprise-grade data processing, hosting, and production infrastructure. Over 300+ terabytes of active client matters have been migrated to Consilio using Complete Transfer in the last 12 months. For more information on Complete Transfer, please visit: “Our proven process incorporates a consultative approach to understand our clients’ specific requirements,” said Meredith Kildow, Chief Revenue Officer at Consilio. “Our experts, experienced with complex Complete Transfer migrations, then define, propose, and execute a Complete Transfer that minimizes process and technical risks during a structured transition.” About Contract Analytics Contract Analytics, powered by Complete Intelligence, allows clients to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to efficiently identify and act on clauses and data within large volumes of contracts – reducing risk and cost. Contract Analytics use cases include M&A due diligence, identification of risk and obligations during corporate transactions/change in control activities, improving regulator inquiry response such as antitrust, re-papering efforts (i.e., transitioning from LIBOR, incorporating data privacy, process changes due to Brexit, or aligning with lease accounting standards). For more information on Contract Analytics, please visit: “Corporate and law firm clients are managing larger volumes of contracts with increasing complexity in terms and clauses,” said Kildow. “Contract Analytics utilizes advanced technology, process and our proprietary methodology to reduce risk and cost of these complex transactions.” Deployed across more than 70 locations in 11 countries, Consilio Complete is trusted by clients in a wide range of industries, averaging over 70+ terabytes of data processed per month, 3,000+ legal review professionals on Secure Virtual Review infrastructure, and significant client- and matter-level growth in Sightline, Consilio’s private-cloud eDiscovery platform. In addition to the product enhancements, the Complete suite offers eight additional solutions including: Complete Investigations, Complete Data, Complete Review, Complete Intelligence, Complete Consulting, Complete Flex, Complete Audio, and Complete Chat. For more details on Consilio Complete, please contact: Consilio Media Contact Gabrielle Simon [email protected] About Consilio Consilio is a global leader in eDiscovery, document review, risk management, and legal consulting services. Through its Consilio Complete suite of capabilities, the company supports multinational law firms and corporations using innovative software, cost-effective managed services, and deep legal and regulatory industry expertise. Consilio has extensive experience in litigation, HSR second requests, internal and regulatory investigations, eDiscovery, document review, information governance, compliance risk assessments, cybersecurity, law department management, contracts management, legal analytics, paper discovery and digital printing, as well as legal recruiting and placement. Consilio employs leading professionals in the industry, applying defensible workflows with patented and industry-proven technology across all phases of the eDiscovery and risk management lifecycle. ISO 27001:2013 certified, the company operates offices, document review and data centers across Europe, Asia, and North America. For more information, please visit us at View source version on CONTACT: Consilio Media Gabrielle Simon [email protected] KEYWORD: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT SECURITY TECHNOLOGY LEGAL NETWORKS CONSULTING SOURCE: Consilio Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 09:01 AM Facebook Twitter Local NewsBusiness Facebook Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Consilio Launches Key Enhancements to Brand Platform, Consilio Complete Previous articleU.S. Air Force Provides Ramsey Solutions’ Personal Finance Curriculum to 150 United States SchoolsNext articleKit Check®’s Bluesight® for Controlled Substances is Announced as Best in KLAS for Drug Diversion Monitoring in 2021 Best in KLAS Report Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 TAGS  WhatsApplast_img read more

HilltopSecurities Welcomes Brian Connery to Fixed Income Capital Markets

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness TAGS  Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– Hilltop Securities Inc. (HilltopSecurities) recently welcomed Brian Connery to its Fixed Income Capital Markets division in Dallas as director and municipal trader, reporting to Todd Bleakney, senior managing director, co-head of Debt Capital Markets. “HilltopSecurities is excited to have Brian as a new member of our team,” said Bleakney. “He’s an accomplished municipal finance professional, covering financial modeling and trading for high yield securities and other fixed income products. His years of experience will help us continue expanding our client base and the services we provide as a leading municipal investment bank.” Connery brings 14 years of financial services experience to his role. He joins from Morgan Stanley where he served as vice president and high yield trader for their Municipal Fixed Income group. Prior to his time there, Connery worked with Citigroup as vice president of municipal fixed income, specializing in credit analytics and structured products. “My career has taken me to several large firms, which have helped enhance my capabilities and understanding of each municipal sector,” said Connery. “I’m proud to join HilltopSecurities. Not only are they an established, respected, and growing company, their professionals share my appetite for developing creative structures and innovative financial solutions to benefit the communities our public finance clients serve.” Connery received a bachelor’s in finance with an emphasis on financial accounting from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. About HilltopSecurities Hilltop Securities Inc. delivers forthright advice and tailored solutions for municipal issuers, institutions, broker-dealers, and individuals. The full-service municipal investment bank and registered investment adviser is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices across the United States. Areas of focus include public finance; municipal and taxable fixed income underwriting, sales, and trading; retail brokerage services; securities clearing; structured finance; and securities lending. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH), HilltopSecurities’ affiliates include Momentum Independent Network Inc., PlainsCapital Bank, and PrimeLending. Learn more at Member: NYSE/FINRA/SIPC. View source version on CONTACT: Hilltop Holdings Inc. Ben Brooks 214.252.4047 [email protected] KEYWORD: TEXAS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE SOURCE: Hilltop Securities Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 05:00 PM/DISC: 02/24/2021 05:01 PM By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Twitter Twitter HilltopSecurities Welcomes Brian Connery to Fixed Income Capital Markets WhatsApp Previous articleNorth America $3.7 Billion Advanced Rocket and Missile Propulsion Systems Market to 2025 by Propellant, Turbo-Pump, Combustion Chamber, Valve, Motor Casing, Nozzle, Igniter, Others – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articlePhysicians’ Education Resource® Hosts the 38th Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference® in Expanded, Interactive Virtual Meeting Format Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Another Decision by Semantics

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 14, 2017 1,218 Views About Author: Joey Pizzolato  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Legal Mortgage Recording 2017-08-14 Joey Pizzolato The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Legal Mortgage Recording The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Eleventh Appellate District Court in Geauga County, Ohio, held up the Geauga Country Court of Common Places dismissal ruling in the case, State of Ohio, ex rel. Flaiz, Prosecuting Atty of Geauga County, Ohio, et al.  v. MERSCORP, Inc., et al., which alleged that MERSCORP was liable for damages in unpaid filing fees for failing to record mortgages and mortgage assignments in the county recorder’s records.The county’s (plaintiff) position was based off an interpretation of a phrase in Ohio recording statutes R.C. 5301.25 and R.C. 5301.32 that say mortgages and mortgage assignments “shall be recorded” mandates a legal obligation to record with the county recorder’s office. As the county is legally permitted to charge a fee for this service, the plaintiff’s notion was that, pursuant to R.C. 309.12, which authorizes prosecutors to file suit when “money is owed to the county,” the case should be reheard.MERSCORP argued that the language did not constitute a statutory obligation to file with the county, and that because there was no obligation, any money that was allegedly owed was potential rather than a liability or settled obligation.The trial court sided with MERSCORP, saying:“Mortgagees and assignees have very strong reasons to record mortgages and mortgage assignments; the recording of those instruments provides notice and establishes at least the presumption of priority. It would seem that only a foolhardy mortgage assignee would choose not to record a mortgage assignment with the County Recorder and run the risk of another entity filing a subsequent mortgage assignment and claiming priority. And yet, that is exactly what the Defendants have chosen to do with the MERS system. Without giving too much credit to financial institutions that have been substantially responsible for the recent recession, those financial institutions have chosen the benefits of the MERS system over the protections of the public recording statutes. The laws of the State of Ohio as presently constituted permit those financial institutions to make that choice.”The Eleventh Appellate District Court, in a 2-1 decision, held up that opinion.This isn’t the first decision MERSCORP has won when it comes to similar statutes. The company has also been victorious in, Union County, Illinois v. MERSCORP, Inc., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania v. MERSCORP, Inc., and County of Ramsey v. MERSCORP.  “We are pleased the court affirmed that Ohio law does not impose a duty to record mortgages or assignments of mortgages,” said MERSCORP Holdings VP for Corporate Communications, Janis Smith. “This ruling is consistent with the purpose and intent of the recording statute, as courts across the country with similar state statutes have concurred.” Previous: The Week Ahead: Interview with NAR CEO Next: What a Reduced Balance Sheet Could Mean . . . Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Magazine, News, State Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Another Decision by Semantics Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Another Decision by Semantics Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Reservations available for Bible reading marathon

first_img Email the author Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell God’s Word will be honored with the public reading of the Holy Bible during the Sixth Annual Bible Reading Marathon on the square in downtown Troy April 29 through May 3.The annual Bible Reading Marathon is hosted by the Salem-Troy Baptist Association and sponsored by the International Bible Reading Association.Linda Adams, interim director of the Salem-Troy Baptist Association, said that the Bible Reading Marathon will begin at 7 a.m. on April 29 in the Gazebo and conclude with an observance ceremony at noon on May 3, which is the National Day of Prayer. The readers are asked to read in 15-minute increments but some churches reserve blocks of time and divide the time among their readers.“We invite churches, organizations, groups, neighborhoods and individuals to participate,” Adams said. “We have families that reserve blocks of time and the parents and children read. Right now, about one-third of the time slots have been reserved. So, we still have plenty of opportunities to participate.”Adams said the late night and early morning hours are the hardest to fill. These hours are often reserved by high school and university students who come in groups.“There are always people from the Association on the square so a reader is never alone,” Reservations available for Bible reading marathon Adams said. “Those who are not reading are invited and encouraged to come and participate in the Bible Reading Marathon as a listener.”Salem-Troy Baptist Association became interested in the Bible Reading Marathon after attending a conference in Ozark.“When we heard about the Bible Reading Marathon, we knew it was important for us to participate,” Adams said. “We appreciate all of those who have participated in the past and invite everyone to participate in the Sixth Annual Bible Reading Marathon as a reader or hearer of God’s Word.”To reserve a time to read or for more information, call Adams at 33-566-1538. Skip Print Article Published 11:00 pm Thursday, April 19, 2012 “We are in the process of registering readers for the Bible Reading Marathon,” Adams said. “The opportunity to read God’s Word publicly is offer to people of all denominations and from all walks of life.“The purpose of the Bible Reading Marathon is to be faithful to God’s Word and to honor it. By reading the Bible publicly, we are witnessing that we are committed to people hearing God’s Word.”Adams said reading the entire Bible takes about 90 hours and 360 readers are needed. By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like School board approves new academic calendar It’s back. The Troy City Schools Board of Education voted Thursday night to approve a school calendar for the next… read morelast_img read more

Guts & Glory Run and its Co-Founder Have Endured; Scott Patterson of Gilmore Girls…

first_imgDonna Lombard, co-founder and Race Director of the Guts & Glory 5K run, has, as they say, skin in the game. The race/walk to benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) will take place Sunday August 14, at 8:30 a.m. starting near the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue.Lombard has a little bit more at stake than the average Race Director.Having lived with Crohn’s Disease for 34 years, endured 30 hospitalizations and two major operations, Lombard doesn’t let her condition or its treatment get in the way of her busy life.  She has three jobs: working for a Law Firm; the Ocean City Recreation Department; and as a Spin Class Master Instructor. All while caring for an elderly parent.Lombard has combined her passion for fitness with a burning desire to aid Crohn’s and Colitis victims. The result is one of the most successful local road races in the region.If that weren’t enough, Lombard landed a major coup when she broke the news Friday that Scott Patterson of the hit television series “The Gilmore Girls” will perform a post-race concert at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center.  Check with OCNJDaily later this weekend for concert details and an exclusive interview with Patterson.The certified, traffic-free course features age group awards, T-shirts to all competitors (to race day registrants as supply lasts), online race results, and other runner/walker amenities. Canine participants are welcome, too, Lombard said. Many of the participants run in teams featuring colorful uniforms and funny names to honor individuals suffering from Crohn’s or colitis. Several houses along the race route decorate for the occasion and cheer on the runners.Register online at Pre-registration is $25, $30 the day of the event.“It’s a very festive event,” she said of the out-and-back run/walk, much of which takes place on the Ocean City Bike Path.Additionally, the race will recognize this year’s “honored heroes” the Diederich family of West Chester, PA. and its Guts and Glory “Team 4 Mer” established to honor Crohn’s sufferer Meredith Diederich. Her daughter, 11-year-old Anna, sold lemonade from a stand in front of the family’s Ocean City summer residence to account for part of the more than $130,000 “Team 4 Mer” has raised for the cause.The Guts & Glory Run, which started out as a small community event in 1994, grew to more than 2,000 participants last year and has raised more than $225,000 to benefit Crohn’s research. All proceeds go to the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter, helping local people.  CCFA is a five-star charity, the highest rating for the percentage of funds which actually wind up directly aiding the victims.Donna LombardThe cause is a serious one. Lombard said approximately 1.4 million Americans suffer from the two illnesses. The event is making its impact felt.“We couldn’t do it without the help of Lisa Rumer, from the City of Ocean City, and of course our major sponsor, Edmunds and Associates (a local company that develops software solutions for governments and governmental agencies),” Lombard said.“Nobody likes talking about gastrointestinal diseases and especially their symptoms. But anyone who has suffered with these types of illnesses certainly wants to help find a cure.”Lombard was a 17-year-old high school senior and star athlete at Audubon High School (Camden County) when Crohn’s first struck. It was initially misdiagnosed as food poisoning and Lombard continued to suffer and her weight dropped to 70 lbs. before a doctor suspected Crohn’s and the diagnosis was finally confirmed. Her next stop was the hospital and her first major surgery.last_img read more

Ocean City Turned Out to Help Exchange Club Honor Tom Oves

first_imgThe 2016 & 2017 Book of Deeds Recipients, Harry Vanderslice and Tom Oves, JR. share a few laughs at the end of the evening. Ocean City Exchange Club President Frank Faverzani, left, presented Thomas Oves Jr. the Book of Golden Deeds Award earlier this year. A large “who’s who” crowd of Ocean City residents and friends turned out Monday night to recognize Thomas R. Oves, Jr.A teacher, Board of Education member, coach, and entrepreneur received the Exchange Club of Ocean City’s 52nd Annual Chapter of its “Book of Golden Deeds. The award, one of the oldest and most prestigious honors to be bestowed in Ocean City, was the highlight of a dinner held at the Flanders Hotel.In the case of Oves’ the Golden Deeds chapter reads more like a book in its own right.Jon Batastini, an Exchange Club Book of Deeds Committee Member, friend of Tom Oves, and the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.The evening’s events included many heartfelt speeches and laughs as well, befitting the man. Jerry Kanefsky, the Exchange Club President Elect, welcomed the crowd, and Oves’ friend Jon Batastini gave an overview of the Book of Golden Deeds and acted as the master of ceremonies.Don Pileggi, the 1971 Book of Golden Deeds chapter subject, led the pledge of allegiance and Richard Stanislaw another recipient (2014) gave the invocation. John LaRosa explained the award and set the stage for a parade of friends and community leaders.James Plousis read a proclamation from Governor Christie, Sue Sheppard had words of wisdom and recognition from Congressman Frank LoBiondo, and presentations were made by Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Bruce Land and Bob Andrzejczak, Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes, and Cape May County Freeholder Brigadier General Jeff Pierson.Also, Mayor Jay Gillian, Council member Anthony Wilson made presentations, as did friends Charles Bowman, Greg Young, and Tom Lukens.City Council President Pete Madden spoke on behalf of all of the Council. Additionally, Tony Wilson shared some emotional praise for his dear friend. When Tony was critically injured in a construction related accident, Tom told him “Stay strong because that is what your children will remember about you”. Tony indicated that, in some difficult times, the advice has served him well.Exchange Club President Frank Faverzani made the actual presentation, followed by a heartfelt speech by Tom Oves.For those who do not know Tom, he is amazing man that does a tremendous amount for others. From running his iconic boardwalk eatery, to coaching and administering the Ocean City Junior Wrestling Club and its tournament which draws youth wrestlers from all over South Jersey and surrounding states. He even coached Ocean City Little League for several years.Greg Young spoke of Tom’s dedication to the wrestling program. He gave numerous examples of Tom’s boundless capacities to be there for others. He closed by saying “when Ocean City calls, Tom Oves answers”.Oves might be best known for his many years as an educator and supporter of education. An eight-year member of the Ocean City Board of Education, which he also served for four years as Vice President, he is as familiar as the firmament around Ocean City Schools. He chairs the Building and Grounds Committee, presiding over some of the top school and athletic facilities in the region. He also served on the Strategic Planning and Hall of Fame Committees.Ocean City born and raised, Oves’ dedication to education began in 1987 at Wildwood High where he taught and coached Freshman Boys Basketball. He went on to Atlantic City Middle School and the High School, teaching in that system until 2007. He coached the Vikings’ traveling chess team during that period.You could hear a pin drop during Tom’s acceptance speech. He shared personal insight into some of his biggest challenges and cherished victories. It was truly captivating and inspiring.Tom’s many accomplishments are that much more remarkable considering the challenges he has endured and overcome throughout his life –including over 60 operations, 30 years of dialysis treatments, 4 kidney transplants, a collapsed lung, fluid on his heart, bouts with cancer, and the loss of a leg at the knee due to circulation problems.Tom, and his wife Mary (his “rock”) have three boys – twins Dustin and John, and Tommy. During the summer season, he works with his brothers Alex and Chris at the family restaurant, bike rental and umbrella rental emporium at 4th and the Boardwalk.The evening closed with a lot of laughs, hugs, and pictures with family and friends. It was a memorable and inspiring evening for all that attended.Left to right: Tom’s Wife Mary Oves, Mother Anne Oves, Son Dustin Oves, Tom Oves, JR., Sons Tommy, and John Oves, Brothers Chris, Danny (in the front), and Alex Oves, Father Tom Oves, SR.,, Sister-in-Law Tobi Oveslast_img read more

News story: Government announces details of £2.5 million to celebrate centenary of suffrage

first_imgThe government will also help fund a public art march through the streets of the 4 capital cities, with people dressed in violet, green and white to look like a moving suffragette flag.A new Celebrating Votes for Women web page will help people find out more about getting involved in centenary events through the year. The page includes links to information about the history of the suffrage movement and details of how to apply for a grant, as well as an events hub to show what is happening across the country.The grant scheme and £1 million investment are part of a £5 million centenary fund created by the government to celebrate the centenary and to open up public life to more people.£1.2 million has been awarded to 7 ‘Centenary Cities’ and towns in England with a strong suffrage history to help inspire a new generation with the legacy of women’s campaign for equal representation.A statue of leading suffragist Millicent Fawcett, who helped win the vote for women, will be unveiled in Parliament Square later this year. 100 years ago, an army of brave women made enormous sacrifices to pave the way for the equal rights we enjoy in this country today. The projects funded by this £2.5 million fund will honour their legacy by opening up modern politics to more people and ensuring we remember this landmark moment in our proud democratic history. Amber Rudd today (6 February) opened a £1.5 million Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme for bids of up to £125,000 for projects running throughout the centenary year to encourage communities to celebrate and to help make modern politics more accessible.Ms Rudd revealed how a further £1 million will be invested to mark the important democratic milestone, including a scheme to inspire a new generation of young women by matching them with leaders in their communities.Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Amber Rudd said: Over £1 million of the Centenary Grant Scheme will be available for at least 30 large-scale schemes to increase young people’s engagement with democracy and to encourage more women to take part in public life.The rest of the fund will be made up of smaller grants of up to £2000 for local events to celebrate and remember those who campaigned for change.The first of these events is being held this week to mark the 6 February 100-year anniversary of the act of Parliament that first gave some women the vote. Over £60,000 has already been awarded to 35 local projects, including a tea party in Liverpool to bring schoolchildren and older people together to celebrate women’s suffrage.The Home Secretary announced that the additional £1 million funding will help fund a number of initiatives, including: a year-long pilot matching 650 young women with female community leaders – such as politicians or businesswomen – to help develop their leadership potential the closing ceremony for the 3-month long festival of The Great Exhibition of the North, which will commemorate the centenary and encourage more women to participate in politics a public procession where female MPs walk from Parliament to an ‘ask her to stand’ event to encourage more women to sign up as candidateslast_img read more

Barry Callebaut sales grow ahead of chocolate market

first_imgChocolate and cocoa products supplier Barry Callebaut has increased its sales volumes by 6.3% in the past year – ahead of the 1.8% increase in the overall chocolate confectionery market.Announcing its full-year results for 2017/18, the business reported that sales volumes had topped two million tonnes for the first time, with growth driven by emerging markets and gourmet and speciality products. Overall sales revenue rose 0.1% to £5.3bn (CHF6.9bn) in local currencies, and was up 2.1% in Swiss Francs.The company said its recently announced acquisition of Inforum, a B2B chocolate manufacturer in Russia, and its new long-term supply agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company underlined the growth potential in the mostly mature European chocolate and confectionery markets.Over the past financial year, sales volumes in Callebaut’s EMEA region had been driven by growth in the food manufacture and gourmet markets. EMEA volumes rose 6.8% to 925,144 tonnes while the chocolate confectionery market grew by +1.9%.Sales revenue in EMEA was flat in local currencies at £2,341m (CHF3,073m) and rose 5.9% in Swiss francs. Operating profit was up +11.2% in local currencies to £268m (CHF352.0m) and rose 18.1% in Swiss francs.“I am delighted to announce a set of very strong results. The consistent execution of our ‘smart growth’ strategy enabled all our regions and product groups to contribute to top- and bottom-line, delivering on our mid-term guidance,” said Barry Callebaut Group CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique.Activity by Callebaut in the financial year has included the launch of ruby, which is described as the fourth type of chocolate. The business has also extended its dairy-free chocolate portfolio in the US, and its range of sugar-reduced options.last_img read more