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first_imgLONG BRANCHThe city’s Columbus Day Parade is being held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.In addition, the Columbus Day Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Morris Avenue at Westwood Avenue. The festival will include an appearance by the band, The Nerds, and will also include rides, food vendors, a petting zoo, hayrides and many other activities for the entire family.The Columbus Day Parade has a long history in the City of Long Branch, dating back to 1946, and is the perfect setting for the parade because of the diverse nationalities that reside in this city.For the past eight years, Joseph Mercadante has been the parade’s chairman and for the last five years has sponsored the parade with the help of the City of Long Branch. This year the event will honor Monmouth University’s President, Paul G. Gaffney, who will serve as the grand marshal. Gaffney is a retired Navy vice admiral and was president of the National Defense University from 2000 to 2003.The parade will consist of Monmouth University’s Pep Band along with several local high school bands from Long Branch, Shore Regional, Monmouth Regional, as well as other bands.  There will also be motorcycles, antique cars, floats from area businesses, Boy/Girl Scout Troops, and state and county officials. HOLMDELBayshore Community Hospital will bring back the tradition of its annual Community Day and 5K Run/Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the hospital, 727 North Beers St.The day kicks off with a timed 5K Run/Walk starting at Bayshore. This is the third and final race in the Meridian Heart and Sole Cup with $3,000 in prize money awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers, as well as the top three male and female finishers by age group.Registration and check-in for the 5K Run/Walk begin at 8:30 a.m. at the hospital’s main entrance. Registration is $20 and can be accessed at www.BayshoreHospital.org/5krace.There will be free kids’ races for children between the ages of 3 and 12 starting at 
11a.m. Registration can be obtained on the day of the event or online, and all participants will receive medals.Following the races, Bayshore for Community Day will feature festivities for families and community members of all ages. Enjoy an afternoon of autumnal activities including: pony rides, a petting zoo, jumpie castles, music, pumpkin painting, refreshments, and more. Health information and free screenings will be available including blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, stroke, and bone density.For more information on the 5K race or community day visit www.BayshoreHospital.org/5krace. MONMOUTH BEACHThe Art Society of Monmouth County will feature a demonstration by sculptor David Colletti at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, 128 Ocean Ave.Colletti’s demonstration will show how he sculptures both in facial and body figures in wax..Colletti has worked in Hollywood and is known for his expertise in sculpting for Hollywood artisans and movie productions and reproducing figures used in the industry.The event is open to the public. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. * * * * *Read to a Dog is a great program to help improve the literacy skills of children. It encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener in our furry friends. Independent readers in K-5 grade will read to a certified therapy dog for 10 minutes.Read to a Dog will take place 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Middletown Township Public Library’s Children’s Quiet Reading Area. The library is located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Preregistration is required and may be made at www.mtpl.org.Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc. FAIR HAVENMaria Grace, education and outreach manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, will present at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, a talk, called the Peregrine Falcons in New Jersey, at the Monmouth County Audubon Society.The meeting will be held at the Church of the Nativity on Ridge Road. The public is welcome; admission is free.Peregrine falcons are doing remarkably well in New Jersey, with more than 20 pairs calling the Garden State home. But this was not always the case – at one time there were no falcons nesting east of the Mississippi. Attendees can learn about the return of the Peregrine falcon to the state and its many “firsts” that led to the successful reintroduction of this hunter of the sky.Grace is the education and outreach manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Since 2004, she has been teaching adults and children about New Jersey’s rare and endangered wildlife. Since 2000, she has been connecting people to the natural world through hands on field based programs, interactive classrooms programs, and informative professional development workshops in subjects ranging from water and stream ecology, volunteer monitoring, and New Jersey’s incredible biodiversity. MIDDLETOWNThe Middletown Township Police Department is holding a prescription drug collection day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at police headquarters, located at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway.The collection is part of the National Take Back Initiative. Organizers will accept medication but no needles.Additional information about the township event is available by calling 732-615-2039. LINCROFTBrookdale Community College will host a veterans’ workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Lincroft main campus, 765 Newman Springs Road.The event will be held in the ATEC building, rooms 223 and 224. Parking is closest in lots 4 and 6.Organizing the event is Jerry Russell, a Brookdale operations administer and a U.S. Army retiree. “A variety of services will be shared,” he said.The Monmouth County Veterans Service Team and Brookdale Community College Health Center are coordinating to offer information on New Jersey veterans benefits, Veterans Adminis­tra­tion benefits eligibility, resume review, education benefits, VOW and VRAP programs.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be on hand to perform blood pressure screenings, offer flu shots and light medical screenings and register veterans for VA medical benefits.For additional information, contact Jerry Russell at 732-224-2068 or email him at jrussell@brookdalecc.edu.Information is also available from the Brookdale Community College Student Health Center nurse, Gwendolyn Evens, at 732-224-2395 or email to gevens@brookdalecc.edu.A registration form is available from Victor Alvarado at732-775-1566 or, email to victor.alvarado@dol.state.nj.us. * * * * *The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought will sponsor its 13th annual Shanti (Peace) Lecture from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St.The Rev. Eric Cherry, director of the International Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association, will present “21st Century Inter-Religious Engagement: New Strategies.”“There are significant moments that serve as markers in our interfaith efforts. The 1893 Parliament of World Religions in Chicago set the stage for a variety of interfaith initiatives during the 20th century, many of which were profoundly important and successful,” Cherry said. “But, in the 21st century, there are new challenges and opportunities which require different strategies and initiatives. This talk will explore 21st century paradigms and examples of interfaith engagement that build peace, understanding, and hope for our world in its current context.”Cherry manages the UUA’s relationships with interfaith partners around the world, supervises the staff of the UU Holdeen India Program and the UU United Nations Office.This event is free and is open to all. A light meal will be served after the formal program at which time you will have the opportunity to continue the dialogue.For more information contact MCWRET Board Member Stevi Lischin at lischinsmith@verizon.net or 732 241-7392. MONMOUTH COUNTYThose wanting to learn about Boy Scouting programs in that area may do so Saturday, Sept. 29, during the first countywide Join Scouting Information Day at the Library, sponsored by Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America.Representatives from local Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops will have information tables at libraries including Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, Red Bank, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.Cub Scouts is open to boys in grades 1-5, Boy Scouts is for Boys ages 11 to 18 while Venturing is for co-ed youth ages 14-21.Additional information about joining the Boy Scouts is available at www.BeAScout.org. By entering a zip code on the site, visitors will find a Scouting unit near them.last_img read more

Hands-On With Sparrow, A Gmail Desktop Client for Mac

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Sparrow supports many features from Gmail, including labels and, should you choose, Gmail shortcut keys. This makes the transition to Sparrow easy, whether you’re a “hardcore” Gmail user or not. The interface is very intuitive. Arrow down, for example, to get to the next message. Arrow right to open the far right pane, and arrow left to close it again.Sparrow’s “quick reply” feature is great, and keeps with the app’s minimalist interface. When you hit the reply button in message views, you’ll get a small text box, ideal for typing quick replies to simple questions. But you can also pull up more options with the reply button’s dropdown menu, including the standard reply, repl all, forward and delete options. The app also supports Growl notifications, allows you to drag-and-drop images directly into messages, and displays your messages in threads. The one feature that I noticed that’s missing is “mark all items as read,” but I’m not sure you’re supposed to publicly disclose that you do such things to email.And while we’re on the subject of disclosure, I’ll admit that I was pretty skeptical initially that a desktop client could woo me away from the web. But having taken Sparrow for a spin, I’m impressed. And now, I’m a user.Currently, Sparrow only works with Gmail. You can add multiple accounts – great for those who have personal Gmail accounts but also use Google Apps. As Sparrow uses IMAP, support for other email services will is in the works, with Version 1.1 out soon. Tags:#biz#Reviews 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout audrey watters We’ve been hearing good things about Sparrow, an OS X IMAP e-mail client, since its beta release last fall. The app hit the new Mac App Store earlier this week, quickly shooting up to the top paid app spot. That speaks volumes about Sparrow as the app costs $9.99 while the web-based access to Gmail, the only email currently supported by the app, is of course free.For those using Gmail who’ve been looking for a clean and simple native Mac client, then Sparrow might be just the thing for you. Honestly, I’d say that even for those who haven’t been looking for a desktop client.The common refrain you’ll hear about Sparrow is that it’s like Twitter for email. Indeed, the interface is very reminiscent of Tweetie for Mac. There are three columns: the left column contains your inbox, starred, sent, drafts and trash. The center column contains a short preview of messages. And the right column, which is collapsible, contains the full email message.last_img read more

LinkedIn Endorsements: Lots Of Noise, No Signal

first_imgLinkedIn Endorsements may be the fastest-growing new product launch in the history of LinkedIn, but it is also arguably the most pointless. Launched as a lightweight way to recommend colleagues so as to boost their resumes, LinkedIn Endorsements have become useless noise on an otherwise useful service.Yet LinkedIn shows no signs of abandoning Endorsements.In fact, on a recent earnings call, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner trumpeted the new product hitting 1 billion Endorsements in just under five months. He called out how the service has done a “nice job … of creating the right kind of viral loops,” bringing people back to the site that otherwise might use LinkedIn as a site to use when actively looking for a job every few years. With this and LinkedIn’s Influencers product, which is turning LinkedIn into a destination site for constantly updated content, the company appears to be succeeding in generating ongoing interest in using the site, and not merely when people need to polish their resumes for a job search.LinkedIn Signal, Meet Endorsements NoiseThe problem with Endorsements, however, is that they generate mindless clicks with no real value to the person endorsing someone else, or the person receiving the endorsement. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… LinkedIn uses sophisticated data analysis to comb through one’s profile and tease out skills that can be endorsed by others, with a team of data scientists constantly improving its algorithms. However, as can be seen in my example above, the skills LinkedIn highlights are often not very relevant to the person being recommended. Worse, it’s so easy to endorse someone that it’s very easy to end up with a pile of Endorsements that in isolation and in aggregate mean absolutely nothing.As a hiring manager, I’m going to give exactly ZERO weight to this stockpile of “endorsements,” because they effectively amount to a Facebook “Like.” They’re far too easily given, and don’t really tell me what the person being endorsed has done to merit the Endorsement.Endorsements Seen As ShallowSo while LinkedIn Endorsements product manager Peter Rusev happily declares Endorsements the greatest thing since sliced bread, more often I’m hearing comments like these:andIt’s understandable that LinkedIn would seek ways to boost return visits to its website. But as these and many other comments suggest, Endorsements may well be akin to Macbeth’s “life … told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Endorsements create a heck of a lot of noise, and precious little signal. Perhaps that’s one reason that the company didn’t mention Endorsements at all on its most recent earnings call in May 2013.A More Positive Viral Loop For LinkedInIf LinkedIn wants to find more ways to bring people back to the site, I suggest it send out more “You have 20 voyeurs this week” emails. Given how vain we are, this strikes me as a great way to get people visiting the site to see who is checking them out. And beyond mere vanity, it’s also a great way to determine what competitors and prospective customers are thinking about.Given that LinkedIn is already willing to tell me who has been looking at my profile, why not tighten the service to highlight when competitors view my profile? Or for a sales rep, let them list out a group of companies in which they’re interested and generate reports on the companies (or skills/technologies) they’re actively viewing?These may be a bit more invasive, but they also offer real value. Unlike Endorsements, which are so shallow that they’ve become résumé spam. Matt Asay 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market I find myself on the LinkedIn site at least once each week, as I’m regularly recruiting for my employer and LinkedIn is the tech industry’s premier resume repository. I also use it to do quick background checks on people with whom I may have an upcoming meeting, so that I can get a sense for where they’ve worked and what their interests might be. Whatever the reason for visiting the site, most every time I’m greeted with the chance to endorse the person.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Endorsements#job search#LinkedIn#resume A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

PDP eyes grassroot-level uplift

first_imgSeeking large participation of people in the upcoming panchayat polls, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said it would be followed by elections to the urban local bodies (ULB) to fully empower these basic democratic institutions.The State government has announced holding of the panchayat polls from mid-February. Panchayat elections were last held in the State in 2011, while polls to urban local bodies were held in 2005.“My government is committed to empowerment of grassroot level institutions and the proposed elections to the panchayats and ULBs is a major step in that direction,” Mufti said.Seeking large participation of people in the panchayat elections, she said it would be followed by elections to the urban local bodies.“Elections to panchayats and ULBs will empower these institutions to not only have the democratic powers but the financial resources as well to undertake developmental activities at the grass-root levels.‘Vital role’“These democratic institutions play a vital role in taking forward the all-round developmental agenda of the government for every section of the population,” the CM said, while addressing various delegations here.The Chief Minister said the State’s election authority would formally set the process for holding panchayat polls into motion after the Rural Development Department issues the requisite notification in accordance with the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.She said her government had made a commitment on the floor of the House in June 2016 that the elections to the rural and urban local bodies would be held at the earliest to ensure full empowerment of these institutions.New district chiefsAhead of the polls, Ms. Mufti nominated Shafeeq ur Rehman as district president for Reasi, Faqir Chand Baghat for Jammu Rural, Harmesh Salatia for Samba, Surinder Singh for Kathua and Irshad Kar for Baramulla.last_img read more

Ikeh’s shows off 3-point stroke, Blue Eagles not surprised

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But it wasn’t just a career game as Ikeh also showcased his deft shooting that’s been unknown until the Blue Eagles’ sixth win in the tournament.READ: Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIkeh shot two-of-two from deep against the Bulldogs, the first time the Blue Eagle converted from beyond the arc.“The coaches have been teaching me the other facets of the game like shooting, dribbling, and when I found myself open I just had to shoot it and it went in,’ said Ikeh at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo center Chibueze Ikeh may be the biggest guy in the Blue Eagles roster but had never been the team’s center of attention.Ikeh, though, has been turning heads this UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and 6-foot-8 big man gave something more to talk about when he tied his career-high of 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting that went along with 11 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary La Salle puts UP loss behind with thumping of UST Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ikeh’s first three happened in the second quarter to give Ateneo a 36-33 lead before converting his second triple in the third period to put the Blue Eagles up 66-57.Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs AdamsonAteneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga saw nothing new with Ikeh’s newfound skill, saying his center would usually spend extra time in practice just to train that stroke.“We weren’t surprised, the coaches have been giving him the green light to shoot, he has a good rhythm to shoot it,” said Arespacochaga. “He shot a couple in the past and people were surprised that he even attempted but we’ve seen him shoot in practice and he’s been knocking it down.”Ikeh is now a career 50 percent shooter from the field after he attempted his first two in Season 78.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoHuddersfield manager Wagner: I’ve got owners support

first_imgHuddersfield manager Wagner: I’ve got owners supportby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists he has the support of owner Dean Hoyle.The Terries face a huge battle to stave off relegation this summer. After 21 games, the Yorkshire club are rock bottom with two wins and fifteen losses.Asked if was being supported from within the club, Wagner said: “Absolutely, I can’t ask for more support than I’ve got from the board and especially from Dean, our chairman.”We are always, and we are at the minute, in very tight and honest conversations about everything, so I can’t ask for more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoAgent: Napoli need to let Elseid Hysaj leave

first_imgAgent: Napoli need to let Elseid Hysaj leaveby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Napoli fullback Elseid Hysaj has invited interest from Roma.Hysaj is ready to leave Napoli in January.”There had been discussions in the summer with Roma, then we stopped when the season began, but we still like them as a destination,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“I think it is Napoli’s interests to negotiate a transfer in January, seeing as they risk losing him as a free agent in June 2021. They’d only have the summer left otherwise, and seeing as Napoli have been fundamental in Hysaj’s career, we want to avoid leaving for free.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Michigan State Basketball: Watch Michigan State G Eron Harris Throw Down Some Ridiculous Dunks Inside The Breslin Center

first_imgMichigan State Eron Harris throws down a ridiculous dunk.Michigan State Eron Harris Eron Harris hasn’t yet suited up in a game for Michigan State’s basketball program, but we feel it’s safe to say the Spartans’ fan base is going to like him very much. The former West Virginia guard transferred into MSU’s program this offseason and will be eligible for the 2016-17 season after sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA rules. Once he’s eligible, watch out. He’s not only a great scorer (averaged 17 points a game at WVU last season) but also a freak athlete, as he proved at MSU’s Breslin Center earlier today. Check out this video of Harris throwing down some ridiculous dunks, courtesy of MSU guard Denzel Valentine. Whoa. Michigan State’s fan base is definitely going to like him.last_img read more

House passes Rep Coles bill prohibiting the removal of collars from hunting

first_img The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to prohibit the removal of collars from hunting dogs for reprehensible reasons.“Some animal rights organizations have used extreme measures to disrupt legal hunting and this bill will help protect hunting dogs and give their owners peace-of-mind during hunting season,” said Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona.House Bill 5215 would make it a civil infraction with a fine ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for an individual other than the owner that removes the collar from the hunting dog.“People that are opposed to hunting, or those who just want to steal the collars, have been known to take the collars off of the dogs while they are engaged in legal hunting activities,” Rep. Cole said. “Many of these collars have electronic tracking devices and can be quite expensive.“Taking the collars off of hunting dogs puts the animal at risk and lowers the chances for the owner finding the dog if the animal was to wonder off.  HB 5215 will aid in the assurance of safety for the hunting dog and owner.”HB 5215 will now move to the Senate for consideration.##### Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Cole, dog collars, HB5215, hunting center_img 07Jun House passes Rep. Cole’s bill prohibiting the removal of collars from hunting dogslast_img read more