From left, city official Michael Allegretto, Mayor Jay Gillian, Jill and Jody Levchuk and their daughters, Leni and Jordyn, Downtown Merchants Association President Danielle Guerriero, Councilman Pete Madden and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian. (Photo courtesy JASM) Jilly’s Stores adds a seventh location to their specialty shops just in time for the holidays featuring festive decorations and gifts for the whole family.Owners and brothers, Jody and Randy Levchuk, hosted the grand opening on Friday for the store at 1014 Asbury Avenue, just a week after the unofficial Black Friday opening.“We’re excited to offer something a bit different from what you see at our boardwalk locations. We have all of our highest quality products available — something for everyone,” said Jody Levchuk. “Not to mention we’ve turned the location into a holiday attraction visitors can enjoy, come take pictures and get into the holiday spirit.”The Silly Jilly’s Holiday Factory is the official name for the holiday season, but will transition to Jilly’s on Asbury Avenue in later months.The store will be open daily and feature some of their popular products like Official Ocean City Lifeguard gear, Jilly’s OC Originals, holiday ornaments, and even toys for the kids.“It really was a team effort getting this location up and running for the holiday season. The transformation from where the store was when we purchased it to now is a world of a difference. It came together perfectly,” Randy Levchuk noted.The Silly Jilly’s Holiday Factory will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the month of December.For the holidays, Jilly’s is featuring Holly Jilly Holiday Packages for gift-giving.In addition to in-store purchases, Jilly’s offers their online store, ShopJiLLys.com, to those who may not be local or comfortable with going out to stores during this pandemic.
Tyne Daly View Comments Bobby Steggert Related Shows Mothers and Sons Star Files Frederick Weller Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Tyne Daly and the cast of Broadway’s Mothers and Sons had two very fashionable special guests on April 15—Vogue editor Anna Wintour and fashion designer Calvin Klein! The duo took a fashion field trip to see the new play by Terrence McNally, and after the show, they greeted the entire cast backstage. Directed by Sheryl Kaller, Mothers and Sons tells the story of Katharine (Daly), a mother who, 20 years after her son’s death, shows up at the door of her son’s former lover (Frederick Weller), his husband (Bobby Steggert) and their young son (Grayson Taylor). Check out these photos of the fashion moguls meeting the Broadway stars, then see the new production at the Golden Theatre!
Wicked Related Shows View Comments While Broadway on the whole (and temperatures) took a dip in New York this past week, a handful of shows with a proclivity for booster seats saw a sizable increase as kids began their winter breaks. The family-friendly Wicked saw more, well, green, up over $170,000 from last week and sitting comfortably in the first runner up slot. Disney favorites The Lion King and Aladdin rounded out the top three, Matilda celebrated a six-figure boost and School of Rock jumped back over the $1 million mark (at $1,023,108). While most other shows faced a decline ranging from modest to eye-raising, expect numbers to spike just after the holiday—Broadway’s most wonderful time of the year. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending December 20:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,152,296)2. Wicked ($1,903,218)3. Aladdin ($1,704,819)4. Hamilton ($1,658,598)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,613,034)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Gin Game ($283,931)4. Sylvia ($254,930)3. Noises Off ($206,490)*2. Hand to God ($191,331)1. Dames at Sea ($111,059)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.26%)2. Hamilton (101.51%)3. Wicked (98.21%)4. Aladdin (97.79%)5. The Color Purple (97.19%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. The Gin Game (57.17%)4. Dames at Sea (56.22%)3. Allegiance (53.93%)2. Hand to God (44.27%)1. Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (41.14%)* Number based on five preview performancesSource: The Broadway League from $95.00
In three months, an army of citizen scientists across the state will undertake a first-of-its-kind pollinator count across Georgia.To prepare for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census this August, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is offering a few summer reading suggestions for citizen scientists of all ages.“This is a great opportunity to learn more about our Georgia insects,” said Becky Griffin, UGA Extension school garden specialist and pollinator census coordinator.“By doing some reading before the event, participants will really enjoy participating in the census and will understand more about the insects that they see.”The census, which was modeled after Cornell University’s Great Backyard Bird Count, will run from August 23-24. Citizen scientists can sign up individually or in groups at ggapc.org. The results will give entomologists a better sense of the health and diversity of Georgia’s pollinator population.UGA Extension has a number of training resources online to help train those who wish to count, but for those who want to expand their pollinator knowledge, Griffin suggests reading some of the following books.For younger readers who want to learn more about pollinators before they head back to school in August, Griffin recommends three picture books about nature and conservation:“Where Butterflies Grow,” by Joanne Ryder and Lynne Cherry, is filled with detailed, colorful illustrations and introduces children to the life cycle of a butterfly and how to help support butterflies in home gardens. Griffin says that Cherry’s books “are always a hit with young readers and her drawings are spectacular.” After reading this book, Griffin recommends that parents take their children outdoors to see which butterflies from the book are in their garden.“Turn this Book into a Beehive!” by Lynn Brunelle includes information about the ecology and behavior of bees, as well as hands-on activities and experiments to help children understand the importance of bees and how to support them. “The activities are great to do as a family,” Griffin said.“Jack’s Garden,” by Henry Cole, is an adaptation of “A House that Jack Built,” in which children learn about everything that goes into building a lush, life-filled garden — including creating spaces for pollinators. According to Griffin, this book is a great introduction to the importance of ecosystems.For adults and older readers, these guide books will help them build their appreciation of the biodiversity in their backyards:“The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees,” by Joseph Wilson and Olivia Messinger, has large, vivid photos and tips for identifying bees. “This is my go-to guide for bee identification,” Griffin said. “I keep two copies; one at home and one in my office.”“Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them,” by Paige Embry, is a narrative natural history book in which Embry interviews gardeners, farmers and entomologists to learn about the native pollinators that provide the bulk of pollination services on American farms. “This book is fun to read as it is a collection of stories. It is the story of bees told through the people who depend on them,” Griffin said.“Attracting Native Pollinators,” by The Xerces Society and Marla Spivak, is the ultimate guide for turning any backyard or landscape into a haven for native pollinators, Griffin said. In addition to tips for planting and nesting structures, the book offers advice on landscaping practices to avoid and ways to advocate for pollinators.For more information about Georgia pollinators and how to identify and count them, visit ggapc.org.
Disciplinary Actions May 15, 2004 Disciplinary Actions The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders reprimanded six attorneys, suspended five, and accepted the resignation of one attorney.The following lawyers are disciplined: James E. Brown Jr., 2700 W. Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 204, Pompano Beach, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a February 6 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) A review of Brown’s trust account revealed that there is clear, convincing and undeniable evidence that he misappropriated client and third party funds. (Case no. SC04-123) Richard G. Chosid, 1901 W. Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 406, Ft. Lauderdale, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1963) Chosid failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; neglected to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-1187) Rhett Pendleton Dove III, P.O. Box 110723, Miami, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a February 6 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) A review of Dove’s trust account revealed that there is clear, convincing, and undeniable evidence that he misappropriated clients’ funds. (Case no. SC04-13) Michael John Echevarria, 9119 Corporate Lake Drive, #300, Tampa, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 12 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1983) Echevarria failed to make reasonable efforts to ensure that another lawyer conformed to the Rules of Professional Conduct when he was involved in an authorized business entity, enterprise, or government agency having supervisory authority over another lawyer. (Case no. SC03-904) Miles Edward Ferris, P.O. Box 49061, Sarasota, suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effective retroactive to October 18, 2002, following a January 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Ferris engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC03-789) Bruce D. Friedlander, One S.E. Third Ave., Ste. 1101, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 11, 2003, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Friedlander filed non-meritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC03-683) David William Langley, 8181 W. Broward Blvd., Ste. 204, Plantation, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 12 court order. Additionally, Langley must attend the Bar’s Ethics School. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Langley failed to timely respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-1223) Avi Jacob Litwin, 4434 Sheridan Drive, Miami Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) Litwin failed to provide competent representation to a client and filed nonmeritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC02-836) Craig J. Martin, 204 Laguna Villas Blvd., Apt. A-5, Jacksonville Beach, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2001) Among several Bar violations, Martin failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; neglected to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC04-161) Steven Richard Pietro, 8261 N.W. 15th St., Pembroke Pines, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after 10 years, effective retroactive to November 12, 2003, following a February 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) In November 2003, Pietro was charged with a compounding felony, in which he was sentenced to five years probation, 200 hours of community service, and a 10-year resignation from The Florida Bar. (Case no. SC03-2123) Marquin Steven Rinard, 1041 N.E. 25th Ave., Apt. 2, Pompano Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a February 5 court order. Upon reinstatement, Rinard will be placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Rinard failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; neglected to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-721) Richard Henry Simonson, 2800 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Ste. 301, Oakland Park, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a January 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1989) Simonson mailed an advertisement that contained a reference to past successes or results obtained or was otherwise likely to create an unjustified expectation about results the lawyer can achieve. (Case no. SC03-1537) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. May 15, 2004 Disciplinary Actions
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been accused of drunken driving more than double the legal limit with a baby in his SUV that he crashed on the Southern State Parkway in Wantagh over the weekend.Reynold Charles was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe westbound when he was involved in a collision with another vehicle near the Wantagh State Parkway at 8:41 p.m. Saturday, police said.Troopers smelled alcohol on the breath of the 48-year-old Brooklyn man, who was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent, nearly three times the limit of 0.08 percent, police said.Charles had a child younger than a year old in his truck at the time, police added. There were no reported injuries.He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated with a minor, a felony under Leandra’s Law, and traffic violations.Bail for Charles was set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. He id due back in court Wednesday.
As part of the traditional tourist event Days of Croatian Tourism, tonight were awarded tourist awards for the best of the best in tourism, in the following categories: Cultural, tourist attraction of the year, Tourist event of the year, Innovation in tourism of the year, Marina of the year, Restaurant of the year, Camp of the year , Tourist Agency of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Tourist Destination of the Year and the Anton Štifanić Award – for lifetime achievement.And ten awards for the best of the best in tourism went to:TOURIST DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: ZagrebCULTURAL TOURIST ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR: Maškovića HanTOURIST EVENT OF THE YEAR: Rab FairINNOVATION IN TOURISM OF THE YEAR: Museum of Vučedol CultureMARINA OF THE YEAR: Marina Frapa, RogoznicaRESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: Restaurant Sv.Nikola, PorečCAMP OF THE YEAR: Zaton Holiday Resort, ZatonDMK TRAVEL AGENCY OF THE YEAR: Calvados Club Luxury Travel, SplitHOTEL OF THE YEAR: Esplanade ZagrebANTON ŠTIFANIĆ AWARD: Jerko SladoljevList of all nominees and winners / TOP 10 OF CROATIAN TOURISMAwards of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Tourist flower – quality for Croatia The HGK Tourist Flower – Quality Awards for Croatia were awarded to the business sector on the basis of business performance indicators and quality indicators in a total of four categories according to the relevant subcategories: hotels, camps, DMK travel agencies and marinas and in three main categories: hostels, charter companies and spas / spa.It has been declared the most successful city break destination Zagreb, while the most successful destination for summer holiday tourism took the title Mali Losinj. The best destinations for health tourism have been declared Krapinske toplice, in Sutivan has been declared an authentic coastal destination. The most successful destination of rural tourism is Dalmatian Zagora, while Zagorje received the title of the most successful destination in continental Croatia.The Charter Company of the Year award was won by the company Cata Sailing from Trogir, won the Hostel of the Year award Boutique Hostel Forum in Zadar, while she won the award for Spa / Spa of the Year Thalassotherapy Opatija. He won the award for best glamping camp Arena One 99 Glamping, Pomer, while a special recognition for the camp with the most innovative accommodation offer was given to the camp Plitvice Holiday Resort, Rakovica. She received special recognition for the most innovative service Marina Punat, Punat, while in his hands Croatia Yachting from Split went a special recognition for the quality management system.CAPPELLI: We are ranked among the three most desirable destinations in EuropeThis year, our country has won numerous awards, ranked better than ever on the world tourist map and is connected by air with the whole world, said Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli, adding:We are ranked among the three most desirable destinations in Europe, Croatia has been crowned the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists and was named the best tourist destination in Quebec, Canada. Behind us is almost ten months of a tourist year that has been challenging and exciting, and I believe that the positive results will continue in the last months of this record year. This success is the result of the work of all tourism workers, all hosts and those who make tourism better. Therefore, I would like to congratulate all of you, and especially the winners, for making Croatian tourism more and more high-quality, innovative and interesting every year. I believe that the bright and fulfilling future of Croatian tourism is ahead of all of us. I believe that through joint action and facing all challenges in the future, we will continue to break records and make Croatian tourism even more competitive, even more open and fulfilling for every visitor.” pointed out Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.”Tourism is a very specific sector that is strongly influenced by the whole community. That is why this award ceremony as part of the Croatian Tourism Day is perhaps the most important part, because we further emphasize the importance and contribution of all tourism workers in achieving tourism results. Today, Croatia is a respectable tourist destination that maintains positive growth trends from year to year, and it is the result of selfless dedication and work of our people. Encouraged by this year’s excellent results, we are moving strongly forward and towards the 2019 tourist year “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. “Human resources are our greatest treasure and the tourist success we achieve would not be possible without this year’s laureates. What follows us as a society is an even greater increase in the quality, supply and results of tourism, along with the strengthening of other sectors that will lead to an increase in GDP and general well-being. In this, tourism indirectly represents a great lever, precisely in terms of the placement of our domestic products through tourism, which should serve as our best and largest sales window. Namely, it is illusory to expect that only tourists in our accommodation will increase the significant market for our companies. But it can be expected that our products, from food to furniture or IT solutions in our accommodation, can be successfully promoted and presented to foreign tourists.” said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilovic.This award ceremony concluded the Days of Croatian Tourism in the town of Hvar on the island of Hvar, and the event was attended by over one thousand and eight hundred participants from the Croatian tourist system and from business and social life. Next year, the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Slavonia. See the list of all nominees and winners in the attachment.Attachment: TOP 10 OF CROATIAN TOURISMHGK Tourist Flower Awards – Quality for Croatia / Tourist awards (first evening)
Congress, an inherent conflict of interest.After a 30-day counseling period, employees must file “a request for mediation,” which is led by an outside official.Only after this 30-day mediation process may employees request an administrative hearing or file suit.Although mediation can be a useful process, it can also deepen the pain and subject accusers to pressure from the accused, who can use mediation — which is confidential — to try to talk them out of pursuing their case.If a victim goes public before the conclusion of the counseling and mediation process, he or she is subject to sanctions.This system was unenlightened, to put it mildly, when it was instituted in 1995.But in 2017, and in view of the widely reported experience of Hill staff members, it should be seen for what it is: an enabling mechanism. It’s about time.The 1995 Congressional Accountability Act applied most labor and civil rights laws to Congress.But instead of subjecting itself to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces those laws, Congress created a weaker oversight body, the Office of Compliance — and exempted itself from basic safeguards against violations that are all too common.As a result, employees of federal agencies — but not members of Congress — are required to take training on sexual harassment.Agencies — but not Congress — must post information about where to report workplace violations.And while most federal workers find it relatively easy to file a complaint, congressional staff members face a convoluted process designed to protect offenders.Legislative employees who wish to report sexual harassment must “request counseling” from the Office of Compliance, even though its board of directors is appointed by members of Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on Bloomberg View:Congress has a rich history of exempting itself from rules it imposes on everyone else.Insider trading? Doesn’t apply. Whistleblower protections? Not in Congress! Workplace safety rights? Less is more. The Freedom of Information Act? Surely you jest.The most egregious example of this “Do as we say, not as we do” approach may concern sexual harassment.This week, as the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues, the House Administration Committee announced that it would review the body’s embarrassingly backward harassment policies. Federal employees who work on Capitol Hill should have no fewer protections than other federal employees.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has welcomed the administration committee’s review. But the public should demand swift action and accountability.Mandating training would be a good start, as one representative (and former staff member) has proposed.Even better would be scrapping its separate and unequal adjudicatory process altogether.Congress should abide by the same laws and standards it places upon federal agencies, private businesses and the general public.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Humanity is facing two major problems that could make life on Earth impossible. While military and ideological conflicts engage the attention of some nations and regions, nuclear war and climate change continue to threaten our existence. Addressing these problems will require effective leadership and support by the major industrial nations of the world. America’s role is unfortunately stifled by a president who might engage us in a nuclear war and believes climate change is a hoax.Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist paper 68, wrote “The process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of president will seldom fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” Later in that same paragraph, he wrote, “It will not be too strong to say that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters preeminent for ability and virtue.” Well, Alex, the American people have elected as president a man drowning in immorality and incompetence.I note pessimistically that around the world, we are witnessing the rise of national leaders who are antagonistic to democracy and live insecurely while governing their own domain. Such leaders are unlikely to support common-good issues of world importance.Most Americans believe that our elected officials should always do the right thing — that is, support what is best for the nation. By analogy, can’t the people of the world politically find a way to join hands and cooperate to save our planet?Howard LittmanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
US automakers are scheduled to report June and second-quarter car and light truck sales on Wednesday. Analysts are forecasting June sales will fall by 25 percent from a year earlier. That’s an improvement from the declines in April and May, reflecting a slow recovery in retail demand hit by coronavirus shutdowns.The second-quarter numbers reflect a peak for the US auto industry’s efforts to use consumer discounts, low interest loans and other incentives to prop up demand during the pandemic.Since March, US automakers have rushed to prop up demand with rich incentives to keep sales moving. The deals have been good enough and over the next few months, industry officials and analysts say sales could be hurt because of tight inventory.“The speed at which the (automakers) stepped in to support the franchised dealer network as well as the retail consumer is historically significant,” auto retailer Lithia Motors’ Chief Executive Officer Bryan DeBoer said. On a per vehicle basis, spending on discounts was at record levels for June at about $4,441 per unit, a significant 12 percent increase from $3,966 per unit for June 2019, according to automotive consultancy firm J.D. Power.In April, a month after automakers halted production due to the coronavirus outbreak and a massive 40 percent decline in sales, per vehicle spending peaked at about $5,000 for the year, jumping about 40 percent from the same period last year.“The top three automakers have packed in aggressive incentives with extended financing at 0 percent rate for 84 months in addition to payment deferrals for up to six months,” said Tyson Jominy, vice president of data and analytics at J.D. Power.“Before COVID, only 7 percent of all sales represented loan terms for 84 months. That metric shot up to 21 percent during the peak,” Jominy said. “That’s unprecedented.”Lower sales volumes mean automakers can offer hefty discounts per vehicle, while still shrinking overall spending.Total incentives offered by automakers since March until June end are estimated to be down about 12 percent to $18.6 billion, from a year earlier, as sales volume have fallen 28 percent, according to J.D. Power.Shares of General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closed up between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent on Monday.Topics : In the midst of a raging pandemic, Belal Bilto, 26, a sales executive and a Manhattan resident bought a midsize pickup Jeep Gladiator this month for just over US$48,000, lured by a discount of about $5,000 on the list price and a seven-year, no-interest loan.For Bilto, who was laid off in March, and his fiancé Sabrina Moller, 28, a private chef, a car seemed a safer option to travel around during the virus outbreak. Most importantly the truck’s purchase is a business expense for the couple to support their new boutique mobile catering venture, platedate.“We went specifically for the Gladiator because the model was (being offered at) employee pricing and we also got free service after 1,000 miles and a free repair offer for a serious accident,” Bilto told Reuters.