USS Constitution Starts Final Summer Preside before Entering Drydock

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Constitution Starts Final Summer Preside before Entering Drydock View post tag: Constitution View post tag: USS View post tag: Entering View post tag: Final View post tag: starts View post tag: before ‘Old Ironsides’ will be open for tours to the general public, free of charge, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 through Sept. 30.This will be the final summer visitors can tour Constitution at her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard until 2018, as the ship will enter dry dock (also located in Charlestown Navy Yard) in early 2015 for scheduled restoration work.Visitors to ‘Old Ironsides’ will have the opportunity to tour the ship’s top three decks (spar, gun, and berth). Each deck will be manned by one of Constitution’s active duty U.S. Navy Sailors, who will be on-hand to answer visitors’ questions in addition to giving brief guided tours to illustrate Constitution’s storied past.Early birds interested in spending a morning aboard ‘Old Ironsides’ are welcome to register for ‘The Constitution Experience’. Every Tuesday, ‘Experience’ participants are invited to observe morning colors and the firing of the ship’s gun from Constitution’s pier at 8 a.m. Afterward, participants will be given an extended guided tour through Constitution’s spaces, including areas normally closed to the public during normal tour hours. Those wishing to participate in ‘The Constitution Experience’ must arrive at pier one in Charlestown Navy Yard by 7:45 a.m. Public restroom facilities will not be available prior to the opening of the USS Constitution Museum at 9 a.m. ‘Experience’ groups are limited to 80 visitors each Tuesday morning.No visit to Constitution is complete without a stop at the USS Constitution Museum, another free attraction also located within Charlestown Navy Yard. The museum provides a fun-filled and educational setting with exhibits of original artifacts from ‘Old Ironsides’ and numerous interactive galleries, providing experiential learning for all ages.All persons age 18 and older wishing to visit USS Constitution must present a valid federal or state-issued photo I.D. or passport to board the ship. Deck availabilities, tour times and tour formats are subject to change due to factors including weather conditions, tidal conditions and tour group sizes.Constitution is also scheduled to conduct several underway demonstrations in Boston Harbor this summer prior to entering her three-year dry docking. The ship’s first underway, which will commemorate both the Battle of Midway and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is scheduled for June 6. The popular Independence Day underway, open to the public via lottery, will occur on July 4. USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.[mappress]Press Release, April 1, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Drydock Share this article View post tag: News by topic April 1, 2014 View post tag: Summer View post tag: Navy View post tag: Preside USS Constitution and her crew are scheduled to shift to summer hours of operation, April 1. View post tag: Naval Industry news USS Constitution Starts Final Summer Preside before Entering Drydocklast_img read more

Two Ocean City School Principals Awarded for Excellence

first_imgTwo Ocean City School District principals have joined the growing list of educators from the district recognized for excellence this year, according to a school district press release. Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison has been named one of the 2017-18 Visionary Leaders of the Year by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and the New Jersey Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  In addition, Ocean City Intermediate School Principal Geoffrey Haines has been selected as the winner of the 2018 AtlantiCare Healthy Educator Award. In announcing Jamison as a New Jersey Secondary Visionary Leader, NJPSA praised Jamison’s implementation of Professional Learning Communities in Ocean City High School (OCHS) years before their inclusion in AchieveNJ teacher evaluation. Jamison has enabled the faculty at OCHS to revise standards, establish common sense assessments and develop assessment guides through curriculum. His leadership in this area has made Ocean City High School a model school for creating Student Growth Objectives; the school is being studied by Rutgers University for its work in this area, according to the release.Jamison has also co-developed the NJ School Choice programs offered at the high school and led the expansion of dual credit opportunities for students, the expansion of the Freshman Transition Program to include mentoring and career paths, open enrollment in Advanced Placement courses with additional faculty and student support, and a transformed Master Schedule to better afford teachers and students time for more rigorous and immersive learning experiences, the release states.Ocean City Intermediate School Principal Geoffrey Haines, holding plaque during a 2017 awards ceremony at a Board of Education meeting, has been named the winner of the 2018 AtlantiCare Healthy Educator Award.Haines won the Healthy Educator Award through AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children initiative for his efforts to instill healthy behaviors and attitudes in the Intermediate School’s student and staff populations. He has helped initiate Mindful Mondays at the school, during which the entire student body takes time to breathe and meditate at the start of the school day. For both students and staff, Haines has led the introduction of yoga, which is supported by a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Health and Wellness Grant. With its Sustainable Jersey funding, the Ocean City Intermediate School (OCIS) has started offering after-school yoga lessons to students in fourth through eighth grades. The yoga equipment purchased with this funding also benefits teachers and staff during yoga sessions on in-service days, according to the release. The school’s yoga program, in addition to its outdoor garden, have helped it secure a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze Certification. This program recognizes schools and school districts for their positive efforts to improve environmental sustainability and overall health and wellness within the school community. “Both Dr. Jamison and Mr. Haines have a transformational leadership style that inspires students, parents, faculty and other stakeholders to participate in finding innovative ways to make our schools even better,” said Ocean City School District Superintendent Kathleen Taylor. “Both are truly deserving of recognition. As a district, we celebrate these principals and the fact that these awards highlight the highly effective educators and schools right here in Ocean City.”Jamison and Haines are just two of the leaders from the Ocean City School District to receive awards this year. Taylor was named 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), and American Sign Language teacher Amy Andersen is the 2017-18 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. In addition, OCHS junior Nora Faverzani was elected as a New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) state officer and will serve as the single State School Board of Education Student Representative for the 2018-2019 school year. Jamison will receive his NJPSA Visionary Award at the organization’s Fall Conference in October. The award comes with a $7,000 grant for Ocean City High School, which the school will use to support the technology infrastructure in its newly developed Holocaust/Genocide Studies course. OCHS will begin offering this dual-credit program with Stockton University in Fall 2018. All resources, including the college resources, will be online, making technology a fundamental part of the course. Haines will receive his Healthy Educator Award at a ceremony on April 18. His recognition comes with $600 to support a healthy initiative at his school. He plans to use the stipend to support the school’s edible garden to produce fruits and vegetables for use in the Family and Consumer Science classes and the school’s cafeteria. Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison, shown at right during a 2017 Board of Education awards ceremony, has been named one of the 2017-18 Visionary Leaders of the Year.last_img read more

Taran Killam Reveals His Andrew Lloyd Webber-Filled Past Prior to Little Shop

first_imgTaran Killam will make his New York theatrical debut in Encores! Off-Center’s Little Shop of Horrors this summer, appearing as evil dentist Orin Scrivello opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene. Summer is a great time to be a Saturday Night Live cast member, as sleep becomes part of the routine again. While chatting with Seth Meyers on Late Night, Killam revealed his plans to brainstorm SNL pitches in his downtime backstage after (spoiler alert) Orin is eaten by Audrey II. Take a look at the fun interview below, in which Killam also reveals his rich high school musical lineage, including two key Andrew Lloyd Webber roles. Little Shop will play New York City Center July 1 and 2. View Commentslast_img read more

Roger Carl Truitt

first_imgRoger Truitt, age 71 of Osgood, passed away in the arms of his wife and children. Roger was born on December 21, 1948, the son of the late Carl and Sarah (Boyd) Truitt outside of Osgood.Roger grew up a typical country kid, in a loving family. He would attend school at Jac-Cen-Del and graduate in the class of 1967. After high school he entered the United States Navy. After attending boot camp, he came home in the fall of 1968. While home on leave, a family friend invited him to go on a hayride. Little did he know the ride would last for the rest of his life. That night he finally caught the attention of Miss Janice Byard, and the next night he got permission to take her on a date. The two were united in marriage on March 10, 1969, and they were blessed with daughter Angie and SELF PROCLAIMED AMAZING SON, Eric.Roger completed his time in the service and came back to his roots and began his work career. He found his second family and would spend the next 35 years as a lineman for Southeastern Indiana REMC.His personality was one of a kind. He could tell stories with the best of them. He took pride in himself, his home, and mostly his family. Roger enjoyed hunting and fishing, and manicuring his lawn, or just stopping by to shoot the bull with anyone that would listen. He was very proud of the time he had spent with the United States Navy and continued to be a leader in the Versailles Legion Post 173. He was a longtime member of the NRA and North American Hunt Club.Roger will be deeply missed by wife Janice, daughter Angie Campos, son Eric (Debbie) Truitt, sister Donna (Roger) Linville, and grandchildren, Cassie, Kyle, Brianna, Erica, Eriel, and Emree, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held on Saturday March 7, 2020, from 11 am.- 1 pm. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm. on Saturday with full military honors. Memorials may be given to Manderley Health Care Activity Fund, in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Four people arrested at Southwell as Aidan Coleman suffers ‘minor injuries’

first_img The incident occurred after the last race on the card at 5.10pm, the Book Christmas At Southwell Racecourse Mares´ Novices’ Hurdle, in which Coleman finished last aboard Sawwala. Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement two men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage, with another woman arrested on suspicion of obstructing police. Four people were arrested in connection with an alleged assault on jockey Aidan Coleman at Southwell racecourse on Tuesday afternoon. Coleman sustained “minor injuries” and is understood to have returned home after the incident. A statement issued by Nottinghamshire Police read: “Four people have been arrested following an assault at Southwell racecourse this afternoon. “Officers were called at 5.23pm to reports of a man being assaulted in the weighing room. “They attended and arrested two men and one woman on suspicion of assault and criminal damage, and another woman for obstructing police. “The victim sustained minor injuries. “If you saw anything please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 651 on the incident of September 29.” Southwell stewards said in a statement that two racegoers gained entrance into the jockeys’ changing room, with the incident referred to the British Horseracing Authority. A stewards’ report read: “The stewards held an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding an incident which occurred after the last race in the jockeys’ changing rooms after two members of the public gained access, and during which a jockey sustained minor injuries. “They interviewed jockeys Aidan Coleman, Adam Pogson and Tom Scudamore, two of the jockeys’ valets, a racecourse medical officer, the clerk of the Course and two members of the racecourse executive. “Having heard their evidence, the stewards passed the matter to the BHA for further consideration.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ashton Agar’s fifer helps Australia thrash South Africa: T20I

first_imgJohannesburg: Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar picked up a brilliant five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick as Australia defeated South Africa by a huge margin of 107 runs in the first T20I.Chasing 197 at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday night, the Proteas were bowled out for 89 runs – their lowest total in T20I cricket.Put in to bat, Australia lost David Warner to just the second ball of the innings for 4 with veteran pacer Dale Steyn extracting some steep bounce from the surface to take the top edge of the opener’s attempted pull shot.However, skipper Aaron Finch and Steve Smith then joined forces and built an 80-run partnership in 48 balls. The duo was also helped by some poor short-pitched stuff from the South African bowlers.Finch scored 42 runs before he became the first scalp of Tabraiz Shamsi. Matthew Wade and Smith, however, continued with the free-flow batting and collected runs with ease before they both went back to the pavilion in space of three deliveries, for 18 and 45 respectively.Mitchell Marsh (19) and Alex Carey (27), the next batters, did just enough to keep the momentum going. However, Agar made his first impact on the game with the bat as he picked 18 runs from the final over of the innings and helped Australia set a total of 196/6.The total then quickly turned out to be more than competitive as South Africa lost captain Quinton de Kock in the very first over of the chase bowled by Mitchell Starc.That dismissal just set the tone as the host lost wickets in a flurry. They were four wickets down after seven overs and were already looking down the barrel.However, the worst was yet to come as Agar proceeded to remove Faf du Plessis, the only batsman who had shown resistance up to now, for 24. He then removed Andile Phehlukwayo and Steyn to become the second Australian bowler to pick up a hat-trick in the T20I cricket. He finished with figures of 5/22 and was the tormentor in chief.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa picked up the final wicket to leave South Africa all out for 89 in just 14.3 overs.The two teams will now face each other in the second T20I on Sunday at Port Elizabeth.Brief Scores: Australia 196/6 (Steve Smith 45, Aaron Finch 42, Tabraiz Shamsi 2/31); South Africa 89 all out (Faf du Plessis 24, Kagiso Rabada 22, Ashton Agar 5/22). IANS Also Read: BCCI sends Virat Kohli, Shami, Dhawan, Kuldeep’s name for Asia XI T20IsAlso Watch: Assam government to provide arsenic-free drinking water in river island Majulilast_img read more

Freshman creates app to help farmworkers

first_imgFaith Florez was inspired to develop an app that alerts farmworkers of high temperatures, among other dangers in the fields, after her great-grandmother developed pancreatic cancer and died from pesticides and heat overexposure. (Photo courtesy of Faith Florez)Growing up in the Central Valley, freshman Faith Florez was raised by immigrant family members who worked on farms. After her great-grandmother, a former farmworker, developed pancreatic cancer and died from pesticides and heat overexposure, Florez was inspired to take matters into her own hands. “I think realizing the privilege and opportunity I have now, I see an obligation to go back into my community even though I moved to Los Angeles, and do what I can to help individuals [in the Central Valley],” Florez said.From that obligation, she created the iOS app Calor, which was featured this month. The app notifies farmworkers when field temperatures exceed 95 degrees, alerting them to take legally mandated breaks for water and shade. It also provides tips on what workers should wear, eat and drink based on weather data and individualized medical information. In addition, the app hosts short articles and videos to educate farmworkers about their legal rights and ensures their safety and health along with functions like an emergency 911 hotline in conjunction with Apple’s SOS function. The project began during Florez’s sophomore year of high school, when she approached Viterbi School of Engineering professor Supannika Koolmanojwong  in a software engineering class where Florez wrote the concept for her application. “With 90,000 farms in California, Calor’s main motivation is to change from ‘work or health’ to ‘work and health,’” Koolmanojwong Mobasser told USC News. Florez commuted to Viterbi two to three times a month to develop Calor with Koolmanojwong in a class on real-life software development projects. With the guidance of professor Barry Boehm, Florez worked out which functions to prioritize, which services to choose for the weather and notification functions to use in order to make the system more accessible to farmworkers. “It was really interesting because I didn’t really know anyone there, but the group that I worked with. They’re a really great group of guys, really smart and really effective and productive,” Florez said. “It was a great time working with them.”Florez has fundraised over $60,000 to cover development costs. She has also been applying for grants and scholarships to fund more Apple Watches for farmworkers. The app is now also expanding to the watch brand Fitbit because it is less expensive than the Apple Watch. Florez hopes to continue improving the app, and her team is working on adding emergency outline functions that track workers’ locations.“We’ll kind of adjust the app based off of more pilots that we do and more feedback that we get from farmers and farmworkers,” Florez said. Florez hopes to expand Calor and make it a standardized tool for farmworkers everywhere.“It’s really cool that this is being featured [by Apple],” Florez said. “A lot of the time when we talk about the future, everyone’s driving a flying car or having their own personal robot. If we have these really big visions of the future, why can’t an agricultural worker have wearable technology like an Apple Watch that already exists?”last_img read more