Susan Sheppard Sworn-In As New Jersey’s Newest Superior Court Judge

first_imgSusan Sheppard is sworn-in by Superior Court Justice Julio Mendez while her son, Mark Faverzani, holds the bible. Photo Credit: Cape GOP Ocean City’s Susan Sheppard has had a long career in law, beginning work in Pennsylvania for the firm of  Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley in 1991, after graduating Cum Laude from Widener University Law School. She continued her career in New Jersey working for McCabe, Weisberg & Conway. In the public realm, Sheppard served from 2003 to 2006 as the Assistant City Solicitor of Atlantic City. She was first elected in Ocean City as the 3rd Ward Councilwoman holding the position from 2008 until 2011, and served as Council President from 2009 to 2010.  Late in 2010, she was elected to the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and served as Vice-Director.   Up until recently, she sat as the Surrogate of Cape May County, after being elected in 2012 and then re-elected for a five year term.Now Sheppard can add a new title to her resume: Superior Court Judge.Judge Mendez reads Judge Sheppard her first assignment in her new role. Photo Credit: Melissa WilsonJudge Julio Mendez administered the oath and said that Sheppard’s initial appointment would be to hear cases in the Family Division of the court.“I am confident you will do that work well,” Judge Mendez said after swearing-in Sheppard before an audience of family and friends which packed the Courthouse Wednesday in Cape May Courthouse.Freeholder Director Jerry Thornton and Superior Court Judge Susan Sheppard. Photo Credit: Cape GOPAlthough this role is a new one for Sheppard, it continues a family tradition. Her father, Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. was a Judge in Pennsylvania and Susan donned (with the assistance of Freeholder Director Jerry Thornton) one of her dad’s old judicial robes for the occasion.“Our father would have been proud that Susan is following in his footsteps,” her brother Mark, an attorney, said.Sheppard said she was both humbled by her selection and eager to get to work. “I am honored and looking forward to the opportunity to serve the community.”It was a great occasion for a memorable family photo. Photo Credit: Melissa Wilsonlast_img read more

Catskill Chill Announces VIP Packages With Pool Access, Private Shows, And More

first_imgCatskill Chill 2016 Lineup: Mike Gordon, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Electron, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Break Science Live Band and Duo Sets, Dopapod, Goldfish, Perpetual Groove, Deep Banana Blackout, Rob Garza DJ Set, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, The Werks, Cabinet, Particle, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Orgone, The Nth Power, The Main Squeeze, Pink Talking Fish, Tauk, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Space Jesus, Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, The Heavy Pets Tribute to the ‘80s, Gibbz, Jen Durkin & The Business, G-Nome Project, Big Something, Scott Pemberton, Elise Testone’s Zeppelin Tribute, The Magic Beans, Danny Mayer Trio, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, The Indobox, Lespecial Primus Tribute, The Primate Fiasco, Hayley Jane and The Primates, The Jauntee, West End Blend, Shwizz, Fikus, ShwiKus, Out of the Beardspace, Turbine plays Radio Dead, Mister F, Strange Machines, Broccoli Samurai, Relative Souls, The Breakneck Boys, Formula 5, Youth Posse, Animal ReportersFor more information, visit Catskill Chill’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (@CatskillChill | #Chillfam) The seventh annual Catskill Chill Music Festival, set to take place September 23rd-25th at their new home New Minglewood in Lakewood, PA, has announced the details of their VIP packages, which go on sale tomorrow, July 13th at 1pm EST. The 2016 VIP package includes all the amenities that were available last year, in addition to exclusive use of an indoor/outdoor VIP and Artist swimming pool/jacuzzi and intimate VIP BBQ sets with private performances by Eric Krasno Band and Michelangelo’s Sunday Sauce featuring Nick Cassarino, Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz, Nate Edgar, and Michelangelo Carubba. The VIP package also includes access to the onsite pre-party on Thursday, September 22nd, featuring two sets of Twiddle and several other performers. Check out all the specifics of the 2016 VIP Package below:Exclusive Viewing Area at the Main Stage, featuring Private VIP cash bar with discounted beveragesExclusive Main Stage Chill Tent with seating options and complimentary snacks, located adjacent to the VIP Main Stage Viewing AreaPrivate VIP daytime BBQ on Saturday, September 24th, with a performance by Eric Krasno BandPrivate VIP daytime BBQ on Sunday September 25th with a performance by Michelangelo’s Sunday Sauce featuring Nick Cassarino, Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz, Nate Edgar and Michelangelo CarubbaExclusive use of indoor/outdoor VIP/Artist swimming pools and Jacuzzi from 10 AM to 4 PM Friday-SundayThursday Pre-Party Included, featuring two sets of TwiddleVIP Lounge Cabin, conveniently located near VIP camping and the Main Stage, featuring an air-conditioned lounge space. This is the perfect place for VIP’s to sit back and Chill!VIP only bathrooms with showers, located within the VIP Lounge CabinVIP Parking in the nearest lot to the Main Stage, adjacent to the VIP Camping areaClose to Car VIP Camping, adjacent to the Main StageSwift VIP Festival EntranceGolf cart move in/move out escort service to whisk you and your gear to your campsite or cabin upon arrival on Thursday (1:00 PM to Midnight) and Friday (9:00 AM to Midnight), and for your departure on Monday (8:00 AM to 1:00 PM)2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative T-Shirt2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative Poster2016 Catskill Chill Commemorative VIP LaminateOne of the defining characteristics of Catskill Chill is its unique setting. Hosted at New Minglewood, a private summer camp in Lakewood, PA, the venue has cabins for rent, paved pathways throughout, a beautiful lakefront, covered stage facilities, free parking, and free camping. Additional highlights of New Minglewood include indoor movie theaters, indoor and outdoor spaces for yoga, art, and wellness workshops, an easy-to-traverse campus, and “closer than ever” parking. While the “B Stage” and Club Chill will remain covered venues, this will mark the first year that the Chill will present an outdoor main stage for attendees to enjoy music in the open air, under the stars. The festival also offers a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly, and an open mic.GA tickets are currently available at the festival’s website. VIP upgrages go onsale tomorrow at 1pm EST.Check out the full lineup below:last_img read more

Formula 5 Announces “Widespread’s Dead” Fall Tour, Shares Cover Of Panic’s “Greta” [Watch]

first_imgComing off a fiery hot summer, Upstate New York-based jam quartet, Formula 5, has announced plans to hit the road this fall. Formula 5 will kick off their fall tour September 11th at Hilton Head Island, SC’s Beach House Resort, with 24 shows stretching from the Northeast to the Rocky Mountains with a swing through the South. The psychedelic rockers will be performing their special ‘Widespread’s Dead’ sets at select shows. Formula 5 will also make festival appearances at Resonance Music Festival, The Heap Music Festival and Mustang Rock and Roast Music Festival, on a nationwide tour that will bring the band to 12 states, including new destinations and familiar haunts.At shows starting in Hilton Head, SC through Denver, CO’s Your Mom’s House, the evening will feature a set of Formula 5’s ‘Widespread’s Dead,’ a unique tribute experience that will feature a mix of songs from Widespread Panic and the Grateful Dead. The band will treat fans with a special set of intertwining the Dead and Panic catalogs, while sprinkling in their own skillful improvisation.Guitarist Joe Davis explains,We loved playing Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band and The Band in recent years and thought it would be fun to add some Widespread Panic into the mix, especially because a lot of bands from where we come from don’t cover Panic. We are big Panic fans but we don’t get to see a lot of Panic up here. The music is just a very different pace then what we are used to as longtime Phish fans.Listen to Formula 5 cover Widespread Panic’s “Greta” below.Formula 5 – “Greta” (Widespread Panic Cover)[Video: Formula 5 by F. Cavone Productions]For a full list of Formula 5’s upcoming tour dates and tickets, head to the band’s website.Formula 5 2018 Fall TourSept 11 Beach House Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC*Sept 12 Charleston Pour House, Charleston, SC*Sept 13 Gottrocks, Greenville, SC*Sept 14 Funkatorium, Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC*Sept 15 Barrelhouse South, Savannah, GA*#Sept 16 Pawley’s Island Tavern, Pawley’s Island, SC*Sept 17 Preservation Pub, Knoxville, TN*Sept 18 Nowhere Bar, Athens, GA*Sept 21 Lazy Hiker Brewing Company, Franklin, NC*Sept 23 Resonance Music Festival, Thornville, OH*Oct 11 Doc Taylor’s, Virginia Beach, VA*Oct 12 The Heap Music Festival, Snow Camp, NC*Oct 14 Mustang Rock and Roast Music Festival, Corolla, NC*Oct 25 Flour City Station, Rochester, NY*Oct 31 Parliament Room at Otus Supply, Ferndale, MI*Nov 1 Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH*Nov 2 Octave, Covington, KY*Nov 3 Lamasco, Evansville, IN*Nov 8 The Lazy Dog, Boulder, CO*Nov 9 Old Town Pub, Steamboat Springs, CO*Nov 10 Your Mom’s House, Denver, CO*Nov 29 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY%Nov 30 Triumph Brewing, New Hope, PADec 1 B.R.Y.A.C., Bridgeport, CTDec 7 Nectar’s, Burlington, VT&Dec 8 Snug Harbor, New Paltz, NY* Widespread’s Dead set# with The Groove Orient% with Cousin Earth& H.O.R.D.E. Tribute with Doctor Rick and Melting NomadsView Upcoming Fall Tour Dateslast_img read more

There Is No Greater Love! Lady Day Star Audra McDonald Greets the Press

first_imgThere’s only a few short weeks until Audra McDonald steps onstage to channel Billie Holiday in the new one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and on March 17, the five-time Tony winner met the press! McDonald joined playwright Lanie Robertson and director Lonny Price at Pearl Studios in New York City to chat about the new production and share stories about the legendary singer. In Lady Day, Billie Holiday puts on a show at a small bar in Philadelphia that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Check out the press day photos, then see McDonald croon “Strange Fruit” and more in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, beginning March 25 at Circle in the Square Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Related Shows Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Why I Love Life on the Road

first_imgOutside the Jeep, the world is wet, sometimes frozen but mostly just saturated, rarely dry. It’s the Southeast after all. Save for the rhythmic thump of the windshield wipers sliding away the ice, the rain, the wiper fluid rinsing dust from my front and rear windows, I drive in relative quiet. No Sirius XM. No podcast. No phone call coming through on Bluetooth. Just the swish of wipers moving up, then down, then up again. Steady and smooth, they stay true like a metronome, be there drizzle or downpour.Palm trees pass by my window. Then golden maple leaves rimmed in the ruby red of fall. Then evergreens, their limbs limp from the heavy snow that dumps from a clouded sky. Occasionally, there are skyscrapers, too, and then that lush and wooded world turns to a concrete jungle filled with reds and greens and golds of a different nature. Static, then blinking. Brake lights. Traffic lights. Streetlights.IMG_9847It’s never the same. A constant blur of landscape and cityscapes careening past by day, stealthily sliding by at night. With camper in tow, my eyes flit from rear view mirror to side view mirror then back again.Today, there’s no weather to contend with, no traffic to sit through. It’s a nearly cloudless summer day. The setting sun blazes against the pavement. With the push of one, two buttons, the air conditioning is off, the windows are down. The warmth of the sun fills the interior, the rush of wind tousling my hair. I plug an auxiliary cord into my iPhone. Spotify. Talking Heads. Road to Nowhere. Speakers, six of them, hum during the chorus.I’m going somewhere, of course, headed south toward the coast of the Carolinas, but David Bryne’s words ring loud and clear.IMG_4419Maybe you wonder where you are. I don’t care. Here is where time is on our side. Take you there. Take you there.I adjust the side view mirror away from the sun’s glare. The yellow dotted line ticks by in rhythm with the whizzing reflections of fence posts lining the carless road. In the air is a hint of freshly cut hay, a dash of cooked concrete.A pinkish-orange hue fills the sky beyond my windshield. The few clouds hanging lazily on the horizon are a deep indigo, their edges bleeding fiery crimson. Behind me, the sun showers the road ahead in a golden light.IMG_9853It’s a sight worthy enough of a desktop screensaver, a college dorm room poster with a cliché quote—Not all who wander are lost. I think of my job and balancing the extremes of long hours behind the computer, followed by long hours alone with car and camper (The Rigsbys) as my sole companions.Life on the road isn’t for everyone. At times I’ve wondered if it’s even for me. But when I’m feeling lonely, or I’ve made a wrong turn, lost a headlamp for the umpteenth time to the folds of my backseat, it’s moments like these, when it’s just me and the open road, that draw me to the bend up ahead. Gripping the Jeep’s steering wheel doesn’t just feel powerful. It feels like possibility.Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 4.15.16 PMlast_img read more

Bar scores good marks on audit

first_imgBar scores good marks on audit Bar scores good marks on audit The Bar has received a good audit of its 2003-04 fiscal year operations and a special audit on financial controls has also returned a favorable result.“We received a clean opinion from our auditors; there was no weakness,” Audit Committee Chair Russ Divine reported to the Board of Governors recently. “The Bar is on solid financial ground.”The separate study of internal fiscal controls, which began in May, was also favorable, although it had several suggestions.“Generally speaking, they were very complimentary of our management. We have a high level of control in our system, and we have strong board involvement in the budget,” Divine said.Suggestions included having “a bit more formal procedures” and creating a process for ongoing review of internal controls, establishing a succession plan for senior Bar management, strategic planning for senior management, and a charter for the Audit Committee. January 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Celebrating $1 billion: Making a difference for credit unions

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jane ChesbroWe’re very excited to announce that CUNA Mutual Group’s Total Benefits Pre-Funding (TBPF) program reached a major milestone in January – $1 billion in assets under management.This is exciting because it’s a positive sign credit unions are taking advantage of previously impermissible investments to help fund the rising costs of employee benefits programs.TBPF defrays the rising cost of benefits because it allows credit unions to offset employee benefits obligations by using potentially higher-yielding investments that would otherwise be considered “impermissible” by the NCUA.This matters to credit unions because they are often challenged with flat or even shrinking margins due to returns on assets not keeping pace with rising operating expenses, especially those related to employee benefits. On top of that, family health care premiums have increased nearly 70 percent over the last 10 years*.CUNA Mutual Group launched its TBPF program in 2008 because it was becoming increasingly difficult for credit unions to maintain a competitive benefits package and remain an employer of choice. TBPF offers credit unions an array of investment options that can help close the employee benefits gap. continue reading »last_img read more

EMV adoption: Where does your credit union stand?

first_imgOn Oct. 1, credit card fraud liability was placed on the least EMV-compliant party, merchant or issuer. Now that the deadline has passed, we want to know where your credit union stands in the shift.Data is scarce regarding the status of credit unions’ EMV adoption, so please provide your input by completing our survey. Once you’ve finished, you can choose to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

A close encounter of the fifth kind

first_imgI recently observed focus group members as they shared their observations and frustrations with recent changes in online and mobile banking applications at their multibillion dollar Credit Union.  I came away thinking how impressed I was with these members’ knowledge of banking services and their willingness to share their thoughts on how the Credit Union could serve them better.  And I came away thinking, as well, that the issues raised spoke directly to the changing role of CEOs in Credit Unions in the 21st Century. And what is that changing role?  In a recent article, “The Changing Role of the 21st Century CEO”, we discussed the need for CEOs to adjust their roles to focus on listening to learn, developing learners to be leaders, and changing their organizations’ planning and focus to succeed in this new digital environment.  What was left unsaid, was the critical role the CEO must play in driving the organization toward an enterprise-wide focus on customer needs and satisfaction.  And before you say, “but of course, that is what we all want and expect,” ask yourself if your organization has a Voice of the Customer (VoC) program that enables customer-centric problem solving and decision-making?  And ask yourself if your organization has initiated enterprise-wide efforts to make Customer Experience Management a pillar of your strategic and tactical plans and actions. I suspect the answers to both are somewhere between “started” and “what’s VoC and what’s CX?”Why must the CEO’s role include CX leadership?The biggest issue raised by those focus group participants centered on the failure of the new online and mobile services to preserve functionality the members needed and had come to expect.  And the members questioned what process the Credit Union went through to choose the new applications and to develop use cases and test plans, including testing those use cases with members.The members’ issues and questions revealed that the Credit Union’s efforts (decisions and processes) were more product-centric than customer-centric, leaving the members wondering why the Credit Union did what it did; and why they, the members, weren’t asked.  Despite the marketing rhetoric and proclamations of being member focused, most Credit Unions are product-centric, not customer-centric, and make decisions based largely on internal interests and assumed understanding of what members want.  This has to change.  For Credit Unions to succeed in this digital, customer-needs-driven environment, CEOs must take on the role of Chief Customer Experience Officer.  CEOs must lead the way for their organizations to focus on member needs first and foremost by showing how success at customer experience satisfaction will lead to new business, higher retention, lower delivery costs and higher net returns.  There is no greater new “focus” for 21st Century CEOs than this because digital delivery, data access and data analysis is driving your competitors forward, and you must keep up to succeed, even survive.If You Aren’t Actively Engaged in VoC and CX Efforts, You Better Start, Now We all like to think we know our businesses, and that includes knowing our customers.  But there is too much evidence to the contrary, when it comes to customer understanding, to hold onto that belief.  It is no longer enough to be close to right when creating and delivering products and services to your customers.  It is no longer enough to be a bit better than your competition at delivering those products and services. It is no longer enough to be “friendlier” or less “fee focused.’’  In this digital age, “enough” is not god enough. You must outperform your competitors at the task of meeting the stated needs of your customers.  Do that well, and you will retain their business, get more of it, and get their friends and family members’ business too.  But to do that, you have to get busy, now.It’s time you got busy working on these VoC and CX initiativesAssessing your culture and working to turn it to customer-centric listening and learning.Assigning champions to help you introduce and grow cultural change that leads to decision-making and process change.Setting objectives for capturing and prioritizing customer expectations and preferences that let you organize to act to consistently delight customers.Designing VoC processes and implementing technology to continuously gather customer feedback and stage it for analysis and action.Governing data from multiple sources (including CRM) to understand and act upon customer needs and interactions.Measuring results, learning from them, and doing better in each iteration of effort; because you must become a learning organization to succeed.Why a close encounter of the fifth kind?Too often, we think we know what our customers want and we act on that belief.  But when we actually communicate with them, we find that they are not who we thought they were.  In fact, who they are and what they want often turns out to be quite “alien” to us.  The 21st century CEO’s role, therefore, must include leading efforts to listen and learn from customers and members; and to redefine your organization’s mission and culture to enable meeting your members’ most important needs and wants.UFOs:  Encounters with Unidentified Flying Objects have been categorized into five groups as close encounters of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth kind. The fifth kind involves direct communication between aliens and humans. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

BTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism | Focus

first_imgHaving been recognised as a regional leader by voters at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here talks to Gloria Gallardo, president of the Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism, to find out how it feels to have wonBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – Guayaquil has been honoured with the titles of South America’s Leading City Destination, South America’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination and South America’s Leading City Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – Breaking Travel News: How would you describe the mood among tourism insiders in Guayaquil, and Ecuador more generally, in late 2020? Are you hoping for a return to normality next year?GG: When Covid-19 first hit Guayaquil, the local city hall authorities took control over to restrain the negative effects of the pandemic. In doing so, it also aimed to keep the city economy running accomplishing short- and long-term results. Especially, the tourist area we have met with great success.The tourism industry of Guayaquil felt supported by the mayor of Guayaquil, Cynthia Viteri Jimenez, who worked together with the Public and Municipal Company of Tourism of Guayaquil, that I lead, and formed the ‘United for the Reactivation of Tourism in Greater Guayaquil’ committee.This is an organisation that has the participation of representatives of the entire tourism industry. The objective is generating proposals to benefit the tourist sector, an important pillar for the economic reactivation of the city. Some of the measures that we have been adopting include: obtaining the Safe Travels certification, temporary suspension of tourism taxes and levies, application of 75 per cent capacity for restaurants, application of 30 per cent capacity for the realisation of events and the re-opening of piers and parks.Breaking Travel News: What plans does the Guayaquil tourism board have to restore confidence in the market looking ahead to 2021?GG: After the Covid-19 health crisis, it is our top priority to regain consumer confidence. We will focus on adopting all the necessary means to guarantee the well-being of tourists. This is where we implemented training through biosecurity and the Safe Travels stamp safety measure, to ensure that the value chain of the sector targets specific health and hygiene issues. In addition, these measures are essential for employers not to provide their services in a safety manner but it aims to also protect themselves and allow their environment to adapt more quickly to the new conditions brought as a result of this pandemic.Guayaquil is considered a business travel destination and world class professional events hub. In this post-pandemic year, two events have been successfully held: International Book Fair (virtual event) and the seventh edition of Raíces a Gastronomy Hybrid Fair (face to face and virtual). At the same time, 24 virtual events and four hybrid events are in the works.For the upcoming 2021 year, the Convention Bureau of Guayaquil will manage to bring more events to the city that will generate an inflow of tourists, creation of new jobs and social progress. All these events will have the support of the Public and Municipal Company of Tourism and control agencies to guarantee the security and quality of the events and act as the watchdog of bio-safety protocols.More InformationFind out more about visiting Guayaquil on the official website. OlderBreaking Travel News interview: Andreas Scheck, vice president, sales, LATAM Gloria Gallardo: For us, it was a huge honour to have been nominated. To have won, in all the nominations, it is a huge responsibility that will challenge us even more to maintain and improve our services.  Breaking Travel News: How useful are the World Travel Awards and similar accolades in promotion of the city to a global hospitality market?- Advertisement –center_img GG: These awards awake people’s interest in Guayaquil. It makes the world to keep an eye on us and show what the city’s got to offer. Thanks to new technologies; we are able to join efforts and promote a modern and cosmopolitan concept of Guayaquil and its people who feel proud of their hometown and their identity.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more