The leader of a new British political party is to speak in Oxford next month.Patrick Vessey will be visiting Oxford to discuss the policies of the recently-formed Libertarianism party. Its principal policy is to prevent intrusion into the lives of British citizens on the part of the government, and it operates under the motto ‘You Own Yourself’.Tim Carpenter, Head of Policy for the party, said, “None of us are career politicians, we are all independent thinkers from various walks of life.”Students representing different political views have responded in a variety of ways to Vessey’s impending visit. Patrick Vessey’s talk has been welcomed by Ben Wallace, Trinity undergraduate and member of the party. He said, “The party is very much aimed at people who have become apathetic about politics. It wants to reintroduce some personal elements back into government.”Guy Levin, President of OUCA, said, “I’m looking forward to the visit, and I’m sure it will be of interest to some of OUCA’s members. “Regardless, I think that a vote for the Libertarian Party is a wasted vote. Those who agree with broadly libertarian principles of lower taxation and less state interference would be best served by a Conservative government. “I personally disagree with many of the Libertarian Party’s proposed policies, such as the total abolition of income taxes, the NHS, and state pensions,” he added.Another Oxford student, who describes himself as a Liberal Democrat, said, “From their website, the Libertarian Party’s main policy seems to be abolishing income tax. That’s just infeasible in the modern era. They don’t offer any realistic solutions or projected figures. To me, their income tax policy seems irrational and ridiculous.“If they are coming to Oxford to talk about their policies, I’m sure any audience would tear them to pieces.”Carpenter remains confident however that there has been a “growing feeling” towards libertarianism in the UK for some time now. He also suggested that there was a general sense in the party that many people in Britain have Libertarian leanings, but do not know it. He said, “I believe I was a Libertarian before I knew it, although at one point I might have described myself as Conservative, or even Green.”Martin Nelson, President of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats criticised the party ‘s policy line on the grounds that its practical application was too inflexible. He argued, “Real freedom of choice depends upon the economic situation in which you find yourself. We simply do not think that you can take a policy [of libertarianism] and extend it to every situation.” Vessey is due to give a speech at Trinity College in Fifth Week.
Exceeding most expectations, the Labour Party saw significant success in Thursday’s Oxford City Council elections.Oxford Mail reported Friday that Labour now control 35 out of 48 seats in the city council, while the Conservative Party continues to have no council representatives. Of the 24 seats contested in Thursday’s election, Labour won 18 and the Liberal Democrats won four. The Greens also held one of their seats, as did independent candidate Mike Haines.The results mark a gain for Labour, who picked up two seats in Holywell and Iffley Fields from the Green Party. In Holywell, Oxford student Dan Iley-Williamson received 451 votes, beating his closest competitor, Andy McKay of the Liberal Democrats, by a margin of 168.But fellow Oxonians Alex Curtis, who ran as a Conservative, and Harry Samuels, the Liberal Democrats candidate, were not as fortunate, both losing in Carfax to Labour Party candidate Alex Hollingsworth.Deputy Leader of the Council and of the Labour Group Ed Turner, who won reelection in Rose Hill and Iffley, said in a statement that the election results were “confirmation that we are fantastic, diverse, liberal city and people love living here and helping to make it a fairer and more equal place.”But the Conservatives had success in other parts of Oxfordshire, winning 12 seats in West Oxfordshire to Labour’s three and the Liberal Democrats’ two. Early results from Cherwell District Council also show victories for at least three Conservative candidates.When asked about the disappointing results in the city of Oxford itself, Curtis told Cherwell, “Labour has strengthened its stranglehold on Oxford City Council. This means the need for opposition has become greater than ever. None of the 24 Conservative candidates was elected this year across Oxford, as the Labour Party machine outplayed us on this occasion. However, we will continue our fight as a party for better government in this city moving into next year’s county council elections and the 2018 city council elections.”The Oxford turnout rate was 38 per cent for the city council elections.
Ocean City High School Girls’ Tennis Boosters Mrs. Cathy Kornberg$200 Lauren Burch$200 Lana Sharp$200 Lauren Vetter$300 Allison Schad$400 Leah Kornberg$400 Olivia Pawling$400 Caroline Previti Sgt. Hernandez, United States Marine Corps is here to present certificates to the following: Order Sons of Italy Vicin’ al Mare(By the Sea) Lodge 2601 Scholarship — Mrs. Barbara Marcasciano$1,000 Joseph Keyes Ocean City High School Crew Booster Brian Fitzpatrick AwardThe Brian Fitzpatrick Memorial Award (a Coach’s selection, awarded to the senior who most exemplified the “spirit of crew” with dedication, unselfish attitude, commitment, leadership and teamwork; named in honor of an Ocean City rower who died tragically in an auto accident while still a high school rower) from the Ocean City Crew Boosters:$500 Katherine Delgrande$500 Justin Goucher Buddy Baldwin Memorial Scholarship for the Trades Mrs. Gail Baldwin$500 Joshua Handshaw$500 Alicia Walton Zonta International ZCACA Women in Public Affairs Dr. Pat Watts$500 Aine Boyle Lake Family Scholarship Dr. Janice Lake-Betts$500 Maham Ahmad History Club Awards Mrs. Barbara Daniel Ocean City High School Boys’ Lacrosse Booster Club Mr. Frank Conrad & Mrs. Melanie Iannace, Co-Presidents$300 Gregory Heenan$500 Peter Anderson$500 Chris Mateer$500 Joshua Olandt$500 Colin Twiggs$500 Kevin Wiesner Physical Education awards for Outstanding male and female health and physical education student sponsored by Ocean City Police Benevolent Association.$100 Alexandra Teise$100 Kevin Weisner Ocean City High School Principal’s Award Dr. Matthew Jamison $100 and Plaque Liza BarrickOcean City High School Salutatorian Plaque sponsored by the Exchange Club — Warren Iredell, PresidentCarolyn Previti The Edie Callahan Basketball Boosters Award Mrs. Mary Schoenewald$125 Kieran Kelleher$125 Alexandra Teise$250 Griffin Grimes$500 Ellen Pfeifle$500 Taylor Price$500 Justin Price$500 Justin Ruggia$500 Jeremy Sullivan Ocean City High School Girls’ Lacrosse Booster Club Mrs. Ingrid Lyons, Mrs. Jodi Meehan, Mimi Cusack$375 Sarita Charap$500 Abby Lyons$500 Carly Benson$500 Erin Meehan$500 Julie Cusack$500 Lauren Vetter$500 Megan Kelly$500 Rachael Young Ocean City Gardens Civic Association Mr. Richard Bennett, Mrs. Pat Watts & Mr. Greg Donahue$1,000 Carolyn Bowman$1,000 Joshua Handshaw$1,000 Justin Goucher$1,000 Madelyn Raab$1,000 Paige Broadley$1,000 Rachael Young $50 Alexandra Teise$50 Chenda Chheth$50 Alexander Jones Ocean City Surfer Community Scholarship Wayne Blizzard & Michael Lukens$500 Colby McGuigan$750 Anne Best$750 Francis Brady$1,000 Peter Anderson$1,000 Caroline Bowman$1,000 Sean Bowman$1,000 Justin Goucher$1,000 Luke Kelly$1,000 Abigail Lyons$1,000 Chandler Wilson The “Hustle Harry” Award — Mr. Keith Johnson, Mrs. Marty Vanderslice, Mr. Harry Vanderslice and Ms. Valerie Davis$2,500 Kevin Wiesner $500 Shannon Farrell$500 Aimee FerenzOCHS Cheerleader Awards Mrs. Brenda Colón Smith & Mrs. Kathy Sykes Ocean City High SchoolIn two separate scholarship programs, Ocean City High School’s Class of 2014 was awarded more than $400,000 in combined scholarships.A wide array of businesses and community organizations continues to support students seeking higher education by providing a set of scholarships that increases every year.At the community scholarship program on Monday (June 2), more than $380,600 was given out to more than 100 different students. A separate award program for clubs and activities on May 30 awarded another $21,500 in scholarships.The list of donors, presenters and recipients follows: Ocean City/Upper Township Noon Rotary Esther Weil Scholarship for Music Excellence — Mr. George Regan$1,000 Hadly Patterson Ocean City High School Swim & Dive Team Award Coach Shane McGrath$200 Audrey Baker$200 Rachel Chain$225 Rachel Matousch$250 Julie Cusack$300 Samuel Durham$450 Caroline Baker$450 Anthony Mirallegro$450 Noel Styer Isabelle M. Hickman 4-year College Award from NJ Retirees’ Education Association — Ms. Judy Perkins$4,000 ($1,000/year) Maham Ahmad Ocean City Band Front Award Mrs. Donna Schwartz, Mrs. Theresa Knight$150 Erika Lorenz Excellence in the study of more than one language Mrs. Sharon Elco$150 Nina Bachich – French & Spanish$150 Jayme Estadt – Greek & Spanish$150 Flavia Martinez – French & Spanish Bobby Miller Memorial Award – Mrs. Jane Miller Glenn, Ms. Marsha Shallcross McCulley, Bobby Shallcross, Doug Shallcross, Nicole Shallcross, Abby Fenton, Natalie Glenn-Jackson & Scott MillerBobby Miller was a former Ocean City High School student who was an outstanding athlete and a gentleman. He played basketball, and football, striving at all times to use his God given talents to the best of his abilities. This award is in his memory and it is a symbol of all that is good in athletic competition.$ 500 Noah Bromhead$1,000 Bridget Flynn$1,000 Louis Paone$1,000 Michael Dougherty$1,000 Leah Davies$1,000 April Stein$1,000 Paul Stanton$1,000 Christopher Mateer$1,000 Caroline Bowman$1,000 George Meyers$2,000 Daniel Reinhold$2,000 Joshua Tibbetts$2,000 Rachael Young$2,000 Julie Cusack$2,000 Melissa Cappolina$3,000 Ellen Pfeifle OCHS Intramural Club Ms. Beth Kelly$50 Louis Paone $50 Leah Davies $50 Samantha Dowling$50 Eddie Keenan $25 Allysa Walker $75 Erika Lorenz $200 Amanda Andrews $200 Hadly Patterson Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce Mayor Leonard Desiderio, Christopher Clancy$500 Olivia Craig Casey Feldman Communication and Media Studies-Pedestrian Safety Scholarship — Sergeant Brian Hopely$500 Shannon Farrell$500 Aimee Ferenz $100 Erica Watson Student Coalition Against Tobacco (SCAT) Tom Williams Memorial Scholarship Award Ms. Katie Kline$100 Parker Guariglia$100 Jessica Mounce$150 Lauren Norbury$150 Brittany Rush After Prom Award Mrs. Cheryl Holmes & Mrs. Ginger Foglio$150 Christopher Callahan$150 Paul Stanton$150 Jacob Newsom Scholarship in Memory of Jennifer Ward, Class of 1993 Ms. Alicia Smith$1,000 Caroline Bowman Ocean City Educational Support Staff Association Mrs. Kathy Sykes$150 Jenna Beese$150 Allison Schad$150 Jon Vineyard Mazzitelli Family Memorial Award Dr. Matthew Jamison$1,000 Sarita Charap$1,000 Rachael Young$1,500 Rachel Chain$1,500 Julie Cusack Photo Club Award Mrs. Adriana Palmer Ocean City Police Benevolent Association Presidential Award Det. Mark Pancoast$4,000 ($1,000/year) Rachel Young ASL Award – For outstanding service to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture and the commitment to pursue an ASL related field of study in higher education.Mrs. Amy Anderson $250 Rosie Catanoso (Public Relations)$250 Angela Guido (Vice President)$250 Kristen Stuart (Treasurer)$750 Liza Barrick (President) Jack Boyd Memorial Scholarship Mr. John Bruno$250 Jeremy SullivanMichael Slaveski Memorial Award Mr. Chuck Brice$300 Julie Cusack$300 Erin Meehan$300 Kevin Wiesner Ocean City Board of Realtors Mr. Ken Sedberry, President$1,000 Jacob Cassidy 2014 Cape May County Bar Foundation Jeffrey K. Israelow and R. Robert Fleming Scholarship Award$2,000 ($500/year) Sarita CharapNJSCPA Scholarship Award Ms. Elizabeth Bechtel$8,000 Carolyn Previti $150 Jenna Beese Service Award to the OCHS French Club Mrs. Sharon Elco Edie Callahan Memorial After Prom Award Mrs. Cheryl Holmes & Mrs. Ginger Foglio$200 Caroline Bowman Jacqueline and Christina Becker-Caiafa Memorial Award Mr. Ceasar Ciafa$ 500 Jacqueline Davis$ 500 Kristen Stuart$1,000 Ericka Lorenz Business Department Award for a student who has earned high grades in multiple business subjects Mr. Craig Mensinger $40 Service Award for Treasurer – Emily Knight$40 Service Award for Secretary – Leah Kornberg$40 Service Award for Vice President – Hannah Childs$40 Service Award for President – Parker Guariglia $100 Excellence in the study of Spanish– Maham Ahmad$100 Excellence in the study of Spanish– Isabel Benvenuti$100 Excellence in the study of Spanish– Carolyn PrevitiLatin Club Award for Excellence in the Study of Latin Mr. Brian King$100 Jonah Butler$100 Aimee Ferenz $100 Carolyn Previti Colony Club of Ocean City American Home Award Mrs. Nicolette Mirra, Mrs. Carol DeMill$250 Erica Watson $100 Sabiha Chowdhury$500 Kate Murray Most Patriotic:Shea Keys Brandon Levan Memorial Award — Mrs. Sonya CoxBrandon was Valedictorian of the Class of 2003. He was an exceptional student athlete who made as much of an impact through his accomplishments as he did with his contagious smile, his kindness, and his sensitivity to others. He took pride in education and athletics, as well as in bettering his school and community. Brandon graduated from Yale University and later developed a passion for providing healthcare to the underserved, continuing his efforts toward social betterment. $1,000 Lauren Vetter James Roy “Jimmy” Gillian Memorial Scholarship Mayor Jay Gillian$1,000 Edward Keenan$1,000 Louis Paone The Dance Place Awards Ms. Mary Beth Snow$100 Hadly Patterson$200 Madeline Raab Ralph Carson Memorial Golf Scholarship Mr. Michael CarsoN$250 Joshua Handshaw $375 Stephen Pashuck $150 Caroline Bowman$150 Julie Cusack$150 Jeremy Dilks$150 John Flatley$150 Abigail Lyons$150 April Stein Ocean City High School Instrumental Music Director’s Award for the greatest Contribution to the Band — Mrs. Donna Schwartz, Ms. Theresa Knight$250 Tori Berglund$250 Shannon Farrell Ocean City High School Band Booster Service Award Mrs. Donna Schwartz, Ms. Theresa Knight$250 Isabel Benvenuti$250 Alexander Jones Louis Armstrong Jazz Award – Best Jazz Musician Mrs. Donna Schwartz, Ms. Theresa Knight$250 Emily Knight $50 Jake Eisele$50 Zach Fox Firefighter John Glenn Memorial Award for student attending ACCC$500 Alexandria Teise Friends of the Ocean City Pops Award Ms. Judy Perkins$500 Hadly Patterson $25 Nina Bachich$25 Elizabeth Beatty$25 Chenda Chheth$25 John Kane $25 Flavia Martinez$25 Samuel Palumbo$25 Nicole Renteria$25 Jordan Sedotti OCHS Concert Choir Award Mr. Ricardo Valle Naomi McCleary Memorial Scholarship Mr. Richard McCleary$3,000 Melissa Cappolina John Philip Sousa Award – Best Band Musician Mrs. Donna Schwartz, Ms. Theresa Knight$250 Shelby Petro Ocean City/Upper Township Rotary Club in Honor of Richard Kabat Ms. Nancy Hannum$1,000 Leah KornbergOcean City/Upper Township Rotary Club in Memory of Herbert L. Godfrey — Ms. Nancy Hannum$1,000 Hannah Childs The Rob & Ade Sauer Community Foundation Scholarship Mrs. Christine Sauer$1,000 Caroline Bowman$1,000 Louis Paone Field Hockey Alumni Award Ms. Marsha Shallcross McCulley$200 Ellen Pfiefle Zonta Club of Atlantic City Area Leadership Award Dr. Pat Watts$500 Erica Catanoso Harry Vanderslice Football Scholarship Award – Mr. Keith Johnson, Mrs. Marty Vanderslice, Mr. Harry Vanderslice & Ms. Valerie Davis $100 Joe Stadnicki$150 Tom Steelman$150 Zach Fumo$250 Chris Callahan$250 John DeSimone$250 Josh Nixon$300 Noah Bromhead$300 Dylan Craver$300 Brian Slate$300 Paul Stanton$400 Josh Tibbitts$400 Kevin Wiesner$600 Joseph Keyes$600 Dan Reinhold$600 Frank Wooley John David Gillian Award Mayor Jay Gillian, Mrs. Donna Schwartz$1,000 Aimee Ferenz$1,000 Shelby Petro Cape Regional Physical Therapy Award Ms. Ginger Millar$500 Elias Guseman Patricia Shallcross Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Cathy Shallcross Smith$1,000 Michael Dougherty“Dixie” Howell Memorial Awards Ms. Marcia Shallcross McCulley$2,500 Cooper Gallagher$2,500 Ellen Pfiefle A.C.F.D. Sandpipers Bagpipe Band Scholarship Bagpipers$1000 Caroline Bowman$1,000 Sean Bowman$1,000 George Meyers$1,000 Jonathan Simonson Ocean City High School Valedictorian Plaque sponsored by the Exchange Club — Warren Iredell, PresidentMaham Ahmad Colony Club of Ocean City Community Service Award Mrs. Nicolette Mirra, Mrs. Carol DeMill$250 Cierra Granger$250 Gianna Norwood OCHS Drama Booster Scholarships Mrs. Gail Breed, Melissa Trout-Baron, Marybeth Grant$180 Kevin Birk$360 Hannah Childs$360 Parker Guariglia$360 Molly Reighn$420 Shannon Farrell $540 Renata Altimari$540 Aimee Ferenz$540 Angela Guido$540 Taylor Jackson$540 Hadly Patterson Ocean City Rowing & Athletic Association In Honor of Dr. Alfred “Bud” McKinley — Mr. Fred Miller$500 Rachael Young$750 Francis Brady$750 Edward Keenan $ 35 Toni Pindale$ 75 Brooke Hofner$225 Skylar Green$375 Gloria Laboy$425 Jasmine Holder$525 Deanna TerrazziniOcean City “Speakeasy” Award Mrs. Michelle Pesda$100 Flavia Martinez (2 years)$100 Christina Taylor (2 years)$150 Carolyn Previti (3 years)$200 Lauren Suterland (4 years) Dino’s Charity for Children Marianna Karayiannis, Andrea Christensen$500 Nicole Barbara Ocean City Women’s Masters Crew Award Ms. Suze DiPietro$100 Christopher Barham$100 Susie Baumgardner$100 Noah Bromhead$100 Laura Bylone$100 Jennifer Campbell$100 Patrick Carr$100 Tyler Carroll$100 Katherine Delgrande$100 Jayme Estadt$100 Justin Goucher$100 William Graham$100 Rachael Matousch$100 Dennis Neville$100 Jacob Newsome$100 Maddie Szabo$100 Hayley Williams Top Musician (Instrumental):Emily KnightKevin Birk Charles Knox Memorial Scholarship$2,000 Caroline Bowman$2,000 Sarita Charap$2,000 Courtney Thern$2,000 George Workman The Frank W. Perillo Student for Highest Integrity, Perseverance and Commitment Scholarship Award — Mrs. Cathy DiMarco$500 Joseph KeyesNational Academy of Finance Scholarship Ms. Jennifer McDermott, Mr. Tom Park$250 Kieran Walsh$250 Caroline Bowman$500 April SteinDr. William C. Lauer Memorial Award for a Business Student Mr. Tom Park$250 Christopher Mateer Ocean City/Upper Township Rotary Club in Memory of Robert French Ms. Nancy Hannum$1,000 Erica Catanoso Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary Mrs. Cathy Kornberg, Mrs. Maggie Reighn$500 Erica Catanoso$500 Erica Johns$500 Joseph Stadnicki$500 Leah Kornberg$500 Maggie Reighn$500 Rachael Matousch$500 Shaun O’Connor Ocean City PTA Award Mrs. Sarah McDowell, President$500 Caroline Bowman$500 Sean Bowman$500 Patrick Carr$500 Cooper Gallagher$500 Justin Goucher$500 Cierra Granger$500 Joshua Handshaw$500 Joseph Keyes$500 Hadly Patterson$500 Deanna Terrazzini$500 Colin Twiggs$500 Lauren Vetter Upper Township Soccer Association Achievement Award Dawn Paone$250 Danielle Baruffi$250 Erica Catanoso$250 Jacqueline Davis$250 Erica Johns$250 Brendan Macfarlane$250 Corinne Materazzi$250 Rachael Matousch$250 Evan McCardell$250 George Meyers$250 Justin Roof Fellowship of Christian Athletes SURF scholarship in Memory of Joe Matera — Mrs. Laura Matera$300 Madison Mack Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township Mr. Michael Horan$500 and Book Jennifer Campbell $500 Gianna Norwood $300 Molly Reighn $75 Caroline Bowman$75 Jee-Anna Graeff$75 Abigail Lyons Belle-Wood Oil Scholarship Award Mr. Matt CareyiPad Madeline Raab Ocean City Senior Golf League Mr. Jack Dershimer, Mr. Ernie Curley$500 Dominic DiGiacomo$500 Kathleen Murray Community Scholarships Top Athletes:Bridget FlynnLouis Paone The Cecilia Hand Nelson and Morgan Hand, II Memorial Scholarship AwardsThe late Cecelia Hand Nelson and Morgan Hand II traced their ancestry back to the founding of our Republic and were among Cape May County’s early settlers. Cecelia Nelson was a librarian for many years for the Ocean City Public Library. She was one of the founders of the Ocean City Museum and served as its curator for some twenty-five years. Cecelia’s brother, Morgan Hand II, was one of Cape May County’s foremost engineers and prominent citizens. They both loved Ocean City and worked tirelessly to maintain its traditions and wonderful heritage. This scholarship program was designed to assist qualified Ocean City High School graduates further their education and in turn enhance the quality of their own lives and the lives of those around them.$2,000 Justin Goucher$2,000 Abigail Lyons$2,000 Christopher Mateer$2,000 Stephen Pashuck $2,500 Hadly Patterson$2,500 Nicole Renteria$2,500 Lauren Sutherland$3,000 Leah Davies$3,000 Shannon Farrell$3,000 Carly Roeck$3,000 Justin Roof Helene Gorny Memorial Scholarship Mr. Bill Gorny$500 Alexia French Suzanne Tridico Memorial Award Mrs. Pat Dougherty$250 Marisa Holt$250 Ellen Pfeifle Class Council 2014 George & Wendy McNally Colony Club of Ocean City Award for Literature & Creative Arts Mrs. Nicolette Mirra, Mrs. Carol DeMill$250 Carly Roeck$250 Lauren Sutherland John and Theresa Taccarino Scholarship Award$300 Mark Grimes Ocean City Police Benevolent Association Det. Mark Pancoast$1,000 Sarita Charap$1,000 George Meyers$1,000 Hadley Patterson$1,000 Jeremy Sullivan$1,000 Deanna Terrazzini$1,000 Richard Washart $100 Lauren Vetter Class of 1981 in Memory of Mr. Ken Moore Presenters: Lisa Jernee NaumannMimi Henry Cusack$250 Danielle Baruffi_____________________________________________________________________________ Ron Moretti, Jr. Memorial Award — Kathy Moretti, Ron MorettiRon was a junior at OCHS in 1991 when a drunken driver killed him and a classmate. His passions were baseball and football and his dream was to enter the Air Force Academy. The young man receiving this award is chosen by the Moretti family with the belief that he possesses the same qualities that made Ron who he was. $2,000 Michael Dougherty AWARDS PROGRAM FOR CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES (MAY 30, 2014)Beryl Dougherty/Miriam Reichley Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Female Athlete: Bridget FlynnWilliam D. Nickles, Jr. Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Male Athlete: Louis PaoneOCHS Wood Shop Award in Memory of Allan T. Burch sponsored by Mr. William Nickles$150 Joshua Handshaw$150 James Woolley Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary$500 Elias Guseman$500 Erica Johns$500 Erica Catanoso$1,000 Sabiha Chowdhury$1,000 Abigail Lyons$1,000 George Meyers$1,000 Lauren Vetter Ted Klepac History Award Mr. Ted Klepac $50 Amanda Andrews Family and Consumer Sciences Department Mrs. Mary Maguire & Mrs. Cathy Simonini OCHS TV/Media Booster Scholarship in Memory of Christopher Maloney — Kathy Lucey, President; Ellen Edwards, VP$300 Amanda Leonetti$300 Shannon Farrell$300 Aimee Ferenz Cape May County Art League$1,000 Carly Roeck $40 Lauren Sutherland$40 Courtney Thern$75 Jonah Butler$75 Jake Eisele$75 Flavia Martinez Colony Club of Ocean City American Home Award Mrs. Nicolette Mirra, Mrs. Carol DeMill$1,500 Rachael YoungOcean City Community Association Scholarship Mr. Ray Snyder$500 Caroline Bowman$500 Lauren Vetter$1,000 Rachael Young The Connie Malinowski Memorial Scholarship Award Michael Celinski & Mrs. Lorraine Celinski$1,000 Olivia Craig Award in the Excellence in the Study of French Mrs. Sharon Elco$100 John Kane$100 Flavia Martinez Doug Knobb Memorial Scholarship Dan and Janice Knobb$1,000 Elias Guseman Cape Atlantic School Counselor Association$1,500 Erica Johns$1,500 Hadly Patterson$1,500 Lauren Vetter $50 Jonah Butler$50 Flavia Martinez$50 Courtney Thern$50 Lauren Sutherland$50 Sam Palombo Zonta Club of Atlantic City Area Award Evelyn Motley Leadership Award — Dr. Pat Watts$500 Rachael Young The Morgan Hand, II Memorial Scholarship Awards for Rutgers University$2,000 Robert Lokken$2,500 Sean Bowman$2,500 Lana Sharp$3,500 Gianna Norwood$3,500 Rachael Young DECA for their participation in the Club throughout the year Mr. Brent Earl William R. Norton II Business Education Award sponsored by Miss Sharon Norton Social Studies Department Award in Memory of Mr. Ken Moore Mrs. Barbara Daniel Ocean City Sentinel Barbara A. Bradley Communications Scholarship Mrs. Kathy Sykes$1,000 ($250/year) Julie Campbell Cinema Production Club Awards Mr. Greg Wheeldon American Legion Award for Entering the Service Bob Marzulli & Ken Riggione$300 Brianna Cesanek$300 Ellen Pfeifle$300 Charles Poole $150 Justin Roof Ocean City High School Spanish Club Awards Mrs. Gina DiLorenzo Award “In Memory of Christopher Braden Jones”$200 Jeremy Sullivan $250 Maham Amhad$250 Aine Boyle$250 Jee-Anna Graeff$250 Angela Guido$250 Daniel Reinhold$250 Lauren Vetter Ocean City Alumni Association Marsha Shallcross McCulley$300 Caroline Bowman Mary G. Norton Memorial Award to a senior student who exemplifies the goals of the Business Department sponsored by Mrs. Kay DellaBarca Mrs. Kay Della Barca Ocean City Softball Team Award Coach John Bruno$150 Marisa Holt$150 Lauren Norbury$150 Ellen Pfiefle $150 Marie Quiao$150 Alexia French Leadership Club Awards Ms. Amy DePasquale Ocean City High School Soccer Booster Club Mr. Steve Zellers$181 Justin Roof$362 Megan Kelly$543 Daniel Baruffi$543 Samuel Palombo$725 Rosie Catanoso$725 Erica Johns$725 Julianna Kuemmerle$725 Corinne Materazzi$725 Rachael Matouch$725 Evan McCardell$725 George Meyers$725 Stephen Pashuck$725 Zachary Sakena Curtis T. Corson Sr. Memorial Award Seaville Fire Co. Auxiliary Mr. Louis Raniszewski$400 Justin Mason$400 Richard Washart Award in Memory of Jack and John W. Boyd Mrs. Rita Boyd$1,000 Noah Bromhead $400 Rosie Catanoso$400 Taylor Jackson$400 Erica Johns$400 Paige Manjrawala$400 Carolyn Previti The Leadership Scholarship Dinner Awards Ms. Amy DePasquale$25 Mina Amjadi$25 Sarah Anderson$25 Nina Bachich$25 Liza Barrick$25 Lauren Burch$25 Rosie Catanoso$25 Hannah Childs$25 Tess Donlevie$25 Angela Guido$25 Taylor Jackson$25 Erica Johns$25 Jack Kane$25 Luke Kelly$25 Joseph Keyes$25 Leah Kornberg$25 Amanda Leonetti$25 Will Pizzano$25 Nicole Renteria$25 Michele Snyder$25 Kristen Stuart$25 Kevin Wiesner Scholarship in Memory of Gerald & Mary Hoskins Presenters: Beth Hoskins NugentShelley Hoskins ForsmanLaurie Hoskins BrelsfordSusan Hoskins Noble$250 Emily Knight$250 Justin Mason_____________________________________________________________________________Upper Township Business Association Scholarship Presenters: John Davis$250 Micaela Caroccio$250 William Eisele_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Educational Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Audrey Eichenberger Presenters: Mary Beth Snow$400 Joseph Keyes_____________________________________________________________________________Scholarship in Memory of Mrs. Helen Kirkpatrick $500 Elias Guseman_____________________________________________________________________________1st Bank of Sea Isle City Presenter: Larry Schmidt$500 Olivia Craig$500 George Meyers_____________________________________________________________________________Class of 1946 Presenters: Tom Campo$500 Haley Stadler_____________________________________________________________________________Class of 1953 $500 Leah Davies$500 Zachary Sakena_____________________________________________________________________________Edythe T. Selvagn Memorial Scholarship $500 Maham Ahmad_____________________________________________________________________________Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association $500 Sean Bowman$500 Caroline Bowman$500 Julie Cusack$500 Justin Goucher$500 Connie Meyers$500 Maggie Shiffler_____________________________________________________________________________Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPA’s Scholarship Award Presenters: Tom Aromando$500 Christopher Mateer_____________________________________________________________________________Gerard A. Desiderio, Sr. Scholarship Award Presenters: Hon. Lenard Desiderio$500 Olivia Craig____________________________________________________________________________Halliday-Leonard General Contractor, Inc. Scholarship $500 Christopher Barham$500 George Beckert$500 Kristen Stuart_____________________________________________________________________________In Memory of Virginia Bennett $500 Sabiha Chowdhury_____________________________________________________________________________Media & Arts Scholarship $500 Elizabeth Beatty_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Chamber of Commerce $500 Alexandra Coste$500 Ericka Watson_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Democratic Club William Woods Scholarship Presenter: Jeff Sutherland, Bill Woods$500 Flavia Martinez_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Fishing Club Presenters: Margaret Feil$500 Shaun O’Connor_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City High School PTO Academic Award Presenters: Susan Daley$500 William Graham$500 Tara Hadam$500 Lana Sharp$500 Lauren Vetter$500 Kevin Wiesner_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City High School PTO Creative Award Presenters: Susan Daley$500 Melissa Cappolina$500 Connie Meyer$500 Nicole Renteria$500 Alexandra Teise$500 Courtney Thern_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Marlin & Tuna Club Presenters: Jack Davidson$500 Rachael Young_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Home Bank Scholarship Presenters: Katie Greck$500 Bridget Flynn_____________________________________________________________________________Phil Turner Memorial Scholarship Presenters: Katie Greck$500 Hadly Patterson_____________________________________________________________________________Upper Township People’s Republican Organization Elizabeth Riker Memorial Scholarship Presenters: Richard Phillips, President & Dr. Janice Betts, Scholarship Chair$500 Jacqueline Davis$500 Nicole Shiffler_____________________________________________________________________________Upper Township PTA Presenters: Mrs. Barb Haak$500 Leah Kornberg$500 Joshua Olandt_____________________________________________________________________________American Legion Scholarship Presenters: Bob Marzulli, Ken Riggione$1,000 Jonah Butler_____________________________________________________________________________Anthony A. Previti Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. Presenters: Maureen Previti$1,000 Abigail Lyons$1,000 Jordan Sedotti_____________________________________________________________________________Country Shore Women’s Club Presenters: Marybeth Grant$1,000 Erica Catanoso$1,000 Sarita Charap_____________________________________________________________________________Country Shore Women’s Club Performing Arts Award Presenters: Marybeth Grant$1,000 Emily Knight$1,000 Carolyn Previti_____________________________________________________________________________Families Helping Families in memory of Scott Camp, Vincent Pescatore and Wayne Schultheis Presenters:$1,000 Cierra Granger_____________________________________________________________________________James N. Pulvino Art Award sponsored by the Exchange Club Presenters: Warren Iredell, President$1,000 Molly Reighn_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Education Association Presenters: Carrie Merritt$1,000 Jenna Beese$1,000 Maggie Shiffler_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Research Club Award $1,000 Aimee Ferenz_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Veterans of Foreign Wars Fulton Award Presenters: Clark Manley $1,000 Patrick Carr_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Veterans of Foreign Wars Oldfield Award Presenters: Clark Manley$1,000 Gianna Norwood_____________________________________________________________________________Paul O’Shea Memorial Scholarship Presenters: Jim O’Shea & Trish O’SheaPaul O’Shea was a member of OCHS Class of 1953 and the quarterback for the Red Raiders Football. The Paul O’Shea Memorial Scholarship is awarded to OCHS student who has exhibited outstanding character and leadership in both athletics and academics. This is the 2nd year for this scholarship and we welcome Paul’s family, Trish from California and Jim from New York.$1,000 Daniel Reinhold_____________________________________________________________________________The First Night Scholarship $1,000 Carly Roeck_____________________________________________________________________________Upper Township Education Association Presenters: Michelle Forsman$1,000 Julianna Kuemmerle$1,000 Louis Paone$1,000 Steve Pashuck$1,000 Alex Schoedler_____________________________________________________________________________Miss Night In Venice Scholastic Award Presenters: Pat Gillian$2,000 Caroline Bowman$2,000 Michele Snyder_____________________________________________________________________________Dominick “Dan” Juliano Scholarship administered by the Ocean City Exchange Club Presenters: The Juliano Family$2,500 Amanda Leonetti_____________________________________________________________________________Goldenberg, Mackler Scholarship Fund Presenters: Michael Gill, Esquire$2,500 Aine Boyle_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Exchange Club Presenters: Warren Iredell, President$2,500 Jake Cassidy$2,500 Lauren Sutherland_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Exchange Club, Dr. Roger G. LaRosa Award Presenters: Warren Iredell$6,500 ($1,625/Year) John Kane_____________________________________________________________________________Timothy F. Fitzgerald and Catherine Fitzgerald Scholarship Presenters: Edward SalerThis is the 8th year of awarding the Timothy F. Fitzgerald and Catherine Fitzgerald scholarship. Timothy and Catherin Fitzgerald were teachers in NJ for a total of 55 years. Timothy was born in Ocean City and attended Ocean City High School. Having lived in Ocean City most of their lives, upon retirement they made Ocean City their permanent home. The Timothy and Catherine Fitzgerald Scholarship fund has been established for Ocean City High School graduates that plan to become teachers. The student awarded this scholarship will pursue a course of study which will enable them to attain their goal of being a teacher. The Fitzgerald’s strongly believed a teacher is a special friend that helps us understand the world and comprehend the beauty and wonder of everything that we see. In short, teachers help us become better people. The commitment of the Fitzgeralds to the students of OCHS instills the vision of a lifelong learning, and has helped future individuals to achieve their goal of becoming a teacher.$16,000 ($2,000 semester) Zachary Fox_____________________________________________________________________________Ocean City Masonic Club “Foster Karney” Foundation Presenters: Steven Fridrich$8,000 ($2,000/year) Isabel Benvenuti$8,000 ($2,000/Year) Katherine Delgrande$8,000 ($2,000/Year) Robert Lokken$8,000 ($2,000/Year) Shannon Farrell Ocean City High School Administrators Award Mr. Tom Campo$500 Liza Barrick Renee Scrocca OCHS Boys’ Lacrosse Memorial Scholarship Joe Scrocca (Husband), Frank Conrad & Melanie IannaceThis award was established as a loving tribute to Renee Scrocca’s spirit and memory. Renee was the first president of the booster club and spent countless hours on booster business but was always positive and uplifting. The recipient of this award possesses the following qualities: rallies the team, puts team before themselves, is a good sportsman and has a strong moral character.$250 Joshua Olandt $50 Olivia Craig$50 Cierra Granger$50 Christopher Mateer$50 Erica Watson National Honor Society Ms. Michelle Dill $300 Maham Ahmad$300 Jordan Sedotti Upper Township Baseball Mr. Frank Fumo$200 Eric Dillenberger$300 Jake Cassidy$300 Michael Dougherty$300 Zack Fumo$300 George Meyers$300 Paul Stanton $100 Anne Best$100 Haley Stadler$100 Alexandra Teise $100 Jenna Beese$100 Jee-Anna Graeff$100 Alexandra Teise Betsy Young Memorial Scholarship Ms. Amanda Thomas$1,000 Shannon Farrell$1,000 Hadly Patterson $200 Alexandra Auberzinsky$200 Carly Benson$200 Jennifer Campbell$200 Cierra Granger$200 Whitney Hanna$200 Jasmine Holder$200 Gloria Laboy$200 Laura Pomeroy Southern Bayshore Track Officials Association$500 Edward Keenan Upper Township Boys’ Lacrosse Scholarship Mr. Peter Schuler & Ms. Liz Conrad$500 Joshua Olandt$500 Kevin Wiesner Ocean City/Upper Township Rotary Club – Music Scholarship in Memory of Walter Smith Ms. Nancy Hannum$1,000 John Kane Library Volunteer Awards Mrs. Joan Vicari Morgan Hand ll and Mary G. Hand Memorial Scholarship Award$2,000 Kevin Birk$2,000 Caroline Bowman$2,000 Alexander Schoedler$2,500 Jonah Butler$2,500 Zachary Sakena$3,500 Lauren Vetter Key Club Award Mrs. Ashley Schmid $50 Connor Dean$50 Alexis DiMercurio$50 Aimee Ferenz$50 Madelyn Raab$50 Alexandra Teise $100 Sabiha Chowdhury$100 Sarah Griswold$100 Erika Lorenz $100 Marie Quiao Nina Lombardi Memorial Scholarship Diane Tharp, Lynn Keyser, Nick Lombardi, Joe Lombardi$1,000 Stephen Pashuck$1,000 Rachel YoungTom Williams Memorial SCAT Scholarship Mrs. Gail Williams, Karen Mahar & children Tom, Victor, Millie & John Williams & Scott Williams$250 Lauren Norbury$250 Brittany Rush Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Ms. Vicki Clark$500 Paige Broadley Students Against Destructive Decisions Mrs. Debra Cathcart$25 Julie Cusack$25 April Stein Ocean City High School Student Council Awards Mr. Matthew Purdue $100 Carly Benson (General Asssembly)$100 Maureen Harkins (General Assembly) $50 Whitney Hanna$50 Natalie McKenna$50 Samuel Palombo$50 Madelyn Raab $400 Chenda Chheth $30 Marie Quiao “Big Mike” Baldyga Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Janice Baldyga$250 Taylor Price $75 Gianna Norwood $125 Kayleigh Stark Anne Brinkmann Memorial Award Mrs. Pat Dougherty$1,000 April Stein Top Academic Students:Maham AhmadJohn “Jack” Thomas Kane Ocean City Community Center Association Mr. Bill Heap & Ms. Jane Snyder$500 Jenna Beese$500 Sarita Charap$500 Shannon Farrell$500 Carly Roeck Ocean City High School Field Hockey Booster Club Mrs. Kim Davies$500 Caroline Bowman$500 Paige Broadley$500 Sarita Charap$500 Leah Davis$500 Jee-Anna Graeff$500 Abby Lyons$500 Madison Mack$500 Eleen Pfiefle$500 April Stein$500 Rachael Young Jerry Schwartz Memorial Award Mrs. Donna Schwartz$250 Elizabeth Beatty __________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
Carr’s Group has faced “enormous challenges as a result of the flooding”, the company’s first-quarter trading update has confirmed. Severe flooding in Cumbria has affected one of the food and farming conglomerate’s major customers, believed to be Carlisle-based United Biscuits (UB), which was flooded by over a metre of water in the wake of Storm Desmond. The factory in Church Street, Caldewgate produces a range of McVitie’s biscuits and employs 600 people.The amount of flour the customer in question requires from Carr’s has been directly affected, but as the milling group hasinsurance in place, no notable financial impact is anticipated.Chief executive Tim Davies said: “Despite the direct impact of the floods… the speed of our recovery owes much to the resilience and tenacity of our employees.”High hopes for a bright futureThe group’s financial position remains strong – net debt as at 28 November 2015 was £31.9m, compared to £30.4m as at 29 November 2014 and £24.4m as at 28 August 2015. The group continues to trade in line with the board’s expectations for the year.However it added that shopping habits have also had a significant effect, and the retailers’ response has led to margin pressure in the supply chain, putting further pressure on the business.
Baltimore-based funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has revealed their 2019 New Year’s plans and added a two-night Washington, D.C. run to their touring itinerary.The band—comprised of Jeremy Schon (guitar), Greg Ormont (guitar), Ben Carrey (bass), and Alex Petropulos (drums)—will offer up a performance at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on December 6th, which will feature support from lespecial. The following night, December 7th, Pigeons will head to The Anthem for a performance with Here Come The Mummies.Later in the month, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will head to Asheville, NC for a two-night New Year’s run. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong with open things up with a special “evening with” performance at The Orange Peel on December 30th. On New Year’s Eve, the four-piece will move over to ExploreAsheville.Com Arena for a celebratory show that will feature support from TAUK.Fans should keep an eye on Pigeons’ Facebook and website for ticketing information on the newly announced tour dates.For a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information, head to the band’s website.
2A close-up of the model for “Scream,” 1978. 9A stage model depicting a haunted wood. Date and production unknown. 3A 19th-century toy theater stage set of “Whittington and His Cat,” made by Benjamin Pollock of London, circa 1880. 1A miniature stage set for “Scream,” 1978, at the Alley Theatre, Houston. 5A detail from a model stage set for “The Magic Flute,” a Lowell House Opera done in both 1975 and 1992. Date of model unknown. 4Another view of the Pollock set of “Whittington and His Cat.” Toy theaters were popular home entertainment in 19th-century Europe. 13Another view of “Artist Descending a Staircase,” a murder mystery involving an artist’s fatal tumble down a staircase. 11A model for “Sensations,” a 1970 off-Broadway rock ‘n’ roll version of “Romeo and Juliet” starring John Savage and Judy Gibson. 15From a stage set titled “The Promised Land,” designed by Kenneth Dresser. Venue and date unknown. 8Detail, “Timbuktu!” stage set. 6Detail, model for a Lowell House Opera production of “The Magic Flute.” 10A model by Joan Ferenchak for “Figaro,” a 1978 student production on the Loeb Drama Center’s mainstage. 12A half-inch-scale model for “Artist Descending a Staircase,” a 1972 Tom Stoppard radio play first adapted for the stage in 1989. The Harvard Theatre Collection is among the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. Within the climate-controlled subterranean reaches of Houghton Library are shelves, drawers, and boxes full of theater, dance, movie, and music items.By one estimate, the 113-year-old collection’s 22,000 linear feet of holdings, if stacked vertically, would be 3 miles high. There are 4 million playbills and programs, along with countless: libretti, sheet music, tickets, posters, rare books, scores, photographs (about 1.2 million), oil portraits, figurines, and sculptures (about 600). There are even eight boxes of Javanese metal puppets.The collection’s “realia,” or personal effects, include a piece of 100-year-old wedding cake and a tin of decades-old butter cookies. “They look way too good,” said acting curator Susan Pyzynski.Among the riches, perched on file cabinets, are a few dozen model stage sets, mockups made of paper, metal, plastic, and wood that in many cases are from long-ago Harvard student productions. Some look fresh, including the tiny figures and bright sun umbrellas that modeled the musical “Timbuktu!” a few decades ago.Some are fragile. “They’re not exactly made to last,” offered Pyzynski. Still others hold time in a bottle. The set of “Sensation!,” a rock ’n’ roll remake of “Romeo and Juliet” from 1970, features a tiny longhaired figure wearing a vest and bell bottoms. Tempus fugit.There are miniatures sets of stage classics (“The Magic Flute,” “Evita”). Some are mysteries awaiting explication by theater scholars, like the unlabeled, intricate model of deep haunted woods, right out of a fairy tale. Still other models call back the earliest days of theater. For one, the collection has several scaled-down renderings of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Said Pyzynski, “You can never have too many of those.” 7A half-inch-scale model of the marketplace scene from “Timbuktu!” Venue and date unknown. 14From the model for “Artist Descending a Staircase,” a title inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s 1912 painting “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2.” 16Detail from “The Promised Land.” 17A model stage set for Otto Nicolai’s 1849 opera “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” produced in 1988 by the Lowell House Opera and inspired by the 1602 comedy by William Shakespeare. 18A detail from Lowell House Opera’s 1988 “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” 19Detail from a model of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (1599-1613), constructed in 1953 by John Ronayne and John Mills and based on a design by English artist C. Walter Hodges. 20A detail from the 1953 model of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, later realized as a full-scale modern reconstruction completed in 1997.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says “we can’t wait any longer″ to address the climate crisis, and that’s driving his ambitious effort to stave off the worst effects of global warming. Biden has issued executive orders to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines. The orders target federal subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels and halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. But there’s political risk for Biden and Democrats as oil- and coal-producing states face job losses from moves to sharply increase U.S. reliance on clean energy.
Kuprienko was shocked to learn that the man he freed had been buried upside down in the snow for nearly an hour. Experts say that the avalanche fell in large blocks, trapping air pockets within the avalanche debris, which allowed the hiker to breathe. “Obviously this is a miracle that he was able to breathe for that long,” Kuprienko said. Martin said the band’s dream is to have shows that do not produce single-use plastics and are largely solar powered. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral,” Martin said. “The hardest thing is the flying side of things,” Martin added. Coldplay last toured in 2016 and 2017, playing 122 shows around the world. A hiker’s rescue from Alaskan avalanche called a “miracle” World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle Coldplay won’t tour again until their concerts are carbon-neutral Alex Kuprienko of Anchorage was out for a hike on Flattop Mountain on Saturday when he noticed feet kicking in avalanche debris 100 feet ahead of him on the trail. Kuprienko ran up to the buried person and used his hands to dig around him, freeing the trapped hiker in about five minutes. Water flow in the Zambezi River, which tumbles over a mass of stone to create Victoria Falls, is at its lowest since 1995. The Zambian president, Edgar Lungu, has said that the current state of the falls are “a stark reminder of what climate change is doing to our environment.” The band Coldplay has announced that they will not tour for their new album, Everyday Life, until they can figure out how to make their concerts carbon-neutral. “We’re taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable but how it can be actively beneficial,” front man Chris Martin told BBC News. One of Zimbabwe’s most iconic natural features, 355-foot Victoria Falls, has slowed to a trickle following the country’s worst drought in a century. While the waterfall does typically slow in the dry season, The Guardian has described this year’s lack of water as “unprecedented.”
Both Col. Juan Valer Sandoval and Capt. Raúl Jiménez Chávez, who were killed during the operation, were promoted posthumously to those ranks, and are regarded as heroes in Peru. The Military rescued all of the hostages except for one: Carlos Giusti Acuña, a member of the Supreme Court, who died. Training for a bold operation Intelligence and spy efforts were key reasons for the success of the operation, said retired Army General Leonel Cabrera, who was in charge of one of the assault teams that freed the hostages. Intelligence and spy efforts were key reasons for the success of the operation, said retired Army General Leonel Cabrera, who was in charge of one of the assault teams that freed the hostages. That incident began on December 17, 1996, when 14 MRTA terrorists, led by Néstor Cerpa Cartolini, held hostage hundreds of people attending a birthday party for Emperor Akihito at the embassy. “After the explosions, the Commandos appeared and proceeded to place their small explosives in the walls along the perimeter, the explosives went off, opening a gap, and all the Commandos were able to enter the residence,” Gen. Zapata said. Military Victory Day, which takes place every April 22nd, is an homage to the 1997 Armed Forces effort that led to the rescue of 72 captives from the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, which had held them for 126 days in the Japanese ambassador’s residence. The heroic mission is a lesson to the entire world, said Army General César Astudillo, because “140 service members of Peru’s Armed Forces put the performance of their duty before any other responsibility.” “Using these organizations, we put together the intervention force building on groups for command, assault, support, security and sharpshooters,” said Gen. Zapata. The success of the operation relied on secrecy, surprise, and speed. Microphones are hidden in pillows The Military rescued all of the hostages except for one: Carlos Giusti Acuña, a member of the Supreme Court, who died. “We inserted microphones into the produce and pillows for the hostages. We put together a psychological profile of the captors and we learned their routines,” said retired Army General Leonel Cabrera. “We knew what time they played soccer in the hall. That was their mistake: That was the time we could enter and surprise them.” Commandos get the order to raid home Their rescue required a great amount of Military preparation. Their rescue required a great amount of Military preparation. Army Commander Lieutenant Colonel Luis Marca Silva was the first to enter. He recalled his mission clearly: “We had to blow up the main door, enter the second floor, and rescue the hostages who were in the rooms along the front of the building…At the time, I didn’t even think about running into a terrorist and having a shoot-out with him. We had trained for everything in this operation and everything was ready.” The personnel selected for this operation, he recalled, included the best Commandos teamed together in groups. The best shooters were assigned to sharpshooting, the best explosive handlers managed that task, and those best-suited to enter the residence made up another group. “All of them were part of the intervention force.” Peru recently celebrated what is widely regarded as one of the most successful military operations in the country’s history. Armed with AKM rifles, RPG launchers, explosives and dynamite, they took captive diplomats, government and Military officials, and business executives, demanding from the government millions of dollars and the release of imprisoned group members. MRTA had begun its criminal activities in 1984 with targeted killings of police officers, Military service members and civilians, car bomb attacks, and kidnappings. On this occasion they gradually released most of the hostages, but detained 72 for more than four months. To carry out the mission, the Military rented housing around the residence to observe what was going on, while simultaneously, a replica of the home was built for use in training the service members to execute the rescue in the shortest time possible. Both Col. Juan Valer Sandoval and Capt. Raúl Jiménez Chávez, who were killed during the operation, were promoted posthumously to those ranks, and are regarded as heroes in Peru. Military Victory Day, which takes place every April 22nd, is an homage to the 1997 Armed Forces effort that led to the rescue of 72 captives from the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, which had held them for 126 days in the Japanese ambassador’s residence. The heroic mission is a lesson to the entire world, said Army General César Astudillo, because “140 service members of Peru’s Armed Forces put the performance of their duty before any other responsibility.” By Dialogo June 03, 2015 “After the explosions, the Commandos appeared and proceeded to place their small explosives in the walls along the perimeter, the explosives went off, opening a gap, and all the Commandos were able to enter the residence,” Gen. Zapata said. The Commandos learned they would put their preparation and re-training to use on April 27, 1997, when Gen. Zapata received the order to raid the residence from then-president Alberto Fujimori. The following day, during the operation, Soldiers detonated explosive charges under the residence floors in tunnels that had been constructed over several months by a group of miners, allowing the Military to use the element of surprise for the operation. Operation Chavín de Huántar was named in reference to a Peruvian archaeological site famous for its underground passageways. Astudillo, a participant in the mission who is now chief of the VRAEM Special Command, recalled his comrades-in-arms who died in the effort. Army Colonel Juan Valer Sandoval and Captain Raúl Jiménez Chávez lost their lives, he said, but set an example in patriotism that can be summed up in one phrase: “We did it for Peru.” Training for a bold operation The Commandos learned they would put their preparation and re-training to use on April 27, 1997, when Gen. Zapata received the order to raid the residence from then-president Alberto Fujimori. The following day, during the operation, Soldiers detonated explosive charges under the residence floors in tunnels that had been constructed over several months by a group of miners, allowing the Military to use the element of surprise for the operation. Operation Chavín de Huántar was named in reference to a Peruvian archaeological site famous for its underground passageways. That incident began on December 17, 1996, when 14 MRTA terrorists, led by Néstor Cerpa Cartolini, held hostage hundreds of people attending a birthday party for Emperor Akihito at the embassy. “Using these organizations, we put together the intervention force building on groups for command, assault, support, security and sharpshooters,” said Gen. Zapata. The success of the operation relied on secrecy, surprise, and speed. “The operation needed to take place in the space of four minutes, but in real life it took over 40,” Gen. Cabrera said. “On the second floor, a group of terrorists had set up a defense from one of the rooms with explosives and they responded to our military incursion.” “Re-training was the key to success in the Chavín de Huántar Military operation,” said retired General José Williams Zapata, the officer in charge of the intervention. “What we did was re-train ourselves; we had all received training already. More than anything else, it was done to develop good teamwork. We are not talking about first-time training, but about specialized Troops who must train to take action depending on the scenario.” Peru recently celebrated what is widely regarded as one of the most successful military operations in the country’s history. To carry out the mission, the Military rented housing around the residence to observe what was going on, while simultaneously, a replica of the home was built for use in training the service members to execute the rescue in the shortest time possible. Army Commander Lieutenant Colonel Luis Marca Silva was the first to enter. He recalled his mission clearly: “We had to blow up the main door, enter the second floor, and rescue the hostages who were in the rooms along the front of the building…At the time, I didn’t even think about running into a terrorist and having a shoot-out with him. We had trained for everything in this operation and everything was ready.” “Re-training was the key to success in the Chavín de Huántar Military operation,” said retired General José Williams Zapata, the officer in charge of the intervention. “What we did was re-train ourselves; we had all received training already. More than anything else, it was done to develop good teamwork. We are not talking about first-time training, but about specialized Troops who must train to take action depending on the scenario.” Armed with AKM rifles, RPG launchers, explosives and dynamite, they took captive diplomats, government and Military officials, and business executives, demanding from the government millions of dollars and the release of imprisoned group members. MRTA had begun its criminal activities in 1984 with targeted killings of police officers, Military service members and civilians, car bomb attacks, and kidnappings. On this occasion they gradually released most of the hostages, but detained 72 for more than four months. Commandos get the order to raid home Microphones are hidden in pillows Military authorities chose about 140 service members for the mission, including both Officers and NCOs, from the Special Forces Brigade and the Army Commando School, joined by Navy Officers. “We inserted microphones into the produce and pillows for the hostages. We put together a psychological profile of the captors and we learned their routines,” said retired Army General Leonel Cabrera. “We knew what time they played soccer in the hall. That was their mistake: That was the time we could enter and surprise them.” Military authorities chose about 140 service members for the mission, including both Officers and NCOs, from the Special Forces Brigade and the Army Commando School, joined by Navy Officers. Astudillo, a participant in the mission who is now chief of the VRAEM Special Command, recalled his comrades-in-arms who died in the effort. Army Colonel Juan Valer Sandoval and Captain Raúl Jiménez Chávez lost their lives, he said, but set an example in patriotism that can be summed up in one phrase: “We did it for Peru.” The personnel selected for this operation, he recalled, included the best Commandos teamed together in groups. The best shooters were assigned to sharpshooting, the best explosive handlers managed that task, and those best-suited to enter the residence made up another group. “All of them were part of the intervention force.” “The operation needed to take place in the space of four minutes, but in real life it took over 40,” Gen. Cabrera said. “On the second floor, a group of terrorists had set up a defense from one of the rooms with explosives and they responded to our military incursion.”
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Attendees of the America’s Credit Union Conference received an update on the progress of the Credit Union Awareness Initiative Tuesday.Launched last year by the CUNA Board, the Awareness Initiative aims to raise broad-based consumer awareness of credit unions by establishing a new, national brand platform for the industry.“The credit union industry is truly at a crossroads,” says Teresa Freeborn, chair of the Creating Awareness Advisory Group, the committee appointed by the CUNA Board to lead the initiative. “For four decades we’ve hung on to 6-7% market share with little upward movement.“In this day of fintech and near-daily new entrants into the market, credit unions have to work so much harder to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.”To create that greater awareness, the Advisory Group decided to create a brand platform for the industry based on extensive national consumer research, the first round of which it conducted earlier this year. continue reading »