ABC News(NEW YORK) — There are more than 120 large wildfires burning in the Unites States Thursday morning, most of them in the West and Alaska.In the West alone, 48 large fires are burning with additional small brush fires popping up in hot spots. The Museum Fire, near Flagstaff, Arizona, is 1,887 acres and only 12% contained, but an evacuation order has been lifted due to the higher humidity, lower temperatures and monsoon rain.Hot weather, with locally gusty winds, sparked a few brush fires from the San Francisco Bay area down to Los Angeles on Wednesday.Several record highs were broken and tied in Southern California, including one in Long Beach, where the temperature reached a record-tying high of 99 degrees.Looking forward, monsoon storms are still forecast for Thursday in the Southwest and southern Rockies from California to Colorado, where flash flood watches have been issued.The heat will increase in the coming days, especially in California where numerous heat watches, warnings and advisories have been issued.Gusty winds up to 40 mph are expected in Montana, where red flag warnings have been posted.The heat is on this weekend from Sacramento to Las Vegas, and even into Phoenix, where some cities could see high temperatures a little over 110.Desert temperatures could even reach into the 120s in Southern California.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
But while wealthier colleges subsidise all or part of the cost of the trip, others have refused to put money towards it.Tomo Sandeman, a second year Geographer, emphasised that attendance on the £295 trip was “absolutely compulsory”, even though he received no financial help from his college. Students have reacted angrily to news that they were charged differently, according to college, for a mandatory geography field trip.As part of a course requirement, geography students are required to conduct a one week field trip in Crete. In contrast, one Christ Church student Dan Barnes, described the ease with which he obtained a travel grant for the trip. He said it was “automatic after having a pre-printed form signed by his tutor.”Furthermore, some students have also questioned the academic value of the trip. One student from St Catherine’s described it as “just a massive piss-up”.Barnes admitted that “the academic value of the trip wasn’t that great.” He added that “you could do as much work as you wanted on the trip.”His views were echoed by students throughout the University. One Geographer from St Anne’s, who wished to remain anonymous, described working hours as “flexible, particularly over the first three days.”The student continued, “I was really annoyed that we had to pay for it, especially as we already pay top up fees.”She described the Geography department’s situation in this regard as comparing poorly with that of Earth Sciences.She spoke angrily of how she spent hours on the beach, “taking measurements of the sand height above and below sea level several hundred times, as well as cataloguing vegetation” while other participants “relaxed in cafes” and “took things slowly.”Her observations were confirmed by Sandeman, who said: “Quite a few geographers made their results up.” He described one group who “hired pedal boats and went hiking in the mountains,” after having fabricated some data for their work-book.They agreed with the St Anne’s student that, as it was “the only fieldwork [they] get to do in the entire course,” its academic value was far from negligible.For those students from less well-endowed colleges, though, this merely exacerbated the unfairness of having to fund the trip from their own pockets. As the St Anne’s geographer pointed out, “It’s an important week… we just shouldn’t have to pay.”
One third-year lawyer commented, “I was gutted that it was cancelled but Hertford are offering us free wine to make up for it so it’s turned out pretty well.” Andy Turner, a third-year mathematician who organised the dinner, told Cherwell, “Finalists Fling being cancelled was a real waste. The whole mishap was a huge drain on everyone’s time and enthusiasm. “The incident stinks of a conspiracy planned by the college’s main rival in food provision, the ATS. The meal has been rearranged to next week, when hopefully the funnel continue unabated, with the addition of complementary wine flushing any hopes of a quiet night down the toilet.” A third-year engineer, Tom Oakley, sought to make the best of the postponement. “My Mother always taught me that when the kitchen’sknee-deep in shit, you’ve got to cancel dinner – so although I was disappointed, I entirely understood Hertford’s decision. I managed tostave off disappointment by making a delicious dinner of pan-fried duck breasts with raspberry sauce, baby leaf salad and sautéed carrots. And then I went to the pub.” The black tie dinner, designed for Finalists to enjoy a stress-free evening before the ‘onslaught’ of exams, has been postponed until next week, following a decision by the Home Bursar to close the kitchen until it had been professionally cleaned. The JCR Secretary sent out an urgent email to students which read, “I am incredibly sorry to report that I have just been called into a meeting with the Home Bursar and the head of catering, who have told me that Finalists Fling tonight will have to be CANCELLED. “Apparently the drainage system under college has overflowed forcing sewage into the kitchen, and Beau [the Home Bursar] has made the Health and Safety decision that the kitchen cannot be used until it has been professionally cleaned. I have provisionally rearranged it for NEXT TUESDAY. Beau has said he will talk to the bursar about getting us free wine for the rearranged fling to apologise for this catastrophe.” The ‘@whatisinhall’ Twitter account later tweeted, “For those of you who haven’t heard, Finalists’ Fling has been cancelled due to flooded drains in the kitchens.” Students were able to observe through the kitchen windows that the floor was indeed awash. ‘FINALISTS’ FLING’ at Hertford had to be cancelled hours before it was due to take place on Tuesday, after the drainage system under the college overflowed, forcing sewage into the kitchen. However, not all students were able to see the funny side of the situation. Third-year mathematician Adrian Clayton told Cherwell, “It’s too traumatic an incident for me to think up any sewage based puns.” In an email to Turner which was posted on the JCR Facebook group, Hertford’s catering manager addressed students’ concerns: “Please let me assure you that lunch today was not affected, and all food was prepared and cooked before the problem in the kitchen began. The council are currently working on the drains, and a professional deep clean company are due to clean the kitchen this evening. Meaning that service should resume to normal starting with breakfast tomorrow morning.” Later in the evening, the kitchen was successfully cleaned, with college hall reopening the next day. It was later confirmed that, to compensate for the cancelled dinner, attendees at the rescheduled event will be given half a bottle of wine each. Some students questioned when the incident had occurred. Third-year historian Callum Pirie joked, “We were beginning to wonder why the food had started tasting funny. We thought it was the horse meat.”
Controversial North Bergen pre-K trailers will get fire safety doorsFive years after Hurricane Sandy downed power lines and caused a fire that consumed two pre-K classroom trailers at James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen, Superintendent of Schools George Solter says he has asked the Kearny-based company leasing the trailers to the district to install fire safety doors on the 15 structures which don’t have them, according to NJ.com.No one was inside during the Oct. 30, 2012 fire, and no children or adults were hurt. But according to local media reports, since then, conditions at the site are largely unchanged.The “temporary” trailers installed in 2001 are still in use as pre-K classrooms. Local critics have charged their presence is in violation of Green Acres rules restricting the use of grant-funded parkland.Critics charge that the power lines that supply electricity to the 17 trailers are still too close to tree branches that circle the Bruins Stadium complex where the trailers are located, where the North Bergen High School football team plays its home games, and where members of the public jog or walk around the track.While the district is adding the second doors, Solter insists that all the pre-K trailers are safe and always have been, because they have windows that qualify as emergency exits under the old rules.Walden is the most persistent critic of the trailers’ lingering presence at Braddock Park, and has written numerous letters to editors of local media criticizing the continued use of the trailers.He is joined by a group of neighborhood activists, open space advocates, and others, including the New Jersey Sierra Club. 1 / 3 Local residents participate in North Bergen’s third annual Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention Sep. 17. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 2 / 3 Local residents Andres Fernandez, 14 (pictured left), and Federick Alvarado, 12 (pictured right) pose with rain sticks they created during a crafts event at North Bergen’s downtown library Sep. 18. The event was the first of many celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in town. See briefs for more information. 3 / 3 John Belluardo, chairman of the North Bergen Township Municipal Alliance, was honored by The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Sep. 20. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) ❮ ❯ Out of the Darkness Walk raises over $14K for suicide preventionNorth Bergen’s third annual Out of the Darkness Walk took place on Sunday, Sept. 17 in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park.Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Commissioner Julio Marenco, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, and Police Chief Robert Dowd were among those who attended the event to lend their support to the suicide-prevention initiative.More than 400 people participated in the walk, raising $14,250 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.The AFSP will use the funds to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.The event was organized by the Sanchez family of North Bergen after they lost a family member to suicide. Many participants walked in teams in memory of friends or family who were lost. Donations to the North Bergen’s Out of the Darkness initiative can be made until Dec. 31 by visiting afsp.org/northbergen.Registration for kids’ dance opens Sept. 21Kids ages 5 through 11 can register for recreation dance classes beginning Sept. 21. The season runs from October through June, with a public performance at the end.Children must be in kindergarten; no pre-school. Class sizes are extremely limited. Classes include pre-ballet for 5-year-olds only (must be in kindergarten), as well as ballet and jazz for children up to age 11.Register Monday to Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. Bring proof of residence, a birth certificate or passport, and $35 in cash, check, or money order. Dance wear can be purchased at registration for an additional fee.OEM is ready for the weatherWith hurricane season impacting large sections of the United States, North Bergen’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is prepared to address any disaster, whether natural or man-made.Recently Mayor Nicholas Sacco and other township officials visited the OEM to view some of the equipment available.OEM Coordinator Dave Ricigliano and Assistant Coordinator Danny Peschetti demonstrated several of the township’s portable light towers, as well as multiple generators ranging from portable units up to five trailer-mounted large-capacity units, and two ARGO all-terrain vehicles, one with tank treads and one eight-wheeler, which can be used in mud, sand, swamps, and even in flood waters. Among the many other items available for emergencies are a pay loader, a 14-foot boat, and a 3,500-gallon tanker for fresh potable water.OEM equipment was used extensively during weather events like Superstorm Sandy and this past winter’s blizzards, but the department is also called upon to assist the police, fire department, EMS, and others in their day-to-day operations. Their equipment is always ready and is on call 24/7, during hurricane season or any time of year.Free flu vaccines available at nine locationsMayor Nicholas Sacco announced that the North Bergen Health Department will once again provide residents with free flu vaccines this autumn. Vaccines will be available at nine locations beginning Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the North Bergen Renaissance/Theresa Ferraro Building penthouse, 6201 Grand Ave.Eight other locations are spread throughout the township for the convenience of residents. See the township website at www.northbergen.org for a full schedule and details. Vaccines are available through mid-October.John Belluardo honored for volunteerism by Governor’s CouncilThe Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse recently selected John Belluardo as the 2017 Hudson County Volunteer of the Year. He was selected for this honor based on his service and commitment as the chairman of the North Bergen Township Municipal Alliance.Belluardo was honored for his contribution and dedication to the Municipal Alliance Program, along with the other County Volunteers of the Year, at the meeting of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on Sept. 20 at Robert Wood Johnson Conference Center in Hamilton.Netflix movie is based on local author’s book, and stars Nathan LaneA comedy movie starring Broadway legend (and Jersey City native) Nathan Lane – based on a humorous novel by Hoboken resident (and Reporter editor) Caren Lissner – is available on Netflix as of Sept. 4. It has also been available on Amazon and iTunes, and the book is for sale on Amazon.The film, “Carrie Pilby,” stars British actress Bel Powley as a 19-year-old genius who graduates from college three years early and moves to New York City. She’s confused about how to make friends and date, and her nerdy nature doesn’t help. She meets an unusual cast of characters as she tries to make sense of the hypocrisies of life. Her therapist, played by Nathan Lane, is the only person sharp enough to match wits.The film also stars Gabriel Byrne (“The Usual Suspects”), Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”), William Moseley, Jason Ritter, Colin O’Donoghue, and Desmin Borges.The film opened in area theaters for a limited run in April and earned positive reviews from the Guardian, RogerEbert.com, and the Village Voice. It was directed by Susan Johnson.Lissner will be appearing on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble in Paramus, N.J. as part of a teen book festival to discuss the novel, the adaptation process, how to get your work published, and any other matters of interest to attendees. See the Paramus Barnes and Noble website for more information.Lissner will also host a writing class in Hoboken on Thursday evening, Nov. 2. For more information, contact her via carenlissner.com.The book has been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Thai, and Malay.Library hosts first Hispanic Heritage Month eventOn Monday, Sept. 18, the North Bergen Free Public Library held the first of numerous events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Both the uptown and downtown libraries hosted an afternoon crafts event to create “rain sticks” – served up with a side of guacamole and chips.Commissioner Julio Marenco and Parking Authority Director Robert Baselice dropped by the Kennedy Branch Library to help the kids build and decorate their noisemakers. Library staff provided the tools and instructions.For Andres Fernandez, 14, his favorite part of the event was “shaking his rain maker.” Federick Alvarado, 12, said putting on the feathers was what he enjoyed the most about participating. × 1 / 3 Local residents participate in North Bergen’s third annual Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention Sep. 17. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 2 / 3 Local residents Andres Fernandez, 14 (pictured left), and Federick Alvarado, 12 (pictured right) pose with rain sticks they created during a crafts event at North Bergen’s downtown library Sep. 18. The event was the first of many celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in town. See briefs for more information. 3 / 3 John Belluardo, chairman of the North Bergen Township Municipal Alliance, was honored by The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Sep. 20. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) ❮ ❯
Service with a smile at Bob’s By Tim KellyWhen Joe Schneider received the group text inviting him to ride his bike in Carl Wanek’s planned Ocean City “Tour de Donut,” nobody else responded.“I thought he was kidding,” said Schneider. “So I asked when I should meet him. When he texted me back with the time, I was shocked.”Wanek, a 44-year-old carpenter from Ocean City, wanted to ride his bike around town and sample the wares of 12 donut shops in two hours or less.Leading the way is Carl Wanek, followed by Joe Schneider and then Frank Rubba.Schneider, one of Wanek’s longtime friends, said he probably should have taken him seriously from the jump.“Carl always comes up with some unusual plans and they always turn out to be a great trip. I’m just happy to be a passenger.”Wanek said he’s a fan of pub crawls and food tours. He thought Ocean City needed something similar, but in line with its family-friendly image. So he went on several Ocean City Facebook pages to try to identify “every mom-and-pop donut shop or store that sold donuts” and to hit them all.“I always feel like I can eat as many donuts as I want without getting filled up,” Wanek said. “I can eat a dozen donuts by myself in about 15 minutes.”The two-hour time limit came into play because Wanek’s sister was in town visiting from Colorado. A Sunday breakfast for the extended family was planned, and Wanek thought it would be inappropriate to hold up the event while he chased donuts. Thus, Wanek, Schneider and a third buddy Frank Rubba set out on their 7 a.m. adventure.Carl knew it wouldn’t be a stretch for him to eat a donut from each stop. However Joe and Frank thought it might be a bit much considering the bike ride, which turned out to be in excess of 10-miles, and the heat. So they decided to buy one donut at each place and cut it into thirds. “In this way, we would only eat the equivalent of four donuts each,” Carl reasoned.But what variety of deep-fried treat would they be sampling? Some places have more offerings than there are donut shops in town.“The plan was to ask the counter person for their most popular or best-tasting donut,” said Carl. “Let them decide for us.”With that, the trio set off on their beach cruisers from Wanek’s home at North and Wesley, headed for Dot’s on 32nd Street. The planned tour was to end at Brown’s on the north end of the Boardwalk, with 10 stops in between. Could they do it?Dot’s 7:10amStage 1, Dot’s Pastry: The guys arrive at Dot’s at about 7:10 a.m., just minutes after the store’s scheduled opening. But they were dismayed to find they were ticket number 78 and 48 customers had already been served. “There were 30 orders ahead of us,” Wanek saidSchneider said he thought there was no way they could do this in two hours. “But Carl is the eternal optimist and his schemes usually work out.”The good news: the line moved quickly and the reward was a cream-filled powder donut which spoke more about Dot’s popularity than ticket number 78 ever could. “You could see why Dot’s has such a loyal following,” Schneider said.Nauti DonutStage 2, Nauti: The guys pedaled to their next stop, between 21st and 22nd on Asbury. The young woman behind the counter recommended their “Mermaid Delight,” a handmade donut topped with Fruity Pebbles cereal and a vanilla glaze. “It was amazing,” Carl said in a tone usually reserved for acts of love. “It was close to that,” he said. “Fresh and warm and overall, an excellent donut. I’m definitely going to come back here again and get a dozen for myself.”Mallon’sStage 3, Mallon’s : Over to 14th and Bay the men went, to the famous go-to spot for sticky buns, and the counter person selected their most popular donut with vanilla frosting and chocolate sprinkles.Cathy’s 14th Street BakeryStage 4, Cathy’s: Here at 14th and Asbury the donut-chomping cyclists deviated from letting the counter person select the variety “because Frank raved about their apple cider donuts” and kind of insisted on that one. It was good enough but left Carl drooling for a crème-filled variety he had eyed up previously.Bob’sStage 5, Bob’s Grill, Boardwalk at 14th: The apple cider donut here was “very, very good. Outstanding!” Wanek said. “Crispy on the outside, warm and deliciously soft on the inside. The donut is telling you how fresh it is.” Upon hearing about Carl, Joe and Frank’s Tour, the donut maker told the guys “We better be number one!” Carl said he wouldn’t rule that out.Bashful BananaStage 6, Bashful Banana: A health food lover’s paradise at 944 Boardwalk, Bashful whipped up a blueberry-filled confection with a “dough” of a tasty bran which was seemingly baked, not fried. “It was almost like a muffin on top, but the bottom had a hole that went about halfway through. And it was loaded with real blueberries. Definitely good for a healthy donut,” Carl enthused.FrostedStage 7: Audible! This was supposed to be Cub Zero at 8th and the Boardwalk, until the first glitch in the Tour occurred. They were out of donuts! Wanek had to think fast. He remembered the Forum Motel at 8th and Atlantic had a place in the lobby called Frosted that sold donuts. It was deserted when Carl walked in and checked his watch. It was 8:15. Only 45 minutes remained in the contest. “If we only got to 11 shops the Tour would have been a failure,” Wanek lamented. However, Frosted came up big –the proprietor fired up the donut machine and delivered “an excellent, fresh donut he made just for me. It was really, really good apple cinnamon donut that just disintegrated in your tastebuds. I’m stopping back there again,” he said. “Pure quality.”Drip n’ ScoopStage 8 Drip n Scoop: Zig-zagging back to 10th and Asbury, the men feasted on a vanilla cinnamon variety that was “not your traditional apple cider and a nice variation. Very, very good.”WardsStage 9 Wards Pastry: Running out of time, the guys split this stage and the next one. Joe and Frank picked up an old fashioned donut here at 730 Asbury and exited the store just as Carl arrived, having snared the donut from Stage 10. Carl would also return to Wards after the tour to pick up a dozen sticky buns for the family breakfast.Fractured PruneStage 10 Fractured Prune Carl grabbed the house specialty donut as recommended by the counter person, a deep-fried treat known as “Ocean City Sand.” This donut was chocolate frosted, and it was the bomb. He wrapped it up and placed it in his bike’s carrying pouch and “hauled butt over to Ward’s” from the 3339 West Ave. location. Upon reuniting, the men cut up and consumed their treats. Then they headed back to the Boards for the Tour’s home stretch.Oves Beach GrillStage 11 Oves Beach Grill: On the Boardwalk at 4th Street, the donut maker was none other than Joe Kelly, whom Wanek had coached in baseball and wrestling. All Kelly did was cook up a fresh traditional old fashioned donut Carl said could stand with any others on the Tour.BrownsStage 12 Browns: Furiously pedaling toward the North end of the ‘Walk, about 10 minutes remained in the contest. Unfortunately, the line at Browns (110 Boardwalk) would take at least a half hour to navagate, Wanek estimated. “The whole idea of starting at Dot’s and working our way back was to avoid the line at Brown’s,” Carl said, but that strategy lost out to the July 4 holiday volume of visitors.There was still hope. Schneider’s daughter and another relative worked at the iconic eatery. He ran inside, tipped each $10 and emerged with a fresh donut.“One taste of this old fashioned with the taste of apple cinnamon “made me understand why the people wait in line,” Carl said. In all his years of living in Ocean City, he had never before tasted a Brown’s donut. “I could never see waiting for one when there are so many other great places, but now I get it. This donut melted in your mouth and the consistency of the inside was so moist and warm. An amazing product.” But was one donut worth $20? “Definitely.”Having completed his journey, there were no high fives or celebrations. “It was kind of anticlimactic,” Wanek said. “It left me wanting to keep going. I definitely will do this again.”From there, Carl headed back to the home he shares with wife Karin and sons Carl and Cooper. He walked in the door just as the clock struck nine .“Karin was a little upset with me, but only because she didn’t get the chance to come along with us.”Then, it was off for a date with the extended family where Carl ate a breakfast of eggs and bacon , a stack of “red white and blue” (strawberry, banana and blueberry) pancakes, and a cinnamon bun.“I still had plenty of appetite after the Tour,” he said with a laugh.Wanek said the guys had so much fun he planned to make the Tour an annual event . In fact, he was thinking of organizing a large scale version as a fundraiser for the Ocean City Jr. Raiders Football program, which he serves as President.“I think this can be a great family event to be enjoyed by one and all.” (10.33 miles biked and burned 793 calories)Browns Line 8:50am
By DONALD WITTKOWSKIPeople applying for public housing in Ocean City will no longer face a “One strike and you’re out” policy.The Ocean City Housing Authority voted 6-0 Tuesday to loosen its admissions policies for people who have convictions for drug possession or a history of other non-violent criminal offenses.The authority would have risked losing funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and could have exposed itself to lawsuits if it had not made the change, officials said.HUD has been “strongly recommending” that local housing authorities across the country should relax their admission policies for former drug offenders or people with a record of non-violent crimes, said Jacqueline Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Housing Authority.“It’s sort of a new area for us,” Jones told the authority’s board members about the policy change during their monthly meeting.Previously, people with drug convictions who could not prove they successfully completed a rehab program or had committed other crimes faced being barred from public housing, Jones said.The so-called “One strike and you’re out policy” is being revised to give criminal offenders a second chance, explained Charles Gabage, solicitor for the Ocean City Housing Authority.“Maybe this is a political statement I’m going to make, but people should be given a (second) chance,” he said.Gabage told the board members that the policy change reflects “the sentiment” of the public as well as the federal government.“It’s a change of philosophy,” he said.The Ocean City Housing Authority board members approve the policy change by a 6-0 vote.Now, people who have a criminal history will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis when they apply for public housing in Ocean City.“You have to look at the whole picture, not just one thing individually,” Jones said.She added, “It’s going to take a little bit to figure out where is the line.”Offenders who have a history of murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and other serious crimes will still be barred from public housing, Jones pointed out.According to media reports, federal laws give local housing agencies broad latitude in using criminal histories to refuse people admission to public housing.HUD, however, has been promoting new recommendations that public housing agencies should do more to help people who have served their criminal sentence.Housing authorities will still have discretion to ban people convicted of violence and other serious crimes – what Jones referred to as the “big, bad ones.”Bob Barr, a city councilman who serves as chairman of the Ocean City Housing Authority, said the policy change made him feel “a little uncomfortable.”“It’s the world we live in,” Jones responded to Barr. “It’s changed.”Barr asked Jones how many times the housing authority considers applications from people who have a criminal history.“It comes up a lot,” Jones said.Chairman Bob Barr and Executive Director Jacqueline Jones discussed the implications of the policy change during the board meeting.The policy change, though, will give the housing authority “clear guidelines” to decide who may or may not be barred from public housing, Jones explained.The new policy also recognizes that some former offenders should not be denied public housing as they grow older simply because they made a mistake years or even decades ago, she said.In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, Barr was re-elected as board chairman and Scott Halliday was re-elected as vice chairman for another one-year term. The Ocean City Housing Authority and the city are working toward creating new affordable rental homes.
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Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, the social networking platform widely credited with transforming how almost 1.9 billion people interact, will be the featured speaker at the Afternoon Program of Harvard’s 366th Commencement on May 25.“Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership has profoundly altered the nature of social engagement worldwide. Few inventions in modern times can rival Facebook in its far-reaching impact on how people around the globe interact with one another,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “And few individuals can rival Mark Zuckerberg in his drive to change our world through the innovative use of technology, as well as his commitment to advance science, enhance education, and expand opportunity through the pursuit of philanthropy.Harvard Commencement speaker Mark Zuckerberg asks Bill Gates for advice “I greatly look forward to welcoming Mark back to Harvard on Commencement day,” Faust continued.Born in White Plains, N.Y., in 1984, Zuckerberg grew up in nearby Dobbs Ferry. By the time he was in middle school he was already writing software, including a program called “ZuckNet” which he created for his father’s dental practice. Later, still a teenager, he built a platform called Synapse Media Player that used machine learning to analyze a user’s listening preferences. The program was recognized by PC Magazine and earned him job offers from Microsoft and AOL.Zuckerberg went on to graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where he combined his talents for math and science with interests in classics and fencing.He enrolled in Harvard College in 2002 as a member of the Class of 2006. While he was a sophomore in Kirkland House, he and a group of friends created a platform called thefacebook.com, initially designed as a social networking website for Harvard students and then expanded to other campuses. The website quickly gained widespread popularity, catching the attention of investors. Following his sophomore year, Zuckerberg and his cohorts moved to Palo Alto, Calif., to rebrand their fledgling company, now called Facebook, as a global service. Zuckerberg originally intended to return to Harvard, but the immediate success of the enterprise led him to devote his full energy to the company.As the popularity of the network grew, it was expanded to universities outside the United States, and in 2006 was extended beyond educational institutions to anyone with a registered email address. Since then, Facebook has grown to become the top social media platform.Since launching Facebook, Zuckerberg has received many honors. In 2010, Time magazine named him Person of the Year, and Vanity Fair magazine listed him among “the top 100 most influential people of the information age.” In 2016, Forbes magazine named him among its top 10 “World’s Most Powerful People.”Zuckerberg has also emerged as a major philanthropist, having pledged to direct tens of billions of dollars to a range of causes. Over their lifetimes, he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and 2007 Harvard College graduate, have pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), which is committed to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity. Through their work with CZI, they have pledged to spend more than $3 billion over the next decade to work with scientists, doctors, engineers, and universities to cure, prevent, or manage diseases.They have focused on bringing the power of personalized learning to students across the country and are working with governments and other policymakers to accomplish these ambitious goals. Zuckerberg and Chan’s philanthropy has also included donations to schools and educational organizations across the Bay Area, San Francisco General Hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control.“Mark Zuckerberg understands the power of connection, and the importance of creating community,” said Martin Grasso, president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “Harvard alumni and students will be eager for this opportunity to hear from someone who through hard work and dedication has transformed the way we connect to each other and the world.”Zuckerberg will speak during the Afternoon Program at the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, held in Harvard Yard’s Tercentenary Theatre between Widener Library and the Memorial Church.For a full schedule of Commencement Week events, visit its website. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqr6yLyuHQA” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/yqr6yLyuHQA/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>
“The mammogram, what it does is it analyzes the breasts of the women and the purpose is to detect breast cancer,” Kelly said. “They’re taking X-rays of your breast and they can detect cancer way in advance of when you might be able to feel it if you were doing a self-examination.” The unit will be located in the parking lot between the Student Center and McCandless Hall. According to Kelly, this is the second year the unit has visited campus, and the College plans to continue to offer this opportunity once per semester. Encouraging women to have their yearly mammogram performed, Saint Mary’s College will offer the Mobile Mammogram Unit from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.The unit will be available to perform mammograms from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Debby Kelly, director of Human Resources at the College, said. According to Kelly, faculty and staff will only have a $15 co-pay with the College’s insurance plan. Kelly said students should inquire about pricing when making an appointment due to differences in medical insurance. A yearly mammogram is recommended for women ages 40 and up in order to be proactive about breast cancer, Kelly said Kelly said the unit resembles a tour bus but had the necessary equipment to perform mammograms. “I think it’s important for every woman who reaches age 40 [to start] getting them annually because like with any cancer if they detect it earlier, the odds of being able to treat it and have the woman survive are much greater the earlier you catch it,” she said. Women interested in obtaining a mammogram on the mobile unit should call 574-247-5400 to schedule an appointment. “It’s a unit that travels around in the local area, and they go to local businesses and they allow women to come there and get their annual mammograms,” Kelly said. “What makes it really nice is it’s really convenient for people who work here because they don’t have to leave their job and travel to the doctor’s office or the hospital to have the test. They can just walk right over to the unit.” “I think we’re going to plan to have them come twice a year, every year … That way, you know usually people are supposed to have their mammograms once a year, and that way they can just schedule and have them here,” she said. “It’s just really convenient.” Kelly said although students are invited to make an appointment if they feel the need, mainly faculty and staff will utilize the unit. “There is a cost associated with it,” Kelly said. “It’s not something the College is paying for, but it would be covered by insurance, so if a student has health insurance and they are eligible and their insurance provides for mammograms then they could certainly make an appointment.” “Women really are encouraged to have the mammograms annually,” Kelly said. “So if they’re not able to take advantage of the mobile unit here, I still encourage them to get their mammograms.”
View Comments A new popular pair is coming to Oz! Broadway veteran Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages) and former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel will star as Glinda and Fiyero, respectively, in the North American tour of Wicked. St. Louis and Angel will join the production on November 26 in Norfolk, VA. Wicked is currently playing at the The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT through November 23. A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous characters: the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows the tale of green-skinned Elphaba through the life-changing events that eventually label her “wicked.” Fun for the whole family, Wicked’s Grammy-winning score features songs like “The Wizard and I,” “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.” St. Louis most recently appeared on Broadway in Rock of Ages as Sherrie. Her other theater credits include Justin Love and The Fix. Angel appeared on Broadway in Hairspray as Link Larkin. He also starred on ABC’s Making The Band, which chronicled the formation of his multi-platinum recording group O-Town, and MTV’s There and Back, which documented the release of his debut solo album Soundtrack to Your Life. In addition to St. Louis and Angel, new castmembers for the tour will include Kristine Zbornik as Madame Morrible and John Davidson as the Wizard. They join a cast that features Laurel Harris as Elphaba, Emily Behny as Nessarose, Michael DeVries as Dr. Dillamond and Lee Slobotkin as Boq.