Mike Datillo Honored as Citizen of the Year in Ocean City

first_imgA sold-out crowd packed the Ocean City Yacht Club on Monday evening to honor Mike Dattilo as Citizen of the Year in Ocean City.Mike DattiloDattilo will retire this year after more than 30 years working for the City of Ocean City, starting in beach fee operations and ultimately working his way up to business administrator, the top position among full-time city staffers.He has volunteered with the Ocean City Youth Athletic Association for 40 years, and coached basketball, baseball and soccer. Dattilo is a founding member of the boards of trustees for the Friends of the Ocean City Pops and the Ocean City Theatre Company. He is a member of Ocean City Business and Neighborhood Development, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and First Night Ocean City.Dattilo in some way has touched “every aspect of Ocean City,” emcee Michael Hartman said.Mayor Jay Gillian presented Dattilo with a “nice big piece of the boardwalk,” ribbed his friend and colleague a bit, but thanked him for always being part of a group that “got things done.”Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian presented Dattilo with a beach chair for use on newly replenished beaches, a cell phone that he won’t have to answer and other gifts recognizing Dattilo’s service to the city.In typically soft-spoken fashion, Dattilo said, “They completely disregarded my wishes, which is why I’m here.”The lifelong resident of Ocean City offered a sampling of congratulatory messages from friends:“Citizen of the Year? Really? Are they running out of citizens?”“I thought to myself, ‘There must be another Mike Dattilo in Ocean City.’ ““I guess they wanted to make sure you really retired.”“Really heart-warming stuff,” Dattilo said with a smile.“I did it because I wanted to do it,” Dattilo said of his dedication. “It’s a great town.”His recognition was part of the Citizen of the Year Award and Outstanding Business and Beautification Award, an annual event sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.The business awards were as follows:The Business Renovation and Improvement Award was presented to Domino’s Pizza, Island Gypsy, Gleeson’s, and Port-O-Call Hotel for their lobby renovationsVFW Ferguson-Foglio Post 6650 received the Non-Profit Renovation Improvement Award for their 15th Street location renovations.Broadley’s and Sketties were awarded the Outstanding Landscaping/Signage Award.Ocean City Skateboard Park received the Business New Construction Award.Employees Patty Fraser, Heather Murray (at left) and Mary Ann DiMarco (second from right) accept an Outstanding New Business Award for the Spotted Whale, a coastal living gift shop at 943 Asbury Avenue. They’re pictured with Chamber President Bill McMahon, Cape May County Surrogate Sue Sheppard and Mayor Jay Gillian.The Outstanding New Business Award was presented to The Spotted Whale, The Taste of New York Café and Grille, and Golden Buddha.The Outstanding Civic, Community, Non-Profit Organization Award was presented to Humane Society of Ocean City and Ocean City Sailing Foundation.The Ocean City Free Public Library received the outstanding Use of Technology for their new Bookmobile.The Environmentally Friendly Award went to Tanner Mitzel and Boy Scout Troop 32 for the Eagle Scout Osprey Nest Platform Project.The Outstanding Service to the Community went to Ta-Dah.The Atlantic Shore baseball team received a special Community Recognition Award for winning the 2015 Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series.Special Awards were presented for milestone anniversaries. These businesses include: Island Grill – 20 years, Deauville Inn – 35 years, Scrim Discovery – 40 years, Jilly’s Arcade – 40 years, Bernie’s Barber Shop – 50 years, Colony Club – 65 years, Johnson’s Appliances – 70 years, Paramount Air Service – 70 years, Johnson’s Popcorn – 75 years, Gillian’s Amusements – 85 years, and Central Ocean City Union Chapel – 100 years. Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce President Bill McMahon, Citizen of the Year Mike Dattilo, Cape May County Surrogate Sue Sheppard and Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian.last_img read more

Will Senate Concur With House Over Cancellation of Tenured Positions?

first_imgLawmakers vote for the cancellation of tenured positions. With the recent decision by the House of Representatives to agree with President George Weah’s decision to cancel all tenured positions on grounds that those laws were enacted by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to protect her interest in government, many Liberians are looking up to the Senate, to which they refer to as the “House of elders,” to see if it  will concur with Thursday’s decision of their colleagues in the House.They are saying that the President wants to undo all of those institutions that were meant to work independently, according to his will and pleasure.Many Liberians interviewed believe that when the Senate concurs with the House and successfully cancel those tenured positions, the President will have more power to add up to the already imperial authority that he has.They believe that the cancellation of tenured positions will affect the Governance Commission that was created, because it was established at the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA). Also, Liberia lacks a good governance system which they have described as a major contributing factor to the 14-year civil war.The Governance Commission is supposed to help develop a strategy where good governance will be practiced to avoid a lapse in the peace process.The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), a key international component that will also be affected by the government’s decision, was established during the CPA, because the issue of human rights has been a major challenge even before the 14 years of civil unrest and up to the present government.The IHRC was established to be able to address those human rights issues, to ensure that the rights of every human being are respected, because if the rights of people are abused they feel less important and in most instances this lead to war.The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is a reflection of the peace accord, because the issue of corruption was a major problem which was also a justification for the 1980 coup headed by Samuel K. Doe, who said he overthrew the government because of high levels of corruption in the country.The PPCC was also set up to check how the government manages and maintains logistics and how the government acquires assets.It may be recalled that President Weah recently communicated with members of the House of Representatives requesting them to revoke the constitutional covering on all tenured positions within the executive branch of government.President Weah has been widely criticized by some Liberians for wanting to end tenured positions, as some believe that having certain integrity institutions in the executive branch of government being run by officials with fixed tenure would reduce the “excessive powers” of the Liberian presidency.The House of Representatives on Thursday, November 22, canceled tenured positions from various integrity institutions that were set to hold the government’s feet to the fire independently, without fear of being removed from their various positions by the president.The cancellation of the tenured positions, if it is concurred by the Senate, will directly affect the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) as well as Public Procurement & Concession Commission (PPCC), institutions set up in 2003 during the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) after the 14 years of unrest.The bill will leave untouched the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the National Elections Commission (NEC).The bill, it is believed by many Liberians, including 10 lawmakers who voted against the cancellation of tenured positions, will dump the credibility of Liberians in the mud and international organizations will not take Liberians seriously.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No new leads in possible child abduction case

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is asking anyone with more information regarding the identity of the people involved, and who the vehicle may belong to, to contact them. Further information will be released as it becomes available. As the Fort St. John RCMP continues to investigate possible child abduction earlier this week, Staff Sgt. Steve Perret issued a release saying that police are checking in with local schools to make sure no child is unaccounted for.He says thus far, there is no evidence to suggest abduction took place.As of now, no children have been reported missing, and no parents have come forward to advise police that this was a case of a child being disciplined.- Advertisement -“We are hoping that the persons from this white SUV come forward to provide an explanation as to what happened or someone out there has information about what happened,” said Staff Sgt. Perret. “This is being treated as a priority investigation, but we need the public’s assistance in figuring out what actually occurred.”The incident occurred at approximately 6 PM on Wednesday night, where a child was allegedly brought into a white Ford Explorer type SUV against their will.Police say no children have been reported missing in Fort St John and no parents have come forward to advise police this was a case of a child being disciplined.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man stumbles upon treasure while digging

first_imgA man digging the foundations for his home here on Thursday stumbled upon a treasure trove of jewellery worth atleast ₹25 lakh, but the police say he can’t keep it. The police seized the jewellery — 650 gm of gold and 4.53 kg of silver ornaments — as it appeared to be over 100 years old and could be of archaeological significance, Hardoi Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said.‘No relevant papers’ “It was seized as the person in whose possession it was found had no relevant papers,” said Mr. Priyadarshi. The police learn about the jewellery after information about the find spread in the village. The man, who found the jewellery, first denied the incident but later admitted having unearthed it, they said.Treasure Trove Act Any jewellery or costly item dug out from earth is legally termed “treasure” and is governed by the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878. Under Section 4 of the Act, the finder of a “treasure” is supposed to apprise the district revenue officer either on his own or on receiving a notice. The finder is also required to deposit his find either with the district revenue officials or undertake to produce it before authorities when required.last_img read more

Mother of Canadian man missing in Peru since September says he may

first_imgA Canadian woman who is searching for her missing son in Peru says that authorities in the country are considering the possibility that her son was abducted.Alisa Clamen, a Montreal resident, said her son Jesse Galganov, 22, left for a backpacking trip through South America and Southeast Asia last month. She last heard from him on Sept. 28, when he said that he would be out of communication for only a few days while he embarked on a multi-day trek near the Peruvian city of Huaraz.Clamen flew to Peru last week after deciding that something was seriously wrong. After not hearing from her son for nearly a month, she has posted a $10,000 USD award for any information that leads to her son being found.She said she has been corresponding with Peruvian authorities since her arrival, who she said have been working flat out to try to locate her son.“All of (the information) is leading to the conclusion that Jesse, somehow, was abducted,” said Clamen.“It is really the only plausible theory at this point, because nobody really disappears into thin air.”She said that Galganov’s last known location was a backpackers hostel called Kame House in Huaraz. She added the investigation officially became a criminal one when the owner of the hostel first said that Galganov had been to the hostel, and then changed his story to say that he hadn’t when asked by police.Investigators know that Galganov made it to Kame House because a friend received a Snapchat message of Galganov at the hostel.Clamen says that obtaining Galganov’s information from his iPhone, as well as his Kindle e-reader device will be critical in the investigation. However, she said that Apple, T-Mobile (Galganov’s service provider), and Amazon haven’t been co-operating with the investigation.“All these people are offering their help, and yet I have Apple, Amazon, and T-Mobile who are not only not offering their help, they’re impeding us,” said Clamen.“I’m incredulous, I just cannot believe that these companies are not being co-operative, when the life a 22-year-old man is at stake.”So far, Clamen says that she has received an enormous amount of support from the Canadian embassy in Peru, from Peruvian authorities, and from friends back home who are scouring their social media for any information that could be gleaned from communications with Galganov.Clamen added that she is hoping the U.S. Embassy and FBI could get involved to pressure Apple, T-Mobile and Amazon into releasing data from Galganov’s devices.“I can’t sit and break down and cry and just be a mother that is lost,” said Clamen, speaking from a hotel room in Huaraz as authorities updated her on the investigation.“Sometimes I feel like that, like I have to collapse, but I just can’t do that, because I need to find my son.”For that reason, she says there’s no point in regretting her son’s trip, because it won’t help with the task at hand. She said Galganov, who had just been accepted to medical school, could not have planned this trip more meticulously.Clamen said she knew and researched every detail of the trip with him, right down to the weight of each item in his backpack.“I can’t let regret consume me, because it’ll break me.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter My next option (which I thought would be the easiest thing to do), was to find a mentor to take me under their wing and allow me to observe their work in TV. I hoped I would be given the opportunity to network with their team (since this industry is all about who you know), but I hit another wall: shadowing a director is rare and coveted, and despite being unpaid, these are very tough gigs to get. I persevered but to no avail. Some programs offered the possibility of getting into TV, but you had to already have television experience, or at least shadowing experience. The chicken and egg conundrum was becoming real for me.That was when the Academy’s Apprenticeship for Women Directors came along. I initially decided not to apply since I figured that there must be some kind of catch. I managed, however, to fend off my skepticism long enough to read through the application guidelines and discover that this was it; this was the entry point. It was the exact opposite of most other programs. The Apprenticeship sought female directors who, like me, didn’t previously have access to being on the set of a TV show. The more experience you had, the less it worked in your favour … this program truly wanted to make a difference for emerging directors who wouldn’t otherwise have a way in.I sent in my application and, in what seemed like no time, received the incredible news that I had been accepted. The program started by introducing us to the industry during the Toronto International Film Festival. The media coverage alone raised my profile as a director. As our training began, we had online sessions with industry experts on a variety of topics. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Being relatively new to Canada and having all of my film connections mostly in Egypt and the UK, I was eager to take part in any opportunity to get my foot in the Canadian industry’s door. Those opportunities made a remarkable difference in my understanding of the Canadian film landscape, allowing me to meet the right people and have calling card films that showcase my filmmaking style, ability, and voice: a voice with an Arabic accent.I have always been passionate about making films, but in recent years, I have become increasingly fixated on stepping into writing and directing for TV. I thought the transition from film to television would be seamless. After all, I have the education and a few successful short films as proof that I know what I’m doing. I was eager and ready. My plan began to falter though as I quickly discovered that television is a completely different beast; even if I had shot a feature, I would be starting my career all over again regardless to get into TV. I was perplexed…why did it have to be so difficult?last_img read more