Ocean City Chamber Salutes Karen Mahar

first_imgA grateful Karen Mahar thanking an audience of supporters. By Andrew DeCredicoOn Wednesday, April 26 the Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Salute to Working Women in the Flanders’ Hotel Ball room. The event honored Karen Mahar, the Director of the Ocean City Free Public Library. In addition, Kathy Caraballo was awarded the “You got this girl” award, which was in honor of the support of the community for Kathy’s battle with cancer.Kathy Caraballo accepting the “You Got This Girl” award.The event started off with the “You got this girl” award, and continued with speeches honoring the women of the town for working their hardest. A few jokes were thrown in as Leonard Desiderio claimed he was going to be extra kind to Ocean City today. He made sure to mention the fact that the Townsends Inlet bridge is closed from Sea Isle to Avalon, and the causeway to the mainland will be undergoing work tonight as well, so his only way off of the island will be through Ocean City.Mayor of Sea Isle City, Leonard Desiderio, and Mayor of Ocean City, Jay Gillian, just over his right shoulder.During lunch Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno stepped up to the microphone and spoke about how the working women of this town are some of the most important members in the community. She made a point to mention the working mothers who go above and beyond what is asked of them for their kids as well as their community. She explains how she sympathizes with members of the community who have been up rooted because of businesses going south. She also goes on to mention a bit about her child hood, stating that she could not even remember the name of her high school sweetheart because her father continued to move to the next job.Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno giving praise to the working women of Ocean CityAt the end of her speech she gave out her cell phone number and let the attending members of the community know that they could call her if they would like to talk about the issues in Trenton.When all was said and done, The Lieutenant Governor commented that she is “Always happy to help and support working moms, and women owned businesses.” She also wanted to let them know how important they, and the work they are doing are to the community.As the event continued, Karen Mahar stood at the podium to formally accept her award. She was very grateful for the honor of the members of the community, and was glad to be a part of the wonderful city.CMC Surrogate Judge Susan Sheppard, Mayor Jay Gillian, Library Director Karen Mahar, Mayor Len Desiderio of Sea Isle City, CMC Freeholder Jeff Pierson, and CMC Freeholder Marie Hayes celebrate Karen’s achievements.Mahar started working for the Ocean City Public Library in when it was located next to and shared by Ocean City High School.  These days, she is the Library’s Director in a state-of-the-art facility and oversees all of the library departments and programs including the children’s department. She works with the Board of Trustees on the library’s budget, policies, and plans. In addition, she also maintains the library’s collection of books and other literature. On top of all of that she recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates the library staff of more than 45 people. To say Karen Mahar is a working woman does not do her justice. Mahar works hard to make the library a safe and fun place for all ages. Duties ranging from budget planner to literature curator Karen Mahar deserves the privilege of the community for being this year’s Working Woman Honoree.last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Michael Cera, Audra McDonald & More

first_img View Comments It’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time to get hammered! No, wait, it’s time for the Lessons of the Week, where we highlight the craziest, weirdest and most WTF moments of the last seven days for your reading convenience. So grab your raw meat and your Schmackary’s German chocolate brownies, because it’s time to get this party started!Michael Cera Just Can’t Wait to Be KingThe Broadway newbie may be headlining This is Our Youth, but it doesn’t sound like he actually knows anything about the play. “It’s The Lion King with three people, basically,” he told us. Wait, there’s cocaine in the Pride Lands?Norm Lewis = The Abs of BroadwayWe’ve always called The Phantom of the Opera star “Worm,” but apparently he picked up another nickname while he was starring in The Little Mermaid: The Abs of Broadway. That may have been the case in 2008, but in 2014 you’ll have to share that title with someone else, Worm.James Snyder Wants to Be Patti LuPoneIf/Then star James Snyder tried his hand at being an usher on this week’s Hey Kid, and vented about audience members clinking ice in their drinks and taking photos during the show. Good Patti impression, James! Now sing this.The Berkshires Are Just Like VegasWe thought the characters in The Country House would sit around and play chess at their Berkshires vacation home, but apparently the Massachusetts theater destination gets pretty crazy! The cast won’t reveal details, but you know what they say: What happens in the Berkshires makes a great Donald Margulies play.The Genie Will Fight You For BrowniesAladdin star James Monroe Iglehart seems like a cuddly teddy bear, but he’s actually a coldblooded brownie fiend. If you steal his Schmackary’s German chocolate brownie, watch out. He’ll punch you in the face, take away your wishes, and then you’ll never get that lifetime supply of peanut butter cups you’ve always wanted. Never!Fans Want Jeremy Jordan to ShaveThe results of the most important Smackdown in Broadway.com Show history are in: 61% of fans want Jeremy Jordan to grab his Gillette and shave that peach fuzz he’s been growing for Finding Neverland off his face. Guys, it’s time to embrace change! Has Newsies taught you nothing?! Seize the beard!Rupert Grint Roots For the Home TeamNow that Harry Potter favorite Rupert Grint has crossed the pond to star in It’s Only a Play, he’s enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells New York City has to offer—he even went to his first Yankee’s game. We have theater degrees, we’re not really sports people. Is baseball kind of like Quidditch?Newsies Wins the Ice Bucket ChallengeIt’s safe to say that we’ve watched at least 1,000 ice bucket challenges this week. And while any video that spreads awareness and raises money for ALS is awesome, we have a special place in our hearts for the video submitted by the cast of Newsies. Why? Because they take their shirts off. Why did you think?Barbra & Sports Are a Winning ComboLet’s play a word association game. When we say a word, tell us the very first word you think of. OK, ready? “Barbra Streisand.” You immediately thought “The Super Bowl,” didn’t you? We also would have accepted “drag” and “Indiana Jones hats.”Audra Has a Meaty Gift for Hugh JackmanLady Day star Audra (no last name necessary—we’re trying to turn her into Oprah, guys) will conclude her run to make way for The River, starring Hugh Jackman, this fall. The six-time Tony winner realized she should give Wolverine a gift, so she decided to leave a slab of raw meat in her dressing room. Hey, that’s just how Mama Broadway rolls.last_img read more

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Disaster! Opens Officially on Broadway

first_img No reason to cry out loud, because the disco-laden Disaster! opens at the Nederlander Theatre on March 8. To celebrate the Jack Plotnick-helmed production’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast in action.The gang’s all there: look out for Adam Pascal as Chad, Seth Rudetsky as Professor Ted Scheider, Kerry Butler as Marianne, Rachel York as Jackie, Lacretta Nicole as Levora, Jennifer Simard as Sister Mary, Faith Prince as Shirley, Kevin Chamberlin as Maury, Roger Bart as Tony, Max Crumm as Scott and Baylee Littrell as both Ben and Lisa.Broadway.com wishes a happy opening to the cast of Disaster! Have a safe night and remember: although oxygen is flowing, the bag may not inflate, etc. Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Shows © Justin “Squigs” Robertsonlast_img read more

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Salmonella and peanuts

first_imgFor the second time in two years, a nationwide outbreak of salmonellosis has been tied to peanut products. This time, more than 570 people have been sickened and more than 1,700 products have been taken off supermarket shelves so far, in what is now the largest food-related recall in the country’s history.Is there something special about peanut products that we should know?Yes, said Mike Doyle, Regents Professor of Food Microbiology and director of the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga. Doyle advises the food industry on how to prevent food-borne illness and food policymakers on strengthening our nation’s food safety regulations.Heat affects quality“What we’ve learned,” Doyle said, “is that peanut butter needs heat over 190 degrees F. for over 40 minutes to kill salmonella, but such lengthy heating times may affect the quality of the product.”In contrast, the recommended temperature for cooking ground beef to kill bacteria is 160 degrees F. for just a few seconds.Peanuts have a high fat content, but unlike meats — which also must be cooked properly to inactivate bacteria — they are low in moisture, Doyle explained. The salmonella are protected against heat inactivation by the high fat content and low moisture of the peanuts.Finding treatment methodsFollowing an outbreak of salmonellosis in 2006-2007 that was linked to peanut butter from a processing plant in south Georgia, Doyle worked closely with the company and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the type of treatments that will kill salmonella and what practices might be applied at different stages of the process of making peanut butter.Only one critical control point emerged in the studies, Doyle said. “The emphasis needs to be placed on the peanut roaster. The temperature and time for roasting the peanuts needs to be properly applied and monitored.”Contamination of the peanuts after roasting is another issue. Because the quality of peanut butter can suffer from treating it with heat, the emphasis needs to be first on proper roasting of the peanuts, and second on maintaining a salmonella-free environment.“Food safety requires sticking to good manufacturing processes, no matter what food product is involved,” he said.Chocolate difficult, tooPeanuts aren’t the only food with these qualities. Chocolate also can harbor salmonella if not properly treated, Doyle said. Like peanuts, the high-fat, low-moisture cacao beans from which chocolate and cocoa are made must be properly roasted to destroy salmonella.Doyle explained that the high fat content of peanut butter, or chocolate, also protects salmonella in the stomach of the person ingesting these foods if they are contaminated. Even in the acidic environment of a person’s stomach, the fat in these foods continues to provide a protective environment for salmonella, enabling it to survive, and then grow, when it reaches the small intestine.last_img read more

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