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Hudson County Community College Issues Coronavirus Announcement and Next Steps

first_img× Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Christopher M. Reber issued the following statement Friday:I write today with the latest update on the additional steps we are taking to address the unprecedented challenges of Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at HCCC. Our primary goals are fulfilling our teaching and learning missions while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. To help us achieve these goals under demanding conditions, we are announcing the following next steps. Spring Break will begin one week early for all students. Spring Break will begin next Monday March 16 and end Sunday, March 29. During this time, the College will complete planning to migrate all classroom instruction to virtual instruction beginning Monday, March 30 through at least Monday, April 6, and possibly longer depending upon changing circumstances.Prior to Monday, March 30, all students will receive correspondence from their faculty on how to be prepared for the first online class sessions. Faculty with specific questions will receive guidance from their associate deans. Staff should not hesitate to contact their immediate supervisors with questions or suggestions.  Faculty and academic leaders will plan for making up the extra week of missed classes later in the semester.Although academic instruction will take place virtually beginning Monday, March 30, our campus will continue to operate during this period and on-campus services will continue to be offered, including access to the College libraries where students can use needed technology. Therefore, employees are expected to continue reporting to work until further notice. Yesterday, we began a significantly enhanced schedule of cleaning and disinfection services in all campus buildings, and a deep clean will be conducted over the weekend.Effective immediately and until further notice, we are postponing, cancelling or virtualizing any HCCC in-person meeting or event with expected attendance of more than 15 people. This includes recruitment events, tours, conferences, and social events.At this time, we are also suspending all non-essential college funded travel, both domestic and international. This does not include personal activity, but we urge you to reconsider any plans for long-distance personal travel and visits to areas that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.  Of special concern are those countries with Level 3 and Level 2 Health Notices, or as otherwise recommended for avoidance by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and State Department. All travelers returning from these countries are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring. If faculty and staff travel, they are required to share their travel plans with their supervisors in advance of that travel.We are appealing to all members of our College community to help us navigate the challenges before us with integrity and with the goal of fully supporting our students so they are able to maintain academic progress. Our goal is to resume face-to-face, in-class instruction and full campus services as soon as we are able, in consultation with local and state agencies.We will hold all employees harmless, meaning that those who are sick, need to care for family members, or take care of children due to school closings, can do so without penalty or impact towards their paid time-off accruals. Such needs should be fully communicated with employees’ supervisors. All full- and part-time employees, including work-study students, will continue to receive their salary.  Our expectation is that everyone will continue working to support our students, whether on the ground, online, or in other locations.Please remember to take care of yourself. Stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough with your elbow or sleeve, and avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. Many details are still being finalized, so I ask for your patience as we work through the myriad issues involved in this changing situation.  There will be ongoing communication as more details unfold.In this stressful time, we want to remind all that there are extensive support resources available. Doreen Pontius, Associate Director of Counseling and Wellness, can assist students in finding personal and mental health support. She can be reached at (201) 360-4229 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; [email protected][email protected]  Similarly, faculty and staff always have access to HCCC’s Employee Assistance Program.  E4 Health Counselors can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-227-2195.I sincerely thank all at HCCC who have contributed to planning during these uncertain times. We realize these decisions pose significant challenges and wish they were not necessary. Our goal is to keep members of our community as safe as possible while ensuring that students can continue their coursework after Spring Break, and the daily operations of the college can continue.We will closely monitor changing circumstances and make adjustments as needed with full transparency and with the well-being of our college community top of mind.last_img read more

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Godfreys Enjoy a Very Coast Guard Christmas

first_imgHerb Godfrey knows this Christmas will be a little bit different. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.“I will wake up alone on Christmas, but it’s OK,” the lifetime Ocean City resident said. “I know my boys will be doing something a lot more important than running down the steps looking for presents…even though they have outgrown that stage anyway.  They will be serving our country.  Its part of them growing up and part of them becoming men. I couldn’t be prouder.”Godfrey’s youngest son, Townsend “Townie” Godfrey, 18, is stationed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Campbell as a “non rate” recruit and set to ship out for three months from its home port at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery Maine. Herbert, “Herbie” Godfrey, Petty Officer, is stationed at Woods Hole Small Boat Station in Cape Cod, Mass.The young men are continuing a Godfrey family tradition of Coast Guard service that predates the formation of the modern-day service to its roots in Ocean City with what was then known as the United States Life Saving Service.Godfrey’s late father, Herb, was a World War II Coast Guard veteran, Herb said, and at least two previous generations of the family also served, including a previous Townsend Godfrey, Herb Godfrey Sr.’s grandfather, who was a member of the Life Saving Service.At their grandfather’s grave site on graduation day, Herbie on the left and Townie on the right.Herbie serves as a machinery technician, Herb said, known as the “MK’s,” Herb said. Townie’s assignment still has not been decided, he said, but the proud Dad feels his younger son is leaning in the direction of doing the same job as his older brother.Herb misses his boys, but Townie was able to visit home last weekend, and Herbie will be in town for a visit on Jan 28th.  Both young men ship out on Jan. 3.Herb said his own Dad’s experiences in the Coast Guard inspired his sons to join. And what would the elder Godfrey, who passed away in 1998 think?Townie receiving his certificate and first salute from Herbie.“I doubt he would have the words to express the pride he would have felt,” Herb said. “He would have been overwhelmed that both of his grandsons had followed his footsteps in the Coast Guard.”At Thanksgiving, both young men reunited with Herb and their Mom, Val, at Kittery. Herb said his mom Teresa, sisters Sue and Sallie and family friends George and Theresa Loder, all of Ocean City, have been outstanding supporters along the way.But as the new year dawns, the family feeling will give way to separate paths as the young men pursue their service.“I am just proud and happy of the direction both of the boys have taken,” Herb said. Herb Godfrey is flanked by his sons, Herbie and Townie, earlier this year at Townie’s graduation. last_img read more

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BIG Something Brings Sunsquabi, TAUK, Cory Wong, & More Together For The Big What? Festival [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Although being a smaller, regional festival, The Big What? put itself on the map as one of the must-attend grassroots festival on the east coast. Hosted by North Carolina rockers BIG Something, the festival had it all: great vibes, great music, and a great environment. Perhaps most importantly, it had all the necessary permits and clean, fresh potable water (creating a great opportunity for those who were unable to attend Phish’s Curveball over the same weekend).The festival, located just outside of Pittsboro, NC, was nestled on a beautiful and pristine private property. Keeping it under 2,000 attendees, the intimacy and close-knit community of the fest was ever-present. Some of the sets included a fun ninety minutes from Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, a very danceable show by Funk You that featured an amazing rendition of Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting”, and a wet set from folk rocker Becca Stevens.Some of the bigger acts raged just as much as the opening bands. Sunsquabi brought their brand of electronica to the main stage and didn’t let up for their allotted ninety minutes. They were jamming so hard that they blew out the stage’s power for a brief couple of seconds. Nonetheless, the band was relentless and finished off the set in strong fashion. Cory Wong, known for his association with Vulpeck, brought his band for a very memorable post-midnight throwdown. His brand of funk elicited nothing but dancing bodies in the crowd. However, his set was remarkable for more than just the top-notch musicianship. Wong brought it all– entertainment, history, and education of musical theory. Besides talking about Serbian folk music, 25/8 time signatures, and his smooth jazz radio mustache, Wong and his bandmates were able to squeeze in some music, including the title track of his brand-new album The Optimist.TAUK played the last night of the festival, and they did a great job of mixing old and new tracks. Opening with the older “Sweet Revenge,” they then played two tracks of the Shapeshifter EP, “For Laughing Out Loud” and “Premises.” The new songs sounded great in the repertoire and they were even able to sneak in “Convoy” off their forthcoming sequel Shapeshifter II: Outbreak before some lightning warnings caused the crowd to disperse to their cars for a while.Of course, the festival is put on by BIG Something, so they were the ones headlining the whole event. The band was the only band to play all three nights, and they certainly made sure to leave quite the impression for all in attendance. Their Friday set was highlighted by the theme of Waldo. The entire band (along with many in the crowd) donned the signature red-and-white stripes of the cartoon character. Their version of “Wildfire” off their newest album The Otherside was extremely tight. The highlight of the set though was when they brought out Cory Wong to play a fantastic rendition of Prince’s “1999.” The following night, they were cruising in their musical delivery when again there was more lightning, and thus they also got shorted.The seventh annual Big What? festival was nothing short of success. Despite the lightning, rain, and mud that came with Saturday, festival attendees absolutely had a great time. The intangible good vibes that are always sought at festivals were undoubtedly present throughout the weekend. And for a small portion of the crowd, who had planned on going to a slightly larger music festival in New York the same weekend, solace and happiness was found with each other and what BIG Something and the rest of the artists were able to bring. This is one smaller fest that is definitely worth checking out next summer.The Big What? Festival | Shakori Hills Community Arts Center | Pittsboro, NC | 8/16-18/2018 | Photos: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

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Bernadette Peters Is the Oprah of Dogs

first_imgTony winner and self-proclaimed “doganizer” Bernadette Peters loves dogs so much, she’s giving them out to children like candy on Halloween. The Broadway legend, whose third children’s book Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever is now out, stopped by Live with Kelly and Michael on November 5 to discuss the importance of adopting animals from rescue shelders. “When you rescue an animal,” Peters explained, “they know the difference. They are so grateful and they bond with you.” Peters then proceeded to parade some pups from the Humane Society—but not before giving them makeovers. Check it all out in the following clip, in which Bernadette:1. Salsas her way onto the stage2. Shows off Lorenzo’s “Daniel Craig haircut” and Ryan’s “new Beyoncé haido”3. Lets a trio of young siblings play with Benjamin4. Surprises said siblings by revealing that their parents have already adopted him(!!!)No you’re crying. View Commentslast_img read more

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Woods savours mentor role but hopes to play Ryder Cup again

first_imgBy Larry FineCHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, sidelined from playing for more than a year due to persistent back problems, threw himself into his role as assistant captain on the United States’ Ryder Cup team and loved the experience.“As a player that has been on these teams, to be on a different side of it, to be on the vice-captaincy side of it has meant so much to me,” Woods told reporters after the U.S. beat Europe for the first time since 2008, clinching a 17-11 triumph at Hazeltine on Sunday.“To be part of getting to know these 12 guys, and these vice-captains and our captain on a deeper level has meant so much to me.“And the relationships that we’ve forged here this week and actually before this week, these are bonds that will last a lifetime.”Woods, 40, has played in seven Ryder Cups but only in one winning team and has a record of 13 wins, 17 losses and three halves.Players including Patrick Reed, the top U.S. points earner with 3.5 from five matches, and Brandt Snedeker, a spotless 3-0 in the competition, have praised Woods for his dedication and the help they received from him.Although enthused by the idea of becoming a future Ryder Cup captain, Woods hopes to make yet another comeback to competitive golf in coming months and ultimately return as a playing member of the U.S. team.“I would love to do it,” he said about a captaincy. “I would be honoured to do it in the future if asked.“But from the player standpoint of it, I like playing. I love these guys. I love being out there in the fight with these guys.“I was just in the fight a different way and had to do my role … and it was pretty cool.”Bubba Watson thought having Woods as a fellow vice-captain was a kick.“I have Tiger’s cell phone number now, yes. I’m going to text you all the time,” said Watson, drawing laughs from the team and Woods himself.last_img read more

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Bradley and Latimore stars shine brightest at Pittsburgh Golden Gloves Championships

first_imgPittsburgh is turning into the Mecca of Boxing. On April 2, a standing room only crowd packed Saddle Ridge in Station Square for The Pittsburgh Golden Gloves Championships,   a show that brings a genuine who’s who of past and present stars. The phenomenon that is Super Heavyweight Fred Latham, from Clairton Boxing Club, grew with a series of wins against some of the biggest names in the state. Latham’s goal was to win a state championship and turn pro in the fall. But things rarely turn out as planned in boxing.This year’s Apollo, and boxing new Sun God is Ed Latimore, of Stay off the Streets Boxing Gym. Latimore, a 230-pounder, brought the fans from the edge of their seat to cheering on their feet with his explosive power. Latimore dethroned Latham, the defending champion, with a vicious series of punches and scored a 2nd round TKO.Latimore has always been an explosive puncher who lacked stamina. Determined to restore his tarnished reputation, Latimore this past off season trained harder than ever before and joined forces with “The Trainer of Champions” Tommy Yankello. Once the Yankello’s opened the door, Latimore bolted through it.With his new trainer watching intently, and scrutinizing his every move. Latimore was able to pound Latham into submission.“I came tonight to see Fred Latham,” said model and actress Ashley Mittenzwey.“I’m still in shock that someone could beat him. I never seen him lose before.”A lot of kids say they want to box when they grow up, but Scott Bradley, of Carrick Boxing Club, did more than dream. He planned for it. That’s why Bradley seems unfazed about being named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Boxer.The Steel City’s version of Hercules—Carrick’s very own Warrior God, Bradley—conquered those monsters of doubt and uncertainty, being voiced by those who believed he wouldn’t even make it through the early preliminary rounds—and ascended to his rightful place as the toughest 165-pounder in southwestern Pennsylvania.And just like the Hercules of Myth, slaying nine-headed serpents, Bradley earned his place among the gods, easily defeating defending State Champion Vinnie Macellaro and out-pointing hard hitter Larry Blakey, of 3rd Ave. WPAL to win the title.To retrace Bradley’s rapid steps, go all the way back to the beginning. His success comes from his heart and head.“Scott Bradley earned the Most Outstanding Boxer Trophy, because he beat two of my fighters,” said Jimmy “Mad Dog” Cvetic, executive director and founder of  the Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League. “We are looking forward to testing our abilities against Philadelphia. Everybody needs to come see Amonte Eberhardt. He is a special fighter.”Other winners: John Himes, 201-pound division, from Beaver County Boxing Club, out pointed Sean Conway of South Park Boxing Club. Isaiah Guy, 75-pound Junior/Bantam division from Steel Valley, out-pointed Josh Lyle of Steel City. Anthony Maggio, 145-pound Cadet division from Exercise Warehouse, beat Spencer Forsythe of Helman’s Boxing Club. John Thomas, 132-pound Sub Novice division from Uniontown Boxing Club, won a close decision over Glen Mitchell of Team Impact. Robert Osterreider, 152-Sub Novice division from Butler Cubs, scored a 3rd-round TKO over Jaime Dansby of 3rd Ave. WPAL. Matt Conway, 125-Cadet division from South Park Boxing Club, upset Johnny Spell of North Side Fitness WPAL. Jarred Hackney, -201-Sub Novice division from Uniontown Boxing Club, dominated Matt Bartosiewicz of Steel City and Dustin Rosinoff, of Flat Back Gym, knocked out Luke Warm of Canvas Back Boxing Club. Francesco Wilkerson, 132-pound, and Amonte Eberhardt, 141-pound, both of 3rd Ave WPAL, advance to the state finals by being awarded walkover victories.“I rather box than watch boxing,” said two-time Pittsburgh Golden Glove champion Amonte Eberhardt. “I was supposed to fight tonight, but my opponent decided not to show up. I have a hard time getting anyone to fight me. I want everyone to remember my name because they are going to see me on ESPN in two or three years.”Philadelphia is favored to win every state championship bout over Pittsburgh.The odds are probably more lopsided than the talent differential between the two cities.But, it will take long odds to get anyone to bet against Scott Bradley these days.last_img read more

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This Week’s Favorite Features – Beating The Heat

first_imgThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Undeniably, the top posts this week centered around ways to stay cool during record high temperatures.  It’s not often that Thurston County residents brace hot weather and need a reprieve.  Luckily, ThurstonTalk came to the rescue and published information about ways to chill out.  Now that the thermometer has returned to a manageable 70 degrees, it’s hard to think about heat exhaustion and cooling stations.  But, to prepare for “next time” (which incidentally may not be until next August), here is a summary of our posts related to combating the heat.Heat Hot!  Ideas To Stay Cool In Thurston CountyDr. Diana Yu, the Health Officer for Thurston County, quickly rallied her resources and pulled together some great tips for staying cool.  ThurstonTalk also published a list of cooling stations to help residents find a safe place to wait out the heat wave.  And, many parents relied on our post summarizing the  downtown Olympia fountain hours before heading out.Thrifty Thurston Visits The New East Bay Public PlazaThis article has been soaring our charts for ten days.  Not only is the East Bay Public Plaza a fabulous addition to downtown Olympia but the running stream was a welcome sight for hot feet earlier this week.  Many kids (of all ages!) waded in the stream throughout the week, cooling off in a beautiful public park setting.  Flip through our photo set to see more East Bay action.Kayak Opportunities Galore and Paddleboarding – The Perfect Summer Activity On The WaterReaders also turned to our summaries of kayaking and paddleboarding.  (Sneaking out of the office early to enjoy bright sunshine?)  Regardless of your athleticism, these two activities can be enjoyed right here, in Olympia waters.  Whether you are renting a kayak at West Bay or launching a paddleboard in Boston Harbor, an increasing number of Olympia area residents are finding pleasure in these outdoor activities.And, no weekend summary would be complete without a shout-out to the beloved Pet Parade.  Completing its 83rd year touring downtown Olympia, the popular event was visited by hundreds of two- and four-legged friends.  Scan the photos shot by our ThurstonTalk photographer by clicking here.  If you missed this year’s parade, mark your calendar for August 17, 2013 (third Saturday of the month) when pets will, once again, parole the downtown Olympia shopping core. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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McCleary hopes for Reading fortress

first_img Kermorgant had opened the scoring by guiding in a header from Liam Kelly’s free kick, and Callum Harriott hammered in a thunderbolt in added time to round off the scoring. “Yann is an asset, both in attack and defensively,” said McCleary. “And it was a great ball from Liam, who also did very well. “I’ve missed a few pens, but somehow I get on the rebounds. It happened again. It happens sometimes, and if you’ve got people following up, they can score and help you through it.” McCleary said: “I was grateful to get a goal. It’s unfortunate for Yann that he didn’t score, but as long as we got that goal, that’s the main thing. “Callum Harriott got his goal right at the end as well, and that was a great finish. All the boys, whether they have been playing or not, they’ve all been superb in training and pushing each other to get that spot, so long may that continue.” Reading face another big challenge when they face Fulham on Friday in their next match. READING, England, (CMC): Garath McCleary said Reading were looking to be formidable on home turf following their 3-1 victory over 10-man Norwich City on Boxing Day. The Jamaica international hit a 68th minute goal from a missed penalty, as the Royals clinched their fifth consecutive English League Championship victory against the Canaries at the Madejski Stadium, the club’s ground. “It’s been going really well,” McCleary told the club’s website. “[This] game was obviously really tough – Norwich are a good team and on their day they can beat anyone. “They have a lot of players that were playing in the Premier League as recently as last season, so it’s good to get three points – and roll on Fulham, who we owe! “We’re trying to make this place a fortress, where we don’t get beat too often. We don’t want to get beat anywhere, but especially not at home. It was a good win, especially against a tough team like Norwich.” McCleary’s goal, hit on the rebound from a Yann Kermorgant penalty, was the middle of the three – and re-established a lead after Nelson Oliveira had equalised for Norwich. GREAT BALLlast_img read more

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