From left; Pat McWilliams and her daughters Rose and Joan, of Drexel Hill, Pa., came down to Ocean City for a visit Friday. They say they love the new Boardwalk. By Maddy VitalePat McWilliams and her daughters, Joan and Rose, from Drexel Hill, Pa., enjoyed a brisk morning stroll on the Boardwalk at 10th Street in Ocean City on Friday.“We are down for the weekend and we are trying out the new boards,” Pat McWilliams said, as they walked along the new, light-color and clean planks, which had a fresh smell. “It is beautiful,” she said.The McWilliams family wanted to take in some sights on a relaxing walk on the new boards that stretch from Fifth Street to 10th Street. Several other walkers, a few bicyclists and some joggers decided to take in the scenery. Others sat on benches and watched the waves and a lone paddle boarder who was off in the distance on the calm waters.The Boardwalk reconstruction project is nearing the end of a multi-year project costing a total of $10 million. The final phase, being done now, includes the stretch of Boardwalk between 10th and 12th streets. The area between Fifth and 10th streets was rebuilt in the last four years. And officials said it is only a matter of a couple of weeks, until all the Boardwalk will be installed.After that, workers will be completing the new pavilion, reinstalling railings and lampposts, and doing finish work, which should take the project to March, officials said.“All construction projects are dependent on weather, equipment and a number of other variables, so I can’t say when it will be complete,” Ocean City’s spokesman Doug Bergen said. “But they’re in good shape to meet their end-of-March deadline.”The decking on the final block of the project at 12th Street is already in place. Workers from Fred M. Schiavone Construction Inc., of Malaga, N.J., the Boardwalk’s construction contractor, were busy on Friday doing work on the Boardwalk. The block between 10th Street and 11th Street opened on Jan. 20, though the 11th Street entrance remains closed. That provides beach access for heavy equipment. Workers were putting the last sections of decking in place Friday.Boardwalk businesses have dealt with some inconveniences due to the project. While some businesses are seasonal, there are many that operate year-round.Ianos Gadzsa, an employee at Steel’s Fudge, 10th Street and the Boardwalk, says the new boards look good.Ianos Gadzsa, an employee at Steel’s Fudge, 10th Street and the Boardwalk, looked out the window and remarked about the progress on the Boardwalk project.“It wasn’t bad. I mean it did affect our business a little, but we are lucky we have a side door. That helped us,” Gadzsa, of Ocean City, said. “It will be good when they are done, and the weather is warmer.”Roger Rinck, manager of engineering and construction for the City’s Engineering Division, said the project is ahead of schedule.He noted that the temporary railing put up was for the many people who like walking the boards.“The most important thing is safety. That is why we put up the temporary railing. We wanted people to continue to walk through and the railing was just put there for safety,” Rinck explained.The rebuilding of the Ocean City Boardwalk is near completion and worth the wait, people say.Rinck said Schiavone Construction has worked well with the city to bring the project to near completion. “Our contractor is very understanding. He knows people are up here no matter what, and he really understands about safety.”Rinck said that he, along with other city officials, meet to go over the progress of the project. “We all meet every couple of weeks,” he said.Rinck detailed how the Boardwalk was assembled off site and installed in a way that was more efficient and provided a better product because workers didn’t have to worry about the elements and other variables.“That is how we get it done,” Rinck said. “We are ahead of schedule.”Carlo DeFeo, a carpenter and foreman from Schiavone Construction, said it has really been great working with the city on the Boardwalk project.“It has been a lot of fun,” DeFeo said. “The city has really worked with us. We are full steam ahead and right where we want to be.”Crews are working at 12th Street to finish up the multi-year project to put in new boards on the Ocean City Boardwalk.
WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook (“Urbanowicz_Krzysztof_GOLF” by Krzysztof Urbanowicz, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)) The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and its Four Winds Casinos have rescheduled the 2020 Four Winds Invitational for Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2, at Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend.The tournament, which was originally scheduled for June 12 through 14, was moved to help prevent the spread and minimize the potential impact of the Coronavirus.Funds from the 2020 Four Winds Invitational will be donated to Beacon Health System to purchase Centrella Smart+ Beds, which will be placed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Beacon Children’s Hospital. Pinterest Twitter Google+ By 95.3 MNC – April 2, 2020 0 204 Pinterest Previous articleMichigan COVID-19 cases top the 10,000 markNext articleSchool closings also end Indiana’s spring sports 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews 2020 Four Winds Invitational rescheduled for July-August Facebook
Every record is a personal snapshot, a delving into the history, of the musician performing the music.For Eric Brace, his latest release might be more personal, and historical, than most.Prior to moving to East Nashville in 2004, when he founded Red Beet Records, Brace spent his formative years in the Washington, D.C. area, where he eventually became a writer for The Washington Post and was the guitar playing front man for Last Train Home, a long time staple on the D.C. folk rock scene.Eric recently released C&O Canal, a collection of songs that harken back to his many nights in the clubs and venues around D.C., soaking in the sounds of many of the Americana world’s greatest artists. Recorded with long time songwriting partner Peter Cooper, who shares with Brace a long time connection to Washington, D.C., each of these tunes is a reminder of the rich, vibrant folk/country music scene that has long been entrenched in our nation’s capital.Songs written by such luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Karl Stroub, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alice Gerrard, Ralph Stanley, and more are given due diligence by Brace, Cooper, and their cadre of superb backing musicians.I recently got the chance to talk to Eric about the Seldom Scene, the Washington, D.C. music scene, and the brand new record.BRO – You have been in East Nashville for a decade now. What do you miss most about Washington, D.C.?EB – From elementary school through high school, then most of my adult life, Washington was home. When I go back now to visit my family or to play gigs, it sometimes feels like a different city altogether, with all the changes since I left in 2004. But it will always be a place that triggers a million memories, from when I was 7, 17, 27, 37. In that way, no other city will ever compare to Washington. I miss the Washington Post, where I spent so many wonderful years. I miss hanging out at IOTA. I miss knowing 100 bartenders and chefs all over town. I miss knowing all the shortcuts to get anywhere in the D.C. area. I miss knowing the quietest place to lose yourself in an afternoon and the best place to get a bite at 3 in the morning. And I miss all the friends I made over all those years. These are things that come from knowing a city inside and out for years. I’ll never have that kind of relationship with any other city. But the biggest thing I miss is being a part of the Washington music scene. There’s so much talent there and such big hearts. I miss playing with all those folks and spending time with them. Reading their Facebook posts just makes me miss them all even more.BRO – “Hi, I’m Eric Brace with the Washington Post.” That had to be useful in scoring the best tables in the hottest clubs.EB – It is true, without a doubt, that I had the best job imaginable – “Nightlife Columnist” – for seven years. It still boggles my mind that the Washington Post gave me an expense account to go to clubs and bars and explore the city in a way very few would have been able to. I got to know most of the movers and shakers in D.C.’s nighttime world, but tried not to take advantage of that. I wasn’t allowed to take freebies, so I paid my way. Or, should I say, the Post paid my way. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on a lot of guest lists.BRO – What do you remember about your first show at The Birchmere?EB – I’m pretty sure I was 15, so that was 1975, probably in the fall of that year. I went with my high school friend Steve Pierce, whose father was a big fan of the Seldom Scene. It was probably the three of us, on a Thursday night, when the Scene played every week. What I remember is being absolutely blown away by the band – I remember that they started with “Little Georgia Rose” – and feeling the immediate need to get back there and see them again. I remember a roomful of happy people with plastic pitchers of beer on every table.BRO – We went with Joe Triplett’s “Been Awhile” on this month’s Trail Mix. What did you want to feature that one?EB – I loved the Rosslyn Mountain Boys, and I had seen them at Desperado’s, a club on M Street in Georgetown, before their first record came out in 1977. That was when the drinking age was still 18, and folks weren’t checking IDs much anyway. That song, and their version of an old Moby Grape song, “Right Before My Eyes,” stuck with me. And then I’d hear them both a lot on good old WHFS and bought the albums as they came out. In 1999, my friend Peter Fox was producing a record called Americana Motel, which was a tribute to Washington’s folk, country, bluegrass, country rock, and alt-country scenes, but done by then-current D.C. artists. Peter asked me and my band, Last Train Home, to contribute a song, and I knew immediately we wanted to record “Been Awhile.” I thought we did a nice version of it for that release – it’s also on the Last Train Home EP Tributaries – but when we were picking songs last year for C&O Canal, I knew I wanted to rerecord it with Peter (Cooper) and Thomm Jutz singing. It’s just one of my favorite songs of Joe’s, and it has a lot of heart and depth and mystery to it.BRO – Ben Eldridge just retired from the Seldom Scene. I am sure he is out there, somewhere, reading this blog. Anything you’d like to share with him?EB – I’ve been lucky enough to have become friends with most of the original members of the Seldom Scene – not Duffey, but Ben, Tom Gray, John Starling, and of course Mike Auldridge, with whom I made two records: The Skylighters and The Master Sessions with Peter and Lloyd Green. Last year I had a beer with Ben and his wife after they’d come out to a show that Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz, and I played in Fredericksburg. I was happy I got to tell him to his face what an effect he and the boys had on an impressionable 15 year old. I absolutely wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing in music now if not for seeing him and the band back then. I told him I even bought a banjo soon after I first saw them, but that phase didn’t last long. It’s amazing that he played with them for more than forty years. He’s an inspiration.A number of dates Eric and Peter had scheduled to celebrate the release of C&O Canal got the keibosh due to the heavy snows that hit the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia recently. The duo will be performing a number of tunes from the new record in a couple weeks on Music City Roots in Nashville. If you can’t make it to The Factory, home of the show, you can catch the live stream right here each and every Wednesday.For more information on Eric Brace, his recordings with Last Train Home and Peter Cooper, and all the great work going on at Red Beet Records, point your browser here.
Wait! What? I did a doubletake when I saw Gary Vaynerchuk’s LinkedIn post, Why you might need to fire your most talented employee. Then, I watched his video. Not only did the title make sense, but it also confirmed my theory that marketing must begin internally. With the right protocols in place, the concept is not as risky as it appears. Identify those within your organization who are most likely to actively cheerlead, and then equip them to do so. Trust them! Put into place the proper protocols. Make sure you have a communication plan that begins internally and extends externally. It should include a social media policy, a crisis communication plan, and of course a clear mission and positioning statement. Next, be sure everyone within the organization is well-versed on these elements, so they can articulately represent the organization. If employees know they are valued and trusted, they’ll be a boon to your organization’s culture and unwitting brand ambassadors.If you do not already have a culture of trust, it will take some time getting there. Begin by evaluating those in leadership positions. If your leaders are confident and constantly looking to help the team and each individual on it grow and achieve personal, professional, and companywide goals, then trust will come easily. If leaders are insecure, they might be prone to putting their own ambitions before the organization’s, which will create a toxic environment. This is why Gary Vaynerchuk’s video, Why you might need to fire your most talented employee, gave me pause. He explains the value of emotional intelligence and how continuity and lack of politics will make your company grow faster. If Gary’s three-minute video is not enough to convince you to choose wisely for your organization, read Jim Collins’ Good to Great.In the latest episode of my podcast, Marketing RV with Ranalli & Volpe, we dig into this topic. Digital Architect Gene Volpe waves the caution flag, noting potential liability with my plan to liberally anoint organizational ambassadors. The key is avoiding social media and other networking pitfalls that could land you in court.In the end, Gene and I agree that all things considered—industry, type of organization, product, mission—with solid policies and sound training in place, employees should be encouraged to function as brand ambassadors. How do you leverage your employees for marketing purposes? 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details