The Easter Stroll is a favorite event among well-dressed families, as in this photo from 2019. By Maddy VitaleJanel and Tim Martinez, of Lansdale, Pa., walked along the Ocean City Boardwalk decked out in their best Easter outfits.Their 2-year-old twins, T.J. and Olivia, may have topped them in the spiffy category.T.J. wore a purple vest and purple pants, while Oliva was adorned in a floral dress with a rose colored ribbon.The family, who summers in Ocean City, wasn’t just out for an Easter stroll.Show emcee Michael Hartman makes 18-month-old boy Carter Regan smile.The Martinez family had a place in mind to showcase their outfits — at the Ocean City Fashion Promenade on the Music Pier. Families flaunted their fancy threads and some over-the-top Easter bonnets for onlookers and judges at the annual Boardwalk show.“This is the first time we are doing the fashion show,” Janel Martinez said. “The weather is awesome. It couldn’t be any better.”The Martinez family, along with many others, took to the stage during a lively event where the cuteness factor was high and emcee Michael Hartman, the city’s Special Events coordinator, joked with the kids throughout the show.“Suspenders are hard to rock, and you are pulling it off,” Hartman joked with one of the kids.Michael Hartman hands over the microphone to a confident contestant.At one point, a little girl was so comfortable on the stage, announcing where she lived and her name before being asked, that Hartman handed her the microphone, joking that she could take over the show.Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson and Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan helped Hartman give out awards and plaques to the winners in the different categories.But when it came to the kids, everyone wins in divisions newborn to 2 years old, 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years old and 9 to 12 years old, and with good reason.Michael Hartman asks the sisters, jokingly, “Are you Meghan and Kate?”Judging by the spectators who oohed and aahed as children strolled onto the stage it was nearly impossible to pick.Little girls were dressed in pastel colored dresses. Some wore technicolor bonnets and ornate, jewel-encrusted headbands. Little boys wore grown-up suits, including a seersucker outfit.There was even a boy dressed as a bunny carrying an egg.The cuteness factor was way off the charts.Some of the adults in the fashion show were regulars to the event. Lori Lawrence, of Ocean City, said she has been doing it for years and she loves being a part of it.The Phillips family, of Philadelphia, wins Best Dressed Family, with Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan and Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson to the right.Hartman said the Phillips family, of Philadelphia, has been in the Fashion Promenade for so long that when they stop being a part of it, he will, too.Bill Phillips said he and his family enjoy dressing up and being involved in the Fashion Stroll every year.The judges liked them, too.In addition to the stroll was the Dueling Pianos show, which kept the crowds entertained before and after the Fashion Promenade. There were also photos with the Easter Bunny.Sisters show off their lavish headbands.The full list of Fashion Promenade winners is as follows:Best Dressed Teen Male went to Connor Fitzgerald, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Rebecca Kessler of Manahawkin took Best Dressed Teen Female.Best Dressed Gentleman went to Jack Devine of Ocean City and Best Dressed Woman went to Marie Campanile of Philadelphia.Best Dressed Couple went to siblings Benjamin and McKenzie Merrifield of Somers Point.Most Unusual Bonnet went to Lori Lawrence of Ocean City. Best Easter Bonnet went to Sophia Colvin, of Warren, Pa., and Best Dressed Family went to the Phillips family of Philadelphia.Some of the Easter bonnets were over-the-top.Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson (left) and Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan enjoy the Fashion Promenade.This little girl brought her bunny stuffed animal.
As enthusiastic, bored children, we would try to hit them with baseball bats. A tennis racket would have been a better choice, but there were no tennis courts on our farm. Nonetheless, carpenter bees were a lot of fun for growing boys.Adults, though, usually aren’t into fun things like that. People who live in cedar-sided or log homes see no humor at all in these obnoxious bees. They just want to get rid of them.About this time every year people see large, black bees hovering around their heads and homes. They’re probably carpenter bees. We get very little pollination benefit from them, but we do get some headache.Look similar to a bumblebeeCarpenter bees resemble bumblebees but have a couple of noticeable differences. The upper surface of the carpenter bee’s abdomen is bare, shiny and black. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.The other difference is where they nest. Bumblebees usually nest in the ground. Carpenter bees build their nests in tunnels they create in wood. They chew a perfectly round hole about the size of a dime into soft, untreated, unpainted weathered wood.Male carpenter bees seem to be mean. But it’s all an act. They’ll hover in front of people who are near, even dive-bombing occasionally. But the males are harmless. They don’t even have stingers.Females hurt, damage mostFemale carpenter bees do have stingers, though, and their sting can be quite painful. I had to be stung several times before I learned to leave them alone. The females seldom sting unless they are handled or disturbed.Even if they don’t sting, female carpenter bees aren’t harmless. It’s the fertilized females that excavate the tunnels and lay eggs in a series of small cells.They provision each cell with a ball of pollen, on which the larvae feed until emerging as adults in late summer. The adults will overwinter in abandoned nest tunnels to return again the next year.Prefer bare softwoodsCarpenter bees prefer bare softwoods, especially redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. They don’t typically bother painted or pressure-treated wood.Common attack zones are eaves, window trim, fascia boards and decks. Sawdust beneath the hole is an easily recognizable sign of attack.Control can be a combination of things. A fresh coat of oil-based paint is very effective. They don’t like paint. Wood stains and preservatives are less reliable, but better than bare wood.Where the bees have already attacked, spraying insecticide on the wood surface won’t work. You have to inject it into each burrow to be effective. An aerosol spray for wasp and bee control will work if you direct it into the hole. Applications of cypermethrin or permethrin may provide short-term control when applied to wood surfaces, but will have to be reapplied after 1 to 2 weeks to maintain control.Plug the holeAfter a couple of days, plug the hole with a piece of wood dowel coated with carpenter’s glue, wood putty or your choice of filler. This last step protects against future use of the old tunnel and reduces the chance of wood decay.It’s best to spray at night to kill the adults and the brood. If you spray during the day, the adults may be gone. And they may just start a new colony.Remember, the females can pop you pretty good, so treating towards sunset or at night helps. Or you could make it a two-person job and arm the other with the tennis racket.
continue reading » Delivering a great member experience in a tech-centric economy is a never-ending process.Consumer demand for convenience continually raises expectations. If you’re not constantly improving, customers can easily take their business elsewhere through their tablet or smartphone.Even business models born from the concept of convenience are in a constant state of improvement. Take fast food, for example. An industry dedicated to getting us fed fast and fret-free is never resting on its laurels.In April, McDonald’s—the epitome of convenience—launched a new mobile ordering and payment platform. This move follows an increased focus on technology for the company, including kiosk ordering and a test of delivery service in Florida via mobile ordering with ridesharing firm UberEats.While their customers’ experience will improve, think of all the data the fast food giant will get in return. It’s not hard to imagine McDonald’s analyzing that information to uncover patterns and preferences, which in turn would lead to better business decisions. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Mermaid Maritime’s Middle East business unit has been awarded a subsea services contract in a G.C.C country.The initial contract value is said to be USD 17 million.The contract duration is for 180 days, starting in May through to October 2019.The project will involve the use of the DP2 dive support vessel Mermaid Endurer which is equipped with a saturation / air dive and ROV systems carrying out the DSV campaign for an international EPCI contractor.
Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a plan to relocate homeless people currently living in tents at John Prince Park to a new temporary shelter.Over 100 people are living in tents at John Prince Park.Community leaders have been going to the park for the past few weeks to assess the needs of the homeless.The county voted Tuesday to use a former correctional facility, located at 673 Fairgrounds Rd. near the South Florida Fairgrounds in suburban West Palm Beach, as a temporary shelter. It is currently vacant but is being maintained. Officials said no one will be forced to go to the shelter, only those who want help and assistance.The facility would provide 100 to 125 beds of emergency shelter with a goal to find permanent housing for those staying there. It would also provide a resource center, medical care, behavioral care, job readiness, transportation, food, laundry, and 24-hour security.
The dreams of 19-year-old Ian Henry of Baramita, Region One (Barima-Waini) were snatched from him seven years ago when he was charged for murder and taken into custody without even being afforded the right to counsel, thus violating his fundamental rights as prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.Article 40 of the Convention states “Children who are accused of breaking the law have the right to legal help and fair treatment in a justice system that respects their rights”. Governments are required to set a minimum age below which children cannot be held criminally responsible and to provide minimum guarantees for the fairness and quick resolution of judicial or alternative proceedings.”Henry was 13 at the time when he was charged and then brought to the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre where he spent the next seven years awaiting judgement.However, the Director of Public Prosecutions a few days ago dismissed the caseNineteen-year-old Ian Henryagainst Henry after the Rights of the Child Commission and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Legal Aid Clinic provided legal representation for the then minor.While detailing the steps that led to highlighting and later the dismissal of the charges against Henry, Chief Executive Officer of the Rights of the Child Commission, Amar Panday, said they would have become aware of Henry’s case after visiting the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre and interacting with him sometime in 2015.He further related that Henry’s demeanour and level of intelligence made them relook at his case. Investigations would have shown that at the time, over 95 per cent of the inmates at the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre were denied the right to counsel, thus violating a number of child rights declarations.Panday related that they then approached UNICEF, which then released funding that was disbursed to the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic to begin providing legal representation to the children and youths at the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre, the New Opportunity Corps and both Timehri and New Amsterdam Prisons. It was then Henry’s case was taken up and followed through resulting in the dismissal, further explaining that had it not been for their intervention then the youth would still be waiting on justice to be served.The Commission’s CEO said more needs to be done to tackle the problem of unrepresented children behind bars, reiterating it violates a number of international conventions of which Guyana is signatory to. Panday welcomed the recently passed Juvenile Justice Bill, explaining that it will address a number of violations.According to Henry, his life is now in shambles since he was detained for over seven years for a crime the Police had no evidence against him. The youth is appealing to the Government to ensure that this does not happen to another child.“When I was incarcerated I encountered some horrible experiences, dark momentsRights of the Child Commission CEO, Amar Pandayin my life and this incarceration has clearly jeopardised my future, no one can give me it back…. I am not the only one that has been affected by this kind of system but there are other youths who are incarcerated I have spent time with them,” he related.“If I hadn’t met these people while incarcerated, I would have still been in prison and don’t know when the time will come for me to be released. Just imagine it from the age of 13 to the age of 19 during this process I was denied my right to education. How could I go back to a secondary school to start over back my whole educational process? It is impossible, the only option is go to a college and do a trade…my dream has been snatched away from me by the system… my whole future has been jeopardised by the system,” Henry added.The youth said he was held despite the authorities having no substantial evidence against him resulting in him suffering for over half a decade. Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said he was unaware of Henry’s situation and when it was brought to his attention, he felt it was his duty to fast track the Juvenile Justice Bill to address the issues. However, he noted that it will be costly to enforce the recommendations of the Bill but said Government is committed to seeing the process through.The Rights of the Child Commission and its partners are also looking at several other cases similar to that of Henry.