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With Tears and Laughter, Newly Elected Council Members Take Their Seats in Ocean City

first_imgBarr said the encouragement he has received from his family, friends and the local community over the years allowed him to pursue his dreams. With his mother, Suzanne Barr, by his side, Barr was sworn in by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, his close friend and mentor. Barr serves as a volunteer legislative aide to Van Drew, D-Cape May. “Man, if I would have told you 25 years ago we would be doing this, would you believe me?” Barr said, smiling. Bergman and other Council members said they are committed to completing a series of projects that will improve the city’s infrastructure. They include upgrades to the beaches and Boardwalk, new roadway and drainage projects to alleviate coastal flooding and a $20 million dredging program to unclog the shallow lagoons along the back bays. “Bobby, I am so unbelievably proud of you,” Van Drew said. “You are exceptional.” Karen Bergman, Michael DeVlieger and Tony Wilson, the other winners in Ocean City’s May 10 municipal election, also took the oath of office in front of hundreds of people at the historic Music Pier on the Boardwalk. McClellan, 41, a purchasing buyer for Cape May County, is Council’s only African-American. He said the community support he received over the years paved the way for him to become a councilman. However, his speech turned seriousThird Ward Councilman Tony Wilson is accompanied by his children Anthony and Julia during his swearing in by Municipal Court Judge Richard Russell.when he described Council’s commitment to public service and the ways the entire community can pitch in to make the city better. Barr, 34, who has used a wheelchair his entire life, said he hopes his election will inspire other disabled people to achieve their goals. He is an advocate for the disabled as a state representative on the Regional Family Support Planning Council of Cape May County. Van Drew said Barr has overcome “all odds” throughout his life and is an example of “American exceptionalism.” “You deserve the biggest round of applause on this stage,” Barr told his mother while fighting back tears.Second Ward Councilman Antwan McClellan, joined by his mother, Cola Mae, takes the oath of office from New York Supreme Court Justice Ronald HollieMcClellan also tearfully thanked his family, friends and supporters. He was sworn in by New York Supreme Court Justice Ronald Hollie. His mother, Cola Mae McClellan, joined him on stage when he took the oath of office. McClellan, shaking his head in amazement, simply smiled back. “This is America’s greatest family resort for a reason. I embody that,” McClellan said as the audience gave him a standing ovation.First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger is sworn in by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo while his wife, Jennifer, and children Flynn and Reagan look on.DeVlieger, 49, an executive recruiter, was sworn in by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, while his wife, Jennifer, and children Flynn and Reagan looked on. But beyond the dry moments focusing on construction projects, the meeting also included plenty of tears, laughter, moving tributes to family members and a few standing ovations. DeVlieger had a personal message for his children: “Your mother and I are firmly committed to raising you in this beautiful community,” he said. “Really, I am what the city of Ocean City is all about,” he said. The reorganization meeting also included the unanimous appointment of Peter Madden as Council’s new president and Wilson as the new vice president. Madden and Wilson will hold those leadership posts for the next 12 months. The heartfelt exchange between both men was one of the high points Friday of an emotional City Council reorganization meeting that included the swearing in of Barr and McClellan and three other newly elected members.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr’s mother, Suzanne, embraces him while he is sworn in by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew. “I’ll do everything not to let you down and to live up to your expectations,” he said. “The lessons we’re teaching our kids about giving back to the community are invaluable,” he said. In a lighter moment, Wilson noted that his son poked fun of him for wearing a sky-blue jacket to the ceremony and that he had cried during McClellan’s emotional remarks. The audience responded to Van Drew’s remarks with a standing ovation. Later, Barr’s mother was given a standing ovation when Barr described how she has taken care of him and his brother, who also has cerebral palsy. Hundreds of people attended City Council’s reorganization meeting Friday at the Music Pier. Barr, sitting on the stage close to McClellan, said the two men would have “burst out laughing” if they had predicted 25 years ago they would one day serve together on City Council. DeVlieger, of the First Ward, McClellan, of the Second Ward, and Wilson, of the Third Ward, all ran unopposed to win their second, four-year term. Bergman will finish out the unexpired term of former At-Large Councilman Michael Allegretto through June 2018. After Allegretto resigned from Council last year to become the city’s director of community services, Bergman was appointed by Council to fill the seat until the election.Councilwoman At-Large Karen Bergman spoke of City Council’s transparency in its dealings with the public.Bergman, 55, the director of catering at the Flanders Hotel, was sworn in by Cape May County Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard.Speaking first among the Council members, Bergman told the audience she looks forward to working with the public “with honesty and integrity.” DeVlieger also thanked the residents of the First Ward for their support, noting that they turned out to vote for him even though he ran unopposed. Wilson, 47, who owns a local plumbing and heating company, was joined by his wife, Melissa, and children Anthony and Julia during his swearing in. Municipal Court Judge Richard Russell administered the oath. “I applaud the transparency of our governing body,” she said. Barr, a lifelong Ocean City resident whose election capped a remarkable achievement for a disabled man born with cerebral palsy, is the only new member to join Council. He won the Fourth Ward seat after incumbent Councilman Peter Guinosso decided not to seek re-election. By Donald WittkowskiBob Barr elicited roars of laughter and approval from the audience at the Music Pier when he looked at his longtime friend, Antwan McClellan, and asked him a question.last_img read more


5 success factors for collaborative teams

first_imgAt CEO Institute II at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., last Wednesday, attendees spent the morning discussing a fictional case study about a cross-functional team that wasn’t working well.The obstacles faced in the case included personality conflicts, a weak CEO and an overall corporate culture that didn’t support collaboration.Before the discussion, Beta Mannix, associate dean for executive MBA programs, Ann Whitney Olin professor of management and professor of management and organizations, asked attendees to think about a work group they were leading or a part of and what obstacles it faced. After the discussion, she asked them to consider whether their team faced some or all of the issues highlighted in the case study.In all, Mannix said successful collaborative work is built on the following five factors: continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Betty Lou Bustle, 78, Dabney

first_imgBetty Lou Bustle, 78, of Dabney passed away at 1pm, Monday, April 8, 2019 at her home. She was born near New Marion on June 28, 1941 the daughter of Clyde and Goldah Wilson Curran. She was married to Dean Bustle on April 1, 1958 and her husband of 61 years survives. Other survivors include four sons Gary (Margaret) Bustle of Fargo, North Dakota, Mike (Michelle) Bustle of Commiskey, and Mark Bustle and Brian Bustle both of Dabney; one daughter Terri Smith of Independence, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Ricky, her brother Charles Curran, and her sister Ruth McHenry. Mrs. Bustle was a homemaker and a former employee of Hopkin’s Store in Holton. She enjoyed her large family and also spent time doing puzzles, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and playing bingo. Betty was a member of the Holton Christian Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 12th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more


Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Friday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Friday, April 26Miles Mikolas, Cardinals vs. Reds. Mikolas, aka the Lizard King, has allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts this season and makes a living on his 49-percent ground-ball rate. He’s not a big strikeout pitcher by any means (17.3 percent), but a 3.9-percent walk rate always helps him limit the potential damage. Up against the Reds, who have 25-percent strikeout rate vs RHP, he should hit the upper end of his strikeout potential tonight.Jason Castro, Twins vs. Orioles. Castro should slot into the starting lineup tonight for the Twins since he will have the platoon advantage against Alex Cobb, who allowed a .330 wOBA and 1.15 HR/9 to lefthanded hitters last season. He’s great salary relief on a loaded slate.MORE: Friday DK Lineup | Friday SP rankingsJustin Smoak, 1B, Blue Jays vs. A’s. Do you want any of this Smoak? Well, you should in a matchup like this. The Blue Jays come in with an implied run total at 4.46. Smoak is up against Mike Fiers, who allowed a .305 wOBA to lefties last season along with 1.52 HR/9. Smoak had a massive .257 ISO vs RHP last year, putting him on home run watch tonight.Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals vs. Reds. Wong and the Cardinals are going to be one of the most popular teams on the slate since they have a high implied run total at 4.59 and are facing a struggling pitcher. That pitcher is Anthony DeSclafani, who couldn’t get lefties out last year with a .385 wOBA and 2.58 HR/9, and it’s much of the same for him this season. Wong had a .328 wOBA and a .159 ISO last season vs. RHP and is priced a bit better on FD tonight.Cole Tucker, SS, Pirates @ Dodgers. Tucker is an exciting young player for the Pirates who has hits in five of his six game this season. He is a very cheat tournament-only options tonight vs Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is allowing a sneaky bad 36-percent hard contact rate to righthanded hitters this season.Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays vs. A’s. Today is the THE DAY. Vladdy Jr. is here and making his MLB Debut. Take all the hype out of it, he had a .227 ISO last season in Triple-A and is baseball’s top prospect. The ownership will certainly be there since the Blue Jays are in good spot overall, so know that going in. Happy Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Day! Baseball’s top prospect will be making his major league debut tonight against the A’s, and you can bet he’ll be in plenty of DraftKings and FanDuel lineups tonight. It’s a 15-game MLB DFS main slate (though a few games will be dealing with rain), so the options, both sleepers and studs, are seemingly limitless.The two games most threatened by weather are Rays-Red Sox and Brewers-Mets, but Padres-Nationals and Marlins-Phillies could also see delays. Make sure to consult the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center before lineup lock. Cody Bellinger, OF, Dodgers vs. Pirates. Bellinger is one of the best hitters in the league and comes in with three home runs in his past seven games. He always has massive tournament upside due to his multi-HR ability and being up against Chris Archer, who allowed a .345 wOBA and 1.56 HR/9 to lefties last season.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY!AnalysisSPJ. Paxton (L)NYY @SFFri 10:15M. Bumgarner (L)$9600$11000$56UPGRADESPC. Kluber (R)CLE @HOUFri 8:10C. McHugh (R)$8900$9600$46UPGRADESPC. Morton (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$8500$8800$46UPGRADESPH. Ryu (L)[email protected] LAFri 10:10C. Archer (R)$8200$9500$44UPGRADESPM. Mikolas (R)[email protected] STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$7400$7400$44See aboveSPJ. Eickhoff (R)[email protected] PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$7900$7800$36UPGRADECW. Contreras (R)CHI @ARIFri 9:40R. Ray (L)$4700$3800$18UPGRADECM. Zunino (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4000$2300$14UPGRADECC. Vázquez (R)[email protected] BOSFri 7:10C. Morton (R)$3700$2500$10UPGRADECJ. Castro (L)[email protected] MINFri 8:10A. Cobb (R)$3300$2200$15See above1BJ. Smoak (B)[email protected] TORFri 7:07M. Fiers (R)$4700$4100$16See above1BD. Vogelbach (L)[email protected] SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4900$3800$19UPGRADE1BJ. Choi (L)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4200$2800$12UPGRADE1BJ. Abreu (R)[email protected] CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4500$3700$18UPGRADE2BW. Merrifield (R)[email protected] KCFri 8:15T. Skaggs (L)$4900$4000$20UPGRADE2BK. Wong (L)[email protected] STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$4200$3600$15See above2BD. LeMahieu (R)NYY @SFFri 10:15M. Bumgarner (L)$3600$3500$14UPGRADE2BC. Hernández (B)[email protected] PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$4000$3200$16UPGRADE3BN. Arenado (R)COL @ATLFri 7:20M. Fried (L)$4800$4200$18UPGRADE3BJ. Donaldson (R)[email protected] ATLFri 7:20A. Senzatela (R)$4500$3900$17UPGRADE3BV. Guerrero Jr. (R)[email protected] TORFri 7:07M. Fiers (R)$4300$3200$18See above3BR. Healy (R)[email protected] SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4000$3100$19UPGRADESST. Anderson (R)[email protected] CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4900$4100$19UPGRADESSF. Lindor (B)CLE @HOUFri 8:10C. McHugh (R)$4500$3800$18UPGRADESSC. Tucker (B)PIT @LAFri 10:10H. Ryu (L)$3600$2500$14See aboveSSA. Simmons (R)LAA @KCFri 8:15D. Duffy (L)$4100$3500$14UPGRADEOFC. Bellinger (L)[email protected] LAFri 10:10C. Archer (R)$5700$5000$27See aboveOFB. Harper (L)[email protected] PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$5000$4700$20UPGRADEOFT. Pham (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4800$3700$23UPGRADEOFL. García (B)[email protected] CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4300$3500$13UPGRADEOFB. Buxton (R)[email protected] MINFri 8:10A. Cobb (R)$4300$3400$18UPGRADEOFB. Hamilton (B)[email protected] KCFri 8:15T. Skaggs (L)$3900$3000$10UPGRADEOFD. Fowler (B)[email protected] STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$3900$2900$13UPGRADEOFN. Castellanos (R)DET @CWSFri 8:10C. Rodón (L)$3900$2900$15UPGRADEOFM. Smith (L)[email protected] SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4200$2800$18UPGRADEOFJ. Reddick (L)[email protected] HOUFri 8:10C. Kluber (R)$4200$3000$15UPGRADElast_img read more