Lifting spirits all over Los Alamos are day old and week old chicks. Chamisa Elementary School Middle Grades Resource Teacher Carol Bronisz said these chicks also will lift the spirits of her 3rd and 4th graders who will be watching them grow via video. Photo by Carol Bronisz
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During the annual ARCA Racing Series awards banquet in Indianapolis this past weekend, General Tire presented a very special Spirit Award to veteran driver Brad Smith.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe General Tire Spirit Award was established this year to recognize someone within the ARCA racing community who has demonstrated true sportsmanship both on and off the track, as well as perseverance when faced with major challenges. The award included a one-of-a kind helmet custom painted by Indocil Art and $5,000 which was split evenly between Smith and his designated charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.“Receiving the General Tire Spirit Award is a humbling and gratifying experience,” admitted Smith. “Humbling, because I know how many deserving recipients General Tire had to consider for the award. Gratifying, because this is ultimately a team sport and being recognized by General Tire is an accomplishment for the entire Hylton Motorsports team.”Smith, driving for the legendary James Hylton, finished a career-high sixth in championship driver points. The 2016 season saw Smith return to the driver’s seat full-time after a devastating injury at Talladega sidelined him for most of the 2015 season. His previous career-high points finish was 11th in 2014. Away from the track, Smith took on the role of volunteer and mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. He is excited to feature their logo on his car for the 2017 racing season.Advertisement“Brad’s story is a perfect example of what this award represents. Brad could have easily allowed his injury last year to end his driving career but he fought back and was able to experience a new level of achievement in his racing career,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.,AAPEX’s annual in-person gathering has gone virtual in 2020. While some mourn the disruption to the industry, Vic Tarasik from Shop Owner Coach says there is real value to be captured from the virtual gathering. Together with ShopOwner editor Doug Kaufman, Vic provides a to-do list for making the most of the technical training sessions and product introductions scheduled for Nov. 3rd-5th. Go to aapexshow.com for more information.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
From Tire ReviewAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBridgestone Americas is making some leadership changes within the marketing organization for the company’s consumer tire business and Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO). These changes follow the announcement that Phil Pacsi, vice president, sports and events marketing and training, will retire after 36 years with the company, effective Sept. 30.Pacsi began his career at The Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. as a development engineer and worked across numerous areas and functions at Bridgestone before joining the marketing team in 1994. Since that time, he has become the architect behind many of the company’s sports marketing programs, which include its Worldwide Olympic Partnership, its role as sole tire supplier for the Verizon IndyCar Series, naming rights for Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and league partnerships with the NFL, NHL and more. Pacsi also has represented the company in numerous community and professional organizations, including the Nashville American Marketing Association, Brandweek Editorial Board, Nashville Sports Council and Nashville Predators Marketing Committee.“Phil has been an invaluable member of the Bridgestone team, providing leadership that has helped elevate the presence of our brands among consumers and our important dealer customers,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). “He also has played a significant role in establishing a strong team to ensure we continue to build our brands and carry on his legacy.”AdvertisementAmber Holm, current vice president, consumer brand marketing, U.S. and Canada, BATO, will assume the role of vice president, marketing, consumer and customer engagement, U.S. and Canada, BATO. In this redefined position, Holm will lead engagement activities for the company’s sports and entertainment partnership platforms, which include the NFL, NHL, Verizon IndyCar Series, PGA TOUR, the company’s Worldwide Olympic Partnership and country music. In addition, she will oversee dealer training and education for the consumer tire business. Holm has nearly two decades of marketing and sales experience, including 13 years at General Mills overseeing the Pillsbury, Lucky Charms and Cheerios brands. Since joining Bridgestone in 2014, Holm has made many contributions to the consumer tire business, leading strategic brand-building programs that have produced record growth in brand awareness and consideration for the Bridgestone and Firestone tire brands.Jeffrey Lack will assume the role of vice president, marketing, consumer tire, U.S. and Canada, BATO. In this role, Lack will lead strategic marketing efforts for the company’s consumer tire business in North America, and implement brand-building and digital engagement programs that drive traffic to customers’ stores. Lack joined Bridgestone in 2015 as vice president of marketing and merchandising for Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), where he developed an innovative integrated media planning process and developed brand and digital programs that generated increases in store traffic and consumer engagement. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing leadership, including 15 years in global marketing roles at Shell.AdvertisementDave Nientimp has accepted the role of vice president, marketing and merchandising, BSRO, succeeding Lack. Since joining BSRO in 2016, he has played a key role in developing and delivering brand and advertising strategies for the Firestone and Tires Plus retail brands. In his new role, Nientimp will be responsible for overall marketing strategy at the company’s more than 2,200 retail locations. This will include brand-building programs, digital initiatives and tire and service merchandising. Nientimp has more than 20 years of experience leading marketing strategy and brand-building activities for consumer packaged goods and retail brands, including marketing leadership roles at Constellation Brands and Kraft Foods.“It’s an exciting time to be part of the Bridgestone marketing organization,” said Dobbs. “These changes will better align our team with the needs of the business and enable us to accelerate our efforts to deliver on key priorities. I look forward to seeing the team develop under this dynamic group of leaders.”
The Sag Harbor and Springs weekly farmers markets are active now, with social distancing protocols in place. Kate Plumb, the manager of the East Hampton Farmers Market was hoping, as of Monday, to be able to open this week, but at a new location, though approval from the town must be obtained first. Plumb spoke about it on Saturday while assisting at the Sag Harbor market. “After 14 years of being in Nick & Toni’s parking lot, we are moving to the Calvary Baptist Church on their lawn.” She expressed thanks to the trustees of the church for allowing the market to make that move. The church is located on Spinner Lane.The church will be charging a nominal rent. Plumb said she is exploring how to raise that money, because it was not budgeted for. That is because Joe Realmuto, executive chef of Nick & Toni’s, had allowed the market to operate in the parking lot free of charge. Because of the social distancing rules caused by COVID-19, the old site was simply too small to allow the farmers market to operate there this year. Plumb is exploring two options, raising money from the public for the rent by putting a donation bucket at the entrance, or by charging vendors a small fee. One of the attractions of the East Hampton market, which is held on Fridays, Plumb said, is the various farmers who travel there from the North Fork, such as Sang Lee Farms, a certified organic farm, or Wickham’s Fruit Farm, to join the South Fork farmers.Plumb said the various farmers and vendors will be spaced 10 feet apart to allow for social distancing.Eventually, the goal for the East Hampton market is to set up on the town-owned farm museum property across from Nick & Toni’s. Because the land was purchased using Community Preservation Fund money, any market set up there would have to produce at least 50 percent of the product sold, under current state law. Assemblyman Fred Thiele is working to change that law in Albany, Plumb said.Plumb still needs to obtain approval for a special event permit from the East Hampton Town Board for the market to open, which she was hoping would be issued this week.Springs Market, managed by Paul Hamilton, opened May 30 and will be held each Saturday. He had received approval from the town board earlier that week, when it passed a resolution containing language based on the state’s guidelines for farmers markets. The state has ruled farmers markets to be essential businesses, but the guidelines and town code requirements must still be met.Located on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall, the market has a new layout this year. It has expanded from just a portion of the grounds surrounding the hall to the entire property. That allows Hamilton to space the vendors out, so they can easily create ample social distance between stands.When he was setting up the market May 30, Hamilton rolled out soft mesh fencing for the perimeter. Customers would enter from one side of the hall, and walk along a one-way path to each stand, which circled the property. Walking in a clockwise direction, shoppers then exited at the opposite side of the hall from the entrance. There are many different purveyors. Jillian Griffiths runs Hamptons Barkery, creating tasty organic delights for dogs. The Sweet Woodland Farms booth was run by Rachael Bristel. The business is based in Hampton Bays, with farmland in Southold, “We have two acres of an herb farm,” Bristel said. Sweet Woodland Farms sells both fresh and dried herbs, as well as herb products. Carrie Clark stood at the entrance to the market, tasked with keeping count of the shoppers who were on the property at any one time, to ensure a safe distance could be maintained. There did not appear to be a problem during the first half hour of business May 30.Kate Hildebrandt, a customer at the Springs Market, was ecstatic. “Yeah, I’m thrilled about this. The fact that they have organized it in a way that we can make it work is just fabulous. It’s great to see all the regulars.”The same could be said for Sag Harbor’s farmers market on Bay Street. Managed by Brian Halweil, the market was busy, but well-spaced to allow distance between shoppers May 30. Also held on Saturdays, the hours are 9 to 1 PM. A one-way traffic pattern is encouraged, with a separate entrance and exit.“In 2005, we started down the street over there in front of the Dockside Restaurant,” Halweil said. He worked in the food industry, and purchased from farmers, leading him to open the market. He was asked if he farms land now. “Nope. That is my dream. Some day to become a farmer,” he said.Susan Dusenderry, a North Haven resident, was excited to be able to shop at the Sag Harbor Farmers Market. “They do a great job every year.” Dusenderry bought a couple of colorful plants. When asked what type of plants they were, she said, “I have no idea. I think they are pretty. There’s a tag in there but I can’t dig in there to find it.”The Montauk market is expected to open later this month.The Good Ground Farmers Market in Hampton Bays will be open every Thursday from 3 to 7 PM, starting June 11, running through October 8. “All market staff, farmers, and producers are dedicated to adhering to health and safety standards, and providing safe and reliable access to nutritious foods necessary to a healthy community,” the market said on its website. “Per New York State Executive Order 202.17, all market participants will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering when unable to maintain social distancing.” Tents will be farther apart to leave room for safe movement. The market will have a designated entrance and exit, with arrows pointing in one direction.The Westhampton Beach Farmers’ Market, located on the Village Green, hosts over 60 vendors, growers, and producers. Starting June 13 the market will pop up every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM through November.The Southampton Farmers Market is open currently from 9 to 3 PM each Sunday at Agawam Park. The Shelter Island Havens Farmers Market will be held every Saturday, starting June 6, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. The market is held rain or shine on the grounds of the Shelter Island History Center. Procedures will be in place for social distancing and sanitizing and a full list of guidelines will be posted. Guests must wear a face covering and bring their own shopping bags. There will be no sampling or restroom facilities email@example.comAdditional reporting by Kyle McKee and Jessica Mackin-Cipro Share
Peconic Bay Medical Group’s Michelle Moreno-Lohr; Tracey Mueller; Julia Chachere, CNM, NP, MPH; Denise Karavas, PA; Ramona Miranda; Susan Smith; Emma Homann and Katielynn Dinizio outside the new Peconic Bay Medical Group Greenport office. Independent/Jim LennonA new 5,000-square-foot, multi-specialty medical practice has opened on Main Street in Greenport. The Israel Family Ambulatory Center, named for Lisa and Richard Israel, aims to provide more healthcare options to those on the North Fork.Peconic Bay Medical Group, which is a part of the Peconic Bay Medical Center, offers primary care, women’s health, cardiology, orthopedics, breast surgery and plastic surgery specialists at the new location. Julia Chachere, a women’s health nurse practitioner, Dr. Mark Creighton, an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, and physician assistants Denise Karavas and Patricia Sondgeroth are seeing patients at this facility.“Expanding eastward into this multi-specialty medical practice is part of Peconic Bay Medical Center’s commitment to providing top-notch health care across the East End of Long Island,” said Andrew Mitchell, the president and chief executive officer at Peconic Bay Medical Center.Same-day, in-office appointments are now available. Most insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are accepted.The office is located at 230 Main Street. More information is available through firstname.lastname@example.org Share
The innovation project Neptune, supported by KIC InnoEnergy Iberia, launched for the first time its buoy into the sea for testing on last Wednesday, May 22nd, at the “Pont del Petroli” in Badalona, Spain.The main objective was to compare a fixed buoy’s wind measurement data -located at a nearby pier- with the sea located buoy’s, so as to detect any measurements variations produced by the waves’ movement.In the morning, the buoy was first pulled by a boat from the Port Forum in Barcelona, and finally moored by the Pont del Petroli, in an activity carried out by the members of the Maritime Engineering Laboratory (LIM) that lasted about 3 hours. The event was attended by the local media, among them F Televisió, Europa Press, CAN and Tele de Badalona.The Neptune project is a combination of hardware and software that will provide an affordable, accurate and reliable offshore data source based on the development of two main products: the Eolos LIDAR buoy, for reliable meteo oceanographic measurements, and the NEPTool: a High accuracy hindcast and forecast software tool. Together, they will help reduce the costs of offshore wind measurements and the uncertainties in the long-term energy production estimations. Thus, they will facilitate the project bankability due to the reduction of financial risks.The project’s consortia is made up of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), Gas Natural Fenosa, Institut de Recerca d´Energia de Catalunya (IREC), Laboratori d´Enginyeria Marítima (LIM), Remote Sense Laboratory (RSLAB) and Soluciones Ingeniería Marítima Operacional (SIMO).[mappress]Press Release, May 30, 2013
Six commercial seaports or projects, that directly aid the efficient movement of goods to and from America’s ports, have been awarded a total of USD 61.8 million in funding, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said.The funding was awarded as part of the fiscal year 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants.The six projects receiving awards in the eighth round of TIGER grants are the Port of Albany, Virgin Islands Port Authority, Port of Everett, Port Authority of Guam, Port of Portland and Little Rock Port Authority, Arkansas.AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said that direct funding for maritime infrastructure projects, including connections to ports, “will improve freight mobility which helps reduce transportation costs and makes U.S. exports more attractive to overseas buyers.”In this round of grants, the ports received about 12.36 percent of the total funding of nearly USD 500 million.In TIGER’s first round in fiscal 2009, port-related infrastructure projects received about 8.6 percent of the original USD 1.5 billion allocated.
Alphaliner: Maersk Could Sell APM Terminals and DamcoDanish shipping major Maersk Line’s container shipping related units, APM Terminals (APMT) and Damco, could be spun-off or divested entirely, following the company’s strategic and structural review, according to Alphaliner… Read More Update: Ferry Runs Aground after Igniting off San JuanAll passengers and crewmembers from the 561-foot passenger/car ferry Caribbean Fantasy, which ignited earlier today, were safely disembarked from the ship and brought to San Juan’s Pier 6… Read More Meyer Turku Kicks Off Construction of New Mein SchiffFinnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has launched the production of a new generation of Mein Schiff ships, being built for Hamburg-based cruise line TUI Cruises, with a steel cutting ceremony at the shipbuilder’s steel hall… Read More World Maritime News Staff UK Sentences Turkish Sailors to 42 Years for Drug SmugglingTwo Turkish sailors have been jailed for a total of 42 years in relation to the largest ever seizure of cocaine in the UK made in April 2015 some 100 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland… Read More Hapag-Lloyd Loads First Train Shipment for PeruGerman shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has loaded a metro train with six cars today in Salerno, Italy, aboard the 2013-built containership Cerinthus, which will be transported to the Peruvian port of Callao… Read More