Ocean City Fundraiser Helps Put Smiles on Faces Worldwide

first_imgRob Malfitano, 13, left, of Ocean City, hosts a fundraiser to help children with cleft palates. He stands next to fourth-grader and champion, Jack Wheeler. (Photo courtesy of the Malfitano family) By MADDY VITALERob Malfitano will continue to donate to a cause that he credits with saving his life.The 13-year-old Ocean City resident, who attends the Intermediate School, was born with a cleft palate. Smile Train, a charity providing surgery for children with cleft palates, gave Rob his first corrective surgery at just 1½ years old while he was in an orphanage in China.A year later, he was adopted by Jenny and Vince Malfitano of Ocean City, and he came to the United States.On Saturday, Dec. 5, Rob, with the help of his parents, friends, business owners and the community, hosted a fundraiser at Jilly’s Arcade on the Boardwalk to benefit Smile Train.Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, masks were required and other safety protocols were in place. The crowd was limited to 25 percent of capacity, Levchuk, co-owner of Jilly’s shops said.Local kids competed for the title of pinball champion at Jilly’s Arcade. The event raised over $700 for Smile Train, which will be matched by an anonymous donor after Christmas, Vince Malfitano explained. And Jilly’s donated play cards that enabled the children to play games for free for an hour.This is the flier Rob made to let people know about the Smile Train benefit.At the end of the morning fundraiser, fourth-grader Jack Wheeler prevailed and was crowned the 2020 Jilly’s Pinball Champion. He received a T-shirt and a gift card donated by Jilly’s.“Jack Wheeler was crazy good at pinball,” said Rob. “He could be champ for years.”Rob said he has been holding benefits like the pinball competition since he was in the second grade.He couldn’t give an exact amount of money raised over the years for Smile Train, but he said it definitely is in the thousands of dollars.A cleft palate is an opening or split in the roof of the mouth and the lip and can cause difficulty eating and speaking.Rob, a surfer and distinguished honors student, has had seven corrective cleft palate surgeries. The latest surgery was just last week.The life-changing surgeries are why he continues to put together fundraisers to help other children who need the operations.“Smile Train surgeons are the ones who gave me a second chance because without them, I wouldn’t be able to make it because of natural selection,” Rob said. “As long as I can have fundraisers I will. I will probably try to do it throughout high school.”Vince Malfitano said he and his family were very appreciative of everything Levchuk did to support and help out Rob’s cause.He added that he is very proud of his son.“Rob just does a lot of good stuff,” Malfitano noted. “He has a good heart. He does a lot of stuff that people don’t even know about.”Jilly’s Arcade is at 12th Street and the Boardwalk.Rob and his father hope to hold another fundraiser at Jilly’s Arcade next year.Levchuk, who is also an Ocean City Councilman said he would be happy to help the Malfitanos whenever they wanted to host another benefit.“Rob came to me about three weeks ago and explained the idea to have a tournament at the arcade,” Levchuk said. “He just wanted to ask and he wanted it to be organized and nice. I said, ‘You go and promote it and I will give you cards for the guests to to play.’”Rob, Levchuk said, really impressed him.“He made the tournament the success that it was. He got the people to participate. He got food for the event,” Levchuk explained. “I can’t name any other kid off the top of my head doing such good stuff at such a young age.”For more information about Smile Train visit https://my.smiletrain.orglast_img read more

Franklin County Jail to limit operations for two weeks following positive COVID-19 cases

first_imgFARMINGTON – Two Franklin County Jail employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday according to a press release from Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols. The test results bring the total number of positive cases at the jail to four, with all others currently testing negative, according to Nichols.Following Center for Disease Control guidelines, a risk assessment has been conducted to trace other potential exposures. At-risk employees are currently quarantining, the press release stated. The jail has worked closely with Department of Corrections and Emergency Management Officials to outline a plan of limited operations beginning Monday, Jan. 18. The plan will be in place for two weeks.Those in custody will be transferred to Somerset County Jail in Madison with the assistance from Somerset County Sherif Dale Lancaster. While empty, the Franklin County facility will be completely sanitized and employees will be able to safely quarantine, Nichols stated.The jail will continue to take in arrested individuals who are a risk to public safety, the press release stated.“We plan on being back at full operation by February third,” Nichols said.last_img read more

Chautauqua County Sheriff K-9 Rescues Missing Hiker Overnight

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.ARKWRIGHT – A Chautauqua County Sheriff K-9 is credited with locating a missing hiker overnight. Deputies report Sheriff’s Office K-9 Link was deployed to search for the missing 36-year-old City of Buffalo man in the area of Burnham Road in the Town of Arkwright at 1 a.m. Sunday.At about 3 a.m. K-9 Link located the man about a mile into a wooded area near Arkwright Falls.Deputies were able to navigate with the man out of the woods to Park Road, where he was evaluated and returned to his camp safely. last_img read more

Chautauqua County Sees Five New Cases Of COVID-19 Tuesday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials reported five new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon.Officials say 92 active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law including:o 5 new cases were reported today including:1 new case in 14063 (Fredonia) 1 new case in 14750 (Lakewood) 1 new case in 14701 (Jamestown) 1 new case in 14720 (Celoron) 1 new case in 14787 (Westfield)· 10 people *hospitalized* in Chautauqua County as of 10/11/2020 To date, there have been:o 691 recovered cases;o 13 deaths;o 796 total confirmed cases; ando 51,559 negative test results Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

School Garden Resources

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has launched a new, online resource for Georgia teachers looking to take full advantage of their school’s gardens or start a garden at their school. Hundreds of schools in Georgia now have school gardens, and October — Farm to School Month — is a great time to use the gardens to help students connect classroom lessons and the natural world. The UGA Extension School Garden Resource Center, which was launched Oct. 1, offers teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade lesson plans that use school gardens to teach the curriculum prescribed in the Georgia Performance Standards. All of the content at the School Garden Resource Center is free and available at extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens. David Knauft, a professor of horticulture at UGA, collected and adapted the school garden lesson plans in order to make it easier for teachers to use their school gardens or to start new gardens. During his research, Knauft found many teachers didn’t feel they had time to work gardening into their teaching day and didn’t have the support they needed to maintain the gardens. “We conducted four focus groups with teachers, administrators and volunteers across Georgia, asking them about the value of the gardens and what we could do to help,” Knauft said. “They said that providing information to help establish and grow their gardens and how to work them into the existing curriculum, so that they could more easily use the gardens, would make a big difference.” Knauft, who has taught horticulture at the UGA CAES for more than three decades, first learned the importance of linking enrichment activities with state-mandated curriculum when he helped to develop Project Focus. Project Focus is an elementary and middle school program in which college students conduct curriculum-based science programs in local classrooms. Knauft collected and adapted the school garden lesson plans and other resources with the help of Alicia Holloway, a former agriculture teacher who is now working on the school garden project. Holloway hopes to soon start work on her master’s degree in horticulture at UGA. “There’s a lot of pressure for teachers to improve test scores, so it can be hard to take time away from instruction to take a class outside,” Holloway said. “But if you can tie that time outside to the curriculum and use the school’s garden to teach them the standards that they need to learn, it starts to make sense.” “Hopefully, teachers will be able to go to this website, look at the lesson plan resources that are available and find one that works best for teaching the standards that they need to focus on, while introducing students to the natural world,” she said. Kaiser Permanente’s Partnership for a Healthier America funded part of the School Garden Resource Center and will help develop more standards-based lesson plans that can be used in Georgia’s school gardens. In addition to the lesson plans, the School Garden Resource Center has a comprehensive guide on how to start and maintain a school garden and lists grants and funding sources for school and community gardens. The resource center is a well-organized, one-stop-shop for resources from other state Extension agencies, the USDA and non-profit organizations that promote gardening in schools. For success stories of school gardens across Georgia visit http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4d1ecdbb6df42318c3e989fd4&id=c5f6efc3a7. UGA Extension is the outreach branch of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Through offices in 157 of Georgia’s counties, UGA Extension is a trusted local source of unbiased, research-based information about agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families. More information is available at extension.uga.edu or by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Bill would allow governor to appoint Supreme Court justices

first_img Bill would allow governor to appoint Supreme Court justices A constitutional amendment that would replace the merit-based judicial nominating commission system of screening appellate judge and Supreme Court applicants with gubernatorial appointment and Senate confirmation has been filed in the Florida Senate. SJR 162, filed by Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg, would also require that JNC deliberations be done in public and abolish the mandatory retirement age for judges and justices. It would also limit justices and district court of appeal judges to six-year terms, further subject to gubernatorial-Senate reappointment and with a maximum service of no more than 18 consecutive years. Cowin said the House version of her bill, with a slight change, will be introduced by Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka, and that she’s been promised an early hearing for the 2002 regular session before the Senate Judiciary Committee by its chair, Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach. Last year, Cowin introduced three bills incorporating opening JNC deliberations, revamping appointments to JNCs, and term limits for justices and appellate judges. The legislature addressed the JNC appointment issues, she said, and her bill this year addresses the other two issues. Cowin said removing the mandatory retirement age of 70 for judges was part of her term limit proposal, which she said will provide a more orderly progression in a judicial career where the Supreme Court will be the culmination. “I don’t think 70 is all that old,” she added. Last year, Cowin proposed a two-term, or 12-year, term limit for the appellate bench. But after speaking with Chief Justice Charles Wells and others concerned about losing seasoned judicial talent, she decided to expand it to 18. The proposal to have gubernatorial appointment of appellate judges with Senate confirmation is based on the federal system, Cowin said, while the reappointment provision will provide accountability that some think the courts need. “Chances are it’s going to put a little balance to the judiciary to make sure there is a balance in their opinions, because there is an accountability to the legislative and executive branch, just like the legislative is accountable to the courts’ opinions and to the executive branch through the governor’s veto,” she said. As for opening the JNC deliberations, Cowin said she has long believed that will improve public confidence in the JNC process and that open government is better. As drafted, the bill amends Article V to provide that when a vacancy occurs either on a DCA or the Supreme Court, the governor would fill the vacancy, with the Senate confirming the appointment no later than its next regular session. The precise language, which provides that a DCA judge or Supreme Court justice may not be appointed to more than three terms, reads: “Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district court of appeal, or whenever a vacancy will occur due to the expiration of the term of office of an incumbent justice or judge, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment. The appointee must be confirmed by the Senate no later than during the next regular session of the legislature. The term of office of a justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district court of appeal is six years, except that if the vacancy occurs before the expiration of the term of office of the incumbent justice or judge, the appointment shall be for the unexpired portion of the term. A justice or judge may be reappointed for two full terms, but a person may not serve as a justice of the supreme court or judge of a district court of appeal for more than eighteen years consecutively.” The bill specifies that the amendment, if approved by voters, would go into effect in January 2003, although no judge or justice who had served for more than 18 years would have to leave the bench until the expiration of his or her term. Currently, the constitution provides that all actions of JNCs are public, except for deliberations. Cowin’s bill strikes the language that exempts the deliberations from being public. The measure also strikes this language from Section 8 of Article V: “No justice or judge shall serve after attaining the age of seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, one-half of which has been served.” The Bar has no current legislative position on making public JNC deliberations. The Bar has not taken a position on direct gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation of the appellate bench, but that issue collides with an existing Bar position which opposed changes in the current method of merit selection and retention of appellate judges. October 15, 2001 Regular News Bill would allow governor to appoint Supreme Court justiceslast_img read more

Should financial institutions use Instagram stories?

first_img 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Back in August of 2016, Instagram released a new functionality called “stories.” Similar to Snapchat, Instagram stories are only available to your followers for 24 hours. Then they are deleted from Instagram. These stories include fun filters, stickers, text overlay and much more!To view the stories of accounts you follow, look at the top of your Instagram feed for “circles,” then select one you would like to view. Instagram then scrolls through stories automatically (one after the other) for the accounts you follow until it reaches the end of the stories for that moment in time.Should Financial Institutions Use Instagram Stories?Absolutely, we LOVE Instagram stories and we think this new functionality is a fun way to interact with your followers, without affecting the aesthetic and branding on your main profile layout.Stories give you the ability to post silly, random and in the moment photos, without the stress you normally endure to make a perfect Instagram post. If you haven’t implemented Instagram stories into your account we think you should. Here’s 3 reasons why:last_img read more

Democrats have to answer questions

first_imgI’m tired about hearing about Russia. Anyone with any intelligence already know who they were going to vote for. I never got an email from Russia saying who to vote for. Why would anyone with any sense listen to another country’s opinion anyway? I don’t understand how Russia could influence we Americans. We’re not that stupid.I’m a Republican and I vote for the candidate I think is best for the job, whether Democrat or Republican. They have been investigating Hillary Clinton, and just reopened another investigation. Why isn’t the FBI investigating Hillary about her using her own server, which was illegal?No matter who President Trump nominates for a position in government, the Democrats won’t accept it, no matter how much he or she would be fit for the job. They just want a Democrat so they can control the country. Just how many of those accusing President Trump are Democrats? How come Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and rest of the Democrats didn’t ask Bill Clinton to resign for his behavior in the White House with Monica Lewinski?James MaxfieldScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka reveals his initial reaction to first England call-up

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 8:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.4kShares Saka could make his debut for the Three Lions (Picture: Getty Images)Bukayo Saka has revealed he had to be snapped out of a daze when he found out he was being called up to the England squad for the first time this week.Saka enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Gunners last term, registering 11 assists in all competitions.The 19-year-old proved his versatility by performing in a multitude of positions, including left-back, central midfield and on the wing. Comment Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka reveals his initial reaction to first England call-up Southgate has shown faith in plenty of youngsters (Picture: Getty Images)His solid performances have been recognised by Southgate, as he made the cut for upcoming Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark.ADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to Sky Sports, Saka revealed he was so shocked when receiving the text that Arsenal team-mate Alexandre Lacazette had to slap him on the head to wake him from his stunned state.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe said: ‘My phone was on airplane mode, when I landed I turned it off and saw a text from a woman that I didn’t know until now and it said, “We’re happy to confirm you’ve been selected for the England national team”. ‘I literally just froze, I looked at my phone, I was staring at it for five minutes in shock, so happy. ‘I was there for so long Lacazette came and slapped me on my head and said, “Come on we have to get off the plane”. ‘As soon as I got off the plane I called my brother and family and everyone was happy for me.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAfter progressing through the England youth levels Saka finally made the senior squad, and Southgate admitted his versatility will come in handy.‘We’ve been impressed with his progress through our system,’ the England boss said.‘I thought at times for Arsenal last year, at times really exciting. Still very young, still learning, of course, but improving all the time. High potential, real good quality. ‘Everybody that’s worked with him tells me he’s a very level-headed, intelligent boy. ‘So it’s an area of the pitch we’re keen to look at a different profile of player. He can play a number of different roles very comfortably.’MORE: Mikel Arteta issues promise to Arsenal fans over Houssem Aouar transferMORE: Europa League draw: Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Celtic and Rangers learn their fateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

NGO Platform: 169 Ships Sold to South Asian Beaches

first_imgFrom a total of 220 ships, which were scrapped in the second quarter of 2018, 169 vessels were sent to the beaches of South Asia for breaking, NGO Shipbreaking Platform said in its report.In the second quarter of 2018, American ship owners sold the most ships to the South Asian yards with 26 vessels beached, followed by Greek and UAE owners.The Platform said that the American company Tidewater “was the worst corporate dumper with fifteen vessels beached.”In the end of April, Pakistan re-opened the market to the import of tankers. In two months alone, twenty-two tankers reached the shores of Gadani to be scrapped. The Platform cited industry sources as saying that devaluing freight rates have contributed to the demolition of over 100 tankers in the first half of 2018.Only three ships had a European flag – Greece, Malta and Norway – when they were beached during the quarter. All ships sold to the Chittagong, Alang and Gadani yards pass via the hands of cash-buyers, that often re-register and re-flag the vessel on its final voyage.More than half of the ships sold to South Asia this quarter changed flag to the registries of Comoros, Niue, Palau and St. Kitts and Nevis just weeks before hitting the beach, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.“This is the highest number of flag changes recorded by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and raises serious concerns with regards to the effectiveness of legislation based on flag state jurisdiction.”Furthermore, the Platform’s report showed that between April and June, six workers have lost their lives and seven others have been severely injured when breaking ships in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Another worker was reported dead after an accident at a shipbreaking yard in Alang, India. So far this year, Platform sources have recorded 18 deaths and 9 injuries in South Asia.last_img read more