Summertime and the Living’s Not Easy

first_imgRainy, hot weather brings good and bad for Shore businesses The wet and then hot weather has meant different things to area business owners who were looking forward to summer as a time to return to “normal.”“It’s been a weird summer,” said Frank Bain, who owns and operates Bain’s Hardware on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.Super Storm Sandy severely damaged his store. It took Bain months to make the extensive and necessary repairs and restock his lost merchandise.Bain’s employees Maryann Marino of Holmdel (left) and Sandy Skurat of Sea Bright, check out the beach chairs in front of the hardware store on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.Sitting across from the community’s public beach, Bain’s stocks seemingly everything necessary for a day at the beach or pool – including sunscreen – along with all the usual items found in a traditional hardware store.The wet June got his summer off to a rocky start just when he hoped to make up for business lost over the winter.“Rain is only good to grow corn,” he said.July, however, has already been looking stronger with kids out of school and the weather heating up.“I can’t control the weather at all,” he said, adding his strategy is to “say thank you to all my customers” who continue to come through the door.June was the wettest June in New Jersey since 1895 – when records were first kept – with 9.5 inches of precipitation, said David Robinson, state climatologist, Rutgers University. “Monmouth County was in the weather crosshairs,” for that month, he said. “It was one of the wettest parts of the state in the month of June.”July is now shaping up to be hot – like June was wet – with the first seven days of the month, never dropping below 70 degrees, Robinson said.“It’s been so damn hot they don’t come out of the house,” said Bill Geltzeiler, who recently opened Billy G’s Beach Bistro, also on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.Geltzeiler relocated to Sea Bright after Sandy wrecked his Long Branch location. He has been open for just a few weeks, but noticed the weather affecting his business. Too hot isn’t good, because people won’t come out; if the day starts off rainy, business can be expected to be equally slow, he said.Geltzeiler believes “85 degrees would be perfect,” with customers arriving before 8 a.m. and then after 3 p.m. – before and after the beach.“A lot of people think when it’s hot it’s good for business,” said Frances Rooney who sells hot dogs from her cart on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Surf Street. “It’s not.”“Sometimes it gets too hot for the beach,” she said.Monday, which topped off at in the high 80s with high humidity, was Rooney’s first day at her post this year. “I couldn’t stand it,” she said. She even considered calling it a day earlier than her usual 4 p.m.As she looked out around Sea Bright from her vantage point, Rooney said she has noticed that the beach has begun to fill on hot days. She added, “I have to say the beach clubs are packed,” strong indicators from someone who has been in business since the 1960s.Brian George, whose Northshore men’s and women’s clothing store reopened in March on the eastern side of Ocean Avenue, said unlike malls, “weather does play a role,” with his shoppers. Conditions have to be good – not too extreme – to attract customers.Construction workers Liam Monahan of Middletown (left) and Alfonso Carrillo of Red Bank, take a break and enjoy a cold drink at the former Brahma Yoga storefront.He also has observed a difference between how men and women shop. “In men’s wear, it’s a knee-jerk reaction,” with men buying, by and large, when they realize they need something like swim trunks when it gets hot. “For women, shopping is a sport,” and will do it pretty regularly, said George whoseshop recently added women’s wear to its inventory.“Hot’s not good,” for Giglio’s Bait and Tackle, next to Northshore, owner Tom Giglio said.“Lightning storms are real bad and we’ve been seeing them,” he said. “Hurricanes are worse.”Milder temps, between 75-80 degrees with a soft northwest breeze, is what “brings out all kinds of fishermen,” he said.“I guess it’s the same for everyone in this area,” Giglio said. “Bad weather, bad sales.”The weather hasn’t been the most conducive for his business but it’s still been fairly steady and Giglio is hoping for a strong enough summer to hold him over until his busy season in the fall begins. “That’s our best time of the year, but it’s the summer that pays for the fall,” he said.The recent hot weather has Giorgio Migliaccio hoping it continues and helps to put Highlands businesses back on track after the storm.Migliaccio owns and operates Francesco’s Restaurant, a small pizza and sub shop on Bay Avenue. He said for his business, “if it gets very hot and dry people don’t cook,” and may look to have a pizza delivered. Rain can be a plus to his business, too. If drops start falling at about dinnertime, preventing people from barbecuing, he can get calls, he said.“This past week is suppose to be the busiest week,” with the July 4 holiday and long weekend for many. “It was just OK,” he said with business overall still down 30 to 40 percent over last year.“We survive,” he said. “We have one good day and then the next not so good.”The wet June has worked out, in some regard, for Windansea on Shrewsbury Avenue in Highlands, said owner Dan Shields.The rainy days last month seemed to occur during the earlier part of the week, with weekends clearing up enough to bring people out – and they are coming out, Shields said.“In general, people are really happy to be out of that rotten winter,” he said and they are showing up to see and hear the live bands and sit outside.“It’s definitely a strong season for us,” and one he hopes continues, Shields said.“The overall impression of the summer is the grass is still green and the air-conditioners have been humming,” Robinson said.As for what we could see, the state climatologist believes, the weather will be persistently humid and warm but not necessarily oppressively hot, at least for the next six weeks or so.“We certainly have no drought threat in the short term,” Robinson said. 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Nelson’s Julien Locke golden at Haywood NorAm World Junior and U23 Championships

first_imgNelson’s Julien Locke continues to ring in the New Year in style after the Black Jack skier won the gold medal at the Haywood NorAm World Junior and U23 Championships Thursday at Lappe Nordic Ski Centre near Thunder Bay, Ont.Locke, who got his start in racing at the Nelson Nordic Ski Club, came from being the fifth qualifier to a dominant three-second win in the Senior Men’s Heats finals. Locke, 22, edged out Patrick Stewart-Jones of Nakkertok for the top prize in the 1.3 kilometer freestyle race.Augus Foster of Thunder Bay was third.The results should qualify Locke for a spot on the Canadian U23 Championship team that will be in Turkey for the World Championships in February.Earlier this season Locke won a bronze medal in the 1.5 kilometer Sprint Distance at the U.S. Cross Country Championships at Michigan Tech University in Houghton Michigan.Lock, who trains and races full time at the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland, also runs a web design, photography and filmmaking business.last_img read more

Mrs. Elaine Dunn’s Funeral Tomorrow at Trinity Cathedral

first_imgThe late Mrs. Elaine DunnThe funeral service of Mrs. Elaine Dunn, wife of former Chief of Protocol, R.L., Edward L. Dunn, Jr., is scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia.The body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor today, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at five o’clock p.m. and taken to St. Stephen Episcopal Church at 10th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia.Wake keeping will be held from six to nine p.m.According to a family announcement, the dress code for the funeral will be “stately black.”Mrs. Elaine Dunn died in her 72nd year on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:25 p.m. at the Aspen Medical in Sinkor, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCARTOONIST JARLA IS ‘UTD’ FOR THE 1916 COMMEMORATIONS! was last modified: March 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cartoondonegalJarlalast_img read more


first_imgJohn Moran who denies all charges against him. (North West Newspix)A retired Garda has revealed how he thought he was going to be killed when a man pointed a gun at him during a huge fight outside a Donegal pub.Former Garda John McGrath revealed how he was called to a brawl outside the Orchard Bar in Gleneely on the Ininshowen Peninsula in the early hours of April 5th, 2010. When Garda McGrath and two colleagues arrived, they found a scene of carnage with up to 20 different people including women fighting with each other.A number of those fighting had cuts and were bleeding.As Garda McGrath and his colleagues tried to break up the fighting, a man came towards him and allegedly shouted “I’ll shoot you, I’ll shoot you.”He identified the man as John Moran who had a large cut to his head and was bleeding heavily.Businessman Mr Moran appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with making threats to kill, possession of .22 revolver, possession of ammunition and threatening and abusive behaviour – all of which he denies.Giving evidence, Garda McGrath said “He (Mr Moran) was very agitated. He said “I’ll shoot you, I’ll shoot you’ – at me and people around me. I was satisfied if the gun was discharged and was so close, one or more of of us would have been mortally injured.“I was extremely frightened. I called out ‘he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun.’ I withdrew from the line of fire and retreated back to Garda van. I then contacted Buncrana Headquarters and requested assistance.”Another of the officers, Garda Declan Coyne also revealed he felt threatened when he saw Mr Moran produce the black handgun.“I ran for my life,” he revealed.The court was told the row had been very violent with a pregnant woman received bang of a door while another man had his jaw broken.A number of younger people who got caught up in the row had to take shelter in the bar.It was revealed in court the gun was actually a ‘starter’s pistol’ which did not require a gun license.Barrister for Moran, Mr Garnet Orange instructed by solicitor Frank Dorrian put it to Garda McGrath that his client was making the threats to a crowd gathered behind him.Mr Moran, of 160 Serpentine Road, Belfast, has a holiday home in Inishowen.Barrister Orange also referred to the fight scene saying “”It was like a scene from Game of Thrones but without the swords.”The case continues today (WED).GARDA THOUGHT HE COULD DIE AFTER MAN PRODUCED GUN IN PUB ROW was last modified: February 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BelfastdonegalgunJOhn MOranrowlast_img read more

Zaha starts for Eagles: Everton v Palace preview and confirmed teams

first_img Sigurdsson’s stunner was one of the best goals of the season so far 2 Meanwhile, Zaha does start for Palace despite picking up an  injury on international duty with the Ivory Coast.Confirmed line-upsEverton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gomes, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, RicharlisonSubs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Mina, Davies, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, LookmanCrystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Townsend, Schlupp, ZahaSubs: Guaita, Ayew, Wickham, Kaikai, Kelly, Puncheon, Riedewald 2 Colombia defender Mina is edging ever closer to his Everton bow Goodison is not a happy hunting ground for Eagles boss Roy Hodgson who has never tasted victory as a manager there (one draw, seven defeats) but considering his side’s form and potential absentees for the game, a point would be greatly accepted as they look to pull away from the bottom three.What the managers are sayingMarco Silva (Everton): “For me as a coach and for all of us, it’s better when you have all the players available to play and to work here with strong competition between them.“Everything looks different now, we hope we continue in this way because they’re getting fit, the competition is getting harder for them and it’s important for us.Team newsDeadline day signing Yerry Mina has to wait for his Everton debut after only making the bench.But there is a place in the starting XI for Andre Gomes, who was also signed in the final moments of the summer window with Mina. Seamus Coleman also makes a return to the XI. Everton will be looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row while Crystal Palace will be eager to avoid three straight defeats when they face each other at Goodison Park on Sunday.The home side will be feeling confident going into the game having picked up a good 2-1 victory at Leicester last time out and a win today will see them rise to eighth.last_img read more


first_imgConsultas is a nationwide-based financial services company that specialises in Debt Management. Are you are one of the many business and personal banking customers whose loans are being transferred to a hedge fund?Are you worried about the uncertainty of your future banking arrangements? If so contact Niall Kavanagh 0834274881 or Tom 0872834207 at Consultas who will negotiate with the new company to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome.Consultas Financial Services Limited is owned and operated by Niall Kavanagh & Tom McDonagh both of whom have many years’ experience working in the banking/finance industry.Consultas is currently one of a number of companies authorised by The Central Bank to carry out Debt Management Services in the Republic of IrelandContact Details:        01-55439 Niall    083 4274881. Email niall@consultas.ieTom    087 2834207. Email tom@consultas.ieConsultas Financial Services Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland DONEGAL FINANCIAL COMPANY ADVISING BUSINESSES TO BE WARY OVER DEBT BEING SOLD TO A HEDGE FUND was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessConsultasFeaturesnewslast_img read more

In Pictures: Designer Homes Exhibition continues today!

first_imgDesigner Homes Exhibition is currently holding its 7th annual event at The Halfway House, Tooban, Burnfoot. Entrepreneur, Event Planner and Architect, Breege Galbraith, started the event in 2011 when local businesses in the homes industry were struggling to gain clientele in the economic downturn.The exhibition is a two-day event which provides an excellent and knowledgeable experience for all attendees. The event offers something for everyone, whether you are building your first home, renovating or just have an interest in everyday lifestyle – this event is for you.Local and nationwide businesses are showcasing at the event. Each exhibitor is offering something different, and have utmost experience in the homes industry.Technological enhancements and solar power energy are becoming more popular by the day, leaving homeowners with too many options and not enough information.Designer Homes Exhibition aim to give attendees a knowledgeable experience and leave the event with the contacts needed to start and finish building their dream designer home. Designer Homes Exhibition hold a one of a kind event where exhibitors can offer potential clients value for money, products that are just on the market and modern developments.The event is currently in its seventh year and is becoming more popular as the years reel in. With the economy rapidly improving and unemployment rates at an all-time low, there is no time than the present for building your dream home.Designer Homes Exhibition will provide the resources you need to start building; from mortgages to tiles and home heating systems, they have it all.Buncrana Credit Union are exhibiting at the show, with their record-breaking interest rates and renowned experience they will be a first hit amongst attendees. Buncrana Credit Union acknowledge and respect the show so much they have decided to co-sponsor the event, along with Michael Galbraith Association.Michael Galbraith Associates are professional architects based in Buncrana. MGA are fully registered with RIAI and provide all architectural services, building energy ratings and valuations. There will also be entertainment at the Event; Pio McCann, highland radio country star and awarded ‘Dj of the year’ will be performing a live broadcast at the event. 2018 marks a change in Designer Homes Exhibition; the event have decided to add presentations to the event.Businesses in the homes industry are becoming busier than ever and competitors are introducing themselves into the market regularly.The presentation section of the event will give exhibitors an opportunity to sell themselves. Why should you choose one business if their competitor is half the price?Home builders have numerous suppliers to choose from and with a brief talk or PowerPoint of what each exhibitor offers will help attendees in choosing their preferred supplier. This change will enhance the experience of attendees and give them a face to face impression of their supplier. Experienced Architect and organiser Breege says “Designer Homes Exhibition is bringing bigger and better things to its 2018 show, there is no time than the present to build or renovate your designer home.”Whether it be your first home, your first renovation or just an excuse for a day out- Designer Homes Exhibition offers something to everyone… An event not to be missed!Why not drop in today?In Pictures: Designer Homes Exhibition continues today! was last modified: March 4th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Burnfootdesigner homes exhibitionHALFWAY HOUSEpicture speciallast_img read more

If Not Nano, Then What? Apple Looks at Budget iPhone

first_imgRelated Posts The week started off with rumors that Apple was planning to “launch a smaller, more affordable iPhone – an iPhone Nano, if you will.” The rumors were largely a result of reports in Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, but now The New York Times has come along to squash them. According to an article in today’s Times, “contrary to published reports, Apple is not currently developing a smaller iPhone, according to people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential.”The Times’ sources say there are a number of reasons that Apple is not looking to introduce a smaller version of the iPhone, not the least of which being that the smaller size wouldn’t necessarily result in a cheaper iPhone. The smaller size would also cause trouble for app developers, who have enjoyed uniformity of screen size across iPhones, as compared to Android developers who have to deal with a variety of devices. The Time does say, however, that Apple is looking to lower the cost by using different components. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the Times’ source, who has worked on multiple versions of the device.What will the company do then? Tags:#Apple#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Another senior Apple executive said during a private meeting recently that it did not make sense for the company to make multiple iPhone models, noting that Apple would stick with its practice of dropping the price of older models when it introduced a new one.The iPhone 3GS is now available for $49 with a two-year contract that helps subsidize the price of the device in the United States.As part of its effort to find new customers for the iPhone, Apple plans to make it easier to operate the device through voice commands, removing an obstacle for people who do not like using a virtual keyboard, said another person with knowledge of Apple’s plans.So what does this all boil down to? iPhone Nano? Nope. But perhaps we’ll see a version of the iPhone with even less memory for a lower cost. An iPhone Cloud, if you will. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Video Tutorials: Cinema 4D and After Effects Integration

first_imgExcited for the upcoming integration of Cinema 4D into After Effects?  In this post we share 3 video tutorials that show you how the new Cineware feature will work in future versions of AE.Adobe has announced future integration of Maxon’s Cinema 4D into Adobe’s After Effects, via Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite. The motion design community couldn’t be happier.The current process of prerendering your Cinema 4D files and then bringing them into After Effects is clumsy and time consuming. The integration of Cinema 4D into AE will provide a live 3D pipeline that won’t require any rerendering. Instead you’ll be able to create and modify Cinema 4D files through After Effects.  If a full version of Cinema 4D is installed on your system, AE would open that. Otherwise, Cinema 4D Lite (that will come included in future After Effects versions) will open. Anything you change in Cinema 4D will automatically be updated in After Effects.Ok, so you want to see it in action? Two of the most popular motion graphics gurus online have released their take on the new Cineware/After Effects Integration.The first video tutorial is from our friend, John Dickinson at Motionworks. He gives a 10 minute rundown on how Cinema 4D Lite will work in upcoming versions of After Effects. Tons of good info here, whether you’re a Cinema 4D veteran or are just curious on what it can add to your exisiting After Effects work.Below that we’ve got two video tutrials from the great Nick Campbell from Grayscale Gorilla. One of the tutorials is geared for existing AE users interested in Cinema 4D. The other is targeted for existing Cinema 4D users interested in AE. Take your pick.No doubt the C4D to AE feature will open up 3D motion design to a new legion of video professionals – a great move by both Maxon and Adobe! No details yet when this new release will be available for public purchase.After Effects: Cineware & Cinema 4D Lite by MotionworksCineware and Cinema 4D Lite For After Effects Users by Greyscale GorillaCineware and Cinema 4D Lite For Cinema 4D Users by Greyscale Gorillalast_img read more