Five things you need to know today, April 13

first_img ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Twitter Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Friday, April 13. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at A pre-trial hearing for 23-year-old Elizabeth Grace McDonald was pushed back Thursday after she was arrested Wednesday after reportedly violating bond conditions.2. A woman eight months pregnant and an elderly couple were injured in a rollover crash Thursday afternoon.3. Community colleges from across Texas and the nation gathered this week at Odessa College to share ideas about improving student outcomes.4. The City of Odessa’s sales tax revenue in April showed another major increase amid growth in the local economy, totaling about 45 percent greater than the same period of 2017 and topping the monthly collection of Midland.5. In an effort to battle distracted driving, the Texas Department of Transportation is spreading its ‘Heads up, Texas’ campaign across the state, bringing with it a virtual reality booth to 19 cities, including to Midland on May 1.6. EXTRA!: West Texans are encouraged to exercise extreme caution today to prevent fires from starting amid high winds and dry conditions. Click the link below for safety tips. Twitter Facebook Pinterest Home Local News Five things you need to know today, April 13 Pinterest President of Ivy Tech Community College Sue Ellspermann speaks about the success of Odessa College’s eight week terms and how she plans to implement eight week term at her campus during an interview at Odessa College’s Leadership Institute Conference on Wednesday at Odessa College. WhatsAppcenter_img By admin – April 13, 2018 OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Previous articleCHAREN: When $63 million doesn’t buy working toiletsNext articleOPD releases names, details in rollover accident admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Local News Five things you need to know today, April 13 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Texas Fried ChickenSummer Spaghetti SaladVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Atilis Gyms Ready to Reopen

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEChris Lambert, owner of Atilis gyms in Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Egg Harbor Township and Wildwood, is eager and more than prepared to reopen Tuesday, he said.Gov. Phil Murphy shut down all gyms statewide in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March. Gyms have been among the last to reopen of New Jersey businesses.After being officially closed for six months, Lambert said he, his employees and most importantly, patrons are elated to reopen. As part of the governor’s coronavirus guidelines, gyms will be limited to 25 percent of their normal capacity.“I can’t wait to open my doors and welcome back our customers,” he said in an interview Friday. “I’m ecstatic to reopen and get people back in the gyms.”“Our protocol will be everything the state requires. We will have multiple signs about the gym and one of our statements will be for people to keep a safe distance. We will make sure the air doesn’t get stagnant,” Lambert noted. “Masks are required unless someone can’t wear one due to health reasons.”He continued, “Our doors will be open for more ventilation. We bought extra fans, spray bottles and hand sanitizers. We want to show people they can come to Atilis and we will do everything required and then some.”Atilis Gym in Ocean City is located at 1214 West Ave.Lambert said he is pleased that he could reopen all of his gyms, but he does not agree with how it was handled by the governor.“I am happy, but I am also frustrated,” said Lambert, a former Lower Township police officer. “At least the governor is giving us the opportunity to open again, although it should have been sooner.”Meetings between Lambert, other gym owners and the governor’s staff in May did not result in an agreement for the gyms to reopen at that time.Lambert noted that some people may not feel comfortable going to a gym to work out amid COVID-19.Over the past six months, he said, he and his team have not only met, but exceeded the CDC guidelines with strict adherence to health and safety measures.“We hired a professional steam cleaner for the turf area at the Egg Harbor Township location,” he said.Atilis Gym in Ocean City is the biggest workout facility in the resort.The Egg Harbor Township gym has 30-foot ceilings for plenty of air circulation. Its normal capacity is 388 people, but with the 25 percent capacity for coronavirus restrictions, a maximum of 97 gym members will be allowed in at any given time, Lambert explained.Under the new capacity restrictions, 40 members will be allowed to work out at the Ocean City gym at a time.Sea Isle City’s gym is smaller, but Lambert said the majority of the customers are summer residents and the season is winding down.“Right now, it won’t hurt us much because summer people are going home,” he said. “We feel comfortable that we can accommodate all the current Sea Isle members.”There are many things Lambert learned throughout the pandemic shutdown. The first was the generosity of patrons from Atlantic and Cape May counties who made it a priority, he said, to purchase vitamins, health drinks and clothing at the Atilis gyms to show support.Chris Lambert says people have purchased Atilis clothing and health drinks amid the pandemic to do what they can to help support his gyms during the shutdown.He also said he learned a bit more about the benefits to working out for some of his members.“Fitness centers are so much more than building muscles. I didn’t realize as much until the pandemic, people really need this. They want to release built-up tension, and depression and anxiety,” Lambert pointed out. “This virus is bad. We know that. Go to a gym that you are comfortable with and get a good workout.”He noted that while he is thankful to still be in business, that is not the case for other gyms due to the pandemic.He recently purchased equipment from a gym owner who had to close.“It is really hitting home in places down here,” Lambert said. “I am very lucky and very fortunate, but I also feel so bad for so many other gym owners who couldn’t stay in business.”For gym locations and more information on Atilis Gym visit: www.atilisgym.comAtilis members work out on treadmills in Egg Harbor Township prior to COVID-19. Chris Lambert is getting ready to reopen his four Atilis Gym locations after a lengthy COVID-19 shutdown of gyms statewide.last_img read more

New Musical Sousatzka Eyes Broadway

first_imgVictoria Clark(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Talk about a novel idea! A musical adaptation of Bernice Rubens’ Madame Sousatzka has its eyes on the Great White Way. Sousatzka will star Tony winner Victoria Clark and boast a book by Craig Lucas and a score by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire. The tuner, backed by notorious producer Garth Drabinsky, will premiere in Toronto in February next year and is currently scheduled for an October 2017 Broadway bow.Along with Clark, the cast features Tony nominee Montego Glover (the two recently workshopped the show), Tony winner Judy Kaye and newcomer Jordan Barrow. Choreographed by Graciela Daniele and directed by Adrian Noble, Sousatzka will begin performances on February 25, 2017 at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre and officially open on March 23.Sousatzka is set in London, England in 1982 and tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother, a political refugee and his piano teacher, a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past. These two proud, iconoclastic women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else put the boy’s destiny in jeopardy.A 1988 screen adaptation of Rubens’ novel, penned by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and helmed by John Schlesinger, starred Shirley MacLaine, who won a Golden Globe for her performance.The production will feature scenic designer by Anthony Ward, costume design by Paul Tazwell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, projection design by Jonathan Driscoll, sound design by Martin Levan, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, music supervision by David Caddick, music direction by Brad Haak, additional music and vocal arrangements by Lebo M. and additional music arrangements by Marius de Vries.More information, including a Broadway venue and dates, will be announced later. View Commentslast_img read more

Double, double toil and trouble

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Well, the dreaded “October 3” date has passed and we are all still here, our doors are open, and members are conducting business as usual as if nothing momentous such as, oh I don’t know, maybe a major shake-up in mortgage origination happened. Whew!So, do you think it was mere coincidence that the CFPB changed the implementation date to the spookiest month on the calendar? Do you think they understand the double, double toil and trouble everyone has been through the last few weeks and months? It was enough to bring bats to the belfry and have us all seeing black cats crossing our paths!Now that the date has passed and we are in the trenches of seeing how all this works out, what should we do next? We’ve spent a LOT of time preparing, but what should we be thinking about as the dust settles on this most recent Halloween Trick?First, pat yourself on the back. It’s been a long road, but you’ve done all you could to get your credit union ready for this. Then, step back and start looking at your processes and procedures. It’s very easy to provide training about how a process SHOULD work, but often we find things don’t work exactly as we intended. So, review procedures and see if they need to be tweaked.And, what about that training? Have you found there were things you didn’t consider when everyone was trained? Should you provide a “post-mortem” wrap-up of new discoveries or adjustments that need to be made? Would regular meetings be helpful for a while, just to talk about how everything is working? continue reading »last_img read more

Governor and First Lady Wolf Invite Public to Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence this Sunday

first_imgGovernor and First Lady Wolf Invite Public to Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence this Sunday SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 05, 2016center_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Holidays,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf invite the public to join them this Sunday, December 11th for a Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence, located at 2035 North Front Street. The Open House, which will run from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will be held in conjunction with the Historic Harrisburg Association’s Annual Candlelight House Tour.During the Open House, visitors will have the opportunity to drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the Toys for Tots box. A marine will be present to collect donations and talk about the program. Representatives from the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program will also be present with holiday cards for visitors to fill out for local veterans.“We look forward to this opportunity to open the Governor’s Residence during the holiday season so Pennsylvanians can take advantage of magnificent entertainment and holiday decorations on display throughout December,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “We also encourage visitors to give back to our community through Toys for Tots and Holiday Mail for Heroes.”Following is a schedule of entertainment provided by volunteers during the Open House:State Dining Room:1:00 P.M. Camp Hill United Methodist Bell Choir2:00 P.M. Karl Hausman-Pianist3:00 P.M. Men in Harmony4:00 P.M. Lemoyne Trinity Lutheran Bell Choir5:00 P.M. Hanover High School Victorian SingersGrand Hall Steps/Reception Room:1:00 P.M. Susquehanna Flute Quartet2:00 P.M. Trust Trio3:00 P.M. Members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra4:00 P.M. Mechanicsburg Area Senior High Wildcat Singers5:00 P.M. Karl Hausman-PianistIn addition, volunteer contributors to this year’s holiday decorations at the Residence include:Students from Highland Elementary School (Highland Park, PA) and the Capital Area School for the Arts (Harrisburg, PA), who made ornaments for the Children’s Tree;Debra Eberly from d.w. designs (Harrisburg, PA), who designed and decorated the Mellon Parlor;The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (Strasburg, PA), who designed and installed the railroad display under the Children’s Tree in the State Reception Room;Michael Hoke from joseph allan DESIGNS (York, PA), who designed and decorated the Family Dining Room;Tracy Shue (York, PA), who designed and decorated the Erie Room;The Wolf Family, who decorated the State Entrance;Staff from the Governor’s Office, who decorated the Governor’s Library; andStaff from the Governor’s Residence, who decorated the Grand Hall Entrance.Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the current art exhibitions on display at the Governor’s Residence, including works by the late Pennsylvania House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis, a photography exhibit curated by the Historic Harrisburg Association highlighting the history of Pennsylvania Governors’ Residences, as well as “thread paintings” by Easton-based artist Emil Lukas.For those unable to attend the open house this Sunday, the Governor’s Residence will be open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on December 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th for holiday tours. Both the Holiday Open House and tours are free, and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place. For more information, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

‘Wuhan virus impact to tourism worse than Boracay closure’

first_imgPeter Tay, liaison officer to Boracay from the Chinese Embassy, relayedhis fears that the travel ban could hurt “deeper” into the tourism businessesand travel spending of the visitors in the island.    The island – which saw 434,175 Chinese tourists or 50 percent of the 865,419foreigners last year – is usually packed with inbound travelers during the peakmonths of January to May. As of this writing, over 300 people have died in China and more than 14,600others were infected worldwide. Around 60 percent of the activities, as well as majority of vendors,tattoo artists and beach masseuses here are affected by the temporary ban. “This is worse than Boracay closure; we don’t know when the situationis going to end. It is going bad to worse. When Boracay closure happened, youcould look forward for Oct. 26 re-opening. Itongsituation ngayon hindi natin alamwhen it will end,” Tay said on Feb. 3.  He added the local tourism will anticipate a marked decline oftravelers from mainland China this year amid the precautionary measures tocontain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus in the country.  Chinese operators of restaurants have decided to postpone theirbusiness, while hotels across the island have recorded cancellations fromtourists. The directive, however, didn’t state how long the temporary ban willlast. “Malaki ang apekto sa transport,hotels, resorts, lahat ng activities sa Boracay dahil sa temporary ban sa mgaChinese tourists. Hindi naman natin ma-compromised ang health at safety ng ating mga residente at ibang turista,” headded. “We were caught by surprised, but we have to accept that this isactually happening. No hard feelings. I am more worried of the livelihood ofthe local workers affected by the situation,” he said. Meanwhile, acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista said all sectors willlikely feel the impact of the temporary ban. Various airlines have also suspended their flights to and from China,Macau and Hong Kong.  It was on Feb.2 that President Rodrigo Duterte restricted the inboundtravel of foreigners from China and its administrative regions to the country.He also required Filipinos and those who hold permanent resident visas toundergo 14-day quarantine upon arriving in the Philippines. BORACAY – The impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus acquired respiratorydisease (2019 nCoV ARD) to this island’s tourism industry could be worse thanthe its closure for rehabilitation, according to a liaison officer. Tay encouraged hotel workers to visit hospitals or medical carefacilities if they are experiencing cough and difficulty in breathing fornecessary precautions. Although, this world-famous resort island hasn’t come to completestandstill, it still remains to accommodate Koreans, Taiwanese and touristsfrom long-haul destinations.  Cases of the deadly virus have been reported in countries including Italy,Japan, United Emirates, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, Vietnam,Singapore, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Germany, United States, Spain, Canada,France, Finland, Cambodia, United Kingdom, and Sweden.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more