Rack ’em!: NY pool halls ordered shut can temporarily reopen, judge rules

first_imgBrick House Billiards (Google Maps, iStock)A judge ruled that 16 pool halls in New York state shuttered because of pandemic protocols can reopen. The decision came as part of a preliminary injunction connected to a lawsuit opposing the closures, Newsday reported.The New York State Supreme Court judge’s decision will stand while the larger lawsuit is litigated.The Jan. 15 ruling applies only to those 16 businesses — most of them in Manhattan with one in Upstate — that are part of the suit. They can operate under the state’s Phase 4 guidelines for indoor arts and entertainment venues, meaning they have to limit capacity to 25 percent.Pools halls were ordered shut when the coronavirus took hold. Similar businesses such as casinos and bowling alleys are open.Though most of the pool halls that sued are in Manhattan, Brick House Billiards in North Syracuse is also a plaintiff. A final hearing has not been scheduled. [Newsday] — Dennis Lynch Tagstristate-weekly Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

HMS Exploit Back at Sea after Refit

first_img Industry news December 5, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Exploit Back at Sea after Refit Cardiff based P2000 HMS Exploit has returned to the front line Fleet after a period of refit in Holyhead. HMS Exploit successfully finished her Annual Slip and Repair Period at Holyhead Boatyard which sees her ready for another busy year of high tempo URNU operations.Starting as she means to go on, Exploit welcomed the new intake of first year students from Birmingham URNU on board for two indoctrination weekends.Following on from their weekends at BRNC Dartmouth and at HMNB Portsmouth, the new intake from Birmingham URNU embarked in Exploit on a cold and bitter Friday night in Penarth.The weekend programme saw the students exposed to life on board ship at a slow and cautious pace – deliberately so to aide the professional development of the students.The first year intake were made up of students from University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, De Montford University, Birmingham City University and Aston University.“During the weekend we needed to brief the students on safety issues, sea survival, damage control and life on board. “Sleeping on board the ship for the first time and keeping watches through the night was somewhat of a shell shock for the students!“For some students, finding out there was a 0600 in the morning was a revelation,” commented CPO Pam Ayres, Exploit XO.“The tempo of these First Year weekends is quite slow to allow the new entry to get the most out of the two days. “Next time the first years are on board the ship will be on passage to a Bristol Channel port for a sea weekend proper or en route to the continent for an Easter or Summer deployment.“Simple tasks like engine room rounds, switching on the oven in the Galley and using the Heads must be briefed and mastered by the new first year students,” added Coxswain Mick Archer, Birmingham URNU’s chief of staff.To give the first year a taste of driving the ship, Exploit sailed through the Cardiff Barrage locks into the Bristol Channel.Each first year drove the ship as quartermaster in the vicinity of Flatholm and Steepholm Islands under the watchful supervision of third year students.Exploit’s home port in Penarth offers the perfect training ground in nearby Cardiff Bay – a man made fresh water lagoon.This two mile by two mile lake is not affected by tide, sea state or wind.So after a morning in the Bristol Channel, Exploit returned to Cardiff Bay for man overboard exercises and damage control scenarios.Thereafter Exploit berthed at Mermaid Quay for the night in the public eye.“It was great to be finally at sea in Exploit. The ship had been delayed leaving her annual slip period in Holyhead and this had impacted the first year induction plan.“However once on board we were made to feel very welcome, given our task books and only lost one to sea sickness, “commented a beaming Officer Cadet Lewis Holdsworth.On the third day of the First Year sea weekend, the new entry students were given engineering briefs by Exploits engineering team of CPO Tug Wilson and LET(ME) Paul Shingleton.Thereafter the students again enjoyed some time on the wheel and a navigation lesson from the embarked training officer in the surroundings of Cardiff Bay.“The keys to a successful new entry sea weekend are a willing ship’s company, supportive second and third year students along with keen, eager first year students.“For both first year weekends this winter we were also fortunate to have good weather, perhaps a little chilly at times, which ensured first year students were not overly sea sick,” said AB Nick Bolt.“This year we recruited 21 first year students, so this necessitated two first year weekends rather than the traditional one weekend.“Five second and third year students along with two training officers supported the weekend, making it a whole ship effort from my team at Birmingham URNU.“The first years had been looking forward to seeing their ship after two weekends of shore based training at BRNC and HMNB Portsmouth.“Now they are trained at a basic level, we can now concentrate on sea weekends to Bristol, Swansea and Milford Haven and deployments to Ireland, Spain and France, ” finished Lt Simon Shaw, Exploit’s CO.HMS Exploit is one of two P2000’s based in Penarth, Cardiff. Along with Express, she forms one of only a handful of Wales based Royal Navy units. Exploit has been assigned to Birmingham URNU since 1994 and celebrates her 25th Birthday this year.[mappress]Press Release, December 5, 2013; Image: Royal Navycenter_img HMS Exploit Back at Sea after Refit Share this articlelast_img read more

Substitute – IT User Support Technician

first_imgQualifications and Physical DemandsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education and Experience:The position requires the equivalent to an Associates degree incomputer science or related technical field and 2 years ofexperience in technical support to computer workstations andconnectivity to networks. Industry certificates (e.g., A+) maysubstitute for some higher education or experience.Knowledge of:The knowledge required will vary depending on the nature of theassignment.Ability to:The abilities required will vary depending on the nature of theassignment.Conditions of EmploymentCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Non-academic, non-classified substitute: vacancy employeesare appointed temporarily when recruiting to fill apermanent position. Non-academic, non-classified substitute: novacancy employees replace classified employees who aretemporarily absent from duty.Non-academic, non-classified substitute employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified substituteemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District. Substitute employment shall not result inthe displacement of Classified personnel.Substitute non classified employees who are appointedtemporarily while the District is recruiting for the permanentposition may not exceed 130 working days within a fiscal year (July1 – June 30).Substitute non classified employees who are temporarilyreplacing a classified employee may not exceed 160 working dayswithin a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).*Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. Short term/temporaryassignments do not offer fringe benefits or pay for holidays ortime not worked.The hours of work and effective date of employment will be arrangedwith the supervisor. Please note that early evening availability isdesirable.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individual’s interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat http://www.cccd.edu/employment . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTSTo be considered for employment you must submit a completeapplication packet. A complete application packet includes:A complete Coast Community College District OnlineEmployment Application.A current Resume (uploaded as a separate attachment -PDF recommended)Answers to ALL Supplemental Questions, if any (pleaseprovide clear and detailed responses, where applicable, as theywill be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualifiedcandidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not pasteyour resume, put ‘see resume’ or ‘N/A’, or leave blank). DefinitionThe Substitute – IT User Support Technician will need to haveknowledge of Apple products, iOS operating systems, andsoftware.Definition:Under general supervisor, substitute employees perform a variety ofwork in support of a college or district program or office.Non-academic, non-classified substitute: vacancy employeesare appointed temporarily when recruiting to fill apermanent position. Non-academic, non-classified substitute: novacancy employees replace classified employees who aretemporarily absent from duty.Non-academic, non-classified substitute employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified substituteemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District. Substitute employment shall not result inthe displacement of Classified personnel.Substitute non classified employees who are appointedtemporarily while the District is recruiting for the permanentposition may not exceed 130 working days within a fiscal year (July1 – June 30).Substitute non classified employees who are temporarilyreplacing a classified employee may not exceed 160 working dayswithin a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).*Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:Aids staff and faculty on utilizing computer and softwareprograms including remote access and on the proper use ofaudio-visual or electronic equipment.Participates in troubleshooting to resolve hardware andoperations problems, including but not limited to connectivity,internet access, electronic mail and file servers. Works withfellow staff, equipment users, and vendors to identify and resolveproblems.Provides basic technical support to enterprise software systemssupporting networked computers such as computer system updates,virtual environments, and multimedia systems.Assist with maintaining classroom and conference room audiovisual presentation systems and interface with vendors to ensuretimely repair and return to service.Performs other duties as assigned that support the overallobjective of the position. Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENTThe physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request.The Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since it’s founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. Thecrime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 weresubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the CampusSafety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices forany questions regarding the report.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation.last_img read more

Get Ready For “Fun, Fun, Fun” at Beach Boys Concert in Ocean City

first_imgThe Beach Boys will perform at the Ocean City Music Pier Aug. 20 and Aug. 21. (Courtesy Katie Altman of ID PR) By Maddy VitaleThe band synonymous with the beach, summer and good times for millions of fans though the decades is coming to the Ocean City Music Pier and, yes, bringing their “Good Vibrations.”The Beach Boys will appear for four shows Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are still available.The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love, one of the founding members, longtime keyboardist Bruce Johnston, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher and Scott Totten, who continue the legacy of the iconic American band.Bob Rose, of Rose Relations, who co-produces the Ocean City Boardwalk Concert Series, said five years ago, when meeting with city officials, a suggestion was made about possibly booking the Beach Boys.“I immediately called series co-producer Bill Rogers, who has produced shows with the band. He, along with the band management and agency, made this happen,” Rose said Thursday. “After their first visit to Ocean City four summers ago, it was evident that America’s Favorite Band loved ‘America’s Greatest Family Resort.”’The two shows in the first year sold out quickly, so two more shows were added.Get ready for the Beach Boys at the Ocean City Music Pier.“The band has now sold out 12 shows over the past four years,” Rose said, adding the new shows should also draw capacity crowds. “We are thankful that the Beach Boys have chosen to make the City of Ocean City a tour stop during their busy summer season.”With Mike Love at the helm, the Beach Boys continue to entertain audiences across the globe, as they have for more than 50 years. The band plays about 150 shows a year, ranging from festivals to celebrations and other events.In 2013, the Beach Boys released the album “Sounds of Summer,” which was certified triple platinum. That album, along with its companion, “The Warmth of the Sun,” marked a resurgence in Beach Boys interest, according to information provided by Katie Altman of ID PR, the band’s publicist.While Love is the front man of the band, he is also one of rock’s foremost songwriters, with credits including “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations.”In 2016, the Beach Boys celebrated the 50th anniversary of the hit “Good Vibrations,” with a 50 Years of Good Vibrations tour. The following year, Love released a double album through BMG called “Unleash the Love,” featuring 13 previously unreleased songs and 14 re-recordings of Beach Boys classics.The concerts begin at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $59.50. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster, call 1-800-745-3000 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.last_img read more

Listen To The Full Audio From Phish’s Great Opening Night In Texas

first_imgPhish’s fall tour continued last night, as the band performed the first of two nights at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, TX. The show was filled with deep cuts, giving an old school vibe as they kept the surprises coming throughout both sets. With Vegas just around the corner, excitement is running high, and Phish capitalized with a performance that did not disappoint.Listen to the full audio below, courtesy of Jam Buzz, and follow along for the full recap and setlist.The first set contained back-to-back songs from Big Boat to get things started: the funky favorite “No Men In No Man’s Land”, and “Breath And Burning”. “No Men” had the crowd raging from the first notes, as Trey Anastasio got things cooking. The bluegrass-bounce of “Poor Heart” brought the energy up before a funky “Wolfman’s Brother” gave the band an opportunity for some early show jamming. Phish then performed their first “Water In the Sky” of the fall tour, opting to play the slowed-down version. Clinfton Chenier’s “My Soul” would then return for the second time in four shows.The first set continued with more tour debuts, including classics like “NICU,” “It’s Ice,” and “Ocelot.” After that, Mike Gordon took the lead on the song “Fuck Your Face,” which Trey commented was his second-favorite song in Phish’s catalog. He then had Jon Fishman lead his favorite, the new song “Ass Handed.” Fishman also took the rhythmic lead with some pounding drums on the rocker, “Saw It Again.” The softer Big Boat tune “Running Out Of Time” followed, providing a cool-down moment before the band played their first Junta song of the tour, “David Bowie.” This was a jamming way to end the set!Phish opened up their second set with an unusual choice, “Dog Faced Boy.” Played for the first time in 50 shows (8/11/15), the song has never served as a set opener in its 22 year history. The bluesy rock got the second set going, and “Seven Below” kept things going with some light guitarwork from Trey. The band again played “Petrichor,” issuing their fourth version of the composition in eight shows.“Maze” followed, bringing up the energy with a great second set rendition of the Rift classic. The band chose to include one of their older ballads, “Dirt,” next. The song’s whistling shuffle was a welcomed sentimental moment in the set, but the real improvisational meat of the set had yet to come. The band brought out “I Always Wanted It This Way” for the second time of the tour, really settling in with a great funk jam. Page McConnell rocked the vocals and lead the synth-heavy song through its longest version yet. After 12 minutes or so, it was Trey that careened into a huge “Piper” that saw the guitarist take the band into a stop-and-start, speed funk territory. The “I Always Wanted It This Way> Piper” was a true highlight of the night.Finally, the band closed out the set with the fan-favorite, “Bug.” The awesome rendition captured some of Anastasio’s most melodic playing of the night, encapsulating the energy of the evening to close out the set. After the short break, Phish returned to the stage for a rare take on “Buffalo Bill” for the first time since Magnaball, before capping the evening off with an awesome take on the Velvet Underground‘s “Rock and Roll”.Phish returns to Grand Prairie, TX for the second night of the run tonight. You can check out the full setlist below.Setlist: Phish at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX – 10/24/16Set 1: No Men In No Man’s Land, Breath and Burning, Poor Heart, Wolfman’s Brother, Water in the Sky, My Soul, NICU, It’s Ice> Ocelot, Fuck Your Face, Ass Handed, Saw It Again, Running Out of Time, David BowieSet 2: Dog Faced Boy, Seven Below, Petrichor, Maze> Dirt, I Always Wanted It This Way> Piper, BugEncore: Buffalo Bill> Rock and Rolllast_img read more

Enjoy Taco Tuesday With This Pro-Shot Footage Of Spafford’s “Electric Taco Stand” [Watch]

first_imgArizona upstarts Spafford are still busting out of their shell as of late. With two highly anticipated post-Phish late night shows this New Year’s Eve, and a slate of 2017 tour dates supporting like-minded jammers Umphrey’s McGee on deck, there’s a lot to be excited about with these rising stars of the improv scene.Back in September, Spafford hit Boulder, Colorado’s Fox Theatre as part of their Breakout Tour. The band showcased their unique and aggressive jamming on that evening, infusing progressive rock, speed-funk, and jazz-fusion to create an awesome vibe that left the crowd begging for more.Thankfully, the band has released pro-shot footage of one of the highlights from their set at the Fox. Below, you can watch the raging version of “Electric Taco Stand” that they delivered at the Fox, and experience the glory of Spafford for yourself.If you enjoyed the video above, make sure to check out Spafford at their post-Phish late-night shows this December. The band will be sharing the bill with the Magic Beans on December 30th or on December 31st at American Beauty, just one block from Madison Square Garden.last_img read more

The ‘understanding deficit’ between China, U.S.

first_img Related Against the backdrop of President Trump and the Chinese government slapping tariffs on each other’s goods, a move that threatens to foment a trade war, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday that what’s souring relations between the superpowers isn’t the cost of imports and exports, but an “understanding deficit.”During an address at Harvard Law School about the state of U.S.-China relations, Cui Tiankai, Beijing’s longest-serving ambassador to this country, sought to clear up what he views as misperceptions about China’s true economic and political goals.During his speech and a discussion with Michael Szonyi, professor of Chinese history and director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Cui downplayed talk of a trade war, saying that such a development would not only destroy trade between the two countries, damaging both economies, but could undermine global confidence in both as well.Cui rejected complaints that China does not offer a level playing field to foreign companies seeking access to its markets and said “some” observers think conditions are stacked unfairly against China.He also denied that the government forced outside technology companies to hand over their intellectual property as a requirement for doing business in China. There is “no such policy” on the state level, he said carefully, and if such a scenario exists at all, it is “simply a business deal” that companies enter into willingly.A trade war would “poison the atmosphere” not just on trade and the economy, but potentially on many other issues in which China and the United States are entwined, leading to further problems.,Suggesting that China and the U.S. “hit refresh” on their attitudes toward one another, Cui said there are ample opportunities for the nations to work cooperatively, but whether that happens depends on how they see each other. If everything becomes a zero-sum game, or the U.S. sees “conspiracies” everywhere or fears new China policies like the Belt and Road initiative, then relations won’t thrive, he said.Two significant pending centennials are the animating events now driving China’s relentless push to modernize, a goal known as “the China Dream,” he said. In 2021, the Chinese Communist Party marks its 100th anniversary, while the People’s Republic of China will celebrate 100 years since its founding in 2049. Its congress, gathering to outline policies for next five years, is likely to reaffirm Xi’s leadership A key to the future is to avoid the trap of confrontation, Graham Allison says in new book The troubling U.S.-China face-off China peers ahead China is now in the next phase of economic development, informally known as the “New Era,” he said. It’s mostly domestically focused, where the quality of development is more prized than quantity, and where the national growth and development strategy is not just economic, but includes cultural, social, and ecological development.And while there are some outward-facing aspects, as one would expect, “This is certainly not a plan for world dominance, it is certainly not China [trying] to replace an old American era which is about to end,” said Cui. “It’s about a proud, great nation [working] to re-emerge in the global center, not to challenge or replace anyone, but to embrace the world and make new contributions to mankind.”Cui pushed back sharply against the notion that Beijing hopes to shake up the international order, calling it “a gross misperception of China’s intentions.”He cast China as a staunch supporter of principles set forth in the United Nations charter when it was established after World War II, values like honoring the sovereign equality of member states, peacefully settling disputes, respecting the political independence of other countries, and not interfering in the domestic jurisdiction of member states.“By contrast, there have been so many violations” of these principles by other nations, in defiance of members of the U.N. Security Council, he said in what may have been an implied criticism of Russia. But he then added that such violations include “chaos and bloodshed … in the name of humanitarian intervention,” which may have been a reference to U.S. involvement in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.,“The very people who are responsible for all this are now pointing the finger at others as a revisionist country. Honestly, people should have a better sense of shame,” he said tartly. “I think it is high time for us to review and reaffirm these basic principles so that we could have a better and more effective international order.”Cui steered clear of several hot-button issues, including China’s questionable record on human rights and free speech, and its buildup of military bases in the South China Sea in apparent violation of international law.He also avoided addressing the rising backlash among academics, lawmakers, and national security experts over 100 teaching centers sponsored by Beijing that are affiliated with American colleges and universities. Critics say the centers, known as Confucius Institutes, may hinder academic freedom and harbor covert intelligence operatives.Just hours before news broke that former CIA director Mike Pompeo, J.D. ’94, secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un earlier this month in anticipation of a potential summit with Trump, Cui said China hoped that the high-level meeting will take place and yield positive results.Asked about a controversial amendment to China’s constitution that would abolish the two-term limit on President Xi Jinping, Cui characterized the move as a housekeeping effort “just to synchronize” the Communist Party and the government in order to “avoid confusion.” At a time of great flux and need faced by so many people in China, it’s essential that the government is strong and stable, with leadership that can unite the country, he said. “It’s not our intention to have a life presidency.”Cui said China “is going through a very challenging period. We cannot turn back, and we cannot afford to have any failure. We must succeed. That’s why the country needs strong leadership.”last_img read more

Baby Found Dead in Trash in North Lawrence

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A baby was found dead at a garbage processing facility in North Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Workers made the discovery at Town of Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 facility on Bay Boulevard at 2:21 p.m., police said.Officers responded to the scene after receiving a report of a baby with difficulty breathing, but the baby was dead when they arrived, police said.The remains were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the baby’s cause of death.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

OurHarvest: Long Island’s Online Farmer’s Market Takes Root

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s early Monday morning. A driver is on his way to the East End where he’ll be stopping at several different farms for a variety of different products. One farm might have asparagus. One stop is the North Fork Chocolate Company. He’ll get North Fork potato chips. He’ll stop at Wickhams Fruit Farm and pick up beefsteak tomatoes.Those tomatoes, harvested at peak ripeness just before he arrives, will be sliced into a salad that night, with fresh gourmet goat cheese along with Long Island littleneck clams hand-dug that very morning. This is a farmer’s market meal, bought and paid for online. It’s a new model, a modern way to eat the way we did hundreds of years ago.The idea for OurHarvest, a 2-year-old online farmer’s market that procures reasonably priced fresh items from farms across Long Island, upstate New York and parts of New Jersey, and sells them at pop-up pick-up locations across the island, is the brainchild of Scott Reich, 32, and Michael Winik, 33. The two friends, who met at Wheatley High School in East Hills and were college roommates at the University of Pennsylvania, left the legal and financial world, respectively, to follow their childhood dream of opening business together. The roads that led them to OurHarvest were made of love, curiosity, an expanding understanding of the food cycle and a desire to contribute to the greater community.“We never knew exactly what that might look like but we wanted to do something that we felt had a strong social mission that we felt could give back to society and improve the way we do something in a big way,” says Reich.A self-described foodie, Winik sought to create a business that fed his passion for fresh, delicious, and interesting fare. Reich took a longer route. He grew up “eating Big Macs after soccer games,” but experienced an increasing awareness as he reached adulthood about the effects poor nutrition could have not only on his body, but on society. After the release of books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Fast Food Nation and documentaries like Food, Inc., the food cycle has come under scrutiny in a way that hadn’t interested the public since Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle sparked reforms in the meatpacking industry a century ago.In this age of increasing food awareness, Community Supported Agriculture and food co-ops have become popular with customers supporting individual farms by paying a subscription for their crops and picking up a box at prescribed times of harvested goods. These prepaid orders help the local farms run, and people have access to assortments of food items that are fresher than what’s sold at supermarkets. However, there are some unavoidable downsides, such as not knowing what the farm will produce from week to week, what can be an expensive commitment, and the limitations of having access to only what that farm can produce. They are also seasonal.OurHarvest sought to answer for these downsides, while still supporting the local farm economy and providing access to fresh, healthy goods.“What we tried to do was to harken back to the old days and the idea that the community can come together to create an experience where we all relate to one another,” Reich told the Press. “We’re all a part of a local, sustainable food system that is natural, doesn’t have any of the weird stuff that’s been concocted over the last hundred years to make food last longer or taste better or look different and so this is a very, we think, authentic and creative way to bring us back to a time that had existed for a very long time.”MORE: It’s farmers’ market season! Find out if there’s one near youHere’s how it works.Let’s go back to Monday morning. OurHarvest employs a few team members who take to the road running routes to different suppliers to pick up the product. Craig Hecht, a team member, for example, will make his way to the East End. Customers have placed their orders for specific items from a variety of different farms and paid for them in advance online. Customers choose their pick-up location—14 in Nassau and one in Suffolk—and a set time window. OurHarvest, having relationships directly with the suppliers, picks up the product and brings it back to their warehouse in Roslyn, their only footprint. They dispense the orders at the pick-up locations on Long Island and through delivery in the city via Uber.“So the idea is that you shop when it’s convenient for you on your computer, your phone, your iPad, whatever it may be, and you pay for it and then you show up and show your receipt and pick it up,” says Reich. “You want to spend 10 minutes going over recipes, we’d be thrilled to do that with you. But if you’re like, ‘My kids are in the car, I gotta go,’ we’ll be happy to put the groceries in your trunk and send you on your way.“We keep it refrigerated for you,” he continues. “We try to make it a more convenient experience. A customer is able to get fresher, more high-quality products, still at an affordable price, in a more convenient way.”They got the goods: Our Harvest offers customizable online fresh produce deliveries (Photo by Rebecca Winik).Because OurHarvest doesn’t have the traditional infrastructure that a store does and can negotiate prices directly with local farms, they can keep prices lower than what customers would find in stores like Whole Foods, but still have access to produce that is local and incredibly fresh. In some cases, same-day fresh.“One of our team members is driving back from the city right now meeting some of our suppliers at Union Square,” Reich told the Press. “And the customers who ordered that food, no matter when they ordered it, it’s coming in fresh for them. So it’s not sitting here stocking it and hoping someone buys some chicken, for example.“Someone bought chicken and tomatoes and lettuce and tuna, whatever these products are, we literally are getting them within hours of getting it to them,” he continues. “So if we’re going to Wickham’s Fruit Farm and we’re picking up beefsteak tomatoes, they are literally harvesting them right before we get there.”This is in direct opposition to the supermarket model, where foods are mostly imported from across the country or internationally. That produce are shipped to warehouses, then put on trucks to be distributed days later. By the time the food reaches customers at supermarkets, the fruits and veggies are close to perishability, their quality compromised. Only the most discerning customers know exactly where they came from. And the local farmer is out of luck.“The challenge with that is that the local small family farm doesn’t necessarily benefit from that because the large distributor may not go to a small farm because it’s only 50 acres and they say they can’t produce enough to make it worth our while,” says Reich. “But those small family farmers are the bedrock of how we get our food and how our agricultural system has developed through the course of our nation’s history.”Through OurHarvest, that small farm is back in the game. But it has to be the right farm. OurHarvest has a series of criteria that suppliers must meet before they agree to sell their products, including price points, farming practices that include no antibiotics, chemicals, or hormones, no, or limited use, of pesticides (on a case-by-case basis, with oversight by a third party to make sure use is conservative), and quality.“It has to be, like, the best strawberry you’ve ever tasted,” Reich says.The third pillar of OurHarvest is their social mission. Compelled by the plight of the hungry here on Long Island, Reich and Winik wanted to create a company that helped people around them. Reich, a self-described “recovering” attorney with a strong background and interest in public service, authored the book The Power of Citizenship: Why JFK Matters to a New Generation. He is inspired by the idea that all citizens are connected and are a part of something bigger than themselves. And so they built a way to give back to the community into their very business model.“According to Feeding America [the leading hunger relief organization in the country], the numbers of people going hungry are staggering,” Reich says. “They estimate that approximately 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from or they’re simply undernourished. And here on Long Island…there are 110,000 kids who go to bed hungry each night. What a lot of people don’t appreciate is that in our midst, even in relatively affluent communities, there are people who are struggling.”For every order of $25, OurHarvest donates a meal to a food bank or food pantry through Long Island Cares, Island Harvest, The Interfaith Nutrition Network, and a host of individual pantries as part of their effort to create this sustainable system that not only brings access to this kind of food, but also helps our neighbors in need. They donate the same high-quality products they sell, not “the stuff that’s been frozen for three years or in a pantry for six years after someone’s trying to clean out their kitchen.” They have donated thousands of meals, according to Reich.So what’s next?Expansion. OurHarvest plans to keep adding pick-up locations to serve more of the public while keeping to the same model of local suppliers. They plan to branch out across Suffolk County, into all five boroughs and into Westchester. Their model is replicable in other regions as well.But food-savvy Long Islanders need not wait any longer. There are beefsteak tomatoes at peak ripeness, just a click away.last_img read more

Millions of dollars of properties are set to change hands in the coming days

first_imgThe kitchen at 79 Eleventh Ave, Kedron, is a showstopper. Inside is open-plan living.“The pool and outdoor living space is spectacular,” Ms Evans said.“There are so few of these properties in this district so (buyers) might be waiting another couple of years before they find another property of this calibre.” The home has parquet floors and french doors.“The interest so far has been a record for me in 16 years of real estate,” Mr Lazzarini said.“So far we’ve had over 210 inspections during a three week marketing campaign.”Mr Lazzarini said its high end inclusions and the fact it was “not a cookie cutter home” was what attracted such interest. REAL ESTATE: 79 Eleventh Ave, KedronMILLIONS of dollars worth of properties are expected to change hands in the lead up to what is tipped to be a stellar weekend of auctions.More than $20 million of properties is expected be sold tonight alone, at Place Bulimba’s All Star Auction, as 21 properties go under the hammer.Meanwhile, about 80 Ray White agents are gearing up for a mammoth Sunday, with 500 people expected to bid on about $33 million of property at a bumper auction event, held at Mercedes Benz Sunshine Coast from 9am. The property at 11 Henry St, Kalinga, as two houses on the one title.Offered for the first time in 20 years, it has two houses on the one title, and has a 25m frontage directly adjoining Kalinga Park.“It truly feels more like living on a massive country estate with more than 70 acres (28.3ha) of parkland, gumtrees and wildlife right on the doorstep,” Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph said. The property at 11 Henry St, Kalinga, is set to go under the hammer.Ms Rudolph said the property had been popular, with close to 100 groups through at inspections over three weeks. The outdoor living space at 815 New Cleveland Rd, Gumdale.RE/MAX Results Deborah Evans said the indoor-outdoor flow of the property catered for a Queensland lifestyle, with an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, inclusive of a wet bar, which opens out to a patio with a sauna, and the pool and spa beyond. It comes with a vintage train carriage which could be transformed into more living space.Tucked away in the lesser-known but easily accessible suburb of Gumdale, a modern lowset residence at 815 New Cleveland Rd will go under the hammer at 1pm. Inside 79 Eleventh Ave, Kedron.On Saturday, a bungalow at 79 Eleventh Ave, Kedron will go to auction at 10am.The single-story property has a tasteful amalgamation of French, Italian and Hampton’s style, with polished parquetry floors and white plantation shutters.Ray White Lutwyche agent David Lazzarini said the home garnered a record number of inspections during his career. There is a media room and library. The Queenslander 29 Ashton St, Wynnum, will go to auction at noon.At noon, the Queenslander at 29 Ashton St, Wynnum, which even has a vintage train carriage from 1912 in its backyard, will go to auction. If potential buyers are outbid at Eleventh Ave, just five minutes drive away will be the auction at 11 Henry St, Kalinga, which is set to kick off at 11am.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago The lowset home at 815 New Cleveland Rd, Gumdale, will go to auction at 1pm.The home is set on a flat 1.01ha block, which has low maintenance, landscaped gardens.With five bedrooms, a media room, library, granny flat and lockup parking for nine cars, not a thing was left out in the design of this home.last_img read more