NAFCU’s Berger delivers Washington & Industry Update at DCUC conference

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger addressed the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) Tuesday at its 56th Annual Conference in Chicago on current efforts in Washington that could impact credit unions. The conference began Sunday and concludes today.“NAFCU and the DCUC have a strong partnership and remain committed to working together to ensure servicemembers and their families have access to safe, affordable financial products and services,” Berger said.Last week, NAFCU and DCUC teamed up to reiterate their opposition to a provision included in the Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would require the Department of Defense to treat large banks the same as not-for-profit defense credit unions on military bases. The two organizations will continue to advocate that this provision not be included in the final NDAA as House and Senate conferees reconcile differences in the two chambers’ bills.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019 STAT: Rajasthan Royals’ overwhelming favorites against Kings XI Punjab at home

first_img Jaipur: In last eleven editions of the franchise-based T20 league, Rajasthan Royals has featured in nine seasons with getting suspended for two editions. In this while, Rajasthan Royals’ fortress – Sawai Mansingh Stadium has hosted Kings XI Punjab five times, and the former has emerged victorious on all five occasions. With this, all Kings XI have to do is to look back on their ‘daunting’ record, and see the areas they need to improve. The overall record between two teams is also in favor of Rajasthan Royals’ as they have won 10 out of 17 games played between two franchises.Kings XI Punjab has always been a side who starts well in the tournament but haven’t been able to continue the run in a six-week long tournament. There’s no better way to do things correctly, and start this season fresh. The side has once again touched Jaipur base and would be looking to open their winning tally on this ground. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Rajasthan Royals has won five out of five games against Kings XI Punjab at home.In the Head-to-Head, Rajasthan Royals has won 10 out of 17 games.Chris Gayle is six runs away from becoming the second overseas batsman to score 4000 plus runs. Last year, they over-invested in trying to be different, KXIP were out of gas when other teams stepped it up last year, so don’t be surprised if they have a bit more method to their madness this year. Being boring is what they couldn’t be in 2018. Ravichandran Ashwin is an astute captain who’s also ready to run into the wild, which is why Mike Hesson’s appointment as the head coach becomes so much more significant. He can be the restrain KXIP can do with, the antidote to everything bold and beautiful that Ashwin brings to the table. This remains to be seen whether it actually happens. The news from the center is that Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Ajinkya Rahane has won the toss and asked the opposition to have a bat first. It will be interesting to see if they are able to put up a defendable total on the board.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals currently has the best winning record at home, which is close to 73 percent. This remains to be seen if they are able to continue this dream stint at home.All Kings XI have to do is look back at who won last year, and how. There’s no better way to do things correctly, and there’s no point trying to do the correct things differently. Over-invested in trying to be different, KXIP were out of gas when other teams stepped it up last year, so don’t be surprised if they have a bit more method to their madness this year. Being boring is what they couldn’t be in 2018.Ravichandran Ashwin is an astute captain who’s also ready to run into the wild, which is why Mike Hesson’s appointment as the head coach becomes so much more significant. He can be the restrain KXIP can do with, the antidote to everything bold and beautiful that Ashwin brings to the table.And then there are 13 new players in a 23-man strong squad, which will allow the team a fresh lease of reputation that goes beyond how good their opening batsmen are. The auctions weren’t perfect for them but it doesn’t mean that the season can’t be.last_img read more

Westport Winery Announces Two New Wines

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryFor their ten-year anniversary celebration Westport Winery released a new vintage of Smoky Nor’wester in a commemorative etched wine bottle. Smoky is a classic Bordeaus blend of 60 percent Merlot, 24 percent Cabernet Franc, and 16 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. In the tasting notes they suggest this wine is “Like fireworks in the sky or a good spanking.” In the winery’s Sea Glass Grill they suggest you enjoy this with Prime Rib. And anywhere it’s a good musical pairing with Happy Anniversary by the Little River Band.Westport Winery released a new vintage of Smoky Nor’wester in a commemorative etched wine bottle. Photo courtesy: Westport WIneryA portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Westport Maritime Museum. The sculpture commemorating this wine in the winery’s display garden was created by Ocosta artist Nikki Demmert. Her Haida cedar carving is located near the pond in the winery’s 9-hole executive golf course.Guests are encouraged to reuse this beautiful bottle for the incredible olive oils and balsamic vinegars available in either the garden resort tasting room between Aberdeen and Westport, Washington, or their Seaside, Oregon tasting room.Additionally, the winery released its latest vintage of Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris this week. Crafted with grapes from Sugarloaf Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, this wine is described to be like “a stroll through a French orchard.” The winery recommends this wine be paired with their homemade clam chowder while listening to It’s A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the historic 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam. The sculpture commemorating this wine was crafted by Lora Malakoff of Clallam Bay. And the label was painted by watercolorist Darrel Easter.In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. The Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation by USA Today. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.Westport Winery’s new location at 810 Broadway in Seaside is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Volunteers to Pour Into Highlands Saturday to Help Town Rebuild

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday is all about helping friends, fellow business owners and maybe total strangers who are in need after what Super Storm Sandy has wrought.That’s the intent of the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. event Saturday, April 27, organized by the Highlands Business Partner­ship. The partnership’s Hope for Highlands project is expected to draw more than 400 volunteers who will offer their assistance to help the community so devastated by the October storm, according to Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the partnership, which oversees the borough’s business improvement district.“It’s amazing to me how many people who have pulled together and organizations that have partnered with us to really get the town moving,” Cefalo-Braswell said of this and previous efforts to assist the community.Saturday’s effort will in­volve volunteers from among such corporate entities as Comcast, Sherwin-Williams and Raymour & Flanigan, along with members of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Associ­ation and Love, INC, who all will be offering their sweat equity to help residents and businesses.Volunteers will be asked to help with cleaning, gardening, raking, doing some Sheetrock work and painting. Some skilled volunteers will work on rebuilding homes damaged and destroyed.Along with the physical help, Cefalo-Braswell said Sherwin-Williams is donating paint, which will be used to refurbish the exterior of a couple of restaurants and residences. Raymour & Flanigan will offer some furniture and Comcast is expected to make a cash contribution to be used by residents and businesses, as they continue to rebuild and restore in Sandy’s aftermath.“It really will be a day of celebrating volunteerism – that’s what it’s all about,” Cefalo-Braswell said.Along with those efforts, the firefighters benevolent association has selected the borough’s Veteran’s Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues as the site of its next Where Angels Play playground, Cefalo-Braswell said. The organization is working to build playgrounds in honor of the 26 victims in last December’s Newtown, Conn., shooting.The group plans to construct 26 playgrounds in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; the first was built in Sea Bright last month.Association members will tear up and haul off the destroyed boardwalk located along the shoreline at Veter­ans Park to make way for a new boardwalk, Cefalo-Braswell said.Among the local businesses expected to be helped will be two restaurants, the Inlet Café, 3 Cornwall St., and Chilangos, a Mexican restaurant located at 272 Bay Ave. Both locations were hit hard by the storm and their owners have been working feverishly to open in time for Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, respectively, and for the important summer season.Volunteers will paint the restaurants’ exteriors, Cefalo-Braswell said.Chilangos had about 6 1/2 feet of water rush through the structure. Owner Leo Cervantes has been wading through insurance headaches as he tries to get the business up and running, he said.“It’s been really nice getting help from friends and family” and he appreciates what the others are willing to do, he said.Doug Lentz, Inlet Café’s owner, called the damage to the café, his other location – the Original Oyster, 1 Willow St. – and his home, which is attached to the café, “catastrophic.”Work at the café, which was flooded with about 5 feet of water, is now about 75 percent complete, Lentz said. The Original Oyster, however, “took a pretty good hit and that will not be reopening as it was,” he said.Lentz is considering other opportunities for the location; a tiki bar is one possibility, he said.“This is a town with a lot of potential,” Cervantes said of Highlands, where he is also a resident. “In the long run, it’ll be a better town, definitely 100 percent better.”Lentz, on the other hand, appeared a little more introspective about the future. “I think it’s a town in transition,” with a number of residents and businesses deciding to not return. But with the café’s reopening, “we’re looking for a good season,” he said.“I think a lot of people need to hang in there,” Cefalo-Bras­well said, though she ack­now­ledged “there are a lot of people still undecided, proceeding with caution” for the future.“There’s help available,” both financial and physical, through the Hope for High­lands effort and the generosity of organizations like the Robin Hood Foundation, which has contributed a $250,000 grant for repairs.“There’s always a friend, there’s always someone to lend a helping hand,” she said.last_img read more

Moms Work to Make Little Silver More Walkable

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER—More bikes than usual lined the bicycle racks outside of the borough’s two schools on a recent Wednesday morning.The bicycles, up from three or four the previous day, were a hopeful sign for Liz Gearon, a Little Silver mom who has led an effort to get more of the borough’s students walking and riding bikes to school. With an informal Walk and Wheels Wednesdays initiative this spring and a “walking school bus” program planned for the fall, Gearon and other like-minded parents hope to kick-start a long-term plan that will make Little Silver less car-centric and more pedestrian friendly.So far, the kids love it.“I think they feel a lot more energetic and refreshed just getting outside,” Gearon said. “My neighbor’s daughter came up to me and told me she’d ridden her bike to school every day and loves it. Her favorite part is the crossing guard.”Though informal, Walk and Wheels Wednesdays have mostly succeeded in getting more students walking with their friends to school or riding their bikes, and hopefully reducing some of the traffic at each of the schools. Some parents have been more reluctant to let their kids walk in a town where commuters often pass through in a hurry to catch the train.“There’s some resistance,” Gearon said, noting that most of the concerns were about safety. “People want better sidewalks, want other people to drive slower – all valid things.”To help alleviate some of those concerns, Gearon has been working with borough officials on brainstorming ways to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. One possible avenue is Complete Streets, a U.S. Dept. of Transportation coalition that assesses a town’s roads and sidewalks and makes recommendations on how to improve access and safety.Those recommendations, which typically might include a cross walk or bump out to slow down cars, can be instated gradually over time, as a community makes needed updates to roads and sidewalks. The point, Gearon said, is that the town must be committed to being bike and pedestrian friendly.“It’s not just something that we’ll have for a couple of years,” she said. “It’s a long-term plan that once we’ve committed to, it’s there for future generations.”As the school year winds to a close, Gearon is working to get a Walking School Bus program up and running for the fall. A “walking school bus” is exactly what it sounds like – a neighborhood-based group of children who walk to school with one or two adults. Three moms have volunteered as official coordinators, while neighborhoods will have specific coordinators as well. In the afternoons, Red Bank Regional students may volunteer to walk with younger kids for community service credits.“We are trying to get more kids aware and excited about it,” Gearon said. “Maybe we’ll get some of the kids from high school walking as well.”Gearon’s walking and riding initiatives have been enthusiastically supported by borough officials, with the mayor, council and recreation department director all on board. The hope is that if more students get used to walking or riding around town, they’ll be healthier and happier and do better in school. And once the kids get walking, maybe some of the parents will, too.“Kids shouldn’t be shuttled around, especially when it’s only a couple blocks,” Gearon said. “And this will reduce the traffic – which I think everyone wants.”This article was first published in the June 22-29, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more