Ocean City’s Martin Z. Mollusk Does it Again, Predicts Early Summer

first_imgMiss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, former Philly Eagle Jon Dorenbos, Ocean City employee Rachel Ballezzi, Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman and Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita, watch intently to see if hermit-crab Martin Z. Mollusk sees his shadow Saturday in Ocean City. By Maddy VitaleMartin Z. Mollusk paraded onto the beach at Ninth Street in Ocean City Saturday morning, escorted by his entourage, which included former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos and well-known magician, who held the crustacean’s cage high.For a time, the diminutive sea creature owned the place, while fans anxiously awaited his prediction of an early summer.And like more than four decades before, Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot saw his shadow, signifying the prediction of an early summer – the Ocean City version of Groundhog Day.The Ocean City Primary School choir serenaded Martin with the Ocean City theme song and Reagan DeVlieger, 12, a sixth grader at the Ocean City Intermediate School, recited a special poem written by former Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer, who created the event in 1974.Michael Hartman, the city’s director of special events with Reagen DeVlieger as she recites a poem about Martin Z. Mollusk.Michael Hartman, the city’s director of special events, always dynamic, roused the crowd, as all eyes were on the crab, plopped down in a hula hoop, near his seashell-studded throne.Hartman called out to the audience that he thought Martin saw his shadow. When the crowd agreed, applause erupted.The sun will continue to shine, and summer will arrive early – all thanks to Martin Z. Mollusk.But the prediction was something that Lucy Cox, of Pennsylvania, was sure of before the mollusk even showed up.Wearing large purple sunglasses and proudly displaying her new shirt with a design of a hermit crab on it, she said, “He’s going to see his shadow. I know it.”Lucy Cox, 4, of Pennsylvania, loves Martin Z. Mollusk.Dorenbos, who seemed to enjoy the goofy event, told the crowd that he loves Ocean City for many reasons.“It’s tradition, community and family,” Dorenbos said. “Ocean City has good energy and everything you want in a beach town.”Dorenbos, who does magic tricks and had a performance scheduled for Saturday night, said Ocean City is like a second home to him.Jon Dorenbos says Ocean City has great energy.To add to the excitement, was the announcement of the 2018 Martin Z. Mollusk Coloring Contest. Lana Clevenger, Lillyanna Amoroso, Isabella Baron and Edith Heywood were all honored and their artwork unveiled to the public.Lillyanna, 7, a first-grader from Ocean City, commented after the event that she was really happy and so surprised by her win. She then explained how she drew a picture of sea gulls trying to get her sandwiches.“Sea gulls are not our family’s friend,” Lilyanna’s mom Jessica Amoroso joked.Three of the winners of the coloring contest Lilyanna Amoroso, Lana Clevenger and Edith Heywood get their picture taken with Jon Dorenbos, Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman and Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita.People lined up to get their pictures taken with Dorenbos and of course, the crab. This year the added touch was a giant, inflatable Martin Z. Mollusk likeness.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said every year the event gets better and better.“It is a fun, family event and one of the many creations of Mark Soifer,” Bergen said. “It really is a great tradition.”Rick and Beth Lauro brought their children Paige, 3, and Violet, 6, to see the crustacean.Rick and Beth Lauro with their daughters Violet, 6, and Paige, 3, of Pennsylvania with Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman and the giant Martin Z. Mollusk balloon.The family came down from Pennsylvania for Mother’s Day weekend and had no idea what Martin Z. Mollusk was all about.But the giant inflatable Martin Z. Mollusk roused their suspicions.“We were just walking on the beach and saw it,” Rick Lauro said.Beth Lauro added that it was a really fun event for the kids, who got to get their picture taken with not only the Martin balloon, but also Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman.Students from the Ocean City Primary School serenade the famous hermit crab.Martin Z. Mollusk has his own balloon.Michael Hartman, the city’s director of special events, points to Martin’s shadow.Angie and Lucy, 4, Cox, of Pennsylvania, enjoy the day.Coloring contest winners proudly display their masterpieces.Ed Eppright from Oceanview, NJ had his jersey autographed by Jon Dorenbos. He said “Jon is a great guy, and an inspiration!”Patrick Curley (12) and his brother Liam (7)give a pep-talk to Martin before the big event.Emily Lewandowski, from Delran, posed with Martin during Saturday’s festivities.last_img read more

MIT and Harvard announce edX

first_imgHarvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced the launch of edX, a transformational partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.EdX will build on both universities’ experience in offering online instructional content.  The technological platform recently established by MITx, which will serve as the foundation for the new learning system, was designed to offer online versions of MIT courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories, and student paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.MIT and Harvard expect that over time other universities will join them in offering courses on the edX platform. The gathering together of many universities’ educational content on one site will enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating universities.EdX will release its learning platform as open-source software so it can be used by other universities and organizations that wish to host the platform themselves. Because the learning technology will be available as open-source software, other universities and individuals will be able to help edX improve and add features to the technology.MIT and Harvard will use the jointly operated edX platform to research how students learn and how technologies can support effective teaching both on-campus and online.  The edX platform will allow study of which teaching methods and tools are most successful.  The findings of this research will be used to inform how faculty use technology in their teaching, which will enhance the experience for students on campus and for the millions of people expected to take advantage of these new online offerings.“EdX represents a unique opportunity to improve education on our own campuses through online learning, while simultaneously creating a bold new educational path for millions of learners worldwide,” MIT President Susan Hockfield said.Harvard President Drew Faust said, “EdX gives Harvard and MIT an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically extend our collective reach by conducting groundbreaking research into effective education and by extending online access to quality higher education.”“Harvard and MIT will use these new technologies and the research they will make possible to lead the direction of online learning in a way that benefits our students, our peers, and people across the nation and the globe,” Faust continued.Jointly owned not-for-profit structureThe initiative will be overseen by a not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Mass., to be owned and governed equally by the two universities. MIT and Harvard have committed to a combined $60 million ($30 million each) in institutional support, grants, and philanthropy to launch the collaboration.MIT’s Anant Agarwal, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, who has headed development of the MITx platform under the leadership of MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif, will serve as the first president of edX.At Harvard, Provost Alan Garber will direct the Harvardx effort, and Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith will play a leading role in working with faculty to develop and deliver courses.It is anticipated that near-term course offerings from a range of Harvard and MIT schools will be included on the edX platform.Research to enhance residential modelEdX will enhance the traditional residential model of undergraduate education on both campuses by supporting an unlimited number of experimental online approaches to teaching that can be used by Harvard and MIT faculty and that will benefit students in Cambridge and Boston.  It also will have the benefit of providing global access to some of the world-class instruction that already occurs in Cambridge and Boston, but which is only one aspect of the full Harvard and MIT experience.“The campus environment offers opportunities and experiences that cannot be replicated online,” said Hockfield.  “EdX is designed to improve, not replace, the campus experience.”EdX will be separate from ongoing distance-learning initiatives at both institutions, including MIT OpenCourseWare and courses offered by Schools at Harvard, such as the Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Medical School.First courses by this fall The universities will work to develop further the online learning platform already begun with MITx and to populate the edX website with courses from the MIT and Harvard faculty.  During the early stages of the effort, the two universities will cooperate to offer as broad an initial set of courses as possible.  A first set of courses is scheduled to be announced in early summer and to start in the fall.“We are already moving forward quickly,” said Agarwal. “There’s a lot of energy in the air, and the teams at Harvard and MIT can’t wait to collaborate.”[ustream id=22290027 hwaccel=0 width=480 height=296]Video streaming by Ustreamlast_img read more

Seven reasons to provide your members with mobile apps

first_imgby: Robb GaynorIn order to keep up with the evolving trends of modern technology, it is important to maintain a strong place in the market by keeping your members satisfied. If you are not innovating, you are falling behind. There are seven reasons why credit unions should provide mobile apps:Generate a return. Mobile banking can be used to drive revenue for credit unions. Expedited payments and P2P payments are features that can both generate fee revenue, as they provide the convenience that consumers and businesses crave. Mobile can and does provide convenience, so credit unions can charge for it.Cross-selling. The mobile channel can be used to cross-sell other products and features within the mobile banking app, as well as inform your business and consumer members about your credit union. In fact, the ad space in an app can generate up to a 12%-15% “touch-through” rate.  Mobile ads and messages are much more engaging than their Internet banking counterparts. Whether you are featuring a high-interest savings account or CD or simply informing consumers and businesses about your community involvement, mobile ads engage end-users and can be used to help build a solid ROI for the channel.Save money. Mobile banking cuts costs. Simple examples, such as mobile check capture, lower transaction and processing costs for credit unions. By moving expensive activities to the mobile self-service channel, lower costs are attainable. Other examples, such as moving an end-user to mobile e-statements on an iPad, will also realize cost savings by taking out production costs. The more members who use mobile, the more savings can be attained. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NHP shares rally after NAV rise

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Coronavirus: Comcast offers Internet Essentials package for 60-days for free

first_imgComcast understands what effect that coronavirus has on family and work life especially with schools, Universities, and several public offices closing for at least the next two weeks.To help out during this health crisis, the company has decided to offer it’s Internet Essentials package for free for 60- days to families in need.Comcast has always had an Internet Essentials package in which it offers qualifying low-income families it’s basic internet package for as little as $9.95 a month.The company has also announced that it will be increasing internet speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for both new and existing customers.  The new internet speed will remain in effect from this day forward.The offer officially goes into effect on Monday.If you are interested in how you could possibly take advantage of this offer click here.last_img read more