Thank you to the community

first_imgBARBARA HOJNOWSKICommunity Cancer Support Group To the Editor:The Community Cancer Support Group would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who came together to make our toy and gift drive a success this year. For bringing the true spirit of the holidays to these children and their families we thank Tom Coughlin and the entire staff of BCB Community Bank. We are grateful for your continued support. To the men who are the foundation of this drive, Rocco Paolino, Tom Murphy, John McGovern, Buddy Klimkowski and Sean Murphy, thank you for all of your hard work. To Damion Andrisano, my Santa and our elf Barbara Andrisano, thank you for your time and compassion.For their most generous donations we thank Pat Russo, Mary Ellen Quinn, Ed Rutkowski and Penny Bardet. Thank you to Arnold Valentino, who organized more than 30 musicians who performed a fantastic night of music and collected toys at Buttero’s for us in an “All for One For All” event. To Dan Ward, who asked all who came to help him celebrate his birthday to bring gifts for our drive thank you! To Linda Klimkowski, President of the Community Cancer Support Group, none of this is possible without you and the hundreds of things that you do to ensure this is a success year after year.To the countless people who at a day’s notice came and wrapped and made packages as we received the lists and took time from their busy schedules, we especially thank Linda Kocha, Teresa Caposella, Lance Caposella and Jonathan Ramos.Special thanks go out to all of the financial institutions and their staffs that year after year support and help us get what we need to the hospitals: Bank of America, Garden State Community Bank and Provident Bank, a huge Thank you! Thanks go out to Barbara DeBenedictis and the Peer Group of School #14 and Linda Klimkowski and the staff and students at Midtown Community School. For our wonderful donation of gifts we thank Linda Kocha, Barbara Kubert, Catherine and Dana Hojnowski we are amazed by your generosity. Thanks to Peter Amadeo who coordinates the adult party and helpers, Johnathan Ramos, Ashley Ciupa, Teresa Caposello, Lance Caposello, Karen, Gene and Maegan Duran, Cindy and Jennifer Gallagher. Thank you to City Hall and The Public Library for their collection also. To Nancy Aleman and the staff at Bayonne Medical Center thank you. To everyone who saw our need and made a donation, thank you!From the families and staffs at Hackensack University Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert-Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s University Hospital as well as the children who go to two daycare centers or take part in the special preschool programs in our community we thank you all for your little acts of love and kindness and wish you a happy and healthy New Year.last_img read more

Solar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year

first_imgSolar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WVIR:The University of Virginia says it’s leading in higher education when it comes to sustainability. The school’s efforts to go green have resulted in nearly a million dollars saved in utilities per year.One way UVA has become more sustainable is by its roughly 1,000 solar panels scattered across the university. UVA says the solar panels help it unplug from fossil dependency.“At the University of Virginia, we’ve got about 600,000 watts of solar panels on our roofs,” Jesse Warren, the sustainability program manager for buildings and operations at UVA, said. Some of the power goes back to the grid through a partnership with Dominion Energy, and some of it goes back to taking university buildings off the grid.“The thing that really sets us apart here at UVA is how we’re developing and preparing our solar sites,” Warren said. “Here in facilities management, we’ve got great information about all of our buildings and all of our rooftops.” Facilities management has partnered with an environmental engineering class to help identify which rooftops are ideal for solar development. “We’re committed to continuing to grow solar across grounds and anywhere we can bring that together with our students and faculty, we’re going to do it that way,” Warren said.As the University of Virginia’s solar power grows, it will add another 32 megawatts of energy.More: UVA reports solar panels save it money, hopes to implement more in futurelast_img read more

USC vs. Alabama behind enemy lines: Q & A with The Crimson White

first_imgThe Trojans will be primed for a major test as they open the season on Saturday against Alabama, the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. To preview the matchup, the Daily Trojan asked a few questions to Tyler Waldrep, the sports editor at The Crimson White. Daily Trojan: What would USC have to do to pull off the upset? Tyler Waldrep: The Trojans need to do what few teams have done in recent years and successfully run the football against Alabama’s front seven. Then, on defense, USC needs to put pressure on both of Alabama’s quarterbacks. Redshirt freshman Blake Barnett could be especially prone to turn the ball over if the Trojan pass rush gets home.DT: What is Alabama’s game plan to slow down what is potentially a very high-scoring USC offense?T.W.: I think Alabama’s game plan will likely involve taking away the run and forcing quarterback Max Browne to beat them with his arm. Alabama’s got a lot of experience and talent in the secondary, so Browne will need to be precise with where he places the football, but something tells me Alabama’s pass rushers don’t plan on giving him much time to evaluate his options.DT: Who do you think Alabama will start at quarterback? What do each of the options bring to the table? T.W.: On Monday, [Alabama head coach Nick] Saban announced only two quarterbacks remained in contention to start this weekend, Barnett and Cooper Bateman. I expect Bateman will get the start since he is the only quarterback on the roster who has taken any snaps in a game before, but Barnett could be the more intriguing option on Saturday. He’s more athletic than Bateman and is capable of hurting the defense with either his arm or his legs; however, he doesn’t always make the right decision when it comes to protecting the football and keeping the offense moving in the right direction.DT: As an SEC school, what is your perception of USC and the Pac-12 as a whole? T.W.: My personal opinion of USC is that it’s one of the few programs in the country that has the history, tradition and resources to contend for a national title almost — if not every — year. As for the Pac-12, I don’t think it gets a team in the playoff this season, but I do think it more often than not produces one of the top four teams in all of college football.DT: [Former USC football coach] Lane Kiffin has an infamous past at USC. How has he fared as offensive coordinator at Alabama? T.W.: Some of the people in Tuscaloosa doubted Lane Kiffin at first, but it didn’t take long for him to win over his critics in the Alabama fan base. In two seasons he’s taken a pair of quarterbacks with relatively little experience (Blake Sims and Jake Coker) and turned them each into 3,000 yard passers that finished with a combined total of 55 passing touchdowns.last_img read more

Shop Talk with Fennig Equipment – Planter Edition

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s time for the first edition of Shop Talk with Fennig Equipment. In this video, Adam Fennig goes over some areas to consider looking at while there’s time in the shop this winter. In addition to maintenance suggestions, Adam goes over closing wheel selections and recommendations. All that and more in this video.last_img

Nevermind Google, New Extensions Block Spam Across Browsers & Search Engines

first_imgmike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday, Google released a Chrome browser extension that lets users block certain websites from showing up in their Google search results. That way, if you never want to see an eHow article again, you don’t have to. Kynetx, a company that offers developers a single platform for building extensions for multiple browsers, saw the announcement and immediately offered $500 to the first person that could create an extension “with the same functionality for all 3 browsers and all 3 major search engines.”Less than a day later, the company has announced a winner and released the extensions.The company explained the reasons for the contest and the rules in a blog post yesterday after Google’s announcement:We think this is a very useful tool, we run into spam results way too often. The only problem is that this extension works only in Google Chrome on Google. Kynetx makes it brain-dead simple to build an extension for Chrome, Firefox and IE that will annotate search results on Google, Yahoo and Bing.Kynetx works by providing an AppBuilder tool and a rule-based language to create browser extensions that operate similarly to GreaseMonkey.The extensions, which are available for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox, function nearly identically to the one put out by Google yesterday. When you get a page of search results, if you don’t want to see a certain domain any more, you simply click the “block” link next to that result. At the end of your search results, it will tell you if something has been blocked and you can click to see the blocked results (the highlighted entries in the screenshot below). The big difference, of course, is that these extensions work with the top three most used browsers as well as the top three search engines. If you block something on one browser, it automatically synchronizes and keeps that domain blocked in other browsers too. The same goes for search engines. If you block something in Bing, it will be blocked in both Yahoo and Google.Ed Orcutt, a developer based in Highland, Utah won the $500 prize by getting there first. This is the second time around for Orcutt, who also won another Kynetx contest by creating HoverMe, an extension that helps Twitter and Facebook users discover where their friends hang out on the social Web.All of the extensions are now available at PersonalBlock.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#Google#Microsoft#search#web center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Report: Fred Hoiberg “Couldn’t Fully Commit” To Iowa State Return During Recruitment Of 5-Star Cheick Diallo

first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTube YouTubeYouTubeToday, the Chicago Bulls ended months of speculation with the firing of head coach Tom Thibodeau. While a number of names have been connected to the opening, one of the most popular is Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. Earlier this month, ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard admitted that Hoiberg has NBA aspirations, and reports emerged that the Bulls job is his “if he wants it.” According to the Ames Tribune, during his recruitment of five-star Kansas signee Chieck Diallo, the nation’s top power forward, Hoiberg could not commit to a return to the Cyclones for this upcoming season. In early April, Hoiberg let it be known to five-star recruit Cheick Diallo that his immediate future at ISU was not a certainty, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Ames Tribune.While Hoiberg did not definitively say he planned to move on to the NBA, sources said, he also communicated that he couldn’t fully commit he would be returning to ISU to coach Diallo and what figures to be a preseason top-10 Cyclones team in 2015-16.Losing Hoiberg would be a tough pill to swallow for Cyclone fans, but credit him for not lying to a recruit. There may not be that many coaches who would take that approach, with a top prospect on the line, and no guarantee that he has a new job lined up.[Ames Tribune]last_img read more

Pennsylvania Is A Battleground State … In Football

TEN66TEN63TEN 30, JAX 9-4.0– HOU68HOU67IND 24, HOU 21-0.4– SEA62SEA60SEA 21, MIN 7-4.2– CAR62CAR56CLE 26, CAR 20+4.8– MIN56.817.9MIA20.211.358.41491 CIN0.40.3OAK0.00.02.41370 DAL59DAL58DAL 29, PHI 23-3.3– PIT78PIT81OAK 24, PIT 21-6.9– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality DET3.53.3BUF0.00.010.11431 TEN34.519.1NYG0.50.540.81485 CAR8.99.4NO100.00.020.31605 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS GB3.24.2CHI99.90.210.01527 DEN5.13.2CLE0.50.79.01445 GB53GB55GB 34, ATL 20-0.1– Playoff %Playoff % IND27.212.3DAL99.20.926.51546 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DEN63DEN68SF 20, DEN 14-9.0– BAL54.615.1TB0.81.132.81508 PIT62.3%+/-23.1NE99.3%+/-0.747.11617 LAR56LAR62CHI 15, LAR 6-8.9– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com WSH69%NYG51%NYG 40, WSH 16+21.1– BUF70BUF63NYJ 27, BUF 23+7.6– Pennsylvanians went into the 2018 season believing that it might be a banner year for the state’s NFL teams. The Philadelphia Eagles were league champs the season before, and the Pittsburgh Steelers had harbored their own championship aspirations before an upset playoff loss against Jacksonville. Although we’ve never seen a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl, we’ve come close a few times this century — both teams made the conference championship in 2008-09 (Eagles lost), 2004-05 (Steelers lost) and 2001-02 (both lost). There was reason to think 2018 might bring another chance for a clash between Eastern and Western PA on the game’s biggest stage.Fourteen weeks later, that’s not looking so hot. The Steelers started strong despite a contract impasse with star running back Le’Veon Bell, but they’ve faltered recently in a three-game losing streak and now are in danger of missing the playoffs. And Pittsburgh is this year’s Pennsylvania success story. The defending-champion Eagles continue to suffer from one of history’s worst Super Bowl hangovers and are down to an 18 percent playoff probability after Sunday’s crushing loss to the Dallas Cowboys.In the midst of all of that turmoil, though, Pennsylvania will be at the center of the football universe for Week 15 of the NFL season. According to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs),1Which adds up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. the Steelers’ game against the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon is the best of the week, while Philly’s Sunday-night clash against the Rams is tied for second-best: ATL0.10.0ARI0.00.01.51409 WSH10.58.6JAX0.00.019.81429 PHI17.614.7LAR100.00.030.81604 Elo beat the typical reader again in Week 14, but it was very close: On average, our predictions won the week by only 6.8 points. Relative to readers, Elo was rightly bearish on the Rams and Broncos, but the readers did get a huge victory over the model in the Giants’ 40-16 blowout of Washington. Knowing that the ‘Skins were down to Mark Sanchez at QB (who was later replaced by Josh “No, not that Josh Johnson” Johnson), readers preyed on Elo’s ignorance and picked Eli Manning and company to win. Although it wasn’t enough to win the week, it was the most lopsided single-game victory of the season by either readers over the computer or vice-versa.Anyway, congrats to Vyascheslav Tolbert (Mike Tolbert’s Russian cousin?), who led all users in Week 14 with 129.5 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking for the season with 963.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, get in on the action before it’s too late! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. LAC84LAC85LAC 26, CIN 21-1.0– The best matchups of Week 15Week 15 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions NO74NO79NO 28, TB 14+1.0– Despite their mind-blowing last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins — and their generally less-impressive-than-usual season — the Patriots don’t have a huge amount riding on their matchup with Pittsburgh. (Win or lose, our model gives them at least a 99 percent chance to make the playoffs.) But the game does have major implications for the Steelers’ postseason future. Right now, Pittsburgh is one of five AFC teams with between a 20 percent and 65 percent playoff probability, according to our model. If the Steelers win, their number goes from 62 percent to 85 percent; if they lose, it drops to 38 percent.Gone are the questions about whether the Steelers could maintain their offensive output without Bell. With James Conner carrying the load at RB instead, Pittsburgh’s offense ranks roughly the same in expected points added per game (fifth) as it did a year ago (third) and has improved from 21st to 11th in EPA on the ground. Even without Conner against the Raiders — and with backups Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley combining for just 32 yards on 16 carries — Pittsburgh’s offense exceeded its usual weekly EPA average (although most teams do that against the Raiders). The real issue has been on defense, where the team ranks fourth-to-last in EPA over the past three weeks, including dead last against the pass. When Derek Carr is shredding your D for a 122.4 passer rating, there are some problems that must be addressed by Mike Tomlin and staff.And Steelers-Patriots has ripple effects that stretch far beyond just Pittsburgh’s chances. The Baltimore Ravens’ odds will go up or down by 13 percentage points depending on who wins in Pittsburgh; Tennessee and Indianapolis will also see their odds shift by multiple percentage points based on the outcome. Three other teams — Miami, Denver and Houston — will get changes of about 1 percentage point apiece. All told, about 47 points of playoff probability will move around on the basis of New England and Pittsburgh’s contest.For the Eagles, their playoff chances all but evaporated after falling to Dallas. While they were able to beat Washington (which is now also sitting at 6-7, two games back of the Cowboys, and now auditioning quarterbacks who walk in off the street) two weeks ago in the most important game of Week 13, Philly was unable to replicate that feat in overtime Sunday, losing the most crucial matchup of Week 14. There are still scenarios left whereby the Eagles can make the playoffs, most of which involve them winning out — while facing winning teams in the Rams and Texans over their three remaining games — and the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers losing games down the stretch. But Philadelphia has dug a deep hole for itself with three weeks to go.As we noted in late October, Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense were above average throwing the ball, but that wasn’t enough to offset a suspect running game and a disappointing defense. Since then, Wentz has basically held steady, but the rushing attack has gotten even worse, and the defense has done nothing to turn its season around. After weeks of waiting for the real Eagles to show up and play like champions, it’s probably time to admit that these are the real Eagles — and their hopes of repeating are slim.A win over L.A. would drag Philadelphia’s playoff chances up to 42 percent, so there is plenty on the line for at least one of the two teams involved Sunday. But with the Rams having locked up their division earlier this month, the game’s second-biggest stakes belong to the Vikings, who would lose 14 points of playoff probability with an Eagles win and gain 6 points if Philly loses. In addition, Washington, Seattle, Detroit, Dallas, Green Bay and Carolina will see at least 1 point of movement to their postseason odds depending on whether the Eagles win or lose.But most of all, it should be a good game. For all their mediocrity this year, the Eagles are still probably better than their 6-7 record, while the Rams are locked in a fight for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have something to prove offensively after a weak Sunday-night showing against the Bears in Chicago. The Steelers and Patriots are in similar positions — both teams rank among the best in the AFC yet have a lot of questions to answer. Add it up, and the state of Pennsylvania figures to be a key battleground in the playoff ace, even if its teams aren’t exactly as intimidating as they seemed three months ago.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWant more playoff probabilities? Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks every team’s odds. You can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. Try your hand and attempt to climb up our giant leaderboard.Based on data from the prediction contest, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field of readers last week: SEA99.31.1SF0.00.03.31481 LAC99.70.2KC100.00.04.01656 NE72NE75MIA 34, NE 33-7.0– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 14Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 14 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game KC71KC72KC 27, BAL 24-1.1– ARI51DET55DET 17, ARI 3+4.6– HOU96.14.9NYJ0.00.012.71440 read more

Mens Volleyball No 5 Ohio State comes back to knock off Ball

Then-junior opposite hitter Maxime Hervoir spikes the ball during the NCAA championship on Saturday. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (8-2, 1-0 MIVA) was victorious in its first conference match of the season against long-time rival Ball State (5-6, 0-1 MIVA), winning 3-2.Throughout the night, the Buckeyes’ offensive distribution differed from the past. Head coach Pete Hanson said Ball State’s defense caused some issues for redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes, which forced Ohio State to use more of its other offensive options. “[Senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen] was pretty good throughout, although there were times that they game-planned for Nic. They knew that we set him in critical situations,” Hanson said. “Maxime [Hervoir] had a great night offensively. He became the guy that kind of carried us down the stretch.”Hervoir hit a .400 and topped the leaderboard with 19 kills.The first set started slow with both teams struggling to establish tempos. Though the Cardinals did not stand out in attacks, they wielded a solid defense with four blocks and 11 digs in the opening set and managed to shut down Ohio State’s offense. The Cardinals won 25-21.Hanes was off his game for the first set, hitting a -.007, despite entering the match with a .642 hitting percentage. As a team, the Buckeyes had a match-high nine attacking errors and hit a .121.Ohio State redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson brought the Buckeyes back to life in the second set with four key blocks across the net and aggressive attacks from the middle. Leeson scored nine of the Buckeyes’ 25 points in the set. Szerszen also came out with increased gusto, hitting a .800.The Cardinals had only two digs the entire set and hit a -.059, losing to the Buckeyes 25-13 to even the match at one set apiece.The third set served another loss for the Buckeyes with Ohio State falling 25-18. The Cardinals bounced back after their loss with high energy and the Buckeyes struggled to keep up. Ohio State’s hitting percentage dropped to .346 from .706 in the previous set, and it committed nine hitting errors. Although Ohio State struggled in the third set, Hervoir picked up some momentum, scoring six kills.“After the first set, I was really pissed. I started to bring energy because I saw the guys needed energy and I told them to get pissed off and to be aggressive,” Hervoir said.He said in the first set, Ohio State struggled with its serves. The team’s issues allowed Ball State to have an aggressive offense.The Buckeyes entered the fourth set trailing 2-1, in danger of dropping their first conference game of the season. The Cardinals jumped out of the gate fast and kept the Buckeyes at arm’s distance away for a while, maintaining a consistent one or two point lead early.Trailing 7-3 the Buckeyes sided out and scored the next three points to catch up to the Cardinals. Leading 7-6, Ball State disrupted Ohio State’s run with a kill from and maintained the lead until the two teams knotted things up at 22. Ohio State pulled away though and won 27-25 to tie the match at two sets apiece. Hervoir and Hanes combined for 11 kills in the set.Hanson said there was a point during the fourth set that he could see the match going either way. “I think it was finally at about 17-all where we finally got the add-point where we were in the lead and we were playing ahead,” he said. “That makes all the difference in the world mentally and up until that point in time, yeah, it was a pretty dicey match.” With the game on the line in the fifth and final set, there were many long rallies with aggressive attacks and consistent defense from both teams. But the Buckeyes reached eight points first, switching court sides with a three-point lead. Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas had a four-serve run towards the end of the set until the Cardinal sided out, trailing 14-10. A quick set from Thomas and powerful kill by Leeson won the set 15-10 and gave the Buckeyes a 15-10 victory. read more