Al Neill slips the key into the front door of Shoemaker Lumber for the last time. By Tim KellyIt was a day like any other, and yet a day like none other.Al Neill recently slipped the key into the door at Shoemaker Lumber for the last time. Neill, 87, was retiring from the business he bought into almost 54 years ago. Though Shoemaker lumber will continue on as one of Ocean City’s oldest and most respected businesses, it won’t ever be quite the same.“My body was telling me it was time to get out of here,” Al told OCNJ Daily during his last day on the job. “This is a young person’s business.”As a result, Neill will be seen a lot more often walking on the boardwalk and riding his bike around town, and won’t be seen much at the iconic lumber yard and hardware store occupying 2.2 acres at 12th and West Ave. since 1902.“Today is like any other day,” said Al, with respect to his duties. “It’s just that it is the last one.”The last time Al Neill was not working at Shoemaker Lumber, it was the summer of 1964. Lyndon Johnson was president, Ford Motor Company was touting its sporty new Mustang, and the Philadelphia Phillies were seemingly on their way to the National League pennant until they blew a 6 ½ game lead with 10 to play.Al Neill shows ad for the auction that never happened in September 1964. Al and his partners made a bid the Shoemaker family accepted and the need for the auction was averted.The world has changed a lot since then, and Al has seen many changes on the island and in the lumber business as well. The one constant, he said, is good old fashioned customer service.“He was always working,” son Dan Neill said of his dad. “I can vividly remember him at the dinner table with all the paperwork spread out while he figured out the bills. This was in the days before we went to computers. He used an adding machine the size of a brick. There was a huge stack of papers and he would add up all the bills right at the dinner table.“Then, after dinner he would go back into the office and work a couple more hours,” said Dan, himself a Shoemaker owner who worked at the yard for 40 years.It’s been that way for Al Neill for more than five decades. In the last few years Al slowed down a bit and went to part time status. But he was still involved in buying lumber and handling accounts payable and receivable, right up until his retirement.Ever humble, Al downplays the work ethic. “I went from seven days a week to six days a week,” he said, referring to his previous job as a manager at the old Majane News Agency at 12th and Ocean Ave.Shoemaker Lumber, one of the oldest businesses in Ocean City, as it appeared in the 1920s.When the Shoemaker family decided to sell the business, there were initially no serious offers. The yard was slated to be sold at auction. That is when Neill and partners Fred and Donald Tarves put in an offer that was accepted, averting the auction altogether. And the rest, as the saying goes, is Ocean City history.Today Shoemaker Lumber is a full service yard and hardware store. It has showrooms for kitchens and baths. In addition to lumber, it sells windows, doors, building supplies, hardware and much more. It caters to contractors and handymen (and women) but also to individuals.Much of their business comes from Ocean City, and they also do a lot from Sea Isle City and the mainland.Shoemaker supplied the wood to builder Fred Shivone for the last three phases of the Ocean City Boardwalk reconstruction. They also supply wood, hardware and other building materials for construction companies in town and all over South Jersey.Al Neill has seen it all. Not bad for a guy who had zero experience in the lumber business before buying in.“I had to learn it,” Al said. “I had to jump right in and begin selling wood and learning by trial and error.”He credited his partners for helping him to learn the ropes. “Fred and Don were builders and they knew what they were doing and helped me.”Al remembers the Shoemaker family used to deliver wood and coal in the early days of the business in horse-drawn wagons. Today Shoemaker will deliver it to a jobsite with a boom truck.“The horse stables were still here” when Al and his partners took over the business, he said.Dan Neil (third from left) gathers with employees recently. From left are Ian Wallace, Harry Lord, Neil, Tim Yarger and Meg Moynihan.The company started out with three owners doing all the work, and today they boast a staff of 20. In 1964 there were four other lumber yards in Ocean City, Al said and today they are the last one on the island.Despite the value of the land occupied by the yard, there are no plans for Shoemaker Lumber to be anything other than Shoemaker Lumber, he said.“There will probably come a day when this won’t be a lumber yard,” he remarked, but that day was not in the foreseeable future, he said. “We’re going to be here for our employees and customers.”Moving forward, Dan Neill will continue on, as will Fred Tarves’ daughter Janet. Fred’s son, Jim, was involved until he passed away two years ago, and Janet’s husband Dick Young, who stepped down recently, made a strong contribution to the business, Dan said. Of course, that loyal and talented band of employees will continue to be an asset to the business, he added.Through it all, Al Neill was the only one of the current ownership group that has worked continuously the entire time. So how did the staff honor their longtime friend and colleague?“They had a cake, and everyone got together and gave him a really nice card,” Dan said.“They knew he wouldn’t want a big party or anything like that.”
June 15, 2006 Regular News The Florida Supreme Court has removed Sixth Circuit Judge John Renke III from the bench for “flagrant misrepresentations made to the voting public” and for “serious campaign financial misconduct” involving $95,800 in illegal contributions from his father’s law firm during his 2002 campaign.“In our decision to remove Judge Renke, we have concluded that the series of blatant, knowing misrepresentations found in Judge Renke’s campaign literature and in his statements to the press amount to nothing short of fraud on the electorate in an effort to secure a seat on the bench,” the majority wrote in the May 25 opinion.“Furthermore, as found by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the payments from Judge Renke’s father, though disguised as compensation, were clearly illegal donations to a judicial campaign in obvious violation of our state campaign finance laws. In essence, Judge Renke and his cohorts created a fictitious candidate, funded his candidacy in violation of Florida’s election laws, and successfully perpetrated a fraud on the electorate in securing the candidate’s election.”The court was split 5-2 in favor of removing Renke from the bench, where he has spent three and a half years handling family law and probate in Pasco County. The majority of justices rejected a unanimous recommendation from a JQC hearing panel that Renke be publicly reprimanded and pay a $40,000 fine.In a dissent by Justice Charles Wells, joined by Justice Kenneth Bell, he wrote: “I know of no precedent in which this court has removed a judge when there has not been a recommendation by the JQC to do so.”Rather, the dissenters argued the fairer punishment would be to ask the JQC to consider a more severe penalty, but let Renke keep his job.The majority of the justices, however, said they were not swayed by mitigation that Renke is a good judge.“It is not enough to point to Judge Renke’s successes as a judge if he only attained that position through his own fraudulent and illegal campaign misconduct.”Among the fraudulent campaigning tactics found by the JQC and upheld by the court were: • Campaign brochures described Renke as “a judge with our values” and that he had “real experience as a hearing officer and in hearing appeals from administrative law judges,” knowingly creating the impression that he was running as an incumbent judge when he was not.• The same campaign brochure showed Renke sitting beneath a large banner stating “Southwest Florida Water Management District” in front of a nameplate reading, “John K. Renke, Chair.” This was a deliberate attempt to convey to the public he was chair of the SFWMD, a public body of considerable importance and responsibility, when he in fact he was only chair of the Coastal River Basin Board.• In a photo, Renke was surrounded by firefighters with the caption, “Supported by our area’s bravest: John with Kevin Bowler and the Clearwater fighfighters,” giving the false impression he was officially endorsed by firefighters.• In a “Candidate Reply” submitted to the St. Petersburg Times, Renke claimed he had “almost eight years of experience handling complex civil trials in many areas,” when in fact Judge Renke testified that he had never acted as lead counsel in a jury trial and the only trial he tried on his own was a small claims case.• As for the illegal campaign contributions, Renke spent a total of $105,800 on his campaign, receiving approximately $10,000 in public contributions and loaning his own campaign $95,800, in the form of three different loans. While Judge Renke argued the money came from payments from his father, at the law firm where both father and son worked, and were his share of a settlement in a case, “the JQC concluded that the 2002 payments were actually campaign contributions from his father.”The case originally came to the court in July 2004, when the JQC charged Renke only with campaign literature violations. The court remanded the case back to the JQC to conduct additional proceedings, determining that the recommended penalty of a $20,000 fine, a 30-day suspension, and public reprimand was not severe enough. The JQC then added the illegal campaign contribution charge, and upped the fine to $40,000.In its strongly worded opinion, the court stressed that “our previous opinions have cautioned against the exact type of misconduct that is before us in this case.. . . Today we make clear that those warnings cannot be ignored by those who seek the trust of the public to place them in judicial office.” Judge Renke removed for campaign misconduct Judge Renke removed for campaign misconduct
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and elections officials held a press conference to answer questions about the remaining ballots and Biden’s widening lead in the Keystone State. Kenney was blunt in his assessment, saying it was time for Donald Trump to “put his big-boy pants on and acknowledge he lost.” Mayor Kenney pulling no punches:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Giulia Gwinn fired the only goal of the game through a forest of Chinese defenders.Rennes, France | AFP | The women’s World Cup moved up a gear on Saturday with three matches including a narrow German victory over China that left the winners complaining that they were roughed up, but Sunday’s three-match programme finishes with a new chapter in the oldest international football rivalry, as England take on Scotland in Nice.Germany beat China 1-0 in Rennes on Saturday with a 66th-minute goal by 19-year-old Giulia Gwinn.Later, Spain came from behind against first-time participants South Africa to win 3-1 and join Germany at the top of Group B.In the evening, Norway found there is life after Ada Hegerberg, scoring three times in 20 minutes in the middle of the first half to beat Nigeria 3-0 in Group A.The Germans complained that the Chinese had aimed for their ankles.“They were often late in the tackles and kept catching our feet,” said German captain Alexandra Popp.Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said she had not been sure at one stage if star Dzsenifer Marozsan would finish the match.“A lot of our players were caught on the ankle today, and it doesn’t look good for some of them. What Dzseni Marozsan suffered today was brutal.”“We were a little surprised by the assertive approach of the Chinese, but it’s a competitive game, not a friendly,” she said.In Le Havre, South Africa took a shock lead with their first ever shot on target at a Women’s World Cup when Thembi Kgatlana, who plays for Beijing BG Phoenix in China, curled a right-foot shot into the top corner in the 25th minute.Spain dominated possession, but needed 69th and 82nd-minute penalties, both converted by Jennifer Hermoso, to regain control of the game.Guro Reiten scored Norway’s first goal and gave a player-of-the-match display to suggest Norway can thrive without Lyon striker Hegerberg who refused to come to the tournament.“I don’t think I have played better,” Reiten said.The victory puts Norway level with France at the top of Group A. On Sunday evening, England and Scotland meet for the first time in a Women’s World Cup.– Pressure and expectation –England lost in the semi-finals in 2015 and at Euro 2017 but those runs attracted attention and they won the prestigious SheBelieves Cup in the United States earlier this year.“For us as players, we know that there is a lot more interest in our team, and obviously with the results and the success that we have had with the SheBelieves, of course that brings a little bit of pressure and a little bit of expectation,” said the captain, Steph Houghton.Scotland kick off their first World Cup match with memories still fresh from their 6-0 humbling at the hands of England at Euro 2017.The Scots are much-changed since the 2017 humiliation. Former Arsenal boss Shelley Kerr has taken over as coach and key players who missed that game are set to feature this time.“Probably of all the teams we’ve got in the group stages this is our toughest game by far. I think Scotland can go a long way in the competition with the quality they’ve got,” said England coach Phil Neville, even though Group D also contains Japan, winners in 2011 and England’s semi-final conquerors four years ago.Leading Scotland into a World Cup puts Kerr in a privileged position. After all, the men have not been to a major tournament since 1998.“Obviously it is our first World Cup, we are the first Scottish team to play at a World Cup for over two decades,” said Kerr.Earlier on Sunday, there are two games in Group C.Australia, a constant force in women’s football take on a rising power, Italy, in Valenciennes.Then the Samba football of Brazil encounters the Reggae Girlz of Jamaica in Grenoble. While former finalists Brazil still boast the greatest woman footballer, Marta, Jamaica, appearing for the first time, are the lowest ranked team in the tournament.Share on: WhatsApp
Rhett Hamilton likes playing hockey.The 10-year-old Nelson Minor Hockey player realizes a major reason why he likes playing Canada’s national pastime is because of his coach, Greg Andrusak.So Hamilton decided to tell anyone who would listen of his gratitude by entering his coach into the BC Hockey “Why My Coach Rocks” contest.“(Greg) has been my coach for the past six years, both during the minor hockey season and also during the spring season,” Hamilton wrote in his contest entry.“I think he rocks because he pushes our team and I to do our very best. We work hard and have fun . . . we would not be a great team without him.”Andrusak was one of the weekly contest winners along with Rick Carter of Kamloops and Alexandra Luggi of Fort St. James. Hamilton believes thanks to Andrusak’s coaching, Nelson has been able to claim West Kootenay titles in Atom Division the past two years.“(Greg) takes time away from his family to coach us and make us all better hockey players,” Hamilton writes.“He runs the best drills around town.”“They are challenging but fun. In our initiation year, we skated and skated and skated some more, but now we are all fantastic skaters because of Coach Andrusak,” Hamilton adds.“He is funny, kind and is a fantastic hockey player. He used to play in the NHL. I have been very lucky to have him as my coach.”Both Hamilton and Andrusak are now recipients of a BC Hockey Swag Bag.The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Andrusak in the fifth round of the 1988 NHL draft after a college career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.He spent most of his professional career in the International Hockey League and overseas in Europe.Andrusak played a few games in the NHL with Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team has selected six captains for the 2018 season, fifth-year head coach Rick Fox announced Monday, May 14. Serving as captains and the team’s leaders on and off the field for the upcoming season will be Nathan Clayberg, Austin Dismond, Grant Kraemer, Sean Lynch, Cole Neary and Kieran Severa. Dismond is a two-year starter at safety and registered 42 tackles last year. He recorded a season-high five solo tackles in a win at Campbell. Severa was named All-PFL honorable mention as he ranked second on the team with 66 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss. Kraemer was an All-PFL selection last fall after he recorded 2,616 yards passing with 20 touchdowns, while completing over 60 percent of his passes. He tied the program record with six touchdowns passes against Southwestern. Clayberg is a CoSIDA Academic All-American and a two-time first team Academic All-PFL honoree. He has also been garnered All-PFL honors the past two seasons. Neary, who switched position to tight end from quarterback in 2016, recorded 15 receptions for 151 yards last year and saw significant playing time in nine games at tight end and on special teams. Lynch garnered first team All-PFL honors after leading the team with 72 tackles including 50 solo stops. He recorded a career-best 11 solo tackles against Jacksonville. The six captains will lead the Bulldogs into the 2018 season on Sept. 1 when they host William Jewell at 6 p.m. The home opener is one of six home contests at Drake Stadium in 2018. Print Friendly Version
There are innate biological differences between men’s and women’s sports interests, say evolutionary psychologists.Title IX is big in the news these days, as the Obama administration seeks to use the provision of the 1964 civil rights law to force colleges into compliance with his agenda for promoting the normalization of transgender status (hear FRC’s Washington Watch May 5 about how Obama has redefined “on the basis of sex” to include gender confusion).The rationale for Title IX in 1964 came not only from a desire for fairness to women and girls in sports programs, but from “the assumption that females’ sports interest is intrinsically equal to that of males,” the American Psychological Association says in a piece posted on Science Daily. How sound is that assumption?Because the assumption has “policy implications,” three psychologists studied sex differences in sports in 3 ways. First, they found that females generally have less interest in sports – and this applies to all cultures and all times. Second, they considered four “adaptive, functional hypotheses” for this observation. Finally, they looked into whether the difference is due to cultural conditioning. Has any program been able to reverse the difference? “In particular, no experimental manipulation or systematic historical comparison has ever shown a decrease in the sex difference,” they say. “Moreover, several studies indicate that prenatal hormones contribute to males’ greater sports interest.” Men and women, surprisingly, are different!The take-home points from this review are that the sex difference in sports interest is (1) substantial and widespread, (2) partly due to evolutionary pressures that differentially affected males and females, and (3) unlikely to be fully overturned by socialization. These points challenge the bedrock assumptions of many scholars and policy makers. Most notably, Title IX is a U.S. law that prohibits sexual discrimination in educational opportunities, including sports, and Title IX is generally implemented under the assumption that females’ sports interest is intrinsically equal to that of males. The present research indicates that this implementation may require revision.They’re not saying that opportunities for female involvement in sports should be diminished. But if the interest in sports for boys and men is truly “substantial and widespread” – and has been throughout history and across cultures – then the basis for Title IX lacks empirical support, putting liberals and evolutionists at cross currents in this instance. How this could impact the current policy dispute about transgender accommodation remains to be seen.The paper by Deaner, Balish, and Lombardo is published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. where, even from “an evolutionary perspective,” they find that “females’ underrepresentation generally reflects lesser interest, not merely fewer opportunities for engagement. Moreover, there is mounting evidence that male and female athletes generally differ in their motivation, specifically their competitiveness and risk taking.”The headline of Science Daily’s article is revealing: “Sex difference in sports interest: What does evolution say?” Where does our culture go for answers? They go to their idol, Darwin-Baal. The Bearded Buddha is their Guiding Guru, their Delphic Oracle. “Please, Mr. Darwin, grant unto us wisdom who seek your favor. Are men and women different?” Their critics on the sidelines wag their heads, replying, “Open your eyes, idiots.”Exceptions prove the rule. For every female Olympian, there are many more males. Men are, on average, larger and stronger. That doesn’t mean better, superior, or more worthy – just different. Where are the female powerlifters? It’s true that some sports are female dominated (rhythmic gymnastics, etc.), but even when both sexes have equal opportunity to compete, far more males will step up to the plate; by nature, they are much more interested in sports, being competitive by nature, more willing to take risks, and built usually stronger and more muscular. There are good biological reasons for policies that make men compete against other men in the pool and on the track, rather than against women. The authors found, “this sex difference occurs in all societies described thus far, from hunters and gatherers to large contemporary societies. For example, in every society with available data, males participate in sports at least twice as much as females in terms of frequency or duration.” It takes decades of brainwashing to blind people to the obvious.What the article implies is that Title IX does not provide fairness for female athletes as much as it discriminates against males. If the empirical evidence these psychologists amassed were to drive policy, there should be twice as much federal funding for male sports as for female sports. Would that ever fly in this politically correct world? The International Olympic Committee is equally embroiled in controversy about alleged “fairness” and now has to decide if biological men should be allowed to compete against women if they declare themselves transgender females. Political correctness could cause the implosion of the Olympics.Republicans get a bad rap as “anti-science” but ask yourselves, who is being rational and empirical here? Conservatives affirm biological differences between men and women. They know you can’t declare yourself to be what you biologically aren’t. Watch the absurd extremes that PC-brainwashed college students go to in allowing a male interviewer to declare himself a six-foot-five Chinese woman in this video clip on Townhall.com. Who trained these students to let everyone declare themselves to be whatever they wanted to be? It wasn’t Republicans, conservatives, or Christians. It was Democrat progressives who posture themselves as champions of science.We’re glad these three psychologists had the courage to question a popular leftist position, but we contend that evolution has nothing to do with male-female differences. Examine the 4 mutually exclusive just-so stories they offered up:Two hypotheses seem relevant for both males and females. One hypothesis focuses on the importance of needing to ally with coalitions in between-group contexts… [irrelevant to the issue]…while the other emphasizes the need to develop social and motor skills. [irrelevant to the issue]Another hypothesis holds that individuals compete in sports to gain status and that nonparticipants monitor sports performances so they can evaluate potential competitors and allies. The evidence indicates that this hypothesis applies chiefly to males. [But this could equally apply to females in an Amazon-style culture, so it explains nothing.]A fourth hypothesis is that sports serve as courtship displays that advertise participant quality to the opposite sex. This hypothesis effectively explains some aspects of females’ sports interest. [Well, then, give all the federal funding to male sports! Let the guys strut their stuff for “female choice” (a favorite evolutionary meme).]None of these hypotheses improves on the Stuff Happens Law in explanatory power. The Bible’s creation account, though, makes perfect sense: God intelligently designed two equal yet different individuals for complementary roles, to ensure the reproduction of the human race and the expression of His image and attributes in their respective unique ways. For elaboration on this theme, read the novel Perelandra by C. S. Lewis.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Mark your calendars for our upcoming MFLN Military Caregiving professional development webinar on Financial Planning for Military Caregivers.Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternDate: Wednesday, December 9, 2015Event Location: Financial Planning for Military CaregiversWorries about finances may be a source of great stress for caregivers and their families. For military family caregivers, finances may have a big impact on their ability to manage day-to-day and, eventually, retire. As the holidays approach we begin to take an especially hard look at our budget and financial responsibilities and challenges. In this webinar military helping professionals will learn about practical resources to help caregivers better manage their finances, ensuring families and service members live more comfortably while planning for the future.Our presenter for this webinar is Nancy Granovsky, a professor and extension family economics specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. We are honored to have her present on the topic of Financial Planning for Military Caregivers.Registration is required to join the webinar, but can be completed on the day of the event. Also, we will be offering Certificates of Completion for those that may be interested in receiving training hours for attending the event.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join the webinar, simply click on Financial Planning for Military Caregivers. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense Connect System (DCS), but is open to the public. It is strongly suggested that when using the DCS system to open the webinar on Google Chrome for both PC and MAC connections. If this is not an option, Internet Explorer may be used if connecting via PC. Safari and Firefox are not compatible with this DCS platform.For those who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 27, 2015.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Throughout my time in ONE Championhsip, I have been a witness to some of the best martial arts talents,” said Franklin. “Stars today such as Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang came from the grassroots level of talent in Asia and the next martial arts superstar is just waiting to be discovered.”Selected athletes will compete in trial exhibition bouts and all have a chance to earn a six-figure contract with ONE Championship. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ONE Championship is in search of the next fighting superstar.The premier mixed martial arts promotion in Asia launched a new documentary series that features Rich Franklin traveling from gym to gym looking for up and coming martial arts talents.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “One of our biggest missions is taking martial arts, Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and placing it front and center for the entire world to witness,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.“We are excited to travel across Asia, visiting the most iconic cities, to discover the next big superstar.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFranklin, a multi-time middleweight champion when he was still fighting, will make stops in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing.Now serving as ONE’s vice president, Franklin said he looks forward to the new practitioners that can elevate the sport of mixed martial arts to a new level.