Snow Days Likely to Stretch School Year to June 23

first_imgA January 2014 storm covers downtown Ocean City streets with snow. Ocean City schools were closed on five different days in 2014 due to snow.Students and teachers will pay in June for unexpected days off this winter.The Ocean City School District tentatively plans to stretch the school year and graduation date to Monday, June 23 to make up for the five days this winter the school closed due to snow.The graduation and the last day of school had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17. The state Department of Education requires a 180-day school year in New Jersey.Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said Tuesday that the plan must still be approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its March 26 meeting, and there’s some possibility that Easter Monday (April 21) could be added as a school day (instead of one of June 23). She said teacher planned teacher and student vacations will be a consideration.A Monday (March 17) storm that left six inches of snow across the region caused the most recent snow day.Losing that many school days is not unprecedented in Ocean City. The schools were closed for a week after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 (and the high school closed for another day that September after the discovery of a mold issue). But it’s rare for so many days to come from snowfall at the shore.The tentative schedule will keep teachers in school until Wednesday, June 25.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Roanoke Launches Bike Share

first_imgIn April, Roanoke, Virginia will install a bike share system similar to those found in New York and D.C. Bike Share will place 50 bicycles at 10 stations throughout the city, allowing anyone to use them and drop them off.  Private donors contributed money to purchase the bikes and bike stations that will be set up around the city of 97,032. Roanoke is one of the smallest cities to adopt a Bike Share program.“It’s a small enough city that you can get from point A to Point B and you can do your shopping you can run your errands you can do whatever you have to on a bike,” said Chris Heslin, owner of UnderDog Bikes, told Roanoke news station WDBJ.Pricing has not yet been determined. In D.C., Bike Share is free for the first half-hour and increases to a few dollars per hour. Annual and 3-day passes for Bike Share are also offered at discounted rates.Learn more here.last_img

Governor Wolf to Washington: We’ll Fight to Save Medicaid

first_img Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued the following statement on news out of Washington, D.C. that Republicans are plotting another effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid:“For the last year and a half, I have worked with bipartisan governors to stop Washington from dismantling the Affordable Care Act, undoing consumer protections for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps, and making deep and devastating cuts to Medicaid that would hurt seniors and people with disabilities.“As Republicans in Washington plot their next effort to take us backwards on health care, I want to make clear that we are still ready to fight to protect health care for our citizens, especially seniors and those with disabilities. The previous GOP health care proposals would have been devastating for Pennsylvania.“Medicaid expansion is working in Pennsylvania: our uninsured rate is at its lowest point in modern history and hospitals are saving hundreds of millions of dollars now that 720,000 more people have insurance.“Going backwards is not an option. Washington Republicans should be focused on stabilizing the system to lower the cost of health care, insurance premiums, and prescription drugs.” May 17, 2018 Governor Wolf to Washington: We’ll Fight to Save Medicaidcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

McGUINNESS: DISSIDENTS WORKING AGAINST A UNITED IRELAND

first_imgDeputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said reiterated his willingness to talk to dissident republicans to ensure the Peace Peace stays on course.Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.Mr McGuinness was speaking at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Co Wexford last night at which he called on those carrying out “militarist actions” to “stop their actions immediately.”Mr McGuinness said: “I have never hidden or ran away from confronting those who seek through violence to undermine the progress we have made. “I will continue to stand foursquare for the peace process, for the political institutions and for the rights of all citizens regardless of who they are or where they come from, to live free from sectarian harassment or violence.“I stand against those elements, who wish to drag us back to the past, regardless of where they come from. I make no apology for that. They will not succeed.“As part of our defence of the Peace Process I have been rightly critical of the actions of so called dissident groups.“In recent weeks I have followed closely a developing debate amongst elements within those factions about moving away from armed actions.” Mr McGuinness said Sinn Fein believed that support for a united Ireland must be built through “engagement, persuasion and agreement”throughout Irish society.He added: This can only happen through peaceful and democratic means.“We have said for a long time that dialogue with other republicans and across all strands of national and democratic opinion is an essential part of that engagement.“Militarist actions by a few small groups will only set back the progress being made towards a united Ireland.“They should stop their activities immediately. The growing public expression among some anti peace process republicans against armed actions is to be welcomed. “I have been strongly of the opinion that political leaders must engage in dialogue with everyone, including those in groups involved in violence.“Indeed, in recent times, I have met with anti peace process elements, both republican and loyalist, to argue for an end to their activity.“I restate our willingness to engage with these groups and without pre conditions.”McGUINNESS: DISSIDENTS WORKING AGAINST A UNITED IRELAND was last modified: February 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ard fheismartin mcguinnessSinn Feinlast_img read more