City and Beach Patrol representatives “unlock the ocean” for summer 2014 on May 23 in Ocean City, NJ>The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens, posted on Friday, May 23. Dear Friends:Today at noon I was joined by members of City Council, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean City Beach Patrol and the Beach Patrol alumni to officially “Unlock the Ocean” for the 2014 season. The ceremony was followed by the always entertaining “Business Persons Plunge.”Yesterday we learned that Ocean City was voted New Jersey’s #1 Beach in the 2014 New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Coastal Research Center contest. In addition to Best Beach, Ocean City won first place in the categories for Best Destination for Family Vacation, Day Trip and Ecotourism. This is the first time in the history of the contest that one town has swept first place in all of the categories.I would like to thank the city team, City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Development Commission for working in partnership to promote Ocean City. The results of this contest speak volumes about how people love Ocean City.I would like to thank the City’s team members who have worked hard to have us ready for the summer season. This was a real challenge this year to catch up on time lost during the past winter’s inclement weather.For your family Memorial Day Weekend might mean a trip to the beach or boardwalk, some downtown shopping, or a barbecue. There’s time for all of this and more.However, I hope you will take the time to join us at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11:00 am Monday to reflect on what this holiday is really all about. I will again have the honor to join the members of our local VFW and American Legion Posts for this annual event in remembrance of those who gave their lives so that future generations of Americans might live in freedom.I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend in America’s Greatest Family Resort!Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMy wife recently inquired from Union College whether it would be OK for our family to use their beautiful campus as a backdrop for a family photo session on Nov. 19. My wife called security and two individuals assured her that it shouldn’t be a problem, but one of them gave her the contact information of an individual to contact to be sure.This individual rudely told my wife that the policy is to request and submit a permit application with a $35 fee to do this. This is absurd, and on principle I refuse to pay this, especially in the demeaning way it was demanded, rather than requested in a nice manner. My family and I have always supported this school, certainly financially, since my son is an alumni — his degree had cost plenty.I know of several people who have used the Nott Memorial and Jackson Gardens and other scenic photo spots on this historic campus as photo backdrops. To my knowledge, they did this without even extending the courtesy that my wife did — without issue or permits. Recently, my wife and I walked the campus to select our favorite spots. We saw security twice, we were taking pictures, all we got was a friendly wave from the security guard.I just hope that this so-called policy, and more importantly, the rude behavior of this individual, is not what Union College has become. We will not use their beautiful grounds for our photo day, nor will we ever financially support this college.Bob VielkindScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry is facing a strange diplomatic problem, as Mohamed Salah al-Dirsi, the acting Libyan ambassador in Cairo who was dismissed by the Libyan government, is fighting to maintain the position after the Libyan government appointed it to Tarek ibn Shoaib. Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt requested the Libyan Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to end the dispute. He denied that this has changed the relationship between the two countries or that the ministry has stopped dealing with the diplomats of the Libyan Embassy.Dirsi was dismissed one week after taking office against the backdrop of accusations that he squandered public funds of the Libyan Consulate in Alexandria. He prevented Shoaib and his staff from working from the embassy, forcing him to work from the Labor High Commission headquarters in Dokki.The interim Libyan government of Abdullah al-Thinni asked the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to consider the Labor High Commission headquarters as the official Libyan embassy building, requesting the Egyptian authorities to provide protection to Shoaib. It also noted that all financial transactions should be with Shoaib and his financial controller, Khaled Mansour.Dirsi also stormed the guest house that Shoaib said would turn into a school for Libyan students in Cairo. His supporters in Libya staged protests in front of the government headquarters in the city of Al-Bayda last week, demanding his official reinstatement.