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By Sharon HazardLITTLE SILVER – Living on the banks of the Shrewsbury River at “Boxwood Manor,” skating was a natural pastime for Harold Hartshorne.Harold Hartshorne, who was born in 1891 and died in 1961, took skating a few steps further. He mastered the art of ice dancing and became the 1937-1938 U.S. champion, and in 1943 he and partner Nettie Parnell won the bronze medal. With Sandy Macdonald he was the 1939-1941 U.S. champion, and an international silver medalist in 1942. He was the silver medalist, along with partner Kathe Mehle, in the 1944 Winter Olympics. (Ice dancing did not become an official Olympic sport until 1976; until then it was simply known as figure skating.)Whatever it was known as in the 1930s, ice dancing was an elegant form of synchronized skating that suited the long and lanky Hartshorne. With arms outstretched gliding his partner across the frozen ballroom, he was a natural and looked every bit at ease and confident on the ice as he did in other aspects of his life.Harold Hartshorne was born in New York City, graduated from Princeton University and served in World War I as a second lieutenant. Like his father and grandfather, he became a stockbroker on Wall Street and added to the family fortune.His brick Tudor-style mansion at the end of Oakes Road in Little Silver was built in 1929 and is now on the Monmouth County registry of historic homes. But back in its day, when the Shrewsbury River froze, another type of history was being made. Hartshorne used it as his own private practice rink, twirling and dipping his female partners around while attaining a world-renowned name as a champion ice dancer. He was the primary force behind the organization of a national ice dancing competition started in 1936, and won the title with two different partners for five consecutive years, from 1937 through 1941, leading to his two international wins. He was president of the Ice Skating Club of New York.Never losing the competitive edge, in 1953 he won the heart of Louisa, his fourth wife, whom he and skating partners had competed against in many previous events. After retirement he became a national and international skating judge and traveled extensively in that capacity.The late Harold Hartshorne, champion figure skater and Little Silver resident, used the Shrewsbury River as a practice rink.In 1961, when the U.S. Figure Skating Association realized there were not enough American judges for the World Competition in Prague, Hartshorne was contacted and agreed to participate. He and Louisa boarded Sebena Flight 548 at what was then Idlewild Airport (now JFK International Airport) in New York City on route to Brussels. It crashed, killing all 72 people aboard on February 15, 1961. An entire generation of athletes, coaches and judges died in the fields near Zaventem Airport.For Harold and Louisa Hartshorne and those who perished with them, it was the end of majestic glides across the glimmering ice in a sedate style that resembles ballroom dancing. In competition, partners are always in an embrace and never separated by more than two arms lengths while skating to music with a definite rhythm and specified tempo.In 1981, 20 years after his death, Harold Hartshorne was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. His former home, just off Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver, looks much the same today as it did when skating parties danced around its banks.All photos courtesy World Figure Skating Museum & Hall Of Fame
By Marion LynchYou’ve just finished a meal at your favorite local restaurant. Your server brings your check. Now it’s time for some arithmetic. To tip on the total, plus tax? To tip on full cost of that pricey bottle of wine on the bill, or is that too much? Maybe the service was under whelming? It’s time to get out your calculator.For those who are frustrated by end-of-dinner mathematics, bill-paying in certain New York City restaurants will soon be easier.Famed restaurateur Danny Meyers, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which operates iconic Manhattan restaurants including Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern, announced last week that tipping will be eliminated at the group’s restaurants by the end of the year, and menu prices will rise, in order to improve wages among kitchen staff.Meyer’s move is being closely watched by restaurants in New York and New Jersey, but are area restaurants ready to make such a change?Chef Nicholas Harary, chef/owner of Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown, says he is ready to embrace the policy if it comes across the river.“It’s a good thing,” he said, adding that he believes it will improve salaries for cooks, who don’t benefit from tips.The standard pay for servers in New Jersey is $2.13 an hour, who count on tips to earn a living wage. An elite few make substantial incomes.Cooks don’t have the advantage of supplementing their pay with tips. They’re paid an hourly wage, sometimes starting at the minimum of $8.38, with pay for line cooks averaging $10-$12 an hour.Cooks, Harary said, are paid on a percentage of food sales. Since the recession began in 2008, most restaurateurs have been reluctant to raise prices even though food costs have risen.“They’ve been artificially held down,” Harary said, and as a result the pay for kitchen staff has remained stagnant.His cooks are highly skilled and in many cases spent years in school to learn their trade. The hours are long and the work is challenging.Three years ago, he looked at the low pay that cooks were paid at Restaurant Nicholas, and gave them raises“I decided that I’m going to make less money this year and raise the pay of my cooks,” he said. “Now they are the best paid cooks around.” Getting and retaining qualified kitchen help is easier now.There’s no difference to the customer price-wise, he says. A customer who tips $20 on a $100 check will still pay $120, without the math calculation at the end of the night.The state will see an increase in tax revenue from the higher checks, and servers will be recognized as professionals, rather than relying on the generosity of customers to make a living. A steady salary will help them when they apply for a mortgage or a loan.Tim McLoone, owner of a dozen restaurants, including the Robinson Ale House in Red Bank, McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch and the soon-to-reopen Rum Runner in Sea Bright, doubts a no tipping policy will work for him.He and his management team are aware of the pay inequities that exist in the business, and have taken some steps to change it.“Nobody here is making less than $10 an hour,” he said. That includes hostesses and other front of house workers who traditionally made $8.50.McLoone questions whether Meyer’s metrics will work in the long run. “He’s raising prices by 21 percent, but says he is giving 21 percent raises,” he noted. In his book, that won’t add up.The formula could work well in high-end restaurants like Nicholas, where a dinner check hovers around $100 per person, he said, but in more moderately priced eateries a 20 percent price increase won’t cover the raises.And not ever y server is making a good living, he said. On a good night in a high-end restaurant, a server can make $400, he said, but at lunchtime on a slow day in a typical restaurant, he or she is lucky to make $30.Like Restaurant Nicholas, McLoone raised wages because of the inequities in the system.“A lot of people who work for us in the kitchen work a full shift and leave for their other job,” he said.McLoone wanted to give kitchen staff a share of the tips, but it is illegal. That’s when he decided that raising their pay was the best solution.The benefit for McLoone’s is more consistency in the kitchen, with fewer employees leaving in search of a bigger paycheck.Marilou Halvorsen, president of the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association, said her organization will host a roundtable discussion next month to build consensus on the issue among the member restaurateurs.In preliminary polling of some of the state’s restaurant owners, Halvorsen believes that a move to eliminate tipping won’t work for everyone.“If you pay wages to all your workers, what does that mean for taxes, insurance and other payroll expenses?” she asked. “Not only is it an increase in the wage, it is also an increase in payroll costs.” With profit margins for most restaurants in the “single digits,” Halvorsen said the change poses a challenge for many owners.The restaurant and hospitality business are heavily labor dependent, she said, and any increase in labor costs cut heavily into those slim profits.The minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 in New Jersey, and if tips don’t bring the hourly wage to the state minimum wage of $8.38. But Halvorsen said the average tipped employee makes “far more” than minimum wage, with servers making an average of $16 $18.Few, if any kitchen workers in Garden State restaurants make minimum wage, she said, and with the exception of entry-level employees, pay is at least $10, with prep cooks earning about $17.Chef Nicholas Mercogliano, president of the Jersey Shore Chefs Association, says many chefs are leaving the business, and low wages are just one reason.Chefs, he said, work long hours, weekends and holidays. “You’re always on your feet, you’re getting burned, and it’s very fast paced and a high stress level.” With skilled sous chefs making only $15 an hour in some area restaurants, it’s hard to make a living in New Jersey.He anticipates there will be an exodus of line cooks from New York restaurants to the fast food industry as minimum wage rises to $15 an hour, over the next three years.
It’s been a troubled start to the season for QPR’s summer signings. How have they fared so far and what do their prospects look like for the rest of the season?Rio FerdinandThere’s already been plenty of ammunition for those who felt Ferdinand was over the hill prior to his move to west London. He has been at fault for some of the goals conceded, from Hull’s winner on the opening day to the first goal at Southampton, where he gave the ball away.At this stage of Ferdinand’s career and QPR’s supposed development, his primary role ought to be as a defensive organiser in a compact team, at a compact ground, with a shielding midfielder in front and someone like Steven Caulker alongside him.In theory it should all work well and could still if those pieces fall into place after a disjointed start to the season. Even then though, Ferdinand would need to cut out the individual errors.Steven CaulkerAt 22, Caulker has great attributes and is very advanced for his age in terms of ability and experience. But much of that experience was in a troubled Cardiff side and once again he finds himself in a struggling team.His performances have been a bit hit-and-miss – he can be sloppy on the ball at times – but he can still turn out to be a fantastic signing. Looks more comfortable in a two-man central defence rather than than as a right-sided defender, whereas several of his team-mates are much more suited to the 3-5-2 system favoured by boss Harry Redknapp.Mauricio IslaMany good judges warn against signing a player on the basis of a good World Cup. Isla certainly showed he has ability with some cracking performances for his country in Brazil, but the Chilean’s domestic form before his move from Juventus was less impressive.It’s all too easy to write a talented player off as being unable to defend – we do it in England all the time – but Isla is an example of someone who really can’t defend. Redknapp points out that he’s not really a right-back, the implication being that Isla would have less defending to do as a wing-back. That’s not necessarily true. In some ways the defensive demands on a Premier League wing-back are even greater as they have more ground to cover and can often be outnumbered and isolated, as Isla was at Tottenham. He has real quality but the early signs are not good.Jordon MutchA decent midfelder with a good range of passing and a knack of finding space in the box, Mutch can be somewhat one-paced and has shown this in his first games for QPR. Will need to step things up, particularly if other midfielders stay fit, or he could find himself out of the side.Showed at Cardiff that he is capable of getting goals and he should get chances to score at Rangers, who are heavily reliant on attacking midfielders finding the net ahead of the transfer window reopening in January.SandroA knee problem and an early head injury at Southampton mean he hasn’t got going yet. His personality should bring some character to the side – which QPR desperately lack.Much loved by fans and team-mates at Tottenham, where his no-nonsense performances caught the eye, particularly before he picked up a knee injury while playing against the R’s.Knee troubles seemed to hamper him at Spurs though, and Rangers will need him to stay fit. In fact they need him to have a major impact after the approaching international break.Leroy FerWas inconsistent while at Norwich and as well as showing his top-class quality in QPR’s win against Sunderland he has been well below par in other games.Having pointed to the player’s apparent lack of fitness, Redknapp has more recently been lavish in his praise of Fer and predicted the Dutchman will make a huge impact at Loftus Road.He did say similar things, with some justification, about Samba Diakite after first assessing his squad following his arrival at Rangers, so these things don’t always work out. Fer is much more proven though and can play in the number 10 role or deeper, which could make him a great asset.Niko KranjcarMuch slimmer and sharper since last season, Kranjcar has made a good start to his second loan spell, equalising with a late free-kick against Stoke and almost doing so again at Southampton.Rangers still need to be much quicker to change direction in midfield when they lose possession – this was particularly the case on Saturday, when Kranjcar worked hard to get forward to support Charlie Austin but the team were then too easily cut open through the middle after Southampton retrieved the ball.Even so, Kranjcar’s fitness and form have been a definite plus for Rangers and suggest there could still be more to come.Eduardo VargasA huge factor in QPR’s dismal early-season showings has been the total lack of defending from the front – Tottenham and Manchester United were able to move the ball into midfield with jaw-dropping ease. In that respect alone, the busy Vargas could turn out to be worth his weight in gold.To have any chance this season, Rangers simply must reposition as soon as moves break down and press opposing full-backs in particular. Vargas does this, whereas other Rangers players seem incapable or unwilling. He also has pace and ability going forward and Redknapp hopes he will also chip in with a few goals.See also:Saints v QPR player ratingsQPR boss dismisses Taarabt exit rumoursQPR assess duo ahead of West Ham gameMidfield woes have affected Rio – RedknappRedknapp: No regrets over Simpson movePoll: Is it time for Redknapp to go?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN JOSE — The grind of a six-month regular season for the Sharks begins Wednesday at home against the Anaheim Ducks and let’s face it, only the most die-hard fans will be able to watch every period of all 82 games.And if we’re being honest, some games just stand out a bit more than others.To help sort everything out, here are 10 games this season that every Sharks fan should take time to watch.Oct. 3 vs. Anaheim Ducks, SAP Center — There’s nothing quite like opening night. Players are …
Liliesleaf’s liberation and resource centres,opened to the public in 2008.(Image: South Africa Tourism) The little thatched hut where Mandela,disguised as a gardener, lived during hissojourn at Liliesleaf.(Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicholas WolpeLiliesleaf Trust+27 11 803 7882/3/4RELATED ARTICLES• From Liliesleaf to Robben Island• SA heritage comes home• Long walk immortalised in bronze• Mandela: a remarkable 92 yearsJanine ErasmusLiliesleaf, the farm that once sheltered Nelson Mandela and other political fugitives during apartheid, is set to become even more of an attraction with a R75-million (US$9.7-million) hotel due to open on the Rivonia, Johannesburg, property towards the end of 2011.The boutique hotel is the vision of Port Elizabeth hotelier Adrian Gardiner, founder and chair of the Mantis Group of destinations. Mantis boasts an impressive selection of boutique hotels and nature reserves located around South Africa and Rwanda, as well as England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe.In January 2010 the company ventured into South America for the first time, with the acquisition of three lodges in the Chilean regions of Atacama, Patagonia and Easter Island. Mantis is also associated with the eco-camp White Desert in Antarctica, and the World, known as the largest private yacht afloat today.The flagship of the Mantis Group is the famed Shamwari private game reserve, near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape province. Shamwari was the group’s very first piece of land, purchased by Gardiner in 1990.Visitors to Shamwari can see all of Africa’s Big Five – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard – and relax in the knowledge that their destination is malaria-free.The wildlife sanctuary has won many international accolades, and at the gala World Travel Awards for Africa in 2009, was voted the world’s leading conservation company and game reserve for the 13th consecutive year. It is renowned for having reintroduced black rhino to the Eastern Cape, after the magnificent animals became extinct in the province in 1853.“We are proud of the achievements and commitment made by all … and will continue to promote ecologically sensitive tourism and support the local environments through community development projects and conservation of natural and human resources,” said Gardiner.The hotel magnate now plans to put his business and hospitality acumen to work in developing a boutique hotel on three acres of Liliesleaf’s vacant land.Another recent development, the farm’s new museum, opened to the public in 2008. It reflects upon a time when the property was the secret headquarters of the African National Congress’s (ANC) military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (isiZulu, meaning “Spear of the Nation”).Reports say construction may begin as early as June 2010, and is likely to finish around September 2011. Gardiner has said that rooms will cost between R2 000 ($260) and R4 000 ($520) a night.Other facilities – such as a spa, restaurant and wine cellar, and conference rooms – will also be available.Secret hideoutThe South African Communist Party (SACP) bought Liliesleaf farm in 1961, with the intention of using it as a clandestine party headquarters.It was here, on 11 July 1963, that police, driving laundry and florist vans to avoid alerting the farm’s occupants, arrested a number of senior ANC members. They included Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg and Arthur Goldreich, among others.Their capture led to the infamous Rivonia Treason Trial of 1963 and 1964, and ended with all of the accused but Goldberg serving lengthy terms on Robben Island. Because he was white, Goldberg was sent to Pretoria Central Prison instead.Ironically, the group had already decided that, for security reasons, the 11 July meeting was to be the last at that location.Former president Nelson Mandela, who had been living and working undercover on the farm under the nom de guerre of David Motsamayi, was not among those arrested. He was already imprisoned on Robben Island, serving a five-year sentence for less serious political crimes after his arrest in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, the year before.However, during the Liliesleaf raid police discovered documents implicating Mandela in Umkhonto we Sizwe’s activities, so in mid-July he was brought back to Johannesburg to stand trial with the others.Vital part of South African historyThe Liliesleaf Trust, established in 2001 by former president Thabo Mbeki, whose father was among those arrested in 1963, is tasked with the development and maintenance of the site as a vital part of South Africa’s history.Since 2001 the farm has offered a luxury guest house with three suites and a conference centre. Alongside the original buildings now stand a resource centre and liberation centre, which together house an extensive archive, many related exhibits, an auditorium, coffee and curio shop, and a crèche.The proposed hotel will complement the other new additions, and the rooms, too, will be decorated in a style that pays tribute to the Rivonia Trial defendants. The trust’s CEO Nicholas Wolpe, son of Liliesleaf arrestee Harold Wolpe, has reportedly approved the new development.In an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail travel section, he said, “This is not a commercial venture, it’s more about making Liliesleaf self-sustaining. We thought about the best way to do this and a hotel seemed to fit.”
Last week, we shared a timeline of all of the projects completed in the past year at Geocaching HQ. Today, we’re excited to share seven stats from the geocaching community that capture the excitement of geocaching in 2017! From making new friends to finding new caches, watch the highlights of geocaching in 2017 in this one minute video. Share this video to your social channels and tell us what your favorite part of 2017 was and what you’re most looking forward to in 2018!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocacher Honored for Historic DNF StatsApril 1, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”A Geocaching in Space Event Owner’s Guide to the GalaxyOctober 23, 2013In “Community”7 Tips to Sprinkle Extra Awesome on the 7 Souvenirs of AugustJuly 20, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”
Learn how to create Marvel’s glow warp title transition from the new Thor: Ragnarok trailer.Creating title transitions can be challenging. In this After Effects tutorial, we will take a look at creating the title transition Marvel uses in the Thor: Ragnarok trailer.The glow warp transition has an older feel to it, and the animation relates to the retro-style graphics in the trailer. (Graphics and animation should complement one another.) The glow and the multiple layers of the transition relates back to the ’80s when vibrant, glowing colors were very popular.Featured Track: “Crosswire” by Ben Beiny.How to Create the Glow Warp Title TransitionGIF via Marvel Studios’s Thor: Ragnarok.DOWNLOAD THE FREE PROJECT FILEThe first step in creating a glow warp title transition is to type your text or bring your logo into the timeline. Make sure to pre-compose your title or logo so it’s very easy to swap it out later.Then, with a mixture of z-space offsetting and glow effects, you can create a full glow warp title transition. Keep in mind when working with multiple duplicated layers that your After Effects timeline can quickly become disorganized. Keep your layers nicely titled and color coded.Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting After Effects Tutorial:Setting up placeholdersPlacing objects in 3D spaceWorking with multiple glow layersCreating an awesome transition! Do you have any tips for creating creative title transitions? Let us know in the comments.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A request for proposal is an indication that your prospective client is already deep into their buying process.They’ve identified their need. They’ve spent time determining what they believe will help them produce better results. They’ve weighed the trade-offs. Now they are evaluating their options. If you received the request for proposal, you are being invited into your prospect’s buying process very late in the game.Little Room for Value CreationIt is difficult to create value, but not impossible, this late in the buying process, especially when that process is “arm’s-length.”You are deprived of the opportunity to help them understand their needs and to potentially frame it in a more complete and more empowering way.Because you’ve been invited in so late, your insight as to the trade-offs your prospective client may need to make and the likelihood of their being able to execute their choice isn’t likely to be given enough attention; the fact that they have put together a request for proposal means they know what they want (it is not impossible to change their minds, just difficult).The request for proposal process eliminates your ability to develop deep relationships, expand needs and collaborate on solutions, or build consensus.Statistics suggest you have less than a one in five chance of winning a blind RFP. Yet still there is an opportunity here, if you are willing to play the long game.The Opportunity Hidden in the RFPA lot of presidential candidates’ first campaign for that office is a training run. They learn how the game is played, and they have a chance to build relationships and teams for their future run – their real attempt to win. That same play can work for you.You want to challenge the content of the request for proposal, demonstrating that you have the business acumen and situational knowledge to create value outside of the questions on paper. Your questions can do that. There are other ways, too.Write a great executive summary and an exceptional response with the goal of making it to the short list of companies who get a chance to present. The reason you want to present is so that you get a chance to meet with all of the decision-makers and influencers attending your presentation. You can shake their hands, look them in the eyes, and collect their business cards.Maybe you will present well enough to make the final round, and maybe you won’t. The point is, once you’ve presented and met the players, you now have enough of a relationship to begin nurturing them and developing the future opportunity. You now know the players. If you made a good impression, they know you.Play the Long GameYou’ve called on a lot of accounts that you did not win the first time you competed for their business when there wasn’t an RFP.If you are going to go through the trouble of completing an RFP, then you are obligated to continue to pursue that prospective client throughout the two or three years they have a contract with your competitor. If the prospect is worth competing for when there is an RFP, they are worth competing for when there isn’t one.