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Chaplain of the United States Senate returns to The Ocean City Tabernacle this Sunday

first_imgBarry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate, will be speaking at 8:30 am and 10:30 am morning services at the Ocean City Tabernacle this Sunday, September 3rd.Black was raised by his mother, along with his seven siblings, in Baltimore public housing. His mother always told him “You will have a special destination in life and a life with God.” She believed this because she had asked God to do something special with his life. As a child, Black developed “a love for the music of language” that prompted him to study the prose of Longfellow, Emerson, Milton and Thoreau. Although he knew early that God had a calling on his life, he resisted until his junior year in college. Black ultimately accepted the call and entered the military when he discovered the Navy needed African-American chaplains. After 27 years of service, Black describes his time in the military as “a protracted honeymoon that went by very quickly.”Black retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 as the Chief of Navy Champlain’s to begin his appointment as U.S. Senate Chaplain. Black is responsible for opening the Senate each day in prayer and overseeing the spiritual care and counseling of senators, their families and staff, a combined constituency of over 6,000.  Black holds seven degrees, one honorary, and has authored two books.The Tabernacle hosts distinguished guest speakers and performers every Sunday morning through September 10th. Keep up with the full list of events and speakers online at www.octab.org.###Located at 550 Wesley Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, the Ocean City Tabernacle is an inter-denominational Christian worship and event center open to all. The Tabernacle is the historic center of the City of Ocean City which was established as a “Christian Seashore retreat” in 1879. This year will mark the organization’s 138th year of ministry.last_img read more

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Sons of the American Legion Holds Veterans Day Fundraiser

first_imgOcean City’s Squadron 524 Sons of the American Legion will hold an all-you-can eat Veterans Day buffet with beverages at DiOrio’s Circle Café on Saturday November 11th between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.Proceeds from this open-to-the-public event will benefit the building fund of the new American Legion Post 524 property at 46th Street and West Avenue.Tickets are available for pre-purchase at $25 each, while        at-the- door tickets will cost $30 each. Contact Dave Garbutt (609) 602-2694 or Mike Hyson (609) 938-1157 for more information or to purchase tickets.last_img read more

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Harvard professor brings family literacy program to Ed Portal

first_img“[Some] teachers tell us to stop being creative and to start being serious about work,” begins Harvard Professor Doris Sommer. “But we say that if you can be creative with work, you are being critical too.”This philosophy is the foundation of Sommer’s innovative “Pre-Texts” literacy program that helps children bridge the gap between creative and analytical thinking. She and her team have brought this method of instruction all over the world to help educators encourage their students to take a deeper dive into literature to become both critical readers and creative thinkers.On May 21, Public School Partnerships and Sommer’s team brought Pre-Texts to the Harvard Ed Portal for the first time and showed families how to use literature as a tool for expression. Participants of all ages learned how to actively engage with a text as they explored the classic story “The Little Prince” through art, songs, and cookie decorating. Bringing the story to life required thoughtful consideration and the adults and children learned to ask questions and personally interpret the text through their own creative expression.“It’s a great way to get students talking about complex texts in a very fun way,” said Karen Wonton, who works with Boston Public Schools’ Parent University.Conducted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin, the Pre-Texts program pushed past the language barrier and allowed each participant to share their own unique interpretation of the story with others. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Victor Ochei- A Passion for Wheelchair Basketball

first_img“The love and support you(Victor Ochei)have shown to us Special People is unprecedented. You have worked tirelessly towards the develop mentioned of Wheelchair Basketball and Special People of Nigeria “-Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation(NWBF). The 5th edition of the Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship organised by the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation(NWBF) that held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos had come and gone but the memories from the highly successful competition remain fresh. One thing that should never be left unmentioned is the salutary and patriotic role being played by no less a person than Hon Victor Ochei, former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly in his unflinching faith that there is “ability in the disability of the Special People” and throwing his hat into the sponsorship ring of the Wheelchair Championship. Ochei has within the spate of five years taken the development of the Special sport to an enviable height in the country. In a clime where people would ordinarily want to invest in popular and crowd pulling sports like football to get back returns, the Delta-born politician has opted to pitch his tent with the physically challenged in the society.According to the President of the NWBF, Bukola Olapade, Ochei had over the last five years spent over N300 million on yearly sponsorship of the International event. Precise financial records at the events reveal that the sum of N300 and N28 million representing an average of N65 million per annum has so far been spent on the tournament by Ochei.An elated Olapade could not help but heap praises on Ochei.“Let me use this opportunity to express appreciation to the sponsor, who after leaving office as Speaker Delta State House of Assembly still sponsors the Championship. This really shows that he is committed to the Special athletes and the development of the game in the country “, he said.So what actually motivated Ochei into the sponsorship of this Championship? “I am motivated into the sponsorship because I believe there is so much ability in their disability”, he stated.According to him, “apart from the financial rewards that would accrue to these special people through the spirit enabling them to be able to take care of themselves and their immediate families, I also believe that the Wheelchair Basketball game has the capacity to expose them to international competitions and by extension creating other medal avenues and opportunities for our nation”.Ochei expressed great satisfaction with the outcome of the 5th edition in Lagos. In his words:” I am really impressed with the level of competitiveness amongst the teams in this year’s Championship and I must say that Wheelchair Basketball would soon be the toast of Special athletes and the Paralympic Committee in Nigeria”.From the highly successful first edition in Asaba 2012, the popularity of the game has continued to soar in leaps and bounds, attracting rare comments from all and sundry including celebrities in the country.Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo aka D’banj,  a popular musician had this to say during the 2nd edition of the sports in Lagos.“I am really impressed seeing our physically challenged athletes being given an opportunity to compete against each other in the game of basketball. This is really an eye opener for me and hopefully, when next they are hosting this championship I would be there to contribute my quota to the growth of the sport “.The time has come for the federal government and public spirited corporate organisations to take up the gauntlet by joining hands with Hon Ochei to invest massively in Wheelchair Basketball. Ochei has no doubt written his name in gold in our sports record as a nation. He deserves all the accolades and honours this patriotic fervour has more than qualified him for-Including our National Honours.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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