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Photo/Grace Church[Episcopal News Service] With a little help from its interdenominational and interfaith friends, Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, found a home in the wilderness this Easter.The historic stucco church, founded in 1848, was deemed structurally unsound following the August 23 earthquake that rattled the East Coast, and has been closed for worship ever since.While it was able to move smaller services to its Hanahan Hall, Grace’s 11:15 a.m. Sunday Eucharist was too large to be held there. Then there were funerals and weddings to consider.Charleston is a popular spot for destination weddings, and the picturesque 166-year-old parish had taken additional bookings before the earthquake struck.Christmas and Easter presented another conundrum — there was no room at the inn — until a call came in from the nearby Reform Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue.KKBE’s board president, David Jaffee, pointed out that Christmas and Easter are not particularly busy dates in the Jewish calendar, recalled Emily Guerry, the rector’s assistant, and invited Grace to hold its services at the synagogue.“I just about fell over,” Guerry said. “We were worried we might have to rent an auditorium.”Grace held its Christmas Lessons and Carols service at the synagogue, and returned there for three services on Easter Day: 7:45, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.“They have just made us feel so welcome and at home,” Guerry said. Sextons were on hand to help, as were several members of the synagogue’s council. KKBE members assisted with the audio-visuals and refreshments, and the synagogue even provided the chocolate that is traditionally given out at Easter, said Grace’s rector, the Rev. Canon Michael Wright, noting that it was decorated with the Hebrew word for “life.”The synagogue’s offer to share its “most sacred space” came during a time of deep division within the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, Wright said.“It’s come at the right time,” he said. “Instead of focusing on division, we’ve got a new unity with the wider faith community to focus on. God is in the midst of us in strange and diverse ways.”In addition to Easter at the synagogue, Grace’s Holy Week was something of a moveable feast.The Maundy Thursday service, with foot washing, took place at the historic St. Mary of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church (while the congregation of St. Mary’s worshiped at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist).On Good Friday, Grace parishioners joined the congregation of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church for the Adoration of the Cross – a Lutheran liturgy with music provided by Grace’s St. Gregory Choir. (Grace joined St. Matthew’s on Ash Wednesday for a service using the Episcopal liturgy).The Good Friday Stations of the Cross and a Saturday morning Easter egg hunt were held at the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community. Then it was back to St. Mary’s for the Easter vigil and on to Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.Particularly moving, said Grace’s director for parish life Nancy Ezell Suggs, was the synagogue’s insistence that Grace’s congregation “worship in the manner and tradition that is important to your faith.” Likewise, she said, she realized what generous hosts St. Mary’s had been when she witnessed Grace’s female priest, the Rev. Callie Walpole, celebrating at the altar.“We’ve certainly learned a great deal about the kindness of people whose beliefs are different than ours,” Guerry said. “We are worshipping the same God and we’ve come to know that in a deep sense. I think none of us in our wildest dreams could imagine that we would find so many friends in Charleston.”The Unitarian Universalist Church of Charleston, First Scots Presbyterian, Trinity United Methodist and Mount Zion AME also have opened their doors to Grace, hosting funerals, weddings and parish meetings. Some local Episcopal churches — Holy Communion, St. Mark’s and St. James’ — also have lent a hand.Grace has seen its share of troubles: The parish survived shelling during the Civil War, an earthquake in 1886 and 1989’s Hurricane Hugo, which also displaced the congregation.In 2005, the growing parish began to raise funds to expand its facility. But when architects were called in, they had some distressing news to report, Ezell Suggs said: “The steeples are leaning 6 inches in, the walls are leaning in, you’ve got some problems. The focus of the campaign changed from expanding ministry to saving our church home.”The first phase of the project, a $12 million renovation of the church tower, began in 2008 and had just been completed when the earthquake struck. The tower remained strong, but sensors indicated that the stucco-over-brick clerestory walls, where deteriorating mortar had caused the bricks to pull away from each other, had become unstable.On Easter Day, Grace launched a new $5 million capital campaign: Home to Grace. The funds will be used to pay down the remainder of the loan for the tower work and to strengthen the walls. Parishioners hope to be “home to Grace” this summer, though work will be ongoing.“We were just getting over the first phase of the project and thought we would get some rest,” Ezell Suggs said. “There has not been much rest around here but there has been a wonderful, wonderful sense of cooperation and we wouldn’t have missed that for the world.”“I think that we’ve learned, too, that as much as we love our building and as much as we miss it — and we do — that we are Grace Church wherever we go,” Guerry said. “The church is really the people who show up Sunday after Sunday. We’ve had to learn that in a very practical way.”“Instead of living in the wilderness and hoping for home, we’ve found home in the wilderness,” Wright said. “It’s not about getting somewhere else, it’s about finding home now.”— Lucy Chumbley is a freelance reporter based in Washington, D.C.In Spanish: http://bit.ly/HD5arB Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ecumenical & Interreligious, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC
U.S. occupation force in Afghanistan.Capitalist crises engender war. To the profiteers, war spoils and the selling of war materiel are the answer to sagging markets and declining production.The war drive of U.S. imperialism has kicked up a notch even as we write. Long U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq created horrendous conditions for the people there. Now much of the Middle East is in flames, with all the Western imperialists, Washington leading the pack, trying to grab a piece of the action.By pouring in weapons and money against secular postcolonial governments, from Iraq to Syria to Libya, the U.S., its NATO allies and Israel have spawned mercenary armies of every stripe that are beholden to the imperialists and their collaborators. Now the enemy, at least for the purposes of war propaganda, is “Islamic terrorism” — which U.S. intervention helped to create.But selling weapons and forcing open markets are not enough for U.S. warmakers. They foresee the further disintegration of their global empire and are laying the basis for bigger wars.Thus the Obama administration, which gets its marching orders from Wall Street just as the Republicans do, is seeking broader powers for the president to make war without actually declaring it. Called “Authorization for the Use of Military Force,” it would make official what has become almost routine: the president’s ability to sidestep Congress and carry out aggression.The AUMF would include not just setting up proxy armies but authorizing U.S. troops on the ground. Where will they intervene next? In Ukraine, if the right-wing, U.S.-created regime in Kiev can’t subdue rebellious forces in the east seeking autonomy? Washington is already talking about sending Ukraine heavy weapons.Or maybe Libya? The parliament of Italy, the former colonial power in Libya, is already talking of sending troops under United Nations aegis. Egypt’s generals, who blasted back to power with Washington’s blessings in 2013, are already bombing there.The Democrats have long been associated with starting wars, especially wars with “humanitarian” pretexts. Republicans find other pretexts, isolationist rhetoric aside. House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israel’s Netanyahu made clear that Republicans want war against Iran. And Sen. John McCain, who got shot down terror-bombing Vietnam and built his political career on being caught, calls for direct U.S. intervention in Ukraine.What can stop this grim trajectory? Making resistance to militarism part of every social struggle. Jobs and justice, not racism and war!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Feb. 17 — Nearly a month since the start of the U.S.-orchestrated coup attempt in Venezuela, the conflict remains primarily international because the coup plotters from the Venezuelan oligarchy and their U.S. masters have failed to gather forces within Venezuela capable of toppling the legitimate Bolivarian government.Massive demonstrations have shown that the majority of the population continue to support Maduro. And despite repeated calls by the counterrevolutionary self-proclaimed government, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) have not split or joined the traitors, beyond a handful of individuals.The plotters are now openly inviting the U.S. military to intervene. The coup leaders have relied on the false claims of a humanitarian crisis, with the full cooperation of the U.S. and European news agencies, to justify the delivery of “humanitarian aid” as a way to open the gate to counterrevolution.But international organizations have objected to this ploy. “Humanitarian action needs to be independent of political, military or other objectives,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. (Reuters, Feb. 6)The Red Cross, which recently expanded its programs with several Venezuelan hospitals, rejected the mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development. “We will not be participating in what is, for us, not humanitarian aid,” stated Colombia’s International Red Cross (ICRC) spokesperson Christoph Harnisch. (tinyurl.com/yxm6phtu)The counterrevolutionaries around Juan Guaidó, the U.S. puppet who got no votes for president in last May’s elections, have focused their media campaigns on convincing FANB troops to defect and allow the aid through. Guaidó has announced that Feb. 23 is the deadline for the delivery of humanitarian aid; and he has gone as far as to openly call for the U.S. to use military force to deliver it.Venezuela needs sanctions lifted, not phony aidThe total amount of aid being delivered from the U.S. is estimated at $25 million, and it is stated to be enough food and hygienic products to last several thousand people 10 days. In comparison, the latest sanctions announced by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton targeting Venezuelan oil assets are estimated to cost working and poor Venezuelans $30 million a day.The Bank of England has frozen $1.4 billion worth of Venezuelan gold, which the bank says it will release to Guaidó. Washington also froze $7 billion assets of Citgo, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, under the latest sanctions. This means that in the past month, Washington and its allies have stolen $8.4 billion, or more than 350 times the promised “aid.”The meager aid currently being gathered in the Colombian border town of Cúcuta is insignificant compared to the long-term damage that U.S. sanctions have already done to the Venezuelan economy since 2015.Venezuela sits on the largest certified reserves of oil in the world. Due to the legacy of colonialism and U.S. imperialism, the Venezuelan economy relies heavily on the oil industry and imports many essential consumer products.While the Bolivarian Revolution has made great strides in food autonomy and developing non-oil industries, Venezuela still needs to import certain products. Instead of lifting the sanctions that block Venezuela from buying needed medicines, the United States is delivering a token amount of aid at gunpoint.Venezuela, Haiti and PalestineAt the same time as Washington calls for this delivery to Venezuela, the people of Haiti have been in open revolt against a government the U.S. installed when it twice kidnapped and deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The corporate media in the U.S. have barely covered the mass revolts in Haiti, in which U.S.-backed police and army shot dead at least seven protesters as of Feb. 16.The current insurrection in Haiti is directly linked to the Venezuelan crisis. A major issue in Haiti has been the theft of funds from PetroCaribe, an economic alliance established by Venezuela to allow Caribbean nations to purchase discounted oil products.Venezuela’s Bolivarian government has also used its wealth from natural resources to offer material aid to the people of Palestine. In contrast, U.S. puppet Guaidó has announced that he is “rebuilding ties with Israel” and alludes to opening an embassy there.In a move that blatantly shows the Trump administration’s hatred of the Venezuelan people, it has appointed Elliott Abrams as special adviser on Venezuela, adding this war criminal to the gang that includes Bolton, Marco Rubio, Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo.Abrams was convicted on two counts of lying to Congress about his role in the Iran-Contra affair, which was part of a plot to overthrow the government of Nicaragua. He was later pardoned by George H.W. Bush. Abrams brought major U.S. backing to genocidal right-wing governments in Central American republics like El Salvador and Guatemala.While preparing to deliver supposed “humanitarian aid” to Venezuela, the Trump administration continues to display its contempt for all Latin Americans, most recently declaring a national emergency to divert billions of dollars to build a wall along the southern border.The wall is supposed to prevent migration from Central America, where people flee the results of the genocide and war crimes backed by Abrams during the 1980s, as well as the more recent U.S.-engineered coup in Honduras in 2009.Inside its borders, the United States continues the murder and mass incarceration of Black and Brown people. The U.S. ruling class refuses to fix deadly levels of water contamination in Flint, Mich., and towns all across the Midwest. The number of empty homes in the U.S. is greater than the number of homeless people.In light of this grisly humanitarian record, it is clear that the U.S. government has no authority or desire to truly improve the lives of Venezuelans. What the U.S. ruling class wants is to plunder the natural resources of Latin American countries and crush the momentum of anti-imperialist liberation movements there.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Print WhatsApp Previous articleA lot of puppy love in CrecoraNext articlePike Sign Conor Layng Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Twitter COUNTY Limerick-based artist Peter Lunn will shed light on his latest collection at Friarsgate Gallery in Kilmallock from Monday September 14.The Ahane native has worked as an art therapist with various local charities and institutions in Limerick over the past 16 years. But when Ireland went into lockdown in March due to Covid-19 much of Peter’s work came to a halt, so he turned his focus to painting.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Unfortunately due to the Covid restrictions much of my work came to a complete halt back in March and is only slowly returning to normal. As a result I currently work two days a week in Bawnmore, with the Brothers of Charity services,” he told the Limerick Post this week.Peter’s new collection, titled ‘Light’, is primarily landscape and seascape, much of it imaginative, and a response to the upheaval of the last few months. Much of the work is based around the uncertainty of the initial lockdown.“From a work point of view I went from being extremely busy as a self-employed art therapist working with people with special needs to having nothing to do almost overnight.“The restrictions preventing us from travelling a few kilometres from our homes was very strange and took a while to come to terms with. This led to a lot of time for reflection and I suppose a need for self expression,” he said.According to Mr Lunn, the whole point of his work is to help people to express emotions, thoughts and feelings non verbally, through art making.”It was fairly important to apply that principle to my own work.“The pictures are representational landscapes but used kind of metaphorically, some were completely from my imagination, some actual representations of places I’ve been or near my home that resonate with me.“The colours used were often fairly dark to begin with, seascapes that I did were inevitably stormy because I suppose the constant drip feed of news around deaths, worldwide pandemic and the whole uncertainty of the time was expressed that way.“The work began to brighten over time and it was interesting that even if a picture was dark or a bit sombre there was always a very definite source of light in the picture. This wasn’t deliberately done but kind of emerged along the way. It was a natural progression. The whole light in the dark theme became a thread running through the pictures, hence the title.”Peter Lunn’s new exhibition ‘Light’ opens next week at Friarsgate Gallery in Kilmallock. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LifestyleLimerickNewsAhane artist sheds light on Covid lockdownBy Alan Jacques – September 13, 2020 427 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival
Top StoriesTarun Tejpal Rape Case : Supreme Court Extends Deadline For Completion Of Trial To March 31, 2021 Sanya Talwar27 Oct 2020 7:27 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has granted additional time to a Goa Court for completion of the trial in the alleged rape case against Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka Magazine.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & MR Shah granted time until March 31, 2021 to complete the trial in an application seeking extension of time to do so.The application had been filed by State…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has granted additional time to a Goa Court for completion of the trial in the alleged rape case against Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka Magazine.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & MR Shah granted time until March 31, 2021 to complete the trial in an application seeking extension of time to do so.The application had been filed by State of Goa. On August 19, 2019, the top court, while dismissing a petition filed by Tejpal for quashing the charges of rape framed against him, had directed that the trial be completed by December 31, 2020.Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appeared for the former editor of Tehelka magazine and urged the Court to not extend the time further, adding that the December 31, 2020 deadline was already an “extended” one.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Court that the extension was necessary as the trial could not be completed by December 31.Last year, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, M R Shah and B R Gavai refused to interfere with the judgment of the the Goa bench of Bombay High Court that had upheld the September 2017 order of Sessions judge at Mapusa, Goa, framing charges against him for rape.According to the FIR, a journalist colleague of Tejpal was raped by him on November 7, 2013, inside an elevator in a Hotel Grand Hyatt, Goa, during Tehelka magazine’s THiNK 2013 festival in Goa.Terming the offence “morally abhorrent” and an “assault on the privacy of the victim”, the bench directed the Sessions Court to complete trial within six months.RaThe trial court had framed charges against Tejpal under sections 354 (assaulting or using criminal force on a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty), 354-A (outraging modesty), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrong confinement), 376 (rape), 376(2) (f) (person in position of trust or authority over women, committing rape of such women) and 376(2) (k) (rape of a woman by a person being in position of control or dominance over the woman).”The high court failed to appreciate the manner in which the charges were directed to be framed against the Petitioner by the trial court by totally disregarding the primary evidence in the form of CCTV footage, which totally demolishes the case of the Prosecution, while relying on material that is not even a document within the meaning of Section 3 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.” stated the petition filed by Tejpal.Next Story
WhatsApp Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 By News Highland – February 3, 2019 Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Access to healthcare in rural areas will be badly affected as Ireland’s ageing GP population retires.That’s according to the National Association of General Practitioners, which says dwindling funding’s made the profession unviable for new entrants.It plans a protest next week, and is warning patients there may be disruption to services.Dr Matt O’Toole, head of the NAGP, says there’s a crisis on the way:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/otoolGPs6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleThe McHugh View – Martin McHugh reviews the weekend’s big GAA storiesNext articleMajor fire on Buncrana Main Street News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Access to rural healthcare under threat as GP profession ‘unviable’ WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+
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Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah) — Months into the fight against the novel coronavirus in the U.S., some Americans’ daily lives are still relatively normal. In Washington County, Utah, with a population of about 165,000, business is almost as usual with streets bustling and people out in public without masks or gloves.Golf courses are open and packed — though with only one person per cart. Parks are open, kids play on the slides and people string up hammocks and have group picnics.The majority of businesses in Washington City remain open, though some employees wear protective gear, and some businesses have reduced capacity or have adjusted opening hours.Despite the state’s intensifying measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, including a request to shutter nonessential businesses, there is no statewide lockdown order and local officials believe the safety measures they have taken are working.Washington County Commissioner Gil Almquist said he’s “not even remotely worried.”“Life is very normal except if you want to go to Olive Garden they’re bringing your order to your car,” Almquist said. “We’re trying to see it as business as usual.”As of Thursday, Washington County, Utah, had 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have only been 48 cases in all of Southwest Utah.At Secrets Nail Bar they don’t allow more than 10 clients inside at a time and have been offering face masks to customers who didn’t come in wearing one. Though business has declined recently, an employee at the salon told ABC News that most of their regular clients still come in routinely.“They keep coming back,” she said. “For them, nails are essential for health and hygiene.”At Great Clips Hair Salons in both Washington and St. George, customers are still welcome, with an hour in the morning reserved for at-risk people and restrictions for two haircuts at a time. Similarly, the doors at Joann Fabric and Craft stores in Washington County are open, but allowing only 20 people inside at a time.The Utah Department of Health prohibited the order dine-in options at restaurants and imposed restrictions on group gatherings in the state until April 15. In addition, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a travel order on Wednesday requiring all individuals 18 years or older to complete a COVID-19 travel declaration form when entering the state. The order went into effect Friday.But Almquist described the stores as busy with traffic and cars on the freeway and roads, saying he even saw some chiropractor facilities that are still open, but taking proper measures to wipe everything down and prescreen customers.Many of those in Washington County are not full-time residents. During peak season, about 28,000 overnight visitors come to the region, according to a report released last year by the Kem Gardner Policy Institute.The analysis also showed Washington County has a large share of secondary homes, with approximately 20% of Northern Utah residents owning a separate vacation home in Southwest Utah, many of whom head down on holidays like Easter.“We are not a bedroom community not an industrialized community, we’re basically a ‘come and have fun’ tourism place,” Almquist said.Given the circumstances, local officials are discouraging people from coming down this Easter Sunday.The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is keeping tabs on the number of cases, Almquist told ABC News, but he added, “We are not like the big cities. We feel precautions have worked and we are ready to get back to business.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Claudio Mamo, Chef Hiram Quintana, Vittorio and Luigi Ottaviano, and Ardian Mamo, 5, are partners in the new Vittorio’s Italian Restaurant at 1018 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJVittorio Ottaviano, his brother Luigi, son-in-law Claudio Mamo and chef Hiram Quintana will offer Ocean City Fall Block Party visitors a taste of things to come on Saturday (Oct. 11).Ottaviano will open Vittorio’s Italian Restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 1018 Asbury Avenue (between 10th and 11th streets).But on Saturday, he will offer visitors a chance to take a look at the remodeled space and to taste the restaurant’s signature fresh pasta, made on the premises during the block party.The new venture fills a space occupied by The Shore Thing restaurant until Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Ottaviano has worked since August to get the new restaurant ready.He owns and operates Vittorio Trattoria in Pottstown, Pa., and he said he’s following his customers to Ocean City, where 60 percent of them own property or at least vacation. Trattoria is familiar with Ocean City from his own family vacations, and in June, he noticed a “For Lease” sign in the window on the 1000 block of Asbury Avenue. He said one phone call later his fate was sealed.Ottaviano said his Trattoria regulars would expect something that looks familiar to their favorite spot in Pottstown, so the new restaurant includes tablecloths, artwork and even faux wine barrels on the wall.Chef Hiram Quintana said that in addition to fresh pasta, the restaurant will feature farm-to-table local produce and seasonal seafood dishes.The restaurant will be open year-round, Ottaviano said, with lunch and dinner served seven days through the fall. Breakfast will be served in season, and brunch may be added on weekends.For more information, visit vittoriosrestaurant.com or call 609-398-7800.
As a second-year student at Harvard Law School, Crystal Redd could be preparing to spend a summer in New York or Washington at a prestigious firm. Instead, she’ll be heading to Georgia and Alabama, fighting not for a plum associate position but for the lives of poor defendants facing the death penalty.In choosing a public service path, Redd faces a host of career unknowns, starting with where she’ll find her first post-law school job. (Nonprofits, after all, aren’t known for launching massive recruiting efforts on campus.) But thanks to University support, Redd feels ready to take the plunge and pursue her passion for community work.“I think we need to let people know it’s OK to not know exactly what you’ll be doing after graduation,” said Redd, who will work this summer at the Advancement Project and with the Southern Center for Human Rights.With that in mind, Harvard President Drew Faust sat down with Redd, who was one of 10 students chosen as a 2012 Presidential Fellow for their commitment to public service initiatives. They engaged in a candid discussion of what the University can do to promote public service across Harvard’s Schools. The University honored the group, only the second to be awarded the grants from the Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program, during a luncheon at the Harvard Faculty Club on April 27.This year’s fellows, drawn from six Schools and programs at the University, will work with legal aid groups, school districts, and community theater groups. Chike Aguh (left) and Paul Perry discussed the program during the luncheon.“We want to continue to build a culture here that’s supportive of public service,” Faust said. “We want public service to have a high profile as a very important consideration for a life’s work.”Begun last year, the program provides grants of up to $5,000 for undergraduates and $8,000 for graduate students to fund summer projects across a wide range of areas and interests, from nonprofits and government agencies to community initiatives and social ventures. An anonymous donor funds the program.Through the fellowship program and other initiatives, Faust said, the University hopes to broaden students’ conception of what public service can be, repositioning it not as a side interest but as a central part of a fulfilling career.This year’s fellows, drawn from six Schools and programs at the University, will work with legal aid groups, school districts, and community theater groups. One fellow will head to the White House to help improve performance management in the federal government, while another will run a community garden for at-risk youth in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood.The fellowship program, managed by the Office of the President, aims to expand its horizon beyond the summer by offering fellows resources to continue their public service once they return to campus.Fellows will be able to take online courses through the Center for Workplace Development and the Harvard Extension School and will have access to Rosetta Stone language software, helping them to build their skills in accounting, foreign languages, website design, or other topics that might help them to launch their own social initiatives.The fellows will be able to turn to each other, as well as to last year’s inaugural cohort, who also attended the luncheon to share their experience.“This is a wonderful opportunity,” said 2012 fellow Mackenzie Hild, a College sophomore, who will spend the summer on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico collaborating with a doctor and the local community to improve nutrition. “It’s great to feel supported by your peers in doing this kind of work.”Biographies of past and current fellows can be found here.