Thank you very much!Sincerely,Dr. Michael Walters Dear Editor.I’m writing an article on former Jersey City Mayor Mark Fagan for the journal The Human Prospect. While I do expect to have an assistant on this project, information on the former mayor was scant ten years ago.He died in 1955, six months before his successor, Frank Hague, left his controversial legacy behind. Mark Fagan’s funeral was held at St. Bridget’s Parish, which closed a few years ago. Since Fagan was a former mayor, which political figures attended his funeral? When he was aging in his downtown home, did any youth meet him? Could such youth still live?Many barely know Mark Fagan’s name. When I wrote about him and Hague a decade ago, many only remembered that he was the last Republican mayor of Jersey City before Bret Schundler. Such is true, but Fagan, by most accounts, was much more than that.Therefore, I want to enlighten people, both in Hudson County and beyond, about this mayor, whose memory has been minimized, mostly because of the city executive who followed him.I ask you to print this letter, and look forward to hearing from people who have information about former Mayor Fagan, or documents relating to his life. He had a sister, who may have had children. My previous inquiries revealed that he had a son, who died young in the 1960s or 1970s. However, indirect descendants of the former mayor may still be alive. If he socialized in his later years, grandchildren of his friends may remember him.
Share 34 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleLocalNews The Wedding Garment by: – October 8, 2011 Share Share Tweet Image via: gbcdecatur.orgWhen I was a young fellow, there was a priest in Port of Spain who achieved a certain notoriety because of what he used to do at weddings. If a bride came to church with her shoulders and upper torso practically exposed, he would go to the sacristy, get an old jacket and throw it over her shoulders, before he proceeded with the ceremony. Before long, brides at that Church came completely covered from head to toe.It was a case of one exaggeration being met with another, but the practice of that priest often comes to mind whenever I read today’s Gospel. The poor man who came not badly but inappropriately dressed got summarily kicked out of the wedding. He was wearing the wrong clothes. I say “wrong clothes,” not to suggest casual wear when formal was required. In the days of the gospel, quests were provided with a wedding garment, much as we robe infants at baptism today with a symbolic garment to signify their new status. In a similar way, guests had to put on the wedding garment provided by the host over whatever clothes they arrived with. One result of that was that weddings could not become fashion shows. Everybody wore the same thing.Jesus, of course, is not really talking of befitting wear for weddings. In the traditional Israelite understanding, which he shared, the wedding feast was a symbol of the joyful union with God in at the end of time. The garment here is not the level of finery you could afford but what qualities you should come clothed in, if you wished to share in the feast and be part of the Lord’s company.The Bible does not focus specifically on moral requirements for enjoying the feast. The New Testament sets out in a variety of different ways different habits and values of Christian living. Every letter of St. Paul, for instance, has a section devoted to this purpose. One value that gets special mention is perseverance. Jesus devoted two parables to the idea: a man getting ready for bed, disturbed by a friend pounding at his door, looking for a few loaves to host an untimely visitor; and the woman who pesters the unjust judge to give her justice and doesn’t cease petering until she gets it.In a famous section of his letter, the author of Hebrews counselled his hearers who were growing tired and were tempted to give up: “What a cloud of innumerable witnesses surround us! So let us be rid of every encumbrance… Lift up your drooping hands and strengthen your trembling knees” and keep running the race till the end (12: 1, 12). Faith was a marathon not a sprint. It was a metaphor New Testament writers particularly liked.St. Matthew is the evangelist who gives the most deliberate attention to being accepted or rejected at the end, in his scene of the Last Judgement in chapter 25. The principal feature of this scene is the element of surprise. Both groups, the just and the unjust, hear something completely unexpected. The just are told first that when they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and imprisoned, they were in fact encountering and serving the Lord. This is a surprise, because all they saw when they were so engaged were people who were hungry, thirty, sick, naked, and imprisoned. They are told that all the while the one in need they were helping was the Lord incognito.The unjust get a surprise in the other direction. When they are told who they were neglecting in the different persons in need they bypassed, we can imagine what their reaction must have been Lord, had we known that people like that were actually you, how could we possibly have passed you by?But they did. And we do it still, because the faces of human need remain all too human. There’s nothing divine about any of them. We tend therefore to see only what our eyes disclose. And all the while the Lord is there waiting to be met.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph.d
Batesville @ Sunman Dearborn-Middle School Track results from 4/18.Girls: Sunman Dearborn 67, Batesville 52Shot Put-2 Veronica King (24’1”)Discus-2 Lilly Grigg (55’2”)High Jump-2 Kaylie Raver (4’2”)Long Jump-1 Madelyn Pohlman (14’2”) 3 Elena Kuisel (12”5”)Pole Vault-1 Nadine Davis (7’) 2 Jada Day (6’)100M Hurdles-2 Cora Deputy (19.2)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (12.9) 3 Elena Kuisel (13.8)200M-2 Lizzy Nobbe (29.58) 3 Elena Kuisel (29.1)400M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (1:04) 3 Ava Hanson (1:09)800M-2 Jada Day (2:57) 3 Kaylie Raver (3:00)1600M-2 Kaylie Raver (6:23) 3 Jada Day (6:24)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Madelyn Pohlman (55.3)Boys: Sunman Dearborn 81, Batesville 38Shot Put-3 Blake Hon (31’9”)Discus-2 Eli Loichinger (88’7”)Long Jump-1 Evan Williamson (16’6”) 2 Seth Pierson (16’6”)110M Hurdles-2 Trenton Kincade (18.6)100M-2 Evan Williamson (12.2)200M-1 Evan Williamson (25.1)400M-1 Will Sherwood (1:00)800M-1 Eli Loichinger (2:28)1600M-1 Eli Loichinger (5:28)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virusUNDATED (AP) — Golf’s annual rite of spring won’t happen this year. Augusta National has decided to postpone the Masters because of the spread of the coronavirus. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. — Boston Marathon organizers are postponing the prestigious race until Sept. 14 because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The April 20 race was expected to draw 31,000 runners and about 1 million spectators.— The first four races of the Formula One season have been called off because of the virus. Organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix just hours ahead f the first official practice sessions, after McLaren withdrew because one of its team members tested positive for the virus. Now the Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have also been postponed. The China Grand Prix was postponed previously. No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.— IndyCar and NASCAR are still planning to race this weekend, but without spectators. IndyCar is scheduled to pen ts season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Only essential personnel will be permitted to attend, nd competitors will have to undergo a questionnaire for health screening before entry. Today’s practice sessions nd other events have been canceled. NASCAR will race this week at Atlanta and next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway under similar restrictions.— The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season, for the first time since 1940. The league has decided to cancel the season. Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.— The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums. The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs. Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. March 13, 2020 Associated Press The decision came 12 hours after PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan canceled four tournaments, starting with the final three rounds of The Players Championship and its $15 million purse.The Masters had been scheduled for April 9-12.In a statement, Masters chairman Fred Ridley said he hoped the postponement puts Augusta National in the best position to host the Masters and its two other amateur events “at some later date.” He did not indicate when the Masters might be played. The private club traditionally closes in May and does not open for its members until October.The decision is the latest big hit to the spring sports calendar caused by the COVID-19 oubreak, which has already caused the cancellation of March Madness and disrupted schedules across the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer.Among other virus-related developments in sports: — The English Premier League and the Champions League were both suspended Friday. Matches in England will be stopped until at least April 3 after five Premier League clubs said some players or staff were in self-isolation. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the virus, as has Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.— The Greek Olympic committee has suspended the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The committee said a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit yesterday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports
KLM launches maiden flight to Liberia since the civil war ended in 2003After 20 years without flights to Liberia, Dutch Airline Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has recommenced flights to Liberia.The airline left the country in the early 1990s, during the the civil unrest which destroyed, among other infrastructures Liberia’s only international airport at Robertsfield.Touching down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on the evening of Sunday, March 26, 2017, the return of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was a scene of excitement as passengers, airport workers and bystanders were seen pulling out their electronic gadgets to take photographs of the aircraft.It can be recalled that on November 15, 2016, the airline announced the resumption of flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. KLM now operates between Amsterdam, Freetown and Monrovia, on an Airbus A330-200 series which has over 268 seats. The flight operates three times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.Upon arrival at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on March 26, Henri Ledoux, the director of delegation for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, said the KLM resumption means Liberia has a “very good” potential of clients to northern Europe and the United States.“KLM is good for this kind of traffic. This is why we chose Liberia. We came with AirFrance two years ago. Finally the people from France say they prefer to go to Paris; so we prefer KLM, but it takes time,” Ledoux said.He disclosed that KLM authorities are going to many places in Africa, but not everywhere.“KLM Airlines serves 51 routes in Africa; and so there is a huge traffic, seven new destinations in Africa for AirFrance-KLM in 2007. We are back in Africa. If we are back, that means there is potential,” Ledoux added.The KLM plans to expand its African network and will compete with other world class airlines, the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
PATA Gold Awards 2018 open for submissionsPATA Gold Awards 2018 open for submissionsTourism industry organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards the successful promotion of the travel industry throughout the Asia Pacific region are encouraged to submit entries to the 2018 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards. The deadline for submissions is May 11, 2018. The Awards presentation will take place during PATA Travel Mart 2018 on September 14 at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) in Langkawi, Malaysia.Sponsored by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) for the 23rd consecutive year, the PATA Gold Awards sets industry standards for excellence and innovation.This year’s awards will also include two new categories: Community Based Tourism (CBT) and Women Empowerment Initiative (WEI).Submissions for Community Based Tourism will be accepted for both CBT supporter or CBT initiative and judging will be based on the benefit of the initiative, impact on local community, awareness of the programme and effectiveness of the programme.The award for Women Empowerment Initiative will be presented to travel and tourism-related organisations or destinations that embrace initiatives that forge positive visibility in women. These include, but are not limited to, initiatives that demonstrate and promote equal opportunities for women; encourage women in leadership or women-led tourism projects; raise awareness about gender parity and contribute to advancing women; celebrate women’s diversity and social, political and economic achievements; provide educational activities for women to better improve their opportunities for working within the tourism industry; establish tourism as a tool for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and facilitate their access to jobs and/or create possibilities for career enhancement in tourism.Ms Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of MGTO, said, “For over two decades, the PATA Gold Awards have devoted efforts to gather and highlight the successful achievements of tourism stakeholders across Asia-Pacific, giving a valuable contribution to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in our region. MGTO is honoured to help facilitate this far-reaching initiative, especially as Macao has just been designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. I encourage organisations and individuals to come forward and share your talent and best experiences, so that together we may continue to build a better future for our tourism industry.”PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “We are sincerely grateful to MGTO for sponsoring the PATA Gold Awards in 2018 and for their continued commitment to a responsible and sustainable tourism industry. The PATA Grand and Gold Awards provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward the very best the Asia Pacific travel industry has to offer. The winners of these awards set industry standards for excellence and innovation and serve as examples for others to follow. I encourage all organisations that demonstrate excellence in conception, creativity and fulfillment to submit their applications today.”Winner privileges:Gain a major boost to the organisation’s marketing and public relations profileAttract valuable media coverage in various PATA communications channels including the weekly PATA Voice e-newsletter, press releases and social media channelsEntitled to leverage the prestigious PATA Gold Awards Winner logo on collateral materialsHighlights of the winning entries on display at the PATA Travel Mart for delegates to enjoyFeatured in the winners’ showcase booklet and PATA Gold Awards videoJudged by an international panel of experts, the Gold Awards recognise exceptional achievement in seven broad categories with 30 Gold Awards and four Grand Awards on offer:Marketing Campaign (eight Gold Awards and one Grand Award)Environment (three Gold Awards and one Grand Award)Corporate Social Responsibility (one Gold Award)Heritage & Culture (three Gold Awards and one Grand Award)Education & Training (one Gold Award and one Grand Award)Marketing Media (ten Gold Awards)Travel Journalism (four Gold Awards)PATA Gold Awards details, brochure, and information about past winners are all available at www.PATA.org/goldawards.View video from the PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, and pictures from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013Source = Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)