O.C. Merchants Use Business Savvy Amid COVID-19

first_imgBoardwalk businesses such as Manco & Manco Pizza at Ninth Street are making a bad situation work with everything from curbside pickup to online ordering. (Photo courtesy Manco and Manco’s Facebook page) By MADDY VITALEWhen Gov. Phil Murphy closed nonessential businesses last week in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, life as we know it stopped.On Wednesday, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian announced that the beaches and Boardwalk would be closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19.Social distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding gathering are the current norm in this abnormal situation.So, what becomes of the business community in “America’s Greatest Family Resort?”Well, it means changing the way to do business – and it is a hope for the community that by the start of the summer season in May that COVID-19 will be under control and the beaches and Boardwalk will be the perfect escapes from a scary time in history.Bill McGinnity, president of the Ocean City Restaurant Association, which represents 15 eateries, said that many of the restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery.McGinnity, owner of Cousin’s Restaurant, at 104 Asbury Ave., is offering takeout with curbside pickup, where you don’t even leave your car. Manco & Manco Pizza is offering parking lot pickup and delivery.“I’m doing a lot of family-style entrees, so people can have food for a few days at a time and be able to warm it up again,” McGinnity noted.Last weekend was Cousin’s first try at the driveup service Thursdays through Saturdays for now and he said it went well.“We did it last weekend for the first time and actually today again through Saturday. Three days a week like that, I can survive. By now, though, I would typically have been doing the dining right now,” McGinnity explained.But, he said, if everyone heeds the mayor’s edict, and adhere to other ways to minimize risk of exposure to the coronavirus, then there is hope for a good future.“Two weeks in March is a different story than two weeks in May. We all dealt with (Hurricane) Sandy. I think we should be OK,” McGinnity added.Restaurants such as Cousin’s are offering curbside pickup to patrons until dining is allowed to reopen. (Photo courtesy Cousin’s Facebook page)Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, said businesses are making a difficult situation work in order to continue to provide for the customers and survive.“It’s so nice to see so many family owned businesses open and doing takeout, curbside and online orders,” she said. “Our restaurants, bakeries, and other establishments have stepped up safety measures and are serving their community.”Gillian emphasized that the community must come together in this trying time to make it work.“We ask you to support these businesses by downloading the OC app, go to our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and go to oceancityvacation.com for a list of business listings that are participating,” she said.Gillian continued, “Ocean City is a unique place to live. We know with the support of the community we will move forward to better times.”Jody Levchuk, who owns Jilly’s Boardwalk shops in Ocean City along with his family, said he is still going to work in his shops every day. He is working solo for eight to 10 hours. He still does have employees, but everyone is working at a safe distance from each other, he said.He added that because he did not want to lay people off, he is going by the very important rules of social distancing and that employees are to report any sign that they are feeling sick.“I’m going in and making calls and doing orders,” Levchuk said. “I need to be in my office to do those things.”Levchuk said the best thing consumers can do to help out their favorite temporarily shuttered businesses is to order online everything from products to gift cards.“Online sales help supplement brick and mortar businesses and in a case like this, it can only help,” Levchuk said. “Go online. Buy the gift cards, order your food. Help sustain the businesses a bit until we could reopen.”His business forecast was similar to McGinnity’s outlook and Michele Gillian’s perspective.“Most people will be OK reopening by, say, Memorial Day weekend,” he said, adding that some of the Boardwalk shops routinely don’t open until the start of the summer season.He noted that he agrees with the mayor that closing the Boardwalk and beaches to the public was the right thing to do in the wake of the outbreak.“People gathering is just not a good thing in a time like this,” he said. Jilly’s T-Shirt Factory at 1048 Boardwalk focuses on online orders while the coronavirus crisis continues.last_img read more

Technology in the recruiting and hiring process

Technology has changed the recruiting and hiring process tremendously.  For the most part, the days of leaving voicemail after voicemail and trying to coordinate interviews around a lunch schedule have been left behind.  Advancements in technology have changed the way companies find and communicate with potential candidates.We are being introduced to a generation of candidates that can’t even imagine the traditional interviewing process.  Come in and meet with you face to face?  Why?  Fill out a paper application?  Really?A digital recruiting plan can be an easier and better way to build incredible staffs at a much faster rate.  It is a much more beneficial way to be able to recruit quality candidates in areas where we may not be able to realistically conduct face-to-face interviews.How does it benefit the company and how can it make the hiring process easier and better?  Imagine the benefit of having a candidate conducting a single digital video interview with multiple managers simultaneously instead of having to coordinate schedules for all those managers and candidates.  In one afternoon, you could knock out several candidate interviews and move everyone on to the next step in the hiring process. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

World Girls Defeat Island Queens 3-0

first_imgOn Saturday, Coach Junior of Island Queens could not believe what fate had for his side when they went down 3-0 against World Girls at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Though Island Queens had several chances and could have scored the opening goal, they made hopeless use of their chances.World Girls, with a trio of Miatta Morris, Josephine Pajibo and Nancy Williams in the attack, taught their opponents how to put the ball into the net.With a rising tide of attacks, Josephine Pajibo found the curtain raiser to end the first half.Back from recess, Island Queens could not make use of further chances that came their way and fumbled in front of their opponents’ goalkeeper, with the ball more often entangled between their strikers legs.But when the tide changed World Girls’ Nancy Williams and Miatta Morris completed the onslaught with exciting runs of speed and power.Though Coach Junior blamed inadequate support to the female teams for his team’s defeat, his side could not just make use of the chances that came their way.On three occasions, Island Queens players upfront fumbled before the goal, allowing the opposing goalkeeper to collect the ball to safety.“Queens’ problem is how to put the ball into the net,” said a soccer fan. “The team’s coach should concentrate on developing goal-scorers.”The female soccer league started with material support from the Liberia Football Association. The Daily Observer learned that each of the 8 teams received two sets of jerseys, 12 footballs, and Ld180, 000.The LFA said the total cash for each team is US$5,000 as a way to develop the female component of the soccer league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alliance For Women In Media Foundation Announces Gracie Award Winners

first_imgThe Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce the 2014 national winners of the 39th Annual Gracie Awards.The awards will be presented at a black-tie Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Local market, public, digital and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 11, 2014 in New York. For a list of winners, click here.In preparation for the awards Gala, Gracie Award statues are being engraved for such accomplished women such as Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), and in recognition of such dynamic programming and talent as ABC’s Scandal, CBS News’s 60 Minutes, SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Julia Cunningham, Warner Horizon Television/NBC’s The Voice, TBS/Cougar Town’s Christa Miller, OWN’s Oprah’s Lifeclass, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, HBO’s Veep and BBC America/Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany — representing a broad cross-section of outstanding actors, reporters, stories and programs.The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.“The Gracie Awards recognize women who have created inspiring, intelligent and innovative media,” said 2014 AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s signature event is a wonderful celebration of the important contributions women make to all areas of the media industry.”The Gracies are presented by the AWM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.Supporting the Gracies is synonymous with supporting women’s achievements in all facets of media and entertainment. Reserve your table and demonstrate your commitment to the AWM Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity. Sponsored tables are available ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. For more information, please contact AWMF at (703) 506-3290.For more information about the 2014 Gracies, please click here. For the most up-to-date, insider information, follow the Gracie Awards on Twitter @thegracies.last_img read more