Repopulating Oysters In Baltimore

The number of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay has significantly reduced over the past few years. Environmental groups and activists are trying to repopulate oysters by growing them. They have built an oyster garden at Baltimore’s polluted inner harbor as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Baltimore Initiative.


Terry Cummings gathered more than 20 volunteers at the Downtown Sailing Center to help with the cultivating exercise. He had to explain to them about the development of baby oysters in their oyster shells before they began the activity. One oyster shell can hold up to 10 oyster babies. Cummings said that an oyster spat is tiny like a half of a coin.


The University of Maryland grew spats at Horn’s Point Laboratory in Cambridge. Pat Beall helped Cummings to take out the of oyster shells from the water. The two coordinators and the volunteers put the shells into steel confines. They tied the piers to the cages and then dropped them back in the water. The objective of the exercise was to let the cages stay in the water until the spring hoping that the spats would mature over that duration. The volunteers were required to come every month to clean the cages and ensure that the spats are getting sufficient food and water.


Dana Vik was one of the volunteers. She and her husband relocated to Baltimore 15 month ago. Vik said that she was surprised by the quality of the water and the trash situation at the harbor. She commented that Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was a complete mess. The biggest problem facing the harbor is the fecal bacteria that are released into the water from the gallons of untreated sewage. Camara Thomas, the Program Manager for Healthy Harbor Initiative, said that the oysters would be well despite the horrible conditions.


The long-term objective of the program was to deploy five million oysters on the reef over the next five years to help filter the water. Peyton Robertson said that if the oyster production were successful, then the oysters would repopulate at other areas of the estuary.


Keith Mann and DSP Encourage Uncommon School’s Students to be Leaders of Tomorrow

Keith Mann is an innovative entrepreneur and philanthropist in NYC who is committed to educating the next generation. He is the CEO and founder of Dynamic Search Partners, which is an executive search agency that focuses on hedge fund and private equity agencies. Keith has been leading this growing enterprise for over 15 years, and today he also has offices in Europe and Austrailia. DSP also has a reputation for having the largest database in the U.S.

In September of 2013, the Manns created an ongoing relationship with Uncommon Charter High Schools. Uncommon Schools began in Brooklyn, and Keith Mann and Dynamics Search Partners started assisting these low-income students by helping them with their resumes and other tactical and practical skills that would enable them when applying for college.

Keith Mann and DSP have also made monetary donations to this growing school system with contributions of $10,000, $20,000 and, in 2015, they began an annual $5,000 college scholarship fund.

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Jason Halpern Carries On A Family Tradition

Real estate developer Jason Halpern’s love of the business pointed him in the direction of launching JMH Development in 2010.

Taking command of the family’s more than fifty years in the business Halpern, who grew up going to see New York construction sites accompanying his father, now carries on the family tradition with his son.


The Halpern family has constructed hundreds of residential apartments in Westchester County and New York City as well as in Florida. The focal point of the firm’s thinking centers on adaptive reuse projects and historic properties restorations.

At the present time, JMH Development is reported to have $500 million invested in New York state projects. The firm completed a major renovation of 184 Kent Avenue which brought about 340 residential rentals in Brooklyn as well as nine luxury townhouses in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill district.


What’s more, JHM Development also worked on a 172 high end town homes community in Queens and repurposing the Brooklyn Heights Cinema to build luxury condominiums.

In September, 2016 JHM sold the Aloft South Beach in Miami for $105 million. The project was a redevelopment of the historic Motel Ankara. And according to the Department of Buildings, JHM Development recently filed plans for a 289-key hotel in Long Island City.


Halpern commented in a statement that showing consideration for the community where you build is an important value for him. He said he is captivated by expansions which have distinctive structural designs.

He also values charitable activities such as raising funds for the Westchester Medical Center’s Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center and building houses for Habitat for Humanity.


Following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, Halpern is a devoted father to his son who also enjoys accompanying his father to work.

Jose Borghi, a Prominent Member of Brazil’s Advertising Elite

Jose Borghi founder of the Borghi Lowe agency, (now Mullen Lowe), is one of Brazil’s best when it comes to advertising. You might know his successful campaigns such as Sazon that featured the hit, “Is Love,” still a favorite tune on many lists and Mammals Parmalat where kids dressed up like stuffed animals and sang fun and memorable jingles.

As a young man, he wasn’t sure about which career path to pursue. However, after seeing a performance at the Castro Neves Theater, Jose Borghi knew he wanted to be in the entertainment industry in some way. He never dreamed that one day the advertising he produced would be featured at the Cannes Lions Festival and that he would become known as one of the most creative and talented members of the international advertising community.

Jose Borghi was born in Presidente Prudente and studied advertising at PUC Campinas. He started his professional career in 1989 with lower rung positions at Standart Ogilvy, DM9/DDB, FCB and Leo Burnett. He then opened his own agency with business partner Erh Ray.

The agency started with no backers, investors, banks or loans. They built it from the ground up with hard work, a solid media planning and creation service and a lot of coffee. In 2006, the agency merged with the Lowe agency becoming Borghi Lowe. This expanded its notoriety throughout both Brazilian and international markets. At this time, Jose Borghi began to share the head CEO position with Andre Gomes as Ray moved on to pursue other interests.

Jose Borghi is proud of the work he’s done and his career. He feels he’s able to survive and find success even if he experiences adversity. He says he knew no one would give him anything. Nothing would come by, “grace, luck or fate.” He says he understood that if he didn’t make an effort and go for what he wanted, he would just be another unsuccessful nobody. Therefore, his achievements aren’t remarkable or unexpected to him. He’s worked hard toward many goals in order to achieve what he has.

Even early on in his career, the companies he worked for trusted him with very important campaigns for corporations on Facebook and organizations such as Honda, The Down Syndrome Association, Delta Airlines, Unilever, Electrolux, Asia Motors, America Online, American Express and Fiat. His campaigns have earned him awards in Brazil and other countries as well.

These awards include 14 Lions Cannes Awards, 7 London Festival Awards, 10 One Show Awards and 10 Clio Advertising Awards. He was also named, “Advertiser of the Year,” in 2009.

The Median Income in Seattle Is Now $80,000

Seattle has been considered one of the best cities to live in for many years. This has been primarily due to the low unemployment rate, low crime rate and the beautiful surroundings of the city. Seattle’s reputation for being a great place to live is not going to be changing any time soon. This is due to the fact that Seattle’s median income made the biggest increase by far of any major city in the United States. The average household in that city earned slightly more than $80,000 in 2015. This is according to information that was compiled by the Census Bureau.


This $80,000 median income figure is stunning for several reasons. First of all, this figure is a $10,000 increase from the previous year. Also, it is $8,000 more than the next highest median increase for a major city in 2015. San Francisco’s median income went up by $2,000 during that same year. There has been much speculation about the reason for such a large rise in the city’s average income in only 12 months. Many people have pointed to the fact that companies that are based in Seattle like Amazon are now paying computer programmers as much as $120,000 for an annual salary. Needless to say, an abundance of new jobs with salaries in this range would definitely give a significant boost to Seattle’s median income.


One out of every five families in the Seattle area have an average income that exceeds $150,000. Seattle currently ranks third as far as overall median income is concerned. San Francisco and San Jose retained the top two positions on the list that they held in 2014. This is largely due to all of the people in both cities who are earning high salaries in the tech industry.


There seems to be no end in sight for Seattle median income increases. Starbucks is another company headquartered in Seattle that is constantly hiring people for positions that pay very high salaries. It is important to note that the cost of living in Seattle has also increased dramatically over the past several years as it has become a more desirable place to live.

Christopher Birch’s Take on Tech Fashion Trends

Christopher Birch is the The CEO and Founder of Burch Creative Capital and it is his philosophies, thought and experience that are behind the core value of the companies. He is never sigh of endorsing new companies and ideas and has an eye for innovation.
Under his guidance Burch Creative Capital has invested in numerous new ventures hand have seen the coming of age of more than 50 companies. It is perhaps best to listen when such a figure talks about technology and innovation. Also, Chris Burch has an added advantage of being with companies operating is different verticals including fashion. It is not surprising that he talks expertly about how fashion and technology can successfully marry to create winning products.
With technology advancing at breakneck pace, the fashion industry cannot be far behind in utilizing it for its benefit. A number of innovations have made things much more useful, intelligent and fashionable. Burch quotes numerous such examples in his article. Anouk Wipprecht, a designer from Holland who has a penchant for using technology in her innovation has invented a dress that can make dresses and another one that can paint itself.
While helmets are essential for bike riders, they are a nuisance at times and are certainly not an item we can call fashionable. However, a new innovative design has made it both fashionable and more useful. Instead of being wrapped around your head throughout your ride, it sits like a scarf around your neck and appears only when you suffers a sudden jerk, indicating an accident.
Similarly, it is extremely difficult for firefighters to communicate in the thick of action. A very useful technological innovation is gloves that can send messages by way of gestures.
We spend significant amount of energy when we walk or run. Also, as we are moving, we generate kinetic energy which can in principle be converted to other types of energy. Soledad Martin is trying to design shoes which can convert this energy into electrical energy, enough to charge mobile phones.
These are all examples of technology can help fashion. It isn’t all one-way traffic though. There have been instances where fashion has come to fashion’s rescue.
When Google Glass was launched, it failed to generate a lot of hype because for all the cutting edge technology, they were trying to sell nothing but a pair of glasses. Glasses, and especially very expensive tech heavy glasses, are not things you would expect to be in a rich person’s choice of party wear! To deal with issue, Google turned to the world of fashion. Diane Von Furstenberg made her models wear them in the ramp walk. The world took notice as she is a top designer and thus the fashion world gave an example of why it’s a fair partnership between tech and fashion.

Portland Marathon Officials Award First Place To Third Place Finisher

Steve Harvey made national news when he crowned the wrong woman Miss America on national television. Well, it seems the city of Portland has made their own “Steve Harvey mistake” by putting a marathon medal on the wrong man.


Nate Bowen, a 40-year-old man from Los Altos, California, crossed the finish line in third place during the Portland marathon. He was given a medal and a glass trophy. Bowen was celebrated as the marathon winner, even posing for pictures that ended up in city newspapers. Little did they all know that the real winner finished nearly two minutes ahead of Bowen.


Matthew Palilla, a 34-year-old from Bend, Oregon, finished in first place. Apparently, officials hadn’t set up the finish line by the time Matthew Paililla won the race. “I came across and they didn’t have the finisher’s tape set up yet,” said Palilla on Tuesday. “I could see them scrambling to set it out.”


But the confusion didn’t end there. After talking to people at the finish line, Palilla discovered they gave the award to the second place finisher. “They told me, ‘We accidentally gave it to the second place finisher but we can’t find him right now.'” The second place finisher was Shaun Frandsen, 39, of Kirkland, Washington, according to posted times. Officials couldn’t even agree on who finished second.


Bowen, the first-place-awarded third place finisher, was confused when handed the award. He asked officials why they were giving the medal to him and they responded, “Because you won!” A confused Bowen stood for pictures.


While Palilla has not been contacted by race officials, director Les Smith said that another award would be made and sent to the real winner. He told newspapers that the people in charge of awarding the runners called him in tears over the mistake.


The director then went on to say that Bowen has since been contacted about the mistake and that Palilla will eventually receive his rightful award. All runners left the marathon quickly after finishing because of cold, damp conditions, which added to the confusion.


Palilla won with a time of 2:36:24, with an average 5:59 mile pace.

Goettl Air Conditioning Rewards 9/11 Veteran Student

Goettl Air Conditioning is an air conditioning company based in Phoenix; AZ. Goettl takes pride in its qualified technicians and staff dedicated to exceeding customer expectations in both domestic and commercial comfort services. Ranging from the installation of central air conditioning units, ductile mini splints, heat pumps, humidifiers, air cleaners, furnaces, UV Germicidal lights, to radiant heating systems, you can be assured of world-class service delivery.

Goettl also has an excellent customer service with 24/7 response team for your emergency services.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Goettl Air Conditioning believes in giving back to the community. The company has always been looking for more effective ways of enacting its corporate social responsibility and has finally found one. Goettl has proudly supported and sponsored the Post 9/11 Veterans Tools Award.

The company through its owner, Ken Goodrich supported the College of Southern Nevada Student, Nick Hughes through to the next level of his career path. Mr. Hughes left the U.S. Navy, three years ago, and just like other veterans, he was not sure of where to begin an alternative career once his service to the nation was completed. Through the company, he pursued a 2-year applied science course in air conditioning technology at the College of Southern Nevada and is speedily approaching graduation. Nick has also received the Post 9/11 Veterans Tools Award, which is sponsored by Ken Goodrich and comes with $1,000 of tools that Nick will take to his next career level.

The award will definitely jump start Hughes career in Air Conditioning which requires a lot of expensive tools. With a fully equipped toolbox, the veteran will have a soft landing in the job market which is the primary objective of the award.

Goettl Air Conditioning Services

Air Conditioners

Keeping the local community cool and comfortable is part of what Goettl does. From air conditioning repair, replacement, installation, and maintenance for HVACs, your cooling needs are perfectly handled.


If your heating system fails to operate to your expectations, seek the services of a professional to check your furnaces, heat pumps, and in-floor radiant heating systems.

Indoor Air Quality

Is your air full of dust, contaminants, and pollutants? Goettl has a team of experts in air filter and duct cleaning services leaving your indoor air clean and healthy. We install UV germicidal lights, air filters in addition to professional duct cleaning.

We also offer system analysis to improve HVAC efficiencies resulting in minimal energy consumption through duct cleaning, sealing and full insulation on your system.

The Silicon Valley Economy Surpasses the GDP of Many Nations

According to figures released by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the combined income of San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in California’s Silicon Valley is $235 billion. This is roughly equal to the GDP of Ireland ($238 billion) and greater than the economies of Finland, Portugal and Greece. While nonurban areas are still slow to come back on line after the recession, many urban areas are performing extremely well. In fact, impressive as it is, the greater San Jose metropolitan area comes in at 15th in overall income compared to other American cities.


Technology giants Apple and Google collectively employ almost 40,000 people in the South Bay Area and can be credited with much of the income generated. It is important to remember, however, that other tech firms including Intel, Cisco, Adobe, Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, and Lockheed Martin continue to contribute to the South Bay’s economy. Not to mention the engineering firms like, Salas O’Brien Engineering and URS Corporation, who benefit from the area’s continued growth.


If the greater San Jose metropolitan area was its own country, it would rank 44th in the world. This may pale in comparison to the New York metropolitan area, which would be the 10th largest economy in the world, but it is impressive nonetheless. In fact, four of the largest grossing metropolitan areas in the United States are located in California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego. The combined GDP of these areas is $1,819 billion dollars.

Santa Fe: A Great Please to Visit

Voted one of the best shopping cities in the country in October, 2016, Santa Fe is now considered one of the premiere places to visit in the Southwest. It is also a great place to learn about the rich history of New Mexico while partaking in leisurely activities. The next time you plan a vacation, you may want to consider venturing to Santa Fe, named one of the best small cities in the country.


Santa Fe has a vibrant Hispanic and Native American community that influences all aspects of the city. Throughout the city, there are various museums, art galleries and small shops all highlighting the unique culture. According to , Santa Fe can be a wonderful place to find unique, handmade jewelry or pottery. It can also be a great place to shop for various other items such as handmade clothing or unique souvenirs. Within downtown, many of the adobe inspired stores have traditional Native American and Hispanic artwork that visitor can observe and purchase.


The downtown area also has fantastic restaurants that serve a wide variety of food. Downtown is the center for most activities and hundreds of visitors walk the streets daily. Some visitors also take small day trips to areas such as Taos and Bandelier National Monument. The ski slopes are also within a half hour of the city.


Tourism is the largest contributor to their local economy, with millions of people venturing to the city each year. Most tourists tout that the local residents are very friendly and helpful, always advising them on things to do while in the city. Overall, since most tourists enjoy their unique cultural experience in Santa Fe, you may want to consider it for your next vacation.

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