Our favorite web videos from the week that was:1. Tuckerman’s RevengeThings can get pretty rowdy at Vermont’s Tuckerman Ravine during the spring rut. This year was no exception, and here’s 30 seconds of it.30 Seconds of Tuckerman from Granite Films Jim Surette on Vimeo.2. Shutter’s Thru-HikeWe have been running dispatches from Chris Gallaway’s A.T. thru-hike, but here is a funny little video from last year’s hiking season.3. Basic Outdoors Epic-nessThe 2013 demo reel from Reel Water Productions. These guys know what they are doing.2013 Reel Water Productions Demo Reel from Reel Water Productions on Vimeo.That’s all for this week. If you have a video you would like to share for Clips of the Week, leave a comment or email [email protected] a great weekend!
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Davis Chad Davis is Industry Sr Solutions Marketing Manger, F5 Networks, which is the leader in app security and multi-cloud management. He can be reached at [email protected] Web: https://www.f5.com Details Personalized member service has always been a top priority of credit unions. Although that mentality still reigns true, modern-day customer service has evolved and employees are looking into different ways of helping their members.These days, members are looking for more than just familiar face from their financial services providers. They require a wider range of products and services, a full array of delivery channel options, and account access whenever and wherever they want it. On top of that, members continue to appreciate traditional, old-fashioned personal service. This is especially true of consumers more inclined to take their business to a financial institution that claims to be different from its competitors. If a credit union promises to put members first, the frontline service it provides should clearly demonstrate that commitment.What do credit unions need to do to satisfy their members by successfully creating the amalgam of modern-day banking and individualized attention? Several timeless aspects of one-to-one personal service, combined with technological tools for branch management, can help target the types of transactions and guidance members are seeking so the financial professionals staffing each branch can anticipate and deliver on those needs.Different members, different branch. Branches tend to reflect the character of their surroundings and, in general, the types of members who choose those locations. Branches in family-friendly neighborhoods serve different needs than a branch with a prime spot in a business park. And neither serves the same type of members as the office within walking distance of residential developments that cater to active seniors.A demographic survey can sketch in the outlines of the types of services a branch can expect to be in demand in its market area. Using data from the core processing system and lobby tracker software can supply more detailed information about members’ requests for service so frontline employees can be trained and scheduled to be on hand and fully prepared to deliver the services members expect when they walk through the door.Make business personal. Members want to be treated like people, not account numbers. Lobby tracking software invites members to sign in and state their business. Access to this information up-front facilitates queuing and gives financial professionals the information they need to greet members promptly and personally.Keep it short and sweet. On the other hand, overscheduling staff results in employees standing around idly when branch usage is low and can increase costs for credit unions. By monitoring branch traffic, they can more effectively schedule full- and part-time employees to be on hand during periods of peak demand.The 2017 FMSI Teller Line Study, which analyzed patterns in more than 16 million branch transactions at credit unions across the country, found that mornings are generally less busy than lunch hours and afternoons. Credit unions can combine core processing data with information from lobby tracker software to conduct individual branch analyses of types and volumes of transactions to better align scheduling with members’ banking habits.Try using this friendly greeting: “I’ve got everything ready for you.” For the most part, the technology supports discussed thus far to improve branch service delivery operate in the background, but one new automated tool is designed to connect directly with members. Busy people appreciate the benefits of appointment-scheduling software as it ensures that their time spent in the branch is being used efficiently and effectively—no waiting when they arrive and any preparation, such as having the right forms and documents lined up, completed in advance. Appointment apps also supply useful data for branch managers to track what types of transactions and guidance members are seeking.There’s more to service delivery than service. Staff scheduling software can help credit unions reduce idle time among branch employees and identify blocks of time where secondary duties, such as outbound sales calls, can be assigned with the aim of enhancing revenue production.The teller line study quantifies the impact of smarter scheduling and other strategies to improve branch efficiency on teller productivity and labor costs. According to that analysis, tellers working for FMSI’s top 10 clients, based on productivity measurements, handled an average 20.3 transactions per hour, compared to the 13.1 average for all credit unions included in the study. Labor costs per transaction for top performers averaged 94 cents, compared to $1.30 for all credit unions.Fully understanding members and their banking preferences and their habits —what brings them to a branch and when and where they prefer to conduct these transactions—can help credit unions personalize customer interactions, reduce wait time, and schedule staff more efficiently. While technology has pushed members to redefine high-quality service, it can also help deliver on those expectations branch by branch.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old Wantagh man was killed when he crashed his vehicle in Levittown over the weekend.Nassau county police said Eklind Veizas was driving his Toyota northbound on Wantagh Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway and hit a utility pole and tree near the corner of Grey Lane at 3:39 a.m. Sunday.He was pronounced dead at the scene.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.
Director: Marko ZeljkovićCameramen: Marko Zeljković, Ivica Vranjić, Ivan Jajčević and Igor Ivanović.Audio background: Pure Magic by Zac Nelson (Discovery) – Licensed via Artlist.ioProduction: Six Nine Studio”Come and have us under the lamp in Vinkovci! At the 53rd Vinkovci Autumn”- invite the organizers, which will be held from 7 to 16 September 2018. See the entire program of events within the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns at official website This year’s Vinkovci Autumns are being held for the 53rd time, from September 07 to 16, 2018.The Vinkovci Autumn event has been successfully preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture and heritage for 53 years, and this prestigious and well-known folklore, tourist, economic and cultural event attracts around 150 visitors every year.Quality video as a powerful tool in promotion At today’s press conference, the announcement video of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns was shown. The video is different from the previous ones, when the staff always followed everything that the event offers in the Slavonian style, and it is short, clear and very powerful. So powerful that I personally shivered when I looked at him.In today’s digital world where everything is online, as well as on social media, quality and professional photos as well as videos are imperative. Unfortunately, we can still see various photos or videos taken with a mobile phone or a bad production, which is certainly not in line with today’s weather and trends. Yes, quality production costs money, but investing in marketing, branding and quality production is not a cost, but an investment.As every picture and video must tell a story and encourage desire and action, so this video plays on emotions and ultimately invites everyone to experience the Vinkovci Autumns in a simple, efficient and powerful way. However, how it is about my Vinkovci and how I participated in the organization of Vinkovci Autumns for years, I may be subjective, judge for yourself, but one thing is for sure – video proves once again that quality video is a powerful tool in promotion.VIDEO: 53. Vinkovci autumn announcement video
A group of small and medium business owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto for what they perceive to be the government’s negligence in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a toll on their livelihoods.The lawsuit was filed by group representative Enggal Pamukty at the Central Jakarta District Court.“It’s true that I submitted a lawsuit against President Jokowi for [the government’s] fatal negligence in handling COVID-19,” Enggal said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. He said the government had failed to take the necessary precautions in the early stages of the viral outbreak as it had allocated its resources to promoting tourism instead.Read also: Turf war undermines COVID-19 fight in Indonesia“If only the central government had been serious in mitigating the COVID-19 situation from the start, fellow business owners and I would have still been able to make a living,” Enggal said. “[The situation] has deprived us of income, yet the government has yet to provide support.”The six plaintiffs demanded financial compensation of Rp 12 billion (US$710,757) for material losses and Rp 10 million for immaterial losses.Jokowi’s response to the current health emergency has previously been met with criticism among the public. A recent report compiled by Staqo Analytics showed that, from March 23 to 30, “around 59 percent of coverage and discussions on online media and news sites using the keyword ‘Jokowi’ received negative responses from the public”.The President has repeatedly rejected the idea of imposing a lockdown on Jakarta, the epicenter of Indonesia’s COVID-19 epidemic, despite mounting calls from scientists and public health experts ahead of the approaching Idul Fitri holiday.As of Wednesday, Indonesia had reported a total of 1,677 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 157 deaths. (rfa)Topics :
For the USC women’s cross country team, the most important day of the season thus far has arrived. On Saturday, the Women of Troy will compete in the Stanford Invitational, the race that coach Tom Walsh has pointed to multiple times as the crux of the cross country campaign.“This is our first big test of the year,” Walsh said. “The first two meets [at Fullerton and Irvine] were just to see where we were at.”High hopes · With the return of the USC women’s cross country team’s star runner Zsofia Erdelyi, the Women of Troy expect much better results at the Stanford Invitational than at their first two competitions. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe main reason that Saturday will be a test for USC is the presence of several top-notch programs. Host Stanford is ranked No. 5 in the nation entering the invitational, and teams from UC Davis, Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State all represent regionally ranked teams from the West.“At Stanford it’s a much higher-level meet,” Walsh said. “In addition to great teams from California we’ll see a lot of great out-of-state girls who can really run. It’s a good chance for our girls to test themselves out.”Walsh also noted that with the rise in competition comes the need for USC to rise to the challenge.“I expect for the level at which we race to be much higher than it was the past two races,” he said. “Much higher.”Part of that expectation stems from the return of standout junior Zsofia Erdelyi, who missed USC’s first two races with a foot injury. Erdelyi, who last year qualified for the NCAA Championships, adds star power to a consistently strong USC squad in need of a top-five quality runner.“[Zsofia’s return] will be very positive because she’s the heart and soul of our team,” Walsh said. “Obviously she won’t be at 100 percent for this meet, but she’s so talented that she could be as high as fifth or sixth in this race and it wouldn’t surprise me.”Walsh’s confidence would appear to be well placed. The course that the Women of Troy will run Saturday is the same course that Erdelyi ran last year to finish in the top 10 in regionals and qualify for nationals.Erdelyi isn’t the only runner whom Walsh expects to make a comeback on Saturday. Team captain Bridget Helgerson, who had what Walsh called a “poor” race at Irvine two weeks ago, is looking to restore her status as one of USC’s top three runners.“Last week was definitely a wake-up call for Bridget,” Walsh said. “She’s lucky she got her bad race out of the way. It’s really motivated her to train better and work hard during these past two weeks. I’m expecting her to bounce back.”Walsh expects the two-week race layoff to benefit not just Helgerson, but the entire team.“When you have a meet on Saturday, you don’t push as hard at the end of the week because you want the girls’ legs to be fresh. So this week off allowed us to do some intense training. I’m excited to see where we’re at,” Walsh said.USC will see exactly where it is at when the gun goes off at 11 a.m. in Palo Alto on Saturday.
ANAHEIM — For a few years, the biggest decision hanging over the Angels’ front office was whether they would be able to sign Mike Trout to an extension. Now, it’s whether they’ll be able to lure one or two marquee pitchers this winter.But looming just in the background, there is Andrelton Simmons.As he finishes what he called a “disappointing” season, Simmons is approaching the end of the seven-year extension he signed with the Atlanta Braves before the Angels acquired him.Simmons is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. Historically, elite defensive shortstops like Omar Vizquel, Barry Larkin and Ozzie Smith all played the position until they were 40. Cal Ripken Jr. made it until 35 before moving to third base.Simmons, a four-time Gold Glove winner, might be in that group.“I don’t see why not,” he said. “I don’t feel like I lost any steps. This year I kind of did (because of the ankle injury), but right now I feel really good about the ankle situation. I feel pretty good about moving around. I don’t see why not. I feel good at shortstop right now.”Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who worked for the Yankees throughout most of Jeter’s career, said a player’s mind can counter the effects of age.“I compare him to an elite point guard who has high court awareness and and anticipates the ball really well,” Eppler said. “Your overall baseball intelligence can help you continue to be impactful at a position as perhaps your sprint speed or overall foot speed or agility might start to regress.”This season, perhaps because of the ankle injury he first suffered lunging for first base on May 20, Simmons has sprung some holes in his game.Simmons’ Ultimate Zone Rating is the lowest of his career, pro-rated by playing time. His Defensive Runs Saved, however, are about the same as last year, on a per-game basis. Fielding percentage is considered an incomplete measure of defense, but Simmons’ right now has a career-worst .969 mark.“It’s hard for me to critique myself,” Simmons said. “I only see what I didn’t do well. I don’t know what the numbers say I’ve been doing. I know I’ve made some mistakes here and there. Everybody does, except Omar Vizquel. I feel like I could have done better overall. Not terrible, but not as good as I would want.”Manager Brad Ausmus said Simmons is “still the best defensive shortstop in the game.”At the plate, the decline has been more dramatic. All three elements of Simmons’ slash line – a .256 batting average, .301 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage – are worsts in his four seasons with the Angels.Statcast metrics that grade hitters on the quality of contact, not just the results, also rate Simmons in the bottom 2 percent in the league in expected slugging percentage and expected weighted on-base percentage.The injuries are likely responsible for much of that. Simmons was out for about five weeks with the first ankle injury. Then he came back – quicker than expected – and played for about a month before getting hurt again, missing three more weeks.“It’s been kind of a chopped-up season for him,” Ausmus said.Simmons and Eppler said rhythm at the plate is tough to establish with significant gaps in playing time.“I think that had a big impact,” Simmons said. “It’s not the only thing. I remember seeing Chipper Jones going through a little procedure with knee stuff and picking up right where he left off. It doesn’t happen in every case. This year has been a little tougher for me getting back into a rhythm and feeling comfortable.”Considering the way Simmons’ season has gone, it would be no surprise if the Angels waited until at least the middle of next season before deciding if they want to sign him to an extension.They can also further evaluate David Fletcher and Luís Rengifo, either of whom could become the everyday shortstop if Simmons isn’t around beyond 2020.Related Articles “It’s crossed my mind,” Simmons said, “but not seriously. I’m just trying to get back in good shape and start swinging the bat as well as I know I can.”The situation with Simmons is tricky because this year has been one of his worst, which he and the Angels attribute to a pair of ankle injuries that cost him two trips to the injured list.Also, Simmons just turned 30. His next contract will start with his age-31 season, which is approaching dangerous territory in shortstop years.Over the past 10 seasons, just 18.4 percent of the players who played at least 50 games in a season at shortstop have been 31 or older. Only 13.3 percent were 32 or older, and 9.5 percent 33 or older.The exceptions to the rule have been players such as Derek Jeter, who played shortstop until he was 40. Jimmy Rollins played shortstop until he was 36, and José Reyes until he was 34. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Or, the Angels could sign Simmons to an extension this winter, reworking his deal to lower his 2020 salary from $15 million, which would create more payroll space to add pitching. When the Angels signed Justin Upton to an extension in November 2017, they reduced his 2018 salary by more than $6 million to create payroll flexibility.A much more radical scenario is that the Angels could trade Simmons this winter, which would clear the entire $15 million to make upgrades elsewhere.That seems unlikely, though, considering how highly the Angels still think of him, even after an injury-marred season.“We understand what Andrelton brings,” Eppler said, “and value him playing in the middle of the diamond.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 4-4, 4.30 ERA) vs. Rays (TBD), Friday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter
The National Hurricane Center is reporting that the disturbance moving across the Gulf of Mexico has officially developed into a tropical Storm.At 1 pm, Nestor system was located about 195 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.Tropical force winds and dangerous storm surge is expected along portions of the northern Gulf coast later today and into tonight.Conditions are expected to deteriorate Friday into early Saturday.Some rainfall is possible for our area.
The system has proven popular with customers at other big retail stores such as Walmart and Target.Publix spokeswoman Nicole Krauss adds, “We’re always evaluating how to best serve our customers and self-checkout is one of those considerations when we’re looking at remodels,” although she did not say whether this was a test or how many other stores would be installing the new equipment. A Florida-based retail chain is integrating technology geared toward giving customers greater control over their shopping experience.Publix recently installed self-checkout registers at several stores in South and Central Florida.Two locations in Coconut Creek and Coral Springs added the new registers earlier this month. They replaced the express checkout lanes located next to the customer service desk. Two employees stand by, ready to assist customers with purchases and to explain how the machines work.A store located at 7060 West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton has had the self-checkout option for several years.Company spokesman Dwaine Stevens says, “We are constantly evaluating how to best serve our customers.”
Two people are dead, and another 20 are injured, after a gunman allegedly opened fire at an off-campus Texas A&M University-Commerce Halloween and homecoming party Saturday night.According to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, the shooter may have been targeting a certain person at the gathering of about 750 people in Greenville, which is 15 miles southwest of the campus.The shooting occurred around midnight Saturday. Meeks says the injured included four people who did not have suffer gunshot wounds but were instead hurt while attempting to run from the scene.Authorities believe the male shooter entered the venue through a back door and then began firing with a handgun. He remains on the loose, and they do not know who he is or have a description of him.Sheriff’s deputies had been questioning a party-goer in front of the building due to complaints of parking on the roadway blocking traffic. That is when they heard gunshots coming from the back of the building.Meeks says the two deceased victims are both males, but he did not know if they were A&M-Commerce students.School and sheriff’s officials add that the party was not a school-sponsored event.The party was being held at a facility called The Party Venue. The owner is cooperating with authorities, Meeks says.According to its website, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the second-largest university in the Texas A&M University System. The school, which was founded in 1889, has about 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students.
An Oklahoma police officer is behind bars on murder charges in Florida in connection to the death of his police chief.Officials say 44-year-old Lucky Miller was found dead in his Hilton hotel room Sunday evening after security was called to the room over reports of a disturbance.Michael Patrick Nealey, 49, was arrested and charged with murder Monday after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room between himself and the victim.Police said there was no weapon found at the scene, and a cause of death has not been revealed at this time.The lawmen traveled to the sunshine state for a conference and were staying at the Hilton hotel in Pensacola Beach, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.Nealey is being held at the Escambia County Jail without bond.He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5.An interim police chief has been appointed to the town of Mannford, Okla. for the time being.Miller had been police chief since 2007 and is survived by his wife, Amber, and three children, city officials said.“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a statement Monday. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”No other information is available at this time.
The pay raise will impact more than 101,000 current teachers, according to the governor’s office.“That’s something that will have a really meaningful impact in terms of recruiting and retaining folks,” DeSantis said.There’s an additional $300 million for the Florida Classroom Teacher and Principal Bonus Program, scrapping Florida’s Best and Brightest program.The governor says the back-to-school sales tax and disaster preparedness holidays will remain.DeSantis also called for more $625 million in funding for Everglades restoration, water quality improvements, springs restoration, and to combat the harmful effects of algal blooms and red tide.Florida’s growing opioid epidemic is targeted with more than $54 million in funding and an additional $17 million for new mental health and substance abuse funding.The proposed budget invests $18.2 million to complete two state nursing homes, one in St. Lucie County, DeSantis said.There are also millions for transportation and economic development, hurricane disaster recovery, public safety and elections security. Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out his proposed $91 billion state budget on Monday and it’s big news for teachers.It includes $603 million to bring the minimum annual salary for all teachers in Florida to $47,500, making Florida second in the nation for teacher salaries, DeSantis said.Florida Gov. DeSantis targets Georgia’s governor with a joke while discussing funding to help clean up the Everglades. https://t.co/CJwuUvvXBu pic.twitter.com/VYSZwj41Yg— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) November 18, 2019
RED BANK – At times, some of the homeless people in theTwo River area camp out in empty buildings, bus stop shelters or underneath therailway bridge over the Navesink. Homeless Connect Incold winter months they might pass the night sitting in emergency rooms andpolice station lobbies. During times of severe weather, when a Code Blue alertis declared by the county Office of Emergency Management, they now have theoption of sleeping in a warming center in either Red Bank or Asbury Park. Thecounty’s Homeless Connect event is timed to complement the national 2019 Point-In-Timesurvey, a census of all persons in sheltering programs (emergency shelter,transitional housing and safe haven programs), as well as the unshelteredpopulation identified on the night of the count. Warming Centers Othersites included St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen in Keansburg, Jersey Shore RescueMission in Asbury Park and New Beginnings Agape Christian Center in Freehold. Thewarming center is currently only open to men. Homeless women seeking shelterfrom the cold are offered transportation to a facility in Asbury Park. Wheninside, guests are provided hygiene packages and can take a shower in one oftwo washing areas. They can also change out of wet clothing. Butthe Rev. Darlene Wilson, Pilgrim Baptist’s community outreach minister, hasnoticed fewer people coming to Homeless Connect. Weirsaid about 30 homeless or underprivileged adults ventured to the PilgrimBaptist Church seeking food, clothing and various services like free healthscreenings and employment assistance. Later that afternoon, even more stopped in. “Wehad a lot less people join us today than in previous years,” said Wilson. “In aperfect world, if we saw nobody walk through these doors it would be awonderful thing, because it would mean there are no homeless people. But on theother hand, given the state the country is in right now, it pains my heart toeven think it’s a possibility that someone may be scared to come through thesedoors.” Accordingto the Jan. 23, 2018 count, a total of 228 households, including 335 individuals,were experiencing homelessness in Monmouth County on that day. She believes some members of the at-risk population had sent friends or family in their place to collect donated goods. “Imet a man today who came in for some warm clothes and blankets. When I askedwhere he was staying, he told me he had a sleeping bag that he sets up in acemetery nearby,” said Kathleen Weir, the director of Monmouth County Divisionof Social Services. “These people are out there living among us and they needour help.” OnWednesday, Jan. 23, Weir and others were trying to meet, document and helphomeless people at the annual Project Homeless Connect event at Pilgrim BaptistChurch on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank. NJ Counts!Point-In-Time Survey InNovember, Monmouth County established a new warming center next door to PilgrimBaptist Church at 172 Shrewsbury Ave., in partnership with JBJ Soul Kitchen,Lunch Break and with support from the county’s Dept. of Human Services duringincidences of severe cold weather, also known as “Code Blue” events. This hasallowed social services to connect better with people experiencinghomelessness, and will affect future counts. Onhand to provide care and information were representatives from the MentalHealth Association, Red Bank Resource Network, Monmouth Cares, Monmouth CountyDivision of Social Services, the County Office of Aging, the County Division ofVeterans and Disabilities Services, the Visiting Nurse Association and LunchBreak. The2018 totals showed an increase over 2017. In that survey, 184 households and299 individuals were experiencing homelessness. “Ourunderprivileged people may not be coming out to this event like they used to,but when I see nine people coming to the warming center last night, you knowthese people are out there. That’s just nine men. How many more do we not evenknow about? It’s our mission to reach them. And if this event doesn’t work,we’ll find another way.”
Joanna said she’ll be attending KentState University in the fall and is focused onfeeding all of her interests. Students who attended the workshop were broken up into small groups; they began the day interviewing such political leaders as assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-11) and Serena DiMaso (R-13), Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and a number of municipal mayors, council and committeewomen and school board members. Neptune Township High School studentJoanna Georges said the program has playedan integral role in her college planning. “I don’t want to be defined by anyone or pigeonhole myself. I have a dream, I have my interests and I have a goal to use whatever business platform I have to make an impact. But I am interested in politics, too. Who knows? Maybe I will run for office one day. But I don’t have to know right now. I can still be a leader in my community,” Joanna added. That was the sentiment expressed by a group of leading political women from the municipal, county and state levels who gathered at Monmouth Regional High School April 4 for the 13th annual Running & Winning event, a workshop for female high school juniors from around Monmouth County led by the League of Women Voters. “I never thought I would be a mayor someday,” Le Grice added. “I changed my mind about the path I was on halfway through my life. It’s never too late to experience everything you want to pursue.” “These young women are 16 years old.No one knows what they want to be whenthey’re 16. Don’t limit yourself. It’s okay tochange your mind and pursue everythingyou want in this life,” Le Grice said. “Youdon’t know who you want to be at 16 or 18 oreven 20. Heck, I’m still waiting to grow up.” Some of the students who attend the program may be motivated to follow a political path, but the program’s co-founder Sherri Harris said the program is intended to inspire participants to be impactful in whatever they choose to do. Fair Haven councilwoman Susan Sorensen said she never intended to toss her hat into the political ring. Sixty junior girls from high schools around Monmouth County gathered at Monmouth Regional High School for the 13th annual Running & Winning event. The League of Women Voters’ initiative brought a number of elected women to speak to the students and inspire them to lead impactful lives.Courtesy Aimee Humphreys A successful businesswoman in the telecommunications industry, Sorensen moved to the Two River area in 1998 with her husband Peter Maher – former head of the borough’s zoning board – and said a greater sense of community service led her to run for the council. Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice said she hopes a byproduct of the day-long workshop is that the young women in attendance will be empowered to follow their dreams – all of them. TINTON FALLS – Don’t limit yourself. “One of the things we recognize is thatnot every young woman who comes to usis going to run for political office. But whatwe hope it will do is show them they have avoice. They have the ability to collaborate.And they have an opportunity to impact theworld in a meaningful way,” Harris said. “Wehope they develop an awareness that theyare part of a bigger community. And theydon’t have to sacrifice any one experience.” “After work I started going to meetings. I began volunteering on a committee here and committee there. I was always involved, but I was never a political person. Politics are not for me,” Sorensen said. “But if you’re the right person for the job, you’re the right person. And when the opportunity presented itself for me to try and make a difference, I couldn’t let it pass.” Next the groups selected an issue ranging from mental health to global warming and worked alongside their group members on a public presentation for their peers about how to facilitate positive change in a school community. “I’m a very business-oriented person and I love fashion a lot. My goal is to be a fashion entrepreneur, but I still want to positively impact the people around me,” said Joanna, a senior who went through the workshop last year and returned last week in a mentoring role. After graduating from Elmira College in New York, Le Grice became a flight attendant for American Airlines, a position she held for 32 years, and was an active member of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “It was an empowering feeling to be working through these issues with so many great girls and to see what we could achieve someday by speaking to these powerful women,” Communications High School junior Tess Rempel said. “It was comforting to know that politics may not have been their interest to begin with. Not all of these women thought they’d be where they are today. But somewhere along the way their paths diverged and they saw an opportunity to make a bigger difference.”