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Kobe Bryant discusses his new fantasy books

first_imgApril 10, 2019 /Sports News – National Kobe Bryant discusses his new fantasy books Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEddie Perlas / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — After leaving the court in 2016, basketball legend Kobe Bryant dove into his more artistic side: first writing the Oscar-winning Dear Basketball and now creating a whole series of books for young people. His new book The Wizenard Series: Training Camp was released just last month, and has already found its way onto the New York Times bestsellers list. Bryant told ABC News’ Good Morning America that he gets “a lot” of eye rolls when he tries to tell people about the series, which has been described as a Harry Potter-style fantasy mixed with the Olympics. “It’s strange right?” he quipped. “Ok, Kobe’s now writing fantasy novels and creating fantasy novels.”But Bryant says he is passionate about wanting to help young people to process their emotions and fears, and plus, says he is a “huge, huge Harry Potter fan.” One way he hopes to help young people process emotions is by helping them find something they are passionate about. “If you can wrap it around something that they are passionate about — basketball or volleyball or soccer — and teach life lessons through the sport,” he said. “Then it’s more powerful.” “And that’s what I try to do with the Wizenard series,” Bryant added.“I was very fortunate to have basketball, but even more fortunate to find storytelling after,” he said. “Because I really, really love this.” What comes next for the retired sports legend? Well, probably not Dancing With the Stars, he said. “My knees would be like, ‘Dude, what are you doing? we just went through 20 years of beating me up — Don’t dance,’” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


May 8, 2021 0

Spanish Navy conducts amphibious drill in Gulf of Cadiz

first_img View post tag: LHD Juan Carlos I View post tag: Spanish Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: LPD Castilla March 17, 2016center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy conducts amphibious drill in Gulf of Cadiz Spanish Navy Marine Corps recently practiced amphibious operations with the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship LHD Juan Carlos I and the Galicia-class landing platform dock LPD Castilla.The amphibious exercise, named ADELFIBEX-61, was conducted off the Gulf of Cadiz and the Spanish Naval Base Rota.This basic exercise was designed to train Spanish Navy amphibious units in movements of vehicles and troops both inside large amphibious assault ships and from ship to shore.Participating units included, among others, the LHD Juan Carlos I, the LPD Castilla and the Marine Corps (MC) Beach Naval Group in addition to other MC support elements like Special Operations Teams and an assortment of helicopters (SH-3D, AB-212 and H-500).The main part of the exercise was led by the Second MC Battalion with a 250-strong landing contingent and 20 vehicles. Besides, 94 students from the Marine Corps Academy attended the exercise as observers. Spanish Navy conducts amphibious drill in Gulf of Cadiz View post tag: Amphibiouslast_img read more


May 4, 2021 0

US Navy aircraft carrier changes command

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson changes command US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson changes command Authorities View post tag: USS Carl Vinson June 1, 2016center_img U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Winson held a change of command ceremony on the flight deck at its homeport in Naval Base San Diego.Capt. Douglas C. Verissimo relieved Capt. Karl O. Thomas as commanding officer during the May 31 ceremony.Rear Adm. James T. Loeblein, commander, Carrier Strike Group One, presided over the ceremony.Before being relieved of command, Thomas thanked each of Carl Vinson’s “Gold Eagle Warriors” for their dedication to the Navy’s mission by getting the ship ready to deploy on time.Loeblein presented Thomas the Legion of Merit award during the ceremony for his outstanding service as commanding officer. Carl Vinson completed a Western Pacific and Middle East deployment under Thomas, followed with the completion of a Chief of Naval Operations Planned Incremental Availability.While deployed, Carl Vinson steamed more than 61,000 nautical miles; operated in the 7th, 5th and 3rd Fleet areas of responsibility; completed 10,641 fixed-wing launches and recoveries, and 33 replenishments-at-sea; and dropped 500,000 pounds of precision weapons on ISIS targets.After official orders were read, Verissimo assumed all duties and responsibilities as commanding officer and addressed his new crew for the first time.Prior to assuming command, Verissimo served as commanding officer aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18). View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more


May 4, 2021 0

Human Career Development Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgWork Schedule Department Location LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Posting Date12/19/2016 AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Posting Details Special Requirements Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Assignment Responsibilities Beginning and/or Ending Dates Minimum Qualifications Work YearN/A How and where to apply Physical Demands Application Instructions The Institution Total Hrs per Week/Day * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested.center_img Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Position Summary Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Open ContinuouslyYes Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2624 Posting NumberF00073P Closing Date The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Conditions * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo 1. Have a master’s degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling,Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Guidance Counseling,Educational Counseling, Social Work, or Career Development,Marriage and Family Therapy, or Marriage, Family and ChildCounseling; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’sCredential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent*. ( NOTE : Abachelor’s degree in one of the above listed degrees and a licenseas a Marriage and Family Therapist ( MFT ) is an alternativequalification for this discipline, pursuant to Title 5 Section53410.1.).* All degrees must be from an accreditedinstitution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Job Posting TitleHuman Career Development Adjunct Assistant Professor Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2Unofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Unofficial Transcript 4Unofficial Transcript 5last_img read more


May 3, 2021 0

Ocean City May Spend $1.25 Million on Artificial Turf and New Track at Carey…

first_imgCity Council in Ocean City is considering spending $1.25 million to repair the track and install artificial turf at Carey Stadium, adjacent to Ocean City High School, near Sixth Street and Boardwalk.City Council on Thursday (Sept. 11) will consider an ordinance that would authorize (in part) $1.25 million in spending ($1.19 million of it borrowed) to repair the track and install an artificial turf field at Carey Stadium, the home field for Ocean City High School and host of other events.Council will consider the bond ordinance at its public meeting 5 p.m. Thursday at City Hall (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue). The meeting is scheduled two hours earlier than normal because the city’s 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday.Even though Carey Stadium serves as home field to Ocean City High School teams, the property is owned and maintained by the City of Ocean City.The facility is used for many non-school events that range in scope from Ocean City Nor’easter amateur soccer games, to the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life, to preseason exhibition games for Rowan University football.In brief discussions earlier, council members have said the artificial turf could help attract a new events and new Ocean City visitors.A drawing of the proposed facility indicates the field could be striped and used for football, soccer, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, and field hockey. See the council agenda packet for details.The potential spending is part of a larger bond ordinance that calls for $1.44 million in appropriations and $1.36 million in borrowing. The proposed ordinance would include a $150,000 appropriation (in part) for purchase of a new Ocean City Fire Department truck and a $35,000 appropriation (in part) for installation of a generator at the fire department’s 46th Street station.Council is considering the first reading of the ordinance, which would require a public hearing and second reading before it could be enacted.The artificial turf question is just part of council’s full agenda for the meeting on Thursday.The agenda also includes:Curb Strip Ordinance: Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would require property owners to provide a grass or sod strip between curbs and sidewalks (except in cases where the city engineer thinks concrete would be safer for pedestrians).Beach Easements: City Council will consider the second and potentially final reading of an ordinance granting easements at city street ends to the federal Army Corps of Engineers, so a fall beach replenishment project can proceed.New Community Services Director: Mayor Jay Gillian will ask City Council to approve Kristen Gallagher as the director of the city’s Community Services Department. City Council voted last month to re-establish the Community Services Department, which was merged into a new Community Operations Department a year ago. Community Operations will continue to deal with building, zoning, public works and engineering operations. Community Services will handle recreation and public relations services, among others. Gallagher holds an MBA from Penn State, recently moved to Ocean City and is a co-founder and organizer of the StandUp4SEALS Beach Challenge in Ocean City.last_img read more


May 2, 2021 0

New Years Resolutions and Life Lessons

first_imgLou and Sue DeVlieger in 2001, at the Flanders. By Mike DeVliegerAs 2016 comes to a close, my thoughts start to focus on my resolutions and goals for 2017. While weight loss and good health will be in the mix, they hardly seem like enough.Reflecting on the topic earlier today, I went to a resource that I often use for guidance and inspiration.I could score some points with my pastor if I said it was my Bible (I do keep mine handy), but it was another source.  This one was put together by my nine brothers and sisters and me just before my father passed away eleven years ago.It is a list of “Classic Quotes” that my father used to say to us on very predictable occasions.  My father felt strongly about guiding us in our faith, while also training us to survive and thrive in the world.This picture was taken just after super storm Sandy. The home has been in my family for just over 50 years.We promised him that these quotes and more would be taught to our children and anyone else that would listen.My point in sharing this is: let’s set goals this year that will mean something someday. The tiniest lessons taught to our children may someday be what steers them in the right direction in a time of crisis.Most people at one time or another face challenges mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, and/or spiritually.My father’s “Classic Quotes” were his lessons on life. While some may seem edgy and outdated, they were all relevant at the time.Let us plan to do things in 2017 that someday will be reflected on for guidance.Wishing you all the best with your list.last_img read more


May 2, 2021 0

Press release: Sentence increase for teaching assistant who had sex with her pupil

first_imgA teaching assistant who had sex with a pupil has had her sentence increased by the Court of Appeal to 4 years 8 months’ imprisonment.Freya Squires, 46, worked as a teaching assistant. Over the course of 2 years she engaged in sexual activity with a 14 year old girl. Squires warned the victim there would be significant consequences if the relationship became public.After pleading guilty to 6 counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust, Squires was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months’ imprisonment. The sentence was referred as being unduly lenient to the Court of Appeal and was increased to 4 years 8 months.After the hearing the Solicitor General, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said:“Squires was placed in a position of trust, a position that she repeatedly abused. Any mitigating circumstances in her case were not sufficient to justify such a lenient sentence and the Court of Appeal has rectified that.”last_img read more


April 20, 2021 0

Cake Shop Bakery plans wholesale growth after opening new facility

first_imgSuffolk-based family business Cake Shop Bakery has opened a new facility to increase production by 20% to keep up with demand.The new wholesale bakery at Bentwaters Business Park, north of Woodbridge, started baking this month after a major fit-out and investment in new equipment including a specialist oven, which will significantly increase capacity, according to the company.The expansion will create two new jobs at Bentwaters Park and three at the original retail bakery on Woodbridge High Street.The business has received backing from Lloyds Bank and the design and fit-out of the new bakery has been supported by Somerset-based Brook Food Processing.“We are particularly keen to grow the wholesale side of the business providing bread and cakes for retailers including farm shops and delis as well as hospitality businesses in Suffolk,” said David Wright, the third generation of the family to run the business.“We have been limited in our capacity to supply other businesses until now, and we’re excited that the new site will enable us to grow.”The move is expected to relieve traffic pressure in Woodbridge town centre as all deliveries to and from the bakery will now go straight to Bentwaters.last_img read more


April 20, 2021 0

Air Force ROTC to host basketball tournament

first_imgWhile ROTC programs on college campuses usually keep a low profile, Air Force ROTC cadets at Notre Dame will be flying high this weekend during the 33rd-annual Flyin’ Irish Basketball tournament.  Started in 1985, the tournament was intended to promote a sense of camaraderie between ROTC members and their future fellow servicemen and women.  Over the years, however, the event has become one of the largest ROTC sporting events in the country, boasting over 500 players from over 50 schools across the nation, according to a press release. Last year, over 800 cadets from 56 different teams took part in the tournament, junior cadet Andrew Brannon, the organizer of the event, said. The event provides a unique and important opportunity for ROTC members across the nation to bond. Brannon was dissatisfied with the idea that players would show up, play and leave. His vision for the event surpassed an ordinary basketball tournament. Rather, Brannon saw the event as a way for cadets to bridge their differences and interact before they were to be commissioned. “We’re going to have those kinds of bonds when we’re in the military in the future so it’s a unique opportunity that we can all meet together and kind of see each other and interact before we actually commission,” Brannon said.   Sophomore cadet Stephanie Zaccone agreed with Brannon, saying that the event was a great opportunity for ROTC students to see beyond their bubble and experience life beyond Notre Dame.“It’s nice to get the opportunity to meet people from all across the country and see all the different things that they’re doing. But we all have the same common goal,” Zaccone said. This year, the event will start Friday at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center. The finals will take place Sunday, when the men’s and women’s championship teams will be recognized. While teams may get competitive, the games are played with a friendly spirit, Zaccone said. “I don’t think there’s anyone who’s too in their heads about it,” she added. While all the games will be highly entertaining, the games played by the Scrappers promise to be particularly exciting. Comprised of Notre Dame students who may not have the aptitude to match their enthusiasm, the Scrappers team is just another example of how the event brings people together. Brannon, a member of the team in previous years, said the games are always a riot.“I’ve heard that they’ve scored on themselves on several occasions,” Zaccone said.Although the Scrappers have a slight chance to bring home the iron, other teams can dream about winning the championship and prizes. Last year, Ohio State Air Force won the men’s division, while Marquette Army took home the women’s prize, according to the press release.  The winning championship teams will be awarded trophies and, of course, bragging rights, Zaccone said. Since starting work on this huge project as early as May, Brannon said he is excited to see his efforts pay off in another successful year. Despite the extensive preparations and effort required from him as the event organizer, Brannon believes it will all be worth it. “When the championship game ends and they’re sitting there, and they have their big banner and trophy hoisted high, it makes it worth it, all the work we put in, all the long hours, just seeing the smiles on people’s faces, that’s big,” he said.Tags: Air Force ROTC, Basketball tournament, Flyin’ Irish Basketball Tournamentlast_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Center Lane Stationery in Levittown Closing Despite Cash Mob

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Avi Ghandi, a gregarious Indian immigrant and owner of Center Lane Stationery in Levittown, still laughs with his customers despite holding a going-out-of-business sale before his decade-old shop closes down on Christmas Eve.When his patrons first heard that he had thoughts of shuttering his windows for good, they organized in June a cash mob, which is like a flash mob, but instead of dancing, participants surprise struggling businesses with a rush of much-needed customers.The grassroots economic stimulus turned into a short documentary, Cash Mob for Avi, which was screened at the Big Apple Film Festival last month and made headlines worldwide. Supporters even donated about $20,000 via fundly, a fundraising website—but it still wasn’t enough to save the shop stocked with balloons, greeting cards and gifts.“The economy is hurting really bad,” said Ghandi, who has worked seven days weekly running the shop for the past 10 years.“I have to pull the curtain,” he told the Press between customers. “I have no choice.”Like many small business owners, he partly blames big box stores such as Walmart for siphoning off customers. Privately held office-supply, stationery and gift retailers nationwide have seen profits swing from positive to negative in recent years, according to a Forbes magazine analysis. The industry has also suffered from customers shopping online as well as their replacing traditional greeting cards with digital alternatives such as web-based e-cards, according to Ghandi and the report.Despite the downturn, Ghandi remains upbeat, thanks in part to the love his community has shown over the past six months. The movie may not have won awards when it was screened at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan on Nov. 6, but it won viewers’ hearts.“There was a real buzz of emotion in the room during the film,” video producer Liz Morris said afterward. “There is clearly something about Avi and the story of Levittown love that people connect with. Everyone can think of an Avi in their life.”The documentary follows a day in the life of the 63-year-old shopkeeper and his wife, Bharati, who recently underwent cancer treatments. On film, both are overcome with emotion amid the flood of customers. His friends and regulars, Craig and Celeste Hamilton Dennis, organized the cash mob—and filmed the outpouring of support.The video now has more than a half a million views on YouTube. Half of the $20,000 the mob raised was collected in a single day, according to the organizers. They will still donate the $20,000 to Avi Ghandi, who has yet to find a buyer for the business he bought for $200,000. Instead of helping him stay in business, they hope the donation will smooth his transition to another job—he recently applied to be a school translator.“I wish this story had a Hollywood ending,” Celeste said. “I wish I could say that the cash mob saved his store and swayed his landlord to lower the rent. But the reality is that him staying there isn’t sustainable.“There’s going to be yet another orange ‘For Rent’ sign on Center Lane Village Green,” she continued. “It’s heartbreaking, and a huge loss to the community. The way he cares about his customers, listens to them and makes them feel like they matter is really something special to witness. They’ve been crying left and right upon hearing the news.”last_img read more


December 18, 2020 0