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first_img Share Save Alan Jaffa, CEO, Safeguard PropertiesBeginning Sunday, November 3, industry leaders converged on The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the 2019 National Property Preservation Conference (NPPC). Presented by Safeguard Properties, the event included collaborative discussions about topics including code violations, vendor management, hazard claims, and other challenges and hot topics facing the property preservation sector.After an opening night reception Sunday evening, NPPC kicked off in full Monday morning with a welcome speech from Safeguard Properties CEO Alan Jaffa. Continuing the legacy of Safeguard’s founder, the late Robert Klein, the National Property Preservation Conference brings together a cross-section of industry stakeholders to brainstorm on challenges such as natural disaster response, regulatory compliance, and more.”I’m always energized by this conference and what it provides for our MCS team as well as the industry,” said MCS CEO, Caroline Reaves. “It’s the one time each year when we all get together and focus solely on property preservation. The MCS team always looks forward to this conference, as it provides an opportunity for open, honest dialogue with our peers in the industry.”Delgado and MontgomeryMonday morning also featured a Q&A session with The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Speaking with Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star Global, Commissioner Montgomery discussed recent policy changes, including HUD’s increased role in oversight of the False Claims Act.Dr. Benjamin Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced last week that HUD was implementing changes to annual eligibility certifications, loan limit certifications, and defect taxonomy under the Act, alterations which were designed to bring more depository lenders back to originating FHA loans.Commissioner Montgomery told the crowd that HUD had been engaged in an ongoing dialog with the Justice Department from “day one” of the Trump administration regarding how to better manage the False Claims Act. Montgomery added that HUD had felt strongly that the annual eligibility certifications, loan limit certifications, and defect taxonomy changes all needed to be addressed at the same time.Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star GlobalFacing hurdles such as a government shutdown in the midst of this process, Commissioner Montgomery said the work on the False Claims Act revisions gained a new head of steam under Attorney General William Barr. After revising an initial document of proposed changes down from “around 12 pages to around six or seven pages,” HUD and the DOJ were able to come to a consensus, Commissioner Montgomery said.Speaking of the changes and the revised procedure for handling False Claims Act cases, Commissioner Montgomery said, “It’s a good suite of products, because it speaks to when something has materiality, and it’s a very prescribed set of circumstances.”Delgado also hosted his annual “State of the Industry” panel. This year, he was joined by industry leaders including:Alan Jaffa, CEO, Safeguard PropertiesBrian Martin, COO, Dakota Asset ServicesCaroline Reaves, CEO, Mortgage Contracting ServicesTim Rood, Chairman and Managing Director, SitusAMCShubha Shivapurkar, Senior Director, Non-Performing Loans, Single-Family Operations, Freddie MacJacob Williamson; VP, Single-Family Real Estate, Fannie MaeLeft to right: Delgado, Jaffa, Shivapurkar, Martin, Rood, Reaves, WilliamsonThe panelists discussed the most pressing challenges facing property preservation, including foreclosure rates, the fight against urban blight, technological innovations, and intervention practices.“We live in a cyclical business,” Delgado said. “As much as we keep saying foreclosures are at 20 to 30-year lows … we’re starting to see some stress fractures in the housing economy that suggest that there is another trending cycle coming in.”Jaffa explained how some government entities have taken an aggressive stance against mortgage servicers and lenders to remediate issues stemming from vacant properties. He suggested that the industry should be more proactive.Caroline Reaves then gave an overview on the strength of the property preservation industry heading into 2020, and why now is the time for companies to be innovating.“One of our clients said, ‘No one is innovative when you’re busy, because you don’t have time to be.’ We took that to heart,” Reaves said. “We’ve gone in and spent this time investing in technology.”“We’ve put a lot of control and technology in place to make sure, as an industry, that we’re stronger, because [the economy] will turn,” Reaves continued.The NPPC will continue through Tuesday, November 5, with more discussion and updates. Click here to learn more. 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first_imgWhile the Notre Dame community usually braves its fair share of winter weather, a combination of road conditions and frigid temperatures Jan. 6 necessitated closing campus for a day-and-a-half.Superintendent Pat McCauslin and Assistant Superintendent Tim Dyczko of the Landscape Services Center were on site to manage the snow removal following the storm. Although campus roads and sidewalks were cleared of snow, McCauslin said the storm left the roads in poor condition around Notre Dame.“[The driving] wasn’t difficult on campus because we were pretty much on top of that situation,” Dyczko said. “Our campus was fine. It was very passible.”McCauslin said side roads around the county were left unplowed for one to two days. He said campus shut down due both to the poor state of the roads in the South Bend area and the cold temperatures.“We were [at] minus 15 as an ambient air temperature, [and there were] 25 mile per hour winds so the wind chill temperature was down to minus 45 for a while,” he said.A countywide state of emergency was declared and no traffic was allowed on the streets, McCauslin said.“When they declare a regular state of emergency they can actually stop and ticket people for being on the streets unless you’re emergency personnel,” he said. “All the staff in landscape services are considered essential personnel with snow emergency situations like that.”McCauslin said in order to stay ahead of incoming storms and to keep up with general landscape the Department of Landscape Services has 31 full-time staff members. Although the staff generally rotates through three shifts during the course of a day over the winter months, McCauslin said situations such as the snowstorm require two 12-hour shifts.“About 4 o’clock in the morning we started New Years Day and worked a full day on until 2 a.m. the next day,” he said.The decision to close campus, however, rested with a university committee advised by Landscape Services, NDSP and the Office of Campus Safety. McCauslin said his department advises on weather conditions while NDSP advises on county and city road conditions to determine whether or not to close the campus.“It’s a difficult decision to make, certainly, in that you don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk,” he said.Not only did this particular storm bring in 12 to 15 inches of snow, it was also a heavy lake snow with a higher water content, Dyczko said.“It takes us a little longer to get it off the roads,” he said. “It’s harder to move. Harder on equipment.”McCauslin compared the snow to the consistency of wet sand.“It can get that heavy,” he said. “And just the way it snowed, it was continuous so it’s just a matter of keeping at it, not letting it build up.”The snow was accompanied by winds that piled the snow in drifts, McCauslin said.“We did a lot of work with drifting,” he said. “It just slows you down, so it slows the operation down. You get one area cleared and you go back 20 minutes later and it’s plugged shut again, so you just keep opening it up and opening it up.”McCauslin also said lake snow is more difficult for meteorologists to precisely forecast. Determining the start and stop times and even predicting potential amounts of snow to be received are more difficult due to a lake effect.“I’ve seen it snowing like hell here and if you went five miles that way it was blue sky,” Dyczko said. “And that’s just part of living in South Bend, you just never know.”Tags: Campus Closure, Landscape Services, Road Conditions, snow, South Bend, WInterlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Mike Filippone, of North Babylon, will make his third attempt at a Guinness World Record on Saturday. (Photo: Handout)A North Babylon man will be looking to make the record books Saturday during an event to raise money for a memorial fund dedicated to a beloved friend who was killed by a drunk driver two years ago.Mike Filippone won’t be chasing just any record either—he’s pursuing a Guinness World Record that he helped create.Three years ago, Filippone was driving around in his truck when the idea dawned on him. So that year, he recommended the batting marathon record to Guinness and then headed to the diamond for his first shot at grabbing the record.Filippon couldn’t complete the 24-hour marathon and then missed out on the record again last year by only five hours. But now he’s ready to dig into the batter’s box again and he’s confident this year will be different.“I really feel like I have a good chance,” he said when reached by phone Friday.Filippone, a 52-year-old father of four, will sprint onto the diamond with a heavy heart. He selected Father’s Day weekend so he could pay tribute to his own father who passed away, as well as Dan Gambardella, his friend and fellow baseball coach killed by a drunk driver in April 2011.“It’s going to be hard day,” he said. “But you know what? It has a special meaning.”Gambardella’s widow, Linda, who has dedicated her life to helping struggling families in the community, established the Dan Gambardella Memorial Fund after his death.And she’s even played a part in Saturday’s batting marathon, which is expected to draw hundreds of local residents prepared to cheer Filippone on during his quest to reach Guinness World Record fame—and at the same time, raise thousands of dollars in his friend’s name.Linda is the one who suggested that a personal trainer at a kickboxing gym in Copiague train Filippone to improve his endurance. Since then, Filippone has been training three days a week. He pointed to his newfound exercise routine as the reason why he’s so confident going into this year’s baseball-smashing marathon.“The expectations are higher,” he said, adding that the record-breaking challenge has “really taken over my life.”Sure, he wants to finally claim the record, but he’s not overly concerned about the outcome. Whether or not Filippone puts his name in the record books or not, he just hopes North Babylon residents will come out in droves to contribute to the Dan Gambardella Memorial Fund.“He was the nicest guy you’d ever want to know,” he said of Gambardella.The event starts at 8 a.m. at Phelps Lane Park in North Babylon.last_img read more

first_imgWhere do they live? Use geographical data to pinpoint areas for new growth. Knowledge is power. The more you learn about your members and your market, the more successful your credit union will be. Because more than 81% of American households bank online,* data gleaned from your website can provide you with valuable information on how to better serve existing members and attract new members, both online and off.But how do you collect this information? Our favorite tool is Google Analytics, a free, robust service that tracks and reports website traffic. Most new websites have Google Analytics built in (check with your website admin), but if yours doesn’t, it’s easy to implement.Once your Analytics account has been running for a few months, you’ll start to accrue some useful data that can be applied to your operations and marketing efforts. For example:Learning Member/Prospect BehaviorsHow do visitors arrive at your site? Do they search “credit union” in Google? If so, you may want to do some paid search marketing. Are they being referred from a SEG website? If so, you may want to hold open enrollment events at that SEG. How many visitors use desktop vs. tablet vs. mobile? Are your tablet and mobile numbers steadily increasing? Consider replacing your current website with one that is mobile responsive. Evaluate your other online services for mobile functionality.  Identifying Trends in the MarketWhat product pages are visited the most? As the economy fluctuates, so do the saving and borrowing habits of your members. By keeping an eye on what product pages your web visitors view most, you’ll be aware when consumer trends shift and can beat your competitors to the punch with new products and offers.What devices are your visitors using? Today it’s the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy, tomorrow…who knows? Watch this data to stay on top of technology changes and ensure that your website and services are compatible and up-to-date.Tracking the Effectiveness of Marketing CampaignsGoogle Analytics can also help you track your marketing initiatives. Here’s how:For every campaign, event, or news item you wish to track, create a promotional page on your website. For example, if you’re offering a special auto loan rate, create a page explaining the offer and how it will benefit the member/prospect.Be sure to add a call to action to the page such as “Apply now! Click here” and link to an online application or “Call Wendy at 123.456.7890.” As your campaign is running or when it has ended, view the promotional page data in Google Analytics. You’ll see how many people visited the page, if they came from elsewhere online (Facebook, a SEG website, etc), how long they viewed the page, and more.For more information on using Google Analytics to track your website, contact Jeff Kjoller at 214.827.2600, extension 104.Contributing Author: Erin Ortizcenter_img Drive members/prospects to this promotional page by putting the page link on all marketing pieces – direct mail, Facebook, Twitter, email blasts, newspaper ads, etc. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Detailslast_img read more

first_imgBank Indonesia’s (BI) policy measures and a narrowing current account deficit (CAD) will likely support the rupiah amid unfavorable financial market conditions, however risks remain as Indonesia continues to record new COVID-19 cases while facing limited healthcare capacity, experts warn.Fitch Solutions has revised it outlook for the rupiah for 2020 to 15,500 per US dollar from its earlier projection of Rp 16,750 after the recent gains the currency booked. The rupiah appreciated 13 percent from a recent low of Rp 16,575, a level unseen since the 1998 financial crisis, to Rp 14,610 on Monday, Bloomberg data show.“We believe that BI’s policy measures will continue to cushion the rupiah in the short-term,” the researchers said. “Moreover, a forecast narrowing in CAD in 2020 due to slightly cheaper imports, will also add to investors’ confidence in Indonesia’s fundamentals.” The central bank has taken several measures to stabilize the rupiah, including by direct intervention in foreign exchange markets, purchase of government bonds in the secondary market worth Rp 166.2 trillion (US$11.34 billion) and strike currency swap lines with major central banks including a $60 billion repurchase agreement with the US’ Federal Reserve.“Dollar liquidity and BI’s bond market activity will help attract foreign investors back to the bond market in the short-term horizon, which will provide support to the currency,” Fitch said.The country recorded a CAD of US$3.9 billion, or 1.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in this year’s first three months, down from 2.8 percent of GDP in the previous quarter. Fitch Solutions expects the CAD to reach 2 percent of GDP this year, much lower than the 3.4 percent in a previous forecast, providing a lift to foreign exchange reserves that will help support the rupiah.Fitch Solutions, however, warned that the downside risks from COVID-19 could further erode the rupiah’s recent gains if the situation spiraled out of control, adding that downside risks remained elevated over the long-term due to a widened budget deficit. “The Indonesian government’s initial mismanagement of the COVID-19 outbreak led to a collapse in investors’ confidence in the country’s assets, including the rupiah,” it said.“Downside risks will continue to emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia. As we have noted, cases across Indonesia continue to rise at a rapid pace and the country has limited healthcare and financial resources to deal with a widespread outbreak.”The central bank now expects the currency to further gain against the greenback to “pre-pandemic levels” at around Rp 13,600 to Rp 13,800 per US dollar, BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said. It decided to hold its benchmark interest rate last week at 4.5 percent to maintain financial market stability.“We maintain our view that the rupiah remains fundamentally undervalued and will strengthen to reflect its fundamentals,” Perry told reporters in a streamed news conference on May 28.BI recorded a net outflow of $5.7 billion in the first quarter as foreign investors dumped Indonesian assets. From April 1 to May 14, however, the central bank booked $4.1 billion in net inflows, mainly in sovereign debt papers.The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the stability of Indonesia’s financial system, as it has weakened the country’s financial industry and macroeconomic outlook, as well as brought economic activity to a standstill, the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) said earlier this month.Economists have warned that nationwide loan restructuring programs and economic risks caused by the pandemic may tighten liquidity in several small banks and lead to higher non-performing loan ratios in the medium term, leaving banks in need of additional liquidity.Bank Central Asia (BCA) chief economist David Sumual said the central bank should aim to stabilize the currency to support the country’s weakening economic activity, adding that the rupiah’s fundamentals were currently around Rp 15,000 per US dollar.“The rupiah’s stability is the priority right now as the currency should be favorable for importers and exporters,” David told The Jakarta Post. “An over-strengthened rupiah may discourage economic recovery in the real sector.”Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances.The hallways leads past the laundry and ground floor bathroom with shower and toilet, to the spacious downstairs living areas. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is a media room with storage cupboard and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opens to the back patio. The designer kitchen includes soft-close drawers, stone benchtops and a walk-in pantry. Outside the patio has a ceiling fan and downlights and looks out over the fenced back yard and established lawn.Facing north, the patio also gets plenty of breezes off Moreton Bay. Back inside, internal stairs lead up to a family room with extra linen cupboards. The home at 56 Ewan St, Margate is on the market.STROLL to the ocean or to the park from this two-storey family home on the market in Margate. The property, at 56 Ewan St, is on a low maintenance block on one of the highest points on the Peninsula. Abode Properties marketing agent Brendan Philp said the new home had a versatile floor plan with large open areas, plenty of storage options and received Moreton Bay breezes.At the front of the home, a porch shelters the entry and opens to a hallway with double linen closets. The low-maintenance backyard is fully fenced.The master bedroom has a private balcony, walk-in robe and an ensuite with separate toilet, laundry chute, spa bath and double basins. The three other bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bathroom has a separate bath and shower. The home has quality carpet and tiles, touches of timber and ducted airconditioning throughout.The double lockup garage has storage space. The property is close to beaches, schools and shops. The home is being marketed by Brendan Philp from Abode Properties for $739,000.last_img read more

first_imgAthletics: Mengden pitched in a game for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in February. He was moved into the rotation as left-hander A.J. Puk deals with a strained throwing shoulder that landed him on the injured list to start the season and required cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections. … T.J. McFarland, Jake Diekman and Yusmeiro Petit, all of whom pitched three times in Oakland’s first four games, were rested. UP NEXTThe two-game series ends Wednesday afternoon when Oakland’s Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his second start of the season against Colorado’s Germán Márquez (0-1, 1.59) in a matchup of right-handers. Marquez’s loss on opening day was his first in 16 interleague starts.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 29, 2020 Tyler Kinley, Daniel Bard and Carlos Estévez combined to two-hit the A’s over the final four innings.Ramon Laureano had two hits and Mark Canha added a sacrifice fly for the A’s, who were attempting to go 4-1 for the first time since 2010.Oakland manager Bob Melvin had been hopeful of resting his taxed bullpen but didn’t get the chance after Mengden (0-1) lasted four innings and gave up three runs on five hits. “Strike one can be a problem for him sometimes,” Melvin said. “He tries to be a little too fine at times. It’s getting the pitch count down and trying to get the other team to put the ball in play earlier in the count.”The Rockies tacked on a pair in the fifth with four consecutive one-out hits and a sacrifice fly off A’s reliever Jordan Weems in his major league debut. They scored three more in the eighth. MILESTONE, BUT NO HITSDavis moved into second place in games played by A’s designated hitters but continued to struggle at the plate. He struck out twice, popped up and hit into a double play in four at-bats, dropping the Oakland slugger to 0 for 15 this season.“I’ve said all along that leashes can be a little bit shorter when you struggle in 60 games,” Melvin said. “It’s like being in August right now. Some of the guys who have track records deserve a little bit of a longer leash. He’s been really good for us over the years.”The game marked the 356th for Davis as the A’s DH, moving him past Mitchell Page on the franchise list. Davis will have to wait until next season to break Dave Kingman’s mark of 428.TRAINER’S ROOM Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sam Hilliard homered for the first time this season, Antonio Senzatela pitched out of an early jam on his way to a rare road win, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 Tuesday night.Charlie Blackmon had two hits, David Dahl drove in a pair of runs and Nolan Arenado made up for an uncharacteristic fielding error with a single and sacrifice fly to help the Rockies to their third straight win following an opening day loss to Texas.“We’ve got a good pitching staff always and this year we’ve been doing good,” Senzatela said. “We were just working for that in the offseason, even through the quarantine. I think we deserve this.”center_img Hilliard was hitless going into the day before doubling off A’s starter Daniel Mengden in the second and then homering in the fourth. Hilliard, who homered in his major league debut last August, laced a 2-2 pitch into the right-field stands after Raimel Tapia singled.“Sam’s blast, the breaking ball in the seats was a great swing,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I like the double the other way. We saw Sam do that a number of times last year, take pitches away from him, hit them to left field. The home run gave us a big lift.”Senzatela worked himself into an early jam but got Oakland slugger Khris Davis to pop out with the bases loaded in the first on the way to his first win on the road since July 5, 2019. The right-hander had dropped five straight away from home since then.Senzatela (1-0) allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.“I threw too many pitches in the first inning but I just put on myself, ‘I need to make it through five to give the team a chance to win,’ and I did it,” Senzatela said. Rockies keep rolling behind Hilliard, Senzatela to beat A’s Associated Press last_img read more

first_imgThree hundred and sixty four days ago, Camp Randall roared.The normally solid red bowl was freckled black. Nebraska was finally in town. But little to its knowledge, Nebraska was about to receive one of the worst welcomes to the Big Ten it could have feared.It was highly touted as one of the biggest matchups in the Big Ten last year, but when the final score flashed on the scoreboards, the 48-17 decision seemed more like an ass-kicking rather than a battle of epic proportions.After quarterback Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions and Montee Ball scored four touchdowns, the Cornhuskers faced embarrassment as they were largely expected to run the conference slate in their move from the Big 12.With Nebraska playing host to the rematch this season, the Badgers are excited to get their first chance to play in Lincoln in an atmosphere that’s said to rival Madison’s.“I’ve heard there’s a really great atmosphere there,” junior center Travis Frederick said. “I hear they do things a little bit different than other teams, but I’m excited to get down there. I heard it’s a great stadium, a great atmosphere, a great crowd. Obviously they’re going to be loud and its kind of fun to play road games.”After a solid 210-yard passing performance last week, redshirt freshman Joel Stave will start under center in the conference opener. Senior running back Ball also said there was “no doubt” he will play this week despite sitting out most of the UTEP game after sustaining a concussion near the beginning of the second quarter.“I know I don’t want to sit out of the game,” Ball said.With 213 yards on the ground against UTEP, the offensive line and the running game finally looked like they were starting to gel – elements that had been missing in the previous three weeks.With a stronger looking offense in its final nonconference game, Frederick feels the O-line – despite all its drama previously this season – is ready for what lies ahead.“I think that we’ve taken several good steps and I think we’re working in the correct direction,” Frederick said of the offensive line. “If we continue to take those steps – I think we are going to take a step this week – we’re definitely going to be ready for the Big Ten season.”While the Badgers hope their new-found offensive vibe finds its way to Lincoln, the Huskers are optimistic quarterback Taylor Martinez will continue his stellar season.Martinez, a dual-threat quarterback, reworked his throwing motion in the offseason and has seen it pay dividends through the nonconference season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has thrown for 878 yards and nine touchdowns, with only one interception, this season.Wisconsin’s defense is aware of Martinez’s revamped game but still remains confident it will be able to test him.“We just have to keep our eyes on him and know whether it’s a pass, and if it’s a pass he could take off and run and get our eyes back on him,” senior linebacker Mike Taylor said. “If he breaks out, breaks contain, we’ve got to have good pursuit and get to the ball.”While Martinez has overhauled his game, Wisconsin is also keying in on Nebraska’s run game, which has scored 14 touchdowns this season.Central to that running game is senior Rex Burkhead. Burkhead has missed a few games this season, but on 11 rushing attempts this season, he’s racked up 187 yards and three touchdowns.“You’ve got to play sound,” junior linebacker Chris Borland said of UW’s rush defense, which has allowed only one touchdown in 2012. “You’ve got to be in the right place when you’re supposed to be there and then you’ve got to tackle. … They’re a great group of players so you’re going to have to do both your scheme and play well.”For the first time this season, Wisconsin hits the road as a true underdog. From the short history between both teams and Wisconsin’s recent stumbles, odds are against the Badgers as they travel to Nebraska.“For us it just comes [down to] doing what we do,” Frederick said. “Coming out and practicing the way that we do all week and hopefully going out and playing the game as well as we have played – obviously taking a step forward. I think it comes down to just being who we are.”Follow Kelly on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – If attending Deep Cut Orchid Society’s annual show, be careful.It could be the start of an addiction – orchid collecting. That is what happened to Joan Mesander, co-chair of this year’s show, running Thursday, Feb. 11, to Sunday, Feb. 14, at Dearborn Market in Holmdel.“I went to their (annual) show, I bought two plants, Larry (Desiano, the society’s president) talked to me and I joined,” said Mesander, 69, recalling her visit about 10 years ago.Now, she has about 500 orchids in a 225-square-foot greenhouse – with hot water and controls for heating, cooling, humidity and watering – in the backyard of her home in Middletown’s Belford section.Desiano, 66, has about 250 orchids. He’ll take them with him when he moves from his home in Middletown’s Oak Hill section to Florida, expected later this year.At this year’s show, there will be “well over 2,000” orchids, according to Diana Kleiman, a society member and an American Orchid Society-certified judge.“Why do you have an orchid show in February?” Desiano said.Because orchids raised indoors are now blooming, according to Desiano.“In general, I say November through, say, April,” said Desiano, talking about the indoor growing season. “So, February’s the middle of the season.”Helen Kroh, the show’s other co-chair, said there should be hundreds of species.The four-day show combines displaying orchids, selling them, educating people on them – a plant that has an estimated 30,000 species that grow wild on all continents except Antarctica.“We’re happy if we break even,” said Kleiman, who lives in Middletown and has about 200 orchids. “This is the way we get new members. And everybody likes to show off their plants.”The show includes displays by about a half-dozen orchid clubs from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, along with displays by nine vendors. Thousands attend annually, but there are no solid figures because the event is free and people roam freely.Founded in 1986, Deep Cut Orchid Society has about 110 members, mostly from Monmouth and Ocean counties. Its name comes from its former meeting site, Deep Cut Park in Middletown, but now it meets in Tinton Falls.Kroh, 66, of Milltown has been collecting orchids for 30 or 40 years, she said. She now has about 80 in a four-season sunroom.On Sunday, Feb. 7, Deep Cut members who were displaying orchids at the show gathered at Mesander’s home, where they categorized the plants in preparation for the show.“I like Epindendrums the best,” Kroh said. “I can get them to bloom. You grow what you can bloom. An orchid that does not bloom is taking up space.”“You find what works for you,” Mesander said.Desiano said he has been collecting orchids “for at least 30 years.” Then with a young family, Desiano was looking to switch from the stressful, time-consuming hobby of breeding tropical fish.So, Desiano’s wife bought him “one or two” orchids, because he had shown an interest in them, he said.“I think the passion comes out of the diversity (of orchids),” Desiano said.A tangle of orchids.A benefit of orchids is they bloom for long periods – “for weeks and months,” Desiano said.Connie Deren, 58, who lives in Middletown’s Port Monmouth section, has been collecting for 30 years, now keeping about 150 orchids in a sunroom-greenhouse.“I started with just a few and got more,” Deren said. “Then, I met Joan (Mesender) and got more and more. I like Vandas and Paphiopedilums.”Before Mesander got the greenhouse about eight years ago, she kept about 60 orchids in her house.“I had a rack with grow lights,” Mesander said. “When I retired, my husband was afraid I was going to be bored.”So, they got the greenhouse. In warmer weather, Mesander moves her orchids outside.“I gave her an orchid for her birthday (and), three years later, she had a greenhouse,” joked Mesander’s husband, Jerry, 76. “When I saw 200 in here (in the greenhouse), I thought it was full. I was wrong.”As for the two orchids Mesander started with, “I killed those two plants,” she said.“I’ve killed many,” Deren said.“Everybody does that,” Jerry Mesander said.“If you don’t kill a lot of orchids, you’re not a true orchid grower,” she said. “You have to kill them (to understand how) to grow them.”Perhaps, by that time, one is already hooked.“You get that first plant, put it on the windowsill,” said Kleiman, smiling. “Before you know it, you’ve got the disease. You’re hooked.”***ITALS Deep Cut Orchid Society’s annual show runs Thursday, Feb. 11, to Sunday, Feb. 14, at Dearborn Market, 2170 Route 35 South at Centerville Road, Holmdel, 732-264-0256. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.Deep Cut Orchid Society meets monthly at Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Ave., Tinton Falls.last_img read more

first_imgJamaica Scorpions coach Junior Bennett, has said that while he is concerned about the fortunes of the team in recent years, he is not too perturbed at the notion of losing his job. The former regional four-day and one-day championship-winning coach has for the past three years been prevailing over squads that have produced substandard outcomes. This lack of results has been evident in the regional first-class championship, where two years ago, the team finished fourth, and last year, fifth. The one-day team has not been firing on all cylinders either, with the team over the past three seasons having a record of two semi-final appearances, and a first-round exit. “If you are the coach of the side and they are not playing well, then you have to take responsibility for it,” Bennett told The Gleaner following the team’s eight-wicket defeat to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Championship at Sabina Park earlier this week. “But, in life, just you just have to do what you have to do. That’s the way I see it. That’s the way I work. You are going to have good times and bad times.” The defeat by Jamaica was their fourth of the season in seven outings, with the others being victories. It followed a surprising 82-run defeat away to Leewards Hurricanes the previous week. This has placed them in third position on 60 points and with only a mathematical chance of surpassing leaders and defending champions Guyana Jaguars, who has 107. B’DOS IN SECOND PLACE The Barbados Pride, 90, are in second position with Red Force fourth on 56, Windwards Volcanoes fifth on 41 and the Leewards rounding off the standings with 36. “No, I am not worried,” Bennett said when asked if he was worried that the team’s lack of results could cost him his job. “Anytime you play cricket and dominate for a period of time, you are going to have a time when you just have to rebuild,” Bennett added. The Scorpions, who changed captain from Paul Palmer Jr to John Campbell last weekend in a bid to try and arrest their flagging fortunes, are scheduled to face the Pride at Sabina Park this weekend in the eighth round of the 10-round championship.last_img read more