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Students at the Ocean City Intermediate School Learn Valuable Lessons in Bike Safety

first_imgThe lesson that Elias and Galante were trying to make to about 200 students who were sitting inside the gym Friday morning was clear: Wear a helmet when you ride your bike. It could save your life. So far, about 25 students have signed up for the rides. Students who participate in the rides will be entered in a contest to win a bike. “I think it is a positive program for Ocean City. Ocean City is known for bike safety,” said Galante, who owns two bike rental businesses in town and is a member of the city’s Healthy Living Advisory Council. Benfer, who coordinates the school’s bike safety program, said a “strong amount” of students ride their bikes to the Intermediate School. As part of the bike safety program, community volunteers and police officials will chaperone students on bike rides Monday through Friday next week to and from the Intermediate School. “We have five bike racks and they’re full,” he said. “Some of the teachers also ride bikes to school.” “If you don’t wear your helmet, you can easily crack your head open,” added Brendan Bergman, 10, another fourth grader. Ocean City boasts more than 100 miles of bike paths, including the Boardwalk, and has been recognized by the state as one of the most bike-friendly communities in New Jersey, Galante explained.center_img Next, Tony Galante took another melon and plopped it on the floor. This melon wasn’t protected by a bike helmet and it split in half. “It’s very, very important that you wear a helmet for those reasons,” Elias, a member of Ocean City’s Community Policing Unit, told the fourth and fifth graders. “We’re not trying to scare you. We’re trying to protect you.”Police Officer Jennifer Elias and retired teacher Tony Galante use melons to demonstrate the importance of wearing a helmet while biking.Elias and Galante were part of a bike safety seminar conducted each year at the Intermediate School in cooperation between school, city, police and fire officials. The program promotes the dual themes of safety and physical fitness. The seminar’s always-wear-a-helmet message was not lost on the students. Galante, 59, a retired Ocean City High School physical education teacher, told the students that biking and other forms of exercise promote a healthy lifestyle. But he emphasized the need for safety, particularly the use of a helmet.Ocean City’s Community Policing Unit participated in a bike safety program Friday at the Intermediate School.Elias wasn’t aware of any bike accidents in recent years involving Ocean City students. But Andrew Benfer, a fourth grade teacher at the Intermediate School, said two students were involved in bike accidents last summer, although they were not heading to school or participating in school activities. “It taught me to wear my helmet or else I could get hurt,” said 10-year-old Giovanna Barbato, a fourth grader. About 200 students in the fourth and fifth grades at the Ocean City Intermediate School participated in a bike safety seminar.By Donald WittkowskiPolice Officer Jennifer Elias placed a melon inside a bicycle helmet and dropped them both on the gymnasium floor at the Ocean City Intermediate School. The melon didn’t get a scratch.last_img read more

UK reports H5 flu outbreak in turkeys

first_imgNov 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in England today announced an avian influenza outbreak in turkeys at a farm in Norfolk, after initial tests showed that the birds were positive for an H5 strain of the virus.Officials are awaiting full test results to determine if the turkeys have the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus, according to a press release from England’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Fred Landeg, acting chief veterinary officer, told BBC News today that he expects test results in the next 24 hours.To date, the deadly H5N1 strain has been identified in British poultry just once, at a turkey farm in February of this year.The site of the new outbreak is a farm 107 miles northeast of London, near the town of Diss, that also has ducks and geese, DEFRA said. All of the birds will be slaughtered. The number of birds slated for culling is about 5,000, according to the BBC report.Authorities have established a 3-km protection zone around the farm, along with a 10-km surveillance zone. “We are also urgently considering with ornithological and other experts what wider measures may be needed,” DEFRA said.Landeg said the disease was discovered yesterday when a veterinarian noted an increasing number of turkey deaths in one of the farm’s five barns, according to the BBC report. He said the affected birds had access to the outdoors and may have been at increased risk of contracting the disease from wild birds, which migrate in autumn.A few weeks ago, the chief veterinarian for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned that apparently healthy geese and ducks in Europe could be harboring the H5N1 virus. He advised authorities in regions that have significant duck and geese production to reinforce their monitoring and surveillance systems.In the UK’s February outbreak, the lethal H5N1 virus was found at the Bernard Matthews turkey operation in Suffolk, about 70 miles northeast of London. The source of the virus, which led to the culling of 152,000 birds, was never conclusively identified, but authorities said it was probably contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.The UK had an outbreak of a different avian flu type in March. In that case, a low-pathogenic H7N2 virus was detected at two small farms, one in northern Wales and one in northwest England. The outbreaks were linked to a handful of mild cases in humans.The lethal H5N1 virus has turned up in wild birds in Britain once, in a swan found dead on the coast of Scotland in March 2006. Also, the virus was identified in October 2005 in a parrot that had been imported from Suriname and quarantined in Essex with birds imported from Taiwan.See also:Feb 5 CIDRAP News story “England reports first H5N1 poultry outbreak”May 29 CIDRAP News story “Welsh officials announce four H7N2 flu cases, suspect human-to-human transmission”Oct 26 CIDRAP News story “FAO warns H5N1 may be lurking in Europe”Apr 6, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Avian flu reaches Scotland as FAO reports progress”last_img read more

Wildcat Netters Blank Tigers

first_imgThe Franklin County Boys Tennis team hosted its conference opponent Lawrenceburg on Thursday, September 13. The Wildcats got off to an early 4-0 start to begin the match, and #2 Doubles Ethan Ball and Brandon Snyder were able to finish off the sweep after pulling out a victory in the third set.Individual scores are as follows:#1 Singles Jack Stirn 6-1, 6-0 vs. Matthew Ansley#2 Singles Kurt Oetzel 6-0, 6-1 vs. Paddrick Libbert#3 Singles Evan McMillin 6-0, 6-0 vs. Harry Hanneken#1 Doubles Will Wade & Lonnie Schwartz 6-0, 6-1 vs. Jackson McCool & Gabe Rolfes#2 Doubles Ethan Ball & Brandon Snyder 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) vs. Jonah Ruszczewski & Seth GrahamCourtesy of Wildcats Coach Dylan Little.last_img read more

FL homeowner injured, 2 dead after exchanging fire during break-in

first_imgA north Florida homeowner was seriously injured, and two suspects are dead after exchanging gunfire in an attempted robbery.The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were called to the scene Wednesday and found one man dead and two others, including the homeowner, with gunshot wounds.The injured suspect identified as 22-year-old Nigel Doyle was taken to a hospital where he died.The homeowner was transported to the hospital and reportedly remains there at this time.The suspect found dead at the scene was identified by police as 21-year-old Keith Jackson Jr.Authorities later arrested two other suspects identified as Robert John Hamilton, 19, and Seth Adam Rodriguez, 22.Rodriguez is facing charges of murder and home invasion robbery with a firearm.Hamilton faces charges of home invasion robbery with a firearm.Deputies said the homeowner vaguely recalled one of the suspects from a recent Craigslist transaction.Rodriguez and Hamilton are being held on no bond at the Marion County Jail.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more