Left to right: Kenneth Sedberry, President 2015 Ocean City Board of REALTORS, Jeung Leon -Nurse Manager Shore Medical Center, Ken Cooper- Monihan Realty, Maria Marinelli- Long & Foster Realty & Chair of Bubble Mania Committee, Gloria Votta- RE/Max at The Shore Realty, Karen Sharkey- Admin. Director Nursing, Shore Medical Center, Nicholas Marotta- Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors, Lynda Greaves-Grace Realty, Jane Snyder- Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors, Chelsea Connor- Goldcoast Sotheby’s Intl. , Anne Gallagher – Grace Realty.The Ocean City Board of Realtors Bubble Mania Committee presented a check of $2,255 to the Pediatric Care Center at Shore Medical Center earlier this week.Bubble Mania was a day of family activities during the Ocean City Airport Festival on Sept. 13. The event included fun bubble activities for kids of all ages. T-shirts, food, candy and beverages were available for sale to raise funds.Shore’s Pediatric Care Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey, was designed to ensure children receive the best care possible in a setting specially designed for kids. It offers a dedicated and separate Pediatric Quick Care area, Board certified emergency department physicians, highly skilled, specially trained pediatric emergency nurses and onsite neonatologists, who are at Shore 24/7/365 for pediatric consultations. For more information please visit: www.shoremedicalcenter.org.— News release from the Ocean City Board of Realtors
Ocean City plans a full schedule of special events for Fourth of July weekend. Here are the highlights and schedule:FIREWORKS (July 4): The annual fireworks display will be launched at 10 p.m. Monday (July 4) from a barge at sea off the Ocean City Music Pier between Eighth and Ninth streets. The show can best be viewed from the beach or boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. The popular Tidal Wave Band will perform one hour before and after the fireworks in front of the Music Pier. Rain date for the fireworks is July 5. Decision will be made by 6 p.m. and posted here and on OCTV-97. Listen for a simulcast of music for the fireworks display on Ocean City’s WIBG-FM, 94.3 DECORATED BIKE PARADES (July 4):Gardens Civic Association: 10 a.m. start, free registration at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot at 9 a.m., route ends at E. Atlantic Blvd. and Beach Road.South Ocean City Improvement Association: 10 a.m. start, free registration 9 a.m., 40th Street and Asbury Ave.Bike parades are rain or shine, unless the weather includes torrential rain or lightning. Look here for updates on any potential cancellation.STAR SPANGLED SALUTE (July 4): Ocean City Theatre Co. Spotlight Performers Show Choir, show time noon, at Mark Soifer Park, corner of 9th and Asbury Ave.KITE FLYING CONTEST (July 4): On Ninth Street Beach, free at 6 p.m.YO-YO CONTEST AND DEMO (July 4): On Ninth Street Beach, free at 8 p.m.HULA HOOP CONTEST (July 4): On Ninth Street Beach, free at 8:30 p.m.CELEBRATE AMERICA (July 3): A patriotic concert by the Ocean City Pops. Special guests include Broadway star Nicolas Dromard and conductor Brett Rowe. Join the Pops as they pull out all the stops in this concert including America the Beautiful, the Armed Forces Salute, Stars and Stripes Forever and other iconic American favorites. 8 p.m. Sunday at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $15 /10, available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, (609)399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or the Music Pier Box Office.For Information: 1-800-BEACH-NJ or (609) 399-6111 or www.oceancityvacation.com.
Homelessness can happen to virtually anyone.To raise awareness of this fact, and to aid local homeless people, especially homeless youth, Ocean City businesses and individuals are coming together to present a ‘Sleep Out for Homeless Youth’ event on Thursday, November 16.The event, benefiting Covenant House of New Jersey, takes place at “Making Waves” in the St. Peter’s of Ocean City church parking lot on Wesley Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets.Music, prizes, gifts, special guests and a full night of surf movies await those who will be on hand to support the cause or sleep out overnight.“From coast to coast, people will step out of their homes and their comfort zones to sleep outside in support of those who have no choice,” said Ocean City NJ Surf School’s Willie Fannon, one of the organizers.Bill McMahon has supported the cause for several years and was one of the forces behind bringing the event to Ocean City.Covenant House, which operates facilities to aid the homeless in 31 cities in six countries, has a local center in Atlantic City. “They are guided by a mission to serve youth with absolute respect and unconditional love” to help homeless kids and to safeguard all children in need, Fannon said.Monetary donations are sought, and in addition, donations of umbrellas, baby formula, and new clothing including T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants and underwear will be gratefully accepted.With the aid of local businesses, the sleepout will feature music (Kinger from Stellar Mojo and Thriving Seas doing acoustic sets) and guest speakers from Covenent House.Surfing movies will be shown all night, refreshments and snacks will be provided by Ocean City businesses for a fun night with a serious message and purpose.The event, started last year by local business owners including Fannon’s Surf School as well as Peace of Wood, Bowfish Kids and Emerge Artists. When St. Peter’s came on board and provided its facilities, more donations and support came in from the OC Surf Café, Randazzo’s Pizza, Starbucks, Island Beach Gear, Copiers Plus, Mallon’s Bakery, Sack O’ Subs, Surfers Supplies, 7th Street Surf Shop, Ocean City Paddle Company, McMahon Insurance, Ocean City Police Department, and the Ocean City Fire Department, among others.“Businesses and individuals have rallied around our cause, and this promises to be a great family event,” Fannon remarked.He said all are welcome to attend and show support or to sleep out overnight. All proceeds and donations will go directly to Covenant House in Atlantic City.
Second Ward Councilman Tom Rotondi with his wife, Stephanie, and their children (from left) baby Joey, Tommy, 7, and 2-year-old Celeste. (Photo courtesy Tom Rotondi Facebook page) By MADDY VITALEWhen describing his experience, Tom Rotondi, who is running unopposed for the 2nd Ward City Council seat in Ocean City, said he didn’t exactly plan to ever run for office.In fact, the 41-year-old married father of three was used to helping others with their campaigns to get elected. He spent time knocking on doors and speaking with voters about candidates he believed in when he lived in Lower Township and then in Ocean City, a place the Rotondis have called home for over a decade.“I really always wanted to pick the best candidate to represent the people. It is important you are doing this for the people. It is not about the title,” Rotondi explained in an interview. “If you are doing it for the people, you don’t care about the title. If it is about the title, then that is how you end up with bad government.”When the opportunity came up to run for the 2nd Ward seat vacated by Councilman Antwan McClellan, who won election to the state Assembly, Rotondi said he was excited.“I really liked knocking on doors and campaigning for people. As time went on and the opportunity came up with Antwan McClellan’s seat, I thought, ‘Why not step up?’” Posted by Tom Rotondi on Monday, April 20, 2020Unlike any other year in voting history, at least in Cape May County, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the voting is limited to mail-in ballots for the May 12 municipal election.While it has changed the way Rotondi and other ward candidates are campaigning, it has not changed his resolve to get out the message that he will do well representing his ward.He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Tommy, 6, Celeste, 2, and 10-month-old Joey. Rotondi pledged that, if elected to Council, he will work hard to keep Ocean City family-friendly and safe and holding down on spending for lower taxes.That is his main priority.Safely opening the town for its residents and for tourism and controlling over-building are two additional areas of concern he also hears about from voters.“We are a shore community and thrive on tourism. Together, both business leaders and the city administration need to work to develop a plan using the data that has been collected to restart our economy safely for the summer,” he said.And when it comes to construction, elected officials need to focus on smart growth, Rotondi said.“We want to grow, but not at the expense of the city plan. I would like to see the fabric of Ocean City intact and not look like a bunch of cookie cutter buildings,” he added. “There are some historical portions of Ocean City that are so important to preserve.”Flooding is always a priority in the resort. Rotondi pointed out that Mayor Jay Gillian’s numerous flood mitigation projects throughout the community have helped but there is much more to be done.“My main concern is fixing the flooding issues. Tackling that issue, like it has been done on Bay Avenue and Fourth Street, is a top priority,” Rotondi said.He noted that he would also like to see more shared services agreements and grants for flood mitigation and other projects.Rotondi said his background certainly lends itself to serving on Council.He has the ability to listen to people and discuss ideas and a no-nonsense approach to business, he said.Ocean City 2nd Ward Council candidate Tom Rotondi hands in his nominating petition to City Clerk Melissa Rasner, while his wife, Stephanie, and son, Tommy, look on in March.Not only has he served in the military, but he was in law enforcement before choosing a career path that better suited his growing family. Now, he is able to work from home and dedicate time to them and his community.He currently works with the Marsh and McLennan Agency, specializing in employee health and benefits consulting for non-profit, municipal and health care providers.Before his current position, Rotondi served in several different roles in the military and law enforcement.He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served from 1997 to 2000.After returning from service, he attended and graduated as class president from the Cape May County Police Academy. He became a Lower Township police officer and then a corrections officer for the State Department of Corrections.Given the opportunity, Rotondi hopes to hold 2nd Ward meetings, similar to those held by incumbent Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr, to create an open dialogue and a venue separate from the Council meetings, specifically dedicated to issues in his ward.“I want to be engaged and I will be having the ward meetings regularly to ensure they have a voice. It is important,” he said. “I can’t sit up there without talking to people and knowing what the issues are for them in our ward.”Candidate Tom Rotondi is surrounded by family and friends and other supporters at Mark Soifer Park, across from City Hall on March 5, prior to social distancing restrictions.Not having an election opponent has not lessen how Rotondi has campaigned.Prior to the pandemic, he knocked on more than 500 doors to talk to people about the issues that matter to them, he explained.With the unique environment now, social distancing and closures, Rotondi had to turn from face-to-face meetings with constituents to a fully digital platform, using text messages, emails and social media platforms to get his message out.The civic-minded candidate noted that he is able to juggle myriad responsibilities on boards and organizations because he believes in what they are about.Rotondi is a current member of the Ocean City Zoning Board, which he was unanimously appointed to by City Council in 2016. He is also a volunteer coach with Ocean City tee ball and a Master Mason with Cape Island Lodge 30.Additionally, he is on multiple boards and is a volunteer with “Hand-to-Hand Mission to Haiti,” a non-profit organization that hand delivers solar lights, food, education supplies and tuition for the children in Haiti.Rotondi believes his versatile resume includes all of the attributes that will make him a good leader and an asset to the Council.“I think that every job I have ever had has given me a better understanding of people. I have had a lot of on-the-job training for crisis and good times,” he said. “I think my leadership is proven. I am able to stand up to people and not crumble. I think all of these leadership qualities gives me the understanding to be a good public servant.”
The bakery sector has become more unpredictable, with successful firms likely to slip quickly from being ’winners’ to being ’losers’, according to new research from business analyst Plimsoll.The research company has divided the 960 bakery sector companies surveyed into ’winners’, ’losers’, ’chasers’ and ’sleepers’ on the basis of their financial strength.Chasers are succeeding, but jeopardising their financial strength, and ’sleepers’ are missing out on new opportunities but are safe financially.The bakery sector’s large number of ’chasers’ – 275 out of 960 surveyed – indicated a high level of confidence among bakery sector firms, Plimsoll’s senior analyst David Pattison told British Baker.However, the sales growth that these chasers could achieve by investing was probably only sustainable for a couple of years, he said.He warned that with many bakery products being a discretionary purchase, any slow-down in the economy could mean problems.In particular, the good profits that sleepers were making despite falling sales were unsustainable, said Pattison: “The risk is in the long term.” Sleepers were often family-owned, he added.Pattison said that Plimsoll’s 2006 analysis of 960 bakery companies, which he claimed included more than 90% of the sector and included ingredients suppliers, independent bakers and big chains, found “remarkable inconsistency in the companies’ commercial and financial behaviour”.Many companies had apparently changed their strategy since the last such survey a year ago, said Pattison. “What our analysis highlights this time is the speed at which strategies change.”Plimsoll’s winners, losers, chasers and sleepers categories were roughly equal in size. Of the 283 winners in 2005, only 139 kept their position this year, although 117 of last year’s losers were once again losers.
Q Do you see any advantages in belonging to an international company?A We all learn from different cultures and experiences. Whether developments are in the sphere of organic, healthy inclusions or bio-strategy, sooner or later, all things pass to all countries. It happens even faster across Europe. Tesco, for example, is addressing what’s happening in Europe all the time with its stores and goods. In bread, we clearly see a widening repertoire of sandwich carriers. And there has been a raft of new introductions in Viennoiserie and brioches, for example. At Délifrance, we love the challenge of driving the market forwards. Q What sort of training do you provide for newcomers?A All newcomers, whether they are receptionists or food technologists, have to go to the Paris school of baking for a week. Next, they have to work with one of our franchisees for a week, making or selling goods to the public, so that when they are talking to buyers or customers, they know exactly what they are talking about on both the foodservice and retail sides. Extra training is then job-relevant. Q So what, more specifically, are the UK trends?A The trend here is definitely for more information. Our recent recruitment has centred on technical services people to comply with that.There is also a move towards ’larder’ ingredients, which is partly driven by the media and foreign travel, but consumers also want more natural, wholesome ingre- dients – no emulsifiers, not too much salt, just natural goodness. Q How do you address that in your own products?A The whole Délifrance ethos is ’nature and flavour’. We use no emulsifiers in our bread products, we ferment each bread for a minimum of two hours, our butter is sourced from the Charentes region of France.The quality of flour we use is very good, high-protein, 100% French flour. Our parent company, Nutrixo has 23 mills. The flour used in our breads comes from one particular region and we always blend flour from the old crop to the new carefully and slowly to ensure consistency. One of the company’s priorities is to test new varieties in the fields for disease resistance and drought.Our ethos is to work hard to make sure our goods are the best. I tell colleagues: “Don’t be frightened to explain why we believe we’re the best.” Q What was your next move?A It was to Northern Foods and occurred at the time of the Tom-kins takeover of RHM. At Nor-thern, I became involved with Gunstones bakery, as well as with sandwiches, pizzas, chilled snacks and Bowyers, the sausage maker, of Trowbridge.CEO Chris Haskins rebuilt the Gunstones bakery after a major fire. It cost a massive £35 million, which had to be recouped. A Mr McCracken of M&S was a major client and Mr Haskins (now Lord) just stood up and said: “It’s all yours Mr McCracken!” What a great approach! It put M&S under pressure to really innovate the ranges, which they did, excellently. Some CEOs can be scared to invest, but he showed you have to have the courage to run with it. Q Do you always feel the need to be challenged?A Yes, definitely. Next I went to CPC Best Foods to launch the US Entenmann’s brand in the UK. It brought me right back into bakery and I loved the job. It gave me the opportunity to launch a completely new bakery brand in the UK, from scratch!I moved to Bristol and we set a target of 30% market share. It was an exciting time, because RHM had bought Lyons cakes, to add to their Mr Kipling brand. CPC had a history of backing brands. Supermarkets are always very keen to see innovation and added value, backed by good marketing support. Entenmann’s became the fastest-growing FMCG brand in 1997, as measured by AC Nielsen. I worked in New York and Miami, learning how products were made and how they were benchmarked against others. >> Q Who are your customers?A On the foodservice side, we supply catering professionals and wholesalers with raw frozen or ambient baked breads and Viennoiserie. On the retail side, we supply the major multiples and convenience stores with breads, Viennoiserie and savouries, which can include part-baked as well as raw or ambient goods.As Délifrance is a manufacturing operation, as opposed to just supply, we also have around 600 of our own retail outlets worldwide on forecourts, for example. Q What is Délifrance?A It is the bakery arm of parent company Nutrixo which also owns Grands Moulins de Paris, the French miller. We are 50% owned by French farming co-operatives and 50% by employees.Délifrance manufactures its own goods, using its own flours and specifications. The good thing is that it gives us total control over the supply chain. We are well-established in the European baking market and 2008 is the brand’s 25th anniversary. There are 15 international divisions and I am MD of Délifrance UK, which employs approximately 120 people and has its headquarters in Leicestershire. Q Have you always worked in bakery?A No, I graduated as a chemist. One day I was standing in the lab, shaking test tubes and pontificating about life and I thought, “Is this it?”A friend saw an advertisement for a food technician at RHM’s Manor Bakeries. At the interview I felt an instant rapport. My studies had included food chemistry and I immediately felt at home. I loved the buzz and the atmosphere of baking. I had fantastic training and began to spend more time in the commercial section, working with Tesco and Marks & Spencer.By around 1986, I felt ready to move on, so RHM created a combined technical/commercial role. Some of the big retail buyers would come up with slightly outlandish ideas, so I would say, “Well, you can’t do this or this, but you can do that.” I stayed for about eight years. —-=== Curriculum vitae ===l First joined the bakery industry as a food technician at RHM’s Manor Bakeries, moving on to a technical/commercial rolel Moved to Northern Foods, where he was involved with Gunstones bakeryl Worked for CPC Foods, launching the US Entenmann’s brand into the UKl Worked for Allied Bakeries in the convenience trading divisionl Joined Délifrance UK as MD
The Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) has confirmed that the latest results from this year’s Cereals Quality Survey suggest the quality of wheat has dropped compared to last year.The latest Cereal Quality Survey results update is based on analysis of 25,000 wheat sample results. These show that there has been a fall in average GB Hagberg, protein content and specific weight. Average moisture content showed an increase, as anticipated following the July and August rainfall.The latest Hagberg estimates for 2007 show an average of 241 seconds in Great Britain, significantly below last year’s average of 294, but only 0.9% lower than the previous three-season average of 243 seconds.Nabim Group 1 wheat currently has an average moisture content of 14.5%, specific weight of 76.5 kg/hl, a Hagberg falling number of 250 seconds and protein content of 12.8%.
The publisher of British Baker, William Reed Business Media (WRBM), has acquired Decision News Media (DNM) – an internet publishing company dedicated to reporting breaking news for the global B2B industries.DNM, based in Montpellier, France, has established a reputation for authoritative, in-depth and insightful news reporting of food, nutrition, cosmetics and pharmaceutical topics. Its flagship websites are FoodNavigator.com, NutraIngredients.com and BakeryandSnacks.com. The new enlarged company will accelerate the growth of its online brands and expand into new areas such as events, recruitment, data services and directories.”We are thrilled about this acquisition. DNM’s business nicely complements ours,” said WRBM group MD Charles Reed.
Craft baker Chatwins has taken over four shops previously run by fellow Cheshire firm P&A Davies, which went into administration earlier this month.Chatwins has rebranded the stores in Chester the city centre, Hoole and Blacon along with one in Ellesmere Port, and employed 28 of the staff who were made redundant. However, it decided not to take on the two other shops in Chester because sales were too low.Chairman Edward Chatwin said it was an opportunity to further the chain’s presence in the Chester area. “This is an exciting development for Chatwins,” he said. “Like ourselves, Davies of Chester is a well-known family bakery business dating back a century or more. Their custo-mers expect high-quality confectionery and savoury products and I’m sure they will welcome the Chatwins brand.”He said Chatwins planned to focus on bake-off and the lunchtime trade in the newly acquired stores. The deal fits with Chatwins’ growth across Cheshire and Staffordshire; it now boasts 23 retail outlets and three coffee lounges, supplied by its Nantwich bakery. “We are blessed with loyal and dedicated staff,” said Chatwin. “I’m sure with their support and by utilising the spare capacity in our bakery we can make a success of this expansion.”Earlier this month, Frank Roberts and Sons announced that it had bought P&A Davies’ central bakery.Administrator Baker Tilly Tax and Accounting said the two remaining stores were not being marketed and that it was up to the landlords who own the lease to decide what to do with them.>>Roberts snaps up central bakery of P & A Davies
Greggs has continued to support UK charities and communities during 2011 by raising record amounts of money.Following the announcement of its preliminary results this morning (14 March), the high street retail bakery chain revealed that it had raised £1m for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal last year.The company’s own registered charity, the Greggs Foundation, was established in 1987 and has since raised more than £10m for people living in disadvantaged areas. It receives donations from the Greggs business, its employees through its ‘Give As You Earn’ initiative, as well as donations from major shareholders, investment income and through staff fundraising activities.As part of the Foundation, the business started its own Greggs Breakfast Clubs programme – a means of providing a free breakfast for primary schoolchildren in areas of particular social disadvantage. The company funds £225,000 into the scheme every year and now operates in 180 UK schools, reaching around 8,000 children.Greggs opened up five new Breakfast Clubs during the second half of 2011 in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool in response to the summer riots.Ken McMeikan, chief executive at Greggs, said: “At Greggs we have always prided ourselves on doing the right thing – whether for our people, our customers, local communities or the environment. One great example of this has been the fantastic work done by so many to support children in some of the most disadvantaged communities. “Fourteen Greggs Breakfast Clubs are now operating through partner organisations and I am delighted that more companies are becoming involved in supporting them. We are enormously grateful to these organisations for having the vision and compassion to tackle child poverty right here in the UK. I would also like to pay tribute to the head teachers, their staff and the volunteers who make these clubs work so brilliantly.”The Greggs Foundation also operates a grant programme, in which it offers major grants to charitable organisations supporting disadvantaged people in the north east of England. In addition, the Foundation gives regional grants of up to £2,000 for similar charities across the UK, as well as its Hardship Fund, which offers ‘emergency’ funding to north east of England families who need essentials such as clothing, beds and ovens.Derek Netherton, chairman for Greggs, said: “Our values lie at the very heart of what we do and in our relationships with our staff, customers and shareholders. In such difficult economic times, customers expect us to continue providing great-tasting products at great value prices; but they also expect us to do even more to help those who are most disadvantaged within the community.“I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous efforts of our 20,000 people over the past year. Their continued passion and dedication have been rewarded through our profit-sharing scheme, in which 10% of profits are shared among our staff.”Speaking of the company’s commitment to its staff, McMeikan added: “We remain indebted to our people for their incredible energy, enthusiasm and commitment to delivering products and service that will delight our customers. I am particularly pleased that we were able to create more than 800 new retail jobs through our shop opening programme during the year, lifting the total number of Greggs employees above 20,000 for the first time.“We continue to share 10% of our profits with our people and I am delighted that a record £5.9m will be shared among our staff in respect of our performance in 2011.”Throughout the past 12 months, Greggs received the Sandwich Industry Awards’ lifetime achievement award, as well as being named Corporate Foundation of the Year at the Business Charity Awards.