By Maddy VitaleMike Lukens knows how to prep food for hundreds of people, juggle tasks, and work with the many dedicated volunteers who help with the Community Christmas Dinner at St. Peter’s Methodist Church, 8th Street and Central Ave. in Ocean City.But every year – and there have been 27 of them, he still gets a tear in his eye when the preparations are almost complete.“I walked around the dining room tonight. It is just gorgeous. I had tears in my eyes. The food is packed away in the oven and in the refrigerator,” Lukens remarked Saturday night, after a 12-hour day of prepping the food and setting the tables. “The floors are mopped. We are ready. It is just beautiful. I love it.”The flyer for the free Christmas day dinner sums it up: “All Are Welcome!” Rich or poor, young or old, in need or in need of giving.”Turkey with all the trimmings, ham, stuffing, gravy, roasted red potatoes, mashed potatoes and deserts are just some of the delicious foods that will be on the menu, Lukens said.Turkeys were being cooked throughout the day at the church and some will be delivered to the dinner Christmas day.Every year anywhere from 400 to 1000 people have entered the doors of the church to dine from all over the area. Some don’t have anywhere to go on Christmas, others just enjoy the company, others wouldn’t have anything good to eat if they didn’t attend. Transportation is provided, and parking is free.“This is for everyone. People in the Gardens who live alone come. People whose kids are in California come,” Lukens said. “It doesn’t matter. It’s a free dinner. If you are here, you eat.”And somehow, they always manage to provide enough food.“We always have enough. Even times when we thought we would be short, we always had enough,” Lukens said, adding that he estimates about 1,200 dinners will be served Christmas day. “It’s a full dinner. It’s Christmas.”Meals are served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. They are also delivered to people who can’t leave their homes and take-out meals are available.Sides such as mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy are just some of what’s on the menu for a full feast. Lukens said what he finds most rewarding is preparing for the feast and seeing what many of the 50-plus volunteers take from the experience.“Most of the people behind the serving line have been there at least 15 years and say they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he said. “There is Pete the mashed potato man. He has been making the mashed potatoes for 20 years.”There is even entertainment. A pianist performs, and people also enjoy a karaoke machine. Each table has a poinsettia centerpiece. There is also a room filled with clothing and toys for people in need.And it all began with Luken’s wife Peaches.“It was a typical Christmas. The house was a wreck and we were watching football. My wife said, ‘You know, I just can’t stop thinking about people without anywhere to go on Christmas. All of my life there has been abundance.’” The following month the Lukens family created a Christmas dinner at the old youth center. The event quickly outgrew the venue, and they moved to a church for the next four or five years, but again, needed more space.For the last 20 years the dinner has been at St. Peter’s Methodist Church.“St. Pete’s has been great to us,” Lukens said. “They give us the keys and we all work together.”Lukens daughter Halley Martinez, 30, who was a toddler when her parents started the dinner, is instrumental in the dinner.The event holds a lot of significance for the Lukens family, because of what it means to so many.“It is as much for the volunteers, as it is for people who come to eat,” Lukens said. “People like to help people and not everyone can figure out how to do that and this is something people can do.For more information about the dinner or if you wish to volunteer call Mike Lukens at 609-892-3482. Each table is decorated with a fresh red table cloth and poinsettia centerpieces. Volunteers prepare for the free Community Christmas Dinner Celebration Saturday at St. Peter’s Methodist Church in Ocean City.
Sharing is caring! Tweet 239 Views no discussions Share Share Share LifestyleRelationships The easiest way to fix your marriage begins with pen and paper by: Familyshare.com – December 30, 2014 A relationship is very much like a business or organization with two partners at the top. There are decisions to be made about everything — when to go on dates, how to spend money, who is going to change diapers … Yet many couples lack direction. It’s as though they’re “in the same car with no idea where they want to go.” They just put the car in drive and hope they end up at “forever.”Business 101: Every successful business or organization has a mission statement. If you don’t know where you are going or what you want, how do you know which direction to go or when you’ve arrived? How do you know whether you’re on course or completely off the map?Your marriage, the most important partnership of your life, needs a mission statement. Soon, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.Let’s get started:1. Look at actual mission statements of successful companiesThis will be helpful to give you an idea of what you’re trying to accomplish. The really good ones are somewhat short — maybe a paragraph or two — and have specific objectives. As you’re researching, jot down ideas, words and concepts you’d like to include in your mission statement. Remember, this is an exercise for both you and your spouse, so there needs to be room for both of your ideas and words without judgment or criticism.2. Define your relationshipWho are you as a couple? What do you stand for? What are you trying to accomplish? What are your core values? You may be surprised to find areas in which you assumed you were in agreement but discover you’re not. Furthermore, these areas may be sources of tension in your marriage — both partners wanting to move in different directions. Actually defining your relationship is a great way to practice your listening skills as you discover ways to incorporate both partners’ ideas.3. Start writingThe writing portion will probably take several attempts. Your first attempt will probably be wordy and long. That’s OK. An important rule, since you’re writing as a couple, is that no one gets to cross out anything the other wrote. Both partners will be putting down thoughts that are important, and those thoughts should be treated as such. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling or punctuation at this point.4. Let the negotiation begin, and keep the language positiveOnce you have a working paragraph or two, start analyzing your content, and arrange sentences as needed. Are any statements too vague or too specific? Is it repetitive? Rework any negative statements to read in a positive light. You want your mission statement to be energizing and productive — not critical. Slowly work your statement down to a manageable size, and sit with it for a few days or weeks. Does it feel right? Does it reflect your relationship and what you’re trying to accomplish? Are both partners represented?5. Allow for changeAs companies grow through different experiences, sometimes mission statement needs to be reevaluated. Visiting the document annually is a great way to make sure you are on track as you add/delete ideas. One couple with whom I’ve worked, teetering on the edge of divorce, decided they would create a mission statement for just one year. Their one-year mission statement was a little more specific than most because, at that time, one year was the longest period of time they could commit to their relationship. It worked beautifully for them, and they have since created a five-year statement.6. Set goalsAs a product of your new mission statement, set clear and attainable goals, and hang them somewhere noticeable. Do you and your spouse need to have a set date night each week? Are you saving up funds for something specific? Your goals should reflect your mission statement, and they should be a fun and positive way to continue to strengthen your relationship. Write or type out your goals, taking special care to make them look nice so you can hang them somewhere where both you and your spouse will see them and be able to reflect on them often. If something about this process becomes bothersome or annoying, that’s a sign something is not quite right and your goals should be revisited.Ahhh … That feels goodCouples with whom I’ve worked talk about how relieving it is to finally feel they are on the “same page,” heading the same direction. They love having their statements somewhere they can see them — with their goals right underneath. Partners no longer feel the need to “nag” all the time, and, when a partner doesn’t do his or her part, he or she need not feel criticized because there already exists a mutual understanding — an agreement between partners to refer to. This document becomes a third-party buffer and serves to open up conversation without hurting feelings.As marriage becomes more about partnership and negotiation, a mission statement will strengthen it, providing greater clarity and enhancing feelings of intimacy between husbands and wives. read more
Pint-sized striker Peter Keyes thought he had unlocked a victory for Boys’ Town over defending champions Arnett Gardens in the Trench Town derby on Monday night, when he fired his team ahead in the 46th minute.His hopes were dashed in the 54th minute when defender Dicoy Williams headed home a Marcelino Blackburn cross to tie the scores.”Scoring was a good feeling and the way we played is work in progress. Since the last month, we have put in some hard training and it is paying off. The last two games I have scored back-to-back goals, so it is a good sign,” said Keyes, who was disappointed not to win the game.”The goal against us was a mishap between the defenders and the goalkeeper. We had a slip-up and paid the price, but it is always good to get a point away from home.”We came into the game with positive thoughts; hoping to win or even come home with a draw, but we can’t curse ourselves. We really played well in stages and came home with a point, and that is good enough,” the former Vauxhall High Manning Cup player said.While most people would have written off Boys’ Town’s chances of advancing to the semi-final, the player who is in his second stint at Boys’ Town after stops at Waterhouse and Cavalier believes they have a realistic chance.”The aim is to stay in the League and remain competitive. The semi-finals are still not out of our reach. The fourth-placed team is on 39 points and we are on 35 points and with four games to go, that is 12 points, so if we continue to work hard and get some three points here and there, it is not impossible,” said Keyes.Despite being on the wrong side of his career, Keyes, like most players in the League, still harbours thoughts of a much-coveted national cap.”I am 29 and once you are playing and performing and you have condition, it is never out of your mind. You always have a national call in the back of your mind. I have been working hard over the years and if one should come right now, I would grasp it with both hands,” said the man who has so far scored six goals this season. read more
Mumbai, May 3 (PTI) Amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act are expected to streamline the consolidation process in cement and steel industry and clear the way for large merger and acquisition deals, a report said.The amendments will enable companies to transfer captive mines which was acquired by them in the pre-auction era, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said in its report here.The ratings agency believes that this will clear the way for large merger and acquisition transactions that have been stuck due to the restriction on the transfer of mines as per an earlier amendment to the Mines and Mineral Act in January 2015.This could also trigger acquisitions in the steel sector, primarily by medium and small players since the larger players are well placed with captive mines.The Act also defines captive as the use of the entire quantity of mineral extracted under the mining lease, which will prohibit the sale of excess limestone.Ind-Ra noted that the Act empowers the government to charge fees on such transfers. However, the government has not specified the calculation method which will be used for the transfer fee, and thus, clarification for the same is awaited, which will lead to the smoothening of the process of transfer of mines, it said.The rating agency believes that the absence of clear guidelines related to transfer fees could play spoilsport to the consolidation process in the cement industry.Rajya Sabha cleared amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act-2016 on May 2.advertisementThe Act allows for transfer of mining lease which were acquired other than by an auction and used for captive purposes. The amendment, however, has come with a rider of transfer fees, which may lead to higher capital cost for the acquirer. PTI AP ARS ABM SSB read more
The United States Men’s Soccer Team pose for a photo before the 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala on March 29 at Mapfre Stadium. USA won 4-0. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor
INDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team will play Sunday to defend its back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles. No. 5-seeded OSU (21-9) defeated No. 1-seeded Michigan State (26-5), 72-57, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to advance to Sunday’s Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes’ victory was fueled by 37 points from senior center Jantel Lavender, who set the Big Ten Tournament single-game scoring record. Lavender also became the Big Ten Tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 211 points in nine career games. The contest appeared an intensely personal one for the Buckeyes. Junior guard Samantha Prahalis, who was booed heavily throughout the evening, pointed to Michigan State’s fan section after sinking two first-half free throws. Sophomore guard Tayler Hill said the rowdiness of the Spartans’ crowd inside Conseco Fieldhouse was nothing new. “Whenever we play Michigan State there’s always an atmosphere like that,” she said. “It’s nothing new. I expected their fans to be loud and I knew our fans are always supportive. Anytime we play it’s a nice crowd.” Perhaps using fan support as inspiration, the Spartans rode an early wave of momentum to a lead. Michigan State was spurred on early by senior forward Kalisha Keane and junior forward Lykendra Johnson. Keane, Co-Big Ten Player of the Year, helped lead the Spartans to a 12-4 lead with 15:22 to play in the first half. It took Lavender, the other half of the Co-Big Ten Player of the Year equation, nearly 12 minutes to score her first points in OSU’s quarterfinal-round game against Iowa on Friday night. But on Saturday, it took only 12:40 for Lavender to surpass her 11-point total from the previous night. She wasn’t satisfied with bettering her scoring output from the game against the Hawkeyes, though. Saturday’s battle of the conference’s Co-Players of the Year was a different story altogether for the Lavender. Keane was reliable for the Spartans, scoring 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field. She went on to finish with a game-high 17 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Lavender was better. Lavender made nine of her 10 first-half shots and raked in 21 points in the process. Lavender’s offensive explosion helped the Buckeyes to a 43-33 halftime lead. After the intermission, the Spartans began to chip away at their 10-point deficit. Johnson helped spark a 14-4 run on the offensive end of the floor to pull Michigan State into a tie, 47-47, with 13:39 to play. Johnson also lived up to her Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award, denying Lavender opportunities in the low post. With 11:14 to play, Johnson had limited Lavender to one second-half basket. With less than 10 minutes to play, Lavender offered to help Johnson off the court after knocking her down. Johnson scorned the offer, though, waving Lavender away. The Buckeyes’ center was visibly frustrated after the exchange. The battle between Big Ten postseason award winners had transformed — now it was Lavender versus Johnson. Lavender said her team picked a strategy and stuck to it in order to overcome Johnson’s defense. “That’s why we had to really emphasize reversing the ball, so I could get a deeper position on the block,” Lavender said. “They got me the ball in great positions and it worked out.” That strategy helped Lavender to another offensive explosion. Scoring 14 points during a 17-4 run, Lavender helped the Buckeyes to a 64-51 lead with less than six minutes to play. Lavender was winning the battle with Johnson as well. The Buckeyes’ center burned Johnson for 15-for-20 shooting by game’s end. Lavender’s 15 field goals tied the Big Ten Tournament single-game record. Johnson said she pulled out all the stops while defending against Lavender. “She’s a very solid player,” Johnson said. “I was trying to do anything and everything I (could) just to stop her.” It was beginning to look as though the Buckeyes would win the most important battle of all — the game itself. Lavender hit a side-angle, 15-foot jumper with just more than a minute to play, extending OSU’s lead to 72-57. The Buckeyes watched the clock run out and held that score constant for the win. The Spartans had the emotional lift from their fans Saturday night, but that wasn’t enough. OSU coach Jim Foster said it’s going to take more than emotion to compete with his Buckeyes. “We’re smart enough, patient enough,” Foster said. “Good teams don’t get real high and don’t get real low. We just go about our business.” After the game, Lavender said she enjoys the rigorous Big Ten Tournament schedule. “It’s fun to play the three games in three days,” she said. “I think this tournament is a good thing on our résumé to show that we have toughness. I just like playing at Conseco Fieldhouse.” OSU still has one more goal to accomplish before calling it a weekend in Indianapolis. Sunday’s Big Ten championship game against No. 2-seeded Penn State (24-8) is scheduled to tip off at 3:30 p.m. The Lady Lions defeated No. 11-seeded Illinois, 79-64, to advance to the championship game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2. read more
Freshman defensive back Tyvis Powell (23) intercepts an attempted two-point conversion during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorANN ARBOR, Mich. — With 32 seconds left in the game, Ohio State — now the owner of a 24-game win streak, two consecutive victories against Michigan and the chance to play for a BCS National Championship — faced a play that could define its season.After Michigan (7-5, 3-5) scored a touchdown on a two-yard pass from redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner to sophomore tight end Devin Funchess with just 32 seconds remaining in the game against OSU Saturday, the team likely could have sent the game to overtime by kicking a game-tying extra point. Instead, the Wolverines elected to try to win the game — and end the longest winning streak in OSU history in the process — by attempting a two-point conversion, leaving the Buckeyes to figure out how to prevent the score.But the play Michigan chose for its attempt was one OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell and his teammates had seen the Wolverines run before. Gardner took a shotgun snap at the 8-yard line, quickly set his feet at the 10-yard line and fired a throw to the end zone intended for senior wide receiver Drew Dileo.Powell saw the throw coming. He jumped Dileo’s route and intercepted the ball on the goal line, preserving a 42-41 lead that would hold through the end of the game.Powell was in position to make the play, he said after the game, because cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs had told him it was the play Michigan would run.“I was thinking to myself, ‘Coach Coombs is a genius,’” Powell said.The Buckeyes’ defense practiced against that play call in preparation for Saturday’s game, Powell said, because OSU believed it was Michigan’s “bread and butter” play for two-point conversions.“We prepared for it … it really happened,” Powell said. “All I can do is thank the coaching staff for that. They really helped us out and prepared us correctly.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, too, said the OSU defense “pretty much knew what was coming.”“Off the film, we kind of noticed that they like to do that type of route, so we got in the right coverage,” Shazier said. “Tyvis (Powell) practiced that all week and he just made a play he needed to make.”In his first season on the field for the Buckeyes, Powell has seen significant playing time in all 12 games as OSU’s first-team nickel cornerback, but he acknowledged the interception was the biggest play he has made to date.“When we was in there taking a shower, I was talking to (backup redshirt-senior quarterback) Kenny (Guiton), and that’s when it clicked. It hit me, we really, like — that was our season on the line,” Powell said.But while the defensive players felt prepared to make the game-saving play, a number of offensive players, including junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, said they were nervous during the two-point conversion attempt.“It was such a crazy ending and everyone’s head’s still spinning,” Heuerman said after the game.That said, Heuerman said he and his teammates had “full confidence” in OSU’s defensive players and coaches.“Deep down inside, we felt pretty good about it,” Heuerman said.If there was any game this season where OSU (12-0, 8-0) could have doubted its defense, though, it might have been Saturday. Michigan’s six touchdowns and 603 total yards were the most against OSU in any of its 12 regular-season games.“We’re pretty disappointed (about those numbers) because we’re a lot better than that,” Shazier said.Although OSU might have known what was coming on the two-point conversion, Powell said Michigan caught the defense off-guard on a number of occasions throughout the game, especially in the first half.“They came out with a bunch of tricks and gadgets,” Powell said. “We was all just going out there trying to do too much, everybody trying to do other people’s jobs.”In a game in which the Buckeye and Wolverine offenses combined for 83 points and 1,129 total yards, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was not surprised the opponent’s decided to attempt the two-point conversion.“I would have done the same thing,” Meyer said. “You go win the game right there. No question. Both offenses were kind of in that unstoppable mode.”Powell said he, too, agreed with Michigan’s decision to go for the lead.“This is The Game,” Powell said. “You got to leave it all on the table. I’m not shocked at all they did that.”The win, combined with a loss Saturday for previously-undefeated then-No. 1 Alabama to then-No. 4 Auburn, enabled OSU to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings, while Auburn is the new No. 3 and Alabama fell to No. 4. Those rankings put OSU in position to play for a national championship if the Buckeyes can hold off No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game.If OSU is going to defeat Michigan State – which ranks first nationally in total defense with 237.7 average yards allowed per game, compared to the No. 6-ranked OSU offense, which is putting up 530.5 yards per game – the Buckeyes’ defense is going to have play better, Shazier said.“I know they’re a really good team,” Shazier said of Michigan State. “Really good defense and their offense has been doing a lot better, week in and week out, and we just going to have to capitalize and do better this week in practice and just fix on the mistakes that we had this week.”OSU is set to take on the Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday at 8:17 p.m. read more
Following Borussia Dortmund’s recent wins, Peter Stoger seems to be betting on the old English adage, often heard in the football world – you should never change a winning team.However, the BVB manager refuses to completely disregard any opportunities that might come knocking on the door.“There is no reason to think about it and yet it always remains a consideration: how has the training been this week? What’s the opposition like?” Stoger shared, according to the official website of BVB. “We now have a large group and more possibilities to implement changes.”Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Although Shinji Kagawa is finally back from taking his time to rest and recover from an injury for the last two months, Stoger did not reveal whether he would risk putting him in the starting squad.“This season we’re yet to succeed in putting a run of two or three really good performances together,” reminded Stöger. “My hope is that we can continue from where we left off in the Leverkusen game. That means more of the same if at all possible. We’re now in a really decisive period. We missed an opportunity against Schalke but thankfully we beat a direct rival in Leverkusen. Now the task is to build on that in the next one or two weeks.” read more