________Sign up for free daily updates on Ocean City news. Crowds line Asbury Avenue on Thursday evening for the 68th annual Halloween Parade in Ocean City, NJThousands of spectators lined Asbury Avenue on a dry and mild October evening for the 68th annual Halloween Parade.The Ocean City Exchange Club has sponsored the event since its inception in 1947.Exchange Club member Bill Culp said the field of participants was “big,” and for more than an hour, a procession of costumed characters competed for prizes, amid bands, floats and other parade entries.The procession traveled down Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street.One tradition of the parade — the throwing of candy from parade entries to spectators — was curtailed this year due to safety concerns related to children dashing out into the parade route. Parade participants were allowed to hand out candy without tossing out.An Ocean City Fire Department float was the final entry in the parade.Boy Scouts collected canned and dried food donations for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard.Halloween events in Ocean City continue with the following: THIRD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY: The gala will be hosted by the Ocean City Theatre company, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Ocean City Yacht Club, Bay Avenue and Battersea Rd. Tickets are $75. Party will feature food, refreshments, dancing and prizes in the following categories: best business group, over-all best group, best organization/non profit group, scariest individual, most original individual, most elegant/classy individual, most creative individual, best couple/duo, over-all best male, over-all best female, best black/orange costume and least creative. For tickets, visit oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118. RSVP in advance required. For ages 21 and over.TRICK-OR-TREAT IN DOWNTOWN OCEAN CITY: Participating stores will welcome trick-or-treaters 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association.CITYWIDE TRICK-OR-TREATING: Traditional Halloween trick-or-treating hours will be Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Children should be accompanied by adults and wear fire proof costumes that provide good visibility.
Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Pardis Sabeti has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.A computational geneticist with expertise studying genetic diversity, developing algorithms to detect genetic signatures of natural selection, and carrying out genetic association studies, Sabeti also serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and is a senior associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. At Harvard, she has developed novel methods to detect natural selection, and applied them to the entire human genome, finding new evidence of human evolution.An independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders to shape global, regional, and industry agendas, the World Economic Forum annually recognizes between 100 and 200 people worldwide as Young Global Leaders.Honorees, all of whom are under 40 years old, are recognized for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future. Global leaders serve for five years, and are able to take part in a variety of meetings and forums, including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The Dutch research institute Deltares recently released a study highlighting the economic benefits of investments in dikes worldwide.According to Deltares, the economic benefits of building dikes to reduce flood damage far outweigh the costs at the global scale.In many parts of the world, it is even possible to reduce the economic damage from river floods in the future to below today’s levels, even when climate change, growing populations, and urbanization are taken into account, Deltares reported.This study is led by Philip Ward of the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Deltares (experts Hessel Winsemius, Jaap Kwadijk and Jarl Kind), other partners in the Netherlands, UK and USA.Ward said: “It is well-known that economic damages from floods are expected to increase over the coming decades due to climate change and an increase in population and assets in flood prone areas.”“However, in this study we show that flood damages in the year 2080 can actually be reduced to below today’s level, if we effectively invest in flood protection measures,” he added.The latest research appeared in the paper ‘A global framework for future costs and benefits of river-flood protection in urban areas’ in Nature Climate Change.
BATESVILLE, Ind. — Monday evening, the Batesville Fire Department presented a blanket to Jose Saldana, 12, who was injured in the apartment fire that displaced nine families.Trevor Fischmer and Andy Gerdowsky (two of the three firefighter that pulled Saldana from the blaze) presented the quilt to him that had the logos of the multiple agencies that helped battle the fire.Trevor Fischmer.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Fischmer.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Saldana’s mother is beyond thankful for everything the fire department did for her family, not just for the quilt.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Mom.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.