Florida police search for car stolen while carrying vaccine

first_imgPLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida police are investigating the theft of a car that was carrying $10,000 worth of COVID-19 vaccine. The Plant City Police Department said Thursday that it is searching for a man suspected of having stolen the vehicle with 30 vials inside. The police report says the car had been left unlocked with the engine running by a driver who worked for a contractor that provides logistical support. Contractor CDR Maguire says the driver had gotten out of the car to find a security guard to allow him to enter the site. The company says it has no reason to believe the thief knew the vials were in the car.last_img read more

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4 things credit unions need to know about strategic mergers & acquisitions

first_imgAs the world adjusts to the new normal, some organizations are struggling to adapt whereas others are thriving. Credit unions are no different. COVID-19 has caused disruption to the normal credit union operations and has economically impacted many members and employees. Credit unions are weathering this pandemic by caring for the needs of their members and by embracing digital banking and additional lending technology. Many credit union leaders are exploring creative ways to grow and are taking a closer look at strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A).Strategic external growth options, specifically acquisitions, are different from credit union consolidations or mergers, many of which are driven primarily by cost-savings that result from combining the two entities. Strategic acquisitions focus on long-term growth and can involve acquiring, partnering with or investing in a CUSO or another organization (from outside of the credit union market). Strategic M&A is an important tool that can generate non-interest income and allow credit unions to create unique value for their members. A recent white paper published by NACUSO has shown that CUs with CUSOs outperform their peers in Return on Assets.Here are four tips for credit unions considering growth through strategic M&A.Develop a strategy – Preparing for external, or inorganic, growth opportunities should be a part of every strategic plan. Your overall growth strategy should be the primary driver and guide for your acquisition. While this is a simple principle, it can sometimes be forgotten in the excitement of the deal. It is important to focus on the best interests of the members and key stakeholders. While strategic acquisition can be a powerful and rapid tool for growth, investing in or buying the wrong organization (not aligned with the overall organizational strategy) can be an expensive mistake!Use a demand-driven approach – For many credit union leaders with limited time and resources, determining which ideas to pursue can be a challenge. One of the most effective ways to evaluate and discover the best opportunities for growth is to be demand-driven. This means evaluating opportunities based on the needs and wants of your members today and in the future. Credit unions should select and prioritize their top markets (or products or services) before researching individual organizations to partner with or acquire. In order to increase your likelihood of success, we strongly recommend selecting a market prior to identifying acquisition targets or potential partners.Establish criteria with measurable objectives – Developing criteria will establish a benchmark for evaluation and enable you to select the best partner for growth. There are more and more credit unions seeking out collaborations and CUSOs to quickly fill voids in expertise. There is a growing emphasis on shared services and partnerships as credit unions recognize that they can’t – and shouldn’t – handle everything internally to maximize resources and efficiency. Criteria should be aligned with your overall strategy and can include metrics like growth rate, size, geography, members, or key players/expertise. We suggest picking six criteria – too few and you won’t cover all necessary aspects, and too many will cause you to lose focus. Begin your research at a high level and then progressively zero in on individual market segments and prospects you find attractive as you gather more information. Use your criteria to make objective decisions based on facts rather than relying on intuition alone.Expand beyond your “usual suspects” – There’s nothing wrong with pursuing “usual suspects,” or organizations that are already known, but they should not be your only source of candidates. Turning to these organizations alone may mean you are ignoring a whole host of opportunities that could be strategically valuable partners. Conducting market research in a targeted area will likely help you identify fresh prospects that you didn’t even know about.Strategic M&A is a valuable tool that every credit union leader should consider. Especially in today’s environment, the right acquisition or partnership can swiftly help your credit union meet the changing needs of your members and drive long-term growth. The goal is not to survive, but to thrive. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dearing John Dearing is a managing director at Capstone, a leading advisory firm focused on helping credit unions and CUSOs grow through proactive strategic growth programs and mergers and acquisitions. He … Web: www.CapstoneStrategic.com Detailslast_img read more

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Mann & McBride on the mark at St. Andrews

first_imgWe had the privilege of playing the B & D nines, but not from the tips; Capt’ Bob was lenient this week and nominated the tee of the day as white.  26 Outbackers tried their skills and Brain Maddox came in with the best score of the day, 39 points, to win Div B by two from Jerry Quin (37pts), who at long last has sorted out his tee shots.Kevin Fitzgerald with playing partners Capt’ Bob and Harry Moseley (right) and caddies at Burapha on Monday, April 25.Paul Young returned to the Outback with a win in Div A, 37 points, just ahead of Sel Wegner and Chris Fletcher both on 36.There were three ‘2’s from Jack Moseley, Bob Philp & Svenn Lund.Div A (0-15)1st Paul Young (12) 37pts2nd Chris Fletcher (12) 36pts3rd Sel Wegner (14) 36pts4th Bob Philp (10) 35ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 39pts2nd Jeremy Quin (18) 37pts3rd Greg Hill (26) 37pts4th Steve Plant (16) 36ptsTuesday, April 26, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordTwenty-three Outbackers on the starting blocks but not so many completed the circuit as heavy rain interrupted the day’s play, rendering many of the greens unplayable, particularly for the later groups.  It did (the rain) eventually clear away but too late for some.Brian Maddox.Otherwise the course was OK but quiet, even if the greens were getting a little furry, making them slow.Dave Earthrowl clearly had no problem with them (the greens) as he notched up the day’s top score of 38 points to take Div A by three from Paul Smets and Svenn Lund, both with 35.  Mam Persson (Ms Seesa) made 33 points work for her to win Div B from Sid Ottaway on the same score and JinJo (Martin O’Neill), with 32.There were two ‘2’s from Kev Fitzgerald and Svenn Lund.Div A (0-20)1st David Earthrowl (20) 38pts2nd Paul Smets (17) 35pts3rd Svenn Lund (14) 35ptsDiv B (21+)1st Phompinmon Seesa (30) 33pts2nd Sid Ottaway (23) 33pts3rd Martin O’ Neill (27) 32ptsWednesday, April 27, Greenwood C & A – StablefordFive groups from the Outback (20 Outbackers) and a similar number from the Golf Club, were just about the only players on this superb golf course.  We started on loop C and the Golf Club started on loop A, all being able to play at a comfortable pace without any hold-ups.  The weather once again deteriorated as the round progressed but other than a short delay for the passing lightning, everybody was able to complete their round.Brian Maddox followed up his win on Monday at Burapha with another one here, taking Div B with only 34 points, from a new boy to the Outback, Greg Leblanc with 33, playing off an adjusted h’cap of 19.Sel Wegner topped the premier division with his 37, to follow his third place at Burapha and may see his handicap coming back down to 13 very soon.  The handicapper is slowly catching up with Owen Walkley, now down to 10, but he still managed to get himself into second place, scoring 35.We say goodbye to General Jack’s son, Harry, whose golf has come on leaps and bounds as he played in his first ever golf tournaments alongside his Dad; “he’s going to improve quickly”, said Jack, “no doubt next year when he returns, he will be giving me shots!”There were three ‘2’s from Owen Walkley, Michael Morrison and Sugar Ray.Div A (0-15)1st Sel Wegner (14) 37pts2nd Owen Walkley (10) 35pts3rd Bernie Stafford (12) 33ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 34pts2nd Greg Leblanc (19) 33pts3rd Jean Paul Michiels (18) 33ptsFriday, April 29, St. Andrews – StablefordAll three nines at Khao Kheow were closed today as they were hosting a big tournament, so we moved to St. Andrews for a change, with our 32 Outbackers.  The Golf Club were there as well, as were The Caddyshack all enjoying a very attractive rate for the course.It was a slow round of about five hours but nevertheless many players were able to hold their concentration to run up some excellent scores, not least of all Joe Mooneyham whose 40 points was not enough to win his division, but considering he had two wipes it was a great effort to take second.Lawrie McBride had the day’s top score of 42 to win Div B, ahead of Joe, and third place was a long way back with three players tied on 34 points.Steve Mann headed the premier division with 40 points, two in front of Capt’ Bob with 38; whose 19 on the back nine was just enough to give him the edge over Mike Morrison’s 18.Joe Tynan’s 36 points got the nod over Andrew Makara as he (Joe) scored 20 on the back and 16 on the front, whereas Andy’s was the exact reverse.  Third place went to Brian Maddox (35pts), which completes a very successful week for him with two firsts and a third.There were five ‘2’s from Bob Philp, Steve Mann, Danny Medd, John Heaney & Joe Mooneyham.Div A (0-12)1st Steve Mann (9) 40pts2nd Bob Philp (10) 38pts3rd Michael Morrison (11) 38ptsDiv B (13-17)1st Lawrence McBride (15) 42pts2nd Joe Mooneyham (14) 40pts3rd Suzi Lawton (17) 34ptsDiv C (18+)1st Joe Tynan (29) 36pts2nd Andrew Makara (27) 36pts3rd Brian Maddox (21) 35pts PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, April 25, Burapha B & D – StablefordThere was an ASEAN PGA Tour event coming up here on 5th May, so preparations were under way erecting the stands, scoreboards, TV towers etc.  About a dozen Outbackers were due to play in the Pro-Am on Weds 4th May and were hoping for one of the big name Pros to play with, either way and whoever they got drawn with, it promised to be a great day out. last_img read more

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Shining Knight takes the win at Burapha

first_imgKen is one of the early arriving participants for the upcoming annual four day TEAC tour which has attracted a field of 38 this year and starts here at Burapha on Monday 10th March.  Barney Clarkson recorded his first podium place for some time with his 31pts to take fourth, which should give his confidence a boost as he will also be a starter in the TEAC comp.Kerry Beck had a good 40pts to win the top division from Peter Nixon (37), with the ever present Bob Finley back in third with 36.Finally, welcome to Peter Skelcher, a mate of Mick Leighton’s, who also played with us today and both Peter & Mick are members of Harleyford Golf Club near Marlow, which was also General Jack’s former club.There were three ‘2’s from Bob Finley (C5), Kerry Beck and Jim Brackett (both on C8).Note: We later found out the the D loop had been closed early to carry out the verticutting of the greens in preparation for the Singha Open in April, which is usually played on the B & D nines and apparently this year will attract some of the big names in Thai golf.Div A (0-17)1st Kerry Beck (12) 40pts2nd Peter Nixon (13) 37pts3rd Bob Finley (14) 36pts4th Jim Brackett (9) 35ptsDiv B (18+)1st Tim Knight (23) 43pts2nd Bob Lindborg (21) 37pts3rd Ken Holman (19) 33pts4th Jimmy Little (19) 30ptsWednesday, Feb. 26, Bangpra – StablefordOur original Bangpra field of 27 was whittled down to a perfect 24 on the day, with the usual early 8.15 start remaining very popular.  The course, which continues to please the eye, was bathed in sunshine upon our arrival and once again the tenth tee was ready and waiting for us to start.Guy Brennan.We sent out a three-ball first as Dah, our driver, had been unable to find the hotel where Trevor Turner was staying but he arrived later under his own initiative, so we added him in at the back giving us three more three-balls; never ideal when following four-balls but at this time of the year, when the courses are busy, makes very little difference.Angus Neilson, over on yet another of his golfing challenges, called in sick on Monday and was not expecting to be fit to play at all after twisting his knee when getting out of bed whilst on holiday with his family in Phi Phi.  However, he made a remarkable recovery and it was nice to see him having a hit, even if he could only muster a mere 27pts.Guy Brennan (37pts), the Div A winner, was the only man to break handicap on a course that played very long as many of the white tees had been pushed back to the blues due to course maintenance and the greens, although somewhat slower than usual, still gave the golfers something to think about.That was especially the case for poor old Bob St. Aubin (32) who was completely paranoid about them (the greens), although managing to scramble his way into second place in Div B, talked and worried his way out of many more points on the greens, with his worst effort being five putts on the fifth; from tee to green he hit the ball really well!There were two ‘2’s from Guy Brennan & Stuart Sinfield.Div A (0-14)1st Guy Brennan (10) 37pts2nd Trevor Turner (10) 33pts3rd Stephen Mann (9) 30ptsDiv B (15+)1st Andy Makara (27) 34pts2nd Bob St. Aubin (15) 32pts3rd Geoff Doody (24) 32ptsFriday, Feb. 28, Green Valley – StablefordIt was noticeably quieter at Green Valley today, with many of the Koreans gone and some of the others away playing with PSC at Plutaluang.  We teed off 20 minutes early in a gentle breeze and the course was sparkling in the sunlight waiting to be taken on, and at the end of the day some fairly good scores were returned.Stephen “Waldo” Blazsanyik.Jim Brackett and Waldo (Steve Blazsanyik) both scored 39’s to win Div A and Div B respectively, with Div C being won by Brendan Cope on 36.  Other good scores came from Peter Nixon (38pts), Kerry Beck (36pts), Peter LeNoury and Steve Plant also both on 36 all in Div A, as Bob St. Aubin and Sugar signed for 36’s as well in Div B.  In Div C the scoring wasn’t quite as good as Andy took second with 34 and a surprised Tim Knight third with only 31.There were three ‘2’s from Steve Plant (4th), and Peter Nixon & Kimm Hopewell (both on the 12th).Div A (0-14)1st Jim Brackett (9) 39pts2nd Peter Nixon (13) 38pts3rd Kerry Beck (11) 36ptsDiv B (15-19)1st Stephen Blazsanyik (19) 39pts2nd Bob St. Aubin (15) 36pts3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 36ptsDiv C (20+)1st Brendan Cope (29) 36pts2nd Andy Makara (27) 33pts3rd Tim Knight (21) 31ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956. PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Feb. 24, Burapha – StablefordA moderate field for the time of year of 27 Outbackers played Burapha on a cloudy day with a cool breeze; unusually playing the D loop first followed by C, which I believe was because D was to be closed in the afternoon hopefully for some maintenance as it’s condition wasn’t as good as usual.  The highlight of the day was a great 43pts by Tim Knight to register the day’s top score and win Div B by six from a resurgent Bob Lindborg on 37 in second.  Bob was followed home by one of the visiting TEAC group, Ken Holman with 33.Tim Knight with caddy.last_img read more

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Titans pleased, but not satisfied after win over Patriots

first_imgHe wanted to personally shake the hand of every member of his team as they came off the field. Between the flood of high-fives and hugs, Vrabel mostly said, “Thank you” as his smiling players streamed by. Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speak at midfield after an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Foxborough, Mass. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel posted himself outside the locker room following Tennessee’s 20-13 wild-card playoff win over the New England Patriots and waited. Loading…Sponsored Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mindcenter_img The last player to come down the corridor was running back Derrick Henry. When he locked eyes with his coach, he beamed as well and began shouting, “We want more! We want more!” before the pair eventually shared their own embrace.Tennessee’s methodical effort against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots and the league’s top-ranked defense was one of the biggest surprises of Saturday’s opening day of the playoffs. But the Titans made one thing clear afterward: They feel like their best football is still ahead of them. They advanced to face AFC top seed Baltimore in the divisional round.“That’s the way we like it. We don’t want nothing easy. We want it gritty, we want it dirty,” said Henry, who carried 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown.Henry, whose 444 scrimmage yards rank second in the Super Bowl era for a player in their first three career playoff games, said they weren’t fazed playing against a Patriots team that had motivation after losing to the Titans during the regular season last year. It was a game that also could have potentially been quarterback Tom Brady’s final game with the Patriots. The six-time champion’s current contract expires following the season.“We knew what type of game this was going to be. We knew this was a hostile environment,” Henry said. “We knew this was a different type of team in the playoffs. But we just had to play our game. Not worry about the outside noise. Just do what we needed to do.”The Titans also did it the same way they did it in winning seven of their 10 games to qualify for the playoffs: grinding out points through Henry and riding the resurgent play of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is 8-3 since taking over the starting role from 2015 first-round pick Marcus Mariota.Tannehill led the NFL during the regular season with a career-best 117.5 passer rating, and also led the league averaging 9.6 yards per pass attempt. He was just 8 of 15 for 72 yards and an interception Saturday night, but stayed poised and kept the ball moving — which limited the number of possessions for the Patriots.Tennessee’s 72 passing yards are the fewest by any team in a playoff win since the 2009 Ravens (34) against the Patriots in the 2009 wild-card round.Combined with his time as Miami’s starter, Tannehill now has five victories over New England. Including the playoffs, those are the second-most wins of any quarterback during the Belichick and Brady era, behind only Peyton Manning’s six.“I’m so proud of this team,” Tannehill said. “It was ugly at times offensively. But we kept fighting and found a way to make a couple of plays at the end.”The biggest of the night came on the Patriots’ final possession of the night — after All-Pro Brett Kern’s 58-yard punt put the ball at the 1 — when cornerback and former Patriot Logan Ryan intercepted Brady and ran it in for a 9-yard touchdown.The defense also had a goal-line stand in the second quarter that limited New England to a field goal just before the half.“This is amazing. But it’s not over,” tackle Taylor Lewan said. “The last two decades, they’ve been the greatest team in football. We played good football. We took care of the ball and our defense stepped up when they needed to. Offense stepped up. And now we play the Ravens.”last_img read more

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Morgan & Carlton star at Pattavia

first_imgPSC Golf from the Phantom Golf SocietyMonday, Jan. 18, Pattavia – StablefordAfter the first 2 weeks of January being taken up by the PSC Club Championship and Colin’s Golf Society’s 3-day tournament at the Green Valley complex, it was back to business as usual last week with a combined competition at the Pattavia Golf Course.We had 6 groups signed up and a normal tee time of 10.00am, which we were easily on time for despite the roadworks on 331, although we weren’t so lucky on the way home.John Carlton  (left) & Vero Morgan. Our first group got away 10 minutes ahead of schedule in perfect weather although it was a bit “steamy” with very little wind.  The course was in good shape with the greens being considerably more friendly than has been reported lately.  There were no major holdups in the earlier groups and our round was over in about four hours and 10 minutes.Playing exceptional golf it was one of my playing partners, John Carlton, who won the A Flight with an almost flawless 41 points.  Dave Dadwallader came second on 38 and ‘Mr. Consistency’ (well most of the time) Christian “Psycho” Boysen ended up in third spot with 36 points.Christian Boysen (left) with Nicklas Lohse.We had a “bolter” in the B Flight with Vero Morgan taking out first place with an outstanding 44 points.  With 2 golfers tied 11 shots further back on 33 points a count back was needed which resulted in second place going to Jim Proctor (18 point back nine) and Peter Gangur (16 point back nine) finishing in third.A Flight (0-20)1st John Carlton (11) 41pts2nd Dave Dadwallader (14) 38pts3rd Christian Boysen (10) 36ptsB Flight (21+)1st Vero Morgan (26) 44pts2nd Jim Proctor (22) 33pts3rd Peter Gangur (22) 33ptsNear Pins: #4 Torben Lindgaard, #13 Rita ZoebelliLong Putts: #9 Larry Gibb, #18 Jim ProctorFriday, Jan. 22, Mt. Shadow – StablefordWith a fabulous field of 40 golfers we headed off to Mountain Shadow after confirming with the golf course that we would have more than the original 6 groups that we had booked for.  The course was quite busy but we were able to get our first group away a few minutes ahead of our scheduled 10.00am tee time.The weather was fine being hot & humid and the golf course was in very good shape with the greens being firm and true.  The field moved smoothly throughout the round and most of us completed the round in about four hours & twenty minutes.With the large field we were able to have three flights, A Flight for 0 to 14, B Flight for 15 to 19 and C Flight for players with handicaps of 20 and over with three places in each flight.  In addition there were four nearest the pins and 2 longest first putts on th 9th & 18th greens.The winner in A Flight was Christian Boysen who had 34 points, 2 more that Gerd Riedler in second place and with 2 golfers on 30 points the resultant count back saw Ed Wyckoff (17 point back nine) finish third with Dave Cadwallader (15 point back nine) just missing out.Nat Rukkid (17 point back nine) was the winner of B Flight with 31 points on count back from Colin “Donkey” Davis (15 point back nine) in second place.  In yet another count back to decide third place we had 2 players on 28 points and it was Dave Lehane (16 point back nine) who prevailed over a luckless Jayson Schembri (15 point back nine).With the best score of the day it was youngster Nicklas Lohse who triumphed in C Flight with a fine 39 points and Tore Eliassen was second with 36.  It was count back time again with 2 on 32 points and third place was won by Vero Morgan (19 point back nine) while Barry Elphick (13 point back nine) just missed out.A Flight (0-14)1st Christian Boysen (10) 34pts2nd Gerd Riedler (8) 32pts3rd Ed Wyckoff (12) 30ptsB Flight (15-19)1st Nat Rukkid (18) 31pts2nd Colin Davis (19) 31pts3rd Dave Lehane (18) 28ptsC Flight (20+)1st Nicklas Lohse (29) 39pts2nd Tore Elliassen (21) 36pts3rd Vero Morgan (26) 32ptsNear Pins: #5 Ed Wyckoff, #8 Maurice Roberts, #15 Tore Elliassen, #17 Ian PicklesLong Putts: #9 Dave Cadwallader, #18 Ian PicklesNote: The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhow at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7.30am onwards.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]last_img read more

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Olympia Arts Walk Registration Now Open

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOlympia Arts Walk is a semi-annual community event celebrating the arts.Thousands gather in downtown Olympia in both the Spring and Fall for a festive arts experience that uses creativity to connect and engage people. Many of our unique downtown businesses and organizations transform their spaces into creative hubs filled with art, demonstrations, and performances.If you are a venue looking to highlight artists and/or performances happening in your space during the event please register by July 15, 2018. Benefits of registration include being connected with our 14,000+ attendees, supporting downtown community development, and celebrating the arts.If you are an artist or performer looking to pair up with a venue, or a venue looking for artists or performers be sure to visit www.olyspeaks.org and visit the Arts Walk online forum. On the Arts Walk Oly Speaks online forum you can share information about your artwork or space and find your Arts Walk match.Early Bird and Non-profit/Art Studio discounts available. Standard registration options start at $109, with combined discounts of up to $50 for registering early or non-profit groups. To receive the early bird rate of $20 off simply register by July 7, 2018 and enter promo code EBFA2018 at check out. To receive the non-profit and studio discount of $30 off, enter promo code NPFA2018 at check out.Arts Walk is presented by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and Olympia Arts Commission, with support from Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Capitol Heating & Cooling, MIXX 96fm and Oly Arts.For additional event information visit: www.olympiawa.gov/artswalkFeatured photo credit: Sarah Gonialast_img read more

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Red Bank Seeking Funds for Basie Jazz Series

first_imgRED BANK—The borough’s Vision Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Juanita Lewis, has announced that, in honor of Red Bank-born William “Count” Basie, the group is planning a jazz series for the month of August.The group will be offering three free open-air jazz concerts on Friday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24 at various locations throughout Red Bank to celebrate the birthday month of “the Kid From Red Bank” and to pay homage to jazz music in the community that produced this musical legend, 365 days each year.The group is currently seeking sponsors to help fund this celebration of Count Basie’s contribution to music history not only in Red Bank, but all over the music world. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Lewis at 732-842-8673.last_img read more

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