O.C. Legion Brings Back Free Vacations for Vets

first_imgMaster Sergeant Joe Farrell and his family (left to right: Aiden Joseph, Alyssa Rose, wife Sharon, Joseph Robert (back row) and Liam, prepare for a week’s vacation in Ocean City, thanks to the efforts of American Legion Post 524 and its Veterans Rest and Relaxation Program, now in it’s third year of serving vets and their families.For the third consecutive year, Ocean City’s American Legion Post 524 will welcome veterans and their families to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” for an all-expenses-paid, one-week vacation.“The Veterans Rest & Relaxation Program began in 2013 as a way to pay tribute to servicemen and women for sacrifices made during their time in the military,” said program chairman Steve Cole. “Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment and we support their efforts as well.”On Saturday (June 13), Army Master Sergeant Joseph Farrell, his wife, Shannon, and their children Joe Jr., Allysa, Liam and Aiden will be escorted across the Route 52 causeway by the American Legion Riders motorcycle team and the Ocean City Fire and Police departments. They will arrive at Post 524 on Bay Avenue and be welcomed with gifts from local merchants and the keys to a “free” condominium on the island.Farrell entered the service in 1980 and trained in the Army’s Special Forces as a medic. He retired earlier this year after 35 years and advancing to Senior Battalion Medic. He saw action in Operation Desert Shield (Saudi Arabia), Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait), and later in Afghanistan. During his career, Farrell earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.Local businesses supporting the Rest & Relaxation Program include:Artisan’s Alcove ($50.00 gift certificate)Ward’s Bakery ($20.00 gift certificate)Hoy’s 5 & 10 ($50.00 gift certificate)Sun Rose Words & Music ($25.00 gift certificate)Fashion Nails (Free Manicure)Kay Jay’s Doll House ($20.00 gift certificate)Yoasis Yogurt ($30.00 gift card)ShopRite ($100.00 gift certificate)Mallon’s Stickey Buns (one dozen buns)Ocean City Home Bank (beach balls, caps, towels and gift certificates)Acme Markets ($100.00 gift certificate)Ocean City Coffee Company ($50.00 gift certificate)Shriver’s Candies (candy and salt water taffy)Mia’s Christmas Shop (a gift box assortment)Henry’s ($25.00 gift certificate)YoGo Factory Yogurt (gift cards and free sundaes)34th Street Market ($100.00 gift certificate)Manco & Manco ( gift certificates)Spinning Wheel Florists (a bouquet of flowers.)The City of Ocean City is also involved in the R & R Program offering free parking during the family’s stay, passes to the Municipal Golf Course, and a free one-week’s pass to the Aquatics and Fitness Center. The Chamber of Commerce has donated a welcome basket and a private tour of the Cape May Zoo is being offered by Cape May County.“The intent of this program is to say ‘Thank You for your service’ to our military heroes who have helped keep us safe,” said Steve Cole. “And we do this because it’s not only the right thing to do, it just feels good.”— News release from Doug Otto for American Legion Post 524last_img read more

Zuckerberg to urge US to update ‘rules for the internet’

first_imgFacebook chief Mark Zuckerberg will tell a major antitrust hearing Wednesday that the internet giant would not have succeeded without US laws fostering competition, but that the rules of the internet now need updating.”Facebook is a proudly American company,” Zuckerberg said in prepared remarks ahead of what will be a closely-watched House Judiciary Committee hearing. “Our story would not have been possible without US laws that encourage competition and innovation.” The showdown in the House of Representatives comes amid rising concerns over Big Tech dominance, which has become even more pronounced during the coronavirus pandemic.”Ultimately, I believe companies shouldn’t be making so many judgments about important issues like harmful content, privacy, and election integrity on their own,” Zuckerberg’s prepared remarks read. But Zuckerberg also acknowledged “concerns about the size and perceived power that tech companies have.””That’s why I’ve called for a more active role for governments and regulators and updated rules for the internet.”Wednesday’s unprecedented hearing will also feature chief executives Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Sundar Pichai of Google and its parent firm Alphabet.The CEOs of four of the most powerful companies in the world will testify remotely at the hearing, which comes less than 100 days before the US election.center_img Big vs BadQuestions at the hearing are expected to veer into issues ranging beyond whether the technology titans are abusing their power in marketplaces.Current US antitrust laws make it difficult for enforcers to target companies simply for being large or dominant without showing harm to consumers or abuse of market power.”We believe in values – democracy, competition, inclusion and free expression – that the American economy was built on,” Zuckerberg is to say.”Many other tech companies share these values, but there’s no guarantee our values will win out.”He is to cite the example of China building and exporting a version of the internet focused on “very different ideas” from the US model.”I believe it’s important to maintain the core values of openness and fairness that have made America’s digital economy a force for empowerment and opportunity here and around the world,” Zuckerberg is to say.Tech company chiefs are expected to stress how they benefit consumers, particularly during the pandemic, and face competition — particularly from China.The antitrust debate is being muddled by a rising “techlash” over a range of issues from privacy to economic inequality to political bias.”Facebook is a successful company now, but we got there the American way: we started with nothing and provided better products that people find valuable,” Zuckerberg is to say.”As I understand our laws, companies aren’t bad just because they are big. Many large companies that fail to compete cease to exist.Social media giants face attacks for allegedly using their dominance to stifle conservative views — a claim made by President Donald Trump.Facebook has been accused of failing to curb hateful content promoting violence, including from Trump.Topics :last_img read more