The National Weather Service is warning about the possibility of flash flooding in Ocean City through Friday morning. Photo is of flooding from March 2018. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement by Ocean City officials. While flash flooding is a condition that typically occurs near rivers, Ocean City can experience conditions similar to flash flooding if heavy rain coincides with high tide. The latest forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of rain to fall Tuesday evening with higher amounts possible. A new moon high tide on the bay side of Ocean City (at the Ninth Street Bridge) will come at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday.Residents and guests are asked to closely monitor the forecast and weather conditions. Numerous rounds of strong storms are expected through the end of the week, and similar watches may be issued by the NWS. Some of the storms could include strong winds and hail.Residents should be prepared to move vehicles. Please don’t be caught off-guard. Flash flooding can impact parts of the island that don’t typically experience tidal flooding. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).High tides at the Ninth Street Bridge include:9:08 p.m. Tuesday, May 159:39 a.m. Wednesday, May 169:54 p.m. Wednesday, May 1610:29 a.m. Thursday, May 1710:44 p.m. Thursday, May 17For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.For police and fire department emergencies call 911. For non-emergencies call 609-399-9111.
Read Full Story Democrats and Republicans are more divided today than at almost any other time in United States history. According to a 2018 survey, when asked to describe members of the opposite political party, 61 percent of Democrats described Republicans as racist, bigoted, and/or sexist, and 49 percent of Republicans described Democrats as ignorant. These statistics capture the underlying tension between the two political parties.At a particularly polarizing time when it is challenging to compromise and negotiate, Jeffrey Sánchez, former Massachusetts State House Representative and Harvard alumnus, reminds us that “change doesn’t happen in a vacuum.”On Friday, Feb. 15, Dr. Robert Blendon, senior associate dean for policy translation and leadership development, had the unique opportunity to interview his former student, Jeffrey Sánchez, in the Leadership Studio. Sánchez shared his experiences as a leader in Massachusetts and a young man of Puerto Rican heritage growing up in the Mission Hill neighborhood.Sánchez is a current Harvard University Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow. He graduated with a masters in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2011. While he has fond memories of his time as a student at Harvard and left with lifelong relationships, Sánchez’s impressions of the University were not always positive. He recalls how it felt to grow up next door to one of the most elite institutions in the United States: “We used to want to go play in that quad where the grass was really green, because the parks were all messed up over here in Mission Main. [W]e were living in a place that folks wanted to shut down. So let’s just say the grass over here was really greener.”For Sánchez, the train tracks that separate the University from Mission Main, a Boston Housing Authority property that had been repeatedly ignored, symbolize a distinct barrier between Harvard and the greater community in which it is located — a relationship that has been historically tenuous. Growing up in the Mission Main housing development, Sánchez directly witnessed the impact that one person’s voice can have, especially when compounded with the voices of others.Sánchez grew up among activists. His mother, along with other women living in his neighborhood, fought to make the Mission Main housing development and its residents a priority for local legislators. It was his mother’s health advocacy that brought Sánchez and his family from Washington Heights in New York City to Boston to seek treatment at Children’s Hospital. Sánchez’s sister was sick and his mother was in search of better healthcare. They quickly found that “[the] hospital … wasn’t taking kids in the emergency room. … They were doing everything through outpatient visit at the time. And being Puerto Rican, being Hispanic and being black from the south, even though we lived across the street, a lot of the folks we grew up with were receiving health care over at City Hospital.”Seeing the power of advocacy through his mother, who grew up on a tobacco farm in Puerto Rico, left a lasting impression on Sánchez. Advocacy taught him how people from historically oppressed backgrounds continue to be deprived of basic human needs, despite living in close proximity to communities of overwhelming wealth.Sánchez spent 16 years representing Brookline, Mission Hill, and Jamaica Plain in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and most recently served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 2017–2018. In that time, he celebrated several victories, including criminal justice reform, universal health coverage, and gun control legislation. Sánchez attributes his success primarily to meeting and listening to people. Whether it was his colleagues or constituents, he felt it was important to “follow people where they’re at. It’s the way to find out who they are.”
Look at your traffic sources and make adjustments. For example, if you are noticing a lot of people are taking action from digital ads and not as much from direct mail, it would be wise to reallocate resources for any current and upcoming promotions to maximize success and budget dollars.Measure progress on annual goals. This one is simple and effective. At the end of June, you should be at least 50% or more of your annual goals. If you aren’t, have a discussion with your team about what factors are causing you to not achieve the growth you forecasted:Did anything happen – planned or unplanned – that affected how members do business with or perceive your credit union? If so, did the marketing plan address those changes? Does it need to address those changes in the second half of the year?Were a majority of the dollars spent going towards one or more of the marketing objectives for the year?What went well, and how can we repeat this success in the future?What didn’t go well, and what did we learn from it for next time? 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details Get the over/under on your budget. Just as you measured progress on the goals, make sure you are on track with your annual budget. If one category is higher than budgeted, make adjustments in other areas in order to keep it balanced and stay within your annual budget.Employ best practices. If you have a branch or employee(s) who is outperforming all the rest, talk to them and find out what they are doing to achieve those results. Share these best practices across the entire credit union to enhance success.And lastly, check your momentum. The credit union could be experiencing success in numbers, but are you taking the time to celebrate those successes with your employees? This is a step a lot of credit unions miss because of time or budget constraints, but engaging all employees in the plan and sharing in the success is the number one way to keep momentum going strong and maximize success. It’s June already! While that means summer vacations, weddings, and barbecues, it’s also halfway through the year and time to do a performance review…of your marketing plan.Here are seven steps to performing a review of your marketing plan to ensure success for the second half of 2016:Measure the numbers. One of the easiest ways to know if your marketing is successful is to calculate ROI on the results of your campaigns. Don’t stop there – also make sure to compare quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year to make sure you are not only reaching your goals, but also outpacing growth from the previous year.Talk to your coworkers. This step accomplishes a couple of things:It identifies opportunities you have to make their jobs easier, thereby enhancing the member experience.It could uncover roadblocks you didn’t know were there that have caused marketing efforts to be less successful.Are you communicating effectively with your team about all marketing initiatives? You may think you are, but if employees feel un-included or uneducated about what’s going on, they will be more likely to stand in the way of the success of your marketing efforts.Do they have the tools they need to have conversations with members? We are in the business of relationships, and we do this through a consultative role with our members. Ask your employees if they have what they need from you to be the expert on the credit union’s products and services. Ask what you can do to help make that happen.