George Earl Feller Jr. July 16, 1953 – January 25, 2020

first_imgGeorge Earl Feller Jr., age 66 of Harrison, Ohio passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born July 16, 1953 in Batesville, Indiana the son of George Oscar and Betty Jane (Grubbs) Feller.George a 1972 William Henry Harrison High School Graduate worked for Alliance Knife in Harrison for several years retiring in 2010.Survived by his brother John Feller, nephews Joe Stafford and Doug (Dana) Stafford. Great uncle of Danica Stafford and brother in law of Gary Stafford.Preceded in death by his parents George and Betty Feller and siblings Carol Stafford, Mary Ann Feller and James Russell Feller.Visitation will be Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. until time of Blessing service at 11:00 A.M. all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery Harrison, Ohio.Memorials may be directed to Harrison Fire/EMS, American Stroke Association and or St John the Baptist Church c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

England’s senior core must star in Ashes – Vaughan

first_imgENGLAND’s core of senior players must stand up if they are to win the Ashes in Australia, former captain Michael Vaughan said.Joe Root’s team face a huge test in Australia beginning in November, with England having lost six of the past seven Ashes series played Down Under.Vaughan said it would be up to the tourists’ more experienced players – Root, Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes – to make the difference.“The likes of [Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan have great opportunities to go and establish themselves in the England team,” he told Omnisport.Gary Ballance is waiting in the wings as well. You sense that for England to win in Australia, Alastair Cook, Joe Root are going to have to get a lot of runs. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali as well].“You feel that that senior core of the side in Anderson, Broad, Woakes; there are seven.“Those seven that I’ve mentioned are going to have to have outstanding tours for England to win in Australia.”Vaughan feels England’s chances of avoiding a series defeat will be known as soon as the first Test in Brisbane beginning November 23.The Gabba has proven to be a happy venue for Australia, who were last beaten at the ground in a Test in 1988.“It’s never easy going to Australia, the history tells you that over the last six or seven times that England have been there,” Vaughan said.“They won there in 2010-2011, lost 5-0 the last time, lost 5-0 in 2006-2007, lost 4-1 in 2002-2003. So I guess history’s not on Joe’s side but they’ve certainly got enough talent.“They’ve got enough in that team to put Australia under pressure. You just sense that first week in Brisbane will decide the series.“If England can get out of it with something, they’ll have a great chance. If Australia do what they generally do to many of the touring teams and blow them away in that first Test it’s going to be a very difficult winter for the England team.”(Omnisport)last_img read more

SPSCC Nursing Program a Candidate for National Accreditation

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College The SPSCC Nursing Program is taking steps toward national program accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), a new national accrediting body for all types of nursing programs. Earning national accreditation is an important next step for the program: national accreditation will affirm the quality of the program as well as meet the requirements that Washington State has set for the national accreditation of all nursing programs in the state by 2020.Currently in the pre-accreditation process, the NLN CNEA is accepting third party comments through April 10. For information about making a comment, view the nursing program page.  A candidacy decision should be made by NLN CNEA before July 2017.Once initial candidacy is in place, the program will have up to three years to submit a self-study report and schedule an on-site program evaluation, which will determine permanent national accreditation of the program for up to six years.SPSCC’s nursing program is thriving as the first in Washington State to implement the new Associate of Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree. In 2016, the program saw its first 26 graduates from the new program model, half of whom transferred directly into year four at a university. Also in 2016, nursing students who took the NCLEX Registered Nurse exam earned an outstanding pass rate of 92%, well over the state average of 88.66% and national average of 84.56%.About the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education AccreditationThe National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce.The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation implements its vision and carries out its accreditation activities guided by the National League for Nursing’s core values – caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence – as applied to the accreditation process.  Read more.last_img read more

Lawmakers Propose Changes To Tax-Free Status For Hospitals

first_imgBy John BurtonThe recent tax court ruling in Morris County and pending legislation in the state Senate have not-for-profit hospitals and municipalities figuring out their future relationship.Following a judge’s decision regarding Morristown Medical Center’s obligation to provide some financial support to its host community, “The immediate impact was the great uncertainty it placed on New Jersey’s not-for-profit hospitals,” said Kerry McKean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA).On Monday, a bill that would require those facilities to pay the host municipalities was approved the Senate Budget and and Appropriations Committee. Those familiar with the situation expect the Hospital Community Service Contribution legislation, S-3299, to be taken up by the full Senate in the lame duck session early next month.Red Bank, home to Meridian Health System’s Riverview Medical Center, has had a longstanding and supportive relationship. But Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said of these recent developments, “It’s a very important issue. It’s going to be financially impactive on the municipality and the hospital.”Menna and Red Bank officials have been meeting with Meridian representatives, conducting “intelligent and painstaking discussions” that the mayor suspects are, “going to be a long process.”Red Bank has had in part a complicated relationship with the numerous not-for-profit organizations that are exempt from paying property taxes. Officials in the past have complained that 16 percent of the borough’s real property is used by tax-exempt organizations. And that, noted Borough Councilman Michael DuPont, chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, amounts to an annual loss of $1.2 million to the municipality. They may not be required to pay taxes, yet they receive municipal services, such as police, fire, EMS and Public Works, burdening the municipalities. “That does cost the taxpayers money,” DuPont noted.A few years ago, local officials approached the area’s legislative delegation hoping to find support for some sort of relief from Trenton. The discussions never went anywhere.“The contributions that New Jersey hospitals make to the community are significant,” said Meridian Health spokesman Robert Cavanaugh, in a statement. “In addition to serving our communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the contributions that hospitals make to the community extend well beyond the health care services that are offered.”In Red Bank, Riverview Medical Center is one a handful of not-for-profits that actually provide an annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT). According to Eugenia Poulos, Red Bank chief financial officer, the medical center contributed $166,322.86 for 2015.Poulos said there were nine not-for profit organizations that have contributed PILOTs for 2015: Along with Riverview, they are the Monmouth Boat Club paying $2,000; Count Basie Theatre, $11,232.04; HABcore housing assistance program, $11,408.70; Locust Landing residential development, $47,674.95; Red Bank Housing Authority, $10,740; River Street Commons senior housing complex, $46,669.95; Two River Theater, $11,815.14; and Wesleyan Arms senior housing facility, $29,894.25.Of the 71 acute care facilities in New Jersey (which serve 18 million patients a year), 64 are not-for-profit hospitals. “There are a number of hospitals across the state that pay some kind of voluntary financial support to their communities,” Kelly said. In some cases, it’s in the form of a cash PILOT, or in in-kind contributions, such as running clinics and workshops for community members. That amounts to a $2.4 billion contribution to communities, according to Kelly.But as state Senator Joseph Vitale (D-19), who represents Middlesex County and is co-sponsor, along with Senate President Steve Sweeney on the legislation, pointed out, “If they have a legitimate non-profit mission they have to demonstrate that to the IRS every year,” and “in part” those services, “that’s what they’re required to do.”NJ State Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco earlier this year ruled that Morristown Medical Center did not meet its requirements as a duly not-for-profit, charitable organization for at least two years of its operation. The medical center and Morristown reached a settlement that will have the facility pay $15.5 million over the next decade.In response to that decision lawmakers are proposing legislation that would amend the 100-year standing law exempting not-for-profits from property taxes and require not-for-profit hospitals to make what the bill labels “community service contributions” to their host communities. The payments would be intended for property tax relief and to offset public safety costs, as well as a small portion to be directed to the host county. The amount the hospitals would pay would be calculated based upon the number of licensed beds, ancillary buildings and other facilities the hospitals own and operate, according to Vitale.“Because of their size,” said Vitale said of the medical centers, “and because of the services provided to the facilities, it does cost the taxpayers money. They’re (communities) looking for relief.”“This never would have been contemplated, of course, if not for the Morristown decision,” and the intent is “so that everyone doesn’t litigate every hospital on their own. It would get out of hand,” Vitale said.Holmdel is host community for Bayshore Community Hospital, which also comes under the Meridian umbrella, and is a not-for-profit, too. Unlike Riverview and Red Bank, Bayshore does not contribute a PILOT to the town, acknowledged Mayor Eric Hinds. Also unlike Red Bank, there hasn’t been any formal discussion between the hospital and the municipality on this matter.“I can’t say we’ve spent a lot of time or energy on what that could or couldn’t mean for the town,” Hinds offered. But the mayor added, “In my experience Meridian is a class A outfit and I’m sure if the legislation mandates that the hospital has to pay they would be a good partner and that we would be able to work something out amicably.”The NJHA has not taken a formal position on the legislation, but it will likely be the leading topic of conversation for the association’s board that had been scheduled for earlier this week, according to Kelly.For now, “We think it’s a good starting point,” Kelly said of the bill, “and we’re looking forward to working with the Senate president to see if we can reach a good resolution on the issue.”“It is a balancing act,” given the equitable relationship between Riverview and the borough, Menna acknowledged. The medical center is the community’s largest employer, which includes more than 600 residents, and provides traffic for downtown businesses, among other contributions, Menna said.Meridian’s Cavanaugh noted the health system is the largest employer in Monmouth and Ocean counties, with 14,000 employed at its six hospitals.“However,” added DuPont, “with this case, both sides have to now use the longstanding relationship to negotiate a resolution that’s fair to both sides.”But that resolution will take time, as Menna pointed out, the Morristown case took eight years to reach a conclusion.last_img read more

BIG ‘CAP WINNER MELATONIN, SECOND SUMMER, HOPPERTUNITY & DEFENDING CHAMP HARD ACES HEAD FIELD OF EIGHT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA AT MILE AND A QUARTER

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2016)–Recent Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, streaking Second Summer, Grade I winner Hoppertunity, defending champ Hard Aces and multiple (turf) graded winner Bal a Bali head a field of eight 3-year-olds and up in Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, to be contested for the 77th time at a mile and a quarter.Won by the legendary Seabiscuit in its inaugural running at Hollywood Park in 1938, the Gold Cup is one of North America’s most prestigious races at the distance and has been won by a “Who’s Who” of equine all-time greats including Noor (1950), Citation (1951), Swaps (1956), Round Table (1957), Native Diver (1965-67), Ack Ack (1971), Affirmed (1979) and Cigar in 1995. The Gold Cup will be run for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. MELATONIN: Trained by David Hofmans, he ran the race of his life when allowed to run freely on the front end in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 12. A rousing 4 ¼ length winner of the Big ‘Cap, Melatonin earned a career best 107 Beyer Speed figure and was subsequently sent to Oaklawn Park, where he showed the way early and ended up second, beaten a length, by Effinex. A 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy, Melatonin has come to hand quickly this year for Hofmans, as he was advised by jockey Joe Talamo to try the deep waters of the Big ‘Cap following a solid second condition allowance score going 1 1/16 miles here on Feb. 5. Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., look for Melatonin to be sent to the front on Saturday. Melatonin has earned $786,000 this year, a substantial portion of his career haul, which stands at $918,552. His overall mark now reads 12-4-3-3. HOPPERTUNITY: Third, beaten four lengths by California Chrome in the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 26, Bob Baffert’s Hoppertunity was just up to win the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles San Antonio Stakes by a nose on Feb. 6. Winless in three tries at a mile and a quarter, the venerable 5-year-old has been keeping graded company since February of 2014 and he’s very competitive at Santa Anita with a 3-4-2 mark from 10 tries here. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity would be well served by a fast pace. The leading money earner in the field with earnings of $2,872,675, his overall record stands at 19-5-6-4. SECOND SUMMER: In search of his fourth consecutive win, he comes off the best race of his career, a one length score in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian here on May 22. Long considered better on turf, this 4-year-old Summer Bird gelding was switched to the main track by trainer Peter Eurton on Feb. 15 and he responded with a solid second place finish at a mile and a sixteenth. He’s since rattled off three consecutive wins and is considered by some to be the “now” horse for the Gold Cup. Second Summer, who is owned by Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Ferrell, has a stalking style and he’ll be ridden for the third time in a row by Mario Gutierrez. With an overall mark of 13-4-2-1 and earnings of $270,610, the Gold Cup will be his first try at a mile and a quarter. HARD ACES: Best suited as a deep closer, last year’s winner will have to hope someone can engage Melatonin early and thus ensure a legitimate early pace. Trained by John Sadler and owned by his primary client, Hronis Racing, LLC, Hard Aces has been winless in eight starts since last year’s Gold Cup, but comes of a much improved runner-up effort to Second Summer in the Californian and could be poised for another top effort on Saturday. A 6-year-old full horse by Hard Spun, Hard Aces, who was originally in the care of Larry Jones, will be making his 13th start for Sadler as he seeks his seventh win from 32 career tries. He has earnings of $879,645. THE GRADE I GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9                                                Approximate post time 5:45 p.m. PDT BAL A BALI: A graded stakes winner on turf in America, this 6-year-old Brazilian-bred, who was a four-time Group I winner in his native Brazil, will try the main track for the first time in the Gold Cup. A three-time winner at a mile and one half on turf and one for two at a mile and a quarter on turf, stamina certainly is not a question, but his ability to act on dirt remains unknown. Trained by Richard Mandella, he’ll be making his 10th stateside start in the Gold Cup. Attentive to the pace in most of his turf starts, it’ll be interesting to see what style suits him best on dirt. Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Siena Farm, LLC, he has 13 wins from 21 starts and has earnings of $763,478. ICONIC GOLD CUP IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE FOR $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITA NOV. 5 Bal a Bali – Flavien Prat – 120Second Summer – Mario Gutierrez – 120Hard Aces – Santiago Gonzalez – 122Lieutenant Colonel – Martin Garcia – 120Win the Space – Gary Stevens – 120Hoppertunity – Mike Smith – 120Melatonin – Joseph Talamo – 124Imperative – Rafael Bejarano – 120The Gold Cup at Santa Anita is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, with the winner assured a berth in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more