Of the 314 people who were sick, 246 were adults and 65 were children, while the ages of three were not yet known, the OSDH said. Seventeen people received kidney dialysis treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said that the last known case-patient fell ill Sep 6 and that it believed the outbreak was over. All the cases have been linked to the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove, Okla., the OSDH said. According to previous reports, most cases occurred in people who ate at the restaurant between Aug 15 and 17. Sep 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) An outbreak of Escherichia coli O111 infections in Oklahoma seems to have run its course after sickening 314 people, putting 72 in hospitals, and killing one, Oklahoma officials announced yesterday. See also: Investigators have interviewed 1,843 people in connection with the outbreak, the OSDH said, but have not yet identified a specific food vehicle in the outbreak. “Health investigators are reviewing results of interviews with persons who ate at the Country Cottage to determine the possible association of illness to specific food items. This analysis could take several weeks,” the OSDH said. E coli O111 is a fairly unusual strain, far less common than O157:H7, the type identified in most E coli outbreaks, but it causes a similar illness. Oklahoma officials believe the cases there represent the largest O111 outbreak reported in the United States to date. Sep 16 OSDH update Last week a state official said investigators were considering the possibility that the restaurant had an infected employee who handled many different foods, since the investigation hadn’t pointed to any specific foods.
Original, different, authentic… The Plitvice Phenomenon is a new tourist resort in the heart of the Plitvice Lakes National Park.The Plitvice Phenomenon phenomenon is a tourist resort that spreads over 142 thousand square meters in the area of Plitvice Selo, and consists of nine wooden houses with elegant apartments and a top restaurant in the luxury segment.Garden with indigenous plants, outdoor gym, morning yoga, children’s playground, emphasis on local and conservation of natural resources, no noise and crowds – so it looks like a real vacation as imagined in the company Potestas which after Hotel Park in Split and luxury Villa Petra on Brač, and now they have opened a new tourist facility on Plitvice.Plitvice Lakes, top service and accommodation as well as the philosophy of returning to nature, is exactly the concept that is guided in the Plitvice Phenomenon. As they point out, what others call a trend is a lifestyle. “The construction of the resort took several years to meet strict environmental regulations. This was extremely important to us given that we are located in the heart of one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. House by house was built by the best local craftsmen with the highest quality local materials. In order for such projects to be successful, the synergy of investors with the local environment and responsible behavior towards the environment is very important.“Points out Jozo Tomaš, director of Potestas.It is important to point out that this is not a classic hotel, concreting the space, but the Tourist Resort Fenomen Plitvice is characterized by 3 existing but renovated houses and 5 new houses with 18 accommodation units decorated in indigenous style that fit into the space and the whole ambience, which can accommodate 42 people on basic beds, ie a maximum of 55 people.Each of the houses was named after Plitvice Lakes, so the houses in which the accommodation units of this magnificent building are located are called: Veliko jezero, Galovac, Vir, Okrugljak, Gradin and Burget, while the auxiliary facilities are also named after the vegetation that adorns our most visited National a park like Betula, Pinus and Fagus (Fagus- beech, Pinus- pine and Betula- birch). “The cottages are modern and luxuriously equipped to provide our guest with complete comfort and relaxation, they contain a kitchen, air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe and many other facilities that raise the offer of the Phenomenon to the highest level.”Says Tomaš and adds that they also offer the service of a concierge who offers guests personalized tourist services, ie the organization of personalized tourist experiences such as a private picnic at the top of Veliki slap.Also, the tourist resort offers additional facilities such as hiking, cycling, horseback riding, children’s playground, outdoor gym, bowling alley, shooting range, barbecue area and others. It all started in 2008 with the purchase of land with three dilapidated houses that were later renovated, and the property was used until then exclusively for private purposes. “Considering the already mentioned natural beauties of Plitvice Lakes and the beauty of the property itself, we decided to build accommodation facilities that will be integrated into the environment and stand out with the quality of accommodation and services we offer. The importance of this project was also recognized by the EU, which subsidized funds from the Structural Funds. Note that this is the second project of the company Potestas doo which is co-financed from the EU structural funds (the first project was the renovation, construction and upgrade of the Park Hotel in Split)”Tomas pointed out.Apart from the Plitvice Phenomenon enriching the tourist offer of Plitvice Lakes accommodation capacities and raising it to a higher level, the Plitvice Phenomenon with its restaurant Kozjak strives to be marked as an unavoidable place on the gastronomic map not only of Plitvice Lakes, but of the whole of Croatia. The combination of traditional Lika cuisine based on fresh seasonal ingredients with a modern way of preparation is a card they play on, which is logical because authenticity is what people travel for and that is exactly what tourists want to experience and taste.”Certainly this is right away from the noise and hats, a place where we can reconnect with nature and with ourselves, experience the typical hospitality of Lika, authentic, and yet adapted to the luxury market segment and guests who appreciate nature and want sustainable tourism. Tomaš emphasizes and concludes that the project was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Funds, while the total value of the project is HRK 39.255.327,67, and the EU’s share in project financing is HRK 10.000.000,00.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Accommodation prices in the peak tourist season range from 2.800 to 6.000 kn per day, which clearly shows that this is a high category of the Plitvice Phenomena Resort. They employ 25 employees, mostly from Lika and the surrounding area, which is extremely important for the local population to work, and they are an example to other young people that it makes sense to stay and develop continental tourism.The Plitvice phenomenon is a luxury tourist resort that Plitvice certainly deserves. See more about the whole concept here
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee issued guidance further clarifying outdoor recreation requirements in Phase 1 and Phase 2.Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.Additionally, counties with less than 10 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Twenty-one counties have received the variance.Guidance documents:Memo: Outdoor Recreation, Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 RequirementsOutdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 – Update No. 2 COVID-19 RequirementsFull list of guidance for all current businesses.
By John BurtonRED BANK – St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church is seeing more demand for its community service programs and hopes to have a new home for those programs.“Where we see needs in the community,” said the Rev. Alberto Tamayo, pastor of the church, 121 Bridge Ave., “we try to address them.”And the church’s parish has been having an increasing demand for its services, such as food pantry and clothing distribution, financial assistance and help facilitating social services for primarily residents of the borough’s West Side community.As it currently stands, the parish programs assist more than 1,000 community members monthly, according to Tamayo.“Our vision here really is, as a church, our main role is to give worship to God,” Tamayo said. “We also see ourselves as part of the community. If the community has needs that we can help with, we have an obligation to help address those needs, whatever they may be.”In response to those needs and growing demand for the services, church representatives will be appearing before the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment on March 3, seeking approval to construct what the representatives are planning to call St. Crispin’s Social Ministry House.The Herbert Street building used by St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church on Red Bank’s West Side will likely be demolished for the church’s St. Crispin’s Social Ministry House. Photo: John BurtonThe project calls for demolishing an existing structure – a sort of pink, beige and brown house that had been used for religious instruction, but aging and deteriorating – and garage that sit on parish-owned property next to the church on Herbert Street. The hope is to construct a new two-story, 4,500-square-foot building, that from the exterior would resemble a home, in keeping with the residential nature of much of the neighborhood.The upper level of the building will be used for sleeping and living quarters for visiting priests. The basement area will be dedicated for storage space. The first floor will contain office space for meeting with those seeking financial assistance for rent and utilities and other emergency needs and other social services. Along with those uses the facility will have the parish’s food, clothing/household and book distribution areas.A large portion of the ministry’s work in recent years has been dedicated to helping mostly recently arrived immigrants make their way with immigration and other legal issues and assimilate, making them aware of their rights, according to Tamayo.The site will also be able to accommodate community meetings. The parish has in the recent past played host to programs sponsored by such borough entities and the police and Parks and Recreation departments. These gatherings were intended as an effort in large effect to reach out to the increasingly burgeoning immigrant Hispanic community.Contingent on zoning board approval, “We’ll always have a place for those kinds of things to help strengthen connections and information flowing to the people,” Tamayo said.The construction would use prefabricated modular building components and “if everything goes smoothly, about a year it’ll be up,” the pastor said.The project will cost about $750,000 and will be paid for with donations from parishioners and friends of the church, he added.St. Anthony of Padua was built in1920, through the work of and donations of Italian immigrants, who relocated to Red Bank to find work at the textile factory on Bridge Avenue (now the site of the Galleria retail and commercial complex). The factory, which made U.S. military and Boy Scouts uniforms, was owned by Sigmund Eisner. Eisner, Tamayo pointed out, was a significant benefactor contributing to the church’s construction costs.And because of that history as well as the parish’s current efforts, Tamayo noted, “We have a special love and devotion to immigrants.”Besides, the work is in keeping with the Catholic Church’s teachings, he added. “It’s basically doing our best for Christ’s commands: to serve our neighbors, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and to be good neighbors.”Tamayo’s decision to name the ministry after St. Crispin of Viterbo certainly has resonance for the parish and community it serves. St. Crispin, who was canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II is the patron saint of the poor and laborers. Crispin was also a member of the Franciscan order, as was St. Anthony, Tamayo explained.
Funeral Services AnnouncedFuneral services for AbbieGail Kaylea Smith will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 23 at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals, 233 Carr Ave., Keansburg.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Monday at St. Ann’s Church, Keansburg. Burial to follow at Bayview Cemetery, Leonardo.In lieu of flowers the family will be accepting donations in AbbieGail’s name for a scholarship fund. Letters of condolences can be sent to www.jacquelinemryanfh.com. This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John BurtonKEANSBURG — A small group of people, largely Keansburg residents but not exclusively, quiet and somber – as if in a house of worship – stood in front of McGrath Towers housing complex to pay their respects and reflect on the horrible events of last week and to remember an 11-year-old taken too soon and in a shockingly violent way.At the apartment complex’s 25 Hancock St. site, people gathered at a makeshift memorial made up of balloons, stuffed animals, sympathy cards, photos and candles being lit as the sun set on July 15. Some were willing to offer thoughts about AbbieGail “Abbie” Smith, 11, who lived at the affordable housing project’s 16 Hancock St. location, and was stabbed to death sometime between the evening of July 12 and the following morning.“Basically, it’s another senseless killing of a child,” observed Keansburg resident Robert Nugent, as he placed candles at the memorial.Nugent was joined by his wife, Daisy; both had lived in Keansburg for a number of years, but didn’t know AbbieGail or the Smith family. But the couple felt it was imperative to publicly express their feelings. “I think it is important,” Daisy responded when asked why she was there. “It was one of our children. It’s a tragedy.”A memorial grew near AbbieGail’s home.Brianna Cooper, 11 years old, came with family members. She attended the public school district’s Joseph R. Bolger Middle School with AbbieGail. “She was my best friend,” Brianna said, her eyes welling up with tears. Brianna said her friend “was always happy; she was always smiling,” and loved music and dancing. “She was just so amazing and caring,” Brianna said of AbbieGail, also confiding, “she was the only one who defended me against the bullies in school.“She was so good,” Brianna said.Keansburg police responded to a report coming in at approximately 9:24 p.m. on July 12 of a missing child at the 16 Hancock St. complex. Local authorities contacted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in the early hours of the following morning, mounting a joint investigation in their search for the girl.While investigators, joined by the prosecutor’s Forensic and Technical Services Bureau, continued their probe into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance, at roughly 10:20 a.m. they discovered on the roof area of the complex where the Smith family resided, an object wrapped in a blanket or comforter, according to the prosecutor’s office. Wrapped in the blanket was what authorities said was a deceased human body, a short time later identified by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office as the remains of AbbieGail Smith.Later that same day, law enforcement authorities arrested Andreas Erazo, an 18-year-old man who lived upstairs from the victim and her family. According to the prosecutor’s office, Erazo was charged with first degree murder, third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon allegedly in connection with the child’s death.The medical examiner’s report concluded AbbieGail died as a result of a stab wound to the neck, according to Charles Webster, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. No other details from the report were immediately released.Andreas Erazo, 18, is shown during his initial appearance in Freehold Friday, July 14, 2017, where he was charged with the murder of 11-year-old AbbieGail “Abbie” Smith in Keansburg.Erazo, a slightly built teen, sporting a bushy haircut and wispy mustache and goatee, wearing handcuffs around his wrists, entered state Superior Court on Friday, July 14, for his initial appearance. The courtroom was packed largely with media representatives, including TV cameras, and the victim’s family. In a brief, perfunctory hearing, Judge Richard W. English laid out for the suspect the charges and his rights, with Erazo offering soft spoken and minimal responses that he understood and acknowledged he would like to have a public defender as his legal counsel.Seeing Erazo, the victim’s mother was emotional. “You need to rot in jail! You murdered my daughter!” she shouted in a heavy Jamaican accent, and was then led out of the courtroom surrounded by family members.Erazo was initially scheduled to once again appear before English on Wednesday, July 19, for a bail hearing; that hearing was delayed until Friday, July 28, at the request of Erazo’s lawyer.Afterwards, during a hastily convened press conference on the courthouse lawn in Freehold Borough, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni told the gathering of reporters, “This is one of the worst crimes I’ve seen,” during his five-year tenure with the prosecutor’s office.“By all accounts she was a lovely, lovely little girl,” the prosecutor said of AbbieGail.“We represent the state without passion or prejudice, but that doesn’t make us any less human,” he said as his colleagues, most with their own families, look to continue their emotionally difficult investigation.Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. GramiccioniGramiccioni was expectedly tightlipped on details, given the investigation is ongoing. But he did acknowledge “there’s no reason to believe” anyone else was involved in the crime; and investigators have collected considerable physical evidence and interviews allegedly linking Erazo to the crime.Gramiccioni requested the media respect the family’s wishes for privacy at this time. “They did ask me to convey to the public and the media what they want out of this is justice and it’s my job and my staff’s job to do the best at delivering that for them,” he added.“We’ll get details out in an appropriate time and manner,” he said.John J. Niesz, Keansburg’s superintendent of schools, issued a statement, posted on the district’s website, where Niesz said, “AbbieGail was a wonderful young girl who was a Titan through and through,” referring to the district’s mascot. “She will be greatly missed by the entire Keansburg School District family, especially her friends and family.”The district will provide grief counseling at the Bolger Middle School to help students dealing with the loss, Niesz’s statement indicated.Maribel Batista lives in East Brunswick but drives her ice cream truck through the borough where her parents continue to live, just a couple of blocks away from the site. She pulled up to Hancock Street in the ice cream truck placing a small item at the memorial. “I have four kids myself. I can’t stop thinking about this,” she said. “I can’t imagine what the family is going through.”Tommy Brown drove from Newark where he lives, not knowing the family but feeling a need to offer some small condolences. “I can’t understand this, an 11-year-old girl getting stabbed,” Brown said. “You have to ask yourself, why?”“I don’t know how you can do something like this,” said Keansburg resident Antonietta Carbone, speaking of the crime. Looking at the group gathered Carbone offered, “I just hope everybody comes out and joins together…Even if we don’t know each other.”“Hopefully, it shows the mother that people do care,” Robert Nugent said, “and are behind her 100 percent.”
Travis Wellman, with his league leading 14th goal of the season, killed any chance of the Beaver Valley comeback by scoring into the empty net.Tyler Moffat was solid between the pipes for the Leafs, stopping 20 shots.Josh Round to the loss in goal for Beaver Valley.Nelson remains in top spot in the Murdoch Division with a 7-0-1 record.The Leafs continue its swing through the Murdoch Division with a home-and-home series against the defending KIJHL champs from Castlegar.The teams hook up Saturday in Castlegar before completing the series Sunday in Nelson at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.BLUELINES: The Leaf players saluted Breast Cancer Awareness month by wearing pink laces and using pink tape on their sticks. . . . Hockey fans were surprised to see Nelson native Linden Horswill back in the Green and White. The Nelson Minor Hockey grad had been suspended after leaving the Trail Smokies of the BCHL. However, the Trail management surprisingly lifted the suspension. . . . . The Friday, October 18th game against Beaver Valley is Bras at the Barn Night. Fans are asked to bring their bras to the game to raise awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Check out the Leaf website at www.nelsonleafs.ca for more information. The Nelson Leafs survived the first major test of the season, scoring twice late in the second period en route to a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The game is the first of three meetings against Neil Murdoch Division rivals — Beaver Valley and Castlegar.Aaron Dunlap and Alex Wilkerson scored 94 seconds apart to snap a 2-2 tie to power Nelson to the win.The Leafs led 2-0 after the opening frame on goals by Linden Horswill and Dunlap.Michael Bell and Dallas Calvin scored power play goals for the Hawks to tie the game up midway through the second period.