ConclusionNorth Carolina’s natural splendor and moderate climate make it a recreational wonderland. Take advantage of the opportunity to get outside and recharge while the country continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 on indoor recreational outlets.For information about the recreational programs at MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, visit their website here. For the most up-to-date information regarding closures, visit MCCS Lejeune-New River Facebook’s Page.More like this: 25 of the Best Camp Lejeune Restaurants (2020 Edition) IntroductionThere is plenty to do aboard Camp Lejeune and in the surrounding communities, especially in the Great Outdoors. We encourage you to have fun exploring your new base and find more things to do nearby with these 30 starter suggestions.Suggested Read: Camp Lejeune North Carolina: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.30 Of the Best Things to Do Near Camp LejeuneKnow what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go:(1-5) Museums(6) Golf Courses(7-12) Parks, Fishing, & Hunting(13-16) Movie Theaters(17) Farmers Market(18) Distilleries(19-30) GymsCamp Lejeune Museums1. Montford Point Marine MuseumNote: The museum is temporarily closed to the public due to the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Once repairs are made to the building and exhibits, we will reopen.In June of 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Employment Practices Commission that allowed, among other things, African Americans to join the Marine Corps. And the very first of these courageous, groundbreaking men trained right here at Camp Montford Point. Learn all about them right here on Camp Lejeune.Jacksonville2. Lynnwood Park ZooWho doesn’t love animals? Exactly. Everybody loves animals. And this 10-acre plot right here in Jacksonville is home to over 50 different species, from alligators to zebras. They’re open Friday through Monday until 5 pm, so grab the kids and have a day adventure seeing animals from all over the world.3. Lejeune Memorial GardensThis sprawling park complex is the site of the Beirut Memorial, the Onslow Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the 9/11 Memorial, and acreage reserved for future memorials. The Beirut Memorial is a solemn tribute to the 273 Marines killed in Lebanon and Grenada on Oct. 23, 1983. The name of each man is engraved in granite along with the words, “They Came in Peace.” The 9/11 Memorial includes a beam from the Twin Towers, while the Vietnam Memorial is one of the largest Vietnam Memorials in the nation and among the few that lists all the names of the fallen; inscriptions on its glass walls surrounding the central fountain recall all 58,229 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.In 2015, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Museum of the Marine. Currently, at what will be part of the entryway for the museum, sits a large Eagle, Globe, and Anchor statue over a reflective pond.Wilmington4. USS North CarolinaThe battleship USS North Carolina, docked across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk its decks and envision the daily life and fierce combat the crews faced during numerous World War II battles. You will encounter stories about men from all walks of life in their oral histories, photographs, and mementos on the ship and through its exhibits.Pine Knoll Shores5. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresOf the four aquariums run by North Carolina Aquariums, this is the closest. If you and/or your family love enjoying and learning about the wonders of the sea, this is a great place to do that. From guided tours to sleepovers in the facility, the aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is an amazing experience for people of all ages.Camp Lejeune Golf Courses6. Paradise Point Golf CourseDesigned by former Marine and world-renowned golf architect, George Cobb, Paradise Point Golf Course has two 18-hole courses, the 70-par Scarlet and the 72-par golf, along with driving ranges, a practice field and putting greens and a Pro Shop, all open to the general public. Golf lessons are available. To schedule a golf outing or reserve your tee time, call 1 (910) 451-5445.Parks, Fishing, & HuntingCamp Lejeune7. Outdoor AdventuresOutdoor Adventures offers fun on the water with paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. Plus a variety of camps available for all ages that include rock wall climbing, archery, mountain biking, and archery tag. See the events calendar to find some outdoor fun.8. MCCS Lejeune-New River PoolsGet fit or take a dip in the six pools located throughout MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. In addition to lap and recreational swimming, pools offer swim lessons, splash camps, instructional classes, and more. Camp Lejeune also offers a swim team for children age 5 to 18, with competitions in age groups against other youth throughout North Carolina. Visit their website for more information.9. McIntyre-Parks Recreational Shooting ComplexThe recreational shooting complex offers an eight-lane practice course with stationary targets set at known distances of 10 to 50 yards as well as seven skeet fields with two trap overlays with a five-stand overlay.Free basic shotgun safety and archery instruction by Certified Range Safety Officers is available. Learn how to hold, load, and shoot a shotgun, in addition to the rules of the sport. CRSOs can also teach you to hold and shoot a bow and training bows are available.The pistol range is open to authorized MCCS patrons ages 13 and older; children under the age of 18 must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian. Only privately owned weapons are allowed on the range. Customers must comply with all base regulations on firearms.Check out the McIntyre-Parks Recreational Shooting Complex and the Pistol Range website for up-to-date information on events such as Kids Day and $5 Friday.10. Onslow BeachFor a lot of folks, few things feel better than a dip in the ocean. And, at Camp Lejeune, you don’t even have to go off base to enjoy one. Onslow Beach is right here and is open to all. You can even rent a lodge or park your RV here for a multi-day stay. Or just pop over for a day trip and then head home. The Atlantic Ocean’s right here for your enjoyment.Swansboro11. Bicentennial ParkFrom the shores of the White Oak River along the Swansboro waterfront, Bicentennial Park includes areas on both sides of the White Oak River Bridge. The park includes a fishing dock, picnic facilities, brick walkways as well as a boardwalk, benches, local history info, and restrooms.12. Hammocks Beach State ParkA welcome center with nature exhibits showcasing island wildlife and history at Hammocks Beach State Park offers picnic tables and a gazebo, ferry shuttles to and from Bear Island year-round, as well as, opportunities for recreation on the island itself. The island boasts a wealth of unique shells that come fresh with every tide, year-round fishing, primitive camping, covered picnic tables, and swimming on the east shore from Memorial Day to Labor Day.Camp Lejeune Movie Theater13. Base TheaterFor a great cinematic experience, there are three movie theaters right here on base with the largest being the main base theater. Tickets are cheap, the theater seats 1,400, and getting there from anywhere on post is easy. They even offer private party packages so you can rent out a theater for special occasions. You can learn their current film schedule by calling 1 (910) 449-9344.14. MCAS New River TheaterA smaller theater located with the Air Station, it has its own snack bar so you can enjoy some tasty nibbles while enjoying Dolby surround sound film. Call them for the current movie schedule at 1 (910) 449-6292.15. Midway Park TheaterThe third theater on base is a lovely, quaint old brick building that reminisces small-town America. Closed on Mondays, it shows one movie every evening during the week, two on Fridays and Sundays, and three on Saturdays. Find out their current schedule at 1 (910) 449-9344.Jacksonville16. AMC CLASSIC Jacksonville 16The local megaplex with all the amenities you’d expect. Choose from a wide array of food and snacks, pick a great film to watch, and enjoy it all in surround sound on a big, plush seat. Plus, the theater is attached to the Jacksonville mall, meaning you can get a whole lot of great shopping done before or after your movie.Food & DrinksJacksonville17. Onslow County Farmers MarketThe Onslow County Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization established to provide fresh, local produce; farm-to-table meats and dairy; baked goods; and wonderful hand-crafted items.Shop the market Saturday morning at 4024 Richlands Highway and Tuesday morning at 512 New Bridge St. in Downtown Jacksonville.18. Walton’s DistilleryFounder Donald Walton may have learned his craft in Kentucky’s bourbon country, but he chose his home state of North Carolina to open his distillery. Which is lucky for all you lovers of high quality and downright delicious American liquors. Stop by for a tour, a drink, a bottle to take home, or all three of his specialty blends.Camp Lejeune GymsWhether you’re a Marine or Sailor prepping for that next PFT or a family member just trying to stay fit, there is no shortage of gyms on Camp Lejeune for your fitness needs. No matter where you live or work, there’s a place to work up a sweat nearby on base. All of them require 100% ID check, so have your CAC card or other appropriate identification when you go for a workout. Marines and Sailors should also be aware of the base gym policies on appropriate attire and guests.Note: All gyms are currently affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some are currently closed, others operating with shortened hours, and strict distancing policies. Check the MWR site for updates and specific guidelines for each gym.19. Area 5 Fitness CenterBldg. 500, McHugh Blvd., Camp Lejeune1 (910) 451-8921This weekdays-only gym has all the weights and cardio equipment you could need, plus locker rooms and showers.20. Camp Geiger Fitness CenterBldg. G930 C St., Camp Geiger1 (910) 449-0609Weight and cardio equipment, plus a sauna and racquetball court. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own racket, ball, or goggles, they have ones you can check out.21. Camp Johnson Fitness CenterBldg. M-168, Main Service Rd., Camp Johnson1 (910) 450-1250In addition to normal, indoor gym features this location has an outdoor space for conditioning exercises like pull-ups, jump rope, and boxing.22. Courthouse Bay Fitness CenterBldg. BB2 off Horn Rd., Courthouse Bay1 (910) 440-7447One of the larger gyms on base with the usual amenities and more, including a sports clinic, a boxing/sparring area, and two racquetball courts.23. French Creek Fitness CenterBldg. FC332 off McHugh Blvd. & Gonzalez, French Creek1 (910) 451-5430With a 10,000 square foot weight room, you won’t feel crowded as you get swole. And that’s in addition to the cardio machines, racquetball courts, sauna, and more.24. HITT Center Camp LejeuneBldg. 401 (across from the Field House), Camp Lejeune1 (910) 451-0122Take advantage of one of two facilities designed to provide High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) to Marines and Sailors looking to improve their combat readiness. Active duty personnel can attend special classes, but both HITT Centers are open to all authorized patrons for use.25. HITT Center New RiverBldg AS-4024, New River1 (910) 449-7698 or 1 (910) 449-5854The HITT facility servicing MCAS New River with much the same setup as the Lejeune center.26. Morgan Bay Fitness CenterBldg. H-1, Hospital Point, Camp Lejeune1 (910) 451-1676Another smaller, weekday gym but one with plenty of weights and cardio equipment nonetheless. Plus a dry-heat sauna and small group training sessions.27. New River Fitness CenterBldg. AS-4400 Douglass Rd., New River1 (910) 449-4961The main gym for the Air Station, this facility is full of great equipment and spaces. There’s a basketball court, an indoor climbing wall, an outdoor MCMAP pit, a smoothie shop, and more.28. Stone Bay Fitness CenterBldg. RR-136, Stone Bay1 (910) 440-2055A large gym with loads of cardio machines and weights.29. Tarawa Terrace Fitness CenterBldg. TT-2455C, Tarawa Terrace1 (910) 450-1681Weights and cardio, plus a sauna and an aerobics studio.30. Wallace Creek Fitness CenterBldg. WC1, Camp Lejeune1 (910) 450-7649Not does this large gym have all the cardio and weight gear you could need, but a huge, multi-lane pool for lap swimming only. Plus a smoothie shop for some post-swim (or any other workout) refreshment.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced that the City will offer free COVID-19 testing on Thursday and Friday at the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center in the New North End. Wastewater monitoring(link is external) in that part of the City has indicated that COVID-19 may be on the rise, and wastewater detection of the virus can occur as much as 3-7 days before increased prevalence becomes apparent through positive tests.“With the support of the Vermont Department of Health and in partnership with Garnet Health, we’re taking this step in order to increase access to testing for residents in the New North End,” said Mayor Weinberger. “We are committed to doing everything we can as a city to supplement the State’s total testing capacity amidst the recent increases of Covid-19 in Vermont.”Testing is free to the public. Reservations are required and are available through Garnet Health at this link(link is external), which is separate from the Department of Health’s system. The testing at the Miller Center is intended for people who live or work in the New North End. Please check the Health Department website(link is external) for information about additional testing options.“The results from the wastewater monitoring are an early indicator that cases of Covid-19 in our community may be increasing,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Consistent with new State guidance(link is external) announced Sunday, I encourage Burlingtonians to consider getting tested if you live in the New North End and have recently traveled, expanded your social circle to include new people, or participated in gatherings in the days immediately before or since Halloween. If you have symptoms, you should call your primary care provider to be scheduled for testing.”The City also has worked with Garnet Health to establish both rapid and traditional Covid-19 testing options at the Burlington International Airport. The tests available at the Miller Center pop-up site will be the traditional PCR tests. The City will cover the cost of this testing using emergency funds authorized by the City Council in March, and will explore options for reimbursement.“Thank you to the City team, the Vermont Department of Health, and Garnet Health for working with urgency to make this new testing option available to the people of Burlington,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Launching this new capacity so quickly has required a cross-departmental team that includes everyone from our Airport, to the Parks Department providing the facility, to the Fire Department providing a generator, and I am grateful.“I once again urge all Burlingtonians to take action to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their neighbors by bringing this current growth in local infections under control. Now is a time to avoid high-risk activities, and to follow the Department of Health’s new guidance on social gatherings, travel, and testing, and remember the principles of ‘masks on faces, six-foot spaces, and uncrowded places.’ As in earlier stages of this pandemic, we can keep the spread of the virus in check if we work together and exercise vigilance. “Pop-Up Testing Details:When: Thursday 1:00-4:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pmWhere: Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court, BurlingtonHow: Reservations are required (no walk-ins). Reservations are available through Garnet Health at this link: https://phreesia.me/MillerCenterPopUp(link is external)Source: Burlington, VT – Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger 11.11.2020
For the past few days, Tre Mutava’s cell phone hasn’t stopped buzzing.A TikTok video from the Lenexa musician and SM Northwest 2020 grad went viral last weekend, and the NFL even used his audio for a post during a nationally-televised game. Mutava’s clip reached 1 million views in one day. To date, it has more than 2.6 million views.The TikTok shows Mutava experimenting with a homegrown mix that overlaid his voice multiple times to create the sound of a choir to the tune of “Belong” by the X Ambassadors. He took inspiration from a similar clip he saw on Instagram by the band’s lead artist.“I watched that and thought, oh my gosh, I’ve done stuff like this before, this is awesome,” Mutava said. “I love the way he did it, manipulating his voice to sound like multiple people. I’ve been doing stuff like that forever, but I never made videos about it.”‘Like shooting a squirt gun into an ocean’Mutava has been making and producing his own music – writing, singing, guitar and other music instruments — for six years. He has joined multiple music projects and published “Basic Summer Album” last year with his old high school band, Pretty Running People (fellow band members are Austin Bachert and Zhanarden Vil).The constant stream of likes, comments, personal messages and reactions to his work has pushed the artist through an array of emotions, from shock to excitement to stress. And, at times, he also felt overwhelmed. He had to start putting his phone in another room before going to bed.“All of a sudden, I’m not able to refresh my TikTok notifications because there’s so much coming in at once,” said Mutava of that moment Saturday morning when his video took off. “And when I did start to see some comments, people were like everybody get your viral ticket now before this gets viral, and I’m like does this mean they think it’s going to be a really big video?“In the initial moment, obviously, it’s amazing, but then I started getting super stressed. There’s a lot of fear that comes out of a bunch of people knowing of you all of a sudden. So immediately I start telling myself, don’t forget where you started and how much you worked. People see that one video and now I’m TikTok famous.”At first, he tried keeping up with the comments and engaging with everyone, but since then, he’s lost track.“It’s like shooting a squirt gun into an ocean; you just lose it,” he said. “I just tell myself it’s how it is right now.”Mutava has been making and producing his own music – writing, singing, guitar and other music instruments — for six years. He has joined multiple music projects and published “Basic Summer Album” last year with his old high school band, Pretty Running People (fellow band members are Austin Bachert and Zhanarden Vil).His latest projects include a solo single titled “Facebook Friends,” and contributions to “Proud,” an album from Astro and Friends, a Texas-based band.“I want my work to be famous; I want people to utilize it in a way that helps them grow and definitely have something to hold onto,” Mutava said. “I want my music to be inspiring and to give people curiosity about who I am, enough to where maybe they reach out to me.”NFL uses audio for Raiders-Jets game TikTok clipOn Sunday, the NFL used the audio for a 13-second TikTok video clip from the Raiders-Jets game. “My heart stopped, not literally, but I was choked up, I could not breathe, I was shaking,” he said.And reach out they have. Mutava said all the attention puts pressure on him, but he thinks it will strengthen him for the next big thing.“I’ve been working for six years for this moment, for something like this to happen, and now that it’s actually happened, I’m like no, I’m not ready,” he laughed.On Sunday, the NFL used the audio for a 13-second TikTok video clip from the Raiders-Jets game.“My heart stopped, not literally, but I was choked up, I could not breathe, I was shaking,” he said. “It was THE NFL TIKTOK. I thought that’s it, I’ve peaked, I’m done, there’s nothing after that. It makes no sense that they did that, but I’m not complaining.”The past few days, he’s received dozens of messages from other artists interested in collaborating or taking inspiration from him. Some of his followers are requesting more posts.“The hard thing is to stay true to what I had planned before anybody cared,” he said. “I just like encouraging people and showing them that hey, I’m no different than you. I’m just pushing and pushing and pushing, and I’m not stopping till I get there. And you can do the same thing. It’s just a great opportunity that I’ve been given.”As an independent artist, Mutava is taking business and recording arts classes at Johnson County Community College. In the meantime, he said he hopes not to let the instant fame get to his head. He doesn’t want to lose sight of what’s important to him.“I can’t forget about the people that have looked at me like a celebrity before I had gotten a million views on TikTok,” he said. “I can’t forget about my church family, my friends, and the people who always believed in me.”Click here to see Mutava’s work. He’s dropping his next single this month.
Read the whole story: The New York Times For many of us, meeting new people can be an anxiety-inducing affair.Am I talking too much? Was my handshake too weak? Did I make too much eye contact? Too little? Am I boring? Are they boring, but they’re boring because I’m boring?It can be a mess! All of our worst social paranoias contained in a single interaction.But there’s an easy way to get around this, simultaneously coming off as more likable while working to build a deeper, more genuine connection with someone: Ask questions.—Imagine that! Being a genuine, sincere conversation partner makes people like you more. What a world.Even more good news: Although people generally tend to reflect on an initial conversation with someone as a negative experience — like ruminating on those “Did I make enough eye contact?” type of questions — it’s thankfully all in our heads, according to a new study published in Psychological Science.
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Share Guild Hall in East Hampton invited the community to “Meet the Winners of the 81st Artist Members Exhibition” on Saturday, March 16. Guild Hall curatorial assistant Casey Dalene interviewed the winners of the competition in 10 categories, and conducted a tour of the galleries. Eight honorable mentions were also made.
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The Port of Rotterdam is an open deep-water port in the river estuary Maas, and this location of the port necessitates maintenance dredging due to siltation ’attacks’ from both tidal current and river discharge.Siltation from the sea, coming in during the flood tide and how to build bitcoin mining eroded materials from the hinterland transported in the river flow results in a total of 6.000.000 m3 of maintenance dredging works in the port basins every year.To control the dredging activities the Port of Rotterdam conducts hydrographic surveys on a daily basis. Two purpose built survey vessels are operated by the Asset Management department of Port of Rotterdam. The survey vessels are equipped with Teledyne RESON SeaBat multibeam echosounders (model 7101 and 7125), RTK GNSS positioning and silt density equipment (Silas-Odom CV2).ChallengeContinuous multibeam surveys result in large data volumes and processing time. The goal of the Asset Management Department is to produce bathymetric products within one day after surveying. Products are:– Bathymetric paper chart for vessel traffic management (VTM) and dredging operations;– Electronic Navigation Chart (ENC) for portable pilot units (PPU);– ASCII gridded data sets for dredging equipment and GIS analysis.Shipping, berth occupancy, satellite blocking by cranes or container stock piles, sea water mixtures and fluid mud bottoms are a continuous threats to the quality and production rate of the bathymetric surveys. To save processing time the Asset Management Department try to keep up the ‘first time yield’ level. This process starts with high quality raw multibeam data input. Cleaning data filters will run faster and more accurate based on almost clean raw data obtained from the best available survey equipment.Survey operationsTypical port hydrographic surveys contains locations with slopes, various bottom types and man-made constructions in a relatively small area requiring the use of an all-round multibeam echosounder system that provides:– Wide beam coverage to get depth data as close as possible to water level on slopes;– Single transducer head (complexity and data reduction);– Excellent object detection;– Variable pulse length settings to optimize acoustics for fluid mud bottoms;– High update rate for survey speed up to 10 knots.Side scan optionThe SeaBat 7101 and SeaBat 7125 meets all the requirements mentioned above. The data quality is very good hence hardly any data cleaning is necessary post survey. The beam selection settings (to set area of interest) and system displays are features that make the systems particularly user friendly.ResultsSince the end of 2012 the Asset Management department of the Port of Rotterdam developed a range of efficiency efforts to reduce the need for survey personnel and equipment. These efforts resulted in a reduction of about half a survey vessel, representing a cost saving of approximately €150,000 per year; in part due to the upgrade of the multibeam systems to the Teledyne RESON products mentioned above.[mappress]Press Release, August 30, 2013
Australian energy company WHL Energy Limited has signed a contract with CGG Services SA for the acquisition of the La Bella 3D seismic survey. The survey will utilise CGGs’ Viking II vessel to acquire data with state-of-the-art Broadseis™ broad band seismic acquisition technology.The survey will start in mid-November and take approximately one month. An initial processed data volume is expected to be available in mid-February 2014, with the final processed volume targeted for completion in May 2014. The survey area is located approximately 35 kilometres off the coast of Port Campbell in the Otway Basin, offshore Victoria.WHL Energy will operate the survey on behalf of the VIC/P67 Joint Venture which consists of WHL Energy 40% and AWE 60%. AWE will fund 75% the costs of the acquisition and processing for the 3D seismic survey up to a cost of $12 m ($9m being AWE’s share) to earn 60% equity, after which each Joint Venture partner will pay its equity share. TAP Oil will pay for 20% of the cost of the La Bella 3D seismic survey, up to a total of $2.95m to have the option to acquire 10% equity in Vic/P67.Managing Director David Rowbottam said: “WHL Energy is pleased to have finalised the contracting of a seismic vessel for the La Bella 3D seismic survey and look forward to receiving the data. The data from the 3D survey will assist with confirmation and definition of the La Bella gas and condensate resource and progress the development planning and commercialisation of the resource.” “The survey will also further define several exploration targets in the La Bella area that will be considered for drilling in early 2015. The acquisition of this seismic survey is an important milestone in the La Bella project timeline as the Company and Joint Venture continues to work towards bringing the project to commercial fruition.”[mappress]Press Release, October 09, 2013
The flight was operated using one of Volga-Dnepr’s AN-124 Ruslan freighters from Moscow to Freetown in Sierra Leone.To load the helicopters into the cargo hold of the AN-124, Volga-Dnepr applied a loading plan specially developed for the carriage of rotor-wing machines. This involved demounting lifting and tail propellers, vibration absorbers, fuel tanks, and removing fluids from the shock struts and wheels. This reduced the height of the helicopter enabling each one to be loaded onboard the aircraft, alongside the demounted equipment.The helicopters will be used to support the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) established in late September to fight the outbreak of the virus in western Africa.www.volga-dnepr.com