first_img90, of Bayonne, passed away with family by his side on January 21, 2017. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mario was the husband to Heidi (nee: Cerundolo) and father to Virginia Schiavello and her late husband Michael, Mario A. Rosig and wife Ellen, Rose Mary Micallef and husband Richard and John Rosig and wife Diane. Surviving Mario are his 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of any flowers, please make donations in Mario’s memory to The American Heart Association with envelopes provided at the funeral home or with a link found at Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Merry Christmas!

first_imgLike no other, the Christmas season is inextricably wound to music. From the traditional to the secular, Christmas is tied to music more than any other time of year.When else can you wander around, alone or with a group of your closest friends, and stop outside random people’s homes to sing to them and have the residents not think you have a screw loose.And everyone seems to have their favorite carol or album. As carols go, I don’t think it gets any better than “Carol Of The Bells.” And my favorite records are listed down below.I recently chatted with some of my musically minded friends about their favorite Christmas tunes.The album was entitled A Treasury of Christmas. It featured the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby, but the artist that stood out for me was Mahalia Jackson singing “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Through the crackling needle, I remember hearing Mahalia reach down deep and sing it from the gut. That was my first taste of black gospel soul. It moved me so that I sang that song on my Christmas Eve nights in a balloon-stuffed gospel robe. Needless to say, it was a hit. In my own mind, at least.Seth Walker, Singer/SongwriterMy favorite Christmas album of all time is Vince Guaradli’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Yes, everybody knows it, but that’s because it’s the best ever! My second favorite is a compilation called Soul Christmas, originally released in 1968. Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs, King Curtis, Clarence Carter . . . . oooh, yeah. You need this one in your life.Holly Bowling, PianistI’m not a big aficionado of Christmas music, so I always struggled to come up with appropriate stuff when I had a local radio show. My favorites tended to be goofy stuff, like “Winter Wonderland” by The Roches, sung in a thick, Bronx accent. Or “Run Rudolph Run,” which the Grateful Dead a few times in December of 1971, with Pigpen singing. It’s a perfect Chuck Berry song, and although Chuck performed it, he didn’t write it. It was written by Johnny Marks, who also gave us “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and other classics.David Gans, Singer/SongwriterPerhaps no tune better represents the joy and celebration of the season than The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers doing “Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn.” Recorded in 1929, Vaudevillian band leader Frankie Half Pint Jackson and band give the gift of raw energy, vigor, and freedom in a Christmas tune unlike any other. The first time I heard this record, it nearly knocked me out of my chair.Kris Truelson, Bill & The BellesChristmas In The Hills, by Larry Sparks, is the album that got me back into Christmas music after years of bah humbug. It would be easy for a bluegrass Christmas album to be cheesy and boring, but Mr. Sparks put together a very interesting collection of both secular and religious songs for this one. Standout include his unique take on “White Christmas,” “BEautiful Star of Bethlehem,” and  “Joy To The World,” along with killer versions of “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” However, my personal favorite might be “Away In A Manger,” with its long instrumentals out front followed by great quartet singing at the end. As usual, with Larry Sparks there is plenty of funky and interesting guitar work throughout the record, along with his one-of-a-kind crooning and harmony singing.Jacob Groopman, Front CountryAs for me, the Christmas sound is really defined by none other than Bing Crosby. Nothing is better during the yuletide season than a fire in the fireplace and Bing’s take on “White Christmas” in the background. Also high on my list are the Christmas albums from David Grisman and 60s surf rock legends, The Ventures. I scored both of these on vinyl early this month and both have been wonderful additions to the sounds of the season.Here’s wishing to each and all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for tuning in to Trail Mix this year. This marks the last post of 2016, but Trail Mix will be back in January with a brand new set of tunes.Happy Holidays!!last_img read more

What credit unions need to know about biometric payment cards

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr U.S. credit unions continue to be on the forefront of payments evolution. In January, Visa announced it would begin testing a fingerprint-enabled credit card in the United States with Utah-based Mountain America Credit Union. Until now, testing of similar platforms has mainly occurred outside the country and with large banks. MasterCard, which piloted its biometric card with Absa Bank in South Africa, says it will be ready to roll the cards out in the U.S. by April 2019.What do Visa’s domestic testing and MasterCard’s newly announced timeline tell us about the near-term future of biometric payments? We asked CO-OP Product Manager Chole Casber for his insight…What kind of impact could a fingerprint-enabled payments card bring to the market?The most important benefit credit unions and their members could see from the introduction of a biometric payment mechanism like the ones Visa and MasterCard are testing is a potential reduction in fraud. Biometrics tend to be more secure than a PIN or signature. A PIN can be forgotten (or stolen), and a signature provides minimal fraud protection in-and-of itself. The lack of confidence in signatures can be seen in the recent decisions of major issuers to do away with signatures at the POS completely. continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgSix Donegal students have won top prizes in this year’s 58th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.In Category A, third prize (EUR750) was won by Siobhan McBrearty (17), St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar from for her work entitled ‘Down the Road’.Other Donegal winners, all of whom won Special Merit Awards, were Hannah Mooney (16), Loreto Community School, Millford; Aine Connell (16), St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs; Jessica Ogujawa (14) and Lilla Kardos (14), Loreto Convent, Letterkenny; Rocco Mitchell (4), St. Agnes’ Specialist Pre-School, Donegal. Prizes will be presented at a ceremony that takes place in Dublin in May at which all 161 top prize winners will be in attendance.PHOTO CAPTION TOPProud winner: Siobhan McBrearty, a pupil at St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar is a winner in this year’s 58th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, having come third in Category A. She is pictured holding her prize-winning painting entitled ‘Down the Road’. The picture was taken at a function to announce the top winners held in the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery.PHOTO CAPTION BELOW:Proud winner: Siobhan McBrearty, a pupil at St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar is a winner in this year’s 58th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, having come third in Category A. She is pictured holding her prize-winning painting entitled ‘Down the Road’ along with her brother Christopher, father Patrick and mother Anne. The picture was taken at a function to announce the top winners held in the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. DONEGAL STUDENTS AMONG TEXACO CHILDREN’S ART WINNERS was last modified: April 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more