Local Eagle Scout Launches Computer Classes for Vets

first_imgMichael Doliszny is in student and Boy Scout mode in this photo collage. (Photos courtesy of Doliszny family) By Tim KellyThe proliferation of new technology has helped make many tasks easier for many people. However, some folks have a more difficult adjustment than others to the digital age. Michael Doliszny, an Ocean City Eagle Scout, wants to make life with computers easier for our veterans, particularly older ones.“It’s a real problem for many vets,” Michael said in a recent interview. “Job applications, filing for veterans’ benefits and many other instances occur in which veterans must go online. Digital technology can be a great thing, if it’s used right. My goal is to help veterans feel more comfortable using computers, which in turn makes them more self-sufficient.”To that end, Michael is in the process of launching a free technology course for veterans. The first class takes place on Saturday at the Atlantic Cape Community College computer lab at the campus in Cape May Court House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A free lunch and refreshments will be provided.Michael’s veterans’ program is a spinoff of his original Eagle Scout service project. He developed a smartphone app that locates electric car charging stations throughout Cape May County. Last January, the Cape May County Freeholder Board unanimously supported the project.Any money raised through the app was to be donated to local veterans’ organizations. In facilitating the donation, Michael interacted with the freeholders and veterans, and became aware of the need for many vets to become more computer-literate. “By improving veterans’ computer skills, we are able to improve their quality of life,” Michael said. “That’s something I wanted to address because our vets have given so much to our community, and I wanted to do more to give something back.”Michael Doliszny and Freeholder Marie Hayes are joined by representatives of local veterans’ organizations.Michael, an 18-year-old senior at St. Augustine Prep, recently spoke before a group of more than 100 veterans to explain his idea, and he was warmly received. He also raised nearly $19,000 in donations and pledges to help sustain the course in the future.“This young man has given of his time, effort and computer skills, all for the betterment of our veterans,” Freeholder Marie Hayes said. “The freeholders support Michael wholeheartedly and we hope our community does the same.” Michael raised the funds from local individuals, organizations and businesses over the last six weeks. The money will pay for a total of 52 courses to help approximately 375 veterans, he said. Congressman Jeff Van Drew also has pledged to support Michael’s initiative.The program is in collaboration with the Citizens/Veterans Advisory Council of Cape May County (CVAC), ACCC, the freeholders and local veterans groups.Michael feels computer literacy for veterans is a concept whose time has come.   “Computer literacy can make veterans more employable, more independent, and simply make their lives less stressful and more enjoyable,” he said. “Our vets have experience and skills to offer employers and the community. Sometimes it is lost or underutilized because the veteran might not have the required basic tech skills. That’s the idea behind the course.”Congressman Jeff Van Drew is one of the elected officials who have supported Michael Doliszny’s project to help area veterans with computer literacy.ACCC donated the use of its computer labs to host the course, and one of its computer science faculty members worked with Michael to develop the curriculum.The first class is full, Michael’s mom Kristina Doliszny said, with the next one scheduled for March 30 at the Free Public Library of Ocean City. Other classes will take place at the Wildwood Public Library and other locations to be announced. Call Nelson Gonzalez at CVAC to secure a spot in the next available class at (609) 413-1451. Each class is limited to 22 students and spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.“Technology doesn’t have to be something that gets in the way. It should be something that is helpful,” Michael said.Click on link for program flyer:https://ocnjdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Vet-Computer-Skills-Flyer-updated.pdflast_img read more

Can your credit union directors stop the train?

first_imgI serve on the leadership team (basically, the board) of my church, and I wish I’d had the foresight to stop (or divert) the train of risk that was heading toward a recent fundraiser.My inability to focus on the speeding train once it was rolling, or to get traction on suggesting a shift, was part of why we nearly suffered a loss on the event.What happened, exactly? We hired a local barbecue restaurant to cook at our terrific location–alongside a major U.S. highway through the beautiful upstate New York countryside in September. But to get them on site, we had to guarantee 250 dinners. While we figured that would be pretty easy at such a high traffic location, our team still discussed the risk–if we guaranteed the 250 and it rained, we might owe for some dinners we couldn’t sell.Four days before the event I had to confirm our number with the barbecue restaurant. With rain in the forecast, I could have asked the leadership team to think about another available option we hadn’t even really considered: Buy a lesser number of dinners and pick them up to sell at the event. This would limit our profit potential if the weather turned out to be fine, but also cut our potential for losses if it poured. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Time to reroute the Stockade-athon

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Stockade-athon should be re-routed to avoid the disruption of church traffic on Sunday mornings. A new route might also reduce the need for so many police cars and blockades, which must be expensive, especially the overtime. The race could start at the parking lot between SCCC and the bike path, and proceed up the ramp to State Street and turn left on Washington Avenue, go one block in Riverside Park, then turn right on Governor’s Lane, right on Front Street, left on Washington Avenue and then back on the bike path all the way to Lock 9 in Rotterdam, then loop back on Rice Road and back on the bike path near the I-890 Campbell Road exit. If this doesn’t equal 15 kilometers, it can be tweaked, perhaps extending as far as the next lock. The small loop through the Stockade would justify continuing with the name of the race, and would not require much in the way of a police presence. The present race configuration is like a noose around the city of Schenectady, as delightful as it may seem to the runners. Sure, it’s only once a year and only for a few hours, but it’s a nightmare for people trying to get to church inside that noose.Roger ShefferSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more