October 28, 2021

Richard Maser – Designing A Better World

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenLike a lot of college students, Richard M. Maser worked various jobs to earn money to help pay the bills.He didn’t realize it then, but he was laying the groundwork for becoming an entrepreneur who today is the founder, president and CEO of Maser Consulting, a Red Bank-based engineering firm with more than 600 employees and 21 offices along the east coast from New York to Florida, plus New Mexico.His firm specializes in private and public site development; and municipal, traffic and land surveying.As he grew his business he also specialized in keeping his people happy and productive so they stayed – as many do – for 20 or 30 years.“You have to understand people’s personalities and I credit the many jobs I’ve had for that,” he said during a recent interview at his headquarters on Newman Springs Road. “In college I worked for UPS loading trucks, I managed a pool hall, I delivered oil to houses and apartment buildings, I picked up flowers at Newark Airport.“So I dealt with a lot of people and had a lot of different bosses,” he said. “That taught me how to interact with people.“We do that here. We do motivational value training with staff,” he explained. “You can’t have the same approach to talking to everybody. You have to adjust your style depending on the other person. One size doesn’t fit everybody.”Growing up in Newark as the second oldest of five children also helped him learn how to play well with others. It certainly taught him a strong work ethic, Maser said.“My father was a fire captain in Newark, a hard-working blue collar man who always had a part-time job,” he said. “My Mom had a part- time job at S. Klein (on the Square) in Newark, but mostly she was a stay-at-home mom and we were a handful.”He spent his summers at his grandparents’ bungalow in the Leonardo section of Middletown and one of his high school jobs was clerking at the local Foodtown.So it seemed fitting that Philip J. Scaduto, vice president of Food Circus Super Markets which owns area Foodtowns, nominated Maser for the 43rd Joshua Huddy Distinguished Citizen Award that he accepted Nov. 5 at a dinner attended by 270 people at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck.“I always looked on this award as the greatest award any individual can get in Monmouth County,” said Scaduto, who received the award last year. “It’s very desirable and you’re lucky to receive it.“Richard is an all-around great guy who’s a community advocate and does a lot for a lot of charities. He’s an all-around great guy, and very deserving.”The event raised at least $295,000, which will be used by the Boy Scouts for programming and maintaining local camps, said William P. Montanaro, director of development and marketing.Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), who has known Maser for about 30 years, presented the award to his friend. Kyrillos also is a previous award winner. He said their children grew up together. (Maser, twice divorced, is the father of Elizabeth, 24, Emily, 21, and Richard 19.)“Although he wasn’t a Boy Scout, he exemplifies all the attributes of a great Boy Scout,” Kyrillos said. “He’s a very impressive businessman who owns one of the largest engineering companies in the state that he started from scratch.”Maser graduated in 1973 from the Newark College of Engineering, now a part of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, he said. During summer breaks, he worked at T&M Associates, Middletown, first as a surveyor then an inspector. After graduation he was offered a job and he took it. Four years later he moved to Shoor DePalma, another local firm.He learned a lot at both firms, he said but was frustrated and decided to start his own company in 1984 with $84,000 he had left after his divorce. He opened an office in a small house on Main Street in Marlboro and lived on the second floor. Friends referred clients to him, former colleagues worked part-time for him.“One of the things I always wanted, philosophy-wise, was to balance private sector land development (parking lots, grading, drainage) and public sector municipal work (roads, parks, water towers for towns),” Maser explained, so that when one of those areas took a downturn – such as the residential market in the late ‘80s – he had government work to keep him afloat.His next milestone was in 1998 when he fired his No. 2 man over philosophical differences just in time to take advantage of the boom in his industry in the early 2000s, he said.And here’s where that ability to read people became a really important advantage.“Since then I’ve attracted a lot of positive people from different geographic locations, different skill sets, and built my business around a lot of strategic hires,” Maser said.That’s how he ended up with an office in Albuquerque. As part of the firm’s business plan, a decision was made to invest $1.5 million in geospatial survey technology, including Mobile LiDAR laser scanning equipment. This cutting-edge technology can be mounted on a vehicle or train and scan everything in its path to produce a high definition map that is stored in the cloud.The scanned data contains millions of points of highly accurate information used for mapping roadway and railway features and assets such as tunnel clearances, lighting fixtures, manholes, and intersections.“We wanted to know who was the best person who does this type of work. And that person happened to live in Albuquerque,” Maser said. “We bought the equipment, but first made sure he was on board.”Maser said he didn’t even ask the guy to move for the job.“One thing you learn is anyone who moves out West never moves back East,” he said with a laugh.“We now use the equipment all over the country,” he said.Maser is sincere when he credits his success to the people he hired.“It’s not anywhere near all about me. It’s really the team I’ve developed,” he said. “We have 60-plus shareholders that come from diverse backgrounds – women, surveyors, scientists, engineers – it’s a diversified group and that allows for a lot of input from different viewpoints and that makes us successful.”Maser also donates to and sits on the board of local charities and nonprofit groups, but never more than two at a time so he can give them the attention they need.Take Lunch Break of Red Bank, which provides food, clothing and services to community members in need.“I passed their building every day on my way to work and saw regular people walking in who needed help. It just looked like a worthy cause to me.”He couldn’t join their board, but his company is doing pro bono survey work for a new building in Shrewsbury.However, Maser recently joined the board at The Arc of Monmouth, for people with mental and physical disabilities. At the suggestion of his fiancé Debbie Parker, he hired an Arc client to do office scanning. It worked out so well, he said, he plans to expand the program to other offices.Maser, now 66, said he keeps promising his fiancé he will slow down from 55 to 40 hours a week.“That’s like retirement to me,” he jokes, adding his only hobby is boating. “I enjoy what I do. Maybe we’ll just take more vacations.”last_img read more

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Ebola Attacks Kakata: 4 Die, 11 Infected

first_imgAs of late yesterday afternoon, a registered nurse and three other clinical staff  have died at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi , and 11 others working at the facility are said to be showing symptoms of the Ebola disease, the hospital’s Medical Director has disclosed.Dr. Adolphus Yeiah told the Daily Observer Wednesday that as the result of the ongoing deaths of the nurses and other support staff,his administration is contemplating shutting down the hospital if results of specimens taken from other nurses and sent for testing in Monrovia prove positive.In a brief exclusive interview with this newspaper, Dr. Yeiah added that the decision to close the hospital down “is  intended to be awarning sign to the public and other institutions that the situation could go from bad to worse, as there are other sensitive health-related issues that we are closely monitoring as well.”The situation has left the hospital partially abandoned by the nurses, “because they have been complaining about the lack of personalprotective equipment (PPEs), but to no avail.”According to Dr. Yeiah, one of the Ebola victims, a lab technician, Steven Blamah, contracted the virus along with the other 11 othernurses (not named) from one of their late colleagues, John Quaye. The late Mr. Quaye worked with another public health facility in Kakata, but died recently of  Ebola.”After contracting the virus, the late Quaye concealed the information from his colleagues, and was working alongside them, while secretly treating suspected patients of the virus at the same time at his private clinic and also at his residence.”The late Mr. Quaye’s wife and sister (not named) are also down with the virus and are refusing to show up at the hospital, after doctors had advised them to do so following Quaye’s death.Meanwhile, it is being reported that residents of Kakata City are now gripped with fear as the Ebola virus  spreads its tentacles in thatdensely populated part of the country. The city center and other public areas that usually attract huge numbers of people are becoming virtually empty, according to one of our sources.It is reported that a group of health workers on the Ebola Team is now in Kakata to evacuate the infected victims to Monrovia to bequarantined in a better environment where they would be properly monitored.  That exercise, Dr. Yeiah said, will also help to stop thespread of the virus in the densely populated city of Kakata and its environs.But our Kakata-based source said that the medical facility at the City Clinic, where the first victim contracted the virus has  beenclosed for 34 days. Accordingly, the process of chlorinating all public facilities as well as some ‘sensitive’ private areas in the county are well underway.Observers see the Ebola attack on Kakata as extremely disturbing, given the city’s central location.  Most travelers up country, especially to Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and other parts of southeastern Liberia not only pass through Kakata, but also stop there for refueling, rest, food and shopping.Kakata lies in the heart of Liberia’s rubber belt.  It is adjacent to three major concession areas, Firestone, Salala Rubber Corporation situated in Weala near Salala, Bong County, and China Union, the mining concession operating the former Bong Mines in the densely populated Fauma Chiefdom.  Closer to Kakata is the country’s largest privately owned rubber plantation, Morris American Rubber, formerly known as Morris Farm.There are also many major educational institutions in Kakata, the biggest being the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), the Lango Lippaye High School, St. Augustine High School and the Cuttington Community College, which also trains nurses.In a related development, the  Christian church, Full Gospel Ministry, has declared a five-day Fast and Prayer in Kakata to appeal for God’s divine intervention to heal the land. “We have gathered at the Philadelphia Church on Kakata’s main street to pray for God’s intervention in our situation,” a member of the church has said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Warriors mailbag: What to make of Warriors’ loss to Toronto

first_imgDETROIT — The Warriors’ 131-128 overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday did not serve as an NBA Finals preview. Instead, it highlighted a few realities.The Warriors (15-8) will become significantly better once Stephen Curry returns for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons (11-7) after missing the past 11 games with a strained left groin. Ditto for whenever Draymond Green (right toe), DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles) and Alfonzo McKinnie (left ankle) return. Kevin Durant is an …last_img read more

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Caves Are Made by Bacteria

first_imgCaves seem like archetypes of slow, gradual, ancient processes.  Tourists have long been told that caves form slowly over many tens or hundreds of thousands of years by the slow dissolution of limestone by weak carbonic acid in water carried down from surface rainfall.  That explanation took a dramatic turn in the 1970s when scientists realized that a stronger agent, sulfuric acid, might enlarge subaerial chambers much more quickly. It was a revolutionary discovery to realize that sulfuric acid could be formed by oxidation of subterranean hydrogen sulfide.  Now, the same “type locality” where the initial studies were done, Lower Kane Cave in Wyoming, has produced another revolutionary discovery; bacteria make caves.    A trio of geologists from the University of Texas at Austin revisited Lower Kane Cave for a three-year research program.  They measured very little hydrogen sulfide emitting into the air able to dissolve limestone on subaerial surfaces.  Instead, they found two species of bacteria that feed on hydrogen sulfide produce more sulfuric acid.  Concentrated in dense microbial mats, these bacteria essentially focus the acid on the phreatic (groundwater) limestone surfaces.  “Our observations show that sulfur-oxidizing bacteria colonize subaqueous carbonate surfaces, localize dissolution by generating acidity, and therefore are integral to sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” they state in their revised model of sulfuric-acid speleogenesis (SAS; speleogenesis meaning cave formation).  Their paper is published in the May issue of Geology.1    Although some of the hydrogen sulfide is autocatalyzed, escaping into the cave atmosphere to contribute to dissolution of subaerial surfaces as previously suggested, it appears that most of it is biogenic – catalyzed by microbes that extract energy from hydrogen sulfide: “cave enlargement via dissolution of the cave floor is microbially mediated,” they theorize.  Because these bacteria concentrate sulfuric acid formation on the cave floor and are operative where subaerial dissolution would be kinetically limited, ”microbial catalysis extends the phreatic depths to which porosity and conduit enlargement could occur in carbonate systems, including oil-field reservoirs and aquifers.  The metabolic consequences of an active microbial ecosystem change the model for sulfuric acid speleogenesis.”    See a summary of this paper on Nature Science Update, which states, “Although the exact age of Lower Kane Cave is controversial, Engel says that it probably formed about 10,000 years ago.  That is relatively recent; caves formed by the more common action of carbonic acid grow considerably more slowly.”  They claim Carlsbad Caverns is 10-14 million years old; “They show just what the bacteria can achieve, given time.”1Engel, Stern and Bennett, “Microbial contributions to cave formation: New insights into sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” Geology, Vol. 32, No. 5, May 2004, pp. 369�372, doi: 10.1130/G20288.1.The authors do not give any indication of how rapidly this process would occur relative to other cave-formation processes or to the old SAS model, nor do they indicate that microbial sulfide oxidation would be the only or dominant process.  Nevertheless, if the dense microbial mats described by the researchers focus sulfuric acid on the rock surfaces, it seems plausible that cave formation, at least in some cases, could be much more rapid than usually assumed.  Despite NSU’s guesses, nobody was present even 10,000 years ago to tell us if conditions were the same back then; how much less for millions of years.  If enough bacteria and the right conditions were available, why could not even large caves form rapidly?  NSU claims that most caves form by standard carbonic acid solution, but look at how revolutionary the SAS model was in the 1970s.  Who knows what other mechanism might be discovered?    According to these researchers, an open-air environment is no longer required for sulfuric acid speleogenesis; cave enlargement by concentrated sulfuric acid could be occurring within groundwater-saturated regions.  It would be interesting to find out if this extends the temperature range in which cave formation could take place.  Enzymes are known to facilitate reactions that normally take much longer or require narrow temperature ranges.    Share this finding with the guide on your next cave tour right after the “millions of years” story.  It’s fun watching the summer hires get befuddled when something off the script happens.  Have the kid record it on the camcorder.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Orphan Well Informational Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentLandowners with orphan oil or gas wells on their property are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm at the Cuyahoga County Library-North Royalton, 5072 Wallings Road, North Royalton, 44133.Steve Irwin, Public Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), will discuss Ohio HB 225, that created the Ohio Orphan Well Program that became law in September 2018.  Those attending will learn how ODNR plans to identify, evaluate and prioritize the wells to be plugged at state expense.  Dale Arnold, Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, will be available to answer questions.The meeting is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau.RSVP recommended.  Call 440-877-0706.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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7 days agoEx-Liverpool No1 James a fan of Man Utd keeper Romero

first_imgEx-Liverpool No1 James a fan of Man Utd keeper Romeroby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper David James admits he’s a fan of Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.Romero is expected to replace United No 1 David de Gea in goal for Sunday’s clash against rivals Liverpool after the Spaniard picked up an injury while on international duty.”I’ve analysed him and there are a few keepers who are highly-rated who just put the ball out there in a general area. But he’s as good as Ederson and Alisson using his left foot and right foot,” James told Goal.”David de Gea is, of course, the No 1, but I looked at Romero when Manchester United bought him and I was amazed at how good the guy is with his feet – then I saw an improvement in De Gea.”What you tend to find is when you’ve got two keepers or two players training with each other day in, day out, you start picking up positive habits from the other player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federer

first_imgLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federerby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInjured Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri says there’s plenty he can learn from tennis icon Roger Federer.The Switzerland international, who is currently rehabbing an injury, watched Federer the Swiss Indoors in Basel.When asked what he can learn from Federer, Shaqiri told Blick: “So much!”You have seen, he is in a good mood. He’s here at home in Basel, then he’s running well and he’s winning.”It went very fast and I’m happy for him.”He is no longer the youngest and still plays at a top level, because you can look a lot off.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Seaga is a Visionary for the Cultural Sector – Holness

first_img Mr. Seaga played a pivotal role in the creation of the Cultural Training Centre now the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts and produced several pieces of Jamaican music which became internationally known. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described Former Prime Minister The Most Honourable Seaga as a visionary, leader and statesman who did much for the cultural sector.  In that regard, Prime Minister Holness has assured members of the creative industry particularly those involved in Entertainment Tourism, that the Government supports and will continue to promote the sector. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described Former Prime Minister The Most Honourable Seaga as a visionary, leader and statesman who did much for the cultural sector.Mr. Seaga played a pivotal role in the creation of the Cultural Training Centre now the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts and produced several pieces of Jamaican music which became internationally known.In that regard, Prime Minister Holness has assured members of the creative industry particularly those involved in Entertainment Tourism, that the Government supports and will continue to promote the sector.The Prime Minister noted this would be a fitting honour of Mr. Seaga’s legacy.“Brand Jamaica is the patrimony of all Jamaicans and every single Jamaican has a right to benefit from it and I want to assure Jamaicans, particularly in the creative community that your Government stands in support of you and your Government, will do everything to ensure that you can benefit from the patrimony of your forefathers. This would also be a great way of honouring the work of our former Prime Minister, our former leader, a man who has sacrificed so much and has done so much in preserving and promoting the culture of Jamaica,” said Prime Minister Holness.Prime Minister Holness was speaking at an official ceremony Yesterday (June 12), to declare the North-South Leg of Highway 2000 Officially as the Edward Seaga Highway.last_img read more

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Tsakos Energy Prices New Share Offering

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) is looking to raise over USD 155 million as it announced the pricing of its public offering.TEN will issue 5.4 million Series F preferred shares at a price to the public of USD 25 per share.In connection with the offering, the company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase 810,000 additional shares, which, if exercised in full, would result in total gross proceeds of USD 155.25 million.The company informed that it intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include making vessel acquisitions and/or strategic investments and preferred share redemptions.Dividends will be payable on the shares to July 30, 2028 at a fixed rate equal to 9.50% per annum and from July 30, 2028, if not redeemed, at a floating rate.Following the offering, TEN intends to file an application to list the shares on the New York Stock Exchange.The offering is expected to close on or about June 28, 2018.last_img read more

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