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NJAA Newsletter   
October 2013
 
Promotion
 
 
In This Issue
Kimberle Samarelli - NJAA Executive Director
Ed McGlynn - NJAA Lobbyist
Lary Zucker - NJAA Legal Counsel
Fear the Pier Hurricane Relief Concert
NJAA Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting Invitation
Carnival-Amusement Ride Training
NJAA 19th Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show 2014
Save the Date - NAARSO Training
Industry News & Announcements


Upcoming Industry Events

 
OCTOBER

China (Zhongshan) International Games and Amusement Fair 2013
Zhongshan Expo Center
Zhongshan City, China
Oct. 25 - Oct. 27, 2013

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NOVEMBER
 
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
November 18-22, 2013


Tom Morrow Social and
IAAPA Dinner
Maggiano's Little Italy
Orlando, Florida
November 20, 2013


NJAA Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting at
IAAPA, Orlando
Cont'l Breakfast 8:45 AM and Meeting at 9:00 AM SHARP
Room S230FGH
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
All are Welcome!!


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2014

FEBRUARY

Gibsonton, Florida
February 4-8, 2014


NJAA 19th Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show
The Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
February 19-20, 2014

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MARCH

Amusement Expo 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 25-27, 2014




2013-2014
 
NJAA  Officers

President
John Maurer

1st Vice President
Scott Simpson

2nd Vice President
Angelo Cappetta

Treasurer/Secretary  Doug Woodfield

Executive Director Kimberle R Samarelli

Legal Counsel
Lary I. Zucker

Registered Government Affairs Representative
Edward R. McGlynn



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From the Desk of


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Kimberle Rolle Samarelli
NJAA Executive Director


 
As the month comes to a close, its last few days will be marked by both somber remembrance and youthful exuberance. It's quite a combination of emotions, but the last week of October has forever linked them. While the adults recount their whereabouts and reflect back on last year's fateful day, children will be anticipating the amount of candy they'll be counting on Halloween night.

We suffered an enormous amount of pain and devastation due to the powerful force of Mother Nature, but we also received an abundance of compassion and unity through the powerful force of Human Nature. The generosity of those who reached out fueled our determination to overcome and start anew. I like to think of it as a collective energy of hope. And whether it's openly expressed or held secret within one's heart, hope is always present.

I wish for hope to be a constant presence in your lives, and as you go through this week, may it be especially felt on the one year mark of Superstorm Sandy, and on Halloween. Remember, we are all Superheroes, and we should believe this the same way the little ones believe it when they dress up as Captain America or Superman!

I look forward to seeing everyone at IAAPA, and want to remind you that all are welcome to our annual membership breakfast meeting.  Details are included in this newsletter.

November is going to be a busy month, and this newsletter includes important information about the Fear the Pier Hurricane Relief Concert, Election Day, Carnival-Amusement Ride Training and IAAPA. We also have announcements about NAARSO Training, the NJ SAFE Act, the 19th Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show 2014, and much more!





From the Desk of




Edward R. McGlynn, Esq.
Government Affairs Agent
For
The New Jersey Amusement Association 
   

As we progress toward the end of October, we get ever closer to Election Day 2013, which is Tuesday November 5.  Polls open at 6 am and close at 8 pm.  As previously discussed in this venue, our Association joined a coalition of other Associations in opposition to Ballot Question 2 which will increase the minimum wage on January 1, 2014 to $8.25 per hour.  This ballot question will amend the New Jersey Constitution to provide annual increases in the cost of living each January 1 in succeeding years based on the annual increase in the cost of living.  We would urge all of our members to vote NO on Ballot Question 2 and to get as many of their employee's and friends to do the same.

We also enter Election Day with the possibility of major changes in the make up of both the Senate and Assembly.  What will be interesting is to see whether Governor Christie wins by such a large margin over Senator Buono that he is able to have the coattail effect of bringing Republican Majorities to either the Senate or Assembly.  Frankly, it is very unlikely that will happen in the Assembly as the numbers are overwhelming.  It is possible in the Senate as the changing of five seats from Democrat to Republican will bring a Republican Majority.  Should that occur, the new President of the Senate would be former Governor Tom Kean's son, Tom Kean, Jr.  Should that not occur, the now Senate President, Steve Sweeney, will remain the Senate President.

A new issue has developed legislatively over the past few weeks.  The Democrats in the Assembly, in particular, have begun a movement to require sick leave for every employee for all employers having more than ten employees.  There are various provisions being discussed as to how one would accumulate sick leave, but it appears this will be a major topic going forward into the next legislative session which begins in mid January, 2014.  The NJAA has again become a party to a coalition in opposition to this proposal.

I look forward to seeing everyone at IAAPA.





From the Desk of


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Lary I. Zucker
NJAA Legal Counsel



As counsel to the NJAA, an important part of my job is to attend and report on meetings that will impact Carnival-Amusement rides and attractions  in New Jersey.  This month's article will summarize three notable meetings.  On September 19, 2013, the regularly scheduled CARSAB meeting took place in Trenton.  Immediately following the CARSAB meeting, the ASTM Committee met to continue the process of harmonizing our rules and regulations with the ASTM-F-2291 Standard.  In addition, the NJAA Amusement Ride Committee met to discuss the current status of Type Certification and to suggest changes in our Statute and Regulations to make the process more reliable and smooth.

CARSAB discussed the training classes available for Recognized Certified Maintenance Technicians (RCMT's) that will be scheduled during the next six (6) months.  Some of the classes are approved for NAARSO CEU credits but some classes are not.  Those classes that are not approved by NAARSO, may be approved by the DCA for maintaining an RCMT certification through the DCA certification program.  For example, this month's newsletter includes an announcement of classes that will take place at Rutgers University on November 18th and 19th, 2013.  These CEU classes are approved for credit by the DCA.  (NAARSO's approval for these classes is pending).

The CARSAB Board also discussed rule amendments which were adopted by the DCA.  The new amendments include a rule that would eliminate the need to do acceptance inspections on inflatable rides and would eliminate the need for a manufacturer to provide operator training when a new amusement ride is sold in New Jersey.  The new rules would broaden the RCMT Certification recognized by the DCA for performing work on water amusement rides.  The DCA also adopted a rule that would clarify the requirements for electrical disconnects and emergency stop devices for amusement rides.  Finally, the DCA adopted a rule that would permit cross training of elevator and amusement ride inspectors.  Under this new rule, elevator inspectors, after training, would be permitted to perform operational inspections of amusement rides.  The NJAA will monitor implementation of this rule as it takes affect.

Please contact me at LIZucker@mdwcg.com if you would like a written summary of the CARSAB meeting of September 19, 2013.

NJAA RIDE COMMISSION MEETING

On October 10, 2013, the NJAA Ride Committee met for the purpose of compiling a "wish list" of amendments to the Statutes and Regulations and changes in DCA procedures.  Some of the wish list items will require new Legislation and some will require amendments to our existing regulations.  There was also an agreement that the DCA needs to improve their computing capabilities in order to interact on-line with applicants for type Certification and Individual Approval.  The "wish list" that resulted from this Ride Committee meeting is set forth below:

     1.  Amend the Type Certification Statute (N.J.S.A. 5:3-42) to provide that a ride Type Certification will be valid for a period of five years instead of three years.

     2.  Create a multi-track system for reviewing Type Certification so that applications for a kiddie ride or simple ride will have to be approved or denied within 14 days of the date of filing.  The 30-day period found in N.J.S.A. 5:3-42(f) will still apply to all other rides.

     3.  Amend the rules so that wind loads, hurricane loads and earthquake load calculations will not prevent an amusement ride from opening as long as all safety related documentation has been supplied and reviewed.

     4.  Upgrade DCA computer capabilities to provide online information concerning Type Certification and Individual Approval applications.  Information that should be available online would include:

          a.  The date of filing of the application;

          b.  The name of the engineer to whom the application has been assigned;

          c.  The date that the engineer received the assignment;

          d.  The date that the engineer has begun his review of the application;

          e.  Progress notes on the engineer's review of the application;

          f.  Any additional information needed to make the application complete;

          g.  The reason for any delay in reviewing the application.

     5.  Require DCA staff engineers to determine if an application is complete within 10 days of the date of filing.

     6.  Some ride manuals are hundreds of pages in length and the DCA should only require one copy of the ride manual.

     7.  Ride design engineers often utilize software in the design of their amusement rides.  The parameters for the design of the rides are generated by the computer programs.  We should find out if the DCA accepts the computer-generated calculations or not, or if they run all the computer-generated calculations all over again.

     8.  Used amusement rides that are purchased for use in the State of New Jersey often present unique questions, especially those that are not being supported by a present manufacturer.  It would be very helpful to have the engineers and ride inspectors meet at the location of the used ride and examine the ride rather than just rely on the paperwork.  Experienced engineers and ride inspectors could make this process a lot less time consuming.

     9.  Require ride permits to be printed when they are paid for.  This will avoid those situations where a ride will be ready for inspection or have the completed inspection but will not be able to open because the permit has not been issued or printed.  This is not a safety factor.  If the printed permits were on location, the ride inspector would be able to complete the inspection and open the ride.

     10.  Re-evaluate the RCMT process that now requires RCMTs to compete their CEU credits by attending basic NAARSO classes.  CEU courses should "drill down" into more specific topics, such as control systems, hydraulic and electrical systems.

     11.  Allow a ride manufacturer to bypass repetitive paperwork for every ride.  For example, once a ride manufacturer has documented their quality control system, do not require submission of the same data for subsequent rides.

This wish list was sent to the DCA for review.  After the IAAPA break, we plan to schedule a working group meeting to discuss these various proposals.
 
Have a great time at IAAPA!





Fear The Pier Hurricane Relief Concert November 3rd at Hemingway's Cafe
Will Mark One Year Since the Storm with 5 bands and a Halloween Theme


Two Toms River teens have coordinated 2 prior concerts and raised over $30,000



Two Toms River teens who were moved to help local Hurricane Sandy victims and already organized two benefit concerts that raised over $30,000 in funds for the recovery effort, will once again give their audience a reason to scream, and this time two reasons. Decked out in a Halloween theme, a costume contest will take center stage where winners will have an opportunity to win a personal meet and greet with the bands. Marking one year since the storm, people still need our help to rebuild their lives and everybody knows, there is no better way to bring people together than music.

So on Sunday, November 3rd, the organizers-Sara Brilliant, a 15-year-old sophomore at Toms River High School North, and Amanda Kacperowski, a 17-year-old senior at Monsignor Donovan-will host their third Hurricane Relief Concert, this one known as Fear The Pier at Hemingway's Café in Seaside Heights. The concert will feature five bands including: Strong Soul from Monmouth County; Radio Activity from Bergen County; Fountain Boulevard from Burlington, N.J.; Alex Costa from New York; and headliner, Before You Exit, an Orlando, FL-based band that recently toured with Olly Murs and Cody Simpson.

ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the New Jersey Amusement Association's First Responders Fund which has already provided grants to those First Responders and families in need following the storm. After the recent Seaside Boardwalk fire that destroyed Amanda and Sara's playground, the girls wanted to do more to show their appreciation for the men and women who protect us on a day-to-day basis.
Tickets for Fear The Pier are on sale now at www.fearthepiernj.eventbrite.com for the November 3rd concert at Hemingway's Café, Seaside Heights, NJ. VIP tickets are offered at $40 with General Admission tickets costing $20. All are encouraged to come in your best costume for a "fear"ful time! Doors open at 2pm for VIP and 3pm for General Admission.

Fear The Pier sponsors include: Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC; Carl's Fencing; CEK Design, LLC; Chase Bank; Clarion Hotel and Conference Center of Toms River; DalCortivo Law Offices, LLC; Danskin Agency; Lester Glenn; Robert Ott Landscaping; and The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.

If you would like more information on how you can help the success of this benefit concert by a tax-deductible sponsorship, please contact Philip Brilliant at fearthepiernj@gmail.com or call (732) 597-1580.





To view flyers and event info click on the links below:



NJAA Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting
 

Dear Members:

Before we head to Orlando, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our Seaside Businesses who have stepped up to the plate and offered sponsorship for our annual membership breakfast meeting. Their help in making the breakfast happen again this year is greatly appreciated!

The NJAA annual membership meeting is such a great value to our organization and is being held again this year at IAAPA. For the date and time of the meeting, please see the invitation below.

Thank you,

Kimberle Samarelli
NJAA Executive Director



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You're Invited!

To the New Jersey Amusement Association
Annual Membership Meeting


Date:
Thursday, November 21, 2013


Time:
8:30 AM Breakfast
Meeting begins at 9:00 AM in Room S230FGH


Location:  
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida


 We hope you'll join us  

&

look forward to seeing you at IAAPA!

 

 

 



State of New Jersey
Department of Community Affairs
Code Official Licensing and Continuing Education Unit
Presents along with Rutgers University
Carnival-Amusement Ride Training:


R034 - Non Destructive Testing Practices for
          Amusement  Ride Safety (10 hours)

Course R034 will be held at the New Brunswick - Center of Government Services Building on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.  

 

 
R035 - Electromagnetic Wire Rope Testing of
Amusement Rides (5 hours)

 Course R035 will be held at the New Brunswick - Center for Government Services Building on Friday November 22, 2013.


D214- Weld Test Procedures (5 hours) 

Course D214 will be held at the New Brunswick - Center for Government Services Building on Thursday Nov. 21, 2013

 
 
Anyone who wants to register for any of the amusement ride training classes taking place the week of Nov. 18 at the Center for Government Services, Rutgers University in New Brunswick may call 609-984-7820 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They may also email their registration to: educationunit@dca.state.nj.us. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent via e-mail.

You must attend both sessions of the 10 hour classes to receive credit. Check-in begins at 8:00AM each day and classes begin promptly at 8:30AM. These credits will be applied to any State issued license/certification (RCMT or amusement ride inspector). NAARSO credit is pending. You MUST have the course number (for example D181 or D169) and date you would like to attend when you call to register. Space is limited to 50 people per class.  


Please click on the link below for additional information:


 Carnival Amusement Ride Training Information






The New Jersey Amusement Association Proudly Presents
The 19th Annual East Coast
Gift & Variety Show 2014!!  


The show will be held at the Golden Nugget (formerly Trump Marina) Grand Ballroom located in Atlantic City, NJ.

The show dates are Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, 2014; with set up on Tuesday, February 18.

The Exhibitors' application, which you can view by clicking on the link below, includes an NJAA Show Space Contract, registration form and hotel information.


The Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show is THE TRADE SHOW TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY IN THE TRI-STATE AREA!

Attendees include owners, partners, managers, buyers, and workers of amusement parks, arcades, games, concessions, piers, restaurants, and other segments of the tourism industry.  The NJAA is inviting individuals from New England, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. We are also encouraging all of our vendors TO PROMOTE YOUR CUSTOMERS TO COME TO OUR SHOW! Supply us your email list and we will promote.

Seminars include Annual Ride Regulations Update and Legalized Games of Chance Update. Workshops are being scheduled as to not conflict with show hours.

On Wednesday night, February 19, 2014, NJAA will hold its' 24th Annual Scholarship Kick-off Cocktail Party at 5:30 PM at the Golden Nugget. Join the Board of Directors and NJAA members and have a chance to unwind and participate in a great social event!

If you have questions, you can contact the New Jersey Amusement Association using one of the following options:

Phone: (732) 240-0000

Toll Free: (866) 933-1340
                                  

E-mail: NJAA40Plus@aol.com


Postal Mail:
P.O. Box 178, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751    


Additional information and updates will be available on the NJAA website and posted in our monthly newsletter.


We're looking forward to seeing you at the show!





Save the Date

Event
NAARSO TRAINING

Date
February 17-20, 2014

Location
The Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJ


We will be offering 32 hours to fulfill the hours needed to maintain your certification for NAARSO.

After IAAPA, additional information and updates will be posted in our November newsletter.




Industry News
&
Announcements
 

Local Industry News/Announcements



New Jersey SAFE Act

The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act ("NJ SAFE Act"), P.L. 2013, c.82, is a new law that went into effect October 1, 2013.

The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development requires all employers to display the attached poster in a conspicuous place.

The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development also requires that every employee receive a copy.

You can print the attached copy and distribute to your employees. You can also obtain a hard copy by contacting the Office of Constituent Relations at (609) 777-3200.




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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR STRONGER NJ BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM


If you haven't had time to complete your application for the Stronger NJ Business Grant program -- don't worry. The NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) has extended the application deadline from October 31, 2013 to December 31, 2013, to allow more time for busy business owners to submit their applications.

To help small businesses recover in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the State of New Jersey is providing assistance through the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant and Loan programs, which are administered by the EDA. The Stronger NJ Business Grant program has helped dozens of business owners throughout NJ get back on their feet. Here are a few of them describing their experience.

Under the Stronger NJ Business Grant program, grants up to $50,000 per business location are available. The grant program requires that a small business was in existence on October 29, 2012 and sustained a minimum of $5000 in physical damage from the storm.

All business owners whose businesses were damaged by Superstorm Sandy should contact the Economic Development Authority to learn more about the Stronger NJ Business Grants and Loan programs. Business advisors are available over the phone, in person, at your place of business, and at regularly scheduled workshops throughout the state.

Visit the EDA's website - www.njeda.com
Or call 1-855-SANDY-BZ to learn more.

The Stronger NJ Business Loan Program is available to help small businesses that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, as well as businesses looking to expand within storm-impacted communities. Loans up to $5 million per business are available, with no interest for the first 24 months and no principal payments for up to two years. Loans can be used for renovation, new construction, or equipment. In addition, loans of up to $500,000 are available for working capital needs. The grant and loan programs are separate and different from the Small Business Association (SBA) programs.
 


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Clementon Park & Splash World is  
Now Hiring: Maintenance Mechanic


Position Overview:

Repairs and maintains all rides and mechanical equipment in the park by utilizing knowledge and experience of various mechanical systems such as engines, motors, hydraulics, conveyors,  electrical equipment, welds and welding. Ensures that all rides meet local, state, and federal safety requirements through daily inspection and supports the park daily operation.

Job Requirements:

* Keep maintenance shop neat, clean, and well organized.

* Study manuals to gain a better understanding of the working parts of rides and other equipment.   

* Inspect rides daily by observing equipment in operation.   

* Quickly locate the root cause of problems by looking for visual and audio clues.   

* Dismantle devices to gain access, remove, and
repair/replace defective parts then reassemble and test to assure that all defects are fixed.

* Apply preventive maintenance to rides and equipment such as cleaning, lubricating, and tightening parts.  

* Make timely decisions and supports/ explains reasoning for decisions. Include appropriate people in the decision making process.  

* Complete daily maintenance logs and review with the
Maintenance Supervisor and formulate
timelines for the completion of projects.  

* Observe safety and security procedures; Report potentially unsafe conditions; and use tools and materials properly.  

* Other duties as assigned that contribute to the overall operation of the park.

Skills and Abilities:

* Problem Solving - Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; Gather and analyze information efficiently; and develop alternative solutions when needed.  

* Technical Skills - Pursue training and development opportunities; strive to build knowledge and skills by utilizing various resources; and shares expertise with others.
 

* Communication - Articulate ideas and concepts to the rest of the team; Complete all supporting documentation in a clear and concise fashion; and able to read and interpret information quickly.  

* Planning/ Organizing - Prioritize and plan weekly and daily activities; File appropriate documentation and able to furnish information on request; Fill downtime with appropriate task; and work in an efficient manor.  

* Quality Control - Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness in work; Look for ways to improve and promote quality; and able to monitor own work for quality assurance.  

* Dependability - Follows instructions and responds to
management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; complete task on time or notifies supervisor with an alternate plan and timeline; consistently at work and on time for scheduled shift; and Ensure responsibilities are covered when absent.
 
Certifications:

NAARSO/AIMS/RCMT certifications preferred



Qualified candidates please email your resume to: 
Todd Lester, HR Manager, at tlester@clementonpark.com
 

Deadline to Apply is Friday, November 29, 2013



 
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Public Question 2  
 
Minimum Wage Increase

What you should know before you vote on 
November 5, 2013  

Public Question 2 still dominates the spotlight and stirs up heated debates amongst NJ voters.
The following articles and links provide important information on Public Question 2.

No On 2  

The following excerpt and link are from No On 2. Their TV commercial features Bill Gehlhaus and Bob Stewart, who as long time business owners, explain the impact this potential amendment could have, especially after being directly affected by Sandy and the recent fire.

This fall, New Jersey voters will decide whether to alter the state constitution to put employers' labor costs on autopilot. Even supporters of raising the minimum wage agree it has no place in the constitution. The Public Question will directly affect no more than 2.5 percent of the state's population, but puts at risk job opportunities for the state's least-skilled workers as well as the livelihood of small business owners already reeling from the combined effect of an economic recession and Superstorm Sandy.

To read more and view the commercial go to:  No On 2


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Asbury Park Press

NJ minimum wage hike criticized by business groups 

Group says minimum wage hike costs jobs

The following excerpt is from the Asbury Park Press:

SEASIDE HEIGHTS - With a burned-out portion of the Seaside Heights boardwalk as a backdrop, business leaders warned that a proposal to hike the state's minimum wage by a buck - and to tie future yearly increases to inflation - will cost jobs.

Pro-business groups including the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses are urging residents to vote against a ballot measure in November that would amend the state's constitution to include annual increases in the state's minimum wage, tied to the national Consumer Price Index. It also would tack $1 on the current hourly minimum wage, raising it from $7.25 to $8.25.

"It's coming at a bad time," said Bob Stewart, owner of Flashbacks, a retro-arcade at the Funtown Pier, which was destroyed by last month's fire.

Half of his 20 employees during the summer, all teenagers about 14 years old, are paid at the minimum wage. The remainder of his employees, who are older, make about $15 an hour, he said.

"I teach them and they come along and they get raises," Stewart said. "I wouldn't be able to employ those kids. I wouldn't start bringing them up and bring them around at 14 years old if I had to pay them more. I wouldn't be able to afford it."

It would mean he would rely more on his older, higher-paid, employees, he said.


Click here to read full article and view photos 


This article was written by David P. Willis, and appeared on October 4, 2013. It was accompanied by a photo gallery of the press conference held on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.

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The Star-Ledger

The following excerpt is from The Star-Ledger:

SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Standing about a block away from the charred rubble of his boardwalk arcade, Bobby Stewart said today that the minimum wage increase on next month's election ballot comes at the worst moment in his business career.

Stewart, who said he lost two-thirds of the Carousel Arcade to Hurricane Sandy and the other third to a massive blaze that ripped through the promenade last month, said "it's been a tough year to say the least" and called on voters to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment.

This article appeared on October 3, 2013 and was written by Erin O'Neill. A photo of Bob Stewart accompanied the article.



    
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NAARSO Certification Renewal Important Notice 


NAARSO Certification Renewal must be  
Complete by March 31, 2014 
There will not be another grace period extended.


On September 16, NAARSO President, Clyde Wagner, sent out a reminder regarding the certification renewal date for members whose certification expired on 3/31/13, but were granted an extension due to Hurricane Sandy. Below is a copy of the letter. Please read it carefully as there are various options to choose from (including one that NJAA is currently working on - see #4 below) as well as a mandatory completion date.


Dear NAARSO Certification Holder:

Due to the damage caused by Storm Sandy, you may remember, NAARSO granted a one year extension to those individuals whose certification renewal date was March 31, 
2013, in certain effected states. It is our hope that this additional year has provided you with the opportunity to recover from any storm damage caused by this devastating 
weather event. The NAARSO Board of Directors inclusive with the Certification Board would like to remind you that your NAARSO certification renewal will need to be taken 
care of by March 31, 2014. There will not be another grace period extended. There are several opportunities available on the East Coast for the NAARSO approved continuing education including:

1. The Pennsylvania Showmen's Club training, PACE. The brochure can be found on our website under the "Seminars" button. This training is taking place October 28 - 31, 2013, in Greensburg, PA.

2. AIMS Safety seminar held the week of January 12 - 17, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. You can find their brochure on their website.

3. Our 27th Annual Safety Seminar to be held the week of January 26 - 31, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. There is an information flyer on our website under the "Seminars" button. The full brochure will be posted shortly.

***4. After a one year's absence, the NJ Amusement Association is currently working with NAARSO to schedule a full 32 hour training for certification renewal purposes. The date is February 17 - 21, 2014, located in Atlantic City, NJ. Please check with the NJAA office directly for registration information which will be available after November 2013. NAARSO will be posting a full brochure as soon as it is available.  

  

5. If you find that you are unable to attend any of these training opportunities, you can also look at our Online Training option. Simply click on the "Online Training" button on our website and follow the link.

Hopefully this reminder with training options will provide you with the information you need to be prepared to renew your NAARSO certification by March 31, 2014. If you
have any questions, certainly feel free to call the office.


Respectfully,

Clyde Wagner 
President


A pdf version of this letter is provided below: 

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New Jersey Business and Industry Association



Jersey City Sick Leave Ordinance Signed Into Law

Earlier today, October 21, 2013, Jersey City enacted an ordinance that would require those that operate businesses in the City to offer time out of the office to their employees.  The ordinance is available by clicking here and is expected to take effect on January 24, 2014, or when current collective bargaining agreements expire for those employees covered by them. 

The ordinance applies to any employee who works in Jersey City for at least 80 hours in a year. Under the ordinance, the time may be accrued by both part-time and full-time workers at a rate of one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked. The ordinance requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide up to five paid sick days each year.  Businesses with fewer than 10 employees would be required to provide up to five unpaid sick days each year.  All employees eligible for sick days would be permitted to carry over a maximum of 40 hours per year, regardless of their employer's size.
Employees would not be eligible to use their days until they have worked for an employer for at least 90 days, unless the employer agreed otherwise. 

Under the ordinance, the time provided by employers could be used: 

*   For an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, heath condition, or for the diagnosis, preventative care, or treatment of such conditions. 

*   To care for a family member with a physical or mental illness, injury, health condition, or for the diagnosis, preventive care, or treatment, of a family member with such conditions. 

*   For closure of the employee's place of business by order of a public health official due to a public health emergency, or to care for a child whose school has been closed by order of a public health official. 

*   To care for a family member when it has been determined by authorities that the family member's presence in the community would jeopardize the health of others because of the family member's exposure to a communicable disease, regardless of whether the family member has actually contracted the disease. 

Under the ordinance, employers must provide their employees with a written notice explaining their rights at the beginning of employment, or "as soon as practicable" if the employees are already employed when the ordinance takes effect. Employers must also conspicuously display a poster explaining the ordinance in English and any other language which is the first language of at least 10 percent of the workforce (if the translation is made available by the City). Records documenting employee hours and the time taken by employees must be kept for three years and made available upon the City's request. Failure to provide the records creates a rebuttable presumption that the ordinance has not been followed. 

Although the ordinance initially states that it does not apply to Jersey City employers with time-off policies that offer at least five days, it also provides that the time must be awarded under "the same conditions and purposes as prescribed by the ordinance."  As a result, it is possible that existing employer policies may need to be revised to follow the ordinance.  Additionally, the ordinance provides that an employer cannot count sick leave as an absence that results in the employee being subject to discipline or any adverse action.  This could result in all Jersey City employers - even those with policies - facing additional liability since the ordinance creates an explicit right to sue if an employee believes their rights have been violated.  

In terms of other penalties, employers may face fines of $100 for not properly notifying employees, and $500 for not displaying the poster. For more serious offenses, employers may face maximum fines of $1,250 and/or up to 90 days community service.


Stefanie A. Riehl, AVP, Employment and Labor Policy
New Jersey Business & Industry Association
10 West Lafayette Street, Trenton, NJ 08608

Visit our website at: www.njbia.org

**In addition to the above article, a press release was issued by Newark Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. announcing his intention to introduce a similar proposal in Newark. (See attached press release.)



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IAAPA Visits Seaside Heights

The following article comes from the Ocean Signal. It appeared in June 2013, but just recently came to our attention. 



SEASIDE HEIGHTS- In June, representatives of International Amusement Parks and Attractions from around the world came to the Jersey Shore to see firsthand, the progress of rebuilding the shore's many amusement attractions.

One of the stops they made on their tour of the Jersey Shore was in Seaside Heights to meet with Kim Samarelli, who serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Amusement Association.

Samarelli introduced the tour to Vincent Storino, owner of the Casino Pier. Mr. Storino gave the delegation a behind the scenes tour of pier and arcade in Seaside Heights, then showed them the rebuilding progress along the entire mile long stretch of new boardwalk and around the Fun Town Pier in Seaside Park.

The members of the tour, while shocked by the devastation in the borough were unanimous in their surprise by the amount of progress made in just eight months.


 

  

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National/International  
Industry News & Announcements


2014 AMOA State Council Meeting 
Feb. 6th thru Feb. 8th in Tampa, Fla. 


The 2014 AMOA State Council Meeting will take place February 6-8th at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.

 The AMOA Council of Affiliated States Meeting is conducted each year in February providing states the opportunity to come together and collaborate by sharing ideas and updating one another on the activity currently happening in their respective locations. Attendees include state association executives, state association volunteer leadership and state leaders who currently do not have an active state association.

The AMOA State Association Committee is currently putting together an informative program to include topics such as:

Redemption - Come hear from a panel of state leaders whose states have recently been challenged with proposed changes in legislation and its effect on redemption in our industry. A frank discussion and practical approach will be taken on this highly followed issue.

Gaming - Over the past few years, many eyes have been on Illinois, however, there are different gaming issues happening in other states and you need to stay informed.

Technology - Identified as one of the most important issues in our industry during last year's interactive round table session, be part of this year's dialogue on the technologies our industry should be embracing for success and how it translates to state organizations.

You can read our FAQ sheet by clicking on the link below.

For additional information and pertinent forms, please visit our website at:  www.amoa.com



  

   

  

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NEWS FROM ASTM INTERNATIONAL


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ASTM Amusement Ride Standards Accepted by Bolivian Government

Safety Seminar in Bolivia Serves as Launching Point 

Jim Seay, Franceen Gonzales, Gabriela Nino de Guzman, Alvaro del Castillo and Paulina Reyes discuss safety during a seminar on amusement rides in La Paz, Bolivia.


W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., October 14, 2013-On Aug. 23, 2013, Bolivian officials announced the acceptance of amusement ride safety standards developed by ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. The announcement was made at a seminar on amusement ride safety in La Paz, Bolivia. The focus of the seminar was on the tremendous growth of the amusement industry sector, as well as the importance of having comprehensive safety programs for all facets of the business.
 
Safety Seminar

The event was organized by Gabriela Nino de Guzman, chair of the La Paz City Council; Paulina Reyes, vice president of Latin American Operations at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions; and Alvaro del Castillo, executive director of the Bolivian Institute of Standardization and Quality (IBNORCA).
 
Del Castillo, Reyes and Nino de Guzman spoke at the opening of the heavily attended conference and jointly announced that the Bolivian government had approved new national standards based on the ASTM F24 safety standards through IBNORCA.
 
Amusement industry officials and ASTM International members Franceen Gonzales and Jim Seay represented ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions at the seminar. Gonzales is vice president, risk management, Great Wolf Resorts; Seay is president, Premier Rides, and chairman of F24. Bolivian press covered the conference extensively; interviews of Nino de Guzman and Gonzales were featured prominently on the national news.
 
"I was not only impressed by the size of the group attending the conference but also by the diverse representation within the group," said Gonzales. "There were first responders sitting next to operators who were sitting next to highly engaged politicians and regulators. It was also wonderful that members of the Peruvian Amusement Parks Association traveled to Bolivia for the conference and shared their expertise and knowledge. All of the people at the conference were passionate about guest safety and the contributions and comments they made proved that fact. I strongly believe that Bolivia is focused on having a very safe industry."
 
ASTM International F24 standards were used as the basis for new Bolivian standards that cover ownership, operation, maintenance, inspection and testing performance for amusement rides and devices.
 
ASTM Standards in Bolivia

The incorporation of ASTM standards by the IBNORCA, the national standards body of Bolivia, was made possible through a memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations in 2002. ASTM worked closely with IBNORCA to facilitate review of the official Spanish translations of the ASTM F24 standards. To date, the MOU has enabled IBNORCA to utilize more than 250 ASTM standards for consultation, normative reference, adoption or as the basis of national standards.
 
The day before the conference, Reyes, Gonzales and Seay met at IBNORCA headquarters with amusement industry stakeholders who have been responsible for developing IBNORCA standards based on ASTM F24 standards. The group included government officials, higher education representatives, operators and suppliers. Seay commented, "The stakeholders, in cooperation with IAAPA and ASTM F24, worked hard to determine which standards were the most critical and did an excellent job of formulating the IBNORCA norms." IBNORCA has announced that it will continue the stakeholder meetings to ensure that the new standards are kept current, and that they plan to appoint a representative that will join ASTM F24 to participate in the ongoing consensus process for developing new standards.
 
About ASTM International - ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.
 
About IAAPA - Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Va., United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.iaapa.org.

For more news in this sector, visit www.astm.org/sn-consumer or follow us on Twitter @ASTMProductsRec.
 
ASTM Committee F24 Next Meeting: Oct. 24-26, 2013, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Technical Contact:
James L. Seay, Premier Rides, Baltimore, Md.
Phone: 410-923-0414; jseay@premier-rides.com

ASTM Staff Contact: Leonard Morrissey
Phone: 610-832-9719; lmorrissey@astm.org  

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler
Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

   
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The NJAA is a pro-active organization, identifying concerns, while working for the safety, health and overall economic betterment of the amusement industry.


If you have any questions or concerns, we can always be contacted at 732-240-0000 or njaa40plus@aol.com.

Remember to check our website www.njamusements.com for valuable resources, recent news and up-to-date information.



Sincerely,

Kimberle Samarelli
Executive Director 
New Jersey Amusement Association