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Mark Maccaroni began his role as fitness manager at Seabrook, an Erickson Living managed community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, in June 2020. Although he started his job during a challenging time amid the pandemic, Maccaroni was up for the task.
“One word that sums up the past few months is adaptability,” says Maccaroni.
“In order to be successful, my team and I must adapt to all situations, and I think we’ve done a great job so far.”
In order to comply with social distancing requirements to keep residents safe, they must now call ahead to reserve a specific time slot to use the fitness and aquatics centers or participate in group fitness classes.
“My schedule can vary from day to day, but my desire to have a positive impact on our community each and every day is a constant,” says Maccaroni. “Whether I’m teaching a group fitness class, cleaning the aquatics center, or sanitizing and setting up equipment for residents coming in for the next appointment, that is my guiding principle, and I put my all into my work.”
Teammates assure a warm welcome
He credits his colleagues in Resident Life with ensuring he had a smooth introduction to the community.
“Everyone comes together as one team to provide the highest quality of service to our residents,” says Maccaroni.
As a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength Conditioning Association,
Maccaroni draws from a broad base of fitness and wellness knowledge. With a passion for football, basketball, and baseball, he has trained and coached student athletes and has worked with clients from “all walks of life” throughout his career, but Maccaroni finds working with the senior population at Seabrook to be most gratifying.
“I love helping others become better versions of themselves and guiding them to embrace wellness in every area of their lives,” says Maccaroni. “My favorite part of my job is seeing a resident accomplish something they didn’t think they were capable of.”
To learn more about Seabrook’s active retirement lifestyle, visit SeabrookCommunity.com.
About Seabrook: Seabrook, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 98-acre campus in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. The not-for-profit community of more than 1,400 residents and 750 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, Inc., who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information about Seabrook can be found at
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for some good news on the fitness of midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson in the next 24 hours after being struck down by yet more injury problems.
The defending Premier League champions underlined their enduring quality and will to win with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leicester – setting a new club record of 64 unbeaten league matches at home – despite missing 10 members of his first-team squad.
But just as Klopp got Fabinho back from a three-week lay-off with a hamstring problem to play as an emergency centre-back he lost fellow midfielder Naby Keita to a similar injury.
And midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri did not even make the squad after it was discovered he had returned from international duty with yet another muscle problem.
With Wednesday’s Champions League visit of Atalanta offering the chance to secure qualification to the knockout phase with two matches still to play Klopp will hope either or both of Henderson, who came back from England duty with a thigh problem, and Thiago, having been sidelined by a knee problem since mid-October, can be available as he is still without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has not played after a knee injury in pre-season.
Without him his midfield options look fairly slim as, with James Milner filling in at right-back for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19-year-old academy graduate Leighton Clarkson made his first appearance in a match day squad against the Foxes after they learned of Shaqiri’s unavailability.
“Shaq had a muscle injury with the national team which he didn’t really realise,” said Klopp.
“He trained with us, we gave him a day off and then he came back and was involved in the session, but was not fully involved.
“After that he felt a little bit (of a problem). Then we did a scan and they found he has an injury from five or six days ago.
“Nobody knew about that, not even Shaq knew about it, but that’s how things sometimes are and so he was not able to be involved.
Mohamed Salah is likely to return to the squad after a negative Covid-19 test having tested positive on international duty with Egypt but in his absence summer signing Diogo Jota continued his hot streak.
A seventh goal in his last six club appearances saw him become the first Liverpool player to score in his first four home top-flight appearances.
“Yes, he’s a good player – that’s the reason why we signed him,” was Klopp’s assessment.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has injury problems of his own, although not to the extent of his successor at Liverpool.
He had hoped to have left-back Timothy Castagne back for the trip to Anfield but the Belgium international suffered a minor set-back in his recovery from a thigh injury.
“He had a few good
John Elway, the football Hall of Famer and Denver Broncos general manager, has tested positive for the virus.
John Elway, the former Denver Broncos quarterback who is now the team’s general manager and president of football operations, has tested positive for the virus, along with the team’s president and chief executive, Joe Ellis, the team said in a statement on Tuesday.
Mr. Elway had been at UCHealth Training Center, the Broncos practice facility, on Monday morning, but left “after experiencing minor symptoms that he quickly brought to the attention of our medical staff,” the statement said. Mr. Elway retired in 1999 after winning two straight Super Bowl victories with the Broncos. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Mr. Ellis did not feel well on Sunday morning and watched Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers from home, the team said, and then worked from home on Monday.
The team said that both men were experiencing only mild symptoms and would continue to work from home in isolation.
“Based on a review of contact-tracing data with the league, we are confident these cases originated independently outside team facilities,” the team said, adding that the two men had “minimal close contacts,” none of whom were players or coaches.
“It’s certainly a concerning situation for us,” Dr. Allen Sills, the N.F.L.’s chief medical officer, said on Tuesday. “We know that there are areas of the country where it is spiking and increases vulnerability.” He added that the league had not seen positive cases on teams rise as quickly as in the general populace.
Colorado, which once looked like it had gotten a grip on the coronavirus, has slipped. Daily reports of new cases are soaring to record heights, and the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 has tripled since early September.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now warning that hospitalizations in the state are likely to blast through the peaks of last April and could overwhelm the state’s intensive care units by January. The department estimated that one in every 219 people in Colorado is infectious.
“It’s really a very scary rise,” Dr. Jonathan Samet, the dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, said in an interview. “Clearly, Coloradans have lapsed.”
A primary school has decided to shut because nobody had a key to get in after its site manager tested positive for coronavirus.
Temple Meadow Primary School, in Cradley Heath, West Midlands, will be closed until Thursday due to an apparent lack of a “suitable key holder”.
It comes after the site manager tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday night, meaning the school couldn’t get access to open the site.
Authorities said the assistant site manager was also unavailable to open the school, because he had been in contact with his superior.
Confused parents have criticised the school’s decision to close for three days, with some offering to go and fetch the keys themselves.
A mum who did not wish to be named said: “For the school to close because they can’t get a key to open up is the most bizarre thing we’ve ever heard.
“We all understand precautions have to be taken during the pandemic but this is way over-the-top and the lamest excuse I’ve ever seen.
“Why not just clean or disinfect the set of keys, leave them outside and wear gloves to pick them up?
“We thought it was due to an outbreak, but it’s just down to one member of staff who is now self-isolating.
“It’s a shame the kids’ education has to suffer because nobody has a key to get into the school. Imagine if it this happened at a big shop, somebody would lose their job.”
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Temple Meadow headteacher Cathy Walsh wrote in a letter to parents on Monday confirming the reasons it had shut and saying there had been no wider COVID outbreak.
Walsh said on Wednesday that the school would be reopening for most students on Thursday after authorities “found solutions”.
She added: “We have a complex site at Temple Meadow but I am delighted to say we have found solutions to the issues that have arisen.
“We are now in a position to reopen to all year groups – apart from Year 5 – on Thursday (22 October).
“Year 5 is currently closed due to a separate and unrelated positive COVID-19 case in our school community.
“The safety of our staff and pupils on our school site is always our top priority.
“We work closely with public health professionals and continue to follow all the advice and guidance to keep our staff and pupils safe.”
Lisa McNally, the local director of public health, said: “We are pleased the team at Temple Meadow Primary have found a solution to reopen this week.
“Parents and carers can be assured that schools have good infection control measures in place.
“We are continuing to do all we can, working with schools, to keep children and young people safely back in education.”
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