Housing Project Approved for Site Coveted by Ocean City

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIThe Ocean City Planning Board granted final approval Wednesday night for a housing project proposed on a large tract of land that the city has been trying to acquire for the past year to preserve as open space.Brothers Harry and Jerry Klause of Klause Enterprises plan to develop 21 single-family homes on nearly an entire block bordered by Simpson and Haven avenues between 16th and 17th streets. The property was formerly occupied by a now-closed Chevrolet dealership.The Klauses sat quietly in the back row of the room at City Hall while their representatives discussed the project with the planning board members. They declined to comment afterward, leaving their attorney, Avery Teitler, to speak for them about their plans.Teitler said the Klauses are serious about developing the project, but did not rule out the possibility of negotiating a deal for the property’s sale to the city.“We have not heard anything from the city,” Teitler said in an interview after the meeting.Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council attempted to acquire the land from Klause Enterprises last year for $9 million, but the deal fell through when the community group Fairness In Taxes circulated a petition drive for a voter referendum to block the purchase.City officials want to preserve the land as public space to protect it from densely packed housing construction that would add to the town’s overdevelopment.The former Perry-Egan Chevrolet dealership showroom is surrounded by property that the city wants to acquire for open space, but Klause Enterprises is looking to redevelop into new housing.Renewing its efforts to acquire the site, City Council gave final approval in August to a new ordinance that authorizes the city to either buy or condemn the property. City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained then that the ordinance is the first step in starting negotiations with Klause Enterprises in hopes of reaching a deal.McCrosson noted during the Council meeting that the city is conducting new property appraisals in advance of talks with the Klauses. She also said the mayor intends to hold a town meeting to gather public feedback on what should be done with the land if it comes under the city’s ownership.In the meantime, the property remains surrounded by a chain-link fence. A rendering of the project has been attached to the fence, giving the public a sneak preview of what is to come if the Klauses build the homes.The homes would replace a now-empty building and a sprawling blacktop and concrete lot that served as the location for the former Perry-Egan Chevrolet dealership that once occupied the site.Teitler said there is currently no construction schedule. Although 21 homes were approved by the planning board, one lot is a mere half-foot short for a 22nd house. Klause Enterprises intends to return before the board to seek approval to build the 22nd home, company representatives indicated.The 21-home project is “fully conforming” with local zoning and planning laws, Teitler said.Noting that the project does not require any zoning variances, the planning board approved the development by a vote of 6-0.Brothers Jerry, left, and Harry Klause, decline comment on their project after the planning board meeting.The lot sizes for each home are larger than the city’s minimum standards by about 15 feet, allowing each house to have more space instead of cramming them closer together. In addition, the heights for each two-story home would be lower than what is allowed, Klause representatives said during their presentation.Christopher Halliday, the architect for Klause Enterprises, said each house would feature a unique design to create its “own personal style.”“(It) gives the neighborhood more visual interest and character,” Halliday said.Planning Board Chairman John Loeper said he likes that homebuyers will have the option of adding a back deck to their house to make them even more aesthetically appealing.A handful of residents attended the meeting, but only one of them addressed the board. Jesse Gorman, who lives at 1701 Haven Avenue, directly across the street from the Klause Enterprises property, said he believes it would be better to preserve the land as open space or use it as public parking for the Ocean City Free Public Library next door.Gorman questioned the planning board members about whether they would support keeping the land as open space, but Loeper told him that Klause Enterprises has the right to develop homes on their property.“It’s not within our purview,” Loeper replied when Gorman asked whether the planning board would rather see the land preserved.A banner showing what the new houses will look like is attached to a chain-link fence surrounding the property. Attorney Avery Teitler, left, and engineer Jason Sciullo, representatives of Klause Enterprises, stand in front of an architectural rendering of the proposed housing project.last_img read more

Flamboyant fruit flans

first_imgThis is a light flan made from a pastry case and filled with a diplomat cream, flavoured with rum and topped with fresh fruit. It is easy and quick to make, has great visual appeal and sells very well in the summer months. It is the perfect light dessert to accompany a barbecue.We think that the retail price should be three to three-and-a-half times the price of the ingredients and we charge £15 for an eight-inch round fruit flan. IngredientsSweetpaste, sponge, chocolate, diplomat cream (see recipe overleaf), seasonal fruit, sugar syrup, apricot glazeMethod1 Line a shallow (18mm high) flan case with sweetpaste (approximately 3mm thick). Trim the edges so it looks neat.2 Bake blind until golden and leave to cool. Remove from tin and place on a cake board.3 Carefully brush the inside of the flan with a thin layer of melted chocolate. This will keep the pastry case crisp, as it provides a waterproof barrier between the custard and the pastry.4 Fill the flan with diplomat cream.5 Smooth over with a palette knife. If you ensure that the custard is slightly domed, this makes the flan look fuller when it is completed, which is more appealing.6 Cut out a thin layer of sponge and place gently on top of the custard (this prevents the fruit sinking into the custard).7 Soak the sponge evenly with sugar syrup – we flavour ours with Grand Marnier.8 Garnish with a selection of fresh fruit, ensuring that the fruit is completely covering the sponge. Seal with a clear apricot glaze.  VariationsThis can be made in a variety of sizes and fruit toppings, such as strawberry. They are also popular as individual pastries. Recipe for Diplomat Cream2/3 pastry cream1/3 whipped creamRum to tastelast_img read more

IU psychiatrist offers advice on how to mentally reset for 2021

first_img Google+ WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – January 5, 2021 0 182 WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMichigan Dept. of HHS giving away masksNext articleEntire NCAA 2021 Basketball tournament to be played in Indiana Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Facebook (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) An I.U. Health psychiatrist is giving guidance on how to mentally reset for the new year.Dr. Anne Gilbert says it’s important to focus first on what you’ve gained, and express gratitude for family and friends. She adds doing things like yoga, meditation, or going for a walk can help as well.For New Year’s resolutions specifically, Dr. Gilbert believes you should focus on a broad resolution, like being healthy or staying active. She says how you fulfill that goal can be different every day, so there’s no pressure.Most importantly, Dr. Gilbert says we know how to stay safe and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter IU psychiatrist offers advice on how to mentally reset for 2021 Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Barry Callebaut closes acquisition

first_imgBarry Callebaut has successfully closed its acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Singapore-based Petra Foods, for around $860m (£563.5m).The addition of this business has created the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate manufacturer, claimed Barry Callebaut.The firm said it was an excellent strategic fit, which resonated with the core of its existing business, and supported its overall growth plans.Following the acquisition, the manufacturer said it was immediately starting to implement its “integration master plan”, which it expects to be completed within 12-18 months.Juergen Steinemann, chief executive officer, Barry Callebaut, said: “The cocoa business we acquired from Petra Foods is right at the core of Barry Callebaut, and we will benefit from the knowhow of our 1,800 new, highly motivated colleagues.“It will support the further growth of our existing chocolate business. Being now the largest global supplier of high-quality cocoa products, we will be able to capture opportunities in the fast-growing markets for speciality cocoa powders even better.”last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Weaves In & Out Of “Miss Tinkle’s Overture” & The Police’s “Masoka Tanga” In St. Paul [Photos]

first_imgOn Friday night, Umphrey’s McGee returned to St. Paul, MN’s Palace Theatre for the first show of a two-night run. Aqueous, the Buffalo-based four-piece rock powerhouse, handled the show’s opening duties, on the heel’s of their recently released genre-spanning record, Color Wheel.Umphrey’s McGee opened up the first set with “Puppet String” > “2nd Self”, getting the Friday night party off to a rocking start. Following “2nd Self”, the six-piece wove in and out of “Miss Tinkle’s Overture” and a cover of The Police’s “Masoka Tanga”, the latter played for the first time since 2/13/2014, a gap of 459 shows. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss were firing off smoking hot guitar licks throughout the entirety of the massive segue, with Ryan Stasik, Kris Meyers, and Andy Farag powering Umphrey’s tenacious rhythm section.Following the extended intertwining of “Miss Tinkle’s” and “Masoka Tanga”, Umphrey’s McGee rocked through “Seasons”, “The Fussy Dutchmen”, and “Push The Pig”, before offering up another bust-out, “Snake Juice”, last played 350 shows ago. UM brought the first set to a close with a hard-hitting rendition of “Conduit”.After a brief set break, Umphrey’s McGee returned to open the second set with a tease of the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”, before properly opening up the set with “Remind Me”. Cinninger was firing off on all cylinders, as Bayliss followed the behemoth guitar players every move with precision. UM then moved into “Miami Virtue”, before an improv-heavy placement of “Mail Package”, “Dump City”, and “Slacker”. Meyers found a funky pocket to connect with Stasik, as Cinninger continued to push the bar with an ever-evolving solo to bring “Slacker” to a halt. Following “Panama”, Umphrey’s brought it all back together with “Puppet String”, sandwiching the entirety of the show with the evening’s opener. A combination of “Dark Brush” and “Gulf Stream” served as the night’s encore.For more information on Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website here.Below, you can view a gallery of photos from Friday night’s Palace Theatre show via photographer Nick Negrete.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Palace Theatre | St. Paul, MN | 10/19/2018Set One: Puppet String > 2nd Self, Miss Tinkle’s Overture > Masoka Tanga > Miss Tinkle’s Overture > Masoka Tanga > Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Seasons, The Fussy Dutchman > Push the Pig > Snake Juice > ConduitSet Two: Remind Me, Miami Virtue -> Mail Package, Dump City, Slacker, Panama, Puppet StringEncore: Dark Brush > Gulf StreamNotes:with Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead) tease before Remind Melast Masoka Tanga 02.13.2014 (459 shows)last Snake Juice 02.06.2015 (350 shows)Umphrey’s McGee | Palace Theatre | St. Paul, MN | 10/19/2018 | Photos: Nick Negrete Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The Library, Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014 The Library The Library tells the story of Caitlin Gabriel (Moretz), a survivor of a deadly high school shooting. She struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities or anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The drama asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us. Moretz is joined by Emmy nominee Lili Taylor, Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt, Ben Livingston, Michael O’Keefe, Daryl Sabara, David Townsend and Tamara Tunie. The world premiere of Scott Z. Burns’ The Library opens officially on April 15 at The Public’s Newman Theater. The production, starring Chloë Graze Moretz and directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh, will run through April 27.last_img read more

UK government divestment rules ‘unlawful’, court rules

first_imgThe UK government’s power to keep local authority pension investments in line with national foreign and defence policy has been quashed.A High Court judge ruled last week that the guidance, announced only last year, had been used unlawfully.The guidelines related to procurement and required local government pension schemes (LGPS) to have a policy on environmental, social, and governance issues. However, it also affected some schemes’ decisions to divest from certain companies.The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which brought the case, said the power was introduced “specifically to curtail divestment campaigns against Israeli and international firms implicated in Israel’s violations of international law, as well as to protect the UK defence industry”. Unison, the biggest trade union in the public sector, said it was “preposterous that local government funds had to invest in the best interests of UK foreign and defence policy”.Several European pension investors – including Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global and the Dutch healthcare scheme’s asset manager, PGGM – have divested from specific Israeli companies in recent years because of concerns about the treatment of Palestinians in contested territories in the Middle East.Conversely, some authorities have introduced anti-boycott legislation. In 2015, the US state of Illinois put a legal block on five state pension funds’ ability to invest or maintain holdings in companies that directly or indirectly boycotted Israel.The UK ruling would not prevent government from intervening in how local authority pensions are invested. Ralph McClelland, a lawyer at Sackers, said funds “should only take a non-financial factor into account if they are satisfied that this view is shared by the membership and ratepayers and if they can do so without significant financial detriment to the fund”.Unison, however, wants the government to go further and make the £217bn LGPS system subject to the EU’s IORP directive. This would require schemes to analyse their portfolios in depth to assess their exposure to carbon-intensive assets.John Hanratty, head of pensions in the north at law firm CMS, described it as “anathema” that the biggest funded pension scheme in the country was not subject to the same regulations as private-sector schemes. “The 2016 regulations were apparently motivated in part by political interests, which is unsettling,” he said.The government may yet appeal the ruling or rewrite its guidance.last_img read more

Immigration abuse allegation to go before CARICOM

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet KINGSTON, Jamaica – An allegation by a Jamaican woman that she was sexually and verbally abused by immigration officers in Barbados before being denied entry into the country has triggered a decision by the Jamaica government to take the matter of mistreatment of its nationals in neighbouring countries to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Dr Kenneth Baugh confirmed that the matter would be raised when the Community Council, the second highest decision-making body in CARICOM, meets in Belize this week.And noting that it was not just about Barbados, he also appealed to Jamaicans to inform the government when they experience any unfair treatment in other countries.“They can call the ministry, write a report and send the information to us. I’ve asked my Permanent Secretary to document all the information so that when I go to the Community Council meeting I can give documentary reports,” Dr Baugh said.Jamaican Shanique Myrie claimed that she had to endure a cavity search and was verbally abused when she arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on March 14. In interviews with the Jamaican media last week, she said a female immigration officer took her into a room and instructed her to bend over and, using gloved fingers, began to probe her vagina, all the while making anti-Jamaican comments.“I asked her who she was and she said ‘I am your worst nightmare’. She then said ‘All you (expletive) Jamaicans come here to do is either steal people’s man or bring drugs here,” Myrie told the press at home. “She said I hate these (expletive) Jamaicans.”Myrie said her luggage was also searched and she was placed overnight in a holding area at the airport and sent back to Jamaica the following day.The woman insisted that she had gone to Barbados to visit a female friend, but Parliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Harry Husbands, said that the woman was suspected of being a victim of human trafficking.“Shanique Myrie, on arrival in Barbados, claimed she would have been staying with a female resident, but a closer investigation revealed she was actually staying with a Barbadian man who actually facilitates the entry of non-nationals into the island,” Husbands told the Nation newspaper in Barbados.“Wherever these cases of facilitating are discovered, regardless of what country the individual is coming from, whether it be a CARICOM country or an extraregional country, that person is denied entry.”Husbands also said there was no record of Myrie being searched.However, the Jamaican insisted that she has been telling the truth and has threatened to sue the authorities in Barbados.“I went to visit Mrs Pamela Clarke. When I arrived at the airport they asked me who I came to and I gave them her number. They called her and she told them she wasn’t feeling well and had sent a man called Daniel to pick me up. They asked me about Daniel and I told them I did not know him. I have no reason to lie. They are the ones that are lying,” she told the Observer newspaper.Meantime, Jamaica’s Minister of National Security Senator Dwight Nelson has written to Public Defender Earl Witter to look into the matter.Source: Caribbean 360 Newscenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Immigration abuse allegation to go before CARICOM by: – March 28, 2011last_img read more

Almost 900 hectares of natural forest, areas destroyed in Benguet blaze

first_imgPENRO-Benguet chief Edgardo Flor saidthere were 12 fires in eight of the 13 towns – Bakun, Kibungan, Atok, Buguias,Tublay; all in Buguias; and Bokod, La Trinidad and Kabayan. Under CENRO-Baguio’s jurisdiction, atotal of 646.02 hectares were burned. Under CENRO-Buguias, a total of 243.64hectares of forest and E-NGP area were burned. There were also seven hectares of E-NGPburned at Sinacbat, Bakun town. Kabayan recorded the biggest damage at452.15 hectares of natural forest and 191.54 hectares of E-NGP area; LaTrinidad recorded damage in 1.19 hectares forest land and 1.14 hectares ofE-NGP area. He said the lack of rain for severalweeks already compounded the situation where Benguet forests are laden withpine trees that make it more vulnerable to fire. The blaze damaged more than 160,000 trees and saplings and more than 600 hectares of natural forest and national greening program area. BFP-KABAYAN FIRE STATION Kabayan is host to Luzon’s highest peakMount Pulag. A TOTAL of 899.53 hectares (ha) ofnatural forest and expanded National Greening Program (E-NGP) areas in inBenguet was destroyed by fires from Jan. 6 to Feb. 18, according to an officialof the Benguet Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). A total of 899.53 hectares of natural forest and expanded National Greening Program areas in Benguet was destroyed by fires from Jan. 6 to Feb. 18. BFPCAR B BOKOD FACEBOOK PAGE Flor said the total damage in the 12fires reached P2,077,290. The burned forest lands were recorded atAmpusongan proper (.5 ha); at the boundary of Sitio Ay-ay and Dacugan also inAmpusongan (.62 ha); Lubo, Kibungan (.53 ha); Caliking, Atok (2.53 ha); Topdac,Atok (71.88 ha); Sinacbat, Bakun (65 ha); Abatan, Buguias (.58 ha) and atAmbassador, Tublay (95 ha). Flor said they are doing theirinformation, education campaign, especially at the far-flung communities toinform them of the need to prevent fires. “From seedling production to theestablishment, maintenance, ginastusan mo…some of them [trees] anlalaki na taposbiglang masusunog,” he said. Some were planted in 2011 when the NGPstarted, some in 2013 while others in 2015, he said. Flor said one reason for the fires isthe “kaingin” (slash and burn)practice of cattle raisers in the areas. The government spent from seedlingproduction to planting and other stages. He, however, said the 199.68 hectares ofE-NGP area which were included in the fire cost the government much moremillions in pesos. “Especially now that we are experiencingthe El Niño, we hope nobody starts something that will lead to wildfire,” hesaid. (PNA)last_img read more

Gatland calls for larger squads

first_img Press Association Gatland selected a 37-man party for the current Australia tour, but props Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins have already gone home injured, wing Tommy Bowe is recovering from a broken hand and full-back Rob Kearney is involved for the first time this weekend after being sidelined by hamstring trouble. Alex Corbisiero, Ryan Grant and Simon Zebo have joined the squad, while centre Billy Twelvetrees is currently on his way from Argentina. Saturday’s appointment with New South Wales Waratahs sees the tour reach only its halfway point. “I think that as you move from one tour to the next, you realise how tough it is, especially for the players,” Gatland said. “The game’s physicality has increased from 2009 (Lions tour) in South Africa. It has stepped up a level, and players handling two games in a week is tough. It is something we need to be mindful of. “If you are writing a report at the end of the tour, you need to consider whether there is a case for bigger squads from the start because of this step-up in physicality.” Gatland revealed that injuries could play a part when it comes to selection for next week’s first Test against Australia in Brisbane, and the Lions still have two games left before then. Wing George North and centres Brian O’Driscoll and Manu Tuilagi are among those not involved against the Waratahs. “I think there are one or two that are a little bit sore that may next week be out of contention because they won’t have been fit enough early enough in the (Test) week,” Gatland added, without naming specific players. “That is potentially what might happen. By the time Saturday (the first Test) comes round, they might all be fit, but one or two are possibly going to be ruled out because they are not fit enough earlier in the week. “Manu has a sore shoulder, but it is improving all the time and he is training. George North’s hamstring is a bit tight from the other night. We’ve got a few bodies among the backs who have been knocked around, which is why Billy Twelvetrees has been brought in as cover. “Jonny Sexton and Owen Farrell have both been passed fit by the medical staff. We could easily have gone again with Stuart Hogg at 10 (this weekend), but Jonny is playing.” center_img Warren Gatland believes that future British and Irish Lions squads may need to be bigger in number because of rugby’s increased physical nature and injury attrition rate.last_img read more