Ocean City Considers Ways to Beautify Its Main Gateway

first_imgResidents looked over conceptual plans for creating open space and other proposed improvements to the Ninth Street corridor. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City’s welcome mat is a bit soiled.Three abandoned and blighted former gas stations have marred the appearance of the main entryway into town for years, prompting city officials to take a long, hard look at ways for removing the blight.Acknowledging that parts of the Ninth Street corridor are in serious need of a makeover, Mayor Jay Gillian held a town hall-style meeting Thursday night to discuss options for beautifying the area from the bay to the Boardwalk.“We’ve been coming into Ocean City for how many years now and it’s not looked so well,” Gillian said of the three shuttered gas stations.During the meeting, Gillian repeatedly stressed that he wanted to hear ideas from the public for giving Ninth Street a facelift. He assured the audience that no final decisions have been made.“There’s nothing devious going on. I just want to know what everybody thinks,” he said.About 100 people filed into the Ocean City Tabernacle to express their concerns and pitch their suggestions. In all, 20 members of the public spoke during the 75-minute meeting.Their ideas included new parks, environmentally friendly rain gardens, family attractions, children’s playgrounds, eco-tourism sites, bird-watching areas and boat slips.But the former gas stations that collectively serve as an ugly focal point of the Ninth Street corridor dominated the discussion. A number of speakers implored the mayor to remove the eyesores.“Whatever you put in this area has to be a thousand times better than three deteriorated gas stations,” said Craig Stuart, a local resident.Mayor Jay Gillian invited members of the public to make their suggestions for upgrading the appearance of the Ninth Street gateway.An online survey that allows people to give their suggestions for improving Ninth Street can be found on the city’s website at ocnj.us/survey.Meanwhile, Gillian and other city officials outlined conceptual plans to replace the blight with an expanse of landscaped open space stretching from the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue to the foot of the Route 52 Causeway bridge.The city is already in the process of buying one of the gas station sites, an old BP. The run-down remains of the BP station were demolished over the summer. The property is being cleaned up before the city takes ownership.Talks are being held for the city to acquire the old Getty gas station next to the BP site. The city also has its eye on the Bud’s Outboard Marine Inc. property adjacent to the BP land. Altogether, these three sites would form most of the open space proposed along Ninth Street.Scott Stiles, whose family has owned Bud’s Outboard Marine since 1981, said the business is for sale. Stiles was one of the speakers at Thursday’s meeting.In an interview afterward, Stiles noted his family is willing to talk to the city about a deal. However, he stressed that the city would have to pay his family more than the $475,000 that it shelled out to buy the former BP station next door.“We would need a lot more than that to relocate,” Stiles said, while not specifying a price.On the opposite side of Ninth Street is an old Exxon gas station that was also targeted by the city for acquisition as open space. But the Ocean City realty firm Keller Williams purchased the Exxon site on Tuesday for $500,000 and plans to redevelop it into a multimillion-dollar office building.Paul Chiolo, owner of the Keller Williams realty firm, discusses his company’s proposed redevelopment of an abandoned former Exxon gas station into a multimillion-dollar office building at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue.“Our intention is to build a very beautiful building there that will welcome people into Ocean City,” Paul Chiolo, the owner of Keller Williams, said while discussing the project during Thursday’s meeting.Gillian seemed to endorse the Keller Williams project, indicating that the city no longer has an interest in acquiring the Exxon property.“Paul’s bought it,” Gillian said of Chiolo. “He’s going to put a beautiful place there.”The Ninth Street entryway is a hodgepodge of commercial businesses, small office buildings, restaurants, a bus station and even a miniature golf course.Gillian wants to consider ways for beautifying the entire corridor from the bay to the Boardwalk. For now, the city is concentrating on the stretch from the foot of the Route 52 Causeway bridge to West Avenue. A second phase, to come later, will include Asbury Avenue to the Boardwalk.“The rest of Ninth Street is rather drab, too,” Hank Glaser, a retired local businessman, said while calling for broader improvements of the corridor.Tom Heist, an Ocean City insurance broker, said Ninth Street’s appearance has improved in recent years, following the completion of the new Route 52 Causeway.But Heist also said that Ocean City must continue to spruce up its main artery, especially if it wants to match the entryways of other upscale Cape May County shore towns, such as Avalon, Stone Harbor and Sea Isle City.“If you can continue with Phase II, we’re going to have an amazing gateway into town,” Heist told the mayor and his representatives.last_img read more

News story: 2019 Clinical Excellence Awards round opens

first_imgIn some cases, award holders will be renewing out of the usual cycle. Awards are reviewed earlier if there is a change in job or a significant change in job plan.Applicants should read the 2019 application guidance before starting an application on our online application system. The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) is now accepting applications to the 2019 national Clinical Excellence Awards competition.Consultants and academic GPs working for the NHS in England and Wales can apply for new national awards and for renewals due in 2019.Current award holders will need to submit a renewal application if: they received their current award in the 2015 round their award was last renewed in 2014 (awarded in 2010, 2005, 2000)center_img Please check your contact details are up to date on our online system so you receive messages from the ACCEA.Your application will not be complete until you have clicked ‘submit to ACCEA’.ACCEA recommends no more than 5 citations per applicationlast_img read more

Guidance: DHSC annual report and accounts timetable

first_imgIssue and submission dates for the Department of Health and Social Care’s annual report and accounts, covering the financial year 2020 to 2021.Read the timetables for the department’s agreement of balances.last_img

PREMIERE: Hot Buttered Rum Releases Tom Petty-Inspired Track Off New Album

first_imgHot Buttered Rum, the progressive five-piece bluegrass band out of San Francisco, California, is gearing up for a big year. With almost two decades under their belts, in 2018, Hot Buttered Rum will release their sixth studio album, Lonesome Panoramic. A follow up to 2010’s Limbs Akimbo, their self-titled release in 2014, and the trio of EPs released as The Kite & The Key in 2015 and 2016, Lonesome Panoramic was self-produced by the band; recorded at Panoramic House Studio in Stinson Beach, California, along the Panoramic Highway; and is slated for a July 20th release this summer.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, explained in a press release, “Lonesome Panoramic is the result of different thematic and stylistic threads that Butter has been chasing over the years: driving uptempo string band tunes, layers of dark lonesome drum grooves, letting things go, and embracing what we have.”Hot Buttered Rum has become a staple of the progressive bluegrass scene with their quick-paced and fiery blend of bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. With the addition of drums in 2008, the group cemented itself as a music festival favorite, regularly performing nationally renowned events like Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk, Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Northwest String Summit, and many, many more. Furthermore, the band’s hearty resume has led to some truly astounding collaborations, including playing with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, Kyle Hollingsworth, and others and being named “The Official Bluegrass Band of the San Francisco Giants.”With the release of Lonesome Panoramic on the horizon, Hot Buttered Rum has been generous enough to share with us a sneak peek at what to expect from their latest studio effort, which features cameo collaborations from ALO’s Zach Gill and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, The Coffis Brothers, and Rainbow Girls.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, noted to Live For Live Music,I wrote “Country Tunes & Love Songs” with the Coffis Brothers, Kellen and Jamie. To me, the opening chord progression invokes the subject matter of the song, so it wrote itself. Sometimes, good songs come from when you aren’t swinging for the fences, you just put a good swing on the ball and it finds a gap. We ended up producing it with a lot of strummy twelve-string guitar, with the memory of Tom Petty whispering in our ears.“Country Tunes & Love Songs” is the third track on the upcoming Lonesome Panoramic, marking one of the few songs on the new album on which the band’s multi-instrumentalist Erik Yates plays the dobro, rather than his trusty banjo. Tapping into the band’s more rock-oriented Americana side, the mid-tempo tune finds Keefe vocally accompanied by Kellen and Jamie Coffis (of The Coffis Brothers), who offer up blissful vocal harmonies.You can take a listen to the Live For Live Music premiere of Hot Buttered Rum’s “Country Tunes & Love Songs” below. “Country Tunes & Love Songs” will be formally released on the band’s upcoming album, Lonesome Panoramic, which is due out on July 20th via independent release. For more information on the album or the band, head to Hot Buttered Rum’s website here. You can also check out a full track listing for the new album below. Lonesome Panoramic Track Listing:1. You Can Tell   2:11 (Yates)2. Sittin’ Here Alone   3:14 (Keefe)3. Country Tunes & Love Songs (ft. The Coffis Bros.)  4:29 (Keefe, K Coffis, J Coffis)4. How Short the Song   3:27 (Yates)5. Treasure Island Blues   4:46 (Yates)6. Never Got Married   2:50  (Keefe)7. Spirits Still Come (ft. Rainbow Girls)   4:54 (Keefe)8. Sleeping Giants   5:04  (Yates)9. Leaving Dallas   4:31 (Keefe)10. When that Lonesome Feeling Comes 4:07 (Yates)11. Mighty Fine   4:25 (Keefe)12. The One that Everybody Knows   8:04  (Yates)13. The Deep End (ft. ALO)   4:55 (Keefe, Yates, Lebowitz, Gill)Guest Musicians:Jamie Coffis – vocals (3)Kellen Coffis – vocals (3)Rainbow Girls: Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, Vanessa May – backup vocals (7,13)Dan Lebowitz (ALO) – electric guitar & vocals (13)Zach Gill (ALO) – vocals (13)View All Trackslast_img read more

DPAC to host election debate

first_imgThree candidates for Indiana governor will take the stage at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Oct. 17 for the second of three scheduled gubernatorial debates, the University announced Tuesday in a press release. Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham are slated to appear at the debate, where they will field questions submitted in advance by Indiana residents, the release stated. Timothy Sexton, associate vice president for public affairs, said in the statement the debate would be an extension of the University’s campus engagement efforts. “One of the great benefits that a university offers to its community is to bring prominent people to campus for lectures and other presentations that are open to the public,” Sexton said. “We have always tried to do that here at Notre Dame with political, business, religious, educational and other leaders, and we are certainly happy to be selected to host one of the gubernatorial debates this fall.” The debate will be streamed live from the Indiana Debate Commission’s website, where the commission will also be accepting question submissions, the release stated. The two other gubernatorial debates will take place on Oct. 10 in Zionsville and Oct. 25 in Fort Wayne.last_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal to Make Broadway Debut in Constellations

first_img Gyllenhaal, Payne and Longhurst will reunite after working together on the American premiere of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet in 2012 off-Broadway. Constellations marks the Great White Way debuts of all three artists. Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly. Jake Gyllenhaal Related Shows Constellations tells the story of one relationship with infinite possibilities. It explores the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will and friendship. The play opened at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2012, directed by Longhurst, before transferring to the West End. Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet and starred in the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth in London’s West End in 2002. He earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Brokeback Mountain and his additional film credits include Prisoners, Enemy, Source Code, Love and Other Drugs, End of Watch, Donnie Darko and the upcoming Nightcrawler and Everest. Star Filescenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015 Constellations Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal will headline the American premiere of Nick Payne’s Constellations. Under the direction of Michael Longhurst, the Manhattan Theatre Club and Royal Court Theatre production will begin performances on December 16 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening night is set for January 13, 2015.last_img read more

Southern peas

first_imgSeveral types to choose fromPlant the seeds about an inch deep, give or take a quarter-inch.Space the seeds one to two per foot to as many as four to six perfoot, depending on the type. With vining types, plant fewer seedsper foot of row. Space rows 20 to 42 inches apart, againdepending on the type.A number of types and varieties are available, each with uniquecharacteristics. Some varieties are more vining than others,although most aren’t trellised.A rainbow of seed colors and patterns are available for southernpeas: red, white, green and black, to name a few. There’s even ablack-and-white seed called a Holstein, with coloring remarkablylike the cow of the same name.Pinkeye purplehull has, as the name implies, a pink “eye” (wherethe seed attaches inside the pod) and a beautiful purple hull atmaturity. There are creams (small, white-seeded varieties) andcrowders (large, brown-seeded varieties with the seeds “crowded”into the pod). Spray to control pestOld-timers often talked about “stung” peas. They thought thewasps that favor sweet nectar Southern peas secrete at the baseof the flowers had stung the seeds, caused blemishes and laideggs.This isn’t true. These seeds have actually been visited by cowpeacurculios. Female cowpea curculios feed on and lay eggs in thepeas.To control this pest, you have to apply esfenvalerate (asynthetic pyrethroid available for the garden) or carbaryl (Sevinand several other names) three times at five-day intervals,starting when the pods are about a half-inch long. Or you cantake your glasses off when you eat them so you don’t notice thecurculio grubs.Southern peas are usually harvested at the mature green stage,when the pods are full but still tender and haven’t dried down.Shelling them can be a tedious and time-consuming task, or it canget family and friends together for some socializing.Of course, if you’re in a hurry, many local produce markets haveshellers that can shell bushels of peas in short order for amodest fee.So hey, let’s get out there and get those peas in the ground. By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaSummer has arrived in Georgia. It’s time to hunker down in theair conditioning — or maybe not. While it’s too hot to do a lotof gardening, you can still plant peas.You certainly don’t want to start cool-season vegetables likecabbage, collards or lettuce yet. Even some warm-seasonvegetables don’t do very well when it’s this hot. Tomatoes andpeppers are good examples: when nighttime temperatures get above70 degrees Fahrenheit, the flowers fall off.To the rescue comes the lowly southern pea, which has more commonnames than you can shake a stick at. Known most commonlyworldwide as cowpeas, they’re also called black-eyed peas,crowders, field peas or just plain peas.center_img High protein source, native to AfricaSouthern peas are native to Africa, where they’ve fed people forthousands of years as an easy-to-grow, rich source of protein andenergy.In this hemisphere, they’ve been a godsend for many of the poor.Haiti is a desperately poor, overpopulated country that has hadmuch of its forests converted to charcoal for cooking, leading tosome of the poorest soil in the world. Yet the Haitians havemanaged to feed themselves with the help of southern peas.Southern peas can grow almost in solid rock. Just the thinnestlayer of soil with a tiny amount of fertilizer is all that’srequired.In Georgia, the University of Georgia soil-testing servicerecommends 50 to 75 pounds of nitrogen per acre for southernpeas, half as much as what’s recommended for most othervegetables.They’re extremely heat-tolerant and self-pollinated (no beesrequired). They need little water and are ready for picking in 65to 70 days.last_img read more

Freeport Man Shot, Killed in Roosevelt

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old Freeport man was fatally shot in Roosevelt on Saturday afternoon, Nassau County police said.First Precinct Police Officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert and 911 call reporting a shooting on Park Avenue and upon arrival, they found Sayvon Marcus Burt in a nearby alley way with multiple gunshot wounds at 4:15 p.m., police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Avian flu strikes Hong Kong poultry farm

first_imgDec 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Hong Kong today said they have detected an H5 avian influenza outbreak at a poultry farm in Yuen Long, marking the country’s first farm-based outbreak since 2003.York Chow, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, said in a press release today that the H5 avian flu virus struck 60 chickens, which died yesterday. He did not say if the virus at the farm was the highly pathogenic H5N1 subtype.Malik Peiris, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong, said it is “highly likely” that the virus is the lethal H5N1 strain, because other strains aren’t as deadly as the one involved in the outbreak appears to be, according to a report from Reuters today. “But this has to be confirmed,” he said.Chow said in the press release that he elevated Hong Kong’s avian flu alert to serious after receiving the H5 test results. He said the agriculture department will cull 80,000 chickens within a 3-km radius of the index farm and will destroy another 10,000 chickens from the area that have been transported to a wholesale market.Hong Kong’s government has also banned the export of chickens from all of the special administrative region’s farms and has halted all poultry imports, both effective for the next 21 days.He said Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection would monitor the status of the farm’s owners and workers, none of whom have developed symptoms. Chow also said in the statement that veterinary officials have closed an aviary park near the farm and are monitoring the health of 1,500 birds that are kept in other parks in Hong Kong.The length of time since Hong Kong’s last farm outbreak is a sign that the prevention measures have worked well, he said in the statement. However, he said he was concerned about the latest outbreak, because the first chickens to die were those that had not been vaccinated.According to a Feb 5 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the H5N1 virus is common and present year-round in Hong Kong, occurring in resident and migratory birds. The report said poultry farms are constantly monitored with serologic and virologic testing. All farm chickens routinely receive an inactivated H5N2 vaccine, and each flock contains 60 unvaccinated sentinels that are monitored over the lifespan of the group.In July, Yuen Kwok-yung, who heads the University of Hong Kong’s microbiology department, warned that the poultry vaccine has lost its effectiveness over the past 7 years of use, according to previous reports. He said that the virus in Hong Kong had shifted away from the Fujian strain that the vaccine was developed for and advised officials to ban live poultry from Hong Kong markets before the vaccine becomes completely ineffective.One month earlier, animal health officials had detected the H5N1 virus in poultry feces at several market stalls, but did not determine the source of the virus.Over the past few years, Hong Kong has filed several reports of individual sick or dead wild birds that tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The recent OIE report described two egrets—one found dead and one found sick in a Hong Kong park—that tested positive for the H5N1 virus in November and December 2007.See also:Feb 5 OIE reportJul 10 CIDRAP News story “Expert warns Hong Kong’s avian flu vaccine is waning”last_img read more

Quintain’s NAV soars after bumper year…

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