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first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – As work got underway to prepare Fort Monmouth’s Avenue of Memories (Route 537) to reopen as a public thoroughfare for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it became apparent it was not just another job for employees of the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering.One by one, stories began to emerge about their familial connections to the fabled Army base.“A lot of personnel have ties to the fort,” John Tobia, director of Public Works and Engineering, said recently. “Family members worked there. The grandparents of one of our supervisors met on the base. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and aunt worked there or were stationed here. A lot of the guys remember driving through as kids.”The Avenue of Memories runs from Route 35 in Eatontown at the front gates of Fort Monmouth to Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport. Prior to 9/11, the public was able to access this road as a thoroughfare between the two towns. After 9/11, and until the fort’s closure in 2011, the road was secured and open only through an ID checkpoint to military personnel, Department of Defense civilians and those with business on the fort.Route 537 (the Avenue of Memories) through Fort Monmouth will soon be reopened for the first time to the public since September 11, 2001.Improving and upgrading the road and its immediate surroundings, along with preserving and “cleaning up” the over 100 stone monuments along it has become a personal mission for county workers. Tobia said the monuments were installed in memory of members of the Signal Corps who gave their lives for their country over the years the fort was operational.The county will complete the work, then maintain the Avenue of Memories as part of a financial arrangement between the U.S. Army, the county, and the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) expected to be finalized within weeks. By the end of 2016, the Army will transfer final ownership of the fort to the state through FMERA. To hasten the final transfer, FMERA will purchase the remaining fort parcels from the Army for $33 million with a loan from the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. About $10 million is expected to be repaid through proceeds from the sale of fort parcels, some currently in various stages of completion. The Improvement Authority will back the bonds, and FMERA must make payments over seven years.The Avenue of Memories includes Saltzman Avenue and Sherrill Avenue/Wilson Avenue. The county hopes to dedicate the roadway as a public right-of-way by late fall.The Route 537 entrance to Fort Monmouth, known as the Johnson Gates, are being retainedand maintained as the fort is redeveloped. Photo by Anthony V. CosentinoReopening Route 537 through the fort, which spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport, and Tinton Falls, has long been requested by residents for convenience and traffic relief along busy Routes 35, 36, and adjacent thoroughfares. Built by the Army, the road’s physical condition and width didn’t meet modern county road standards and specifications.Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering, initially met with Tobia and County Engineer Joe Ettore to review and inspect the road prior to the start of work. County staff then began fixing the drainage system, trimming trees, mowing, and installing traffic markings, signs, signals, and lighting.“We began August 22, which is significant,” Tobia said. “August 20 was the 99-year anniversary of the fort opening. Guys took pride they were working to open the road 99 years later. Now, the Army, freeholders, FMERA, and our department members are all coming together to open it up in a significant time period.”“They are doing the work with tender loving care, dedication, and commitment in preserving the monuments,” Arnone said. “It’s a home run that will entice development even more.” Various layers of security are in place to keep the fort, its structures, and the public safe and secure once the Avenue of Memories becomes operational.The monuments will be preserved along with the red brick “Johnson Gate” entry arches at the Route 537 entrance of the fort. Other monuments are located throughout the base, including one dedicated to World War II, which has also been spruced up by county workers.Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, said monuments not among those lining the Avenue of Memories may be consolidated into two locations with parking for public access, perhaps in a park-like atmosphere. The monuments along the Avenue of Memories will remain in place he said, adding “John Tobia has expressed a strong interest in keeping them where they were installed.”“Our personnel in all divisions totally work as a team, going 110 percent on all special projects, but on this one, they take unique and personal pride,” Tobia said. “They want to make the road safe and aesthetically pleasing, but are especially enthusiastic about preserving the fort’s past.”“John Tobia and his staff are very dedicated to the memorials and are working tirelessly,” said Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s representative on FMERA who crafted the financial package with the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. County trucks and green-clad staff are working throughout the fort on landscaping, upkeep, and maintenance. Attendees at the September monthly FMERA meeting observed crews trimming trees outside FMERA offices at 7 p.m. All work is being done in an in-kind arrangement as part of the financial agreement.#3 (Johnson Gates) – The Route 537 entrance to Fort Monmouth, known as the Johnson Gates, are being retained and maintained as the fort is redeveloped.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY — The protracted development application to construct a convenience store and gas station on Shrewsbury Avenue continues to be opposed by a business competitor and is scheduled to return to the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment on Nov. 30.The application, presented by Shore Investment Realty, is seeking the board’s approval to construct a 5,496 square-foot QuickChek retail convenience store that will have on-site food consumption and outdoor seating for customers. The project also calls for the installation of a gas station with a 10-vehicle canopied fueling station.The project is proposed for a 6.35-acre property at 575 Shrewsbury Ave., near Apple Street, the former location of a Verizon telecommunications facility. Should the application be eventually approved, a portion of the site would continue to serve as a Verizon location for warehousing of materials, garage, staging yard and offices, according to the application’s public notice.The project would require the zoning board to grant a use “D” variance for use not permitted in the zone, as well as a number of other variances and design waivers.This application was the subject of eight previous hearings before the zoning board, beginning on Jan. 6, with the most recent occurring on Aug. 29. During those hearings the attorney representing Shore Investment has faced off against the lawyer representing the application’s primary objector, Lukoil America, a competing gasoline and fuel distributor. Lukoil operates a gas station located almost directly across from the property on Shrewsbury Avenue.The board had scheduled a special meeting on Nov. 2 to review this application. The board’s public notice published in an area newspaper was suspected of being insufficient under the state Open Public Meetings Act, requiring the meeting’s date change.The zoning board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the borough council/municipal court chambers, 419 Sycamore Ave.last_img read more

first_imgMUNICH (AP):Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss today’s friendly international against Italy because of a stomach bug.The German football federation says Neuer has been sent home after consultations with team doctors.The federation did not say who will replace Neuer, who turned 30 on Sunday. But coach Joachim Lˆw has three more goalkeepers in the squad – rookies Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp, plus Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen of Barcelona, who has four caps.Stand-in captain Sami Khedira, who plays for Juventus, also missed yesterday’s training and underwent a recovery session in the team’s hotel.last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “The break is huge for us,” said Victolero, whose team practiced from Wednesday to Saturday.“The team is tired from our almost daily grind starting in the quarterfinals. It’s a good thing we got one win [over San Miguel] before the break.”The Hotshots battled back from 20 points down in Game 1 to prevail, 105-103, but the Beermen restored parity with an emphatic 92-77 triumph last Sunday.“They remain the heavy favorites, and what’s required of us is consistency throughout the game on what we need to do,” said Victolero after the Game 2 defeat. “I hope we learned from these last two games.”Paul Lee, Magnolia’s franchise player, needs to rediscover his lethal touch after averaging just 8.5 points in the first two games of the series.But Victolero is more concerned with the way his team needs to defend reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ll continue to put different defensive looks on June Mar,” said Victolero. “And we’ll do the same on their shooters.”For the Beermen, it will be about imposing their firepower on the Hotshots the way they did in Game 2 when the likes of Brian Heruela and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser sparkled off the bench.“That (Magnolia) team is trying to take away our crown,” said San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in Filipino. “We can’t just give it to them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Even after a much-needed breather, emotions are still running high and things are not about to cool down as defending champion San Miguel Beer and Magnolia break their standoff on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Coaches Leo Austria of San Miguel and Chito Victolero of Magnolia are hoping the six-day Lenten break has rejuvenated their players as they attempt to grab the edge in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, which has seen the Beermen and Hotshots not only trade big shots, but called for flagrant and technical fouls in a not-so-friendly duel between the sister teams.“You can see the determination of both teams,” said Austria, who is looking to steer the Beermen to an unprecedented fourth straight All-Filipino crown. “Magnolia is a strong contender and they are really hungry to win a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBeyond the physical play, Victolero, who is coaching in his first championship series, wants his players to stay focused when they take the Big Dome floor at 6:30 p.m.He said the break couldn’t have come at a better time for his players, who survived NLEX in a grueling six-game quarterfinals. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Twin triumphs of a lifetime In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

first_img– 15-year-old in custodyA man is in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was allegedly stabbed by a teenager at Capoey, Essequibo Coast.Reports are Tedd De Young called Kadir, 48, was stabbed at about 23:00h on Sunday by a 15-year-old and was rushed to the Suddie Hospital but was transferred to the GPH.According to reports, the victim’s son, Earlan De Young, said he heard someone screaming and upon investigating found his father lying motionless on his tommy with a wound to the left side of his head.The labourer was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to Suddie Hospital.While details of the stabbing are sketchy, this newspaper was told that villagers had seen the suspect and the injured man in a vehicle together earlier in the day.The suspect has been taken into Police custody and is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

first_img Craig Hignett Hartlepool have appointed Craig Hignett as their new manager following the departure of Ronnie Moore.The League Two strugglers parted company with Moore earlier on Wednesday and moved quickly to replace the 63-year-old with the former Pools midfielder.Hignett, who also took in spells with Middlesbrough, Bradford, Crewe and Barnsley, finished his playing career with a brief stint at Victoria Park in 2007.The 46-year-old also spent time as assistant to Colin Cooper at Hartlepool in the 2013/14 season.“It was essential that we moved quickly to get a new manager in place,” Hartlepool chairman Gary Coxall told the club’s official website.“We immediately identified Craig as our number one target and we believe he has all the right qualities to help instil confidence back in to the players and help us move up the table.“He has a wealth of experience in football and has been looking for an opportunity to move in to management so we’re delighted to give him that chance here at Victoria Park.”Moore left Hartlepool in the wake of Tuesday night’s 2-1 home defeat to Stevenage which left them just one place and four points above the relegation zone. 1last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny Golf News: The “official” tee-off for the golfing season, the St.Patrick’s Day Open, drew an entry of up to one hundred and thirty players to Barnhill which was all the more satisfactory for the winner.Clifford Malone [7], to know that he beat not only the course with a one under par 71 gross, but such a large “field” with a high calibre of low handicappers. Clifford took the turn after nine holes with 23pts following birdies at 1st, 3rd and 9th and, despite dropping three shots during the round, another birdie at 12th and a straight par run over the final five holes gave him an unassailable total of 44pts to take the St. Patrick’s Day trophy.Cat 4 members Dermot Higgins [23] and Victor Byrne [23] battled it out for the runner-up spot and it was Dermot who claimed that placing on B.O.T.Playing steady handicap golf intermitten with a few double bogeys, each of these competitors did their best to claim the trophy but fell short on the back nine.Saturday 21st Open again brought the single figure handicappers to the fore with 2015 club Captain Gerard Duffy [6] showing no signs of “letting up” due to his arduous office position this year!Played in crisp, dry conditions but with a touch of spring chill in the air, Gerard recorded birdies at 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th, the only blemish on the card being a double bogey at 4th and finishing with a straight five pars in a row from 14th thru 18th and a 24pt back nine for a 43pt total and a one under par gross 71.Runner-up, just one point behind on 42pts, was fellow six handicapper Don Ponsonby, also recording birdies at 1st, 4th, 9th and 16th and returning equal nines of 21pts each to relegate third placed Tony Duffy [22] on B.O.T.Sunday 22nd confined competition winner was decided by another B.O.T and it was that man in form Don Ponsonby [5] who followed up his second placing on Saturday by taking top honour this time.One of the easiest read cards in a long time, Don had fifteen pars, two bogeys and one birdie at the 18th hole par five, 20pts on each nine holes culminating in a total of 40pts.Relegated to second place on that b.o.t. was Seamus Mc Hugh [16], whose double bogey at 9th no doubt had him lose out on top spot. In third place was another early season “form” player, Michael Collum [8] whose 39pts consisted of an uncharacteristic “blank” at 7th and a birdie at par five 18th. Congratulations to Letterkenny Golf Club member Eamonn Mc Glinchey on winning the North Western Alliance Captain’s Day at Dunfanaghy on Saturday last. Also on the prizewinners’ rostrum were members Eamon O’ Carroll, Clive Davison, Finnian O’ Doherty and Jamie Foley.The new GolfNet system is now available and all members need to re-register so: log onto GolfNet – click on Login (top right hand corner) and click “Create an Account” – You need to have your GUI/ILGU handicap card with details for registering. Any member who does not have their new GUI card should contact Dermot Condon asap.REMINDER to all members that you must have played in at least four [4] home competitions to be eligible to play in the club’s majors, the first of which is the Voucher competition, Sunday 12th April,President’s Day, Saturday 27th June and Captain’s Day, Saturday 11th July. Subs must also have been paid, either in full or by dd, for eligibility to the Voucher competition. Members are reminded of the GUI regulation that “all golfers playing at an away venue must have entered at least three competitions in their own club from January-December 2014”.The list of club Team Captains’ for the coming season are now on the notice board so any member wishing to play for any club team should contact the relevant Team Captain.GOLF NEWS: CLIFFORD SHOOTS ‘SUB PAR’ TO TAKE ST PATRICK’S DAY TROPHY was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgYoung women are queuing up to become Harvest Fair Queen of Ballyshannon when the event returns this weekend after an 11-year-break.By last night more than 25 were entered for the contest in Dicey Reilly’s bar on Friday evening.Mai Kelly, one of the chief organisers, said: “That’s an outstanding entry, unbelievable.” She said she is extending the closing time for entries to 1 p.m. on Friday in case any other businesses or community groups wants to add to the nominations.The last Harvest Fair Queen, Linda Clarke – now Linda Gallagher – will crown the new queen after selection by a panel of judges headed by Ocean FM’s Paul Scanlon who will also be compere.All prospective queens are expected to be in Dicey’s by 8 pm. and selection will be at 9.30 p.m.As well as presenting the prizes at a glittering function on Saturday to all Harvest Fair winners, including successful people in the arts contest which had a massive entry at local schools, the Queen will also earn her own prize of a weekend with dinner for two at the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, sponsored by Failte Ireland and a bouquet of flowers sponsored by Le Fleur. She will also have a beauty voucher from Martina at the Essence of Beauty, and a sash sponsored by Bernie and Martin McGrane.A unique essence of the returned Harvest Fair will be an exhibition of vintage bicycles and other artifacts from John F McGee in the Market Yard on Saturday between 2 pm and 7.30 p.m.An open-air Ceili, also on Saturday at the Bridge End with the Assaroe Cheili Band from 6 pm to 7. 30 pm will, if weather isn’t suitable, be moved into the marquee in the Market yard.On Friday afternoon there will be a special sale of furniture and bric a brac at the Thrift Shop, East Port, between 2pm. and 5 pm with lots of bargains.FANCY DRESS A Fancy Dress competition will be held in the Abbey Centre on Saturday from 2 p.m., with contests separated into one for the over-8s and one for the under-8s. Prizes are sponsored with €500 from Mohan’s Amusements who will be in the Market Yard all weekend. Further details can be had from Pauric Bromley at 087 2887459.ART COMPETITIONIt’s based on a harvest theme and prizes for this will also be sponsored by Mohan’s and entries will be on display in the Abbey Centre and at various places in town.HOME MADE PRODUCE MARKET This will be in the Market Yard marquee and will include baking, jams, vegetables, eggs, flowers, poultry, turf and other interesting home produce. Home-made crafts will be for sale. Participants should contact Billy Grimes at 086 8416476 or Brendan Gallagher at 086 8057947.SPONSORSThey include John Mohan, Failte Ireland NW, Mai Kelly Beauty and Hair Salon, Mr Gs, Frances McGinley, Ann Boyle’s Pharmacy, Ann McGowan, Atlantic View CDP, Nirvanna, Trisha’s Hair Salon, Le Fleur, Bernie and Martin McGrane.ENDITBATTLE AMONGST THE BEAUTIES AT THE BALLYSHANNON HARVEST FAIR was last modified: September 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyshannon Harvest Fairlast_img read more

first_imgLaunching the Letterkenny Christmas Lights Collection, members of Letterkenny Chamber Council . From Left: Toni Forrester, Gerard McCormick, Gerard Grant, Gary Cooney, Clare McNickle, Mark Bundschu, John Watson, Jim McLaughlin.Letterkenny Chamber is looking forward to the Christmas Lights switch on that takes place on 29th November and you could be flicking the switch!After the success of last year we will once again see Main Street retailers offering hot drinks and Christmas treats in the evening of the big switch on.An art competition has been launched with the schools and the luck winner will get to throw the switch with the Mayor Paschal Blake. Letterkenny Chamber are responsible for all aspects of the Christmas lighting in Letterkenny and with funding from Letterkenny Town Council over the years they have managed to make a great display.However it is a costly affair and the chamber is appealing to the general public to give us a little of their spare change where they see the collection boxes. Shops across the town have been given collection boxes and all the proceeds will go to outing up and maintaining the lights.Chamber President John Watson explains “Letterkenny Chamber is grateful to Letterkenny Town Council for the money they contribute for Christmas Lights, but it is a costly business and while we would like to be able to continue to do it each year and to invest in new lights we need to add to the funding.“We are distributing collection boxes to all types of businesses over the next few days and we would be delighted if the general public could give a donation. We got such a great audience last year for the Christmas lights switch on and our members contributed so much to the atmosphere throughout the evening. So we are making this appeal for contributions, big or small to help us continue to make it a success”. The street will be buzzing from 5pm with stalls, music and family fun just before Santa and the big switch on at 7pm. DO YOU WANT TO SWITCH ON THE LETTERKENNY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS? was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

first_imgMany dinosaurs classed as different species are actually the same animal with different names, a publication of the Royal Society announced.  Read two news reports on this, however, and you will get two different opinions about how serious the problem is.    Rex Dalton in Nature News sounded the alarm: “One hundred and thirty-five years of questionable judgments, some driven by a lust for headlines, have left dinosaur nomenclature in disarray, according to two new studies.”  His article, “In search of Thingummyjigosaurus,” claims that nearly half the names given to dinosaurs have errors.  “The high error rate is not just a problem for fossil hunters; it is a warning that scientists should take extra precautions when identifying new species as they assess modern biodiversity, too, says [Michael] Benton.”  Benton [U of Bristol], author of one of the studies, said “It is a bit scary” to think that there are so many misnamed species.  16% of dinosaur names are duplicates, the study found, and another 32% have other classification problems.    The BBC News downplayed the seriousness of the problems.  It says most of the errors were made by self-promoting headline seekers in the early years of dinosaur hunting; “My research suggests we’re getting better at naming things; we’re being more critical; we’re using better material,” Benton told the BBC.  Another source of error has been the fragmentary nature of the evidence.  Paleontologists often have to classify a fossil based on just a hip or leg bone or vertebra.  In spite of these difficulties, “modern practice is now very good,” the BBC claimed.    Still, the BBC acknowledged that the ramifications of bad classification can be serious.  “There’s no point somebody such as myself doing big statistical analyses of numbers of dinosaur species through time – or indeed any other fossil group – if you can’t be confident that they really are genuinely different,” Benton told the BBC.  Accuracy is important for all biodiversity studies.  “People have also been looking at our current knowledge of mammals and insects and other animal groups and asking the simple question: are the species totals and lists we use for important conclusions – including to give political advice about endangered species – are they correct?” Benton asked.  “There’s been a big debate about vast extinctions among amphibians.  We have to know what the species are first, before we can talk about that.”This is the inverse of a long-lost cartoon.  A museum curator in Mexico shows a patron the skull of Montezuma.  Another smaller skull nearby prompts a question about whose it was.  “That,” the curator announces confidently, “is the skull of Montezuma as a little boy.”  There was a case of classifying two individuals as one man.  This is a case of classifying like objects as different species.  Think of the fun they could have with dogs and cats.    Classification is a human game.  Classification can have impact on human psyches and politics.  Remember that when you see a Thingummyjigosaurus in the museum, it might just be a Artifactofnomenclaturasaurus by another name.  But make no mistake.  That Bullfrogus headlineus in the path of construction is an endangered species.  Quick, pass a law!(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more