Neighbors Voice Safety Concerns Over Requested Zoning Setback Variance on Nearly Completed Home

first_imgSeveral neighbors are speaking out about what they see as safety concerns and quality of life issues. By Tim KellyNeighbors are upset with the owner and builder of a new house nearing completion on Park Place near Atlantic Avenue, which the builder’s lawyer admits has encroached by “approximately two feet” into the rear yard setback.Neighbors are worried about traffic safety in the alley behind the house, a two-family dwelling located at 801-803 Park Place, and they have questions as to why city construction officials allowed building to continue to this point with what they consider to be an obvious code violation.Neighbor Deb Reilly said vehicles speed down the alley and hit a blind spot before turning onto Atlantic, where numerous accidents have occurred in the past. The previous home on the lot, designated as lot 51, block 302 on the Ocean City tax map, had a wall around it which obstructed driver’s view of the intersection.Reilly said the wall is gone, but the intrusion of the new home into the setback “makes it even worse. I have grandchildren and I have been back there with them walking the dog and have seen some really close calls.”This alley has seen it’s share of challenges. Neighbors are looking for the Zoning Board to protect their interests.Reilly submitted a photo she took of an accident she said happened on July 24, 2015, and sent a young girl to the hospital with a broken leg.“Safety is my number one concern, and you have many children in the area, and in the summer there are numerous renters who aren’t familiar” with their surroundings and are at risk as drivers or pedestrians, Reilly said.A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday night at City Hall Council Chambers. Several homeowners who are seasonal residents complained they were not given adequate notice to attend the hearing.Homeowners within 200 feet of the property were sent a letter dated April 9 and signed by Avery S. Teitler, attorney for “Rosenblatt Limited Partnership.” The letter states the partnership is seeking a variance from the zoning ordinance for the yard and parking setback. Additionally it seeks approval for “any other variance, waiver or interpretation which may be necessary…to allow applicant to continue construction…” Efforts by OCNJDaily to obtain the identity of the owner(s) were unsuccessful Monday night. A Monday night call to Steve Howard, representative of builder Pinnacle Construction, was not returned.The front of the nearly completed home, appears to be set back further from the street than it’s neighbor.In addition to the sightline problems at the intersection of Atlantic and the alley, Reilly said ponding occurs there every time there is a significant rainfall. “This house is going to make that problem even worse, because there is no place for that water to go.”Another neighbor, Dick Maccarone, said he contacted an Ocean City construction code official last week by phone to voice his concerns. He said the official told him an inspection at the job months ago revealed the setback violation. Further, Macccarone said the construction official said his office received written communication from representatives of the owner stating building would continue “at their own risk.”“It boils down to arrogance and greed” of the owner(s), Maccarone said. Another neighbor said “they are banking on the variance being approved and basically saying ‘what are they going to do? Make us tear down the whole building now?’” Maccarone said that when he raised the traffic safety issue, construction officials told him “that hasn’t anything to do with this office and is a matter for police.”The construction office was closed and could not be contacted for comment prior to the publication deadline for this article.A third neighbor who lives on Atlantic Avenue near the jobsite, and who asked to be anonymous, said another house recently constructed backing up to the alley intruded “three inches” into the setback and the owner was required to dig up the entire foundation and move the building’s footprint back.“If this job receives the variance, it’s a clear double standard,” he said.Maccarone, who lives in West Conshohocken, Pa., said he underwent hip replacement surgery last week and would be unable to attend the hearing, but that he hoped neighbors would step up and voice their opposition to the variance.last_img read more

Medical School professor to debut one-woman show at Mount Auburn Cemetery

first_imgWhen challenged by our own vulnerability, we are forced to define what we value and hold close. In “Regeneration,” a funny, honest and tender one-women show, Harvard Medical School part-time Associate Professor of Psychiatry Nancy Rappaport, M.D. explores how she cultivated strength and joy while journeying through breast cancer. In a surprising twist, she finds comfort in a most unusual place—a Cambridge landmark designed to offer solace and healing.Dr. Rappaport will be debuting her show at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct, 1 & 2 at 3:00 p.m. She’ll also be presenting a free rendition of “Regeneration“ as grand rounds for Harvard Medical School students on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Initiative for Arts and Humanities mini amphitheater TMEC 209, 260 Longwood Ave., Boston.Dr. Rappaport is the author of the award-winning memoir, “In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide” (2011). Then, as now, she challenges us to find in hardship the opportunity to transform our fear and anger into life-affirming connection to those we love.  Read Full Storylast_img read more

17 Container plants

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 17 By Robert R. WesterfieldUniversity ofGeorgiaThere’s no better way to accent a deck, patio or porch than withannuals in containers. The endless variety of colors availablefor sunny spots, shady spots and spots in-between is almostlimitless.But before you invest in plants, look at the most importantcontributors to success: site selection, soil preparation andplant selection.Other factors such as watering, fertilizing and controlling pestsare certainly important. But most failures with annuals in thelandscape or containers are due to poor choices of site, soil orplants.Where to startLook first at your site. Is it shady all day, shady during theheat of the day, full sun only in the morning, full sun only inthe afternoon or full sun all day? This is important to know.You’ll need to base your plant selection on it.Go out at different times of the day to assess the amount ofsunlight an area gets. Some plants can grow in varying amounts ofsunlight. Others will quickly decline in the wrong exposure.Soil preparation is critical, too. When you look at a sicklycontainer plant, there’s a 90-percent chance the problem is dueto something happening at the root level. Usually it is due to apoor soil mix or overwatering the plant.Buy a quality container potting mix for plants, free from diseaseor weed seed. Be sure to use a container large enough that theroots can expand through the potting soil.DrainageAnother critical factor is good drainage. Be careful of thosecontainers that have catch basins for excess water. They’re nicein theory but create root-rot problems. If you use these, it’s agood idea to tilt the container after a few minutes afterwatering and drain out the excess water.You’ll really be excited about plant performance when you have agood, healthy root system.Finally, be sure you select the right plant. You know your site,so this job should be relatively easy.Impatiens love shade. Annual Vinca loves full sun. Salvia lovesabout a half day of full sun. Petunias like sun but perform bestin the spring and fall, not during the hot summer. The list goeson and on.The variety tag in bedding plant trays is a good place to startlooking for different flowers’ light requirements.Your county University of Georgia Extension Service office isanother good place to look. Ask for a copy of “Flowering Annualsfor Georgia Gardens” and “Container Gardening.”(Bob Westerfield is an Extension Service consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Rystad: Offshore Europe, wind investment likely to top oil and gas spending by 2022

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Capital investment in sea-based wind power off Europe will match offshore oil & gas in the next year and eclipse it in 2022, according to new calculations from consultancy Rystad Energy, as the collapse in global crude markets takes its toll on supermajor’s project development ambitions.Annual spending levels on offshore wind in the Northern seas, which has hovered above $10bn a year since 2015, is expected to climb to around $13.8bn billion in 2020, to $18.2bn in 2021, and more than $22bn the following year, as capital expenditure (Capex) in offshore oil & gas “continues [its] downwards trajectory” from more than $25bn last year to less than $17bn by 2022.“In light of the postponement of multiple FIDs [final investment decisions] on projects and lower investments in offshore oil & gas, coupled with increasing activity in the offshore wind sector, [we] expect that the two markets will reach parity as soon as next year [and] that Capex on offshore wind will surpass upstream oil & gas spending in Europe in 2022,” said Rystad Energy’s project manager for offshore wind Alexander Flotre.From an installed base just under 22GW last year, European offshore wind power capacity is set to expand to more than 53GW by 2025, constituting an annual growth rate of 16%, according to Rystad forecasts.“While Europe’s ambitious plans for 2030 will require new tender rounds in the coming years, most of the commissioning activity towards 2025 is expected to come from projects that have already been approved,” noted FlotreMegaprojects including Dogger Bank, Sofia and the coming phase of the Hornsea complex, along with developments in “established” markets such as the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Denmark are expected to contribute to the increased spending levels, while newcomers such as France and Poland will add to the growth in the 2023 to 2025 period, Rystad believes.[Darius Snieckus]More: Capital spend on sea-based wind to eclipse offshore oil off Europe ‘within two years’ Rystad: Offshore Europe, wind investment likely to top oil and gas spending by 2022last_img read more

Lothian backs merger of Scottish local authority funds

first_imgFalkirk Council Pension Fund2,289 Total44,256 Orkney Islands Council Pension Fund366 Scotland’s second largest local authority pension fund has voiced support for a full merger of the country’s 11 local government pension schemes (LGPS).The £6.7bn (€7.5bn) Lothian Pension Fund backed the option in its response to a consultation launched by the Scottish LGPS Advisory Board in June, a view at odds with that of Scotland’s biggest public sector fund, Strathclyde .Lothian’s pension committee chair Alasdair Rankin said: “We acknowledge that merger is not a panacea and will involve significant change, particularly in relation to governance, which may not be palatable to some stakeholders and merger to a single fund could be difficult.“Therefore, [Lothian’s] preferred option would be to work with like-minded partners on a voluntary basis to develop a mutually beneficial merger solution.” North East Scotland Pension Fund4,118 Scottish Borders Council Pension Fund685 Lothian Pension Fund Group6,666 FundAUM (£m) Fife Pension Fund2,421center_img Lothian said it had made “significant inroads” into collaboration with other funds, primarily through setting up a fully authorised internal asset management function, which it shares with the schemes for Falkirk and Fife.The setup allowed funds to work together, address key person risks and develop trust within the current structure, the fund said, with costs being shared across participants in the collaboration.There had not yet been any significant impact on any of Lothian’s investments through the collaboration, the pension fund stated, but the arrangement was expected to evolve to bring benefits from greater overlap in investments.However, it warned that the governance of the collaborative arrangements were not straightforward.“While other funds rely on advice from Lothian, they need to continue to be resourced appropriately to make decisions for their respective funds,” the scheme said. “Further, there are practical constraints to the expansion of this type of collaboration.”The advisory board presented Scotland’s LGPS funds with four options: retaining the current structure; promoting greater co-operation in administration and investments; pooling investments in a manner similar to the LGPS funds in England and Wales; or merging into one or more larger funds.Lothian’s preference was completely different to that expressed by the £21.5bn Strathclyde Pension Fund earlier this month.The Glasgow-based fund told the advisory board there was no evidence to suggest the current model was fundamentally flawed, and that no major change was necessary.Scotland’s LGPS system Strathclyde Pension Fund20,806 Highland Council Pension Fund1,884 Shetland Islands Council Pension Fund460 Tayside Pension Fund3,704 Dumfries & Galloway Council Pension Fund856 Source: 2017-18 annual reports. Data correct to 31 March 2018.last_img read more

Tellurian to buy Haynesville shale assets

first_imgTellurian, the US company developing the 26-mtpa Driftwood LNG export facility, has entered into a deal to buy a package of natural gas assets in the Haynesville shale play in northern Louisiana.A wholly-owned unit of Tellurian signed the deal worth $85.1 million with an unnamed private seller.The assets are located in Red River, DeSoto and Natchitoches Parishes, and include 9,200 net acres with up to 138 operated Haynesville and Bossier drilling location and about 1.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of total natural gas resource potential.The deal also includes 19 producing operated wells with net current production of four million cubic feet per day and associated natural gas gathering and processing facilities with substantial additional capacity, according to a Tellurian statement.The assets are 100% held by production and 92% operated, allowing Tellurian to control the pace of development for its multi-year drilling inventory.Covering more than five million acres, the Haynesville shale is one of the most prolific resource plays in the United States with over 13 Tcf of historical production, more than 44 active drilling rigs, access to multiple pipelines and close proximity to Gulf Coast consumers and exporters.“Acquisition of natural gas producing assets is integral to our growing business. We expect our full cycle cost of production and transport to markets will be approximately $2.25 per MMBtu, which represents a significant savings to natural gas we will purchase at Henry Hub and other regional liquidity points,” said Chief Executive Meg Gentle.The transaction is expected to close by the end of November 2017 subject to customary closing conditions.last_img read more

UK Free schools and academies must promote marriage

first_imgTelegraph 3 Dec 2011The importance of marriage is to be taught to every pupil at the Government’s flagship free schools and academies. The schools will be made to sign up to strict new rules introduced by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, setting out what pupils must learn about sex and relationships. Headteachers will be told that children must be “protected from inappropriate teaching materials and learn the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and for bringing up children”. But the decision to spell out an explicit endorsement of marriage in the curriculum for tens of thousands of children is highly politically significant, and likely to be welcomed by Conservative traditionalists who have been concerned at a perceived failure by David Cameron’s Government to deliver on pledges to support married life. read more

The Art of Drafting Baseball Players

first_imgIt is not hard for any pro baseball scout to judge talent.  If you are a pitcher, they use a radar gun to see how hard you throw.  If you are a position player, they check how you handle the bat and what type of power you have.  The key to drafting players who make the big leagues is the ability to judge the inner quality of the individual.They want to know what kind of desire you have to win, how your skills were attained, and what are your goals.  One way to do this is to visit the athlete in his home environment.  As you can see from the things mentioned above, there is really no quantitative way to evaluate these.  Here is where the true skill of a scout comes into play.The scout wants to know what kind of talent this athlete has compared to others his age, what kind of desire he shows to win, and how he cooperates with the members of his team. They like someone who is sure of themselves but not overly cocky.  Many times the final decision on drafting someone is what that team needs immediately or down the road.last_img read more

Malmo to relocate vandalized Zlatan statue

first_imgRelatedPosts AC Milan coach brushes off Ibrahimovic’s angry reaction to substitution AC Milan produce another fightback to sink Parma AC Milan hit back with three goals in five minutes to floor Juventus The city of Malmo has had enough of repeated acts of vandalism on soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue outside the local football club’s stadium and is set to move it to a new location, according to media reports.The Sydsvenskan newspaper said Saturday that the municipal council in Sweden’s third largest city is poised to make a decision on Monday and is seeking suggestions from top-flight team Malmo FF as to where the statue should be moved later in the year. However, the club’s CEO Niclas Carlnen told the newspaper he wasn’t aware of the city’s plans and wouldn’t comment on the matter.The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bronze statue of Ibrahimovic, who now plays for AC Milan, was unveiled in October to much fanfare outside Malmo FF’s stadium, commemorating one of Sweden’s greatest sportsmen.Created by sculptor Peter Linde, the statue is three meters (9-feet-10) tall and shows the football star standing bare chested with open arms.It cost 500,000 Swedish kronor ($50,000) to build, with estimated annual maintenance costs of 15,000 kronor paid by the city of Malmo.The statue has been vandalised numerous times. It has been sprayed with paint and messages, been overturned and had its nose and ankles sawn off.The vandalism began after it was revealed that Ibrahimovic had become a part-owner in Hammarby IF, a Stockholm-based club and a rival to Malmo FF.Ibrahimovic, 38, began his career with Malmo FF in the late 1990s in the city where he was born.The statue, excluding its red granite feet, was removed in early January for repairs and has been kept in a secret location ever since.Fans and foes have suggested it should be relocated to Stockholm, where Ibrahimovic owns property and where the Swedish soccer association, which commissioned the statue, is based. Tags: Malmo FFNiclas CarlnenZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

Dunne’s the leading amateur

first_img The only other amateur still to finish his second round on Saturday was former Tranmere Rovers trainee Paul Kinnear, but he failed to make the cut. The 21-year-old, who had been six under after 11 holes on Thursday, fell away further from his overnight position of level par to finish two over and sign for a 76. Two other amateurs in with a chance of winning the Silver Medal over the final two days were Shrewsbury’s Ashley Chesters and American Oliver Schniederjans, one under and two under respectively. Ireland’s Paul Dunne remained the leading amateur at the Open Championship after the second round finally drew to a close at St Andrews. The 22-year-old from Greystones shot 69 on Friday to reach six under at the halfway stage, two ahead of American Jordan Niebrugge in the race for the Silver Medal, and – impressively – tied 10th overall. Dunne’s lead might have been cut by Frenchman Romaine Langasque, who was four under with five holes remaining when play was suspended on Friday, but he dropped back to three under after carding a 72. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more