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Jaycees Announces Details of Saturday’s Christmas Parade | New


The Jaycees have announced registrations and roster procedures for their annual Christmas Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4.

“Our theme is ‘Winter Wonderland’ but the weather will be a good price change from previous years with a current forecast of 69 and cloudy; not really winter temperatures, but a great day for a parade, ”said Keenan Sudderth, project president.

There are over 130 entries in the parade, including marching groups, dignitaries, floats, marching bands, vintage cars, new cars and small vehicles.

“We are extremely excited with the turnout this year, we have many new entries and the parade has grown even bigger since our return to Alcoa,” said Kelly Kincheloe, Parade Co-Chair.

The parade will begin at McDonald’s in New Midland Plaza. It will cross New Midland Plaza then turn right onto Calderwood Avenue (North Cusick Street in Maryville). At the top of the hill (downtown Maryville) it will turn right onto West Broadway Avenue, then right onto West Lamar Alexander Parkway and end before New Providence Presbyterian Church. The Jaycees expect more than 35,000 spectators in all.

Grand marshal

The Jaycees chose the Blount Partnership as their grand marshal for this year’s parade to spur economic development, including securing several Amazon facilities and relocating Smith & Wesson.

“It’s a way of saying a little thank you for all the behind-the-scenes work they do. I would like to personally thank the Partnership for its commitment to excellence in our community, ”said Sudderth, who is also president of the Blount County Jaycees.

Alignment procedures

All registrations are expected to start lining up at 9 a.m. Saturday at Joule Street or Rankin Road. Parents who drop off their children must do so no later than 10 a.m. at the four-lane stop on Joule Street and Rankin Road; Carrel Street next to the old Alcoa Police Department; or Rankin / Bessemer junction.

The estimated placement of entrances numbered 1 through 15 will be in the East Tennessee Medical Group parking lots at the Joule Street entrance; The 16-45 will be parked on the right side of rue Joule; 46-74 will be on the right side of Rankin Road from the ETMG entrance; 75-94 will line up on the left side of rue Joule; 95-130 will line up on the left side of Rankin Road (the old AUB parking lot will accommodate horse trucks). Joule and Rankin will be one-sided during the roster.

Only dignitaries and official Jaycee vehicles will be allowed to park in the parking lot of the ETMG building. The only vehicles allowed on the Joule and Rankin alignment side are numbered entrances to be on these particular roads. Entrances to Joule must enter from Hall Road turning onto Joule (south end of Walgreens). Entrances numbered to be on Rankin can only enter from Bessemer Street (parking is available at the Rankin / Bessemer intersection on the grounds).

Jaycee officials are encouraging the groups to assemble at a location close to Rankin or Joule, get all the children on the chariot, make final preparations, and then proceed cautiously to the line-up area. Parking near the waiting area can be found on Bessemer, opposite the Blackhorse Pub & Brewery. Another good base is the Joule Walgreens intersection.

Anyone trying to access the Knoxville Pediatric Association (KPA) or (ETMG) will enter Joule from Hall Road (next to Walgreens), walk to the four-lane stop, then turn left or right to enter the appropriate establishment. Everyone will exit via Rankin towards Lincoln Road.

Rain delay / postponement

In the event of bad weather, the decision to delay the rain of the parade will be made at 10 a.m. Parade participants and spectators can call 865-309-4742 or visit the Blount County Jaycees Facebook page for weather details regarding the possible rain delay or rain date postponement, 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5.

Empty wallet for pantry bottoms

Once again, representatives of the Jaycees and Alcoa Jayteens (Junior Jaycees) will carry leaves along the parade route to collect donations for the Empty Pantry Fund.

In the past, cloth carriers have raised well over $ 21,000 from parade spectators.

“Every penny, penny, penny and quarter and those dollars add up during the parade,” said Lon Fox, president of the Empty Pantry Fund. “This is an opportunity for everyone to have an impact on someone’s life this Christmas, because no one deserves to be hungry for Christmas.”

Recognition program

The Jaycees will reward the following categories: the most thematic, the most creative, the best vehicles (car, truck, motorcycle, four wheels, etc.), the best youth organizations, the best religious contributions and the best companies. All entries will be judged before the start of the parade. Winners will receive a certificate / invitation to an awards reception to be held at Alcoa Middle School on Monday, December 20, starting at 6 p.m. There will be food, drinks and prizes at the reception.

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1. Alcoa and Maryville Police Services

2. Jaycees Christmas Banner

3. Blount County Fire Color Guard

4. Blount Partnership and family (grand marshals)

5. Collection of empty pantry fund donation sheets

8. Ed Mitchell, Mayor of Blount County

9. Blount County Commissioner Mike Akard and his family

10. The Mayor of Maryville Andy White and the Deputy Mayor Fred Metz

11. Todd Orr, Blount County Real Estate Appraiser

12. Blount County Deeds Register Phyllis Lee Crisp

13. Gaye Hasty, Blount County Clerk

14. Jeff Headrick, Blount County Superintendent of Highways

15. Blount Jaycee County President Keenan Sudderth with the Ritchie Tractor

16. Blount County Fire Protection District

17. Blount County Fire Protection District

18. Blount County Fire Protection District

19. Blount County Fire Protection District

20. The best brothers traction team

21. The best brothers traction team

22. The best brothers traction team

23. The best brothers traction team

24. The best brothers traction team

25. The best brothers traction team

26. Smoky Mountain Fundraiser

27. Bass Boat Electronics

28. Roll Arena Party Zone

29. Roll Arena Party Zone Skaters

30. Robbie Long with Fowlers Furniture

31. 1953 Mack Fire Truck with Dan Lites

32. Let It Snow Unlimited artistic dance

33. Let It Snow Unlimited artistic dance

34. Let It Snow Unlimited artistic dance

35. Shine Like a Diamond Maryville Jewelers

36. Campaign for Allen Latham for Blount County Real Estate Appraiser

38. White Chevrolet Truck 1956 with Millard Wilson

39. Whitehead’s Winter Wonderland

40. Riley Trapp with Twin City Certified

41. Premier Transport LLC

44. Carpenters Elementary School Cheerleaders

45. Frozen presented by the Blount County Drug Court

47. William Blount High School Dance Team

48. William Blount High School Dance Team

49. Kent and Ashlyn 1975 Chevrolet Nova

50. Dotson Memorial Youth Basketball

51. Roger Rex with East Tennessee Championship Wrestling

52. East Alcoa Baptist Church

56. Alcoa Fire Department

57. Harper Jeep Ram with Brian Myers

58. Kimberly Chambers with Smoky Mountain Primary Care

59. Blount County Democratic Party

60. Commercial cutting equipment

61. Music from Alcoa High School

62. Alcoa College Football Team

63. Cheerleaders Alcoa Peewee

64. Cheerleaders Alcoa Grasshopper

65. Alcoa Board of Trustees

66. Maryville College Cheerleaders

67. Eastern Tennessee roams

68. Lance Satterfield with Keller Williams

69. Blount United Soccer Club

70. British Wonderland – English Automobile Company of Knoxville

71. Alcoa Fire Department

72. Mark Swaggerty with motorhomes for less

73. Credit center “Get this paste”

74. 1923 Federal Reserve armored truck with Lamon jewelers

75. Sleigh with the Baptist Church of Mount Sinai

76. Maryville Auto Sales LLC

77. Michelle Newman with Tennessee Mountain Real Estate

78. Clayton Bradley Academy Choirs

79. Clark Grove CP Church and Boy Scout Pack 1810

80. The Dwight Price Group Realty Executive and Associates

81. Glen and Amanda Morse with Wake Up Rentals

83. William Blount Fishing Team

84. SERVPro of Blount County

85. Family Christmas Truckster CARE 365

87. Father Against Drunk Driving (FADD)

88. Prospect Elementary Boosters, Tiger Cub Basketball and Cheer

95. Christmas Party with Legends Cuts Maryville

107. Theater group of primary players

108. Smoky Mountain Landscape

109. AF Insurance, let it snow

111. Christian Church Partnership

112. Sons of the American Revolution

113. American foundation and waterproofing

114. American foundation and waterproofing

115. American foundation and waterproofing

116. Maryville High School Band

117. Willocks High Performance Trucking LLC

118. Federal Credit Union Y-12

121. Rowing in a Winter Wonderland

122. Rowing in a Winter Wonderland

123. Rescue Year Round – Blount County Rescue Squad

124. Frozen Wonderland Girl Scout Troop 20709

125. Daniel Lawson Hepperly’s

126. Frosty Rose with Connatser and Teffeteller Heating and Air

127. Hotel Phobias Scary Christmas

129. Alcoa Middle School Jayteens and Blount County Jaycees with Morelock Motors


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New resource for the installation of manholes and sumps


It can be difficult to find resources that deal with manhole and catch basin issues that arise in Minnesota. In a recent project, researchers interviewed 83 municipalities and interviewed other engineers and product representatives to collect data on manhole and sump installation and maintenance practices. The resulting report provides up-to-date information to municipal engineers on these critical facilities.

Municipalities in Minnesota with underground storm and sanitary sewers also have manholes and sumps (also called storm drains). Typically spaced every 400 feet along streets, manholes allow workers to access sanitary and storm systems for inspection and maintenance. Catchment basins are also located along streets and in parking lots to collect and transport rainwater.

For example, Minneapolis has about 18,000 storm manholes and 32,000 sanitary manholes. In addition, 55,000 catchment basins are part of the city’s stormwater management effort. Although almost invisible despite their large number, these facilities are an essential part of the infrastructure of every municipality.

“The final report is a valuable tool, bringing together in one document all of the best standards and products to prevent and resolve common manhole and catch basin problems, especially those faced by municipalities in Minnesota facing frequent freeze-thaw cycles, ”said Steve Bot, City Administrator / Director of Public Works, Town of St. Michael.

Some state municipal engineers were concerned about cases of settling and heaving around manholes and sumps. After reviewing data from an initial study, a Local Road Research Board (LRRB) research committee learned that there were no information resources for the construction or maintenance of catchment areas, and that the existing information on manholes was insufficient and obsolete. Many new products targeting the installation needs of these facilities could improve construction techniques and maintenance practices. Municipal engineers needed an accessible and comprehensive resource on the installation and maintenance of manholes and sumps.

What was our goal?

The objective of the project was to provide an information resource on manholes and sumps that covered installation techniques, products and their application, as well as common maintenance issues. This resource would also include information on practices that mitigate settlement and heave around facilities.

What have we done?

To gather information for this resource, the researchers interviewed representatives from 83 municipalities and the City Engineers Association of Minnesota. The survey gathered information on product selection, installation techniques, specifications and maintenance issues.

Members of the research team interviewed some municipal employees to further document the processes and concerns. They contacted industry professionals to learn more about suitable materials and proper application techniques.

The effective compression of the soil around a sump during construction prevents future settlement and uplift.

Researchers gathered information on construction methods and products, developing an in-depth review of construction and repair products, and practices to prevent settling and heaving. They also collected engineers’ experiences with the products, considerations while working in the field, and advice for new installation and repair of existing units.

What was the result ?

Manholes and sumps are generally constructed from three materials: precast reinforced concrete, cast-in-place concrete, and manhole bricks or blocks. All the municipalities studied used precast concrete, five municipalities used cast-in-place concrete, and six cities used bricks and blocks only at the discretion of the engineer. In general, a 5 inch wall thickness has been specified for prefabricated and cast-in-place manholes and sumps.

The manhole chimney section, which connects the manhole cone to the pavement surface, showed the greatest variation in construction among municipalities. All used manhole adjustment rings (also called extension rings), which cover the distance from the top of the chimney to the surface of the roadway and aid in leveling.

“Catchment and manhole problems can be difficult for a municipal engineer to study. Resources are scattered, with limited detail. This project provides a focused resource with a particular focus on Minnesota experiences and practices, ”said Derek Tompkins, senior civil engineer, American Engineering Testing, Inc.

Municipalities used both precast concrete rings and engineered polymer rings; 40% of respondents were in favor of polymer rings and 21% not. The number of respondents who preferred concrete rings was almost equal to those who found concrete rings less effective. This variation revealed that some preferences were a matter of background and experience.

The methods of sealing manholes varied from municipality to municipality, but certain products were commonly used, such as rubber or butyl o-rings between the joints; packaging materials, such as Infi-Shield Gator Wrap; sealants such as Cretex internal seals for high groundwater areas; and other barrier wraps. These construction characteristics all stem from the fact that the facilities are built underground. They are subjected not only to hydraulic pressure, but also to the tremendous destructive forces of the freeze-thaw cycles that occur in cold states like Minnesota.

To avoid settlement and uplift problems, the information in the report includes methods to effectively backfill and compact the soil around the unit during construction.

And after?

The project report will provide municipalities statewide and beyond with up-to-date information on installation, products and maintenance practices for manholes and sumps.


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UNF deploys ‘loud devices’ to deter campus vultures – UNF Spinnaker


The UNF is today launching its partnership with the US Department of Agriculture with its “cooperative service agreement” to entice vultures to leave campus properties, according to the advisory. As part of this initiative, noisy devices will be used to repel birds from 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 29.

This undated photo provided by Evan R. Buechley in August 2021 shows a hooded vulture in Ethiopia. Analysis of data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and BirdLife International released on Monday, August 30, 2021 found that 30% of the world’s 557 raptor species are considered near threatened, vulnerable or endangered. . Eighteen species are critically endangered, including the hooded vulture, the researchers found. (Evan R. Buechley via AP)

State and protected by the federal government, “the growing population has caused damage to the northern cell phone tower, sports facilities, parking lots and grounds, while littering the equipment, tank shelters and seats used by the campus community and visitors ”, we read in the Osprey update.

Don’t worry if you hear loud booms on campus, the noises will stop after dark.

All questions should be directed to the UNF Environmental Health and Safety Department at [email protected] or (904) 620-2019.

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Tabletop dog park and disc golf course for the former Keene campsite | Local News


After two groups set their sights on space in the old Wheelock Park campground – one looking to build a dog park and the other looking to create a new disc golf course – Keene crosses a new step towards a solution that could integrate the two ideas.

The city council’s municipal services, facilities and infrastructure committee voted on Tuesday to use the city’s capital improvement program funds to develop a plan that includes both proposals. Parks, Recreation and Facilities Manager Andy Bohannon, who worked with the two groups to determine if the campground is a good fit for their plans, asked the committee to recommend that City Manager Elizabeth Dragon be allowed to spend those funds, which he said were free to be reallocated.

“I imagine we’ll have a public input process; both groups are going to be heavily involved in this design, ”Bohannon said of the plan. “And that’s really the best way to move forward with these two groups, and the city is going to have a win-win.”

Bohannon said in a note to the committee, included in the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, that the money could be used to hire a landscaping consultant. He said this would help better understand the combined needs of the city and groups wishing to use the campground space, and give stakeholders an idea of ​​the cost of the projects.

The push for a dog park in Keene is not new, and the initiative has been going on for years, led by different people at different times. Last month, Rebecca Lancaster, a member of Keene’s board of directors who currently runs the dog park project, told the MSFI committee that a petition supporting the project has garnered more than 600 signatures.

The Park Avenue location is ideal for a dog park, she said, as it is close to Wheelock Park amenities such as restrooms and parking, but far enough from the nearest house to avoid any problems for property owners in proximity, which has been a concern in previous conversations about a dog park in other locations.

“The advantages of having a dog park are that there really aren’t any others locally in nearby or adjacent towns,” Lancaster told the committee. “In fact, I was surprised, when I moved here, that there isn’t an established dog park in a town of this size. It is therefore a safe space for community members to exercise and socialize their dogs. It’s a great convenience … something else Keene could offer to attract families and young professionals and others to the area.

Meanwhile, Robert Johnson of the Keene Disc Golf Club said last month that the goal of their project was to build a course that would be a bit more accessible than the more advanced course the club operates at Otter Brook. He said a disc golf course would be a great fit for other park activities and that the group would take care of any ongoing maintenance required at the facility, as it does at Otter Brook State Park.

Otter Brook’s course has performed well, Johnson said, attracting players from all over New England. But he said it’s not always suitable for young players or those just learning the game.

“As successful as Otter Brook has been, one thing that is not suitable for beginners,” Johnson said. “The lack of off-season access, elevation changes and sometimes rugged topography can be overwhelming for new players, and that’s where Wheelock comes in.”

In addition to helping establish the feasibility of both the dog park and the disc golf course, Bohannon said the concept plan would also give the city a roadmap for using the space for generations. future.

Councilor Bobby Williams suggested that if the dog park was not functioning in the old campground, a fenced area near the Robin Hood Park Amphitheater might also be a suitable location. He said it wouldn’t take a lot of work to create a small dog park there.

At last month’s meeting, Lancaster told councilors she would be willing to come up with a plan to share space with space with the disc golf course. On Tuesday, councilor Randy Filiault asked Bohannon if this would be possible.

“There’s a good chance that will happen,” Bohannon told the committee. “There’s also another chance it won’t. But we’ll find out.”

The committee’s recommendation will then go to the full board for further consideration.


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Ahrens advances the Playford Health Hub


The parking lot of the Playford Health Hub.

Last parking to Elizabeth Vale, Playford Health Hub, demstrengthens Ahrens’ expertise in the supply better parkings.

At Ahrens, each customer is guaranteed a better car park built to last. With unbeatable expertise and in-house capabilities, Ahrens can bring every parking lot from concept to completion, with an aesthetic finish meant to leave a lasting impression.

After working on some of South Australia’s most notable car parks including Adelaide Entertainment Center car park, Tea Tree Plaza’s Park ‘n’ Ride and the newest car park at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Ahrens was the first choice to provide the newest multi-level parking for NorthWest Healthcare Properties, managed by Vital Healthcare Property Trust.

Vital Healthcare Property Trust is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with $ 2.5 billion in assets under management and 71% of its portfolio in Australia. Vital Healthcare is the only specialist owner of healthcare goods listed on the NZX (NZX: VHP).

A leading global healthcare real estate investment fund, NorthWest Healthcare operates in five countries, with the Australian arm working on a smart, high-tech healthcare facility in Playford, which will see the area surrounding Lyell McEwin Hospital transformed. into an interconnected health center, with the Elizabeth Vale shopping center demolished to make way for construction.

As part of the first stage of the new development at Elizabeth Vale, the client hired Ahrens to deliver a new car park consisting of 501 parking spaces spread over six expansive levels.

The team completed the construction itself, as well as the basic construction of the ground floor retail and commercial rentals, as well as all associated external roadways.

The second phase of the development will include a specialized medical consultation building, with the third and final stage being the private hospital itself.

This is Ahrens’ first project for the client, and one that will leave its mark. Find out more about Ahrens success stories: www.ahrens.com.au.


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UP Assembly 2022 polls: With Noida, 5 international airports for UP ahead of polls: 10 points


UP Polls: Noida Airport will only be the second international airport in the National Capital Region.

New Delhi:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for Noida International Airport in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, the center said this morning, calling the new airport “the Prime Minister’s vision for a ready aviation industry for the future”.

Here are the 10 main points of this story:

  1. It will be Prime Minister Modi’s first public event since the astounding withdrawal of the three farm laws that sparked nearly 15 months of protests (and some violent clashes) from farmers across the country. It also comes as the BJP government of the UP – one of the states most affected by the farmer protests, which many believe could affect the ruling party’s chances of re-election – prepares for elections to the ‘Assembly next year.

  2. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will review preparations for Thursday’s ceremony today, which will be held around noon. The BJP also organized a large public meeting on this occasion.

  3. Noida Airport will be UP’s fifth international airport – the most of any state – and will be a “game changer” for the state, the center said. Currently, UP has eight operational airports. Another 13 airports and seven airstrips are under development, the center added.

  4. The airport is billed as the “logistics gateway to northern India” and will help “establish UP on the global logistics map,” the center said. It will also be only the second international airport in the National Capital Region; the other is Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.

  5. It will be approximately 72 km from IGI Airport, approximately 40 km from Noida and roughly the same distance from a planned multimodal logistics hub in Dadri. Work on the first phase is expected to be completed by 2024 – when India votes in Lok Sabha’s 18th election.

  6. Built near the town of Jewar in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of UP (part of the NCR), it is expected to serve the residents of Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Agra, Faridabad and surrounding areas, as well as helping to decongest the air and car traffic in and around IGI airport, the center said.

  7. Connectivity will be provided by the “multimodal transit hub”, which will include metro and high-speed train stations, as well as taxi and bus services. It will also offer private parking, the center said. Noida and Delhi will be linked by “hassle-free metro services” and major roads and highways will connect the airport with other cities, the center added.

  8. A dedicated freight terminal will have a capacity of 20 lakh metric tons, which will be further extended to 80 lakh metric tons. By facilitating the smooth flow of industrial goods, the airport will play a crucial role in helping the region attract huge investments and spur rapid industrial growth.

  9. The costs of the first phase will be over Rs 10,050 crore. The airport will cover 1,300 hectares and will be used by approximately 1.2 crore of passengers. The new airport will also be India’s first “net zero emission” airport, with land set aside for a “forest” that “will preserve local native species (flora and fauna).

  10. Previously, UP had two international airports – Chaudhary Charan Singh in Lucknow and one in Varanasi (Prime Minister Modi’s constituency). Since 2012, a third has been installed in Kushinagar and a fourth – in the temple city of Ayodhya – is expected to become operational early next year.


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The 2021 Holiday Logistics Guide


Halloween is in the rearview mirror and Black Friday is looming on the horizon. As such, retailers and logistics providers are preparing for the annual holiday logistics crisis. The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecast that November and December holiday sales will increase 8.5% to 10.5% from 2020 to between $ 843.4 billion and $ 859 billion. In addition, NRF estimates that online sales will increase by 11-15% to a total of between $ 218.3 billion and $ 226.2 billion in 2020. This increase in e-commerce will put additional pressure on an already existing supply chain. disturbed. Some of the biggest logistics service providers and retailers are trying to hire hundreds of thousands of workers to handle the rush of vacation logistics.

But this rush to hire new workers occurs during what is called “the Great Resignation”. The quit rate – the share of workers who voluntarily quit their jobs – hit a new high of 3% in September 2021, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. A total of 20.2 million workers left their employers from May to September. Many large retailers and logistics service providers are realizing that additional compensation or incentives are needed.

Amazon plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers, about 50% more than last year. These workers will be used to store, package and ship items from its warehouses. Amazon said the average starting salary for jobs in the United States is $ 18 an hour. And with more competition for entry-level workers, the company is also offering signing bonuses of up to $ 3,000, depending on location, and up to an additional $ 3 per hour for workers willing to work the job. night or weekend.

Amazon also launched “Black Friday-worthy” deals in mid-October with the aim of attracting first-time holiday shoppers. The first Black Friday deals coincided with Amazon’s beauty event called “Holiday Beauty Haul.”

UPS is hiring more than 100,000 workers this holiday season, which is about the same number as last year. The company fills seasonal full-time and part-time positions, primarily parcel handlers, drivers, driver assistants and personal vehicle drivers. UPS is used to transforming seasonal jobs into permanent positions. In the past three years, about one-third of those hired by UPS for seasonal parcel handler jobs were then hired into a permanent position when the vacation ended, and about 138,000 current UPS employees, or nearly a quarter of a mile. ‘one-third of the company’s US workforce started in seasonal positions. Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible seasonal employees who are students can earn up to $ 1,300 for college expenses, in addition to their hourly wages, for three months of continuous employment.

FedEx is bringing in about 90,000 seasonal workers this year, an increase of about 30% from last year. The company is also adding new hubs and sorting centers and improving parcel handling and delivery capabilities to meet demand. FedEx is committed to seven-day residential delivery to get packages where they need to be every day of the week. In addition to seasonal workers to sort and deliver packages, FedEx also hires approximately 500 people to fill computer and data science positions.

The postal service is hiring about 40,000 seasonal workers this year, up from about 35,000 workers last year. Seasonal opportunities include, but are not limited to, urban and rural letter carriers, mail handlers and drivers. In addition to hiring, the Postal Service is preparing for the higher delivery demands of the peak holiday season of 2021 by leasing millions of additional square feet of mail and parcel sorting facilities and installing new equipment. processing to accommodate higher mail and parcel volumes.

Walmart has announced that it is hiring about 150,000 new store workers in the United States, most of them permanent and full-time, in anticipation of the busy holiday season. The company also plans to provide overtime to many of its store workers during the period. Walmart will also hire 20,000 workers at its supply chain facilities in permanent positions as people increasingly embrace curbside pickup and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, Walmart is also rolling out more fulfillment options for customers. The company is extending in-store delivery hours nationwide to two hours, providing more delivery windows to customers, increasing the variety of products available for in-store delivery, and including more locations for oversized products and l alcohol to pick up. Walmart plans to run Black Friday deals throughout November, with early access for Walmart + members.

Target said it would cut seasonal hiring and instead give more hours to its approximately 300,000 current employees at the store. The company said it would pay an additional $ 2 an hour to employees who take shifts during peak days of the holiday season. The salary supplement will go to employees of stores and service centers who work Saturdays and Sundays from November 20 to December 19, Christmas Eve or Boxing Day. Hourly supply chain workers can get the extra pay for two-week peak periods between October 10 and December 18. Target also unveiled improvements to its Drive Up curbside pickup, adding 18,000 assigned parking spaces. In addition, same day Shipt delivery will be available for a wider range of products in the Target assortment, including clothing and accessories, Ulta Beauty items, electronics, toys and now adult drinks. .

It wouldn’t be the holiday season if people weren’t worried about holiday shipping times. Here are the deadlines to keep in mind for your own logistical vacation planning. UPS, FedEx, and USPS have said you should ship Christmas gifts the week of December 13, but with the continued tightening of capacities, it might be safer to make sure you have shipped the items before the. December 10. The ground limit is December 15 for FedEx and the postal service, while UPS does not give a deadline. However, it is stated that shipping from coast to coast takes about a week, which means it must be shipped no later than December 17th. FedEx and UPS have both removed almost all of their delivery guarantees during the holiday season. The only exception is UPS Next Day Air, which is expensive.

My colleague Chris Cunnane is the primary author of this story.


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Newport Beach City Manager Update: New NBPD Website, Redistribution


Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Over the past few months, staff at the Newport Beach Police Department have worked hard to provide our residents with a new updated Police Department website with an improved look, designed and formatted to fit all devices. digital. I think you will agree, the results are very impressive!

You can access the new site at the same web address, www.nbpd.org.

All of the key features from the previous website are available on the new website, and many have been improved. As the site has been reorganized, these features may be in different locations. In addition, website visitors may have bookmarks or favorites saved for certain pages on the previous site that are no longer active.

One of the most popular pages on the site, the Service Calls Dashboard, can be accessed directly at this link: https://nbgis.newportbeachca.gov/gispub/Dashboards/PoliceCallsDash.htm.

For a video tutorial on using the Service Calls Dashboard, click here: https://www.nbpd.org/what-we-do/information/calls-for-service/dashboard-walkthrough.

You can visit the Crime Statistics page for current and historical trends, or the Services page to report, schedule a vacation check or home security inspection, request a recording, and more. On the new program pages you will find information about our crime prevention programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Citizen’s Police Academy and volunteer opportunities.

The new website reflects the mission of our police department and the city to provide our residents with important information and access to essential services in easily accessible formats. I encourage you to take a moment to visit the updated site at www.nbpd.org.

COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach

As of November 18, the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach was 5,242, an increase of 52 cases from November 12. The total number of cases in Orange County as of November 18 was 309,969, an increase of 1,981 cases from November 12. The number of COVID-19 patients recovered across the county as of November 18 was 297,972. These figures are provided to Orange County by the California Department of Public Health.

Take part in the redistribution of the board with your own card

As part of the council redistribution process, the public is encouraged to help balance the population within the council’s seven districts using the latest data from the 2020 US Census. Mapping tools are available at https: // www .newportbeachca.gov / redistricting that will allow the public to create their own maps and submit them as public comments for the city council’s ad hoc district committee to consider at its next meeting on December 13. 2021. All cards are due before December 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Roaming Update

  • 20 people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now staying at the Costa Mesa Bridge shelter.
  • City Net, the city’s homeless service agency, has helped several clients obtain emergency housing vouchers. Emergency Housing Vouchers are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and allow people to pay affordable rent based on their fixed income. Nine homeless people in Newport Beach received vouchers. The voucher program is administered by the Orange County Housing Authority. City Net helps Newport Beach clients complete necessary paperwork, obtain bank statements, visit potential rental apartments, and more.
  • A woman participating in the Trellis Community Impact Team, a program contracted by the city to develop professional skills, is now staying after reuniting with her mother and son in Montebello. The women entered the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter in May after living in her car near Newport Pier for more than a year. Trellis International is a Costa Mesa-based non-profit organization that provides volunteer opportunities for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to acquire and / or rebuild professional skills and a path to stable employment and housing. . Through volunteer projects managed by Trellis’ Community Impact Team (CIT), participants develop and refine the professional skills needed to re-enter the workforce and keep their jobs. Projects may include cleaning up beaches, hiking trails, parking lots, jetties and other public spaces, removing graffiti, pruning and removing vegetation, etc.
  • A 77-year-old woman who had lived in her car for several years has been placed in permanent accommodation in Indio. During the transition, City Net staff helped her stay at Grandma’s House of Hope, a crisis-ridden women’s housing provider based in Santa Ana. The Newport Beach Animal Shelter temporarily cared for the woman’s dog and two cats during her move.
  • City Net enrolled a family of three living in their car in wards and helped them move into an apartment in Yorba Linda. Both parents continue to work in Newport Beach and their child attends a school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
  • City Net helped place three clients who were staying near the Newport Pier in the Yale Navigation Center in Santa Ana. The Yale center accommodates up to 425 homeless people and provides case managers who find suitable accommodation, help with job searches and provide other on-site services.
  • City Net has enrolled a family staying in their car for services. The family has received an emergency housing voucher and is looking for rental accommodation.
  • City Net has registered a customer staying in his car in their services.
  • City Net has completed two housing reviews with people staying near Newport Pier.

To donate to homeless people in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.

New inflatable boats added to the Marina Park fleet

Marina Park Sailing and Boating Center has added two Zodiac Pro Classic inflatable boats to the fleet. The purchase of the vessels was made possible by the Aquatic Center grant through the California State Boating and Waterways Division. The safety boats are coming at a good time, with the resumption of programming at Marina Park. The boats will be used for safety and instruction on the water for camps and sailing lessons.

Thanksgiving

As a reminder, City Hall and most of the city’s facilities will be closed on November 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving. This newsletter will be on hiatus for a week and will return on December 3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!


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Want a COVID test before your Thanksgiving rally? You can end up waiting, again


COVID testing is still part of the overall approach to tracking and preventing viruses, officials say. But those traveling or getting together with family this holiday season can expect it to be more difficult to get swabbed.



Sam Donohaue, 5, a kindergarten student at RP Connor Elementary School in Suffern, takes a COVID-19 test at a testing site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Department of Health of the Rockland County and the Good Samaritan Hospital has set up the testing site for the yellow zone school districts.  Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open.  Along with Sam was his brother Jack, 9, who was also tested.


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Sam Donohaue, 5, a kindergarten student at RP Connor Elementary School in Suffern, takes a COVID-19 test at a testing site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Department of Health of the Rockland County and the Good Samaritan Hospital has set up the testing site for the yellow zone school districts. Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open. Along with Sam was his 9-year-old brother Jack, who was also tested.

State-run test sites statewide have upped the ante, and outside of New York City, where test tents dot many street corners, it’s hard to find a managed site. by the municipality.

Medical providers, including walk-in clinics, as well as pharmacies offer many tests – CVS reports make the tests available at more than 4,800 pharmacies across the country.

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These providers, however, expect a slight hike during the holidays. Remember the long lines outside your local walk-in clinic?



a person sitting on a blue surface: A nasal swab is prepared for test results at a COVID-19 test site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Rockland County Health Department and the Good Samaritan hospital have set up the testing site for the yellow zone school districts.  Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open.


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A nasal swab is prepared for test results at a COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Rockland County Health Department and Good Samaritan Hospital have implemented the test site for school districts in the yellow zone. Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open.

Officials at WMC Health, with hospitals and facilities across the Hudson Valley, recalled last year’s increase in demand for COVID-19 testing before the holidays. They are recruiting and supplying more people looking for tests.

There are also home test kits available on drug store shelves – although quantity limits and shortages are considered as the holidays approach.

Tallman’s Pharmacy Center has a limited stock of over-the-counter Covid-19 rapid home test kits, pharmacist Gary Langstein said. “They were hard to find,” he added.

“I would expect there to be an increase in demand for these kits as we get closer to the holidays due to families wanting to reunite safely,” Langstein said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said antigen testing is not as accurate as swab PCR testing.

‘A little tricky’

The tests are neither a complete predictor nor a protector against infection, said Dr Donald Chen, hospital epidemiologist at Westchester Medical Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

“If your test is negative, it doesn’t mean there is no risk,” Chen said. “You could be exposed and not test positive right away.”

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Testing should also be done as early as possible before travel, Chen said, but with enough time to recover from the test.

Leaving before a test result returns and then turns out to be positive means someone is stranded in quarantine at their vacation destination.

“It’s a bit tricky,” Chen said.

Vaccination is the best line of defense, said Westchester County Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler.

Chen agreed. He also recommends wearing masks if you’re indoors and with people at high risk.



Faithful Sandra Weinstein is swabbed to confirm a negative COVID-19 test outside Young Israel in New Rochelle on March 31, 2020. Young members of Israel, who are now no longer showing symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus, have started donating blood at the synagogue to see if they have enough antibodies to fight COVID-19.


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Faithful Sandra Weinstein is swabbed to confirm a negative COVID-19 test outside Young Israel in New Rochelle on March 31, 2020. Young members of Israel, who are now no longer showing symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus, have started donating blood at the synagogue to see if they have enough antibodies to fight COVID-19.

Big changes compared to last year

The CDC continues to recommend that people who are not fully vaccinated get tested before and after air travel.

New York State’s COVID testing warrants for domestic travel ended on April 1.

Just before Thanksgiving last year, New York City relaxed its travel rules and allowed people to ‘test’ a full 14-day quarantine by going through COVID tests before coming here, quarantining three days, then passing another COVID test on this fourth day.

But last year, vacationers relied on COVID testing because there wasn’t much else.

Now, Chen said, people can be fully immunized – reducing their likelihood of contracting and transmitting the virus – and many are now receiving boosters.

On November 15, Governor Kathy Hochul expanded eligibility for recalls in New York to include anyone who may “feel at risk” because of their job or community transmission. The CDC was ready to follow suit.

But vaccinations are neither universal nor foolproof. Groundbreaking cases of COVID can occur in fully vaccinated people, including people with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC.

Cold weather, a more virulent delta variant, and holes in vaccination rates have all contributed to the increase in COVID cases as the holiday season approaches. Plus, kids ages 5 to 11 only had time for a single dose of Pfizer vaccination before Thanksgiving gatherings.

Between the first and second week of November, COVID positivity rates in the state jumped 25%; the statewide positivity rate – the share of COVID tests that tested positive for the virus – was 3.2% statewide and exceeded 8% in western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Who should test and how?

While the New Jersey Department of Health has sent a notice to schools that they should still consider testing and quarantines for any unvaccinated student or staff who travel on vacation, the New York Department of Health did not disclose any of those plans or comment on the possibility.

Employers, however, can impose COVID testing after personal travel, said Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO. which provides human resources services to companies.

Starkman said he anticipates some companies will do just that during the winter holidays, when international travel is more common than during the all-American Thanksgiving holiday. Even though the United States requires testing for the return of international travelers, Starkman said an employer may require a second round.

More likely, Starkman said, companies will be making their employees work from home after the trip. He added: “So many people are telecommuting anyway.”

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Luton council boss under fire for parking ‘chaos’


The barriers around the parking lot of the Upper Town

The chief executive of Luton council received a hostile reception from business owners angry at the parking reductions, during a trip to High Town.

Robin Porter had visited the conservation area along High Town Road last week after business leaders said plans to significantly reduce their parking spaces for a new property development would drive customers away.

Real estate agent Mohammed Shahid said Porter faces angry traders.

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“It was extremely hostile,” he said. “Business people feel very disappointed.”

He has now started a petition in the region calling on the council to rethink its plans to remove 28 public parking spaces, which the companies say will drive out customers who cannot park. Traders will end up with only 12 spaces for themselves and their customers, they say.

“We were not consulted on the plan,” he said. “We were all taken by surprise.

“Every business has been closed during the closures and some are barely surviving. The loss of parking cuts a lifeline, they will close their doors.”

Twenty-eight places were lost

Mr Shadid said that since parking spaces were removed to cope with a new apartment development, there has been chaos on the road, with people parking in yellow lines or on the sidewalk.

“The parking lot has been around for 45 years,” he said. “We all need to find another place to park. The general manager has witnessed some of the chaos in the area with people parking on double yellow lines.”

Dorota Bodniewicz lives and works in High Town and said: “It’s ridiculous what’s happened here. They’re literally killing businesses while customers struggle to park. They’re just killing the neighborhood.

“The advice is just crossing our fingers that we get used to it. “

The petition states: “The Luton Borough Council did not properly take into account the impact of the loss of these parking lots and did not make any proposals regarding other parking arrangements.

“The construction process has already started and it is progressing rapidly. This will significantly reduce the level of on-street parking in the area, but will also remove the vast majority of long-term parking in the High Town Road commercial area.

“This long-term parking lot is used by both local residents and people working in businesses and shops in the upper town. This change will also impact people with reduced mobility and parents with strollers who again rely on the ability to park closer to the store or business they are visiting.

And he calls on the council to rethink the situation. “We are calling on High Town Councilors and the Chief Executive Officer of Luton Council to reconsider LBC’s decision and keep this vital parking resource on High Town Rd / Brunswick Street. Alternatively, allocate an appropriate number of spaces to accommodate movement in the local area (High Town Road, Brunswick Street and Back Street) a distance equal to that of the existing Brunswick Street parking lot. ‘

A council spokesperson said: “The council is committed to investing in redundant sites throughout Luton to meet the needs of residents. In High Town in particular, we recently invested £ 275,000 in improving street lighting and additional funds to facilitate improvements to the public realm at the junction of High Town Road and Burr Street.

“The new High Town development provided by Foxhall Homes on the old Taylor Street parking lot will enhance the area and provide large family homes, which are rare in Luton. There will be twenty-three homes for sale and new ones. affordable houses for rent.

“As part of our goal of making Luton a carbon neutral city by 2040, we are committed to encouraging the use of local facilities that are easily accessible on foot or by bike and believe this development will benefit local merchants. region as it will bring new buyers to the locality.

“Once the work in progress is completed, there will be 12 spaces for public use, accessible from Brunswick Street and 27 spaces, accessible via Back Street, for private parking.

“There are other paid and posted parking lots on Wenlock Street and Hitchin Road, a short walk away. There is a full bus service and a main train station within 0.2 mile.

“We continue to work and engage with local businesses, not only in High Town but across Luton, to achieve our Luton 2040 goal of having a city where everyone thrives and no one lives in poverty. “.


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Williamsburg City Council met at the new sports complex and more


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WILLIAMSBURG – This month’s Williamsburg city council meeting consisted of major public hearings that included the city stepping forward with the regional sports complex, medical marijuana dispensaries and a colonial expansion of Williamsburg.

Recreation Facilities Authority

City council voted unanimously in favor of resolution 21-28: a concurrent resolution with the counties of James City and York to form the Historic Triangle Recreation Authority. This is considered a formal step as all three localities have to go through the same step before future works.

James City County had previously voted to pass their resolution at their November 9, 2021 meeting. York County will vote on its resolution later this month, but it is expected to vote in favor of it as well. the resolution.

The resolution establishes a board of directors called the Recreational Facilities Authority. As discussed at the November 10 meeting, there are six members who will be elected to the Regional Facilities Authority and the group will consist of two members from each locality. The member who will make the appointment to the board of directors will be the appointed chief official.

“We have been working on this since 2014 as a region. It wasn’t until our city council and our tourism grant process generated funds to pay for half the construction of the facility that it really started to move forward in earnest, ”City Manager Andrew Trivette told the November 10 from the city of Williamsburg. Board meeting. “A regional working group has been formed to review the locations as well as a programming plan for the facility. This group examined several sites in the city and ultimately decided that the best site was the Colonial Welcome Center in Williamsburg. At the same time, the directors of parks and recreation in the three localities worked on a programming plan to meet the needs of the community. Once this was planned, we entrusted it to the consultant who was hired to determine the competitiveness of the market and the attractiveness of such a facility as well as the economic impact. This produced a sort of final version of the programming plan that represented both the needs of the community as well as what we would need to attract sports tourism to the facility.

If York County passes its resolution, the next step would be for all localities to nominate members to the council so that the authority can begin organizing its meetings. These meetings are where all of the organizational work will be done.

Medical cannabis distributors

The counted city voted unanimously in favor of the examination and the approval of the PCR n ° 21-010: amendment to the text of zoning to modify the article III. District Regulations, Division 10.1 Economic Development District ED *, Section 21-362 to license medical cannabis dispensaries licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This was a request to amend a zoning ordinance to authorize Commonwealth of Virginia licensed medical dispensaries under the Virginia Code in the Economic Development District (ED) and to amend additional regulations of the district to handle the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products. or extracts.

The city ordinance code was written that if it is not listed in the ordinance, it is not allowed. This is why the city council voted to amend the code to deal with the retail sale of cannabis and other cannabis products.

The emergency department contains Riverside Hospital, an apartment complex and multi-family homes.

Prior to the vote, it was recommended that these medical dispensaries be located near hospitals since cannabis is classified as medical cannabis and medicinal cannabis products. This means that clients and users of dispensaries are required to have a medical prescription before purchasing cannabis. City council has made it clear that this zoning change does not include the retail sale of recreational cannabis within city limits.

There are currently four medical dispensary licenses issued by the state of Virginia. Any medical dispensaries that would be found in the city must be licensed by the state and must follow all state regulations.

Williamsburg Colonial Expansion

City Council voted unanimously to review and approve PCR # 21-015: A Request of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to rezone approximately 1.86 acres of Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area (CW) to Museum Support (MS) at 400 South Nassau Street. This included PCR # 21-016: a request from the CW for a special use permit for the removal of 54 parking spaces in the Downtown Parking District for the construction of the Colin G & Nancy N. Campbell Archaeological Center at 400, South Nassau Street.

The proposed rezoning will include a portion of the northern lot, 202 West Francis Street, which will be combined with the property at 400 South Nassau Street.

The proposed expansion project should showcase a large part of the Foundation’s archaeological collection. The CAC will also have a space for processing museum-quality climate control artefacts, laboratories for the acquisition and analysis of artefacts, documentation laboratories as well as a research office and a storage space. meeting.

In addition, the design of the proposed archeology center includes guest arrival services, a learning center, and a covered outdoor arcade with walkways leading to public washrooms.

CW has a five-year plan to create new land in the Botetourt / Lafayette Street neighborhood to provide 469 additional parking spaces for guests and visitors.

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Lawrence City Commission votes to develop a long-term version of the downtown outdoor dining program; costs, design and parking to consider | News, Sports, Jobs


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The parklet patio at 715 Restaurant, 715 Massachusetts St., is pictured on September 18, 2021.

Taking into account issues such as aesthetics and parking, the City of Lawrence will seek to develop a long-term version of a program that has enabled downtown businesses to build patios and outdoor dining areas in parking lots during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of its Tuesday meeting, the City of Lawrence Commission voted 5-0 to allow the development of a long-term “parklet” program and asked staff to consider items such as fees, design, safety and parking standards in the new regulation. The city waived the permit fees for the temporary program, and Mayor Brad Finkeldei said that while it didn’t make sense for some companies, he expected others to continue using the program in under the new regulations and that it was important to develop them as quickly as possible.

“As I look up and down Mass. Street, and think about the aesthetics, safety, cost, and usability, I think some of the spaces that exist now are going to survive regardless of the conditions. regulations that we put in place, ”said Finkeldei. .

As part of this process, the committee also voted unanimously to extend the temporary format of the program for an additional five months, until March 31, so that the permanent version of the program can be developed. Although there was some discussion about whether this was enough time to develop the bylaws, the commission ultimately decided to leave this date in the hopes that the city and the new commission – two new commissioners. will sit on December 7 – would be able to move quickly.

The corner and parallel parking lot in the city center that the companies have converted to an outdoor patio is owned by the city, and Deputy Mayor Courtney Shipley and Commissioner Lisa Larsen have said it will be important to set a fair price for the use of this space. Larsen said she would like the program fees to be based on the actual cost of downtown space.

“The downtown area is the highest property value we have in Lawrence, and so when we consider moving that space away for a park, I would like it to reflect the value of the property,” Larsen said.

As part of the meeting, the commission also received the results of a municipal poll which indicated that a majority of those who responded supported the idea of ​​a long-term program. Among other benefits, respondents said the program gave customers more options amid the pandemic, raised the downtown vibe and was of economic importance to businesses. Respondents also expressed some concerns, including intermittent use of parks due to weather and opening hours, loss of downtown parking, and the aesthetics of patio structures.

Larsen said she was concerned about whether the commission could realistically approve new regulations within the five-month deadline. She also said she would like the commission to consider whether to limit the number of parklets allowed per block and the number of parking spaces a business can use for a parklet. She also asked if the committee should consider issues such as whether there should be only one common dining room per block.

Downtown Lawrence Inc. CEO Sally Zogry said in a letter to the commission that the board supports the continuation of the program, but there are some “complexities to be addressed.” Zogry said the main concerns for DLI members are capping the number of on-street parking spaces per block that can be used as parklets to maintain a mix of parking and parklets; develop a fair system of cost assessment; provision of signage and guidance for nearby parking lots; meet accessibility and fire prevention requirements; create workable and enforceable design guidelines; and provide assurance of a longer term program so that businesses can invest in improvements.

Zogry said the DLI is ready to provide additional feedback and coordination with its members, and that design and architecture firm Gould Evans, who helped develop the parklet concept, may also be able to provide. advices.

“Our board is confident that the overriding concerns can be addressed through reasonable regulation,” Zogry said.



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Catch Up Quickly: New Columbus Capital Improvement Budget


Catch up quickly: new capital improvement budget
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Investments in local policing, community swimming pools and affordable housing are among the top priorities in Columbus’ latest capital improvement budget.

Driving the news: City council recently approved the $ 1.26 billion plan through 2026, which includes the postponement of the last budget and $ 766 million in new spending.

Remarkable elements:

?? Over $ 125 million for road infrastructure, from street and sidewalk repairs to pedestrian safety projects.

?? Over $ 63 million for the improvement of parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

  • This includes $ 12 million for planned renovations to the Glenwood and Windsor pools.

🏘️ $ 35 million to affordable housing projects across the city.

?? About $ 30 million to the police, including a new police station in Hilltop and a “Real Time Crime Center” in Linden.

  • This includes $ 4.5 million for a new 911 call center.

?? $ 3.5 million to a mental health and addiction crisis center.

?? $ 2 million to a parking garage to serve the Gravity 2.0 mixed-use neighborhood in Franklinton.

?? $ 59,370 for public art projects.

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Affluent residents have flocked to the low-rise, single-family enclave of Tokyo Aoyama since the pandemic



Synonymous with luxury and style, Aoyama is one of the most exclusive, elegant and sought after areas of
Tokyo
Located in the Minato district of the Japanese capital, it is flanked by some of the city’s most famous neighborhoods: Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Roppongi. However, Aoyama is cut from a more refined fabric than its more well-known neighbors.

Understated but upper-class, it is known for its high-fashion boutiques, hard-to-book restaurants, avant-garde art galleries and exquisite minimalist architecture, not to mention its tree-lined boulevards and generous green spaces, which make it a particularly sought-after address in the heart of the metropolis.

Limits

Aoyama is divided into two areas: Kita-Aoyama, or North Aoyama, on the north side of Aoyama-dori Street, and Minami-Aoyama, or South Aoyama, on the south side.


Gaien Higashi-dori Street traces the eastern boundary of Aoyama from the Gaien Campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design in Meiji Jingu Gaien Nikoniko Park, which is at the northeast corner of the district, until it meets Metropolitan Road 413. The southern edge of Aoyama encompasses Aoyama Cemetery, the grounds of the Nezu Museum and crosses Roppongi-dori Avenue, bypassing south then west around 7- chome Minami-Aoyama.


The western boundary of Aoyama traces the edges of the Shibuya campus of Kokugakuin University and the Aoyama campus of Aoyama Gakuin University, before meeting the northwest boundary, which follows Lohas Street and continues along Lohas Street. trajectory, leaving Meiji Jingu Stadium in neighboring Shinjuku, until it finds the Gaien campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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Price scale

Prices in Aoyama are high, even compared to Tokyo’s already high averages. According to the Japanese real estate platform Utinokati, the average cost per square meter of a used condominium in the capital is 916,000 (US $ 8,030). Brokerage Japan Property Central currently lists a two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit on the 20th floor of a building in Aoyama that was completed in 2004 for 260 million yen or 2.65 million yen per square meter, or close to the triple the city average.

The same goes for second-hand homes in the area. Japan Property Central’s portfolio also includes a three-story, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Minami-Aoyama, designed by renowned architecture firm Sakakura Associates in 2005. The asking price is 618 million yen, or 1.64 million yen per square. meter, significantly more than the city average for existing homes: 551,000 per square meter, according to Utinokati.

As for new construction, apartments at the Grand Hills Minamiaoyama development, which is slated for completion in February 2022, start from 165 million yen for a 70-square-meter two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit.

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Housing stock

Aoyama is known for its architecture, so it’s no surprise that the area is home to some notable residences, including those designed by Atelier Tekuto and Conran and Partners. Additionally, the area benefits from low density zoning and numerous low rise buildings, giving residents a rare sense of space.

The neighborhood is a mix of detached houses, many of which are minimalist and ultra-modern concrete constructions, evoking a unique Japanese brutalist aesthetic. On the other end of the spectrum, new luxury condominium developments tend to dominate older complexes, although the former remain a rarity in the area and are often found on the outskirts, such as the aforementioned Grand Hills Minamiaoyama, which , when completed, will be 18 floors. .

Parking spaces often accompany individual properties and are sometimes available in apartment buildings, many of which offer 24-hour security and common areas.

Looking towards the S-shaped street in the ichome Aoyama district in Tokyo.

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What makes it unique

About Aoyama, Zoe Ward, Director of Japan Property Central, said: “There is a great combination of low-income and wealthy residential areas with big houses, as well as high-reputable schools, like at Aoyama University. Gakuin. Like Ginza, this is also where the big fashion and luxury brands want to establish themselves. It is also a very central location, close to Shibuya, Roppongi, Akasaka and Azabu.

Due to the region’s reputation as a hub for art, architecture, fashion and design, all of which come together in the trendy Omotesando neighborhood, there is a certain cachet to be had. an address in Aoyama. This is where Japanese and international brands, including Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamato and Prada, whose boutique designed by Herzog et de Meuron is a destination in itself, have their flagships. It is also home to upscale independent stores selling vintage designer clothes, traditional crafts, and housewares.

Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

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However, Aoyama isn’t just about spending money and looking stylish. Aoyama Cemetery offers a respite from the urban bustle and a glimpse into the history of the region. In spring, the cemetery’s cherry trees bloom powdery pink, while its elevated position gives it breathtaking views of the city all year round.

Equally relaxing, the Nezu Museum houses a collection of over 7,400 Japanese and East Asian works of art in a poetic structure designed by famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The land also includes a landscaped garden.

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A covered walkway at the Nezu Museum in Aoyama, Tokyo.

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The neighborhood is also known for its jazz clubs, ranging from the US-based Blue Note, which regularly attracted international talent in the pre-pandemic era, to the intimate Body & Soul Club, which has been around for over 40 years. .

Luxury amenities

As Ms. Ward mentioned, Aoyama is known for its excellent educational facilities. For the younger ones, there is the Clarence International School, in Omotesando, a nursery school for those aged 18 months to six years. The British School at Tokyo’s Shibuya Campus, which is only a 15-minute drive from the center of Aoyama, caters for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students (ages 7 and 8).

There are also a number of continuing education options, such as the Gaien Campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design, which opened in 2010 to serve as Tokyo’s outpost of Kyoto-based institution and its sister university, Tohoku Art University. and Design. Aoyama Gakuin University in nearby Shibuya is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country, offering undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as a research institute. It is also home to two heritage buildings: the Majima Memorial Hall and the Berry Hall.


Famous restaurants abound in Aoyama. Yoroniku serves seasonal yakiniku, or grilled meats, and its iconic crushed ice dessert in an elegant and contemporary setting; at Sushidokoro Minami, diners enjoy an omakase menu that changes with freshly available produce and a good selection of sakes and Burgundy wines; For French gastronomy, Florilège ranks seventh on the list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia and has two more Michelin stars.

Who lives here

Aoyama attracts “high income earners and their families,” Ms. Ward said. “There is also a slowly shrinking contingent of original landowners who have lived here for decades and decades. ”


Notable residents

Aligning with the Japanese provision for discretion, Ms Ward only said that “it is very likely that there will be a lot of high profile residents. [in Aoyama]. Indeed, the famous fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market, lives in Aoyama, a few steps from the CDG boutique. The late Japanese author and kimono designer Chiyo Uno lived above her Aoyama kimono shop.

Outlook

According to Ms. Ward, “residential prices have generally increased since the start of the pandemic last year” and are generally “up 10% on average over the past 12 months.” Yukiko Takano, global real estate advisor at List Sotheby’s International Realty agreed, noting that Aoyama’s real estate market “has been very active”.

“Luxury transactions have been on the rise,” she said. Although homes have been selling at a strong pace, she added that “new supply and remaining inventory are down. It drove up the prices. ”

“Aoyama didn’t have a lot of units to play with, but now there are even fewer,” Ms. Takano said. “Buyers need to keep an eye on the market and jump in if a coupon becomes available.”

Ms Ward added: “Future supply appears to be somewhat limited around Aoyama due to a lot of low density zoning and very few sites for potential developments. Historically, Aoyama has been a highly desirable location and I cannot see that changing in the future.

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Parking and traffic alert – Thursday, November 4


DURHAM, NC – Customers arriving at Duke University West Campus on Thursday, November 4 should be advised of the following parking information for the Duke Women’s Basketball vs. Wingate exhibition game at 7:00 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Please see the information below.

For all parking and traffic information on the day of the Duke Women’s Basketball game, including maps and directions to the Iron Duke, general public and disabled parking areas, visit www.goduke.com/WBBgameday. For game day traffic updates around campus, follow @Duke_GAMEDAY on Twitter.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PARKING INFORMATION

FREE General Public Parking – All full size vehicles park FREE in the Science Drive garage. To park, cars must enter and exit the garage via NC 751 / Cameron Blvd. (GPS address: 3100, boulevard Cameron). Parking will be available for fans from 5:00 p.m. No tailgating is permitted at Science Drive Garage and no match day parking is available at the JB Duke Hotel.

General Public Accessible Parking – Parking for people with disabilities attending the Duke Women’s Basketball game will be available in Whitford Park starting at 5:00 PM. There is no charge for parking. To access the parking area, customers must speak with the lot attendant at the entrance to Whitford Park and request accessible parking. A disabled-accessible drop-off and pick-up point is located at the roundabout at the end of WhitfordDrive outside the Rubenstein.

Women’s Basketball Game Day Information – For all Women’s Basketball Game Day information, please visit www.goduke.com/WBBgameday.



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Acquisition of US $ 25 million by Ascott in the United States


Ascott Residence Trust (ART) to acquire 548-bed freehold student housing asset named Seven07 in Champaign, Illinois, United States for US $ 83.25 million[1] (S $ 112.4 million[2]).

Seven07 serves approximately 56,000 undergraduate and graduate students at neighboring University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The yield-generating acquisition is expected to increase ART’s pro forma distribution per stapled security for fiscal 2020 by approximately 1.2%[3]. Entry EBITDA[4] the yield is expected to be around 4.5% and is expected to reach around 4.8% on strong rental growth for the academic year (YY) 2022. The transaction, which is expected to close in mid-November 2021, will be financed by debt and part of the proceeds of ART’s private placement launched in September 2021[5]. The acquisition of Seven07 follows ART’s recent acquisition of Wildwood Lubbock in Texas and is ART’s fourth investment in student housing in 10 months this year.

Ms. Beh Siew Kim, Chief Executive Officer of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited and Ascott Business Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (the managers of ART) said: “ART continues to increase its investments in the long-stay segment in order to generate stable revenues and the resilience of our portfolio. Seven07 is operational and will begin to generate stable revenues upon acquisition. The student housing asset is 100% occupied for AA 2021, with lease terms of around one year. For YY 2022 Seven07 is approximately 50% pre-let with strong rental growth of around 8% compared to YY 2021.

“ART has successfully replaced distributable income from transferred assets with higher returns. We sold five properties for approximately S $ 501 million[6] over fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to date, with an average exit yield of around 2%. We have invested a total of approximately S $ 491 million in four student housing assets and three rental housing properties at an average EBITDA return of approximately 5%[7]. With Seven07, ART will increase our student housing and rental housing to around 12% of our total portfolio value, allowing us to maintain our long-term accommodation asset growth target at around 15-20% over the medium term. . Following this acquisition, ART’s gearing will be 35.8%[8]. ART remains in a strong financial position to seek profitable investments in longer term assets in order to diversify our portfolio, improve our resilience and create more value for our stapled security holders, ”added Ms. Beh.

Seven07 serves UIUC which is commonly known as “Public Ivy”.[9]’school. The prestigious UIUC is a flagship university in Illinois and is consistently ranked among the top schools in the United States for its undergraduate accounting, computer science, and engineering programs.[10]. UIUC’s student body grew steadily at a compound annual growth rate of 2% from 2010 to 2020, double the national average. UIUC registrations also increased by 2% in 2020 despite COVID-19. 87% of its student body is from the United States[11]. The UIUC track and field program also participates in the Big Ten Conference, one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “Power 5” track and field conferences. The supply of new private student accommodation is minimal in the vicinity of Seven07 in the medium term.

Seven07 is located less than 200 meters from the UIUC. From Seven07, students can walk to UIUC in five minutes and its main quad in about 10 minutes, providing students with a well-designed and comfortable accommodation option while maintaining an active student life on campus. The active student accommodation is also close to several restaurants, cafes and other lifestyle options.

Opened in 2019, the 15-story Seven07 has 548 beds spread across 218 units, including studios and one- to four-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, a smart TV and a washing machine and dryer. Most of the rooms in the apartments also have a private bathroom. The student accommodation asset has a range of facilities including an outdoor patio with swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor lounge with grill stations, indoor basketball court, spa with services sunbathing and sauna rooms, study rooms, club room, bicycle storage, lounge café and covered parking lots and garages. Seven07 will be managed by an independent third party operator. For more information on student accommodation, please see the annex.

Expanding ART’s student housing portfolio to strengthen income resilience

With the addition of Seven07, ART’s four student housing assets in the United States will provide a total of 2,756 beds. In September 2021, ART acquired Wildwood Lubbock, a freehold student housing asset with 1,005 beds for US $ 70.0 million (S $ 93.8 million). It has an expected EBITDA return of around 5.1%. Wildwood Lubbock serves more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students at Texas Tech University.

In June 2021, ART and its sponsor, The Ascott Limited, announced that they would jointly invest and develop freehold student accommodation in South Carolina, United States. ART will invest $ 55.2 million[12] (S $ 73.4 million) in the 678-bed student housing that will serve more than 35,000 students at neighboring South Carolina University. Construction of student housing began in Q3 2021 and is expected to be completed in Q2 2023. Once stabilized, the return on EBITDA is expected to be around 6.2%[13].

In February 2021, ART acquired the 525-bed Paloma West Midtown freehold property in Atlanta, Georgia for US $ 95 million (S $ 126.3 million) with an expected EBITDA return of approximately 5%. Paloma West Midtown is home to nearly 40,000 students at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  1. The consideration for the purchase, established on the basis of a willing buyer and willing seller, is based on the agreed value of the property and the independent appraisal dated October 29, 2021 by Colliers International Valuation and Advisory Services LLC US $ 86.4 million (equivalent to approximately S $ 116.6 million)
  2. Based on the exchange rate of US $ 1 to S $ 1.35
  3. Based on the pro forma distribution for fiscal year 2020 by stapled security. The pro forma is based on ART’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020, assuming that (1) the acquisition was completed on January 1, 2020 and ART has owned and operated the building until as of December 31, 2020 and (2) the acquisition will be approximately 45% financed by debt and 55% by equity
  4. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
  5. ART will use approximately 43% of the $ 150 million raised through its private placement to finance the acquisition of Seven07. Approximately 38% was used to acquire Wildwood Lubbock in September 2021
  6. Excludes disposal of partial gross floor space of Somerset Liang Court Singapore; the property is currently being redeveloped. The five assets sold are Ascott Guangzhou, Somerset Azabu East Tokyo, Citadines Didot Montparnasse Paris, Citadines City Center Grenoble and Somerset Xu Hui Shanghai
  7. For student housing development in South Carolina, USA, the EBITDA return is a target return on a stabilized basis
  8. Based on ART’s unaudited financial statements as at September 30, 2021 and assuming the acquisition was completed on September 30, 2021
  9. “Public Ivy” refers to public schools with a reputation for academic excellence that offer a college experience similar to an Ivy League school.
  10. 2021 US News & World Report
  11. Data based on AY 2020
  12. Includes ART’s investment in the initial 45% stake, the estimated cost of the additional 5% stake that ART will acquire at fair market value, and other transaction-related expenses
  13. Based on the total ART investment

Appendix – About the student housing asset

Site

707 South Fourth Street, Champaign, Illinois

Completed

2019

Land tenure

Freehold

Net rental area

202,162 square feet (ft²)

Units

218

Beds

548

Mix of units

Studio: 33 units (422 – 539 ft2)

1 bedroom: 32 units (492 sq. Ft.)

2 bedrooms: 64 units (696 – 887 sq. Ft.)

3 bedrooms: 1 unit (1,148 sq. Ft.)

4 bedrooms: 88 units (1,229 – 1,447 sq. Ft.)

92% of the rooms are equipped with en-suite bathroom

Common area amenities

Outdoor terrace with swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor lounge with grill stations, indoor basketball court, spa with tanning services and sauna, study rooms, club room, bicycle storage, coffee lounge and covered parking lots and garages


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Park District receives $ 1.78 million grant for community center


Oak Park Park District Press Release:

October 31, 2021

A generous grant of $ 1.78 million has been given to the Park District of Oak Park to build its community recreation center as a net zero energy building, which will generate as much renewable energy on-site as the building has. need to operate. The funding, from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, will support conservation measures for the 40,000 square foot building to be located at 229 Madison Street. Oak Park is the third park district in Illinois to receive a grant to construct a net zero energy building.

“We are delighted that the Foundation has given the Park District of Oak Park this grant to have the community recreation center built with net zero energy construction requirements,” said District Executive Director Jan Arnold. “This is our third Foundation grant, so we see them as an excellent partner in the District’s efforts to preserve and improve our environment.”

The Community Recreation Center (CRC) is an innovative design by Chicago-based Perkins and Will with experience in the design and construction of recreational facilities. The Park District of Oak Park has worked with architects for the past five years, from feasibility to design, and now to construction of this multi-faceted facility.

This energy efficient building will feature selected building components and materials to meet the requirements of net zero energy buildings, including:

A network of solar panels on the roof and the parking lot

HVAC systems and mechanical equipment with the highest efficiency ratings

Increased insulation values ​​in walls and roof

High performance window Green roof and organic channel

LED lighting throughout the project

Presence sensors in rooms and daylight sensors in peripheral areas

EPA Indoor Air Plus requirements for paint and materials

On-site backup battery resilience

In order to be eligible for the grant, the Foundation requires that the building receive a certification by a third party guaranteeing that the building is efficient in its energy consumption.

This facility is expected to receive Zero Energy certification from the International Living Future Institute. In addition to funding construction and materials, the grant program requires recipients to provide educational opportunities to help residents learn about the building’s energy efficiency features. The community recreation center will have educational signs and an energy use display to illustrate how the building is constructed. Once the facility opens, the district will also closely monitor performance and usage to ensure the building meets the benchmarks for the net zero energy building, which is a requirement for the final portion of the grant. .

“We are proud to recognize the Park District of Oak Park’s leadership in sustainability with this net zero energy building,” said Gabriela Martin, director of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation program for energy. “The Foundation’s goal is to encourage exemplary buildings and demonstrate that Net Zero-energy performance of buildings is realistic and achievable. We hope the new community recreation center will inspire more park districts to take up the Net challenge Zero. ”

The Community Recreation Center is the culmination of a long, open community process that ensures the facility will provide the highest priority amenities to residents without a tax increase. The Parks Foundation of Oak Park was instrumental in raising private funds to help cover the cost of construction. Amenities include an indoor walking and running track, multi-purpose halls, community halls, electronic gym and gymnasium for pickleball, basketball, camps and other activities.

The Net Zero Energy Building program provides grants to nonprofit, government and higher education organizations for exemplary buildings that maximize energy efficiency. Over a 12 month period, projects should achieve Net Zero Energy (or better) building performance. Net Zero Energy buildings compensate for their own energy consumption by generating the required energy on site from renewable resources. This will be the second Net Zero installation for the Park District of Oak Park.


This press release was produced by the Park District of Oak Park. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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Meet the Norwalk Mayoral Candidates: Jonathan Riddle


NORWALK – For Norwalk mayoral candidate Jonathan Riddle, the biggest issues facing the city include upgrading the city’s public school system with surrounding districts and Norwalk’s change in tone towards masking COVID-19.

Westchester County, NY, a native of Riddle, 32, moved to Norwalk in 2015. Although he never held a political office, Riddle ran for the 4th Congressional District seat of Connecticut, against six-term Democratic incumbent Jim Himes.

Riddle said that as a political newcomer of the millennium, he would challenge the status quo.


“I will not accept outdated and ineffective policies,” Riddle said. “As a newcomer, I can take a deep objective perspective as opposed to someone who has been in government his entire life like Harry (Mayor Harry Rilling).”

Running for mayor, Riddle pledged to lift the city’s indoor mask tenure on his first day in office, if elected, and said masks should be an option for those who choose to wear them.

“It doesn’t make sense here, you walk into a restaurant, you have to wear a mask, but as soon as you sit down, COVID no longer exists? Riddle said of the mask warrant. “I am not opposed to wearing a mask. If you are symptomatic, I recommend it.

Riddle said he plans to work with the falls created by COVID to improve the city, especially given the number of people who have moved to the area during the pandemic.

Regarding the pandemic, Riddle said fewer people commute and, as a result, the current administration’s focus on improving public transport and building more housing in city centers n is not necessary.

“COVID has changed the dynamics. I don’t think people will go to New York from the suburbs, ”Riddle said. “You just have to drive around the stations in Fairfield County, the parking lots are half empty. If they don’t drive, they’ll use Uber. They are smarter than the previous generation and do not drive drunk. I think it’s a generational difference and a gap between Harry and the current generation moving to Norwalk.

Like Rilling, Riddle plans to focus on Norwalk Public Schools as mayor, although he is approached in a different way. Riddle said the district needs to focus less on construction and facilities and more on the schools’ curriculum and test scores.

Although Riddle does not have children, he said he is entering the next phase of his life which includes starting a family, which has led him to take a closer look at the schools of the district.

“I think the education system needs to be drastically improved,” Riddle said. “My campaign is very education focused because the Norwalk charter places the mayor as chairman of the board of education to ensure the success of the Norwalk public school system, which the current mayor has abdicated.”

Riddle also said construction and construction in the city must slow down.

Although he agrees with the decision to revise the zoning bylaws, a process currently underway as the city has changed since its founding 350 years ago.

“The overdevelopment that has taken place is overdone. The traffic is horrendous all over town, ”said Riddle. “I don’t think there has been a lot of thought on this. It was, “How much can we put in and create density?” The mayor loves to talk about the densification of the urban core. I think development needs to slow down and reassess what we’re really doing. What do we want the identity of Norwalk to be? “

The election for the mayor of Norwalk is November 2.

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New ordinance helps minimize loitering through city fleets | Winchester Star


WINCHESTER – A new ordinance designed to prevent people from loitering through the four downtown car parks appears to be doing its job.

Winchester’s facility and parking maintenance division manager Corey MacKnight said on Thursday that authorities have only had to use the order once so far, and that he is ‘acted to take care of certain minors who were particularly obstinate in leaving the garage where they were hanging out.

New ordinance, enacted May 12 by City Council, gives Winchester Police Department the power to charge someone with a trespass for loitering through one of the car parks – Court Square, George Washington , Loudoun and Braddock – if the person refuses to leave at the request of a police officer or an employee of the Winchester Parking Authority.

“The order states that if you are not walking to or from your vehicle within a reasonable time, you could be charged,” MacKnight said.

In Virginia, trespassing is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $ 2,500.

While no one is eager to throw a stack of trespassing summons, MacKnight said the ordinance was needed as a deterrent to keep people from doing things in garages – especially on the rooftops of multi-story structures. – that they shouldn’t do. .

“We’ve had a constant problem with people of all ages going up to rooftops, especially George Washington, and taking Instagram videos and photos of them walking on the ledge, sitting on the ledge, fooling around. on the ledge, ”MacKnight mentioned. “We wanted to put all the measures in place to prevent that from happening because the last thing we want is someone to fall off the roof of a garage.”

Beyond security concerns, MacKnight said some people were inappropriately using garage roofs to socialize and organize special events.

“We found a lot of trash, debris and broken glass up there on Monday morning,” he said.

The problem has become so serious at the George Washington Fleet that last week the Parking Authority installed bollards and chains to permanently bar vehicle access to the garage roof. MacKnight said the rooftop spaces of that garage were rarely used for parking, but officials frequently found evidence of other activities taking place there, including birthday parties.

“Yesterday I had to go up to the roof four times [of the George Washington Autopark] and four times I had to ask people to leave, ”MacKnight said. “If I go up there and confront people, and they are reasonable with me and leave, no harm, no fault. The prescription is really for people who cause problems or cause us grief. “

Pedestrians can still access the roof of the George Washington via stairs or an elevator, MacKnight said, but since there is no more parking on the garage’s upper deck, anyone who decides to stand there could be charged. intrusion.


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Pedestrian and Cyclist Advisory Committee (PABAC) – City of Palo Alto, CA



What is PABAC?

Palo Alto receives technical advice from its Volunteer Pedestrian and Cyclist Advisory Committee (PABAC). PABAC is a citizens’ advisory committee reporting to the transport manager. Members have an interest in or knowledge of cycling issues. The role of the Committee is to examine all matters related to cycling in the fields of engineering, application, education and encouragement. The types of activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Review and comment on the design of capital improvement program projects, street improvements, traffic light projects and parking facility projects.
  • Review and comment on changes and updates to Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Municipal Code, and other policy documents relating to cycling and walking.
  • Review and prioritize the City’s Transportation Development Act (LTD) Section 3 annual list of pedestrian and bicycle projects and report the Committee’s recommendations to City Council.
  • Liaise between the City and the community and community groups on issues related to cycling and walking.
  • Promote the bicycle as a viable means of transport.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of bicycle safety awareness and education materials in the community.
  • Review and comment on private development plans, which include cycling facilities or impact the safety and access of bicycles and / or pedestrians.
  • Initiate requests to City staff on issues of concern to the Committee regarding cycling and walking.

To see the PABAC statutes(PDF, 72 KB).

What’s going on now?

Update of the bicycle and foot transport plan
The City of Palo Alto Bicycle and Pedestrian Transport Plan was adopted in July 2012. The plan identifies targets for expanding bicycle and pedestrian goals for the city. With the Plan in place for almost a decade, it is time to reassess it. Read the current plan to find out more.

As a first step, PABAC members and staff developed the framework for updating the bicycle and walking transport plan (BPTP update) in early 2021. The framework is an overview that will eventually be developed into a plan. The development of the plan is expected to begin in winter 2021 pending the recruitment of staff.

Your feedback is important in helping shape the BPTP update. You can provide your comments in two ways: (1) submit written comments via email and (2) provide oral comments at a PABAC meeting. Please refer to the BPTP Update Public Comment Instructions for more details and instructions on how to provide your feedback.

To learn more about the BPTP update, visit the BPTP update web page. (Currently under construction)

2021 agendas and minutes

Dated

Site

Package
November 2, 2021

Virtual via Zoom
Sign up online :

https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/95328566408
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 953 2856 6408

Agenda and minutes(PDF, 547 KB)
October 5, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/93139639579
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 931 3963 9579
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 7 MB)
September 7, 2021

Virtual via Zoom
Sign up online :

https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/97624505881
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 976 2450 5881

Agenda and minutes(PDF, 623 KB)
August 3, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/93830274930
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 938 3027 4930
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 787 KB)
July – no meeting

June 30, 2021

– special joint meeting with MV B / PAC

Virtual via Zoom
Register in advance: https://mountainview.gov/bpac_speakers
Call: (669) 900-9128
Meeting number: 939 8230 0948
Agenda(PDF, 504 KB)
June 1, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/99752238671
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 997 5223 8671
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 1 MB)
May 4, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/95919156143
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 959 1915 6143
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 2 MB)
April 6, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/97811643326
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 978 1164 3326
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 751 KB)
March 2, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/99657574509
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 996 5757 4509
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 840 KB)
February 2, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/91805314002
Call: (669) 900-683
Meeting number: 918 0531 4002
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 1 MB)

January 5, 2021

Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/92604257435
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 926 0425 7435
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 3 MB)

2020 agendas and minutes

2020 agendas and minutes

Dated

Site

Package

December 1, 2020

special meeting

Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/j/97119915594
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 969 2721 5326
Agenda and minutes
November 3, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://zoom.us/j/96927215326
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 969 2721 5326
Agenda and minutes
October 6, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://zoom.us/j/91272350109
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 912 7235 0109
Revised agenda and minutes
September 1, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://zoom.us/j/91569697977
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 915 6969 7977
Revised agenda and minutes
Aug 4, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online: https://zoom.us/j/95101126947
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 951 0112 6947
Agenda and minutes

July – no meeting

June 2, 2020 Virtual Revised agenda and minutes (from March)
May 5, 2020 CANCELED
April 7, 2020 CANCELED Minutes (from March)
March 3, 2020

El Palo Alto West Room, Mitchell Park Community Center -3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
February 4, 2020 Embarcadero Room, Rinconada Library

1213 Newell Road

Agenda and minutes
January 7, 2020

Embarcadero Room, Rinconada Library

1213 Newell Road

Agenda and minutes

2019 agendas and minutes

2019 agendas and minutes

Dated

Site

Package
December – no meeting
November 5, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
October 1, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
September 3, 2019 Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
Aug 6, 2019 Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
July – no meeting
June 4, 2019

Community meeting room, ground floor, town hall,

250 Hamilton Avenue

Agenda and minutes
May – no meeting
April 2, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
March 5, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Revised minutes

February 12, 2019

Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
January 15, 2019 Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes

Previous agendas and minutes (2012 – 2018)


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Construction begins on the Arena 2 of Le Porte De La Chapelle in France


Construction on the $ 141 million Le Porte De La Chapelle Arena 2 development located in Ile-de-France, France began in the fourth quarter of 2021. It was announced in the first quarter of 2018.

The project consists of the construction of the second sports arena at Porte de la Chapelle, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, ÃŽle-de-France, France.

The project includes the following elements:

1. Construction of basketball courts
2. Construction of leisure and retail spaces over an area of ​​2,600 m²
3. Construction of VIP lounges
4. Construction of a fitness center
5. Construction of 3,000 m2 of outdoor relaxation areas
6. Construction of administrative offices
7. Construction of food courts
8. Construction of glass walls
9. Construction of wooden structures
10. Construction of an Olympic events area
11. Construction of a covered sports field
12. Construction of a large green terrace on an area of ​​1700m2
13. Construction of a roof garden of 6000 m2
14. Construction of a sports arena with a capacity of 8,000 seats
15. Construction of access roads and parking lots
16. Installation of lighting and security systems
17. Installation of electrical installations

Construction of the project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2023.

The owners of the project include the French Olympic Games delivery company SOLIDEO.

NP2F Architects, based in France, is the architect and technical design consultant for the development of Arena 2 at Le Porte De La Chapelle, while the Paris City Council is the planning authority.

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Four School Taxes Raise Over $ 100 Million in St. Tammany Parish November 13 Poll | Education


St. Tammany voters will be asked next month to renew four property taxes that represent a quarter of the general budget of the St. Tammany Parish public school district.

The mileage generates about $ 101.7 million a year, and their failure at the ballot box would be “catastrophic” for the school district’s finances, the district’s top official said.

Also on the Nov. 13 poll, a 0.40 cent sales tax proposal by the parish government, tax renewals in Mandeville for the police department, a race for police officers, and four amendments to the constitution of the state.

If approved, school taxes would come into effect in 2023 and last for a decade.

The revenues fund school operations ranging from employee salaries and building maintenance to student education programs, said St. Tammany Schools Director Frank Jabbia.

The proposals target a total of 42.72 mills. Each will be voted on separately.

  • Prop. 1 – 4.42 mills, brings in about $ 10.52 million per year.
  • Prop. 2 – 32.41 mills, brings in about 77.1 million dollars per year. Of this tax, 56.5% is spent on salaries and social benefits; 28.5% is devoted to curriculum and teaching; and 15% for janitorial fees, utilities and operating expenses.
  • Prop. 3 – 3.14 mills, brings in about $ 7.4 million per year for the construction, operation and maintenance of school facilities.
  • Prop. 4 – 2.75 mills, earns about $ 6.5 million per year for expenses, including salaries, benefits, and retirement.

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The revenue from these taxes represents about a quarter of the school district’s annual budget of $ 439 million. District spokesperson Meredith Mendez said current vintages expire next year.

With taxes making up a large portion of the school district’s income, school officials strive to generate voter support. Voters in St. Tammany have generally voted in favor of the school income measures, but in recent years they have become a little more skeptical of parish tax demands.

“It’s tied to our whole budget and we rely on our budget to run, so it would be very catastrophic if it wasn’t approved by voters,” Jabbia said, adding that if the measures failed he would be time to try again in the spring before taxes expire.

The St. Tammany Federation of Teachers and Employees received a $ 12,500 grant from the American Federation of Teachers to help spread the word to teachers and school employees about the importance of supporting property taxes said St. Tammany Federation president Brant Osborn.

“These miles are really the pillars that support our school system,” Osborn said. “If the employees don’t show up, I’m afraid it’s in danger.”

The renewals have been approved by the Republican Executive Committee of St. Tammany and the Chamber of Commerce of St. Tammany.

Early voting takes place October 30 to November 6 (except Sunday, October 31) from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Tammany Justice Center Parking Garage in Covington, the Towers Building in Slidell or the St. Tammany Administration Complex in Mandeville .

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Gujarat Approves New AMC Parking Policy | Ahmedabad News


Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s new parking policy has been approved by the state government and will soon be phased in.

In September, the draft policy was approved by the CMA standing committee which suggested a change, to the rule requiring citizens to provide proof that they have a parking space before purchasing vehicles a been abandoned. The draft was handed over to the state-level committee which approved it on October 16.
Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said, “The state government approved the parking policy on October 16. We must keep in mind that road space is limited and the available space must be managed. to the parking needs of specific areas at specific times. ”
The civic body will implement the policy gradually, as one-off implementation is not achievable, said a CMA official who declined to be named. He said that AMC will conduct awareness campaigns before and after the implementation of each phase. Under the new policy, monthly and annual permits will be granted for shared parking lots. The AMC plans to issue parking permits covering the streets around residential companies.
The new policy encourages the sharing of parking spaces. He said that due to the scarcity of parking spaces in Ahmedabad and the uneven distribution of parking facilities, the available space should be used efficiently. “Areas such as CG Road, Ashram Road, Paldi and other areas of the CBD are experiencing a peak in demand for parking during office hours, while demand declines on weekends,” the policy says.
“Parking spaces in office buildings, schools, banks and business parks, shopping malls and parks also see varying use of parking space on weekdays and weekends.” Other vehicles in an area cannot use these parking spaces due to ownership and jurisdiction issues, the policy says. It indicates that the disparity between supply and demand for parking space can be addressed by sharing parking spaces.
In addition, the new policy includes provisions to encourage the sharing of parking spaces between several buildings and facilities close to each other. The agents concerned will have to issue certificates of no objection for the vehicles.


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Berkeley Marina ferry plan worries recreational users


A windsurfer cruises near the pier at Berkeley Marina in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

David Fielder tries to be on the water at least 100 days a year at the Berkeley Marina. Now, with the prospect of a new ferry service crossing the bay, he and other windsurfers fear it will turn the marina from a recreation area into a hub for commuters.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of Berkeley Marina stories written by UC Berkeley graduate journalism students in partnership with Berkeleyside.

The combination of rough currents and high winds that hit about 200 meters after leaving the entrance channel has made the marina a favorite with windsurfers.

“It’s no exaggeration to say this is one of the best spots in the world,” said Fielder, who has been windsurfing for over 40 years.

But concerns about the terminal surfaced more than a decade ago when ferry service was first offered, including concerns that the terminal would block windsurfing launch points. Recreational users are also concerned about congestion and parking and the feasibility of such a project.

In 2019, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and Berkeley City Council agreed to jointly fund a planning study on the feasibility of a dual-use ferry and leisure pier at the marina. WETA, also known as the San Francisco Bay Ferry, would cover a substantial portion of the costs of the ferry terminal, while the city would cover the costs of recreational use.

The new structure would replace the nearly century-old municipal pier, which was declared unsafe and closed for repair in July 2015. Without a ferry component, the city would have to cover the full cost of a recreational pier, with estimates ranging from $ 20 million to $ 55 million.

This year, an online petition asking Berkeley officials to “not sell the marina” by prematurely committing to a full-scale ferry service has garnered more than 400 signatures.

“We would like to distribute the petition to a wider range of the Berkeley community with more of this information available and have a meaningful community engagement process,” said the petitioner, Camille Antinori, who chairs the Cal Sailing Club (CSC) Marina Planning Committee.

While the petition is not entirely opposed to a ferry, it calls for the project to be carefully planned and funded while improving the recreational value of the Berkeley Marina. “We are concerned that the current planning effort is focused on the ferry and not achieving such a result,” the petition says.

According to a 2016 strategic plan study, WETA predicts that 1,500 passengers per day would use a ferry service by 2035. The ferry would link the marina to downtown San Francisco and could include other destinations for ferry service. regular or special event, such as Oracle Park, Chase Center, South San Francisco, Mission Bay, South San Francisco, Redwood City and potential North Bay destinations.

But plans for a ferry first depend on deciding the fate of the existing 3,000-foot municipal jetty. The three renovation options presented by the city council are either to rehabilitate, or to seismically reinforce, or to completely replace the pier.

Rehabilitation would cost between $ 22 million and $ 48 million, while earthquake-resistant reinforcement would cost between $ 41 and $ 65 million. The recommended replacement option, based on the structural assessment of the Berkeley municipal pier, would cost between $ 32 million and $ 44 million and $ 500,000 per year to maintain.

Currently, four replacement concepts are under consideration, with different layouts for jetty design, mobility and ferry use.

City council “has certainly asked a lot of questions about which of these ferry alternatives we want,” said CSC member Gordon Stout. “They never asked the question, ‘Do you want a ferry?’ They don’t want to answer that question.

One concern raised is the potential lack of ridership.

“We are offering the ferry as a solution that can provide new capacity that makes BART train congestion a little less serious when you leave North Berkeley during rush hour,” said Mike Gouerthy, senior planner at WETA.

Expanding ferry service would require three round trips during travel periods, as well as mid-day, late-evening and weekend trips as part of WETA’s pandemic recovery program.

Marina users are also concerned that commuters will increase congestion and demand parking spaces that recreational users need.

When the City of Berkeley first authorized small-scale ferries to offer service from the marina in late 2016, Stout noticed a dramatic reduction in parking available for the Cal Sailing Club and the playground for children Cal Adventures. He is concerned that an expanded ferry service will further restrict recreational users.

According to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), a ferry terminal in the marina may only be permitted if it “does not interfere with current or future uses of the park and recreation” or “disrupt continued access. to the shore ”. The described standard also states that parking “should not be spoofed by ferry customers” and that “shared parking arrangements should be made to minimize the amount of shore area required for parking”.

Gouerthy said WETA is confident that the ferry project will meet BCDC’s permit requirements, as it already operates several facilities within BCDC’s jurisdiction, such as the Richmond ferry terminal.

And while Berkeley’s windy climate makes it ideal for windsurfers, Parks and Waterfront Commissioner and Coastal Engineer Jim McGrath predicts it will lead to bumpy rides for passengers and require a breakwater that is tall enough and long enough to handle. shelter ferries when loading and unloading.

“It’s the toughest place in the bay to try and put a ferry,” he said.

People enjoying the water near Berkeley Pier in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan
Rowers enjoying the water near the pier at Berkeley Marina in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

Julietta Bisharyan is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism studying economic development.


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Thirsty cities need a human / nature infrastructure combo


Freshwater ecosystem services flow between cities and source watersheds. Source watersheds and cities have interactions between natural infrastructure and human activities. Credit: Michigan State University

In cities that are growing both in size and thirst across the world, sustainability is limited by the grayness of dams and water treatment facilities. In this week Sustainability of nature, research by scientists at Michigan State University advocates going green to secure water supplies.

Scientists have taken new approaches to examine how 317 cities around the world obtain adjacent and distant freshwater and other ecosystem services. It turns out that large-scale built infrastructure – the human means to move water can reduce water quality and damage water supplies at their source.

For sustainability scientist Jianguo “Jack” Liu, the study is yet another example of the need to balance human needs with the impacts of nature. This document highlights the delicate balance between built and green infrastructure and provides policy makers with ways to meet the needs of both.

“Providing adequate water to rapidly growing cities at a time already marked by water insecurity and climate change requires a holistic approach of coupled human and natural systems,” said Liu, MSU chair. Rachel Carson in sustainable development and director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. . “It is not enough to design ways to move water. You also have to understand how nature reacts and what it can provide.”

Cities impose human will on water supply not only with dams and treatment facilities, but with “impermeable surfaces” which are harsh areas like streets, roofs and parking lots that do not allow water to be supplied. water from seeping into the ground. When water ends up in storm sewers and rivers, it has picked up pollutants. The group deployed the metacoupling framework, a new integrated tool allowing researchers to systematically understand human-nature interactions near and far. This framework expands the science of sustainability from a focus on specific places separately to human-nature interactions across adjacent and distant places.

This is especially important with water, as cities often tap into remote areas and sometimes impose difficulties in the process that can damage the very supplies they covet.

Since the turn of the 20th century, nearly 90% of watersheds supplying water to cities have experienced a reduction in water quality, which directly affects drinking water and recreation in cities.

“Our results indicate that natural infrastructure such as protected forests and wetlands already play an important role in sustaining freshwater flows to cities as well as improving the performance of existing built infrastructure,” said Min Gon Chung, the first author of the article “Natural infrastructure in sustaining urban freshwater ecosystem services globally.”

“These relationships between built infrastructure and natural infrastructure become more complicated as cities increasingly depend not only on surrounding watersheds, but also on distant watersheds as more and more infrastructure like dams and aqueducts are being built, ”added Chung recently receiving his doctorate. at MSU and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Merced.

In addition to freshwater for consumption and recreation, natural infrastructure also provides many other ecosystem services associated with freshwater, such as sediment regulation, flood mitigation, and hydropower generation.

“This article adapts an analytical technique developed for human social networks to these ‘social networks’ of these ecosystems,” said co-author Kenneth Frank, professor of sociometry at the MSU Foundation. “Just as humans can be supported by a number of friends in different ways, a city can be supported by the freshwater ecosystem services of a number of watersheds. The technique allowed us to estimate whether ecosystem services are due to features of the watershed, such as forest cover, features of the city such as urban population, or features of both, such as the distance from the watershed to the river. city.

The work can help guide policy makers to effectively integrate forest and watershed greens into the water supply chain, as well as bringing more green to cities through parks and green roofs.

In addition to Liu, Chung and Frank, who are members of the SCRS, the document was written by Thomas Dietz, another member of the SCRS and professor of sociology and environmental science and policy; and Yadu Pokhrel, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.


Cities face dramatic increases in water treatment spending when watersheds are developed


More information:
Jianguo Liu, Natural Infrastructure for Maintaining Global Urban Freshwater Ecosystem Services, Sustainability of nature (2021). DOI: 10.1038 / s41893-021-00786-4. www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00786-4

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Georgia Capital: AfDB grants $ 10 million loan to develop affordable housing projects in Georgia


AfDB provides $ 10 Million loan to develop affordable housing projects in Georgia.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Optima SARL having signed a $ 10 million ready to develop affordable and sustainable residential developments in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

The loan will finance two residential complexes, providing more than 3,700 affordable and energy efficient apartments for low to middle income people. This is the AfDB’s first private sector housing project in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Optima is a subsidiary of m2 Group and Georgia Real Estate (GRE), one of Georgia’s leading residential and commercial real estate companies.

” The project aims to modernize affordable housing in Tbilisi by incorporating inclusiveness into design and adopting accessibility and gender responsive standards, ”said AfDB Private Sector Operations Department Director of infrastructure financing for South Asia, Central Asia, and Western Asia Shantanu Chakraborty. “These housing developments demonstrate how the industry can generate quality, affordable housing for low to middle income communities in Georgia and throughout the region.

“The apartments will be affordable, energy efficient and well constructed, providing decent accommodation for the elderly, people with disabilities, women and children,” said the AfDB Country Director for Georgia Shane Rosenthal. “The ADB loan is part of our ongoing commitment to the development of livable cities in Georgia. ‘

Over 80% of from Tbilisi apartments were built during or before the Soviet era. The old residential blocks lack recreation areas, parking lots and elevators. Accessibility to public spaces for the elderly, people with disabilities, women and children is also substandard.

In 2019, the city government unveiled an urban plan to promote sustainable urban development, land use planning and inclusive infrastructure. The government has created gender adviser roles within its urban development and environmental protection departments to promote gender responsive designs for open spaces in the city.

“We are honored that this is the first affordable housing development agreement in the region for the Asian Development Bank‘, said the CEO of the m2 group Nikoloz Medzmariashvili. “The loan will provide medium-term financing for affordable housing projects in Tbilisi. It is important to note that the design has been improved to achieve better results in terms of energy efficiency and accessibility. ‘

GRE is a 100% subsidiary of JSC Georgia Capital, 100% owned by Georgia Capital PLC. Georgia Capital PLC is an entity registered on the London Stock Exchange.

AfDB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable environment Asia and the Pacific, while continuing its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Created in 1966, it belongs to 68 members including 49 from the region.

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Watch Now: ‘Majestic’ Augmented Reality Mural Unveiled in Downtown Tulsa ‘Pushes the Boundaries’ of Public Art | Local News


The $ 230,000 project, which adorns both sides of the Main Park Plaza parking garage at 410 S. Main St.



Described as the world’s largest augmented reality mural, a 15,000-square-foot piece of public art was officially unveiled in downtown Tulsa on Monday, with city leaders joining the artists for a first look at its operation.

“I just want to say how grateful we are to the city for everyone who has played a role in beautifying this public space, making better use of it and really putting Tulsa on the national and international map.” , said Mayor GT Bynum, standing in front of the “The Majestic” mural, which adorns both sides of the Main Park Plaza parking lot at 410 S. Main St.

The $ 230,000 project, whose augmented reality features come alive when viewed using a smartphone camera, was commissioned by the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity and created by the artists of Los Angeles Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati and Eric “Zoueh” Skotnes.

“It pushes the boundaries of our art further than we ever thought possible a few years ago,” Skotnes said.

“Augmented Reality is something no one has ever tried on this scale, and this animation is something new. We really appreciate that you are giving us this opportunity to do this. We are glad we did in Tulsa. , and it feels like it’s a second hometown for us. “

“The Majestic” is an Art Deco-inspired depiction of flora and fauna native to the Tulsa region, including dovetail flycatchers, swallowtail butterflies, flathead catfish and buttons Eastern Reds, which seem to come to life thanks to augmented reality technology. The central figure of the work is an angel holding two babies, also in Art Deco style.


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A new car park takes shape near the library



Betty Lynn, the actress best known for her portrayal of Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show”, died late Saturday night after a brief illness. She was 95 years old.

Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 29, 1926. The third generation from Missouri was raised by her mother, Elizabeth Lynn, a respected mezzosoprano and organist, and by her maternal grandparents Johanna and George Andrew Lynn, longtime engineer for the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

At the age of 5, Betty began studying dance with famous dancer Helen Burwell at the Kansas City Conservatory. By age 14, Betty was playing and singing at dinner clubs, as well as performing and commercials for local radio shows.

USO talent scouts visited Kansas City and discovered Betty. After turning 18, Betty began performing for USO Camp Shows in the United States in 1944. Betty then performed on the USO’s Foxhole Circuit overseas during the first half of 1945. She then performed on the USO’s Foxhole Circuit overseas during the first half of 1945. She and guitarist Tommy Decker started their overseas tour with stops in Casablanca. then Iran before finally making their way to the China-Burma-India theater of war, where they visited and performed for the military throughout much of the war zone, but their main mission was to console and entertain the soldiers injured in military hospitals.

After the Allies recaptured Rangoon in May 1945, Betty was one of the first Americans to visit American prisoners of war who had been released from a Calcutta hospital after suffering horrific atrocities while in prison. She is also believed to be the only American woman to walk the dangerous road to Burma during the war.

At one point on her tour of duty, Betty, Tommy Decker, a couple of Marines and an interpreter traveled by jeep to a remote area “on the road to Mandalay” not far from the front lines. A US Marine captain gave Betty a loaded Colt revolver and said, “Take this. You might need to use it. Betty recalls, “I didn’t know if he wanted to be used against the enemy or in desperation against myself, but I took the gun and kept it close to me always.

After the war, Betty was recognized for her service “above and beyond the call of duty” with special mention from the United States Department of War. She was later appointed honorary colonel of the American Legion.

In 2009, Betty joined WWII veterans on the North Carolina Triad’s first honor flight to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC “I was deeply honored to to have been invited to participate and to have the chance to express my gratitude to the surviving veterans and those who have been remembered, ”Betty said at the time.

Betty returned to New York after the war and quickly found work. She was touring the Northeast with Park Avenue in preparation for the tour of this new Broadway show when she caught the attention of Hollywood scouts. She received offers from seven studios, but ultimately decided to do a screen test for Twentieth Century-Fox. Studio director Daryl F. Zanuck immediately took an option on Betty and eventually signed her to a multi-year contract.

Betty’s first film for Fox was Sitting Pretty from 1948 starring Clifton Webb, Robert Young, and Maureen O’Hara. Betty won a Photoplay Gold Medal for her portrayal of Ginger. Later that year, Betty was also in Apartment for Peggy with William Holden and Jeanne Crain.

Warner Bros. borrowed Betty from Fox to play the title role in June Bride, another 1948 release, starring Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery. Betty has directed several other films for Fox and others, including RKO, MGM, and Universal. Among the films were Mother Is a Freshman, Father Was a Fullback, Cheaper by the Dozen, Payment on Demand (still with Bette Davis), Many Rivers to Cross and Behind the High Wall.

When her contract with Fox expired, Betty looked for work on television, then still in her infancy. His first performances included eight months in The Egg and I, which is often regarded as television’s first comedy series and aired live from New York five days a week on CBS in 1952.

Returning to Hollywood the following year, Betty starred opposite Ray Bolger in Where’s Raymond? for one season on ABC-TV. During this time and for decades, Betty also starred in live theater productions including the lead role in Peg O ‘My Heart and roles in The Moon Is Blue, King of Hearts, Be Your Age, Come Blow Your Horn. and Love Letters.

Betty has appeared in more than two dozen episodes of Matinee Theater, NBC-TV’s popular hour-long anthology series that airs, usually live, five days a week. She also continued to work in radio, including episodes of Lux Radio Theater, Stars Over Hollywood and some episodes of Family Theater, as a leader or host.

Betty was a staple of television westerns in the 1950s and 1960s. A Partial Roundup includes episodes of Bronco, Wagon Train, Cheyenne, Tales of Wells Fargo and Sugarfoot, as well as being a co-star for two seasons of Disney Presents: Texas John Slaughter with Tom Tryon.

Betty was still under contract with Disney for Texas John Slaughter when The Andy Griffith Show producers contacted her to play Barney Fife’s girlfriend, Thelma Lou. Luckily for Barney, Mayberry, and generations of viewers, Disney was in the process of ending production of Texas John Slaughter and therefore agreed to release Betty to work on the Griffith show.

“I had seen Griffith’s show twice before I went to read for the role,” Betty recalls. “I remember I burst out laughing, it was so funny. I haven’t done this very often. I thought, Gee, this is really unusual.

Betty always realized that Thelma Lou’s role in Mayberry depended on Barney Fife. When Don Knotts decided to quit the show after five seasons in order to make films for Universal Studios, Betty knew that meant she would be leaving Mayberry as well.

Betty made a final appearance on the Griffith show when Don Knotts returned in season six for the first of his five guest appearances as Barney. In all, Betty appeared in 26 episodes of Griffith, which originally aired between 1961 and 1966 and spanned parts of the show’s first six seasons. Of the Griffith cast still alive at the time of Betty’s death, only Ron Howard has appeared in more episodes of the series than Betty.

Fans would have to wait over 20 years, but all was well in Mayberry’s world again, when Thelma Lou and Barney finally got married in Return to Mayberry, the made-for-television movie that was an audience blockbuster for NBC. in 1986. “Once we got there to shoot the movie, it all fell into place,” Betty said. “The spark was still there.”

After the Griffith series, Betty continued to work regularly, mainly on television. She played Fred MacMurray’s secretary in My Three Sons and Brian Keith’s secretary in Family Affair. She also worked again with Andy Griffith when she played Sarah, Ben Matlock’s secretary in the first season of Matlock in 1986. She also reunited with Ron Howard in 1971 in ABC-TV’s short-lived Smith Family. , with Henry Fonda.

Betty has also appeared in productions ranging from Disney’s The Boy Who Stole the Elephant to The Mod Squad and from Little House on the Prairie to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

In 1990, Betty began attending various Andy Griffith Show cast reunion events and Mayberry festivals nationwide, but mostly in the Midwest and South. Many of these events also included performances by Betty and her fellow stars. She’s brought down the house countless times with her renditions of favorite tracks from the American songbook.

Queues often stretched in hallways and around buildings with dedicated fans eagerly awaiting their chance to visit Betty, have their picture taken with her and get an autograph. Betty was legendary for her amazing ability to recognize fans many years ago, frequently calling them by name and inquiring about other family members, often by name as well.

“The fans are so nice,” Betty said. “I really like meeting them and having the chance to visit them a bit. They come from all over the country. It’s so touching that they still remember my movies and love The Andy Griffith Show the way they do. And especially for the Griffith show, there are also a lot of young children who are fans. So, I think the popularity of the series continues through the new generations. Which makes me happy.”

After several years attending the annual Mayberry Days festival in Mount Airy, Andy Griffith’s hometown, Betty decided that the city of North Carolina would be a good place for her. She moved away from the stress of Los Angeles in 2007.

In honor of Betty and echoing Barney Fife’s description of Thelma Lou, the local Surry Arts Council presents the show “You’re the Cat’s!” Each year. ”Award to recognize individuals who have made particularly outstanding contributions to the Mayberry Days Festival.

Along with other cast and crew members of The Andy Griffith Show, Betty received the TV Land Legend Award in 2004. She was inducted into the Missouri Walk of Fame in Marshfield in 2006, and received the Cherry Blossom Medal at the city’s annual Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival the following year.

In 2012, Betty also received for the first time a star on the catwalk at the entrance to the Andy Griffith Museum. On her 90th birthday in 2016, Governor Pat McCrory bestowed and Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest presented Betty with the Order of the Longleaf Pine, widely regarded as the highest civilian honor in the state of North Carolina.

Betty has not rested on her laurels. Before the pandemic, she greeted fans virtually every month at the Andy Griffith Museum. By the time of her death, Betty had completed revisions to her autobiography, which is expected to be published posthumously.

A lifelong devout Roman Catholic, Betty was a long-time member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Los Angeles. After moving to Mount Airy, she joined the local Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Betty Lynn is survived by several cousins, many dear friends and countless adoring fans. Betty’s performances as Thelma Lou and in other roles will continue to entertain generations of grateful audiences. More than that, everyone who met Betty is forever grateful to have known such a beautiful soul.

A private funeral service is scheduled in Culver City, California. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory can be made to the Betty Lynn Scholarship Endowment (for students pursuing careers in dance or theater) or the Barbara and Emmett Forrest Endowment Fund (for the Andy Griffith Museum and Mayberry Days), both in care of the Surry Arts Council, PO Box 141, Mount Airy, NC 27030; or Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 1208 N Main Street, Mount Airy NC 27030, or a charity of the donor’s choice.


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Tech welcomes North Georgia for an exhibition – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


THE APARTMENTS – Georgia Tech softball will host its second collegiate opponent of the fall season in northern Georgia at noon on Sunday at Mewborn Field.

Fans of all ages are welcome to attend, with admission free to the public. Parking will be available on the McCamish lot.

The Skyhawks enter the competition on the heels of a successful 2021 season at the DII level, going 43-8 overall and 17-1 in the Peach Belt Conference game. North Georgia started last spring with a 17-game winning streak and enjoyed a 16-game winning streak en route to its seventh straight Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships. The Skyhawks won their regional championship at home and advanced to the DII Championship final. This fall, North Georgia has two games under its belt against Georgia Military College and Truett McConnell University.

The Yellow Jackets welcome the Nighthawks after splitting a doubles schedule a week ago in South Carolina, Tech’s first collegiate opposition to the fall ball.

Georgia Tech kicks off fifth season under coach Aileen Morales, bringing back 15 team returns from last season. Notable returns include Justin’s World of Softball All-American third team, NFCA All-Region first team and All-ACC first team first baseman. Tricia awald with receiver First Team All-ACC and All-ACC Freshman Team Emma Kauf. The decorated duo are joined by the right-handed ace Blake neleman as well as regular starting intermediate players Bailee Zeitler and Jin sileo.

The ghost stable is bolstered by the # 17 ranked recruiting class of the Yellow Jackets, ranked second in the ACC and made up of eight highly touted new jackets.

Georgia Tech is currently slated to wrap up its fall list by hosting Emory on October 22 at 6:30 p.m.

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Start of site preparation for the future I3R installation


University of Arkansas, Facilities Management

Render of the future I3R installation.

Site preparation has started for the future center of the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I3R), the University of Alberta’s newest interdisciplinary research center.

This work phase, officially called the habilitation phase, will take place around the Nanoscience building and in lot 71. Most of the construction is focused on adding public services for the future institute and will include the extension of the tunnels. of existing utilities, extension of electrical services for Nanosciences and new I3R buildings, supplying chilled water to the site and cleaning some of the existing utilities. The enabling phase will end with minor landscaping work before the official start of construction of the I3R facility.

People who park in lot 71 will be affected by this project starting with reduced parking followed by complete closure of the lot after the first of the year. Transit and Parking has already notified licensees and offered options for other parking arrangements. Additional reminders will be sent to permit holders before the lot closes.

The occupants of the Nanoscience building are likely to notice some impacts, including noise and vibrations during the work. The work will also require brief planned power and water cuts, which will be coordinated to help minimize disruption.

Information regarding the official inauguration of the new I3R facility will be provided at a later date.

This phase of work on the site should be completed this spring. Updates to the new I3R facility and other campus projects are available on the Facilities Management website.

Institute for integrative and innovative research

Funded by a grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, the new institute will provide the campus with interdisciplinary research capabilities and enhanced resources for State University researchers. The facility will focus on five areas that fall under the university’s flagship research areas: food and technology, data science, materials science and engineering, bioscience and bioengineering research in systems metabolism and neuroscience. integrative. The I3R building is expected to open in 2024.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $ 2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of US colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world on Arkansas Research News.


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New York City to Switch to All-Electric School Buses by 2035


The New York City Council voted 44-1 to require all city-owned school buses to be battery-powered by September 1, 2035. Currently, the city operates 885 school buses that operate on diesel. The council’s action was spurred by a new law signed by Governor Hochul last month that bans the sale of light gasoline and diesel vehicles in New York state after 2035.

There is a caveat in the new electric school bus policy. It is “subject to the commercial availability and reliability of all electric school buses, as well as the technical and physical availability of related planned infrastructure”. Given the state’s interest in having a zero-emission transportation sector, it is likely that the required infrastructure will be built over the next 14 years, says We Go Electric.

The city estimates that converting its school bus fleet to electric buses as well as purchasing the necessary electric charging stations and electrical infrastructure will cost a total of $ 367.3 million by 2035. In addition to the bus mandate, the city has also already decided that non-emergency fleet vehicles must be electric by 2040. The new law also requires that all parking lots in the city’s 5 boroughs include chargers. electric vehicles for a minimum of 20% of available parking spaces.

Up in smoke

We are dedicated advocates of the electric vehicle revolution here at CleanTechnica, but that doesn’t mean we have to bury our heads in the sand. This week, worrying news from Germany concerns a number of fires involving electric buses in Düsseldorf, Hanover and Stuttgart. The Stuttgart fire occurred recently and all electric buses in that city were taken out of service until the cause of the fire was known. The first bus to catch fire was being loaded.

The resulting fire destroyed 25 buses – 23 conventional units and 2 electric batteries – according to Algulf. Six people were injured in the Stuttgart fire, two of them were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Losses from the fire run into millions of dollars.

On June 5, a fire at a bus depot in Hanover destroyed five electric buses, two hybrid buses, a diesel bus and a coach. The city’s electric buses were later taken out of service, but are expected to return to service on November 1.

Last April, a fire at a bus depot in Düsseldorf destroyed 38 buses and the depot building, causing millions more damage. Experts from the Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office concluded in June that the fire had an undetermined technical cause. The depot had only recently installed charging equipment for electric buses.

Did you know about these fires? No? We neither. 12 Chevy Bolts battery fires made headlines around the world and will cost LG Chem nearly $ 2 billion. More than 70 buses have caught fire in Germany this year, but there has been virtually no report of it. And why only in Germany and not in other countries? There are so many more electric buses in China than the German total would seem insignificant.

Clearly, battery makers need to tackle the problem of battery fires as quickly as possible to avoid a major obstacle to the electric vehicle revolution. LFP batteries may not have the energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries, but they have a much lower fire risk (BYD blade battery reduced this risk to almost zero.)

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770 new laws coming to California


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

770 new laws coming to California

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Through Emily Hoeven, CalMatters on Tue 12 Oct 2021 To 2:27 p.m.

You’d be forgiven if you didn’t know Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the biggest expansion in California’s college financial aid system in a generation – he did so in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first playoff game. and the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

Hours later, it was all over: Newsom signed his final bills on Saturday, a day before the Oct. 10 deadline to follow through on the 836 proposals state lawmakers sent to his office. Of those, he signed 770 (92%) and vetoed 66 (7.9%), according to Sacramento lobbyist Chris Micheli.

Here’s a look at important new laws coming to the Golden State – as well as ideas Newsom has prevented from becoming law.

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Vision for Manchester Charter Oak Park: Skate Park, Turf Field


MANCHESTER, CT – A master plan for the future of Manchester parks includes a vision for a new skate park and artificial surface terrain at Charter Oak Park.

The park, located at the bottom of the hill from Main Street and Charter Oak Street, is, according to the results of a recent public poll, one of the busiest parks in the city, with 56% of respondents saying have used it recreationally and 97 percent say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the park.

A $ 2 million project to renovate the park added new playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, a revamped softball field, a “music garden for children, and parking and freshly paved walkways. in 2017. Additional upgrades included new test room facilities, 22 additional parking spaces, a two-way driveway, a redesigned cycle path, improved lighting and surveillance equipment.

Future upgrades now include a new skate park at the west end of the facility, a track for BMX-style bikes and a “warrior” obstacle course for users of all ages.

A synthetic turf pitch, additional toilets and drinking fountains here also in the master plan.

The new Parks and Facilities Master Plan is designed to be “fully collaborative and community supported”. The master plan describes how to further develop future parks, trails, open spaces and recreation areas to meet the needs of the community while investing in the economic and cultural value of the city.


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New Cornell Scott site in West Haven to improve care by leaps and bounds


WEST HAVEN – A newly opened health center on Campbell Avenue can make breathing easier, literally.

Officials have welcomed the opening of a new Cornell Scott Hill Health Center at 410 Campbell Avenue, which they say will dramatically improve health outcomes in the city. The community health center offers sliding scale rates for medical services to uninsured or underinsured people, so that health care costs do not place a huge burden on residents.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the New Haven-based nonprofit, between 10.5% and 13.5% of adults in West Haven had asthma in 2018, according to the place where they live in the city, but in the neighboring neighborhood. As a wealthier city of Orange, asthma rates among adults ranged from 9.5 percent to 10.5 percent in all census tracts.

The location isn’t the first for the city – the center has operated a location for years on Main Street – but system CEO Michael Taylor said the new site would improve the quality of care at “no cost.” giant ”. The old location, he said, has been converted from a three-story house to a doctor’s office, and it has become “untenable.”

“Not only is it obsolete, but it was inefficient for our operational needs, there was no parking for patients unless you were considering two spaces, there were stairs that patients had to face, which was impossible for any patient with a physical challenge because of three sets of stairs and the capacity of the examination room was limited: five examination rooms and one consultation room, ”he said. “We couldn’t have more than two providers in the building comfortably for medicine and couldn’t accommodate specialties at night. The exam rooms were undersized so we couldn’t put in services like an OBGYN or podiatry, and those services are needed in West Haven.

Taylor said the wait time between appointments at the Main Street location was often 10 to 12 weeks; he said West Haven residents often had to visit a New Haven Cornell Scott Hill Health site to be treated in a timely manner.


The new location, he said, is considerably larger.

“Now we have 14 examination rooms, two of which are oversized to accommodate procedures such as gynecological procedures and podiatry. they choose – and we’ve expanded the behavioral health capacity, ”he said. “We now have 50 parking spaces on the new location. All the things that were missing from the old facility, we now have them at the new location at 410 Campbell Ave., and on top of that, we’re located literally across from the pharmacy, where people can fill their (prescriptions).

According to the DataHaven report, there are considerable racial gaps in health care in the city, including gynecology: for every 1,000 live births, there is an infant mortality rate of 12.4 for residents of Black West Haven compared to 7.4 for white residents of West Haven. West Haven’s average death rate of 6.9 per 1,000 live births is higher than the state average of 4.6 per 1,000 live births, the report notes.

Mayor Nancy Rossi said her office receives calls from residents seeking medical services and not having insurance; she said her office is trying to refer them. From there, she said she knows gynecological services are in high demand in the city and there is a relative shortage.

“I’m very, very excited about this,” she said. “They have a sliding scale (payment structure) and they take some uninsured patients, and that’s really very, very important because if you’re sick you have to be treated.”

City council member Bridgette Hoskie, D-1, whose district includes the new center, said she recalled going to a place in New Haven several times while growing up – something she thinks she was. of great help to his family.

“Growing up with a single mother, health insurance and medical care were not always readily available,” she said. “These medical insecurities were real life for us.”

Hoskie said she believes the easy and accessible location would be of great benefit to underinsured or uninsured residents.

She believes the expansion of behavioral health services will be crucial for city residents as they deal with the effects of an unprecedented pandemic on the lives of residents. She said she has a friend who seeks mental health services for her child, but has to pay thousands of dollars before she can reach her deductible. Hoskie said she was able to recommend the center to her friend.

“There has always been a need for behavioral health services everywhere, but now there is an extraordinary demand that was really triggered by the experiences people have had with the pandemic: isolation, depression,” Taylor said. “So now we have an increased capacity in the facility and the staff to respond to it. “

Neil Cavallaro, principal of West Haven schools, said the district was “excited” about forming a partnership in the new facilities at the center.

“It is a first-class health center that will be able to deal with physical and mental health issues,” he said.

Cavallaro said that although the district has a school health center in its high school, the district has external health partners to provide additional services.

“Given the stressful times we live in, they often need support that in many cases schools simply cannot provide,” he said.

Anthony Santella, acting chair of the University of New Haven’s Department of Health Administration and Policy, said community health centers such as Cornell Scott Hill Health “play a very important role in promoting health. ‘equity in health’.

“Often laypersons don’t really recognize them for their contributions because they think it’s another clinic or doctor’s office, but the power of community health centers is that they can do so much more than they do. it seems, ”he said, as“ promoting access to high quality and affordable primary care, behavioral health, specialized care – including dental care, vision – which is often put aside and which are an equally important part of maintaining good health and well-being.

Santella said that despite this, the pandemic could draw more attention to the role of these centers.

“COVID has really caused us to reimagine the role of health and healthcare in our lives. Now more than ever, people have come to appreciate the role health plays in their overall success and well-being, ”he said.

Santella said the “real test” of the centre’s long-term success on Campbell Avenue will be its relationship with the community.

“It will be determined by who they hire, what type of community partner they are, how friendly their services are to the public in terms of language, culture, hours and menu of services,” he said. declared. “As someone who works in West Haven, I will be delighted to see the good service they provide to the community.”

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Governor Newsom issues legislative update 10.8.21


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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed the following bills:

  • AB 36 by Assembly Member James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – Design-Build Contract: Town of Paradise.
  • AB 43 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Road Safety.
  • AB 57 by Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Law Enforcement: Hate Crimes.
  • AB 100 by Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Drinking water: end devices: lead content.
  • AB 107 by Assembly Member Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – License to practice: veterans and military spouses.
  • AB 118 by Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – Department of Human Services: CRISES Grants Pilot Program.
  • AB 124 by Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – Criminal Procedure.
  • AB 172 from the budget committee – Personal services.
  • AB 229 by Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Private investigators, exclusive security services, private security services and alarm companies: training: use of force.
  • AB 304 by Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Contaminated sites: waste discharges or contamination of surface or ground water: local monitoring: corrective measures.
  • AB 333 by Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – Participation in a criminal street gang: sentence increased.
  • AB 335 by Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) – California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: Ship Information.
  • AB 379 by Assembly Member James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – Wildlife Conservation.
  • AB 592 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Foster Youth: Transitional Housing.
  • AB 707 by Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2021. A signature message can be found here.
  • AB 764 by Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) – Contempt of court: intimidation of victim.
  • AB 850 by Assembly Member James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – City property: sale of water utility property.
  • AB 861 by Assembly member Steve Bennett (D-Ventura) – Mobile home parks: rental restrictions: management.
  • AB 896 by Assembly Member Steve Bennett (D-Ventura) – Oil and gas wells and installations: privileges: collection unit.
  • AB 900 by Assembly Member Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) – Charitable Trusts.
  • AB 917 by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Vehicles: Video imagery of parking violations.
  • AB 970 by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Planning and zoning: charging stations for electric vehicles: permit request: approval.
  • AB 1066 By Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Priority Recreation Sites In Contact With Inland Waters: Water Quality Monitoring.
  • AB 1126 by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – State of Hate Commission.
  • AB 1250 By Assembly Member Lisa Calderon (D-Whittier) – Water and Sewer Companies: Service Consolidation.
  • AB 1261 By Assembly Member Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) – State Air Resources Board: Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Incentive Programs.
  • AB 1390 by Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) – State Lands: School Lands and Places.
  • AB 1422 by Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Healthcare facilities: intensive care units: flexibility of the intensive care units program.
  • AB 1452 by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Pilot Program: Fee Increase for Low Income Jurors: Criminal Trials.
  • AB 1476 by Assembly Member Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Park Ownership: Town of Modesto: Beard Brook Park.
  • AB 1540 by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Criminal proceedings: conviction.
  • SB 68 by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) – Electrification of buildings and charging of electric vehicles.
  • SB 81 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Conviction: rejection of improvements.
  • SB 206 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Firefighters’ Bill of Procedural Rights Act: Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: Temporary Appointments.
  • SB 211 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – State Bar: Board of Trustees: Reports: Complaints: Annual Lawyers License Fee: California Lawyers Association: Legal Services Trust Fund Commission: Fund Expenses.
  • SB 221 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Health Care Coverage: Timely Access to Care.
  • SB 255 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Health care coverage: employers’ associations.
  • SB 297 by Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – Underground installations: sanctions.
  • SB 354 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Public Social Services.
  • SB 406 by Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) – Oil and Gas: Operations: Notice of Intent: Investigations: Data Availability.
  • SB 483 by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Sentencing: resentening to remove penalty enhancements.
  • SB 498 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Fund for the provision of legal services to the indigent: disabled veterans.
  • SB 510 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Health Care Coverage: Cost Sharing COVID-19. A signature message can be found here.
  • SB 541 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) – Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities and Programs: Disclosure of Licensing and Certification Status.
  • SB 567 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Criminal proceedings: conviction.
  • SB 589 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Air pollution: alternative vehicles and automotive infrastructure.
  • SB 694 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Fire prevention: power companies: forest fire mitigation: workforce diversity.
  • SB 709 by Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) – Z’Berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act 1973: Timber plans: extensions.
  • SB 716 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Land Use: Habitat Restoration and Improvement: Mitigation Land.
  • SB 718 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) – Health Care Coverage: Small Employer Groups.
  • SB 742 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Vaccination sites: illegal activities: obstruction, intimidation or harassment.
  • SB 790 by Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) – Wildlife Connectivity Actions: Offset Mitigation Credits.

The governor also announced that he had vetoed the following bills:

  • AB 105 by Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – The Upward Mobility Act of 2021: Boards and Commissions: Civil Service: Examinations: Classifications. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 122 by Assembly member Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) – Vehicles: compulsory stops: bicycles. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 226 by Assembly Member James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – Residential Psychiatric Crisis Treatment Centers for Children. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 369 by Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – Medi-Cal Services: people experiencing homelessness. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 375 by Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) – Community Colleges: part-time employees. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 412 by Assembly Member Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) – California Human Rights Commission. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 603 By Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Law Enforcement Rulings and Judgments: Reports. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 783 by Assembly member Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Surface mining: safety regulations. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 872 by Assembly Member Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Leave: firefighters. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1035 by Assembly Member Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Department of Transportation and Local Agencies: Streets and Highways: Recycled Materials. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1147 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Regional Transportation Plan: Active Transportation Program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1185 by Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) – Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1215 By Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) – Public Post-Secondary Education: University of California: Admission Policy: System-Wide Protocols. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1238 by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Pedestrian access. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1302 By Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Commercial Cannabis Billboards: Placement Restrictions. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1456 by Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) – Student Financial Aid: Cal Grant Reform Act. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1487 by Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Legal Services Trust Fund Commission: Homelessness Prevention Fund: grants: eviction or displacement. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1542 By Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Yolo County: Secure Residential Treatment Program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1560 by Assembly Member Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Distance learning: student access: computer devices and broadband internet service. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 110 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services: Contingency Management Services. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 524 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Health coverage: patient piloting. A veto message can be found here.

For the full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

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Leading Automotive Supplier Rudy’s Performance Parts Purchases Residential Flashing Chargers … | Your money


Miami Beach, Florida, October 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) (“Blink” or the “Company”), a major owner, operator and supplier of electric vehicles ( EV) charging equipment and services, today announced the sale of 64 Blink residential Level 2 charging stations, the HQ 150, to Rudy’s Performance Parts for resale through its distribution channels.

“It is exciting that leading traditional automotive supply suppliers such as Rudy’s Performance Parts see the value in providing quality EV charging products that pave the way for EV adoption. The Blink HQ 150 is a great addition to their product line, ”said Michael Battaglia, senior vice president of Blink Charging. “We are excited about the first sales of the Rudy’s Performance Parts charger and anticipate increased interest as driver demand for fast home charging solutions increases. “

The Blink HQ 150 is a stylish and reliable 32-amp Level 2 charging station designed for overnight charging in single-family homes. The HQ 150 features a 25ft long cable that can reach all sides of an owner’s garage and has a slim case to store the cable when not in use. The Blink HQ 150 is a powerful home charger compatible with all EV models.

“Our commitment to serving EV drivers has only just begun with our sale of the Blink HQ 150. In addition to providing our customers with the best EV charging solutions for their homes, we have installed Blink’s commercial charger on our site. and provide free recharge. It’s another way to support and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, ”said Tim Eied of Rudy’s Performance Parts.

Founded in 2008, Rudy’s Performance Parts is a leader in automotive performance parts and accessories and recently expanded its product portfolio to serve electric vehicle drivers.

In addition to reselling the single-family Blink chargers, Rudy’s Performance Parts has installed a Blink commercial charging station available for free public charging at its warehouse in Burlington, North Carolina. For EV drivers interested in using the Blink Commercial Charging Station in Rudy’s Warehouse, the charger is located at 7422 Whitsett Park Rd, Burlington, NC 27215.

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Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) is a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and has deployed more than 30,000 charging ports in 13 countries, many of which are networked EV charging stations, allowing EV drivers to easily charge at any of the Company’s charging points around the world. Blink Charging’s main product and service line includes its Blink EV (“Blink Network”), EV charging equipment and EV charging services. The Blink Network uses proprietary, cloud-based software that operates, maintains and tracks grid-connected EV charging stations and associated charging data. With global electric vehicle purchases expected to reach 10 million by 2025, up from around 2 million in 2019, the company has established key strategic partnerships to roll out adoption in many types of locations, including parking lots, multi-family residences and condos, workplaces, healthcare / medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, car dealerships, hotels, municipal mixed-use sites, parks and recreation areas, religious institutions, restaurants, retailers, stadiums, supermarkets and transport centers. For more information, please visit https://www.blinkchargement.com/.

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Toronto Police Station 52nd Division Continues, Sparking Criticism


TORONTO – Toronto police vehicles park again in a public square outside a downtown police station without city permission – leaving a former city councilor who fought the practice 20 years ago by calling for a permanent solution.

Olivia Chow recalls her motion in 2001 which resulted in a report calling police parking in Dundas Street plaza outside 52 Division “illegal” – and says it’s a shame the practice has resumed .

” It was time. It must be resolved. It’s a bit of an eyesore, ”Chow said. “Where’s Joni Mitchell when you need her?” We are not turning this park into a parking lot, no no no.

Five police vehicles were parked behind a fence on Dundas Street on Tuesday. A handful of people were sitting on a bench having lunch behind a police SUV.

Requisitioning the terrain is the 52nd Division unit commander ‘s solution to the problem of stationing his force. The rear parking lot is full. Parking in a designated street parking lot on the west side of the building causes backups during construction, depending on the strength, and amid the need to have access to vehicles in an emergency, he decided to put the vehicles on the square.

“This allows the use of the place by the public while addressing local traffic concerns,” TPS spokesman David Hopkinson said in a statement. “It’s not ideal, but it balances the two issues.”

TPS admits not having asked permission from anyone, even the city, which owns the property. A spokesperson for the city told CTV News it is “reviewing the history of this place and liaising with the Toronto Police Department in an effort to better understand the uses of the space as well as its condition. current and other potential parking considerations “.

A photo shows police officers parking their personal cars on the property on a September day. The TPS says that their parking lot was under construction that day.

This is something that would result in a ticket and a tow for any other business, says attorney David Shellnutt.

“We are crowded. It is an occupied space. But if the people who are supposed to lead by example don’t do it, it’s going to set a terrible example for people across town, ”Shellnutt said.

The police parking lot comes and goes in space. Google’s street view shows cars parked there in September 2020. Before that, it appears to be a public square since construction in 2012. Before that, until 2007, police cars appear behind again fences.

In 2001, an interim report released by the city called the practice “illegal parking in front of the 52nd Division,” saying the building is set back 20.5 meters along the frontage of Dundas Street West.

“This setback area is made up of trees and planters and the boulevard is built with interlocking paving stones and is frequently used for parking. This parking is not legally permitted. Access is currently obtained by an existing ramp from St. Patrick Street, although it appears that vehicles can also cross the Dundas Street West sidewalk to directly access, ”it read.

Chow said she hoped the city would explore ‘out of the box’ solutions, ranging from finding land to rent nearby, to using air rights above the building. to find a way to get affordable housing on the upper floors and a larger police station and parking lots below.

“Create a lot of space. It could be a solution, ”Chow said. “Or put more on the bikes. The best way is to work with the community and the town hall and to celebrate the community policing. “

When CTV News visited the plaza, a police car was parked in spaces deemed disruptive – it was the parking control vehicle.

Even though the spaces on the east side can be used, TPS said it has no plans to vacate the plaza yet, saying another building should be under construction soon.


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The focus of the relocated Elk Grove library on Wednesday’s forum


Work in progress at Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street in historic downtown Elk Grove on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The pavilion structure, now complete, will be the centerpiece of a community gathering space that will be enhanced by relocation of a new library two blocks away.

Work in progress at Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street in historic downtown Elk Grove on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The pavilion structure, now complete, will be the centerpiece of a community gathering space that will be enhanced by relocation of a new library two blocks away.

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Elk Grove’s plans for a new library on the outskirts of the city’s old town will be a visit to two community events Wednesday.

Residents can stop by an open house Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove-Florin Road; or 5 p.m. at the city booth during the Food Truck Mania event at Old Town Plaza, 9645 Railroad St., Elk Grove Boulevard, to learn more about the plans and influence the design of the project.

The new library branch is slated for the old Rite Aid location, 9260 Elk Grove Blvd., a few blocks east at Elk Grove and Waterman Road, replacing the two-story 13,875 square foot site in the cramped corner of Elk Boulevard Grove and Elk Grove-Florin Road.

The planned 17,340 square foot site at the former Rite Aid will be more than 3,500 square feet larger than the current library house and, with 95 parking spaces, will have double the number of spaces at the current site of the old Town.

Elk Grove and the Sacramento Public Library are designing the project.

Elk Grove bought the Rite Aid site earlier this year in a $ 3 million deal, one-third of its 2018 asking price of $ 9 million. A 2018 city study on needs Elk Grove’s long-term library and arts facility revealed that the Old Town and Franklin High School branches were undersized for the town’s population.

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Frustrations rise as Ipswich community center goes unused


New residents of St Clement’s subdivision are frustrated as questions about promised sports and recreational facilities mount.

The project which saw the former Ipswich Psychiatric Hospital transformed into housing Ribbans Park and Belgrove Place was officially completed last week.

But residents say they were disappointed with the developers as planned facilities have yet to materialize.

Melanie Barker said: “It feels like there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed here.

“Most of us learned, when we came to pick a pitch, that we would have a community and sports center. families who bought here. “


The community center is fenced to residents of the development
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The original planning document, submitted to the Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) in August 2014, indicated Bovis’s intention to offer “increased sporting and recreational opportunities”, first by retaining the existing bowling green. with a ‘new and improved clubhouse and parking lot’.


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He also noted plans for “the creation of a designated sports area in the southwestern part of the site, including relocation of the existing football field, conservation and partial renovation of the existing sports club building with extended parking facilities, and the provision of a new lighted multi-purpose play area “.

Ms Barker added: “The developers did some of what they promised, like the new clubhouse for the bowling green, but it looks like they did things that would otherwise have kept them from building and left the rest.

“I understand the development end date has been delayed due to the pandemic, but the Foxhall Community Center is fully closed and unused.

“Now they want to sell it – and we haven’t had any updates on what’s going on or what the future of the community center might be.”

In January, a request was filed with IBC to change the plans. He revealed that the land reserved for this purpose “is being sold and the facilities will be provided by the purchaser … within twelve months of the occupation of the last new accommodation”.

But Ms Barker said the community center was not the only problem concerning the residents and added: “The other major problem is the lack of public lighting at the entrance to Ribbans Park. It is completely dark and this for two winters in a row There is no safe path, there is antisocial behavior and I don’t know of a date by which it could be corrected.

“We pay an annual fee to live here, but then we complain about some things and get ignored; nothing is done.

“As residents we are all close and honestly we just wish we could take care of the site ourselves. It’s lovely and we all want to live here, but we want it as it should be.”

A statement from the Ipswich Borough Council said: “Officers are working with the developer to ensure development is completed in accordance with approval, including the provision of sports facilities and open spaces.”

Bovis Homes was contacted for comment but did not respond.


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50 years of neglect created winter problems in Cottonwood Canyons


(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A cyclist descends Little Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Environmental activists demonstrate against the height of the gondola towers that the Utah Department of Transportation is proposing to build to transport people to ‘at Alta and Snowbirds Ski Resorts.

The biggest problem with Little Cottonwood traffic in winter is congestion caused by road closures for avalanche control. Widening the road and creating beautifully landscaped avalanche shelters like those in Switzerland would solve this problem, which must be a source of great frustration for residents living in the canyon area.

The second problem is insufficient parking space, which is also noticeable during the Snowbirds Oktoberfest. The hotel complexes have been enlarged, but not their car parks. It needs to be fixed.

The third problem is with vehicles that are not equipped to navigate the canyon safely on a snowy day. Every snowy day, the flow of traffic is compromised by accidents and stranded vehicles that should never have been allowed up the canyon.

The public bus and gondola plan is doomed to the same financial disaster as the leading rail service and will only create more congestion at the mouth of the canyon.

Taxis and Uber would be a much more efficient solution than buses / gondolas which only a very small number of skiers would use.

Did everyone forget to notice that Big Cottonwood has too narrow and twisty road that needs to be straightened out and the same parking issues?

50 years of neglect.

Scot Morgan, Salt Lake City

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Selectmen wants more information on the construction sites of the new buildings of the town hall and the senior center | New


WILMINGTON – At their Monday evening meeting, the board heard a presentation which was the result of a joint vote of the committees for the new senior center and the town hall / school administrative buildings. City Manager Jeff Hull reminded the community that the work is being led by the 2020 City Assembly approvals for the feasibility study and schematic design of the two projects.

P3 Owners Project Manager Dan Pallotta explained how it became apparent as soon as the sites were initially considered that it was imperative to look at the two projects together. To objectively examine the four identified sites, they rated each site against a set of criteria and adopted a matrix to compare the totals. Some of the criteria he mentioned in the review were things like availability of water and gas service, storm water service, adequate parking, site visibility, potential for future expansion, and relative site development costs.

The Swain Green and St. Dorothy Church sites were identified as the two best sites for Town Hall and the Seniors Center respectively, and the committees unanimously approved to submit them to elected officials as next step.

Selectman Kevin Caira expressed doubts that the designers took into account the full impact of baseball fields as a space when they assessed the current City Hall area. He then suggested the possibility of the two buildings being placed on St. Dorothy’s property.

He also asked about the parking requirements for the town hall. Pallotta shared that the suggested number of spaces was 150 based on the area of ​​the proposed building. Caira wanted even more information, such as the number of parking spaces at the St. Dorothy’s site and how much they would take out by building on Swain Green, but the OPM could not provide an answer.

Pallotta replied that the purpose of the matrix and criteria was simply to narrow down sites and pick the best.

Caira then asked why they were counting the Glen Road baseball diamonds out of space considerations. Hull said it was he who ordered the OPM and Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper to avoid the space on the ground. Hooper added that this was included in the FMP’s instructions.

“We have not explored this opportunity,” Caira continued. “We don’t know the impact on the fields.

He said he wanted to see every stone turned and every avenue explored regarding the three proposed sites.

Pallotta argued that even given the space on the ground, the current Town Hall site did not measure up to Swain Green or St. Dorothy’s by the criteria they used.

Selectman president Lilia Maselli has said she intends to keep the ball fields out of the conversation and asked the discussion to move on to other items. She also asked why Caira waited until this moment to express her displeasure, when he was on the committee that voted to move this presentation to the board.

Gary DePalma’s main issue was with the presentation itself, which didn’t clarify whether ball fields would count in spaces.

“I don’t think we should touch the recreational facilities in the city,” he added.

Judy O’Connell said she was concerned about the Swain Green flooding and wanted to see more opportunities for community feedback in the process.

Greg Bendel stuck to the positives in his commentary on the presentation – mainly that one of the four sites was eliminated as an option. He later said that a visual element could help residents connect and form an opinion.

Regarding new ideas, he suggested reallocating the Roman house area for additional parking at the high school once the new space is built.

The committee disagreed on whether baseball fields should be considered for construction, but Hull summed up their additional considerations and Pallotta said the direction was clear enough to move forward. A tip for consideration was on the agenda for approval, but they passed it.

The council then let a few residents in attendance share their comments, and most felt that the schedule for the new senior center was further delayed.

Suzanne Clark expressed her displeasure especially to the board members who had approved the matrix results in their committees but did not want to approve it that evening.

“I fully understood the matrix because I was at every meeting until now,” she continued.

Bendel responded by saying that the exercise was still helpful even if the process was not going as fast as he would like.

Deborah Russo also said the issues named that night should have been raised earlier. In addition to referring to how the proposal for a new senior citizen center was first made in August 2019, she reminded council that the cost of construction would have been much lower back then s ‘he had approved it.

MJ Byrnes was the final comment, recommending that the board go ahead with only the senior center instead of trying to consider both at the same time.

“I respectfully oppose the idea of ​​us dragging our feet,” Bendel said. “We gave feedback and direction. “

Pallotta also responded by saying that the elderly center project was already ahead of the town hall / school administration and the projects are being concentrated separately.


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$ 13.5 million apartment community in Sacramento, Calif. Sold by TMG


SACRAMENTO, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Mogharebi Group, (“TMG”) Finalized the sale of Continental Terrace in Sacramento, a Community of 141 units, located at 6921 Lewiston Way. The property sold with several offers for $ 13,500,000. The buyer was a private investment group in the Los Angeles area.

“Due to the competitive institutional inventory in the Sacramento market area and lower rents than the competition, Continental Terrace has been a quick sale,” says Robin Kane, Senior Vice President President of TMG. “It was our property 1031 exchange platform, from wealthy private buyers and exchanges, who eventually got a private investor who was in a 1031 exchange and bought the property as the top dollar, ” Mr. Kane concluded. “The property offered an opportunity to improve short-term returns by providing the buyer with maximum value.”

Built in 1973/1979, Continental Terrace Apartments is a two story, 141 unit apartment community located on Lewiston Way in Sacramento, California. The property comprises 7 residential buildings and 1 common area totaling 77,100 rentable square feet. The resort is located on a 5.14 acre site with 205 surface parking spaces. The apartments have spacious studios and one-bedroom floor plans. The property has a swimming pool, clubhouse, outdoor picnic area, controlled access community and laundry facilities.

About the Mogharebi Group (TMG): The Mogharebi Group is a brokerage firm specializing in the multi-family real estate industry across California. With unparalleled local knowledge, a vast global network of leading real estate investors, cutting-edge technology and direct access to capital, the Mogharebi Group is the best choice to meet the needs of leading private investors and investment funds.

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Recommended park and ride for the Hollywood bus stop in West Wicklow


A park and ride is expected to be developed next to a long-awaited bus stop in Hollywood Cross, according to a new report.

onsultants carried out a feasibility study of the proposed bus stop facilities in the West Village of Wicklow. The report considers five options, including installing only bus stops, before recommending a preferred option that includes building a park and ride. The option includes the installation of two bus stop areas on the N81 south of Hollywood Cross, bus shelters, a signposted pedestrian crossing from the road, sidewalks and parking lots.

The consultants also suggest that the speed limit on this section of the N81 be reduced to 60 km / h and that other traffic calming measures be introduced to ensure pedestrian safety. Local elected officials have been campaigning for several years for the speed limit on this section of the national road to drop from 100km / h to 80km / h.

Cllr Patsy Glennon and Cllr Edward Timmins both contributed € 5,000 of their discretionary funding allocation to cover the cost of commissioning the report.

A copy of the report was presented to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly during his visit to the Hollywood Village on Monday, September 20 by Cllr Glennon and Cllr Timmins.

Cllr Glennon pointed out that the report recommends bus stops on either side of the road and a park and ride in the village.

He added that Minister Donnelly has received a copy of the report “in the hopes that he will secure the appropriate funding” from the government to support the long-awaited project.

Cllr Timmins said, “I welcome the report and hope it leads to the creation of the bus stop. This is absolutely necessary because we are operating in an unsatisfactory situation when the bus does not have to stop in Hollywood and often does not stop there. This report is an important step towards the installation of the bus stop as it is a detailed report that provides recommendations on the best and safest possible solutions.

Earlier this year, members of the Municipal District of Baltinglass learned that the completion of a consultant feasibility study could be an important step in the process of getting the green light for the installation of a Bus stop on the N81 to serve Hollywood Village and surrounding areas.

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Miami-Dade County launches public electric vehicle charging program – CBS Miami


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Miami-Dade County Launches Public Electric Vehicle Charging ProgramMayor Daniella Levine Cava, who owns an electric vehicle, launched the Miami-Dade County-OBE Power partnership to deliver smart charging stations for electric vehicles in major Miami-Dade parking lots across the county.

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Fort Lauderdale’s Mai-Kai reopens after being closed for more than a yearCBS4’s Hank Tester has the story.

‘The Price Is Right’ Celebrates 50 Years On CBSLisa Petrillo of CBS4 spoke with host Drew Carey about the special occasion.

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Historic Race


LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) today announced its intention to open a new historic racing machine (“ HRM ‘) entertainment venue, Derby City Gaming Downtown, Louisville, Kentucky. The 43,000 square foot entertainment venue will be located at 140 South 4e Street, corner of South 4e and West Market, diagonally from the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Derby City Gaming Downtown will initially feature 500 HRM, an outdoor playground and more than 200 on-site parking spaces. The new entertainment venue will offer guests – including locals, tourists and convention attendees – three unique bar concepts: a main level sports bar with a stage for music and shows, a top bourbon library range and an elegant wine and charcuterie lounge. A retail and merchandise store will be located at street level where customers can purchase Kentucky Derby-themed merchandise. Construction of Derby City Gaming Downtown will begin later this year with an expected opening date of early 2023.

The investment in the new entertainment venue will create 450 jobs for the local economy, including 350 construction jobs and over 100 new permanent jobs. The Company will collaborate with OneWest and other community organizations in an intentional effort to provide employment opportunities in the entertainment venue for those residing in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Louisville, as well as to provide training and support services. additional social focused on retention, workforce development and career advancement. CDI will intensify its efforts to identify and contract with women-owned and minority-owned businesses for supply chain and contracting needs.

CDI also announced a pledge of $ 1 million to the West End Opportunity Partnership (the “Partnership”), a community-led collaborative initiative that will fund projects to kick-start economic development and improve the quality of society. living in a neighborhood made up of nine West End neighborhoods. : Shawnee, Portland, Russell, Chickasaw, Parkland, California, Park Hill, Park Duvalle and Algonquin. The new Tax Increase Funding District (“TIF”) was created by legislation championed and passed by State Senators Robert Stivers, Julie Raque Adams, Morgan McGarvey and Gerald Neal, and representatives of the State Ken Fleming and Pamela Stevenson. The TIF guarantees that for the next 20 years, 80% of the new tax revenue generated in these neighborhoods will be returned to the Partnership to reinvest in economic development projects and homeowner stabilization in the West End. Seed capital and revenues will be managed by a partnership council made up of neighborhood residents and appointees from community organizations.

“CDI is committed to investing in the city of Louisville and today we are especially excited to announce this new downtown entertainment venue,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “Our expansion of human resource management will be a victory for the entire Louisville area community. and will create an additional $ 10-12 million per year in scholarship for Churchill Downs Racetrack. The West End Opportunity Partnership and our collaboration with OneWest can help us achieve this vision in a responsible and sustainable manner.

“We congratulate Churchill Downs for their continued investment in Louisville hotel infrastructure. Having a downtown point of contact with one of our most iconic brand pillars is a godsend in helping us successfully market our destination, ”said Cleo Battle, President and CEO of Louisville Tourism. “The attraction will meet a need for much-requested evening options for convention delegates and provide locals and visitors with yet another authentic experience in the heart of Bourbon & Derby City.”

“Today, Churchill Downs is becoming an important part of a revitalization of downtown Louisville that has gained momentum in recent years. The downtown area is the center of our community and, as the economic engine of the region, our downtown area is also the center of our region, ”said Mayor Greg Fischer. Derby City Gaming Downtown will bring even more life to Fourth Street with just under an acre of space for more entertainment offerings, another stop for bourbon fans, a store for Kentucky Derby merchandise and permanent jobs downtown. Thank you, Churchill Downs, for your commitment, your investment and for your confidence in our great city. “

“OneWest is extremely excited about this collaboration and what it will mean for minority contractors in Louisville,” said Evon Smith, President and CEO of OneWest. “This initiative represents intentionality around inclusion and diversity and it starts at the top. The Churchill Downs Incorporated management team is leading the action! “

“I applaud the leaders of Churchill Downs for taking this meaningful step to support the West End Opportunity Partnership and for encouraging other local corporate citizens to follow suit,” said State Senator Gerald Neal. “By taking action to address the inequalities and disparities in our local communities, we are helping to make our Commonwealth a better place for all Kentuckians.”

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is a leading racing, online betting and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We own and operate three betting-mutual gaming entertainment venues with approximately 3,050 historic racing machines in Kentucky. We also own and operate TwinSpires, one of the largest and most profitable online betting platforms for horse racing, sports and iGaming in the United States and we have eight retail sports betting. We are also a leader in physical casino games in eight states with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games. Additional information on the CDI is available online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Certain statements made in this press release contain various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate” , “Believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “could”, “plan”, “foresee”, “plan”, “seek” “,” “” Will “and similar words or expressions (or negative versions of such words or expressions).

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that these expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or results are: the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related economic issues on our results of operations, financial conditions and our outlook; the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business or any deterioration in our reputation; loss of key or highly qualified personnel; restrictions on our credit facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks associated with real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values ​​and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cybersecurity breaches; failure to recover under our insurance policies for damage sustained to our properties in the event of inclement weather and accidents; increased insurance costs and the inability to obtain similar insurance coverage in the future; failure to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; the costs and uncertainties associated with the development of new sites and the expansion of existing facilities; risks associated with equity investments, strategic alliances and other agreements with third parties; the inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; failure to protect our own intellectual property rights; payment risks, such as the risk associated with the fraudulent use of credit and debit cards; compliance with the law on corrupt practices abroad or applicable money laundering regulations; risks associated with current or future legal proceedings and other actions; the inability to negotiate agreements with representatives of the industry, including riders and other racetracks; work stoppages and manpower problems; changes in consumer preferences, attendance, betting and sponsorship with respect to the Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby; litigation for bodily injury related to injuries occurring on our racetracks; weather and other conditions affecting our ability to run live races; the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as terrorist attacks and threats to public health; changes in the regulatory environment for our racing operations; increased competition in the horse racing industry; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full horse races; our inability to use and provide aggregation services; changes in the regulatory environment for our online horse betting business; A reduction in the number of people betting on live horse races; increased competition in our online horse betting business; the uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape regarding our online horse betting business; the continued legalization of online sports betting and iGaming in the United States and our ability to anticipate and benefit from such legalization; the inability to expand our sports betting operations and compete effectively; failure to manage the risks associated with sports betting; failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain people could result in penalties or impairment of our mobile and online betting products; increased competition in our casino business; changes in the regulatory environment for our casino business; concentration and evolution of the manufacture of slot machines and other technological conditions which could impose additional costs; and the inability to collect gambling claims from customers to whom we extend credit.

We assume no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Investor contact: Nick Zangari
(502) 394-1157
[email protected]
Media contact: Tonya Abeln
(502) 386-1742
[email protected]

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Cincinnati Art Museum Gets ‘A New View’


The Cincinnati Art Museum is planning updates and upgrades worth $ 65 million. The projects are part of the “A New View” plan to modernize the grounds and facilities of the museum.

“Overall, it’s more than a handful of transformative projects that are really going to help the museum become a better resource for our community,” said Jill Dunne, Director of Marketing and Communications.

These include a new walkway leading to the museum and walking trails with works of art to complement the new Art Climb.

“Instead of going around the museum, you’re going to go straight to the museum,” says Dunne.

There are also gallery renovations that allow more of the museum’s collection to be exhibited, as well as additional space for school groups and community programs.

The work will last at least a year.

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An artist rendering of the new entrance and parking lot at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

List of projects

  • Renovate the Schmidlapp Gallery, Hanna Wing (Ancient Near Eastern Collections) and other public galleries
  • Create universal access to the museum entrance door
  • Build a new front drive that allows vehicles to access the front of the museum
  • Add interactive active displays to museum galleries
  • Increase digital access to permanent collections
  • Create an open-air museum experience with the Art Climb and a series of interconnected art trails
  • Acquire and install outdoor sculptures
  • Organize and present large-scale exhibitions
  • Create additional space for school groups and public programs via the “CAM Commons” and additional classroom space
  • Increase community engagement resources and staff
  • Improve the storage capacity of collections for future acquisitions
  • Develop a research center dedicated to photography, prints and drawings
  • Recruit and employ a more diverse professional staff through paid internships and scholarships
  • Increase the museum’s operating endowment
  • Optimizing museum car parks
  • Renovate and modernize conservation laboratories
  • Create work efficiencies in staff offices
  • Optimizing buildings and mechanical systems to protect the works of art on display

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San Francisco International Airport AirTrain Extension Completed


Construction of the AirTrain Upgrade and Extension Project has been completed at San Francisco International Airport. Skanska USA, the company that led the $ 172 million project, began work on the AirTrain in 2016. The project facilitated connection between all terminals, the airport hotel, parking lots, BART station and car rental center. . Since transportation to long-term parking lots was previously provided by a shuttle, this move is expected to extend the AirTrain’s guidance tracks by 1,900 feet and eliminate 600,000 miles of trips per year. LEED Gold has been awarded to the two AirTrain stations carried out as part of the project certifications of the US Green Building Council.

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From the start, the project team coordinated with the management of the rental car facility and airport officials to consider any potential issues as the concepts developed into buildable specifications and shaped the design elements of the extension. According to company officials, sustainable construction and design elements were prioritized at every stage of the project. This has resulted in the implementation of over 50 sustainable practices, including; installation of a large solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of the SFO long-term parking garage with 2,700 photovoltaic panels that generate approximately 40% of the stations’ annual energy needs, recycling more than three-quarters of construction debris and demolition, purchasing construction products and materials that meet stringent LEED volatile organic compound (VOC) emission criteria to reduce indoor chemical contaminant concentrations, and selecting construction products and materials from manufacturers that transparently disclose information on the environmental lifecycle of products to reduce global environmental impact.

“The completion of the AirTrain long-term parking extension has materialized our vision to provide a transparent and clean energy connection between all of our terminals, car parks, hotels and car rental facilities. At the same time, the project continued our tradition of industry leadership in the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings. This LEED Gold certification is a tribute to the dedicated project team who turned this vision into reality, ”said airport manager Ivar C Satero.

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Portland General Council candidates share their positions on housing, shelter and other priorities


The four candidates vying for general seat on Portland City Council in the Nov. 2 election have similar perspectives on prioritizing the city’s shortage of affordable and available housing and the need to provide services to the homeless , but they differ in their approaches.

Travis Curran, candidate for mayor in 2019; President of the Planning Council Brandon Mazer; member of the Roberto Rodriguez school board; and attorney Stuart Tisdale Jr. are running for the seat vacated by Nick Mavodones, who has served on the board for nearly 25 years.

Curran focuses on housing, in part by applying the city’s cap on short-term rentals, he said, as those rentals take homes off the market.

The city has already capped Airbnb rentals and rentals of owned and investment properties, ”Curran said. “There is very little oversight on the application of these policies. WWe must enforce them. Wi need those houses and we don’t need small hotels, and there is way more than the ceiling.

Curran would also like to see zoning reform to allow more apartments and multi-family homes in the city suburbs, further away from the city center.

Mazer said the supply of housing in the city must be increased. Changes can be made to allow more multi-unit housing projects, such as relaxing parking requirements and providing developers with incentives to build in ways that allow for greater density.

“Wi need incite more family housing, ”said Mazer. “We need to look at our main corridors, like Brighton Aplace, Forest Aplace, the corridors adjacent to the peninsula where there could be more density to lighten the peninsula pressure.”

The housing problem must be solved, Rodriguez said, but he would rely on experts to solve it.

“YouCandidates don’t need to have the idea or plan that will solve our problems. There are a lot of very good proposals and people doing this work in the city and the state, ”Rodriguez said.

Tisdale also said housing solutions are best left to experts, but argues those efforts should focus on the middle class.

“If teachers who teach young people in a community can’t afford to live there, I don’t agree with that,” he said. “YesYou have the people who are assisted in finding housing by the housing authority, which helps eligible people, and then you have the people who live in the luxury condos, but you don’t have an average population.

Candidates differ on whether the 200-bed homeless service center planned for the Riverton area or smaller shelters would be best for the city.

Curran, who said he has experienced homelessness in the past, said the large shelter is a start, but smaller shelters are also needed.

“IF There are a problem in a shelter, you may be the victim of a criminal intrusion, and you are beautiful not allowed entry for a full year, ”Curran said. “Melder wthe inters are rough. If there is only one installation and it affects you, then what is it? “

A large facility provides good quality services, Mazer said, while the city may struggle to staff many small shelters.

“Have four or five emergency shelters offering the services that the Riverside shelter will provide.” goi am difficult because of staff and funding perspective,” Mazer noted. “From that perspective, I think a centralized shelter that can be open 24/7 with onsite services makes more sense.

Rodriguez, too, focused on quality rather than size.

We need this waiting this side centralized objective, which means high quality services to members of our homeless community, ”said Rodriguez.

Tisdale said he supported the large shelter rather than the small facilities “if there is to be a shelter,” noting that many shelters in the neighborhoods would be “impossible” to pass for advice.

At the same time, Tisdale would like to see proposals to reduce the number of “beggars” in the city, especially those who might be able to work.

“The proliferation of begging… makes a bad impression,” Tisdale said. “There is no need for that. Shops around can not find enough people work, social services are numerous. When beggars are in front of a business, it discourages people from entering the business. This‘s allow a group of people to that are not helped by being activated. “

The candidates also cite a number of other priorities.

Curran said he would like to see a local option of sales taxes for tourism services to ease property taxes, such as cruises; more work done in harm reduction to address the opioid epidemic, such as supervised injection sites; the expansion of public transport at night; and an increase in the number of municipal parking lots.

Mazer said he would also like to focus on improving transit options.

Rodriguez highlighted the collaboration and representation of all his constituents. He would focus his efforts on getting marginalized groups, whose views might otherwise be ignored, to speak at board meetings. He cited as an example a group of loud activists who wanted to remove police from schools and succeeded.

If I see that there are a handful of privileged people defend for something, I have to ask myself who is not in the room and for whom we are not hearing a plea, ”Rodriguez said. “What we lack is the political will to move these things forward.”

Tisdale said he will also focus on collaboration. He said there was a lack of moderate votes in the city, and although he was an “embarrassed Republican” after the Trump presidency, he would often vote regardless of party, he said.

The election takes place on November 2. Polling stations, which can be found online at the city clerk’s website, open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

For more information on the election, including how to apply for a postal ballot, visit portlandmaine.gov/1116/November-Municipal-Election.

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Plans for four apartments in Woodston, Peterborough withdrawn


A planning application to convert a parking space into four one-bedroom apartments at Toll Bar House in Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston has been withdrawn by the applicant.

The proposal was validated in June 2021 with Peterborough City Council.

In addition to the four apartments, the proposal also included plans for four parking spaces, a private amenity area, garbage and bicycle storage and two additional parking spaces for Toll Bar House.

The application was filed by a Mr. Fagan of East West Holdings Ltd.

According to plans, the development would have resulted in the loss of five existing parking spaces at Toll Bar House.

But as early as Monday (September 27), the planning officer confirmed that the applicant had withdrawn the proposal.

Previously, the highways department had raised objections to the plans and said, “The proposed development would not provide adequate facilities within the perimeter of the site for parking and turning of vehicles.

“In the opinion of the Local Highway Authority (LHA), there will be no resulting increase in site usage in terms of increased traffic generation. However, the development of the proposed indoor parking does not meet the parking standards in force as set out in the Local Plan.

“At the moment, the site consists of 10 apartments and there is space on site to park 20 vehicles. After the development there will be four additional apartments = 14 units. A total of 18 parking spaces, including visitor spaces, will be required as the provision of on-site visitor parking is part of the minimum parking standard set for residential use class C3.

“A number of parking spaces will be lost due to the proposed development. The proposed development provides for 15 parking spaces, which represents a shortage of three, which could lead to an overflow of vehicles parked on the public road.

“This is unacceptable. Hence the recommendation of the LHA.


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Opening of the new car park at Scunthorpe hospital with 150 spaces


Almost 150 new spaces have been created in the new car park at Scunthorpe hospital.

The covered parking is open from today outside the nephrology.

It offers 91 seats for the public on the ground floor and 58 seats for staff on the upper floors.

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Four charging stations for electric vehicles will soon be added on the ground floor.

The creation means that the hospital will not lose any parking spaces in the complex during the construction of the new emergency department.

Parking is accessible via the one-way system at Cliff Gardens in Scunthorpe.



The new covered car park at Scunthorpe General Hospital

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Estates and Facilities Manager Jug Johal said: “The opening of this car park is a milestone in the work to build new bespoke facilities and improve existing facilities at Scunthorpe.

“Having this in place means that we will not lose any on-site parking arrangements due to the construction of our new emergency department.

“This is something that was really important to us, because we know how important it is for you to be able to park nearby if you are coming for treatment or to visit someone – especially if you have problems. mobility issues. “

He added, “We are not just there to treat you when you are sick. We also want to help provide a healthier environment for our staff and the surrounding community.



New electric charging stations will be installed

“In this context, we are in the process of installing four charging stations for electric vehicles on the ground floor, in addition to those we have already set up for our fleet of pool Trust cars.

“However, it went further, down to little details that may seem small but can make a real difference in the long run.

“For example, when considering which plant species to use in landscaping around the parking lot, we selected those that are recommended for increasing the population of pollinating insects.

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Construction of the new emergency department will begin soon.

A small number of parking spaces outside the current one will be closed as final preparations are made.

The hospital says it will be done in stages to minimize disruption.

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Zhujiajiao Aims For National Top Place As A Famous Tourist Site


The ancient city of Zhujiajiao, with a history of more than 1,700 years, is on the way to being classified as a national level 5A (high-end) tourist attraction.

The Aquatic City has rich tourism resources and is one of the four famous historical and cultural cities of Shanghai.

The Scenic Area has successfully passed the Landscape Quality Assessment from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and is on track for a National Level 5A Tourist Attraction designation.

Seizing the opportunity, the ancient city modernized its infrastructure and public services to improve the tourist experience.

The water town has seen an increasing number of tourists every year. Its number of tourists has exceeded seven million for four consecutive years.

There is a tourist service center in the south of the scenic area which is small with limited functions.

To improve the comfort of tourists, another service center is being built at the northern entrance to the scenic area.

Construction is in full swing and the centre’s main steel structure has been completed. The construction process is expected to be completed this week.

“The service center will preserve the historic landscape of the aquatic city. It not only provides basic services, but also includes selling and sending cultural and innovative products, ”said Shen Huifeng, construction manager of the center.

With a total investment of 36.48 million yuan ($ 5.64 million), the center will be equipped with an intelligent management system, surveillance cameras and new parking lots.

Some streets of the city have been covered with more greenery and beautified.

The construction of a signage system covering 3.08 square kilometers was completed and 15 public toilets in the city were extended or modernized. The lighting system has also been improved.

Facelift projects have been carried out in major blocks to incorporate the cultural essence into the business environment and ancient architecture.

The aquatic environment has also been improved, obstacles that pose potential safety risks have been removed and new bridge facilities have been constructed.

In the future, a 4 kilometer long green cycling lane will be built along the Dadian River with rest areas and landscape appreciation points in place.

“The Dadian Lake facilities, located in the main area of ​​the ancient city, are under construction,” said Yao Ye of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Tourism Development Co Ltd.

“These efforts not only serve tourists, but also provide better living conditions and better services for the townspeople,” Yao said.


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Prince William shopping centers adapt to changing demographics | Securities


The coronavirus pandemic has devastated many physical retailers and forced a rapid shift to online and curbside services.

Sales agents, however, see a lasting resilience that is here to stay.

“COVID has shown us what was essential and what was not,” said Carmela Patrick of Weber Rector Commercial Realty.

Patrick spoke last week at a panel discussion on the future of shopping centers. The event was hosted by the Prince William County Economic Development Department.

Neabsco District Supervisor Victor Angry, who introduced the panel, spoke about the need to revitalize malls, ranging from malls to strip malls.

“We have a lot of malls, malls, that are really outdated,” he said. “What we’re seeing is a lot of these malls with a lot of asphalt parking lots that aren’t in use.”

John Jacobs, CEO and founder of Broadreach SMI, a strategic planning firm, said shopping center vacancy rates peaked 11.4% nationwide in the first quarter of 2020. He said that the country had around 115,000 shopping centers in 2020.

Stéphanie Cegielski, vice president of research and public relations at the International Council of Shopping Centers, said that the success or failure of shopping centers is often driven by the communities around them. Establishments in the richest areas generally fare better than those in the poorest areas.

Cegielski said that as baby boomers die and millennials and Gen Z become the dominant consumer base, malls are constantly adapting. “They are perpetually in a state of reinvention. “

Jen Snitselaar, chief executive of Potomac Mills, said the Prince William Mall has adapted to changes in the pandemic by focusing on short-term rentals and curbside pickup.

Snitselaar said short-term rentals have allowed local businesses to thrive among department stores. She gave the example of a woman who made Christian t-shirts and sold them on weekends at a stall in the mall. Eventually, the woman was successful enough to quit her full-time job and rent a storefront.

“These pieces of the community that are represented and blended with our national brands is a great experience for our customers,” she said.

In some struggling malls that are losing flagship stores, Cegielski said non-traditional users are taking over, such as businesses or community colleges. Between 2016 and 2019, Jacobs said Amazon bought 25 malls in the United States and converted them into fulfillment centers.

Patrick said some shopping malls are being used to help fight the pandemic. She pointed to Prince William’s rental of space in the Manassas Mall and the former Gander Mountain store in Woodbridge for vaccination clinics.

“The space is empty and the owner wants to rent it out,” she said.

Cegielski said she has seen old restaurants turn into emergency care clinics, which means a market that adapts and is ready to use existing space rather than starting from scratch. “You have what you need instead of tearing this building down or leaving it unoccupied. “

Patrick said that while some malls are struggling, the end is not near. “We are a consumer culture and I don’t think the malls are going anywhere.”


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Lompoc Planning Commission Gives Green Light for Mustang Cannabis Plant | Local News


A proposed 68,100-square-foot facility for growing and processing cannabis passed through the Lompoc Planning Board on Wednesday evening, one of two similar projects the committee will be considering in a few weeks.

Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC’s one-story facility is proposed for 3 acres at 1501 North O St. plus 801 and 851 Cordoba Ave. in the city business park area. The three vacant lots are located along North O Street between Cordoba Avenue and Aviation Drive.

Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve several aspects of the project, including reviewing the architectural design / site development and a mixed negative statement for the Mustang cannabis facility, which will also distribute cannabis.

Commissioner Dan Badertscher voted alone against the project without explanation.

The site improvements would include an 8-foot-high fence and gates at the back of the building, which would be surrounded by other members of the business park as well as Walmart to the east of the site, the planner said. Greg Stones at the commission.

“We have done everything possible to comply with the current code. We are very comfortable with the terms of approval as well as the mitigation measures, ”said John Dewey, who is listed as CEO of Newport Beach-based real estate investment group Mustang Lompoc Partners LLC.

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Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC plans to build a 68,100 square foot facility for growing, processing and distributing cannabis in Lompoc. (Map of the city of Lompoc)

The architectural style of the Mustang facility will maintain the character of the neighborhood with a design similar to the nearby Sea Smoke, Dewey said. .

A greenhouse gas condition due to the project’s expected energy consumption – for lighting, freezing and cooling – will most likely lead to the installation of solar panels on the roof as a mitigation measure , said Dewey.

“We’re going to give Lompoc (Electrical Division) a very good customer,” said Dewey.

Sixty-one off-street parking spaces are available, exceeding the 59 spaces required by municipal regulations.

Mustang Lompoc Partners must still submit an application for a commercial cannabis use license for review and approval by the city before starting operations, city staff said. This application process through the City Clerk’s Office includes a comprehensive review of the applicant’s background, business proposal, and operational procedures.

An artist's concept shows the Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC cannabis installation project on North O Street.
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An artist’s concept shows the Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC cannabis installation project on North O Street. (courtesy of the city of Lompoc)

This was one of two similar facilities proposed for Lompoc, which has no limit on the number of cannabis businesses allowed in the community.

In October, planners will review Organic Liberty Lompoc LLC’s proposal for 1025 and 1035 Central Ave. to accommodate a center for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, processing, testing and distribution on an undeveloped 3.8-acre site.

The building would be approximately 91,000 square feet and two stories, or 35 feet in height, with protection for mechanical equipment on the roof up to 44 feet in height.

The two companies would only sell cannabis products at state-licensed wholesale facilities and would not provide on-site retail, city staff said. They would also not be open to the public, with visitors only allowed when escorted and for specific business purposes.

“It’s good to see new businesses coming to town,” said planning director Brian Halvorson, “and it’s bigger companies that will provide a new base of jobs for Lompoc.”

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The “Extra Yard for the Environment” program has made the championship of chef conservation efforts a caliber


These processes have also worked, as chefs have managed to divert more than half of their total waste for recycling or composting in recent years.

“[Matt Hawkins’] the efforts translate directly into the amount of waste diversion we are able to put aside, ”said Brandon Hamilton, Chiefs vice president of stadium operations. “Over the past two years, we have averaged between 50 and 60% waste diversion. We have on average more than 800 tons of waste per year, so more than 400 tons go either to recycling or to compost. “

These conservation efforts extend to chefs’ energy use as well, from simple measures such as replacing halogen lights with LEDs to improving the efficiency of entire systems.

“We have converted entire systems from electricity to gas,” said Chris Bryans, Stadium Systems Manager. “For example, we have a heated field, and we have an extra boiler that wasn’t really being used. It was a lot of potential heat that was wasted, so we hooked up that boiler to the chilled water system that we use. to cool the stadium, and in winter, instead of using our club level electric heaters, we can use the boiler as a heating system. “

This workaround – called “loop heating” – means the Chiefs don’t need to use 200 electric heaters on game day, saving a huge amount of energy and thousands of dollars per month. Additionally, chefs use automated systems that use cool outside air – such as when temperatures drop in the middle of the night – to redistribute it later as a cooling metric when it warms up the next day, reducing thus the energy demands when it comes to air conditioning.


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State Park Parking Pass Program Generates Less Revenue Than Expected | New


OKLAHOMA CITY – State park officials are adjusting their expectations after their new state parking pass program generated nearly 78% less than expected in the first year.

The parking pass program generated nearly $ 2.2 million, considerably less than the $ 10 million predicted when park officials first unveiled the program, according to records obtained by CNHI Oklahoma through to a request for open files. Three parks – Beavers Bend, Lake Thunderbird and Lake Murray – generated more than half of this revenue.

State records also show that park employees dramatically ramped up their enforcement efforts targeting non-payers starting in March, issuing 12,646 of 14,257 parking tickets in just five months. The majority of offenders visited Beavers Bend, Murray Lake and Thunderbird Lake.

State officials implemented parking fees last year in lieu of entry into 22 Oklahoma state parks in an effort to help the crumbling park facilities and infrastructure of state that have been plagued by decades of neglect of legislative funding.

Oklahoma state parks attracted about 11.5 million visitors last year. Only two states bordering Oklahoma do not charge an admission fee, park officials said. These states – Arkansas and Missouri – pay for their park systems through a tax on sporting goods and related things like boat sales.

Currently, residents have the option of paying $ 60 per year per vehicle for unlimited access to Oklahoma state parks or $ 8 per day for a day pass. Out-of-state visitors pay $ 75 per year for an annual pass or $ 10 for a daily.

State Representative Jim Grego, R-Wilburton, said state park officials have promised the park fees will generate nearly $ 8 million more per year in new revenue. Still, after a year that saw an increase in visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fees only generated around $ 2 million.

“Maybe it was oversold to us,” Grego said.

Grego, who has worked to ensure state parks remain accessible to the public, said he was not necessarily opposed to the parking program as long as residents had a break.

He said, however, that he was concerned his local park – Robbers Cave – made $ 92,740, but park officials spent nothing.

“If they were so strapped for cash that we had to start charging people to use something we’ve already paid for, you’d think as soon as I got $ 1 they’d need it,” Grego mentioned.

David White, spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation, said state law requires that all parking fees collected at a park be returned to that park to maintain or add new infrastructure . There may be a lag between income generation and project completion as each park has to wait until it has generated enough funds to complete a debt-free project.

Revenue from parking, for example, will be used to install a new playground at Lake Eufaula State Park. It will pay for disabled entry, bike racks, and parking for the boathouse at Robbers Cave State Park. And, the fees will be used to improve the scuba diving area and to install a new rinse station and lakefront benches at Tenkiller State Park, White said.

“We’re hoping that the park’s revenues will increase so that we can maintain some of these new assets that we are putting in place, either with money for parking passes or with bond money, so that we let’s not end up spending and investing a lot of taxpayer dollars now and then in five to 10 years start to deteriorate badly because we don’t have the capital funding to keep them going, ”White said.

White said the $ 10 million figure is an ideal number, but they re-evaluate after the first year what is realistic in terms of manpower and the ability to generate.

Park workers – not forest rangers – have been instructed to use a cell phone app to scan license plates to locate those who refuse to pay. Sometimes they leave “reminders” before issuing quotes, White said. Some of the larger parks have hired a parking enforcement employee. Others depend on clerical or maintenance staff, depending on location and staff. The number of scanned license plates often depends on the personnel.

“I think we want our people to focus on the park and the parking pass, but we’re not going to take people off park duties and have them scan license plates,” White said.

Still, White said 14,000 violations were not particularly high compared to the $ 2 million already raised.

Parking tickets cost visitors $ 20 and fines are collected by the state seller as part of a civil case, he said.

“I think for the most part people want to do what’s right, especially when they know that money is going back to the park they are visiting,” he said. “And at this point, I don’t know of anyone that we necessarily sued to get the paid citation. At this point we are not trying to sue people, we just want them to be educated about it and then pay for their visit.

However, “repeat and habitual abusers” may be prosecuted.

State Senator James Leewright, R-Bristow, said he continues to work on Senate Bill 804, which stalled earlier this year. This would give state park officials the power to enforce any citation they issue on a do not pay offense. It would also be an offense to physically occupy a campsite already reserved by someone else and to refuse to leave on request.

Violators would be liable to a fine of at least $ 50 but not more than $ 500.

Leewright said people come to the parks days in advance, park for free at a campsite they haven’t booked and refuse to leave even after learning it has been rented by someone else.

Leewright said his constituents understand the need for the fee, especially now that they see new upgrades and changes. He said he supports user fees for state parks because those who use them should be responsible for maintaining the infrastructure.

Keystone State Park, which issued 73 citations and raised $ 43,316 in revenue, is located in the Leewright State Senate District.

“We needed a funding mechanism so that we could not only do deferred maintenance but also perform upgrades, and looking around the state you can see the fruits of that,” Leewright said. .

Janelle Stecklein covers the Oklahoma Statehouse for CNHI newspapers and websites. Contact her at [email protected]


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Ketchum considers improvements to YMCA recycling site | Environment


The town of Ketchum is moving forward with a plan to improve its cardboard and glass recycling facilities next to the YMCA.

City Council on Monday ordered City Manager Jade Riley and staff to pursue a plan that will maintain service at the city-owned parking lot on the south side of the YMCA, where it was moved over the summer of a land on the north side. The site offers recycling of cardboard and glass but no other recyclable materials.

Riley offered city leaders the option of moving the location to city-owned land on Lewis Street.

As part of the plan, the existing recycling dumpsters at the YMCA site will be replaced with a glass receptacle approximately 20 feet long and an electric cardboard compactor 20 feet long. City officials had already decided to install a single cardboard compactor because the many cardboard dumpsters were misused, creating horror and management issues.

Riley told board members that use of the YMCA site would not violate an agreement with the YMCA to provide a specific number of parking spaces for the fitness and aquatic center. The YMCA is operated under a long-term ground lease from the city.

Clear Creek Disposal, which handles garbage collection and recycling in Ketchum, informed the town that it preferred the YMCA site to the one on Lewis Street.

Meanwhile, the city is working to renew its franchise agreement with Clear Creek Disposal for waste and recycling services.

The city conducts its due diligence activities before finalizing a new 10-year franchise agreement with the company. The current deadline for contract renewal is October 1.

The city is also studying price adjustments. Earlier this year, Clear Creek proposed a 14% rate increase for existing services. New services could result in additional costs.

The cost of improving the YMCA location, estimated at around $ 75,000, will be incorporated into the new franchise agreement, according to a report from city staff.


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Phoenix approves additional $ 10 million for community wireless network


Phoenix City Council voted today at its official public meeting to pass an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Phoenix Union High School District, 13 public elementary schools as well as the Maricopa County Community Colleges District to approve $ 10 million to continue building the Community Wireless Network Project in Districts 4, 5, 7 and 8.

The project was first proposed in May 2020 and was approved for $ 2 million. These funds were intended to help students during the COVID-19 pandemic and their families who are struggling with economic barriers to provide them with Internet access for their schoolwork.


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Online learning was difficult for many students, and several households reportedly struggled to find reliable internet connections during school closings, which made matters even more difficult. The program seeks to support families during the blended learning process as schools slowly reopen this 2021-2022 school year.

Members of the City of Phoenix, Phoenix College, the Phoenix Union High School District, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have been working together since the schools closed in 2020 to discuss more permanent and long-term solutions for the digital divide. happening in the valley.

“I am very excited about this project and will proudly vote yes to approve the $ 10 million ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to expand our community wireless network in partnership with Phoenix Union and Maricopa Community Colleges,” said District 7- City Councilor Yassamin Ansari. “The need is urgent in my neighborhood.

Requests to modify the existing IGA to add the $ 10 million in funds will help continue the next phase of the digital divide project to expand the existing Wi-Fi system to an area of ​​4 square miles that will allow access. to the Internet to over 1,000 needy students who normally do not have reliable connections at home to study.

“We know that the digital divide will continue to be a persistent problem even after the pandemic. Whether it’s our local businesses in South Central, our farms and mountainside homes in Laveen, the seniors and parents of West Phoenix, there are many communities that stand to benefit. [project]”Ansari added.” Even though in-person learning is well advanced, we need to make sure that everyone has access to it. “

After the approval of the initial $ 2 million, several beta test sites were successfully installed, collecting useful information during the process that turned out to be positive feedback and user experience data. . The tests included the campus and offices of Phoenix College and the PUHSD. The data collected will be used to move the project forward to its next step of increasing the capacity of the Wi-Fi system and reaching communities in Districts 4, 5, 7 and 8.

“This project started with the elementary school districts of Alhambra and Cartwright and it’s a big deal; I’m really happy to support this, ”said District 8 vice-mayor Carlos Garcia. “I think the use of ARPA and COVID relief funds are some of the best investments we can make, especially with the permanence of this program and the fact that its infrastructure will be there for a long time and for future generations. , so I’m excited to vote yes.

Funding for this project is available through the city’s allowance from the American Rescue Plan Act which was received from the federal government. The project will have no impact on the General Fund and the total funding would not exceed $ 12 million.

“These items will help increase our Wi-Fi accessibility. When the pandemic hit, students were asked to continue their education digitally from their homes and many students did not have access to the Internet and some did not even have access to the Internet. ‘computer for their schoolwork,’ said District 1 Councilor Ann O’Brien. “These are the natural next steps to bridge this digital divide between our students and our residents and turn our municipal government to 21 years old.st technologies of the century and I fully support this article.

Phoenix City Council all appeared to agree with the project, but members of the public also made their voices heard at the meeting.

“I am concerned about the health effects of installing wireless radiation in more places in the city and 24/7 radiation without the ability for them to opt out of this technology,” said Shaina Cinnamon said. “5G towers are already all over the city and just seeing more of them popping up doesn’t seem right when there are other alternatives like fiber optic and other things we can do besides shine people. . “

Jason Paul, who opposes wireless frequencies, explained at the meeting that his wife, who worked in a location where a cell phone tower was present for 10 years, was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. in August 2020. “The World Health Organization in 2012 declared that radiation from cell phones and towers may be carcinogenic to humans and can cause gliomas, a type of brain cancer. The towers are more dangerous because they emit a greater intensity of radiation 24/7, ”he said.

The arguments for and against the community wireless network project were heard and taken into account when making the final decision on the program. The article was put to a vote and was reduced from 8 to 0. For more information on where to find locations offering free Wi-Fi in Phoenix, just visit the https://www.phoenix.gov/its/wireless-network website. According to the site, the city of Phoenix has extended its wireless network coverage outside of nearly 50 libraries, community centers, senior citizens’ centers and recreation centers to ensure that every student can access the Internet for complete schoolwork. This public service is offered to residents who can sit in car parks and public spaces outside participating establishments to connect their devices from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Phoenix City Council has approved this installation of Wi-Fi antennas on municipal and public facilities through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.


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Plans unveiled for new national park in South Wales


Rhondda Cynon Taf’s council cabinet has approved plans for the Clydach Vale land to be officially designated as a national park.

At a Cabinet meeting this week (Tuesday, September 21), members agreed to push forward proposals for the 166 acres of land in Tonypandy, currently known as Cwm Clydach Countryside Park.

Councilor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Member of the Cabinet of the Council for Environment, Recreation and Heritage Services, noted:

“I am delighted that the proposals for a new country park within our county borough have taken a big step forward today.

“The board has already developed a working partnership with friends of Cwm Clydach Country Park and the Cambrian Village Trust (CVT) regarding future land developments both at the proposed Country Park site and on the new land. 3G sports facility in Clydach Vale.

“The designation will support the two organizations that work in partnership with Council to improve and further develop the land for residents and visitors. “

The new Country Park in the Rhondda Valley would complement the existing Dare Valley Country Park in the Cynon Valley, providing another tourist destination for the County Borough. It would also benefit the health and well-being of residents and visitors, promoting the great outdoors, outstanding natural beauty and wildlife in the region.

An increase in the number of visitors to the proposed nature park and to the wider region would help increase attendance in local towns, thereby boosting the local economy.

The proposed new nature park in the Rhondda Valley would be located on the former site of the Cambrian Coal Mine, which includes two lakes and a number of small waterfalls. Located east of the lakes is the popular Cambrian Lakeside Café Bar, with newly refurbished free public parking.

Friends of Cwm Clydach Country Park work alongside Cambrian Village Trust to help with general upkeep of the area, undertaking garbage pick-up and doing fencing and path repairs. The two groups are also partners of the Groundwork Well-being Project.

The designation of the land as a national park will allow the Council and the newly created Strategic Council to apply for external funding to improve and develop the site.


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CXO Tom Ellett didn’t live up to his title – the Quinnipiac Chronicle


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It’s no secret that Quinnipiac University has a limited budget, especially with the impacts of COVID-19. The hiring of Tom Ellett as Director of Experience (CXO), the first at the university, was more than questionable from the start and has only had a negative impact on the school and its students since. .

The CXO position, as defined by the school, is responsible for “overseeing all functions intended for students, including enrollment management, student affairs, registrar, bursar, public security, student affairs. veterans and career services, “according to qu.edu. This means that whoever holds this position has a stake in all aspects of Quinnipiac’s student experience.

Students and parents alike are unimpressed with Ellett’s first year as CXO by his decision-making, priorities, dealing with students, and handling money. A number of students interviewed by the column have asked to keep their identities anonymous for fear of the consequences of speaking publicly against him.

When Ellett was hired in August 2020, many students and faculty were not only shocked, but also exasperated. Quinnipiac was looking for a CXO, but just after making millions in budget cuts, freezing hiring, and firing or firing 168 faculty members, it was a puzzling decision.

Quinnipiac University is renovating The Commons to include a three-bedroom apartment in which Chief Experience Officer Tom Ellett will be able to live. (Photo by Chatwan Mongkol / Chronicle)

Despite a limited budget and poor listings, Ellett and the Quinnipiac administration found a way to spend an excessive amount of money to renovate The Commons so that it could live in a three bedroom, three bathroom apartment with its own. woman and her dog while renovating Le Complexe.

“Having more academic and intellectual presences in residences, in models and future letters of recommendation to students is a very positive thing to have around students in this formative age in their development,” said Ellett.

Yes, the resort renovation was part of the plan presented by Quinnipiac President Judy Olian, but doing it now was not necessary. Money is tight for school, so why was that a priority?

It’s also an uncomfortable decision for freshmen living at The Commons. If I were a freshman living there I would be uncomfortable if a senior university official moved into my residence as an 18 year old who had never lived outside. from home, especially if the school didn’t ask me if I supported the notion.

Ellett mentioned that he wasn’t sure if Quinnipiac had somehow tried to gauge whether the students were comfortable with his move in. This is unacceptable for his role.

Second, why is Quinnipiac spending his money on a man receiving NYU retirement benefits? Why does the school not allocate money to more important student situations such as the sports budget of the club?

Moving from one student problem to another, many are fed up with the parking nightmare that Quinnipiac executives refuse to recognize as a problem. It all started with Ellett’s email about a parking fee billed only to off-campus residents and later requiring all incoming students to live on campus for at least three years.

Elett’s decision to target only off-campus residents and not all students was most likely a financial one.

To say that this decision was based solely on academics, which was Ellett’s main argument in his defense, is comical. While, yes, non-residential students have a lower cumulative GPA than residential students according to an email Ellett sent in February, that doesn’t mean living off-campus is the reason.

Like thousands of other students at this university, I took out student loans to come here. This school is not cheap, and I admit it. If I am given the option of paying $ 72,300 to live on campus or $ 56,800 to live off campus, I take the latter without hesitation.

Some non-resident students are upper-class students who do things outside of their studies, such as working part-time, caring for family members, learning internships, taking leadership positions in student organizations, play in sports teams and participate in Greek life.

Priorities change as students prepare to graduate and enter the workforce. Of course, a student’s GPA is important, but to assume it’s the only factor that is affected by the move is insulting.

If this really is an academic problem for off-campus students, why doesn’t the school try to help its 2,338 non-resident students instead of making life more difficult for them?

As this situation arose, Quinnipiac knowingly overlooked the need for student parking on the main campus by deciding to move the tennis courts to North Lot and then build a new recreation and wellness center.

For a school supposedly strapped for cash, why is a $ 45 million recreation center a necessary move right now? Why was it necessary to inevitably eliminate 145 parking spaces from North Lot?

The answer is there isn’t. It is a bad decision financially. High school students do not choose colleges because of the recreation center.

Was parking on the main campus a problem for several years before COVID-19? Yes. Does this mean that it is okay for the school not to see it as a problem despite the students getting fed up with it? Not at all.

I have spoken to many students and received many emails that describe how poorly Ellett communicated about the parking situation as well as how humiliating and pretentious he and the new One Stop team are.

Ellett’s responses to student emails avoided answering questions and only gave the information he wanted to provide. Most of them mentioned that he wanted students to use the parking lots off campus or on the York Hill campus.

Senior Mechanical Engineering Major Zack Polak emailed Ellett with questions regarding the removal of parking spaces.

When asked if students would lose 145 places in North Lot due to construction, Ellett responded by saying that there were places on the York Hill and Whitney lots that are not used regularly. Subsequently, when Ellett was asked where the stains would be removed from, he didn’t even answer the question, instead responding with “someday this summer.”

I have spoken to many students and received many emails describing how poorly Ellett communicated about the parking situation as well as how humiliating and pretentious he and the new One Stop team are.

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“Kind of obvious he hasn’t given much thought to the answers,” Polak said. “You can tell he really didn’t care.”

It further means that Ellett finds ways to dodge the answers to many of the students’ questions.

In a news article published by The Chronicle in May, the vice president of facilities and capital planning, Sal Filardi, mentioned that the university did not anticipate that the move of the tennis courts would have an impact on the students. and that there was plenty of parking all over campus.

If you combine all of Quinnipiac’s parking lots (North, Hogan, Hilltop, Whitney, Westwoods, Whitney Village and York Hill), there is a total of 4,541 parking spaces. However, three of these lots and the York Hill lots are not attached to the main campus.

It is very good. These lots should be used more frequently, but they are not, and for good reason.

As mentioned earlier, students are running out of time, so what’s the point of parking far from campus and then waiting for a shuttle service which has been an abomination for as long as I’ve been here? Even Westwoods is only accessible through the call service.

In an email to a student, Quinnipiac Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services Sam Gougsa said, “If students can cycle or walk, they should, and therefore be part of the solution to problems. parking on university campuses.

I think it’s hilarious.

Why should students solve a problem they did not create in a situation where they are primarily affected? Not only will some students have to spend money on a parking pass, which cannot even be used properly due to the limited number of parking spaces, but now they have to walk or cycle because it doesn’t. has not been properly processed.

Let’s say I had to walk to class every day because I don’t have a bike, to avoid the parking situation., I would have to walk 2.6 miles there and 2.6 miles back every day, this which represents about two hours of walking per day. And when it’s 20 degrees in December and it’s snowing? Should I then walk or cycle?

I am currently working on two separate internships, one of which is over 40 miles apart, in addition to my classes and as an associate sports writer for The Chronicle in addition to playing on the rugby team of the Quinnipiac club. My time is counted as it is, but now I have to find more time in my day to be able to find a parking space?

It’s absurd.

What’s even more frustrating about not being listened to is the way we are spoken to as a student.

Gabriella Colello, a former multicultural and identity senator of the Student Government Association, has regularly displayed her dissatisfaction with Ellett.

“Instead of giving me an answer, he will just tell me that he has a doctorate. and that he knows better, but at no point has he been able to fix this issue or committed to fixing this issue for real commuters, ”Colello said. “For these reasons, I have very little respect for Tom Ellett and his position and I cannot say that he has improved my student experience since he’s been here.”

We are adults. We don’t deserve to be treated or talked about like children.

Dozens of students have contacted me about their experiences with Ellett. Not a single one was positive. Not a single person I’ve spoken to appreciates Ellett’s neglect of the student body.

They are fed up with action not being taken – and so am I. Change is long overdue.


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Best things to do in beautiful Oxnard


Fun in the sun or vibrant nightlife – the choices are almost endless in Oxnard, California. This cultural and historic destination between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara offers 7 miles of deserted beaches along the central California coast. With 276 sunny days a year, it’s hard to beat the weather. And, there are so many ways to spend your weekend in beautiful Oxnard.

Although I have been hosted for a few experiences and meals at Oxnard restaurants, these opinions are my own.

Things To Do In Oxnard

On the water

Mandalay State Beach to the north with the adjacent 94-acre Mandalay County Park is a preserve for fragile dunes, wetlands, wildlife, and plants. It is natural for bird watching without public facilities. There are many free parking lots along the road.

It has warm sand and is a great place to play in the waves. Sit on benches to enjoy the ocean and the view of the Channel Islands. Picnic tables, barbecues, volleyball nets, and restrooms along the paved pathways are located in the adjacent park. Paid car parks can be found in nearby car parks.

Hollywood Beach in the Channel Islands harbor is most popular for sunbathing, swimming and beach volleyball. The beach house next to Hollywood Beach is said to be home to the ghost of Rudolph Valentino, the actor stayed there while filming The Sheikh in 1921. Clark Gable, Carol Lombard and other Hollywood notables also owned beach houses in Hollywood Beach.

Silver Strand Beach to the south is the best for surfing along this part of the coast. Although it is more secluded than the other beaches in Oxnard, it is the most popular local beach. A mile of sand has restrooms, outdoor showers, and free parking from sunrise to sunset. A viewing platform for various marine species such as dolphins, harbor seals and jellyfish at the mouth of the Channel Islands harbor also provides wheelchair access. It has two free parking lots.

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In the canals

Enjoy a romantic Venetian gondola cruise with Gondola Paradiso in Seabridge Marina. Glide silently into the sunset around the canals of Coral Island. My gondolier didn’t offer to sing, but it was nice to enjoy the calm on the water.

Bring your own drinks, including alcohol, as well as snacks and appetizers if you wish. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater for evening cruises, but there are blankets on board as well.

Exterior of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.
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Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Located in the Marina, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum contains some of the finest private sea-themed art collected from around the world and offers maritime heritage training. I was very impressed with the model ships made from bone by prisoners and the paintings of seascape masterpieces by English, Dutch and French artists from the 1600s to the 1850s.

Hikers on Scorpion Canyon Loop trail on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California
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Excursions to the Channel Islands National Park

If you intend to visit the Channel Islands, advanced planning is highly recommended. Some of the uninhabited islands offer camping, hiking, and kayaking, but are only accessible by park licensed boats or private boats, and there is no transportation available on the islands.

Nautical sports

Channel Islands Harbor is the best place to find water entertainment. Kayaking, paddling, parasailing or yoga on stand-up paddleboards. Book your transport to Channel Islands National Park here as well.

Front view of the Mullin Automotive Museum Bugatti.
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Cars, Cars, Cars

Are you a reducer? Do you like everything automotive? Oxnard is a must-see destination for car lovers. Motor shows and events take place all year round. However, two museums will make you want a Bugatti or take you back in time.

Mullin Museum Delahaye car on the quay.
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Mullin Automotive Museum houses one of the finest collections of French cars in the world. The spectacular displays of Art Deco era masterpieces and machines are remarkable, educational and breathtaking.

Interior of the travel trailer at the Murphy Auto Museum
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The Murphy Auto Museum houses a collection of over 50 vintage and Americana cars spanning 1903 to the present day. I walked into the vintage caravan prototype and imagined camping the old fashioned way.

Golf

The River Ridge Golf Club is a 36 hole championship public golf club. A lighted driving range, chipping and putting greens allow you to work on all parts of your game.

Soccer

The River Ridge playgrounds are home to the Dallas Cowboys training camp in the summer. The practices are open to the public and free for camp activities and spectator areas.

    RiverPark driveway with outdoor patio in the middle of the street.
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Shopping and art

If top-notch shopping is more your style, The Collection at RiverPark won’t disappoint. An eclectic mix of large retail stores, boutiques and avant-garde brands shares space with carefully curated public art works located throughout the mall.

Pro tip: River Ridge Golf Club, Residence Inn, The Collection at RiverPark, and the River Ridge / Dallas Cowboys Training Camp playgrounds are nearby at the north end of Oxnard.

Street in downtown Oxnard, palm trees line the street on both sides.
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Self-guided tours of art, history and culture

My day started in downtown Oxnard with a self-guided tour of the murals. The buildings and utility boxes adorned with gripping commentaries on Oxnard’s life caught my interest in many blocks of colorful and eclectic art.

Historical walking tour of downtown Oxnard

A well-marked map guides you through historic downtown Oxnard. Choose from two routes. Start your tour at the free parking lot at West Third and B Street and finish at Heritage Square.

Heritage square with marquee sign
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Heritage Square Museum

The Heritage Square Museum, a living history museum, explores the development of Civil War life in early 20th century Southern California. The buildings moved to Place du Patrimoine and preserved, show us how people lived at the end of the 19th century. The docents lead tours of the interior of the buildings and share the history of the structures and the people who lived there.

Top restaurants in Oxnard

The Pacific Café serves breakfast and lunch in the Oxnard offices and industrial area. While I had the stuffed vegetarian omelet, I could have ordered anything from the menu from her American and Mexican favorites. On Menudo Saturdays, traditional Mexican soup is the star.

Pro tip: Enjoy breakfast at the Pacific Café before tours of your neighborhood auto museum.

Blinis veneered at Tierra Sur Herzog wine cellars.
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Tierra Sur of Herzog Wine Cellars takes pride in their farm-to-table dining experience. Pure food from local producers, lovingly prepared by skilled chefs and served on the terrace, will ensure a pleasant evening. My senses were enthused by the 3-dimensional plate cooking and the assorted wine choices.

Pro tip: Schedule a pre-dinner wine tasting to select your favorite.

Xielo Nutella and Banana Crepe.
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Xielo Artisan Desserts offers Mexican pastries, fusion pancakes and raspados (crushed ice dressed in natural syrups from Guadalajara). The Ramirez family take great pride in serving their 60 year old traditional family recipes.

Old Woolworth Building and Utility Box wall art
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Pro tip: Xielo Artisan Desserts is located in the heart of downtown in the historic Woolworth Building, ideally located for a break from your self-guided fresco tour.

Honey Cup Coffeehouse & Creamery is quick and fresh. My choice of avocado toast, served on focaccia bread with arugula and truffle salt, was perfectly light and energizing. Specialty drinks like lavender or honey latte, hazelnut or plum mocha appealed to my senses.

Pro tip: Start your day with a stop at Honey Cup before visiting the Channel Islands Maritime Museum or strolling Hollywood Beach.

Mushroom and garlic naan curry at Masala Twist.
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The Masala Twist for authentic Indian cuisine is a good place to dine in the harbor. The restaurant likes you to order in advance over the phone to eat in or take out. The aroma of Indian dishes was only second to the visual appeal of colorful cuisine.

SushiWay offers a unique combination of Japanese and Latin flavors. The mix of tastes is enticing. It made excellent texture and flavor pairings.

Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina is a friendly venue serving Mexican cuisine for lunch or dinner. Two of my favorites on the menu are the handmade tortillas, made in the middle of the restaurant so you can watch, just like the guacamole made at the table.

Pro tip: Plan a lively happy hour during the week or an evening of live entertainment on the weekends at SushiWay or Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina.

The view of the marina from the Hampton Inn
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Where to sleep in Oxnard

Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor

The Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor is a charming and quiet respite in the harbor. The balcony from my room overlooked the marina where I could dream of going on a 3 hour cruise and ending up like a castaway. A walk to Hollywood Beach is just five minutes from the door.

Residence Inn River Ridge

The Residence Inn River Ridge is adjacent to the PGA rated River Ridge Golf Course. This all-suite property is pet-friendly and offers a buffet breakfast, a heated swimming pool and tennis courts. This golf course view property is in the backyard of the River Ridge Playgrounds and close to The Collection at RiverPark.

Best Western Oxnard Inn

Close to the California Strawberry Festival, the Best Western Oxnard Inn is just 5 minutes from Highway 1 and a few blocks from downtown Oxnard. The California Strawberry Festival is one of the best festivals in the United States. Organized over two days in May, it’s a perfect event to kick off the summer. Consider taking a carpool or shuttle to the event site due to road closures.


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City of comfort | Architect’s Review


Project description

The first residential complex in Ukraine based on the principle of block development. Quaint building silhouettes, elaborate apartment layouts, and fully pedestrianized courtyards have become the class standard for residential comfort.

Human
The residents benefited from a complex and comfortable environment with green pedestrian courtyards. The full infrastructure service includes fitness clubs, shops, kindergartens and schools.
Business
Comfort Town is one of the most successful residential real estate projects. Sales indicators peak at over 200 apartments per month.
Urban
We have established a new level of quality in a residential building due to the development of blocks. Thus, the industrial territory has become a pleasant living environment and the status of the district as a whole has increased.

Comfort Town is the most successful commercial project in Ukraine in the residential real estate sector in the last 25 years
The Comfort Townarea includes the Academy of Modern Education, a children’s complex consisting of a kindergarten with 160 places, a primary school with 140 places and the Academy А + school with 600 places
The residential complex also includes a 4,500 m² shopping complex with a supermarket, a 4,600 m² fitness complex with three swimming pools and gyms, a 1.5 hectare complex of outdoor sports fields, cafes, shops and offices on the lower floors. apartment buildings and a clean maintenance service
The complex’s parking lots include three multi-storey above-ground parking garages for 1,000 cars, and 5 additional 1,500-car parking garages are designed for the next construction line.
Comfort Town has its own active residents’ forum
The original design featured an open access complex, but the poor surroundings of the neighborhood prompted residents to erect a fence
The average number of floors in the complex is 8
The total area of ​​the Comfort City (including new construction lines) exceeds 40 hectares
The new line has a new 1.5 ha car park for residents


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CCDC is considering three proposals for Block 68 near YMCA Boise


A story the members of BoiseDev got first.

A quiet part of downtown Boise may soon see large-scale, if not large-scale change. The Capital City Development Corp. is considering a trio of proposals for an area at 10th St. and State St. that could add between $ 89 million and $ 260 million in investment. One proposal could even demolish and replace the YMCA facility along State St.

The agency has asked for proposals to redevelop what it calls “Block 68” – two plots of land that the urban renewal agency owns across from the YMCA. The sites include above ground parking lots, the former Idaho Sporting Goods building and an office building.

The agency will go through a process to choose a winning proposal in the coming months.

“This is obviously very exciting, and we are waiting to see what proposals we have received,” said CCDC Board Chair Dana Zuckerman. “We have three proposals that will make a big difference in this part of the city. We have a lot of work ahead of us to see what’s best for the city.

Here is how the three proposals look, according to a presentation to the board of directors, and the project proposals submitted to the CCDC.

Edlen & Co. et al Green Street PEG development
Total investment $ 260 million * $ 89 million $ 125 million
Total housing units 626 * 239 345
120% of AMI units 130 107 130
80% AMI units 25 50 25
Car park 724 431 575
Contribution of the CCDC $ 20.5 million $ 20.9 million $ 14.6 million
Planned completion 2026 Sep 2024 October 2025
* Edlen & Co. numbers include all numbers offered, both on CCDC-owned plots and YMCA-owned plots.

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Edlen, deChase & Elton offered to work with the YMCA to go beyond the boundaries of the two CCDC plots and redevelop additional YMCA-owned land for a large-scale proposal that would completely reorganize all or part of four city blocks. the region.

Records obtained last year by BoiseDev, whom YMCA officials met with urban renewal staff about a so-called “catalytic” project in the area, but details have remained scarce. In 2019, BoiseDev reported that the agency was working to expand its Westside urban renewal area to include the YMCA plots, but did not provide details on why it was hoping to expand the neighborhood. He later added land, including Boise High School and the YMCA site, to the district.

The proposal with the YMCA group would be one of the largest in terms of value in the history of downtown Boise. With more than $ 260 million in proposed upgrades, it would demolish and replace the aging YMCA facility on State St. The proposal aims to build 626 housing units, add 18,287 square feet of retail space, build more 700 parking spaces, 61 bicycle spaces and additional space for health / education, office and childcare.

“This proposal also brings together agency-owned and YMCA-owned assets to accomplish broader visionary results development,” said Brady Shin of CCDC.

The centerpiece of the project is a proposed 20-story tower at the corner of 10th Street and Jefferson Street, with a variety of uses, including residential housing, parking and mobility, and retail on the ground floor. -of the road. It would include 560 housing units, including 130 priced at 120% of square footage or median income level or less, 25 units at 80% of MAI or less, and 295 units at market rate.

Another 126 units would be displayed in other buildings of the project, for a total of 626.

The project as proposed would include:

  • 278 studios of at least 550 square feet.
  • 247 one-bedroom units of at least 650 square feet.
  • 101 two-bedroom units of at least 850 square feet.

In total, this project would add 727 new rooms to the area.

According to property records, the project would destroy the current YMCA building, which dates from 1972. The building has undergone a number of alterations and expansions over the years.

  • A residential and commercial building would be constructed in place of the main YMCA building.
  • The Y would cross State St. to the former Idaho Sporting Goods site.
  • Immediately behind is the 20-story residential tower.
  • A third residential and commercial building would appear along 11th Street on the former Nelsons school supplies site.
  • A “creative office space” building would replace a surface parking lot used by the YMCA.

“Our vision for the project is to provide various opportunities to new residents, retailers and the surrounding community,” the group wrote in a letter of proposal. “A pedestrian-focused ground floor will include a mix of uses that promote indoor and outdoor activities, the ability to walk, public safety, and a strong connection to transit for pedestrians and cyclists. Our proposed project prioritizes the activation of street facades with large storefront windows to improve density, enrich the pedestrian experience and contribute to a cohesive, livable and inclusive neighborhood for downtown Boise. The building designs will serve to increase the authentic fabric of the neighborhood by integrating avant-garde sustainable materials. “

Under this proposal, CCDC would contribute $ 20.5 million and value, including streetscapes, mobility hub and grounds.

The proposal aims to begin construction of the project in phases in 2023, with a multi-year schedule extending until 2026.

Green street real estate companies

Green Street of Clayton, MO, is also hoping to build a large-scale project on the CCDC plots. The concept of Green Street was strictly limited to the two land owned by the agency.

The company hopes to build what it calls an “L-shaped” building on the block. A large parking structure would go up along Jefferson St., with a 17-story residential tower at the corner of 10th and State.

If selected, the project would add 239 housing units, 10,800 square feet of retail space and build 431 parking spaces and “at least” 30 bicycle spaces.

The project requires an investment of $ 89 million. It would consist of 107 units at 120% or less of the MAI, 50 units at 80% or less of the MAI and 82 units at the market rate.

Green Street’s proposal would build:

  • 93 studio units of 580 square feet.
  • 99 one-bedroom units at 650 square feet.
  • 47 two-bedroom units at 1,015 square feet.

In total, Green Street hopes to build 286 housing beds at the sites.

Some units would include ‘expandable room accessories’, which rearrange floor space with movable units that move from a bedroom to a living room in the same area.

Although Green Street does not have the YMCA land under his control, he says he hopes to add more land to his proposal if chosen.

“Our experience in Saint-Louis and in other cities shows that Green Street is a developer of neighborhoods and not just one-off sites,” says the proposal. “We intend to pursue other development opportunities in the surrounding blocks of downtown Boise. The partnership with CCDC and the Town of Boise will allow us to offer attractive Class A residential units to a large number of residents at various income levels, as well as provide commercial space and cycling facilities to activate the surrounding streets.

The project is requesting funding and a value of $ 20.9 million from CCDC, including streetscapes, mobility hub and land value.

If selected, Green Street hopes to begin construction in early 2023, with the project ending by September 2024.

PEG development

PEG Development’s Provo, Utah, land at CCDC would also build a large-scale residential and mixed-use project, remaining within the boundaries of the two agency-owned sites.

PEG would construct two buildings on CCDC-owned sites, connected across the lane with an air bridge, reaching up to 17 floors. The project would include retail on the ground floor, an integrated parking garage and residential units soaring to the sky.

The PEG concept would add 345 housing units, 13,210 square feet of retail / restaurant, and build 575 parking spaces and over 30 bicycle spaces.

This proposal provides for a total of 345 apartment units, with 130 units at 120% or less AMI and 25 units at or less than 80% AMI. The remaining 190 units would be fixed at the market rate.

PEG’s proposal calls for:

  • 90 studio units of 560 square feet.
  • 160 one-bedroom units of 707 square feet.
  • 95 two-bedroom units at 965 square feet.

In total, the project would add 440 beds in downtown Boise.

The concept envisions two large “green walls” with plant material on a mesh backing facing the YMCA facilities along State St.

“PEG Companies (PEG) is pleased to announce its interest in teaming up with the Capital City Development Corporation on the Block 68 catalytic development project in downtown Boise, Idaho,” PEG wrote in a letter of application. “According to recently released 2020 US Census data, Idaho’s population has grown 17.3% in the past decade, the country’s second-largest, and its capital, Boise, has seen an increase of 14.6%. PEG hopes to meet the needs of the growing urban population while establishing a landmark that enhances the city’s skyline.

PEG’s proposal calls for $ 14.6 million in CCDC contributions, including for streetscapes, mobility hub and “reduced” property value.

He predicts that construction will begin in March 2023 and end in October 2025.

And after

The CCDC decided to form a group of three board members – Dana Zuckerman, Ryan Woodings and Latonia Haney Keith. The group will meet with developers, gather additional information, ask questions and provide information to CCDC staff. Agency staff will then grade and rank the proposals and submit them to the full board for a final vote.


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Virginia Tech Advances In Reducing Single-Use Plastic and Solid Waste


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A host of operational and engagement initiatives to reduce single-use plastic and solid waste are helping Virginia Tech move towards its climate action engagement goal of becoming a zero waste campus by 2030.

Executive Decree 77

The phasing out of single-use plastics and polystyrenes – including disposable plastic bags, water bottles, and on-the-go polystyrene containers – is of particular importance to sustainability leaders from Virginia Tech to the light of decree 77: set an example to reduce plastic pollution and solid waste.

Signed into force by Governor Ralph Northam in March 2021, the ordinance requires all state agencies and universities to stop buying, selling and distributing disposable plastic bags, plastic food service containers and disposable polystyrene, plastic straws and cutlery, and plastic -use water bottles. The decree also requires these groups to develop a long-term plan to reduce plastic pollution and divert waste.

In July 2021, all of Virginia Tech, including Virginia Tech Athletics, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and contracted food service providers, stopped purchasing and distributing Styrofoam catering containers and began incorporating more sustainable alternatives into their offers.

Longer term, Virginia Tech and its suppliers will stop purchasing and distributing plastic cutlery, straws and beverage stirrers by the end of December 2022. Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension are in the process of identifying and assess other viable alternatives for plastic. cutlery, straws and drink stirrers.

A cross-functional university working group continues to work closely to ensure university-wide compliance with the ordinance. The team submitted an initial implementation plan to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in July.

The working group includes stakeholders from procurement, food services, housing and residential living, the division of campus planning, infrastructure and facilities, athletics, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation.

Building on a strong culture of sustainable development

Long-standing university waste reduction initiatives provide a solid starting point for the execution of the decree.

“The focus on reducing single-use plastic and solid waste has long been part of Dining Services’ sustainability goals. Virginia Tech’s stand-alone foodservice facilities stopped using Styrofoam containers in 2014-15, and national campus franchises stopped using them in 2018, ”said Blake Bensman, sustainability manager for Styrofoam Services. catering and living in accommodation and residences.

“Free reusable take-out containers are available for all students, making on-the-go meals easy and environmentally friendly. We estimate that over 200,000 meals have been served in reusable take-out containers to date, preventing thousands of pounds of packaging waste from going to landfill. “

In addition to providing key contributions to the Virginia Tech Executive Order Working Group, Bensman also shares his expertise in sustainable catering and sustainable packaging with state-level environmental leaders at DEQ.

Like reusable food containers, Dining Services offers reusable water bottles in dining rooms for visitors to purchase. Single-use plastic disposers can be refilled at water bottle refill stations in residences, dining rooms, college buildings and a myriad of other locations.

Recycling receptacle containers can be found in university, residential, catering and administrative buildings, along paths and in parking lots on the Blacksburg campus. Community members can recycle cardboard, plastic, paper, cans, electronics and more in containers. The quantity of containers continues to increase thanks to sustainability projects generated by students and submitted under the Green RFP program.

Composting bins are also available in many dining rooms. Over the past 11 years, Dining Services has sent over 11 million pounds of food waste and biodegradable food packaging to composting facilities in Virginia, where it is converted into agricultural, garden and landscaping products.

Global waste management plan

Virginia Tech achieved a waste diversion rate of 85.2% (waste diverted from landfill) and a recycling rate of 38.1% in 2020. The national recycling rate is approximately 32%. In November 2020, the EPA announced the overall national recycling target to increase the US recycling rate to 50% by 2030. This target will provide a benchmark against which to assess the success of collective efforts to improve the recycling system. recycling country.

To improve this data at Virginia Tech, the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure and Facilities released a new comprehensive waste management plan in February 2021. The plan outlines clear operational and educational avenues for moving forward. waste management objectives of the university.

Virginia Tech’s waste streams include municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, recyclable materials, compostable materials, reusable materials, electronic waste, universal waste, hazardous waste, and more.

Student engagement in reducing plastic and solid waste

Student engagement remains another pillar of the university’s waste reduction efforts.

Teams of interns from the Office of Sustainable Development raise awareness about environmental topics such as recycling at events throughout the year such as Gobblerfest and Earth Week. In 2021-2022, the internship teams will publish a guide to zero waste events for use by clubs and organizations. It will provide event planners with helpful tips and resources on buying, recycling, giveaways and more.

A new compostable utensil pilot program – catalyzed by a student-generated green tender project – is also underway in mess rooms this semester.

The submission period for the Green RFP 2021-2022 program will begin on September 20, providing students with a unique opportunity to submit ideas for waste reduction and sustainability projects to be implemented on the Blacksburg campus. Information on the application process will be shared via a campus notice in VTx in the coming days.

Game Day Green Tailgate volunteers attend Virginia Tech home football games to distribute blue recycling bags in high-impact parking lots surrounding Lane Stadium and educate tailgaters on recycling practices.

Say hello to the Game Day Green Team – and don’t forget to recycle – at home soccer games this season. Photo by Sarah Myers for Virginia Tech.

How to get involved

There are countless opportunities for university members to continue Virginia Tech’s waste reduction efforts. Whenever possible, strive to adhere to the “3 Rs” principle – reduce, reuse and recycle – in your own office, dorm, and home. Refer to the resources below for more ways to get involved with Virginia Tech.

Send an email to [email protected] with additional questions.

Virginia Tech and Local Sustainability, Waste Reduction Resources (in alphabetical order)

Additional details on Legislative Decree 77

State agencies are also required to submit a long-term plan for plastic pollution reduction and waste diversion by September 21, 2021. Virginia Tech is on track to submit this plan, which includes a 25% annual reduction for items such as plastic food containers, bags and water bottles as of December 31, 2022.

The decree authorizes exemptions for certain elements related to public health, safety, research and medical purposes. Virginia Tech is working with state partners to better define these criteria.

The latest Executive Order 77 implementation updates and FAQs can be found here.


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New recycling facility opens at Brighton station


The new site will electronically separate, wash, compact, baling, weigh and label all waste at the station.

As part of National Recycling Week (September 20-26), the new initiative will aim to increase the station’s recycling rates to 95%.

The unit, which is located on platform seven, will handle waste from Brighton station, as well as all Southern and Thameslink trains to and from the city.

The Mobile Segregation Unit (MSU) was created in partnership with the sustainable development start-up The Green Block.

The new site will electronically separate, wash, compact, baling, weigh and label all waste at Brighton Station

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services, aims to increase recycling rates at Brighton station from an average of 30% over the last year to 95%.

Currently 12% of the total waste collected on GTR’s 800 mile network comes from Brighton. Before the pandemic, the station produced 650 tonnes of waste per average year.

Since its installation last month, the facility has handled more than 32 tonnes of waste.

If rates remain at the same level, the initiative will recycle nearly 400 tonnes by September 2022.

The Argus: Donna Bryant, contract manager for non-technical facilities services at Govia Thameslink Railway, said Brighton is a Donna Bryant, contract manager for non-technical facilities services at Govia Thameslink Railway, said Brighton is a “prime location” for the new MSU

Donna Bryant, responsible for software services contracts for installations at Govia Thameslink Railway, said Brighton is a “prime location” for the new MSU.

“A lot of the passengers who use the station are passionate and want to see an increase in our recycling,” she said.

“And it costs nothing more than the previous scheme.”

Brighton’s new MSU is the second of its kind on the UK rail network, with one installed in London Victoria by Network Rail in June 2020.

Green Block’s customer service manager Josh Katz said waste from the new facility will be handled by hand.

“Two staff will be based here during peak hours, but this has created 12 jobs for the local population. And we are paying above the living wage in London, ”he said.

“The hub currently only takes waste from Brighton station. The long-term plan would be to use the SSM as a hub and collect waste from other stations and bring it back here. ”

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Brighton Station Manager Simon Greenfield also welcomed the arrival of the new facility.

“There is nothing not to like about it. It’s just an addition to the station, ”he said.

“If we can do it here, there’s no reason other stations can’t do the same.

GTR Director of Infrastructure Keith Jipps said the new facility will be “one of many major sustainability success stories across our network.”

Councilor Jamie Lloyd said the facility already recycles 91% of waste and is aiming for even more.

“It’s fantastic to see this facility in action and to see so much recycling happening here at Brighton station. I am amazed at how small the footprint is.

As part of its broader sustainability strategy, GTR is also installing 1,300 new bicycle parking spaces at stations, developing 90 landscaping and rewilding projects, and offering local youth the opportunity to acquire skills in horticulture through 18 station projects.


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No more semi-parking along Greyhound Drive if city approves new ordinance | New policies


Opening of an ultra-fast charging station for vehicles in Waterloo

The addition, previously a green space, “appears to help reduce traffic jams in the front sections of stores where others lead (and) pedestrians walk,” said Noel Anderson, director of planning and community development, in a report.

  • Approve a new fee schedule for small-cell wireless installations in the city’s right-of-way, which city engineer Jamie Knutson said the city currently does not have.

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Knutson said the equipment is normally installed on existing poles in the city’s right-of-way.

Verizon to start building 5G network in Waterloo

Under the proposed schedule, the first five locations would incur a fee of $ 500, and each additional location, up to 25 locations, would cost $ 50 each.

  • Approve the installation of a speed hump on the 1500 block of Oakwood Drive.

Neighbors on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Oakwood Drive, off Cedar Bend Street near Broadway Street, petitioned the city for a speed survey on those blocks.

The 1500 Block had 85% of drivers going between 32 and 33 mph in a 25 mph zone, justifying the bump, Greco said. In contrast, Block 1600 did not meet the minimum requirements for a bump, she said.

Speed ​​bumps are expected to cost $ 600 with road use tax funding.

  • Approve spending of up to $ 12,000 to match a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation of up to $ 48,000 to promote Waterloo Regional Airport.


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If you love Banff, you’ll love Yoho National Park


Banff National Park in Canada is spectacular. Because of this, more people visit Banff than any other Canadian national park. But what if you could enjoy the Canadian Rockies with fewer people in the way? One of our best day trips from Calgary to Yoho National Park in Canada is your solution. While Banff attracts millions of people, Yoho receives hundreds of thousands of visitors. The name of the park is your first clue as to why you should visit. “Yoho” derives from the cry equivalent of “Wow! This park is quieter than Banff, but it definitely exudes the wow factor.

Fun fact: Yoho is the second oldest national park in Canada, after Banff. It shares the title with Glacier National Park in Canada.

To reach Yoho, take the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) from Alberta through the Rockies to British Columbia (BC) to a quieter Canadian National Park. Just a 45-minute drive from Banff, Yoho gives you more solitude and fewer queues – with mountains, waterfalls, turquoise lakes and a famous hotel. Escape the crowds; visit Yoho. Beyond calm, here are the best reasons to choose Yoho.

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Express wonder and wonder at Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies and the second tallest in Canada. “Takakkaw” means magnificent. British Columbia also has the highest waterfall in the country, the 1,445-foot Della Falls on Vancouver Island.

The fall falls to 1,224 feet from the Daly Glacier, but the fall is not all that makes it impressive. Many waterfalls fall directly from their cliffs, but Takakkaw Falls does not. Near the top, white water enters a funnel. The funnel shoots the water upwards in a splendid arch before it flows down. When it lands, it crashes into a small paddling pool, then tumbles down some rocks before entering the Yoho River.

The easy trail is less than a mile from the parking lot. Look for a three-dimensional topographic map, which helps explain the terrain. With trekking poles we made our way through the rocks almost to the wading pool. We visited in the fall when the water flow was low. To see the peak water flow, come in the spring.

After your hike, rest in the red chairs at the gazebo.

If you’re up for a strenuous hike, take the Icelandic Hiking Trail from the parking lot. The 8.8 mile trail leads to the top of Iceland above tree line. At the top, admire the Yoho River Valley.

Wapta Falls;  Yoho National Park
Wapta Falls (Aleksa Georg / Shutterstock.com)

Add more waterfalls to your itinerary

Waterfall enthusiasts should add Wapta and Laughing Falls to their routes.

Some call Wapta a mini-Niagara. Its 3 mile round trip trail is easy. During the summer heat, the soak you get from the spray from the waterfall will be refreshing. During the cooler seasons, you will need a waterproof jacket.

The 5.2-mile round-trip trail to Laughing Falls connects to trails to Takakkaw, Lace, Angel Staircase Waterfalls, and Duchesnay Lake. A steep section pushes its rating to moderate.

Pro tips: Yoho Valley Road is 30 to 40 minutes of tricky driving. The road winds through several hairpin bends and one-lane roads. Remember that on single-track roads, the driver going down the slope gives way to the one going up. The park prohibits trailers on the road and requires oversized vehicles to navigate switchbacks in the opposite direction. In summer, arrive early to ensure a parking space. The road is closed from mid-October to mid-June due to avalanche risk.

Canoes at Emerald Lake;  Yoho National Park
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Discover a gem at Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is the largest of Yoho’s 61 water bodies. Why is the lake so green? Glacial meltwater carries rock meal (glacial silt). The rock meal particles stay suspended in the water for long periods of time. Sunlight reflected from the particles provides the color. Even though the water is emerald, it is also clear. We could see the bottom of the lake and the reflections from President Range were perfect.

Fun fact: The mountains president and vice-president of the chain received their names from the titles of the highest officers of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Go around the lake on the 3.2 mile loop. The trail is easy and partially accessible. Soak up the view from the park benches. Rent a red canoe and paddle the tranquil lake. The silent splash of the paddle and the sound of a fish piercing the water will soothe your soul.

On a private island, guests of Emerald Lake Lodge can disconnect from their busy lives. Rooms do not have TVs and connectivity is limited. Who needs outdoor entertainment with views like this? You might even see a moose. Eat a cheesesteak at Cilantro Café.

Pro tip: At 4,000 feet, the lake remains frozen for up to 7 months of the year. Don’t plan to visit until at least July. The lake was still ice free when we saw it in early October.

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Canadian Rockies over Kicking Horse Pass (Roxie Yonkey)

See Kicking Horse Pass, the pass that unites a nation

To join with the rest of Canada, British Columbia demanded that the nation build a transcontinental railroad. At 5,538 feet, Kicking Horse Pass is the highest point of the Canadian Pacific Railway and Trans-Canada Highway, and the biggest obstacle to transcontinental transportation. The Continental Divide, which crosses the pass, marks the provincial border between Alberta and British Columbia. The original railroad route on The Big Hill was the steepest grade in North America, resulting in accidents. The Trans-Canada Highway uses the Big Hill route.

To improve safety, the railway cut two spiral tunnels, each about 0.6 miles long. Watch trains enter and exit the Lower Spiral Tunnel from the lookout 4.5 miles east of Field, BC. The Upper Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint is 1.4 miles uphill from Yoho Valley Road. Look for plaques next to the freeway that explain the engineering marvel. The spiral tunnels are part of our Calgary to Vancouver road trip.

The Walk-in-the-Past trail crosses a forest at the foot of the pass. Look for the purple interpretive sign. The trail takes you to an abandoned historic locomotive that helped build the tunnels. Prepare a picnic.

Fun fact: In 1858, Dr. James Hector was one of the first Europeans to visit Kicking Horse Pass. Hector’s horse kicked him in the chest and knocked him unconscious. He was unconscious for so long that his comrades believed Hector was dead. They started to dig his grave. He saved his life by winking at one of his companions. The pass takes its name from this incident. Queen Victoria knighted Hector in 1887.

Trilobite fossil at Yoho National Park
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Hold a 500-million-year-old fossil

Several routes take visitors to the Burgess Shale fossils. The easier goes to the Stanley Glacier, while the more strenuous hikes visit the Walcott Quarry and Mount Stephen. For an overview, Parks Canada has created a virtual tour.

Why is Burgess Shale special? Most dinosaur digs find animal bones and shells. The Burgess Shale fossils include soft-bodied animals that are generally not preserved. Due to the rarity of these fossils, UNESCO has designated the formation as a World Heritage Site. It is now part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum in the Badlands of Canada has an excellent exhibit on the Burgess Shale. This is one of our best places in Canada to see dinosaurs.

The famous natural bridge of Yoho National Park
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Visit a natural bridge

Between Field and Emerald Lake, the Natural Bridge constricts the Kicking Horse River. Over time, a waterfall became the bridge. The water eroded the softer rock below the bridge as the current joined the Amiskwi River. The belvedere offers various points of view on the bridge. Interpretive screens explain the mechanisms of erosion.

After looking at the bridge, hike the easy 3.8 mile trail to the Meeting of the Waters, where the Amiskwi and Emerald Rivers meet the Kicking Horse. Look for deer, elk, moose and other mineral licking animals.

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge in Golden, BC
Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge in Golden, BC (Edwin Christopher / Shutterstock.com)

Strike Recreation Gold In Golden

Six Canadian national parks surround Golden, British Columbia: Jasper, Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke, as well as Bugaboo Provincial Park. Many recreational opportunities await visitors to these parks.

In Golden, visit the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, a paragon of mathematical perfection. Part of the Golden Walking Trail, the 151-foot span crosses the Kicking Horse River. It is the longest free-standing wood-frame bridge in Canada.

With the Columbia Mountains reflected on its surface, Reflection Lake is aptly named. During your picnic, watch paragliders and hang-gliders soar amid the waterfowl.

We enjoyed chatting with guests from all over the world at Bed and Breakfast Le Beausoleil.

At Wolf’s Den, we loved the cross-border pairing of bacon and maple baby back ribs, served with a Carolina mustard dip. Eat the Tatonka bison burger and finish your meal with the Canadian maple syrup pie. We loved their Okanagan Falls wine selections.

Before we left Golden, we bought bottles of Okanagan Falls to take home. If you follow our lead and cross the US border with alcohol, note the border patrol rules.

Professional advice

The Field Visitor Center is adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway. Travel Alberta shares the center, which surprised us. We have never seen a reception center belonging to a different political unit.

Outside of Field, cell service is limited. Look for picnic areas next to the Trans-Canada Highway. Learn about the park’s facilities and services and its mountain biking trails. In winter, go skiing and snowshoeing in the park. The Kicking Horse Ski Club maintains and maintains the trails in the park.

Disclaimer: Park staff do not patrol Yoho’s winter trails.


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Commissioner Graham will not stand again | News, Sports, Jobs


STEUBENVILLE – As longtime Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas “Bo” Graham had to make a lot of tough choices.

Perhaps one of the most difficult was the one he just created.

“It was very hard, but I made the decision not to run again next year,” he added. Graham said Friday.

His tenure will last until the end of 2022, but Graham said he is making his decision known now to allow others who may be interested in the job to make plans for the May primary. The deadline for filing this election will come early next year.

“It gives them time to put everything in order and to run if they wish” Graham explained.

A longtime Democrat, Graham will have more than 40 years of public service under his belt when his term expires. This will include 20 years as a County Commissioner, 10 years as a member of the City of Toronto School Board, eight years on the County Behavioral Health Board, eight years on the Salvation Army Board of Directors and two years on Jefferson County Council. Common vocational school.

He said he had mixed emotions, but felt it was time to retire as commissioner.

“I didn’t want to be one of those people on the job who hears other people: ‘When is that old man going to leave? “” Graham said. “I think it’s time for new ideas and new blood to come along. It’s time for young people to give their best to lead Jefferson County.”

Graham was involved in many changes during his two decades as Commissioner. They all add up, he said, to keep the county in pretty good shape. One of his greatest accomplishments during this period was the overhaul of the health insurance plan that covers county employees. Graham helped lead changes that saw a $ 10 million deficit grow into a $ 6 million surplus.

“It changed our entire bond rate and was a big lifeline for the county,” he said.

Other highlights include the construction of the County Animal Shelter, the growth of the Jefferson County Industrial Park, the improvement of the courthouse and the consolidation of services in the towers.

“When I became commissioner, there was only one store in the industrial park”, Graham said of the facility that is along County Road 43. “Now we have seven. They aren’t big companies, but they are there, and that’s good.

“The redevelopment and renovation of the courthouse was desperately needed”, he added of the project, which cost more than a million dollars. “Everything was falling apart. Even the statue of Lady Justice was patched up and her head fell. We have done all the necessary work. “

Graham said the relocation of the elections board to the towers demolished the old annex that stood next to the courthouse, allowing for the creation of additional parking. He added that the sale of the War Memorial Building on North Street to Urban Mission Ministries in July 2015 allowed Veterans Services to move into the towers.

“It’s really a one-stop-shop for Jefferson County, and that’s what we wanted – we wanted the board of health, regional planning, the board of elections and other services to be all in one place. This makes it very practical ”, he said of the building at 500 Market Street.

The commissioners completed the purchase of this building on May 16, 2013. They paid $ 750,000 for the structure and an additional $ 100,000 for four adjacent parking lots.

“When we bought this building it was about 30% occupied, now it’s about 80% occupied.” Graham said.

He said he had watched the growth of two of the county’s biggest assets, the Geary Bates Jefferson County Industrial Park and Airport.

“We now have private jets going to the airport” he said. “These are business leaders and people involved in the oil and gas industry who come and watch Jefferson County. This airport has come such a long way – this council has done a great job and the Commissioners have always supported them. “

This facility, he said, has an important role to play in the economic development of the region. And, while there is a lot of growth in the county, it may not always be easy to spot, he added.

“In a lot of areas you can really see the development”, Graham said. “Like in Weirton, where the development is right next to the freeway, you can see it. In Jefferson County, you don’t see this development to the same degree. Our industrial park is somewhat remote from easy observation. You can’t easily see what’s going on there, and I think it hurts us in some ways. “

Graham added that the county’s education system was in good shape, with each of the school districts experiencing new construction or extensive renovation projects. This has led to state of the art facilities for students in the area.

“We have a large, internationally renowned school at the Franciscan University of Steubenville – it is one of the best in the country. And then you have Eastern Gateway Community College, which has over 50,000 students across the country. They are two leading establishments in the field of education ”, he added.

Graham said he was the only Democrat on the three-member council of commissioners for around 16 years, but added that none of the commissioners had ever let party differences hamper service to county residents. . This includes fellow Commissioners Dave Maple and Tony Morelli, both Republicans, and Morelli’s replacement, Tom Gentile, who is also a Republican.

“We do not have the right to vote, except on Thursday”, he said “But we have the right to talk to each other. For the most part, we run Jefferson County like a business. We’ve all had businesses, so you try to run them that way – you don’t have to, but when you don’t, you have disasters. Every once in a while we won’t agree on how to spend the money or what priorities are there, but overall we run it like a business.

It hasn’t always been that way.

“When I walked in, the commissioner’s office was like a zoo”, Graham said. “People were screaming and screaming, and you had to have guards there. “

Graham, who holds a doctorate. in sociology from Kent State University as well as a master’s degree in sociology and clinical social work, said he saw the county’s budget grow from $ 11 million to $ 16 million during his tenure. He said he was proud that the riding had always been able to balance its budget.

That’s not to say there haven’t been headaches – including concerns about the county jail, which he calls a poorly designed building. Problems with the design and construction of the facility led to the county being awarded $ 14 million, of which only around 800,000 was paid, he said.

“It’s a demanding job” he said. “The hardest part of the job is when you can’t solve a problem. This is when you feel bad. It is either because you are only a commissioner or because the law does not allow you to solve the problem. For example, we cannot make decisions on roads or bridges, it is the job of the county engineer. We don’t have a say in it.

Graham said his interest in public service dates back to lessons learned from his father, Ellsworth “Pickles” Graham, who served on Toronto City Council and School Board. Elder Graham was one of the founders of the Toronto Lions Club and its first president.

“He’s always been a leader and always tries to get things done”, Graham said.

While leaving Commissioners Square will free up more time to spend with his wife, Diane, and daughter, Kayla Whitlatch, who is the treasurer of Steubenville Municipal Schools, Graham says he has no plans to retire from his position as Dean of Students at EGCC. .

Helping people, Graham said, has always played a major role in his life.

“I have always had this desire to fight for the underdog and the taxpayer, and to try to do things the right way”, he said. “I’m definitely not a perfect person, but I really want to keep trying, trying to do things that are right for people. It doesn’t always work, but you have to try.

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Wilson Parking tells customer they can’t guarantee safety


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Wilson Parking customer rants over parking company’s inaction after his car was damaged by thieves during lockdown

Apartment resident Rubens Elling Junior paid $ 360 every month for four years to park his car in downtown Auckland.

Junior works in Henderson and relied on Wilson Parking’s Kitchener Street parking garage because his building did not have its own parking lot.

But ineffective security has caused thousands of dollars in damage to his car after thieves stole the tires on his Audi A1 this week.

“I need this car to go to work. It’s a necessity. Otherwise, I wouldn’t pay as much to park it there,” Junior said.

Last Friday morning, Junior discovered that the front and rear wheels on the passenger side of his car were missing.

After notifying Wilson Parking at around 6 a.m., Junior did not receive a response from Wilson Parking acknowledging the problem until the afternoon.

Then two days later, the same thing happened again.

On Monday morning, Junior returned to his car and discovered that the remaining tires had also been stolen.

“Twice in a weekend. It should be easy to track suspicious activity in a lockdown, ”Junior said.

When Wilson Parking contacted Junior, he was told his 24-hour parking subscription did not cover the damage and was asked to send an invoice for the repairs in order to receive a discount.

The company also advised him to change where he parked his car in the parking lot to prevent people from looking at his car and another theft from happening again in the future.

In an email to Junior, Wilson Parking insisted that all parking lot doors were secured during lockdown to “try to help reduce risk to customers.”

Junior said that during the Alert Level 4 lockdown, there was a door that non-members could enter to access the parking lot, which he suspects was how thieves entered.

“I’ve been paying them monthly for the past four years and it’s frustrating that they can’t even guarantee the safety of my car.

Last Friday, thieves stole the two passenger-side tires of Rubens Elling Junior’s car. Two days later, the other two were also gone. Photo: Supplied

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Wilson Parking said the company takes the security of its parking lots “very seriously” and has 24-hour surveillance, but the lockdown has made physical surveillance difficult.

However, the company said it could not guarantee security.

“Many of our parking lots have remained open and although we are doing our best in these difficult times, unfortunately we cannot guarantee the safety of all vehicles on our sites. This is articulated in our general parking conditions, which are clearly displayed on each site.

“We recognize that there has been a recent increase in crime in Auckland, and that includes theft. We are working closely with the police and are strengthening our security services in response to this trend. “

The spokeswoman said parking restrictions were widened to allow essential service workers to access the facility after receiving comments from those workers.

She said a parking supervisor working at a nearby parking lot visited the site at 8 a.m. the same day to confirm the report.

“Immediately after this incident, we made the parking lot accessible only to people with a monthly magnetic card.

“Our Park Watch facility has helped apprehend many former auto theft criminals, and we will continue to do all we can to support the police in their investigation of this matter. “

Police have been contacted for a response, but were unable to share data on similar incidents in Auckland’s CBD area without a request from the OIA.

“I’ve been paying them monthly for the past four years and it’s frustrating that they can’t even guarantee the safety of my car.
– Rubens Elling Junior, Wilson Parking customer

However, Junior had heard from Wilson Parking since the start of the week, when he was told his membership did not cover damages.

He said the company’s response was “the same as usual”.

Since 2018, Wilson Carpark has earned over $ 15,840 from the Junior contract.

In January, the company also increased the monthly fee from $ 330 to $ 360, citing the Covid-19 disruptions putting increasing financial pressure on its business.

“Parking habits have changed and while this has had a huge impact on our business, we have been smooth and improved our existing product line and improved our customer interface to continue to implement these initiatives. We have continued our efforts to absorb these cost increases and periods of declining revenue, but unfortunately we have reached a point where we need to make some minor adjustments to our monthly parking rates, ”Wilson said in an email to clients.

According to a clause in Wilson’s parking contract, the company said it was “not liable for any damage, loss of property or personal injury in any way, even if it resulted from its own negligence or any violation of the agreement “.

But Consumer NZ’s head of research, Jessica Wilson, said that under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA), traders, including parking lot operators, must perform their services with care and attention. reasonable competence.

“They cannot escape the act by using clauses stating that they have no liability for damages resulting from their negligence,” Wilson said.

“If a merchant has failed to meet their CGA obligations, they are required to correct things. “

Wilson Parking’s Kitchener Street parking lot has dozens of one-star Google reviews for its pricing. In one case, he posted an $ 8 parking sign – with no mention of hourly rates – and a customer was billed $ 8 an hour on a statutory holiday.

The Commerce Commission has received 39 complaints about Wilson Parking this year, three since the Alert Level 4 lockdown began in August.

A spokesperson for the Commission said a common theme in the complaints concerned ticketing issues.

Last year, the Trade Commission reached a settlement agreement with Wilson Parking after filing a High Court case in 2018 alleging that the parking company had significantly reduced competition for the provision of parking in the district of Boulcott Street when it acquired the rights to operate the Capital parking lot. .

To resolve the proceedings, Wilson Parking has made binding commitments to the Commission, committing to transfer the leases of three car parks it currently operates, including the Capital car park.


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Webber to leave the University of Washington at the end of the year | Source


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Henry S. Webber, executive vice chancellor for civic affairs and strategic planning at Washington University in St. Louis, will leave the university at the end of 2021, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. Webber will end his administrative position on October 31 and will continue to teach at the university until December 31.

“Hank Webber is an insightful, dedicated and energetic leader who has brought a wealth of experience and expertise – as a practitioner and educator – to his work at the University of Washington and in the greater St. Louis area.” , said Martin. “He has been a driving force behind a number of high impact projects on our campus and in our community, perhaps most notably the transformation of the east end of our Danforth campus, our sustainability efforts and reduction of energy consumption on our campuses, and its work to make the Cortex Innovation District an international reputation.

“I am grateful to Hank for his many contributions, which will have a lasting impact on our institution. He has been instrumental in establishing a solid foundation for our commitment to be “in Saint-Louis and for Saint-Louis”, and we are better as an institution because of the time he has spent here. . I wish him all the best as he embarks on his next chapter.

Webber has been in his current role since September 2020, with primary responsibility for St. Louis community and university planning initiatives and university units, including the office of the university architect and town planner; the Academy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Edison Theater; the Institute for School Partnership; the university ombudsman; real estate operations and development; capital projects; durability; and the University of Washington Police Department. He was previously executive vice-chancellor and administrative director of the university, a position he had held since 2008.

Webber was a driving force behind the East End Transformation Project, which was dedicated in 2019 and reinvented 18 acres of the Danforth campus, adding five new buildings, expanding the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum world-class university, moving hundreds of underground parking spaces. , and the creation of the new Ann and Andrew Tisch Park, a large green space that provides pedestrian and cycling access in and through the Danforth campus. The project was recognized with the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Building St. Louis” award earlier this year and made the cover of Architect magazine in February 2020, among other accolades. He has also led the $ 1.5 billion development of other university facilities including Knight-Bauer Hall, the University of Washington Lofts on Delmar Loop, Hillman Hall and a comprehensive renovation of college graduate housing.

Under Webber’s leadership, the university’s campuses have become greener and more energy efficient, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to pre-1990 levels, despite doubling the size of the physical campus since that time. . During his tenure, five buildings on the Danforth campus – including four at the east end – achieved LEED Platinum status, and the university strengthened its commitment to solar power, installing new panels at a time on campus and throughout the community by sponsoring programs such as Grow the Solar STL.

Webber has been Chairman of the Cortex Innovation District Board of Directors since 2017 after six years as Vice Chairman. During his leadership tenure, Cortex became a national model in creating an urban innovation community with over $ 2 billion in investments, 430 businesses, 2 million square feet of development and 6,200 jobs. fulltime. A recent report co-authored by urban expert Bruce Katz described Cortex as a national model for an inclusive innovation district led by anchors.

“It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life and career to contribute to the University of Washington and the St. Louis area. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together, ”said Webber. “We are at a time when planning for our St. Louis initiative is nearing completion and we are ready to advance our strategic efforts and partnerships in the region in exciting ways. It’s time to turn the leadership over to someone who will approach this opportunity with a new perspective for the work that lies ahead. I plan to take the time to consult on community development issues and get back to work on a deferred book project on the challenges of older industrial cities.

Webber, who is also a professor of practice at Brown School and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, is a nationally recognized expert in community engagement and development. As a faculty member, he has taught courses on subjects such as urban development, health policy, strategic management and social protection policy. His research has focused on community development, mixed-income housing, racial and income segregation, and the role of anchor institutions in urban communities.

He has served on several non-profit boards in the St. Louis area, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Cortex. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corp. and Investir STL, the regional community development initiative in St. Louis. He sits on the boards of Forest Park Forever, Provident, RISE, the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. He previously served on the board of directors of Shorebank, the largest community development bank in the United States.

“Hank Webber made many outstanding contributions during his time at the University of Washington,” said Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton, with whom Webber worked closely during 11 years of his tenure. “He is a dynamic and effective leader with a great passion for his work and the causes he defends, and, above all, for the people who serve alongside him, both at the university and in the community in general.

“Hank has made significant contributions to educational programs, facilities, administrative activities, and our community, including his work with Cortex. He left an indelible mark on the university and the region, and he should be proud of his many accomplishments during his time here. It has been a privilege to work with him. I have no doubt that he will find new and meaningful ways to put his talents to good use in his future endeavors. I wish him the best of luck in everything he does.

Prior to his appointment to the University of Washington, Webber spent 21 years at the University of Chicago, most notably as vice president of community and government affairs. Under his leadership, the University of Chicago’s Community Affairs program was recognized in a national study as one of the twelve strongest programs in the United States. A graduate of Brown University, he earned a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“We are grateful to Hank for his years of service to the university, and we have also focused on the future, including, importantly, our continued commitment to the St. Louis area,” added Martin. . “We will carefully consider how best to go about defining and fulfilling a leadership role focused on these efforts. Our role in St. Louis remains one of our highest priorities, and we will not lose our momentum. I look forward to working with our regional partners to determine our best way forward and to implement the elements of our St. Louis initiative in the months and years to come.


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DOMA to exhibit esteemed African-American art collection for the public


The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, will exhibit Memories and Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis African American Art Collection, from September 23 to December 22, 2021.

Memories and inspirations presents more than 60 works selected from a collection of works of art accumulated over more than 35 years by Kerry and C. Betty Davis. Their collection includes works by Romare Bearden, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas and Charles White.

Kerry, a retired mailman, and Betty, a former TV news producer, have sacrificed many comforts to live with extraordinary paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The result of their sacrifices is an eclectic collection of pieces, in various mediums and different subjects and styles, by a diverse group of artists from the African Diaspora. These artists, in terms of training, experience and expression, are united in their use of cultural and historical narratives.

This special exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art; Arts Alive, presented by the College of Fine Arts; and the Sursa Fund from the College of Fine Arts at Ball State University.

Memories and Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis African American Art Collection was curated and toured by International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC

The David Owsley Museum of Art grants permission to use the images in the exhibition for the timely publication of the exhibition under the following conditions:

  • The artwork will not be cropped, detailed, overprinted or altered; and
  • Each work will be fully credited with the captions provided in the PDF also on file.

About the David Owsley Museum of Art

Free and open to the public, the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University houses a global art collection with more than 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe and the Americas. DOMA cultivates lifelong learning and leisure in the visual arts through exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging exhibits from the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the university and the region of east-central Indiana.

  • Website: bsu.edu/DOMA
  • Location: 2021 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie, Indiana
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parking is available at the McKinley car park and MITS bus stops are nearby. DOMA is located in the Fine Arts Building on the north side of the Quad at Ball State University. For more information, call the museum at 765-285-5242 or email [email protected]

About the Davis collection

Kerry Davis, originally from Atlanta, Ga., Is a former U.S. Air Force sergeant, a retired United States Postal Service carrier, and an ordained deacon. He began collecting in the mid-1980s in partnership with his wife, Betty, who shared his passion for art. Originally started with the modest goal of improving the interior decor of their mid-century split-level home in suburban Atlanta, Davises’ collection has grown to include more than 300 works by some of the artists. most distinguished African-Americans of the 20th century.

Inspired by previous generations of African American art collectors, who understood the importance of preserving cultural expression, memory and imagery, Davis sought to contribute to this legacy and be a source of inspiration for other members of the community. The Davis Residence, nicknamed “In-Home Museum” by neighbors, parishioners and visiting friends, serves as a meeting place and cultural center for artists, collectors and art lovers. Kerry and Betty have two children and a granddaughter.

International arts and artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts services organization dedicated to increasing intercultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally, through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, institutions artistic and public. Visit ArtsandArtists.org.

About the condition of the ball

Founded in 1918 and located in Muncie, Ball State University is one of Indiana’s premier universities and an economic engine for the state. Ball State’s 21,600 students come from across Indiana, the country and the world. The 790-acre campus is large enough to accommodate top-notch facilities and 19 NCAA Division I sports, but our welcoming and inclusive campus is small enough to ensure the friendliness, personal attention and access that characterize university. Destination 2040: Our flight path sets Ball State’s ambitious goals for our second century. We want!

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Springfield City Council Approves $ 2.2 Million in Local Tax Fund for Park Improvement and Historic Preservation


SPRINGFIELD – City council on Monday approved about $ 2.2 million in public funds for projects ranging from park improvements to historic improvements.

Approvals were for 10 of the 15 projects recommended by the Community Preservation Committee. The remaining five drafts were forwarded for consideration at a later date.

“I’m glad they’ve been approved,” said Robert McCarroll, chair of the Community Preservation Committee. “Much of what was approved was significant neighborhood parks – all of the recreational facilities that Springfield residents will enjoy along with the improved quality of these sites. “

The committee received 27 requests for funds, reducing them to 15 recommended projects. Any recommended project requires Board approval.

Under the Community Preservation Act, passed by city voters in 2016, earmarks city taxpayer dollars for historic preservation projects, improving parks and open spaces, and helping with community housing. .

The city levies a 1.5% surtax on residential and commercial properties in Springfield each year to fund projects. The first $ 100,000 of real estate valuation is exempt from the surtax.

The following projects have been approved by the city council:

  • Cottage Hill Square Grove, Indian Orchard: $ 250,000 for upgrades to the retaining wall flower bed, water pipe, tree replacement, driveway repairs, new trash cans, benches and to landscaping
  • Blunt Park Tennis Courts, Bay: $ 250,000 to renovate six tennis courts
  • Exterior renovations to the Kilroy House on Edwards Street at the Quadrangle Museums, Metro Center: $ 250,000 to repair and protect the stucco exterior of the historic Renaissance Mission house
  • Stone Soul Memorial Gardens, 1800 Roosevelt Ave., Bay: $ 248,000 to create a memorial garden, renovate picnic and play areas, create new trails and improve the existing pavilion
  • Forest Park Picnic Grove: $ 242,000 to renovate the grove, including design and construction, picnic tables, a wood-frame pavilion and a new accessible walkway
  • Magazine Park, McKnight: $ 210,000 for a master plan, ball field and playground equipment
  • Spray structure Marshall Roy, rue Carew and boulevard St. James, East Springfield: $ 209,300 for the installation of a projection area and a spray structure
  • Drama Studio, 41 Oakland St., Forest Park: $ 170,000 for repairs to the exterior of the historic old All Saints Church
  • Hubbard Park Tennis Courts, Parker Street, Indian Orchard: $ 164,979 to rebuild tennis courts, fences and parking lots
  • City of Springfield Down Payment Assistance: $ 160,000 to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to income-eligible households


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Lake Salem water levels drop as renovations begin and boat access is cut | Local


A lake wall is a retaining wall that prevents shoreline erosion. Hege said that over the past 40 years, the Salem Lake metal bulkhead has suffered erosion in the back, requiring current repairs.

The water level only dropped slightly on Tuesday when the drawdown began, but started to rise on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to continue at a faster rate now, Hege said. The water release should be gradual and is also affected by any amount of rain received, Hege said.

The work at Salem Lake is the second phase of the work which began with the construction of a new marina and other attractions. Upgrades are all paid for from the proceeds of bonds approved by city voters.

In the second phase of the work, Bar Construction Co. of Greensboro is carrying out construction at a cost of $ 2.2 million. Since bids were lower than estimated, the city was able to expand the scope of work to include asphalt paving on the new parking lot, cover the playground parking lot with asphalt, and build 12 boat ramps. in the water on the new floating dock rather than six.

Other work planned for this phase includes work on gravel roads and sidewalks, a rubber safety surface for the playground, benches, lighting and landscaping in addition to repairing partitions and from the launching ramp.

Levels of Lake Salem are lowered before the works



City officials say there is a method behind the timing of the Lake Salem closures: The closures allow asphalt work to take place now before cold weather sets in and asphalt factories close for the winter. If the city were to wait until spring and warmer weather, Hege said, it could delay completion of the work.


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Four unique multi-storey car parks on Bahrain’s Pearling Path


The structures which together can accommodate nearly 1,000 cars on a built area of ​​approximately 45,000 m² were designed by the greatest Swiss architect Christian Kerez.

The pioneering prototype in the region is aimed at visitors and local residents of Muharraq, a pearl-story town that boasts the 3.5 km Pearl Trail, one of two UNESCO cultural heritage sites.

The path listed as “Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy” by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) connects three oyster beds in the northern waters of Bahrain, a segment of the coast and Fort Bu Maher on the seafront and 17 historic buildings.

Mr Kerez, in an exclusive interview with GDN, said he wanted projects to stand out from the routine space used to park cars. He wanted to design a public space with curved slabs going from concave to convex, smoothly from level to level, giving the user a three-dimensional experience.

“Unfortunately, most of the parking lots are very monotonous, acting as simple storage space for cars with a few exceptions like a circular or elongated ramp,” he said.

“I thought it could be something different, not just a monotonous space where you go up and down, but an experience where everything goes up and down. This is what led us to this expression, both sculptural and conceptual.

“Instead of asking people to ‘be careful’ when they park their cars, we want to tell them to ‘enjoy the ride’.

“It will be a very unique parking lot and a basic idea which we hope will be a prototype for other countries to copy.”

Of the three remaining structures, one located behind Al Hilal Hospital is a single driveway while the other two are located near Al Alawi House; one has a geometry that reflects simple shells and the other is a bit more complex and dramatic that can be converted into a theater, concert space, or markets.

In this, the driving sequence begins with a sculptural tube-like extension of the lowest point of the slab, followed by an opening in the corner of the next floor, and this feeling is repeated on subsequent floors.

“Some people call it the shape of a shell or an oyster,” Mr. Kerez said.

“It will be something that you have never seen before but to which you will apply different meanings. We hope there will be other interpretations as well.

Mr. Kerez acknowledged the support of Baca General Manager Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Deputy Commissioner Noura Al Sayeh and Head of Restoration Engineering Services Mustafa Alsulaiman.

“I have been here at least 10 times and enjoy it every time. Bahrain was a discovery for me and after my first visit I wondered why I hadn’t heard of it at school.

“The rich history, the incredible burial mounds, the Dilmun culture – that’s quite a discovery.”

Mr Kerez is also designing the Bahrain pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai which runs from October 1 this year to March 31 next year.

He described the structure made up of 126 steel columns, each 24m high and 11cm wide on the theme “Density weaves opportunities” as an “architectural oasis”.

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WORK continues on four unique multi-storey car parks at one of Bahrain’s most prestigious heritage sites, which will also serve as space to host concerts, prayers and markets.

The structures feature curved slabs that create a continuous transition from one level to another; the four projects follow the same architectural concept, where the slabs go from concave to convex, touching each other and creating a continuous spatial transition.

One of the structures connected to the Muharraq Pearl Trail, located at the intersection of two main roads in front of the house of Shaikh Isa Bin Ali, known as the Palace of the Winds, is expected to open in December of this year, while the others will be opened by June of next year.

The structures which together can accommodate nearly 1,000 cars on a built area of ​​approximately 45,000 m² were designed by the greatest Swiss architect Christian Kerez.

The pioneering prototype in the region is aimed at visitors and local residents of Muharraq, a pearl story town that boasts the 3.5 km Pearl Trail, one of two UNESCO cultural heritage sites.

The path listed as “Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy” by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) connects three oyster beds in the northern waters of Bahrain, a segment of the coast and Fort Bu Maher on the seafront and 17 historic buildings.

Mr Kerez, in an exclusive interview with GDN, said he wanted projects to stand out from the routine space used to park cars. He wanted to design a public space with curved slabs going from concave to convex, smoothly from level to level, giving the user a three-dimensional experience.

“Unfortunately, most of the parking lots are very monotonous, acting as simple storage space for cars with a few exceptions like a circular or elongated ramp,” he said.

“I thought it could be something different, not just a monotonous space where you go up and down, but an experience where everything goes up and down. This is what led us to this expression, both sculptural and conceptual.

“Instead of asking people to ‘be careful’ when they park their cars, we want to tell them to ‘enjoy the ride’.

“It will be a very unique parking lot and a basic idea which we hope will be a prototype for other countries to copy.”

Of the three remaining structures, one located behind Al Hilal Hospital is a single driveway while the other two are located near Al Alawi House; one has a geometry that reflects simple shells and the other is a bit more complex and dramatic that can be converted into a theater, concert space, or markets.

In this, the driving sequence begins with a sculptural tube-like extension of the lowest point of the slab, followed by an opening in the corner of the next floor, and this feeling is repeated on subsequent floors.

“Some people call it the shape of a shell or an oyster,” Mr. Kerez said.

“It will be something that you have never seen before but to which you will apply different meanings. We hope there will be other interpretations as well.

Mr. Kerez acknowledged the support of Baca General Manager Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Deputy Commissioner Noura Al Sayeh and Head of Restoration Engineering Services Mustafa Alsulaiman.

“I have been here at least 10 times and enjoy it every time. Bahrain was a discovery for me and after my first visit I wondered why I hadn’t heard of it at school.

“The rich history, the incredible burial mounds, the Dilmun culture – that’s quite a discovery.”

Mr Kerez is also designing the Bahrain pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai which runs from October 1 this year to March 31 next year.

He described the structure made up of 126 steel columns, each 24m high and 11cm wide on the theme “Density weaves opportunities” as an “architectural oasis”.

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Cougar Who Was Kept As Illegal Pet Removed From New York Home, And More From This Week’s Weirdest News | Weird







This photo provided by the Bronx Zoo in New York shows an 11-month-old, 80-pound cougar that was removed from an apartment in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, where she was illegally kept as a pet, have animal welfare officials said Monday. , August 30, 2021. The cougar, nicknamed Sasha, spent the weekend at the Bronx Zoo receiving veterinary care and is now heading to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, officials said.


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NEW YORK (AP) – An 80-pound cougar has been pulled from a New York City apartment where she was being illegally held as a pet, animal welfare officials said on Monday.

The owner of the 11-month-old female cougar returned the animal on Thursday, Kelly Donithan, director of animal disaster response for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a press release.

The cougar, nicknamed Sasha, spent the weekend at the Bronx Zoo receiving veterinary care and is now heading to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, officials said.

The Humane Society has coordinated with zoo officials, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York City Police Department on the elimination of the big cat.

“I’ve never seen a cougar in the wild, but I’ve seen them on a leash, run over in cages and crying for their mothers when breeders pull them off,” Humane Society’s Donithan said. “I also saw the owners’ grief, as in this case after selling not only a wild animal, but a false dream that they could make a good ‘pet’.

Donithan said this cougar was relatively lucky because her owners, who live in the Bronx, recognized that a feral cat was not fit to live in an apartment and abandoned her.

“The tears of the owner and the nervous chirps of the cougar as we hunted her painfully bring home the many victims of this horrific trade and the myth that wild animals belong anywhere but nature,” said Donithan.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said that while cougars “may look cute and cuddly when they are young, these animals can become unpredictable and dangerous as they grow older.”

Bronx Zoo director Jim Breheny said the exotic animal trade is not helping the conservation of endangered species.

“These animals often find themselves in very bad situations, cared for by individuals who do not have the resources, facilities, knowledge or expertise to meet the most basic needs of the animals,” Breheny said. “In addition to these animal welfare concerns, the keeping of big cats by individuals poses a real danger to the safety of the owner, his family and the community in general. “

New York has seen other notable cases involving dangerous animals in private residences, including Ming, a 400-pound tiger who was removed from a Harlem apartment in 2003.

Ming’s owner Antoine Yates was arrested and sentenced to five months in prison for reckless endangerment. Ming died in 2019 at Noah’s Lost Ark Exotic Animal Rescue Center in Ohio.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the cougar case “is currently under investigation and no further information is available at this time.”


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Cannae Holdings Shifts to Water Efficient Landscape with Aim to Create a Sustainable Workplace


When Facilities Manager Jim Rainey was tasked with finding ways to implement more sustainable practices in the building he manages, he hatched a plan to replace the property’s water-thirsty grass with a landscape. smart and introduced it to the new management team.

“It was an easy sale. The grass dies every year anyway, and it takes a lot of work to keep it alive, ”said Rainey, who oversees a Cannae Holdings Inc. building on Village Center Circle in Summerlin. Built in 1998, the building’s mature landscape also included shrubs that had seen better days. “After so many years, you can only prune the shrubs before they look like sticks.”

To help offset the costs of the landscape upgrade, Rainey applied for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Water Smart Landscapes rebate program, which offers up to $ 3 per square foot for grass replaced by a drip irrigated landscape. The 2,750 square foot conversion has earned landowners a cash incentive of $ 8,250 and saves more than 151,000 gallons of water per year.

“Saving water is a big deal,” Rainey said. In addition to reducing water bills and operating costs for the property, the landscape conversion has also eliminated water wastage caused by over-spraying sprinklers. “On windy days, the wind would just blow the water from the sprinklers onto the grass, wasting water. With drippers around plants and trees, you eliminate water waste and use water more efficiently.

The tenants also expressed their support for improving the landscape. “Everyone is really happy with the result. People said it’s a great place to work, and they’re happy with the change, ”said Rainey.

For homeowners who may be reluctant to remove the grass because it provides greenery or because they don’t know where to start, Rainey noted that desert landscapes can be vibrant and colorful, and they can use plants from the existing landscape. As part of the Village Center Circle upgrade, Rainey has retained dozens of healthy trees and shrubs that continue to provide shade and keep the area surrounding the building lush and green. The aesthetic presentation of the improved landscape includes mature foliage as well as new plants and, of course, drip irrigation.

“You don’t have to start from scratch. What you want to do is capitalize on what you already have and build on that, ”said Rainey, who recommended keeping trees and shrubs healthy. “So you don’t get rid of everything, and at the same time you save water.”

“Jim Rainey is a great example of a champion of water conservation,” said Doug Bennett, conservation director for SNWA. “We need more people like Jim to help homeowners see the benefit of replacing grass with water-efficient landscapes, especially as our community continues to face historic drought and harsh conditions. of shortages that will reduce our community’s water supply by nearly 7 billion gallons by 2022.. “

SNWA has taken important steps to prepare for the scarcity conditions, including building Intake 3 and the lake’s low-level pumping station and storing the unused water in reserve for future use by our community. A new law signed by the governor of Nevada will also help protect the valley’s water supply. Assembly Bill 356 prohibits the use of Colorado River water to irrigate non-functioning sod in streetscapes, medians, parking lots and other lawns not used for recreational purposes. by the end of 2026.

“The amount of water we apply to these areas of decorative turf exceeds the scarcity we face. The solution to balancing our water supply is literally under our feet, ”said Bennett, noting that with the declaration of unprecedented scarcity, business leaders and residents must step up their commitment to conservation. “These efforts will help ensure the long-term economic success of our community.

Find out how you can lower your business operating costs and take advantage of cash incentives by emailing one of SNWA’s business experts at [email protected] or call 702-862-3740.

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The historic Newburgh fireworks display will take place on September 4


Usually when we think of fireworks we think of July 4th, but the city of Newburgh has decided to do things a little differently. They recently made the decision to move the annual fireworks display from July 4 to Labor Day weekend. The town of Newburgh cited the unpredictable levels of the river in July as the reason they decided to stop participating in the 4th of July fireworks show and relocate it instead on the holiday weekend. work.

And if you haven’t kept the dates, Labor Day weekend is approaching! It will be here next weekend of September 3-6. If you are looking for something fun to do, the historic Newburgh fireworks display and a night out in the park are definitely an event you should not miss. Here’s what the Facebook event page says about the upcoming fireworks display:

Come and celebrate the end of summer with us on Labour Dar weekend. There will be plenty of food trucks, a beer garden and an Old Dam Band community concert.

The list of food trucks will be published in August.

If you’re coming from out of town, we want to make sure you get to the right place for this year’s festivities! The fireworks are located at the OLD Lock & Dam Park on the riverside in downtown Newburgh.

There will be NO shuttles departing from Newburgh Elementary School or Sharon Elementary School this year.

Park in town and take your time and enjoy the beautiful walk along the river!

Parking suggestions: Street parking, City of Newburgh public parking lots, Newburgh Elementary School, People’s Bank on State Street, Zion UCC (they accept donations to park there)

4:00 p.m. Evening in the park begins at Old Lock & Dam Park
6:00 p.m. Old Dam Band Concert at the Allen Family Amphitheater
7:00 p.m. Proclamations, flag raising and national anthem
8:00 p.m. Fireworks

If you missed watching the fireworks light up the night sky then you will definitely want to make a plan to watch the Newburgh fireworks, they still put on such a good show, and I know this year won’t be different !

WATCH: Here are the pets banned in every state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to the states, some organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, advocate standardized federal legislation that would prohibit owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets. company.

Read on to see which animals are banned in your home country, as well as across the country.

WATCH: This is the richest city in every state

Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, fancy cars, and fancy restaurants. Read on to see which city in your home state received the title of richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows, your hometown might even be on this list.


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The city center sees development migrate to its east; the Catalyst Campus plans major expansion | New


Started barely six years ago, the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation is jam-packed, triggering an ambitious expansion plan that will cost $ 68 million for infrastructure and redesign of part of the downtown area.

While the American Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Weidner Field sprang up in the southwestern part of downtown, and bars and restaurants lined Tejon Street with apartments popping up all over the heart of the city , not much happened on the east side of the heart.

But this sector could soon take off with hundreds of apartments under construction or in the pipeline, a parking lot under construction and plans taking shape for vacant housing. Gazette building and the former Saint-François hospital.

Now, a proposal from the Catalyst Campus, located in the historic Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe rail depot and related buildings, will further strengthen the east and southeast sides of downtown, said its founder Kevin O’Neil.

Owner of The O’Neil Group Co., O’Neil is an entrepreneur with interests in residential and commercial real estate development and aerospace and cyberspace technology. He also says he is trying to integrate a community development component into his projects, and the Campus Catalyst expansion will do just that.

“We are a community builder instead of a developer,” O’Neil tells the India. “We are trying to improve and clean up the neighborhood. We see a lot of transient behavior there.

The city council was to be informed on August 23, the day the India went to press, but City Council Chairman Tom Strand is excited about the project, and Councilor Bill Murray says via email: “This proposal could help the city expand its technological footprint, which is still weak by compared to most cities.

Catalyst Campus features program areas, executive offices, research and development facilities and meeting spaces. These include the Catalyst Space Accelerator, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directorate of Space Vehicles, which promotes commercially augmented technological progress. It has hosted nearly 50 companies around the world and secured more than $ 48 million in follow-up funding from government and private investors. Another is Space CAMP, a software factory focused on the development and deployment of Space Force mission applications for the fighter.

Nestled at the confluence of Pikes Peak and Colorado Avenues on the east side of downtown, the campus has gradually overtaken its facilities, leading O’Neil to propose the creation of two metropolitan districts and a business improvement district. totaling 15 acres.

If approved, the Catalyst BID would be one of the city’s 16 business improvement districts; two more are awaiting approval, according to city records. The city has about 46 metropolitan districts and approvals for 16 more are pending.

Catalyst Districts would tax up to 50 vintages on property tax bills to fund expansion and 10 mills for operations and administration. Districts could also adopt a public improvement charge, which is essentially a sales tax.

O’Neil plans to add executive office suites, research and development labs, residential units and, perhaps, a parking garage, increasing the footprint from 220,000 to 1 million square feet.

The work includes upgrading utilities and high-speed fiber to the east side of downtown, an initiative that would benefit surrounding properties, he said, as well as the continuation of the Legacy Loop public trail.

O’Neil said former President Donald Trump’s decision to locate the headquarters of the new space force at Peterson Air Force Base in Huntsville, Ala. – a decision contested by businessmen and local officials – did not will not hinder the development of the aerospace contingent in Colorado. Springs, and the Catalyst Campus plays a key role in this regard.

“We see new programs evolving every day,” he says. “You can’t all go to Huntsville when we’re the space capital. We have the industrial base. With the current workforce working under Space Force that would be redirected to Huntsville, we believe 75 percent of those employees will not be leaving Colorado Springs. We’re fine anyway.

It is because the demand is so great. “We are full and our request is to build something new for customers here and others who want to settle here. “

While the proposal asks for permission to issue up to $ 90 million in bonds to fund the project, it estimates the actual cost to be around $ 68 million. O’Neil says that, assuming Council approves the service plan and the creation of the districts in mid-September, he hopes to market the bonds in November and begin construction next year. (O’Neil admitted he would buy some, if not all of the bonds, although he expected other investors to step in.)

The districts would cut a strip through the old rail yard and stretch from Colorado and Pikes Peak Avenues in the north to Costilla Street in the south, and from Wahsatch Avenue in the west to Shooks Run in the east. It wouldn’t immediately integrate into the adjacent Transit Mix site, although O’Neil says he’s working on buying it. O’Neil’s project would lead to the old Gazette St. Francis Building and Hospital, which are located in the 23-acre GSF Business Improvement District and GSF Metropolitan Districts 1 and 2, controlled by Norwood Development Group.

These three districts plan to issue up to $ 100 million in debt to fund utilities, two parking garages, improved drainage, parks, streetscapes, landscaping and public art. . The redevelopment would bring in townhouses, apartments, a hotel, retail and office space and other commercial uses. Districts have formed and an election is slated for this fall to exempt BID income caps imposed by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Chairman of the Strand Board says the formation of subways and business districts has been an effective tool across the state, in terms of funding, as they create a source of income that allows development to be self-financing.

He notes that the Catalyst campus is “exploding,” so an expansion makes sense and would provide space for defense contractors and create jobs for local college graduates with technical degrees.

UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College recently adopted programs to nurture graduates of the high-tech and aerospace industries, and on August 20, the US Space Force and the University of Colorado announced a new partnership program.

City Councilor Murray said that regardless of the location of the Space Force, O’Neil’s plans could help the city expand its technological profile while, combined with Norwood’s plans, “help anchor that side.” from the city “.

But the project won’t necessarily solve the city-wide lack of cheap broadband, which has made the city a “postal mail destination,” says Murray. That said, he is in favor of the creation of neighborhoods.

Strand says the project and other new developments will force the city to further study its ability to provide municipal services, from transit to police protection.

“In terms of public safety, I am concerned about the Colorado Springs Police Department as we are about 100 less sworn officers than we need,” he says, adding that 80 recruits will be starting an academy this month. this.

“It’s going to create more demand, more businesses, more people, more business, and I’m very worried about that,” he says. While the fire department is “well positioned” in the city center, Strand questions transportation, from the suitability of roads to public transit.

“That’s a good question,” he said. “We’ll have to look at this. ”

From the City of Champions The sightseeing package has started to take hold in recent years, bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Museum to the southwest side, along with Colorado College’s nearly completed football stadium and Robson Arena, the downtown area has seen a boom.

Several new tax districts have been created, particularly near the museum, to finance offices and apartments in height. The city renovated Vermijo Avenue to encourage pedestrian traffic, and the city recently won a $ 1.6 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation that is intended for Phase 1 of a project to beautify the street. Tejon Street from Colorado Avenue to Boulder Street. The first phase will focus on two blocks going from Colorado to Kiowa.

Despite the closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have opened, bars are buzzing and apartments are growing like weed. Multi-story apartment buildings have been built or are underway throughout the city center, bringing thousands of units to what was once a housing shortage, despite the Citywalk built in 1962 at 417 E. Kiowa St .

333 ECO Apartments in Colorado and Wahsatch have opened in the past two years, while Pikes Peak Plaza Apartments are under construction on three acres at the northwest corner of Prospect Street and Pikes Peak Avenue, including a multi-story parking lot. .

Now, O’Neil’s plans will advance development in this neighborhood.

“We have been following the plans of the O’Neil Group company closely for a long time,” Downtown Partnership CEO Susan Edmondson said via email.

“With O’Neil Group, it’s a win-win because not only are existing properties going to be improved and new spaces built, but with it all comes a highly talented workforce – high paying jobs and growing businesses. growth. This is an incredible opportunity for Downtown, ”she said.

Edmondson adds that his agency planned the transformation a few years ago, thanks to O’Neil’s investment. She says some 1,500 apartments in the downtown southeast quadrant – all east of Nevada Avenue – have recently been completed, under construction, or about to open. She estimates that 3,000 units are completed, under construction or under construction next year across the city center.

Greg Dingrando, public information officer for the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, said at least 1,000 apartments have been built or licensed since 2016.

“What we see now is the east side of Colorado Springs [Downtown] becomes the cool place, ”says O’Neil. “The number of vertical apartments is more than anywhere else in the city center. The [Catalyst Campus] is doing its part to bring that economy, those jobs and the quality of the streets there. If you go there and see what we’ve been up to over the past five years, you would be amazed.


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Phase 3 of Tempe’s Novus Innovation Corridor Nearly Completed


The Novus Innovation Corridor, a 355-acre planned mixed-use development located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, is nearing completion of its third phase. At the time of construction, Novus will include more than 10 million square feet of retail, restaurant, urban residential housing, hotels and offices.

According to ASU’s Seidman Research Institute, the economic impact of developing completed and active projects is estimated at $ 1.86 billion. It is also forecast that 33,734 will be created by 2035 through operations at Novus, with an additional 20,000 temporary construction jobs.


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The land that is being built is owned by ASU in what is called a sports facilities district. Developers within Novus pay fees to ASU instead of property taxes, and these funds must be invested in the university’s sports facilities.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where a university has all of this underutilized land and market demand to create something that will successfully generate income,” said Brian Kearney, senior vice president of development for Catellus – the main developer of Novus – at a lunch hosted by AZCREW.

A new urban center

Development at Novus is planned in four phases. Marina Heights, a 20-acre, 2.1 million-square-foot campus for State Farm, anchored the first phase. Transwestern Investment Group and JDM Parners acquired Marina Heights in 2018 for $ 928 million. The second phase gave the Sun Devil Stadium a $ 375 million renovation, which was completed in 2019. An office park is planned for phase four, on the south side of Rio Salado Parkway and east of Rural Road .

The third phase, currently under construction, focuses on the creation of an urban district at the crossroads of University Drive and Rural Road. Tower 777, developed by Ryan Companies and opened in July 2020, is a six-story building with 160,907 square feet of office space and 8,316 square feet of retail. Mortenson Development built the eight-story, 259-room Hyatt Place / Hyatt House, which began taking reservations in August 2020.

Novus Innovation Corridor Tower 777 won the 2021 RED award for best office project over 150,000 square feet.

In support of the surrounding neighborhood and ASU events, the Novus Place parking garage was completed in June 2020, adding approximately 1,800 parking spaces. “It was a better use of the land to create a centralized parking structure, rather than creating three or four smaller ones for individual uses,” says Kearney.

Projects to be completed in the third phase include the Piedmont, a multi-family structure that will add 318 units to the market when completed in December 2021. Opening in the third quarter of 2023 will be 700 Novus Place, which will be approximately 147,800 feet tall. office squares. and 11,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. A new apartment complex developed by Transwestern and slated for completion in the second quarter of 2024 will contain 200 micro-units, with 80% of the studios averaging 450 square feet.

“Most of the units are studio apartments fully furnished with furniture that can convert the space from a bedroom to a living room when there is no sleep,” notes Kearney. “This complex is not intended to accommodate large concentrations of students. Nothing prevents students from renting accommodation and there will be students living in these places, but the idea for Novus in general is not to be student-oriented. It is truly a mixed-use commercial district.

“Development within the Novus Innovation Corridor aligns with our vision to be America’s premier hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels,” said Michael Crow, president of ASU, in a statement. “The benefits to our students, faculty, the university, the city of Tempe and the business community are already being felt – and they will only increase as other visionaries construct new buildings and facilities to deliver. opportunities under Novus. “


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Small Businesses Embrace Electric Vehicle Charging as Blink Deploys IQ 200 Chargers in Massachusetts as Part of MassEVIP Workplace and Fleet Charging Program


Workplace chargers have also been deployed with the Eversource Make-Ready Program incentive funds.

Miami Beach, Florida, August 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) (“Blink” or the “Company”), a major owner, operator and supplier of electric vehicles ( EV) charging equipment and services, today announced the deployment of five IQ 200 level 2 AC EV fast-charging stations at Holiday Manufacturing Inc.’s facilities in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The purchase and installation of the host-owned Blink IQ 200 chargers was made possible by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Eversource (New England’s largest energy supplier), which provided funding to support this deployment through the MassEVIP Workplace and Fleet Charging program, as well as the Eversource Make-Ready program.

“As we continue to grow our market share in the Northeast, we are delighted that small businesses like Holiday Manufacturing understand that the future of transportation is all-electric and have the foresight to roll out our IQ 200 charging stations. EV knowing that they will not fall victim to the planned obsolescence of other Level 2 chargers, ”noted Blink President Brendan Jones. “This agreement demonstrates Holiday Manufacturing’s forward-looking vision and its desire to lead by example by offering its employees and the general public accessible charging for electric vehicles. As one of only three EV charging station locations in Framingham, we commend Holiday Manufacturing for its role in expanding EV charging in the region.

Holiday Manufacturing is a family owned bows and ribbons wholesaler headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. She makes handmade bows and ribbons for various occasions and sells them online direct to customers. Like Blink, Holiday Manufacturing is a flexible and agile company that can handle both in-stock and custom orders.

Erik Simon, President of Holiday Manufacturing, commented on the deployment as follows: “We are delighted to offer the public and our staff access to electric vehicle charging with Blink’s IQ 200 chargers. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and the deployment of these state-of-the-art electric vehicle chargers in our facilities is an important step towards achieving this goal. “

For the installation of the charging stations, Holiday Manufacturing has upgraded its electrical infrastructure to 100 amp circuits for each charger, allowing it to provide up to 65 miles of range per 1 hour of charge, charging fastest level 2 on the market.

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Winvic completes its construction program for lease in Milton Keynes


Winvic has completed on Aubrey Place, a 294 rental unit construction program in the heart of Milton Keynes

In January 2020, Packaged Living and Fiera Real Estate, the original owners of the site, signed a financing agreement with Invesco for this purpose-built rental building program.

When completed, the development will include 294 one, two and three bedroom apartments for rent spread over 18 floors.

The development will also benefit from 83 parking spaces, 294 bicycle storage facilities, 2,500 square foot commercial space and 17,324 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, ranging from a reception and from a living room on the ground floor, to the terraces on the roof, to the storage of parcels and to two landscaped courtyards.

An important step for the Almere

Mark Woodrow, Deputy Managing Director of Packaged Living, said: “We are delighted to be a part of The Almere’s closing ceremony – an extremely important program for Packaged Living as the first of our more than 2,000 homes. .

“We thank Winvic for doing a great job under the difficult circumstances of the past year.”

Mark Jones, Multi-Room Director, added: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year.

“I want to commend the team for their hard work and dedication in bringing the project to this point. It’s great to be able to welcome the Packaged Living and Invesco team to the site to enjoy the view from the top of the 18-story building.

Construction of the Almere is expected to be completed in early 2022.


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Real Estate Market Reports Show Slow, Positive Gains


Speculative industrial construction is on the horizon in western Michigan. Meanwhile, retailers are struggling to fill vacancies in the wake of the 2020 pandemic, and many large national businesses are still reluctant to send people back to the office.

The western Michigan industrial market continued to perform well despite the challenges of the past year. According to second quarter reports from NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, the overall vacancy rate stands at 3.3%, which has increased slightly since the end of 2020, which ended at 2.7%.

NAIWWM industry specialist Andrew Kapanowski said the slight increase in the vacancy rate appears to be coming from the southeast Grand Rapids and lake shores submarkets and is most likely due to available speculative construction.

Average rental rates for the second quarter are $ 4.76 per square foot, which is up from the average triple net rental rates of $ 4.28 in the first quarter.

“These numbers are signs of the record demand we are seeing in the western Michigan industrial market and testify to the lack of inventory available for lease,” said Kapanowski. “We expect these rates to remain high until 2021, but should start to stabilize as new construction becomes available and helps meet demand.”

New construction is expected to persist until 2021, as the continued shortage of inventory has kept demand at an all-time high. That said, skyrocketing construction costs are forcing some developers to wait for costs to drop again before launching new projects.

Kapanowski added that many transactions continue to take place off-market, and many of those off-market transactions occur before the signs are released and are based on relationships within the brokerage community. The quality buildings that find their way onto the market tend to disappear quickly, he said.

Notable market activity in the second quarter included the near completion by Mission Design & Automation of a new 50,000 square foot facility at 9898 Black River Court in Holland.

The industrial automation and robotics company has invested more than $ 5 million in the expansion and plans to add at least 109 high-tech jobs in western Michigan. The company receives financial support for vocational training from the Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and West Michigan Works !, as well as a 12-year tax exemption for industrial facilities from Holland Charter Township.

Additionally, Autocam Medical, a Kentwood-based global manufacturer of precision surgical and medical devices and components, is investing $ 60 million through 2024 to build a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Kentwood. The new facility will be 100,000 square feet, located at Broadmoor Avenue and 36th Street, and will be ready for occupancy in January.

After much uncertainty, the second quarter of 2021 is starting to see how the effects of the pandemic and work restrictions have impacted the Grand Rapids office market. More immediate was the concern over the reaction of the office market to the lifting of said work restrictions, which took place during this quarter.

“The parking lots have seen more cars than in the last 15 months, but they are still not ‘full’. Some businesses are back to pre-COVID normalcy, while some are cautiously returning to work in person, and others are still working remotely, ”said Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely, NAIWWM partner and office specialist. “The trend we’re seeing is that small local businesses are back to the new normal, while many large national / global businesses are still working remotely with limited in-person work.

“Some companies are committed to getting back to the office 100% while others find remote working is possible full time or on a hybrid model.”

Vacancy rates edged up as businesses decided how to proceed. Some gave up their space altogether and others reduced their current location or moved to a smaller space if their lease allowed. There are a few companies that have actually increased their space requirements to better distribute their employees.

In the second quarter, the overall vacancy rate was 6%, up from 5.5% in the first quarter, and the total average rate per square foot was $ 15.58, down slightly from 15.60 $ in the first trimester.

The only market segment that saw a slight decline in vacancy rates was the Southeastern Grand Rapids B&C class market – 6.3% vs. 6% in the first quarter. The suburban markets seem to be doing better than the downtown market in general. In addition, rental rates increased slightly in all sectors except the NW office market which saw rental rates decline slightly.

Vitreo-Retinal Associates, an ophthalmology practice providing eye care services in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Ionia, in June announced plans to double its Kalamazoo space in 2022. Currently located in 4,800 square feet of space at 1080 N. 10th St., the new location will be a new single-tenant building at 1060 N. 10th St. in the West Pointe office park.

MCPc will also move to 1601 Madison Ave. SE in 2022. The Cleveland-based technology logistics and data security company will replace the building that has been vacant for decades and opened the new project in July. This move to the heart of Madison Square is expected to create around 100 new jobs in the local community.

By far the hardest hit industry during the 2020 pandemic, retail is now gaining momentum in the second quarter, but that momentum is hampered by a lack of employees. Retail businesses, in many cases, offer more than minimum wage and signing bonuses to attract much-needed help. Some restaurants still offer take-out or have very limited hours because they don’t have the staff to meet consumer demand.

“The good news is that rental activity in our market is on the rise,” said Bob Lotzar, senior vice president and retail specialist for NAIWWM. “The demand for smaller retail spaces has increased dramatically over the past month. Western Michigan is also seeing national retailers entering our market for the first time. “

The overall vacancy rate is 7.4% and the average demand rate is $ 10.52 per square foot. These numbers are virtually unchanged from the first quarter, when the overall vacancy rate was the same and the average demand rate was $ 10.46 per square foot.

Whole Foods is under construction on 28th Street SE across from Woodland Mall. Ross Dress for Less is currently reviewing sites in Grand Rapids for the first time. Other retailers, such as Tropical Smoothie Café and B2 Outlet Stores, are looking to expand into the local market.

Quality Class A space is hard to find in the most important retail corridors, Lotzar said. The spaces available are still at pre-COVID rental rates. Momentum in the western Michigan retail sector is likely to continue to build up through the end of the year, but will depend somewhat on the ability of business owners to fill vacancies. .

Grove, the gourmet farm-to-table restaurant of the Essence Restaurant group, will reopen this fall. Located at 919 Cherry St. SE, Grove has been closed due to COVID-19. During the closure it was converted to a temporary take-out chicken outlet and later a private food court. When it reopens, Grove will have a refreshed interior and a new menu with 13 to 15 daily seasonal dishes.

Sparrows Coffee, a Grand Rapids-based coffee shop, is opening a new location at Kingma’s Market in the Creston / Cheshire Village neighborhood (2225 Plainfield Ave. NE). The new store measures approximately 600 square feet and offers a large outdoor patio. Sparrows is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Sparrows will also partner with local suppliers such as Rise Bakery, Lively Up Kombucha and Atucún Chocolate.


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Prologis buys land near Philadelphia airport


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PHILADELPHIA – Popular parking lot near Philadelphia International Airport bought for $ 45 million by Prologis, a real estate giant specializing in leasing space to retail, e-commerce and logistics businesses , according to the company that negotiated the agreement.

What caught the attention of the San Francisco-based company is the nearly 19-acre property, long used by travelers who have parked their cars on the PreFlight lot. Owned by a subsidiary of InterPark – a Chicago-based company that operates nearly a dozen parking lots in Philadelphia – the PreFlight lot was closed to the public last month.

“The pandemic has really accelerated this trend of last mile, logistics-driven industrial real estate,” said Ryan Guittare, with commercial real estate firm Newmark, who represented InterPark in the sale. “Everyone is working to shorten the time it takes to get products to consumers. “

Entrance to the PreFlight long-term parking lot on Island Avenue near the Philadelphia International Airport. The lot closed last month and the property was acquired by Prologis. (Tom Gralish / Philadelphia Enquirer / Tribune News Service)

Prologis acquired Philadelphia developer Liberty Property Trust, and with it more than 500 industrial sites, in a $ 13 billion transaction that closed last year. As of June, Prologis owned or had invested in nearly one billion square feet of real estate in 19 countries. The company said its main customers are Amazon, Home Depot, FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

Prologis did not immediately comment. InterPark did not return a request for comment.

A 271,000 square foot facility is located on the plot. In marketing materials, Newmark highlighted the property’s proximity to the airport, downtown and PhilaPort, its easy access to freeways, and the 49 million people within a 200 mile radius.

In June, the airport announced a major initiative to expand cargo facilities over the next five to ten years. News of these plans “tied very well to our sales process,” Guittare said.

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Springdale Council Supports Plans for Downtown Park and Farmers Market


SPRINGDALE – Springdale City Council has agreed to match funding for grants that will benefit Luther George Park and Springdale Greenway Market, a farmers’ market.

The council, meeting in committee of the whole on Monday, agreed to put the measures to a vote by the whole council at its regular meeting on August 10.

Both grants would come from the federal outdoor recreation matching grant program administered by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, said Jill Dabbs, executive director of the Downtown Springdale Alliance, who spent a contract with the city to create a dynamic city center for commerce. and recreation.

Last year, the council committed $ 2 million to the Luther George project. The city’s money and an additional $ 4 million raised privately for the park will represent the matching money without additional funds committed by the city, Dabbs said.

“I’m trying to turn your $ 6 million into $ 10 million,” Dabbs told the board.

The second grant would help design and create a farmers market along the Razorback Greenway at the southwest corner of Meadow Avenue on the Arkansas and Missouri railroads.

The city would commit up to $ 250,000 to match this second state grant.

The mayor’s chief of staff, Colby Fulfer, told council that the city’s parks and recreation department account included $ 500,000 available for the project. The money was returned to the city from tax money paid to the state by residents of Springdale.

Bank of America in September 2019 donated to the city of approximately 2 acres facing Emma Avenue, which included the lobby, offices, drive-thru and parking lots of its Emma Avenue branch. First State Bank of Springdale was a predecessor of Bank of America at this location.

The lobby and offices of the bank were demolished. The city kept the building behind the wheel with the idea of ​​providing toilets, storage and a public meeting place.

Luther George Park will benefit from the sale of industrial land in the city.

In May 2020, council approved the 2018 Bond Fund spending $ 1.7 million for road upgrades to extend and improve Kendrick Avenue to North Jefferson Street in the industrial park. from the city to the north of the city. This money was added to a March 2020 grant of $ 1.5 million earmarked for the US Department of Commerce and Economic Development Commission Kendrick Project.

In exchange for improving the road, the Public Facilities Board, owner of the industrial property, pledged to use $ 2 million from the sale of lots in the industrial area to work with the city on a future project. . The council has allocated these funds to Luther George Park.

The Downtown Springdale Alliance led the efforts of the $ 642,000 Design Excellence Grant from the Walton Family Foundation for the design of Luther George Park.

New Orleans-based landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels unveiled their conceptual design for a redeveloped park in August 2019, which was created with public participation sessions.

The following month, city council hired Milestone Construction Co. as the general contractor for the park.

Dabbs said she expects the $ 10 million park project to be inaugurated before the end of the year.


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Vehicle Boom Barrier Gate Market Size, Key Opportunities, Strategic Assessment, High Revenue


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    Are new Thruway rest areas needed?


    The Times Union reported on the $ 450 million project to renovate New York State’s Thruway rest areas and introduce some of the largest nationally recognized food franchises. Come on, is it really necessary?

    Thruway rest areas have all been remodeled relatively recently over the past 20 years and this project was totally necessary to replace the old 1950s rest areas with their old-fashioned cafeterias and limited food and convenience stores.
    These alternate seating areas have all been very well designed to fit in with the characteristics of their area, like the Adirondack style buildings here in our area. It’s nice facilities and good vendors like McDonalds and Starbucks, plus expanded travel shops and large, clean bathrooms. They serve all the purposes necessary for a traveler to get in and out quickly and safely and get back on the road. This is their only goal. They are not malls, food courts or entertainment centers.

    The Thruway Authority should also carefully consider the use of at least the upstate rest areas. The parking lots seemed almost empty when I saw them on several recent trips.

    It’s great to bring in other good fast food vendors with a few minimal changes to the current facilities, but $ 450 million (not including cost overruns)? That makes a lot of fancy chicken sandwiches and burgers !!

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    NorthPoint to build two more warehouses west of Hagerstown


    NorthPoint, the company that is building the four-warehouse complex on Wesel Boulevard, plans to build two more facilities west of the city.

    One building would cover 1 million square feet and the other would cover 652,080 square feet on a site at 16822 National Pike. Each building, described as warehouses and offices, is said to be 50 feet high.

    The property is on the north side of US 40, west of the intersection with Md. 144. It is in a “planned industrial district” according to the county zoning code.

    A drawing provided by NorthPoint Development for NorthPoint's Dickinson Farm shows two structures - the rectangles with the bold black lines - on a plot off US 40 west of Hagerstown.  The largest building would cover 1 million square feet.  The smallest would be 652,080 square feet.

    “We are already working with a potential tenant” for the larger building, David Salinas, director of development for NorthPoint, told the Washington County Planning Commission on Monday.

    This potential tenant has what Salinas has called a “manufacturing component” for its operation, as well as warehousing and logistics.

    “The deal is not yet done, but we’re pretty excited about it,” he said.

    The project, called “Dickinson Farm” on NorthPoint documents, would represent an investment of more than $ 109 million and create 920 full-time jobs, he said.

    “We’re hoping to have shovels in the ground early next spring.… We’re really looking to deliver that million feet by summer 23,” said Salinas.

    According to information presented at Monday’s meeting, the company is considering requesting a waiver of standard parking requirements.

    The county’s zoning code would generally require 1,182 parking spaces for the development. The company plans to provide 1,002 spaces.

    A preliminary plan of NorthPoint's Dickinson Farm shows two structures - the rectangles with the bold black lines - on a plot off US 40 west of Hagerstown.  The largest building would cover 1 million square feet.  The smallest would be 652,080 square feet.

    Members of the Commission and Salinas also discussed housing for solar energy.

    Planning commission Denny Reeder asked if the company has considered putting solar panels on top of buildings.

    “We are moving towards solar on all our buildings, not only for renewable resources, but also for a benefit for tenants in terms of renewable energy,” replied Salinas.

    He said the two buildings would be “ready for solar infrastructure”.

    Planning committee member Jeff Semler welcomed the comments. He said the commission had sent out requests to cover acres of land with solar panels.

    “It’s almost 38 acres of rooftop,” he said. “I am happy to hear you say that it will be ready for solar power. I will be even happier to see panels on the roofs of these structures.”

    Salinas said NorthPoint must “put tenant in place first” before installing solar panels.

    Each tenant has different needs and requirements for rooftop units and ventilation. The panels cannot be installed until these issues are resolved, he said.

    Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard aims for 50% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 provides that 14.5% of this target will come from mandatory solar development. .

    Members of the planning committee also voted on Monday to amend the zoning code with language designed to protect the county’s main farmland from the use of solar fields.

    The proposed amendment will go to the county commissioners, who have the final say.

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    NorthPoint Development is based in Missouri. Its ongoing four-building warehouse complex on Wesel Boulevard, called its Hagerstown Logistics Center, is ahead of schedule.

    “It’s a great site for us,” said Salinas.

    According to its website, NorthPoint has more than 388 customers, ranging from Amazon, FedEx and UPS to Home Depot and Lowe’s to Ford and GM.

    In October, Amazon was announced as the occupant of Building No.1, which is over a million square feet.


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    Decarbonize health care at the facility level in Colombia


    “Mental hospitals have long been branded as dark, sad and even frightening places. At San Rafael Hospital in Pasto, we are convinced that this is not the way it should be. The symbiosis between a healthy environment and our patients’ recovery processes is clear to us, and therefore we believe that environmental stewardship is a crucial strategy that supports increasingly humane and inclusive healthcare. “

    –Dr Jorge Dario Duque Erazo, environmental manager of San Rafael de Pasto hospital

    Background

    San Rafael de Pasto Hospital is a mental health facility located in the city of San Juan de Pasto, Colombia. The hospital consists of eight large buildings and takes care of more than 23,000 patients each year. As an active member of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, the hospital is committed to reducing its environmental impact by implementing programs on issues such as water, waste and sustainable purchasing.

    The challenge

    San Rafael de Pasto Hospital has been running an ambitious climate program for almost a decade and has been reporting greenhouse gas emissions since 2015. Its goal is to replace high-emission technologies with cleaner technologies and to modernize infrastructure to reduce global emissions.

    “We understood the close relationship between what we do and the damage it creates on the environment, as we demand a significant amount of resources such as water, energy, food, technological equipment and various other inputs. “

    –Dr Jorge Dario Duque Erazo, environmental manager of San Rafael de Pasto hospital

    Climate and Health Solutions

    Some of the main interventions that the hospital has implemented include:

    Efficient lighting and equipment: The installation of LED lighting started in 2015; in 2019, over 90% of light bulbs had been replaced. As part of its sustainable procurement program, the hospital purchases all new electrical equipment with a certified level A energy efficiency label.

    Switch to renewable energies: the hospital has started to replace the lighting of the hospital grounds and parking lots with solar-powered devices. Additionally, all of its medical units now use solar panels for water heating (currently totaling 14 water storage units with 6 solar panels each). The drying station also switched to solar power, after washing and drying clothes and linens was identified as one of the most energy-intensive activities at the facility. The hospital invested in the construction of a drying station using passive solar architecture and displacement air fusion technology, which made it possible to replace industrial equipment and reduce the consumption of electricity, fuel and water.

    Fuel switch and boiler modernization: stationary combustion, mainly from boilers running on diesel, also proved to be a major source of emissions (43% in 2017). In 2018, the hospital purchased a gas boiler which, along with the solar drying station, saves the administration around US $ 17,000 per year. Emissions from stationary combustion fell by 45% in 2018 compared to the previous year, while electricity consumption fell by 6.4% over the same period.

    Nature-based solutions: The hospital participates in the local government’s “One Million Trees for Pasto” initiative and has purchased 1 hectare of land where, over the past six years, nearly 6,000 native tree species have been planted.

    As a healthcare institution, we were aware that the demand for resources, their use and their final disposal, directly and indirectly contribute to climate change. We had mitigation and control strategies in place, but it was only after estimating our institutional carbon footprint that we were able to determine and measure our impact in terms of carbon emissions. It was then that we understood the need to reformulate our environmental strategy and make it much more meaningful and participatory, which we did through a project that included contributions from our operational and technical staff. This project has greatly contributed to the environmental and financial sustainability of our institution.

    –Dr Jorge Dario Duque Erazo, environmental manager of San Rafael de Pasto hospital

    Progress made

    Since the implementation of these measures, the hospital’s annual energy intensity has been reduced by 42% from 2015 levels, while it has led to a reduction in emissions of 32% per hospital bed. and 64% in total (scopes 1 and 2) between 2014 and 2018.

    Some of the key actions taken by the hospital to achieve these results have been the appointment of an environmental officer, the creation of a procurement committee to leverage its purchasing power to drive transformational change in the supply chain and engagement with the local government of Pasto on sustainability projects.

    The hospital uses its purchasing power to drive the transformation of its supply chain; in 2019, it had invested more than $ 5,000 in sustainable procurement purchases. Most recently, San Rafael de Pasto Hospital joined the first cohort of healthcare systems and facilities in the world to participate in the UNFCCC’s Race to Zero campaign, pledging to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and reporting annually on its progress.

    Lessons learned

    Some of the main lessons learned from the San Rafael de Pasto experience include:

    • Information is the key to make strategic decisions and maximize impact: using Health Care Without Harm’s carbon footprint tool, the hospital was able to understand its carbon footprint, identify its main sources of emissions and select projects and key interventions that would produce the greatest emission reductions.
    • Mitigating climate change is crucial for public health, but it is also a wise investment: the hospital was able to recover its investments quickly, and its new infrastructures and technological substitutions allow significant savings to be made.
    • No healthcare facility is too small to make big changes: The impressive achievements of the hospital have served as inspiration for many other health establishments in the region. Since 2016, he has consistently been recognized for his leadership and career through the Health Care Without Harm rewards program, “Smaller footprint, better health“, And in 2018 received the”Impulso Atures”For the best climate initiative, and became the first psychiatric hospital in Latin America to be ISO 14001: 2015 certified.

    “Our patients are our allies in our mission to educate, raise awareness and mitigate environmental impacts. We recognize the significant environmental burden of healthcare, and we have made it our obligation and commitment to drive changes that allow better patient care while balancing the needs of our planet.

    –Dr Jorge Dario Duque Erazo, environmental manager of San Rafael de Pasto hospital

    More information

    You can read more about the efforts of San Rafael de Pasto Hospital in Healthcare Without Harm’s report, Hospitals That Heal the Planet.

    This story is part of a series of case studies on climate change and health. The case studies aim to highlight the links between climate change and human health and present some of the solutions implemented by the health community. Case studies do not necessarily represent WHO or any of its Member States.


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    ERA, councils oppose nine-story building overlooking Wied Għomor


    The environmental watchdog, two local councils, NGOs and dozens of residents have opposed a proposal to transform a site previously intended for a 26-story hotel into a nine-story building of offices, shops and residences, located on the edge of the Wied Għomor Valley protected area, in St Julian’s.

    Opponents say the site, although located in the development zone, is designated as open public space locally and should remain so.

    The site is located just outside the regional road tunnels.

    Landowner Carmelo Borg has submitted a “development control” request to change the site’s zoning and allow for mixed-use development.

    It offers four floors of underground car parks and offices, shops and a residential development above.

    One level would include sports and community facilities.

    The land has been in the Borg family for generations and part of it was expropriated in the 1960s for the construction of the regional road.

    Last year, Borg entered into a promise to sell agreement with TUM Invest Limited, which planned to build the hotel on several floors. The plans failed after a barrage of objections and the company changed its mind.

    The 3000 square meter land is located in the development area. However, locally it is not designated for development but rather as an open public space.

    St Julian’s mayor Albert Buttigieg said the project was “inappropriate”.

    The local plan of 2006 specified precisely that the locality lacked open public spaces, at a time when “the situation was less chaotic and congested than today”.

    “St Julian’s is suffocated, overdeveloped and crowded. It desperately needs open spaces – open green spaces – and not an excess of new commercial and residential development.

    “There is a large supermarket and a shopping complex a few meters from the site. The rezoning will lead to an intensification of development and an increase in density, ”Buttigieg wrote in his objection.

    The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) said it had “reservations” and recommended that the site remain an open space. He said he would be able to make further comments if a more detailed environmental review was required.

    The mayor of Swieqi, Noel Muscat, said the ecologically important valley must be protected at all costs “not only against inappropriate developments in the valley itself but also on its banks”.

    “The sacrifice of land allocated to open public space, from which the general public will benefit, in favor of property for the enjoyment of a few, will set an unfortunate precedent which will lead to the further decimation of the open spaces available to the public. public. . It cannot be allowed, ”he added.

    Environmental NGOs, including Din l-Art Ħelwa, argued that the loss of open spaces, the increase in development density and the introduction of conflicting activities through the mixed-use element “would have an impact. debilitating on the surroundings ”.

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    Plan to turn family home into seven beds in Burton denied


    A plan to turn a family home in Burton into a seven-room studio was rejected by planners.

    The house at 310 Shobnall Street in the town is said to have become a seven-bed multi-occupancy house (HMO) with space for two cars, but a planning request was denied by East Staffordshire Borough Council .

    In addition to making modifications to the house, the request included the construction of a one-story rear extension and another extension for second-floor housing.

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    An Ambergate Assets report submitted alongside the request to East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “A total of seven individually rented rooms would be created and each would benefit from an en-suite bathroom. The property would also include a spacious communal kitchen with dining area.

    “A total of two off-street parking spaces would be provided at the rear of the plot, which would be accessed by the private service road. “

    The report went on to say that Shobnall needed starting homes, homes suitable for young families and affordable housing.

    He added: “The proposed development aims to utilize the existing space in the building and, in conjunction with reasonable extensions and additions, would help advance shared housing.

    “HMOs play an important role in meeting local housing needs and the proposal will help meet the needs of people who may not be able to afford a house or rent a separate apartment. The type of housing created would serve as a stepping stone to the housing market and is located in a sustainable location where a choice can be made on modes of transport and where there is access to a number of amenities and services.

    The proposal provides for two parking spaces for the seven-bed apartment, and the report adds: “There is evidence that HMO accommodation has generally significantly reduced the number of cars and sustainability benchmarks due to the location of the site. must also be taken into account. A reduced level of parking is therefore justified, while priority has been given to the integration of new, safe and accessible parking to overcome any dependence purely on availability on the street. “

    However, the town planning officers of the borough council did not agree and indicated in their reasons for refusing the request that “the proposal would lead to a significant deficit in the parking arrangements for the proposed use”.

    They also said: “The proposal would result in the loss of a family home and no evidence has been provided to demonstrate the need for a multi-occupancy home there.

    “The proposal would result in a clearly insufficient amenity space to serve the proposed house for multiple occupancy, which would have a negative impact on the amenity and residential environment of future occupants. “

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    The town of Quepem has been asking for a parking space for decades


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    The town of Quepem has been asking for a parking space for decades

    Christian and Pednekar

    QUEPEM: The Quepem Municipal Market area is jam-packed with unplanned illegal construction since the expansion of Quepem Municipality in 1985. Urgent civic needs are being ignored. Parking is a headache in Quepem due to space constraints. Quepem’s vision of development has been lost in people’s priorities and interests for decades.

    At least for now, their priority should be to identify the right places in and around the usual overcrowded areas for vehicle parking and bus stops. People say that the real responsibilities of the local MP are ignored in this agreement.

    A resident of Vallabh Prabhudesai said: “The biggest drawback to Quepem, which is the crescent of four constituencies and the administrative seat of around 10 offices, is that it still lacks basic parking facilities. The municipality must make a quick decision for the well-being of Quepem residents.

    Another local Angelista Da Costa said: “As far as I know, the Municipality of Quepem started operations in 1985, although 37 years have passed since then a reasonable parking solution has not yet been found. It is a puzzle for people who come to the administrative headquarters for their work. A quick solution to this parking problem is needed at the earliest.

    Local businessman Avadhut Sukhtankar said: “The main problem with the parking lot is that the Municipality of Quepem does not have its own property. The land which is used for parking in the Quepem market area is mainly private and no seriousness is shown on the part of the authorities concerned to tackle or find a solution to this problem.

    Curchorem resident James Fernandes said: “The Municipality of Quepem has neglected parking lots for many years now. In fact, this should have been a priority because Quepem is the administrative headquarters. Due to the unavailability of parking spaces, there is a tendency to park along the road, which can lead to accidents.


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    ‘PCMC is plundering us with pay-and-park’


    Residents of the Twin Cities oppose being charged an hour even for short parking stops; demand better facilities

    Citizens in the Twin Cities claim to face several problems due to the payment and public parking policy recently implemented on July 1, thanks to the complete lack of parking spaces generally available in commercial and residential areas for visitors.

    They say parking for just 10 to 15 minutes also incurs a parking fee for an entire hour, with only paper receipts given to them. Now they think the civic body is looting them in the name of this ploy.

    In addition, citizens demanded that instead of paying and parking, Municipal Corporation of Pimpri-Chinchwad (PCMC) is expected to develop several parking complexes like the city of Pune for busy streets, adding that residential areas should be exempted in the program anyway.

    For example, Sushma Kale, pharmacist and resident of Nigdi-Pradhikaran, shared: “We are not opposed to pay-and-park. But in the name of this stratagem, the municipal administration plundered the population.

    This is unacceptable. Around Akurdi station there were several government offices, colleges and shopping complexes. Many times, local citizens go there several times a day for various reasons and only have to park their vehicle for a few minutes. Yet, they are billed every time.

    Another resident, Shashank Kulkarni, said: “Public institutions and some hospitals do not allow vehicles to be parked on their premises. Outside, I pay Rs 5 for 10 minutes. This is not true. The same thing happens when I just have to withdraw money or deposit a check at an ATM. We shouldn’t have to pay for such trivial parking lots. ”

    Resident Kirti Salunke echoed, “Behind the Nigdi bus stop there are several health facilities and a few pathology labs. There is always a rush here. At those times, I just had to give a urine sample for the test, and parked for barely 10 minutes, but paid Rs 5. In the evening, when it was time to pick up the report, I Had to pay Rs 10 again to park my four wheeler for only five minutes spent inside.

    People have also asked that the city administration may be able to implement such a rule on highways or markets, but residential areas should be exempted. Here, residents said, parking complexes are expected to be developed, where they will pay charges. Moreover, they added that citizens already pay huge taxes, including a road tax to PCMC – so why pay parking fees again, they asked.

    Public transport has been a major problem in Pimpri-Chinchwad for a few years now, with automatic rickshaws without meters; a huge population of two-wheelers populate these roads.

    Tushar Shinde, organizer of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Citizens Forum, commented: “We are not totally against payment and parking. But PCMC needs to be vigilant about this system, such as implementing digital payments to maintain transparency. For limited-time parking for routine work, the fee should be revised. Citizens should not have to be so confused.

    But firm on their policy, PCMC Joint Municipal Engineer Shrikant Savane said, “The PCMC has collected Rs 88,900 from payment and parking to date in one week. We have introduced this program to discipline traffic and the fees are very minimal. ”

    The implementation of PCMC’s payment and parking policy began on July 1 of this year, according to which citizens must cough to park their vehicles on the roads every hour. This facility is available on 13 major routes, under flyovers, and at a total of 450 locations across the Twin Cities. PCMC had previously appointed a private agency to implement the same. According to the price indicated, two-wheelers and automatic rickshaws have to pay Rs 5 per hour, four-wheelers and tempos Rs 10, minibuses Rs 25 and private trucks and buses Rs 100 per hour.

    Both Nationalist Congress Party (PCN) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have opposed the payment and parking system in recent days and sent a letter to the PCMC commissioner to shut it down.


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    Alternative solutions | The Argonaut Newsweekly


    The proposal to place temporary shelters in the MDR raises the concern of local businesses

    By Andres de Ocampo

    Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Janet Zaldua offered two alternative solutions to Mike Bonin’s proposal: a task force on the homeless and take a percentage of the transitional occupancy tax that Marina del Rey pays LA County as an unincorporated area and allocates funding to other initiatives for the homelessness crisis. Commercial images courtesy of Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau

    A motion to build temporary single-occupancy housing for the homeless in the parking lot of the fishing village of Marina del Rey worries local tourism and hospitality businesses.

    District 11 board member Mike Bonin drafted the motion in March and writes that “tackling the homelessness crisis requires a wide range of solutions,” and despite initiatives such as Project Roomkey, Project Homekey and more so, homelessness continues to increase and, “much more needs to be done. Different interventions need to be tried and more locations need to be identified.

    Bonin described four county-owned parking lots and an RV park in the proposal for “tiny detached houses or secure camping” and temporary “secure parking”. The fishing village parking lot, a short walk from tourist attractions like restaurants and party boat rentals, has prompted many businesses to speak up.

    A letter from the CEO of the Marina del Rey Convention and Tourism Bureau (MDR CVB), Janet Zaldua, was written to Supervisor Janice Hahn, District 4, outlining and expressing the concerns of local businesses in Marina del Rey, in particular in the fishing village.

    Zaldua, whose job it is to bring visitors to Marina del Rey, said MDR CVB is “a destination marketing organization. We promote Marina del Rey for tourism and serve as the voice of tourism and hospitality in Marina de Rey.

    Although the proposal is in a “feasibility study” phase and it is not clear what warrants the study and what other requirements are needed for the temporary accommodation site in the fishing village, Zaldua said : “We don’t think it’s appropriate or possible to bring homeless pallets to a tourist attraction… Just for party boats and to access the water alone, a minimum of 200,000 people come here for it .

    According to Zaldua, Supervisor Hahn responded to the CVB letter and Zaldua stated that, “[Supervisor Hahn] recognize the [CVB’s] concerns and supports a feasibility study. This is a very complex issue and it is a balance between finding support for the homeless and considering the needs of business owners.

    Zaldua believes placing the temporary housing site in the fishing village parking lot could deter tourism and families from visiting Marina del Rey, thereby affecting businesses recovering from the pandemic.

    “The marina is 800 acres and a lot of it is water,” she said. “We have very few open public spaces and most of them are used to access the beach. Many lots are always full of families.

    Zaldua expanded on his position in the letter to Supervisor Hahn, stating: “Building homeless housing in a small tourist destination surrounded by tourist attractions where homeless support services are not available nearby is one solution. poorly thought out for business. sector and the homeless population in need of assistance.

    “Areas of Los Angeles County that are close to medical and mental health facilities, substance abuse rehabilitation centers, and other support services should be identified first as a more convenient location to house the homeless population. shelter. “

    Although Zaldua and Marina del Rey companies oppose Bonin’s proposal, they are “sympathetic about this issue and want to be included in the dialogue,” Zaldua said. “We are not against temporary housing,” she said. “We say that placing temporary accommodation in the middle of a tourist attraction is not very feasible…

    “You also have to consider the needs of business owners, the family businesses that have been here forever, that is their livelihood.”

    Zaldua offered two alternative solutions to Bonin’s proposal, one of them being a ‘homeless task force’, which would be made up of local businesses and tenants to facilitate dialogue between the community of Marina. del Rey. A task force previously existed in 2014, according to Zaldua, and was led by the local sheriff’s post in Marina del Rey under the command of Captain Reginald Gautt.

    Another alternative to the fishing village temporary housing site, Zaldua said, would be to levy a percentage of the transitional occupancy tax that Marina del Rey pays to LA County as an unincorporated area, and to the allocate funding to other initiatives for the homelessness crisis.

    Ahead of the pandemic, in a 2019 MDR CVB annual report, the economic impact of Marina del Rey tourism reached $ 398.2 million and paid LA County $ 11.7 million as part of the tax of transitional occupation. Since then, MDR CVB has reported that hotel occupancy rates have fallen by 50% due to Covid-19 and that the transitional occupancy tax payment has dropped sharply to $ 4 million.

    Many attractions in and around Fisherman’s Village are struggling to recover from the pandemic, with business just starting to return to normal before the pandemic.

    Stefano Baccianella, owner of Italian restaurant Sapori in the fishing village, which is next to the proposed parking site, said the pandemic was a struggle for everyone, including his restaurant.

    “My business survived because I worked 14 hours a day [with my daughter], “he said.” I worked everyday with one guy in the kitchen and now the [county] gonna do this to us?

    Baccianella is hoping for an alternative solution, but is not fully confident that LA County is listening to the concerns of local businesses.

    “We can fight whatever we want [as local businesses]”He said,” but when the county decides something, they do it and they don’t listen to us… that’s my fear. If that should happen, I’m leaving. You start to lose money. It will crush all business.

    Baccianella worries that “people will start to hear from the marina” and that customers and tourists will choose to go elsewhere, like Newport Beach or San Diego, to eat, plan vacations, or go out on the weekends.

    Combined with being heard by local elected officials and having a say in alternatives to Bonin’s proposal, Baccianella said there needs to be more understanding for local businesses.

    “There are no businessmen,” he said of local elected officials. “They don’t know what it means to run a business. They send emails, but they don’t come and watch or sit here for a day to see how to run a business, or how we pay the rent or pay our bills.

    Jennifer Kirkley-Vaughan, co-owner of Pro SUP Shop which is located across the marina from Mother’s Beach, said her business was fortunate enough to remain open during the pandemic, but is still feeling the effects nationwide business closures.

    “Obviously the tourism not being here in Marina del Rey has affected our business,” she said. “We turned more to local businesses [during the pandemic], but the whole community of Marina del Rey was suffering.

    Kirkley-Vaughan said that while it is important to have compassion for the homeless crisis and find potential solutions to help, she would like the community of Marina del Rey to have a seat at the table for alternatives and does not consider Bonin’s proposal to be practical.

    “Why would you want to put these pallets of homeless housing right in the middle of a bustling tourist community where families visit? ” she asked. “It just doesn’t seem like we have the right infrastructure like roads, hospitals, mental health facilities and rehabilitation centers to make this a good solution.

    “Especially after the tough year this community has had,” she continued, “Now that tourism is coming back… Then placing pallets of homeless people in Fisherman’s Village, it could deter tourism and this town is so dependent on tourism.”

    Kirkley-Vaughan is concerned that if the temporary shelters are built in the fishing village there could be an influx of homeless people into the marina, which she says could affect the marina’s business even to the point of shut down small businesses.

    To those with opposing views on the MDR CVB and Bonin’s proposal, Kirkley-Vaughan said, “We can want our business, [employees and other businesses] do well and have compassion to find a solution, but not wanting [that solution] here. We are not saying that we do not want to help, but we are saying that we have to find a solution that will help everyone.

    Zaldua said she had grown closer to many local businesses in Marina del Rey during the pandemic and saw the “human side and the pain” that local businesses have suffered.

    “To shame people by saying, ‘You don’t want it in your backyard because you don’t want it for your business’ is an unfair argument,” she said.

    “[These business owners] feel like they’re going to lose everything they’ve worked for their whole life. That’s when all the walls come down. Some of these people, during the pandemic, did not know what to do. “
    Board member Mike Bonin was unavailable for comment.

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    Boise’s New Elementary School Gets a Name, Faster Schedule, and Three-Story Design


    The Boise School District has announced that it will be opening the new elementary school in Boise’s Barber Valley earlier than planned. He also announced a name for the school, along with revealed design details.

    “We were able to move this school forward to the fall of 2023, which we are delighted with,” said Brian Walker, Director of the Boise Schools Area. “I know that members of the community are eagerly awaiting the opening of this school. “

    The date is one year earlier than the previously expected district.

    The school will be renamed Dallas Harris Elementary. Harris was a large landowner and rancher in the area, and his descendants developed the Harris Ranch subdivisions. Harris died in 1999.

    The Harris family donated a total of three acres for the school site. As part of the deal, the family stipulated that the school is named after a family member.

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    “We had a memorandum of understanding with the Harris family and the Harris partnership where one of the things that was agreed upon was to name the school after a family member,” Walker said. “That family member is Dallas Harris.”

    The Boise school board approved the name on Monday evening.

    Dallas Harris Elementary could accommodate up to 500 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The district will follow a process to draw new boundaries for the school. Students in the Barber Valley area currently attend Riverside Elementary School. The process will end in the spring of 2022, according to Walker.

    Walker said details like the school’s mascot and the school’s colors will come later once a principal is in place for the school.

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    Safety concerns

    The school was originally located on a smaller site and the students would have crossed a public street to reach a green space in the village for school activities. But security concerns prompted a change of course.

    “There were too many safety concerns,” Walker said. “The Harris family graciously donated an additional 0.7 acre, which allowed us to put the school on one site.”

    The additional land will allow a small playground adjacent to the school, protected by a security fence. Buses and parents will load and unload in adjacent streets. Parking for the school will be in a nearby parking garage.

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    Three-story school

    Site plan showing the ground floor of the school. Via CSHAQ

    The school will be unique to Boise, spanning a total of three floors.

    “As you can see, we have a three story building. The urban nature of this site, and we really wanted to keep some space for the students to play, led to a three story option, ”said project architect Ariel Mieling. “It’s also a good solution because it allows the second and third floors to be dedicated to student learning, with more public facilities on the first floor. “

    The first floor will include a gymnasium, multimedia center (library) and administrative offices, with classrooms for kindergarten and special education. The other classrooms will be located on the second and third floors.

    The third floor will also include an outdoor terrace which could be used as a learning space.

    “This allows everyone who is engaged in the school to be engaged and outdoors with fresh air during their school day,” said project architect Kelly Mabry.

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    Windansea weddings are popular with couples, not so much with some beach goers


    On a recent sunny Saturday – in fact several recent sunny Saturdays – weddings at the foot of the stairs at Neptune Place mingled with hundreds of beachgoers in Windansea de La Jolla.

    Public weddings can provide a memorable experience for couples, even if they don’t provide a lot of amenities. Windansea, mainly a surf beach, offers only 16 parking spaces, plus street parking, and no public facilities such as water fountains, toilets or showers.

    They also caused some dissatisfaction among other beach visitors. In a letter to the editor published on July 1 in the La Jolla Light, Jeff Saywitz wrote: “These weddings are not usually reserved for local residents and create a major nuisance for beach goers who are forced to leave the popular and public area. … La Jolla has the Wedding Bowl at Cuvier Park for this purpose, and all weddings should be diverted there. … I’m all for love and weddings, but there is a time and a place, and summer rush hour in an already crowded Windansea is not the place.

    Over the next few weeks more emails arrived, one saying that beachgoers were “driven out” from “a fairly prime beach location in the summer”.

    the Light On July 10, a couple said “I want it”. About 75 chairs and an arch were set up about 50 feet from the bottom of the stairs at Neptune Place, with hundreds of beach visitors surrounding the ceremony.

    A wedding taking place on July 10 on Windansea Beach is seen from the base of the stairs at Neptune Place.

    (Ashley Mackin-Solomon)

    This particular event was coordinated by Socal Vows, a San Diego-based wedding planning company specializing in small beach weddings. Its most elaborate package includes up to 75 chairs, an officiant, two hours with a photographer, music, a decorative arch, site fees and more for $ 3,595. Other packages cost less if there are fewer guests.

    Ken Hoelscher, president of Socal Vows, said his weddings made up “about 70/30” percent between out-of-town visitors and people from Southern California. The places of La Jolla account for about half of the weddings.

    “La Jolla, especially Windansea and the Wedding Bowl, is a popular place because it has a reputation,” Hoelscher said. “Seven out of 10 aren’t local, and when they come to San Diego, what do they know? They know La Jolla and Coronado. Everyone is talking about La Jolla and Coronado.

    But the permit to host beach weddings in La Jolla, being in the city of San Diego, is cheaper than many other areas, including Coronado.

    According to San Diego Beach regulations, a permit from the Parks and Recreation Department is required for any wedding ceremony at any park or beach in the city. The city issues permits one year in advance for designated wedding venues at Balboa Park and coastal parks and beaches.

    Department of Parks and Recreation spokesperson Tim Graham said, “Only one permit is issued per day, per location. We also allow any day of the week. The permit fee is $ 177.16 for up to four hours of use and for up to 50 people ”in Windansea.

    The only La Jolla beach sites that allow more than 50 people are Calumet Park and La Jolla Shores.

    When Hoelscher was asked about the July 10 wedding in Windansea, which appeared to have over 50 people, he said “we had more guests” and “we had extra chairs so we set them up”.

    By comparison, Hoelscher said, the beaches in the city of San Diego are “a pretty good deal,” adding that the permit for a beach wedding in Del Mar costs $ 1,500 and state beaches cost more than $ 1,500. $ 500.

    The license limits include only amplified battery-powered sound, which “limits the volume”, no alcohol and no food.

    Although the conventional “wedding season” is from late spring to early fall, the weather and the San Diego permit system allow weddings year round, and Hoelscher said Socal Vows offers just that. .

    “We facilitate everything, we get the permits,” he said. Organizers are arriving at the scene a few hours earlier to alert beach goers that there will be a wedding there, he said.

    “We give it as much time as possible, and once we’ve set up the chairs and the arches, people usually don’t want to get in the way, so they’re really accommodating,” Hoelscher said. “We try to be sensitive to people who are already there, and most people don’t spend hours in one place.”

    He added that in his experience, beach goers in La Jolla tend to be more supportive and friendly towards weddings, compared to those in other communities.

    As for the crowds, most couples “don’t think about it” when planning their beach wedding, Hoelscher said.

    “They are so into the event. … But it can be hundreds of people, and most of the time they laugh at it. They don’t seem to care, ”he said. “It’s always fun because when this bride goes down the [beach access] stairs, everything stops. I see a lot of… women nudge their boyfriends and they want to.

    Sometimes, however, there are times of apprehension. “Some couples book a location and then go and check it out and ask if all of these people are going to be there,” Hoelscher said. “We have to remind them that this is a public beach and that they cannot own the whole beach. We have had couples who asked on the wedding day if the surfers were going to be there. We have to say yes to them and that they did not get a permit for the ocean.

    Weddings at Windansea will likely be a familiar sight throughout the fall. Hoelscher said “there will be a wedding there every weekend, whether it’s us or someone else.” â—†


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    Pandemic, real estate prices are forcing charter schools to delay openings


    Five new Las Vegas charter schools were scheduled to open in August. Now only two will.

    The other three – Sage Collegiate Public Charter School, Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada, and Las Vegas Collegiate Charter School – have delayed their openings until fall 2022.

    Schools, all of which plan to serve students throughout the Las Vegas Valley, struggle to find a facility or land within their budget in a competitive real estate market.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has also significantly affected several schools that initially planned to open for the next school year, said Rebecca Feiden, executive director of the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority.

    “It includes everything from community outreach to supply chains and facilities,” she said via email. “SPCSA looks forward to working with the governing bodies and principals of these approved schools to ensure a successful launch in fall 2022.”

    Sage Collegiate received state approval in June to extend its opening date to August 2022 due to low enrollment numbers and a delay in securing a first-year facility.

    Sandra Kinne, senior founder and executive director of the small independent school, said postponing the opening date was the most prudent and financially sound decision.

    “We thought it was better to postpone to really focus on finalizing a really solid setup for the opening rather than trying to scramble to meet even the minimum sign-up goals,” Kinne said. . “It was not an easy decision.”

    It “really stinks” for families who were excited about school and planned for their kids to start in August, she admitted.

    Long waiting lists

    With three schools no longer opening this year, two new ones remain: TEACH Las Vegas and CIVICA Nevada Career & Collegiate Academy.

    The state legislature authorized the creation of public charter schools in 1997. Since then, the number of campuses has grown rapidly and many schools have long waiting lists.

    Today, the state’s charter authority oversees 67 school campuses – about 80% of which are in southern Nevada – and more than 53,000 students.

    Over the past five years, the state has approved zero to five new charter schools per year. There is no limit on the number of new schools the charter board can approve, although legislation passed in 2019 is required to have a growth management plan.

    New schools proposed must show how they meet an academic or demographic need. Many of the new applicants to the school, and those approved by the state, aim to serve areas of high poverty.

    New schools are licensed to operate in one or more zip codes and must find a facility within those boundaries, unless they seek state permission to survey neighboring areas.

    Finding land to build on or a facility to rent or buy that fits the budget of a start-up charter school can be a challenge.

    Petra Latch, president of Commercial Alliance Las Vegas, the commercial arm of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, said it doesn’t surprise her that new charter schools are having problems building or finding a facility.

    Latch said school officials would be better off working with local municipalities to see if they have any properties available for redevelopment.

    Seeking to open a school without having already identified a site is putting the “cart before the horse,” said Latch, an assessor.

    “The market in which you compete for land is not good for a school,” she said.

    Charter schools often require a joint venture where schools need someone to build a facility and then lease it with an option to buy, Latch said.

    “It’s the most common way to do these things,” she said, noting that schools are expensive to build and require a large initial investment.

    New charter schools, however, have a choice of different types of buildings – such as old office buildings, churches, retail stores, and commercial areas – although some facilities may require a special use permit to be used. like schools.

    Church buildings are a popular option, Latch said, because they tend to be easier to convert into schools as many already have classrooms and parking lots.

    As for downtown and downtown Las Vegas in particular, there will be no vacant lots available unless it is a site demolished or assembled from smaller plots, Latch said. Plus, she said, the plots tend to be smaller and probably aren’t big enough for a school.

    Construction costs are also on the rise and unpredictable, she said.

    Here’s a look at the obstacles faced by three new Las Vegas charter schools that caused them to push back their opening dates:

    Collegiate sage

    Sage Collegiate applied to the state in 2019, but its application for a new school was denied. The charter authority expressed concerns about the academic, organizational and financial plans offered by the school, and the lack of evidence of local community engagement.

    After submitting a revised application, the school was approved in November.

    It plans to serve up to 168 kindergarten to grade two students in its first year and gradually expand through college.

    With less than two months to go before school starts in August, however, Sage Collegiate was within 50 percent of its first-year enrollment goal.

    Sage Collegiate’s board of directors approved a user agreement in May with the Lied Memorial Boys & Girls Club for the 2021-22 school year. But the school is now looking for another establishment since it will finally not open this fall.

    The school was granted the building space just a month before a state enrollment audit, Kinne, the school’s executive director, told the Review-Journal. “One month was not enough to get us the enrollment numbers where they needed to be.

    “We understand that families do not want to go to school without an address,” he added.

    There were also not as many community events and opportunities to engage with potential families beyond social media, Kinne said.

    Sage Collegiate executives are now considering a “different set of options” for its first school year, such as seeking state permission to open with more students and grade levels, Kinne said.

    But first, “you absolutely have to find a facility,” she said. “It has become the number one priority”.

    Securing land or a building is difficult because the school does not have a credit history or the capital to immediately build a new facility, Kinne said, and construction and renovation costs have increased during the pandemic.

    Another challenge: Sage Collegiate doesn’t need as much building space in its first year as it does later, like sixth year.

    Despite the hurdles, Sage Collegiate remains committed to serving students in its three approved zip codes – 89107, 89108 and 89146, Kinne said.

    That’s because there’s a need, she said, noting that 60% of the existing campuses in those zip codes are one or two star schools. And there is only one other charter school in this region and it uses a hybrid model with in-person and online classes.

    Las Vegas College

    Las Vegas Collegiate is pushing back its opening date for the second time due to the pandemic and issues with facilities, Feiden told the charter authority’s board of directors in May, calling the situation unprecedented.

    In December 2019, the board of trustees approved the new elementary school for Las Vegas’ Historic Westside. It was initially scheduled to open last August.

    Last year, the school was granted a facility on West Bartlet Avenue, but is now back in search of premises after postponing its opening due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic.

    In January, the chartered authority’s board approved a request by the school to expand its search to less than 1.5 miles beyond its approved zip code. But it didn’t work.

    The school’s founder and executive director, Bianté Gainous, told the chartered authority’s board in May that the school had exhausted all available options in its approved 89106 zip code or within a 1½ radius. miles in time to open this fall.

    “Registration was certainly not a challenge for us,” said Gainous, noting that there were many families interested.

    Gainous said the school wants to serve low-income communities and must expect challenges in finding a building in its approved area.

    The school looked at options such as churches, old retail stores, a former pavilion, business and corporate centers, a school that has closed, and a boys and girls club.

    Gainous said school leaders wanted to keep fighting to open the school. “Unfortunately, this is the time when we are in a rush.”

    In June, the board approved another request from the school – this time, to allow it to search for a facility up to 4 miles from its approved zip code.

    Las Vegas Collegiate officials did not respond to a request for comment from the Review-Journal.

    Eagle Charter Schools

    The charter authority’s board of directors voted in January to approve Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada, which originally planned to open a campus in August.

    But in February, Nick Fleege, a member of the school’s training committee, told the board that the school intended to seek permission to extend its opening date to 2022.

    “I think we have recognized the short track” between an approval in January and the need to have a fully ready school facility by August, he said.

    In March, the board approved the school’s request to postpone its opening. The school plans to initially serve students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 and then expand through Grade 8.

    Fleege said in an email that postponing the school was a “simple decision based primarily on when the charter is approved coupled with the amount of time it takes to secure a facility.”

    “While Eagle is extremely eager and enthusiastic to serve students, the team recognizes that seizing the opportunity to defer to 2022 is the responsible and measured approach that will give us the opportunity to secure and improve a more secure facility. appropriate, ”he said.

    Contact Julie Wootton-Greener at [email protected] or 702-387-2921. To pursue
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    Dog friendly parks classified in the national survey. Why is Fresno in the niche? – GVwire


    Fresno has landed in the Top 50 of a new list of the best dog park cities in the United States. But, digging a little deeper into the investigation, we discover that the news is not all “legs”.

    According to a report from the LawnStarter lawn care website, Fresno ranked No. 36 on the “Best of” list of 97 cities with dog parks across the country.

    That puts Fresno near the middle of the pack overall, with a score of 57.3 based on factors such as number of dog parks per 100,000 population, average dog park quality scores and climatic factors. local.

    Unsurprisingly, California cities have conducted the climate metric survey, with San Diego, Anaheim, San Francisco and Sacramento among the Top 15. While not “off the chain,” Fresno’s climate rating suitable for dogs ranked No. 18. on the list.

    But the city’s dog park quality rank earned it a bit of a scolding, with Fresno squeaking a single spot from the bottom at No. 96 – just ahead of Laredo, TX.

    How do other cities in California and the United States rank?

    The best quality dog ​​parks were in Buffalo, NY, which ranked first, and Corpus Christi, TX, at second place in that metric.

    Most of the dog parks in both cities have extensive facilities offering picturesque views near beautiful beaches for the enjoyment of pet parents. However, the top ranking for the quality of their parks could be due to design and cleanliness. Several parks in Buffalo offer gravel trails on the ground, while another dog park offers a clay base area to help keep Fido clean.

    San Francisco and Oakland ranked among the top dog park cities, ranking 1st and 2nd, respectively. Other towns in the valley ranked at the top of the overall list include Sacramento which lands in 15th place, Bakersfield which lands at No.22 and Stockton at No.27.

    Yet several Southern California cities like San Diego and Chula Vista, which were high on the list for their enviable year-round climate, also scored poorly in terms of quality and access.

    How did Fresno end up in 36th place?

    These cities across the United States were rated by weighted metrics, such as the average monthly rainfall a city receives, the average monthly percentage of sunshine, the average number of very cold days, and the average number of very cold days. hot. Fresno’s overall score of 57.3 was based on its climate rating of 18, accessibility rating of 35, and rating of 96 for dog park quality, placing the city with an overall position of 36 out of 97 U.S. cities. .

    For the most part, dog parks or neighborhood parks around Fresno appear to be free and accessible to the public. There are over 10 dog friendly parks to choose from and only the Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park at the local Valley Animal Center requires membership.

    Membership-based park

    The paid membership park offers a whole list of amenities that a normal park would not offer, such as: a key card for parking, separate runs for dogs under 25 pounds and over 26 pounds, a 2000 gallon canine paddling pool especially for dogs, several water points that are filled with fresh water daily, a canine agility course with a variety of obstacles, toys of all kinds and bag dispensers for doggies throughout the park.

    “Our membership-based Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park is different from other Central Valley Dog Parks,” said Alisia Sanchez, Marketing Director of Valley Animal Center. The dog park gives pet owners the opportunity to exercise and socialize their pets any day of the week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and they feel safe knowing that all members canines have met the same requirements, and it truly is a fun time for all parties involved to see their pets run so freely, and it brings so much joy to pet owners.

    Photo provided by Valley Animal Center

    To join the membership-based fee park, canine applicants must be at least six months old, provide up-to-date vaccination records, be sterilized and pass a temperament test. Parents of animals must sign a liability waiver and confirm their understanding of the park rules.

    The monthly fee for the Valley Animal Center Dog Park is $ 10, while the annual fee is $ 100.

    Dog parks in Fresno open to the public

    Facilities at the Fresno Public Dog Park include a fenced area at Woodward Park providing space for small and large dogs as well as a ‘first meet’ place to test your pooch’s temper with other doggos. They also have several walking or running trails, perfect for taking your puppy with you on a leash.

    If you may be looking for more open spaces to take your dog, Basin AH1 Dog Park also offers a large open space with plenty of shaded areas for your dogs to run around and rest in during the hot summer months. .

    How can Fresno improve the quality of its dog parks?

    Fresno’s, Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department says it is planning improvements and improvements to local dog parks. The city has applied for grants to renovate two existing dog parks and build two new ones.

    There is currently a plan to relocate the dog park located at Roeding Park within the park to increase accessibility to shading and parking. We welcome all feedback and ideas from the community as we explore ways to create interactive park spaces for everyone to enjoy, ”said Sontaya Rose, city communications director.

    Cinnamon Grooms, founder and CEO of nonprofit Tiny Paws Fresno, said she would be happy to see some additional amenities added to parks around Fresno. His organization holds events to get small dogs to play together while teaching them etiquette and behavioral skills.

    She attended city council meetings to discuss changes to the Roeding Park Dog Park, where she was actively involved in sharing ideas on how to improve Fresno’s facilities.

    “I think there should be more to offer and I would love to see more agility classes to keep dogs active and maybe small sprinklers to keep dogs cool,” Grooms said.

    Find your dog park

    For a list of all public dog parks in Fresno, click here.


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    Meet Your UB Colleague: Jim Scripp – UB Now: News and Views from UB Teachers and Staff


    You may not know Jim Scripp, but you know his work. It’s all around UB.

    As Senior Field Supervisor, Scripp leads a team of around three dozen staff responsible for ensuring that the campus is maintained and looking its best – mown lawns, pruned plants, mulched flower beds, emptied trash cans, parking lots. paved and repaired, and in the winter, roads and paths plowed and salted.

    It never ends. Between the North and South campuses, maintenance includes 600 acres of lawns, 33 acres of athletic fields, 38 miles of road, 46 miles of walkway, 8,000 trees and 16,000 parking spaces.

    “Just about anything you would consider doing in your home, we do it here,” Scripp says. “It’s just on a larger scale.”

    Scripp, 54, began his career at UB in 1987 as a cleaner. After a few years he moved on to grounds maintenance, where he rose through the ranks to supervisor about five years ago. Scripp prefers to stay behind the scenes, but if you’re on campus early enough, you might see him driving his truck inspecting the grounds.

    “I go out at 6 am, walk around the neighborhoods on campus and watch what’s going on,” Scripp says. “I have several lists in my truck and I always write down the things that need to be done. “

    Mondays, for example, can be unpredictable, depending on what the weekend may have brought. Rain or a phone call about a fallen tree branch can disrupt the schedule for the rest of the week.

    “We have a schedule for mowing the grass and a lot is based on what Mother Nature gives us,” Scripp says. “If the grass grows, that’s pretty much what we do on a daily basis. Once things start to slow down, as they do now, we start pruning and mulching the trees and flower beds, pruning the plant material. We plant a lot of flowers, whether in flower beds or flower pots. “

    Scripp enjoys working outdoors, but not so much in the winter. Staying one step ahead of the elements can be stressful. He’s spent more than a few winter nights on the couch in his office, so he’s on campus ready for an impending storm.

    “Jim and the entire Lands Department work incredibly hard,” says Stacey M. Modicamore, Assistant Director of Facilities Operations.

    “They work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that our campuses are beautiful during the warmer months and that they can navigate safely by car or on foot in the winter,” explains Modicamore. “University facilities regularly receive positive feedback regarding our lands department and all of their beautification efforts.”

    Scripp gives credit to its staff, but recognizes that it has high expectations. He treats UB like his own home and asks them to do the same.

    “When I quit a job, I want to be proud of it,” Scripp says, “and I want everyone to be proud of it too.”

    Your coworkers shine a light on employees who have an interesting story to tell, a hobby to share, and those who work behind the scenes to keep UB moving every day. Do you know someone who would make an interesting profile? Forward suggestions to Jay rey.


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    Commentary: EarthTalk by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss


    Has there been a backlash against the installation of solar panels on rooftops or the development of large solar farms across the United States?

    Incentives such as the solar investment tax credit and the increased affordability of the cost of installing solar panels over the past decade have given renewable solar power the potential to become an energy source. more common. The growing advantage of solar power has amplified its share of total US electricity production from just 0.1% in 2010 to 2.3% in 2020.

    The expansion of solar beyond rooftop panels, however, is generating debate. Farmers and other landowners who agree to large-scale solar leasing on their property frequently face resistance from surrounding landlords who question whether the development of a solar power plant or a “farm” will decrease the value of the property. their homes, ruin the scenic views or be detrimental. to wildlife or the environment. Organized groups like Citizens for Responsible Solar, based in Virginia, are also mobilizing against the development of solar panels on rural or agricultural lands. They argue that thousands of acres of land must be cleared for solar panels to produce the equivalent amount of energy of a coal, nuclear or natural gas power plant, and the resulting deforestation will contribute to global warming. Instead, the group encourages the installation of solar panels only on roofs, contaminated land, parking lots and zoned industrial sites.



    Environmentalists have also raised concerns over the large number of birds being killed in large-scale solar PV installations. In an attempt to combat the deaths, researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois last year secured a $ 1.3 million contract from the Department of Energy to collect data on what is going on. when birds fly, perch or collide with solar panels.

    “There is speculation about how solar energy infrastructure affects bird populations, but we need more data to scientifically understand what is going on,” says Yuki Hamada, senior scientist at Argonne in the project.


    One theory is the “lake effect,” which proposes that birds mistake the reflective blue expanse of solar panels for bodies of water and crash into them. According to the Audubon Society, waterfowl in particular are in danger of this fatal effect because some species cannot take off from the ground; they require a running start at the surface of the water. Concentrated “tower” solar power plants, including Tonopah, Nevada Crescent Dunes and California’s Ivanpah in the Mojave Desert, have also come under scrutiny due to bird deaths. These factories use heliostats, or mirrors, to focus sunlight on a receiver filled with molten salt located at the top of a collector tower that converts heat into steam. The steam then powers a turbine to produce clean electricity. Unfortunately, the extremely hot beams of light passing through the mirrors to the tower incinerated passing birds, as well as bats and insects.

    There is also the issue of disposal after a lifespan of about 20 to 30 years of a solar panel. The International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that solar panel waste could total nearly 80 million metric tonnes by 2050, and effective regulations on recycling or reuse are imperative.

    Encouraging approaches include Washington State’s PV Module Stewardship and Takeback Program, which requires solar panel manufacturers to provide the public with a convenient and environmentally friendly way to recycle all panels purchased after July 2017.

    EarthTalk is written by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss. Send your questions to [email protected]


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    Energy Tech: Electric vehicles and decentralized energy storage systems


    The adoption of electronic vehicles (EVs) is an important part of the transition to a low-carbon energy future, but the rapid adoption of EVs will lead to drastic changes in the demand for electricity, potentially leading to a voltage imbalance. and the need to strengthen the network. However, the VE itself can provide part of the solution. With vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, batteries in electric vehicles become a storage device when parked.

    In November 2020, the British Prime Minister published a ten point plan for a “green industrial revolution”, which includes a ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2030. This is in line with the objective of the UK to achieve Net Zero Greenhouse Gas. (GHG) by 2050, as foreseen in the Climate Change Act of 2008. Electronic vehicles (EVs) will be an important part of the transition to a low-carbon energy future, with expected sales of EVs in the world to reach up to 58% of all vehicle sales by 2040. In the UK, a 2018 forecast from National Grid indicates that there will be 36 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2040.

    The switch to electric vehicles is welcome. However, the rapid growth and expansion of electric vehicles can bring their own problems. While faster adoption of electric vehicles will help slow climate change by limiting vehicle emissions, the rapid adoption of electric vehicles will lead to drastic changes in demand for electricity, potentially resulting in voltage imbalance and the need to strengthen the network. In addition, the renewable sources often powering electric vehicles, such as wind and solar power, are intermittent in nature and are not always available “on demand”. To ensure constant availability of electricity, either “dirty” production (eg from natural gas), or extended batteries or other storage facilities are needed.

    Electric vehicles as portable energy storage

    However, the EV itself can provide part of the solution. Vehicle use is highest in the peak travel hours segments, with cars unused in parking lots or garages for most of the day. Remarkably, over 90% of cars are parked at some point. With vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G), batteries in electric vehicles become a potential storage device when parked. The energy stored in a charged EV battery can be used to balance the grid, storing energy when there is a surplus and selling energy back to the grid when there is a greater demand. A white paper published by Nissan, Imperial College London and E.ON estimates that successful V2G technology can save up to £ 885million per year.

    To achieve this, artificial intelligence and machine learning are essential. Reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms can be used to study the needs and characteristics of each electric vehicle, providing a routing service to maximize energy savings during a given trip and gathering data. averages on the energy used during a given period. This will provide the information needed by the EV owner to understand how much energy, on average, he can store and possibly resell in the grid, without affecting his daily needs.

    Externally, AI can analyze broader market trends and use this data to predict future market loads and plan load cycles to minimize possible spikes, enabling the integration of EVs into the grid. It can also use price signal algorithms to avoid charging at peak times or at certain locations, creating dynamic charging rate at all times based on available data and demand. Electric vehicle owners could access the change in price signals through a real-time app, allowing EV owners to safely sell or buy electricity in a decentralized manner through their smartphones, potentially using smart phones. blockchain-enabled wallets, where transactions could be automated through smart contracts. . Not only will individual consumers be able to enjoy their own electric vehicles, but they will also be able to contribute to the country’s renewable energy capacity and capacity.

    This will help integrate renewables into the grid, ultimately reducing the need for high-consuming power plants, especially backup stations that sell dirtier energy to suppliers due to lack of supply, while limiting the need for energy. negative impact of EVs on electrical capacity. This is because the electric vehicle fleet can become a “virtual power station”, discharging the accumulated energy accumulated in the network when it is not needed to drive.

    Dominion Energy in Virginia, USA, put the principle into practice, using electric school buses that are recharged into the grid after school runs, serving as storage and making room for further integration of renewables. . Although still at the experimental stage, it should make it possible to store and supply electricity to more than 15,000 homes. Closer to home in the UK, Octopus Energy is testing the UK’s first V2G system, stating that a smart energy system could save up to £ 40 billion by 2050.

    Using technology to create microgrids

    Another problem with the widespread adoption of electric vehicles is the pressure exerted by the additional demand for electricity on existing national grids. Installing the infrastructure needed to charge a country’s electric vehicle fleet will be very expensive and will likely lead to bottlenecks in transmission and distribution networks. Smart technology, enabling usage patterns to be established via data collected from the Internet of Things, could enable electricity produced from rooftop solar panels and stored in electric vehicle batteries to d ” be sold to other local “prosumers”, thus meeting the local demand for recharging electric vehicles. [This will be examined further in a separate article in this series]

    What is there for investors?

    With the push to adopt electric vehicles, especially in Europe, there are many opportunities for investors, including the design, planning, construction, operation and maintenance of electric vehicle infrastructure. This extends to the production of the electric vehicles themselves, charging infrastructure, battery storage technology and investments in smart meter applications, as well as the e-commerce that surrounds the technology.

    In the UK, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are considering including infrastructure requirements for electric vehicles in England in residential and non-residential buildings, as well as ‘a Road to Zero strategy that will guarantee extended charging points all over England. This emphasizes the opportunity for those working in the infrastructure sector. The success of V2G and two-way charging will also increase the demand for charging infrastructure. The use of EVs as storage will increase the capacity and demand for renewable energy, thus opening up new investment opportunities, or partnership possibilities, for players in the wind or solar sectors.

    Legal and practical obstacles

    It will not be easy, however. As noted above, the increasing adoption of electric vehicles will put pressure on the capacity of existing electricity grids. The same applies to technical and cloud infrastructures to support the IT functionalities necessary for the efficient operation of the system. Any blockchain infrastructure must also be flexible to the dynamism of the electricity grid, the production of new renewable sources and the quantities of electric vehicles on the road, in the short term.

    Cyber ​​security presents a risk to be managed – recently $ 31 million was stolen from Ethereum cryptocurrency due to loopholes in the code. Smart contracts and blockchain-based programs are currently in their infancy and the legal issues they pose are still being identified. The technology behind V2G and smart grid integration requires the collection of personal data on location, preferences, distances traveled and, along with GDPR restrictions on how personal data can be used, there are issues. of broader confidentiality.

    Licensing regimes around the supply of electricity to electric vehicles as well as the implications of consumers selling their energy also need to be addressed. In the UK it is a criminal offense to supply electricity without an applicable license or exemption under Section 4 of the Electricity Act 1989. Although Ofgem has confirmed that the supply of electricity to an EV is not a “supply of premises” under the Electricity Act 1989 s4 (1) (c) and 64 (1), Ofgem stated that the supply of electricity to a charging point is a “food”. This could create a licensing requirement for EV owners wishing to resell excess power into the grid, complicating the V2G process and making it more expensive. Greater clarity from Ofgem may therefore be needed to understand the implications of V2G for consumers, and legislative / regulatory change may be required.

    On a practical level, there are risks associated with the interoperability of several functionalities, such as the network, the e-commerce network, the charging points and the electric vehicles themselves. Some market leaders are trying to establish market standards in the hope of facilitating the interoperability of data transmission, such as OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol). However, further developments may be needed to fill in the gaps within the industry at large. As similar projects are developed and accepted over time, V2G technology may be more widely available. Additionally, the V2G system has been correlated with battery degradation. At the current price of EV batteries, EV owners will not benefit financially from the V2G method. Therefore, until battery prices drop, the implementation of V2G is more likely to be an ancillary service.

    Conclusion

    Electric vehicles and technology could decentralize and revolutionize the way we store and access our energy, enabling widespread adoption of electric vehicles. However, as with all innovations, new practical and legal risks will need to be identified and mitigated to turn the possible into reality.


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    Oonee and ULURP – Perfect together? – Streetsblog New York City


    It seems the only way New York City can get secure, free public parking for bicycles is for communities, council members, or city planners to demand such amenities when granting lucrative rezonings to private developers. .

    In a little-noticed footnote to a rezoning proposal unanimously approved last week by a Brooklyn community council, a development company called Totem pledged to include a free bicycle parking station with more than 100 seats for the public in its new building on Atlantic Avenue near Franklin Avenue C and the shuttle stations.

    Render: Oonee
    Render: Oonee

    This is the second time Totem has won a zoning change following the promise of public bicycle parking built into the plan (among other community amenities including a high percentage of units below market rate).

    “If you’re coming to the neighborhood looking for a zoning change, ideally you want to include amenities – and private developers should do whatever they can to encourage cycling,” said Tucker Reed, director of Totem. “Bicycle parking is one of those amenities because it’s so important. I stole several bikes. And if that’s your way of getting around, getting your bike stolen is a big deal.

    Reed also added bicycle parking to its development at Sunset Park, which was approved in March. In this building, council member Carlos Menchaca pleaded for reserved bicycle parking for delivery people, in addition to other members of the public.

    New York has long failed to create large, secure, European-style bicycle parking at major destinations or near public transportation. Indeed, the builders of the new $ 1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall (looking at you, Gov. Cuomo) missed a great opportunity to seamlessly include bicycle parking (the kind you see in stations in Holland). And the city didn’t make such a request when it approved a rezoning to create a 1,415-story tower next to Grand Central a few years ago (point of information – there isn’t even benches on this square!). Yes, developer SL Green offered $ 200 million in upgrades, but creating hundreds of secure bicycle parking spots would have added less than a million to the development company’s costs. The problem: None of the players in the city’s Uniform Land Use Review process requested it. And there are dozens of zoning change requests every year.

    “The cost of these things is minimal – like a rounding error,” said Shabazz Stuart, the founder of Oonee, who creates the bicycle parking spaces in the two Totem buildings. “It’s literally nothing. I use two four-letter words in all my discussions with the city: “free” and “easy”. We can create free bicycle parking spaces, you just have to ask for it in ULURP. It is a model that the city should adopt at all levels.

    Each of these rezoning requests “could incorporate secure public bicycle parking spaces at the request of advocates, communities and elected officials,” added Stuart.

    Totem's proposal to rezone land on Atlantic Avenue for residential development was unanimously approved by a Brooklyn community council, in part because of the secure parking for bikes on-site.  Photo: Totem
    Totem’s proposal to rezone land on Atlantic Avenue for residential development was unanimously approved by a Brooklyn community council, in part because of the secure parking for bikes on-site. Photo: Totem

    Reed said he hopes developers will see the benefits of including secure parking for bicycles as part of their neighborhood amenity package, but such things take time in a dying culture.

    “It’s a matter of awareness,” he said. “The development process carries so much risk – political, financial, construction – that most developers take a cookie-cutter approach until consumers ask for things. As more people cycle, more community councils and council members may demand that the buildings themselves become more bicycle-friendly.

    Certainly someone has to do something in the absence of action from the city. It may not seem so crucial in a city where cyclists have made a habit of locking their bikes at the nearest parking sign, but the lack of secure parking for bikes remains a huge obstacle for many cyclists. A Transportation Alternatives said the parking shortage – London has 7,500 secure bicycle spaces while New York has virtually none – is the second most common reason people choose not to ride. bike.

    The lack of bicycle parking is also hurting local businesses, the group showed.

    Obviously, using the ULURP process to secure bicycle parking is not the only way to achieve this important policy goal, but it can clearly help achieve the goal in new buildings. Stuart is still working on several ways to bring free parking for bicycles to New York City, including responding if the city is looking for proposals for curbside facilities and larger facilities like bus shelters. These facilities would be part of the same network as public bike stations in private buildings, Stuart said.



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    Luxury toilets, new parking lot coming to Bhopal station soon | Bhopal News


    BHOPAL: Commuters to Bhopal station will benefit from better sanitation facilities. Work on the construction of a luxury toilet on platform number 6 is expected to begin soon. In addition, the Bhopal railway division also plans to build a new parking lot near platform number 6.
    DCM senior (Bhopal division) Vijay Prakash said the luxury toilet will be operational within the next 6 months. “Bhopal’s division has awarded new contracts worth Rs 6.10 crore for luxury toilets at Bhopal and Itarsi stations,” he said.
    Prakash said the Bhopal division has finalized two new tenders for premium chargeable and usable luxury toilets on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis at Bhopal and Itarsi stations. “The value of the tender for Bhopal and Itarsi stations will be Rs3.42 crore and Rs2.68 crore respectively. These luxury toilets would be very convenient for rail passengers and the platform will also get a facelift, ”he said.
    Prakash said the new facility will cover an area of ​​1,500 square feet. “Passengers will have air-conditioned toilets. In addition, there will be rest facilities, ”he said.
    Prakash said that a new parking lot is also in the works near platform number 6. “At platform number 1 there is good parking. We plan to have another parking lot on platform number 6 and will be launching tenders soon, ”he said.
    Notably, the Bhopal Rail Division also plans to reduce the pressure on Bhopal Station and a new station will emerge in Nishatpura to serve as an additional embarkation / disembarkation point for the state capital.
    The project includes the development of an island platform on which trains can enter from either side. A building with passenger amenities such as ticket booking desks, toilets and waiting rooms will also be constructed.


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    Blasio’s incompetent team breathes a billion dollar boost in the Bronx


    If you thought that the inept governance of our city by Mayor de Blasio couldn’t get worse by the end of his administration, think again.

    A consortium of companies working with the New York Yankees handed the city a billion dollar development plan for a run down area in the South Bronx, and the geniuses at City Hall practically killed it .

    The culprit: parking spaces. That’s right. Parking spaces.

    Of course, the utter idiocy of the people who run the city is seen every day in our increasingly crime-ridden streets, in the uncontrollable homelessness, and in the general decline of civil society here in the Big Apple. Less visible is the incompetence of the city bureaucrats who deal with the business community.

    It goes without saying that without entrepreneurs and bankers, real estate moguls and restaurateurs, New York wouldn’t be the great metropolis it is. So when business leaders offer town hall a win-win solution – housing and jobs for the poor, redevelopment of one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, in addition to taxable income, it is imperative that we have people in government who jump at these types of opportunities.

    We don’t, unfortunately, which is why the end of this eight-year plan is such a painful, yet necessary, story to tell.

    It’s also a case study of why the end of Blasio administration can’t come soon enough.

    The story begins in 2006 with the inauguration of the new Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx. The Bloomberg administration has agreed to provide the team with just over 9,000 fan parking spaces and to maintain several fields within walking distance of the stadium in “first class” condition.

    Over time, Yankees fans have increasingly used public transportation to get to the game, be it the subway or Metro North, because it’s an easy commute, but also because the agency approved by the city that manages the lots, the Bronx Parking Development Corp., does such a lousy job at maintenance. “First class” quickly fell to second, third and now much worse for part of the region, Yankees officials tell me.

    Today, some spaces are cluttered with waste and have attracted vermin. They are used to parking taxis, which was not an intended use, and team leaders believe they may also be used as a cutting shop. Parking revenues are almost nonexistent and over $ 200 million in municipal bonds that funded the construction of the lots are in default.

    Yankees President Randy Levine, former deputy mayor in the Giuliani administration, thought he had the solution.

    The Yankees co-own a professional football team, New York City FC, which needed its own stadium. Levine needed community buy-in to approve the plan to build the football stadium on a field adjacent to the baseball stadium, which was occupied by these shabby garages.

    He put together a package that seemed to satisfy everyone. In return for the approval of the football stadium, he agreed to build a new school, affordable housing and other facilities on land occupied by some of the garages. He did it with private money. Thousands of jobs in the South Bronx would be created.

    Yankees president Randy Levine has come up with a great solution to building infrastructure in the South Bronx in exchange for a football stadium, but Blasio's administration has canned it.
    Yankees president Randy Levine came up with a great solution to building infrastructure in the South Bronx in exchange for a football stadium, but Blasio’s administration kept it.
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    Bondholders, an important constituency since they technically control faulty parking lots, get a $ 50 million lifeline. The city, another important constituency because it owes back taxes on overdue lots, is also reportedly starting to recoup some of its losses.

    The only problem was with the parking that I mentioned before. The Yankees wanted a true first-class parking guarantee of around 5,000 parking spaces (down from its original deal of over 9,000) on the remaining lots.

    Sounds like a reasonable request, right? The city and bond holders actually agreed to the spaces in a conditions sheet signed by both parties last year.

    But as the project neared final community council approval in recent weeks, something strange happened: The city got cold feet about guaranteeing these boring first-class parking spaces.

    Bondholders, led by investment firm Nuveen, who thought it was somehow odd that the Yankees were hatching a tiered plan paying them $ 50 million and asking for something in return.

    About two weeks ago, the city told Levine that, despite previous assurances, there would be no guaranteed parking space, knocking a billion-dollar project down the crapper.

    This is just one of many development projects that have been derailed by a Blasio administration that is either inept or anti-business. Since Amazon’s rejected headquarters in Queens, how many opportunities have we missed to revitalize New York?

    City officials say it was Levine who blew up the case by asking for a ‘legal’ guarantee for the parking lot they couldn’t agree on because they could one day be sued if they didn’t comply. their end of the bargain. They say the deal is not totally dead and could be revived by some sort of compromise. Levine says he’s “puzzled” by the city’s response since the bonds to build these lots were issued to ensure Yankees fans parked in the first place.

    Hopefully something works out, because consider what the city has come out of: a billion dollar project and thousands of jobs in one of its poorest neighborhoods, all in a few parking spots. ” guarantees ”.


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    Partnership, technology make parking at the beach easier | Where is


    WEST — Parking on state beaches, including Misquamicut, is easier than ever, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Management (DEM), which operates eight saltwater beaches and parking lots associates.

    The department has again partnered with LAZ Parking to modernize, digitize and rationalize the parking of more than one million annual bathers this year. DEM has implemented a customized technology platform based on LAZ’s e-commerce, business intelligence and customer service solutions.

    The technology allows residents and out-of-state visitors to purchase seasonal parking passes and flexible daily passes at https://beachparkingri.com. With a flexible daily pass, beachgoers are automatically billed the daily parking rate when their vehicle enters one of the state’s beach parking lots. The flexible parking pass is a good option, DEM officials say, if a beach goer isn’t sure how many times they can visit the beach, but would like the option of using the express lanes.

    Both passes use license plate recognition technology for validation and allow pass holders access to express lanes for faster entry. The technology was in limited use in 2020 before it was suspended due to travel restrictions and capacity limits associated with COVID-19.

    Improvements include the ability for customers to pre-purchase day and season passes online, express lanes using license plate recognition technology for prepaid customers at certain locations, the ability to provide real-time parking capacity data that DEM can use to communicate alerts when lots are at or near full capacity, and the ability to capture the number of visits and revenue in real time to ensure that the correct fees are billed and collected for each transaction. Initial data showed that purchasing a seasonal or flexible pass online and using an express lane significantly reduced parking time. according to a press release from DEM and LAZ.

    To help cut down on the time beachgoers spend at the entrance counters, DEM encourages residents of the state to purchase seasonal and daily passes for flexible parking online or in advance. Anyone who purchases a seasonal parking pass or daily flexible parking pass online or before heading to the beach can use the express lanes for quick beach access. Buying seasonal or daily flexible parking cards online also helps DEM keep express lanes open, as there have been instances where express lanes could not be used because too many people were paying to park at the park. entrance gates rather than using prepaid parking cards.

    “Transaction times per vehicle at the beach entrance counters for the sale of seasonal beach passes used to take up to three minutes per car,” said acting director of DEM Terrence Gray in the press release. “If you multiply that by the thousands of cars we host on busy summer weekends, the weather really adds up and means worse traffic slowdowns and delays for everyone. This technology will be even more critical in 2021, as the state expects record crowds this year. “

    DEM entered into a first contract with LAZ Parking in early 2020, after a competitive bidding process, to operate and modernize parking on state beaches.

    DEM also uses LAZ Business Intelligence technology to collect, organize and analyze data to improve the parking process. This technology was useful in 2020 during the pandemic due to frequent changes in capacity limits, new federal and state regulations, and increased consumer safety concerns. With the new technology stack in place, DEM could easily provide accurate data to demonstrate compliance with all COVID restrictions and guidelines, according to the press release.

    The technology includes dynamic data visualization that integrates data sets such as real-time lot capacity, historical parking data, current weather, seasonality, and tide charts to forecast and manage potential overcrowding. This information can be used to increase or decrease the number of places available, communicate alerts when lots are at or near capacity, and manage staffing decisions.

    – Dale P. Faulkner


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    Car parks need attention – ARAB TIMES






    I don’t know anyone in a utility company other than the Egyptian cashier to whom I give 200 fils every time I step out of one of the parking lots, and I don’t know the name of the president or general manager of the company, and I prefer not to search for their names on the internet so that what I write remains devoid of any influence. The utility company is affiliated with the government and operates parking lots, often inside Al-Sour for forty years or more. A friend told me that the company is allowed to carry on many activities, but that it has distanced itself from these headaches and has concentrated most of its activities in the management of “parking”.

    From what I know about the company and how I feel as a citizen, it is also considered to be one of the most manageable and least profitable public enterprises from a business perspective. It receives vacant land in the public domain, contracts with a design office for the design of the building, in one way, awards the construction contract in another way and installs electronic devices, in a third way, then rests as soon as its management has finished employing the personnel of collectors and security guards who will be in charge of managing the parking lot and the administration completely forgets it as seen in the field.

    Parking lot management is smooth, easy, and without the headaches that the rest of the state-owned facilities complain about. It is clear that the management of the company did not concern itself with the process of improving its typical buildings, the most hideous in the capital, which were built perhaps deliberately without any touch of beauty or art. but only a hideous box of often poorly designed followed by a lack of interest in its cleanliness not even sweeping its hallways and stairs, sometimes used as a place to urinate.

    Over time, other facilities have followed suit such as the Kuwait National Petroleum Company gas stations, most of which cannot be compared to private gas stations in terms of service or cleanliness.
    In addition, none of the top state officials or MPs, whether opposition members or government loyalists who get their salaries for an entire year for doing nothing but giving punches, is only interested in mediating with the management of that company to hire a collector or security guard, not even an accountant.

    This company, like many government companies, needs a reprieve to best fulfill its role and increase the construction of parking lots, as some of the tallest towers in the capital do not have parking space, even for a car. because they were built before the law changed. Tall buildings have sprung up everywhere but no parking space for cars. Where’s the “miserable” utility company?

    We hope that the management of this company will make efforts and increase the number of parking lots because parking in places under the direct heat of the sun, which sometimes exceeds 50 degrees Celsius, is a tragedy. It must also build modern and service car parks of a beautiful nature as we have seen in the car parks of the complex of ministries, for example.
    We have no other choice but to wish that the managers of the company move and care more about the health of people and the safety of “your parking lots”.

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    By Ahmad alsarraf