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Several cars broken into, stolen in the parking lots of Tosa: police

WAUWATOSA, WI – Wauwatosa police have responded to several burglaries and car thefts near businesses, according to the department’s police register.

Police reported the following incidents.

A gray 2019 Kia Forte was stolen on December 3 from the Mayfair Mall parking lot at 2500 N. Mayfair Road.

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The car was parked in the parking lot in the outer ring near Crate & Barrel. Broken glass in the parking space suggests that the rear window on the passenger side was shattered. Security at the Mayfair Mall said the section of the parking lot where the car was parked was out of range of surveillance cameras. There were no witnesses.

Also on December 3, a car was wrecked in the Wisconsin Athletic Club parking lot at 8700 Watertown Plank Road. The window of the victim’s car was smashed and several credit cards were taken.

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A person broke into a locked silver 2019 Dodge Ram parked in Extended Day America at 11121 W. North Ave. December 5. The rear passenger’s window was smashed and tools valued at $ 900 were stolen.

A 2019 Kia Forte was stolen from the Mayfair Mall parking lot on December 5.

A beige 2006 Buick was stolen from the Mayfair Mall parking lot on Tuesday. The car was parked on the west side of the parking lot, near Macy’s. The driver likely dropped car keys on his way to the Apple Store. Mall security told police there was no video footage of the theft.

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Burnaby tenant tricked into renting fake parking space

COVID-19 has led to an increase in some scams that rely on a person’s fear of getting sick to get them to do business over the phone or online.

This one hits near me because it could easily have been me.

I rent a parking space in my building and I have never met the person who rents it to me. We did everything by phone and SMS.

Gwen did the same – only this time it stung her.

Gwen lives in a condominium in Burnaby that has terrible street parking so she went looking for a resident of the building who is not using her space. She saw a notice in the lobby saying there was space to rent for $ 60 a month.

“They just wanted to text it and I sure didn’t want to meet someone in person with raging COVID,” Gwen said. “I was just happy to finally be able to park in the secure underground parking lot.”

Except that one day she went to her vehicle and discovered that it was no longer there.

“I thought it had been stolen,” she said. “I finally tracked down the manager of the building and they told me it had been towed because I was not allowed to park there. I told them I had permission but then I got in touch with the owner and they said they didn’t rent him. Turns out I was paying money to a scammer who didn’t have permission to rent the parking space. It was really humiliating. I was also told that a few other tenants in the building had fallen for the same scam from someone using a burner phone.

Ouch.

If you don’t live in a condominium or apartment building with underground parking, I’m going to fill you in on a little crush for people who own units but don’t own a vehicle.

When you buy in a building, you are allocated a parking space (or two) with the purchase. Many people who do not use these locations then rent them out to people who are renting in the building or to other owners who may have a second vehicle.

It is great if the person is actually authorized to rent the place. I did a little more due diligence and got proof that the person renting me was the real owner of the place.

Police have discussed such scams in the past that prey on tenants, including a landlord responding to the tenant’s response to the ad and telling the tenant they live overseas. The landlord often reassures the tenant by providing them with copies of their passport and / or driver’s license (which are most often considered fraudulent). After the tenant transfers money via internet wire transfer, money order / wire transfer, Bitcoin and other means, the landlord stops contact.

To better protect yourself from these types of scams:

  • Use a reputable rental website or go to the property management office itself;
  • Search the internet for the address, see if anything suspicious is found;
  • If the rental price is too good to be true, it is probably a fraud;
  • Do not deposit cash, cash is not traceable;
  • Don’t wire money, wire transfers are extremely difficult to reverse and track;
  • Do not give out personal information such as your social insurance number, bank account or credit card;
  • Be sure to speak with the property owner or property manager;
  • Find out from surrounding neighbors about the owner of the land and the history of the property (neighbors should be able to tell you who lives next door and whether or not they own the land)

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With an overflowing emergency department, Yale New Haven Hospital temporarily expands to become a parking lot

In response to unprecedented patient volumes and longer length of stay, Yale New Haven Hospital is temporarily expanding its emergency room to the parking lot.

Brandon wu

23:54, 09 Dec 2021

Contributing journalist


Ryan Chiao, senior photographer

Due to unprecedented patient numbers and longer length of stay, Yale New Haven Hospital is temporarily expanding its emergency room to the hospital parking lot.

With an influx of patients who have delayed hospital care over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic – often resulting in more serious health problems when they seek treatment – YNHH is facing a health crisis. boarding school. Some patients wait in the emergency department for up to a day before a bed opens, while others arrive, receive treatment, and leave – all before entering a patient’s room. . Yet, YNHH is committed not to refuse any patient requiring medical treatment, even if space is limited. The increased demand therefore prompted YNHH executives to temporarily transform the parking lot, especially the turnaround driveway outside the main entrance to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, into an extended care space. to patients.

“Our non-COVID-19 population has come back faster and sicker than before COVID-19,” said Michael Holmes, director of operations at Yale New Haven Hospital. “A lot of our patients have delayed care, so now that they’re back they’re sicker, have higher acuity and therefore stay longer, which creates capacity issues for us. “

The parking lot is one of five locations on the hospital campuses that is being temporarily converted into a patient care space. Other areas include outpatient clinical areas, such as indoor infusion and ambulatory areas. According to Holmes, three of the temporary York Street campus expansions and one St. Raphael campus expansion are located inside the hospital building. The parking lot is the only exterior extension of the hospital.

Holmes said the five expansions would ease overcrowding in the emergency department and allow the hospital to see and treat more patients. He explained that YNHH does not refuse any patient and will continue to provide medical treatment to patients even if space is limited. The transformation of the parking lot alone will give the hospital 35 additional bays. The hospital plans to complete the transformation of the lot by mid-January and estimates that it will be in use until June 1, 2022.

The hospital’s decision to increase emergency department capacity was also driven in part by an expected increase in COVID-19 and influenza-related cases in the coming months. According to Holmes, just like last year, the rate of viral transmission increases as the temperature drops and more people stay indoors. He also noted that the advent of the Omicron variant could also contribute to a higher number of cases this year.

Holmes said there are currently around 70 COVID-19 patients hospitalized at YNHH, which represents about 4.5% of the overall YNHH patient census. At the height of the pandemic in April, 450 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, which represented about 27% of the overall patient count. While YNHH does not currently anticipate a spike of a similar magnitude, Holmes said hospital leaders cannot be entirely sure about the future.

Vivek Parwani, medical director of the YNHH Adult Emergency Department, said the emergency department is currently overwhelmed by the number of patients it is seeing. Parwani explained that some patients wait in a hallway for more than a day to be placed in a hospital bed.

“Our emergency department is in crisis, we have 58 beds and frequently treat over 120 patients,” Parwani wrote in an email to News. “A large part of our care ends up being provided in the waiting room and in the hallways. Patients are assessed and released from the waiting room daily.

Parwani noted that the temporary expansions, which the state of Connecticut has approved for six months, will help ease the crisis. According to Parwani, the expansions represent huge multidisciplinary hospital and university efforts to decompress the emergency department.

Mary Ellen Lyon, an instructor and global health researcher who works in hospital emergency medicine, said the entire hospital system is “somewhat overwhelmed” as it is nationally. Lyon added that the current overcrowding is stressful for everyone as it impacts patient care and comfort.

Holmes said community members can help relieve hospital pressure and reduce the number of COVID-19 and flu-related hospitalizations by receiving their COVID-19 and flu shots, as well. as booster shots.

The Yale New Haven York Street Hospital campus is located at 20 York St.

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Modern mobility: looking back and looking to the future

Modern Mobility is a bi-weekly opinion column. The opinions expressed are those of the author alone.

With my last column on modern mobility, I would like to go back to the last years and look to the next ones.

I’ll talk about what it’s been to write Modern Mobility and how it will continue in 2022. I’ll highlight some developments in local transport over the past few years that I think are very good or very bad, and I will look at the top 5 things I look forward to in the future.

Retrospective – Modern Mobility

First of all, it was a pleasure writing this column and I want to thank everyone who took the time to read it. Your time and attention are scarce and precious, and I greatly appreciate that you spend some of your time reading my column. To those who engaged in good faith with me in the comments, thank you – although we continued to disagree, I enjoyed the dialogue. To those who have taken to the comments to complain about what you thought I said, without really reading the column and learning otherwise, I urge you to find a more useful hobby.

Looking to the future – Modern mobility

While I lose my place here at ARLnow, I will continue to write about transportation while sprinkling some general content on the Arlington government. Future articles on modern mobility will be hosted as a blog here on my personal website. You can sign up to be notified by email when new articles are published or add the blog to your favorite feed reader (Feedly is awesome). I hope to continue to write about two articles per month.

Looking back – Transport

  1. Kudos to Vision Zero: With Arlington’s Vision Zero Action Plan, the county is finally working to make fundamental changes to how it operates, putting safety at the center. It’s not going to be quick and I expect there to be some hurdles and growing pains, but Arlington has been successful in adopting a plan focused on improving processes (including across departments) instead. than creating a successful checklist, so the opportunity is there if we can get the job done.
  2. Boost to the fire clearance quagmire: Sidewalk projects for complete streets in the neighborhood are at a standstill, protected bike lanes are removed and entire blocks of street parking are destroyed, all behind closed doors without any tracks what free width exceptions are granted, when they are denied, and how those decisions are made. The Virginia Fire Code gives us the ability to change this clear width to meet our road safety goals, and we need to do this much more often than we are. We need transparent leadership on this from the county director.
  3. Kudos to launching the feasibility studies for the Arlington Blvd Trail Modernization around Glebe Road and the Four Mile Run Trail underpass extension below Shirlington Road. While these are only studies, not design or construction funding, they are important first steps in addressing long-standing safety issues on our trail system.
  4. Kudos to the school slowdown zones and the advancement of the automated application. While designing streets that ‘self-enforce’ safety by design and construction is the best way to improve street safety, lower speed limits and automated enforcement have an important supporting role as we are working towards this goal.
  5. Boost for scooters blocking sidewalks. Electric scooters have great potential to provide a much more sustainable transport option for short trips than cars, and many people seem willing to drive them without being interested in cycling. Unfortunately, the main public exposure to these vehicles is through micromobility providers like Bird and Spin, whose “dockless” model still fails to demonstrate that it can be compatible with our road infrastructure and respectful. from other users. Despite years of training their employees to properly organize their fleets each morning, and more than two years during which the county has the option of fining and revoking the license of these suppliers, scooters preventing pedestrian traffic continue to operate. be a frequent problem and many of our neighbors in wheelchairs do not have the ability to simply move the scooter out of their way. If Arlington cannot bring existing suppliers into compliance, the only reasonable future for electric scooters in Arlington increasingly appears to be privately owned or a “docked” rental model like Capital Bikeshare.

Looking to the future – Transport

Transportation developments that I look forward to over the next few years:

  1. Turning the commuter train into a regional train: Maryland and Virginia operate commuter railways that enter DC in the morning, store trains in DC for much of the day, then resume those same trains in the evening to bring back commuters at home. If these trains continued in the other jurisdiction instead, they could run “round trip” transit rather than sitting idle on a siding in DC all day. This would dramatically improve mobility between suburbs in Virginia and Maryland for people who don’t want to sit in traffic on the ring road. While there is significant work that needs to be done to make this happen (especially running VRE trains in Maryland), progress is being made and energy is mounting for the idea, especially among executives. from Maryland. Virginia’s leaders must step up and support it as well.
  2. Amtrak Service in Arlington: At a recent town hall meeting, heads of state proclaimed that Amtrak service in Crystal City is about ‘when’, not ‘if’. This will make an Amtrak “one seat” ride to the domestic airport possible for people moving up and down Hallway 95, including Baltimore and Richmond, as well as faster train trips to places like New York and Boston. and more convenient for the citizens of Arlington. Service is likely several years away (the new Crystal City VRE station isn’t expected to be completed until 2025 and Amtrak will want to add its own “high platform” after that), but planning and coordination is underway.
  3. An Unrecognizable Army Navy Drive: After years of grant applications, engineering, transportation studies, and multiple public engagement meetings, the Army Navy Drive Complete Streets project is 100% design, has approvals VDOT and is expected to bid in early 2022. This project will take an oversized mini-highway and turn it into a full-fledged street with dedicated space for buses, a protected two-way cycle lane, pedestrian crossing improvements and street trees.
  4. 16M Bus Service: Finally, Columbia Pike is slated to resume direct bus service to Crystal City this spring. The journey is expected to be accompanied by improved frequencies and possibly faster journeys after the Crystal City Transitway extension is completed. As Arlington completes a transit signal priority study and WMATA finally moves forward with its future regional rate card strategy, we hope that we will actually start to see a system that resembles the bus rapid transit system that the Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit claimed to defend before conveniently disbanding. at the time the Arlington Streetcar was canceled.
  5. Performance Parking: For the past year, Arlington has been working on its call for tenders for the Performance Parking pilot. When implemented, Performance Parking promises less time spent searching for a parking space, less double parking, reduced congestion and improved transport speeds. I hope to see tangible progress here over the coming year.

Thanks again for reading, and I look forward to seeing Arlington adapt its transportation system to our changing future. See you on the new blog.

Chris Slatt is the current chairman of the Arlington County Transportation Commission, founder of sustainable mobility for Arlington County and past chairman of a civic association. He is a software developer, co-owner of Perfect Pointe Dance Studio and a father of two.

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The Daily Herald – Boardwalk Boulevard now closed to all motorized traffic

Boardwalk Boulevard is officially off-limits to vehicles and motorcycles.

PHILIPSBURG – Justice Minister Anna Richardson has granted the St. Maarten KPSM Police request for permission to place 77 new road signs in Philipsburg. As soon as it is clear to motorists what is allowed and what is not, the police will take enforcement action and issue fines.

By ministerial decree of November 17, a total of 29 decisions were taken concerning Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard, as well as the lanes between the two, in order to avoid parking nuisances and potentially dangerous and inconvenient situations for all traffic participants.

One of the decisions concerns the placement of signs at the start and end of Boardwalk Boulevard, and at two places in between, indicating that access to the boardwalk is prohibited to all motorized traffic.

In the aisles that give access to Boardwalk Boulevard, there will be signs indicating that it is forbidden to enter with vehicles and bicycles. Some dead-end streets near Walter Plantz Square and downtown Horizon View Hotel must be marked with road signs as parking areas.

KPSM submitted a request to the Minister of Justice four months ago to be allowed to place traffic signs in Philipsburg. The August 11 petition was explained orally by the traffic police on September 23. The Minister was informed of the considerable nuisance associated with parking in Philipsburg due to the inappropriate use of pedestrian paths as parking space. Police have also reported potentially dangerous situations for local residents, contractors and tourists.

KPSM said obstacles and dangers could be avoided by installing traffic signs.

“The closure of a large number of streets to all vehicles creates a more pleasant and safer environment for pedestrians,” said KPSM, stressing that the installation of signs increases the possibilities for the police and the Tourism Inspectorate. , Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) in order to be able to take coercive measures against parking nuisances and dangerous situations in the center of Philipsburg. A total of 77 road signs will be added in Philipsburg.

Sisalsteeg, across from the downtown cemetery on Front Street, will have a parking sign.

Praktizijnsteeg, opposite, will be a one-way street, with a direction from Front Street to Back Street.

Schijnwerkerssteeg near Walter Plantz Square will be designed for parking. The parking spaces on Front Street near Walter Plantz will officially become taxi ranks, four or five in total.

The frequently used Pompsteeg next to the Sea Palace Hotel will be closed to all traffic. Signs must be placed on both sides by order of the police. The same goes for Scheepsbouwsteeg.

Smidsteeg between Front Street and Back Street will receive a parking sign. Due to a blockade at the halfway point, this lane is already used for parking.

Speelsteeg, Loodssteeg, Afloopsteeg, Apotheeksteeg and Van Romondtsteeg will be banned from all traffic.

Wathey Square is now only accessible to emergency vehicles.

Kerksteeg, Pastoriesteeg and Rinksteeg will be closed to traffic. As there is a private parking lot in the middle of Rinksteeg, the first sign is not placed at the Front Street-Rinkstreet intersection but halfway past the entrance to the parking lot.

Four unnamed streets between Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard in the area between Rinksteeg and Kanaalsteeg are also closed to traffic.

At the end of Front Street, near the Diamond Casino, there will be six signs indicating taxi ranks.

Front Street sidewalk parking is a big concern, Justice Minister Anna Richardson said. “Parking on sidewalks is still prohibited and, therefore, a ‘no parking’ sign on sidewalks is not required to impose a fine on the owner or operator of a vehicle. However, the addition of signs in which no parking on the sidewalks and parking is allowed only in official parking spaces is explicitly communicated will further raise awareness among the general public. “

In the area from Stillesteeg / Tamarindesteeg to Schoolsteeg, a total of four traffic signs prohibiting parking / waiting will be placed, with a sign below “Parking permitted only in official parking spaces”. In the area from Schoolsteeg to Kanaalsteeg, a total of eight identical signs will be placed on the sidewalks.

Parking violations on Front Street could cost motorists dearly over the next 10 weeks. Until January 31, 2022, Philipsburg, Maho and other “tourism hot spots” face a significantly higher fine for parking infractions.

The fine for illegally parked vehicles has been dropped from NAF. 50 to NAF. 150 (US $ 83). The increase, announced two days before Thanksgiving, applies during peak peak season for Caribbean cruises.

The move is part of a joint effort by the prosecution and the KPSM to improve traffic flow and increase road safety during busy vacation and tourism periods, the prosecution said in a press release.

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Middletown land swap deal could get city another 25 acres of open space

MIDDLETOWN – City leaders will consider a deal with a local developer to swap eight acres of city-owned land near the Cromwell Line for a 25-acre parcel containing wetlands and floodplains.

Wallingford-based D&V Development of Middletown owns much of the property off Newfield Street and is hopeful members of the Joint Council will back the plan at its Monday night meeting.

A segment of the eight-acre land, adjacent to Lawrence Elementary School on Kaplan Drive, sits outside the floodplain and away from wetlands, said economic and community development director Joseph Samolis.


Developers Dominick B. Demartino, who owns the Sicily Coal Fired Pizza building and others along Main Street, and Vincent Demartino hope to build a driveway to access the property for future development, Samolis said, as they need a little more land ownership.

The partners are developing land throughout central Connecticut, according to land use director Marek Kozikowski.

D&V wants to preserve its 25 acres and leave the land open, Samolis said.

“Twenty-five acres is a pretty big piece of land,” Kozikowski said. Most of the town’s owners have less than an acre of property, he added.

Mayor Ben Florsheim has already given his approval to the deal, subject to the council’s decision, Samolis said.

Kozikowski reported at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on October 27 that the land to be acquired, as well as the conservation easement area, contains sensitive wetlands, a watercourse, a diversion channel and floodplains, according to the minutes.

Everything would be protected if the swap was approved, Kozikowski said.

“It will be preserved and protected, ensuring that no further development is found in a highly sensitive environmental area which is a floodplain, as well as many rivers that flow through it,” Samolis said.

A diversion channel is land along major waterways that can be invaded by flow of water during a flood, he said. “When a river is in flood, it widens and the current continues, unlike a floodplain, where excess water drains onto the ground and then eventually recedes,” he said on Tuesday.

The proposal enjoys the support of the Conservation and Agriculture Commission as long as the acquired land is preserved as open space, according to the minutes.

In addition, the Middletown Public Schools Facilities Committee reviewed the proposal and had no plan for the land use to be transferred to the developer. The committee’s concerns focused on the type of on-property development retained by the developer, Kozikowski said.

There are currently no plans to turn the land into passive recreation, although walking trails can be put in place, Samolis said.

The developers are also willing to build a cycle path through their property.

The city already has over 1,000 acres of open space.

Monday’s in-person / virtual hybrid meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 245 Koven Drive. For the agenda and how to attend virtually, visit middletown.granicus.com.

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Ludlow Town Planning Council Approves Site Plan for Communication Tower

LUDLOW – After years of work, Ludlow Town Planning Council approved a site plan for a new communications tower that would improve communications between city departments at their November 18 meeting.

The proposed 180-foot monopoly would be located at 0 Center Street, adjacent to the parking lot connected to one of the city’s athletic fields, just behind Citizen’s Bank.

Ludlow Fire Chief Ryan Pease said the tower would be used only for communications with the city.

“This is a radio communication project for our city-wide communication system involving the police, fire department, DPW, schools, the senior center and the board of health. It’s not a tower we’re going to sell space on, it’s dedicated to city-wide emergency radio communications, ”he said.

He added that the tower would not disrupt the fields or the parking lot.

“We don’t put him in the middle of the football field, that won’t disturb anything existing there, he’s going to sit on the side of the parking lot there, we maybe take a parking spot or two.” , did he declare. . “It’s a monopoly, so it’s not a huge structure that’s going to be horrible to look at.”

The Marcus Communications project representative said the plan was to start the project in December or January and complete construction by May, while construction and procurement deadlines remain on track.

Police Chief Daniel Valadas said the tower would specifically aid police and firefighter communications between departments.

“This is a long-standing project that dates back about seven years. This is to remedy a lack of effective communication capacity with all the services mentioned by the fire chief, but especially with your police and your firefighters who are there every day, ”he said.

The new tower would provide a solution to the problem for years to come.

“We had tricky situations where communication was very poor and people needed help immediately. This was to fix it and the town assembly voted for it, so this is hopefully the culmination of a long project and will serve the town of Ludlow for many years to come, ”said Valadas .

Planning board chairman Christopher Coelho said he was in favor of the project.

“I have known this has been needed for some time, so I am happy that it is in place,” he said.

While board member Raymond Phoenix was in favor of the other exemptions for the project, he said he was against approving the exemption on the creation of additional parking spaces due to the fact that it was not needed with the existing parking for the land. The board unanimously agreed and voted in favor of approving the site plan as well as the other four waivers, but rejected the parking waiver.

Ludlow’s planning council then meets on December 9.

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Twp sheaths. Appeal Board rejects Dollar General’s request to reduce the number of parking spaces

Jason Raleigh of AR Engineering and Mark Zawatski of Swartz Creek BTS Retail discuss plans for a new Dollar General with the Township of Gaines Zoning Appeal Board.

GAINES TWP. – Many residents of the Township of Gaines are not happy with a proposed new Dollar General for the corner of Morrish and Grand Blanc roads, and they made their feelings known at a special meeting of the Zoning Appeal Board of the canton on Monday, November 22. .

“I am absolutely against it,” said Sandra Cawood. ” It’s not necessary ; Isaac is right there. If you want to go (to Dollar General) you can drive three miles down the road (to Linden and Grand Blanc roads). I don’t think it will serve the community well.

Representatives from Swartz Creek BTS Retail, the company that would own the building and lease it to Dollar General, and AR Engineering appeared before the appeal board to seek a waiver of the zoning order requirement. concerning parking spaces.

The store would be built on 1.65 acres at the southwest corner of Morrish and Grand Blanc Roads.

Jason Raleigh, of Kalamazoo-based AR Engineering, said the requirement for one parking space per 100 square feet of retail space is “excessive.”

BTS is expected to install 85 parking spaces for the building, which would measure 10,640 square feet, including storage and offices. The promoters proposed 36 spaces.

Mark Zawatski of BTS said the proposed tally is based on “data from 16,000 stores across the country.”

“Dollar General is a convenience retailer,” he said, adding that on average there are only four to five customers in the store at any given time, and most only stay 15 to 20. minutes.

He pointed out that Dollar General in Mundy Township, just three miles away, has 30 spaces, as do Lennon and Durand stores, both located about nine miles from the proposed store. The Byron store, located about 12 miles away, has 26.

“We don’t want a huge vacant lot,” he said.

The large parking lot would create unnecessary additional runoff and reduce opportunities for on-site landscaping, he said.

ZBA President Chad Morey expressed concern about providing sufficient space for delivery drivers to maneuver large semi-trailer trucks around the scene without blocking traffic on Grand Blanc or Morrish roads.

Board member Donald Sinkler pointed out that after Dollar General’s lease ends in 15 to 35 years, another company may occupy that space and need the additional parking.

When all was said and done, the board determined that Dollar General spokespersons had failed to demonstrate the “hardships” the township ordinance requires to grant the waiver.

Council voted 4 to 1 to dismiss the plaintiff’s appeal, with council member Bill Harris casting the dissenting vote.

Harris said he thought 36 spaces was a good number for the proposed use, and he is concerned about the environmental impact of the additional runoff.

Harris also noted that “there are additional hurdles” developers must overcome at the Planning Commission and Board of Directors levels.

The appeal board’s decision drew applause from the crowd of 30 to 40 residents, many of whom were found to support the owners of Isaac’s Grocery.

Citing a recent article published by Consumer Reports magazine, resident Robert Henderson said dollar stores threatened small local stores that survived the “Walmart invasion” and officials in many areas fear it could hurt to the local economy.

Resident Chad Peck agreed, asking where the money Dollar General earns goes and noting that local business income remains largely in the immediate economy.

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Limerick leads implementation of new disabled parking app

A new app, which will help disabled drivers locate open spaces, will be launched in Ireland in Limerick.

The SpaceFinder app, which will be available on Apple and Android, can now locate empty accessible spaces and for those with Apple CarPlay, it can provide real-time navigation to the nearest available space.

The SpaceFinder service, developed by the Limerick ParkMagic company, has been supported by the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI).

Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) will be the first local authority in Ireland to start using the app, having completed extensive testing in the pilot phase. The LCCC traffic department has installed small sensors in accessible parking spaces in its downtown business district.

The information from these sensors will provide real-time updates on the SpaceFinder and Limerick eParking applications on the occupancy status of this space.

Limerick City and County Mayor Cllr Daniel Butler said: “Limerick City and County Council is delighted to lead the way again in supporting disabled drivers and visitors to the city with a convenient street parking.

“We are embracing the use of innovative technology to give them real-time information on the location of open spaces. We may also use the information to analyze usage levels so that we can plan for the future. “

In addition to the benefits for disabled drivers, the system will allow local authorities to collect real-time information on the use and turnover of accessible bays. This data could be essential for planning the provision and location of accessible spaces in the future.

Commenting on the launch, Paul Fitzgerald, Managing Director of ParkMagic, said: “We were delighted to lead the development of this service and its launch in the City of Limerick with assistance from the City and County Council of Limerick.

“We believe this demonstrates the real benefits for drivers and the environment of using the latest technologies to shorten the time to search for available spaces, saving time, fuel, traffic and stress. “

The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) is now asking every local authority to consider using the SpaceFinder service.

Richard Ryder, Head of Communications at DDAI, said: “For many of our members and others in the disabled driver community, finding available and accessible parking can be an incredibly difficult, time consuming and frustrating experience.

Often times this can mean a lot of searching and in some cases a lost trip as the driver is forced to go home and try again later.

“A service like SpaceFinder which gives real-time information on accessible parking spaces in towns and cities across Ireland would be a huge boost, and we call on local authorities to seriously consider this excellent initiative,” a- he added.

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Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the numbers of monarch butterflies – and tourists – in their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year.

Experts say it’s too early to calculate the number of monarchs, which migrate each year from the United States and Canada to the forests west of the Mexican capital. A formal survey will be carried out in December.

But butterflies have become an important source of income for farmers who own much of the pine and fir forest where monarchs congregate in the trees. Already this year, some of the orange and black monarchs have settled in the trees for the winter.


After a devastating drop in tourism due to the pandemic last year and a 26% drop in butterfly numbers, farmer and tour guide Silvestre de Jesús Cruz, 49, is basing his hopes on a better year for both. This year.

“Last year was a bit more difficult because there were a lot less people. But this year is going to be good, ”said De Jesús Cruz. “A lot of communal farm families depend on this,” said the 21-year-old guiding veteran, “not just us guides, but also the people out there in the parking lot selling food. Many people.”

During the off season – the butterflies arrive in November and leave around March – De Jesús Cruz plants corn and oats on his small agricultural plot.

But these crops don’t make a lot of money. Cash income comes from tourism and, due to the coronavirus pandemic, only an estimated 40,000 people visited the dozen butterfly wintering grounds on isolated mountain peaks last year, up from 80,000 in years. previous ones.

Already, a few tourists are showing up this year.

Martha Echeverría, a yoga resident of Mexico City, found the serenity of the El Rosario reserve to be a main draw. Visitors are encouraged to remain silent so as not to disturb the resting butterflies, making it such a calm scene that you can hear the crackle of fir arches and the sound of the wind.

“I like the silence that this creates in you,” said Echeverría.

De Jesús Cruz explains that guides are taking extra precautions due to the pandemic, such as requiring masks and taking visitors’ temperatures before they are allowed in.

This creates special challenges, as tourists have to climb several hundred meters (yards) of steep trails to get to the ultra-protected areas where butterflies congregate, in an area already high in altitude.

Ricardo Rodríguez, a tourist from Puebla state, managed to reach the top without a problem despite the lack of regular exercise, but said he would like a little more space to take off his mask every now and then .

“The face mask, well, that’s for everyone’s protection, but there are parts of the climb that you run out of air, so the hike could be better planned,” Rodríguez said. “They could space us out a bit more, so you can take it off for a while and get more oxygen.”

Due to a multitude of factors, the number of monarchs fell in the last year. Experts say drought, inclement weather and habitat loss – especially of the milkweed where monarchs lay their eggs – as well as the use of pesticides and herbicides and climate change, all pose threats to migration of the species.

Illegal logging and loss of forest cover due to disease, drought and storms also continue to plague the reserves.

Gloria Tavera, regional director of the National Council of Protected Areas, said it was too early to say whether this year will mark an increase in the number of butterflies or tourists.

“It would be risky to say so. We won’t know until December, once we have inspected all the (butterfly) colonies, ”Tavera said. As for the return of tourists, she said, “hopefully”.

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