St Gabriel’s Respite House campaign launched

first_imgTHE first Respite House for children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs in the Mid-West will be a game changer for them and their families, one of the over 100 families across the region that will benefit from it has stated.St Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House, a special purpose-built facility, will be located in Mungret, on the outskirts of Limerick. This state-of-the-art, six-bedroom facility is being developed at a cost of€2,481,635, with €1m already donated by the JP McManus Foundation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up St. Gabriel’s has now embarked on a major fund-raising campaign – St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House is about time!’ – to raise a shortfall of over €1million for the facility, construction work on which will be completed in the autumn, with an opening scheduled for the spring of next year.Maia is pictured at home near Patrickswell Co Limerick with her parents Pat and Mary Quinlan.Pic Arthur Ellis.It’s fundraising campaign was launched last night at the Savoy Hotel, which sponsored the event, and was attended by families with children who will benefit from the new facility, members of staff, supporters, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan and others.Among those to address the event was Mary Quinlan, mother of 13 year-old Maia Quinlan from Limerick – the family that has generously allowed its personal story to be the case-study for the campaign in order to articulate the great need for this new facility.Speaking at last evening’s event, Mary said that at the moment, the only suitable respite facility in the country where Maia can go to is in Dublin and gave personal testimony as to how important it will be.  Maia is one of over 100 families across the region that need this vital service.“In June 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, for a long time I was unable physically to look after Maia, which was very difficult,” she says of her own personal experience of the need for the centre.  For me, as her mum, and for my husband, who the burden of care fell to, we really needed the psychological peace of mind of knowing Maia was being looked after. And unfortunately that was probably the greatest source of stress.  If there had been a facility like the respite house available to us it would have been a huge support.”Of Maia’s needs, she said,  “Maia is like a newborn baby in the body of a 13 year-old. She has quadriplegic cerebral-palsy, so she is unable to use any of her limbs. She is unable to do anything for herself.  Despite all her difficulties she is one of the best people I know. I think if you are having a bad day, all you have to do is come in and sit with Maia and you will get a lot of perspective on what’s good about life.  But she does need round-the-clock care and sometimes there are other things that we absolutely have to do, whether it’s for our other children or a family event, and it’s very difficult to marry those demands with Maia’s needs. Maia will only have three years or so to avail of the facilities as it will be for children up to 18 years but even those few years will provide precious support. We know Maia will be in really good hands there. This will be an absolute game changer for a lot of families.”Said St. Gabriel’s CEO Máire O’Leary,  “From its very inception in 1961, St. Gabriel’s has been about putting services in place to help make life as positive as possible for children with disabilities.  Today, St. Gabriel’s provides the most advanced range of clinical therapies and interventions for over 600 children.  St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House is another stage of its advancement.  It’s a place for children to call their ‘home away from home’, their club, their getaway. It will be their own special space.“We will have the most experienced nursing and health-care staff in place to give the type of specialist care these children need, a level of care normally only provided by their parents or an acute hospital. We know the huge demands and stresses on parents who care for their children 24/7.  However, from speaking to these parents, the families want to care for their own child in their own home but need a little support from time-to-time to help them cope and recharge.“These parents give their children incredible love and care around the clock but they also have other aspects of life that need their attention and time; simple things such as tending to their other children’s needs, and, perhaps, as with Mary’s courageous story, their own health.  St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House will enable all of this.”Ms O’Leary thanked the JP McManus Golf Pro Am committee for their incredible support to the project, without which this hugely important facility for the region would not be developed and said that St. Gabriel’s is now turning to companies, business and organisations and the general bridge the capital funding gap.“St. Gabriel’s has had a tremendous can-do spirit over the years but it could never have become what it is without the support of the public and local business community.  We are getting very positive feedback about this project and our first pledge has come in from Limerick Twenty Thirty, which has committed to buying an overhead hoist for a bedroom to assist with lifting children.“We also want to thank Mary & Pat Quinlan and their family for stepping forward to be the face of this campaign.  They have an incredible story of love and devotion to Maia but they are also a perfect example, representative of hundreds across the region, of a family that still needs this type of facility so badly.”Said Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins:  “I know I’m not alone when I say St Gabriel’s holds a very special place in my heart.  I have had the great privilege of seeing first-hand the wonderful work St Gabriel’s School and centre have done over the years locally in Dooradoyle.  As St Gabriel’s embarks on this new chapter, I am excited and filled with hope. Now the dream of St Gabriel’s Respite House is finally coming into view the great need for it becomes all the more apparent.”Said Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan:  “I know from personal visits to St. Gabriel’s School and Centre and meetings I have had with them the incredible work that they do for young people in this region with complex physical and medical needs.  This respite house is another evolution of that.  But hearing the story of Mary Quinlan and her family, whom I really want to compliment for their courage in allowing that story to be told, really brings home how absolutely essential this centre is. It will, indeed, as she says, be a game changer for over 100 families across this region and we all need to get behind it.”Those wishing to donate to the campaign can do so by contacting:  Kate Sheahan, [email protected] Respite for children with acute needs is back open Free Structural Yoga classes in Limerick Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSMungretSt Gabriel’sSt. Gabriels Respite House Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Respite centre in Limerick ready but no funds to open it center_img Facebook Email Work almost completed on Mungret Link Road Analog Devices donation of two playing pitches to enhance community living Print Previous articleLimerick Facial recognition firm acquired in major dealNext articleJigsaw celebrate one year of supporting Limerick’s youth Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunityVideoSt Gabriel’s Respite House campaign launchedBy Staff Reporter – July 17, 2018 2221 Seven Limerick post offices confirmed for closurelast_img read more

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Woods Acquires Palmer & Radclyffe

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Woods Acquires Palmer & Radclyffe previous nextAgencies & PeopleWoods Acquires Palmer & RadclyffeThe Negotiator19th January 201701,376 Views Woods, the South Devon estate agency group, has expanded with the acquisition of the BoveyTracey estate agency, Palmer & Radclyffe.Palmer & Radclyffe has been trading from the same high profile premises in Bovey Tracey for the last 28 years. The acquisition follows the decision of principal, Victor Palmer, to retire. Although retired, he will still remain as a consultant to the business.The Bovey Tracey office will trade as Woods Palmer Radclyffe. Stephen Godsland who has managed the office for the last 15 years will continue in his role, along with the existing team of dedicated staff members.Woods Palmer Radclyffe is the eighth office of the Woods group, joining branches in Newton Abbot, Chudleigh, Kingsteignton, Paignton, St Marychurch, Chelston and Totnes, expanding its reach from the South Coast further north west into Dartmoor National Park.Nick Wood, the eponymous Director of Woods, said, “Woods and Palmer & Radclyffe have both been long standing members of the Experts in Property network and have often successfully worked together to sell properties. Now the even closer links to our offices can only be beneficial to all our clients.”Andy Pounsberry, fellow director of the Woods group, added, “I see great synergy between the new Bovey office and our existing offices, particularly in Chudleigh and Newton Abbot, with greater coverage and enhanced marketing for our listings.”Palmer & Radclyffe acquisition Woods January 19, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Unai Emery says he agreed Mesut Ozil exile with Arsenal top brass

first_imgUnai Emery says he agreed Mesut Ozil exile with Arsenal top brass Advertisement Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery are not seeing eye-to-eye (Picture: Rex Features)Unai Emery says that Mesut Ozil’s exile from the Arsenal first team was not only his decision, but agreed with the higher-ups at the Emirates.The German superstar, who earns £350,000-a-week in north London, has made just one Premier League appearance and one in the League cup this season.The 31-year-old has not even made it onto the substitutes’ bench for the last five Arsenal matches and appears to be completely out of Emery’s plans.With the Gunners struggling for consistency, in terms of performances and results, the decision to axe the World Cup winner has been questioned by fans and pundits alike.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Emery has looked to justify the move by saying that it was not just his choice, but a decision taken by the club as a whole and has the backing of the Arsenal hierarchy.‘Here we have one agreed strategy as a club and a team,’ said the Spaniard. ‘Because the most important thing is the club, the team and finding a performance. Comment Emery has agreed his stance on Emery with higher-ups at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘Previously we were all speaking between us to take that decision. I know all the supporters want to know something [more] but now is not the moment.’There remains an air of mystery about Ozil’s absence from Emery’s first team plans, with the manager refusing to explain why he is not involved.The German was not given a chance in the Europa League on Thursday against Vitoria Guimaraes, and when questioned, Emery batted away the queries, saying: ‘Tonight is not the day to speak about that. He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.’Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves called for Arsenal to be more open about what the situation is, while Gunners legend Ian Wright admitted he does not know what the issue is, but hopes Ozil can get back into the starting XI.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhether he gets back into the team or not, Ozil has no intention of walking out on his mammoth contract with the club, with his contract running until 2021, which he signed last year.‘When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career,’ Ozil said in conversation with The Athletic. ‘I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.‘You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.’Arsenal host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and Ozil is not expected to be involved once again.MORE: Ian Wright backs Mesut Ozil in ongoing battle with Arsenal manager Unai EmeryMORE: Mesut Ozil ready to snub transfer and try to out-last Unai Emery at Arsenal Phil HaighSaturday 26 Oct 2019 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link519Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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India a class act with soft underbelly – Manjrekar

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyMUMBAI (Reuters) – India are a class outfit but they will go into this year’s World Cup with a soft underbelly having failed to settle on a number four, former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar told Reuters in an interview.With the experienced partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan locked in as openers and captain Virat Kohli coming in at first drop, the twice champions have a top order the rival of any in the game.Selectors continue to fret over who bats after the second wicket falls, however, with a series of candidates having fluffed their auditions.Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul and Dinesh Karthik have all been trialled for the number four spot and been found wanting.Ambati Rayudu emerged as the most likely choice to fill the berth but scores of 13, 18 and two in the first three matches of the recent home series against world champions Australia damaged his cause.The hosts ended up losing the series 3-2 and Manjrekar felt India were back to square one with no more ODIs scheduled before the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales, where India will be looking to add to their 1983 and 2011 triumphs.“There was only one little gap that needed to be filled which is number four and getting some exciting options at four, five, six,” Manjrekar said.“They tried quite a few people and I don’t begrudge them that. I don’t think that was wrong. It’s just disappointing that the players have not used the opportunity to cement their places.“Like, Ambati Rayudu had a great opportunity. He got a 90 in New Zealand and I thought that’s done. But then he fails in the next few innings and then a good ball will suddenly get him out and you sort of lose faith in him as the number four.”Vijay Shankar’s rise as a handy, nerveless all-rounder was one definite gain from the Australia series.With India’s first choice pace-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya injured, Shankar proved he could float in the batting order and hold his nerve in the death overs with ball in hand.Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India before turning his hand to media punditry, said that Shankar was his pick to fill the number four spot.“Your number four has got to have a little bit of class because in England it’s perfectly possible that you are 20-2 so you got to have somebody who will just weather the storm and then take India close to 300 runs,” he said.“That perfect number four India still haven’t found and I don’t think they will find it now.“So when India goes into the World Cup, it’s a class team with genuine class in bowling and batting but with a soft underbelly which will be their middle order.“Vijay Shankar is my current number four — not the ideal number four but from the candidates that we have, he is my number four.”AUSTRALIA REVIVALManjrekar, speaking on the sidelines of the launch of ESPNcricinfo’s Superstats which uses data science to analyse cricket, said he expected the usual suspects to be challenging for the World Cup.Five-times world champions Australia arrived in India as clear underdogs for the recent short format tour, having endured a wretched couple of years in ODIs during which they lost six series in a row.That form slump was exacerbated by the ball-tampering scandal that robbed them of Steve Smith and David Warner for 12 months.Without their two best batsmen as well as frontline pace duo Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, they still managed to win a five-match series from 2-0 down for the first time.“I am delighted that Australia is coming into their own,” Manjrekar said.“Because you don’t want a World Cup where there are one or two teams clear leaders and others are really struggling.“And don’t forget they know what it takes to be champions. So if they have one or two good games, they will be thinking about only the title, nothing else.”Manjrekar did not have the same optimism about the chances of hosts England, who top the ODI world rankings but have yet to win the World Cup.“I want to see England on a global sort of platform, when the entire world is watching,” he added.“I want to see how they cope with the pressure that comes with it. I have a big question mark over their temperament as a team.”last_img read more

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Windsor and Eton introduce #dothefrankie challenge

first_img Related Articles Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Submit Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Windsor and Eton Brewery has announced a new link-up with QIPCO British Champions Day, which will give customers and landlords of pubs around London and the Thames Valley a chance to win tickets to “Britain’s richest ever race-day”.The promotion, which is to run over the course of the next six weeks, requires customers to upload a picture of themselves imitating Frankie Dettori’s famous flying dismount, and post it to the brewery’s social media with the hashtag #dothefrankie.A variety of tickets and packages for the QIPCO British Champions Day, held at Ascot Racecourse on Sunday 20 October, are up for grabs during the promotion, including a VIP package worth £1,000, as well as a special group prize for the best Landlord entry. Rod Street, Chief Executive of the British Champions Series, stated: “We are thrilled to be working with Ascot’s local brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery, on QIPCO British Champions Day, and delighted that our prestigious day of racing will have its own Champions Ale for racegoers to enjoy. “It’s such a special day and we hope everyone will get involved with the competition, and get creative with their Frankie impersonation to be in with a chance of winning one of those fantastic prizes.”Windsor and Eton are to also build on the giveaway, by creating the four per cent ABV British Champions Day Ale. The bespoke ale will be sold throughout pubs around London and the Thames Valley from 3 September until 14 October, including the Royal Foresters in Ascot, the Windsor Castle in Regents Park and the George Inn in Eton, as well as on site at Ascot Racecourse on 20 October for race day.Will Calvert, Director at Windsor & Eton Brewery, added: “Flat racing and good beer always go well together – and we think we’ve brewed a champion beer for QIPCO British Champions Day, that will inspire our customers to do the Frankie, and enjoy the special day.”last_img read more

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Olson’s Clean Sheet Leads Artesians to 5-0 Win over Spokane

first_imgOly Town Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson kept the Spokane Shadows at bay. Photo courtesy: Charis WilsonThe Artesians wasted no time in jumping on the young Shadow (0-4-0, 0 points) squad. Gabrielle Zaccagnini made a fantastic pass across the box to a streaking Meyer who slotted a shot past goalkeeper Logan Coddington to put Oly up 1-0 just two and half minutes into the game. It was Meyer’s second goal of the season and his first since scoring the Artesian’s first goal of the season against Yakima on April 30.Early pressure could have resulted in a handful of more goals for the Artesians in the early going, but the Shadow and Coddington rallied and kept Oly Town off of the board for the rest of the half. Shadow forward Cameron Weller had some nice opportunities as Spokane found some success kicking up the aggression late in the half, but Olson easily made five saves and the Artesians took a 1-0 lead into the break.15 minutes into the second half, Surf Wodajo sent a long ball to Tanner Allison across the field, who got behind the defender, made a nifty move to beat the goalkeeper and scored his first goal of the season and made it 2-0 in the 60th minute. From there, it was all Artesians. Wodajo scored his first goal in the 80th minute on a long outlet from the keeper Olson and then scored just two minutes later on a pass from Alex Young to make it 4-0 in the 82nd minute. Daniele Zaccagnini got on the scorecard late with a close range goal on another pass by Young, and the game came to an end with Oly Town taking their second win of the season, 5-0.The Artesians and the EPLWA now take a week off for Memorial Day and will return to action with a Friday/Saturday doubleheader at home on June 2 and 3. On Friday the 2nd, the Artesians will host Washington Premier South Sound FC at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday the 3rd, the Olympic Force will be in town at 4:00 p.m.. Both games will be played at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at The Evergreen State College.Keep up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansJT Meyer’s goal in the third minute gave the Oly Town Artesians a lead that they would not relinquish en route to a 5-0 victory over the Spokane Shadow on sunny Sunday afternoon at The Evergreen State College. Goalkeeper JJ Olson recorded his second straight clean sheet and Surf Wodajo scored two goals and added an assist to move the Artesians to 2-1-1 in Evergreen Premier League play.last_img read more

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Holy Cross Expanding and Renovating Historic Church

first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON – Half of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church is gone – demolished to make way for the new.It took a little getting used to for church officials who had difficulty seeing the church – with its long history – intentionally being torn down.Rev. Michael Manning, pastor of Holy Cross R.C. Church in Rumson, stands in front of the recently dismantled church, the first part of the renovation and expansion.“It was hard to watch it get started,” said the Rev. Michael Manning, pastor of the church, 30 Ward Ave., recalling how in July construction workers began the process of dismantling the rear portion of the church to prepare for the expansion and renovation project.Looking at what remains – the front portion of the structure, up to where the altar was located and will again be, the steeple topped by the cross atop and the front entrance – Manning said he is struck by “its simplicity.” That made the pastor think about the church’s beginnings in 1895 and the spiritual role it has played in the community since then.The actual severing of the back end of the building was accomplished in just two days with two workers operating what Manning described as large chainsaws and cherry pickers. After the building was bifurcated, other workers then helped with the demolition of it and the former church rectory and hauled away the debris.The work “was so quick,” it took Manning by surprise.Having the demolition done during the summer worked out well because the elementary school was closed and the students weren’t on hand.“I think some of the kids would have been upset” seeing the demolition, Manning said.Manning acknowledged there were some historic preservation advocates who were not pleased about the work and the loss of part of the original building. But Manning insisted the project has taken into consideration the site’s history and the new building will complement it.As the work continues, Manning said church staff members have been getting a lot of questions, and have seen people coming by to take photos of the half of a building and the deep pit that was dug behind it for the future work.“Mostly, they ask when will it be finished,” Manning said.People have been “a little surprised at how big the hole is and how little of the original church remains.”Pastoral assistant Lori La Plante, observed how reaction to the work has broken down by gender. Following Sunday Masses, which are being conducted in the elementary school’s gymnasium, women expressed some nostalgia about the loss of the old building; men were excited about the scope of the work and how quickly it was accomplished. “It really did split right down the middle,” La Plante said.The church project was discussed and planned for more than a decade, with Holy Cross officials looking to expand facilities to accommodate its growing congregation.The project is expected to be under construction until late 2014 and is likely to cost about $6 million, with Holy Cross representatives conducting a capital campaign to cover costs.Next week, workers are scheduled to start laying the foundation. Once that is done the construction will start moving forward at a good clip, Manning said.“We’ll now be on the con-struction part of it,” he said.last_img read more

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Redevelopment Continues at Fort

first_imgThe agreed upon price was $17.5 million. Somerset, owned by Ralph Zucker, plans to invest between $25 and $30 million in the project. On May 20, FMERA members voted unanimously to reduce the purchase price to $15.3 million after it was determined additional environmental work would be required. The former lodging area at Fort Monmouth along Parker Creek in Oceanport will require additional pilings and environmental work before it can be transformed into a new residential area with a waterfront esplanade. Courtesy FMERA According to Kristy Dantes, the director of facilities and infrastructure, on-site maintenance teams are transitioning to summer landscape maintenance mode and regularly checking buildings slated for sale or re-use, as well as assisting current developers.  “I don’t think there’s any project in Monmouth County that needs the designation more than Fort Monmouth,” Coffey said. “Oceanport has little or no control over development at the fort, FMERA does. We can say what we prefer. This designation puts tools in the box of municipalities under land use law and gives us more leeway, allowing us to offer PILOTS, payments in lieu of taxes. It helps us compete on an even keel with other municipalities.” By Laura D.C. Kolnoski “If the school was owned outright, we would get zero because it is a state university,” Coffey explained. “It’s a long-term arrangement and a win for the developer. It wouldn’t get built otherwise. It’s almost like a unicorn – a school paying taxes. I am enthused we are moving forward with this and will have a university in Oceanport. It will allow for those who can’t afford other colleges in the state to attend NJCU.”   The 89,492-square-foot McAfee Center, built in 1997, sits on a 50-acre parcel and is slated for reuse as a mixed-use technology campus. It has eight raised-floor dry labs, an anechoic chamber and a 16-foot loading dock. It has been aggressively marketed by FMERA, including a real estate showcase that drew numerous interested parties. A Request for Offers to Purchase for McAfee has been delayed by the pandemic, but is expected to be released soon, officials said.  May meeting highlights include the following.  Three fort parcels within Oceanport’s borders have been approved for the designation of Areas in Need of Redevelopment, two at the McAfee Center and Squier Hall, currently being redeveloped into a campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU). Borough Mayor Jay Coffey, a voting FMERA member, said the effort has been in the works for a while. After initially being studied and approved by the Oceanport Planning Board, it was approved by FMERA May 20, and voted on affirmatively by the borough council the following night. All three votes were unanimous.  “The proposals have been submitted to our internal review committee for scoring,” Steadman said, noting that as per FMERA rules, prospective buyers are not identified until proposals are reviewed and scored. “It is our plan to present a recommendation to our real estate committee at its June meeting.” “FMERA continues to make good progress on the fort’s redevelopment and all projects are moving forward in good faith,” said Sarah Giberson, senior marketing and development officer. “We are providing additional support to developers to ensure the successful redevelopment of properties currently under contract.”  Lodging Area, Oceanport Oceanport, FMERA Approve ‘Area in Need of Redevelopment’ Designation Somerset Development, the same firm that purchased and redeveloped the former Bell Labs in Holmdel into Bell Works, executed a contract in April 2018 for Fort Monmouth’s 15-acre Lodging Area along Parker Creek, a portion of which is located within the fort’s National Register Historic District. Somerset’s proposal calls for the demolition of six buildings to construct up to 148 townhomes and adaptively use two other buildings to satisfy the 20 percent affordable housing requirement on the property. center_img “Somerset found an unexpected problem that requires pilings and more, expected to cost $2.2 million,” said Robert Lucky, FMERA interim chairman. “They must certify hardship and use of the funds. Closing must be by Dec. 21 and we really need that to happen. It’s a very important development.” According to FMERA documents, “Purchaser (Somerset) certifies that is it experiencing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Tinton Falls Commercial Parcel  The article originally appeared in the May 28 – June 3, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “With COVID, my biggest concern is that we would have unfinished projects in buildings that have been empty for 10 years and are deteriorating,” Coffey continued. “It will mean $250,000 to $300,000 annually (for Oceanport).” Squier Hall has been purchased and is being redeveloped by KKF University Enterprises and will be leased to NJCU. In anticipation of reopening FMERA’s offices in the fort’s former library, plans are being made to implement safety measures including touch-less doors and heightened cleaning and sanitization, he added.  A PILOT is a payment made to compensate a government for some or all of the property tax revenue lost due to tax-exempt ownership or use of real property, often used to encourage a development project that might not otherwise be financially viable. Courtesy FMERA FMERA’s master reuse plan envisions office and research/development, along with commercial and light industrial uses in a campus-like setting for the property. FMERA executive director Bruce Steadman said the June meeting will “likely be held remotely as well,” adding, “We continue to send out marketing packets, answer phone calls and requests, have remote meetings, and push forward, albeit more slowly and with additional care.” FORT MONMOUTH – The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) held its third consecutive monthly meeting via teleconference May 20 as work continues on the redevelopment of the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base during the novel coronavirus pandemic.  Two bids were received by the virus-extended May 11 deadline for this 31-acre site formerly known as the Charles Wood Area. Located at Pearl Harbor Avenue and Pinebrook Road, it is the last major piece of unsold real estate in the borough’s section of the fort. (The fort also spans portions of Eatontown and Oceanport.) It includes the fort’s Pulse Power Building, Pistol Range, and a large administrative structure with a high bay garage. The minimum purchase price was set at $4.5 million.  The project will include a 50-foot waterfront esplanade along Parker Creek with a 12-foot-wide walkway that will connect to a promenade being created at the adjacent Allison Hall parcel, being redeveloped by another firm. That project will include a hotel, office, and retail on the riverfront.last_img read more

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D’AMATO’S IRISH-BRED HUNT COULD BE ‘NOW’ HORSE IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016)–Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Irish-bred Hunt, a sharp first condition allowance winner on Feb. 4, will hope to parlay his recent good form over the course into victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. Named in honor of the original Voice of Santa Anita, the Hernandez attracted a wide-open field of seven.Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, Hunt was attentive to the pace as the 5-2 favorite on Feb. 4, opened up by two lengths crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and prevailed by three quarters of a length in his hillside debut. A 4-year-old gelding, Hunt is owned by Michael House and is 12-2-5-1 overall with earnings of $91,109.A close second going a mile on turf in his U.S. debut at Del Mar Aug. 30, Hunt will be making his sixth stateside start on Sunday and will be ridden back by Prat.A winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes over the course in September, 2014, Tarabilla Farms’ Home Run Kitten never threatened here in the downhill Clockers’ Corner Stakes Jan. 24, but had been idle since May 9 and was likely in need of the race. Trained by David Hofmans, Home Run Kitten has two wins from five tries down the hill and he has an abundance of back class to draw upon.A 5-year-old horse by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten is 16-4-2-5 overall with earnings of $342,300.D’Amato will also send out Papacoolpapacool, who has been idle since well beaten in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 6. The Hernandez will be his first start down the hillside turf course.Devoid of early speed, trainer John Sadler’s Bench Warrant has two wins from five tries down the hill and has been finishing well in his last two hillside starts, the Clockers’ Corner Stakes on Jan. 24 and the Grade III Daytona Stakes on Dec. 26. Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., the 4-year-old colt by Street Boss is 12-3-0-1 overall with earnings of $191,470.The speed of the field is trainer Vann Belvoir’s Rocket Heat, who opened up early and was tagged late in both the Daytona and Clockers’ Corner Stakes and was most recently fourth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths, in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs on dirt Feb. 7. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Latent Heat, Rocket Heat is owned by Mike Sanchez. With an overall mark of 14-5-4-1, he has earnings of $214,680.Trainer Doug O’Neill’s Guns Loaded comes off a sharp second condition allowance win here going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track Feb. 20 and has a win and a second from four tries over the course. Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Haymes, Rodriguez and Rothblum, the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by the D’wildcat is 24-6-3-4 overall with earnings of $299,470.Class Racing Stable’s Holy Lute was attentive to the pace in the Clockers’ Corner Stakes here Jan. 24 and has a win and four seconds from seven hillside tries. Trained by Jim Cassidy, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute figures to get a stalking trip under Victor Espinoza. With an overall mark of 24-4-6-3, he has earnings of $402,042.The complete field for the Joe Hernandez Stakes, to be run as the fourth race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 120; Hunt, Flavien Prat, 122; Papacoolpapacool, Brice Blanc, 120; Rocket Heat, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 120; Guns Loaded, Santiago Gonzalez, 120, and Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 120.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Borough of San Fernando Valley would rival Manhattan

first_imgIt has been seven years since the Los Angeles City Charter was overhauled, and a key group figures it’s time to revise it again.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Task Force on Jobs and the Economy is developing a recommendation that calls for a new charter reform commission to look at streamlining the document to help make the city more business-friendly.And one task force member – who also was a key figure in the last charter overhaul – wants to return to more fundamental city-reform proposals.David Fleming, who now is president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said he wants to revive a proposal to create a borough system for the city. “There is no reason for them to support a new store or a new development if they get nothing out of it other than more traffic,” Fleming said.Fleming said he would leave the creation of the boroughs up to a new charter panel.And he noted one advantage of a new charter review could be to force a breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.“In some cities with boroughs, they each have their own school district,” Fleming said. “I don’t see why that couldn’t work here.”Bogged down in a summer of discontent in which he has seen his popularity plunge, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa can take heart from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s rebound.Newsom is up for re-election in November and is facing only token opposition – even after he was all but written off earlier this year.That’s when Newsom admitted to an affair, divorced his wife – television attorney Kimberly Guilfoyle – and went into an alcohol rehab program.A recall drive was announced but never got off the ground.Since then, Newsom has stuck to his job and polls now put his popularity at 80 percent.“I dealt with it, at least to the extent I could, in a very forthright manner and didn’t try to excuse it and didn’t try to nuance it,” Newsom told Bloomberg News. “That allowed us to move on after some very difficult weeks.”Villaraigosa lowered his own public profile after acknowledging his own separation, his impending divorce and his affair with television news anchor Mirthala Salinas.But he has not lost any of his fundraising clout.Last week, he held an event in Beverly Hills to bolster his officeholder account, with about 100 people attending the $1,000-a-head fundraiser in Beverly Hills.The Engineers and Architects Association – which staged walkouts last year to protest its lack of a contract with the city – is trying to organize staff workers and aides to City Council members.Offering workers a $4 gift certificate for a cup of coffee, the EAA said it wants to counter a proposal to create an association for the workers to negotiate on their behalf.An EAA representative said such an association would be a “worthless paper organization” with no political clout.It would be a dramatic change for the council’s workers – all of whom are political appointees who serve at the will of their bosses.But it also raises a number of questions, including what happens to them once their bosses leave political [email protected](213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We learned a lot last time and I think the time is ripe to do this again,” said Fleming, who worked with former Mayor Richard Riordan to qualify the plan that created the Elected Charter Reform Commission.Fleming said he will push to create a borough system in order to provide more local representation – and he wants to include public schools in that breakup plan.The San Fernando Valley, for example, is more populous than New York City’s borough of Manhattan.“Right now, there is no incentive for the different parts of the city to approve projects or businesses because they get no benefit,” Fleming said about L.A. “All the money goes downtown, and the services don’t come back.”Fleming said the plan to create neighborhood councils was a noble idea but has come up short in practice because of a lack of responsibility in decision-making and little community return on new investments.last_img read more

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