Ocean City Zoning Board Gives Boost to Condo Project at Stainton’s Building

first_imgArgus called the deed restriction “an impossible scenario” that would have hurt the condo project. “It allows people to get into the city and be part of the community and build an investment portfolio,” he said. There were fears in 2005, when the condos were first approved, that the project would create parking and traffic problems in the downtown area if rentals were allowed more frequently than two times a year. By Donald Wittkowski The existing retail shops on the ground floor of the four-story building on Asbury Avenue will remain open when the $6 million condo development is completed in early fall, Argus said. The condos are the latest iteration of the former Stainton’s Department Store, a century-old building that once served as the anchor of the downtown business district along Asbury Avenue. Most recently, the building has housed a gallery of retail shops. William McLees, the architect for the condo project, said it represents a “significant improvement” for the Asbury Avenue corridor. Developers Lester Argus and Brett Foxman are converting the top floors of the former Stainton’s Department Store into 22 condos ranging in price from $299,900 to $429,900. Developers Brett Foxman, left, and Lester Argus stand in front of an architectural rendering of their project. The developers recently secured a total of 10 extra parking spaces at three nearby lots to serve the condos. The 10 spaces will complement the condos’ main 24-space parking lot behind the Stainton’s building. The developers said they now have more than adequate parking capacity for the project. “I think it’s only going to benefit the restaurants if we have more people in and out,” said Norm Imber, owner of Cousin’s Restaurant at First Street and Asbury Avenue. The Ocean City Zoning Board voted 5-2 Wednesday night to lift a deed restrictionthat would have limited the renting of the condo units to just twice a year.The Zoning Board vote capped a 70-minute hearing that included testimony from planning and traffic experts representing the developers. The experts testified that the condo project would not cause parking or traffic headaches. But by a 5-2 vote Wednesday, the city’s Zoning Board removed the deed restriction at the developers’ request. The condo owners will now be free to rent out their units on a weekly basis to vacationers.center_img The board members also said that by allowing the condos to be rented out on a weekly basis, it would draw more visitors to the downtown area and provide a boost for local businesses. Jack Plackter, an attorney for the developers, predicted that the Stainton’s building will once again become “a centerpiece of the downtown commercial area of Ocean City.” Ocean City zoning officials voted Wednesday night to lift a deed restriction that was seen as an impediment for the transformation of a downtown landmark into luxury condominiums. The second floor of the landmark Stainton’s building on Asbury Avenue will be converted into office space. The building is pictured here in 2016 undergoing renovation. Board members who voted Wednesday to lift the deed restriction said it was convoluted and outdated. They cited the findings of the Ocean City Police Department, which concluded that weekly rentals at the Stainton’s condos would not create traffic or parking headaches. “A big, empty building in the middle of winter isn’t going to do anything for the businesses there,” board member Michael Buck said of the possible impact of restricting condo rentals to just twice a year. However, board members Richard Waddell and Marshall Schmeizer cast dissenting votes. They were skeptical about the reasons for removing the deed restriction. A few members of the business community turned out to support the condo project. They urged the Zoning Board to lift the deed restriction, arguing that weekly rentals would generate extra foot traffic in the downtown area. “It’s always been the white elephant on Asbury Avenue,” McLees said of the old building. Now that the restriction has been lifted, the condo owners will be able to generate additional rental income from their units, making it more affordable for them to invest in Ocean City, Argus noted. When the condo project was originally approved in 2005, the developers agreed to a deed restriction that would have limited the units from being rented out no more than two times per year.last_img read more

Press release: PM call with Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte: 3 June 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said: Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to the newly sworn-in Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte this evening on the phone. Prime Minister May congratulated Prime Minister Conte on his new role and on forming a new government. She said that their two countries had longstanding ties of friendship and cooperation and both of the leaders agreed they were looking forward to this continuing. The pair agreed that there were a number of important issues to carry on working on together. This included Brexit, where they noted the positive progress made on ensuring the rights of Italian citizens in the UK are protected after leaving the EU, as well as issues of bilateral cooperation, such as on migration, CT, and Libya. The UK is, Prime Minister May said, leaving the EU but it is not leaving Europe, and having good relations with the EU and member states was of great importance. The Prime Ministers said they were looking forward to meeting at the G7 later that week in Canada.last_img read more

Press release: UK universities recognised for excellence in cyber security research

first_imgThree new Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognised, including the first in Wales. Total number of Centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland boosted to 17. Three UK universities have been recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), highlighting the country is leading the way in cyber security skills.The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) have identified the University of Kent, King’s College London, and Cardiff University as having first-rate research with scale and impact.The universities will now join 14 other institutions in a scheme forming part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, which is making the UK the safest place to be online and helping to support the country’s thriving digital economy.The universities will now have the opportunity to bid for funding to develop cutting-edge research in cyber security, including at Doctoral level, as well as attend annual conferences and workshops.The scheme aims to create a better understanding of the strength of the UK’s academic capability in cyber security and identify areas where there are research opportunities or technical gaps. It makes collaboration between academia, business and government easier, and helps make sure cutting-edge research is turned into practical products and services. This includes developing tools to tackle mass marketing fraud online and better understand cyber criminals.Minister for Digital Margot James said: University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge Cardiff University University of Edinburgh University of Kent Imperial College London King’s College London Lancaster University Newcastle University University of Oxford Queen’s University Belfast Royal Holloway, University of London University of Southampton University of Surrey University of Warwick Professor Pete Burnap, Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity, and Director of the Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Analytics at Cardiff University said: The UK has world-class universities carrying out cutting edge research into all areas of cyber security. It’s fantastic to see three more universities recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence and I’m especially pleased that we now have centres in all home nations. The NCSC looks forward to collaborating with these institutions to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. The National Cyber Security Strategy includes a commitment to develop the cyber security profession in the UK. As part of this work the Government is consulting on how to develop the right skills, capabilities and professionalism for the industry. It includes a clear definition of objectives and proposes the creation of a new UK Cyber Security Council to coordinate delivery. The universities will be recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research until June 2022. Dr Jose M. Such, Director of the Centre, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Informatics at King’s College London said: Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Security Skills and Growth at the NCSC, said: University College London Shujun Li, Professor of Cyber Security and Director of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent, said: The ACE-CSR programme is supported by Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021.Notes to editorsList of institutions that are recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research are: We are thrilled to be recognised for the high-quality socio-technical cyber security research we conduct at King’s College London. This recognition acknowledges the critical and diverse mass of researchers working on this area at King’s from different but complementary angles and points of view. Our research focuses on three main research themes and their interrelationship: the use of AI for cyber security together with the cyber security of AI itself, the theoretical aspects of cyber security like verification and testing, and the socio-political and strategic aspects of cyber security. We are excited to be given the ACE-CSR status as an acknowledgement of the excellent research in cyber security at the University of Kent. Our research is truly interdisciplinary drawing on the expertise of colleagues from computer science and engineering as well as wider disciplines such as psychology, law, business and sociology. Our ambition is to have one of the largest and most productive cyber security research centres in the UK by 2022 as well as helping to grow the next-generation cyber security researchers. These universities are doing fantastic research in cyber security and they are rightly being recognised for their pioneering work. We have some of the best minds in the world working in the field and thanks to this scheme they can now help shape our National Cyber Security Strategy and develop the talent and services of tomorrow. Our consultation on developing the UK cyber security profession closes at5pm on 31 August 2018. We are delighted to receive this recognition as it evidences our long track-record of research excellence in cyber security. Our core identity is the interdisciplinary fusion of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, a concept we call Cyber Security Analytics. AI is at the heart of the UK government’s industrial strategy and our aim is to innovate with AI to improve automated cyber threat intelligence and support decision making and policy responses to make the UK more secure for individuals, business and the government. We are proud to be the first Welsh university to be recognised by NCSC for our cyber research capability, and we hope to build on the impressive expertise that already exists across the region between academia, government and business.last_img read more

Amazing Grace Sets Closing Date on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows After struggling with low grosses for some time, the sweet sound of Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony winner Chuck Cooper and more will no longer be heard in Amazing Grace on Broadway. Directed by Gabriel Barre and featuring music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, the production will shutter at the Nederlander Theatre on October 25. The new musical began previews on June 25 and officially opened on July 16. At time of closing, the show will have played 24 previews and 114 regular performances.Amazing Grace is based on the true story behind the beloved song. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, the show follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change that gave birth to the abolitionist movement. John Newton (Young), a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father—a slave trader—and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart (Mackey).The cast also includes Tom Hewitt, Chris Hoch, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land.Amazing Grace played a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago in fall 2014. A national tour of the production is being planned; further details will be announced later.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Amazing Grace Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 25, 2015last_img read more

‘Great Chill.’

first_img When the flowering process starts, the blooms will be susceptible to late frosts. Temperatures 28 degrees and lower can cause serious damage to peach blossoms and greatly reduce the crop. “We have varieties with chilling requirements ranging from 400 hours up to 1,000 hours,” Taylor said. “We’re at about 900 hours at Fort Valley now. That probably takes care of 95 percent of our varieties.” Blueberries will still bloom when chill hours are low, Krewer said. But the blooming will be strung out over a longer time. That makes it even more vulnerable to late freezes and makes it harder to control insects like thrips and gall midges. “We like to see 750 hours or more for most varieties, and we’ve got that now,” Krewer said. “The ‘great chill’ put the low-chill varieties back into dormancy and satisfied the higher-chill varieties’ requirements. It was like a miracle. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.” One of Two Nervous Times The shivery days were a blessing to peach growers, too, said UGA horticulturist Kathryn Taylor. Getting enough chill hours allows peach trees to produce plenty of blossoms and, ultimately, a bountiful harvest of sweet Georgia peaches. Winter Just in Time For Morris and other growers, the hard winter came just in time. “Three weeks ago the situation looked grim,” said Gerard Krewer, a small fruits specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In south Georgia, where about 10 percent of the Georgia crop is grown, Brooks County has now had 670 chill hours. “That will take care of the latest varieties,” Taylor said. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Peach growers needed the cold weather badly, coming off a year with very few chill hours, which raised their production costs. “Last year we were way behind,” Taylor said. “We never got enough chill hours.” Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Peaches Helped, Too “We had been behind in chill hours since mid-December,” Taylor said. “We’re still behind the 45-year average. But for most varieties, we have enough chill hours now to meet the minimum requirements.” Donnie Morris doesn’t describe the frigid weather of late January and early February the way many Georgians would. “I don’t know any other way to say it: it’s just wonderful,” Morris said.center_img ‘It Was Like a Miracle’ “Now the buds are dormant and are just sitting there ‘counting’ heat units,” Taylor said. “When they get enough heat units, they’ll begin to swell and then start blooming.” Peaches are more demanding than blueberries when it comes to chill hours. Coming up just 100 hours short can cause a major crop failure in many varieties. “Before the ‘great chill,’ the weather had been so mild,” Krewer said. “The low-chill varieties of Southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberries were on the verge of an extremely early bloom. They would have been in great danger of freeze damage.” Growers would like to get the 100 hours or so the highest-chilling varieties need. “But even if we get no more chill hours,” Taylor said, “most of our growers will be happy campers.” Photo: Kathryn Taylor “The more compact blooming time you have when the chill hour requirements are met usually improves pollination, since more varieties are blooming at the same time,” he said. “Our growers will be holding their breath until mid-April looking at frost events,” Taylor said. Almost all of the state’s 4,400 acres of blueberries are in south Georgia. But from mid-January through the first week of February, though, the chill hours in the area mounted fast. Blueberries, peaches and other fruits need a certain number of chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15. In the heart of blueberry country, Alma, Ga., had 790 chill hours as of Feb. 6. For Morris’ more than 200 acres of blueberries near Baxley, Ga., the almost constant cold was exactly what they needed. “We need about 700 chill hours,” he said, “and that’s about what we have now.” This winter’s cold weather has gotten growers past one of two nervous times in the peach growing season. The cold winter gives blueberry growers a brighter outlook for the $9 million Georgia crop. Georgia peach growers’ chances for a strong crop have been boosted by the winter chill. In a good year, the state’s peach crop brings farmers about $35 million.last_img read more

13 Plant multiplication

first_imgBy Bodie V. Pennisi Georgia Extension Service Saying someone has a green thumb usually means they can make anything grow. But it can also mean they are successful in multiplying their plants.If you’re like me, every time you walk into a garden center, you have a wave of jealousy mingled with pleasure. Plant collecting is my soft spot. But how do I get more plants, different species, even cultivars?Plant propagation is the answer. It lets me expand my plant collection without threatening my pocketbook.You can start your own collection of plants. All you need are a few tools and plants and lots of enthusiasm.Basic propagation toolsThe basic tools necessary for propagation are inexpensive and can be found in most garden stores. Start with various sizes of clay or plastic pots with drainage holes.You’ll also need potting mix with good aeration and water-holding capacity. Commercial-grade mixes from garden supply stores are OK. Or you can mix your own with equal parts perlite, vermiculite and milled sphagnum moss, or equal parts sand and peat moss.Use small river stones to keep the potting mix from coming out of the pot’s bottom.You’ll need rooting hormones, too, which are especially important if you’re propagating woody plants. And sharp clippers are necessary for taking cuttings or making cuts.Finally, you’ll need plastic bags or plastic wrap, alcohol for disinfecting the clippers, a misting nozzle and labels.Most garden flowers and vegetables are grown from seed. They need water, warmth and air to germinate. Whether you buy your seeds or collect from your plants in the garden, follow several simple steps. Plant them outside in the ground or inside in a container of potting mix. Plant larger seeds two to three times as deep as their greatest dimension. Very fine seeds should be barely covered. Water carefully, using a misting nozzle, and check every day to make sure the soil doesn’t dry out. If you’re starting seeds inside, keep them in a warm place (65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) until they germinate. Then move to a cooler place with plenty of light.If you want to just germinate seeds, spread them on a damp paper towel and leave them in a warm place. If you use mung beans or alfalfa seeds, you can eat the sprouts.Several optionsOne of the simplest vegetative propagation techniques is to remove plantlets from the mother plant. Plantlets are miniature, but complete plants, which grow by the side, or on the top, of the mother plant. Spider plant, strawberry begonia and some species of kalanchoe can be propagated that way.Division is one of the surest and easiest methods of plant propagation. It’s done almost exclusively to herbaceous plants. It’s important to divide plants when they’re dormant in spring or fall.A good rule to follow is to divide early-blooming species in the fall and late-blooming species in spring. Greenhouse and houseplants can be divided in the spring, when their new growth is about to begin.Propagation from cuttings may be made from tip cuttings, which consist of the apical bud and the first one or two nodes on the stem, or from a stem section containing a single node or several nodes. Simply stick the cutting into moist potting media, cover the pot with plastic and make sure the medium stays moist.We just grazed the surface of plant propagation. But it’s enough to get you started. So sharpen up your clippers and roll up your sleeves, ’cause it’s propagation time. Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 13 last_img read more

Elmont Murder Suspect Convicted

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was convicted Monday of shooting a 29-year-old man to death and seriously injuring a 51-year-old grandmother also hit by the gunfire in Elmont a year and ½ ago.A Nassau County jury found Wilfred Labossiere guilty of second-degree murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.Prosecutors said the 33-year-old Far Rockaway man was arrested hours after he fatally shot Christopher Mullings of Roosevelt during a family feud over Labossiere’s 3-year-old son on Nov. 26, 2012.Labossiere drove his son’s grandmother to the hospital before he fled the scene, police said at the time.Labossiere faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 1 before Judge Philip Grella.last_img read more

Obama calls for 35% cybersecurity spending bump

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr President Obama called for a 35% increase in federal cybersecurity spending when he sent his final budget blueprint to Capitol Hill Monday.“Cybersecurity is one of our most important national security challenges,” Obama said in a statement accompanying the budget. “As our economy becomes increasingly digital, more sensitive information is vulnerable to malicious cyber activity.” continue reading »last_img

Mulvaney to join NAFCU’s June 29 member call-in

first_imgHouse Financial Services Committee member Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., will provide credit unions his perspective on key issues during NAFCU’s June 29 member-only call-in, “2Q Advocacy Update.”Mulvaney last year introduced the NAFCU-backed “National Credit Union Administration Budget Transparency Act” (H.R. 2287/S. 924),  a bill to require NCUA to hold yearly budget hearings and release its draft budgets for comment. The House bill was marked up and reported favorably by the panel last December. In other action supported by NAFCU, he has called for a Government Accountability Office study of nearly every aspect of NCUA’s budgeting and expenditure practices.All members are encouraged to attend the June 29 call, said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Representative Mulvaney has been a staunch ally of credit unions, leading the push in the House for NCUA budget transparency,” Berger said. “We thank him for his support on this issue and look forward to hearing what he has to say during next week’s call.”Mulvaney will speak to NAFCU members at the top of the June 29 member-only call. Attendees will also hear from Berger, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler, Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio, Director of Regulatory Compliance Brandy Bruyere, Director of Political Affairs Dan O’Brien and Chief Economist and Director of Research Curt Long. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Camden offices: Prime doesn’t pay

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