Monday Agenda: New Ocean City Administrator Up for Approval

first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityCity Council meets on Monday afternoon next week, and council will vote on a recommended replacement for retiring Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo.Mayor Jay Gillian announced last week that he would seek council’s approval to appoint James Mallon to the post.Council will vote on the appointment at its public meeting 1 p.m. Monday (Dec. 29) at City Hall. A resolution will ask council to waive the residency requirement for the position.The city’s administrative code does not require applicants for the top administrative position to live in Ocean City, but they must move to the municipality once they’re hired. The code does allow the city to waive the requirement by vote of council.Mallon, 46, lives in Buena Vista Township in western Atlantic County with his wife and two children.The resolution does not specify a starting salary for Mallon. Dattilo makes a base salary of $130,000 annually, according to state pension records.Mallon was first hired by Ocean City in 1994 in the Recreation Department. He stayed for eight years before moving on to public and private sector jobs in Pennsylvania. He returned to Ocean City to work as Community Services director from 2010 to 2013.After a short stint as municipal administrator in Pine Hill, Mallon returned this spring to Ocean City as an aide to Gillian.Mallon has a bachelor’s degree from Glassboro Universityand a master’s in public administration from Rutgers.City Council also will consider the following agenda items:Police Station Inspection: City Council will vote on paying Czar Engineering of Egg Harbor Township $10,000 for a “due diligence study” of the police station building. A former school, the century-old structure will be inspected for structural, safety and code-compliance issues. The study could be a precursor to a renewed effort to find an updated space for the department.Attics in Ocean City Homes Neighborhood: City Council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance that provides relief for the only single-family neighborhood in Ocean City with a six-foot attic height limit. The proposed measure would allow attic heights of nine feet and eliminate a requirement for a pull-down stair (without affecting overall building height requirements).Police Contract: The city apparently has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Ocean City Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local No. 61. Details on labor agreements are typically not released until they are approved.Historic Grants: City Council will vote to accept three Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties from the New Jersey Historic Trust. The grants are for historic buildings that were damaged in the October 2012 Superstorm Sandy, including $501,000 for the Ocean City Transportation Center (10th and Haven), $143,031 for the U.S. Life Saving Station (Fourth and Atlantic) and $230,000 for City Hall (Ninth and Asbury).Appointments: City Council will vote to reappoint Jeffrey Frost to the Zoning Board, Edmond Speitel to the Ocean City Housing Authority, and Patricia Watts, Victor Plumbo and Martin Schlembach (first term) to the Aviation Advisory Board.See complete documentation for all agenda items below. Download (PDF, 8.64MB)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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New Police Contract Includes Raises of 1.25 to 1.5 Percent

first_imgThe Ocean City Police Station on the 800 block of Central Avenue.City Council agreed Monday to a new four-year contract with the police union in Ocean City.In a 7-0 vote, Council approved a collective bargaining agreement with Ocean City Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local No. 61 that calls for the following annual salary increases:Year 1: 1.5 percentYear 2: 1.25 percentYear 3: 1.25 percentYear 4: 1.25 percentThe agreement also requires police officers to pay higher co-payments in their health insurance plan. It is effective Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2018.The PBA agreement, which affects 56 officers, sets the tone for ongoing city’s negotiations with four other labor unions (including firefighters and municipal employees) whose contracts are expiring.Councilman Pete Guinosso argued for more transparency during labor negotiations — letting citizens know what’s in the works.“If you start negotiating out in the public, the taxpayers will lose,” Mayor Jay Gillian responded.He asked council to trust his administration to do the legwork.“We got an amazing deal here,” he said.Local 61 President Bob Koob said it was a “very amicable negotiation, relatively quick and painless.”He thanked his contract committee chairman, Dennis Jones, and said Chief Chad Callahan supported the agreement.He also said Gillian was “a very integral part of this” — along with former Business Administrator Mike Dattilo and City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson.“We really worked well together,” Koob said. “We’re not out to gouge the taxpayer, and we know we have to work within the 2 percent cap.”He said the ability not to have to use outside attorneys also saved money for taxpayers.****In a separate vote at Monday’s public meeting, City Council agreed to pay Czar Engineering of Egg Harbor Township $10,000 for a “due diligence study” of the police station building. A former school, the century-old structure will be inspected for structural, safety and code-compliance issues. The study could be a precursor to a renewed effort to find an updated space for the department.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Los Zetas, a Cartel of Former Military Personnel, Suspected of Killing Migrants

first_imgBy Dialogo April 14, 2011 Just like the rose bush produces roses, the army produces these degenerate paramilitary groups and how weird is that the USA continues selling them arms and pretending like nothing is happening. In this game those with power win and the powerless people always lose! Los Zetas, whose tentacles extend from the southern United States to Central America, are a group created by Mexican military personnel who deserted to join the Gulf cartel, with which they are now in confrontation, and in order to finance this dispute, they resort to kidnapping migrants and to other crimes. Their territorial base is in northeastern Mexico, where they are believed to have kidnapped several buses and murdered at least 116 people whose bodies were found this month in San Fernando, a town in the state of Tamaulipas, according to statements by the attorney-general, Marisela Morales, on Tuesday. Heriberto Lazcano (alias ‘El Lazca’) is considered the organization’s highest-ranking leader by the Mexican government, which has put a price on his head of more than two million dollars. Los Zetas usually wear black and use military ranks (“commanders,” “veterans,” “falcons,” and “cobras”), and they use “high-powered weapons and cutting-edge technology that they deploy in order to organize ransom operations and large-scale attacks,” a Mexican government document indicates. The Gulf cartel continues to handle the majority of cocaine trafficking, while Los Zetas, according to Guadalupe Cabrera, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Brownsville, have begun to expand into other crimes as well, such as kidnapping, extortion from retailers, and stealing fuel. According to Raúl Benítez, a researcher on security issues at the Autonomous University of Mexico, “they kidnap migrants in order to ask their relatives in the United States for ransom, or in the case of the poorest ones, in order to use them as ‘mules’ (porters) to bring cocaine” into the United States. In August, Los Zetas were alleged to be responsible for the massacre at a rural property in San Fernando of seventy-two migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Brazil, who had been on their way to the United States. In February 2010, a Texas court found several firms guilty of buying gasoline stolen by Los Zetas in Mexico. In June, Nicaragua seized a weapons stockpile from alleged members of the gang near Managua, and in the same month, Venezuela announced the detention of Luis Tello, a Colombian, whom it identified as a liaison for Los Zetas. In December, the Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency along the Mexican border for several weeks, in order to combat Los Zetas camps, and detained eighteen people. The gang was initially made up of around forty members of the Mexican Army’s special forces, recruited by then-first lieutenant Arturo Guzmán (alias Z-1, for his military code) to provide security for Gulf cartel boss Osiel Cárdenas. Cárdenas was arrested in 2003, extradited to the United States in 2007, and sentenced last year to twenty-five years in prison. Since then, Los Zetas have entered into a fratricidal dispute over control of the Gulf cartel that according to Mexico’s National Security Council had left 1,600 dead as of December.last_img read more

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Nassau OKs $262M for Bay Park Sewage Plant Repairs

first_imgBay Park Sewage Treatment PlantNassau County lawmakers have approved more than a quarter of a billion dollars in borrowing to fund repairs to the Sandy-damaged Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, but another half-billion is still needed.Legislators unanimously approved bonding for $262 million to fix the plant and its sister facility, the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Seaford, on Monday after Democrats initially refused to give Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber the supermajority votes needed to pass the full $722 million in borrowing that County Executive Ed Mangano requested.“We are committed to spending every single penny that necessary to renovate that plant,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) said afterward. “The idea would be to continue to talk and move ahead.”Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) added: “I hope that somehow within the next few days we’ll be able to continue that work toward compromise and get what we need to put this plan in action.”The vote followed hours of heated debate over adding to the cash-strapped county’s $3-billion debt load in order to fix the Bay Park plant, which failed during Sandy, flooding homes and waterways with sewage before temporary repairs got it back online a month later.Democrats cautioned that there needs to be oversight over such large amounts of money in light of investigations reportedly ongoing into prior Sandy contracts. Republicans warned that if the county doesn’t act fast, federal Sandy aid reimbursement funds could dry up or another storm could hit.“We can’t continue to wait,” Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, told the legislators amid the debate. “We’ve become very casual about sewage coming to our waterways. It’s sickening.”Mangano in May led residents on a tour of the Bay Park plant that serves about 40 percent of the county to outline upgrade plans to ensure it won’t fail in future storms and install an ocean outflow pipe that would extend passed the current one in Reynolds Channel. That tour followed a report that found that Bay Park’s Sandy spill was the worst in New York State and the second worst in the Northeast. Before the storm, the rickety state of Bay Park and its sister plant, Cedar Creek, had been the subject of a Press investigative series.The borrowing still needs to be approved by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the state-appointed fiscal control board that has yet to meet since Democrats and Republicans broke a longstanding stalemate last month over bonding to pay for overdue property tax refunds.In a back-and-forth with legislators over the sewage plant repair money, Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker warned: “You cant afford to take the risk and wait.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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Marion Township receives new fire apparatus

first_imgDecatur County, In. — The Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department has received a new apparatus.The M2-106 Freightliner has a Cummins L9 350EV HP engine and a 3000 EVS Allison Transmission. The apparatus is equipped with a Hale MBP 1000 PTO Pump, 2,100-gallon portable tank and a Kussmaul Air and Battery Conditioner with a manual connection.last_img

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USC is prepared for season’s longest road trip

first_imgThe USC football team continued to prepare for its long road trip to Boston at practice on Wednesday. Head coach Steve Sarkisian called it a productive day and  praised the Trojans’ execution and energy.Step right up · Sophomore linebacker Michael Hutchings will start in the place of suspended senior captain Hayes Pullard in Saturday’s game at Boston College. Hutchings has four total tackles this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanNo Campfire SongsUSC will face another tough test on Saturday as they travel more than 3,000 miles to play the Boston College Eagles in an attempt to improve their record to 3-0. Though the team will be making quite a trek, Sarkisian stressed the importance of focusing more on the game than the location.“We [need to] keep doing things the way we do them regardless of who the opponent is or where we’re headed,” Sarkisian said. “Ultimately, it’s going to be about how we play Saturday night.”The Trojans understand that it is always a challenge to play on the road, but coming off a huge conference win at Stanford, the team is prepared to deal with adversity and rally around the challenges that a road game entails.“It wasn’t us sitting around a campfire and singing songs together,” Sarkisian said in reference to the Stanford trip. “It was hard. It was grueling. It was guys potentially wanting to tap out, coaches included … [But] you rely on the people around you to keep building you back up and [motivate you].”Sarkisian did not seem worried about a letdown following such an emotional victory against Stanford. He emphasized the focus and preparation of the team and hopes to see even more improvement as the week goes on.Fighting through the painAfter winning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Stanford, junior defensive end Leonard Williams is still dealing with an ankle injury that nearly kept him from playing last week and has limited his availability in practice. Though his injury might prove to be bothersome, the defensive captain is determined to play in Boston.“The reason I go out there and try to fight through all these games is because I want to have a good season this year … I want to take this team as far as possible,” Williams said. “I’d never want to sit on the sideline and watch them fight through a tough game knowing I can’t help out.”Williams made it clear that his ankle feels better than it did in the week of practice leading up to the Stanford game, and when asked if there was a chance that he might not be able to play on Saturday, Williams responded, “No, I’m going to play.”Williams should get the opportunity to repeat his dominant performance from Saturday against the Eagles as long as he remains healthy, and after Wednesday’s practice, he appears to be ready.“Obviously we got more work out of Leonard today than we did yesterday, which is a positive,” Sarkisian said. “Our goal is to go win the game. If Leonard is healthy enough to play, he’s going to play.”Time to step upDue to his ejection in the second half of the Stanford game, redshirt senior linebacker Hayes Pullard is required to sit out the first half of Saturday’s game. Stepping into his starting role will be sophomore Michael Hutchings, who seemed prepared and excited to contribute on the defensive end.“I feel like I’ve played well. I study Hayes’ every move,” Hutchings said. “I feel like I’m ready to take on this moment.”While Hutchings will not have to stop the struggling Eagles’ offense on his own, he will be called upon to be a leader for the defensive unit at the strong side inside linebacker position. Other members of the defensive unit have expressed their support for the inexperienced Antioch, California native.“The team lets him know that we count on him and we trust him,” Williams said. “We let him know that he can handle it.”last_img read more

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The Final Round of Qualifiers for the UEFA EURO 2020 live and exclusive on…

first_imgAdvertisement 5cdyNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsllhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efjx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yzWould you ever consider trying this?😱wjswrCan your students do this? 🌚gbldnhRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Final Qualifying Stages for the UEFA EURO 2020 are all set to commence in the final international football break of 2019. Six sides, namely Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Spain, have already sealed their spots at the upcoming mega tournament however, other top UEFA member associations are still vying to make it to the remaining 14 spots through these Qualifiers. Advertisement  Some of the strongest European football superpowers will look at utilizing this platform to win a spot in the prestigious tournament. Let’s take a look at some of the key matches to watch out for in the final stages of the Qualifying group stages of the UEFA EURO 2020: Advertisement   Advertisement England vs. Montenegro  England started off the campaign as favourites and still take that spot but with the recent clash between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez possibly upsetting the status quo, this group stage match became all the more exciting for fans. The match this weekend will be England’s 1000th international game against Montenegro and the last match ended with an embarrassing defeat for the latter but they will look to turn things around this time. Gareth Southgate’s squad convened three points to make it to the top of Group A, and need just one more point from their two remaining games to seal their place at next summer’s European Championships. However, having said that, the fans can expect nothing less than fireworks at the stadium while these two play it rough to seal a qualification spot at UEFA EURO 2020 this weekend.Watch England vs. Montenegro Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 15th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST).   Portugal vs. Lithuania  The current European champions Portugal are all set to host Lithuania at the Estadio Algarve, which might prove to be a crucial match for the home side in Group B to qualify this year. Portugal entered the qualifying campaign as favourites being the Defending Champions, but faced a major setback and lost the spot by losing against Ukraine. Lithuania, on the other hand, have a poor record as they have only managed to win one away game in the 11 matches, making their chances seem bleak against the powerhouse that is Cristiano Ronaldo & Co.  Watch Portugal vs. Lithuania Live and Exclusive on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD on 15th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST).   France vs. Moldova  France’s inability to win their division in the UEFA Nations League makes the European Championships 2020 qualification stage much more important for the FIFA World Cup winners. With a four-match winning run ending with a 1-1 draw at home to Turkey last month, France is sure of their qualification if they win this fixture. Moldova, on the other hand,  have lost seven of their eight matches in this qualifying campaign, with only two more teams with them sharing the bottom of the qualifiers. It is predicted that the appointment of their new coach also hasn’t given the team a lot of time for coordination and strategy, which can possibly be the reason of their for their performance.  Watch France vs. Moldova Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 15th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST).   Romania vs. Sweden  A place at the 2020 European Championship will be at stake when Romania and Sweden face each other at Arena Nationala. With only one point separating the two teams in the standings, a close encounter is on the horizon, and, the fans can expect nothing less than fireworks at the showdown this weekend. Romania are undefeated in the previous three group games, and the game against Sweden will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Hence, currently the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and the Swedes on the contrary, have suffered only one loss in Euro 2020 qualifiers. So it’s predicted that either they are going to grab something from Arena Nationala clash, or the fans are ready to bet for a draw!  Watch Spain vs. Malta Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 16th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST).   Russia vs. Belgium  The top position in Group I will be at stake when Russia and Belgium face each other at Saint-Petersburg Stadium, making it the most crucial matches of the league so far. The Russians are on a seven-game winning run in the EURO 2020 qualifiers, and will go that extra mile to block the spot. The Belgians, on the contrary have passed their qualification and are likely be a little stress-free but will certainly pose a much bigger threat to the hosts than their previous rivals.  Russia, on the game point of view, are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Group I derby as they are three points behind Belgium in the standings. The two last met in Brussels where Belgium defeated Russia with a 3-1.  Watch Russia vs. Belgium Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 16th November 2019 at 10:30 pm (IST).   Germany vs. Belarus  Germany will now be eyeing a back-to-back win in Group C while they travel to Belarus for their second EURO 2020 qualification match this weekend, while Belarus, the overwhelming underdogs entering this match staring at a third straight defeat in the section. The White Wings have never qualified for the finals of a World Cup or European Championships, and it seems unlikely that they will be able to do that even now. Germany, on the other hand opened their qualification campaign with a brilliant 3-2 win away against the Netherlands. The 90-minute strike from Nico Schulz which secured all three points, made them eye for another victory, which was followed by an astonishing win over Estonia with 0-3 score. Germany have qualified for every European Championship since 1968. They are three-time winners of the competition but have not triumphed since EURO 1996 in England.   Watch Germany vs. Belarus Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 17th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST).   Croatia vs. Slovakia   All eyes will be on Stadion HNK Rijeka when Croatia and Slovakia face each other in the Group E derby for the Euro Qualifiers this season. Croatia, who are rising to become the favorites especially after their stellar World Cup performance, are only one point away from booking their place at the EURO 2020, and so it is likely that they choose to play defensive in order to be extra cautious. Seeing that the Croats would not be an easy task at home, it would be interesting to watch the Slovakians put their best foot forward under the strategic guidance of their coach. Pavel Hapel’s men play host to Azerbaijan in their last qualifying match, and a victory over the former Soviet Republic is likely to help them qualify for the next year’s showpiece tournament. So far, there have been no news of any suspensions and injuries and the path seems clear with the fans of both sides awaiting a clash of all times.  Watch Croatia vs. Slovakia Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 17th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST).  UEFA EURO 2020 is set to be amongst the most exciting sporting tournaments of 2020 and the Qualifiers this year are setting the stage for the prestigious tournament. Apart from this fan-favourite tournament, Indian fans can catch the best footballing action in the world only on Sony Pictures Sports Network this season with premier international properties like Serie A, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019, UEFA EURO 2020 and many more.  Watch the European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 live and exclusive from 14th November 2019 onwards only on Sony Pictures Sports Network.  DateTimeMatchBroadcast Destination14/11/1922:30Turkey vs. IcelandSony Ten 2 & HD15/11/1901:15England vs. MontenegroSony Ten 2 & HD15/11/1901:15Portugal vs. LithuaniaSony Six & HD15/11/1901:15France vs. MoldovaSony Ten 1 & HD15/11/1922:30Finland vs. LiechtensteinSony Ten 2 & HD15/11/1922:30Armenia vs. GreeceSony Ten 1 & HD16/11/1901:15Denmark vs. GibraltarSony Six & HD16/11/1901:15Spain vs. MaltaSony Ten 2 & HD16/11/1901:15Romania vs. SwedenSony  Ten 1 & HD16/11/1901:15Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. ItalySony Ten 3 & HD16/11/1919:30Cyprus vs. ScotlandSony Ten 1 & HD16/11/1922:30Russia vs. BelgiumSony Ten 2 & HD17/11/1901:15Northern Ireland vs. NetherlandsSony Six & HD17/11/1901:15Germany vs. BelarusSony Ten 2 & HD17/11/1901:15Croatia vs. SlovakiaSony Ten 1 & HD17/11/1901:15Israel vs. PolandSony Ten 3 & HD17/11/1919:30Serbia vs. UkraineSony Ten 1 & HD17/11/1922:30Kosovo vs. EnglandSony Ten 2 & HD18/11/1901:15Moldova vs. IcelandSony Six & HD18/11/1901:15Andorra vs. TurkeySony Ten 1 & HD18/11/1901:15Albania vs. FranceSony Ten 2 & HD Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hotel Hearing Postponed Over Height Issue

first_imgRED BANK — A proposal to construct a six-story hotel at the borough’s northern entrance, which has seen its share of wrinkles, developed ano encountered another on Monday when Ron Gasiorowski, an attorney representing an objector to the application, said that the height of the proposed structure exceeds what is permitted under borough ordinances.The planning board had been scheduled to continue hearing the application by RBank Capital LLC to construct a 76-room Hampton Inn, at the Highway 35 and Rector Place intersection, overlooking the Swimming River.But after a discussion between representatives for the developer, the objector and the planning board attorney the hearing was adjourned until January.The hearing was placed on hold when a representative for the objector discovered a provision in a borough ordinance that restricts a building’s height to 50 feet in the zone if it falls halfway between the river and the nearest parallel roadway, with the ordinance pertaining to such roadways as Front Street, Riverside Avenue, Rector Place and Shrewsbury Avenue.According to prior testimony, the height of the proposed hotel is approximately 80 feet.Following the adjournment, Planning Board Attorney Michael Leckstein  said that when hearings resume, the attorney for the developer, Martin A. McGann Jr. will have to show that the project does not violate the ordinance.“I’m not aware of that section,” (of the applicable ordinance) and would have to review it, Leckstein said. Board Engineer Christine Ballard agreed, noting that the language of the ordinance was not clear. “It’s very fuzzy,” she said.McGann said afterwards that the issue at hand is “a very technical point,” but one “I think we’ll be able to address it at the next meeting,” on Jan. 18.This is the latest development in the long hearings on this matter, which over the months has seen a debate over whether it should be heard by the zoning board or planning; over the zoning of the property, and if this would be deemed a permitted use, and the borough council’s decision to change the zoning in hopes of clarifying the issue. A borough resident also brought a lawsuit against the board and developer seeking to block the project, expressing concerns over the size and scope of the plan and arguing it should go before the zoning board to seek a use variance. There also  was considerable debate over who is actually the objector, with the objector’s attorney, Ron Gasiorowski, acknowledging there is another party that is paying for the lawsuit, but the lawyer refuses to name that additional party.If the application does violate the ordinance provision, it could mean the application would have to go before the borough zoning board of adjustment (as the named objector, borough resident Steve Mitchell, has maintained in his suit) to seek a variance for a non-permitted use, which has a considerably higher burden of proof than would be required before the planning board. That would mean the process would have to start from the beginning before the zoning board.The developer would like to construct the hotel on the site of a former Exxon gas station, which has been vacant for approximately 14 years. Mitchell, the objector, has argued the project violates existing zoning, is too large for the site, as well as raising issue with contamination of the property.last_img read more

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Tommy’s Plan for Expansion, Outdoor Games Is Challenged

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT-Who knew that bocce and cornhole could generate so much controversy?Residents of the Nautilus Condominiums in the borough did, and are continuing to fight the plans of Tommy Bonfiglio, the owner of the popular Tommy’s Tavern + Tap on Ocean Avenue, to place a bocce court and several cornhole tossing games in an area that borders the Shrewsbury River behind the restaurant, adjacent to their home.The bocce court was put in play when the restaurant opened in the summer of 2015. But after noise complaints, the bocce balls were stored away last summer. Outdoor noise is new to the neighborhood, since the building that houses Tommy’s used to serve as the town’s post office until it was wrecked in Super Storm Sandy.Now, Bonfiglio wants to resume the games. It’s part of his application before the Unified Planning Board to utilize a portion of the restaurant’s second floor for private parties, and add a 29-space parking lot next to his restaurant. (Before Sandy, it was a Sunoco gas station.)The area where the bocce court is located, Bonfiglio said, is fenced in with gates and would be closed at 10 p.m. The idea is to give patrons waiting for tables something to do, instead of crowding the hostess desk and bar in the front.At the board meeting on Tuesday night, Bonfiglio said that no food or drinks would be served in the fenced area but patrons could carry drinks there from the bar, and there would be several high top tables in the area for standing, not sitting.He estimated that 79 people could be accommodated in the area, but board member David DeSio said he observed around 100 people there, when the area was open.Dennis McLynn, who owns a condominium at the Nautilus, said he had spoken to Bonfiglio two years ago and asked him why he had put the bocce court at the north end of the open area in back of the restaurant, right next to the property line adjacent to the Nautilus, rather than at the south end, which would be a longer distance from the condominium and cause less noise for the residents there. He said Bonfiglio responded that the south end was reserved for a future tiki bar.McLynn said he fears that next year Bonfiglio will be looking for board approval to add a tiki bar to the riverside site.Stephen Raciti, the architect for the Tommy’s project, outlined the changes he had made to alleviate the noise from the restaurant, including soundproofing on a canopy on the rear outside dining area that faces toward the Nautilus, and soundproofing in a portion of the roof of the canopy.Ron Gasiorowski, an attorney representing Hank Gelhaus, who lives across the river from Tommy’s and objects to the noise, questioned Marc Leber, the engineer for Bonfiglio’s application. He asked if he was aware that Bonfiglio attended a meeting held by Monmouth County officials in April, at which the plans for moving the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge were discussed. Leber said he was not aware of it.At the meetings concerning the moving of the bridge, the county has said that the parking lot now being used to fulfill the parking requirements for Tommy’s application to make the upstairs room into a space for private parties was necessary for bridge plans to accommodate left hand turns from Ocean Avenue, for access to the Dunkin’ Donuts area.Bonfiglio’s attorney Martin McGann said after the last board meeting that the county had told him it would not stop his client with proceeding with his plans to use the lot for the restaurant’s parking application. “It’s our property,” he said.The board will continue hearings on the application on January 24.last_img read more

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2013 NSW Junior State Cup

first_imgwww.facebook.com/nswtouch And don’t forget to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ NSWTA their social media pages: The 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup event is the first to be held in Port Macquarie, after having been played in Wollongong for the past 12 years. The Junior State Cup will be held in Port Macquarie for the next three events, from 2013-2015. New South Wales’ best junior Touch Football talent will be on display in Port Macquarie this weekend when they compete in the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior State Cup. Round games will be played on Saturday as well as Sunday morning, before finals are played on Sunday afternoon. www.twitter.com/nsw_touch www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net center_img Highlights of the event will be uploaded to the NSWTA YouTube channel, which can be found by clicking on the link below: www.youtube.com/nswta Related LinksNSW Junior State Cup Teams from across the state will compete in the following divisions – 10’s Boys and Girls, 12’s Boys and Girls, 14’s Boys and Girls, 16’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Boys and Girls. 288 teams will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Tuffins Lane precinct for the event, coming from all areas across the state for the two day event, which will be played on Saturday, 16 February and Sunday, 17 February 2013. For all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup, please visit the NSWTA event website:last_img read more

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