Ocean City Board Vote Delayed for Soleil Condo-Hotel

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiOpponents sparred with the developer of a proposed condo-hotel during an Ocean City Planning Board hearing Wednesday night that ended with no vote on the project.Instead, the board decided to continue the hearing for the six-story Soleil Resort until its April 6 meeting. It marked the second time in two months that the board delayed voting.Despite the lack of a vote, some fireworks were exchanged between the attorney representing the developer, Select Properties Inc., and the lawyer for the project’s chief opponent, the Flanders Hotel.The 111-unit Soleil Resort is proposed on vacant land that now serves as a parking lot next to the Flanders at the corner of Ocean Avenue and 11th Street. Soleil potentially represents a formidable competitor for the historic Flanders, one of the city’s iconic businesses.Flanders attorney Christopher Baylinson accused Select Properties of playing “a trick” by revising its plans to try to quell public criticism.“That’s not how this game is played,” Baylinson said.“It’s not a game,” shot back Nicholas Talvacchia, Select’s attorney. “We have a right to hear your objections.”Select is expected to submit revised plans to the board next week. John Heckler, a principal with Select, said the changes will address concerns raised by the public about Soleil’s parking, traffic flow, signage and hotel operations.During last month’s planning board hearing, more than 20 members of the public, many of them condo owners at the Flanders, spoke against the Soleil. They claimed the project would cause parking and traffic disruptions in the heart of town.In an interview after Wednesday’s hearing, Heckler stressed that he is “definitely” committed to building the project despite the opposition from the Flanders.The proposed site for the Soleil is within a redevelopment zone that envisions a “first-class resort hotel.” Critics allege that Select has no serious plans to build a hotel and simply wants to develop a condo project.An architect’s drawing shows how the proposed Soleil condominium-hotel complex might look at 11th Street and Ocean Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.Heckler and Joe Ernst, another principal in the development group, strongly denied those allegations.“It’s going to operate as a hotel,” Heckler said.“This property will operate with more hotel amenities than any other hotel on the island,” Ernst added.Features of the project include hotel-style maid service, valet parking and professional management. Select has pledged that Soleil would operate as a hotel at all times.However, a professional planner representing the Flanders scoffed at those claims. He said the Soleil is really a condo project in disguise and would lack the amenities to truly function as a hotel.“This looks like a residential project to me, not a hotel,” said planner Vincent Orlando of Engineering Design Associates in Upper Township.Orlando also criticized the Soleil’s proposed traffic flow, parking arrangements and signage. He said the project would not conform to the city’s redevelopment plan for a resort hotel at the site.According to Orlando, Select has engaged in a “classic bait and switch” by revising the project after a proposed hotel was approved by the planning board for the same site in 2007.Talvacchia, though, said it was another development group that wanted to develop the 2007 project. When that project failed to secure financing, the Pennsylvania-based Select Properties stepped in to take control of the development site.Soleil’s proposed hybrid condo-hotel ownership structure is crucial for securing financing for the project. Soleil’s condo owners would make their units available to overnight guests to satisfy the city’s requirement for the property to operate as a hotel at “all times.”Condo owners would not be allowed to stay in their units for more than 120 days per year, freeing up the rooms for hotel guests most of the time, Select has said.last_img read more

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Ashmita Chaliha wins gold Medal in Women’s Singles Badminton Tournament

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: New Badminton star Ashmita Chaliha added another feather in her career. The shuttler from Assam won Gold Medal in the Women’s Singles Event of All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament which concluded at Jodhpur yesterday. In the final, she defeated Rituparna Das (Petroleum) by 21-13, 21-18.Also Read: Satwik-Chirag End Second-Best in French Open Badminton TournamentAlso Watch: Bodoland International Paragliding Accuracy Championship beginslast_img

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Monmouth Boat Club Elects 2012 Officers and Supervisors

first_imgRED BANK – Monmouth Boat Club’s incoming commodore and vice commodore know the club well.Incoming Monmouth Boat Club Commodore Skip Bugbeesailing on the Navesink River.Commodore-elect Skip Bugbee’s family joined MBC in the 1960s while Pat Corr’s family has been members since the 1950s. The two will lead a group of veteran and new flag officers and supervisors elected to manage the 133-year-old MBC for the coming year.The incoming commodore, who lives in Middletown, has served as treasurer, 2nd rear commodore and vice commodore as well as grounds supervisor.Corr, the incoming vice commodore who lives in Port Monmouth, has served as house supervisor and 2nd rear commodore and has been the responsible for maintaining the club hoists for many years. Corr’s dad also served as commodore.Joining Bugbee and Corr as flag officers are Joe Cahill, moving from financial secretary to 1st rear commodore; Jackie Cattanach, moving from 3rd rear commodore to 2nd rear commodore; Keith Johnson, moving from 1st rear commodore to 3rd rear commodore; Taugh Lynch, moving from assistant financial secretary to fleet captain; Peter Richardson, returning for his third term as recording secretary; David Cheslow, moving from assistant treasurer to treasurer; Bob Kent, taking over as assistant treasurer; and Tom Bean, assuming the financial secretary post with Tim Unsinn as his assistant.Supervisors for 2013 are: Bob Hill and Glenn Bloodgood, house; Randy Dickerson, floats; Bob Markoff, grounds; Grae Morrison, moorings; Eric McClathie, data administration; Renee Dasaro, junior program; Denis Farley, adult sailing; Jules Borrus, insurance; Dot Lucyk and Karen Gerstenmeir, social and Art Petrosemolo, web.New terms begin Jan. 1.last_img read more

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Nine Donegal projects receive €585,000 from Udaras

first_imgA total of nine projects across Donegal have received €585,000 under a new €4m funding packagefor the implementation of Udaras na Gaeltachta’s Community and Language Development Programme for 2019.It represents an increase of €124,000 for Donegal projects from last year.The €4.225 million budget for 2019 represents an increase of €530,000 which is part-funded by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Donegal projects to receive funding include:Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór Teo which receives €107,000.Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair Teo receives €73,500Comharchumann na nOileán Beag Teo receives €36,000. Lár Chomhairle Paróiste Gleann Cholm Cille CTR receives €60,500Céim Aniar CTR receives €66,000Pobal Eascarrach CTR receives €47,000Forbairt Eachla CTR receives €48,000Fánaid (to be established) – €40,000 Nine Donegal projects receive €585,000 from Udaras was last modified: March 8th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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World Autism Day celebrations kick off in Letterkenny

first_imgToday is World Autism Awareness Day – a day when local buildings are lit up in blue and autism-friendly events are held around Donegal.April 2nd is also a day to encourage full inclusion and to campaign for better support for people with autism.The Autism Family Support Group in Letterkenny will mark the occasion with a Tea and Scones Morning for all ages at the centre on Convent Road. All are welcome to the free event from 10.30am to 2pm. Meanwhile, the Sinn Féin party is moving forward a Private Member’s Motion to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism.This is the first of its kind in Ireland and calls for the development and implementation of an interdepartmental Autism Empowerment Strategy.Donegal TD Pearse Doherty and local representatives have publically backed the bill, which calls for the establishment of a multi-disciplinary Task Force including individuals with autism and families to oversee the rollout of an strategy and monitor legislative oversight.For more information on local supports visit the Autism Family Support Group Letterkenny on Facebook. World Autism Day celebrations kick off in Letterkenny was last modified: April 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BMX – the cool factor

first_imgSifiso Skizo Nhlapo wants to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in the country. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do. Injuries, breaks and bruises are all part of the game. If you don’t crash then you aren’t learning. Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.(Images: Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mark Squire+ 27 82 445 5551Wilma den HartighSouth African BMX racing champion Sifiso Nhlapo has secured his spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But for Nhlapo his participation in the Olympics is about more than the adrenalin rush and winning medals, his dream is to get more kids onto bikes by developing the sport in South Africa.When Nhlapo, better known as Skizo (a childhood name used to distinguish him from another boy at school with the same name) was a youngster, he never had any aspirations to become a professional BMX rider. In fact, he wanted to be a policeman. He liked the action, the cars and racing around to catch the bad guys.Cycling around the neighbourhood on his BMX bike with his friends was just for fun. He remembers sticking up posters of his racing heroes on his bedroom walls, but he never thought BMX racing would one day be his profession.“I never thought I would become a successful racer,” he says. “My bike gave me freedom and it was just a mode of transport. I had friends at school who raced and it was a cool thing to do.”Fortunately his mom, who he names as his hero, quickly spotted her son’s talent. “She always supported me when I was young,” he says. “Where many parents would get nervous about child being involved in such a dangerous sport she could see it made me happy.”Another go at the OlympicsNhlapo started racing when he was 13 years old, which is considered a late entry into the sport. However, at 25, he has reached the top of his game and he has a huge fan base.This will be his second time at the Olympics – he first participated in the games in 2008 in Beijing when BMX racing made its debut to join the road, track and mountain bike events.Unfortunately he crashed in the finals, but he says that just qualifying and having an opportunity to compete in Beijing was a major achievement in itself.“My first experience of the Olympics was just awesome. It was a great honour to represent my country.”Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.Now, just weeks before competing against the world’s best BMX racers in London, Nhlapo is calm and focused. And he believes that this is the way it should be. His day at the Olympics is going to be just another day on the track.“I try to have fun on the day and I try not to think too much about the competition,” he says.Staying calm and focused in high pressure situations is an important skill for a BMX racer. It is one of the more difficult sports to master and requires a great deal of technical expertise and mental ability.‘You have to work hard and never give up,” he says.Nerves of steelPerhaps even more remarkable than Nhlapo’s talent and skill on the bike is his determination to continue racing despite numerous setbacks, some that could have ended his career.“Challenges taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of achieving,” he says.His career has been filled with many ups and downs, and one of his most serious injuries occurred in 2009 when he broke his neck after a big crash while training in Norway. He underwent surgery and although some people thought that he should stay off the bike, he wasn’t about to give up so easily.“I always knew that I would come back. The only thing that would have stopped me was being in a wheelchair,” he says. “Crashing is part of the game and if you don’t crash then you aren’t learning.”After 10 months of intensive rehab, he was back on the track, doing what he loves most.“BMX is all I know. It is my life,” he says.Nhlapo says he is thankful to get another chance. “You respect all the chances you are given,” he says. “I can use my arms and legs and I’m grateful for the gift. It made me the person I am today.”Sport development in SAOne of Nhlapo’s biggest dreams is to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in South Africa. BMX was very popular in the 1980s, but since then the sport has declined. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do.“With television games and TV kids are no longer getting out there and getting dirty,” he says.He’s involved in BMX development initiatives, and has hosted the Red Bull Under My Wings workshop, aimed at educating young BMX hopefuls on what it takes to build a successful career.The aim of the Red Bull program is to provide young athletes with valuable tools such as one-on-one guidance and expert mentoring to develop their skills in the sport they love.He believes that getting the sport into schools can increase the popularity of BMX again, and even encourage some children to pursue it more seriously.“My dream is to campaign for BMX to be part of the school curriculum,” he says.He says that good old-fashioned playing outdoors is just what children need. “It would give kids something to do after school. It is a constructive activity to keep them busy and off the streets.”The lack of proper training facilities is preventing the sport from taking off in South Africa, but one day Nhlapo would like to develop and manage more BMX facilities in the country.“The sport has great potential and I would like to build something sustainable,” he says.And his advice to anyone who wants to accomplish something great? “Never give up on your dreams.”last_img read more

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Cartoon: Freeze! Zoom! Enhance! Turn Lead Into Gold!

first_imgrob cottingham It’s getting to be a joke: the magic things cops can do with computers. “Wait – there’s a reflection in the teakettle! Magnify! Enhance! Now pull a DNA sample from the image! I don’t care, just do it – boost the power if you have to! Crossmatch it with every person named Brent in the continental United States! Damn, this new version of GIMP rocks!”Annnnd… DING! Three seconds later, up pops the photo of the perpetrator, out go the cops to haul him in and America sleeps a little more soundly tonight. We’ve grown to accept this, partly because without these little storytelling cheats our streets would be crawling with fictitious master criminals executing horrific, if imaginary, atrocities. And partly because we have a tacit understanding with directors that they’re going to keep us entertained, and there’s nothing pulse-pounding about “Well-elp, might as well take the rest of the week off while this thing renders.”But maybe what really sells us on the idea of magic high tech down at the precinct is that, deep down, we kind of wish it were true (never mind the bladder-emptying implications for civil liberties and privacy). If we were being stalked by a sociopathic ex-con determined to exact a terrible revenge for our having sentenced him to 30 years in prison, well, dammit, we’d want those nice CSI people to have every tool they needed to stop him in the nick of time.And maybe, just maybe, that technology could trickle down to, say, the prosumer market. “Computer… draw cartoon!” 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… More Noise to Signal. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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India to host West Indies for 5 ODIs, 3 Tests in October

first_imgThe exact date-wise match-schedule will be finalised later on the basis of logisticsThe BCCI Tours and Fixtures Committee has shortlisted Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad for India’s three-Test series against the West Indies during October and November this year.The committee has allotted the five ODIs to Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack, Dharamsala and Kochi while Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla will be hosting its first ever T20 International.The exact date-wise match-schedule will be finalised later on the basis of logistics.As per media reports Ranchi was being dubbed as a possible venue for a Test match but a senior BCCI official said that there was no discussion on the venue.”Yes, Ranchi has got the ICC nod and BCCI needs to ratify it as a Test centre during a working committee meeting. But above everything, Ranchi needs to come into the rotation policy system which is in work. How could we have allotted Ranchi a match when there are other centres with valid claims of hosting a Test as per rotation policy,” the source said.Eden Gardens and Dharamsala hosted their last one-dayers in December 2012 (vs Pakistan) and January 2013 (vs England) respectively.For Kotla, it will be the first T20 International that the ground will host, having staged its first ODI back in 1982.Ravi Jain, BCCI’s deputy head of media committee and media convenor of DDCA, said that the association is ready to host the match.”We will leave no stone unturned to make this T20 International a grand success,” Jain said.advertisementlast_img read more

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