New Group Hopes to Rally Citizens Interested in ‘Smart Growth’

first_imgTwo women who raised families in the same house at the heart of the Historic District are now working to make sure others can raise their families in Ocean City.The former Palermo’s Family Market at the corner of Fourth Street and Asbury Avenue (and upper-story residences) will be demolished and replaced by new duplexes if the Planning Board OKs a site plan later this spring.Phyllis Coletta and Helen Plourde-McSweeny earlier this month formed Ocean City Smart Growth, a new group advocating for decreased development density, increased single-family homes and protection of the environment on the island.At different times, the women lived in the same house on the 400 block of Central Avenue. The former Palermo’s Family Market property sits in the back yard — and seven new duplexes are now planned to replace the abandoned commercial building there.One of the goals of the group is to “continue to oppose that development,” according to Coletta. But Ocean City Smart Growth also hopes to recruit citizens to identify properties in their own neighborhoods that are ripe for similar redevelopment.The group wants citizens to feel empowered and to become part of the planning process, according to Coletta.__________Anybody can learn more about how to participate:By visiting OCSmartGrowth.orgBy e-mailing [email protected] following Ocean City Smart Growth on Facebook__________ Ocean City Smart Growth has launched a new website that invites anybody to participate. Coletta says the Palermo plan is representative of a growing trend in Ocean City. She said the rezoning of the commercial property to allow duplexes was done with the approval of a City Council comprised of members directly tied to or too heavily influenced by the real state and tourism industries in Ocean City.“We plan to get four people elected who reflect the values of Smart Growth,” Coletta said of the spring 2016 election that will determine representatives from each of Ocean City’s four wards (City Council also includes three at-large members, whose terms will expire in 2018).Coletta acknowledges that the Palermo redevelopment is in its late stages — with the new zoning approved last summer and a potential developer expected to take a subdivision and site plan to the Ocean City Planning Board in May.But the group hopes to be able to influence other proposals, including one Coletta believes will be imminent: a potential bid to rezone commercial property on the 1600 block of Simpson Avenue where the Perry Egan car dealership now operates.Coletta said she recognizes that factors beyond zoning affect a family’s ability to afford single-family housing or the community’s ability to purchase land for open space.She says she wants to see “people having real conversations around this issue … not complaining but dialogue.”Smart Growth hopes to work with the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that helps communities conserve land as parks or open space.last_img read more

Bargain bread in UK

first_imgSupermarket bread on sale in London is cheaper than bread on sale in Cairo, Bangkok, Beijing and even Manchester, latest figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reveal.The data, supplied exclusively to British Baker, shows a standard kilo of bread cost 61p in a London supermarket.That meant London’s supermarkets ranked 114th on bread prices out of the 130 cities the EIU tracks in its Cost of Living survey.A kilo of bread sold in a Manchester supermarket, the other UK city in the survey, came in at 69p.The data was gathered in September 2006 when the EIU sent shoppers to buy bread in three different types of retailer: a cheap outlet (a supermarket), a mid-priced outlet (for example Marks & Spencer) and an upmarket food hall or niche retailer, for example Selfridges food hall in London.The EIU’s data suggests London supermarkets are the cheapest in the EU for bread apart from Budapest (Hungary) and Sofia (Bulgaria), where a kilo of supermarket bread cost 35p and 38p respectively.The ’old’ EU countries closest in price to London are Dublin (number 77), where a kilo of bread costs 92p and Copenhagen, Denmark, (number 74), where a kilo costs £1.01.However, while London supermarket bread was comparatively cheap, bread on sale in its higher end retailers was less so at £1.64 a kilo. In this category London was ranked the 66th most expensive in the world.Based on average prices, London ranked 81st in the world and Manchester 103rd – due to London’s more expensive top-end bread.For the survey, mystery shoppers bought a standard loaf of whatever the standard weight is in a country. In the UK, a white sliced 800g loaf was used. The weight is multiplied to work out the cost of 1kg of bread.Food and drink analyst and survey editor Jon Copestake commented: “Clearly, supermarket-bought bread in the UK is a different quality to some of the commonly eaten breads in other countries. And there are also economies of scale – in the UK a typical loaf is 800g, while in Northern Europe it may be 400g.” Exchange rate fluctuations also had an impact on the comparative costings.See next week’s British Baker for the full list.last_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Start Season With Win Over Panthers

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team opened their season traveling to Jennings County bringing only 8 wrestlers to compete. Despite giving up 6 forfeits, the bulldog grapplers were able to claim a 39-36 victory.The night started with the bulldogs giving up a forfeit at 170 then bouncing back when Axel Garcia received a forfeit at 182 making the dual tied 6-6. Jennings then won 4 straight with 3 forfeits and a pin giving the panthers a 30-6 lead.Alex Murphy got things started at 113 recording 2 takedowns on his way to getting the first pin of the season for the bulldogs fighting up the score to 30-12. Jennings county got their final forfeit of the night giving them a commanding 36-12 lead. Tyler Schaffer would start a rally getting 2 takedowns leading to a 6-3 victory at 132 cutting down the lead to 36-15.Batesville would then capitalize on the momentum with 4 straight pins. Jonah Chase got a 1st period pin at 138 to come a step closer making the score 36-21. JT Linkel followed things up at 145 with 3 takedowns before earning a pin making the score 36-27. 152 pounder Josh Mobley kept the momentum going with 4 take downs and a pin to bring the score within 3 at 36-33. It all came down to the final match as Nick Nobbe would take the mat at 160. Nobbe got a quick takedown to start the match and in dramatic fashion got the pin with only 1 second left in the first period to finally give Batesville the lead at 39-36 giving the bulldogs their first win of the season starting out at 1-0. Also competing for the bulldogs on the night was Brandon Manning at 220 who had a hard fought match. Batesville will next host Madison in their home opener next Tuesday the 27th at 6 pm.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Millerlast_img read more

NFF Mourns as Austin Mgbolu Passes on

first_img“This is very sad. I pray that God Almighty will protect the family and loved ones he has left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this big loss.“He was a thorough professional who did his job to the best of his ability and even as an analyst on television, he was forthright and provided wise counsel for the advancement of the Nigeria game. We pray that God will grant him eternal rest,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said.Nicknamed ‘Booster’ for his magnanimity and encouragement of younger professionals, Mgbolu served with the administrations of Samson Emeka Omeruah (of blessed memory), Abdulmumuni Aminu and Anthony Kojo Williams, and briefly with the board of Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (rtd) who came into office when Williams was impeached in 2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Football family was again thrown into mourning wednesday after news spread of the death of one-time image-maker of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Austin Mgbolu.Mgbolu, who served as public relations officer of then NFA between 1993 and 2001, was a highly conscientious, energetic and dedicated professional and left giant marks for predecessors to follow.Reports indicates that Mgbolu had a major surgery last month and appeared to have regained good health, before complications early wednesday morning led to his being rushed to the hospital where he died.last_img read more

Bulldogs prepare for unknown at Brookvale

first_imgThe Sea Eagles have a new playmaking and hooking combination, an unrecognisable forward pack from last year and a completely new coaching staff, but Canterbury players say there are still a few givens whenever you take on the Sea Eagles on their home patch.”You know they’re going to turn up, they obviously have a new coach and a few new players but the mentality of Manly’s never changed,” Dogs prop Aiden Tolman said.”You know when you play them you have to be on your game and it’s going to be a good test for us Round 1, over there, away from home, the crowd’s always against you and they’ve got a good side so it’s going to be a tough game but we want to get the season off with a win.”They’ve got a new forward pack but it’s the same faces we’ve played in other teams. It won’t make the job any easier.”Lock Greg Eastwood has played alongside some of Manly’s new faces; like many of his teammates he once wore blue and white with enforcer Marty Taupau, while Eastwood has more recently played Test football for New Zealand with Taupau and another new Manly recruit, Lewis Brown.”They’ve got a new side and a new coach so we don’t know what to expect; we’ve just got to focus on our own game,” Eastwood said.”They’ve recruited real well this year. There was a lot of talk they needed to add size to their pack and they’ve done that. You know what you’re going to get with [Taupau]. He’s going to try and run over you every chance he gets.”Nate Myles has been real consistent over a long period and Lewis Brown is going to do a job for them. We’ve got to limit their metres and help our side get on the front foot.”It’s always a hard game going to Brookvale, even when they’ve got a few injuries here and there, you know what they’re going to do. They don’t want to disappoint their fans, especially at their home ground they’ll come out strong but I’m sure our boys will do the job.”Blues back-rower Josh Jackson suggested his old teammate Taupau would add plenty of energy and physicality to Manly’s middle.”They’ve got a fair few other new players there. I think they’ve done really well with the players they’ve brought in and a new coach as well so it’s a little bit unknown exactly what they’re going to throw up at us,” Jackson said.”They’ve done really well to get those players in, they’re all quality players, they’re all representative players.”He added it was hard for his side to know what to focus on with so many new players and a new coach.”If we can just match their energy early and hang in there for 80 minutes we’ll give ourselves every chance.”The first couple of weeks is always a bit of a trial period to see how those things go and you adjust your game accordingly,” Jackson said.Jackson also backed his side’s big pack to adapt to the reduced interchanges and shot clock as well as any side.”I think we should be all right; we’ve got [props] Aiden Tolman and James Graham who could punch out 80 if they had to and probably do it quite easily, then myself and Tony Williams usually play longer minutes as well so I think we should be all right,” he said.last_img read more