Moratorium to Stop Clock on Historic Home Demolition

first_imgThe home at 615 Wesley Avenue is considered historically significant. (Photo courtesy of estately.com) By MADDY VITALETime will tell what becomes of the historic Ocean City home at 615 Wesley Ave. slated for demolition if it is not purchased.But according to Ocean City’s Historic Preservation Commission Chairman John Loeper, the company that owns the property must provide a litany of items to the commission to meet the regulations in the city ordinance on historic homes before anything is done.The home is in the city’s Historic District, where homes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries lines the streets. The district stretches between Third and Eighth streets and Central and Ocean avenues.Some key things in the ordinance that the owners, a group called RJGVB LLC of Shippensburg, Pa., must provide to the commission include a property appraisal that would have to be obtained by the owner. The owner also must supply how much the property was purchased for and any offers for sale or rent and prices asked for and offers received.“They have to make an honest effort for someone to sell it to someone to restore it,” explained Loeper. “It would be a shame to see it come down. It is a key property.”Video courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors.The commission denied a demolition permit in September, and the city’s Zoning Board upheld the decision.And on Tuesday night, during a virtual commission meeting, Loeper said that he awaits word.Loeper said he spoke with Historic Commission solicitor Mark Stein. Stein sent a letter to attorney Avery Teitler, who represents the owner, with “requests that are part of the ordinance.”“They have not gotten an appraisal yet for the property, but at some point they will have to have the appraisal,” Loeper said.The home, built in 1902, is in need of rehabilitation.The commission wants the home to be saved as does Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials who have voiced their feelings on the importance of preserving a piece of history in town.A large purple sign displayed at the front of the four-story home warns that it has six months from Jan. 30 before it will be demolished if it is not sold.That is, unless someone comes in and purchases the property that at one time was a bed and breakfast.However, Loeper explained that there is a moratorium on demolition in the city from Memorial Day through Labor Day. That means when the clock runs out on the home — in July — demolition would not be possible then.“I’m not concerned about a lot of it right now because if they push for a demolition, it will be in July, and there is a moratorium on demolition,” Loeper said. “The city is aware.”Vice Chairman of the Commission Ken Cooper said of the support by the community to save the home, “I heard the mayor’s office got a lot of letters.”The sign details the owner’s plans if a buyer does not come in.Loeper responded, “They would be better off for themselves if they would comply. We have done what we are going to do and the city (officials) did what they were going to do.”The five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home is on the market for $999,000 and has more than 5,250 square feet of space, according to real estate records.In a Feb. 5 statement, Mayor Jay Gillian said he received a number of emails about the historic home in favor of saving it from demolition.The Historic District is governed by ordinances designed to preserve the character of the neighborhoods near the Ocean City Tabernacle, where Ocean City was founded and first settled.The historic commission’s denial of the demolition application “triggered a period where the property must be offered for sale to somebody who would want to preserve it,” Gillian said. “Our commission chair will seek the owner’s appraisals to make sure the property is being listed at fair market value. This is the procedure outlined in our ordinances.”A view of the stairway inside the home. (Photo courtesy of estately.com)In other matters at Tuesday’s meeting, Maryann Pionegro-Smith was introduced as a new commission member, replacing Jeff Frost, who vacated the position a while ago, Loeper said.“She’s been sworn in and has all the paperwork related to the Historic Commission,” Loeper said. “It is nice to see another woman on the board. We are moving forward. It is a slot that has been vacant for a long time.”Pionegro-Smith has been active in volunteering at the U.S. Life-Saving Station.“She has done several readings at the station and voiceovers for the videos there,” Loeper noted. “She is very interested in history and is a tremendous asset to the commission.”last_img read more

Capway unveils greener technology for baking

first_imgCapway Systems has opened a test baking facility at its head office in Driebergen, the Netherlands to show how new electro-magnetic wave technology can cut baking time and energy bills.Netherlands-based Capway, which has a UK base in Leeds, is inviting bakers to test two fully automatic baking lines radio frequency (RF) or microwave (MW) which utilise dielectric heating technology, through electromagnetic waves, for the production of goods such as crustless, white-crust and par-baked products.Operations manager Robert Kelly told British Baker that the firm had been developing this technology alongside Italian firm Stalam, which develops radio frequency and microwave equipment, and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in response to the huge drive to reduce energy costs in the baking process.According to the firm, this technology provides many benefits, including up to 60% shorter baking times and up to a 70% reduction in energy costs. It also enables bakers to have a combination line that can produce bread, baguettes, morning goods, pizzas and other products, both fully baked and par-baked.Kelly said that despite capacity being around 40-50% less, where traditional baking methods would require a product to bake for 20-25 minutes, the new technology would reduce this to 6-7 minutes.last_img read more

News story: Appointment of 2 new Non-Executive Directors to the Companies House Board

first_imgThis appointments took effect from 17 May 2019 and last for 3 years.Companies House is the UK’s registrar of companies and is an executive agency and trading fund of government. It falls under the remit of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.BiographiesMartin SpencerMartin Spencer has a background in economics, technology consulting and business transformation. Martin is currently Senior Vice President at NTT DATA, a global IT services business that delivers some of the world’s largest digital infrastructure and transformation projects. Previously Martin has held UK and European leadership roles with Capgemini and KMPG Consulting. Martin was also a Director at Detica, the international business and technology consulting firm specialising in data analytics and information intelligence.Martin is a Non-Executive Director at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and the Serious Fraud Office.Mike FishwickMike Fishwick has a background in technology and digital. He is currently Chief Technology Officer at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Mike joined the IPO in September 2015, having spent the vast majority of his career in the private sector. Previously, he was the Chief Information Officer at Fat Face, the UK clothing retailer and prior to Fat Face, Mike founded and led a big data monetisation business for Telefonica digital – the digital services division of the global telecoms giant – and he gained significant corporate change management experience while at Yellow Pages where he held numerous roles including that of Chief Data Officer.last_img read more

ISIS Responsible For 22 Dead, 59 Injured From Explosions At Ariana Grande Concert

first_imgErin McDougle, 20, from Newcastle told The Guardian: “There was a loud bang at the end of the concert. The lights were already on so we knew it wasn’t part of the show. At first we thought it was a bomb. There was a lot of smoke. People started running out. When we got outside the arena there were dozens of police vans and quite a few ambulances.” A group of young men from Sheffield said they had seen at least five people covered in blood and others being carried out by bouncers. “Ariana Grande had just gone behind the curtain and the lights came up when there was this massive bang and a big cloud of smoke. I saw five people with blood all down them.” Sophie Tedd, 25, from Darlington, said the noise and smoke seemed to come from the tiered seating stage right. “We were sitting on that side then suddenly there was this big bang in the block next to us. Everyone started screaming and we nearly got trampled on. There was a burning smell.”We are incredibly saddened by the events that took place on Monday night, and will continue to share updates as they pertain to the safety of large gathering, live music events. Our hearts go out to Ariana Grande and all those in attendance of her concert, and to those effected by this madness.[Photograph by Christopher Furlong / Getty Images] Prime Minister Theresa May says the threat level remains severe as the investigation continues. “We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvized explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately,” she said in a statement.“The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert which was attended by many young families and groups of children… This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”Mrs. May adds that “it is the worst attack the city has experienced and the worst ever to hit the North of England.” Read her full statement here.23-year-old pop singer Ariana Grande has remained understandably quiet since Monday night’s events, tweeting only the following message: Horrific news broke last night when an explosion rang out at the end of pop singer Ariana Grande‘s concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. According to the most recent report from the Associated Press, the explosion killed 22 people and injured 59. With the nature of the pop concert, many of those effected were teenagers.A 23-year-old man has been arrested, whom Manchester Police say is in connection to the “apparent suicide bombing,” though the assailant died in the explosion. After the man’s arrest, the Islamic State group confirmed their involvement, saying “a soldier of the caliphate planted bombs in the middle of Crusaders gatherings.”According to the terrorist group, “30 Crusaders were killed and 70 others were wounded,” but these estimations are significantly higher than police reports.last_img read more

Hear McLovins’ Newest Single, The Sentimental Ode To Late-Night Bars “One More”

first_imgUpcoming 2018 McLovins Tour DatesJanuary 23 – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 24 – Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus, OHJanuary 25 – Headliner’s Louisville, KYJanuary 26 – Grey Eagle, Asheville, NCJanuary 27 – Southgate House, Newpot, KYJanuary 28 – Riot Room, Kansas City, KS(all dates supporting Flobots) In 2008, the McLovins out of Hartford, Connecticut, enjoyed breakout success after their impressive cover of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself” went viral—at the time, the band’s members were between 14 and 16 years old. In the decade since, the band has inevitably grown, both as individuals and as an ever-popular jam band. The members of McLovins are now in their mid-20’s and have all graduated college, affording them the time to focus fully on McLovins and continue to strengthen their improvisational and songwriting skills. As such, the band’s sound has matured as well, with the group diverging somewhat from their humble jam beginnings and developing toward a more solidly rock ‘n’ roll vibe.McLovins Share New Single “Anxious”, Will Headline Brooklyn’s Knitting FactoryIn recent months, McLovins have been releasing a number of tracks as a lead up to the group’s new EP due out in January 2018. On the heels of “Great Escape” and “Anxious”, today, the band has released “One More”—a tune that truly underlines the immense growth of the project since their initial success that marked them as a stand-out jam band on the scene. “One More” is a sentimental reflection on late nights and loneliness, with the band offering up a relatable single that pulls on the heartstrings and evokes alternative rock from the 90’s.McLovins Debut New ‘Basement Takes’ Video Of Original Track, “All Is All”As drummer and frontman Jake Huffman said about writing the lyrics to the tune, “While I was living in the East Village, I became intertwined with the late night bar scene.  I found comfort in having these haunts, not only to keep my sleeping schedule while in-between tours but to surround myself with a similar ilk of people who would also spend many of their nights in barrooms. As a writer, the creative part of my brain never truly shut off, and writing notes and lyrics on bar napkins—as cliche as it sounds—became a common occurrence.  I was locked into so many bars, drink in hand, watching the bartenders count their drawer, receiving soft advice between drags of cigarettes. ‘One More’ was an inevitable song. It’s the sleep late, after-hours anthem.”Tom Marshall Welcomes McLovins’ Jake Huffman On Latest Under The ScalesYou can listen to the latest from McLovins, their new song, “One More” below. For East Coast friends, you can catch the band live in action this Friday, November 24th, for the group’s tour-closing headlining show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory with Bronx psych-funk act The Lvnguage. Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. You can also catch McLovins on the road this January, when the group will be supporting Flobots on a six-date Midwest tour for the first leg of their 2018 winter tour (dates below).last_img read more

Holy Cross announces new suspension policy for safety violators

first_imgOn Friday, Holy Cross College President Fr. David Tyson emailed the student body, announcing students who violate COVID-19 safety policies will be suspended from the College.“Any student(s) that is found to have violated published or stated protocols of the College; or order of the city of South Bend, St. Joseph County or the State of Indiana; or has engaged in behaviors that blatantly threaten the health of the College community, either on the campus, or off the campus; or tri-campus community, or the South Bend/Mishawaka community will be suspended from enrollment at the College,” Tyson said in the email.Suspended students who require care for COVID-19 will be allowed to stay on campus until they have recovered.“If an offending student requires quarantine, testing or isolation, the suspension will take effect at the end of the period and the suspended student will be removed from campus,” Tyson said. “A suspended student will not be eligible until the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022.”Tyson also explained why the new policy is only in place for students.“Established HR policies will govern alleged violations that involve faculty, staff and administration,” the email said. “We are a community that has various stakeholders that are not equal in their relationship to one another or bound by the same regulations. However, no one is exempt from scrutiny for intentional violations or personal interpretations of health and safety policies, especially in a pandemic.”Tyson stated that he will not allow individual actions to dictate the health of the whole community.“To tolerate a few irresponsible members bringing Holy Cross College to a standstill by their negligence and disregard for the community, itself, would in fact be the greatest of all negligences,” the email said.Tags: COVID-19, fall 2020, Holy Cross College, President Father David Tysonlast_img read more

Here’s Our Princess! Broadway’s Paige Faure Will Lead the National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

first_img With its fresh, new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements—glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful ball and more—with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, Cinderella is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul, eager to develop a world view, she doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but makes the prince, who falls in love with her, open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams, too. The Broadway production of Cinderella, currently playing at the Broadway Theatre, recently celebrated its 500th performance and was nominated for nine 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Directed by Mark Brokaw, Cinderella features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, original book by Oscar Hammerstein II and choreography by Josh Rhodes. Former Cinderella ensemble member Paige Faure will don the glass slippers in the upcoming national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s fairy tale musical. As previously announced, the tour of Cinderella will launch in Providence, RI on October 10. Additional casting will be announced soon. View Commentslast_img read more

Barbra Streisand & More to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

first_img View Comments Barbara Streisand, Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Stephen Sondheim are among the 17 individuals who will receive the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. President Obama will present the recipients with their honor at the White House on November 24. Sondheim was awarded the medal last year but was unable to attend the official ceremony.Streisand won Oscars for her iconic performance in Funny Girl and for the song “Evergreen” from A Star is Born. Her illustrious career has always had roots in musical theater, from numerous albums of show tunes to the movie musicals Yentl and Hello, Dolly!. Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s lives and music are the subjects of the new Broadway musical On Your Feet!. Sondheim’s numerous accolades include eight Tonys and Grammys, an Oscar and a Pulitzer.Additional recipients this year include Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors founder Bonnie Carroll, former Indiana Representative Lee Hamilton, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, baseball legend Willie Mays, Maryland’s senior Senator Barbara Mikulski, acclaimed classical musician Itzhak Perlman, Environmental Protection Agency pioneer William Ruckelshaus, Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg and singer-songwriter James Taylor. Posthumous honors will be given to Yankees icon Yogi Berra, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Native American rights advocate Billy Frank, Jr. and civil rights leader Minoru Yasui.last_img read more

FairPoint, governor to honor exceptional service to Vermont following Irene

first_imgConsolidated Communications,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and other state officials will join FairPoint’s leadership team to honor the extraordinary dedication and service to Vermont and their fellow Vermonters following Tropical Storm Irene. Tropical Storm Irene tested all Vermonters, and the FairPoint Vermont State President’s Awards were created to honor those who went way beyond the call-of-duty to keep Vermonters, and their towns and villages, connected. 2011 has been a tough year for Vermont. In addition to rebuilding Vermont telecommunications infrastructure post-Tropical Storm Irene, FairPoint helped communities recover from historic spring floods in Chittenden and Franklin counties. Wedged in between and during these 100-year events, FairPoint successfully completed the largest broadband buildout Vermont has ever seen with almost 1,100 miles of new fiber and nearly 90 percent of FairPoint’s Vermont customers now having broadband access. Following remarks from FairPoint Vermont State President Mike Smith, Gov. Shumlin and FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu, the 70 FairPoint award recipients ‘ chosen from many different roles and locations around the state ‘ will be presented with special commemorative plaques. Who:         ·         Peter Shumlin, governor, State of Vermont·         Paul Sunu, CEO, FairPoint Communications·         Mike Smith, state president, FairPoint Vermont·         70 FairPoint employees to be honored for exceptional service to Vermont Where:      FairPoint Communications800 Hinesburg RoadSouth Burlington, VT When:·         Monday, December 12, 2011·         2 p.m.last_img read more