Mayor’s Update: May 11

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,Road construction crews will be paving roads in the next couple weeks in a push to complete jobs before the summer season starts.Work will begin Monday on final paving of 34th Street from Bay Avenue to West Avenue, and the road will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, then again 8 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. Access to Bay Avenue to and from the 34th Street Bridge will remain open.Crews were out today paving Wesley Road/Avenue between Battersea and First Street, and work on that project will continue with the paving of East Atlantic Boulevard and North Street.In the Fourth Ward neighborhood drainage project, work is focused on completing installation of the pumping station at 30th Street. In the First Ward drainage project, crews have moved from Second Street to Fourth Street. The new outfall pipe at Ninth Street is in place and work to restore the beach is underway.The U.S. Postal Service Food Drive takes place tomorrow (Saturday, May 12). Residents are asked to place non-perishable food items in bags by their mailboxes for pickup on Saturday. All food will be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard. See more information.Former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos will be in town tomorrow as Martin Z. Mollusk seeks his shadow to predict an early summer for Ocean City. The event is always a good time, and it starts at 11 a.m. on the beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier. Dorenbos returns tomorrow night to perform magic in a sold-out show at the Music Pier.On a personal note, Michele and I would like to congratulate our daughter Emily on her graduation from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and our son Joshua on his marriage this weekend to Lauren. Our families could not be more happy for them.I’d also like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in town. I hope you all get a chance to relax and enjoy the day with your families.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

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‘Amazing’ Lukaku won’t lose focus – Mourinho

first_imgWhile Mourinho’s pre-match claim that this was the strongest CSKA team he had faced rang hollow, he said the scoreline was more a reflection of United’s strengths than the home side’s failings.“It was my best team too,” he said when asked to account for CSKA’s poor showing.“It’s true. I came here of course with very good teams -– Chelsea, Inter (Milan), Real Madrid -– but I think this was the strongest performance.“We made it look easy. We started so strongly and we killed the game.”A vintage performance from Jose’s men! #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/BXxRk6VjIz— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 27, 2017“With Real Madrid and Inter we came for the knockout phase. We came to play for a very specific result. We were happy with the goal. We were happy with the 1-0, the 1-1.“Today we were really strong. It was my strongest performance here.”CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko admitted United’s unfamiliar shape had caught him by surprise and expressed admiration for the speed with which Mourinho’s players rediscovered their shape after losing possession.“When you have 70 percent of ball possession and after losing the ball you return so quickly to defence, it’s beyond my understanding,” said the Belarusian.“Manchester played in another scheme. Many things were different to what we observed. We were getting ready for one scheme and the opponent played in a completely different scheme.”Honour to captain @ManUtd in the @ChampionsLeague, 2 wins from 2 makes it even better ??? pic.twitter.com/NcFhhz2YL0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) September 27, 2017CSKA’s greying centre-backs Sergei Ignashevich and Vasili Berezutski were repeatedly exposed by the forward bursts of Lukaku and Martial, but Goncharenko was reluctant to single out individuals.“When your opponents destroy you, it’s hard to talk about individual players,” he said.Mourinho had chastised his players for playing “PlayStation football” in the latter stages of their 3-0 win over Basel in their Group A opener, but he was more forgiving of the lapses that allowed Kuchaev to score.“There was not so much PlayStation football tonight, just a little bit of relaxation,” he said. “That is normal.”Share on: WhatsApp Moscow, Russia | AFP | Jose Mourinho backed Romelu Lukaku to ignore the hype about his superb start at Manchester United after the Belgian’s brace set up a 4-1 victory over CSKA Moscow.Lukaku, 24, scored twice at the VEB Arena on Wednesday to take his tally to 10 goals in his first nine United games and send Mourinho’s men three points clear at the top of Champions League Group A.To date Lukaku has shown no sign of being burdened by his £75 million ($100.5 million, 85.5 million euros) price tag, but Mourinho said the former Everton striker was braced for the inevitable counter-currents ahead.Highlights from our 4-1 #UCL win over CSKA Moscow will be available on demand via #MUTV from 1:30 BST: https://t.co/lnNdXMCs7S pic.twitter.com/IQfivVU2RO— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 27, 2017“Amazing numbers for Romelu. He’s humble, he wants to learn all the time, he wants to improve all the time,” the United manager told reporters.“I think ambition is there and I don’t think he’s going to be very impressed with your great words because he knows that when things are not going well, your words are also strong in a negative way.“I trust that he can keep performing for us.”Victory was secure inside 27 minutes for United, who were 3-0 up before their hosts had time to gather their senses.Paired together at the sharp end of a novel 3-4-1-2 formation, Lukaku and Anthony Martial clicked instantly, the Frenchman crossing for Lukaku to head in United’s opener in the fourth minute.After scoring a penalty in the 18th minute, Martial laid on Lukaku’s third goal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a fourth just shy of the hour before Konstantin Kuchaev purloined an anecdotal consolation.Mourinho’s only gripe was that United now face a quick turnaround before Saturday afternoon’s visit of bottom club Crystal Palace in the Premier League.“The team is solid, the team is playing well,” said Mourinho, whose team are level on points with league leaders Manchester City.“We start the competitions strong, August and September really strong in all the competitions.“We have now just one more game, a difficult one, against a fresh team when we are still here (in Moscow) and we have a game on Saturday at three o’clock.”– ‘Beyond my understanding’ –last_img read more

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Golfnutter: Thai Caddies and the Rules of Golf

first_imgTo those of you who do not play competition golf, the following has no relevance.  To those of you who do, read on.Let’s assume you’re playing golf in LOS and your caddie:Uses the flag stick, hand or other implement to touch the putting surface to indicate your line of putt.Asks another more experienced caddie for advice on club selection, or the break on a tricky green? Taps down a pitch-mark on the apron, positioned between your ball and the putting surface. Repairs scuff-marks on your line of putt.Thinking your two-inch putt will be given, picks up your ball.Upon removing her ball-marker, thumbs-down or smooths the putting surface immediately behind your ball. Your playing partner’s caddie replaces his ball in front of the marker – in the normal way.  Yet you’re sure when she originally marked his ball she positioned the marker to the side.  She repeats this action on the next green. These and other similar examples are everyday occurrences on any course in Thailand.  Everyday occurrences?  No, make that many times during the course of a single round, especially rounds involving Farang whose golfing experience is limited to Thailand.A two-inch tap-in and she picks it up! Perhaps some have played with a venue or outlet that insists on adhering to the Rules, to the extent that caddie mistakes, as outlined here, always incur the appropriate penalty.  I personally can’t recall playing with such a group.  And if I did, I doubt whether I would return.Most of us know that under the Rules of Golf, occurrences as outlined above incur a one or two-shot penalty.  More imposing is Rule 1-3 Agreement to Waive Rules, where the penalty for breach is disqualification.  Yet agreement to waive rules is what I’m advocating.What authority am I invoking here?  Unfortunately I cannot instance any, and this is the point of the post.  The Local Rules of IPGC and PSC make no allowance for these or similar situations involving unwitting rules transgressions by caddies.  Yet common sense and equity demands, in my view, golfers not be penalised for the ignorant actions of caddies.The wiser of Pattaya’s golf venues, when asked, will say that golfers need not be penalised for certain actions of their caddies.  A common convention in some golf outlets is to allow caddies one error per event, or one chance per infringement, regardless of how many separate infringements may occur per round.  The golfer is then charged with advising her/him of their mistake, and accepts that a repeat will incur a penalty.  Please note that this involves actions carried out by a caddie about which the golfer had no prior knowledge.  It does not include the golfer accepting her advice in error, e.g. wrongly claiming an entitlement such as a free drop, or mistaking the extent of a hazard line etc.  That’s the golfer’s error, not the caddies.The problem is that many golfers don’t know that such unwritten concessions exist.  Surely a duty of any golfing administration is to ensure all players are playing by the same rules?  So why don’t our local administrators provide for “caddie leeway” in their Local Rules?The answer may have something to do with the likelihood of the R&A approving such a Local Rule being zilch.  Yet any reasonably-minded administrator, who has ever played golf in Thailand, would recognise the need for lenience.It comes down to playing in a country which has its own unique way of doing things, particularly things involving caddies, and to a lesser extent green keepers, six-balls and, well, just being Thai.  Here are some mitigating factors:It is compulsory to hire the services of a caddie when playing golf in Thailand.The golfer, more often than not, doesn’t or can’t choose his/her caddie. Very few caddies understand the Rules of Golf.Few caddies speak or understand English.I believe a somewhat liberal interpretation of Rule 1-4 could apply:Rule 1-4: Points Not Covered by Rules.  If any point in dispute is not covered by the Rules, the decision should be made in accordance with equity. Surely that’s what it’s all about, equity, fairness?  Ensuring we are all playing by the same set of rules, singing from the same song sheet?  Yet how does equity to all apply here, when many don’t know such conventions exist?  Where do they go to find out, and what about the issue of uniformity between venues?The IPGC and PSC contribute a great deal to Pattaya golf.  The enjoyment of thousands of golfers, me included, wouldn’t be the wonderful experience it is without the dedicated work of unselfish golf administrators at both organisations.  Notwithstanding, in this instance some well-intentioned golfers, by sticking to the Rules, are being unfairly penalised.I believe Local Rules is the appropriate forum to address this oversight.Happy golfing,Golfnutterlast_img read more

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Chapo takes top prize

first_imgPSC Golf from BillabongMonday 16th Dec Parachat StablefordParachat was our venue for this Monday as Phoenix was closed for a professional tournament. We have all heard negative talk about this course but we at the Billabong will be going back, it was a great challenge and value for money. When most all the courses are in excess of 2000 baht to play, this course is only 1450 for cart, caddy and green fee. I’m surprised it wasn’t packed out although to be fair it was quite busy.The course itself was in great condition with some tricky greens but all in all well worth a visit.The scoring wasn’t that flash apart from the winner. There was a four way count back for the minor placings, all on 33 points, Captain Cripple and John Seton missed out as John Locke took third and Jean Pierre Gasser took second. He also got the only two of the day.Sandy Chapo, who is going through a purple patch at the moment, took the top prize with a fine 38 points.last_img read more

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Tumwater Announces Summer Lunch Program

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of TumwaterThe City of Tumwater announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children.  Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger.Meals will be provided at Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School, 6600 Capitol Boulevard SE, Tumwater WA beginning Monday, June 17 and running through Friday, August 16.  Meals will be served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (no Wednesdays), from 12:00 – 12:30 pm.  There will be no lunch service on Thursday, July 4.In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may file a complaint of discrimination in writing to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.For additional information regarding the Summer Food Program for Children, call Kathryn Baria, Recreation Coordinator, (360) 754-4160.last_img read more

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New Colts Neck Roundabout Nearing Completion

first_imgCOLTS NECK – A new traffic roundabout aimed at reducing accidents at one of this township’s most dangerous intersections is nearing completion and should be open to vehicles in mid-May. While severe ice and snow conditions delayed construction during the winter, all work should be finished only a month later than originally planned, said Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore.The project, at the intersection of the once sleepy country intersection of Heulitt Road, Dutch Lane (County Route 46) and Crine Road (County Road 4), was approved last summer at a cost of $1,256,313, to be paid entirely by the county, which is overseeing the work. The design is similar to the roundabout at the Route 520 entrance to Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Rather than flagpoles in the center, the Colts Neck roundabout will feature a large fir tree.The intersection became increasingly problematic as the township grew, with school buses and drivers from other municipalities utilizing it to transverse the township. The roundabout was first proposed over eight years ago after a school bus accident there. Officials said there have been several serious, near fatal accidents since at that location, which is driven by as many as 3,600 vehicles per day. The nearby resident who first championed the roundabout, Cathi Trost, passed away several years ago.There was some local opposition to the roundabout’s construction during public hearings last summer. Residents objected to the removal of large old trees; some called the roundabout “overkill.” Township Committeeman, lifelong resident and local farmer Thomas Orgo stated, “The problem is that people speed over the hill. How will they know the roundabout is there? They will look like the Dukes of Hazzard coming over the hill.” County officials testified the tree removal and road widening would improve sightlines.After extensive study, the Monmouth County Division of Engineering prepared plans and specifications for the project that were approved by the Monmouth County Freeholders, the Colts Neck Township Committee and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The county negotiated with homeowners adjacent to the intersection to purchase additional property for the project.“We looked at the circulation patterns and tested for all types of vehicles including school buses,” said Daria Jakimowska of the county engineering division. “Every single movement is available. It does work and I have the proof. Features are incorporated into the roundabout that forces drivers to slow down.” Ettore said construction of a modern roundabout will correct sub-standard geometry at Heulitt and Crine Roads where they cross Dutch Lane, adding the previous configuration “was not safe or efficient.”Relocation of utilities at the site, originally scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, was delayed by severe weather and finally finished on April 8 by Kiely Construction of Long Branch. The general contractor for the project is Earle Construction of Wall. Ettore said this project was designed so the relocation of existing utilities and all drainage work would be completed prior to the start of construction so work on the roundabout could proceed unimpeded after ward.The roads leading into the roundabout have speeds of 40 and 45 miles per hour, which will not change. Once a vehicle enters the roundabout, it must proceed at 20 m.p.h., Ettore said, adding, “That’s why it’s considered traffic-calming. All traffic on all approaching roads must yield at the roundabout.” The intersection has been closed on and off during construction. Near the end of April, Ettore said periods of closure and detours will last another ten days so the final work can get done on time. The radius of the Colts Neck roundabout will be slightly larger than the one at Brookdale, he said.— By Laura Kolnoskilast_img read more

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