Letter to Editor: Control the Crowds, Please

first_imgTo the Editor: An architect’s drawing shows how the proposed Soleil condominium-hotel complex might look at 11th Street and Ocean Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.Why reject the proposed construction of a 111-unit condominium complex at 11th Street and Boardwalk?While I agree with newspaper reports claiming the building will eliminate a key parking lot and jeopardize the town’s family-friendly atmosphere, there are far more serious points to consider.1) There is already an excessive concentration of mass-residency buildings in the immediate area of the proposed construction:The Flanders – 11th and BoardwalkThe Ocean Manor – 11th and OceanTahiti Inn – 11th and OceanOceanic Motel Condominium – 11th and WesleySeaport Inn – 11th and WesleyImpala Island Inn – 10th & OceanSanta Barbara – 10th and WesleyBrowns Nostalgia Bed & Breakfast – 10th & Wesley2) The 11th Street beach is already too crowded. Suffocating is a better word. Question: Have the developers attempted to find a spot for even one towel (forget a blanket) on this beach? I think not. If they did, they would conclude that there is simply no room for their prospective residents in this part of town.3) It is likely that the developers clearly understand the crowding issue, but I believe it does not concern them. They will sell all 111 units for over $50 million, pocket the profits and quickly leave town for a less-crowded, quieter beach experience somewhere.4) I believe that the developer will make a substantial profit on the initial sale while leaving each unsuspecting buyer (as well as current residents) with the risk of property devaluation associated with a miserable, over-crowed, Ocean City Maryland-type beach and boardwalk experience.5) The over-crowding will eventually self-correct with reduced vacationer interest in the area and, therefore, result in an excess rental capacity situation. It was sad to hear about the Anchor Inn closing its doors forever and, unfortunately, the same outcome would be likely for many of the other iconic OCNJ establishments listed earlier.6) No, a solution is not to have the Army Corps of Engineers pump more sand on the beach, pushing the water back another half mile to create a Wildwood/Atlantic City look to the coastline.7) If there is presently no zoning ordinance to control ridiculous over-crowding proposals such as this, there should be. SummaryThe construction of this mass-residency structure will severely worsen an already crowded situation. I believe the approval of this project would constitute gross negligence on the part of elected officials and Zoning Board members by failing to recognize the serious detrimental consequences to current residents, investors and vacationers.I believe thousands of residents, investors and vacationers join me in this opinion. I personally represent all three constituents, and all three of me may be the first to exit OCNJ if this project is approved.May common sense prevail, may this proposal be rejected and may our elected officials and Zoning Board members pass an over-crowding ordinance to prevent wasting any more time on proposals that are simply bad ideas for this well-governed, award-winning family resort.Rick Hayek Ocean City, NJlast_img read more

Help for Cambridge youths

first_imgHarvard Medical School (HMS) faculty members are working with the city of Cambridge to provide mental health services in partnership with police, schools, and youth services programs, as part of a wide-ranging effort to keep kids out of court.Since its founding in 2007, the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative has successfully diverted hundreds of Cambridge youths into structured activities — such as athletic leagues and after-school programs — and linked them to counseling and mental health services, when needed.James Barrett, an instructor in psychology in HMS’s Department of Psychiatry and with the Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, heads the mental health assessment and treatment part of the program. Barrett meets with representatives of the other key organizations involved — Cambridge police, schools, and the Department of Human Service Programs — every other week. Together, they review cases involved with the Safety Net Collaborative and refer them to an appropriate program.Safety Net got its start in 2007, when Robert Haas arrived as Cambridge’s police commissioner. In surveying the department, Haas, who had served as the state’s secretary of public safety, realized there were limited options for officers dealing with juvenile crime. The officers could arrest the kids, disperse them, or send them home to their parents.Haas launched a youth and family services unit, assigning a handful of officers to deal exclusively with young people. The program developed ties with the schools and youth centers and approached the health alliance to provide mental health assessment and services.A diversion program is important, Haas said, because once young people become involved with the criminal justice system, more trouble tends to follow.“There’s lots of research that once a kid is in the court system, it’s difficult to get them on another path,” Haas said. “We tried to move from a reactive model to a preventive one.”The program has evolved, Haas said, and youth officers today are looked at as resources rather than merely agents of enforcement.  Officers have been trained to recognize red flags in behavior that indicate a role for Safety Net, Barrett said. Each officer has Barrett’s cellphone and pager numbers.“It really is a role shift for these police officers,” said Barrett.In the years since the program was founded, it has expanded to serve younger kids. Now it routinely receives referrals for fifth, sixth, and seventh graders, rather than the older teens targeted when the program started. Some referrals come from youth resource officers noticing behavior on the streets, or from teachers concerned about classroom behavior. Some come from parents.That means the youths tend to have been involved in relatively minor issues, such as running away from home or exhibiting defiant behavior, Haas said. The result, according to Barrett and William Pollack, an associate clinical professor of psychology at HMS and senior consultant to Safety Net, is that the programs have been able to divert kids before they are involved in outright crimes.“When teenagers get into trouble, it tends to be more serious. Often there’s a legal charge,” Barrett said. “It has gotten to be more preventative than we had even hoped.”Too often, youths are ignored outside the schools until they get into trouble, Pollack said. In a city like Cambridge, with a wealth of resources — it has five youth centers —Safety Net helps to coordinate resources and reduce the chance that kids will fall through the cracks.“You often see disconnects between youth workers, police, and mental health. [In this case] they’re all connected, with Harvard and Harvard Medical School” nearby, Pollack said. “Unfortunately, our interventions for youth, especially around crime and criminal behavior, [often] occur out of fear when a major event occurs. People say, first we have to have safety, then we have to do something.”Officials involved with Safety Net shared their experiences with authorities on juvenile crime and diversion programs from around the country in October, during a workshop convened at the Harvard Faculty Club.Safety Net currently serves about 70 young people, though the number can vary. While there are more boys than girls in the program, girls make up a sizeable minority.Barrett and Pollack are beginning an in-depth assessment of the program, though there is anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness. Just two Cambridge juveniles were arrested last summer, and city officials have recently noticed fewer kids with a history with the courts applying for city jobs programs.“It’s gone well beyond my expectations when I took over,” Haas said. “It’s really been a remarkable partnership.”last_img read more

Emmy Nominations Show Big Love for Broadway

first_img Notable Broadway alums who received nods include Mark Ruffalo, Joe Mantello and Julia Roberts for The Normal Heart, Cicely Tyson, reprising her Tony-winning role in for The Trip to Bountiful and Tony winner Mandy Patinkin for Homeland. Other Great White Way vets nominated include Uzo Aduba, Christine Baranski, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Burton, Don Cheadle, Claire Danes, Adam Driver, Edie Falco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Fonda, Anna Gunn, Allison Janney, Nathan Lane, Jessica Lange, Jane Lynch, William H. Macy, Margo Martindale, Joe Morton, Sarah Paulson, Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith and Kerry Washington. View Comments The 67th annual Tony Awards was nominated in the following categories: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for “Bigger” and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. The Sound of Music Live! received four nods, while Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays was recognized with a nomination for Outstanding Variety Special. James Lapine received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for Six By Sondheim. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air on August 25 on NBC. Remind yourself how good Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris’ “Bigger” number was below! The nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were made on July 10. The 2013 Tony Awards telecast picked up a record seven nods, including one for Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s number “Bigger.” Tony winners Bryan Cranston and Kevin Spacey both received nominations for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad and House of Cards, respectively. Tony nominee Jeff Daniels joined them in the category for his work on The Newsroom. Meanwhile, the screen adaptations of The Trip to Bountiful and The Normal Heart both picked up Best Television Movie nods.last_img read more

Check Out Our Cooking Show Broadway Nosh with Kirsten Wyatt

first_img Wyatt most recently appeared on the New York stage in the Encores! production of Lady, be Good. Her Broadway credits include the recent revival of Annie, A Christmas Story, Elf, Grease, High Fidelity and Urinetown. (She actually played an elf in three of those shows, believe it or not.) Take a look at the first episode, in which Wyatt and Osnes whip up some strawberry lemonade bars, below!  Watch as Wyatt invites some of her Broadway BFFs—including her former Grease co-star Laura Osnes—into her kitchen to cook up a storm, play games and offer up some yummy recipes. Broadway Nosh was created by Wyatt and directed by Evan Kleinman. View Comments If there’s on thing we’ve learned from the likes of snacking aficionado James Snyder, unofficial McDonald’s spokesperson James Monroe Iglehart and our own peanut butter cup addiction: Broadway loves FOOD. No one knows this more than Broadway’s own Kirsten Wyatt. Check out the first episode of her delicious new cooking show, Broadway Nosh, exclusively on Broadway.com!last_img read more

Asian Development Bank approves $600 million loan for renewable energy development in Indonesia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday approved a $600 million loan for Indonesian state utility Perusahaan Listrikk Negara (PLN) to expand electricity access and promote renewable energy.The loan is part of the second phase of an electricity grid development programme covering the outer regions of Kalimantan, Maluku, and Papua in the east of the country, which began in 2017.“The programme will increase PLN’s delivery of electricity powered by renewable energy to remote communities by six-fold and reduce indoor kerosene and wood consumption, which is expected to generate significant environmental and social benefits,” ADB Energy specialist Diana Connett said in a statement.Indonesia’s government aims to have 23% of energy coming from renewable sources by 2025, up from around 9% in July, but progress on renewable projects has been slow.The country has over 400 gigawatts potential capacity for sources like hydropower, solar and geothermal, but only around 2.5% had been utilised, according to government data. It hopes to simplify pricing for electricity from renewables to encourage more investment in the sector.[Tabita Diela]More: ADB approves $600 mln loan for Indonesia’s PLN for renewable power Asian Development Bank approves $600 million loan for renewable energy development in Indonesialast_img read more

Crowder Celebrates Neon Steeple at The Space at Westbury

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For those of you who might never have heard of him, David Crowder, aka Crowder, is a folktronica musician and former lead singer of the now-defunct David Crowder Band.The latter was an acclaimed Christian rock/modern worship band from Waco, Texas whose final album—Give Us Rest—debuted at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts, respectively. The group released nine albums between 1996 and its 2012 breakup, as well as a compilation, All This For A King: The Essential Collection, the following year.David Crowder Band was known for its incorporation of unconventional, often homemade instruments into its sound, created by the band’s drummer Jeremy Bush. These instruments ranged from a modified Speak & Spell to a silver box with switches and blue lights to a guitar-shaped controller from Guitar Hero, among others.Click here to learn about more concerts and events taking place at venues across Long Island in The Island Ear!Besides singing, Crowder played acoustic guitar, theremin, piano, keytar, electric guitar and programming in his namesake band. After its spit in 2012, he went solo.With his signature uber-long and bushy brown goatee, frizzly fro hairdo and Buddy Holly-esque eyeglasses, Crowder is much more than a musician and has a powerful connection to not just the sounds he creates but its message. David Crowder band has its origins with Crowder’s realization that nearly half the entire student population at Baylor University, a Christian university, were not attending church. So he did what any other inspired rocker/believer would: He co-founded a new university—University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas in 1995. (He was still a student!)Crowder became the pastor of worship at his new institute of higher learning, of course, and led worship throughout the year. This is where Crowder’s musical passions and religious devotion collided. He began to write songs specifically to incorporate into the church’s worship sessions.This led to an independent CD released by the church, 1996’s Pour Over Me, and then All I Can Say two years later, and eventually, invitations to play the music at festivals and events. The band got signed and began to tour extensively—returning, as band legend has it, to their home church for most Sundays.As mentioned earlier, Crowder is more than just a musician, and David Crowder Band was more than just your typical group. Not content on merely creating Christian rock with standard instruments and sounds, David Crowder Band merged the realms of folk, alt-rock, bluegrass, electronic ambiance and worship.David Crowder Band’s music was constantly evolving, constantly being reshaped, forever in a state of growth yet somehow also firmly rooted in Crowder and band members’ unwavering faith.Now solo, Crowder takes those visions and gives them new wings, new purpose, new meaning. Don’t miss this inspiring opportunity to catch him live at The Space at Westbury and experience all his music’s wonder, all its splendor, all its life, for yourself!Originally slated for a February 2014 release, his debut solo work Neon Steeple dropped just this May, and its lead single “I Am” rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart!So come on down and let’s experience Crowder and his moving, inspirational, revelatory notes, together!The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com With Capital Kings and Ellie Holcomb. General Admission $25/VIP $55. Doors 7 p.m./Show 8 p.m. October 9last_img read more

Part 2: Shining a light on the dark web

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In Part 1, we discussed the basic structure of the Dark Web and described what a day in the life of a cybercriminal looks like. In this episode, we’re diving even further into common misconceptions about the underground, and how credit unions can track and protect themselves from these threats. continue reading »last_img

How traditional institutions can raise their game in the cloud

first_imgA little-noticed announcement could mark the beginning of the end of one of banking’s most enduring truisms: that traditional institutions are hampered by legacy systems.Two community banks are now running their institutions in the public cloud. They’ve been doing this successfully for about five months. Both institutions worked with Finastra, their bank technology vendor, to adapt its Fusion Phoenix core system to run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.The implications reach far beyond the bank IT world. Retail bankers, marketers, digital banking heads, lenders and leaders of other banking disciplines will all benefit from removal of the shackles of legacy technology. Things won’t change overnight, of course, but the industry’s thinking has altered in regard to the cloud.The distinction between public and private clouds is significant. Simply put, a private cloud is a web-delivered service not shared with any other organization. By contrast, a public cloud shares computing services among different customers, even though each customer’s data and applications remain hidden from other cloud customers, as described by Cloudflare. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Docklands Healthy recovery

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Unite meets growth target with 6,000 new beds

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