Mayor’s Message: Dec. 20

first_imgDear Friends,Ocean City businesses are open and the city is decorated for the holidays. Remember to visit our local shops and restaurants, and if you are visiting family out of town, bring some favorite treats from Ocean City.First Night is a little more than a week away, and if you have not purchased admission buttons for your family, there is still time to do so. You can order your buttons online at firstnightocnj.com  or by calling 609-399-6111. Buttons also can be purchased in person at the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue and at the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway.Online registration  is also open for the First Day 5K Run. The race will start at 1 p.m. and race-day registration will open at 11 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Registration for the 2 p.m. First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean also will be at the Music Pier.Because Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesdays, there will be a change to the trash and recycling schedule. Pickup will be pushed back by one day for all routes normally scheduled for Wednesday through Friday. See more information.Michele and I also would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please take the time to enjoy the holidays with your family, neighbors and friends.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

St. Martin’s School Kick-starts 50th Anniversary with Fitness Walk Today

first_img“With the way we have mapped out the activities for the event, we do not foresee any ugly incident happening. All the same, we have taken every necessary precaution against any unforeseen circumstance,” supervisor of the school, Reverend Sister Stella Maris Idibie said.Other activities for the 50th anniversary of the school include charity visit and spelling bee, old school carnival, excursion, seminar and exhibition, gala/award night, with the grand finale slated for February 9.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of St. Martin’s Nursery and Primary School, Surulere, Lagos, teachers, parents and pupils of the school will, today, embark on fitness walk on major streets of Surulere.Parents and pupils of the school have been looking forward, with enthusiasm, to the fitness walk, which will start at 6.30am. They promised to turn out it large numbers.To ensure a hitch free event, special scarf was provided for participants and adequate security has been provided. The school management has made provision for medical aids and ambulance to take care of unforeseen circumstances.last_img read more

Coronavirus Quick Test Becomes Available This Week in South Florida

first_imgSouth Florida hospitals and long-term-care facilities this week will begin to receive coronavirus tests that will provide results in just five to 13 minutes.The tests, which health officials are referring to as a “game-changer,” will be available at some hospitals in our region on Monday. As more of the tests are made, they should also become available at drive-thru testing sites.Cleveland Clinic Florida, Memorial Healthcare and Broward Health are among the South Florida hospital systems to have the tests already.“Those tests will be prioritized to caregivers, to inpatients and to nursing home patients to ensure they are virus-free before they go back to a nursing home,” says Cleveland Clinic CEO Wael Barsoum.Meanwhile, Cleveland Clinic will continue to conduct traditional testing at its four drive-thru sites, where it will still take an average of two or three days to get results.The hospitals bought the tests directly from Abbott Laboratories, a global health care manufacturer.On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he has asked that some of the rapid tests Abbot is producing also be sold to nursing homes and adult living facilities throughout the state.“They could be used on staff and at least to do some spot checks of residents to see if this virus is penetrating any of their facilities,” DeSantis said. “Many of you know there is a crush on medical supplies and these tests are in demand. We will get whatever we can get for the state. We are working to see if some of those can be applied in a way that can directly protect senior citizens.”Abbott says it is producing 50,000 tests a day and will them ship daily to more customers in more places, with plans to increase manufacturing to eventually produce 2 million tests a month by June.In addition, Baptist Health South Florida has has developed a test in house to get results in 24 hours. “Rapid turnaround time for testing is particularly important with cancer patients,” said Dr. Guenther Koehne, deputy director at Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute.last_img read more

West Side Lofts Looking Pretty

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – To the casual eye, it’s largely a construction project still under way, with the dust, and noise of machines and men still hard at work. But in the very near future, “You’ll be living in luxurious surroundings in a downtown atmosphere,” said Lewis Zlotnick, president of Woodmont Properties, one of the partners in building West Side Lofts, as he provided a tour of the project.Woodmont, headquartered in Fairfield, is partnering with Metrovation Terranomics to construct West Side Lofts the large residential and retail development at the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue in the heart of the borough’s west side Arts and Antique District.Metrovation Terranomics is a Washington State-based real estate development firm that counts among its properties The Grove and The Grove West shopping centers, in Shrewsbury.The multiyear project is nearing completion, expected to be finished by February or March, with tenants moving in at that time.On the residential side, the development has 92 rental apartments units, mostly one- and two-bedroom units along with two-story townhomes and three, three story live/work maisonettes spaces, “for those who want to live above their work,” said Lewis Zlotnick, president of Woodmont Properties, believing this concept, “is unique in this area.”Under the residential units and planned amenities is the retail component with approximately 25,000 square feet. So far, Metrovation and Woodmont have leased roughly 12,000 square feet to Triumph Brew Pub and restaurant, which has locations in Princeton and New Hope, Pennsylvania. Zlotnick also announced the latest retail tenant: West Elm home furnishings, which will be using about 11,000 square feet. As for the remaining approximately 2,000 square feet of retail space, Zlotnick said, “We’re waiting on some counter offers.”The project includes a 221-stall enclosed parking garage intended to provide spaces for the commercial and residential tenants, customers as well as making spaces available for the public at large, according to Zlotnick.The developers had previously offered a VIP registration for early leasing of residential units, getting about 2,000 potential tenants to sign up. The registration resulted in 26 leases signed. “That’s a very good statistic, Zlotnick noted, “given the building is not completed.”Rents on the residential units will range from $2,200-$4,400 monthly, depending on the units, Zlotnick said.To give hopeful residents an idea the site has a completed and furnished model, displaying one of the live/work maisonettes spaces. That space has two baths, two bedrooms and full kitchen in the two-tier living quarters, and “it has all the feel of a luxury home,” Zlotnick offered.Every apartment comes with its own hot water heater and washer and dryer, he said.One of the major selling points the representatives stressed is the site’s offerings of available shared space and services. “What’s also great is the amenities,” said Mark Anderson, community manager for West Side Lofts. And those include a lobby area which is planned to have seating and TVs available and a fireplace. There will also be a game room and gym area. “So, you’ll have very little excuse to not get your workout in,” Anderson kidded.The rooftop lounge area, on top of the contemporary architecture building’s five floors, will have a hot tub installed and a kitchen area for the residents, as well as a view of area that takes in both the Navesink and Swimming rivers.In this location “You’re not a prisoner of your apartment,” Zlotnick said. “It’s conducive to socializing, meeting your neighbors.”Another big draw and a major thrust of the marketing is the location: situated a short walk to the borough’s downtown and even shorter walk to the NJ Transit commuter station will be a draw for many, Zlotnick explained.“There is an opportunity for downtown living,” he said, noting the project is being marketed to young professionals and Baby Boomers who are looking to downsize.Local officials have long touted the project seeing it a cornerstone for the burgeoning west side redevelopment.last_img read more

Hold off on the tasting just yet says Ursel lead Fred Thomson as rink prepares for BC Senior Men’s Final

first_imgThe Okanagan/Kootenay rink added a pair in the fifth to complete the rout.“Bob is reading the ice great,” Thomson said of his skip.“We just seem to be getting stronger and stronger. . ..””The loss in the middle of the week (6-4 to Al Roemer of Delta Thistle Curling Club) was probably the best thing that could’ve happened to us as it gave us a little reality check,”  added Thomson, who got a chance to work on his game curling second for the Daniel Wenzek of Langley at the recent Canadian Direct Insurance Men’s Championships held in Nelson.Thomson was asked to spare after one of the rink’s players was unable to attend.Thomson & Company could be seeing a Kootenay rink on the opposition side of Sunday’s final as Myron Nichol of Castlegar looks to take the backdoor route to the final as he faces Craig Lepine of Langley in the Page Playoff 3-4 contest Saturday morning.Nichol and third Bill van Yzerloo of Castlegar, second Garry Beaudry of Nelson and lead Richard Faunt of Trail, finished in a four-way tie for second after round robin with a 4-3 record.The Nichol/Lepine winner advances to the Page Playoff semi final Saturday evening against Craig.The prize all rinks are after is a trip to represent BC at the Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships March 28 to April 2 in Digby, N.S. It’s so close the Bob Ursel rink can taste it.However, lead Fred Thomson of Nelson and Don Freschi have experienced this taste before — 2013 as members of the Tom Shypitka rink of Cranbrook in Tim Horton’s BC Senior Men’s Curling at Trail.Which is why the two Kootenay curlers will focus on the task at hand after the Ursel rink eased into Sunday’s final of the BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships by blasting Wes Craig of Victoria Friday in the Page Playoff 1-2 game at the Richmond Curling Club.“I lost provincial final couple years ago in Trail and didn’t like that feeling very much so hopefully we don’t have to repeat that feeling Sunday night and we can feel the joy,” Thomson said Saturday from Richmond.Friday the Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi and lead Thomson rolled to the victory scoring in four of the five ends en route to the 8-1 victory.After scoring two with last rock in the first end, Ursel, finishing the round robin with a 6-1 record, added three in the third before stealing one in the fourth and two in the fifth ends.last_img read more