Oceanport $33M Referendum

first_imgOCEANPORT — The Oceanport School District is asking voters to weigh in on a $33 million bond referendum Dec. 10 to improve facilities at the Wolf Hill and Maple Place schools. According to business administrator Valery Petrone, the district has spent $1.7 million on required maintenance over the past 10 years. Frank A. Messineo, principal and owner of Solutions Architecture, said the district has a 2 percent cap on the budget that they cannot exceed, which makes it hard to fund large-ticket items like fixing leaking roofs or removing asbestos tiled flooring. “It’s an ongoing fight and we can never really catch up. And the referendum is our one best chance to do something like that,” he said. “And by allowing the district to finance these over many years, the cost is spread out and debt service aid is available.” If the referendum passes, both schools will receive new fire sprinkler systems; fire alarm systems; secure vestibules and lockdown capabilities; safety glazing on lower level windows; camera systems; new windows; new roofing systems; flooring; classroom furnishings; mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades; new lighting fixtures; parking improvements; and gym renovations, among other features. “Our buildings are rather aged and they are in serious need of upgrade and repair,” said Anne R. Facendo, the Oceanport superintendent. “The Wolf Hill Elementary School, which services pre-K through grade four, is 108 years old.” She also said the median age of the two combined facilities is 81.5 years old and the district’s last referendum was in 1996. The vote will be held Dec. 10 from 2 to 8 p.m. in Oceanport and in Sea Bright. The full presentation is available on the school website at oceanport.k12.nj.us. Wolf Hill School will see a new media center, cafeteria and connecting courtyard; six new classrooms will be added; toilet facilities will be renovated in pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, as now required by law; a new bus drop-off loop will be added; ADA-compliant spaces will be renovated; and more. According to the proposal, Wolf Hill School’s estimated 14,800-square-foot expansion will help accommodate the influx of children entering the Oceanport School District from the new housing developments at former Fort Monmouth. Because Sea Bright is a sending district to Oceanport schools, its residents will weigh in on the vote and the costs as well. If approved, the average Sea Bright homeowner can expect an extra $4.93 a month, or $59.19 a year, on their tax bills. He also said that bond rates are at a historic low, making this a good time to have a referendum. “But they’re not going to stay there forever so we want to try to take advantage of this,” he said. School board member Meghan Walker said a demographic study showed enrollment is steadily declining. However, 720 residential units are being built at the former fort. Projections show that once those children enter the school system, the demographics will about mirror the student population today. At a referendum presentation at a recent Sea Bright council meeting, a resident asked about the projections of student populations over the next five to 10 years. At Maple Place School, the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) wing will be renovated with science labs, computer labs and more. There will also be renovations to the cafetorium, locker rooms with individualized showers, media center and guidance and physical therapist/occupational therapist rooms. According to the district, 81 of the 720 total residential units are “dedicated to Acute Care, which will produce no school age children, leaving 639 units.” Of the 639 units, 116 have already been built and are occupied. As a result, the district gained 20 new students. With this in mind, the district anticipates it will receive 109 students once the rest of the residential units are built. If the referendum is approved, the district anticipates receiving 34 percent of the total 40 percent it will be eligible for in state aid, to off-set costs. In that case, the average homeowner in Oceanport would pay an additional $43.32 a month, or $519.85 per year, on their tax bills.last_img read more

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Coconut vendor charged for malicious damage to property

first_imgA 38-year-old resident of Costello Housing Scheme, Georgetown, on Wednesday found himself before Magistrate Faith McGusty, slapped with two charges of malicious damage to property.The charges against Robert Cox, a coconut vendor, detailed that on October 14, 2018, at Costello Housing Scheme, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged a chair set valued $70,000 and two mattresses valued $60,000; the property of Dexter Harry.Another charge stated that on the said date and location, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged one bed and clothing among other items at a total value of $85,500.The defendant denied both charges.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell made no objections to bail being granted.As a result, Magistrate McGusty placed Cox on $20,000 bail. The case will continue on January 16.last_img read more

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Hasselbaink plays down play-off prospects

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has played down the prospect of QPR competing for a play-off place following their win against Bristol City.Tuesday’s 1-0 victory left Rangers ninth in the Championship table, just one point away from the top six.Hasselbaink’s side, who travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, are unbeaten in five matches.Asked if the play-offs is a realistic aim, manager Hasselbaink said: “We want to be there. But at this moment in time the most important thing is to accumulate as many points as we can.“Saturday is another big game. Can we bring that same kind of determination to that game?“We need to try to get as many points as possible and then see at the beginning of next year where we are.”Rangers will assess Jordan Cousins and Joel Lynch ahead of Saturday’s game after both players limped off against City.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:Sylla’s goal gives QPR victoryBristol City boss bemoans ‘disgraceful’ decisionHasselbaink hails QPR’s persistence after deserved winQPR v Bristol City player ratingsQPR hopeful on Cousins injuryQPR fans on Twitter praise midfield duoLuongo ‘has got the lot’ – Hasselbaink  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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O Beautiful for Amber Waves of Fossils

first_imgStriking examples of life encased in fossil tree sap open eyes on creation vs evolution.Lizards, geckos and chameleons entombed in amber were reported in Science Advances recently. Images and information about the “dinosaur-era” creatures were reported by the BBC News, New Scientist and PhysOrg. The world’s oldest chameleom had a catapulting tongue already in place. The geckos also had their adhesive toe pads in the mid-Cretaceous, “suggesting the gecko’s climbing lifestyle evolved much earlier than thought.” The BBC calls the chameleon a missing link, but at 80 million years older than the next oldest fossil chameleon, it “significantly pushes back the origins of the group and challenges long-held views that chameleons got their start in Africa,” PhysOrg says. The amber pieces are from Myanmar in Asia.The specimens were collected decades ago and put into museum drawers. They are just now being analyzed. With modern CT scan techniques, the scientists can generate 3-D models of the animals to examine their anatomy in detail. Another PhysOrg talks about a new micro-CT scanner that is allowing scientists to view the insides of fossils, even tiny ones, with exceptional detail without destroying the rock. Details of a frog’s nervous system can be imagined with this newly-adapted technology.Other Burmese amber samples from Myanmar reveal new details about ants. “Ants were socializing — and sparring — nearly 100 million years ago,” Science Daily reports about the Cretaceous fossils. Though dead and immobilized in the amber, scientists infer that ants were social way back then, as they are now. This particular species, outfitted with large fighting jaws, is no longer extant. Termites have also been found in the amber. A press release from the American Museum of Natural History also discusses the fossils, playing up the “evolution of eusociality” angle (which, if it already existed in the Cretaceous, says nothing about how it evolved). Even though the ants and termites look different from living species, “Eusociality was going strong in both groups during the Cretaceous,” the scientists surmise.The findings were published in Current Biology (#1) and Current Biology (#2). The record for oldest termite previously was 17 million years; the amber fossils push them back 83 million years into the Cretaceous (100 Ma.), yet they already had a well-developed caste system. “These discoveries demonstrate the Mesozoic antiquity of specialized termite caste systems and corroborate that among all social species, termites probably had the original societies,” the abstract says. Both the ants and termites are labeled “basal” by the paleontologists, but what were their ancestors? If they already looked like termites and ants, and already had their characteristic caste systems, whatever is “basal” had to be further back and remains undiscovered.One other critter was reported in Burmese amber. Science Daily says that a microwhip scorpion was found, the first from the Mesozoic (also about 100 million years old). Though 97 million years older than the next oldest fossil of this order, it looks pretty much the same. “Because it looks so similar to other microwhip scorpions still found today, it most probably shared the same habitat and preferences as its modern-day kin.” No evolution here for 100 million years.Extinction is not evolution. Where is the ancestry? There was a lot more diversity in the past in many groups. O, the word games these evolutionists play! Calling something “basal” does not make it primitive. It does not demonstrate ancestry. These were full-fledged ants, termites, chameleons, lizards and geckos that had all the representative equipment of their species, even if they looked slightly different. The ants and termites had division of labor and eusociality already. Why talk of the “evolution of eusociality”?These samples are not 100 million years old. They are only assigned that age to keep Charlie from getting embarrassed, because he needs the time. But they can’t even keep their own story straight. Over and over, we see them surprised that things “evolved much earlier than thought.” The only ones who thought that are evolutionists. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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a month ago​Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Luton

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Lutonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City will ring in the changes as they face off against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup.With the club chasing a high Premier League finish this season, it is understandable they are willing to rotate their squad for a cup game against a lower division side.Brendan Rodgers will give chances to several of his fringe players and youngsters.Players who could feature in the game include Danny Ward, James Justin, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Demarai Gray.These players are either not in the squad for most Premier League games, or often find themselves on the bench. last_img read more

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Jamaica Launches Project to Protect Agricultural Sector and Coastal Areas

first_imgJamaica is taking steps towards enhancing the resilience of its agriculture sector and coastal areas in an effort to protect the livelihood and food security of its people. The objectives will be achieved under the Jamaica Adaptation Fund Programme, which was formally launched on Friday by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The three-year project, which got underway last month, is being implemented through grants totaling US$9.965 million from the Adaptation Fund and has as its objective, “to protect livelihoods and food security in vulnerable communities by improving land and water management for the agricultural sector; strengthening coastal protection; and building institutional and local capacity for climate change adaptation”. It will target groups including fisherfolk, farmers, tourism interests, including hoteliers and tour operators, and select government entities in eight parishes ? Westmoreland, specifically Negril; St. Thomas; St. Ann; Trelawny; St. Catherine; Clarendon, particularly the Bull Head region of the Rio Minho watershed; St. Mary; and Manchester. Minister Pickersgill stated at the launch that “climate proofing key economic sectors through policy development, budgetary allocations and development planning, is no longer an option for us – it is essential”. He said the massive damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean and North America is “a wake-up call”, noting that “it is a reminder of the urgency with which we must continue to build the resilience of our countries to Climate Change, even as we carry out measures to adapt in the immediate circumstances”. He said that the loss of natural and man-made coastal resources due to sea level rise, and the potential for increased saline intrusion into the country’s already affected coastal water, are of utmost concern. “Our power plants, hospitals and shelters, major roadways, government and private offices, hotels and other infrastructure critical to our economic growth and development are located, for the most part, in coastal areas,” he noted. “Furthermore, the loss of life, personal property, and our GDP (Gross Domestic Product), due to increased frequency of extreme weather events, are among our greatest concerns,” he added. Minister Pickersgill stated that he had “high expectations” of the project, which will be executed primarily by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA); the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and relevant agencies; the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment; and the National Works Agency (NWA).  Among the activities under the project are: the establishment of water harvesting methods; training in technologies that will improve soil moisture retention as well as installing submerged breakwaters in the mid-region of Long Bay, Negril, which has experienced the greatest level of erosion in the past four decades. The implementing agency is the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), whose Director General, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, said “the interventions are expected to positively impact food for domestic consumption and export, and contribute to the lowering of the US$1 billion food import bill, while contributing to food security and stabilising the local supply chain. “The intervention will also assist in securing livelihoods in beneficiary communities and importantly, in the restoration of the critical ecosystem in Negril, which is so vital in Jamaica’s climate sensitive economy,” he stated. NEPA will be partnering with the NWA to implement Component 1 of the project, which will seek to further enhance the resilience of the vulnerable Negril coastline. The project will result in 2,000to 2,500 metres of the Negril shoreline being stabilised over time and contribute to the restoration of the sea grass bed.last_img read more

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Womens basketball OSU South Carolina matchup will feature two of the best

OSU then-sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOn Nov. 13, 2015, the OSU women’s basketball team opened its 2015-16 season with an 88-80 road loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Just over a year later, the Buckeyes will get a chance at revenge.OSU will host the Gamecocks on Monday in a battle between two of college basketball’s best. South Carolina currently sits at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 7.“We know we’re going to be in for a real battle,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Tipoff in Columbus will serve as the season opener for the Gamecocks. In its only exhibition match on Nov. 6, South Carolina downed Benedict College by a score of 120-49.A season ago, the Gamecocks went 33-2 with an 11-0 record on the road. The team’s only loss in the regular season came to the eventual-champion UConn Huskies at home, snapping South Carolina’s perfect 22-0 record. The Gamecocks also fell 80-72 to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament to end its season.South Carolina has lost seven players from last year’s team. Guards Khadijah Sessions, Tina Roy and Tiffany Mitchell, and forwards Sarah Imovbioh and Asia Dozier have graduated, and forwards Jatarie White and India Farmer have departed from the program as well.With the losses, South Carolina lost 37.7 points per game on offense, good for 47.9 percent of the team’s scoring a season ago.Despite the roster turnover, the Gamecocks still possess plenty of talent. Two of South Carolina’s top-three scorers from a season ago have returned. Junior forward A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and senior center Alaina Coates contributed 12.1 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game.Three ESPN top-100 prospects have joined as true freshman. 5-foot-10 point guard Tyasha Harris (No. 28), 5-foot-6 point guard Araion Bradshaw (No. 33) and 6-foot-2 forward Mikiah Harrigan (No. 72) will join 5-foot-8 guard Victoria Patrick to form the Gamecocks’ talented new class.Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings, who put up 10 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 2015-16, has transferred into the program and will sit out the entirety of the 2016-17 season.“They have an absolutely loaded roster with talent,” McGuff said. “I have great respect for them.”The Buckeyes have no shortage of talent on its roster, either, and this year’s team figures to be in a more favorable position than a year ago.“We’ve got a little more depth,” McGuff said. “We’ve got a little more size and physicality around the basket.”In last season’s matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes got 36 points from then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell and 23 from then-senior guard Ameryst Alston. The rest of the team combined for just 21 points.The main difference in the contest was the play of the bigs. Wilson led the Gamecocks with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Coates added 17 points and 13 boards. OSU got just eight points out of its forwards and center, but the group did grab 33 rebounds.The Buckeyes will now be able to balance the Gamecocks’ post play with the addition of redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in OSU’s season opener against Duquesne.OSU looked like a much better all-around team against Duquesne than they did in its exhibition win over Ashland, but Mavunga knows the team must be even better to compete with South Carolina.“We need to still get better defensively and get better with rebounding,” Mavunga said. “We need to communicate a little bit more, but I think we’re headed towards the right direction.”The matchup itself is something that McGuff believes is a positive for women’s college basketball.“It’s a great opportunity and it’s great for our game,” McGuff said. “There needs to be more games like this in women’s basketball in November just to create some excitement.”Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at Value City Arena. read more

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Onesided Bucks try to continue dominance of Cats

The No. 13 Ohio Sate field hockey team looks to finish its season strong against No. 20 Northwestern Saturday.The Buckeyes seek their first Big Ten road win of the season when they travel to Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes are 0-2 on the road in conference play, having lost to Penn State and Michigan State.The Buckeyes will face a Wildcat team that has struggled through the Big Ten season, posting a record of 1-4. Past meetings between the conference foes have been dominated by the Buckeyes, who have won the last 21 contests. The Buckeyes have shut out the Wildcats in their past three meetings.Saturday’s game will be Senior Day for the Wildcats, who are are led by seniors Courtney Plaster-Strange and Elizabeth Dobbs. The duo is second and third in points, respectively. The Buckeyes need a victory over Northwestern to remain in second place in the Big Ten. A loss would open the door for Indiana to take control of second place in the conference. The Hoosiers travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan Saturday.The Big Ten standings are critical as the conference tournament starts Nov. 5. in East Lansing on Michigan State’s campus. Michigan State has already secured the top seed in the conference tournament and the first round bye. The Buckeyes will earn either the second or third seed, depending on the results of Saturday’s games.The first round of the tournament is Nov. 5, followed by the semifinals on Nov. 6 and the finals Nov. 8.Last year’s Buckeye squad made a run to the conference championship game before falling to Iowa, 2-1, in overtime.Since that loss, many players, including seniors Lindsay Quintiliani and Natalia Ciminello, said winning the Big Ten is the team’s number one goal. While Michigan State has already clinched the regular season, the tournament championship is still up for grabs.If the Buckeyes achieve their goal and win the Big Ten tournament, they will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. If they fall short, they will look to earn an at-large bid.The NCAA tournament begins Nov. 14, when the Buckeyes will look to achieve another team goal — a trip to the final four. read more

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