Patrick O’Donovan announces €420,000 in funding for Limerick Greenway

first_imgFacebook Limerick Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Patrick O’DonovanLOCAL Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced €420,000 in funding for the Limerick Greenway between Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. The funding comes from the Department of Rural and Community Development and is being made available by Minister Heather Humphreys  under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up  Patrick O’Donovan said “I am thrilled to be able to announce this. This is fantastic news for the Limerick Greenway. Over the last number of years, I have announced literally millions of euro in funding for this amenity and we have seen the benefit of it, particularly now during the recent lockdown. The investment that we are making now is part of continuing to improve it for locals and visitors alike.” “The latest round of funding is to improve the signage and the Greenway itself and is being done in conjunction with Failte Ireland and Limerick City and County Council. Over the recent past I have worked with the Council to help refurbish the tunnel in Barnagh which has been restored to its former glory also secure the two old stations in Ardagh and Barnagh for the Greenway. Today, more good news from the Government and Minister Humphreys, which I know will be welcomed locally.” “As Minister for Tourism I laid out a plan and a vision that would see the Greenway go from Lough Derg to the Atlantic through Clare, Limerick, and Kerry. The main corner stones of that are I believe being put in place bit by bit and with continued investment Kline this, and with the good news on the Kerry side, we are really making steady but positive progress to a major Greenway here in this part of Munster.” Patrick O’Donovan concluded by saying that the last twelve months have shown how impotent how important local parks, walkways, trails, and amenities area. “As a Government we have made big investments into our area through the Council and local voluntary groups, sporting organisations and clubs. I am committed to getting more good news like this for other parts of Limerick so that the greatest number of people can enjoy our outdoor spaces and what Limerick has to offer our locals and visitors alike.” WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsCommunityLimerickPatrick O’Donovan announces €420,000 in funding for Limerick GreenwayBy Staff Reporter – March 22, 2021 437 Linkedin Previous articleWATCH: “Dreams come true” – CJ Stander reflects on final Irish appearanceNext articleWATCH: Farrell and Sexton reflect on win over England and pay tribute to CJ Stander Staff Reporter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Twitter Print TAGSDepartment of Rural and Community DevelopmentKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick GreenwayLimerick PostPatrick O’Donovan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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O.C. Board of Realtors Food Drive in Full Swing to Help the Needy

first_imgDottie Cianci, coordinator of the Ecumenical Council’s Food Cupboard, and Dave Carter, former president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, inspect donated items during a food drive. By Donald WittkowskiMultimillion-dollar beachfront homes, trendy downtown boutiques and upscale sailboats traversing the waterways provide a decidedly affluent backdrop in Ocean City.But there are lesser-known parts of town where people are suffering, where poverty and hunger exist, said Gloria Votta, chairwoman of the Community Services Committee for the Ocean City Board of Realtors.“It would surprise people. It’s very surprising,” Votta said of the city’s poor population.For those people, the Board of Realtors is lending a helping hand through its annual community food drive in partnership with the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that helps needy families.Food is given away for free to Ocean City residents by the Ecumenical Council’s Food Cupboard at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Central Avenue. The hours are 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.Dottie Cianci, coordinator of the Food Cupboard, said more than 100 families will benefit from the food drive. It will help all demographic groups, including people who live in low-income housing, senior citizens and homebound residents. The Food Cupboard makes deliveries to senior citizens and homebound residents.“There are some people who simply can’t get out. I’m just so proud of this, because we just started it,” Cianci said of the delivery service.In addition to food, the Board of Realtors is also collecting household items, including detergent, paper products, soap and toothpaste.Originally scheduled to end on Feb. 28, the “Food is Love” drive has been extended through March 15 to give the Board of Realtors more time to collect items donated by the public. Votta said the food drive underscores the level of compassion the community has for needy families and senior citizens.“There is nothing this community will not pull together to do,” she said. “I think it’s one of the best places to live as far as a caring community is concerned.”Now in its seventh year, the food drive is among a series of charitable events organized by the Board of Realtors. The organization also holds clothing drives and a Toys for Tots campaign throughout the year.Food donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street. To arrange for food pickups, people may call the office at (609) 399-0128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.In addition to nonperishable food donations, the board is also seeking household items, including liquid laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, soap and toothpaste.Dave Carter, president of the Board of Realtors, noted that some people choose to donate cash, which in turn is used to buy gift cards at local grocery stores. So far, about $500 in cash has been donated for the food drive, he said.Already, dozens and dozens of food items and household goods have been collected at the Board of Realtors office. The board’s conference room has been turned into a makeshift pantry – crowded with cans of soup, microwaveable dinners, canned goods, cereal and jars of peanut butter and jelly.“What you see here is only part of it. There are a lot of boxes we still have to pick up,” Carter said.Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street.last_img read more

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Journalism, cinema-style

first_imgThe Harvard Summer School Writing Program just launched a new film series on cinematic treatments of American journalism.The first of the free weekly offerings, on June 25, drew an audience of 50 to Hall A in the Science Center. “Page One: Inside The New York Times,” a 2010 documentary, offers a rare inside view of how news is gathered and tweaked and filtered at the famous Gray Lady.More importantly, the hourlong film looks at the single most pressing question for traditional media outlets today: Will they survive the slings and arrows of the new media age? Tweets, blogs, news-aggregating websites, and other information alternates are raining down on Fortress Newsroom nationwide, knocking profits awry, killing ad revenue, and picking off veteran staffers.At the Times, according to voices in the film, the answer is yes — it will change and grow and survive. It was the Times, for one, that pioneered a system of paying for online content. The paywall is slowly restoring lost profits, and with them the hope that traditional newsgathering and authoritative editing will survive.A working journalist will introduce each film in the series and lead a discussion afterward. For “Page One,” the commentator was Alex Jones, Nieman ’82. The former Times staffer, who was actually featured in the film, is now Harvard’s Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy and director of the Joan Shorenstein Center.A scene from “Page One: Inside The New York Times.” Photo courtesy of Magnolia PicturesThe voice in “Page One” that delivers the strongest message of survival and hope for news traditions is the Times media and culture columnist David Carr. The raspy-voiced former cocaine addict is the film’s unlikely oracle, often seen walking stoop-shouldered through the newsroom with a bottle of caffeinated soda on his way to grab a cigarette.Jones forewarned the audience to watch for Carr in three of the film’s strongest moments: his profane group interview with a new media group aspiring to be journalists, a panel on the fate of the Times, and — at the film’s end — a round of Carr’s barking, tough interviews about a big media company driven into the ground by owners who didn’t understand the news business. (“I think we should have a porn section,” the majority owner says in one film clip. “Don’t you think that would sell?”)Carr respects the collective portraits of a situation that Twitter and other new media can contribute. But at the same time he is a pen-and-paper guy who in the film confronted two new reporters busy reading texts. Carr threatened to fling the devices over a fence. Aware of digital pressures, he said at one point: “I would consider it unspeakable if The New York Times ended up a diminished place.”After the film, Jones answered questions about newsroom culture, with its surprises and long hours; he defended professional newsgathering; and, toward the end, drew a comparison between his former and current employers. “Harvard and the Times are practically blood brothers,” said Jones of institutional fame and the hubris that sometimes comes with it. “At the same time, they are what they are — institutions of great power.”As for the future, he added, many institutions might just melt away in the heat of the coming digital age, but “Harvard will be like The New York Times: the last iceberg.”Up next in the 6:30 p.m. film series (on July 2) is “The Paper,” a 1994 Ron Howard comedy about 24 hours at a fictional tabloid. It’s worth a watch just for Michael Keaton’s portrait of a caffeinated metro editor who finds his moral center — and gets into a pressroom fistfight to prove it. Introducing the film will be Laura Wides-Munoz, Hispanic affairs writer for the Associated Press.The series wraps up July 30 with “His Girl Friday,” a 1940 Howard Hawks newsroom comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. How do you spell “zany”? Grant, the editor, might help you out, but don’t believe anything else he says.last_img read more

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