Convenience and Accessibility Top O.C.’s Beach, Boardwalk Priorities

first_imgThe ADA ramp at Waverly Beach is one of several projects underway to prepare for the 2020 summer season. By MADDY VITALE Beaches and Boardwalks are closed to visitors and residents in Ocean City in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.But that does not stop construction projects in Ocean City geared toward accessibility, comfort and convenience for people.In the meantime, city projects such as the one to add seasonal bathrooms at three Boardwalk entrances and more Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant ramps in the few areas that did not have them are nearing completion.“The work is in progress. It should be complete later this spring,” Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said in an email this week.Projects are underway to expand the Boardwalk at Ninth, 10th and 11th streets to make way for pop-up seasonal bathrooms. Added decking at the street ends could eventually accommodate more permanent structures, Bergen said in an earlier interview.However, the temporary bathrooms are like tiny houses and provide the needed convenience when walking with family on long stretches of the Boardwalk.An ADA ramp, like the one on Surf Road, is nearly complete at Waverly Beach off of E. Atlantic Boulevard. The other new ADA ramp is for the Boardwalk at St. Charles Place.Pop-up bathrooms on the Boardwalk like this one at 11th Street will add convenience for vacationers and residents this summer.Mayor Jay Gillian has said throughout the projects that improving accessibility is a key priority for him and his administration.“The city remains committed to improving accessibility whenever possible,” Gillian said in January during one of his weekly messages to the public.In addition to the new temporary bathrooms and more ADA ramps, Gillian announced earlier this year that the extra-long mobility beach mat at 34th Street beach was such a success that the city would like to extend the mats at some of the other beaches. City officials are going to discuss the locations this spring to determine where the new mats would go.The long beach mat at 34th Street is the only one of its kind in Ocean City that extends all the way to the high tide line.While no one knows if it will be weeks or months before the coronavirus-related ban on social gatherings is lifted, the hope is that Ocean City’s 2020 summer season equals a Boardwalk and beaches filled with vacationers.Over the past two years, city officials have made it a priority to improve accessibility and offer conveniences to the Boardwalk and beaches. Workers have installed ADA ramps over bulkheads and at Boardwalk entrances. All Boardwalk entrances are accessible by ramp.For a list of beaches with mobility mats 34th Street beach mat, which extends all the way to the high tide line, will serve as a model for some of the city’s other beaches.last_img read more

Obesity roots may start before kindergarten

first_img Read Full Story A new report suggests that children who are overweight or obese by the time they enter kindergarten have a high likelihood of staying that way as they grow older. Looking at more than 7,700 children over a nine-year-period, the Emory University study found that children who started kindergarten overweight had about four times the risk of becoming obese by eighth grade as their normal-weight peers.In an editorial accompanying the study in the New England Journal of Medicine, co-author Steven Gortmaker, director of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC) and professor of the practice of health sociology at the School, said that the findings point to the importance of instituting “wide-reaching, cost-effective policy and programmatic changes aimed at improving nutrition and physical activity among broad populations of children if we are to reduce early childhood weight gain and the risk of incident obesity throughout childhood.”On the bright side, Gortmaker told the New York Times, a number of studies have shown that it is possible to stop or reverse excess weight gain in children. And young children can move from overweight to normal weight by losing just a few pounds, whereas for adults to do so could mean having to lose a significant amount of weight—20 to 30 pounds or even 40 to 50 pounds, according to Gortmaker.last_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which Presidential TV Series Should Become a Broadway Show?

first_imgPresidents’ Day is just around the corner, and the staff will celebrate by sleeping late, ordering Thai food on Seamless and catching up on the binge-watching House of Cards. In fact, a lot of our favorite TV shows from past and present take place on Capitol Hill—The West Wing, Scandal, Veep and Political Animals, just to name a few. Performances are officially underway for the new bio-play All the Way, starring Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, but we think there’s more than enough room for a few more presidents (even fictional ones!) to join him on the Great White Way. So, we need to know: Which series about presidential politics do you want to see jump from your TV screen to the Broadway stage? Cast your vote below! View Commentslast_img read more

GDPR: Updated privacy notice

first_imgYou are probably aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into effect on May 25th.  In a nutshell it means your personal data will better protected, hence increasing your privacy.We have always cared about your privacy and will continue to do so in all our future activities. That is why we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (from May 25, 2018, in compliance with the GDPR, that protects your privacy rights.In our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Use you can read how we collect and use your data. We recommend you read these documents.These updates will take effect for both new and existing users. By continuing to use our platforms, you agree to these updated terms.Please feel free to contact us with any further questions in regards to the GDPR.Thank you for using our platforms and we hope to welcome you soon again.last_img read more

We can’t win all the time, unhappy Guardiola says

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shrugged off his team’s shock 3-2 defeat by newly-promoted Norwich City in the English Premier League on Saturday with a direct message. He said his team simply could not be expected to win every week. Guardiola’s team beat Liverpool to the title by a solitary point last season after winning their last 14 games. But after five games of this season they already trail Juergen Klopp’s side by five points. “The people cannot expect us to win or pick up 100 points all the time. We’re going to recover now and come back,” said Guardiola after the loss at Carrow Road. Manchester City won 32 of 38 games last season, losing only twice and they had not suffered a league defeat since their 2-1 reverse to Newcastle United on January 29. The prior season, Manchester City achieved a record 100 points, losing just two matches in the entire campaign and finishing 19 points clear at the top. “Sometimes games like this happen – we had our chances to score but didn’t. So, congratulations to Norwich,” said the Spaniard, who felt the scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of the game. Manchester City, as usual, dominated possession with 69 percent of the ball and they had eight shots on target – while Norwich scored from all three of their efforts on goal. “It is football – we had many opportunities today. They had three or four and scored three goals,” he added. “The first one was a set-piece we didn’t defend, the second we were caught on the counter-attack and the third came from a mistake. “But we know what we are as a team, we know what we have done and we know what we are going to do.” Norwich’s crucial third goal came after defender Nicolas Otamendi was caught in possession in his own penalty area, allowing Emiliano Buendia to square to Teemu Pukki. In the absence of injured French defender Aymeric Laporte, who could be sidelined for six months with a knee injury, Manchester City looked in trouble. They featured John Stones and Argentine Otamendi in the centre of defence and they rarely looked solid on Saturday. With Vincent Kompany having left the club and not being replaced during the transfer window, Manchester City have few options at the back. But Guardiola said he had confidence in Stones and Otamendi. “John and Nico have played together many times and been a huge part of what we have done, but Kompany is now in Belgium, Laporte is injured and these are the defenders we have at this moment,” he said. Manchester City’s Spanish international midfielder Rodri said not too much should be read into the loss. “That’s football. It wasn’t a normal game, but we have to look forward. The season is very long, you’re going to have matches like this – at least two or three,” he said. “We’re not a 10 as a team. We’re not perfect. The only positive thing we can say is that it’s early in the season. We’re five points behind the leaders, but we need to keep going.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoolManchester CityNicolas OtamendiNorwich CityVincent Kompanylast_img read more