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 visitwww.ocnj.us/Handicapped-AccessibilityThe 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

Tyus Battle continues maturation process as freshman season nears conclusion

first_img Published on March 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman As a byproduct of that, there’s a lot that goes into a 20-point performance from Battle too. Where Andrew White might get to that number by exclusively hoisting 3s, Battle’s ability to score almost anywhere on the court is what makes him so good.Only one of his seven 3-point attempts fell through on Wednesday, but he compensated by crashing the paint as aggressively as he has all season. Battle converted three and-1 layups against the Spartans, and the visitors weren’t committing soft touch fouls on the freshman.Battle attacked three UNCG defenders under the basket to draw his first and-1, coaxed 6-foot-8 R.J. White into hacking him from behind as he laid in a second and-1, and the third came on that highlight-reel jump move.“Those are moves I thought he would always do,” freshman Taurean Thompson said, “but his confidence is getting up. He’s always been the person that could score a couple and get going.“It was real good seeing that move from him.”Battle readily acknowledged there are some moves, for whatever reason, he won’t unveil at the beginning of a game. He has to build up to them, get in a groove and just react. It’s a process Battle’s expedited as he’s accrued more experience, but there’s still a way for him to go.Thompson thinks his fellow freshman still relies too heavily on his jump shot. Battle knows he’d be better served to drive the paint even more than he’s started to. Syracuse coaches just want him to have the confidence to shoot more.All together, there’s plenty for Battle to work on. As he reacts accordingly, his ceiling is only getting higher.“He’s getting better this year,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll get better. They all do.” Comments With two defenders closing in on his path to the basket, Tyus Battle didn’t have to think about his next move. He just reacted, improvising a jump move between Jordy Kuiper and Kyrin Galloway to plant himself under the basket for an and-1 layup.Even the freshman was impressed with his own ad-libbing. He slapped the ball with one hand after the whistle and dropped a sly grin toward the Syracuse bench. Battle can’t draw an explanation for everything he does on the court, and that’s OK.The Orange doesn’t mind in the slightest.“That’s how you’re supposed to play basketball,” Battle said. “You’re supposed to react to what the defense is giving you and just try to make the right play.”For the dynamic 6-foot-6 guard, that could mean going up for a quick 3 on the first possession of the game. It could mean zipping a half-court pass for a transition layup, or leaping between two defenders blocking his way to the paint. Battle’s shown he can do all of the above, and he did it all in top-seeded SU’s (19-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) 13-point win over eight-seeded UNCG (25-10, 14-4 Southern) on Wednesday night. As Syracuse extended its season at least another game — coming at home against Ole Miss at 11 a.m. on Saturday — there’s no reason to think Battle’s maturation won’t continue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe tallied 20 against the Spartans, scoring at least that many points in three of the last four games. But more important, as the Orange prepares to lose up to three of its best players for a second year in a row, Battle’s fortified himself as SU’s best hope for next season.The ball will be in his hands more than ever, an exciting possibility for a player as multi-faceted as Battle is.“I don’t think he has one in particular,” Tyler Lydon said of Battle’s best attribute. “I think he has a few. His athleticism, his skill set, his ability to score, his mindset and everything.“There’s a lot that goes into him.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Officials back `Three Strikes’ reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A proposed change to the Three Strikes law is receiving broad support because it mandates that sentences of 25 years to life be restricted, in most cases, to situations where the third offense is a serious or violent felony, according to law enforcement officials and defense attorneys. The proposed Three Strikes Reform Act of 2006 is being backed by police, prosecutors and defense attorneys. It was submitted with the Attorney General’s Office in early January by Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and Brian T. Dunn of the Cochran law firm in Los Angeles. If it garners enough support, the measure could appear on the November ballot. “I think it’s long overdue,” Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian said of the proposed reform. “I’ve always thought Three Strikes was an excellent concept in public policy that was very flawed in its execution.” Proposition 184, the “Three Strikes” law, was passed in 1994 out of frustration with repeat violent offenders who seemed to be on a “revolving door” in and out of prison, Melekian said. A common criticism of the law is that it’s unfair and too expensive, because some repeat offenders receive 25-to-life sentences for minor third offenses that are classified as felonies because of prior convictions. Lael Rubin, head deputy for the District Attorney’s Office’s appellate division, said the inequities of the current Three Strikes law are well known. Some defendants received 25-to-life sentences for minor infractions like possession of a single cocaine rock, or theft of food or diapers, Rubin said. Previous attempts to reform Three Strikes, including Proposition 66 in November 2004, have been too severe, Rubin said. Only 47 percent of voters favored Proposition 66, which Rubin said eliminated some serious and violent offenses from the list of possible strikes, and would have triggered “massive resentencing.” With the defeat of Proposition 66, it became clear to Cooley that meaningful reform was necessary to save Three Strikes as an important tool for prosecutors, Rubin said. The current proposal would require that the third strike be serious or violent, Rubin said. A relatively minor offense could still be classified as a third strike if it involved elements like large quantities of drugs, certain sex offenses or a defendant armed with a firearm, Rubin said. Robert Kalunian, chief deputy public defender for Los Angeles County, called the latest proposed change to the Three Strikes law “excellent.” “The current Three Strikes law is overly broad and basically has the capability of encompassing a whole lot of individuals that one wouldn’t think should be sentenced to 25-to-life in prison,” he said. The new proposal also requires that defendants who received 25-to-life sentences for minor third offenses be resentenced according to the new provisions. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461last_img read more

PAURIC BRESLIN WINS JG MEMORIAL 5K

first_imgJ.G. Memorial 5k 2016Place Bib Name Gender AG Club Time1. 397 Pauric Breslin m SM Letterkenny A.C. 15:462. 416 Liam Doherty m SM Letterkenny A.C. 16:283. 398 Enda Mc Bride m SM Letterkenny A.C. 16:524. 465 Noel Diver m SM Rosses A.C. 16:575. 393 Eoin Hughes m JM Letterkenny A.C. 17:146. 468 Edward Sweeney m SM Cranford A.C. 17:407. 472 John Whoriskey m SM 17:438. 421 Declan Mc Bride m SM Cranford A.C. 17:449. 426 Damian Mc Bride m SM Milford A.C. 17:4510. 464 Frankie Bradley m SM 18:2011. 428 David Harvey m SM 24/7 Triathlon 18:2712. 425 Peter Lilburn m M60 City of Derry Spartans A.C. 18:4013. 463 Pól Mac Giolla Bhride m SM Letterkenny A.C. 19:0414. 473 Gerard Marley m SM Milford A.C. 19:1515. 432 Irene Mc Fadden f SW Letterkenny A.C. 19:1916. 433 Nathan Mc Hugh m SM 19:2217. 434 Noeleen Scanlon f SW Letterkenny A.C. 19:2218. 476 Michael Mc Hugh m M40 Milford A.C. 19:2819. 437 Barry Mackey m M50 Letterkenny A.C. 19:3720. 446 Frank Pinder m M50 19:4021. 427 Patrick Duffy m M40 19:4622. 435 Patrick Mc Hugh m SM 19:5423. 394 Martin Kerr m M60 19:5824. 474 Gillian Marley f SW Milford A.C. 20:1825. 441 Angus Hunter m M50 20:3726. 471 Curley Coyle m M40 20:5627. 424 Michael Gallagher m M50 Foyle Valley A.C. 21:0528. 449 John Fealty m M50 21:0829. 413 Owen Coyle m M50 Rosses A.C. 21:1530. 395 Liam Donnelly m SM 21:1631. 475 Kenneth Moon m M40 Milford A.C. 21:2832. 477 Siobhan Mc Hugh f W45 Milford A.C. 21:4233. 470 Joe Coyle m SM 21:4334. 466 Seamus Carr m SM 21:4835. 399 Brian Mc Bride m M60 Letterkenny A.C. 21:5236. 461 Jimmy Mc Bride m M60 Letterkenny A.C. 22:0137. 420 Paula Hegarty f SW Milford A.C. 22:1638. 439 Joe Mc Laughlin m SM 22:2539. 438 Frank Mc Taggart m M40 Milford A.C. 22:2540. 442 Arthur Lynch m SM 22:3841. 400 Oran Mc Menamin m JM Cranford A.C. 22:5542. 414 Rionach Giles f JW Cranford A.C. 22:5943. 478 Nancy Mc Namee f W45 Finn Valley A.C. 23:1244. 431 Hugh Gallagher m M60 Letterkenny A.C. 23:2745. 422 Sam Faulkner m SM Run for Fun Letterkenny 23:4846. 423 Clare Molloy f W35 23:4847. 482 Laura Black f JW 24/7 Triathlon 24:0848. 440 Noel Mc Bride m M50 24:1149. 481 Edward Diver m M50 Ray Men 24:1350. 430 Eddie Sweeney m M60 Ray Men 24:3151. 450 Con Duffy m SM 24:3352. 479 Mary Bond f W55 Finn Valley A.C. 24:4153. 396 Paddy Fox m SM 25:3654. 448 Frankie Pinder m JM Letterkenny A.C. 25:4455. 483 Kate Black f JW 24/7 Triathlon 26:0656. 469 Majella Granaghan f W45 26:5957. 443 Noreen Pinder f W45 27:3458. 444 Mairead Pinder f JW Letterkenny A.C. 27:3559. 467 Cathy Carr f JW 28:5460. 484 Kim Bradley f SW 29:0861. 480 Gerard Sharkey m M50 Swanlings 29:1962. 445 Eileen Pinder f JW Letterkenny A.C. 30:4063. 429 Yvonne Lynch f W35 30:4064. 436 James Doherty m M60 Cranford A.C. 42:07PAURIC BRESLIN WINS JG MEMORIAL 5K was last modified: July 1st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more