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Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot Day

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and in honor of Patriot Day, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States flags and Commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex, at Commonwealth facilities, and throughout the state lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.“May we never forget the men and women who died in the events of September 11, 2001,” Governor Wolf said. “Their ultimate sacrifice serves as an inspiration for all of us to understand the significance of our communities and the importance of valuing every life in them.”The United Sates Flag and the Commonwealth Flag shall remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. September 10, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot Daylast_img read more

Nate Myles has retirement sorted, and here’s how you can help

first_img A third of Aussies retiring with two homes Luxury Coast penthouse buyer revealed Gina Rinehart secures $18.5m Brisbane digs The Gordonvale rental is substantially less than Myles was renting out his Gold Coast home out for three years ago. He had the Palm Beach property on the rental list at $790 a week. He’ll now forego that rental income having sold that four bedroom home for $937,000 less than two weeks ago.Don’t feel too bad for him though as the former rugby league star has several other investments in the property market including a Brisbane unit built on the northside the year before he retired that was listed for rent at $380 a week. File picture of Nate Myles and Tessa James, who were this week exploring Hollywood. Source: InstagramFORMER NRL star Nate Myles may have hung up his footy boots, but he’s still busy in the property market, and here’s how you can help him have a more comfortable retirement.Myles, who spent the past week in Hollywood with wife former Home and Away star Tessa James and their newborn baby, is fresh off selling their family home on the Gold Coast for just under $1m. Hometown: He bought the relatively modest Gordonvale home off his mother eight years ago. Stunning: Rugby league star Nate Myles’ Palm Beach home that has just been sold.Now he’s also listed a three-bedroom house in his hometown Gordonvale for rent. He had bought the 1950-built house off his mother for $250,000 eight years ago.Agents Godwin Witten and Associates listed it as “a lowset Queenslander with one bathroom, a separate laundry, large pantry, gas hot water system and stovetop and a small front patio.”At just $320 a week, that ‘s much less than the median going rate in Brisbane and Myles will even let you keep pets in the fully fenced property.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Nate Myles in a hero in his hometown Gordonvale where they even unveiled a welcome sign with his name on it.He also has a southside penthouse listed for rent at $520 a week — where he was even giving away a week’s free rent to the successful tenant two years ago.That’s a nice passive income stream of about $63,000 a year for the former NRL star, and don’t worry he’ll still have somewhere to get away from it all at his 1.7Ha retreat in Cairns that unfortunately is not available for rent or even AirBnb. FREE: GET QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17last_img read more

State Crews Estimate May 1 Reopen Date For U.S. 52

first_imgThe Brookville American-Democrat is reporting that the stretch of U.S. 52 between Brookville and Cedar Grove could likely reopen to traffic on May 1.Local drivers have had to make adjustments to their commute since April 2 when the road was closed due to slide repairs just east of Orschell’s curve.Roadwork got underway on April 14 after heavy rain hit the area causing the road to drop almost a foot or more.State highway crews are repairing the portion of road with a process called soil nailing. A wall will be poured and the road will be re-paved prior to the estimated reopening date.last_img read more

New champions add fresh look to US Open

first_imgBy Steve KeatingNEW YORK, NY (Reuters) – A new roof was all the rage when the US Open began two weeks ago but it was the crowning of a new world number one and two first-time champions that left their mark on a tournament that came to an emotional close on Sunday with a tribute to victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.At a tournament where trainers had nearly as much court time as weary players, Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka were the last two standing in their respective draws as they each captured their first US Open titles.Wawrinka played with energy and desire as he tamed defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in a victory that was a testament to his will as much as his skill and earned him his third grand slam title.Djokovic, contesting his sixth US Open final in seven years, benefited from one of the easiest passages to a grand slam final as he was handed a walkover and two retirements but it was the Serb who was ultimately worn down by Wawrinka.The nine hours Djokovic spent on court to reach the final were half the 18 hours logged by the battle-hardened 31-year-old Wawrinka, who added a US Open title to a grand slam collection that also includes French Open and Australian Open trophies.Kerber, another player with a deep well of stamina, tapped into those reserves on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court to defuse big-hitting Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to capture her second grand slam title.And while Kerber may be a new U.S. champion, the 28-year-old German is hardly a new face in the world of tennis.She has become one of the game’s most recognisable figures in a season that has included an Australian Open triumph, a run to the Wimbledon final, an Olympic silver medal in singles and ending Serena Williams’ 186-week reign as world number one.While the buzz at the start of the US Open was about the $150 million retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium it was the Flushing Meadows wall that Williams ran into for a second consecutive straight year that drew the most attention.A year ago, on the cusp of a rare calendar-year grand slam, Williams was felled by 300-to-1 longshot Roberta Vinci.This year her quest for a record-breaking seventh US Open title was again undone in the semis, this time by Pliskova, who arrived at Flushing Meadows as a grand slam underachiever who had never been beyond the third round of any major.Flushing Meadows did not exactly witness a passing of the torch this year but the winds of change did blow through the Billie Jean Tennis Center.Djokovic was the only member of the so-called ‘Big Four’ in men’s tennis to reach the semi-finals while the women’s draw produced a first-time champion for the second straight year following Flavia Pennetta’s magical run in 2015.Since 2005 when Rafael Nadal won his first French Open title, the Spaniard, Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have accounted for 42 of 46 grand slam titles.There were fresh faces like 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh, who upset fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, but it was another false dawn for U.S. tennis.At the start of play, 39 Americans were in the main draw, one fewer than the record set by local players in 2005, but by the second week all were gone except the ageing Williams sisters, Madison Keys and Jack Sock.The American flag, however, did wave proudly over Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday as the US Open staged a remembrance for the victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States.With 9/11/01 stencilled onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium court, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands paid her own tribute by wearing Stars and Stripes knee-high socks and wristbands.“It is an emotional day,” said Mattek-Sands, who won gold at the Rio Olympics in mixed doubles with Sock. “I was going to retire my American flag socks after the gold medal match.“I said, You know what? For the final of the US Open, 9/11, have to bring them out.“It was really special for me to wear it here today in New York.”last_img read more

Marquez seals third MotoGP title with victory in Japan

first_img(BBC) – Marc Marquez sealed his third MotoGP world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix on Sunday.The Spaniard finished the 24-lap race in 42 minutes 34.610 seconds, 2.992secs ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and 4.104secs ahead of Maverick Vinales.His nearest challengers in the title standings, Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, both crashed out.Honda rider Marquez, 23, is the youngest man to win three premier class world championship titles.“It was difficult to concentrate [after Rossi and Lorenzo crashed out],” said Marquez. “I am really happy. Really happy with my team.”There are still three races to go this season, starting with next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi began Sunday’s race 52 points behind Marc MarquezMarquez began the race from second on the grid behind Italian Rossi, with last season’s champion Lorenzo also starting on the front row.It was the latter who seized control in the early stages before Marquez overtook him on the fourth lap.With 19 laps remaining, Rossi’s challenge was ended as he slipped on the tarmac at a hair-pin bend on turn 10.Lorenzo would follow him out of the race with five laps to go as he also slipped on the track, this time at the V-shaped left-handed turn nine.This left Marquez to go on and claim the race and the title.last_img read more

LA Ballers, John Street, Berlin through to G/town Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ C’ship

first_imgOVER 40 teams collided in fast-paced action when the qualifiers for Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ were played on Friday night on Burnham Court at Middle and Carmichael Streets.All communities of Georgetown were well represented and the most notable teams to qualify on the night were LA Ballers, John Street from the Kitty area and Berlin.With the qualification phase of the Championship now over, the ‘real deal’ will now take centre stage with fixtures set for Friday (July 12) and Saturday (July 13) evenings.Those two nights will see teams play in elimination matches with the subsequent winners advancing to the group stage. Thereafter the top two teams in each group will progress to the quarter-final stage while the losers will have a chance to win a cash prize in the ‘Plate’ section of the Championships.On Friday evening, proceedings got underway with Trap Squad facing newly qualified LA Ballers while Albouystown-A will face Upsetters immediately after.Newcomers John Street will square up against North Ruimveldt while California Square play Alexander Village, North East La Penitence will oppose Stabroek Ballers and Norton Street will have a tall task of opposing powerhouse Back Circle.Streetball juggernauts Sparta Boss will be in action in the penultimate game of the night against Judgement Yard. Defending champions ‘Gold is Money’ will close off the night with a match against Globe Yard.Fixtures are as follows:Friday Fixtures – July 12(1) Trap Squad vs LA Ballers(2) Upsetters vs Albouystown-A(3) North Ruimveldt vs John Street(4) California Square vs Alexander Village(5) North East La Penitence vs Stabroek Ballers(6) Norton Street vs Back Circle(7) Sparta Boss vs Judgment Yard(8) Gold is Money vs Globe YardSaturday Fixtures-July 13(1) Rising Stars vs Good Over Evil(2) Ol Skool Ballers vs Sophia(3) Albouystown-B vs Berlin(4) Kingston vs Broad Street(5) Bent Street vs Charlotte Street(6) Future Stars vs Sophia United(7) Leopold Street vs Pike Street(8) Queen St/Tiger Bay vs Smyth Streetlast_img read more

Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open win puts Americans close to first major sweep since 1982

first_imgSpieth was in control early at Royal Birkdale on his way to a third major title. However, a three-shot overnight lead disappeared in the final round before he produced an incredible birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run beginning at 14 to earn a three-shot win over Matt Kuchar.The one that won it. #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/RfrJdByJXP— The Open (@TheOpen) July 23, 20172017 U.S. Open: Brooks KoepkaThe start of Koepka’s run was in Wisconsin. He tied the U.S. Open record by reaching 16 under, which was enough for a four-stroke victory over third-round leader Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama.Right in the https://t.co/5VYLAupF61— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 18, 2017 Men from the United States have now won nine of the past 10 majors and, if one can lift the Claret Jug next month in the British Open at Royal Portrush, Americans will have swept all four in a year for the first time since 1982.Here’s a look at the major run that started in 2017. Related News Brooks Koepka’s win at the 2017 U.S. Open triggered a dominating run for him and American golfers at majors, and Gary Woodland’s first major title at Pebble Beach on Sunday puts Americans one win from their first Grand Slam sweep in almost four decades.Woodland’s three-shot U.S. Open win over Koepka continues what has been a wonderful streak for Americans since Koepka’s success two years ago at Erin Hills. Gary Woodland: I knew basketball wasn’t for me after guarding Kirk Hinrich U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland calls first major championship win ‘special’center_img 2019 U.S. Open: Gary WoodlandWoodland impressively claimed his first major title, holding off a surge from Koepka in the Sunday’s final round. They were the only two players to shoot four rounds in the 60s, and Woodland punctuated his win with a 30-foot birdie putt at the last.WHATAMOMENT#USOpen pic.twitter.com/4iHZjIbtuF— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 17, 20192019 PGA Championship: Brooks KoepkaKoepka has dominated this two-year span, winning four majors including back-to-back PGA and U.S. Open titles. Rounds of 63 and 65 to open at Bethpage Black this year set up a wire-to-wire two-stroke win.A winning smile. pic.twitter.com/FqWlXcEmTT— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 19, 20192019 Masters: Tiger WoodsUndoubtedly the most unforgettable win of the run was Woods’ 15th major title and first since 2008. He secured a one-shot victory with birdies at the 15th and 16th holes on Sunday closing out a memorable win.Watch the final-round highlights from 2019 Masters champion @TigerWoods. #themasters pic.twitter.com/WIb5AnsPHQ— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 20192018 PGA Championship: Brooks KoepkaIt was Woodland who led at the halfway mark at Bellerive despite Koepka’s second-round 7-under 63. Not even Woods (64 in the final round) could deny Koepka, who fired back-to-back 66s on the weekend to secure the title.“This is really heavy. How’d @JustinThomas34 do it?” -@BKoepka pic.twitter.com/oKgBIvcgjZ— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 12, 20182018 U.S. Open: Brooks KoepkaKoepka recovered from an opening 75 at Shinnecock Hills, where he went into the final round in a four-way tie for the lead. Tommy Fleetwood charged home with a 63, but Koepka’s 2-under 68 was enough for a one-shot win.”The #USOpen just takes so much discipline. You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back. I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that’s what I enjoy.” pic.twitter.com/JmIimxJW39— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 17, 20182018 Masters: Patrick ReedReed took control in the second round at Augusta and his only round in the 70s – a 71 on Sunday – was enough to hold off Rickie Fowler. Reed was fourth at the U.S. Open that followed but has failed to finish in the top 25 in the five majors since.The clinching putt.Congratulations to @PReedGolf, 2018 #themasters Champion. pic.twitter.com/zEkWleSeRK— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 8, 20182017 PGA Championship: Justin ThomasThomas claimed his only major title so far at Quail Hollow almost two years ago. The American fired rounds of 69 and 68 on the weekend to edge out last year’s British Open champion Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Reed.Here’s a look at how JT won the Wanamaker….#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/HCmbBQITIT— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 14, 20172017 British Open: Jordan Spieth U.S. Open 2019: Amateur Viktor Hovland breaks Jack Nicklaus’ record U.S. Open 2019: Brooks Koepka discusses second-place finishlast_img read more

Pope John Paul II Student Receives National Merit Scholarship

first_imgSubmitted by Pope John Paul II High SchoolAddison Jeske, a senior at Pope John Paul II High School, received a National Merit Scholarship.Pope John Paul II High School Senior, Addison Jeske, has been selected as a winner of the National Merit Scholarship. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.Addison has spent his entire high school career at JPII. Addison has been a member of the JPII jazz band, history bowl team, knowledge bowl team, robotics, choir, and drama club. Over the course of his four years at JPII, Addison has run cross country and competed in basketball and baseball. Addison was elected ASB President in 2014 and completed his senior service project at the Salvation Army/Community Kitchen.Addison is the valedictorian of the Class of 2015 and will graduate with JPII’s third senior class on June 6, 2015. He will begin his university studies at the University of Chicago in September.Pope John Paul II High SchoolPope John Paul II High School provides a college preparatory education to South Puget Sound students in the rich tradition of Catholic education. JPII develops young men and women who are intellectually strong, spiritually alive, and committed to serving the needs of others. The school is located at 5608 Pacific Avenue in the former Lacey fire station building, just east of Saint Martin’s University.JPII is open to all young men and women, regardless of their faith tradition. We are committed to serving students from all economic backgrounds and provide financial assistance to families in need. Facebook389Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

About Town

first_imgFREEHOLDAfter being in production for almost 3 years, Misfire the independent feature film by Jersey-born  writer/director Eric Hackler is finally being aimed at the big screen.The film is a local production through and through. Almost the entire cast and crew are from Monmouth County and it was shot on location in Red Bank, Freehold, Eatontown, Long Branch and Ocean Township, so it’s only fitting that it premieres here as well.The screening will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Freehold Independent Fire Company at 30 Siloam Road. Tickets are $7. The film runs 2 1/2 hours and will be followed by a Q&A with the six leads and the writer/director.The third feature from Checker Liar Pictures, Misfire tells the story of six desperate people who have come together to play a game of Russian roulette. As the game continues, the backstories of each character are revealed so that when the final shot rings out, everyone knows what brought these six lost souls to the table.* * * * *The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, in conjunction with its current exhibit, Fun Can Be Work! The Art of ClaraGee Stamaty, Stanley Stamaty, and Mark Alan Stamaty, will offer a PowerPoint lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, called “My Life and My Art” by ClaraGee Stamaty.Stamaty, a renowned cartoonist and fine artist, will talk about her life and her art and how her career evolved. She will also talk about her late husband Stanley, their work together, about Mark’s development as an artist, and some of the techniques and media they have used in their work.A question and answer period will follow the lecture, which is free to the public.The Jewish Heritage Museum is at 310 Mounts Corner Drive in Freehold Township.Additional information is available by calling the museum at 732-252-6990 or visiting www.jhmomc.org.LINCROFTThe Monmouth County Cool Cities Partnership (MCCCP), a grassroots organization dedicated to educating community members about environmental issues, has planned a September symposium on Sea Level Rise in New Jersey: Causes, Effects and a Call to Action.The event was spurred on by The New York Times article entitled “ Sea Level Rise Is Seen as Threat to 3.7 Million.”The symposium is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Brookdale Community College’s Warner Student Life Center. Co-sponsors for the event are Monmouth County Environmental Council, Brookdale Community College, American Littoral Society, Clean Ocean Action and New Jersey Environmental Federation.Professor Norbert Psuty, Rutgers University, will talk about impacts of sea-level rise on coastal Monmouth County. A panel, moderated by Jan Dash, Ph.D, will respond to Psuty’s presentation. Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey, will introduce Sustainable Jersey’s new climate adaptation point-scoring actions for communities.New Jersey is listed among those states most vulnerable to the impact of sea-level rise. Two conditions contribute to Monmouth County’s vulnerability: the rising sea level and the sinking coastline due to the movement of the tectonic plates in that location.The Sept. 29 symposium will offer strategies communities can implement to mitigate the impact of rising seas, big storm surges and flooding.Registration is required and may be completed at www.mcccp.org or by emailing faithtei@aol.com.LONG BRANCHJournalist Janine Strafaci has been named the honorary chairperson of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure to be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Pier Village. Strafaci’s son has a shellfish allergy.The walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Great Lawn, north of Pier Village, with check-in at 9 a.m. Following the walk, New Jersey rocker Ray Andersen will be headlining a concert. Anderson, who has played with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20 and Meat Loaf, is known to thousands of kids as the children’s singer/songwriter Mr. Ray.The Academy of Music and Drama’s student band, the Purple Keys, also will be performing a set of music. The Fair Haven school is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year.Post-walk activities also include appearances by Star Wars-costumed characters and the Lakewood BlueClaws mascot, Buster. Kids will also enjoy a bounce house, face painting, tattoos, hair accessories, arts and crafts, and other exciting games and activities. NJ 101.5 will be present at the event.Townsquare Media, Lester Glenn Auto, the Lakewood BlueClaws, American Bounce Factory, and Winks Hair and Lash Studio are sponsors for the FAAN Walk of Long Branch.Registration for the Long Branch walk is available by visiting www.foodallergywalk.org/longbranch_nj12.MIDDLETOWNCommunity members will soon get the opportunity to refresh their driving skills from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wed. Aug. 22, when Regal Pointe Independent Living hosts a one-day American Association of Retired Persons’ (AARP) Safe Driver Refresher Course.Successful completion can result in discounts on car insurance and the elimination of one point on your license (contact your insurance agent for details). The course is available to drivers age 50 and older who have not yet completed the initial course or who have let three years pass since taking it.The cost of the course for AARP members, with proof of membership, is $12 per person. The cost for nonmembers is $14 per person. All participants must bring their AARP membership card, if applicable, and a valid driver’s license. The event includes lunch, courtesy of Regal Pointe.Seating is limited. The registration deadline is Aug. 20 and may be made by calling 732-957-0083.RED BANKRed Bank Policeman’s Benevolent Association Local 39 will be hosting its annual golf outing and fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 28, at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Colts Neck, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.The fundraiser helps fund the general operating account for the welfare of members as well as other local programs.This year a portion of the proceeds will go to Gregory King. Gregory lives in Middletown and was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at the age of 2. He is now 8 years old and his condition continues to worsen. The funds will assist in purchasing a ramp, a wheelchair and a new vehicle that will accommodate his needs.Cost is $140 for golfers and includes greens fees for 18 holes of golf with a cart, continental breakfast, access to the beverage cart, a buffet lunch, a gift bag, personalized bag tags and awards and prizes.Players are asked to register for the event before Wednesday, Sept. 5. Additional information and registration are available by contacting patrolman Jorge Torres at 862-588-0722 or jitorres76@yahoo.com.last_img read more

Fort Projects Adjust Timelines To Cope With Coronavirus-Related Delays

first_imgBut over the past month, several projects have sought extensions to completion dates as a result of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Two other substantial Oceanport parcels set for imminent release of RFOTPs will also experience delays – the 400 Area near the Little Silver train station, slated to become a transit-oriented village, and the McAfee Center, a 90,000-square- foot research and development building on 47 acres. Stead-man said it’s “hard to say how long” those delays will be. On April 15, FMERA held its second monthly meeting viateleconference. Members and staff participated from theirhomes instead of the authority’s offices in the fort’s formerlibrary, with officials taking actions to continue progress withnew timelines. “I have attended webinars and teleconferences in the last two weeks with business leaders and real estate investors/ owners,” Steadman said. “No one can predict what the next several months look like. Overall, these people have expressed hope and optimism about the end of this year and the beginning of next year. We want to wait to see what the demand looks like, which parcels may have more interest than others, and then respond accordingly with appropriate RFOTPs.” Prior to finalizing the purchase of a fort parcel, every developer undertakes a “due diligence” period during which the site is examined for structural and environmental concerns. Regional Development Group affiliate Barker Circle Partnership had been conducting its 90-day due diligence prior to completing the $4.85 million purchase of the 19.5-acre site off Oceanport Avenue. The firm intends to transform the parcel, located in the fort’s National Register Historic District, into the Barker Circle Complex, a mixed-use site with 75 residential units, a theater, office space and a restaurant. Based on the complexity and historic nature of the property, officials said, additional time is required to fully assess the site. Additionally, the effects of COVID-19 have delayed the process. FMERA members voted unanimously to extend the Barker Circle Complex due diligence period to June 4. FORT MONMOUTH – Almost a decade into the redevelopment of the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base that spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls, 20 properties have been sold and another 16 are under contract or have contracts approved by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the public-private agency overseeing the fort’s rebirth. COURTESY REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP, LLC Developers hope to open the Loft microbrewery and event space by late fall following approval-related delays. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski The expanded portions include the front entrance and lobby, offices and kitchen, which require additional approvals. According to FMERA documents, “the purchaser is still proceeding in good faith toward completion of the project,” but the approvals process has delayed the timeline. FMERA members voted unanimously to give the project a six-month completion extension to November 2020. When completed, The Loft will be a microbrewery, restaurant and entertainment complex with outdoor space. This article originally appeared in the April 23rd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “We need agility; our developers are under a lot of pressure,” said Robert Lucky, Ph.D., of Fair Haven, FMERA interim chairman. “If developers want extensions for any other matters they must come before the board.” The Loft Brewery and event space being created by Regional Development Group, LLC in the former 1940s fort Dance Hall was expected to open this summer. Work has been ongoing for about two years, longer than originally projected because the developer expanded the scope of the project, adding 5,900 additional square feet and increasing its capital investment from approximately $1.5 million to $4.6 million. Ongoing are the planning and design of a water main extension along Route 537, (known as the Avenue of Memories through the fort), coordinating the creation of a clean sanitary corridor through portions of the Oceanport section scheduled for redevelopment, relocation of overhead electric lines, and future build-out of the electrical power grid. “We are getting our work done to the best of our abilityunder these circumstances,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERAexecutive director, adding operations including land surveys,closings, subcommittee meetings, infrastructure work andmore are ongoing despite some members of developmentteams being personally affected by the virus. BARKER CIRCLE, OCEANPORT FMERA members unanimously voted to give Steadmanthe authority to grant time extensions to certain projects forpandemic-related reasons only. Other actions taken April 15 included: “We maintain a presence on the fort, our maintenance team is working, and abiding by safe social distancing and guidelines,” said Kristy Dantes, FMERA’s director of facilities and infrastructure. “All the infrastructure projects are critical to future development. We also assist developers and development teams.” COURTESY FMERA The start of the highly-anticipated process for Fort Monmouth’s McAfee Center has been delayed due to the coronavirus. DANCE HALL, OCEANPORT In March, FMERA released the Request for Offers to Purchase (RFOTP) for the 31-acre Tinton Falls Commercial Parcel, intended for redevelopment into office, research and development, or alternative commercial purposes. The site includes the fort’s former Pulse Power Building, Pistol Range and a large administrative structure with a high bay garage. The deadline for submission of proposals has been changed from April 27 to May 11. The RFOTP can be viewed on FMERA’s website at fortmonmouthnj.com. CHANGES TO REQUESTS FOR OFFERS TO PURCHASE “Working remotely, getting items scheduled, reviewed, and answered takes a bit longer, but our experience with the boroughs and county and state agencies is that they are working through the logistics and still moving forward, albeit a little slower than normal due to the remote protocols,” Steadman said. “The one thing we have seen with all of the review boards and agencies is that their attitudes are good and positive, working through the current difficulties but optimistic about the future, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” last_img read more