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Ocean City to Spend $2.7 Million to Haul Away Dredge Spoils

first_imgShallow water at the end of the lagoon along W. 17th Street.Ocean City will spend about $2.7 million to start bringing boating and swimming at low tide back to the bay.In a unanimous vote Thursday with no discussion, City Council awarded a $2,689,000 contract to Wickberg Marine Contracting Inc. of Belford, N.J., to remove material from an approved dredging disposal site in the marshes near the 34th Street causeway.Many bayside lagoons and channels are extremely shallow or dry during the hours surrounding low tide, and all work to dredge the bay to make it deeper has been at a standstill since 2012. That’s when a dredging contractor had to stop in the middle of a job, because the city’s only approved spoils site was filled to capacity.The new contract calls for Wickberg Marine to haul material away from the site to make room for new dredging projects.“This resolution is going to get us started. We’ve been stuck in the mud a little bit,” Mayor Jay Gillian said, apologizing for the pun.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts__________The mayor said city officials met last Friday with regulators from the state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Army Corps of Engineers officials to continue to discuss more cost-effective and environmentally safe ways to dispose of dredged material.The $2.7 million contract would free up only 40,000 cubic yards and include no actual dredging.By comparison, the 2012 project that was never completed removed 73,000 cubic yards of dredged material under a $1.8 million contract that called for the dredging of 106,000 cubic yards between 15th and 34th streets. The mayor estimated earlier this year that it would take 300,000 cubic yards to dredge Ocean City from “tip to tip.”Gillian said the new work would allow the city to “finish what we started” between 15th and 34th streets, as the city works with regulators to figure out a way to make spoils sites more truck accessible.The contractor will have to move spoils from the site by barge and take it to Wildwood, where it will be used to help cap a landfill. Wildwood will accept the material with the contractor paying $14 a cubic yard.City Council has approved $5 million ($4.75 million of it to be borrowed) in spending for dredging this year. If the contract is approved, that would leave $2.3 million for actual dredging work. TA separate spoils site near the Ninth Street Bridge is approved, but for an amount (4,000 to 6,000 cubic yards) far less than what Ocean City had anticipated.e reconstructed as part of a multiyear project between Fifth and 12th streets, but will need to be strong enough to accommodate trucks and heavy equipment headed for the Music Pier.last_img read more

As the decade closes, one of baseball’s end-of-season awards gains value

first_imgThe voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will be filing their end-of-season awards ballots over the next week. It’s the final round of voting this decade.Looking back on all the major award winners since 2010, a broad trend stands out: this was a strong decade for Rookies of the Year. The 2012 season gave us Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Other winners include Buster Posey (2010), Craig Kimbrel (2011), Jose Fernandez (2013), Jacob deGrom and Jose Abreu (2014), Corey Seager (2016), Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge (2017). We might need a bigger window to assess the talents of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Shohei Ohtani (2018), but their promise remains robust.Even the weakest rookies among this decade’s winners were hardly one-hit wonders. Neftali Feliz (2010) enjoyed a five-year run as one of baseball’s best closers. Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer (2016) missed the entire 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery but at 26, he is young enough to hope the majority of his career lies ahead. Wil Myers (2013) was ultimately miscast as a National League utility player but is a valuable hitter when healthy.This trend line has been expressed differently before. Ask any manager, and he will rattle off a list of reasons why the game is getting younger. Player development techniques are better refined. The skills that pay the bills – power at the plate, speed on the mound – are being expressed at younger ages. Yordan Alvarez will soon become the 30th player since 2010 to amass at least 4 WAR in his rookie season. How does that number compare to past decades? How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire It’s no wonder the Rookie of the Year award winners this decade have been so good. Voters have had an unusually great selection of candidates.This trend bodes well for Alvarez, a left fielder, and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, my picks to win the 2019 Rookie of the Year award in each league. Each seems more likely to be a perennial All-Star than the next Bob Hamelin. Since I am not permitted to disclose the order on my one actual ballot (NL Most Valuable Player), I will withhold from offering a prediction in that category.Here are my selections for the other major awards:AL MVPThe debate between Trout and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, while healthy, is a fairly short one.With 104 RBIs, Trout’s bat had accounted for 14.4 percent of the Angels’ runs through Tuesday. Bregman plays for a much more talented team in Houston. Had he not driven in 12.2 percent of the Astros’ runs, another talented teammate might have filled in capably. Trout was the more valuable player to his team at the plate by the oldest of old-school stats. He also played a premium defensive position (center field) capably.I personally loathe the idea of punishing an individual for his teammates’ attributes, positive or negative. If you believe the best player in his league is the most valuable, Trout leads Bregman in every public version of WAR, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and good old home runs – despite playing 16 fewer games (and counting). Trout is the MVP, regardless of which stats or interpretation of “value” one prefers.AL CY YOUNGThe tete a tete between Astros teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander has been a marvel. Their dual dominance echoes Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who combined to go 47-12 for the 2002 Diamondbacks and finished 1-2 in Cy Young voting. Johnson led the National League in ERA that year and was the unanimous winner. The vote between Cole and Verlander will be closer.Cole has the higher strikeout total. Verlander has thrown more innings with a lower WHIP. Their ERAs are separated by one-hundredth of a run, with one start remaining for each pitcher. Advanced pitching metrics are split, but generally agree that this is a close race. There is no bad choice here. I’m partial to Verlander, who has been slightly more durable, slightly more consistent, and no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 1.AL ROOKIEThe only flaw in Alvarez’s credentials? The Astros waited until June 9 to promote him to the major leagues, costing him more than two months in what has become an epic season.Measured by Weighted Runs Created plus (WRC+), which adjusts a hitter’s production to his park and era, Alvarez’s season is the best ever by a rookie in either league. At 22 years old, his walk rate is higher than that of Trout at the same age. Alvarez is an easy selection.AL MANAGERThe Yankees won 100 games despite sending 30 players to the injured list, a major league record. I am not convinced this alone should elevate Manager Aaron Boone to the forefront of this race – he did not personally draft, sign, or trade for the Yankees’ fill-in players – but history says it’s a good starting point.First-year manager Rocco Baldelli deserves credit for guiding the Twins to a division title after an underachieving 2018 season. Kevin Cash managed the Rays into wild-card contention with an unconventional approach to pitching and defense. A.J. Hinch might be the best manager in either league, though he receives relatively little credit for the Astros’ annual dominance. All are deserving of the award; Boone will certainly win.NL CY YOUNGThe case of Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu rests on his 2.45 earned-run average, which still led all of baseball through Tuesday despite gaining nearly a full run since Aug. 1. Advanced metrics like WAR and Deserved Run Average cannot fully extricate Ryu’s means of dominance – confusing hitters with pitch sequencing and location to induce weak contact – from his luck. Over a full season, that seems unfair; Ryu makes his 29th start on Saturday in San Francisco.Unless Ryu no-hits the Giants, the favorite is Jacob deGrom, the defending Cy Young winner and the preferred candidate of WAR. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg leads the NL in wins and DRA. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer is the league’s most dominant pitcher by strikeout rate. Those four – Ryu, deGrom, Strasburg and Scherzer – each have a valid case.Ryu’s minuscule 1.95 ERA at Dodger Stadium suggests his method works better in his pitcher-friendly home park. I’m slightly more sympathetic to deGrom or Strasburg, whose home/road splits are negligible. The final start by each pitcher might resolve this coin toss.NL ROOKIEWhen Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a serious back injury in August, we were denied a potential photo finish with Alonso. Tatis was hitting for power and average, and making elite plays at shortstop daily, when his season ended prematurely.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies 2000s: 231990s: 201980s: 221970s: 341960s: 26center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Alonso is plenty deserving. He is the first National League rookie to hit 50 home runs in a single season, the most by any player in Mets history. Milwaukee second baseman Keston Hiura, Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds, Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles deserve down-ballot support, but Alonso’s win might be unanimous.NL MANAGERThe Brewers provided manager Craig Counsell with the narrative he needs to win: They overcame unreliable starting pitching and an injury to MVP candidate Christian Yelich to contend for a wild-card berth and a division title. Milwaukee had scored as many runs as it allowed (743) through Tuesday, yet was 17 games over .500.Don’t ignore Dave Roberts, particularly if the Dodgers are able to match or exceed the franchise record for wins (105) this week. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker, St. Louis’ Mike Shildt and Washington’s Dave Martinez could also siphon meaningful votes, but I imagine this award is Counsell’s to lose. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Huskies on thin ice for playoffs

first_img“I don’t think our team has hit a wall at all,” Romar said. “Let’s back up here for 10 games. We won five of six, then over the last four we had a chance to win three of them. I don’t think a team that hits a wall is capable of doing that.” Two of those four losses were a pair of four-point decisions to No. 13 Washington State and No. 12 Pittsburgh. “We’re talking about one thing here: How much better can we get over the next two weeks?” said Romar, whose five-year UW basketball restoration program hit a snag this season as the Huskies attempted to reach the NCAA tourney for a fourth year in a row. “We’re definitely capable,” he said. “It’s a strong league so there are a lot of teams that are capable. But I think we’re one of those teams.” The Huskies have just two seniors, forward Hans Gasser and walk-on Brandon Burmeister. SEATTLE – As the Washington Huskies’ regular season winds down with four losses in a row and two games still to play, coach Lorenzo Romar doesn’t think his team has hit the wall. But he concedes the Huskies (16-12, 6-10 in Pac-10) need to win these last two games – and the Pac-10 tournament as well – to have a shot at advancing to the NCAA tournament. Although the Huskies started off 11-1 and nationally ranked, they have not won more than three in a row since early December. Tonight, the Huskies host No. 23 USC (21-8, 11-5). On Saturday, they host league-leading UCLA (25-3, 14-2), ranked No. 2 in the nation. Those games will be followed by the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. Only the tournament winner is guaranteed a NCAA berth. center_img That lack of experience has played a significant role in the Huskies’ disappointing season. Sophomore forward Jon Brockman, who leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.5 per game, added that if a turnaround is possible, it had better begin Thursday. “We can’t be bad this weekend,” he said, “and expect miracles to happen in L.A.” – site of the Pac-10 tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more