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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

English professor examine La Santa Muerte folk figure

first_imgProfessor Desiree Martin, an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Davis, spoke Thursday in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium about the growing following of La Santa Muerte, a skeletal Central American folk figure whose name translates to Saint Death, in a talk called “Borderlands Saints: Reflections on Secular Sanctity and La Santa Muerta.”“It [the current version of the following] dates from roughly the early eighties, and it kind of really gained steam in the mid-nineties during the Mexican peso crisis of 1994”, Martin said. “The origin of Santa Muerte that goes further back — there is no consensus on when belief in Santa Muerte first arose. … She is sometimes linked to Saint Paschal Baylon [a Spanish Friar and Catholic Saint from the mid to late 1590’s], and she’s linked to a saint in France who appears as a skeletal figure and another saint from Oaxaca who looks like a skeleton, so there is no real consensus, but probably the roots are pre-colonial as there are indigenous gods that match their beliefs and take a skeletal form.”Martin said Santa Muerte controversially highlights a contemporary symbol of secular sanctity, where a profane figure is worshipped in a way that is not unlike the worship of a sacred figure.“Since Santa Muerte is so strongly associated with the profane, especially in relation to illegality or transgressivity, she is a particularly extreme example of the collision between the secular and the sacred. Santa Muerte is famous for being very miraculous and loyal but also for being a jealous, vengeful patron who requires the utmost devotion and respect,” Martin said. “Santa Muerte is not venerated for her purity but for her accessibility and for her resistance to the powerful forces of the state, the Catholic Church and wealthy elites.”Matin said the exchange at the heart of devotees’ interaction and relationship with Santa Muerte, however, highlights a darker aspect of the relationship between worshipper and figure. Martin showed clips from Eva Aridjis’s 2007 documentary “La Santa Muerte,” which depicted a woman praising Santa Muerte while in prison.“This woman, who paints murals and images of Santa Muerte for her fellow inmates, situates her art as both offering and commodity. She also openly identifies the death saint as both a provider and a guardian for her drug habit,” Martin said. “The woman seems neither to expect judgment of nor deliverance from her drug habit. Instead, she considers Santa Muerte a friend and companion who will not only protect her from an overdose, but will stay by her side as she gets high, perhaps implicitly participating in her illicit journey.”Martin says the ambivalent and two-faced nature of Santa Muerte is inherently contradictory, leading to her image as a disruptor of class, racial, gender and sexual hierarchies being downplayed in favor of an intimidating image of the pagan, the Satanic, or the criminal.“In reality, Santa Muerte threatens her critics because she helps her marginalized devotees, especially migrants, poor barrio residents, and most contentiously, criminals,” she said. “But for the majority of devotees, Santa Muerte’s dark side is not exclusively or even primarily linked to the criminal underworld. Instead, it manifests through the Death Saint’s purported jealousy and the price she supposedly exacts from believers who use her powers recklessly or who fail to pay her proper tribute.”Tags: Desiree Martin, Santa Muertelast_img read more

Fred V. Dance, 80

first_imgFred V. Dance, 80, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.Born, September 18, 1937 in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was the son of Victor L. and Katherine Mae (Like) Dance.Fred served in the National Guard and then joined the Greensburg Fire Department on March 5, 1960 and retired on July 14, 1981.  He served as the Fire Chief for several years.Fred was a member of the American Legion in Greensburg and Rushville, the Eagles Lodge, the Power of the Past, and also had served with the State Fire Marshall’s in Indianapolis.He was married to Janet P. Click on August 4, 1972 and she survives.He is also survived by two sons, David (Theresa) Dance, Georgia, Jeff Dance, Greensburg; three daughters, Christy Nesbit, Greensburg, Nancy DeBusk, Hartsville, Kelly (David) Scheidler, Greensburg; one brother, Gene (Margaret) Dance, Greensburg; three sisters, Susie Smith, Greensburg, Mary Hull, Greensburg, Hazel Davis, Knoxville, TN; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kim Martin; brothers, Hazen Dance, Jack Dance; sisters, Arietta Broadus, Lillie Nichols; grandson, Daniel Brossman.Visitation will be held on Thursday from 11 to 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the funeral home.Interment will be held in the Milford Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Greensburg Fire Department “Fire and Safety Prevention Fund”Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Second forum for Cowley County Wellington campus proposal is tonight at 6 p.m.

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — About 50 people attended the Sumner County Economic Development Commission Cowley College  Town Hall meetings this morning at 10:00 a.m. If you missed the first one, a second one will be held at 6 p.m. tonight. These meetings will be held at the Wellington High School Auditorium, located at 1700 East 16th in Wellington.Dr. Dennis Rittle, President, Cowley College, is providing a presentation and respond to questions regarding Cowley College’s plan for a college campus in Sumner County. Please plan to attend either one of these meetings.There will be a petition to sign if you are interested in showing your support. More details regarding the petition to come later.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Cammy McComb · 210 weeks ago Dr. Rittle did a very good job of informing the public. I believe we need Cowley College in Wellington to boost our economy! Please get out there tonight and find out more! Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 210 weeks ago Yes, I too support Cowley College in Wellington, a good investment. However, until the hospital and schools are more secure financially by the expansion of Medicaid to pay for uncompensated care and a better plan for the school it’s like putting the cart before the horse. CC would help train students for jobs. Any industry or business has as one of it’s two priorities good schools and good health care plus recreational facilities. We have our schools funded for another year but after that ???? . Our governor and legislature opposed expansion of Medicaid that would put our hospital be on better financial footing. Vote for Don Shimkus for KS Senate Dist. #32, Michelle Schiltz, for KS House Dist. #80, Jo Roitman, for KS House Dist. #116. Check them out before the Nov. election. They will support expansion of Medicaid and adequate funding of our public schools. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

NBA postpones draft lottery, combine

first_imgThe news comes at a key time for the league, with some player agents and team personnel reportedly calling for the remainder of the 2019-20 season to be canceled. LeBron James, however, spoke out in support of finishing the campaign on Twitter on Thursday.The scouting combine typically involves about 70 players — along with front office personnel, doctors and members of the media — gathering to run drills, play games against one another and receive medical examinations.  The NBA was the first major sports league in the United States to suspend play because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and no games have taken place since March 11. The league has missed 259 regular-season games during the shutdown. The decision came out of a conference call with the league’s Board of Governors, which voted to postpone the lottery and combine but delayed deciding on the draft itself, which is scheduled for June 25.  SN MOCK DRAFT: Warriors face tough decision with top pickThe group also discussed the possibility of moving the start of the 2020-21 season back to December, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. While the discussions were not definitive, pushing back the league calendar may increase the chances of  games to be played with fans inside arenas. The NBA has postponed its annual draft lottery and predraft scouting combine, citing the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Friday.Both events were scheduled to take place in May in Chicago.last_img read more