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Day-Trippers Head East

first_img Share A surfer wears a face mask at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk on Saturday, April 25. Independent/Gordon M. GrantAt the same time Town of East Hampton police are dealing with the large number of day-trippers in Montauk on warm, sunny weekend days, the town board is wrestling with what exactly the beaches and parks will look like this summer season. Police Chief Michael Sarlo addressed the board April 21 on the matter, detailing how on the previous weekend, state park employees closed down some of the accesses to the state parks out in Montauk, including Shadmoor, Camp Hero, and the Montauk Lighthouse. “That caused overflow of parking out onto the roadways,” Sarlo said. The accesses were closed because the parks were becoming too crowded for visitors to practice the required six-foot social distancing guidelines implemented by the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several officers were dispatched to the area where cars were illegally parked and issued citations. “They are state parks, and they are state jurisdiction,” Sarlo said, meaning it is up to the state to police them. The department is stretched thin Sarlo explained: “We have over 70 miles of shoreline and over 100 access points to sand in our town. There were just a couple of locations where crowding was a problem.” On Monday, April 27, Sarlo told The Independent “state parks had reduced parking in their big lots and closed down around 2 to 2:30 PM” this past weekend. “They did have additional state trooper and parks police presence this weekend,” he added.Cones limit parking at Main Beach in East Hampton. Independent/Richard LewinThe chief said April 25 was a very busy, sunny day with “lots of people outside.” His department issued 165 parking tickets town-wide, mostly for no beach permit, but some were for vehicles in no parking zones. “Ditch Plains was packed with a good surf break forecast for Saturday morning, and officers did their best to encourage social distancing, as well as give warnings and get the word out about the parking,” Sarlo said. “We had officers on foot along Main Street most of the day and got very good compliance with social distancing and keeping masks on. People online for takeout, and even some of the groups of motorcycle riders parked along main street had masks on.” The town announced last week it was going to start enforcing summer beach parking rules a month early. “It’s important to note that despite all of the complaints and buzz regarding the crowds visiting Montauk, the hamlet has seen an increase of exactly one new positive COVID-19 case reported since April 10,” Sarlo said. “If people take care of following their own protocols for social distancing, wear a mask, and limit their trips for essentials, we can continue to flatten the curve for our community.”East Hampton Village police blocked vehicle access to the top of Main Beach Saturday afternoon to prevent overcrowding. Independent/Gordon M. GrantMeanwhile, the town is anticipating what the beaches and parks will look like this summer. Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilman David Lys discussed the challenges at an April 21 town board meeting. “The Suffolk County health department will have to be involved,” Lys said regarding social-distancing guidelines at beaches. If the beach is open, he said restrooms will have to be, too. Both agreed even if the beaches are technically closed, people will still attempt to swim in the ocean, which leaves the potential for drowning, since there would be no lifeguards present. All town parks, including Montauk Skate Park, and the Amagansett Youth Park, are closed. Basketball rims have been taken down. When possible, Lys said, town-owned parks will be padlocked.t.e@indyeastend.comPatrolling Southampton Beaches Cars line Charles F. Altenkirch County Park at the Shinnecock Inlet in Hampton Bays. Independent/Jessica Mackin-CiproSouthampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he’s feared enforcement issues at parks and beaches related to COVID-19. Public Safety & Emergency Management Administrator Ryan Murphy said his department has not run into any issues so far. “A bay constable said some photos of people from the public are showing more congestion on the roadways and in parking lots than on the beaches,” he said. “Sometimes there’s a misinterpretation.” Some images of six people two feet apart sitting on the sand are of those cohabitating, which isn’t a violation. On Instagram April 25, Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren said: “If you choose to go to the beach, please make sure you’re wearing a mask or face guard, and socially distance by being six feet apart.” Swimming at state park beaches and in pools at will remain forbidden through May 31. The State Parks Department announced last Friday that beaches will open then instead of the traditional plan, Monday, May 25, shortly before Memorial Day weekend. Long Island’s had already been closed through May 15 with all nonessential businesses. The parks themselves have remained open for people wishing to walk or jog, or even ride bikes in some places.New York also suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage, and pavilion/shelter reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. If someone has made a reservation for the season beginning June 1, and the parks department says the facility is safe to open, a reservation will be honored, but visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund. In order to protect officers while limiting the spread, members of Southampton’s police department and public safety officials are wearing N95 masks and face shields, gloves, and Tyvek suits. Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said there have been two instances, which he called the “most complicated thing for us to manage,” where officers responded to calls involving members of the public who tested positive for COVID-19.desiree@indyeastend.comlast_img read more

Farmers Market Opens

first_imgThe Calvary Baptist Church on Spinner Lane in East Hampton is the new home for this year’s East Hampton Farmers Market, which opened on Friday, June 5. Organizer Kate Plumb welcomed the guests to the season opening, making sure all protocols of masks, directional aisles, and grouping were followed. Sharelast_img

TW Cylinders receives award

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50 helium balloons to stream eclipse

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Government bids to improve social mobility in professions

first_imgThe government has launched a strategy to end the culture of privilege that sees former independent school pupils dominating the top jobs in the judiciary and boardroom to the exclusion of people from less affluent backgrounds, it emerged today. Launching the new strategy Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers, the government said that a ‘stark fact’ of social mobility was that only 7% of the UK population attended independent schools, and yet this section of the population accounted for 70% of all high court judges and 54% of all FTSE 100 chief executives. The BBC website further reports that 68% of top barristers also came from this privileged 7% of the country’s population. Other statistics cited by the government include: just one in five young people from the poorest families achieve five good GCSEs compared to three quarters from richer families; and only a quarter of working class boys go on to get middle class jobs. The new strategy aims to end this inequality by ensuring that everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, the government said. Unfairness will be tackled at every stage of life, from school through to adulthood, it asserted. City firm Allen & Overy is the first law firm to sign up to the strategy’s new ‘business compact’, under which it has agreed to offer internships to young people from deprived backgrounds. It joins accountancy firms KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: ‘A fair society is an open society where everybody is free to flourish and where birth is never destiny. In Britain today, life chances are narrowed for too many by the circumstances of their birth: the home they’re born into, the neighbourhood they grow up in or the jobs their parents do. Patterns of inequality are imprinted from one generation to the next. 

 ‘A recent report by the Sutton Trust estimated that the economic benefits of improving social mobility could be worth £140 billion a year by 2050. This is not only a question of fairness – opening up opportunities is in the interests of the economy and of the country.’ For the first time, the strategy includes a set of key indicators for defining how social mobility is measured so that it can be seen where measures are having the most impact and where the approach needs adjustment. The strategy, Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers – A strategy for Social Mobility, can be read here.last_img read more

SC&RA Foundation makes senior appointments

first_imgSC&RA Foundation president will be Robert Moore of Atlanta’s NBIS. Stephanie Bragg of Bragg Companies will serve a year-term as vice president. The SC&RA Foundation’s treasurer will be Jim Sever of PSC Crane & Rigging. SC&RA Foundation chairpersons for 2013-2013 are Tiea Cowley of TNT Crane & Rigging; Toni Sabia from Transport Systems and Products Inc; and Bonnie Forster at Rigging Gear Sales. Justin Cravens of Ridewell Suspensions and Dave Wittwer from Hays Companies have been elected as new board members and will both serve two-year terms. Lee Ellen Russell of Sheedy Drayage has been appointed to the board for one year. The SC&RA Foundation also recognised Doug Miller from Burkhalter by presenting him with a Cornerstone Award for serving a three-year term on the Foundation’s board of directors. The SC&RA Foundation recently awarded USD3,000 scholarships to nine students preparing for careers in transportation or construction management. The grant recipients are Jared Bigby, Darin Blair, Caleb Brack, Samson Meyer, Mitchell Nettinga, Candice Parrish, Anna Rivas Gonzalez, Ryan Stammen and Alexander Zartman.  Two further USD1,500 grants were awarded to Eduardo Hernandez and Rocky Wilson. Since its formation in 1986 the SC&RA Foundation has awarded over USD350,000 in scholarships and grants. www.scranet.orglast_img read more

Antwerp explores Iran

first_imgThe exploratory mission was mainly aimed at making contacts with official bodies. It included meetings with among others Mr Saeednejad, head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation, Dr Saeidi, head of the Islamic Republic Shipping Line, Masoud Karbasian, head of the Iranian Customs service and Seyed Jamal Hosseini, vice-chairman of the Iranian Investment Organisation. The discussions covered Iran’s ambitions in shipping and commerce, as well as the role that the port of Antwerp could play in attaining these Iranian objectives.”Up until 2010 Antwerp was the largest European port destination for Iranian cargoes,” said Marc Van Peel, port alderman and Antwerp Port Authority chairman. “In the light of the recent nuclear agreement and the raising of economic sanctions, we wanted to let the Iranians know directly that Antwerp is still the ideal hub for reaching the European hinterland. There is also great demand on the Iranian side for know-how concerning port infrastructure, among other things. Port of Antwerp International and the Antwerp Flanders Port Training Centre are ready to support the Iranian port community in these areas. In all respects the mission was certainly successful, opening up prospects both for Iran and for our port.” François Delhaye, Belgian ambassador; Marc Van Peel, port alderman and Antwerp Port Authority chairman; Mr. Saeednejad, head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation.www.portofantwerp.comlast_img read more

Financial rescue agreed

first_imgALSTOM announced on August 6 that it had secured a comprehensive financial package with the agreement of more than 30 of its banks. This will enable the company to repay its existing debt facilities which mature in the first half of 2004, as well as providing short and medium-term liquidity.The agreement includes commitments from the French state, because of what the company describes as the ’potential impact of Alstom’s situation in the industrial, social and financial domains across a number of countries’.The deal will substantially increase Alstom’s equity, and ensure adequate contract bonding capacity to support its on-going business activity level. The package is subject to the approval of shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting on September 24.A €600m capital increase was approved at the AGM on July 2, and €300m of this is reserved for the French state, which will hold 31·5% of Alstom’s shares with a commitment not to sell until the group’s full recovery. The subscription price will be €1·25 per share. Alstom will issue €900m of underwritten bonds mandatorily reimbursable with shares with five-year maturity; this may be increased to €1bn. The company will be provided with subordinated loans totalling €1·3bn, with the state participating in €200m.A syndicate of banks will provide a contract bonds and guarantees facility worth €3·5bn to support commercial activity, 65% counter-guaranteed by the French state. There are also €600m of short-term facilities available, half from a syndicate of banks and half from state-owned bank Caisse des Déplast_img read more

2017 a ‘good year’ for Island TIRZ

first_img RelatedIsland gets update on TIRZ contributionsBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Prior to the Wednesday, Feb. 6 regular meeting of the South Padre Island City Council, the Board of Directors of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) met to review their 2017-2018 annual financial report. Island Mayor Dennis Stahl introduced Cameron County Pct. 1 Commissioner…February 22, 2019In “News”County green lights TIRZ revisionsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS Cameron County Commissioner Sofia Benavidez joined SPI City Council members as part of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Board for their meeting Monday afternoon. Benavidez gave her approval of the TIRZ interlocal agreement after the City addressed some of the County’s concerns.…March 18, 2016In “News”Port Isabel to establish tax zoneEditor’s Note: To view a copy of Ordinance #682 and a rendering of the proposed Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone currently proposed by the City of Port Isabel, click here. By THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the PRESS The momentum for the City of Port Isabel is significant as local leaders and…February 23, 2012In “News” By KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe board of directors for the South Padre Island Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) gathered for the first time in a year during a meeting held last Wednesday, Feb. 7.Board members present included Mayor Dennis Stahl, Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Munarriz, and Council Members Theresa Metty, Alita Bagley and Ken Medders.After voting to approve the minutes of their February 2017 meeting, the Board moved to appoint a chair and vice chair to serve a one year term on the TIRZ board. Stahl was appointed as chair, and Munarriz was approved as vice chair.SPI Assistant City Manager Darla Jones presented a summary of the TIRZ report to the Board. “Basically we had a very good year for the TIRZ,” summarized Jones.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Jon Brown Earns Third Gulf South Freshman of the Week Award

first_imgBrown also took home the GSC Freshman of the Week award Nov. 27 and Jan. 15. He is averaging 12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season. The Helena, Ala. native followed the performance vs. the Hawks with 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists in an 83-51 win vs. the Wolves. The performance was the team’s best all-around game of the season. Brown enjoyed an 11-of-13 night from the line, a display that continues to move him up the conference leaderboard in free throw efficiency. He stands at seventh in the GSC with a .793 mark from the charity stripe.”We just can’t get complacent,” said Brown. “We’d been struggling the first half of the season, and people have been looking down on us. But now we’re coming here, and we’re ready to go.” PENSACOLA, Fla. –  For the second straight week and the third time this season, Jon Brown has been named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Brown enjoyed another excellent week, helping the Argos to two wins vs. Shorter and West Georgia. The Helena High alum notched his second straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds Thursday vs. the Hawks. He also notched two assists and two steals as UWF ran away with a 79-63 win. The Argos (7-11, 3-7 GSC) have now won three straight games. The team hits the road for West Alabama (12-5, 7-3 GSC) Jan. 24 for a 7:30 tip. The team will return home Jan. 28 vs. Auburn Montgomery (6-11, 2-7 GSC) at 7:30 p.m.For the latest information on UWF men’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter @UWFMensBBall.last_img read more