Ocean City Goes Forward With Skate Park Application

first_imgThe parking lot adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department designated in a grant application as the site for a new skateboard park.City Council voted 6-0 Thursday to submit an application for a grant that could help pay for a new skateboard park in Ocean City.The application designates a city-owned parking lot next to the Ocean City Fire Department as the preferred site for a park — an announcement that took neighbors by surprise when it was first published here on March 24.Thursday’s vote is a small step in a process that could bring a new $750,000 concrete skate park to the island to replace a smaller park that was shut down by the city in 2011.Council spent much of a public meeting on Thursday reassuring those potentially affected by the proposed skateboard park location that their concerns would be addressed.“We will make sure we take our time and vet this properly,” Council President Tony Wilson said.The idea of returning a park to somewhere in Ocean City enjoys universal support, and skaters, parents and other community members have rallied around the proposed location on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. But the skate park would eliminate some parking in a lot that residents in the nearby Historic District rely on, and it would displace the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet, which offers free clothing to Ocean City residents in need.The proposal calls for moving the Clothes Closet building to another parking lot on the opposite side of the Fire Department.“We are not against anything,” said Kris Stanwood, a trustee and past president of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council. “We are for something — the integrity of the Clothes Closet.”Stanwood said the Clothes Closet has concerns about parking and accessibility for users, volunteers and the people who donate 23,000 pieces of clothing each year. She said the group was encouraged by a Wednesday meeting with city officials.“Promises were made to us,” Stanwood said to council members. “Please make sure those promises are kept.”Mayor Jay Gillian, Wilson and most council members repeated those promises — that the Clothes Closet would lose nothing in any transition. Councilman Pete Guinosso abstained from the vote as a member of the Ecumenical Council.“This piece of legislation is about applying for a grant,” Councilman Mike DeVlieger said. “It’s not about moving anything.”DeVlieger is head of a committee of elected officials, city staff members and local skaters who helped plan a new park. He said he had been encouraged by county officials to seek a Green Acres Cape May County Recreation Grant.“They said if you want to do something good, why not do something great,” DeVlieger said. “We have the opportunity to do something extraordinary.”The group envisions a state-of-the-art concrete park (see rendering) that would be safe, quiet and would stand the test of time. DeVlieger said the park could accommodate both bikes (without pegs) and skateboards (only at different hours).He said a town-hall discussion on April 4 (read more) yielded plans that could create more new parking spaces than the number eliminated at the proposed site.“These are ideas we can implement sooner than the park,” DeVlieger said.The city dismantled a park near Sixth Street and the Ocean City Boardwalk in 2011, citing safety concerns over deteriorating equipment. That park had opened in 2002 at a cost of a little more than $130,000. Since then, the city administration has promised to rebuild the park, and City Council has approved a capital plan that calls for spending $250,000 on the project.“The biggest thing is to get our names in the hat for the potential money,” Ocean City resident Kirk Greaser said during public comment.Chris Pustizzi, a local Realtor and skater, said he has “taken some heat” for his support of the park. But he said he sees the park as “a win-win” for the community and for visitors.“We are America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Willie Fannon said. “I think we need this type of attraction for families.”See also: Group Zeroes In On Skate Park Site for Ocean City__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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News story: New immersive designs to transform audience experiences

first_imgImmersive experiences like virtual, augmented and mixed reality could transform how we interact with the world – from advertising to film, music and museums.To ensure these experiences meet customer needs, £1 million in funding has been awarded to 32 projects which will use human-centred design (design focused on user requirements) to create new immersive experiences, products and services.The successful projects will use customer research to generate ideas, and create and test low-cost prototypes. The best ideas will progress to further technical research and development (R&D).The successful projects are part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s audience of the future programme, which is delivered by UK Research and Innovation. Through this programme, government is supporting the best UK storytellers to create engaging immersive experiences. Find out more about the audience of the future challenge. Search and apply for funding opportunities. View the full list of successful projects. Successful projectsThe XR Audience Centred Design project will enable theatre audiences to experience a virtual reality performance without every audience member having to wear a headset. It will use audience feedback to test approaches to virtual reality in theatre.The ALIVEmusic project will investigate how live music performances can be enhanced using mixed reality. It will use AI to capture the emotional states of performers and audiences, which will be transformed into visual content and displayed in real-time using mixed reality headsets or mobile phones.The House of Alternate Realities will investigate how audiences can be engaged through immersive and interactive stories. People will pass through 5 rooms which are each more immersive and interactive than the last and their reactions will be studied. The project will determine how to deliver new forms of interactive content to UK television audiences.The Emotion sensing project will use biosensors to capture real-time emotional responses and find out what makes an engaging immersive experience. This new evaluation approach will generate more reliable feedback to inform content creation and help to personalise immersive experiences.last_img read more

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Eagles Nip Tigers

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) BLUE HILL — The Eagles rallied from a 4-0 lead to nip the Tigers in eight innings on Wednesday, May 6.Sumner righthander Tashia Daley pitched for the first time since recovering from knee surgery and struck out the side in the first inning and 10 for the game.A three-run fifth inning gave the Eagles a 5-4 lead but the Tigers knotted the score with a run in the top of the seventh to force the extra inning.Lydia Clapp tripled and scored on a ground ball to first base by Lexi Wessel in the bottom of the eighth to give GSA the win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDaley pitched a three-hitter but was the victim of nine Sumner errors. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Postscenter_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Man Utd boss dismisses Lampard link

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shrugged off speculation that he could make an offer for Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.Reports suggested Ferguson was planning a surprise bid for the 33-year-old, who is said to be unsettled at Stamford Bridge now he is no longer a first-team regular.But Ferguson said: “There’s no foundation in that. Do you really think Chelsea would sell to United in January?AdChoices广告“Chelsea want to do something in the second half of the season, so they want to keep their best players.”Lampard has always insisted that he would see out the remainder of his Chelsea contract, which has another 18 months left to run.He was restored to the starting line-up by boss Andre Villas-Boas on Monday at Wolves, where he scored a late winner. It was Lampard’s 10th goal of the season and his 179th for Chelsea since joining them in 2001.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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