Stock dredging photo on file. .Public Announcement Dredge Permit Application Ocean City, New Jersey Ocean City New Jersey has filed a permit application with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (CENAP-OP-R-2010-311-24) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (0508-10-0032.1) for dredging authorization in the back-bay areas of the City. The application includes a request by the City to make the current temporary access roadway from Roosevelt Boulevard to the disposal area into a permanent haul road. The application was filed on December 31, 2016 and is currently under review by the Corps and NJDEP.To insure that the public is duly informed, the Corps has asked the City to issue this public announcement concerning the application and forthcoming Corps public notice, which will provide for a 30-day deadline for receiving public comments on the application. Once the Corps public notice has been issued, it can be viewed on their web site:http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/ Comments can be sent via email directly to [email protected] or mailed to:Dr. James N. Boyer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch 100 Penn Square East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3390The Ocean City permit application, if approved, will allow the City and private slip owners to hold a current permit to dredge materials from the back-bay waterfront, including Bayfront, lagoons, state channels and private slips along the entire developed length of the bayfront.We will announce when the Corps has issued their public notice seeking comments. Please continue to check for updates and information from the Mayor’s weekly updates and on the Ocean City official website http://www.ocnj.us.
Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza on Wednesday as the military and political conflict between Israel and Hamas intensified.Stephen M. Walt, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), discusses the factors behind this latest outbreak of violence between the sides, and what the international community can do about it.HKS: What prompted this latest escalation in violence?WALT: The proximate cause was the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis on the West Bank, followed by the seizure and murder of a Palestinian teenager. But the background causes are just as important: the increasing radicalization on both sides of the conflict, the collapse of the peace process and the “two-state” paradigm, and the failure of Israeli, Palestinian, and U.S. political leaders.HKS: What is the current state of political relations between Israelis and Palestinians, and how much has changed since the collapse of the American-led peace talks?WALT: As U.S. Middle East envoy Martin Indyk recently acknowledged, there is pervasive mistrust on both sides, which is hardly surprising. The Palestinians believe — with considerable justification — that the current Israeli government is more interested in colonizing the West Bank and completing the creation of “greater Israel” than it is in making peace or permitting the establishment of a viable Palestinian state. The Israeli leadership believes — with somewhat less justification — that their Palestinian counterparts secretly hope to reverse Israel’s creation and replace it with a state of their own. At this stage, there is little trust or good will on either side.HKS: What can and should the international community be doing right now to diffuse tensions?WALT: Unfortunately, the international community has rarely been willing to take bold action to end the seemingly endless cycle of violence. The United States and European Union have considerable leverage over both sides, but neither group has been willing to use its influence constructively. Halting the present violence will save lives in the short-term and would therefore be desirable, but only a genuine peace agreement will prevent it from breaking out again at a later date.HKS: What would be the possible repercussions from a ground invasion by the Israelis?WALT: A ground invasion would cause additional deaths and great human suffering, but it will not eliminate Hamas or end the Palestinians’ desire for a state of their own. It would be a one-sided event that would further tarnish Israel’s deteriorating image, including its support here in the United States. The past three U.S. presidents have all understood that a two-state agreement was in Israel’s long-term interest, and it is deeply regrettable that they have been either unable or unwilling to use U.S. influence to achieve that goal.
Facebook275Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Iron RabbitBeginning November 28, Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar will begin applying an 18-percent service charge on all in-restaurant checks, instead of a gratuity. All proceeds will be redistributed to staff in the form of wages, commissions, and benefits.“We are proud to be among the first restaurants in Olympia to take this step. We believe it invests in our employees while helping us modernize and improve our guests’ experience,” said Christian Skillings, Iron Rabbit owner.Several factors prompted the switch:Rich, creamy Artichoke Heart Alfredo with Proscuitto is featured on Iron Rabbit’s dinner menu.More equitable pay: Federal and state labor laws now prohibit restaurant operators from requiring servers and bartenders to share tips with kitchen staff, which has led to a growing inequity in how employees are paid.Higher minimum wage: With the passage of Initiative 1433, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $11 in 2017. Iron Rabbit is raising its wages right away on November 28. The service charge will help fund the increase.Expanded employee benefits: Beginning in January 2017, the restaurant will also expand benefits for employees with new, paid sick leave, a 401K program, and opportunities to earn extra pay based on performance.“By treating all team members fairly, we create better experiences for our guests by attracting and keeping the best people, committed to service and quality,” said Skillings.Service charges have become more common in restaurants, from Seattle and Tacoma to cities nationwide.“The restaurant has a unique opportunity to change for the better, and this is our latest step to keep improving. We are also very proud of Iron Rabbit’s commitment to sourcing local foods and to operating sustainably by reducing waste through composting,” said Skillings.
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By John BurtonFREEHOLD—Both sides in the political and legal imbroglio pitting Republican Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley against his fellow GOP freeholders and other county officials continue to be surprisingly tight-lipped for politicians – at least until this Friday when the matter may be heard in public.The combative and embattled Curley, who is facing various unspecified allegations for sexual harassment from a county government-conducted investigation, went on the offensive this week, appearing in federal court in Trenton looking to halt some of the measures leveled against him – with both sides proclaiming victory after the judge’s ruling.Neither Curley nor the other four freeholders are speaking publicly about the tug-of-war between them. Curley didn’t return a phone call or text message seeking comment; Jennifer Nelson, the county director of communications said the freeholder board wouldn’t be releasing any statements until the scheduled public hearing at 4 p.m. on Friday. Their lawyers, however, offered brief statements after hearing from U.S. District Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti on Monday, Dec. 4.“Today Freeholder Curley achieved his objectives in federal court,” said Angelo Genova, Curley’s attorney, late on Monday afternoon, in part in an email response. “He welcomes the opportunity to defend his good name and establish that he is the target of political retaliation for his good deeds in the public interest.”“On behalf of my client, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, we are pleased the court has affirmed the ability of the freeholders to conduct the business of the county and to address the pending time sensitive items,” said attorney Jonathan Testa, the freeholders’ special legal counsel, in an emailed statement.Those time sensitive items involve presenting a report on Curley’s alleged behavior and updating the county’s official policy regarding sexual harassment. “To not address and strengthen sexual harassment policies and expectations for all of our employees would be irresponsible, especially at this time,” Testa said.It would appear that county officials are looking to address the allegations facing Curley as swiftly as they can, given the torrent of news surrounding high-profile men in positions of authority in the media and politics who have been accused of inappropriate behavior, from harassment to sexual assault, which has given rise to the #metoo movement.It is safe to assume that the other four freeholders – two of whom are women – don’t want to leave themselves open to criticism that they failed to respond in an effective and timely fashion.Curley had been looking to overturn county officials’ decision to prohibit him from entering county property, specifically the Hall of Records, 1 Main St., where freeholders keep their offices; not allowing him to speak to county employees in any official capacity, including his own confidential aide, until the resolution of a meeting with county officials that could result in Curley being formally censured; and hoping to block the release of the county investigation into the allegations, which is currently sealed, due to the sensitive and confidential information.The judge overturned those provisions, allowing Curley to continue to work as a county elected official and granted him access to his office to draw his salary.The federal judge, on the other hand, is permitting county officials to proceed with their scheduled closed-to-the-public executive session, followed by a public freeholder meeting on Friday, where the report’s findings will be discussed and which will likely include a vote on a formal censure for Curley.Curley’s federal suit names freeholders Thomas Arnone, Gary Rich, Lillian Burry and Serena DiMaso as defendants. The suit also includes as defendants county legal counsel Michael Fitzgerald and Teri O’Connor, county administrator. The lawsuit raises a number of allegations related to the county officials’ response to Curley’s purported behavior arising from an as yet unspecified incident from an unidentified alleged victim that triggered the investigation. It charges the officials with denying Curley’s First Amendment freedom of speech rights and due legal process, among other allegations.What can be gleaned from Curley’s complaint is that the investigation arose from “an uncorroborated complaint about an off-color comment Plaintiff allegedly made at a parade.”Fitzgerald and O’Connor initiated an investigation, assigning a retired Superior Court judge to undertake the probe that took roughly five months.Attorney Genova argues in his court filings that the investigation itself is tainted given it has no legal standing. According to Genova, the investigation could only be authorized by a freeholder board resolution and not by two politically-appointed county employees.“Yet, seemingly without the authorization of the Board, Fitzgerald and O’Connor hired an outside investigator, with the cooperation of the ‘Office of Professional Standards’ – an office that appears to have been created without Board approval,” contrary to state statute, Genova’s complaint alleged.The investigation apparently covered a more than six-year period – Curley has been a freeholder for just about eight years, having been elected to three three-year terms – and Genova maintained, focused “extensively on allegations that appear to have been made by Freeholder DiMaso, one of the plaintiff’s political rivals.”DiMaso has been a freeholder since 2012, when she was appointed to fill a board vacancy, winning a full term in 2013 and being re-elected in 2016. DiMaso last was elected to the state Assembly for the 13th Legislative District and will take office next month.The court complaint goes on to allege Curley and DiMaso “have a longstanding political rivalry centering around a number of contentious and politically charged issues.” These charges, Genova maintained in his complaint, “were intended to damage and/or affect Plaintiff’s reputation as an elected official in the County.” Genova goes on to cast suspicion on the timing of the freeholders’ action, given Curley would be up for re-election in 2018, and presumably was planning on seeking another term.Curley is no stranger to controversy or combative, full-contact politics, going back to his first elected position as a Red Bank Borough Council member, where he regularly went toe-to-toe, quite vocally, with then-mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr. While a Republican, Curley, a Middletown resident, had carved out a political niche as freeholder, presenting an image as a populist who always keeps the taxpayers in mind. In that role, he has had his share of differences with his GOP colleagues. He broke rank with the other Republican freeholders during a contentious debate, opposing their support of a farmland preservation application for then-Manalapan mayor Andrew Lucas. Lucas was convicted of federal fraud charges in 2014 related to the land deal.Curley then took on the freeholders and the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees when he uncovered financial malfeasance on the part of then-college president Peter Burnham. Burnham would be sentenced to five years in prison and Curley called for the ouster of the entire college board and openly criticized freeholders for their lack of oversight.He even locked horns with Republican Gov. Chris Christie. In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy Curley criticized Christie, claiming the governor was unfairly taking credit for the on-the-ground recovery efforts. Curley called Christie “a fat f—.” To which Christie, clearly no shrinking violet, responded by threatening to “f—ing destroy” Curley, according to testimony that came out during the federal “Bridgegate” trial last year.When asked about this exchange, Curley told The Two River Times, “Yeah…I shouldn’t have called him fat.”“Freeholder John Curley is a political gadfly,” who, “unsurprisingly, has angered the political establishment,” is how Genova characterized his client in court filings.Curley’s federal lawsuit will proceed, Genova said on Monday.This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–With a carryover from Saturday of $335,216 serving as a pari-mutuel catalyst, more than $2.5 million in “new money” poured into Sunday’s 50 cent Pick 5 pool at Santa Anita, creating a massive total pool of $2,881,240.The popular wager, which features a low 14 percent takeout, paid $11,880.30, as there were 213 winning tickets.Win mutuels on the first five Santa Anita races were $5.60 (Royal F J), $11.40 (Champagne Charley), $11.80 (Pretty N Cool), $15.40 (Broke Away Grey) and $10.60 (Rainbow Squall).Racing will resume at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government was “not very happy” with the situation in Attawapiskat, the Ontario First Nations community in the grip of a severe housing crisis.Harper said during question period Tuesday that government officials were looking into the situation in Attawapiskat and that his government would be “taking action,” but it was not clear what that could be.“Obviously we are not very happy that the results do not seem to have been achieved for that,” said Harper. “We are concerned about that. We have officials looking into it and taking action.”Harper said the community has received 90 million dollars since 2006.He said that works out to be about 50 thousand dollars per person in the 2-thousand member community.The housing crisis in Attawapiskat, where several families are living in tents and many others live in shacks with no running water, has garnered international attention and even prompted the Canadian Red Cross to intervene.Liberal leader Bob Rae accused Harper of blaming Attawapiskat for its own troubles.“That response is a disgraceful response from the government of Canada,” said Rae. “When will the government start taking responsibility for this deplorable situation, which is an embarrassment to the reputation of the entire country?”Rae said the $90 million total included also included funding for education, not just housing.The money Attawapiskat receives also includes funding for the services the band delivers to its residents.The money was also used by the community to evacuate 100 residents two years ago after a sewage back-up made their homes uninhabitable.Attawapiskat has received an outpouring of support from Canadians across the country. NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding of Timmins-James Bay includes the community, has been a vocal advocate from the community.The community was visited by Angus and NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel on Tuesday.And late this afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Harper will be meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.APTN National News correspondent Ossie Michelin is in the community and will have his first story Wednesday night.