West Avenue Bike Lanes Expected to Be Complete by July

first_imgAn existing bike lane runs next to four lanes of traffic on West Avenue south of 34th Street in Ocean City. A restriping project this month will eliminate two lanes of traffic and create buffer zones between two wider bicycle lanes.Cape May County is expected to award a $160,333 contract shortly to reconfigure the four-lane stretch of West Avenue south of 34th Street to include two lanes of traffic and two buffered bicycle lanes.Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster said Monday that work will start in early June and should be complete by July 1 with the possible exception of painting cross-hatching for pedestrian crosswalks.The plan eliminates two lanes of traffic between 35th Street and 55th Street to make room for a bicycle route.The project will change the road from four lanes of traffic (two in each direction) to two lanes with a center lane for left turns. That will leave room for five-foot bike lanes on each side of the road separated by three-foot buffer zones (see diagram below).The traffic pattern would be similar to what exists on West Avenue north of 34th Street.The reconfiguration is a milestone in a years-long effort to create a safe bicycle route running the length of Ocean City.An existing bicycle corridor runs along Haven Avenue from Ninth Street to 34th Street. The city recently installed a new user-activiated traffic signal to help bicycles cross the busy Ninth Street gateway, and the city has plans for improvements on the north end of Ocean City.Advocates say changing West Avenue to two lanes would also help improve a dangerous four-lane crossing for pedestrians on the thoroughfare.But others have expressed concern that the change would slow summer traffic and possibly push through-traffic onto adjacent Asbury and Central avenues.The stretch of roadway is maintained by Cape May County and not the City of Ocean City.Proposed new configuration for West Avenue in Ocean City between 35th and 55th streets includes two buffered bicycle lanes.last_img read more

Between Riverside and Crazy’s Stephen Adly Guirgis on How Prayer & Sweatpants Help Him

first_img What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? Find something else to do. I do 500 things before I sit down and write. When I actually have to try and write, I’ll pray. I’ll say a prayer, you know, after I smoke 500 cigarettes and check my email and whatever. Prayer helps. What essential items do you like to have on hand when you write? Unfortunately, cigarettes. I like a candle. And lately I’ve been wearing sweatpants—basketball sweatpants. I spend a lot of time at my desk when I’m not writing, and when I put the sweatpants on, that’s a reminder it’s time to go to work. Like a uniform.  What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should know, do and/or see? All aspiring playwrights should see theater and also act and direct. I’ve done backstage, front stage, small parts, big parts, direct. It all helps. Get your hands dirty in the theater. Even if you’re sweeping up, you’re going to learn. You’ll learn more than you can read in a book or just focusing on your story. I try to write my plays in such a way that someone’s going to want to play every part.  Between Riverside and Crazy What play that changed your life? View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Was there a specific event that sparked the idea behind Between Riverside and Crazy? Yes, there were two events. The first was I moved in [to his sprawling Riverside Drive apartment] the night my mother died. I moved in to take care of my dad. The idea of him being alone just seemed impossible to me. The other event was the color of the day shooting: A white police officer shot a black undercover transit officer. It was a really sad case, and I knew I wanted to try and write about it. Though Stephen Adly Guirgis is the ultimate multi-hyphenate—he’s a writer, director, actor, educator and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company—he is best known for his visceral and engaging plays. These include the Tony-nominated The Motherf*cker with the Hat (his only Broadway credit), Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and many more. His latest work, Between Riverside and Crazy, is a semi-autobiographical piece that centers on a retired cop and the inhabitants of his Upper West Side apartment. Guirgis graciously invited Broadway.com into his writing space, answered a few questions about his process and even picked up a pen for us.center_img Related Shows How do you stay motivated to finish a piece? Deadlines! That’s the only real motivation. It’s a motivator even to start a piece. If I had an idea that I want to try to write something, I might call you guys and be like, “Hey, I’m doing a reading in a week, can you be in it?” I haven’t written anything, but now I’m like, “All right, I have to write something!” That will get me started. I keep creating those artificial deadlines, and then the real deadlines eventually kick in. Name a playwright that influenced you. What’s your favorite line in Between Riverside and Crazy? What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing? Writing is rewriting. I agonize over the first draft. Somehow I feel it needs to be birthed perfectly, but really the trick is just get that first draft out. You can revise and rewrite, and hopefully you’re going to make it better and better. What time of day do you get your best work done? Middle of the night. Definitely. When everyone else is asleep. When there’s nothing else to do and no one else to call. What’s the nitty gritty hard work of being a playwright that nobody ever told you? It’s hard. The hardest thing is doing it. It sounds like a simple answer: sit down and stay down. But if you sit down and stay down, something will happen. And you just repeat, repeat, repeat.last_img read more

Gerrard: Houllier revolutionised standards at Liverpool

first_img Gerrard admits Houllier’s changes were seen as radical by the players at the time. He recalled to the Daily Mail: “He revolutionised the standards at Liverpool. He changed diets, training, introduced the first fitness coach and better personnel.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… “The ketchup went. At the time, we were “What’s this?” I remember Gerard going against Robbie and Incey [Paul Ince]. If you weren’t prepared to go along with what he wanted, you were out. He wanted to know exactly what I was doing off the pitch. Read Also:Kaka: Gerrard was better than Scholes and Lampard “He took me and my mum and dad to dinner and I was left under no illusions. The message to my parents was don’t let him go out and drink and pick his mates carefully. It had to be this way or I wouldn’t be around Liverpool for long.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has spoken how Gerard Houllier transformed Liverpool when in charge.last_img read more

Jane leads a Hampshire charge to Par 3 titles

first_img Hampshire players, led by Jane Shergold, pulled off a clean sweep in the English Women’s Par 3 Championship at Ampfield, in their home county.“I’m ecstatic,” said Jane (pictured), from Blackmoor, who won the individual championship with a net score of one-under par 53. She was two ahead of Gillian Fahy from Osborne on the Isle of Wight.Meanwhile, Royal Winchester’s Moya Abbott, Cookie Bridgeman, and Pauline Davies won the team prize with a combined total of 12-over 174 – three clear of their closest challengers.The championship was mostly played in rain but nothing could dampen the spirits of the players who enjoyed the mix of good competition and a dash of garden party atmosphere – helped by a glass of Pimm’s and a slice of cake.The event proved so popular that the original entry limit of 60 players was extended to accommodate over 100 women.Jane, who plays off six handicap and is a regular at England Golf senior championships, remarked: “We played in this last year and enjoyed it so much we came back this year and it’s been absolutely fantastic.“The club have looked after us so well and to finish with Pimm’s and a slice of cake just hits the spot!”Jane started with a double bogey but quickly made up for it with a string of pars, two bogeys and two birdies. “It certainly sharpens up your short game,” she said.The Ampfield course won much praise. Pauline Davies, from the winning team, said: “I live about 10 minutes away and have only played it once before, but I think I’ll be playing it a lot more after today. It’s beautiful, very well maintained and manicured – and tricky!“It’s our first time in the competition but we are definitely going to do it again next year. It was a shame about the weather – but you can’t alter that – but it’s been a wonderful day.”Hampshire players, including those from the Isle of Wight, turned out in large numbers to support the event, but competitors also travelled from further afield, including Devon and Dorset.Click here for full scores 19 Aug 2015 Jane leads a Hampshire charge to Par 3 titles last_img read more

Overtime

first_img:10 Tiger is back…nuff said! :09 You think you’ve been to a cook-out? You ain’t been to a cook-out till you’ve been to Dwight and Chandra Law’s cook-out. Man the food was so good… and there was so much of it I started to go get my cousins and bring-um back. No, don’t ask! If I tell you where they live that’s less food for me. Hey did you know Dwight Law is my oldest and dearest friend? Well you know it now. Two boys from Meldon Avenue in Donora P.A. made it to the big city. Not bad…not bad at all. BILL NEAL :08 Speaking of the cook-out, and I was. Good food, great friends, Daniel “The Mayor” Ellis, Vince Neal and Cal State’s finest…(yeah I know that’s a contradiction in terms, just work with me here) and to my great pleasure and delight some “Overtime” readers including my old buddy Roy Betters, another man who has the good sense and wisdom to pick Wilt Chamberlin ahead of Michael Jordan. As a result, Roy you are now “In The Locker Room.”:07 I know, I know it’s a sports column but this stuff is important. Just hold on a minute, you’ll want to know this. The hit of the ParTay was none other than Federal Judge Reggie Walton…yeah that’s right the same Judge that just handled the Roger Clemons case, and other world class cases. Alright, Stan was there, in from Vegas and the ribs were un-be-lieve-able but they’re not more important than the Judge, who by the way is one of the brothers from Donora…C’mon Man!!!:06 Lamar Odom has proven to all you grown men out there that if you act like a child and cry enough you can in fact get your own way. Yep, he’s going back to L.A. The Clippers that is.:05 Now pay attention. The formula is very simple. Meet a girl…pretty or ugly as long as she’s tall…have a baby boy…develop his basketball talent…pray that he grows up to be seven feet tall…send him to the University of Kentucky for one year then sit back and watch the money come rollin’ in. That’s all it takes trust me…as a matter of fact, take it the bank!:04 Some of you are going to jump on me for this but as you all know…I don’t care! Serena Williams, you can’t keep eatin’ whatever you want and still be No. 1 in the world, I am sorry. That’s right I said it, now shut up!!!:03 Wanna have a really good time? Come to the Penn Hills YMCA Monday or Tuesday night and watch “The New” Connie Hawkins Youth Summer Basketball League. We’ve got 100 of the greatest and most talented middle school boys you ever want to see. And they be balling mmmaaannn!!! (Mon & Tues, three games a night at 6, 7 & 8. Only $2 to get in, free parking, great friends and a fantastic facility. Matter of fact you should join “The Y.” Yes you do…yes you do…stop it, you need to lose weight and you know it. Yes you do!!! Ok, look in the mirror then.:02 So last Friday you decided to go somewhere else and not come see Sandy Greene, Jerry Williams and The Guys. Now that’s messed up! But that’s ok, you only missed the show of the summer. Sandy blew it up and Jerry tore it down. And by the way…standing room only sell-out!!! They’re coming back Friday, July 27. Bet you won’t miss that one. (Welcome home lifelong friend Ronnie Randolph. Just moved back from Atlanta and sat in with the band and you would have thought George Benson was in the house.) Like I said “Smokin Jim” you can’t stop me, you can only hope to contain me…Par-Tay on! What Club?!?!:01 This just in. Otis Lockheart, the great city league basketball player from South High, is not dead! How do I know? Just talked to him…unless of course I am dead too!~ DOUBLE OVERTIME ~“At The Buzzer”:00 Champion Enterprises, The Soul Pitt and The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club proudly bring to you The Annual Summer Blast Extravaganza—The Dress White Party with A Touch of Red and—With a guest performance by “Ms. Sandra Greene”—and “D.J. Bubble Gum” coming at ya this Friday, First Friday—July 6 at 3 Lakes Golf Club—6700 Saltsburg Rd. in Penn Hills—First come first seat (no more reserved tables) them ladies was about to kill me last week. I ain’t going out like that!—Free Parking—Cash Bar—Cash Kitchen—Great Food & Great Service—50/50—Prizes and Surprises—$100 Cash Prize to the Best Dressed Couple in White with A Touch of Red—and yes boys and gals not only will the Corvette Club be there but they’ll be showcasing their cars —go to the Soul Pitt website for all the information: http://www.soulpittmedia.com/ChampionEnterprises2.html.last_img read more