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Ocean City Votes to Lease Land for New American Legion Post

first_img[ready_google_map id=’3′]City Council voted unanimously Thursday to lease city-owned property to the American Legion for $1 a year, so it can build a bigger post in Ocean City. Proposed site for a new American Legion post at the corner of 46th Street and West Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that authorizes the leasing of a vacant lot at the corner of 46th Street and West Avenue. A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for July 24.The American Legion Morvay-Miley Post in Ocean City currently leases space at 3304 Bay Avenue from Cape May County. But with 355 American Legion members, 100 members of the Sons of the American Legion and another 100 members of the Auxiliary, the veterans organization needs more space, according to Post Commander Bob Marzulli.If the ordinance passes, it would authorize a 50-year lease, and the post would be responsible for any construction costs. The use of the leased 70-by-100-foot lot would be restricted to “the housing, recreation, education or health care of veterans of any war of the United States.” If that use were ever to change, the lease would be terminated.“The city will have input as to the design of the building, and will take the site plan to the Planning Board for its review,” City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said.The vacant lot is adjacent to an Ocean City Fire Department station and is used to store construction materials and vehicles.As a veteran and member of the American Legion, Councilman Pete Guinosso recused himself from the discussion and vote. Three of the seven-member council are Sons of the American Legion. McCrosson said the Sons are not voting members of the organization and don’t enjoy the benefits of members, but she said the appearance of a conflict of interest could exist.Nonetheless, “a doctrine of necessity” permits governmental bodies to vote on public matters when a quorum can’t be achieved. She said the doctrine helps governments continue to do the work of the public when conflicts exist.Councilman Keith Hartzell likened the Sons of the American Legion to permanent guests.“You have to respect that you didn’t serve, and they did,” Hartzell said.The son of a veteran, Hartzell said he’s a member “to keep the memory of my father alive.”last_img read more

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Press release: Salisbury Attack: Joint Statement by Leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

first_imgWe, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and take note of the attempted murder charges brought yesterday against two suspects. We commend the work of the UK Police and all those involved in this investigation.We also note the UK’s analysis, independently verified by the OPCW, that the exact same chemical nerve agent was used in the poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley as was used in the poisoning of the Skripals. We urge Russia to provide full disclosure of its Novichok programme to the OPCW. And we encourage those with information about the attack in Salisbury on 4 March, as well as the further poisoning in Amesbury, to come forward to the UK authorities.We have full confidence in the British assessment that the two suspects were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU, and that this operation was almost certainly approved at a senior government level. We have already taken action together to disrupt the activities of the GRU through the largest ever collective expulsion of undeclared intelligence officers. Yesterday’s announcement further strengthens our intent to continue to disrupt together the hostile activities of foreign intelligence networks on our territories, uphold the prohibition of chemical weapons, protect our citizens and defend ourselves from all forms of malign state activity directed against us and our societies.last_img read more

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Janitor accused of stashing gun, ammo in Fort Lauderdale airport

first_imgOn Saturday, a 27-year-old employee was arrested for allegedly sneaking a gun into a secured area of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.A Broward County deputy was dispatched to Terminal 3 of the airport and found a 9mm Rugar pistol, two pistol magazines, a box of ammunition with 33 rounds and a blue Sunshine Cleaning Systems hat inside a black trash bag, according to a federal affidavit.The bag was initially discovered by an employee who was removing a ceiling tile to inspect the plumbing, according to the federal affidavit.The employee also found a separate black trash bag inside the ceiling that contained a blue zip-up handbag with a silver tag labeled “Forecast.”The suspect was identified as Mikenson Regis of Pompano Beach after the Broward Sheriff’s Office traced the serial number on the pistol through a law enforcement database and found he bought the gun at a pawn shop.Surveillance footage from Monday, May 20th shows Regis, who worked at the airport at the janitor, with the blue zip-up handbag outside the airport.The footage then showed him entering the janitor closet where the weapons and ammunition were found at a later time.Regis flew out of Fort Lauderdale to Haiti on the morning of May 21st.Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI tried to speak with Regis upon his arrival on May 25th, but he invoked his right to an attorney.He’s is charged with entering an aircraft or airport area in violation of security requirements.last_img read more

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Premier League Champions Liverpool celebrate in style

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Frank Lampard’s side pulled one back in first-half stoppage time through Olivier Giroud, but Roberto Firmino’s header made it 4-1 early in the second period.Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic then struck to hand the visitors a route to an unlikely point, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed a classy counter-attack late on to secure a club-record 31st Premier League victory of the campaign. LIVERPOOL CELEBRATE FOR FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS. photo @LFCLiverpool, UK | THE INDEPENDENT |  Jordan Henderson has joined an elite group of Liverpool icons to lift English football’s most coveted prize.Liverpool celebrated a 19th league title, secured much earlier than their 5-3 victory today over former champions Chelsea, in the final fixture at Anfield for the 2019-20 season.Jürgen Klopp’s side recently ended a 30-year wait for top-flight success in scintillating style, becoming the first team to claim the title with more than five games to spare.The champions’ final home game of an historic season proved to be a thriller, with Naby Keita’s stunning blast added to by a trademark, exquisite Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick and Georginio Wijnaldum’s fine volley.last_img read more

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Mayor of Wilton Manors Suddenly Dies at 41

first_imgJustin Flippen, the mayor of Wilton Manors, died suddenly Tuesday. Flippen was 41. He was elected mayor in 2018 after serving 10 years as a city commissioner. City officials said that Flippen apparently was driving to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting when he became ill and died.Like all of us who knew him, I am devastated by the news of Justin Flippen’s passing. Justin was a fine public servant, a wonderful person, and a dear friend. My thoughts are with his family as we all mourn this tragic loss. May Justin rest in peace. https://t.co/eL7Woc4xFR— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) February 26, 2020 A spokesperson for the city of Wilton Manors confirmed the news of Flippen’s passing and said those close to him said he suffered a “medical episode.”last_img

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Bionic man Richardson back on track at Burhill

first_img Yorkshire’s Alan Richardson proved himself the bionic man as he came out on top in the England Golf Captains’ Tournament played over two days at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. Sporting two knee replacements, the Scarborough North Cliff member won the event with 81 Stableford points, finishing three ahead of Hugh Purvis from Long Ashton in Bristol with another Yorkshireman Neil Windle from Wath-upon-Dearne third with 76. Richardson, 57, his club’s captain in 2011, laid the foundation for his success by scoring 42 points in round one before adding 39 in the second. “I didn’t have much confidence going into the tournament,” he said. “I was pulling all my shots left but I had a lesson from my club professional Fraser Kelly and he put me right. “I can’t thank him enough or Mark Andrews, the surgeon at Scarborough Hospital who operated on my knees. Before they were sorted out I couldn’t complete 18 holes and had to use a buggy. “I had the right knee done two years ago and the left early this year. I was sidelined for nine weeks so this win is mind-blowing.” Playing off a handicap of ten, Richardson made his presence felt from the start, coving the front nine in round one in level par including a birdie at the seventh after firing a five iron to a foot. That gave him 23 points and he added a further 19 on the homeward stretch despite bogeys at the closing four holes. “I started the second round badly,” he continued. “I was in the last group out and feeling a bit edgy but I managed to score 17 points with one blob. So I gave myself a talking to at the turn.” It worked as he came home with 22 points, finishing par-bogey-par-par. “Neil pushed me all the way and kept me going. It was a good battle,” Richardson confirmed. “I’ve won a couple of tournaments at my club and in the Scarborough Alliance but never anything like this before,” he added. “Last year in this event at West Lancs I finished third two points behind the winner. “This is also prestigious for my club. I’ve already received a few messages of congratulations from members even though I didn’t realise they knew anything about it. But they said they had been following the scores on the England Golf website.” Leading final scores (Stableford points): 81 A Richardson (Scarborough North Cliff) 42 39; 78 H Purvis (Long Ashton) 36 42; 76 N Windle (Wath upon Dearne) 39 37; 75 P Ashcroft (Gathurst) 34 41; 72 P Luker (Waterfront) 34 38; 71 S Fairbank (Hessle) 35 36 31 Oct 2014 Bionic man Richardson back on track at Burhill last_img read more