Mayor Jay Gillian: Updates on Merion Park, Bay Avenue Work and West Avenue Bike…

first_imgDear Friends,I would like to provide an update on several capital improvement projects.The road and drainage project in Merion Park is nearly completed.  We are working on the final steps to install the pump equipment and provide electricity to them, while finishing up some small items.  I would like to again thank all of the residents of the neighborhood as they continue to share their input with us during the project.We heard today that the county is progressing on schedule with the Bay Avenue project.  If all goes as scheduled, 6th to 9th Street will be completed soon, and 9th to 12th will be completed before the Christmas holidays.  We also received an update from the county on the restriping of West Avenue south of 34th Street.  The City should be receiving a final report on the most recent traffic count shortly with a potential project in the spring, completed prior to Memorial Day.The next stage of the boardwalk project is also progressing on time. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with the detour and we are optimistic that the job will be finished by the end of March.  I will continue to keep everyone updated on all of these projects.Lastly, I would like to thank City Council, the Downtown Merchants, the Chamber of Commerce and the City team members who work diligently this week to reschedule the Christmas Parade.  I ask that everyone supports our local businesses this holiday season and please join me in helping to make this year’s Christmas Parade a success for our entire Community.Thank you and have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor A project to improve drainage in the flood-prone Merion Park section of Ocean City is nearly complete.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Nov. 14.last_img read more

Drying apples

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaFall, and especially October, was always a busy time back home. Dad hated to see anything go to waste. So Mom and Dad dried apples every year.They picked the apples from our trees and worked hard peeling and slicing them. They put several pieces of tin across three or four old sawhorses and spread the apple slices out on the tin to dry in the sun.Fall is still a busy time for a lot of folks. Apples and pumpkins signal the cooler weather. And that inspires folks to get outside and work in their yards.Mulch a littleIt remains the best time to plant and transplant woody and herbaceous ornamentals. By now the energy produced by the leaves this summer has been funneled to the roots for winter growth.Although the tops of plants are dormant in winter, the roots continue to grow throughout the winter. So when spring arrives, the plants are ready to explode with new growth.Dig and divide herbaceous perennials now. Wait until November to divide fall-blooming plants. If you can’t get around to all of these tasks this month, don’t worry. Divisions and transplanting can be done in November, December and January.No need to rushDon’t be too hasty to plant pansies. An ideal time to plant them would be from now to the end of November.Trees will soon be tossing their leaves for us to recycle as mulch. Shredded leaves stay put better on the landscape and don’t blow around like whole leaves. They also do a better job of holding moisture in the soil and insulating roots of plants from winter cold.Don’t forget to add an inch or two of new mulch to ornamental plantings to help protect them from the cold. It’s an exciting time in the Georgia landscape, a time to dig, divide and renew landscapes for next year.Yep, there is a lot going on in October. I just got back from visiting my mother up in north Georgia. I brought back a bushel of Mutsu apples for me and a bushel of Granny Smiths for my friend Anna.Anna has already started drying her apples.I haven’t had a chance to dry mine yet. I’ve been too busy. It is October, you know.last_img read more

Ajax Captain Still in Cloud Nine, Says Defeat of Juve Not…

first_imgAjax Captain Matthijs de Ligt insisted wednesday that the underdogs’ run to the Champions League semi-finals has left him speechless.The Dutch side have beaten Real Madrid and Juventus in the knockout stages to make the last four, where they will face Tottenham or Manchester City.“It’s bizarre. It’s not normal. I have no words for it,” the 19-year-old Netherlands defender told BT Sport. Matthijs de Ligt celebrates with his team-mates on the final whistle in Turin “We have shown once again that we are very strong and that we can make it difficult for large teams.”De Ligt scored the decisive goal in Tuesday’s semi-final second leg at Italian giants Juventus, as Ajax secured a deserved 3-2 aggregate win and a return to the last four of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since 1997.“I was going a bit crazy because we couldn’t convert any of the chances. I wasn’t born the last time we reached the semis,” added De Ligt.Ajax are the first team from outside England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France to reach the last four since compatriots PSV Eindhoven did so 14 years ago.“We have incredible talents and, for our nation, it will get better and better,” said manager Erik ten Hag.“We were not favourites, but with our philosophy we again exceeded our limits.“We know how to push boundaries every time. And with Tottenham or Manchester City there will be another challenge. We look forward to it.”Ajax last lifted the trophy in 1995 with a young, homegrown squad that contained future superstars like Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert.Their star players were gradually picked off by the era’s biggest clubs, but they still managed to return to the final the following year and the semi-finals the season after.Several of this year’s squad are expected to leave in the summer, with Frenkie de Jong already having agreed a summer move to Barcelona.“Apart from the first five minutes of the second half, we dominated after the break and were well worth our victory,” De Jong said.“In fact, we probably should have won by more.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more