Mayor’s Message: Oct. 18

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,I want to remind everybody about our public town hall meetings Saturday morning at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave.The first session at 9:30 a.m. will provide updates on our bayside dredging plans. The presenters will be available to answer individual questions following the presentation. A second session at 11 a.m. will address island-wide flood mitigation plans – again followed by time for individual questions.Representatives of ACT Engineers will join city team members in making the presentations. ACT administers Ocean City’s bayside dredging program and is working on a Flood Mitigation and Drainage Master Plan. I encourage all Ocean City property owners to attend to learn more about these initiatives.Next week’s City Council meeting on Thursday (Oct. 24) will have an early start time at 5 p.m. to avoid a conflict with our annual Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. A full agenda includes items related to affordable housing, bonding for capital projects, and zoning.New Jersey American Water is continuing its work to replace the sanitary sewer lines leading to the Municipal Utilities Authority pumping station at the intersection of Third Street and West Avenue.The entire intersection will be closed to traffic through next week. Please seek alternate routes to West Avenue from Second Street to Fourth Street. As always, I thank you for your patience and understanding as this important work is completed.I want to welcome all of the owners who are in town for the Porsche Boardwalk Reunion. Porsche models from 1948 to the present will be on display on the Boardwalk starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.I also want to encourage everybody to consider joining the John R. Elliott HERO Walk or 5K Run on Sunday morning. The event promotes the use of sober designated drivers, and more information is available at www.herocampaign.org.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Historical church could be yours

first_img65 Ipswich St, EskThis could be one of the most picturesque properties on the market in southeast Queensland.The former church that dates back to the 1800s could be all yours after it was listed for sale last week.65 Ipswich St, EskIt sits on the main road of Esk, a small town in the Somerset region about an hour out of Brisbane.65 Ipswich St, EskMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Owner Helen Louise Hayden has owned the property for the last two years, and was looking for someone else to take on the unique historical property.Originally built in 1874 as a silver wedding anniversary present, it was a prominent part of many peoples lives in the town for more than a hundred years.65 Ipswich St, Esk”A lot of people stop by and tell me about weddings here and Sunday school,” she said.The church was desacralised sometime in the last few decades, but she said the building was still very significant for the community.“It would be a really great place for a bed and breakfast,” she said.“I put money into it but it needs someone to carry it to the next step.”65 Ipswich St, EskThe price guide is for offers over $585,000 and as well as the church it comes with a hall and outhouse, all on a three-and-a-half acre block.last_img read more

OECS mission in Ottawa to close

first_img Share Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comCASTRIES, St Lucia — At the recently concluded 53rd Meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, held in St Vincent and the Grenadines from 19-20 May 2011, heads of government agreed to the closure of the OECS High Commission in Ottawa, Canada by December 2011.The High Commission for the OECS in Ottawa was established in 1982 for the principal purpose of maintaining and promoting the political, economic and social interests of member states in Canada.Against the background of the international financial crisis and global recession, OECS heads of government have been engaged in a critical review of the Organisation aimed at the rationalization of its operation. Overseas representation was one area subject to this review in light of the extraordinary burden that it constituted for the treasuries of member states.In respect of Canada, heads of government concluded that the continued operation of the joint High Commission in Ottawa could no longer be considered sustainable or viable.It was noted that, increasingly, the focus of engagement between Canada and the member states of the OECS had shifted as a result of Canada’s policy of decentralisation in respect of CIDA. This policy saw the relocation of key CIDA personnel and related operations to Canada’s High Commission in Barbados.As a result, collaborative efforts involving Canadian and OECS member state officials had shifted to the region, and in particular, to Barbados. When taken together, these factors raised serious doubts about the wisdom of maintaining the High Commission in Canada, and as a result, OECS heads of government agreed to the closure.It is the intention of OECS member states to consolidate and strengthen their consular operations in Toronto in order to satisfy the growing consular demands of OECS nationals resident in Canada and to be in a position to respond adequately to the expanded range of economic opportunities in Canada for OECS nationals.Heads of government noted the opportunities that present themselves, especially in the areas of trade and service provision, and have indicated their intention to broaden the scope of operations of the Eastern Caribbean Liaison Service in Toronto so that it may be better equipped to provide the necessary support to the commercial sectors in the OECS, as well as private nationals in the region who may wish to explore and avail themselves of these opportunities.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share NewsRegional OECS mission in Ottawa to close by: – June 22, 2011last_img read more