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K&N Pro Series race will carry Kevin Harvick’s name

first_imgOn Thursday, March 15th, NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick is returning to his hometown to race for the first time at Kern County Raceway in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series season opener.Harvick will also be the Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Late Model 50 lap race on the same night, prior to the start of the K&N Pro Series 175 lapper.   Harvick won his first stock car championship in the Late Model division at Mesa Marin Raceway in 1993, while still attending North High.“The Happy Harvick 50” will feature the top NASCAR Late Model drivers in the region. Harvick will give the command to start the engines for the 50 lapper, and present the trophy to the winner of the race.The 2018 season opener for Kern County Raceway is set for Thursday, March 15th, featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Late Models, tickets are on sale now at Harvick will be racing in the “Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts” his first race ever at the state of the art half mile, gates open 4:30pm, and racing begins at 7pm.Kern County Raceway is proud to partner with Budweiser, Bulwark FR, Coors Light, Jim Burke Ford, and Whelen Engineering.last_img read more

Rod Carroll drops from race for Jefferson County sheriff due to residency technicality

“As a person of integrity and credibility, I would not be able to go forward under the perception of having violated the election code residency requirement,” Carroll said in a statement. “I would like to thank everyone for their support and I wish all the candidates the best in 2020.”Carroll, who is currently chief of police in Vidor, was set to announce his bid for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s race next week as a Republican candidate.The veteran law enforcement officer ran unsuccessfully on the Democratic ticket for the sheriff’s spot in 2016 when he was working as assistant deputy chief with the JCSO. Rod Carroll announced on Tuesday he is dropping out of the race for Jefferson County Sheriff due to a residency technicality. read more

CHRISTUS Center for Health Management gives patients control of their health

first_imgHaving a chronic disease can be overwhelming and worrisome, but the CHRISTUS Center for Health Management is working to remove those worries for South County residents.The center is staffed by a nurse practitioner, registered nurse and registered dietician, who work together to provide patients with a multi-disciplinary approach to care.The team works closely with each patient and physician to help the patient manage conditions such as heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is a Catholic, not-for-profit health care system that has been serving the needs of its communities for more than 117 years.Log onto for more information. “We realize that these conditions bring with them a certain level of fear and insecurity,” said Sheila Arnaud, nurse practitioner. “So, it was important that we work to specialize our care to educate each of our patients and give them a sense of empowerment to take charge of their own health.”During confidential and personal visits, patients and clinic staff assess a patient’s health status while working to help the patient understand his or her medication options. The staff will also work with patients to review dietary habits and assess their nutritional needs.The team will also work with patients to develop, review and implement a health management plan that works for each individual patient.center_img “Each patient presents a unique set of circumstances, so we know that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to health care goes against our CHRISTUS commitment to high quality, compassionate care,” says Ryan Miller, COO of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System.“We’re here to treat you if you do get sick, but our goal is to help you to stay healthy so that you hopefully don’t need to see us. Personalizing our care in accordance to each individual’s needs, providing individualized advice and taking some of the guesswork out of treating chronic diseases is a huge step toward that outcome.”Miller hopes the center eases patients’ health anxieties and eases fears residents may have about CHRISTUS Southeast Texas’ presence in South County.“We certainly understand the anxiety and fear that may have been felt with St. Mary hospital closed its doors, but we look at the Center for Health Management as a strong symbol to our community that we are still here,” Miller said. “And you can expect us to continue to serve you with the quality, compassionate care you’ve come to expect from CHRISTUS Southeast Texas — well into the future.”last_img read more

ASK A COP — Who has right when vehicles change lanes within three- and four-lane highways?

first_imgCathy from Port Neches asks: My husband believes if a driver approaches an intersection with a red signal and he slows down and there’s no traffic coming that he can turn right on a red signal without stopping as long as it doesn’t interfere with other vehicles on the road. I’m just not buying his theory on turning right on red. Is my husband right on his decision to turn right on a red light? Jacob from Port Arthur asks: About 2 weeks ago I was traveling in the inside lane of a four-lane highway from San Antonio. I wanted to change lanes but as I attempted to change lanes, there was another vehicle to the right of me attempting to go into the lane I wanted to drive in. We nearly collided, thanks to my quick reaction to stop going into the lane. Who would have been at fault if we had collided? Is there a law in Texas that says who has the right of way in such an instance?Answer: Jacob, if you were traveling in the left lane of a three-lane or more highway, the Texas Transportation Code gives the right of way to the driver on the left who wants to change lanes. So if a crash had occurred, you should not be the at-fault driver. The driver of the vehicle to the right wanting to change to a left lane needs to make sure the movement can be undertaken legally and safely. Refer to the Texas Transportation Code 545.061 Keith from Port Arthur asks: Every time I go with my wife to pick up our daughter from daycare, she always parks in the no-parking zone but leaves the flashers on because she plans to run in and out. She does it because she’ll be right back. I told her this is illegal, but she doesn’t believe so. Officer Antoine, can you please help us?Answer: The very reason why your wife turns on her hazard lamps is because she knows she’s doing something illegal. For some reason, people believe hazard lamps are the passageway to breaking the state of Texas laws, but hazard lamps don’t excuse willful transgressors of the law. If you make up your mind to park in a no parking zone, understand you are violating state law and hazard lambs don’t magically give clearance to break any of the state parking laws. Answer: Intersections are not a place to be playing the guessing game. In the state of Texas, 3,689 deaths were reported in 2018 to the Texas Department of Transportation. Out of that, there were 701 people killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection. Intersections are risky places to travel, so adherence to state law is top priority. Cathy, your husband’s theory of approaching a red light intersection is WRONG. You must stop at a red light when wanting to turn right. You are allowed to turn right on red, but you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop before turning right, and I include it must be safe to turn right. Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. as Antoine discusses the Ask A Cop article. You can also tune in via Ask your question live at 409-982-0247. Email your questions to, or call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public, you can Ask A Cop!last_img read more

August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, Starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Receives Second Extension

first_img The Signature Theatre Company production shares stories of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s first few jobs, a stint in jail, his first kiss, his foray into films and the lifelong friends he made. The new mounting marks the New York premiere of Wilson’s one-man show. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 29, 2013 View Comments Ruben Santiago-Hudson is bringing late playwright August Wilson’s words of wisdom to life in How I Learned What I Learned, and now you’ve got one more week to catch the production. The show had been slated to play through December 22 and will now play through December 29. Directed and co-conceived by long-time Wilson collaborator Todd Kreidler, How I Learned What I Learned is set to open November 24 at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. How I Learned What I Learned Related Shows How I Learned What I Learned features scenic and projection design by David Gallo, costume design by artistic advisor Costanza Romero, lighting design by Thom Weaver and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier.last_img read more

Vermont mayors call for mental health and prop tax reforms, addiction prevention, treatment, enforcement initiatives

first_imgThe Vermont Mayors Coalition today announced its 2014 legislative session goals and its commitment to collaborate on and advocate for these areas of common interest to their cities and towns.’  At a news conference in the State Capitol’s Cedar Creek Room, the Coalition released its Legislative Policy Summary for the 2014 legislative session, including calls for:’ ‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Mental health system reform;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Statewide property tax reform to promote education cost containment;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Addiction prevention, treatment, and enforcement initiatives;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Strengthening Vermont’s downtowns; and‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Waterway protection from stormwater run-off .’ The Vermont Mayors Coalition was created last year by Vermont’s eight mayors and includes:’  ‘ ‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Bill Benton, Vergennes;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Liz Gamache, St. Albans;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  John Hollar, Montpelier;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Thom Lauzon, Barre;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Chris Louras, Rutland;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Paul Monette, Newport;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Mike O’Brien, Winooski; and‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Miro Weinberger, Burlington.’ Seven of the eight mayors attended the announcement.’  Although unable to attend, Mayor Monette also supports the Coalition’s 2014 agenda.’ The mayors offered the following statements about the issues of common interest they are collaborating on and advocating for during the 2014 legislative session: ‘ Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon:’  ‘It’s an honor to be working closely again with my fellow mayors during this legislative session to meaningfully address issues that are critical to improving our quality of life and to the success of all Vermont communities.’  Whether we’re talking about drug addiction, mental health system reform, homelessness, or fiscal challenges, Vermont’s mayors often find themselves battling these problems and more on the front lines.’  Our collective perspectives and skillsets will be invaluable as we work with the Legislature and Shumlin Administration to find solutions.’’ Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger:’  ‘Vermonters have witnessed too many tragedies related to the mental health system over the past year, and a shortage of treatment opportunities, combined with a rising volume of need, is putting too much strain on our emergency rooms and law enforcement agencies.’  The Vermont Mayors Coalition joins health care professionals, community non-profit leaders, and law enforcement in supporting improvements to both the capacity and quality of the state’s mental health system.’Montpelier Mayor John Hollar:’  ‘As mayors, we have an obligation to ensure that our communities are affordable.’  The rapid rise in education spending makes it more difficult for municipalities to invest in our other community needs, and makes it harder for businesses to invest and families to live in our cities.’  The Mayors Coalition urges the Legislature to take action this year to contain the increasing cost of education.’’ Newport Mayor Paul Monette:’  ‘Downtowns are the strength of our communities, and we mayors are pleased with the Governor’s proposal to increase the Downtown and Village Center Tax Program by $500,000 to a total of $2.2 million of tax credits.’  Many downtowns have been struggling over the past few years, and this program is vital to building owners who wish to upgrade their historic buildings by adding elevators along with façade and code improvements.’  The available tax credits are a great incentive for building owners who might otherwise let their buildings deteriorate.’Rutland Mayor Chris Louras:’  ‘As mayors of communities that have long recognized the fact that the opiate addiction epidemic cuts across all neighborhoods and families, we applaud both the Governor’s and Legislature’s resolve to combat this scourge as the statewide problem it is through its commitment to invest in an effective and progressive treatment model to address the demand side, while developing a more robust and coordinated law enforcement effort using local, state, and federal resources to address the supply side as well.’St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache:’  ‘Strong downtowns are essential for the health and well-being of all Vermont communities. ‘ When we create jobs and economic opportunity, fill vacant storefronts, attract investments in our downtowns, we create critical opportunities and hope that directly and indirectly impact the quality of life for Vermonters.’  The Mayors Coalition knows that strong Vermont downtowns help build strong communities.’Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton:’  ‘The Vermont Mayors Coalition recommends that the Legislature’ make immediate, structural changes to the’ state education funding’ formula that strengthens accountability for monies spent,’ increases the voting population that has a vested interest’ in school budget expenditures, and incorporates incentives for long-term cost containment.’Winooski Mayor Mike O’Brien:’  ‘Again this year, the Vermont Mayors Coalition has worked collaboratively to identify issues that are important to our respective communities and to the State as a whole.’  We are asking the Legislature to address them and pass meaningful legislation during this session.’Vermont Mayors CoalitionLegislative Policy Summary2014 Legislative Session ‘ January 16, 2014’ The Vermont Mayors Coalition is advocating for state action to support municipalities in the following areas:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Mental Health System Reform‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Statewide Property Tax Reform to Promote Education Cost Containment‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiatives‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Strengthening Vermont’s Downtowns‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Waterway Protection from Stormwater Run-off ‘ Mental Health System ReformThe Vermont Mayors Coalition recognizes that one of the most significant challenges our state faces today is the capacity to provide treatment opportunities and health care delivery systems for members of our communities who suffer from psychiatric illness.’  Our communities are home to many individuals who do not have access to the psychiatric treatment they need due to the limited availability of trained personnel and the overcrowding of our health care facilities.’  In some cases, these individuals can present a significant danger to the public and themselves.’  Additionally, unreasonable demands are being placed on our law enforcement agencies to serve as first responders to situations involving people with psychiatric illness, causing officers not specifically trained as mental health specialists to assume that role.’  While the police have become the de facto mental health workers, our emergency rooms and prisons collectively have become the de facto state hospital.’  The Coalition advocates for improvements to both the capacity and quality of treatment, supporting mental health reform in these areas:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Timely review:’  The judicial review process relating to some psychiatric treatment decisions can take months.’  S.287 would provide patients access to a quicker judicial review process.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Community-based services:’  Increase the effectiveness of these services.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Statewide inpatient capacity:’  Ensure adequate statewide inpatient capacity that is crucial for individuals to receive the treatment they need in the appropriate environment.’  Such capacity also will alleviate the overcrowding of our emergency departments and help our police departments focus on law enforcement.Statewide Property Tax Reform to Promote Education Cost ContainmentPer pupil spending in Vermont has doubled over the past ten years, while the statewide student population has fallen by nearly 20 percent.’ ‘  As stewards of municipal budgets, the members of the Coalition are concerned about the growth of educational spending and the impact it will have on our cities.’  Moreover, we need to increase funding for pre-K education, investment made more difficult based on the rapid growth in K-12 spending.’  The Coalition supports the following initiatives to address the rise in education property taxes:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Create an Administrative Education Cost Reduction Commission with comprehensive administrative consolidation powers and a mandate to find sufficient savings to fund new investment for children ages 0-5 years old.’ ‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Lower the High Spending Threshold to provide a greater incentive for districts that spend above the statewide average to reduce their spending.’ ‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Create a stronger link between increased local spending and tax rates.Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement InitiativesThe Coalition supports the Governor’s call for an all-hands-on-deck effort to address the state’s rising opiate addiction crisis.’  Vermont’s cities have seen substantial increases in property crimes and, as noted by the Governor, the number of Vermonters seeking treatment for opiates has risen dramatically since 2000.’  The Coalition believes that prevention, treatment, and enforcement all are essential elements of this effort.’  Increasing treatment impacts the demand side, and increasing enforcement impacts the supply side.’  The Coalition endorses the Administration’s four-point plan, including:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Increasing treatment across the state through the allocation of more than $1 million in additional resources and support to existing treatment centers ‘ enabling them to alleviate long waiting lists, statewide recovery centers, and substance abuse and mental health treatment services for Reach Up recipients.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Addressing drug addiction within the criminal justice system by promoting timely, evidence-based assessments to identify and help treat those in immediate need.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Promoting stronger and more coordinated law enforcement efforts through a new mapping portal, the reorganization of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Cabinet, full funding of state drug task forces, and strengthening of criminal penalties.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Taking a comprehensive and creative approach to prevention and looking specifically to the positive role that education and medical providers can play in this effort.’ ‘ Strengthening Vermont’s DowntownsThe Vermont way of life is directly tied to healthy downtowns for our municipalities and villages.’  The Coalition supports the following reforms to continue the progress enjoyed in Vermont’s downtowns during the last two decades:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Passage of the Shumlin Administration proposal to increase the $1.7 million cap on the Vermont Downtown & Village Center Tax Credit Program by $500,000, resulting in $2.2 million in available tax credits for historic rehabilitation projects, code improvement projects, and façade improvement projects.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Implementation of the Department of Housing & Community Development’s recommendation (December 15, 2013) to modify the smart growth, mixed use residential jurisdictional thresholds for Downtowns, Growth Centers and Neighborhood Development Areas, resulting in a more streamlined approval process.’ ‘ Waterway Protection from Stormwater Run-offThe Coalition recognizes that phosphorous run-off into Vermont’s lakes and streams is a serious problem that must be addressed more vigorously than it is today.’  The Coalition supports total maximum daily load (TMDL) reform as long as it is:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Effective:’  The new TMDL interventions result in meaningful improvements to water quality.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Fair:’  All Vermonters benefit from healthy lakes and streams and, therefore, all Vermonters should contribute to the stormwater protection system.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  Efficient:’  The state’s finite stormwater protection resources should be expended by consideration of a number of project goals, including:’  significant level of phosphorus reduction; high impact; ability to achieve rapid resolution; and low cost.PHOTO: Vermont’s mayors had prime seating in the House balcony during Governor Shumlin’s State of the State address January 7, 2014. From right, Chris Louras, Rutland; Liz Gamache, St Albans (in red); Thom Lauzon, Barre; John Hollar, Montpelier; and Miro Weinberger, Burlington.Mayor’s Coalition Members:‘ ‘last_img read more

On-campus COVID-19 testing available for returning UVM and Champlain students

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Champlain College,Effort is part of a comprehensive strategy to safely welcome college students to BurlingtonVermont Business Magazine University of Vermont and Champlain College students who are returning to Burlington can get tested for COVID-19 at sites on the UVM campus. The specimen collection is being done in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health, and with the assistance of trained members of the Vermont National Guard.Dedicated testing for UVM students will begin Monday, June 8 and will continue on weekdays through Tuesday, June 16. Champlain College students can be tested on June 9, 11 and 16. Champlain College student testing will be coordinated by Champlain Student Health Center and collected by UVM Student Health Center staff on the UVM campus. Area residents, including students, can get tested by VDH June 3-6 and 17-19. All tests are by appointment only. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all dates.To make an appointment:UVM students: Sign up through the university’s MyWellbeing secure health information portal.Champlain College students: Call the Champlain Student Health Center at 802-860-2711.Area residents: Register online at is external)State of Vermont requirements and Health Department guidelines call for students and others returning from out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days. People who are symptom-free on day 7 of their quarantine can be tested. If the test is negative, they can end their quarantine.Test results are generally available within 24-48 hours. UVM students who test positive will get a call from a UVM or Health Department professional. Those who test negative will get their results via the MyWellbeing portal. Champlain students will hear directly from their medical director. Students will be given further guidance and recommendations for their ongoing care, as well as isolation strategies to keep others safe. The Health Department’s contact tracing team will work with students to identify individuals who may need to be tested and possibly placed under quarantine. Students are advised to keep a log of the people with whom they had close contact, in order to help with any tracing that may be needed.“This partnership between the college and university, and the level of support from the Health Department and members of the National Guard, to protect the health of our students and staff is another important example of what makes our community so special,” said Dr. Michelle Paavola, medical director for UVM’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. “We all have a stake in keeping each other healthy, and I encourage all our students to get tested, to follow physical distancing guidelines and to wear a mask when near others.”Student testing for COVID-19 is part of a comprehensive strategy to promote safety in the community as students return to the city. Working with city officials, UVM and Champlain have also conducted extensive planning and communications to help manage students moving into Burlington apartments in early June. Efforts include student surveys, a live remote event, a special issue of the off-campus newsletter, as well as a Burlington City Council presentation. UVM and Champlain have also been working closely with local, state and federal officials, as part of Vermont’s pandemic response.The City of Burlington—which recognizes that students are a critical part of what makes Burlington such a vibrant and livable community—has been an active partner with the schools, and is appealing to students to follow all the guidelines in order to help keep the community safe.City officials are also offering a supportive quarantine service(link is external) to students, which includes a daily check-in to see if they need help accessing essential supplies like medications or groceries, and the delivery of a care package containing a face mask and other necessary supplies. During the month of June there will be outreach efforts to off-campus students to support them and help them follow the governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe order.For COVID-19 health information and guidance, visit is external).Visit the Health Department’s Traveling to Vermont page: is external)Source: UVM 6.3.2020last_img read more

New Village Shops building should be ‘substantially complete’ in January; Starbucks to open around April

first_imgThe new building is expected to be “substantially complete” by mid-January.If things move forward according to plan, the new building at the Village Shops will be substantially complete in mid-January with the new Starbucks ready to open there around April — and major improvements along Mission Lane set to begin in the spring as well.Lega-C property group’s Kylie Stock on Monday gave the Prairie Village City Council a status report on the projects planned for 2014 at both the Village Shops and Corinth Square as part of the company’s annual update regarding the Community Improvement Districts that are in large part funding the redevelopments.Stock told the council that progress on the new Village Shops building had been delayed by two factors: poor soil that was unsuitable to build upon and a maze of unmapped wastewater lines underneath the site that needed to be accounted for before construction could begin.When the building is complete, Stock said, they company will turn 2,700 square feet of it over to Starbucks for tenant improvements. The company does not have a lease in place yet for the remaining space in the building – though it’s not from lack of interest, Stock said. The company is receiving inquiries on the space frequently, but many of the inquiries have been for restaurants with a concept similar to something already established in the area.“We don’t want something that isn’t going to add something different to the Village,” Stock said.(The company did have a letter of intent from a breakfast and lunch concept to open in the new building, but the deal fell through).Once Starbucks vacates its current space, Lega-C will be able to turn over control of both the Starbuck suite and the suite previously occupied by Dolce to Einstein Bros., which Stock says has a targeted open date of September 2014.The substantial infrastructure improvements along Mission Lane are expected to begin in the spring as well, and are expected to be completed around November 2014. Stock told the council that the planned expansion of Hen House at the Village had been tabled for the moment, but that the Ball family and the property owners would restart discussions on the expansion and possible timing after the first of the year.The total cost of the new building construction at the Village Shops is estimated at $1.7 million. The Mission Lane renovations are budgeted at $2.5 million.Stock also told the council that the property owners are hoping to do a “facelift” on the Hattie’s Coffee building at Corinth in 2014 that would bring the structure more in line with the center’s newly renovated buildings. The facelift would include facade improvements and new signage.last_img read more

Ranch Mart South apartment plan sent back to OP planning commission

first_imgPlans for a 210-unit apartment building just south of the Ranch Mart South shopping center were sent back to the planning commission Monday night after city councilmembers agreed that more work was needed to make the height compatible with the neighborhood.The decision came at the end of a nearly seven-hour council meeting at which two other lengthy discussions were had. But Ranch Mart neighbors gamely waited until after 1 a.m. to have their say. Many of them held bright red yard signs urging the council to put a stop to a project they say will loom over their back yards, end privacy and bring property values down.“In this day and age it’s nearly impossible to get a cohesive group of people to agree on anything,” said Eric Hernandez, whose back yard would abut the project at its highest point. “Apparently all it takes is a seven-story apartment building being proposed right on top of you to accomplish that.”The apartment complex, targeted at “active adults” of over 55 living independently, is the main part of a $55 million project on about 11 acres directly south of the 60-year-old center. Developer EPC Real Estate Group proposed that the building, which varies in height, be erected over the parking garage. An existing street separating the rear of Ranch Mart from the neighborhood would also be eliminated along with a block of mostly unoccupied duplexes in order to make way for the apartments.Neighborhood complaintsRanch Mart South neighbors have organized, created petitions, planted yard signs and even collected over $3,000 for legal fees.The neighborhood of mostly one-story homes lies on the downslope of a hill, which augments the 77-foot highest point of the apartment building. Around 20 neighbors attended the meeting, but comments were limited to a few representatives. Those speakers presented drone pictures they said were taken from the height of the complex looking down into their yards.They also presented statements from neighbors of Overland Parks Avenue 80 and Avenue 81 projects who were unhappy with those projects. “They are living our out greatest fears,” Hernandez said.Neighbors were also critical of the lack of transition between the single-family homes and the density of the apartments, saying city planning guidelines call for a buffer zone between those two types of buildings. “This is not the Metcalf corridor,” said neighbor Ted Beer.Others said they are not anti-change or anti-development, but simply object to this project.Developer’s responseThe project aims to bolster the shopping center while also filling a housing niche for a growing older population in the area, said Austin Bradley, vice president of development with EPC. Bradley said the architects tried to mitigate the height and mass of the project by setting the top floors back and placing green space along the tines of the E-shaped design.Monday he said developers also would be committed to saving 15 mature trees of 60 or 70 feet and adding more at the property lines along with a decorative privacy fence.That did little to assuage neighbors who had launched an organized opposition that includes a 600-signature on-line petition as well as a valid protest petition. “How can you think a few trees will hide this? It is just too big,” said neighbor Tony Medina.Councilmembers would have needed a majority of nine votes to deny the project or 10 to approve it because of the protest petition. But it never got that far. Instead, Councilmember Fred Spears suggested it be sent back to the planning commission, which had narrowly approved it with some reservations about the height.The vote was unanimous, although councilmembers Faris Farassati and Scott Hamblin said they might have voted to deny it altogether.The next time the measure can come up at the council is Jan. 11.last_img read more

National CineMedia’s New NCM/DOOH Group Joins DPAA

first_imgDPAA announced at its annual Video Everywhere Summit that National CineMedia (NCM)’s new NCM/DOOH group has joined the association.Colorado-based National CineMedia (NCM) is the largest cinema advertising network in the U.S., with 20,900 movie screens in more than 1,700 theaters across 190 designated market areas (DMAs), including each of the top 50. NCM Digital goes beyond the big screen, extending in-theater campaigns into online and mobile marketing programs to reach entertainment audiences, and the launch of the NCM/DOOH group will further unite brands with the power of movies and engage movie fans anytime and anywhere.Barry Frey, president and CEO of DPAA, said, “NCM has a very powerful platform that connects brands with movie fans not only in theaters, but via online, mobile and, coming soon, into digital out-of-home locations across the country. We look forward to supporting NCM as a digital player outside the home.”Scott Felenstein, senior vice president and chief revenue officer of NCM, said, “As the media marketplace evolves, NCM plans to continue to diversify our offerings beyond the big screen to reach movie fans and audiences wherever they are, and digital-out-of-home is an important part of our future strategy with our new NCM/DOOH group. We believe that DPAA has much to offer in the way of marketplace insights and networking opportunities, and we look forward to having a seat at the table to work with them to help determine the course of the DOOH industry.”The setting for the announcement, DPAA’s annual global Video Everywhere Summit, is being held as a livestream production over three days from Oct. 13-15, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT each day. Content pillars for the OOH industry’s tentpole event include: 1) Omnichannel and Programmatic, 2) Diversity and Inclusion, and 3) Globalization of Media and Brands, with additional content showcasing the aggressive growth of digital out-of-home advertising.last_img read more