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Everything you need to know about Birdapalooza

first_img Please enter your name here Reply Reply Hey Reg, How rich we are to have such a rich variety of bird life in the area of Apopka. One of my favorite birds is old iron head, or the black headed stork, or as he is commonly known, the wood stork. He is ugly to the extreme, and stodgy, and beautiful in his own way. I have videotaped the wood stork eating a fish that was larger than his head. Well, his efforts had to count for something. Keep up the fine work, Charles Towne Wildlife Festival starts today, Birdapalooza begins on SaturdayWelcome to the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza!The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza is a weekend event that is perfect for birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. You can add to your life list while exploring a unique birding area. Today and Sunday, participate in field trips on the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore property and other nearby sites, sponsored by Orange Audubon Society.  Trips will search for as many as possible of the 360+ species documented, plus recently sighted rarities.Timing is perfect to see a multitude of overwintering and resident species.On Saturday enjoy the free Birdapalooza Festival, now in its 5th year.  At Birdapalooza, you can observe bird banding, take a guided bus ride and/or guided hike to see additional birds, and check out exhibits, live animal displays, music, nature-inspired merchandise sales and food trucks.What is Birdapalooza? A celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home on the north shore of Lake Apopka, Florida’s fourth-largest lake, including:Free birding/nature tours of the Lake Apopka North Shore area led by veteran guidesNature photography hikeLive entertainmentVendors and exhibitors specializing in outdoor recreation, birding gear and old Florida crafts and productsFood trucks and other refreshmentsThe restoration of Lake Apopka is beginning to take hold. Bird surveys show that more than 360 different species of birds have been identified in the Lake Apopka North Shore, more species than can be found at any inland site in the state of Florida.Quickly and quietly, the Lake Apopka North Shore has developed a reputation among birding enthusiasts nationwide as a great place to spot rare and spectacular birds, including:Raptors: Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Swallow-tailed Kites and Northern Harrier hawksWading birds: Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Snowy Egrets and Purple GallinulesWaterfowl: Anhingas, Ring-necked Ducks and Mottled Ducks. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Great egret Charles Towne January 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm Try saying that fast 10 times……………. Mama Mia Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 3 COMMENTS Reply TAGSBirdapalooza Previous articleBusiness Development Series presents Social Media SeminarNext articleArrests in Pine Hills on the R.I.S.E. Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BIRDAPOPKAPALOOZA ! Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom January 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter January 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Limerick meeting to force action on housing crisis

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick meeting to force action on housing crisisBy Alan Jacques – October 29, 2015 1168 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Twitter Email WhatsApp Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleSpooktacular CompetitionNext articleOpinions divided over abortion pill bus Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up RENTS in Limerick are going through the roof. The housing waiting list is getting longer. And less social houses are being built, it has been claimed.A meeting will take place in Pery’s Hotel this Thursday, October 29, at 8pm to address the housing crisis and these specific issues.A teenage boy whose family was recently homeless while he was doing his Leaving Cert will speak openly about his own experiences. Jackie Bonfield of Mid West Simon Community and the Anti Austerity Alliance’s general election candidate for Limerick City, Cllr Cian Prendiville, will also speak at this free event.Cllr Prendiville feels those suffering the most from the housing crisis are being ignored. However, he believes, the water charges movement is proof that by standing together, the Government can be forced to take notice.“Rents in Limerick are going through the roof, as the housing waiting list gets longer and longer. Despite a lot of hot air, the Government still refuses to take real action on housing. They have built less social houses than any government for 45 years,” said Cllr Prendiville.“The Government has allowed the market to hold back the supply of homes and push up the prices. While over 5,000 families are on the housing list in Limerick, so far this year only 10 social houses have been built,” he added.This, the City North representative maintains, has given landlords a golden opportunity to drive up rents, while the Government refuse to implement rent controls.“With one quarter of the TDs in the Dail landlords themselves, is it any wonder?” he asked.According to Cllr Prendiville, Thursday night’s meeting is hoped to be the launch of a campaign to demand immediate action on the housing and rent crisis.“The AAA have helped coordinate protests and occupations of vacant and NAMA properties, to demand real action. We want to build a similar campaign here in Limerick to demand rent controls, and the right to a home for all,” he concluded. Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleHousinglimerickMid West Simon CommunityNAMAPery’s Hotel RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Highlights and fights: the 5 biggest Ithaca development stories of 2018

first_imgPlans to redevelop Old Library site into senior housing move forward – Plans to turn Ithaca’s old library site on Cayuga and Court streets into senior housing are moving along. After a few quiet months, last week the developer announced it has partnered with Bridges Cornell Heights, a local senior living provider. The Ithaca VoiceDemolition of Tompkins Old Library will start soon – After years of debate and vacancy, the former Tompkins County library on the corner of Cayuga and Court streets will begin to come down piece by piece soon. The Ithaca VoiceHundreds sign letter opposing demolition of Old Library without asbestos removal first – More than 200 people have signed on to a letter requesting that Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and the City of Ithaca take emergency action to make sure asbestos is removed from the Old Library building before it is demolished. The Ithaca VoiceMayor to leverage tax abatement to get further asbestos investigation at Old Library – Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick promised a crowd of about 50 on Thursday that he would withhold his recommendation for a tax abatement for the Travis Hyde Properties development of the Old Library site until asbestos removal plans are reevaluated. The Ithaca VoiceOld Library demolition to start Monday, despite continued asbestos concerns – The demolition of the former Tompkins County Library building at the corner of Cayuga and Court streets is slated to start Monday, Dec. 3, despite public outcry over planned asbestos abatement procedures. The Ithaca Voice Varna’s Vagaries Historic Preservation: A boon, or a burden? The Saga of the Green Street Garage Brian Crandall A Strange Situation for The Nines – It’s been an odd and perhaps awkward few months for 311 College Ave., informally known by its occupant, The Nines. Like smoke from the fires it crews once fought, its future appears to be up in the air. The Ithaca VoiceA final stand: The Nines owners, landmark commission taking opposite sides in historic designation vote tonight – Longtime Ithaca business owners Mark and Shirley Kielmann want to retire and spend more time with their daughter and grandchildren. A Commons Council vote Wednesday night will determine if they’re able to do that soon or if they have to sideline their retirement, possibly by years. The Ithaca VoiceNo historic designation for The Nines in Collegetown, Mayor Svante Myrick breaks tie – The public opinion expressed Wednesday night was clear: Ithacans love The Nines but are happy to see co-owners Mark Kielmann and Harold Schultz retire with a nest egg they invested in 38 years ago. The Ithaca VoiceHistoric protection sought for former Bus Terminal – With the planned closure of the Ithaca Greyhound Bus Terminal at 710 W. State St., one of the more common questions we’ve received here at The Ithaca Voice is whether the building is historically protected as an individual city landmark. The answer is no, but the city is trying to change that. The Ithaca Voice Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall Looking for more recaps? Be sure to look at “2018 in Review: A Year in Photos” that show the photos that told some of the biggest stories of the year.  Tagged: 2018 in review, cornell university, east hill village, green street garage redevelopment, historic preservation, North Campus Residential Expansion, old library, the nines, Varna Trinitas hopes to obtain approval by next spring. Construction would start shortly thereafter, with full completion expected in Fall 2020. Student housing developer plans open house in Varna – Varna residents, mark your calendars: a student housing developer is eying the community for a potential development, and would like to have an open house meeting on Monday to determine what the hamlet is and isn’t comfortable with. The Ithaca VoiceIs Varna’s future going according to plan? – Anecdotally speaking, Varna is a favorite for the uninitiated but aspiring developers of the Tompkins County real estate scene. At a glance, it checks off a lot of boxes. Then they get around to proposing their project in Varna. The general advice is this – tread carefully. The Ithaca VoiceResidents rebuff Trinitas’ Townhome plans – At a meeting of the Dryden Town Board Aug. 16, Trinitas presented its plans for a new housing development in the Hamlet of Varna and was met with very little enthusiasm from members of the public and local lawmakers. The Ithaca TimesOne of the largest proposals ever to have come forth in Dryden’s town lines received conceptual approval late last month – but actual site plan approval is contingent on meeting some stipulations set forth by the town board. The Ithaca VoiceTrinitas submits $50 million Varna proposal for town review – With the sketch plan concept greenlighted, and the town’s stipulations for approval made clear, it was Trinitas Ventures’ decision whether or not to move forward. It appears that they’re giving it a shot, though some of the components will be up for debate. The Ithaca Voice The city opted to seek the services of a third-party structural engineer, who also deemed the building unstable, and so THP’s “controlled” demolition plan was allowed to proceed. Driving by today, demolition continues, and some neighbors have sealed up their porches and windows in plastic wrap, the lack of faith in the city and developer as clear as the plastic around their doors. The owners of the Nines wanted to retire, close up the 40-year-old restaurant and sell the building to fund their golden years. However, as demonstrated by a (now canceled) proposal from Visum Development Group, most of those potential buyers want to redevelop the site, and landmark protection would have put very restrictive measures in place that would have greatly reduced the price the owners could ask for. Suddenly, the owners’ retirement nest egg looked a lot more uncertain. On the other hand, 311 College Ave. is also a rare throwback to the early days of Collegetown, and a beloved structure among the apartments and boarding houses of Collegetown. On East Hill, Cornell moved forward with long-brewing plans to add to its campus housing stock and house more of its expanding student population with the addition of more than 2,000 new dormitory beds for its North Campus housing, allowing the university to house (and mandate) all freshman and sophomore students in campus-owned facilities. The proposal has not been without controversy. While the addition of the new housing has been generally welcomed in supply-strapped Tompkins County, concerned have been raised about the new buildings’ energy sources. The structures are designed to tap into Cornell’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system that heats and powers most of its main campus, but the CHP system relies on natural gas as its primary energy source. Cornell has stressed that more renewable sources are in the pipeline and the plan is to have all their energy be renewable by 2035, but that far-flung timeline has not been welcome news to many local environmental advocates. A rendering of the NCRE’s sophomore village. (Provided image) Cornell releases details on 2,000 bed expansion – The gears are finally turning on Cornell University’s massive North Campus dormitory expansion. The town of Ithaca will preview the plans tonight at its Planning Board meeting. The Ithaca VoiceCornell readies massive dorm project for review – It’s one of the largest projects in Tompkins County history, and it looks like its ready to begin the arduous task of site plan review – Cornell has submitted the filings for its approximately 2,000 bed dormitory project, and the city of Ithaca Planning Board is expected to declare itself lead agency for environmental review at its meeting Tuesday night. The Ithaca VoiceCommunity members question energy impacts of Cornell’s North Campus Residential Expansion – Cornell University’s proposal to add 2,000 beds to campus with the North Campus Residential Expansion project has been moving forward. On Tuesday, more than 30 community members showed up to the Town of Ithaca Planning Board meeting to dig into the project’s energy plan. The Ithaca VoiceCornell’s North Campus expansion clears environmental review hurdle – The City of Ithaca’s Planning and Development Board declared Tuesday that Cornell’s North Campus Residential Expansion project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact, clearing the way for the project to move forward. The Ithaca Voice It became a debate over historic value versus personal property rights and expectations, and there was no easy answer. Common Council seemed to agree, splitting 5-5 on historic designation, with the mayor quickly casting a tie-breaking vote to deny the landmarking. For what sting the defeat might have brought, there were some notable positives this year for historic protections of local buildings – the Tibbets-Rumsey house at 310 W. State St. has been saved and is being turned into a housing co-op, and as of the start of 2019, the former train depot and Greyhound bus station at 710 West State Street is now an individual historic landmark. Not all of the bid development news has been confined to Ithaca. Over in Dryden, debate continues over “The Village at Varna,” a 550-bed proposal from Trinitas Ventures, which specializes in student housing. The proposal has proven highly controversial, with many Varna residents expressing serious concerns over its scale, number of rental units, and whether a student-oriented developer can design something that appeals to a broader population beyond students. Still, the Dryden town board has been willing to entertain the proposal; concept plan approval was given in October, with a number of stipulations regarding project size, unit features and overall project features. Trinitas has submitted paperwork indicate how they intend to meet those stipulations, but whether the two sides agree will be something to be discussed in site plan review next year. This time, four proposals came in, each with their own pros and cons. Through scoring of features and weighing of each submission’s pros and cons, the four entries were whittled down to two by the end of October. Finally, a preferred developer, the Vecino Group with their Asteri Ithaca proposal, was selected by the IURA. At this point, the city and Vecino are in a 90-day exclusive negotiation period, but should the city find Vecino’s plans are no longer feasible or to their liking, they can always give a second look to the runner-up proposal jointly submitted by Visum Development and Newman Development. Advocates for historic preservation will look back on 2018 as something of a mixed bag. The first half of the year was dominated by the debate over the future of 311 College Ave., a former fire station better known by its longstanding restaurant owner-occupant, “The Nines.” Since some reflection is healthy, let’s take a look at the five biggest stories of the past year. THP’s approach was to then change their asbestos abatement plan from, “contained” abatement” in which the building is sealed up in a plastic bubble and the asbestos is removed before the structure is demolished, to a “controlled” abatement, which involves tearing the condemned building down as-is and using water hoses to suppress any potential airborne dust. That hasn’t sat well with neighborhood residents and local environmental activists, including Toxics Targeting’s Walter Hang, who circulated a petition calling for the building to be renovated and re-stabilized to allow the original asbestos abatement plan to take place. The Old Library Debate Continues My, what strange paths some plans weave. In the fall of 2017, developer Jeff Rimland, working with Peak Campus, proposed a massive mixed-use project that would rebuild the decaying city-owned Green Street Garage along with hundreds of apartments, conference center space and other amenities. At the insistence of some city staff and officials, the proposal was slowed so that a Request For Proposals (RFP) could be issued. At the time that RFP period closed, there was only one submission, Rimland/Peak. However, at the meeting where the IURA was to declare Rimland/Peak the preferred developer, there was a major public outcry over what was felt to be an insufficient amount of time for the RFP, and so the city decided to give it one more try. The Cornell plans are still in the review process, with the city planning board having declared the environmental review satisfactory with adequate mitigation measures in place or proposed as part of the project. Cornell’s goal is to obtain site plan approval in early 2019 and begin construction next summer for the completion of phase one in 2021, and phase two in 2022. Tompkins County sold off the former library to preferred developer Travis Hyde Properties in Fall 2017, and then…the site went quiet for a while. Developer Frost Travis announced a partnership with local senior care provider Bridges, but site preparation got underway several months later than first anticipated, and when it did, there was a major problem – consulting engineers deemed the roof structurally unstable and in response to the engineers’ report, the city’s building division condemned the building in September. ITHACA, N.Y. — As another year comes to a close, we have another year to reflect on Ithaca’s development. 2018 continued the trends of the past few years – economic and population growth have led to development being a hot conversation topic in coffee shops and around office water coolers. The Old Library debate has been running for years, but new issues have continued to arise. City receives one application for Green Street Garage Redevelopment – With the deadline for applications passed, it looks like it won’t be much of a competition for naming a preferred developer of the Green Street Garage – only one submission, the proposal first shown by Ithaca Properties LLC last autumn, was filed. The Ithaca VoiceAmid public outcry, Green Street Garage RFP reopened – In an unexpected turn of events, the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Green Street Garage was reopened last Thursday at the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency’s monthly meeting. The Ithaca VoiceFirst look: Four choices in Green Street Garage redevelopment – The time to work on submissions has closed for the Green Street Garage redevelopment. After having their qualifications approved by the end of May, four competing groups went forward with designing their plans for what they would do if awarded preferred developer status. The Ithaca VoiceFinal proposals in hand, city to decide on preferred Green Street Garage developer this week – It’s going to be a big week for the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency. The board is poised to select its preferred developer for the Green Street Garage at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in City Hall. The Ithaca VoiceIURA chooses Vecino Group as preferred Green Street Garage developer – The Vecino Group has been selected as the preferred developer for the Green Street Garage Project. The Ithaca Voice Cornell Thinks Big(ger) last_img read more

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Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Debut New Single With Christian McBride [Listen]

first_imgJennifer Hartswick shows off her considerable talents as both a vocalist and a trumpet player on “You Can’t Take It Back”, her new single with musical partner Nick Cassarino. The new track, which is slated to appear on the pair’s forthcoming album Nexus, finds the Trey Anastasio Band member and the Nth Power frontman teaming up with renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride.“You Can’t Take It Back” was released along with a music video that showcases Hartswick and Cassarino doing what they do best: making beautiful music in the studio and on the stage. The lovely tune keeps its cards close for the first few minutes before exploding into a joyful sound that belies its melancholy lyrics. Suffice to say, this treat has us excited for the full record, which is due out later this year.Hartswick and Cassarino will embark on a spring tour later this month that is slated to bring them through parts of the Midwest and East Coast before wrapping up with a pair of dates on the West Coast at the end of may. Give their new single below:Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino – “You Can’t Take It Back”[Video: Jennifer Hartswick]Click below for a full list of Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino’s upcoming tour dates. For more information on the project, head to Hartswick’s website.Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Upcoming Tour Dates:3.22 Chicago, IL – Martyr’s3.23 Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub3.24 St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy3.27 Nashville, TN – City Winery3.28 Atlanta, GA – Eddie Attic3.29 Charleston, SC – The Pour House3.30 Charlotte, NC – Heist Brewery 3.31 Asheville, NC – Isis Music Hall4.3 Washington DC – Pearl Street Warehouse4.4 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live4.5 Boston, MA – City Winery4.6 New York, NY – Rockwood 24.7 St. Johnsbury, VT – Fuller Hall (w/ Christian McBride)5.17 Los Angeles, CA – The Mint5.19 Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay CasinoView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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