Japan looks to turn area around Fukushima into renewable energy hub FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nikkei Asian Review:Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, devastated during the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, is looking to transform itself into a renewable energy hub, Nikkei has learned.A plan is under way to develop 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants in the prefecture, on farmlands that cannot be cultivated anymore and mountainous areas from where population outflows continue.The total cost is expected to be in the ballpark of 300 billion yen, or $2.75 billion, until the fiscal year ending in March 2024.The government-owned Development Bank of Japan and private lender Mizuho Bank are among a group of financiers that have prepared a line of credit to support part of the construction cost.The power generation available is estimated to be about 600 megawatts, or equivalent to two-thirds of a nuclear power plant. The produced electricity will be sent to the Tokyo metropolitan area.The plan also envisions the construction of an 80-km wide grid within Fukushima to connect the generated power with the power transmission network of Tokyo Electric Power Co. That part of the project is expected to cost 29 billion yen.More: Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7bn wind and solar power hub
Josh Young led every lap of the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. Trevor Grossenbacher got the lead with seven laps left and held off Jason Danley for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers. Cole Wayman won for the second straight week in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Jeff Ware notched another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory with a huge run to the front on the final circuit. Austin Svoboda won the IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth) EAGLE, Neb. (July 4) – Austin Svoboda took advantage of an early restart, getting the lead and eventually the Saturday night IMCA Modified feature win at Eagle Raceway. Anthony Roth took over second late in the contest, with Clint Homan and Aaron Pella rounding out the top four. By Greg Soukup
falls of the ohio state parkClarksville, In. — Falls of the Ohio State Park is inviting people to the ocean in the middle of the Midwest.The park is launching “Marine Life of Today and Yesterday,” a series of programs that will take place at the park’s interpretive center beginning Saturday, Dec. 29 and running until June 2019.Some programs are geared to adults and high school/college students, though the Family Nature Club and Meet the Paleontologist programs are appropriate for children. The standard admission fee applies for the programs unless otherwise noted. The programs, dates and times are listed below:Dec. 29, 2 p.m.: Climate change and coral reefsJan. 6, 2019, 2 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Fossil Fish Tales (Free)Jan. 12, 2 p.m.: Geology of the OceanJan. 20, 2 p.m.: Family Nature Club – Coral Reefs ($2 program fee for children only)Feb. 3, 2 p.m.: Meet the Marine Biologist – So you want to study the ocean? (Free)Feb. 24, 2 p.m.: Coral Reef Geology and Mass ExtinctionsMarch 3, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Ordovician – what fossils tell us (Free)March 24, 2 p.m.: Geology and the Evolution of Marine LifeApril 7, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Silurian – what fossils tell us (Free)April 21, 2 p.m.: Mass Extinctions and Ocean LifeMay 19, 3 p.m.: Family Nature Club – Making a fossil collection ($2 program fee for children only)May 26, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Devonian – what fossils tell us (Free)June 30, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Mississippian – what fossils tell us (Free)Programs will be presented by Alan Goldstein or Dr. Dominique Hansen. Goldstein has been an interpretive naturalist and paleontologist at the park for 25 years. Hansen, marine biologist and naturalist, is a graduate of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia and has extensive experience diving and researching coral reef geology, ecology and effects of climate change.Falls of the Ohio State Park is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.
In January of last year, Frontier Development had another proposal before the Middletown Planning Board for the construction of a drive-thru Starbucks at the same location.That development would have been a one-story building covering 2,366 square feet of space on the property.At the Jan. 6, 2016 planning board meeting, the proposal was not heard. A letter in Sept. 2016 from attorney Martin A. McGann, Jr., who represented Frontier Development prior to retirement, said the application for the Starbucks had been withdrawn, and requested all escrow funds be transferred to the current proposal.Frontier Development is currently represented by Rick Brodsky, a lawyer with Ansell, Grimm & Aaron, PC, based in Ocean Township. Brodsky served on the Middletown Township committee from 1996 to 2003, and was mayor in 1998. He could not be reached for comment.The property was first developed in 1958, according to Monmouth County public records. In 2017, the property was valued at just over $1.1 million.Recent businesses operating there have included Middletown Florist, Middletown Lawn and Garden Center and Capelli Farms.This article was first published in the April 27-May 4, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – A former gardening center on a Route 35 island is being eyed by a developer as a future shopping destination.The property, located at 861 Route 35 North, is owned by WSJW, Walling, General Partners, of Atlantic Highlands. The property is the largest of four lots on the island. Neighbors include a Liberty Travel agency, a BP gas station and a Dunkin’ Donuts.Frontier Development LLC, a Miami-based development company, is seeking major site plan approval from the Middletown Planning Board to raze the existing outdoor center and construct an approximate one story, 5,040-square-foot shopping center on the less than 1-acre lot.The retail center would house one to three tenants and would have 34 parking spaces, according to the applicant. The plan needs approval from the planning board because Frontier is seeking nine different variances for the property.Included in those variances are setback distances from the highway, necessary illumination and four different approvals for the number of and square footage of sign areas on the site.Frontier will seek approvals for all variances at the proposal’s public hearing on May 3. (Update: The application has been carried to the June 7 meeting)According to additional documents from the planning board proposal, the Township Environmental Commission has listed a number of concerns for the property. They are seeking soil tests due to pesticide use, considering the site’s former use. The commission also is concerned that the additional runoff from the project would be too much for the existing New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) sewer system.
By Chris Rotolo |RUMSON – Murphy’s Tavern on Ward Lane, which came to life as a secluded gin-mill speakeasy, is preparing to mark 100 years since Prohibition.The saloon, located at the end of a driveway in a residential neighborhood, is a link to a nefarious moment in the Two River area’s past when smugglers and rumrunners navigated the twists and turns of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers using the cover of darkness to drop shipments of “wet goods” during the dry times of Prohibition-era America.“Where this place is situated and the surrounding geography of the area is a huge part of why it was able to endure,” said Robb McMahon, who owns the bar with friend and business partner Heather Vena Racioppi.They believe the underground speakeasy began illegally serving booze to law-breaking locals shortly after the 18th Amendment was ratified by a Utah in 1919. The business partners are planning a celebration to recognize the anniversary in the New Year.The story of the once secret, subterranean saloon makes for good conversation and, during a Nov. 27 interview with The Two River Times, McMahon is enjoying the storytelling from behind an oak bar.McMahon says if the surrounding residences weren’t blocking his shot, he’s fairly certain he could chuck a rock from the entrance of Murphy’s to the nearby riverfront. Or at least he could have back in his Little League days.The entrance to what is now the borough’s public boat launch sits about 200 feet from the bar’s location, which is designated with a sign on the home’s cream colored siding reading “Murphy’s – Since Prohibition.”In the basement of a Ward Lane residence near the Navesink River is Murphy’s Tavern, a former speakeasy. Photo by Chris RotoloThe boat launch overlooks a naturally formed cove, with a marsh-covered island situated between the Rumson riverfront and a patch of Hartshorne Woods that includes a portion of Mount Mitchill’s scenic overlook.“The coverage from the woods was key. The water access was key. Just look at what we have today in the Seastreak (Ferry). You’re in and out of New York City much quicker over the water than by rail. And when you’re doing something illegal, it’s a lot safer traveling by water,” McMahon added.In November 1918, the U.S. Congress passed a temporary Wartime Prohibition Act, banning the sale of beverages with an alcohol content greater than 1.28 percent. It was an attempt to preserve grain supplies for troops battling in World War I.In December 1918 the U.S. Senate proposed the 18th Amendment, effectively establishing the prohibition of intoxicating liquors, followed by Congress passing the Volstead Act in October 1919, which defined those liquors and the penalties against those who produced and sold them.By the time the country officially went dry Jan. 17, 1920, Murphy’s was well established near the banks of the Navesink.The Ward Lane establishment was also a mere seven-minute stroll from the police station, then located on Center Street.“Let’s just say, back then, the owners were only worried about the federal government knocking on their door and this was small potatoes compared to the likes Al Capone, Tommy Lucchese and Dutch Schultz. They weren’t really worried about the Murphy’s,” McMahon said. “But this wasn’t the only place to have an operation.”In 1923 one man was shot and killed, six others were hospitalized and seven more were jailed following a gun fight on the streets of Atlantic Highlands between a band of bootleggers and a gang of highjacking rum pirates.In 1924 George F. Grause was arrested in a raid with 20 other men for selling illegal spirits in the hidden backroom of a Red Bank haunt. Later that year the U.S. Coast Guard launched a sting operation off the coast of Monmouth Beach and seized a million dollars’ worth of product from a British vessel named the Frederick B.Holmdel resident James Maher stored a whiskey still in his attic, accessed by a staircase behind a removable panel in the closet of his daughter’s bedroom at their Hop Brook Farm home. In 1923 he designed a process to transform cider from his family’s lush orchards into apple jack and laid out a drive-through pathway for locals to purchase a bottle at his backdoor and motor off without detection. The still was discovered in 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed.Vena-Racioppi said structurally and cosmetically the tavern has changed, but the partners have never wanted to create a caricature of the era. “The last cosmetic redo we did, we made sure not to make a Prohibition them park out of it like so many others in the area have. We didn’t have to do that,” she added.Vena-Racioppi said originally the bar top ran along a wall where a 1950s shuffle board table now rests. The room itself was completely open back in the 1920s, with just a couple of booths located on the opposite wall.The new bar top is an L-shape, opening much of the room up to patrons. Photos from the 1940s hang around the room, as does a jackelope head, a couple of dart boards and modern jukebox.“This is a room that’s been around for about a century now. There wasn’t much we had to do, because it’s already from the Prohibition era. It’s already authentic. We just had to acknowledge the history and make it a little more accommodating in the process. People have responded really well,” Vena-Racioppi added.The tavern serves handcrafted cocktails, wine by the glass and bottle, and both bottled and draft beer. They also have a small snack menu with pizza, bar items like pigs in a blanket, and specialty French fries, including the quintessentially New Jersey Pork Roll Fries, crispy strips of Taylor Ham served with ketchup and cheese sauce.Murphy’s Tavern is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and features Friday happy hours from 6 to 8 p.m. with live music. They will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. to coincide with the New Year in Dublin.For more information on the New Year’s Eve party and other special events visit murphystavernrumson.com. The bar is located at 17 Ward Lane.This article was first published in the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Earlier this month the team traveled to the Lower Mainland where they took part in the BCIHL University Showcase. The Saints beat both Trinity Western and the University of Victoria, but fell 4-3 to SFU in an entertaining game that was decided in a shootout.“The showcase gave us a good opportunity to get a focused look at where we are at this point in the season,” says Heaven.“All three games featured excellent hockey and our guys showed that we can win on any given night. There were also a lot of scouts in the stands taking a look at how our players might fit into another program once they graduate from Selkirk College. Our guys certainly gave them something to think about.”The trio of Dallas Calvin, Jamie Vlanich and Ryan Edwards continue to lead the way offensively for the Saints. All three West Kootenay-raised forwards are in the top-five of league scoring, but Heaven says the team’s depth is what stands out.“It’s fun to watch these young men perform on the ice,” says Heaven.“But championship teams are not built with one line or three individual players. It’s a luxury as a coach to be able to roll four lines and know that every single player has the ability to make an important contribution each time they are out there. Most importantly, our play in our own zone has been developing well, we are fortunate to have such a strong defensive core and great goaltending.”Trinity Western currently sits third in the league, but are last season’s defending regular season champions. Heaven expects an entertaining game on Friday night.“When we played them earlier this month, it was a great battle,” says Heaven.“They have one of the top goaltenders in the league [Silas Matthy] who is able to withstand our constant attack on offence. It took a powerplay goal by Ashton McLeod midway through the third period to get the win. I’m expecting another great game and this will be an important test as we make our way to the playoffs.”The BCIHL post-season begins on the March 11-13 weekend. Friday night’s game at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre begins at 7 p.m. The Selkirk College Saints pursuit of a fourth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title begins in earnest Friday against the Trinity Western Spartans.With the second semester of play underway, the three-time defending league champions begin a string of five straight home games at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre where they hope to get a firm grasp on the top seed heading into the post-season.“This team certainly has what it takes to become champions once again,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“There’s still plenty of work to be done and we are going to get better, but we have put ourselves in a great position to compete with any team in this league.”The Saints currently sit one point back of Simon Fraser University (SFU) for first place in the BCIHL standings.The team is coming off a big 7-3 Saturday night win against Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington where the powerplay got hot with five goals on seven opportunities.