Local resident to continue ‘just living’ in midst of Eddy Street Phase II construction

first_imgAlex Daugherty | The Observer Johnnie Johnson brushes off the stoop outside his house, which stands in the middle of the area Notre Dame announced plans to develop in the second phase of construction on the Eddy Street Commons. Johnson refused to sell his property to the University and Indianapolis-based Kite Realty.The property will remain untouched where it sits on the corner of Napoleon Street and North Eddy Street, but his residence will soon be cushioned by newly constructed townhomes and retail space. “This house stays,” Johnson said. “The plan is to build up to me unless something else happens.”Johnson said he knows better than anyone how desired his property is.“I’ve had cash offers from people in Colorado, Florida, Ohio,” he said. “Some are alumni. Some are just plain developers. Sometimes people just send me a postcard: ‘I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for a month and you don’t even call me back. How can we talk?’ And all this stuff, all mad at me.”Notre Dame has offered to buy his property on “several occasions,” Johnson said. He said he shifts back and forth between accepting the offers and refusing to lose his home — which he originally purchased as a tiny room in 1982 and managed to transform into a 2,500 square foot home.“Some days I do, and some days I don’t,” he said. “I think about Florida, and I think about somewhere warmer.”A certain price tag could persuade him to sell, Johnson said.“[It’s] in my head,” he said. “I won’t even tell anybody, but if somebody’s not close to where I want to be, I’ll just pass it on to my son and grandson.”Johnson said his property is the largest privately owned piece of land within a half-mile of Notre Dame Stadium, occupied by him and ten-year-old Tibetan Terrier, Sprocket.Johnson said he would not disclose the exact amount the University offered him.“The money is out there,” he said. “It’s a lot of money. It’s up there.” Notre Dame and Indianapolis-based Kite Realty recently broke ground on the second phase of Eddy Street in December 2017. This phase includes the construction of a grocery store, a revamped Robinson Learning Center, 22 single-family houses, 17 “flex” units, more than 400 new apartments and 8,500 square feet designated to restaurant space, according to Notre Dame News. Despite the ongoing transformation of Eddy Street, one original feature will remain: Johnnie Johnson’s house. Alex Daugherty | The Observer Johnson’s house, which sits on the corner of Napoleon Street and North Eddy Street, will soon be surrounded by construction related to Eddy Street Commons Phase II.Greg Hakanen, director of the Northeast Neighborhood Redevelopment, said in an email the University’s goal was to “find an arrangement that was acceptable to both parties, including making provision for Mr. Johnson to continue to live in the neighborhood if he wished to do so.” “We made several proposals to build him a new residence in the immediate area, but obviously did not reach agreement,” Hakanen said.Johnson has demonstrated commitment to serving the community of homes around him, Hakanen said.“Johnnie Johnson is an institution in the northeast neighborhood,” Hanaken said. “He takes meticulous care of both the house and the grounds. Over the years he extended himself to elderly neighbors, helping them with homeowner tasks that were difficult for them to address. In short, he is a wonderful neighbor, and we are glad to have him in the neighborhood.”Johnson said he has witnessed these neighbors gradually disappear in the last decade as Notre Dame bought up the properties in northeast neighborhood one by one to develop Eddy Street Commons. He said he watched as a new demographic moved into sparkling townhouses where familiar sights and people used to be. “The most obvious change is that people who bought property around here, some don’t even live here in some of those townhouses and just come for the games,” said Johnson, “They’re super, super expensive, so that literally changed the population — the income and the whole bit.” He said he observed a demographic shift.“Basically it’s the money people that moved in,” he said. “We went from literally Rottweilers to fluffy dogs like Sprocket.”Johnson joked that he would consider selling his house in exchange for Maui. He said, though, it’s impossible to put a price on the love and labor that went into his beloved home of 36 years. Johnson’s decision to stay amidst the expansion of Eddy Street is not about the money, he said. “Some girl came up to me and said, ‘You’re a hero. You didn’t sell to Notre Dame,’” Johnson said. “And I said ‘No, I’m not a hero, I’m just living.’”Tags: Eddy Street Commons, eddy street phase ii, Johnnie Johnson, Notre Dame Stadiumlast_img read more

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Loans, extensions assist members in need during pandemic

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When Wisconsin instituted a stay at home order and schools shifted to online learning, a single father of two who didn’t own a computer had to figure out a way to ensure his children had the tools to continue learning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.“Once the stay at home order was placed and school was postponed for the foreseeable future, I had to purchase a computer, desk, and chair,” the man says.A brewery employee, the man is considered an essential worker. But the overtime he’s used to working has decreased and is affecting his finances.The man is one of many who have gone to UW Credit Union in Madison, Wis., in search of financial assistance.last_img read more

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One killed in car crash in Chemung County

first_imgTOWN OF SOUTHPORT (WBNG) — The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says one person was killed in a one-car crash Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, they say. The sheriff’s office says 69-year-old John J. Pendleton was killed when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on Pennsylvania Avenue in the town of Southport. The sheriff’s office says it believes Pendleton had a “medical episode” which caused him to leave the roadway. New York State Police, Pine City and Southport Volunteer Fire departments and Erway Ambulance responded to the incident.last_img read more

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Environment scheme omission denying farmers ‘increased profitability’ – McConalogue

first_imgThe Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) must be reopened for farmers who have their Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) contracts end in 2018.Those are the calls of Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue on Friday, who said that farmers were being denied ‘increased profitability’ by being omitted from the scheme.Deputy McConalogue explained: “GLAS must be immediately reopened to farmers whose AEOS contracts finished in 2018. “These farmers are being deprived of the opportunity to join the latest agri-environmental scheme GLAS. This is indefensible and denying them increased portability levels, while carrying out additional actions that are conducive with the protection of the environment and climate change mitigation.“It must also be remembered that in 2015, Government said once the scheme was fully opened with 50,000 farmers it would require funding of €250 million per annum.“The government have missed this financial commitment on the scheme in each year over the 2016-2018 period as evidenced in latest PQs, so the finances are there to reopen the scheme.“Secondly, there actually has been a €62 million underspend in the scheme, as of December 2018, so further unused monies are available. “The government must ensure the scheme is immediately opened for these farmers and reopen GLAS,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Environment scheme omission denying farmers ‘increased profitability’ – McConalogue was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHARLIE MCCCONLOGUEDonegal Farmingfarminglast_img read more

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Water outage planned in Falcarragh for new connection works

first_imgFalcarragh residents are being advised that water will be off tomorrow, Tuesday, to facilitate the connection of a new water main.Works are continuing to replace ageing water mains in Falcarragh and progressing as scheduled, according to Irish Water.There will be a planned water outage on Tuesday, 10 December from 10am – 5pm for the next step of the project.  There will be no planned interruptions of this scale again until the New Year, an Irish Water spokesperson said. Homes and businesses in the affected areas may be impacted by water outages and reduced water pressure tomorrow. Following these improvement works, water supply may take 2-3 hours to return as water refills the network.The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.The overall project involves the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.6 kilometres of problematic water mains in Falcarragh, along the Ballintemple Lower with high density polyethylene (plastic) ones.The Falcarragh upgrade scheme is being carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farran’s Construction Ltd and is expected to be completed in January 2020.     Water outage planned in Falcarragh for new connection works was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Struggling Fulham are thrashed at Anfield

first_imgLiverpool 4 Fulham 0Fulham’s poor run continued with a defeat at Anfield, where they were totally overrun.Goals from Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Luis Saurez gave Liverpool a comprehensive victory.Skrtel thumped home on eight minutes after the Whites were unable to clear Gerrard’s corner.Liverpool should have doubled their lead when Suarez pulled the ball back from the right for Daniel Agger, who contrived to shoot over from two yards out.But there was no escape for the visitors when they were split open by Downing’s superb through-ball to Gerrard, who fired beyond Mark Schwarzer.Keeper Schwarzer’s near-post save prevented Suarez making it three shortly before the break and the striker also missed a good chance early in the second half.Downing added the third by cutting inside and shooting past Schwarzer from the edge of the box.And Suarez netted in injury time after being teed up Jose Enrique.Fulham have now won only one of their last 10 matches and the best they could muster was a free-kick from Hugo Rodallega, which was well saved by Pepe Reina.Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Kacaniklic (Rodallega 45), Karagounis, Baird, Richardson (Frei 54), Dejagah, Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs, Tavares.   See also:Liverpool v Fulham player ratingsYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Garden of Hope for HIV/Aids

first_imgThe colourful mural symbolises the liftingof the secrecy that still surroundsHIV/Aids today.(Images: Sanbi)  The recently opened Garden of Hope in the Free State National Botanical Garden has been thoughtfully designed to challenge the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids and offer a tranquil haven for those living with it.More people are affected by HIV/Aids in South Africa than anywhere else in the world.The garden was officially opened in December 2009, with many dignitaries and special guests in attendance. These included representatives from the Botanical Society of South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the provincial Department of Health, and a number of UN employees from branches dealing with HIV/Aids.The event was marked by exuberant music, dance and song provided by the botanical garden’s choir, young violinists from Joe Solomon Primary School, and petite dancers from http://www.namibian.org/travel/namibia/damaraland.htm.The garden’s curator Peter Gavhi, and Zaitoon Rabaney, operations director of the Botanical Society of South Africa, performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony while garden staff lit candles.A chorus of vuvuzelas, South Africa’s noisy but popular plastic trumpets seen at all football matches, sounded for a minute at noon in recognition of those who live with HIV/Aids, and those who have already died from it.Soothing environmentA number of special features make this a place of relaxation and serenity for all visitors, not only those who are HIV-positive. These elements are designed to offer a sensory experience that uplifts and heals.The central water feature stands as a symbol of life and renewal, and is especially significant for the African continent given its frequent droughts and heavy reliance on the precious resource.Three pillars rise from the water. The faces carved into them symbolise the millions of people living with HIV/Aids. Surrounding the circular water feature are two rings of sandstone slabs, which represent the journey of life, and also unity and infinity.Grass surrounds the central area, its lush growth symbolising love, empathy, compassion and support for those living with HIV/Aids.A path of sandstone encircles the grass, signifying life’s hardships and the rocky ground on which people often find themselves.Finally, the garden’s perimeter is divided into two. One half consists of a colourful mural, to bring HIV/Aids out into the open. While there is secrecy there is no hope, and only when the falsehoods and rumours are stamped out can positive action be taken.The other half is a semicircle of honeybell bushes (Freylinia densiflora). This hardy fynbos plant, one of nine Freylinia species all occurring in South Africa, attracts birds and gives off a sweet fragrance that represents the beauty of life.HIV epidemic peakingFigures released in 2009 by the Human Sciences Research Council reveal that in 2008 about 5.2-million South Africans were living with HIV/Aids. The report also revealed that more than 250 000 people died of Aids in that year.While prevalence averages around 11% nationally, the epidemic has peaked, according to national youth HIV-prevention programme loveLife, which released its second annual publication on the status of HIV in South Africa in November 2009.Some groups are more vulnerable than others – prisoners, disabled people, Aids orphans and commercial sex workers are at particular risk of contracting HIV.However, in the past five years the prevalence of HIV among 15- to 24-year-olds has dropped. This also indicates that the rate of new infection has decreased.Haven for flora and faunaThe Free State National Botanical Garden, opened in 1969, is part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s network of gardens around the country.Covering 70ha and situated in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State province, the garden is open every day of the year.About 400 species of plants make their home here. Most species are indigenous to the surrounding areas of the Free State, Lesotho and Northern Cape, such as species of the genus Rhus or karee, white stinkwood (Celtis africana), the magnificent Orange River lily (Crinum bulbispermum), white and orange wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus) and many medicinal plants.The vast area provides shelter for 124 bird, 54 reptile and 49 mammal species.The garden also contains an interesting fossil tree trunk of the species Dadoxylon arberi, which flourished in the Harrismith district and is estimated to be between 150- and 300-million years old. D. arberi is an ancient member of the extinct Cordaites genus of trees that were the forerunners of today’s conifers and ferns.More examples of this extinct specimen can be seen in the Petrified Forest of Damaraland in northern Namibia.last_img read more

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More Competition for Amazon’s Kindle: Barnes & Noble Partners with Irex

first_imgAll the major eBook vendors are currently trying to expand their eBook and eReader line-ups as fast as possible in order to compete with Amazon. Today, Barnes & Noble announced that it has partnered with Irex Technologies, a Dutch eReader manufacturer. B&N will sell Irex’s new consumer-focused device in its stores and online later this year. B&N already signed a deal with Plastic Logic earlier this year. Irex already offers a number of different eReaders in its store, but this device looks to be specifically designed to take on the Kindle. It will feature an 8.1-inch touchscreen with stylus navigation and a 3G wireless connection.We featured a longer discussion about Irex’s plans in an interview with the company’s CEO Hans Brons earlier this year. During this interview, Brons stressed that Irex was focused on the business market but was also planning to expand into the consumer market if the right partners came around. With B&N, Irex now has a major partner to expand in the US market. In the press release about this partnership, B&N’s president William J. Lynch and Irex’s North American CEO Kevin Hamilton both stressed that the two companies “share a distinctive, open view of the eReader market.” 3G ConnectivityGiven that the Irex reader will feature a 3G wireless connection, B&N looks to be in a very good position to compete with the Kindle. While we confirmed with Irex that the new eReader that B&N will use will indeed have 3G wireless connectivity, neither Irex nor B&N were ready to confirm which wireless carrier in the US will power the wireless connectivity. Currently, the ability to download and sync books wirelessly is one of the Kindle’s real advantages over other readers. The mock-ups of the new Irex reader look very good, and B&N currently offers a wider variety of eBooks than Amazon at similar price points. Sony also just announced its new line-up of readers for the holidays and the company is set to announce yet another new product later this week (possibly a reader with wireless connectivity as well). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts frederic lardinois Tags:#E-Books#news#NYT#web last_img read more

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Church wedding serves as an inspiration for Barroca

first_imgRead Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Racela admits TNT failed to prepare for Barroca, Melton For the past five games, Marc Barroca was quite passive in the offensive end for Magnolia.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His only double-digit scoring game came against Phoenix in the Hotshots’ 97-91 victory and, prior to meeting TNT Saturday, was averaging a dismal 5.17 points a game.Barroca, though, stepped it up against the KaTropa, scoring a conference-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting as he led the Hotshots to a 91-83 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it wasn’t just the need to fill in for the injured Paul Lee, who suffered a left ankle sprain in the third quarter, that lit a fire under him.What made a difference is an upcoming life-changing event in his life. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I think that was one of my motivation because I’ve been waiting for so long for a church wedding,” said Barroca, who is set have a church wedding on February 12. in Filipino at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “So I really offered this game and the Best Player award for our wedding.”Barroca, technically, is already married to his wife Ruselle but the two are yet to exchange vows in front of a minister.The point guard said he and Ruselle have been together for six years already and he took the time to prepare for their church ceremony, which would be a celebration of their anniversary.He added that it was better to have the wedding two days before Valentine’s Day because “no one might attend the ceremony.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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2011 ACT Super League Finals

first_imgIt will be a big day of Touch Football at the West Belconnen Leagues Club, with the semi finals and grand finals to take place on the day, followed by the Presentation Night. In the Men’s division, the Riteway Northern Phoenix finished the season on top of the ladder, with seven wins from their nine games, followed by the Woden Eagles with six wins, the Tuggeranong Vikings with five wins, with Canberra City in fourth place. In the qualifying finals at 1.00pm, the Phoenix will meet Canberra City while the Eagles will play the Vikings, with the winners progressing through to the final at 4.00pm.In the Women’s division, the Vikings finished on top of the ladder following the nine round games, with six wins, two losses and one draw. In second place are Canberra City, followed by the Eagles and the Phoenix respectively. In the Women’s qualifying finals at 12.00pm, the Vikings will meet the Phoenix while Canberra City will play the Eagles. The two winners will play in the final at 3.00pm. In the 16’s Mixed division, the Phoenix finished the regular season on top of the ladder, closely followed by Canberra City, both with six wins, two losses and a draw throughout the season. The Vikings finished in third place, followed by the Eagles. The 16’s Mixed division qualifying finals will be played at 11.00am and will see Canberra City take on the Vikings, while the Phoenix will play the Eagles. The winners will play in the grand final at 2.00pm. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 Super League finals day, visit the Touch Football ACT website – www.acttouch.com.au – which will have the latest results and match reports from the day. You can also keep up-to-date with all of the latest results by visiting the Touch Football ACT Facebook page, which can be found by clicking on this link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-ACT/109132380487 The TFA YouTube Channel will also have highlights from the finals uploaded to the site, which will be able to be viewed at www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus.last_img read more

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