Westwood governing body candidates on the issues: Next steps for ‘The 47’

first_imgA rendering of a proposed bike lane on 47th Street produced by BikeWalkKC.Last month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for local office address ahead of this fall’s local elections primary. Based on the input we received, we developed a three-item questionnaire for candidates running for governing body in Westwood.Today we publish the candidates’ responses to item one:Westwood, Roeland Park and KCK have been collaborating on ways to continue revitalization of the 47th Street corridor for a few years now. What next steps do you think are most crucial to that initiative? Why?MayorDavid WatersPrior to my time on the Westwood City Council, I served on the 47th Street Committee for five years. I have been thrilled to see the cooperative work of our three cities continue to grow. With the rollout of “The 47” initiative, new street banners, and the Foodie Fest, we are truly creating a sense of place around 47th Street.Our next step is to implement the street, sidewalk, and bike lane improvements for 47th Street that the 47th St. Committee has spent so much time planning. Westwood is set to receive a $250,000 Transportation Improvement Plan grant from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for a “Complete Street Action Plan” for 47th Street from Rainbow Boulevard to just west of Mission Road. This project is part of a “Planning Sustainable Places” initiative and will include a new street design and a “road diet” from four lanes of vehicular traffic to three (with one being a center turn lane). This will allow our City to provide painted bike lanes on both sides of the street, while also reducing vehicle speed and allowing for a more pedestrian-friendly corridor.In future years, our cities expect to receive additional local construction grants and Federal construction funds totaling over $1.5 million to make even more permanent improvements. Westwood is also working closely with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) on new facilities and routes to better connect people and the City of Westwood itself to the metro area through reliable public transportation.This reinvestment in one of Westwood’s primary corridors, and with the invaluable work of the 47th Street Committee, will help bring new and expanded business opportunities to Westwood, expand our tax base, and even more firmly establish Westwood as THE place to live, work, and visit.City Council (at-large)Laura SteeleMulti-modal transportation options. With the hope that this corridor becomes a destination spot for the audience beyond Westwood, Roeland Park and KCK, I think it’s time to consider how people are going to want to get there as well as the impact an influx of cars will have on the infrastructure, noise, traffic congestion, safety and accessibility of the area. Part of my love for Westwood is the fact that it’s a very walkable and bike-able area and it would be great to see more people walking and biking to our local shops through a corridor that encourages public and active transportation options. With two small kids it’s so much easier to get the stroller out and walk to the different restaurants, parks, grocery stores and other amenities without fighting traffic, parking or car seats. The other benefit is that we get to know our neighborhood on a more intimate level while getting in some physical activity and a wave or two at a neighbor. I also believe that reinforcing and strengthening the collaborations and work that were forged due to the revitalization process will be crucial to the continued success of the 47th Street corridor. Those relationships are the perfect example of the type of cross-municipality/cross-county alliances that need to be cultivated and broadened and that I’m excited to work on. Westwood is stronger because of these partnerships. They are vital to opening our community up to further opportunities. Jayme TebowDid not respond.Holly WimerI love the collaboration that is happening between Westwood, Roeland Park and KCK on the development of 47th street corridor. To continue this development, it is crucial to increase the safety of pedestrians and bike riders using this area. In “47th Street Complete Street Plan” there are many great recommendations that will enhance the safety, accessibility and livability for all people to enjoy this area. In addition to seeing this plan through, I see it as crucial to maintain great working relationships with the current businesses in this district, and to also engage potential business owners who are considering operating here. There are many businesses that enhance the lifestyles of the community in this area, and doing what we can to work towards maintaining and growing a thriving and community oriented business district is important.Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to item two:The Westwood City Council has been exploring the idea of adopting a non-discrimination ordinance that would provide legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. Do you support the idea of a non-discrimination ordinance in Westwood? Why or why not?last_img read more

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Sumner & Bissell take the day

first_imgFrom left, Paul Sturgeon, Bill Kana, Rod Howett and Dave Horne.The Jomtien Golf SocietyMonday, Jan. 22, King Naga – StablefordThis was our first visit here for some considerable time and a very reasonable package but be aware, there is a golf cart selection with three various types and three prices.Thirty-six points was the highest score of the day with Geoff Randall winning division 2 while Barry Stirling was second two points behind and there were three 30-pointers fighting for third place, Bill Kana taking it on count-back over Andrew van de Laan in fourth and Alan Bissell, who lost out altogether. Barry Richmond beat Jim Connelly on a 18/15 count-back to win division 1 after they both came in with 31 points.  Paul Vendergaard was third on 30 points and Paul Young beat Niels Viuff on a 16/13 count-back for fourth after both posted a poor 29 points overall.Near pins went to (Division 1) Pete Sumner, Niels Viuff and Paul Young, and (Division 2) Jim Connelly (2), Andrew Van De Laan and Barry Stirling.Jim Connelly birdied the 7th and Barry Stirling the 5th for the only ‘2’s of the day.Friday, Jan. 26, Eastern Star – 2-Man ScrambleAfter Wednesday’s washout at Pattaya Country Club, where John Hughes posted a best ever but ultimately non-counting 41 points, we had 16 groups show up on Friday for a two-man scramble, with one player from division 1 (1-16) and one from division2 in each team.  Each team also had to have a minimum of seven drives per player and were given a 40% combined handicap allowance.With two 63 pointers in, Pete Sumner and Alan Bissell won the day on a 29/31 back-nine count-back over Paul Sturgeon and Bill Kana.Mikael Andersson and Joe Joe Kubon came in third on 63.4, Gerry Dooley and John Kelly took fourth with 65.0 and Dave Horne and Rod Howett were fifth with a score of 65.2.Individual near pins went to (Div 1) Colin Aspinall, Bob Comartin and Dennis Scougall, and (Div 2) Mike Lewis, Eamon Murtach and Max Wilson (2).There were plenty of birdie ‘2’s, coming from Pete Sumner and Alan Bissell (17th), Dave Horne and Rod Howett (6th), Dennis Scougall and Mike Lewis (6th), Paul Sturgeon and Bill Kana (3rd), Jerry McCarthy and Max Wilson (3rd) and Steve Harris and Eamon Murtach (17th).last_img read more

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East, West… end of the world?

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT UNSURPRISINGLY, opinion amongst the Ellinbank league’s 15 teams is largely divided about the switch back to a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Tea’s the treat

first_imgBy Roman Kulkewycz A magnificent Easter high tea was enjoyed last week by residents at Hillview Bunyip Aged Care to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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PINERGY launches official energy partnership with Basketball Ireland

first_imgToday, PINERGY announced that it is the official energy partner to Basketball Ireland. PINERGY ambassador and shareholder Paul O’Connell teamed up with leading players from the Basketball Ireland Super League to make the official announcement and launch the #SlamSmarter campaign. As part of the partnership, PINERGY will  become the official analytics partner of Basketball Ireland and the official energy supplier of the National Basketball Arena. As the analytics partner, PINERGY will be sponsoring the analytics that will be used by coaching and backroom teams across the country, powering the insights behind the nation’s top performances. This mirrors PINERGY’s approach to its customers whereby SMART energy gives customers greater insight into their energy usage allowing them to make better choices around their energy consumption. To keep to date with PINERGY and Basketball Ireland, follow the PINERGY social channels:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinergyIRL/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinergyie/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PINERGY Pinergy Partnership with Basketball Ireland, National Basketball Arena 5/9/2018Paul O’ConnellMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacycenter_img #SlamSmarter recognises the vital role played by smart technology in achieving marginal gains on the court. Throughout the partnership PINERGY will aim to support the growth of the game in Ireland by fuelling these insights and supporting the fans through competitions and other promotions to enhance their engagement with the game.PINERGY will also be the official energy supplier of the National Basketball Arena. The National Basketball Arena will use electricity equivalent to that of 35 domestic homes this year and working with PINERGY will give them greater insight, analytics and control of their consumption of electricity.David Slattery, Head of Marketing at PINERGY said: “We’re delighted to announce that PINERGY is now the official energy and analytics partner to Basketball Ireland. In addition, PINERGY will also become the energy supplier for the National Basketball Arena. In our role as the official analytics partner, PINERGY will power the analytical equipment used by Basketball Ireland, unlocking valuable insights into their energy consumption through the partnership. We are delighted to support this growing sport as part of our portfolio of sports sponsorships.”Conor Meany, Commercial Manager, Basketball Ireland said: “We’re thrilled to have PINERGY on board as the official energy partner to Basketball Ireland. Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland and with PINERGY’s sponsorship, it will help the game grow even further. Statistics are a major part of basketball and alongside Pinergy we strive to provide gains to our sport wherever possible. The energy in the National Basketball Arena on match day is something really special, we hope that this partnership with PINERGY will add to the already special energy that our fans produce.”Paul O’Connell, PINERGY Ambassador and former Irish international rugby player said: “In top level sport it’s all about making marginal gains. With PINERGY becoming the official analytical and energy Partner to Basketball Ireland, this will enable Basketball Ireland to make powerful gains using analytical insights that will allow the players to perform better on the court. PINERGY has a great tradition of supporting Irish sports and athletes, and this is something that I’m very proud to be a part of.” PINERGY is the official energy partner to Munster Rugby with its innovative #WeAre16 campaign. PINERGY also sponsors the Blackrock Ladies Rugby team, Young Munster RFC and Strata3 Velo Revolution cyclist James Davenport as part of its #PINERGYpassions campaign. For more information on Basketball Ireland, fans can visit basketballireland.ie or on the following social channels:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbireland/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/basketball_ireland/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballirlprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Spurs to meet with Inter over Moussa Dembele, according to reports in Italy

first_imgTOTTENHAM will meet with Inter Milan transfer chiefs over their interest in Moussa Dembele, according to reports.Corriere dello Sport claim Piero Ausilio is heading to London to see if a deal can be done for the Belgium midfielder.4 Moussa Dembele has let his Tottenham contract run downCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Italian paper insists the former Fulham man has told the North London side that he wants to move on.And, in reply, Spurs have slapped a £26million pricetag on the playmaker who is entering the final year of his contract.Dembele is in World Cup training camp with his national side and told Belgium reporters on Tuesday that there have been no talks over a contract extension.He said: “We have not really talked about an extension of my contract.4 Mauricio Pochettino will have the final say on the Spurs midfielderCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd4 Could Moussa Dembele have played his last game for Spurs?Credit: AFP or licensors“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement.“If we talk about a new contract in the middle of the season, it will cost energy. Imagine that a player feels not appreciated after a disappointing proposal, it can disrupt his game.DON’T BLOW MY CASH Jose Mourinho warns Man United board not to blow his budget on Gareth Bale4 Dembele is away with Belgium team-mates Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent KompanyCredit: AFP“At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham. I do not lie when I say that I do not think about a big transfer. I want to play a World Cup and afterwards we will see.“Really, I’m not aware of the interest of other clubs. And, besides, I told my agent to wait for the summer to tell me about any offers.“For now, I’m only focussing on Tottenham. Maybe this is my last season.“Or maybe I’ll sign a new deal. We’ll see.”How to claim your FREE £10 bet1 Register for Sun Bets here2 Bet £5 or more3 Sun Bets will stick a £10 bet in your accountIs Mousa Dembele now Tottenham’s best player, even better than Harry Kane or Dele Alli?last_img read more

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