The Joint Venture comprising of Cashman Dredging Inc. and Dutra Group was awarded last week a $122.2 million Boston Harbor dredging contract.According to FedBizOpps, the project includes dredging of approximately 11,700,000 cubic yards of silt, blue clay, till and weathered rock from the harbor area.The Federal Navigation Project for Boston Harbor consists of the following components: deepening and widening the Broad Sound North Channel to -51 feet Mean Lower, Low Water (MLLW), deepening and widening the Main Ship Channel (MSC) to the Conley Terminal including the turning basin or “MSC Notch” to -47 feet MLLW, deepening the President Roads Anchorage and deepening the lower Reserved Channel to -47 feet MLLW.The improvement depths noted above are required to be an additional two feet deep in areas of hard material like till and weathered rock.The Army Corps reported that the material dredged to create the federal navigation project improvements will be placed at the Massachusetts Bay Disposal Site (MBDS) approximately 20 miles offshore of Boston Harbor with the exception of a small fraction of the material being placed as a cap to the Main Ship Channel Confined Aquatic Disposal cell, just downstream of the inner confluence of the Chelsea and Mystic Rivers.The contractor will be required to bring equipment to accomplish all dredging by mechanical means for the material types previously noted with strength characteristics less than fast rock. Dredging operations will be permitted 24 hours per day and 7 days per week and are expected to take up to 3½ years to complete, said USACE.[mappress mapid=”24885″]
Taylor Swift’s dad is reportedly not hurt after he recently fought a burglar who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse, according to the Tampa Bay Times.The paper reported that Scott Swift returned to his home in the Vinoy Place Towers in St. Petersburg on Jan. 17 just moments after 30-year-old Terrence Hoover allegedly used an emergency escape stairwell to climb 13 floors and broke in.The men reportedly fought before Hoover ran away, according to police records. Hoover has a lengthy arrest record that includes domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping and false imprisonment, the paper said.Swift picked Hoover out of a photo lineup and police say Hoover called them to report the altercation. Hoover could not be found, however, until last week, when he was arrested on burglary charges. He was being held Monday on $50,000 bond.Taylor Swift was not with her father and it is unclear whether the intruder targeted the home. The 30-year-old singer lives elsewhere.Taylor Swift’s father ‘safe’ after fight with intruder in his Florida penthouse.While Taylor Swift was not with him at the time of the burglary, she herself has experienced a number of break-ins in recent years. pic.twitter.com/Ku76wZfFcu— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 18, 2020 Hoover’s mother told the newspaper that her son got lost while searching for his estranged wife and should only be charged with trespassing.The penthouse encompasses the entire top floor of one Vinoy tower and includes 5,359 square feet, three bedrooms and three full baths.
Tags: CBAESMF-Mgirls tennisJ-D Jamesville-DeWitt won again, 6-1, over Fulton last Tuesday, with straight-set singles wins from Tara Pollock, Celia Reid and Sydney Cline. The doubles teams of Inika Gajra-Riya Sharma, Elina Park-Serena Patel and Courtney Keough-Sabina Muradova all had straight-set victories, too.Remaining undefeated, Christian Brothers Academy handled Bishop Grimes 7-0 last Tuesday, with Gieselle Vlassis, Grace DelPino and Julia DelPino dropping just one game in six sets of singles competition.One doubles match was forfeited, but Lily Geneocco and Maddie Tallman won, 6-1, 6-2, over Jenny Morabito and Sofia Ziankoski, with the teams of Grace Catalano-Becca Ziemba and Sophie Schultz-Schutie Zirath not dropping a game, either.A 6-1 win over Manlius-Pebble Hill followed on Wednesday, with CBA again dominating the singles, but the Trojans having sisters Parmees and Amatees Fazeli get a 6-1, 6-1 win over Catalano and Tallman, while Geneocco and Isabella Mead got a 6-4, 6-4 win over Emma Gross and Eden Hildebrandt.MPH had started its week by topping Phoenix 6-1, with all of the singles matches defaulted. In doubles, Amatees Fazeli and Caroline Mezzalingua won, 7-6, 7-5, over Brielle DeRoberts and Mia Graham, with the teams of Emma Gross-Eden Hildebrandt and Sophia Menacho-Mackenzie Van Auken each winning in two sets.East Syracuse Minoa fell 7-0 to Auburn last Tuesday, with the closest match in first doubles, where the Spartans’ Julia Barnwell and Alana Day pushed to a second-set tie-breaker in a 6-4, 7-6 loss to the Maroons’ Kathryn Brown and Alexis Calkins.A 4-3 defeat to Syracuse West followed on Wednesday, with the Spartans again swept in singles, though the doubles teams of Taylor Lynch-Mackensie Snyder, Kylie Bachman-Amina Kausmovic and Sammy Baadani-Marissa Drogo each earned wins.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Over in doubles, Alexis Ahn and Emma Zogg turned back Katie Anson and Margaret Mello 6-2, 6-3, while Maya McKenzie and Camilla Wojtasiewicz won, 6-2, 6-4, over Kara Chawgo and Isabelle Wells. Natalie Hugo and Brooke Tester defeated Madelyn Chuff and Olivia Grome 6-3, 6-3.On Wednesday, F-M swept Cicero-North Syracuse 7-0, not dropping a set as Manta and Wang paired up in doubles to get a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Northstars’ duo of Sara Cartier and Olivia Cerio.Getting turns at singles, Samhitha Adivikolanu won 6-3, 6-1 over Krista Feeney, with Trisha Adivikolanu handling Karly Williams 6-1, 6-4. Angela Iskander won over Cambrie Hibbard 6-1, 6-2. With October now here, the bulk of the high school girls tennis regular season is again in the books, and once more plenty of local sides flourished, even as last week’s schedule was curtailed by rain.That included Fayetteville-Manlius, still undefeated despite the challenges thrown at them, though Tuesday’s battle with Baldwinsville could prove interesting since the Bees almost knocked off the Hornets on Sept. 13.F-M defeated West Genesee 6-1 last Tuesday, with Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang getting 6-0, 6-0 singles wins over, respectively, Alyssa Congel and Sophia Lowry, with Trisha Adivikolanu prevailing over Angelina Allen 6-0, 6-4.
Few students would disagree that USC’s wireless Internet service is due for some fine-tuning, but they might not realize the amount of work and money required to improve wireless coverage.Connect · Students studying in Leavey Library take advantage of the improved wireless coverage in the library and surrounding area. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan In 2006, Information Technology Services began working to improve its wireless coverage, which had been in place since 2002. ITS added almost 1,000 wireless Internet access points to the pre-existing 620, increasing coverage roughly 160 percent.But those improvements have not satisfied USC students. In fact, every candidate in the recent Undergraduate Student Government election mentioned improving wireless as one of his or her platform points.“We’ve had enough student feedback to know that there’s an issue, and I think it’s why you saw candidates talking about it in the student government campaigns,” said John Baldo, director of university affairs for USG. “I think everyone kind of agrees it is something we should have. I think ITS is pretty onboard with making sure we have it.”Newly elected USG president Chris Cheng said USG’s focus for next year will shift toward improving wireless in the residence halls, as many students have complained about the spotty coverage.“Before the elections, we had a research period where we talked to as many students as possible,” Cheng said. “There really is a high demand for improvement in the residence halls, and in the core academic buildings — Von KleinSmid and Taper Hall, places where a lot of people have their General Education courses.”Kevin Durkin, director of communications for ITS, said sometimes it is not the number of access points that creates a weak signal but other types of interference, such as microwave ovens or the wire mesh in the walls of buildings.Cheng stressed that USG is not suggesting that ITS isn’t doing its job in providing wireless to students.“But in places where the wireless is weak and low, we want to strengthen it,” he said.Until recently, wireless coverage was inconsistent, even in Leavey Library, a main study spot for both graduate and undergraduate students. Last semester, USG conducted a meticulous survey of Leavey library, measuring signal strength across the building and identifying its weakest points, gathering student feedback and meeting with library staff and ITS Field Services Director Gabe Ochoa.“John Baldo presented a very comprehensive report,” said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for the USC libraries. “And we’re very glad the student government folks engaged in that because Internet access is an important part of the service we provide at the library.”The library agreed to add four new access points, and ITS paid for three more. Each new wireless access point costs $900.“ITS paid for three access points, so we’re very grateful to them for working with us,” Baldo said. “And now we have seven new access points over the second, third and fourth floors [of Leavey], because those are the floors where students are studying the most.”Next, USG will work to improve the wireless available in common outdoor areas, such as McCarthy Quad.“With something like this, you have to start somewhere and sort of focus on one area at a time. You can’t just walk in and say, ‘I want every building next week,’ because there’s this huge cost you have to take into consideration,” Baldo said.Students disagreed as to whether the first step should be improving wireless in the dorms or in common areas.“I don’t know how it is in different residence halls, but I know that mine doesn’t get wireless,” said Robert Peterson, a sophomore majoring in music industry who lives in Parkside International Residential College.Peterson said he thinks improving wireless near the dorms will be an asset to students.Others, however, think wireless in classrooms needs to be the priority.“I think classrooms should come first. From what I see, I don’t see a lot of people using their laptops outside,” said Esmeralda del Rio, an undecided sophomore. “My sociology professor always has a hard time getting wireless on her laptop when she’s about to show slideshows. It takes her about, like, five minutes. And sometimes, when she wants to use the Internet, she can’t.”Kimberly Kanable, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering, said she thinks it makes sense to start with classrooms and common spaces, as Ethernet connections are available in the residence halls. Baldo said the biggest problem in attempting to improve wireless coverage in any given building is figuring out who is going to cover the cost.“You know everyone wants perfect wireless in their building, so you can imagine ITS is trying to accommodate what everyone wants, but it’s not really possible when it’s $900 an access point,” Baldo said.Durkin emphasized ITS is committed to providing the campus with the wireless coverage it increasingly needs.“ITS recognizes that the increased use of mobile devices — laptops, iPhones, Blackberries and so forth — is driving the demand for improved wireless service, so in response to that we are looking for alternative approaches to providing pervasive, reliable wireless coverage across both campuses. So in other words, stay tuned,” Durkin said.
AARP has announced a plethora of additional presenters and honorees for their Movies For Grownups Awards.Legendary performer Bette Midler, Award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, actress Rachel McAdams, Academy Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr, the original Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers, up-and-coming director Ryan Coogler, Joy Mangano herself and Boston Globe reporter Ben Bradlee Jr. will join host Kathy Griffin to celebrate 2015’s standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies with unique relevance for the 50-plus audience.The awards will raise funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities across the nation to help struggling older adults meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income, and strong, sustaining social bonds.Sponsored by AARP Credit Cards from Chase, proceeds from this year’s Movies for Grownups event will support AARP Foundation’s work in the Los Angeles area to create and advance effective solutions to help struggling people 50 and older secure the essentials.“In addition to honoring outstanding performances and filmmaking, AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards underscore the tremendous appetite for great movies that exists in the 50-plus market,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We’ve seen that the 50-plus audience, as one of the nation’s fastest growing demographics, supports creative endeavors that speak to it.”“It’s inspiring that these talented performers and artists are helping to draw attention to the cause of senior poverty,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation. “Poverty remains a persistent and often invisible problem among older adults, with almost 10 percent of people 65 and older living below the poverty line. We are deeply heartened to have the support of these artists and the Movies for Grownups Awards to increase awareness of this important issue.”Also attending the awards show on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles are Michael Douglas (Career Achievement Award), Catherine Zeta Jones, Lily Tomlin (Best Actress-Grandma), Bryan Cranston (Best Actor-Trumbo), Diane Ladd (Best Supporting Actress-Joy), Tom McCarthy (Best Picture- Spotlight), Mark Ruffalo (Best Picture- Spotlight), Ridley Scott (Best Director-The Martian), David O. Russell (Best Screenwriter-Joy), Nancy Meyers (Best Comedy-The Intern), Morgan Freeman (Best Grownup Love Story-5 Flights Up), Patricia Clarkson (Best Buddy Picture-Learning to Drive), Irwin Winkler (Best Intergenerational-Creed), Phylicia Rashad (Best Intergenerational-Creed), Bill Pohlad (Best Time Capsule-Love & Mercy), Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up-Inside Out) and committee members Sherry Lansing, Rob Friedman, Ed Begley Jr., June Squibb, Robert Forster, Ed Asner, Sid and Nancy Hult Ganis, and Ken Scherer.