Short-Term Fix Restores Water to Much of Ft. Lauderdale; Boil Water Advisory Remains

first_imgThere is some good news for those in and around Fort Lauderdale.City officials announced Thursday afternoon that they have implemented a temporary fix that has already restored water to much of the city, following a city-wide outage that started earlier in the week.They originally shut the water off Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. to make emergency repairs to a major water main.That affected 220,000 customers and caused the city to issue a state of emergency.However, city commissioner Ben Sorensen explains that even those who have had their water restored need to continue boiling water before consuming it, until a long-term solution is implemented. He adds, “We continue to work on a long-term resolution. It is very possible we will again lose water service as we make continued long-term repairs.”According to Sorensen, it was Florida Communication Concepts, a private contractor that was repairing electric lines for FPL, which cut a 6-inch hole in a 42-inch concrete water line that goes to the Fiveash water treatment facility near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Wednesday afternoon. The city ended up shutting off the water supply from the well fields to repair the line.Florida Communication Concepts has already been cited and issued a notice to appear in an enforcement action. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis says service could be fully restored by Thursday night or Friday morning, although others in the Public Works Department say it most likely will not be restored until late Friday afternoon or evening.According to city officials, other affected cities and areas include: Port Everglades, Oakland Park, Davie, Lauderdale By-the-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Tamarac, and Wilton Manors.All Broward Health hospitals and urgent care centers remain open.In addition, DaVita is still offering dialysis treatment at all six locations, which serve 403 patients, in the affected area. Those in need of dialysis care are asked to call DaVita Guest Services at (800) 400-8331.Meanwhile, water is being brought in from other communities.There are three bottled water locations set up in the city:Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 33rd Avenue, Fort LauderdaleMills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Avenue, Fort LauderdaleRiverland Park, 555 SW 11th Avenue, Fort LauderdalePeople with questions can call the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center at (954) 828-8000.CLOSURESThe following events and venues have been closed, canceled, or put on hold:Broward CenterBroward County CourthouseLA Fitness and Whole Foods on Federal Highway near Oakland Park BoulevardGalleria MallBroward County Convention Center, host to the USA Volleyball High Performance ChampionshipsMain LibraryAfrican American Research Library and Cultural CenterRiverside Hotel in Las OlasNo Water Service in Fort Lauderdale for 24 Hours Due to Main Break Sorensen says, “Crews responded immediately to assess the situation and worked through the night attempting to shut down the valves that control the water flow in order to activate a bypass line. While the work was taking place, the damaged pipe collapsed, necessitating that the water flow from the wells be shut off. We are working on three solutions simultaneously.”On Thursday afternoon, crews were still working on shutting down large valves, each of which takes about 700 turns to shut off, in order to try to activate the bypass line and get water flowing back into the Fiveash plant.Sorensen adds that a replacement pipe was found in Miami-Dade County. A crew flying in from out of state will attempt to put a line stop on the damaged line that will also allow a bypass to be activated.last_img read more

Tom Brady selling customized Cadillac Escalade for $300,000

first_imgTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady, is selling his Cadillac Escalade ESV for $300,000.He is parting ways with his ESV! Brady has listed the 2018 stretched Cadillac Escalade ESV on California-based Becker Automotive Design’s website. The 20-inch customized SUV comes complete with a 32-inch LCD television screen, rear doors that extend by 10 inches, beige-leather interior seating that includes two six-way electric reclining seats with extra leg rests and a mobile internet router that allows for multiple service providers.According to the listing, the SUV only has 13,000 miles on it. The asking price is $300,000 or best offer.last_img read more

Westport Winery Earns Another Best In Show

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery celebrated a historic competition win for their five year anniversary. On March 23, 2013, four of Westport Winery’s recent releases earned medals at the Capitol Food & Wine Festival in Lacey, Washington.The big win came from Bog Berry Blush, the winery’s blend of Gewurztraminer and cranberry, which earned Best in Show Fruit wine along with a gold medal. This is the winery’s second Best in Show in the past month. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefit’s Washington State University’s Cranberry Research Station and Museum in Long Beach, Washington. Carrie Roberts, the winery’s general manager, is featured on this label.Ancient Mariner’s, a blend of Riesling and pear, earned a silver medal at this competition, further highlighting the winery’s success with fruit other than grapes in creating their wines. Coastal Animal Rescue and Adoption is the beneficiary of this wine.The winery’s most popular offering, Duckleberry Grunt, a blend of Gewurztraminer, huckleberry and blueberry also earned a silver medal. The Grays Harbor chapter of Ducks Unlimited benefits from the sale of this wine.In their first five years the Roberts family, owners of Westport Winery, has contributed $250,000 to 33 local charities. On their website the family said, “We have a passion for our community and express that passion by crafting premium wines benefiting local charities.”Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8.p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculpture and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Atlantic Highlands Library To Close For Two Weeks For Move Back…

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The staff at the Atlantic Highlands public library is busy preparing for their next big move, but it’s all good, according to the branch manager.Marilyn Scherfen is working with her staff to relocate the library’s approximately 22,000 materials for the move from the library’s temporary location, where it has been for the last two and a half years, to its permanent surroundings in the recently renovated borough hall at 100 First Ave.“It’s like any move,” Scherfen explained. “It’s no different. You have all the I’s to dot and T’s to cross. Hopefully, they will be.“The last move went pretty smoothly,” she said, hoping this will be the same.The library closed as the borough undertook a complete renovation of its municipal complex, which contained its business offices, borough council chambers, municipal court, police headquarters and the library.The six million dollar renovation expanded the library’s original space from roughly 1,600 square feet to 4,000.The municipal complex had been plagued with mold problems and had become increasingly inadequate for the borough’s needs, officials said during prior discussions on the renovation project.This was true for the library portion, too, Scherfen said. The old library was located in the basement level of the old borough hall building and was not fully accessible for handicapped patrons, who had to rely on a chairlift to get down to the library.And, Scherfen said “Once down there it was really cramped.” Now, “It has a much more open feeling,” with the abundance of windows and light, she said of the new space. “I think everyone will feel uplifted and enlightened.”While the First Avenue building was under construction, the library operated out of the field house at the Fireman’s Field sports field, Avenue C. While the project was underway, local and county officials negotiated to have the borough library become a branch of the county library system.The temporary location worked out better than initially expected, Scherfen said. “A lot of patrons were coming through and saying how they enjoyed it over here, adding that many of them noted the temporary location had a homey atmosphere. “So, they hadn’t minded it as much as they thought they might.”The shelves are in place at the new library in borough hall and the staff is waiting for shelving tops and sides and the circulation desk to be installed, all of which should be completed this week.The library will close for two weeks beginning April 9, to allow the movers to relocate materials and equipment from the fieldhouse, and get the computers hooked up and other equipment ready to go for when the library re-opens on April 23, she said.Once they’re up and running, “We’re hoping everyone will come down and see this new wonderful space,” Scherfen said.last_img read more


first_imgA COUPLE who stunned guests at the Christening of their new-born twins by getting married are to have a honeymoon after all – thanks to a top Donegal hotel.Letterkenny woman Karen Simmons and her new husband Gearoid Dunne got married at a chapel in Tubberycurry, Co Sligo, just moments after Leah and Conor were baptised.The couple didn’t have time to go on honeymoon. Now it turns out a hotel where Karen actually used to work has offered them a free stay in their luxurious honeymoon suite!The Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny was so taken with our story on Donegal Daily yesterday that they’ve stepped in to make sure the couple have another celebration – on the house.Said Carolynne Harrison from the hotel: “When we saw the story it really warmed our hearts and with three babies to look after we thought Karen and Gearoid could do with a luxurious complimentary stay in our honeymoon suite.“At that stage, we were not aware that Karen had worked in the hotel many years ago along with numerous members of her own family. “It turns out, that since we contacted her, she has already booked her wedding celebration with us, even though we insisted that there was no obligation for her to do so. We are looking forward to seeing them at the end of the month.”The couple were delighted with the kind offer.“We are really looking forward to it,” said Karen.“We were actually planning to go to the Mount Errigal anyway to meet up with family and friends in Letterkenny, so to be given this generous offer is absolutely brilliant. We’re thrilled. We can’t thank them enough.” COUPLE WHO GOT MARRIED AT CHRISTENING TO GET HONEYMOON AFTER ALL! was last modified: January 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:christeningCOUPLE WHO GOT MARRIED AT CHRISTENING TO GET HONEYMOON AFTER ALL!letterkennyMount Errigal Hotelsligotubbercurryweddinglast_img read more

How college football’s big event ended up in the Bay Area

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SANTA CLARA — In the Bay Area, a pro-sports market by an overwhelming margin, college football doesn’t take a back seat. It takes a nosebleed seat.And yet, college football’s marquee event — the national championship game — will be played here Monday night, making the Bay Area the first West Coast site for one of the crown jewels of American sports.What in the name of Pop Warner was the College Football Playoff committee …last_img read more

Creativity Under Pressure: Sharpen Your Estimation Skills to Raise Your Value

first_imgAccurately estimate a project’s commitment to maximize your time & increase your profits.Time management and creativity don’t usually go hand-in-hand.Unfortunately though, creative work devoid of time constraints becomes a financial matter.  It simply isn’t profitable.  Making a living as a creative professional obviously has a lot to do with skill and talent – but to be most successful you must also be productive and work well under the rigors of financial pressures and time constraints.  In this post, we offer up a few tips to follow when budgeting your time for creative projects.Sharpen Your Estimation SkillsThe quickest way to degrade your value is poor project estimation from the get-go.  Not only does over-promising the speed of a job mean you won’t be properly compensated for your time, but it also sets unrealistic client expectations.  If you underestimate just to win work, you’re already taking a loss.Instead, attempt to get the most information possible about a project from the onset.  Whether you’re a video editor, photographer or designer, make sure your client provides great detail about their expectations and project timeline.  Insure that you’re on the same page about the revisions process – a client that expects an infinite number of revisions will be a huge drain on your time.Once you land a project create a thorough schedule, outlining the completion of each stage of the process.   Graphic designers and video editors will want to note when a first cut (or draft) should be completed, when a fine cut is due, allocate time for revisions and create a deadline for final client delivery (whew!).  Photographers can benefit from breaking down their editing process – when favorites should be pulled, when pictures need to be edited and the date they should be uploaded or delivered.Even if you’re working on a project basis (as opposed to hourly) you need to break your time down into set increments.  This way you have a roadmap, encouraging you to keep moving forward and not micro-focusing.  Each hour invested represents a dollar amount – whether you’re paid hourly or not.Simple Time Estimation TrickThe best way to create such a schedule is by basing your time estimates on past projects.  For every project you work on record how long it takes you to complete certain tasks.  Includes notes on the project – how much video was cut, how many shots were taken – and then notate what you did and how long it took to complete.  Even though every project is different, you can make a more informed estimate and can say, “I think this new project will take X amount of hours, because a similar one I did in the past took about that long.”Does this sound like overkill?  It might – but the minimal amount of time it takes to implement (throw it all in a spreadsheet) is well worth your ability to more accurately estimate jobs in the future.Don’t dilute your value by working more for less.  If you can estimate a project most accurately you’ll be better compensated for your time – and your clients will likely be more satisfied to boot.How do you keep your time in check?We want to hear your suggestions and tips in the comments!last_img read more

Five stories in the news for today July 21

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, July 21———B.C. WILDFIRE STATE OF EMERGENCY HITS TWO-WEEK MARKToday marks two weeks since raging wildfires that have displaced thousands of people British Columbia forced the province to call a state of emergency. Premier John Horgan has said he would extend the order for an additional two weeks since many of the 43,000 people who had to flee their homes in the province’s Interior will not yet be able to return. More than 100 fires are still active.———OMAR KHADR QUARREL TESTS BIPARTISANSHIP ON NAFTAFederal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is unrepentant about complaining in the American media about the Omar Khadr payment. Members of the Trudeau government have accused him and other Conservatives of poisoning Americans against Canada on the brink of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks. But Scheer says any American backlash over the Khadr payment is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s fault.———SEARCH ON FOR 2 BURUNDI TEENS SEEN ENTERING CANADAU.S. authorities say two of six Burundi teenagers who went missing after an international robotics competition in Washington, D.C., have been seen crossing the border into Canada. Police say they have no indication of foul play in their disappearance. Canadian officials would not say if the two students reported to have been seen crossing the border — a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old — had made refugee claims.———AGRICULTURE MINISTERS WRAP UP TWO DAYS OF TALKSFederal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wraps up talks with his provincial and territorial counterparts today in St. John’s, NL. One topic being discussed is the AgriStability program, which provides support for farmers experiencing crop failures or large losses. MacAuley says he’s heard from farmers who want assurances there won’t be a lapse in the program, adding he’s confident that won’t take place.———QUEBEC GAS VENDOR PREPARES FOR ELECTRIC CARSOne of the largest gas retailers in Canada is looking to Norway for guidance on how to adapt to growing electric car sales. Alimentation Couche-Tard, a Quebec-based convenience store company, established a foothold in the Scandinavian country five years ago with its purchase of Statoil ASA’s fuel and retail operations. It says it wants to ensure it will still appeal to customers if they no longer need to fill up on gas.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear at a Liberal Party reception in Halifax.— Statistics Canada will release the retail trade figures for May and the consumer price index for June.last_img read more