Discussing The Springs Corridor’s Future

first_imgThe Springs corridor study will be the subject of a day-long series of discussions on February 27. Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, who has organized the meetings, said letters were sent to close to 90 property and business owners in the area. At a meeting for the invitees only, they will be able to question the town’s consultants on the topic at the Town Hall complex on Pantigo Road. Others will involve members of the planning board and members of both the East Hampton and Springs Citizens Advisory Committees. These talks will culminate in an open meeting in the Baldwin Room of the East Hampton Library at 6:30 PM. The corridor is a large swath of land in a somewhat triangular shape, starting at the fork in the road at the northern end of North Main Street. The western border is Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road (County Road 40), and runs north to Abrahams Path, and east along that road to Accabonac Road. From Accabonac, the piece follows Floyd Street, west to Springs Fireplace Road, and south to the fork in the road at North Main Street. “The corridor was mentioned in both the East Hampton hamlet study and the Springs hamlet study,” Burke-Gonzalez said. “There is a core group of folks interested in the roads we travel in and out of Springs daily. The CAC members are looking to improve the landscaping, the look and feel of the corridor.” A major concern motivating those interested is that the industrial area sits over the town’s aquifer. There are many projects in the pipeline at the planning board’s office, each of which require a traffic impact study. That board sent the town board a letter last April asking it to retain a consulting team. “It would be helpful to have an all-encompassing study,” Burke-Gonzalez said. “We are working with the county and the Department of Public Works to reconstruct County Road 41. They’re investing $7.6 million” in the project. On hand February 27 will be representatives from L.K. McLean Associates, PC, the same engineering firm that helped design the redo of the road. Burke-Gonzalez’s strategy for the day is to maximize the interaction between consultants and attorneys already being brought in for the evening session at the library. More details can be found on the town’s [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

DeRozan’s season-high 36 help Spurs beat Blazers

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) attempts to shoot against Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum. AP SAN ANTONIO – A day off was the exhale the San Antonio Spurs needed after two blowout losses.DeMar DeRozan had a season-high 36 points and San Antonio overcame a big game by Damian Lillard to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 131-118 on Sunday night.The Spurs held a rare practice Saturday morning following consecutive losses of 39 points and 31 points. The team responded with its highest scoring output in regulation this season.“Our communication was better,” DeRozan said. “I just told the guys, go out there and play, relax, don’t think too much.” The Spurs responded by shooting 70 percent on 3-pointers with at least 10 attempts for the first time since 2006, finishing 11 for 15 on 3s.LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points and Rudy Gay had 18 as San Antonio snapped its two-game skid.Lillard scored 37 points and C.J. McCollum had 24 for Portland.The Blazers have lost five of six, giving up an average of 123.2 points in those losses.“We’ve given up a lot of points, but the league’s funny right now,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “San Antonio just came off of games where they’ve given up a lot of points.”Spurs guard Patty Mills referred to the losses as “embarrassing” and “deflating,” but San Antonio was able to rebound with a needed win as it prepares to embark on a two-game road trip.“It had to be better than the last two games, right?” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Everybody’s got to participate. Good individual defense matters and good team defense (matters), but there is no team defense without talking or trust. We’re trying to get there with this new group.”DeRozan scored 26 points in the second half as the Spurs rallied from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter after blowing a 12-point lead in the first half.Portland opened the second half on a 24-10 run in taking a 79-72 lead. San Antonio aided the spurt by committing four turnovers and missing five of its first six shots.“We were trying to get L.A. going, get him in a rhythm,” DeRozan said. “As soon as he came out in the third quarter, I seen we were just kind of stagnant. We had a couple of turnovers in a row, I just tried to be more aggressive and put the pressure on them.”Al-Farouq Aminu tied a season high, scoring 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Aminu also finished with nine rebounds.DeRozan had 18 of San Antonio’s final 20 points to close the third quarter, giving the Spurs a 97-90 lead entering the fourth. He opened the game 3 for 12 but finished 13 of 27 in scoring the most points he has with San Antonio.Popovich praised coach Jeff Van Gundy for leading the United States men’s basketball team to a berth in the 2019 World Cup in China with a 78-70 victory over Uruguay on Sunday. Popovich will coach the U.S. squad in the World Cup in August 2019 and in the 2020 Olympics.“Well, of course I’m happy as heck,” Popovich said. “We’re not in the dance if we don’t qualify. Coach Van Gundy has been brilliant and he’s working for pennies, zero pennies. He wants to do it for the country and he loves coaching. There’s nobody better to put a team together quickly. I think this was the fifth time, I’m not sure, but four or five different teams to get the USA to be able to qualify. He deserves a lot of credit and all those guys that have given up their time to do this. It was a group effort, but he’s the guy that made it go.”The Spurs noticed Stotts kept whistling when he wanted the Blazers to double team defensively.“I just noticed it,” Aldridge said. “I think last year and this year whenever he whistles, the double is coming. And I think he does it sometimes to try to trick you into thinking it’s coming. But I thought everyone was ready for it. I thought guys went to the right spaces. I tried to make the right reads and it ended up working out.” (AP)last_img read more

Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens on Memorial Day at Benton County Speedway

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The home track of the IMCA Modified division hosts opening night for the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour.IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start their Monday, May 29 main event at Benton County Speedway.The Memorial Day program is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and marks the sixth time in the tour’s eight-year history that the opening night show was held in Vinton, site of the first-ever IMCA Modified event in 1979.New tour title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply provides a portion of $5,650 point funds to be paid each of the next three seasons. The champion takes home $1,000 along with a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill, valued at $700, courtesy of the Spencer-based auto parts supplier.Top 10 point fund amounts will be paid in their entirety to drivers with perfect tour attendance and also include $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth, $600 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth, $250 for ninth and $200 for 10th. The tour champion must also attend the national banquet in November to receive their full point fund share and grill.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. for the 2017 lidlifter and racing starts at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and All-Star Performance State, but no track points will be awarded in the sanctioned divisions.Nine HDT dates, all paying a minimum of $1,000 to win, are on this year’s tour schedule and are qualifying events for 2017 or 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballots.Joel Rust of Grundy Center was the opening night feature winner last year. Other winners at Vinton include Vern Jackson of Waterloo, Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., Cay­den Carter of Oskaloosa, Richie Gustin of Gilman and Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D.The Sunday, May 28 Prelude special at Benton County boasts a $2,000 top prize and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational berth for the Modifieds.Track points will be awarded in all divisions and racing gets underway at 6 p.m.More information is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.Both events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 342; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 326; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 320; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 306; 5. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 264; 6. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 222; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 196; 8. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, 160; 9. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 155; 10. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 153; 11. Ja­cob Murray, Hartford, 152; 12. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, 149; 13. David Brown, Kellogg, 145; 14. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 137; 15. Kurt Kile, Nichols, and Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, both 127; 17. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, and Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., both 123; 19. Ryan Ruter, Kana­wha, 110; 20. Dakota Hayden, Wilton, 108.last_img read more