Major National Heavy Civil Contractor Honored With 2016 OPAL for Construction

first_imgASCE has honored Christopher S. Traylor, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award for Construction. Traylor is co-president of Traylor Bros. Inc., one of the leading heavy Civil Contractors in the United States.Under his leadership, Traylor Bros. recently completed two major projects – the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project in Jefferson, LA, and the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier in New Orleans, ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award winner for 2014. Traylor’s grandfather, William, founded Traylor Bros. Inc. in 1946. Chris Traylor has served as co-president since 2003, following a stint working for Granite Construction in California, a company Traylor Bros. still collaborates with on large projects.Traylor also works with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and serves on the University of Evansville President’s Board of Advisors. The OPAL Awards honor outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments contributed in one of five categories – construction, design, education, government, or management. The 2016 honorees will be recognized at the OPAL Awards Gala, March 17, in Arlington, VA.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Remember the linemen when the lights go out

first_imgSincerely,Tom DeGiseHudson County Executive Dear Editor:March 2018 produced three nor’easters, and two in less than a week, which caused power outages in many parts of New Jersey. Whenever the lights come back on, we breathe a grateful sigh of relief; but, we never know who to thank.April 18th was National Lineman Appreciation Day, and on behalf of the residents of Hudson County, I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you,” to all of the men and women who work on the electric grid to keep our power on and who perform their tasks in challenging conditions to restore the power after storms.These men and women work tirelessly in all types of hazardous weather and in the darkness of night so we may maintain our electricity dependent lives and return to the high reliability standard that we benefit from while the families of these workers may still be in the dark.This is also a good time to express our appreciation for the emergency responders who work side-by-side with PSE&G to ensure a safe work zone so the electricity can start flowing in the shortest time possible. last_img read more

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McCABE, MARY ETHEL (nee: Albach)

first_img93, passed away on July 19, 2018, at her home, with her family by her side. Mary was born in Bayonne and resided there lifelong. Wife of the late Andrew A. McCabe. Mother of Dr. Andrew A. McCabe and his Wife Deborah, James P. McCabe and his Wife Mary, Dr. Patrick McCabe and his Wife Mia, and Mary Venditti and her Husband Michael. Sister of William Albach. Grandmother of 12. Great-Grandmother of 10. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: [email protected] Funeral arrangements by G. KENNEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img

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Mayor Jay Gillian: Working on Capital Plan, Planning 9/11 Commemoration

first_imgOcean City’s annual 9/11 ceremony will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters on the 600 block of Asbury Avenue.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Sept. 5. Dear Friends,I would like to update everyone on the next steps for capital planning for the city. Over the next few weeks, the city team will be finalizing a multi-year capital plan to present to City Council at a workshop in October.  As always, this workshop will be open to the public and will serve as a starting point to build upon the aggressive capital plan City Council and my administration have initiated. We have been working diligently for several years now to address the city’s capital needs in a manner that is responsible to the taxpayer.I also invite everyone to gather as a community on September 11  at 7 p.m. for the city’s annual September 11th commemoration event, “A Day to Remember.” Please join us in front of the firehouse at 550 Asbury Avenue to reflect on the tragic events of 2001.  As with past commemorations, this event is held with coordination from the city’s American Legion and VFW posts, along with the city’s police and fire departments.I would like to remind everyone to visit the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association People’s Choice competition voting website and vote to support our downtown.  Voting will close on Sept. 26, 2014, and the three area winners will be announced early in October. The voting website is: http://njplanning.org/news/peoples-choice-awards/, so please take the time to vote for Downtown Ocean City!I hope everyone has a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

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Carnival Bayou and Snug Harbor First Up for Dredging

first_imgBoats sit high and dry at low tide on Snug Harbor in Ocean City, NJ.City Council will vote Thursday (April 23) to advertise for bids from contractors who can dredge Ocean City’s shallow lagoons.The proposed specifications call for estimates on completing work at Carnival Bayou (the lagoon between 16th and 17th streets) and at Snug Harbor (the lagoon between Eighth Street and W. Revere Place near Ninth Street).The estimated dredging calls for the removal of 60,200 cubic yards of material, 44,200 from Carnival Bayou and 16,000 from Snug Harbor.The work would mark the continuation of dredging for the first time since 2012, when all work stopped as the only approved disposal site was filled to capacity.The city approved a $2.7 million contract for a company to haul material away from that site. Up to 50,000 cubic yards from the new dredging could be deposited there.A new site near the Route 52 causeway could accommodate 7,000 cubic yards.The bid specifications ask for contractors to provide an alternate price for removing material from the Route 52 site to make more room.Thursday’s meeting is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall.last_img read more

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Tropics Watch: Disturbance Struggles But Still A Threat In The Gulf Of Mexico

first_imgA disturbance near the Bahamas and Cuba that was expected to threaten South Florida has remained disorganized. While this is good news, this system still has a chance of developing into a tropical storm as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. Gusty winds and heavy downpours will occur through South Florida as the system slides to the south over the weekend. Computer models have struggled with this system over the last several days but they continue to show more favorable development later in the weekend. It if develops, it will take on the name Hermine.It has been a long time since a hurricane has struck the Florida coastline. The last hurricane to strike Florida was Hurricane Wilma back in 2005, over 10 years ago.Computer models show disturbance tracking South of Florida and then into the Gulf of Mexico. Most Computer models show Hermine staying below hurricane strength through the weekendlast_img read more

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Summer Youth Crew Camp Is Happening Now For 4 Sessions

first_imgOcean City High School Crew Boosters “Summer Youth Crew Camps” began tonight. This is the first session out of four available session dates for the youth rowing camp, held in July and August near the 34th street bridge.Youth Crew Camp is for kids 12 to 14 years old who are interested in learning to row. Head Coach Michael Millar says, “For most of our crew campers, it’s their first experience around the crew boats. Our summer camp program gives them a taste of what the sport of rowing is all about in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.”The OCHS Crew team has a lot to offer the young campers. The team is coming off a stellar spring season, winning medals at the Atlantic County Championships, the Garden State Regatta, Philadelphia City Championships, Stotesbury Regatta, and Nationals. OCHS boys varsity 8+, boys second 8+, girls lightweight 8+ and the girls freshman 8+ were named Press of Atlantic City “All-Star Boats of the Year” for 2017. Our Coach Ian Tapp was named Coach of the Year for 2017 by the Press of Atlantic City. Last year’s winner was also one of our coaches, Head Coach Michael Millar.OCHS Crew team’s coaches will teach the campers the basics of rowing. OCHS crew team student volunteers will be on-hand as well to assist the coaches. Registration is open now.Sessions are as follows: Session 1: July 17 to 20, 5-7:30pm (make-up date July 21) Session 2: July 24 to 27, 5-7:30pm (make-up date July 28) Session 3: July 31 to Aug. 3, 5-7:30pm (make-up date Aug. 4) Session 4: Aug. 7 to 10, 5-7:30pm (make-up date Aug. 11) Championship Regatta: Aug. 14, 5-7:30pm (make-up date Aug. 15)The cost is $200 per session. Families registering a second child will be discounted to $150 for that rower. If a child is signed up for a third week, the fee is $150.00. If a child registers for all four camps, the fourth week is free. Each rower will receive a camp tshirt and an invitation to the camp’s Championship Regatta, where dinner will be served.Rowers should come wearing close-fitting shorts and t-shirt, water bottle, socks and slides. All rowers must sign an insurance waiver on US Rowing or you will not be able to row. Go to www.usrowing.org. Click on ABOUT. Click on Waivers. OCHS School Code is SL6NH. If thunderstorms develop during a camp session, parents will be contacted to come pick up their child early. Please be sure to leave a contact number where you can be reached.For more information, contact Gretchen Wiley at: [email protected] or Head Coach Mike Millar at [email protected]last_img read more

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Ocean City Resident Wins Mr. Mature America 2018

first_imgNancy Wilson and Bonnie Cotellese, both of Ocean City, go to the Mr. Mature America pageant every year and love it.Linda Butler, Carol Marceluk and Bonnie Wertz, of Ocean City, have some fun.Mr. Mature America 2017 Matthew Allen leads the contestants in the opening act.Contestant Richard Lalena sings “Just a Gigolo.” Bill Quain is joined back stage by his wife Jeanne after he wins Mr. Mature America 2018. By Maddy VitaleThey strutted, sauntered, scooted and did their best sashays holding heavy hams.But in the end, there could be only one Mr. Mature America – one senior who proved to the judges and the audience that filled the Music Pier Saturday night – that you are never too old show ’em what you got.Contestants ranged in age from 58 to 73. The contestant who took home the sash and crown, was Bill Quain, 65, of Ocean City, who played the ukulele and sang “On The Way To Cape May.”Bill Quain gets the audience to participate in “On The Way To Cape May.”“I had a really good feeling about it,” Quain, a father of two, said of his win, while standing alongside his wife Jeanne. “I just liked everyone so much. The other guys were so good to me.”Quain, who is blind, was assisted on and off the stage by a woman. When he answered a pageant question about something he has learned in life, he said that having a disability, he sometimes forgets other people have problems too. It is something he should be mindful of, he said. His remarks were met by loud applause. First runner up John Walton gives the audience his best Beatles rendition.When it came to the top guys, the locals won out. Contestant John Walton, 61, of Ocean City, who wore a blue robe, pulled out a puppet and sang the Beatles tune from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” was first runner up.Second runner up Joel Fogel, 73, of Somers Point, entertained the audience with his classical piano performance and during his interview said the most exciting thing he has ever done was riding his motorcycle to Alaska.  The audience loves Erik Estrada as master of ceremonies, who jokes throughout the show.TV personality Erik Estrada, 69, best known for his role on the police show “CHiPS” from the 1977-83, combined the perfect blend of finesse, suaveness and comedy as master of ceremonies, joking with the contestants and flashing that perfect smile. At times, he did a bit of hip movements that sent some audience members into laughter and there was that occasional face-fanning. Estrada had some definite competition when it came to smooth moves, when reigning Mr. Mature America 2017 Matthew Allen, 65, of Newtown, Pa. performed Frank Sinatra’s hit, “The Way You Look Tonight.”As Allen’s last encore as title holder was coming to an end, he glided across the stage with some ballroom dance moves.Audience members swooned. Earlier, however, Allen brought back the act that helped him become Mr. Mature America. He performed “I Got You Babe” doing both Sonny and Cher renditions.Matthew Allen, Mr. Mature America 2017, couldn’t leave his reign without doing one last Sonny and Cher skit.Throughout the night, Estrada entertained the audience with laughter and a lot of off-the-cuff jokes.After contestant Jay Keally, 59, of Ocean City recited a poem about love, Estrada asked the audience, “Does anyone need a hug after contestant 2?”Pageant Director Michael Hartman, who is Ocean City’s special events coordinator, said of the day which began with the jam-packed successful Doo-Dah Parade of which Estrada was the Grand Marshal. Pageant Director Michael Hartman says Ocean City really started the season off right.“We really ushered in 2018 season here in Ocean City. I think everyone was ready for sun and fun,” Hartman said.He added that Estrada’s manager told him that the Mr. Mature America contest was tailor-made for him to host. “He asked if we make it up for him,” Hartman said of the show which is in its fifth year.Mayor Jay Gillian and Erik Estrada joke before the mayor presents the master of ceremonies with a memento.Earlier in the night, Mayor Jay Gillian presented Estrada with a piece of the Boardwalk as a memento of being in Ocean City. Estrada said he loves it in Ocean City and has enjoyed his visit. Ocean City residents Nancy Wilson and Bonnie Cotellese have been coming to the show every year since the beginning because it is so much fun.“It is very entertaining. There are a lot of laughs,” Wilson said. Cotellese added, “It is great entertaining. It is just very enjoyable.”last_img read more

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American Legion 524 Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters

first_imgAmerican Legion Post 524 members Jim Sambucci, past Commander Bill Cruice and Post Commander Bob Marzulli cut the ribbon during a ceremony in 2018 to celebrate the grand opening of their new building. By Maddy VitaleBill Cruice was commander of American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 in 2000, when he organized a drive for the veterans to have a meeting place, one where they could share their memories, enjoy camaraderie and hold events.On Saturday, the 84-year-old reflected on how he and other post members, there were 30 at the time, knocked on doors and began the long journey to having their own building. The post, which grew to 450 members in 17 years, leased space in four different locations. Dignitaries, members of the public and veterans listen as Post Commander Bob Marzulli speaks.Now, Post 524 finally has its own space to call home.“I never thought this day would come – I never thought I would live to see it,” Cruice, an Airforce veteran said, looking at the crowd of dignitaries, members of the public and fellow veterans, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new headquarters for Post 524 at 46th street and West Avenue.Commander Bob Marzulli led the ceremony, which included raising the flags and the official ribbon cutting. Post Commander Bob Marzulli with Senator Jeff Van Drew.Several dignitaries attended the event including, Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape, Cumberland, Atlantic. Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton, Freeholder Jeff Pierson, Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, City Council President Peter Madden, Councilman Bob Barr, Councilwoman Karen Bergman, Councilman Keith Hartzell and Ocean City Executive Director of the Regional Chamber of Commerce Michele Gillian.Senator Jeff Van Drew, Mayor Jay Gillian, Councilwoman Karen Bergman, Councilmen Keith Hartzell and Bob Barr and Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton, along with post members during the Pledge of Allegiance.Officials spoke of their appreciation for the veterans. “You really made a difference. It is one thing to get up every day and say you are going to do something, it is another to do it,” Van Drew said of the members’ efforts to build a headquarters. “You did it and you make a difference. God bless you.”Wiping away tears, Hartzell gave a heartfelt tribute to his late father, who served both in  World War II and the Korean War, as well as other vets. “I love all of you,” Hartzell said.“As a 40-year member of the American Legion this is one of my proudest moments,” Thornton said, adding that not only was it the opening of Post 524, but the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.For many years, the new building with 4,800 square feet, seemed like an impossible dream. In 2014 the City gave the Legion the property to lease for $1 a year for 50 years. The mayor told the crowd that he was appreciative of the dedication of the veterans and that the city and Post 524 work very well together. Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian addresses the American Legion.The American Legion operated out of a building on 33rd Street and Bay Avenue. But like the buildings before it, Post 524 needed a larger space. Members held an array of fundraisers to rally the community’s financial support for the project. In total, the building exceeded $500,000. “After six years of trying to put this together, it was accomplished, and we did it always with the motto of veterans helping veterans and giving back to the community,” said Chairman of the Legion’s Fundraising Committee Rob Cozen. “This is our greatest achievement outside of the veterans’ programs and helping the community,” Post Adjutant Jack Hagen noted. “This building exists for that one reason.”The American Legion Post 524 has a new home at 46th Street and West Avenue.last_img read more

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