Vacant for a Decade, Route 35 Site Eyed for Daycare, Retail…

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – The site of a long-vacant restaurant on Route 35 may be the next piece of township real estate headed for redevelopment.The Steak and Ale restaurant at 1287 Route 35 North was a popular dining destination before shuttering nearly a decade ago. Today, the abandoned building stands out for its forlorn state, with its untamed foliage and fractured roadside sign.A prospective developer of the three-acre site says he can provide an upgrade over what exists now.“We’re going to vastly improve it aesthetically,” said Robert Indig, managing partner of DeVimy Equities, a Lakewood-based land developer, referring to the property. “It’s going to be a nice ratable for the town.”On July 12, Indig will present a plan to the Middletown Planning Board to demolish the existing 5,849-square-foot restaurant and its associated parking area. He plans to build two separate buildings totaling 21,505 square feet of retail space.The first standalone building, a 10,000-square-foot structure, is reserved for The Learning Experience daycare center, with a 5,000-square-foot indoor play area.The adjacent 11,505-square-foot building will house three tenants: a 6,505-square-foot Mavis Discount Tire automotive center with six associated garage bays; a 3,600-square-foot retail center, currently without a tenant; and an 1,850-square-foot drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts.Indig said the Dunkin’ Donuts at 865 Route 35, located a half mile south on the mid-highway traffic island in Middletown, will be moving to the site.The retail center would either be a local yoga studio or a smoothie beverage-type vendor, but that would be determined after the development is approved by the town.Regarding his mix of tenants, Indig said he sees it as an “internet-proof strategy.”If approved, the proposed tenants would join a Route 35 corridor already studded with similar businesses. Just north of the property beyond the Autozone retailer is a Firestone Complete Auto Care facility. Across the highway on the southbound side resides Bobby’s Precision Auto Repair, which shares a property with Penske Truck Rental and an Avis/Budget Car Rental facility.Just south of the vacant lot, past the Crown Palace restaurant, is a Bright Kidz Preschool and Day Care facility.“People still have children, and those children still have to go to daycare,” Indig said, adding that “everybody has a car, they need tires, they need brake repairs and oil changes.”DeVimy Equities is requesting seven different variances for the site, ranging from parking setbacks from the highway to retaining wall heights.The current owner of the Steak and Ale site is Manalapan-based River Birch, LLC, which took control of the property in 2011. Per county tax records, the nearly three-acre plot of land was assessed at just over $2 million in 2017.Indig’s purchase remains contingent upon approvals from the planning board.Steak and Ale, Bennigan’s and Bennigan’s on the Fly restaurants closed across the country in 2008 after parent company Metromedia Restaurant Group filed for bankruptcy.Per Bennigan’s, the brand has been revived under new owner Legendary Restaurant Brands. The Steak and Ale franchise is looking for domestic and international franchising opportunities, according to its website.Paul Mangiamele, chairman and CEO of Legendary Restaurant Brands, said there was “nothing wrong” with the site or location of the Steak and Ale in Middletown.“This store is in my neck of the woods,” Mangiamele said in a statement to The Two River Times. “I know this location and it would be ideal for the rebirth of our beloved Steak and Ale.”Indig and DeVimy Equities are represented by attorney Rick Brodsky of Ansell Grimm & Aaron. Brodsky was the attorney for the most recent approval before the Middletown Planning Board – a 5,040-square-foot, two to three tenant retail center at an empty gardening center located on the island between Route 35 North and South.In addition to that project, another major Middletown redevelopment opportunity still looms before the township’s planning board. John Orrico, president of National Realty & Development Corp., has not appeared to township planners since February for the 52-acre proposed commercial development The Shoppes at Middletown, more commonly known as Village 35.It is anticipated that both Indig and Orrico will be present at the July 12 planning board meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Indig said he was supposed to be heard at the June meeting, but was pushed back. He anticipates a roughly one-hour presentation to the planning board at the July meeting.Referring to his own redevelopment project, Indig said he expects his improvements for reenergizing the site to be looked at favorably by Middletown at large.“I think overall it will be very well received by the township and the residents,” he said.This article was first published in the July 6-13, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Team Cranked Up captures The Nelson Daily Team Fundraising award at Scotia Bank MS West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Cranked Up team of Maggie Mulvihill and captain Sheri Allarie won the award, raising more than $3400.The total fundraising total for the Scotia Bank MS West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is $83,100.The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge, which happens over two days, see participants ride around the Kokanee Glacier in the Selkirk Mountains, from New Denver to Slocan, to Kaslo, and back to New Denver with an overnight in Nelson. The Cranked Up team of Maggie Mulvihill and Sheri Allarie cranked it up once again to claim The Nelson Daily Team Fundraising Award during this past weekend’s Scotia Bank MS West Kootenay Glacier Challenge.Scotia Bank MS West Kootenay Glacier Challenge raises money for the West Kootenay MS Society to fund local programs and services for people affected the disease as well as to support critical research for improved treatments and to find a cure.last_img read more

CC show them your best! – Weatherly

first_imgThere have been many great performances in what has been a perfect season for Western Jamaica’s ISSA/FLOW Super Cup flag-bearers Cornwall College. Yet, they arrive in Kingston ahead of today’s final at Sabina Park, looking to do even better with Wolmer’s standing between them and their place in history as the daCosta Cup’s first Super Cup winner. Cornwall played their first game at Sabina Park last week – a 4-2 win over of a strong Clarendon College team in the semi-finals. It was the latest tick in a season that has seen the self-proclaimed ‘Original CC’ outfit go unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions – including 16 wins in 16 DCup games. Yet, coach Dean Weatherly believes there’s a lot more to come from his boys. “Peaked? No, no, no we have not peaked. We have ways to go still; we are probably at about 80 per cent right now, which is happening for us at a good time in the season,” he said. Weatherly, while being respectful of a tactical Wolmer’s team, says they will play without fear and work for the win. “We are hoping that the boys turn out and produce their best game. I guess if we turn out and play our A game it will be successful,” he told The Gleaner prior to his team’s arrival here in Kingston, last evening. “We didn’t overstretch against Clarendon, we have more in the tank for sure, everybody (players) is good and we will have a full strength team tomorrow (today),” added Weatherly. “We are just hoping to play some good football and see if we can stick to Wolmer’s because it’s a hard running team, and we have to match up with them,” he stressed. “Our players have to express themselves within limits and as long as they are playing within what is the required system, then individually, we just have to make them feel comfortable in what they are doing,” he assured. Like his counterpart on the Wolmer’s bench, he feels playing at Sabina Park will not give either team an advantage. “As long as you are on top the fans will go anywhere, it doesn’t matter where the game is being played. Yes, of course we can win, we are going for that but you know how football is, and teenagers,” added Weatherly.last_img read more

Body of man found on Corentyne beach

first_imgThe body of a man was on Monday afternoon discovered on the Number 78 Village, Berbice, foreshore. According to reports, the man, who appeared to be in his early 50’s, did not have any marks of violence. The body has been taken to the Skeldon Hospital Mortuary. Police are investigating.last_img

Ronaldo does it again as Real dump PSG out of Europe

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo strikes as Real bury PSG to reach quarter-finalsPARIS, France, Mar 6 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro got the goals for Real Madrid as the holders won 2-1 away to a Paris Saint-Germain side missing Neymar to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.Ronaldo had scored twice — including his 100th goal for Real in the competition — as they won 3-1 in the first leg in Spain last month, and his header early in the second half at the Parc des Princes effectively ended the French club’s hopes of progressing. Edinson Cavani equalised on the night for PSG, but only after they had Marco Verratti sent off, and Casemiro’s late goal secured an ultimately comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side.PSG never looked like turning the tie around in the absence of the injured Neymar, and it was a horribly flat way for them to exit the competition.As they limp out, Real’s dream of becoming the first team in more than 40 years to win three successive European Cups remains alive.A year after their spectacular collapse against Barcelona in the last 16, when they were humiliated 6-1 away in the return after a stunning 4-0 win at home, PSG had hoped to produce a memorable comeback themselves this time.Yet, shorn of the world’s most expensive player, who is back in Brazil recuperating from a foot operation, they struggled to create chances, and the night will be remembered just as much for the stupidity of a section of their supporters.Flares were lit en masse on several occasions at one end of the ground, once even leading to a brief stoppage in play, and PSG will face punishment from UEFA as a result.– Di Maria flops –Without Neymar, this was Angel Di Maria’s big chance to shine after he was left on the bench for the entirety of the first leg, but nothing came off for the Argentine against his former side, his performance symbolic of a wider malaise in the home ranks.They had only made Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas work once in the first half, from Kylian Mbappe’s shot in the 43rd minute.In contrast, Alphonse Areola had kept the home side in the game with two fine saves to deny Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema before the interval.That just delayed the inevitable. Having come close with a header moments earlier, Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, heading in a Lucas Vazquez cross for his third goal in the tie.The goal had come from an error by Dani Alves initially, and it completely punctured PSG and the atmosphere.The tie had escaped them before Verratti was sent off midway through the second half, picking up a second yellow card for dissent.Substitute Javier Pastore’s header deflected into the net off Cavani in the 71st minute to level the scores on the night, but more poor defending allowed Real to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes left.Unable to clear their lines in their own area, PSG saw Casemiro’s shot go in via a Marquinhos deflection.With Marco Asensio and Isco both hitting the post in the second half for Real, the visitors more than deserved their win on the night, as well as in the tie.That rubbed more salt into the wounds for PSG, who had not lost any of their previous 51 home games in all competitions, a run going back two years to before the start of Unai Emery’s reign as coach.This defeat is likely to hasten the end of his time in charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Clonleigh Co-op seeking to recruit Sales/Store Assistant

first_imgJob Vacancy: Clonleigh Co-op in Castlefinn is now recruiting for a Sales/Store Assistant on a full-time basis. Clonleigh Co-op is a dynamic and growing agricultural Co-op based in East Donegal. We specialize in animal feed and fertiliser and supply farm inputs to farms throughout the North West and Northern Ireland.We operate two retail outlets at Castlefinn and Newtowncunningham supplying animal health products, general agricultural supplies, and hardware/building products along with a fuel retail business. Due to our continued expansion and growth, we have a vacancy for a Sales/Store Person to join our team in our Castlefinn branch.Sales/Store Person requirements You will be able to work well in a team that is key to the smooth and effective running of the organisation.You will preferably have experience with retail sales and have worked in a busy retail environment dealing with the public.You will be analytical, thorough, and efficient and be able to communicate effectively with customers, suppliers and staff.Experience in the Agricultural sector would be an advantage.Location: Castlefinn, Co DonegalPayment: Depending on Experience Terms: Permanent, Full-timeContact: Gareth Patterson/Derek GlennIf you’re interested in this position then forward your CV now to derek@clonleigh.ieTel: (00353) 074 9146700Job Vacancy: Clonleigh Co-op seeking to recruit Sales/Store Assistant was last modified: December 4th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:castlefinnClonleigh Co-opeast Donegallast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL fans come in all ages.And at the WonderYears Childcare crèche in Letterkenny, they tend to be young.But they also know which team to get behind. Pix by Gabrielle Gallagher COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: WONDER YEARS KIDS GET BEHIND DONEGAL! was last modified: September 20th, 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)last_img


first_imgTHE Mount Errigal Hotel has come out tops once again on TripAdvisor – picking up a top gong for the FIFTH year running.Although the hotel is 3* it ranks higher than the other large 4 star hotels in Letterkenny and has been inducted into the ratings website 2015 Hall of Fame – it’s fifth year in a row.Out of all hotels in Letterkenny the Mount Errigal has the most reviews, which makes it even harder to rank higher. “We have worked extremely hard over the years to create a comfortable, enjoyable environment which is good value for money, each year we accommodate more than 80,000 guests in our hotel,” said Carolynne Harrison, marketing manager.“Our occupancy has grown immensely over the last few years and we enjoy a very strong repeat customer base who enjoy our facilities and location in relation to Donegal’s delightful beaches, scenic drives, nightlife and, of course, the shopping”Leaderboard on Tripadvisor1 – Silver Tassie 4*, 465 reviews2 – Castle Grove 4*, 146 reviews3- Station House 3* 432 reviews4- Mount Errigal 3* 1143 reviews5 – Dillons 3* 53 reviews6- Radisson 4* 637 reviews7 – Clanree 4*, 681 reviews8- Gallaghers 3*, 375 reviews  MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL GETS FIVE-IN-A-ROW ON TRIP ADVISOR was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 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:best hotel donegaldonegalHall of FameletterkennyMount Errigal Hoteltop hoteltop hotels donegalTripAdvisorlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV VIDEO: The fastest man on the planet wants to play soccer – and he wants to play with Manchester United.Watch a video of Usain Bolt showing off his football skills, ably assisted by his manager Ricky Simms.The Milford man shows some handy skills himself.With a bit of luck, Ricky will be bringing Usain to Finn Valley Athletics Club some time over the next few months. “Usain playing for Man United has been mentioned,” said Ricky, “but we will have to see what happens. It’s something he’d like to do but because he knows Alex (Ferguson) and I know Alex, it’s probably been overplayed.” DDTV VIDEO: USAIN BOLT SHOWS OFF SOCCER SKILLS WITH DONEGAL PAL RICKY was last modified: August 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Darwin Party’s Hot Air Machine Never Stops

first_imgby David F. CoppedgeAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Do Darwinians ever tire of dishing out vacuous, airy stories about things? Never; with creationists grabbing headlines, they just turn up the heat.Empirical observations are like props on a stage to Darwinians. The play is the thing; the narrative must go on, with or without props. A variety of recent news articles shows Darwinians making up stories out of thin air, using pictures of bones or strata or modern animals that have nothing necessarily to do with the narrative. It gives the public an impression that the data are driving the story, when in actuality, the opposite is the case. And when data are missing entirely, artwork or imagination can fill in the gap – or assertions that are plain lies.How dinosaurs may have evolved into birds ( The operative words are, “may have.” This article begins, “Studies of dinosaur fossils that show bird-like traits, such as feathers, light bones, air sacs and three-digit forelimbs, clarified the evolutionary kinship of birds and dinosaurs.” The example they show, however, is the bird Microraptor gui, which had feathered wings and legs and flew. It was a bird, not a dinosaur. A corrected version of the headline should say, “How birds may have evolved into birds.” But that wouldn’t fit the narrative. So on they go, using irrelevant genes as props to weave a tale about how hopping lizards evolved powered flight (see 5/22/17). Don’t worry about the names of the genes. Watch how they are used:Because the ASHCEs in genes such as Sim1 were highly conserved and therefore largely unchanged by evolution since the dinosaur era, this suggests CREs such as ASHCEs were vital in developing bird-specific traits and may have driven the transition of dinosaurs to birds.The genes distract attention from the question of how random changes in a code would generate major functional innovations.  The genes they cite didn’t even change. Something had to change to make a dinosaur flap new wings into the sky. What was it?“You don’t just partly fly, because flight requires not just having a pair of wings, but having your entire biology coordinated towards that function.” —Paul NelsonAccording to Darwinian theory, random mutations in dinosaur DNA led to powered flight. But that’s a huge amount of change! “You don’t just partly fly,” Paul Nelson quipped in the Illustra Media documentary, Flight: The Genius of Birds, “because flight requires not just having a pair of wings, but having your entire biology coordinated towards that function.” Saying that random changes “may have driven” a dinosaur to become a bird is like saying that random changes can turn a wagon into a guided drone — no intelligence required.Whales only recently evolved into giants when changing ice, oceans concentrated prey ( In this article, the Smithsonian claims that ice ages made whales grow big. According to the Darwin-drenched fossil dating scheme, the giant whales only came into existence recently. Here’s the story, which presumes evolution without demonstrating it. Watch for the storytelling words like suggest, somehow, and imagine:The research team traced the discrepancy back to a shift in the way body size evolved that occurred about 4.5 million years ago. Not only did whales with bodies longer than 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) begin to evolve around this time, but smaller species of whales also began to disappear. Pyenson notes that larger whales appeared in several different lineages around the same time, suggesting that massive size was somehow advantageous during that timeframe.“We might imagine that whales just gradually got bigger over time, as if by chance, and perhaps that could explain how these whales became so massive,” said Slater, a former Peter Buck postdoctoral fellow at the museum. “But our analyses show that this idea doesn’t hold up—the only way that you can explain baleen whales becoming the giants they are today is if something changed in the recent past that created an incentive to be a giant and made it disadvantageous to be small.”While we might congratulate these evolutionists for backing away from chance, their replacement explanation makes no sense at all. How can animals understand an incentive? And why are there still small and medium-sized whales today? If this “incentive” were a law of nature, then every animal would evolve to giant size. Their prey, krill, could also evolve to become giants so that baleen whales couldn’t eat them. No matter what happens, the answer is the same: “it evolved.” The explanation is a distraction from the much larger issue: how did a four-footed land animal evolve into a creature that spends its entire life in the water? For the problems with that, you’ll have to watch Illustra Media’s documentary, Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth.Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners ( We reported May 31 that evolutionists have no explanation for the origin of sex. But given that sex does exist, now what? Eager to prove that her hero Darwin was right, Dr. Nerissa Hanink begins by singing his praises: “Almost 150 years after Charles Darwin first proposed a little-known prediction from his theory of sexual selection, researchers have found that male moths with larger antennae are better at detecting female signals.” Large antennae on moths are the props of her story. Hanink calls on experts who agree, one of them affirming that “Darwin’s theory of sexual selection is well supported by thousands of studies.” Supported, that is, except by the studies that do not, which we have covered often. For instance, peahens do not stare at the exotic feathers of male peacocks, as predicted by Darwin. But in the Darwin Party’s theater, no critics are allowed to interrupt the play.Well, what about those male antennae? Here’s her story line, told with a crescendo of enthusiasm, as she leans on the opinions of Australian biologist Mark Elgar:“But Darwin also proposed that sexual selection can favour males who are better at detecting and responding to signals from females, including chemical signals like pheromones. So males with sensory structures that can better detect female signals may have the edge in finding them in order to mate and pass on their genes.”But [Elgar] says this idea has been largely overlooked until now.Consider for a moment how surprising it is that Darwinians have had over 150 years to look at this, but they largely overlooked it until now. Why? It’s about time. Hanink looks at the research of a grad student, who conducted some tests, and did find that male moths with bigger antennae were able to detect smaller amounts of pheromone. Take time out to celebrate Darwin again: Take it away, Dr. Matthew Symonds:“Our data are consistent with Darwin’s 1871 prediction that sexual selection favours exaggerated sensory receptor structures like antennae,” says Dr Symonds.“As evolutionary biologists, it’s very rewarding to be able to support a long-standing idea, originally floated by Darwin, that hasn’t attracted much attention,” he says.Once again, ask if this is a law of nature. The title, remember, is that “males that are good listeners apparently make attractive mates.” If so, then men should have elephant ears, shouldn’t they? And big noses and huge eyes, to sense all the signals that women are sending out? And why are there any moths left with small antennae, after tens of millions of years of evolution? Is bigger always better? Evolution could have made existing antennae more sensitive without getting bigger, and the Darwin narrative would still work.Hanink extends the Darwin story further. She claims that females determine the size of male antennae. They choose to give off less pheromone, so that “high quality” males with bigger antennae will come to mate because they are more fit. But that is a non-sequitur. Carrying around large antennae is costly to the male. It could well be that it makes the male less fit. The moth with the smaller antennae could just follow the weight-encumbered male, and whiz by to get the female.These three examples show that, for Darwinians, empirical observations can become mere props to support a predetermined narrative. Without the props, the story works just as well, because whatever happened, “it evolved” — praise be to Charles Darwin. The evolutionary story distracts from the important questions, turning everyone’s eyes to all the sound and fury that signifies nothing, much like an air dancer that takes the driver’s eyes off the road.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thanks to J. Beverly Greene for this animation made especially for CEH. All rights reserved.(Visited 588 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more