Newry House / Austin Maynard Architects

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938310/newry-house-austin-maynard-architects Clipboard Project Team:Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Ray DinhEngineer:OPS EngineersBuilding Surveyor:Code ComplianceLand Surveyor:Dickson HearneCity:MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tess KellyRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels in Fonsanta RestaurationResidential ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Hudson Valley Home, USA – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacText description provided by the architects. The owners of Newry, a family of four, wanted to renovate their single-fronted terrace home in inner-city Melbourne, on a tight budget. Though the house had already been renovated in the 90s, the two storey addition at the back failed to address the primary issue, a lack of light. The owners asked Austin Maynard Architects to reconfigure their living zone to allow in sunlight and make better use of their limited space. Save this picture!© Tess KellyKeywhole Surgery. Situated amongst a row of adjoined terraces, Newry is a fairly small family home which has been dramatically transformed by a relatively small renovation. As an architectural ‘operation’, it’s akin to keyhole surgery. Here, a small incision has been made to access and fix the problematic central core, to maximum effect. Save this picture!© Tess KellyThrough years and years of learning, Austin Maynard Architects have become incredibly incisive dealing with the problems of dark and poorly laid out terraced houses. Though typically, in terms of design and build, the team is more inclined to chop off a limb and add new cyborg arm, the restraints of budget, (as well as ego and eco-conscience), led to a more considered and restrained approach.Save this picture!© Tess KellyThe ‘90s addition was structurally sound. The bathroom and laundry at the rear were neat and functional. To demolish, simply because it wasn’t in the ideal location, would have been wasteful. Instead, discipline was required to work with what was already there, implementing strategic moves to solve and improve.Save this picture!© Tess KellyThe Core. Apart from new carpets and joinery in all three bedrooms, the front and the back parts of the house remain largely untouched. The ‘rotten’ middle section of the house was gutted, including the old timber floor, replaced by a thermally efficient, hydronically heated, concrete slab. A wall that once separated the kitchen from one of the smallest, darkest, bleakest dining rooms to ever exist, was also removed, opening up the kitchen/living-dining space. The ceiling, and above it a leaky roof deck outside the main bedroom, was also demolished and a large pitched glass roof with sliding awnings installed.Save this picture!© Tess KellyPart of the client brief was to not build bigger but to design better. Their old kitchen had a huge amount of wasted space, which was very inefficient and difficult to access. The space was compact and so the staircase, kitchen, and storage are all combined into one object. A merging of perforated steel and blackbutt timber, concealing doors, drawers, and cupboards. In the centre a beautiful Studio Italia bench provides further storage. The exposed garden has been integrated into a bench seat, optimising space in the dining area.Save this picture!© Tess KellyAn indoor garden. The fundamental concern with most terrace houses is a lack of natural light. This problem is generally resolved with some form of light well, open to the sky with some kind of garden greenery at the base. At Newry there is no lightwell, no ‘box’, the garden greenery is inside, integrated within the space, exposed and easily accessed beneath a glass roof that allows for an abundance of natural light.In a space that is already tight, the question was, why take away indoor space to capture outdoor space? Instead, we focused on the conservatory idea; a glasshouse that brings the outdoors inside, with responsive sliding shade awnings to shield from too much sun. In seconds the raised shading can be remotely closed, (partly, fully, on one side, etc), to provide almost 100% protection from UV rays.Save this picture!© Tess KellyColor run. It wouldn’t be an Austin Maynard Architects project without moments of discovery and delight, although at Newry these were largely thanks to the client’s great taste.  The home’s modest palate is dashed with colour that pops and converses throughout the whole house. The perforated steel staircase – bright white but for a surprise twist of vivid green at the top is a nod to the green of the garden and the bench seat. The rich burgundy Tretford carpet in the entrance hall balanced by the sofa in the living room.Save this picture!© Tess KellyMaking allowances. Newry is a small project, much smaller than AMA usually undertakes. The clients were locals, neighbours who posed an interesting challenge. They wanted to dramatically improve their home-life and also the way their home performed (on a thermal and sustainable level) but were aware of their limitations and were prepared to pick their battles.  Instead of spending their tight budget thinly across the entire site, and compromising everywhere, they chose to completely subvert one area, the main living space, and do it very well. They identified how they lived as a family and prioritised their needs and wants. Focusing on one area is difficult, but it’s a great way to deal with the budget.Save this picture!© Tess KellySustainability. Sustainability is always at the core of Austin Maynard Architects’ work. Most old homes, or 80s/90s renovations, tend to be breezy, cold, and thermally inefficient. A few straightforward moves can solve these issues. At Newry, windows and doors have been re-fitted with thermally separated double glazing. Drafty timber floorboards have been replaced with hydronic heated concrete.Save this picture!© Tess KellyThe installation of a Tesla battery ensures the home not only performs well but pumps excess green energy back in to the grid. With the ongoing dilemma of air conditioning, caused by increased weather extremes, good design and passive solar gains are not always enough. A solution is to work with the natural elements to ensure carbon zero is attained.Save this picture!© Tess KellyProject gallerySee allShow lessGrillicious Restaurant / ForX Design StudioSelected ProjectsJinan Greentown Financial Center / gadSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Tess Kelly Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia Newry House / Austin Maynard ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNewry House / Austin Maynard Architects “COPY” Moon Building Group Save this picture!© Tess Kelly+ 34Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” Australia Year:  CopyAbout this officeAustin Maynard ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on April 28, 2020Cite: “Newry House / Austin Maynard Architects” 27 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects 2020 Houses Manufacturers: Brightgreen, Cult, Dulux, FRANKE, Fisher & Paykel, Hafele, Inlite, Faucets Strommen Energy Consultant: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938310/newry-house-austin-maynard-architects Clipboard Newry House / Austin Maynard Architects Builder: Photographs Efficient Energy Choices Architects: Austin Maynard Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  129 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Union-Endicott CSD looks ahead to upcoming school year

first_imgWith school districts now awaiting guidance from New York State, U-E officials say all they can do is prepare for every possible situation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are faced with an uncertain future as the upcoming school year approaches. U-E officials are starting discussions about what the year could look like. “There are three possible models that we are going to have to think about,” said Union-Endicott CSD Superintendent Nicole Wolfe. However, for each situation, there’s a long list of concerns officials have to plan for, from nutrition, to social needs, athletics, and more. (WBNG) — Union-Endicott Central School District is working with other local districts to plan for all types of situations in the upcoming school year. The first of those models would have all students back in the classroom for the entire year. Another model would do the opposite, having students and staff conduct remote learning throughout the year. The last of the models, a hybrid model, would combine both situations. “It could look like students going to school on days one, three, five, and on two, four, and six, they’re remote. On two, four, and six, another group is in school, and one, three, and five is remote,” said Wolfe. “New York doesn’t have a plan, we’re all kind of at a disadvantage right now because we don’t even know what we’re planning for,” said Wolfe. A hybrid model would allow students to split time between the classroom and remote learning. “If school was going to start tomorrow, I would say we need a hybrid model. I think it’s the most complicated because it could take so many different forms,” said Wolfe. Wolfe says U-E officials will be meeting this week to further discuss options. She says she is also looking at reopening plans in other states, as well as working with local school districts to create a more unified plan.last_img read more

Europe tries to shut down strain from Danish mink farms

first_imgLONDON — The discovery of a new coronavirus strain on Danish mink farms has led to the introduction of strict public health measures in the north of the country, with other European nations also responding to the outbreak.It comes after a warning from Denmark’s national authority for the control of infectious disease, the State Serum Institute, that if the mutant virus were to spread internationally it could have potentially “serious consequences” for a future Covid-19 vaccine.More than a quarter of a million people in northern Denmark went into lockdown on Friday, with citizens urged to get tested after Covid-19 infections were reported among the mink population in that region.- Advertisement – Data from animal rights group Humane Society International puts Denmark as the world’s second-largest exporter of mink fur, behind China. It says Denmark accounted for roughly half of all of the 35 million mink farmed in Europe in 2018.Since June, 214 human cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Denmark with variants associated with the farmed minks, the WHO said, including 12 cases with a unique variant, reported on Nov. 5.All of these 12 cases were found to have originated in North Jutland, Denmark, and the people infected ranged in age from 7 to 79-years-old.The WHO said initial observations suggested that the clinical presentation, severity and transmission among those infected were similar to that of other circulating coronavirus strains.The WHO has since launched a review of biosecurity measures in mink farms across the globe.Too early to ‘come to any conclusions’The coronavirus is constantly evolving, and, to date, there is no evidence to suggest the mutation identified among Danish mink farms poses an increased danger to people.As of Monday morning, more than 50.3 million people were reported to have contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 1.25 million related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Drugmakers and research centers are scrambling to deliver a safe and effective vaccine in an attempt to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. – Advertisement – Mink farm owner Holger Rønnow in his farm, where he is forced by the Government to mass cull all minks on November 6, 2020 in Herning, Denmark.Ole Jensen | Getty Images News | Getty Images Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said on Friday that it was “a long, long way away” from understanding whether the mutation of the virus could have any implications for diagnostics or vaccines.The WHO’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, agreed.“I think that we need to wait and see what the implications are, but I don’t think we should come to any conclusions about whether this particular mutation is going to impact vaccine efficacy or not,” Swaminathan said on Friday.“We don’t have any evidence at the moment that it would. But we will update you as we get more information.” Restaurants across seven municipalities were ordered to close from Saturday, and schools from fifth grade and above were required to switch to remote learning from Monday.Elsewhere, the U.K. government implemented stricter rules for arrivals from Denmark. Freight drivers who have been in or travelled through Denmark in the last 14 days, and who are not residents of the U.K., will now be refused entry to Britain. All passenger vessels and accompanying freight from Denmark will also be halted.In Ireland, passengers arriving from the Scandinavian country have been told to take extra precautions to contain the spread of the newly-discovered coronavirus strain.- Advertisement –center_img The Irish government has said people should restrict their movements for 14 days after entering the country from Denmark, even if they are visiting for an “essential” purpose.What do we know about this new Covid strain?Last week, Danish health authorities raised the alarm over a mutant form of the coronavirus that arose in mink farms and has spread to humans.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the situation as “very, very serious,” and ordered the country’s mink farms to cull all 15 million minks in a move designed to reduce the risk of the animals re-transmitting the strain of the coronavirus to humans. Minks at farmer Stig Sørensen’s estate where all minks must be culled due to a government order on November 7, 2020 in Bording, Denmark.Ole Jensen | Getty Images News | Getty Images Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020.Dado Ruvic | Reuters – Advertisement –last_img read more

Hector Bellerin speaks out after Arsenal defeat and reacts to crowd booing

first_imgArsenal’s players looked totally dejected at the end of the game (Picture: Getty)The match was interim manager Freddie Ljungberg’s first at the Emirates and the defeat will have done little to help his chances of getting the job permanently, though Bellerin insists he has the squad’s backing.He added: ‘For us, Freddie has helped the team a lot in this week. He’s added a lot of energy in the dressing room. Whoever is there we are going to give 100%, it’s our job as players, and we’re going to give 100% for Freddie.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Brighton’s win means Arsenal have not won in the league since the start of October (Getty)Asked about the booing, the Spanish defender told Amazon Prime Video: ‘I think from the pitch, from how hard we’ve been working this week, from everything, every single player has given their 100%, the coaches as well.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When we come out on that pitch, everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to give their best for that shirt. Sometimes I don’t know, as I say, it’s hard to say it.‘I felt like, especially in the second half, the team was full of energy, we had a goal disallowed – which was rightly disallowed anyway – but as I say it’s just hard to take for us. We need to keep going, we cannot give up, we need to keep playing like the second half and I’m sure 100% the results will come.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe continued: ‘I don’t even know what to say. You get the feeling that whatever we’re doing it doesn’t come out right.‘The team gave its best, especially you can see how we pushed in the second half, created chances, every single player was going for every single ball, we defended good, but it seems like we need so many chances to score a goal and other teams with the smallest chances they score. It sounds a bit hard to say, but sometimes it’s like lost for words a bit.’ Advertisement Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal players ‘gave 100%’ after being booed during Brighton defeatcenter_img The Spanish defender feels the team gave everything despite losing on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin is adamant Arsenal’s players gave ‘100%’ in their Premier League defeat to Brighton on Thursday night after they were booed off the pitch following the full-time whistle.The Gunners went behind in a poor first-half showing but levelled at the start of the second through Alexandre Lacazette as they raised their game – though they ultimately succumbed to a 2-1 defeat as Neal Maupay struck a late winner.Fans showed their discontent, booing when the final whistle was blown, but Bellerin – who fronted up to the media afterwards – felt the reaction was a little unwarranted. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 11:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link302Shareslast_img read more

United States hands out $23 million to boost marine energy

first_imgThe Energy Department of the United States has set up a $23 million funding call to support marine energy industry advancement in wave, tidal, ocean and river current technologies.The goal of this funding opportunity is to advance innovative technologies to reduce capital costs and shorten deployment timelines of marine energy devices.The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will fund research and evaluation of next-generation wave and tidal/current systems, support early-stage design of power take off (PTO) and controls integration, and allow for more efficient consideration of any potential environmental impacts from marine renewable energy development.Mark Menezes, US Undersecretary of Energy, said: “Marine energy is the newest frontier where we can unleash American innovation to produce more energy more affordably. Investing in early-stage research and development is critical to our America First energy and economic strategy to provide millions of Americans with domestic, clean, and reliable energy.”The research to be funded under this call will address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents, while surviving in corrosive ocean environments that are intensified by high costs and lengthy permitting processes.Reducing costs, accelerating technology development, and decreasing testing and development timelines of marine energy technologies can help realize the nation’s potential for future growth in marine energy resource extraction, according to DOE.last_img read more

Raiders lose timeout after Jon Gruden throws challenge flag inside of two minutes

first_imgPatrick Mahomes ➡️ Travis Kelce 🔥RT for a #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/OADNTEBl4u— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 2, 2018In real time, however, it was unclear if Kelce held on to the ball and completed the catch. So, Gruden decided to challenge the play and send a message to New York City.​But there were two problems. All scoring plays are automatically reviewed, and coaches aren’t allowed to throw a challenge flag inside of the last two minutes of a half. All scoring plays are automatically initiated by officials. Related News Jon Gruden cost the Raiders a timeout Sunday against the Chiefs.Kansas City star Patrick Mahomes appeared to find tight end Travis Kelce for a 6-yard touchdown with a little less than 10 seconds to play in the first half Sunday. “I knew exactly what I was doing, by the way. It wasn’t a very sensible thing to do,” Gruden said, via ProFootballTalk. “I wanted to challenge Al Riveron in New York City because I have people in the press box telling me that’s not a catch. Seeing plays overturned by somebody you can’t even see, I thought with three timeouts and seven seconds left I’d use one of my timeouts by giving Al a little extra time to look at that.”But I knew exactly what I was doing.”​​ The Raiders were docked a timeout because of Gruden’s mistake.#Raiders charged a timeout after Jon Gruden throws a challenge flag with less than 2 minutes to go in a half…— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) December 2, 2018Oakland went on to fall to Kansas City 40-33. This loss dropped them to 2-10 this season. Cowboys WR Amari Cooper says he has more passion in Dallaslast_img read more

Help wanted: Registered Nurses at Sumner Regional Medical Center

first_imgHelp wanted: Sumner Regional Medical Center is looking for Registered Nurses.Full-time positions are currently available on our 5 am to 5 pm dayshift. Competitive benefits with starting wages based on experience.  If you are interested in joining our team of professionals please apply in person or send cover letter & resume to:Sumner Regional Medical Center1323 North A StreetWellington, KS.  67152.or E-mail  [email protected] Professional Service/Personal Care. Drug Free/Tobacco Free/EOElast_img read more

Follow Santa’s Tour of Atlantic Highlands on Twitter

first_imgSanta cuddles a puppy during last year’s tour of Atlantic Highlands. Photo courtesy the AH First Aid and Safety Squad ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Santa Claus, the famed jolly fellow in a red suit, will be making his annual rounds through the streets of Atlantic Highlands with special support by a gaggle of elves from the Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad the week of Dec. 5.Each night, Santa and the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad will slowly travel block by block to visit with families, hand out candy canes and celebrate the holiday season throughout the borough. And this year, Santas elves will be using digital tools to let folks know exactly where he’s at during the tours.“We live for this week,” said Richard Huff, chief of the AHFAS. “For one week, we’re all kids, enjoying the season with our friends and neighbors.“Last season, Captain Tom Hayden completely redesigned our website to include nightly maps of where we were going,” Huff added. “This year, he’ll do that again and take it a step further by adding real time Twitter updates. It now will be even easier for residents to track Santa for the week.Monday through Thursday, Santa and the squad will head out to a specific part of town at 6 p.m. and move until 9 p.m. They’ll have holiday music playing, flashing emergency lights and occasionally the sirens. Residents can log onto www.ahfirstaid.org to see where Santa is going each night and follow on twitter (www.twitter.com/ahfirstaid) as Santa’s helpers update the location.Adding Twitter to the mix will help residents pinpoint our location during the night, Huff said. Likewise, using Twitter will also let residents and their children communicate with Santas helpers as they make their way through town.As they have in the past, members of the AHFAS will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items to donate to the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry.The AHFAS is an all-volunteer emergency medical and rescue services organization serving the Borough of Atlantic Highlands and occasionally the surrounding areas.  The squad operates on donations from the borough and the community. For information call the AHFAS non-emergency number (732) 291-8118 or log onto www.ahfirstaid.org.“This really is a special event,” Huff said. “We get to see our neighbors at a great time of year and seeing how the kids experience the interaction is a wonderful experience. And if everyone can donate even one can of food it will go a long way to make the holiday season a better folast_img read more

Red Bank Parking Plan Hits Snarl

first_imgHorgan, Zipprich and Burnham had all expressed objections about the process of classifying these properties, especially in the case of the West Front Street location – fearing it was an attempted end run around the planning and zoning process.The planned CME study discussion also hit another snag – concerning the payment.The study’s cost is estimated at about $80,000. But the issue at hand concerns the contribution by RiverCenter. According to Menna, RiverCenter is expected to contribute half the cost, $40,000, based upon a memorandum of understanding between the two. On the other hand, James Scavone, RiverCenter’s executive director, countered that it hasn’t been settled to RiverCenter’s expectation as of yet.Even without RiverCenter’s support at this point, the study is moving forward with the resolution’s approval.Apparently there was some back and forth between Scavone and Menna on the topic but without RiverCenter signing off on the memorandum.RiverCenter is seeking an assurance the memorandum would contain language that the business group would get a refund if a garage doesn’t move forward within a two-year period. “In all due respect,” Scavone told the borough council, “We’ve been down this road many times in the last 25 years,” as conversations had been started and stalled on remedying the decades-long chronic parking shortfall in the downtown shopping district.Scavone said both Menna and Borough Councilman Michael Whelan indicated there wouldn’t be a problem including that language in the memorandum. “And that’s what we’re waiting for,” Scavone said.There is more of a rift between RiverCenter and the mayor than that debate, Menna said. In an interview with The Two River Times on Aug. 4 Menna said, “I’m getting pushback,” from some RiverCenter members over some of the possible plans for a White Street redevelopment.That “pushback,” according to Menna has some RiverCenter members now “saying there’s not a problem,” with the parking situation. Menna added there are objections over a possible public/private partnership, to allow a private developer to possibly construct a mixed use parking garage that may also include a residential or retail component, with RiverCenter advocating for the borough government to pay entirely to construct a garage. Menna scoffed off that idea, noting, “Trying to convince the taxpayers of that is going to be the hard part.”“I wish RiverCenter would get its act together,” Menna added.True, Scavone answered, “Our preference, and we have certainly expressed this, is for a fully public garage.” By John BurtonRED BANK – When it comes to whether a parking garage should be built in the borough downtown, progress seems impeded by differing opinions – and who should pay for what.At the August 10 Red Bank Borough Council meeting, Mayor Pasquale seemed to be at odds with three council members – two from his own Democratic party – and with Red Bank RiverCenter, the management and advocacy group for the borough’s commercial Special Improvement District over how to proceed in regards to the long, torturously debated possible parking garage.In regards to one of the resolutions the council was addressing at its bi-monthly meeting, Menna was forced to cast the deciding vote when the council tied 3-3 over a vote to whether to authorize the professional planning firm CME Associates. All three Republican councilmembers approved the plan, siding with Menna, but Democrats Edward Zipprich and Kathy Horgan, joined by independent Cindy Burnham, voted to put the brakes on the plan. “Let’s move this along,” Menna offered with his vote.The resolution will allow CME, a consulting and engineering firm, to move forward with a study to redevelop the White Street municipal parking lot for the possible use of some of sort of multitiered parking deck for the downtown in the near future.The borough Planning Board and borough council had previously accepted and endorsed a preliminary study by CME that classified the parking lot as a property in need of redevelopment under a state statute that in some way would be for the borough’s benefit. The report also labeled the privately owned 55 West Front St. vacant lot also in need of redevelopment under the same state statute – a much more controversial decision.last_img read more

Emergency Crews Busy with Weekend Flooding

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MONMOUTH BEACH – Extensive flooding isn’t a new phenomenon for Monmouth Beach residents. Trekking through inches of deluge and piggybacking a stranded motorist to safety, on the other hand, seemingly was a first for one first responder.As a wet and blustery nor’easter slammed New Jersey last week with high winds and significant flooding along the Jersey Shore, Sgt. Aaron Rock of the Monmouth Beach Police Department, also the deputy office of emergency management (OEM) coordinator, was busy in his own right.High tides on March 3 brought several inches of floodwater in from the Shrewsbury River. It was also the reason one motorist trying to navigate through the flooded roadway along Sailors Way became stranded inside her car when it could no longer move.Rock said a resident flagged him down a few streets over and alerted him of the stranded car. In a police issue Humvee, he arrived to assist the driver who got stuck while making her way to work. Rock helped push her car out of deeper waters and then carried her out of the vehicle to safety on his back.“She didn’t really want to get out of the car,” Rock said. “We had a long conversation and I finally told her to get on my back, and I helped her over to the grass area. Our patrols gave her a ride to work in town here.”Although resolved without incident, situations like this are avoidable if motorists and residents follow rules and issues provided by their local police departments and OEM crews.“Trying to tell them about flooded roadways – some people really don’t understand it,” Rock said. “We meet up with the fire department and first aid and brief them on different scenarios, and they’re a big part of the collaboration in town.”Monmouth Beach was just one of the many towns in the Two River area that was affected by the gusty nor’easter that rolled into New Jersey on March 1, with side effects lasting days later due to flooding and intense tide cycles.Rock said there were no power outages reported to the Monmouth Beach Police Department during or after the storm and only one tree had fallen down, on Mann Court. “Several cars” were stuck in the floodwaters he said, including a 2017 Mercedes Benz on River Avenue and Channel Drive on March 2, Rock said.“These tide cycles have been crazy for us,” he said. “Usually it doesn’t take this long – three to four days in a row – where the tides are always coming up. This is a little different.”Just north along Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, the same flooding effects were felt. Det. Daniel Chernovsky of the Sea Bright Police Department said moderate flooding covered Ocean Avenue near Driftwood Beach Club and the Navesink Marina, in the downtown business district around River and Center streets, and even up to the 400 block of Ocean Avenue, one of the narrowest points in Sea Bright.“It’s probably consistent with the areas of flooding we’re used to experiencing,” said Chernovsky, also the borough OEM coordinator, “but the magnitude was a little higher than what we would have seen in an event like this.”He added that, just like Monmouth Beach, there were no reported power outages in town. Chernovsky also said no property damage from the flooding was reported to the police, most likely thanks to many houses being lifted after Super Storm Sandy in 2012.Damages and personal injuries were also avoided, he believed, in part to the numerous notification services offered to residents. Sea Bright has a free Nixle alert system and a Code Red reverse 911 system. Both are meant to make everyone aware of an oncoming storm.After the nor’easter hit New Jersey on March 1, moderate flooding broke across the Shrewsbury River and covered many roadways in Monmouth Beach. The same eventually hap- pened after the most recent nor’easter storm on March 7. Photo courtesy MBPD“The old-time residents just kind of knew. They watched the weather and adapted to it,” he added, saying notification services weren’t usually needed in the past. “But the new people coming in really don’t have too much of an idea yet.”More flooding also affected low-lying areas in Middletown and Highlands, where Bay Avenue and many other side streets were inundated with flood waters.Fallen tree damage wasn’t a factor along the shore, but further inland it became an issue. Social media accounts for the Colts Neck and Holmdel police departments noted fallen trees and snarled powerlines shut down traffic in many areas around town. By the afternoon of March 2, the Colts Neck Police Department reported at least a half-dozen accidents on Route 18.At one point on March 3, six total roadways in Colts Neck were impassable: Dutch Lane Road between Cedar Drive and Heulitt Road; Laird Road between Cross Road and Muhlenbrink Road; Clover Hill Lane; Phalanx Road between Rimwood Lane and Brookdale Community College; Bray Street; and Heyers Mill Road with one lane shut down at Prothero Road.All roadways didn’t fully open until March 5 when the Phalanx Road Bridge was reopened after a downed tree was removed.Two River residents needed a short memory, though, as another nor’easter rolled through New Jersey on Wednesday, dropping inches of snow and bringing in more flooding and windy conditions.This article was first published in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more