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July 2019

Commuters Voice Mixed Feelings About Mission St Changes

first_imgSan Francisco’s Mission Street is undergoing significant transformation in the coming months, but there is skepticism among drivers and bus riders that the changes will be for the better. As of last Friday, several bus stops along the corridor including those at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets had vanished. The city will now begin turning one of the lanes in each direction into a bus-only lane, with painting expected to be completed at the end of April. Beginning in March, left turns off of Mission Street will be prohibited, and northbound drivers will be required to turn right off of Mission at 26th, 24th, 22nd and 20th streets. The response to these changes on social media was swift and angry: “Nooo,” “Horrible,” “This is terrible,” or simply, “Grrrr.” Others had more specific complaints. Tags: 14-Mission • 49-Van Ness/Mission • cars • mission street • public transportation • traffic Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img “They got it backwards. You start implementing transit first after you have a transit system,” wrote Daniel Bucko on Facebook.“Who do we have to vote out of office to make this go away?” wondered Facebook user Gary Siegel.After the changes were announced, Dave Smith, a Mission resident dedicated to reducing dangerous crashes on South Van Ness Avenue, wrote an incensed letter to the transit authority’s head Ed Reiskin. Now he wrote, even more drivers will be diverted to the notoriously high-injury corridor. “You, due to your negligence have created an unsafe situation on South Van Ness Ave. and it will only get worse once you limit cars on Mission St.,” Smith wrote. “It makes zero sense to funnel traffic from Mission St., which is commercial, to South Van Ness, which is mainly residential in nature.”Paul Rose, a spokesperson for the transit agency, said the aim was to reduce traffic congestion on Mission. Studies by the agency have shown that most who travel along Mission don’t need to go its full length, and that an increase in car traffic won’t create dangerous circumstances on South Van Ness, he said.“By design, we expect cars to use [South] Van Ness as an alternative,” Rose said. “Based on current traffic studies, Van Ness is capable of servicing traffic diverted from Mission. It is something that we did look at and studied.” Others are frustrated that they didn’t hear about the changes until they were finalized, saying the transit agency didn’t do enough outreach. Rose said the city had reached out on social media, in online posts, in-person surveys and neighborhood meetings. The feedback that transit workers collected helped shape the plan. “Due to some of this outreach that we came up with the final design… We chose to add more parking rather than remove parking,” Rose said. “Most people said they would rather have the ability to park on Mission rather than drive all the way through.” Among bus riders waiting at stops along Mission Street and parked drivers, however, reactions ranged from supportive to lukewarm. Dan Scatena is a temporary wheelchair user and called the removal of bus stops in general “a pain in the ass.” When he moved to the city, he said, he was amazed that the buses stopped at practically every block. But with other stop removals around town, there now seem to be too few stops.“Are all the buses Rapid now or what?” he joked. “That’s what the R bus is for.” “It’s not good that they’re taking out stops,” José Martín said as he hopped on the 49 at 24th Street. Instead of making her trip shorter, Vivian Ramirez said, the stop removals have made it longer because she spends more time waiting. Bus commuter Jill Terry appreciated the change. She takes the 49 to and from work every day and discovered on Tuesday that the stops had been reduced.“Having it stop on almost every single block made the line take forever,” she said.Alex Gomez, who uses the bus for everything, is on the fence. He was waiting at 19th and Mission on Tuesday, unaware that the bus wouldn’t stop there anymore. He said taking stops out might make them a little less accessible, but anticipated no more than a five minute walk to the next stop. “It sounds like it would be better for the customers,” he said. “If it’s faster, then yes. But with the expectation of walking, it might not be.” At 24th Street, Pedro Sandoval examined the posted sign outlining the new changes. He only ever uses a few of the Mission Street stops, none of which are being removed. However, he hopes the city’s plan to reduce double parking will speed up the buses.“It’s good, sometimes the bus can’t move because they have a car in front,” he said. Carlos Oropeza made his way from 23rd to 22nd Street after being redirected by an SFMTA worker at the now-defunct stop. He approved of taking out stops, but isn’t so sure that’s all it will take to move things along. “They won’t be faster,” he said. “The Mission is a place with lots of traffic. If it was on another street it would be the right thing to do, but in the Mission? And everything depends on the time of day.”As for drivers? A few parked motorists parked on Mission on Wednesday seemed unfazed by the changes.“They’re trying to do it more like downtown,” said Carl Gilmore, a former San Francisco resident who had driven in from Vallejo. He had some concern that left turn restrictions would back up already congested traffic, but was happy to hear removed bus stops would result in more parking.“It may be for the better, but it may also be for the worse,” Gilmore said. “It’ll be better,” said Rosi Telles, parked on Mission Street near 20th, close to her business. She’d been told the buses would be faster as a result of the changes, which she likes. But still, she usually drives to transport her kids, and parking is a problem. “It’s very difficult to find parking,” Telles said.  Most drivers in the neighborhood are acutely aware of that fact, including Vincent Jones, who pointed out a different concern with the bus stops:“It’ll just be more crowded every other block then,” he said. “The left turns…it’s a big inconvenience, but it helps to ease traffic.”But Jones, formerly a Bayview resident, commutes from the Central Valley. “If I can deal with that traffic, I think I can cope with this San Francisco traffic,” he said. last_img read more

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor Space Will Host New SF Mission PopUp

first_imgThe deal is a win-win for the restaurateurs hoping to get their feet wet before breaking into San Francisco’s restaurant scene and for Roosevelt’s current owners. The former tamale restaurant’s owners have continued to pay rent on the space following it’s closure, unsure of how and when to proceed, according to Nayfeld. “We are giving the owners a little bit of breathing room while they are figuring out what to do with that space,” he said, adding that he expects the pop-up to run between “two to four months.” The pair are in the midst of opening their first brick and mortar restaurant on Divisadero Street, an Italian eatery called Che Fico, set to launch sometime in the Fall.  But the bureaucracies of that process have left little time for the chef-duo to do what they do best, and Nayfeld said he’s been eager to get back into the kitchen in the meantime.“We are just going mad waiting and not cooking, and this is a chance for Angela and I to play,” he said. The point of the pop-up, he said, is to have fun while it lasts. “With the pop-up, we can be free to try new things that we maybe wouldn’t ever get a chance to try otherwise.”Mission D&A and will have little to do with Che Fico, but will instead serve as an experimental space for the two to try out new food ideas that could carry over to their new restaurant.The first week of the pop-up’s dinner series will be a culinary play on Nayfeld’s childhood, themed after meals he grew-up with in his Eastern European household. A first generation San Franciscan, Nayfeld’s parents are Jewish refugees who fled Belarus in 1980 and settled in the Bay Area. “I’ve been tied into the Russian-Jewish community here in San Francisco and in the Bay Area and my mom has always been a pillar of that community,” said Nayfeld, who named the dinner series “Mama Galina,” after his mother.  Having honed his culinary skills in kitchens around the Bay Area, New York, and in Europe since age 12, Nayfeld added that the concept reflects his take on “what it would be like to eat dinner at my house in 1980 had I been cooking.”Those unsure of what that looks like can expect family-style renderings of Belarusian staples like potato salads, stuffed cabbage, as well as chopped liver and Matzo Balls.Pinkerton, a distinguished Pastry Chef, will add a sweet touch to the hearty dinner menu in the form of desserts.  The dinners are offered twice on three evenings per week, and tickets are available for $75.  For Nayfeld, Mission D&A will be a brief venture into other parts of his childhood that he still holds dear.“I grew up eating some of the best food of my life in the Mission,” including at Mission Street’s El Farolito, he said, adding that he could imagine someday opening a permanent restaurant in the neighborhood himself. “I’m familiar with what the Mission was and what it has changed into, and I now love it for both.”But Erick Arguello, of Calle 24, the neighborhood’s merchants association, pointed to the recent closure of Sous Beurre and questioned the success of “high-end restaurants” on 24th Street. If Roosevelt’s owners fail to make a comeback, he hopes that the space’s next tenants will add to the fabric of the traditionally Latino neighborhood.“We prefer that it stays as the Tamale Parlor and that someone carries on that name, because it has a great following and history [in the Mission],” he said. “We are hoping for something that really fits the neighborhood and is affordable to the locals.”Nayfeld and Pinkerton plan on treating the space “like a gallery,” but without changing the integrity of the building permanently— meaning that Roosevelt’s unmistakable neon sign may stay.“There are some simple things that can be done in any space to transform it into something that works for us but still paying respect to the neighborhood and building,” he said. Once the pop-up ends, “we will be sure to change it back to the beloved Roosevelt Tamale Parlor and be on our way to Western Addition,” said Nayfeld. 0% Shuttered since December, the near century old Roosevelt Tamale Parlor will once again open its doors at 2817 St.— albeit temporarily— to house a rotating pop-up series headed by two all-star restaurateurs. Chef David Nayfeld and Pastry Chef Angela Pinkerton, both formerly of the award-winning New York City-based restaurant Eleven Madison Park, are currently renovating the interior of the Mission tamale joint to fit the concepts of their new pop-up, Mission D&A.  Back in December, Roosevelt’s owners cited the high costs of living and a shrinking labor pool as the business’ downfall when it closed unexpectedly.“We need a space to be creative in, and they need a reprieve from working on it,” said Nayfeld, adding that he and Pinkerton hashed out a deal to temporarily utilize the space to host themed “dinner parties,” paired with a side of local art, three nights per week.center_img Tags: 24th Street • Lower 24th Street Merchants Association • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

FOUR Saints players have picked up awards for stel

first_imgFOUR Saints players have picked up awards for stellar performances in March.James Graham, Jonny Lomax and Francis Meli were named in the official Engage Super League Team of The Month whilst Jamie Foster won Irn-Bru’s Try of the Month competition.Warrington’s Tony Smith was named Coach of the Month whilst their backrower Ben Westwood was the Player of the Month.Engage Super League Team of the Month:1. Scott Grix (Huddersfield Giants), 2. Kirk Dixon (Castleford Tigers), 3. Matty Blythe (Warrington Wolves), 4. Francis Meli (St Helens), 5. Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds), 6. Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers), 7. Jonny Lomax (St Helens), 8. James Graham (St Helens), 9. Michael Monaghan (Warrington Wolves), 10. Craig Huby (Castleford Tigers), 11. Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves), 12. Glenn Morrison (Wakefield Wildcats), 13. Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves).Foster won the IRN-BRU and Sky Sports Try of the Month for his ‘round the back’ effort against Leeds.He won the IRN-BRU Try of the Month trophy, £200 for a charity of his choice and plenty of IRN-BRU to toast his success!last_img read more

It is the first time the two sides have met in the

first_imgIt is the first time the two sides have met in the competition since 1996.Squads:Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley have been named in Saints’ 19-man squad. Read more here.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:1996 (Round 4) Castleford 16 St Helens 581990 (Preliminary Round) St Helens 39 Castleford 121979 (Quarter Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 101970 (Semi-Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 3 (at Station Road, Swinton)1965 (Round 1) St Helens 22 Castleford 91964 (Round 1) St Helens 6 Castleford 131961 (Round 2) Castleford 10 St Helens 181956 (Round 2) St Helens 48 Castleford 51946 (Round 1, First Leg) Castleford 10 St Helens 41946 (Round 1, Second Leg) St Helens 14 Castleford 51941 (Round 2) Castleford 21 St Helens 131938 (Round 2) Castleford 18 St Helens 21931 (Round 2) Castleford 2 St Helens 8Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 26, Castleford 22 (SLR10, 17/4/17)St Helens 40, Castleford 16 (SLS8-R5, 8/9/16)Castleford 20, St Helens 30 (SLR13, 1/5/16)St Helens 28, Castleford 22 (SLR4, 4/3/16)Castleford 38, St Helens 42 (SLS8-R5, 10/9/15)Castleford 25, St Helens 24 (SLR19, 18/6/15)St Helens 21, Castleford 14 (SLR3, 27/2/15)St Helens 41, Castleford 0 (SLQPO, 19/9/14)St Helens 38, Castleford 16 (SLR17, 22/6/14)Castleford 28, St Helens 30 (SLR8, 11/4/14)Head to Head:                    Saints            CastlefordTries              42                    83Goals             35                    71Metres           16,304            17,023Breaks           68                    105Tackles         4,420              3,887Penalties       99                    98Career Milestones:James Roby needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns.He has touched down 91 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015) and 1 for Great Britain (2006-2007).Try-Scoring Runs:Castleford’s Greg Minikin (1-2-1), has scored tries in his side’s last three games.Betfred Super League Leading ScorersTries:1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 152 Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 133 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 124 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 107 Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos) 98 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Salford Red Devils), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 8Goals:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 632 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 613 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 454 Mark Percival (St Helens) 325 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 306 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 299 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 2810 Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 25Goals Percentage:1 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 100.00 (10/10)2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 91.04 (61/67)3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 86.53 (45/52)4 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 84.84 (28/33)5 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 80.00 (20/25)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 79.74 (63/79)7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 78.37 (29/37)8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 76.92 (20/26)9 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 71.42 (15/21)10 Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves) 70.37 (19/27)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1682 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1353 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 974 Mark Percival (St Helens) 885 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 806 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 777 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 698 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 669 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 6410 = Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils), Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 60last_img read more

Rocky the bald eagle spreads his wings

first_img Rocky had a big crowd of people come out to watch him spread his healed wings and fly again.The rehabilitation director said when rocky first came in he had about a fifty-fifty chance of surviving and to see him take off was amazing.“It’s an amazing thing, as you can see from the time when we went to pull the hood off, he’s a fighter til the end. It is such a good feeling to see him finally gone. That bird has been through so much and never understood the whole time that we were trying to help him, ya know. They just understand that they are in an uncomfortable place and they’re just ready to go free,” the rehabilitation director Scott Shimp said.Related Article: PE teacher recognized for connecting with students in and out of classThe center has two other bald eagles rebuilding their strength.The Cape Fear Raptor Center is having their annual owl howl event in November, click here for more information. ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Rocky the bald eagle was released Saturday morning after making a full recovery more than six months after being found with severe injuries. After months of rehabilitation at the Cape Fear Raptor Center, Rocky was ready to take off back into the wild.- Advertisement – last_img read more

CFPUA Water samples clear boil water advisory rescinded

first_img The advisory was issued on Wednesday, after crews responded to high levels of flouride in water from the Richardson Nano Groundwater Treatment Plant, which affected customers in the northern part of the county.Crews flushed the system, which led to periods of low or no pressure in the system, which could have caused back siphonage and the introduction of bacteria into the water system.CFPUA says the system has resumed normal operations.Related Article: Wrightsville Beach files lawsuit after GenX, compounds found in drinking waterNo word yet on what led to high levels of flouride in the water. (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — People who live in and around the Murrayville area no longer need to boil their water.Cape Fear Public Utility Authority rescinded its boil water advisory after water samples showed no coliform bacteria present.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach NCDOT considers replacement options for drawbridge

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As the area around Wrighstville Beach keeps on growing, the town is working with the NCDOT on some possible changes to the Heide Trask Drawbridge that could solve quite a few problems.The drawbridge is the only way on and off the beach. Town Manager Tim Owens says it’s time for some changes. The town put in a request to the DOT earlier in the year to possibly replace the drawbridge.- Advertisement – In DOT study, they found several different things that need to be addressed with the bridge like mobility access for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, the ageing and corrosion of the bridge, and traffic issues around the bridge.Owens says they have already spent money on maintenance projects over the years.“We’re about four or five years away from a major renovation that the NCDOT did and we had a lot of growing pains with that project, so we know that this place is getting really really busy now,” Owens said. “There’s a lot of development going into the area, so we want to get ahead of the ball game and really start looking at the future and seeing what that bridge looks like in the future.”Related Article: Wrightsville Beach almost back to normal following September stormOwens says he does not know when this work may happen, but the town wants to be proactive and keep up with the area’s growth.He adds there is a public hearing next Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at town hall, 321 Causeway Drive, for the community to hear some proposals for the bridge. People will also have a chance to give their input on the project to the DOT.last_img read more

Local VFW holding benefit concert to give back to veterans

first_imgHOLLY RIDGE, NC (WWAY) – A special concert at the Holly Ridge VFW will benefit veterans and the mission of the VFW. The day long event will have music, food, games, and fun for the whole family, and all for a great cause. James Hill, the Post Adjutant for the Holly Ridge VFW, stopped by our WWAY Studios to talk about all the fun festivities.last_img

Ghana gets its first LTE network through Surfline Communications

first_imgAdvertisement Ghanaian company Surfline Communications partnered with French technology company, Alcatel-Lucent, to launch the country’s first LTE network.According to Reuters. Surfline Communications invested more than $100 million for the first phase of the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, which has 300 cell sites.John Taylor, the chairman of Surfline Communications said that the pre-paid data-only service is available in the capital and nearby port city of Tema, but the aim is to go nationwide within two years.“We want to fill the void by providing high speed connectivity to facilitate e-education, e-commerce and facilitate long distance activities especially by people living outside the cities,” Taylor said. – Advertisement – Surfline Communications is the first to officially offer LTE network services in Ghana, but other companies are also preparing to launch the next-generation network in the country.Earlier this year, a partnership agreement with Alepo Technologies and BLU Telecommunications (BLU). In statement it was reported that Alepo would provide policy and charging control for a 4G/LTE network to BLU in Ghana. And BLU’s LTE services is expected to include data, voice, IPTV and Wi-Fi hotspots for residential and commercial customers, the statement noted.However, a date of the availability of the LTE services was not revealed.Source: itWeb Africalast_img read more

BENS BLOG Jimmy Choo

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id you know, Blog, that Jimmy Choo owns a Chinese restaurant? Well, you do now. It’s called Maximini. It’s in Paddington. And it is certainly a good eatery. But before reviewing the place, two points must be made:1) The Staff told me, that the 12.5%, added for service, is not passed onto them. Mr Choo sells his shoes, for hundreds, if not thousands of pounds a pair. His restaurant looks amply busy too. ‎ POOR SHOW.2) On ordering Sweet and Sour Pork, I was told that they don’t do pork, and keep the food Halal, “for the locals”. ‎Really? Realllyyy?? To my knowledge; QE2 is still at the helm, and she also doubles up, as Head of The Church of England. If Punters want a burnt bacon sarnie, on white-bread, (WITH KETCHUP), that’s what they should be served. Should they then find themselves, in the Middle East, I’m sure they’ll be aware, that a different set of rules will need to be observed. PLEASE DON’T IMPOSE YOURSELF, MR CHOO.Maxi Mini, 31-33 Sussex Place, W2 2TH. WEB SITE Excellent and friendly service. Lemon Chicken NAP. Garlic Chicken-Wings NB. Good food, and good value, at £30 per head. 8Over and out, B xlast_img read more