Detour signs were a common sight on Bay Avenue during construction. The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work is being done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.The contractor has installed new 20-inch diameter pipe, backfilled and temporarily paved over the entire length of the project, except for an approximately 60-foot long segment that lies between 11th and 10th streets.When work resumes on Monday, Bay Avenue will be open to local traffic only between 14th and Ninth streets, with all work areas and materials zoned off.Other work scheduled during the week includes tapping into the existing 10-inch diameter force main at a point that is now within the valve vault that was installed on the property of the Municipal Utilities Authority’s 20th Street Pump Station, and the installation of vent piping and air release valves that serve the concrete chambers that have been installed throughout the length of the project.Neither of these tasks will require traffic shutdowns. Traffic control will be handled with lane shifts.For the longer term, it is expected that the new 20-inch pipe will become operable by about the end of April. At that time, the slip-lining of the existing 20-inch diameter force main will begin. The slip-lining phase of the project is expected to extend to mid to late June. It is not expected that large traffic detours will be required while slip-lining is ongoing and that traffic control will be handled via lane shifts.See full project update
Aston Villa ended their losing run but there was little respite for under-fire manager Paul Lambert as they ground out a 1-1 draw with Swansea. Press Association It was a meeting of two out-of-form teams, with Villa having lost their previous four matches while Swansea were without a win in five. The hosts scored in the first half at Villa Park for the first time this Barclays Premier League season through Gabriel Agbonlahor in the seventh minute but Swansea piled on the pressure and got their reward when Roland Lamah equalised eight minutes before half-time. The Welsh side dominated the second half but were unable to find a winner. Swansea boss Michael Laudrup made seven changes from the defeat by Chelsea on Boxing Day, while Villa had midfielder Ashley Westwood back after suspension. The hosts had left the field to jeers after losing at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday but they began positively, pressing high up the pitch and wasting no time breaking forward. They got their reward in the seventh minute as Andreas Weimann picked up the ball on the right and played in Agbonlahor, who exploited dreadful positioning by the Swansea defence and found himself all alone on the edge of the penalty area. The striker hesitated but then showed good composure to place the ball under Gerhard Tremmel. It was just what Villa needed, but as the half wore on Swansea became more and more dominant. Their first chance came in the 17th minute when Pablo Hernandez cut inside and tested Brad Guzan, who initially spilled the ball but quickly gathered it. Three minutes later the visitors should have been level but Ben Davies headed the ball into the ground and over the bar from six yards when he was picked out by Jonathan De Guzman’s corner. Villa threatened sporadically but their periods of possession were fleeting and the pressure continued to grow at the other end. The visiting fans celebrated erroneously when Antonio Luna’s poor clearance fell to De Guzman on the edge of the area and he flashed a shot just wide. But two minutes later Swansea were level, Jonjo Shelvey picking out the lively Hernandez on the left and his cross was headed in at the back post by Lamah. Guzan got an arm to the header but could not keep it out. The home fans again expressed their disgruntlement at the half-time whistle, and the pattern continued at the start of the second half. Guzan was called into action again in the 52nd minute, tipping over De Guzman’s free-kick, before Wilfried Bony fired well over the bar. Shelvey was the next to try his luck but his shot was blocked five yards out by Luna and Bony was unable to get to the rebound. The worry for the visitors was they were not testing Guzan nearly enough and there was always the danger that Villa could hit them on the break. Agbonlahor at least tried a shot at goal for the hosts in the 71st minute but it was from 25 yards and flew well over the bar. A goal appeared much more likely at the other end, and Villa did well to block Bony’s dangerous shot before Shelvey’s cross just evaded two Swansea players. Lambert sent on Karim El Ahmadi, Libor Kozak and Marc Albrighton in a bid to give Villa more attacking impetus but they were struggling to string two passes together. Fabian Delph, one bright spot for Villa this season, tested Tremmel with a well-struck shot but it was straight at the Swansea keeper. That turned out to be the final chance and there were again boos as referee Roger East blew the final whistle.
Myers easily could have included herself on the list of Rebels who showed up Wednesday as the forward finished with eight points and 13 rebounds. It was two offensive rebounds that sparked Flintridge Prep’s first big run of the night. The Rebels, who entered the second quarter down 12-9, went on a 9-0 run capped by Myers’ put-back at 3:27 in the second quarter. It was only 20 seconds earlier that Myers had collected an offensive rebound and passed to teammate Megan Musashi for a quick basket. “We were pretty anxious before this game,” Myers said. “But sometimes nerves are a good thing. If you’re nervous, you force yourself to focus better. You just have to take control of your nerves. That’s the big thing.” LA CA?ADA – There were several areas to highlight in the Flintridge Prep girls basketball team’s 52-40 CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A quarterfinal win on Wednesday night, but perhaps the most impressive statistic took place over a 16-minute span. That’s when the Rebels (23-3), the No. 2 seed in the division, out-scored visiting Murrieta Calvary Chapel 31-12 in the second and third quarters to secure a berth in Friday’s semifinals. Flintridge Prep will face Beaumont (24-2), a 56-47 winner over Irvine, at a site to be determined after a coin flip today at 9 a.m. “This was such a big win; I’m so excited,” Rebels senior Laurel Myers said. “Today, everyone stepped up and played.” Flintridge Prep appeared to rise up during tense moments, but the Warriors (20-7) crumbled. In the third quarter, Flintridge Prep forced 10 turnovers, the last of which resulted in a Courtney Robinson four-footer before the close of the quarter to give the Rebels a 40-24 lead. The Rebels’ pressure defense forced more than 25 Warriors turnovers while holding Calvary Chapel to seven or fewer points in two quarters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!