City council election in Roeland Park features 3 contested races

first_imgFour of the eight seats on the Roeland Park city council are up for election in November. Three of them have drawn contested elections. Here’s a look at the candidates.Ward 2Leonard Tocco and Benjamin Dickens are vying for the Ward 2 seat. Tim Janssen, who currently fills the seat, is not running for re-election.A resident of Roeland Park for six years, Dickens is in his first run for public office. If elected, he plans to push for business development and economic growth.“For the past six years, I’ve heard people in leadership say that they want to bring in new business, developers and entrepreneurs, but I haven’t seen any activity on that,” Dickens said. “So after six years, I’ve decided there are newer people on council that I know are like-minded, and with my help I think we could actually push that forward instead of just talking about it for another six years.”He also hopes new businesses can provide relief for residents on fixed incomes because they will provide an increase in sales tax revenues.Dickens has worked in human resources since 2006, focusing mostly on employee relations. He lives with his partner of 12 years.A lifelong resident of Roeland Park, Tocco is making his second run for council; he ran two years ago. If elected, he wants to prioritize building community in the city, noting the city has already been recognized for being “a city for all.” He wants to continue that.“Being a lifelong resident, I’ve seen the changes that the city has gone through,” Tocco said. “I truly have a lifelong commitment to the city. The city has always been important to me, and I honestly feel that building a community where every resident is valued is truly important.”He also wants to strive for government transparency, a pragmatic approach to public service and a culture of allowing all voices to be heard.Tocco works in cybersecurity for a local utility company. He lives with his wife, Julie Tocco.Ward 3In Ward 3, political newcomers Trisha Brauer and Galen Hansen are both in their first run for council. Erin Thompson, who currently fills the seat, is not running for re-election.In her first run for council, Brauer’s main priority is the development of quality businesses in the city, especially as a small business owner. A 15-year resident of Roeland Park, Brauer left the marketing world to start her own business in 2010 as a benefit auctioneer.“We have a lot of resources available that I don’t feel like we’re capitalizing on quite well,” Brauer said. “And I feel that our community could really benefit from drawing and attracting in small businesses. As a small business owner, that is something that’s always been very important to me, and the timing was right in my life to be able to run for city council.”Brauer lives with her husband, Hayden Brauer, and their two dogs, Herky and Mark.If elected, Hansen said he plans to bring to the council his experiences from a 30-year career in finance and accounting. He thinks the council needs to improve on accountability to residents.“I don’t think that the city council, especially in the last two years, acts as though they are representing the people,” Hansen said. “It’s more kind of a rulership, the governing body, they don’t seem to listen to the people. And I want to try to help to instill an attitude that we’re all basically shareholders, similar to how people would be shareholders in a company.”He also wants to see the city be more open in communication and use financial resources “wisely.” He lives near R Park and said he’s especially concerned with those recent changes, as well as the process with the Roe 2020 project.Hansen has been a Roeland Park resident for nearly two decades.Ward 4Political newcomers A.J. Cameron and Michael Rebne are vying for the Ward 4 seat on the city council. Michael Poppa, who currently fills the seat, is not running for re-election.A resident of Roeland Park since 1986, Cameron has a professional background in sales. He said a friend encouraged him to seek public office. He especially wants to focus on addressing personal property taxes, possibly reducing the mill levy and ensuring the tax burden does not rely so heavily on property owners.“The system seems to cook in an increase, and I’m concerned because some people are wanting to take out a $1.5 million to $2 million loan when we have some money,” Cameron said. “I figure somewhere down the road, there’s going to be a correction or worse in the economy, and I don’t want to see personal property owners saddled with expenditures that they have to pay on and then the city has to raise even higher taxes on the mill levy.“I don’t think people are being represented. I think they’re expected to pick up whatever the city council wants to spend money.”Cameron said the recession in 2008 brought this issue to his attention.A public school teacher for 15 years in Kansas City on both sides of the border, Rebne also has a background in business finance. He said he’s always appreciated the quality of city services and the city’s investment in parks, green space, public artwork and the outdoor aquatic center and community center.“I just feel like Roeland Park has a real strong core sense of equality and justice as well,” Rebne said. “I wanted to run to both continue the investment in those great city services that we have here and also make sure that we continue to build on the progress we’ve made in passing and supporting things like the nondiscrimination ordinance within our city limits.”Rebne said he wants to continue the tradition of providing city services “thoughtfully and responsibly,” especially considering the future of the city.Rebne has lived in Roeland Park for about a decade with his wife, Kristi Meyer, their two children, and their cat, Cheetah.last_img read more

Liberty Property Trust Acquires One Of Valley’s Largest Vacant Warehouses, 73 Acres Of Land

first_imgLiberty Property Trust finalized two acquisitions in the past few days, purchasing a nearly completed 593,600 SF warehouse — Estrella Logistics Center; and in a separate deal, bought 73 acres of land at Buckeye Logistics Center West.Both are in the highly desirable Southwest Phoenix Industrial submarket.“The Southwest Phoenix industrial submarket is poised for explosive growth, and these acquisitions give us two things: the largest contiguous cross-dock industrial space in the market and land on which to develop even more,” said John DiVall, senior vice president & city manager, Liberty Property Trust. “We are very pleased to have two great opportunities by which to expand our presence in this part of the market.”The industrial building is at 563 S. 63rd Ave. and was purchased from Seefried Properties and USAA. Marc Hertzberg and Anthony Lydon of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the seller and Bo Mills and Mark Detmer of Jones Lang LaSalle represented Liberty Property Trust.The building will be rebranded as “Liberty Logistics Center I” and marketed to distribution center users who want to expand in or locate to Phoenix.“We are currently monitoring more than 10 MSF of industrial users who seek space solutions greater than 100,000 SF,” said Anthony Lydon who, with partner Marc Hertzberg, will retain the leasing assignment on the building.“Southwest Phoenix provides the perfect supply chain nexus for the near-shoring of Mexico and far-shoring of China/India through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Liberty Logistics Center I will provide the modern amenities that the logistics industry mandates for today’s multi-channel fulfillment needs.”The sustainable building, designed to meet LEED certification, is a state-of-the-art cross-dock facility that features 32-foot clear heights, a fully gated concrete truck court, 7 points of ingress and egress, R-19 insulation and skylights on 2% of the roof.“This is a building we would have built ourselves,” DiVall said. “The high quality and sustainable features are very similar to our own products. It is meant for one or two large users. There’s nothing else in the market like it.”The land purchase is 1.5 miles west of the new building at 71st Ave. and Buckeye Rd. Acquired from The Alter Group, the site is pre-planned to offer more than 1.4 MSF of industrial space across three proposed buildings.It will also be rebranded, as “Liberty Logistics Center II.” Rob Martensen of Colliers International represented the seller in the transaction.“Once we reach about 50% occupancy in Liberty Logistics Center I, we plan to begin work on the first building at Liberty Logistics Center II,” DiVall added.Liberty currently has a presence in the Southwest Phoenix Industrial Submarket, including the 403,321 SF Liberty Tolleson Center at 8591–8601 W. Washington in Tolleson; 227,259 SF at 8313 W. Pierce in Tolleson, and 112 acres of developable land in Goodyear.In total, the company’s Arizona portfolio now includes 2.658 MSF of industrial and office space and 204 acres of developable land in Phoenix, Southwest Phoenix, Tolleson and Goodyear.last_img read more

Stonehenge Metals Completes Due Diligence for Acquisition of Protean Energy

first_imgStonehenge Metals Ltd has successfully completed its due diligence in relation to the option agreement with Protean Energy Limited.The only completion pre-condition remaining is the execution of the formal transaction documents, which along with final completion, is expected to occur within the next 7 days.The agreement with PEL grants Stonehenge an exclusive 24 month unrestricted licence and an option to acquire 100% of the equity of Protean Energy Australia Pty Ltd (PEA) (the Option). PEA holds the intellectual property titles, rights and licenses to the Protean Wave Energy Converter Technology (together the Protean WEC).CPS Capital, in its capacity as lead manager to the rights issue, is continuing discussions with potential strategic investors to place the balance of the shortfall and the Company expects to issue the remaining 33,999,968 Shortfall Shares for $169,999 in due course.Related: Stonehenge Metals to Buy Protean Wave Energy ConverterStonehenge Metals Raising Funds for Wave Energy Device Testing[mappress mapid=”14648″]Press release; Image: stonehengemetalslast_img read more

Iowa women hold off No. 17 Maryland 66-61

first_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Kathleen Doyle scored 21 points, Makenzie Meyer had 20 points and Iowa beat No. 17 Maryland 66-61 on Thursday night.Alexis Sevillian added 15 points and made a 3-pointer and a jumper back-to-back in the final 3 1/2 minutes to help the Hawkeyes (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten) pull away. Iowa made 7 of 8 foul shots in the final 49 seconds to secure the win.The Hawkeyes led by 14 in the second quarter, but the Terrapins (11-4, 2-2) erased the deficit and led 44-41 after an 11-0 run in the third quarter. Iowa retook the lead before the end of the quarter and never trailed in the fourth quarter although Maryland tied it twice.Kaila Charles had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shakira Austin added 11 points and 13 boards for the Terrapins.Maryland outrebounded Iowa 38-11 on the offensive glass and 59-35 overall. But the Terrapins made 26 of 84 shots, just 4 of 25 from 3-point range, and 5 of 13 from the foul line.(Image source: Unsplash) Last Updated: 10th January, 2020 11:29 IST Iowa Women Hold Off No. 17 Maryland 66-61 Kathleen Doyle scored 21 points, Makenzie Meyer had 20 points and Iowa beat No. 17 Maryland 66-61 on Thursday night. SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVcenter_img Written By Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US First Published: 10th January, 2020 11:28 ISTlast_img read more

Hantuchova takes Pattaya Open 2011 crown

first_imgThe first set was over quickly as Hantuchova expertly attacked her opponent’s serve and did not give Errani any opportunity to play her game.Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia holds the trophy after winning her final match over Sara Errani of Italy in the PTT Pattaya Open tennis tournament in Pattaya, Sunday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)The Italian finally got on the scoreboard in the opening game of the 2nd set, however any hopes she had of a comeback were quickly snuffed out by Hantuchova, who held serve and then broke her opponent to take a 2–1 lead.  Errani did win one more game to make it 5–2, but once again Hantuchova stepped up her game and served out to take the match and the Pattaya title on her first visit to the beachside venue.“It was a great match,” the 32nd-ranked Hantuchova said.  “I didn’t lose a set five matches in a row which is good news.  It shows that I’m really focused and physically and mentally strong in this kind of condition.“Today I knew it was going to be tough,” continued the new champion.  “But I stayed focused and played point by point, not giving anything away, trying to get the job done.  I was really hungry for another title.”Sara Errani returned to take part in the doubles final with her friend and compatriot Roberta Vinci, their opponents were Zheng Jie and Sun Shengnan from China.  It was the Chinese pair who won the opening set of the match by 6–3.  In the 2nd set the match went with serve until the eighth game when the Italian pair broke their opponents to lead 5–3 and duly served out the set.  The super tie-break was won by Vinci and Errani 10–5 and was some consolation for the Italian’s loss in the singles final.  (Source Pentangle Promotions)The doubles champions and runners-up pose with their trophies.Daniela Hantuchova, right, poses with Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont following her straight sets win over Sara Errani of Italy.Hantuchova serves to Errani during the first set.Errani scrambles to chase down a cross court forehand from Hantuchova. Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia secured her first WTA title since 2007, cruising to a convincing 6–0, 6–2 victory over Sara Errani of Italy in just one hour and 16 minutes on Sunday afternoon at the Dusit Thani Pattaya.  She did it on the back of a power game which had her opponent running from side to side of the court and despite some deft touches from Errani, she was unable to gain a foothold into the match.last_img read more

Parker edges a close one

first_imgRichi Hurley is just back from a trip home to England and hadn’t played golf for a few months but it hasn’t affected his golf and he came third with a very steady thirty seven points.  Paul Pavloff took the fourth and last podium place today with thirty five points.  There were no ‘2’s today.1st Allan Parker (9) 39pts2nd Russell Gilroy (17) 39pts3rd Richi Hurley (7) 37pts4th Paul Pavloff (5) 35ptsTuesday, August 30, Mt. Shadow – StablefordWe hadn’t been to Mountain Shadow for a long time as the course had been in very poor condition the last time we played it.  However today it was almost up to its usual standard except for the greens being much slower than before, which seemed to have caught out a lot of our group and there were many three putts today.Again we were joined by our friends from the PFGS and one of their members took the top spot today.  Craig Hitchens was the man who came out on top of what was a day of bad scoring and won with thirty five points.  Frank McGowan took the second place with thirty points and a very surprised Russell Gilroy found that he had taken the third spot with twenty seven points.Once again we had no ‘2’s today.1st Craig Hitchens (14) 35pts2nd Frank McGowan (18) 30pts3rd Russell Gilroy (17) 27ptsThursday, Sept. 1, Burapha – StablefordWe decided to play two flights today here at Burapha, off the blue and white tees to make it enjoyable for everyone.  Again the course was deserted except for ourselves and it was another very fast round of golf.Craig Hitchens.Jon Batty took the honors in the blue flight and won with thirty five points.  Lyle Blaw has just returned for another visit and he came second with thirty.In the white flight Rod Crosswell was playing his first ever game with us and started in style by being a very clear winner with an excellent thirty nine points.  Russell Gilroy was five points behind Rod but he still got the second place with thirty four.  Rodney Nabbe also had thirty four but he lost the count back to Russell and had to settle for the third and last place and once again today we had no ‘2’s.Blue Flight1st Jon Batty (8) 35pts2nd Lyle Blaw (11) 30ptsWhite Flight1st Rod Crosswell (15) 39pts2nd Russell Gilroy (16) 34pts3rd Rod Nabbe (13) 34ptsNote: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364. IPGC Golf from the Tara Court Golf SocietySunday, August 28, Green Valley – StablefordOn the way out here today it was looking very much like rain but by the time we got to the course it had cleared up and turned out to be another beautiful day for golf.  We got round in what was probably a record time for golf on a Sunday and completed our round in three hours and fifteen minutes.  Low season is definitely better for golf!Allan Parker.Again the same consistent golfers battled it out for the top spot today with thirty nine points each, two better than last Sunday and again Allan Parker won the count back which went down to the last six holes.  For the second week in a row Russell Gilroy had to settle for the second place.  Both of these players having been playing great golf for the past few weeks.last_img read more

Canucks Down Pesky Oilers with 3-2 Shootout Victory

first_imgThey were dangerous on almost every shift.  While Henrik was held pointless (for the fourth straight game), the line generated a ton of chances and when they play like this, it’s only a matter of time before the puck starts going in the net with more frequency.While it might appear the twins need some rest, they will unfortunately not get as much as the rest of the team as they are both headed to this weekend’s All-Star game in Ottawa.  I won’t go into a big diatribe about the All-Star game, but as a Canuck fan, I’d much rather that the players weren’t obligated to attend this useless excuse for a hockey game. CANUCKS’ TOP DEFENSIVE PAIRING STELLARThere’s only one word to describe the play of the Canucks’ top defensive pair of Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa tonight – spectacular.  While it wasn’t the flashiest game you’ll see NHL players put on the ice, these two were rock solid all night long, had great speed and quickness, and were a dominant force throughout the game.  Both players wound up plus-2, and Hamhuis got a key assist on the game’s first goal.  This is an important development for the Canucks, as the pair had been struggling somewhat in recent games.Every time it seemed like the talented young Oiler forwards were about to generate something, Hamhuis and Bieksa just seemed to make a good, smart play.  Whether it was outracing their opponent to the puck, putting their stick in the right passing lane, or getting the right angle on the puck carrier coming over the blue line, it was just perfect. While the game didn’t feature much hitting, they played a good physical game in their own zone and were often had good body position on the Oilers.  They also excelled at moving the puck tonight, clearing the zone with relative impunity and getting the forwards the puck, who were generally able to do something with it tonight (case in point was the Canucks’ second goal, the rush started on a stellar outlet pass from Hamhuis to Kesler).When these guys are on their game, the Canucks are difficult to beat.  Hopefully we’ll see this kind of effort on more consistent basis moving forward. DAVID BOOTH CONTINUES TO IMPRESSTonight was Booth’s fourth game since returning from his knee injury, and he put another great effort on the ice.  Since his return, the second line has been great, and again tonight they caused a lot of problems for the Oilers.  His speed is very good and while he’s not an excessively physical player, his size matches up well with other players and he’s able to use his body position to shield the puck and get it to his linemates in the offensive zone.At first blush, his goal tonight was a dirty, goal-mouth scramble type of goal.  However, I think it was much more than that – he was able to outmuscle Hall near the Oiler net (as he should be able to do), but he actually showed a lot of skill as he used his skate to touch the puck back to his stick before sweeping it in the net, all while being knocked to the ice by Hall.  Make no mistake, this was a very skilled goal scored by a skilled player. Seeing him and Kesler forming this kind of chemistry in limited time makes me excited to see what they will be able to do with another 20 games together under their belts. PARTING SHOTSQuick Comments: This game’s scoreline was much closer than it should have been and was not indicative of the run of the play.  The Canucks were the better team for most of the night, certain sections of the second period notwithstanding, and they generated far more quality scoring chances.  The four goalposts helped Edmonton’s cause, but that said, hockey can just be like that.  Next time, those pucks will hopefully go in. On the flip side, I have never seen Jordan Eberle this invisible in any game, ever.  He was on a line with Sam Gagner (who was noticeable and played well, strangely enough). The Oilers’ line of Horcoff-Hall-Hemsky had a very good night.  I haven’t seen Hemsky play this well in ages – he was back to his old self, it seemed, the puck glued to his stick and him able to make some slick passes.  That said – Hall was by far Edmonton’s best player.  All over the ice, fast, skilled, good size – he’s going to be a beast in the NHL for many years. While they didn’t appear on the scoresheet, the third line had a strong outing as well for Vancouver.  Hodgson just seems to get better and better, and Hansen was responsible for one of the crossbars.  Mason Raymond hasn’t scored much at all, lately, but was all over the ice tonight and as always played well defensively. Credit the Oilers for sticking with it – knowing the score was close, they never quit and were twice able to come back and tie the game. Luongo made a couple of very good saves in the shootout.  He also made a great save in overtime on Gagner.  He wasn’t called upon to make a ton of phenomenal saves tonight, but he played well at the end of the game.  He could not be blamed for either Edmonton goal.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  In general, I prefer the Sportsnet games to our other options.  That said, I’m not the biggest fan of Shorthouse.  Instead of calling the game, he often attempts to get Garrett involved in conversations about silly things like food, or jokingly makes fun of him and his NHL career.  It’s all in good fun, but for the TV viewer, it’s not that funny nor interesting.  I’d much rather have some proper analysis done of the game.Two nice touches tonight:  in his first intermission interview, Hamhuis told the residents of Burns Lake that the team’s thoughts were with them as they deal with the devastating fire in that small community’s lifeblood, its sawmill.  Hamhuis was raised in nearby Smithers. Also, GM Mike Gillis was with Dan Murphy in both intermissions, and the first segment was dedicated to the Canucks’ support of the re-launch of mental illness website, www.mindcheck.ca.  The site is dedicated to awareness of mental health issues and is meant to provide resources for youth and young adults in need.  The Canucks are behind this initiative primarily in memory of and tribute to Rick Rypien.Looking ahead: The Canucks will take six days off before returning next Tuesday night to play the Chicago Blackhawks.  Stay tuned to www.fightingforstanley.ca for mid-season reviews of all the Canadian-based NHL teams over the All-Star break, including an analysis of the Canucks, their season to date, their prospects in the playoffs, and what their trade deadline needs, if any, are. Sami Salo returned to the lineup for the Canucks after missing the last seven game with a concussion.  He wasn’t that noticeable, however, you did notice the lack of problems with the Canucks’ D as Ballard and Rome could play third-pairing minutes. The game was a no-hitter, it seemed like both teams wanted to get to the break without any physical confrontation.  There were only three penalties called, all for hooking or interference. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks concluded their pre-All-Star break schedule on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 by way of a shootout.The Canucks had a tremendous first period, as they came at the Oilers in waves and spent entire shifts possessing the puck in the Oilers’ zone.  They were able to break through on a beautiful goal by Daniel Sedin, his line having cycled the puck in Edmonton’s goal for approximately 90 seconds.  Inexplicably, the Oilers actually outshot the Canucks in the first period, but Vancouver had the lion’s share of the chances.This trend continued in the second period, but Edmonton played much better in what has been the Canucks’ worst period on a night to night basis.  Shawn Horcoff scored on a tremendous feed from young Oiler Taylor Hall, after a defensive breakdown in the Canucks’ end while the bottom defensive pairing and the fourth line were on the ice.  While Edmonton had a much better period, the Canucks hit a post late in the second (having hit one in the first as well) and this goal might have been the back breaker for the Oilers, who had played the previous night in Edmonton.The Canucks came out determined in the third to end the game favourably.  Buoyed by strong play from the top two lines, the Canucks returning to their swashbuckling ways, trading chances with Edmonton and for the most part, getting the better of the play.  The effort was rewarded on a goal by David Booth, the result of hard work in front of the net after a 3-on-2 where Oiler netminder Devan Dubnyk lost the puck to his side, next to the crease. The Canucks were unfortunate to hit the crossbar twice in the third period as well.  The resilient Oilers tied the game up a second time after a Hall deflection on a late power play, sending the game into an extra session.Overtime featured end to end play, and a couple of good saves by each goaltender, but didn’t solve anything.  Canuck rookie Cody Hodgson scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, to deliver the Canucks two points heading into the break.Vancouver is happy the break has now arrived.  Their play in the last couple of weeks has been very up and down – they have played their best against the tougher teams (Boston, San Jose, L.A., St. Louis), but have struggled against their weaker opponents (Anaheim, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Florida). There have been times recently that they just look tired, and the six-day break coming up for all but four of the players should be a good tonic for them both physically and mentally.  Now that everyone is again healthy, the team needs to refocus and set their sights on the stretch drive into the playoffs. TWINS RETURN FROM MIA STATUSIn recent outings, the Sedins have not been their normal, dangerous selves, often relatively invisible.  In addition, the Canuck power play has been struggling, due at least partially to the Sedins’ lack of production.  Tonight, they appeared to be much more “Sedin-like” – they were toying with Edmonton on many shifts, including the one that resulted in the first Canuck goal. last_img read more

Pearse Stadium Double Header Confirmed For Saturday

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The CCCC have confirmed the details of the Allianz National Hurling League Quarter Finals. Galway’s Quarter Final with Wexford will be played as a doubleheader with the Allianz National Football League clash of Galway and Roscommon in Pearse Stadium on Saturday next.  The Hurling Quarter Final between Galway and Wexford will throw in at 1.30 with the Football throwing in at 3.30. All three Hurling Quarter Finals will be played on Saturday with Waterford and Clare in Walsh Park at 3pm and Tipperary and Dublin in Semple Stadium at 4.30. The Division One A Relegation Play-off between Kilkenny and Cork will be played at Nowlan Park and will throw in at 2pm. last_img read more