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*Special Weather Statement – 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian City of Ocean City, NJ – Office of Emergency ManagementSpecial Weather Statement:3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018  Coastal Flood and High Wind Warnings remain in effect for Ocean City on Friday (March 2). The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts sustained northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph on Friday afternoon and evening. The warning extends to 6 a.m. Saturday. Loose objects on your property should be brought inside or secured. Make sure to fully charge mobile telephones and electronic devices, as power outages are possible. The winds will make driving hazardous. Please limit travel in these conditions.A coastal storm will affect Ocean City through several high tide cycles. The track and potential impact of the storm are still uncertain, but the NWS right now predicts a tide of 7.2 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale for Saturday morning and Saturday evening. By comparison, the winter storm “Jonas” reached 7.66 feet in January 2016. See sampling of Ocean City historic tides for context: www.ocnj.us/octides.Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at about 9:03 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Flooding also could occur during high tides at 8:44 p.m. Friday and 9:48 a.m. Sunday (6.8 feet MLW prediction).Street flooding could occur prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. These roads also offer the safest routes of travel across the length of the island. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity  if you take advantage of this service).The forecast calls for winds to shift direction and blow from the north on Saturday and Sunday. The exact wind direction will help determine the severity of any potential flooding.For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades. Many roads are currently under construction. Be aware that uneven surfaces and storm drainage fixtures could be hidden beneath flood waters.We will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops.For Police & Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more


ColorMax Violas

first_imgMake no mistake about it, if you have ever felt like a viola couldn’t dazzle like a pansy, then you haven’t tried ColorMax. ColorMax is a relatively new series of viola that comes to us from Sakata Seed and has completely shocked me with its flower power. It really is color to the max with these violas.Know that I am the ultimate pansy and viola lover, almost to the point of saying that I have never seen one I didn’t like. I love clear ones, those with blotches, those with whiskers, and I relish their fragrance. To me, there is nothing not to love about pansies and violas.ColorMax comes in 10 colors and a mix, and it’s hard to pick out a favorite. The clear yellow is so prolific I would hardly be exaggerating when I say it can be seen from a mile away. Just think: I am saying that about violas and not giant or mammoth-sized pansies. Speaking of giant, Sakata is the same company that brings us the Majestic Giant series.‘Icy Blue,’ ‘Popcorn’ and ‘Lemon Splash’ are also must-have plants for your cool-season landscape. While these flowers are larger than many other viola selections, the quantity of blossoms is amazing. As you might expect, the plants reach 6 to 8 inches tall with a spread of about 10 inches. ColorMax violas are very cold-tolerant and transplant to the garden with ease.Select a site in full sun or partial shade with organically rich soil. If organic, rich and fertile doesn’t sound like your soil, don’t fret. Over the last 20 years, most gardeners I have talked to are plagued with a tight clay or heavy soil. Clay particles are the smallest of all soils. Because of their small size, they are easier to compact, keeping out not only water but also air.So we have choices, such as going with a landscape mix like the commercial landscaper or simply working in organic matter. Your flower success starts at ground level. By incorporating organic matter like humus, compost or peat into native soil, good things start to happen. Organic matter helps to loosen the soil for better water penetration and aeration, leading to good root development.Here in the Savannah area, there are a lot of gardeners with sandy soil that seems to drain like a wire basket. In this situation, the same organic matter helps hold water and nutrients. Remember that soil improvement is a continual process.For a really show-stopping display, plant a large group of single-colored, 24-inch-tall snapdragons, such as rose-colored Sonnets or Liberties, to the back of the bed with a mass of ‘Clear Yellow’ or ‘Lemon Splash’ ColorMax violas in front. Or reverse and use yellow snapdragons in the back and ‘Icy Blue’ or ‘Berry Pie’ ColorMax violas in front. Use them also in mixed containers with colorful foliage plants like ‘Lemon Ball’ sedum, ‘Red Giant’ mustard or ‘Redbor’ kale.No matter where you live, there is a season for pansies and violas. In the South, that season is now. As you shop, keep your eyes open for ColorMax, the most exciting new viola series in years. Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru.last_img read more


Modric wins Golden Foot award

first_imgRelatedPosts Laliga: Real goes six points clear Griezmann saves Barca in Copa del Rey Barca, Madrid to face 3rd Division clubs in Copa Luka Modric is the proud recipient of the 2019 Golden Foot, the award which is bestowed to the best player in the world over the age of 29.Modric became the latest player to land the prize after excelling with Real Madrid and Croatia in the recent past, most notably by finishing runner-up at the 2018 World Cup which played a part in him winning the Ballon d’Or.However, 2019 was hardly a vintage year for the 34-year-old midfielder as Madrid finished third in La Liga, were dumped out of the Champions League round-of-16 by Ajax and lost their Copa del Rey semifinal to Barcelona.Still, the winner is decided by an online vote after an international jury selects nominees, so the people have spoken.Modric flew out to Monaco to collect his prize, thus becoming the 17th player to do so since the inaugural Golden Foot was given to Roberto Baggio in 2003.Tags: Copa del ReyLuka Modriclast_img read more