Helen Plourde McSweeny speaks about efforts to preserve open space in Ocean City, NJ at a meeting of the new Ocean City Smarth Growth group on Thursday, April 30.About 27 people gathered Thursday to share ideas on how to curb development in Ocean City at a meeting of the new Ocean City Smart Growth group.The group was formed in early April and is advocating for decreased development density, increased single-family homes and protection of the environment in Ocean City.Ocean City Smart Growth invited anybody who was interested in the group’s mission to attend a meeting April 30 at the Ocean City Free Public Library. They promised a 30-minute event and they delivered.“We’re here for the long haul,” Smart Growth co-founder Phyllis Coletta said.She said the group would remain true to the three C’s in its efforts to advocate for change: collaborative, creative and civil.The primary objective of the meeting was to recruit volunteers in the following areas: talkers (to speak at City Council and other meetings), writers (to pen letters to editors), neighborhood activists, creatives (to help with social media and YouTube initiatives), connectors and thinkers (Coletta says she wants to talk to the developers whom she’s told run the city), a political team (Smart Growth wants to replace the existing City Council with members friendly to its mission), the Green Team (group co-f0under Helen Plourde McSweeny will lead a push for open space) and the Real Estate Team.Coletta said the group’s first objective will be to oppose a May 6 Planning Board application to build seven duplexes at the site of the vacant Palermo’s Family Market at Fourth Street and Asbury Avenue.If the site plan were not approved, the tract could be subject to a new abandoned properties ordinance.She said other commercial properties on the group’s radar include: the Perry Egan car dealership at 16th Street and Simpson Avenue, a commercial property on Sixth Street across from the Ocean City Primary School, the site of the former Bellevue Hotel at Eighth Street and Ocean Avenue and the site of Bakley’s Delicatessen at Fourth Street and Ocean Avenue.The meeting attracted Ocean City residents like Thelma and John Trego. Thelma, a 1975 Ocean City High School graduate, said she grew up at homes on 10th Street and 13th Street.Even in those downtown locations, there was at least a bit of open space around single-family home, she said.“Every time they take away a place, they take away a yard,” Trego said of the trend for denser development in Ocean City.
Press Association Eddie Howe refused to blame goalkeeper Artur Boruc for Bournemouth’s hammering at the hands of Tottenham. Mousa Dembele then put the visitors ahead before Boruc dropped another clanger as he spilt an easy Kane cross that Erik Lamela tucked away. Kane’s second came from a sumptuous Christian Eriksen cross and his hat-trick was completed as Boruc again failed to collect an effort and the 22-year-old was on hand to turn home. The Poland international had other jittery moments on an afternoon to forget, but Howe said his team as a whole have to take the responsibility for the loss. “They were self-inflicted, that’s evident,” he said of Tottenham’s goals. “There won’t be fingers pointed. We take collective responsibility. But there is a need going forward that we can’t keep giving goals away. We’ve given teams goals even in the games we’ve drawn and won. “Of course, you don’t want to see any of your players criticised. They give their all and have had incredible success. I said to the players afterwards, during the success everyone was saying how good you are. Take no notice. It’s the same when things are going this way. Boruc missed the game at Manchester City last weekend – another 5-1 defeat – after picking up an injury in the warm-up and Howe conceded that he may have not been completely fit heading into this match. “He’s strong mentally and resolute when it comes to errors,” Howe added. “He’s seen it and done it. There’s a need for the team to eradicate those errors and our goalkeepers rediscover their form. “He’s declared himself fit late in the week. Maybe he’s not 100 per cent, but he’s kicking with both legs no problem. How much that hampered his performance, I don’t know.” For Spurs, this win means they remain unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League since the opening weekend of the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s side move to within five points of leaders Manchester City. Seeing Kane return to form was a highlight for the Argentinian – especially after his decision to rest his main striker in Thursday night’s defeat to Anderlecht. “I’m very pleased for Harry,” he said. “I never had any doubts about him, but it was very important hat-trick for him. It’s important for him to learn from that period. It happens in football. I’m happy because he’ll become a much better player after such a tough period. “He will score a lot of goals, but football is not about just scoring. He works very hard for the team. We’re all happy. It’s normal. He’s tired now because he’s run a lot, but the team, the squad, was very happy for him in the changing room. “We needed that victory and the three points to push us back up the table.” Harry Kane returned to form for Spurs as he helped himself to a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory – with Boruc at fault for three of Tottenham’s goals. Matt Ritchie had fired Bournemouth into a first-minute lead before the Cherries’ 35-year-old goalkeeper brought down Kane in the box, with the England striker levelling from the resulting penalty.