Lee County debuts newest high school

first_imgLEE COUNTY, Fla.– The Lee County Public Schools showed off their newest and 15th High School in the district on Wednesday. A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the beginning of a new era for Gateway High School. The $98-million facility will feature number of attractive offerings for students including specialized classrooms, a multi-purpose auditorium, a weight room and multiple sports facilities.A special day to say the least for Gateway High School’s first Principle, Neketa Watson.  Advertisement“Just hard work, commitment has gone into this. I remember when it was just a wooded area and to see this building here is amazing,” explained Watson. “I just want the best for our scholar’s and we plan to deliver that.”Gateway High School is expected to have around 600 freshman, 550 sophomores and 200 juniors for the start of the next school year.  Advertisement “I think it’s going to be a huge advantage to have a high school so close to home. We have four kids that play sports and want to play sports,” explained parent, Charlie Hoskins. “It’s exciting. We are looking forward to this next year. It’s gunna be a fun time for our family.”Gateway’s 2021-2022 school year starts on August 10th. AdvertisementTags: Lee County Public schools No Content Availablecenter_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Commercial eviction and foreclosure ban extended until January

first_imgGov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock)Landlords looking to boot non-paying commercial tenants will have to wait until the new year.New York’s moratorium on commercial evictions and foreclosures due to non-payment of rent will be in place through Jan. 1, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference Tuesday.The governor can only extend the ban for 30-day periods — meaning the latest order will need to be renewed again on Nov. 19. A spokesperson for the governor’s office said the ban would remain in place.Cuomo said the commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium would align with the rules governing residential evictions, although the legislation limiting some residential evictions is not a blanket moratorium — it allows tenants to raise a defense in non-payment cases, and allows landlords to seek a money judgments instead of eviction if the tenant is eligible. As of last week in Rochester, 27 eviction warrants had moved forward, while in Yonkers, 100 to 200 eviction cases are being tried each week, Law360 reported.Like the rules governing residential evictions, the most recent iteration of the commercial eviction ban has some caveats. Commercial evictions initiated before March 17 have been able to proceed as of Sept. 4.State legislators have also sought to address the concerns of mortgagors and business owners who are unable to make payments, although lawmakers in New York have taken a back seat to Cuomo in the day-to-day response to the pandemic.Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte introduced legislation to offer one year of mortgage forbearance to small property owners — those with no more than four units — and small businesses. The bill, however, has faced steep opposition from the Department of Financial Services, according to Bichotte.“Department of Financial Services hates the bill and they’ve been trying to stop it,” Bichotte said. The assemblymember added that DFS is concerned about the impact on smaller state-chartered financial institutions, which would lose out on mortgage payments. Since being introduced at the end of May, the bill has not gotten any closer to passage. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsAndrew CuomoCommercial Real EstateEvictionslast_img read more

Vermont becomes 39th NRC agreement state, does not include VY

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Vermont Business Magazine Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Kristine L Svinicki and Vermont Governor Philip B Scott have signed(link is external) an agreement to give Vermont regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials in the state. Vermont is the 39th state to sign such an agreement with the NRC.Under the agreement, effective September 30, 2019, Vermont assumes responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection and enforcement activities related to the industrial, medical and academic uses of radioactive material.The NRC is transferring 36 academic, commercial and medical licenses for radioactive material to Vermont’s jurisdiction. NRC retains jurisdiction over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, which is currently decommissioning, as well as federal agencies using certain nuclear material in the state.Before entering into the agreement, the NRC determined that Vermont’s radiation control program is adequate to protect public health and safety and is compatible with the NRC’s regulations. The proposed agreement was published in the Federal Register for four consecutive weeks for public comment.More information about the Agreement State program, including a list of Agreement States, is available on the NRC’s website(link is external).Source: NRC 9.30.2019last_img read more

Argonauts Finish Regular Season in Dominant Fashion, Win 100-50

first_img Photo by Ron Besser PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team scored a season-high 100 points in their last game of the regular season, sailing past Concordia-Selma with their largest win margin this season, 100-50. Four seniors reached double digits in points on Senior Day, led by Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla./Winthrop) who went 8-11 from the field and 6-9 from the long range on the way to 22 points for the evening.  UWF improved to 14-13 overall and will take that record into the GSC Tournament next week.Two Argonauts also ended the game with season-high performances, as senior Caitlin Salak (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon HS) scored 12 points off the bench, shooting 50 percent from the field. Senior Jamie Freeman (Mobile, Ala./Okaloosa-Walton CC) reached her season-high in two categories, sinking 10 points of her own and pulling down six boards to tie her performance against Palm Beach Atlantic earlier in the season. Senior Dominique Boykins (Houston, Texas./North Shore HS) also contributed 11 points, going 6-6 in free throws. Drake added nine assists to her team-leading 22 points to finish one assist shy of a double-double.West Florida began the first half on fire, with Concordia-Selma scoring the first basket before the Lady Argos went on an unanswered 14 point run during the first five minutes of the game.  The run started with back-to-back three pointers by senior Jessie Ivey (Jay, Fla./Jay HS) and Boykins, the first of her career. UWF’s shooting was 50 percent from the field during the first half, allowing them to jump out to a huge lead at the half 43-12. The Argonauts’ excellent shooting set them apart from the Hornets again during the second half, matching their effort from the beginning of the game by scoring 14 points during the first seven minutes before Concordia-Selma responded. Shooting only 16.7 percent during the first half, the Hornets came alive with 13 minutes remaining in the game, scoring 38 points in the second half with a 46.7 field goal percentage.  The effort was not enough though as the Argonauts shot 55 percent from the field during the final half, as sophomore Kirstin McIntyre (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Florida Southern) sunk the final layup of the game to score the 100th point before letting the clock run out. Defensively West Florida was strong as well, forcing 18 turnovers with 12 steals on the night while grabbing 51 boards, 38 of which were defensive. Two players for Concordia-Selma shot in the double digits, with Lamanda Sanders sinking 18 while Gabrielle Jones contributed 11. The Hornets shot 31.7 percent total for the game and grabbed 31 rebounds. With West Georgia’s loss at Alabama-Huntsville Monday evening, the West Florida women’s basketball team clinched a spot in the Gulf South Conference tournament and will continue on to play in the postseason for the first time since 2007. The Argonauts will travel to the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. for the tournament, with their opponent to be determined.For more information on the GSC Tournament, visit www.gulfsouthconference.org.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Argonauts Finish Regular Season in Dominant Fashion, Win 100-50last_img read more