Residential Parking Program challenges student parking habits

first_imgMaking the first year count Twitter ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt Linkedin Grace is a senior journalism major and minor in business. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and loves to spend time in the sunshine with her friends. She can’t start her day without a cup of coffee and when she’s not in the media lab you can find her exploring hidden gems in Fort Worth. Facebook Grace Toups Grace Toups printStudents and faculty who park on the side streets just north of campus returned from break to find their vehicles are no longer welcome in the neighborhood.In early January, the Transportation and Public Works Department installed ‘Residential Parking Only’ signs along the tree-lined streets leading to campus. The restrictions are part of the city’s Residential-Only Parking Program,  which allows residents and property owners living around TCU, UNT Health Science Center and Will Rogers Memorial Center/Dickies Arena to ask for a ban on street parking.In this case, there’s no parking between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays on Park Hill Drive, Cockrell, Greene, McPherson and Waits avenues without a city-issued residential parking permit.Continuing construction in 2019 forces more lot closures on campus“Each of those street segments will have four signs preventing any non-residential parking without a permit, ” said the city of Fort Worth’s Communications Officer, Janice Thompson-Burgess.She said 67 percent of residents living in the area requested the designation.  The majority of home-owners on the blocks desired must sign the petition in order for it to be reviewed and implanted.The initial request was sent in late October.No parking signs on Cockrell Avenue leave residents, both TCU students and non, forcing all of their cars to be left in the driveway.Photo Credit Grace ToupsThe campus parking crunch for faculty, staff and students on East Campus became more acute in the fall after several lots were closed or moved farther out from campus because of construction. As a result neighborhood streets leading to campus because alternative parking spots.“I live with two other girls and it becomes tricky when my car is trapped and I have to spend an extra 10 minutes moving all of the cars around,” said junior early childhood development major, Karly Klepper, who lives on Cockrell Avenue. “It’s insanity we can’t park in front of our house.”The city of Fort Worth enforces all vehicles parked in these areas without a proper permit are to be qualified for a citation.“A parking citation may be contested or paid within 21 calendar days from the date of the citation. A $25 delinquent fee will be added if the citation has not been contested or paid on time. An additional 30 percent collection fee will be added if the citation has not been paid in full within 60 calendar days,” according to the website.The city’s residential parking-only program is designed to address safety concerns related to spillover parking in neighborhoods that are prone to attract a large volume of traffic. A clear display of a valid permit must be located on a vehicle to be eligible to park in the area.In order for any changes to be made, the same majority of residents must deliver a signed petition requesting the signs to be removed.For more information regarding the Residential Permit Parking Program, visit the city of Fort Worth’s website or call 682-747-6991. Facebook Building sustainability togethercenter_img + posts Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Marathon runner persists after being mauled by a pit bull Previous articleTCU Women’s Tennis gears up for rest of the seasonNext articleMen’s Basketball earns ‘ugly’ victory over Florida in Big 12/SEC Challenge Grace Toups RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grace Toups Grace Toups Twitter Water line breaks affect Moudy for third time this year Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Grace Toups read more

Crews race to stop brush fire in Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles

first_imgiStock(LOS ANGELES) — Firefighters are racing to stop a brush fire that is threatening homes in the Pacific Palisades, an oceanfront Los Angeles neighborhood.The blaze, which broke out around 10:30 a.m. local time, consumed 18 acres in about 15 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.The fire has now spread to 30 acres.No injuries have been reported, officials said.Some residents were seen holding hoses and trying to wet down a hillside before abandoning the scene and fleeing once the flames grew closer.The fire has threatened several homes but no structures have been damaged at this time, officials said.Some homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.A cause of the fire has not been determined.About 150 firefighters are working the scene by ground and air. Crews are expected to be at the scene through the night.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Katelyn Ohashi teams up with gym to help gymnasts work out at home

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — While many fitness centers have closed their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, one gym in the New York City borough of Brooklyn is taking to social media to keep many of their members active at home.When Gotham Gymnastics, a facility for aspiring young gymnasts, was forced to temporarily close due to government mandates, its CEO and co-founder Daniel Miranda as well as team director and co-founder Ana Nunes came up with the idea to take their workout sessions to Instagram. “We did this for our girls first,” Miranda told ABC News in an interview on Good Morning America.“We realized with all the posts out there,” he continued, “all the girls sharing comments of ideas about what to do, we came across the idea of getting other girls from other gyms to join too. And this thing just grew in two days, it was an incredible response.”Last week, the two coaches launched #Quaranteams, which they’re calling the largest gymnastics web camp in the world to keep athletes motivated.It was also their way of responding to the many events and meets that were cancelled amid the pandemic which gymnasts had worked hard preparing for.“When we saw the championships being cancelled, we thought, oh my gosh, these girls worked really hard to be able to go to the championships, and some of them have senior years, some of them are preparing for the Olympics,” Miranda said.For six days each week, Gotham Gymnastics has scheduled workouts on Instagram live with coaches and professionals who help bring lessons to gymnasts at home. Not only has it sparked interest among gymnasts in Brooklyn, but elsewhere around the world too.One of the professional gymnasts they asked to join this week’s workouts is star gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi, who last year scored perfect 10s for her energetic, viral floor routine while competing for the University of California, Los Angeles.“To know that these coaches at Gotham are extremely invested in their gymnasts and support them throughout this pandemic is incredible and super cool to see,” Ohashi told GMA. “The creativity behind it and to know that they’re working on so many different ways to stay involved and to encourage everyone — and it’s not just about their gymnasts, it’s also about the world, so that’s even cooler.”“There’s just kind of a lot of stuff happening within our world, so we are just trying to be as positive as possible through these times and teach them [gymnasts] as much insight as we can on what to do during our days locked inside the house in quarantine,” she added.Ohashi’s workout session, which took place Thursday on Instagram, included a variety of lower body workouts and stretches.On Sunday, Ohashi, Miranda and UCLA head coach and fellow Gotham Advisory Board Member Valorie “Miss Val” Kondos Field took part in a Q&A that was live streamed on Instagram, where they offered tips for gymnasts on how to stay motivated while self-isolating at home.“Right now, while it’s a stressful time — I feel it myself — we can look at the positive,” Miss Val told GMA, regarding working out at home. “You [young athletes] have a time right now to really work on your strengths, but also your weaknesses.”Ohashi also shared that even though it is important to stay active, she also advised that this is a time that many should use to rest. During her Q&A on Sunday, she spoke about the importance of the Sabbath and taking the time to reflect.“Sabbath rest is extremely important just because, it is OK to let down during this time and have a little bit of relaxation and self-reflection and do things that you don’t always get to prioritize,” she said. “Really focusing on what you enjoy outside of the sport right now and the things that you can do at home and getting creative and doing certain things — I just think can help set them up for the future even more so.”While Gotham Gymnastics is one of many gyms across the country who have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus, Miranda has made it a point to focus on the positive during this time and he hopes athletes will do the same.“It’s a big hit for not just athletes, but you know for the economy and everything else,” Miranda said. “But the message is, you’re not alone. We’re together — we’re together in this … instead of the internet being a vehicle of posting hate, we should be using it to bring people together in this moment.”“This is going to pass,” he added.You can check out Gotham Gymnastics’ #Quaranteams schedule for the week on their website here.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. March 27, 2020 /Sports News – National Katelyn Ohashi teams up with gym to help gymnasts work out at homecenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Grad Council opens floor to global leaders

first_imgWhen writer Antwan Steele arrived on campus as a speaker for the Leadership Conference of the Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), he admits he felt both pride and intimidation.“I’ll be honest: Initially, I was intimidated when I was first asked to speak at Harvard Graduate Council’s Leadership Conference,” said the author of “Single to Single.”The eighth annual conference brought together leaders in social development, business, finance, and entertainment to discuss key attributes that lead to success.Steele’s message focused on leadership from a foundational level. His message resonated with the audience loud and clear because of his emphasis on “doing what you love.”“Doing what you love will afford authenticity and compel creativity,” he said. “Doing what you love will demand discipline and ignite influence. Doing what you love will produce passion and render responsibility. Doing what you love will support sacrifice and verify vision. When you do what you love, the most amazing things can and will happen.”The audience grew larger as students who had arrived in Cambridge for the Global Case Competition also attended the conference at Harvard’s Northwest Science Center.Peter Dyrud, president of HGC, opened the floor by telling the audience how amazing it was to see people from all over the world present under one roof, sharing a common vision of success and what it takes to achieve it.Bruno Sergi, an associate of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, emphasized the importance of creating a global platform to link entrepreneurs from all over the world.Pavel Krapivin, a graduate of Harvard Business School, talked about working as vice president of Warner Bros. Entertainment and shared a story about being fired from his first job on the second day. He likened his corporate success to overcoming his fear of sharks. Now, he is the founder and CEO of VelvetJobs, a career matchmaking service that is currently used by more than 15 million people. He said it was featured in Forbes magazine as one of the key companies leading the transformation of the $5 billion career transition market.The panel also included Abigail Ogilvy, who owns an art gallery in Boston’s SoWa art and design district. She said, “It is important to chase your passion, and do what you love. It isn’t work if we are doing what we enjoy.”Steele, whose “Single to Single” focuses on maximizing our time during our “singleness,” talked about the importance of forming lifelong relationships. One of his initiatives is a successful summer cookout. The event brings together thousands of people and spreads awareness of giving back to the community.Among the other speakers were: Dolly Amaya, a former student of Harvard Extension School who now runs a financial group providing advice and assistance to individuals; Russian editor Pavel Koshkin, who offered advice on spotting fake news; and physician Lisa Miller, who addressed the importance of the development of healthy habits.The evening also included Harold Kent Heredia, a former student of Harvard Extension School, now working for human social rights. As a former asylee, Heredia’s story laid a foundation for belief in endurance and overcoming the odds. He shared his experience and growth, while addressing some of the pertinent and prominent issues facing the world.last_img read more