Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a four-part series on the four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. While there are Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States and Charlene Greer would be the first to encourage anyone to volunteer, her work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler is particularly extraordinary. She was first introduced to the organization in 2012 while volunteering for another local non-profit, Jeep Beach. That exposure led her to support “charity helping charity” and has since provided nearly $500,000 to the organization.Greer lends nearly 120 hours each month in support of the Boys & Girls Club, and that isn’t just operational funding but also her vision and execution of special activities that directly benefit the students. She could be devoting time mentoring children at one of the club’s eight locations after school, which is her favorite role, participating in a board meeting or advocating for the cause while meeting with local elected officials and community leaders. Her fundraising efforts are likely the most widely recognized as her support wholly funds the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Honor Roll Banquet and Christmas party.RELATED: Learn more about the 2020 Betty Jane France Humanitarian AwardWhat drives Greer’s incredible passion for community service?“It gives me hope in our future,” she said more than once.Greer’s colleagues tout her can-do attitude and inherent ability to recognize a need and fill it.She gets especially excited when discussing the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Christmas party for which she fulfills the students’ wish lists and delivers the gifts creatively every year. Whether it’s Santa bringing the toys on a wagon, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses parading for the children or taking hot laps around Daytona International Speedway, they’re sure to be delighted.Greer, from Ormond Beach, Florida, is one of four most-deserving finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The award, named in honor of the foundation’s late founder and chairwoman, honors NASCAR fans who are accomplished volunteers working for children’s causes in their communities throughout the United States.A lifelong NASCAR fan, Greer grew up spending weekends at the track with her father, a motorsports mechanic. Some of her fondest memories are witnessing Bill Elliott go from being known as “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” to “Million Dollar Bill” with his win at Darlington Raceway in 1985 over Labor Day weekend to her first time attending the Daytona 500, now her home track.“When you have the opportunity to work with these children, it’s hope, it’s happiness and it’s encouragement for me and it drives me to work even harder for them,” Greer said. “… I would encourage anyone who has the time, the talents, the ability to mentor these children. … It is life changing.”The winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will be determined via an online fan vote that is ongoing through Nov. 4 until noon ET at NASCARfoundation.org/Award. The winner will be announced virtually Nov. 5. Each of the finalists is guaranteed a minimum donation of $25,000 from The NASCAR Foundation, with the overall winner receiving a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation.If Greer wins, children living with disadvantaged circumstances will benefit. The resulting $100,000 donation would cover the costs to transport all of the more than 1,400 children safely to the eight clubs after school utilizing bus transportation. With 87 percent of its members on free or reduced lunch and the club’s motto to never turn any child away for their inability to pay, this would help the children to realize their full potential.
Sunday mornings at Live For Live Music are usually for recapping last night’s shows, but March 2020 is weird, so let’s talk about Tiger King. Even if you haven’t seen Netflix’s new true-crime docuseries/exquisite dumpster fire about the bizarre lives of “big cat people” like Joe Exotic, you’ve surely seen enough memes about it to know that it exists (take it away, Stefon):While this ridiculous saga and its central focus, “gay, gun-toting redneck with a mullet”/exotic animal hoarder/living cartoon character Joe Exotic, offer plenty of strange tangents to sink your fangs into, the show spends a not-insignificant amount of time spotlighting Joe’s favorite side hustle: his burgeoning country music career… Okay, calling it a “music career” is a bit generous, but Joe does make a point to highlight his various albums featuring 3,000 tracks and 25,000 music videos (or whatever) as a point of personal pride.Related: 11 Music-Related Activities To Help You Maintain Sanity While In QuarantineThe most surprising part of the “Joe Exotic, Country Music Heartthrob” storyline winds up being that the songs are so bad, they’re almost… kind of… good? Just try these two on for size: “I Saw A Tiger” (which is about exactly what it sounds like it’s about) and “Here Kitty Kitty”, in which Joe flexes his (actually plausibly true) conspiracy theories about how his archnemesis fed her missing husband to her tigers (with help from a spot-on Carole Baskin look-alike).Joe Exotic – “I Saw A Tiger”[Video: JoeExoticTV]Joe Exotic – “Here Kitty Kitty”[Video: JoeExoticTV]If you haven’t figured it out by now, Joe Exotic didn’t actually write (or sing, or play) any of his songs [pause for gasps of shock and awe]. As TMZ reports, Exotic commissioned The Clinton Johnson Band to create his timeless catalog. Citing a conversation with the band’s Vince Johnson, the report explains that Joe initially retained the band’s services for an advertisement for his upstart reality TV show and promo materials for his tiger park. Eventually, he began sending them ideas for songs, which Johnson and his now-deceased partner, Danny Clinton, would write, record, and send back to him. Unsurprisingly, Johnson also notes that Joe Exotic has never really sung or played an instrument professionally [another pause for even more shock and awe].Johnson also tells TMZ that the band had recorded three albums worth of songs of their own before linking up with the Tiger King. With the recent buzz surrounding Tiger King and the songs he wrote for Joe, Johnson is hoping to get some calls from record companies.If there was ever a time when you might get your big break, Vince, this is it. Go get that Netflix money, buddy.
In its first meeting of the new academic year, Notre Dame’s student senate convened in the Lafortune Student Center and discussed a series of issues which arose over the summer.One focus during the meeting was the South Bend Transpo’s Midnight Express, which was funded by Notre Dame but cancelled due to rising costs and falling usage among Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students.Student body president Elizabeth Boyle proposed working with ridesharing companies like Lyft or Uber to provide safe transportation late at night between the campuses. She also mentioned Ohio State University had worked with Lyft to accomplish this goal.“We’re hoping we will work in collaboration with Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s to create a program that will serve more students and be more efficient for all, and will meet all the needs that the Midnight Express did, but do it in a time that will reflect what students are looking for in 2019,” Boyle said.Senators raised concerns about the cost of a partnership with one of these companies, finding a potential route and cleaning fee issues should a student vomit in a Lyft or Uber. Boyle said the senate will help outline the parameters for such a proposal involving Lyft or Uber. She said the plan would be much more cost effective and prior precedent with the Midnight Express would also be used to determine the program’s hours of service and where it would take students.Boyle will be meeting with student leadership from Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College this Friday to discuss the program and other possible solutions, she said.The senators then turned their attention to a discussion with Club Coordination Council (CCC) chair Jordan Isner, a senior, who is scheduled to testify to the senate next week. Legislation passed in the previous academic year mandates the CCC meet with the student senate at least once per semester. In an email, Isner said he looks forward to speaking with the senate next week.“I think it is important that the CCC is as transparent as possible with the rest of the Student Union,” he said in an email. “I know that other members of senate are as concerned as I am about clubs being underfunded, and I look forward to working with them on solutions, but it all starts with being transparent.”At the end of the meeting, Student Union Board (SUB) executive director Eric Kim, a senior, announced SUB has several events and initiatives in the works, including providing free transportation, food and tickets to the Aug. 31 South Bend Cubs game, screening the film “Avengers Endgame” in coordination with the Student Activities Office and continuing to sell dorm memorabilia.“We are not only trying to provide an increase of quantity of events but also quality of events,” Kim said after the meeting adjourned. “We want to provide many opportunities for students to create a culture of bondage and friendships, and one of SUB’s main goals every year is to provide events to relieve stress.” The senate also passed bills to update language within the constitution and provide digital access to the constitution to all members of the senate. Furthermore, the senate is planning a meeting with associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell regarding the recently announced changes to ID card access to residential halls on campus. The date of this meeting has not yet been determined.Tags: CCC, ND student senate, SUB, Transpo Midnight Express
Network’s Tatiana Maslany Set for HBO’s Reimagined Perry MasonTatiana Maslany has landed a sweet new screen gig. The Emmy-winning Orphan Black star, currently making her Broadway debut in Network, will take on a lead role in HBO’s remake of the Emmy-nominated 1957 series Perry Mason, according to Deadline. Maslany will appear alongside fellow Emmy winner and stage alum Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Look Back in Anger) as the criminal defense lawyer of the series’ title. Thomas Sadoski(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Thomas Sadoski & Priscilla Lopez Join Williamstown Theatre Festival SeasonFurther casting has been announced for the 2019 summer season of Williamstown Theatre Festival. Joining the previously announced casts are André Braugher, Sullivan Jones, Matthew Saldivar, Keith Randolph Smith and Antonio Michael Woodard in A Human Being, of a Sort; Ellen Barkin, Cassie Beck, Kyle Beltran and Midori Francis in Before the Meeting; Kyle Beltran, Eboni Flowers, Joe Goldammer, Mandi Masden, Nikiya Mathis and Warner Miller in A Raisin in the Sun; Bernard White in Ghosts; Mark Blum in Tell Me I’m Not Crazy; and Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy and current White Noise star Thomas Sadoski in Grand Horizons. In addition, JoBeth Williams has joined the cast of Grand Horizons, replacing the previously announced Mary Steenburgen, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts.Broadway Barks Sets Summer Date in New York CityGet ready to help find homes for the cutest pooches! Tony-winning megastar Bernadette Peters has set a date for the 2019 edition of Broadway Barks. The annual animal adopt-a-thon will take place on July 13 in Broadway’s Shubert Alley. Mark your calendar and stay tuned—celebrity guests will be announced soon.SAVE THE DATE‼️@BroadwayBarks is set for Saturday, July 13, 2019! ???Share with all your animal loving friends and stop by to see us. ?❤️ pic.twitter.com/pJWhpRrN3N— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) April 12, 2019 View Comments
Lang McLaughry Real Estate, the largest real estate firm in Vermont, with 15 offices, has merged with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, which has three offices in New Hampshire. Together, they have acquired Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, which has five offices in southern Vermont. The combined entities will operate as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, with a total of 23 offices and over 220 sales associates across Vermont and New Hampshire.Staige DavisPrinciple partners of the new firm are Staige Davis, CEO, and Buff McLaughry, COO, (Lang McLaughry Real Estate), and Stephanie Wheeler and Pam Perkins, both partners and vice presidents (Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty). Other top executives are Tom Heney, partner and EVP, Alan DiStasio, EVP of brand development, and Lisa Coneeny, EVP of southern region.The decision to merge was announced in a joint statement from all of the principle partners: “By bringing together three of the region’s most established, locally grown agencies, we will be better positioned to offer the highest and best level of service. The name of the new company, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, exemplifies the beautiful areas we represent, and we will continue to grow the strong personal ties that have anchored us in our individual communities. The affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty gives us the strength, marketing power, and global reach of a large brand with an established reputation for quality, while each of our respective agencies brings with them a storied past, loyal customers, and deep roots in the areas we serve.”Lang McLaughry Real Estate was formed in 2007 in a merger that brought together Lang Associates, founded in 1969 and owned by Staige Davis, and McLaughry Associates, founded in 1959 and owned by Buff McLaughry, to create the largest real estate firm in Vermont. The two locally owned, well-established firms offered its clients over 60 years of experience, and grew from 12 offices primarily servicing the Champlain Valley and Upper Valley to 15 offices since 2007. Now Lang McLaughry proudly serves the Champlain Valley, Central Vermont, North East Kingdom, Southern Vermont and Upper Valley. Staige Davis says, “We have been continually committed to offering the best real estate services in the area. Joining forces with two of the region’s top agencies and affiliating ourselves with a globally recognized brand such as Sotheby’s International Realty will allow us to maintain that commitment to excellence, and to offer our clients an unprecedented level of service. We are excited to be working with two agencies that, like Lang McLaughry Real Estate, have deep roots and established histories in the communities they serve, and look forward to showcasing the best of what Vermont and New Hampshire have to offer.”The new Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty will be headquartered in South Burlington and continue to maintain their local roots and focus, while leveraging the marketing resources and global reputation of the Sotheby’s International Realty worldwide network. Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty listings will also be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com(link is external) global website.Whether buyers are in the market for a full-time residence, or a second home, Four Season’s Sotheby’s International Realty offers unparalleled real estate services in the most desirable communities in Vermont and New Hampshire.http://fourseasonssir.com/(link is external).About Four Seasons Sotheby’s International RealtyFour Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the finest real estate companies in Vermont and New Hampshire, with the goal of providing its customers and clients with an exceptional level of service and unparalleled exposure. With 23 offices and over 220 highly qualified and professional associates across both states, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty is uniquely positioned to provide superior, innovative real estate services.About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLCFounded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. www.sothebysrealty.com(link is external).
Last month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for office address ahead of November’s general election. Based on the input we received, we developed a five-item questionnaire for candidates running for Kansas State Board of Education District 2.We’ll be publishing the candidates’ responses to one item per day each day this week. Today we’re publishing the candidates’ responses to item #3:The state board of education has in the past debated whether it’s appropriate to teach the concept of intelligent design along with theory of evolution. What are your views on what should and should not be taught to Kansas students in this regard?Melanie Haas (Democrat)Intelligent design is a theory with secular religious roots. It has no basis in factual science and therefore does not have a place in our science classrooms. The facts of evolution have been proven through hundreds of scientific studies at the micro- and macro-evolutionary level and evolution is settled science. Our students (Christian and not) deserve a secular, fact-based public education. There is, potentially, room for including a discussion around intelligent design but strictly through a cultural and anthropological lens. It should not occur in the science classroom but instead within a curriculum that is examining the diverse religious beliefs around the world. By exposing our children to different cultures and belief systems, we can encourage tolerance and mutual respect. Far too often, it is the unknown — the fear of that which is different — that creates so much misunderstanding and hate. Our education system can and should play a vital role in bridging these gaps that divide us.Benjamin Hodge (Republican)Did not respond.Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to item #4:The world that Kansas public school students will graduate into in the coming decades is likely to be very different than the world today. What skills and experiences should Kansas K-12 education be providing students to prepare them for an uncertain future?
Liberty Property Trust announced the signing of a 96,000 square foot lease with DriveTime Automotive Group for a new corporate headquarters in Liberty Center at Rio Salado in Tempe. It will be the third class-A office building that Liberty will deliver at its newly launched park since construction began in the fourth quarter of 2013.“We are excited to continue the development momentum at Liberty Center at Rio Salado by providing an opportunity for DriveTime to expand,” John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager for Liberty’s Arizona region. “When designing Liberty Center at Rio Salado our intent was to design a first-class park to cater to high-profile companies such as DriveTime and we look forward to working with them to create an innovative new corporate headquarters that will reflect their identity.”“DriveTime selected Liberty Center at Rio Salado not only for the central location and amenities of the Tempe Town Lake area but also for the quality of Liberty Property Trust projects,” said Ernie Garcia, Chairman of the Board of DriveTime. Garcia continued, “We are confident that the new building that Liberty develops will be key to attracting and retaining over 300 new employees that will join the 250 existing quality employees that will work together under one roof at the new DriveTime Home Offices in Tempe.”Located at 1720 West Rio Salado Parkway, the building will be designed and constructed to meet the LEED® Silver level of certification for new construction. The building will feature high performance glazing, 16 foot open ceilings, a large atrium lobby, state-of-the-art telecommunications, LED lighting, and six-per-1,000 parking. Twenty percent of the building’s construction materials will consist of recycled content, including the concrete, steel, aluminum, and drywall. Liberty anticipates the project completion by November 2015.DriveTime joins other new technology businesses that have moved to or expanded in Tempe’s urban core, adding thousands of new jobs to the valley city. “We are thrilled that DriveTime selected Tempe and Liberty Center and we were happy to work with the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation on this project. DriveTime will bring hundreds of new high-paying technology jobs and young people to our city to add to the quality growth we have seen in recent years,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.The architect for the building is Butler Design Group, the interior architect is PDO (Phoenix Design One)and the general contractor is Wespac Construction.Fred Darche of Lee & Associates and Tom Adelson of CBRE represented Drive Time and Brand Anderson and Mike Strittmatter of CBRE represented Liberty in the transaction.The lease agreement with DriveTime also brings Liberty’s year-to-date total leased space in Arizona to more than 600,000 square feet, a record for the region.
In a study published earlier this year, Jiang and other collaborators at Duke described a mouse model of autism in which they deleted a prominent autism gene called SHANK3, which is mutated in 1 percent of people with the disorder. These mice show several features of autism, including social deficits and excessive self-grooming.That study did not examine pain. But about 70 percent of individuals with autism or a related disorder called Phelan-McDermid syndrome who have mutations in SHANK3 are known to have sensory processing problems, according to Jiang, who treats children with autism at Duke’s Children Hospital & Health Center.In the new study, Ji’s group put SHANK3-deficient mice through a battery of sensory tests, finding that the animals had lower sensitivity than normal mice to heat and heat-related pain — akin to the soreness a person feels after a sunburn.It turns out that the SHANK3 protein is normally present not only in the brain, but also in a cluster of pain-sensing neurons called the dorsal root ganglion in mice. The group also found SHANK3 in the same types of cells from human donors who did not have autism.“This was a big surprise that SHANK3 is expressed in the peripheral nervous system, but before this study, no one had ever looked for it outside of the brain,” Ji said.The scientists found that TRPV1 and SHANK3 are actually present together in sensory neurons of the dorsal root ganglion, and that they interact. In the mice missing SHANK3, TRPV1 never makes it to the cell surface, where it normally does its job. Missing even half of normal level of SHANK3 drastically lowers TRPV1’s ability to transmit pain signals, suggesting that SHANK3 is a crucial molecule for pain sensation.SHANK3 is better known for its role in the brain. It is found in the tiny clefts called synapses where signals are passed from one neuron to the next. Until now, it was believed to be present only in the receiving end of the synapse, called the postsynaptic terminal, where it acts as a scaffold to secure specific receptors that receive chemical messages.The new study also shows that SHANK3 is expressed on the sending sides of the synapse, called presynaptic terminals. The scientists hope to understand next what the protein might be doing there.“That changes our understanding of how these two components (of the synapse) work together to contribute to autism-related behavior and will change how we develop effective treatments,” Jiang said.TRPV1 blockers are already the focus of intense research and development, but these compounds come with side effects. The new study suggests a more specific way to block TRPV1 — through its interaction with SHANK3 — in order to avoid these side effects, Ji said.Ji and Jiang are both members of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. The study also includes three co-first authors: Qingjian Han from Ji’s group who discovered SHANK3 in sensory neurons and pain defects in SHANK3 mutant mice; Yong Ho Kim, an electrophysiologist in Ji’s group who found diminished TRPV1 function in SHANK3 mutant mice; and Xiaoming Wang from Jiang’s lab who generated SHANK3 mutant mice. Share on Twitter Email Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Facebook Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders. Some individuals with autism may injure themselves repetitively — for example, pulling their hair or banging their heads — because they’re less sensitive to pain than other people.New research points to a potential mechanism underlying pain insensitivity in autism. The study, conducted by two teams at Duke University and appearing online Dec. 1 in the journal Neuron, is the first to connect autism to one of the most well-studied pain molecules, called TRPV1 (transient receptor potential ion channel subtype V1), which is a receptor for the main spicy component of chili peppers.“Not enough research has been done on the mechanisms driving sensory problems in autism, but it’s important because sensory processing probably affects to some degree how the brain develops,” said co-author Yong-hui Jiang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and neurobiology at Duke. Jiang collaborated with Ru-Rong Ji, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and neurobiology and chief of pain research in Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology. Share
Poor sleep quality is associated with the personality trait of perfectionism in teenagers, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology.Having a bad night’s sleep is extremely common among adolescents. Recent studies show that young adults get considerably less sleep than the recommended amount, with symptoms of poor sleep quality including anything from insomnia to daytime sleepiness. Just as common as poor sleep quality, perfectionism has been shown to play a significant role in adolescent personalities, including a strive for flawlessness and holding themselves to extremely high standards.However, not all perfectionism is created equal. There is a significant difference between trying to achieve a goal driven by a desire for success (adaptive perfectionism) and trying to achieve high-level goals driven by a fear of negative consequences (maladaptive perfectionism). Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter LinkedIn Previous studies have explored the link between perfectionism, sleep disturbances and adults, but no studies have explicitly studied this phenomenon in adolescents.This study focused on the correlation between perfectionism, adolescent sleep quality and repetitive negative thinking, which is one of the indicators of the three-factor model of sleep disturbances (psychiatric illness and stressful life events being the other two). ‘Worry’ and ‘rumination’ were utilized as the two main indicators of repetitive negative thinking.The study used a questionnaire involving a sample of 1,800 Chinese adolescents and collected data on perfectionism, worry, sleep quality and rumination which was measured and statistically analyzed. The results confirm a correlation between sleep disturbances, perfectionism and repetitive negative thinking, with maladaptive perfectionists showing the poorest sleep quality of all groups.The study also found that repetitive negative thinking is associated with poor quality of sleep, with ‘worry’ playing a much more significant factor than ‘rumination’. This could be related to the fact that rumination is usually past oriented, whereas worry is future-oriented, potentially causing higher levels of stress.To combat symptoms of poor sleep quality, the researchers conclude that “mindfulness-based techniques of stress reduction and cognitive therapy should be considered”.Of course, the study has some limitations, namely the participants’ subjectivity in regard to the data they provided. In addition, the researchers also stress that the demonstrated correlation between repetitive negative thinking, perfectionism and sleep disturbances is not necessarily a causal relationship.The study, “Perfectionism and adolescent sleep quality: The mediating role of repetitive negative thinking“, was authored by Rong-Mao Lin, Shan-Shan Xie, You-Wei Yan, Yu-Hsin Chen, and Wen-Jing Yan. Pinterest Email
COUNTY News:Road Closures: Atomic Man Duathlon Fat Man and Little Boy Races in White Rock Saturday MorningThe Atomic Man Duathlon Fat Man race begins at 8 a.m. and the Little Boy Race begins at 8:20 a.m. The races should end by 12:30 p.m. The intersection of Grand Canyon at N.M. 4 (at Pajarito Road) will be manned by police officers.The Foot Race route will begin at Pinon Elementary School and head down Grand Canyon to N.M. 4 to Piedra Loop and back to Pinon Elementary. The Bike race route is similar with the exception they will loop around back to the school and then back to N.M. 4 to Bandelier and back to Pinon Elementary School. Police officers will assist at all turn arounds. The road will be closed at Sherwood Boulevard and Grand Canyon on the school side. It also will be closed at Grand Canyon Drive at Sierra Vista Drive.Drivers are urged to follow all traffic devices, slow down and watch for bikers and pedestrians. Natural Gas Purging As Part Of N.M. 502 Roundabout Project Tuesday And Thursday As part of the N.M. 502 Road Reconstruction Project, Parker Construction will be tying in a new section of gas line at the DP Road/Trinity Drive intersection. Gas and air will be purged from the line several times between the hours of 5 a.m. and noon Tuesday, Sept. 24 and again Thursday, Sept. 26. During the purging operation, citizens may smell natural gas and hear loud noises usually associated with the controlled release of gas from the pipe. Vehicle traffic may be stopped for short periods of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition. Purging is necessary to safely release gas and air out of the line and into the atmosphere to safely pressurize the new system. The procedure is performed under strict federal regulatory requirements and is safe. Diamond Drive Paving Construction is nearly complete with minor clean-up work Monday through Wednesday. Expect periodic lane drops as the contractor removes plates in the roadway and takes care of general wrap up and clean-up activities. White Rock Crack Sealing Project GM Emulsion continues crack sealing roads in White Rock and expect to be working on Bryce Avenue this week. Crews are working 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The contractor will set up flagging operations to allow traffic flow. Weather permitting, work should be completed by Sept. 30. The contractor will then return in mid-October to fog seal the same locations. Those residences and businesses impacted by the crack sealing work will receive information with daily schedules, coordination instructions and contact information.Questions on the above projects? E-mail [email protected], or call 505.662.8150.Other road construction projects:N.M. 502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction (NMDOT project)See special natural gas purging alert above for Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Thursday, Sept. 26. Otherwise, no change from last week’s report. Eastbound N.M. 502 traffic detours onto 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east bound out of Los Alamos on N.M 502. Westbound N.M 502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone detours onto Central Avenue then west to Knecht Street then left to return to Trinity Drive. There is only one lane of traffic in each direction on Central Avenue. Project hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak commute times.Traffic advisories from NMDOT are available on www.nmroads.com and motorists are asked to check the site for updates on this project as it proceeds.TA-21 Clean Up Project – DP Road (N3B project)No change from last week’s report. Clean-up work on the LANL TA-21 Site at the far eastern end of DP Road continues. Large trucks carrying away demolition debris containers will be exiting DP Road at an average of approximately three trucks per day. Motorists are asked to be alert for trucks exiting; use caution when entering or exiting DP Road, as this area is near the N.M. 502 Road Reconstruction project.Oppenheimer Road ExcavationMarcon Excavating, Inc continues excavating a section of road located near 557 Oppenheimer with a traffic lane shift in this area. The project timeline has been extended and it is now anticipated to wrap up by Sept. 30. Motorists are urged to drive slowly through this work zone and watch for pedestrians.