NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A Northeast Florida woman is remembering her older brother who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001.
Thomas Gambino Jr. was a New York City firefighter for nearly 30 years before being killed at the World Trade Center during the attacks.
He was one of the first firefighters to respond to the World Trade Center and one of 343 firefighters killed that day.
Paying tribute to those lost on this day 20 years ago does not get easier, his family said.
“Pain does not go away it’s the same as day one, your focus though is redirected,” Valerie Gambino said.
Valerie and Laurie Gambino lost their brother on Sept. 11.
“The last contact he was on the 78th floor,” Valerie Gambino said.
Although Nassau County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Jeff Dodd did not know Thomas, they still share a common bond.
“There is a brotherhood and sisterhood that comes with the fire department no matter what county or what state you’re in so our hearts go out to those families still today,” Dodd said.
Thomas’ body was never found, but his helmet was recovered in the rubble. It’s now in his family’s possession.
Valerie made a promise to honor her big brother.
“When he died I made a promise to do something to give back in the same manner. It took 10 years but I found cycling and I wound up with a veteran group who used cycling as a means of rehab and that’s where my journey began in recovery,” Valerie Gambino said.
That program, called Project Hero Hub Jacksonville, a group Valerie now represents.
More than a dozen bicyclists with that group and North Florida Bicycle Club riding 33 miles in the Project Hero 9/11 Memorial Ride.
“By helping others it kind of helps that pain and it keeps my brother’s spirit alive,” Valerie Gambino said.
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – No one was hurt after a vehicle ended up in a pool in Colorado on Thursday afternoon.
Police in Lakewood say the incident occurred when a teen driver accidentally put the vehicle — an Infiniti — in reverse. The driver and the adult passenger got out safely. The teen driver has been cited for careless driving.
Police thanked fire crews for helping with the follow-up work, as well as a local towing company that assisted officers in getting the car out of the water.
The incident, while serious, also inspired a few “carpool” jokes on Twitter. But the Lakewood Police offered up their own knee-slapper, which they deemed to be the best possible one-liner.
“Just FYI, the best line for this is ‘Check out our new Infiniti Pool.’ Everyone else is battling for second place.”
“That way, my marketing is completely targeted. It’s coming from a trusted source: a neighbor, rather than myself, who’s a random person. And it’s 100% free,” Oestreich said. “I don’t know of any other marketing technique that checks those boxes.”
Oestreich doesn’t set hours for the pop-up, but usually stops taking customers when he hits 15 bikes and calls it quits when the last bike is done. Each tune-up costs $75. Replacing things like inner tubes and chains costs extra. More than that and it’s a job for someone else.
“If your bike is falling apart and it needs all sorts of replacements, I don’t do that,” Oestreich said. He specializes in speedy, nearby service for everyone from the occasional weekend rider to daily bike commuters.
It’s the perfect business model for the pandemic, he said. The business is entirely outside, with little customer contact required. And by traveling to residential neighborhoods, he meets customers where they are — which at the peak of the pandemic was mostly at home.
New year, new neighborhoods
By the time Orangetheory offered Oestreich his job back, he turned them down.
Curbside Bicycles “fully supports me,” he said. “I feel super fortunate. The fact that the pandemic was a boon to me is kind of an amazing phenomenon.”
Jimmy Chen, a professor and program chair of the Virginia Commonwealth University Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program who attended ConnectRVA 2045 public meetings this summer, said the Richmond region is car dependent due to many people traveling for work, as well as the lack of other reliable travel options.
“You cannot rely on the [Greater Richmond Transit Company] bus to get 100% access to destinations,” Chen said. “Right now the population is so dispersed .. and job and housing is unbalanced.”
Chen said while driving provides “unprecedented mobility” for travel, it emits more pollutants than other modes of transportation, so it is important to eliminate unnecessary car trips and support sustainable travel.
“[The plan] mainly focused on supply side, how do we improve the intersection, how do we widen freeways,” Chen said. “but we also need to make sure that travel demand should be reduced … we need to encourage more transit-oriented development.”
However, Chen said it’s an overall great plan, adding the plan is not permanent and will be adjusted in the coming years — the plan is updated every four years.
“This blueprint is great,” Chen said. “This year they’ve had a lot of meetings and made a lot of progress.”
The projects list is in a public review and comment period for air quality testing from July 9-24, which examines projects to see their potential for ozone emissions. If a projects emissions are high, the board could reconsider whether toinclude it, Parsons said.
The Bridgeport Transportation & Land Use Study was created as a planning initiative with a goal to enhance walkability, transportation, transit choices and neighborhood character within the Bridgeport area of Lancaster County, according to the study.
The project is a collaboration between East Lampeter, West Lampeter and Lancaster townships, and Lancaster city, with support from Lancaster County and the state Department of Transportation.
Following are some of the recommendations from the “Recommended Action Plan” section of the study, which is attached to the end of this post.
— A roundabout connecting Old Philadelphia Pike that would provide access to Lincoln Highway and Pitney Road.
— Widen Pitney Road to allow for dual southbound through lanes.
— All left turns from Route 462 (East King Street and Lincoln Highway East) would be made via a new street north of Lincoln Highway.
— Redevelop the existing four-lane Lincoln Highway East into a three-lane highway.
— Construct central landscaped medians and consolidated access points at key locations along Lincoln Highway to reduce traffic speeds and beautify the roadway.
— Curbing, crosswalks and sidewalks along both sides of Lincoln Highway to create safe pedestrian travel ways.
— A shoulder to create additional separation between pedestrians and vehicular travel.
— Build a trail from Lancaster County Central Park to the Conestoga Pines Pool.
— Enhance pedestrian safety and provide traffic-calming measures along the following streets located in residential neighborhoods south of Lincoln Highway and east of Lampeter Road: Longfellow Drive, Tennyson Drive, Wiker Avenue and Buttercup Road. Suggestions include speed cushions, speed humps, raised intersections, and/or landscaped gateways.
— The adoption of a Village Center District and a Village Mixed Use District within a 10-minute walk radius from the Bridgeport Crossroads.
— The following use types should be permitted and encouraged within Bridgeport’s commercial and mixed use zoning districts: Apartments over retail stores, artisan production businesses and small specialty stores to encourage entrepreneurial businesses, anchor retail stores and food markets, restaurants and outdoor dining and townhomes and other forms of attached dwellings.
— Each municipal ordinance should promote the use of shared parking within the Bridgeport Crossroads area according to the standards established in the most current version of the Urban Land Institute’s Shared Parking Manual.
— With four bus lines converging at the Bridgeport Crossroads, a bus transit hub should be considered to promote greater connectivity and transfers between routes.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Like nearly every other industry, car dealerships and repair shops are seeing long wait times because of supply chain problems due to COVID-19, but they’re also seeing a major shortage in auto technicians.
This isn’t a salary problem, many in this industry make six figures annually.
“We are constantly in search for technicians for one of our stores and the applications are far and few between,” said Terry West, fixed operations director for Eddy’s Everything.
Part of the reason is because of the amount of training that has increased in the automotive field.
“What used to be the grease monkey and people just assume you’re a bunch of backyard mechanics and so forth, those guys are gone,” said West.
“We need people that are qualified on all makes and models as well, so that complicates our situation from needing not just a factory trained GM or Ford, technician,” said Conner Ward, service manager for Don Hattan Dealerships.
Dustin Banwart is the owner of Banter Automotive Group on West Central. He says this lack of employees slows everything down.
“We’re having issues just getting someone to hang out and vacuum out the cars so before we show them to a customer they look presentable, uphold that reputation.”
For WSU Tech, they’re training students to enter this workforce, but the number of graduates doesn’t match the level of demand from employers.
“We get people wanting to know if we have technicians for them to go out into the field,” said Roy Lawhead, instructor for WSU Tech’s Automotive services. “You could say it’s on a regular basis, weekly basis should I say.”
2 local residents injured when vehicle overturns in Ozark County | KTLO
Rain: 7am to 7am: .45″ Month: 2.16″ Year: 31.18″ Recorded temps: High: 77 Low: 55
Two Gainesville residents were injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday evening in Ozark County. Twenty-eight-year-old Miriah Bennett was transported by a private vehicle to Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains with moderate injuries, and 30-year-old Brad Neal was transported by a private vehicle to Baxter Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bennett was the driver of a vehicle traveling on Missouri Route AA, and Neal was her passenger. They were nearly three miles northeast of Gainesville when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck a tree. Both occupants were reportedly not wearing their seat belts.
Bennett’s vehicle was totaled in the 6:30 p.m. accident.
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – With hotter temperatures in the forecast, now is the time to make sure the air conditioning in your vehicle is working properly. The heat can make about any vehicle feel like a sauna and without working air conditioning and the misery could lead to a health concern if you’re unable to find relief.
Christian Brothers Automotive owner Jesse Schemm said most of the time, your car’s AC simply works as it should or it doesn’t work at all. If you notice that it takes longer for the air to cool or it gets warmer when you’re stopped, you might want to get it checked. Schemm said you should also make sure that your cabin air filter is clean. That could improve the air conditioner’s performance.
”It filters that air we’re circulating from outside the vehicle, traps pollen, debris, leaves. We’ve seen critters make their homes there, all that fun stuff,” Schemm said. “So, that’s certainly a maintenance item customers want to keep up to make sure AC performance is operating as designed. That puts less pressure on the blower motor and makes the system last longer.”
He also advised making sure you’re using your vehicle’s AC recirculation in the summer months. That way, it pulls the cool air inside of your car instead of pulling hot air from outside and trying to cool it off.
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