Faith under fire: How 3 congregations moved on from mass shootings

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sherri Pomeroy was traveling for work when she heard there had been a shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where her husband Frank is a pastor. Hearing the news, she immediately rushed to the airport.Frank Pomeroy was not at the church either, but he heard a report over the radio that “the pastor’s daughter is included with the deceased.”He immediately called his wife, desperate that she get the news from him. She was already at the airport when her phone rang.“I was at the security table about to walk through security, when he finally told me — that Annabelle was gone,” Sherri Pomeroy told ABC News. “And I remember it was a metal table and I just fell to my knees and hung on to that metal table.”Annabelle Pomeroy, only 14, was among the 26 people killed in the worst mass shooting at a house of worship in U.S. history. Another 20 people were injured that morning in November 2017, when a gunman stormed the rural Texas church during a Sunday service.“The aftermath hurt almost as much as the actual, what the shooter did in our church,” Frank Pomeroy said.“I’m just recently beginning to say I’m okay,” his wife added.The Pomeroys, as well as those touched by two other mass shootings at American houses of worship, sat down with ABC News while they were in the nation’s capital.They came to Washington, D.C., to speak at the National Cathedral with religious leaders in the city about how to prepare their own congregations for a targeted attack and how to rebuild afterward. The event was organized by the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.Allan Hausman, the vice president of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed in October 2018, told ABC News that “people are scared right now,” and every new shooting reopens old wounds.“It essentially just opens the wounds again. It’s really, really hard to see your folks almost reliving the entire event — right when they were getting to a point where they were beginning to learn how to deal with it,” he said.At a briefing last month an FBI counter-intelligence official said the bureau is seeing an increase in “people who advocate for the supremacy of the white race,” Since that Pittsburgh shooting, where the gunman allegedly shouted anti-Semitic threats as he killed worshipers, the bureau has seen a 30 percent increase involving these types of cases.Hausman said that although they are not back in their synagogue — and don’t expect to return for at least a few years — they now have armed security at their events.“We have uniformed police officers there. We have cameras in this building. If people come in and we don’t recognize them, their bags are searched,” Hausman said.The threat of a gunman is all too familiar for Reverend Eric Manning, the Pastor of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Four years ago in June 2015, a shooting there left nine dead at his church.“We have security protocol that details what to do when we receive emails that are threatening,” Manning told ABC News.Frank Pomeroy said he sometimes hears from conspiracy theorists who question if the attack on his church ever happened — claiming the shooting was staged in an effort to impose new gun control measures.“I have been told by some that Annabel never existed, and by some I’ve human trafficked her away,” he said.Still, he and his wife have looked to their congregation to find strength.“We have survivors that lost nine family members,” Sherri Pomeroy said. “If they can get up and worship, so can I. If they can get up and take a step, so can I. So they’re my heroes and we speak out for them and to let the world know there is hope.”“If we stop spreading hope, then we let evil win,” she said.“If you choose hope and mercy and grace over pessimism and hate and divisiveness, you’re going to heal and you’re going to be able to move forward,” Frank Pomeroy added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ocean City to Celebrate MLK Day on Jan. 21

first_imgOcean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two different events on Monday, Jan. 21: the Day of Service and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony and Soul Food Dinner.The ceremony, a long tradition in Ocean City, moves this year from its customary date on the Saturday before to the Monday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21. It will be held at noon at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School.The ceremony brings the community together to remember King through words, song and dance. After the program, everybody is invited to a free soul food dinner in the high school cafeteria. The Rev. Gregory Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church will bring back one of the event’s traditional highlights — his recitation of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.Dr. Beverly Vaughn and the Freedom Singers from Stockton University will perform. The Rev. Marcia Sanford of Macedonia Methodist Church and the Rev. Stephen Connor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will give a scripture readings.Ocean City resident Sally Onesty will be honored with the Martin Luther King Award for her support of individuals and families battling the effects of addiction. Ocean City Intermediate School eighth-grader Ethan Meron and seventh-grader James Burke will be honored for their winning essays reflecting on the lasting impact of Dr. King.After the program, everybody is invited to a free soul food dinner in the high school cafeteria. The menu includes fried chicken and other comfort food. Donations will be accepted and benefit OCNJ CARE. The Hughes Performing Arts Center is at Ocean City High School, and the entrance is on the beach block of Sixth Street.Volunteers are invited to join others nationwide in a Day of Service earlier on Jan. 21 to honor Dr. King’s contributions. Residents are asked to participate in a citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign-up and supply distribution will take place at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center, located in the Community Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available back at the Senior Center after the cleanup. To participate or for more information, please call 609-399-6111.Suzanne Pelkaus, left, of Upper Township, and Ingrid Hickman, of Ocean City, were among 76 volunteers who participated in the MLK Day cleanup in 2017.OCEAN CITY SCOUT TROOP SPONSORS 3RD ANNUAL SUPER CHILI BOWLOcean City Boy Scouts from Troop 32 will hold the third annual Super Chili Bowl fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center within the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue).Prizes will go to the top chefs receiving votes from the general public after sampling the many different chili styles. The event is free for chef/participants with $5 per person charged at the door for taste-testing guests.Prizes will be given for Best Chili, Most Unique Chili, Hottest Chili and Best Cornbread.“We’re looking to get chili cooking chefs to enter our friendly fray,” Scoutmaster Dean William Mitzel said. “We’ve had two successful contests so far, and we want this year to be even bigger.”Chili chefs can register by sending their name, email address and phone number to Crystal Erney by phone at 609-335-3598 or by email at [email protected] City Scout Troop 32, established in 1964, is a values-based youth development organization, helping to build future leaders by combining educational activities with fun.For more information about this event or about joining Troop 32, contact William Mitzel at (609) 938-0725.The reigning Mr. Mature America Bill Quain hams it up with the show’s host, Erik Estrada, in 2018. (Courtesy city of Ocean City)MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT SEEKS CONTESTANTSRegistration is now open for contestants in the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 13.Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its sixth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments.If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at www.ocnj.us/mrmature or call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 15.The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The Mr. Mature Pageant takes place on the evening of the Doo Dah Parade on April 13 to cap off a day filled with humor and nostalgia.Registration also is open for any individuals, groups or businesses who want to participate in the Doo Dah Parade at noon that day. Joining the parade is a great way to bring awareness to your business or cause before the summer season. Sign up at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.The Doo Dah Parade was first held in Ocean City in 1986 as an event to herald the end of income tax season. It featured unusual entries like beach chair drill teams and fan clubs of legendary comedians. The parade begins on Asbury Avenue at Sixth Street, proceeds to 12th Street and turns east to the boardwalk. This year it will pass the Ocean City Music Pier and finish on the boardwalk at Sixth Street. For more than a decade, the parade has been anchored by a legion of dogs from the Basset Hound Rescue League.Costumed creatures entertain the spectators as the 2018 Doo Dah Parade unfolds along Asbury Avenue. Standing in front of an enlarged portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., singer Michelle Anderson performs at Ocean City’s Jan. 13, 2018, ceremony honoring the late civil rights leader.last_img read more

Vermont Mozart Festival ends 37-year run

first_imgAfter 37 summers, the Vermont Mozart Festival will be closing its doors on or before January 15th. Since 1974, the Festival featured world-class performances in beautiful and historic locations around the state. Countless generations of family and friends came together for three weeks each summer to enjoy enchanting classical music under the stars. In recent years, though, the organization began to incur debt from which it simply could not recover.‘In spite of the fact that public support has increased dramatically over the past six years, we have not seen a continuing interest in programming,’ said Executive Director Timothy R. Riddle. ‘The audience has been steadily decreasing. We engaged a wonderful new artistic director to revamp programming, in the hopes of increasing ticket sales. Unfortunately, due to lack of financing, the Festival was unable to continue to move forward with these plans long enough to allow these changes to have an impact.’Riddle was hired on as Development Director in 2005 and promoted to Executive Director in 2007, leading efforts to increase individual and corporate donations and put the organization back into the black.But as fundraising improved, ticket sales dropped. After two years of heavy rain and economic recession, the Festival’s ticket sales had sunk well below expected revenues. Riddle and Board President Richard Parlato announced during August 2009’s Grand Finale concert that the Festival was running a deficit of greater than $400,000.The announcement prompted a swift response from Festival supporters, which helped reduce the deficit by half. The Festival aimed to further reduce debt in 2010 through increased publicity and accompanying ticket sales, by ramping up media coverage and announcing a talented new artistic director, Israeli pianist and composer Gil Shohat. Even the notoriously unpredictable Vermont weather cooperated, with Festival patrons enjoying some of the nicest midsummer evenings in recent memory.However, 2010 ticket sales still remained lower than expected. The Festival was left with a deficit that had crept back up to more than $325,000. Several months were spent pursuing financing with longtime presenting sponsor, People’s United Bank. Vendors patiently waited for payment, but when it became evident that the bank loan request was declined, the organization had no choice but to cease operations.‘I want to thank all our friends and partners for their years of support. The music played a major role in my life and I know in yours. I can assure you this has been neither a simple nor easy decision for the Vermont Mozart Festival board. I will miss all the wonderful summer nights and the magic of the music in our beautiful state,’ said Parlato.The Festival consistently had been named by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events, and was regarded by its attendees as one of their favorite summer rituals. The Festival was also voted 2010 Best Outdoor Concert Series by Seven Days Magazine and was listed as a Top-Rated Arts Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org earlier this year.last_img read more

U.K. Details Plans For 2025 End To Coal Generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:One of the UK’s eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025. The coal phase-out is one of the Conservative party’s flagship green policies, and thelong-awaited implementation plan comes ahead of a speech by Theresa May on the environment [this] week.While three plants shut in 2016, and most are expected to halt operations by 2022, the last ones standing will be forced to close in October 2025 because of new pollution standards. However, the plan reveals the sector will continue to be propped up by hundreds of millions of pounds in backup power subsidies for several years, paid through consumer energy bills.Experts said allowing coal operators to continue receiving capacity market subsidies had thrown the sector an unnecessary lifeline. Dr. Jonathan Marshall, energy analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, a UK-based thinktank, said: “While delivering on the top line of a 2025 closure, the government’s decision to allow coal plants to compete in the capacity market on equal footing until then looks like something of a missed opportunity.”Ministers will also retain emergency powers to suspend the phase-out in the case of an emergency shortfall in electricity supplies. But officials said it was unlikely those powers would be called on, because the gap created by the coal plants’ closure would probably be filled by old gas power stations staying open longer.The government rejected calls by campaigners and industry groups for the deadline of 2025 to be brought forward, citing cost and energy security grounds. It also rebuffed suggestions of a gradual phase-out before 2025, arguing coal use was low enough to make that unnecessary.Coal’s fall has been swift and dramatic, with power generation from the polluting fuel plunging by more than 80% since 2012.More: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/05/uk-coal-fired-power-plants-close-2025 U.K. Details Plans For 2025 End To Coal Generationlast_img read more

Belmont Stakes History? California Chrome Spreads Triple Crown Fever in Nassau

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If California Chrome becomes the 12th horse to win the coveted Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes Saturday, his breeding value could reportedly reach an estimated $20 million—about the same amount Nassau County hopes to bring in from feverish racing fans gearing up for a potentially historic event—or, rather, a delirious party.With a driving rain spoiling a planned Triple Crown kickoff event on the grounds of the historic Garden City Hotel Thursday, organizers instead moved the gathering inside, with local officials standing under a grand chandelier as they battled a brief bout of Triple Crown fever, nearly salivating over the potential boon to the local economy.“This is really a great, spectacular sporting event where the world’s eyes are on Nassau County,” County Executive Ed Mangano told reporters and other onlookers, including a group of women donning extravagant hats ornamented with colorful fascinators.Mangano said economists typically predict a $10 million windfall for Nassau annually. But with Belmont being the possible sight of California Chrome’s Triple Crown coronation—a feat not accomplished since 1978—officials are hoping visitors will open up their wallets to the tune of $20 million.Officials expect a capacity crowd on Saturday. Mangano noted that as many as 120,000 spectators could attend the race, which could rival Belmont’s attendance record of 120,139 in 2004—a dramatic contest that saw Triple Crown contender Smarty Jones finish second by a length.This will be the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. Only 11 horses with Triple Crown aspirations have completed the feat after beating out the competition in the two proceeding races, the Preakness and Kentucky Derby. The last horse to win all three races was Affirmed, in 1978. Affirmed punctuated a remarkable decade in which three Triple Crown winners were crowned, including Seattle Slew (1977) and Secretariat (1973).During the press conference, Mangano was unable to say definitively how much it will cost the county to host the race. But he did provide a cautious estimate of $500,000 for security measures.Officials said spectators should expect a large police presence, which will include Nassau County police, New York State police, the New York Police Department and federal agencies. Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said there would be a “significant” undercover police presence all day.Police also released a list of items that will not be allowed inside the park. Those include: backpacks, coolers, luggage and duffel bags. Spectators interested in carrying in their own food may only do so if it’s in either a see-through plastic container or bag.Spectators will also be screened upon entering the park, Krumpter said.As for transportation, officials are encouraging those attending the race to use the Long Island Rail Road, which will drop off gamblers and strictly spectators alike at the grandstand. LIRR President Pat Nowakowski said the railroad will run 18 additional trains to accommodate an estimated 25,000 people expected to travel by rail. Alcohol will not be permitted on the trains, Nowakowski said.The county will also be celebrating Triple Crown weekend with the Belmont Festival in Garden City on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and in Floral Park on Sunday, from 2 to 7 p.m.As he capped off the press conference, Mangano offered his own analysis regarding the race, noting that a person has a better chance getting struck by lightning than a horse has of successfully completing the Triple Crown.With forecasters calling for clear skies on Saturday, the odds appear to be in California Chrome’s favor.last_img read more

Arsenal 4 – 1 Molde

first_imgDespite dominating possession, the Gunners were struggling for rhythm and they were not really testing goalkeeper Andreas Linde, but they should have drawn level when Eddie Nketiah poked home Pepe’s low cross. However, the flag was raised for offside against Willock, but it was the England U21 striker who got the final touch.Arteta’s side did eventually draw level in first-half stoppage time as Granit Xhaka led a counter-attack. He played the ball forward for Nektiah, and his cross in search of Willock was turned into his own net by Haugen Joe WIllockImage:Joe WIllock produced another excellent display for Arsenal How Arsenal ran away with victory…After a slow start, the game eventually burst into life when Bernd Leno’s clearance quickly found its way back into the Arsenal half. Magnus Wolff Eikrem swept the ball into the path of Ellingsen, who beat a frustrated Leno from 25 yards. Subs: Soares (6), Saka (7), Tierney (n/a), Elneny (n/a).Molde: Linde (6), Wingo (7), Bjornbak (7), Gregersen (7), Haugen (6), Aursnes (6), Eikrem (7), Hussain (6), Elllingsen (7), Omoijuanfo (6), Bolly (6).Subs: Sinyan (5), Knudtzon (6), James (6), Brynhildsen (6), Mostrom (n/a).- Advertisement – Man of the match: Joe Willock ArsenalImage:Arsenal are three wins from three in the Europa League Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta on Willock’s performance: “He could’ve scored more. All the time he was in goal-scoring situations. He created a few goals as well. He had a really good performance.”Arsenal defender David Luiz on Willock: “He’s a fantastic kid. I’m always behind him to help.“He could do better because he has the talent to be at the top level. He understands that every single day and for me, it’s a pleasure to play with him, especially because he’s humble.“When you are humble you can learn things, be better and improve. If you are not humble you don’t understand you need to improve.“He’s humble and he has a great present and a great future.”Opta stats – Arsenal’s perfect start in Europe continues The turnaround was complete in the 62nd minute as substitute Sheriff Sinyan also turned into his own net, before Nicolas Pepe (69) and Joe Willock (88) added the gloss to the scoreline for Mikel Arteta’s side.It’s three wins from three in Europe now for the Gunners, who move three points clear of Molde at the top of Group B as they race towards qualification for the knockout rounds. Molde players celebrate after Martin Ellingsen put them ahead at ArsenalImage:Molde players celebrate after Martin Ellingsen put them ahead at Arsenalcenter_img Kristoffer Haugen turns the ball into his own net under pressure from Joe WillockImage:Kristoffer Haugen turns the ball into his own net under pressure from Joe Willock Willock put the exclamation mark on the result for Arsenal, grabbing himself a deserved goal in the final stages. The Gunners won the ball back high up the pitch and Mohamed Elneny released Pepe, who set Willock free and the midfielder made no mistake, firing emphatically into the roof of the net.Man of the match – Joe Willock Arsenal have avoided defeat in 60% of their matches when conceding first under manager Mikel Arteta, winning four and drawing two of 10 such games (L4).Arsenal have won 15 of their 21 UEFA Europa League group stage games (71% – D4 L2), at least six more than any other side since the 2017/18 season.Norwegian teams have lost 21 of their 23 away games vs English sides in all European competition (D2), netting 14 goals and conceding 104 in those games.Arsenal have benefitted from two own goals in a single game for the first time since beating Swansea 4-0 in the Premier League in January 2017.What’s next for Arsenal?Arsenal host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Box Office; Kick-off at 7.15pm. Player ratingsArsenal: : Leno (5), Maitland-Niles (6), Mustafi (7), Luiz (7), Kolasinac (6), Ceballos (7), Xhaka (7), Willian (7), Willock (8), Pepe (7), Nketiah (7).- Advertisement – It was another own goal which gave Arsenal the lead in the second half and this time, half-time substitute Sinyan, turned home Willock’s cross with a number of Arsenal players waiting to pounce.The game was then wrapped up in the 69th minute as Pepe swept home from the edge of the penalty area after substitute Bukayo Saka’s excellent cutback. Arsenal overcame an early scare to continue their perfect start in the Europa League with a 4-1 victory over Norwegian side Molde at the Emirates Stadium.Martin Ellingsen’s long-range effort gave the visitors a shock lead in the 22nd minute, but Arsenal, after a rather disjointed first-half performance, were back on level terms just before the break thanks to Kristoffer Haugen’s own goal (45+1).- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Index provider ‘baffled’ at how to add a company of Tesla’s size to the S&P 500, says Cramer

first_imgDuring early trading on Tuesday Tesla jumped more than 9%, pushing its market capitalization to $415 billion. This places it among the top ten most valuable companies in the S&P 500.S&P Dow Jones Indices is well aware of the challenge of adding such a large company, and on Monday night said it was considering adding Tesla to the index in two tranches. In a departure from custom, the index provider did not announce who Tesla will be replacing.Tesla’s addition to the benchmark index further concentrates the S&P 500 among just a handful of names, which Cramer said will not sit well young investors.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Tesla is joining the S&P 500 in December, but given the electric vehicle company’s size, adding it to the index is no easy feat, said CNBC’s Jim Cramer.“I think they’re baffled,” he said Tuesday of the index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices. “I really don’t think they know how to handle this … they can’t knock out the smallest [company from the index], it doesn’t do anything. When they balance this … they almost seem to have to make everything smaller,” he said on “Squawk on the Street.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “The S&P 500 is old fashioned to these people,” he said of young investors. He noted that young retail investors, who are more involved in the market than ever before, favor buying individual names that they believe will outperform. “You see a lot of these younger investors say ‘you know what I’m going to pick the best of the best, and this index doesn’t necessarily represent what I want, which is a piece of America,’” he said. “I think the younger people are not fooled … they do like ETFs, but they like to buy individual stocks that they think are going to be right, and that’s been their pattern.”Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.last_img read more

US prosecutors ask for 7-9 years in jail for Trump confidant Stone

first_imgUS prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence President Donald Trump’s longtime aide Roger Stone to between seven and nine years in jail for lying to Congress and witness tampering.Stone was found guilty in November on charges related to his efforts to spare the president embarrassment over the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.He was arrested in January 2019 at his home in Florida after the charges were brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation. He will be sentenced on Feb. 20. “When his crimes were revealed… he displayed contempt for this court and the rule of law,” the prosecutors said in a court document.Stone, 67, had argued that the charges against him were politically motivated, but prosecutors demonstrated he lied and bullied witnesses to protect Trump.When Stone was found guilty, Trump immediately responded on Twitter, suggesting that it was a “double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country.”Stone began his career as a political aide to Richard Nixon, whose face he has tattooed on his back.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Giggs tells Januzaj not to change

first_img The 18-year-old winger is one of the success stories of United’s season so far. Outstanding on the club’s pre-season tour, Januzaj made his debut in the Community Shield but was then forced to wait for a significant chance to impress in the Premier League. Giggs realises Januzaj should not be saddled with too much expectation at present. For talent as raw as his can sometimes lose its edge. “He is doing OK at the moment. The advice comes when things aren’t going well for him,” said Giggs. “Young players have dips in form. That is inevitable. “At the moment you just let him enjoy it because everyone is enjoying seeing what he has done in the last couple of games for United.” Amid all the chatter has been compliments from his manager and a new five-year contract, underlining the faith United have in him. “Having his future settled will help,” said Giggs. “Obviously he can forget about that now and just enjoy his football. “He has enjoyed learning and training with the first team, just like I did at the same age. “Not only does he learn so much, it is great for the other players to see someone like that. It gives you a lift as well.” Ryan Giggs has told Adnan Januzaj to ignore the hype and carry on the magnificent start to his Manchester United career. Press Association When it was offered by manager David Moyes immediately before the international break, Januzaj took it with both hands, scoring the two goals at Sunderland that overturned the hosts’ early lead and allowed United to claim a precious victory. He maintained that form against Southampton, when he provided the sensational through ball to Wayne Rooney that eventually led to Robin van Persie’s goal. It has led to Januzaj becoming one of the most talked-about young players in the game, with particular focus on which international team he is going to commit to. For Giggs, who caught the eye in equally startling fashion when he made his breakthrough in 1991, the key for Januzaj now is not to change. “I got told just to carry on doing what I had been doing in the youth team and the reserves because that is what had got me into the first team,” said Giggs. “Adnan is a great lad. He wants to learn and he wants to get better. “That is great to see. “He is a talent. As far as I am concerned he is at the right place, so hopefully we can see that talent develop.” last_img read more

Solar Panels to Produce Revenue at Monmouth County Landfill

first_imgFreeholders have awarded a nearly 20-year lease to HESP Solar, one of the companies that had bid on the lease. The company will pay the county $37,500 a year for each megawatt of solar power that gets constructed at the solar farm. Payments will not start until the project is constructed, according to the county. “The project has the ability to be up to 10 megawatts, which would be $375,000 per year,” Teri O’Connor, county administrator, told freeholders at their work session meeting Oct. 24. “So this is something that we’ve very proud of because we think that that area of the former landfill…cannot be developed into housing or any other type of structure component,” said Thomas A. Arnone, freeholder director. By Philip Sean Curran The landfill, located at Lakewood Allenwood Road, is closed and otherwise could not be used except for a project like this. “So those processes take differing amounts of time,” Sean Brodie, HESP’s development manager, told the freeholders. “We hope that it can be done inside of a year, of the planning process, but that is ambitious.”center_img HESP Solar is headquartered in Suffern, New York. The company’s portfolio includes projects in Barnegat, Lakewood and other parts of New Jersey and in communities along the East Coast. A New York-based energy company intends to produce electricity with solar panels at a closed landfill that Monmouth County owns in Howell Township. HESP Solar will need to get zoning and other approvals to construct the project, including getting permission from the township. “Well, I think it’s a good use, a conversion, of property that would really just lay fallow,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry.last_img read more