Four months ago: Egg Harbor City group opposes planned housing
The Neighborhoods of Cedar Creek redevelopment area project broke ground, according to Brad Haber.
Haber, whose firm is building the development, plans to begin construction of a model home next week.
“It seems like it was forever ago when, in June of 2010, Egg Harbor City designated me the exclusive residential developer of its North Redevelopment Project,” he said in a news release. “But timing is everything, and I can’t imagine a better time than now.”
The development is larger than 350 acres and is named after the nearby Cedar Creek High School.
Two months ago: Ocean County planning to preserve fabled tavern
Studies are under way at the site of the Cedar Bridge Tavern, said Tim Hart, division director of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Historic Building Architects, of Trenton, are running tests on the Barnegat Township site to determine its historical importance.
“Part of a preservation plan is to consider the time that you interpret, and what you do with the building,” Hart said. “What they’ll probably do is give the freeholders a couple choices with a recommendation.”
He said the consultants will probably give a report sometime in September.
“They’re checking the age of the woods and the nails,” he said. “They did one called ground-penetrating radar, where they look under the ground to see if anything is there: a privy or a well. They did these things called resistance drilling, where you take this little, tiny drill bit, and it goes into the wood to see how good the wood is, if it’s rotted inside.
“There’s another thing where they’ve been using an infrared camera to look where the walls are inside, the framing material and so forth. They took samples of the paint. People are looking at the trees. It’s a pretty extensive operation.”
Three months ago: ‘Spe@k Project’ tackles A.C. youth issues
The shoot for the feature-length film about bullying, drugs, gangs, body issues and more has been extended through the summer and will now premiere in the fall.
Devan Blackwell, a fifth-grade teacher at the Richmond Avenue School who has been driving the film, said the delay is a good thing.
“It’ll be a better time,” he said. “School will be back in session. I lost a couple kids to after-school sports at the end, so that was difficult. We got an extension, but that’s good because it gives a longer time to work on the script.”
He said that he knew the project would be time-consuming, but that his desire for high quality is making it take longer.
“We’ve done lots of reshoots with the kids of the same scene, and they say, ‘I don’t get it.’ And then when they see it, they say, ‘Oh, OK! Now I got it,’” Blackwell said.
“I would say we’re about 40 percent there. Maybe 50 percent there. The editing aspect I will be working on, pretty much independently, with a couple of the kids. I think that’s where the bulk of the work is going to lie,” he said.
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