Hurricane Matthew Update from Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar

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Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar

Media release: October 5, 2016 1:00 P.M.

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

4055 41st Avenue
Vero Beach, Florida, 32960

Emergency Operations Center
4225 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, Florida, 32967

The National Weather Service in Melbourne and the State Emergency Operations Center briefed Indian River County Officials earlier this morning. The Indian River County Emergency Operations Center is currently at a Level II activation and will go to full activation tomorrow morning at 6:00 A.M. Throughout the remainder of the day, parts of Indian River County including the barrier island are under a voluntary evacuation. As of 8:00 A.M. on Thursday morning, a mandatory evacuation order will be issued for the barrier island, mobile/manufactured homes, low lying areas, and substandard housing. The following shelters will open Thursday, October 6th, 2016, at 8:00 A.M.:

Freshman Learning Center, 1507 19th Street, Vero Beach
Oslo Middle School, 480…

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Finding Grace in a Grilled Ham & Cheese

Lori Greer in Portland

“But when from a long distant past, nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remained poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering , in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.”   excerpt from Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust.

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Governor Cuomo’s Dreams About NY’s Penn Station

New York City’s Penn Station has had a crazy history. The “real” Penn Station was torn down in the ’60s and “replaced” by the basement of Madison Square Garden. It has gotten renovated numerous times and still is one of the worst excuses for a train station. It holds Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and a couple of subway stations.

All kinds of mayors, governors and other people with ideas have made suggestions. Right next to Penn Station is the US Postal Services “GPO” (General Post Office) (ZIP Code 10000). It is a huge and with modern technology is kind of obsolete. Used to see cartoons of huge hall with 100 service windows and only one open. Finally the Postal Service decided to abandon it. WOW! It could become a train station!

Cuomo’s plan is to put Amtrak and Long Island RR would move and leave the “old” Penn Station to New Jersey Transit and the subways. Yes, have been many ideas over the years: Senators Moynihan and Schumer. Even people who just rode the trains.

Hoboken Train Crash

Train 1614, with a Comet V cab car on the head end, departed from Spring Valley at 7:23 AM and was due to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38 AM. The cab car came to a halt between the terminal’s indoor waiting area and the end of the platform. A metal and glass train shed collapsed. Most of the injuries occurred in the lead car or to people struck by collapsing debris inside the station. Many people were trapped on the train or in the debris. The single fatality was a woman in her 30s who was on the platform.

NJT is in the process of installing PTC system-wide, but does not currently have plans to install it within Hoboken Terminal’s massive and complex interlocking plant. NJT applied for and received from the FRA what is known as a “Main Line Track Exclusion Addendum” (MTEA) to its PTC Implementation Plan (PTCIP) for Hoboken Terminal, where the existing ATC (Automatic Train Control, cab signal with speed control) system enforces an MAS (maximum authorized speed) of 20 mph. PTC would have provided a zero-speed target for the end of the platform, and would have automatically made a penalty brake application if it calculated and determined that the train’s 20 mph-to-0 mph braking curve was insufficient to stop the train just short of the end-of-platform bumping block. ATC does not calculate and enforce braking curves.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials said on Sunday one data recorder recovered so far from the New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed in Hoboken, killing one and injuring more than 100, was not functioning on the day of the accident.

The locomotive’s recorder has information on train speed. NTSB vice chair T Bella Dinh-Zarr said at a Sunday news conference she was hopeful the data recorder in the cab control car in the front of the train was functional. That has yet to be recovered from the crash site.

Wed. Aug. 3, 2016: Wasp Attack

Ink In My Coffee

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

The days are getting shorter. One can tell we’ve had the first harvest.

Tired. Show was fine last night, except I was attacked by wasps. I didn’t have an allergic reaction, fortunately, but the pain is out of proportion to the injury.

Some good writing done yesterday, and a few errands, but mostly, I’m in “show head” and will be there until early September.

Ran into someone I knew from That Other Place who had no idea my job had been eliminated. Guess they’re just acting like I never existed. Oh, well. Some of my colleagues also heard of places that are hiring for September and passed on those leads, which I will follow up on today.

Most of my words are saved for the page, which leaves little for anything else. I promise to be a better conversationalist…

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Don’t Drive Without A Dashboard

Supply chain processes throw off a lot of data. If you’re a successful supplier who fulfills a significant number of orders then you understand that the detail of the transactions generated by orders, shipments, receipts, and all the miscellaneous transactions associated with every order is just too much to be able to read through, much less make sense of. But every part of your operation from your suppliers to your customers demand some kind of accountability, and it’s your responsibility to know of any problems or even potential problems long before everyone else. But with all the data flowing through your systems, is it even possible to separate the standard data from the trouble signals?

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