The marquee on the old Strand Theater teases the planned grand opening of the Manco & Manco flagship pizzeria next spring. By Donald WittkowskiThe next “coming attraction” for the Boardwalk’s iconic Strand Theater won’t be a new movie, but rather a pizzeria.Ocean City planners Tuesday night unanimously approved the now-closed historic theater’s redevelopment into a new flagship store for Manco & Manco Pizza, an iconic Boardwalk business in its own right.In a separate vote, the Planning Board also unanimously approved a new recording studio for Benjamin Jackson Burnley, the front man for the rock band Breaking Benjamin.Redevelopment plans for the Strand, meanwhile, call for converting the building into a pizzeria fronting the Boardwalk on the ground floor. The second floor will become retail space for a tenant that has not yet been named.Representatives of the development group, called OC Boardwalk Holdings LLC, said the project will transform one landmark into a high-profile store for another famous local name.“We’re keeping an icon on the Boardwalk, but also bringing in a new icon,” OC Boardwalk Holdings attorney Daniel Young told the Planning Board of the transition from the Strand to Manco & Manco.The Strand has been a fixture at Ninth Street and the Boardwalk since 1938, but it closed in 2014. The building has remained largely empty since then, although its marquee still peers out over the Boardwalk.The Manco & Manco name will be emblazoned on the marquee in the future. Already, the wording on the marquee has been changed to tease the pizzeria’s scheduled grand opening next spring.William McLees, architect for the Strand’s development group, describes the project to the Ocean City Planning Board.Jon Barnhart, a planner for the development group, said the project is taking the Strand’s historic building “to the next level and continuing to make it an iconic structure in Ocean City.”Planning Board members used similar language while approving the project in an 8-0 vote. They said the building’s redevelopment will create another attraction for Boardwalk crowds.“I believe it’s a strong, adaptive improvement of a building that has been there for many years. It is an icon on the Boardwalk,” Planning Board ChairmanJohn Loeper said.Manco & Manco first announced the project on its Facebook page last June. The new flagship store opening in the Strand building will replace Manco & Manco’s existing pizzeria on the Boardwalk’s 900 block.Manco & Manco will continue to operate its two other pizzerias on the Boardwalk, at Eighth Street and at 12th Street.The pizzeria was originally called Mack & Manco when then-owners Dominic Mack and Frank Manco opened the business on the Boardwalk in 1956. The pizzeria changed its name to Manco & Manco in 2012 and is now under the ownership of husband and wife Chuck and Mary Bangle.Chuck Bangle pleaded guilty last year to income tax evasion on his 2010 returns and with structuring his financial transactions in 2011 to avoid government reporting requirements. His wife has pleaded guilty to lying to IRS agents during the investigation. Both are awaiting sentencing.Representatives of the Strand development group declined to comment to reporters about Bangle or any other aspects of the project after the Planning Board meeting.In other business Tuesday, the board voted 8-0 to give site plan approval for a new recording studio owned by musician, songwriter and producer Benjamin Jackson Burnley of rock band Breaking Benjamin fame.The commercial recording studio is planned in what is now a deteriorated office building at 301 Third St. Burnley plans to add two more stories to the one-story building to create a combination of office space, the recording studio and a small apartment.“We believe this use marries well with the surrounding area,” Tiffany Cuviello, Burnley’s planner, told the board.Cuviello said the building’s appearance will be spruced up with “architectural enhancements.” She also noted there will be parking, safety and flooding improvements.Burnley, who grew up in Ocean City, has already used the building as a personal recording studio, his representatives said. The expansion project will turn it into a commercial studio allowing other musicians to record their work.In public comments to the Planning Board, three neighbors who live near the recording studio expressed concerns about loud music emanating from the building. They also argued that a recording studio would be out of character with the residential parts of the neighborhood.“I don’t think it matches our neighborhood,” said Celeste Duke, who lives on Asbury Avenue close to the recording studio.The Planning Board voted 8-0 to approve the Strand’s redevelopment. It also voted unanimously to approve a new recording studio for Benjamin Jackson Burnley, front man for the rock band Breaking Benjamin.However, another resident of Asbury Avenue, Jill Lemon, spoke in support of Burnley and the recording studio. She said Burnley’s music has never disrupted the neighborhood .“They’ve been nothing but good neighbors,” Lemon said.The Planning Board members accepted testimony from Burnley’s representatives that the studio will be soundproof. They also said the project would help to revitalize the surrounding area with new commercial development.“I really don’t believe you’re going to have noise emanating from that building,” board member Dean Adams said in comments that were echoed by others on the board.
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal at Goodison Park for eight years as Manchester United coasted to a 3-0 victory on an emotional afternoon for Everton. The news of Howard Kendall’s death prior to kick-off led to a subdued atmosphere inside Goodison Park and the current crop of Everton players were unable to replicate the kind of performances seen under the club’s greatest manager. Non-existent marking from the hosts allowed Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera to put United 2-0 up inside 22 minutes and Rooney wrapped up the win in the second half. They seemed intent to play keep ball, but a clever run behind from Rooney gave them a chance to bag a third just before the break. The skipper squared to Martial, but he scuffed his shot. Other than a fierce shot from Ross Barkley, which De Gea tipped over, Everton rarely threatened. Roberto Martinez brought Arouna Kone on for Naismith at half-time and Van Gaal replaced Mata with Jesse Lingard. The England Under-21 international made a telling impact, putting Barkley off his shot after he drifted into the box. Everton looked more threatening with Kone and Lukaku up front. Rojo entered the book for taking down the Belgian and Bastian Schweinsteiger also saw yellow for pulling Barkley back. De Gea then denied Lukaku a certain goal by saving with his left foot. Van Gaal was unhappy with his team and the referee. He argued with fourth official Robert Madley after a decision did not go United’s way. The Dutchman was sat happily clapping in his seat moments later, however thanks to Rooney’s goal. Schneiderlin received Phil Jagielka’s wayward pass and nudged the ball to Herrera, who slipped Rooney in and he beat Howard to end a run of three successive defeats for United at Goodison Park. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Really cannot stress enough how bad Everton have been here. So bad Goodison seems to be more baffled than angry.” – Rory Smith @RorySmithTimes https://twitter.com/RorySmithTimes/status/655407880020041728 PLAYER RATINGS Everton TIM HOWARD: 6 SEAMUS COLEMAN: 5 JOHN STONES: 4 PHIL JAGIELKA: 4 BRENDAN GALLOWAY: 6 GARETH BARRY: 6 JAMES McCARTHY: 6 AARON LENNON: 5 ROSS BARKLEY: 5 STEVEN NAISMITH: 4 ROMELU LUKAKU: 6 Substitutes AROUNA KONE: 6 GERARD DEULOFEU: 5 Manchester United DAVID DE GEA: 8 MATTEO DARMIAN: 6 CHRIS SMALLING: 6 PHIL JONES: 6 MARCOS ROJO: 6 BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: 8 MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN: 7 ANDER HERRERA: 8 WAYNE ROONEY: 6 JUAN MATA: 5 ANTHONY MARTIAL: 6 Substitutes: JESSE LINGARD: 6 MICHAEL CARRICK: 6 MAROUANE FELLAINI: 5 STAR PLAYER Ander Herrera: Entrusted with the number 10 shirt and did not disappoint. The Spaniard scored his third goal of the season and played a part in the other two. Looked confident on the ball and his vision helped carve open the Everton defence. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Minute’s applause for Howard Kendall: There is not usually much affection between Manchester United fans and their Merseyside counterparts, but the minute’s applause for Everton’s former boss was observed impeccably by the home and away fans. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Louis van Gaal showed his faith in Wayne Rooney by playing his captain up front and he did not disappoint. Van Gaal’s decision to play Anthony Martial on the left against Seamus Coleman on his return from injury also caused Everton problems. Roberto Martinez made a mistake by starting Steven Naismith alongisde Romelu Lukaku. The hosts looked far more potent up front when Arouna Kone came on at the break. MOAN OF THE MATCH Phil Jagielka’s performance. The 33-year-old, captained England on Monday, but looked remarkably average against Rooney. His sloppy pass allowed United to record their third. NEXT UP: Arsenal v Everton (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 24) CSKA Moscow v Manchester United (Champions League, Wednesday October 21) The United captain has received criticism for his performances recently, but he looked like the Rooney of old, beating the offside trap and rolling the ball past Tim Howard to score at the home of his boyhood club for just the third time. It was also his first league goal on the road since November last year. All four corners of the ground took part in a minute’s applause for Kendall, who oversaw Everton’s most successful period in the mid-1980s, before kick-off. A hushed atmosphere then descended upon Goodison Park. United looked nervous early on. Phil Jones, making his first start of the season, and Chris Smalling, were struggling to handle Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian almost closed down David de Gea when he was sold short by two backpasses in the first six minutes. The nervousness subsided in the 17th minute, when United took the lead. The hosts made it easy for the visitors. Herrera knocked the ball back to Juan Mata from a short corner Everton were not expecting. Steven Naismith’s clearance fell to Marcos Rojo, who worked the ball to Schneiderlin via Chris Smalling’s chest and he placed the ball into the far corner for his first United goal. United were 2-0 up four minutes later, and again Everton’s shoddy marking was to blame. Jon Moss played advantage after Seamus Coleman clattered into Anthony Martial and the ball fell to Rojo, who swung in a deep cross to find Herrera unmarked and he nodded in. United played sensibly, keeping the ball rather than going for the jugular. Press Association
Garrett Jones is not only a great golfer and a great student, but he is also a relatively down-to-earth guy who is enjoying his time at the University of Wisconsin.Jones led the Wisconsin men’s golf team to its second straight tournament victory Sunday at the Wolverine Invitational at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Jones shot a 210 over the weekend en route to a three-under-par finish, good for third place overall.Jones, a senior from Rewey, Wis., said he is looking forward to more successful tournaments as the season progresses.”With the additions this year, it has given us a lot more depth and a lot more talent,” Jones said. “So we can be looking to win pretty much every tournament we go into.”In terms of upcoming tournaments for the Badgers, Jones said he is most looking forward to the Big Ten/Pac-10 Triangular in Bandon, Ore., during the third weekend in October.”It will be a really big tournament out in Oregon where five teams from the Pac-10 play and five teams from the Big Ten play. The field [of players] is going to be really strong and the course is really phenomenal out in Oregon called Bandon Dunes,” Jones said. “It should really bring out the best players, and the best team. I don’t see why we shouldn’t be regarded as one of the top teams there and [we] might be able to win that thing.”Despite all the success that Jones has experienced on the course in his last three seasons, he is far from content, hoping to expand on his previous accomplishments.”[I am] still looking for an individual win,” Jones said. “I’ve had a number of close calls; top-three finishes and a bunch of runners-up in my previous three years. I have gotten to the point where I have proven myself as a player, I just need to start winning.”Jones, who started playing golf at the age of 12, became passionate about the sport in high school.”[High school golf] was a lot of fun, I had a lot of friends on the team and I still actually talk to a bunch of them … a few of my past teammates have caddied for me and have been to a few tournaments,” Jones said.When Jones isn’t practicing or playing in tournaments, he is quite busy academically. He is majoring in finance in the School of Business and says that juggling the heavy curriculum of the Business School and being a student athlete is no easy task.”It’s not the easiest thing,” Jones said. “But it should pay off in the end.”After college, Jones has decided to turn pro, though he is not exactly sure when. “I will try to make a living at something that I really like to do,” Jones said. “I’m confident that it should work out. I have got to obviously get better in every aspect of my game and then everything should work out.”Jones, like most UW students, is enjoying the time he spends in the city of Madison. When Jones is not playing golf, and is not at the library, he can be found pursuing new hobbies.”I am trying to learn how to play the guitar,” Jones said. “It’s going to take some time … it should be fun, there is a freshman on the team [who] can play pretty well, so I am trying to learn some things from him.”Jones stands out as a person who is constantly trying to learn new things. Whether he is on the golf course or in the classroom, Jones shows that he is thirsty for knowledge. When asked what his favorite part of UW golf was, Jones attributed his learning experiences gained from Badgers head coach Jim Schuman and assistant coach B.J. Endicott.”I’ve learned a lot technically from Coach Schuman and Coach Endicott, and a lot off the golf course as well.”