£3000 worth of computers were stolen from an office in South Bar, Banbury, on Monday night.Four Toshiba laptops, each costing around £800, were stolen from the premises. The burglars are thought to have entered via a rear window, which had been forced open.Police believe the raid may have been interrupted, as other computer equipment had been left behind.
The beach at the south end of Ocean City, NJ (looking north from 57th Street) near low tide on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Beaches on that part of the island will be part of a federal Army Corps of Engineers replenishment project expected to start in November 2014.Bids on an estimated $70 million project to restore dunes and rebuild eroded beaches at the southern end of Ocean City and in Strathmere and Sea Isle City are expected to be opened on Friday (Oct. 10).The federal Army Corps of Engineers advertised for bidders on the job, and the original solicitation specified a bid opening date of Oct. 3.The date was pushed back by a week because of some small changes to the bid specifications, but the start of work on the project remains on target for late November, according to Richard Pearsall, spokesman for the Army Corps Philadelphia District.Pearsall said the Army Corps will take time to review the bids, but a contract will be awarded before the end of October.Details on the Ocean City portion of the project include:“The plan for the south end of Ocean City consists of a berm and dune constructed with sand obtained from a borrow area about 2 miles offshore of Corson’s Inlet.”The dune crest will be at elevation 12.8 ft (NAVD88) with a top width of 25 feet and side slopes at a ratio of 1 vertical foot for every 5 horizontal feet.The berm will extend seaward from the seaward toe of dune for a distance of 100 feet at elevation 7.0 ft (NAVD88).The project extends from 34th Street to 59th Street (with a taper into Corson’s Inlet State Park) for a total length of 14,000 feet (2.7 miles).Recent surveys estimate initial construction sand quantity at 1.6 million cubic yards.Constructed dunes will be planted with beach grass. Sand fence will be placed at landward and seaward toe of dune where needed. Dune crossovers (pedestrian, vehicular, and ADA compliant) will be constructed with I-5 material and fenced with sand fence, split rail fence, or post and rail fence.See the complete solicitation for bids on the project.The solicitation estimates project costs (including Strathmere and Sea Isle) to be anywhere from $25 million to $100 million. Pearsall said the Army Corps anticipates a cost of about $70 million.The project will end a long waiting game for property owners in southern Ocean City, where the ocean met the bay during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and flattened protective dunes. Since then, the city used sand recovered from streets and trucked in from the mainland to rebuild a sand berm and to elevate beaches.Beaches on that part of the island disappeared during some high tides even before Sandy hit in 2012. The temporary sand berm has held since Sandy.The Army Corps has approval to complete a multi-town project (with Strathmere and Sea Isle City) to rebuild beaches and restore dunes. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the price tag as part of Sandy disaster relief. The southern part of Ocean City would then be on a regular maintenance cycle for federal Army Corps beach restoration as the northern part of the island is.The entire project will include the dredging of 4.2 million cubic yards of sand from a harvest area off the coast of Ocean City. It will bring 1.6 million cubic yards to Ocean City alone.Pearsall said the contractor will determine where the project will start — which of the three towns gets sand first.The funding and permits are in place.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook