Work to expand the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, to make it a regional hub, is expected to begin on March 12. Story Highlights “We already have two applications (from) airlines wanting to be based at Boscobel,” the Minister said. “We have to expand the terminal building and we have to widen the runway. Phase two includes lengthening the runway, and we will be going across the highway with a box culvert, so the planes will taxi across the highway,” he added. Work to expand the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, to make it a regional hub, is expected to begin on March 12.This was noted by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new police station by the National Housing Trust (NHT) in Port Maria, on March 7.“We already have two applications (from) airlines wanting to be based at Boscobel,” the Minister said.“We have to expand the terminal building and we have to widen the runway. Phase two includes lengthening the runway, and we will be going across the highway with a box culvert, so the planes will taxi across the highway,” he added.Mr. Montague, who is also Member of Parliament for St. Mary Western, where the airport is located, pointed out that motorists will drive under the highway.He indicated that there are plans by the Government to undertake a “massive road-improvement project in the parish”.The National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) will also be moving to bring electricity to other communities that are without the utility.Communities such as Elliot, Epsom and sections of Gayle have already received electricity provided by NESol, with other communities, such as Three Hills and parts of Boscobel, slated to receive in short order.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague informed that he has interest in an agricultural project for the parish that involves the importation of a new set of lychee seedlings to replace the old trees that exist.Updating residents on developments in the parish, Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, said residents and vendors are to benefit from a new two-storey market in the town.“Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has also committed that in the next financial year we will… be getting a new fire station in the town of Port Maria,” he said.Land that had previously been earmarked for the construction of the police station will now be used to expand the town.The new police station is being constructed at a cost of $60 million and will be a three-storey building.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival presented Stand Up for Heroes last week in New York City, which featured a special appearance by Bruce SpringsteenThe event, funded in part by the generosity of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc., brought together celebrities, military, business and government leaders, service members and their families for a night of laughter and performances from A-list musicians and comedians, as well as wounded veterans, to raise funds for programs that the Bob Woodruff Foundation supports. The amount raised last night was more than $5 million — a new record for the Stand Up for Heroes Event, now in its seventh year. The funds raised will benefit organizations across the country vetted by the Bob Woodruff Foundation for their effectiveness and success.To date, $21 million has been raised by the Stand Up for Heroes events.Comedians who took the stage for this year’s 7th annual Stand Up for Heroes event included Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart. There was also a surprise video message from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, expressing their support for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.The event included a sensational musical performance by Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen has performed at all seven Stand Up for Heroes benefit concerts. The night also included a live auction, which raised $750,000.Notable attendees included: CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, ABC special correspondent Juju Chang, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, General and Mrs. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, actress America Ferrera, President and COO of Universal Studios Ron Meyer, business leader Ron Perelman and NBC anchor Brian Williams.“We are thrilled with the results from Stand Up for Heroes — the generosity and spirit exhibited that evening from all the honored guests, performers and supporters is quite humbling,” said Bob Woodruff, Co-Founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.“I continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible response to Stand Up for Heroes year after year,” says Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. “When we conceived this event seven years ago, we had high hopes for raising awareness and funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The outpouring of support has far exceeded our greatest expectations.”Stand Up for Heroes, presented at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, sold out with more than 5,500 guests in attendance. The event brought together leaders from military, business, entertainment, government and philanthropy to raise funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the homefront.A first for Stand Up for Heroes this year was a Hangout on Air, powered by Google. The Hangout on Air featured musical performances by Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters and an interactive discussion between musicians on location, comedians, celebrity crashers, veterans and fans. The Hangout was available on the Bob Woodruff Foundation Google+ channel and the Bob Woodruff YouTube channel, and will remain available for guests to view post-event. The event was also live-streamed on the Bob Woodruff Foundation website.A highlight of the night was when Roger Waters performed with a band comprised of nearly two dozen musicians and singers, all of whom are wounded active service members or veterans representing all branches of the armed forces and the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band. MusiCorps – an organization the Bob Woodruff Foundation funds – is a rehabilitation program operating out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that helps injured service members recover through the healing powers of music. Roger performed with a band comprised of nearly two dozen musicians and singers, all of whom are wounded active service members or veterans representing all branches of the armed forces and the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band.Perhaps the most touching moment of the star-studded event was a speech given by injured service member Army Officer Larkin and his wife Rachel O’Hern. Larkin was severely wounded and lost both of his legs and one of his hands. Thanks to his many surgeons and therapists, he stood up for the first time this past May, and was able to stand on the tarmac to welcome each soldier from his platoon home from war. Larkin now walks with a cane and plans to stay on active duty. He also intends to obtain his M.B.A. and return to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned in 2008, to teach.Source:PR Newswire