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Benjamin P. Westervelt House

The Benjamin P. Westervelt House, located at 253 County Road in Cresskill, Bergen County, New Jersey, was the home of Benjamin P. Westervelt, a member of the local militia during the American Revolutionary War; the main wing of the Dutch Colonial-style house was built by Westervelt in 1808, but the Westervelt family has continuously occupied the site since at least 1778. The house, used as a background in several films, was listed on New Jersey Register of Historic Places in 1980, the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. New Jersey portal National Register of Historic Places listings in Bergen County, New Jersey Media related to Benjamin P. Westervelt House at Wikimedia Commons

Lü Zuan

Lü Zuan, courtesy name Yongxu, formally Emperor Ling of Liang, was an emperor of the Chinese/Di state Later Liang. He was the oldest son of the founding emperor Lü Guang, but was not Lü Guang's rightful heir, as he was not born of Lü Guang's wife Princess Shi. After Lü Guang died around new year 400, however, he seized the throne from his younger brother Lü Shao in a coup. Lü Zuan was considered a capable general tactically, but not skilled in general strategy, during his reign Later Liang's strength continued to be sapped, as it was during the late reign of Lü Guang, by attacks of rivals Northern Liang and Southern Liang. Despite this, Lü Zuan continued to occupy himself with hunting and other unimportant matters. In 401, he was assassinated by his cousin Lü Chao, who supported his own older brother Lü Long as emperor. Lü Zuan was described as favoring exercises in archery and hunting when he was young, when he was a university student at the Former Qin capital Chang'an during the reign of Fu Jiān, where he was not studious.

When Former Qin collapsed in the midst of multiple rebellions in 384 and 385, Lü Zuan fled to Shanggui, to Guzang, where his father had established Later Liang and placed his capital. The first actual historical reference to Lü Zuan was in 392, when he served as one of his father Lü Guang's generals in his campaign against Qifu Gangui, the prince of Western Qin, Lü Zuan was unsuccessful in his attack on Qifu Gangui. In 397, Lü Guang, who had by claimed imperial title, sent his son Lü Zuan and his brother Lü Yan against Qifu Gangui, who had agreed to be a vassal and changed his mind. Lü Zuan was successful, capturing the important city Jincheng, but after his uncle was defeated and killed in a trap laid by Qifu Gangui, Lü Zuan was forced to withdraw. Throughout the rest of Lü Guang's reign, Lü Zuan became the general that his father relied on the most. In 397, when the Xiongnu general Juqu Mengxun rebelled, Lü Guang sent Lü Zuan against him, Lü Zuan was successful in defeating Juqu Mengxun and forcing him to flee.

However, after Juqu Mengxun's cousin Juqu Nancheng persuaded the official Duan Ye to join them and establish Northern Liang, Lü Guang was faced with a serious rebellion at Guzang itself—a rebellion by the general Yang Gui and the magician Guo Nen, Lü Zuan, while he had Duan Ye's capital Jiankang under siege, was forced to withdraw to fight Yang and Guo, allowing Duan Ye's nascent state to survive. In 398, Lü Zuan and his brother Lü Hong joined forces and defeated Yang and Guo, forcing them to surrender to Southern Liang and Western Qin, respectively. In 399, Lü Zuan and his brother Lü Shao, Lü Guang's heir apparent, attacked Northern Liang, were successfully, but after Southern Liang's prince Tufa Wugu sent Yang Gui and his brother Tufa Lilugu to aid Northern Liang, Lü Zuan and Lü Shao were forced to withdraw. Around the new year 400, Lü Guang grew ill, he ordered Lü Shao to take the throne as "Heavenly Prince", while he himself claimed the title of retired emperor. Lü Zuan was put in charge of the military forces, Lü Hong the government.

Lü Guang told the three to be united, that Lü Shao should trust his brothers. He told Lü Zuan and Lü Hong that Lü Shao might not be talented, but was the rightful heir, that they should assist him faithfully. Lü Guang died that day. Lü Shao was not going to announce Lü Guang's death, in fear that it might draw enemy attacks, but Lü Zuan broke down the door and forcibly entered the palace and mourned. Lü Shao became fearful and offered the throne to Lü Zuan. Lü Shao's cousin Lü Chao secretly suggested to Lü Shao that Lü Zuan be arrested and executed, but Lü Shao refused. However, soon thereafter, Lü Shao sent his assistant Jiang Ji to encourage Lü Zuan to seize the throne. At night Lü Zuan led his personal guards to attack the palace. Lü Hong joined him. Lü Shao's guards resisted, one of them, Qi Cong, hit Lü Zuan in the head with a sword but could not kill him. Lü Chao tried to assist Lü Shao, but their forces were fearful of Lü Zuan and collapsed. Lü Shao fled to committed suicide. Lü Zuan took the throne.

Lü Zuan entrusted Lü Hong with all governmental matters, tried to show generosity by pardoning Qi Chong and Lü Chao. However, Lü Zuan and Lü Hong soon became suspicious of each other, in spring 400, Lü Hong rebelled with his troops. Lü Zuan defeated Lü Hong's rebellion, permitted his troops to pillage the capital city Guzang itself, rewarding the women of the secondary district Dongwan to his soldiers—including Lü Hong's wife and daughters. While he relented and cancelled those orders under suggestion of Fang Gui, the damage had been done; when Lü Hong was subsequently captured during his flight to Southern Liang, Lü Zuan had him executed cruelly—by having his ribs bounded. In 400, Lü Zuan created his wife Lady Yang empress. Lü Zuan soon started a campaign against Southern Liang, whose prince was by now Tufa Lilugu, but he was defeated by Tufa Lilugu's brother Tufa Rutan. In summer, he started another campaign against Northern Liang, successful, as he put Northern Liang's new capital Zhangye under siege, but as the official Jiang Ji, who tried to persuade him not to carry out the

Nikki van Dijk

Nikki van Dijk is an Australian professional surfer. She competes in the World Surf League. Van Dijk has an older sister, a younger brother, Joe, she attended Newhaven College, located in Phillip Island. Van Dijk won the women's world junior title in 2012 in Bali. In 2013, she competed in the Association of Surfing Professionals' Qualifying Series; as a rookie, van Dijk finished 13th on the 2014 Women's Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour. As of March 2015, van Dijk continues to compete at the highest level of the sport, she is on tour with the World Surf League, the successor to the ASP tour. In May 2015 she got her best result in a WSL CT competition in Fiji. At the same time she was on tour, she competed in some Qualifying Series events. In June 2015 she won Los Cabos Open of Surfing at Zippers beach. 2015 was van Dijk's best year on the WSL tour. She finished in 9th place for the season, qualified to compete on the WSL tour again in 2016. Van Dijk's sponsors have included Rip Curl, Channel Islands Surfboards and Kommunity Project.

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New York State Route 384

New York State Route 384 is a state highway in Western New York in the United States. It is a north–south route extending from the city of Buffalo, Erie County to the city of Niagara Falls, Niagara County, is one of several routes directly connecting the two cities; the southern terminus of the route is at NY 5 in downtown Buffalo. NY 384's northern terminus is at the Rainbow Bridge in downtown Niagara Falls. Through its entire course in Erie County, it is known as Delaware Avenue for the street it follows in the city. In Niagara County, NY 384 is named River Road and Buffalo Avenue. NY 384 was assigned in 1930 to the riverside roadway linking Buffalo to Niagara Falls, it was rerouted south of the city of Tonawanda by 1938 to follow a more inland route to Buffalo. Only minor realignments within downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls have occurred since. NY 384 begins at an intersection with NY 5 at the northern terminus of Buffalo Skyway in the city of Buffalo. NY 384 proceeds north along Delaware Avenue, a two-lane commercial street through the downtown section of Buffalo, soon reaching Niagara Square at the junction with Niagara Square.

NY 384 runs along the roundabout that surrounds the square, turning north on the northern continuation of Delaware Avenue. Crossing north through the city center, the route passes Johnson Park and reaches the Elmwood neighborhood of Buffalo; the route expands to four lanes near Allen Street, beginning to parallel NY 5 from a distance. Entering a residential section of Elmwood, NY 384 continues north along Delaware Avenue, passing the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo near West Ferry Street. NY 384 continues north into Gates Circle, surrounded by the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital and made up of a traffic circle with Chapin Parkway and Lafayette Avenue. Continuing north along Delaware Avenue, the route passes the Forest Lawn Cemetery a block north of Gates Circle, passing the entrance at Delavan Avenue. NY 384 runs along the western edge of the cemetery, leaving the Elmwood neighborhood for North Buffalo, where NY 384 turns northeast at Forest Avenue. Expanding into a four-lane boulevard, NY 384 crosses over a piece of Park Lake as it circumnavigates several S-curves through Delaware Park.

In the park, NY 384 enters a partial cloverleaf interchange with NY 198. Just north of the interchange, NY 384 leaves Delaware Park. Continuing through North Buffalo, the route runs north along Delaware Avenue as a four-lane undivided boulevard, passing numerous businesses on both directions of the road, crossing under a railroad line in the area; the route changes little through North Buffalo, crossing multiple residential side streets and a junction with Kenmore Avenue. At that junction, the route crosses into Kenmore, NY 384 becomes a mix of residential and industrial as it crosses north; the route soon crosses into the Town of Tonawanda and the Paramount neighborhood, where NY 384 reaches a junction with the divided NY 324. Continuing north along Delaware Avenue, NY 384 crosses through Tonawanda as a four-lane commercial strip, passing the Bartender's Professional Training Institute. NY 384 begins to parallel the eastern edge of Mount Olivet Cemetery, crossing through the center of the cemetery near the intersection with Delaware Road.

Crossing into the Elmwood North section of Tonawanda, NY 384 leaves the cemetery and enters exit 1A of I-290. After I-290, NY 384 continues north along Delaware Avenue through the Cardinal O'Hara section of the city, shrinking to two lanes in the residential neighborhood. Crossing under active railroad tracks, the route changes monikers to Delaware Street and begins to enter the City of Tonawanda. At the intersection with Broad Street, NY 384 crosses over Tonawanda Creek and crosses into Raintree Island, where it intersects with East Niagara Street. Crossing over the Erie Canal, NY 384 crosses into the town of North Tonawanda. Now known as Main Street through North Tonawanda, NY 384 remains proceeding northward through a commercial neighborhood. Near Webster Street, the route turns northwest, paralleling nearby railroad tracks into a junction with NY 265. NY 265 and NY 384 become concurrent along River Road, running along the Little River through North Tonawanda as a four-lane industrial highway.

The routes cross a junction with the western terminus of NY 429 before reaching Fishermans Park and soon after, Gratwick Riverside Park along the Little River. Continuing a parallel with the nearby railroad tracks, NY 265 and NY 384 continue northwest along the riverside, passing multiple entrances into Gratwick. Just northwest of the park, NY 265 and NY 384 turn westward and northwestward into the town of Wheatfield, becoming a two-lane residential street. Continuing a distance north of the river, the routes begin curving westward once again, passing north of a local mobile home park at a junction with Williams Road. Williams Road connects NY NY 384 to the LaSalle Expressway, which ends at Williams. Entering the city of Niagara Falls, the routes become known as Buffalo Avenue, paralleling the LaSalle into Griffon Park. At the junction with South Military Road, NY 384 continues west along Buffalo Avenue while NY 265 turns northward along South Military. Remaining in the shadows the LaSalle, NY 384 crosses over Cayuga Creek and enters the city center of Niagara Falls.

After crossing the creek, NY 384 reaches a ramp to the LaSalle, where the route and Buffalo Avenue turn southwest along Cayuga Creek. Proceeding southeast and away from the LaSalle, the route continues through the eastern edges of the city, passing numerous residences along the two-lane roadway. Around the junction with 79th Street, the route becomes more c

American Music Award for Favorite Country Single

The American Music Award for Favorite Country Single is a major music industry award, created in 1974. However, the award was discontinued after 1995. Years reflect the year in which the American Music Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year; the all-time winner of awards in this category was Kenny Rogers. Rogers won a total of 5 AMA Favorite Country Single trophies, two of which were shared as part of a duet with Dolly Parton. Two-time nominees: Alabama, Hank Williams Jr. Reba McEntire and Willie Nelson Two-time nominees: Hank Williams Jr. Three-time nominees: Anne Murray Two-time nominees: Janie Fricke Two-time nominees: Alabama and The Oak Ridge Boys