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first_imgSANDY HOOKOcean Fun Days will once again be offered at Sandy Hook from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.  For the ninth consecutive year, this popular pre-summer event will focus on eco-friendly hands-on programs and feature special tours and more that help explore and celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore.Ocean Fun Days, which is also slated for Island Beach State Park on Saturday, May 19, will feature dozens of exhibitors and include displays, exhibits and demonstrations that promote natural resources and energy conservation.  An annual science fair showcased at Ocean Fun Days encourages students in grades 3-6 from Ocean and Monmouth counties to discover new information about the Jersey Shore, share it with others and earn recognition and valuable prizes for their schools.This year, the Sandy Hook event, based at the NJSGC headquarters in Fort Han­cock, has been expanded to offer tours of most of the historic sites located within the park, including first-time access to the U.S. Coast Guard station and vessels.Back by popular demand, the NOAA/James J. Howard Marine Fisheries Lab will open its doors to the public for tours and the chance to meet NOAA lab scientists.A transportation loop has been set up at Sandy Hook to shuttle people around the event using a trolley provided courtesy of the Sandy Hook Foundation, natural gas jitneys and school buses.The student recipients of the NJSGC Stew Tweed Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholarships also will be announced during a special ceremony at the event.The scholarships were established in 2007 by NJSGC to honor the memory of Tweed who served as a marine agent for the New Jersey Sea Grant Extension Service between 1978 and 2005.  The scholarship perpetuates Stew’s dedication to applying fisheries and marine related technology and scientific information to the real world of shellfish aquaculture and commercial fisheries, and his commitment to educating students of all levels about sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.Ocean Fun Days is presented by New Jersey Natural Gas, in partnership with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), the Asbury Park Press, the state Department of Environ­mental Protection, the state Division of Parks and Forestry and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).RUMSONThe Borough of Rumson will be holding its annual Memorial Day parade and service on Monday, May 28.The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The parade route will march east on Blackpoint Road to River Road, turn left (west) on River Road and proceed to Victory Park.The service will begin at Victory Park at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by the placing of the wreaths.last_img read more

It’s Freezing Out. Who Wants To Surf?

first_imgBy Charles Hoffmann |Hat…check. Gloves…check.  Scarves…check. Wetsuit? Check!It’s bitter cold on the beach and the wind is howling. The flags are whipping loudly. Deal beach is nearly empty, with the precious few people around bundled up and layered from head to toe. A reasonable person would long for a warm coffee and an electric blanket today, however local surfers Zach Yates of Little Silver and Frank Massa of Shrewsbury are right at home despite the Arctic-like conditions.Changing their hats and gloves for a wetsuit and boots is natural for them as they prepare to “paddle out” for their afterschool surf session. As for their ritual, Massa said, “It’s hard to put into words why we like it so much, but we just do.”The two Red Bank Regional seniors are not easily affected by Mother Nature and her cold, vicious wrath. It may seem like a bizarre activity, surfing through the brutal Jersey winters, but committed wave riders won’t be hanging up their wetsuits anytime soon. This pair of adrenaline junkies are committed to surfing 12 months of the year, regardless of the temperature.Photo by Charles HoffmanAs Massa and Yates talked about their passion for surfing in the warmth of a nearby pizzeria, their faces illuminated the dreary November day. “We love to get away from the ‘everyday,’ ” Yates explained. “When we are out there, it’s like nothing else is going on in the world.”  Remarkably, the intimidating weather hardly fazes the duo. “Even on an ice-cold day with snow on the ground, I just can’t say ‘no,’ ” said Yates with conviction.“Paddling out can be pretty hard with a thick, heavy wetsuit in the winter, but it’s definitely worth it,” agreed Massa.While teens are often criticized for their time spent in front of the TV and on the computer, surfing steers far from that stereotype. It is a healthy, exhaustive activity that requires every muscle in the body to perform. Plus, it’s not only fun, it is essentially free – not including some surf wax and the post-surf session burrito. The enjoyment is obvious as the hollers and congratulatory yells can easily be heard beachside.It is certainly moving to see their youthful, carefree mentality. The sport has been overwhelmingly impactful to these two youngsters over the years. Both credit their supportive parents, who have been taking them to the beach year-round since they were kids. Mazza’s father would often photograph the beach scenes while Yates’ father would be happy to join him in the water.Surfing is clearly shaping their future paths as well; both are heading to college next fall and neither will end up far from the beach. They are each looking at schools in California and Florida.This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Middletown Democrat Sparks Firestorm

first_img“The comments made (by) Jeana Sager shouldn’t be said on camera or behind closed doors, because they are unequivocally wrong. Her false and demeaning assertions do not represent the values of the Monmouth County Democratic Party or the dozens of Democratic candidates trying to better their community across our county,” county chairman David Brown said in a statement Sept. 21. “Our party will not stand for or support this disgraceful way of thinking, which is why we are refusing all resources to the Sager campaign and formally withdrawing the endorsement of the Monmouth County Democrats. Let it be a clear message: The Monmouth County Democratic Party will not stand for this disgraceful behavior now or in the future.” “But what constitutes a criminal?” Sager asked. “Because to me, a lot of police are criminals.” “Just saying ‘a lot of cops are criminals’ is not something that I could endorse or be part of or be comfortable campaigning with,” he said. Saying “a lot of police are criminals,” she can be seen standing outside the Middletown Township municipal building and offering her views on drug policy to members of the public, which included at least one journalist and marijuana advocates who had spoken at the township committee workshop meeting earlier. Sager’s remarks, first reported by More Monmouth Musings, a website friendly to Republicans, ignited a political firestorm and threw the upcoming contest for two seats on the governing body into turmoil. Her fellow Democrats denounced her comments, with even her running mate, Sean F. Byrnes, saying he was suspending his candidacy over what she said. Members of the township committee, including Mayor Tony Perry, and the president of the Middletown PBA issued statements critical of her as well. Perry reacted Sept. 21 to Sager’s statement by saying the Democrat had “chosen to double down on her feelings and comments.” Sager can be heard talking on the roughly 15 1⁄2-minute-long video saying that, if elected to the township committee, “I would love to start addressing drug policy.” For instance, she offered her support for needle exchange programs. In addition to angering her party, Sager also was criticized by the leader of the police union in the township. Middletown PBA Local 124 president Adam Colfer said her comments “are completely unacceptable.” “All across the country members of law enforcement are continuing to face the real threat of physical violence, so the last thing we would expect is to be branded ‘criminals’ by someone who wants to serve in elected office,” he said in a statement released Sept. 20. “Candidate Sager should apologize immediately to the Middletown Police Department, and to law enforcement ever ywhere, for her hateful rhetoric against the very people who have chosen to take on the responsibility of protecting our neighborhoods.” After the video’s release, Democrats sought to distance themselves from Sager. The leadership at the party’s local and county levels issued statements on the same day saying they had pulled their support from her. “Ms. Sager appears to be using her candidacy as a platform for her offensive and dangerous agenda that would be nothing short of harmful and detrimental to Middletown and its future,” he said. According to More Monmouth Musings, the video of Sager speaking was shot by “marijuana activist” Edward Grimes, who put it on Facebook. The website published the entire video as well as an excerpt of it. In a statement Sept. 20, Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore called Sager’s comments about police “disgusting and highly offensive.” But he said he was “equally disturbed with Ms. Sager’s covert plan, if elected, to decriminalize drugs and create safe injection sites and needle exchanges within this community.” MIDDLETOWN – Jeana Sager, a Democrat running for Middletown Township Committee, remained in the race despite bipartisan calls for her to drop out after video surfaced last week of her making anti-police comments in June. “Nothing will change unless there is a court order,” she said by email. But in her statement, Sager sought to turn the tables on her critics, particularly members of the township committee. Sager, who could not be reached for comment, appeared to be referring to an incident involving officer Carl F. Roth, who allegedly hit a motorcyclist in Ashland, New York, in August. The victim was not from New York, but Canada. Sager, though, sought to inject gender politics into the race by noting she was the only female candidate of the four people running for township committee. “It is a sad state of affairs when Americans cannot have honest conversations about timely issues such as police violence and the racist and prejudicial drug war, which is killing our youth, without fear of political crucifixion by both political parties,” she said. “The off-the-cuff conversation, which occurred in June in a parking lot, was not a prepared speech. I was not discussing a Middletown campaign platform. I was talking about issues that impact families in my community. My opponents held on to this information while they figured out how to hurt my candidacy, a move which clearly shows ulterior motives rather than being the forthright and honest people they would have you believe they are.” But Byrnes said he had suspended his campaign. Recognizing that she is running in a Republican town, she said she has to be “careful how I speak.” “We have withdrawn our endorsement of her candidacy for Township Committee and will commit no resources to her campaign, which we have asked her to end,” he said in a statement Sept. 21. “We are proud of our candidate Sean Byrnes who issued a statement setting for th his absolute disagreement with her comments and thanking the police for their service. In addition, we have spoken to county and state Democratic leaders who are in complete agreement with us.” By Philip Sean Curran “With regards to my reference to police crime, Mayor Perry, who is calling for my resignation, is one of the biggest hypocrites who sat silent along with Republican candidates Rick Hibell and Kevin Settembrino, when a Middletown police officer recently almost killed a New York resident while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a severe accident,” Sager said. “I encourage people to take a deep breath and focus on what was actually said about police violence and not what people say was said. If we can’t have an honest conversation about police, some of whom act criminally, then we are not protecting our citizens or the police who risk their lives for us.” Later, she said she wants to remove drug users from the criminal justice “realm” and said she did not want to stigmatize drug users as having an illness. In response, Sager released a statement Sept. 21 in which she did not apologize for remarks about police, called the controversy an “immature distraction” and said she was being attacked for her views. At this stage, Sager and Byrnes will remain on the ballot as the opponents to Republican incumbents Kevin M. Settembrino and Rick W. Hibell. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said Sept. 23 that ballots have been printed. “There are plenty of people that I hang around with that are drug users and they use drugs recreationally and responsibly,” said Sager. Michael DiCicco, chairman of the Middletown Democratic Party, called her remarks about police “inaccurate, unfounded and hur tful.” In comments captured on video outside Town Hall in June, Middletown Township Committee Democratic candidate Jeana Sager made an anti-police comment that has sparked intense reaction from leaders of her own party, the PBA and the mayor. Democratic running mate Sean Byrnes has since suspended his bid.Photo courtesy YouTube “These liberal reckless polices have no place within our town, our county or anywhere in our state,” he said. “Our children should not be taught that it’s OK to inject drugs because we make it safe or be forced to walk over (hypodermic) needles on the way to school or while playing in our parks as children in San Francisco and other social utopias are being forced to do.” At one point, one man in the small group calls for getting the “criminal speakers” out of high schools who deliver opioid awareness messages. “People have always come up with reasons to silence and push women out of politics,” she said in her statement. “Just because I want to have tough conversations about difficult issues, some private and some public, doesn’t mean I will be bullied out of this space by the very cowards who think they are in a better position to ignore these issues to the detriment of our community.”last_img read more

First Responders Say Thanks to Health Care Workers

first_imgEmergency workers and supporters from Two River area towns gathered outside Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center April 10 to show their appreciation for health care workers as they changed shifts. For story, see page 3. Crowds in front of Riverview Medical Center gave cheers and thanks to doctors, nurses and other health care providers. Story and photos by Lynne Ward Residents from all over the Two River area came out to cheer, sing, clap and wave banners, signs and American flags. Emergency workers and first responders from many surrounding towns, including police, EMS crews, fire companies and others, came out to cheer on the nurses, doctors and other health care providers on the front line fighting the coronavirus. With sirens sounding and lights flashing, the town of Red Bank showed its appreciation to the Riverview staff. Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center was the site of an impromptu outpouring of thank yous for staff April 10. The surprise event was organized by Red Bank Fire Chief Scott Calabrese. Former Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO John Lloyd was in attendance, as well as River view board members and Kelli O’Brien, chief hospital executive, and Jennifer Smith, executive director of Riverview Medical Center Foundation, just to name a few. It was a magical evening in Red Bank, one full of emotion and hope. RED BANK- A crowd of well-wishers – most of them wearing gloves and masks converged outside side Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Friday evening, April 10 as health care workers were changing shifts. Many also chipped in to deliver dinner to the health care workers, some of whom were able to watch the fanfare from the windows of the hospital’s upper floors. This article originally appeared in the April 16th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Peewee Leafs

first_imgThe Nelson Peewee Leafs have been struggling to find consistency this season on the Minor Hockey circuit. The Leafs, starting the season off on a sour note, are looking to put it all together for the 2011 part of the season.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Nelson Peewee Leafs with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Jared Seminoff, assistant coach Brian Jones, Taylor Cooper, Amit Bhabra, Matthew Jones, Matthew Brind’Amour, Aigne Mcgeady-Bruce, Justin Podgorenko, Jayden Maida, Merissa Dawson, Everett Hicks and head coach Ron Podgorenko. Front, Joey Timmermans, Kaleb Comishin, Logan Mengler, Ben Woodwar, Jaden Bennett, Jacob Shukin, Bryce Twible, and Curt Doyle. Missing, assistant coach Greg Andrusak, goalie coach Ian Perreault.The Leafs are off to Spokane for a pair of league games Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Ready or not, here comes the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season

first_imgTyler Parfeniuk and Riley Henderson as well as season netminder Andrew Walton.The local contingent includes defenceman Blake Arcuri (out until mid-October due to off-season shoulder surgery, Kootenay Ice grad Carsen Willans along with Dallon Stoddart and Okanagan Hockey Association grad come home, Lynden Horswill.Of course, on the other side of the ice the Rebels have a few weapons of their own including 20-year-old forwards Anthony Delong, Scott Morriseau and Tyler Robinson.In goal Alex Ross will look to shake off that final game in Castlegar last season when the Osoyoos Coyotes filled the net en route to the KIJHL title.Castlegar also has momentum on their side having outscored the Leafs 14-5 during two preseason games.“I expect to see a different (Leaf) team when we begin play this weekend,” Maida predicts. “We’ll have (goalie) Andrew (Walton) in the lineup and we’ll have had a week to work on systems and some structure.”Nelson also will have a few other additions to the lineup in defenceman Walker Sidoni, with the Leafs after being released from Junior A camp and Cameron Dobransky a forward that comes to Nelson following a successful stint with Salmon Arm of the BCHL.Game time Friday in Castlegar is 7:30 p.m.Saturday’s return match goes at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Maida moves Hogg, gets center in returnLeaf coach finally was able to trade former goalie Darren Hogg to Osoyoos Coyotes in a four-team deal. Nelson acquired center Alexander Jmaeff of Creston in the transaction. The others teams involved in the deal were Grand Forks and Penticton.Special pre-game ceremonyThe Leafs hockey club will honour two special contributors to the club who are no longer with us. Longtime scorekeeper, Jim Kienholz and former goalie Gerry Koehle as well as two fans will be honoured during a moment of silence before the game. Kienholz was killed in a plane crash during the summer while Koehle died of cancer.sports@thenelsondaily.comMeet the 2011-12 starting lineup for the Green and White below. By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t matter if the final roster is set or not, the show must go on.Friday night on ten fronts the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicks off its 2011-12 campaign.Included in opening night is the Nelson Leafs facing off in the Sunflower City against the defending Kootenay Conference Champions, Castlegar Rebels.“It’s the real deal,” said Leaf rookie coach Frank Maida on the eve of the home-and-home series against the Rebels.Despite not being able to finalize the roster — a major reason for some players not being made available is due to Junior A hockey clubs, like those in the BCHL, not starting the season for another week — Maida refuses to treat the weekend set as a tune-up for the rest of the season.“Because they’re points involved,” was Maida’s response to the suggestion of this weekend’s results not being that important.A few players returning that Maida has put a lot of stock include winger Colton Schell, who filled the net for Nelson during an exhibition tournament in Fruitvale along with veteran defencemanlast_img read more

Nelson skaters shine at Kootenay Regional Championships

first_imgAngelica Ross had a gold rating in Performance while Christina Champlin finished just out of the medals on three occasions, fourth in Pre-Novice Ladies Short Program, Pre-Novice Ladies Long Program and Pre-Novice Ladies Final Standing.Champlin did pass both Rocker Foxtrot and Keats Foxtrot tests.Babcock finished fifth in Pre-Introductory Interpretive Group A while Borhi also took fifth in Pre-Introductory Interpretive Group B.Naomi Perkins finished eighth in Jr. Bronze Ladies 13 and over.Nelson was scheduled to have nine skaters in Creston but inclement weather forced two skaters to withdraw from the championships.Next up on the schedule for the Nelson skaters is the Rocky Mountain Freeskate Competition in Cranbrook Feb 24-26.sports@thenelsondaily.com Soleil Babcock and Sophie Borhi paced the Nelson Figure Skating Club, each wining gold, during Saturday’s Kootenay Regional Championships at the Johnny Bucyk in Creston.Babcock, competing in the Pre-preliminary ladies competition, wowed the judges to take home the first-place prize.Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Borhi took home the gold medal in the Jr. Bronze Ladies 12 and under category.Other medalists included Tao Measures, winning silver in Pre-Preliminary Men and Sebastian Bodine-Shah, second in Preliminary Men.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Rugby Bombers

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Rugby Bombers are once again Kings of the Kootenays in the rugger sport after blasting the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley in the zone final last week at the Lakeside Pitch. The Bombers travel to Kelowna Saturday to open the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships against Southridge of Surrey.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports want to give the seventh-seeded Bombers a fine send off with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, Jake Lock, Cail Spencer, Conrad Lanaway, Jake Kindred, John Katountas, Jordan Hunter, Lenny Fetchy and Xavier Oragbond.Front, Alexander, Calahand Seagram, Trace Cooke, Sean Edler, Simon Yole, Ezra Lloyd and Sabestian Lutz.last_img read more

Smokies’ head coach to stay in Trail

first_img“We’re happy to have Bill carry on in his role as our head coach and general manager,” said Smoke Eaters president Tom Gawryletz. “We were one of the hardest-working teams in the BCHL this season and I’m excited about the core of players eligible to return under Bill’s guidance next year.”Per club policy, contract terms will not be disclosed. The Trail Smoke Eaters announced today that head coach and general manager Bill Birks has accepted a contract extension.Birks joined the Smoke Eaters as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season and was named head coach and general manager in May of 2011.This past season, Birks led the Smoke Eaters to a 26-28-0-2 overall record, more than doubling the previous season’s win total. Trail’s goal differential also improved over 2011-12 by a figure of +86 and three Smoke Eaters (Scott Davidson, Brent Baltus and Garrett McMullen) earned NCAA Division I scholarships.last_img read more

Minor League Baseball season right around corner, deadline for NDBA reg is March 28

first_imgThere more new happening with the Nelson and District Baseball Association than just a new baseball season.The Heritage City organization is changing logos, welcoming the new Stellar Jay logo for the upcoming campaign. The logo was created by Big Cranium Design in Nelson.”We have gone to the Stellar’s Jay as part of the new look Nelson Baseball Association,” said Larry Martell of the NDBA.”The Stellar’s jay is very common here in the mountains of Nelson and is a very playful and smart bird.  We see the birds hanging out at Lions and Queen Elizabeth ball parks all the time making lots of noise and looking for discarded sunflower seeds.’Registration for the upcoming season is fully underway with just a week remaining for kids to sign up. Thursday (March 28) is the final day for registration with West Kootenay baseball season beginning April 15 at Queen Elizabeth and Lions Parks.”We are expecting many of the younger players in T-ball and rookie, that are under eight years olds, to send in their registration very close to the registration deadline,” Martel explains.Martel said NDBA usually has nine teams for player 5 to 16 years old. The Little League Association plays in a West Kootenay league with teams from Trail, Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Grand Forks for kids nine to 16.  The younger players, under eight play, only practice and play games in Nelson at the new Lions Park diamond.”This looks to be an real exciting season with the new Lions Park baseball diamond coming on line,” Martel said.”The parents and players will really like playing at this new diamond, a lot of work and money went into the new facility.”For more information go to http://nelsonbaseball.calast_img read more