Bike Paths Are Rolling Forward

first_imgPlans are moving forward to create a Two River bicycle route.Monmouth County freeholders, who had initially been resistant to the idea for cost and liability issues, and area mayors have reached an accord to establish a pilot program that will provide the opportunity to start striping designated bike lanes on county roadways, for now in Fair Haven, Rumson and a small portion of Little Silver.Freeholder Thomas Arnone announced the agreement at Monday’s Crossroads meeting sponsored by The Two River Times.“It’s a great agreement,” this week said Freeholder Thomas Arnone, “and it’s a good plan.”He also said if this pilot goes well, the bike paths will certainly be considered in other towns in the region.“We’ve had a meeting of the minds,” said Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who has been spearheading the initiative to have bike routes installed as the county repaves those roadways.This project will have Rumson and Fair Haven conduct their own engineering studies, which will be forwarded to the county engineering department for approval and to ensure the plans adhere to state requirements. The county and municipalities will each share 50 percent of the cost.Lucarelli said Arnone “showed real leadership,” in stewarding this to acceptance with state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and state Senators Joseph Kyrillos (both R-13) and Jennifer Beck (R-11) offering their support and helping broker the agreement.“This will truly be a shared service approach,” for the local and county governments, Lucarelli said.The county has already milled and paved much of Rumson Road, a county-owned thoroughfare, but has delayed painting the striping as freeholders and local officials debated the project. “They did us a favor by waiting until the final decision,” said Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl.Plans are for the county to under take work for much of Ridge Road in the fall, according to officials.Following that work the county and municipalities will work jointly to install mostly 4-foot-wide striped lanes with stenciled icon “sharrows” (share arrow lane markings for the route) and accompanying signage.Lucarelli has been advocating for the last year for the county to institute designated bike lanes along some of its roadways in the area, looking to eventually establish a continuous path from the Rumson peninsula to Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and making its way back to the Red Bank border.Lucarelli and Ekdahl have secured the support of the 13 members of the Two River Council of Mayors in their push to get the routes. Lucarelli and Ekdahl have been maintaining this is the future in much of the world, with some area residents relying on bikes for transportation to and from work, others cycling for health, recreation and environmental interests.The mayors hoped county officials would take the lead to ensure continuity along the designated route. And given the increasing use of the roads by cyclists, providing their own lanes does bring an added level of safety, the mayors have been saying.County officials, on the other hand, were concerned about cost and liability but those issues have been resolved. Freeholders had made it clear to the towns the county couldn’t afford the project and if the towns wanted bike routes, even on county roads, they would have to foot the bill and assume liability, but not before the county had a chance to review the plans.But with this plan, “everybody’s bought in,” sharing costs and legal liability responsibility, Arnone said. “I think everybody is satisfied,” the freeholder said.– By John Burtonlast_img read more

The Navesink River Is Getting Cleaner, Say Advocates

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen About 50 people attended Rally for the Navesink’s first public meeting of 2019 at Rumson’s Bingham Hall. Clean Ocean Action (COA) launched Rally for the Navesink in 2016 after 565 acres of the river was downgraded and condemned for shellfishing due to pathogen pollution caused by fecal contaminations. Protection of the Shrewsbury River is also part of its mission. For instance, in Red Bank four sources of human waste were found and fixed, with a fifth under further investigation. In Fair Haven a severed sewer main was found and fixed and another damaged pipe proved to be the source of bacteria in Fourth Creek. Rain gardens are planned in Red Bank and Fair Haven to reduce stormwater runoff. Swarna Muthukrishnan, a COA staff scientist, spoke about the collaborative effort to find and fix sources of pollution that includes 26 local organizations, citizen volunteers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and poop-sniffing dogs from Environmental Canine Services (ECS), based in Maine. “COA has collaborated with NJDEP to conduct innovative human fecal source track down screening tests in these waters using scent-trained canines,” Muthukrishnan said. “COA is also the field coordinator for the COA-DEP ambient bacteria source track down and monitoring from about 20 ‘hot spot’ locations of concern throughout the watershed to fix these sources.” The organization also has developed education programs for grades K-12 and a “First Five” program – the first five actions that individual towns, businesses, schools and citizens should do to improve the water quality of the Navesink. The organization’s next scheduled public meetings are 7 p.m. March 28, May 30, July 25 and Sept. 26 at Bingham Hall, Rumson. For more information see the Facebook page or call 732-872-0111. Allison Meyerhoff, marketing and communications coordinator for Clean Ocean Action in Highlands, said, “It’s about find it, fix it, no blame.” The Navesink River water quality has improved so much it is on track to meet or exceed its 2020 restoration goal, according to Rally for the Navesink, a project of Clean Ocean Action.last_img read more

Sign of the Times? Politics Gets Ugly in Little Silver

first_imgShaffery added that,though no criminal charges have been filed by authorities, the Garcias werereferred to contact private legal counsel regarding the complaint. On Friday afternoon,while her husband Will investigated engine troubles under the hood of a Dodgepickup truck, Ingrid sat beside her two young children behind the front desk ofExpert Detail and Auto Repair, the couple’s auto body shop situated insideLittle Silver’s Sycamore Avenue Shell Station, across from the train station. Brandt was challenging sitting mayor Robert Neff, who the Monmouth County Republican Party endorsed earlier this year. “It’s not right.Regardless of who we support, we shouldn’t have to answer for it like this.This is supposed to be a democracy. There’s supposed to be freedom of choice.And they’re both Republican candidates. It just makes no sense,” Garcia said. The Garcia’s 9-year-oldson Evan, who competes with his school’s debate team, said, despite theincident, he hopes to enter the politic arena someday and make a difference. Since the video wasreleased and the backlash has come, Ingrid said others have reached out insupport, including residents from neighboring towns who have come to thestation for gas, stopped by the shop for work or those simply driven in toshare a few kind words. “I don’t like to saythings like this in front of my children, especially my 9-year-old son, becausehe really understands what’s going on. But they’re talking about boycotting us.They’re talking about ruining our livelihood. If they do that, we’ll lose itall. How would we live? Nobody thinks about those things,” Ingrid said. “The PoliceDepartment unequivocally respects the First Amendment rights of all citizens,and asks all residents and business owners, regardless of political ideology,to respect the First Amendment rights of their neighbors,” he added. A week prior, theGarcias claim they were harassed by two leaders of the Little Silver RepublicanParty, former council member David Gilmour and GOP chairman Stuart Van Winkle. According to astatement emailed to The Two River Times by Chief Daniel Shaffery, “the LittleSilver Police Deparmtent has received and investigated the Garcias’ complaints,but those complaints do not meet the threshold for probable cause to sign criminalcomplaints for harassment.” “I want to use mywords to change the world and be fair to everyone. My mom and dad feel likethey’re being bullied. You shouldn’t have to bully people to get your messageheard. You should tell people what you think and let them decide,” he said. This article was first published in the June 6-13, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. Despite the visits,the police report, the video and Ingrid’s claims of social media harassment andadditional negative feedback on consumer review sites like Yelp, the LittleSilver Police Department said it will not move to issue criminal complaints.center_img Ingrid said an hourlater Van Winkle entered the shop posing a similar question to her husband in asimilarly aggressive manner, prompting her to pull out her cell phone andrecord a video that was uploaded to YouTube with the title “Political Extortionand Harassment,” and later circulated to area media outlets by the Brandtcampaign. “We love making our living in this town. For the most part I believe people here are good. But some have tried to bully us for voicing an opinion. We’re not going to be bullied. I’ll do what I have to do to protect my family,” Ingrid said. “When I asked thatquestion, I think there was a lot more going on with them in the day than Iknew about it, because the degree of anger they displayed just didn’t fit,” VanWinkle said, calling the back-to-back visits by him and Gilmour a coincidence.“Looking at the situation now, I can understand their reaction.” Ingirid quicklyphoned the Little Silver authorities for assistance and filed a police reportalleging harassment against both Gilmour and Van Winkle. “If the owners feltharassed by my question to her husband, I am truly sorry for that. It was notmy intent. If they feel threatened in any way, I’m sorry,” Van Winkle added.“Having said that, to keep it all in perspective, we’ve had signs go up oncommercial properties around town without permission. I simply asked if theyhad given the Brandt campaign permission.” In the video, VanWinkle is heard asking Ingrid, “Do you have permission to put your signs up?”adding, “We have had complaints in town about signs being put up withoutpermission.” In a June 3 interview with The Two River Times, Van Winkle said his intent was not to make the Garcias feel uncomfortable, but rather to combat what he referred to as a “campaign sign circus” in the borough, referring to the copious lawn signage littering properties throughout Little Silver. Will Garcia said hebelieves the visits were coordinated. “The business owneradditionally reported a negative online review of the business due to politicalsupport of a specific candidate. The review in question falls under theregulations set forth by the Congress in the Consumer Review Fairness Act,which protects people’s ability to share in any forum their honest opinionsabout a business’ products, services, or conduct,” Shaffery wrote. According to Ingrid,Gilmour entered the shop first, “screaming and yelling and demanding to know” whoauthorized the Garcias to place a large campaign sign for Republican mayoralcandidate Rick Brandt on shop property. LITTLE SILVER –As the primary election approached, borough business owner Ingrid Garcia saidshe felt a growing fear of the future.last_img read more

Scoring outage hurts Cats against Fusion, coach Cary Fisher still happy with team progression

first_img“Snakebitten!”That was how Kootenay head coach Cary Fisher summed up two B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey League games against the Vancouver Fusion.The way Fisher sees it the Wildcats played more than well enough to win the squad just had difficulty putting the biscuit in the basket.“We played well in all aspects of the game, including our goaltending,” Fisher told The Nelson Daily after returning from a pair of losses — 1-0 Saturday and 4-1 Sunday — to the Fusion at the Pitt Meadows Arena.“We held (Fusion) to very few chances but we just couldn’t score.”“We blocked a lot of shots in both games, moved the puck well and the girls worked very hard,” Fisher added. “I have nothing but good things to say about their effort this weekend.”A goal by Rachel Budden was all the scoring Vancouver would need in game one as the Kootenay offence suffered a power outage.Sunday, Vancouver scored twice in a 19-second span during the second period to completely change the game.Erin McLean cut the margin to 2-1 three minutes later.But the Wildcats had difficulty finding any more offence as, with the Kootenay netminder on the bench for an extra attack, the Fusion scored twice in the empty net.On the positive Fisher was very pleased with the progression of his young defence.With both veteran Holly Nikirk of Invermere and Lindsay Swanson of Fruitvale missing the games due to injury, the Wildcats turned to the rookies to carry the bulk of the minutes.“They all stepped up and played very well which is super encouraging to me,” Fisher said of rookies Mckayla Yuris (Trail), Heidi Haegedorn (Kaslo) and Ava Collier (Kaslo).The other defenceman bolstering the blueline was Trail’s Erin McLean.The two goalies for Kootenay are Morgan Flynn and Kayla Keraiff, both of Castlegar.The two wins push Vancouver into top spot in league standings with a 3-1-1 mark for seven points.Okanagan Rockets, the next opposition for Kootenay October 15 and 16 in Nelson at the NDCC Arena, are two points behind in second.Kootenay, 2-3, is tied for third with Fraser Valley Phantom.Prince George Cougars are winless in four games and occupy the basement.KOOTENAY NOTES: Despite scoring only once during the weekend, Kootenay still has a player — Kathryn Haegedorn of Kaslo— tied for the top in the scoring stats with five points. Shea Weighill of Nakusp sits in a seven-way tie for third.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Trio of West Kootenay teams drop openers at BC High School Basketball touraments

first_imgThree West Kootenay teams competing at B.C. High School Basketball Tournaments took is on the chin during opening day action.The L.V. Rogers Bombers, ranked 13th overall, dropped a lopsided 106-67 decision to Kelowna Christian during Day one of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday in Kamloops.Also in Kamloops, the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks were hammered 116-24 by Holy Cross of Vancouver in the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Basketball tournament while Mount Sentinel Wildcats lost 80-41 to host Unity Christian at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball event in Chilliwack.The Okanagan champs outscored the Bombers 29-11 in the first quarter and never looked back.Ryan Lintell had 20 points to lead Kelowna Christian.For the Bombers Matt Zukowski had 17 points while Cail Spencer and Ethan Perkins scored 14 and 11 points respectively.Erich Schepkowski had 10 points for LVR.The Bombers lost point guard Jack Sturrup to a charley horse.Sturrup, who will be evaluated by medical staff to see if he can play Thursday, played only 12 minutes for the Bombers.Jesse Zak was the Bombers player-of-the-game. Zak finished the game with 10 rebounds to go with seven points, four assists and two steals.The Bombers are back on the court in consolation round action against Wellington from Vancouver Island.Game time is 3:15 p.m.No. 1 beats up on No. 16 J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Kootenay rep J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks were no match for the high-flying top-ranked team from Holy Cross in round one of the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Basketball tournament.Holy Cross out scored the Hawks 62-14 in the half en route to the one-sided win.Nicole Vander Helm scored 25 points to lead Holy Cross.Alle Atkinson had eight points and Maddie Van Horn six to lead Crowe.The Hawks meet Notre Dame of Vancouver in consolation play Thursday.Wildcats struggle against hometown squadSlow starting Mount Sentinel could not dig out of a first quarter hole en route to losing to four-ranked Unity Christian.Devon Kabatoff and Ryan Hernandez led the Wildcats.Mount Sentinel meets Glenlyon Norfolk of Victoria Thursday in consolation round play.Glenlyon Norfolk lost to Kelowna’s Immaculata 81-52.last_img read more

Lubin scores twice to power the Rebels past Comox Valley

first_imgCastlegar out shot Comox Valley 28-21 to make a winner out of Conner Beauchamp in the Castlegar nets.In the other contest, five different Richmond players scored to lift the PJHL champs past the Island winners from Victoria.Richmond erased a 1-0 deficit with four consecutive goals.The Sockeyes play host Comox Valley Friday.Richmond meets Castlegar Saturday afternoon.The two winners advance to the gold medal match Sunday afternoon.The other two teams meet for the bronze medal.The Cyclone Taylor Cup winner represents the province at the Keystone Cup next week in Manitoba. Bryan Lubin scored twice to spark Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Castlegar Rebels to a 3-1 win over the host Glacier Kings in opening day action at the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Championships Thursday at the Comox Sports Centre.Castlegar held period leads of 2-0 and 3-1.The Rebels now play Victoria Cougars Friday at 3:30 p.m.The Cougars lost 5-2 to Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes.Lubin scored both of his goals in the first period as the line of Lubin, Travis Wellman and Stuart Walton combined for two markers in a span of just over two minutes.Jeremy McGregor upped the Castlegar lead to 3-0 in the second before Steven Garcia scored on the power play for the Glacier Kings.last_img read more

42nd Annual City of Arcadia Mayor’s Community Breakfast Friday, April 1, 2016, FrontRunner Restaurant at Santa Anita Park

first_imgThis year’s event features the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, Alex Kajitani. Creator of the “Rappin’ Mathematician,” Alex offers techniques to teachers nationwide in ways to engage students and make math cool! This same skill set extends to the business world, where Alex delivers fresh strategies that give positive results among business leaders. To purchase tickets please call the Mayor’s Office at 626-574-5403, or email mbuttice@ArcadiaCA.gov Tickets are $20 each. Breakfast buffet included. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Foothill Unity Center, Arcadia Educational Foundation, Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation, and the Assistance League of Arcadia.center_img About the City of ArcadiaNestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile community with a population of just over 56,000. Located approximately 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Arcadia is known for combining small-town charm with the conveniences and amenities of a mid-size city. Arcadia is a full-service charter city governed by a five-member City Council, elected at large. Recognized for exceptional education and recreation opportunities and beautiful neighborhoods, Arcadia is also defined as the “Community of Homes” and has twice been designated the “Best City in California in which to Raise Kids” by Business Week Magazine.last_img read more