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Shrewsbury – The Community YMCA’s youth and teen leadership programs, including Teen Achievers, Model United Nations, Youth & Government and Girls Circle, encourage the development of strong leaders with positive civic attitudes, skills and behaviors. At the Y’s Youth Achievement Award Celebration on June 6 at the Y’s Administration Office in Shrewsbury, participants were awarded for their commendable displays of leadership in their respective programs.This year, over 500 area youth benefitted from the Y’s youth and teen leadership programs, which are designed to help prepare them for college and jobs.“We are truly proud of all that our youth and teens achieved this year through our leadership programs,” said Jo Ann Rountree, The Community YMCA Senior Director of Community Outreach. “Above all, the Y believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.”Tristan Sweeney, Middletown, was awarded the Model United Nations (Model UN) Leadership Award and Aisling Howley, Brick, for Youth & Government. Sara Eng and Kaitlin Noel, both of Holmdel, were recipients of the Civic Engagement Award for their participation in both Model UN and Youth & Government. Kyle Rodney, Middletown, also a participant in both programs, received the Outstanding Middle School Participant Award.Teen Achievers offers practical guidance about preparing for college and provides students the opportunity to improve academically and develop a successful career path. The Achievers Program provides the participating teens with mentoring, assistance with college readiness and support for a successful school to work transitions. This year, Achievers expanded to schools in Lakewood and Long Branch.Model UN provides middle and high school students the opportunity to research and debate issues of international relevance. This program aims to help students gain an appreciation for international affairs and cultural differences.The Youth & Government program affords middle and high school students the chance to become involved in the legislative process while working with other teens. Participants have the opportunity to write and defend their own bill in the New Jersey Senate/ House Chambers in Trenton.Girls Circle, the newest leadership program, has expanded to Red Bank. This program encourages the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty and communication skills in girls ages 12-18. The goal of this program is to give girls the ability to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits and potential for health relationships.The Youth Achievement Awards ceremony also featured guest speakers, Jackeline Fuertes and Sean Byrnes, both YMCA volunteers, who shared their experiences with students and the positive personal impact of their involvement.For more information about The Community YMCA’s teen leadership programs, please visit TheCommunityYMCA.org.
By Chris Rotolo |MONMOUTH BEACH – After the completion of a protective seawall on the beachfront, construction of an outdoor observation deck is anticipated to begin in the spring.But a newly elected member of the Board of Commissioners has a different point of view on the project.On July 26, 2016, the borough commission adopted a Superstorm Sandy Capital Improvements ordinance that appropriated $1.8 million for the construction of an observation deck near the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion. The project will be paid with a $358,995 grant from FEMA, and $1.4 million bond.It was unanimously approved by the governing body, which was then comprised of Commissioners Jim Cunniff and William McBride, and Mayor Sue Howard.The project is due to begin following the completion of the repair of the 650-foot gap in the Monmouth Beach seawall between Valentine Street and the existing wall on the south side of the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion.According to Howard, the elevated observation deck will be built at the peak height of the seawall, and extend forward from the bathing pavilion pergola at 29 Ocean Ave. up to the completed seawall.In an Aug. 24 interview, Howard said the decking project will restore the prized oceanic views borough residents and visitors have grown accustomed to.“If we build the seawall and don’t do anything, residents will not be able to see the ocean anymore. There’s going to be a seawall in the way. They’ll lose that view they love so much, a view that has attracted so many people to our town over the years,” Howard said.According to Howard, the contracting company, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., has until March 1 to complete work on the seawall, though she anticipates it will be finished ahead of that deadline. Construction on the deck will begin immediately thereafter so as not to interfere with the 2019 summer season.Borough commissioner Dave Stickle, who was the top vote-getter in a May 2017 election, in which he was elected to a four-year term – 10 months after the ordinance was adopted and the bond approved – believes the decking project should be tabled for further discussion, and a more cost-effective solutions to the issue should be explored.“I think it’s a big waste of money,” Stickle said. “I think there are better, less costly options available to our residents that will achieve the same effect.”Stickle believes if the public was surveyed, Monmouth Beach residents would come out against the improvement project.“The last time the mayor wanted to sink a couple million into the beach was about 10 years ago, and the town got a petition signed to put a referendum on the ballot, and the project got shot down pretty dramatically,” Stickle said. “I think there’s a lack of communication and understanding as to what a lot of the residents in town think should be done up there.”Howard countered, “We’ve been communicating with our residents for years now, telling them this project was coming. I think everybody understands it. I don’t think people feel ill-informed, or that they feel passionate about this at this point,” she said.An alternate option was pitched by Courtney Wladyka at the Aug. 21 commissioner’s meeting, where the borough resident inquired about the construction of a walkway that would run the length of the seawall with protective hand rails affixed on both sides.Wladyka said she took the idea from the recent sea-walk developed in nearby Sea Bright, which spans the municipality’s downtown business district offering access to beachfront bars, restaurants, and parking lots.At the meeting, Monmouth Beach Borough Administrator Judy Wilson said the cost of running a concrete slab and handrails the length of the 650-foot seawall extension would be approximately $203,000 ($87,000 for the concrete slab, and $116,000 for the handrails).“I think it was an excellent idea, and it can certainly remain under consideration, but I have considered it, and it comes down to this; what are we trying to accomplish?” Howard said. “Sea Bright is trying to create a destination, and it’s completely different from what we’re trying to maintain here.”Howard also cited potential security and safety risks a seawall walkway would pose for the youth of Monmouth Beach.Though the borough did appropriate $1.8 million for the project, Howard said that the final cost can’t be known until it’s put out to bid. However, she is hopeful the bids will come in lower than the $1.4 million that was bonded for.Stickle said of the bidding process, “When it comes up for a vote to approve a contract to get it built, I’m going to vote for what the residents want, whatever that may be.”Engineering plans for the construction of the deck have been completed and mailed to residents within 200 feet of the project site. Those plans are available for public viewing at the front desk of the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion.This article was first published in the August 30-Sept. 6, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Chris Rotolo |RUMSON – In its current state, Piping Rock Park isn’t much to look at with tractors, steamrollers and construction materials piled on to what has been one of the borough’s most vibrant and active patches of open space.The site is currently under construction as the borough conducts a series of recreational improvements to the 4.3-acre parcel; it is due to reopen in spring 2019. But Thomas S. Rogers, Rumson municipal clerk and administrator, said that timeline was nearly disrupted last month when a 1,000-gallon heating oil storage tank was discovered.“It was a total surprise,” Rogers said in a Nov. 13 interview with The Two River Times. “But we acted quickly and responsibly and had it removed in a timely manner.”This potential snag in the process came when the park’s playground jungle gym was being removed. During that procedure, the contractor uncovered the concrete foundation for Peter’s Piping Rock, an old borough restaurant from the 1940s previously located on the site.Next to that foundation was the underground oil tank which still contained an estimated 400 gallons of oil, according to Rogers.Rogers said the borough hired an environmental engineer to oversee the safe removal of the tank and, upon inspection of the area, a small oil spill was discovered.“It was determined (the oil spill) either happened while they were filling the tank years ago or it might have been there from a prior tank,” Rogers said.Before the launch of Peter’s Piping Rock, the land was part of the estate of Rumson’s first mayor Frank McMahon. The tank could have been used to heat the furnace of a structure on the estate or the restaurant itself.“We dug out less than a cubic yard of soil and had it removed in a 55-gallon drum,” said Rogers, who added that all of the soil around the spill has been tested “and came back negative” for trace contamination.Construction on the site has continued as scheduled and Rogers said the project’s completion date is not in jeopardy.“If the weather cooperates, we’re expecting the tennis courts to be open before the end of the year,” Rogers said. “But there’s still some work to be done on the fields that will improve the quality and longevity of the grounds.”In September the borough began laying the groundwork for this renovated facility situated opposite Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School along Forrest Avenue by selectively trimming trees, removing existing park equipment and preparing to relocate the park’s 9/11 memorial to a more prominent position near the Carton Street entrance.When October came so did a completed plan for the scope of the work, which included a 250-foot radius baseball and softball field, with a patch of outfield turf that will double as a 180-by-330-foot multipurpose natural grass field, which can accommodate soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and football practice activities. The dirt diamond will be surrounded by a new backstop, team benches, spectator bleachers and an irrigation system for improved site drainage.The plan also included reconfigured parking lots along Carton Street and East River Road and additional parking stalls. New ADA compliant entry points and pathways and a modernized playground facility are also in the works for the 4.3-acre parcel.The pair of tennis courts on-site are being carried over from the park’s previous layout, even though the initial concept looked to have these courts removed due to a lack of use after the high school transitioned its teams to new facilities at Fair Haven Fields last year.By October’s end new concrete curbing and sidewalks had been installed along Forrest Avenue, which Rogers said eliminates the need for pedestrians to walk behind parked cars to gain entry to the park, “which is a major public safety improvement.”Rogers said an irrigation system is being installed in November, as is the new playground and a drainage system for that playground. Playground equipment, he said, will be arriving soon.This article was first published in the Nov. 15-21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
In an interview about the Troiano matter, J.C. Lore, a Rutgers Law School professor, spoke of the importance of judiciary independence, even as he criticized the “ill-informed” comments Troiano made. Judges are living in a different era, he said, amid a “greater awareness and recognition” of rape and sexual assault and social media’s ability to “bring to light a situation like this pretty quickly.” A spokeswoman for the state judiciary declined to say whether Troiano might be reassigned. “We’re notcommenting at this time,”spokeswoman MaryAnnSpoto said in an email. At another point, thejudge said, “I still in mymind…distinguish betweena sexual assault and arape… [I]n my mind thereis a distinction.” State Sens. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr. (R-13) issued separate statements July 8 criticizing Judge James G. Troiano, who serves in the family division, about his remarks last year. “As with all cases, we are assessing our next steps, which will include discussions with the victim and her family,” said Christopher Swendeman, the prosecutor’s office spokesman, in an email. “He (the accused) can be tried as an adult,” he said. As for the case against G.M.C., the prosecutor’s office gave no indication this week when it might present the matter to a grand jury. In July 2018, Troianoruled against the MonmouthCounty Prosecutor’s Office,which wanted to waive up toadult court a then 16-year-old boy to face charges thathe raped a 16-year-old girl ata party in 2017. Troiano, a former mayor of Cedar Grove in Es- sex County, was appointed to the bench in 1992. He earned tenure, retired and was subsequently brought back to the bench on recall. Now 69, he is serving his latest two-year stint on recall, according to a record at the state judiciary website. By Philip Sean Curran On Tuesday, Assembly members Joann Downey (D-11) and Eric Houghtaling (D-11) also called for Troiano to immediately and permanently resign his position. “Judge Troiano’s comments are truly abhorrent and clearly highlight the fact that he needs to be re- moved immediately by the Supreme Court,” O’Scanlon said. “The Supreme Court has the ability to remove a judge for misconduct in office, or conduct evidencing unfitness for judicial office. G.M.C.’s attorney, Mitchell J. Ansell, could not be reached for comment July 9. O’Scanlon issued a similar call for the judge to step down, also noting that the state’s highest court can take action. “The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office does not discuss security issues regarding Superior Court judges at the Monmouth County courthouse,” he said in a statement July 9. “However, we take any threat against a judge seriously and address and coordinate with the New Jersey State Police and the Administrative Office of the Courts, accordingly.” Published reports this week said Troiano has been facing threats in the wake of news accounts about his remarks. But the prosecutor’s office, asked if it was investigating threats against the judge, said that as a practice it does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations. Lawmakers from Monmouth County said this week they want a Superior Court judge sitting in Freehold off the bench after his “despicable” comments during a rape case that left critics demanding he resign. In his remarks, the judge noted the boy, identified as G.M.C. in court documents, “comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.” “Judge Troiano must resign, effective immediately, from any judicial posts he still holds – just based on his commentary and word-for-word thought process by his direct quotes,” Gopal said in a statement. “Situations like these destabilize the public’s trust in our judicial institutions. His comments regarding the accused ‘coming from a good family’ are disgraceful.” Likewise, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden declined this week to say if his office would be adding more officers to Troiano’s courtroom. Troiano could not be reached for comment July 9. No one answered the phone in his chambers in the Freehold courthouse. Those and other comments were included in a 14-page decision by a two-judge state appeals court which reversed Troiano’s ruling June 14 and remanded the case to Monmouth County. But Troiano’s remarks have prompted a backlash. “He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” the judge said. “His scores for college entry were very high.” Judge Troiano’s disturbing and biased comments from the bench are a glaringly obvious display of his unfitness for judicial office.”
By The Nelson Daily SportsIt was a survival of the fittest for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.Sarah Fuhr scored 19 points and Kiandra McLaren added 16 as shorthanded LVR outlasted the Fernie Falcons in the final of the Bomber Classic High School Girl’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Hangar.LVR, entering the season with only nine players, played the game with six with three reserves sitting on the bench with injury. Guards Brittany Wheeler and Jessica Carmichael and forward Samantha Einarson all sat out the final.“I was just happy to get through the game without anyone else getting hurt,” said Bomber coach Bruce Fuhr. “When players are seeing that many minutes, fatigue can set in and injuries can result.”“I just hope we can get a few of our injured players back for the (league) game in Trail (against Crowe Hawks) Tuesday,” he added.LVR did not have the greatest start in the championship contest as the squad missed numerous easy shots inside. The miscues allowed the tenacious Falcons to grab an 11-10 after one quarter.In the second, the Bombers finally got its up-tempo game in gear out scoring Fernie 18-8 led by Fuhr, who had eight assist in the game, with eight points. LVR opened the quarter on an 11-0 run, sparked by a two-one-two zone press.In the second half McLaren got into the act offensively scoring 12 points to lead LVR offensively.Rachel Moulson had 12 rebounds with Emily Klapstein had seven boards.“Kiandra was one of our better players this weekend,” said Fuhr. “She really ran the floor well and took the ball to the hoop with aggression throughout the tournament.”LVR opened the tournament Friday by pounding the Prince Charles Comets of Creston 54-21. Fuhr paced the Bomber attack with 23 points, including four three-pointers. McLaren added 14 points.The Bombers then played one if its best games of the season dumping Fernie 74-30. The Bombers jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the first quarter, but really put the game away with a 23-4 third quarter rout.Fuhr led the scoring with 19 points. Kyndle Doolan added 14 along with 11 rebounds while Melinda Halstead had 10. Moulson also had 11 boards for LVR.The Bombers now travel to Trail Tuesday to meet the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball League firstname.lastname@example.org
The Penticton native spent the 2011/12 season with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Osoyoos Coyotes, where he led the team in scoring and was honoured by the league as it’s Top Defenceman.The 20-year old was an offensive force for the Coyotes with 18 goals and 74 points in 46 regular season games, leading all KIJHL blueliners by a 26-point margin.He also added 11 points in six playoff contests. Crawford spent the previous two seasons playing with the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials, where he picked up 20 points and 97 penalty minutes over 90 games.He suited up for the Penticton Vees in four games during their 2011/12 campaign and joined the club in Humboldt, SK for the 2012 RBC Cup, which the Vees captured with a finals win over the Woodstock Slammers.Crawford is the Saints’ fifth committed defenceman for the fall, joining Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL) and Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL).Returning blueliners Justin Sotkowy and Sandro Moser finished third and fourth in BCIHL scoring by defencemen last season. “I’m excited to come to Selkirk College and I’m looking forward to being a part of an up-and-coming hockey program and living in a great town,” said Crawford, who lists his puck-handling, hard shot and offensive instincts amongst his strengths.”My goals are to be successful in my studies, meet a bunch of new people and make a run at a championship.” Also committed to Selkirk for the fall are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Mason Spear (Beaver Valley, KIJHL), Connor Stephens (Victoria, VIJHL), Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and goaltenders Alex Sirard (Pilot Butte, PJHL) and Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL). The Selkirk College blueline core is nicely filling out after the coaching staff inked former KIJHL and BCHL grad Kameran Crawford to the roster of the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League squad.”We’re thrilled that Kam decided to begin his college hockey career at Selkirk, particularly given the number of programs in Canada and the United States that were after him,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Kam adds size, mobility and skill to an already talented group of defencemen, and he should be an impact player in the BCIHL from day one.”
There’s a three-way tie for top spot after four draws at the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships Wednesday in Trail.Garry Gelowitz of Kelowna, Craig Lepine of Langley and Cranbrook’s Tom Shypitka all sit at 3-1 midway through the provincial tournament.Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, was the last unbeaten team to fall.Wes Craig of New Westminster rallied from a 4-2 deficit with three in the sixth end to knock off the Kootenay reps 7-5.After scoring the bundle in the sixth, Craig stole singles in the seventh and eighth ends to put away Shypitka.After going undefeated to open the tournament, Castlegar’s Myron Nichol lost two straight to sit in the middle of the pack at 2-2. Nichol lost 8-6 to Shypitka in the morning draw despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two ends.Shypitka scored three in each of the third and fifth ends to grab the victory.Nichol, third Rick Brown, second Terry Kryzcka and lead Rob Babiarz, lost 6-3 to Lepine.Thursday Nichol opens the morning draw against 2-2 Mel Steffin of the Royal City Curling Club before meeting winless Ken Teskey of Williams Lake.Shypitka meets 2-2 Rick Pughe of New Westminster to open the day before playing 3-1 Gelowitz.The top four teams advance to the playoff round Saturday with the final set for 2 p.m.On the women’s side of the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Curling Championships, Kootenay rep Teresa Hiram of Grand Forks finished the day at 1-1 to sit 1-3 in the championship.Hiram, third Rhonda Lee Bedard, second Rose Beauchamp and lead indy Pettapiece defeated Penny Shantz of Salmon Arm 8-7 in the morning draw before dropping a 12-1 decision to Karen Lepine of Langley.Lepine leads the women’s standings with a 4-0 mark.Hiram plays Brenda Ridgeway of Nanaimo (3-1) and Wendy Cseke of Salmon Arm (2-2) Thursday.
Two Nelson swimmers registered some impressive results at the Swim Canada’s Age Group Championships this past weekend at Laval University in Quebec City.Kelsey Andrusak and Samuel Matthew, both swimming with the Kootenay Swim Club, were especially pleased with the results competing at this level of competition for the first time their careers.This meet is designed to give swimmers ages 12 through 18 years of age the opportunity to race against the best athletes in their age group in Canada.The long course meet is held every summer in various cities across Canada.Andrusak and Matthew competed in four events during the championships.Andrusak started the competition on fire, turning in her best swim of the meet, finishing in tied for 11th place in the 50 breaststroke.The result was a new personal best. As a result of the tie Andrusak had to have a swim off to determine who the first alternate would be in case one of the top 10 was not able to start in the final. Andrusak then finished 19th in the 100-meter freestyle and 21st in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 50-meter freestyle.Meanwhile, Matthew opened with a personal best, and a 21st place finish in the 50-meter breaststroke before placing 19th in the 100-meter breaststroke with a new best time.Matthew then swam his best race of the championships, erasing two seconds off his personal best time to finish 15th in the 200-meter breaststroke and taking 22nd in the 200-meter individual medley. “(We) would like to thank Coach Chris Wright for his dedication and support,” the two swimmers said. “Unfortunately due to the cost and time commitment Chris was unable to attend in Quebec but the preparation that he provided over the course of the year certainly showed in the results that were obtained.”Andrusak and Matthew now turn their attention to the upcoming season, which begins in September.The two Kootenay Swim Club swimmers have already achieved 2 of the 3 time standards at the next Age Level that they need to qualify for the 2016 Age Group Championships, which will be held in Calgary. In addition Andrusak and Matthew have both qualified for four events at the 2016 Speedo Western Championships, which will be in Winnipeg next spring.Andrusak and Matthew are also grateful for the community support through the recent bottle driv.For more information on the Kootenay Swim Club please check ou the club’s website.
CEO Todd Greenberg said fines totalling $350,000 had been imposed on the Gold Coast Titans, St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights.He said that, following consideration of submissions from each club, the penalties would be: o Gold Coast Titans $50,000 (with a further $100,000 suspended) for incidents involving Kane Elgey and Ryan Simpkins o St George Illawarra Dragons $50,000 (with a further $50,000 suspended) for an incident involving Josh Dugan o Newcastle Knights $50,000 (with a further $50,000 suspended) for an incident involving Brendan ElliotIn a letter to each club, Mr Greenberg emphasised that the NRL did not question the commitment, integrity or professionalism of their medical and training staff.”We acknowledge the difficult job they face in the modern game and we are exploring ways to provide more support to our medical officers,” he said.The NRL noted that none of the clubs had previously breached the head injury protocols and it had therefore been decided to suspend part of the penalty. Mr Greenberg said the suspended portion of the fines will only be imposed if the clubs breach the head injury rules again during the next 12 months.”These penalties are another reminder to all clubs that player safety is vitally important and we will take a tough stand against any breach of the head injury assessment rules,” he said.Mr Greenberg said he was pleased by the game’s response since the breach notices were issued.”All clubs have acted responsibly to remove players from the field for head injury assessments and we hope and expect that will continue,” he said.Mr Greenberg said the three clubs could accept their sanctions or apply to take their cases to the NRL Appeals Committee. (NRL CEO Todd Greenberg. Credit: Grant Trouville. Copyright: NRL Photos.)