The Erie Fire Department in Pennsylvania is reporting that five children have died due to a fire at a day care center.The incident was reported at 1:15 am Sunday at a residential building, housing a day care center believed to be the Harris Family Daycare.Five children who were staying at the 24- hour center were reported dead.The grandmother of four of the children told reporters that the children were staying at the center because their parents worked overnight.The owner of the center was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment and a neighbor was also said to have suffered injuries.While not much is known about the incident at this time, officials did report that the fire appears to have started in the living room area on the first floor.Authorities are currently working to determine the cause of the fire.
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.
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.”