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Cleaning Up the Navesink River

first_imgAlso participating in the roundtable were Tony Perry, director of legislative affairs for Kyrillos; Debbie Mans, executive director of NY/NJ Baykeeper; and Rick Geffken, an author and historian, who is a regular contributor to The Two River Times.This article was first published in the Feb. 23-March 2, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Subscribe to the newspaper for convenient home delivery. Read more stories concerning the Navesink River. By John Burton |RED BANK – As the work continues to alleviate Navesink River contamination, The Two River Times is offering its support.“If everyone pulls together we can make a big splash,” and move toward remedying the problem, said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, an environmental advocacy and education organization.Zipf joined representatives from other environmental and business organizations and a representative from the office of Senator Joseph Kyrillos Jr. (R-13) in a Feb. 15 roundtable discussion organized by The Two River Times to talk about solutions and strategies.Zipf told the gathering it is “absolutely doable,” to return the river to a considerably improved condition by 2020.For Two River Times owner Domenic DiPiero, this is an issue that strikes home, given he grew up in the Two River area, and continues to use local water ways for recreational boating and fishing. “It’s just a passion of mine,” DiPiero told the group last week. “And the fact that I had to tell my kids not to swim in it is awful.”The reason for the alarm was due to studies done by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which indicated elevated levels of pathogens, including fecal matter, and depleted oxygen levels. The DEP reports determined the river’s water quality had declined over approximately the last decade. And that has led the state agency to prohibit shellfish harvesting from approximately 560 of the river’s acres, according to Zach Lees, coastal policy attorney for Clean Ocean Action.Clean Ocean Action has conducted its own extensive study of the river’s pollution, with Lee’s pointing out that everyone realizes the Navesink is an outstanding water resource and stressing the importance of working to improve its condition. Zipf explained that by the 1940s, the area’s shellfish stock, especially oysters, had been depleted through over-harvesting and industrialization had allowed the Navesink River to become increasingly polluted. But by the 1970s, with the federal Clean Water Act and enforcement, the river began experiencing a turnaround, becoming appreciably cleaner. That is until approximately 2005 when it began a backslide with a rise in pollution, Zipf said. “When I was a kid it was crystal clear,” said Lynda Rose, executive director of Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, speaking of the river. She recalled fishing and clamming in the water way and said she was shocked to find out the current condition.The DEP analysis determined the bacterial count in the water appears to rise following storm events, seeming to point the finger at nonpoint source pollution, or storm water runoff, as opposed to a single source of pollution – a leaking sewer pipe or defective septic systems – Zipf explained. “Rarely did we find a single smoking gun,” Lees said.Clean Ocean Action has been using a Maine-based company and its pollution-sniffing dogs to help track the fecal matter – human, domestic animals and wildlife – that has been found in the river. And dogs have had some luck in narrowing some of the believed sources, such as area horse farms.The extent of the problem is significant, environmental groups stressed, with Zipf telling how one gram of dog waste carries with it 23 million bacteria.Zipf said the best way of conducting this is the “no blame game approach,” with organizations like hers working with state, county and local officials to rectify the situation.“Rare is the case you can bring the state, all of the towns and environmental groups together,” Zipf noted, as has been the case with this issue.It goes beyond just mere environmental concerns. “This river is the bread and butter of a lot of businesses,” Rose added, pointing to tourism and recreation as important economic engines.The river water eventually makes its way into the Atlantic Ocean, Zipf added, an even more important element for the state’s economy. Zipf pointed out that in 1987 there were 800 New Jersey beach closings due to pollution.The key is education, participants agreed, trying to get the public to change longstanding practices in cleaning up after pets and limiting lawn treatment chemicals; and with municipalities imposing stricter limitations on impervious surfaces on new development projects, helping to curtail storm water runoff. “It is a matter of getting the word out to people,” Zipf said.Rik van Hemmen, a maritime engineer and president of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, recommended what he called a “Zen garden” approach – proceeding steadily and deliberately, going “door-to-door” to get the word out if necessary.“I really think this is the most important issue where we can affect change,” DiPiero said, offering his support in addressing the problem. The rise in pollution is seen most noticeably in the shellfish stock, which Lees said functions as a sort of “canary in a coal mine,” a reliable yardstick for measuring pollution levels.last_img read more

Local Ford dealership helps raise cash for local schools, youth

first_imgFord Motor Company of Canada, Limited concluded a very successful first year of its Drive One 4 UR School and Drive One 4 UR Community programs in Canada. The programs, which began in April, raised a total of $460,180 to date benefitting more than 158 schools and community organizations across Canada. Through this initiative, B.C. community members had the opportunity to raise up to $6,000 for each local school and community organization that participated by test driving a Ford or Lincoln vehicle during 25 one-day events across the region in 2010. Ford of Canada and B.C. dealerships, who pledged $20 for every person from a unique household who test drove a 2010 Ford or Lincoln vehicle at Drive One 4 UR School and Community events, donated a total of $52,620 for local schools and community organizations this year.“We are very proud of the impact that this program has had in communities across British Columbia,” said Gerald Wood, general manager, Ford of Canada Western Region. “We were able to help a number of schools and community organizations in 2010, and based on the terrific response and positive outcomes for these groups, we’re pleased to continue this program in 2011.”Local participants in 2010 included the Castlegar Rebels hockey team, which raised $6,000, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which raised $6,000 for youth hockey, and the Trail Smoke Eaters, which raised $4,000. Ford and Lincoln dealers across B.C. are looking forward to building on this success in 2011 for local schools and organizations in need.“During a tough economy, school and community fundraising is hit particularly hard,” said Herb Amaral, Crewchief for AM Ford. “Our dealership held five events this year and we were thrilled and touched to see so many people come out and support each event.”Ford of Canada’s Drive One 4 UR School and Community programs, in conjunction with local dealerships, will continue to partner with eligible schools and community organizations to raise money in 2011.This article is a press release from Ford Canada.last_img read more

Let the Nelson Mixed Slopitch playoffs begin

first_imgDefending playoff champion Louies and 2013 regular season winners, Bogustown are the early favourites into this weekend’s Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship tournament set for the Lakeside Diamonds. The first pitch goes Friday evening.Action continues Saturday with the finals in the A, B & C Divisions set for Sunday.In 2012, Louies knocked off Jackson’s Hole (now Sage).Bogustown defeated Sage to capture the 2013 regular season title during the final week of the season.last_img

Bombers glide to third Kootenay Zone Soccer Title

first_imgLVR opened the tournament by bouncing host Prince Charles Comets of Creston 6-1.Emma Wheeldon led the Bombers with three goals whiile sister Jena added one. Allie Zondervan also scored twice.Keegan Patterson was in goal for both wins.LVR now advances to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Tournament May 29-31 in Penticton.”We are looking forward to it and wanting to improve on our fourth place finish from last year,” said head coach Jamie Spendlove, in his third season a skipper of the Bombers.Spendlove is also a part of the Soccer Quest Coaches.This is the third year in a row we’ve won the Kootenay’s with the Soccer Quest coaches. The L.V. Rogers Bombers outscored the opposition 11-2 en route to capturing its third consecutive Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Zone Championship Wednesday in Creston.Noa Butterfield scored three times to lead the Bombers past David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 5-1 in the tournament final.Darian Voisard and Hailee Gerun also scored for the number one seeded Bombers.David Thompson edged out J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail in the other semi final to advance.last_img read more

Leafs play out season today against rival Rebels

first_imgMIchael Crawford continues to shine after returning to the Green and White following a mid-season hiatus, scoring three goals and adding an assists for a four-point game.The 6-foot, 160-pound Penticton sniper has 13 points since returning to Nelson, including four goals in the past two games.Matt MacDonald, Austin Lindsay, Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap, Michael Rand and Tyler Fyfe also scored for Nelson.Josh Gladman, Mitchell Pearson and Matt Lucero replied for Grand Forks, which trailed 4-0 and 5-1 after the first and second periods, respectively.Nelson, finishing fourth in the Murdoch Division, takes on defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first round of the playoffs beginning Friday in Fruitvale.Game two is set for Saturday (February 21) at the Hawks Nest before the series shifts to Nelson for Games three and four, (Monday) Feburary 23 and (Tuesday) February 24.If necessary, the final three games of the series would be played February 26 (Beaver Valley), Feburary 27 (Nelson) and February 28 (Beaver Valley). The Nelson Leafs conclude what has been a trying Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season on the pond Sunday at the NDCC Arena against the Castlegar Rebels.Puck drop at the NDCC Arena is 2:30 p.m.Nelson enters the contest against the West Kootenay rivals after pounding Grand Forks Border Bruins 8-3 Friday in the Boundary City.last_img read more

SPANISH QUEEN ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

first_img2015 SANTA ANITA SPRING MEDIA POLL Horse of the Meet: Spanish QueenOlder Horse: Hard AcesOlder Filly/Mare: BeholderGrass Horse: TalcoGrass Filly/Mare: Spanish Queen3-Year-Old Male: Kentuckian3-Year-Old Filly: Stellar WindSprinter: MasochisticClaimer: Persuasive PaulTrainer: Peter Miller, Doug O’NeillJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Brayan PenaRace: Gold CupOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Sadler Stakes Wins Miller, O’Neill Share Honors as Top Trainer; Bejarano Top Jockey center_img ARCADIA, CA, June 28, 2015–Spanish Queen, who captured the Grade I American Oaks at 1 ¼ miles on turf May 30 after winning the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes on May 2, was named Horse of the Meet in the annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Tribal Rule, Spanish Queen is trained by Richard Baltas for owners Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian. Spanish Queen earned more money than any horse at the meet, $360,000.She also was named Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare.“We’re very proud of Spanish Queen and how quickly she developed,” Baltas said. “She showed ability from the start and we’re happy she put it on display at Santa Anita.”Next up for Spanish Queen is the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4.Hard Aces was named Outstanding Older horse thanks to his victory in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old Hard Spun horse trained by John Sadler for Kosta and Peter Chronis won by a paper-thin nose over Hoppertunity in a thrilling contest at a mile and a quarter that was voted Race of the Meet.Rafael Bejarano, the runaway winner of the riding title, 47-35, over runner-up Tyler Baze, was named Outstanding Jockey, while Peter Miller and Doug O’Neill were named co-Outstanding Trainers after tying for the training title, 22-22, as O’Neill knotted Miller by winning the ninth and penultimate race of the meet with a 3-year-old filly named Mothernaturespell.It was the first training crown at The Great Race Place for the 48-year-old Miller, who trains out of San Luis Rey Downs. It was the fourth for the 47-year-old O’Neill.Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, who captured the Grade III Adoration Stakes on June 13 for her 10th win from 11 starts at Santa Anita, was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Richard Mandella trains the Henny Hughes mare for owner B. Wayne Hughes.Talco, who rallied to win the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf by a half-length for the Hronis brothers and Sadler, was named Outstanding Grass Horse.Brayan Pena, 25, was named Outstanding Apprentice by virtue of winning nine races from 75 mounts.Kentuckian, a son of 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, was named Outstanding Three-Year-old thanks to his 6 ¼-length triumph in the Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes at seven furlongs May 10. Jerry Hollendorfer trains the gray colt for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms.Stellar Wind, who won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at the Winter Meet, prevailed by a nose over Tara’s Tango in the Grade II Summertime Oaks to be named Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly. The daughter of Curlin also is trained by Sadler for the Hronis brothers.     Masochistic, authoritative 3 ½-length winner of the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, was voted Outstanding Sprinter. Trained by Ron Ellis for owners Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Sought After won for the sixth time from eight career starts.Persuasive Paul, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Steve Knapp, won a $40,000 claiming race on a wet/fast track by 2 ¼ lengths May 15, then came back on June 19 to capture a Starter Handicap at one mile on turf by a length and a quarter to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet.The Hronis brothers were named Owners of the Meet thanks to three stakes wins in the last two weeks of the campaign, two of them Grade I’s, the Shoemaker Mile and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Stellar Wind captured the Grade II Summertime Oaks for the brothers, who led all owners in purse earnings with $869,946, more than $300,000 over runner-up Reddam Racing LLC.Sadler was honored with Achievement of the Meet for winning three graded stakes–two of them Grade I’s–over the meet’s last two weeks.last_img read more

UCA Sweeps ACU to Win 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament

first_imgSet OneDown 21-17, UCA rallied seven consecutive points to reach set point and eventually take it 25-22 with a Megan Nash roll. The Sugar Bears fired a .194 clip with Nash and Haley Tippett each putting down three kills. Tippett also led the team in digs with five alongside Amanda Dimon. ACU’s Corinne Grandcolas and Jacey Smith both put up five kills with Grandcolas receiving the Wildcats’ first two points.VB: @UCAVball takes set 1 from @ACU_Volleyball, 25-22. Set 2 NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD and ESPN apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/rA2DjGsZEJ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Set ThreeACU fought back after being behind all set to tie it at 21-21, but UCA followed its timeout with a 4-1 stretch to end the match with a 25-22 set win. Abbie Harry put up six kills on 14 attacks as the Sugar Bears posted a .268 attacking percentage. Emily Doss tallied six digs with Tippett right behind at five. The Wildcats hit a match-best .270 clip with Smith recording six on 18 attacks. Lauren Walker downed all three of her attacks.VB: CHAMPS! @UCAVball sweeps ACU and captures the Southland tournament title. Sugar Bears will represent Southland in #NCAAVB tourney. pic.twitter.com/bY12XE2Yu4— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Abilene Christian’s all-tournament selection junior outside hitter Jacey Smith led all players with 18 kills as her setter, all-tournament pick Kendall Bosse, tallied 32 assists for the day. Smith also recorded a double-double with 10 digs. WATCH ESPN3 REPLAYCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Central Arkansas claimed its third Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship and first since 2013 with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22) win over Abilene Christian on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sugar Bears became the first No. 2 seeded team to win the tournament since 2010 when UTSA did so. They will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament when the selection committee announces the first-round matchups on Nov. 26 on ESPNU.center_img Set TwoEight was the magic number for Tippett in the second set as she led the team in digs and kills with eight in each category for a 25-17 set win. Tippet .727 for a UCA offense that hit a tournament-best .562 for the set. Abbie Harry provided three kills while Savanah Allen, Elizabeth Armstrong and Samantha Anderson each put up a pair. Smith earned seven of ACU’s 12 kills to lead a Wildcat attack that hit .222 for the set.VB: #SouthlandStrong player of the year Anderson with the kill, putting @UCAVball up 20-14 over @ACU_Volleyball in 2nd set on ESPN3. pic.twitter.com/z9BDR9X8Ir— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 All-Tournament TeamBlair Gillard, Houston BaptistChloe Simon, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiJacey Smith, Abilene ChristianKendall Bosse, Abilene ChristianSavanah Allen, Central ArkansasAbbie Harry, Central ArkansasElizabeth Armstrong, Central Arkansas (Tournament MVP) Junior outside hitter Haley Tippett notched her third double-double of the tournament, and 10th of the season, to help UCA book its automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. Tippett led the Sugar Bears in kills and digs with 14 and 18, respectively. UCA posted a .330 hitting percentage, ending the match with 47 kills as Tournament MVP Elizabeth Armstrong dished out 22 assists.VB: THE GREAT WALL OF CONWAY! @UCAVball evens it back up at 10 with @ACU_Volleyball. 1st set NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD pic.twitter.com/zO9dZSSElz— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017last_img read more

Gomes’ horrific injury overshadows Tosun sneaking late Toffees’ leveller

first_imgANDRE GOMES’ broken and fractured ankle – for which tearful Son Heung-min was sent off – overshadowed Cenk Tosun bagging Everton a point in the 97th minute to rescue a draw.Dele Alli had neatly drilled Spurs ahead while referee Martin Atkinson was controversially backed by VAR in declining two Everton penalties and one for Tottenham, before Tosun powered in a late header.9 Andre Gomes shows the pain as he is taken off with a horrific-looking leg injuryCredit: Reuters9 Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min looks in despair as he realises the extent of the injury for Everton’s Andre GomesCredit: ReutersBut all that was eclipsed by the Toffees’ Portuguese midfielder Gomes being carried off with the horror injury following a lengthy delay at 1-0 down.Gomes tumbled at pace after a late challenge from Son and seemed to twist his foot horribly as he collided with Spurs right-back Serge Aurier.Son and may other players held their heads in their hands after looking at Gomes’ pain and his contorted leg.Atkinson had his yellow card by his side but after the severity of Gomes’ plight became clear he changed it to a straight red.9 Turksih striker Cenk Tosun celebrates his leveller during a dramatic second halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty9 Cenk Tosun arrives to thud home an Everton equaliser with his head during 12 minutes of stoppage timeCredit: Getty – ContributorIt was Everton who settled the quicker after the hold-up, Tosun finally bulleting the ball home from Lucas Digne’s lofted cross.But even after that VAR intervened in what had been a poor contest, passing-wise and for lack of chances.Davinson Sanchez was caught dozing as Richarlison went through and Everton claimed the big striker was impeded when goal-bound.Atkinson, though, ruled no foul – and again replays backed him up.In truth, the football and result became secondary to Gomes – who was rushed straight to hospital.Spurs looked on the brink of picking up their first league win on the road since January thanks to Dele’s 63rd-minute strike.But it was not to be thanks to Tosun striking deep into 12 minutes of stoppage time.9 Dele Alli peels away to salute his neatly-taken goal for TottenhamCredit: Reuters9 Delli Alli bursts through to drill the opener for Spurs on 63 minutesCredit: Reuters9 Midfielder Dele Alli celebrates his breakthrough goal with a sleeping poseCredit: Sky SportsMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe result leaves Spurs in 11th – when a rare away win would have lifted them to eights.They are in the middle of a pack of 13 teams separated by just a single point.Everton, who have spent big in recent windows, move three points clear of the relegation zone.9 VAR examined Dele Alli touching the ball or Yerry Mina pushing him bfor ruled no penalty for EvertonCredit: Sky Sports9 Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga pulls off a full-stretch save at Goodison Park.Credit: Reuterslast_img read more

Madang Soccer Association names Besta Cup team

first_imgCoach Alex Reu revealed the names last night before travelling to Lae with the team early this morning.He says the team will be captained by Madang FC skipper and midfielder Max Sengum and he will be assisted by another top Madang FC player, winger Vanya Malagin.He said the team is named based on commitment to training and discipline, and aims to tackle the strong Southern, Highlands and NGI sides.Mr Reu said the team is also made up of young under  20 players who have recently won the Momase Youth Tournament and some experienced MFC players.The team:  Max Sengum (C), Nigel Malagin, Maskulan Pulung, Langarap Samol, Vanya Malagin (VC) Raymond Romo, Raymond Geladia, Willie Condrad, Lawrence Koi, Solomon Mapai, Alfred Nanau, Henson Topio, Sojo Mandari, Mikes Gewa, Juren Patrick, Ephraim Leo, Darren Steven, Nollen Samar, Quinten Simea, Nathen Kell.last_img read more

Awasa Cup brings SHP league teams to Mendi

first_imgThe tournament kicked off today at the main town oval with the grand final on Sunday.Teams taking part are from the districts throughout the province including Ialibu, Pangia, Erave, Kutubu, Poroma, Nipa, Mendi and Imbongu.The tournament is aimed at scouting local talents to represent the Mendi Muruks in 2016 Digicel Cup season.Organiser Jack Kerema said they have invited all districts to take part as they want more participation from the local talents.In results today, Kambiri defeated Nipa Snippers 22-8, Pangia beat Erave Hornbill 15-14 and Mendi Urban 1 lost to Mendi Urban team two 16-10.Games continue over the weekend.last_img