Plan Advances to Address Blighted Area

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan  |SEA BRIGHT – In a unanimous vote at its April 25 meeting, the borough’s Unified Planning Board took the first step in designating 14 properties in the downtown section of the borough as areas in need of redevelopment or possible condemnation.The next step in the process will be up to the Borough Council. If the council approves the planning board’s decision, these “Shrewsbury River Properties” will be designated as being in a redevelopment area, meaning variances would not be needed to implement a design plan for the area, Councilman Marc Leckstein said.Thirteen of the properties in the designated section, from Surf Road to River Street, are owned by Jesse A. Howland & Sons Inc. and CJM Associates of Sea Bright LLC, which share a common post office address.In 2015, the two companies applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a waiver from the requirement for a 100-foot setback from the Shrewsbury River, saying it was an undue hardship and would make it impossible to build a 147-apartment complex, according to Caryn Shinske, public information officer for the DEP.The applicant also wanted to reconstruct and raise an existing bulkhead so it would match the seven-foot bulkheads being built on public lands under a DEP and Army Corps of Engineers flood mitigation project, she said.“The application had been pending because it lacked required information up to this point,” Shinske said on April 12. But new information was submitted on April 10, she confirmed.On Wednesday, Larry Hajna, a DEP spokesman, said the permit application is under review.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the properties in the possible redevelopment zone included those in the Jesse A. Howland & Sons housing complex proposal. He said the area was not zoned for a housing complex and there had been nothing submitted to the borough concerning the Howland proposal.No representative of Jesse A. Howland or CJM Associates spoke at the public portion of the planning board meeting.The companies could not be reached for comment.At the meeting, Christine A. Nazzaro-Cofone, of Cofone Consulting Group, LLC in Red Bank, described each of the properties included in her firm’s report, prepared for the planning board, and detailed the conditions under state law that made them eligible to be included in the designation for redevelopment.Included in the requirements: “The generality of buildings are substandard, unsafe, unsanitary, dilapidated, or obsolescent or possess any of such characteristics. Or are so lacking in light, air or space as to be conducive to unwholesome living or working conditions.”The properties named, located on the riverside of the downtown area are 6, 8 and 10 River St.; 21, 38, 40, 42 and 50 Church St.; 9,15 and 16 South St.; 4 and 10 Front St.; and 31 New St.All but 8 River St. are owned by the Howland company and CJM Associates.That property, owned by Icarus Development, Rumson, did not meet any of the criteria for redevelopment, but was included as to avoid creating a “Swiss cheese” effect in the area, Nazzaro-Cofone said.Asked about possible plans for the properties if they are designated by the borough council as a redevelopment area, Nazzaro-Cofone said, “this isn’t the forum for that.”She said there would be other opportunities “to discuss use” of the properties, but “not at this time.”Mark Teichmann, Surf Road, said he was concerned the board’s approval of the redevelopment zone “was one step closer to eminent domain.”But board attorney Kerry Higgins said that subject was for a different forum rather than the planning board.This article was first published in the April 27-May 4, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Finally, a woman close to the top

first_imgFor some time now, cricket has been a man’s game, and it has been so since at least the start of the Test game 140 years ago.Although women have been involved as supporters of the game for such a long time, their involvement was confined to ‘bowling’, under-arm style, to their younger brothers in the backyard or as members of the tea brigade,When it came to women’s participation and administration, however, the game was considered foreign to their nature and, therefore, out of bounds to them.Gradually, however, women around the world, in places like England and Australia, but excepting one like Pakistan, began to play the game, and like most things, it spread like wild fire until it got to other places such as India and South Africa.In Jamaica and the West Indies, however, it took its own sweet time, and it was not until around the 1970s that women took to the field.Before then, Ms Vera Wright became a member and committee member of Lucas Cricket Club, Lucas became popular for their tea-time refreshments, and Ms Wright became known as ‘Auntie V’ to Lucas members and their friends.She set the pace for others to follow, and those who followed included Margaret Cooke – honorary secretary at Lucas, Dorothy Hobson – committee member and now manager at Melbourne, Monica Hosue (Williams) – committee member at Melbourne, Carol Bryan – honorary secretary at Melbourne, Caroline Kelly – committee member at Melbourne, and Pat Gillings – committee member at Melbourne.Others who followed included Novelette Rickets – committee member of Manchester Cricket Association and the first woman member of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Pauline Anderson-White – honorary secretary of the Trelawny Cricket Association, Rose Bryan – committee member of the St Mary Cricket Association, and Diann Campbell – committee member of Melbourne and the first woman honorary secretary of the JCA.Also in action are women like Amanda Baker – committee member of the St Elizabeth Cricket Association, Pollyana Mitchell -honorary secretary of Lucas, and Sonji Watson – committee member of Kensington Cricket Club.PLAYERS IMPORTANTAs dedicated as these women may be, however, players are the most important part in the development of the game, and the 1970s also saw the start of the drive in the real growth of women’s cricket in Jamaica.Led by Monica Taylor and Sally Kennedy, women’s cricket took off almost from the word, ‘go’, with teams like Kensington, Lucas, Diamonds, and Waterwell, followed by Melbourne playing competitively and fairly regularly and putting out players like Rhona McLean, Kay Osbourne, and Joyce Miller, to Vivalyn Latty-Scott, Jean Cadogan, Yolande Geddes, Peggy Fairweather, Hobson, and Grace Williams-Alston, down to others like Marlene Needham, Jennifer Sterling, and Jacqueline Robinson.Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, in fact, ventured out into international play before the West Indies.Those, however, were lovely days, days of regular and exciting competition among Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and St Lucia, bringing together players like Louise Browne, Ann Browne, and Stacey Ann King from around the region, and those were the days when the West Indies hosted England and Australia, toured England and India, and, in the process, defeated one or two along the way.In terms of participation and competition, women’s cricket, especially in Jamaica, fell away for a while, but it has recently hinted of a comeback, and with Jamaicans like Stafanie Taylor, Shanel Daley, and Chedean Nation, and with West Indians such as Deandra Dottin, Anisa Mohammed, Marisa Aguilera, Hayley Matthews, Britney Cooper, Shermaine Campbell, and Shaquana Quintyne, the future seems bright and rosy.On the field, there is also Jacqueline Williams, a good female umpire who had the distinction of standing in the regional men’s four-day competition at Sabina Park recently and, by her presence, her deportment, and her skill, she has set a pace for others of her gender to follow.PROMISING HISTORYWest Indies women are the T20 champions of the world, and once they step up the participation and the competition all around the region, especially after such a promising history, nothing, it seems, can stop them in the future, and particularly now that West Indies Cricket has appointed a woman as its chief operating officer.Verlyn Faustin, the company’s secretary, is now also the chief operating officer (COO) responsible for the day-to-day operations, and mainly for control, administrative, and reporting procedures aimed at effective management on and off the field.All who love West Indies cricket applaud Faustin’s elevation and wish her well in this her added responsibility, especially as from all reports, she is more than capable.Her rise to close to the top is a good move for cricket and for women’s cricket in particular. It has given them a voice at the top where it matters most, and on top of that, she has joined other women around the world of cricket, including Ingrid Cronin-Knight and Liz Dawson, who are members of the nine-member New Zealand Cricket board, and Debbie Hockley, who is president of the board and one who call the shots for all New Zealand’s cricket.With Jimmy Adams as the new director of cricket, with Jason Holder as the captain of the men’s team, with Taylor as the captain of the women’s team, and with Faustin as the COO, West Indies cricket, men and women, is in good hands, or so it seems.last_img read more

Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Kickball Dishes Out L$52,000 to Winners

first_imgThe Liberia Kickball Federation (LKF) has for the first time doled out cash prizes to winners in both the kickball championship and knockout competitions.Aries Kickball Club received L$18,000 as the titleholder in the championship league as well as L$10,000 for winning the knockout.1st runner-up Amazon Kickball Club in the championship league bagged L$14,000, while CYE received L$10,000.The president of LKF, J. Yourvor Kollie, extended his thanks and appreciation to the presidents, coaches, referees and players of the 14 clubs which participated in the 2013/2014 Kickball Championship and Knockout Competitions.Secretary General of LKF, Milton W. Padmore described the just ended league as a success story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Driver of suspected drug-laden car turns out to be a cop

first_imgCANU high-speed chase…turns self in at CIDA police constable, who was driving the motorcar that smashed through the gate at the Demerara Harbour Bridge, after being pursued by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) is now under close arrest at the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), Eve Leary.Less than 24 hours after the high-speed chase took place along the East Bank Demerara (EBD) roadway with the police officer and his accomplices making good their escape, the cop turned himself in at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Sunday afternoon.Guyana Times was told that the constable is attached to a police station in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).According to a senior police source, when the damaged car was unearthed at the residence of a “bodywork repairman”, the man was at church but a relative informed the police that it was a cop would took the car there for repairs.“Investigators had no choice but to go to the church to find him…he came out and give the police an explanation. He didn’t know where the car came from, how it damaged, all he doing is working,” the police source stated. According to the rank close to the investigation, the policeman did not pay for the repairs but had notified the mechanic that he was travelling to Region Two and would return for the vehicle soon. He promised to pay for the repairs then.This newspaper was told that “certain” persons who were aware of the situation contacted police ranks to raise their concerns about the car repair transaction. The source stated that a photograph of the cop was sent to ranks at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), and they were advised to be on the lookout for the constable, who was heading to the Essequibo Coast.However, before the investigators could locate the constable and arrest him, the rank allegedly received a “tip-off” and turned himself in to the CID headquarters, the source said.Meanwhile, when contacted, Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo), Senior Superintendent Linden Lord confirmed that ranks from the Division were instructed to take the car, the mechanic, and others who gave statements into Police custody.“The ranks did the groundwork and worked tirelessly to carry out the investigation and ensure that the police constable was found and detained. This would not have been possible without the hard work of the ranks in my Division so they deserve credit for their dedication to this case,” Commander Lord noted.However, at the time of the chase with CANU, the car in question had five occupants. The rank is being questioned about the whereabouts of the occupants of the car.When contacted, CANU Head, Major General (ret’d) Michael Atherly told this publication on Monday that one suspect involved in the high-speed chase on Sunday was in the custody of law enforcement officials.He stated that it is unclear at this point when “the suspect” would appear before the court and what charges he would be facing, however, he will have to face charges related to the destruction of the gate at the Demerara Harbour Bridge.last_img read more

Essequibo River man goes berserk: stabs 3, rapes teen, commits suicide

first_imgBy Kristen MacklingamA saw man of Faul Mouth Village, Essequibo River, on Wednesday went berserk and stabbed three persons and raped a 14-year-old girl before taking his own life.Dead is 23-year-old Raphael Charles.Guyana Times was told that Charles’ father was celebrating his birthday at the teen’s family home where they were all imbibing.However, at about 02:30h on Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl and her parents retired to bed leaving their 15-year-old son and Charles watching television.Shortly afterwards, Charles armed himself with a knife and slashed the 15-year-old boy to his neck and then went to the teen’s parents’ bedroom where he dealt them several stabs about their bodies. The parents ran out of the house leaving their teenaged daughter in the bedroom.According to the Police, the 23-year-old man then sexually assaulted the girl. She managed to escape and ran out of the home.Guyana Times was told that the three injured persons were rushed to the Bartica District Hospital where they were admitted but because of the extent of their injuries, they were transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The Police say that their conditions are being regarded as “serious but stable.”Meanwhile, Charles after committing the gruesome acts, used a rope to hang himself from a beam inside the family’s house. His body has since been taken to the Bartica mortuary. The Police are investigating.last_img read more

1st Annual Passion for Life 10K walk/run tomorrow

first_imgTaking place Saturday, August 24, the day will start with a Zumba session at 8:15 a.m., with walkers leaving at 8:30 a.m. and runners at 9. The kid’s 1K run will start at 10:45.After the run, a yoga cool down will be led by Mark Enriquez, along with a 50/50 draw and the opportunity for other prizes.Last minute registration and package pickup can be done this afternoon at the Totem Mall from 3 to 7 p.m., as well as at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.- Advertisement –last_img

Meetings 3/26

first_imgSun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. April 10 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7p.m. April 11, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. April 12, Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 12 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818)982-2174. Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, 7p.m. April 12, Tulsa Street Elementary School, 10900 Hayvenhurst Ave., Granada Hills. Call (818) 321-6259 or see Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 16, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see Studio City Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 18 in the edit building, Suite 6 at CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. Call (818)655-5400 or see Panorama City Neighborhood Council, 6:30p.m. April 26 in the second floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818)785-9355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818)360-4346 or see Tarzana Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Tarzana Elementary School, 5726 Topeka Drive, Tarzana. Call (818) 345-1966. Encino Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Capt. John Sherman, Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley, is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Call (818) 255-1040 or see Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818)346-4892. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 4, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. April 4, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see North Hills East Neighborhood Council, 7p.m. April 9 in the library at Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. last_img read more

Eddie Howe rules himself out of the running for Newcastle job

first_img1 Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe Eddie Howe has no interest in succeeding Alan Pardew as manager of Newcastle United.The Magpies are currently without a permanent boss following Pardew’s exit to Crystal Palace.Caretaker John Carver has admitted he is keen on the full-time job, but Bournemouth boss Howe is reportedly high on the club’s list of potential candidates.At 37, Howe is one of England’s most promising young managers, having guided his side to the top of the Championship.And although the young coach admits to being flattered by reports linking him with the vacancy at St James’ Park, he insists he is not interested in leaving his current post for any other job.“It’s flattering,” Howe said. “I am not going to say that you don’t want to be linked with jobs because I think if you are not linked with jobs you are not winning games – so I will take that for winning games.“But I have no interest in any other jobs bar this one. I don’t listen to speculation or what the media say, it is very much about the day-to-day running of this football club. I love doing the job here and I am focussed on our next game on Saturday.”Howe played for the South Coast side during two permanent spells and a loan and he is currently enjoying his second time round as manager.Instead of taking over at tenth placed Newcastle, Howe wants to guide the club he joined as a schoolboy into the Premier League this season.“The overall aim is to get there,” Howe said about the Cherries’ top-flight aspirations.“I have never set targets, I have never said we are going to achieve anything, you just have to prove it.“We are still in the middle of a busy period of games and we will see where that leads us.“All I will say is that we will work incredibly hard and look to improve on every aspect so we can get there but it is a long season.”last_img read more

Klopp or Ancelotti? Revealed! Who Liverpool fans want as the next Reds boss

first_img1 Klopp or Ancelotti for Liverpool? Jurgen Klopp is the current favourite to be appointed next Liverpool manager after Brendan Rodgers’ sacking, but Carlo Ancelotti is also in the running.Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that he thinks appointing Klopp would be more of a risk than Ancelotti (read/listen to Murphy’s view here).But who would you prefer to be Liverpool’s next manager?Vote now and take a look at who the majority want…last_img