We can all learn to live greener simply by seeing what our neighbors are doing. And the public will have the opportunity to see what others are doing to make their own lives and communities more sustainable in the upcoming Monmouth Eco-Tours, scheduled for Sept. 26-27.On Saturday, Sept. 26, those interested can visit sites in the eastern portion of the county, with designated locations in Red Bank, Rumson, Middletown, Tinton Falls, Ocean, West Long Branch and Long Branch. The following day visitors will be welcomed at spots in the county’s western side in Marlboro, Freehold and Manalapan.More locations may be added by tour dates.At the various stops people can see how others undertake such projects as mushroom cultivation, rainwater collection, community gardens, beekeeping, urban farming practices and other environmentally friendly activities that will benefit the planet in the long run.“All these things we can teach people how to do, things they may have heard about them but didn’t necessarily know how to do,” said Diane Burke, whose Rumson backyard and garden is part of the planned tour.The two days of tours is part of a Transition Initiative that residents around the county have begun undertaking. The initiative movement was first proposed by Transition United States in this country, and globally by Transition Network, a United Kingdom organization, to engage communities in undertaking long-term pro-environmental programs.“It’s private people who have something to offer that they’re doing that’s green and sustainable or for a better earth,” said Burke of her involvement.Burke has been composting for the last few years, using water barrels and attachments for her garden among other efforts and plans on explaining their benefits to visitors on the tour.“It’ll teach people to be sustainable is all something that we have to realize we have to start doing,” Burke said.“We’re using up way too much of the earth and taking it for granted,” she explained. “And it feels really good to live in a more green way,” she continued. “Here you’re honoring the earth and seeing how precious everything is.”To see a tour map and for more information log onto sites.google.com/site/transitionmonmouth/home.
By Chris Rotolo | ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The borough’s government leaders will explore a collaborative effort with Monmouth County to preserve the last piece of undeveloped land on the Sandy Hook Bay.The announcement came at the end of a July 11 Borough Council meeting, where approximately 75 residents packed the municipal courtroom for a presentation about conserving the McConnell tract, a 7-acre plot of land located between Avenue D and Bowne Avenue, which is targeted for development as 21 beachfront homes.“We’re not making any more beachfront property,” Councilman Jon Crowley said. “When this goes, it’s gone forever. As elected officials, we have to be sensitive to the budget, because needs do arise, whether it’s a new truck or a failing bulkhead. We’re not going to be cavalier. We are thinking about the possibilities of those ratables. But the price of a ratable doesn’t compare to what’s priceless, which is this land.” In terms of what the borough could potentially offer for the acquisition, Hubeny said the municipality will have about $600,000 in its open space fund after FEMA reimburses the town for approximately $331,000 in Super Storm Sandy repairs to the Bayshore Trail.But it is future storm damage that has Fligor feeling leery about acquiring new water front property for this park.“It cost us about a million dollars to fix up the trail on our own after Sandy and then another $80,000 after the next storm. And that was with the county’s help,” Fligor said. “That’s a lot of money for two storms and Atlantic Highlands can’t afford to keep doing that.”The next Borough Council meeting is scheduled for July 25, where the members could potentially adopt a resolution to join the county in pursuit of the McConnell tract.This article was first published in the July 19-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. The group has appealed to the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners (MCBRC) and spoken with county Freeholder liaison Lillian G. Burry about having the county purchase the property and save it from development.According to Chiles, the owner of the plot – Arthur “Bud” McConnell – has received a contingency contract from Denholtz Associates and a pending application is due to be heard before the planning board July 31.Crowley’s comments preceded several concerns posed by Councilman Louis Fligor and Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice, including a potential contamination issue resulting from past diesel fuel spills and subterranean oil pipelines. Assuming those underground pipes have not been removed, Fligor is also interested to know if they have been emptied or merely capped with product still inside. “If we were interested in purchasing the land and it was contaminated, we would need to know if that liability belongs to the originator of the contamination or if the burden falls on the buyer,” Fligor said. “In this case, what we’ve pitched them on is buying the property as a county park,” Chiles said. “It would not be a municipal park. But it can be negotiated where part of it can be county and part municipal. These are all discussions that need to happen. The request here is that the borough initiates that with Monmouth County.” Crowley cited a chart of Monmouth County from 1972 to 2012, which showed that a majority of open green space seen four decades earlier had since been developed. He stressed to his fellow council members the urgency of this situation.The borough’s intention to save the land from development was good news for Neighbors For Waterfront Preservation (NWP), a citizens’ group led by Benson Chiles, whose members envision the property as a park and a continued launch point for the town’s sailing education program. However, Hubeny also confirmed that approximately $2 million has already been spent on remediation of the property and the only contamination still present is located in the horizontal groundwater below, which he said should self-attenuate by 2030 and would not interfere with the placement of a structural foundation.The current asking price of the property is something Le Grice wondered about, as she noted that in past years, when the borough had looked into purchasing at least a portion of the plot, it was up to $1.5 million.Chiles said the point of this effort is not for the municipality to purchase the land in full, but to support the county’s acquisition of the tract as a county park. Should the county use its funding to make the purchase in cooperation with Atlantic Highlands, it would alleviate some of the borough’s financial responsibility for the initial investment. Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club sailors attended the June 11 meeting of the Monmouth County Recreation Commissioners. Photo by Chris RotoloIf the municipality acquired the tract and it was proven to have severe contamination, Hubeny said the state’s Brownfields Redevelopment program could be a source of funding for remediation.
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Mayweather is next–Roach The 25-year-old Gonzales was Pacquiao’s final sparring partner in the training camp here, clashing for four rounds on Saturday.Gonzales swore he felt the full power of the lone eight-division world champion.In total, he sparred with Pacquiao for 20 rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think he caught me with the hardest shot I have been hit with,” said Gonzales. “He caught me with a left cross. I felt it today, and he connected straight to my face. He did hit me with upper cuts to the body.”Over the course of three weeks, Gonzales swore Pacquiao was at his sharpest. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gonzales sure knows what he’s talking about.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ “I think he (Pacquiao) stops him in the later rounds, he’s gonna overwhelm Broner, I think,” Gonzales said. “He punches way too much, he switches angles and Broner does not do much. He takes a lot of breaks and stays in the back.”All in all, Freddie Roach said speed will be the key to Pacquiao retaining his World Boxing Association (WBA) regular welterweight title.“I said [to head trainer Buboy Fernandez] that we work on speed. Speed is the big factor, that’s gonna be the difference in the fight,” added Roach.But Gonzales swore that aside from speed, Pacquiao’s timing is also a lethal weapon.“I mean he (Broner) better be in the best shape of his life because Manny’s gonna be unstoppable. Even though he’s 40 years old, he’s moving in the ring like he’s 20 years young,” Gonzales said.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao (L) and Adrien Broner face off during a press conference at Gotham Hall in preparation for their upcoming match on November 19, 2018 in New York City. The match is set to take place on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPHOLLYWOOD—Take it from amateur American fighter Arnold Gonzales: Clashing with Manny Pacquiao is a painful experience.Gonzales, whose stance and built resemble that of Adrien Broner’s, said the American challenger, a four-division world champion, needs to be in his best shape to stand a chance against the Filipino icon on Feb. 19.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View comments
Kyle Walker Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is offering “no indication at all” on where his future lies amid reports he is close to a move to Manchester City.After eight years at White Hart Lane, Walker – named in this season’s PFA Team of the Year – could soon be leaving for pastures new.The 27-year-old right-back reportedly wants to leave Spurs after falling out with manager Mauricio Pochettino over game-time and fitness.Man City have been strongly linked with a move, while Manchester United, Chelsea and even Barcelona are also said to be interested.But Walker has insisted the ongoing transfer speculation will not distract him on England duty, as the Three Lions prepare to take on Scotland in Saturday’s crunch World Cup qualifier.“Not at all,” Walker said when asked if the speculation was a distraction.“I mean, you know coming away from club football kind of gives you a little bit of head space.“I am an England player now and I am fully focused on a massive game on Saturday. We need to go and get the three points.”Asked whether he could give an indication on where he would be next season, the right-back told Sky Sports with a laugh: “No, no indication at all.”Pochettino preferred Kieran Trippier for some big matches towards the end of the season, including the north London derby against Arsenal and FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.Impressive displays on such occasions have led to a first senior England call-up for Trippier, meaning he now stands in Walker’s way at international level as well.“I think it has pushed us both on as players, most definitely,” Walker said of the competition at club level with Trippier.“We get the best out of each other and, even if Tripps plays or I play, we’ve said privately to each other that we will each other on.“I don’t ever say a bad word or wish bad on him because it’s more about the team rather than individual performances.“We’re putting on our England shirt now and whoever gets the nod I am sure the other one will be fully behind it.“I’ve known Tripps since under-19s. We had a tournament with England in Ukraine. I played centre-half and he played right-back, I do believe. You know, it was a friendly rivalry and we got on.“We get along well, we’re two northern boys down south so we bounce off each other like that and we get along really well.” 1
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Man City midfielder Phil Foden: Why I only want to stayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden insists he’s happy where he is.Foden played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Preston.It was only his third appearance of the season – the other two being late substitute entrances in the Community Shield and last month’s opening Premier League win at West Ham – but the 19-year-old insists he is not getting impatient.Asked if he was frustrated, he said: “No, I played here so that is the main thing. I am just looking forward, I am just trying to take my minutes any time they come and do my best. Any time I get game time is important. I just try and enjoy it.”It is my boyhood club and a dream to play for this club, so any time I put the shirt on I just enjoy it to the max.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 13: The Arizona Wildcats tip off against The Missouri Tigers to begin the college basketball game at McKale Center on December 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.(Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images)Arizona scored a huge victory over No. 13 Utah on the road last night, and the Wildcats are making a serious case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament later this month. To celebration the big win, two Wildcats decided to say a few words in the locker room. But it wasn’t your normal “rah rah” type of motivational speech. Nope, it was an ode to former professional wrestler Ric Flair. Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the way:Here’s a video of Flair’s shtick. We’re not sure why the Arizona players identify with it, but it’s definitely amusing.
The fairs will take the form of information sessions and mini workshops Story Highlights medical personnel will be conducting free health checks for students These fairs will provide assistance to parents whose children will be attending secondary schools in the new academic year The Ministry of Education, through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), will host a series of Information Fairs during the month of August, under the theme: ‘Surviving the Transition to Secondary School’.These fairs are being staged to provide assistance to parents whose children will be attending secondary schools in the new academic year. The first in the series will take place on Sunday, August 11 at Jamaica College, Kingston, while the second takes place on Saturday, August 24, at Port Antonio High School in Portland.The third and final fair will be held on Tuesday, August 27, at the St. Hilda’s High School in St. Ann. The fairs will commence at 12:00 noon daily.“We want to teach parents how to help their children through this transition by providing them with coping mechanisms, and parents should be able to pass on these coping mechanisms to their children,” Executive Director of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles told JIS in an interview.Dr. Charles emphasised that this initiative demonstrates the commitment of the Government towards providing support for parents.The fairs will take the form of information sessions and mini workshops. Parents will be given the opportunity to interact with each other and exchange notes.The main highlights of the fairs will be workshops targeting fathers, and the showcasing of a model ‘parent place’.“We are going to be engaging fathers. We want them to better understand their role and the impact it has on their children’s lives and how it enhances the relationship between them and the children,” Dr. Charles said.Several State agencies, including Office of the Children’s Advocate, Child Development Agency, Registrar General’s Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, National Health Fund (NHF) and National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), will be on hand to assist parents.In addition, medical personnel, including doctors, will be conducting free health checks for students. The Ministry of Education Guidance Counsellors Association will also host counselling sessions.The NPSC, which operates through the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), has a mandate to co-ordinate activities relating to parenting and parenting support.Its main objective is to implement the National Parenting Policy of Jamaica that gives support to parental organisations, by teaching them about the laws of the Child Protection Act, and ensuring that children are protected and not neglected.