first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – As the lead singer of Blondie and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Debbie Harry has toured the world, but the township resident says her peace of mind resides in the tranquility of Stevenson Park.The historic West Front Street tract and the site’s serene lakeside scenery are far removed from the famed Manhattan nightclubs like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, where Harry’s revered musical craft was first forged in the late ’70s.During an Oct. 20 interview with The Two River Times, Harry drove her Jeep across a one-lane bridge and proceeded on foot down a gravel path between two adjacent fields. She passed a couple walking their Golden Doodle puppy and another hiker whose nose was nestled in the pages of a captivating paperback.Though she’s made a career of serenading deafening seas of humanity with raucous rock anthems, it’s these types of quiet activities in the tranquil setting of Stevenson Park that she’s grown to love.“I’ve always referred to this place as my little piece of heaven. It’s kind of a meditation for me to be out here,” said Harry, 73, of Lincroft, who has joined with Middletown neighbors to oppose a concept plan introduced by the township’s governing body that could remake the mostly undeveloped farmland tract into multisport fields.The proposal calls for the potential development of nine rectangular fields in three phases of construction at the township-owned parcel, with the creation of approximately 350 parking spaces over the course of the process.The fields could be used for soccer, field hockey, flag football, lacrosse and other team sports at various times of the year by the Middletown youth sports program which serves 8,000 township children.Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante and Mayor Kevin Settembrino say more multipurpose playing fields are needed in the municipality and Stevenson Park is one of the last remaining plots where a substantial cluster of fields could be placed.Those opposed to the plan cite their desire to leave some natural spaces undeveloped. They also fear traffic congestion could result on West Front Street – a key pathway to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank – with an increase of vehicles to a location that has just a single-lane bridge as its primary point of access.“I work in arenas, in venues, so my experience with traffic and proper access is really vital to this situation. This to me is a traffic nightmare in the making,” said Harry, whose father Richard resided at Shady Oaks, a nearby adult community of 370 homes.Barrett Thiele, a Shady Oaks resident who leads the opposition group, echoed Harry’s sentiment and said ambulances and emergency responders visit the adult community regularly to treat and transport condo owners.Marianne Kligman, another member of the residents group, said it already takes her 20 to 30 minutes to cross West Front Street and enter Red Bank due to regular congestion on the Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Bridge, formerly known as Hubbard’s Bridge.Like Thiele, Harry said prior to purchasing her property in a nearby housing development, she was told Stevenson Park would never be built on.“Americans are so quick to knock things down because they’re old, but then we’ll go to Europe to see the historic sites. We don’t embrace our history here,” said Harry. “I feel like Americans are desperate for an identity and we continue to throw that identity away and build strip malls. It’s an ongoing process that we can control and stop, but it takes an effort.”Harry’s sister Martha Daverios owned the historic Lincroft Inn, which was sold in 2016 and torn down in May of this year by the new owner for a new restaurant.Harry said she was also drawn to the cause due to the site’s location next to Shadow Lake, which is fed by the Navesink River. Harry has been a longtime supporter of healthy waterways, lending her support to such groups as Riverkeeper in New York City and Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.She questions whether the introduction of substantially more motorized vehicles, field drainage systems and restroom facilities could be damaging local river systems.“The older I get, the more I appreciate the gifts we have and how important they are,” Harry said. “I just wish I had found out about this sooner.”During a recent interview with The Two River Times, Township Committee member Tony Perry said the governing body has identified a new location at Bayview Elementary School for two or possibly three multipurpose athletic fields, and a plan to develop that site has been temporarily agreed to by the Board of Education.Perry also said he’s working on an additional shared service agreement with Brookdale Community College for the use of its various playing fields.If the deals are sealed, these two agreements could potentially suffice in place of the Stevenson Park proposal.This article was first published in the Oct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgArmed with a five-time MVP in June Mar Fajardo and a hardworking big man in Christian Standhardinger, San Miguel Beer added more talent when it acquired Terrence Romeo in an offseason trade. The Beermen unveil their beefed-up roster today as they try to push the debut of No. 1 overall pick CJ Perez of Columbian Dyip to the background. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWhile discussing his run of unsuccessful Finals stint in the PBA, Alaska coach Alex Compton could not escape centering some of his woes on San Miguel Beer.“There was San Miguel for three Finals. And June Mar (Fajardo) was always an issue,” said Compton. A pause and then a realization: “Then they added Christian (Standhardinger) and now they added Terrence (Romeo). Kawawa ang liga.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raymond Almazan looks to put a rocky episode behind him when he returns for duty for Rain or Shine in the nightcap against NLEx at 7 p.m.The Road Warriors, for their part, will now be drawing boost in the post courtesy of defensive specialist Poy Erram, who reportedly wanted a change of scenery and was granted that much by former team Blackwater.Elasto Painters mentor Caloy Garcia is also ready to move on from the fiasco involving his center: “We’re positive. We just have to be focused this season.”“We hope we can bring the positivity we built in the off-season to our campaign this year,” he added.NLEX tactician Yeng Guiao is excited to see Erram play for the Road Warriors.“We had to pay a high price for him,” he said. “We lost Mike (Miranda), Dave (Marcelo), Alex (Mallari) and of course two of our picks. Imagine all of those just for him?”“He has to be really valuable,” Guiao added.NLEX will try to improve its semifinal finish in last year’s Philippine Cup with Kevin Alas also returning from an ACL injury that sidelined him for the majority of last season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But if Romeo, who said he is willing to tone down his isolation flair to fit himself into the Beermen’s team-first system, turns out to be a hit for San Miguel then Compton may be right. The whole league is in trouble.But such depth comes with responsibilities.“We’re dealing with great pressure, because as people say, we’re the team to beat,” admitted Fajardo, who won a fifth straight MVP plum—a league record.“We’re just looking to defend the crown. We know it’s not going to be easy, but we also know that it’s not impossible. We just have to play as a team and follow coach’s system.”Romeo, whose troubled stint with TNT ended in a reported demand by key KaTropa players for his ouster, won’t be the only player getting a fresh start.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img MOST READ For cultivating Alaska culture, Uytengsu gets lifetime achievement award Beermen coach Leo Austria, however, said the team is just a paper giant right now, whose worth can only be proven “on the court.”On Friday, the Beermen get to do just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe reigning four-time Philippine Cup champions open defense of their all-Filipino dynasty as they finally get to test their souped-up roster when they take on Columbian Dyip at 4:30 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome.The Dyip have something to show for after the Draft, having tabbed and signed former Lyceum star CJ Perez. But there is little in terms of talent that Columbian can parade against the Beermen, whose trade for the controversial Romeo has been viewed as a high-risk, high-reward situation. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMarketers in Liberia have been urged to be steadfast and step up to the plate in boosting the economy in the awake of the prevailing Ebola crisis affecting the sub-region.Making the plea for marketers, particularly women, Charles Naiwah, program manager of Foundation for Women (FFW), urged marketers to rise up above the deadly foe of Ebola and properly manage the business sector for the development of their nation.  Addressing the marketers yesterday, he encouraged Liberian women to be courageous in these trying times of the national economy, adding; “Don’t let Ebola put you out of business.“Let’s be serious in the fight against this virus in order to make our businesses stronger,” the FFW manager indicated.Relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the micro-finance organization called on residents of Liberia, particularly market women, to understand the fact that “Ebola is real and has no remedy, but early treatment can reduce the risk of death. Don’t hide any sick or dead person, he admonished, urging them to report to the health authorities anything that looks like the virus.”Control the children who  remain at home to avoid coming in contact with strangers.”It’s better to be selfish and remain alive than to be generous and get killed at the hands of Ebola.  That is why we have come to identify with you people in these communities today.”We’re partners; so Ebola will not make us fall apart. Our partners met and raised some resources to procure awareness materials and preventive gears for you in order to contain the spread of the virus. We will not sit back and allow our members to fight the virus alone.  We are with you every step of the way. We want our borrowers to fight the disease face-to-face in an effort to kick the virus out of Liberia,” Naiwah asserted.FFW made the call when the local organization that is operating in 14 of Liberia’s 15 political subdivisions  presented scores of anti-Ebola materials for 37 market women from three communities. The micro finance organization described the donation as “arms and ammunitions in the combat against Ebola.”Receiving the items on behalf of the three groups, leaders of the market women expressed their appreciation to the FFW family for the gesture.In separate statements, Madams Vera Tweh of Airfield, Emma Ricks of Catholic Junction and Marlyn Davis of Old Road Communities described the donations as “a  positive step in battling the deadly Ebola virus.””A friend in bad times is truly a real friend indeed,” Madam Davis said.She pledged her women’s organization’s fullest corporation in the national fight against Ebola, pledging,  “The materials will be used for the intended purpose.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFree recreational swimming will be offered at the 25-yard pool from 1to 4 p.m. June 22 to Aug. 30 next year. “We feel we are very competitive in the marketplace,” said Tom Robinson, director of community services. “The goal is not to quite to pay for itself, but come close.” About two-thirds of a projected $2.1 million annual cost would be recovered through revenue, Robinson said. However, the fees haven’t been finalized, Robinson said. In addition to Buccaneer Bay, which will have three slides and a 500-foot river, the center will include a 50-meter competitive pool, a 25-yard teaching pool and a spa. The center is expected to open in October. A city survey showed that the city’s admission charge for “Buccaneer Bay,” is about half that of the commercial locations, such as Raging Waters or Knott’s Soak City. The city also will offer a season pass of $64 for adults for the family fun center. The single-day price for children, ages 3-12, will be $9 and $49 for a season pass. The lap and recreation swim price for adults is higher than the average price of a number of Southern California cities surveyed. Robinson said that La Mirada’s pool is newer than some of the city pools that have lower prices. The city will offer lap swimming and a variety of swimming classes at the two pools. La Mirada Armada, formerly the Industry Hills Aquatic Club, will use the competition pool. Robinson also announced that the Buccaneer Bay area, while expected to be complete in October, won’t open until May 16, 2008. “As we get into that time of the year, it would be problematic to start it up and have a sufficient audience,” said Tom Robinson, director of community services, referring to the fall. “We would be better off holding and have a successful opening when we’re going to be full.” The fees and other issues will come back for more study, City Manager Andrea Travis said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Pirate’s Cove water park LA MIRADA – City officials laid out programming, operating hours and a fee structure for its $29 million aquatic center at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Proposed fees would range from a $14 charge to use Buccaneer Bay, the family fun center, to $3 for lap swimming or recreation swimming offered in the other two pools. last_img read more

first_imgThey survived a serious scare in the 76th minute when Inigo Perez snatched the ball from Marcos Llorente and launched a 40-yard shot over the head of keeper Kiko Cassila that thumped the crossbar and came agonisingly close to crossing the line.Real sealed the win with another spot kick a minute from the end, again won by Vasquez but this time slammed home by substitute Isco, and Baroja Mayoral completed the rout a minute later with a close range header.“We had a few problems in the second half but it’s the result that counts,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “It’s a good result for us.”Shorn of attacking stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde also left out captain Andres Iniesta and others including goalkeeper Ter Stegen, centre-back Samuel Umtiti and midfielder Ivan Rakitic from the starting line-up for their match at Celta.However striker Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance, as a 71st-minute substitute, since tearing his hamstring at Getafe on September 16, just three games into his Barca career following a 105-million-euro ($124 million) move from Borussia Dortmund.Despite the raft of absences Barca took the lead after 15 minutes through a neat Jose Arnaiz finish, but after a bright start they ceded control to the hosts.Celta hit back 16 minutes later through Pione Sisto, who reacted quickest after Iago Aspas hit the bar from close range and rifled a shot past Barca keeper Jasper Cillessen from a tight angle to give his side a chance in the return leg at the Camp Nou next Thursday.In Thursday’s other matches, Leganes beat Villareal 1-0 thanks to an Nordin Amrabat goal while strikes from José Luis Morales and Ivan Lopez Álvarez saw Levante come back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Espanyol.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Jose Arnaiz (L) celebrates a goal with teammates during their Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Jan 4 – Two penalties helped Real Madrid to a healthy 3-0 win in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey tie with second-tier Numancia on Thursday, while Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw as the La Liga giants rested their stars.Gareth Bale was one of a handful of Real first-team regulars on display at the Estadio Los Pajaritos, and was on hand to slot home the first from the penalty spot ten minutes before the break after Lucas Vazques was clumsily brought down in the box by Carlos Gutierrez.last_img read more

first_img1 Manchester City and Liverpool could renew their interest in Yoann Gourcuff, according to the player’s agent.The Lyon midfielder has been linked with a move to a major Champions League contender but injuries have hampered his progress and his big move is yet to happen.Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is also a fan of the player but he too has never been convinced enough to sign the 28-year-old.However, the France international’s agent Didier Poulmaire believes this summer transfer window will yield fresh opportunities for his client to get his big break.“In any market window some foreign clubs come knocking at the door for Yoann,” Poulmaire told Mediaset.“In the past it was the Manchester City to come forward, while this year it happened to be Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.“The top clubs follow him and know his talent and I am sure that will come during the next market with offers for him.” lyon winger Yoann Gourcuff (c) last_img read more

first_img 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The Italian club have shown an interest in the striker in the past and Raiola has invited them to come back to the negotiating table.Napoli’s new boss, Carlo Ancelotti, is open to the idea of working with Balotelli – who already has an offer on the table from Marseille. RANKED Balotelli is leaving Nice after two years in France Latest Transfer News Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets center_img Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been offered to Napoli.The Italian is out of contract come Sunday after he rejected the chance to sign a new contract with Nice. targets IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED The 27-year-old is now considering his options with his agent, Mino Raiola, sounding out clubs from across Europe.One of those, according to Tuttosport, is Napoli and they have been offered the chance to sign Balotelli. three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK last_img read more

first_imgA 29-year-old man has been remanded in custody after admitting causing the death by dangerous driving of Donegal teacher Róisín Connolly.Kevin McArdle from Carrickmacross pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death and was remanded in custody for sentencing on October 4th.Róisín, nee Langan, was on her way back to her Dublin home from her parents Fanad home when the crash happened. She died from her injuries a few hours later. Her husband Stephen was injured in the crash. She was also five months pregnant but attempts to save baby Catherine failed.They were both buried together in Fanad on New Year’s Eve.Friends Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, both 27 and from County Meath also died in the crash.In court McArdle pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death.Further charges of drunk driving and driving without insurance were adjourned.DRIVER WHO KILLED DONEGAL TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carrickmacrossFanadroisin connollylast_img read more

first_imgLast night in London, McElhinneys proved again their retail dominance not only in Ireland but in the UK.The Ballybofey store picked up the prestigious awards at the Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards for Best Independent Department Store in UK and Ireland.The awards acknowledges exceptional retailing and customer service standards with McElhinneys coming out on top from over 500 nominations. A very glamorous Dana McMahon and Lorna McGinley pick up the award on behalf of the Store and the Lingerie Department.Their lingerie stock is also available to view online at www.mcelhinneys.com   McElhinneys celebrate another big win in London was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more