ALEXANDER SCHENK To the Editor:I was quite surprised when I read Marguerite Simpson’s letter to the editor requesting an apology to two former managers of the Bayonne Board of Education. Was it not under their leadership that erroneous accounting methods by the Bayonne Board of Ed Administration created budget shortfalls which the City of Bayonne was wrongfully billed for to fund causing tax increases, and which resulted in about 100 teachers to be laid off causing great hardships in their lives and disruptions in the educational programs of our children? I know that the audit actually revealed a surplus. But where are these surplus funds? Will the City of Bayonne be billed less in future years leading to some tax relief finally? I am afraid not. If anything the Bayonne Board of Education has a lot more explaining to do. I sincerely hope that the new members of the Bayonne Board of Education will live up to their promises and bring transparency, honesty and efficiency to our overly expensive public school system.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – A long-vacant “eyesore” along Pinebrook Road in Eatontown is the latest Fort Monmouth parcel set to embark on a new life.The 63.7-acre former Howard Commons housing complex of 486 units built in 1953 in the Charles Wood Area, along with a 3,853-square-foot general purpose building, are on track to be purchased by American Properties at Monmouth LLC, part of American Properties Realty, Inc. of Woodbridge. The agreed upon price is $5.9 million.Plans are to demolish the existing structures and construct approximately 251 new residential units with up to 15,000 square feet of retail space, plus pedestrian trails, open space, streetscape improvements, and connectivity to adjacent sports fields. Adhering to requests from Eatontown officials, up to 200 units will be single-family, owner-occupied, detached residences rather than rentals. The remainder of the housing component will fill the 20 percent affordable housing requirement. Eatontown already has one of the largest numbers of rental properties in Monmouth County.Demolition and new construction should commence within 60 days of closing with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). Work, to include water and sewer mains to service the property, will be done in phases with completion anticipated within five years. American Properties has committed to creating 28 permanent jobs at the site or 13 permanent jobs if it opts not to build the retail component. The agreement allows the firm to use its discretion on whether to proceed with the retail aspect or devote that space to additional housing or open space.The company prevailed as the successful bidder the second time the parcel was offered in 2014. After the initial Request for Offers to Purchase was released in 2012, the selected bidder was HovWest, part of Hovnanian Enterprises of Red Bank. Citing higher than anticipated ground water on the site that would require modifications to its development plan, HovWest terminated their agreement.“American Properties listened to the request of our borough,” said Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly. “It was slated to be townhomes but we wanted single-family homes and wanted this proper ty cleaned up. We look for ward to seeing this.”“It’s been a long haul watching those ramshackle homes and the hazards that go with it,” added FMERA Chairman James V. Gorman.PLANS UNDERWAY FOR FIRST PUBLIC AUCTIONWhen the general public comes to a warehouse on the Fort Monmouth property at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20 for the first small lot auction of items left behind when the Army vacated the historic base in 2011, an eclectic array of items will be up for auction. The Auctioneers Group of Neptune is working with FMERA on the event.Signs, banners, coat racks, lamps, and decades worth of mementoes are among the items being gathered and categorized in advance of the auction from several buildings. A festive community day is planned with food, music, videos of the fort’s history, and more, including hats bearing the fort’s logo. Tours are also being considered but plans for those were not finalized at press time.“This promises to be a fun event,” said Rick Harrison, FMERA’s director of facilities planning, who added that more information will be available at fortmonmouthnj.com prior to the public auction.Also being planned for the public is a celebration of the fort’s 100th anniversary this June. FMERA staff has begun preparing for the event, details of which will be announced soon, officials said.This article was first published in the April 27-May 4, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Playing one of the “most complete” games of the season the Nelson Leafs ended the road swing through the Kootenays for the Chase Heat on a sour note by blasting the Doug Birks Division squad 7-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.“Ya it was,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said when asked about the Sunday performance.“It was a full 60 minutes and stuck to our game plan the entire game.”Colton McCarthy and Seth Schmidt led the offence, each netting a pair of goals as Nelson held period leads of 2-0 and 4-0.The goals for McCarthy, who now has nine for the season, stopped a brief two-game goalless streak.Schmidt also added two assists.Cody Boeckman faced a handful of tests in the Leafs net, registering the shutout.Nelson opened the three-game home weekend losing 5-3 to Fernie Ghostriders.Nelson held a 2-1 lead after the first frame before the Riders got their skating legs after the long bus ride from the East Kootenay to outscore Nelson 4-1 en route to the win.Brandon Burge led Fernie with four points, including two goals.The Leafs outshot the Riders 34-27 but could not beat Chris Solecki in the Fernie nets.Saturday Nelson put 55 shots on two Spokane netminders to outlast the Braves 7-4.Team captain Colton Schell led the attack with three points, including two goals.Carsen Willans, Matt McDonald, Jacob Boyczuk, J.J. Beitel and Bryce Nielsen also scored for Nelson.Brent Soles stopped face only 17 shots in the Nelson goal.“We’re very happy to get the two wins . . . unfortunately we were looking for three but it didn’t work out for us,” Maida confessed. “But overall I was happy with the effort in all three games.”Injuries continue to plague the Nelson defence. The Leafs lost Cole Arcuri Friday against Fernie. Defensive teammate Cam Weir returned to the lineup Saturday but left the game midway through with a reoccurring upper body injury.Both players will be reassessed Tuesday.Maida used forward Linden Horswill on the blueline in all three games.“Linden did a great job moving back to defence for us,” Maida said. “He did a great job for us playing defence and working on the power play and had a great weekend.”The two wins keep Nelson within striking distance of division leader Castlegar.The Rebels lead the Murdoch Division with 13 points, one in front of Beaver Valley and two ahead of Nelson.The two Murdoch rivals meet in a home and home series beginning Friday in Nelson.LEAF BANTER: Nelson welcomed back center Matti Jmaeff back to the lineup. Jmaeff was playing in Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.Earlier story:Leafs win twice on home ice during three game weekend standAt the Meat Loaf song goes, “two out of three aint bad.”Nelson Leafs won for the second time in three home games but blasting the Chase Heat 7-0 Sunday afternoon in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs opened the weekend losing 5-3 to Fernie before rebounding Saturday against Murdoch Division rival Spokane Braves, blasting the American-based team 7-4.Nelson, 5-3-1, kept pace with the Castlegar Rebels and Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Murdoch Division standings.Castlegar continues to lead the division with 13 points, one ahead of Beaver Valley and two in front of the Leafs.The two Murdoch rivals hook up in a divisional showdown beginning Friday in Nelson.Friday’s game concludes a four-game homestand for the Leafs.The back-half of the series goes Saturday in Castlegar.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Chot Reyes is well aware of how good Andray Blatche is, being Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player for the better half of the past three years.One player in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas who hasn’t seen the 31-year-old in action first hand, though, is Isaiah Austin.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’ve seen a lot of his games and I know his style of play. He’s a very crafty player, a very good post player. Whenever I can, I study film of a lot of players and I can definitely learn a lot of things from watching him play,” he said.Austin will be tasked to steer Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 10-team tournament in Chenzhou, China from September 22 to 30. /idl Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READ But that doesn’t mean that the import, who is also a prospective naturalization candidate for the Philippines, will back down against the seasoned Blatche.“I’m excited,” said the 23-year-old. “It’s always exciting to be able to go against great competition, but as a basketball player, I was thought to never back down from anybody. When it comes time for us to match up, I’m gonna play hard, that’s all I can do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere’s a high chance that Blatche’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers will meet Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup if the two teams make it past the group stages.Austin, however, said that Chooks should have no fear in the continental club tourney if it finds itself in a collision course against Blatche. NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Taylor heaped praise on Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Taylor heaped praise on Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman, whose career best 5/22 went in vain today, as the Kiwis managed a competitive 145 for eight in their stipulated 20 overs and then bowled the Bangladeshis out for 70. “This was the first time I played him. He bowled outstanding. I think hes only 20 years old. What makes him tough is that hes got a unique action. Hes quite hard to pick up early on in your innings. Hes very smart and the way he bowls, some of the best players in the world have struggled against him,” he said. Mustafizur is going to be his teammate at Sussex, and Taylor said: “I think hes a very good selection for Sussex captain Luke Wright. Im heading off to Sussex after this. He will also play IPL as well as Sussex in county. Hes going to be a very good signing.” PTI TAP CM CM
Last Thursday it was announced the Australian Government will provide an extra $100,000 in funding to Deaf Sports Australia to support the national roll out of its junior participation program. “Sport is a wonderful platform for inclusion and I commend Deaf Sports Australia for developing this program to overcome the barriers to participation faced by deaf children.” Touch Football Australia was one of four sporting organisations chosen to help launch Deaf Sports Australia’s Active Deaf Kids program at the ACT Netball Centre on Thursday. 28 deaf and hearing impaired children, their parents and teachers witnessed the Federal Minister for Sport Kate Lundy launch the new program. The Minister, being a keen Touch Football player herself, joined the children in the Touch Football clinic organised by Rob Palmer (Touch Football ACT Sport Operations Coordinator) and supported Adam Raptis (Touch Football Australia Sport Development Coordinator) and hard working local volunteer, Greg Ratford. Earlier in her opening address, Minister Lundy explained the rationale of the Active Deaf Kids program stating that it is about ‘levelling the playing field so kids who are deaf or hearing impaired can get involved and participate in sport’. Further she highlighted the importance of sport being a platform of inclusion and a means to overcome the barriers to participation faced by deaf children. Present to witness the Minister’s launch was the Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth whose support for the new program ensured that this project can happen and to witness the benefits of the Australian Sports Commission investment into participation funding used by Touch Football to meet the challenge of inclusion as set by Minister Lundy. Deaf Sports Australia CEO Craig Dodson and Touch Football Australia’s General Manager Business Operations David Brady were also present.Touch Football Australia’s involvement continues as it utilises the ASC participation funding to support this community inclusion program for deaf and hearing impaired Australians through Touch Football. The next big event is in January 2013 where Canberra plays host of the first National Deaf Touch Football Championships.Related LinksActive Deaf Kids Launch
Monaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer feeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Monaco are fighting over a suitable transfer fee for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has flown into the principality and agreed personal terms over a two-and-a-half year contract, which included a signing bonus worth in excess of £9m. Fabregas, who waved goodbye to supporters after Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest, could have joined the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season when his Chelsea contract expires.However, Chelsea want to cash in while on the 31-year-old and are holding out for £10m, but Monaco aren’t willing to meet their evaluation. A deal is still expected to be completed before the transfer window shuts at the end of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.”
Kanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked state governments to take stern action if there is any attack on Kashmiris, calling those who targeted them recently in Lucknow “crazed people”.In an apparent reference to remarks by opposition leaders after the recent air strikes against the Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, Modi also lashed at those demeaning the valour displayed by the armed forces after the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack against the CRPF in Pulwama. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuAddressing a public meeting here, Modi brought up the Lucknow incident in which two Kashmiri vendors were thrashed on Wednesday, allegedly targeted by members of a right-wing group over the Pulwama attack that killed 40 paramilitary personnel last month. The prime minister called the perpetrators sirphirey log (crazed people) in near identical remarks at the meeting and on Twitter. “It is very important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country,” Modi said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyHe congratulated the Yogi Adityanath government for acting promptly over what some crazed people did to our Kashmiri brothers in Lucknow. “I would also like to request other state governments to take the strongest action possible wherever there is an attempt to do something like this,” he said. The prime minister was addressing the meeting after flagging off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor, through video conferencing from Kanpur itself. Modi also symbolically laid the foundation stone for the Agra Metro Rail project at the same event. He visited Varanasi and Ghaziabad too on Friday, launching development projects and addressing public meetings.