RED BANK – Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ), a member of VNA Health Group, is providing seasonal flu shots, every Wednesday at its Red Bank headquarters location, 176 Riverside Ave.The flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to adults and children over 12 years of age. The charge for flu shots is $30 and pneumonia vaccines are $65 or a current Medicare Part B card. Medicaid and Medicare HMO’s are not accepted. Pediatric flu shots for children under age 12 are by appointment only. Call 732-224-6819 to schedule an appointment or for more information.The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get a seasonal flu shot.Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, celebrating 100 years of service, is a nonprofit provider of in-home health care, hospice and community-based services. VNA Health Group members include VNA of Central Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses and Cape VNA.
Letter to the EditorTo the Editor,The pedestrian crossings are not clearly visible to drivers. In England the crossings are very wide and painted in zebra stripes so that the drivers can see them far away. As a driver I’m often going too fast by the time I realize I’m at the pedestrian crossing.Also, pedestrians must remember how to cross a street and look both ways before they step out. Since the new law took effect people wander into the street without looking.Repaint the crossings and make them wider.Kristin GentileAtlantic Highlands
By John BurtonRED BANK – Mayor Pasquale Menna said he’s had enough with the organization overseeing the borough’s business district, over discussions of the long-debated parking garage. But the organization’s head insists the mayor is mischaracterizing its positions.Menna in an interview with The Two River Times this week expressed frustration with dealing with Red Bank RiverCenter, the not-for-profit management and advocacy organization for the borough’s commercial Special Improvement District. Menna said the governing body would be willing to “go it alone” with any plans to address the downtown’s chronic parking shortfall situation, if the business group were unwilling to participate.“The time for hedging is over,” Menna said. “The time for moving is now.”“He’s creating a problem that does not exist,” countered James Scavone, RiverCenter’s executive director, about any perceived conflict.The issues that Menna has with the business group in part concerns discussions about RiverCenter’s proposed $40,000 contribution, which would cover half the cost of an engineering study for the White Street municipal parking lot, a borough-owned property that would be the location of any future parking garage/multitier deck. The borough government would pay the other $40,000 for the study.Scavone has said his organization would like to see language included in the memorandum of understanding that would guarantee RiverCenter would be entitled to get its money back if garage construction plans don’t move forward in two years.RiverCenter has long campaigned for a garage to address the downtown’s parking deficiency that has had business owners complaining for years that it puts them at a disadvantage in trying to attract customers and visitors to the area.Scavone said at the Aug. 10 council meeting, “We’ve been down this road before,” with talks of a garage or other solutions eventually going nowhere.Menna this week said emphatically that a guarantee would not be included in any agreement. And RiverCenter can “keep its $40,000.”The mayor said borough officials may just move forward on their own with planning – without RiverCenter – if the organization kept to this and other positions that Menna said the organization held. That would mean the business group wouldn’t necessarily have a role in the process if RiverCenter continued to object. “I’m ready to tell them we’ll go it alone,” Menna said. Scavone, however, maintained that the guarantee was not necessarily a deal breaker. “I’ve said publicly a few times, we just want an answer to be able to determine how we would proceed,” he said. “We’re not necessarily saying no if that provision is no.” And there hasn’t been any direct conversation with Menna or any other official on this matter recently, he added.For Menna another sticking point is RiverCenter’s insistence the borough finance and be responsible for constructing any garage. “That is not acceptable to me,” he said. “That is an option the municipality should reserve for itself.”Menna has always maintained any garage “has to make sense” for taxpayers. He has said the most practical option would be to strike a public/private partnership with a private sector developer who would build it with a possible commercial or residential component included to make it financially viable.It would be a very difficult to convince primarily residential taxpayers – who live and vote here – to support bonding the millions of dollars it would take to build a garage, Menna has said on numerous occasions.RiverCenter has advocated a publicly constructed project, but again Scavone stressed the organization was open to discussions about all options. “We’re definitely keeping an open mind.”According to Scavone, meetings with parking experts have shown such public/private partnerships with private developers responsible for public parking facilities are very rare; most communities, like Morristown, wind up opting to construct and manage their own, he said.“I thought they were business people. They can’t take a reasonable risk after 30 years?” Menna said of RiverCenter’s members and their lack of skin in the game (with the 30 years referencing the organization’s nearly three decades). “I guess not.”Whatever direction the governing body may look to move on the parking issue, Scavone is convinced officials will need RiverCenter’s support to get it approved. He was also puzzled by the mayor’s tone. “I’m not sure why there seems to be a desire to drive a wedge between the business community and the residents at this point,” he wondered.
L.V. Rogers Bomber Micah May chugged his through mud, creeks and rugged terrain en rute to capturing the West Kootenay Senior Boy’s Crosscountry championships Wednesday at Camp Busk Trails near Apex.May completed the less-than-impressive course in a time of 23 minutes, 25 seconds to claim the Senior Boy’s title.Taylor Wilson of J.V. Humphries in Kaslo won the Senior Girls title in a time of 17:45.May edged out Walker Dempster of LVR by just over a minute.LVR took the top seven spots in the Senior Boy’s Division with Owen Thurston, Cail Spencer, Levi Smith, Trace Cooke and Galen Boulanger completing the LVR sweep.Conard Watt of Kaslo finished eighth while Finn Elliott and Digby Benner, both of LVR, rounded out the top ten. Wilson edged out Maddy Murphy from LVR for the Senior Girl’s crown.Lucy Carver Brennan of Wildflower was third.Haliee Gerun and Rebecca Bracewell, both of LVR, finished fourth and fifth.Rounding out the top ten were Sally Stevens of Rossland, Paige Lafranc of J.V. Humphries, Mai Wingerder of Trafalgar and Darya Huser and Jocey Terwood of Salmo.Remy of Rosland won the Junior Boy’s Division over Aaron Finky, also of Rossland.Michala McLean of Rossland edged out teammate Christina Cutler for the Junior Girl’s Crown.All the top runners from throughout the zone will be at LVR Wednesday (October 24) to compete in the Kootenay Championships.The top finishers advance to the B.C. High School Crosscountry championships November 3 in Prince George.See all the West Kootenay results at:http://www.scribd.com/doc/110568877/West-Kootenay-Champs-Oct-17th-2012
Nelson rebounded during game two, completely dominating the younger Columbia Valley U15s 3-1.Willans, back playing in the midfield, opened the scoring 15 minutes into the contest before Katie Bow, the Selects regular keeper now playing forward, and Willans again, completed the scoring for the Selects.Sunday morning Nelson battled Columbia Valley U16s to a 1-1 tie in a rematch of the Kootenay Provincial B qualifier, won 1-0 by Nelson.Columbia Valley U16s opened the scoring when Wheeldon was unable to secure a rebound.Aroha Tatini-Senshell tied the game on a great solo effort.Picking up a ball inside the Nelson half Tatini-Senshell beat one defender with a slick move and then out sprinted the remaining defenders before drilling a low shot to the far post from 20 meters out that gave the Columbia Valley keeper no chance. The Selects now take to the training pitch in preparation for representing the zone at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in North Vancouver.Nelson advanced, once again, the hard way recently during the qualifying tournament in Cranbrook.The Selects lost the opener before rallying back for two straight wins — the final a nail-biting 1-0 win over Columbia Valley where Nelson scored in the final minutes of the game to secure the win.Unfortunately, the Reps must play without the services of defender Kerrin Janssen.The German exchanged student, who has played with the Selects for the entire season, is heading back to Germany and will miss the provincial tournament. Hanna Enns scored with ten minutes remaining in the game to give the Nelson Selects a 1-0 victory over the Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association Reps from Cranbrook in the consolation final of the U16 Girl’s Division Sunday at the Sam Steele Tournament.Enns took a pass from fellow striker Kerrin Janssen before curling a shot past the Kootenay East keeper, just inside the far post.The victory gave the Selects the bronze medal in the Rep Soccer Tournament.“All in all a great weekend as we played some very impressive soccer,” said U16 coach Justin Willans.“The midfield of Willans, Bergendahl, Sage Wilton, Rebecca Bracewell, Alex Dehenel, Carilla Horning and Jade Sommers had a very good weekend often stringing together six or seven passes at time and setting the table for the strikers or helping us work our way out of trouble.”Nelson opened the tournament like the team has done so many times before, dropping the first game to KEYSA by a 1-0 score.A breakdown in communication led to the Selects starting the game with 10 players.Nelson persevered thanks to strong play from Abbie Willans and striker Aroha Tatinin-Senschell — both players slotted into the backline until reinforcements arrived.However, KEYSA took advantaged of the fatigue factor placed on the Select to score the winning marker with 15 minutes remaining.A KEYSA forward managed to create a loose ball 10 meters from the Nelson net before drilling a low shot that fooled back up keeper Jena Wheeldon.
The Grads 2004-06 won the tourney, but the big winner proved to be the Blair D’Andrea Scholarship Fund during the Blair D’Andrea Memorial Bomber Alumni Tournament Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar. The tournament, attracting 42 players, raised more than $1,200 for the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development.Contributions to the fund can be made at any Royal Bank Canada branch or electronically with email money transfer via Bomber.Alumni@gmail.com.Mallard’s Source for sports want to add to the celebration by selecting all the players Team of the Week recipients.Mixed in the photo are Grad 2004-06 winners David and Florian Joseph, Jake Phelan, Braden Klein, Galen Taylor, Mark Dodsworth, Ian Hardie, Jesse McLaughlin and Luigi Mastrobuono.Please contact Bomber.Alumni@gmail.com for more information or inquiries.
Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to wish the squad nothing but success with Team of the Week honours as the Selects meet Kelowna, Surrey United and Kootenay South during the round robin draw.The team includes, coaches Rob Borhi and Beth Corven, Amanda Creak, Amreesa Bhabra, Elisabeth Huiberts, Sierra Jones, Alex Pompu, Mimi Lockhurst, Shayla Elias, Bryce Winters, Maia Robertson-Weir, Maia Thibault, Sophie Borhi, Camryn Parnell, Rylee Zondervan, Michaela Anderson, Ashley Caponero, Reece Hunt and Sophie Edney. The Nelson Selects U14 Girls squad is one of three teams from the host association playing in the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup at the Lakeside Fields.The Select enter the eight-team provincial tournament on a positive note after recently capturing the Invermere Clash of the Titans Championship.
JOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “I had a good trip. It came really easy. Once he gets the lead he doesn’t want to open up, but he knows he has to keep at least a head in front.”TRAINER QUOTES PETER EURTON, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “He got a perfect ride. I think they (Flavien Prat and the horse) are just getting to know each other. I think Flavvy was just a little bit nervous in the paddock, but the kid is so good, so good. Other than telling him the horse likes to be outside, I didn’t say anything. That was a nice, easy lead that What a View got. I didn’t think we’d get by him for a minute there, but Ashley’s got a lot of class.”As to what’s next: “He’s invited to go to Qatar, but I think he should stay here and run in two months in the mile and a half (in the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes).” JOE CIAGLIA, PART-OWNER/BREEDER ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “I was so nervous today, it was crazy. The horse just won the 2016 Cal-Bred Turf Horse of the Year but What a View was second and we’re running against him today. It’s not trying to be competitive but we felt like we had to come right back out and prove that we are the best. We were the best Turf horse last year and now we’re getting to carry that over into this year.“It was very exciting to win this one, I was so nervous. We’ve been running in open company races and people think Cal Bred races are easy but Cal-breds are tough. I was more nervous about this than other races we’ve run in.”“We don’t have a plan. We just wanted to get to Cal Cup and that was our first plan.” NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC. MIKE MELLEN, PART-OWNER/BREEDER ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “The race was very scary there at the end. The other horse, What a View, is a very good horse and has a Grade I win. We knew it would be a tough race and the one hole isn’t his best position but he’s a great horse. What can you say? He never gives up.”
The third quarter saw four touchdowns, with South Dakota countering each one by the Colonels with one of their own. Tahj Smith continued his outstanding play of recent, scoring on a 24-yard rush before Streveler hit Brandt Van Roekel for a 47-yard touchdown. Irvin found the end zone on a 2-yard rush to bring the deficit back to three points; however, Streveler answered right back with a 75-yard strike to Trystn Ducker. A costly pass interference on the Colonel defense gave USD a first down on a third-and-long, and Streveler went on to throw for a 10-yard touchdown pass to Van Roekel. The score turned out to be the game-winner as Nicholls suffered its first home loss of the year. Fourcade’s top target was freshman Dai’Jean Dixon, who had 80 yards receiving on a career-high five receptions. Jarrell Rogers added 62 yards on five catches. While the offenses shined for most of the second half, it was the defenses that led to points in the first two quarters. Two early interceptions by Chase Fourcade allowed the Coyotes to jump out to a 14-0 lead. Nicholls was held scoreless until Austin Dickerson came up with a big play for the defense with just over a minute until the break, returning an interception 43 yards for a touchdown. The Coyotes closed out the half with a 39-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead. #FCS Play of the Week nominee: @Nicholls_FB Austin Dickerson returns interception 43 yards for TD. #PickSix #GeauxColonels pic.twitter.com/TN81PQwqPW— Chris Mycoskie (@mycoskie) November 26, 2017 Both teams had little trouble moving the ball, combining for over 900 yards of total offense. The Coyotes did most of their damage behind the play of Streveler, who threw for 378 and four touchdowns. Nicholls used a balanced attack, finishing with exactly 232 yards passing and rushing. The Colonels (8-4) never led in the contest against South Dakota (8-4), but finally tied the game up at 31 when Lorran Fonseca made a field goal midway in the fourth quarter. The Coyotes then answered a Nicholls’ scoring drive for the fourth time on the night, using a touchdown pass by Walter Payton Award finalist Chris Streveler to regain the lead with less than six minutes to go. “I’m just very proud of the effort by our guys. I thought it was a fantastic finish and we laid it on the line,” said Nicholls head football coach Tim Rebowe. “Our guys fought; they kept scrapping and kept punching the whole way through. Hats off to them (South Dakota), they are an outstanding team. We all know how good they were on offense. We gave up some big plays to them, and right after we came back and tied it up, we gave up a big play down the field. We can’t do those things against a good team.” Fourcade finished 21 of 35 for 232 yards but had three interceptions for the second-straight game. He also ran for 77 yards, with Irvin finishing with 88 and Smith had 65 yards and two scores on 13 carries. In the fourth, a career-long 54 run by Fourcade before the end of the period set up a 1-yard score by Smith. On the next possession, Sully Laiche had the hit of the night, sacking Streveler on third down to force a punt. Fonseca would tie it up with his 19th field goal of the season, this one from 43-yard out.No quit in Nicholls! Chase Fourcade dashes for a HUGE run to set up a Colonels score?? #FCSPlayoffs on ESPN3: https://t.co/mH2cX0viHq pic.twitter.com/V1LT7gQEMA— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) November 25, 2017 Nicholls ends the year with eight wins, its most since the 1996 playoff team. The Colonels drop to 1-4 in their five playoff appearances and end the year with a 5-1 mark at home.Congratulations on a great season!#FCSPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/ByeHUj9O5c— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) November 26, 2017 THIBODAUX, La. – Playing in its first-ever home playoff game, the Nicholls State University football team fed off of its electric crowd to take South Dakota down to the wire, but a fumble at the goal line in the final seconds ended the game as the Colonels were defeated, 38-31, Saturday night at Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium. Nicholls got the ball back and moved deep into Coyote territory for a chance to even the game, but Phillip Powell forced a fumble on a Kyran Irvin carry at the goal line with 27 seconds remaining to seal the win for South Dakota in its first-ever playoff appearance. Courtesy of Nicholls Athletics
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior Stephanie Zavala is the Southland Bowler of the Month for January, the league announced Wednesday. Southland monthly awards are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Bearkats competed at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas, to kick off February and next head to Houston for the Stephen F. Austin Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic from Feb. 16-18. January 2018 Bowler of the Month – Stephanie Zavala, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Downey, Calif.Zavala posted a 218 average for the month of January, helping the Bearkats to a pair of top finishes, including a third-place finish at the 27-team Kutztown Invitational. At Kutztown she was named to the All-Tournament First Team with a 226.4 average, placing fifth individually out of 171 competitors. She registered a 200-plus total pinfall in four of her five games with a high game of 255. She also had a top-20 finish at Arkansas State’s Mid-Winter Invitational, placing 18th overall out of 113. For January, she led the Southland Bowling League with a 22.01 overall average per frame. Honorable Mention: Haley Richard, Arkansas State; Kristin Quah, Vanderbilt; Michelle Ng, Tulane. Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.