Two River Mayors Invite County and State To Discuss Bike Paths

first_imgSHREWSBURY – Members of the Two River Council of Mayors continue to hope to sway the county’s seemingly tepid position on establishing designated bike lanes in the Two River area.The mayors who have reiterated their support for the proposal to have bike lanes on county roads, decided to extend an invitation for their planned July 16 meeting to Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and other members of the county Board of Chosen Freeholders, hoping to elicit some more support from the board. County officials have expressed reservations for the county’s participation in establishing formal lanes in the area.The mayors’ group plans to also invite state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) to the July meeting, hoping he may be able to facilitate a meeting of the minds between local and county government, it was decided at the June 11 meeting. O’Scanlon and state Senator Joseph Kyrillos (also R-13) “both have been a huge help,” and have supported in theory the proposal, said Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who has been spearheading this initiative for approximately the last year.Several calls to Freeholder Arnone were not returned. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County spokeswoman, declined to respond given she has not yet heard directly from the mayors and did not attend the meeting.As an olive branch offering, Lucarelli also suggested each town consider paying a portion of the project, offsetting what would be the county’s cost if the project moves forward.The mayors who have reiterated their support for the proposal to have bike lanes on county roads, decided to extend an invitation for their planned July 16 meeting to Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and other members of the county Board of Chosen Freeholders, hoping to elicit some more support from the board. County officials have expressed reservations for the county’s participation in establishing formal lanes in the area.The mayors’ group plans to also invite state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) to the July meeting, hoping he may be able to facilitate a meeting of the minds between local and county government, it was decided at the June 11 meeting. O’Scanlon and state Senator Joseph Kyrillos (also R-13) “both have been a huge help,” and have supported in theory the proposal, said Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who has been spearheading this initiative for approximately the last year.Several calls to Freeholder Arnone were not returned. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County spokeswoman, declined to respond given she has not yet heard directly from the mayors and did not attend the meeting.As an olive branch offering, Lucarelli also suggested each town consider paying a portion of the project, offsetting what would be the county’s cost if the project moves forward.A number of the mayors expressed criticism of the freeholders’ April decision to place the heavy lifting and responsibility on local government to establish these routes, alleging it was an attempt on county government to kill off the proposal.“That’s what they’re hoping,” said West Long Branch Mayor Janet Tucci.“It’s just an outrage, it really is,” added Monmouth Beach Mayor Susan Howard.The freeholders, after a review by county engineer Joseph Ettore, voted in April to establish guidelines for such interconnecting bike lanes on county roads. If municipalities want to do it, each town would have to have its own engineer conduct the study, and pay for that, and the towns would have to be willing to pay for the striping and stenciling the roadways and putting up necessary signs. The towns’ plans would have to be submitted to the county for its approval, first, to ensure it meets state transportation requirements, along with other criteria.County officials have said, while it maybe a worthwhile project, they simply can’t afford to do it and there are issues of liability that have to be addressed.Ettore had told county officials it would cost approximately $15,000 per mile to under take the project. Lucarelli and Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl have disputed that price tag.Having each town responsible could jeopardize the continuity of the project, if all towns fail to participate, and would greatly increase the cost of the project, Lucarelli said, stressing this should be a county project.“The county really has to drive the bus,” on this, he said to the mayors.Ekdahl estimated it would cost about $25,000 per town to undertake the engineering study.If the county
the project and “if you do it right, it’ll be a nominal cost,” Lucarelli said.Lucarelli’s plan is to have designated bike lanes – about four-foot wide – along county roadways from Red Bank, east through the Fair Haven-Rumson peninsula. The lanes would continue through Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, to Oceanport and loop back toward Red Bank. Lucarelli said this would create a safer and more welcoming environment for those who already cycle on the roadways for recreation and transportation encourage others to do it.His idea would be to stripe the roadways when the county undertakes repaving projects.This is the new paradigm across the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, working to get people out of their cars and on bikes or walking for health and environmental reasons, in the past said Lucarelli, who is a cycling enthusiast.The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has plans to repave state Highway 35 from Asbury Avenue, Ocean Township, to the Middletown border at the Coopers Bridge, with state transportation officials considering adding bike lanes, according to Lucarelli.Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long told the mayors’ group the DOT plans on adding bike lanes in Sea Bright along Ocean Avenue/Highway 36, from Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook to the Monmouth Beach border, when the road is repaved, following water main replacement work in the fall.According to the DOT, as part of a Route 36 resurfacing project, bike lanes will be installed in the Sea Bright area. The project is expected to begin next spring. It was originally planned for a spring 2015 start but a water main project in the area required NJDOT to wait until the ground settles.Lucarelli remains confident an accommodation can be reached between county and local officials.“We’ll work it out,” he said. He also encouraged the mayors to contact freeholders to voice support for the bike routes.The Two River Council of Mayors, an informal group of 13 area communities, has unanimously endorsed the bike lanes plan, said Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden, the current council chairman.John Burton can be reached at jburton@tworivertimes.com.last_img read more

Barramundis thrashed by Ireland in ICC Cup

first_img Author: However, PNG Barras challenged the strong Irish side with a great fielding performance with every member of the top eight Irish batsmen reached double-figures but with the exception of Niall no one passed 50 as PNG’s bowling unit, led by seamer Norman Vanua’s 5 for 59, held Ireland’s scoring rate in check.It was Vanua’s maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket. Norman Vanua’s 5/59 in the first innings and Assad Vala’s defiant knock held of the Irish side.Despite the strong performance from the Barramundis, it was Niall and Kevin O’Brien each scored key half-centuries to underpin victory in stifling conditions. Niall and Kevin O’Brien each scored key half-centuries to underpin victory in stifling conditions.The result puts the Hebou PNG Barramund tied for sixth place with Namibia at 20 points.Meanwhile, Ireland is back into first place on the Intercontinental Cup table with 60 points, 14 clear of Netherlands.last_img read more

Willian José, one step away from signing for Tottenham de Mourinho

first_imgThis season Willian José had been one of the architects of the great performance of those of Imanol Alguacil, since He is the top scorer of the team with eight goals in 21 games. Therefore, the Real loses one of its key pieces and could go to the market to invest part of the income in a new scorer.Willian José has exploded as a first level striker in the Real society after arriving in Spain in the Castile and also go through Saragossa Y Las Palmas. After three and a half seasons and in full football maturity, the forward would face one of his greatest sporting challenges with this signing by one of the greats of the Premier. Willian José (28 years old) is the striker chosen by Mourinho to replace the long-term loss of Harry Kane (You will not be able to play until April). After the injury of his great star, the coach had asked the Spurs for an effort to hire a consecrated striker. The final figures of the agreement are still being discussed, but As he has learned AS everything is very on track and, if nothing goes wrong, the striker could travel to London this Wednesday in the afternoon or on Thursday morning. In fact, the Real has informed that the player had asked to stay out of the call until his future was resolved.The Brazilian striker had renewed with the San Sebastian in October 2018 until 2024, with a 70 million euros clause. If the operation is closed, there will be an agreement between clubs, the clause will not be paid.last_img read more

Simmons ready for Tallawahs challenge

first_img STRIKE RATE He holds a big reputation, and he’s more than aware that he has big shoes to fill. Stylish West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons is eager to get his new Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 experience going after he was recruited at the number-one spot by defending champions the Jamaica Tallawahs, at the draft in Barbados on Friday. Simmons, who last represented the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, will arrive in Kingston as a direct replacement for swashbuckling megastar Chris Gayle, who announced in December that he was heading in the opposite direction. “I’m ready to show my worth, I know what I am capable of, I know how destructive, I can be at the top of the order, and I am just really looking forward to playing with the Tallawahs,” Simmons told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday. “I am delighted to be selected for the Jamaica Tallawahs. I never thought I would be playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs. It’s a draft and everyone wants the best players, so I am really just delighted to be a part of the Tallawahs,” said Simmons, who was drafted at the top tier on a US$160,000 contract. “Before the draft, my agent was telling me that he spoke to them (Tallawahs management), but that they wanted an all-rounder so I didn’t really know that this would have been the outcome, but I am looking forward to it,” Simmons added. The 32-year-old Trinidadian has established himself around the region as one of the most talented cricketers from the Caribbean and also has international T20 experience with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League. In his 39 CPL matches – 29 of which were played with two-time finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors prior to his move to the Patriots – Simmons scored 1,238 runs with a highest score of 97, an average of 36.4 and a strike rate of 113.5. By comparison, Gayle has played 45 CPL games and has scored 1,452 runs at an average of 42.7 and a strike rate of 137.1. He has a highest score of 111 not out. “Chris Gayle’s shoes is a big one to fill but every batsman has his own s,tyle of batting, and my style is not the same as Chris Gayle’s, but I do know how to accumulate my runs and set up my innings, and every batsman has their own plan,” Simmons said. “When you go in the top bracket (of the draft) for $160,000 a lot will be expected of you, and I know a lot will depend on me at the top of the order, and that’s what I am prepared to give.” “I’m looking to be in the top three in terms of aggregate runs. For the past four years that I have played the CPL, I was in the top four at all times besides when I had that injury and didn’t perform as well as I wanted to. But now I am up to full fitness and I have the IPL to play before, so once I get my form going and come into the CPL and perform for the Tallawahs like I have been doing for the past four years or so in the competition, I will be pleased,” added Simmons. VERY GOOD TEAM The batsman is confident the team can repeat as champions this year and expressed confidence in the abilities of youngster Rovman Powell. “I think we have a very good team. Not having (Andre) Russell is a very big blow; I think he plays a vital role in the Tallawahs team, being able to go out there and get quick runs and giving you outfield ability to catch and save runs. Rovman Powell, I guess, looks up to Russell and can do almost the same things, so hopefully, he can emulate what Russell does and follow in his footsteps.” Simmons finished second among CPL batsmen in 2013 before ending with the most runs a year later and capping his performance with the MVP award, while leading the Amazon Warriors to back-to-back finals. He finished with the fourth most runs in 2015.last_img read more

Motorcyclist critical after crashing into parked car

first_imgThirty-year-old Cappel Deo of Lot 408 Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara is battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he reportedly lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and it crashed into motor vehicle PDD 4714, which was parked on the Waller’s Delight Public Road on Sunday evening.He reportedly sustained severe head injuries, and is listed as critical.The injured motorcyclist was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, but was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital in that very state.The driver of the motor car is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Taxi driver gets 3 years for stealing woman’s underwear

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Yudhister Samjawan, of Third Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess after the prosecution proved he broke into the house of Yanti Stephens and stole a number of items.The young man who was on trial initially pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated the on October 4, 2019, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he broke into the dwelling house of Stephens and stole one phone, a pair of female underwear and $50,000 in cash.The court was told that on the day in question, the woman was awoken by a noise and as such, she got out of her bed to investigate when she found Samjawan crawling on her floor.She immediately raised an alarm and the man fled the scene via a nearby trench.According to the Prosecutor, the Police were summoned and the accused, who was found hiding in a trench alongside the street, was arrested.The items were found in his possession. The defendant was subsequently charged.After finding sufficient evidence against Samjawan, Magistrate Bess ruled that he be sentenced to three years behind bars.last_img read more

Anna Regina residents, businesses under water

first_imgSeveral sections of Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were on Sunday under water owing to excessive downpours over the weekend.As a result, Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall and his deputy, Rudolph Williams met with residents and the business community, located between Anna Regina to Walton Hall to assess the damage.Town Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall and Deputy Mayor Rudolph WilliamsThe Mayor, in his address, stated that the Town Council was concerned about the flooding after a two-hour downpour.“I came on the ground to look at the situation and what was discovered is the pump at the Hampton Court and Windsor Castle sluice is not working due to damage incurred on the radiators,” the Mayor stated.The residents have suffered tremendous losses with many household appliances, paddy and fertilisers damaged or ruined, and the rains have created much inconvenience.“I am very concerned as a mayor, because the town has one small excavator machine. We will be taking swift action tomorrow morning (Monday) in the Windsor Castle area. I already spoke to the Town Clerk and we will be making arrangements to bring the machine in the area to dig out the small pipelines and look at the drainage immediately, along with other areas within the town,” Prabhulall highlighted.Paddy damagedThe Mayor further stated that the Town Council would be taking immediate action to get the workers to clean the drains and canals, but believed that the Council needed two new excavators to assist with the drainage works.Meanwhile, when contact was made with persons in the area late Sunday afternoon, they reported that the water at Walton Hall and Devonshire Castle has receded. The Mayor has promised to address the issue of poor drainage at the earliest.last_img read more

New ownership of St. Martin’s property will maintain graveyard

first_imgMitchel Chilcott says once hazardous materials are removed, it is expected the church building will be demolished late this summer.He also says the new building will be separate from the existing adjacent building, and will provide services now being offered at the credit union’s second Fort St. John location.“Originally we had a plan for a major renovation of our 100 Street facility but it had been constructed over three phases and the renovation wouldn’t have been cost-effective,” says Chilcott.- Advertisement -Chilcott says negotiations for purchase of a portion of the site began back in 2013, but he concedes finalization of the agreement to purchase all of the property has led to questions about the cemetery in one corner of it and a daycare facility in the church building.He says the answer to the second question has been left to discussions between the daycare operator and the church, but the credit union has inherited responsibility for the graveyard – which he says will not inhibit the new development of the property.“We did our research on it to see if the graves could be moved, and with that you need consent from of known descendants,” explains Chilcott. “Where we ended up is we aren’t going to move the graves; we’re going to maintain the graves where they are.”Advertisement Chilcott adds,” When it comes to developing the site, we’ll look at, I guess, enhancing how they’re presented and maintained to make it up to our standard.”As reported earlier, the St. Martin’s congregation has until the end of June to relocate.last_img read more

Injury-prone Welbeck deserves a break – Wenger

first_imgSouthampton’s Jack Stephens was sent off in stoppage time for a clash with Gunners substitute Jack Wilshere — who should also have been dismissed according to Southampton manager Mark Hughes.Arsenal did finish with 10 men when Mohamed Elneny saw red for a hand in the face of Cedric Soares, but Wenger believed the game should be remembered most for Welbeck’s first Premier League goals since September last year.Welbeck, whose Arsenal career has been dogged by injury problems, shrugged off missing a glorious chance seconds before he headed home the winner nine minutes from time.“I’m pleased for him because he has been through difficult times,” Wenger said. “I have seen him behave (well) when it was really tough so he deserves everything he gets.“He had every reason to feel sorry for himself, to think the mountain was too big to climb, because it was the right knee, then the left knee and a year out every time.“People were questioning whether he would come back and I believe what he has done is exceptional.”Welbeck will be hoping a late-season revival increases his chances of making England’s World Cup squad.“I’m happy with the assist and glad to get the goals,” he said. “I know when I get the opportunities in front of goal I will put them away — apart from the one I put over!“I thought I would get another opportunity to get a winner and I kept focused on that. The World Cup will take care of itself — I don’t pick the team.”The game ended petulantly when Stephens threw Wilshere to the ground after the Arsenal substitute had ripped his shirt.Elneny then saw red for a hand in Cedric Soares’ face straight after, but Hughes was convinced referee Andre Marriner should also have dismissed Wilshere.“I saw a definite movement with his knee towards Jack (Stephens),” said Hughes. “The referee should have seen that and sent both off.“Elneny has raised a hand to Cedric’s face — that’s a sending off clearly. So maybe there should have been three.”Southampton remain three points adrift of safety but this was a much better performance than Hughes’ first Premier League game in charge — a 3-0 defeat at West Ham.Shane Long took advantage of a comical mix-up between Petr Cech and Shkodran Mustafi to put the visitors in front early on.And they were well worth their equaliser when Charlie Austin came off the bench to level at 2-2 17 minutes from time before Welbeck’s late winner.“It was a good performance and a marked contrast to West Ham,” added Hughes. “The only criticism is that when you get back on level terms you need to have the clarity of thought to make sure you take something out of the game.“It was clearly encouraging in terms of what we need to do to get out of this situation. Clearly we have got talented players, you saw that today.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Welbeck scored his first league goals since September. © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 8 – Arsene Wenger hailed Danny Welbeck’s return to form as his double inspired Arsenal to a bad-tempered 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.England World Cup hopeful Welbeck also made Arsenal’s other goal for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang as the Gunners fought off a spirited challenge from the Saints, who remain in the Premier League relegation zone.last_img read more

DONEGAL AT TOP OF UNPAID RATES LEAGUE

first_imgDONEGAL was today named as the worst local authority in Ireland for unpaid rates.Local government auditors found that Donegal County Council is losing an incredible €12 in unpaid rates and levies from businesses, property developers and householders.It has meant the authority has been left struggling to collect enough money to pay for vital services. A report by the Department of the Environment’s local government audit service shows the majority of local authorities recorded a deficit at the end of 2009.But the most significant were Donegal (which faced a deficit of €12 million), Meath (a €9 million deficit) and Waterford (a €7 million deficit).By comparison, Dublin’s three local authorities actually had a surplus.Auditors say the poor performance in collecting water charges in Donegal and other counties appears to be linked to problems such as the introduction of meters, disputed charges, inadequate follow-up of arrears and financial difficulties experienced by customers. BUSINESSES STRUGGLINGSources in Donegal County Council told donegaldaily.com today said the biggest problem in collecting arrears related to businesses which are ‘simply struggling to survive’.The source added: “The figure looks bad but it reflects where the county is right now with so many small businesses really struggling to pay any bills.”TELL US YOUR VIEW….LEAVE A COMMENT BELOWDONEGAL AT TOP OF UNPAID RATES LEAGUE was last modified: June 30th, 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:Department of EnvironmentDONEGAL AT TOP OF UNPAID RATES LEAGUEDonegal County Councillast_img read more