Tax Cuts, Revenue Sources Are Top of the List in Holmdel

first_imgThe Bell Works project is one that Hinds is most proud of during his time on the committee. He is also proud of the township’s top Aaa bond rating by Moody’s, the recently generated newsletter and land parcels that have been preserved under his leadership. Liu is also an elected school board member and has been for nine years. On the board, she has chaired several committees, was vice president in 2018 and was vice president of the Monmouth County School Boards Association from 2018 to 2019. She is a trustee of Holmdel Foundation for Educational Excellence and is the treasurer of Shore Music Educators Association. Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana, running as independents, say they have valuable experience. “I think we can find more efficiencies and at the same time we’re going to have unprecedented revenue from commercial ratables, specifically Bell Works,” said Hinds. CILU co-president Regina Criscione said the group is a nonpartisan organization but that “does not preclude any CILU member from exercising their First Amendment rights to support a candidate.” She also said Hinds emailed organizers Sept. 8 and said he was unsure if he could make the forum due to his work schedule. Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU), a citizen group formed in 1998, hosted a candidate forum Oct. 14 for township committee and school board candidates in Holmdel. Santhana and Weber attended, but Hinds and Liu did not. If elected, her top three priorities are to decrease taxes, bring more transparency to the township committee and represent all residents. He has been on the township committee for nine years, four of which were spent as deputy mayor and three as mayor. He is running for re-election because he wants “to leave Holmdel in the best shape possible.” His main goal is to lower taxes for residents in the next three years. “Put people over politics,”she said. Challenger Cathy Weber is also an advocate for land preservation. Feeling frustrated with the current committee’s former plans to install lights and turf at Cross Farm Park, she co-founded Preserve Holmdel, a group dedicated to maintaining natural space. She has been a Holmdel resident for about 25 years and lives in the township with her husband and three children. She has been involved in community groups, including the Holmdel swim team, Girl Scouts and served as a school board member for over three years. “I have dedicated myself during my time here in Holmdel to community service and volunteerism as a leader and as a doer,” she said. Weber is a senior associate director at Princeton University. Republican and current Mayor Eric Hinds is seeking another three-year term on the township committee. His running mate is Chiung-Yin Cheung Liu, member of the school board.center_img Hinds was born and raised in Middletown. He moved to Holmdel 20 yearsago and lives there with hiswife and three children. Hehas coached various sportteams in Holmdel and heworks as a financial advisorfor Merrill Lynch. He is a member of Preserve Holmdel and Fire Action Safety Today (FAST). He said he noticed that “for a small town like ours, we had way too many resident groups fighting the town. That was odd.” According to Hinds, there is video evidence of CILU members stealing his and Liu’s election signs, which he said he reported to police. “I didn’t feel it was going to be a fair environment. I went to the primary (forum)…and I’m always willing to do a debate, but it’s got to be fair,” said Hinds. Republican Mayor Eric Hinds is seeking re-election with running mate Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu. Their challengers are Independent candidates Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana. No Democrats filed for candidacy. Running mate Prakash Santhana has lived in Holmdel for five years with his wife and daughter. He is a managing director at a global consulting firm where he focuses on preventing fraud, waste and abuse for government entities, he said. He also advises them on exploring new revenue options and to not be too dependent on taxes and tolls. HOLMDEL – Four candidates are running for two open seats on the all-Republican Holmdel Township Committee in November. Like Weber, Prakash said if elected his three main goals are to reduce taxes, cut unnecessary spending and to look for new revenue sources for the township. He also wants to bring more transparency to the committee. Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu has lived in Holmdel for 23 years. She currently resides there with her husband and two children. She has been an educator and administrator since 1980 and in those roles has valued team work and ethics, she said. She said she wants to run for election to the township committee because after nine years of public service on the school board and in various organizations, she understands the importance of giving back to the community. “I am endorsed by the Holmdel Republican Party and Monmouth County Republican Organization running for the position of Holmdel Township Committee,” she said. “It will be a great honor to continue serving my beloved Holmdel in a different position.” Liu cited fire safety and emergency services as a major concern facing the township right now, saying that Holmdel is home to beautiful landscape but few parcels of preserved lands. The town “can’t afford” for anything unfortunate to happen, she said. “A centralized firehouse, updated equipment and related issues have been discussed.” If elected, Liu said she would work with elected officials to form an ad hoc committee in advising and planning. “Life and property matter,” she said.last_img read more

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Murphy Gives OK For In-Person Classes

first_imgAs of Wednesday, June 16, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases state-wide reached 167,703, an increase of 330 overnight. Of that total, there have been 12,769 deaths, an increase of 47 overnight. In Monmouth County specifically, that includes Atlantic Highlands, 34; Colts Neck, 83; Fair Haven, 28; Highlands, 33; Holmdel, 305; Little Silver, 37; Middletown, 742; Monmouth Beach, 21; Ocean- port, 63; Red Bank, 236; Rumson, 40; Sea Bright, 12; Shrewsbury Borough, 54; and Tinton Falls, 216. NEW JERSEY – When students and staff return to college campuses this year, things will look much different than they have in years past, said secretary of higher education Zakia Smith Ellis Wednesday in a press conference. In-person instructionwill be limited to in-personclinical, lab and hands-onprogramming. Instructioncan also occur completelyoutdoors as long as theyabide by outdoor occupancyrestrictions established bythe state. “This is a crucial step that allows schools to plan summer learning programs and special education services that will provide assistance to those students who need it the most,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet in a press release. “We’ve heard from countless parents and educators about the importance of summer learning and ESY, especially now that so many students and families have faced unexpected obstacles with remote learning over the past three months. We believe schools can provide the necessary summer instruction while ensuring the safety of students and teachers, and their families.” On the 100th day since the first death of COVID-19 in New Jersey, the state released guidelines for colleges and universities to reopen for in-person instruction this summer and fall, effective July 1. However, institutions will be required to develop restart plans and have them reviewed by the Department of Health at least 14 days before in-person instruction can resume. The article originally appeared in the June 18-24, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Some students will be permitted to return to residential facilities, but there must be quarantine and isolation spaces on campus and common spaces must be closed. Campus dining will be adjusted to follow statewide restrictions in place currently, as will transportation and athletic operations. Career and training schools may also reopen July 1 in accordance with proper safety and health protocols. “We know that many students prefer in-person learning, particularly those who are experiencing hardship,” or for those whose home environment isn’t favorable for educational purposes, said Ellis. Individuals on campus will be required to wear face masks or coverings in indoor spaces and are recommended to do the same outdoors, especially when others are present. Institutions will be responsible for creating testing protocols and accommodating anyone with positive diagnoses or symptoms of the virus. Social distancing will be mandated and equipment must be sanitized regularly, Ellis said. All in-person programs must be conducted with proper health and safety protocols, according to the state, and remote learning may still proceed for students after July 6. Programs may include traditional summer school, ESY programming with appropriate instruction for special needs students, credit recovery programs and more. Earlier in the week, the Department of Education released guidelines for summer education programs to be conducted in-person, including extended school year (ESY), according to the governor’s office. It will take effect July 6. “As we move forward in our restart and recovery, these institutions will play a huge role. They are where our future workforce is being created and where many advances in the life sciences and engineering and in other areas that will have a tremendous impact on our larger economy, are taking shape,” said Murphy Wednesday. “Their health and the health of everyone on campus is critical to the overall public health of our state.” By Allison Perrine last_img read more

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Not the dream start to the season for Grand Forks rookie coach Brent Batten

first_imgIt’s five games and, well, there’s not really much to talk about the start of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Grand Forks Border Bruins.But, as head coach Brent Batten sees it, sometimes a team must hit rock bottom before it can starting making the climb back to respectability.Batten only hopes that improvement comes sooner than later.“We have only four players returning, we have a brand new executive and I’m a new coach,” said Batten prior to last week’s rout in Nelson against the Leafs.The two teams are back on the ice Thursday, this time in Border Bruins Country.“Every game you going into you’re always looking for a win, that’s for sure but we’re just looking to execute our systems,” Batten explained.Experts say that divisional games are the most important for teams — those four-pointers that can push one team up and keep the other down.Grand Forks has been have their share of difficulty in the Murdoch Division going winless in five games against three of the five clubs — Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Nelson.Those three teams have outscored the Bruins by a collective score of 50-8.Of course drastic changes on any team will no doubt shake up the squad for the coming season.But if the Bruins are to make a chase at the big three, Nelson, Castlegar and Beaver Valley, or, shoot for the final playoff spot I the division, the team appears to be in good hands with Batten at the helm.Despite Grand Forks being his first head coach job at the junior level, the 29-year-old has a wealth of experience.Batten, a native of Manitoba, comes to Grand Forks with a few years coaching academy hockey in the Okanagan. Mixed into his coaching, after playing junior in Saskatchewan and CIS for Brandon University, was time behind the bench with Estevan Bruins in Saskatchewan.Only time will tell if Batten’s experience helps the Border Bruins return to respectability in the KIJHL’s Murdoch Division.BORDER TALK: If anyone thought the Nelson Leafs schedule was, to say the least, awful, take a look at the Grand Forks agenda. The Bruins play all nine games in October at home. The Leafs play seven of 13 games in October at home.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Bombers Yowek blanks Rockers 3-0 to power LVR into zone fieldhockey final

first_img“The ball would not travel at all and the players were very wet. The sticks splashed water like crazy.”LVR now advances to meet the Rossland Royals in the West Kootenay Zone Final Thursday at Pass Creek.The winner advances to the B.C. High School Girl’s Fieldhockey Championship next month in Burnaby.The loser has one more shot to reach the provincial tournament through a wild-card game Tuesday, October 30 against Fraser Valley No. 2 in Kelowna. The L.V. Rogers Bombers once again rode the shutout goalkeeping of Tara Yowek to stop the Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-0 in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Fieldhockey playoff action Tuesday at Pass Creek Park in Robson.Sarah Wade, Allie Zondervan and Paige Mansveld, on a penalty stroke when a Stanley Humphries players sat on the ball at the goal line, scored goals for the Bombers.”There was no snow on the field but (field) was covered in water and puddles and made for a very ugly game,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson.last_img read more

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Future looks bright for local skater thanks to success Kootenay Regional Figure Skating Championships

first_imgThere were some strong results from veteren skaters as well. Charly DeFouw, 12, earned Gold in Jr. Silver Dance, Christina Champlin, 15, notched Gold for her Pre Novice short program, Courtney Shrieves, 15, placed seventh in Pre Introductory Interpretive, and Breanna Tomlin finished seventh in Introductory Interpretive.With teams travelling from across the region and officials and support services arriving from around the province, the competition was a huge logistical undertaking by the NFSC.“I can’t say enough about the community support we got- it was unbelievable,” commented NFSC President Jane Macleod, who has spent more than a year planning and organizing with the support of many local businesses.“I received so many comments on how well the event came off.”In the Star 1 category the Nelson results were: Lila Mckechnie, Gold; Leo Measures, Silver; Helene Keating, Silver; Tia Berrens, Silver; Mallory Pinske, Silver; Aurora Panko-Dool, Bronze.In Star 2 Isabella Kroker Kimber received Bronze while in Star 3 Tao measures received Silver and Angelica Ross, Bronze.In these levels skaters do not compete against each other but receive rankings from the judges of Gold, Silver or Bronze.Shaen Panko-Dool wrapped up her skating career by competing in two events, Bronze Elements and Star 4 Freeskate program finishing 8th and 9th in those events respectively.Complete Nelson skating results can be seen at neslonfigureskating.com. The region’s best young figure skaters squared off in Nelson last weekend at the Kootenay Regional Figure Skating Championships.Hosted by the Nelson Figure Skating Club (NFSC), the three-day event determined the 2013 champions across a range of categories from Elements to Pairs to the crowd- pleasing Interpretive programs.Thirteen skaters from the host club participated, giving friends and family a rare chance to see skaters compete on home ice.Considering the club has been plagued with injuries and a number of senior skaters gone from last season, coach Yoshie Measures was pleased with her club’s effort.“We have a number of young skaters in our Junior Academy program competing for the first time,” Measures said.“They are the club’s stars of tomorrow.”last_img read more

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Dance partners set for Cyclone Taylor Cup

first_imgAll the dance partners have now been confirmed for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup starting Thursday in the Hertiage City at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley was the last team to book its ticket to the BC Hockey Junior B Final Four after the Nitehawks disposed of the Kamloops Storm in six games in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final Friday in Fruitvale.The other two dance partners are the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.The winner of Cyclone Taylor Cup advances as the provincial champions to the Keystone Cup for the Western Canadian championships.The Abbotsford Pilots host the tournament April 17-20, featuring the top teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario, along with the host Pilots.The Nelson Daily has a capsule look at the four teams vying for BC Junior B Hockey supremacy:Nelson Leafs — Cyclone Taylor Host TeamThe Green and White took the shortest route to the Junior B tournament.However, it’s not the way the host team wanted to advance to the four-team affair.Nelson was knocked out by Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Final in six games.The Leafs were a battered and bruised team and paid the price of not having their two goalies — Brad Rebagliati and Adam Maida — as well as a healthy leading scorer — Jamie Vlanich on the roster against the Hawks.However, after being unceremoniously eliminated during the KIJHL playoffs, the Leafs have had a month off to rest those weary bones.Leaf coach Frank Maida gave the Leafs two full weeks away from the rink before resuming training April 1.When Nelson opens the tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. against Victoria, Nelson should be ready and rested for the Cougars.Nelson will rely heavily on Vlanich and linemate Travis Wellman to power the Leafs offence. But don’t be alarmed if Nelson Minor Hockey products Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill, playing their final games for the Green and White, doesn’t continue his goal scoring in the Cyclone Taylor Tournament.On defence, the Leafs will be bolstered by the return of smooth skating Robson Cramer who sat out the final games of the Murdoch Final due to a suspension. Joining Cramer is hard-hitting captain Darnel St. Pierre, Patrick Crome, Austin Seaman and Nick Trefry.In goal, Rebagliati is slated to man the nets after recovering from injury.Nelson will be looking to win its first Junior B title since Fritz Koehle coached the Leafs to the provincial crown in 1968.The last time the Leafs played in the Cyclone Taylor Cup was in 2009 when the squad, coached by Simon Wheeldon, lost in the final to Richmond Sockeyes. Beaver Valley Nitehawks — KIJHL ChampionsBeaver Valley won its second KIJHL title in three seasons.The Hawks may have won three straight had the Castlegar Rebels not eliminated Beaver Valley in the seventh game of the Murdoch Final last season.Castlegar went on to win the 2013 KIJHL crown.dThe Hawks are loaded with talent. But the driving force of the team is the two-headed monster in Dallas Calvin and Ryan Edwards.The two Trail natives combined for 82 points in 41 games.However, if Calvin and Edwards are not scoring the Hawks can look down the line up to see Riley Brandt, Dan Holand or Braden Fuller fill the void.On defence, Fraser Stang anchors a blueline that batters and beats up opposing forwards.And in goal, all-world Brett Clark, sporting a 14-5 playoff mark with a 2.38 goals against average — and two playoff shutouts — is there to keep Beaver Valley in the game.Beaver Valley, winners of the BC title in 1997 and 2001, begins play Thursday at 3 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against PJHL chanpion, Aldergrove Kodiaks.Aldergrove Kodiaks — PJHL ChampsThe Kodiaks did the unthinkable in the Pacific Junior Hockey League Final.Trailing 3-1 to Junior B powerhouse, Richmond Sockeyes, Aldergrove rang off three straight  wins — including a 5-1 road win — to dethrone the reigning PJHL champs.Aldergrove is led by 20-year-old McHaffie twins — Spencer and Scott — who combined for 19 goals while adding 20 assists to lead the Kodiaks in the playoffs.On the blueline is rookie Jeremy Lagler who finished the PJHL playoffs tied for third in team scoring with 13 points.In goal, 20-year-old Jordan Liem backstopped Aldergrove to the amazing comeback in the final against Richmond.Victoria Cougars — VIJHL ChampionsVictoria made it look easy en route to capturing its third Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League title.The Cougs dumped Peninsula Panthers in six games to clinch the Island title.Victoria is led by Snohomish, Washington sniper Michael Fretz who led the Cougars in playoff scoring with 10 goals and 15 assists in 15 games.Alberta native Blake Roney was right behind Fretz with 12 goals and 10 assists with 19-year-old Sam McMullen also scoring a dozen goals.In goal Nathan Hargrave etched out a skinny 1.71 goals against average to lead the Cougs.Check out the Cylcone Taylor website for full schedule and ticket information.last_img read more

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Rebels book ticket to Murdoch Final with Game six win over Spokane

first_imgThe Spokane Braves gave the Rebels everything they had but, in the end, it’s the Sunflower City franchise going on to the Murdoch Division Final.Jeremy McNeil scored two third-period goals to spark the Rebels to a 4-2 victory over the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Friday night in the Lilac City.Castlegar wins the best-of-seven series 4-2 and now face the defending KIJHL champs from Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Final.The series begins Monday in Fruitvale.Castlegar opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Tyler Barrett. Danton Oliver and Paxton Malone scored in the second period to give the home side a 2-1 lead.However, before the period ended Aaron Petten scored to even the score after 40 minutes.The game appeared to be head for overtime when McNeil scored the winner with 3:30 remaining in regulation time.McNeill added an insurance goal with time running out.Castlegar finished 10 points behind the Hawks in Murdoch standings.Beaver Valley won two of the last three games the teams played during the regular season.In the Eddie Mountain Division, Fernie Ghostriders host Kimberley Dynamiters in the first game of the best-of-seven series beginning Sunday in Fernie.In the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, the 100 Mile House Wranglers travel to Kamloops for Game one of the divisional semi final Monday while the Osoyoos Coyotes wait for the winner of the Kamloops Chiefs/Summerland Steam series.The series is tied 3-3 with Game seven Saturday night in Summerland.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Wildcats at BC Hockey U18 Cup

first_img Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Wildcats as Team of the Week. The Kootenay Wildcats are well represented at the 2015 Female U18 BC Cup in Richmond. The U18 BC Cup is a jamboree format featuring four teams.  The weekend will consist of fitness testing, practices, seminars, and games where players will be evaluated on their performance. The three Kootenay Wildcats are Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale, Tiana Ewasiuk of Cranbrook and Nelson’s Merissa Dawson.center_img The trio, that played in the BC Hockey Female AAA League last season, went through fitness testing and are now going through practice in preparation for games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

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Leafs complete blockbuster deal with Ridge Meadows of PJHL

first_imgSandhu, got the bulk of the work for Ridge Meadows in goals, finishing the season with a 9-14 record and a 4.20 goals against average for the fourth-place Flames.Lindsay, who spent three seasons in Nelson, struggled to find a place in the lineup having been injured for most of the season.Lindsay played only 19 games for Nelson, finishing with a goal and 10 assists.“Austin was hurt for most of last season and was uncertain if he wanted to play this year,” Dooley explained.“Ridge Meadows was willing to take that chance so we cut a fair deal with them.”Dooley said it was tough to give up on the Kelowna native but thought it would be best for the Leafs to give Lindsay a chance with another team.“I spoke with Austin prior to the trade prior to moving him out of respect because he’s been with us since he was 16 (years old), Dooley said.“I told him I wasn’t going to do anything without chatting with him and he thought about it and was ok with the move.”Nelson, struggled to finish fourth in the Murdoch Division before getting ousted from post season by Beaver Valley, opens the KIJHL season with main camp August 12-15 at the NDCC Arena.All 20 teams in the KIJHL meet June 24-25 in Osoyoos for the league AGM. The Nelson Leafs completed a blockbuster trade by Junior B standards Thursday shipping center Austin Lindsay and cash to Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for two players — forward Dale Howell and netminder Jason Sandhu.Leafs Sean Dooley said the coaching staff is confident the two 20-year-olds will be key building blocks Nelson needs to begin building a winner in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.“Howell is a proven scorer in the league which was something we lacked up front last year,” Dooley explained after completing the inter-league deal earlier in the day.“We know Sandhu and believe he has the ability to be one of the top goalies in the league this season.”“(Sandhu) is 6’4 so he’s a big body,” Dooley added.“He had the opportunity to back up in the BCHL this year but Sandhu (along with Howell) want to push for a championship.”Howell, at 6-foot 170 pounds, finished the season for the Flames with 18 goals and 23 assists in 44 games.last_img read more

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MISS DOUBLE D’ORO FLIES LATE TO TAKE $75,000 ARBORETUM II STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER GONZALEZ; DRYSDALE TRAINEE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE IN 1:13.98

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2016)–With a devastating late kick the final furlong, longshot Miss Double d’Oro flew from last to first to win Friday’s $75,000 Arboretum II Stakes by one half length at Santa Anita. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and conditioned by Neil Drysdale, Miss Double d’Oro prevailed in a field of nine older fillies and mares as she covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.98.Off at 10-1, she paid $23.00, $6.00 and $3.80.“We realize now that she’s got that one short kick,” said Drysdale. “So you need to sit tight and make a run.”A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Medaglia d’Oro, Miss Double d’Oro is owned by Calumet Farm. In getting her third win from 10 starts, she picked up $47,700 for the win, increasing her earnings to $155,950.Off as the solid 3-5 favorite, Dreamologist sat a close second down the hill and was carried wide at the dirt crossing by pacesetter, Tesalina. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Dreamologist overhauled Tesalina with about 50 yards to run, but couldn’t hold off the winner late and paid $2.80 and $2.20.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Tesalina was very erratic crossing the dirt but kept to her task gamely, finishing a nose in front of My Year Is a Day for third money. Off at 4-1, she paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.07, 45.07 and 1:07.96.First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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