By Vincent Ferrer FAIR HAVEN – Residents got their first look at concept plans for new municipal buildings to replace the existing public works building and police headquarters. A second project would see the construction of a new municipal/police building at River Road and Cedar Avenue, to be completed by spring 2021. The new municipal building’s first floor would be the new home of the borough police department. The second floor would house municipal offices and services, while the third floor would serve as a council meeting room and storage area. “This is not a want, this is a need,” said Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli. Some residents applauded the council’s use of the open forum, but were quick to voice concerns over added traffic, environmental impact and tax implications for residents. A new public works building will be built on a portion of its present site on Third Street. Image courtesy The Goldstein Partnership The concept plans call for the construction of a new public works building on a portion of its present site on Third Street, featuring a reduced size and more residential aesthetic. According to the borough’s timeline, it will be completed by early 2020. A concept plan shows a new municipal building with police headquarters at River Road and Cedar Avenue. Image courtesy the Goldstein Partnership There is a third project, to convert the existing municipal library building into a library and community center by the end of 2021. The library would be moved to the downstairs floor, effectively doubling its size, and the top level would be converted into a community center. The police department, formerly a school building, has decomposing stucco, water damage, improper wiring and several ADA violations. Similar shortcomings and noncompliance were shown for the current community center. More than 200 residents attended the Borough Council’s Jan. 10 session at the Knollwood School gymnasium. They heard architect Eli Goldstein explain the current state of disrepair of existing municipal facilities. “I know the council wants to get something approved, but I just don’t remember asking for it,” said one resident. Theresa Casagrande, the borough administrator, said the project’s estimated price tag is still being determined. “Once we get more detailed plans, we will start to look at costs,” said Casagrande. Uncertainty also remains over how much the borough might receive from the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, which the borough plans to apply for once criteria is announced. A similar presentation will be made before the Fair Haven Borough Planning Board in the coming weeks. The full special meeting presentation is available on the borough’s website at fairhavennj.org.
For information and photos visit theauctioneersgroup.com or call Peter Costanzo at 732.776.7222 for additional details. SHREWSBURY – A portion of the contents of TheShadowbrook will be sold on-site in a public auction on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10a.m. The auction and preview will be on-site at Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, 1 Obre Place, Shrewsbury. In 2015, the owners of The Venetian inGarfield and Seasons in Washington Township purchased Shadowbrook. The buildingclosed on January 1 to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation to add anaddition. Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury wasestablished in 1908 as the summer home of Dr. Ernest Fahnestock and remained inhis family until 1942, when the home was sold and transitioned into anestablished restaurant and later well known catering venue that has hostedthousands of weddings and special events throughout its successful tenure. The live auction will begin on Saturday, Jan 26th at 10 a.m. The preview will be available on Friday, Jan 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. Antique furnishings, classic décor,decorative mirrors, artwork, architectural features, collectibles and lightingfixtures, including a famous gold chandelier with hand carved horses from theBaltimore Hotel from the foyer, will be featured. Also included will be banquetfurniture, supplies, and equipment.
According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO), the Grogans were attempting to cross the highway intersection at Grand Avenue from the northbound direction at approximately 7:50 p.m. when the accident occurred. According to their obituary, the Grogans were both born and raised in Atlantic Highlands. John attended St. Agnes Elementary School and Henry Hudson Regional High School. He went on to attend classes at Brookdale Community College before founding John Grogan Lawn Maintenance, a business he maintained for 35 years. He also served as a beloved weekend bartender at Briody’s Black Point Inn in Rumson and later worked part time for the Atlantic Highlands Sewerage Authority. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – A Middletown man has been charged with DWI and reckless driving following the crash that killed an Atlantic Highlands couple attempting to cross Route 36 Friday night, police say. The fatal accident is under investigation by the MCPO, the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team and Atlantic Highlands Police Department. Dylan Rieger, 27, of the Belford section of Middletown, was charged in connection with the crash that killed longtime Atlantic Highlands residents John Grogan, 60, and his wife Barbara Grogan, 59. They were hit by a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. Barbara attended Atlantic Highlands Elementary School and Henry Hudson Regional High School and earned a degree in business from William Paterson University in Wayne. Barbara became a full-time mother, but returned to work as a substitute teacher and eventually a full-time teacher’s aide at her old school. Rieger remained on thescene and was uninjured. John P. Condon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is Thursday, March 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15 at St. Agnes Church, 103 Center Ave. The Grogans are survived by their three children, Amy, 31, Jonathan, 29, and Andrew, 25, and daughter-in-law Rebecca, 28.
African-American domestic servants worked in many 20th century Monmouth County homes. Around 1900, Thomas Laws (left) was brought from Virginia by Capt. George Bailey to work in the Bailey family’s Brielle home, as shown in this drawing by Bailey’s son. Laws and his family settled in the area.Photo courtesy Jackie Morgan-Stackhouse FREEHOLD – On Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Monmouth County Historical Association, the cultural impact of domestic servants working in Freehold during the 20th century will be the subject of a talk by Walter Greason, Ph.D, chair of the educational leadership department at Monmouth University. Greason is the author of six books, lectures frequently here and abroad, and is the founding president of Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune Foundation. He recently spoke with us about his research. Drawing from themes in his 2010 book, “The Path to Freedom, Black Families in New Jersey,” as well as his personal family history in Freehold, the distinguished scholar will explore the lives and contributions of “the brave families of New Jersey who made a difference in their communities and across the country.” Was being a domestic servant a career choice or was it a matter of economic survival? Where did most of Monmouth County’s domestic servants come from? Were they local people or migrants from other parts of the country? This wasn’t a direct result of slavery, but domestic service jobs in places like Freehold were better than sharecropping in the southern states. At the people had no capacity for time, it was thought these other kinds of labor. By Rick Geffken How common was it for domestic servants to work in Monmouth County households during the 20th century? Was domestic service an option for minorities only? If so, was it a legacy of enslavement? Family survival. Before 1930, African-American men worked as stage coach drivers, chauffeurs and train porters. In Freehold, they did yard work, sometimes walking 25 miles in a day from house to house. Did any domestic servants in Freehold or other local towns succeed in other pursuits? Prior to the Great Migration (1916 through the 1960s) from the rural south to northern states, many African Americans worked their way up and down the coast following crop harvests in New Jersey and into New England. Eventually, after they moved here permanently, African Americans contributed to the growth of cities like Long Branch and Asbury Park where they supported the tourist industry. Many did, as did their descendants. My mother’s family came from New Bern, North Carolina to Freehold in 1923. They helped build the African-American community in the borough. Very common. My review of early 20th century census records revealed that 75 percent of the African-American women in Monmouth County were employed as domestic servants – laundresses, maids, cooks, the kinds of jobs associated with housework today. These women were hired at very low rates of pay, around $2 to $3 per week in the 1920s. They often worked for multiple households. The event will take place at the MCHA’s headquarters, 70 Court St., Freehold, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the lecture are $5. Visitors can combine a visit to the MCHA Museum and admission to the lecture for $20. Details and ticket reservations (recommended) can be found at monmouthhistory.org or by calling the MCHA at 732-462-1466.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers are currently traveling the roads of Ireland on Rugby tour.The team, which has been raising money to help offset the costs, left last week from Nelson.LVR Vice Principal Frank Marisco, who is with the team on the tour, is going to blog the tour for The Nelson Daily.Here’s his first contribution.Tries by Connor Butler, Sean Hickson, and Daigan Cairn, with a pair, along with Kevin Lewis kicking one penalty and two conversions, led the Bombers to a 27-5 in their opening game of the tour.Maverick Seed and Jake Lock had great games and were very impressive in all aspects of the game, especially tackling. The man in charge of Youth Development Rugby for Leincster Province was there and he was surprised and impressed by our level of skill and fitness. It was blustery and windy but a nice day. After the game the boys were treated to soup and sandwiches at the Balbriggan clubhouse. Today we are on the pitch for a training session with (coach) Mr. Joyce after a tour of the new Aviva Stadium. Tomorrow we head for Galway and expect to play a much stronger team there.
Just as stunt-based shows often start out their broadcasts with warnings not to try this at home, I feel it’s my due diligence to open this article by saying don’t do this at home and that my experience, pushing the limits on day one are not typical. Although I came back from my first roller skiing adventure, courtesy of Rossland’s Kootenay Nordic Sports, slightly thrashed and road rashed, my hopes for good times were not dashed. I’m an addict, I admit it. In the same week that a BC Day long weekend drive up to a Nelson area lodge yielded a summer ski run through a high altitude gully, an online posting about roller skiing caught my eye. I called up Dave Gibson from Kootenay Nordic Sports, and he graciously offered me use of a set of roller skis along with the instructional services of his daughter Sierra, an up and coming Nordic ski champ with her eyes on the prize for 2018. We pulled onto Hannah Creek Road (just before the Teck fertilizer plan if you’re coming from Webster Elementary). This rarely-travelled route offers up smooth pavement along rolling, windy hills: a perfect location for roller skiers and long boarders alike. The gear is familiar: regular, skating cross country ski boots, poles (preferably with rubber nubs on the ends), mountain bike gloves and a bike helmet. The skis, however, are something new. They consist of a skate ski binding mounted on a narrow platform between two wheels, longer and with larger wheels than roller blades. Clipping in for my first roll, I went through the progressions. The first major difference is simply balance. Staying atop narrow inline wheels requires an added bit of thought. Starting out pole-less, we slowly skated along the flats, maintaining the small V stance and simulating pole motions to nail the timing of the various styles. Several passes in, we added poles to the mix and went through single stride, double stride and offset poling. To this point, it is all very similar to cross country and along the flats felt quite natural. Tackling the first small decline, poles tucked up under my arms, I began playing around with the skis a bit, working on balance, seeing how they react. Typically, getting through all of these steps would be one heck of a first lesson. Going back to old school journalism, though, you’ve got to really live something before you can write honestly about it, no? In passing Dave mentioned in a science-camp-beautiful dopplar shifting way that there was a washout on the far side of the next hill. Not super keen to coming in high speed through a wash of gravel we turned around and pointed our wheels back down the slope. There were suggestions from the group that it would be entirely respectable to walk down the hill or at least part of it. I would later find out many people, even after skating for years, still walk down. But I came out to roll and roll I would. The slope began mellowly enough. Watching Sierra skate down the start of the decline before tucking out of sight through the S bend, it looked like a lot of fun as well. I had my strategy figured. I’d take it easy down the first part of the steep slope, line up for the turn and then open it up and let it roll. In theory, it was a great strategy. In execution it was more of a straight roll from the summit, picking up speed, passing beyond the threshold of being able to stop an then playing the mental game of not panicking, holding it together, knees bent. Just ride it out, nice and smooth. My left leg got a bit squirrelly, then the right. Recovery, keep it together. There goes leftie again, over-correct, there goes righty, and before I knew it I was on the pavement in the hollow, just before the S bend. The moral of the story? Pavement is harder than snow, but roller skiing is no harder than cross country skiing and a super fun way to stay in shape over the summer. Pavement is faster than snow, no doubt about it, and the balancing involved is more akin to ice skating than skiing. The hills are good fun and the speed addictive. My only piece of advice, however, is this: save the hills for at least lesson two. Kootenay Nordic Sports is currently working on reassembling a regular weekly group of roller skiers. If you’re an experienced roller skier already, stop by the shop Wednesday evenings at 5:30. If you’re a first timer, call the shop ahead, they’ve got spare skis and can offer lessons.
“There were a lot of calls that seem to go against us,” Maida added. “I had no idea why some of the calls were made which really hurt us.”The avalanche began early for the Leafs as Connor Brown-Maloski tipped home a point shot past Beesley to start the comeback.Ryan Edwards on the power play cut the margin before the Hawks tied the game up setting the stage for Calvin to pot the winner.“Once we got that lucky one . . . we just needed one to get through and once that happened it was a momentum swing in our favour,” Jones explained.Nelson had a chance to tie the game late in the third when the Hawks took a pair of penalties giving the Leafs a two-man advantage.However, the 5-on-3 looked more like a 1-on-3 as, instead of moving the puck and setting up the power play, individuals tried to win the game on their own and the Leafs failed to mount any pressure on Beaver Valley netminder Zach Perehuoff.“I thought we had a real good season,” said Maida when asked what he liked about the 2012-13 campaign.“We just ran into some bumps we just couldn’t overcome.”“I thought we had a real good playoff . . . we just had some calls that seemed to go against us through the series that we couldn’t overcome,” Maida added.The Hawks get an extra day to rest up before travelling to the Sunflower City Monday for Game one of the Murdoch Division Final against the Castlegar Rebels.Jones said that extra day of rest will definitely come in handy at this stage of the season.“I’ve been around long enough to know it was huge to put Nelson away (in Game six),” Jones said. “If you have to go to seven, number one you never know what’s going to happen, and number two, the winner of the seven-game series is fodder for the team waiting.”BLUELINES: In the final two games of the series, Beaver Valley rallied from 3-1 and 3-0 deficits. . . .Leaf defenceman Blake Arcuri got back into the line for Nelson Friday as Nelson attempted to overcome injuries to key defencemen. . . .The game attracted more than 500 fans, again for the third time of the series for Nelson. The Nelson Leafs hockey season came to a crashing end shortly after 10 p.m. local time Friday.That’s when a goal by Dallas Calvin capped a four-goal explosion to power the Hawks to a 4-3 come-from-behind Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley wins the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final 4-2.Not only did the Hawks rally from a three-goal deficit Friday but after falling behind 2-1 to the Leafs, Beaver Valley won three straight to take the series in six games.“We just talked about getting the momentum back,” Beaver Valley skipper Terry Jones said from the winner’s bench after the game.“We just needed one shot to go in and be physical and get pucks down deep,” Jones added.“And when we got that first one it seemed to relax the guys because we were really fighting the puck in the first two periods.”Down a game in the series, the Leafs did everything right early.Head coach Frank Maida looked like a genius starting Marcus Beesley in place of Brett Soles in the Leaf nets.The rest of the Leafs responded by scoring twice in the opening frame — Dallon Stoddart and Colton Schell — to take a 2-0 lead.Schell’s marker came on the power play.J.J. Beitel, with his third point of the game, added another power play goal and the Leafs were on their way to forcing a game seven.However, penalty problems by the Green and White in the second — Beaver Valley had two 5-on-3 manpower advantages — swayed the momentum to the Hawks.In the third the Leafs just couldn’t put two passes together, forwards were forced out of position and the defence played the puck like it was a hand-grenade.And the penalties just kept on being called on the Leafs.“It was a tough game for us to play,” a dejected Leaf coach Frank Maida said after the game.
D’AMATO RUNS 1-2 AS LONGSHOT SIDEPOCKET RUN COMPLETES EXACTA IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES FIXTURE FOR OLDER FILLIES & MARES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Sunday Rules kept her perfect record intact with a facile three length win in Saturday’s $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes, as she covered six furlongs in gate to wire fashion under Tyler Baze in 1:08.93. (The Spring Fever was the first of five Golden State Series races run Saturday at Santa Anita for horses bred or sired in California).Conditioned by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Tribal Rule now has five wins from as many starts. Heavily favored at 1-5 in a field of six older fillies and mares, she paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. With the winner’s share of $90,000, she increased her earnings to $314, 880.“Nice filly,” said an emphatic Baze. “She runs with her head a little low but…she’s not real fast that first jump out of the gate, but after that she’s a monster. She’s a train really, she just goes. Those first strides, she just needs to get her feet up under her but then she’s really just a train.”Pressed early by Tribal Gal, Sunday Rules carved out fractions of 21.60, 44.11 and 56.13.“That was like two wins,” said D’Amato, whose longshot Sidepocket Run was up to take second by a nose, thus enabling the trainer to run 1-2. “Sunday Rules couldn’t be doing any better right now. I just think it’s a combination of getting over her little baby issues and now, hopefully, I’ll be able to map out a nice campaign for the future. She’ll definitely stay sprinting.”Alexander, who’s homebred Grazen is based at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and is currently one of California’s top stallions, is a longtime breeder/owner in California who is best known locally as the owner of Nick Alexander (automotive) Imports in Los Angeles, whose advertising catch phrase is “Nick Can’t Say No.”“We are blessed to have horses as we do in Santa Ynez and to be able to race them here at Santa Anita,” said Alexander. “What a pleasant surprise she’s been. She’s very plain looking and you’d never pick her out of a group of horses in a pasture. The way she runs with her neck low…Nothing bothers her. There is a graded stakes in in Florida this coming July that we might take a look at.”Off at 35-1, Sidepocket Run, who was ridden by Tiago Pereira, paid $13.60 and $4.40.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tribal Gal finished third, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Meinertzhageni. Off at 6-1, Tribal Gal paid $3.40 to show.–30–
“It was very difficult to select these two to audition from the many contenders,” Morris continued, “but both Craig and David bring something unique to their craft, in addition to being well regarded and highly recommended. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the Santa Anita Announcer Booth as we finalize this process.” Both will call two full days each and will contend with Michael Wrona and Frank Mirahmadi who have been calling at Santa Anita on a rotational schedule with Golden Gate Fields since the Santa Anita meeting opened on Dec. 26. # # # David Fitzgerald, 31, a Racing UK presenter and commentator since 2010, including the 2014 and 2015 Royal Ascot meetings, will call at Santa Anita over the weekend of Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. “Michael and Frank have both done an excellent job,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “Even though the feedback for both has been very positive, we owe it to our fans to make sure we have explored every option. The quality of announcer submissions was overwhelming and included many well-known and well-respected announcers currently working at other tracks. We also have heard a few young stars in the making. Craig Evans, 48, the Senior Race Broadcaster for the Singapore Turf Club since 2010, will call at Santa Anita over the weekend of Feb. 20 and Feb. 21. Arcadia, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016) – After a world-wide search resulted in nearly three dozen applications from nearly every continent, the management of Santa Anita Park has invited two international race callers to join the audition process later this month to become the permanent track announcer at The Great Race Place.
WSOC: @LamarWSoccer takes early lead as Loftus scores. 1-0 Cardinals over SLU, 25:21 into the match-up.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/qGeS4QgOTR— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018The Cardinals doubled their advantage five minutes later by way of a Lions own goal. On a LU corner, a failed clearance deflected the ball into the back of the net.WSOC: @LamarWSoccer now up 2-0 vs. SLU, scoring off corner. 30:31 expired.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/83GowPi8FQ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018After an extended halftime due to a lightning delay, the Lions cut the Cardinal lead in half in the 50th minute, when sophomore Tilly Hallas-Potts sent a free kick to the back post and senior Christina Cutura finished it off for her fourth goal in the previous two matches. WSOC: Goal on Cutura header for @sluathletics, trimming deficit to 2-1 vs. @LamarWSoccer. 49:32 expired.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/9aU1JnbPy1— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018Five minutes later, Lamar found themselves on the wrong end of another own goal, allowing SLU to even the score.WSOC: All square in the last quarterfinal. Lady Lions score to make it 2-2 between @sluathletics and @LamarWSoccer. Credited as an own goal. 54:04 elapsed.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/pwYoqvnv0W— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018In the 67th minute, the Cardinals broke the tie on sophomore Madison Ledet’s sixth goal of the season, a volley past a diving Nadine Maher from an Amelia Fullmer cross. Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – Through torrential downpours and a brief lightning delay, defending Southland Conference Tournament Champion and No. 3-seed Lamar outlasted No. 6 Southeastern Louisiana 3-2 on Wednesday night at the LU Soccer Complex.Lamar opened the scoring in the 26th minute on a shot off the foot of freshman Anna Loftus after winning the ball from the defender and dribbling to the center of the box. WSOC: Fullmer assist, Ledet goal for @lamarwsoccer. Cardinals retake lead, now 3-2 over SLU.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps#SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/2qR5yMgjII— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018Lamar (12-5-2) advances to face No. 7 Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.