By John Burton : Once beloved pastor, Rev. Joseph Hughes, suffered public fall from grace in 2004 RUMSON — The former pastor of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, whose career there ended in a criminal conviction and prison, died last week.The Rev. Joseph W. Hughes, 67, died on March 7 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, according to the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank.The cause of death was not available but Hughes had suffered from a number of health concerns including diabetes and morbid obesity.Hughes was pastor of Holy Cross Church and elementary school from 1988 until his 16-year career came to an abrupt end following his arrest in 2004. Hughes gained notoriety for a lavish lifestyle including frequently dining out at the area’s most exclusive and expensive restaurants and regular trips to sold out Broadway plays, was arrested and eventually indicted on 27 counts charging him with embezzling $2 million of church funds.The money, law enforcement authorities said at the time, was used to pay for his lifestyle and to support a then 25-year-old male friend, who worked for the parish, and for whom Hughes purchased a luxury car, vacations and other expensive gifts.Hughes pleaded guilty to three of the counts, acknowledging stealing more than $75,000 from church coffers from 1997 to 2004. The court ordered him to reimburse the church and to pay $120,000 in back state taxes.He received a five-year prison sentence and served 180 days.Hughes was born in New York City, received a Master’s in Divinity from St. Mary’s University, Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained as a priest in May 1970 at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Keansburg.Before coming to Rumson, he had been a principal of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, and had served in parishes in Phillipsburg, Toms River and Middlesex.Rayanne Bennett, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Trenton said this week, “May he rest in peace.”“I am saddened by the news of his passing,” said Michael Pappa, a Hazlet lawyer who represented Hughes. “I believe he was truly a good man. His fall from grace is well documented, but I know he loved being a priest and he was always willing to help people in a time of need.”He is survived by a brother and sister and their families. His funeral was held at St. Ann’s last Saturday and he was interred at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown, according to the funeral home.
By John BurtonThe proposed choice for the replacement of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge was met with a cool reception but eventual acceptance by local officials. It could, however, mean the loss – or at least relocation – of a couple of Sea Bright businesses.Members of the public, Monmouth County and state officials and those they are labeling stakeholders, including local officials, attended an Oct. 4 session to discuss the plan to replace the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge. After studying eight options, the plan to construct a new movable drawbridge was chosen. The proposal calls for a bridge alignment that would be 10 feet south of the existing bridge.The present span extends from Rumson Road eastward across the Shrewsbury River connecting with Sea Bright and Ocean Avenue/Route 36 running north and south.The decision of which proposal to choose was made by a consulting engineering firm, Monmouth County engineers and representatives from various state departments following a series of meetings in Rumson and Sea Bright that began in February, according to Martine Culbertson, the contracted community involvement facilitator for the project.The plan calls for the bridge to have sidewalks, shoulders and designated bicycle paths, features that members of the public said they wanted, said Bruce Riegel, project manager for Hardesty and Hanover, LLC, an engineering firm contracted for the project.The existing bridge could continue to operate while the new one is being constructed.But having the bridge built just south of the current one would mean officials will have to acquire a commercial property. The site, 1002-1006 Ocean Ave., is the location of a Dunkin’ Donuts and the Sea Bright Service Center, a gas station and repair shop.“They would look to relocate that business,” Culbertson told Sea Bright representatives present, including Mayor Dina Long and council members William J. Keeler, Marc Leckstein and C. Read Murphy.The borough officials were troubled by the loss of a business in their community.“There’s no place to relocate a Dunkin’ Donuts or a gas station in Sea Bright,” Leckstein said. “They’re gone.”“It’s a bridge replacement but it’s an important component for both communities,” Culbertson acknowledged. She said that if the choice moves forward, every effort would be made to accommodate the businesses.The site owner, John Regan, 85, of Oceanport, said his father bought the property more than 60 years ago. While he has kept tabs on the various proposals for a new bridge, no one has informed him about the proposed design chosen by the panel.“It makes no difference to me whether they buy it or not. If they want my property and have enough money, buy it,” he said.Regan disagrees with the proposed plan. He feels the bridge should be constructed on the northern side of the existing one and should be a fixed span bridge. A drawbridge, he said, simply snarls road traffic during the summer. “The whole town of Sea Bright suffers,” he said.The location has had a gas station there going back to the late 1920s, according to Regan.Attempts to contact the service station owner were unsuccessful.The Dunkin’ Donuts, next to the gas station, has been there for a little more than nine years, said its owner, Dominic Sequeira, when reached by phone. He also has not been contacted about this proposal and what it would mean for his business.“If it happens and that’s the way it’s going to go, we’ll see what happens and what our options are,” said Sequeira, whose franchise agreement limits his ability to make public comments.During the Oct. 4 meeting, those involved in the project said they had rejected options, like a fixed span bridge because the public comments were strongly opposed to it. That plan would also increase construction costs. Other proposals would have a temporary bridge erected while the old one was dismantled and a new one built.Another rejected option called for the old bridge to be taken down and traffic detoured for approximately two years while the new bridge is built. That proposal was met with fierce resistance from much of the public and local officials, Reigel said.Initially, local officials from Sea Bright and Rumson Administrator Tom Rogers weren’t happy with the preferred plan.“You guys are not listening to what we said,” Rogers told those working on the project.A new bridge should be constructed to allow for four lanes of traffic – two each way – to keep it moving during the busy summer months, he said.The bridge is designed for two lanes, but local officials noted in reality it operates as four with the shoulder.Sea Bright Councilman Murphy reiterated a longstanding complaint about a state ban on turning right on red for those who want to go south on Ocean Avenue after crossing the bridge. The State Department of Transportation currently prohibits it and has been reluctant to change it, citing safety concerns.“Our town is a parking lot, a parking lot all summer and that’s because of the Rumson Bridge,” Murphy said.“There’s all kinds of problems with the traffic pattern,” Rogers agreed.Reconfiguring the design, especially to expand the bridge to allow four lanes, and to redo Ocean Avenue to allow for additional right- and left-turn lanes, would add costs to the project, Culbertson said.With that in mind, Rumson and Sea Bright officials huddled and agreed to accept the preferred option as the best plan. “What we were asking probably wouldn’t go forward,” Rogers acknowledged.“I’ve been saying all along replacing this bridge is a good thing,” Long said later, with a hint of irony in her voice, but acknowledging it has to be done given its current state.The bridge’s overall condition is “serious,” Riegel said, beyond the point of being able to simply repair it. “Ultimately if the condition isn’t addressed, the bridge will have to close.”The project will be paid for with federal transportation funds. Tentative plans call for construction to begin in April 2016 and take about two years to complete.Representatives plan on conducting a public input session in November, before any final decision is made about the design, Culbertson said. No date has been selected.
Public officials are inviting members of the community to give input on what, if anything, should be done about the aging Oceanic Bridge (S-31), connecting Locust Point Road in Middletown with Bingham Avenue in Rumson, over the Navesink River.“What we’re doing is trying to decide if something needs to be done,” said county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick.Public input is sought for the drafting of a project “Purpose and Need statement,” a required step in the process when seeking federal funds. Residents, business owners, property owners, cyclists and pedestrians are invited to take part to tell officials how and why they use the Oceanic Bridge.The conversation, at this point, will not be about what any future version of the bridge would look like, or how it would operate, Kirkpatrick said.The meeting will be held by Monmouth County, in cooperation with North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Dept. of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25:2 to 4 p.m. (brief presentation at 2:30 p.m.) Rumson Borough Hall, 40 Bingham Ave., Rumson6 to 8 p.m. (brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.) Middletown Public Library Community Room 55 New Monmouth Rd., MiddletownWritten comments will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 25. They can be emailed, mailed or faxed to Project Manager Inkyung Englehart, Monmouth County Division of Engineering & Traffic Safety, Hall of Records Annex, 3rd Floor, 1 East Main St., Freehold, NJ 07728. Email: email@example.com. Fax: 732-431-7765.
This article was first published in the July 26-Aug. 2, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. Also there, along the Avenue of Memories (Route 537), is Oceanport’s evolving new municipal complex. Borough police are already headquartered there and a new Borough Hall is planned. A small park was recently added, comprised of monuments relocated to the more accessible location from other fort areas, joining the Greeley Field World War II monument. In the middle of the Parade Grounds is Cowan Park, where the American flag flies. Cement stanchions connected by iron chains border the space. The Parade Grounds front Russel Hall, a former U.S. Army administration building that now houses several businesses and the county’s new Veterans Services satellite office. Flanking the grounds are new townhomes and apartments under construction in buildings that once served as Officers Housing. The entire area is part of the fort’s largest designated Historic District, housing U.S. Army buildings representing different architectural eras of the fort’s almost 100-year history. “FMERA received a letter from the mayor requesting transfer of property from Greeley Field and Cowan Park to Oceanport,” confirmed Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, July 18. “We receive a number of requests and letters from people seeking fort parcels. We review them in accordance with our Redevelopment Plan.”Steadman noted that such uses are “quite common” elsewhere in the United States, hosting youth and family events. “It’s a really great use,” he said, adding, “FMERA hasn’t determined how Cowan Park and the Parade Grounds will be used. Oceanport may not be entitled to it. We could contract with a private company that would maintain and operate the fields. There’s quite a bit of thought on how Greeley and Cowan could be used and owned. We hope to resolve that in six months to a year.” By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – A proposal to utilize Fort Monmouth’s former Parade Grounds for local sports fields has entered the review process following a written request by borough Mayor John “Jay” Coffey, but officials warned answers could be months away. The high-profile site inside the fort’s Oceanport Avenue entrance is currently designated as historic/open space. No structures can be built there.Coffey submitted a letter outlining his proposal to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the state/county/local agency charged with selling off the fort’s 1,127 acres spanning three towns – Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. Coffey, an attorney who was working in Bayonne, was not present and no other Oceanport representative attended the July 18 FMERA meeting. Reached in California via phone July 23, Coffey called the site “a centerpiece” of Oceanport that should be serving all borough youth and parents. A National Register of Historic Places nomination was prepared for the district and submitted in 1983 after fort buildings were surveyed to determine their historic significance by the Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office. A total of 136 fort buildings, structures and objects were identified as eligible for listing on the National Register. While the Parade Grounds were never listed as the nomination was not “technically complete,” it was determined eligible. Steadman said such nominations are generally considered finalized. “Some properties remain in the nominated stage indefinitely,” Steadman explained. “As with all properties within the historic district, that’s the way we’re treating it. It’s in the pipeline and will be considered in the future. There are so many projects ahead of it in the queue, we just haven’t gotten to it yet. I can say we will do what’s best for the historic district and what’s best to support and facilitate the fort’s redevelopment.”“Oceanport’s plan is exclusionary,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative. “Why not put benches there and let the public enjoy it? I’m not opposed to soccer fields. We have enough fort acreage to be able to find someplace else.” Burry chairs FMERA’s Veterans Sub- Committee and initiated the establishment of the fort’s new Veterans Services Office opened this spring. She and other members said they only learned of Coffey’s proposal by reading about it in The Two River Times. Steadman said there are other sites in Oceanport that could potentially be used for sports fields. “Oceanport has a very limited amount of green space like that and existing parks are not optimal for sports fields,” Coffey said, adding, “The uses (sports and historic/open space) are not mutually exclusive. The Marching Grounds can be multipurpose. Since play time is limited, other activities could be held there in addition to sports. Having it lined for soccer doesn’t preclude other types of events. I understand the historic significance of the site. I also understand that playing fields are hard to find. The Marching Grounds were used for athletic events when the Army was there. It’s perfect for soccer and lacrosse.”“As each fort property is sold, it officially goes on the local tax rolls,” Coffey continued. “Those acres are part of Oceanport. The sole purpose of FMERA is to transfer those properties.”
LITTLE SILVER – An overflow crowd of almost 75 people at the historic Parker Homestead listened to author and County Historical Commission member Joe Grabas describe his research into the under-acknowledged history of slavery in Monmouth County Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16.Controversial and occasionally disputed, local historians say slavery was prevalent in Monmouth County – even among Quakers like the Parker family – from the county’s founding through most of the 19th century.Keith Wells, president of the Board of Trustees for the Parker Homestead addressed the matter as he introduced Grabas to the crowd gathered in the 1795 barn at the historic property.“Many people visiting The Homestead ask if the early Parkers were slave holders. Joe Grabas is the expert. His research indicates that members of the extended Parker family owned slaves. However, it is unclear to us at this time that slaves actually worked at The Homestead. We continue to research this important subject.”With that, Grabas kept the crowd intently tuned to revelations from his many years of research into property records. Grabas owned a title search company; during his career, he discovered hundreds of documents illuminating the story of enslaved people.He noted the importance of land records and their connection to slavery with a quote from John Steinbeck: “If a man owns a little property, that property is him…and some way he’s bigger because he owns it.” Because enslaved peoples, and later free blacks, were prohibited from owning land, their struggle to rise above their conditions took longer than it should have, according to Grabas and other scholars.Guest lecturer Joe Grabas, right, shows Parker Homestead Board president Keith Wells an image of Jake Brown who lived in Fair Haven. Photo by Rick GeffkenGrabas’s book, “Owning New Jersey” details the remarkable saga of Jake Brown, an African-American man living in Fair Haven when the author met him years ago. “This dignified, almost 100-year-old man had served in World War I and lived most of his life on Brown’s Lane in Fair Haven,” said Grabas. That property was granted to Brown’s grandfather by Jacob Corlies, a white man, in 1830, decades before the official abolition of slavery – a seeming anomaly. But, in fact, the land transfer was a direct result of the 1804 New Jersey Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery. The Act stated that black males born after July 4, 1804 were free but could purchase land only after they reached 25 years of age. Brown’s grandfather, also named Jacob, was one of the first to do so along the peninsula.When he was an undergraduate – he is currently pursuing his master’s in history – Joe Grabas studied under the tutelage of Richard Veit of Monmouth University. Describing his student, Veit noted, “Joe has incredible skills as a researcher and has already made major contributions to the understanding of slavery in New Jersey.”Much of the information Grabas presented to the crowd in the old barn on a particularly hot, late summer day concerned how entrenched slavery was in pre-Civil War New Jersey society. Quakers were not the only slaveholders. Early Dutch farmers throughout New Jersey enslaved Africans.When Jesse Lightfoot published a Monmouth County map in 1851, he noted the location of the “African Church” in what became Fair Haven. The church was on land owned by Jacob Brown, described in his 1830 deed to the property as a “Coloured Man.” Brown established a free African-American community around his homestead. Today’s Brown’s Lane is a tribute to this pioneer. (Monmouth County Archives)Though New Jersey declared that “All men are free and independent” in its second state constitution of 1844, the State Supreme Court interpreted that as meaning only “white men.” New Jersey was one of the last four states to ratify the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, in January 1866.Several who listened to the Grabas revelations had personal connections to his stories. Bill Martin, now residing in Red Bank, recalled that he was “probably the first white guy to live on Brown’s Lane when I bought a house there in 1974.” He said he knew a woman in Jake Brown’s family, Mildred Keys, who owned an ice cream parlor in Atlantic Highlands.Jean Thomas grew up on River Road in Fair Haven in a house which her 96-year-old father, Raymond Taylor still calls home. Listening to Grabas describe the hardships of African-Americans, she said she felt moved, and shed a few tears at first, but felt thankful for the account.“The most surprising revelation to me was that the people at that time followed those laws for so long,” Thomas said. “I am an African-American, a woman and an educator. But, I am also human. We can learn from the past and work to make the world a better place for all people.”This article was first published in the Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
HIGHLANDS – Election results for Highlands mayor remain unchanged after a recount Dec. 10. Carolyn Broullon has a one-vote lead over incumbent Mayor Rick O’Neil. She, her wife and her attorney attended the recount Tuesday, as did O’Neil, one of his campaign representatives, his attorney and a council member. Broullon described the scene as quiet and “interesting.” As election commissioners counted the votes, they spoke the results as well and the can- didates were able to keep live tallies as the recount progressed. She said it was a shame the procedure couldn’t be recorded, as it would be a “cool way to show kids how very important” the process is. Official tallies show that Broullon has 603 votes versus O’Neil’s 602 votes. “If anyone ever doubted that their vote doesn’t count, it does,” said Broullon. Broullon also said she was not surprised by the outcome. “This process works, because now it has been hand-verified,” she said. “They’re literally hand-counting.” O’Neil did not return The Two River Times’ requests for comment.As of Dec. 12, O’Neil had 10 days to contest the election results. He would need to petition the court and provide evidence to a judge as to why he feels there could be an error with the results. That could be for a host of reasons, like if some people voted who shouldn’t have because they no longer live in town.
Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks renewed hostilities on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, in the first game back after the All-Star break. The Canucks were able to overcome Chicago with a 3-2 win by way of overtime.Vancouver has developed a very predictable game pattern in the last 15 or 20 games. They typically have a strong first period, an absolutely horrible second period, and then play middling to good in the third. That pattern held true tonight.Ryan Kesler opened the scoring for Vancouver at 7:58 of the first period, after a great shift by him and his linemates, David Booth and Chris Higgins. This line was Vancouver’s best of the night. Just over three minutes later, Jamal Mayers tied it up for Chicago after some horrible defensive zone coverage by the Canucks.Chicago took the game to the Canucks in the second frame, outshooting the home team 15-6. They were especially dominant in the first 11 minutes or so, generating a number of chances. Canuck goaltender Cory Schneider was phenomenal tonight, as he kept turning the Blackhawks back. The Canucks were able to climb back into the game in the latter part of the period, but still went to the dressing room tied at one.Chicago took the lead for the first time at 1:17 of the third period, Viktor Stalberg getting his stick free from Canuck defenseman Kevin Bieksa in front of the net to chop the puck off Alex Edler’s pants behind Schneider. Impressive rookie Cody Hodgson then got in behind the Blackhawks’ defensemen just less than three minutes later, snapping a sweet wrist shot past Blackhawk goaltender Corey Crawford’s left ear, just under the bar, to tie the game. The teams were relatively even through the balance of the game.The Canucks were clearly the better team in the overtime, as they spent a lot of time in Chicago’s zone. The Blackhawks were, however, able to generate a couple of scoring chances as well, the best coming on a partial breakaway by Stalberg which ended with a Schneider save. The Sedin twins, invisible most of the night, were impressive in the extra frame, and Daniel converted an unbelievable short saucer pass from brother Henrik to end the game.It was good to see the NHL back on the ice tonight. Both teams appeared slightly rusty early in the game, not unexpected given the long layoff. Schneider was the difference-maker for Vancouver tonight – without him, they could easily have lost this game in regulation. Vancouver continues to have trouble distancing themselves from their opponents – they could have been up by two or more goals in the first period, but other than the Kesler goal, were unable to convert any of their chances. This pattern has played out consistently – they have been scoring first in most of their recent games, only to let the other team back into the game later in the first before completely laying an egg in the second period. Once the Canucks start playing 60 minutes a night, they will be a formidable foe. CORY SCHNEIDER – OPTION 1B IN GOAL Jonathan Toews is also a treat to watch. He turned Edler inside-out in the overtime, only to be stymied by Schneider. With his goal, Hodgson now trails leader Matt Read by only one in the rookie goal scoring race. It’s not just how he scores his goals, it’s when, as well. He’s turning into a clutch performer before our eyes. He again did this tonight in just over 12 minutes of work. The media and all the talking heads were making a big deal out of Coach Alain Vigneault’s decision to start Schneider. Various points brought up about this include: the fact that he’s now started Schneider against both Boston and Chicago this month – the “statement games”; the possibility that GM Mike Gillis is somehow “showcasing” Schneider in anticipation of a potential trade; and the explanation by Vigneault that this start was due to the fact that Roberto Luongo had “family commitments”, whereas Schneider did not, seems like a lame excuse.I don’t believe too much should be read into this decision. Gillis has stated on numerous occasions that Schneider is a “big part of the team”, and that he likes him in the lineup. Luongo has a history of melting down in the playoffs. If you have an insurance policy like Schneider in the lineup, the coach needs to feel comfortable putting that insurance policy in play. The only way the coach can gain that confidence is by putting Schneider into some of these intense regular season matchups, and for Schneider to seize the opportunity to show that he can play in those games. And that is exactly how this situation is playing out.Luongo has been very good since early December. Since that time, Schneider has seen his starts diminish – but it’s imperative that they keep him sharp. There’s no reason to have him in the lineup if you’re not willing to use him. All Vigneault’s doing is making himself comfortable to use him. So far, Schneider has proven more than capable in these games. CANUCKS’ D HAS A ROUGH OUTINGIt seemed, all night, the Canucks’ defense just didn’t have their timing and spacing down. The number of odd-man rushes that Chicago received was astounding, and the Chicago defense (and in particular, Duncan Keith) kept throwing stretch passes up the ice, which caused the Canucks a lot of problems. In addition, while the Blackhawk defensemen seemed able to clear pucks away from the front of their net, it seemed the puck was often in a dangerous spot in front of Schneider, the defense unable to eliminate the danger.Kevin Bieksa had a rough game in particular, looking very bad on both Chicago goals. Bieksa ended the night even (as he was on the ice for both Canuck goals for), but that’s a horribly misleading statistic.The lone bright spot was Edler. Tonight was one of those games where he’s got his timing down and this enabled him to eliminate Chicago forwards with ease. Edler had a number of highlight-reel hits tonight. When he brings this physical presence to the game, he’s really a treat to watch.All of this said, the Canucks bent, but didn’t break. They were able to find enough to gut out the win, and we’re getting to the point of the season where that’s more important than how you do it – especially against a top-end team like The Blackhawks. PARTING SHOTSQuick Comments: Dave Bolland had an interesting night. After being caught on radio in December referring to the Sedins as “sisters” who “sleep in bunk beds” and who would “never be allowed to be Hawks”, he was rather contrite in a 2nd intermission interview where he referred to the twins as talented players and complimented the fans in Vancouver. It may have just been B.S., but I bought it – I felt that he was trying to end the controversy around that radio incident, as at the time, he was being egged on by the Chicago radio personalities (not unlike the recent Shawn Thornton/Tony Gallagher incident in Boston). Bolland was quite effective (again) in helping shut down the Canucks’ first line most of the night, but in the overtime, they were dominant when they were on the ice. In the end, Daniel had slipped Bolland’s coverage when he scored the winning goal, perhaps a fitting end to this story. If Duncan Keith isn’t the best defenseman in the league, he’s very close. The plays a ton, tonight, logging over 30 minutes of icetime. The Kesler-Booth-Higgins unit was the Canucks’ most dangerous line tonight. Exclusive of Hodgson’s goal, the Hodgson-Hansen-Raymond line was mostly invisible.Broadcast Observation of the Day: It was great to see Darren Pang back on TSN, providing the colour analysis from ice level. “Panger” seems like a very friendly, likeable guy and I like the analysis he can bring to the broadcast. You can tell he really enjoys his job. Also, it’s impressive that he’s able to shift from his regular gig as the St. Louis Blues’ colour analyst to a national broadcast with ease.As is customary for TSN, he was situated at ice level between the benches, and on a couple occasions, he referenced little sidebar conversations he had had with Luongo during the game, one of which was when he informed the audience it was Luongo who told him the Blackhawks’ second goal went in off Edler’s pants. It’s extremely rare, and for some reason for me, somewhat cool, that a player would have influence on the broadcast in the middle of the game in this fashion.Looking ahead: The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the short-term, as the Canucks play host to the Western Conference leading Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Symptomatic of this, there were only two minor penalties called in the game, both against Vancouver. This is the second time in a row that Vancouver has failed to get a power play against Chicago. Chicago coach Joel Quennevile was livid in overtime, as a minor slash on the Stalberg partial breakaway wasn’t called. Alex Burrows had received a marginal penalty with less than five minutes left in regulation; a similar play wasn’t called in overtime when Kesler was checked from behind in to the boards (just after the Stalberg play). Inconsistency continues to rear its ugly head with the league’s officiating. I have to say, this game didn’t feature much of the historical vitriol that usually exists between these teams. I’m sure that would change come playoff time should the teams meet for a fourth straight year, but for now, the Bruins have replaced Chicago as Vancouver’s number one rival, worthy of most of the fan base’s hatred.
Sailboats will add to the landscape of Kootenay Lake this weekend as local club plays host to the Nelson Cup Regatta.“The Organizing Authority is the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association,” said the Notice of Race flyer.“The race will be governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing. . ..”The race, expecting boats from Kootenay Lake, Balfour and Crawford Bay, is held on Kootenay Lake between the Government Wharf at the foot of Hall Street and the Big Orange Bridge.Registration is between 6-8 p.m. Friday at Ric’s Pub in the Prestige Inn and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Government Wharf.Sailing instructions and class flags will be issued at the skippers meeting following Saturday registration.Sailing instructions may change some of the RRS so all skippers must attend. The course will begin from the start/finish line in front of the Government Wharf beside the Prestige Inn. There will be a yellow marker one kilometer stream (southwest) from the start/finish line and another yellow marker kilometer stream (northeast) which will be the windward/leeward turning marks for the keel boat divisions.The Nelson Cup Regattahosts three keelboat divisions — black for PHRF rate boats; greater than 170, blue for boats rated 171 to 215 and green for boats rated greater than 216 PHRF.If there is no BC Sailing PHRF certificate is held by the boat see:http://offshore.ussailing.org/Assets/Offshore/PHRF/High+Low+Mean+PHRF+Handicaps.pdfIf four or more register a Dinghy Division will also be included.Race are scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday or until the last race of the day is completed.Saturday, captains and crew will be hosted by the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association at the Knotical Ball beginning at 5 p.m. at the Granite Pointe at Nelson Clubhouse.For more information see the Kootenay Lake Sailing Facebook Page at:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kootenay-Lake-Sailing-Association/260697637334349
This Rowing BC sanctioned regatta is expected to attract competitors from Nicomekl, Vernon, Kamloops and Coeur D’Alene as well as Nelson Rowing Club members in singles, doubles, quads and mixed, juniors and masters events.The course is a 1000 meter distance located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, beginning near the Prestige Inn before finishing on the waters adjacent at Lakeside Rotary Park.Last yearNelson Sprints regatta hosted 65 rowers from Coeur d’Alene Rowing Club in Idaho, Kelowna Rowing Club, Shuswap Association of Rowing and Paddling, South Cariboo Rowing Club and Vernon Rowing Club.There were 22 races in the 1000-meter distance course.Please send the registration to firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact the NRC at email@example.com for further inquiries. The Nelson Sprints Rowing Race is coming back to Nelson Saturday on Kootenay Lake.
The future of curling in the West Kootenay was on display at the Nelson Curling Club this past weekend as 11 teams from throughout the zone competed in the annual Junior Bonspiel.Teams from Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and host Nelson played four-end games in two divisions, the Junior division for new curlers and the Intermediate division for more experienced players.The Junior division was won by the Thatcher team from Rossland, followed by the Mailey and Helgesen teams from Trail.In the Intermediate division, top honors for the day went to the Watt rink from Castlegar, with Rossland’s Watson rink and Trail’s Sergis rink finishing second and third in the division, respectively. Coaches Garry Meadows and Russ Holitzki organized the event.Meadows and Holitzki have spearheaded the Junior league this season, coaching 20 young curlers to master increasingly difficult skills as part of the Curl BC Skills Awards Challenge.Several curlers have achieved their Red (Novice) and Blue (Junior) awards this season. They will continue to work toward the intermediate Bronze and Silver awards and the advanced Gold award when curling starts up again in October.The Junior league is open to novice and experienced curlers aged 10 and up, and is hoping to attract new members in the fall.“A couple more teams would be great,” said Meadows. “Then we could get some fun competitions happening in the league.”The Nelson Curling Centre also offers a Little Rockers program for younger kids.The Nelson Curling Centre is very grateful to all the local businesses who supported the Junior Bonspiel by donating prizes and food, and to the volunteers who helped out behind the scenes.