To get to the final, Chittenango first had to go on the road and beat no. 2 seed Oneida in last Tuesday’s semifinal round, which it did by defeating the Indians in four sets.They had split two previous encounters, but the Bears had prevailed in four sets on Feb. 12 and, less than two weeks later, would do so again.The opening set proved crucial, each side getting several set points before Chittenango took it 29-27, which allowed it to absorb Oneida pulling even, 25-22, in the second.An impressive third set went 25-16 in the Bears’ favor, and with the Indians threatening to take the match to a fifth set, Chittenango pulled out the fourth 25-23.Tom McIntosh had 28 assists and Brandon Turner got 17 assists, adding 16 digs, nine kills and four blocks in a fine all-around performance.Austin Strickler got 13 kills and three blocks, with Seth Kimball adding 11 kills and 28 digs. Caleb Barnard produced 29 digs and Mikel Pascual 18 digs as Alek Reymond finished with seven kills and eight digs.The loss to VVS meant that the Bears’ season ended at 11-5. Eight seniors graduate, including Strickler, McIntosh, Pascual, Kimball and Brandon Turner.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Quickly, though, the Red Devils took over, earning 17 of the next 24 points on the way to winning that first set 25-17.The second set saw the Bears again go in front 4-2 and again have VVS control matters from there, this time prevailing 25-12 to grab a decisive advantage.During the third set, Chittenango inched out in front 11-10, only to have the Red Devils take over one more time thanks to a 10-2 run. By a 25-18 margin, VVS won the sectional title. An entire season of work for the Chittenango boys volleyball team boiled down to a single match.It was the no. 3 seed Bears against top seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in Thursday night’s Section III Class B final, with Chittenango attempting to turn around two regular-season defeats to the Red Devils.Having only won a single set against VVS, Chittenango knew it had to start well, and when it grabbed an early 4-2 edge, there was reason to think it could turn those earlier results around. Tags: boys volleyballChittenango
The Ghana Football Association will today Tuesday 30th June, 2020, make a definite decision on whether to continue or cancel the 2019/2020 football season which has remained suspended since 15th March, 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ghana Premier League, the Division One League as well as the National Women’s League were all at different stages when government issued a ban on all sporting activities as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.While non-contact sports have since been cleared to go ahead, football remains banned.With government reluctant to ease restrictions on football activities, the GFA had been under pressure to make an early decision to cancel the league season but the Executive Council insisted they would only be able to make an informed decision on June 30.The GFA’s powerful decision-making body is now expected to meet later today to decide on the future of the season.
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capitol Land TrustIn such a divisive political climate, it was a breath of fresh air to see so many players – foresters, farmers, natural resource agencies, real estate professionals – all rallied behind the need to improve the health of our lands for people and nature.Capitol Land Trust celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a fundraiser to support its mission to conserve natural areas and working lands in southwest Washington. Over 600 diverse community leaders, businesses, and elected officials – from both sides of the aisle – attended the program. Capitol Land Trust often educates community leaders like the 2016 Leadership Thurston County class, which took a tour of the Randall Reserve last spring. Photo credit: Kelsey BrowneNew Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, shared her vision for how the Department of Natural Resources can help Washington’s environments and economies become more resilient. She is leading a 20-year vision to improve the health of Washington’s forests to stabilize revenue generation, increase recreation opportunities, strengthen habitat and be less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires. Franz said, “Our task is to rebuild our environmental, economic and civic foundations to expand opportunities for the next generations. Together as a state, we can work to restore and protect our forests, tidelands and farmlands, and make our environments and our communities more resilient to our changing world.”Representative Steve Tharinger (Democrat 24th District) and Representative Richard DeBolt (Republican 20th District) were recognized for their bi-partisan leadership on the Capital Budget Committee and passing the $11.2 million Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the last biennium.Twenty-two projects from the Makah Tribe to the Columbia River put people to work by restoring forests and rivers, at the same time improving salmon habitat, increasing recreational access, reducing risk to infrastructure from flooding, and building sustainability in natural resource industries like fishing and forestry. The program has already created 75 jobs.Preserving native prairie, streams and waterways and farmland are all priorities for Capitol Land Trust. Photo courtesy: Capitol Land Trust.Restoring land can reduce risks of flooding, drought and fire. Restoration projects also create jobs for local construction contractors, fishermen, foresters, and engineers.Capitol Land Trust completed three projects under the program including their recent purchase of the 312-acre Darlin Creek Preserve near Capitol State Forest. They hired local contractors to remove a culvert and replace it with a 60-foot steel bridge, opening a mile of stream for coho and steelhead spawning. The preserve will be open to the public for hiking. They also used innovative techniques to reconnect wetlands and reduce flooding hazards on their preserve near Tilley Road in Thurston County.Executive Director, Amanda Reed said, “These projects have been critical to improving wetland function, protecting against flooding, and expanding salmon spawning habitat in the Black River. We hired 14 local contractors and used 8 local suppliers. We could not have done this work without funding from the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative, and I hope the legislature fully funds the program again this year. About Capitol Land TrustCapitol Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to conserving and caring for the unique natural areas and working lands within southwest Washington. Since 1987, Capitol Land Trust has worked with partners to permanently protect more than 14 miles of Puget Sound shoreline and 5,800 acres in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis Counties.
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.
Watford winger Deulofeu delighted to break winless streakby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGerard Deulofeu has admitted at his relief that Watford managed to end their winless run.The Hornets ended a run of six games without a win by besting Cardiff on Saturday.It was tough out there for the players in freezing conditions, but they managed to hold on for an impressive win in an entertaining game.Speaking to the club website, Deulofeu said: “It was terrible, the cold. We are so happy for getting the three points.”I’m really happy to score and to help my team. I have to continue like this, scoring, but the team was really good. You will see here in the Premier League you have to continue for 90 minutes.”After Cardiff pushed and got to 3-1 and then 3-2, I am happy that we managed to take the three points. The most important thing is the three points because it had been a long period without that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Everton current manager Sam Allardyce has insisted he is winning over the club’s fans, even though he has been receiving criticism for the kind of football the team has been recently showcasing.This comes after he was harshly criticised on and off the field, even during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield. There seems to be no clear reason as to why there is such dissatisfaction with him as when he came to the club, Everton were 13th in the table but are now standing at the eighth spot.“It’s an entertainment game, you’re trying to capture hearts and minds, and I think, particularly from a home point of view, we’ve achieved that,” Allardyce shared, according to BBC.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…He has led the team to 9 wins, out of 22 played games since joining at the end of November.“We’ve obviously got room for improvement and hopefully that will be a big performance and another win,” Allardyce added, seemingly not quite disturbed by the negative feedback he has been receiving lately.