By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – A new plan to smooth out the knotty traffic problems at Garden State Parkway Exit 109 will be unveiled to the public on Wednesday.That is when the New Jersey Turnpike Authority will hold a public meeting and hearing at the Middletown Public Library to describe the latest revisions to the original $60 million construction and design plans first introduced three years ago.In an interview with The Two River Times in December, Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney said blueprints have changed and the project’s scope has shrunk in size since the plans were last publicly presented in mid-2015, due to changes in the state budget.While a price tag is not yet known for the new plan, the main goal remains the same, Feeney said in the interview. “The 109 project is about providing better access to and from the parkway there, and to Newman Springs Road – to reduce some of the congestion,” he said.The original plans had also called for replacing four functionally obsolete bridges around Exit 109, with work slated to begin in 2017 and finish by 2019. But that has since changed.According to a public notice for the meeting, the main goal is to improve safety and operations by reducing vehicular traffic queues that extend onto the Garden State Parkway’s northbound outer roadway. Also, the NJTA aims to improve the flow of traffic to and from the Garden State Parkway by eliminating the merging and weaving condition between jughandle traffic from Newman Springs Road and the Garden State Parkway northbound exiting traffic.For the members of the Lincroft Village Green Association, plans for any safety upgrades are welcome.“We hope to talk to them and see how it’s going to affect our village,” said Lori Littenberg, an LVGA co-director. “We’ve been anticipating this meeting to see what they have planned, but our No. 1 issues are pedestrian safety and traffic calming through town.”Littenberg said the LVGA board discussed the Exit 109 plans at their meeting earlier this month after the Turnpike Authority sent a letter detailing the plans.“It looks like a lot of thought went into all of the changes they’re marking and it looks like it will have a positive impact on the community,” she said. “While those changes are being made we have to also see how traffic is going to be diverted.”Construction is expected to begin in the spring or early summer, Feeney said.In December, the Turnpike Authority knocked down a ticket office in the commuter lot to free up 30 new parking spaces, expanding the parking capacity to over 250 spaces in the main lot.The improvements to Exit 109 in the new plan will include:Construct a new Garden State Parkway entrance loop and bridge over Newman Springs Road, east of the existing Garden State Parkway bridges. The new bridge will be fed solely by a newly separate lane on Newman Springs Road eastbound from the Garden State Parkway northbound ramp. The ramp, which is used to access Half Mile Road and sometimes circumvent the Newman Springs Road traffic light, will be eliminated.Create a signalized intersection at Newman Springs Road and Schulz Drive West, which will include relocating the Garden State Parkway northbound exit left turn to Newman Springs Road westbound at the new intersection.Reconfigure the Newman Springs Road and Half Mile Road intersection to accommodate for the Newman Springs Road eastbound left turn lane to Half Mile Road.Convert Half Mile Road’s southbound left lane at Newman Springs Road from a shared right/left lane to a left turn-only lane.Conduct minor widening of Schulz Drive West between Newman Springs Road and Garden State Parkway northbound entrance ramp from Schulz Drive West to provide a new southbound right turn lane onto Newman Springs Road westbound.The public hearing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Representatives from the Turnpike Authority will be on hand to discuss the project informally from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and the official public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. That will include a brief presentation and an opportunity for the public to provide verbal or written comments.Public comments will also be accepted by the Turnpike Authority until Thursday, Feb. 8, which is when the comment period closes. Written comments may be addressed to Maynard Abuan, P.E., Senior Project Engineer/Hearing Officer, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, P.O. Box 5042, Woodbridge, NJ 07095-5042.This article was first published in the Jan. 18-25, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.
Justin Nimiminken added an empty net marker.Beaver Valley out shot the Rebels 33-32 making a winner out of goalie Mike Vlanich.The three-headed monster of Ryan Edwards, Chris Derochie and Martin finished the game with six points.Riders open with win against NitrosBranden Burge scored twice and former Nelson Leaf Connor McLaughlin had two assists to lead the Ghostriders past Kimberley 5-2 in Fernie.The Riders lead the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Final 1-0 with game two tonight in Fernie.Fernie scored three times in the first period to take complete control of the Nitros.Kamloops Storm and Princeton Posse opened with wins in the Okanagan Conference semi finals.Kamloops doubled Sicamous Eagles 4-2 while the Posse bounced Dane Rupert and the Kelowna Chiefs 5-1.All teams play game two of their best-of-seven series Wednesday. It took the Beaver Valley Nitehawks a littte bit of time to solve the stingy Castlegar Rebel defence.But once the home team found its offence there was no stopping the Murdoch regular season champs.Craig Martin scored twice snapping a 1-1 tie to spark the Hawks to a hard-fought 4-1 decision in the opening game of the Murdoch Division Finals Tuesday in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley leads the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Confernece semi final 1-0.Game two is Wednesday in Fruitvale.The teams traded goals throught the first 40 minutes with Brantley Schapansky and Rebel captain Erik Alden scoring in the first and second periods, respectively.In the third Martin finally solved Castlegar netminder Jordan Gluck with a pair of goals 10 minutes apart.
Courtesy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi AthleticsAUSTIN, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi senior Madison Green has been named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Women’s Volleyball First Team. Green became the program’s first Academic All-America Selection last season as a junior. The team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The press release from CoSIDA can be found HERE.A native of Dripping Springs, Texas, she becomes just the second Islander to ever earn two Academic All-America recognitions, joining softball’s Katie Evans who won in 2003 and 2004. She was the lone Southland student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors this year. A Biology major with a 4.00 GPA, Green was named an All-Southland Conference First Team performer for the second straight season and garnered Southland Setter of the Year honors.Green led the conference and ranked third nationally with seven triple-doubles this season. She had 11 double-doubles with 12 double-digit kill performances and 12 double-digit dig performances. She had double figure assists in 29-of-31 matches she appeared in on the year. Green had 26 matches with 20+ assists, 11 30+ assist performances and surpassed 40 assists three times.The Academic All-America award program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. Green was named a first-team Academic All-District honoree in November for the second straight season.
Superintendent Fong Zuagele of Nimba County has underscored that Nimba will need tangible and durable Ebola Treatment Units to be constructed rather than make-shift ones.Speaking during the visit of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) Madam Karin Landgren to Nimba last Monday, Supt. Zaugele said tangible and durable ETU will be better for the citizens than the building of makeshift ones, which might last for just a short period of time.Since Ebola is a very serious and deadly outbreak, it is better to construct a tangible and lasting ETU so as to serve the citizens whenever there is another outbreak.Mr. Zuagele’s remarks came after the visiting SRSG reaffirmed UNMIL’s commitment to working with the people of Nimba in the fight against Ebola.The United Nations cannot end Ebola. It will only be ended when the citizens of Liberia willingly join the fight by observing all preventive measures published by health workers in the country, she said.Observing the deplorable road condition the county faces, Ms. Landgren said UNMIL will continue with the rehabilitation of roads by repairing the damaged bridges and trenches along the roads.This is the UNMIL Head’s first visit to Nimba since the deadly Ebola virus began raging in the Mano River countries since March this year.She also used the occasion to talk with civil society organizations of Nimba, but what was discussed remains undisclosed.Nimba County was badly hit with the Ebola Virus, leaving about 200 persons dead.The only treatment center in Nimba is situated at the Compound of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, which was formally an eye clinic.With funding from Arcelor Mittal, Nimba was able to get the Ganta Eye Clinic to be transformed into the only ETU.There is concern among many citizens in Nimba about providing a proper ETU so as to enable the doctors to conduct operations in case any of the Ebola patients come down with conditions that require surgery.“Suppose someone such as a pregnant woman comes down with Ebola and gets into labor. How do we manage, because we do not have any place for such a case,” Dr. Gbarmie wondered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The super family entertainment “My TV Africa” has in a major way recognized the talents of Liberian artists and celebrities alike. They did this by giving Liberian artists F Dot A Dot and Mr. Smith a chance to display it live on their network.In the past several months, Liberian Hip-Co rapper Mr. Smith and Liberian R&B/Afro Pop star F Dot A Dot have had the opportunity of hosting one of the most popular shows on My TV Africa’s television network, “Top Five African Music Videos.”The show features African music videos that are trendy for the week of the program; some even make it on the playlist for months.“I present it and pick my top five. The show is 30 minutes long and presently I’m going to do 32 more episodes, one a day. My TV Africa wants me to host it though they randomly pick people; some do two-four shows, but I have been blessed to have done more than 12 episodes and counting,” shared Mr. Smith. The artist, who left for Nigeria back in the early part of 2015, has returned to Liberia in preparation of his album launch and to acquaint his record label with local artists. He shared that he is happy to be back home but looks forward to working with Nigeria and its entertainment business, where the money is.Meanwhile, F Dot A Dot, who has just completed the making of his hit track, “Desire,” says he has been fortunate to work with My TV Africa in the past and loved the exposure that he has received because of it.“It was amazing! It was like it didn’t happen. I met My TV Africa at an event we went to, the “City People Awards.” They were one of the many media folks on the red carpet. We did an interview there and afterwards exchanged contacts and the rest is history. I was on four episodes and have plans to do more with them,” he shared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Vice President Joseph Boakai and partial view of heads of Swiss businesses in Geneva, SwitzerlandVice President Joseph N. Boakai has invited Switzerland’s business community to come to Liberia and explore investment opportunities that currently exist in the country.VP Boakai said Liberia is one of the African countries with which Switzerland was most involved prior to the 1990s, “and therefore, I came to Switzerland to talk with you to come to Liberia and explore means by which Swiss businesses can invest and revamp businesses in the country.”The Vice President made the remarks on Wednesday, March 22, during a press conference at the Club Suisse de la Presse (Geneva Press Club) in Geneva, the V.P’s press secretary, George Saah, said.“VP Boakai underscored the long-standing ties between Liberia and Switzerland dating back to the early 1950s and the key role Switzerland continues to play in the reconstruction of Liberia,” Mr. Saah said.The release further said VP Boakai will meet with the Swiss Vice President and further talk with Swiss business entrepreneurs about the investment climate in Liberia.VP Boakai will also meet with the UNHCR Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, the WHO Director General, Dr. M. Chan, and the United Nations Director, Moeller, all in Geneva.“He will also meet with the Swiss Minister of Defense and Sport, Guy Parmelin, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kofi Annan, at the Annan Foundation in Geneva,” Saah added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Taylor Curling Centre was a bustling place this past Friday and Saturday for the annual Lumberman’s Mixed Curling Bonspiel.Hosted by the Taylor Curling Club, the bonspiel featured thirteen teams. To take part in the bonspiel, each team had to have alternating genders at skip and third. Although participants did not have to be a member of the lumber industry to take part, the bonspiel acted as the kick off to the final trio of bonspiels for the remainder of the season.Event organizer Dave Bigcharles says the bonspiel had previously been a 24-hour, red-eye style tournament. This year, it was shifted into a more typical bonspiel by removing the 24hr portion to increase interest.- Advertisement -As the curling season comes to a close, local curlers still have two more bonspiel opportunities until ice is taken out; including the 2×2 Bonspiel on March 10th and 11th and Open Skins Spiel on March 23th and 24th.Results:A Division – Leo Felix teamB Division – Bonin TeamC Division – Doug Kimmie Team
0Shares0000Honours even: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah shake hands after a 0-0 draw at AnfieldMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – “I start to read and then I start to think ‘Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’ and I cannot focus,” said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last month, admitting Liverpool’s charge to depose the Premier League champions has been in his head for some time.But in their very first game of 2019, City already find themselves in must-win territory to haul Liverpool back into view by inflicting the leaders’ first defeat of the season and cutting a seven-point lead to four at the Etihad on Thursday. “With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be almost impossible,” said Guardiola after Sunday’s 3-1 win at Southampton.Guardiola’s obsession with Liverpool and Klopp in particular is not surprising. For a serial winner, no side and no manager has caused the Catalan as many problems as the German.City have won just one of seven meetings since Guardiola joined Klopp in England after locking horns in charge of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.A shock run of three defeats in four Premier League games in December has left City playing catch up to a Liverpool side eyeing history by ending a 29-year wait to win the league.But even when seemingly no one else could stop City as they stormed to the title with a record 100 points last season, Klopp’s men were a constant menace.– ‘They scare me’ –Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp during a past Premier League matchLast January, it was City who were on course to equal Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 until they went to Anfield in January and were blown away by a three-goal salvo in nine second-half minutes to lose 4-3 despite a late rally.In the documentary “All Or Nothing” which chronicled City’s title triumph, Guardiola is seen admitting to his coaching staff ahead of returning to Anfield for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg: “They scare me. They’re dangerous, I mean it.”It takes a lot to frighten a coach who has won 24 trophies in three different countries, but Guardiola’s fears were realised as another Liverpool blitz secured a 3-0 win.Six days later, Liverpool won again at the Etihad, withstanding a City onslaught for 45 minutes to take control in the second period once Guardiola had lost his cool and been sent to the stands.Now Liverpool have extended that ability for short destructive bursts into a title challenge for the long haul.The addition of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker and a first full season with the world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk has seen Klopp’s men concede just eight times in 20 Premier League games.And after a slow start, the prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane that terrorised City last season are beginning to hit top form once more.Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates destroying Manchester UnitedAll three scored in the same Premier League game for the first time this season on Saturday as Arsenal were blown away 5-1 at Anfield.“Unfortunately we lost two (games) and have a rival that is the best team in Europe or in the world in top form like Liverpool,” added Guardiola.“That’s why it is a challenge for us next Thursday to try and win there to try and sustain this position as long as possible to arrive at the end of the season fighting for the title.”However, the City boss has also been keen to reiterate just how good his own side are, despite their recent blip.Until mid-December City were heavy favourites to back up a record 100-point season that saw them compared to the greatest sides English football has seen with another significant landmark of becoming the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.Consistent success is the mark of a truly great side and if City should reel in a Liverpool side seemingly hell bent on making history, that is a tag they will deserve.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Laurent Koscielny This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukAhead of this weekend’s FA Cup final, Sport magazine caught up with Gunners’ great Lee Dixon to get his thoughts on the Wembley clash against Aston Villa…Who is Arsenal’s key player for this match; the one they can least afford to lose in the build-up?“Looking at both ends of the pitch, I think Arsenal have enough creative players that if someone got injured, somebody else could step in. Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are just back from injury, so it could be a chance for one of them. So a more key player is Laurent Koscielny. He’s had a great season, and Villa pose a threat going forward. If Koscielny were to be missing, well, Gabriel [Paulista] hasn’t played a lot. The defence would be much less stable.”How do you assess the balance of the Arsenal team right now?“It’s clear what they’re good at: possession football, keeping the ball in tight areas and playing little triangles of passes. When it works, it’s lovely to watch. I think being able to change against teams who get everybody behind the ball is what they need to work on. They have improved on that this season. They’ve been allowing teams more possession, trying to hit them a bit more on the break. So that’s been a noticeable change – but it can still improve.”What’s key to Arsenal nullifying Villa?“Containing and stopping Christian Benteke. He’s their stand-out striker and a player who, if he’s getting enough of the ball, can win a game on his own. Benteke is a goal threat like no other in the league. He’s a one-off type striker. The two Arsenal centre-backs will certainly know they’re in a game.”What do Arsenal need for next season, to make them real title contenders?“You aren’t allowed, as a top manager, to not make any signings. That’s the pressure you’re under. You can’t just let a team develop naturally, and that’s a sad thing. That said, Arsenal do need a top-drawer striker with Olivier Giroud. I don’t know if you win the league with Giroud alone [in the squad]. Danny Welbeck is there, but he doesn’t play down the middle very often, so Arsenal need another central striker. They might also need a world class goalkeeper, whichever one [of David Ospina or Wojciech Szczesny] starts the final.”How do you see the game going?“It will be really tight. If Arsenal and Villa play their best, you’d probably have Arsenal coming out on top. But that’s not how football works. Villa pose a lot of problems, as Tim Sherwood is getting the best out of quite a few of their players. Knowing the type of character Tim is, he’ll have them fired up and prepared. I suspect Arsenal will have more of the ball, but they must make it count because Villa have the ability to hit you on the counter. It’s intriguing.” 1
Letterkenny Gaels GAA News: The U-18 lads have their first competitive game in the Minor league against Naomh Colmcille at Pairc na nGael on Saturday. Check Facebook for throw in time. Come down and support the lads.Good luck to Cathair Ó Dochartaigh & Peadar Ó Connaghan & the Coláiste Ailigh team who take on North East Institute, Magherafelt, on Wednesday night at Celtic Park in Derry in the Ulster Bank Ward Cup U-18 ‘B’ final. Ádh mór oraibh a buachaillí. The Club are running Circuit training for girls & lady’s from 12 years and older in Woodland School Hall every Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Price €2 per person. All welcome.Our U-12 Hurlers travelled to Derry on Sunday morning past to take part in an indoor blitz at the Creggan Community Centre. Well done to all who took part.Letterkenny Gaels has welcomed the announcement that Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure will continue the sponsorship support of Team Jerseys for 2015 previously provided by Donegal Sports.Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs so go along and get all your Club gear in readiness for the playing season.” Underage football coaching continues for U-6 (6-6.45pm) & U-8 (6.45-7.30pm) in the hall at Woodlands School & U-10 & U-12 is in the Aura from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie training has resumed at the Aura on Mondays from 7-8pm for 5th & 6th Class & Secondary school girls while Wednesdays from 6-7pm at the LYIT is for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome.Hurling training for U-6 to U-12 continues every Thursday from 6.30-7.30pm. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information. New members always welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS FACE NAOMH COLMCILLE IN MINOR LEAGUE OPENER ON SATURDAY was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSport