Red Bank Riverfest Dries Up

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — This summer season will boot up without one of the borough’s longest-standing events. Organizers of Riverfest have pulled the plug.The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and This Is It Productions, the groups responsible for organizing Riverfest, have decided not to move forward this year with the food and music festival held each year in the borough’s Marine Park. The news was first reported by RedBankGreen.com.“You just get to a point when you have too many costs,” said Deanna Hunt, a partner in This Is It! Productions, the Hoboken firm that mounted the event for a number of years.Hunt and Lynda Rose, president and chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce, said the reason for the decision not to proceed with this year’s event was due in large part to added demands placed upon them by borough officials. Those included a request for an additional $5,000 contribution to the borough on top of the other fees the organizers have to pay.“The fees they were requesting were becoming cost prohibitive for us to be able to produce the event,” Hunt said.“Quite frankly, we just had to draw the line,” Rose said.Organizers had to pay for the use of the park for the three-day festival; pay for police overtime; for private security; to cover the cost of having Department of Public Works available for cleanup; “and all the other costs that go along with producing the event the average person doesn’t see,” Hunt noted.Last year’s event included a beer and wine garden for the first time. Hunt said borough officials requested organizers make a donation to a not-for-profit organization in exchange for allowing that attraction. Organizers decided to contribute $1,000 to the borough Department of Parks and Recreation, even though, Rose maintained, the event failed to show a profit.“They weren’t happy with the amount,” said a piqued Rose. “I’m sorry, it was a donation.”Neither Rose nor Hunt had figures readily available as to the costs related to producing the event.A lengthy renovation project of Marine Park facilities damaged by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 has begun, and organizers also feared that would cause some difficulty in utilizing the location.Much like Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink, the largescale July 3 fireworks display that a private group organized with borough participation, sometimes these events become victims of their own success, said Borough Council President Kathy Horgan. “At times these events become too big, they become unmanageable, they become too expensive,” Horgan said. “We have to think what that means for the police, for everybody.”Organizers of the fireworks display, not affiliated with Riverfest, decided to cancel the event in 2012.Rose said there has been some early talks with Sea Bright officials about possibly bringing the event to the beachfront town but nothing has been decided.Riverfest in another iteration began in the early 1980s as the International Food Festival, held twice a year. By the 1990s the chamber came on board and partnered with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation to incorporate live music and other attractions, along with food merchants into the event.A contentious schism developed between the jazz and blues foundation in the early 2000s, with the chamber walking away from the event for a couple of years and taking the name, Riverfest – which it owns the rights to – with it. For a number of years, the music foundation ran it as the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, but eventually the chamber came back and took hold of the reins.By the mid-1990s, the early June event became the largest free event of its type in the area, Hunt noted. At its peak it could attract upward of 80-100,000 people to Marine Park, she said. “Back in the ‘90s it gave a name to Red Bank when Red Bank was ‘Dead Bank,’” Hunt said, referring to the derogatory moniker the borough was tagged with prior to its redevelopment.Hunt and Horgan said they both hope discussions can continue to reinstate the event in the future.“I think it’s important to have events that keep people coming to Red Bank and keep residents involved and have things to do,” Horgan said.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Sockeyes first out of gate at Cyclone Taylor Championship

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsRichmond is the first team out of the gate at the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Fernie.A goal by Rudi Thorsteinson, his second of the game, with 52 seconds remaining in the game sparked the Sockeyes to a thrilling 4-3 victory over KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes Thursday in round robin action at the Memorial Arena.Richmond, Pacific International Junior Hockey League winners, top the Cyclone Taylor standings with two points.Host Fernie Ghostriders and Vancouver Island champion Peninsula Panthers are tied for second after the teams played to a 3-3 tie in Thursday’s late game.After a scoreless first period, the Osoyoos and Richmond entered the third period tied at 2-2.Brayden Low gave the Sockeyes a 3-2 advantage with a shorthanded tally early in the third period.Josh Gray tied the game for Osoyoos midway through the period before Thorsteinson put the puck past Mr. Everything Kyle Laslo in the Dogs’ net.Jeremy Hamaguchi, leading Richmond with three points, also scored for Richmond. Sam Nigg and Troy Quintal replied for Osoyoos.In the late game Cale Wright’s power play goal in the final two minutes lifted the Riders into the tie.Thomas Abenante scored twice for Fernie. Kurtis Rumenovich, Kyle Peterson and Zach Mazo replied for the Panthers.The round robin draw continues Friday with Richmond facing Peninsula at 3 p.m. and Fernie hosting Osoyoos in an all-KIJHL match up at 7:30 p.m.The round robin concludes Saturday with Peninsula battling Osoyoos and Richmond up against the Ghostriders.The top two teams advance to Sunday’s final at 6 p.m. The consolation contest goes at 2 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Let the ‘training camp’ begin for the Nelson Leafs

first_imgFollowing an off-season of turmoil, new coach and GM Dave McLellan hopes to bring a sense of calm to the Good Ship Leaf as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club kicks off the 2014-15 campaign with training camp Friday at the NDCC Arena.McLellan has been thrust into the leadership role with the Green and White after first choice to succeed Frank Maida decided to dump the Murdoch Division franchise like a bag of old pucks during the summer.“Outside it seems to be crazy but right now we’re working through process of finding and assessing player’s potential players,” said McLellan, who found time to talk to The Nelson Daily in between player calls and meetings with the board.“But I’m confident, and if anything, we have a unique situation of  too many players returning wanting to make team.”In McLellan, Nelson gets a seasoned veteran of the game, well versed in building winning teams.And McLellan will use that experience to find the right mix of players to roster the Heritage City franchise.“My main focus has been getting in contact with BC Hockey, Western Hockey and Alberta Hockey teams looking for players who don’t make their rosters who would like to join us at some stage, whether it be (training) camp or after camp,” McLellan explained. The former Delta Ice Hawks and Burnaby Express skipper expects roughly 45 players in camp when the Leafs take to the ice Friday afternoon.The players will be divided into two teams.On ice evaluations start the tryout session before the teams take to the pond for a scrimmage.The teams practice separately before another scrimmage allows coaches and evaluators a chance to gauge the players.Some of the players already on the bubble are the host of returning veterans to the Leafs — defencemen, and last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierrie, Patrick Croome, Kyle Clayton, Robson Cramer and forwards Adam Hodge and Matt MacDonald.While experience is good, KIJHL allows only five 20-year-olds on the roster.“We have numbers crunch of 20-year-olds coming to camp,” McLellan explained. “We’ll see how camp goes but we’ll probably try to acquire some other players through trades using the 20-year-olds.”Others returning to training camp from a Leaf team that finished fourth at the Cyclone Taylor Cup are goalie Adam Maida, defence men Austin Seaman and forwards Alec Wilkinson, Quinn Klimchuk and Rayce Miller.Sunday the players are presented with one last opportunity to impress the coaches before exit interviews conclude the camp during the afternoon.McLellan gets to see the team in action on Wednesday when Nelson travels to Fruitvale to meet the defending KIJHL Champion, Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Exhibition home games for Nelson at September 6 (Creston) and September 7 (Beaver Valley) before Nelson opens the season September 12 against the Nitehawks.last_img read more

Missing Dog: Have you seen Oliver?

first_imgUPDATE: Oliver has been found, thanks to all who shared this post.An appeal has been launched to find a missing dog in the Mountain Top area. Oliver is a light brown and white Beagle who has been missing since 1pm on Saturday.He was last seen on the Oran Hill, Mountain Top.His owners are anxious to see him returned home safely.If you have any information to share please email info@donegaldaily.com and we will pass on the message to the owners. Missing Dog: Have you seen Oliver? was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:MISSING DOGlast_img read more

Hot of the web

first_imgE-love: According to The Wall Street Journal, venture capitalists still love the Net, if only a little less. Investment in Internet companies by venture capital firms fell in the second quarter of 2000 to $14.75 billion, down from $15.39 billion in the first quarter. But that is still more than,E-love: According to The Wall Street Journal, venture capitalists still love the Net, if only a little less. Investment in Internet companies by venture capital firms fell in the second quarter of 2000 to $14.75 billion, down from $15.39 billion in the first quarter. But that is still more than the amount invested in the first half of 1999.Olympic Surprise: Thought the Net was supreme? Well, you have to wait a while: TV still rules, OK? Olympic officials have banned Internet video and audio transmissions from Sydney to avoid usurping TV’s broadcast rights. But you can still track the games through Olympics.com and a host of other sports sites. The exclusive Olympics site at indiatoday. comgoes up soon so watch that space as well.India View: It’s getting better. The Gartner Group’s SHARP (Surfing Habits Advertising Research and Purchase) latest outlook for India (3,000 respondents in seven metros) says it has the highest Net user growth rate in Asia-Pacific. But e-business is still low, with only a little over 2 per cent of users having paid online. Part of the reason is problems with setting up confidentiality of card transactions on the Net. The good news: a fifth of those who haven’t bought anything on the Net say they want to. There was more good news last week from a study on e-commerce by Taylor Nelson Sofres Interactive. Its 27-country survey across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America ranked India 17 among on-line shoppers, on par with Malaysia and Singapore and ahead of Taiwan.last_img read more

9 months agoBurnley boss Dyche delighted with Hendrick for victory over Fulham

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche delighted with Hendrick for victory over Fulhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche praised Jeff Hendrick’s performance for victory over Fulham.Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.And once ahead the Clarets dug in to make it nine points from nine in their new year resurgence.Dyche beamed: “I thought Jeff put a sterling shift in today.“We ask a lot of Jeff and some people question him, but he plays all over the place and continues to play hard and do a great job for us.”I hope they give him the (first) goal because it was on target.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoN​orwich defender Byram: Our team spirit is sky high

first_imgN​orwich defender Byram: Our team spirit is sky highby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Sam Byram is praising the chemistry and unity of the squad as they navigate the Premier League.The newly promoted side got a famous win against Manchester City at the weekend, despite several first team members being out with injury.Byram believes that aside from quality coaching and preparation, the camaraderie in the squad makes it easier for them to push to achieve their goals.”The character and spirit is definitely one of the best I’ve experienced,” he said to the club’s official website. “You can see from everyone, the players on the bench and the players that even weren’t on the bench, everyone wants the team to do well.”That’s the main thing for the unity. Not one player is bigger than the team and you can see that today with the work rate, everyone has got each other’s back.”We had a bit of luck throughout the game but we defended unbelievably well and also had spells in the game where we played some really good football.”We always have belief that we could win. It’s Manchester City and they are an unbelievable team but we’ve got a squad here which is very close-knit.”If someone drops out, someone else can fill in. You know exactly what your job is and I think we showed today the spirit we’ve got and how good we can be.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd pals

first_imgInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd palsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez has cut ties with his former Manchester United teammates.Sanchez has had a promising start to life at Inter Milan, where he’s on-loan, scoring twice on Saturday however he was sent off shortly after in their win over Sampdoria. Insiders at Manchester United have revealed Alexis Sanchez’s role in the changing room was rather minimal, and that is reflected with his lack of activity in the WhatsApp group.The source told The Sun: “It’s as if he was never here.”New Roma signing Chris Smalling is however said to be involved in the chat, while he is out on loan in Italy. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New study finds male dominance in Hollywood unchanged

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Women made up just 18 per cent of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 American films released last year, according to a new study.The 20th annual “Celluloid Ceiling” study on the behind-the-camera employment of women was released Monday by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. The results show virtually no change in the last 20 years for women in Hollywood. In 1998, the same calculation of behind-the-scenes jobs for women was 17 per cent.The study found that in last year’s top 250 films, 25 per cent of producers were women, 11 per cent of directors were women and just 4 per cent of cinematographers were women.“The film industry has utterly failed to address the continuing underemployment of women behind the scenes,” said Martha M. Lauzen, the study’s author. “This negligence has produced a toxic culture that supported the recent sexual harassment scandals and truncates so many women’s careers.”Last week, a study published by the University of Southern California Annenberg found that among the top 100 films at the box office, the percentage of female directors rose from 4.2 per cent in 2016 to 7.3 per cent in 2017. But that number was still less than the 8 per cent in 2008.As they have in the past, the studies give statistical evidence to the widespread alarm about gender equality in Hollywood. More than 300 women in entertainment recently formed the initiative Time’s Up to push for equal female representation among executives and to help sexual harassment victims defend themselves.last_img read more

NGT forms panel to prepare national plan for polluted rivers

first_imgNew Delhi: The NGT has formed a Central Monitoring Committee to prepare and enforce a national plan to make over 350 river stretches across the country pollution free as it has caused serious threat to safety of water and environment. A bench headed by Nation Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the committee would comprise a representative of NITI Aayog; secretaries of Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Environment; the director general of National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Central Pollution Control Board chairman. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Central Monitoring Committee will also co-ordinate with the River Rejuvenation Committees of the states and oversee the execution of the action plans, taking into account the timelines, budgetary mechanism and other factors. Chief secretaries of states will be the nodal agency at state level. “The chief secretaries of the states may undertake review of progress of RRCs by involving concerned secretaries of Department of Urban Development, Environment, Industries, Irrigation and Public Health, Health etc,” the bench said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe tribunal also directed the Ministry of Environment to consider a policy for giving environmental awards to outstanding persons (natural and juristic) and institutions or states and introducing “dis-incentives” for non compliant states and asked it to frame such scheme before June 30. “First meeting of the Central Monitoring Committee may be held by June 30. The Central Monitoring Committee may consider identifying experts, best practices and models for use of treated water, including plan to supply untreated sewage for a price or otherwise so that the concerned needy party can treat and utilise such water as is reportedly being done at Surat in Gujarat, Nagpur in Maharashtra and Bhilwada in Rajasthan or any other place,” it said. Use of treated water for agriculture or other purpose may save potable surface and ground water, it said. The NGT directed the Central Monitoring Committee to give its report by July 31. “We direct the CPCB and state pollution control boards to launch nationwide programme on biodiversity monitoring and indexing of the rivers to assess the efficacy of river cleaning programme. Further, for safety of human health and maintaining sanctity of the rivers, regular hygienic surveys of the rivers should be carried out with reference to fecal coliform and fecal streptococci, as indicated in the primary water quality criteria for bathing waters,” the NGT said. The tribunal noted that due to use of polluted water in irrigation, there is threat to the health of human beings apart from the aquatic flora and fauna. “It is therefore necessary to have regular hygienic survey of the rivers particularly with reference to pathogenic organisms having impact on human health directly or indirectly. It is also important to note that biological health of the rivers is an important aspect. Much of the important biodiversity is lost on account of severe pollution in the rivers. “There has to be a regular study of the Indian rivers with regard to biological heath and its diversity. We understand that biomapping of rivers and setting biological goals/criteria is part of River Rejuvenation Programmes in some countries. There is threat to the environmental rule of law of the country,” it said. The tribunal’s direction came after taking note of a news item in ‘The Hindu’ under the heading “More river stretches are now critically polluted: CPCB”. According to the news item, 351 polluted river stretches have been noted by the CPCB and 117 such stretches are in the states of Assam, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. The CPCB has apprised the concerned states of the extent of pollution in the rivers.last_img read more