SEA BRIGHT – A day at the borough’s beach, beginning and ending with a ferry ride through New York’s harbor with a view of the Statue of Liberty and no parking problems, that’s what SeaStreak ferry service will be offering in a combined ferry ride and shuttle service from New York to Sea Bright and back on weekends starting on Saturday, July 11.In addition, the borough will not charge the usual $8 beach fee for the passengers.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Monday that the mayor and Borough Council “have worked hard” to put the new service in operation.“It’s an exciting opportunity for Sea Bright,” he said and a win for the town and the merchants.One of the benefits of the service would be keeping more cars and traffic out of the town.The boats will leave from Wall Street and East 35th St. in Manhattan in the morning and dock in Highlands from where the passengers will board a free shuttle to Sea Bright, and in the evenings ride the shuttle from the borough back to the boats.The fee for the service will be $45 round trip, with children 5 to 12 paying $17 and those under 5 free.The early ferry is scheduled to leave East 35th St. at 8 a.m. and Wall Street at 8:15 a.m. and arrive at Highlands at 9:05 a.m. with the shuttle leaving at 9:10 a.m. and arriving at Sea Bright at 9:35 a.m.The later boat will leave East 35th St. at 10:30 a.m. and Wall Street at 11 a.m. and get to Highlands at 11:50 a.m., where the shuttle will depart at 11:55 a.m. and be in Sea Bright at 12:20 p.m., according the schedule.Coming back to New York, the schedule said the shuttles will depart from the borough at 4:35 p.m. to arrive at Highlands at 5:20 p.m. for a 5:30 p.m. ferry which will reach East 35th St. at 6:20 p.m. and Wall Street at 6:45 p.m.The 6:35 p.m. shuttle from Sea Bright will get to Highlands at 7:20 p.m. for passengers to board the 7:30 p.m. ferry which arrives at East 35th St. at 8:30 p.m. and Wall Street at 8:15 p.m., according to the schedule.Asked about the possibility of problems that could be encountered by the shuttles from the heavy traffic on Ocean Avenue on weekends from Sandy Hook and area beach clubs, Brett Chamberlain, director of marketing at SeaStreak said that if it is necessary the shuttle could take a different route from the borough to Highlands using the Rumson Sea Bright Bridge.“We’ll probably end up doing it all summer, if there is enough demand,” he said when asked how long the new service would continue, “We’re very hopeful.”“We’re always looking for new ways to transport our customers,” Chamberlain said, and Sea Bright “is a great place to come.”Sea Streak already provides daily ferry service to Sandy Hook in the summer with several boats from New York docking on the bay side and free shuttle service to the ocean beaches.– By Liz Sheehan
Story and Photos By Jay CookMIDDLETOWN –Proponents for more reliable electric power service and citizens deeply concerned about its effects on their lives will both get to air their points of view at a highly anticipated public hearing.On Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., Middletown High School North will be the host site for a public hearing overseen by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) regarding the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), a $111 million transmission line proposal by Jersey Central Power & Light Co. (JCP&L).Supervising the meeting on behalf of the OAL will be Judge Gail M. Cookson, one of 24 judges assigned to the Newark division of the government entity.Middletown North High School will be the venue for the Jan. 25 public hearing on the proposed power lines in eastern Monmouth County.Middletown High School North was chosen to host the public hearing since it is one of the largest facilities within the possibly affected areas. The auditorium inside the school seats 725, with approximately 315 parking spaces on campus, according to the high school’s principal’s office.An influx of traffic to the area on the evening of Jan. 25 is expected. Across the street from Middletown High School North is Tindall Park, which if necessary, logistically could serve as an overflow for parking.Regarding the meeting itself, OAL public information officer and chief administrative officer Patrick Mulligan gave light to exactly what Cookson’s role will be at the public hearing.“The judge is there as a referee just to make sure things progress without much fanfare or too many headaches,” he said.At 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, Cookson is expected to call the meeting to order. There will most likely be sign-in sheets for all parties who wish to speak on the record for or against the MCRP. Chances are elected officials will be given the right to speak first, if they wish.There is no time limit to the meeting itself, meaning it could last anywhere from one hour to upwards of four or five, Mulligan said. However, time limits may be imposed on speakers at the hearing. The length of those limits likely will not be known until Jan. 24, so Mulligan suggested speakers keep their comments “brief and short.”The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will also be providing security on site for the public hearing.The issue at hand is the MCRP, a nearly 10-mile long, 230-kV high-voltage transmission line connecting power substations from Aberdeen to Red Bank according to a 671-page petition filed to the BPU on Aug. 9. The line would travel along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail right-of-way through neighboring towns Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown.When that petition was filed to the BPU, it was immediately transferred to the OAL, which will be the initial decision-maker on whether or not the project continues. The OAL will make a choice for or against the MCRP, and then it will be up to the BPU to decide if they agree with that choice.Since announcing the project to residents within 200 feet of the proposed corridor in late May of 2016, JCP&L has stood their ground on the importance for the project.“For this project in particular, throughout the process we have held multiple opportunities to interact with the public,” said Stephanie Walton, a spokesperson for FirstEnergy – the Akron, Ohio-based parent company of JCP&L. “We had public meetings back in June and we have a public website and a hotline where folks can call in and have their questions addressed as well.”That website, MonmouthReliability.com, has been logging JCP&L’s updates to the project’s status as the process has advanced. The webpage also discusses the benefits to the MCRP, provides a question-and-answer section, information about the communities involved and a contacts page.With about a week until the public hearing, Walton said that the public utility is finalizing which representatives will speak on behalf of the company for the necessity of the project.Walton also said that JCP&L plans to remain an open book to the public going forward.“When built, it will provide additional reliability to 214,000 residential and commercial customers in Monmouth County,” she said. “It is an important project, and we’ll just continue to explain the need for the project and answer any questions from the administrative law judge or any questions throughout this regulatory process.”Fighting the project on the home front is Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE), a local Monmouth County grassroots group formed out of concerns over the MCRP’s effect on nearby towns.President Rachael Kanapka, who has been a constant source of optimism for concerned residents, believes RAGE’s fight is stronger than ever.“We all have an obligation, if you oppose this project, to go and make sure the judge hears from all of us,” Kanapka said. “We’re encouraging people obviously to attend – their presence is critical.”As a public meeting, residents can put their views on the record with the OAL and BPU. RAGE has been working on an outreach program to try and engage as many residents as possible in Monmouth County who feel the MCRP would be detrimental.Utilizing RAGE talking points, along with bringing young children to make the testimony personal, is a strategy the group plans to use on Jan. 25.“I want the auditorium overflowing with people so that the judge sees that this project is not wanted and that this project is not needed,” Kanapka said.Following a code of conduct and decorum at the public hearing is also key to ensuring a smooth evening.The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG), a nonprofit organization that seeks transparency and accountability in all levels of state government, provided a few guidelines to public hearing protocol.According to Walter Leurs, the vice president to NJFOG, the most important issue is that people need to show up and voice their opinions on the record.He also believes following the set of rules by the presiding judge will improve the speed and effectiveness of the hearing.“Know the rules and follow them,” Leurs said. “This is a hearing, so there’s going to be certain expectations of decorum and procedure. If there’s time limits, follow the time limits. If there’s places to sit, sit where you’re supposed to sit. When other people are speaking, don’t talk or interrupt.”He also said that submitting written testimony on the record is just as – if not more effective – than speeding through the exact same statement in hand. Make sure to announce that written testimony is being added, and follow that up with a quick overview as to what it says.Leurs warned against being redundant. If a resident shares the same beliefs as those who spoke before him, announce that, and then add in a personal sentiment.“Shakespeare said that brevity is the soul of wit,” Leurs said. “So, when people are making their comments, get to the point – be succinct and be clear.”
His request was ultimately denied, with Galloway Township claiming that fulfilling the OPRA request would mean creating a new record, an issue courts have said is not permitted through OPRA.Paff ’s case won at trial court, though was eventually overturned by the Appellate Division. That court found creating an email log with requested information would indeed be creating a new record.When researching the case, Luers said he and his team could not find a situation across the country where states limited access to emails, adding that emails are a way of “efficiently searching” any and all information. More than 25,000 members have connected with the group since its inception in January 2014 and Gallagher said it has become a real force of news in Monmouth County.“It’s a critical tool, and it’s changed the way that people get their information,” he said.He noted different movements or causes in the county that have utilized Facebook to their advantage, ranging from the Residents Against Giant Electric group fighting high-voltage transmission lines through five towns, or the Little Silver Against the Cell Tower initiative, comprised of residents opposed to a cell tower erected less than 500 feet from a school.Gallagher also cited the sea-level community in Highlands, where “people used Facebook to change our form of government from a partisan town to a non-partisan town, and elected a whole new slew of people.”Miller, the Rutgers professor, maintained that locals have influence on their town’s governing bodies.“Government transparency should be happening every single day,” Miller said. “You should be able to see it.”This article was first published in the June 29-July 6, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. “I can’t imagine living in a state where electronic records are not accessible,” Luers said. “I can’t fathom it.”Galloway Township fought hard to preserve the Appellate Division’s ruling, and sought help from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJSLOM) during the trial, which served as amicus on the case.In a statement to The Two River Times, Michael F. Cerra, NJSLOM’s assistant executive director and director of government affairs said the organization was “troubled by the decision.”Cerra continued, citing concerns that this decision “blurs the lines” between creating and disclosing new records.“This court decision fundamentally changes the scope of OPRA and leads municipalities down a path of having to create records, at taxpayer’s expense,” Cerra said.Conversely, some argue that the court case champions the fight for more government transparency, a hot-button issue highlighted by the 2016 presidential election.“We all know the saying, the best remedy for anything is sunshine,” said Steven Miller, the director of undergraduate studies in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. “Our laws, our records, what our government does, what our governmental agencies do, should be open to viewing by reporters, by the press, by the public.”Miller pointed to all Americans, not just New Jerseyans, who have fought to gather more information from municipal, county and federal governments.“Without the voters making their voices heard and forcing government to show its hand, this would not have happened,” Miller said.‘THE BEST WATCHDOGS’While it was Paff who took the most recent OPRA fight to the courts, he is certainly not the only resident striving for more government transparency in the Garden State.“You need people that are not tied to government to act as watchdogs,” said Luers. “The best watchdogs are the people that go to their own town meetings because they know their own town the best.”That is the case in Monmouth County, where locals in the Two River area have taken up less-combative arms, with their camcorders and smartphones in hand, to document what their towns do on a bi-weekly basis.“It’s vital to our form of democracy that this information is available,” said Holmdel resident Scott Goldstein, referring to public township meetings.Goldstein, who serves as president of the Holmdel-based land preservation group Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU), has been a regular fixture at Holmdel Township Committee meetings over the past two decades.Before bringing his camera and tripod to the first meeting nearly a year and a half ago, Goldstein said he was one of many CILU members who documented and sent out information learned through township committee meetings.That method of sharing information has evolved into videotaping Holmdel’s elected officials from the dais, a way for residents unable to attend meetings to witness what happens firsthand. The videos are found on the CILU Holmdel YouTube channel.“If you want to put your foot in your mouth, I’m just going to be the person there recording it,” Goldstein said. “If you want to be a jerk about how you deal with your community, that’s up to you.”Goldstein said because of the videos, litigation has been brought on the Holmdel Township Committee four separate times to stop developments in town – most notably a $3.3 million bond for synthetic turf fields at Cross Farm Park and the building of affordable housing units at Palmer Square.Video cameras have also become a common occurrence at Middletown Township meetings in recent years.“I believe that this provides an important vehicle to those who cannot come out to a meeting,” said Middletown resident Don Watson.Watson serves as the Middletown Township Democrat Committee chairman, and has long lobbied the all-Republican Township Committee to record township meetings themselves and broadcast on public television channels.When the township denied that request, citing a $110,000 cost, Watson started the Middletown Open Government group to fund and discuss information shared at the public meetings.He said nearly $1,000 was raised for video equipment, and he began uploading the meeting videos to his YouTube channel, MiddletownOG.Watson has recorded meetings involving two of the township’s most contentious planning board applications in recent years – the Trinity Hall campus development on Chapel Hill Road and the Village 35 commercial complex project, which is still before the board.Regarding what other costs he incurs for recording the meetings, Watson said “It costs me my time, and that’s it.”FACEBOOK PLAYS A ROLEBesides YouTube, the other power player in local municipal discussion is the social network site Facebook. Not only does it draw teenagers, parents and businesses, but the site has become a haven for sharing local news across the town lines.One of the most prominent public Facebook groups in the area is Monmouth County News, supervised by Art Gallagher, a social media consultant and publisher of the conservative blog More Monmouth Musings. By Jay Cook |A state Supreme Court decision last week reaffirmed what many Sunshine Law advocates have known as gospel for years: email records are public records.After years of bouncing among New Jersey courtrooms, Open Public Record Act (OPRA) activists were afforded a win with the John Paff v. Galloway Township decision on June 20, which found that emails are deemed information stored electronically, lawfully falling under state OPRA guidelines.“(This decision) puts New Jersey in the vanguard in terms of access to electronic records,” said Walter M. Luers, the attorney who represented Paff throughout the litigation. “It puts us right in the 21st century.”On June 28, 2013, Paff filed an OPRA request with Galloway Township, Atlantic County, seeking information from emails sent between the township’s clerk and chief of police. In the request, Paff highlighted the terms “sender,” “recipient,” “date,” and “subject.”
By Chris Rotolo |OCEANPORT – PJ O’Connell can still recall scenes from his high school days, in particular the cloud of cigarette smoke that consumed him each time he opened the men’s room door.As the director of Shore Regional High School security, O’Connell has noticed that, though the smoke has dissipated, a dangerous and addictive fire still burns.O’Connell appeared at the Maple Place School in Oceanport on Thursday where the former Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office detective delivered a presentation titled “Vaping: What Every Parent Should Know,” a program sponsored by the borough’s Drug Education Initiative Committee (DEIC) and used to inform concerned residents about the dangers of vaping, as well as warning signs that their children may be partaking.“I have children, the youngest of which is now a freshman in college,” O’Connell said. “They’re the ones who started cluing me in that it’s not cigarettes anymore. It’s vaping.”While working in the high school setting O’Connell has caught a number of students vaping on school grounds, so he began to educate himself on the trend.For further insight, he spoke to several of his own friends who were vaping as way to wean themselves off cigarettes, a tactic O’Connell admits can be useful for longtime smokers looking to beat the habit.However, the further O’Connell dug, the more concerned he became.“The more research I did, it became clear that these companies are targeting kids. And that’s the biggest part of this presentation and what I try to get across to parents. Their kids think this is safe. They see that it’s safer than cigarettes, but since when are we using cigarettes as the bar for what’s healthy and what isn’t?”O’Connell presented to nearly 30 parents of local students and drew an audible gasp from the congregation when he began discussing the science behind the dangers of vaping.“I get a lot of my information from our science teachers at the high school and they explained to me that, when you heat a chemical, it’s altered to become something completely different. And that’s what’s happening here,” said O’Connell, who referenced a recent study by the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) and another by Joseph Allen – an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard – both of which indicate the risks of vaping.In March UCSF tested urine samples from the bodies of teens who used electronic cigarettes and vaping devices and the study revealed elevated levels of five different toxins that are referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), all of which are known or suspected carcinogens.In April 2016, Allen’s report found at least “one flavoring chemical was detected in 47 of 51 unique vaping flavors tested.” A chemical known as diacetyl was also detected in 39 of 51 tested flavors. Diacetyl is connected with bronchiolitis obliterans, other lung diseases and respiratory infections.Oceanport’s Drug Education Initiative group (L to R: Kim Murphy, Betsy Vilardi Schuff, Marybeth Murphy Kopec and Chriselle Loquet) organized Thursday’s information session on the dangers of vaping.It’s the various flavors of vaping liquids that has O’Connell most concerned, a sentiment shared by Oceanport resident Tara Sweeney, who was in attendance Thursday.“I have friends who have used. But they’re adults who are using this as a tool and it works for them,” Sweeney said. “But for kids to be doing this and to be attracted to the taste of the flavors, it’s very scary. We don’t know the long-term impact of what using does. But we know that there can be nicotine involved. We know there can be carcinogens present. And we know that they can be used to smoke marijuana. Vaping is definitely a concern.”In March, Hackensack Meridian Health at Riverview Medical Center pulmonologist Adrian Pristas, M.D., confirmed to The Two River Times that vaping devices and e-cigarettes do produce nicotine and, due to the addictive nature of the chemical, these devices can act as a gateway to cigarette use.“Studies have shown that those who are 14 to 30 years of age and vape are four times more likely to start smoking,” said Pristas, segueing into one of O’Connell’s biggest reveals of the evening.“Who are the big corporations that own these vaping companies,” O’Connell asked. “It all goes back to big tobacco.”R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company is a subsidiary of Reynolds American, Inc., one of the largest tobacco companies in the United States.MarkTen is an e-cigarette owned by Altria Group, another major player in the American tobacco industry, formerly known as cigarette-production giant Philip Morris Companies Inc.It’s their marketing and business savvy that O’Connell says has let these companies transform a tool to help smokers quit into an attractive device for new clients.“They want the ingredients to fall under trade secrets,” O’Connell said. “If they make the best flavor of cotton candy, they can’t share that information or else a competitor will make it. The regulators say that’s okay and everything is FDA approved. But it really isn’t, because once the chemicals are heated they become harmful.”If you missed the presentation but are interested in receiving more information on vaping, you can contact O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org.This article was first published in the April 19-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
RED BANK – Hundreds passed through the newly restored T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank last weekend for a preview of the building following an extensive restoration by Roger Mumford Homes and French & Parrello Associates. Fortune (1856-1928) was an orator, Civil Rights leader, journalist and influential publisher of a leading black newspaper known as The New York Age. There were readings from African-American authors over both days, including two poems Fortune published in 1905 in his book “Dreams of Life” while living in the house. The mansion at 94 Drs. James Parker Blvd. will be open during the Weekend in Old Monmouth, May 4 and 5. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for May 23. Photos by Patrick Olivero
“It really is an untold storyabout this man who qualified tobe a ‘Righteous Gentile,’” saidJoy Kurland, JHSNJ executivedirector. In October 1943, Barbour and a handful of his fellow legislators met with a group of 400 rabbis who had marched in Washington to demand that the U.S. government intervene in the Holocaust. Days later Barbour introduced a bill proposing that the U.S. allow 100,000 refugees under threat by Hitler to enter the U.S. and stay for the duration of the war. As the rest of the world argued about what to do, whether to intervene or isolate, whether to opt for conscience or complacency, some spoke out loud and clear. Although he came from a wealthy family – his father was the founder of the Barbour Linen Thread Company in Paterson – he forged a unique path to Congress that included rejecting a Princeton education in favor of the family business and a boxing career that led to his triumph as the World Champion Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1910. Among them was Monmouth Beach-born W. Warren Barbour, a former mayor of Rumson, former World Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Champion and finally, a distinguished senator from New Jersey. A Republican like his father before him, Barbour was elected to the Rumson Borough Council in 1922 and became mayor of Rumson in 1923 – a position he held until 1928. For Jews and other minorities targeted by the Nazis, the madness spreading across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s was a death sentence. Fur ther research revealed much more about Barbour and his connection to Paterson through the Barbour Linen Thread Mill. “Prior to (World War II), the public was over whelmingly against additional immigration,” Medoff noted in emailed comments regarding his research. “There was also strong opposition to getting involved in the war. The general attitude was that the U.S. should not get mixed up in Europe’s problems.” After a bout with tuberculosis in his youth, Barbour passed on a Princeton education in favor of a boxing career, winning the Amateur Heavyweight Boxing title as a young man.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey After his father’s death in 1917, Barbour took over the presidency of the family firm. A few years later, he embarked on a political career. It was a time of racial, ethnic and religious divides; a time of turmoil marked by protests and polarization over immigration, threats of war and worries over economic uncertainty. A Republican, Sen. Barbour voted in favor of the legislation that established the Social Security Administration under Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Barbour died in office Nov. 22, 1943 at the age of 58.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey Sharing the story with fellow members of the society, Polton garnered support for the idea of honoring Barbour and sharing his story. The society was able to raise the money to hire Medoff to conduct fur ther research on Barbour and prepare a lecture in his honor. As his prominence grew, Barbour’s remarks in Congress became the genesis of a newspaper column echoing his advocacy for social justice and equality. By Eileen Moon Born in Monmouth Beach, Sen. W. Warren Barbour served as a councilman and mayor of Rumson before entering Congress. Throughout his life, he was a passionate advocate for equal rights for all citizens. In 1943, he introduced a bill in Congress that would have given refuge in the United States to 100,000 Jews and other minorities targeted by the Nazis for the duration of the war.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey For decades, his history rested quietly in various archives. Browsing through the digital copies of a Jewish newspaper published in the Paterson area one day, JHSNJ president Richard Polton happened upon a page containing a column by Sen. Barbour outlining his argument for tolerance and equality. For reservations and information on the program, contact the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey at 201-300-6590 or email email@example.com. During his years in Congress, Barbour was a strong advocate for social justice and religious tolerance. “There can be no peace until human beings recognize the rights of others less fortunate than they are or who possess different religions or philosophies,” he wrote. “Enduring peace will be found only in the doctrine of ‘live and let live.’ ’’ Appointed to the Senate to fill the unexpired term of Dwight Morrow in 1931, Barbour served until 1936, when a Democratic landslide led by Franklin Delano Roosevelt swept him out of office. He returned to the Senate in 1938 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of John G. Milton. Before the bill could proceed, Barbour suffered a heart attack, dying in office Nov. 22, 1943. He was 55. In 1927, Barbour donated his family home to the borough in memory of his parents. In 1929, the building at 80 River Road became the town’s first borough hall. Prior to that, the mayor and council met in the firehouse on Center Street. The Barbour donation served as the center of borough operations until 2008, when a new building took its place. On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey will honor Barbour for his Holocaust rescue efforts with a reception and lecture about Barbour’s life and achievements by Rafael Medoff, executive director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C. “Here we are in 2019 and the issues of tolerance are still completely relevant,” noted Polton. “It’s just an incredible story. Here’s a man who really stepped outside of what you would imagine were the prevailing attitudes of his milieu in a progressive way.” Public opinion began to shift in late 1943 and early 1944. “With the defeat of the Germans at Stalingrad and the surrender of Italy and other developments, many Americans felt more secure in the likelihood of victory and more willing to extend a helping hand,” he continued. Medoff will share details of his research during his lecture Nov. 3. The lecture will take place in a portion of the former Barbour Mill, now the Art Factory, at 70 Spruce St., Paterson. The lecture is free but reser vations are recommended. Members of Barbour’s family will attend the event.
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs are hoping to build on a mini two-game winning streak when the club plays a pair of Murdoch Division opponents in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend action.The Leafs travel to Fruitvale Friday to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks before returning home Saturday to host the Grand Forks Border Bruins.Saturday’s contest is the first home date in six games for the Leafs. The Nitehawks moved into a tie for tops in the Murdoch Division after Beaver Valley pounded Grand Forks Border Bruins 9-3 Wednesday night.The game was payback after the Bruins upset the Hawks 5-2 in the Boundary City.Beaver Valley is tied with Castlegar Rebels. However, the Hawks have played five more games than Castlegar.Nelson is back after winning two of three games on the trip to the Shuswap Division. After starting the trip with a loss to Revelstoke, Nelson posted wins over Sicamous and North Okanagan.Nelson, 10-10, trails third-place Spokane by four points in the Murdoch. The Leafs are 4-8 within the division and have yet to defeat Castlegar or Beaver Valley.LEAF NOTES: The Leafs will be without sniper Connor McLaughlin, who was called up for a three-game northern weekend road swing by Trail of the B.C. Hockey League. McLaughlin is riding a four-game point streak. . . . Nelson is also missing Walker Sidoni, Cameron Dobransky, Adrian Moyls and Raymond Reimer, all out of the lineup with injuries. . . .To offset the missing bodies, the Leafs are looking to call up two affiliate players from the Okanagan Hockey Academy. One of the players is Nelson Minor Hockey grad Linden Horswill.firstname.lastname@example.org
The bad news for Mount Sentinel is the Golden Eagles won the Selkirk Storm High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament in Kimberley.However, the good news for the Cats is, despite finishing fourth in the eight-team event, Mount Sentinel is getting ever so close to the elite teams in the Kootenay zone.Meaning, when the Kootenay High School A Girl’s tournament rolls around, the Cats will be in the thick of things when organizers hand out the winner’s hardware and a trip to the provincial tournament.“We now have a two weeks to prepare for the Kootenay finals,” said Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira.“Golden is now the favorite, but there are four other teams (including the Wildcats) that want an opportunity to beat them.”The Cats lost to Fernie Falcons 25-23, 25-18, in the consolation final in a match that “neither team showed the same fire that was clearly evident in the semi finals.”But it was a nail biting loss to Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Wild, won by the East Kootenay squad 21-19 in the third game, which had Moreira & Company feeling very good.“Although the loss meant we wouldn’t have another chance to play Golden (in the final), the match left us feeling pretty good about how we competed,” Moreira explained.The Wildcats opened the tournament with a loss to David Thompson of Invermere.The club then reeled off wins over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail and Creston’s Prince Charles Comets before dropping a straight set match to Golden — 25-21, 25-22.Mount Sentinel rebounded during the playoff round, edging out the host Storm 2-1.Single-A teams in the Kootenay zone now return to the practice court in preparation for the zone playoffs November 18-19 in Fernie.Wildcat boys mixed it up against elite provincial teamsThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats continue to improve on a season quest to be ready for the upcoming B.C. High School AA Boy’s Volleyball Championships at the end of the month in Kelowna.The Cats finished with a 3-2 record to place 11th overall at an elite high school boy’s tournament in Kelowna.Mount Sentinel, still missing starting setter Myles Christman due to an eligibility ruling by B.C. School Sports, defeated Rutland Voodoos 2-0 and Vernon 2-0 before finishing the tournament with a major victory over No. 2 ranked single-A, Kelowna Christian 2-0.Mixed into the weekend were losses to Kelowna Secondary 3-1 and Sahali 2-0.The Cats now travel to Cranbrook to participate in the Mount Baker Wild tournament beginning Friday.email@example.com
The Greater Trail Minor Hockey League has successfully nominated Trail’s Ken Koshey for the Kraft Hockey Goes On contest.Koshey now sits in the top 100 and will need the votes of his family, friends, colleagues and the Greater Trail Area to win a spot in the top 25. Five grand prize winning nominees will win $100,000 for their selected Minor Hockey Association and a total of 20 second prize winning nominees will also win $20,000 to be awarded to their selected Minor Hockey Association.Koshey has been involved in Trail for over 40 years and has touched the lives of several people in his community.“This year, my oldest son played Atom and was placed on Ken Koshey’s team,” said Alison Morrison, a mom of two Trail hockey boys.“I got to experience first-hand why he received a special award in 2010. He was so positive and so encouraging of every child on his team. My son’s confidence bloomed under Ken’s praise and the team had a fun-filled and fantastic season.”Greater Trail will soon be able to vote for Ken amongst the top 100 during a 48-hour voting period, which will take place between March 23 (starting at 9 a.m. ET) and March 24, 2013 (ending at 11:59:59 p.m. ET).Voting is easy; go to http://www.krafthockeygoeson.comand vote for Ken Koshey! Winning Nominees will be announced April 3rd.
Hot meals will be replaced by sandwiches as the Nelson Leafs embark on a road trip that sees the KIJHL franchise log more than 1300 kilometres in four days.And Leaf coach Dave McLellan wouldn’t have it any other way.After spending the first six weeks of the season within minutes of the Heritage City, the Leafs travel to 100 Mile House Friday to open a three-game trek through the Doug Birks Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.“For us this is the first significant travel we’ve done this season,” said McLellan.“This will get us a chance to do some team building.”“For the past month we’ve practiced with each other but the four-day trip will give us a chance to get to know each other,” McLellan added.First stop on the northern tour is Kamloops, which will serve as a hub for the Leafs Thursday and after returning from the game in 100 Mile House Friday.The Leafs will then travel to Revelstoke and Sicamous to conclude the trip Saturday and Sunday afternoon.McLellan continues to ride Soles in goalLook for Leafs netminder Brett Soles to get most of the work this weekend. McLellan is sticking to his coaching philosophy the team needs to have a number one goalie, and currently with a second-place spot in the top KIJHL goalie race, Soles is the man.Soles has registered a 1.96 goals against average in seven games and is a winner in five of those games.Back up netminder Adam Maida should see action in at least one of the three games.Nelson, 7-2-2-1, enters the weekend holding a four-point lead in Murdoch standings over Beaver Valley and Castlegar.Andrews on the shelf with upper body injuryMcLellan is taking 21 players on the trip this weekend. However, one player not making it into the lineup is hard-hitting Blair Andrews.The Calgary native has an upper body injury that will keep him off the ice for at least another two weeks. He came to the Leafs with great fanfare but Dylan Willamson has spent the past two weeks cooling his jets as BC Hockey sorts out whether the Calgary native can be a part of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Nelson Leafs or head back to Alberta to continue his hockey career.“I’m pretty sure he’ll be in the lineup this weekend,” Leaf coach Dave McLellan said minutes after boarding a bus Thursday for Kamloops.“I’m 100 percent sure he’ll be approved to play this weekend but the final decision is one that has to be made by BC Hockey.”McLellan has been busy for the past week trying to get 16-year-old Williamson on the Leafs’ roster.The problem is Williamson’s age.As a 16-year-old the 6-foot, 160-pound forward can only play in his home province unless he has residency in BC.But with Williamson’s mother having property in BC, that residency rule is lifted allowing the Prince Albert Raiders recruit to suit up for the Leafs.Williamson was re-assigned to Nelson from Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.Heis the second player sent to the Leafs by Prince Albert GM Bruno Campese.Earlier this season, towering defenceman Cody Paivarinta was sent to Nelson to develop for another shot at the WHL. The Abbotsford native has five points in 10 games with Nelson.Williamson, who dressed for five exhibition games for Prince Albert, played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence U18 squad last season, finishing the season with 53 points.Leafs get first taste of life on the road with three games