Parking Garage Proposal May Rise Again in Red Bank

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Expect discussions on the construction of a parking garage in downtown Red Bank to come up again at borough council meetings in the near future, says Mayor Pasquale Menna.Business owners and developers are already expressing interest in a parking garage after a lull brought on by a series of economically difficult years.Given that interest, Menna said, the time might be right to start talking about a public/private collaboration to fund the constsruction of a parking deck at the White Street municipal parking lot.“I think in the next few months there will be some action by the [borough] council on a number of comprehensive garage, parking/public use initiatives,” he said.Red Bank RiverCenter has been talking with “people who may be interested,” in pursuing this, the mayor said, but declined to name the interested parties.Any such partnership would include some stipulations, Menna said, including that the garage would be a revenue generator for the municipality; that resident taxpayers wouldn’t pay for the facility’s construction; and that, in addition to containing parking stalls, the garage would have some additional public use.“It’s got to be a creative use and we’re open to suggestions,” he said.One other condition, Menna attached: “It can’t be a big box with a housing element on top.”The shortfall in parking spaces has long been a problem for elected officials and local businesses and at times has become a heated political issue. More than a decade ago, then Mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr. and some of his Democratic borough council colleagues proposed bonding for $11 million dollars to construct a municipally owned and operated parking deck at the White Street lot. The downtown business alliance, Red Bank RiverCenter, strongly supported the project and McKenna argued that the garage would help not only the businesses, but the whole community.Republican candidates for municipal office waged a successful campaign encouraging residents to voice objections to their tax dollars being used for the project.Menna, a Democrat, at that time eventually said he would vote against it, and with the others opposed, the bond ordinance was withdrawn.Since then RiverCenter and members of the downtown business community have continued to advocate for a parking garage as a way of keeping commercial activity alive in Red Bank.New proposals have been discussed, including those that would contain retail or housing components; but none of them have moved beyond the discussion stage.Now, Menna believes, business and constsruction projects are moving forward again and the time has come to revisit the idea of a parking garage.“It’s very easy to put up a parking meter and collect a fee on the parking stall,” he said, explaining his reasoning. “But is that the most creative and the best use for the taxpayers who need relief?”Menna declined to be nailed down as to when these proposals would become public. But he did hint that there would be other significant news about forthcoming businesses. “And they will be extraordinary for the municipality, in terms of people who are going to move in to work in town,” he said.last_img read more

National Weather Service Issues a Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. Sunday

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of New Jersey, including the Two-River area through Sunday evening.Heat indices are expected to reach 100 degrees for a second day in a row on Sunday. Additional days in the 90s could also be on tap again for Tuesday and Wednesday,A heat advisory is issued when a temperature and humidity are expected to be high enough to cause  possible heat-related illnesses.People are cautioned to take actions to prevent such problems, including scheduling strenuous activity for early in the day or later at night, drinking plenty of fluids and staying indoors in air conditioning and out of the sun, if possible. Also people are advised to check on elderly friends, neighbors and family members.last_img read more

The Power of Healing Hands

first_imgEquine Massage Therapist Brings Relief To Horses In PainStory and Photos by Art PetrosemoloJoy Gamache is about as tall as a jockey and she can’t see over the back of most horses she treats. The Middletown resident also doesn’t have particularly large hands or bulging biceps but she makes up for it in hand strength and feel.To the countless thoroughbreds, show and riding horses who have felt her healing touch in the past two decades, it has been a literal “joy”….and for both parties.Gamache didn’t decide in the mid-1990s that she wanted to be an equine massage therapist. It just happened. She says, “I was volunteering for Monmouth County Parks SPUR program –  helping individual with physical and cognitive disabilities achieve personal goals through riding – and could see that a number of horses were in pain and discomfort with arthritis or carrying an unbalanced load (rider). I wanted to help.”Gamache found one of the few programs at the time ­– Equisage – that taught basic equine massage techniques. “I started working on SPUR horses in 1995,” she says, “and learned by doing.” Suddenly instructors and staff were seeing results. “The horses were not as stiff or sore,” she says, “and began to perform better in the program.”As with any good thing, word got around and Gamache began working on a variety of riding and show horses and came under the guidance of Monmouth County veterinarian and friend Kathy Schappel-Lackey, who was beginning to do acupuncture and chiropractic treatments for horses, also something new in the field at the time. Gamache and Lackey worked together and suddenly the massage therapist had almost more calls than she could handle.Gamache uses rhythmic techniques to deliver massage therapy for injury recovery.“Between the vets and word-of-mouth references, at times, I was doing up to 40 horses a week,” said Gamache, who never even posted a sign on her truck. With each session lasting 45-60 minutes and a minimum of 10 pounds of pressure (test that on your supermarket check-out scale), just for Gamache to get through a horse’s hide to muscle area, it could be exhausting.Gamache’s success with horses brought her to the attention of more owners and trainers and her reputation grew. She spent seven years working with veterinarian doctor Patty Hogan at the highly regarded New Jersey Equine Clinic in Millstone, which has been providing medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for horses for the past 40 years.Each horse can exhibit different issues depending on what they do,” Gamache explains. “They are athletes,” she says, “and can get a strain, a bruise or need help recovering from a more serious injury or surgery.” Gamache explains race horses tend to get sore on their right side from training and competing while running clockwise around a track. Show horses can have different issues, she explains. “Hunter-Jumpers need work at the withers (saddle area and balance point) or pole (head) while highly trained dressage horses are treated for shoulder and neck issues from continued lateral movement.”Although equine massage and cranial-sacral therapy (gentle manipulation of the skull and sacrum area to help relieve pain and tension by harmonizing with rhythm of central nervous system) are accepted today as part of the training regimen for many horses, it was brand new when Gamache came to Monmouth Park with Lackey in 2000. “I needed to be licensed by Monmouth Park to practice at on the backstretch,” she says, “and it was something brand new to racing officials.”Gamache’s work soon saw results at the track and she has been in demand for years by trainers like Holly Crest Farm’s John Mazza to help horses recover from injury or even to avoid them. This spring, Gamache spent seven days in Lexington, Kentucky, working at Keenland Race Track on the horses of trainers Vicki and Phil Oliver (Oliver Racing Stable).Besides massage therapy for injury recovery, thoroughbreds can be massaged a couple of days before they race, Gamache believes, so they can recover fully and reap the benefits of her work. Also, many trainers and owners schedule regular (monthly) sessions with Gamache as their horses feel better and perform at a higher level.Today, a number of schools and even community colleges train equine massage therapists and Gamache no longer is the only therapist working in horse country in Monmouth County.To begin a therapy session, Gamache must gain the trust of the 1200 pound thoroughbreds who can be skittish even at the best of times. “These horses-athletes that are bred and train to expand an enormous amount of energy racing,” she says, “and other than workouts or races, they spend most of the time confined in a stall, eating high protein food. They can get very tense.”Gamache may work alone with a horse that she knows and trusts her by attaching the bridle to a stall wall. “With a new or skittish horse,” says Gamache, “I like to have someone hold the head while I work.”Horses being massaged, unlike human counterparts who can express verbally pleasure or pain, show signs usually through their head and mouth with a nod, expelling air or licking. “I know when I am getting to them,” Gamache says, as she works her hands over the withers of Amigo, a jumper recovering from surgery stabled at Highland Farms in Atlantic Highlands.Gamache talks to the horses while she works her hands and fists in rhythm to find and release the areas of stress and hurt. She also uses “bongers,” rubber balls about the size of tennis balls on short handles, that can help her set a rhythm in the massage treatment.Gamache’s work can be categorized three ways. She works with veterinarians to help horses recover from surgery and serious injury. For thoroughbreds and show horses, her work centers on performance while for older horses she focuses on circulation and balance.At 54, Gamache has no plans on early retirement and that pleases horse owners and trainers. “I try to schedule a little better now,” she says, “and limit my work to two or three horses a day, five days a week.” With the success of equine massage, Gamache is now working with veterinarian doctor Penelope Rochelle, and expanding her practice to small animals – dogs and cats – at a new pet wellness clinic called THRIVE in Little Silver. “It’s new for me,” Gamache says, “and an exciting challenge. And they are a lot easier to handle and less chance of getting kicked or stepped on.”last_img read more

Springsteen Archives Headed to Monmouth University

first_img­­­­­­By Mary Ann BourbeauWEST LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University will now be the official archival repository for Bruce Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals and artifacts.The creation of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, a collaborative partnership between the rocker and the university, was announced on Jan. 10 during “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,” held at the university’s Pollak Theatre.“Monmouth University is excited by the opportunity to grow our relationship with Bruce Springsteen,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown. “The establishment of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music celebrates and reinforces the Jersey Shore’s legacy in the history of American music while providing a truly transformative experience for our students.”Springsteen said he was honored yet humbled that this new center was being formed to honor his respected body of work.The new collaboration builds on a relationship the university has with the The Boss.The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection at Monmouth University opened on campus in 2011. It is a research facility that contains 35,000 items from nearly 47 countries, covering every stage of Springsteen’s career – books, magazines, fanzines, newspaper articles, comic books, tour books, academic journals and papers. The new center will build on that, promoting the legacy of Springsteen and his role in American music while celebrating other icons, including Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Frank Sinatra.“We are excited about the opportunities this creates for our students and the community,” said Joe Rapolla, chair of the Music and Theatre Department and director of the Music Industry Program at the university. “Bruce has a long history at Monmouth, and we look forward to adhering to his high standards of excellence as we begin this new venture.”After the announcement was made, the conversation with Springsteen began, moderated by Robert Santelli, a former music professor at Monmouth University. Santelli currently serves as executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The two spent time talking about Springsteen’s early history in the Long Branch area, where he played dozens of concerts, nine of them on the Monmouth College campus. Many were with his early bands – the Castiles, Earth, Steel Mill and Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom.“I remember playing on the great lawn out back in my shirtless days,” he said. “We played here in the gym. We had a pretty good local audience. Those were big shows for us in those days. We pulled in a couple of thousand people. At a buck a head, you could live for a long time on that.”Springsteen spoke of the small house he lived in on West End Court, where he wrote most of his breakthrough album, “Born to Run.” He also reminisced about playing at the Upstage Club, a small venue above a beauty salon in Asbury Park, and about the up-and-coming bands he saw in Convention Hall, such as The Who, when they opened for Herman’s Hermits.“The scene was pretty rich with musicians,” he said. “There were a lot of venues for commercial acts and Top 40 bands. But if you played original music, it was tough to find a place to play. It was difficult to find a paying job.”Santelli noted that back in those days, the Jersey Shore didn’t have the national reputation for its music scene that it has today.“It had the reputation of a place you want to get out of,” Santelli said.Springsteen noted that he read in the newspaper the day before that New Jersey leads the nation with the highest number of residents exiting the state for elsewhere.“I made my living writing about moving away,” he said. “Maybe there was something to that.”He spoke of his early creative process, when he was greatly influenced by the songs of Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley.“I decided I was going to be a poet even though I don’t read poetry,” he said. “I had a rhyming dictionary and I was going with it 100 percent. The entire ‘Blinded by the Light’ came from that dictionary.”Once “Born to Run” was released, Springsteen became such a success that in October 1975, he was famously on the cover of Time and Newsweek at the same time.“It was a big deal,” Springsteen said. “For the young people in the audience, Time and Newsweek were magazines. I’ve actually outlived them.”After the 90-minute conversation ended, Springsteen answered some questions from the audience in the 700-seat auditorium. One man wanted to know why Springsteen decided to play the Super Bowl half-time show.“They were asking me to do it for about 10 years but it seemed a little on the cheesy side, like the music was incidental,” he said.As the years went on, he became more impressed with the production of the shows and decided to take on the challenge.“It was the most terrifying and thrilling 12 minutes of my work life,” he said.last_img read more

Middletown’s Mayor Shares Optimism On Future

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – For Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger, last year was “a magnificent banner year.” He is predicting more good things for the township in 2017.Scharfenberger, who served as last year’s mayor, was again selected by the five-member Township Committee to serve as mayor for the year at the township’s reorganization meeting, held on New Year’s Day.Scharfenberger and his running mate Kevin Settembrino were re-elected in November, again securing the Republican’s exclusive majority for the five-member governing body, as they were sworn in for another three-year term.Committee member Stephanie C. Murray was selected through a unanimous vote to serve this year as deputy mayor.Scharfenberger said he was “both humbled and honored” to again serve as mayor as he spoke to a large audience that included state and county elected officials, families, as well as township employees and appointed volunteers. Looking back at the year just past, Scharfenberger referenced such developments as the Memorial Sloan Kettering outpatient cancer care facility newly opened in the township, renovating the decade-long vacant Alcatel-Lucent Red Hill Road site.The municipality transitioned to using the county 911 emergency system, which the mayor said “has been very smooth.” Another high point, he noted, was the establishment of a county waterfront park at the site of Chris’ Marina, overlooking the Swimming River, in the township’s River Plaza section. The park is “a huge win” for the township, the mayor said.Another noteworthy success is the township farmer’s market established last year and operated at the township’s commuter train parking. The response to it, Scharfenberger noted, was “overwhelmingly positive.”Much like Memorial Sloan Kettering’s renovation and redevelopment of an existing site, Scharfenberger pointed to the township committee’s support of the credo of “Utilize what’s existing” before building new. Another example of that is the redevelopment of the former Pathmark supermarket and the shopping center at Highway 35 and New Monmouth Road, with the recent opening of a T.J. Maxx department store, the forthcoming Bed Bath & Beyond at the shopping center and the redoing of the shopping center’s entire façade. That location, he said, “promises to be a successful and profitable” retail location.In the coming year, the community will look to work with county and state officials on the Port Belford redevelopment project and for a Highway 36 upgrade project extending from the township’s Ideal Beach area to Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, at the Sea Bright border.There are other challenges that local elected officials will continue to address, Scharfenberger maintained. They include the impact of the heroin/opioid epidemic that is afflicting all communities with the mayor vowing the township “will not be silent” in combating it.A major concern remains property taxes and Scharfenberger said he “hopes legislators will look at alternatives” to funding public education to offer relief to homeowners.Overall, “Middletown is in extraordinary good health” and he, his fellow township committee members and township employees, along with the scores of volunteers will continue to put forth “110 percent effort, every step of the way,” Scharfenberger said.last_img read more

Lots of Winners at Kortney’s Challenge

first_imgBy Patrick Olivero OCEANPORT – The Kortney Rose Foundation has raised over $2.3 million in recent years for pediatric brain tumor research. The 14th annual Kortney’s Challenge Two Mile Fun Run / Walk at Monmouth Park grows bigger every year. On Aug. 4 there was a record turnout of over 50 volunteers and 13 teams totaling 638 participants. Team “Run BFE” was the largest group totaling 72 members. Founder Kristen Gillette along with her husband Richard, CHOP researcher Jenna Lily, and Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey offered the runners words of encouragement and thanks. Red Bank resident Antonio Meza Soriano was the top male finisher with 10:05 and Lilah Gordon of Chesterfield was the first female finisher with 11:03.5.last_img read more

All’s well in Leaf land as Green and White begin preparation for upcoming season on solid financial footing

first_imgDespite being knocked out in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs — in five games no less, meaning the squad hosted only two of the lucrative post season contests — the Nelson Leafs hockey franchise finished the campaign on solid financial footing according to treasurer Gord Davis.“I’m happy with how the season went overall,” Davis told The Nelson Daily.“We had a $17,000 improvement in overall revenue over (2010-11) and that’s after we paid out $9,000 in scholarships to players.”Figures were released during the Leafs AGM last month.It cost Leaf board of directors $235,700 to run the team for the recent season.Hockey revenues, including admission, advertising and beer sales, totaled $179,700.Davis said that was an increase of $27,000 due to an increase in advertising revenue, which includes board ads in the arena and program advertising.There was also an increase in fans attending games during the regular season.To novice mathematicians that’s a deficit of $56,000.However, thanks to the Leaf recycling depot, the hockey team finishes the fiscal year in the black. “It’s not uncommon for a junior hockey team like ours to have other sources of revenue to run the team and we’re just lucky to have the (recycling) center, which this year generated $64,000 for us,” Davis explained.The meeting attracted only a few people.The board remains intact from last season.Back to lead the Good Leaf Ship is president Russell Stocks.Joining Davis and Stocks is vice-president Chuck Brind’Amour, Lauretta Wilson as beverage services director, Grant Arcuri, in charge of education and Lori Stocks and Brenda Nystrom.Back for his second season behind the bench is skipper Frank Maida.Maida was thrust into the position late in last year’s recruting season after then coach Chris Shaw took an assistant coaching job in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers.Shaw has since been released by the Interior Division squad.Now that the Leafs have completed internal business, the board focuses on the league as the KIJHL AGM this weekend in Golden.Friday, team reps meet to begin setting the regular season schedule for the 2012-13 season.Saturday and Sunday governors discuss league business, setting the course for the upcoming campaign and deciding the rep for the Cyclone Taylor Cup, hosted on Vancouver Island in April 11-14 of 2013 in Comox by the Glacier Kings.OFF-ICE NEWS: Gord Davis said the Leaf recycling depot, which for years had been the place to drop off beverage containers, now accepts paint and other hazzardous products. New manager Grant Wilson is also working on accepting light bulbs in the near future.last_img read more

Saints go for exhibition sweep against Eagles

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints look to continue its winning ways during the exhibition season when the Men’s Hockey team hosts Eastern Washington University Eagles visit the Castlegar Recreation Complex for a 2 p.m. puck drop.The match-up represents the third and final exhibition tune-up for the Saints, who have posted back-to-back victories over the KIJHL’s Beaver Valley Nitehawks (8-2) and their BCIHL rivals from Thompson Rivers University (4-3). “Sunday’s game against EWU is a great opportunity to gauge where we’re at as a group and fine-tune some aspects of our play,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We’ve had two good performances in exhibition so far and we’ll expect to build on that momentum as we prepare for a very challenging weekend at UVic to open our regular season at the start of October.” A pair of key players will make their preseason debuts against the Eagles, as second-year defenceman Justin Sotkowy and first-year goaltender Alex Sirard will both draw into the line-up.Sotkowy’s 23 points last season placed him third in scoring amongst BCIHL blueliners, while Sirard brings experience with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos and SJHL’s Melville Millionaires. The Eagles line-up features a number of new faces that will be familiar to local hockey fans, including former Trail Smoke Eaters forward Uriah Machuga.The 20-year old forward was amongst the KIJHL’s scoring leaders last season with 78 points in 51 games for the Spokane Braves.Braves captain Nick Redding and former NCAA blueliner Zach Maxwell are also among Eastern’s seven new recruits. Tickets for Sunday’s game are available at the door for $5 and Season Pass information is available at the team’s website — read more

Bears stage late rally to ground LVR Bombers

first_imgThe Bombers, playing in front of a wall of LVR supporters that filled the home sideline, surrendered the first try of the game when Boucherie pushed the ball down the left flank to open the scoring.Trailing 5-0 at halftime, LVR put together a converted try to take the lead.However, a lead the Bombers could not hold.“Defensive lapses and a key missed tackle cost us the game today,” Joyce lamented.Despite the setback, the season has been a very successful campaign for the Bombers.LVR is 6-2 on the season, with two losses coming against South Kamloops and Mount Boucherie. One of the wins came south of the 49th parallel where LVR hammered North Idaho 95-5.The Bombers travel to Red Deer for a tournament before concluding the season at home May 13 at Lakeside.LVR continues to build for the BC High School Rugby Championships in Abbotsford May 27-30.“We definitely have worked to do but we are strong in our league and then have time to prepare for provincials,” Joyce said. Mount Boucherie Bears of Kelowna scored a late try to edge the L.V. Rogers Bombers 12-7 in High School Rugby action Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.Trailing 7-5 with five minutes remaining, the Okanagan squad put together a final push that resulted in the winning score.“It’s disappointing for sure,” said Bomber sideline coach Michael Joyce.Joyce said the Bombers had trouble with the finer points of their game, mistakes that allowed the Bears to score early and late in the contest.“We had trouble today with details of the game,” he explained. “Some serious lapses in decision making and nerves, for sure.”last_img read more

Full roster expected to take to the ice for Leafs spring camp

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to build for the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League as the Heritage City franchise hosts its Spring Camp beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena.The camp is the second of the spring for the Leafs, which staged a Prospects Camp last month.Leafs coach and general manager Dave McLellan has a full roster of players — 40 skaters and eight netminders — slated to attend.The camp begins Friday with Goalie Evaluation from 6-7 p.m. followed by a game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, there are two training sessions in the morning capped off with a game from 1:00-2:15 p.m.Sunday, McLellan’s coaching and evaluation staff has two chances to see the players in action, at 9 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.The final contest, there will be selected player testing before the game.The Leafs main camp goes September 4-6 with the KIJHL pre-season to follow.The franchise hosts its Annual General Meeting Wednesday, May 20.The meeting is held at 7 p.m. in the NDCC meeting room.Anyone interested or helping to shape the future of the Green and White is asked to attend.last_img read more