WDFW Schedules Tentative Razor Clam Digs Through December

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced a tentative schedule for the fall razor clam season set to begin in early October.This fall, spend a gorgeous day along the coast digging razor clams. Photo credit: Aaron Hulst.Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests, which are usually conducted about a week before a dig is scheduled to begin.“We’re releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to go digging this fall,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.State shellfish managers are also seeking public input on management options, including scheduling for spring digs. Comments on the spring digs can be sent via email to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov.A summary of last season and an overview of the recently completed razor clam stock assessment are available in WDFW’s 2017-18 Razor Clam Management Plan at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.Based on beach surveys conducted this summer, WDFW estimates the total razor clam population on Washington’s beaches has decreased significantly from last season, which means fewer days of digging this season.Locals and tourists alike line the beaches during a razor clam tide where camaraderie outweighs competition.Photo Credit: NOAAAyres said the decline in clam populations was likely caused, at least in part, by an extended period of low salinity in surf zone ocean waters, particularly those near Long Beach and Twin Harbors.“The total number of clams may be down this year, but we still expect good digging on most beaches,” Ayres said.Proposed razor clam digs through December are listed below, along with evening low tides and beaches:Oct. 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksOct. 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksNov. 2, Thursday, 6:03 p.m.; 0.1 feet; CopalisNov. 3, Friday, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 4, Saturday, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNov. 5, Sunday, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 1, Friday, 4:42 p.m.; -0.3 feet; CopalisDec. 2, Saturday, 6:49 p.m.; -1.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 3, Sunday, 6:15 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisDec. 4, Monday, 7:02 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 31, Sunday, 5:12 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksFor more information about recreational razor clamming, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.last_img read more

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Read all about the enchanting love story between Sunil Chhetri and his coach’s daughter!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Humans of Bombay/Telegraph IndiaAdvertisement 3fi36NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscm8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2nxe3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) boczWould you ever consider trying this?😱dwCan your students do this? 🌚azsRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sunil Chhetri- the front face of Indian football, the striker from Secundrabad we all know and love. The skipper of Bengaluru FC and the national team. India’s all time leading goalscorer, and only the second highest in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo. Honoured with the Pama Shri award in 2019. However, one achievement he will always cherish, and that is his beloved wife Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of the one and only Subrata Bhattacharya.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Humans of Bombay/Telegraph IndiaStarting his senior career at Mohun Bagan in 2002, Sunil played under Subrata Bhattacharya, the club hall of fame who was at the helm of the Mariners at that time. During his time there, Sunil caught the attention of Sonam, and the two ended up marrying after dating for 13 years.Speaking to the social media community Humans of Bombay, the 35 year old shared his love life, and how he tied knots with his former gaffer’s daughter.Advertisement “Her father was my coach, and he used to always specially mention this guy called ‘Chhetri’ to her. I was 18, and she was only 15. She was really curious about me so she stole my number for her dad’s phone and texted me saying, ‘Hi! I’m Sonam and I’m a big fan, I want to meet you.”Sunil married Sonam in the month of December in 2017, after more than a decade of commitment- which started off just with a text message.Advertisement “That went on for two months, and then one day my coach’s phone stopped working — so he gave it to me to fix. While I was fixing it, the coach’s daughter called and her number looked familiar to me. That’s when I realised that it was Sonam’s number! I was so livid.”Although having butterflies in his stomach, Sunil was genuinely scared to continue forward with his own feelings, as he felt such a daring job of dating your coach’s daughter may end up being detrimental to his career.However, they started dating, and both continued to hold onto their feelings. While Chhetri went on to win three Nehru Cups, four I-leagues, the Arjuna award in 2011 and six AIFF Player of the Year awards, and numerous other honours and silverware, his bonding with Sonam grew stronger with the flow if time, and two years back he decided to make the decision.“When we sat down, her dad started talking about everything under the sun. Until I finally mustered the courage and told him, ‘Sir, I love your daughter and I believe she loves me too’. He just said, ‘Ya, ya it’s okay’ and went to the bathroom. Finally when he came out, he gave his nod of approval! And in a few months, we got married.”Read the whole story here – Advertisementlast_img read more

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Amanda’s Easel to Create NJ’s 2011 Christmas Tree Ornament

first_imgAmanda’s Easel to Create New Jersey’s 2011 Christmas Tree OrnamentTRENTON – First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced today that Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program will design this year’s official 2011 National Christmas Tree – State Tree Ornament for New Jersey’s State Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. Amanda’s Easel is a program of the Monmouth County non-profit 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. which is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. It is named for Manalapan resident Amanda Wengert, who was killed by a neighbor in 1994 at the age of six. Formed in 1997, Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy is a comprehensive art therapy program for children ages 6-13, and their non-offending parent, who have been affected by domestic violence. Participants are placed in small age-appropriate groups and encouraged to express themselves through the use of art media, play, dance and group discussions. “All children deserve to live in a safe, secure environment that is free from violence and abuse,” said Mrs. Christie. “For those who have experienced the perils of child abuse or other forms of domestic violence, Amanda’s Easel provides participants a means to creatively express their feelings in a nurturing, healing atmosphere. I am inspired by the creative arts therapies being used to help these children and even prouder to have Amanda’s Easel create New Jersey’s official Christmas ornament to be displayed in our nation’s capital this December.” “We are delighted and honored to have been chosen to create the New Jersey ornament for the National Christmas Tree, and the children and families are so excited to have this opportunity to showcase their creativity, healing and joy during the holiday season”, said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of the program.” Studies show that between 3.3 and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually. Children exposed to domestic violence often exhibit higher rates of emotional, psychological, and physical concerns and evidence-based programs such as Amanda’s Easel have been shown to help children heal from these effects.For information about Amanda’s Easel, visit http://www.180nj.org/children_arttherapy.htmlOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/last_img read more

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St. Mary’s Pastor Resigns Amid Controversy

first_imgBy John BurtonCOLTS NECK – It has been a turbulent week for St. Mary’s Parish and its members.Parishioners have been reeling from recent revelations that the Rev. Michael Fugee, who had been accused of groping a boy a decade ago, was part of several parish youth group trips even through he was prohibited from unsupervised contact with children in accordance with an agreement he signed with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.The reports about the Arch­diocese of Newark priest’s participation resulted in several resignations, in­clud­ing St. Mary’s pastor, the Rev. Thomas Triggs, and youth group ministers, Michael and Amy Lenehan.Following morning Mass at St. Mary’s Tuesday, May 7, most of the parishioners were unwilling to speak about the situation.“I don’t know what to say,” said one older woman, who would not give her name. “It’s sad to lose a pastor.”“I feel the whole situation is unfortunate,” said Bill Barnett, a parishioner for more than 30 years, adding he felt Triggs’ resignation “was an overly excessive treatment.”Another woman, who also wouldn’t give her name, said she believed the parish and its members would move forward and be stronger than ever.The Rev. Michael Fugee of the Newark Archdiocese was convicted 10 years ago of inappropriate touching of a boy while serving in a North Jersey parish. The conviction was overturned for procedural reasons. Fugee then was admitted to a special pretrial program, given two-years probation and signed the agreement with the prosecutor’s office.Officials at St. Mary’s, the Diocese of Trenton and the Archdiocese of Newark have been dealing with the public outcry that developed when media reports surfaced about Fugee’s involvement with St. Mary’s youth weekend retreats, including his having heard confessions one-on-one.A diocesan spokeswoman said officials were unaware of Fugee’s participation in the St. Mary’s retreats until receiving media inquiries. The priest had not received permission nor had he filed a letter of suitability with the Chancery Office that is required of all priests from outside the diocese to be allowed to work within the diocese.Last week, Bishop David M. O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton, which includes St. Mary’s, accepted Triggs’ resignation. Triggs had been pastor at the 1 Phalanx Road church for six years. Triggs’ last action before resigning was to accept the Lenehans’ resignations as parish youth ministers.Fugee tendered his resignation from the priesthood Thursday, May 2. Newark Archbishop John J. Meyers accepted the request, which now is sent to the Vatican for final approval.Triggs conducted an information meeting for parishioners on Friday, May 3, and announced his resignation Sunday, May 5, at Sunday’s Masses.During Masses a statement from O’Connell was read. “The troubling events of the past week and the unrelenting scrutiny that have surrounded them in the media and within your parish have made it clear to me that a change in parish leadership is in the best interest of all concerned,” he said.A statement from Triggs was also read at Masses. He said views expressed by parishioners at the informational hearing, “made it clear to me that the good of our parish can only be served if I step down as pastor.”O’Connell planned to assign an administrator to oversee the parish until he selected a pastor. Triggs will be on sabbatical until he receives his next assignment.last_img read more

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Holmdel Man Delivers Baby Girl at World Trade Center PATH Station

first_imgBy Emma WulfhorstAugust 13 – ON TUESDAY MORNING, August 4, at around 2:30am, the Port Authority Police Department responded to a call of a full-term pregnant woman in labor at the World Trade Center PATH station.“The woman stated she felt the baby coming and the officers prepared the area and aided for a possible birth,” said Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo.One of the officers responding to the scene was Holmdel resident and former Jersey City EMT, Brian McGraw. After evaluating the patient, McGraw had determined the birth was about to occur. A few minutes later, the 6-pound, 14-ounce baby girl, later named Asenat Abdrabo, was born.After EMS arrived, the parents, along with their two-year-old son, were transported to Beekman Downtown Hospital.last_img read more

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Sea Bright Mayor On Staying The Course Through Super Storm Sandy

first_imgDina Long among other Two River area speakers at TEDxNavesinkBy Joseph SapiaTen months into becoming mayor of Sea Bright, Dina Long had to confront the reality of Super Storm Sandy hammering her barrier beach town of less than 2 square miles.It was October 2012 and, Long recalled, “Everything familiar about Sea Bright, gone in one night. The entire landscape was unrecognizable.”Two days after the storm hit, Long stood on the oceanfront, thinking. Evacuated residents were trying to get back into town, but it was on lockdown. Long’s own house was considered a total loss.“I was scared, which is why I was on the beach, having my pull-it-together moment,” said Long, addressing TEDxNavesink, a day of inspirational talks to motivate action, held Saturday, April 9, at Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Her talk was “What Super Storm Sandy Taught Me About Leadership.”Long had found part of the ravaged sign of Donovan’s Reef tavern – the “DO” part of the sign. She took that piece of sign when she addressed Sea Bright residents gathered at the football stadium of Rumson-Fair Haven High School.“When I held up that sign, some people clapped,” said Long, noting the change in the vibe among those affected by Sandy. “Some hugged, some cried. Right there, at a football stadium, we came together.“I’m here to say anyone can be a leader in any circumstance,” she said. “Don’t wait for a circumstance. How about you choose?”Long said individuals came together and formed a more resilient future.“It’s the lesson from Sandy,” Long said. “Your community means you.”Long was one of about three dozen speakers or entertainers – a handful from the Two River area – who spoke at TEDxNavesink, attended by an estimated 600 to 700.Another was Eileen Huang, 16, a Holmdel resident who, last year, was a winner in the National Student Poets Program. She is one of five National Student Poets – her Northeast Region being New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.In its fourth year, the National Student Poets Program is bestowed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services and Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, whittling 20,000 high school poets to the five honored.Eileen said the poet in her existed before the award and exists now.For Eileen, poetry is like a snapshot of something, which is, then, focused upon as if under a microscope.“No matter what these experiences were, poetry was a way to make my thoughts tangible,” Eileen said.Looking back on her young life as a writer, Eileen said she wrote a short story in sixth grade. Now, as a sophomore at the Monmouth County Vocational School District’s High Technology High School on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, “I like to write poetry mostly.”In her talk, she said her Chinese immigrant parents, both engineers, were not typical “Asian tiger” parents, directing her toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) studies. They, according to Eileen, support her writing and artistic side.After the talk, her first as a National Student Poet, Eileen said, “it went pretty well.”“I thought I was able to get my point across and I had a lot of fun doing it,” Eileen said.Her main point, she said, was, “Don’t let your potential be defined by external pressure from your environment and internal pressure from your own insecurities.”“I was pretty nervous, but I got on stage, I calmed down,” she said.TED programs (Ted stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) started in the 1980s. Now, TEDx programs are locally-run offshoots.last_img read more

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Riverview’s Emergency Room Gets Addiction Counselor

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Riverview Medical Center will gain another resource at its disposal in addressing the continuing addiction crisis, thanks to a recent generous donation.The Tigger House Foundation has provided a $120,000 gift to the medical center to support bringing on addiction counselors to work primarily in the medical center’s emergency department.“It’s really crucial,” to make counseling services immediately available to help patients and families struggling with addiction, observed Ramon Solhkhah, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, and corporate medical director for Meridian Health Services.Both Jersey Shore and Riverview are members of the Hackensack Meridian Health network.“I do believe this will help save lives,” said Lisa Stavola, who, with her husband, Rick, founded the Tigger House Foundation, providing another layer of immediate treatment.The additional funds will allow Riverview to hire a full-time and a part-time licensed addiction counselor to be available at the medical center’s Alton A. Hovnanian Emergency Care Center, in Red Bank, providing seven-day-a-week coverage, likely for the late afternoon-evening shift, according to Solhkhah. All of the Hackensack-Meridian medical centers’ emergency rooms have access to mental health specialists, those skilled in psychiatric emergency services. And in the case of Riverview, they would do double duty providing counseling for those in the ER with substance abuse issues. “But we felt this is really a special skill set,” Solhkhah said, “to really work with patients, to know where they’re at, in terms of addressing their addiction in trying to work with them.” The counselors also can play an important role in helping families deal with these often terrible situations. “Often times when a patient is struggling with addiction, their family members, obviously, are in the middle of it as well,” he said.Riverview Medical Center’s Alton A. Hovnanian Emergency Care Center has received a donation that will help the center’s ability to treat patients for opioid addiction.Rosemary Daniels“Parents so often just don’t know how to deal with this,” Stavola said, recalling the experiencing of dealing with addiction in her family.Middletown residents Rick and Lisa Stavola lost their son Rick Jr., also known as “Tigger,” to a heroine overdose in 2013. The family founded the Tigger House Foundation following the family’s loss.Tigger House Foundation board member and friend of the Stavolas, Christian Peter, former NFL defensive tackle, is helping to bring attention to the important issue of opiate addiction.“Families often don’t know what to do in these situations,” when a family member is in crisis and in the hospital, Stavola acknowledged. “We’ve certainly seen over the past several years that our need to provide services in the emergency room has grown exponentially,” Solhkhah noted. “Our emergency rooms are really the frontlines for providing these services.”“I think we’ve been doing as good a service as we possibly could up to now,” Solhkhah added. “But I think this will be even better and really provide specialized services to take care of those patients and connect them to ongoing treatment.”The Tigger House Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, which according to Lisa Stavola, works to raise money to assist programs aimed at addressing the addiction epidemic.“Our partnership with the Tigger House Foundation is a wonderful example of what can happen when community organizations and health networks come together come together to address a significant need in the community,” said Joseph A. Miller, vice president neurosciences and behavioral health at Meridian Health in a released statement.last_img read more

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CBA Returns to Cross Country Nationals

first_imgBy Tim Morris |Even before Troy Hill followed his brother Brian to Christian Brothers Academy, they had talked about going to the Nike Cross Nationals together.And now, it is no longer talk. On Nov. 25 in Wappingers Falls, New York, the Hill brothers helped CBA, competing as Brothers XC Club, qualify for the Dec. 2 Nationals in Portland, Oregon, after finishing second at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional at Bowdoin Park.The Colts were second to Connecticut’s Xavier Distance, 112-123, in the Boys Championship race. Only two teams from the Regional advanced to the nationals.“That’s (Nike Nationals) been the goal,” said Brian, a senior. “It’s special to have a brother to go with. It’s definitely big.”Troy, a sophomore, noted the Hill brothers take their running very serious and going to the nationals together is a product of that dedication. Troy also noted his brother is the poster boy for serious runners.“It’s great to be going to the nationals together,” Troy said. “He’s (Brian) such a hard-working person and he’s been a great leader on the team.”Troy said that without his brother he wouldn’t be the runner he’s become.“I am where I am today because of him,” he remarked.For his part, Brian admires his younger brother’s drive.“He’s very self-motivated,” the older Hill pointed out.It was Brian, as he has all year, who led CBA at the Regional. He finished in eighth place overall and seventh for team scoring covering the 5K layout in 16:23.7. With that eighth place, he earned Second Team All-Northeast East honors.Completing CBA’s scoring were: Luke Reid (16:39.5), Tim McInerney (16:45.0), Ryan Miele (17:02.3) and Troy Hill (17:06.2). In team scoring they were 11-19-40-46.Brian Hill noted that while the Colts were disappointed in not repeating as Regional champions, he added that “ultimately the Regional is a qualifier” and that’s what CBA did, qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals.This is the ninth straight year that the Colts have qualified for the Nationals. The Colts won it all back in 2011 and finished second in 2013. They were seventh last fall.Brian Hill said having been there before is plus. He noted that there are many distractions that can take a team’s mind off the race itself. First time participants don’t’ always handle different distractions well.“Experience is definitely an advantage,” said Brian.While she isn’t going to Portland, Middletown South’s Maddie Brand nevertheless had a “great time” at the Regional. The Eagle senior finished seventh in the Girls Championship race earning First Team All-Northeast Regional recognition for her effort (19:04.5).“I’m really, really happy with my race,” she said. “I’m so thrilled with how my senior season ended.“I was disappointed in how I ran at the Meet of Champions and that’s not the way I wanted to end it (season). I wanted to make my last race great,” she added.Brand had never run the Bowdoin Park course before and believed it ended up helping her. “I thought it kind of helped me not knowing what to expect,” she explained.What Brand quickly learned was the narrowness of the course making it difficult to pass runners. At two miles, Brand found herself in 13th place and proceeded to “start picking people off.”She finished strong moving up to seventh place making the Regional First Team.Brand wasn’t just happy for herself. “The team did awesome finishing in 10th place,” she pointed out. “We started the season with the goal of finishing in the top 10 in the state and we ended up finishing 10th in the Northeast.” South ultimately finished fourth at the Meet of Champions.Brand pointed out that the Eagles, competing as Middletown South XC, took a relaxed approach to the race and it paid off. “We didn’t put pressure on ourselves,” she said. “We wanted to go out and have fun and enjoy our last race together.”Kathleen Shay, a junior, and South’s number two harrier, finished 26th overall helping the Eagles to their 10th place (277).Red Bank Regional’s Charlotte Cochrane is another senior who finished her scholastic career in style. She finished 29th (19:51.7) one week after joining Brand on the medal podium at the Meet of Champions.Red Bank Catholic, which competed as Runners High Racing Club, ended its season on a high finishing eighth (259). Maddy Kopec (20:11.4) and Bridget Byrne (20:25.2) led the Caseys taking 22-31 in team scoring.Colts Neck, the Group 3 state champions, hoping to be among the Region’s best teams, had to run without their top runner, Colleen Megerle, who was ill. Delia Russo led the Cougars, who were 22nd (484) in 33rd (20:26.4).This article was first published in the Nov. 30. -Dec. 7, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Selkirk College Saints BCIHL Champs

first_imgFrom 1976 to 1983 the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders dominated the National Hockey League, each winning the Stanley Cup four consecutive times.The Selkirk Saints Men’s Hockey Club added to their dynasty Saturday night in Castlegar, but sweep the Trinity Western Spartans 2-0 in the best-of-three series to capture the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League title for the fourth straight time.The Saints, which started this winning streak in 2013, posted wins of 5-1 Friday and 2-1 Saturday to clinch the title.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the latest accomplishment by naming the squad Team of the Week.Members of the Saints were all smiles during the team photo taken before leaving the ice after Saturday’s game.last_img read more

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Southland ESPN3 Game of the Week Features UNO, Nicholls

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland ESPN3 Game of the Week features a doubleheader between the New Orleans and Nichollls basketball teams. Coverage begins with the Privateers-Colonels women’s matchup at 4 o’clock, followed by the men’s battle at 6:30.  New Orleans at Nicholls / Saturday / ESPN3Women’s Basketball: 4 pm CTMen’s Basketball: 6:30 pm CTLive Stream:Women – http://sland.social/UNONICHWMen – http://sland.social/UNONICHMWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:David Saltzman, play-by-playJordy Hultberg, analyst NOTE: For links to additional streams, including school productions, visit the Southland scoreboard page.last_img read more

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