RUMSON – Rumson Country Day School is teaming with Rain Barrels International to promote rainwater harvesting in our community.The school will be selling recycled food-grade rain barrels for $125. The barrels previously were used for storing Greek olives, pickles, jalapeños, golden peppers, and cauliflower. After they are cleaned, retrofitted, and made into rain barrels, they are given a second life.The barrels hold about 55 gallons, have a brass spigot for hose attachments, have screened tops and are available in black or terra cotta.Barrels can be reserved at www.RainBarrelsIntl.com under the events tab for RCDS. Payment will be due when barrels are picked up at the school from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 12. Proceeds will benefit ChangeALife Uganda.Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainwater. The barrels capture, divert and store rainwater for later use.Collecting and using rainwater is simple and has numerous positive benefits. Rainwater can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens. Rain barrel usage can help reduce impact on other water resources, including municipal systems.
By John BurtonRecovery from the emotional impact of Sandy is expected to take a long time, according to mental health professionals.For many, life is beginning to return to something resembling normal. The power is back on, kids are back in school, homes are being straightened up, people are going about their lives.For others, however, nothing about their lives seems normal. Homes and personal effects are gone. They are living in shelters with no idea of what the future may bring.“What we’re seeing and what we’ll continue to see, because this is only the beginning,” is disbelief, stress, trauma in many people, said Wendy DePedro, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County in Shrewsbury. “And then we know – down the road – we’re going to be seeing a huge increase in cases of post-traumatic stress, because this is a traumatic event.”Lynn Miller, a disaster response crisis counselor and retired director of Monmouth County Division of Social Services, has been working with those who find themselves living in shelters, in Wall and at Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport.Mental health professionals are available to help those who have been traumatized by the recent events.“People here are very calm,” she said about the racetrack where approximately 260 people are being housed.“I think they’re past the shock stage, they’re past the high-pitched emotional state.“They’re saying they want to move on with their lives,” Miller said.But under that surface calm, Miller said, “I think people are afraid. … They don’t know where they’re going to go next.”As a counselor, her role is to listen more than to offer advice at this point in the process, she said.“We’re just trying to talk to people, to take the edge off what they’re feeling,” she said. “We don’t have the answers for them but we just allow them to express their emotions and tell their stories.”The stories have been compelling.Miller said she heard about a family of five – parents, teenage and young adult children and pets – that was stranded in their small attic for 11 hours as rushing waters rose. Police told them to stay put until the water receded, Miller said.“Each story is so unique, it’s like reading a novel of short stories,” she said.Later some will begin suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.“That takes a while,” she noted. “Right now you’re seeing people trying to survive.”“In spite of their circumstances, what I’m hearing over and over and over again is ‘It could have been worse, we’re still here,’” said Denise Wegeman, a licensed clinical social worker.Wegeman, a counselor at Manasquan High School, has been hearing people’s stories about their losses and the struggle to move on. “Really, the only comfort you can afford them is you’re still here, the most important thing is you’re still here,” Wegeman said.She said people are responding to that message. “I think it boils down to the basics, to what is actually important to them,” Wegeman said. It is “realizing that everything else – although it’s really nice to have nice things – it’s just we are here. Are we healthy? Where can we go from here?”People will be dealing with this for quite a while, Wegeman said.She is constantly reminding those she counsels that “this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.” Dealing with the trauma has to be addressed in increments. “What you have to do is encourage people to take it one day at a time, not to get too overwhelmed.”She recommends people keep a notebook with lists of things that have to be done daily and other important information. Those with children should explain the situation and stay calm, she advised. For younger children, their access to media images should be limited and adults should be mindful of what they are saying within earshot.“When you have a tragedy or loss of this magnitude, you will find there will be more alcohol and drug use,” Wegeman said. “Unfortunately, people are going to medicate, because they’re trying to deal with it.”“The road to recovery is going to be long and it’s going to be hard for many of us,” DePedro said.The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County will concentrate on providing treatment for victims and is working with other not-for-profits, including the Monmouth County Office of Addiction Services, to identify counselors willing to volunteer their time.People will be feeling disbelief, irritability, sadness, depression, a sense of powerlessness, and that’s going to be seen all across the socio-economic strata, DePedro said. “This is a bipartisan disaster.“What we’re going to need to see is supportive counseling, where we bring people back to the level of functioning that they had prior to this disaster,” DePedro said. “That’s really the key thing.”Another key thing is asking for help if needed, DePedro, Wegeman and Miller each stressed.Information about mental health services is available by contacting the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County at 119 Avenue of the Commons, Suite 5, Shrewsbury, 732-542-6422 or by visiting www.mentalhealthmonmouth.org.Crisis counseling is available by calling 732-923-6999.
By Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen |COLTS NECK – Holly Morgan was leaving the home of a friend she had been visiting on Raleigh Pass when she noticed people arriving with trays of food at the house next door.“I didn’t have a good feeling about that,” she thought at the time.As she later discovered, that house belonged to the Baldassare family, who had just lost their 20-year-old son and brother, Marine Cpl. Daniel Baldassare, a crew member on the KC-130 Marine aircraft that crashed in a rural Mississippi field on July 10, killing all 16 service members on board.Baldassare had attended Colts Neck High School with Morgan’s daughter, Samantha Turano, 22. Morgan would wave to him as he drove through the development of single-family homes and garden apartments in his small pick-up truck. It was dark green, she thinks.She knew his stepmother Kelley, but not his father Vincent nor his sister Felicia. She knew he joined the U.S. Marines during his high school senior year, a goal he’d had since middle school.“I wanted to embrace the family — their son was about the same age as my daughter,” she explained. “But I wanted to give them their space.”The next day Morgan noticed someone had planted small American flags around the Raleigh Pass cul-de-sac. That sparked an idea. Why not extend the flags out onto both sides of Colts Neck Boulevard which runs the length of the development, nearly a full mile?She Googled New Jersey flags makers and flag sellers, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, and U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting offices, hoping they could donate flags. She posted her plan on residential development’s website and the Facebook page.Crystal Kaplan of Exeter Pass, a volunteer who plans family social events for the community, spread the word. She had lost an uncle in a military helicopter accident and also wanted to be a good neighbor and citizen.Boxes of flags began arriving. Offers of flags began arriving. Morgan drove all over New Jersey to pick them up. Other residents of The Grande development took up the cause and dropped off flags at her apartment on Hancock Pass. She lost count of the number of flags she received.“Maybe 4,000?” she said when pressed. A friend stored the overflow at her home.Morgan also gathered about 30 volunteers and late Monday afternoon they began planting the flags at The Grande and at Colts Neck High School, where a memorial service was held Tuesday morning on the football field for Baldassare, a former member of the school’s team. Even when a thunderstorm moved in around 9:30 that night and chased away most of the volunteers, Morgan and her other daughter Terri, 10, who will be a fifth grader at the Conover Road Elementary School this fall, and a few others kept working.Maryse Markowitz of Exeter Pass was returning home Monday night from her job at the Freehold Raceway Mall, which closes at 9:30 p.m. When she turned into the development and saw all the flags, she said she choked up.“It was just so moving and it was so quiet,” she said. “I didn’t know the boy, but I have a 20-year-old daughter.“All these people wanted was to honor him,” she said. “I have a strong and powerful faith and these people proved there is goodness in this world.”Glenn Taglieri, also of Exeter Pass, echoed her sentiment.“Just when you give up on people, something like this happens that restores your faith,” he said, adding his daughter was a classmate of Baldassare. “He always wanted to be a Marine and he accomplished that goal in his short life. My wife said other people live long lives and never achieve their goals.”Morgan, who didn’t really want the attention her desire to do something for the Baldassare family has brought her, said there was a kind of selfish reason behind her effort.“I want my daughter Terri to be the kind of kid who goes the extra mile and to not expect anything in return for it,” she explained. “I want her to forget all this materialistic nonsense and dare to be like Danny. To live and be kind and be different … dare to do it.”This article was first published in the July 27 – Aug. 3, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. This article was corrected online to reflect the correct spelling of Morgan.
Finals in all events go Sunday at the Cedar Street facility. The Nelson Curling Club is going to be a great place to have a lot of fun as the faclity plays host to the annual Nelson Mixed Curling Club Valentine Bonspiel beginning Friday. Rinks, from throughout the Kootenays are expected to enter the three-day bonspiel. will be competing in costume for the duration of the event which has been slugged Pirates of the Caribbean Quest for the Golden Broom.Tonight is Treasure Hunt night with Saturday reserved for dinner and dance.
It’s a fun day geared to introduce kids to triathlon — that’s the Trail Parks and Recreation Kids Tri set for Saturday, July 6 in the Silver City.The race, for children between the ages of four to 12, sees entrans swim, bike and run . . . but mostly have a ton of fun. The event runs from 9 a.m. July 6 to noon. Registration is at 8:15 a.m. at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre.The fee to enter is $38, and includes a race package of T-shirt, swim cap, water bottle and lunch.For more information contact the Trail Parks and Rec at 250-368-6484 or Trail Aquatic Centre at 250-364-0888.
BOB BAFFERT, DORTMUND, WINNER, AND ONE LUCKY DANE. SECOND: “It’s exciting. I’ve been in this position before. You get excited when you know you have a legit contender, just like last year when Art Sherman went through it with California Chrome.“The feeling is like we’ve been here before; just enjoy the moment because the next race (Kentucky Derby on May 2) is going to be the one. It’s good to see this horse just really developing the way he has from his first start. I just love the way he ran today.“When we bought him, he looked like a really good horse, but he was just a big horse, and sometimes they don’t turn out. He’s a big, long-legged horse. When he made the lead and when he gets by himself like that, he’ll idle on you a little bit, so he had to keep going.“One Lucky Dane, he’s a good horse. He showed that last time. This distance is not going to be a problem for him. He’ll go to the (Kentucky) Derby. He qualified in Bob Baffert’s eyes (in addition to points). I don’t need 40 points. They’ve got to qualify in my eyes.“They’ll ship out of here maybe in another couple weeks. I’ll make that call later.”Asked about American Pharoah and his race next Saturday in the Arkansas Derby: “This is the time of the year where we take nothing for granted, we work hard, we have a great team and American Pharoah is doing fantastic. We want to get there in top form and healthy. That’s the battle right there. We have good horses. I can’t believe I’m so fortunate to be in this position with two outstanding 3-year-olds like I have.”KALEEM SHAH, OWNER OF DORTMUND: “Just to have a horse in the Santa Anita Derby is a thrill, but to run this well and win it, is unbelievable. Ever since the San Felipe, this has been like March Madness for me. To be going to the Kentucky Derby with an undefeated horse like this and to be compared to horses like Seattle Slew and Smarty Jones is just amazing. We have these colors (red, white and blue) because I am very patriotic. I have strong feelings about this country ever since I became a naturalized citizen (in 1989). MARTIN GARCIA, DORTMUND, WINNER: “This is my first win in the Santa Anita Derby. There are a lot of ‘firsts’ with him for me. He was really comfortable. The main thing for me today was to break well and put him in a good position.“Even though he’s won all his races, he’s still learning. He can play around a bit but when someone comes to him, or I ask him to go, he becomes push-button and he just takes off.“I never had the chance to ride American Pharoah except in his first time out. But American Pharoah just drags me in the morning; wherever you want to go, however far you want to go, he drags you there. Dortmund, just gallops along, but he isn’t aggressive about it. They’re different in that way but they’re both very good horses.” NOTES: Winning owner Kaleem Shah is from San Diego. JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, ONE LUCKY DANE, SECOND: “I had a good trip. No excuse. I put him right behind with the speed, but the winner was just the best. He was much the best. My horse was still running to the end. My horse ran really good, really good. He surprised me today. He made a good move at the end.(The best thing about his performance?): “This will help a lot in the (Kentucky) Derby. I think this horse can run all day. He’s still learning. He’s a big horse, good-sized for two turns. I think this race will be a lot of help.” MIKE SMITH, BOLO, THIRD: “We didn’t win today, but the good thing is that we know how talented he is on the grass. So we’ll just have to regroup and start our campaign back on grass. We couldn’t have had a better trip – it was perfect. We went three wide, but I was fine with it. I just didn’t have the horse to go with him. He just struggled with the surface.” WHAT ABOUT THE MEDIA CIRCUS LEADING INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS? “I’m looking forward to everything. Those are good problems to have. It means you have a horse in the race.” -30- TRAINER QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, SUBTLE INDIAN, RUNNER-UP: “I tried to nurse him along without taking anything away from him that was coming easy for him. He was able to relax, I was really happy with the way he did. You have to give it to Lord Nelson. He ran a great race.” WAYNE HUGHES, SPENDTHRIFT FARM: “He’s a big, good looking horse and we were looking for a stallion. He’s exceptionally good looking. We’ll keep him running, that’s for sure.” BOB BAFFERT, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “That was pretty game. I didn’t think he was going to get there. He was trying so hard there at the end. It was pretty exciting to watch, more exciting to win. He’s come back so strong this year; that break really helped him. I think this is his distance, sprinting might be too short for him.” TRAINER QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I was really happy with my trip. I knew Subtle Indian was the only speed in the race so I wanted to make sure I broke good and got my horse into the race right away. I found my position and then just waited for Kobe’s Back. When I saw him coming at the three-eighths I just went for it and tried to get the jump on him because he was really running.” NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes resides in Lexington, Ky. GARY STEVENS, KOBE’S BACK, THIRD: “I was on the extreme outside. I was wide around the turn and the pace was extremely slow for these kinds of horses. The track has been favoring speed all day long and my move was a bit premature and a bit wide.” JOCKEY QUOTES -30-
HOW DID HE ARRIVE AT THE NAME, HOW ABOUT ZERO: “A friend of mine sent his kid over to me to work as an intern (in his financial business). When he asked me how much he was going to be making, I said ‘Ten dollars an hour.’ He said ‘How about 15?’ So I told him, ‘How about zero?’(Reddam also noted “the kid” was in fact hired at $10 per hour and that he “worked out fine.”) MARIO GUTIERREZ, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: The post position was good, everything was good. She settled nicely and we had a good pace, which we thought we would. She’s a really nice filly and she proved it today.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES DOUG O’NEILL, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: “Mario (Gutierrez) did a great job with this maiden. He took advantage of the 10 post and kept her in the clear. Mario thought after the last race that maybe a set of blinkers would do the trick. She came up empty the last time, but we had a lot of confidence in her. She showed today coming down the lane that she is still a little green. I think the blinkers made her focus more. Those Square Eddie horses really run. That’s like in baseball having the Mickey Mantle bloodline. She is a big stout filly and really mentally and physically tough. I will talk to the Reddams. I think you might see this filly in open company the next time.”PAUL REDDAM, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “We were high on her last time, but she was very green and she wouldn’t change leads. I was absolutely shocked we were 10-1 today. I thought she’d be 4-1, even with me betting! This was a nice way to break your maiden.” NOTES: Winning owners Paul and Zillah Reddam reside in Irvine, CA.
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Imani Nave and Incarnate Word’s Sarea Alexander are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Nave registered a new Southland Conference season-best time in the 400-meter with a 54.40 clip at the Roadrunner Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. After a third-place finish in the 400m, Nave competed in a pair of Ladyjacks’ relay races, helping SFA to a third-place finish in the 4x100m race and a fourth-place performance in the 4x400m.Alexander picked up a first-place performance in the long jump (20-5) and a second-place finish in the triple jump (42-5.5) for Incarnate Word at the Baylor Invitational over the weekend. The pair of performances by the UIW senior earned her the Southland’s top spots of the season in both events.The awards mark the first of the outdoor season for both Nave and Alexander.Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Imani Nave, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Tomball, TexasNave earned the Southland Conference’s top time in the women’s 400m with a 54.40 mark that ranks 13th nationally. The performance earned her third-place honors at the Baylor Invitational. The Tomball, Texas, product also took part in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays for SFA.Honorable Mention: Alex Eykelbosch, McNeese; Sashane Henson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Dominique Allen, Incarnate Word.Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word – Sr. – San Antonio, TexasIn her first outdoor meet of the season, Alexander breezed her way to the top of the Southland standings, turning in the best long (20-5) and triple jump (42-5.5) performances of the season. The reigning Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Athlete of the Year’s marks in both events once again claimed her spots among the nation’s top-10 marks this season.Honorable Mention: Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian; Kadejah Wilson, Stephen F. Austin; Migle Muraskaite, Lamar.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
The Commissioner’s Cup and All-Sports Awards will be presented at the Southland Conference Honors Dinner this evening at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco, Texas. Sam Houston State 79.5 80 159.5 The Men’s and Women’s All-Sports trophies are awarded annually for men’s and women’s competition based on a 13-point system for all conference sports, with the Commissioner’s Cup being awarded to the program with the most combined all-sports points. The Lumberjacks are second in the overall Commissioner’s Cup tally with 148.5 points following championships in volleyball, women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, and a runner-up finish in women’s basketball. SFA edges out Lamar (148 points) and Abilene Christian (146) with Central Arkansas (130.5) rounding out the top five. Central Arkansas 50 80.5 130.5 New Orleans 36 25.5 61.5 School Men Women Total Final 2018-19 Commissioner’s Cup Standings Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 48 61.5 109.5 Points are awarded from 13 to 1 according to place of finish in final conference standings in sports with regular seasons, or placement in conference championships for sports without regular seasons. If teams are tied in standings or placement, points for the given spots are distributed evenly. Points are awarded regardless of the number of teams that sponsor a given sport. Abilene Christian 74.5 71.5 146 McNeese 45 76.5 121.5 Houston Baptist 26.5 46 72.5 Northwestern State 38.5 66 104.5 UIW 68.5 56.5 125 FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State is the winner of the 2018-19 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup, the league announced Tuesday. The Bearkats also claim the Men’s All-Sports Award while Stephen F. Austin snags the Women’s All-Sports award.The wins in the all-sports and the men’s sports categories represent back-to-back top finishes for the Bearkats. Stephen F. Austin’s win in women’s sports is also a repeat performance.The Bearkats were buoyed by seven championships including men’s basketball, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, men’s and women’s golf, softball and baseball. The Kats earned the most points overall with 159.5, including a league-best 79.5 points in seven men’s sports. SHSU added 80 points in nine women’s sports. Southeastern Louisiana 58.5 38 96.5 Lamar 73 75 148 Nicholls 38 32.5 70.5 Stephen F. Austin 57 91.5 148.5