Facebook164Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit continues to monitor the latest developments in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation evolves, the agency remains in close communication with public health officials and is responding according to their recommendations.Public transit is a vital service to our community and the only means of transportation for many. The agency’s goal is to continue to provide these lifeline services, while reducing risk to our passengers, employees and community.As such, Intercity Transit will temporarily discontinue some routes and reduce service on others. Over the coming days, the following changes will be implemented:Effective Saturday, March 14, Nightline will be discontinued until further notice.Effective Monday, March 16, “The One” and DASH service will be discontinued until further notice.Effective Wednesday, March 18, the number of daily trips on our Olympia Express service between Olympia and Pierce County will be reduced. Service to Lakewood will continue, allowing regional connections; however, Olympia Express service between Lakewood and the Tacoma Dome Station will be discontinued until further notice. All northbound trips will end in Lakewood at the SR 512 Park and Ride. All southbound trips will depart from the SR 512 Park & Ride. Details about schedule changes are forthcoming.This is a constantly changing situation and additional adjustments may become necessary. The most up-to-date service information will be available at intercitytransit.com/rider-alerts, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Customers can also sign up to receive text or email alerts at intercitytransit.com/subscribe.Riders are asked to limit non-essential trips and, most importantly, to stay home when sick. The public’s patience, cooperation and understanding is appreciated as we work together through these unprecedented circumstances.
Advertisement Serbian side Red Star Belgrade’s fans have welcomed a real battle tank which was used during the bloody war of Yugoslavia in the 90s at their home-ground. The club unveiled the decommissioned Soviet-made T-55 Yugoslav army tank on the eve of their Champions League playoffs against Swiss side Young Boys on Tuesday. The club website says that the tank symbolizes their slogan “Machine Has Started.” and the vehicle was parked near the northern stand at the stadium near which is reserved for the club’s ultras, called Delije, or roughly translated the tough boys.Advertisement While the fans refer to themselves as the Northern Army, have often used a tank symbol to show their support for their club during home games, but this daring stunt has triggered a strong reaction from neighbouring Croatia, which fought a war for independence from the Serb-led Yugoslavia. The Croatian media said the tank is “a clear provocation”, “a scandal,” and suggested that the European governing body of football, UEFA, must react. Various liberal Serbian organisations have called on authorities to remove the army vehicle and condemned the display as “glorification of war symbols.”Advertisement Watch the Red Star fans celebrate their victory over Young Boys riding the tank:Typically discreet celebration from the Red Star Belgrade players as they toasted qualification to the Champions League last night by riding through the streets on a tank. pic.twitter.com/4hCEOtZbC8Advertisement — MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) August 28, 2019The armored vehicle which has been painted in red and white the official color of the club, was purchased from a military waste site, club officials confirmed. But this could prove to be a “stupid decision” and could lead to serious UEFA punishments, some reports claim.The tank was put out in public, just a week after some masked assailants attacked two bars in Croatia as few ethnic Serbs in that country were watching Red Star’s first leg-match against Young Boys on television. The horrific incident which left at least five people injured and damages to the bar, has also triggered heated discussions among Croatian and Serbian politicians.[Video by TW/@MundialMag] Advertisement
Advertisement g6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VscqpqtrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5j( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 550bkWould you ever consider trying this?😱1yCan your students do this? 🌚8gr6Roller skating! Powered by Firework A cyclone named Maha is expected to land near the coastal parts of Gujarat and the second T20I between India and Bangladesh might get washed away. The Meteorological Department claims that Maha would hit Gujarat through a ‘cyclonic storm’ somewhere near Rajkot on Thursday. The match starts that evening in the city’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfoMaha, the ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ is hovering over the Arabian sea, 660 kilometres away from Porbandar. The, Meteorological Department in their press release, predicted moderate rain or thundershowers in Gujarat, including Rajkot, on November 6 and 7.“We are fully prepared to host the game but at the same time we are keeping a close tab on the weather. It is expected that it may rain in the morning on the 7th but the game is in the evening,” a top Saurashtra Cricket Association official said.Advertisement But it was a bright blue sky this morning while the two teams reached the city yesterday. Despite the severe smog and air pollution in Delhi, the match was played and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly thanked both the teams.Bangladesh beat India by seven wickets and leads the three-match series 1-0. The last game of the series will be played in Nagpur on November 10.Advertisement Advertisement
Advertisement xj3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsatr91Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7zsg003Would you ever consider trying this?😱9xoi7nuCan your students do this? 🌚3ziRoller skating! Powered by Firework Kozo Tashima, the deputy chief of Japan’s Olympic Committee on Tuesday confirmed that he had contracted coronavirus. The news comes amidst the growing doubts over whether the Tokyo 2020 Games can go ahead according to its schedule because of the ongoing pandemic. However, the Japanese officials still insist that the event will take place in July-August despite the speculation that the quadrennial tournament might get postponed or even cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19.Advertisement “Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus. I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine. I will concentrate on treatment following doctors’ advice,” said Tashima in a statement released by the Japan Football Association.Advertisement The 62-year-old said that he had been on a business trip since the last week of February, attending the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Ireland, followed by a trip to Amsterdam on March 2nd for a UEFA meeting.“In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now. Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing)” he said in the statement.Advertisement Tashima then departed for the United States to watch the Japanese women’s football team participate in the SheBelieves Cup and also to lobby for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, before returning home on March 8.“In the United States, too, the sense of crisis about the novel coronavirus was not as serious as now,” he said.While the Japanese FA staffs have been working from home since the outbreak, Tashima said that he visited the association premises several times last week and attended meetings. On Sunday, the former footballer experienced a mild fever along with chills and reported to a local public health centre on Monday where he told them about his travel history. His positive result came out on Tuesday.“I have chosen to face the illness as so many people are doing in Japan and around the world,” he added.The announcement of his illness came as a big blow to the organising committee who declared that the Olympic torch relay and the subsequent celebrations will be toned down to prevent further spread of the virus.Meanwhile, the flame has already been lit in Greece, and is expected to arrive in northern Japan on Friday.You may also like:Read why the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could be postponed to the end of the year!Rumour killer: Cristiano Ronaldo HAS NOT turned his hotels into free for all hospitals in light of Coronavirus! Advertisement
Image Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement appkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6jwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9nc7u( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1wwiqWould you ever consider trying this?😱7gcsCan your students do this? 🌚7j5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Yesterday marked the Indian cricket team’s 9 year anniversay of their second ICC Cricket World Cup win, happened all the way back on 2nd April 2011. Taking on Sri Lanka in the final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India clinched a staggering chase victory, marking their second title after their maiden 1983 world cup trophy. Such a prestigious moment was remembered by Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, as he took it to social media to make a tributary post. However, the post got a backlash from none other than the country’s cricketing icon Yuvraj Singh, as Shastri failed to mention two match winning players from the final- himself and the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyThe Final saw India chasing down a target of 275, as Dhoni and Yuvraj remained on the 22 yards till the end. With a dominating six wicket victory, it marked India’s second title win of the glorious cricketing tournament.Ravi Shastri’s post- a clip of the final six struck by MS Dhoni, with Yuvi on the non striking end- is what shook the whole Indian population on that day. The coach tweeted the clip with the message: “Many Congratulations Guys! Something you will cherish all your life. Just like we from the 1983 group #WorldCup2011″Advertisement However, he only tagged Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in the post, leaving out Dhoni and Yuvraj, who’s partnership towards the end of the chase was crucial behind the Men in Blue’s victory in the final in Mumbai.It was surprising to see Shastri not mentioning Yuvi, the Player of the Tournament, or Dhoni’s who’s match winning six brought India the glorious moment, in his post. However, it was just the opportunity Yuvraj needed to pull a witty jab towards his mentor.Although thanking the coach for the congratulatory tweet, the 38 year old all rounder had a subtle touch of humour in his reply: “Thanks senior ! U can tag me and mahi also we were also part of it 😂“ With an astounding average score of 90.50, Yuvraj finished the world cup with 362 runs out of 9 matches, along with an equally impressive spell with the ball- picking up a total of 15 wickets.Dhoni, who won the Player of the Match award in the final, landed a swashbuckling 91 runs from 79 balls, including 8 fours and 2 sixes.Also read-Dissecting the mind of a GOAT: Best excerpts from KP’s lockdown chat with KohliPM Modi called Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli for a meeting – here’s what happened! Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Reuters/BCCIAdvertisement 5zsvgmcNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsvdxhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E509( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xfkWould you ever consider trying this?😱o8od84dCan your students do this? 🌚14dl3hRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricket team has seen some of the most iconic and unique cricketers who graced the Sky Blue jersey, and from young to old, fans of all ages agree to the fact that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been one of the greatest cricketers from the country. Now in the twilight of his career and an uncertain future with the Indian team, the veteran wicket keeper batsman’s place in the squad won’t be easy to fill in, or would it? Veteran batsman Robin Uthappa names the next Dhoni of the team: the young and energetic Riyan Parag!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/BCCIThe son of former domestic cricketer Parag Das, who played for the Assam cricket team, Riyan Parag had the chance of meeting Dhoni when he was only a kid. Now, an 18 year old batsman for Assam and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, the teenager has been hailed by Robin Uthappa to walk in the shoes of India’s former captain.Uthappa recently joined in an online session with Cricfit, where the 34 year old batsman put forward Parag’s name as a future star for India.Advertisement Riyan Parag playing for Rajasthan Royals. (Image Courtesy: PTI)“Currently, the young player which excites me out of my socks in Riyan Parag. I am extremely excited and he is the one to watch out for,”the 34 year old said.Bought by RR for IPL 2020, Uthappa sparks hope for his young teammate, who has played 7 matches for the franchise, scoring 160 runs. He also became the youngest cricketer to score a half century in IPL 2019, at an age of age of 17 years and 175 days, beaking the joint record of Sanju Samson and Prithvi Shaw.Advertisement Uthappa continued, “I think he is someone who is looked after well and dealt well and nurtured well and will represent India for a very long time.”“He could be India’s answer to the next MS Dhoni,” the veteran batsman added.Hailing from Guwahati, Parag has made 13 first class appearances, and was a member of the Indian Team at the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Sakshi posts then deletes tweet clarifying MS Dhoni retirementSports India Exclusive with Anthony Amalraj: Use hypnotherapy to train my mind to react in pressure situations! Advertisement
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will host a holiday performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, by the Henry Hudson High School A Cappella Choir, directed by Cody Holody.Attendees will be able to enjoy holiday songs and refreshments in the decorated Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle. The mansion will be open at 7 p.m. * * * * *Claddagh na nGael is hosting a Christmas social/fundraiser to benefit Sandy victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16, at Molly Maguire’s Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road.The event will be an afternoon of Irish music and family entertainment. With as many as 20 musicians expected, children and student musicians are welcome to the open session. New unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution to children whose families were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. The toys will be donated to Project Paul, which operates the largest food pantry in Monmouth County helping approximately 1,600 individuals a week.Donations for the organization will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Project Paul.Those who can’t afford a toy or monetary donation are invite to bring their families and listen to the good music.Information about Project Paul is available at www.projpaul.org. MIDDLETOWNCentrex Sports Club is offering holiday cheer for those less fortunate and for those families who were affected by Sandy, with a free brunch and other holiday activities from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck from Middletown Volunteer Fire Company 1 and will pose for photos with the children.State Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. and his family will be joined by township elected officials as they and club representatives distribute toys from the club’s annual drive.Centrex is located at 500 State Highway 35 in the Union Square shopping center. COLTS NECKColts Neck High School is hosting the Jingle Bell Walk, a 5K Stroll for Sandy at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, to help raise money for disaster relief efforts.The 5K walk will start and end near the track where vendors and crowds will gather. Jersey Strong T-shirts and food and drinks will be available.After the walk, music and entertainment will be provided.Prizes will be awarded at 11 a.m. for best holiday-themed costume for a group and individual.Walkers are encouraged to bring food for The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and unwrapped presents for Toys for Tots.The preregistration fee is $20 and race day registration is $25. Children 10 and under walk for free.Corporate donations and sponsorships are being sought.All proceeds will be donated to the schools in Monmouth County as well as the township’s adopted town of Union Beach. LITTLE SILVERRed Bank Regional (RBR) has the recipe to usher in the holiday season with fabulous music, dance and art.The RBR Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) will present a Holiday Showcase, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at the RBR Theatre at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.The presentations are unique and feature different works each night. The performing groups include the RBR art, drama, creative writing, instrumental music, piano, photography and vocal majors with the chamber singers, concert choir, concert bank, harp ensemble and string ensemble.Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. RUMSONThe English Speaking Union will be holding its annual holiday repast on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road.Libations will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. traditional English Christmas dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m.The organization’s scholarship winner, Evelyn Giovine, will provide a special holiday program.The cost is $60 per person for members and $65 for nonmembers. Wine will be provided at the table, and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.All are welcome; the dress is black tie optional.A silent auction, with half of the proceeds to be donated to local storm relief efforts, will be featured.Additional information is available by contacting ESU President Richard Biernacki at 732-787-2217 or emailing esupresident@ comcast.net. * * * * *The festivities continue all month throughout town.Every Saturday through Dec. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. shoppers can enjoy the sounds of the season from the Holiday Harmonies. Traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz and blues musicians will bring holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank.Classic horse and carriage rides will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, sponsored by Pauline Poyner and Red Bank RiverCenter.A new event – “We Double Dog Dare You Scavenger Hunt” – will allow participants to visit the 50-plus businesses involved to search through Sunday, Dec. 16, for a hidden holiday character inspired by the holiday classic movie A Christmas Story. Shoppers will gather stamps on their hunt for every character they find, and once 15 are collected, they can be entered to win a Red Bank prize package.The movie theme continues with the return of the popular, window-decorating contest. Businesses have been invited to decorate their windows using any holiday movie they choose. Shoppers can vote online at www.ACoolLittle Town.com through Sunday, Dec. 16, for their favorite windows.Pictures with Santa will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16 by, TSS Photography at The Galleria, 2 Bridge Ave.Free parking continues in borough parking lots through Christmas Day, courtesy of the Borough of Red Bank.In a program that captures the heart of the Christmas story, the 50-voice Tower Hill Choir presents “A Spiritual Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road.The choir is under the direction of Adam Peithmann, the church’s director of music ministries. RED BANKA Christmas Carol will be presented at the Count Basie Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The play is a production of the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour. A cast of two-dozen actors with a live orchestra will faithfully portray all the beloved characters from Dickens’ 1843 novel.Their voices and lively dancing render traditional carols like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” as a musical theater treat for the entire family.This production recreates Victorian era London with more than 100 costumes, a set evoking a Currier and Ives print and ghostly special effects.Tickets are $49.50, $29.50 and $19.50 and are available at the theater box office at 99 Monmouth St. or by calling 732-842-9000. * * * * *The adult and children’s choirs of St. Agnes Catholic Church will present their 18th annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.The choirs will be directed by G. Thomas Elliott and accompanied by organist Corina Pauta.The church is located at 103 Center Ave., at the corner of Avenue C. FAIR HAVENThe Fair Haven PTA’s biennial house hour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and will include a Super Storm Sandy relief fundraising effort designed to assist local victims with replacing kitchen and household items lost in the storm.Tour attendees will be encouraged to donate new kitchen essentials and much needed gift cards for home-goods stores. There will be donation boxes at each of the eight tour homes. These donations will be given to Sandy Family Match to distribute to local victims of Sandy.Tickets to Fair Haven’s First Floors are $50 and will be sold, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour, at 248 Kemp Ave. and 85 Grange Ave. No children will be allowed on the tour and participants will be asked to remove their shoes. The Two River area has an array of concerts, shows, bazaars and other fun events for the holiday season. Here is a selection of events in the area this week:
Firefighters from as far away as Neptune assisted the Monmouth Beach fire department in getting a fire under control and rescuing resident Jim Fuller early Wednesday morning, Jan. 21.According to C. Read Murphy, with the Sea Bright department who was on the scene, firefighters from Neptune, Highlands, Oceanport, Little Silver, Deal, Asbury Park and Monmouth Beach answered the fire call at approximately 1 a.m. for the fire at the three-story home.Sea Bright Chief Chad Murphy rescued Fuller, who uses a wheelchair, and who was trapped on the third floor, according to Murphy. The chief and Fuller were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Murphy said. Firefighters remained on the scene until 5 a.m.
RED BANK – It’s an inevitable and persistent conflict: a walking town with heavy pedestrian traffic within a community congested by cars.Red Bank, a cultural and commercial hub, has had a history of pedestrians being struck and seriously injured and, in some cases, killed by drivers as both tried to maneuver the busy roadways. The problem has been exacerbated by the onslaught of distractions that have developed over the years.“I’ve lived in Red Bank for almost 20 years,” said Amy Goldsmith, a west side homeowner and president of the West Side Community Group, an advocacy and informational organization for residents and businesses of the borough’s west side. “And we’ve had this conversation for 20 years,” referring to safety issues for the west side, especially the heavily traveled Shrewsbury Avenue.“It’s a little frustrating,” she acknowledged.“The perpetual problem is seniors can’t get across the road fast enough; lots of kids are on the streets; bicycles on sidewalks, as well as in the streets,” and “cars traveling very fast,” along with a roadway lined with legally parked vehicles, she offered. “The combination of all that creates problems.”The hectic east side downtown area has similar issues, as shoppers and employees hurry to or from lunch or coffee breaks coming up against drivers making their way through the borough’s busy thoroughfares. Add to that, valets seen driving one-way the wrong-way down streets rushing to park or pick up cars frequenting Broad Street shops and eateries. And a police department member concedes the issue is often that neither is paying enough attention to what the other is doing, creating a situation that can be precarious.“It’s a shift in what people are doing and thinking while out there in the roadway,” for both drivers and those walking, observed Sgt. Beau Broadley, supervisor of the police department’s traffic safety division.Broadley did acknowledge, “When there is interaction between pedestrians and motor vehicles…the incident of injury is pretty high.”That being said, Broadley reviewed department data and noted that in 2010 there were two pedestrian fatalities from collisions with vehicles and none since. But as recently as last fall, an elderly woman was struck by a delivery van while crossing Newman Springs Road with her 4-year-old great-grandchild. The 84-year-old woman was seriously injured and the child suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said at the time. In that case, Broadley said the pedestrians crossed in the middle of the block and not in a designated crosswalk.There have been “several” other collisions between pedestrians and vehicles but, Broadley said, “nothing rising to the level of serious injuries.”Despite those cases, Broadley believes things have improved on that front.The reasons are in part that the police since 2009 have been receiving a state Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant, covering the cost of overtime and increased activity. That grant is used by the department to have undercover officers in plain-clothes walk in crosswalks and for those drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians or who are speeding. That undercover officer notifies another officer in a nearby patrol vehicle to intercept the driver and issue warnings and/or summons.Under state law, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians crossing the street in all cases. And every intersection is a crosswalk, whether it is striped or not, Broadley explained.In part, “The problem is that we have a shift in the mentality of pedestrians,” Broadley maintained, with pedestrians oftentimes just assuming vehicles will stop. “But that’s only if the driver sees you,” he stressed.“We’ve had several instances where the pedestrians themselves are just not paying attention,” as they walk into traffic talking or texting on cell phones. Along with drivers, Broadley explained, this department initiative has stopped those walking across the street; with officers giving literatures and lectures about being aware of surroundings and stressing they should be crossing at intersections. “Just to inform them it’s their responsibility to make sure the roadway is clear before they step out there,” he said.Another effort has Broadley visiting the borough Senior Center and schools to offer lectures on traffic safety. “We’re trying to change the mind set a little bit,” he said.Traffic safety is a “top initiative of the whole county (government), the engineering department, the freeholders,” for the whole county, insisted Freeholder Thomas Arnone.The Monmouth County officials are responsible for county roads—in Red Bank that involves Shrewsbury Avenue, West Front Street and Newman Springs Road; and Arnone said county representatives are always willing to work with local officials to try and accommodate their requests for traffic improvements—as long as funding can be sought.But it is the locals’ responsibility to make the request. Red Bank has not made recent requests to address any safety issues on county roads, Arnone said.He acknowledged there is a large population that walks here and noted “The businesses are flourishing; there are a lot of businesses in a condensed area.“Which means only one thing: a lot of traffic,” he said. And as such, county officials are “looking at every measure, considering every recommendation of the municipality…and act accordingly to their requests,” he said.In 2011 based on conversations with borough officials who were in discussions with representatives of Riverview Medical Center, the county undertook a $600,000 project for safety measures for Front Street from English Plaza, east to about Washington Street, in the vicinity of the hospital. Those measures included a pedestrian-activated flashing light for those looking to cross Front Street (an exceptionally well-traveled road that has been the site of collisions with pedestrians, including a fatality in 2006); bump-out curbing; the installation of new brick-colored crosswalks; and a slightly elevated walkway in the crosswalks, for drivers to better see those walking.Those measures, instituted with the input of medical center representatives, “have greatly reduced the issues over there,” on Front Street, Broadley said.County engineers have taken measures on portions of Shrewsbury Avenue, as well, Arnone remembered. Done in stages over a couple of years, it involved restriping crosswalks, installing curbing and a new traffic light at the Drs. James Parker Boulevard intersection, along with additional signage.Mayor Pasquale Menna was not immediately available to comment for this story. But in the past, he has told The Two River Times there have been additional efforts, with the help of state Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), a borough resident, to convince state transportation officials of the need of additional safety measure on some state-controlled borough roadways. There is talk of addressing a particularly problematic crosswalk on Riverside Avenue, just north of Maple Avenue, and frequently used by senior citizens; asking the state to consider a traffic light or other traffic control at the Riverside Avenue and Bodman Place, just south of the state Highway 35 north interchange that has long been a traffic problem, the mayor had said; and addressing the Broad Street/Pinckney Road area, where traffic can snarl and pedestrians can have difficulty crossing.Despite some steps taken in her neighborhood, “it remains treacherous,” along Shrewsbury Avenue, in large part because of fast moving traffic, using the roadway as an alternative through the borough, Goldsmith said. She believes additional signage may help, possibly bump-outs, but more police enforcement may be the best remedy, she added.“The best thing is a shared responsibility,” for everybody involved, Broadley offered. “Everything works best when everybody is paying attention.”Robert Abatemarco, Red Bank Catholic High School principal, thought his students were pretty safe, even as many cross busy Broad and Maple Streets a couple of times a week. And the reason is decidedly old school, he maintained: the long-experienced human crossing guards there every school day.“There is a familiarity,” he said. “I think the level of safety is enhanced by the relationship of the guards and the kids. The kids know the guards and listen to them.”
By John BurtonRED BANK – Borough Council President Cindy Burnham offered a little tidbit to a handful of women at the Red Bank Senior Center as they completed their plantings in the newly established garden: “Nothing’s better than coming back to your garden and picking a cherry tomato and popping it in your mouth.”The women, whose ages range from the mid-60s to late 80s, nodded in agreement, recalling the joy of gardening.“The best part is touching the earth,” putting your bare hands in the soil for the vegetables and herbs to grow, offered Enilza Andrade, an 83- year-old resident of Wesleyan Arms senior apartments here in the borough.Burnham, in addition to serving as council president for the year, is the council liaison to the senior center, 80 Shrewsbury Ave. She personally purchased four elevated planting beds and the needed soil to establish a garden in the center’s back yard area, overlooking the Swimming River.With the helpful assistance of employees of the borough Department of Public Utilities, Burnham said, they stacked the four beds, costing about $200, on top of one another, placing the approximately $300 worth of soil in the beds, and then including mushroom compost in the mix. Having the beds elevated makes it easier for the seniors to participate in planting, said both Burnham and Jackie Reynolds, director of the municipality-run senior center and programs.Among the items planted for the season are cherry tomatoes, Italian peppers, rosemary, garlic, chives, cilantro, basil and nasturtium, an annual flower and leaves that are both decorative and edible.“This is something I’ve done all my life in my home,” having her own small garden, said Rosalie Jackson, 83, Red Bank.And for 85-year-old Betty Albert, who lives in Fair Haven, it brought back some fond memories. “My grandparents were farmers,” and she recalled visiting them and doing some work on their farm.For Jackson, the best part of the effort is “seeing everything grow.”It is late in the planting season, Burnham acknowledged, “but better late than never.”Next year, she hoped the group would consider some autumn items to plant.This is something she’s wanted to do since before she ran for borough council, “just for the love of it,” said Burnham, who is running for re-election in the November election as an independent candidate.Prior to her tenure on the governing body, Burnham had advocated for and help establish the borough community garden and the Maple Cove open space and public access area to the Navesink River at the northern end of Maple Avenue.This project “is very senior friendly,” Reynolds pointed out, helping with their socialization, offering an outdoor activity and even providing some cognitive stimulation. And Reynolds suspected others who regularly come to the senior center for its programs and company will look to participate in the gardening.Approximately 65 seniors are “in and out” of the senior center daily, totalling roughly 400 a week, according to Reynolds.The center and its activities are available to residents of the borough and surrounding communities as long as they are at least 60-years-old.