Red Bank Regional Proposing $22M Referendum

first_imgItems Include Classroom Expansion, Roof Replacement, New Turf Field |By Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Residents of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury Borough will be asked to vote on a two-part, $22-million referendum in December to fund a total roof replacement, classroom expansion and turf field installation at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR).An anticipated increase to student enrollment, the reduction of income from out-of-district students and a proactivity to expand programs for all students are driving the vote, said RBR Superintendent Louis Moore, Ph.D.“This is going to be the next crossroads” for RBR, Moore told The Two River Times Tuesday. “If this referendum goes forward, it’s going to put us in a place to continue to thrive. But if we lose, there are going to be some significant costs.”The referendum is set for Dec. 11 and will be split into two separate questions, with the second contingent upon approval of the first.The first is a projected $19.9 million bond to finance a total replacement of the high school’s roof which is “at the end of its life,” said Moore. It will also address an expansion to the school’s footprint creating 10 new classrooms along with transforming the media center into a “learning commons,” he said. This question qualifies for state debt service aid which the district projects would reduce the cost to $15.7 million.A second question, with a $2.2-million price tag, will fund replacing the existing grass stadium field with a new turf field, as well as upgrades to the concession stands and new bathroom facilities at the stadium. This question will only be approved if the first question passes, and it does not qualify for state debt service aid.With debt aid calculated in, the total project cost is roughly $18 million.Depending on average assessed home values in the three boroughs, homeowners would see a tax increase between $82 and $152 annually until 2023, when older debts are retired, according to a statement from the district. After 2023, the tax hit from this referendum would shrink to a range between $52 and $92.Here is a breakdown of the three towns with their average assessed home values and the tax levy based on those assessments using 2018-2019 budget information:Little Silver: Average Assessment = $633,785. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,728.67Red Bank: Average Assessment = $364,296. Regional School Tax Levy = $1,663.97Shrewsbury: Average Assessment = $496,184. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,508.13A combination of factors surrounding student enrollment is driving the referendum. Enrollment from in-district students is on the rise, said Moore. A demographic study commissioned last year shows an anticipated 5 to 10 percent increase in the student body. RBR has 1,217 students enrolled this year and its capacity is 1,200 students; that’s expected to jump to 1,350 in the coming years.The school is also seeing less money come in as increasing in-district enrollments have essentially barred out-of-district students. RBR drew 190 students from 15 different sending districts in the 2017-2018 school year at a tuition cost of $14,500 each. Tuition income to RBR has fallen from $4 million to $2.8 million over the past four years as the number of available spaces has declined.The district offers multiple unique Career Technical Educational academies drawing students from Belmar, Millstone and Union Beach, among others, Moore said. Those academies are for visual and performing arts, information technology, engineering and early childhood education.Moore added that the RBR Board of Education increases the out-of-district tuition roughly 2 percent annually, which is in line with the usual budget increases.Local taxpayers, however, will feel the brunt down the line if the referendum is denied, Moore cautioned.“I think this is a very responsible approach to these issues,” he said. “The truth is – and it’s a little counterintuitive – but if we don’t do this, the tax burden will actually increase.”The vote comes just before the tri-borough school district will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. According to the school’s history, the original building was financed by voters in the three boroughs for a total cost of $9.4 million.“This is going to improve our facility and really let us take the next step in being able to offer remarkable programs to all of our students,” Moore said. “It’s also going to deal with these fiscal issues that we’re already seeing.”The Red Bank Regional High School District will be presenting referendum plans at borough meetings and for any groups that request it to inform the public. Questions about the vote can be emailed to article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Fiji and PNG clash in league 9s today

first_imgThe final round robin match will see the two undefeated countries, Fiji and Papau New Guinea play at 12:25pm.And in the other fixtures, Cook Islands meet Samoa (12:00pm) and Solomon Islands go against Tonga (12:50pm).With the finals qualifier and medal play offs scheduled for the afternoon, PNG are tipped as favourites.PNG’s attack and defence have been the keys in their whitewash of their opponents and Fiji’ s coach Maika Vunivere must find a formula to cause an upset.A bumper crowd is expected again at the BSP (Sir John Guise) Stadium and the pressure will be on the PNG players to satisfy the pride of the rugby league mad nation. PNG is the only country in the world where rugby league is the national sport.last_img read more

Flamengo players pass tests for coronavirus

first_imgLast week, he joined the black-red delegation that went to Barranquilla, in Colombia, to follow Flamengo’s victory over Junior (1-2) on the first day of group A of the Copa Libertadores. Before, he was with the club president, Rodolfo Landim, and the vice president of marketing, Gustavo Oliveira, in Madrid.The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) announced on Thursday the suspension of the Copa Libertadores matches scheduled between March 15-21 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Brazil has confirmed until this Friday 98 cases of coronavirus, most of them in the state of Sao Paulo (56), the most populous and richest in the country, and investigates about 1,500 considered “suspects”, although without registering deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) this week declared the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic.” The players of the Flamengo, Liga and Copa Libertadores champion in 2019, were subjected to medical tests to detect if anyone has coronavirus, after the vice president and a club worker presented symptoms of the disease.Team Sources Rio de Janeiro confirmed that the medical services also carried out clinical examinations of the technical commission led by the Portuguese coach, Jorge Jesus, as well as all employees of the football department.“Flamengo is taking some precautions,” said the aforementioned sources, who stressed that these are “preventive” tests.The most popular club in Brazil decided to check the health status of players and coaches, after the entity’s vice president, Mauricio Gomes de Mattos, and an employee of the marketing department had symptoms of COVID-19. Both were waiting for the final result of the tests for coronovirus. Gomes de Mattos is admitted to a Brasilia hospital and awaits the result of a second analysis, according to local press.last_img read more

Gone too soon

first_imgThe life of a brilliant high-school footballer was tragically cut short yesterday.Jordan Foote, who almost single-handedly led the unheralded Holy Trinity High School to the FLOW Super Cup final in 2014, lost his battle with bone cancer at 10 a.m. in the University Hospital of the West Indies.His mother Nadine Sutherland said the footballer died peacefully. Her home, she said, was “full of persons showing support” despite heavy afternoon rain.”His last moment was peaceful as he saw everybody he wanted to see,” Sutherland said. “Words can’t explain how I am feeling. The family was right there with him through it all,” she told The Sunday Gleaner. “We are all taking it hard. He was our hero and pet,” added a tearful Sutherland.Foote took his last breath with his mother, a brother, cousin and school coach Devon Anderson by his side.Last year, Foote started feeling pain in his knee during preseason preparations for the Manning Cup. He was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his leg amputated last December. There were plans to get him a prosthetic leg but he was readmitted to hospital earlier this year.Foote, the third of four sons for his mother, was born on June 1, 1997 and attended Elletson Primary School before moving on to Holy Trinity High.COACH SHAKEN UPAnderson, who admits to sharing a fatherly relationship with his former charge, said he was shaken up.”It’s difficult to say how I feel right now,” said Anderson, adding he was at Holy Trinity High trying to gather his thoughts and reflecting.The late footballer was ruled out of last season’s FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup as well as school.His former principal, Margaret Bolt, described him as “a young man with potential and a lot to give back to society”.”He wasn’t a brilliant academic student, but he really tried. At football, he was unbeatable, he was the life of our team and put our school on the map,” Bolt underlined.Several organisations, including schoolboy football sponsors FLOW, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association and the Premier League Clubs Association had made monetary contributions to help with Foote’s medical bills.”Condolences to his family on behalf of myself and FLOW. It is very sad news to hear of his passing. We want to remember Jordan as the bright, positive and happy young man he was,” FLOW’s head of marketing and products, Carlo Redwood, said.President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, expressed sincerest condolences to the family, friends, schoolmates and former teammates of the footballer.”It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of his passing” Captain Burrell stated. “Many of us remember not just his skills on the field, especially in the 2014 season, but his positive attitude and encouragement to his teammates at Holy Trinity, even when he was in hospital.”This spirit, even in adversity, we are sure, impacted many. Our heartfelt thoughts also extend to his former coaching staff, the ISSA fraternity and the principal and staff of Holy Trinity.”last_img read more

Hibernian midfielder holds strong desire to represent Jamaica

first_imgScottish Championship Hibernian FC holding midfielder, Marvin Bartley, says he can bring stability and balance to the Jamaica national senior men’s team in their pursuit of a spot at the FIFA 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.”As a holding midfielder, I can bring stability and balance into the centre of the park, allowing more attack-minded midfielders to do their business – although I’m not too shy in getting involved in an attack,” Bartley, who transferred from Leyton Orient FC in England to Hibernian in Scotland last summer, told The Gleaner.”I am also fit and athletic enough to cover a lot of ground in a game, allowing me to provide cover for fullbacks that like to push forward. But, I do believe that talk is cheap, and I’m more than happy for those watching to decide what I bring to the team should I receive a call-up,” he added.”With my current form being good and my fitness level high, I am more than ready to pull on the gold jersey and play for my family’s country,” Bartley assured.Born in Reading, EnglandThe 6″ 3′ (1.9m) player was born in Reading, England, but has Jamaican roots with his mother born in St Ann and father from Manchester.”I have had my Jamaican passport since 2012 and have been available to represent Jamaica ever since. It has long been an ambition of mine to play for the country, ever since I started my career as a footballer. I’ve had conversations on a few occasions since then, but due to me not feeling I was in the best form possible or being injured I’ve yet to represent Jamaica. But this is something I hope will change in the not too distant future as I feel in prime condition and believe I am playing well,” Bartley said confidently.”I’ve followed the national team’s results ever since being a young boy due to my family all being from the country. This interest was obviously taken up a notch or 10 due to the ’98 World Cup team. Even last year I found myself watching how the side got on in the Gold Cup as they reached the final, which was particularly impressive considering they had also competed in the Copa America earlier that summer too,” the 29-year-old reflected.Bartley says he visits Jamaica regularly and was here less than a year ago.”This has only helped to strengthen my desire to compete at international level for the Jamaican national team,” he emphasised.Bartley is yet to score for Hibs in 19 appearances in all competitions this season. He also represented Bumham, Hayes, Didcol Town, Hampton and Richmond Borough, Bournemouth and Burnley.last_img read more

Cignal captures PSL Invitational bronze at expense of Smart

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Yeng Guiao pressed for time to finalize Asian Games line up Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Mench Tubiera of Cignal over Domenique Pacres and Genie Sabas of Smart. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCignal took the bronze medal after defeating Smart, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18,  in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Rachel Ann Daquis led the HD Spikers with 18 points in their third-place triumph while getting ample support from Mylene Paat and Cherry Vivas who had 15 and 13 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew HD Spikers head coach Edgar Barroga said they got what they came for in the Invitational Conference and that is to get a spot in the top three.“Actually we’re happy with what we got because this is actually the finish that we were expecting,” said Barroga in Filipino. “We just wanted to get to the top four since this lineup is still raw.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Cignal played without Jovelyn Gonzaga, who was nursing an injury at the start of the conference and then got into military training as part of her tenure with the Philippine Army.“I’m satisfied with how Rachel played and I expected her to go all out because this is the last game of the season for us,” added Barroga.center_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joanne Bunag led the Giga Hitters with 10 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Takun J: B-Day Celebration Will Be “Different”

first_imgOne of Liberia’s most dependable and “all ears” Hip-Co artists, who has spent several years providing proof to his fans and nation that Hip-Co music could one day have a mark in the entertainment industry, celebrated another birthday on May 14, 2014.With great wishes and respect from LIB LIFE, we wish you a happy belated birthday!Due to celebrate a grand B-Day bash at club Dubai on May 24, 2014, Takun J celebrates his b-day with an exclusive, pay-to-enter house party, set up for sincere well-wishers, smiling faces and a room filled with gifts.“If it’s free, everyone will fill the place, and since there isn’t much space on 146 block, I’ve decided to charge a fee for those who really want to celebrate my birthday with me,” He stated duringthe renovation of 146.Also, Takun mentioned during the 12 ambassadors weekly Hip-Co Accountability Lab meeting that he wanted to do something special for his fans, despite it being his birthday.He also mentioned doing something different from what most of his fans are accustomed to seeing and hearing every Friday night during “146” open mic.“It’s going to be big, I’m going to have different people on the mic other than what everybody is used to,” he added.Furthermore, “146” block has become the second home for many Hip-Co artists who use the popular hangout spot as a means for stage practice, collaborations and for a good time.“146 is a good place to go and polish your skills and be able to do it around the real stars,” stated Black boy, another aspiring artist who dreams of one day featuring in Takun’s tracks.Meanwhile, artists and entertainers from all genres of music, class and style showed up at the birthday boy’s “146”, openly showing the love and respect that the whole country has for their “super-star” artist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge to rule on US fugitive case by next week

first_imgHigh Court Judge Jo-Ann Barlow will by June 15, 2018 rule on whether or not a magistrate has authority to hear extradition proceedings involving fugitive Marvin Williams, who is wanted by United States law enforcement for a Queens, New York murder that occurred on December 11, 2011.Wanted fugitive Marvin Williams, called Troy ThomasWilliams, also called “Troy Thomas”, had initially answered to that name at his court arraignment before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus in March, but he now says his name is Marvin Williams.Both his attorney, Prithima Kissoon, who stood in place for Williams’ attorney, Nigel Hughes and Solicitor General Kym Kyte, who is representing the respondent, the Attorney General, were at a hearing before Justice Barlow on Monday. Both sides made legal arguments.The defence team, which includes Hughes, Bernard Da Silva and Darren Wade, contends that their client’s name is Marvin Williams and that he is being unlawfully detained. They further noted that him being a citizen of Guyana makes him entitled to the protections as provided in the Constitution of Guyana. During Monday’s hearing, Attorney Kissoon reiterated that the Fugitive Offender’s Act of 1988 makes provisions that citizens should not be extradited to a third State.However, Assistant Solicitor General Beverly Bishop said in court that the December 22, 1931 treaty entered into by the United Kingdom and the United States for the mutual extradition of fugitive criminals remained in force. She cited the current Marcus Bisram case, which suggested that the State has “arrangements” with the US. In responding to the applicant’s submissions, Bishop said that the Public Security Minister’s directive to the Magistrate to proceed “does not infringe on the separation of powers”.Williams was arrested in March 2018 at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, after an intelligence-led operation by ranks of the Guyana Police Force, which commenced on January 31, 2018. An arrest warrant was issued by the US in 2012.Williams was being hunted by the New York Police Department, and a wanted bulletin was issued for him in connection with the murder of Guyanese Keith Frank after an altercation outside a South Richmond Hill party.It was disclosed by US law enforcement agents that the suspect had fled the country to Canada within hours of his alleged crime.Shortly after, the man reportedly travelled to Guyana before the wanted bulletin which was issued by the US had reached Interpol.last_img read more

Huskies picking up pace and energy at practice

first_imgSlow starts and a lack of energy has plagued the Fort St. John Huskies in a number of games over the past two seasons. This year steps are being taken to solve that problem as right off the hop to begin yesterday’s first post-training camp practice, players were put through a fast paced, up tempo session from start to finish.Assistant bench boss Todd Alexander said yesterday’s skate wasn’t a one-off, and marks a change in philosophy in the way sessions will be run going forward.“We want to be a lot faster. We looked at a lot of video and a lot of stats from last season and we didn’t have great starts and that comes down to the coaching staff’s responsibility. We’ve got to start harder and faster and get into games quicker instead of playing from behind all the time,” he stated.- Advertisement -The pace caught the players by surprise, but Alexander is confident it’s something they can handle given the way the squad looks on the ice up to this point.“It definitely took everybody out of their comfort zone tonight including the coaching staff. It’s not like we’ve been able to run stuff like this for the last couple of years but we also have the players to do it now too. That plays a big part of it. You can’t just throw a group of guys and expect that they’re going to get it. You have to try to play within the strength of your team,” he said.The Huskies have four more practices before starting their exhibition schedule on September 16 as they’ll skate with the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks in Chetwynd.Advertisementlast_img read more

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Van hopes to reverse his fortunes against WSU pass attack

first_imgUSC offensive tackle Drew Radovich (sore back) participated in Friday’s walk-through and should be able to start today against Oregon in Eugene. Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) and offensive guard Chilo Rachal (sore calf) also will start. Injury update Boise runs over Fresno Jeremy Avery led Boise State’s dominant running game with a career-high 124 yards and three touchdowns, and the Broncos avenged their only conference loss in the last half-decade with a 34-21 victory over Fresno State in Fresno. D.J. Harper had a career-best 153 yards and a score for the five-time Western Athletic Conference champion Broncos (7-1, 4-0), whose sole loss in their last 44 WAC games was a 27-7 defeat in Fresno in 2005. Boise State controlled its latest trip to the Central Valley with 282 yards from its relentless ground game. With Ian Johnson sidelined by a bruised kidney, the Broncos’ freshman ball-carriers patiently wore down the young Bulldogs. Clifton Smith returned a punt 65 yards for a score for Fresno State (5-3, 4-1), which hoped to signal its return to the national stage with another win over last season’s BCS darlings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports It was bad, and Rodney Van knows it. Washington State picked on Van mercilessly, and UCLA’s cornerback was beaten for three touchdowns, and several other big plays before he was yanked from the game. By himself. Today in Pullman, Wash., Van believes he can exact a measure of revenge when the Bruins face Washington State. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m playing with a little chip on my shoulder this game,” Van said. “That’s definitely what it is. It’s not a chip to the point where it’s going to distract me from our goal as a team, but there is a little chip. I have to perform. I have to prove myself again, to myself.” Unlike a year ago, when Van was a starting cornerback, most of his snaps today will be when UCLA is employing its nickel package (five defensive backs), which is expected to be a lot since the Cougars like to spread out defenses and throw the ball. “I’ve been in the film room a little more this week,” Van said. “The team that beats you the baddest … every year every player has a game they probably wish they could have back, and that was my game.” Washington State junior receiver Brandon Gibson scored two touchdowns against Van last season at the Rose Bowl, and Van should get a shot at stopping him. Gibson missed the game at Oregon two weeks ago because of a heel injury, but he is expected to play. The quarterback who picked on Van, Alex Brink, is also back. Brink threw for 405 yards in the meeting. last_img read more