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Area mayors continue to advocate for a designated bike lane along county roads through much of the Two River area. County freeholders, however, would like the responsibility and cost shouldered by the municipalities. Photo by Tina ColellaIN NEW JERSEY, only 0.3 percent of people bike to work; others believe it is “too dangerous,” said Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition.Steiner joined local elected officials and other pedestrian and cycling advocacy groups for a press conference last week in Fair Haven to outline their goals in improving safety for those who share the road with vehicles.It was more evidence of a divide between the Two River Council of Mayors and the Board of Chosen Freeholders over the cost of bicycle paths that would traverse several towns. Neither side wants to bear the brunt of the cost.Without bike lanes, cars drive too close to cyclists or simply do not see them, often speeding past and nearly clipping them, the press conference group agreed. In order to make transportation safer for both drivers and cyclists, Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli seeks to fund bike and safety transportation, which is at the “bottom of the list for funding,” according to Cathleen Lewis, Regional Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for AAA New Jersey Automobile Club.Lucarelli advocates, with Rumson Mayor John E. Ekdahl, for bike lanes on a number of county roads, such as Rumson Road and Ridge Road, where many cyclists travel.A few other things Lucarelli and safe cycling advocates are looking to do is to include using the funding from the state Transportation Trust Fund to repair sidewalks and other smaller, local projects. Lucarelli has been working with advocacy groups to include cyclist information in driver’s manuals in local schools. The groups are also seeking the passage of the state safe-passing bill that calls for four-foot distance when driving next to cyclists, and to better educate children on bike safety.That bill is currently languishing in the Assembly, according to Janna Chernetz, senior New Jersey policy analysis for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, one of the advocacy groups involved.The AAA Mid-Atlantic is also contributing, offering roadside bicyclist assistance for the first time. As announced by AAA Mid-Atlantic news release, “in the event a bicyclist needs assistance, AAA will be ready to provide the same quality road service that has been offered to motorists for over 110 years.”According to Chernetz, biking improves the economy by saving money, improves health by relieving stress, and improves the environment by reducing congestion. Funding the bike and safety transportation will promote safety for everyone on the road while “increasing the vibrancy of downtown,” Chernetz said.The municipal money is tight, said Lucarelli, and funding would come from local taxpayers.And that’s the rub.Area mayors seeking county support for designated bike lanes through much of the Two River Area were dealt a blow by the freeholders’ recent decision.The freeholders adopted its bicycle facility policy and guidelines, based upon one used in Ocean County, following an April 23 executive session that says the municipalities are responsible for studying and paying for proposed cycling paths.“It’s very frustrating,” responded Rumson Mayor Ekdahl about the dealings with county government and engineering as locals advocate for the designated bike route along county roads.Town engineers would be expected to prepare a plan “showing the design and layout of the bicycle facility” including lane widths, pavement markings and proposed signage along the route, meeting state standards, according to the county’s approved guidelines.Once completed the plan would have to be for warded to the county engineering department for its approval and that of the freeholders. The municipalities “will, at its expense, install or cause to install” the final project requiring the county engineer to sign off on it.County Engineer Joseph Ettore estimated the cost of the project would be approximately $15,000 per mile for striping and signage.Ekdahl and Lucarelli have said recently this was a step back in their attempts to get the multi-town bike route established.Ekdahl said this week he had told freeholders “This is the future,” encouraging people to get out of their cars and bicycle to work, school and for recreation and providing a safe lane for them. “You want to get out ahead of this. You don’t want to be the county that is trying to catch up.”“We’re hoping the freeholders will go back and reevaluate the situation due to the fact that it’s impractical,” Lucarelli said, “because the county roads travel through multiple jurisdictions.“We hope the freeholders will reconsider,” he added.“If local roads will tie in with county roads that’s a good thing,” for cycling safety, said Freeholder Tom Arnone in response to the mayors’ assertions. “But there is a cost, there are issues. There’s a safety issue, cost and logistics. Safety being the most important.”The county oversees and maintains roughly 1,000 lane miles, “And it’s difficult to meet all the local demands,” said Freeholder John P. Curley.Lucarelli and Ekdahl have been spearheading a proposal that would have designated bike lanes, striped and stenciled, that would run along county roads starting at Red Bank’s border and continue east to Sea Bright and continue south to Monmouth Beach, making its way through Oceanport on the border of Long Branch, and making its way back through the towns, toward Red Bank. “It worked out to a nice loop,” Ekdahl said. “It seemed like a great plan.”The concept won the support of the Two River Council of Mayors, an informal coalition of local officials who regularly meet to discuss issues of common interest. And Ekdahl said the mayors saw an opportunity given the county had just re-milled and repaved Rumson Road – with county officials agreeing to not complete the striping just yet – and are planning to work on Ridge Road shortly. Ekdahl and Lucarelli thought this would be the ideal time to start to get the lanes installed.“This just seemed to just pop up,” Curley said.“Our answer to that is we’re only advocating for this because these roads were just paved. We’re not to go back and start doing old roads,” Ekdahl said. “And that should be your policy going for ward,” he said for the freeholders’ benefit.Ekdahl said Rumson would consider paying for some of it. And Lucarelli said he would be willing to take this to his borough council. “That is something that is up for consideration,” he said.However, getting all of the municipalities to offer financial support for a project that is intended for county roads would be difficult. And given the roadwork in the area at this point, “If we can’t make it happen here then it’s not going to happen anywhere else,” Ekdahl said.John Burton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-219-5788.Editors Note: The Two River Times is sponsoring an editorial initiative called Crossroads to find practical and proactive ways to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety throughout the Two River area. Post pictures and comments regarding positive or negative experiences with pedestrian and cycling.
Additionally, as someone who commutes from Old Bridge three-and-a-half hours round-trip to and from New York each day, Cirincione hopes to address the “broken” transit system in New Jersey. That means making trains more reliable, increasing the number of buses and reducing fares, he said. When she was 25, Al-Knatahtbeh was named one of the 25 Most Influential American Muslims by CNN. She is the author of “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age,” which was selected as an editor’s pick by The New York Times. She has since spoken alongside former president Bill Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Shonda Rhimes and others, according to the site. She has created an award-winning #AskAMuslimGirl web series with Teen Vogue and has starred in the “Secret Life of Muslims,” which was nominated for an Emmy. In the Two River area, three Democrats – incumbent Frank Pallone Jr., Russell “Russ” Cirincione and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh – are vying for one U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 6th Congressional District. There is no Republican candidate for the seat. The district spans parts of Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, among other municipalities. The Two River Times reached out to all three candidates to learn more about their backgrounds, goals and policies. Multiple attempts to reach Al-Khatahtbeh went unanswered. Information provided about this candidate was available from her social media and campaign website. Amani Al-Katahtbeh Currently, Pallone is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which handles legislation on energy, health care, commerce, telecommunications and more. Should he win reelection, he hopes to continue the work he is doing now, such as the CLEAN Future Act which combats climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas, he said. The committee is also working on reducing the cost of prescription drugs and premiums, expanding Medicare for dental, vision and hearing, as well as a major infrastructure bill to increase funding for safe drinking water, electric vehicle infrastructure and more. Frank Pallone Jr. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pallone and his committee passed legislation to get additional medical supplies, testing and contact tracing to combat the spread of the virus. The House also recently passed the Heroes Act, which builds on free testing and provides free treatment drugs as vaccines with no copays, he said. As the father who fervently opposed the NESE pipeline proposal, Cirincione told The Two River Times that one of his top priorities is to address climate change so that he can protect the environment his son will be living in for years to come. And there’s no time to waste, he said. That means standing up to players in the fossil fuel industry and turning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, he said. Here’s what the candidates had to say. By Allison Perrine Her “progressive platform” is one supporting the Green New Deal to combat climate change, Medicare for All, Education for All and equal wages, according to the site. This is the first time Cirincione, 33, has run for office. He has been a government attorney in New York for five years. There he became familiar with the legislative process and has even drafted some legislation and laws supporting senior citizens and fixed-income residents who live in manufactured home parks, which are built under a federal building code administered by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, he said. But now he hopes to take his helping hand a step further to the federal level. MONMOUTH COUNTY –The Primary Elections areset for July 7 this year, andmany candidates are vyingfor seats at local, countyand federal levels. But whoare they and where do theystand on the issues? AMANI AL-KNATAHTBEH Incumbent Pallone, 68, has won 16 full terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and first took the seat to the 6th District in November 1992. He was born and raised in Long Branch and still resides there. Before his time as a congressman, Pallone was a member of the city council in Long Branch in 1982 and won reelection four years later. In 1983, he was also elected to the state Senate and was reelected in 1987. Russell “Russ” Cirincone FRANK PALLONE JR. “We’ve faced so many crises at this point in time as a country that we don’t have time for the incremental change. We don’t have time for nibbling around the edges,” he said. “We have to actually do the work for the American people.” Currently, he and the committee are working to expand broadband connections for all who do not have it so that everyone has connection to the internet. He noted that during the pandemic some students have had a hard time connecting to the internet remotely and that’s something he would like to change, he said. “There’s a lot to be done and because I’m in the position as chairman of the committee, there’s a lot that I can do for the state and help people whether it’s to make their health care more affordable or try to reduce greenhouse gases or try to reduce prescription drug prices,” said Pallone on his decision to run for reelection. This is 28-year-old Al-knatahtbeh’s first time running for office, according to her website. She was born and raised in New Jersey to immigrant parents and is the founder of MuslimGirl.com, an online platform for Muslim women in Western society. The blog became the first Muslim company on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, “making her the first veiled Muslim woman to be listed in media,” the website states. “New Jersey needs fast and cheap commuting options, like new high-speed rails, electric buses and better infrastructure,” he said. “We also need local jobs, so that most of us don’t have to spend so much time commuting to work every morning. That’s why I’m fighting for investing in America first, in new jobs, new transportation and new energy, with the Green New Deal. The article originally appeared in the June 25 – July 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. RUSSELL CIRINCIONE “For far too long, the 99 percent has been neglected by our government. The status quo has focused on maintaining corporate profits, but not the people. We face several crises as a nation, and we need people standing up and fighting for justice and for our causes,” said Cirincione. “We can’t wait for climate justice.”
RSS Student Brogan Pastro was the face of Rossland’s Interact at Tuesday night’s council meeting and did the group proud by presenting a well-spoken, well-thought-out presentation and request for City Council’s assistance in their latest project. Looking for approval to fundraise and physically build one of the trails outlined in the City’s Active Transportation Plan, the group is now facing a scheduling time-crunch with looming exams and summer holidays. As is typical for delegations presenting at council, the issue will not come back before council for decision for two weeks. With their volunteer labour force ready to go this weekend or next before scheduling become difficult, the group’s project site is in limbo as they wait for a response from council and may be pushed into the summer or early fall for completion. The Interact club, with a dedicated core of 12 to 15 members keen to see the trail building project through, are a volunteer committee in partnership with the Rossland Rotary Club. Their simple yet noble goal is to strive for the betterment of the world community. Each year the group takes on a project with the aim of alternating years between international and local projects. Last year’s project involved travelling to Roatan in Honduras to volunteer at an AIDS clinic. “This year we’re keeping it local,” said Pastro, “because Rossland is such an active community our club felt it should involve the great outdoors. Trail building seems like a natural project fit.” Connecting with City Staff as well as Stu Spooner, head of the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS) as well as developer of the City’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) a couple of years back, the group had two trail segments suggested as appropriate for them to take on: trail number 18 (the Old Railgrade Road – Butte Street segment) and trail number 22 ( the Eighth Avenue – Columbia Kootenay Road connector). Breaking the Old Railgrade Road-to-Butte Street trail into two segments and working on either end (each can act as functional mini-trails on their own) appears to be the better choice of the two. The centre section would require some higher end trail work through the rock cut that would be beyond the basic labour the volunteer group provides, so it was suggested they come at it from either end. Ultimately, the City will complete the centre section. Although not entirely without legal and land use issues, Spooner has already been negotiating the proposed sections with landowners. When questioned by council as to why they chose trail projects that were both listed as low priorities in the ATP, it was discovered that that very fact was one of the significant reasons they did suggest these two trails. Marilyn Nelson, the RSS facilitator of the club, jumped in and opined that “because of its low priority, it won’t likely get done soon by the City if Interact doesn’t undertake it. They both lend themselves to a lot of manual labour, don’t require heavy equipment and most trails don’t need expert trail builders. It’s all grunt work which we’re very good at–plus its costs an amount of time that fits our schedule. Those three criteria were really important in selecting those sites.” The full trail was costed out in the ATP as a $9,350 job. Cutting down the length of the trail for the Itneract club’s contribution is expected to come in closer to the $7,000 mark. Getting council to approve the project in a time that works for the club now appears to be the major remaining hurdle. As per Council policy, however, recommendations brought forward by delegations are to be addressed at the following council meeting. In this case that next meeting will come in two weeks on the 6th of June. That date, of course, is beyond the two ideal work weekends for the club. Remaining stoic, however, as he learned that getting started on the project in the next few weeks would be unlikely, Pastro acknowledged that the club would make the project happen through the summer or next fall if need be. “Of course Interact will be dedicated to their work, but I wanted council to be aware that it can be very difficult to coordinate a work force around family holidays as those have likely been in place long before a list of volunteers and dates. We wouldn’t like to get ahead of ourselves in undertaking a project that we cannot accomplish. That is contradictory to the way interact works and our work ethic.” Councilor Jill Spearn noted that it would be possible for council to potentially hold a special meeting to approve the recommendation once staff had a chance to look at and deal with any potential issues around land use or legalities. No immediate decision was made in that regard, however, and Pastro was advised to stay in touch with the City Planner. The decision is likely to come back to council in two weeks.
Staff at Mallards Source for sports had a blast meeting all the players and parents during the weekend and would like nothing more than to salute the local host teams with Team of the Week honours.The Junior and Senior novice teams got together during the tournament for a team photo.The players include, back row (black jerseys) Gordon Hollett, Breanna St. Thomas, Imogene Maley, Myles cousins, Owen Makortoff, Sasha Semenick, Jocelyn Mushumanski, Jaiden Hlookoff, Caiden Thompson, Nathan Merritt, Lexi Elias, Wayland Dickson and Lucas Hoffert.Middle (white jerseys) Evan Ouchi, Larson Proctor, Riley Andrusak, Dane Jones, Jonah Bennett, Shea Andersen, Sebastian Conne-Correnti, Front Rob – L-R Gunnar Evenson, Cash Nay, Brooke Robertson, Mitchell Erickson, Austin Vulcano and Ryder Nash.From, black jersey, Tyson Hutt, Jessie chochinov, Taylor Robertson and goalie Nathan Jackman. Nelson rolled out the red carpet for the annual Novice Hockey Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.Two host teams from the Heritage City were joined teams from Spokane, South Okanagan and the West Kootenays at the three-day tournament.
The L.V. Rogers ran into some tough competition on opening weekend of the BC High School Basketball season in Oliver.The Bombers finished the South Okanagan Hornets tournament outlasting Fulton Maroons of Vernon 66-35 Saturday.”We finished to claim seventh (spot) at the tough — there were four ranked 2A schools — 8-team tournament,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.It looked like LVR would be just fine after leading the host Hornets 48-38 30 minutes into the contest.But the Bombers shooting went cold, allowing the Hornets to out score LVR 27-7 in the final period to grab a 63-55 victory.”SOSS scored 30 of their 63 from beyond the three-point line in the game,” Phelan said. “At the end of the game we rallied but the crowd was extremely loud which definitely got into our heads and prevented us from converting at the freethrow line where we shot 4 for 11.”Player of the game for LVR, Josh Matosevic, led the Bombers with 18 points. Vinnie Watson had 14 points while Jake Anderson had nine and Kai Shave seven. LVR then dropped a tough 74-64 Overtime decision to the Kelowna Owls B Team.LVR held the lead throughout much of the game until KSS hit a three-pointer out of a timeout to tie late in the fourth quarter, then another three-pointer to put them up with under two minutes to play in regulation.Bombers rallied with a field goal and a freethrow to tie and force overtime. LVR ran out of gas in OT after Matosevic fouled out of the game leaving them with only seven players, and KSS outscored them 19-12 in the extra frame.Player of the game for LVR was Kai Shave. LVR then dropped its third game of the tournament, 77-53 to third-ranked 2A Collingwood of West Vancouver.The Cavaliers led from start to finishing, building a 26-6 first quarter lead before rolling to the win. Player of the game for LVR was Vinnie Watson. “Third game in less than 24 hrs and only eight players against a discipline Collingwood Cavs team spelled trouble,” Phelan explained.”Josh Matosevic sat with an injury much of the game and we struggled to score against the 1-3-1 zone defense.”Watson led the Bombers in scoring with 27 points, 16 coming in the third quarter.Robby Dixon added 19 points.
Pierre-Louis declared for the draft on March 30, but will maintain his NCAA eligibility since he has not signed with an agent yet. Because he has not signed with an agent, Pierre-Louis can return to Temple if he does not get drafted. Rose declared for the draft and signed with Roc Nation Sports on Tuesday, he announced in a Twitter post. The NBA suspended its season on March 11 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The New York Times reported. The NBA Draft Lottery was supposed to occur on May 19 in Chicago while the NBA Draft Combine was scheduled to take place in Chicago from May 21-24. The NBA announced it will postpone the NBA Draft Lottery and Draft Combine on Friday, according to a tweet from Shams Charania, an NBA Insider for The Athletic. Two Temple University men’s basketball players, senior guard Quinton Rose and junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis, have declared for the draft.