Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityStudents and staff members at Saint Martin’s University will join forces with scores of other volunteer teams on Friday, September 27 for United Way’s 21st Annual Community to Community – Day of Caring service projects that will be occurring throughout Washington.This year, 48 representatives of the University will donate their time harvesting, weeding and expanding the community vegetable garden at Komachin Middle School in Lacey. The gardens are among a network of community gardens where fresh produce is grown and donated to the Thurston County Food Bank. The Food Bank considers the provision of more fresh vegetables to its clients a major part of its mission to eliminate hunger in the county. The food bank received approximately 295,000 pounds of fresh local produce from donors in 2010.The Saint Martin’s community will be working during the Day of Caring event in partnership with students and staff at Evergreen State College as part of Evergreen’s efforts to promote “Food Justice.” Food Justice includes the goals of healthy, affordable food for all, grown sustainably, and providing fair wages for food and farm workers.“This is a great way to help our community and to be part of the efforts of United Way and the Thurston County Food Bank. We will be working rain or shine,” says Susan Leyster, director of Service Immersion Programs at Saint Martin’s. “Day of Caring is a great way to connect our students, especially, with opportunities to expand their world. Events like this help to put a face on poverty, something that many of our students only read about.”Saint Martin’s staff and students will be tending the 18 raised garden beds that make up the Komachin community garden in two shifts, which will take place at 9 a.m. – noon and noon – 3 p.m.The largest, single day of volunteerism in Washington, Day of Caring in Thurston County this year is expecting 765 individuals from workplaces, church groups, neighborhood associations, and service clubs to volunteer in 40 projects within the county borders. Each project will benefit non-profit organizations and government agencies seeking additional help.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery has again brought medals from international wine competitions to Grays Harbor.In September, at the Denver International Wine Competition, Elk River Riesling and Captain Grays Gewurztraminer were awarded gold medals. The grapes used to craft these wines were grown at Red Willow Vineyards in the Yakima Valley AVA. Bog Berry Blush, the winery’s blend of Gewurztraminer and cranberry earned a silver medal.At the Amenti de Vino Competition in Connecticut, Westport garnered silver medals on Ancient Mariner’s Pear, Bog Berry Blush, and Bordello Blonde, while Little Wild Blackberry brought home the bronze. Again, all the grapes for these wines were grown at Red Willow.Westport Winery, the 2013 Best in the Northwest Destination Winery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or dinner reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.
Image Courtesy: TwitterAdvertisement Sachin Tendulkar, the icon of Indian cricket has turned 47 today. Regarded as one of the greatest artists of the Gentleman’s Game, the legendary Team India batsman’s birthday is a grand occasion for all cricket fans across the country, and the master Blaster had no shortage of wishes, as netizens poured greetings and felicitations all over social media. Along with millions of fans, many revered sportsperson and celebrities from the country wish Sachin a happy birthday.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TwitterA number of current and former stars of the Indian cricket team tweeted their best wishes to Sachin. Below are some of the wishes.Happy birthday to the man whose passion for the game of cricket has inspired many. Wishing you an amazing year ahead paaji. 😊🎂 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/Mj7tE9evHgAdvertisement — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 24, 2020Advertisement Wish @sachin_rt a very happy birthday ..have a healthy and happy life …— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) April 24, 2020Wishing @sachin_rt a very happy birthday ! A man who not only has inspired generations to take up the sport but is also a wonderful human being and a thorough gentlemen ! #SachinSachin #SirSachin #GodOfCricket pic.twitter.com/4LNeNCxj0y— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) April 24, 2020To the legend with an eternal sweet spot on the bat & in our hearts, here’s wishing MasterBlaster @sachin_rt a very happy bday. May ur life continue to shine like ur records & may u continue to inspire billions thru ur noble deeds. Loads of love & best wishes #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/l52w5dahA3— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 24, 2020Happy birthday @sachin_rt paji! Wishing you lots of health & happiness always. I have been so fortunate to share many memorable innings with you, specially my debut 100 & when you completed your 100th century.🇮🇳🏏🎂☝️ pic.twitter.com/a5fANuieXl— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) April 23, 2020True that the great man could stop time in India when batting. But the biggest inspiration @sachin_rt Paaji’s career is summed up is in these two pictures. Much needed to remember especially in these difficult times that after every adversity comes victory #HappyBirthdaySachin 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/UODlDjbCEL— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 24, 2020Fondly remember that time during your last test match when you walked up to me to share words of encouragement. The moment was yours, but you still thought of me! I cherish that moment even today. Happiest birthday @sachin_rt Paaji!#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/GKEfb8CgQL— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) April 24, 2020Many happy returns of the day to the great man.Hope you have a great day paaji. My two best moments with him were:1)Sharing the match winning partnership at Sydney against Australia in the first final.2)Receiving my test cap at Eden gardens #HappyBirthdaySachin @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/J9KRMAnNGX— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 24, 2020 You have been a constant source of inspiration for us, a very happy birthday Sachin paaji! May god bless you with good health and happiness. @sachin_rt— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) April 24, 2020Happy birthday @sachin_rt paaji, wish you lots of happiness and good health in the years ahead 🤗 pic.twitter.com/HXrlZHdYSx— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 24, 2020Birthday Greetings to dear @sachin_rt . You were and continue to remain an inspiration. Wish you ever more joy and success in all that you do. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/jX7wfyVE7I— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 24, 2020To a true inspiration, on the cricket field and off it, happy birthday Sachin sir, I hope you have a great day. 🎂 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/0iRdZX0FDk— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) April 24, 2020Happy Birthday sir thank you for inspiring many and making people believe that dreams do come true. May god bless you with great health and you continue to inspire and guide us always. 🎂🎂 pic.twitter.com/EdewWhjKZI— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) April 24, 2020Wishing the great @sachin_rt a very happy birthday. So many wonderful memories of watching you play, and so many great cricket lessons you’ve shared with all of us. Thank you and hope you have a great day.— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) April 24, 2020I have seen Magic from the non striker’s end… STRAIGHT DRIVE from the master @sachin_rt paji’s bat.hope you are having a magical time with family on your birthday #HappyBirthdaySachin paji pic.twitter.com/VcuHq3Qk5s— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 24, 2020@sachin_rt have a great birthday Sachin Paaji ..love and respect to u alwys..May God bless u nd shower blessings on u and famiky nd dear ones…#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/bdeJlQZeVB— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) April 24, 2020Here’s my tribute to the #legend on his big day! Hope you are healthy and safe @sachin_rt#SachinBirthdaySpecial #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/8JYuR6xa7M— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) April 24, 2020Happy birthday Paaji @sachin_rt , May you continue to inspire many..many.. more generations to take up this glorious game #happybirthdaysachin pic.twitter.com/yuZIM2X4U2— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) April 24, 2020To, someone who changed the dynamics of the game and made generations fall in love with the sport. A legend and one of the nicest human beings, happy birthday @sachin_rt paji! 🎂 There won’t be another 🙌🏼#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/PFreyi7ixx— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 24, 2020Happy birthday God of Cricket 😊 Thank you for always being an inspiration Sachin Sir. #HappyBirthdaySachin @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/IotgsGXSP6— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) April 24, 2020Dear @sachin_rt sir. Wish you a very happy birthday. 🙏🙏— Shafali Verma (@TheShafaliVerma) April 24, 2020Happy Birthday, Bossman. Legacy you’ve left behind in the sport is immortal. God bless Champ 🤗 @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin #SachinTendulkar pic.twitter.com/aqSCso4in2— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 24, 2020He converted every stone thrown at him into milestones, turned out to be an inspiration for millions across the globe. Happy 47th birthday @sachin_rt paaji. Thank you for giving many nostalgic moments to us fans. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/QMtP13zH6d— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) April 24, 2020Many happy returns of the day paaji! Wishing good health and happiness always. #happybirthdaysachin @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/OyHn5DYvb1— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 24, 2020Many many happy returns of the day sir .. god bless you @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/mO2uGXJ2z3— IQBAL ABDULLAH STAY HOME (@iqqiabdullah) April 24, 2020Happy birthday sachin paji !Always a inspiration on and off the field to billions of people including me across the world ! Thanku so much for wonderful memories for many years ! @sachin_rt #happybirthdaysachin pic.twitter.com/GzqIKphDML— IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) April 24, 2020#HappyBirthdaySachin Thank you for inspiring us. Wishing you good health and happiness throughout the year @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/tagOsil5op— Lakshmi Narayanan (@lakshuakku) April 24, 2020Birthday greetings to one of the biggest legend of cricket @sachin_rt . Have a blast at home Paaji. Lots of love 🎂 #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/WwxVJjVXfi— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 24, 2020Many more happy returns of the day @sachin_rt paijee. The memories of your 100s at Chepauk are still so fresh in my memory and feels like it happened yesterday. May you have great day and beyond. #SachinSachin— lets stay indoors India 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 24, 2020Seems like this picture was taken in a different universe altogether!! Happy Birthday buddy …. have a good one! #SachinTendulkar #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/IdUFLiVhUI— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) April 24, 2020GreatGreatestLegendsAnd then comes the one and only, @sachin_rt! 🙏🏻A man that made cricket famous! Happy birthday Sachin Paaji! 🎂#HappyBirthdaySachin— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) April 24, 2020Foreign cricketers didn’t forget to wish the legend of the game.A very happy birthday to @sachin_rt . Arguably the best batsman in the history of the game. Its a pleasure to have known you, playing with you & against you. The battles against you on the ground are a treasure of my playing days. #HappyBirthdaySachin #SachinTendulkar pic.twitter.com/oJSN9vWCHd— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 24, 2020 Wishes also poured in from outside the cricket fraternity.Dear sir wish u a very happy birthday 🥳 🙏🙏 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/8fLCbtOqDm— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 24, 2020प्रिय @sachin_rt आप हमेशा एक प्रेरणा बने रहेंगे। सचिन एक भावना है ।Wishing you a very happy birthday! #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/hjDqHUie2n— Sanjeev Rajput OLY (@sanjeevrajput1) April 24, 2020Happy birthday to Master blaster #SachinTendulkar 🎂👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/BJIXXlTiZV— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) April 24, 2020If inspiration and legendary had synonyms, it would be @sachin_rt. Happiest Birthday to you Sachin Sir. May you keep inspiring like always!#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/NmLUfAItPk— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) April 24, 2020Sachin also received wishes from many renowned Bollywood celebrities.A very happy birthday to you @sachin_rt I wish you the best of health and happiness . Stay amazing 🤗— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) April 24, 2020Happy birthday @sachin_rt. You’re always inspiring people, both on and off the field! Sending you good wishes on your special day. वाढदिवसाच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) April 24, 2020Wishing you many happy returns of this very special day Sachin! May good health, happiness and joy always be with you. Love.a.— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) April 24, 2020Dear Sir SRT. I’ve always prayed for you whenever you walked out to bat. Have witnessed every 100 of yours. LIVE. May you also live a hundred years. Happy bday! 🇮🇳 🏏 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/lGOsD4exMz— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) April 24, 2020After a stellar carrer with Men in Blue spanning 24 years, Sachin bid goodbye to cricket in 2013 at the age of 40, after making 200 Tests and 463 ODI appearances.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-What Sachin Tendulkar is doing during the Covid-19 lockdownCheckmate Covid: Online chess tournament fundraiser to fight against the pandemic Advertisement
Louise Harrison, older sister of the late Beatle George Harrison, is working to Help Keep Music Alive—the music her brother spent his life creating.Today, Harrison’s music is being learned and performed by young, aspiring musicians in schools all across the country.Harrison was in New York City this week to promote a recently released CD of music the Beatles recorded 50 years ago when they made their first studio recordings in Hamburg, Germany.And while she is on the media circuit, Harrison is taking the opportunity to raise awareness about her latest effort to promote music education through her organization, Help Keep Music Alive.The nonprofit organization raises money for school music programs via performances by a Beatles tribute band, the Liverpool Legends, which travels to high schools and colleges.Help Keep Music Alive, were George’s words, his sister noted, and this work will be “carrying on in the spirit of what he wanted.”Harrison, who was speaking from New York by telephone on Tuesday (the 10th anniversary of George Harrison’s death from cancer), said this program grew out of a public service announcement George did in conjunction with the 1995 movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, about a dedicated high school music teacher, in which George stressed the importance of education and encouraged young people to take their musical aspirations seriously.The program, still in its very early stages, would like to partner with schools that have performance spaces capable of holding 800 or more, arranging a Liverpool Legends appearance at the school with band members portraying the Fab Four during various stages of their career. The Liverpool Legends will incorporate some of the school’s students into their show, giving the young artists a showcase, and the proceeds from the performances, with the exception of expenses, would go to the educational institution.The band has performed for schools four times so far, with two taking place in Chicago last weekend. And at one of the shows, Harrison said, a 16-year-old musician approached the “George” character afterwards saying, “This is an evening that I will be able to tell my grandchildren.”“It was really, really gratifying,” to hear that, she said.And who knows what that student may achieve one day, she observed.Louise has lived in the U.S. since around 1963, but still possesses that distinctive Liverpool lilt, that, for those of a certain generation, immediately conjures up images of John, Paul George and Ringo in the skinny suits and mop-top haircuts of the early ‘60s. Louise told of her brother’s beginnings in music. When George was about 14 he saw an early performance of Elvis Presley on TV, “with the girls screaming and everything,” and it struck him, Louise said. A few nights later George approached his mother and asked, “Hey, Mum, do you think you could buy me a guitar? I think that is the kind of job I could do.”“A typical 14-year-old boy’s idea, let me do something that would make all the girls scream,” Louise said. With the guitar, he continued to hone his playing his entire life and career. “All the time, his whole life, he was saying, ‘I hope one day I could be good at this,’” she recalled.That early innocence and vitality and raw energy is on this CD, “The Beatles with Tony Sheridan: First Recordings 50th Anniversary Edition, Louise explained. And that is reflected on the CD’s cover with the four band members (with Peter Best, in the days before Ringo joined as drummer), clad as American rockers in Brylcreem-ed hair, leather jackets, white tee shirts and leather jackets, expressing their joy in early American rock and roll.“You get a sense they were starting to get to be pretty proficient musicians,” when you listen to this recording, she said.And from there they grew and matured as artists, spreading a musical message that still resonates today, 40 years after the breakup of the band.“Their message was just so positive,” Louise said, “to encourage people to be loving and caring about each other, to care about the home you live in, the planet that we live on,” she explained, “and to try to live together in peace and harmony.”“All these things, they’re messages that have been given to humanity throughout the ages,” Harrison noted.All you need is love.
OCEAN — Gov. Chris Christie took his show on the road last Tuesday, coming to Monmouth County for a “town hall” meeting in the Ocean Township Community Gym, 1100 West Park Ave.During the informal afternoon, Christie outlined his accomplishments since taking office, chided his critics in the the media and in the Democratic legislasture, and shared a little information on what made him the person he is.“We are all a product of our parents,” he said, noting that his father, who was in attendance at the gathering, is a gregarious man of Irish heritage and his deceased mother was Sicilian. “But in the automobile of life, he was the passenger,” he said, in a sort of kidding tone. “My mother set the rules.”Christie spent much of his time fielding questions from the more than 500 people filling the gym, who asked him to respond to a broad spectrum of topics, including tort reform to curb health care costs, education funding, the regional green house tax initiative that the Governor decided to opt out, and campaign finance reform.Lou Parisi, a senior from Loch Arbor, said he pays about $13,000 a year in property taxes for his 90-year-old home, with a considerable amount of his taxes allotted to public education. “I ask you what steps would you take to make sure we pay our fair share of property taxes but no more?” Parisi asked.Christie told Parisi he tried to direct more of the available state education funding toward suburban schools, but was waylaid by the state Supreme Court, which ruled that additional funds would have to be allocated to what are commonly called Abbott districts.“That’s why I’m trying to change the Supreme Court,” but Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee have stalled two nominees, he charged.“We need to get people on the Supreme Court who understand the limits of a judge,” Christie said. “The role is to interpret the law, not make law.”Striding around in shirtsleeves and holding a microphone, the governor said that he and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno were elected to “turn Trenton upside down.”And given the fact that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Christie have reached an agreement for a 10 percent income tax credit, “When you have Democrats fighting on how we cut taxes not if we cut taxes,” he said, “you know we’ve turned Trenton upside down.”“If Kim and I had not come to Trenton, this would not have happened,” he said.Over the course of a little more than a hour of questions and answers, Christie offered some morsels of political red meat for the partisan members of the audience, taking swipes at former Democratic Governors Jon Corzine and Jim McGreevey and state Senator Richard Codey, for their “wasteful, over the top spending;”and aiming others at teachers’ unions, which he charged were blocking his attempts to reform public education.He also expressed support for constructing another nuclear power plant in the southern part of the state, which, he said, would create jobs and provide energy.Christie also said he plans to seek mandatory treatment for non-violent drug offenders in a secure facility. Treating drug offenders would lead to a much lower recidivism rate, he said. “This is not soft on crime,” said Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, acknowledging that the longstanding War on Drugs hasn’t worked. “This is smart on crime.”Adam, a young boy from Long Branch, offered the last question of the day, asking if Christie would be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate for the 2012 election. “If he calls and asks about vice president, I’ll listen to him,” Christie responded. But he told Adam, “If you’re going to make a guess, you can guess that Chris Christie will be governor in January 2013.”That remark was met with a large round of applause from the polite and largely supportive audience.“I hope he runs for president in 2016,” said Ocean Township resident Dorothy Johnson, describing herself as Republican as she was leaving the town hall meeting.“He talks to you like he’s talking to a person,” she said. “He’s not talking to you like he’s a politician looking for your vote.”NJ Governor Chris Christie in Ocean Township on TuesdayThese types of events are good for the governor because he’s very effective in them, John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, at Rutgers University, told The Two River Times on Wednesday.“He’s far from the first person to do this but he’s very good at it and I think he’s getting tremendous benefit from it,” Weingart said, “in terms of governing and in terms of future elections.“There is also the celebrity factor,” given Christie has commanded a national stage and had been the topic of conversations, and his overall command of the issues is of a great benefit for Christie, Weingart pointed out. “It makes him appear much better at these things than most governors, than most people on politics.”
Van Hemmen cited a wide variety of factors which have played a par t in the blue claw crab boom. He said because of this past winter’s mild temperature, the crabs didn’t have to bury into the mud to stay warm. With colder winters comes higher crab mortality.He also noted favorable tides and winds as a secondary reason for the spike.“If a larger number of larvae make their way back into the rivers and the bays,” Van Hemmen said, “you’re going to have more baby crabs.”And just like that, riverside towns like Red Bank have become an epicenter for crabbers to descend upon with their drop lines and long-handled nets.Remaley, the marina owner, said some of the best crabbing in the Navesink hap- pens just past his docks – located along the West Front Street Bridge.The area between that bridge, the NJ Transit train bridge into Red Bank, and the Coopers bridge spanning Middletown and Red Bank, has become the perfect spot for crabs to hide out from the busier waters just up the river, he said.“In this spot, there’s not a lot of boat traffic. It’s smaller boats because the big ones can’t get underneath the bridges,” he said. “The water is not stirred up or murky.”The same can be said for Red Bank’s other premiere crabbing location: Marine Park. Tucked behind River view Medical Center, the public park offers a small fishing pier and spots along the bulkhead to drop lines into the no-wake zone waters.Aberdeen residents Tommy Becker and his dad, Frank, drove down to Marine Park on Friday morning in hopes of catching dinner for that evening. Inside their cooler were about 30 to 35 full size blue claws, which they snagged earlier in the day.The pair of crabbers were using a combination of raw chicken and bunker, two of the most popular crab baits.“It doesn’t matter what you drop,” Tommy Becker said, “they’re going to eat it.”A few hundred feet away, dropping in lines from the fishing pier, was Diana Tauriello, alongside family and friends. Inside their bushel bucket were another 50 or so crabs, set to be cooked in a garlic sauce for a Friday night meal.“Early bird catches the worm,” Tauriello said, with a smirk. “We’re the ones that hit them all because we were out here first.”Both Van Hemmen and Remaley noted that crabbers should be mindful of not over- crabbing. Stay away from undersized crabs, as they could be keepers in less than a month. Also, refrain from taking females, marked by their bright red claws, as it could hurt next year’s crop.With such a bountiful amount this season, “there’s no reason you shouldn’t be catching them,” Remaley said. By Jay Cook |RED BANK – When Keith and Jennifer Kimkowski go on their annual crabbing excursion for Jennifer’s August birthday, the couple packs up three kids and a cooler of food, and ventures to Red Bank, their favorite spot in the state.The Kimkowski family isn’t just driving down Ocean Avenue or coming into town from the Coopers Bridge. They embark on a two-hour drive south to Red Bank Marina from their home in Vernon Township, right at the border of New Jersey and New York.Samantha, Nathaniel and Julia Kimkowski show off their full bushel of crabs after a day spent on the Navesink River.But this year’s trip was different from years past. After docking their rented boat for an afternoon on the Navesink River, they wheeled back an over flowing wooden bushel basket packed with blue claw crabs, claws and legs rustling beneath the wooden cover.“We always come to this spot because we always catch crabs,” said Jennifer, who noted the family caught nearly 50 keepers. “We’ve been coming since (the kids) were little.”This large harvest is far from an anomaly, said Red Bank Marina owner Steve Remaley. In fact, it’s become more of the norm for a season that he dubbed as “the best year of crabbing since Super Storm Sandy.”“I’ve been hearing from the customers that they haven’t caught this much in a short period of time, just as they did many, many years ago,” he said.Known for their sky blue tinted claws and delicate white meat, blue claw crabs have been a regular resident of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers.According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), crabbing is one of the most popular marine activities in state waters. The agency believes approximately 30 percent of all marine fishing comes from crabbing.Per state regulations, all hard-shell keepers must measure 4.5 inches horizontally from tip to tip. There’s no set-in-stone number for catch limits – crabbers are allowed to keep a bushel’s worth.Soft shell crabs, otherwise known as “softies” to seasoned recreational crabbers, must measure 3.5 inches. Softies are commonly found after a full moon once they molt their exoskeletons.Crabbers pull droplines out of the Navesink River, with the West Front Street bridge in the background.The crabbing season, regulated by the state Division of Fish & Wildlife, is open from March 15 through Nov. 30.In the Two River area, the number of blue claw crabs has peaked this season, says Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the American Littoral Society, a local marine environmentalist group headquartered on Sandy Hook.“Crabs come in waves – it’s like a roller coaster,” Van Hemmen said. “This year is a bumper crop.” This article was first published in the Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Liz Sheehan |SANDY HOOK – The American Littoral Society is asking local beachgoers to rid the beaches of an invasive plant which crowds out the native American beachgrass and other plants which protect dunes from eroding.The grass, Carex kobomugi, or Asiatic sand sedge, originally from Japan, has curly leaves, a long tap root and spreading rhizomes from which new plants grow.Tim Dillingham, executive director of the society, wants those who see the plant on the beaches to notify the group, but not to pull the plant out.He said the area from which the plant is removed has to be replanted with American beachgrass or the sedge will spring up again.American beachgrass, which is long and slender, blocks sand blown off the beach during storms, creating wider and higher dunes. Dillingham said the sedge is much shorter than the beachgrass and therefore doesn’t block the sand, allowing for dune erosion.He said there are currently no public funds available to aide in the removal of Asiatic sand sedge.SedgegrassAccording to Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the society, a group of volunteers from the engineering firm T&M Associates, Middletown, recently removed Asiatic sand sedge from the dunes at Sandy Hook. The dunes will be replanted with American beachgrass in the early spring.Jeff Dement, the chief naturalist for the society, said the American beachgrass had to be planted before March or April so it will be established by the summer.He said it was unclear where the Asiatic sand sedge first came to the Two River area, but that some was planted in Island Beach State Park years ago.There has also been speculation it was used as packing material in cargo from Japan, he said, but that was not confirmed.In addition to being less protective of the dunes than American beachgrass, the sedge also discourages the growth of other plants which serve as habitat and protection for small birds and monarch butterflies. Dillingham said the sedge can block the growth of goldenrod which attracts monarchs to Sandy Hook in the fall during their migration. Goldenrod supplies the butterflies with nectar on their journey to Mexico.“I think the dunes are the best protection we can build,” Dillingham said, to preserve the beaches.He said the society was working with local school systems to enlist interest in protecting the dunes, and relying on media coverage to spread the information about the problems with Asiatic sand sedge.If you notice Asiatic sand sedge at a local beach, contact the American Littoral Society at 732-291-005.This article was first published in the August 3 – 10, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Team Kootenay then ran into two very tough teams from Thompson Okanagan and Fraser River-Delta, losing 5-0 and 7-1 respectively.Fraser River-Delta did not lose a game during the entire tournament, taking home the gold medal.The only goal of the tournament Fraser River-Delta allowed was scored by Castlegar’s Josh Fogal.In the consolation round, Team Kootenay ran into some bad luck losing to Vancouver Island/Central Coast 3-1.Team Kootenay held a 1-0 lead on the Lower Mainland zone on a goal by Cranbrook’s Jordan Klassen before the players ran out of gas.”Due to some logistical errors by the games organizers earlier in the day — the bus missed picking the team up, our boys had not had breakfast or lunch (the lunches were late being delivered and did not arrive in time to get to us before our game,” Dyck explained.”In the second half we continued strong initially, but by the midpoint of the second half you could see the boys running out of gas.”In the seventh-eighth matchup, Team Kootenay once again outlasted North West 3-1. Klassen, Mikey Stambulic of Cranbrook and Midway’s Sam Foy scored for Team Kootenay. A few breaks one way or another and Team Kootenay may have finished up the standings at the recent 2012 B.C. Summer Games last month in Surrey.The team, coached by Kerry Dyck and James Baxter of Nelson and Michael Stambulic of Cranbrook, finished the boy’s soccer tournament with a 2-3 record and seventh place in the province.”In the end it was a very positive experience,” said head coach Kerry Dyck. “Most of all, the camaraderie we developed as a team (they are a terrific group of boys and it was a real pleasure to work with them and I am extremely proud of them) and just being part of the experience of the BC Summer Games were real highlights,” Dyck added.Six of the players on the team were from Nelson — Milo Baranyai-Sheppard, Thomas Baxter, Jaden Dyck, Ezra Foy, Angus Paterson and Jesse Thurston — and two players were from Castlegar — Josh Fogal — and Midway — Sam Foy.The rest of the players were from Cranbrook.Nelson opened the round robin by bouncing North West 3-1.Cody Sugihara of Cranbrook scored twice while Jesse Thurston added a single.
Three first period goals, including one by former Leaf Tanner Burns, sparked the North Okanagan Knights to a 6-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Knights, leaders of the Doug Birks Division with a 9-2-0-1 record, scored a power play goal four minutes into the contest and never looked back.Marty Saharchuk, scoring with the man advantage, Steven Pantazopoulos and Burns, with seven seconds left in the opening frame, gave the Knights a lead Okanagan squad would not relinquish.Down 3-0 after one, Nelson tried to fight back, outscoring the Knights 3-2 in the second on two goals by captain Colton Schell and a single from Bryce Nielsen.However, the early hole was took big to climb out as the Knights matched the Leafs goal for goal.Owen Barker, Derek Andrews and Mat Lambert also scored for North Okanagan. Matthew Naka, finishing the game with two points, had the other Nelson goal. Schell led Nelson with three points.The Leafs peppered Knights goalie Dustin Nikkel with 30 shots while Cody Boeckman faced 21 in a losing cause.Nelson, losers of two straight, will try to bounce back Saturday as the Leafs host the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Bruins have one win in 14 games.Sunday, the Leafs travel to Spokane to meet the Braves.Nelson defeated Spokane in the only previous meeting between the two clubs, a 7-4 win October 6 at home.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2016)–The 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played Thursday, Feb. 11 at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are five dollars per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. GAME TO BE PLAYED AT LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL IN PASADENA & WILL BE SPONSORED BY J. PAUL REDDAM’S CASHCALL & SANTA ANITA PARK