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Saint Mary’s community discusses financial cost of education at the College

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the final part in a series exploring the experiences of low socioeconomic students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.The financial burden of a private school education is something students often spend many hours thinking about, and the students at Saint Mary’s are no different.Therese Pingel said she eagerly began her first year at Saint Mary’s in the fall of 2016, ready to take advantage of all the opportunities the College afforded. However, she soon came to realize how expensive it is to be a Belle. “I liked the idea of the Saint Mary’s community,” she said. “I loved the idea of a women-focused education, so that was the main draw for Saint Mary’s. But I think I just started to feel like the amount of money that I was paying and the sacrifices my family was making didn’t balance out. I didn’t really feel like I was getting this deeper sense of fulfillment out of the Saint Mary’s experience.”Pingel, who transferred to Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) in 2017, said she initially did not realize how much of a financial investment Saint Mary’s was until the bills began piling up and she had to take out a $5,000 loan just to support herself at the College.“Growing up in South Bend, a lot of people aren’t really aware of how expensive Saint Mary’s is because the idea is that Saint Mary’s is the poor woman’s Notre Dame,” she said. “People don’t really think about Saint Mary’s as a financial investment like they do Notre Dame.”Saint Mary’s Associate Dean of Advising Susan Vanek said the College works hard to find solutions for students who are financially struggling to finish their degree.“At the College and in Academic Affairs, we are aware and sensitive to the needs of students who face financial challenges and do what we can to find solutions to help students finish their degree at Saint Mary’s,” she said.Madison Sparks, a Saint Mary’s sophomore, said she will also be transferring to IUSB next year because the tuition is rising so exponentially that she and her family can hardly keep up. “My stepdad works at Notre Dame, so we get their tuition remission, and that’s the only way I can afford to be here, actually, because they’re covering all of my tuition,” she said. “And they, [associate dean for advising Susan] Vanek especially, told me that it was impossible for me to finish my degree before that money ran out because I only have three semesters left.”Vanek said Academic Affairs “has no control over and cannot change policies” for students in tuition remission programs, which grant monetary assistance based on eligibility factors outside of financial need.“If a student says that she only has three semesters of tuition remission remaining and if her major requirements are sequenced such that she cannot finish within three semesters, I have to be honest with her so she has time to make an informed decision and, when possible, I suggest other majors she could finish within the time limitation of her tuition remission,” Vanek said.Saint Mary’s offers an encouraging amount of aid to students for their freshman year, Pingel said, but that money soon begins to disappear as the years wear on.  “Saint Mary’s kind of has this reputation going that they’ll give you money your freshman year, then they’ll pull the rug right out from under you and all of a sudden you don’t have as much money as you thought you did,” she said.Sophomore Sophia McDevitt said she felt the College misled her into believing that merit scholarships would reflect the rising rates of tuition. “They don’t tell you that merit scholarships don’t increase with tuition when tuition increases,” she said. “And they don’t tell you that if you get a merit scholarship for a certain GPA you got in high school, if you do better in college, it doesn’t go up.”Although Pingel did not want to leave Saint Mary’s, she said the administration was not helpful in finding her viable economic solutions. “I didn’t experience a ton of proactive behavior from the administration as I was to trying to figure out how to balance these things,” she said. “When I was trying to figure out if I could make Saint Mary’s work financially, it was a long discernment process. I spent a lot of time talking to someone from the administrative office, and she warned me, because I was trying to think if it would be doable if I moved off campus, that financial aid will often readjust if you are not living on campus. So what do I do here? You’re putting me in a position where I’m trying to fit for my education and you’re not giving me anything.”In light of these complaints, Vanek said Academic Affairs has a variety of solutions and accommodations it tries to offer to applicable students.“Because we are a small college, we are able to work closely with each student to try and meet her individual needs,” she said. “One example of this personal attention is our allowing students with financial need to take courses at other less expensive colleges during the summer or later to finish their degree requirements. We also work closely with faculty members to ask for special accommodations for a student who could benefit from some flexibility.”Despite these programs, Sparks said she has similar feelings about the administration’s indifference to her financial circumstances.“A major deciding factor for me was that Saint Mary’s didn’t sell it,” she said. “I felt like they weren’t really willing to try to put together a plan, even if it meant taking classes at IUSB over the summer and transferring them in.”Campus Ministry director Regina Wilson said that in the past she witnessed the College provide assistance to students with financial need.“The College has access to help students, has access to funds to help students when we know that there’s need and the College has done that many times in my years here,” she said. One such fund is the Student Emergency Fund, a small fund that helps students with a personal emergency not related to paying their bills. The fund has been managed by vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson since she came to Saint Mary’s in 2006.“Once I get all the information, I am in contact with the vice president for enrollment management to ensure that there really is a need,” Johnson said in an email. “ … This fund is not to supplement financial aid. It is to help with costs that are unexpected. For instance, a plane ticket to get home in an emergency, a book that wasn’t on the initial list, a fee for a test.”Though Johnson said she encourages students to reach out if they are in need of assistance, there are still limits to what assistance the College can provide.“The vice president for mission, the vice president for enrollment management, the director of residence life and the director of multicultural services and I work together as a team when we find out about a student in need,” Johnson said. “There are, however, limitations to what we can do and how much financial aid we can offer.”An additional resource introduced this past school year is a scholarship for Senior Week tickets. Senior Katherine Ryan, Student Government Association (SGA) treasurer, said SGA decided to give ten seniors the opportunity to attend Senior Week for free. The chosen students were selected by the Office of Multicultural Services and Financial Aid to keep interested students anonymous, Ryan said.“Just having [Senior Week] is going to be such a fun memory to have leading up to graduation,” she said. “I would hate to know that a student didn’t get to have that. I feel like if money were to hinder someone it would be extremely unfortunate, and so by offering this I think it gives every student the chance to have that last sense of bonding with the Saint Mary’s community.”Pingel said she still keeps in touch with the Belles she met during her year at Saint Mary’s, and, during a recent trip to campus, she got her first full experience of the new Angela Athletic Facility. “I’ve been on campus a couple times this year but this is the first time that I’ve seen the new Angela [Athletic Facility] building,” she said. “It’s my understanding that that building was funded entirely by alumnae donations, so that makes me think, ‘Where is the rest of the money going? Where is the tuition being distributed?’” Pingel said she feels the College could benefit from becoming more transparent about its finances.“Show me what you’re doing with all the tuition money,” she said. “I don’t see the development of Saint Mary’s happening. I don’t see the development of new programs coming up. I don’t see the transparency that I think Saint Mary’s women deserve.” As for the future, Pingel said she doubts any sort of higher education will become more affordable. “I actually have a lot of people in my life who are Saint Mary’s alumnae who have graduated 10 years ago or more [and] who are still paying off their loans,” Pingel said. “And that’s normal — I would say most people experience that. But at the same time, tuition was a lot cheaper then, so what is it going to be like as costs keep inflating?” In spite of the cost of a college education, the demographics of higher education are changing. Justice Studies professor Andrew Pierce said higher education has seen a recent influx of those of a low socioeconomic status, who are now considered the new majority.  “I do know that the demographics in higher education are changing, and we’re seeing more students from low-income families, first-generation students, older working students and students of color on university and college campuses,” he said. “Some scholars of higher education have begun referring to these students together as ‘new majority’ students.”Vanek said the Saint Mary’s administration is aware of the challenges faced by low-income students and the administration is committed to assisting those students.“We value all our students, but we are especially committed to helping our students who face serious financial challenges,” she said.Wilson said she is hopeful for the future and feels that everyone in the campus community should do their part in allowing Belles to thrive.“Whether we reach all the students who actually have need, we’re trying to get better,” she said. “A lot of reaching out is not only responding to [a student’s] physical needs or their financial needs, but just as a person in this community. Feeling welcomed and feeling that you’re a part of the community. When you are struggling with [financial problems], you can feel outside of it. You see a lot of students enjoying things, going out, doing things, and you can’t do that maybe because you don’t have the financial resources. It affects your ability to feel like part of the community. You know, the College isn’t just administrators. It’s also the students.”Tags: financial aid, low-income students, saint mary’s, Tuitionlast_img read more

NFL training camp openings remain on schedule as league tries to stay the course

first_imgThe NFL has mostly stayed the course since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league year and free agency began in mid-March and the NFL Draft took place in late April, although it was done remotely after plans for a Las Vegas weekend event were scrapped. The 2020 schedule release was pushed back to early May from the traditional week before the draft amid coronavirus-related uncertainty.The 2020 regular season remains on track to start Sept. 10 with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs hosting the Texans.  Not all of the NFL preseason will go on as planned, however. The league last week canceled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and postponed the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio, to 2021. The @NFL advised teams that training camps are expected to begin as scheduled on July 28 with rookies and selected players permitted to report earlier. https://t.co/ZnSybQsTWD pic.twitter.com/B16LT1qMTX— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) June 29, 2020According to a league release, the timetable was announced Thursday in a virtual meeting with team owners.MORE: Steelers tradition ending with camp staying at homeThe league told teams June 7 that they must develop plans to respond to a possible COVID-19 outbreak before players can enter team facilities for football activities, and attached protocols for the plan. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the protocols were were “humanly impossible” to follow. The league was unmoved.  The NFL is not pushing back the start of training camps ahead of the 2020 season as it continues its strategy of staying mostly on schedule with key offseason events.The league informed teams last week that camps are set to begin as planned July 28. Rookies and and certain other players will be allowed to report prior to that date.last_img read more

Henry’s desire to succeed as manager undimmed by Monaco misery

first_img“Some were not what I was looking for and some were as a number two.”“I won’t do a number two job because I want to be a number one.”Henry, who has spoken with basketball and athletics coaches since being fired to gain extra insight into coaching top level athletes, says it is frustrating having to wait around for another opportunity but  he is convinced football coaching is where his future lies.“I came out of it fully reassured that’s what I want to do, zero doubt about it,” he said.All Henry asks is for transparency from his employers.“Communication and honesty from the start is key,” he said.“What’s the job? Is the job to stay up, is the job to win the League or be in the Champions League?“But how and what is success? Is success improving players? Ultimately, results are the most important thing, but I want to improve players as well.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Thierry HenryLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | France football legend Thierry Henry is keen for another chance to prove he can be a successful manager despite his unhappy brief tenure at Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 42-year-old — Arsenal’s record goalscorer — told the Daily Telegraph that although his phone did not ring for four months following his sacking, things have picked up since then and he has received five offers.Henry’s dream return last October to manage Monaco, the club where he established his reputation as a top class striker, turned into a nightmare.Having been part of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at the World Cup — where they reached the semi-finals — he lasted just over 100 days after only four league wins.“Call me crazy if you want, but I love football and I believe I can be a successful coach,” he said.“I’m not thinking about the pain, I’m not thinking about failure. I don’t like easy.“I like to lead and it’s on me to make it happen. The same when I joined Arsenal as a player, the same when I went to Belgium with Roberto. It’s an evolution.”– ‘Communication and honesty’ –Henry, who was a member of the France squads that won both the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 title, said although he has been contacted over jobs, he has yet to find the right fit.“My phone didn’t ring for four months after I left Monaco and then all of a sudden I got five calls,” he said.last_img read more

Louise Harrison: Keeping the Music Alive

first_imgLouise 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.last_img read more

A Casual Christie Fields Questions At Town Hall Meeting

first_imgOCEAN — 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.”last_img read more

Invasive Plant Species Crowding Out Native Beachgrass

first_imgBy 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.last_img read more

Banner Year for Blue Claw Crabs

first_imgVan 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.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET TO COMPETE IN 49TH ANNUAL HOLY ANGELS BOYS CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME FEB. 11, PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS FUND, HOLY ANGELS ATHLETICS & EYE ON JACOB FOUNDATION

first_imgARCADIA, 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 PARKlast_img read more