By Alison BitterlyRED BANK – Lunch Break, the borough-based soup kitchen and food pantry, will be hosting Foodstock – a food drive that will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, refreshments and more. The event will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road.The aim of Foodstock is to help fill the shelves at Lunch Break with food for the summer, traditionally the hardest time for food banks and pantries to gather donations from the community.Foodstock began last fall with the Swisher family of Freehold Township. The family held a Foodstock event in their backyard and collected more than 13,000 pounds of food – filling a truck from floor to ceiling with food – for Lunch Break.Event organizers hope to recreate that success on a larger scale with Foodstock 2012. In the weeks leading up to May 19, schools, churches, and other groups will collect nonperishable food items. Those items will be brought to Foodstock where they will be weighed for a running count of the donations.Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn Love said individuals and families are welcome to bring items independently – any amount of nonperishable food is welcome, although healthy, low-sodium food is preferred. Love hopes that the event will help familiarize the community with Lunch Break and its mission.“We want to remind people that we’re here,” Love said, “and perhaps inspire others to get involved.”Although there are many dedicated Lunch Break volunteers and contributors, during the summer season the pantry shelves are often sparse. As Love says, “It is very expensive to keep the shelves stocked during the summer months.” She believes that, “as a community, we will be able to make a big impact.”Items that are particularly needed for the pantry include: condiments, jelly, peanut butter, tuna, pasta, canned pinto beans, baked beans, canned applesauce, canned fruit, and fruit cocktail.Foodstock 2012 will feature refreshments supplied by Super Foodtown and Sickles Market. Entertainment will include live music from four bands and a DJ. Aspiring musicians from Red Bank’s School of Rock will be among those on stage. There also will be a clown and face-painting for children and a demonstration of a typical Lunch Break cooking class by Roseanne Monroe.Volunteers and clients of Lunch Break are encouraged to spend the afternoon enjoying the music, food, family, and friends.Lunch Break also thanks Foodstock’s co-sponsors: The Bitterly Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, OceanFirst Bank, Lowry’s Moving Service and Move for Hunger.Lunch Break was established in 1983 when community members began serving hot lunches in the basement of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank to combat hunger in Monmouth County. As the organization began to expand and develop, it relocated to 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. and has remained there ever since.To this day, Lunch Break provides those in need with “life’s basic necessities,” food, clothing, and fellowship. As part of its mission statement, Lunch Break promises to “serve everyone with compassion and dignity.”Over the past few years, Lunch Break’s role in the community has grown significantly. Love notes that this is largely due to the struggling economy, which has detrimentally affected many families in the area. From 2008 to 2011, the number of hot meals served increased by 35 percent, the number of clothing pickups by 116 percent and the number of food pantry pickups by a whopping 523 percent.Lunch Break has expanded to meet this increased demand. Several programs have been added to the organization’s roster in recent years, including a weekly cooking class for clients and Saturday brunches hosted by local churches.Lunch Break can be reached at 732-747-8577, its website at www.lunchbreak.org or its Facebook page.
Commentary contributed by Joe Reynolds |Presently, a young harbor seal is being treated at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ after it was found with injuries on March 17. It was discovered by property owners on the edge of the ocean in Sea Bright, NJ. The sickly seal was lethargic and had several cuts to its body, including a noticeable gash on its chest.While the sight of an injured marine mammal is never pleasant, the scene was made even worse by the ignorance and misconduct of some people. There were reports of at least one person trying to push the poor seal back into the water with a stick and another report of people being unaware of whom to call for care. As a result, the injured seal was put under even more stress.If you believe a seal is injured, what should you do?In New Jersey, always call the Marine Mammal Stranding Center at 609-266-0538. This non-profit organization has the authority to help stranded or sick marine mammals and sea turtles. Wildlife experts with the help of trained volunteers will determine if an animal is in need of medical attention, needs to be moved from a populated area, or just needs time to rest.Everyone needs stay back at least 100 yards if possible, and keep your dogs on a leash and away from marine mammals. Boats should also not come closer than 100 yards of a marine mammal. No one should be touching or trying to get near any marine mammal. It’s against federal law.All marine mammals (including seals, whales and dolphins) are protected by law under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Federal marine mammal regulations prohibit harassing or touching seals and it is considered harassment. What is harassment? It’s when a person or a group of people disturb, injure, or interfere with a marine mammal’s ability to hunt, feed, communicate, socialize, rest, breed, or care for its young.Marine mammals are federally managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division. If you feed, touch, harass, or pick up a seal you may be investigated by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement for violating marine mammal regulations.If you see a marine mammal being harassed by a person, call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline, 1-800-853-1964. The hotline is available 24 hours a day to report possible violations or provide information to help solve a case.Of course not every marine mammal we encounter will be sick. A seal may appear on a beach and often this is not an emergency — harbor seals naturally use the beach to rest and digest food.It’s always a good idea, though, to be respectful and observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. It would undoubtedly be a better world if everyone had greater respect and understanding for animal life.By Joe Reynolds, Co-Chair of the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council in KeyportThis article was first published on the Commentary page of the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Thunder received a taste of some elite competition as the local squad competed in the Seattle Field-turf Showcase Tournament this past weekend in the Emerald City.The squad coached by Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest in Nelson, finished with a record of 0-3-1 in the toughest division of the tournament — Group A.“These showcase tournaments are for players looking to gain full-ride scholarships to the United States and inquiries have already started to come in for some of these Kootenay Thunder players,” Thunder coach Dave Spendlove explained.“The compliments on the Thunder’s style of play from parents and coaches of the opposing teams are a great credit to how the girls performed.”Kootenay opened play Friday against Puget Sound Slammers. Despite losing 2-0, Puget Sound did not score any of the goals.“One goal was scored when the Thunder keeper cleared the ball outside the box which hit the Slammer’s attacker and rebounded into the goal,” Spendlove said. “The second goal was accidentally headed into the goal by a Thunder player.”Thunder defender Samantha Einarson was selected player of the game.Saturday, the Thunder opened the day with a heartbreaking 2-1 setback to Synergy FC. Again the Thunder scored an own goal to help kick start the State Champion squad.Brenna McKay scored the only marker for Thunder. McKay shared player-of-the-game status with centerback Brittany Wheeler.North West Nationals then posted a 4-1 win over Kootenay.The contest was evenly played, except it was the Nationals converting their chances.Ameeta Bhabra scored the lone goal for Kootenay.The final game Sunday morning was the best of the tournament for Kootenay. However, the Canadian squad failed to convert chances and settled for a scoreless draw. Taylor Stewart earned player awards in the final to games.The Thunder is idle until the spring when the team travels to Surry to compete in the Whitecaps Showcase Tournament in March.firstname.lastname@example.org
After being outscored 22-3 in two games the Beaver Valley Nitehawks finally played like reigning Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champions.But even a resurging Hawks team was not enough to beat the high-flying Nelson Leafs.Rookie sniper Colton McCarthy scored with under two minutes remaining in the game to give the Leafs a 7-6 KIJHL come-from-behind win over the Hawks Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The game was the first for McCarthy, back from a three-game series with Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.The victory keeps Nelson perfect in the last 10 games and gives the Green and White sole possession of first place in the Murdoch Division, two points in front of idle Castlegar Rebels.Nelson has played one more game than Castlegar.Meanwhile, Beaver Valley dropped its third straight, included in the winless streak is a 3-0-weekend loss to the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.It was obvious from the opening puck drop this was a different Hawks team from the one that was shell-shocked 12-0 by Nelson the last time the teams played. Beaver Valley opened a quick 2-0 lead before the Leafs found some skating legs and led 4-2 after one period.Nelson managed to cut the margin to 5-4 after 40 minutes before Colton Schell tied the game in the third.Danny Vlanich scored a rocket on the power play midway through the third period to give the Hawks a 6-5 lead.But Nelson scored twice in the final half of the frame to steal the one-goal victory — the fourth in five meetings between the two teams this season.Schell finished the game with three goals with Aaron Dunlap adding a pair. Bryce Nielsen scored the final goal for Nelson, out shot 45-33 by the Hawks.Kurt Black scored three times for Beaver Valley with singles going to Vlanich and Levi Kress and Nick Perez.Cody Boeckman registered the win in goal for Nelson as the Cochrane, Alta, native out dueled Zach Perehudoff in the Beaver Valley nets.The game was the first of four on the road for the Leafs, which heads to the East Kootenay beginning Friday in Kimberley. Nelson plays Golden Saturday and Columbia Valley Sunday.Beaver Valley, travels to Creston Friday to play the Thunder Cats in the first of a two-game home-and-home series.The return match goes Sunday in Fruitvale.GAME NOTES: Leaf captain Colton Schell finished the game with four points and now has accumulated 20 points in the past eight games to jump into the KIJHL scoring lead. The New Westminster native holds a three-point advantage over Brendan Burge of Fernie. . . . Colton McCarthy leads Nelson in goals with 16 and is second overall behind Burge who has 20 goals. . . . Aaron Dunlap and Bryce Nielsen each had three points for Nelson while Nick Perez had three points for Beaver Valley. . . .In other KIJHL action Tuesday, Fernie shutout Creston 3-0 and Kimberley bounced Columbia Valley 6-1.
Two BC Sheriffs along with a RCMP civilian represented the Heritage City in the recent Cop for Kids Ride that tour Southern Interior recently.BC Sheriffs Mike Kosof, Rob Crowder and RCMP civilian Karen Armstrong braved saddle sores and tired muscles to join the 2015 Thomas Alan Budd Foundation Cops for Kids Ride Team. Since 1995, Cops for Kids, Inc. has assisted children, seniors, and families that find themselves in unfortunate situations.Through generous donations from local business sponsors and individuals in our community, Cops for Kids has enabled children and seniors to enjoy some of the basic necessities that were not available to them through other agencies.Here in Nelson, the Cops for Kids ride received quite a boost when the organization was presented with a cheque for $3052 Cops for Kids On-going Bottle Drive.Mallard’s Source for sports, always eager to promote a job well done, is pleased to honour everyone involved, including the Nelson Trio, with Team of the Week honours.
The Osoyoos Rattlers busted out to a 25-13 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 76-57 victory over the home town Bombers in the final of the L.V. Rogers Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Hangar.Shooting guard Arshdeep Gill scored 20 points and Gurlal Dhaliwal added 25 to power Rattlers to the title.Osoyoos, ranked seventh overall in the BC Boy’s Single-A Division, dominated the Bombers with a three-quarter, then, half court press. The pressure turned turnovers into baskets for the South Okanagan squad.
Reigning champions Liverpool’s most likely partners are Atleti and Shakhtar Donetsk – with the Blues having a near-15 per cent chance to meet Real Madrid.Man City face a similar fate too, but it’s Tottenham who face the ugliest draw thanks to their pot two burden.They have a 19 per cent chance to face Juve, Bayern or PSG – in what could become a “group of death”.We’ve simulated the 2019-20 #UCLdraw for the group stage, assuming Ajax make it through, for 50 million times, and here are the probabilities for the matches between the teams in pot 1 and the ones in pot 2. pic.twitter.com/nCUnAvCWAo— BayernForum.com (@BayernForumCom) August 25, 2019 CHELSEA, Liverpool and Manchester City are more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in the Champions League than any other team – and it could be Barcelona for Tottenham.One super-fan – Mark Cilia Vincenti who runs the Twitter account BayernForum.com – has run 50million simulations for Thursday’s draw and found who’s most likely to meet who.22 Liverpool and Chelsea could face Atletico Madrid in the Champions LeagueAnd it’s bad news for Tottenham who have more than a one in five chance of landing Barcelona.Spurs drew the La Liga champions 21.56 per cent of the 50m simulations – the highest percentage chance of any team to face anyone.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the only Premier League team to sit in pot two, while Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all in pot one.Those three therefore cannot meet Spurs – and vice versa.But that means Tottenham have just five options for teams they can meet from pot one in their group – Barca, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg.Meanwhile, Real Madrid, Atletico, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica and Ajax or Lyon join Spurs in pot two.
Spurs chief Daniel Levy makes shock admission Mauricio Pochettino has players he doesn’t want TOTTENHAM have contacted Jose Mourinho about the possibility of succeeding Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.The Argentine has endured a rocky period of form at Spurs and could be on his way out of North London – with struggling Manchester United keen.1 Jose Mourinho could replace Mauricio Pochettino in North LondonThe Red Devils have been long-term admirers of Pochettino’s work, dating back to his time at Southampton.Ed Woodward considered him for the United post back in 2014, before eventually opting for the experience of Louis Van Gaal.Then the 47-year-old’s name cropped up again two years later – but Woodward went for the pedigree of Mourinho, before eventually replacing the ex Chelsea boss with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.And French outlet Soccerlink claim Tottenham have made initial contact with Mourinho amid the speculation surrounding Pochettino – with the Portuguese having been out of work since being sacked by Woodward himself last December.Tottenham have struggled of late, with reports.g about Pochettino’s dwindling ability to motivate Spurs’ stars.The Lilywhites have slumped to a string of embarrassing results this season – being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester, humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich – and then well beaten 3-0 by Brighton last time out.The result on the South Coast prompted former midfielder Jermaine Jenas to say on BT Sport that Pochettino had reached “the end of the road” at Tottenham.The shock results have even lead to chief Daniel Levy admitting that the club have players that the manager doesn’t want.And with the ex Southampton manager rumoured to be very interested in taking the Manchester United job – Spurs could turn to former London rival Mourinho.According to Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas, the 56-year-old shunned advances from the French club because he already has his heart set on his next destination – rumoured to be Spurs.LATEST TOTTENHAM STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBut former White Hart Lane favourite Dimitar Berbatov has warned his old side not to sack Pochettino for Mourinho, questioning whether it would actually make the team any better.Ex England boss Sam Allardyce thinks that Pochettino should shun Man United to fight for his Spurs future – claiming that he has a better squad in North London than he would at Old Trafford.Tottenham currently sit ninth in the table, two points above the Red Devils – with both having hugely underwhelmed with poor performances so far this season – and facing an uphill battle for a place in the top four.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO is not good enough for Manchester United and would not fit in at Arsenal, according to Rio Ferdinand.But the former Red Devil thinks the playmaker would be a “great” signing for Tottenham.1 Philippe Coutinho is not good enough for Man Utd but would be great for Spurs, according to Rio FerdinandBarcelona are looking to sell the Brazilian – who they bought for £142million from Liverpool in 2018 – and a return to the Premier League seems on the cards.The midfielder is on loan at Bayern Munich, though the German champions are said to be uninterested in making the move permanent at the end of the season.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsArsenal, Spurs and United are said to be interested in bringing the 27-year-old back to England but Ferdinand thinks he would only suit the blue and white half of North London.Speaking in an Instagram Q and A on Monday, he said: “At Liverpool he was an amazing player, but since he left he hasn’t really done it.TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATES“He struggled at Barcelona, struggled to fit in there and then he hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern.“I think he is a great player, a huge talent, I think he needs saving.”Coming into the Premier League to the right team would be a saviour for him, he needs that.”Despite his recent struggles, Ferdinand thinks Coutinho would flourish again if he was playing under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsHe added: “I would have said Man Utd before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now. Would he improve Spurs?”Yes he would, 100 percent. People like Kane, Dele, Son etc. all feed off someone like him.“I think he would be a great addition to Spurs’ squad. Arsenal he would definitely improve them, but where does he play in their system?”They’ve got Ozil. I like Ozil if he is played well.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“Barely any team can afford him where he would fit in. He wouldn’t fit into City, Liverpool, not any teams like that.“Would he be a good addition, yes? Not Man United though, and he played for Liverpool so it is a difficult one. The rivalry is mad.”Bayern paid Barca £7m to loan the ex-Anfield hero for the season and despite nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances, theBundesliga champions are not willing to meet the £100m asking price to sign him.Inside Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s coronavirus lockdown as kids do home exercise
The 27-year-old NRL prop for the Cronulla-Sharks arrived in Christchurch from Sydney with his wife, Nikki, and two young children on Wednesday morning.Fifita, who is Tongan and Aboriginal, was invited to speak to whanau in east Christchurch ahead of a Pacific Series 2016 tournament at Wainoni Park on November 11 and 12. Fifita did not hold back as he talked candidly about his upbringing in a state house in Western Sydney, his “troubled teenage life”, the harsh realities of his professional football career, battles with weight gain and his descent in to depression. Starting out with the West Tigers on $1500 a month, Fifita said eking out a meagre income with a cupboard full of two-minute noodles and corned beef was easy compared to the pressure to perform on the field.”I never realised how much pressure you come under in first grade, you’re called an elite athlete for a reason.”In 2013, he enjoyed a golden year, including getting married, playing a record 39 games, being selected for Australia and winning the Rugby World League Cup.The following year started with a deep sense of emptiness, despite his previous accomplishments, and it “went down hill from there”, he said.The tipping point was a minor altercation over a photo during a night out on the Gold Coast with friends and his two brothers in October 2014.”I went back to the hotel room and had it out with my brothers and just . . . life was over. I’d had enough.”He launched himself out the window of a multi-storey building, but was caught by a friend before he fell.”My brother said ‘what’s wrong?’ and I just leaped out of this window. I just did not care, I really did not.”I couldn’t handle this pressure from football any more. I was too big and too strong to ask for help.”Despite the frightening episode, Fifita did not take action to address his mental state after returning to Sydney.His twin brother, David, eventually asked police to arrest Fifita and take him to a psychiatric hospital.”He just kept crying and crying and he said ‘look, you’re my brother and I love you and I can’t see that ever again’.”It was the start of his recovery and he later returned to hospital for a second time voluntarily. “You may be the biggest, you may be the strongest in league, you may be the smallest, but it takes the one with the biggest heart to ask someone, if you’re in need get some help.”Like I said, it ain’t weak to speak.”Northland rugby player Kurt Davies also spoke about his experience of depression, saying not “fulfilling his potential with his sport” led him to doubt his own worth and consider suicide. “Through my struggles I’ve learned a lot and I’m here to help prevent it because the holes it leaves in families is heart-breaking.”