By John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – The owner of a vineyard, who has been looking to establish a winery and retail operation there, is seeking to win county approval for the enterprise – which has become controversial in the borough – and possibly circumvent local jurisdiction.Seven Bridges Winery, LLC, 640 Seven Bridges Road, has applied to the Monmouth County’s Agriculture Development Board in Freehold seeking its and the state’s approval to be allowed to move forward with plans by way of a county-issued site specific agricultural management practice plan. The submitted plan requests “an exemption of municipal site plan review,” as provided for under state statute, according to the application filed last month.Seven Bridges Winery is owned by Richard DeBlasi, who also resides on the property. In November 2011, DeBlasi and his attorney met informally with the mayor and borough council to offer his proposal and seek a zoning change to make the business a permitted use in the largely residential area.DeBlasi owns 15 acres on Seven Bridges Road, with about 5 of them dedicated to a grape vineyard and approximately 7 acres as protected wetlands. About 12.7 acres on the property is assessed as farmland. DeBlasi has been growing grapes there since April 2003 when he planted his first acre and produced his first harvest in September 2005, yielding about a ton of wine grapes, according to his application.Before April 2003 the farm produced hay for sale, the application noted.Along with running a winery and vineyard, DeBlasi has said previously he hoped to sell his wine on site and possibly operate tours and tastings.That has raised concerns with a considerable number of area residents who have expressed their opposition, fearing increased traffic and activity in the neighborhood.The borough council has not formally acted on DeBlasi’s zoning change request.DeBlasi did not immediately respond to a phone call this week seeking comment.Al Natali, who owns and operates Natali Vineyards in Cape May, said he has been working with DeBlasi on his development.Natali said Seven Bridges Winery is seeking approval through the state statute commonly referred to as the Right to Farm Act.The state Legislature approved the bill in 1983, amending it in 1998.“The act protects responsible commercial farmers from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations,” according to the state Department of Agriculture website.Should DeBlasi eventually win approval from the county board, Natali contended the municipality couldn’t deny the use. Under Right to Farm, “local zoning is pre-empted,” he said.The act is intended to protect farming activity, “but someone who’s farming still must fulfill public safety and health issues,” said Laura Kirkpatrick, a county spokeswoman.Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said he has “heard a fair amount of opposition” to the proposal as it was being debated.Neff said borough officials are “extremely concerned our residents have the ability to comment on the application and that the town retain control over its own zoning and its own destiny.”John Bennett, the borough attorney, is researching the matter, Neff said.The county’s Agricultural Development Board “handles all matters agricultural and horticultural for the county,” Kirkpatrick said. The application is currently under its review and a public hearing will be held in the coming months, maybe as early as May, she said.
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Towns In Northern Part Of County Reflect IncreaseBy Denise DiStephan |The number of Monmouth County residents who have registered to vote during the past year, compared to the number who registered a year earlier, is up slightly, with that increase reflected in 13 municipalities in northern Monmouth covered by The Two River Times.Between Nov. 1, 2016 and Nov. 1, 2017, there were 23,263 Monmouth County residents registered to vote; between Nov. 1, 2017 and Oct. 18, 2018, that number was 26,045 – an increase of 2,782, according to the county Office of Superintendent of Elections.The total number of county residents who are registered to vote, including the 26,045 who registered within the past year, is 457,058.The deadline to register to vote in New Jersey was Oct. 16.Statewide, there were 110,814 residents who registered to vote between Jan. 16 and Sept. 30 of this year, according to the Department of State website.That increase is less than half of the 265,344 who registered to vote prior to the 2016 presidential election. However, it’s a large increase from registration prior to the last midterms in 2014 when 25,776 dropped from the rolls between Jan. 30 and Sept. 30 of that year.Here is the voter registration breakdown for the 13 municipalities in the coverage area of The Two River Times, with totals for registrations in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and the resulting increase: This article was first published in the Nov. 1-7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorFormer Nelson Leafs defenceman Geoff Kinrade finished a minus-1 as the Ottawa Senators lost 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens in National Hockey League pre-season action Friday night at the Bell Centre.The contest was Kinrade’s first taste of NHL pre-season hockey this season. Kinrade is in his second training camp with the Senators after playing last season with Ottawa’s AHL minor league affiliate in Binghamton. Kinrade didn’t play during the Sens 6-2 pasting of Carey Price and the Habs Saturday night in Ottawa.The 6-foot, 195-pound Kinrade logged 13-plus minutes during Friday’s contest. He was whistled for a two-minute minor penalty and recorded one shot on goal.Kinrade, 25, spent the 2009-10 season with the Baby Sens, registering professional highs in goals (seven), assists (20) and points (27) while accumulating 59 penalty minutes in a career-high 76 games.He ranked first among B-Sens and finished tied for 14th in the AHL in plus/minus with a +27 rating. Kinrade is one of 15 defencemen remaining in camp with Ottawa.Ottawa split its first two exhibition games defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 Tuesday and losing 4-1 Wednesday. The Sens host Montreal in Ottawa tonight.Kinrade played for the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL before landing a spot with Cowichan Valley of the B.C. Hockey League.He then spent four seasons at Michigan Tech University.firstname.lastname@example.org
“The kids love the dress-up component, and everyone enjoys the music,” said in-coming club President Christine DeFouw “The skate-a-thon is a great team building event for our club.”Skaters embraced the spirit of disco, this year’s theme, which inspired a number of afros as well as handle-bar moustaches, flare pants, knee high socks and glitter eye shadow.Held every April, skaters gather pledges to skate as many laps as possible on one hour.The annual award ceremony followed the skate-a-thon. The club handed out awards to individual skaters ranging from most improved to most Skate Canada tests levels passed, to best costume.The Family Showcase , dubbed “Around The World” concludes the club’s 2012/13 for the Nelson Figure Skating Club.For more info and to see photos and video from the Skate-a-thon, visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca The Nelson Figure Skating raised more than $1800 during its annual Skate-a-thon at the NDCC Arena.The skate-a-thon is a precursor to the Family Showcase, set for Saturday, May 4 from 2-3 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.
“The boys played very strong in that game, dominating the play and the ball, and generating at least a dozen good scoring chances to effectively none for the other team,” said Dyck. Unfortunately, the team was snakebitten around goal that game, and failed to find the net, leaving the scored tied 0-0 at the end of the game, leading to shoot-outs. Fortunately, they came through in the shoot-out, with Jesse Thurston, Ezra Foy, Josh Yasek and Grayson Hill netting for Nelson, and keeper Bradey Sookero coming up with a couple big saves. This got the team through to the gold medal final, and a rematch with the Spokane Breakers, as they had won the other semi-final. “This didn’t surprise me,” said coach Hill, “I thought they were definitely the strongest of any other team we saw at the tournament.” It was an exciting, tight, hard fought game, which, unfortunately Spokane won, with a late goal, seven minutes from full time. “We suffered a few injuries through the course of the weekend, losing a number of players, and at one point in the final, we had six injured players and only one sub available,” said Dyck. “That took its toll, and by the second half of the final, you could just see our boys start to run out of gas. They played their hearts out though, and Lyle and I couldn’t be prouder of them.” The coaches singled out the play of the midfield of Ezra Foy, Grayson Hill and Jaden Dyck.“ They’ve lead our team all year, and it was the same this weekend, also, as those three were superb, and allowed us to control the games a majority of the time.” Silver was the colour of the day for the Nelson Selects U14 Boys at the Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint Idaho this past weekend.“It was a great weekend for the boys, and they played really well throughout the tournament,” said coach Lyle Hill. “This is especially considering it falls right at the end of summer, when the team hasn’t really played for two months and can be a bit rusty. In past years we’ve had some struggles at this event for this reason. But this year, the boys were ready.” The Nelson squad won both of its round robin games, 3-0 against the Coeur d’Alene Sting and 1-0 against the Spokane Breakers, to win their group and earn entry to the semi-finals. Bradey Sookero and Blake Markin Hellekson split the goaltending duties and earned the goose eggs for both games. “As usual, our defense was strong, lead by Jesse Thurston, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Luka Eyre, Jacob Erickson and Aidan Mushumanski,” said coach Kerry Dyck. “Combined with solid goaltending, this has been a strength of ours all year.” Goals in the games were scored by Ernesto Archambault, Milo Baranyai Sheppard and Angus Patterson (with two). In the semi-final, the team was pitted against another Spokane team.
About ESPN+ “We are again very pleased to announce an expanded broadcast schedule for Southland football,” league commissioner Tom Burnett said. “As has been the case in recent years, the 2019 football season will ultimately feature more telecasts of Southland teams than ever before, and we are excited to work with our broadcast partners to provide more action for the fans of our teams.” SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FOOTBALL: EARLY SEASON TV SCHEDULEALL TIMES CENTRAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE The first Saturday of the season features five games exclusively on ESPN platforms, and another on Cox Sports TV (CST). The day begins with UIW at UTSA at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN3. McNeese plays host to Southern for a 6 p.m. kickoff on CST. Outside CST’s territory, coverage of the Cowboys’ opener will be available on ESPN+. Nicholls, after posting a season-opening 26-23 victory at Kansas last season, will try to repeat its success in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Kansas State on ESPN+. Also, ESPN+ will carry Baylor’s home game with Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian’s road game at North Texas and the Houston Baptist opener at UTEP. On Sept. 7, Central Arkansas visits Austin Peay for a 2 p.m. CT contest on ESPN+. Six other games featuring Southland teams will begin at 6 p.m., including Stephen F. Austin playing host to Tarleton State on ESPN3, while ESPN+ will feature the Mississippi Valley State at Lamar, Texas Southern at UIW, McNeese at Oklahoma State, Arizona Christian at Abilene Christian, and Oklahoma Panhandle State at Sam Houston State games. WEEK 1Thursday, August 29Central Arkansas at Western Kentucky, 6:30 p.m., ESPN+Northwestern State at UT Martin, 6:30 p.m., ESPN+Bethel (Tenn.) at Lamar, 7 p.m., ESPN3Jacksonville State at Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m., ESPN+Saturday, August 31UIW at UTSA, 5 p.m., ESPN3Stephen F. Austin at Baylor, 6 p.m., ESPN+Nicholls at Kansas State, 6 p.m., ESPN+Southern at McNeese, 6 p.m., Cox Sports TV/ESPN+ **Abilene Christian at North Texas, 6:30 p.m., ESPN+Houston Baptist at UTEP, 7 p.m., ESPN+WEEK 2Saturday, September 7Central Arkansas at Austin Peay, 2 p.m., ESPN+Mississippi Valley State at Lamar, 6 p.m., ESPN+Tarleton State at Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m., ESPN3McNeese at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m., ESPN+Texas Southern at UIW, 6 p.m., ESPN+Arizona Christian at Abilene Christian, 6 p.m., ESPN+Oklahoma Panhandle at Sam Houston State, 6 p.m., ESPN+WEEK 3Saturday, September 14Houston Baptist at South Dakota, 2 p.m., ESPN+Southeastern Louisiana at Ole Miss, 3 p.m., SEC NetworkSam Houston State at North Dakota, 4 p.m., Pluto TVLamar at Texas A&M, 6 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU*Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas, 6 p.m., ESPN3Northwestern State at LSU, 6:30 p.m., SEC NetworkWEEK 4Saturday, September 21*Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m., ESPN+*McNeese at Abilene Christian, 6 p.m., ESPN+*UIW at Sam Houston State, 6 p.m., ESPN3*Lamar at Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m., ESPN+Central Arkansas at Hawaii, 11 p.m., Spectrum Sports**ESPN availability outside of CST territory only ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. Conference play opens on Sept. 15 in Week 3 featuring Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas for a 6 p.m. kick on ESPN3. Southland teams will face three SEC opponents that day, with Lamar playing at Texas A&M at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU, and Southeastern Louisiana visiting Ole Miss and Northwestern State taking on LSU, both on the SEC Network. Sam Houston State will appear on Pluto TV, a free app-based streaming service, as the Bearkats travel to face North Dakota at 4 p.m. CT. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference’s 2019 football television plans for the first four weeks of the season include more than two dozen matchups set for coverage across ESPN platforms, Cox Sports Television, Pluto TV and other outlets. Beginning in the fifth weekend of the season, the Southland will reveal its television selections 12 days prior to kickoff, allowing for the best matchups to be selected each week for various broadcast partners. The Southland television schedule kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 29, with four games on the broadcast schedule. Three of the four games are set for coverage on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. Things kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT as Central Arkansas goes on the road to play Western Kentucky, while Northwestern State visits UT Martin. Southeastern Louisiana welcomes No. 6 Jacksonville State to Hammond, La., for a 7 p.m. start on ESPN+. Lamar hosts Bethel (Tenn.) for a 7 p.m. kick on ESPN3. ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. Week 4 features four conference games, including a trio of games on ESPN+, Nicholls at SFA, McNeese at Abilene Christian and Lamar at Southeastern Louisiana. The league opener between UIW and Sam Houston State will be available on ESPN3. Additionally, the Central Arkansas at Hawaii contest will be televised on Spectrum Sports.The schedule is subject to change. Additional early games may be selected at a later date. Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. #SouthlandStrong
FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian guard Dominique Golightly is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.Golightly pushed ACU (11-1, 3-0 SLC) to a 78-72 win over Lamar after recording a career-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds at home this weekend. She shot a remarkable 64.7 percent from the field along with a 3-for-6 clip from beyond the arc against the Cardinals. The senior has steered the Wildcats to a perfect start in conference play and has averaged 20.3 points per game against Southland opponents.The award marks the second of the season for Golightly.Basketball Player of the Week – Dominique Golightly, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Guard – Chickasha, Okla.Golightly led the way with a career-high 27 points and a team-best eight rebounds in the Wildcats’ 78-72 win over Lamar this past Saturday. She has now averaging 14.6 points per game this season and has pushed ACU to an 11-1 overall record, the program’s best start since the 1996-97 season. Golightly’s eight rebounds against the Cardinals mark her fourth game this season in which she has registered seven or more boards.Honorable Mention: Whitley Larry, New Orleans; Kira Bonner, Northwestern State; Jaylonn Walker, Sam Houston State; Stephanie Visscher, Stephen F. AustinSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
ABILENE, Texas – As part of ACU’s Southland Gives Back initiative, student-athletes and coaches from all of Abilene Christian’s varsity teams took turns participating in High-Five Fridays at neighboring Taylor Elementary School throughout the 2019 fall term.Abilene Christian student-athletes gathered each Friday, rain or shine, along Taylor Elementary’s 13th Street entrance to set up a high-five gauntlet where children, kindergarten through fifth grade, would sprint through on their way to class. ACU athletics created this weekly event to congratulate the kids for making it through a tough week of schoolwork and to offer encouragement before the start of another seven-hour day.ACU’s close relationship with the Abilene Independent School district and surrounding elementary schools also was on display twice during the basketball non-conference season as students from around the Big Country helped pack Moody Coliseum for the Wildcats’ victories over Southwest and Champions Christian. The combined attendance for both games was more than 6,000 spectators.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
The 193cm prop is into the third season of a three-year deal with the Sea Eagles and has several offers in front of him.Reports surfaced on ABC Grandstand on Saturday that the Super League was a possible destination for the 27-year-old forward as a lucrative deal had been tabled by an unnamed club.Manly confirmed to NRL.com on Sunday that no release had been given to Lussick.The club also stressed the Beacon Hills Bears junior was not leaving because of the salary cap issues that the NRL integrity unit has been examining.But the club would not stand in his way if Lussick received a good offer.NRL Signings Tracker: All confirmed player movesA final report into alleged breaches, which Manly has responded to with its own version of events, is due to be released by the NRL on Monday.The results of that report could affect whether Lussick takes any further part in the 2018 competition, or whether he moves on mid-season to another club.This is Lussick’s second stint at Manly. He played two seasons (2011-12) before three years with the Parramatta Eels. He then returned to the Sea Eagles in 2016.He suffered a high ankle sprain in the opening set of Manly’s trial against the Cronulla Sharks in February but has not made it back to the starting side as yet.If Lussick did leave the club in the coming weeks, Manly still have depth with Lloyd Perrett, Shaun Lane and Taniela Paseka already backing up their regular starters, Kiwis internationals Martin Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake.