It’s The Cold, Not The Humidity!

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithIt depends on where you live, what you do, how you heat, and how critical your needs are as to how local residents are bearing up under the frigid and snow conditions that have essentially shut down many government offices, schools and programs.But in the end, it’s attitude and acceptance that keep tempers from flaring and homeowners diligent about the impact of winter.Monmouth County residents cracked open the backdoor on Tuesday morning and measured snowfall accumulations of three inches and as much as seven, as in parts of Middletown.Despite the slush, some outdoor enthusiasts were undeterred and jogged along the boardwalk, as did David DeMonico of the Jersey Shore Running Club.For Sean Murray of Leonardo, it’s all about realizing that problems like frozen pipes “are just part of the territory” when you love where you live. The Murrays have a century year old home with a northwest side that bears the brunt of high winds and blowing snow. With the second floor bathroom on that side of the house, it came as no surprise that frozen pipes could become an issue. The answer, Murray said, “is taking preventive measures.”Leaving water taps open a slight degree to ensure running water is the first means most people with older homes or homes with water pipes in crawl spaces beneath the house put into effect. At the Murray home, they have the good fortune of having the second floor bath just above the kitchen. “So by keeping the kitchen a little warmed, and knowing that heat rises, we have another means of keeping pipes from freezing.” Undaunted by the frigid temperatures, Murray laughed and admitted, “I’ve learned a lot living in an older home over the past ten years. But I can tell you one thing…as long as you accept its part of the territory, it’s absolutely worth whatever inconvenience to live where we live.”Those with oil heat have their own problems when temperatures drop lower and stay longer than anticipated. When supplies run low, customers get on the phone with their fuel oil supplier to ensure their tanks are full. That’s apparently what has happened this week for Lawes Coal and Fuel Oil Company in Shrewsbury. Very polite, courteous and busy members of the office work force at the Shrewsbury office declined to answer any questions for a story, preferring to donate their time and telephone lines to customers calling in. “That should give you an idea of how busy we really are,” one spokesman at Lawes said. Although there were no complaints from the company, a family owned business that has been in Monmouth County since 1926, residents should ensure walkways are cleared and shoveled from the street to the fuel tank fills location so drivers can make the deliveries and hasten to the next caller.For Jersey Central Power & Light Company, heavy snow sometimes means downed wires and no electricity to homes, but that has not been the case so far in the Two River area. The utility maintains a website updated every 15 minutes which showed no outages in the area, while there were two smaller outages in western Monmouth County and Point Pleasant. Officials recommend callers with outages contact their automated line at 888-544-2877 to report, since the company might not always be immediately aware of a limited outage. The automated line picks up the caller’s phone number and can relate it to a customer’s address without the need for human intervention on the phone, reason enough for a user to ensure his own records, including a cell phone number, are up to date.Residents are also advised to only report downed wires they actually see, rather than what they suspect. Treatment of a downed wire, for safety purposes, means a Hazard responder crew is sent to the scene to ensure safety before advising the repair team of the address. Falling in a downed wire without seeing it can only delay response to that caller and others in the queue.At Little Silver Borough Hall, the staff was up and running before 10 a.m., fielding all calls and handling routine business. Administrator Kim Jungfer said she came at the usual 8 a.m. start of the day, “because I live close and could do it, to ensure we could answer the phones and take care of business.” The borough had a couple of small water pipe issues, she said, but praised the pro-active work of the Public Works Department that kept those problems at a minimum. “We raised the temperatures in some of the building that aren’t used on a daily basis, “ she said, “knowing that the higher cost of heating them would still be far more beneficial than frozen pipes and subsequent repairs.”On the roadways, where most of us will have to eventually wind up, whether to work, school or shop and hope to travel safely, some municipalities have partnered with county government to use what the county uses to melt ice and snow.Since 2008, Monmouth County Public Works has been using a liquid brine solution to treat the approximately 1,000 miles of county roadways. Since 2009 the county government has offered to sell to towns and now 36 communities are using this shared service, said Freeholder Thomas Arnone. Along with saving money given the county buys the solution in large quantities, “The other bonus is that these substances are less harmful to the environment and more effective in colder temperatures,” Arnone said.In the Two-River area Atlantic Highlands, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Highlands, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Red Bank, Red Bank, Rumson, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township and West Long Branch, according to Laura Kirkpatrick, the county director of public information and tourism.As tough as the weather has been, take heart and remember it’s a little more than a month to spring. But on the glass is half empty side of the argument that means there is still more than a month left in winter and all that can bring.last_img read more

Hazardous Crosswalks: Ambulance Hits Pedestrian on Broad Street

first_imgA group, including a baby in a stroller, cross against the light in front of a car at the intersection of Broad and Monmouth Streets in Red Bank, NJ on April 1, 2015. Photo by Tina Colella RED BANK – An ambulance was traveling north on Broad Street Wednesday when it struck a pedestrian crossing the intersection, at Monmouth Street.The pedestrian, Thomas Thatcher, 66, of Hackettstown suffered a minor injury but refused treatment at the scene from the crew of a second MONOC ambulance called to the accident less than two minutes later, at 1:17 p.m., said MONOC Director of Operations Andy Caruso.“He was struck and knocked down and immediately got up,” said Caruso. “He refused medical attention and went on his way.” “We were traveling within safe speeds, going through downtown Red Bank with regard to pedestrians when unexpectedly this person stepped out in front of the ambulance,” said Caruso.“Our drivers are well trained in operating emergency vehicles and act with due regard.” He added, “The driver of our ambulance was naturally shaken up.” PoliceChief Darren McConnell confirmed the pedestrian was crossing against the light. Police did not issue any summonses, he said.Many walkers choose to cross against the light at the busy intersection of Broad and Monmouth Streets. Photo by Tina ColellaIt’s not unusual to see people lose patience and cross against the light on Broad Street. On Wednesday, a Two River Times photographer observed at least 20 people crossing Broad Street at the Monmouth Street intersection against the light, some pushing baby strollers. The traffic light at the Broad and Monmouth Street intersections are equipped with button sensors to change the traffic signal for pedestrians. Those sensors, when pushed by pedestrians, change the signal in approximately 1 minute, 45 seconds; if the sensor is not pushed, the light cycle is about two minutes to go from red to green. While the signal may be green for the entire period, the actual period for pedestrians to cross – designated by a pedestrian silhouette – runs about 20 seconds (with the last 10 seconds counting down in red numerals). Mayor Pasquale Menna said those measures and times were appropriate to address pedestrian safety at that particular intersection.As for Wednesday’s incident, Menna said, “How is any government, how is any regulation, how is any rule going to protect somebody who’s not looking where he’s going?”But there are those who disagree. Crossing Broad Street can be dangerous for pedestrians, even when they have the light, said Kelsey Guthrie, the manager of Yestercades, who witnessed the aftermath of the accident across the street Wednesday. “I see a lot of people not stopping for people at the crosswalk – including myself. I’ve almost been hit multiple times,” she said “People who are driving in town definitely have to be more aware that this is a pedestrian town. It’s full of people walking around.”In meetings with civic leaders, including Menna, The Two River Times is exploring in its “Crossroads” series the inherent conflict between pedestrians and vehicles and possible solutions in the active Red Bank community, a commercial and cultural destination.State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), who is a stakeholder in this safety initiative, said of Wednesday’s collision, “It elevates and highlights the importance of pedestrian safety in the popular town of Red Bank.”The Two River Times initiative has resulted in Red Bank requesting and the Board of Chosen Freeholders agreeing to study the intersection at Broad and Front streets where drivers and pedestrians are told simultaneously to proceed.The Task Force, formed and coordinated by the Two River Times and comprised of Red Bank and now Fair Haven municipal officials, state senators, school officials, RiverCenter, Meridian Health, and Newport Media Holdings, LLC, is examining safety in the Two River area, beginning in Red Bank.By Christina Johnson and John Burtonlast_img read more

Rapper Casts Doubts over NEC’s Ability to Conduct 2017 General Elections

first_imgUS based Liberian rapper WF Doc has casted doubts over the ability of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to conduct the upcoming general elections.The “Mula Dance” crooner said in a press release that if NEC cannot conduct a simple voter registration process without irregularities, despite four months of planning, “it clearly shows that they are ill prepared to conduct 2017 elections.”The release added that reports of defective cameras, misspelling of names by voter registrars, and lack of security personal at many registration centers across the country, mean that the upcoming election will face the same problems.“Frankly speaking, lots of irregularities will take place during the upcoming elections, like polling centers opening late, among others. This is the truth: NEC is unprepared to conduct a free, fair and transparent election looking at their lapses right now.“It pains my heart to received news about VR centers opening late in the leeward counties, like in River Cess and Grand Kru. In some cases, the center will remain closed due to defective cameras.“Although some people will not agree with me, the fact here is that NEC is not prepared to conduct this election. I no longer trust their ability, looking at their failure to conduct this simple VR exercise,” the press release quoted WF Doc as saying. According to the release, WF Doc said the Elections Coordinating Committee and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights have expressed the same fear of the NEC not being capable of conducting the upcoming elections.“ECC and INCHR know this very well, but they cannot just say it openly. However, their continued concern about irregularities and other problems facing the VR process is a clear sign that they don’t trust NEC,” the release said.Meanwhile, the Chicago emcee, who goes by his given names Wreh B. Funnebo, said in the release that NEC’s inability to put in place a proper screening method has encouraged aliens to register as Liberians.“I’m not going to blamed anyone, but NEC for instituting poor screening methods, which make it easy for these people to break into the system. In addition, the lack of security personnel, most especially immigration officers, at VR centers is another factor. “For me, NEC did not do their homework and that is the reason why security personnel are not assigned at every VR center across the country,” the release added.The released noted that “as soon as the irregularities are addressed, the better things will be.” WF Doc can be reached on Facebook and Twitter by the same name.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Goldsmith kills self after admitting he has “feelings” for daughter-in-law

first_imgAn argument between a man and his wife over the romantic feelings he reportedly developed for their daughter-in-law took a turn for the worst after he allegedly took his life by consuming a poisonous substance.The deceased has been identified as 47-year-old Deodat (only name given), a goldsmith of Waller’s Delight, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Based on reports received, Deodat and his wife, Nandranie, were at their home on Sunday afternoon when they began arguing over his behaviour towards their daughter-in-law.Their daughter-in-law had reportedly complained to Deodat’s wife about the man making advances towards her. As such, the woman confronted her husband.This resulted in a heated argument between the couple during which the man admitted that he had feelings for his daughter-in-law.Shortly after, Deodat’s wife went to work.Around 14:45h, the woman received a phone call from her husband urgently requesting that she returned home. As the woman arrived at their residence, the man informed her that he was going to commit suicide.Moments after making that statement, he ventured into the kitchen and locked the door so that nobody could enter. This prompted his wife to rush outside of the house and peek through a window to ascertain what her husband was up to.The woman told detectives that she noticed Deodat with a ketchup bottle containing a solution to clean gold jewellery.After consuming the substance, he opened the door, placed the ketchup bottle on the ground, and immediately collapsed.He was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The ketchup bottle with the poisonous substance that he had placed on the ground before his death was also lodged at the Police Station as investigations continue.last_img read more

Exclusive – Balotelli: As long as the kids love me, I don’t care what anyone thinks

first_imgMario Balotelli insists the only time he will worry about what people think of him is when kids stop loving him!The madcap Italian has been the subject of numerous lurid headlines in recent years for antics such as throwing a dart at a Manchester City youth team player and letting off a firework in his bathroom (in fact, it wasn’t actually him).But he claims none of it bothers him as long as he’s still pleasing the children.“Every morning, when I wake up, I think that maybe yesterday people are speaking bad things about me,” Balotelli said in an exclusive interview with Sport magazine. “But then I see kids coming up to me and I think I’m not doing that bad.“I could do better – of course, I could do way better – but kids are natural, they are honest. If they look at you and don’t like you, they don’t come up to you.“So if I see them always coming up to me, then it means I can’t be that bad, either as a footballer or a person. When kids stop asking for my autograph or a picture or whatever, then maybe I will start to think that I need to change something about myself. This is why I love kids.” Mario Balotelli signs autographs for young fans 1last_img read more

Giants select Alex Dickerson over homegrown candidates for promotion

first_imgPHOENIX — With a short-handed bench and center fielder Steven Duggar still feeling the effects from a lower back injury suffered while swinging on Tuesday, the Giants felt compelled to add an outfielder to their roster on Friday.The promotion of Alex Dickerson raised some eyebrows among Giants fans, but manager Bruce Bochy explained why the organization tabbed Dickerson to take Duggar’s roster spot.“There are some guys doing a pretty good job, but the power is intriguing,” Bochy said. “A …last_img

Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military Families: Follow- Up Q&A with Dr. Brock

first_imgDr. Rita Brock was the presenter for the 4th and final session of our 2016 Virtual Learning Event. Session 4, entitled Exploring the Impact of Moral Injuries on Military Families provided insight and knowledge in helping guide work surrounding this important topic. At the end of the webinar, some of the participants had lingering questions for Dr. Brock. Below, we have provided the questions and answers.Q: You mentioned a resource throughout the webinar on helping children through deployment. Would you mind sharing that with us?A: This Guide to Deployment for Families can be found under resources for congregations here.Q: Do we know why moral injury affects some, but not everyone? Is the research pointing to anything there?A: There are no data on moral injury per se that I know of. However, studies show that a previous history of trauma (esp. PTSD) makes a person more susceptible to further trauma. Since PTSD is not a fear-based trauma, it is not clear whether one instance of moral injury would make one more susceptible to another. It might be different for moral injury: if a person had been able to process a morally injurious experience and begin recovering, he or she might have greater resilience for handling future incidences. Here is one study:Harris, J.I., Erbes., C.R., Engdahl., B.E., Thuras, P., Murray-Swank, N, Grace, D., Ogden, H., Olson, R.H.A., Winskowski, A.M., Bacon, R., Malec, C., Campion, K., & Le, TuVan (2011). The effectiveness of a trauma-focused, spiritually integrated intervention for veterans exposed to trauma. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 1-14.Q: Do you have suggestions for preventative strategies, if there are any?A: The only person who is inoculated against moral injury is a sociopath. As to normal people with moral consciences, moral injury is related to a number of factors, such as the developmental stage of young adults and their inability to handle moral ambiguity, that may be involved. Jonathan Shay believes that military unit cohesion has protective value against isolation and that better leadership in the command structures also can prevent a sense of feeling betrayed. One of the other student projects (which we hope to have posted on our resources website by the end of October), was a youth minister guide for young adults considering military service. It is based on input from a veteran in his congregation who suggested that having a clear sense of purpose for enlisting was important to not getting lost and disoriented in service. Helping people stay in touch with their humanity in inhuman conditions is crucial, a role military chaplains play, so training chaplains in understanding moral injury is also important. I’ve been working with chaplains on this since we opened in 2012, and Brite includes a course on moral injury in our military chaplain certification program.Q: You mentioned Trauma Release Exercises. Do you have a resource that you would like for us to share for that? A website or a particular person?A: Here are two videos that explain and demonstrate how and why it works on trauma:Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)TRE® Tension, Stress, Trauma Release A Revolutionary Way To Feel BetterWe use Michael-Phap Nguyen-Uyen, a US Marine veteran and Zen teacher, at our events. Here is his story.I think there is value-added because he uses mindfulness meditation practices with the TRE process. There is MRI research on meditation and its value to restoring thinking capacity. But there are many teachers of TRE. I have downloaded the TRE phone app, which guides me through the process. I find it a useful way to relax and release stress from work.Q: You mentioned a friend of yours, Lisa Dunster. Do you have more information on her story?A: Here are some sources about her. She’s a National Guard veteran, a high school English teacher, and a remarkable person. This story is about how she almost slit her husband’s throat.This is about the retreat program she runs for veterans and families. After becoming a speaker for us, she added moral injury into the work they do and regularly has a chaplain create programs for her retreats.This is one of her public talks about her military experience. She always says something new and important, and I skype her into my classes.If you were unable to participate in VLE 4: Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military Families or any of the other 2016 VLE sessions of Strengthening the Family CORE, they are all available for archived viewing.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and programming specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

New Mac Pros Coming Later This Year

first_imgDoes this MacPro update have what it takes to satisfy the pro Apple users?Share your thoughts in the comments below!  UPDATE: Check out this video from Engadget.com: Here are the product specs we know:Unified thermal core12-core Intel Xeon processor, 256-bit processorComes standard with dual GPUs1,866MHz DDR3 memory, 60GBps performanceFlash storage with a read rate of 1.25 GBPsAMD FirePro graphic cards (X2), supports 4 simultaneous 4K displays4 USB 3 ports6 Thunderbolt 2 ports, 20Gbps throughput, 6 devices per port and backwards compatibleCylindrical in shapeAssembled in the USA Apple releases a sneak peek of the new Mac Pros. Check out the product specs here!Apple has announced a new Mac Pro to be released later in 2013 – 10 times faster than any hard drive you could put in a Mac Pro before.  Video editors, photographers and designers have been eagerly anticipating a new Mac Pro for several years now. When no mention of MacPros was made at the 2012 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference many pros just chalked it up to the end for this computing workhorse.However, Apple CEO Tm Cook said something “really great” was coming for the Mac Pro user in 2013 and this is it.  At the 2013 WWDC a sneak peek announcement of the new Mac Pro was made.last_img read more

JP Calvo shows what he has to offer as he wins MVP in 2018 PBA Draft Combine

first_imgNCAA rivals CJ Perez of Lyceum and Robert Bolick of San Beda were tabbed as early as the duration of Season 94 but Calvo just turned a deaf ear to the noise.“Actually I never thought of those topics, I never thought of the no.1 and no.2 spots in the Draft,” said Calvo who helped lead the Knights to a 13-5 record and the third seed of Season 94.“I’m just thinking what team wants me and where I will sign.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—JP Calvo was already one of the better point guards in the collegiate level during his final years with Letran and he showed his worth he topped all applicants for the 2018 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Business as usual in Champions League? Maybe not this season Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The diminutive floor general was named the MVP of the PBA Draft Combine Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center after leading Team A-2 over Team A-3, 76-64, in the finals.Although he had a game-high 23 points in that game, Calvo said he was just trying to put on a respectable show so the PBA coaches who attended the Combine would take notice of him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I didn’t expect that I would perform this way, maybe Lord just gave me this one,” said Calvo in Filipino. “But I really prepared for this so I could make sure that I will play well.”Calvo, despite his notoriety in the NCAA, was often overlooked especially when the conversation turns to the prospective top picks. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

BC communities First Nations eligible for more funds during floods wildfires

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. (Canadian Press) – The B.C. government is increasing funding to help local governments and First Nations prepare for and endure wildfires, floods and other emergencies.Premier John Horgan announced an additional $31 million to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund at a news conference Friday at Kelowna’s main fire hall.He says two consecutive seasons of record-breaking wildfires in B.C. and recent flood damage to communities highlights the need for more support to mitigate, respond and recover from emergencies.Horgan says the budget for the emergency preparedness fund now totals $69.5 million.Since the spring of 2017, B.C. has allocated $1.64 billion on flood and wildfire response and recovery programs, including fire suppression and efforts to clean up wildfire risk areas near communities.Horgan says the fund will be administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.last_img read more