Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive celebrates its 3rd Anniversary this weekend

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 From the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictAveraging about 10,000 visitors each month, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will celebrate its third anniversary since opening in May 2015.“We are committed to balancing the ecosystem’s viability with the public’s desire for recreational opportunities,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Opening the drive just 3 days a week allows the public to see firsthand this unique wildlife habitat while at the same time allowing the wildlife to enjoy a quiet, undisturbed life the rest of the week. Truly a win-win for both the public and the environment.”To commemorate the anniversary, volunteers with the Orange Audubon Society will be stationed along the drive on Sunday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with scopes, bird books, and loaner binoculars to assist visitors with identifying wildlife.The 11-mile drive covers a network of wetlands, levees, and canals, providing a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. A free self-guided audio tour, which can be streamed through mobile devices and online, is also available along the wildlife drive and provides visitors with a narrative on the area’s history, wildlife, and district-led restoration efforts. Several vehicle pullovers on the drive provide opportunities for stopping at preferred sites.Once farmed land, the area was acquired by the district between 1988 and 2001 with the goal of reducing discharges of nutrients to the lake to protect water quality, promote water storage and provide critical wetland functions. This multi-benefit restoration approach on the North Shore relies upon the district’s expertise in science, engineering, construction and wildlife management.Housed within the district’s 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore restoration area, the wildlife drive opened in May 2015. Its success is attributed to not only housing a diverse bird population but also providing unprecedented access to the unique area. Home to 369 species of birds, visitors should also watch for alligators, turtles, otters, raccoon, snakes, coyotes and bobcats.The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open year-round between sunrise and sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. There is no cost to visit the wildlife drive.More information about recreational opportunities on lands owned and managed by the district is available at www.sjrwmd.com/recreation. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here TAGSLake Apopka Wildlife DriveSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleApopka Area Chamber of Commerce hosting Business Expo tomorrow Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

PFC offer distance learning courses for fundraisers

first_img  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 April 2005 | News The Professional Fundraising Consultancy (PFC) has announced a range of distance learning courses for fundraisers.PFC’s new range of distance learning courses means that fundraisers who are unable or unwilling to travel to the company’s physical training courses can still benefit from its expertise. As such they can be taken in the comfort of your own home or workplace.Course topics available include: Advertisement An introduction to charity fundraisingImproving your fundraising skillsPlanning and managing a capital fundraising appealFinding major donorsSuccessful trust applicationsCreating effective fundraising literatureCharity trustees The courses are individually tailored and participants set their own timetable. They include a personal tutor, optional assignments, assessments and “many thought-provoking activities”.Courses cost £130, £180 or £250. PFC offer distance learning courses for fundraisers About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Election campaign impossible for opposition media

first_img RSF_en News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 12, 2019 Find out more Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday 25 October to elect a president and renew the National Assembly. The result of the election is not in doubt. The sole question is by what percentage Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali will be re-elected.As the monthly Afrique-Asie headlined its special issue of October 2009 “Tunisia, why it works”, Reporters Without Borders, including its secretary general Jean-François Julliard, went to Tunis on 12-15 October to observe how the media, particularly those linked to the opposition, manage to cover the campaign as well as to check the access of some opposition parties to the public media. “Pluralism in news is still not a reality in Tunisia. It is unfortunately particularly true in an election campaign. President Ben Ali is splashed on the front pages of newspapers that are tireless in his praise. The columns of the state-run and pro-government newspapers are brimming with messages of congratulations and support for the candidate-president. The same goes for television and radio. Unfavourable opinions of the head of state are largely absent from media and Tunisians do not have access to balanced news and information”, said Jean-François Julliard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders on his return from a fact-finding visit to Tunis. “We also condemn the attitude of the Tunisian authorities who prevent Tunisian journalists and foreign correspondents from doing their work. The police presence is permanent during this electoral period. Opposition activists, independent journalists, human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists are closely watched. This state of affairs is unacceptable,” the organisation added. Organisation News Problems for opposition mediaLate in the evening of 10 October, the eve of the opening of the campaign, the interior minister confiscated issue 149 of Ettajdid’s party newspaper al-Tariq al-Jadid (The new path) which carried the party’s manifesto for the presidential elections, when the copies were still at the printers. The party was accused of “violating electoral law” even though not a single copy of the paper had been distributed.These two examples perfectly illustrate how the Tunisian authorities use every means at their disposal to gag the opposition which decided to take part in the elections. Hatem Chaabouni, head of information for Ettajdid, told Reporters Without Borders that “the campaign is being carried more in foreign media that in Tunisian media, given that most of them belong to the regime and the others support it.” The daily news bulletin of the sole privately owned radio, Mosaïque, is made up entirely of reports from the official Tunisian news agency ATP. The same goes for the Arabic-language daily Ash-Shourouq. The dailies As-Sabah and Le Temps, owned by the head of state’s son-in-law, Sakher Al-Materi, gives no space to the opposition.Hichem Skik, joint editor of al-Tariq al-Jadid, also referred to censorship on the part of the Superior Information Council, of the actual content of the candidate’s programmes. So that in Ettajdid’s manifesto, the council called for five points to be changed, since their content was not “correct”, according to interior ministry criteria. The ministry also blocked distribution of the party’s posters, arguing that the name ‘Alliance’ and the logo used by the party were not in conformity with the register of parties legally recognised by the state. Reporters Without Borders noted that, because of this disagreement, the advertising inserts reserved for their party were left blank in the capital and that in other cities, posters had been torn down. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder The public press overflows with praise for Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.The announcement, on 15 October, by the daily La Presse, of the support of the Tunisian Association of Newspaper Editors (Atdj) for the candidacy of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali constitutes a disturbing break with press neutrality towards the candidates. The Atdj “welcomes the ongoing presidential attention to the news sector,”, “with the objective of improving its content and boosting its contribution to deepening the democratic pluralist experience in Tunisia” (Page 5 of La Presse).La Presse, on page 4 of its 13 October edition stresses “the support of national organisations for the Head of State’s election programme”, underlining the “pertinence of vision and the rightness of the steps contained in the keynote speech” of 12 October. Page 8 of the same edition is devoted to comments singing the praises of the candidate-president Ben Ali, who is campaigning on the theme “Together, we will meet the challenge”. The French-language daily did not give the same amount of space to the speeches of the other candidates, who got, at best, a quarter of a page.Le Temps, in its 13 October edition, announcing the opening of the election campaign, made no mention of opposition parties, while the activities of the candidate-president were the subject of a double page spread (Page 4 and 5). Same thing in its 14 October edition, in which just over a page (Page 4 and 5) was given over to Ben Ali’s campaign.The 14 October edition of La Presse vaunts the support of the “resisters and militants” for the “presidential election programme (which) lays the foundations of a forward-looking and more radiant future” (P.4). It picks up the idea that the re-election would be a “historic new step on the path to democracy and pluralism”, having no hesitation in referring to Ben Ali as “saviour” (P.5). The newspaper also refers to the support of a delegation of 17 Arab ambassadors for the National Elections Observatory (P.5) on page 7, a quarter of a page is dedicated to opposition parties, but Ettajdid does not get a mention. The same thing is repeated in the 15 October edition. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more The web still being targetedReporters Without Borders was able to verify that the election campaign did nothing to change censorship of the web in Tunisia by the cyber-police. Several opposition websites cannot be seen in Tunisia. Several opposition figures do not have access to their emails, since passwords of messaging services or computer IP addresses have been changed. Facebook pages are watched round the clock and the slightest criticism of the ruling party leads to them being blocked.The organisation points out that many journalists and bloggers, such as Slim Boukhdhir and Mokhtar Yahyawi, have been deprived of their right to a passport; that Lotfi Hajji, correspondent for al-Jazeera in Tunisia, has still not obtained his official accreditation despite repeated applications over the past five years; that Sihem Ben Sedrine is still facing legal proceedings for “using a frequency without permission” and for launching radio Kalima. She faces up to five years in prison. Tunisia is ranked 154th out of 175 countries in the organisation’s 2009 world press freedom rankings. News Opposition candidate’s access to public mediaThe 13-day election campaign opened officially on Sunday 11 October for both the presidential and legislative elections. The Constitutional Council has validated four candidates for the presidency. The outgoing president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD), Mohamed Bouchiha of the Party of People’s Unity (PUP), Ahmed Inoubli of the Unionist Democratic Union (UDU) and Ahmed Brahim for Ettajdid (former communist party), who distinguishes himself from the other candidates by refusing to be just an ‘extra’ to give a sheen of “democracy”.For the first time in Tunisia, the four candidates to the presidency benefited from one hour of airtime to present their manifestos, live on the public channel Tunis 7 at 8.30pm. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, not surprisingly, went first, Ahmed Brahim for Ettajdid second. The draw that decided the order in which candidates would go ended up costing the communications minister his job. He was sacked on the spot for not pulling the ball for the head of state from his pocket discreetly enough. Two days after the launch of the campaign by Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Ahmed Brahim was due to give his inaugural speech at 8.30pm on 13 October. Then at 5.30pm, the candidate’s campaign committee received a call informing the party that the speech was being broadcast at that moment on the radio and that it would be broadcast on television at 6.20pm, two hours earlier than planned and without any explanation. Even if Ahmed Brahim’s 38-minute speech had been broadcast uncut, the change in timeslot would constitute a serious failure in the principle of fairness between the different candidates, since the others had their broadcast schedules untouched. Moreover, the immensely detailed constraints imposed on the candidates in reading their speech and the way in which the technicians on Tunis 7 filmed Brahim, the Ettajdid candidate, repeatedly zooming in and out from all directions, would have been enough to discourage even the most ardent supporter. to go further Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” October 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Election campaign impossible for opposition media November 11, 2020 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Chronology of harassment of media and journalists in the past few weeks:- 15 August 2009: the authorities take control of the journalists’ trade union, putting at its head Jamal Karmawi, adviser to the secretary general of the ruling party, the Constitutional Democratic Rally, (see: http://www.rsf.org/Government-supporters-seize.html). The former secretary general, Neji Bghouri, was not allowed to lodge a complaint in a bid to have this bogus election cancelled. He was banned access to the union’s premises, on 9 September.- 28 September: Three journalists Slim Boukhdhir, Mahmoud al-Zouadi and Mohamed Maali, were prevented from entering Tunis Carthage airport, where they had arrived to meet a colleague Naziha Rajiba, editor of the newspaper Kalima and secretary general of the Tunisian press freedom observatory.- 29 September: Hamma Hammami, former editor of the banned newspaper Alternatives and spokesman for the Tunisian Workers’ Communist Party, was physically assaulted on arrival at the airport after giving interviews to al-Jazeera and France 24, in which he called the elections a “farce” (see: http://www.rsf.org/Opposition-leader-who-gave-TV.html). Hamma Hammami tried to lay a complaint for assault against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali for grievous bodily harm but the chief prosecutor refused to accept it. – 1st October: the authorities ban distribution of “The Regent of Carthage” by French journalists Nicolas Beau and Catherine Graciet, after losing a case before a court in Paris calling for the book to be banned. “The day I realised Tunisia is not longer a land of liberty” by M. Bouebdelli is also banned.- 5 October: Moaz Al-Bey, correspondent for Radio Kalima and the newspaper al-Maouqif in Sfax, 270 km south of Tunis, is physically assaulted by plainclothes police officers. His journalistic equipment is destroyed or confiscated.- 10 October: Hamma Hammami is refused the right to leave Tunisia to take part in a conference about Tunisia at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.- 10 October (evening): police seize issue no 149 of the newspaper al-Tariq al-Jadid (the New Path) at the printers, for “violating election law”. The newspaper distributed by the Ettajdid party which is putting up a presidential candidate (Ahmed Brahim), was due to be distributed from 11 October, date of the opening of election campaign. – 11 October: expulsion of Italian journalist Manuela Gumucio, head of the Observatorio de Medios (Media Observatory), in Tunisia to offer training in the framework of a media-monitoring project organised by Sihem Ben Sedrine.- 14 October: M. Bouabdelli is the target of threats on the news website www.bilmakchouf.org, which is pro-regime.- 15 October: Zouheir Makhlouf, correspondent for the website al-Sabil online, was arrested while reporting on living conditions for residents of Nabeul, 63 km south-east of Tunis). He is accused of “harassment” for posting news on Facebook. He was then taken to a prison 20 km north of Tunis. His trial is due to held on 3 November. He began a hunger strike on 22 October.- 20 October: Lawyer Radhia Nasrowi is banned from leaving Tunisia, officially because of proceedings against her. Unofficially, it followed statements she made to al-Hiwar Ettounsi television and remarks by her husband on al-Jazzera and France 24.- 20 October: Florence Beaugé, journalist on French daily Le Monde, is prevented from entering Tunisia for “always showing evident ill-will towards Tunisia and being systematically hostile”, according to an official source contacted by AFP.- 22 October: Journalist Taoufik Ben Brik is harassed over articles he wrote for le Nouvel Observateur and the website Médiapart.- 22 October: Journalists and opposition figures trying to show solidarity with Zouheir Makhlouf prevented from meeting his wife at their home. – 22 October: police raid the premises of a Tunis radio station, broadcasting on web Radio 6, where journalists have been rallying since 17 October to condemn the state media monopoly and the absence of free expression in the run-up to elections. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Tunisialast_img read more

Women’s tennis celebrates final home weekend with victory over Illinois

first_imgFor the Wisconsin women’s tennis team, its final weekend at home could not have gone any better.The Badgers ended their regular season with a dramatic, emotional 4-3 win over Illinois Sunday. After a strong 4-3 win over Iowa Saturday, the Badgers came out ready to continue the success against the Fighting Illini, a team they haven’t beaten in the last four years.“[This is] probably the best weekend I’ve had since I’ve been here,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “For four years, this is what I’ve been waiting for, so this was fun today.”Starting off strong, Wisconsin won the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches to win the doubles point.Despite losing the No. 2 doubles match, sophomore Hannah Berner and senior Jessica Seyferth kept things close, losing the match 9-7.“I think we played great,” Berner said. “Their second doubles team is really good. I was happy that we got the doubles point, and I was really proud of how [Seyferth] played. It was a great fight. Overall, I think we were both happy afterward and used the momentum of the point and forgot about our loss.”Leading the match 1-0 into singles play, UW started singles play off determined to keep the momentum going.Holding the No. 5 spot for the Badgers, junior Aleksandra Markovic fought to a third set after losing her first set 7-5. Winning her second set 6-4 and forcing a playoff for the match point –  ultimately a win for Wisconsin – Markovic tussled with Illinois’ Leigh Finnegan.Tied at five-all in the playoff, Markovic gained a 6-5 advantage, and after a long volley, forced Finnegan to miss sealing the set and match for herself and her team.At each spot, the Badgers quickly gained a game point advantage over the Illini. But before they could close out a set, Illinois fought back.“It was great,” Berner said of the win. “I looked in every girl’s eyes, and every girl believed that she could win. I think this was weekend for us to go into the Big Ten Tournament.”Seyferth struggled at the No. 4 spot, losing two sets, 6-1, 6-2. Seyferth was honored before the game and failed to win either of her matches Sunday after sealing the win for the Badgers Saturday against Iowa.“You might think that, but she wanted the team to win,” Fleishman said after being asked if Seyferth was disappointed about her results. “That’s what she’s been all about for four years.”With freshman Jenny Hois out with an injury, redshirt junior Alaina Trgovich held the No. 1 spot for the Badgers. Finishing right after Seyferth, Trgovich lost two sets, 6-3 and 6-4, putting Illinois on top 2-1.Fleishman was not entirely surprised by the quick losses at the No. 1 and No. 4 spots.“The ones that finished quickly, both of those players they lost to were really good players – Smutko and White from Illinois – but I knew the matchup at the other spots were good and we could be competitive with them,” Fleishman said.Wisconsin appeared to be losing momentum, but Berner held strong at the No. 3 spot against Illinois’ Allison Falkin. Winning two sets, 6-4, 6-2, Berner helped reignite the momentum for the Badgers.“I’m really happy that I was able to play well at [No.] 3 and show the team that we can all win at every spot,” Berner said. “I’m coming off a loss from [Saturday], but the team won. [Sunday] I definitely wanted to get a singles point to make it a little easier for my team. I think when I came back and got the momentum and we got the second point, I think the team really used the momentum of my match to make them believe that they could win theirs.”Junior Angela Chupa continued to carry the momentum through her third set at the No. 6 spot.Chupa lost her first set quickly, 6-2 to UI’s Annie McCarthy. Much like Markovic, Chupa fought through a back-and-forth match, finishing off the last two sets, 6-4 and 6-3, putting the Badgers ahead 3-2.“I saw that Jess lost and Hannah came through. I wanted to do it for the team and Jess on her senior day,” Chupa said. “I just didn’t really think about the result; I just played for myself and played for the team. I ended up on top, so it was a good feeling.”Led by Berner, Chupa and Markovich, the Badgers showed they can win from all any spot in the lineup.“It’ll give us a lot of confidence in the lower part of our lineup, which really wasn’t as strong earlier in the season, but now I think we’re going into these matches and we believe in everybody no matter what spot they’re playing,” Chupa said. “It’s definitely a huge confidence builder.“The girls know that they can do it even if they’re down – they can come back and win in three sets. It shows the fight of the girls, which is great.”last_img read more

Freshman Charlotte de Vries’ offensive prowess becomes main option for SU

first_img Published on September 12, 2019 at 1:24 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+ Charlotte de Vries lined up another shot, but this time, the ball didn’t go directly in. Syracuse trailed Lafayette 2-1 on Sept. 2, her earlier goal trimming a two-goal deficit to one. Yet, an upset of the then-No. 18 Orange still brewed.Laura Graziosi’s pass arrived to de Vries, and forward Tess Queen stood in front to deflect the ensuing shot in. de Vries didn’t get the assist, but it was another scoring chance that SU’s most impactful freshman created.During the first four games of Syracuse’s season, de Vries has been the focal point of the Orange offense. She’s tallied 11 points — five goals and an assist — in that span, and is on pace to surpass Roos Weers’ team-leading total of 11 goals last year. It stems from international competition and a 173-goal high school career that’s allowed de Vries to develop her reverse hit and quick first step, her “signature” skills, said her Conestoga, Pennsylvania High School coach Megan Smyth.Because of de Vries’ ability to capitalize on scoring chances, No. 23 Syracuse (3-1) has overcome its lack of secondary scoring heading into its Friday night matchup with No. 14 St. Joseph’s (3-0), the first of three ranked opponents in five games.“She just has a scorer’s mindset, a shooter’s mindset,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “It’s just a mindset plus obviously a lot of talent.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the past three seasons, the Orange relied on Weers’ drag flick on penalty corners and sturdy defense. Last year, Weers’ role expanded to mentoring an inexperienced SU roster. With the four-year cornerstone now graduated, SU’s 14 returning players, including junior Chiara Gutsche (eight goals last season), factored in as the main offensive threats heading into the season.Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorBut in March, Bradley secured de Vries, a top-10 recruit. The recruit that played for the US U-19 team during the High Performance Tours in Europe in 2019 and competed in the Young Women’s National Championshipin Lancaster, Pennsylvania months later. Those two different styles of play, de Vries said, are the same that helped shape her style of play: aggressive and physical, yet smooth with ball possession.She lived in Belgium for seven years and said she witnessed players more skillful and faster with ball control and stick speed. Then, de Vries moved back to the United States and competed against players stronger on the ball, a trend that continued throughout high school and national tournaments.“It makes me a better player to see different types of field hockey around the world,” de Vries said.Her family moved to the Conestoga district for her freshman year of high school, and de Vries walked into Smyth’s office — her coach for two years was also a school counselor — while on a tour and expressed an interest in playing field hockey.Smyth spent the next two seasons watching de Vries, whose goals led the Pioneers to an undefeated Central League record her first year. de Vries would receive the ball and immediately break free because of her first step. She’d finish off possessions with her signature reverse hit, Smyth said, the flipped stick providing just enough launch angle to fling past the goalie.“She’s constantly thinking two, three plays away,” Smyth said.de Vries’ anticipation has helped her provide the bulk of the Orange’s scoring through the nonconference games, as Syracuse heads into the more difficult portion of its schedule. For her game-winning goal against UMass Lowell on Sept. 1, she gathered the ball on the right wing and weaved through the River Hawks’ defense before using the reverse hit to slice the ball into the net.Against Lafayette, de Vries found a new way to score. Positioned in front of the cage, de Vries watched sophomore SJ Quigley’s shot after a penalty corner possession ricochet off Leopards’ goalie Sarah Park and eyed up a rebound. Then, “I just kind of did what I do,” de Vries said, chuckling as she looked back on the goal.The ball settled in the net’s right corner. Even when another SU player couldn’t finish an opportunity in the crease, the freshman found a way to convert.“She just puts a lot of movement in our forward line,” Graziosi said. “On the field, it’s the hard running and the goal-making, she’s already become an important player.” Commentslast_img read more

Game Day Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

first_imgJacoby Jones out runs New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley on a punt return in Baltimore, Nov. 24. The Baltimore Ravens receiver and former ‘Dancing With the Stars’ performer accounted for 249 yards and scored the game’s lone touchdown in a 19-3 win over the New York Jets.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The black and gold are riding a three game win streak and find themselves in the thick of the wild card chase at 5-6. They’ll need to take their momentum to Baltimore on a short week and play the Ravens in an extremely hostile environment Thanksgiving night.The team knows this will be a huge test as the Super Bowl champs are just as hungry as the Steelers are to get to .500. The winner will be in great shape, the loser will be in big trouble. In traditional Steelers vs. Ravens fashion it will be a hard hitting, venomous, tight game that will probably come down to whoever has the ball last.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:1. Pittsburgh needs to continue to run the no huddle. It’s been their most effective form of offense and has enabled Big Ben to avoid sacks and make more plays downfield.2. The o line must keep an eye on Terrell Suggs at all times. They did a pretty decent job of stopping him in the first matchup in Pittsburgh however he was still able to get to Big Ben a few times. The O line must not allow Suggs in the backfield or he’ll cause mayhem all game long.3. Stopping Torrey Smith is a must. Smith is a burner and a huge deep threat. Ike Taylor will most likely be matched up with him all game long. Taylor hasn’t fared well the past few weeks, he’ll need to make sure Smith doesn’t get behind him and keep the Raven’s deep threat to short gains only.4. The defense must continue to play effective football. The past few weeks they have gained 8 turnovers and have really turned up the pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. Led by Jason Worilds, they’ll need to continue to find themselves in the offensive backfield, forcing bad throws, gaining sacks and punching the ball loose. The Ravens are a ball control offense and having a defense cause that kind of ruckus would be a huge step towards gaining a win.last_img read more

Headed to Brookdale: More NJT Buses, More Often

first_imgBy Jay CookLINCROFT – For Brookdale Community College students utilizing public transportation, kiss goodbye the days of painfully long bus trips and struggling to be punctual for that 8 a.m. English 121 class.On Aug. 16, the college’s Board of Trustees, in conjunction with representatives from NJ Transit, the Monmouth County Planning Board and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, rolled out plans for improved bus services to and from the college’s main campus in Lincroft, set to launch on Sept. 3, the first day of the Fall 2016 semester.“This happened because of the commitment of Brookdale people, Brookdale employees, Brookdale faculty, committed to look beyond the classroom,” said Oly Malpica Proctor, an associate math professor at Brookdale since 2003.Presented by NJ Transit representative Beth Waltrip was the creation of the 838 line, a combination of two existing routes; the 833 and 835.The 833 line currently connects the Freehold Raceway Mall to Red Bank, and the 835 line services Red Bank to Sea Bright. Now, the 838 will provide increased service from Freehold Raceway Mall to Sea Bright, running hourly from 7 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on weekdays. Riders from eastern Monmouth County will no longer have to change buses in Red Bank.A Saturday service of the 838 line also will be implemented, servicing Sea Bright to the Lincroft campus at 85-minute intervals. Additionally, NJ Transit will add Brookdale as a stop to its current 832 route, which will run hourly on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.For students who either work during the day, or simply prefer taking night classes, the 832 line, servicing Asbury Park to Red Bank “will be extended from Red Bank Rail station to Brookdale on weekdays,” Waltrip said. “It’s basically going to run hourly from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., so this is going to be your evening service to Brookdale on weekdays.”Additional improvements to bus services for Brookdale students will also cover the Northern Monmouth Higher Education Center, located in Hazlet. This has been a topic of much concern in the Brookdale community, according to Malpica Proctor, who has been the chair of the College Life governance committee on campus since 2012.On August 16, Freeholder John P. Curley speaks to the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees and the public about the value of public transportation.She noted that students taking the 817 line to the Hazlet campus had to walk nearly a mile and a half without sidewalks to reach classes from the bus station. With the new 817 line, students will be dropped off on campus at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., with the line servicing Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Old Bridge, Aberdeen, Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg and Middletown.Also, three other NJ Transit lines will see service improvements in certain areas: the 831 line (Red Bank and Long Branch), 834 line (Red Bank and Campbell’s Junction in Middletown) and 837 line (Long Branch and Asbury Park).Each of these NJ Transit bus service improvements were all done without asking for new money from residents.“What we managed to do, without any cost to any taxpayers, we’ll be able to revamp our services in Monmouth County, and not only benefit Brookdale, but benefit most of Monmouth County with some of the changes that we made,” Waltrip said.While common transportation complaints at the main campus stem from the parking allotted for students, Malpica Proctor had a different vision when bringing light to the struggles for stu- dents without their own cars.“It’s (for) the students; just the fact that you hear, that you know that they’re having problems,” she said.Along with Anita Voogt, the Dean of University Partnerships and Higher Education Centers, the two women chaired a voluntary Transportation Committee in 2015, aimed at solving transportation woes for students who cannot reach campus on their own.“Tonight is really a victory for our Governance system,” Voogt said.Also in attendance at the meeting was Freeholder John P. Curley, along with Joe Burris, Steven DeCosta and James Bonanno of the Monmouth County Planning Board, who all aided the Transportation Committee in working to perfect the new services.After the presentation, Malpica Proctor read the improved transit services resolution to the crowd, alongside those involved with the project.“This has been a labor of love for so many, and Professor Malpica Proctor probably has labored more than anybody in the college to make this happen,” said Brookdale President Maureen Murphy.Photos courtesy Brookdale Community Collegelast_img read more

Fruitvale’s Ella Matteucci, Clarkson capture NCAA Women’s Hockey championship

first_imgEllla Matteucci has put Fruitvale on the NCAA women’s hockey map. The former Kootenay Wildcat rearguard helped Clarkson end Minnesota’s two-year run as NCAA women’s hockey champions as the Golden Knights posted the 5-4 upset in the final of the Frozen Four Sunday in Connecticut.Shannon MacAulay, from Mount Herbert, P.E.I., scored on a breakaway with 4:16 left in the third to help give Clarkson a surprise win.Clarkson (31-5-5) earned its first national title in any sport and became the first non-Western Collegiate Hockey Association team to win a women’s hockey national championship. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth combined to win the first 13 national titles.Minnesota (38-2-1) fell behind 3-1, rallied to tie the game at 3-3, but again fell behind by two goals at 5-3 late in the third period before narrowing the gap to one.The Golden Knights defeated Mercyhurst 5-1 in Friday’s semifinal game.Matteucci, the daughter of Melissa and Paul Matteucci of Fruitvale, completed her junior year with the Golden Knights working on a history degree.The 5’7″ rearguard is a versatile skater who has played forward and defence for the Golden Knights and has four assists in three seasons with Clarkson. Before landing a scholarship with Clarkson Matteucci, an outstanding baseball player, played for Notre Dame Hounds.last_img read more