Cape May County Offers Reopening Plan

first_imgA consensus-driven coalition of Cape May County freeholders, mayors and business community leaders Tuesday made a submission to Gov. Phil Murphy titled: “A Proposal for the Safe, Thoughtful and Progressive Reopening of Cape May County During the Time of COVID-19.”The proposal details a potential path for reopening Cape May County that is focused on safety first.On April 14, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders created a Business Recovery Task Force, co-chaired by Freeholder Vice-Director Len Desiderio and Freeholder Will Morey.Over a dozen members of the business community volunteered their time and talents and all 16 of Cape May County’s mayors were made a part of what has become the Cape May County-Wide Recovery Initiative, according to a county press release.The Recovery Initiative, in consultation with health care professionals and with respect for the orders and directives of the governor, crafted a proposal that is focused on four main topics for the governor’s consideration:Cape May County is a close-knit community and the loss of life we have suffered hits us particularly hard. In the broader picture, Cape May County has suffered a mild outbreak and a downward trend appears to be underway.Cape May County is unique in its contribution to the state’s economy for its size and is also uniquely vulnerable economically given its utter dependence on the seasonal tourism industry. The potential dire consequence for the small businesses and working families of Cape May County cannot be overstated.Cape May County’s business and governmental sectors stand ready to implement and enforce extensive mitigation protocols related to social distancing, personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, sanitation, disinfection and employee monitoring in order to emulate to the greatest extent possible the prophylactic effects of the stay-at-home order.A safe, thoughtful, and progressive reopening of public facilities and businesses is proposed over the course of the next several weeks with an acknowledgment that a traditional Memorial Day weekend opening is unlikely to occur.Consensus has been built by and between our business community and our local and county governments to accept this reality and work with the governor on a reopening that invests in the safety of the community, the dampening of the spread of the virus and the economic future of Cape May County.“The distance we have come since April 14th, is purely amazing,” Morey said in a statement. “Our Mayors, business community and Board of Chosen Freeholders have come together in an unprecedented show of unity on behalf of the people of Cape May County. With great respect for the public health challenges that still remain, we believe we have crafted a proposal that charts the course for the safe reopening of our businesses and public facilities over the next several weeks.”Morey continued, “We are moving forward in a spirit of cooperation with the Governor to discuss our proposal and to take the first steps necessary to begin the long recovery ahead of us.”Understanding that only a progressive reopening will help to ensure the safety of resident and visitors in Cape May County, the Recovery Initiative has proposed an allowance for seasonal rentals to commence on May 11, with shorter term rentals allowed to begin no earlier than June 1.In support of the recovery of effort, the freeholder board modified its emergency order prohibiting rentals. The county’s new directive will sync with the Recovery Initiative’s proposed dates.Hotels and motels may operate at a capacity of 60 percent of its full capacity effective Monday, June 1 and hotels and motels may operate at full capacity effective Monday, June 22.Under state directives, municipalities retain the ability to take local circumstances into consideration with regard to the timing of allowing rentals to commence at a later date.“The County of Cape May’s active engagement with the Mayors and the business community on health-related concerns and the question of rentals has been a critical component of this effort,” Desiderio said.He continued, “Safety protocols and certainty about when rentals can begin are key components of any recovery effort for Cape May County. We will proceed in a thoughtful and safe fashion. I believe we can rely on the people of Cape May County to become educated about safety protocols and to follow them. We have been doing this with essential retail and take out for weeks, and we can do it in other areas of commerce and life just as effectively.”Representatives of the Board of Chosen Freeholders will be discussing the proposal for the safe, thoughtful and progressive reopening of Cape May County with the governor’s office in the coming days.“Our intention has always been to start a respectful conversation with the governor on these difficult decisions,” Morey noted. “We want to thank the governor and his staff for already reaching out to us. As these discussions progress, we should all be preparing for the day when a safe reopening can begin to occur.”Desiderio spoke of his family.“My father is a Korean War veteran. I remember him and my mother telling my brother and me stories of how the community pulled together and did extraordinary things during those trying times. I believe we can do it again. We can follow these protocols to protect our seniors and most vulnerable citizen especially. And by doing so, we can start down the path toward a free, happy and positive way of life,” Desiderio said.He continued, “We can follow these protocols to protect our seniors and most vulnerable citizen especially. And by doing so, we can start down the path toward a free, happy and positive way of life.”The Cape May County-Wide Recovery Initiative encourages everyone to visit https://capemaycountynj.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5974/A-Proposal-to-the-Governor-for-Opening-of-Cape-May-County to view the proposal and for updates as information develops.last_img read more

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Chester See Starts Performances in Rock of Ages on Broadway

first_img See’s self-titled YouTube channel features comedy sketches, dramatic shorts, vlog entries and both original and cover songs. It has garnered more than 160 million views and 1.5 million subscribers. View Comments Featuring a score of such classic rock hits as “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Related Shows Here he goes! YouTube star Chester See takes over from Mitchell Jarvis as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages on October 27. He is making his Broadway debut at the Helen Hayes Theater and will play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015.center_img Rock of Ages also currently stars Constantine Maroulis as Drew, Carrie St. Louis as Sherrie, Genson Blimline as Lonny, Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz and Teresa Stanley as Justice. Frankie J. Grande and Lauren Zakrin will also shortly be joining the company, stepping in as Franz and Sherrie, respectively. Rock of Ages Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

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5 HRs not enough as Pirates fall to Cubs 7-5

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez right, celebrates with third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Chicago won 7-5. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) – Russell Martin struggled to recall the last time he witnessed such wacky production from his team’s offense.The Pittsburgh Pirates hit five home runs against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, including two home runs each from Martin and Pedro Alvarez. The problem was Pittsburgh finished with only one other hit and never had a runner in scoring position during a 7-5 loss to the Cubs.“You can chalk that one up to Wrigley Field because a lot of crazy things can happen here,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “At the end of the day, the hole was dug a little deeper than we were able to climb out of.”For the second time in less than a week, Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel puzzled the Pirates.Signed to a one-year, $6 million contract over the offseason, Hammel (2-0) won his Cubs debut when he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He got off to another good start in this one, retiring the first 12 batters until Alvarez’s first homer of the game tied it to start the fifth.“I got my first taste of Wrigley,” Hammel said. “I hope they’re much kinder next time. When the wind’s howling out, you’ve got to keep the ball down. Made three mistakes today and they all left the yard, so I think a couple of those are outs in other ballparks, but still nonetheless, got to keep the ball down.”Hammel allowed three runs and three hits – all solo homers – while striking out six. Mike Olt and Junior Lake hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth against Wandy Rodriguez (0-2).“When’s he down he’s got good movement on his fastball,” Martin said of Hammel. “The bottom line is he’s making pitches. That’s really all it is. Obviously we’re not taking advantage of every opportunity, but he’s doing a good job you’ve got to give him some credit.”Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s four hits tied a career high, and it was his career-best fourth straight multihit game.Alvarez and Martin each got their second homer in the ninth off Pedro Strop, and Travis Snider also went deep. It was Alvarez’s second multihomer game of the season and ninth of his career, and it the eighth of Martin’s career.Chicago’s Emilio Bonifacio, who entered leading the majors with 17 hits and a .515 batting average, was 2 for 5 with two runs scored for an offense that has scored 21 runs in its last three games after getting eight in its first five.Rodriguez, whom Hammel beat April 3, took his second loss against the Cubs. He went five innings, giving up four runs and nine hits, keeping the Pirates from clinching their third straight series win to start the season, something they haven’t done since 1992. Rodriguez missed most of 2013 with a left forearm injury and Hurdle called his performance an “optimistic outing.”“You’ve got to remember how long he’s been away from the mound,” Hurdle said. “He feels healthy. The first pitch strikes were good. A little more consistency and location, just execution at times.”Rodriguez fell behind early when Justin Ruggiano’s first-inning double drove in Bonifacio, who had his sixth multihit game in eight this season.Pittsburgh tied it in the fifth when Alvarez hit his third homer of the season. On a 1-2 count, Alvarez launched a drive into the bleachers in left field, aided by a wind that was steadily blowing out all night.The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the inning with two homers and three runs. Olt, whose only hit of the season had been a homer against Rodriguez in the teams’ first meeting, took the first pitch he saw and hit it into the basket in left for a two-run homer that made it 3-1.Lake then gave the Cubs their first back-to-back homers of the year when he ripped a 2-0 pitch out of the stadium and onto Waveland Ave.The Cubs blew the game open in the sixth, scoring three more times to take a 7-1 lead. Their third run came when Lake was originally called out at first on a double-play grounder, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged the call by umpire Mark Carlson, getting it overturned and allowing Rizzo to score.In the seventh, Snider and Martin hit their solo home runs off Hammel, who was replaced by Hector Rondon to start the eighth.NOTES: Hurdle said C Chris Stewart (arthroscopic surgery on his right knee) is coming along as he rehabilitates. Hurdle said Stewart is working on getting at-bats and catching five-inning games as part of his version of spring training. … Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (right oblique) went six innings and allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 10 and walking one in a rehab outing at Single-A Bradenton.last_img read more

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Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 2nd Butterfly Ball to be held Feb. 9

first_imgCOLTS NECK – The Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch will be the site of the Feb. 9 Ashley Lauren Foundation’s second annual Butterfly Ball.Guests will gather to honor business owners, Tommy and Yvette Bonfiglio and an evening of fine food, drink and entertainment while raising funds and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Founda­tion’s mission to provide hope and help for Children with Cancer in New Jersey.The event is being chaired by Victoria Ali. The honorary chair is one of The Ashley Lauren Foundation children, Emily Braisted.In addition to dinner and dancing, guests will be able to bid on many unique auction items graciously donated by supporters of The Ashley Lauren Foundation. Funds raised by the Butterfly Ball will support the programs of the foundation including: direct family assistance to help with household bills; bills and medications not paid through medical insurance; traveling expenses to and from hospitals; funeral expenses; material assistance for food, clothing, household items; emotional support; parties for the children; advocacy; outings; birthday and holiday gifts for the children; the “Making Dreams Come True” Program; and anything else that is needed to make their lives easier and to let each child know that they are important.The Ashley Lauren Foun­da­tion does not fund research but is instead “in the trenches” with these families as they cope with the daily battle of pediatric cancer.The Bonfiglios, who are being honored, are the owners of Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza in Red Bank, Ocean Township and Brick. They live in Monmouth Beach with their two daughters, Andrea and Christina.“My whole life, I have always strived for more – more for my career, my family, more out of my life,” said Tommy Bonfiglio. “When my wife introduced me to The Ashley Lauren Founda­tion and its founder/executive director, Monica Vermeulen, I realized that all of my hard work could be put to more good than I thought possible. With the help of my wonderful staff and family, we have built a relationship with this foundation that can never be broken. I have never seen my wife happier and that is because she is doing something she loves to do – helping others.  Like many people, I always wanted to do my part and put my hard work to good use, but unlike many people, my wife and I actually did it. Thanks to Monica and The Ashley Lauren Foundation, I was introduced to the gift of giving and how good it feels to help someone who truly needs and deserves it.”Yvette Bonfiglio said, “We all know that cancer has touched the lives of many people and affected many families through­out the world. I am so grateful that through my restaurants, I can really help some of these families make their battle a little bit easier. I love children and when an illness like cancer affects a child, it hits me right in my soft spot. All I want to do is make these kids laugh, play, smile and enjoy their youth.“No child deserves to have such precious, carefree years taken away from them. If I can give some of those precious, carefree moments back to them, well, then I have succeeded,” Yvette Bonfiglio said. “I have Monica and the Ashley Lauren Foundation to thank for this wonderful gift they have given me. Without them, I would not be using my time wisely. I now feel that every minute spent with these children or doing something for these children is time well spent.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.”Tickets for the Butterfly Ball, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available by visiting www.ashleylaurenfoundation.org or calling 732-414-1625.last_img read more

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Pipeline Protest, Clinging Jellyfish, Fish Kill Monitoring

first_img“Now that Gov. Cuomo (of New York) has stated his clear oppositionto this project, it’s now time for a resident of this town and a resident ofMonmouth County to stand up and deny the needed permits for this pipeline,” saidMiddletown Mayor Tony Perry, urging Murphy to reject the project. This essentially choked off the bunker fishes’ oxygen, leading tothe large fish kill, he said. “You had a drop-off of about 30 degrees in the area temperaturethe next day – so what happened then is the algae started to die off,”Heddendorf said. “What happens when those algae die off, the decomposers thatare decomposing then take up all the oxygen in the water leading to very lowdissolved oxygen levels.” People of all ages came out to make signs, sign petitions and listen to local officials and organizers speak against NESE at the rally sponsored by Clean Ocean Action. An interactive map showing the location of reported clinging jellyfish observations can be found at the state DEP’s website, njbeaches.org. The activists, who came from the local area and also New York,fear the installation of the William Transco NESE pipeline extension andcompressor could disrupt the ecology of the Raritan Bay and impact coastalcommunities. “A lot of these families depend on the recreation, as well as someof the industries that go on in the bay,” Cliff Moore, an economic developmentconsultant in the Bayshore towns of Highlands and Keansburg. “The pipelinewould disturb that.” That news was met with some relief by residents gathered at therecent Rally for the Navesink meeting at Bingham Hall. Fish kills can be caused by pollutants, natural causes orenvironmental factors. The DEP’s buoys can detect dissolved oxygen levels,salinity, chlorophyll, temperature and chlorophyll-a. The data will allow theDEP to act sooner if changedlevels in the water are coming from a natural cause like an algae bloom or froman unnatural pollutant which needs to be mitigated, like pesticides, detergentand biotoxins. But stay on guard, Heggendorf advised. This is around the time thedime-sized jellyfish that cling to eel grass make themselves known to humanswith their terribly painful sting. Residents fear the pipeline will negatively affect futuregenerations. Lisa Cordova of Middletown, standing with her daughter Luna andtwo friends, Madison and Scarlett Schreibman, said Murphy must “oppose thispipeline permanently.” She added, “The future of our children rests on it.” In addition to calling and tagging Murphy on social media,protestors signed a banner, petitions and wrote him letters, hoping he will denythe needed permits for this project. RUMSON – Clinging jellyfish have not been seen in the Navesink River since 2016, according to Bill Heddendorf of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The economic toll the pipeline could potentially have on Bayshorecommunities is also a concern.center_img Eight buoys identifiable by a solar panel and orange light will beplaced in the Navesink River in coming days. The buoys are part of an effort bythe DEP to understand the cause of fish kills, like the one in March at RedBank’s Marine Park. CLINGING JELLYFISH Over in Barnegat Bay and Point Pleasant, clinging jellies have shown up, concerning locals and swimmers. Finding the tiny clinging jellyfish in their sea grass habitat can be hard, so the NJDEP has considered obtaining a genome sequencer to help identify where they are gathered. This would allow them to do an environmental DNA analysis simply by analyzing collected water, and, as an additional benefit, determine their species. MIDDLETOWN – More than 60 people concerned about plans to build a controversial pipeline in Raritan Bay gathered at Bayshore Waterfront Park May 31 to send Gov. Phil Murphy a message: Say “No” to NESE. In between speeches, Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean OceanAction, asked the protestors to call the governor’s office and urge him to sayno to NESE. She asked them to tag Murphy on social media and use the #saynotonesehashtag. BUOYS TO HELP PREDICT FISH KILLS The buoys will allow the DEP to see oxygen levels in real time,before a fish kill occurs, and will be placed in the river in very early springnext year. Heggendorf said the DEP determined the cause of March’s large bunkerfish kill at Marine Park was unusually warm weather which caused a rapid bloom of algae inan area with a large number of bunker fish. Clinging jellyfish can be either of the Mediterranean or Chinesespecies, Heggendorf said. Both species of the clinging jellyfish have beenfound in different parts of New Jersey, but the kind found in the ShrewsburyRiver were of Mediterranean decent and the ones found south in Barnegat Bay andthe south bank of the Metedeconk River in Point Pleasant were of Chinesedescent. By Karyssa D’Agostino Heddendorf explained the buoys cost around $100,000 each and about the same to maintain yearly. The funding comes mostly from the state with some funding coming from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “A near 32,000-horse-powered fracking gas compressing station isgoing to pollute Central Jersey even more with benzene, formaldehyde, methane,cancer causing chemicals – in an area that already has an ‘F’ grade by theAmerican Lung Association and air quality and ground zero level ozone,” saidJunior Romero of NJ Food and Water Watch. And as of May 30, they’ve not been detected in the ShrewsburyRiver, where they were found more frequently in recent years. last_img read more

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Krause basketball camp at Selkirk CANCELLED

first_img“We just received news that (Director of Men’s Basketball at Gonzaga University) Jerry Krause will not be able to attend the upcoming camp at Selkirk College,” Kingdon said.Krause, who instructed last season during a camp at L.V. Rogers in Nelson and has been a professional basketball scout and general manager for such franchises as the Baltimore Bullets and the Chicago Bulls, was the head instructor for the two-day camp set for later this month at the Castlegar campus gymnasium.Kingdom hopes to have Krause reschedule for prior to the high school and elementary basketball seasons.For more information on Kootenay Basketball contact Vivian Kingdon at [email protected] Kootenay Basketball skipper Viv Kingdon has some bad news for youth hoopsters.last_img read more

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