first_imgEverybody was there. Endless shoes, sneakers and boots bordered the embankment. Cars were lined up dropping off kids and neighborhood friends and classmates would skate together after school until it turned dark. On weekends we skated all morning, went home for lunch, warmed up, then piled on the winter clothes again, and off we went! When the pond would begin to freezeafter several days of extremely frigidweather, very often during the latter partof November, we would begin our endlesscalls to the Fair Haven Police Departmentasking, “Is Schwenker’s Pond safe enoughto skate on?” “Can we skate yet?” Once we were ready to go, with skates tied around the back of our muffler encircled necks, we ran through the hedges, crossed Lake Avenue and jostled down the hill. When we landed on the western side of this beautiful frozen wonderland, the fun was just about to begin. Conveniently, an ancient, just the right size, upright tree trunk was there for us to sit and get our skates on. Years of past skaters had left their initials carved in the wood, many surrounded with hearts and dates, so this tree trunk had quite a story to tell. Maybe we packed a picnic lunch ofpeanut butter and jelly sandwiches andKool-Aid. A whole summer’s afternoon atSchwenker’s Pond would provide us withan adventurous day in this peaceful Edenof nature’s bliss. So “kudos” to you, Mr. Rice, and the town of Fair Haven for a wonderful visionary idea! One of the things I loved and remembered the most was the scary sound of the ice cracking while it was expanding and contracting. When the answer was, “yes, safe toskate,” we would whoop and holler “let’sgo!” Contributed by Maria Innacelli Mullevey, Red Bank I can’t forget to mention the small fires that burned in a hollowed-out tree on Chestnut Street where the pond met the shore. By today’s standards of fire and children’s safety, this wouldn’t even be a considered thought, but way back then there was this great, tall, hollowed-out tree near the front of Schwenker’s Pond and Chestnut Street. When our toes were close to being frostbitten we would skate over to the tree. A fire would be burning under the watchful eyes of parents and we would take a respite to warm our frozen mittens and frigid feet. Marshmallows were impaled on found sticks and hot chocolate was shared from random thermoses brought by parents and neighbors. Rosy cheeks, smiles and the warmth of community emanated from this place of long ago. center_img The waterfall draining to Shippee’s Pond to the Navesink River under River Road ran fast and clear. On hot summer days when we weren’t at the beach, we brought our bamboo poles and worms to try and catch some sunfish or carp. We fed stale bread brought from home to the multitude of mallards that swam near us that eagerly snapped it up looking for more. Now in the summertime, Schwenker’sPond was a whole other story. Then there was a game we playedcalled “Whip.” Maybe 10 or more kidswould hold hands and skate down thepond with a very strong skater at thelead. Then at the leader’s whim, he or shewould yell “whip!” That lead skater wouldcome to a swift halt, swing us around andthen we’d break our grip and glide happilyto our newfound destination. “Wow, let’sdo it again!” As I end my joyful reminiscing of a long ago childhood that I wish for my grand- children today, I can only tell a story of what life was like for their grandma in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, memories are captured on mobile phone cameras. This can be a good thing – and I do this myself – but there is nothing that can replace a good old-fashioned storytelling of how simple life used to be. Even today, when I drive past Schwenker’s Pond, a smile appears on my face. I would like to congratulate and encourage the town of Fair Haven and Mr. Brian Rice to move forward with their creative plan to revitalize Schwenker’s Pond as a “pocket park” that would serve the community well. Strolls along this pond would be a peaceful respite for many and the glory of all four seasons would be enjoyed. I was so happy to have read the recent article in The Two River Times by Chris Rotolo concerning the revitalization and transformation of Schwenker’s Pond. I grew up in Red Bank on Mori Place, a little tree-lined, dead-end street off Harrison Avenue. Our house backed up to a tall privet hedge that connected us to Lake Avenue. Access to Schwenker’s Pond was a breeze – just pass through the neighborly gap in the hedge, cross Lake Avenue and you were there! Mrs. Schwenker was a kind elderly citizen of Fair Haven who allowed the neighborhood kids to pass through her property and down the hill. I have to admit it though, I never once laid eyes on her. While blissful kids skated from the front of the pond at River Road all the way to the back of the pond at Chestnut Street, tired skaters rested for a while on a fallen tree that had frozen into the ice, until it was time to make their journey back to River Road. It wasn’t uncommon to peer into the glistening glory of the clear ice to observe golden carp swimming about as we stopped to watch their voyage, maybe to Shippee’s Pond. last_img read more


first_imgShaun Hutchinson was shown a straight red card for Fulham after a brutal challenge saw Blackburn’s Lee Williamson stretchered off.In Kit Symon’s first game in caretaker charge, Bryan Ruiz was given his first game of the season but the Whites managed just three shots at goal, none of which were on target.Blackburn, meanwhile, started the game brightly and could have gone ahead through Ben Marshall on 16 minutes.Striker Jordan Rhodes also had a headed chance before Ruiz’ shot over the bar on 30 minutes was Fulham’s first effort on goal.Hugo Rodallega also fired a shot just wide on the break but Symons’ hopes of grabbing a first win of the season for the club took a blow when Hutchinson was dismissed on the stroke of half time.The defender went in forcefully over the top of the ball, colliding with Williamson’s shin in a challenge similar to that which saw Matt Smith show a straight red card in the defeat at Reading last weekend.Symons made three changes to the side that lost to Nottingham Forest in midweek and led to Felix Magath’s sacking, with Lasse Vigen Christensen and goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli coming in along with Ruiz.Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Hoogland, Hutchinson, Burn, Amorebieta; Christensen, Parker, Stafylidis; Ruiz, Rodallega, McCormackSubs: Kiraly, Bodurov, Roberts, Dembele, Williams, Hyndman, Kavanagh. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgEmirates has launched a luxury private jet service for those who don’t think its first class is good enough.The luxurious chariot is a 110-seat Airbus A319 which is fitted out for just 19 passengers in two main zones.The first area is a wide dining and executive lounge at the front of the aircraft designed to seat up to 12 passengers, combining a work area and a rest zone with two large sofas surrounding four mechanically-activated tables and two 42” HD LCD screens.Second distinct area comprises 10 Private Suites each featuring a fully lie flat seat and a 32” HD LCD screen.The suites are complemented by a large and elegant Shower Spa, equipped with a full-height shower, featured innovations like a floor heating system, decorative serigraphy on mirrors and marble accents, as well as luxury, all-natural skincare products.The plane is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including Emirates’ award winning in-flight entertainment (ICE) with up to 1,500 channels of on-demand entertainment, as well as a live TV, video conferencing facilities and high-speed internet and mobile phone connectivity.The personalised service for customers includes booking an aircraft at short notice and a premium chauffeur drive service.Emirates support the A319 with a dedicated team of experienced in-flight crew and ground staff.last_img read more


first_imgA group of about 130 designers, builders, and Passivhaus fans gathered at U Mass Boston on October 27, 2012 to attend a one-day conference organized by Passive House New England.It’s impossible for this report to be comprehensive, unfortunately, and I won’t be able to do justice to all of the conference events. My report will focus on three speakers: Adam Cohen, Chris Corson, and Roger Normand. Among the presentations not reported on here:Adam Cohen is a designer at a firm called Structures Design/Build in Roanake, Virginia. In recent years, he has had a surprising degree of success convincing residential and commercial clients to build to the Passivhaus standard.Cohen opened his presentation with some jokes about his corner of Virginia. “I work in the Bible Belt South,” said Cohen. “Right before I came up to this conference, my Obama yard signs were stolen. Someone suggested that I call this session, ‘Passivhaus in redneck country: Building for people who don’t care about the environment.’”Cohen then shared an affectionate look back at his countercultural roots. “When I was 25, I was a hippie and an idealist,” he said. He showed us a photo of a house he built with his wife (see Image #2, below). “The house cost $3 a square foot. We lived on a commune. Back then, we were building off-grid houses. We were trying to live off the land. If we had 4 or 6 Arco solar panels, that was a screaming big PV system. We used gas appliances, wood appliances, gas refrigerators. We built thermosyphon solar hot water systems. We built hydraulic ram pumps out of PVC. Why did we go do all of this? Because we were poor hippies.”Cohen has come a long way. He is now a successful designer of single-family homes and commercial buildings.Here… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Pictures of mice lounging around an anti-rodent device designed to make them flee were cited by a judge who let a class-action lawsuit proceed Wednesday against a company that sells and markets them.“It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words,” U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III wrote above three pictures depicting mice near and, in one case, resting on top of the device. “And, in this case, three photographs from a study conducted by plaintiffs’ expert are worth even more.”Then he noted that lawyers had submitted over 42,000 words to try to convince him how to rule.“As the photographs show, mice can apparently relax comfortably under a Repeller and even appear to be so drawn in by its siren song that one would scale a wall just to snooze on it,” Pauley said, citing a photograph of a mouse, it’s tail dangling beneath it, climbing up a wall to the device.The 2015 lawsuit was filed by women in Palm Desert, California, and Woodville, Texas. They sought unspecified damages and wanted the lawsuit to represent others who had purchased over 2.4 million devices.They said they bought Bell + Howell Ultrasonic Pest Repellers based on advertising that claimed the devices were “fast and effective” to repel “mice, rats, roaches, spiders, and ants” and “Drive Pests Out.”They sued in Manhattan federal court after concluding the devices, which plug into an electrical outlet, were ineffective, naming as defendants the New York-based BHH, LLC., which does business as Bell + Howell and Van Hauser LLC.In ruling, Pauley noted that some packaging for the devices includes a disclaimer that says ultrasonic signals will lose intensity as it travels and that it can be absorbed by soft objects such as carpeting and is reflected by hard surfaces such as furniture.“But whether this disclaimer puts consumers on notice is a jury question,” Pauley said. He added that a jury could decide if the devices are completely ineffective and falsely marketed.Attorney Adam H. McCabe, representing the companies, said Pauley’s ruling on the request to dismiss the lawsuit without a trial was disappointing.“Our client stands by its product and the product’s effectiveness,” he said. “Numerous scientists and laboratory testing of ultrasonic pest repellers confirm their effectiveness. It’s unfortunate that the photo, taken by plaintiffs’ paid experts in a staged and unverifiable setting, was included in the Order.”Pauley said the company might have been on notice that ultrasonic repellers were generally ineffective based on warning letters the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Enforcement sent to 60 manufacturers and retailers of ultrasonic pest-control devices, saying claims about the products had to be supported by scientific evidence.He noted that the plaintiffs also had cited “a cavalcade of studies” published before 2011 that they said proved the devices were generally ineffective.last_img read more


first_imgFORT NELSON, BC – Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) recognizes emergency preparedness procedures are an important part of their communities safety and has introduced an alert system to keep residents and visitors informed in the case of a critical incident.The multi-purpose communication service Voyent Alert will be a way to send alerts to residents, businesses and visitors during critical events like fires or floods. In the NRRM, the system will be used to alert to hazards such as wildfires, although the platform has the ability to be used for other public messaging as well.The NRRM shares that residents receiving an emergency alert, it’s important to take action safely. Stop what you are doing when it is safe to do so and read the emergency alert. Information could include but is not limited to;limit unnecessary travelevacuate the areaseek shelter etc.The NRRM reminds residents to seek credible information from official sources in your community and to not contact emergency services for information related to an alert unless a life is at risk.“The Northern Rockies has a great new tool to inform people in the case of an emergency – in this connected age, the municipality is able to convey information at a critical point in time, using the most popular communication methods available,” said Mayor Gary Foster of the new alert notification system. For more information; CLICK HERElast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has ordered re-poll in three polling booths of Raiganj and one polling booth of Cooch Behar in North Bengal on April 29.According to the sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), re-poll would be conducted in booths 19 and 37 of Islampur and booth 191 of Goyalpukur under the Raiganj parliamentary constituency where elections were held on April 18. Repoll would also be held at booth 181 of Cooch Behar on April 29 along with the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Cooch Behar went to poll in the first phase of elections on April 11. It may be mentioned that various opposition parties including the BJP demanded re-poll in many other booths alleging that the polls were not conducted in a free and fair manner. After examining the situation, the Election Commission has, however, felt the need of conducting repoll in four polling booths in North Bengal. The state BJP leaders demanded repoll in many other polling stations of Raiganj and Cooch Behar citing violence. The CEO office sent a detailed report to the Election Commission of India. After being instructed by the ECI, the CEO office ordered repoll in the four polling booths that saw violence on the days of their respective elections. Meanwhile, the ECI has denied the demand of Trinamool Congress to replace BJP’s symbol on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency as they claimed that the symbols on the EVMs carry a mention of the party name — BJP right at the bottom of the symbols. On the basis of the complaint, the CEO office sought an opinion from the ECI in Delhi. After examining the symbol, the ECI has cleared it saying that there is no mention of BJP’s party name on the EVM along with the symbol as it was alleged by certain political parties. The ECI has also issued the necessary instructions to the CEO office in this regard. The ECI observed that what the other political parties including the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state are referring to as a mention of the BJP’s party name on EVM in Barrackpore is not so and hence there is no question of replacing the symbol.last_img read more


first_imgOne of India’s most-read authors, Ruskin Bond has said that he tries to strike a positive note when writing for children and feels a certain responsibility as an author. The Landour-based writer, when asked what he felt about his vast readership, said that since he writes so much for young readers, he tries to strike a positive chord. “For adults, it doesn’t matter, you can strike a negative note, because by the time they’ve grown up, they lose their innocence,” the 84-year-old Padma Bhushan recipient said at an event. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSharing nuggets from his own childhood, the author of ‘The Blue Umbrella’ (also cinematically adapted by the same name), said that he shares a deep connection with the hills. “I belong to the hills. Surroundings change, the place changes a bit, but my relationship remains more or less the same, my feelings for the hills and for the people of the hills,” the author said. “It goes back 50 years or more. I don’t like to see too much change, in the sense that I don’t like too much building, but it’s inevitable,” he further added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardNow, in an upcoming compilation of 14 holiday stories for children – ‘The Puffin Book Of Holiday Stories’ – Bond’s young readers will be treated to one of his another literary gems. His latest children’s story is published in the just-launched fun anthology of adventure, humour, ghosts, mysteries, friends, mangoes, family dramas and little boys and girls. If the list of authors is nothing short of illustrious – Rabindranath Tagore, Sudha Murty, Paro Anand, Khyrunnisa A, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Nandini Nayar, Prashant Pinge, Himanjali Sankar, Nayanika Mahtani, Shabnam Minwalla, Manjula Padmanbhan – the children’s book comes with an introduction by Bond. “In India, not enough importance is given to writing for children. And what could be more important than the enrichment of young minds with great literature? “This is when we discover ourselves, our own potential, and, more often than not, we’ll do it through what we read and write,” reads his short introduction to the paperback. Advising his young friends to take a bag full of books wherever they go, he said: “Holidays can become tedious without something to read.”last_img read more


first_imgParis – Morocco supports the US initiative for the resumption of the Middle East peace process, said minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation Mbarka Bouaida.Bouaida stressed the US “firm commitment” for the success of the negotiations process, noting that Morocco considers that “the US part in these negotiations might be very useful”.The official who participated on Monday evening in Paris in the ministerial meeting of the Arab peace initiative follow-up committee, held in the presence of US secretary of state, John Kerry, said the meeting was an opportunity to assess progress made in the peace process and exchange viewpoints between Kerry and Arab ministers. The official added that the Morocco also backs efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to resume negotiations, despite Israeli breaches and provocative acts.Knowing that King Mohammed VI chairs Al Quds committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC/based in Jeddah), Morocco, denounces all abuses meant to hamper negotiations.Participants in the Paris meeting have agreed on the need to reach a two-state solution, based on the 1967 borders and the creation of a Palestinian state with Al Quds as a capital, in order to establish peace and security in the region, she added.last_img read more