Before the machine’s arrival, Maloney said residents would often put Styrofoam with other recyclables. It would end up in Middletown’s single-stream recycling collection as a contaminant, causing problems for the entire recycling process. When Styrofoam wasn’t mistakenly mixed with recycling, it was being thrown into the garbage. While this was the correct action to take, it was not an environmentally conscious one. Maloney explained that Styrofoam takes up a lot of space in a landfill. By saving space in the landfill, Maloney said the county is also saving money. New Collection Sites at Recycling Yard, Train Station What he did not expect was for the machine to be constantly jam-packed, nearly two months after its debut. “Most people will do everything they can to not throw things into the garbage if they think it can be recycled,” Maloney said. “The problem is Styrofoam had no alternative (for recycling) around here or anywhere close.” By Raven Rentas Three collection bins, and the recycling machine itself, are located at the Middletown Recycling Center, and two collection bins can be found at the Middletown train station. The Middletown Recycling Center is located at 52 Kanes Lane and is open Thursday through Monday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Middletown train station’s collection bin is always available. It is located toward the back of the train station’s parking lot on Church Street. “Styrofoam is not really heavy, so we don’t get charged a lot to bring it to a landfill, but the impact it has in volume is huge,” Maloney said. “The education process is ongoing and we’re going to try to step it up each time,” Maloney said. Maloney was introduced to a concept similar to the Styrofoam recycling machine seven years ago at a conference. After seeing one in Sussex County, his interest in the idea grew. “I’ve always seen Styrofoam as a problem, both environmentally and economically,” he said. Maloney explained that over the course of a week, employees will pick up Styrofoam from the two collection sites and fill up an entire 40 cubic yard container. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the recycling center is closed, workers will process Styrofoam through the recycling machine. At least two people put the Styrofoam into a machine where it travels down a shoot and gets chopped up. Maloney said it then gets melted down and “comes out looking like soft serve ice cream.” Employees eventually stack it down to pallets, bringing the Styrofoam to its final condensed form. This form is sold to Princeton Moulding Group, a local company that uses the recycled Styrofoam to make pictures frames and molding for construction. According to recycling supervisor Joe Puzzo, the condensed form of Styrofoam is around one-hundredth the size of the standard product. Maloney said from the Christmas season to now, the department of public works has reduced bulky Styrofoam into five condensed pallets. There are multiple steps to this drastic transformation. Middletown is home to the only two collection sites in Monmouth County that accept Styrofoam, a brand of expanded polystyrene (EPS), the plastic foam that is often used in packaging. It is commonly used to protect electronics, furniture and other fragile items in shipping. The township’s sustainability efforts are nowhere near complete. Maloney said the township is expecting to establish another collection site in the Bayshore area, possibly near Port Monmouth, in coming months. MIDDLETOWN – When Middletown Township revealed its Styrofoam recycling machine Dec. 26, public works director Ted Maloney expected it to be filled with leftover packaging from the holidays. “It’s been a whole continuous stream of it (Styrofoam) coming into the recycling center, so it’s great,” Maloney said. “There’s really no slowing of the stream, that’s for sure.” The collection bins are surrounded by other recycling containers as well, for items such as cardboard and paper. Although both sites are in Middletown, Styrofoam recycling is available to all residents in the county. The collection bins are labeled to remind citizens which plastic foam is acceptable. The Styrofoam recycling machine is just a small part of Middletown’s efforts to be more sustainable. According to Maloney, the township switched from dual stream recycling to single stream several years ago. Maloney said they also introduced the phrase “strive for five,” to remind its residents of the five materials they are allowed to recycle. He said they tag recycling carts that have nonrecyclables in them. They do this to educate residents while also making it easier for the recycling collection company to identify which carts are contaminated.
The USNS Comfort passed by the northeast tip of Sandy Hook March 30, on the way to dock in New York City, passing the Romer Shoal Lighthouse under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. The huge hospital ship will largely be used for noncoronavirus patients, freeing space in the city’s overtaxed hospitals during the pandemic. Capt. Joseph O’Brien, the squadron commander of the medical team aboard the hospital ship, is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic, Class of 1989. RALPH T. GODWIN This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.
Sunday Nelson ends the preseason with a return match against the Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs open the regular season Friday, September 12 against the defending KIJHL, Cyclone and Keystone Cup champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Game time is 7 p.m.Leafs open exhibition season Wednesday in Beaver ValleyThe Nelson Leafs broke camp Sunday and now coach and GM Dave McLellan will get an opportunity to see his players in action as the Heritage City squad travels to Beaver Valley Wednesday to face the Nitehawks.The game is the first of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition seaon for the Leafs and second for the Hawks.Nelson travels to Creston Friday before hosting the Thunder Cats Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sunday the Leafs conclude the preseason with a game against the Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs open the regular season Friday, September 12 against the defending KIJHL, Cyclone and Keystone Cup champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Game time is 7 p.m. Matt Brind’ Amour scored twice to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 4-4 tie against Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition action in Fruitvale.Robson Cramer and Sam Weber added singles while Liam Hall has two assists for the Leafs.Nelson led 3-2 after one period before the Hawks scored twice in the second to grab a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.Both teams played a roster filled with younger players as the respective coaching staffs looked over their teams.The game was the second in as many nights for the Hawks, which dumped Creston 5-1 Tuesday at home.Nelson meets Creston Friday before hosting the Thunder Cats Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.
After spending most of the month of October at home, the Nelson Leafs take to the road, playing eight of the next 11 games away from the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.The first games happen this weekend when Nelson travels to the Okanagan for three Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games beginning Friday in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights.Nelson has feasted pretty well at home, winning five straight games to climb back into the Murdoch Division race.The Leafs, 10-5, trail front-running Beaver Valley Nitehawks by six points in the Murdoch Division — and second-place Castlegar Rebels by five points.Tonight in the Central Okanagan, Nelson meets a dangerous North Okanagan squad struggling in the standings with just eight points and last in the Okanagan Division, but a team that forced the Leafs to rally from a two-goal deficit to score a 3-2 victory earlier this season in the Heritage City.Of note, the winning goal came off the stick of Brendan Smith on the power play with 19 seconds remaining in the game.Saturday, Nelson faces Kelowna Chiefs. The teams met on opening night. Kelowna, second in the Okanagan Division with a record of 7-3-2-2, won on the score sheet but had the points stripped after the KIJHL found the Chiefs had an ineligible person on the score sheet.Sunday Nelson concludes the road trip in Summerland against the Steam.Nelson doubled the Steam 4-3 October 11 in Nelson.Smith top Leafs scoring paradeVeteran utility player Brendan Smith continues to lead the Leafs in scoring with 13 points with five goals and eight assists.Jordan Davie is tops in goal scoring with eight. Leafs captain Rayce Miller listed as day to dayNelson team captain Rayce Miller is still reeling from a puck to the face during the Sunday, October 18 game against North Okanagan.Miller practiced with the team but remains a game time decision.Defending KIJHL champs top team in leagueThe reigning KIJHL champs from Kimberley remain tops in the entire league with 28 points.The Nitros are two points in front of Beaver Valley Nitehawks and three ahead of Castlegar Rebels and Kamloops Storm heading into weekend play.
FILLY BY BIRDONTHEWIRE BEST OF SEVEN IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES RACE FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Allowed to idle in the early stages, favored Sheer Pleasure turned on the after-burners at the top of the lane and went on to a devastating 7 ¼ length win under Tyler Baze in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes. Conditioned by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.78. (Run as Santa Anita’s seventh race, the Melair, for 3-year-old fillies, is part of the Golden State Series which is restricted to horses bred or sired in California).The 4-5 favorite in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Sheer Pleasure paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40. A winner of the 6 ½ furlong Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita on April 4, Sheer Pleasure notched her third win from five starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, increased her earnings to $257,450.“I don’t think me being near the lead was a matter of me trying to put her somewhere, it was a matter of getting her comfortable and her finding her stride,” said Baze, who teamed with D’Amato four races earlier to win the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes with Sunday Rules. “It was a great win today, she’s a great filly.”D’Amato, who has had Sheer Pleasure since her debut last December, was understandable elated.“The way she won, she might be one for open company, so we’ll just play it by ear,” he said. “She trained very well. She’s trained as well as she ever had. I thought we’d have a good shot but the way she opened up in the stretch was a pleasant surprise.”Billy Koch, representing co-owner Little Red Feather Racing, summed up Sheer Pleasure’s attributes thusly: “You see her in the paddock and she doesn’t turn a hair, then she comes out with all these people and she just blows me away. She’s tiny and sometimes they can just run. And she can run.”Runner-up Thermodynamics, who sat second to pacesetter Tribal Express, was some 7 ¾ lengths clear of third place finisher, longshot Barbara Beatrice. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Thermodynamics was the third choice in the wagering and paid $4.20 and $2.80.Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Barbara Beatrice was off at 18-1 and paid $5.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.54, 46.99, 1:11.33 and 1:36.31. –30–
CARLA GAINES, SMOKEY IMAGE, WINNER: “It feels wonderful! I was hoping (for a performance like that) but my quick conditioning had me a little worried. He had done everything so easily though so we decided to try this company first, going two turns before we jumped into deeper company. It looks like he handled two turns (well) right?!“I wasn’t quite sure that he was going to go to the lead. Sprinting, he broke a bit awkwardly and I just really didn’t want to get into a speed duel in his first time going two turns. When my other horse, Record Highs, went with him I was thinking, ‘come on guys! Back up’ but they all settled into a nice pace for him. He looked pretty relaxed after that first turn. That first turn took him a little bit by surprise, then he settled and was going pretty easily.“We might start on the first turn of the (Kentucky) Derby course and see what happens now. The San Felipe would be something we could look at.“Thinking about the Derby doesn’t make me uneasy, not at all! Hopefully, that’s the route we’ll take but, day-by-day.“My first impression was that he was just a very, very nice horse. You know what? Greg James and his assistant Mary did a tremendous job with this horse. Really, I just took over the reins. What can I say? They did all the preparation for me and I just want to thank them for that.When asked what impressed her the most about the race: “How easily he won and how nicely he relaxed on the front-end. And, that he did that so easily going a mile and a sixteenth off his layoff. I didn’t feel like I had him completely prepped.” VICTOR ESPINOZA, SMOKEY IMAGE, WINNER: “I was expecting that. I was expecting him to run a big race today. I worked him the other day and he worked unbelievably.“I was very impressed. For me, I don’t look at it like a Cal-bred or not. I just look at him and ask whether he has potential, whether he can have a future. The way he ran today, he showed me that he can go the distance and he showed me that he can run with any horse, Cal-bred or not.“He reminds me of California Chrome! The same color right? (laughs). I hope he’s as good as him. It’s hard to compare them at all. This is only the first time I have ridden him. I would like to see him in another race, then I will know more. The way he ran today was very impressive. Hopefully, I can get my next Kentucky Derby.” TRAINER QUOTES BETTY IRVIN, SMOKEY IMAGE, WINNER: “Wasn’t that something? I thought that was pretty great.” -30- JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Betty Irvin of Pacific Palisades, campaigning as Irvin Racing Stable. DIANE IRVIN, SMOKEY IMAGE, WINNER: “We have it (Kentucky Derby May 7) on our minds. We’re getting there. We’ll evaluate the calendar and see what he’s ready for, but certainly his performance today indicated we might have something more special.”
Southeastern Louisiana also received votes in both polls. Sam Houston State is ranked at No. 3 in the Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the STATS top 25 while Central Arkansas is ranked and No. 8 and 10, respectively. The Bearkats advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs, falling on the road at eventual national champion North Dakota State. Central Arkansas capped an undefeated Southland championship season in the first round against New Hampshire. FCS Coaches Poll | STATS FCS PollFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned four spots in the final FCS polls of the 2017 season. Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas, McNeese and Nicholls all garnered national postseason rankings from both the FCS Coaches Poll and STATS FCS Poll. McNeese earned the No. 18 (FCS Coaches) and No. 22 (STATS) spots, finishing the 2017 season with a 9-2 record (7-2 Southland). Nicholls rounded out the conference rankings at No. 23 and 25, respectively. The Colonels finished the season at 8-4 (7-2 Southland), earning the league’s third bid to the FCS playoffs where they dropped a close matchup at home against South Dakota, 38-31.
Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | Replay At her next at-bat in the fourth inning, Frederick blast a no-doubter to right-centerfield to double the Colonels lead. The Cowgirls tied it up in the fifth inning as first baseman Morgan Catron hit her third homer of the tournament in as many games, lifting one to left-field to score her and right fielder Justyce McClain.SB: Where’s Gwen Stefani for this “No Doubt” blast to right center? @Nicholls_SB up 2-0 thanks to this one from the bat of Kasey Frederick. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #GeauxPokes #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/NptFpG8Cdr— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, La. – A walk-off single to right-field from McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli sends the Cowgirls to the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. Piancastelli could not have picked a better time to tally her first hit of the contest than in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs. The four-time Southland Player of the Year drove pinch hitter Taylor Edwards home to give McNeese a chance to clinch a berth in its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament.SB: @McNeeseSoftball is headed to the Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship! The Cowgirls’ Erika Piancastelli delivers the walk-off single to end this one in eight innings. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qN3VAQQPb0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 The back-to-back Southland tournament champion defeated No. 1 Nicholls 3-2 in eight innings Thursday to claim a spot in tomorrow’s championship, a 12 p.m. first pitch on ESPNU. The Colonels play the winner of No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8 Sam Houston State at approximately 4 p.m. CT today for a spot in the title game. Nicholls’ leftfielder Kasey Frederick singled past the shortstop to gain the 1-0 lead in the opening frame of the game. The hit scored third baseman Jewel Lara who had doubled to left field on a 0-2 count. The Cowgirls came close to tying it in the bottom of the first when Piancastelli stole second and third after picking up the four-pitch walk. With runners on the corners, Piancastelli attempted to take home on a delayed steal but was caught. The game started off in favor of the top-seeded squad. McNeese had an opportunity to take the lead late in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, one out and returning to the top of the order. The Colonels’ Alexis LaBure, who had entered in for relief after starting pitcher Megan Landry went five innings, recorded the second out at home to get pinch runner Toni Perrin before striking out Piancastelli looking to get out of the jam. Nicholls put the pressure on in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs, but McNeese’s Alexandria Flores forced Lara to groundout to the shortstop for the third out to keep the score at two apiece. Flores tossed 107 pitches for the eight innings, registering six strikeouts and giving up six hits in the process. The win is her 18th of the year.
McLeod set the tone early for the kind of night she had in store for her side. The junior from Austin, Texas, struck out her first three batters faced swinging. She did not allow a hit until the fourth inning with two outs when the Ladyjacks’ right fielder Autumn Holloway popped one over to shallow right-field. She tallied 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits for the game.The Bearkats took advantage of an SFA error in the bottom of the third inning when SFA catcher Taylor Fraccastoro threw it at third base searching for teammate Amber Landry to pick off Sam Houston’s third baseman Katie Andrie. The ball went past and Andrie came home easily for the 1-0 lead. The Ladyjacks’ leftfielder Madison Selman hit a ground rule double to centerfield with one out in the fifth, but McLeod caught back-to-back batters swinging to hold the lead for the Bearkats. Sam Houston capitalized on its opportunities in the bottom frame, highlighted by second baseman Brooke Malia’s two-run shot to centerfield to score her and shortstop Tiffany Thompson. The Bearkats had picked up a run right before when Thompson singled to right field to bring Andrie home for her second run of the day. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Taylar Fuselier entered the game to pinch hit for left fielder Samantha Belongia, and she drove in two insurance runs on a triple to right-field. Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | ReplayLAKE CHARLES, La. – A lights out night for Sam Houston State’s right-handed pitcher Lindsey McLeod advanced the Bearkats at the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La.In the first Southland Softball Tournament with eight teams in 30 years, the No. 8 seed defeated No. 2 Stephen F. Austin 6-0 to eliminate the Ladyjacks and schedule a 1:30 p.m. CT contest Thursday with No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana. The winner will move on to face the loser of tomorrow morning’s 11 a.m. game.
A native of Houston, Burnett spent 11 years in a number of roles with the Sun Belt Conference in New Orleans, and previously worked at the American South Conference and Louisiana Tech University, where he also graduated from in 1988. He and his wife Tracy have a son, Cole, and daughter, Jesse, both students at the University of Oklahoma. With nearly 30 years in conference administration, Burnett has helped to enhance the Southland’s membership with the additions of multiple universities in recent years that give the Southland 13 members in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, including members in or near major metropolitan areas such as Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans and Little Rock. Burnett also led a successful community-wide effort to bring the NCAA Division I Football Championship Games to the Southland’s home base of Frisco, Texas, as the league has served as the host conference for the national title contests at Toyota Stadium since 2011. The NCAA has subsequently renewed the agreement twice to keep the national championship game in Frisco through the 2020 event. He also initiated the Southland’s football officiating consortium with the Big 12 Conference in 2007, a first of its kind dual program that combined singular training, observation, video review and development, a model followed by many other Division I conferences today. In 2014, the Southland became the first FCS conference to implement full-time instant replay for all football games, regardless of television coverage. “It’s been a tremendous privilege to serve the Southland Conference’s membership over this period of time,” said Burnett, the Southland’s seventh commissioner since its founding in 1963. “I am honored by the Board’s continued confidence in the terrific work of our staff that strives to assist and better our institutional athletic programs, and enhance the academic and athletic opportunities of our 4,200 student-athletes on a daily basis.” FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference’s presidential Board of Directors has extended its employment agreement with Commissioner Tom Burnett through June 30, 2022, the league office announced Tuesday. Burnett, who was named to the post in late 2002, recently became the longest-tenured commissioner in the Southland’s 55-year history, surpassing the term of former league leader Dick Oliver, who served in the position from 1971-1987. “The Southland Board of Directors is very pleased to provide a contract extension for Tom Burnett, now the longest-serving commissioner in league history,” said Dr. Dana G. Hoyt, President of Sam Houston State University and Chair of the Southland Board of Directors. “The presidents continue to recognize the Southland’s steady growth under his watch, including an unprecedented expansion of television coverage, the recent development of a conference-wide strategic plan, the increased quality of championship events, and improvement in the collective academic standing and well-being of Southland student-athletes.” He is also a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that manages the administrative and selection processes for the national championship event, including oversight of the Men’s Final Four. Burnett has served on 10 various NCAA committees and councils during his Southland tenure, including the Division I Committee on Academic Performance and Football Academic Working Group. He is a member of the Board of Managers for College Football Officiating (CFO), LLC, an entity created by the NCAA and the Collegiate Commissioners Association to enhance and address college football’s officiating matters. Burnett is also a member of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame’s Awards Committee, the NFF’s Divisional Honors Court, and the organization’s Football Matters Board of Directors. He formerly served on the Board of Directors for NCAA Football, and was the FCS Vice President for the Collegiate Commissioners Association in 2007-08.