18 Sep

AP source: NBA players to continue playoffs after postponements following shooting of Jacob Blake

first_imgAP source: NBA players to continue playoffs after postponements following shooting of Jacob Blake Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — AP source: NBA players to continue playoffs after postponements following shooting of Jacob Blake. Associated Press center_img August 27, 2020last_img

18 Sep

No spectators at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch-lighting ceremony – organisers

first_imgBy Karolos GrohmannATHENS, Greece (Reuters) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia will be the first in more than 35 years to be held without spectators, after organisers yesterday introduced tighter measures to protect against the coronavirus.Greece’s Olympic Committee said spectators would be excluded from both the dress rehearsal at the ancient site tomorrow and the widely broadcast ceremony on Thursday.This is the first time since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that the ceremony will be held without any spectators lounging on the grassy slopes of the ancient stadium in the tiny Peloponesian hamlet. The ceremony – held both for summer and winter Games – usually attracts several thousand spectators, including Greeks and foreign visitors.“The lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame will be done without the presence of spectators and only 100 invited and accredited guests,” the Greek Olympic Committee said in a statement.“The dress rehearsal on March 11 will be closed to spectators and media.”The Olympic torch will be lit in Olympia at a scaled-down ceremony on March 12 before a seven-day relay that culminates with a hand-over ceremony in Greece on March 19.The number of people inside the ancient stadium will also be reduced with only a few dozen representatives of the Tokyo Games from a group of about 150 allowed access to the ceremony.Organisers will also shut the press centre following the ceremony to avoid the gathering of many people in an indoor area and will stage tomorrow’s dress rehearsal without the presence of media. Tokyo had already stopped 340 children from attending.Greece on Sunday announced a two-week ban on sporting events with spectators and on school field trips, as its number of coronavirus cases rose by seven to 73. The prefecture of Ilia, of which Olympia is part, is among areas of the country hardest hit by the coronavirus.The Mayor of Olympia has written to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, proposing the postponement of the ceremony until May.“The danger of staging the torch-lighting with only a handful of spectators, a limited number of officials and delegations, and under a cloud of fear and concern will damage the greatness and prestige of this event,” Olympia mayor Giorgos Georgiopoulos said in his letter.“With a sense of responsibility, the municipal authority – all parties of the city council of Ancient Olympia – in order to secure the global radiance of the event, asks the IOC which has the exclusive responsibility of organising it to consider the possibility of moving the torch-lighting ceremony to May of this year.”last_img read more

16 Sep

Badgers return to Madison to host Boilermakers, Hoosiers

first_imgAfter a bittersweet weekend in Michigan, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team returns to Madison to prepare for two Big Ten matches on its home court.The Badgers hope to recapture some momentum as they host Big Ten rivals Purdue and Indiana this weekend.Nearly a year ago, Wisconsin was coming off a big win against Northwestern and continued the streak by beating Purdue, 5-2. However, things have changed since the Badgers last saw the Boilermakers.Last year, Wisconsin was 4-2 in Big Ten matches when it faced Purdue. This year, the Badgers’ Big Ten record is 2-2. In 2010, senior Marek Michalicka was ranked No. 15 with his partner Moritz Baumann, who now serves as student assistant coach.This season, Billy Bertha replaces Baumann as Michalicka’s partner. During the 2009-2010 season, Wisconsin often struggled to get doubles points. This season, however, the ranked duo of Michalicka and Bertha is adding improvement.As a duo, Michalicka and Bertha are ranked No. 78 and their chemistry is undeniable. Bertha joked about keeping Michalicka in line and admits to meshing well with him.Against No. 22 Michigan Saturday, the Badgers fell early as the Wolverines won two of three doubles matches and the No. 6 singles match. Michigan proceeded to win the Nos. 2, 3 and 5 to clinch the win.Although Wisconsin dropped the match, Michalicka showed his veteran experience in coming behind in his singles match and winning seven consecutive points to beat Evan King.“I got a little lucky there at the end, but I’m definitely more confident, so hopefully that helps this weekend,” Michalicka said.Sunday, Wisconsin faced No. 53 Michigan State and the tables turned. Michalicka and Bertha had the No. 1 spot and claimed the doubles point along with the duo of Rod Carey and Fredrik Ask.When the Spartans fought back, the Badgers picked up some of their senior captain’s toughness from the day before and battled back. Michalicka, Bertha and Ask claimed the final three match victories.Like Wisconsin’s Michalicka and Bertha, Indiana also has a successful duo in Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer. The pair is currently on a 12-match winning streak at No. 1 and will prove to be a tough opponent for Wisconsin.Last season, Indiana was Wisconsin’s first Big Ten win. The Badgers were coming off of a tough one-point loss to Illinois and played with raw emotion against Indiana. This year, Wisconsin looks forward to channeling that same emotion and playing with the same decisiveness as last year against this No. 60th-ranked Purdue team.Indiana’s Josh MacTaggert has been leading the Hoosiers to victory and was unbeaten in the month of March. MacTaggert and the 27th-ranked Hoosiers are coming into their match against Wisconsin with momentum after beating both Big Ten opponents (Illinois and Iowa) this past week.The Badgers lead the all time series against Purdue 55-18, but trail Indiana 42-26.Still, the Badgers are looking forward to hosting a challenging match.“We’ve been beating them the last couple years, if I can remember correctly, so hopefully we can win again even though they are ranked higher,” Michalicka said. “We have a pretty good chance to beat them.”last_img read more

16 Sep

Women’s Hockey: Badgers add yet another sweep to undefeated record

first_imgFor those who chose to attend both of the Wisconsin women’s hockey games at LaBahn Arena this past weekend, there might have been a sense of deja vu.The Badgers (10-0, 4-0 WCHA) defeated Bemidji State (3-4-1, 2-2-0) by a score of 4–1 both Saturday and Sunday. While both scores may have ended up as identical by the end of the match, Saturday’s matchup was a much more competitive affair.Women’s Hockey: Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry best in college sportsSeparated by 273 miles of hate, Minnesota and Wisconsin have always been bitter rivals in athletics. For most, the biggest Read…A first-period goal from Mekenzie Steffen gave the Badgers the early lead they are certainly accustomed to at this point in the season. But the Beavers weren’t ready to go hide away in their dam quite yet.Following Steffen’s eighth-minute goal, the game remained in a deadlock for the better part of the next 16 minutes of game time. This stretch subsided with an equalizing goal from Bemidji State’s Reece Hunt. While this goal brought the game to a precarious tie, the Badgers would ultimately pull away from the Beavers as they have against all previous opponents throughout the season.In the 12th minute of the second period, Britta Curl added the go-ahead goal for the Badgers, her sixth of the season. The Badgers would then add two insurance goals late in the third period to seal the deal in the opening game of their double header against the Beavers.Women’s Hockey: Johnson’s coaching ability drives team successWith yet another undefeated start to their regular season coming fresh off an NCAA Title earlier in 2019, it’s time Read…Sunday’s matchup proved a more dominant affair in favor of the Badgers, despite the fact that the scoreline again read 4–1. Bemidji State goalkeeper Lauren Bench faced an astounding total of 41 shots throughout the game. Kristen Campbell faced just 14.The Badgers also managed to get out to an early lead compared to Saturday’s game. Abby Roque and star transfer Daryl Watts both provided first period goals in a contest that had the potential to quickly get out of the Beaver’s hands.Women’s Hockey: Badgers dominate in fourth straight sweep against Long IslandThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey game (8-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) skated past the Long Island Sharks (0-4-0, 0-2-0 Read…While the Beavers managed to tack on a late third-period goal to decrease the final margin of victory, it came on the heels of additional goals from Sophie Shirley and Caitlin Schneider in the second and third periods, respectively.With a wide array of Badgers providing offense contribution as well as consistently strong performances from Campbell, the team demonstrated why they are one of, if not the, best teams in the nation. These two wins allowed the Badgers to retain their No. 1 national ranking as they prepare to take on No. 2 Minnesota in Minneapolis next weekend in the first border battle of the season.last_img read more

28 Aug

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona v Bayern Munich know your facts

first_imgFactfile on Barcelona and Bayern Munich ahead of the Champions League semi-final, first-leg, tie on Wednesday.Suarez scored his first hat-trick for the club as Luis Enrique’s team maintained their two-point lead ahead of Real Madrid with three games to play thanks to an 8-0 demolition of Cordoba at the weekend. That victory extended Barca’s unbeaten streak to 16 games and they have won 26 of their last 28 matches in all competitions.Bayern already have a 25th Bundesliga title wrapped up, but Guardiola’s side have been rocked by injuries in recent weeks.An under-strength Bayern side were beaten for just the third time this season on league duty 2-0 by Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, but have now lost four of their last 10 in all competitions after being knocked out of the German Cup on penalties by Borussia Dortmund last week and losing 3-1 at Porto in the first-leg of their quarter-final.Striker Robert Lewandowski should be fit to play with a protective face mask despite breaking a cheekbone against his old club Dortmund, but Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber all miss out through injury.  Coaches:Barcelona – Luis Enrique Martinez Garcia (ESP) — 44 yrsBayern Munich – Pep Guardiola (ESP) – 44 yrsLeading scorers in all competitions:Barcelona – Lionel Messi (51 goals) Bayern Munich – Robert Lewandowski (23 goals) Domestic league performance:Barcelona – Top of La Liga, two points ahead of Real Madrid and an insurmountable 11 clear of defending champions Atletico Madrid in third.Bayern Munich – Champions of Germany for a third consecutive year, they lead Wolfsburg by 14 points with three games remaining. Road to semi-finalsBarcelona – Winners of Group F ahead of PSG. Beat Manchester City 3-1 on aggregate in the last 16 and eased past PSG once more 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.Bayern Munich – Winners of Group E ahead of Manchester City. Beat Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 in Munich in the last 16, second leg clash after a goalless draw in Ukraine and needed an even more remarkable performance at home in the quarter-finals by thrashing Porto 6-1 having lost 3-1 in Portugal a week previously. European Cup/Champions League best performances: Barcelona – winners 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011Bayern Munich – winners 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013Other honours:Barcelona – 22 x Spanish champions, 26 x Copa del Rey winners, 4 x Cup Winners’ Cup winners, 3 x Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners, 4 x UEFA Super Cup winners, 2 x Club World Cup winnersBayern Munich – 25 x German champions, 17 x German Cup winners, 1 x UEFA Cup winners, 1 x UEFA Super Cup winners, 1 x Club World Cup winners, 2 x Intercontinental Cup winners  Previous European Cup/Champions League meetings:Bayern Munich 1 Barcelona 0 – 1998/99 Champions League group stageBarcelona 1 Bayern Munich 2 – 1998/99 Champions League group stageBarcelona 4 Bayern Munich 0 – 2008/09 Champions League quarter-final, first-leg Bayern Munich 1 Barcelona 1 – 2008/09 Champions League quarter-final, second-legBayern Munich 4 Barcelona 0 – 2011/12 Champions League semi-final, first-legBarcelona 0 Bayern Munich 3 – 2011/12 Champions League semi-final, second-leglast_img read more

28 Aug

GFA Elections: Premier League elects six to Executive Committee

first_imgPremier league Clubs have elected six individuals to represent them on the National Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association.Mr. George Afriyie who is on the outgoing Executive Committee retained his seat after securing a joint highest number of votes at Tuesday’s EXCO elections held at the GFA Secretariat.Mr. Afriyie secured 11 votes out of the 16 votes cast same number as Mr. Albert Commey and Delali Eric Senaye secured at the end of the voting.Mr. Samuel Opoku Nti (Asante Kotoko ),Mr. Frank Nwokolo Nelson (Hearts of Oak) and Mr. Nab Benjamin Eyison (Sekondi Hasaacas) all secured 9 votes to make it into the next Executive Commitee.Amongst those who failed to secure the required number of votes are Kudjo Fianoo (Ashantigold) who had (5 )votes,Mr. Emmanuel Larbi Amoah(Medeama SC) with 4 votes and Frederick Acheampong (New Edubiase) with (6) votes.Mr. Kofi Manu (BA United) also failed to make it into the final six after he secured 4 votes with Mr. Kingsley Osei Bonsu (Bechem United)also pulling 7 votes . Before the voting process began at 9:30am, all aspirants outlined the ideas and strategies that they hope to bring on board if elected.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

17 Aug

Lakers’ LeBron James pays homage to Colin Kaepernick: ‘People never listened’

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the juxtaposition became powerfully clear as he knelt on the court for the anthem.“The national anthem took two minutes,” he said. “There were guys that needed towels and things to get under their knees. Yet someone kneeled on another human being’s neck for eight minutes. That’s nuts when you think about it.”Only one player, Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic, has so far openly declined to take part in the kneeling protests. He cited religious beliefs following his team’s opening game with the Nets as a reason not to kneel.NBA stars show out as fans; LeBron wants to watch, tooThe NBA’s finest showed out Thursday night during Lakers-Clippers, and not just those on the court: Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony and DeMar DeRozan were among the handful of stars attending the game as fans.Any player can request a seat a day prior to a game on the campus app. There’s limited seating depending on the venue, but otherwise it’s an open invite.The Lakers are close to clinching the Western Conference top seed after beating the Clippers on Thursday, so there might be a lot less anxiety for the remainder of the seeding games with a little more free time. James said he might fill it with live games.“I love if you get an opportunity to watch the game live,” James said. “We don’t have much time throughout the course of a regular NBA scheduling before the COVID stuff. It’s a pretty good dynamic. Like I said, it’s a big AAU feeling for grown men and I’m just going to try to take advantage of it.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile Kaepernick initially received many rebukes for showing signs of disrespect to the flags or the military, James said he hoped that understanding had evolved and people could widely see why Kaepernick began protesting in 2016 — now that more issues of race had come to light.“You go back and look at any of his postgame interviews when he talked about why he was kneeling, it had absolutely nothing to do about the flag, had absolutely nothing to do about the soldiers, the men and women that keep our land free,” James said. “He explained that and the ears were uncomfortable. People never listened. They refused to listen and I did.”But James has not physically kneeled in any protest before Thursday night. James acknowledged that it’s been a learning process for him, and that he didn’t want to act before he was “fully educated.”Kaepernick’s gesture of kneeling has gained more support than ever in the last two months, particularly in light of George Floyd’s death when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. Even the NFL has begun to pedal back on public stances that it required its players to stand for the anthem. The NBA has a rule to that effect, but commissioner Adam Silver declined to enforce it on Thursday night and it’s believed he won’t as the season progresses and more demonstrations occur.James was among the players who shared a side-by-side image of Kaepernick and police officer and accused murderer Derek Chauvin, and he also criticized quarterback Drew Brees for speaking out against kneeling during the national anthem. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> By taking a knee on Thursday, LeBron James was among the NBA players, coaches, staffers and referees who hoped to make a statement against systemic racial problems in America.In doing so, he followed the path of a man he’s long said he’s admired: Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was pushed out by the NFL for his protests of police violence against Black people.“I hope we made Kap proud,” James said. “I hope we continue to make Kap proud.”James has supported Kaepernick for several years, notably wearing a shirt in warm-ups with the blackballed quarterback’s name on it, then saying during the 2019 All-Star Weekend that he figuratively kneeled with him.center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Players are now allowed to intermingle between hotels, a process that feels as safe as ever after the NBA and NBPA announced Wednesday that no new player cases of coronavirus had seeped into the bubble. James called it one of the silver linings of the new arrangement, which players have grown accustomed to.Denver’s Paul Millsap said he wasn’t sure if he’ll attend games live, but he was watching the NBA tip off in his hotel room.“You could feel the atmosphere, you can feel the significance of what teams are trying to accomplish,” Milsap said. “I got excited watching the games yesterday. … As hoopers, it doesn’t matter the scenario or the scene. True hoopers are gonna get out and get after it.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

13 Aug

Pinot conquers Tourmalet as ‘weak’ Thomas fades in finale

first_imgFrance’s Thibaut Pinot raises his fist in victory after stage 14Paris, France | AFP | Thibaut Pinot conquered the Pyrenean summit of la Col du Tourmalet on Saturday with Julian Alaphilippe following him across the line to extend his overall Tour de France lead over defending champion Geraint Thomas, who admitted to feeling “weak”.Thomas, in fact, lost time for a second day running.After saying he had overheated when losing time Friday, he dropped another 29 seconds in the overall after being distanced by the lead group at the death.“I just didn’t feel quite on it from the start really to be honest — just quite weak,” said the 33-year-old Ineos man, claiming he had limited his losses. “So I decided to go at my own pace.”For British outfit Ineos, however, their co-captain Egan Bernal can go into the most mountainous culmination of a Tour in years in full confidence after he finished just a few seconds behind the winner at the first of seven summit finishes over 2000 metres.Pinot had vowed to attack this stage after losing time to an Ineos-led attack in a crosswind on the narrow road to Albi on Monday had angered him and his team.Thomas has two Frenchman to worry about and is now two minutes and two seconds behind Alaphilippe in the general classification after he started to suffer with 500 metres to go on Saturday.Alaphilippe was as surprised as anyone at Thomas wilting.“I saw great riders blow up before me and in the end I went for the win, it’s incredible,” said the 27-year-old soldier.French president Emmanuel Macron followed the whole stage from the lead car in the vast caravan and appeared animated as he was flanked on the podium by his two compatriots.“This man has heart,” he said looking at France’s current national hero Alaphilippe.On both the leader and Pinot, he added: “France is proud of them both.”As the 117km stage 14 climbed above the tree-line and above the mist where the oxygen levels were lower, contenders for the overall victory gradually fell by the wayside.By the end there were just five men remaining with Dutch Jumbo Visma captain Steven Kruijswijk third at 6sec, with German Emanuel Buchmann and Bernal another two seconds behind.Not only Ineos, but their rivals too may now switch their attention to young climber Bernal in light of Thomas’s underwhelming show. “Yesterday was one of the worst days of my career,” said the 22-year-old Bernal whose slender frame is unsuited to time-trialling.“Today I feel much better, the ascent was very hard and the best thing about it was managing to be amongst the best riders at the front.”– Pinot gets revenge on Ineos –Few expected the yellow jersey wearer Alaphilippe to thrive on Friday’s time-trial, which he won, and fewer still expected him to survive on the Tourmalet.But Alaphilippe dug deep and when he climbed out of the saddle to win the sprint for second, cheers for him were even louder than those for the popular Pinot.But after 10 stages in the lead, the attention switched from the overall leader to the stage winner.“Since the start of the Tour I’ve been targeting this stage, this is the one I wanted, the mythical Tourmalet,” said Pinot, who is placed sixth overall, 3mins 12sec off Alaphilippe.Pinot has long been thought a potential champion this year with the home nation waiting for its first Tour de France win since 1985.Fans had been weaving up the Tourmalet since dawn and there was a carnival atmosphere with almost as many Basque flags as French ones.Pinot, helped up the hill by young French champion David Gaudu, never faltered on the long final climb and his team boss at FDJ Marc Madiot was ecstatic at the finish.Madiot had been upset by comments from Ineos boss Dave Brailsford on Monday when Pinot dropped down the rankings after getting caught in a crosswind.“It feels good to twist the knife,” Brailsford said Monday.Madiot was seen screaming “yes, yes, yes” at the finish line before racing off to embrace his team leader.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

13 Aug

Liverpool beaten again as Chelsea ease into FA Cup quarters

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea inflicted a third defeat in four games on Liverpool to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals as goals from Willian and Ross Barkley gave Frank Lampard’s men a much-needed lift at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Liverpool remain well on course for a first league title in 30 years with a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but run the risk of their competitive campaign coming to an early end once the title is sewn up unless they can overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week.Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the Liverpool side beaten for the first time in 45 Premier League games at Watford on Saturday, but still named a far stronger side than the youthful teams that had seen off Everton and Shrewsbury to reach the fifth round.The European champions seemed keen to make amends and keep their chances of a treble alive early on, but were denied by the returning Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal as the first of a string of saves from the Spaniard denied Sadio Mane.The return of the world’s most expensive goalkeeper was one of six Lampard made from a 2-2 weekend draw at Bournemouth with Willian also coming back into the team.A run of five wins in 16 league games and a 3-0 thrashing at home by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie last week meant the pressure was on Chelsea to keep their hopes of silverware this season alive.And they got the lift they needed from the opening goal as Liverpool’s understudy goalkeeper Adrian undid the good work of a brilliant save from Willian within a minute.The Brazilian was gifted possession again just outside the Liverpool box and this time Adrian could only turn his powerful drive into the bottom corner. Share on: WhatsApp The hosts needed Kepa to show why they spent £72 million ($92 million) on him just over 18 months ago as he made three reaction saves in a matter of seconds to deny Mane, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino what seemed a certain equaliser.Chelsea then lost Mateo Kovacic and Willian to injury either side of half-time to further deplete Lampard’s midfield options.But that may provide the opportunity Barkley needs to kickstart his flagging career at the Bridge.The England international doubled Chelsea’s lead in spectacular style midway through the second half as he galloped forward from inside his own half, leaving Fabinho in his wake, before smashing past Adrian from outside the area.Moments later Chelsea should have been out of sight as a mix-up in the Liverpool defence allowed Pedro Rodriguez to run clean through on goal. The 32-year-old does not have the pace of his prime at Barcelona, though, and with Gomez closing in, he fired too close to Adrian.Klopp threw on Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and James Milner in the final 20 minutes, but the German is yet to win a domestic cup competition in his five seasons at Anfield and that wait will go on.Despite the changes, it was Chelsea who continued to look the more likely team to score again as Adrian produced a brilliant save to turn Olivier Giroud’s strike onto the bar.last_img read more

4 Aug

Townhouses Approved For Vacant Tract in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After 27 hours of testimony and more than 10 months of public hearings, the borough planning board voted 6-2 to approve an application to transform one of the last significant pieces of undeveloped Bayshore property into a cluster of luxury townhomes. When the application was first submitted to the planning board, Denholtz initially proposed 21 homes, but scaled back the plan to accommodate requests for a public board- walk and open green space overlooking the bay. In his post-hearing publiccomments, board memberEd Cetron, who is a memberof the Atlantic HighlandsFire Department and joinedthe borough’s first aid andsafety squad in January,addressed the emergencyresponse concerns. Though the case was made the tract had never been developed for residen- tial purposes and should be recognized as an undeveloped space in a flood zone, Cetron, who helped craft the addition six years ago, disagreed. The McConnell Tract is currently occupied by Blackfoot Mobile Marine Services, a boat storage facility. The site has been zoned residential but used commercially since 1923. In 1929 the parcel was developed by Standard Oil and was later owned by Exxon for industrial operations. The property in question, better known as the McConnell Tract, is an elevated piece of land that backs up to Center Avenue and extends forward to the bay, pressing up against a narrow stretch of beachfront and a bulkhead that has taken a beating in recent years from historic weather events like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Borough resident Brent Sonnek-Schmelz stressed the dangers of developing homes so close to the waterfront and on a piece of land that has never previously held residential properties. “Regardless of the intent (of the code), we are legally bound by the wordage. And I think it’s absolutely clear that it only applies to undeveloped open space. This is clearly a developed space,” Cetron said. Chiles said the first meeting with Denholtz concerning funding took place in December 2018, where resources like the borough’s open space acquisition fund, county open space grants and green acres funding from the state were suggested. “We love the application and we think it’s going to be great for the town,” Denholtz said. “We have tried to do what they (the board and residents) have asked. It’s never fun to be in an environment where you have some vocal people, but I understand their feelings, and if they have ideas, we’ll be here to talk.” “We have an opportunity right now to actually protect our town, protect the land, protect the people,” Sonnek-Schmelz said. “We do not want to put homes where they are at risk in a storm surge situation like Sandy. And we’re not just talking about the residents who would live there. We’re also talking about our first responders who would report to rescue those who don’t evacuate when they’re directed to. These are potentially life-threatening situations and situations that we want to avoid.” “As a first responder who lived through Sandy and did a lot of work during and after Sandy, I know what the building standards are now. I’ve seen what the building codes are. And I have no intention of risking my life, ever. However, I do not see any opportunity here where I would be at risk of doing that, if these buildings are built to standards. And they will be. There will be no problem. It’s a lot more risky going into homes on the steep slopes we have thandown there,” Cetron said. This article was first published in the May 2-8, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. In an interview with The Two River Times earlier this month, Denholtz CEO Steven Denholtz said the public portion of the project was cut after discussions about public funding options to maintain those amenities broke down. But according to Denholtz, who spoke to The Two River Times following the planning board’s decision, there is still time to hear suggestions from the public. Benson Chiles, leader of the resident opposition group Neighbors for Water- front Preservation, noted that the proposed development’s current alignment would result in three homes, as well as portions of seven of the planned lots, constructed in the AE flood zone. Neither Chiles nor Denholtz said they pursued any of the sources and the public facilities have since been removed from the plan. About 100 people attended the meeting concerning the Denholtz Custom Homes application calling for the construction of 16 luxury townhouses on 7 acres of land overlooking the Sandy Hook Bay. It was held at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Cetron also did not agree with residents who cited borough code 150-84, which addresses general site design standards for subdivision site plans. The code lists several areas that should be preserved as undeveloped open space, including “lands in the flood way,” a provision added to the code April 24, 2013 in response to Super Storm Sandy. last_img read more