By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A parcel of riverfront land was transferred to an Atlantic Way resident who lives adjacent to the property.In a 4-2 vote Tuesday night, the Borough Council approved the deal to vacate the 30 by 30-foot Bellevue Place parcel and granted ownership to Timothy J. Parker, 3 Atlantic Way.Prior to the vote, the council heard from supporters and opponents of the action at a public hearing on the ordinance. Council members John Lamia Jr., and Peggy Bills voted against the vacation of the property, while Charles Rooney III, William Keeler, Brian Kelly and Marc Leckstein supported it.In a telephone interview before the meeting, Acting Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the land was reserved for a public street when the subdivision was built decades ago, but the paper street was never realized. “The borough has no intention to lengthen the street,” he said.Parker’s neighbors spoke in support of the ordinance granting him ownership.Mike Welty of Bellevue Place, said no one uses the plot, located between Parker’s home and the river on the north side of Atlantic Way, adding that “hundreds of square yards” of riverfront property are open to public access on the south side of the end of Atlantic Way, where it terminates at the river. Neighbors in the area, Welty said, use the larger property for picnics and get-togethers.Before the vote was taken, Councilman Leckstein introduced an amendment he said was requested by the American Littoral Society, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Surfrider Foundation which said, “The act of vacating the identified portion of Bellevue Place shall not vacate or eliminate the end of public street access,” referring to the end of Atlantic Way which runs from Ocean Avenue to the river.All council members approved the amendment.But the rest of the letter from the three organizations, which was not read to the public by Leckstein but was later read at the meeting by an objector to the vacation of the street, went on to give reasons they opposed the ordinance. “In this case, the undersigned groups believe that the public interest, specifically as related to future public access to tidal waterways, would be better served by maintaining the public right to this property,” the letter said, referring to the New Jersey Legislature’s effort to “pass laws to clarify the type and amount of access to these tidal waterways,” following a court decision that “recently struck down the NJ DEP’s most recent Rules public access to tidal waters in NJ.”“A single property owner’s desire to build a deck and any attendant minimal tax base interest does not outweigh the larger public interest that is provided meaningful public access,” the letter said.Councilman Keeler said he had decided to vote for the amendment because he believed that having a public space so close to the Parker home caused a difficult situation for the family as “people could come up and look into the windows” of the house.Keeler said he had a parking lot adjacent to his home and it was often noisy and had trash left on it.He said there were other areas in the neighborhood that had public access to the river.Several others objected to the ordinance including a neighbor, Tom Scriven.“Once you give land away it’s never given back,” he said. Scriven said the council had a “duty” to preserve land “for the future” of the town.
Nelson Leafs finished seventh overall at the Peewee House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Callum Cutler scored twice while Pax Arrowsmith and Seamus Boyd added singles to lead the Leafs to a 4-0 victory over Kelowna Chiefs in consolation round action.Josh Marsden registered the shutout in goal.The tournament was won by Creston, which defeated Grand Forks Grizzles in the final 7-2.The Grizzlies advanced with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in semi final action while Creston blasted Grand Forks Bruins 8-0. Nelson opened the tournament Friday with a 4-1 loss to Castlegar Giants.The game was tied 1-1 before the Giants scored three times on Leafs goalie Ben Thast.Cutler scored the lone goal for Nelson.The Leafs bounced back Saturday by stopping Tri-Cities Thunder 4-1.Nikko Lazier, Haydu, Jack Centrone and Cutler each scored singles for Nelson.Marsden was in goal to register the win.In the final round robin contest, Nelson lost a heartbreaker, dropping a 5-4 decision to Kelowna.Haydu, Boyd, Centrone and Cutler scored for Nelson.Thast, who began playing between the pipes this season, was in net for Nelson.
Just when fans thought it was time to begin drafting the eulogy on 2016-17 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Nelson Leafs the Buds showed some life.Dale Howell had three points to lead the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Fernie Ghostriders in KIJHL action Saturday night in the East Kootenay City.Not only does the win snap a six game winless streak but also the Leafs keep their hopes over overtaking the Grand Forks Border Bruins for third spot in the Murdoch Division.
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Spanish soccer champions Real Madrid said on Wednesday they were confident their star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who faces accusations of committing tax fraud in the country, acted legally.Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.”Real Madrid have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations,” the team said in an official statement on its website.Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament’s top scorer.
Nebraska state agencies are bracing for a possible budget crunch that could mean less maintenance at state parks, fewer law enforcement officers and a slower response to livestock disease outbreaks.The potential consequences are outlined in a series of budget requests submitted to lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts, who have said they may have to cut spending as state revenues dwindle.Ricketts announced in July that he had ordered state agencies to analyze how they would handle an 8 percent budget cut so that he and lawmakers would know where to trim if needed.Ricketts and state senators say the directive was made in an abundance of caution.No one knows whether revenues will continue to fall short of projections. New revenue estimates will be set later this month.AP
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learnby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc says dropping Jadon Sancho yesterday was the right call.Sancho had returned late from international duty with the England squad and was dropped for the win over Borussia Monchengladbach.”We did not make the decision easily, but it was without alternative. Sancho is an excellent player, but we have a responsibility for the club, for the spirit in the team,” said Zorc.BVB coach Lucien Favre also spoke of the former Manchester City winger: “Jadon is a great player, not a discussion. But he still has a lot to learn. He must continue to enjoy training and progress.”
APTN National News‘The fate of Yukon’s Peel River watershed remains in limbo.The watershed is made up of wilderness stretching 67,000 square kilometres across the northeastern part of the territory.Miners are demanding access to the area, but they’re opposed by First Nations who say the Peel is among the last pristine eco-systems in the world.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports, the latest set of recommendations to manage the region are being rejected by the Yukon government.
MONTREAL – Quebec’s securities regulator is offering to help public companies disclose their exposure to modern slavery, including forced labour, human trafficking and child labour.The Autorite des marches financiers says Canadian companies could be exposed directly or indirectly to the tens of millions of people around the world who are estimated to be affected by involuntary work made under threat or penalty.The AMF notice doesn’t change legal requirements but helps companies determine what must be disclosed and improve their information.The International Labour Organization has estimated that about 25 million people were victims of forced labour, generating US$150 billion in profits in 2014.Sectors most likely to be exposed to this issue are construction, manufacturing, entertainment and agriculture.The federal government announced in January the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, an independent position to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporate activity aboard.
SEATTLE — As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world’s hottest online retailer.The communities will be subject to outsized influence from a company used to getting what it wants and unfazed by blame, fairly or not, for widespread changes all around.Just look to the Pacific Northwest, where both Amazon and Seattle have transformed dramatically together and sometimes at odds over the past 24 years, prompting resentment among a certain crowd of “mossback” natives.Amazon’s workforce in the city has grown from 5,000 to 45,000 employees since 2010, while its physical footprint in the downtown core has expanded from 1 million to 8 million square feet today.Sally Ho, The Associated Press