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Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public HealthSo many of us have teens or tweens in our lives – at home, at work, at church, or in other activities. Research shows that when kids have at least one stable, supportive relationship with an adult their health improves. This holds true for young children and remains extremely important for older kids.Teens and Elders in the STEP program come together to play games, share stories, and learn from each other. Photo credit: Kaylie RothRecently released results from the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey provide some good news about the presence of caring adults in the lives of local youth, but also signals that too many middle school and high school students are still missing this important connection with adults. According to the Thurston County survey results:4 in 5 middle and high school students say they can talk to a parent or guardian about problems.3 in 4 middle and high school students say there is an adult in their neighborhood or community that they can talk to about important issues.However, the survey also shows that:1 in 10 middle and high school students say they have no adults they can turn to.Kids need positive relationships with adults who support, guide and value them. Positive adult connections help them develop their potential, bounce back when things don’t go well, and reduce their risk for a range of poor health outcomes including substance use, depression and risky sexual behavior.According to the Thurston County survey results:1 in 3 high school students who could talk to their parent or guardian about a problem experienced depression in the past year. For those who could not talk to their parent or guardian, 2 in 3 have experienced depression.1 in 3 high school students who could talk to an adult in their neighborhood or community had experienced depression in the past year. For those who had no adult like this to talk to, the figure was 1 in 2 having experienced depression.The Parents Matter Campaign celebrates those in our community who have important conversations with their teens and inspires them to continue having these important conversations. Photo courtesy: Parents Matter Campaign.Caring adults are often parents or other family members, but not all adolescents have a positive connection with family. No matter where you connect with tweens or teens, consider doing more of the following things:Encourage them to take part in activities they enjoy and that you can do together.Encourage them to try new things. Suggest positive activities that allow them to practice skills and feel good about themselves.Ask about their friends, and help them identify friends that make them feel happy and confident.When you talk with them, ask open-ended questions that require more than a yes or no answer. Help them share.Invite them to talk about their successes and challenges, and teach them the value of the process—not just the final achievement.Say the positive things you notice about them. Don’t just think it. Tell them.Use your time with them to explore their future goals and engage with them about how to establish realistic steps to achieve them.Caring and open communication is important for kids. Every time you connect with a tween or teen and listen to them, comfort them or inspire them you are helping to build their potential and protect their health. The presence of caring adults is a protective factor for children and youth.For more information on talking with adolescents, you can visit:http://www.starttalkingnow.org/https://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/parent-guardian-resources/index.htmhttps://changingmindsnow.org/healing
Asa symbol of united support for the town, state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon Jr. andmembers of Monmouth County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Mayor DinaLong with a ceremonial county flag. Additional2019 appointments, unanimously made, included: The library will allow patrons to take a book out on the oceanfront deck. Photo by Patrick Olivero Longtimecouncilman William Keeler, a 30-year civil servant of the borough, became thefirst ever to be sworn in at the new pavilion by O’Scanlon. Councilman MarcLeckstein was sworn in by state Sen. Vin Gopal and Leckstein was chosen onceagain to serve as council president. BoroughAttorney: Roger McLaughlin, McLaughlin, Stauffer & Sharklee, P.C. “SeaBright is where people want to be,” said Leckstein. “As has become the sloganfor our new library, we see ‘Bright Things Ahead.’ ” BoroughPlanner: Christine Cofone, Cofone Consulting Group, LLC Theairy three-story building with large windows overlooking the ocean, designed tohouse the borough beach patrol, an oceanfront library and public bathrooms,represents a major step forward for a once storm-torn town. After Super Storm Sandy,the council promised to rebuild and return the coastal borough to its formerglory. “Now, six years later, that promise has been kept,” said Marc Leckstein,council president, in his year-end address. The Sea Bright Council’s new meeting room with ocean view. Photo by Patrick Olivero Althoughonly 1,400 residents strong, Sea Bright has experienced a rebirth in the pasttwo years with former mainstays such as Donovan’s Reef reopening and newconstruction projects finally being completed. This includes a new beachsidewalkway that begins outside the pavilion and continues down the coast toEdgewater Beach Club. Politicians, law enforcement and members of the public gathered for a solemn celebration at the Borough Council’s reorganization meeting, the first-ever meeting held at the top floor of the newly constructed Beachfront Pavilion and Library. BoroughAuditor: Robert W. Allison, Holman Frenia Allison, P.C. SEABRIGHT – Despite the dreary weather, Saturday, Jan. 5, marked a shining momentfor the seaside town of Sea Bright. BoroughEngineer: Francis W. Mullan, T & M Associates Inher annual address, Long applauded efforts by the council for keeping the pavilionproject on track. “The final cost (of the project) will be within the amountapproved by the voters of Sea Bright in the referendum,” she announced, to muchapplause. Nowin her final year of a four-year term, the mayor reflected on achievements,shortcomings and renewed commitments for 2019. Long promised to push forinclusion and collegiality within local governance, with timely and reliableupdates to the public of what’s to come. By Vincent Ferrer BoroughSpecial/Conflicts Counsel: Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Vito Gagliardi Jr. and Kerri A. Wright (educational matters) Constructionis currently underway on a sister building, the new municipal complex, locatedseveral hundred feet from the pavilion. The complex will house a firehouse and policestation. BoroughProsecutor: William G. McGuinn, Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst, LLP PublicDefender: Robert J. Holden Bond Counsel: John Draikiwicz, Gibbons, P.C.
SEA BRIGHT – A feasibility study focused on relocating all borough students to a new district is proceeding in a positive direction, officials say. Gagliardi said he willprovide legal advice on thecurrent state of New Jerseyeducation law, and where thetrends may be heading. More clarity on the topic is expected in the following weeks. “You’re not just talking about our three towns and the influx of Sea Bright students. We’re also talking about school districts composed of students from West Long Branch, Oceanport and Monmouth Beach. If this is going to work it has to be done in a way that ensures kids from those towns can be educated properly as well,” Rooney said. Introduced by Senate President Steve Sweeney in April, Path to Progress is a set of 32 recommendations to rein in New Jersey property taxes through more financially prudent practices. In a July 31 interview, Long said Sea Bright taxpayers will shoulder a school tax levy of approximately $3.17 million to send 20 students to Shore Regional High School in 2019-20. Sea Bright Councilman Charles Rooney said the financial aspect of the study could be the most vexing. Highlands administrator Kim Gonzales said the study is just about complete, and in the next month-to-six weeks the cooperative effort should provide a clearer picture of the positive and negative aspects of this possible transfer, including impacts on “creed, race and religion, as well as resources for special needs students, and a financial analysis.” Long said the state’s focus on Path to Progress initiatives has “opened up this possibility.” In January, Sea Bright joined the Borough of Highlands and Atlantic Highlands in committing $20,000 each toward a study that would explore transferring Sea Bright students from the Shore Regional and Oceanport school districts to the Henry Hudson Tri-District, a system that includes Highlands Elementary School, Atlantic Highlands Elementary School and Henry Hudson Regional High School. Henry Hudson Regional High School enrollment was 314 students in 2016-17, and was predicted to reach 377 students by 2021-22. However, that projection could be high. According to the Tri-District website, Henry Hudson Regional High School’s enrollment was 304 students in 2018-19. One of the suggestions called for the increase of regional school districts, while another suggests an expansion of shared services. According to Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, the discussion surrounding Sea Bright’s sending district has long been a pain point for the borough. Rooney said enrollment“seems to be down” in theTri-District, and since SeaBright has so few students,the impact should be minimalon class sizes. According to a presentation made by the Tri-District in 2016-17, that year Highlands Elementary School enrollment increased to 193 students, while Atlantic Highlands Elementary School enrollment had reached a historic high of 338 students. “New Jersey is making an effort to reconfigure school districts for more efficiency. Our firm works with districts who are looking to reconfigure by examining the educational, financial and demographic impact. We need to ensure that the reconfiguration won’t be creating a segregated or unconstitutional school system,” Gagliardi said. Oceanport’s Maple Place School and Wolf Hill Elementary School will enroll 30 Sea Bright students this coming year. In January, following the signing of joint resolutions to cooperatively fund the feasibility study, Long told The Two River Times it is the governing body’s duty to assess all aspects of its residents’ tax bills, including municipal, county and school levies. Enrollment projections for the Tri-District, as well as those for grade school children in Sea Bright, will also be included in the report. “There are still a lot of things that need to be discussed before a transition is possible, because we need to make sure everyone is comfortable and no student’s education is disrupted in any district. But if it happens, we could end up paying half of what we’re paying now,” Rooney said of Sea Bright’s current school tax levy. The current funding formula used to calculate the tax burden of a municipality participating in a regional school district was institutedin 1975, and requires that taxlevies be allocated based onproperty values, rather thanpopulation or the number ofborough students attendingthe school. In a statement to The Two River Times, Tri-District Superintendent Susan Compton said that none of the involved school boards have been updated about the results of the study, and declined further comment concerning either adjusted enrollment predictions or the impact Sea Bright students would have on class sizes. Long noted that Sea Bright students represent about 3 percent of the Shore Regional student body, but Sea Bright taxpayers will pay 19.6 percent of the school’s budget. “We’re exploring lots of possibilities for future shared services, which could include something as small as municipal court services, or as large as trying to change school districts,” she said. Shore Regional High School Superintendent Thomas Farrell and Oceanport Public Schools Superintendent Anne R. Facendo could not be reached for comment. At the most recent meeting of the Atlantic Highlands borough council, the governing body appointed Vito A. Gagliardi and Kerri A. Wright of the Morristown law firm Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. as special education counsel. The attorneys will will be compensated with funds from the borough’s $20,000 commitment to the study. In March 2017, Sea Bright petitioned the state to force Shore Regional’s Board of Education to agree to a referendum vote for more equal distribution of the school tax burden. Previous petitions made directly to the board of education were denied. Should the feasibility study clear a path for a transfer, it could leave large monetary holes in Shore Regional and Oceanport school budgets.
In March, the sheriff renewed the 287(g) for 10 years ahead of its June 30 expiration date, a move which upset Grewal because he was supposed to sign off on all such agreements. Grewal has maintained that these agreements do not make communities safer and said law enforcement can notify ICE in cases when an illegal immigrant has been arrested for murder, rape or other offenses specified in his directive. “We’re going to explore all legal options to the policy,” Golden said. “It’s counterintuitive to not have law enforcement work with each other. In a post-9/11 era, we continue to share data and intelligence with other law enforcement agencies. And that should be the case.” “All undocumented immigrants,” she said, “need to be documented in some way, period.” Monmouth finds itself in the national debate on immigration, as critics of the Trump administration and its so-called “deportation agenda” have set their sights on ending 287(g) agreements. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a nonprofit advocacy group headquartered in San Francisco, California, has provided a tool kit for organizers laying out everything from media strategy to tips on how to drum up opposition. The timing of the fight between Monmouth and the state comes with less than a month before the general election, where Republicans Golden, Arnone and freeholder candidate and Wall Township committeeman Dominick DiRocco are on the ballot. DiRocco said freeholders had taken the “first step in protecting county residents from the state’s misguided policy.” “Permitting our county sheriffs to make the call regarding their working with the federal government is the right way to go here,” he said. “Our sheriff and freeholders are smart, deliberative people. Their focus is on providing every tool to our law enforcement personnel to keep us safe.” The county was not paid by the federal government for being in the arrangement with ICE. Golden and freeholders feel that participating in the program “has made the streets of Monmouth County safer for our residents and has permitted Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain and prosecute individuals who are charged with serious crimes and pose a significant threat to our community,” according to a resolution freeholders adopted Oct. 10 to authorize looking for outside counsel. One state lawmaker fromMonmouth County lookedto Washington D.C. to solvethe problem. The scope of such voluntary agreements varies around the country. In Monmouth, where a 287(g) had been in place for about a decade, the arrangement was a jail model. Staff at the county jail would check on whether an inmate was in the country illegally and, if so, alert ICE. But Rhoda Chodosh, a Manalapan resident active in Republican politics, shared the steps she had to follow to become a U.S. citizen legally. Lee Moore, a spokesmanfor Grewal’s office, had nocomment. Officials are looking to move quickly on getting legal help. County counsel Michael D. Fitzgerald, speaking at the freeholder meeting, told the board he would present them with some choices at their next meeting Oct. 24. Golden said he understood the purpose of Grewal’s directive but he thought it also contained loopholes “that allow for repetitive offenders and escalating offenders that would normally be caught in a 287(g) system to now be set free in our community.” Grewal has been a critic of the Trump administration when it comes to immigration and other issues. In November he issued his first version of the “immigrant trust directive” in which he sharply curtailed law enforcement agencies’ role in cooperating with ICE. His revised version of that directive was released last month. Moira Nelson and Michael Penna, the two Democrats running for freeholder, said they support Grewal’s directive. “It’s only for people that are in jail and created a crime,” said Thomas A. Arnone, freeholder director, during the freeholder meeting Oct. 10. “It’s not the average person that just gets stopped for a traffic ticket.” Monmouth County freeholders plan to challenge New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in federal court over his decision forbidding county Sheriff Shaun Golden’s office from cooperating with federal immigration officials. But state Sen. DeclanO’Scanlon Jr. (R-13) said hefelt Grewal was “wrong” inthis case. “Put simply, New Jersey’s law enforcement officers protect the public by investigating state criminal offenses and enforcing state criminal laws,” Grewal wrote in the directive. “They are not responsible for enforcing civil immigration violations except in narrowly defined circumstances. Such responsibilities instead fall to the federal government and those operating under its authority.” The first step in that process came last week when they started looking for outside legal counsel, either an attorney or law firm, to represent Monmouth in a suit against Grewal and the state. The decision was prompted by Grewal’s actions last month. Monmouth County would not be the first to challenge Grewal in court. Ocean County has sued, while Cape May County is also looking to take on the attorney general. Like Monmouth, those two counties are Republican-controlled. Itzel Perez, an activist from Red Bank, urged the board to “reconsider going into a lawsuit” over the attorney general’s directive. Betsy Wattley, of Shrewsbury, said she was “devastated” the board was considering suing. On Sept. 27, he issued a revised directive forbidding all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey from renewing or entering into 287(g) arrangements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As in the past on this issue, critics of the 287(g) program turned out to the freeholder meeting to voice opposition. “The 287(g) rules allow the federal government to almost deputize local law enforcement to be immigration agents, with no set rules how policy will be applied,” Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-11) said. “I wish the federal government, who is in charge of immigration and deportation, would do their job, create better guidelines for their agents and stop driving a wedge between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.” The sheriff’s offices in Cape May and Monmouth counties were the only law enforcement agencies in the state to have 287(g) agreements, both of which were terminated by Grewal’s directive of Sept. 27. Freeholders and Golden, however, believe that the attorney general’s action conflicts with the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, namely that federal law is the supreme law of the land, according to the resolution freeholders adopted last week. “It’s unsafe,” Golden said. “Our opponents continue to politicize the issue to fuel an already divisive cultural conversation,” they said in a statement. “No one is suggesting that suspected criminals should be set free or that information pertaining to their crime shouldn’t be shared with other appropriate departments. We’re highly disappointed to see that the Freeholders are moving forward with hiring an attorney to challenge the AG’s directive. It sends the wrong message and is a flat-out waste of Monmouth taxpayers’ dollars.” By Philip Sean Curran In 2018, 40 inmates atthe jail out of about 7,800were identified as ICE holdsand detainees, Golden said.
While rushing a sorority at Marist College in New York, Mellish attended a workshop hosted by the One Love Foundation, founded in honor of the late 22-year-old Yeardley Love, who lost her life as a result of domestic violence. The workshop included a 45-minute video with details of how abusive relationships play out. By Allison Perrine Gina Mellish models the Angel Energy clothing she helped design in support of domestic abuse victims. Photo courtesy Gina Mellish Any man, woman, or child can be sexually victimized. There is no acceptable reason for violence and abuse. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to 180 Turning Lives Around. Its domestic violence hotline is 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262. Its website is 180nj.org. “It really makes my heart so happy because you never really know what post can make that difference for people. A lot of the times people have to hear it over and over and it’s very difficult when you have a family or you’re stuck at home,” said Mellish. “I really underestimated the power of social media,” she said. After posting videos and information about such topics as how to make a safe escape plan and how to get help, she found that people were sharing them with others and commenting positive responses to her messages. One important resource for domestic abuse victims in Monmouth County is the Hazlet-based nonprofit organization 180 Turning Lives Around. It is currently offering counseling services to those in need and additional rooms for families to stay in, including those with children and pets. This is important because oftentimes people don’t want to leave their abusers in fear of leaving their loved ones or pets behind, Mellish said. The organization is also working with local police departments to issue temporary restraining orders when necessary while the courts are closed. Since then, Mellish has hosted workshops with the One Love Foundation to help educate other students about the signs of unhealthy relationship behaviors before they escalate into abuse. She continues to teach these lessons today, but now she must do so virtually because of the pandemic. Domestic violence is rising as the quarantine continues. That’s why Mellish, who was crowned Miss New Jersey USA in November 2019, is using her voice to find resources for those in need. She’s even working with state and local elected officials to develop further protections for victims. “I swear, it was like the biggest sign from God for me,” said Mellish. “It goes through all of these unhealthy signs that people don’t normally realize or label as abusive because we’re not really ever taught how to love. We just learn from the people around us, our parents or what we see.” In the meantime, Mellish is collaborating with Hoboken resident Sarah Ripoli who is also a former victim of domestic violence. Ripoli now gives back to others through her clothing brand, Angel Energy, in which 25 percent of proceeds support domestic violence charities. The brand is currently offering a signature line of sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats and T-shirts. The two are working on bringing a new sweat set to the site soon. After speaking with Lynn Lucarelli, 180’s director of development, Mellish learned that the organization has not received a higher volume of calls and reports about domestic violence, despite cases being on the rise. She has, however, seen “a significant increase” in website visits around the hours of 1 and 2 a.m. “For me, what that said is there’s not enough privacy for victims to actually reach out,” she said. “The actual ability for victims to reach out and use their voice is limited because of the fact that there’s no privacy now that they’re quarantined with their abusers.” Mellish feels a personal connection to this cause, as she is a survivor of a three-year abusive relationship that started when she was 16. The relationship continued into her college years and, because her parents weren’t there to see what was happening, they were surprised to learn about what she went through, she told The Two River Times. “I think this is something that could really make a difference,” said Mellish. The article originally appeared in the April 30 – May 6, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. To help people in that situation, Mellish is working with Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and former Oceanport councilman Joe Irace to develop a “safe word” for abuse victims to use in pharmacies, signaling that they need help. Mellish said that Italy and other countries first impacted by novel coronavirus implemented this system and it is saving lives. Mellish hopes to do the same for New Jersey residents and, eventually, all U.S. residents. “It’s a fun, positive way to get people involved in this situation because sometimes it’s not easy to talk about or read. It’s an uncomfortable conversation for a lot of people,” said Mellish. “We thought this would be a really fun, positive way to give back to charities that are helping victims right now.” OCEANPORT – Gov. Phil Murphy prolonged his executive stay-at-home order this week, mandating that people stay indoors as much as possible until further notice. But Oceanport resident Gina Mellish knows that, sadly, home is not a safe haven for everyone.
The Castlegar Rebels scored three times in the second period to post a 3-0 shutout over the Nelson Leafs as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicked off its 2010-11 season Friday in the Sunflower City.Taylor Anderson, Dylan Richardson and Erik Wentzel scored during a four-minute span for the home town squad. Richardson and Wentzel each finished the game with two points. Veteran netminder Andrew Walton stopped 19 shots to register the shutout.Leaf goalie Marcus Beesley was definitely the busier of the two backstoppers, facing 39 shots, including 20 in the middle frame, as the Rebels sent the announced crowd of 371 home smiling.The victory was the first of his coaching campaign for Castlegar product Steve Junker. The Castlegar Minor Hockey grad, replacing Brent Heaven behind the bench, joined the Rebels coaching staff after spending the past 13 seasons playing professional hockey in Europe.
By The Nelson Daily StaffThe Spokane A’s pay a visit to the Heritage City Saturday to meet the Peewee Leafs in West Kootenay Peewee Rep Minor Hockey action.The A’s blasted the Leafs 8-0 in action last week in Spokane.Sunday, Nelson rebounded from the tough loss to edge the Spokane B’s 1-0.Merrisa Dawson scored the only goal the Leafs would need on a pass from Everett Hicks.Joey Timmermans and Curt Doyle split the netminding duties for the Leafs.Nelson enters the contest with a 5-4-1 record while Spokane heads the division with one loss in eight email@example.com
A pair of late tourney victories powered the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 13th place finish at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Saturday in Abbotsford.“At the start of the tournament I thought we’d probably do better but we won our last two games so I guess we’re happy with that,” said Bomber captain Connor Butler.Butler & Company managed to finish with a two-game win streak thanks to a 22-20 win over Southridge of White Rock in consolation round action.Colin Robinson, Quinn Cowie and Jeese Yanke each scored a try to lead LVR past the White Rock School.Kevin Lewis converted all three scores to round out the scoring for LVR.Butler said the difference between the first two games for LVR — losses to top-ranked Collingwood of West Vancouver and Kalamalka Lakers of Vernon — and the final two contests was the ability of the Bombers to bounce back after being scored on.“For us it was more mental than anything,” Butler explained. “We had to just rally together after we were scored on.”“We never get scored on when we play in the Kootenays so during the first two games it was tough for us after the other teams scored,” Butler added. “So in the third game when we got scored on we rallied together and found a way to get back in the game.”The strategic change allowed the Bombers rout Okanagan Mission of Kelowna 27-5 before outlasting Southridge.Cowie won the Commissioner’s XV as the Bombers most sportsmanlike player.LVR finished 16th in the 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Terminal City Roller Girls scored early and often en route to a convincing 159-75 victory over the Kootenay Kannibelles in the final of the Klash In The Kootenays Western Canadian Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Championships Sunday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.But it was the Kannibelles who captured the hearts of everyone at the Klash In The Kootenays as the local allstar squad, which qualified for the National in January of 2013, pushed the high-powered Terminal City squad in every jam. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports is quick to applaud the Kannibelles with Team of the Week.The squad includes, back row, L-R, Terror Australis, Brutiful Bits, Courtney Shove, Celine Die-On, Scarlett Bloodbath, Black Eyed Tea and Anne Surly (with the tiara).Middle,Tara Pieceoff, Misstreat, Phil Your Pants Pants Off and Jezebrawler.Front, Canuck Norris, Pell-Mell, Tex A Masacure, Beretta Lynch and Mariah Scarey TeAmo.