Shannon Chamber launches new Lean Network

first_imgAdvertisement Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon to join Shannon Chamber Webinar to share advice for companies as they embrace the recovery Email BusinessNewsShannon Chamber launches new Lean NetworkBy Staff Reporter – November 9, 2016 1991 Facebook Shannon Companies Sharing Data on their Preparedness for COVID-19 Shannon training programmes go virtual Quality, Reliability and Cost Rank High in Assessment of Sup-Suppliers by Multinational and Larger Indigenous Companies WhatsApp Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Chamber members hoping for good news on jobs front Launching the new Mid-West Lean Network (from left): Gene Leonard, managing director, LBSPartners; Helen Downes, chief executive, Shannon Chamber; Alan Keogh, plant manager and Neil Enright, GLSS site development leader, Molex Shannon. Photo: Eamon Ward.A NEW business network, aimed at encouraging companies to adopt Lean practices, has been set up for the Mid West region.The brainchild of Shannon Chamber, the Mid-West Lean Network, will be managed by Shannon Chamber, chaired in the first instance by Molex Shannon and directed by LBS Partners. The network is open to businesses across all sectors who wish to learn about and introduce Lean into their organisations.Inaugural network chairman, Neil Enright, GLSS site development leader with Molex stated: “The purpose of the new network is to strengthen and increase an existing culture of Lean within the Shannon and the wider Mid-West region to enable each industry to broaden and strengthen their competitiveness through knowledge sharing and benchmarking against each other and different industries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We see this as a key enabler to attract new investment and job growth within the region by making each member more cost effective and better service providers by creating long-term value for their customers.“Through collaboration with our academic partner, the University of Limerick, we will work to ensure that a pipeline of relevant programmes is available to help strengthen the requisite skill sets. We will also work with government agencies like IDA and Enterprise Ireland to ensure that our members are aware of and can avail of the funding and support available through these agencies’ Lean programmes.”Speaking at the launch, Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes said: “We have been hosting annual Lean in Business seminars since 2011. Their popularity stems from the fact that they give companies the opportunity to see first-hand how Lean works and the benefits that can be derived from becoming Lean.“We looked at the success of a number of Forums we have already established – the CEO and HR Forums in particular – and thought, why not a Lean network along the same lines. The buy-in has been tremendous and I am delighted that Molex’s Neil Enright has agreed to be the first chair, ably assisted by the Shannon Chamber team and, Gene Leonard and Michelle Whelan from LBS Partners.“Based on a poll of 13 topics presented at the launch, a roster of Lean topics will be chosen for a series of monthly Lean workshops, which will commence in January 2017. A number of companies have already volunteered to host some of these workshops in their facilities, which is an amazing buy-in already. As evidenced from the presentations at the Lean seminar, the benefits from introducing Lean are quite staggering and we look forward to witnessing an increased robustness in enterprises gained from adopting Lean.”Contact [email protected] to register interest and membership is free. Linkedin Previous articleSoccer – Janesboro and Moyross clash set for TVNext articleSoccer – FAI unveil new Football Development Officer for Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSLean NetworkShannon Chamber Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 last_img read more

Dodgers lose their 5th straight in a tense NLCS rematch with Brewers

first_img[email protected]’s revenge game. pic.twitter.com/L0KzBxvsAm— MLB (@MLB) April 13, 2019 PreviousMilwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, and relief pitcher Alex Wilson congratulate each other after the Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 in a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias follows through during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager heads to first on his home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun watches a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager go out for a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, rounds third after hitting a solo home run as Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes stands on the mound during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal takes off his helmet as fans cheer during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. This was Grandal’s first at-bat at Dodger Stadium since leaving the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Home plate umpire Brian Knight, upper right, has his mask knocked off by a foul tip hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, left, as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal waits for the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Knight left the game for a concussion protocol. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Home plate umpire Brian Knight, upper right, has his mask knocked off by a foul tip hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, left, next to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Knight left the game for a concussion protocol. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Home plate umpire Brian Knight is checked on by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, after having his mask knocked off by a foul tip hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, left, while starting pitcher Corbin Burnes watches during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Knight left the game for a concussion protocol. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers gives a hand to home plate umpire Brian Knight #91 after he took afoul ball to the face mask in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Knight left the game according to concussion protocol. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Home plate umpire Brian Knight, right, is checked on by fellow umpires after he was hit on the mask by a foul tip of the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is safe at first base after beating the throw on an infield hit to Corbin Burnes #39 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches his solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes, left, during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Alex Verdugo #27 congratulations Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he hit a two run home run in the third inning of the game Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on as Corey Seager #5 gives congratulations Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he hit a two run home run in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers climbs the wall but can’t reach the ball hit by Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers for a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Hernan Perez, right, is congratulated by Mike Moustakas after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, left, rounds first after hitting a two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as reacts as he rounds first base after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger rounds first after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on as Joc Pederson #31 is greeted by Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich is hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal watches his two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias, foreground, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal points to his dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Yasmani Grandal #10 is greeted by Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers and Mike Moustakas #11 of the Milwaukee Brewers after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates while standing on second base after hitting a RBI double in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Joc Pederson #31 gets out of the way of A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he fields a two RBI double by Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader throws to the plate during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 12: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slams his bat after leaving popping out with runners on base in the eighth inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, and relief pitcher Alex Wilson congratulate each other after the Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 in a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 37Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers played a game that counted Friday for the first time since the 2018 National League Championship Series. Manager Dave Roberts was asked what he remembered about that series, which the Dodgers won in seven games. His first answer? Chris Taylor’s running, leaping catch of a Christian Yelich fly ball that preserved a one-run lead in Game 7.Julio Urías ought to remember that play, too. Urías only pitched to one batter that night in Milwaukee; his outing ended when Taylor clasped his glove and slid across the warning track in left-center field without dropping the baseball.Those were happier days for the Dodgers, who have lost five consecutive games, and for Urías. The Brewers won the rematch 8-5, a game no less tense than their last.“They’re a really good team. We’re a really good team,” Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger said following a 2-for-4 night. “I think most of these games are going to be like that when we play each other.” “Everyone wants to hit in that situation,” Bellinger said. “Hader’s really, really good. J.T. put together a great at-bat. He threw J.T. great pitches to strike him out. I was just watching two great players go at it.”In his third start of the season, Urías’ command was off from the outset. The left-hander allowed a pair of home runs and six runs total over five innings. The left-hander suffered his first loss of the season.Former Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal put the Brewers ahead to stay with a home run against Urías in the fifth inning, part of a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance. Was Grandal’s familiarity with Urías an advantage?“I think it’s moreso that I missed the changeup there down the middle,” Urías said through an interpreter. “When you miss, you pay the price.”Seager and Joc Pederson also hit home runs for the Dodgers, both against Brewers starter Corbin Burnes. Six of the Dodgers’ 12 hits went for extra bases, but they went 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. They never led after Grandal’s two-run homer in the fifth inning.For the second consecutive start, Urías struggled to find the strike zone early. Eighteen of his 31 pitches in the first inning were called balls. Lorenzo Cain led off with a single. Ryan Braun drew a one-out walk. Grandal singled in Cain, and Mike Moustakas singled in Braun, each with a two-strike count. The Brewers quickly led 2-0.The Dodgers got one run back in the bottom of the first inning. Seager’s home run, on a 96-mph fastball down the middle from Burnes, was his first opposite-field tater since 2017.Seager led off the third inning with an opposite-field double and went to third on a groundout by Turner. Bellinger then blasted a home run to right field, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.Urías, meanwhile, settled in and retired eight batters in a row. The streak ended in the fourth inning, when he fielded Moustakas’ ground ball to the left of the mound and threw a one-hopper to first base that Bellinger couldn’t pick out of the dirt. Moustakas reached by virtue of the error.Ostensibly Urías’ command escaped him again. He hung two curveballs at the top of the strike zone to the next batter, Hernan Perez. Perez watched the first pitch and walloped the second to left-center field for a two-run homer, putting the Brewers ahead 4-3.A see-saw battle ensued. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Austin Barnes singled and Pederson smashed a two-run homer. The Dodgers led 5-4.In the top of the fifth inning, Urías plunked Yelich in the back with a fastball, followed by the fateful changeup to Grandal. He was serenaded with boos rounding the bases, and the Brewers took a 6-5 lead.Milwaukee tacked on an insurance run against Joe Kelly in the seventh inning and another against Kenley Jansen in the ninth.Other than perhaps Kelly, who needed 29 pitches to record four outs, the Dodgers should have all their relievers available for Saturday’s bullpen game. Caleb Ferguson will start. The Dodgers face the potential of losing six consecutive games for the first time since May of last year. Roberts said he wasn’t planning any pep talks.“You’ve got to pitch, you’ve got to catch it, and you’ve got to put at-bats together,” Roberts said. “The catching and putting at-bats together, I think we’ve been very consistent with that. But we still have to put up quality starts.”Only three men umpired most of Friday’s game. Home plate umpire Brian Knight was struck in the face mask by a Pederson foul tip in the Dodgers’ first at-bat of the game. Knight left the game and was treated under MLB’s concussion protocol. Second base umpire Pat Hoberg took over behind the plate. Milwaukee led 7-5 in the eighth inning when fearsome reliever Josh Hader was summoned before the announced crowd of 43,643 at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander with a whipsaw delivery allowed the second and third hits he’s surrendered all season, a double by David Freese and a single by Chris Taylor.That put runners at the corners with one out for Max Muncy, a left-handed pinch hitter. Again and again, Hader threw fastballs at the height of Muncy’s chest. Eventually, the count drew full. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Muncy foul-tipped a 95-mph heater into the glove of catcher Yasmani Grandal. Two outs.Corey Seager, another left-hander, was up next. Again and again, Hader threw fastballs at the height of Seager’s chest. On the seventh pitch, Seager took a 95-mph fastball for ball four. The bases were loaded.Next came Justin Turner, a right-handed hitter. This time Hader’s approach was different: a fastball high, another at the knees for a strike, an 81-mph slider down the middle that Turner could only foul off. After another fastball missed inside, Hader pulled the string on a 2-and-2 slider over the plate. Turner mistimed the pitch badly. The strikeout ended the inning and the Dodgers’ final chance at redemption.Bellinger, who hit his National League-leading eighth home run in the third inning, was stranded on deck. 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First Degree Murder Suspect Wrongly Released in Broward Arrested in Georgia

first_imgFinally a 28-year-old murder suspect accidentally released from the Broward County jail has been arrested in Georgia.Eric Vail was released from the Broward County Jail May 30, where he was being held on a a second-degree murder charge. The jail was told Vail’s charges were dismissed and he was released but he had also been charged with first degree murder.Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT/Fugitive Unit, who are also part of the U.S. Marshals Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, have been investigating Vail’s whereabouts since then, according to the sheriff’s office. Their investigation led them to a mobile home in Jesup, Georgia.Vail initially resisted and barricaded himself inside the home, the sheriff’s office said. After about three hours, he was taken into custody.He is expected to be extradited to Broward County to face one count of first-degree murder.last_img read more

Ind vs SA 2nd Test Day 1 Review: Agarwal’s hundred prods India into an…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The HinduAdvertisement ps26lkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7o6g1bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2krx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4n7Would you ever consider trying this?😱fg4qCan your students do this? 🌚4vcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Mayank Agarwal’s second consecutive hundred provided the Men In Blue a platform for piling runs on. Apart from the opener’s contribution, the total was supplemented by fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The HinduLosing his second straight toss, Faf du Plessis and co. were assigned to bowl first on a sunny day in Pune. Both the teams added one seamer each at the expense of a spinner.The track was livelier than the last surface as the South African pacers were able to trouble the in-form Indian openers. Rabada’s probing spell was met with a reward with Rohit Sharma edging one to de Kock after scoring 14.Advertisement The hosts survived a scare after Pujara was dropped on a duck. The batsman made most of his second life by scoring a fifty before Rabada snatched his wicket. The pair had added 138 runs for the second wicket.Mayank Agarwal notched the second hundred of his career and the series with Virat Kohli at the other end. Rabada’s day continued to brighten by dismissing the centurion himself for 108.Advertisement The skipper Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 63 while Rahane stays on 10 along with him. India are currently placed at 273-3 after stumps on Day 1 of the second test.Read Also:Virat Kohli: Double the points for each away victory in Test Championships!Virat Kohli: Let Rohit Sharma have fun in tests  Advertisementlast_img read more

Shore Conference Boys Volleyball Has Come a Long Way in 15…

first_imgMANAHAWKIN – When you mention volleyball to most Jersey Shore residents it conjures up the thought of ultra-tan men and women romping through the sand on a sunny, 85-degree humid day on the beach in Belmar.Since the AVP professional volleyball tour made its first stop in New Jersey in the early 1980’s, beach volleyball has skyrocketed in popularity, not only as a spectator sport, but as a perfect way to stay in shape and have some fun with hundreds of leagues springing up, up-and-down the Jersey Shore.Volleyball’s origins date back as far as 1895 when a Holyoke, Massachusetts YMCA physical education director, William G. Morgan, combined the game of tennis and handball and called it Mintonette. After an observer, Alfred Halstead, noticed the volleying nature of the game, the game quickly became known as volleyball.The history of Olympic volleyball traces back to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, where volleyball was played as part of an American sports demonstration event. The competition was a success and ultimately it began to be considered for official inclusion and was officially included in the 1964 Summer Olympics. Beach volleyball was added to the Olympic program at the 1996 Summer Olympics with only two players per team.In the fall of 1999, Southern Regional and Long Branch High School started the first girls’ volleyball programs in Shore Conference history with Colts Neck adding a team two years later.Southern Regional boys head coach, Eric Maxwell, followed suit and in the spring of 2000 formed the first boys’ volleyball program in the Shore Conference.“My sister-in-law Cathy Maxwell had started the girls program at Southern and I had just started teaching there,” Maxwell said. “I was in the right place at the right time. The athletic director was considering starting a boys program and asked me what I thought. I had been involved in the sport my whole life so of course I thought it was a great idea.”Now, 16 seasons later, Eric Maxwell is still the head coach at Southern and the Rams (37-2) are the No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey after winning their second consecutive NJSIAA State Championship in 2014 and fourth title in six years.In 2002, Christian Brothers Academy, Colts Neck and Long Branch added boys programs giving birth to Shore Conference boys’ volleyball. The four teams would play each other twice a season, adding additional games out of the area if they could find them, but usually played around ten games a season.It stayed that way until 2005, when Marlboro and Manchester High Schools joined, then in 2007 Howell, Monsignor Donovan, Barnegat, and the three Toms River Schools (North, South and East) were added and the Shore Conference was split into the A North division and the A South division.In 2009, the 12 member schools held the first official Shore Conference Boys Volleyball Tournament pitting Southern Regional against CBA. Southern beat CBA in the inaugural match and the two teams have faced each other in the final every year since with the Rams taking all six titles.Since the 2009 season, an additional 10 teams, including Lacey Township and Pinelands in Class A South and Neptune and Freehold in Class A North have been added along with Central Regional, Wall Township, St. Rose, Red Bank Catholic, Saint John Vianney and Keyport in the newly formed Class A Central.The success of Southern Regional’s volleyball program has drawn a lot of attention to Shore Conference volleyball and because of this you can expect to see additional growth coming out of the Shore in the next couple of years.— By Mike Readylast_img read more

Tinton Falls Intersection Again Under Discussion After Serious Collision

first_imgBut residents have put up resistance, suspecting the county’s motivation to widen Sycamore is to increase commercial traffic. Residents of the northern section of the borough have a website, savetintonfalls.com, where they charged that “our entire neighborhood is about to become a thru-way for Monmouth County.” “And my primary concern is safety,” he said. “A traffic light’s got to be there,” he said. “We’ve studied it and we’ve studied it and we’ve studied it,” he said. “And still nothing happens.” Turning said that in 2017, his last year as mayor, 14 people were injured in accidents at that intersection. “And we’ve been analyzing, monthly, the crash reports to determine whether or not there is a change in the pattern,” he said. “The problem is the county wants to put a five-lane intersection in there for their future traffic needs to push more traffic through all of the roads in Tinton Falls, including Hance and Hope and Sycamore,” said Sycamore Avenue resident Peter Kar vavites Aug.13. “We’ve asked for a light, we’ve asked for a turning lane and we’ve asked to reduce speed. The county has said ‘no,’ because all they want is a large highway cutting through a residential area.” “I think it’s too long been overlooked and not appropriately taken care of, catering to a small group of people who don’t want it done,” Baldwin said. “Shame on the county. It’s their road. They can fix it.” The county has studied and suggested improvements to that intersection and the nearby intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Hope Road, a municipal road. A 2018 traffic study and plan for the county showed the crash rate at Hance and Sycamore was more than twice the state average and that there were more than 20 injuries over a four-year period. The area is heavily travelled during the peak morning and afternoon drive times, the report found. The county has said widening the road is necessary for the traffic light to function properly, to avoid traffic backups extending through Hope Road and causing gridlock. A traffic light already exists at the intersection of Hope Road and Sycamore Avenue, a few car lengths away from the Hance and Sycamore intersection. FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Freeholders last week again heard concerns about a dangerous intersection of two county roads in Tinton Falls, with a former mayor and police chief of the borough saying something needs to be done after they said an elderly motorist was fatally injured there recently. By Philip Sean Curran Gerald Turning, a former borough of Tinton Falls police chief, went before the board Aug. 7 to raise the alarm about Hance and Sycamore avenues, a “T” intersection that “is no longer just dangerous, it is deadly,” he said. Gary Baldwin, Tinton Falls Council president, said Aug. 13 that police have yet to release their official report on the collision, so details about the victims’ ages and names and how the accident happened have not been disclosed. Yet he felt the July 19 crash should serve as a call to action for the intersection to be made safer. “They want something in writing and we’re not prepared to put anything in writing on that, because it’s not our road,” Baldwin said. “It’s their decision.” Baldwin said Tinton Falls is waiting on a final report from the county saying it had explored all possible alternatives to make the intersection safer and a final recommendation for improving the intersection. Baldwin said he favors a traffic light with added turning lanes.center_img Tinton Falls Mayor Vito Perillo could not be reached for comment. But so far, the county has not moved forward on the suggested improvements outlined in last year’s report. That’s because the county follows a policy of first getting the consent of the governing body of the municipality before moving ahead with intersection projects that affect a municipal road. County officials have worked with Tinton Falls to find alternatives for improving safety. They eliminated the shoulder on the eastbound lane of Sycamore as part of a study to see if crashes would be reduced for 12 months. County engineer Joseph M. Ettore said during last week’s meeting that Tinton Falls Police have provided the county with crash reports. Former Monmouth freeholder and Middletown mayor Frank Self, now a resident of Tinton Falls, also was at the freeholder meeting on the issue. Now the acting president of the Greenbriar Falls Condo Association on Hance Avenue, he sought answers from freeholders on what the county plans to do. The “ticking time bomb” at Hance and Sycamore “is still ticking,” he added. “People are dying. This can’t continue to happen.” He said further that only a small length of Sycamore would be five lanes wide; four of them would be for vehicular traffic, while the fifth would be to safely align the lanes. In another step, the county studied the 40 mph speed limit of Sycamore and found it was the correct limit, based on the speeds of most drivers using the county road. In addition, the county got permission from a property owner on Sycamore, where there is a bend in the road, to remove trees that were hindering motorists’ sight lines. In an inter view after the meeting, Turning said he’d like to see either Tinton Falls’ governing body back the county’s plans for the intersection or, if that fails, for the county to go ahead with the improvements without local officials’ support. Tinton Falls’ five-member council has not gone along, despite being only one vote shy, according to Turning. Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said Aug. 13 that a traffic light at the intersection was a “definite”andcalledsafety a “top priority.” One of the proposals from the study called for widening Sycamore Avenue, which would mean acquiring small por tions of private property, and installing a traffic signal at the Hance and Sycamore intersection. Another sug- gestion called for extending Hope Road in a move that would require acquiring 3.1 acres of private property. “Maybe it’s time for the county of Monmouth to simply say we’re no longer going to continue with that procedure that we have, that we’re going to wait for a serious problem like this to be fixed for the elected officials of that community or any community to say, ‘yes, it’s OK,’ ” Turning said at last week’s freeholders meeting. Current Tinton Falls Police Chief John A. Scrivanic could not be reached for comment about the crash. “There’s been more accidents at that intersection than you can shake a stick at over the years,” he said. “But the greater good is simple. You can’t have people being injured in car accidents at an intersection that you know is a failure.”last_img read more