Arsenal star Mattéo Guendouzi mugs off John Terry on the touchline during Aston Villa…

first_imgImage Courtesy: PA/Sky SportsAdvertisement 0qihNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9jkaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Esl00( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ifWould you ever consider trying this?😱00veCan your students do this? 🌚4ckjRoller skating! Powered by Firework The dramatic match between Arsenal and Aston Villa on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium not only saw the hosts having a dramatic comeback and their defender Sokratis’s hysterical play acting, but also the Gunners midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi was seen allegedly throwing gestures at John Terry, as reported by a fan.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PA/Sky SportsTerry, former gaffer and current assistant head coach for The Lions, was in the dugout when Guendouzi was seen staring at him time and again in the dying minutes of the game, and the two were also heard to have been in a verbal tussle.As reported by Twitter user and Gunners fan @seangooner, who was sitting right behind the former Blues captain in the dugout, the 20 year old was seen to act a gesture at Terry which the fan translates to be ‘I’m in your head’, soon after the third Arsenal goal.Advertisement “I was sat directly behind the Aston Villa dugout. Guendouzi and John Terry exchanged words throughout. After the third goal, Guendouzi went straight to JT, gesturing ‘I’m in your head’. So, so good,” the supporter tweeted.The French under 21 joined Emery’s side last year from Ligue 2 side FC Lorient, and has made 39 appearances for the club accross all competitions.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

LaLiga named Honorary Ambassador of the Spain Brand in International Relations

first_imgAdvertisement i9zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egppu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) elkWould you ever consider trying this?😱c0wt5Can your students do this? 🌚6i2k9Roller skating! Powered by Firework  LaLiga, Ana Botin, Isabel Coixet, Carolina Marin, ONCE, Paradores, Francisco Mojica and Jose Luis Bonet comprise the eighth group of Honorary Ambassadors of the Spain Brand chosen by the Leading Brands of Spain Forum as part of an initiative to publicly recognise the people, companies and institutions that have made the largest and best contributions, with their exemplary professional backgrounds, to reinforcing a positive image of Spain abroad.Advertisement LaLiga, chosen in the International Relations category, was represented by its president, Javier Tebas, who, along with the rest of the honorary ambassadors, held a meeting with the royal couple before the ceremony to share the ambassadors’ vision of Spain’s international image in various spheres.Advertisement The other ambassadors were recognised in the following biennial categories: Ana Botin (Corporate Management), ONCE (Social Action), Isabel Coixet (Art and Culture), Red de Paradores (Tourism and Gastronomy), Carolina Marin (Sports), Francisco Mojica (Science and Innovation), and Jose Luis Bonet (Extraordinary Credentials).Advertisement In his speech, His Majesty King Felipe VI underscored the work of the ambassadors: “Today I would like to reiterate the fact that our collective present and future are also moulded by the people, by Spaniards: the biography of Spain is the biography of all of its men and women, and we must continue to build it with the participation and efforts of all. And in this endeavour, we can feel proud of these role models of Spanish society who are the Honorary Ambassadors of the Spain Brand, truly an example for everyone.”“Thanks to LaLiga and the agreements with the various broadcasters, hundreds of millions of people around the world can enjoy Spanish football. LaLiga contributes to showing the world our undeniable strength as a country, given that the teams we have here are among the best on the planet. However, that reinforcement of Spain’s image also takes place through the power of football as a spectacle across the globe and through its inherent values as a sporting discipline, such as hard work, personal betterment, teamwork and collaboration,” His Majesty King Felipe VI went on to say with regard to the work of LaLiga as International Relations Ambassador. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sachin compared fight against Coronavirus to Test cricket in plea to public

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/NY TimesAdvertisement vi3NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsclfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7sr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nnWould you ever consider trying this?😱hbkzCan your students do this? 🌚97mlh0sRoller skating! Powered by Firework From China to Europe, the COVID-19 Coronavirus that originated from the city of Wuhan has found its way into almost all corners of the world, even India. A total of 176 citizens have been tested positive as of now, along with the death of three patients. Amidst the travel ban, and general panic among the population, several iconic figures and celebrities have come forward to show their support and have provided some guidelines for tackling the further spread of the virus. Indian cricketing hall of fame Sachin Tendulkar has put up an interesting analogy, as the legend believes the pandemic can be fought with lessons from Test cricket.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/NY TimesA pioneer of the sport, Sachin Tendulkar has had an astounding 200 international Test match experiences in his decorated career that spun more than two decades. While discussions are going on to tackle the spread of the virus, the legendary batsman came forward with Test cricket as a guideline for the public.In an exclusive interview with the Times of India, the former Team India talisman drew relevance of the ongoing battle against the Coronavirus with the prevalence of the red ball format among the craze of limited overs cricket.Advertisement “While the world battles the COVID-19, this is probably the time for all of us to draw lessons from the grand old format (Test cricket) of the game,” Sachin said in the interview.“Test Cricket rewards you for respecting what you don’t understand. It makes you value the virtue of patience. When you don’t understand the pitch conditions or the bowler, defence becomes the best form of attack.”Advertisement Talking about the factors that function in a Test match, the Little Master emphasised on the necessity of ‘Patience’.“Patience is what we require now, if we have to defend well. In  my entire life as a professional cricketer and beyond, I never thought I would see anything like this. Cricket in India and globally has come to a complete standstill.”The 46 year old continued: “Test Cricket is about staging comebacks. There is always a second innings, if you’ve missed the first one. Different countries are at different stages of their fight against Coronavirus. But with a positive mindset, all of them can overcome this pandemic in their own ways.”“All nations should consider themselves part of one team. They should talk to each other, keep themselves motivated, pat each other’s backs after a long day’s play and come back harder the next day to continue the fight.” he added.Read Sachin’s full interview here.The cricketing stalwart of India was also seen participating in WHO’s ‘#SafeHandsChallenge’, where Sachin spoke about the importance of properly washing hands in a Twitter video.Also read-#SafeHandsChallenge: Minister Kiren Rijiju, PV Sindhu and others show India how to wash hands amidst Coronavirus scare!Indian Shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Aishwary Pratap secure Olympic berth amidst Coronavirus woes! Advertisementlast_img read more

India’s T20 WC 2007 winner wants to play in one more World Cup!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement wavouNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsshphl1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tqxaWould you ever consider trying this?😱4q2wbCan your students do this? 🌚pvRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricket team has undergone some major shake ups in the recent past, and the squad is now targeting the upcoming 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to kick off in October. There are many speculations going around in the cricketing fandom about the presence or absence of particular players, and a major topic has been the possible return of MS Dhoni for the tournament. However, there is another veteran Team India superstar who is eyeing a return to the international stage with the world cup. Say hello to Robin Uthappa, the 34 year old batsman and 2007 T20 World Cup winner, who believes he still has another T20 World Cup left in him.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersThe former Karnataka cricket team star, who is currently with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, believes the upcoming T20 World Cup can be his return to don the Indian jersey again.Currently away from the training ground and self-isolated in his home amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Uthappa went on a conversation with ESPNcricinfo’s Raunak Kapoor, in the inaugural episode ‘One on One’.Advertisement Uthappa stated that these days he is focusing more on cricket, rather than broadcasting work, so he can make at attempt to return to the Men in Blue dressing room before this the 2020 T20 World Cup.“Right now I want to be competitive. I still have that fire burning in me, and I really want to compete and do well.” Uthappa said in the interview.Advertisement “I honestly believe I have a world cup left in me, so I’m pursuing that, especially the shortest format,” he indicated the upcoming T20 WC to be hosted in Australia in October.Continuing to talk speaking about his daily routine in the current nationwide lock down, the former Kolkata Knight Riders star went onto talk about his experience in the IPL, and also his international experience under the leadership of MS Dhoni, recalling his memories of the 2007 World T20.Uthappa mentioned the tie of the first group stage match against Pakistan, and how he took part in the bowl-out tie breaker as a bowler.Having practised bowl-out under Venkatesh Prasad, India’s bowling coach of that time, Uthappa was oozing with confidence with the ball, and he narrated how he approached his captain for the bowl-out.“When the bowl-out actually came up after the tied game, I went straight to MS and I said, ‘Listen, bro, I gotta bowl. I have to bowl.’ Then he said, ‘Ok, cool’” Uthappa told.Uthappa’s last appearance for India goes all the way back in 2015, in an ODI against Zimbabwe. Since then, the wicket keeping batsman’s career has been limited to domestic cricket only.Also read-Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s mother passes away due to CoronavirusIndian and international athletes come together for the #WhiteCard campaign on social media to promote sport Advertisementlast_img read more

What could have been: Rakheem Cornwall attracted NFL offers before cricket came to his…

first_imgAdvertisement 5az2tpNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfxf17Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh9ccpu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3n6Would you ever consider trying this?😱mopbyCan your students do this? 🌚l89qRoller skating! Powered by Firework West Indies all-rounder Rakheem Cornwall was reportedly eyed by the runner ups of the 2020 Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers. The franchise were impressed with the  6′ 6″ physical stature of the Caribbean born which was deemed as a curse heading into his cricketing career. Advertisement Just three months before his test debut against India, interest for the all-rounder spiked. Despite having no experience playing American football, the NFL franchise were prodded to give Cornwall a chance by their manager.Advertisement Their pursual was dead and buried after the Super Bowl runner-ups had already signed a 24-year-old player with similar physical attributes. As a result, the 49ers let go without even offering Cornwall a trial.Cornwall ultimately received the reward for his consistent hard work at the first-class level with a call-up to the first team. Cricket ultimately made the rescue after realizing it could have lost a potential gem to American football.Advertisement In his short career so far, while he is yet to talk with the bat, he has certainly made the ball do all sorts of things with his off-spin. The slow pacing in the run-up, the flight, turn and bounce is a sight to behold in the art of off-spin which is getting warmed up for its renaissance.During a talk with Cricbuzz, the all-rounder revealed how he deals with the hype around him. He said:“It don’t really matter to me. I just put it behind me and go forward. At the end of the day, I still have to go out there and perform. I can’t be burdened down with what people say. If I don’t perform, I will still get bashed,”After spending his childhood watching cricket more than playing it, it is a habit that has embedded in his system now.“Yeah I love cricket. I will watch any kind of cricket from under-15 to anything. I will at least watch them for 5-10 minutes and only then move on,” “I always want to be a respectable person in the community. People look at me as a role model, so I just have to make sure I stay disciplined. I know how to deal with the attention because I’m used to it,”If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:James Anderson claims no-saliva rule needs to be managed in order to not favour batsmen too much Advertisementlast_img read more

RBC Bats Silent In 7-0 MCT Loss To Manalapan

first_imgBy Ryan FennellRed Bank Catholic was eliminated in the first round of the Monmouth County Tournament in a 7-0 loss to Manalapan.Red Bank – It seemed one big inning would be all the Caseys needed to steal the lead, and the game, away from Manalapan last Friday in the first round of the Monmouth County softball tournament.The Caseys are still waiting for that inning.Manalapan, and starting pitcher Caitlin Gee, shut down the Caseys for seven innings to take a 7-0 victory into the next round against top-seeded Saint John Vianney.Gee pitched a complete game shutout allowing only two hits while striking out seven.  Gee did walk five batters, but no Caseys’ runner reached third base in the game.“In key situations we didn’t make good decisions,” said Red Bank Catholic head coach Tony Flego.  “We prepared ourselves properly to play, we just didn’t execute.  We did not execute our game plan at the plate.  We didn’t do what we had to do.”The Caseys’ best opportunities to score came in the second and fourth innings.Brynne Bauman led off the bottom of the second with a walk and quickly stole second.  After Morgan Chayes struck out looking on three pitches, Sarah Dnistrian worked a walk to put two on with one out, and the Caseys only down 1-0 at this point.However, Gee struck out Dakota Chayes and Colleen Signorelli to retire the side and end the Caseys threat.With one out in the fourth, Bauman again got RBC started by singling to left.  After Morgan Chayes flew out to center, Dnistrian worked another walk to move Bauman into scoring position, but Dakota Chayes grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning and Gee once again escaped, this time leading 4-0.Errors in the field led to three more runs for Manalapan with two in the sixth and one in the seventh.Five of Manalapan’s seven runs in the game came with two outs.“I thought we were in it the whole game,” Flego said.  “Even when we were down 4-0, I thought we could come back.  We just couldn’t get anything going.“We have to play error free, and we have to hit the ball,” he added.Manalapan took an early 1-0 lead in the first when Jackie Tsang smoked a two-out triple to left and scored on an infield single by Cassie Hrevnak.  Hrevnak lined a 1-1 pitch back to the mound but the ball glanced off Caseys’ pitcher Emily Simon’s glove and trickled toward short as Tsang scampered home.Tsang was 3-for-4 on the day adding a single in the third and a two-run double to right with the bases loaded in the sixth.Manalapan went up 2-0 in the third when Amanda Dipietrantonio smashed a two-out solo homerun to deep left-center.The Braves went ahead 4-0 in the fourth when, again with two outs, Amy Lagomarsino singled to left and Chandler Matcovich drew a walk and both advanced on a wild pitch.  Francesca Marchese followed with another base-on-balls to load the bases for Lauren Schwartz who walked on four pitches.  Dipietrantonio knocked in the second run of the inning with an infield single before Tsang grounded into a fielder’s choice at second to end the inning.Tsang drove in two more in the sixth with her bases loaded double to right, which would have cleared the bases had the ball not rolled under a fence in right resulting in a grounds-rule double.  Schwartz knocked in the seventh and final run for the Braves with two outs in the seventh with a single to left.“It was a good bounce-back win for us after losing in the bottom of the seventh to Middletown North [3-2 on April 25],” said Manalapan head coach Chris Hoffman. “Caitlin Gee carries us for the most part.  She’s kept us in every game since I’ve been here [two years].  We’ve been in every game because of her and it’s nice to see the infield and outfield back her up.”Manalapan did not commit an error in the game and struck out only twice in seven innings.The ninth-seeded Braves take on Saint John Vianney in the second round of the MCT.  Manalapan lost 1-0 to the Lancers in last year’s Monmouth County Tournament.“We’re excited to face them again,” Hoffman said.last_img read more

Lofts Project Completion Now Set for End of 2014

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – West Side Lofts, a large commercial and residential project under construction, is moving forward but will take longer to complete than initially planned.Construction for West Side Lofts, on the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue, is now expected to be completed at the end of 2014.“We’re definitely going to be pushed back to the end of the year (2014),” for completion of the project at the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue, said Stephen Santola, executive vice president and general counsel of Woodmont Properties, Fairfield, a principal in the project.Last October, company estimates put the completion date in the first quarter of 2014.“The storm definitely had something to do with it,” Santola said, referring to Super Storm Sandy that delayed work, supplies and caused the loss of electricity for about two weeks.“It’s also a complicated project” that includes a substantial integrated garage system and “sometimes those take a little longer,” he said. The construction also requires additional fabricated pieces “to get over the technical bumps.”“We’re not building a single-family home,” he said. “There are a lot of moving parts.”So far work is largely complete on the multi-level 85,000-plus square-foot parking garage that contains 221 stalls.The next phase of the work on the approximately 1.8-acre property will be delivery and placement of vertical steel beams, and the laying of cement footings – expected to begin in August, according to Santola.“We’re pleased” with how the work is proceeding, Santola said, adding that the company officials are hoping work will accelerate from here on with “the pieces of the puzzle coming together.”Last fall, the developers said the project is expected to cost approximately $35 million to $40 million.Plans call for 92 rental units, mostly one-and two-bedrooms, with three artist living/work spaces. On the commercial side, the Triumph Brew Pub, with locations in Princeton, New Hope and Philadelphia, will use 10,510 square feet of the commercial space. There will be an additional 11,353 of retail space available with the developers looking to attract arts-oriented businesses.The developers are Woodmont and Metrovation, a Washington State-based real estate development firm which has such area holdings as The Grove in Shrewsbury and Brook 35 Plaza in Sea Girt.Metrovation will be responsible for leasing the commercial space with Woodmont handling the construction and residential leasing components.The site had been the location of Blaisdell Lumber, the Monmouth Antique Shoppes and storage structures.Borough officials have touted the large project as a key component in helping revitalize the borough’s west side.last_img read more

Literacy Volunteers Offers Training and Prep Classes

first_imgLiteracy Volun­teers of Monmouth County will be offering two volunteer-tutor trainings and a U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class this fall.Autumn Tutor Training 1 will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept.18 through Oct. 23 at Brookdale Com­munity College’s Higher Edu­cation Center, 213 Broadway, Room 103, Long Branch.Autumn Tutor Training 2 will be held 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 18, 25, at the Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune.Cost for the program is $10 nonrefundable registration fee and an additional $35 for books and materials due at the first session for books and materials. Refresher courses are free to trained tutors. Class size is limited.U.S. Citizenship Prepara­tion Class is a 10-week class to be offered on Monday evenings Sept. 16 through Nov. 18 at Brookdale Com­munity College in Long Branch, 213 Broadway, Room 103, Long Branch. This class is recommended for Perman­ent Residents (green card status) who will be applying for U.S. Citi­zenship in 2013-2014. Stu­dents should have English speaking, reading and writing skills. Topics will cover the naturalization process, U.S. history, civics, testing, interview practice and N-400 application content as well as the “100 questions.” Class size is limited to 15 students and there is a $10 registration/materials charge per student.To register for any of these programs, or to find out more about Literacy Volunteers, contact LVMC at 732-571-0209.last_img read more

Respect Is The Driving Force Behind Painted Blue Lines On the…

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaBlue center lines on roads have become somewhat of a trend in recent weeks to show support for the women and men in blue, the law enforcement community.“I think the purpose is to give people a reminder we’re supportive of the police, we appreciate all they do for us,” said Middletown Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger.Township workers in Middletown painted a blue line in late October on Kings Highway. It goes from the area at the police station at Route 35 for about 2 miles to Red Hill Road.Around Nov. 1, Holmdel workers painted a blue line on Crawfords Corner Road at the Town Hall-Police headquarters. It runs down Crawfords Corner Road for about a quarter-mile toward Holmdel High School, said Mayor Eric Hinds.“Some other towns are doing it,” Hinds said. “We jumped on it. Show a little appreciation. I don’t know a worse year to be a police officer. We just wanted to show our support.”The year has been marked by the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas, Iowa, California, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Puerto Rico. More than 50 officers have been shot and killed this year around the country, according to the CNN television network.“It’s a very difficult time to do this job,” said Middletown Police Detective Lt. Paul J. Bailey.Middletown and Holmdel painted the blue line between the existing double-yellow lines.At its Oct. 13 meeting, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders passed a resolution, saying the board “strongly supports the symbolic painting of a Thin Blue Line in support of the law enforcement community” in the county.“The Thin Blue Line is a universal symbol to law enforcement, used not only to commemorate fallen law enforcement but also to represent the shared commitment to all of those who choose to protect their communities every day,” according to the freeholders resolution.The “Thin Blue Line” expression has been used to describe the police presence separating good from bad.“We have to show the public and our youth how much we support law enforcement and what they do for us,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It’s the only way you’re going to see the respect to our law enforcement agencies they deserve.“Here in Monmouth County, we totally, 100 percent, support our law enforcement agencies,” Arnone said.“The police really appreciate it,” Scharfenberger said.“I think it speaks very highly of the town we work for and the community we serve and protect that they would choose to do it,” Bailey said. “It’s a very nice gesture.”“I think it shows support for law enforcement, which is a good thing,” said Holmdel Police Lt. Robert Philhower.The line work was done as part of routine maintenance, Scharfenberger said. He said it should last awhile.“I guess we’ll have to make a decision if we want to make it a permanent thing,” Scharfenbergers said.Painting lines of different colors – green for St. Patrick’s Day and pink for breast cancer advocacy – seems to be a trend, Scharfenberger said.last_img read more

Green Light Given To 150-Acre Redevelopment Plan

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – The township’s governing body unanimously approved an extensive 150-acre redevelopment plan for the famed Circus Liquors property along Route 35 earlier this week, paving the way for decreased densities and more control over any future development.The Circus Liquors Redevelopment Plan lays groundwork for smaller zoning permissions on the mostly vacant tract of land that stretches about a half-mile from Kanes Lane to Kings Highway East along Route 35 north.This new plan permits up to 400,000 square feet of commercial space and up to 400 townhomes on the site. That is a decrease compared to a 2009 court settlement that allowed for 610,000 square feet of retail space and 504 housing units.Middletown mayor Kevin Settembrino“Will that property be developed? It will be developed,” Mayor Kevin Settembrino said moments before his affirmative vote. “Are we taking steps to try to develop it as responsibly as possible and within as small of a footprint as possible? I think we are.”The next step is for the governing body to work on and sign a redevelopers’ agreement with the two prospective developers/contract purchasers for the Circus Liquors property – National Realty & Development Corp. (NRDC) for the commercial portion and Toll Brothers for the residential. Both companies would still need to progress through formal site plan applications with the Middletown Township Planning Board, a process that township officials admitted could take months.But that’s not to say Middletown’s governing body favors development on this last real piece of major developable land along Route 35.“If it was up to me, we’d have a bunch of soccer fields on the property,” said Middletown Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore. “But I don’t own the property and the township doesn’t own the property. All we can do, from a township governing body respect, is zoning.”“Change happens…I think we all want the same thing. I don’t think any of you want anything different than I want here,” committeewoman Patricia Snell said.Township counsel Brian Nelson and township administrator Tony Mercantante both said Monday evening this reduced plan would help Middletown satisfy and shore up its affordable housing obligations. A Builder’s Remedy lawsuit could be filed if a settlement isn’t hashed out, Mercantante explained.“If this were to not happen, (affordable housing advocates) would have a lot of ammunition to say the town’s not doing the right thing,” he said. “We would lose complete control over the property and things could end up a lot worse.”Nearly 200 residents stuffed town hall Monday evening for a public hearing on the plan which lasted over five hours, into the wee morning hours Tuesday. More than 30 people, most of them in opposition, spoke on the record.Concerns about various aspects related to any future project-specific plan were aired, but Settembrino declined to comment on them and suggested any concerned homeowners bring those questions to the formal planning board meetings.One of the most talked about items was the traffic impact of any development to that section of Route 35. Middletown Township has hired a traffic expert to prepare a third-party traffic study of the nearby areas but it is still in a draft form and not publicly available.“Chapel Hill Road, Bamm Hollow Road, Red Hill Road – these are going to be filled with traffic all the time and that’s going to be a real problem,” said Robert Meyer.Elaine Lent, a parishioner at Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, read a letter from the church’s leadership detailing major issues with increased traffic from a development.“The impact of the proposed development will have negative effects on our church site” and traffic “would produce a dangerous excess of cars on Kings Highway going past our church,” Lent said.Laura Patten, who lives in the Carriage Drive development off Kings Highway East, was worried about setbacks from her property line to the residential townhouse piece.“The last thing I want is people sitting in their living rooms, looking out their windows and looking into my backyard and into my neighbors’ backyards,” she said.Residents also challenged the actual proceedings leading up to Monday night’s meeting. Former township committeeman and Democratic candidate for office this year, Sean Byrnes, pushed the governing body to table the vote and hold public sessions with residents to discuss the traffic plans and concerns about the commercial and residential pieces.He questioned whether any legitimate issues brought up during the five-hour-long public comment session could be addressed.“I don’t think this process that’s been set up where you have all these people here tonight giving you comments realistically allows for those comments to go anywhere,” said Byrnes.The redevelopment plan designation is another chapter in the nearly 25-year saga involving these parcels. A 1994 “town center” plan proposed 1.7 million square feet of retail space and 425 housing units on the property. Township officials fought that project and eventually settled in court, reaching the former 610,000-square-foot, 504-unit zone parameters.This article was first published in the August 23-30, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more