Pinterest By News Highland – April 24, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Group of Donegal Doctors call for Yes vote in abortion referendum A group of Donegal Doctors have released a statement calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.It follows a statement issued by a separate group of GPs in the county in recent days advocating a No vote next month, owing to findings from the Maternal Death Inquiry that deaths in Ireland were extremely rare.However the Yes doctors believe that the statistics fail to capture the experiences faced by many Irish women and that death is a very low bar by which to set the standard for maternity services.The statement continues that in 2016, 63 women listed a Donegal address when seeking a termination in England/Wales.Doctor Noel Sharkey is one of thirteen doctors who have signed the joint statement:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/nodfgdfgdfelraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The statement in full:With a month to go until polling day, a group of Donegal Doctors For Yes have released a statement to the people of Donegal calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum:We are a group of doctors, working in or from Donegal, who currently work across various medical specialties. We refer to a recently published letter from a group of doctors calling for a no vote. Their statement, that the Eighth Amendment does not put the lives of pregnant women at risk, runs contrary to the testimonies of Ireland’s leading obstetricians, including Prof Peter Boylan (former Master of National Maternity Hospital, Holles St) and Dr Rhona Mahoney (current Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St). These are the current experts in maternal and foetal health and deal with some of the most complicated pregnancies, many of which are dealt with away from rural GP practises because of their complex nature. Furthermore, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which has representation from all 19 maternity units across the country, has publicly declared its support for the recommendations made by the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment.Maternal mortality rates are not an indicator of successful pregnancies. This is evidenced by the countless number of Irish women who are sharing their experiences of having to choose between a forced pregnancy and travelling to the UK to access healthcare. 63 women listed a Donegal address when seeking a termination in England/Wales in 2016. Others have ordered abortion pills online and taken them in their home without any medical supervision. Maternal mortality statistics fail to capture these experiences. Indeed, death is a very low bar by which to set the standard for maternity services in Ireland. The current system has failed these women, many of whom are our sisters, daughters, mothers, aunts, cousins and friends, as well as patients.Regarding Savita Halappanavar, the author of the independent report into her tragic death, Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, has publicly stated that a timely termination could have saved her life, as has her husband. In addition, her family have urged the Irish electorate to vote Yes in the upcoming referendum. In his report to the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, Professor Arulkumaran said the following: “She did have sepsis. However, if she had a termination in the first days as requested, she would not have had sepsis. If she had the termination when asked for it, the sepsis would not arise” “We would never have heard of her and she would be alive today”. It is becoming clear that a minority of doctors wish to retain the Eighth Amendment. We respect these views and support legislation that will ensure that no doctor will be forced into providing abortion services against their conscience. However, in the face of ever growing medical evidence and the real life stories of Irish women, this ideology can no longer be afforded the constitutional protection it currently relies on. That doctors cannot agree on the issue is a strong enough argument in itself for introducing legislation rather than continuing with the ‘one size fits all’ model of the Eighth Amendment. As Irish women will attest, no two pregnancies are the same. Donegal women will continue to need access to termination services, regardless of the outcome of the referendum. However, we now have an opportunity to allow this to happen in a safe and compassionate environment, near the support of family and friends, and without fear of prosecution. 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Sep 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed reports of two more human H5N1 avian influenza cases, one in Indonesia and one in Thailand, raising the official global tally to 251 cases with 147 deaths.The two cases involve a 20-year-old Indonesian man who is part of a suspected case cluster in Bandung, West Java, and a 59-year-old farmer from northeastern Thailand. Both cases were reported by news services yesterday.The Indonesian man became ill with a fever and cough on Sep 17 and has been hospitalized since Sep 24, the WHO said. The man’s 23-year-old brother fell ill on Sep 16 and died 2 hours after he was admitted to a hospital on the 24th. H5N1 infection is suspected in his case, but it can’t be confirmed because no samples were taken, the agency said. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.In addition, a 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and remains hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said. Initial tests were negative for H5 viruses and positive for H1 virus, indicating that she has normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the statement said.Dr. Hudi Yusuf, a physician involved in caring for the two siblings, said the girl would be tested twice more in the next 2 days, according to an Agence France-Presse report published today. He reported that the girl was doing well but described her brother’s condition as bad. Yusuf told the Jakarta Post that the brother has pneumonia in both lungs and is on a ventilator.The latest case raises Indonesia’s H5N1 toll to 68 cases with 51 deaths.In confirming the Thai farmer’s case, the WHO said he was ill for nearly a month and repeatedly tested negative for H5N1. The farmer, a 59-year-old from Nong Bua Lam Phu province, got sick with a fever Jul 14, was hospitalized Jul 21, and died Aug 10, the WHO said. Thailand has had 25 human H5N1 cases, 17 of them fatal.Repeated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on samples from the man’s upper respiratory tract were negative for influenza A viruses, including H5N1, the WHO said. The virus’s presence was not confirmed until after his death, when lung samples were tested. Several fighting cocks belonging to the farmer had died in the days before he fell ill, the agency said.A report today in the Thai newspaper The Nation filled in more details about the man’s case. Thawat Suntrajarn, director of the government’s disease control department, said doctors initially suspected the man had leptospirosis, the story said. It wasn’t until he had been sick for 2 weeks that his wife told doctors the patient had nursed sick chickens. Doctors then started treating him with oseltamivir.An autopsy showed that the farmer’s death was actually caused by drug-resistant Acinetobacter bacteria, rather than by the viral infection itself, the newspaper reported. News reports yesterday said the man had died of a bacterial infection.The story said nine PCR tests failed to detect the H5N1 virus in the man. One doctor, Tawee Chotpitayasundond of the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, speculated that the oseltamivir treatment might have eliminated the virus from the part of the respiratory tract where swabs were taken for testing, according to the story.See also: WHO confirmation of H5N1 case in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlWHO confirmation of case in Thailandhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27/en/index.html
Read also: Medco cuts capex and production over oil price crashMedco Power president director Eka Satria said the company was committed to developing geothermal plants “following the previous project for the 330MW Sarulla geothermal plant in North Tapanuli.”The Sarulla plant is Indonesia’s second-largest geothermal power plant, after the 376MW Salak plant in West Java.Medco controls a 51 percent stake in the Blawan Ijen project while the remaining 49 percent are held by PT Ormat Geothermal Power, which acquired the stake late last year.Topics : Power producer PT Medco Power Indonesia (MPI) has started drilling geothermal wells for its plant in the Blawan Ijen volcano complex in East Java.Medco Power said on Wednesday that it would drill a total of four wells, two of which would be finished this year. The wells will power a 110 megawatt (MW) geothermal power plant – a mid-sized facility compared to other geothermal plants in Indonesia. Medco Power expects the plant to start operations between 2022 and 2023.The power producer, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s eighth-most productive oil company, publicly listed PT Medco Energi Internasional (MEDC), has already secured a 30-year power purchase agreement for the geothermal plant with state-owned electricity company PLN.
“If I’m honest I didn’t really think about testing positive for coronavirus,” said race leader Primoz Roglic of Slovenia.”I’m definitely happy that this beautiful race goes on and I can just wish the Tour director a speedy recovery.”The organizers said race director Prudhomme, who showed no symptoms of COVID-19, would leave the race for a week. Another concern was that French Prime Minister Jean Castex rode in the Tour director’s car for part of Saturday’s stage.Castex’s office said he would be tested for the virus.All team members, riders and staff had until 1100 GMT on Monday, the Tour’s first rest day, to take a test in a mobile laboratory provided by organizers.Four staff members of the Lotto Soudal team left the Tour two days before the start after two of them returned positive tests for COVID-19.Riders have expressed concerns that spectators were not being cautious enough, with some of them running alongside the peloton without wearing masks.This prompted the professional riders’ association (CPA) to issue a statement asking all fans to wear masks.Roglic is the overall leader of the race ahead of defending champion Egan Bernal of Colombia.France has recorded nearly 31,000 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began, according to a Reuters tally.Topics : Four teams at the Tour de France face a nervous week after each learning on Tuesday that a staff member had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as one more positive within a week would see the whole team excluded from the race.All 22 teams set off on the 10th stage after the riders themselves tested negative, with deputy race director Francois Lemarchand waving the flag for racing to commence in place of his boss Christian Prudhomme – who it emerged had also tested positive.French health authorities and organizers Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) have said that should two members of a team, riders or staff, test positive for the coronavirus the whole outfit will be kicked out of the race. The International Cycling Union (UCI) and the organizers said in a joint statement https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1303284798786543618 that one staff member each from French outfits Cofidis and AG2R-La Mondiale, Britain’s Team Ineos and Australia’s Mitchelton-Scott contracted the virus.”One of our staffers tested positive, they were tested the day before yesterday (Sunday), and we took all the necessary measures immediately,” said AG2R-La Mondiale team manager Vincent Lavenu.”The person went home. They’re a very cautious person and they were hit by bad luck.”A fourth round of testing for all teams is scheduled to take place in the next rest day in Isere on Sept. 14.
11 months ago Cristiano Ronaldo breaks down during interview with Piers Morgan Cristiano Ronaldo or CR7 is a football player born in a small town in Portugal. He is known for his records and for his amazing fitness. However, his road to glory wasn’t an easy one. As a young boy, CR7 played for Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. He developed his skill there but he wasn’t discovered until he faced a giant team. It was this match that got him noticed and started his goal-scoring spell. This match was between Sporting Lisbon and Premier League giants Manchester United. Facing such a high profile opposition at a young age, Ronaldo managed to impress the Premier League side while playing for Sporting Lisbon. Read: Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals His Blood, Sweat&tear Filled Fitness Regime Cristiano Ronaldo’s Career So FarWhile playing against United, Ronaldo caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager of Manchester United. They showed interest in him and soon he was signed by the Red Devils. After joining Manchester United, he was welcomed by the fans there. He was young and all alone miles away from home. This didn’t demotivate him and he used all the time he had to practice there. His former teammate Carlos Tevez has mentioned in an interview that Ronaldo would start training before anyone else could even arrive. Read: Student Writes Cristiano Ronaldo In Answer Paper, Fails French ExamRonaldo is very competitive in nature and is absolutely disciplined about his lifestyle. While at Manchester United, he made 196 appearances and scored 84 goals in the Premier League. He was best known for his free-kicks and for his finishing skill. He gained a massive fan following while at Manchester United. He absolutely showed dedication towards the club and that helped them win the league. CR7 was loved by all and he did face some amount of criticism. However, he didn’t let that get in his way and kept working on himself. In 2009, Real Madrid showed interest in Ronaldo and signed him from Manchester United.Ronaldo’s fierce competition with MessiWhile at Real Madrid, Ronaldo became an absolute legend, however, Lionel Messi was in the same league as him and was his fierce competitor. Cristiano has said that for 15 years, he and Messi have shared a competitive rivalry. He pushes Messi to be better and Messi pushes him to be better. Ronaldo became an absolute beast while at Real Madrid and it is here where he earned the tag of ‘the goal-scoring machine’ Ronaldo was scoring goals in almost every match that he played. Internationally, Ronaldo has gone on to win many accolades for his country. His most notable performance was when Portugal faced Spain during the FIFA World Cup in 2018 as he scored a thrilling hat-trick and won the game for his team. Ronaldo has been an inspiration for many young football players. His hard work and dedication have been an example for many professional players as well. Currently, Ronaldo plays for Juventus and has already won the Italian Serie A title with his side. Read: Lionel Messi ‘made Me Better Player’, Says Cristiano RonaldoRead: Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Down During Interview With Piers Morgan 11 months ago Cristiano Ronaldo reveals his blood, sweat&tear filled fitness regime COMMENT Gladwin Menezes 1 year ago Student writes Cristiano Ronaldo in answer paper, fails French exam SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago Lionel Messi ‘made me better player’, says Cristiano Ronaldo Last Updated: 18th September, 2019 21:37 IST Cristiano Ronaldo: All You Need To Know About The Goal Machine Cristiano Ronaldo: Cristiano Ronaldo in football and how and why he is called The Goal Scoring Machine. His journey from a a 19 year old to an Absolute legend. FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Written By First Published: 18th September, 2019 16:16 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE 11 months ago Mateo Messi imitates father’s signature style celebration, watch here
Construction teams worked around the clock to finish assembling the elaborate scaffold towers that line the route’s central reservation and will support floodlights for the midnight marathon.– Transport –Qatar has invested heavily in transport infrastructure since being named 2022 World Cup hosts in 2010. It now boasts one of the world’s largest hub airports and Qatar Airways is currently rated the best by an industry body.But it is unclear if the multi-billion-dollar metro system’s yellow line will be ready in time to shuttle spectators to the two new stations near the Khalifa stadium, al-Aziziyah and Sports City, both of which are shaped like Bedouin tents.In the absence of a rail option, fans will access the stadium by road.The area is already popular with motorists and home to a mall, raising the prospect of traffic jams ahead of popular events.Officials were pushing to overhaul several key bottlenecks and junctions across the city ahead of the high-point of the athletics calendar.– Fans –While the Khalifa stadium can hold 46,000 people, it will be configured for fewer fans during the World Championships with organisers hoping to attract around 14,000 spectators to the highest profile events.Tickets are “selling well” according to an official, and members of Qatar’s expatriate work force — Kenyans and Americans in particular — are expected to turn out.It remains to be seen though how many fans from neighbouring Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will make it to Doha for the event.The three countries, along with Egypt, have enforced a boycott of Qatar since June 2017 and their citizens are technically banned from travelling to the peninsula state.The Riyadh-led coalition accuses Qatar of backing extremist groups and Iran, charges it denies — raising the spectre that politics could partially overshadow the athletics.Nonetheless Saudi will send three athletes, Egypt five, the UAE one, and Bahrain 21 competitors in total.Share on: WhatsApp Khalifa International StadiumDoha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar is preparing to welcome thousands of fans and competitors for the World Athletics Championships starting Friday, an event seen as a staging post towards the 2022 football World Cup.The 10-day event in the capital Doha will be a key test ahead of the football extravaganza in the gas-rich Gulf monarchy, although the track and field showcase will play out on a far smaller scale.World Cup organisers and football fans will be anxious to see if Qatar can overcome problems encountered at a recent World Cup qualifying fixture, stubborn Doha traffic and unfinished public transport to deliver a smooth championships.An ongoing diplomatic spat between Qatar and several neighbours could threaten to overshadow the competition, as well as possibly dent the numbers of spectators and competitors.This is how Qatar has prepared for the tournament in key areas:– Security –Qatari pro-government media has heavily publicised recent training exercises staged by the US FBI in Doha to equip Qatari officers with “crisis and disaster management” skills.The city was ranked the world’s second safest by CEOWORLD magazine last month behind Abu Dhabi, capital of regional rival the United Arab Emirates.However the Worlds hosts will be looking to avoid a repeat of chaotic scenes that played out during a World Cup qualifying fixture between Qatar and India earlier this month.Indian fans with tickets were unable to access the venue and a surge of fans attempted to storm the ground during half-time as security staff struggled to bring the situation under control.– Venues –Ahead of the opening ceremony, hundreds of volunteers were marshalled around Doha’s Khalifa stadium by police while technicians hoisted vast lighting rigs into place in the venue’s intricate lattice-work roof.Chief organiser Dahlan al-Hamad said at a recent sports integrity event in Doha that “Qatar is 100 percent ready for the championship — we are very excited”.The stadium, which will host most events, was first opened in 1976 but totally overhauled ahead of a relaunch in 2017 and has since successfully hosted Diamond League events.The city’s Corniche waterfront will be used for the marathon, being staged for the first time at midnight when the temperature will be lower. The route will also host the men’s and women’s 20 kilometre race walks and the mixed 50 kilometre race walk.
18 Jul 2018 Ben produces his best to lead McGregor Trophy Tags: Ben Schmidt, McGregor Trophy Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Yorkshire boys’ champion Ben Schmidt pulled out his best ever competitive round to take the halfway lead in the McGregor Trophy at Kedleston Park, Derbyshire.He shot five-under 67 – the joint low score of the day – to get to six-under after 36 holes of the English U16 boys’ open championship.The 15-year-old from Rotherham (pictured) remarked afterwards: “It’s the best score I’ve ever shot in competition and a big achievement for myself.”The omens were good from the start. His drive on the par five 1st found trouble and he had to chip out – but got up and down for birdie from 165 yards.“I thought that’s not a bad start,” he said. “Then I followed up with another birdie on the next hole where I holed from about 15ft. That’s what got it going.”Schmidt had played well yesterday and it gave him confidence for today’s round – and he was rewarded when his putts dropped.He’s one shot ahead of first round leader Oscar Bartram (Notts) who added two-under 70 to his opening 69.A further shot back is George Leigh (Trevose), who shared the low score of the day with his 67. He is tied in third place with Reuben Bather of Wales who was three under today.Leigh’s score took him to four-under for the championship and was particularly memorable for the nine birdies it included. “I birdied half the holes, it’s the most birdies I’ve ever had in a round,” said the 16-year old.He set up his score with dazzling iron play, leaving himself with makeable putts which he duly converted. For example, he had a run of four consecutive birdies from the 14th where he holed out from 1ft, 4ft, 2in and 8ft.“I gave myself a lot of opportunities,” said Leigh, who is getting back into competitive golf after concentrating on his exams. “I haven’t played much for the last four months but I’ve practised quite a lot recently.”After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 40 players and ties who return for the final 36 holes tomorrow. A total of 44 players with scores of five-over and better qualified.
LITTLE SILVER – Teacher Mandy Galante of Red Bank Regional High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) was recently honored by Yale University with its 2012 Yale Educator Award.Mandy Galante, a teacher at Red Bank Regional High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), at the school. She was recently awarded a 2012 Yale Educator Award after being nominated by a former student.Galante, a Little Silver resident, was nominated for the honor by her former student, Jared Katzman, now a freshman at Yale.Katzman was a very successful student at RBR and won several national team competitions under Galante’s tutelage in the Cyber Security and information technology areas.Galante is one of 90 teachers and counselors from 22 states and 12 countries who received the award.According to a press release from the Yale Office of Graduate Admissions, “The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these who shape the students long before they attend Yale, and like to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.”Galante was also named RBR’s and Monmouth County’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, as well as NJ’s Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. The latter sponsors the National CyberPatriot Competition which Galante’s students, including Jared Katzman, took the national championship.“It is Mrs. Galante’s teaching style and attitude that has rightfully been the root of merits received,” Katzman said of his former teacher and mentor. “She has created a unique and intensive program that brought national attention to a small public school … One thing is for sure, I would not be where I am without Mrs. Galante and she deserves every honor in the world.”
The Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smith
By Judy O’Gorman AlvarezRED BANK – Sickles Market, the 100-plus year old farm market will open a second location on the West side of Red Bank in late 2017.The 8,000-square-foot planned building will be on the site of the former Anderson Moving and Storage building on Bridge Avenue that has been empty for decades.The new market will be an important part of the gentrification of Red Bank’s West side.Sickles is leasing the location from Metrovation and working with the architecture firm Richardson Smith Architects.“We feel we have a strong brand in the area,” said Bob Sickles, owner of Sickles Market, which started more than 100 years ago.The new Sickles Market will have similar inventory in both stores. A new addition to the fare – in both Red Bank and Little Silver locations – will be seafood.“It will all be devoted to food,” says Sickles. With little room for the gift and garden centers now found at the Little Silver market, aThe Sickles family once operated a grocery, wine, and liquor store in Red Bank around the 1960s-70s, said Bob Sickle. Photo courtesy Sickles Familypossible pop-up garden center may be added.The sprawling ground floor will house produce, bakery, seafood and specialty foods and limited seating, while upstairs floor will have office space. An important element will be 155 parking spaces. “Parking is key in Red Bank,” Sickles said.“The future for us is focused on perishables in the food area,” he said. “Cheese in particular is our strong suit; charcuterie is something we’re going to take even further” in the Red Bank location.What this will mean for Red Bank is a continued gentrification of Red Bank and the Westside in particular. “And I imagine at least 40 or 50 jobs will be added” he said.Sickles thinks a market like this will allow shoppers a convenient place for produce, gourmet foods and now seafood, with access to the bridges leading to Middletown and River Plaza, in addition to the Red Bank train station.Sickles said the move to the Red Bank location is almost fitting as his grandfather once had a store in Red Bank for a time in the early 1900s. Also, Sickles said, he knew the Anderson children while growing up.“We realize we’re in the midst of suburbia,” and Red Bank is a semi-urban area. “We’re going to need nice urban places for people to live and save green space area.”