By John BurtonRED BANK — The tree isn’t going anywhere.A Red Bank RiverCenter proposal to relocate the borough’s holiday tree to Riverside Gardens Park hit a brick wall at the borough council meeting last week.Representatives for RiverCenter, the borough’s downtown business alliance, appeared before the mayor and council last Wednesday to discuss moving the tree from 30 Monmouth Street, where it has stood in the courtyard in front of the Dublin House Restaurant for the last few holiday seasons.The organization sponsors the annual tree lighting and concert that takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving.RiverCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Adams said the park offered a more family friendly location for the tree and would be more visible there.Adams said she has received complaints from the public about the tree’s location “next to a bar” and the organization had been looking for an alternative site.Adams had attended a recent borough Special Events Committee, where she is a member, where the matter was broached, with Adams under the impression there was no opposition to it.But Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels disagreed. “There are a lot of issues that haven’t been discussed that have to be discussed,” about relocating the tree to the park, said Sickels, who also sits on the events committee.“It may not be an inexpensive proposition,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.In order to move the tree to Riverside Gardens Park, West Front Street, the borough would have to install some infrastructure to secure it that could be kept covered the rest of the year, and would also need to be sure there is sufficient electrical power there to keep the tree lit, Menna noted, inquiring as to how that would be paid for and whether or not the logistics of moving the tree had been thoroughly considered.“What we really want to do is make the residents happy,” with an appropriate home for the decorated tree, Adams told the council.“You just can’t make a decision on limited facts,” Menna told Adams. “We may not have enough time.”“To be fair it was brought up a month ago,” at the last committee meeting, Adams responded.But the council seemed steadfast, with Council member Michael DuPont adding, “If you ask me my opinion, I think (Riverside Gardens Park) is a bad location.”Menna suggested RiverCenter consider putting the tree in front of 51 Monmouth Street, the former borough police headquarters and one time borough hall. The Community YMCA now owns it, but the borough maintains a volunteer fire company and the veterans’ memorial at the site.But for this year, at least, the tree will remain in its usual location on Monmouth Street.The tree lighting and concert are conducted each year, for about the approximately 20, on the Friday after Thanksgiving—“Black Friday” for retail merchants—to promote the downtown business district as a shopping location.Borough workers install the 2010 holiday tree outside the Dublin House on Monmouth Street.
Teacher salary negotiations in both Glendale and Burbank are becoming contentious, with unions looking to reclaim raises they had forgone in years past in a year of budget windfalls. In Glendale, some 300 teachers marched through downtown Thursday as they picketed the Glendale Unified School District in pursuit of a 12.6 percent raise. The teachers, wearing florescent green T-shirts and buttons proclaiming “It’s Double-Digit Time,” paraded down Brand Boulevard, ending their march at district headquarters. Union leaders said it’s a fair increase after several lean years, while the GUSD countered with about a 5.1 percent jump. While negotiations are ongoing, meeting the union’s demands would require some $20 million, she said. The district has other expenses, including utilities and supplies, while contending with declining enrollment, McMullen said. The 28,000-student district’s enrollment dropped by 800 last year, with more expected this year. The state pays the district about $5,510 per pupil per year. Meanwhile, talks between teachers and management in the Burbank Unified School District have become strained after the two sides reached an apparent impasse last week. The state Public Employee Relations Board, which is reviewing the BUSD’s case, could order both sides back to the table or appoint a mediator when they make a ruling in coming days. “It’s never futile to talk,” said Gabe Soumakian, the BUSD’s assistant superintendent of human resources. “But I think they have to reconsider the offer they put on the table and make a realistic offer we can work with.” The Burbank Teachers Association wants an increase for 2006-07 that would bolster its 800 members at least above the median salaries for Los Angeles County teachers – $2,000-$4,000 a year depending on experience and position. BTA co-President Kim Allender said the district’s appeal to the relations board surprised him. “We told them we thought an impasse was premature because progress had been made at the table every session,” he said. “Although progress was slow, there was definitely progress.” The BUSD also will enjoy a windfall from Sacramento – an estimated $4 million for the 15,000-student district. But administrators need to plan ahead, Soumakian said. “You can’t just think about this year,” he said. “You have to think about the impact the raises have the following two years.” Allender, who wants the district to include the union’s input in budgeting, said they’re not backing down. “The thinking that somehow we’re going to acquiesce, that we’re going to come to terms quicker – in no way are we afraid of an impasse,” he said. “We’re not afraid of mediation.” email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There’s a general feeling for teachers everywhere that we’ve had a tough time the last five years,” said Allen Freemon, president of the Glendale Teachers Association, which represents about 1,400 instructors, counselors, librarians and others. “This year, the revenues have increased significantly, and it’s time to be recognized for a job well done,” he said. Freemon said teachers’ salaries lost ground after 2001 when the state’s budget shortfalls cut into public-school funding. In the past five years, the union has settled for a total of 7 percent in raises, while inflation rose 17 percent over the same period. This year, the GUSD is expecting up to $12 million in ongoing new revenue under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006-07 budget – an amount that covers only the 5 percent raise now on the table from the district, said Cathy McMullen, assistant superintendent of human resources.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton had banked a daunting $24 million for the Democratic presidential campaign at the end of the first quarter even as rival Barack Obama outdid her in a display of fundraising prowess. Clinton, the senator from New York, raised $19 million for the primary election during the first quarter, trailing Obama, who reported raising $24.8 primary funds the same period. Obama reported $18.2 cash on hand for the primary. John Edwards raised $13 million for the primary, placing him third in fundraising among leading Democrats. He reported $10.7 million in the bank at the end of the quarter. Clinton’s cash on hand received a big boost from a $10 million transfer from her Senate campaign account and from surprisingly low spending during the first three months of the year. She reported operating expenses of $5 million, with about one-fifth of it spent on staff salaries. The deadline for filing finance reports with the Federal Election Commission was midnight Sunday. Most Republicans filed their reports on Friday and Saturday. Democrats waited until Sunday to post their documents. The figures are early barometers of a candidate’s fundraising base and organizational strength. So far, candidates are on a record-setting pace that is shattering past thresholds for fundraising and spending. Most leading candidates from both parties plan to bypass the primary public financing system, placing a greater premium on early fundraising. For the first time since changes in campaign finance law in the 1970s, many candidates are considering forgoing public money in the general election and are raising money for that cycle as well. On that front, Clinton leads the way, raising $6.9 million, a sum that must be kept separate and can’t be touched unless she wins her party’s nomination. Clinton’s cash on hand for the primary tops all candidates who have already reported to the FEC. The amount is more than twice the bank balances reported by Republicans Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., reported $6.4 million in cash on hand for the primary election. That money includes a transfer from his Senate campaign account of nearly $5 million. Meanwhile, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson showed surprising fundraising considering a late start and a state legislative session to occupy much of his time. He reported raising $6.25 million and having $5 million cash on hand. Sen. Joe Biden ended the quarter with a balance of $2.8 million. Among Republicans who filed earlier, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was the fundraising leader, with $20.7 million in donations. But Giuliani, the former New York mayor, stayed even with him with cash on hand. Both have more than $10 million in the bank. Meanwhile, John McCain, the Arizona senator perceived as an early leader in the race, had half as much money in the bank as each of his two main rivals and had a $1.8 million debt. That said, Romney is still fighting to gain name recognition. Though he spent more than $1.8 million in ads to publicize his face in key states, polls still place him in third or fourth place, sometimes trailing Republicans who aren’t even in the race. Giuliani is leading in the polls, buttressed by his image for unflappability after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. But his donor base is the smallest among the leaders and his spending, off to a late start this year, could catch up to his donor income as the campaign progresses. After spending more on staff than Romney or Giuliani did, McCain is now cutting his payroll and is revamping his fundraising operation.
1 Gareth Bale feels Wales could have a psychological advantage over Euro 2016 quarter-final opponents Belgium after beating them in qualifying.Wales are unbeaten in their last three games against the star-studded Red Devils, and won their last meeting 12 months ago when Bale scored the winner in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Cardiff.“We’re like their bogey team, aren’t we?” said Bale, referring to that 1-0 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium and two previous draws in Brussels.“Hopefully that edge gets into their heads – you never know.“We will definitely draw on those qualifiers, it gives us more knowledge on them.“We know how to play against them and how they play.“We know it will be a different game from the qualifiers and it is a more pressurised situation.“But we understand what they are about, how they work, and we will hone our game plan to try and stop them but help our attack.”Wales are the last home nation left in the tournament after beating Northern Ireland in the last 16 and witnessing England’s elimination to Iceland on Monday night.But Bale insists that Wales are determined to extend an adventure which has already seen them emulate the 1958 side, which reached the quarter-final of the World Cup before losing to Brazil.“We have done well and the country is proud of us even if we do get knocked out,” said Bale.“But we want to keep going, we want to keep riding this wave.“We want to go as far as we can and try to win the tournament.“We understand the position we are in and everything else goes to the back of our mind.“It is all about trying to beat Belgium and getting to the semis.”Both sides have had injury concerns in the build-up to the Lille clash on Friday night.Wales skipper Ashley Williams damaged a shoulder in the victory over Northern Ireland, while Belgium captain Eden Hazard complained of a leg problem after the 4-0 win against Hungary and has not trained since.But both players are expected to play in Lille and the presence of Chelsea forward Hazard will provide a fascinating head-to-head clash with Bale.But Bale said: “A lot of people will speak about things like that, but I am sure he would think the same as me – this is about Wales versus Belgium, not me up against him.“There are 11 players on the field and it does not matter if he or I score, it is about which team wins.“One player does not make a team, it will be 11 v 11 and we will be going out to win the game.“I don’t think everyone is looking to us, we just work hard for the team. If the team players well then the players are playing well.“It is a tale of two teams who are very good teams, because you don’t get to the quarter-finals by accident.” Wales star Gareth Bale
REGISTRATIONRegistration is now open for 2012. ALL players and members must be registered before 31March 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for children UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams will resume as follows: Under 6’s Boys and Girls: 5.30pm Wed 25th Jan on Astro Pitch. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899 Under 8’s: Boys and Girls 6.30pm Wed 25th Jan on Astro pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868 Under 12’s Boys Fri 13th 6.00pm on Astro pitch. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865ANNUAL DINNER-DANCE The Annual Dinner dance takes place in the clubhouse on the 14 th of Jan. Tickets are only €10.There will be music and presentations as well on the night. Great value. SUPPORT YOUR CLUB.FOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35. Please contact John Burke at 086/8185915 for order form. IDEAL BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.UNDER AGE TEAMS.Help is required for the 2012 season with different underage teams for boys & girls football and hurling/camogie. Any adult players or parents interested in helping out with the underage teams should contact Alan Martin at 0861723899. Previous coaching experience is not required.STRICTLY COME DANCINGSean Mac Cumhaill’s are looking for people to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing which is beginning shortly. This is a great opportunity for people to go out and have fun and get exercise as well. Please contact Terry on 0866095347 or Peter on 0872363337 for more information. MAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTOThere was no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 2,4,16,28 There were 2 match 3 winners. Don Browne, The Beeches and Sophie Mc Bride, Glencovitt. Each receives €75.NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT is €7,800 €2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100. There is €5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €250.Contact any club committee member for details. MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon on 085 1503092 for more information.Donegal yearbook on sale from clubhouse or contact any executive member. Only €10GAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS was last modified: January 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sean MacCumhaills GAA Club notes
2013 Leo Molloy TournamentThe 2013 Leo Molloy darts singles tournament takes place this Saturday 20th April in Kilcar Village (Kilcar House, John Joes and O’Gara’s). Player’s registration in Kilcar House from 4pm and open draw to be made at 5pm SHARPPrizes: 1st: prize €500 + Perpetual Cup, 2nd prize: €200, 3rd & 4th: prize €100, 5-8th prize: €50 Entry Fee €10This is the thirteenth holding of this event and is always a day of top class darts action!!Past winners:2012 John Gallagher, 2010 JJ Dolan, 2009 Brendan Dolan, 2008 Brendan Dolan, 2007 Gerald Harvey, 2006 John Con McGinley, 2005 Martin McCloskey, 2004 Brendan Dolan, 2003 Brendan Dolan, 2002 Sean McGowan, 2001 Martin McCloskey, 2000 Martin McCloskey For further information contact: 087-2066513, 086-8361698 or 074-9738068 all welcome!DARTS: DETAILS RELEASED FOR THE 2013 LEO MOLLOY TOURNAMENT IN KILCAR was last modified: April 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DARTS: DETAILS RELEASED FOR THE 2013 LEO MOLLOY TOURNAMENT IN KILCAR
GAIRMSCOIL Chú Uladh third year class rang Cróna had something to celebrate as their classmate and Finn Valley A.C. athlete Aaron Mac Floinn achieved yet another qualifying time at the Mary Peters track on Saturday last in the 800m (1 minute 54).This is the second qualifying time Aaron has achieved in the space of 5 weeks as he recently achieved the 400m (49 seconds) qualifying standard in Cork.With these times under his belt the staff and students of Gairmscoil Chú Uladh are hoping that Aaron will get a place on the Irish team Youth Olympics in Georgia this coming July. Comhghairdeas Aaron agus Ádh mór ó do chomhscoláirí !SPEEDY AARON IS TOAST OF GAIRMSCOIL CHÚ ULADH was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aaron Mac FionnAthleteFinn Valley ACGairmscoil Chú Uladh
Donegal’s historic All-Ireland win has brought the artistic eye out in many GAA fans across the county.None more so than Letterkenny man Brian Crawford who has put together a fantastic tribute to two of his heroes – Michael Murphy and Mark McHugh. Personally we think Brian should print out a few thousand of them and make a fortune!Well done Brian.DONEGAL FOOTBALL – IT’S AN ART FORM! was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
STORMWATCH UPDATE: FURTHER heavy falls of hail, sleet and snow are hitting Donegal this afternoon – with ice predicted on all roads overnight.Gardaí have issued an urgent warning to motorists to take extreme care.There have been a number of minor traffic crashes in Donegal today due to the road conditions. One hail storm is currently moving east to west across the county.Said a Garda spokesman: “We would urge motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary and where people are out and about this evening, they should drive with extreme care.“Roads, particularly in rural areas and in housing estates in towns, are very slippery and with ice expected to form after dark, this will make conditions more hazardous.”Donegal County Council gritting lorries are treating main routes. BBC Northern Ireland and Met Eireann says there will be more wintry showers tonight before cloud clears and temperatures drop.A new gale will sweep into Donegal around 10am on Friday. STORMWATCH ALERT: HAIL AND SNOW STORM HITS COUNTY AS GARDAÍ ISSUE WARNING was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily weatherhailsleetsnowstorm
Terrell Owens’ final practice with the Philadelphia Eagles was a perfect metaphor for the whole strange series of events that led up to it. T.O. was on one practice field, running routes by himself. Andy Reid, Donovan McNabb and the rest of the Eagles were practicing together on another field. One to drop: Any owner who was counting on Philadelphia third baseman David Bell for major production is hurting anyway, but there’s really no reason to retain Bell at this point. This week, Bell’s average against right-handed pitchers fell to .197 and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel apparently is considering benching him. The bell is about to toll for his fantasy value. One to watch: What to do with Kerry Wood? When healthy and in the Cubs’ starting rotation, he’s one of the most valuable players in all of baseball. But it seems the Cubs are prepared to keep him in the bullpen for the rest of the season in order to save his tender arm. Wood is of little use to fantasy owners as a reliever, so watch his situation carefully in the coming days.–Rich Hammond FROM THE LIP “Why can’t I have a chance? I see players and what (teams) need, and you’re saying I don’t have none of that? That shocks me. Then I’m not a Hall of Famer … Sometimes I get to thinking about it and think I should have never played the game. I should have played football.” — Future Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson, 46, playing for the independent Golden League’s San Diego Surf Dawgs, wondering why no major league team wants his services. The last big-league team he played for was the Dodgers in 2003. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Team here, T.O. over there. A few hours later, Owens was at home in Moorestown, N.J., cast out by Reid after a meeting turned nasty. Officially, Owens is suspended, but this had to be the end, his final act as a member of the Eagles organization. We’re well beyond the point where Uncle Andy can give young Terrell a timeout and hope his attitude changes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 If Owens is back on the practice field next week, he wins. Reid and the Eagles lose. And that doesn’t mean Owens wins what he really wants- a new contract. But it’s a victory for him to be allowed to impose his immature will on this team, to continue to disrupt and distract and disturb. If Reid has the grip on his team that he used to have, and that he must have to return to the Super Bowl, then Owens has to go. Trade him, release him, place him on a reserved list. Whatever the means, the end has to be the end. — Phil Sheridan, the Philadelphia Inquirer HOT . . . LUKE WARM . . . COLD FISH WAYNE GRETZKY It’s a great time for The Great One to bail the NHL out again, feeding himself to the Coyotes as a sacrificial coach and making himself visible and quotable. Then again, he does have an investment in the team to protect. A.J. FOYT The 70-year-old ex-Indy 500 champ ran over a nest of bees at his ranch in Texas was stung about a dozen times on his face, ears, neck, throat … and he refused to go to the hospital. That’s quite an impressive Foyt. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ See the ball, catch the ball. Will K-Rod’s mind cramp in Oakland end up costing the Angels the AL West? Maybe. At least that one play made us forget for a moment just how lousy Dodgers (former) closer Yhency Brazoban has been. FANTASY ISLAND MAYBE SCHMOLL IS NO AVERAGE SCHMOE A look at the week ahead for fantasy baseball owners: One to add: In need of saves? It might not be a bad idea to take a flier on new Dodgers co-closer Steve Schmoll, who replaces Yhency Brazoban, who replaced Eric Gagne. Nobody had heard of the guy before spring training this year, but he has decent stuff and the low-key attitude that might make him thrive as a closer. Duaner Sanchez will take some opportunities away from Schmoll but Sanchez is better served as a setup man.