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Restaurant MICHELIN’S star was officially awarded

first_imgOne of the historic days for both our gastronomy and tourism is certainly a great success and recognition of the restaurant Monte from Rovinj, which became the first and only Croatian restaurant with a MICHELIN star.Late last week, Metro, which is a global partner of the MICHELIN guide, officially handed over the MICHELIN star to the Monte restaurant. Along with Monte, twelve restaurants from the Istrian County – Meneghetti, Batelina, San Rocco, Konoba Morgan, Zigante, Marina, Damir & Ornella, Konoba Čok, Sv. Nikola, Wine Vault, Alla Beccaccia and Pergola – entered selection of MICHELIN’s gastro guide for 2017 and presented them with plaques in METRO in August, the so-called MICHELIN plates.”METRO recognized the strength and potential of Istrian gastronomy in 2014 when we opened the first wholesale center in Istria adapted to hotels, restaurants and caterers. METRO has also cooperated with MICHELIN’s guide in Croatia in order to help Croatian restaurants and caterers take their place on the gastronomic map of the world.”, Said Roberto Mancuso, President of the Management Board of METRO Cash & Carry Croatia, adding that more than a third of METRO customers in Croatia come from the HoReCa sector, including 32 restaurants with a MICHELIN recommendation.With more than 100 years of experience in restaurant selection, the MICHELIN guide today recommends more than 20.000 restaurants in 30 countries around the world. Whether it is Europe, Asia or America, MICHELIN inspectors apply the same criteria in assessing the quality of every restaurant they visit anonymously. Using a unique process perfected over the decades, the MICHELIN guide has become an international reference for fine-dining, and the MICHELIN guide plaque is an official recognition that the restaurant is part of the 2017 selection. The MICHELIN guide presents a selection of the best restaurants and hotels in the 28 countries it covers.last_img read more

Bodies of children and others found in Libyan town after LNA retreat, Red Crescent says

first_imgTopics : The town served as an important stronghold for the LNA during its attack on Tripoli and the Kaniyat fought alongside the LNA in the southern suburbs of the capital.A GNA justice ministry official, Nasser Ghaita, said it had issued 23 arrest warrants over the case and asked for UN technical help. The GNA said on Saturday that “entire families” had been killed.The LNA has denied its forces were responsible for any of the bodies found in the mass graves and has called for the United Nations to investigate reports of violations committed by pro-GNA forces in Tarhouna. GNA forces found 106 bodies in the hospital and local people discovered eight mass graves around Tarhouna, prompting the United Nations to call for an urgent and open investigation.Libyan Red Crescent representative Faisal Jalwal told a news conference that 29 of the bodies found in the hospital had been identified and that they included women and children.Kamal Al-Siwi, head of the GNA’s missing persons bureau, said about 10 bodies had been disinterred from one of the eight mass graves that had been found.Tarhouna had for years been controlled by the local Kani family and its armed group, popularly known as the Kaniyat, which had been loyal to different sides during Libya’s chaotic civil war.center_img Bodies of children were among those found in the Libyan town of Tarhouna after eastern-based forces and their local allies withdrew this month, Red Crescent and Tripoli government officials said on Tuesday.The evidence of what rights groups have called possible war crimes came as Libya’s frontlines suddenly shifted, displacing thousands of civilians and leaving a trail of landmines hidden in residential areas.The internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) retook Tarhouna, southeast of Tripoli, on June 5 as an offensive by the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to capture the capital collapsed.last_img read more

Sam Greenwood confirms Arsenal departure ahead of Leeds United transfer

first_img But, the Englishman has decided it is time to move on and paid tribute to the north London club on his Instagram page.AdvertisementAdvertisement’I want to say a big thanks @Arsenal and the supporters for the last 2 years of my career,’ he said.‘Been an honour to play for the club while meeting some special people and making even better memories.’ Comment Skip 1/1 PLAY Greenwood is moving on from the club (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s talented young academy star Sam Greenwood has said his goodbyes to the club ahead of a reported move to Leeds United.The 18-year-old is said to be on the verge of joining Marcelo Bielsa’s side, where he will continue his fine development.Greenwood signed his first professional contract with the Gunners in September 2019 after impressing in the Under-18s’ title-winning 2018/19 season.The attacker then progressed to the Under-23s in January, making five appearances and scoring one goal in Premier League 2.ADVERTISEMENT by Metro About Connatix V67539 Sam Greenwood confirms Arsenal departure ahead of Leeds United transfer Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next Skip Ad Read More 1 min. story Full Screen Advertisement Read More Top articles Read More Read More / Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 11:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link157Shares SPONSORED In first-team news, the Gunners are set to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes this week after the Lille centre-back reportedly put pen to paper on a five-year contract.The Brazilian will be Mikel Arteta’s second major recruit of the transfer window after bringing in Willian on a free transfer.Gabriel’s arrival will mean Arsenal have nine centre-backs on their books, including Konstantinos Mavropanos, who has been sent out on loan to VfB Stuttgart for next season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGunners fans finally got to see William Saliba in action in the first half of their pre-season friendly win over MK Dons on Tuesday.The 19-year-old has linked up with the squad after spending last season on loan at Saint-Etienne.MORE: Arsenal reject Wolves’ bid of below £20m for Ainsley Maitland-NilesMORE: Atletico Madrid to tempt Arsenal by offering choice of three players in exchange for Alexandre LacazetteFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Compliments keep coming for McGaha on Southern Challenge IMCA Modified victory

first_imgHe passed Tim Clonch for the front spot on lap 10. Stock Cars – 1. Jason Batt; 2. Jason Adcock; 3. Colby Deming; 4. Billy Wade; 5. Dustin White; 6. J.D. Davis; 7. Kelly Brown; 8. Shane Priddy; 9. Jeramy Bradley; 10. Kirk Martin; 11. Ranger Ship­man; 12. Jack Miles; 13. Bill Poindexter; 14. Kendall Rea; 15. Damon Hammond; 16. William Gould; 17. Larry Bradley; 18. Tommy Fain; 19. Cary White; 20. Dennis Bissonnette.  “We found the high side to work a little better,” Tucker said. “I passed Tim on the bottom but once I got by him I went back to the top.”  He built up a straightaway advantage before getting stuck behind a slower car. Elliott was quick to catch up and challenge. “I’ve finished second a couple times and been in the top four in the Modified and Stock Car but I’ve never won the Ryan Bard Memorial before. It’s great and I was really excited,” Tucker said. “This race means a lot to me. This is a pretty big win in our book.” Batt had seen a new motor expire early on Friday. He had a 2012 Matt Guillaume engine in the car by 10 a.m. Saturday, fended off a challenge from William Gould around halfway and picked up a trophy to match the hardware he took home from the 2014 event.  Josh McGaha won Abilene Speedway’s Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge IMCA Modified main event, earning $2,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth for the Saturday victory. (Photo by Michael Diers, Pole Position Photo) Their back-and-forth battle ended with McGaha ahead by a car length and a half at the finish. Feature Results  Also taking $2,000 feature wins at the 25th annual event were Jason Batt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Gabe Tucker in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. “I raced with Chris all year at Abilene and this was one heck of a race,” said McGaha. “We put on a show and nobody touched fenders. It was just good, close, side-by-side racing.” “It was a barnburner, a heck of a good race,” said McGaha, also winner of 2011 and 2012 South­ern Challenge titles. “It’s one of the most fun races I’ve been in and I’ve gotten a lot of compli­ments on how exciting it was.” center_img Gould cut a tire on lap 15. Jason Adcock prevailed in a battle with Colby Deming for second, with Billy Wade and Dustin White next across the stripe. ABILENE, Texas (Oct. 19) – Josh McGaha was getting compliments long after the IMCA Modified checkers flew at Abilene Speedway’s Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge. Modifieds –1. Josh McGaha; 2. Chris Elliott; 3. Toby Herring; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Chase Allen; 6. John Gober; 7. Fred Wojtek; 8. Mark Patterson; 9. William Gould; 10. Chad Hertel; 11. Caleb Stone; 12. Kade Ogle; 13. Vince Ogle; 14. Neal Flowers; 15. Mark Adams; 16. Danny Hogue; 17. Danny Patterson; 18. H. Chance Brown; 19. Aaron Patterson; 20. Colin Deming. Tucker took home his first Bard Memorial Southern Challenge trophy after getting a quick good luck from former race winner Keith White in staging and then starting the 30-lapper from inside row three. “I had my six-year-old daughter Paisley with me and she handed me wrenches,” said Batt, who got help as well from when Bill Lindsey brought his service truck over. “It was kind of a me and her show.” Now the six-time track champion at Abilene, McGaha had started fourth and passed Herring near midway for the lead. Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker; 2. Tim Clonch; 3. Robert Crabtree III; 4. Casey Brunson; 5. Damon Hammond; 6. Kyle Wisdom; 7. Terry Owen; 8. Justin Shaw; 9. Steve Hayes; 10. Kirk Martin; 11. Aaron Alley; 12. Trevor Lutz; 13. Dave Swafford; 14. Robby Edwards; 15. Devin Burgess; 16. Kevin Ward; 17. Justin Johnson; 18. Gary Underwood; 19. Bradley Poor; 20. Justin Boyd. Elliott, Herring, Matt Guillaume and Chase Allen rounded out the top five.  Clonch, Robert Crabtree III, Casey Brunson and Damon Hammond were next at the finish. Crab­tree sped to the top three after winning his “B” feature.  McGaha stayed in front after swapping the lead late with frequent foe Chris Elliott in winning Satur­day’s headliner, earning $2,000 and a 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth for the victory. last_img read more

D.O. Sportscast episode 5: Beat writers discuss win over Clemson, hand out mid-season awards

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2017 at 10:20 pmcenter_img This week on the D.O. Sportscast, Tomer Langer and Joe Bloss join the show to discuss Syracuse’s upset of Clemson. The two talk about what the win for means for SU going forward as well as the validation of head coach Dino Babers vision. In the second segment, Langer and Bloss pick their mid-season most valuable player, unsung hero and most improved.Listen to episode five here:last_img read more

VIDEO: Fantastic football tekkers from Scottish soccer star Indi Cowie

first_imgFancy yourself as having a bit of football tekkers? Watch this and see if you can better the impressive footwork of Indi Cowie during her crossbar challenge.Hang on Cardiff fans, Indi’s not related to City’s industrious midfield type Don; though she is Scottish, Indi was born in America.And last year she was crowned Fifa Street World Street champion by Barcelona star Lionel Messi, earning her the title of the Keepy-Uppy Queen.The 17-year-old began practising her incredible talent aged just five and has played for Celtic’s girls team while also studying video and photography.But it’s clear her calling is on the football pitch. Watch and enjoylast_img read more

Lakers’ Julius Randle in positive spirits after season-ending right leg injury

first_imgJulius Randle emerged into a Lakers’ press conference room Tuesday struggling to sit on a chair, his crutches and cast around his right leg symbolizing the franchise’s battered state.It also tells the story on how Randle’s rookie season ended only four months after the Lakers drafted him seventh overall. Exactly a week ago, Randle collapsed after driving into the lane midway through the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ season opener against Houston, something he just described as “a regular play.” The Lakers’ training staff and players immediately attended Randle near the Rockets’ basket. After Randle’s leg was immobilized, he was soon lifted onto a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital. “I’m not down or upset,” said Randle at halftime of the Lakers’ game Tuesday against Phoenix at Staples Center. “I had my share of tears and frustration. But I’m over it. I’m just motivated.”In what marked his first public comments since his injury, Randle called his setback part of “God’s plan” and added ‘He wouldn’t put me through anything I can’t get through.” Randle then offered more perspective that will resonate with star Kobe Bryant, coach Byron Scott and a franchise fixated on winning NBA championships.“It’s tough not to be out there and play, but now I can become an extreme student of the game,” said Randle, who hopes to walk with only one crutch in six weeks. “Not even with just watching our team and watching how the game is played. Now that I’ve been there and got a feel for it, I know what I need to work on.” The Lakers already sensed Randle had that mindset in the past week. He had surgery the next day at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, an approach that helps expedite recovery. Randle said he has talked to former Lakers James Worthy, whom was selected No. 1 overall in 1982, fractured his left tibia and missed the 1983 NBA playoffs. Bryant also talked with Randle, sharing his perspective about returning from injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee that kept him out last season for all but six games.“He was one of the main people the night I broke it, he texted me and we were talking,” Randle said of Bryant. “He was one of the main people to help me get out of my pity party.”Randle said he was dispatched last Friday and no longer needs to take pain medication, though he reported feeling dehydrated. Randle also visited his teammates at the Lakers’ practice facility on Tuesday during morning shootaround. He expressed gratitude for the “team camraderie” that surrounded him during his injury and after surgery.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 Virginia

first_imgThis is a game the Fighting Irish will look back on with a huge sigh of relief when their season comes to an end.No. 10 Notre Dame took down No. 18 Virginia, 35-20, in South Bend on Saturday to move to 3-1 on the season, but they did it while trailing at the half, failing to recover an onside kick to start the second half and looking pretty lackadaisical for much of the game after losing its first contest of the year to Georgia last week. This was by no means a walk in the park for the Irish, who ran into a team in the Cavaliers (4-1) that looked like the better of the two over the first 30 minutes.But the Fighting Irish pulled away in the second half and that had everything to do with the pass rush. Related News Rondale Moore injury update: Purdue star receiver (leg) carted to locker room We say that to say this: Virginia has a pretty darn good football team, and Notre Dame is also coming off of a very tough matchup with one of the best teams in the country in Georgia.While Notre Dame didn’t play well this week, it doesn’t mean that makes Virginia any less good. The Cavaliers played very well in this game. They made some mistakes but to go into South Bend and push a top-10 team for the better part of three quarters is pretty darn impressive.At the same time, the Irish didn’t look particularly good. Quarterback Ian Book was just OK, the offensive line more or less didn’t look great, and honestly, on a one-game sample size, the Cavaliers appeared to have the better skill-position players. But don’t let either of those storylines warp what this game really told us: Virginia has a good team despite how Notre Dame played. It doesn’t take a lot of evaluation to come to that conclusion so don’t overthink it. Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 VirginiaNotre Dame’s front seven bailed out the IrishThe Irish were by no means leaps and bounds better than Virginia in this game. Cavaliers quarterback Bryce Perkins was really good in the first half as were his wide receivers while the Irish’s offense was really mediocre. But if there was any clear mismatch in this game it was Notre Dame’s front seven vs. Virginia’s pass protection.In the first half, the Cavaliers more or less dominated the game. Their quick passing game consistently moved the chains and their offense controlled the clock at will. But the Irish got a strip-sack in the second quarter which gave the offense a short field and a quick score. Apart from that sequence, the Cavaliers won the first half 17-7.Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara up to two sacks today with #Vikings GM Rick Spielman in the house, per @TJamesNDI. Okwara is a top-40ish prospect. pic.twitter.com/xHJzRNsa2Y— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) September 28, 2019Then in the third quarter, the offense for Notre Dame once again struggled but the front seven bailed the Irish out again. They got two strip-sacks, one which set up the offense inside the 5-yard line and another returned for a score. Through three quarters Notre Dame’s defensive front essentially set up 21 of the team’s 28 points. Ian Book better be buying his defensive line steaks for the next week.Just dawned on me that a Tagovailoa could win the Heisman AND the @piesmantrophy. (That’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Tua’s cousin.) pic.twitter.com/BWnHZq3iGF— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 28, 2019JULIAN OKWARA WITH ANOTHER STRIP SACK!!ADE OGUNDEJI WITH THE SCOOP AND SCORE!!!IRISH UP 28-17!!! pic.twitter.com/gqbCrI1low— ND Whiteboard (@ND_Whiteboard) September 28, 2019Cavaliers abandoned what was workingThe game plan worked for Virginia in the first half. Perkins is a good passer, but he is especially good at getting the ball out of his hands quickly and letting his receivers go to work. In the first 30 minutes, that’s what the Cavaliers did a lot of and it set up a couple of nice touchdown passes.Bryce Perkins to Joe Reed for the 6 yard TOUCHDOWN🔥Virginia taking the lead early on Notre Dame#VirginiavsNotreDame pic.twitter.com/Qe7JCKKJO2— The Sideline Report (@SidelineReport_) September 28, 2019Bryce Perkins WANTS THE UPSET😲He finds Hasise Dubois and Virginia (+10.5) leads Notre Dame!pic.twitter.com/jFUXmdaobg— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 28, 2019Perkins was 18-of-22 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Virginia led 17-14. In the second half, whether by design or an adjustment by the Irish defense, Perkins was holding the ball longer and longer and getting hit repeatedly. By the end of the third quarter, the Irish had eight sacks including the two strip-sacks that led to all of the Irish’s 14 points in those 15 minutes.So why did the Cavaliers go away from what was working? That’s a question their fans will be asking for hours after this one wraps up.Virginia is good and Notre Dame was also one week off a tough gameWe always want to speak in absolutes about football. We want a game to be a statement about which team was good and which was bad, who played well and who didn’t, but the truth is always somewhere in between even if we want every game to be some kind of grand declaration.last_img read more

Passion blowout city rival Force to keep national championship hopes alive

first_imgThe Passion (5-0) lived up to its billing as the hottest team in the Women’s Football Alliance League by shutting out the Pittsburgh Force 66-0, at Steel Valley High School’s Campbell Field May 19.The day began very badly for the Force and got progressively worse. First, the honorary captain for the game was supposed to be Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. However, Sanders was a no-show, just like he was for much of the 2011 season.After receiving the opening kickoff, the Force surprised the Passion by moving the football easily to mid-field. The team and the crowd were pumped up until a center to quarterback exchange was fumbled and recovered by the Passion.Passion first year head coach Harvey Smith designed an offensive scheme as potent as any in the country. The players studied hard to learn this new offense and picked it up without the help of Rosetta Stone. Through five games the Passion is averaging 52-points per game.Defensively the Force decided to gamble by double teaming star receiver Tammy Spencer, who is also the Passion’s community relations director. But concentrating on Spencer left the team’s other receiver with one-on-one coverage. Amanda Haeg caught four touchdown passes from quarterback Lisa Horton and ran for another.“We’ve got a really exciting offense,” owner Teresa Conn said. “We’ve got so many people back there. The same people can run it and pass it. We can do all the so-called trick plays. We just keep our opponents guessing.”If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Troy Polamalu has the utmost respect of his professional peers. Michelle Brevard-Wilkerson, a surgical technologist, wears the same number and plays the same position as Polamalu. Brevard-Wilkerson is an 8-year veteran and all-star, but the Most Valuable defender had to go to Olivia “Prime-Time” Griswold, who intercepted a pass and high stepped 50-yards and did a full body flip into the endzone.Griswold also had a couple quarterback sacks and a forced fumble and recovered a fumble.Fullback Melinda Henderson, yet another great football player from Aliquippa, made a lot of great blocks and bulldozed her way into the end zone for a touchdown.“It was a force of passion,” said Delana Williams, CEO of Eyes of Jordan. “Whatever boys can do girls can do better!”The best all-around player may have been Tia “Monti” Montgomery of the Force. The former Westinghouse High School all-star was all over the field. Montgomery blocked a kick, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had a lot of big hits.“We are disappointed but we’ll bounce back,” said owner and head coach Kathy “Kat” Ferrari. “Everybody gets their butt kicked once in a while. Even the New England Patriots gets beat bad sometimes. Only difference is they get millions.”The Force don’t have enough players yet who can step up their “Swag” enough to compete with a team like the Passion.“Our goal is to win a national championship,” said Passion defensive coach Jerry Lee. “The national championship game is at Heinz Field and we expect to be there.”Heinz Field will host the 2012 Silver Sport Women’s Football Alliance National Championship on Saturday, Aug. 4. It will be the first time a women’s football championship will be played in an NFL stadium.Could the Pittsburgh Passion be America’s team? The Passion was the first women’s football team to have a game shown on ESPN.As keeper of the Passion, the important thing for Conn is to always be prepared. The flame must not be allowed to burn out, or even flicker.As a gladiator centuries ago once said, “What we do in life, echoes in eternity!” Dreams don’t end on the football field, it’s where they begin.Teresa Conn’s life has been one from which books of encouragement are conceived and movie deals end up on the big screen. But the dreams and achievements of this remarkable woman reach far beyond a fantasy story or cinema agreement.Last year Heinz Field hosted a football championship in the Batman movie of Gotham City.Coach Smith, Teresa Conn and the Pittsburgh Passion expect to win another championship, so get your popcorn ready. PRIME-TIME PERFORMER—Most Valuable Defender Olivia “Prime-Time” Griswold intercepted a pass and high stepped 50-yards and did a full body flip into the end zone. (Courtesy Photos/Pittsburgh Passion) There is no new thing under the sun, according to Ecclesiastes, but as football fans, we’d be better off had we been told, there is not now, nor will there ever be, anything like the Pittsburgh Passion. The Passion is Women’s Football’s Rock of Gibraltar—so solid or permanent, it can never be broken. last_img read more

Sports Fields for Middletown’s Stevenson Park Have Some Neighbors Worried About…

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – Residents of the Middletown adult community Shady Oaks say it is not unusual to encounter the flashing lights and blaring sirens of an ambulance along West Front Street, on its rush to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.A concept plan to attract people to newly created soccer fields at nearby Stevenson Park should consider the traffic impact on the busy road, said Shady Oaks resident John Tocco at a township meeting Oct. 15.“Regardless of what you may believe about the area, you’re not living there and you’re not driving the road every day,” said Tocco. “I am. And the traffic is already unbearable and it’s a direct route to the Riverview hospital. There’s no question that when that park is crowded with visitors it will prevent an ambulance from getting to that hospital.”Middletown Township is seeking to create youth sports fields at 130-acre Stevenson Park, located on West Front Street, to help alleviate pressure on its other sports fields. The undeveloped park has the capacity to accommodate up to nine fields and 350 parking spaces, according to a $1.5 million proposal recently presented by township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante for consideration. For now, the township is seeking only to build just two fields, and is applying for a $250,000 Open Space matching grant from the county for the funding.Mercantante acknowledged the group’s desire for a traffic study, but conducting one in that area would be “sort of pointless,” he said.“We have parks all over town, some of which have many more facilities and attract many more people than would happen at Stevenson Park,” Mercantante said, referencing multisport complexes like Bodman Park off the highly trafficked Navesink River Road, Fairview Fields on Oak Hill Road, which is crossed by two rail lines, and McMahon Park, a North Middletown location in a residential area.When the concept plans for this project emerged in September, both Mercantante and Mayor Kevin M. Settembrino agreed that the township had great need for additional fields and that Stevenson Park is one of the last places in Middletown to place a meaningful cluster of playing fields.Deputy Mayor Anthony P. Fiore, a coach with the Middletown Soccer Club, said parks are most frequented on weekends, rather than during the week when roadways are congested with commuter traffic. He also remarked that the four soccer fields at West Front Street Park – a patch of green space at the intersection with Crawfords Corner Road – “don’t get anywhere close to 100 cars” at peak use, adding that “despite what anyone may think, there is a need (for these fields).”To reduce disturbances for neighbors, the plans do not include LED lighting towers and speaker systems.Linda Alonso has lived at Shady Oaks for five years and said the disturbance of the tranquil Stevenson Park setting with serene open space and lakeside views would be the most detrimental byproduct of this project, which proposes the potential development of nine fields in three phases of construction.“It’s not just residents of Shady Oaks who are concerned, it’s all of Lincroft. This would be the destruction of a piece of heaven. It breaks my heart to think about,” Alonso said.Fiore moved to suppress residents perceptions that nine fields were guaranteed for the site, emphasizing that though the concept plan did show nine fields could be designed to fit in the parcel, a project of that magnitude is not in the budget.“Ultimately, we don’t have the money for nine soccer fields, we just don’t. We have the money for two. That’s what the grant application is for,” said Fiore, referencing the $250,000 Monmouth County Open Space match grant Middletown would use to fund the construction of two fields. “This is the frustrating part about misinformation.”Resident Margaret Gordon questioned whether such a development would have environmental impacts, with potential fertilizer chemicals or pesticides used for routine field maintenance seeping into the nearby wetlands and Shadow Lake.Gordon’s comments prompted committeeman Tony S. Perry to discuss alternate sites for the two proposed fields, including Bayview Elementary School on Leonardville Road, where Middletown’s recreational flag football league currently plays.Perry described two lightly used baseball fields toward the back end of the school property that are “completely overgrown. The backstops and benches are completely rusted. And I think it would be a prime location for two multisport fields,” he said, stating that turf fields could be used not only for soccer, but flag football, lacrosse, field hockey and more.A development project at Bayview would require a shared service agreement between the Township Committee and the Middletown Board of Education.Perry also said he and Mercantante are spearheading a separate potential shared service agreement between the Township and Brookdale Community College for the use of their various fields.“If Brookdale is not utilizing certain fields (because they are out of season), we might be able to have our young athletes go play and practice at Brookdale. We’re still working out those details but I hope to bring that to a close fairly soon.”Denise Thompson, a volunteer manager with the Middletown Soccer Club and Monmouth United, applauded the efforts to find alternative locations for this development project, noting that without the installation of LED lighting – which is not included in the concept plan – the Stevenson Park proposal does not help local soccer players in the fall season.“I’m in a unique position here, because I live right next to (Stevenson Park), but I have two soccer players, 10 and 13 years old. These fields are not usable to us in the fall without lights because most coaches work during the day. This proposal doesn’t help us in the fall when we are most crunched for space,” Thompson said.Further discussion is expected on the matter at future meetings.This article was first published in the Oct. 18-24, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more