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New UGA Laboratory

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_imgGovernor Zell Miller, Universityof Georgia President MichaelAdams, and other state officials dedicated the new $6 million NationalEnvironmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) onthe Tifton Campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences on Friday (Dec. 12).ÿ”Agriculture is a $38 billion business in Georgia,” said Governor Miller.”With the type of research done here and at facilities like this, farmersin Georgia can remain competitive.”ÿThis laboratory, the only one of its kind in the nation, brings togetherscientists from varying disciplines to find solutions to production agricultureissues.ÿThese scientists work to find ways to improve agricultural productionin ways that are safe for the environment.ÿDuring the dedication ceremony, NESPAL Chairman CraigKvien said the new laboratory is an experiment in experiments.ÿÿ “We’re working together here at NESPAL and with scientists from aroundthe globe to find ways to help farmers produce food and fiber for the world,”he said.Cooperative funding from the U.S. Departmentof Agriculture, the Georgia ResearchAlliance and private and public grants helped pay for the new building.”So many of the problems facing agriculture and farmers today can’tbe adequately solved by individual scientists working alone,” said GaleBuchanan, dean and director the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.ÿ “We couldn’t completethis project alone either. Our partners throughout the state helped makethis laboratory a reality.”The 40,000-square-foot NESPAL facility houses 14 offices, 12 laboratories,conference rooms and seminar space. Architects designed the building withthe environment in mind. It’s nestled into a soil berm and topped by areflective white roof. Solar collectors heat water for the building, andmotion-sensitive and light-sensitive switches control the lighting. ÿNEW LABORATORY DEDICATEDGeorgia officials and University of Georgia leaders cut the ribbon at theNational Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory in Tifton,Ga. on Friday. “If you ate breakfast or put on cotton clothes today,” saidGovernor Zell Miller, “you need to thank a farmer and the researcher thathelped him raise a better crop.”ÿ Pictured are, left to right, MichaelAdams, UGA President; Gale Buchanan, Dean and Director of the College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences; Zell Miller, Governor of Georgia;Tony Smith, farmer; Craig Kvien, NESPAL chairman; Phil Utley, AssistantDean at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station; and James Blanchard, Chairmanof the Board, Georgia Research Alliance. (Photo courtesy the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more


Board races set for February

Posted On Dec 19 2020 by

first_img January 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board races set for February Board races set for February Senior EditorSixteen lawyers are running in seven contested Bar Board of Governors races in the upcoming 2003 elections, while another 16 have been elected or reelected without opposition.Filing for the races closed December 16, and ballots for the races will be mailed at the end of February. For the third year in a row, the Bar will offer members the choice of voting with a paper, mail-in ballot or electronically via the Internet.Contested races are:• In the Sixth Circuit, Seat 2, Denis A. Cohrs of Clearwater, Raleigh W. Greene III of St. Petersburg, Lynn Howell of Gulfport, and Murray B. Silverstein of St. Petersburg are running to replace John A. Yanchunis, who is retiring.• In the Ninth Circuit, Seat 2, incumbent Russell W. Divine is being challenged by Michael Murphy. Both are from Orlando.• In the 11th Circuit, Seat 4, incumbent Jennifer R. Coberly is being challenged by Robert G. Whittel. Both are from Miami.• In the 11th Circuit Seat 8, Steven E. Chaykin, who left the board in June when his seat was eliminated in the reapportionment of the board, and Sheri E. Nott, both of Miami, are running to replace Andrew Needle, who is retiring.• In the 13th Circuit, Seat 3, Daniel P. Mitchell and Gwynne A. Young, both of Tampa, are running to replace Richard A. Gilbert, who is retiring.• In the 15th Circuit, Seat 2, incumbent Jerald S. Beer of West Palm Beach is being challenged by Richard B. Kay of Tequesta.• In the 19th Circuit, Seat 1, Gean Cary Junginger, Jr., and Harold G. Melville, both of Ft. Pierce, are running to replace Louis B. (Buck) Vocelle, Jr., who is retiring.Ballots will be mailed around February 26, and ballots must be received by the Bar’s election company, election.com, no later than midnight March 21. Bar members in circuits with contested races will receive a mailing that includes a numbered paper ballot and instructions for voting with the ballot or online. Members can either return the paper ballot or use its number to vote online.The Bar went to the online voting in 2000 because it offers more convenience to Bar members and lowers the cost to the Bar of running the elections.Results are expected to be announced on March 22. If the race in the Sixth Circuit results in a runoff, ballots for that will be mailed around April 1, and votes must be received by election.com no later than midnight April 22.Winning board seats unopposed were:• Lawrence Sellers of Tallahassee in the Second Circuit, Seat 1. He is filling the seat being vacated by President-elect Designate Kelly Overstreet Johnson.• Incumbent Henry M. Coxe III of Jacksonville in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2.• Incumbent William H. (Dude) Phelan of Ocala in the Fifth Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Robert A. Rush of Gainesville in the Eighth Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent David B. Rothman of Miami in the 11th Circuit, Seat 2.• Incumbent Sharon L. Langer of Miami in the 11th Circuit, Seat 6.• Kimberley A. Bald of Bradenton, in the 12th Circuit, Seat 1. She is replacing retiring board member Anthony Abate.• Incumbent John F. Rudy II of Tampa in the 13th Circuit, Seat 2.• Incumbent Amy L. Smith of West Palm Beach in the 15th Circuit, Seat 4.•Incumbent James S. Lupino of Tavernier in the 16th Circuit, Seat 1.• Nancy C. Gregoire of Ft. Lauderdale in the 17th Circuit, Seat 2. She replaces retiring board member David Welch.• Incumbent Henry Latimer of Ft. Lauderdale in the 17th Circuit, Seat 3.• Incumbent Frank C. Walker II of Ft. Lauderdale in the 17th Circuit, Seat 5.• Incumbent A. Lawrence Ringers of Ft. Myers on the 20th Circuit, Seat 2.• Incumbent Richard A. Tanner of New Jersey in Out-of-State, Seat 1.• Former board member Gary J. Leppla of Ohio in Out-of-State, Seat 3. He replaces retiring board member Dennis M. Whalen.All new and returning board members will be sworn into office during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.last_img read more


Lt. Gov. Crouch, OCRA unveil plan to grow rural economies

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs along with Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch presented their strategy for improving support for rural communities.Data shows 40 percent of the population resides in one of 75 rural counties that offer many tourist and business opportunities. These efforts will help community members working to improve the economic well-being of their spaces.“Through the leadership of OCRA, we are seeing rural communities in our state thrive and become areas that people want to visit and live in,” said Lt Gov. Crouch. “I know the agency has received input from various members of these rural areas, and has configured a plan to take this input and put it into action across the state.”The strategic priorities announced in Greensburg were:Provide opportunities and programs focused on people and place-based investmentsExpand as a trusted resource for rural IndianaBuild capacity of rural leadershipSupport economic growth and preservation in the downtown and commercial districtsFacilitate strategies to address rural broadband access“The Strategic Plan for Rural Indiana outlines a collaborative, innovative agenda for OCRA to accomplish over the next three years. This plan will help us focus our support for rural Indiana communities to help make them better places to live, work, play and grow,” said Jodi Golden, executive director of OCRA.last_img read more


Ali Jeje’s Mother gets Minister’s palliative

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgMother of late Captain of the Flying Eagles AliJeje Ibrahim, Hajia Khadija Inuwa Ali became the latest beneficiary of the largesse being extended to mothers of Former National team players and athletes when she was given cash, food items, and provision at her Jos, Plateau state residence on Thursday. The Minister who was represented by former International Sam Pam Adamu Jr.said the gesture to Alijeje aged mother was to appreciate the immense contributions of her son to the development of Nigerian Football. An elated Hajia Ali said she was surprised that the Minister could remember her years after the demise of her son. She said the Minister’s gesture not only lifted her spirit, but convinced her that her son did not labour in vain.Advertisement She expressed delight that the gesture came at the right time during the Holy Month of Ramadan.” “May God bless the Minister Mr. Sunday Dare and the government for remembering me. That means my son did not labour in vain. God will reward the Minister for his kindness,” Hajia Ali concluded. AliJeje captained Nigeria to the World Youth Championship in Mexico in 1983, after leading the team to win the Africa Youth Championship, known as the Tesema cup in the same year. He died on December 12th, 2007 following a brief illness. read also:NBA to issue guidelines around June 1 on recalling players – reportHe played club Football for Mighty Jets of Jos and Abiola Babes of Abeokuta.Some of his teamates include Yisa Shofoluwe, Dahiru Sadi, Tarila Okorowanta, Dehinde Akinlotan, Tajudeen Disu, Femi and Segun Olukanmi, Garba Manu among others. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different CountriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more


Jaguars lose by 41 runs despite Chanderpaul’s splendid century

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Shiv Chanderpaul’s splendid century proved in vain as Jerome Taylor produced an incisive five-wicket haul to wreck Guyana Jaguars and propel Jamaica Scorpions to their first win of the Regional Super50 here last night.In a riveting contest at Kensington Oval, Scorpions posted 249 for eight off their 50 overs and then bowled out Jaguars for 208 off 44 overs, to come away with a 41-run victory.The second half of the contest belonged to Taylor and Chanderpaul, the former Test teammates, who showed they were still very much at their best.Taylor, who quit the longest format last year, grabbed two wickets in his opening spell and then returned late in the innings to grab another three, as he finished with five for 40 – his best figures in regional 50-overs competitionChanderpaul, discarded 19 months ago by West Indies selectors, showed he had lost little of his touch with a superb 101 which lifted Jaguars from despair at 14 for four in the eighth over and hauled them back into contention.The veteran left-hander anchored two successive half-century stands with Raymon Reifer (25) and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (29) but once Taylor returned, Jaguars lost their last four wickets for 19 runs in the space of 25 deliveries, to collapse to their second straight defeat.Rookie fast bowler Reynard Leveridge was brilliant up front in tandem with Taylor, and finished with three for 38.Opener Chadwick Walton had earlier top-scored with 82 from 84 balls as Scorpions, opting to bat first in the day/night encounter, managed to raise a challenging total.Antiguan Devon Thomas stroked an unbeaten 56 while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood chimed in with 42 and Brandon King, 21.Off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-27), left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-41) and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (2-48) all picked up two wickets each.The right-handed Walton was off to a flyer, slamming six fours and four sixes as he and Blackwood galvanized the innings in a 92-run, second wicket stand, after left-hander John Campbell had fallen cheaply for two at 18 in the fourth over.Blackwood faced 59 balls and struck two fours and two sixes before going bowled by Jacobs in the 23rd over.Walton followed soon afterwards, caught at long-off off Jacobs in the 29th over but Thomas and King put on 41 for the fourth wicket to revive the innings.Thomas faced 74 balls and counted three fours in a controlled knock which ensured Scorpions gathered runs steadily at the end.Jaguars were then rocked at the start of their innings when Taylor and Leveridge combined to blow away their top order.Shimron Hetmyer was beaten for pace by Leveridge and bowled without scoring in the second over with three on the board and in the next over, Taylor brought one back to bowl captain Leon Johnson, also without scoring, with one run added to the score.Taylor struck again in the seventh over when he again got one to nip back and bowl Assad Fudadin for three at 13 for three.A floodlight failure which took the players from the field failed to dent Scorpions’ momentum as on resumption, Leveridge picked up where he left off when he had Chris Barnwell caught at the wicket for one botching an attempted pull, at 14 for four in the eighth over.Chanderpaul then put on show every inch of his experience as he struck 12 fours and a six in a knock lasting just 96 deliveries. He posted 77 for the fifth wicket with Reifer, 54 for the sixth wicket with Bramble and 44 for the seventh wicket with Jacobs (19).The 42-year-old raised his half-century off 47 balls in the 22nd over before reaching triple figures off 94 balls in the 42nd over.When Jacobs played back to Taylor in the 40th over and went hit wicket at 189 for seven, Scorpions needed 60 from 61 deliveries.But Permaul pulled Taylor to mid-wicket to depart for four in the 42nd over at 197 for eight and all hope disappeared for Jaguars in the next over with two runs added when Chanderpaul gloved a pull at a wayward delivery from Leveridge and was caught at the wicket. SCORPIONS+C Walton c Fudadin b Jacobs 82J Campbell lbw b R Reifer 2J Blackwood b Jacobs 42D Thomas not out 56B King c Fudadin b Reifer 21R Powell c Barnwell b Bishoo 16D Sewell lbw b Permaul 12J Taylor b Permaul 0*N Miller run out 6D Jacobs not out 1Extras (b1, lb5, w5) 11TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 249Did not bat: R Leveridge.Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-110, 3-138, 4-179, 5-202, 6-229, 7-229, 8-243.Bowling: Beaton 7-0-36-0 (w2), Reifer10-1-41-2, Permaul 10-0-48-2 (w2), Barnwell 3-0-24-0 (w1), Jacobs 10-2-27-2, Bishoo 10-0-67-1.JAGUARSS Hetmyer b Leveridge 1A Fudadin b Taylor 3*L Johnson b Taylor 0S Chanderpaul c wkp Walton b Leveridge 101C Barnwell c wkp Walton b Leveridge 1R Reifer c wkp Walton b Jacobs 25+A Bramble c wkp Walton b Campbell 29S Jacobs hit wkt b Taylor 19V Permaul c Jacobs b Taylor 4D Bishoo not out 6R Beaton c wkp Walton b Taylor 4Extras (lb1, w13, nb1) 15TOTAL (all out, 44 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-4, 3-13, 4-14, 5-91, 6-145, 7-189, 8-197, 9-199, 10-208.Bowling: Taylor 9-0-40-5 (w3), Leveridge 9-0-38-3 (w8, nb1), Sewell 3-0-18-0, Jacobs 10-0-57-1 (w1), Miller 7-0-23-0, Campbell 3-0-15-1, Powell 3-0-16-0.Points: Scorpions 4, Jaguars 0.last_img read more


HiFL: UNIUYO Tuskites, ABU Nobles Secure Comfortable Wins

Posted On Sep 8 2020 by

first_imgIdara Jude expressed his dominance over the Minders defence again, in 54th minute and completed a hat-trick in the 64th minute to provoke a loud ovation at the UNIUYO Stadium.With Adonis Okon converting a penalty kick to the home fans delight in the 82nd minute, UNIUYO Tuskites claimed a superior victory to earn an early advantage in Group C.Meanwhile, in Zaria, ABU Nobles secured a comfortable win over KUST Pyramids as Jamilu Usman also netted a hat-trick to give the nobles a superb 4: 1 victory, after Adamu Adamu opened scoring for the team in the 12th minute.Hussain Arwal helped to put the Pyramids on the score-sheet, however his goal which came in the 8th minute was not enough to save his team from the Nobles superiority.In Zaria also, ATBU Brave Hearts and UNIMAID Dessert Warriors shared points in the second game of Group G.Goals from Delly Billyok, ATBU’s jersey number 8 and Uche Francis UNIMAID’s jersey number 11 ensured that both teams shared spoils.The league is organised by Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The top 32 Universities from NUGA-member institutions will play over a period of 21 weeks, with the final four billed for the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Vice-Chancellor, University of UYO, Prof Enefiok Essien SAN, performing the Kick off at the Higher Institutions Football League Match between UNIUYO Tuskites and IAUE Minders in Uyo Action continued on Tuesday, in the ongoing 2019 edition of the Higher Institution Football League (HiFL), as UNIUYO Tuskites outclassed IAUE Minders in the opening Group C game, held at the University of Uyo Stadium.Idara Jude, UNIUYO’s hat-trick scorer, ensured that the Tuskites secure a superb victory over the Minders.UNIUYO Tuskites, dictated play at the start of the game and in the 3rd minute Idara Jude converted a brilliant cross to score a fantastic header to the delight of home fans. However, IAUE Minders’ Ikemefuna Frank, scored a stirring equalizer in the 30th minute to bring his team back into the game.last_img read more


NHC: The Tropics are Heating Up

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgThe second system just emerged off the coast of Africa and forecasters give it a 50% chance of developing in the Atlantic over the next five days.The next named storm will be Chantal. The National Hurricane Center in Miami is keeping a close eye on two tropical waves.A disorganized cluster of storms located over the northeastern Caribbean is being given just a 10% chance of growing stronger but it could be a rainmaker for parts of Florida by this weekend. last_img


Soccer Academy Facility Coming to Tinton Falls

Posted On Aug 4 2020 by

first_imgBy Kyle DePontesTINTON FALLS – A new era is set to begin in New Jersey Youth Soccer. The New Jersey Cedar Stars Academy  has broken ground on a new, $25 million sports facility in Tinton Falls. The Capelli Sports Complex will be located on the west side of Wayside Road, with the Garden State Parkway on the south. Built exclusively for NJCSA players, the complex will have five outdoor soccer fields with lighting including two synthetic turf soccer fields as well as a 140,000 square foot indoor complex that will have an indoor soccer field as well as a long list of other amenities including locker rooms, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall and a gym. The two outdoor turf fields are phase one of the construction and are set to be completed this fall. Saddle River resident George Altirs, the founder of the clothing manufacturer Capelli Sport, will finance the project.Altirs has long been prominent in the New Jersey soccer community. In 2014, Altirs donated nearly $500,000 to install new artificial turf for Saint Benedict’s soccer program in Newark, and in 2011 he turned one of his Capelli warehouses in Carlstadt into topnotch indoor fields. But Altirs’ plans for the Cedar Stars extends far beyond an expensive soccer facility. Already, the academy has appointed a new youth academy director, and is attracting some of the best players and coaches in the area.New Jersey has a rich soccer history and has long been a hotbed of soccer development. Beginning in the 1980s, northern Jersey produced some of the United States most valuable players, including World Cup stars Tony Meola, John Harkes, and Tab Ramos, all of whom hailed from Kearny, and Claudio Reyna, who grew up in Livingston, and who captained the U.S. national team in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. The current Men’s National Team captain, Michael Bradley, spent his childhood in Pennington, while his father was the head coach for Princeton University. And Tim Howard, considered by many to be the best U.S. goalie ever, and who gained legendary status when his 15 saves against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup broke an international record, grew up in North Brunswick. On the Women’s National Team, key players and 2015 World Cup winners Heather O’Reilly and Tobin Heath hail from East Brunswick and Basking Ridge respectively. Carli Lloyd, who received the Golden Ball as the best player in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, was born and raised in Delran.Today, more and more kids are playing soccer, and the U.S. participation in recent World Cups, as well as the success of Major League Soccer has sparked a renewed interest in the game. NBC’s new multi-million dollar deal to broadcast the English Premier League, widely considered one of the best leagues in the world, has also had an impact in marketing the game to Americans. Soccer is now considered “cool” again among younger generations, and with the decline of youth participation in baseball, as well as the recent concussion crisis in the NFL, many parents are opting to place their kids in soccer.The site where the new soccer compex will be situated in Tinton Falls.The statistics support this. In 1974, US Youth Soccer recorded 103,432 registered youth soccer players. In 2014, there were 3,055,148 registered youth players, over 29 times the amount in 1974. Amazingly, tiny New Jersey and Massachusetts led the way in youth participation, surpassing not only their region, but also every other state, in some states by over 100,000 players. In 2014, New Jersey boasted 151,000 registered youth soccer players.But for many parents, driving sons and daughters to games can be tiresome, especially when their kids are failing to get the proper coaching and exposure needed to make it to the next level. In recent years, however, many parents are opting for an alternative to the traditional club model – the soccer academy.“Academy soccer has more to do with training time than traveling,” said Tab Ramos, the President and Technical Director of NJCSA, echoing the popular European model of development that has now gained traction in the U.S. “In the past, U.S. kids might have trained one or two days a week, with multiple games on weekends. Now we train four days a week with one game.”Soccer academies, which are organizations that attract top-notch coaches and players from many different towns and are dedicated almost exclusively to training, were almost unheard of PDA (Player Development Academy) was founded in Bernardsville. Ramos, now the assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and arguably the best American soccer player ever, set his sights on a new project after a lengthy career in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. In 2004 Ramos helped found NJSA 04 (New Jersey Soccer Academy), which in the initial stages combined players from Freehold, Howell, and Holmdel. NJSA 04 saw tremendous success at an early stage, with its U-15 team known as The Gunners, capturing a national championship in 2008. But even as late as 2008, there were still no real distinctions between academies and regular travel teams.Although academies theoretically attracted better coaches and players, they still competed against town teams and took part in some of the same competitions. It was not until late 2008 that U.S. soccer stepped in to form the “Development Academy,” a massive organization containing every academy team in the country. The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an everyday environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The league is comprised of 77 teams from around the country, with ten divisions and four conferences. Each team will play around 30 games a year. While the light game schedule appeals to many parents, some remain hesitant over placing kids in an academy, especially since U.S. Soccer prohibits academy players from participating in any events outside of the Developmental Academy or National Team. This means no high school soccer. But the exposure that academies offer more than makes up for it.“Eighty-nine percent of Youth National Team Call Ups come from the Academy. If you’re not on a Developmental Academy club you have minimal chance of being called to the National Team” said Ramos. It’s also no mystery that college coaches favor academies. In 2013, 17 players on NJSA 04’s U18 team went on to play soccer at Division One universities. “High school soccer is fun,” said Justin McStay, a member of the NJCSA U-15/16 team. “But the level of play in academy is very high and it has more competition than high school. A lot of college coaches also look through the academies.”Cost is another factor that most parents consider when choosing a team, but at academies this is a non-issue. That’s because for players on a team within the Developmental Academy, soccer is free. At NJCSA, parents do not pay anything for boys on the U-18 and U-16 academy teams. NJCSA has applied for the Girls Developmental Academy, so starting next year U-18 and U-16 girls academy teams at NJCSA will also be free. This does not mean that every team within NJCSA is free, there are still a number of pre-academy boys teams, and girls’ teams outside the Development Academy and parents can expect to pay around $1600-$2400 for the entire season.Next year there will be further developments at NJCSA. Currently, NJCSA has three branches in New Jersey: Monmouth, Bergen County, and Newark. And the academy will soon be branching out to Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Orange County, New York. In the coming years, NJCSA plans on adding more age groups, such as U-12, and also incorporating their girls teams into the Development Academy. What ever direction, the academy chooses to go in, the future looks bright.last_img read more


Ridge Road Run To Raise Funds, Awareness For Suicide Prevention

Posted On Aug 4 2020 by

first_imgFrom tragedy, Sourlis and his classmates gained understanding and perspective about the topics of suicide and mental health that had been unexpectedly thrust into their lives.“I think it helped us realize that things aren’t always what they appear on the outside,” said Sourlis. “Pierce was a great friend, a prominent lacrosse player, a good student at our school, but there was more going on inside than anyone knew. It brought attention to the fact that we need to be there for each other in other ways.” With that mission in mind, the Ridge Road Run was conceived – an outing scheduled for Sunday, April 15 on the campus of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School that will feature a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., as well as a one-mile race and kiddie dashes with start times to be announced.“One of the things we hear all the time as administrators is how this generation of kids isn’t passionate; that they’re self-centered and self-serving,” said Risa Clay, Red Bank Regional High School principal. “But this event and the work these students are doing shows how passionate a community of kids can be when it’s a cause that hits close to home,” she said of the student organizers who are seeking volunteers, monetary donations and sponsorships at RidgeRoadRun.org.Clay went on to speak of the immense pressure her students feel to achieve more, reaching for marks on an intangible measuring stick that perpetually appear out of reach and overshadow their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.It’s a circumstance that has led RBR to institute mental health education as part of their curriculum, while providing an on-campus clinic dedicated to counseling students and their parents about how to cope with the stresses of life. These types of curriculum additions and school-based offerings align with the goals of the Ridge Road Run, which are to put school rivalries aside for a unifying effort that hopes to open lines of communication between students, peers, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as to raise awareness about suicide, and funds to support both the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.“I’m impressed with the students’ initiative to bring this topic to the forefront,” said Kathy Booth Red Bank Catholic student assistant coordinator. “We have our rivalries, and they’re all in good fun, but to lose these young people is a loss we all share. This is a subject that can’t be hushed anymore. We need more awareness and more communication. And I believe this event will go a long way toward achieving that.” This past football season provided a platform for longtime rivals like Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) and Red Bank Catholic (RBC) to join together with their heartbroken peers in Rumson in a sign of solidarity, as the student bodies came together during their respective games and wore the same color T-shirts in homage to Jarck.Developing from this display of camaraderie was the idea for something more impactful, an event that would reach beyond their schoolyards and playing fields and deeper into the greater Ridge Road community. Story and photo by Chris Rotolo “I think it’s going to be bigger than they ever expected,” Booth said.The Ridge Road Run has been organized by RBR students Michael Eulner, Claudia Kelly and Thomas Lloyd; Ellie Gibney and Teddy Sourlis from RFH; and Courtney Carroll and Lily Salcedo from RBC.For more information on the Ridge Road Run visit ridgeroadrun.org. RUMSON – Shock, despair and disbelief.It was these distinct emotions that flooded the hallways this past October at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH), when a beloved friend, teammate and student named Pierce Jarck tragically took his own life at the age of 16.Teddy Sourlis, a former classmate of Jarck’s, can still recall the over whelming anxiety that gripped him when he was forced to face the news of his friend’s passing.“As a community it hit us hard,” said Sourlis, a member of the Bulldogs basketball program. “We were still processing losing another friend of ours, Jack Moore, the year prior, and out of the blue, so suddenly, we heard the news about Pierce. And I think it really opened our eyes as a community of teens.”last_img read more