For all the Latest Sports News News, WWE Wrestling News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day on August 15, and the social media is full of inspiring messages from people across the world. WWE Superstars jumped on the bandwagon and sent their wishes to their Indian fans celebrating Independence Day. John Cena, Jinder Mahal, AJ Styles and many other WWE stars wished their fans.ALSO READ: Bengaluru FC lose 3-0 to Barcelona B, end 2018 tour of SpainWorld Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) took to Facebook and shared their ‘Happy Independence Day’ messages from 12 superstars in a video. John Cena, AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Jinder Mahal, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Drew McIntyre, Sasha Banks, The Velveteen Dream were among the starts who shared their wishes.Indian prodigy Kavita Devi also shared a heartfelt message for the Indian fans on Independence Day.ALSO READ: Remove all-rounder tag from Hardik Pandya, says Harbhajan SinghMeanwhile, the WWE Superstars are gearing up for the SummerSlam, which is set to take place on August 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Four teams register victories in latest round of matchesACTION continued in the DIGICEL Schools Football Championships yesterday with Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary, Friendship, St Cuthbert’s Mission and Bladen Hall all registering wins.Over at Dora ground, St Cuthbert’s railroaded Dora Secondary 3-1 thanks to strikes from Mark Clenkian (3rd), Elroy Dundas (7th) and Paul Henry (13th) while Dora had Jahmal Harris on target in the 23rd minute.In Berbice at the Burnham Park ground Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary wasted no time in downing Winifred Gaskin 5-0. Issano Fields’ hat-trick, (28th, 45th and 60th), coupled with Quinton Andrews (14th and 21st), led the way.Meanwhile Bladen Hall had no trouble edging Bygeval 2-1. Shamar Adams and O’Neil Hamilton were responsible for the triumph yesterday while Bygeval had Nigel Mansfield on target in the 70th.Action at Grove saw Friendship Secondary beat Camille Institute 3-0.
That number announced Monday includes 30 who tested positive at team facilities and 13 the league is aware of who tested positive outside the league’s protocols for its Phase 2.The NHL opened Phase 3 Monday with the start of training camps for the 24-team playoffs, scheduled to open in two hub Canadian cities — Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta — on Aug. 1. Players had until Monday evening to elect to opt out of competition without penalty.All players who tested positive self-isolated. The NHL is not sharing names of the players who test positive or the teams involved.___Los Angeles Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval is back with the team after contracting coronavirus last month. The National Junior College Athletic Association says it will not have a fall season and will instead attempt to play football and other sports in the spring. Men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball will also be moved to the spring. Winter sports, such as basketball, will be slated to start in January, with a majority of championship events moved from March to April.Major college football programs frequently recruit players from the top junior colleges, but without a fall season it will be more complicated for coaches at four-year colleges to evaluate those players.___North Carolina A&T says four student-athletes have tested positive for coronavirus since returning to campus on July 6. All four student-athletes are asymptomatic. The club says it will play Tuesday against third-place Basel by selecting young players from its backup roster.Zurich also has to play title contender Young Boys and St. Gallen and says it wanted to avoid the league being annulled.The 10 teams are already playing in midweek and on weekends to finish the season on Aug. 2 and meet a UEFA deadline for European competition entries. It is unclear when Zurich can play a re-scheduled game against Sion.Zurich is in sixth place but in contention to earn a Europa League entry by finishing fourth.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Some of the FC Dallas traveling party returned to Texas on Monday, a week after the team was withdrawn from the MLS is Back Tournament because 10 players tested positive for coronavirus. The team didn’t give any specific numbers but said the group that returned home included individuals who had tested positive for coronavirus after the team arrived in Florida last month. They have since tested negative in multiple follow-up tests. Those who recently tested positive remain isolated in their hotel rooms at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, where they will remain until cleared by medical officials to return to Texas. FC Dallas previously revealed that all players and staff tested negative for the coronavirus before leaving Texas for the tournament on June 27. Two players tested positive upon arrival and subsequent tests found eight more infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.The team plans to resume training at home later this week.___ Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The team says five other Tier 1 individuals also missed the workout for the same reason. Tier 1, according to baseball’s 2020 operations manual, includes players and other on-field personnel.“Out of an abundance of caution, we think it makes sense for the six of us to wait for clarity,” Ross said in a release. “Situations like this have not been a worrisome indicator of a positive test result to date.”The Cubs say there should be “further clarity” later in the day.___The Atlantic Coast Conference has postponed its virtual Football Kickoff media event. The Latest: Some of FC Dallas’ traveling party back in Texas The league says the event to preview each teams’ prospects heading into fall training camp is delayed until further notice. The three-day event was originally scheduled to be held beginning July 21.The ACC says future decisions and announcements will take place “at the appropriate time.”___The Patriot League has joined the Ivy League in canceling fall sports, including football, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Division I conference says it has still not determined whether winter and spring sports competition will be held and that it will consider holding fall sports in the second semester. The Ivy League made a similar announcement last week. The Patriot League is the first conference in the Football Championship Subdivision that competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision’s playoffs to suspend its season. Sandoval disclosed his positive test Monday from the Angels’ summer camp, calling the virus “unlike anything I’d ever felt before.” He says he tested positive on June 22.Sandoval thinks he caught it while golfing with a friend,because he had been careful about being out in public for several weeks beforehand. He said he endured three days of body aches, chills and fever before his symptoms lessened. He rejoined the Angels last week.Sandoval went 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA last season as a rookie with the Angels, making three starts. He is among several candidates for a spot in the back end of the Halos’ rotation.___Chicago Cubs manager David Ross is skipping the team’s Monday morning workout because he is awaiting his completed result from his Saturday coronavirus test. Army and Navy compete in the Patriot League in many sports, including basketball, but not in football. The Patriot League said Army and Navy are exempt from the fall sports cancellation, which also includes women’s soccer and volleyball.Athletes will be permitted to practice and train with coaches and in team facilities “provided health and safety conditions support such activities,” the conference said.___Swiss soccer club Zurich says it will field an under-21 team to try to save the season from being canceled because the first-team is isolating at home.Zurich’s game on Saturday was postponed because multiple players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The race was scheduled for Oct. 11. Organizers say registered participants are eligible for a refund or can defer their place and entry fee to the Chicago Marathon in 2021, 2022 or 2023.“Hope drives us as runners and as humans,” Carey Pinkowski, the executive race director of the Chicago Marathon, said in a release. “My hope was to see everyone on the start line on Sunday, October 11, but our highest priority has always been the safety of our participants and our volunteers.”Organizers say they are working on plans for a virtual experience “to recognize the dedication and commitment of everyone who would have taken part in the 43rd running” of the marathon.___The NHL says 43 players tested positive for the coronavirus from June 8 through the end of the league’s optional workouts. One person has tested positive in the latest round of checks for COVID-19 on players and club staff in the English Premier League.The league says a total of 2,071 people were tested last week.The person has not been identified. ___The Chicago Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Men’s soccer players returned to campus last week and are undergoing initial screening before starting voluntary workouts.The release added that Kentucky has implemented proactive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic testing in response to evolving circumstances. Changing workouts have made social distancing and personal protective equipment more difficult to implement, the release said, forcing the change to also align with the campus plan released last month. Forty-one student athletes and 21 staffers from those three programs participated in PCR testing. One student-athlete provided documentation of self-testing.All 108 football players currently working out and 58 staff members participated in PCR testing last week with zero positives.___ July 13, 2020 If student-athletes have university housing and have tested positive, they are being isolated in a designated area on campus.N.C. A&T student-athletes who are living on campus live in groups of 8-10 people and also are conducting workouts in groups of that size.___Kentucky says three of 42 student-athletes initially screened from men’s basketball, volleyball and women’s soccer tested positive for past coronavirus infection through antibody testing. The school did not specify in a release which programs the positives came from. Those that tested positive were required to quarantine.
TUSCHEN Train Station Masjid made light work of New Mosque when the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO), Trophy Stall Inter-Jamaat 10-over Softball Cricket competition continued recently, at the MYO ground on Woolford Avenue. New Mosque won the toss and batted first. Led by openers Amil Ally (25 runs) and Rahim Alli (19 runs) they pushed the score to 91-4. Mohamed Omar was the pick of the bowlers for Tuschen with two wickets.Needing to score at 9.2 runs per over to claim a win, Tuschen Train Station blasted their way to the target in 4.2 overs without losing a wicket. Imtiaz Hack slammed an even 50, while Riaz Khan supported with 42.Meanwhile, in an all-LBI battle, LBI A team won the toss and batted first, but they were in early trouble as Carl Spencer took three wickets in the second over. Rash shots caused the wickets to tumble, but the A-team managed to finish their innings on 93-8.Gary Khan made 31 and Zaman Ally 14. Spencer picked up 3-17 and Puran Deokaran 2-16 for LBI-B.When LBI-B batted, they lost captain Safraz Ally in the first over for one run.Nevertheless, led by Randy Narine, the side were able to overhaul the score in 8.4 overs. They did lose four wickets in the process, and it could have been more, since Narine was dropped at long off on 19, but he made use of his chance and scored a day’s high 64 not out to see his team home. Imran Khan supported with an unbeaten 14.Akram Bacchus was the pick of the bowlers with 2-14 runs.The number of scheduled matches was reduced, since Diamond New Scheme Masjid failed to turn up, which resulted in Hague Masjid and LBI-B gaining walkovers victories.
CMC – FORMER West Indies fast bowler Kenny Benjamin says cricket in the Caribbean is suffering from players’ lack of loyalty and commitment, and intervention is required to save the sport.The Antiguan called for coaches, mentors, teachers and parents to “teach these youngers, even before they get into national youth teams and so on, about commitment and loyalty”.“We cannot just believe we want to make money from cricket and we’re not loyal to anyone or any particular thing. The mentality and the thinking show me why we are struggling,” he said on Mason & Guest radio show here on Tuesday night when asked what advice he would give to young Windies cricketers to improve their performances, particularly in the longer format of the game.Benjamin’s comments also came against the background of controversial public outbursts by West Indies batting star Chris Gayle who unleashed a verbal attack on his former Windies teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan after being released from Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise team Jamaica Tallawahs.In a three-part video on YouTube in which he referred to the Tallawahs assistant coach in unflattering terms, Gayle accused of conspiring with management of the franchise to get rid of him.The 53-year-old Benjamin, who played 26 Tests and 26 One Day Internationals for the West Indies in his career, said disagreements among players back then were handled differently.“A guy said something, you deal with it, you tell him off and you move on. It was more a fight between the territorial boards. Now West Indies Cricket Board is trying to become a professional organization, it seems to me it’s like it’s the players now where there is a separation. It seems to me like dog eat dog, every man for himself, everybody thinking in their own space,” he complained.“And I think that is the challenge for us and we need to fix that, and we need to fix that at a very early age because once you go into international level with that mentality, that kind of mindset, it’s going to create some problems.”Benjamin also had some suggestions for Cricket West Indies to improve the regional game.“We need to make the regional franchise fully professional. They need to function that way and not just the regional level. They need to look at youth development, coaching education, all of these things have to be in play and have to be working as a well-oiled machinery,” he said.“What we’re seeing at an international level is just the fruit that we’re bearing. So we really and truly have to start to get the franchises functioning properly, making sure that when these guys would have reached Under-19s, the whole mindset and the whole training, the mental aspect and everything would be ready for them to move on to the next level.”
Addressing a disappointed Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Joseph Olusola Iji after the match, Ezenwa said what had happened on Sunday evening had gone to the past as the team would redeem itself in the final leg of the fixture on October 19.“Sir, we have been truly honoured by your fatherly care for us since we arrived in this country. The Embassy has ensured everything worked for our comfort here. We are pained that we could not reciprocate with a good result from this match. As a team we apologise for what has happened. What we are saying to you and Nigerians is that we are sorry and that we would make it up by securing the ticket. Kindly exercise some patience with us.“What we are saying in one sentence is that we will qualify; it is not over yet.”The Ambassador who had promised the team dinner in his residence kept to his promise in spite of the result at Stade de Kegue.“We are all pained but I understand how it works in sports; sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I ask that you put this result behind you and work towards the ultimate goal of qualifying. The only way to make all Nigerians happy again and give back our voice to us in this country is that you beat them well when they visit Nigeria. And I am sure that you can achieve that.”The leader of delegation, NFF Board Member Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi said: “Your Excellency, I can tell you that this is far from the expectation of the Federation. But these young ones have truly shown remorse. They were so dejected to leave their hotel again.“Please understand that it was a deliberate move to field largely a young team because we are also looking to the future and this team has faced difficult games in the past and came off successful. And I am sure that given what I have seen of them, the ultimate goal to get to Cameroon in 2020 would be achieved.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ikechukwu Ezenwa is leading Nigeria’s CHAN 2020Home-based Eagles have apologised to Nigerians for the poor result they posted against Togo on Sunday in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying match. The players led by goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa apologised to Nigerians for the shameful outing and promised to repay the Sparrow Hawks in bigger coins in the second leg and claim the Cameroon 2020 ticket.Sparrow Hawks of Togo thrashed the Eagles 4-1 in a first leg, second round qualifying match of the 2020 CHAN despite the Nigeria being the first on the scoresheet after only eight minutes.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb Last March, Syracuse pulled off an upset of Maryland to assert itself into the national spotlight. Paired with the Terrapins this weekend, the Orange once again has something to prove.“It was one of the turning points of our season last year,” sophomore attack Devon Collins said. “So I feel like this could set the tone for our season if we come out really strong and make a statement that we belong at No. 1.”The No. 1 Orange (1-0) will look to defend its early-season status as top dog when it hosts No. 4 Maryland (1-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Terrapins boast one of the best midfields in the country, one that features senior Katie Schwarzmann, the Tewaaraton Trophy winner from a year ago.On March 10, then-No. 6 Syracuse traveled to College Park, Md., and knocked off the then-No. 3 Terrapins, snapping Maryland’s home winning streak at 36 games. The Terps had won the previous 12 matchups against the Orange.In that game, Maryland was successful in keeping SU attack Alyssa Murray, who would lead the NCAA in points by the end of the season, off the scoreboard. But the Terps couldn’t stop Michelle Tumolo from recording a hat trick or Collins from scoring twice as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven if Maryland slows down one of the Orange’s attacks, Gait is confident in the balance of the unit. If the Terps zero in on one of SU’s offensive threats, the surrounding players will step up, Gait said, just as Collins did last year. Gait pointed to Murray and freshman Kayla Treanor as more-than-capable scorers.Tumolo said she won’t be surprised if the Terps faceguard her Sunday. Regardless of what the Terps throw at SU, Tumolo believes the home team will be prepared.“They might press out a little bit more, try to rattle us a little bit,” Tumolo said. “I think we’ll be ready for that because we’ve seen it before.”Speaking at SU’s Media Day on Wednesday, Tumolo was ecstatic to get her season started with Sunday’s game – she was ineligible for the Orange’s win over Jacksonville on Jan. 13 because she drew a red card in last season’s championship loss to Northwestern.Tumolo was particularly excited to welcome Schwarzmann, her good friend who beat her by 5 percent in the voting for Inside Lacrosse’s Division-I Player of the Year, to the Carrier Dome.“It’s fun to play against your friends just because you get to see them and I’m excited for them to come to the Dome because she’s never been,” Tumolo said.The rest of the Orange is much less anxious to see Schwarzmann, who scored two goals in last year’s meeting.Syracuse assistant coach Regy Thorpe knows the Tewaaraton winner is going to score against his defense on Sunday. SU has a few defensive looks prepared for the Terps midfielder, Thorpe said, but the key will be to keep Schwarzmann in the 1-3 goal range, not the 5-6.In addition to Schwarzmann, the Orange will have an eye on Maryland attack Alex Aust, who Tumolo described as “phenomenal behind the goal.”But the toughest matchup will be at midfield.“They’re a super-athletic team that relies a lot on their midfield,” Gait said. “We’ve added a lot of depth in our midfield and we’re hoping that we can compete with them, get up and down in that area of the field.”In just its second game of the season and first contest in more than a month, Syracuse will have its hands full with the Terrapins in a difficult early-season battle.But if the Orange is going to prove it deserves the No. 1 distinction, Sunday’s meeting with Maryland is where the challenge begins.“It’s a statement game. Beginning of the season, first home game, to see where we’re really at,” Gait said. “There’s been a lot of talk about are we No. 1, 2, 3, 4 – where do we stand? This is a great opportunity to measure ourselves against one of the most storied programs in women’s lacrosse.” Comments
On what would otherwise have been a sleepy Friday morning at the University of Southern California, freshman Alec Vandenberg addressed a crowd of nearly 100 students congregated in front of Tommy Trojan to protest Donald Trump’s recent executive order limiting Muslim immigration.The speech was no more than 30 seconds, encouraging the assembled to canvas and contact their local representatives, but concluded with a sentiment that largely resounded with an audience demanding national change.“Student apathy ends now!” he yelled through a handed off megaphone at the Feb. 3 rally. “And student activism starts now!”The crowd roared.On a campus historically known much less for political activism than its University of California brethren, the election of President Donald Trump has set off a fervor among students and faculty alike that many argue hasn’t been seen in a generation.“In talking with professors who have been here a while, they’ll tell you you would have never seen protests in front of Tommy Trojan on a rainy Friday morning,” said Jacob Lind, a freshman majoring in English literature.In the days following Trump’s inauguration, a similar crowd to Friday’s stood in the rain outside the Von Kleinsmid Center in protest of the event. Just a few weeks later, nearly a dozen USC-related rallies and protests have touched the campus community. All have been in unity against one opposing force: their elected president.“When Trump won election night, at the drop of a hat everything changed,” Lind said. “It was like the entire campus flipped a switch and started caring a lot more about politics.”It is newfound territory for a generation that has largely grown up under the auspices of a Democratic administration. At both USC and campuses nationwide, the post-election energy of college students is being compared to what occurred during the Vietnam War. Like Trump’s election, the bloody conflict in Southeast Asia — which saw fellow classmates being drafted off to fight a far-off war in the dozens — lit a fire in students’ hearts even at this University. If one were to visit USC in mid-May 1970, they would find a starkly different political atmosphere than the one they may be used to. President Richard Nixon had just announced plans to invade Cambodia, amping up a war that many University members already vehemently opposed.In response to widespread requests among students and faculty alike, the administration called off all classes and normal business for four days of campus protest and peaceful demonstration called the “Days of Concern.”Students read about the Days of Concern in the Daily Trojan, May 1970.The Daily Trojan at the time dubbed it as “the most significant day in the history of the University of Southern California.” Nearly 1,500 students, faculty and administrators packed into Alumni Park to hear strike speeches. Faculty kept their doors open to facilitate cross-generational discussion. One student at the time wrote they were transformed from an apolitical bystander to an involved member of the political process. “Last week I was the average apathetic USC student who lived day to day and didn’t give a damn about what was going on outside my own little world. I always felt that other people would take care of things,” they wrote. “Then, little by little, I realized that the government wasn’t as pure as I had thought… something snapped. I didn’t feel I could take other people’s word on things that I didn’t know about myself. I began to look into things for myself for the first time in my life.” The emotions were largely similar to those of many USC students today. Joe Harlan, a junior majoring in theater, is one of the many students who could be seen as a modern reincarnation of sentiments like the aforementioned — that of a newfound lack of faith in government. One of many invigorated after Trump’s election to immerse themselves in the political process, his first opportunity was the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles, walking alongside more than 750,000 fellow demonstrators, “It was the first time I put my body and my feet where my mouth was,” Harlan said. “Before I had been very politically aware, but this was the first time I was angry and scared. And not for myself — I’m a white suburban male. But it’s not about me, it’s about other people.”Whereas in Vietnam the unifying fear was friends and family being sent to war, today students fear for the deportation of international classmates, or the trouncing of rights largely fought for in decades prior. “I think we’re going back to political awareness rather than political complacency,” Harlan said. “With this election, I’ve seen everyone talking about it.” Some students now are hoping to turn that talk into effective action. Lind, alongside Vandenberg and another classmate — all freshmen — founded Trojan Advocates for Political Progress just this semester as an outlet for students’ newfound desire to get involved.While they laud the energy and momentum behind widespread rallies, the group advocates more for less fashionable methods of joining the political process, such as calling your local representative.“The only way to change our policies we think are unjust is to get involved in the nitty-gritty aspects of politics,” said Vandenberg, who is also a writer for the Daily Trojan. “It’s not the glitz and glamor of rallies always.” Students participating in this fresh wave of activism look to merge alongside the small but vocal community that has been fighting for a wide range of issues — ranging from the cessation of USC business ties to Bangladesh sweatshops to the fight for a $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles — long before Trump was in the running. The challenge for these more seasoned activists is to find and retain those students who truly want to fight for change, rather than those who may be jumping onto the bandwagon of cliché college protest. “I worry that the people who have only recently become politically active will only respond to injustice when it’s smacking them in the face, like with Trump’s immigration ban,” said Sophia Li, a senior majoring in sociology. “Or when it’s fun and trendy to do so, like participate in the Women’s March.”Nevertheless, Li and others remain optimistic. In a political battle that ultimately benefits more from widespread unity than inner divisiveness, the newfound support is a welcome surprise. “It can be frustrating to suddenly see a lot of people who have never organized before only now realize there are problems,” said Nadja Barlera, a senior majoring in English and member of the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation. “But on the whole, it’s amazing to see so many people come out and support each other.”
Quarterbacks are scheduled to take part in on-field drills with wide receivers and tight ends Saturday starting at 10 a.m. ET. #Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray told scouts & personnel people of several NFL teams that he doesn’t plan to throw at the Combine, sources say. They cautioned Murray is a competitor who could throw after seeing everyone else do it, but as of last night, Murray’s plan is not to do much.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2019Despite Murray’s eye-popping skill set and strong season with the Sooners, there are some concerns about his measurements. He measured at 5-9 7/8 by Oklahoma staffers last fall, which is a bit short of the NFL’s traditional quarterback template. Quarterback Kyler Murray, a top prospect for April’s draft, doesn’t plan to throw at the NFL combine this week. According to NFL Network, Murray told scouts and personnel people of several NFL teams of his intentions, though there is one caveat. The Oklahoma product could change his mind after seeing some of his competitors throw, but right now the plan is for Murray “not to do much.” John Elway worries about Kyler Murray’s ability to play under center Kyler Murray on his way to weight in at combine. pic.twitter.com/Egx1V7vpld— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) February 28, 2019The Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t revealed whether he will participate in other on-field drills at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, including the 40-yard dash. Related News
Police Chief Brett Friedman said he and his officers are prepared and ready for beaches to open Memorial Day Weekend. Parking kiosks are now up and running. And, while the chief said officers could certainly sanitize the kiosks periodically throughout the day, visitors are also able to purchase parking through the mPay2Park application on their mobile phones. By Allison Perrine Donovan’s Reef owner Christine Carducci said she has drawn up a detailed plan laying out how and when she can reopen her business completely. Currently, she is retrofitting the building so it is better suited for contactless operations, she said. Ultraviolet lights will be installed in the restrooms with contact-free devices to keep them as clean as possible. Personal holsters of hand sanitizer will be spread out throughout the establishment. Signage will be posted with information about social distancing and sanitation guidelines. His initial concern was that out-of-area families might have three-month rentals in Sea Bright through the summer while also commuting to and from New York for work. It would be hard to track these people if they were to get sick, he said. “With COVID trending downward in terms of new cases, the state luckily is trying to clear some of the restrictions on the public and also on businesses,” said Mayor Brian Kelly. “So, that’s the kind of trend we’re hoping for. We’ll continue to be safe in Sea Bright.” Borough attorney Roger McLaughlin said there are a couple of “major problems” with the concept. One is that when establishments have liquor licenses, their license premises are defined. They can only serve on those license premises. In April, the state Office of Emergency Management issued an administrative order allowing certain municipalities and counties to restrict short-term housing rentals for seasonal tenants through the pandemic. Sea Bright representatives decided that because the borough is a popular vacation spot, the town would take that step. To help some of the businesses with curbside pickup, Friedman said the department will start heavily enforcing 30-minute parking on Ocean Avenue this summer. The belief is that it will help some of the turnover, he said. SEA BRIGHT – The mayor and council looked at several ways to support the borough and its business district through the coming summer months, despite limitations and shutdowns imposed by the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think at this point, I would be OK either way with continuing it or opening up short-term rentals back to what we had,” said Chernavsky. “We’re not traditionally a Belmar or Point Pleasant where they have these Airbnbs every day, every week.” But at the meeting May 14, Chernavsky said his concerns had been eased. In a county-wide OEM conference call the day before, they were told the state entered a CommCare Database agreement purchase with New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to help with contact tracing of people who become infected and travel out of state. Beach Operations According to business administrator Joseph Verruni, the borough has about 46 shortterm rentals. That includes weekly, monthly and multiple month rentals. The state’s legal definition of short-term is six months or less. “We felt it necessary to impose these restrictions and, early on, I think it was a good idea,” said Daniel J. Chernavsky, emergency management coordinator for Sea Bright. “We had people scrambling from all over New York, North Jersey, everywhere, looking to get out of there and… escape the city. So, we were concerned with an influx of people.” “I’m worried about Sea Bright businesses staying open. We don’t want Sea Bright to have empty storefronts,” said Wood. “I think this will help increase revenue in the summer months and hopefully September and October, if we’re still not allowed to be at 100 percent seating capacity by then.” Woody’s Ocean Grille owner Chris Wood suggested that the town designate a common area with outdoor seating for Sea Bright licensed businesses to operate takeout services from. He noted that while some restaurants in town, like Woody’s, Donovan’s Reef, Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, EvenTide Grille and The Rum Runner have “ample” outdoor seating, others don’t have the same luxury. Places like Alice’s Kitchen or Super Golden have “very limited” sidewalk, he said. Carducci said masks will also be available for employees and customers. Staff members will go through training on social distancing and cleaning. And an electrostatic disinfection device will be utilized daily to evenly coat surfaces with disinfectant. Council President Charles H. Rooney IIIsaid, as the owner of rental housing in SeaBright, he does not think the borough shouldease the restrictions yet. “You’re going tohave people in and out of this town, you don’tknow who they are,” he said. “I’d like to get back open, even in a limited way, as soon as I could,” said Carducci.Donovan’s Reef representatives announced this week that it will reopen its beach area only, for season beach badge holders, Saturday, May 23. Councilman Marc Leckstein noted that, pandemic aside, the borough would not be tracking who comes in and out of town for short-term rentals through Airbnb. “It might make sense to lift it at this time because it’s not targeting what we’re actually saying we’re nervous about. What Charlie’s talking about, I believe, are the really short-term rentals and we’re not targeting it now.” Effective April 16, Sea Bright suspended short-term and seasonal rentals until further notice. It did not, however, impair the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, private residences, and the like, to accept individuals for temporary residence in special circumstances, like health care workers or individuals supported by federal, state or local emergency housing assistance. Outdoor Dining For the past few months, restaurants have been operating on delivery and takeout or curbside pickup options only; customers have not been allowed to dine-in since the pandemic struck. Now, as restrictions begin to ease throughout the state, the borough is looking at what life might look like for customers and restaurateurs throughout the summer. PATRICK OLIVERO Sea Bright officials discussed ways to get the borough ready for the summer season despite the continued social distancing guidelines in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Vacation Rentals Among discussions at the Thursday, May 14 workshop meeting were ideas on how to tackle short-term summer housing rentals, outdoor dining and beach operations. No final decisions were made during the meeting that morning, which was held remotely. “In our situation, if we wanted to set aside a park of the parking lot to allow restaurants to serve there, you wouldn’t be able to do that because you’d have public property, including Ocean Avenue, in between the two licensed areas,” said McLaughlin. The article originally appeared in the May 21 – 27, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.