GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman has honored a promise he made to his college roommate a decade ago and it cost him $229 million. Woodman had promised to give his college roommate Neil Dana 10 percent of all the money he makes when taking his company public. In 2011, GoPro issued Dana 6.3 million stock options. Woodman agreed to reimburse the company whenever the options were exercised.Neil Dana, who attended the University of California at San Diego with Woodman, was GoPro’s first employee. He currently serves as the company’s director of music and specialty sales.Woodman, whose net worth will fall to $2.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, was awarded $285.3 million in 2014 compensation, making him the highest-paid U.S. executive.GoPro CEO Nick Woodman.
Valverde was grateful for Simeone’s support, saying: ‘I want to recognize Simeone, who also came over and said some words that I won’t say. But I want to highlight it because nobody does it.’ Real comfortably won the shootout 4-1, with Sergio Ramos scoring the cup-winning final penalty, and he too praised Valverde for taking one for the team. Asked if he would have committed the tackle too, Ramos told reporters: ‘Yes, I think any player in our squad would have done it in that situation. It was a key move that had to be stopped.’ The Argentine was no stranger to a professional foul in his playing days Read Also: Real Madrid beat Atlético in shootout, claim Spanish Super Cup On his penalty, he added: ‘I always take the fourth penalty due to superstition, not because it had been calculated that I’d take the winning penalty. ‘I had planned on taking a Panenka penalty, but I didn’t have the ankle to do lots of little steps. My ankle is a bit f***ed. I was a bit scared and, as time passed, it seized up and hurt more. But once you’re in the game and know there’s so much to play for, you forget the pain.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he would have done exactly the same thing as Federico Valverde after the Real Madrid midfielder’s match-saving professional foul in the Spanish Super Cup. The Uruguayan was shown a straight red card for hacking down Alvaro Morata as the striker burst clean through on goal deep into extra-time on Sunday night, with Real winning the penalty shootout that followed moments later. The Argentine was no stranger to a professional foul in his playing days Valverde sought out Morata after the game to say sorry for his foul, but Atletico boss Simeone feels there is no need for the Real midfielder to apologise. ‘I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action,’ said Simeone at his post-match press conference. ‘It was the most important play of the game. If the play continued, it was possibly a goal.’ When Valverde left the pitch he was jeered by the crowd but got support from both his own manager, Zinedine Zidane, and Simeone as he walked past the dugout.Simeone continued: ‘I told him not to worry, that he did what he had to do. We will see how many days [suspension] they give him.’ Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?From Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith
Southeastern, IN— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving Inc. plans to start work next week on a $4.5 million terminal joint replacement and repair project. Over 75 locations across southeastern and south-central Indiana are included in the contract.On or after Monday, April 27, work will begin. Nighttime lane closures will be in effect at various bridge approaches from approximately 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The contractor will work at each location for one-to-two nights at a time.Locations across Southeastern Indiana include:S.R. 750 in Jennings County (CSX Railroad/Six Mile Creek)S.R. 11 in Jackson County (East Fork White River)U.S. 50 in Dearborn County (Tanner’s Creek)C.R. 250 and U.S. 421 over I-74 in Decatur CountyS.R. 229 over I-74 in Ripley CountyWork performed at each location will include milling and placement of polymeric asphalt to repair terminal joint damage sustained during winter freeze-thaw cycles. The contract was awarded in February and is expected to be complete by mid-September. Motorists should slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent
Jones leads the team in the climax to the series with Sam Warburton ruled out by a hamstring injury, but it is the omission of O’Driscoll that will cause the biggest stir. Wales duo Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies have been paired in the centres with the former selected after missing the first two Tests with a hamstring problem. “Brian was disappointed, but he appreciated that he was spoken to before the team announcement,” head coach Warren Gatland said. “It’s the first time that a coach has ever made the decision with him in 15 years of rugby. Jamie is back fit and has been given the nod in terms of his partnership with Davies.” Gatland has made a total of six changes to the side beaten 16-15 in Melbourne last Saturday with Sean O’Brien, Alex Corbisiero, Richard Hibbard, Toby Faletau, Mike Phillips and Roberts included in the starting XV. O’Brien replaces Warburton at openside while Corbisiero returns after missing the second Test with a calf injury, resulting in Mako Vunipola’s demotion to the bench. Hibbard is picked at hooker with Tom Youngs named among the replacements, Toby Faletau is preferred ahead of Jamie Heaslip at number eight and Phillips ousts Ben Youngs at scrum-half. Completing the six alterations is Roberts slotting in for O’Driscoll. “It has been a challenging tour and we have had our fair share of injuries, but we always knew that would be the case,” Gatland said. “Brian is a great player and has had a wonderful career, but for the final Test we felt that Jamie Roberts’ presence offered us something more.” O’Driscoll responded to being dropped with a post on his verified Twitter feed encouraging those who will line up in Saturday’s game. He wrote: “Obviously totally gutted at being left out for deciding Test but all efforts go into preparing the boys to see it through. #seaofred.” British and Irish Lions team to face Australia in the third Test at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday, July 6: L Halfpenny (Wales); T Bowe (Ireland), J Davies (Wales), J Roberts (Wales), G North (Wales); J Sexton (Ireland), M Phillips (Wales); A Corbisiero (England), R Hibbard (Wales), A Jones (Wales), A-W Jones (Wales, capt), G Parling (England), D Lydiate (Wales), S O’Brien (Ireland), Toby Faletau (Wales). Replacements: T Youngs (England), M Vunipola (England), D Cole (England), R Gray (Scotland), J Tipuric (Wales), C Murray (Ireland), O Farrell (England), Manu Tuilagi (England). Alun-Wyn Jones has been appointed British and Irish Lions captain for Saturday’s deciding Test against Australia at ANZ Stadium, but there is no place among the 23 for Brian O’Driscoll. Press Association
In an effort to spread awareness on environmental issues and current attempts to address them by talking about the recent climate summit COP21, the Environmental Student Assembly hosted USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Steven Lamy, Shannon Gibson, a professor in international relations, and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss Thursday afternoon.The talks began with background about COP21 and the concept of global warming as a whole. Held in Paris shortly after the November terrorist attacks, COP21 addressed the issue of climate change and how different countries and communities could reduce carbon emissions. It was the 21st of a series of meetings following the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on climate control and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Talks at the summit centered around not letting the average global temperature rise above 1.5 degrees Celsius and countries constructing goals for lowering greenhouse gas emissions.After explaining the purpose of the meeting, the speakers delved into the implications concerning the standards that each country set up in order to decrease carbon emissions.“This is like Weight Watchers, people come in and make promises but the enforcement mechanism is not there,” Lamy said. “There is going to be smaller countries that will be leaders in reducing carbon emissions like Sweden or Norway.”Lamy explained that more skeptical countries like Russia could look to these “leader” countries to mold their policies, reducing emissions yet boosting their economies.Reiss echoed this sentiment by saying the lack of global enforcement to hold these countries accountable poses a challenge for the world.“The problem seems to be that there is no enforcing programs that will make these ‘intended commitments’ come true,” Reiss said. “This issue is still in the hands of nation states. We have not yet decided on a system of global governance.”She followed this up by stating that the consumer has the most power by choosing to support or not support corporations that aren’t environmentally friendly.“Individuals should divest from companies that contribute lots of emissions,” Reiss said.She then transitioned into her talks about how spreading environmental awareness should begin on a microscale. She stated that despite its difficulty, it’s important that the U.S. effectively convey the severity of the issue to its citizens.“In a country like the United States, anything complicated is avoided,” Reiss said. “We need to communicate in a way that is more relevant to people and voters.”Gibson added to this argument by stating that students should be critical consumers, buying products based on background research and figuring out how much of an impact it actually makes on the environment. She talked about how green symbols on many big company products are actually industry markings that have low standards and mean next to nothing.Reiss brought it back to the USC students by urging the those in attendance to be smart consumers.“The kind of transition it’s going to take for a low-carbon system is going to be huge,” Reiss said. “But it begins with your generation — you guys.”
Published on September 27, 2019 at 7:33 pm Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ Charlotte de Vries couldn’t contain her excitement. After scoring a game-winning breakaway goal to defeat No. 2 Duke, she screamed as her teammates mobbed her. The Orange, after failing to topple No. 5 Virginia last week, defeated the second-best team in the nation on the road on Friday night.Following last Friday’s 2-0 loss when Syracuse outshot the Cavaliers, freshman Olivia Graham was positive. Graham, obviously disappointed by the defeat, knew that by outplaying UVA for three quarters, SU showed that it could compete with the nation’s best. “It’s a loss for us but we can also see that we have a lot of potential,” Graham said. The Orange showed that once again on Friday. No. 19 Syracuse (7-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) defeated Duke (7-1, 0-1) 2-1 in Durham, North Carolina. In the first half, SU was dominated, outshot 13-1 and allowed Duke’s only goal to Haley Schleicher. But the Orange adjusted and improved in the second, tallying seven shots to Duke’s nine.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith under seven minutes remaining, Claire Cooke scored the Orange’s first goal. After Duke fouled SU in the circle, she deflected in junior Carolin Hoffmann’s shot from a penalty corner.The Orange didn’t relent in the first overtime, only being outshot by one. And then in the second overtime period, when both teams were gasping for air, the ball fell to de Vries right outside the shooting circle. With a clear one-on-one, she evaded Duke goalkeeper Sammi Steele and fired a shot into the back of the net.SU missed the NCAA tournament last year for the first time since 2007. With its win today, Syracuse tallied the win it needed to be in postseason contention this time around. Comments
The night of Saturday, 21 November 2015 will be one when the footballing world comes to a standstill as Real Madrid take on Barcelona.Around 500 million pairs of eyes will be glued to their TV screens to witness the biggest of club rivalries.Yes, football fanatics – the season’s first El Clasico has finally arrived, promising us a bucket full of extreme emotions, on-field spats, player-referee bust-ups and, more importantly, a showpiece encounter for the fans and neutrals to gossip about for hours on end.As far as Real Madrid and Barcelona fans are concerned, this game provides the usual battle for the La Liga summit.A victory for Barcelona would see them go six points clear of their bitter rivals, whereas a victory for Rafa Benitez’s side would see them leapfrog Barcelona to the top of the table on the basis of a better head-to-head record.It is definitely not a title decider as it is still early days in the league, but with top spot up for grabs and El Clasico bragging rights at stake, which team has the grit to hold their nerve and churn out a positive result for their fans on Saturday? Team NewsReal Madrid:The news of the return of several players from injury would have been music to the ears of Rafa Benitez, as he now has the luxury of selecting from a wider group of squad memebers. James Rodriguez proved his fitness by playing 180 minutes for his national side during the international break and should start while Dani Carvajal is expected to replace Danilo at right-back. Defender Sergio Ramos is also expected to recover from a shoulder injury in time to partner Raphael Varane at centre-back.Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who missed the last two league games with a muscle problem, should also return in goal in place of Kiko Casilla for Saturday’s clash. Left-back Marcelo, who suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s Champions League victory against PSG, is not 100% match-fit but should be ready in time to replace Nacho at left-back. Striker Karim Benzema is expected to play a role after returning from a knee injury he sustained while on international duty with France in October. However, it has been a long layoff, and Benitez may not risk starting him in the fear of aggravating his injury. Gareth Bale will most probably lead the line, with James Rodriguez behind him and Ronaldo and Isco supporting him from the left and right wings respectively.Barcelona:Fans could not have been treated to news better than their superstar Lionel Messi’s return from a knee injury suffered during a La Liga game against newly promoted Las Palmas in September. He has trained throughout this week and will most likely make a substitute appearance in the second half if his services are required.However, Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is most likely going to be missing from Luis Enrique’s plans on Saturday as he continues to recover from a calf injury he picked up during Barca’s clash with BATE Borisov in the Champions League. Rafinha (knee) remains a long term absentee from the squad. Predicted Starting LineupsReal Madrid (4-2-3-1): Keylor Navas ; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Isco, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth BaleBarcelona (4-3-3): Claudio Bravo, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez, NeymarTeam Form Real Madrid come into this game on the back of a dispiriting 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sevilla. Rafa Benitez may have the lengthy injury list as an excuse, but that does not hide Cristiano Ronaldo’s ineffectiveness in front of goal, with just a single shot on target.Gareth Bale has also been in the media’s firing line over the past few months owing to his misfiring displays in high-scale fixtures like this. The duo will have to find their A-level game against a Barcelona defence that has thrived over the past month or so, conceding just once in the last 6 games.Barcelona are a team on top of their game after an indifferent start to the season. Neymar and Luis Suarez do not know when to stop scoring and have taken up the mantle in attack in Messi’s absence. The compact midfield trio has been functioning efficaciously while Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu have proved to be a couple of rocks in central defence for Luis Enrique’s side.Cristiano Ronaldo vs Dani Alves Cristiano Ronaldo has been in disappointing form lately, but it would be half-witted of any right-back to take the Portuguese’s ability lightly. On his day, the 30-year-old can tame the opposition on his own terms with his all-round threat – be it aerial, dribbling or pace. Dani Alves will be wary of that and will have to be on his toes to track the 3-time Ballon d’Or winner’s movements on the left-flank and inside the box through the course of the game.Raphael Varane vs Luis SuarezReal Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has been fantastic for Real Madrid this season thanks to some key clearances and his strength to hold off attackers aiming to get a good foot around the ball to get a realistic shot at goal. Saturday will be the Frenchman’s first real test when he goes head-to-head with one of the most lethal strikers in world football today, Luis Suarez.The Uruguayan’s dynamism and sky-high confidence in the opposition’s box has been a nightmare for most defences this season. Varane has the responsibility to get right at Suarez and prevent him from finding even the slightest of spaces to exploit and challenge Keylor Navas with a go at goal. Disrupting the co-ordination between him and Neymar will also be among the defender’s top priorities. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Mike McCarthy isn’t the only Green Bay coach who won’t be with the team in Week 13.The Packers fired longtime assistant Winston Moss on Tuesday just hours after he posted a tweet that many perceived to be critical of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the team’s coaching staff. “It’s never about one thing,” Philbin said. “Again, I think it’s important, as I said to the team, we’ve got to be professional, accountable, respectful and punctual. Those are the four things that we’ve got to do the next four weeks. And if we do all those things, we’ll be in good shape. It wasn’t about — again, you’re talking to a guy who’s never tweeted in his life, doesn’t even know what Twitter is — so again, it’s not about a tweet or anything like that. I just think the fit right now isn’t where it needs to be.”Moss, 52, had been a linebackers coach for Green Bay since 2006 and an associate head coach under McCarthy since 2007.Philbin will have his first game at the helm when the Packers host the Falcons in Week 14 action. Aaron Rodgers hopes he’s not the reason Mike McCarthy was fired Moss asserted the organization needed to “find somebody that is going to hold #12 and everybody in this building” accountable after McCarthy was fired on Sunday following a disappointing home loss to the Cardinals.Ponder this… what Championship teams have are great leadership! Period! It’s not the offensive guru trend, it’s not the safe trend. Find somebody that is going to hold #12 and everybody in this building to a #LombardiStandard! Period! #losingsucks!— Winston Moss (@Insanecane99) December 4, 2018Moss confirmed he had been dismissed with a follow-up tweet Tuesday night. Related News The Packers have informed me that there letting me go. #thankstwitter!— Winston Moss (@Insanecane99) December 5, 2018Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin also released a statement of his own on the matter.”We thank Winston for his contributions to the Packers over the past 13 years,” Philbin said. “We hope for the best for Winston and his family moving forward.”Philbin followed up with another statement during his press conference Wednesday that a lot more than the tweet went into the decision to let Moss go. Packers interim coach Joe Philbin: ‘We have to get these guys to play better’
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 2015 Wellington Crusader football team.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the 2015 Wellington High School Crusader football team—1. The essentials — Head coach: Tyler Ryan, fourth year. Overall Wellington record: 12-15. Record last year: 5-4. Assistant coaches: Ryan Elder, Tony Ybarra, T.D. Buck, Zane Aguilar, Rick Phelps, Nick Wellington, Ross Foley.Â Foley replaces Jesse Dale, who resigned and moved to Colorado.2. Who’s gone?—Gone are 20 seniors from last year’s WHS roster including 2,692 of the 3034 yards of offense accumulated in 2014. Former Quarterback Trevor Nance threw for 1,666 yards with 831 yards going to seniors most notably Colin Reichenberger – Wellington’s nifty record breaking receiver. On the rushing end, the Dukes had 1,368 yards rushing and all but 11 yards graduating.Wellington football coaches implement new Wing T offense.3. Enter the wing T offense—Those who attended the first week and Crusader Club scrimmages saw something different: the wing T offense â€” a set in which the quarterback lines up directly under center with three running backs positioned not far behind him in a straight line. The backs are positioned tight and will include what Ryan hopes is a deceptive form of offense in which any of the three running backs might have the ball or not.“In years past, we have geared our offense to one or two players,” Ryan said. “This will be more of a make up by committee approach. You’ll see a lot of people being rotated in and out.”Ryan believes this is an approach that will work and will rely on Wellington’s biggest strength: it’s the offensive line.“We have to know our schemes really well,” Ryan said. “This seems like a radical approach from years past. But in the end of the day, we will be doing the same iso, power, traps and counters we have always been doing— just in a different alignment formation.”Cade Phelps will lead the team as quarterback.4. Who is the quarterback?—Without a doubt, the biggest question of the Crusader offseason is who will replace Nance who has been starting at that position since his sophomore year.Ryan is going back to a sophomore, Cade Phelps, a 6-2, 170 pounder with no varsity experience.“We told him this spring, he needs to come into the football season a lot stronger and faster,” Ryan said. “He seems to have done just that and has grasped the schemes well.”The question will be youth and running this new offense. Ryan said Jared Shields, a 6-2, 275 pound, sr. could come into substitute.5. The three backset—Ryan said he has not chosen who will start next Friday at Augusta in the backfield. But the likely starters will most certainly have Connor Phelps, a 6-1, 185 pound, sr., who accumulated 807 yards receiving in 2014. The question will be where will Phelps lineup in the backfield. Ryan said the wing T will include several wide sets for possible passing plays.Also look for Logan Jones, a 6-0, 220 pound, jr. and Remington Gilkey, a 5-10, 150 pound, sr. in the starting lineup. Gilkey started for Reichenberger when he was out with an injury.The offensive and defensive line will be the anchor for this team.6. The offensive line—This group will be the anchor and strength of the team Ryan said.Three players will return with a vengeance. Nick Hyde (6-2, 210, sr.), Jace Lowe (6-3, 260, sr.), and Jason “Peanut” Norris (6-3, 250, Sr.) will bring experience, bulk, and power to what could be one of the best lines in the league. At the time of the interview, Ryan had not decided on the other two starters.Connor Burnett, (6-1, 290, jr.), is Wellington’s biggest player on the team and has been moved to tight end – which could prove to be an interesting dynamic. On the other side, expect Shields to get the start.7. Defensively—Defensively, Wellington loses three of its five 100-plus tacklers from 2014. However, the Norris returns with 114 tackles and Phelps with 122 tackles from 2014.“I feel the defensive line has the makings of being very, very good,” Ryan said. “This is good because our linebackers and safety positions still need some work.”The front line should be some of the same people you will see the offensive line. The linebacking and safety players include Shields, Skyler Struble (5-11, 160, sr.), Gilkey, the Phelps brothers among others.“It’s going to be a lot like the offense, in that we will be substituting several player in and out,” Ryan said.Mulvane has been the true thorn in Wellington’s side these past four years.8. The competition—In 2014, Wellington started the season 4-0 before seeing the rug pull out from under them and losing four out of the final five games and missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. The district, the final three games that determines Wellington’s playoff fate, won’t be easy. Ulysses, which will be making the long trek here this year, is getting all kinds of love, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A Div. 1 in the preseason Wichita Eagle poll.The Crusaders should be competitive against Rose Hill, which will ultimately lead to the game with Mulvane as the test of getting into the playoffs for the first time since 2010.Forget, Andale. Mulvane has had Wellington’s number the past four years and is the reason for the Crusader drought.Before then, Wellington has its work cut out for it. Augusta, once a doormat, was listed in “others” in the preseason poll. Then there are the annual showdowns with Andale and Wichita Collegiate. (see schedule here).9. Predictions—In the preseason Vype Magazine has Wellington slated to finish third in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division IV coaches poll. Wichita Collegiate is slated as the team to beat with Andale finishing second. After Wellington, Mulvane is fourth, Clearwater is fifth and Circle is sixth.In the Class 4A-1 Wichita Eagle rankings the top five goes: 1. Miege, 2. Buhler, 3. Andover Central, 4. Ulysses, 5. Topeka Hayden. In Class 4A-2, Andale is ranked No. 1 with Columbus, Holton, Holcomb and Santa Fe Trail rounding out the top 5.The new Security State Bank 45 second clock posts look sweet as does all of Sellers Park football stadium.10. Odds and ends—Wellington has just eight seniors this year. Interesting tidbit, when senior Skyler Struble’s dad was playing in 1992, there were seven seniors on that team. The 1992 Crusaders went on to play in the state championship game— Wellington’s first home game is Sept. 11 against Goddard Eisenhower. It should be a hoot with new goal posts, new 45-second clock posts, and the ADA accessibility on the home stands. Sellers Park looks as good as it has in years.Cade Phelps will lead the team as quarterback.Mulvane has been the true thorn in Wellington’s side these past four years.The new Security State Bank 45 second clock posts look sweet as does all of Sellers Park football stadium.Follow us on Twitter.
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN –Middletown is the largest municipality in Monmouth County, but when it comes to the amount of land set aside for open space, how does it compare to others?Better than you would think, Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger told residents earlier this week.Spread across 41 square miles, Middletown has about 5,500 acres of preserved open space inside its township borders – and up to 6,000 if land with conservation easements are counted, Scharfenberger said.To put it in perspective, that’s equal in total acreage to the size of two Atlantic Highlands, four Fair Havens and seven Sea Brights. “That’s very impressive, and I don’t think people realize the extent of what we have here,” Scharfenberger said.The Dec. 5 land use forum at the Middletown Arts Center was the fourth held by Scharfenberger and township administrator Tony Mercantante in the past 18 months. Other land use forums focused on development and redevelopment, revitalizing Route 36 and land-use planning. Tuesday night’s theme was how to prevent overdevelopment while encouraging sensible growth. The officials gave an overview on Middletown’s current open space situation, which they believe will improve as 2018 approaches.Looking at the NumbersMercantante said Middletown has been active in acquiring open space through the state Green Acres program since around 1999. The program provides funding so municipalities can add land to their inventories.According to Mercantante, there have been 17 Green Acres acquisitions totaling 223 acres. The total purchase cost is about $26 million, of which the township was obliged to pay $10.3 million, with the remainder covered by different public and private entities.“The biggest challenge is negotiating with property owners, trying to come to terms with acquiring a piece of property and then decide why we’re acquiring it,” Mercantante said.The most expensive of those 17 properties is the 40-acre Fisher-Stern plot, which became part of the Monmouth County Park System in 2005 as the Claypit Creek extension to Hartshorne Woods. The property was acquired with help from the county, Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF), the state’s Green Acres Program and the township. That single purchase cost those entities a total of $10.4 million at the time, with Middletown paying $1.9 million.Middletown open space purchases are funded through a two-cent tax per $100 of assessed property valuation, Scharfenberger said. That open space tax first commenced in 1999, when Middletown became active in purchasing property.That tax complements the new county Open Space Trust Fund tax increase approved by voters in November. When it goes into effect in 2018, the county projects over $14 million more annually available in the fund.Scharfenberger said the final piece to the open space puzzle should come in the next calendar year. About $1.5 million is owed to Middletown by the state through purchase reimbursements. Not having that money has limited the township, both officials said, and they anticipate more purchases coming in the near future.“Now we’re building a little bit of a war chest and looking around to purchase more open space as those reimbursements come in from the state,” Scharfenberger said.Success StoriesPreserving the right pieces of land has been the focus of Middletown’s open space mission over the past two decades, Mercantante said. With it comes the balance of preservation and development, considering “every property owner has the right to utilize their property in some reasonable fashion,” he said.Outside of the Fisher-Stern property, he highlighted two other instances where residential or commercial development was halted and that land was purchased.The first piece of open space is Bicentennial Park, a 10-acre swath of wooded land, a brook and pond, with a walking pier out to the water. It’s bordered by Route 35 South (and a Burger King) but stretches back along Twin Brooks Avenue and Spruce Drive on either side. Mercantante said the “great piece of open space” was proposed as a condo-office complex but the township stepped in to purchase the area. The $850,000 total price tag cost Middletown $425,000.The other noted property is Swimming River Park, a county-owned park planned for redevelopment in the next few years. For decades the site was Chris’ Landing, a popular boat launch for small watercraft and recreational kayakers, anchored by Chris’ Deli on site. Scharfenberger said a developer had plans to build a housing complex on the 16-acre site, but MCF and the county stepped in to purchase the land for $3.8 million in 2015.Refurbishing Forgotten ParksWith 49 active parks in town ranging from Lincroft to Leonardo, some have fallen by the wayside and could be earmarked for upgrades or new uses.The best example, Mercantante said, is the forlorn Camp Hope buried back in Lincroft Acres off Newman Springs Road. The old campground is accessible by a dirt road behind the two soccer fields and is surrounded by the Swimming River watershed.The day camp for children with disabilities was shut down about a decade ago and remains closed. In the years since, the pool, pergola, picnic tables and facilities have fallen into disrepair. This year, Mercantante said a nonprofit organization contacted the town looking to reestablish a summer camp in Middletown, and Camp Hope was the first location on his mind.Middletown is working with them now, he said, to install another pool and improve the facilities.Finding new purposes for other recreational parks in town will be a focus as well. Mercantante said repurposing Middletown’s three outdoor roller hockey rinks will be on the agenda. Two of those are currently shut down, he said, and the third is scarcely used anymore. What could they turn into? Maybe pickleball, he said, considering the sport’s growing popularity and requests from residents.“Those are the kinds of things we always have to be mindful of in the future, either using existing fields or construction of new ones,” Mercantante said.On the other hand, there are no plans to replace the Cavadas Skate Park on Pulsch Street in Belford, Scharfenberger said.Opened in 2003 after being purchased for $165,000, the 0.7-acre skate park was shut down by the township in 2010 amid concerns from township police. Scharfenberger said the “major league headache” had over 500 complaints to the police in one year. “It just didn’t pay for the upkeep and constant repairs,” he said.“We see no need nor desire on our part to reopen it,” he added. “That’s closed for the foreseeable future.”This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.