× 1 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 2 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 3 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 4 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 5 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) ❮ ❯ 1 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 2 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 3 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 4 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) 5 / 5 Athletes competed in the Hudson County Special Olympics at Braddock Park on May 5. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) ❮ ❯ North Bergen commissioners pass revised tax levy for 2018 school budgetDuring the Board of Education election last month, the residents of North Bergen voted down the portion of the $138 million school budget that was to come from taxes, or the $51.1 million tax levy. As a result, the budget went before the Board of Commissioners, who cut $1.3 million more.The reduction, passed on May 9, brings the tax levy to $50.8 million.The school budget is one of the three factors that affects a resident’s property tax bill, along with municipal and county taxes. The county votes for its budget in June, and the town recently passed its municipal budget.North Bergen residents have traditionally voted the tax levy down. When that happens, the budget goes to town officials, who decide which cuts to make before passing a revised budget levy.Officials were able to cut $1.1 million in employee health benefits and $200,000 in instruction this year, after the school district told them that approximately 23 people will be retiring between now and the end of the 2018-19 school year. The revised tax levy will be sent to the school board for approval at their next meeting. North Bergen library’s Taste of Greece Festival is May 19The North Bergen Library presents “A Taste of Greece” on Saturday, May 19 at the Main Library. The event starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Food, literature, music, dance and demonstrations will be provided. Transportation will be available from the Kennedy Branch at 12 p.m. on the day of the event. For more information please call (201) 869-4715.The Summer Green & Health Fair is June 2North Bergen’s annual Summer Green & Health Fair is coming on Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Bergen 64th Street Field. Join Mayor Nicholas Sacco at this popular free event and enjoy the many activities for all family members, including live music, food vendors, a petting zoo, rock climbing, face painting, and much, much more.Attendees can get screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, vision, glaucoma, HIV, and more. Learn about fire safety, Alzheimer’s awareness, and animal care, and donate blood. This event is presented by the Township of North Bergen Health Department and the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority.There will be free giveaways, and transportation will be provided for seniors. For more information call (201) 392-2084 or visit NorthBergenHealthDepartment on Facebook. Mistrial declared in case of local ‘sexorcist’Jurors in the case of a North Bergen “sexorcist” failed to reach a verdict in the trial Tuesday, according to a report from NJ.com. Authorities allege 10 years ago the man sexually assaulted an 18-year-old, the outlet said.During the trial, the alleged victim said he thought of the man as a mentor and a prominent religious figure, NJ.com says. But during a road trip to a prayer service, the alleged victim said the pastor began fondling his crotch, according to NJ.com.He also alleged that on another occasion, the pastor reached inside his pants while they were praying inside a car.A third allegation from the alleged victim accused the pastor of praying over his genitals, at the victim’s Jersey City home.The former pastor on trial was reportedly convicted in 2015 of molesting a 13-year-old boy, according to NJ.com. A retrial is tentatively set for June 5, NJ.com says.Reception and demo on May 12 for new exhibit in Braddock Park Arts CenterGuttenberg Arts is presenting a new solo exhibition of prints, sculpture, and installation work by their year-long resident artist Jeremy Coleman Smith in the Braddock Park Arts Center.“Residence” displays Smith’s multi-disciplinary work combining the use of printmaking, sculpture, and furniture.The artist was one of the recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture by the International Sculpture Center and his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and the New York Times.He received his VFA from The School of Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA at New Jersey City University.The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in the Arts Center on Riverview Drive in the park, preceded by a woodblock printmaking demo at 4 p.m. and a silkscreen printmaking demo at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to this free event. The exhibition runs through June 3.North Bergen goes pink for women’s healthNorth Bergen Town Hall will once again “Paint the Town Pink” in support of women’s health, in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health. More than a dozen other buildings in town have joined the cause, with pink banners, bows, signs, and more.Paint the Town Pink is a community-wide effort to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography and overall women’s wellness.Throughout the month of May, 75 towns and businesses throughout New Jersey are participating in the 11th annual Paint the Town Pink event, featuring pink flags and ribbons to encourage women to get their annual mammogram. In 2018, women are encouraged to go even further and care for their whole well-being.Look for pink reminders at both library sites, all the schools, the Parking Authority, courthouse, Health Department, and Board of Education through the month of May. Seniors enjoy Brazilian music concert and lunch at Houlihan’sMore than 60 senior citizens from Guttenberg made the trip to Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken on Thursday, May 3 to enjoy the free concert “Brazil from A to Z” featuring 14-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera, a local resident.Named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contributions to Latin music, D’Rivera led a trio featuring mandolin player Danilo Brito and guitarist Joao Luiz through a rousing set of instrumental music.The performance was followed by a hearty three-course lunch at Houlihan’s, including appetizers and dessert. The afternoon outing was arranged by Senior Services Coordinator Marisol Montañez with assistance from Nutritionist and Site Manager Alicia Hernandez, as part of Guttenberg’s ongoing series of activities for senior residents. Three bus trips were required to ferry the crowd of happy seniors back and forth to the event.The concert was sponsored in part by the Hudson Reporter.
Mohit Singh with his host family member Glennis Zimmerman.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Mohit Singh, a 23-year-old farmer from India, spent three weeks with Jay and Glennis Zimmerman of South Haven this past month as part of an exchange program through IFYE – formerly known as International 4-H Youth Exchange.Singh was here to learn about farming – American style and figure out ways to make his family farm back in India more profitable. His first trip to the United States included visits to Kansas farms in Sumner, Scott, Allen and Ness Counties before heading to Virginia for a similar tour there. He will be in Kansas through the State Fair in early September.â€œI decided against the tourist destinations in California, so I can study farms in Kansas in the heart of the country,â€ Singh said. â€œKansas is the heart of America and that is what Iâ€™m most interested in.â€Singh is part of a farming family in Agra, India which is the home of the iconic Taj Mahal. He comes from a family that owns about 200 acres or 80 Hectares.While that is modest for a small American farming family, it is huge in India, where individual farmers can no longer own more than 13 hectares which equate to 32 acres. So huge, that his multi-generational family, is considered one of the most wealthy farming operations in India. So much so that when President Bill Clinton came to visit India during his time in office, governmental officials would showcase the family farm.Before India started a land allotment program that limited the size of farms, the Singh family had already procured its sizable 200-acre farm. They were able to keep these acres by allocating ownership through several family members. The uncle would own some, the aunt, the father, etc. They then farmed together.Mohitâ€™s family also have traveling abroad experience, which is unusual for farmers in India. His grandfather came to the United States in 1966. It was here that his grandfather learned the American way of life in farming and told stories to his family. Mohit wanted to come to the U.S. to see for himself. The Zimmerman farm was the first of his many stops at different U.S. farms.As always, the size of the farms of America impress the foreigners. We have bigger tractors, bigger combines, bigger plots of land. Singh came in time for the tail end of wheat harvest and got to ride on Jayâ€™s combine.While we have agriculture issues in the U.S., it is not nearly as severe as in India where farmers are incurring such high debt and poor crop conditions, that they canâ€™t pay back loans and feed their families. The limited size of the farms contributes to the problem. Suicides amongst farmers in India have reached epidemic proportions with nearly 300,000 farmers ending their lives in the past 20 years.Although the Singh family is not close to the economic devastation of many India farmers, times are tight for the family as well. And that requires them to look at new forms of revenue. This is why observing American farms was so much more important to Singh than say visiting Disneyland. Singh hopes his trip here brings him knowledge that will help the economic opportunity of his family farm back home.The Singh family has recently started a fish growing operation. In India the demand for fish is high. But the rivers are so polluted that the fish out of the river are not edible. So his familyâ€™s fresh fish will be in high demand there.Singh was here through July 10 where he then left for Scott City. He was here through the Kansas Wheat Festival and ended up being a judge at the quilt show held at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington.The American culture is most certainly different, Singh said. For example, he is struck at how multi-generational families donâ€™t live together.â€œThe first thing he asked us is if Jay and I were lonely living in a big house by ourselves,â€ Glennis said. â€œI said â€˜heck, no.â€™ I love my kids but I sure in the heck donâ€™t want them living with me.â€Singh is a Hindu and Hindus donâ€™t eat beef.â€œWeâ€™ve learned to eat a lot of chicken and fish over the last couple of weeks,â€ Glennis said.Singh is part of the IFYE program that links young adults with host families in other countries. About 4,000 Americans have lived in 116 countries and a like number of young people from those countries have come here.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Those in attendance for game two between the Fort St. John Huskies and Fairview Flyers got their money’s worth and then some last night. The contest had everything one could ask for in a hockey game and in the end it was the Huskies coming out on top with a 7-6 double overtime win to tie the best of seven semifinal series at one.Fort St. John had a difficult start to the game as they were badly outshot over the opening 20 minutes at 12-4, however a late goal kept them on equal footing at one a piece.The late tally seemed to spark the legs of the Huskies after the intermission as they scored twice in a 38 second span early in the second. Down by two the Flyers kept skating hard and three unanswered goals over the final 17 and a half minutes put them up one heading to the third period.- Advertisement -Over the final 20 minutes the teams went back and forth. Fort St. John successfully killed off a five on three Fairview power play and used the momentum to take the lead late at 6-5. In what could have been an emotionally crushing turn of events the Flyers tied the game at six with under a second left after a scramble in the crease to force overtime.Despite surrendering the late goal the Huskies would not feel sorry for themselves. The first overtime period solved nothing, but in the second extra period a seeing eye shot from the point by Lou Giesbrecht found it’s way into the Fairview goal to give Fort St. John the big win.Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander said with the momentum changing throughout the contest it would have been easy for his squad to fold up shop, however they kept plugging away and were rewarded for their work.Advertisement “There was a lot of good battles going on out there. We could have let that one get away from us but we just found ways to score goals tonight and we came out on top,” he said.With a young squad some of the Huskies inexperienced players struggled in game one, but Alexander gave props to them in game two for having a strong turnaround which showed up on the score sheet with plenty of secondary scoring.“We’ve got some good young talent over here that can score goals. That first game was a real learning lesson for us especially for a lot of our young guys who haven’t been in a semifinal. After that first game they had to amp their game up and they definitely brought a better game,” he said.Scoring for the Huskies were Jordan Harder, Cayle Bell (2), Lucien Serban, Josh Robinson, Ryan McDonald, and Lou Giesbrecht.Advertisement While six goals against may seem like a lot, each of them was hard earned by Fairview. Brody Nelson had another strong outing as he made 48 saves, including a number of clutch stops on the five on three penalty kill in the third period.Game three between the clubs will be in Fairview tomorrow night at 8:30. The series will return to Fort St. John for game four at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
On a golf course where Stephen Leaney said there were no easy holes, he had a simple explanation for how he wound up atop the leaderboard Friday at the PODS Championship. “I’ve probably holed more putts than anyone,” Leaney said. Staring into a bright sun that toyed with his depth perception, Leaney watched a 40-foot birdie putt on the last hole tumble in for birdie and a 4-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Heath Slocum on an Innisbrook course that won’t let anyone get too far ahead. Defending champion K.J. Choi and Chris DiMarco were among those another shot behind, but the true measure of this tournament was found further down the leaderboard. Only 37 players remained under par and 27 of them were within four shots of the lead. Brad Faxon was only four shots behind until he struggled down the stretch and made the cut on the number. Even so, he and the others in last place were only eight shots behind. “When you shoot under par on this golf course, you’ve got to feel pretty good,” said Slocum, who felt great after a 69. Putting is imperative at any tournament, but it has been key for Leaney. He can’t remember the last time he made more than a few putts longer than 10 feet, he shouldn’t have a problem now. The shortest of his six birdie putts was 12 feet, the 40-footer on the 18th hole gave him the lead and he even picked up what he called a miracle birdie along the way. Leaney had 250 yards for his third shot on the par-5 fifth, hit it into the rough, then chipped in. “This golf course just wears you out,” said the 37-year-old Australian, who was at 6-under 136. Vaughn Taylor (68), rookie Doug LaBelle (71), Pat Perez (70), Daniel Chopra (71) and Jonathan Byrd (69) were in the group at 138. Another shot behind was a group that included Billy Andrade, Arron Oberholser and first-round Cliff Kresge, who was nine shots worse with a 74. Singapore MastersIndia’s Jyoti Randhawa fired seven birdies on his way to a 4-under-par 68 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Singapore Masters on Friday. Randhawa, last year’s Indian Open champion, had a two-round total of 11-under 133 despite three bogeys amid windy conditions at the co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour. Scotland’s Barry Hume (69) made five birdies but conceded a double-bogey to sit in second place with a 10-under 134. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!