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first_img ×  1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯ 1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯ North Bergen police lieutenant arrested for alleged DWI, suspected cocaine possessionPolice in East Rutherford arrested a North Bergen police lieutenant on Saturday Aug. 11 for alleged DWI and suspected cocaine possession, according to a police press release.Local police responding to a report of a man in a vehicle needing assistance arrested Alex Guzman, who they identified as a lieutenant with the North Bergen police.Officers transported him to police HQ, where they processed him and issued motor vehicle summonses for violations of driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while in possession of narcotics. Guzman also received a criminal summons for possession of CDS (controlled dangerous substance), a 3rd degree crime.Guzman was released and was scheduled for an initial court appearance in Hackensack’s Central Judicial Processing Court on Aug. 22.center_img Leonard Bernstein to be celebrated at Summer Concerts on the HudsonTo mark the 100th birthday of one of America’s greatest composers and conductors, Summer Concerts on the Hudson will present “A Musical Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. This free concert will feature almost twenty singers, dancers, and musicians in an evening of instrumental and vocal music. The groundbreaking music from Bernstein’s Broadway shows, “On the Town,” “West Side Story,” and “Candide” will be highlighted, featuring piano-percussion duo Synchronicity, concert pianist and Hoboken resident Gleb Ivanov and a cast of Broadway performers.Among many others, the cast includes William Michals, who last month received rave reviews as Captain Hook in a revival of Bernstein’s “Peter Pan”; Mikaela Bennett, who earlier this month starred as Maria in a concert version of “West Side Story” at the London Proms concerts; Adam J. Levy who is currently performing in the new musical Dave at the Arena Stage; Weehawken resident Patrick Boll, who was featured on Broadway in “Mamma Mia”; and Danny Gardner, who starred in ”Crazy For You” at the Signature Theatre and received a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance.Emmy winner Nancy Giles will emcee the evening.These free concerts take place at Lincoln Harbor Park, just north of the Chart House restaurant on the Hudson River in Weehawken. Free parking is available and public transportation, including NJ Transit bus 158 from the Port Authority and Hudson Bergen Light Rail, will bring concertgoers to Lincoln Harbor. Please use 1700 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.HRPAC’s concerts are family friendly and free of charge to the general public. Limited seating is available, however, audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible, and encouraged to picnic on the lawn.For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website, www.hrpac.org, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.Free educational program offered for relatives of the mentally illIf you have a loved one living with a mental illness, you may benefit from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family free education program. Locally, the English-speaking program starts Sept. 18 and the Spanish-speaking program starts Sept. 24.The classes consist of 12 2.5-hour classes for families and caregivers of adult individuals living with a mental illness, with a focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).The course will be given by family members of individuals with a mental illness that have been trained by NAMI as educators of the Family-to-Family Program.To register for either program, contact Martha Silva at (201) 861-0614 or [email protected] annual ‘Out of The Darkness’ walk to be held Sept. 9The third annual “Out of the Darkness “ walk to fight suicide will take place in Braddock Park in North Bergen on Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. North Bergen daughter and mother duo Jeannette and Maria Sanchez started the walk after Jeanette’s brother killed himself in 2012. In 2016, the two women teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for the first walk. It also honors those who have lost their lives to suicide. Proceeds from the event will go to the AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.To register for the walk, visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=5490. For more information, contract Maria or Jeanette at [email protected], [email protected], or call (201) 978-1115.Kyle Anderson hosted ‘Celebrate Life Day’ basketball tournament & clinicNBA basketball player Kyle Anderson of the Memphis Grizzlies hosted his annual Celebrate Life Day Basketball Tournament & Clinic in the North Bergen Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 11. Hundreds of kids from many municipalities bused to North Bergen to participate in this special event.Anderson, a former North Bergen resident, hosted the basketball clinic in the morning, followed by a basketball tournament in the afternoon and evening. Boys and girls ages 7 years old through high school participated in the annual event.Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri dropped by to show their support for and to thank Anderson for his public service. Previously held in Braddock Park, the event was moved inside the Rec Center this year due to inclement weather.The Celebrate Life Day Basketball Tournament & Clinic was established to honor Anderson’s childhood friend Paul Kim and to raise awareness of suicide prevention.Swimming, tennis, and volleyball players celebrated at annual dinnerMayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco hosted North Bergen’s annual dinner honoring participants in the township’s summer tennis, volleyball, and swim programs.The event was held on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Recreation Center. About 180 kids from the three sports attended the awards dinner. Volleyball has been offered in North Bergen for about six years to kids in grades 6 through 8, while the tennis program for ages 9 to 14 is about 10 years old and continues to grow.These programs are noncompetitive and instructional, and feature lessons in how to play as well as recreational games throughout the summer.About 70 kids ages 5 through 18 participated this year in the five-week swimming program. The program offered instruction, recreational swimming, and competitive meets in the Cross-County Swim League against rivals Secaucus, Union City, and Jersey City.Attendees at the annual event were treated to a meal, and everyone received a medal for participating in their chosen sport. Special thanks are due to the parents for their support of the program and for making time in their own schedules to ensure their kids are able to participate.last_img read more

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Time Stands Still at Tee Time Miniature Golf

first_imgOfficially it is called Tee Time Miniature Golf, but they could just as easily call it “Back in Time.”One of the first and oldest mini-golf layouts in Ocean City, Tee Time is a decidedly low-tech throwback to mini-golf’s roots. It boasts 15 moving objects, 20 holes squeezed into a 5,000-square-ft. sliver of boardwalk, and an inflation-busting $5 “greens fee.”Its landmark “Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe” 20th hole fronts the property at the boardwalk. It is where visitors meet up, have their picture taken or cheer on golfers shooting for a free game.Among the Ocean City Boardwalk traditions, mini-golf is tried and true, ranking up there with salt water taffy, Ferris Wheels and caramel popcorn.Tuesday’s cloudy weather brought families off the beach and onto Tee-Time’s intimate setting. Among them were three generations of Kristy Young’s family. Young, of Spring City, PA, her son Cole and daughter Kira seemed to be having almost as much fun as her parents, Elsie and Siegfried Rebnegger of Souderton, PA.Siegfried Rebnegger of Souderton, PA takes aim on the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star obstacle on hole 13.“The weather is not great and we knew it would be a lot of fun for the grand-kids,” Elsie said, just before sinking a 12-ft putt on hole number #11, a par 2 featuring the whirling blades of a helicopter.Speaking of three generations, the Raab family of Ocean City, Tee Time’s owners, dates back just as far.Monica Raab currently manages the facility, wedged between an arcade and the Wonderland amusement park. Her grandparents Richard and the Dorothy opened the course and over time their children Gary, Jerry, Scott Mark and Diane were all involved.Monica tried to pin down the exact summer Tee Time opened, but the fact proved to be as elusive as a hole-in-one on the ninth, which is guarded by the foot-powered car of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.“My Dad said it is at least 40 years,” Monica estimated.The layout, which includes an ingenious use of limited space, was designed by the late Dorothy, who passed away in 1994. She also painted the obstacles and the original cartoon mural on the common wall with Wonderland and came up with the “yellow brick road” which guides golfers from one hole to the next.A “yellow brick road” guides golfers around the layout.“The course is still mostly all original, although we refurbished things and added a few things over the years such as the Dinosaur (the 18th hole), Monica said.Carlos Parral is “the brains behind the operation,” Monica said, the “right hand man” of her grandfather back in the day, who still helps keep things moving.  “He keeps (the obstacles) moving, does the painting and designed the 20th hole.”The 20th is a makeable hole-in-one that sounds a bell when an ace is recorded, letting everyone within earshot that a free game is being awarded.“We tell a story about a man who made his young son, who did not even want to play mini-golf, to play a round anyway. He said ‘I played here when I was a kid and won a free game and you have to try it.’ Don’t you know, the boy made a hole in one and got his free game?  The kid then said he loved mini-golf and would only play at Tee Time.”What really sets Tee Time apart are the details: the kaleidoscope of colors, an electric cold water drinking fountain underneath a gazebo for those hot summer days, cartoon depictions of the course on one of the walls bordering the property, and clean restrooms. “That alone is worth $5,” said a woman who asked that we not use her name. It is all on one level, making the course  “stroller accessible” for young families.Lucy the Elephant, a Jersey Shore landmark, is depicted on Hole 2.And then there are the holes themselves, an eclectic array of animals and machinery: a depiction of Lucy the Margate Elephant, the massive brontosaurus and giraffe interspersed with the Red Barron’s airplane, the “TNT Dynamite” factory and a pinball machine, just to name a few.Monica said her favorite hole is the first, with its spinning octopus because “I will probably get a hole-in-one to start the game, and I am not good at miniature golf.” She said the hardest might be the alligator-guarded 7th. And the crown jewel –  aside from Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe might be windmill on hole 5.Ron Ferguson, a podiatrist from Pittsburgh, said he has been playing the course with his now-grown daughters Katie and Caroline since they were toddlers. Ferguson brings his own putter to Tee Time, which he refers to as “the Club.”“My daughters and I talk trash about our games here as soon as the conversation turns to Ocean City, and throughout the drive (to get here),” he said.The Decker family Chris and Theresa with son Carson and daughter Sophia of Belfont PA.The Deckers, Chris, Theresa and son Carson and daughter Sophia, of Belfont, PA were more low-key.“We thought it was going to rain (preventing a beach day) and my son really likes the dinosaur,” he said.Such family fun is what Tee Time is all about,” Monica Raab said. “We have had so much fun over the years as a family and we want other families to experience the fun as we have.”The iconic “free Game Hole” featuring the Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe. Turner Glissman of Denver Colorado (left) and Christian Dates of Ocean City, outside the boardwalk entrance to Tee Time Golf.last_img read more

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