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PARK RIDGE — Close games were a bugaboo for Boonton last season, partly due to erratic foul shooting.The 2023 Bombers will be remembered as North 1, Group 1 girls basketball champions because they made their free throws in crunch time.No. 5 seed Boonton topped No. 3 Park Ridge on Tuesday, 41-35, going 7-for-8 at the line in the final two minutes to earn its first sectional title since 1990.“Last year, we lost five games by five points or less, or we would have had like 21 wins,” said Mich...
PARK RIDGE — Close games were a bugaboo for Boonton last season, partly due to erratic foul shooting.
The 2023 Bombers will be remembered as North 1, Group 1 girls basketball champions because they made their free throws in crunch time.
No. 5 seed Boonton topped No. 3 Park Ridge on Tuesday, 41-35, going 7-for-8 at the line in the final two minutes to earn its first sectional title since 1990.
“Last year, we lost five games by five points or less, or we would have had like 21 wins,” said Michael Carlin, coach of the now 23-5 Bombers. “We really worked on our foul shooting this year, and it’s made a difference down the stretch.”
Senior Ariana Jackson-Wach put Boonton ahead to stay by hitting both ends of a 1-and-1 with 2:05 to play, which broke a 32-all tie. Jaden Visioli and Jackie Cifelli followed suit with less than a minute remaining.
“It was definitely very nerve-wracking,” Cifelli said. “You just have to block everybody out and focus on what you need to do, and then follow through.”
Boonton advanced to Thursday’s NJSIAA Group 1 semifinal at Ramapo High School, where it will face North 2 champ University (Newark) at 7 p.m.
According to Daily Record archives, the Bombers’ 1990 team went all they way to the state final after winning North 2, Group 2 and finished 30-1. The current squad has posted back-to-back winning seasons, something the program has done only one other time in the 2000s.
“I can’t even begin to express how proud I am of these kids,” Carlin said. “We were 4-24 the year before I took over. … so, where we are now, it is incredible.”
Playing in its third North 1, Group 1 final since 2009, Park Ridge (17-14) remains in search of its first sectional crown.
The Owls held a 25-19 lead at the half after spreading around the ball effectively. Then, to start the third quarter, the Bombers hit three consecutive three-pointers – two by leading scorer Amanda Tuhoy – in a three-minute span to move ahead.
From that point on, Park Ridge managed just four field goals, all from top scorer Allie Shenloogian. No other Owl tallied a point in the second half.
“Our two best defenders, Ari [Jackson-Wach] and Sierra [Medina], they really stepped up,” Tuohy said. “Ari’s been battling an ankle injury since the first sectional game, but for her to come back and be able to stop the other team’s best player [Shenloogian], we really need her for that.”
? Tuohy netted 12 of her 17 points in the second half and added 14 rebounds and 3 assists. “I told Amanda, she was playing a little timid in the first half,” Carlin said. “We told her at halftime, ‘Go to the basket, play aggressive’.”
? Visioli chipped in 8 points and 4 assists.
? Shenloogian logged 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, while freshman Annika Kivisikk led Park Ridge with 11 rebounds.
“We’ve been building up to this for four years. … All of the seniors, I’ve been playing with them since third grade, so we were building chemistry over the years.” — Tuohy
“We’re not one person. You look at our stats, it’s five girls – and we’ve had games this year where Amaya [Campbell]’s stepped up and been our scorer, Jaden’s stepped up and been our scorer. Amanda is always there, but teams figure it out. And when they go after her, the other girls step up and do their job.” — Carlin
3 minute readAmong the words you don't hear often these days — "cuspidor," "britches," "floppy disk" — is an old favorite from 100 years ago."Chautauqua" is a town in western New York. But it also used to be the name of a lecture circuit.Back in the days before PBS, traveling speakers, usually equipped with a magic lantern, would fan out across the country giving talks about China, the Holy Land, The Galveston Flood — anything that might draw crow...
Among the words you don't hear often these days — "cuspidor," "britches," "floppy disk" — is an old favorite from 100 years ago.
"Chautauqua" is a town in western New York. But it also used to be the name of a lecture circuit.
Back in the days before PBS, traveling speakers, usually equipped with a magic lantern, would fan out across the country giving talks about China, the Holy Land, The Galveston Flood — anything that might draw crowds to the local opry house or grange hall.
About time someone brought this tradition back. And Wheeler Antabanez, a Montclair resident, is just the guy to do it.
"Walking the Old Boonton Line: A Photographic Journey on the Abandoned Rails of New Jersey" is a talk and video presentation he has evolved from his experience as author and urban explorer. And it's the closest thing to a Chautauqua lecture you'll find this side of Chautauqua itself (this type of presentation began there in 1874).
With the aid of you-are-there footage and live narration, he'll take you on a virtual trip down 9 miles of forgotten North Jersey railroad track, with its endless scenic delights: abandoned factories, decaying drawbridges, creepy tunnels. And you'll have the perfect guide.
"I've been describing this to people as, 'You know when your relatives go on vacation and they come back with a slide show? This is that, but it's interesting,' " Antabanez said.
The shows will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24, at Silver Stream Studio, a small venue (22 seats) in Upper Montclair.
"Walking the Old Boonton Line" is not typical Chautauqua material. But then, Antabanez is not your typical public speaker.
Author of "Walking the Newark Branch" and "13 From the Swamp," a frequent contributor to Weird NJ magazine, Antabanez makes it his business to look into the things other people look away from.
Abandoned railroad tracks, decaying infrastructure, polluted waterways, rusting drawbridges stuck permanently in the "up" position — that's the stuff that jazzes him. And, looked at through his eyes, it is sort of beautiful.
"It's still gorgeous out there on the railroad tracks," said Antabanez, originally from West Caldwell. "When I'm out there, I'm experiencing the woods in all their beauty, even though it's corrupted by all this decay."
And the 9.5 miles of the old Boonton line is of exceptional interest — not least because it no longer exists. Antabanez got in there just under the wire. About a month ago, those old tracks were torn up to make way for the coming Essex/Hudson Greenway.
With the aid of his storytelling skills, his video camera and his drone — yes, he did aerial photography — Antabanez will take his audience up the tracks and through the backside of a dozen towns, including Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, Secaucus and Jersey City.
The climax of it all is The Bergen Arches, aka the Erie Cut. It's a part of Jersey City few people see now.
"It's a series of bridges and tunnels that holds up the infrastructure above it," he said. "It's been abandoned since the 1950s."
What he wasn't able to explore himself, he sent his drone down to capture.
"There are these huge tunnels cut through the rock of Jersey City," he said. "If you have a drone, you can fly right down there. I flew right underneath, right into the bowels of Jersey City."
Go: "Walking the Old Boonton Line: A Photographic Journey on the Abandoned Rails of New Jersey." 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24, Silver Stream Studio, 594 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, $5, advance tickets only; Wtobl.brownpapertickets.com.
PARSIPPANY — Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) secured funding for fourteen Community Projects she submitted on behalf of NJ-11 in the House Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year 2023 bill, signed into law in December.Community Projects are submitted by state or local governments, government-adjacent organizations, and nonprofits. Ranging from townships, counties, hospitals, and community service organizations, each of these fourteen projects will improve the lives of residents throughout NJ-11....
PARSIPPANY — Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) secured funding for fourteen Community Projects she submitted on behalf of NJ-11 in the House Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year 2023 bill, signed into law in December.
Community Projects are submitted by state or local governments, government-adjacent organizations, and nonprofits. Ranging from townships, counties, hospitals, and community service organizations, each of these fourteen projects will improve the lives of residents throughout NJ-11.
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Sherrill obtained a $600,000 grant to enhance and safeguard the water quality of Boonton Reservoir while creating recreational access with a 7.7-mile hiking trail.
“The Morris County Park Commission is part of a recreation initiative supported by Federal, State, County, and municipal governments and spearheaded by the project leader, the Open Space Institute, that will provide an increased recreational opportunity to New Jersey residents and visitors. Supporting federal funding for this project furthers Congresswoman Sherrill’s commitment to parks, recreation, and protection of our natural resources,” said David Helmer, Executive Director of Morris County Park Commission.
Mayor James Barberio said, “This project has been in the works for some time, and it is very near and dear to my heart,” the Mayor stated. “The opening of this recreation area will be enjoyed by many of our residents and those of other towns for years to come. I appreciate the dedication of all those who worked to see this come to fruition.”
“The Town of Boonton is proud to have partnered with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, OSI, and the Morris County Park Commission on the Boonton Reservoir Protection and Trail Project. This new outdoor recreation space will be a potential windfall for the town, making Boonton a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. We are grateful for the Congresswoman’s commitment to protecting our natural resources and her dedication to keeping Morris County an incredible place to work, play, and live,” said Town of Boonton Mayor Rich Corcoran.
“OSI is proud of our leading role in structuring the long-desired agreement between Jersey City and Morris County and creating the property management plan and formal design for the Boonton Reservoir Protection and Trail Project. We applaud Representative Mikie Sherrill’s recent actions to secure funding toward the completion of the project and appreciate the Morris County Park Commission’s ongoing commitment to realizing the promise of this new outdoor recreational space for area residents and visitors,” said Kim Elliman, president, and CEO of the Open Space Institute.“Once completed, this ambitious but attainable project will provide safe and managed trail access to the site while securing the clean drinking water source for almost 320,000 people.”
Other Community Projects are submitted by state or local governments, government-adjacent organizations, and nonprofits. Ranging from townships, counties, hospitals, and community service organizations, each of these fourteen projects will improve the lives of residents throughout NJ-11. The 13 other projects include:
BOONTON, N.J. -- A Morris County park has been closed after a close call with a bear and a flurry of sightings across New Jersey.A parkgoer's encounter with a black bear forced officials to close Tourne County Park in Boonton this week....
A parkgoer's encounter with a black bear forced officials to close Tourne County Park in Boonton this week.
"A bear followed a patron out of the park, even though it knew it was there. It got within a close distance," said Kelli Kovacevic, director of park maintenance and natural resources for Morris County.
The bear's aggressive behavior toward a person was not typical.
"It's unusual behavior. Bears usually keep a distance from humans, especially if they know they're there," said Kovacevic.
According to Kovacevic, part of the blame is on parkgoers who all too often let their dogs run off leash.
"Dogs running off leash are unpredictable in nature, even though people think they have them under control. We often find them running off into the woods and it leads to negative encounters with wildlife," said Kovacevic.
Dogs are required to be on a 6-foot leash in Tourne Park.
Jack Hall walks in and around the park daily and frequently sees dog owners ignoring the rule.
"I really sympathize with the bears because people constantly don't put their dogs on leashes, and that's the cause of it," said Hall.
The 500-plus-acre park has been closed since Wednesday. A trap was put out to try to catch the aggressive bear. Officials will evaluate whether to safely reopen the park next week.
"There is wildlife in the park, particularly bears. We are in bear country," said Kovacevic. "Never feed a bear, never approach a bear. Definitely keeping dogs on leash would go a long way to prevent future incidents."
June and July are the peak of black bear mating season, which makes it the most active time of year for bear sightings.
Morris County officials will continue monitoring the park to make sure people are not going in while it's closed.
Fifth-seeded Boonton clinched its first 20-win season in 32 years as it defeated 12th-seeded Emerson Boro, in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 tournament in Boonton.Complete Box Score »Amanda Tuohy scored a game-high 15 points, making 10-of-10 free throws for Boonton (20-5). Jaden Visioli had 10 points and Jackie Cifelli added eight with nine rebounds. Boonton advances to play the Kittatinny-Saddle Brook...
Fifth-seeded Boonton clinched its first 20-win season in 32 years as it defeated 12th-seeded Emerson Boro, in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 tournament in Boonton.
Amanda Tuohy scored a game-high 15 points, making 10-of-10 free throws for Boonton (20-5). Jaden Visioli had 10 points and Jackie Cifelli added eight with nine rebounds. Boonton advances to play the Kittatinny-Saddle Brook winner in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Kayla Elek paced Emerson Boro (11-16) with 10 points while Victoria Sterinsky and Kelty Manning added eight apiece.
Park Ridge 67, West Caldwell Tech 27
Sophomore Allie Shenloogian scored a career-high 34 points as third-seeded Park Ridge defeated 14th-seeded West Caldwell Tech, 67-27, in Park Ridge.
Abigail McManus had eight points with six assists and Kate Broderick added seven points for Park Ridge (15-13), which took a 17-point first-quarter lead and never looked back. Park Ridge will host Waldwick winner in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
West Caldwell Tech falls to 9-15.
Cresskill 49, Hopatcong 14
Erin Fahy had 10 points and eight rebounds as top-seeded Cresskill rolled to a 49-14 victory over 16th-seeded Hopatcong in Cresskill.
Julia Hasenstab scored nine points and Angelina Doto and Charley Quinn added seven apiece for Cresskill (22-7), which opened the game on a 15-0 run. Cresskill hosts the Mountain Lakes on Wednesday.
Hopatcong falls to 4-19.
Mountain Lakes 38, Cedar Grove 31
Abby Hawes led all scorers with 15 points as eighth-seeded Mountain Lakes defeated ninth-seeded Cedar Grove, 38-31, in Mountain Lakes.
Jenny Catallo added eight points for Mountain Lakes (12-11), which used a 14-4 third-quarter run to build a 12-point lead and pull away. Mountain Lakes plays top-seeded Cresskill in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
For Cedar Grove (9-17), Jillian Blanchfield scored 12 points and Lauren Rizzolo added nine.
Waldwick 47, Kinnelon 40
Hailey Zirpoli scored 19 points to lift sixth-seeded Waldwick to a 47-40 victory over 11th-seeded Kinnelon in Waldwick.
Lyla Stokes added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Waldwick (17-8), which broke an 18-18 halftime deadlock with an 18-6 third-quarter run. Waldwick advances to play third-seeded Park Ridge in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Kinnelon falls to 7-19.
Wallkill Valley 60, New Milford 51
Jackie Schels reached 1,000 career points as she posted 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead seventh-seeded Wallkill Valley past 10th-seeded New Milford 60-51 in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 tournament in Hamburg.
Wallkill Valley (16-11) jumped out to a 39-27 lead in the first half before each side notched 24 points in the second. Trinity Hartung added 16 points and four steals.
Juliana Brophy led New Milford (11-13) with nine points.
Wallkill Valley will face second-seeded Passaic Charter in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Kittatinny 41, Saddle Brook 34
Olivia Lombardo posted a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds for 13th-seeded Kittatinny as it knocked off fourth-seeded Saddle Brook 41-34 in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 tournament in Saddle Brook.
Kittatinny (7-19) jumped out to a 23-14 lead in the first half before Saddle Brook (19-8) cut it to a four-point game at the end of the third quarter. However, Kittatinny did enough down the stretch to come away with the win as it outscored Saddle Brook 11-9 in the fourth.
Taylor Hough added 14 points, four rebounds, and four steals for Kittatinny while Riley Hough had 10 points, eight steals, and five rebounds.
Ella Marchesani scored a game-high 26 points for Saddle Brook (19-8).
Kittatinny will face fifth-seeded Boonton in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Passaic Charter 56, North Warren 36
Na’Tori Postell posted 20 points and six rebounds to lead second-seeded Passaic Charter past 15th-seeded North Warren 56-36 in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 tournament in Passaic.
Passaic Charter (19-5) sprang out to a 15-12 lead in the first quarter before pushing it to a 10-point lead at halftime. Passaic Charter continued to roll in the third holding North Warren to five points en route to winning 13 of its last 14 games.
Lienesy Hernandez-Garcia filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals for Passaic Charter while Kamora Holmes had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Passaic Charter will face seventh-seeded Wallkill Valley in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
North Warren dropped to 6-19.
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