October 20

Equity takes Kent shed scheme

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October 18

Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal they should only sell Emiliano Martinez on one condition

first_img Comment Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal they should only sell Emiliano Martinez on one condition Advertisement Emiliano Martinez faces a battle with Bernd Leno for Arsenal’s No.1 spot (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn says the club must receive an offer ‘in excess of £20-25 million’ for Emiliano Martinez to justify selling the goalkeeper this summer.After over a decade at the club, struggling to break into the first team and being shipped out on six different loan spells, the 28-year-old finally got his first real opportunity last season when deputising for the injured Bernd Leno.The Argentine produced a series of outstanding displays and stated a strong case to be Arsenal’s No.1. Mike StavrouThursday 10 Sep 2020 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link132Sharescenter_img Martinez has reportedly agreed personal terms with Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)However, Martinez has admitted that if he is reduced to a role on the bench again, he will be looking for a new club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAston Villa are one of the interested parties that can offer the stopper a starting berth, with Tom Heaton out injured for the start of the season.Reports claim that the Gunners have decided to move Martinez on, with Aston Villa lining up a fresh bid after agreeing personal terms with the shot-stopper. The north London club are holding out for an offer of £20m before next month’s deadline. Advertisement Martinez deputised excellently for Leno last season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Winterburn believes that accepting a low-ball offer for Martinez would be a ‘ridiculous’ decision, and admits an adequate fee would be above £20-25m.He told Metro.co.uk: ‘I saw a fee of £12 million mentioned and I’m telling you now if they let a goalkeeper go for £12m it’s absolutely ridiculous because they won’t be able to replace him for £12m.‘Look at the fees for some of the goalkeepers that have been floated around lately. I’m not saying he’s in that league yet but his performances have been so strong that £12m, I wouldn’t even consider that.‘It’s got to be well in excess of £20-25m, goalkeepers are hard to find. If you let one of them go and then pick up an injury, who’s your goalkeeper that’s going to come in? I just don’t see Arsenal letting one of those goalkeepers go.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWinterburn doesn’t have any problems with having two top-class ‘keepers at the club, but insists that Martinez should hold onto his starting berth.‘I’m loving it because it means we’ve got competition for places,’ he added. ‘One of them is going to be a little unhappy because he’s sitting on the subs bench.‘Martinez has come in and done terrifically well, he’s been absolutely outstanding. But that was the same with Bernd Leno, I thought he did a fantastic job before his injury. Yeah he made the odd mistake, but you can expect that from goalkeepers because they’re so exposed at times.‘Both goalkeepers are so evenly matched at the moment that you put the goalkeeper in that’s been in commanding form. ‘It might be slightly controversial, but at the moment I’d go with Martinez, and Bernd Leno’s going to have to wait for his opportunity, whether its a lack of form from Martinez to get back into the team. I think he deserves to carry on.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Paris Saint-Germain reignite interest in Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi and are willing to offer Julian Draxler in swap dealMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal’s clash vs FulhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

October 16

Gov. Wolf: Chilling Effect of Public Charge Rule Will Hurt Vulnerable New Pennsylvanians

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today spoke out against the Trump Administration’s “Inadmissibility and Deportability on Public Charge Grounds” rule change, which penalizes immigrants who use public assistance programs to help meet basic needs.“My administration vehemently opposes this rule change,” said Gov. Wolf. “This rule would force a family to make an impossible choice between accessing housing, food, or medical care and preserving one’s legal immigration status. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn as a place of tolerance and freedom for immigrants regardless of their background. We intend to uphold our founding principles and ensure that any person who has made Pennsylvania their home has the ability to access the services they need to live a better, healthier life.”Under the new rule, using programs like housing and food assistance or Medicaid would be considered against a person’s immigration status. This rule change could have a direct, negative effect on the more than 837,000 immigrants across Pennsylvania, including children, the elderly, and people with significant medical needs, and could result in a broader chilling effect with people choosing to forego public assistance for basic needs for fear of deportation.A public charge determination is made when a legal immigrant applies for, requests to alter, or seeks to extend their immigration status. The public charge designation is used to determine if a person will become a dependent of state and/or federal assistance programs. The new rule expands this definition drastically to now include crucial programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing support, and Medicaid, in the definition of public benefits and negatively weights certain factors.“No one should be afraid to access services,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “The crippling impact of this proposed rule will drive low-income families away from the resources they need to be self-sufficient, contributing citizens in our society. The Trump Administration’s refusal to maintain the existing public charge guidance will lead to disjointed families, diminished health, and disrupted communities that weigh the heaviest on our children with disabilities or significant medical needs.”The Wolf Administration strongly believes all people should have the right to receive services and assistance they need to reach self-sufficiency and achieve a better life. Losing access to SNAP can have major adverse effects on a person’s health and children’s academic performance. Individuals who try to preserve their immigration status by going without Medicaid coverage will likely use emergency rooms and inpatient hospital stays instead of primary care. This will strain hospitals with uncompensated care costs that are passed on through increased health care costs or more vulnerable people going without necessary medical care.“Immigrants across Pennsylvania and the rest of the country come to the United States in pursuit of a better life and the American Dream, often at great personal cost,” said Gov. Wolf. “Communities should not live in fear of using programs that can help them as they pursue a better life in their new country. This shameful change serves no other purpose than to make life more difficult for new Pennsylvanians and immigrants around the country.”For more information on public assistance programs in Pennsylvania, visit www.dhs.pa.gov. Gov. Wolf: Chilling Effect of Public Charge Rule Will Hurt Vulnerable New Pennsylvanians August 13, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

October 6

Wishart home perfect spot for all the family

first_imgThe home at 18 Staffordshire Cl, Wishart.A FAMILY-friendly home within walking distance to schools and close to local shops is on the market in Wishart. The property at 18 Staffordshire Close has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool and shed on a 909 sqm block. Owner John Sandroussi and his wife Norma bought the house in 2002 when they had three children at home. “It really ticked all the boxes,” Mr Sandroussi said. The kitchen at 18 Staffordshire Cl, Wishart.On the ground level of the home there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, a formal dining room and formal lounge. There is also a study, laundry and double lockup garage on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and the remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. The family room at 18 Staffordshire Cl, Wishart.There is also a family bathroom and a living area. Outside there is a carport, shed, patio and in-ground swimming pool. Mr Sandroussi said the home was in a “peaceful and tranquil” estate with friendly neighbours. The property is being marketed by Henry Wong, of REMAX Colonial, and will go to auction on August 17 at 11am.center_img The home at 18 Staffordshire Cl, Wishart“We liked the area in particular and the amenities. It had a beautiful saltwater pool and a shed for me. “There was a park at the end of the street and the home was in a quiet cul-de-sac.“The children were going to Mansfield (school) at the time and the home is a five-minute walk from there.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr Sandroussi said his favourite part of the home was the outdoor area overlooking the swimming pool. “We entertain so much out there,” he said.“We’ve had all our children’s graduation parties there and Halloween parties, Easter and Christmas.“It’s such a large patio area that it really lends itself to those types of events.” last_img read more

September 28

Top Six Largest Boxships

first_imgMOL Triumph, also a 2017-built ultra large containership has taken the number three position. With length of 400m, breadth 58.8m, and depth of 32.8m, the newbuilding is the first of four 20,150 teu containerships ordered by MOL in February 2015 from SHI. The sea giant is already halfway through its maiden voyage to Europe within THE Alliance’s FE2 service as it is currently in Hamburg. And last, but not least, is the behemoth 19,100 teu CSCL Globe. The megaship, also built by a South Korean shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), measures 400 m in length, 58.6 m in width and 30.5 m in depth. The vessel is as large as four soccer fields, and is deployed on the Asia-Europe trade loop. The ship belongs to a batch of five same-sized ships owned by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL).According to Alphaliner, a total of 54 units of 18,300-21,400 teu ships of 23 rows breadth and 24 bays length has been delivered to date, with a further 51 units due for delivery over the next two years.All the ships of above 18,000 teu share similar dimensions, each with a breadth of 58.60-59.00 m allowing to stow 23 rows of containers on deck and 21 rows in holds.  They also have a similar length of 395-400 m, that fits 24 bays of 40’ containers.However, each series can stow either 11 or 12 standard containers under deck (depending on hull depth), as well as a similar number of tiers on deck, with differing lashing bridge designs. Each also has different bay distributions due to the different placement of the deckhouse and engine room and funnel, Alphaliner added. The world’s fifth largest containership is the 2015-built MSC Oscar boasting 19,224 teus and 19,362 dwts. Built by DSME, the vessel’s size is the equivalent of four soccer fields, featuring 395.4 m in length. MSC Oscar is the first of the series of six ultra large container ships (ULCS) of Olympic Series. The boxship is 59m wide with a draft of 16m. Initially specified at 18,000 teus, the ship was expanded during the building phase to add an extra tier above decks. Starting with the latest addition to the global fleet of super-sized containerships, the recently-christened 21,413 teu OOCL Hong Kong has taken the title of the largest ship in the world based on its advertised nominal container intake.However, the sea giant features 191,317 in dwt capacity, considerably lower from some of its following counterparts. The behemoth was built by South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). Boasting a length of 399.9 m and a width of 58.8 m, the boxship will serve the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of the LL1 service. Five more of its sister ships are being built for the company at SHI and they are scheduled for delivery later in 2017. The 20,568 teu Madrid Maersk has secured the second place on the list based on the teu capacity, however it still holds the crown when it comes to dwt as it features 210,009 dwt capacity. Built by SHI’s compatriot Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), the colossal boxship has a length of 399 m and a width of 58.6 m. Madrid Maersk belongs to the 2nd generation of Maersk Line’s Triple-E class of vessels and is the first of 11 ships ordered from DSME back in 2015. The latter part of our list continues with the 2015-built 19,870 teu Barzan, the container shipping industry’s first LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel, and the largest boxship in United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) fleet. Barzan has an overall length of 400 m, breadth of 58.68 m, depth of 30.6 m and a draught of 16 m. The Barzan is deployed on UASC’s AEC1 service between Asia and North Europe and is the first of a series of six 18,000+size teu ULCVs acquired by UASC for the Asia – Europe trade. World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: OOCL, Shipspotting: TARBATNESS; MOL; MSC; CSCL,last_img read more

September 25

Boracay boat fare hike to start next month

first_imgBORACAY – Boat commuters from Caticlanjetty port going to this fame-island resort should brace themselves as theCaticlan Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CBTMPC) will now charge higherboat fare starting next month. CBTMPC is shifting from wood to technologically-advanced hull materials for faster, efficient, and resilient fiber-reinforced plastic boats. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN) CBTMPC is also charging a charterrate of P1,000 from 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for one-way trip to Boracay Island forthe first 10 passengers and P30 regular rate for additionalpassengers. For night time, chartered trip will cost P2,000 from 6 p.m. to10 p.m. and P2,500 from 10 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Passengers with discounted cards will only pay fare of P25 from 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and P30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.   The fare hike will counter rising fueland maintenance costs of fiberglass-made boats of the cooperative – thesole public boat transport group operating the Caticlan to Boracay Islandroute. Tourists, residents and guests, who will disembark to Tambisaan port or Cagbanport in Boracay Island from mainland Malay, will pay P30 from the previous P25from 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. center_img Boat commuters will be charged P40 from6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and P50 from 10 p.m. to 5:45 a.m.  Last year, a notice for change for passenger rate was filed by CBTMPC chairman Godofredo Sadiasa and duly approved by Maritime Industry Authority in Iloilo City. These wooden-hulled passenger boats are the main transportation mode between Caticlan to Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. The boat cooperative in the world-famous island will impose a fare hike starting October. BOY RYAN ZABAL/AKEAN FORUMlast_img read more

September 18

Stewart, Phillips sprint champions at GOBSA Independence Classic

first_imgIT was an action-packed weekend for athletics at the National Track and Field Centre (NTFC), Leonora, West Coast Demerara when the Guyana Overseas-Based Sports Association (GOBSA) ran off its fourth Annual Independence Track and Field Classic.SATURDAYGDF’s Akeem Stewart recovered from a stumble to win the men’s 100 metres in 10.44s while Kenisha Phillips won the distaff side of the event.With Davin Fraser false-starting in the final, it was Stewart’s race to lose and the ripped sprinter overcame a decent field of sprinters despite a tough first 30 metres.Young and rising sprint sensation, Loneil Marks, finished second in 10.52s while Rupert Perry, after a long lay-off from the track, clocked 10.69s in his second race of the season.Phillips was in a class by herself clocking 11.94s to win the women’s 100m. Alita Moore clocked 12.18s for second while Cassie Small ran 12.31s for third.Meanwhile Brianna Charles ran an impressive 12.20s in the 15-17 Girls’ category to top Princess Browne and Celine David who took 12.50s and 12.91s respectively.Nilon Spencer looked solid in the 15-17 male category with a 10.97s 100m win just ahead of Wesley Tyndall’s 11.09s run. Devon Williams ran 11.15s for third.However, Tyndall earlier in the day easily won the long jump event in the same category with a leap of 6.56 metres.Police athlete Anfernee Headecker completed a solid Men’s 1500m in 4:09.60s while Odwin Tudor placed second in 4:11.31s.Marlon Nicholson was third in 4:14.26s.CARIFTA gold medallist Matthew Gordon was in a class by himself with a comfortable win in the 15-17 1500m in a time of 4:18.40s.Jahiem Vandenburg had a field double with wins in the 15-17 discus and javelin throws. Vandenburg threw 28.55 metres in the discus and 44.00 metres in the javelin.CARIFTA javelin gold medallist Anisha Gibbons won the javelin event easily in the Girls’ 15-17 category with a throw of 35.39 metres while Keliza Smith captured the long jump event in the same category with a leap of 5.76 metres.National javelin record holder Leslain Baird was also in action with an easy win, using the three-step technique to record a distance of 65.19 metres.Other wins during the day’s activity included the likes of Shanay Nicholas, Akeelah Dover, Odessa France, David Higgins and Jair Samuels.SUNDAYDevaun Barrington made a huge statement by winning the Men’s 800 metres.Barrington, having somewhat of a point to prove after being out of the arena for some time, clocked 1:52.30s to comfortably win the event ahead of Anfernee Headecker who ran 1:53.67s while Daniel Melville finished third in a time of 1:57.78s.Meanwhile, Loneil Marks won the Men’s 200m in 21.36s ahead of Daniel Williams who clocked 21.37s in one of the most thrilling races of the meet.Williams, however, retained his pet event – the 400m – in 48.97s.Matthew Gordon continued his rich form with an 800m win in the Men’s 15-17 category in a time of 2:00.92s while Aaliyah Moore topped the women’s 800m in 2:23.97s.Princess Browne was also one of the day’s winners with a winning leap of 11.88 metres in the 15-17 triple jump event while another 2019 CARIFTA bronze medallist in Adriel Austin won the 15-17 800m in 2:19.45s.Brianna Charles completed a sprint double by winning the Girls’ 15-17 200m in 24.81s. Keliza Smith needed 25.43s.last_img read more

September 16

Medal joy for Ireland at Special Olympics

first_img22 year old Cork swimmer Sean Coleman took silver in 25m backstroke in Los Angeles, while 20 year old Gary McEnroe from Tallaght scooped bronze.Sarah Jane Johnston from Lurgan in Co. Armagh also won a bronze medal for Ireland in the pool, when she competed in 100m backstroke.Rachel Ryan from Templemore competes on the track while Clonmel’s Kelly Delaney will be in badminton action – they’re among the 88 Irish athletes in LA for the World Summer Games which run until August 2nd.last_img read more

August 26

Short-handed LA Clippers hold on to beat Indiana Pacers

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS >> With All-Star forward Blake Griffin recovering from a broken shooting home in Los Angeles and the sluggish Clippers needing a spark Tuesday night, Doc Rivers got exactly what he needed.A big game from Chris Paul.The All-Star guard scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half including a 19-foot pullup jumper with 33.7 seconds left in the game and J.J. Redick added 19 points to help the short-handed Clippers hold on for a 91-89 victory at Indiana.“With all the stuff in the last 48 hours, we always say it’s the game that brings a team back,” Rivers said. “You could feel that (Tuesday). That was a good win for our team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers (29-16) desperately needed a victory to create some semblance of normalcy on an otherwise bizarre day.Just hours before playing the game, word leaked that Griffin had broken his shooting hand after punching equipment manager Matias Testi, one of his friends, in the face. The Clippers later confirmed Griffin would miss four to six weeks with the injury and could also face additional punishment.Before the game, Rivers answered question after question about what happened before joking with reporters he appreciated questions asked about the game. There were none.For the first 21/2 quarters, it looked like the distraction had taken a toll on the Clippers.But late in the third quarter, the defense buckled down and held the Pacers scoreless for nearly eight minutes as Los Angeles scored 13 straight points to take an 81-72 lead midway through the fourth. The Clippers never trailed again thanks largely to Paul, who made three 3-pointers and was 8 of 13 from the field in the second half and finished with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.center_img “It’s tough, I don’t know much about it,” Paul said, noting he had spoken to Griffin once since the incident in Toronto. “But for me, I’ve got to lead this team. We’ve got games to win.”Paul did everything he could to make sure the Clippers did win Monday though it sure wasn’t easy.Paul George had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers (23-22) and spurred a late 14-7 run that got the Pacers within 88-86 with 1:43 left in the game. His 3 with 28 seconds left made it 91-89 and after forcing a turnover with 2.1 seconds to go, Indiana had a chance to force overtime or win the game.Instead, Jamal Crawford deflected the inbound pass from the frontcourt to the backcourt on the opposite side, running off all but 0.3 seconds. George Hill then tried to lob the ball into the paint, but it bounced off the backboard all the way past midcourt before the Clippers touched it to run out the clock.“We had lot of plays that we wish we could have taken back, just poor execution, poor spacing,” George said after the Pacers’ third straight loss. “We just did a terrible job during that (eight-minute) stretch.”last_img read more

August 4

‘Patriot Church’ Celebrates Long History of Service to the Community

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Imagine what life was like 325 years ago in the area that is now Middletown.It’s a wilderness with a few small pockets of settlers, looking to carve out a life in the New Word. In that frontier setting there is a communal center to the area, the church. It’s a church that still exists today, continuing its mission to offer spiritual and community support.Elaine Lent, church moderator and historian, and Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Ahern, stand in front of the historic Old First Church, Middletown’s oldest church, as they prepare for the Baptist church’s 325th anniversary on Oct. 6.Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, is celebrating its 325th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 6, with programs, including costumed tours of the historic site, a morning worship service with the church’s pastor, the Rev. Joyce A. Phipps, and a 7 p.m. candlelit community concert of music by early American composers. The musical program will be performed by Glenn May from the Mon­mouth County Historical Association, who will be wearing 18th-century dress and playing the church’s 700-pipe Fritszche organ.The program also will offer some historical notes about the lives of early county residents.A point of pride for the church is its long history of patriotic fervor shown by its members. That is especially true of some of its earliest congregants, including clergy members, who were quick to support the call of liberty and revolution in the 18th century, said Elaine Lent, the church’s moderator – the lay leader – who also serves as the church historian.Middletown’s Old First Church’s cemetery, decorated in American flags for its 325thanniversary, contains the remains of many church members going back to its earliest years.In honor of the church’s participation in the nation’s history, members have placed 400 small American flags around the church buildings and along the outline of its 150-plot cemetery, which contains the graves of some of its original members.Founded in 1688, it was the first church and meeting house in the Middletown area, though personal diaries and records show worshippers had met in each other’s homes as early as 1668, according to Lent.The founders were early settlers arriving here from Massachusetts and what is now the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, N.Y. They landed in the area of what is now Atlantic Highlands and made their way inland.Old First Church, on Kings Highway in Middletown, is decorated with 400 American flags in preparation of the church’s 325th anniversary on Oct. 6.Like many of those who traveled to the Colonies, the earliest church members were seeking freedom from the religious intolerance they found elsewhere. The Baptist sect was relatively new at that time. “So new that there was a number of schisms,” within, Lent said. Being new and often misunderstood, the church was dismissed or derided by other denominations. One of the church’s early clergy members, Obadiah Holmes, was horsewhipped in Boston for his beliefs, Lent said.Even though it is a Baptist denomination, the church attracted those of other faiths, including Episcopal­ian and Quakers.“It was what I would say were a bunch of free thinkers,” who saw the church’s mission as one dedicated to freedom of conscious, soul liberty and respect for diversity, beliefs that still hold true today, Lent said.By the time of Revolu­tionary War, the church had become known as the “Patriot Church” under its pastor, Abel Morgan, who served there until his death in 1785. Morgan was “a very charismatic, intelligent minster,” known for his debating skills, having traveled as far away as Oyster Bay, Long Island, and Staten Island, N.Y., to preach.“He took this very divided congregation and united it,” Lent said.Morgan’s writings show he was an early supporter of the Colonists, looking to break away from England, Lent said.There was certainly a division between the British and the Anglican Church and the relatively upstart Baptist denomination with Anglicans and their Tory supporters having little regard for other faiths, she said.Joseph Murray, a church member, who owned a Middletown farm, was killed fighting the British in 1780, and is buried in the church’s graveyard.Pictured is a drawing of Abel Morgan, Old First Church’s pastor at the time of the American Revolution, with a pair of his eyeglasses and pocket Bible.Around the time of the Battle of Monmouth in Freehold in June 1778, British troops took control of the church, using it either as a field hospital or to house soldiers, according to Lent, who said the information on that is somewhat vague.Morgan was unable to preach there, his services relegated to his farm’s barn, located about a mile away.Following that period “the church just grew like mad,” with its congregation swelling to its high point of about 500 members in the late 1880s, Lent said.Since then, the church has seen some of its members leave and start other Baptist churches in the area, including in Matawan, Holm­del and Atlantic Highlands. About 14 area churches were formed directly from Old First Church, Lent said.The church that sits at the Kings Highway location is the congregation’s third. The first burned down in 1734 and was rebuilt immediately. The existing structure was built in 1832 by members who volunteer their time, funds, lumber and equipment for the task.Over the years there have been expansions and renovations, including moving the former Middletown Women’s Christian Temper­ance Union Hall to the property in 1921, where it is still used as a social hall.After all these years, Old First Church continues to be a center of community involvement and a source of spiritual guidance for its congregants, Lent said.Pictured is a tree showing the numerous area churches that spun off of Old First Church, Middletown’s oldest church.In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy last October, Old First Church, like a great many houses of worship, remained open and available, allowing the public to come and use the gas-operated stoves to cook meals, and its hot water to wash clothes and themselves when so many were without power for so long.“Churches are some of the few places to handle things like that, because of their size,” making them oftentimes ideal community focal points, Lent said.This summer the church hosted 39 youth and disaster assistance workers from Upstate New York who spent time in Monmouth County working to restore homes for families still recovering from Sandy’s effects.That’s a role the church has always played and continues to take pride in, Lent noted.“As a community church it is dedicated to community efforts,” and continues to host organizations, conduct its own programs and work with the efforts of other community groups.Old First Church now has a diverse membership of about 40 to 50 families. “We have people from all over Monmouth County,” who attend services and participate in programs, said Peter Ahern, chairman of the board of trustees.But some things don’t change with time.“Community was always the heart of this church,” Lent said. “It still is.”last_img read more