Keeping the Lights On and the Fires Out in Monmouth Beach

first_imgBy Jim McConvilleMONMOUTH BEACH _ There are two lights on either side of Bill Marsh’s driveway that are unlike any others on the street. They may not be illuminated every night, but when he flicks them on from a switch in his living room, a smile unfolds across his face. The lights are warm with history, and their soft light ignites the clearest of memories.A natural storyteller, Marsh glows with excitement as he recounts the tale of his more than 50-year residence in the same house, 70 years as a firefighter and decades of dedication to his family and community.“While I was in service, I saved up $400,” he said. “I wanted a motorcycle but my father didn’t want that for me, so he took it to the borough hall and bought this lot. I tore down two old houses and started building this one in 1950.”Marsh went to Long Branch High School but left early to join the Navy. Returning in 1946, he joined the borough’s fire department, a company he was active in even before leaving for military service.“A lot of the original firefighters left and they let the kids help,” he said. “I started when I was about 12. It was quite a thing to get mixed up with the fire company years ago. Close to a hundred members when I first started.”Honored last month for 70 years of service in the Monmouth Beach Fire Department (MBFD), Marsh has dedicated his life to the community. He became fire chief in 1960 and began serving as the borough electrician in 1965, two positions his father, Herbert Marsh, also held.ill Marsh, bottom row, center, with a group of fellow Monmouth Beach firefighters on Sept. 13, 1947, helping the Red Bank Fire Department celebrate its 75th anniversary. Back row, from left: James R. Maney, Harry West, Chief Walter Roe, Robert Burns. Middle row: Walter Mihm, Ira Miller Jr. and Andrew Nilsen.Marsh’s work as an electrician and firefighter became a family affair. His late wife, Myrtle, would often drive the dump truck while Marsh would haul out a stepladder to climb and replace the burned out bulbs in the streetlights on Ocean Avenue. His son-in-law, Kevin Keeshan, and grandsons, Brian and Kevin, Jr., are also members of the MBFD. In fact, the Monmouth Beach Fire Department roster is dotted with Marsh names.Marsh recounts tales of rescues during massive house fires and harrowing floods as if they were just another day at the office. When asked about his proudest moment as a firefighter, he modestly struggles to talk about himself. He settles on autumn 1960, when Hurricane Donna had flooded most of the town.“Johnny Peterson lived on Johnson Street, and he was handicapped,” Marsh said. “I picked him up from his bed, carried him out and got him in the rowboat. I rowed him back to the fire department.”Even when discussing the fire department and his life in Monmouth Beach, Marsh can’t help but credit the others who helped to shape the town, as well as his beloved, “Myrt.” The two met in North Long Branch School; she was a Girl Scout and he was a Boy Scout. She started the Lady’s Fire Auxiliary in Monmouth Beach. Once, when a meeting was delayed because the trucks had not been pulled out, Myrtle got into the truck and pulled it out of the garage herself. To this day, she is the only woman to ever drive a MBFD truck.Marsh describes the difficulties of fighting fires years ago in a small town. “The water mains weren’t as big as they are now,” he said. “We had to lay out how we were going to attack if we had fires. The fire at the Monmouth Beach Inn we pumped out of the river and used the main on Riverdale Avenue.”He became an instrumental member of the truck committee that secured the department’s first 100-foot tower truck.Now, a month before his 90th birthday, Marsh is optimistic about the future of his hometown department.“You gotta be young,” he said. “We still have kids that are active. They play ball in the summer. We’ve got a good team.”When asked what it meant to serve the community for so long, he answered without hesitation.“I never looked at it like that,” he said. “I just did my job. When the whistle blew, you’d go.”The lamps on either side of Marsh’s driveway offer a dusty glow in the blue winter afternoon, a reminder of the duty they once accomplished. When turned on, they shine the same golden light they once shined over Ocean Avenue. They are the same lamps that Marsh once stood on a stepladder to replace, while Myrtle kept the dump truck running below.last_img read more

Scottie Thompson says Pia Wurtzbach’s presence fueled Ginebra’s win over TNT

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Pia Wurtzbach with the entire Barangay Ginebra team during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s no denying that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach caught everyone’s eye when she represented Barangay Ginebra as its muse in the opening ceremonies of the 44th PBA Season.It’s not everyday that the most beautiful woman on planet earth graces the sporting event but it does happen once a year and Ginebra point guard Scottie Thompson couldn’t help but gush over the beauty queen.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Thompson, however, wasn’t caught off guard when asked if Pia Wurtzbach has replaced Liza Soberano as his celebrity crush.It was well documented before that Thompson has admired Soberano since the the days when Dolce Amore was still on air.Thompson said Soberano and Wurtzbach are somehow the same since the 21-year-old actress played the 29-year-old beauty queen in a biopic.“It’s still Liza,” said Thompson. “Although the two are the same since Liza played Pia in MMK (Maalala Mo Kaya).”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Thompson did admire Wurtzbach, saying her presence alone motivated them to the Gin Kings to their 90-79 win over TNT, but he couldn’t help himself from making fun of his teammate Prince Caperal.“It’s amazing that Queen P was our muse but we have Prince,” said Thompson laughing Sunday at Philippine Arena. “Queen P meets the Prince and we’re motivated because she’s the Miss Universe.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGinebra head coach Tim Cone said Wurtzbach spent some time with the team in the locker room.“We got to meet Pia, so that was exciting. She didn’t know who I was but I certainly knew who she was,” said Cone. “She was in the locker room for like an hour, so we were all giving her glances. We were inspired, and that’s what makes the opening day fun.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone has no PBA ‘GOAT,’ says Sonny Jaworski ‘most important player of all time’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Keep Moving

first_imgWhen you see them big menWalking in groups and chatting with their kindLaughing at jokes only they can understandWith their heads high like a cliffAnd arms spread like the windYou wonder, when would I look like a bull?When you see them coming down carsBuilt like an OxWith horns that howl like an owlDon’t stop and stare at themOr else you’d keep stillWalk past them and keep moving onSomeday in ages timeYou’d grow and be some big manRunning your world your wayYou’d sail a ship or fly a jet in outer space perhapsBut, like a train, you’d got to keep movingShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Delta flies into new airline era

first_imgDelta’s board also will be looking for a new CEO to replace Grinstein, 74, who has said he plans to step down once his successor is appointed. Delta entered Chapter 11 on Sept. 14, 2005, amid high fuel prices and the burdens of high labor and pension expenses. Delta significantly reduced its labor and pension costs while under court protection. As of March 31, the company had 52,260 full-time employees, according to a regulatory filing Friday. The figure includes subsidiary Comair. The bankruptcy process has been expensive for Delta, which has run up more than $127.9 million in bills for fees and expenses for its lawyers, consultants and advisers through the end of January. It could spend tens of millions more once the final fee and expense requests are dealt with. Delta underwent a lot of changes while in bankruptcy, which, along with cost cuts, included improving aircraft cabins and expanding international service. The carrier also defeated a hostile takeover bid by Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways Group Inc. US Airways withdrew its $9.8 billion bid after Delta’s unsecured creditors committee in January endorsed Delta’s reorganization plan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is an amazing day for an extraordinary company, which has reclaimed its heritage and has emerged from Chapter 11 as a fierce, determined and well-capitalized competitor,” Huebner said. Delta has set aside $10 million for its rebranding effort, which could also include a new advertising campaign. Now that Delta is out of bankruptcy, executives at Delta will consider shedding Comair, a Delta subsidiary that provides regional service for the airline. Comair also emerged from bankruptcy on Monday after nearly two years of restructuring in which the regional airline cut jobs and other costs. Delta’s outgoing chief executive, Gerald Grinstein, said last week he did not expect any “immediate action” on Erlanger, Ky.-based Comair since Delta has a new board of directors. Even so, some analysts expect Delta to make a quick decision. ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines Inc. emerged from bankruptcy protection Monday as an independent carrier after surviving a hostile takeover bid during a 19 -month reorganization that saw it eliminate jobs, cut costs, restructure its fleet and focus more on international flying. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in New York had set 9 a.m. EDT as the time the Atlanta-based airline could exit from Chapter 11 by closing on a $2.5 billion loan that would allow it to pay back lenders who gave Delta money to help it operate while in bankruptcy. Delta’s chief bankruptcy lawyer, Marshall Huebner, said in a 10:21 a.m. e-mail to The Associated Press that the wire transfers for the loans were completed. Delta, the nation’s third-largest carrier, also unveiled Monday details of a marketing plan that includes a new paint job for its planes, featuring the company’s three-dimensional red logo flying across a blue background. The new brand will appear on more than 900 planes, at airports and on Delta advertising. last_img read more

Championship round-up: Aston Villa held while Leeds earn late draw with Fulham

first_img Ross McCormack scored his first Aston Villa goal 1 Aston Villa were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield after an 86th minute equaliser from Michael Hefele.Roberto Di Matteo’s side took the lead after 25 minutes through big summer signing Ross McCormack but the Villans were unable to build on their 3-0 win against Rotherham on the weekend.Elsewhere, Chris Wood saved Garry Monk’s Leeds United with an injury-time goal at home to Fulham.Tom Cairney gave the Londoners a 77th minute lead and with the pressure already growing on Garry Monk, he will have been relieved to see Wood hit the back of the net.Promoted Burton Albion sprang the surprise of the night with a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.Kyle McFadzean grabbed an early lead for the hosts before Jack Hunt equalised from the spot for Wednesday. However Burton blew them away with goals from Jackson Irvine and Lloyd Dyer to win the three points.Full Championship results:Aston Villa 1-1 HuddersfieldBrentford 1-0 Nottingham ForestBrighton 3-0 RotherhamBurton 3-1 Sheffield WednesdayLeeds 1-1 FulhamNorwich 1-0 Bristol CityPreston 0-1 DerbyWigan 1-1 BirminghamWolves 0-0 Ipswichlast_img read more

Astronomy essay contest opened to more schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The purpose of our organization is to promote, through education, a knowledge and appreciation of astronomy,” said Astronomy Club Vice President Richard Hague. “Each year we undertake many local projects which encourage an awareness of astronomy in the general public, with a special emphasis on young people.” Eight winners, two from each grade level, will be recognized at an Astronomy Club meeting, which will be followed by a planetarium show. Winners will also receive a T-shirt, a tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and time with scientists to discuss their projects and career experiences. Entry forms are available at the club’s Web site at The Astronomy Club meets the second Friday of each month at the SAGE Planetarium, 38060 20th St., Palmdale. The next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. March 10. The meetings include guest speakers and programs about the night sky. Monthly public star parties are also held, as weather permits, at various locations around the Valley, including Saddleback Butte State Park in Lake Los Angeles and the Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Astronomy Club’s sixth annual Youth Exploring Astronomy essay contest has expanded to include students from Mojave and Edwards Air Force Base schools. All students who are enthusiastic about astronomy and space are invited to submit up to a 500-word typewritten essay using one of the themes chosen. Fifth- and sixth-graders can choose to write about “To Fly Through Space from Star to Star, What Wonders to See…” or “Stars and Telescopes.” This year’s themes for seventh- and eighth-graders are “The Benefits of Living in the Era of Space Discovery” or “The Solar System is Not Just Planets…” The deadline to enter is March 15. Winners will be chosen based upon their level of enthusiasm and thoughtful creativity demonstrated in the essay, organizers said. A panel of parents, amateur astronomers, local dignitaries and air and space professionals will judge the essays. For information about the Astronomy Club, e-mail 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dele Alli’s influence likened to that of spectacular former Liverpool midfielder

first_img1 Dele Alli won a second successive Young Player of the Year award and scored 18 Premier League goals Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes Dele Alli has all the hallmarks to become an influential midfielder on the international stage.In an interview with the Sunday Times, Souness likened the effect Alli has on his team to that of his former midfield partner, Terry McDermott and said the recently crowned Young Player of the Year is someone you wouldn’t want to play against.“Terry Mac took not only his marker back towards the opposition goal but the covering player, too, so that he kept emptying the midfield and creating space for me to operate,” he said.McDermott played 329 times for Liverpool, winning five league titles and three European Cups, in addition to scoring 81 goals.This season Alli scored 18 Premier League goals and created seven and is already an England international with 17 caps to his name. He is likely to play against Scotland, whom Souness was hugely influential for in his 54 appearances, when the teams meet in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden on 10 June and he thinks the Spurs man can be similarly effective for England.“It’s not just the talent Alli has as a 21-year-old but his constantly positive application of it that justifies the belief he can be an influential international player,” he added.last_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps U18 girls team recorded a stunning win over Douglas Hall.Lagan Harps FC News:Our girls u18 side turned in a great performance when they came from 2-1 down to beat Douglas Hall (Cork) 4-2 in the WFAI cup semi final played in Dublin. In a great team performance goals from Amy Boyd, Caoimhe Walsh and Amanda Callaghan(2) saw us through to the final. We are scheduled to meet Castlebar Celtic in the final at the end of February. Thanks to all who travelled to support the team. Our u14’s had a 5-0 win over Raphoe Town with goals from Darragh Rodgers(2), Enda Gallagher and Caoimhin Wheeler. Our u12B’s had a 2-1 win in Convoy with goals from Alex Parke and Joshua Callan. Our men’s team had no fixture. Next Sunday they are home to Kerrykeel. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 7,11,15 and 16. Nicola Mc Grath had three numbers and son E50. Next week’s jackpot is e6275. The club extends sympathy to the Harkin and Cannon families on their recent bereavements.LAGAN HARPS U18 GIRLS TEAM THROUGH TO ALL-IRELAND FINAL AFTER WIN OVER DOUGLAS HALL was last modified: January 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lagan Harps FCsoccerSportU18slast_img read more

Dogs’ roster is shaping up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I wanted to make sure they had good places to play,” said Cameron in regards to Basiuk and Lavalle on his least favorite day of the season (he also tried to trade Stewart and Wenzel, but there were no takers). “You can’t worry about stuff like that (trading players within the division) all the time,” Cameron added. “Sometimes you have to take care of the players. It doesn’t always have to be about business.” In the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Sanford, the Ice Dogs are getting an offensive defenseman who played in 30-plus games in the AHL last season and should be a solid addition on the power play. Urquhart, the former second-round pick of the Canadiens, spent last season in Long Beach and finished sixth on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists. Also over the weekend, forward Jimmy Bonneau was sent to the Ice Dogs from Hamilton. And when goalie Jaroslav Halak arrives hopefully in time for the opener there will be five Canadiens prospects on the roster. So, by the end of the day, Cameron traded defensemen Scott Basiuk and Kevin Lavallee to Bakersfield and Florida, respectively, for cash considerations, and placed rookie forwards Danny Stewart and Sheldon Wenzel on waivers. And there is still one more move to be had to get down to 21 players heading into Friday night’s season opener in Idaho. Cameron expects to make that trade/waiver by the end of today. Monday was listed as an off day for the Ice Dogs, but for coach Malcolm Cameron it was a “busy day.” While his team rested after a week of training camp and a pair of exhibition wins against Las Vegas over the weekend, Cameron began a series of moves to get the Ice Dogs’ opening-night roster set by Wednesday’s ECHL-mandated deadline. If the decisions were going to be tough to start with, they became even tougher with the news that the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton was sending two more players defenseman James Sanford and forward Cory Urquhart to Long Beach, meaning two more releases than expected. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFRAUD ALERT: CROOKS are again targeting Donegal – trying to get people to give their credit card details over the phone.Banks will NEVER call you and ask you to confirm all your card details over the phone.The latest incident involved a Donegal Daily reader who was called by a woman claiming to be called Susanne and saying that she was from Visa/Mastercard services. She asked the reader if she had authorised a payment of €700 to New Zealand recently.When the Donegal woman said she hadn’t, ‘Susanne’ said that she could stop this payment but then asked her to confirm my card details.The Donegal woman refused to give the card details but the fraudster was very insistent “saying that if I didnt give her the details and hung up the payment would be released.”The reader adds: “I asked her for a number to ring her back and she gave me the following no: 1800 412266……. while she was still on house phone I rang this number from my mobile but this number is not in use.” The number which will come up on your phone if you are a victim is 001001735.“She could quote my address also and said she was calling from Dublin,” said the Donegal woman. FRAUD ALERT: CROOKS TARGET DONEGAL IN LATEST SCAM was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:credit carddonegalfraudFRAUD ALERT: CROOKS TARGET DONEGAL IN LATEST SCAMscamlast_img read more