Scanlan, Rice On Girls Hoops First Team For CCAA East 1

Scanlan, Rice On Girls Hoops First Team For CCAA East 1

OBSERVER File Photos Silver Creek’s Abby Rice (left) and Gowanda’s Miya Scanlan were named to the First Team of the 2017-18 CCAA East 1 Girls basketball All-Stars.
Gowanda’s Miya Scanlan and Silver Creek’s Abby Rice made the First Team of the 2017-18 CCAA Division 1 East Girls Basketball All-Stars.
Scanlan, a freshman, averaged 18.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Lady Panthers. Though Rice is just an eighth grader, she nevertheless scored 16.3 points game, grabbed 9.2 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists a game for the Black Knights.
The division’s Most Valuable Player was senior Morgan Davis of Allegany-Limestone. Davis averaged 19.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. The Lady Gators wound up the Section 6 Class C champions and will be playing for a state title this weekend.
The other First Team members are junior Sydney Colligan of Portville, senior Brooke Giardini of Allegany-Limestone, freshman Sydney Hvizdak of Randolph and Portville’s Karly Welty, a sophomore.
Gowanda senior Alexis Hawkins highlights the Second Team, which also includes Kara Leeper of Randolph, Bryn Milne of Portville, Salamanca’s Caryn Miller and Allegany-Limestone’s Molly Wolfgang.
Local Honorable Mentions include Silver Creek senior Tessa Douglas and her junior teammate, Emma Rice.
OBSERVER File Photos Silver Creek’s Abby Rice (left) and Gowanda’s Miya Scanlan were named to the First Team of the 2017-18 CCAA East 1 Girls basketball All-Stars.

Bergen County Mayors Demand Accountability After Snowstorm Outages

PSE&G removes a broken tree branch from a power line before restoring the electricity to a neighborhood on N Browning Ave in Tenafly. Tariq Zehawi/
Mike Bean, a troubleshooter with PSE&G, removes a broken tree branch from a power line to restore electricity on North Browning Avenue in Tenafly on March 8, 2018.(Photo: Tariq Zehawi/
Apoplectic elected officials across North Jersey are seeking ways to hold their power companies responsible for what they describe as poor or nonexistent service, particularly during the second of two storms to hit the area this month.
In Wyckoff, Mayor Brian Scanlan says the Township Committee will take a no-confidence vote against the Orange & Rockland utility at a meeting on Tuesday. They will also consider a motion calling on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to revoke the utility’s franchise in Wyckoff and allow PSE&G to serve the entire township instead.
Meanwhile, Upper Saddle River Mayor Joanne Minichetti says she has been asked by the Northwest Bergen Mayors’ Association, which represents 12 towns, to organize a meeting with PSE&G and Orange & Rockland representatives, state and federal legislators, and the state Board of Public Utilities to discuss the response to the March 7 storm and “potential ways to improve these efforts.”
“There is a significant difference in the way this storm was handled by O&R as opposed to Sandy, which caused a great deal of frustration to me as well as some of the other municipalities,” Minichetti said. “Having a dialogue with the utility companies is obviously the first step.”
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Thousands of customers across North Jersey lost power for days after the March 7 storm. At Gov. Phil Murphy’s direction, the state Board of Public Utilities is conducting an investigation of the power companies’ response to that storm, as well as one the week before.
Wyckoff’s central business district, police station and town hall, two major traffic lights, and 2,500 homes were without power for four days after the last storm, Scanlan said.
“There is a pattern of mismanagement at Orange & Rockland, particularly a lengthy delay of three days before mutual aid trucks arrived from other states,” Scanlan said. “Wyckoff is at the end of the line, the end of the alphabet. It’s a disgrace the way this company treated us.”

A broken tree branch caught fire on a power line in Ho-Ho-Kus on Thursday, March 8.

A broken tree branch caught fire on a power line in Ho-Ho-Kus on Thursday, March 8. (Photo: Amy Newman/
Orange & Rockland spokesman Mike Donovan defended the utility’s response.
“O&R/Rockland Electric’s storm response was a complicated and dangerous effort, and the devastation in Wyckoff and the surrounding area was substantial, certainly on a par with Superstorm Sandy,” Donovan said. “We’ve done nearly everything we could to tackle this challenge from an operational and logistical perspective.”
However, he acknowledged, “We fell short in providing information customers needed to plan their day. Specifically, O&R’s response was marred because O&R was unable to provide reliable service restoration times for some customers.”
Donovan said the utility is offering to reimburse customers for food and prescription medicine spoilage if they lost power for three consecutive days or more during the two storms.

A downed tree rests on power lines, blocking Hillcrest

A downed tree rests on power lines, blocking Hillcrest Avenue near Norman Drive in Ridgewood, on March 8, 2018, after the previous day’s storm. (Photo: Amy Newman/
Despite Wyckoff’s experience, officials in other towns reported better service during the storm.
Orange & Rockland had a representative at West Milford’s Office of Emergency Management throughout the day during the March 7 storm, Mayor Bettina Bieri said.
“I personally interacted with him at the OEM office, as we reported outages to him and he was able to answer questions and send crews to respective locations,” Bieri said.
Donovan said similar service was provided to Wyckoff through the Franklin Lakes emergency management office. However, Scanlan said that neither he nor Police Chief David Murphy had heard of such a station.
A tree was uprooted and leaning on power lines on Wheaton Place in Rutherford. Tariq Zehawi/
Orange & Rockland, a Con Edison subsidiary, serves 304,947 electric customers —232,593 in New York and 72,354 in Bergen and Passaic counties.
Assemblyman Chris DePhillips, R-Wyckoff, says he is researching and drafting legislation to address power companies that do not meet customer needs during future emergencies.
“Everything is on the table, including the transfer of service to other companies,” DePhilips said. “I am completely fed up with Orange & Rockland. It’s as if Irene and Sandy never happened. No lessons were learned.”
The state Board of Public Utilities’ president, Joseph Fiordaliso, said his office was also investigating the legality of allowing municipalities to switch utility companies.
However, he cautioned that the board may not have the authority to make such a move, which he said may require legislation.
The board will explore whether the protocols developed after Superstorm Sandy were followed, and whether any of them need to be changed or added, Fiordaliso said.
“It will be an opportunity for the utility companies to evaluate their procedures,” he said. “If they did not follow the protocols, they will be held accountable.”
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Why Making The Porgs Was Terrifying, According To Star Wars’ Neal Scanlan

The Star Wars franchise is chock full of alien species that fans have fallen in love with over the years. Between the wookies and the tauntauns, there’s no shortage of weird creatures to populate these bizarre worlds. Star Wars: The Last Jedi added to that collection of beasts with the introduction of the porgs, but it turns out that developing the aliens proved to be a daunting and stressful part of the film’s development. Star Wars creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan opened up in a recent interview and explained:
Doing the porgs actually was terrifying, because you have a fear that if you get it wrong all the fans are going to sort of hate you forever quite rightly… as soon as we heard there was a warm reaction to them, it’s great.
Neal Scanlan has a point. The puffin-inspired porgs became one of the most talked about aspects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi prior to the film’s debut last December. The reaction was generally warm, but before the film actually premiered, there was a constant conversation online about how they would influence the overall tone of the movie. That said, the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi came and went, and the opinion towards them appears to remain “warm.”
We have already seen examples of this in the history of the Star Wars lore. Specifically, the Ewoks introduced in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi have become one of the more divisive elements of Star Wars fiction since the film was released. Some people love them for the ways in which they expand the overarching mythology, while other fans have criticized them for adding too much lightheartedness to the third installment in the original trilogy.
Of course, one thing not specifically mentioned in Neal Scanlan’s comments to ET about the development of Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s porgs is the worst-case scenario. Star Wars has been responsible for some magnificent creatures over the years, but if handled wrong, the porgs could’ve quickly fallen into the infamous Jar Jar Binks category of misfires.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut on Digital HD on March 13, and the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film will hit shelves two weeks later on March 27. Looking ahead at the rest of the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story will premiere in theaters later this year on May 25, and Star Wars: Episode IX will hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
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