Mom drives getaway car for son who robbed a store

first_imgA Florida woman has been arrested after she assisted her teenaged son in robbing a convenience store.The incident occurred at a Circle K in Winter Springs, Florida back in October, however, authorities did not catch up with the pair until later.Officials say Amanda Meador drove her 15-year-old son to the store and sent him inside with a ransom note.The teen handed the clerk a ransom note which prompted the clerk hand over the cash from the register. The teen then ran  back to his mother’s minivan and the pair began to drive off.  The mother then stopped the car and let the teen out after she realized that he dropped the money he just stole.The teen grabbed the money and then ran to the vehicle.Authorities say though the store had surveillance cameras, they could not get an ID on the car because the pair covered the license plate.Investigators were later able to identify the teen because he left fingerprints on the note he handed the attendant.It is unclear if the teen will face any charges, however, Meador has been charged with felony armed robbery and child neglect. She is currently being held without bond.last_img read more

Aizawl and giants Mohun Bagan play out goalless encounter to inaugurate I League season

first_imgAdvertisement 9tsb6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsneWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Edisxe( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6xzgWould you ever consider trying this?😱17cCan your students do this? 🌚17uvoRoller skating! Powered by Firework Mohun Bagan dropped two points against Aizawl in the first match of I League in 2019-20 season. It was an away match for the Kolkata giants on Saturday. The head coach of Mohun Bagan, Kibu Vicuna played with a formation of 4-2-3-1 in this match which did not work.Advertisement Salva Chamoro was in the bench for the away side in the inaugural match of the season. The defensive blocker Sheikh Sahil was also not the part of the starting eleven on Saturday. As a result of it the playmaker of Mohun Bagan,  Joseph Beitia had to play in the defensive midfield area.Advertisement In the second half, Kibu Vicuna brought in Sheikh Sahil, Salva Chamoro and Sheikh Faiaz. However, they were also not able to bring any impact in this match. On the other hand, Aizawl were trying to manage at least one point from this game. They deployed a defensive strategy for the whole 90 minutes.As a result of it, the attacks of Mohun Bagan were not fruitful enough to break the defensive unit of Aizawl. The match ended with a scoreline of 0-0 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Saturday. A mid table finish is on the cards for Mohun Bagan if they continue to play like this in future.Advertisement Indian Football: India vs. UAE Preview and Predictions, AFC Asian Cup news, Mohun Bagan pick up a win over Minerva Punjab, and much more… Advertisementlast_img read more

A Summer of Theater

first_imgCOMMUNITY PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE22 Brookside Drive, MillburnBox office: 973-376-4343;www.papermill.orgTickets: $26-$97“The Little Mermaid,” May 27-June 30, performances Wednesdays through Sundays NEW JERSEY REPERTORY COMPANY179 Broadway, Long BranchBox office: 732-229-3166;www.njrep.orgTickets: $25-$60“Happy,” by Robert Caisley, May 30-June 30, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere“Saving Kitty,” by Marisa Smith, July 25-Aug. 25, a New Jersey premiere SPRING LAKE COMMUNITY HOUSE THEATRE300 Madison Ave., Spring LakeBox Office: 732-449-4530; springlaketheatre.comTickets: $28, $26 for students and people age 65 and older, $20 for children age 12 and younger“A Chorus Line,” music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Klieban, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, July 11-13, 18-21, 25-27,“Peter Pan,” Aug. 8-10, 15-18, 22-25 SURFLIGHT THEATRE COMPANY201 Engleside Ave., Beach HavenBox office: (609) 492-9477; www.surflight.orgTickets: $45, except $75 for “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales,” May 26, Tommy Tune accompanied by pianist Michael Biagi, benefit performance for the theater.“The Boy Friend,” music, lyrics and book by Sandy Wilson, May 24-June 16“George M!” book by Michael Stewart, John and Francine Pascal, music and lyrics by George M. Cohan, June 19-July 7“South Pacific,” music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, July 10-28“Les Miserables,” book by Alain Boublil, and Claude-Michel Schonberg, music by Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, July 31-Aug. 24“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, Aug. 28-Sept. 8 FIRST AVENUE PLAYHOUSE123 First Ave., Atlantic HighlandsBox Office: 732-291-7552;www.firstavenueplayhouse.comTickets: $22, $18 for seniors Thursdays and Sundays and includes dessert. Dinner theater packages range from $33 to $74Tickets: $22, $18 for seniors Thursdays and Sundays and includes dessert.Dinner theater packages range from $33 to $74“The Curious Savage,” by John Patrick, May 31-June 22“Leading Ladies,” by Ken Ludwig, June 28-27“Barefoot in the Park,” by Neil Simon, Aug. 2-31 CENTER PLAYERS35 South St., FreeholdBox Office: 732-462-9093;www.centerplayers.orgTickets: $25, $23 age 60 and older and studentsPerformances: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays“The Diary of Anne Frank,” by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman, July 12-Aug. 4“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” book, music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner, Aug. 17-18, 24-25. HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY36 Crawford’s Corner Rd., HolmdelBox office: 732-946-0427;www.holmdeltheatrecompany.orgTickets: $22 adults,$12 students, $16 age 65 and older,“A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” by William Shakespeare, July 19-Aug. 3 SPOTLIGHT PLAYERSFirst Presbyterian Church, Route 34 and Franklin St., MatawanBox Office: 732-583-7874;www.spotlightplayers.orgTickets: $18, $15 for students and seniors, includes refreshments“The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast,” Aug. 3 and 10, performed by actors age 4-15“Anything Goes,” music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, Aug. 2-4, 9-11 SHADOW LAWN STAGEMonmouth UniversityLauren K. Woods Theater, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long BranchBox office: 732-263-6889; $10-$35“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” conceived by Rebecca Feldman with songs by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss; June 27-30, plus a 2 p.m. matinee June 28; July 3, 5-7, 17-21center_img PHOENIX PRODUCTIONSCount Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red BankBox office: 732-842-9000 or 732-747-0014;www.phoenixredbank.comTickets $22, $26, $32“The Music Man,” with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, July 12-14, 19-21 The Two River Theater Company in Red Bank will present Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” and “Bolero Red Bank”this summer.TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY21 Bridge Ave., Red BankBox office: 732-345-1400; www.trtc.orgTickets: $37, $42 and $57, and $24 for people age 30 and younger“Present Laughter” by Noel Coward, June 1-23“Bolero Red Bank,” by Keigwin + Company, June 20-21, dance with a theatrical sensibility PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGEOutdoor on the lawn behind the Performing Arts Center765 Newman Springs Rd., LincroftBox Office: 732-224-2411; Free“Love’s Labor’s Lost,” by William Shakespeare, July 12-14, 18-21 The outdoor amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, where the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey stages its outdoor show.SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NEW JERSEYBox office: 973-408-5600;www.shakespearenj.orgTickets: Main stage, $35-$70, outdoor amphitheater, $30, $15 for students (at the door)At the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University campus36 Madison Ave., Madison“The Playboy of the Western World,” by J.M. Synge, May 29-June 23“Fallen Angels,” by Noel Coward, July 3-28“Tovarich,” by Jacques Deval, adapted by Robert E. Sherwood, Aug. 7-25 at the outdoor amphitheaterat the College of St. Elizabeth,2 Convent Rd., Morristown.“As You Like It,” by William Shakespeare, June 19-July 28 By Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenNJ theaters to produce a variety of shows for the seasonSeeing good theater doesn’t mean having to go to New York City.Two River area residents have plenty of options for tried-and-true standards as well as opportunities to see new work this summer in New Jersey and along the Shore.Two seasons ago Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn sent “Newsies” to Broadway and it was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning two.This season “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” went from McCarter Theatre in Princeton to Broadway and earned seven top Tony nominations, including Best Play. The 67th Annual Tony Awards airs June 9 on CBS from Radio City Music Hall.And, all roads leading to The Great White Way run in both directions.On June 1, Michael Cumpsty, who has had featured roles in 15 Broadway productions, is at the Two River Theater Company in Noel Coward’s 1939 comedy “Present Laughter.” The Tony nominee (“End of the Rainbow”) may not be a household name, but he’s a highly respected stage actor whose performances are not to be missed. This is his second show at the Red Bank theater.To add more glitz to the period piece about a debonair matinee idol who is the star of his own life, it’s directed by David Lee, the winner of nine Emmy Awards and a co-creator of “Frasier” and a writer/producer for “Cheers.”Broadway legend Tommy Tune, billed as the world’s tallest tap dancer, is starring in his one-man show “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales” on May 26 in a fundraiser for the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven. He has performed, choreographed, directed or produced 15 Broadway shows.In 2010 Broadway producer Roy Miller took over the Surflight, which has had a troubled financial history, and used his contacts to bring Judd Hirsch, Cindy Williams, JoAnne Worley, Justin Guarini, Peter Marshall and Dawn Wells to the Beach Haven stage. Maybe he will do the same for some of the four musicals on the schedule this summer.The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison and Brookdale Community College in Lincroft both are staging comedies by Shakespeare outdoors this summer. Both “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and “As You Like It” are family-friendly. According to the Holmdel Theatre Company’s website, it is staging Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” set in a Goodfellow’s/Soprano’s environment. Bada bing!Paper Mill Playhouse is including a performance on June 26 designed for autistic children during the May 29-June 30 run of the American premiere of a new production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” featuring a revamped script, additional songs, and fresh interpretation. The theater environment will be changed for this one performance to accommodate the children’s special needs. For more information, visitwww.papermill. org/about- us/outreach/autism-programs.html.And a special shout-out to the Spring Lake Community Theatre group which is celebrating it’s 35th season in that shore community with two shows this summer.Check with the theaters for any changes in the scheduled shows that follow: PAPER MOON PUPPET THEATRE171 First Ave., Atlantic HighlandsBox office: 732-775-0290;www.papermoonpuppettheatre.comTickets $9, performances 1 p.m. Saturdays“Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Little Lambs,” through June 15“The Jungle Book,” June 22-Sept. 7last_img read more

Unexpected Results in a Historically Low Turnout Year

first_imgBy John BurtonThis year’s election wasn’t going to be much, with low voter turnout predicted and safe seats up for Assembly, county seats and locally. But those political prognosticators were wrong in a Monmouth County legislative race and for a surprising number of local contests.They were correct about the turnout, which was a historic low at 23 percent, and with low turnout elections come the informed and passionate voters, analysts agree.Results continue to remain fluid in a number of races around the area; some, as of Wednesday, continuing to be too close to call in Belmar, Neptune and Long Branch until provisional ballots are counted Monday. To further complicate things, result totals were delayed as county election officials worked with a computer software contractor Dominion Voting Services employed by the county to recover accidentally deleted vote-by-mail numbers by an employee of Dominion but were restored. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano apologized to the candidates whose results changed as a result of the error and noted the county is more than displeased with the “chronic” problems with the company.Because the turnout was expected to be a few points below the previous historic low, Patrick Murray, founding director the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said “It didn’t look like there was going to be a huge turnout effect,” to sway elections, Murray said. But the low response may have factored into some noteworthy upsets. Democrats increased that party’s majority by taking two Assembly seats in the traditionally Republican bedrock of Monmouth County, in the 11th District. Democratic challengers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated eight-year Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.Murray called this “a huge upset.”“There was talk of this all along that this would be a potential pickup,” Murray said. The major factors being that the 2011 redistricting appeared to favor Democrats, with more registered Democrats – by one estimate as much as 10,000 more Democrats. But the defining factor was likely a last minute influx of about $1 million in Democratic PAC money into the district.“They smelled blood in the water,” Murray said of the Democrats. “And they threw some money into the race.”And ultimately, “The Republicans were caught sleeping on this race,” Murray maintained. “No question about it.”What that “onslaught of money” was able to do was to buy TV ad time and mailers contending the Republicans were continuously in league with Republican governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie, “tarring him with his feathers, if you will,” observed Ingrid Reed, a Rutgers University political scientist and former executive director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.The Democrats’ strong showing was likely a mandate on Christie, even as Christie stayed out of state during campaign season (and rarely appeared in GOP candidates’ campaign photos – much like President Barack Obama did in the 2010 Congressional races) Reed suspected.The candidates failing to distance themselves from the increasingly unpopular governor could be blamed for Angelini and Casagrande’s loss, Murray suspected. Neither of the lawmakers ever voted for a veto override and “sometimes you have to stand up for your constituents,” Murray said, explaining that may have lead to Republican voters staying home. “The Republican Party has reaped what they’ve sown,” in this case, he observed.“The county GOP is still strong,” countered Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman. Golden pointed to continued comfortable victories for freeholder and county clerk and solid wins in many of the municipalities, including picking up at least one seat, and probably two, in Democratic stalwart Red Bank. The Republicans have a four-vote lead for the second seat. He insisted the 11th District loss was the product of outside money and district gerrymandering. “But we’re going to get it back in two years,” which will be a gubernatorial, Senate and Assembly election. Republicans easily won the 13th legislative district returning a.“I think the incumbents in the 11th failed to show that they should be re-elected,” was how Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal saw it. He accused the GOP incumbents of “arrogance.”Gopal observed “When you take voters for granted it doesn’t work out.”Democrats, Gopal noted, had “some very big wins,” in Matawan, Manalapan, and Spring Lake Heights. They picked up the mayor’s spot in Atlantic Highlands and very likely Oceanpor t.What is interesting about Atlantic Highlands and Oceanport is that in both of those races, incumbents crossed party lines and offered endorsements. In Atlantic Highlands outgoing Republican Mayor Frederick Rast supported the victorious Democrat Rhonda LeGrice for mayor; and Oceanport Republican Councilman actively worked for write-in mayoral candidate and presumptive winner John Coffey.When you have such low turnout those who bother coming to the polls tend to be the most informed and passionate, Reed pointed out.Murray agreed. “These are the surprises you get with a low turnout.”Local 2015 election coverage on The Two River TimesUnexpected Results in a Historically Low Turnout YearGOP Takes Red Bank By 4 VotesIncumbents Ousted in HighlandsGOP Sweeps, Other Than Stunning Angelini and Casagrande Loss‘Quixotic’ Oceanport Mayoral Attempt SucceededLocal Election ResultsVoters Approve Liquor Sales in Little SilverVIDEO: Local Candidate DebateEvery Vote Counts (Editorial)last_img read more

Eco-Fest Gives Public a Look at Environmental Issues

first_imgOne group gave an update on the oysters placed at Naval Weapons Station Earle and told of the bivalve’s amazing ability to clean up the surrounding waters. Another group shared the benefits of purchasing bee-friendly plants and those native to the Two River area to reduce the need for chemicals in the soil that end up in nearby water ways. RUMSON – A statue of a seahorse graced the grounds at Victory Park June 8 during Clean Ocean Action’s Rally for the River Eco-Fest. Created by an artist using trash gathered from local beaches, attendees added more debris to the sculpture during the event, leaving their mark on the artwork and learning about environmental issues in the process. Many who attended left with a renewed passion andan urgency to do more to be good stewards for the localecosystem. Many local environmental groups came out to thefree, family-friendly event to educate the public aboutthe challenges the marine ecosystems face and theprogress being made to address those issues.center_img Students from Rumson-Fair Haven High School, along with their biology teacher Michael Haughwout, talked about the research they are doing to protect terrapins. Representatives from waste management presented the issues “flushable” wipes can cause for the local sewage system. Another group shared information on alternative energy suppliers that could provide clean energy at less cost. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY PRAT WINS FIRST RACE ON COMEBACK SINCE BEING INJURED SEPT. 17 AS HE TAKES    $75,000 BLUE NORTHER WITH BELVOIR BAY; MILLER TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.15 –30– PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,136 INTO WEDNESDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $500,000ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 27, 2015)–English-bred Gender Agenda sat close to the pace and saved ground throughout en route to winning Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she broke from post positon 10 among a field of 12 fillies and mares three and up and shadowed favored Glory and Mike Smith until well inside the sixteenth pole, when she took charge in the final 50 yards, holding off the late charge of runner-up Stormy Lucy by a neck while getting a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:50.29.“I was afraid we were going to be too close to the lead, but when I saw the slow pace (24.16, 49.17, 1:14.35, 1:38.64), I knew we were okay,” said Bejarano, who got his second of what would be three wins on the day. “Out of the gate, I let the favorite go and tried to force her to the lead. I just put us second and followed them.Fifth behind Stormy Lucy in the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar on Nov. 29, Gender Agenda was off at odds of 10-1 and paid $23.80, $10.40 and $6.80. Owned by Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool, Alon Ossip and Timothy Ritvo, the 4-year-old filly by Holy Roman Emperor improved her overall mark to 18-5-3-3. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $287,108.“This filly’s been unlucky,” said Brackpool. “She’s had full fields in almost everything she’s gone up against. I’m thinking, ‘When are we going to get a decent shot?’ He (Rafael Bejarano) rode her beautifully today. She rated beautifully and she’s a nice filly.”Stormy Lucy, who won the Matriarch with Kent Desormeaux up at odds of 65-1, validated that effort by running a huge second from off the pace, finishing a nose in front of pace setting Glory.“I got out too late,” said Desormeaux. “She was best today…”The second choice at 4-1, Stormy Lucy paid $5.80 and $4.20.Ridden by Mike Smith, Glory seemingly had conditions to order, as she made an easy lead and set what appeared to be moderate fractions.“She ran great,” said Smith. “If the grass was a little firmer, maybe she would’ve hung on, but she ran great.”Off at 5-2, she paid $3.80 to show.There were no winning tickets in Sunday’s Pick Six, resulting in a carryover into Wednesday of $80,136. Wednesday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $500,000. First post time for an eight-race card is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.center_img Sidelined due to multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung sustained in a spill at Los Alamitos on Sept. 17, jockey Flavien Prat returned to action on Saturday at Santa Anita and the native-Frenchman registered his first win on the comeback trail in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes, as he guided the Peter Miller-trained Belvoir Bay to an emphatic 7 ¼ length win while covering one mile on grass in 1:36.15.Breaking from post position three in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies, English-bred Belvoir Bay sat a close second behind eventual third-place finisher Sweet Queen for the first half mile and then assumed command, opening up by six lengths as the field straightened for home.Off at 5-1, Belvoir Bay, who is owned by Team Valor International and Gary Barber, paid $12.20, $5.00 and $4.00.“It’s a good sensation,” said Prat, who was accompanied by his team of physical therapists in the Winner’s Circle. “My body healing is a gift.”A well beaten ninth in her U.S. debut going a mile on soft turf at Belmont Park Oct. 31, Belvoir Bay notched her third win from seven overall starts. With the Blue Norther winner’s share of $46,620, she increased her overall earnings to $88,831.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, 7-5 favorite Family Meeting paid $3.20 and $2.60, while pacesetting Sweet Queen, with Alex Solis up, paid $5.00 to show.Santa Anita will embark upon a special five-day holiday week of live racing on Wednesday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship

first_imgUniversity of Limerick student Patrick Carr has earned the prestigious Holmes O’Malley Sexton Law Scholarship for 2019.The Glencolmcille native, who is in his final year of a law and accounting degree at University of Limerick, was presented with the merit-based scholarship for his outstanding level of academic performance.Each year, Holmes O’Malley Sexton, the Limerick based firm of Solicitors, endows a scholarship to a law student who has attained a particularly high level of performance in his/her legal studies at the University of Limerick. The scholarship is valued at €2,500. (Pictured are, from left, Harry Fehily, Managing Partner, HOMS, Circuit Court Judge Tom O’Donnell, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, Court of Appeal, UL School of Law student and HOMS Scholarship Recipient Patrick Carr, from Co. Donegal, Professor Shane Kilcommins, Head of UL School of Law, Donal Creaton, Partner, HOMS, Patrick McInerney, Partner, HOMS, and Robert Kennedy, Partner, HOMS, and president of Limerick Solicitors Bar Association. Photo by Diarmuid Greene / True Media)On receiving the award, Carr said that he was “delighted to be the recipient of the Holmes O’Malley Sexton Scholarship this year” and he hopes to continue his studies with a Masters specialising in Tax at National University of Galway next year.Commenting on the scholarship award, Holmes O’Malley Sexton Managing Partner Harry Fehily said, “Recognising dedication and hard work aligns with the Holmes O’Malley Sexton values. Each year we award a scholarship to a law student at University of Limerick that has performed exceptionally in their studies.  Patrick is a very worthy recipient this year and we wish him every success in his final year studies and career in law.”  High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Holmes O’Malley Sextonlawpatrick carruniversity of limericklast_img read more

Eleven Donegal homes repossessed this year

first_imgEleven home repossessions were granted in Donegal courts in the first half of 2019, it has been revealed.Banks were given permission to repossess eleven houses, nine of which are family homes, in Donegal between January and July 2019.The details were released under the Freedom of Information Act, which showed that a further 24 repossession orders were granted in the High Court. 314 orders were granted across Ireland, with Kilkenny and Sligo being the only counties where banks did not get permission for repossessions.Eleven Donegal homes repossessed this year was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

You May Like These Plastic Water Bottles

first_imgImproving housing for low-income peopleA local newspaper, The Tico Times, said that the bottles are made from 100 percent recycled plastic and filled with water collected near Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Once the recycled bottles are collected, they are pressed and filled to become roofing tiles.It will take some 5,000 water bottles to roof a small house, 8,000 bottles for a house of average size.The water bottles are attractive from a recycling point of view, but Thomson told the newspaper the real point is providing quality building materials at a low cost.“The cycle of poverty is often determined by where you live,” Thomson said. “Some housing projects fail because the homes people have don’t appreciate over time… We’re going to be able to sell [them] almost at cost,” he said. “All for the price of garbage.”Thomson is a Canadian entrepreneur who has lived in Costa Rica since 1990. A Costa Rican businessman has developed a type of plastic water bottle that can be turned into a roofing tile when its empty instead of pitched in the trash or sent to a recycling center.Donald Thomson worked for years to develop the idea after watching children squash plastic water bottles during a beach cleanup, an article in PlasticsNews said.Like lots of other people, Thomson had been bugged by the amount of plastic trash that washed ashore. Seeing the children flatten the bottles gave him the idea of developing his own bottled water company that also produced roofing tiles.“What we did is say, ‘Well, there’s so much plastic coming up on the beach, if you can’t beat them, join them,’” he told PlasticNews. “‘And what can we do with this from a high-quality building standpoint.’”Bottled water from Thomson’s company, Agua Costa Rica, sells for the equivalent of $1.25 to $1.30, slightly more than competing products from PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. The rectangular 710 ml. bottles are shipped in a recycled plastic tote that stores give out to their customers.When the bottles are empty, they are compacted and filled with a mixture of recycled paper, foam and cement. Then they’re mounted on rails and woven together with string to make roofing tiles, the article said.“I get my raw material back for almost zero cost,” he said. “That’s a really great business model. That’s a whole new deal.”last_img read more