iStock(MONROE, Mich.) — A missing 2-year-old girl was found alive and healthy Tuesday morning after she spent the night lost in the woods while on a family camping trip in northern Michigan, authorities said.Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was reunited with her mother and taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but first responders say she appears to be in good shape, according to Michigan State Police.Gabriella was reported missing on Monday, launching an urgent search. Gabriella’s family had told authorities that they had been camping in a wooded area for a few days and were getting ready to leave Monday morning when they noticed that the toddler was gone.On Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours after she disappeared, Gabriella walked to a home between a quarter mile and a half mile away from the command center, said police.A resident at the home had been contacted by authorities earlier so she knew Gabriella was missing, said police.This house was out of the zone that had been searched so far, police said.Gabriella was missing her bottoms and her shoes, but seemed relatively unfazed for a 2-year-old who had been missing in the woods overnight, said police.Early into the search, the girl’s pink jacket was found several hundred yards away from where she went missing, police said.Over 50 searchers and 10 canines were looking for the little girl Tuesday morning before police announced that she had been found.The family says they live in the Monroe, Michigan, area, which is about 200 miles south of where they were camping.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
In htis Dec. 3, 2013, file photo, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim talks with his players during a time out against Indiana in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y. Seven games stand between Syracuse and an unbeaten regular season. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — It’s been a decade since a team entered its conference tournament unbeaten, and since 1976 when Indiana won the last national championship without a loss. But with the NCAA tournament right around the corner, Syracuse and Wichita State are still chasing history.Here’s a look at the five best starts since the Hoosiers ran the table:___SAINT JOSEPH’S, 27-0 in 2003-04: Led by star guards Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, the Hawks were the last team to enter their conference tournament without a loss. But the pressure seemed to take its toll, and they were routed by Xavier in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. Saint Joseph’s would eventually lose to Oklahoma State in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.“We talked about it toward the end,” Nelson said of the winning streak, “but that was just with all the media around us coming to publicize everything in terms of every practice and every game. So we never really talked about it. Only toward the end.”___SAN FRANCISCO, 29-0 in 1976-77: The Dons, featuring future NBA center Bill Cartwright, rolled through the West Coast Conference, only to lose to Notre Dame in their final game before the NCAA tournament. There, they were soundly beaten by UNLV to give a team that ripped off 29 consecutive wins to start the season two straight defeats to finish it.___ILLINOIS, 29-0 in 2004-05: Bruce Weber inherited a loaded team when Bill Self departed for Kansas, and he coaxed the most out of it. The Illini rolled through their schedule, finally losing 65-64 to Ohio State on a basket with 5.1 seconds left. Illinois bounced back to reach the national championship game, where it fell 75-70 to North Carolina in a back-and-forth thriller.“The biggest thing is maturity and focus,” Weber said. “We didn’t have anyone average over 15 points, and instead of getting tied up with individual stuff, they really stayed focused on the team and on winning, and that maturity was so important.”___INDIANA STATE, 33-0 in 1978-79: Larry Bird averaged nearly 29 points and 15 rebounds in helping the Sycamores reach the NCAA tournament with a perfect mark. They were finally tested by Arkansas in a regional final, but didn’t fall until running into another future NBA great — Magic Johnson — and Michigan State in an iconic national title game.___UNLV, 34-0 in 1990-91: With a roster featuring five NBA draft picks, the Runnin’ Rebels ran over just about everybody they faced. That is, until they faced Duke. In one of the biggest upsets in Final Four history, the Blue Devils emerged with a 79-77 victory. Duke went on to beat Kansas for the national championship.
By Chris Rotolo |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – A new 7-Eleven convenience store has been approved for the corner of First Avenue and Route 36, at the entrance to town.The site plan for 188 First Ave., a corner lot next to Tom’s Atlantic Cyclery and Atlantic Highlands Auto Center, was given the green light by the planning board Aug. 9. A discussion about parking and traffic issues, continued from the prior meeting July 12, nearly pushed the meeting to midnight.Among the attendees was Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice. She said a traffic impact study by Dynamic Traffic of Lake Como failed to address a number of the safety issues broached by residents, including warm-weather weekend boating traffic – something she finds particularly troubling.“I feel that our residents brought up valid concerns and thought-provoking questions while giving their testimony and a lot of them felt disappointed because those factors didn’t seem to be addressed in the traffic study,” Le Grice said. “It’s really frightening. Not all of the scenarios were addressed in their study.”The developer’s attorney, Jason Tuvel of Rubin & Dombeck Law, LLC, did not respond to a request for comment on Le Grice’s claim.The study designated 7 to 8 a.m. as the peak morning hour on First Avenue, when the roadway becomes a thoroughfare for hundreds of SeaStreak ferry commuters venturing to New York City on the popular 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. vessels.According to the study, the 7-Eleven would draw an estimated 88 vehicles into the store’s parking lot during the peak morning hour and inject approximately 70 more vehicles into the flow during the peak evening hour of 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., which coincides with popular ferry arrival times.The study also revealed an exit delay time of 22 seconds during the morning peak hour and 24 seconds in the evening.Though it’s not in the purview of the planning board to consider traffic on roadways adjacent to the site, borough resident Erin Drew said she was dismayed the board acted unanimously when other on-site issues did fall under their jurisdiction.“They could have considered traffic flow on the site itself, as well as the impact that has on parking,” Drew said. “If it’s 88 cars, with an average visit of three to five minutes, plus a 22-second exit delay, the site itself is going to be a safety and traffic nightmare. And that’s not even taking into account the parking deficiencies.”The development group sought a variance for on-site parking spaces. For retail stores, a borough ordinance sets a parking requirement of one space per 200 square feet, which equates to 14 spaces for the proposed 2,800-square-foot 7-Eleven. The site plan provides only 11 parking spaces, two of which could be taken up by store employees, as well as another that must be designated as handicap parking.The developers did offer to add an additional two spots on site in an area currently set aside for box truck and tractor trailer deliveries. However, should this area be transformed, it would force delivery trucks to unload directly on First Avenue less than 100 feet from the highway.“We asked the planning board to use the parking situation as their power and to deny that parking variance for safety reasons and they chose not to,” borough resident Laurie Zydel said.Some residents believe the additional traffic will cause an overflow, prompting ferry commuters to bypass the intersection by weaving through residential neighborhoods. Vehicles exiting the 7-Eleven are expected to be directed onto nearby East Garfield Avenue, as a way to reach Route 36 while bypassing First Avenue.Atlantic Highlands Elementary School is located at 140 First Ave., just two blocks from the potential site of this convenience store. Zydel said he fears for the well-being of students.“School is in session at 8:15 a.m. and there are children walking to school by themselves during that peak hour,” Zydel said. “East Garfield is a very well-traveled walking route to the school, which is where these cars will be forced to go. The safety issue was raised numerous times and it was not taken into account.”Because Route 36 is a state roadway, some residents said they will appeal to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) for a ruling on the study and its implications.“All one can hope for right now is that the state looks into the situation further and provides a more thorough and true depiction of what occurs within that short block,” La Grice said.The New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) said Wednesday that it has reviewed the developer’s application and “sent a letter with comments to the applicant.”According to DOT Public Information Officer Judith Drucker, the state organization is still awaiting a response from the developer.This article first appeared in the August 16 – 23, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsPerhaps the most important week of the season for the Nelson Leafs begins Monday in the Bavarian City.Nelson, sitting third in the hotly contested Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, plays a rare Monday night game in Kimberley against the 21-5-1-1 Dynamiters.“I think more of an issue for us is the (long) bus ride,” said Leaf center Nick Newman when asked about how the Leafs approach the Monday night encounter.“Our team definitely has a hard time getting off to a good start following a long bus ride.”“But I think we’ll be all right, coming off this big win,” Newman added after Friday’s win over Castlegar.Nelson defeated Kimberley 4-3 in the only meeting between the two teams October 7 at the NDCC Arena.After the Nitros, tied for top spot with Fernie in the Eddie Mountain Division, Nelson returns home for the first of three against two teams ahead in the Murdoch — Castlegar and Beaver Valley.Nelson, trailing Castlegar by three points and division-leading Beaver Valley by eight, opens Friday against the Hawks at home in the NDCC Arena, before traveling to the Sunflower City to face the Rebels.Sunday afternoon, Nelson meets Beaver Valley in the Hawks Nest.“We’ll just see how we do . . . hopefully everybody stays focused,” Newman said of the tough upcoming games. “I know personally I will be focused. And I think everyone else will be too knowing we can play as hard as we can and we’ll have a (Christmas) break after Sunday.”The Leafs are idle for the Christmas break, returning to action December 30 in Spokane against the Braves.The teams return to the NDCC Arena for the traditional New Year’s Eve game at 1 [email protected]