U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) was honored by the Humane Society of the United States for his continued support of legislation to protect animals from suffering and abuse throughout 2017. LoBiondo again received the “Legislative Leader Award” for his leadership and scored a 91 on their annual scorecard.“I have long admired the outstanding work done by the Humane Society of the United States and its local chapters across South Jersey and the country. Their tireless efforts and advocacy on behalf of animals has served as a model for me and, as a true lover of animals and proud owner of two Weimaraners, I am honored to receive this award,” said LoBiondo. “We have formed a positive partnership on a number of animal welfare bills throughout my time in Congress and I look forward to continuing to be an advocate for animals upon my retirement from Congress.”The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy and educational programs. They rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but its primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. More information available at: humanesociety.org.Fellow New Jersey Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04) was honored with the “Humane Legislator of the Year.” In total, 10 New Jersey Representatives as well as Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker received awards for their work in 2017. The Humane Society Legislative Fund scorecard is available at: http://www.hslf.org/assets/pdfs/humane-scorecard/humane_scorecard_2017_final.pdf“The animal protection community is grateful to all of these Members of Congress who are helping to forge a path to a more humane future through their demonstrated leadership,” wrote Michael Markarian, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.The “Legislative Leader Award” was presented to Members of Congress at a Capitol Hill ceremony this week. A photo of the award is available on Instagram.LoBiondo and his wife Tina have two Weimaraners – Lex & Lucia. Congressman LoBiondo, pictured with Lex and Lucia
Looking to establish a personal voice in the social media landscape, Notre Dame athletes have launched a blog and Twitter account called “Through Irish Eyes.” Jaimie Morrison, a senior women’s lacrosse player, co-founded “Through Irish Eyes” with Marta Stepien, a senior fencer. Morrison described the blog as an easy outlet for Notre Dame student-athletes to express themselves. “Plenty of athletes get interviewed and have other people tell their stories,” Morrison said. “‘Through Irish Eyes’ lets them put their own spin on [their stories], but also opens the audience to different athletes they may not have read about otherwise.” Frank Dyer, a junior on the Notre Dame swim team, said the blog allows for athletes’ personal voices to emerge. “Many of the ND fans hear from our sports writers through different articles written about us and I think this blog will be the for the top fans who want to hear exclusively what athletes are up to from their point of view,” he said. Stepien said that the timing was right to launch such social media ventures. “When we brainstormed the idea, the BCS [National Championship] game was right around the corner, and we realized there would be no better time to garner attention and followers for our posts than when Notre Dame was already commanding a lot of media attention,” she said. The blog, launched in early December, currently features a collection of student-athletes posing for pictures during finals week and in Miami for the national championship game. It also highlights a video of non-fencing athletes bonding during fencing matches and other student athlete digital contributions. Morrison said there is no limit of what can be posted on the blog. Kristina Nhim, a junior on the women’s golf team, crafted a post about her experiences travelling with golf clubs. “I was really excited about the whole idea,” she said. “[‘Through Irish Eyes’] isunpolished and pretty simple but it’s definitely open to the public to read.” Nhim added that she thinks social networking sites make it easy to reach an audience in an informal way. “I think blogging [and] tweeting are good ideas because they’re fun, easy and a personal way to say what you want,” she said. In addition, “Through Irish Eyes” serves as a means for student-athletes to express the uniqueness of being a student-athlete at the University. “There is so much more expected of [student-athletes] and this blog will hopefully translate what we are going through and what we have to say about our experiences at Notre Dame,” Dyer said. Stepien said that she hopes to reveal to the public Notre Dame student-athletes’ perspectives on campus life. “Notre Dame provides us for once in a lifetime opportunities, given the events on campus and the success of each of the athletic programs, that we thought it would be truly interesting to shine a light on it all in our own way,,” she said The ultimate goal of “Through Irish Eyes”, Stepien said, is to establish an “authentic emotional connection” with the world. “We wanted to humanize ourselves, so that a sports audience could see us for more than just players on a field, but as students and friends with personal and funny anecdotes to tell,” Stepien said. Stepien added that although they do not yet have an editorial board for “Through Irish Eyes,” all student-athletes, hand-in-hand with the Student Welfare Department, have been integral in getting the blog rolling. Prompts and ideas are generated through Twitter, and products appear on the blog. “This is not the place for stats breakdowns, scouting reports, or behind the scenes details of last week’s game . It is a place for us to share what goes on at Notre Dame through those who fight for it,” Stepien said. “Hopefully we start something that is taken up by other schools in the country and we are credited for being the first,” Dyer said. Those interested can follow “Through Irish Eyes” on Twitter @NDIrishEyes. The blog site can be found at http://ndirisheyes.tumblr.com/.
AIRBORNE—Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is about to be hit by Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) Nov. 6, in Pittsburgh as Ray Rice looks on. The All-Pro sacked Flacco three times in his first game back after missing a month with a fractured orbital bone around his right eye. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol) A sure Steelers score turned into a Ravens score and a sure Steelers victory turned into a Baltimore win, making this weekend’s confrontation with the Cincinnati Bengals a must win.“We swept them, but don’t be fooled—we’ll see them again in January,” Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “This is the only team in the world that can play like we play and match us blow for blow. The Steelers, Ravens rivalry is the greatest in football, and when the two do battle it’s generally some of the best defensive football in the NFL. Last weekend was no exception. As the announcers rightfully said, the difference in the game will be determined by who makes the first mistake, or turnover. And before they could get it out their mouths, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception to Terrell Suggs that led to a score by the Ravens which was the difference in the game. No one could understand why he threw the ball with Suggs clearly standing between him and the receiver.After getting that score back and taking its first lead (20-16), and the Ravens pinned back on the 8 yard line, it was all about running the clock out. No way were the Ravens going to march 92 yards for a touchdown?The game, and maybe the course of the Steelers’ season, was decided by third-and-10 from the Steelers 26-yard line with 14 seconds left. Joe Flacco lofted a pass down the right sideline for rookie receiver Torrey Smith, who had gotten behind cornerback William Gay for a touchdown. Safety Ryan Clark was supposed to help Gay on the play but did not get over in time.The Ravens finished having converted 14-of-21 on third downs (67 percent). It was a third-and-8 from the Steelers 36-yard line with under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter. James Harrison broke through for his third sack, and he also forced a fumble that William Gay recovered at the Steelers 42-yard line.On a third-and-5 from the Ravens 25-yard line with 5:08 left in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger was flushed out of the pocket, and as he was sprinting to his right Antonio Brown was wide open but Mike Wallace running along the goal line grabbed the ball for the touchdown to give the Steelers the 20-16 lead.On a play earlier in the second quarter, Ray Lewis leveled Hines Ward with a helmet-to-helmet hit that was not flagged, but then late in the quarter Ryan Clark was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul for hitting a defenseless receiver, tight end Ed Dickson. The yardage was critical because Billy Cundiff kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens a 9-6 halftime lead.The Steelers had a nice drive going to open the second half with Roethlisberger operating the no-huddle. Starting at their own 20-yard line, the Steelers got four first downs on the way to a first down at the Ravens 14-yard line. But then Roethlisberger got careless, and an attempted quick screen out in the flat to Wallace was intercepted by Terrell Suggs.The Steelers were leading, 20-16, with 2:34 left, and they were facing a fourth-and-5 at the Ravens 29-yard line. Before Shaun Suisham could attempt the 47-yard field goal, the 25-second clock expired and the Steelers were flagged for delay of game. Instead, Jeremy Kapinos punted, and the Ravens took over at their own 8-yard line. This was supposed to seal the deal, but the Ravens marched down field against a prevent defense which surprised most, including TV analyst Tony Dungy.Coach Mike Tomlin on the game after the game: “Boy that’s a tough defeat for us. But we tip our caps to Baltimore. They finished better than we did. Our guys fought extremely hard. I feel like we have a really good football team. We will have more opportunities to show it but that doesn’t lessen the fact that we weren’t able to get the job done tonight, just that. Baltimore earned it tonight.”On the penalty on extra point: “I accept responsibility for that. There was some hesitation on my part. I was concerned about that distance. We had some changes in personnel with a new holder. Under the circumstances, I didn’t want to give them the ball on that short of a field.”On James Harrison’s performance: “That’s the type of effort we expect from James, because he consistently delivers it. He’s a special player and a special man. We are glad that he’s healthy and playing for us again.”The Bengals are on a roll unlike anything seen by this franchise since 1988 with five straight wins, and coach Marvin Lewis says it doesn’t matter.“Half of these guys weren’t even alive 23 years ago,” Lewis said.Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and 217 yards, and the Cincinnati Bengals rallied from a 10-point deficit and beat the Tennessee Titans 24-17 Sunday for their fifth straight victory.The Bengals (6-2) last won five in a row in 1988 when they took the AFC championship and went to their second Super Bowl.
Freddie Boynton hasn’t shied away from battles, having once been a boxer. He regularly spars, verbally, with borough elected officials. And now Boynton again is battling local officials and has lodged a complaint with the local NAACP.Boynton, 57, who is a retired borough employee who owns a Shrewsbury Avenue home, said he has filed a complaint with the Greater Red Bank Branch of the NAACP, alleging the borough’s West Side community is being neglected and is receiving less in the way of public services.“This side of town isn’t getting the support,” as compared to the East Side, Boynton said this week.As for specific examples, Boynton is alleging the West Side storm drains aren’t cleaned as often, causing flooding on certain streets during heavy rain; pedestrian traffic crosswalks aren’t repainted as frequently, leading to a hazard for the area’s large number of walkers; code enforcement officials haven’t been as diligent in investigating quality of life issues such as noise and overcrowding complaints; and that the four days of unpaid furlough instituted for budgetary reasons in summer 2010 for borough workers meant public works personnel weren’t available to collect trash on Fridays, that being the usual day for West Side pick up.Boynton said he has been raising these issues at public council meetings, “and nothing was done.”“They don’t take no action,” he said.Boynton has held a series of three public meetings for West Side residents to voice their concerns, the most recent held last Thursday at the Celestial Lodge Number 36, 141 Drs. James Parker Boulevard. This complaint is an outgrowth of the issues raised at those meetings, he said.The borough’s West Side has traditionally been a diverse community and one that is more economically modest than the East Side. The population continues to be largely African- American with an ever-increasing Hispanic population, and home to a business community reflecting the needs of the residents.Mayor Pasquale Menna said this week he wasn’t aware of the NAACP complaint but did recall the issues Boynton has expressed at previous council meetings.“He’s entitled to his opinion; I respect his opinion,” Menna responded this week, “and I respectfully disagree.”“Frankly, this a difficult time for everybody and it doesn’t help anybody if you start picking on which side gets 1/10th of one percent more or less than anybody else,” Menna added, “because it all comes out in the wash.”Boynton said he has submitted his complaint with the list of issues to the mayor and the borough administrator at a council meeting earlier this month.The Rev. Henry P. Davis, president of the NAACP branch, said this week the organization is investigating Boynton’s allegations.The NAACP, by its charter, will take up allegations that can be seen as civil and human rights issues, Davis explained.With this complaint, “that means the borough has to answer these questions,” Boynton said.Boynton, who is African-American, has regularly locked horns with local officials. As a 29-year public utility employee he had come forward with allegations against co-workers and superiors charging harassment. And in 2002, Boynton himself had faced allegations for neglect of duty and “willful” violations of policies and procedures as a sanitation foreman. Those charges led to Boynton being suspended for five days.He and officials had reached an agreement in 2003 to drop the charges after Boynton lost his appeal, and Boynton decided to retire.In 2004, Boynton, who had been a formidable boxer in his prime, threw his hat into the political ring and filed his intention to run for borough council as an Independent, but was forced to drop out when his residency status was challenged.Boynton has been critical of the incumbent Democrats running for re-election to the borough council this year. But when asked if this complaint was politically motivated, he would only respond, “My opinion, we do need a change.”Boynton has also hinted he’s considering a borough council run again next year but this week he said, “I want to see how this election goes and then I’ll make up my mind.”
By Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – Holmdel voters have plenty to consider when they head to the polls for a district-wide, multimillion-dollar overhaul of the township’s four public schools.Tabbed as the Holmdel 2020 Initiative, the $40.3 million in renovations to Village School, Indian Hill School, William R. Satz School and Holmdel High School is set for a Sept. 26 special referendum.If the voters approve it, Holmdel 2020 would make the school district a true 21st century learning environment, said Holmdel Superintendent of Schools Robert McGarry, Ed.D.“I want to make sure that our facilities don’t limit the programs that we provide to our students and, in essence, don’t limit what our students are capable of achieving,” McGarry said this week.McGarry said the district is focused on improving academic and educational offerings in the schools. Nearly 54 percent of the $40.3 million is allotted to those educational advancements.Among those improvements are the construction of new science labs and converting a music room to a robotics laboratory, both in Satz School. In the high school, the plan calls for converting the existing wrestling room into a larger TV production room than what currently exists, as well as repurposing an unused former shop classroom into an engineering lab. The robotics and engineering programs would be new to the curriculum.“We want to make sure we provide as cutting-edge science and technology labs as best we can,” said Joseph Hammer, Holmdel Board of Education president.McGarry also pointed out how Holmdel 2020 would overhaul libraries in both schools into multimedia centers with “maker space” and group study rooms. He said these upgrades parallel what is happening farther down Crawfords Corner Road at the Bell Works facility.He said there is a shift in the way students learn in the 21st century and how workplaces are changing. McGarry added the district wants to reimagine libraries as “spaces not just for information, but also for inspiration and collaboration.”Concept plans show televisions, brightly colored seating, and small collaboration spaces separated by tall, two-way glass partitions.Village School, housing pre-K through third-grade students, would add onto its full-day kindergarten service by providing three new classrooms. A computer classroom would be converted to a STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, mathematics) lab, and another classroom would become an art room.Village School and Indian Hill School, grades four through six, would both replace interior doors, security cameras, and old heating and venting units with HVAC systems. They would upgrade public address systems, as well as complete curbing and walkway repairs.Improvements to athletic facilities on site would be included if Holmdel 2020 passes.Holmdel High School’s Roggy Field would have the existing turf surface replaced, the track resurfaced, grandstands retrofitted for ADA compliance, and add new stadium lights.While Holmdel 2020 is a school board referendum, it has garnered support from residents currently running for seats on the Holmdel Township Committee.Barbara Singer, a Democrat running with Larry Luttrell, said the plan includes updates the schools need. She is also a mother to three students, attending three of the four schools.“Holmdel has been doing very well educationally, but that doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement,” she said. “I think our board does need to have foresight into where the jobs are going to be when they get out of school.”Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo, running for reelection on the Republican ticket with pediatrician Rocco Pascucci, said he’s gone through the plans. Holmdel’s Board of Education presented Holmdel 2020 to the township planning board so planners knew what was coming down the pipeline.While cautioning he is not speaking on behalf of the Township Committee, Buontempo said his opinion is, “timing is everything,” as Holmdel Township and Monmouth County did not increase taxes in 2017. “If there’s ever a year where you’d want to put this forward, it’s now when people aren’t being overwhelmed with an increase of costs across the board,” he said.The Holmdel 2020 Initiative already has received approvals from the state Department of Education. About $9.5 million of state debt service aid would be made available to the project if approved, bringing the cost to homeowners down. That money is only available through referendum.For the Holmdel resident with an average assessed home value of $657,228, the successful passage of the referendum would mean a $159 tax increase.McGarry said existing debt bonds from two previous referendum projects in 1996 and 2001 would be retiring by 2021. The Holmdel Board of Education would take out a bond for the Holmdel 2020 plan, yet he did not say what its lifespan would be.Speaking on the plan as a whole, McGarry said, “Obviously, I think it’s really critical. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be putting it forward to the board, and the board wouldn’t be putting it forward to the community.”If approved by voters, construction would begin as schools close in June 2018. Project completion is anticipated for the start of the 2020 school year.The polls will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26. Voters can go to their usual polling locations in town.For more information about the Holmdel 2020 Initiative, visit HolmdelSchools.org.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
Ron Mace of Nelson sparked the B.C. Capitals to a silver medal at the 50-plus National Baseball Championships B.C. Day Holiday Weekend in Burlington, Ontario.Mace, coach of the L.V. Bombers Baseball team, registered a hit in the final game before Red Deer hitting took over as the Alberta squad pounded the B.C. Capitals 11-1 in the final of the 50-plus Tier I Division.“(It) was all Red Deer as they hit four different B.C. pitchers hard and often scoring the 11 runs to win,” Mace said of the final game.Mace, a seasoned veteran of the diamond game, was asked to play for the B.C. Capitals and traveled to the Lower Mainland several weekends to practice and play for the provincial champs.B.C. opened the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Red Deer.Kieth Faure of Langley was 1-for-2 and scored a run while Neil Henderson of Gibsons belted a two-RBI double.Mace had an RBI on a suicide squeeze bunt in the sixth to give the Capitals a two-run leadBut a fielding error in the bottom of the inning with the bases loaded lead to three Red Deer runs and the win for the Alberta squad.B.C. then won its next two games, blasting Ottawa Braumeisters 10-3 and Nova Scotia’s Pleasant Valley 12-6 to finish the round robin with the 2-1 record and a berth in the playoffs.Against Pleasant Valley Mace had three RBI while the LVR physical education instructor pitched two innings of relief against Ottawa. In the semi final, against Oakville, Mace was 1-for-2 at the plate, finishing the game with a walk and two RBI as B.C, thumped the Ontario rep [email protected]
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 24, 2015)–American Pharoah, who became America’s first Triple Crown Champion in 37 years by winning the Belmont Stakes on June 6, will make a public appearance on Saturday at Santa Anita as he will be paraded between the seventh and eighth races as part of a blockbuster day that will also include the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita and three other graded stakes.Owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat and trained by Bob Baffert, the Kentucky-bred colt by Pioneerof the Nile will enter the track’s Paddock Gardens area at approximately 4:30 p.m. PDT, following a gate to wire screening of his unforgettable Belmont Stakes triumph.He will then proceed to the track’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring, where he will take a pair of laps that will be accompanied by handlers from Baffert’s stable. American Pharoah will then be led under the Grandstand and onto Santa Anita’s main track, where he won the final race of his 2-year-old campaign, the Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27.Once on the main track, he will be led toward Santa Anita’s Club House turn. After posing for pictures, American Pharoah will turn around and head to the Winner’s Circle, where he will be met by Baffert, regular rider Victor Espinoza and an expected throng of media.Following an interview with Baffert that will be conducted by Santa Anita’s Michelle Yu, the Triple Crown Champ will walk the length of the stretch back to Baffert’s shed row.The entire ceremony will also be shown live on Santa Anita’s simulcast network. First post time for a 10-race program Saturday is at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come early, as all Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club members will receive a beautiful, officially licensed American Pharoah T-Shirt, free with paid admission, while supplies last. ALL THOROUGHBREDS CLUB MEMBERS TO RECEIVE OFFICIALLY LICENSED AMERICAN PHAROAH T-SHIRT FREE, WITH PAID ADMISSION WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2016)–Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ talented Effinex, along with sharp local contenders Imperative and Donworth, head a field of nine older horses set to go a mile and a quarter in Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” the Big ‘Cap was first run in 1935, and it was won by Azucar, with legendary George “The Iceman” Woolf aboard. Last year’s renewal was won by Jerry Hollendorfer’s Shared Belief. IMPERATIVE: In one of his best-ever races, KM Racing Enterprise, Incorporated’s stable star was second, beaten a nose, in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6 and rates a big chance in his sixth start for trainer Richard Baltas. Second to Hoppertunity in the San Antonio, Imperative, a 6-year-old gelding by Bernardini, was a sharp second two starts back to California Chrome in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9. Ridden by Mike Smith in the San Antonio, he’ll get the services of Santiago Gonzalez in the Big ‘Cap. Claimed for $50,000 twenty starts back in December, 2013, the venerable gelding will hope to be rolling from off the pace as he seeks his fourth win from 30 lifetime starts. Point Piper – Drayden Van Dyke – 115 – 12-1Melatonin – Joe Talamo – 114 – 20-1Donworth – Mario Gutierrez – 117 – 3-1General a Rod – Rafael Bejarano – 116 – 4-1Effinex – Mike Smith – 123 – 2-1Cyrus Alexander – Martin Garcia – 115 – 20-1Hard Aces – Abel Lezcano – 118 – 12-1Imperative – Santiago Gonzalez – 120 – 3-1Class Leader – Kent Desormeaux – 114 – 30-1 DONWORTH: In his first start for the I’ll Have Another (2012 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner) triumvirate of J. Paul Reddam, Doug O’Neill and Mario Gutierrez, Donworth pressed the pace in the Grade II San Antonio and finished a solid third, beaten a half length by both Hoppertunity and Imperative. According to O’Neill, Donworth was in need of the race, as he’d been idle since taking a minor stakes at Delaware Park this past June. Lightly raced, this 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Tiznow is 5-2-1-2 and appears primed for a big effort in his first graded stakes assignment.THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA HANDICAP FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH MORNING LINE ODDSRACE 10 Approximate post time, 4:40 p.m. PT EFFINEX: Owned by Tri-Bone Stables, this 5-year-old horse by Mineshaft was second to Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah two starts back in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31, and has been idle since winning the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 27. A winner of Belmont Park’s Grade II, 1 ¼ miles Suburban Handicap from well off the pace last July, Effinex has two wins, a second and a third in five tries at a mile and a quarter. Based at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, Effinex had what was termed a “maintenance” half mile work here on Tuesday in 47.80. With seven wins from 20 overall starts, he’ll be making his first-ever start at Santa Anita. A winner of the past three runnings, Mike Smith will seek an unprecedented fourth consecutive win in the Big ‘Cap on Saturday.
Charlie Austin is in QPR’s squad for Saturday’s Championship opener against Charlton and looks set to feature in the game at The Valley.A number of clubs have been linked with the 25-year-old striker, including Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham and Everton.But Rangers insist they want £15m for Austin and so far only Leicester have made an approach.Austin has been nursing a groin problem but trained on Friday and appears to be fit to play this weekend.“We’ve had good game time from Charlie over the last two years, so for how long he’s here we’re hopeful of the same,” said QPR head coach Chris Ramsey.“If he does go, we’re ready to use the players we’ve brought in over the summer to good effect.”Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
WEST SACRAMENTO — Jaylin Davis, a 24th round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins in 2015, had already beaten the odds by making it to Double-A.Most players drafted below the 20th round never sniff the level, but Davis reached Double-A halfway through his third full season of professional baseball.When the Twins informed Davis he would begin the year at Double-A Chattanooga, it was no surprise to a player who was eager to take advantage of an opportunity to change his swing.“When I was …