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first_imgDeMarco steps down as Business AdministratorBayonne City Business Administrator Joseph DeMarco announced that he is stepping down from his position with the city to manage Mayor James Davis’s re-election campaign, effective December 18. Bayonne Chief Financial Officer Terrence Malloy will take over as Business Administrator.DeMarco, originally from Jersey City, managed Davis’s 2014 mayoral campaign after three years as Business Administrator in West New York and two terms on the Bernardsville Town Council, where he now lives. He received his juris doctor from the Fordham University School of Law, B.A. from Boston College, and graduated from Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City.“Joe DeMarco has been an instrumental part of my administration since the beginning and his hard work and dedication to moving Bayonne forward has been essential to the renaissance we’re now seeing in our city,” said Mayor Davis. “With this decision Joe will be able to devote his full time and attention to running the campaign, avoiding any potential conflicts and keeping politics and government separate, as they should be. There is no one else I would rather have running this operation and I look forward to working with Joe and our entire team over the next six months to make sure we keep Bayonne on the path toward a bright future.”Davis will run against Jason O’Donnell, a former Democratic Assemblyman and Bayonne firefighter, in the mayoral election in June. Liberty Humane Society returns lowest bid for Bayonne Animal Control contractThe Animal Control contract between the City of Bayonne and New Jersey Animal Control and Rescue (NJACR) expired on November 30, and bids for the next contract are in, with Liberty Humane Society (LHS) entering the lowest bid. The Bayonne City Council will vote on the next animal control contract at the Dec. 13 meeting.The Bayonne City Council voted at a July 2016 meeting to put the contract out for bid, pitting the two major animal control players in the county against one another. LHS is the animal control and sheltering provider for Hoboken and the sheltering provider for Jersey City. NJACR has won contracts in North Bergen, Union City, Guttenberg, Bayonne, and Harrison.LHS was originally awarded Bayonne’s animal control contract in 2014. In December of 2015, the city switched to New Jersey Animal Control and Rescue (NJACR), with city officials citing concerns about LHS’s ability to address nuisance wildlife. Disgruntled citizens held protests outside city hall over alleged animal abuse.The city’s Request for Proposals dictated a two-year, $90,000 maximum animal control contract, and outlines eleven new requirements. Liberty Humane Society entered a bid for $84,900, while NJACR entered a bid for $87,500. The next step in light rail expansionThe expansion of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line from West Side Avenue to Route 440 received final state approval on Friday.“As Jersey City continues to grow into the largest city in New Jersey, we have worked to ensure that our local transportation systems can sustain and enhance this growth,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “I thank NJ Transit for advancing the process in extending the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Route 440 in order to support the future growth of Jersey City’s West Side neighborhood. This expansion will improve connectivity for projects such as Bayfront and New Jersey City University’s new West Campus, and we look forward to working with NJ Transit to further the success of projects such as these, and this important neighborhood.”County Executive Tom DeGise, who was one of the leading advocates for the project, appeared before the NJ Transit board to urge the board to approve the funding.“This means it has cleared the next hurdle,” DeGise said. “The project is estimated to cost about $220 million. This will be a combination of NJ Transit and federal money. The developer is also expected to kick something in.”DeGise said NJ Transit’s portion will need to be matched by federal funding before the project can start construction.“But this is an important step, and something we’ve pushed for years.”Construction updateDemolition of old bridge piers (columns) that once supported the old lower level of the Bayonne Bridge has been completed in Bergen Point. Demolition is taking place this week between 1st Street and the Kill Van Kull. The piers that are being demolished supported the old version of the Bayonne Bridge.Crews will be erecting new piers and roadway segments this week between 4th Street and Juliette Street. Work on building footings will proceed between West 1st Street and West 2nd Street.At the 14A toll plaza, renovation continues on the existing toll plaza building. The toll plaza also has a new sign structure as of December 7. This week, traffic from Port Jersey Boulevard to the toll plaza and from the toll plaza to Port Jersey Boulevard will increase to two travel lanes in each direction over the new connector bridge.Construction is complete on the ramps between the toll plaza and the Hudson County Extension, where installation of signs will continue.Street-level sidewalk and curb replacement continues on Avenue C and Kennedy Boulevard. Night-time, single-lane closures this week will take place on the Hudson County Extensionfrom 8p.m. to 5a.m., Monday through Friday for sign installation.At the northern end of Avenue E by the new roundabout, roadway construction continues from 52nd Street to 51st Street. This week, northbound Avenue E will be reduced to a single lane at 52nd Street, Monday through Friday, for roadway construction.New ramp construction continues on southbound Route 440 at the Pulaski Street intersection while traffic signal construction continues along Route 440. In the ramp area east of Route 440, road construction continues on the new connector ramps, while roadway widening work continues on Port Jersey Boulevard.Bayonne rent up 6.6 percent, NJ rents rise faster than inflationNew data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the cost of rental housing in NJ has been rising faster than inflation and is taking a greater portion of income than ever. Statewide, the median rent — $1,213 per month — was 1.3 percent higher in 2012 through 2016 compared with the previous four-year period.According to the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey released this week, Hudson County’s median rent increased 5.3 percent. In Bayonne, rent increased 6.6 percent, from a median $1,087 rent in 2007-2011 to $1,158 in 2012-2016. The median rent rose by 10 percent or more in more than 100 municipalities.The ACS data also shows that NJ has added more rental units and that rental units’ share of all housing has increased. The data do not indicate what proportion of rental housing is affordable.Firefighters rescue victim from second-floor of burning buildingTwo Bayonne firefighters rescued a resident from a two-alarm burning building in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 9 on East 50th Street, according to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Four occupants of the building were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.The firefighters saved the trapped occupant by entering through a second-story window using a ground ladder, then exited out of the same window.Firefighters used two hose lines to extinguish the fire on the second floor of the building and prevented the fire from spreading to an attached building. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at a local medical facility and released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious at this time.“I would like to commend the firefighters at the scene for a job well done,” said Chief Weaver. “Their quick actions prevented the fire from extending to an attached building next door. Also, under difficult conditions consisting of heavy fire and smoke on the second floor of the building, they rescued one of the home’s occupants.”Liberty Science Center planetarium is the now the largest in Western HemisphereWhen the new planetarium at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City opens this Saturday, December 9, it will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. Formerly, the largest planetarium in the hemisphere was the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Manhattan planetarium, told the New York Times that the new planetarium has advantages due to greater transportation access for NJ school groups. If the new facility has a top-of-the-line projector, he added, “That’s great.” Paul Hoffman, president and CEO of the Liberty Science Center responded that his planetarium has 10 projectors.The LSC planetarium boasts 88 million pixels and an 89-foot diameterscreen that can project 280 trillion color possibilities. At least 250,000 school children are expected to visit the planetarium annually.The center, officially the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, is named after a former high school teacher who donated $5 million for its construction. Montclair HS Football wins 2017 State ChampionshipThe Montclair High School football team won the 2017 NJSIAA State Championship last week in the North 1 Group 5 category. The Montclair Dispatch says Montclair took home the trophy after defeating Union City, with a final score of 35-14.Donate clothes for adults, boys, girls as part of domestic violence driveAllstate agency owners from across New Jersey are coming together to host a supply drive to benefit the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV). The donations will support the nonprofit’s mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.Now through Dec. 11, the public can participate by donating new winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves for women, boys and girls. A complete list of most-needed supplies can be found here: bit.ly/AllstateFoundationTrenton. Through their volunteer efforts, each participating Allstate agency owner will secure a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will accept the grants and distribute the funding to local domestic violence nonprofits. The dates of the donation drives align with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which NNEDV supports.The following Hudson County Allstate locations are collecting items:4914 Kennedy Blvd., West New York315 Broadway, Bayonne1317 Paterson Plank Road, SecaucusContact Natalie Terchek at 312-558-1770 for more information.Activists attempt to derail new plan for marina on south side of LSPWith less than one month left before Gov. Christopher Christie’s term expires, local community activists hope to derail a plan that would privatize the southern portion of Liberty State Park and construct a new luxury marina where deteriorating jetties currently exist.Tipped by someone that the plan is being discussed by state officials without adequate notice to the public, Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park, is looking to drum up enough opposition to keep Christie from getting the plan approved before he leaves office in mid-January.Mayor Steven Fulop joined other public officials and environmental activists at a rally near the picnic area on Saturday, Dec. 2 to highlight the threat and to send a message to Christie to drop the plans.“Every other year, someone gets the idea that they can develop Liberty State Park,” he said, making reference to 2016 plans for redevelopment, and alluding to previous plans that posed a number of changes. The 2016 plan, never enacted, would have also shifted oversight of the park from the state’s forestry department to the Meadowlands Commission, which could have reduced the public’s influence over what changes are made.Fulop also issued a warning to potential developers that the city would continue to pursue legal and political options long after Christie leaves office.NJ construction company submits Amazon headquarters proposalDT Allen, a Midland Park, N.J.-based contracting company that owns land in Secaucus, submitted an entry for HQ2 by Secaucus Junction in October, making Secaucus the second Hudson County location to vie for Amazon’s mega development behind Bayonne. Hundreds of municipalities throughout U.S. and Canada have submitted proposals, while Gov. Christie has officially recommended Newark.Titled “A Vision For 15X,” the plan — if chosen — looks to transform 105 acres, from the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit Station to the Hackensack River, into a mixed use, transit-oriented Amazon Global Headquarters Village development.However, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and other city representatives said that they’re against the proposal as it stands, because it would include some corporate housing, adding to the town’s population. But they say they would not be against a plan that brings Amazon to the town, in general.In an October letter to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, County Executive Tom DeGise endorsed the proposal, saying that “Hudson County’s unique landscape, culture, and facilities present an exciting opportunity for Amazon to create a new headquarters which will fulfill Amazon’s soaring ambitions.”The plan’s name stems from the site’s proximity to Exit 15X on the New Jersey Turnpike. Uses would include retail, hotels, restaurants, parks, and even a publicly accessible marina.NJ Transit pays reputed mobster for land on Hoboken’s borderAccording to reports, NJ Transit paid $6.13 million to the family of a reputed mobster in a settlement for land the agency wanted for a tunnel project cancelled in 2010.The settlement was with Township of Washington resident Carmine “Papa Smurf” Franco over the value of a 1.89 acre piece of land on the border of Hoboken and Weehawken, which was condemned by NJ Transit for the ARC tunnel project and canceled by Gov. Chris Christie in October 2010.NJ Transit’s board approved the settlement with M &C Franco & Co. in August.NJ Transit and the Franco family disputed over the property’s value in court since 2010. In 2012, a Hudson County jury valued the land at $8.15 million. However, a state appellate court gave NJ Transit a victory in 2016 after the agency appealed the verdict.The three-judge-panel ruled that the higher value wasn’t appropriate because it depended on the landowner winning approvals from two municipalities to change zoning to allow residential development on the property.According to reports, Franco was sentenced to a year in prison on racketeering charges in 2014 and released on June 11, 2015.Courthouse arrests of immigrants risingArrests of undocumented immigrants inside NJ courthouses have risen sharply this year, a survey by the immigration nonprofit Make the Road New Jersey shows. Advocates and lawyers surveyed who work in the court system report that many immigrants are afraid to be witnesses in criminal cases because they fear arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the courthouses, Matt Katz writes for NJ Spotlight. A spokesperson for ICE said the rise in sanctuary cities across the country has prompted the increase in arrests at courthouses.Commission says cuts to benefits needed to fix NJ pension systemCuts in health benefits for state and local government employees are needed to repair the state pension system, a commission created by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says. In releasing the final report of the NJ Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission on Dec. 6, Christie said he hoped the incoming Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, would act on the panel’s recommendation to cut health benefits by $4 billion a year, reports The Record. Christie said that in his last month in office he would be willing to work on legislation to cut the health benefits.Bill would ban secrecy in sexual harassment settlementsNondisclosure agreements in workplace sexual harassment cases would be illegal under a bill introduced by State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen County) last week. Advocates for sexual harassment victims say they welcome the legislation, according to The Record. But lawyers who represent employers say the bill would make companies less likely to settle sexual harassment cases.Legislation to disband NJSPCA hits snag in TrentonAfter a state report concluded that the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was failing to protect the state’s animals, State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union County) introduced legislation to disband the agency that is responsible for enforcing the state’s animal cruelty laws. But the measure will face hurdles in Trenton before the legislative session ends in January, reports NJ Spotlight.last_img read more

Chomsky rates Obama’s first year

first_imgA crowd packed the Memorial Church at Harvard on Saturday (March 6) to hear Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist and activist Noam Chomsky question U.S. foreign policy during the first year of the Obama administration, including its dogged opposition to Iran’s efforts to harness nuclear energy.Sponsored by the Harvard Extension School’s International Relations Club, the discussion also featured investigative journalist and author Amy Goodman, host of public radio’s “Democracy Now!”Qualifying Goodman’s introduction of him, Chomsky began by saying he was mentioned in a recent New York Times op-ed piece as “one of the last stale holdovers” of the 1960s. But his discussion points were decidedly topical.Comparing President Barack Obama with President George H.W. Bush, Chomsky noted that while Bush was criticized because he lacked “the vision thing,” Obama “is sort of the opposite — grand vision, real vision of what should be done, but he hasn’t succeeded much in practice.”On Iran, for example, he said that Brazil’s failure to go along with the United States in supporting harsher sanctions has been called a refusal to “go along” with the international community. But Chomsky called this “a reflection of the depth of cultural imperialism. Who is the international community?” he asked. “It’s Washington, and whoever happens to agree with them.” The “rest of the world,” he maintained, has supported Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, as did the majority of the American people before the “huge mass of propaganda” that has been promulgated on the topic since 2007.“Obama’s vision is to reduce or remove nuclear weapons,” Chomsky said. “That’s the vision. What’s the practice?”A U.N. Security Council resolution called on all states to join the nonproliferation treaty “without any threat of force,” Chomsky said. But, he added, two countries — the United States and Israel — said they wanted to “keep all options open. That’s a threat of force,” particularly considering that the two countries have been carrying out field operations “plainly aimed at Iran.”These threats, Chomsky said, “have the effect of inducing Iran to develop a deterrent,” though he said Iran is not interested in beginning a nuclear war, because it “would be vaporized in five minutes.”But Iran is far from the only international issue that Obama has to contend with, of course. Chomsky also discussed India and Pakistan, saying that President Ronald Reagan’s support of Pakistani dictators during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan helped to spread Saudi-funded “madrassas,” or Islamic schools, in Pakistan. “A strong jihadi tendency developed in Pakistan,” he said, “and that’s part of what the world is facing today.”The Obama administration, he said, has “informed India the resolution didn’t apply to them. The more India increases its nuclear capacity, the more Pakistan does, and the threat of nuclear war has been quite close a couple of times.” In refusing to join the nonproliferation treaty, Pakistan, India, and Israel acted with U.S. support, he said.When asked by Goodman about today’s antiwar movement, Chomsky said it is stronger than the anti-Vietnam War movement was in the early 1960s. In 1962, when President John Kennedy “sent the Air Force to start bombing” South Vietnam, causing a flood of refugees, he said, “protest was zero, literally. It was years before there was any sign of protest.”Finally, he said, “after years, 1967-68 got a substantial antiwar movement. By then, South Vietnam was gone. Compare that to Iraq. There were huge protests before the war was actually launched. We now know [that President George W.] Bush and British Prime Minister Tony] Blair were just lying [in saying that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction], but I think demonstrations had an effect … I think [the Iraq war] was retarded by the antiwar movement.”Chomsky also discussed the war in Afghanistan, the need for civilian trials for war criminals, the keeping of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, a multistate solution for Israel and Pakistan, and his belief that “international affairs are run like the Mafia … Send in your goons to beat them to a pulp so everyone else gets the idea.”His passion apparent, Chomsky concluded by discussing his own path toward activism. “You can’t become involved part time,” he said. “Go to a demonstration and go home, nothing happens. Only by dedicated, diligent work” can protesters’ voices be heard.last_img read more

Hampton Bays Man Accused of Raping Ex-girlfriend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old Hampton Bays man accused of stalking two ex-girlfriends, one of whom he allegedly twice raped last year, was apprehended by federal agents in Pennsylvania, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Justin Suarez pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to a 34-count grand jury indictment that included charges of rape, stalking, strangulation, unlawful imprisonment, coercion, reckless endangerment, menacing, possession of a weapon and torturing animals.Prosecutors said Suarez also threatened with a sledgehammer the ex-girlfriend he allegedly raped August and December. He also allegedly shot a dog to death in her presence.“He told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her too,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “We executed a search warrant and recovered the remains of the animal and two bullets.”Southampton Town Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 9. U.S. Marshals apprehended him 10 days later in the Poconos.Judge Barbara Kahn set bail for him at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. He is due back in court Nov. 19.last_img read more

Ice Breakers take BST Series to Phillips County, I-76

first_imgHOLYOKE, Colo. (April 7) – Three Blood, Sweat and Tears series, including the inaugural tour for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, see their first action of the new race season during April 12 and 13 Ice Breaker events at Phillips County Raceway and I-76 Speedway.The Precise Racing Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Addiction Chassis Series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Leary Racing Products Series for the Northern SportMods travel to Holyoke on Saturday and to Fort Morgan on Sunday.Phillips County starts racing at 5 p.m. Saturday and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also on the program. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids and free for youngsters five and under. The first heat race is slated for 1 p.m. at I-76, where econos complete the afternoon card. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under.All applicable IMCA points, including local track points, will be awarded each day. Pit passes are $30 and late models run at both Ice Breakers.More information is available from Tour Director Joe Bellm at 720 404-0400 and at the www.bstracing.com, www.phillipscountyraceway.com and www.I76speedway.com websites.All three series are based on drivers’ best nine of 10 finishes. Champions receive bonus points applicable toward national and regional standings. Addiction, located in Price, Utah, and Leary, of Denver, Colo., both furnish a portion of $1,000 point funds to be paid in their respective series. Located in Wichita, Kan., Precise provides a portion of the $2,000 Modified point fund for a second consecutive season.last_img read more

3-star defensive end Carter reportedly joins Syracuse’s Class of 2015

first_imgThree-star defensive end Kenny Carter verbally committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2015, Scout.com reported Friday night.Carter, of Plainfield (New Jersey) High School, is the second Garden State defensive end to pledge to Syracuse on Friday, following the commitment from Jake Pickard just a few hours earlier. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Carter officially visited Syracuse last weekend, according to Scout.com, and had received interest from Temple and from Central Florida.He becomes the 26th member of the Orange’s incoming class, the sixth defensive end in the class and the fifth New Jersey recruit in the group. Carter’s commitment also comes on the heels of two-star defensive tackle Steven Clark’s reaffirmation of his commitment to SU on Thursday night. Comments Published on January 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

La Liga Review: Top Two Sides Continue Winning Run

first_imgThe top two teams, Barcelona and Valencia, maintained their lead over the rest of the chasing pack after securing wins in their respective Spanish La Liga Matchday games on Saturday evening.League leaders Barcelona needed a goal from each half from Gérard Deulofeu and ageless playmaker Andres Iniesta to beat basement club Malaga for an 8th win from 9 games. The home win ensured they stay four points ahead of in-form Valencia.In the game of the weekend, Valencia thrashed Sevilla 4-0 at the Mestalla to stay on the trail of Barcelona with goals from Goncalo Guedes (2), Santi Mina and Simone Zaza.Real Betis are also upwardly mobile and have leapfrogged Sevilla into 5th place after a 2-0 win over visitors Alaves courtesy goals from Antonio Sarabia and an Alexis own goal.Matchday 9 ResultsLevante 1-1 GetafeBarcelona 2-0 MalagaValencia 4-0 SevillaReal Betis 2-0 AlavesRelatedlast_img read more

Lewandowski voted Player of the Season in Bundesliga

first_imgLewandowskiKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  With more than 50 percent of the votes, the Bundesliga’s top scorer, Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is the overwhelming selection for Player of the Season 2019/2020, according to an official announcement made by the league on Saturday.Lewandowski started the season in near-perfect fashion, and was deservedly voted Player of the Month for August. He continued to perform strongly throughout, and was once again the league’s leading goal scorer.The 31-year-old was chasing one record after another this season, becoming the first player in Bundesliga history to score in 11 consecutive matches at the start of the campaign. By that stage, he had already been on the scoresheet 16 times. After netting against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Matchday 29, the Pole completed his collection and has now scored against every current club in the top flight.Lewandowski ultimately fired Bayern to a record eighth consecutive Bundesliga title with his 31st goal of the season in Matchday 32’s 1-0 win over Werder Bremen. He currently sits top of the goal scoring charts with 33 goals. The other nominees are Timo Werner, Jadon Sancho, Amine Harit, Erling Haaland, Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry. Dortmund star Sancho finished second in the voting, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz completing the podium. Enditem****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bruh moment of 24th November 2019: Marco van Basten tries to ridicule German host…

first_imgImage Courtesy: FOX SportsAdvertisement yb0dNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsavvxqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E513( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uzWould you ever consider trying this?😱akCan your students do this? 🌚4l1wRoller skating! Powered by Firework So you’re a legend of the game, and appearing on live TV. You think of the most cunning ways to poke fun at your host for not having the best grasp at German, but would never make a remark that is a symbol of racism, and also banned in Germany? Well, Marco van Basten did just that.Advertisement Image Courtesy: FOX SportsThe Dutch hall of fame, who previously managed Ajax and the national team, was present for an interview with FOX Sports, along with Heracles Almelo manager Frank Wormuth. The host, Hans Kraay Jr, was having some difficulty in speaking German, which the AC Milan legend picked up to make fun of.Under the impression that the show is over and his his voice is not being broadcasted over the mic, Van Basten told Kraay: “Not too pretty, sieg heil, pfannkuchen.”Advertisement Remarking the infamous Nazi salute, which is illegal in Germany, the 55 year old realised his mistake after being approached by FOX, and apologised publicly.“I didn’t mean to shock people, I just wanted to ridicule Hans’ German, but I’m sorry.” van Basten said.Advertisement The three times Ballon d’Or winner, who also won 3 Eredivise and 3 Serie A titles, has 58 caps for the national team, and lifted the 1988 European Championship. Advertisementlast_img read more

Winners Foundation Celebrates Over 30 Years of Service to Employees of CA Horse Racing Industry

first_imgARCADIA – A few months before the doors opened for the inaugural Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park on November 10, 1984, the doors opened for Winners Foundation which, like the Breeders’ Cup, continues working uninterrupted to this day.   But unlike the Breeders’ Cup, which celebrates two days a year, the work of the Winners Foundation is largely uncelebrated 365 days a year, often 24 hours a day as the Foundation continually assists those who work with and care for the horses and the racetracks.The Winners Foundation provides a vital service to the California horse racing community, with a large referral base and relationships with a myriad of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities – both in and out patient, city and county services, sober living environments and mental health practitioners. All arrangements and referrals made by Winners are at no cost to the employee or his/her family member, and confidentiality is paramount.“The racing community has always been about taking care of its own and Winners Foundation is blessed to be allowed to offer and support second chances for those employees who have life style struggles” says Bob Fletcher, Executive Director of the Foundation.In 1984, Lou Rowan, one of the original founders of the Oak Tree Racing Association, enlisted several other prominent horsemen including Gino Roncelli, Herman Smith, Jr., and Joe McAnally to develop a service to help and heal those with these afflictions. From that mission statement, Winners Foundation was established. From the backstretch to the Front Office, Winners Foundation has expanded its reach to help more employees and their families get a second chance at life and at work.“There is little room for error on the track and in the barns when dealing with the power of a race horse,” said one noted Thoroughbred trainer in support of employees helped by Winners Foundation. “We need everyone sharp-eyed and clear-headed when handling these beautiful horses. In this industry, we take care of our own. Good talent is hard to come by. Winners Foundation has counseled several of our employees back to a sense of fulfillment, peace of mind, and a productive life. We want to continue this legacy of taking care of our horses and our workers. Winners Foundation helps us get there.”“Having Winners Foundation and their services available provides an enormous value to the racing industry,” said one California race track executive. “Their referral services, programs and ongoing support allow us to help all our valued employees return to a normal life and regular employment. The return of a renewed employee outweighs the economic cost to us every time.”CONTACT:                     BOB FLETCHER       626-574-6498 OR   626-945-0880JULIE VALLANTE     626-574-6498 OR 626-233Founded in 1984, Winners Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide information, support and referral services to employees and family members of the California thoroughbred horse racing community.Our primary purpose is to assist men and women whose personal and professional lives are being adversely affected as a result of substance abuse, compulsive gambling or mental health issues.We have a large referral network of confidential community-based services and agencies. Each situation is geared to best supporting an individual’s desire to change their lives for the better.For confidential assistance, more information or ways you can help, please call 626-574-6498 or visit us at www.winnersfoundation.org Winners Foundation is a 501 (c) 3.   Tax ID #: 95-3929755last_img read more

MIDNIGHT LUTE STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31, 2016

first_imgPETER MILLER, SOLID WAGER AND ST. JOE BAY (DEAD HEAT), WINNER: “This is unbelievable. Both horses ran super. Both riders rode super. I couldn’t call it and obviously the Stewards couldn’t either, so I’m just elated for everyone involved.“Watching it live I thought the two won, then when I watched the replay I thought the three won and when they put up the “DH” I didn’t know what to do!” JOCKEY QUOTES             NOTES: The winning owners of Solid Wager are Gary Barber, Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable. The winning owners of St. Joe Bay are David Bernsen and Altamira Racing Stable. -30-             VICTOR ESPINOZA, SOLID WAGER, WINNER (DEAD HEAT): “The way the track is, and the weather…I thought ‘ok I’ll get all dirty and it could be an experience’ but it’s my last race of the year so I’ll just go for it.“He’s such a cool horse. He likes to just take his time and he tries as hard as he can down the stretch. I was only watching Kent on St. Joe Bay and no one else. His was the only horse I was concerned about getting by down the lane because everyone else looked like they were struggling.“Sure enough, it was just between the two of us at the wire. It was awesome. When I crossed the wire I couldn’t tell but I was in front of him just a jump after. Kent thought he won right away but I said ‘Hey. Don’t be so sure.’ It’s not often this happens and to do it in a graded stakes for the same trainer?!” KENT DESORMEAUX, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER (DEAD HEAT): “This is incredible for Pete. Dead Heats are not abnormal, but what is totally unique is being in a dead heat for the same trainer. I’ve ridden 40,000 horses, and that’s only happened to me one other time. It was for Richard Mandella, maybe in 1992, in the Beverly at Hollywood Park.“There were no losers. We had two horses on the same team in the race, and we tied.“I had a rough trip. He leaves the gate like a Quarter Horse, and he jumped over every hoof print and all the tractor marks. I really sat down on him leaving the chute and coming on to the main track. He pitched himself well in front, and threw on the brakes. I know for certain that the other horse was lucky to tie, but it’s a good year for Pete, and sometimes things are just out of your hands.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

XPRESSBET ANNOUNCES FIFTH ANNUAL PREAKNESS BIG BET SWEEPSTAKES

first_imgGrand Prize Winner will Receive a VIP Trip to the 2017 Preakness StakesMarch 14, 2017 (Washington, PA) – For the fifth consecutive year, Xpressbet is inviting a lucky customer to make a life-changing bet on Pimlico’s legendary Preakness Stakes in its $25K Preakness Big Bet Sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes, which is open to all Xpressbet customers, rewards one horseplayer each year with the chance to bet $25,000 on their pick in the Preakness.The Grand Prize Package also includes a trip for two to Baltimore for the race, complete with hotel, airfare and tickets on Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Days. Fifty Second Prize Winners each receive a $100 Xpressbet wagering voucher.Additionally, this year’s Grand Prize Winner will have the chance to meet and talk strategy with NBC Sports Handicapper, Eddie Olczyk.To play, Xpressbet customers simply need to register and start betting the races. Customers receive an entry for every bet they make between March 13 and May 6, 2017, and can earn bonus entries for wagers made on weekdays and on Stronach Group tracks, including Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Laurel and Golden Gate Fields.Xpressbet Preakness Big Bet Winners have twice parlayed winning the Sweepstakes into a life-changing score. Sweepstakes winners correctly identified American Pharoah (2015) and California Chrome (2014) as the ‘best bets’ in their respective editions of the Preakness Stakes.  This year’s Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday, May 20.“We’re excited to bring back the Big Bet for its fifth year and once again offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our customers,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “The Preakness Stakes is one of North America’s most exciting and enjoyable sporting events and we take great pride in providing a comprehensive VIP racetrack experience to our Big Bet winners.  This year, they’ll even have the chance to meet renowned handicapper, Eddie Olczyk.”For more information and to sign up for an Xpressbet wagering account, simply visit www.xpressbet.com.Contact: Dustin FabianTel: 724.229.6240Email: [email protected] About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes.  The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent.last_img read more

Michele Roberts Makes It Clear To The NBA She

Photo by Washington Post/Getty Images.Michele Roberts made history as the first women leader of a professional sports union when she was tabbed to take over the beleaguered NBA Players Association this summer. That done, in a few months she’s shown more vision and nerve than any of her predecessors.Refreshingly, her office is in Harlem, a departure from the Midtown Manhattan location of the past and an indication that she is rooted in her culture. Roberts has strong ideas about the league, the owners, the season. . . you name it. To ESPN The Magazine, the woman considered one of the best trial lawyers in the country said:*On the NBA rookie wage scale: “I can’t understand why the [players’ association] would be interested in suppressing salaries at the top if we know that as salaries at the top have grown, so have salaries at the bottom. If that’s the case, I contend that there is no reason in the world why the union should embrace salary caps or any effort to place a barrier on the amount of money that marquee players can make.”* On players splitting revenue with the owners, which has been in place since 1982: “Why don’t we have the owners play half the games? There would be no money if not for the players. Let’s call it what it is. There. Would. Be. No. Money,” she added, pausing for emphasis. “Thirty more owners can come in, and nothing will change. These guys [the players] go? The game will change. So let’s stop pretending.”* On the length of the season: “Every time a player gets hurt, I think, my God, they really are pushing their bodies. And back-to-backs, those are the ones I really find disturbing. . . So the answer, of course, is that everybody wants a shorter season. The tension is, Will that mean less money? And that’s something we need to talk about and think about. . . I don’t think it would hurt the game to shorten the season.”* On an age minimum to play in the NBA: “It doesn’t make sense to me that you’re suddenly eligible and ready to make money when you’re 20, but not when you’re 19, not when you’re 18. I suspect that the association will agree that this is not going to be one that they will agree to easily. There is no other profession that says that you’re old enough to die but not old enough to work.”If nothing else, Roberts is bold and smart—and willing to take on the establishment. Gotta love her. read more