Yankees, Red Sox to Honor Newtown Victims Opening Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will stand together on April 1 to dedicate Opening Day to the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that shook up Newton, Conn. three months ago.Pregame ceremonies will feature joint honor guards of Newtown police and firefighters, along with a moment of silence, during which a list of the Sandy Hook victims’ names will be recognized on the center-field video board. The baseball rivals will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms to honor those lost and those affected by the tragedy. The ribbon will also be prominently painted on the field in front of both dugouts.“Since the day of the tragedy, our hearts and thoughts have been with those who were affected,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “We hope that bringing the families of Newtown together at Yankee Stadium later in the summer will give the community an opportunity to create new memories and aid in the difficult process of moving forward.”“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” said Red Sox owner John Henry. “As our teams look to face each other on Opening Day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”The Yankees aren’t stopping at dedicating Opening Day to Sandy Hook victims. On Sunday, July 7, approximately 3,000 children, families and members of the Newtown community will be invited to watch the Yankees during “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium”.last_img read more

Superb 62 wins Spirit silver for England’s women

first_img15 Oct 2015 Superb 62 wins Spirit silver for England’s women A superb closing 62 from Hayley Davis and Bronte Law won the women’s silver medal for England at the Spirit International Amateur Championship in the USA.Their betterball score of 10-under par was the low round of the tournament and moved them up five places and into the medals.They finished on 17-under for the 54-hole event at Whispering Pines in Texas, four behind the champions, Mexico, and two ahead of Finland, Spain, Sweden and Japan, who all tied third.Davis (Ferndown) started with a birdie on the first hole and Law (Bramhall) signed off with one on the 18th. They had a total of 12 birdies in the round, doubling up on the 10th and 11th.Davis and Law are both students at US universities – Baylor and UCLA, respectively. Law (image © Leaderboard Photography) is the reigning English amateur champion, while Davis has previously held the title, and both are England and GB&I internationals.Their score also helped England into a share of fifth place on the mixed international leaderboard. The men’s team of Scott Gregory (Corhampton) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick) were 13th in their event on 11-under par. The overall team score was 28-under and they tied fifth with Sweden.The Spirit International is a world class amateur golf event featuring 20 countries from six continents. It is played every other year, alternating with the World Amateur Team Championship and England won the international team event in 2007 and 2005.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Henry Hudson Trail Repairs Are Now Underway

first_imgBy Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Crews are now working to fortify a beloved waterfront segment of the Henry Hudson pedestrian and biking trail.The Bayshore Trail, a 11⁄4-mile long section of the Henry Hudson Trail, extending from the Atlantic Highlands Harbor to Popamora Point in the neighboring borough of Highlands, is undergoing its most extensive repairs since Super Storm Sandy.“We’ve come in with cheaper than thought-of construction costs,” said Ken Thoman, a park resource manager with the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS). “It’s a project that’s more resilient, and it’s something we think is going to be better than the original one.”The scope of the project includes five sections of precast concrete boardwalk, 12 new segments of underground drainage and the replenishment of riprap rock along the shoreline – all aimed to mitigate future damages and ensure stability for years to come.Wooden boardwalks, pathways and bridges were completely washed out by 14-foot-high storm surges during the October 2012 storm. While the trail has been open in years past, it’s now indefinitely closed to pedestrian and bicyclist traffic as construction crews work on the improvements.Ninety percent of the $881,677 cost is being covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Atlantic Highlands will be responsible for $28,382 and the MCPS will pay $59,785. Compass Construction of New Egypt is performing the work.Physical reconstruction to the site began about three weeks ago, according to Joe Sardonia, a supervising land architect with MCPS. He anticipates this specific section of the trail will open by fall 2017.“This is going to happen again, and we recognize that,” Thoman said referring to future storms hitting the shore. “We also know that we’re not going to get bailed out again for it either.”Among the upgrades to the Bayshore Trail, Thoman noted that new drainage systems would help lengthen trail life. He said the Department of Environmental Protection asked that water flow from the hillside to the water’s edge not be restricted. To install these drains, sections of the trail must be excavated and cleared out. Pipes will be laid down in a bed of sand with two fabric filters on top, backfilled with sand and run underground to the shoreline. MCPS found water pooling on the trail in these areas, causing erosion.It’s also an approach that the park system uses regularly throughout Monmouth County.“We’ve used these same techniques and materials at other sites, specifically golf courses,” Thoman said.New drainage systems and precast concrete boardwalks will be installed along the 1 1⁄4 mile trail, ensuring its stability into the future. Photo courtesy of Monmouth County Park SystemBeyond this, the trail will have a different look with the new concrete boardwalks. Thoman said the wooden structures that were in place pre-and-post Sandy fit the style of the trail, though are not necessarily sustainable.With these new precast pieces, the trail’s footprint on the environment decreases as well. In the past, more than 1,000 linear feet of wood boardwalk was used – that is now down to 630 linear feet.Atlantic Highlands borough owns an approximately 1/5-of-a-mile stretch of trail at the mouth of the municipal harbor. It’s the last section of the Henry Hudson Trail that has paved asphalt. According to Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands’ borough administrator, a portion of their work is going towards a 3-inch thick asphalt base course in that section – at a cost of $25,347.Paying for usage of the Bayshore Trail is not uncommon in Atlantic Highlands. In 2009, the borough opened that section of the Henry Hudson Trail to the public as part of a nearly $1.3 million project, which was heavily funded – the borough paid around $300,000 for that work.“Atlantic Highlands was the only municipality from Matawan to Highlands that used its own money to build any part of the Henry Hudson Trail,” said Hubeny.This pristine connection, which rolls along the Sandy Hook Bay, is prime real estate for bikers and pedestrians alike. Trail users can access the Bayshore Trail from the harbor entrance and Popamora Point, with the Sandy Hook Bay just feet away and a scenic view of the New York City skyline off in the distance.Hubeny said the trail serves as a great asset for summertime traffic, bringing people into the borough who normally would not spend a day there.“If someone wanted to come here from New York City on a weekend, they would have to come through Highlands,” Hubeny said. “On a nice summer day, they can walk the trails and get here for everything they need.”In the 19th century, the Henry Hudson Trail was a light rail line operated by the Central Railroad of New Jersey, ranging from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands, according to the book “The First Fifty Years: The Monmouth County Park System,” published by the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks. In 1980, Monmouth County received a state grant to purchase the route from Conrail.The trail now extends from Freehold to Popamora Point in Highlands, totaling 24 miles.“The major argument for building the trail in the first place is still there,” said Thoman. “It’s connecting communities, schools and businesses.”last_img read more

Big Brothers Big Sisters Altering Perspectives and Saving Lives

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |A life can change for the better simply with a shift in perspective.Such was the case for Chris McNamara, who was faced with the fight of his life in the summer of 2011, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.It was an illness he would ultimately overcome, but the battle had altered his perception of what it meant to truly live.“After having survived that, I saw it as sort of having a second chance at life,” McNamara said. “Then I was left with the question, what was I going to do with this opportunity?”McNamara had previously felt compelled to join the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, but facing his own mortality placed a newfound sense of urgency on the decision.“Going through that whole experience made me realize that now is the time,” McNamara said. “I wanted to do good. But more specifically, I wanted to have an active role in helping a local child as a mentor. I wanted to reach out to a young person in need, to get them out of their everyday environment and help them enjoy life.”With the realization of a larger calling in tow, McNamara recognized the power of a perspective transformed, and how approaching a little brother or sister in this fashion could help place them on a path with broader horizons.“The point of being a mentor is to try and change their viewpoint; try to show them that there’s more to life than what’s at their front door and just beyond it. It’s a big world. There’s lots of good out there. And I want to show him that he can experience all of the good, if he’s willing to focus, do the right things, and put the work in,” McNamara said of his little brother Logan, a local 13-year old he has been paired with since joining Big Brothers Big Sisters.“Every one of us has had a mentor in our lives at some point,” said Marybeth Bull, Big Brothers Big Sister director of development. “Someone who has been influential in helping us become the success that we are. And that’s what we try to provide with this program. We’re here to help kids who need a little push and a little more support in life; an extra person on their side.”According to Bull, many of the boys and girls in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program come from a single-parent household and are facing such severe issues as poverty and various forms of abuse.Bull also disclosed that though there are nearly 700 kids being served by the program, more than 50 other children are currently on a waiting list.“These are children whose parents want the best for them, or who have a school counselor advocating for them. There’s somebody in their life who thinks they can flourish with an extra positive role model. Volunteers have the opportunity to be that role model, and I think they’ll find they get just as much, if not more, out of it than the child does,” said Bull.Chuck Leone has been a mentor to Kweli for the past four years providing a positive and supportive influence. Photo courtesy BBBSRed Bank dentist Chuck Leone is another mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and shared a similar sentiment to that of Bull.“My family, my wife and I, we’ve been very fortunate in our lives, to the point where we’ve been able to make various monetary donations to groups over the years. But it’s an impersonal experience. With Big Brothers Big Sisters, you have an opportunity to see firsthand the positive impact you’re having on a young life.”Leone has acted as a mentor to a local 14-year old named Kweli for the past four years, and has witnessed the strength of their relationship reveal a clearer picture of what the future could hold for the high school freshman.“When we first met, I’m not sure that college would have been in his future, or if he believed that it could be an option for him,” Leone said. “But it was during this past holiday season, he turned to me and said that he wants to graduate high school and college and have a successful career as a way to repay me for everything I’ve done for him. And to hear that, it’s an incredible feeling.“I hope Kweli knows how proud of him I am that he has developed this vision of his future,” Leone continued. “I’m so proud that he’s decided to put in the work to achieve it. And I hope he knows that it’s my goal to help him get there.”Leone and McNamara are two of a multitude of remarkable mentors involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but with each successful mentor-little relationship the program grows, placing a demand for more volunteers, especially males.“Of the 50 children on our waiting list, 36 of them are boys, which is why we really want to appeal to more males to step up and mentor our boys,” Bull said. “These are the kids who are growing up without a father figure and it’s so important for a developing child to have a strong, positive male figure in their life.”For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters visit bbbsmmc.org.This article was first published in the Feb. 22-March 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2015)–Those wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day, Saturday, April 4, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 & 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

West Indies show more fight but Aussies triumph

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Allrounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets as Australia broke up a defiant West Indies second innings to claim a 177-run win yesterday in the second Test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy. Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin both scored half centuries and shared an aggressive 100-run partnership to highlight a gritty batting performance for the West Indies after Australia declared on their overnight score of 179-3. Chasing the unlikely target of 460, the West Indies batted patiently in the early stages and went to tea on 146-4. The Test seemed destined for a fifth day, but Marsh (4-61) sparked a collapse midway through the evening session when he had Ramdin caught behind for 59. “I was really happy with the way Mitchell Marsh bowled. He was pretty impressive today, bowling consistently over 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph) and guess really helped out the team in the end,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. Offspinner Nathan Lyon took a wicket in each session to finish with figures of 3-85 as the West Indies were bowled out for 282. “I was glad with the way we finished off,” Smith said. “(Lyons) did what he’s done so well this summer. He got crucial wickets for us at crucial times and he’s bowled beautifully.” After Kraigg Brathwaite (31) provided the only wicket of the morning session, the Australian bowlers took three hard-fought wickets in the afternoon session against a West Indies top order that showed far greater determination than in the first innings, when the visitors collapsed to 91-6. “I was proud of the way the guys showed some fight and skill,” captain Jason Holder said. “I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a better fight. But still credit to the way the guys played.” West Indies 2nd innings K. Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 31 R. Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 37 D.M. Bravo c Nevill b Siddle 21 M. Samuels c Nevill b Marsh 19 J. Blackwood lbw b Lyon 20 D. Ramdin c Nevill b Marsh 59 J. Holder c Hazlewood b Marsh 68 C. Brathwaite b Lyon 2 K. Roach c Warner b Pattinson 11 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Marsh 0 J. Warrican not out 4 Extras (lb7, w1, nb2) 10 Total (all out, 88.3 overs) 282 Fall of wickets:1-35 (Brathwaite) ,2-83 (Bravo), 3-91( Chandrika), 4-118 (Samuels), 5-150 (Blackwood), 6-250 (Ramdin),7-253(C Brathwaite), 8-274 (Holder), 9-278 (Roach), 10-282 (Taylor). Bowling: Hazlewood 20-6-40-0 (1nb,1w),Pattinson 17-4-49-2,Lyon 23-7-85-3,Siddle 9-2-35-1,March 17.3-2-61-4 (1nb), Smith 2-1-5-0. Position: Australia won by 177 runs. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould. Dismissal Peter Siddle had Darren Bravo caught behind for 21 with a fullish outswinging delivery and Rajendra Chandrika opened up and played his shots before falling leg before wicket to James Pattinson for a Test career-best 37. Marlon Samuels, who took 16 balls to get off the mark, was caught behind for 19 off Marsh. Lyon claimed his second dismissal in the second over after tea when he trapped Jermaine Blackwood lbw for 20, before Ramdin and Holder combined to frustrate the Australian attack. Marsh finally broke through with the wicket of Ramdin (59) who smashed nine boundaries from his 90 balls. Lyon struck again to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite for two when his in-swinging delivery brushed the top of off-stump to dislodge the bail and Holder ended his gutsy innings at 68 when he spooned a Marsh ball to Josh Hazlewood at mid-off. Kemar Roach was out three balls later for 11, caught at third slip by David Warner off Pattinson. Holder encapsulated the West Indies’ defiance and even raised hopes of an unlikely victory push, hitting seven boundaries and punishing two loose Lyon deliveries for six, the first hoisted over mid-wicket deep into the stands. “Our guys need to cherish these moments and come up trumps in these kinds of games,” Holder said. “These are obviously big games and big occasions, and these are things our players can really strive to do.” Australia won the opening Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs. The third and final Test begins Sunday in Sydney. “The West Indies were up for the fight this game,” Smith said. “They improved quite a lot from the last match and hopefully they can continue to show that fight in Sydney.” Australia’s hopes of a quick victory were hit by another instance of sloppy bowling when Bravo edged a ball to slip just before lunch only for replays to show Hazelwood overstepped. It was the third time in the match the West Indies had benefited from a similar no ball. James Pattinson squandered two dismissals of Carlos Brathwaite due to no balls Monday to significantly prolong the West Indies innings and deny Australia a possible three-day victory. SCOREBOARDlast_img read more

Bafana ready to boot out rivals

first_imgDespite not being able to win their warm-up games against Norway and Algeria, the national team are confident of their chances. From left, Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, President Jacob Zuma, Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo and the minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mahlomola MorakeSafa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 82 744 4919SAnews.gov.za / Ray MaotaPresident Jacob Zuma today wished national football team Bafana Bafana well ahead of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament that is being hosted by South Africa.The continental tournament kicks off on 19 January and ends on 10 February.Zuma visited the team at their training camp at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium and declared himself confident that the team will make the country proud.He was accompanied by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, the South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani and other Safa senior officials.“I have seen the team, they are well prepared and they will showcase what they are made of. We are satisfied that the team is ready judging from the friendlies played,” said Zuma, “and I just told the boys to relax and do what they do best.”He added that he wanted to hold up the cup at the moment of victory. “This means that I want them to win the tournament,” he said.Zuma also advised the team not to listen to critics but to focus on what they do best.“Some of the critics have never touched a ball and they cannot even play football, but theirs is to criticise,” Zuma said, adding that the country is behind them.The president then had an opportunity to pose for pictures with the Bafana Bafana players who were in high spirits ahead of the tournament.Asked about any rewards for Bafana, Zuma said: “We did not speak about any rewards, these will be spoken about when they win the tournament.”Confidence ahead of tournamentThe team also assured South Africans that they are going to win the tournament.Last week, the Local Organising Committee assured the continent that South Africa is ready to host the tournament.At the eleventh hour South Africa took over the hosting of the tournament from Libya, which withdrew following the political turmoil during the Arab Spring.The tournament will be played in five cities and towns – Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Mbombela (Nelspruit) and Rustenburg. All of them have upgraded or newly-built stadia, thanks to the 2010 Fifa World Cup which was held around the country.last_img read more

Coming To A Theater Near You: Apple’s Last Gasp At A Pro Computer

first_imgdavid sobotta IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Apple#Intel#Mac#Mac Pro#PowerPC#supercomputers Apple has started running ads in theaters and on YouTube for the Mac Pro—a product that it preannounced in June. We now know it will come out this fall, according to the message that the clip closes with.Is that too late, both for this model—and for the Mac Pro line? Could we be seeing the last gasp of Apple’s high-end desktop computers?“A Bicycle For The Mind”For years—at least it was true when I worked there—Apple’s standard pitch was that Mac users were more productive because your computer did not get in the way of getting your work done. People bought Macintosh computers because of what you could do with them—the famous “bicycle for the mind.”Apple has become a lot more consumer-oriented after Steve Jobs came back to Apple and promised to never preannounce a product that was not ready to ship. (So much for that, with the Mac Pro’s all-steak, no-sizzle reveal at the Worldwide Developer Conference—and the months-long wait that followed.) An Idea Whose Time Has PassedSupercomputers on the desktop no longer drive Apple margins.  iPhones and iPads are now the cash cow—and it seems like Apple is going low-end even in those categories to compete.I’d argue that having a fast, powerful, top-of-the-line computer is still relevant to an important and vocal subset of Apple’s users. Arguably, putting a small amount of Apple’s R&D towards pleasing them could pay off across the board. In many cases, Apple has done a smart job of taking technologies from the Mac to the iPhone and back again. Today’s supercomputer will be tomorrow’s smartphone.Unfortunately, Tim Cook’s team appears to believe the “idea” of the product is more important than the product itself.The only good reason to announce a new version of a product that has had no significant form-factor update in 10 years and still doesn’t have a ship date suggests that what matters here is Apple getting to talk about the Mac Pro—not customers actually getting their hands on one.For a company which now has a taste of self-doubt unlike in the days of Steve Jobs, “selling an idea” offers some advantages beyond the hope that this might help Apple regain its innovation mantle and help raise the stock price.One advantage is you can get some great free feedback from customers and industry experts without actually having to get your hands dirty with customer advisory councils which Apple jettisoned years ago.The second reason to preannounce is that you can gauge the market impact and interest in the product.  That is probably important if you are going to the trouble of selling a product that can be mistaken for a fancy office trash can.Reason number three for letting the Mac Pro out of the bag before it is even built is that you can figure out how high you can price the device.Probably the biggest benefit for Apple is the hope of a customer frenzy developing before the product is released. However, that begs the question of how many customers remain for a product like the Mac Pro? Yesterday’s SupercomputerThere aren’t many people out there outside the video-editing or simulations world who really need the power of a Mac Pro on the desktop. I think Apple gave up on marketing desktop supercomputers when they moved from PowerPC chips to putting cookie-cutter Intel inside. Today’s Mac Pro would have been a supercomputer—in 2003. Nowadays, it doesn’t come close to ranking. Computing power has moved to the cloud.(Full disclosure: My still-functioning dual G5 system was purchased in December 2004.  I paid $1,795 for it, but because it doesn’t have Intel chips, it’s stuck on OSX 10.3.9.)And highly produced videos aside, the Mac Pro won’t look great once you have a bunch of cables dangling out of it. My first reaction to the new Mac Pro was that it reminded me of the sub-woofer component on the 20th Anniversary Mac.So Why Buy?Half in jest, I can only conclude that Apple hopes its remaining Mac Pro customers have oniomania, “a passion or insane desire to buy things.”  Given that Apple uses mostly industry-standard components in its PC line, and isn’t adding Pro-friendly features to its operating system, which is taking on more and more aspects of the simplified interface of its iPhones and iPads, oniomania might be the new Apple marketing strategy for professional customers.Here’s the ad. You tell me if Apple is appealing to anything besides oniomania here: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more