By Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, 11th DistrictVeterans Day started out as a commemoration of the end of World War I, which was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.” Sadly, a century later, violent conflicts continue every day around the world as we face ever-changing enemies who constantly evolve their ways to threaten our safety, peace and security.The recent 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is a reminder that we will always need brave military men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, whether it’s the right to choose our representatives, as we did this week, or to stand on the street in protest, or simply to spend a peaceful day with our family.Everything we enjoy as Americans comes to us thanks to our brave veterans.Every day of the year, and especially on Veterans Day, we must remember that.For the past four years, I have had the privilege of representing Monmouth County in the Legislature, including Fort Monmouth, until its unfortunate closure.There are an estimated 484,000 veterans in New Jersey, and I have confidence that each one of them has the full support of New Jersey government.If there’s one thing we can agree on without partisan dispute, it’s that the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is beyond reproach in how it helps our state’s veterans return to civilian life, whether it’s connecting them with their federal benefits, helping them find a job or making sure their physical and mental health are secure.Our state operates three state-of-the-art nursing homes that serve nearly 1,000 veterans and a network of Veterans Service offices to help with employment, education, housing, burial and health issues.It maintains three major war memorials that will ensure that the memories of our fallen heroes survive for eternity.As a human services professional, I am proud to see New Jersey become a national model for preventing suicides related to military experience.The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has found it could forestall problems by meeting with soldiers before and after their deployment.New Jersey’s hotline, 1-866-VETS-NJ4, provides peer counseling by those who have served in war for current military personnel, veterans and their families.The purpose of this innovative, proactive approach is to make sure extraordinarily brave men and women don’t take their own lives.It has worked so well that the program is now replicated at Fort Hood in Texas, the Army’s largest stateside community.Some want to expand it further to make it a nationwide service.We intend to repay the debt we owe to everyone who has put on a uniform and the families who stay behind.New Jersey is second to none in the way we support our veterans.As our world has become more turbulent, in terms of armed conflict, terrorism and natural emergencies here at home, there is an increased need for our military, such as the National Guard, which is always involved in emergency management when disaster strikes.As we navigate these difficult economic times, when there are fewer jobs for everyone, it will become increasingly difficult to make sure our veterans continue to have the access to jobs, health care and support that they and their families deserve for sacrificing so much for our freedoms.As we honor veterans today and as we continue to hope and pray for the end of war, we cannot lose sight of the price they paid, the sacrifices they made and the debt we owe them.Please take time out of your busy day to thank a veteran for his or her service — after all, he or she took time out of his or her life to protect you and yours.God bless America.
By John BurtonFREEHOLD – A black robe may be in the near future for the Monmouth County prosecutor.Listed among the slate of eight nominees Gov. Chris Christie had announced for appointments to the state Superior Court was Peter E. Warshaw Jr., a career prosecutor, who has been the county’s top prosecutor since January 2011.Warshaw, 50, a Middletown resident, declined to comment when contacted.He has been with the prosecutor’s office since 1986. Over the course of his career, he has been head of the office’s Environmental Crime Unit, and from 1995-2006 he was director of the Major Crimes Unit.In 2006, Luis A. Valentin, then the county prosecutor, appointed Warshaw as the first assistant prosecutor, a post he held until Christie decided to not reappoint Valentin, a Democrat, as prosecutor for another five-year term. Christie then nominated Warshaw as prosecutor in November 2010, with the state Senate voting on Jan. 25, 2011, to confirm his appointment by consent.He was sworn in on Jan. 31, 2011, taking over the position as the county’s highest ranking, non-elected law enforcement official, for an office that oversees approximately 15,000 cases annually, and has a staff of 50 lawyers, 80 detectives and support staff numbering more than 150.Warshaw’s former colleague, Robert Honecker Jr., who had been the first assistant prior to Warshaw, offered his unequivocal endorsement. “Pete Warshaw will make an excellent judge,” Honecker said this week. “He is well-schooled in the law and has the perfect temperament to ensure justice in the courtroom.”It remains uncertain how long it will take the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on the nomination and then send it to the full Senate for final approval.
Finegan said that when his great-grandfather gave the organ to the church it cost $750, which was around two years’ salary for a middle class person, Now he said it would cost $150,000 to replace.He said it had to be rebuilt two times, once in 1935 and then again around 2002.The church now holds organ recitals on the third Saturdays of each month.Because of the Labor Day weekend, the next concert will be on Sept. 10, with refreshments served at 10 a.m. and the recital beginning at 11 a.m. In 1892, the church was rebuilt, in brick this time. The bell, produced by the McShane Foundry in Baltimore was made in 1892. According to Wikipedia, the foundry was established in 1856, and made “tens and thousands of bells and chimes shipping them out to churches and public buildings,” including “the 7,000- pound bell that hangs in the dome of Baltimore’s City Hall.”The company has moved to Glen Burnie, Maryland, and is now “the only large Western-style bell maker in the United States,” according to the entry.Another feature of the church is the pipe organ, which was donated by E.S. Nesbitt in 1893 after the fire that destroyed the church. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – On Sept. 11, the 124-year-old bell at the Sea Bright United Methodist Church will once again ring four times, marking the time one of the four planes involved in the 9/11 attack crashed.The bell has been silent for the last three anniversaries of the terror attacks, said George Finegan, the lay leader and musician at the church. It had ceased to function when the wheel broke that supported the rope that pulled the bell.The mechanism was repaired by John Conway of Navesink. Conway, a master carpenter, donated his services and constructed a new wheel that placed the bell back into service, said Councilman Charles Rooney, III. “John and I brought the wheel up in six pieces,” Rooney said Friday. “It was a tight squeeze’” getting the pieces through the small opening at the tower’s entrance, he said. But once the pieces were there, Conway was able to join the pieces together.Finegan said the bell is rung on Sundays at 9:25 a.m. before church services as well as on New Year’s, Memorial Day and other national holidays.The church also has a carillon bell system that plays on Saturdays at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., he said.He is the one who will ring the bell. There is an art to it, he explained. “The bell will ring itself. You got to feel the rope. If you fight the rhythm it will break,” Finegan said.Finegan’s great-grandfather, who came to Sea Bright in 1863, was one of the original members of the church, which held its first services on the beach.In 1887, the group built a church on the site it now occupies at 1104 Ocean Ave. in the center of the town, Finegan said. Four years later, a fire swept through the town, from where the 7-11 store is now located to the site of the present Sea Bright-Rumson Bridge, and “most of Sea Bright was destroyed,” he said.
But Colts Neck Deputy Mayor Frank Rizzuto, also president of Colts Neck Fire Company 1 and a captain in the Long Branch Police Department, spoke up for Migliaccio. He said that when Migliaccio led the public works department in Long Branch, “his logistics abilities were unsurpassed.” “We were pleased withboth of them,” he said.“There was discussion. Iknow nothing was etched instone at that time.” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry was the only member of the board to vote against Migliaccio, a rare “no” vote for any action item by the board. She said that a few months ago officials had put out a request for applicants for the job and inter viewed both men. She said Hogan was told he would get the job and that Migliaccio would be his assistant, “which was a good compromise.” “He’s a wealth of knowledge,” said Migliaccio, who has been with the office for more than 25 years. “When I joined the fire marshal’s office, he was the first one to step up to help me.” By Philip Sean Curran Of the rumors of his influence on the choice, Golden said, “I heard something about it. I don’t buy into rumors.” Deputy fire marshal Fred Migliaccio and acting fire marshal Richard W. Hogan were vying for a job previously filled by Kevin Stout, who retired. Freeholders voted 4-1 July 25 to appoint Migliaccio, even though members of the fire service around the county packed the freeholders’ work session meeting earlier in the day to support Hogan. Both men attended the meeting wearing their dress uniforms and sat on opposite sides of the meeting room. “I can’t understand how you’re not taking the best person for the job,” Cohen said. “They had two good, experienced candidates in the mix for fire marshal,” Golden said by phone July 29. “And it appears as though they went with the one that could put more time in to the position. And certainly as sheriff, we don’t run the fire marshal’s office, but we certainly will work hand in hand with whoever the new fire marshal is.” “I don’t know that,” Migliaccio said in an inter view after ward. “If you know that, that’s news to me.” After the meeting was over, some Hogan supporters privately pointed to the influence of Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, also the chairman of the county Republican Party, on the selection by the all-Republican freeholder board. Sources said Golden, who was at the freeholder meeting, supported Migliaccio for the job. Englishtown fire chief Lou Sarti, speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, was among those backing Hogan, a man he said he has known for 38 years. He said Hogan is “going in the right direction in trying to unify the fire departments, trying to settle some of the issues with manpower, with oversight with fire departments, trying to bring them together and not keep them apart.” “He took a town that was in dire need of help and, through his department of public works, really turned what you see in Long Branch around,” he said. He said he and Hoganhave been friends and that hehopes Hogan stays with thefire marshal’s office. Hogan did not respond to a request for comment. Migliaccio and Hogan have both served as deputy fire marshals. Migliaccio, 63, is also a borough councilman in West Long Branch, served as a firefighter for 45 years in the Long Branch and West Long Branch fire departments and worked as the director of public works for Long Branch before retiring. “But the point is, we supported this unanimously,” she said. Patrick Impreveduto, deputy freeholder director and liaison to the fire marshal and fire academy, said from the dais that Hogan and Migliaccio were “outstanding candidates.” Monmouth County Freeholders last week named a new county fire marshal, despite one member of the board saying officials had promised the job to the other candidate for the position. Marlboro fire chief Joe Chaplinski told freeholders he had only learned about Migliaccio’s appointment less than two days before the vote and lamented how there is “no communication from the county to local departments right now.” Jim Merriman, president of the Monmouth County Firemen’s Association, shared how, during a fire in Ocean Grove earlier this year, Hogan had showed up at midnight to offer his help. Hogan also enjoyed the support of Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen and Deputy Mayor Jack McNaboe, who both attended the meeting. “At the end of the day, I wasn’t in the interview process,” Golden said. “I don’t run the fire marshal’s office.” “Rick has been doing a great job in the last seven months communicating,” he said. “Before that, it was a little up and down.” But just like in 2016 when Stout was named, freeholders bypassed the order of succession within the fire marshal’s office by choosing Migliaccio. As marshal, he will be paid $30 an hour for 25 hours per week. His duties include investigating fires, overseeing the county fire academy and advising fire companies, among other things. In an interview afterward,Migliaccio was asked hisview of the large turnout atthe meeting for Hogan. “It’s politics, it’s politics,”he said. “I could have donethe same thing. I tried not todo that.” Yet during the meeting,some fire officials made theircandidate preference known.
“It seemed to be the right thing to do there, so I reached out to Soldier On president Jack Dowling, who came and made a presentation,” Burry said. “What I loved most about Jack’s presentation was that this is the rest of the story for the former fort.” “The average resident has had a number of decompensating events,” Dowling said. “When they come into our care that ceases. We are going to find a way to keep them so they don’t fail. Our mission is to offer a continuum of care that includes immediate and long-term housing with services delivered where they live. Our ultimate goal is to provide formerly homeless veterans with permanent, supportive, sustainable housing, assisting them in their transition from homelessness to homeownership.” TINTON FALLS – Following years of effort and last month’s unanimous approval from the Tinton Falls Planning Board, a comprehensive residential community for homeless veterans should open its doors to 70 former military personnel in 2021 on Essex Road, adjacent to Fort Monmouth. Kellie Donovan, Soldier On’s executive vice president, said residents come from a variety of outreach efforts, including referrals, veterans services offices, a toll-free hotline, the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, and agencies like Red Bank’s Lunch Break. Applicants can contact the county’s Veteran’s Office, get on a waiting list and be certified. “The application for the final piece of money (to fund the project), $500,000, was approved,” Burry said afterward. “The money will be passed from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the county.” The project has a commitment of $8.1 million from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and another $1.5 million from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. “There are an estimated 300 homeless vets in Monmouth County,” Burry said. “This is not just housing. This is a full-service operation addressing the individual’s needs and a county need.” “As a result of Lillian’s steadfastness in supporting us over the years, a number of people came into our support system,” Dowling said. “That’s what makes this such a vibrant organism. We will be in touch with all of them going forward.” Burry has been seeking a location for a Soldier On community to complement the fort’s overall redevelopment since she was first appointed to the effort over seven years ago. She learned of Soldier On from her husband Donald, a retired Coast Guard captain, who read about it in an officers’ magazine. On Nov. 20, the organization’s top officials presented their application to Monmouth County Community Development along with Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s longtime representative to the fort’s redevelopment efforts. Despite initial support, finding a suitable location took an on-again, off-again long and winding road through the three towns the fort spans, Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. As each potential location emerged, then failed to materialize, Donald Burry told his wife, “Don’t give up.” “Keeping women safe in their environment is critical,” Buckley said. “Some may have had military, pre-military, or post-military sexual trauma.” Added Dowling, “Maleness can be a threat for the women. All female staff assists them. Winn has helped us design a unique concept.” Added Burry, “Dignity is so important.” According to Bruce Buckley, Soldier On’s CEO, this will be the largest facility the organization has built to date, made possible by its affiliation with Winn Companies, a national leading operator of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit units. Finally, former Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning, then a voting member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), offered to donate the borough’s 11-acre Essex Road property adjacent to Seabrook Village. Helping get the ball across the Tinton Falls goal line was Gary Baldwin, an Air Force retiree who lives at Seabrook, who was a two-term president of its council, is the Tinton Falls Council President, and often attends FMERA meetings. The Tinton Falls facility will be called the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, as are all Soldier On projects, named for a paralyzed Vietnam veteran who became deputy secretary of the Veterans Administration and helped Dowling open the first Soldier On community. Amenities will include a multipurpose community room, outdoor patio and grills, a greenhouse and community garden, walking paths, communications technology in all units, and a memorial columbarium with an eternal flame where ashes of deceased residents can be interred. “They don’t die on the street and they don’t ever leave us,” Buckley said. A variety of support, therapeutic, wellness and life skills programs are offered. The community will be created and run by Soldier On, a nationally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with similar communities in Massachusetts, New York and elsewhere in New Jersey. Groundbreaking is expected on the four-story building in spring 2020, with construction taking one year to complete. Plans are to house primarily men in single-occupancy furnished units. Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, seated left, reviewed plans for a new community for homeless veterans with Soldier On officials, from left, Kellie Donovan, vice president; CEO Bruce Buckley; and Jack Dowling, president.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Seventy former military personnel who currently do not have a home will be housed at the building on Essex Road, adjacent to Fort Monmouth.Photo courtesy Soldier On Officials hope to break ground on the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Village in Tinton Falls next spring.Photo courtesy Soldier On “We have become intertwined with Winn and have accomplished a lot together. They are energetic, professional and have experience with a Marine hospital near Boston,” Buckley said. Winn has other New Jersey projects in Bridgeton, Jersey City and West Deptford. Resident management teams are responsible for rules, maintenance, transportation, treatment advice, intakes and discharges. Freeholder Burry has arranged for the county’s assistance with transportation via its SCAT program. Officials estimate less than one dozen occupants will be female. They will be housed in a separate section with its own entrance, laundry, elevator and more. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski The full-time staff includes a case and project manager and an attorney for wills, powers of attorney and health care proxies. Formerly homeless vets also serve their peers. For more information, visit wesoldieron.org.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsDuring youth soccer Noelle Sylvester was counted on for filling the net.Rep teams, house league, even high-level women’s tournaments, the speedy Sylvester was the “go-to girl” when it came to scoring.Fast forward a few, well, a lot of years, and the Nelson Youth Soccer grad has found out what life was like for all those defenders she burned en route to bulging the onion bag.Sylvester, 29, has been counted on as one of the main cogs on the defence for the 2010 edition of the University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Women’s Soccer Team.“Well I’m not scoring any goals but I am stopping a lot of them,” the 5’4” Sylvester said on the eve of a pivotal weekend in CIS Women’s Soccer League play.“I play (on) defence now so while still involved in the attack I am not the one scoring all of the goals. We have some really technically talented girls up front and in the mid (field) who are scoring for us.”Sylvester’s new found skill on the defensive line will be put to the test when the Vikings enter the final weekend of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Women’s Soccer season.Following a mid-season skid that saw UVIC (4-5-3) lose five of six games, the Vikes have an outside shot at qualifying for the post season after a pair of wins over Regina (2-0) and Manitoba (2-1).Victoria currently occupies seventh spot in league standings, four points out of a playoff spot.The Vikes face 1-10 Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday at home before concluding the season Sunday against University of Calgary Dinos.U of C, three points in front of UVic, is also in the hunt for the final playoff spot. Both teams are chasing University of Saskatchewan, which plays second-place Trinity Western and third-place University of B.C.So the post season is not out of the question just yet.“There is still a glimmer of hope for playoffs,” said Sylvester, pursuing a degree in Physical Education and English minor at the Island University. “We won both of our games last weekend so we are just clawing our way to the top.”“This weekend will be huge,” she added. “We played well last weekend so we are hoping to continue with that momentum and have a good week of training and get some wins next weekend as well.”It’s been a transition season for Sylvester and the Vikes. Injuries have slowed the once-mighty Vikes, forcing the team to switch gears when the losses began to pile up.“We decided last weekend that we needed to have fun while we were playing or what is the point (of playing) . . . and it worked, we won both of our games,” Sylvester explained.“(Plus during the losing streak) we also had our two biggest weekends back to back playing Trinity and UBC two weekends in a row and that is just mentally and physically exhausting.”Unfortunately for Sylvester, she too was also injured, which didn’t help either.“This season has been a good and bad,” Sylvester admitted. “I had a starting position but ended up with a concussion and some other injuries that held me out of some games.”This is Sylvester’s second season with the Vikes, which is quite remarkable considering the 20-plus L.V. Rogers grad is playing with some teammates nearly ten years younger.Sylvester decided to take a few years off after high school before heading to university. In 2007, a good six years after graduating from L.V. Rogers, Sylvester decided now was the time to get an education and tryout for university ball.But days before the sessions she became ill. The sickness, combined with being from the hinterland of the province and not being known on the provincial stage, cost her a shot at a spot on the team.Sylvester played in the Premier League for two seasons before convincing herself to take another shot at the Vikes in 2009. And by all accounts, the wait was worth it as the soft spoken Sylvester is making her mark with the Vikes.“When I am healthy I am getting a lot of playing time so that is good,” Sylvester said. “I am playing defence now so it’s a little different than I am used to but so fun.”Fun, even when she is not scoring email@example.com
Back in the saddleThe first weekend in December is expected to usher in a new season in paradise as Whitewater Ski Resort will deliver over 600 acres of new skiing, three new top-to-bottom intermediate runs, and the Glory Ridge chair lift (2,044 vertical feet.The new lift will open by Dec. 16, with the final pieces of the lift and testing still yet to be completed. The galvanized metal triple lift was brought in from Vail, Col., at “a steal” of a price.Whitewater management will also try to assess the impact of the new triple lift on the Summit double lift — Summit could be overloaded at certain peak times to get people to the top, said Cusack.“But between the three lifts there we should have pleasant lift lines,” he said.The Mountain opens fulltime on Dec. 11. Last year, thanks to a huge dump of snow in the middle of November, Whitewater opened in the third week of November.Over 100 centimetres of snow have fallen on the top of the mountains at Whitewater, with around 40 cm. accumulating at the base. Note:In areas with heavy snowfall, changes are in the works. Backcountry skiers heading to Revelstoke’s Glacier National Park will find anyone entering a prohibited area or a winter restricted area that is closed could be hit with fines of $2,000.For information on the Winter Permit System call 250-837-7500 or check out www.parkscanada.gc.ca/glacier. By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily With the weekend opening of the Whitewater Ski Resort season one day away, an opening of another sort on the mountain is still gestating, says the hills’ general manager.Brian Cusack said the master plan — finalized and adopted by Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts in the beginning of June — is still on schedule to see the first shovel hit the ground on real estate development in 2013.The notion of a $40-million expansion and development project still looks promising, he said, but right now they are in a studious mode, with actual planning expected to come later once it the area has revealed its real working possibilities.The groundwork for the real estate development is now being assessed, with a water study underway for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a search for a septic field that meets approval of the Ministry of Environment.Cusack believes the consultants on the project have found a suitable field that can take all of the sewage they can throw at it.There is also a water table and water source analysis ongoing to see how much water the new development can use without impacting the nearby creek and its resultant habitat.A hydro geologist is studying the possibility of water being collected over time from an aquifer and stored in huge water tanks, as opposed to taking it on demand from the creek, the current method of water usage at Whitewater.The former idea has a much gentler impact on the environment, said Cusack.“We believe we have a sufficient amount of water in the valley floor in the aquifer,” he said.The master plan — only a portion of the resort’s Master Development Agreement with the Province — is somewhat scaled back in terms of its real estate (originally believed to be in the range of $90 million) and leaves the sensitive Qua Basin and its mountain caribou denizens untouched inside the resort’s Controlled Recreation Area (CRA).An agreement was struck in June with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts to retain the Provincial Government’s Action Regulation (GAR) order under the Mountain Caribou Recovery Strategy, specific to Qua Basin.The depth and breadth of the “wish list” for the development project includes 127 units of housing and six new lifts, expanded and increased runs, the creation of up to $40 million in real estate at the base of the mountain — all with the intent of increasing skier visits from 85,000 to 110,000 per season.In all, there will be $10 to $15 million worth of infrastructure improvements made, including the possibility of geothermal heat, with $40 million worth of strata-type real estate created over the next 10 years.In the base area there would be a core set of buildings created, with a commercial building housing a ski shop, rental shop and the ski school.There will be a small hotel with a bar and restaurant and a hostel — 50 units between the hotel and hostel — that may include some condominium units. There would also be 123 multi-family and single-family units phased in around the bowl.This would put 694 beds on the mountain,The whole complex will be divided into areas: 35 single family housing units (210 beds)38 duplex units (152 beds)54 multi-family units (216 beds)12 hostel units (46 beds)24 hotel/condo units (46 beds)10 remote lodge units (20 beds)firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s long course second place finisher Sarah MacArthur of Calgary probably wishes she had attended the 2012 Canadian National Track and Field Championships in her hometown in late June, run onto the course during the women’s 1500 meters race, and given Malindi Elmore an extra push across the finish line.The kind gesture most likely would have knocked a second off Elmore’s winning time of four minutes, 13.58 seconds and sent the Speed River Track Club competitor to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, allowing MacArthur to register a first place finish in Nelson.Fact is had Elmore knocked that elusive second off her time she would have represented Canada in the women’s 1500 meters Monday in London instead of winning the women’s overall title at the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun race Sunday at Lakeside Park.“I won nationals (in Calgary in June),” Elmore explained from inside the transition area at Sunday’s race, “ but the girls who finished second (Hilary Stellingwerff) and third (Nicole Sifuentes) got to go because they had (run) the Olympic standard.”Sunday’s win for Elmore came in only her third triathlon.A track specialist, the Kelowna native spent the past dozen years training for the 1500 meters.The hard work paid dividends in 2004 as Elmore represented Canada at the Summer Games in Athens. Elmore finished 32nd in Athens.In 2008, Elmore missed the standard by a minuscule .07 of a second. This year at Nationals, one simple snap of the fingers and Elmore would be in London running for Canada.“It’s been really tough,” Elmore admitted. “I put pretty much my whole life into track the last eight years. I really felt like if I had made it to London I felt I’d do quite well.“But the Canadian standards are very stringent just to make the team.”Still admittedly a little disappointed, Elmore had decided to turn the page on her competitive career to triathlons.And at the tender age of 32 years, which is young for triathlons, Elmore hopes to better her swimming to be able to compete with the best in the sport.“My goal all year was actually to be running (Monday) in the 1500 meters in London,” said Elmore. “So this is kind of, if I’m not there I might as well do something so I’m transitioning from being a track athlete to a triathlete. But I need to work on my swim so I can take advantage of my running strength.”“I’m at my peak age for track, but I should have a few good years ahead for triathlon because it’s an endurance sport you can do into your late 30s,” Elmore adds.Which doesn’t bode well for MacArthur and Company in the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun women’s field.You see Elmore loves the Nelson course, maybe except for the dreaded Johnstone Road hill.So she probably will be back in Nelson a few more times to compete, and if the swim gets better, watch out Cyswog’n’Fun and watch out Canada.
Last season the Dam Inn Mates looked very impressive in the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League Final.The Mates continued that impressive showing Sunday as Dam Inn opened the 2012 season with a lopsided 29-6 victory over Castlegar at the Mount Sentinel Field. In the other game on opening day, the Brewers defeated Nelson Hour Glass by forfeit.The West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League is a four-team league and plays Sundays at Mount Sentinel.Game times are 11a.m. and 1 p.m.Sunday the Mates meet Brewers at 1 p.m. while Hour Glass battles Castlegar in the preliminary game at 11 a.m.
TRAINER ROSEMARY TRELA RECOVERING FROM BRAIN ANEURISM Just 15 days after suffering a near-fatal brain aneurism Dec. 9 at her San Luis Rey Downs base, trainer Rosemary Trela was a Christmas Eve visitor at Clockers’ Corner as she and her husband Brian watched her star pupil, two-year-old filly Dragon Flower, gallop on Santa Anita’s main track.“My doctors told me I should take a year off, but now I think I’ll take a month or two,” said Trela, who turned 57 on Dec. 7. “I remember exactly when it happened, at 7:59 that morning. I was extremely lucky to have a neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Nguyen, on duty.”Trela’s husband related that his wife, who has just in the past couple of days regained the ability to speak in complete sentences, underwent a minimally invasive procedure addressing the precise location of the hemorrhage while also draining a substantial amount of excess blood, thereby relieving pressure to her brain.“She’s really doing well,” said Brian. “It’s going to be hard to keep her down now, the way she’s coming along.”Trela, whose primary client is Joseph Schneider, had six wins and four seconds from 18 San Luis Rey-based starters prior to being sidelined by the aneurism. Derek Meredith, who has taken over training duties for Trela during her period of convalescence, sent a recent Trela/Schneider claim, Finallygotabentley, out to an impressive $8,000 claiming win this past Sunday at Los Alamitos. IMPROVEMENT DUE FOR CRITTENDEN IN MATHIS MILE Crittenden’s disappointing showing in the Grade I Hollywood Derby remains a mystery to Eoin Harty. “He got beat,” the trainer said drolly and succinctly of the son of Distorted Humor owned by Godolphin Racing, LLC. “It looks like he just got outrun.”Crittenden finished a distant 12th of 14 in the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 28, but save for his second career start, has been there or thereabouts in his other 10 races, winning the restricted Let It Ride stakes at Del Mar on Oct. 31.The field for the Mathis Brothers Mile: Ground Rules, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Crittenden, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Professor Berns, Brice Blanc, 15-1; Soul Driver, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Mister Brightside, Mike Smith, 4-1; Acceptance, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; Ike Walker, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Vigilante, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Om, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; and Fueled by Bourbon, Joel Rosario, 10-1. EL KABEIR ‘SITTING ON BIG RACE’ FOR MALIBUEl Kabeir is among five of the seven horses entered in the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Opening Day Saturday that are not based at Santa Anita.Only longshot Bad Read Sanchez and Lord Nelson are stabled at Santa Anita.El Kabeir, headquartered in New York where the gray son of the late Scat Daddy is trained by John Terranova II for Ahmed Zayat of American Pharoah fame, understandably has called trainer Bob Baffert’s barn his home since he arrived at Santa Anita two weeks ago.Baffert, for those on another planet the past year, was the Svengali who masterminded the Zayat-owned American Pharoah to a successful Triple Crown campaign in 2015.“El Kabeir looked really good when he came in,” said Baffert, who trains Lord Nelson for the Peachtree Stable. Nothing has changed during his stay.“All reports are that he’s doing great,” Terranova said by phone Thursday morning from New York, where he will leave tomorrow from The Big Apple with his wife, Tonja, to saddle El Kabeir in the Malibu.“He’s had two works over the track, drew a good post and has a top rider in Mike Smith. The horse is sitting on a big race.”El Kabeir has run in nothing but stakes since breaking his maiden by nearly 11 lengths at Saratoga on Aug. 30, 2014. Eight of the stakes have been graded. Only the City Of Laurel in Maryland on Nov. 14 was not. He won that seven furlong race by a nose.He has won five of 11 starts and earned $834,892. His only two misfires came at Belmont Park, in the Grade I Champagne over a sloppy track when he was beaten nearly 18 lengths last Oct. 4, and against older horses in the Grade III Bold Ruler Oct. 31 when he was nearly 10 lengths back.Other than those two, El Kabeir has never finished out of the money.The field for the Malibu, race eight of nine: Pain and Misery, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Marking, Jose Lezcano, 5-2; Watershed, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Runhappy, Gary Stevens, 6-5; El Kabeir, Mike Smith, 8-1; Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; and Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1.First post time opening day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. CAN BALTAS SMELL THE ROSES WITH LILY POD?Having never run in a stakes race, let alone a Grade I, Lily Pod looms a rank outsider in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, but Richard Baltas is inclined to give the daughter of Bernstein a longshot’s chance.“I think she liked Los Alamitos, but I might have worked her too fast too close to the race and she got away from the rider,” Baltas said, referring to her fourth-place finish as the 9-10 favorite at the Orange County oval on Dec. 13. “That might have made a difference.“She came back good, although she’s in tough in the La Brea, no doubt, but she ran big here last year when she broke her maiden (winning by 3 ½ lengths Oct. 16 while in hand late).”The field: Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 6-1; Hot City Girl, Jose Ortiz, 3-1; Cavorting, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-2; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Lily Pod, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Rattataptap, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Pleasant Tales, James Graham, 20-1; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; and Finest City, Gary Stevens, 8-1. OUT-OF-TOWNERS DOMINATE GRADE I MALIBUTRAINER HOPES LILY POD BLOOMS IN LA BREA CRITTENDEN TRIES TO REBOUND IN MATHIS MILETRAINER TRELA ON MEND AT CLOCKERS’ CORNERWARREN‘S VENEDA RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S FRANKELLIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30WALL CALENDAR AND MORE FREE ON OPENING DAY WARREN‘S VENEDA SET FOR FRANKEL, RAIN OR SHINECraig Lewis has entered Warren’s Veneda in Sunday’s Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, listed for 1 1/8 miles on turf, but with recent erratic rain patterns, should it come off the grass and be run on dirt, “All the better,” the trainer said.“She’s better on dirt and there’s nowhere to run her right now, so we opted for the Frankel, but I’d love for it to come off the turf. Her one off-track race here last winter was awesome,” referring to a 5 ½ length romp on a wet/fast strip in the Paseana Stakes on Jan. 11. “She won with authority.”As for memories of Bobby Frankel, the Hall of Fame trainer for whom the race is named, Lewis was precise and succinct: “One of the greatest trainers of all time,” he said. “We were very friendly. I got along real well with him. I had many good conversations with him over the years.”Frankel died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009.The field for the Frankel: Nancy From Nairobi, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Three Hearts, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Alexis Tangier, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Rusty Slipper, James Graham, 9-2; Star Act, Kieren Fallon, 30-1; Peace and War, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Fresh Feline, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Sweet as a Rose, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Gender Agenda, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Glory, Mike Smith, 4-1; Honey Ride, Abel Lezcano, 20-1; and Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 12-1. LIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30Santa Anita will offer a five-day racing week beginning Wednesday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 3. First post time throughout the week will be 12:30 p.m.Excluding weekday holidays, live racing usually is conducted Thursday through Sunday, but with the holiday season in full swing, an exception was made. Santa Anita will be dark on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29.FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will give away its popular full color Wall Calendar free on opening day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate, and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under accompanied by a paid adult will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred . . . There will be a $1 million guaranteed pool on the Late Pick 4 opening day, and a $150,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 6 . . . Sunday at Santa Anita, unbeaten Songbird is expected to have her first breeze since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 30. “She’s ready,” said Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.