Reader Congratulates TRT on Vibrant Paper


first_imgTo The Editor:I would like to congratulate you on bringing The Two River Times back to life! Recently, the paper has many more and very interesting stories about community events, and a more readable format. Dividing the news into various sections, combined with local reporting and opinions, promotes a more engaged reading experience.In the past, I subscribed for the movie schedule and articles by Joan Ellis and Linda Stewart (please keep these wonderful writers on board!) Now I look forward to the wider coverage of community happenings.Thank you!Anne WeilRed Banklast_img read more

Sea Bright Gets Strict With Liquor Licenses


first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SEA BRIGHT – For the first time, the borough has placed conditions on renewing liquor licenses for restaurants and beach clubs.“Sea Bright, before this year, never has imposed conditions” on licenses that were renewed, Mayor Dina Long said last week. “This is a new thing and, like all new things, is going to take getting used to,” she said.The council recently renewed the liquor licenses of the Driftwood Beach Club and the Edgewood Beach Club, both with the condition that alcoholic beverages would not be sold, served or consumed in the parking lot of the property, stating “the areas of the property are not to be considered as part of the licensed premises.”The license for Rory’s Pub, 1125 Ocean Ave., was renewed by the council with the stipulation that no live or recorded music be played in the courtyard after 10 p.m.At a June 20 meeting, the Borough Council approved renewing the license for Tommy’s Tavern + Tap for 2017-18, but added special conditions regarding public health and safety.The resolution for the renewal cited the restaurant’s application to the town’s Unified Planning Board to add a banquet hall to the second floor of the restaurant and redesign the restaurant’s rear dining room and outside dining and gathering space, an area which has been the source of noise complaints, according to the resolution.During the hearings before the Planning Board, the resolution said, Tommy Bonfiglio, owner of Tommy’s, agreed to conditions that “minimize noise and disturbance to surrounding properties.”To comply with the resolution, Tommy’s will separate the outdoor dining area of the popular restaurant from the rear gathering space that borders the Shrewsbury River. Gates between the gathering space and the dining area will be closed at 10 p.m., and any patrons would be directed to leave the gathering space at 10 p.m.There will be no wait service or serving of food and drinks in the rear gathering space, and no patrons will be served unless seated at a table in a permitted dining area, according to the resolution.During the numerous hearings held by the planning board on Tommy’s application to add the banquet room, which was approved in May, residents of the Nautilus Condominium and their attorney came to the meetings to complain about the noise from the gathering space behind the restaurant. The gathering space is on the other side of a fence that separates the properties.One resident, Janice Pattison, said Tommy’s property line was about 16 feet from her home.When the restaurant opened in the summer of 2015, a bocce court was placed in the gathering area next to the fence separating Tommy’s from the Nautilus. After complaints about noise by Nautilus residents, the court was removed because Bonfiglio had not received permission from the borough to install it.At recent hearings on Tommy’s application to add the banquet room, Nautilus residents opposed the owner’s request to place another bocce court in the same place and the planning board agreed, denying the request. The residents also asked that measures be taken to limit the noise from the gathering space.Bonfiglio could not be reached for comment about the conditions placed on his license renewal. An article in concerning the conditions on the license renewals said Bonfiglio felt he was being singled out and that the conditions in the resolution were already in the planning board approval.This article was first published in the July 6-13, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Leafs outlast pesky Bruins to increase Murdoch Division lead


first_imgBut the “work-man-like” Leafs went to work after Rand’s marker, and were rewarded when Miller scored his first of three on the power play eight minutes into the contest.In the second period, that “work ethic” McLellan was referring to kicked into high gear as Nelson outshot the Bruins 12-1 and combined for two goals by Matt MacDonald and Miller.Nelson continued its push in the third, and if it wasn’t for the effort of Jacob Mullen in the Bruins’ nets, the final deficit would have been must greater as Nelson finished the game with a 38-13 margin in shots.Surprisingly, in a season when the defence has stepped up not only to lead at the back end but also help with the offence, the group of Patrick Croome, Robson Cramer, Darnel St. Pierre and Austin Seaman took the night off scoring.Which hasn’t been the case most nights.Which has not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.“Any time you can have a defence that can help and put up points it’s good,” McLellan gleefully said.“And our penalty kill is a real key element to our team,” McLellan added.“If you look carefully at our penalty kill, at one point we were about 99 percent on the road . . . that particular system has really helped our team.”The win increases Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to three points over idle Castlegar Rebels and four over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Nitehawks are next up on the schedule for the Leafs, playing the Green and White at home Saturday at 7 p.m.BLUELINES: After jettisoning two defenceman due to internal issues, the Leafs coaching staff has been forced to move a forward back to help the defensive core. Sunday, against Beaver Valley, Nelson Minor Hockey grad Nolan Percival was a rock of consistency on the blueline. Wednesday, it was Blair Andrews who was shifted back to the defence. Andrews was back in the lineup after sitting out since early October with an upper body injury. . . .Before the game the Nelson Leafs and Regional District of Central Kootenay presented Cathy Foxcroft of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation a cheque for $8000. The donation is derived from bottles left by the public at RDCK Lakeside Drive Recycling Center and consolidated by the Leaf’s Bottle Depot. Playing nine games in the month of November against divisional opponents gives the coaching staff of the Nelson Leafs a good look at the obstacles facing the Green and White in its run to success in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Despite sitting in the Murdoch Division basement, the Grand Forks Border Bruins should never be considered an easy two points for the elite teams.Nelson needed to battle back from a one-goal deficit to defeat the pesky Bruins 4-1 in KIJHL mid-week action Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.Rayce Miller provided the bulk of the scoring for the Leafs, netting the hat trick, to spark Nelson to the divisional win.“It’s a combination of things,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan as to the reason for the team’s success this season.“There are certain teams that struggle with our systems play, in my opinion . . . they’re not as structured as we are.”“(And) our work ethic every night is better than most of the teams we’ve seen, plus we’ve had lots of contributions from all lines and especially our defence.”The Bruins struck first Wednesday, putting Nelson behind the eight ball seconds into the game when Michael Rand surprised Leaf goalie Adam Maida with a harmless shot.last_img read more

Six in the Stix Mountain Biking Festival this weekend


first_img After young riders show their stuff, Sunday will test mountain bikers with their skills and endurance over a 6 hour period of cross-country riding on the 13 km loop in the Cranbrook Community Forest.Organizer Cooper advises mountain bikers to “enjoy the smooth & subtle uphills that gain 365m of elevation throughout the entire loop, and to remain focused during the swoopy & fast flat and downhill sections of the endless single-tracks”.Participants can choose to tackle the six hour event as an individual rider or as part of a relay team of two or do the new lap Stix suited for recreational riders.Registration cut-off is Thursday, September 17.Story source originated at The Nelson Daily More than 100 kids and youth are expected to be part of the action at the Sixth annual Six in the Stix Mountain Biking Festival September 19-12 near Cranbrook.Riders from Alberta and the Kootenays will participate in one of three races as a way of celebrating participation, health, fitness and the simple joy of riding a bicycle.Riders 2-14 years old can choose one of the following challenges: riding 15 minutes around & over obstacles around a paved course, and riding either up to a maximum of 30 minutes or 60 minutes on the trails of a 1.4 km loop in the Cranbrook Community Forest above the College of the Rockies.For the 15-min. Stix, geared for athletes 3-6 years old, riders may show off their favorite stride bike, 4-wheel bike or standard 2-wheel bicycle. As for the 30 min. & 60 min. trail options, race organizer Charlie Cooper provides this description: “The trails just above the College are mostly double-track and very smooth, but there’s also a fun section of single-track called Roller Coaster that will have riders twist & turn their way downhill as fast as they want back to the finish. It’s a loop with just a little bit of climbing and lots of room for riders to pass each other.”Riders of all abilities are invited to attend this exciting event, and organizers have kept the entry fee at only $10. Each rider will enjoy a well-organized race, receive a goodie bag and be able to restore their energy levels at the Stix Shack after crossing the finish line.Registration is available online until Friday night, September 18 at and limited race day registration will be accepted at the event. Check-in & late registration will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday and races will begin at 1 p.m.last_img read more



first_imgFirst post time on Sunday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit SMOKEY IMAGE: Undefeated in his first six starts, California-bred Smokey Image will try to rebound off a pair of graded stakes defeats as he cuts back in distance for the Barrera. Beaten 18 ¾ lengths by Danzing Candy in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes on March 12, Smokey Image was battered by some 37 ½ lengths when seventh to Exaggerator in the Santa Anita Derby. Trained by Carla Gaines and owned by Irvin Racing Stable, Smokey Image was a winner of the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile in his only try at seven furlongs on Oct. 30 at Del Mar. With six wins from eight starts, “Smokey” has earnings of $443,445. THE GRADE III LAZARO BARRERA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 6 (of 11)                                  Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PDT I WILL SCORE: Second as the 3-2 favorite in a six furlong stakes on April 15 at Oaklawn Park, Hans Poetsch’s homebred I Will Score looms the horse to beat on Saturday. With two wins from five starts, the Kentucky-bred colt by Roman Ruler’s best race was likely a close third place finish in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis Stakes here three starts back on Feb. 6. After showing the way early, he ended up tiring late at 5-2 and was beaten two lengths by Mor Spirit. In his next start, he finished last, beaten 19 ¼ lengths by Danzing Candy in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes on March 12. Although untested at seven furlongs, both of his career wins have come sprinting. IRON ROB: A winner of the 6 ½ furlong Baffle Stakes here on Feb. 21, this Florida-bred colt by Twirling Candy came back to win the six furlong San Pedro Stakes on March 20 prior to being eased in the Santa Anita Derby. Trained by George Papaprodromou, Iron Rob has three wins and two seconds from 11 overall starts. Owned by Kretz Racing, LLC, he has earnings of $157,665.center_img DENMAN’S CALL: Trained by Doug O’Neill, his best race to date was a third place performance in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 15, as he sat close to the pace and finished four lengths behind his stablemate, eventual Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Subsequently second in the six furlong San Pedro Stakes March 20, the chestnut gelding by Northern Afleet finished sixth, beaten 24 ½ lengths, by Exaggerator in the San Anita Derby. Owned by his breeders, W.C. Racing, LLC, Westside or Gilman Racing, Denman’s Call was a first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 9 and will be making his fifth start on Saturday. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 11, 2016)–Jerry Hollendorfer’s talented I Will Score returns from Arkansas and promising sophomores Smokey Image, Denman’s Call and Iron Rob will try to rebound off disappointing runs in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9 as they cut back in distance to seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes for 3-year-olds.Named for the late Hall of Fame conditioner who won the 1976 Kentucky Derby with Bold Forbes and the 1978 Triple Crown with Affirmed, the Barrera has attracted a field of seven and will be run as the sixth race on an 11-race program at Santa Anita on Saturday. Bistraya–Santiago Gonzalez–120Iron Rob–Stewart Elliot–122Mrazek–Mario Gutierrez–124Denman’s Call–Rafael Bejarano–120Smokey Image–Victor Espinoza–122Westbrook–Tiago Pereira–120I Will Score–Martin Garcia–120last_img read more



first_imgTrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Gary Stevens2844714%54%$428,980 Bob Baffert2787330%67%$811,405 Fernando Perez4782917%40%$217,055 STERLING PERFORMANCE BOOSTS PEREIRAWith six wins over the last four racing days, jockey Tiago Periera and his agent, Patty Sterling, are enjoying the fruits of their labors.Periera has leaped into the top 10 in Santa Anita’s standings with eight victories. The 40-year-old native of Brazil’ gained his signature win in 2010 when he captured the $10 million Dubai World Cup by a nose aboard 25-1 shot Gloria De Campeao.“He’s very easy to work for and he likes to work hard,” said Sterling, whose father, the late Larry Sterling, Sr., trained 1978 Santa Anita Handicap winner. She has represented Pereira since last March.“When you win like we are now, it makes things easier, but every day’s a battle. It’s not much different from training horses, really. It’s very competitive, just like trainers trying to get new owners and better horses.“It’s the same for an agent, trying to ride better horses, get in more barns and get more clients.”So far, so good. Doug O’Neill658101412%49%$396,031 Gary Sherlock1451136%50%$132,110 FINISH LINES: Congrats to trainer Gary Sherlock, who has won with four of his last five starters, including Lob City ($5.40) in Thursday’s sixth race. “Just been lucky and putting them in the right spots,” said Sherlock, who has 9-2 morning line chance Lookin At Mossy against 4-5 choice Vibe in today’s second heat . . . Jose Cuevas was at Clockers’ Corner Friday visiting with old chums. The Dominican Republic native formerly worked with the late Bobby Frankel and Ron McAnally, legendary Hall of Fame members each, and is here with Paola Queen for Venezuelan trainer Gustavo Delgado. The three-year-old daughter of Flatter won the Grade I Test at seven furlongs, the same distance as next Saturday’s $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint, for which she is ticketed . . . McAnally, meanwhile, has San Juan Capistrano winner Quick Casablanca on course for the Grade II Marathon Stakes at 1 ¾ miles on dirt next Friday. “He’s won on grass, but he can run on dirt,” McAnally said of Quick Casablanca, who worked seven furlongs Thursday in a bullet 1:26.80. Tyler Baze rides in the Marathon . . . The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) has announced the following winners of the 2016 Pete Pedersen Award, presented to stewards who have made important contributions to the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred industries: Peter Kosiba Jr., Calvin Rainey, Michael Corey, Dennis Nevin and Jerry Burgess. The recipients will be recognized Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program’s Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson . . . Jockey Fernando Perez has been suspended three days (Nov. 3, 4 and 5) for causing interference on Whistle Pretty in Thursday’s fifth race. Peter Miller51138425%49%$451,445 Rafael Bejarano8716201118%54%$1,113,530 Tiago Pereira5388115%32%$333,885 Flavien Prat7114131120%54%$1,086,350 Kent Desormeaux49135727%51%$505,720 Martin Pedroza5585215%27%$274,355 In other Breeders’ Cup news:Runhappy (Dirt Mile), the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, works five furlongs at 5 a.m. Saturday with exercise rider Marcus O’Donnell up for trainer Laura Wohlers.Tara’s Tango (Filly & Mare Sprint) worked five furlongs with Rafael Bejarano up in 59.80. “Very nice,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “She’s doing great and had a good gallop out.”Kitkat, the Filly from Chile, worked five furlongs Friday for the Mile in 59.60 for trainer Sebastian Silva.Masochistic, a favorite for the Sprint, works Saturday at 9 a.m. for Ron Ellis.At 7:45 a.m., FrontRunner winner Gormley works under either Chantal Sutherland or regular rider Victor Espinoza for John Shirreffs.Horses entered in the Juvenile have won a combined 29 races from 41 starts, and six are unbeaten, including Gormley.Super agent Ron Anderson has Joel Rosario booked on 12 of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races.NBC Sports Group’s Mike Tirico will host NBC’s primetime coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Saturday, Nov. 5, marking his first career horse racing assignment.“What a great event and venue for my maiden voyage with our incredibly talented horse racing team,” Tirico said. “I look forward to working with them at one of the premiere events on the Thoroughbred calendar. I’ve always enjoyed watching the Breeders’ Cup cap the year and set the storylines for the following spring. Now I can’t wait to experience that in person for the first time.”Since joining NBC Sports Group in July, Tirico has served as a host of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Football Night in America, The Open, and The Ryder Cup, and handled play-by-play for Notre Dame Football. CLOCKER WEIGHS CHAMPIONS’ CHANCES IN DISTAFFKING OF MOUNTAIN CHROME MUST HURDLE ARROGATESTELLAR WIND IN LAST MAJOR DRILL FOR THE DISTAFFALL IN THE FAMILY FOR STEVENS IN BREEDERS’ CUPSPRINT CHAMP RUNHAPPY TO BREEZE FOR DIRT MILE STELLAR WIND IN ‘SMOOTH’ BREEZE FOR DISTAFFStellar Wind, who will seek her third straight win over three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Longines Distaff next Friday, worked six furlongs in company with Marathon-bound Hard Aces Friday morning in 1:13.20. Hard Aces was clocked in 1:13.60.“It was her usual work, smooth, no problems, so we’re right where we’re supposed to be,” said John Sadler, who trains the four-year-old daughter of Curlin for owners Kosta and Peter Hronis.Exercise rider Jose Contreras was aboard Stellar Wind, who defeated Beholder by a half-length in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar July 30 and by a neck in the Grade I Zenyatta at Santa Anita on Oct. 1.STEVENS’ SEVEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TO HOST BC INTERVIEWSMaddie Stevens, seven-year old daughter of 10-time Breeders’ Cup champion jockey and acclaimed actor Gary Stevens, will host a series of all-access Breeders’ Cup interviews with several of racing’s most influential figures.A horseracing aficionado, Maddie has spent her life deeply involved in the racing community. Ahead of and during the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Maddie will conduct interviews with some of the sport’s most influential names, including leading Breeders’ Cup jockeys, partners, executives and horses.Maddie will meet with famed jockeys Victor Espinoza, winner of the first-ever Grand Slam title, and Mike Smith, winner of more Breeders’ Cup races than any jockey, to get their insight on this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Maddie will also meet with Goodie Girls Cupcakes to exclusively unveil the Breeders’ Cupcake and visit California Chrome, Tepin, Songbird, Beholder, and Stellar Wind, five of this year’s leading contenders.Maddie also will be on-site at several of the most exciting events, including the post position draw for both the Classic and the Longines Distaff and the highly anticipated Taste of the World event at Warner Bros. Studios. Additionally, she will conduct a one-on-one interview with Bob Baffert, one of racing’s most renowned trainers who conditioned 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharaoh.“We are excited that Maddie will be joining the Breeders’ Cup team this year,” said Peter Rotondo, Vice President of Content for Breeders’ Cup. “Maddie has more horse racing knowledge than many in the industry and is the perfect person for the job; her subjects better be ready for any and all questions!”To follow Maddie and stay current with news from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, click here and here. Philip D’Amato4270517%29%$442,685center_img William Spawr1243133%67%$124,068 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, Oct. 27) Victor Espinoza3658314%44%$745,490 Tyler Baze751461119%41%$522,040 Stewart Elliott444449%27%$221,848 DISTAFF LURES THREE CHAMPIONS            Perhaps the most anticipated race in the 33-year history of the Breeders’ Cup takes center stage next Friday, Nov. 4, when champions Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind meet in the $2 million Longines Distaff for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles.Gary Young, the respected private clocker and bloodstock agent who wears his opinions on his sleeve and usually has them at the ready, has been watching the three queens racing and working at their home base of Santa Anita all season in advance of the Distaff, and while post positions won’t be drawn until Monday, he provided his insight based on what he has observed to date and his 38 years of experience.If the words “politically incorrect” were in the dictionary, Gary Young’s picture would be next to them.“Beholder seems to have come out of her race (the Zenyatta, second to Stellar Wind on Oct. 1) well,” he said. “Her work prior to yesterday was kind of an atypical Mandella work (Oct. 20, five furlongs in 59.20) in that she went pretty quick early, and after she passed her company, Gary (Stevens) kind of just cruised in with her. She worked well. I couldn’t knock it.“She went decent” yesterday, six furlongs in 1:14.40.“Stellar Wind is kind of the opposite of Beholder and Songbird. Stellar Wind is a horse that just does OK in the morning. She saves her best for the afternoon. Her work last Friday was good. I didn’t mind it at all.“She’s not a big, imposing filly, doesn’t carry a lot of weight to her, but obviously she has a lot of try in her. For an average work horse, she looked very, very good this morning (six furlongs in 1:13.60).“This is a whole different swimming pool Songbird is jumping into. I have the utmost respect for Carina Mia (second by nearly six lengths to Songbird in the Cotillion). I think she’s distance limited, and I think Catherina Sophia (third in the Cotillion, 9 ½ lengths behind Songbird) is, too, so consequently it’s open for debate as to what Songbird has been beating.“Can you knock her wins? Not really. I thought it was kind of interesting, although the races were run on different days, that when she and Arrogate both ran a mile and a quarter at Saratoga, Arrogate ran four seconds faster. (Arrogate won the Travers in 1:59.20 on Aug. 27; Songbird won the Alabama in 2:03 on Aug. 20). Songbird went easy throughout (yesterday, five furlongs in 1:01, breezing).“I can’t knock any of the three of them, and there are also some very nice fillies coming in from the East Coast.”As to Classic favorite California Chrome, Young has been an observer from afar, so to speak, since the 2014 Horse of the Year does the vast majority of his training at his home base of Los Alamitos.“I’ve only seen videos of his works at Los Alamitos,” Young said, “and he’s King of the Mountain now. The one hurdle that he hasn’t cleared yet is Arrogate.“With all due respect to the older horse division and other places around the country, including New York, I don’t think they’re close to what Chrome is, and I think the only hurdle he has left to keep him from having a perfect season is Arrogate, and we’re going to see what happens on Nov. 5.”      Jerry Hollendorfer3754414%35%$281,406 Richard Baltas5279613%42%$421,900 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith2143219%43%$245,565 Joseph Talamo3976218%38%$302,675 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.7514121219%51%$582,413 Mark Glatt2756919%74%$211,431 Mike Puype1941121%32%$131,630 Jeff Mullins1340331%54%$125,525last_img read more

No matter what the style, parents will never be satisfied by kids’ clothes


first_imgDo you suppose that it began during the Renaissance with some dad screaming, “Hey sonny boy, you are not leaving this house without a proper codpiece!”? More than likely, the problems that we have with our children’s mode of dress probably started when we finally had enough. Enough heat, enough food, enough free time to even notice what the kids were walking around in. Take my parents, people who came up during the Great Depression and never let me forget it. They had to deal with finding something to wear, anything to wear. I know a man who, as a boy, was asked to leave the family farm in Oklahoma because his family couldn’t afford to feed him. For two years he rode the rails without a change of clothes until he joined the Merchant Marine in San Pedro at the outbreak of World War II. Not in a hundred years had men worn their hair so long, and it caused fights. It caused an older woman that I once held a door for to scream (it’s impossible to believe now), “Get a haircut!” Kids were getting thrown out by irate dads because of hair and bell-bottoms which, in retrospect, should have gotten them hung by the fashion police. Then it all passed, sort of. We have since become a nation of copy cats, a race of people who choose an era. Today I’m a beatnik, tomorrow a hippie, next week I may be punk. It’s hard to believe that the spiked Mohawks standing stiffly atop the heads of goth kids have been around for over 20 years. Still, it shocks in a trivial way, in a way that makes us wonder, “Why bother making any statement at all if the statement isn’t original?” So I’ve seen a lot and have learned that fashion, like glory, is fleeting. Still, I am offended by my 14-year-old son’s baseball cap. Offended because it is gold with little gold “H’s” all over it and a big embroidered “H” at the front that made the thing look like something purchased in the lobby of a Hilton Hotel and worn at an off-putting angle on his head. Only he’s not a walking advert for Hilton. No, he’s an unpaid billboard for Hurley skateboard products. I try to be understanding because all week long he has to wear the dreaded blue cords and polo shirt of a Catholic school boy. Of course, this uniform business – while making things easy for parents – sometimes causes an outlandish after-school backlash. My daughters and their friends did the same thing only worse because they attended an all-girls Catholic school, a place of uncombed hair, ratty shirts and tattered blouses that gave way on weekends to outfits so risque they might make Hugh Hefner blush. In reality, the boy dresses like all boys his age with the pants moderately low – a wonderful style begun by beltless prison inmates – and thick skateboard shoes like something from “Young Frankenstein” only in plaid. Buying him a new pair of these things over the weekend at Sport Chalet, I asked, “Are they comfortable?” His reply, “No, but they look really cool.” Cool, with the laces worn loose and no knot in sight. Do you know how long it took to teach him how to tie those knots he now neglects? Meanwhile, all his shirts are printed with huge skateboard company logos on colors ranging from mud brown to just mud. Put together as an ensemble, the askew hat, shoes, shirts add up to one thing and one thing only – he is a 14-year-old boy. A boy lost in an uncertain in-between time. No longer a child but not yet a man, he scrapes by in a fashion hinterland inspired by the dumbest “sport” ever devised by boys boys like me, long-ago riders on suicide metal wheels. I look at him thinking how, at his age, I was making the transition from pegged black trousers to button-down collars and penny loafers in a time of iron-bound conformity, in a place where you were either a winner or a loser and I so desperately wanted not to be a loser. Which makes me no different from him with his small rebellions and a desire to look exactly like his peers. So what do I do? I let him wear the stupid hat but not sideways. And I let him have the baggy trousers and the mud-colored shirts. I let him do what he has to do, what he must do on his fast-track away from childhood and home. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFunny how those rough years followed the wild short-skirt flapper era exemplified by the chronically excessive Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. After that it was uniforms, followed by the post-war move toward motorcycle boots, cuffed blue jeans and white T-shirts. I know a local guy who knew James Dean back in the 1950s. He told me that this look, institutionalized in “Rebel Without A Cause,” had been the uniform of South Bay hot rod kids long before the movie appeared. At the same time there were beatniks in beards and berets, but they were scarce. The late Bob Denver, before occupying “Gilligan’s Island,” played a beatnik named Maynard G. Krebs on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” TV show. He once told me that he had to travel to San Francisco just to see what these exotic poetry-reading creatures looked like. Meanwhile, hemlines go up and down, mostly following the economy. They are shortish at the moment, but nothing when compared to the 1960s, when panty hose were invented to cover up what wasn’t being covered at all. This was back when boys – and older men who shouldn’t have – migrated en masse from the Elvis look to a Beatles look, to something well beyond that. And our poor parents had fits. last_img read more

Hawaiian unveils new A321neo cabin


first_imgHawaiian Airlines has unveiled a new cabin for the trans-oceanic Airbus A321neo aircraft that promises to transform its operations.Hawaiian is set to take delivery of 18 of the 4,000-nautical mile range jets by 2020, with the first neo slated for delivery later this year.The three-cabin neos— featuring 16 Premium, 45 Extra Comfort and 128 economy class seats from B/E Aerospace —and will be powered by new fuel-efficient twin Pratt & Whitney PurePower 1133G-JM engines.The longer-range narrowbodies will ply the skies between the islands and the US West Coast.That frees up more of the airline’s widebody A330-200s for high-capacity, deep continental U.S. duties and international flying.Narrowbody Boeing 717-200s will continue to link Honolulu with Hawaiian’s ‘neighbor-island’ markets.Hawaiian’s been on a product improvement roll of late, adding new amenities and aircraft at a relatively rapid rate.UK-based JPA Design is crafting the neo’s interior with an “Earth, Sea and Sky” motif.JPA executive Tim Manson says the cabin “draws inspiration from Hawaii’s rich past and contemporary present. Symbolism from Hawaii’s story is woven throughout the cabin interiors.”Less poetically, all three of the A321neos’ cabins are fitted with high-power USB outlets.  Premium and Extra Comfort passengers have access to an additional AC power outlet.The premium cabin will be fitted with leather recliners while the 45 Extra Comfort seats will offer an extra five inches of leg room, priority boarding and other perks.New for Hawaiian passengers will be wireless streaming inflight entertainment available on personal devices after an application has been downloaded before boarding the aircraft.Passengers will be able to enjoy a wide selection of complimentary movies, TV shows, and Hawaii content available exclusively through the airline’s Hawaiian Skies channel.Holders for personal hand-held devices and tablets will be integrated into the tray tables of the premium cabin, as well as the first row of Extra Comfort, and built into the backrest of all other seats in the aircraft.Lots of Hawaii-bound flyers would rather forget about business for a while.That’s why new pivoting overhead bins come in handy, the better to stow vacation gear.last_img read more

ODNR approves more than $11 million for Ohio recreational projects


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently announced the grant recipients for the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, NatureWorks and Recreational Trails Program. ODNR has approved more than $11 million in funding to benefit local Ohio communities statewide.“These three grant programs allow ODNR to invest in Ohioans and improve the quality of life by encouraging people to spend time outdoors here in the Buckeye State,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Whether that involves adding more trails, building shelters and playgrounds or improving restrooms, our focus is to keep moving forward with better facilities so Ohioans will have even more reasons to spend time outdoors.”Clean Ohio Trails FundODNR has approved $6.1 million in Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants in this 10th round of funding to be awarded through the program. ODNR has awarded 19 Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants for community projects that will build and maintain infrastructure allowing citizens to conveniently connect with nature. The projects will complete regional trail systems and links to statewide trails, link population centers with outdoor recreation areas and facilities, preserve natural corridors and connect urban areas to support commuter access.Administered by ODNR, the Clean Ohio Trails Fund is one of four components of the Clean Ohio Fund, which restores, protects and connects Ohio’s natural and urban places. Ohioans approved the establishment of the $400 million bond program in 2000. Grant recipients will provide a 25% local match for their projects.NatureWorksODNR has approved 98 NatureWorks state grants totaling nearly $4 million to help develop and improve public access for outdoor recreation facilities across Ohio. This 22nd round of the ODNR NatureWorks grant program will provide funding in 71 Ohio counties for community-based projects to create and renovate parks and outdoor recreation areas. The grants will support the acquisition of approximately 73 acres of green space and the development or improvement of 24 playgrounds, 16 park restrooms, 14 shelters/gazebos, 13 ballfields and play courts, 12 trails and five spray-splash pads and pool components.NatureWorks provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance to local government subdivisions (i.e., townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development and rehabilitation of recreational areas. The projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue, which was approved by Ohio voters in November 1993. Additional legislation authorized the creation of the NatureWorks Grant Program.Recreational Trails ProgramODNR announced that 14 recreational trails in Ohio have been selected to receive more than $1.56 million in federal funds through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). More than 200 local trail projects across Ohio have received more than $26.5 million in federal funds through ODNR since RTP began in 1993.ODNR administers federal RTP grants for the development and improvement of non-motorized and motorized trails. RTP is a reimbursement grant program that provides up to 80% of a project’s funding. This funding goes to projects that create and maintain trails and trail support facilities, improve access for people with disabilities and provide education about trail safety and the environment. Funding for RTP comes from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration via a portion of the federal motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use.To see which local Ohio communities will receive grant funding, go to read more