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Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI find it interesting when reading letters in The Gazette where the writers adamantly state their opinions without bothering to research their beliefs. A Feb. 24 letter from Geraldine Krawitz attacked Obama and the Democrats for inaction following the Sandy Hook shooting. She stated that “both the Executive branch and Congress were Democrat controlled” at the time of the tragedy and they “did nothing.”The 113th Congress convening in 2013 was Republican-controlled, as was the 112th during the preceding two years. A Democrat-sponsored bill to reestablish the assault weapons ban was brought to a Senate vote in 2013 but was defeated after strong NRA opposition. (Yes, some Democrats are beholden to the gun lobby). An earlier ban failed to be renewed in 2004 under Republican control. Obama was highly supportive of the legislation and issued 23 executive orders to help curb gun violence after Sandy Hook as per Wikipedia.We frequently hear that gun control legislation will unduly affect “law abiding citizens.” Let me point out that Nickolas Cruz was a “law-biding citizen” until the school shooting. Stephan Paddock was a “law-abiding citizen” prior to the Las Vegas massacre. Omar Mateen, Adam Lanza, James Holmes and the Columbine shooters all used legally purchased weapons to kill innocent victims.Wayne VirklerRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
“He did a beautiful piece of work during the week. I think he will be a horse with a future. We might supplement him for the National Stakes “He might go again before that as he just lacks a bit of experience. Gary said he was always going to win and when he pulled up he just drifted and was a bit idle in front. He will step up in trip and he will love it.” Mick Halford’s Galway Festival winner Hasanour (7-2 favourite) defied a ratings hike with a ready victory in the Gay And Kathleen Byrne Celebrating 50 Years Of Marriage Handicap, forging clear under Shane Foley to score by two and a half lengths. Robbie Downey came with a well-timed run to take the Fleetwood Paints Apprentice Handicap on Eddie Lynam’s Doc Holliday (12-1), while Pat Smullen led all the way on Sabrina Harty’s Breathe Easy (7-2) in the Irish Champions Weekend 13th & 14th September Handicap. Stablemate Together Forever was all the rage after showing distinct promise in a Galway debut fourth and she took the field along, with Found and Seamie Heffernan settled towards the rear through the early stages of the mile contest. Still mid-division two out, Heffernan could almost afford to take a slight pull before joining the front rank with a furlong to run, and just hands and heels from there saw the 14-1 chance account for the 11-10 favourite by three-quarters of a length. Aidan O’Brien unleashed a potentially smart newcomer as Found swept to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh. The winner is by Galileo out of Michael Bell’s top-class Lockinge Stakes-winning filly Red Evie. O’Brien said: “She is a grand big mare and she was just ready to race. “They went steady and then sprinted. I saw her early on and she was at the back and they went slow, so she shouldn’t have really been able to do that unless she was really smart. “She had been working nicely at home.” Shepherd’s Purse (20-1) showed his Racing Post Trophy engagement was not wishful thinking with a taking debut performance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. The son of Pastoral Pursuits was delivered with a powerful challenge down the centre of the track by Gary Carroll which essentially put the race to bed 200 yards out. Clutchingatstraws was two and a half lengths back in second, with odds-on favourite General Marshall third having not enjoying the best of luck in running. Winning trainer Joe Murphy said: “We always liked the horse but we just thought he might need the run. He does everything well at home and I just love the horse. I think a mile is no problem and fortunately enough he is in the Racing Post Trophy. Press Association
“This is weird,” Kay wrote in a Twitter post.The show must go [email protected] x @dcone36 pic.twitter.com/6MyEysSgeC— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 19, 2020This is weird. Broadcasting in an empty and dark @yankeestadium while the game is at @CitiField pic.twitter.com/wVHGmuM60w— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) July 19, 2020MORE: Domingo Germán isn’t quitting baseball after all The Yankees’ TV broadcast team would have ordinarily been at Citi Field on Saturday to call an exhibition game against the Mets. Instead, Michael Kay and David Cone sat in front of monitors at a dark, empty stadium in the Bronx doing their work remotely.MLB will not allow visiting TV announcers to travel to games during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will force regional networks to get creative. For YES, using Yankee Stadium proved more convenient than finding a separate studio. The game itself actually didn’t seem too strange given the circumstances. Mets starter Rick Porcello surrendered a home run — he’s given up 96 of those over the past three seasons — and a Mets infielder made consecutive errors.A better symbol for the endtimes we’re living through, then, is probably Kay and Cone overlooking a dark baseball palace in one of the brighest cities in the U.S.Weird indeed.
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryIn the fall 2014 edition of Wine Press Northwest Westport Winery is featured in the Match Makers recipe and wine pairing column. The winery’s Farm to Fork Restaurant is known for fresh, homemade meals at lunch and dinner. Two of their guests’ favorite menu selections are the Bubba Burger with Bacon Jam and their Dungeness crab cakes made with locally caught crab. Both of these recipes are highlighted in the story about this unique destination winery and paired with two of their 38 wines.The Bubba Burger is matched with the winery’s highly-rated Swimmer Petite Sirah. Of this 91-point wine, the tasting notes say it is, “A tattooed biker wine, muscular and dangerous.” This label features a young Dana Roberts, the family winemaker, after a swim competition on Maui where he was born. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.The Dungeness crab cakes are matched with the winery’s double gold medal winning Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris, described as “A vision of jasmine, melon and white tigers.” A portion of the proceeds from this wine–featuring an iris watercolor by Darryl Easter–is donated to Hoquiam’s 7th Street Theatre.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea Gardens with the unique outdoor sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.
By Joseph Sapia Summer season crowds leave. Oppressive heat disappears, but it is still warm. The sun projects a softer light. Wildlife migrates. The foliage is changing colors.The magic of September at the Jersey Shore.“Don’t tell anybody,” laughed Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action.But, then, she added, “The secret’s out.”Secretly or not secretly, Shore people speak in wonder of September along the coast.“It is kind of magical,” said Margaret Mass, executive direc- tor of the Red Bank Visitors Center. “It’s a way to still enjoy the waterfront experience.“It’s kind of nice people can get into their favorite restaurants without a line,” Mass said. “It’s not too cold, not too hot.”Caitlin Over, 31, of Atlantic Highlands and Alissa Snell, 36, of Red Bank were leaving the Sea Bright beach, where both have season badges, on a recent day. While both are educators – Over, a guidance counselor at Howell High School and Snell, a school psychologist at Neptune High School – their summer is not over.September, Over said, “it’s my favorite local summer.”“The water’s warm, the beach is quiet, it’s just easy,” Snell said. “Everybody on the beach we know is a local.“It’s just more relaxed,” she added. “More people know their beach etiquette – don’t sit close to someone else, don’t blare music, throw garbage away, watch your kids.”Some wrongly think September is the end of beach season, said Olivia Rauso, 19, of Red Bank.“I think it’s really great, if you take adavantage of it,” said Rauso. “On Sandy Hook, it’s migrating season,” Dillingham said.Monarch butterflies and fall warblers are heading south, for example. “You start to notice that change,” Dillingham said.Zipf, whose Clean Ocean Action environmental group also is based at Sandy Hook, noted the changing of colors – the “bright yellow” of goldenrod and the ocean’s water, for example.“The water gets a reflection from the sun that’s deeper, crisper,” said Zipf, who has spent all of her 57 years at the Shore. “Foliage starts turning red. The air is crisper. It’s a beautiful time of year.”Pat MacMillan, 66, a recently retired Perth Amboy schools administrator who lives in Fair Haven, noted how September is a great time for town and beach.“We always try to get to the beach in September,” MacMillan said. “It’s quiet. You can go to the end of September. “You can go to restaurants, walk around without the crowds,” MacMillan said. “September is the best.”This September, MacMillan will do local trips to Ocean Grove and Island Beach State Park, along with vacationing at Acadia National Park on the Maine coast.Rauso, on the other hand, is headed back to school at Montclair State University. “As soon as I’m at Montclair, I miss the beach,” Rauso said. “It’s the best-kept secret, September at the beach,” Rauso said.But the secret is out…. For locals, September is sort of a Take Back the Shore.“You can look at it as our time,” said Laurie Potter of Rumson. “It can be a time to enjoy our own backyard.”But Potter, co-owner of River Road Books in Fair Haven, noted the “juxtaposition,” when the Jersey Shore’s traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day transitions with the coming of September.“You can go out to all the places you don’t want to get near in the summer,” Potter said.However, tourism also helps businesses, Potter said. And tourism takes advantage of September. For example, in Red Bank, the Guinness Oyster Festival is Sunday, Sept. 25, at the White Street Parking Lot.“We definitely enjoy a nice shoulder season, Red Bank being the gateway to the Shore area,” Mass said. “Temperatures go down, free beaches.“Beautiful weather,” Mass said. “We, sometime, have the nicest weather, September weather.”“It can be the best weather of the year, in September,” Potter agreed.“People feel it’s a good time to get out,” Mass said.The natural world, too, changes.“The way I always know it’s September is the gulls and terns wing dance,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, a Sandy Hook-based coastal conservation group. “They’re flying around, grabbing these (flying) ants.
By Jay Cook |HIGHLANDS – Last year, borough residents observed construction crews passing through town to access the storm-battered Atlantic Highlands segment of the Henry Hudson trail to execute a million dollars’ worth of repairs.The popular trail for bikers, strollers and runners ends at the Highlands border.The opening of that renovated trail has revived a discussion in Highlands about the potential value of extending the route through the bay-front town.On Feb. 7, the borough council unanimously voted to ask the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) for assistance in connecting the 24-mile-long Henry Hudson Trail to Highlands. A detailed, Intra-Borough Bike Path plan was introduced and presented in late 2011 but was shelved in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy months later.“It just so happens that you kind of get cut off once the bike path ends from Atlantic Highlands, which is ridiculous,” said Highlands councilwoman Rosemary Ryan, who helped oversee the report in 2011. “You can get to Hartshorne Park and Sandy Hook from here.”Joe Sardonia, an MCPS supervising landscape architect, said talks about extending the trail into Highlands had stalled after Sandy.“We haven’t really looked at that very closely recently,” Sardonia said, “and it’s a bit disjointed.”The 2011 plan was generated to be both a thoroughfare for bikers and joggers who utilize the trail, as well as for residents looking for a safe way to commute by bicycle through Highlands. The small, 0.71-square-mile bayside community hopes to connect the Henry Hudson Trail to about a dozen local roadways with significance.The report was split into four categories – the Henry Hudson Trail section, Huddy Park section, Downtown section and the Hill section – each offering its own unique amenities. Bicyclists would be able to safely access many of Highlands’ restaurants, local businesses and its numerous borough, county and state parks.“It would be a direct benefit to our local economy,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “It would definitely be an economic driver because people would potentially see more businesses instead of seeing the trail ending and not coming into town.”The report also suggests bike racks, interpretive signage, informational kiosks and bicyclist-friendly roadway markings all be implemented along the route.The most challenging aspect of the bike path, per the report, is the Hill section, where bicyclists would have to cross Route 36 and traverse up hilly roads to the historic Twin Lights State Park and to the 794-acre Hartshorne Woods Park.At Hartshorne Woods Park, the park system has been improving Battery Lewis over the past few years. The former military outpost served as a defensive location for Fort Hancock’s protection on the New York Harbor during World War II. The site has become a refurbished, walk-through informational center set to open in the spring.But Sardonia said connection to Hartshorne Woods Park would not be so easy.“I think it would be a benefit,” he said, “but the question is how do you do that in a safe manner, given the existing roads?”Ryan, the councilwoman, said she also envisioned the Henry Hudson Trail running through Highlands onto Gateway National Recreation Area and then into Sea Bright.The Henry Hudson Trail currently runs in sections from Freehold to Atlantic Highlands, passing through Marlboro, Matawan, Keyport, Hazlet and Middletown. According to the park system, it was formerly called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands.In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later. New Jersey Transit currently owns the trail corridor.The complete Intra-Borough Bicycle Plan can be found online at HighlandsBorough.org.This article first appeared in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.