By John BurtonOn Election Day it was shaping up to be a long headache for voters, of course, but also for candidates, campaign operatives and for county officials, as they all tried to make sense of the mess that developed with allowing email voting for those who continue to be impacted by the effects of Super Storm Sandy.M. Claire French, the county clerk, acknowledged on Tuesday that her office had been having great difficulty in addressing the large request for email ballots since Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced last Saturday that it would be an option for voters.“It’s safe to say we’ve received many thousands of requests for ballots,” via email, said French. So many, in fact that the statewide voters registration system, the system her staff works with, actually crashed temporarily on Tuesday morning.“We can only do what the system is designed to do,” she said.On top of that complication, French explained, her staff has been addressing the more than 6,000 voters around Monmouth County who had decided to cast their ballots earlier than Nov. 6, by going to the clerk’s office in Freehold.“People were standing outside in the cold for hours,” French said. And despite that large number, “We did accommodate everyone who was in line,” she stressed.The problem arose when voters who sent emails requesting ballots failed to receive a prompt reply, again sent requests, sometimes multiple times, French said. “We have to go through every one,” to ensure requests aren’t missed, she said.And that has strained her limited staff, she said. “We have all of our workstations working full-out,” she said.French, a Republican, is also seeking re-election as county clerk, a job she has held since 1997.Guadagno, in her other role as secretary of state, approved last weekend plans to allow residents of storm-ravaged New Jersey to vote the same way they could if they were overseas or members of the military stationed overseas, allowing them to cast their ballots sort of electronically. This decision was in response to the impact of last week’s storm that as of Election Day left many residents around the state displaced and without electricity.Emails and phone messages to the secretary of state’s office in Trenton on Tuesday were not immediately answered.Voting by email isn’t as simple as filling in the ballot and returning it electronically to the county clerk’s office. Voters had to first request the ballots, with the clerk’s staff checking to make sure they were registered voters; voters then had to print the ballot, fill it in; and then either fax it to the clerk’s office or scan it and email it back.Torin Kelly, campaign director for Anna Little, the Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District, covering much of Monmouth County, said she has been hearing from voters who were frustrated in their attempts to get ballots and were confused with the process. “The big problem has been access to clear information,” Kelly said.Frank Pallone Jr., the Democratic incumbent representing the 6th and who is running for re-election against Little, said his office, too, has been getting calls about this. “A lot of them said they applied and couldn’t get the ballot,” he noted.While it has been used in limited fashion before, “The idea of using emails does present a lot of problems,” Pallone acknowledged, not in the least is security concerns and the ability of the clerk’s staff to handle it.“The problem with emails,” said John O. Bennett, the county’s Republican chairman, “is the insufficient time to prepare for this.”While it was well intended, “It’s the sheer volume of work,” for those responsible for overseeing it,” Bennett added.Vin Gopal, the county’s Democratic chairman, had stronger words. “Look, we had a horrible disaster,” with the storm, he said, “but this should have been better planned.“There are a million problems that could have come up with this,” Gopal charged. “They should have known that.”French said she has been in regular contact with Guadagno and the clerk hopes there might be a way to extend the time for people to respond. But that still remained to be seen as of Tuesday afternoon, she said.As Election Day drew to a close, both Bennett and Gopal said they were rounding up lawyers to prepare possible legal challenges that may arise.“We want to make sure everyone gets to exercise their right to vote today,” Kelly said, hinting at what might come on Nov. 7, “and if there are issues to be found they will be made right.”“This is going to be interesting to see how this comes out,” Gopal said.New Jersey residents, if displaced, could vote anywhere in the state, by submitting provisional ballots, French said. There is a problem with that, as voters won’t be able to cast votes for congressional or local candidates, she said.On Tuesday the Associated Press reported the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is taking Essex County election officials to court over the way special email ballots are being handled.
MIDDLETOWN – It was all smiles and even some tears Thursday afternoon at Mater Dei Prep High School as staff and students found out there is a future for the school.School officials announced Thursday that Bishop David M. O’Connell with the Diocese of Trenton has formally approved the school’s plan moving forward. The plan will have the high school, 538 Church St., that had been operating for 50 years, to function as an independent Roman Catholic school, overseen by its own independent board of trustees which will be responsible its finances and operation. The school will no longer come under the auspices of St. Mary’s Parish, which still oversees St. Mary’s elementary school.Following the announcement in February that the school would have to permanently close this June due to unstable enrollment and unstable finances, parents and alumni rallied to raise more than $1 million and draft a business plan for the school’s future sustainability.With the announcement at the school this afternoon, parent Janet Molicki, said choking back tears of joy, “This is God’s work.”— By John Burton
Carrick helps connect the kitchen’s volunteers to other foundation volunteers who are experts in financial, legal and employment advisement.In Carl’s case, these volunteer coaches helped him formulate a résumé, secure a position at a local supermarket and worked with local partners like Lunch Break and Second Life Bikes to ensure he had appropriate clothing and a means of transportation. With a success rate of nearly 87 percent in securing job offers, Carl is not the only success story to emerge from the work being done by the Employment and Empowerment Team. According to Carrick, the organization is closing in on a milestone as the group is expecting to receive its 100th job offer for a Soul Kitchen volunteer in the coming weeks, an impressive mark for an outfit founded just five years ago. “There’s really no words to describe how we feel,” Carrick said. “It’s a passion of ours and I know all of our coaches couldn’t be happier to be part of this organization, because we’re helping our neighbors. We’re helping fellow human beings.” “We learned that he was down to his last $10 and had nowhere to turn,” Bongiovi explained in her address.Learning of his situation, the Soul Kitchen connected Carl to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s Employment and Empowerment Team, a group of volunteer coaches and human resources professionals dedicated to helping their own volunteers find gainful employment.“Our vision and our mission is to help unemployed and underemployed JBJ Soul Kitchen volunteers find opportunities,” said Lisa Brodeth Carrick, who serves as the Employment and Empowerment Team program manager. “When we’re able to help somebody, you can physically see the weight lifted off their shoulders,” Carrick added. “They come to us and walk away feeling motivated and empowered, with dignity and confidence.”An individual must first volunteer for five shifts at the Soul Kitchen to be eligible to receive counsel from the Employment and Empowerment Team and access the group’s vast employment resources.Carrick says the organization has helped all types of people facing all sorts of hurdles earn job offers, including individuals with disabilities, those who have no prior working experience, former mid-level employees and even ex-executives.“Regardless of what your past may be and what hard times may be present, we work together to provide people with support and with hope,” Carrick said. “And we’re humbled each time a new volunteer comes to us to share their story and ask for help. It takes such courage to do that and we hope they will, because we want to help them and we have the resources to do it.The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation expanded in October 2011 by opening the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank. The nonprofit restaurant offers nutritious, farm-to-table dishes in a restaurant setting that allows diners to contribute volunteer hours or a monetary donation for their meals.Paying customers are encouraged to pay for their meal and then buy a “Pay it Forward” card to help the cost of the volunteer meal, which allows each customer to have the same dining experience and choose from the same menu. To date, the Soul Kitchen has served nearly 80,000 meals.This article first appeared in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. By Chris Rotolo | RED BANK – In September of 2017, Dorothea Bongiovi stepped to a podium in front of 500 spectators representing 25 community service providers in Red Bank, and proceeded to chronicle the tale of a Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen volunteer named Carl.This local resident lived with his parents in the borough and had recently watched his mother pass away while serving as a caregiver for his father, who was battling cancer.For Carl, the Soul Kitchen was an oasis that provided him with charity as well as a hot meal, but it was during a simple conversation that his personal strife was revealed.
But the lead was short lived as James Sorrey scored on the power play 19 seconds later.Nelson took the lead in the second when Seth Schmidt rocketted a shot past James Mousseau in the Nitros net.The Leafs then added two insurance goals in the third by Aaron Dunlap and Dallon Stoddart to secure the win.After an even first period, Nelson took over the play out shooting Kimberley 40-27, including a 12-5 margin in the third.The Leafs continue its road swing through the Eddie Mountain Division Saturday in Golden against the Rockets.Nelson defeated Golden 5-3 last week in the Heritage City in an entertaining affair.The Leafs conclude the three-game swing Sunday in Invermere against the Columbia Valley Rockies.ICE CHIPS: A second period power play goal by Hunter Jenerou proved to be the winner as Castlegar won for the eighth straight time 3-2 over Chase. Dominick Hodges and Bryan Lubin also scored for the Rebels. Jordan Gluck stopped 22 of 24 shots to register the win in goal. Castlegar visits Kamloops Storm Saturday before finishing up the road trip Sunday in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights. . . . Beaver Valley Nitehawks dropped its fourth straight game 8-3 to Creston Friday. The Kimberley Dynamiters kept the league’s hottest scorer Colton Schell off the sheet Friday night.However, the Nitros couldn’t stop the supporting cast as Nelson scored four unanswered goals to dump the host squad 4-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in the Bavarian City.The win allowed the Leafs, winners of 11th straight games, to remain ahead of the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division.The Rebels edged Chase Heat 3-2.Schell entered the contest with 20 points in the past eight games to move into top spot in the KIJHL scoring race.And the Dynamiters were well aware of the New Westminster product, keeping the Leaf sniper under wraps and scoring the game’s first goal late in the first period as Jason Richter beat Brent Soles in the Leaf nets.
Nelson out shot the Hawks 36-34 in the game thanks mostly to the quick start where the Leafs held an 11-5 margin after the first period.Not everyone happy with Friday Leafs winIt’s obvious from the reaction some of the Leaf players received not everyone in Fruitvale is happy Nelson is not going quietly in the first round of the KIJHL playoffs.Leaf defenceman Kevin Bow Tweeted after Friday’s game, “smacked to the face by a bv fan after the game hurts a lot less after a big win.”Following the Leafs seven-game losing streak to end the regular season most experts were predicting a four-game sweep by the Hawk to set up a rematch of last season’s Castlegar-Beaver Valley Murdoch Final that went seven games.Rebels pound Braves 12-1The Castlegar Rebels are leaving no doubt in the minds of the Spokane Braves which city has the better KIJHL team.The Rebels pasted the Braves 12-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division series Saturday at the Castlegar Arena Complex.Bryan Lubin scored three times and first star Stuart Walton had five points to lead the Rebels.Travis Wellman and Kody Disher each finished with four points while Erik Alden, Matt Reed and Lubin each had three points.Jordan Gluck had an easy night in the nets facing only 21 shots at Castlegar out shot the Braves 52-21.In two games against the Braves Castlegar, now unbeaten in 10 games including an eight-game streak to end the regular season, holds an 18-1 goal difference.Games three and four go Monday and Tuesday in Spokane. Ryan Edwards scored twice as the Beaver Valley Nitehawks squared its Murdoch Division Semi Final with a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Saturday night in Fruitvale.Nelson took the opener of the best-of-seven series 6-1 Friday.The series now shifts to the NDCC Arena in Nelson Monday and Tuesday.Puck drop for both games is 7 p.m.Riding the wave of Friday’s upset win, the Leafs continued to play well taking a 2-1 lead after one period on goals by Dallon Stoddart and Aaron Dunlap.Michael Bell replied for the Hawks.But the Hawks turned the tables on the Leafs by scoring twice in just over a minute in the latter half of the second frame.Fraser Stang beat Brett Soles in the Leaf nets before Edwards potted his first of two seconds later.Keanan Patershuk increased the margin to 4-2 before Linden Horswill scored on the power play with two seconds remaining in the period.Nelson took advantage of a slashing penalty to Beaver Valley goalie Jarrod Schamerhorn in the final minute of the period.Beaver Valley turned up the pressure on the Leafs in the third, out shooting the visitors 15-9 to secure the win.Edwards completed the scoring with an empty net marker in the final 26 seconds of the game.
Playing without a full roster of skaters finally caught up to the Nelson Leafs during a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road trip through the Eddie Mountain Division.Jason Richter had a five-point night to power the Kimberley Dynamiters to 5-2 victory over the Leafs Saturday in the Bavarian City.Friday, Nelson saw a 3-0 lead disappear in the third period as Golden Rockets escaped with a 4-3 overtime win.Despite losing twice, Nelson maintains a slim one-point advantage in Murdoch Division over the Castlegar Rebels.However, the Rebels host Spokane Braves Sunday in the Sunflower City, and could leapfrog past Nelson into top spot in the division with a win.Saturday, Kimberley took advantage of power play opportunities to score twice with the man advantage in the second period. Keenan Haase and Jesse Wallace each scored on the power play to erase a 2-1 Nelson lead.The goals came in less than a minute late in the second period.Nelson pressed for the equalizer in the third, but, with goalie Joey Karrer pulled for an extra attacker, Richter scored twice into the empty net to secure the win.Matt MacDonald, Nelson’s game star, and Aaron Brewer scored for Nelson.Kimberley out shot the short-staffed Leafs 27-23 to make a winner out of goalie Tyson Brouwer.Friday, Nelson took a 3-0 lead three minutes into the third period on goals by Rayce Miller, Robson Cramer and Aaron Dunlap — the latter two coming on the power play.However, Golden scored three times in the final eight minutes of the game, the tying marker coming with three seconds remaining in the third period, to send the game into overtime.Nic Noseworthy ended the game at 3:37 of extra time giving the home side the comeback win.Golden out shot the Leafs 41-35, including an 8-1 advantage in overtime.ICE CHIPS: Nelson played the two weekend games with only 15 skaters, including Castlegar Midget Rep affiliate player Matthew Brind’Amour. The lack of players is due to a rash of major injuries to key players that has hit the KIJHL franchise. . . . Kootenay Ice traveled to South Surrey this weekend to play the Valley West Hawks. Kootenay scored a 4-4 tie Saturday against the Hawks. . . . The two losses in goal dropped Joey Karrer’s record with Nelson to 3-4. . . . Kimberley defeated Nelson for the second time this season. The Nitros defeated Nelson 4-2 September 26. . . .Nelson travels to Grand Forks Friday to face the Border Bruins before returning home Saturday to face Spokane Braves. Nelson hosts Grand Forks Friday, December 19 before beginning the Christmas holiday break. The Leafs are back on the ice for a home-and-home series beginning December 30 in Fruitvale against defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Nelson then hosts Beaver Valley in the traditional New Year’s Eve game at the NDCC Arena at 2:30 p.m.
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2015)–Second, beaten a head in a driving four-horse finish, Nick Cafarchia’s homebred Tale of Papa Nick won Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita via disqualification, as the original winner, Gouyen, who covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:14.60, was taken down for a bumping incident at the top of the lane. Tale of Papa Nick showed the way down the hill under Felipe Valdez and was well clear of the incident which occurred between the first place finisher and eventual fifth place runner, Desert Steel.“Once in a while, you get lucky,” said Cafarchia, who has owned Thoroughbreds for “about 35 years.” Trained by Richard Baltas, Tale of Papa Nick, who was off at 6-1 in a field eight fillies and mares, paid $14.40, $7.20 and $4.80. A 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Papa Clem, Tale of Papa Nick came off a sixth place run going a mile on turf March 19, and she broke her maiden over the course two starts back on Feb. 26. She now has two wins from five starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, she now has earnings of $83,348.“She doesn’t relax very well,” said Baltas of the winner, who carved out splits of 21.54, 44.47 and 1:08.40. “So we tried her a mile and it was too much for her, so we kept her down the hill today. I’m looking forward to Del Mar with her. I was hoping they would take Gouyen down, but you never know. He bumped a few around but I’ve seen them leave horses up that did that too, so…It was a double win for me though, because I got moved up to third (with Chaulk O Lattey) as well.”Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Sidepocket Run had one horse beat after a half mile, was caught six wide turning for home and made a steady late gain to run third, beaten a pair of heads. Off at 5-1, she was moved up to second on the disqualification and paid $6.20 and $4.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Chaulk O Lattey was mid-pack turning for home and finished a nose behind Sidepocket Run. Off as the 5-2 favorite, Chaulk O Lattey was moved up to third and paid $3.00 to show.Gouyen, who was full of run in second position crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, shifted outward under Santiago Gonzalez, bumping Desert Steel and Tyler Baze. As a result, the stewards disqualified Gouyen from the win and placed her fifth.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. ORIGINAL WINNER GOUYEN IS PLACED FIFTH FOR BUMPING INCIDENT AT TOP OF STRETCH
TOP ‘PIT MASTERS’ TO COMPETE FOR $18,000 IN CASH IN SANTA ANITA’S SPACIOUS INFIELD AREA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2016)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the fifth annual Winner’s Circle Barbeque Championship on Saturday, April 2 in the track’s spacious Infield Area.“Pit Masters” from throughout the Western United States will compete for $18,000 in cash, a California State Championship title and a chance to represent California in the National Barbeque Championships.With all contestants firmly ensconced overnight, fans will be greeted by the sweet smells of hickory and pecan woods and of slow-smoked beef, pork and chicken wafting among 65 competing teams of barbeque professionals.Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, the Winner’s Circle Barbeque Championship will also include live music and ready access to wagering on world class racing at The Great Race Place.Parking is free and walk-up admission on April 2 is just five dollars. For additional packages that include BBQ scrip tickets, racing programs, tip sheets, pony rides and other Family Fun activities, please visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-6384.
THE $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 8 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT RACE ALSO MARKS RETURN OF HALL OF FAMER GARY STEVENS FOLLOWING HIP REPLACEMENT HILLHOUSE HIGH: Originally based in New York with Chad Brown, this 6-year-old Exchange Rate mare has done very well in four Southern California starts for trainer Richard Baltas. A close third two starts back in the Grade II, one mile turf Goldikova Stakes here on Nov. 6, she was a well beaten third in the Grade III Buena Vista on Feb. 18, a race that due to heavy rains, was switched to the main track. She’ll get back to her preferred surface in the Wishing Well as she tries the hill for the first time under new pilot Corey Nakatani. Owned by Golden Eagle Farm, Hillhouse High is 21-3-6-6 overall with earnings of $316,487. ILLUMINANT: Trained by Michael McCarthy and idle since winning the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Gamely Stakes here on May 30, this 5-year-old Quality Road mare has a win and a second from three tries down the hillside turf and appears strictly the horse to beat. With regular rider Flavien Prat engaged, look for Illuminant to be on or near the early lead. Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, she’s 11-4-2-1 overall with earnings of $367,650. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–In what looms as perhaps the most highly anticipated non-graded stakes of the Winter Meet, comebacking Illuminant, recent graded winner Prize Exhibit and consistent Hillhouse High all figure prominently in Friday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. Carded as Friday’s fifth race, the Wishing Well attracted a field of seven.The race, named for the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year, Sunday Silence, holds additional appeal due to the fact it marks the return to the saddle of racing’s Bionic Man, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who’s been idle since undergoing hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21. A winner of 5,083 career races, including three Kentucky Derbies and 11 Breeders’ Cup events, Stevens underwent knee replacement surgery in July, 2014 and last rode on Dec. 10, 2016 at Los Alamitos.Adding to the Wishing Well drama is the fact that Stevens, who has been named to ride Chilean-bred Paquita Coqueta for Richard Mandella, will turn 54 on Monday and be joined in the starting gate by his older brother, Scott. Currently the leading rider at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ, Scott Stevens will ride Arizona-based Kera Kera, an Iowa-bred mare who’s trained by Satchell (no relation) Stevens. PRIZE EXHIBIT: With “Big Money” Mike Smith rationing her finite late kick, this 5-year-old English-bred mare took the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths on Jan. 16. Although she’s routed in her last 10 starts, she did win the Grade II Monrovia Stakes here 12 starts back in her only hillside turf try. With recency in her corner and Smith at the controls, she rates a big chance to notch her second consecutive win on Friday. Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prize Exhibit has earnings of $637,045 from an overall mark of 31-7-3-2. Cadet Roni–Rafael Bejarano–120Kera Kera–Scott Stevens–120Illuminant–Flavien Prat–125Miss Double d’Oro–Santiago Gonzalez–122Prize Exhibit–Mike Smith–125Paquita Coqueta–Gary Stevens–120Hillhouse High–Corey Nakatani–120First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
Kane, Alli and Dier will lead Mourinho’s Special Ones at Spurs, but Jose is bad news for Lloris, Aurier and Moura GETTING Tottenham’s defence in order will be the biggest priority for Jose Mourinho on the pitch.Off it, it will be sorting out the contract situations of centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, plus midfielder Christian Eriksen.3 Tottenham’s defence has been leaking goals this seasonIf they don’t want to stay, he has to move them on in January to avoid losing them for nothing in the summer.In terms of importance, it’s the equivalent of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino to Liverpool.Belgians Alderweireld and Vertonghen have been a fantastic pairing, providing a solid base for years under Mauricio Pochettino. In the previous four seasons Spurs have always been in the top-four in terms of fewest goals conceded.But this season they are joint-15th having already let in 17 in 12 games.Having a reliable centre-back pairing and defensive midfielder have been hallmarks of all of Mourinho’s successful teams.At Chelsea it was John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and Claude Makelele in his first spell, with Gary Cahill and Nemanja Matic alongside Terry in his second.We all know the problems at Manchester United, where he didn’t have a defensive pairing he trusted implicitly.Mourinho has been pigeon-holed as playing a certain way and there has already been a lot of talk about his defensive style.People forget in five of his seven seasons in the Premier League his teams have been in the top-three for goals scored, while his Real Madrid side still hold the LaLiga record from 2012 with 121.Mourinho is inheriting a better team than he did at United, and in many ways there isn’t that much to do.3LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearFor the man himself, this feels like last chance saloon for him in England.If it doesn’t work out, where does he go?In a way it’s his biggest job in the Premier League, and getting those contracts and the defence sorted are top of his priority list.3