By John BurtonGov. Chris Christie has selected a long involved Republican activist to be the next county clerk. Now it’s up to the state Senate to offer its advice and consent.Christie has tapped Christine Giordano Hanlon, an attorney and vice chairwoman of the Monmouth County Republican Committee, to fill the vacancy when long-serving County Clerk M. Claire retires effective April 1.According to French, Hanlon’s nomination is contingent on the approval of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. If approved, Hanlon would have to run this November for the clerk’s full five-year term.The judiciary committee was scheduled to convene this week but it was unlikely its members would take up Hanlon’s nomination this quickly, French suspected.“I’m hopeful we can get her nomination approved by the judiciary as soon as possible,” French said.Hanlon, an Ocean Township resident, has been a practicing lawyer for more than 20 years. She currently works for the Archer and Greiner law firm’s Red Bank office, where she focuses on municipal law and civil litigation.Hanlon is also a Republican state committeewoman representing Monmouth County and in 2009 she served on Christie’s transition team for the attorney general’s office. She was the Monmouth County campaign coordinator for Christie on his first run for governor in 2009 and had been the county coordinator for the McCain-Palin GOP ticket in 2008. She has been on the Monmouth County Board of Elections for approximately five years.“She’s a very hard worker and a very capable person,” Thomas Szymanski, executive director for the county Republican committee, said of Hanlon this week.“I’m very honored to have been nominated for this position by Gov. Christie,” Hanlon said on Tuesday. “It’s a very exciting opportunity.”It was with her work with the board of elections that French said she has gotten to know Hanlon, calling her “an expert on election issues.”“And that is a great help in this job,” French maintained.That and her legal background has given Hanlon “a good amount of experience to fill the role,” Hanlon noted. “I can only hope to live up to the standard of excellence that Claire has set,” she added, tipping her hat to the current clerk.The county clerk’s office has responsibilities over recording all property records; oversees the county archives division, for the large collection of public documents, some of which date back to the 17th century; the county passport division, assisting county residents in obtaining their passports; and administering the elections division, requiring the office to prepare ballots, process vote-by-mail applications, tabulate vote totals and certify county results for the New Jersey Secretary of State.Hanlon, in 2012, had unsuccessfully challenged then county GOP chairman John O. Bennett, losing to the former state senator by a very narrow margin. When Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden won the chairmanship from Bennett in 2014, Golden named Hanlon as one of his four vice chairs, dividing the county into sections.French last month announced she would be retiring before finishing her fourth, five-year term, holding the position for 18 years.
“It’s an honor to welcome this highly trained K-9 team to our unit,” Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said in a released statement. This team, Golden continued, “will prove to be a great asset to Monmouth County and local police departments when it comes to bolstering homeland security capabilities, by playing a vital role in protecting our country against criminal and terroristic threats.”The sheriff ’s office K-9 unit currently has seven handlers and eight K-9 members, making up the unit’s two explosives/patrol teams, three narcotics/patrol teams, one explosives team, one tracking team and one narcotics team, according to the office.The unit is called upon to assist local police departments with narcotics and explosive detection and criminal and missing persons searches. The unit in 2015 responded to 109 explosives calls, 212 tracking and 256 narcotics calls. In addition, the unit presented 147 K-9 demonstrations for last year. The State Police established its Canine Unit in 1987, as part of the department’s Investigation Section. In 2004 the unit was re-assigned to the State Police’s Special Operations Section within its Homeland Security Branch.The State Police’s Canine Unit presently has 24 teams. They’re regularly assigned to assist federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies on an as-needed basis.Along with those responsibilities, the state teams are responsible for enhancing the security at the Statehouse Complex, Trenton, and are assigned to the New Jersey Turnpike and Atlantic City Airport. During their time at the academy, the duo was among 22 teams to complete training and graduate, having met the state Office of Attorney General’s guidelines for the program.The teams participated in areas such as tracking scent and patrol, narcotics detection, explosives detection and fire patrol. As part of their training the teams were on State Police boats at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, and utilized vacant buildings and lots.The two-legged team members were instructed at the academy on criminal case law, crime scene preservation, basic canine obedience, agility and environmental training as well as working with their four-legged partners on socialization with crowds. By John BurtonFREEHOLD – Another partnering of officer and man’s best friend recently arrived at the Monmouth County Sheriff ’s Office.Sheriff ’s Officer Ralph Irizzary and his K-9 team member, Fuze, a two-year-old German shepherd, in June graduated from the New Jersey State Police Canine Training Academy, Hamilton.Irizzary and Fuze completed the 33-week course that involved intensive training in such areas as explosive detection and patrol.Irizzary and Fuze will be part of the office’s explosives detection team, where they will specialize in response when dealing with potentially dangerous situations, according to the Sheriff ’s Office.“I’m grateful to the Monmouth County Sheriff ’s Office for providing Fuze and me with this great opportunity,” to be part of this team, said Irizzary in a released statement.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily Sports EditorThe Nelson Selects completed the season much like the team started — by winning the tournament’s top prize.Goals by Nigel Ziegler, Oscar Seagram and Quinn Dawson powered the Select to a 3-0 victory over the host side in the U12 Boy’s Division of the 13th annual Little Bear Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Revelstoke.Parker Shaw-Lintz played flawless in goal to secure the shutout.“It was a fitting finale to a great season,” said coach Paul Dawson, whose team won the opening tournament of the season back in May in Trail.“The boys got stronger every game and I thought we used the possession game that we worked on all year to great effect in challenging conditions.”Playing in slick, wet conditions, Ziegler opened the scoring for the Selects. Minutes prior to the halftime whistle and Nelson awarded a free kick near the penalty area, Ziegler took a quick kick, passing the ball to a wide-open Seagram. Ziegler’s teammate quickly buried the ball in the back of the net.Team captain Quinn Dawson converted the only goal of the second half to complete the scoring.“I thought Kieran Marchand and Jaydon Wouters, in particular, played their best soccer of the season in Revelstoke,” said Dawson.Nelson opened the Little Bear tourney outlasting Williams Lake 5-3.Ziegler led the Selects with a pair of goals with Marco Falcone adding a single.Brother Andrew Falcone was stellar between the pipes to keep the northern opponent off the score sheet.Nelson advanced to the final by blasting Castlegar 7-0. Seagram led the Nelson attack with three goals. Game captain Taylor Pritchard scored one of the other goals on a great individual effort.“Overall I was pleased by the development of their players over the season, both in their skill and maturity levels.” Dawson explained.“(Co-coach) Dino Falcone and I pushed them a little and entered the team in tournaments in Cranbrook, Kelowna and Portland at a higher age bracket.“Despite not winning against the older teams, the boys responded well and learned from these experiences.”email@example.com
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn what is a preview to the first round the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division playoffs, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks found another way to defeat the Nelson Leafs.A goal by Daniel Bishop at 12:42 of the third period stood up as the winner sparking the Nitehawks to a 3-2 KIJHL victory Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opened the weekend Friday with a 6-4 victory over Spokane in the Lilac City.The win was the sixth in seven games for Beaver Valley, which opens the KIJHL playoffs against Nelson February 14 in Fruitvale.“I don’t know if there’s any secret, I think we’ve been fortunate in some games, we’ve had great goaltending in some games . . . some games our power play has been good and their goaltending hasn’t been that good,” said Beaver Valley head coach Terry Jones.“I think (Nelson) is a good team that has added some good players so I feel it’s going to be a close series when the playoffs start.” Nelson jumped all over the Hawks, out shooting the visitors 15-3 in the opening frame, but once again Beaver Valley backstop Zach Perehudoff shut the door.Taylor Love opened the scoring before Nelson finally saw some reward for all the hard work with 1:32 remaining in the frame. Cody Abbey, with his first of two, scored on the power play deadlocking the teams at 1-1 at the intermission.Leaf killer Ryon Sookro restored the Beaver Valley goal in the second with a power play marker. But Abbey once again tied the contest three minutes until recess.Nelson out shot the Hawks 29-20 in the game but saw it’s wide advantage dwindle in the third when Beaver Valley held an 11-6 margin.The teams do it all up again this afternoon in Beaver Valley to complete the season series.Stewart turns the heat up on former Spokane matesFormer Brave Joel Stewart continues to beat up on his old mates.The Spokane native scored twice to lead the Nelson Leafs to a 6-4 victory in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the Lilac City.The win secures third place in the Murdoch Division for the Leafs. Spokane trails Nelson by 12 points in divisional standings with six games remaining on the schedule. But the Leafs lead the season-series tiebreaker 6-2.However, Friday’s win was not quite according to way Leaf coach Chris Shaw designed the contest on the drawing board.Nelson twice overcame two-goal deficits, taking over the game with five goals in the second period. The goals came in a span of 11 minutes.Of course the 20-year-old Stewart, traded to the Leafs earlier in the season, got the ball going in the right direction with a power play marker five minutes into the second, his second of the game.Cody Abby, Dallon Stoddart, Marcus Dahl and Walker Sidoni completed the onslaught for the Leafs.The goal for Stoddart, a grad of the Nelson Minor Hockey system, was his first since November 20 against Kamloops.Stoddart, finishing with two assists – his second straight two-point game — was his fifth of the season.Mitch Fowler, Van Stefanou, Rance Hughes and Jesse Collins replied for Spokane.Taylor O’Neil and Connor Enright each had two assists.Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first game of a two-game home-and-home series. Game time is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell has overtaken injured Gavin Currie for the Leafs scoring lead. Schell has a point Friday in Spokane. Currie has been out of the lineup since December 31 . . .Joel Stewart, with 25 points in 22 games since coming to Nelson, is three points behind Schell. . . .The Leafs won three of four games against Spokane both home and away, out scoring the Braves 30-20. . . . Stewart has eight points against his former Spokane firstname.lastname@example.org
By The Nelson Daily SportsThursday, on Senior’s Night at the Hangar, the seniors game out to play.Graduating point guard Sarah Fuhr dropped in 25 points to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a narrow 61-58 victory over Grand Forks Wolves in Kootenay High School AA Girl’s League action.In the later tilt, senior power forward Clay Rickaby checked in with 22 points to spark the Bombers to a 78-56 win over the Wolves in Kootenay High School AA Boy’s League play.“Wow, was that ever close,” said Bomber coach Bruce Fuhr, watching his squad rally from a 27-22 half time deficit to edge the Wolves.“Our pressure really turned this game around for us. And it didn’t matter how tired the girls got, they still wanted to press.”The difference came in the third quarter. Trailing by five at recess, LVR out scored the Wolves 23-13 in the third period to grab a 45-39 lead. At one point the Bombers went on a 13-0 run.However, the Bombers came close to running out of gas down the stretch. After star center Rachael Moulson fouled out, Grand Forks took advantage of its size advantage in the paint to pound the ball inside. Keyed by the strong inside play of Amanda Thate and Maya Wold, Grand Forks cut the margin to 59-58. But Kyndle Doolan connected on a long field goal to ice the game for LVR.Doolan finished the game with 14 points while Moulson added 13, while playing outstanding defence on Thate.For the Wolves Thate had 26 while Wold added 13.Prior to the start of the boy’s game, seniors Sarah Fuhr, Rachael Moulson, Emily Klapstein, Kyndle Doolan and pretend senior Kiandra McLaren were honoured during a brief ceremony.Rickaby, D’Andrea help Bombers tame Wolves.Clay Rickaby scored 22 points to spark the Bombers to past Grand Forks Kootenay High School AA Boy’s League play.Rickaby, playing his final home game in the Hangar, was the recipient of many inside feeds from longtime teammate Jason D’Andrea. The Bombers, using a balanced scoring attack, increased its lead after every quarter en route to the win.D’Andrea scored 15 points while Grade 11 center Adam Grace had 12 points, all in the second half.John Zak had a strong game shooting, finishing with 22.Replying for the Wolves were Mitchell 19 points.Seniors Jason D’Andrea, Clay Rickaby, Maverick Seed and David Chen were honoured at prior to the game. email@example.com
The L.V. Rogers Bombers will make a run at a provincial berth during the Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s Basketball Zone tournament this weekend in Castlegar.The Bombers, the top ranked team in the Kootenay zone, take to the court for an important semi final match Saturday, followed by the final, if successful, Mallard’s Source for sports would like to give the Bombers a boost with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include Sian Nielsen, Shannon Oothuyzen, Allie Zondervan, Naomi Perkins, Ansleigh Dergousoff, Christina Champlin, Roxanne Baker, Katherine Bailey, Katharina Schmidt (Germany), Claire Young and coaches Chris Dergousoff and Willis Parnell.
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $103,276 into Sunday at Santa Anita and it’s expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $750,000.With a nine-race card on tap Sunday, the Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, which will be run as race eight, will serve as the headliner.Sunday’s Pick Six will begin with the fourth race, with approximate post time at 3:30 p.m. PDT.First post time on Sunday is at 2 p.m., admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.
SHERMAN TRAINEE VANNED FROM LOS ALAMITOS & ARRIVES AT 12 NOON ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2016)–North America’s all-time leading money earner, California Chrome arrived by van at Santa Anita on Sunday at 12 noon as he begins final preparations for next Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, final major steppingstone to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5.Owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farms’ California Chrome LLC, the 5-year-old California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit has earnings of $13,252,650 and will be in search of his sixth consecutive victory on Saturday.“The trip was uneventful,” said assistant trainer Alan Sherman following California Chrome’s 34-mile freeway trek. “He’s a trooper. He doesn’t mind traveling, that’s for sure. He’ll jog tomorrow on the main track and we’ll go out with him at about seven (a.m.).”Fresh off a smashing five length score in the Pacific Classic Aug. 20, California Chrome, a winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, began his current five game winning streak at The Great Race Place on Jan. 9, as he was an impressive winner of the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.Voted Horse of the Year in 2014, “Chrome’s” biggest career victory came three starts back on March 26, as he waltzed to a 3 ¾ length victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Tentative plans for the striking chestnut call for him to conclude his incredible racing career by running in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.Following the Pegasus, California Chrome is expected to begin stud duty at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky.The Awesome Again Stakes is one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge races that reward the winner in each a fees-paid berth in their corresponding races on Nov. 4 & 5.For more information on Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, please visit santaanita.com.
FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson and Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham have been tabbed as the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the conference announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Anderson registered 28 kills in the Sugarbear’s (24-5, 14-2 SLC) straight-set victories over New Orleans and Nicholls to conclude regular-season play. The senior averaged 4.67 kills per set while helping Central Arkansas clinch the No. 2 seed heading into the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament.Cunningham contributed to a Bearkat defense that limited Abilene Christian to a .120 hitting percentage in Sam Houston State’s 3-1 win over the Wildcats Saturday afternoon (Nov. 10). SHSU closed out its regular-season campaign with a 21-7 overall mark and a 13-3 record in conference play.Offensive Player of the Week: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Right Side – Tyler, TexasAnderson continued her recent hot streak, hitting over .500 on the week as Central Arkansas pushed its winning streak to eight matches. She opened the week with a match-high 17 kills on 27 swings, tallying all four of her errors for the week to hit .481. Anderson then hit an impressive .688 against Nicholls by knocking down 11 kills on just 16 attacks.Honorable Mention: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Huntsville, TexasCunningham delivered another big match against ACU in the Bearkats’ season finale, helping Sam Houston secure the No. 3 seed in this week’s SLC Tournament. The league’s leader in kills per set slammed home 19 scores on 44 swings with just three misfires, hitting .318 in SHSU’s lone match of the week. The six-rotation middle blocker added another 21 digs and three blocks to her total, giving her the 15th double-double of her senior season.Honorable Mention: Haley Coleman, Stephen F. AustinSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
THE STRONACH GROUP SECURES CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY FOR ON-SITE EQUINE HOSPITAL AT SANTA ANITA PARKMACHINE WILL AID IN DETECTION OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN RACE HORSESARCADIA, CA – As a part of its ongoing commitment to modernize the sport of horse racing and to promote the health and safety of the equine athletes to the highest possible standards, The Stronach Group has invested $500,000 to support the purchase of the cutting-edge Longmile Positron Emission Tomography (MILE-PET) Scan machine that provides imaging of the fetlock (ankle) joint while a Thoroughbred is standing. This machine will be available at Santa Anita Park at the Southern California Equine Foundation’s Equine Hospital in Santa Anita’s Barn area.“The Stronach Group’s funding of this ground-breaking technology represents an important investment that will aid in the detection of equine injuries on a microscopic level to flag pre-existing conditions that can contribute to breakdowns,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, recently appointed Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. “This technology will help to identify the injuries that tend to be the most dangerous and are not detectable using the current technology.”While the PET scan technology has been used in human medicine for more than a decade, it is very rare for horses to undergo a PET scan. The unique MILE-PET machine enables a horse to have a PET scan on their fetlock joint while standing without the risks of general anesthesia. In January 2019, the first MILE-PET scan on a standing horse was successfully performed at UC Davis through a project led by Mathieu Spriet, DVM, along with Brain Biosciences and Longmile Veterinary Imaging division. The Longmile engineering team developed the concept of an openable ring, which allowed scanning other regions of the horse limb, including the fetlocks while a horse is standing so as to avoid sedation.In an effort to increase and improve access to this technology for horsemen, The Stronach Group has partnered with the Dolly Green Research Foundation (DRGF) to secure the purchase of the innovative MILE-PET Scan machine. DGRF, founded in 1984 by Ms. Green, a longtime horse owner with a special interest in equine research, is affiliated with the Southern California Equine Foundation. DGRF is committed to advancing the health and welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses with an emphasis on research. This newly donated MILE-PET system will first go to the Center of Equine Health at the University of California – Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine for validation, research and continued analysis. After completion of the validation period at UC Davis, the MILE-PET will be available for use at Santa Anita this fall. This timeframe should coincide with the track hosting the Breeders’ Cup for a record 10th time.“The Stronach Group is committed to providing horse owners and trainers with access to state-of-the-art technology that will make a significant difference to the health and safety of our horses and riders,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President. “Our goal is to make every resource available to aid horsemen in determining the fitness of their horses for racing and training. We’re excited to be partnering with the Dolly Green Research Foundation and UC Davis to bring the MILE-PET to the equine hospital, located right here at Santa Anita.”“PET devices promise the sort of breakthrough we have been looking for in detecting and understanding pre-existing bone injury,” said Craig Fravel, President of the Dolly Green Research Foundation. “We are most grateful to The Stronach Group in making this work possible and providing the necessary funding to allow the Southern California Equine Foundation to acquire this amazing technology for the health of our horses and our industry.”“This is the most exciting development in equine imaging since standing MRI in the early 2000,” said Dr. Mathieu Spieret, an Associate Professor at UC Davis who has been the Principle Investigator for the project. “The development of the standing equine PET scanner will change the diagnostic approach to fetlock remodeling in racehorses, and too many other areas of equine imaging.”“You cannot overstate how significant an advancement this is in equine diagnostic imaging and it is a natural fit here in California,” said Dr. Rick Arthur, Equine Medical Director for the California Horse Racing Board. “PET is an advanced nuclear imaging technique and Santa Anita is already the home of the Dolly Green Nuclear Scintigraphy facility, which was the first of its kind when it was installed. We thank everyone involved for making this investment to further the safety of our equine athletes.”