It is never too late to reinvent yourself!

first_img October 1, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply Photo by Ashley Rich on Unsplash Commissioner Diane Velazquez Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Diane, my mama told me, ” t isn’t the size of the person that matters, it is the size of the trials that person endures, and having passed through said trials, thrives on the other side.” Having lived the caregiver’s life for over 15 years all I can do is give you three resounding cheers. I learned as a caregiver, and having learned I was able to write a book for caregivers which will be a blessing to many. My point is, without the experience there could be no book. You have a tenacity that with trust in God will take you through. I am saddened by your losses, but encouraged by your faith. May Papa God bless you and hold you close. Sincerely, Chaz Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Diane Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleFlorida Hospital celebrates milestoneNext articleOn Yom Kippur take a “soulfie” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR My son did make it back home from both wars. His deployments caused emotional hardships I was not prepared for. My reference to the gazillion prayers & negotiations were through his 2 long deployments. He is still an active member of Army National Guard. Thank you for your kind words. Diane, one thing I have realized in life is that the human spirit is resilient. It is a beautiful fact that we are because He is! Your life and mine are made better because we have the courage to share and thus to have empathy for others. I love stories where neighbor loses all but reaches out and helps neighbor. We have seen that recently in the flooded areas of Texas, the storm ravaged P.R., as well as here in the south. Let us not ask “Where is God?” But let us declare, “There is a God, and He loves us!” I like the idea that if you were the only person on earth, Jesus would have died just for you! That makes each of us, even the doubter, very special indeed. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. October 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm Reply Please enter your comment! Reply October 30, 2017 at 5:55 pmcenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Reply Commissioner Diane Velazquez Linda 7 COMMENTS Reply charles towne charles towne Diane, in my lifetime I have learned that we can rebound from almost any catastrophe and I believe we have many examples of that enigmatic ability in our community, even in our families. I look at people and I see heroes in the making. We cannot imagine what we are able to overcome, to rise above, until we are slapped in the face with the unmentionable. .Yeah, heroes in the making and heroes walking among us in the form of our wonderful civil servants Blessings, Chaz InspirationBy Charles TowneAre you happy with where you are in life?  More importantly, let’s put it another way, are you contented with WHO you are?You, if you are like me, have likely endeavored to make some changes that you know would aid you in becoming a better, happier, healthier, more fulfilled you, but sooner or later you discover yourself slipping and sliding back into the quagmire and corruption of old habits, the old you.We are, after all, creatures of habit, and I am here to tell you, the devil takes advantage of this fact.  Change is not something we take kindly too.  Change, becoming transformed, taking on a different character other than who I have been all my life, is strange, and strange is uncomfortable, out of the norm, even painful for a time.  But believe me, it is worth it.  In the beginning of Dr. Phil McGraw’s life strategies workbook, the author writes, “Books don’t change people, people change people.”  I agree with his statement that books don’t change people, oh, they may serve as a catalyst for change but no more, but, my life experience has taught me that people, though they may inspire, even motivate us to change, they don’t change us either.I believe, and this is from my life experience, genuine, life-altering change, can only be ignited and fanned into flame by a spark from the divine.   In other words, we cannot, by will alone, become something that we are not.  Only God can transform an earthy, carnal character into something good, pure, kind, loving, and patient.The transformation of a man’s character is no less a miracle than a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.  For us, you and I, to break free of the chrysalis of sin into glory?  Oh my, how beautiful!  The root meaning of the word, change is, to cut off; to cut off that which offends, or to separate yourself from that which is offensive, therefore, real, genuine change calls for passionate commitment.  Are you ready for change? October 3, 2017 at 9:41 pm Turning 50, 10 years ago , ignited a passion to challenge who i thought I was. Faced with life changing circumstances challenging my inner spirit. The one I thought was my strength. Facing uncertainties of sickness & War. I was the support & caregiver for my soulmate battling Cancer;. The mom to a young Military Soldier deployed to the front lines of War, 2 wars. There was Joy in between, becoming a grandmother, to the 2 babies, my young military son left behind when he was at the front lines of war. The life of complacency was shaken to it s core., it started with my Retirement from NYC Police Department. Setting a course of slipping away fromChaotic environment , 21 years dealing with the highs & lows of living life serving others. Yes, I agree when we settle into comfort; our spirits are awaken challenging our resolve; our faith; our belief. Through Faith; Hope & a gazillion prayers negotiating daily, I gained strength to get through the storm because my inner spirit refused to give way to darkness, Faith is powerful . I am so thankful for the promises of our loving LORD! He tells us we can have the mind of Christ and that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds and that, I believe, is done by hiding His word in our hearts! Blessings and may God continue to shine through you and give you strength for each day! October 1, 2017 at 9:52 pm October 1, 2017 at 12:08 pm October 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm Please enter your name here charles towne Thank you for your words of wisdom. Faith is powerful. You are correct in your observation regarding the human spirit.last_img read more

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Local fixture changes ahead of All Ireland replay.

first_imgThis weekends County Senior Hurling Championship fixture between Toomevara and Loughmore Castleiney has been postponed as has the Thurles Sarsfields – Portroe game. A number of Senior Hurling and Football games across the county next weekend have been postponed due to Tipperary’s involvement in the All Ireland Senior Hurling final replay.However the North Tipp Senior Hurling Championship final between Nenagh Eire Og and Burgess will be going ahead on Sunday – the throw-in time has been changed to 3.30.Among the games postponed this weekend is the South Senior Hurling final between Killenaule and Mullinahone and tomorrow nights Senior Football game involving Killenaule and Cahir.last_img read more

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Smith takes low gross at 108th PSC monthly tourney

first_imgFriday August 19 – GreenwoodGreenwood was this month’s choice for the August Pattaya Sports Club members monthly tournament.  There were 67 participants – and it would have been 71 had not a group of 4 gone to Green Valley by mistake!  Arriving at the clubhouse players were welcomed by Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham ably assisted by Bob Linborg and Steve Mann.Sign in here. The weather could not have been better, cloudy and pleasantly warm.  The course was its usual immaculate self and one comment heard was, ‘if you cannot putt on these greens you cannot putt at all’.Just 7 ladies today and two produced the best scores (40 and 44) beating all the chaps!  It was good to see Paul Smith back today who came in with the best gross of 77.Martin Todd, winner in A Flight (left) with the PSC Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham.The presentation and buffet were at Lewiinski’s and once again Colin and his team provided an excellent spread (always different) and great service.  After the buffet, and a few drinks, it was time for the presentation.Drinks Sir?Regular PSC Emcee Nigel Cannon introduced Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham who expressed his appreciation for the support from members for today’s tournament.  Nigel then announced the winners with Joe presenting the prizes followed by the lucky draw – this month drawn by the day’s lady winner Duan Butpanya.This month’s 50/50 lucky draw winner, drawn by Joe was Noi Emmerson who was accompanied by daughter Emily.The next PSC Monthly is on Friday September 16 at Crystal Bay –sign up at the PSC office.Low Gross 1st Paul Smith – gross 77A Flight1st Martin Todd (7) net 712nd Jeff Wylie (6) net 723rd Alan Sullivan (11) net 73B Flight1st Eddie Beilby (15) 39pts2nd Dennis Jaycock (16) 35pts3rd Mike Jeffreys (16) 35ptsC Flight1st Henry Wong (24) 39pts2nd John Haddon (24) 35pts3rd Andrew Krawiec (19) 33ptsLadies1st Duan Butpanya (27) 44pts2nd Arisa Hennings (23) 40ptsNear Pins:  Jeff Wylie (2), Mashi Keneta, Mike Jeffreys, Yves Philibert, Duang Butpanya, Billy Fitzgerald, John Freehan, Joel Flor, Sim DavisLong Drives:  Jeff Wylie, Barry Copestake, Jean Morel, Arisa HenningsLadies top two, Duan Butpanya and Arisa Hennings.Noi and Emily, the 50/50 winners.last_img read more

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Watkins smooth as silk

first_img3rd Neil Wilkinson (13) 37ptsOn Monday the TRGG travelled to Rayong to play Silky Oak.  Recent history has proved that Neil Wilkinson has found this golf course to his liking and today was no exception as he scored 37 points which was good enough for third.  This score was bettered by an excellent round from Nick Thomas but Jack Watkins surpassed even that and scored 42 points to lead the field home.Tuesday, Feb. 13, Phoenix Gold – Stableford1st Derek Thorogood (16) 44pts2nd Mike Rushant (11) 41pts3rd Jason Fitzgibbon (23) 39ptsPhoenix Gold welcomed the society on Tuesday with yet another five and a half hour round of golf.  Despite the longevity of the occasion, several decent scores were recorded.Jason Fitzgibbon scored 39 points to secure the third while Mike Rushant’s splendid score of 41 points was enough to take the second prize.  However, the round of the day came from the boss Derek Thorogood with a great score of 44 points.Wednesday, Feb. 14, The Emerald – StablefordDivision 1 1st Alan Thomas (6) 39pts2nd Steve Carleton (8) 37pts3rd Martin Cooper (4) 37ptsDivision 21st Mr Gorilla (21) 37pts2nd Richard Talbot (20) 33pts3rd Y. Takita (19) 31ptsOn Wednesday the Emerald course welcomed the golfers with uneven fairways and spectacular views awaiting the players.The conditions were ideal for the scribe who scratched together 33 points and took second spot in division 2.  The round of the day came from Mr Gorilla, I kid you not, and with the deftest of touches 41 points were scored by the player who comfortably led the rest of the field.In division 1 the low handicappers dealt far more successfully with the difficult conditions.  The second spot was a close contest with three players scoring 37 points; Jim Getty just missed the podium but played with such comfort that he was playing the ball off the tees and fairways right handed, and then putting left handed.Just beating Jim into third was the shy and retiring Martin Cooper with a splendid round of 3 under par but claiming the second spot as a result of a super back 9, was Steve Carleton.However, nothing seems to rile Alan Thomas and his 39-pointer was good enough to record a fine victoryThursday, Feb. 15, Green Valley – Stableford1st Arnold Jones (17) 37pts2nd Alan Thomas (5) 34pts3rd Seil Peter (6) 33ptsA beautiful day on the Eastern Seaboard acted as the perfect back drop for another scintillating round of competition golf.Seil Peter’s stronger back 9 was just good enough to see off the ex-owner Fergus Brennan, as his 33 points were good enough to take the third, and Alan Thomas also struck the ball well to finish in second position.  On this day however no golfer could compete with Arnold Jones as he shot 37 points to claim the top prize.Friday, Feb. 16, Burapha – Stableford1st Kim Scadden (16) 42pts2nd Arnold Jones (16) 38pts3rd Richard Talbot (20) 38ptsFriday found the TRGG at Burapha A and B courses and with 18 of the 20 players shooting over 30 points, a score over 40 was required to win the day.With open fairways and flat greens to the scribe’s liking, his 38 points were good enough for the bronze but he was edged out of silver by Arnold Jones on count-back.  There could be no arguing about the day’s winner as Kin Scadden shot a fine round of 42 points.Saturday, Feb. 17, Pattavia – Stableford1st Bill Shepley (5) 37pts2nd Fergus Brenner (14) 36pts3rd Masa Takano (7) 34ptsOn Saturday the TRGG visited Pattavia and as usual the course was in splendid condition but with some treacherous greens.Masa Takano shot a splendid 34 points to take the third spot and it was a welcome return to the podium for Fergus Brenner as his 36 was good enough for second.  The top prize of the day was claimed by Billy Shepley who scored a fine 37 points.  The Canadian, who has recently been on a diplomacy course, displayed a great touch to shoot a fine 4-over par round. Jack Watkins (left) & Arnold Jones.Travellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, Feb.12, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Jack Watkins (13) 42pts2nd Nick Thomas (12) 38ptslast_img read more

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Sutthisa strikes as United beat BBCU

first_imgBEC Tero Sasana281279043 Chonburi2717642657 Army United289118-138 Muang Thong United2821703570 Osotspa2811413337 TeamPWDL+/-Pts Chiangrai United2871110-832 Buriram United28131052049 Bangkok Glass2891271339 Thai Premier League Football 2012 SeasonPattaya United kept alive their slim hopes of a top six finish in the league by beating struggling BBCU 2-0 at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya last Saturday. Samut Songkhram289712-634 TOT289109037center_img Pattaya United278910-433 TTM Chiangmai2821115-1917 Wuachon United277128-433 Esan United289136240 United piled on the pressure from the opening whistle and took a deserved first half lead when midfielder Rangsarit Sutthisa fired in a superb free-kick from the edge of the area that gave the visiting goalkeeper no chance.Pattaya United’s Sompob Nilwong, right, defends against BBCU’s Junior Guimaro during the second half of their Thai Premier League fixture at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, Sept. 22. (Photo/Pattaya United)Against the run of play BBCU had a great chance to equalize soon after but Guinean forward Moussa Sylla headed wide of the Pattaya goal when it seemed easier to score.  United continued to lay siege to the BBCU goal but were unable to extend their lead before the half-time break.The visitors reorganized during the interval and were unlucky not to get back on equal terms early in the second half when Junior Guimaro saw his excellent free kick rebound off the Pattaya woodwork with goalkeeper Narit well beaten.Chances continued to be created at both ends of the pitch in what was a lively and entertaining second half but when the goal eventually came it fell once more to the home team as Ludovick Takam followed up to knock home a rebound and his seventh goal since his return the Dolphins after the BBCU keeper failed to hold onto a speculative long range effort.United struck the woodwork again before the end of the match but there was to be no further addiction to the scoring before the final whistle sounded, with the home team running out 2-0 winners.United are looking for a good return from their final seven matches of the season to give them as high a league placing as possible.  The Dolphins’ were due to take on Police United in Bangkok in a rearranged match this past Wednesday and on Sunday will travel to Esan United for another tough away fixture.At the top of the table, Muang Thong continued their relentless procession to the league title with a 2-1 win over Osotspa while Chonburi look guaranteed to finish in second spot following their 3-1 home victory against Army United.Thai Premier League Results & Standings (Sept. 23) Chainat2861210-1430 Police United2751012-925 BBCU2841113-1723 Thai Port286913-1727 Results:  (Sat. 22/09) Pattaya United 2 – 0 BBCU; Chonburi 3 – 1 Army United; Muang Thong United 2 – 1 Osotspa; Chiangrai United 0 – 1 TOT; (Sun. 23/09) TTM Chiangmai 2 – 3 Chainat; Samut Songkhram 3 – 2 Bangkok Glass; BEC Tero Sasana 0 – 2 Thai Port; Wuachon United 2 – 1 Buriram United; Police United 0 – 1 Esan Unitedlast_img read more

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Laong fires blistering back nine at Pattaya Country Club

first_imgPSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, November 7, Khao Kheow – Stableford There wasn’t a report filed by anyone about the course today but what seemed over the weekend as though it was going to be a very low turnout changed into a full house, although only 21 played on the tournament as the Irish guys, who were due to joins us, arrived late and played in their own competition. So it was A & B from the yellows and it does look as though the Outbackers are gradually learning how to play this course as Suzi topped the day, after a lean spell of some weeks, with an excellent 41 points, to take Div A by six from the consistent Graham Johnson on 35. A happy Suzi Lawton after her fantastic 41 points at Khao Kheow.Andy Makara also turned on a bit of form to win Div B with 38 points, losing one shot to handicap in the process and he was two clear of two guys on 36, Chris Thompson and Steve Plant.In the race to the end of the month in the Big Mango Properties sponsored best 6 cards tournament, Dennis Pelly (99pts) opened up a clear lead of 13 points over Owen Walkley (86pts), they being the only two players to have entered all three counting tournaments so far; with Greg Hill back in third on 69.Finally, there was an incident involving the marking of a scorecard.  All players are reminded that it is the players responsibility see ensure that his or her card has been marked correctly at the end of the round before it is handed in to the tournament organisers.  Don’t give your marker a hard time if the score is wrong in your opinion but you failed to sign or check your card just because you’re in a hurry to leave the course!There was only one ‘2’ from Dennis Pelly on hole 17.Div A (0-15)1st Suzi Lawton (15/Hi16.8) 41pts2nd Graham Johnson (8/Hi7.3) 35pts3rd Paul Pedelty (16/Hi14.5) 34pts4th Dennis Pelly (12/Hi10.8) 34ptsDiv B (16+)1st Andy Makara (30/Hi27.5) 38pts2nd Chris Thompson (26/Hi23.6) 36pts3rd Steve Plant (18/Hi13.3) 36pts4th Paul Rogers (22/Hi20.5) 32ptsTuesday, November 8, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordIt was another good turnout here at Pattaya Country Club with 26 Outbackers playing in two divisions.Some of the visiting 17 Irish lads relax at the Outback Golf Bar.The course was in good condition and as usual our organiser for the day, Chad, got us all away in fine fashion, even though he didn’t quite believe it himself when it was down to the last two groups and he had 8 players left!  If you’d seen him the day before trying to get the groups sorted, with Capt’ Bob having about three Kens playing and Irish Sean, and then a couple more no shows in the morning, it really was quite remarkable that it all worked out OK.  Well done mate!It was nice to see Frank O’Neill in the bar on Tuesday morning, there to support his good lady, Laong who looks after him so well.  He must have inspired her that morning as she returned one of her best scores ever (42pts), which contained one the most remarkable back nines seen on any scorecard.  Going out in a modest 16 points, Laong opened up the back nine with three 4 pointers in a row, birdieing the 10th and the 12th and not content with that she collected another 4 points on hole 15, to romp home with a total on the back nine of 26!Poor John White must have wondered what hit him, as he scored a great 41 points, in stark contrast to last week’s effort, but it was only enough to earn him second place, however it did move him up the DeVere Monthly Eclectic leader-board.  Chad also scored well today to take third with 37.General Jack (35pts), followed last week’s win with another one this week, staying under the handicap radar both times as he beat Billy Fitzgerald who was going great guns on the front nine (22pts) only to struggle on the back with only 13.  Perhaps the departure of John Cogan, who had to go home to take care of one of his kids after 8 holes having already scored 18 points at that point, disrupted Billy’s obvious comfort zone.There were only two ‘2’s from Geoff Williams on hole 7 and Laong on hole 12.Div A (0-17)1st Jack Moseley (14/Hi14.9) 35pts2nd Billy Fitzgerald (12/Hi13) 35pts3rd Dennis Persson (14/Hi15.7) 32pts4th Geoff Doody (17/Hi17.9) 31ptsDiv B (18+)1st Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi25.6) 42pts2nd John White (27/Hi27.2) 41pts3rd Barry Chadbourn (18/Hi19) 37pts4th Nigel Cannon (21/Hi21.6) 33ptsWednesday, November 9, Burapha – StablefordWith 48 players it takes a little bit of time to get everyone away, but we got there in the end.  It was a great day for golf just a nice breeze and not too hot and there was a new “Boo Hoo” cup challenge today between John and Suzi Lawton against Bob Philp and Neil Lavery, which was won on the 18th by a shot from Suzi:- 100 yards to go and she hits it to 6 inches.The Capt was playing under a handicap today with his first two shots off the 1st tee going out of bounds – a great start to the day.John Lawton managed to get Neil a bit under the weather and by the time we turned it was anybody’s “Boo Hoo” cup, but the beer took over from about hole number 13 and that was the end of us.As for the rest of the scores, they were not too bad but nobody got the better of the course as the best score in was 38 points from one of the Irish lads visiting us for the second year; hope you enjoyed your day fellas.John Cunningham topped Div A with 35 points, just pipping one of the Irish boys, James O’Mahony, on count back with Jim Brackett and Owen Walkley following them in just one shot back, both with 34.Gerry Mernagh (Irish) won Div B with 38 ahead of Les Easton (37) with Pete Stonebridge a distant third on 31.Our regular players dominated Div C with the win going to Greg Hill (36) and Bob Lindborg (33) and Barry McIntosh also with 33, taking the minor places.  We also had a D division today and that was won by another of the Irish, Mr J Braithwaite, with 37.The course continues to be in magnificent condition with the greens fast and true and with run now on the fairways.Note: The “Boo Hoo” is a little fun matchplay challenge started last year and this year it will run until just after Christmas and will serve as a charity fundraiser.  So if you fancy throwing down the gauntlet for a match against your mates you’re welcome to have a go, with the losers contributing to the fund of course.There were only three ‘2’s from Owen Walkely on hole C5, Dennis Pelly (hole C8) and Tom Fitzpatrick (hole D8).Div A (0-11)1st John Cunningham (7/Hi6.8) 35pts2nd James O’Mahony (6) 35pts3rd Jim Brackett (5/Hi5.1) 34pts4th Owen Walkley (9/Hi9.3) 34ptsDiv B (12-17)1st Gerry Mernagh (17/Hi16.5) 38pts2nd Les Easton (15/Hi14.3) 37pts3rd Pete Stonebridge (15/Hi15) 31pts4th Gary Lunn (12) 29ptsDiv C (18-22)1st Greg Hill (21/Hi19.9) 36pts2nd Bob Lindborg (19/Hi18.8) 33pts3rd Barry McIntosh (18/Hi17.5) 33pts4th Bill Bennett (19/Hi18) 31ptsDiv D (23+)1st J Braithwaite (23/Hi22) 37pts2nd Steve Giles (25/Hi24.1) 34pts3rd Chris Thompson (25/Hi23.7) 33pts4th Pat Connolly (23/Hi22) 33ptsFriday, November 11, Green Valley – StablefordOur Irish friends from Wednesday, never made it, which was probably just as well as we would have been overbooked by a few on an already busy course, leaving us with a good sized field of 30, plus a couple or so.Suzi ran the comp as Capt’ Bob had jobs to do and the General was up country enjoying the delights of Loy Kratong (Thurs 10th Nov) in Surin for a change instead of at the packed beaches in Pattaya & Jomtien.Jan Eriksen led the way in Div A, with the day’s top score of 38, from Steve Plant and Murray Hart both on 37.  Div B went to a surprise winner, John Lawton (35pts) who’s back to work in Nigeria this weekend, with Andy Makara and Paul Rogers filling the second and third spots with 34 apiece.There were two ‘2’s on hole 12, one from Dennis Pelly and the other from Chris Thompson.Div A (0-16)1st Jan Eriksen (14/Hi14.1) 38pts2nd Steve Plant (13/Hi13.3) 37pts3rd Murray Hart (13/Hi13.2) 37pts4th Dennis Pelly (10/Hi10.9) 36ptsDiv B (17+)1st John Lawton (20/Hi19.4) 35pts2nd Andy Makara (27/Hi26.5) 34pts3rd Paul Rogers (21/Hi20.5) 34pts4th Roger Pickering (26/Hi25.1) 32ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941 2474.last_img read more

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Rogers & Eyles retain anniversary scramble title

first_imgPSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, June 29, Green Valley (white tees) – Monthly Medal1st Kenny Aihara (3) net 702nd Paul Tudor (5) net 723rd Charles Tregurtha (7) net 73 Wow!  Kenny did it again!  For the very first time in our 8 year history, one man has won 4 stars on his shirt for 4 monthly medal wins and it was no surprise to see it was Mr. Aihara.  That is a run of great golf and as consistent as Kenny is, it really was just a matter of time.  Way to go Kenny, we know a 5th is on the cards for next year.  Pretty soon you will have as many Antigua’s as Dave Ferris.Wednesday, July1, Greenwood A&B (white tees) – Stableford1st Ben Denham (3) 37pts2nd Kenny Aihara (3) 34pts3rd Steve Zeigler (13) 32ptsWe hadn’t been out here to Greenwood in quite some time and it was good to get back to this lovely golf course.  Like Pattavia and Treasure Hills, it is another 15 minutes up the 331 but so good when you do finally get here.Scramble winners, Peter Rogers & Billy Eyles.Visiting Floridian Steve Zeigler did well today and found his form for third.  Once again, it was Kenny up on the podium as the previous week he was absent from any victories thus giving the other lads a shot.  Ben Denham was the story of the day though as he blew away the field with a 37, so well played to Ben for a great round off just a 3 handicap!Friday, July 3, Pattavia (white tees) – 2M Scramble1st Billy Eyles/Peter Rogers net 61.82nd Freddy Graham/Nick Handscombe net 63.63rd Barry Collier/Ron Robertson net 64.5Today we celebrated the 8th birthday of The Golf Club a day early as the 4th fell on a weekend.  It was a quick trip out as the last 7km of road has improved greatly and we had little problem dealing with Amata, as the previous week was a nightmare through this junction.  You just never know!  Time out was 55 minutes and back about the same, but it is well worth it once you get here.Wednesday’s top three, Ben Denham with Ken Aihara & Steve Zeigler.Apart from a sizzling one hour stretch in the middle, the weather was just great and a perfect afternoon breeze kicked up for the back nine play.The golf course was in top shape, it really is worth that little extra bit of a drive to get out here because it is such a good track.  Greens are probably the fastest and most treacherous in Pattaya, but that is what makes this place fun!This is a great course for a scramble, and when you throw in that rainbow format (6 red, 6 white and 6 blue tees) it makes for some interesting strategic moves.  For once, my fellow TGC partner Adam and I found ourselves at the finishing 4 holes with all our drives in and playing 3 reds and a blue in hand.  As hot as Adam’s putter was, I certainly dragged him down to my level.Third Place went to Barry Collier and Ron (R2) Robertson with a decent score of 64.5 and second was a card from Freddy Graham and Nicky Handscombe with a 63.6 circled on top.  But the big winners were the defending champions, Peter Rogers (U.S.A.) & Billy Eyles (England) who ham & egged their way around this tough track to reclaim the top prize with a hot 61.8.  Both players will receive our legendary Antigua shirts monogrammed for the event as well as a steak night dinner of their choice.Diehard scramblers at Pattavia.Near pins went to Peter Rogers (4th hole), Mark Wood (7th hole), Nick Handscombe (13th hole) and lastly Steve Ellison on the 17th.  Nicky also took the longest putt on the 18th of 26 feet and Kenny Aihara had the long drive nailed down on the 9th.  All of these technical prizes win pork chop dinners on the BBQ for another day.  Thanks to all who joined us and we hope the 4th was just as good for you!Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: [email protected] and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!last_img read more

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Weekend Nor’easter Pummels Two River Area

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |Some low lying locations in the Two River area saw some of their worst flooding since Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene during last weekend’s nor’easter, and heavy sea conditions claimed the life of a man off the coast of Sandy Hook.On Sunday the Coast Guard announced that it had suspended its search for a man who tumbled overboard from a container ship near Sandy Hook Saturday.A section of Rumson was flooded Saturday morning, like other low-lying areas in the Two River area. Photo by Bart LentiniOfficials said the unidentified 35-year-old man was reportedly not wearing a life vest when he fell into the Ambrose Channel at approximately 8:30 a.m. Coast Guard crews combed the local oceanic waters for more than 24 hours and searched more than 460 square miles before suspending the search, an organized effort that included the deployment of two helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft and an 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shrike vessel ported at Sandy Hook.Watery End For Mercedes-BenzIn neighboring Atlantic Highlands, the borough shut down three main thoroughfares in the municipality’s west side near Many Mind Creek, a natural waterway which is fed by rainwater from the borough and neighboring Middletown Township.According to Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny, West Highlands Avenue, Center Avenue and Bay Avenue were closed by 9:15 a.m. due to extensive flooding.“We estimated that the storm surge was between two and three feet,” Hubeny said, noting that a sailboat in the Atlantic Highlands Marina had come loose from its moorings and bay waters were observed cresting over the marina’s boat ramp.One unfortunate Mercedes-Benz driver suffered damage to their vehicle after attempting to power through floodwaters on Bay Avenue, according to Hubeny, who said it was the only vehicle that was reported to have suffered damage in town.‘Could’ve Been Worse’ in MiddletownMiddletown Office of Emergency Management director, Charlies Rogers, said the Port Monmouth section of the municipality was most severely impacted by the tidal flooding with 10 roadways near the eastern portions of Main Street and Church Street surrounding Compton Creek under water.Monmouth Beach neighborhood under water. Photo courtesy Jack Flaherty PhotographyRogers was thankful the rainwaters were less abundant than initially predicted. “The rain was minor and we didn’t get the amount that was talked about. We did get the heavy winds in the 40 to 45 mph range. But we never got the predicted amount of rain. It could have been much worse. Basically, we were darn lucky,” he said.Rogers said there were four to five streets in Belford and three more roadways near the Leonardo State Marina – Concord Avenue, Burlington Avenue and Beach Avenue – that were closed.West Park Flooded In RumsonWind gusts estimated near 60 mph brought down several trees around Rumson, while low-lying areas near the Shrewsbury River were impacted by severe flooding, according to borough administrator Thomas S. Rogers.In Rumson, some streets were inundated. Photo by Bart LentiniRogers said areas in both the north and south side of the borough received notable flooding, but it was the West Park section of town near the Sea Bright bridge that was hit the hardest.“The flooding followed the Stevens Institute prediction for flooding in the area of the Shrewsbury River. This is the system we use to monitor situations like this, and it was right on the money,” said Rogers, who added that floodwaters reached an elevation of feet feet above the national mean high water on the NAVD88 Datum scale.It’s probably the most severe flooding we’ve had since Sandy,” Rogers said.This article was first published in the Nov. 1-7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Wildcats look to build confidence as squad host Kootenay Volleyball Classic — Crowe Hawks, LVR Bombers also in the mix

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished third overall at the Immaculata Invitational High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.“We played lot (of volleyball) competed with all the teams,” said varsity girl’s coach Joe Moreira.“Our confidence still waivers at times and I suspect that it is attributed to playing without 12’s (nine players  — six Grade 11’s and three Grade 9’s).”Host Immaculata won the tournament. The Kelowna-based school is ranked second in the recent B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball poll.Mount Sentinel is unranked.The Wildcats have a great opportunity to get the ball flying in the right direction when the South Slocan school hosts the annual Kootenay Volleyball Classic beginning Friday at Mount Sentinel gymnasium.The tournament includes to zone rivals, Fernie and Elkford.“We hosting a number of teams this weekend we need to beat to get to provincials in Prince George,” Moreira confessed. “Both (Fernie and Elkford) have most of their player returning from last year.”Also included in the mix are Prince Charles Comets of Creston, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Immaculata, L.V. Rogers Bombers and A.L Fortune of Enderby.Teams play a round robin in their respective four-team pools before crossing over into the playoff round.The final goes at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Sentinel [email protected]last_img read more

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GRADED STAKES SPRINT WINNERS CONQUEST TWO STEP, WILD DUDE & CHITU SIGNED ON FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $250,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES; COMEBACKING KOBE’S BACK ATTEMPTS TO RETURN STRONG WITH NEW BARN

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March, 4 2015) – Graded stakes winners Conquest Two Step, Wild Dude and Chitu head a field of strong sprint contenders in Saturday’s Gr. II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs. Comebacking Kobe’s Back makes his first start since July in a new barn, gains a Hall of Fame rider and helps to round out a competitive field of nine older horses.A winner of the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes in his most recent outing on Jan. 31, Conquest Two Step ran second, by a nose, to top older horse Shared Belief in the Gr. I Malibu Stakes two starts back on Opening Day, Dec. 26 going seven furlongs; after being steadied at the five eighths pole.The 4-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa trained by Mark Casse earned a career-high Beyer Speed figure of 105 in the Palos Verdes and will retain the services of regular rider Joe Talamo. Conquest Two Step will go seven furlongs for only the second time in his career Saturday and has only been out of the money once in 10 lifetime starts.Conquest Two Step is owned by Conquest Stables, LLC. He is 10-3-5-1 overall with earnings of $309,408.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be well represented by Wild Dude, who will be making his second start off an almost nine month layoff. The consummate sprinter ran third in his last out to Conquest Two Step in the Gr. II Palos Verdes and will again have leading rider Rafael Bejarano aboard. Preceding the Palos Verdes, he ran second to Gr. I sprint champ Big Macher prior to his layoff in the Gr. II Potrero Grande in April, 2014.The 5-year-old horse by Wildcat Heir is owned by Hollendorfer and Green Smith. He is 11-4-3-2- overall with $344,220 in earnings.Jerry Hollendorfer also has entered Outside Nashville, who comes off an eighth place finish in the Gr. III seven furlong, General George Handicap at Laurel Feb. 16.Chitu, a winner of the Gr. III Sunland Derby a year ago, ran ninth in the 2014 Kentucky Derby, but came back in October after a layoff to win the seven furlong Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita and was third in his most recent start, the Malibu, behind Shared Belief and Conquest Two Step. After dueling for the lead throughout most of the Malibu, Chitu fought back and continued “willingly to the end” losing by only three fourths of a length.After being ridden by east coast-based Joel Rosario in his last two starts, Martin Garcia gains the mount on Chitu and the pair will break from the rail. Off since December, he will run seven furlongs for the third consecutive time Saturday.Owned by Tanma Corporation and trained by Bob Baffert, he is 7-4-1-1 overall with earnings of $597,800.Away since July 2014, Kobe’s Back will make his first start for new trainer Peter Eurton and will also gain the services of rider Gary Stevens.A Kentucky Derby hopeful following an impressive 5 ¼ length win in the San Vicente in February, Kobe’s Back went on to run seventh in the Gr. II Rebel at Oaklawn in March for then trainer John Sadler. Kobe’s Back ran fifth in his most recent start, the Gr. I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar in July, going six furlongs on synthetic Polytrack.Since entering Peter Eurton’s barn in the winter, he seems to be growing and filling out as a 4-year-old. “I feel pretty good about him,” said Eurton. “I like everything I see and he seems like he should run his race.” New jock Gary Stevens has been working him in the mornings and Eurton has expressed that he likes what he is hearing from Stevens.A colt by Flatter, he is owned by CRK Stable and is 9-2-1-1- overall with $276,250 in earnings.Majestic City will shorten up after his last seven attempts at routing as he comes off a nine month layoff for trainer Ron Ellis and will try rider Tyler Baze for the first time. Most recently fourth in the Gr. II Californian Stakes May 31 going 1 1/8 miles, he ran fifth to Fed Biz in the Gr. II Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar in August 2013, his last attempt at seven furlongs.Owned by Jeff Bloom’s Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, Majestic City is 22-4-4-4- overall with $448.960 in earnings.The complete field for the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, to be run as the 9th race on an 11-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Chitu, Martin Garcia, 118; Outside Nashville, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Majestic City, Tyler Baze, 118; Conquest Two Step, Joseph Talamo, 123; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 118; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 118; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Midnight Hawk, Victor Espinoza, 118; Blues Blaster, Juan Sanchez, 118. –30–last_img read more

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