How the Broadway Diner goes beyond the PinkBy Tom PaolellaEditor’s Note: The Two River Times™ is a 2012 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” an initiative presented by Riverview Medical Center to encourage annual mammography. Each week through May 12, the TRT™ will feature stories and blogs provided by Riverview Medical Center to encourage women 40 and older to have their annual mammograms.Owners and employees of Red Bank’s Broadway Diner, 45 Monmouth St., are committed to the Paint the Town Pink campaign.For more than 15 years, Rocco Coviello and Robert Russo, co-owners of the Broadway Diner in Red Bank have been committed to providing area residents with stellar food and great service to match. What many prospective patrons may not realize is that the Broadway Diner is also committed to encouraging the importance of annual mammography.When Ellen Gamble, general manager of the Broadway Diner, was approached five years ago to get involved with Paint the Town Pink, a light bulb went off. “I have always felt that women are always so busy taking care of other people in their lives they sometimes put their own health on the back burner,” says Ellen.Simply getting involved was not enough for Ellen and the Broadway Diner. Now in its sixth year, the support of the diner is inspiring to many other businesses throughout the surrounding communities. Over the course of the last five years, the Broadway Diner has received yearly recognition for “Most Pledges Collected” and “The Pinkest Window” contest, winning four out of the last five years.In addition, over the last five years the Broadway Diner has collected more than 1,000 pledges from women, vowing to get their annual mammogram and has collected more than $7,500 to support the Pink Fund, which provides uninsured or underinsured women in the community with free mammography.“I hate to even admit it but when we were first approached by Riverview and Paint the Town Pink to be involved in this amazing initiative, I felt like a complete hypocrite,” says Ellen. “Here we are telling women just how important annual mammography was and I hadn’t been for my own mammogram in more than 10 years…Seeing the thousands of community members rallying behind this initiative truly inspired me, and I have been going for my yearly mammogram at the Women’s Center at Riverview ever since.”The Broadway Diner not only leads the charge in pledge collections, but also goes above and beyond when it comes to Pink in-store activities. “Starting well before May, each February we reach out to local businesses to get gift donations to be used for numerous in-store contests and games during Pink week,” says Ellen. For 2012, the Broadway Diner will be raffling off 25 luxury gift baskets, holding a tricky tray outside the diner on May 5, featuring an ultimate raffle in which the diner staff actually buys bicycles, iPods and other prizes out of their own pockets, and will be holding a Pink Tag Sale in the driveway of the diner to raise monies for the Pink Fund.“All of our patrons get so excited each year when they see the pink flags going up,” says Ellen. “As a local business, it’s our way of showing women in the community just how much we care for them, and we plan on continuing this tradition as Paint the Town Pink gets even bigger and pinker in the years to come!”Paint the Town Pink 2012 runs from May 4-12. For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit the website at www.PainttheTownPink.com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.
A federal government plan to allow exploration and possible future oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, south of New Jersey, has Garden State environmental groups and some of its federal lawmakers rallying in opposition.The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has established a five-year plan to investigate ocean drilling from off the coast of Virginia to Florida on the eastern seaboard. Part of that plan includes allowing energy companies to conduct seismic testing for exploration, starting south of Cape May Point, possibly as soon as this summer. According to Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, an environmental protection and advocacy organization, headquartered on Sandy Hook, “This would have extreme consequences for the entire Atlantic region.”The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plan doesn’t specifically permit any drilling off of New Jersey. State lawmakers had previously adopted a resolution in opposition to it. Calls to the office of Chris Christie on Wednesday were not immediately returned before press time. Christie, however, said in 2010 “I oppose the idea of drilling off of the coast of New Jersey…New Jersey’s coastline is one of our economic engines.”Zipf on Wednesday echoed the Governor’s sentiments believing “You can’t have an oil-based economy and a clean ocean economy in the same ocean. They don’t mix.”Even allowing seismic testing, Zipf maintained, could impact marine life. And drilling anywhere could have repercussions all along the coast, she added.“While that may sound like it’s far away,” what is being proposed, she said, “in the ocean nothing is far away. If you have a spill it will flow up the shore.”Raising the clarion call for Zipf and other groups along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez (both NJ-D) and U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) was that, given New Jersey isn’t technically in consideration the BOEM did not plan any public hearings on the proposal; the bureau plans a public meeting, where individuals can question bureau representatives who will provide information and literature, but without public comments and opinions being offered in the official record.“It’s a lack of due process and terrible in terms of good government,” Zipf charged.Whether New Jersey gets a public hearing, the public can offer written comments either by mail or online until March 30, Zipf said.A phone call to the BOEM’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on Wednesday was not immediately returned.A letter signed by the senators and congressmen seeking a public hearing on the matter has been sent to the BOEM’s offices, representatives for Booker and Menendez’s office said on Wednesday.At a press conferences conducted in Atlantic City on Wednesday, with the lawmakers and environmentalists, Pallone said “We’ve seen that oil spills don’t respect state borders,” and an environmental incident could jeopardize not only the environment but also the shore area’s economy, according to a released statement.— By John Burton
By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The Borough Council is considering timed metered parking in its municipal lots during the beach season.Joseph Verruni, acting borough administrator, said that a Request for Proposals for a metering system in municipal parking lots was issued and he expects that the Borough Council would review the bids at the first workshop meeting in February.Council members were approaching the question “with open minds,” he said. “No decision has been made,” Verruni said, nor has any rate been set for parking if meter systems are installed.The borough will consider proposals from vendors that provide parking pay stations or Internet-based mobile applications pay systems for approximately 500 spaces in the municipal lot, Anchorage beach and borough hall.The council gave no indication that there would be paid parking on Ocean Avenue in the business district, he said.Councilman Charles Rooney III said he was in favor of the metered parking. He said that the hours probably would be from 9 a.m., to give people a chance to take a walk on the beach earlier, to 6 p.m.Rooney said that in the summer the Anchorage lot is already full by 9 a.m. with cars from nearby residents and workers from businesses. The lot in the business district often has 60 to 70 cars by 10 a.m. on weekends, mostly cars from the employees or members of private beach clubs nearby, he said.He estimated that 150 spaces are taken up by either employees or members of the private beach clubs on weekends, using spaces that are meant for badge-paying visitors to the beach.The $1 per hour fee could provide revenue for the borough and free up spaces for beachgoers, he said.Rooney estimated the borough could receive around $100,000 from the meters and “this town needs revenue more than ever.” He believes the town will make $30,000 in beach badge sales if parking is rededicated to beachgoers.Before he heard about the possibility of metered parking, Megan Heath Gilhool, owner of the ArtSea Gallery on Ocean Avenue, was already concerned about this summer’s installation of back-in angled parking from just south of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to Center Street.“There is nothing good that can come from parking meters,” she said. The meters would “turn our police into meter maids.”Flooding and the salt air could damage the pay stations. Mothers with children at the beach would find it a hardship to come to the parking lot to extend their parking time. And some patrons of the bars and restaurants in the town, who leave their cars overnight after drinking alcohol, might find it difficult to arrive back in the morning to retrieve their cars before the meters went into effect, she said.Worse, if parking spaces on Ocean Avenue are full – as they often are – customers would have to “pay a dollar” at the meters to go to local stores and some might prefer to go to stores where there would be no cost to park, Gilhool said.Councilman Jack Keeler said Monday that he was not in favor of the installation of paid parking, but wanted to look at the proposals.“Conceptually. I’m leaning against it,” he said, saying he’d prefer a hike in beach fees. “Paid parking is a nuisance,” Keeler said, adding the borough should avoid it if it could.He said there were some problems with the present system of providing free parking for beachgoers as “some people used it and didn’t go to the beach,” depriving the borough of revenue when prospective beach users could not find parking spaces.“It’s a legitimate concern” to try and stop that practice, Keeler said.He said he was opposed to the back-in angled parking that would be put into place and thinks it would cause traffic problems on the heavily travelled roadway.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2015)–With fast fractions to run at, trainer Mark Casse’s Conquest Two Step flew through the stretch to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under a high-riding Joe Talamo who registered his third win on the card. With favored Distinctiv Passion carving out fractions of 21.21, 43.54 and 55.61, Conquest Two Step was fourth, approximately eight lengths off the lead with three furlongs to run and he stopped the clock at 1:08.10 for six furlongs.“I was very happy to see three horses (Distinctiv Passion, Big Macher and Secret Circle) in a speed duel,” said Talamo. “I just stayed outside and he wasn’t even getting any dirt in his face. What a race he ran. We were high on his last race, when he ran second to Shared Belief (in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu, Dec. 26) and I know a lot of people thought that was a fluke, but he really ran that same race again today.”Off at 5-1 in a field six older older horses, Conquest Two Step paid $13.00, $5.40 and $3.20. Owned by Conquest Stables, LLC, he improved his overall record to 10-3-5-1 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $309,408.“They set it up nice for him,” said Casse. “I was smiling pretty big down the backside watching those three go at it. I thought he was a big price based on his last effort, but I understand everybody likes to see two in a row.”A winner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Bob Baffert’s Secret Circle, who ran a disappointing fourth in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes, added blinkers and ran a much improved race under Martin Garcia as he pressed the pace, made the lead at the quarter pole and finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Wild Dude.The second choice at 2-1, Secret Circle paid $4.00 and $3.00.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Wild Dude was off at 3-1 and rallied from off the pace for third money, paying $3.00 to show.Distinctiv Passion, who broke from the rail and was the 2-1 favorite with Mike Smith, tired to finish fourth, 3 ¼ lengths behind Wild Dude. Big Macher, overlayed at 6-1 off a morning line of 5-2, checked in fourth, 3 ½ lengths behind Distinctiv Passion.Fractions on the race were 21.21, 43.54 and 55.61.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week on the Podcast Joel, Ty and Matt recap a couple of royal events over the weekend (one that included pork!). Matt talks about the response to his water quality regulations blog, Ty discussing the rise in diesel costs and Joel recaps the Fall Bill failure on the House floor last week.
A food fortification project being implemented in Rajasthan, which has covered wheat flour, soya dal analogue, oil and milk, has successfully provided micronutrients to vulnerable sections of population despite high figures of stunted growth of children. New strategies are being formulated to widen the project’s scope and reach out to more people.The State government is implementing the project in collaboration with Jaipur-based Institute of Health Management & Research (IHMR) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). It has been executed through the public distribution system for common citizens, women and children having low levels of nutrition and expanded to cover the mid-day meals scheme in schools.At a consultation to discuss the project’s results here earlier this week, Rajasthan was described as a model State where the edible oil and dairy industries had achieved distinction in fortification of their products. About 6 crore people in the State are consuming fortified oil produced by over 100 industries.Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) Subodh Agarwal said 39.1% of children under five years in the State had stunted growth, which exceeded the national figure of 37.9%. He said concerted steps were needed to tackle malnutrition, while independent institutions should step in with their research and recommendations.Naveen Jain, Secretary, Skills, Employment and Entrepreneurship, said though nutrition was an important issue, it was often left behind, as there was a gap between conceptualising and implementation at the ground level.GAIN’s programme head Deepti Gulati laid emphasis on strengthening the regulatory mechanism to ensure the quality and safety of fortified foods and said the fortification of oil and milk with vitamins A and D should be made mandatory. “Fortification enriches food and provides micronutrients which can significantly reduce the figures of stunted growth.” she said.GAIN has been providing technical and financial support for the fortification project, while IIHMR functions as the executing agency. IIHMR president Pankaj Gupta said since the micronutrient deficiency was prevalent in all age and socio-economic groups, the State should address the issues of child stunting and wasting.The experts also pointed out that food fortification does not change colour, taste or aroma of food material and makes it wholesome. Several centralised kitchens in the State are supplying fortified soya dal analogue containing additional micronutrients for mid-day meals given to school children.
Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “The good news is we won this one. The bad news is we have to go through this again and it will be harder on Wednesday.”Guiao, though, did warn his wards against complacency.“This series is not over. Of course we have an advantage, but with Alaska, they’ve been through a lot more difficult situations and they’ve come out of those situations pretty good.”Larry Fonacier drilled 18 markers, built on four treys, including a huge four-point play from the right corner with 2:40 to play that knotted the score at 96 and set up the wild finish. He also got nine boards.Kevin Alas added 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds off the bench, while JR Quiñahan registered a double-double with 12 markers and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Chris Banchero had 20 points and five rebounds, while Abueva wound up with 18 markers, 13 boards, three assists, and two blocks for the Aces.The scores:NLEX 105 — Ravena 25, Fonacier 18, Alas 17, Quiñahan 12, Miranda 10, Baguio 8, Al-Hussaini 4, Soyud 4, Taulava 4, Tiongson 3, Gotladera 0, Mallari 0.ALASKA 99 — Banchero 20, Abueva 18, Enciso 16, Thoss 11, Casio 8, Magat 4, Racal 4, Teng 4, Baclao 1, Cruz 0, Exciminiano 0.Quarters: 24-22, 50-40, 74-72, 105-99. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Simon Enciso kept the Aces in the game with a triple with 8.8 seconds left, but Ravena iced the deal with a pair of foul shots in the last 7.8 for a 103-99 cushion.Ravena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, finished with 25 points and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 2 is set on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum with No. 3 Alaska looking to force a deciding Game 3.“I’m just relieved that Game 1 is over,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao as the franchise got its first ever playoff victory. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena weaved his magic in the endgame anew as NLEX came away with a 105-99 victory over Alaska in Game 1 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.The super rookie first setup Michael Miranda for the go-ahead basket with 22.7 seconds left to give the Road Warriors a 98-96 lead, before converting a layup off a jump ball to make it, 100-96, with 18.8 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Haruna regaining old form coming off season-ending injury Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus
The AUDI R8 COUPE has been declared the 2016 World Performance Car during today’s press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation and Autoneum.Audi AG is no stranger to the World Car Awards program – now in its 12th year. Audi cars have previously won seven times as follows: 2014 World Car of the Year – Audi A3, 2010 World Performance Car – Audi R8 V10, 2008 World Performance Car -Audi R8, 2008 World Car Design of the Year -Audi R8, 2007 World Performance Car -Audi RS4, 2007 World Car Design of the Year -Audi TT, 2005 World Car of the Year -Audi A6.ALSO READ:Mazda MX-5 wins the World Car of the Year award at NYIAS 2016The AUDI R8 COUPE was chosen from an initial entry list of nine cars from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three finalists: today’s winner as well as the Honda Civic Type R and the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe.Candidates for the World Performance Car award must demonstrate a specific and overt sports/performance orientation while satisfying the same availability criteria as for the overall World Car of the Year award. Candidates may be chosen from the World Car of the Year list of eligible vehicles, or they may be newly introduced variants that satisfy the same criteria, but are derived from existing rather than brand?new models. In all cases, they must have a minimum annual production rate of five-hundred (500) vehicles.Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 73 top-level automotive journalists from 23 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. advertisementALSO READ: BMW 7 Series bags the 2016 World Luxury Car award at NYIASEach juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.Previous World Performance Car winners were the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (2015), then three Porsche wins in a row: the 911 GTE in 2014, the Boxster/Cayman in 2013, and the 911 in 2012. Ferrari won the 2011 World Performance title for the 458 Italia while the Audi R8 V10 won in 2010, the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.The Road to World Car began in Frankfurt on September 15, was followed by a four and a half day stop in Los Angeles for test-drives of the North American, Japanese and Swedish contenders in November, continued in Geneva with the Top Three in the World announcement, and finally ended today with the declaration of the winners in five categories at the New York International Auto Show. ALSO READ:Toyota Mirai wins 2016 World Green Car award at NYIAS2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between World Car and the New York show, and the third consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained their ranking as the number one automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach.