Sharapova’s racquet manufacturer Head stood by the Russian after she initially confirmed the positive test on March 8, and the company has now called for an amnesty in meldonium cases.“It is now quite clear that WADA made the decision to ban meldonium based solely upon the alleged prevalence of use among Eastern European and Russian athletes,” said head chief executive and chairman Johan Eliasch.“This highlights a wholly flawed decision-making process by WADA whereby the ban on meldonium has no justification.“Until clinical testing is undertaken to prove that meldonium has indeed performance-enhancing potential, WADA should provide amnesty to athletes who had been taking the drug at the direction of a doctor for a proven medical condition, if not all athletes.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Maria Sharapova will face a hearing for testing positive for meldonium, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issuing fresh guidance on the banned substance.WADA said on Tuesday athletes who tested positive for meldonium before March 1 could avoid bans.But the International Tennis Federation said Sharapova’s case will proceed.The Russian tested positive for the drug at this year’s Australian Open, after it was added to WADA’s banned substances list from January 1.Wada’s change in stance is because of a “lack of clear scientific information on excretion times”, meaning the agency has so far been unable to establish how long it takes for the drug to clear the human body.
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.
By John BurtonRED BANK – Police Chief Stephen G. McCarthy had a life that made a difference in the lives of so many others.The late Red Bank Police Chief Stephen G. McCarthy, shortly after becoming chief almost four years ago.On Monday a borough worker draped purple and black memorial bunting over the entrance of police headquarters and members of the department placed black ribbons across their uniform badges. As word spread that McCarthy had died earlier that morning, there was a palpable pall that seemed to spread over the department and community.Mayor Pasquale Menna saw it, felt it.“There was a real sense of loss” everywhere and with everyone he spoke, the mayor said, especially with members of the department who “were lost.”Menna, who seemed shaken by the chief’s death, went to headquarters later in the day, after conceding he wasn’t going to get any work done at his law office. He sat with those coming on duty for the night shift. “They seemed lost. I mean, they’re grown men; they know they have a job to do. But they didn’t know what to say, to do,” he said.Menna knew how they felt. “I can’t believe it. I never anticipated it would come this fast.”McCarthy, 50, had been chief since 2010. He had been battling a reoccurrence of thyroid cancer and was being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Menna said.McCarthy had been with the department for 27 years, coming up through the ranks, first as a patrolman. He headed the criminal investigation and detective bureaus before being named chief of the 40-member department.Red Bank Police Chief Stephen G. McCarthy is shown in this January 2010 file photo being sworn in as chief by Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci Sr. as McCarthy’s wife Maryellen and children Matthew and Jenna look on. McCarthy lost his battle with cancer on Monday, Sept. 23.“Not only was he the best of any of the chiefs I had the privilege to work with – and we’ve had good ones in the 25 years I’ve been on the council and as mayor – but he was also, in my opinion, the poster of what chiefs should be throughout the whole state,” Menna said.Borough Council President and Police Commissioner Arthur V. Murphy III stressed, “He was a gentleman before he became chief.“He had a real decency,” Murphy said. “You don’t replace a guy like that.”Murphy and Menna met with McCarthy at the mayor’s home, some months back when it appeared the chief’s cancer had returned. McCarthy told the officials about his condition – and prognosis.“We spent much of the time crying like children,” Menna said.“We all knew what was coming,” Murphy said. “I couldn’t keep it in.”It was McCarthy who reached out and grabbed Murphy’s shoulder, asking, “Are you all right?”“He knew he was going down that path and “he asked me, if I was all right,” Murphy remembered.“We lost a really good individual, not only as a father and husband, but as a really great police officer,” said Mark Fitzgerald, who was chief and retired prior to McCarthy taking over and now is head of security for Riverview Medical Center. “He was a really decent individual.”Fitzgerald and McCarthy worked together in the police department for many years. “It was easy to tell from my position that, when he joined the police department, he had the capabilities of rising to the top and being a leader,” Fitzgerald said. “He was that type of person.“He was a natural leader – that was apparent from the beginning,” he said.Fitzgerald recalled when he told McCarthy’s father that one day his son would become chief. The senior McCarthy remembered that and reminded Fitzgerald of it when McCarthy was sworn in.“He was like a brother to many of us,” Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni aid.Gramiccioni first met McCarthy when the prosecutor was with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and he and McCarthy were working on a case that had overlapping federal and local jurisdictions. “He was great at his job,” he said.The prosecutor was always struck by McCarthy’s diligence, but more profoundly, Gramiccioni said, “He had a real good heart.“We may be all good at our jobs but we all can’t be equally good-hearted people,” Gramiccioni said. “He was that double-whammy.”Police Captain Darren McConnell, a department veteran and friend called McCarthy “the picture of what you’d want a police officer, police chief and a person in general to be in the way he conducted himself every day.”McCarthy’s manner of dealing with people and situations was “in such a calm and compassionate way … that spread through the department,” McConnell said. “People looked up to him, the way he conducted himself.”Board of Education President Ben Forest agreed. Forest knew McCarthy since they both attended Monmouth Regional High School, though a year apart. When he became chief, McCarthy reached out to Forest and his wife Amy Goldsmith, president of the West Side Community Group, asking to meet with some west side residents and hear their concerns. He came to Forest’s home. “He sat and listened and I never had a police chief do that before,” Forest said. “Amy and I were very moved by that.”“He was bright, articulate; he had a quiet but strong presence,” Menna said. “One of the good ones is gone.” Stephen G. McCarthy, 50, of West Long Branch, and the chief of police for Red Bank, died Monday, Sept. 23.His accomplishments in law enforcement started in Rutgers University graduating with a degree in criminal justice. Later, he attended Kean University, obtaining a master’s in public administration. He was a graduate of the 2004 FBI National Academy (235th class), 2004 West Point Command and Leadership Program and The National Training Center of Polygraph Science. In 2010 he became the chief of police of Red Bank.Stephen was a member of numerous associations, including the Monmouth County and New Jersey State Associations of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was an active member of the PBA Local 39.Above all, he was a devoted family man to his wife, children and parents. Stephen never missed one of his children’s games, one of his greatest joys.He is survived by his beloved wife Maryellen; his loving children, Matthew and Jenna; a brother, Robert; his parents Elizabeth and Stephen; his mother-in-law, Teresa Ferrigno; his in-laws, Chrissy and Jim Mellaci, Rob and Lisa Ferrigno; and numerous other relatives.Visitation was held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, on Thursday, Sept. 26. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at St. Michaels R.C. Church, West End. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.Donations in Stephen’s memory may be made to the Red Bank PBA–McCarthy Children’s College Fund at PO Box 39, Red Bank, NJ 07701 or online at: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/redbankpbalocal39/redbank pbalocal39s-mccarthyschildrenfund.Please visit Stephen’s memorial website at www.johne dayfuneralhome.com.
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