Submitted by Washington State PatrolThis Friday, December 12, 2014, marks the 24th year that law enforcement in Washington have conducted “Night of 1,000 Stars” impaired driving patrols. This special patrol serves 2 purposes: to increase traffic safety efforts during the holiday season, and to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty. The “1,000 Stars” symbolizes the badges of the many officers who are out keeping the roadways safe during this weekend. State, County, City, and Tribal law enforcement will work together to patrol Thurston County, targeting impaired driving.Kicking off the DUI patrols is a special awards ceremony, honoring officers who have shown exceptional support and performance on traffic safety activities in 2014. These individuals have gone above and beyond to make the roadways safer in Thurston County. DUI patrols will be conducted through the holiday season, in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads and keep Thurston County on track to reaching Target Zero. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Perry said when the meeting’s discussion turned to a proposed regional shared service agreement he was immediately intrigued, but admits pulling it off could take some effort, especially when Middletown stands to shoulder a great deal of the operational burden. “What we’re looking to see is if, as employees retire, instead of replacing completely, can the three of us share the costs of bringing in someone new to oversee all of our operations,” Gonzales said. “These are the types of things that will save taxpayers and the towns money. And it aligns with what the state is looking to do.” Perry views the new town hall construction as a possible centerpiece for this regional shared service accord and called it a potential resource for the entire Bayshore community. “We don’t need the state to tell us that shared services are the way to go. We’ve all been doing that already,” Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said. “Reducing duplication and allowing for cost savings to occur is our responsibility.” “We used to use a database so we can seeif Joe Smith had been arrested previously inother municipalities. There is other softwarein use today, but it proves how useful regionalservices can be.” According to Middletown Township administrator Tony Mercantante, the investigation could go out to bid in July. Bayshore area towns share a similar geography and comparable maintenance obstacles. That has some municipal officials pondering the benefits of a regional shared service agreement. “There’s absolutely a benefit to shared services in general, let alone regional collaboration. We would not be doing our job if we didn’t consider it. Fiscal responsibility lies with all of us,” Hubeny said. “Right now, if we want to do work with Union Beach or Hazlet, we can’t, because we don’t have an agreement in place and there is a process we would need to go through,” Gonzales said. “With a joint agreement in place, any town in the Bayshore region could opt in if they wanted to.” County and municipal government reform and the use of additional shared services is a pillar of the state Legislature’s Path to Progress, a bipartisan plan to rescue New Jersey from what Senate President Steve Sweeney called a “fiscal crisis.” In addition to expanding interlocal shared services, Path to Progress calls for pension and benefit reform, leveraging assets to stabilize the pension system, education reform at the administrative level – including the concept of regional districts to create fewer administrative-level employees – and reworking the state and municipal tax structure. According to Gonzales, Highlands is currently using free DCA services for an audit of each of the borough’s municipal departments to determine if future personnel sharing is an option with the neighboring boroughs of Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright. Last week Middletown broke ground at the future site of its new town hall complex, a 72,000-square-foot facility that will place all municipal operations, including the police department and court services, under one roof. Some think it could work, and one borough administrator says she’s already taking the steps to test the viability. Hubeny said his borough currently works with neighboring Highlands for mechanic work on municipal vehicles, as well as courtroom services. Another agreement is in place for Middletown to handle the borough’s brush and leaf collections. Earlier this month, Middletown announced its plans to investigate the Bayshore’s main thoroughfare, Route 36, as an area in need of redevelopment. The investigation will study about five miles of highway from the border of Keansburg at Palmer Avenue to the intersection of Leonardville Road and Route 36 near Atlantic Highlands. The goal is to create mechanisms that will entice developers to work with tricky properties that remain undeveloped, underutilized or abandoned. “A lot of towns are leaning on Middletown and it’s because of our size and resources. But there’s benefits to us. One of the reasons we’re building the new town hall is because of the potential it creates to expand our shared services. I already see the potential court sharing, which already happens a lot in the Two River area. The more we share, the more we can reduce taxes for residents,” Perry said. Though the investigation is limited to Middletown properties, better collaboration and a pooling of resources could lead to similar research and development in other Route 36 municipalities. Since the meeting, which occurred in May and included representatives of Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan and Middletown, Gonzales said she has had preliminary discussions with the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to lay the groundwork for an eventual feasibility study. Atlantic Highlands Borough administrator Adam Hubeny is a former police officer who said he’s witnessed the fruits of similar collaborative efforts at the technological level. During a recent monthly meeting of the Bayshore mayors the topic was broached and approximately “90 to 95 percent” of the municipalities in attendance expressed interest in striking such an accord, said Highlands Borough administrator Kim Gonzales. “We investigate every shared service and sometimes proposals don’t get implemented because we don’t see enough of a benefit for the town. For this to work each governing body is going to have to weigh in on what they can bring to the table, Middletown included, and compare it to what they’re getting back. It will be a process, but it’s possible,” Perry said. But a regional agreement could expandthe benefits. The Bayshore mayors are due to meet again Friday, June 28.
The Soccer Quest camps, in partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to help deliver development summer camps throughout the BC Interior and the Kootenay area’s for 2012, focused on improving fundamentals needed in the ever-changing game.This is the second year of a Whitecaps partnership with Soccer Quest in the Kootenays.Soccer Quest is the only full-time soccer company in the Kootenays. With its indoor soccer facility located in Nelson and for the past five years it has helped raise the profile of soccer in the Kootenay area.The success of the program shows with several players gaining college scholarships and selection to the Whitecaps FC Residency program. Soccer Quest summer camps have been in the Kootenays and Central Interior of BC for the past 13 years.Soccer Quest is a Canadian company locally owned and operated with a full time C.S.A. licensed staff. The sun was shining no potential National Team players at the Soccer Quest camp held this past week at the Lakeside Pitch.Players from tots to teenager flocked to the pitch to receive expert coaching from the Quest staff.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 29, 2015)–Defending champ Fury Kapcori and Argentine-bred Catch a Flight head a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds and up in the Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes to be contested at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at Santa Anita. The Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m.Trained and owned in-part by Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori was a scintillating 5 ¾ length gate to wire winner of last year’s Precisionist, but he has been winless in three subsequent starts, including a disappointing last place effort at even money in a six furlong classified allowance at Golden Gate Fields on March 29–his first start in nine months.With Rafael Bejarano, who guided him to four consecutive wins last year away to ride Saturday in Kentucky, the 5-year-old horse by Tiznow will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke. Owned by Hollendorfer, Rick Awtrey and George Todaro, Fury Kapcori figures to be sent from the gate as he tries to recapture his form of a year ago. With two wins and two seconds at a mile and a sixteenth, he’s 17-6-5-1 overall with earnings of $520,790.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Rousing Sermon who comes off a fifth place run at 5-1 in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29. A California-bred earner of $818,072, he has six wins from 33 starts and will likely employ come from behind tactics on Saturday.Trained by Richard Mandella, Catch a Flight attended the pace in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but never posed a threat while running third to Shared Belief, who defeated the Argentine-bred by 4 ¼ lengths. A neck winner of a mile and one eighth allowance at Santa Anita two starts back on Feb. 13, Catch a Flight, who has always been highly regarded in the Mandella camp, will make his fourth stateside start in the Precisionist.Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., Catch a Flight is a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway who won sprinting on turf in Brazil and at a flat mile on dirt. The Precisionist will be his first try at 1 1/16 miles. With earnings of $213,239, his overall mark stands at 13-7-0-3.Trainer Darrell Vienna’s Mystery Train lends depth to the fray, as he returns to Santa Anita following a close second in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Mineshaft Handicap at Fairgrounds in New Orleans Feb. 21. A 5-year-old Argentine-bred ridgling, Mystery Train tried gate to wire tactics in the Mineshaft and could pose problems for Fury Kapcori on the front end Saturday.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, Mystery Train was a Group I winner at 1 ¼ miles in Argentina, but is winless in four stateside tries. He’s 23-8-5-3, with earnings of $451,007.Trainer Bob Hess’s Blue Tone comes off an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29, and would relish a stalking trip on Saturday with Bay Area-based Abel Cedillo in to ride. Owned by Engelberg, Schroeder Farms, LLC and Jan Steeper, Blue Tone is 5-2-2-1 at 1 1/16 miles. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Birdstone, he’s 14-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $338,150.Overmatched at 11-1 in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Oaklawn Handicap April 11, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sammy Mandeville was a lights-out 6 ½ length allowance winner coming from far off the pace in a 1 1/16 miles allowance at Santa Anita March 6 and would benefit greatly from a fast pace. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten, he’s owned by W.C. Racing and is 12-2-2-1 with earnings of $146,912.Claimed two starts back for $40,000 on March 8, trainer Ted West Jr.’s Motown Men seeks his first stakes win and sports a solid last-out Beyer Speed figure of 103, the result of dazzling 7 ½ length second condition allowance win at a flat mile on April 10. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Decarchy, he’s owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 27-5-6-4 with earnings of $282,459. He’ll be ridden back by a red-hot Tyler Baze.Dorine and John R. Lanza’s homebred Magic Mark has been idle since running a close third in a one mile allowance Feb. 20 and could help fuel a hot pace as his two wins from four starts at the distance have come when on or near the lead. Conditioned by high percentage Ron Ellis, Magic Mark, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Benchmark, has four wins from 11 starts and seeks his first stakes win. He has earnings of $190,604.Admission gates open at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday for simulcast wagering on races from Churchill Downs and around the country. The Grade III Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race program, which gets underway with first live race post time at 11:30 a.m. The complete Precisionist field with jockeys and weights, in post position order is as follows: Sammy Mandeville, Alex Solis, 119; Fury Kapcori, Drayden Van Dyke, 121; Rousing Sermon, Corey Nakatani, 119; Appealing Tale, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Catch a Flight, Flavien Prat, 119; Mystery Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Blue Tone, Abel Cedillo, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119, and Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 119. COMPETITIVE FIELD OF NINE 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP HEADLINE 11-RACE CARD THAT STARTS AT 11:30 A.M. ON KENTUCKY DERBY DAY