By Allison Perrine Aside from the goodie bags, Little Silver Helpers has teamed up with local police to expand its “Code Red” system, which provides residents with emergency information. The Helpers went through voter records and identified the seniors in town who are age 80 or above. The volunteers then reached out to those individuals to see if they were registered with Code Red, if they had masks, or had other needs. They helped get about a quarter of the 80-plus population in town on the Code Red system. The article originally appeared in the July 16 – 22, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. That was one of the number one concerns for HABcore when the pandemic hit, Quinn said. “We were really concerned because when you don’t have this type of therapy for even a short period of time, it can make an additional challenge for these kids. It’s that much harder for them to recover, get back in the education mode.” “This amazing group came full-speed ahead and provided – with a really short period of time – an amazing boatload, literally, of gifts for these kids so they can have some joy,” and still receive the educational services they need, said Quinn. “It’s about all of us coming together to help the entire family.” HABcore also received several “major donations” and was able to provide laptops to these families so they could receive telehealth, said Quinn. Little Silver Helpers got involved with HABcore through Thygeson, a former part-time employee of the organization. She knew that since the group sometimes needed help before the pandemic, it could surely use some during this challenging time. From there, HABcore’s case management team provided a list of special needs children in the program along with three wish list items for each child and their siblings. With the assistance of dozens of community members, the Helpers were able to complete each child’s wish list. HABcore case managers and staff delivered the goodie bags throughout the week. Gifts included educational toys, soft textured items, puzzles donated by Distinctive Toys in Fair Haven and more. HABcore provides permanent housing and support for people in need. As the pandemic hit, members recognized the challenges that would soon face special needs children in its program – especially with the disruption of in-home instruction. There are about 125 children in the program throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties and 40 of them have varying disabilities, according to Quinn. LITTLE SILVER – Knowing the COVID-19 pandemic would have greater impacts on certain community groups than others, three Little Silver women came together to form a grassroots group that could lend a hand. “This community right now with this whole pandemic, we’re never going to forget this time in our lives,” said Marta Quinn, senior director of development with HABcore. And that includes the families who have been aided by the Little Silver Helpers. “I’m just so impressed and I’m so pleased to be a part of this.” “What we initially thought was we wanted to help those who were on the frontlines of the pandemic, and at the same time we wanted to help the businesses in our town survive,” said McGagh. Spearheaded by Jennifer McGagh, Taryn Lenahan and Corinne Thygeson, Little Silver Helpers now has over 100 volunteers who help throughout the community. Their most recent effort aids special needs children in the Red Bank-based HABcore program. This week, volunteers with the Little Silver Helpers grassroots group delivered goodie bags to individuals with special needs in the HABcore program. Courtesy Little Silver Helpers That meant ordering food from different restaurants and delis in town and delivering meals to the hospitals and doctor’s offices. It also meant running errands for the elderly or those impacted by the novel coronavirus. As weeks went on, the women started taking donations and, as money came in, they were able to expand their services. While the original goal of the Helpers was to assist those in need during the pandemic, the organizers plan to continue it as long as they can. Even after the initial funds are depleted, the group wants people to know they’re still around and can be contacted if anyone needs help. Anyone interested in learning more about Little Silver Helpers, volunteering or donating can email LittleSilverHelpers@gmail.com, call 732-383-5017, Venmo @LittleSilver-Helpers or visit its Facebook page.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily On paper the Fred Thomson rink looked like one of the teams that would book a ticket to the B.C. Men’s Curling Championships.But when the final rock was played, it was Nelson’s Thomson, third Don Freschi of Trail, second Rob Norbert of Castlegar and Nelson lead Barry Marsh on the outside looking in at the Men’s Kootenay Curling Playdown this past weekend in the Bavarian City.Thomson lost to Tom Buchy of Kimberley in the first qualifier 9-7 Sunday before dropping the second qualifier 7-6 to Cranbrook’s Tom Shypitka.Both Buchy and Shypitka now represent the zone at the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championship Feb. 6-12, 2012 at the Parksville Curling Club.“We’re extremely disappointed,” Thomson told The Nelson Daily Tuesday. “We thought going in, as did most people, that (Tom) Buchy and our rink would be the two top teams.”Which is why the games are played.The Buchy rink proved to almost unstoppable on home ice. The Kimberley skip twice defeated Thomson, the latter coming in the first qualifier Sunday.Deuces, including the pivotal tenth end, in four ends proved to be enough to power Buchy to the two-rock win.“It was a war out there,” Thomson explained. “There were lots of good shots by both teams but in the tenth Tom played it really well, guarding (shot rock) with three or four guards.”“In the end I really didn’t even have a shot,” Thomson added.The loss dropped Thomson into the second qualifier against Shypitka.A mistake in the second opened the door for the Cranbrook skip to score four en route to the one-shot win.“We were up 2-0 and decided to go for the steal,” said Thomson. “We tried to freeze up to his rock but my shot never curled and they had a wide open hit for four.”“We made the decision as a team to go for it,” Thomson added. “Sometimes it works out great but when it doesn’t . . ..”There’s another shot at making the provincial meet coming January.However, Freschi has a previous engagement forcing the team to miss the regional final in Kelowna.“We knew going in we were not going to attend the back door playdown,” Thomson said.The backdoor open bonspiel determines the final four spots in the 16-team field.Already confirmed to be in Parksville are defending B.C. champ, Jim Cotter of Vernon and CTR leader Brent Pierce of New Westminster.Also advancing to the B.C.’s are former B.C. champ Shawn Geall, Buchy and Brian Windsor.EXTRA END: The Nelson rink of skip Brent Pihowich, third Nando Salviulo, second Jamie Tedesco and lead Greg Kinder finished 2-3 during the Kootenay zones. Pihowich lost to Thomson and Rob Ferguson of Trail. . . .The Ferguson rink lost to Tom Shypitka in the C Final. The Ferguson rink includes third Brian LeMoel, second Joey Ferguson and lead Justin Kitcher. . . . The Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar also finished 2-3 and was eliminated by Shypitka. The rink includes third Garry Beaudry of Nelson, second Stewart Higgins and lead Rob Babiarz. firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAMPION SONGBIRD IS STILL ‘PERFECT’ AFTER OAKS ROMPKENTUCKY AWAITS SANTA ANITA DERBY KING EXAGGERATORD’AMATO HONORED TO WIN HIS FIRST-EVER TRAINING CROWN John Sadler9614111115%38%$907,814 Jeff Bonde4575716%42%$201,895 FINISH LINES: Trainer Richard Baltas, who saddled Mokat to a runner-up finish behind Songbird in the Santa Anita Oaks: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Songbird is a champion. We ran into a horse that’s a true champion, it’s that simple. There aren’t many like her, and you can say the same the same thing about Nyquist. “We’re in a year where we have two juvenile champions and they’re both going into the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby undefeated. It’s very exciting. Mokat ran her race and we’re very happy running second to Songbird. Flavien (Prat) said she wasn’t really handling the track, so if she comes back good, we’ll try Songbird one more time in the Kentucky Oaks.” . . .Congrats to Peruvian sensation Rafael Bejarano, who entered today’s card with 74 wins, enabling him to win his fourth consecutive Winter Meet riding title and his seventh overall. Along with his seven Golden Whip Awards, Bejarano, dating back to 2007, now has a staggering 24 Southern California riding titles to his credit . . . Phil D’Amato, on winning his first-ever training title: “It’s an honor, and I have to give a lot of the credit to my owners and my crew. Without the horses, I couldn’t do this. I have a great bunch of hard-working members of my staff, from my assistants down to my grooms. Everything’s jelled and they get just as much credit for the success as I do.” . . . Congrats to Jesus Camacho on winning the Men’s Division of Santa Anita’s 5K Derby Day run Saturday in the time of 21:09 over runner-up Aaron Galvan, and Lulu Joko in 29.09 over Christine Beer in the Women’s Division . . . Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet ends today. Live racing returns to The Great Race Place May 5 and runs through July 10. Mark Glatt10711121010%31%$525,575 Doug O’Neill20534302617%44%$1,645,662 Jerry Hollendorfer15825161816%37%$2,008,048 Agapito Delgadillo10814121113%34%$406,157 Flavien Prat28750544417%52%$3,106,466 Victor Espinoza10312131012%34%$969,825 Philip D’Amato16639252723%55%$2,068,665 Martin Garcia14421161715%38%$1,236,631 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype881013611%33%$457,975 Martin Pedroza12618141114%34%$551,565 Steven Miyadi7913171116%52%$456,427 Carla Gaines5586315%31%$654,045 (Current Through Saturday, April 9) Jeff Mullins37109427%62%$295,039 Michael Machowsky4488518%48%$322,731 SONGBIRD CONTINUES TO FLY ABOVE THE REST Superstar filly Songbird, who soars over her prey like a raptor, won her seventh straight race with consummate ease Saturday, taking the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths, leading throughout the 1 1/16-mile race as is her wont despite breaking from the rail and running over a sloppy track.Now, it’s on to Kentucky for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms for her next major goal, the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6.“Songbird came out of the race in perfect order,” Jerry Hollendorfer said on an overcast but rain-free Sunday morning at Santa Anita, where it was business as usual for the Hall of Fame trainer, assistant Dan Ward, and their team, despite the fact that the main track was closed for training for the second straight morning due to a spate of rain that had begun early Thursday morning but abated to typical Southern California status Sunday, sunshine and all.“She seems very good this morning,” Hollendorfer went on. “We have to wait to make shipping plans because there will be a lot of horses going back and forth at that time (for the Kentucky Derby May 7 and the Oaks).“We’ll try and make the most advantageous arrangements. Songbird will stay here and likely have her last work at Santa Anita before the Oaks and then ship.”Many in yesterday’s on-track crowd of 27,821, obviously diminished due to rainy weather that resulted in a “sloppy” but sealed main track throughout the 12-race program, came to see Songbird, who is joining Zenyatta, California Chrome and American Pharoah as recent fan magnets in a game that welcomes them like a bettor treasures a Pick Six score.“She has a pretty good fan base,” Hollendorfer said of last year’s Eclipse Award winner as champion two-year-old filly who has won her races by an average margin of more than five lengths. “We’re very pleased about that.“A lot of the horses from California are doing pretty good right now, so we’ll see what happens in Kentucky.” David Lopez19025172413%35%$812,121 Gary Stevens7212131417%54%$1,914,058 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Vladimir Cerin5397817%45%$365,974 Tiago Pereira138816136%27%$585,478 Alonso Quinonez9971167%24%$357,880 Art Sherman4272417%31%$354,700 Richard Baltas13322221617%45%$1,531,054 Hector Palma4775615%38%$193,462 Joseph Talamo26833283212%35%$2,260,638 Fernando Perez20020222610%34%$1,130,302 -30- Drayden Van Dyke18419183010%36%$1,152,987 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux531071019%51%$1,046,919 Brice Blanc7077910%33%$584,555 Rafael Bejarano31274583524%54%$3,506,841 George Papaprodromou6297815%39%$322,710 Tyler Baze30434484811%43%$1,779,991 Kristin Mulhall56138423%45%$471,190 Ron Ellis39103626%49%$267,555 Bob Baffert11223191921%54%$1,897,075 Mike Smith1041391813%38%$1,984,165 Peter Miller14922152215%40%$892,030 William Spawr44107623%52%$294,612 Robertino Diodoro3478321%53%$210,390 ON TO KENTUCKY FOR BROTHERS DESORMEAUXJohn Keith Desormeaux and Kent Desormeaux are down home guys from Louisiana, far removed from Philadelphia, the so-called City of Brotherly Love, but if the brothers make it to Kentucky with Exaggerator on May 7, everything will be, um, relative, when they take on the likes of champion Nyquist and 18 others in the 142nd Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.Trainer Keith was realistic bordering on ecstatic this morning discussing Exaggerator’s 6 ¼-length triumph in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby Saturday, earning the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.“Here’s a news flash,” Keith said by phone after attending church, a Sunday ritual: “Everything looks good this morning. I said after he was third in the San Felipe that maybe the reasons he didn’t finish were that maybe he was a miler, maybe it was one of those crazy bounce theories, but not now.“I think his impressive win can be attributed to a combination of several things: his fitness, his pedigree, but most of all, his demeanor before the race. He’s never been a fidgety horse, but yesterday before the race he was calm and never turned a hair.”Kent, at 46 three years younger than Keith, enjoyed a banner day, winning two other stakes, the Grade III Providencia on Decked Out trained by Keith and the Grade III Thunder Road on What a View, conditioned by Kenny Black.Overall, horses Kent rode Saturday earned $759,910, boosting his meet total to $2,512,694.Said Keith said of his kid brother, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame and a three-time winner of the Run for the Roses, with Real Quiet (1998), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000) and Big Brown (2008): “He just keeps coming back.”In other post-Santa Anita Derby news:Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said Danzing Candy came out of his fourth-place finish after leading past the three-quarter mark in the 1 1/8-mile race in good order but had “no plans” on what might be next for the San Felipe Stakes winner.Trainer Gary Sherlock had no word the next race for Uncle Lino, who outran his odds in the Santa Anita Derby by finishing third at 26-1, other than “he won’t run in the Kentucky Derby.”Sise called Exaggerator’s powerful rush from next to last after a half mile to a runaway victory in the Santa Anita Derby “an Arazi-type move.”Meanwhile, in the What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately Department, Brian Beach, agent for Victor Espinoza, winner of five of the last six Triple Crown races who was seventh, beaten 37 ½ lengths on Smokey Image in the Santa Anita Derby, said his rider is “now officially open in the Kentucky Derby.” Brayan Pena8075149%33%$217,625 Stewart Elliott544647%26%$221,231 Peter Eurton10416251415%53%$1,254,397 Kent Desormeaux15126282317%51%$2,512,694 Abel Lezcano969759%22%$624,144 Edwin Maldonado21244222221%42%$1,427,680 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez18821342511%43%$1,320,514