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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts has no regrets, but did Astros seize momentum going into Game 3?

first_img Wording of Nelles bill revised You can certainly make that case. The Astros were in danger of falling behind the Dodgers two games to none in this World Series with a loss Wednesday night. Instead they came home from Los Angeles having spit with the Dodgers. And the best offense in baseball during the regular season regained its swagger by rallying against a bullpen that was on a postseason-record scoreless streak and hanging a blown save on Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.That kind of victory can give a team some serious momentum – right?“If we lost, I would have said no. Since we won, I’d say – absolutely, this will be a big swing,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said with gusto. “It’s 1-1. It doesn’t mean anything is decided. Tomorrow is a huge game. But I’m not sure yesterday wasn’t a huge game or Game 1 wasn’t a huge game or Game 7 in the (ALCS) wasn’t a big game.“We’re coming off one of the most epic baseball games in any of our careers, probably for you guys, too. So that feels good. It will feel good right up to first pitch and then it will be a new game.”It did not feel good to the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged before his team worked out in Houston that “last night hurt.”But Roberts expressed no regrets about his handling of the Dodgers’ pitching in Game 2. Along the way to the 7-6 defeat in 11 innings, Roberts used nine of the 12 pitchers on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.The outcome pushed Roberts’ moves under a microscope. But he didn’t do anything in Game 2 that deviated from the managerial style he has shown in two seasons as manager – including last postseason when he was hailed as a forward thinker when it came to bullpen use.“The way we’ve done things all year long, I know our players understand it, believe in it,” Roberts said. “I know I believe in it. And you just can’t really get caught up in just chasing results, you have to kind of really believe in the process, and I know I do.”He pulled starter Rich Hill after only four innings Wednesday, tipping over the first domino that led to Brandon McCarthy – essentially a non-combatant in the major leagues since July – losing the game in the 11th. But 75 times this season, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher lasted five innings or less.Wednesday’s decision was not about innings or even pitch count (60). The Dodgers have been reluctant to have Hill face a lineup three times. Of the 562 plate appearances against Hill during the regular season, only 107 were batters facing Hill more than twice. In his three postseason starts, Hill has faced just one batter a third time in the same game (Jon Jay in Game 2 of the NLCS).Hill’s short start would have been less highlighted if Ross Stripling and Tony Watson had given Roberts more value. The two combined to throw five pitches and got only two outs.Watson got both of those on one pitch, an inning-ending double play in the sixth. But Roberts had opted not to double-switch when he brought Watson into the game (it would have most likely cost him one of his corner outfielders, Yasiel Puig or Joc Pederson, who homered off Justin Verlander) so the left-hander was done at that point.That meant Roberts had to turn to Stripling – who has been less effective later in the season – to start the seventh with a 3-1 lead. He walked Marwin Gonzalez on four pitches and Roberts went to Brandon Morrow earlier than he would have liked. And when Morrow gave up a leadoff double in the eighth, Roberts went to Jansen.Roberts said Thursday he would make all the same moves again.“That’s what I believe in – when you do things, would you do it over again if you had another opportunity?” Roberts said.“It just didn’t work out. And that’s baseball. That’s a heck of a ballclub over there, and they’re going to keep fighting. I hope we get the opportunity again to have Kenley in the ninth with a one-run lead. Yeah, there’s tough decisions that affect, obviously, the game going forward. But I can’t look back and regret a decision I made.” HOUSTON — Game 2 on Wednesday night was the kind of game you can’t help reliving.“When I was getting off the plane with (Houston Astros veteran Carlos) Beltran, I was talking to him and I was like, ‘What was going through your head when (Jose) Altuve hit that homer?’” Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said Thursday at Minute Maid Park, sounding like Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney on “Saturday Night Live” years ago.“He was like, ‘We were going crazy in the dugout.’ Then I was like, ‘What about when (Carlos) Correa hit his? What about when they hit theirs? And they hit their (other homer)?’ We were just going back and forth.“It was an incredible game. It was just fun to be a part of and it gave us a little bit of momentum.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error An equal voice Cal High’s senior project program wows Tomko becomes a Padre Narbonne finds its focus in 2nd half Last bridge victim’s remains are found Help sought in fugitive hunt Related Articles K-Rod likely gone in ’09 LAPD: Film director isn’t at fault in death South Bay retrospective last_img read more

Anders Spinalators are back on top for the first time since 2003

first_imgPace Money:360 SPRINT                  The Dore Enchies                             $   25.00 3RD  PLACE                   SSB Big Bucks                        47:09 2ND PLACE                    The Dore Enchies                    44:43 MOTOCROSS               The Dore Enchies                             $    25.00 9TH PLACE                    Greeno Flameouts                   55:06 CANOE #2                    Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00½ MILE                        Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 BICYCLE                      Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 DESERT HIWAY           Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00HORSE RACE               Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 10TH PLACE                  Galaxie Business Equipment      56:19 SECOND PLACE           The Dore Enchies                             $225.00 MILE #2                       Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 MILE #1                       Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00center_img CANOE #1                    Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 by Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow — For the first time since 2003 the Anders Spinalators are champions of the Great Race.Anders took the title from defending champions The Dore Enchies Saturday night in South Woods Park.It was the usual Great Race crowd packed with locals and visitors from all over the country. They were treated to a fantastic race along with some beautiful weather. The Dore took the early lead and led through the first 3 legs of the race. Anders would take the lead after the fourth leg and never look back. At one point they led by over 200 yards.Anders would go on to win with a time of 43 minutes and 30 seconds. Almost a minute ahead of the runner ups but 1 minute and 27 seconds behind the 2012 record set by the Commodore.Here are the official standings:Great Race Money Winners: FIRST PLACE               Anders Spinalators                            $325.00 CROSS-COUNTRY        The Dore Enchies                             $    25.00 ¾ MILE                        The Dore Enchies                             $   25.00 4TH PLACE                    Sons of Thunder                     47:255TH PLACE                    Yunker’s Knucklebusters                  49:36 6TH PLACE                    Spencer Speedsters                 51:227TH PLACE                    Black Oak Striders                   51:248TH PLACE                    Axis of Awesome                    52:21 Totals                 Anders Spinalators                               $525.00The Dore Enchies                                    $325.00SSB Big Bucks                                            $125.00Times and placing: The Great Race 2013:1ST PLACE                    Anders Spinalators                   43:30 11TH PLACE          Village Idiots                           58:19Course Record:            Yunker’s Wheat Whackers           44:25(2009) Course Record:            Commodore Enchies                       42:24(2010) New Course Record:     Commodore Enchies                       42:03(2012) Members of the Anders Spinalators are as follows:Captain John Anders (Wellington)Brandyn Willard (Andover)Frank Adelman (Yukon, Oklahoma)Eric Anders (Wellington)Jared Rausch (Haysville)Nick Warnke (Wichita)Duane Spexarth (Wellington)Eric Lightfoot (Andover)Trey Bruton (Meriden)Colton Day (Wellington)Caleb Brill (Conway Springs)Jace Rausch (Wellington)Jason Rausch (Wellington)Chris Wacker (Loveland, Colorado)David Leonard (Miltonvale) THIRD PLACE              SSB Big Bucks                                 $125.00 Close Forgot password? 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Ah, Shucks!

first_imgBy John BurtonKids volunteer at FH Firemen’s Fair for a ticket to rideJoe Perrotto (right), who oversees these fair volunteers, with his recruits.FAIR HAVEN – Getting up early on a hot and humid late August morning to shuck corn may not be everybody’s idea of fun.  But for the kids volunteering their corn-husking talents for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, it seemed like a lot of fun – and there was a payoff for their labor.“My mom said you can work at the fair and get free (ride and meal) tickets,” 13-year-old Cameron Reed said.“It sounded pretty cool, so I decided to come do it,” offered Jake Robinson, Cameron’s cousin, also 13, who was visiting from Somerset.Cameron and Jake were two of about 10 kids on hand standing over trash cans on Tuesday, Aug. 28. They were pulling ears of corn out of tall sacks and stripping them of their husks and silk so they could be cooked later that day when the crowds arrived at the fire company property at 645 River Road.“I’ve been doing this since, like, third grade,” Cameron said. “It’s not that bad.”This is the second year that borough residents T.J. Sullivan and James Foley, both 12, have offered their help, which includes doing some chores in addition to corn duty, for the annual fair.“I like it,” T.J. said, with James nodding in agreement.They have been attending the fair – which opened Aug. 24 and closes Sept. 1 – most of the evenings, so, they said, it seemed appropriate that they offered their help. It was a decision supported by their parents.The boys also liked the idea of getting those extra tickets.  James said he could get either two free rides and a meal or two meals and a ride with the tickets earned volunteering. He decided he would go for the two rides, probably The Zipper.“Definitely, The Zipper,” jumped in 10-year-old Lily Barnett. “It’s so spinney and fast.”Lily was less enthusiastic about spending her morning shucking corn and doing other chores. “But it’s worth it when I get tickets,” she said.“I like the rides and the boardwalk games,” said William Francis, 9, who was working alongside Jake and Michael Jakub, two brothers who are 11 and 9, respectively. But for William there was another draw beyond the rides and fun at the fair that the other kids all noted as well.  “You get to see your friends here,” he said.“It’s a good way to meet up with friends you haven’t seen over the summer,” T.J. agreed.People who were away for much of the summer, James said, seem to make it a point to return for this end of the season tradition. “Pretty much all of Fair Haven goes.”James also saw another benefit to his volunteering at 8 a.m. “Now, at least when you go back to school,” he said, “it’s not so bad getting up in the morning.”Joe Perrotto, a 20-year veteran of the fire company who was on hand to oversee the kids and their work, is responsible for purchasing and morning organization for the fair. Traditionally, he said, he gets 15 to 30 kids each year to participate and over the years he’s seen many return year after year.“You watch them grow up and the next thing you know, they’re riding the fire truck,” as fire company members, he said. “This is their way to give back.”“Without these kids, we couldn’t do what we do,” he said. “They do the chores to get us going.”It’s not all fun and games either, he admitted. “One of the things with these kids here is they have to put up with me for eight days.”last_img read more

Crematorium Proposal Returns To Middletown

first_img“We have maps and data that support that smoke from this size stack will travel for six miles. If accurate, you’re not talking about a local issue. This covers a large part of northern Monmouth County. You’re talking north to Hazlet and Holmdel; west to Marlboro and south to Red Bank and Little Silver. This is not just a couple of neighborhoods in Middletown that should be worried,” added Clark, who recently launched an online petition denouncing the crematorium. The petition currently has more than 4,000 signatures. Rather than a location set behind the cemetery’s mausoleums, which are visible to drivers traveling the state roadway, the developers have eyed a vacant, forested area on the other side of the railroad tracks identified on the municipal tax map as Block 865, Lot 136. According to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) press officer Lawrence Hajna, Fair View Cemetery applied for an air pollution control pre-construction permit three years before submitting its application to the township in 2017. Unlike the original site among the cemetery’s thousands of headstones, which includes vital infrastructure like roadways, parking areas and utilities, this 19.5-acre plot is completely undeveloped and, if approved, would place the crematorium directly across Oak Hill Road from the entrance to the Poricy Park Nature Center and a residential development accessible via Ivy Hill Road. It would also be adjacent to Fairview Fields, a series of soccer fields used by township athletes. Currently there are no regulating measures on the books in Middletown pertaining to crematoriums. Mackiewicz said when the application first came before the planning board, she questioned a developer’s professional about the chamber emissions and was troubled to hear the response. “They told me the only thing that comes out of the chamber is water vapor. But that’s a vague statement. After questioning them about the vapor, they said it would not be 100 percent clean. They said it’s the same effect as if I was running my own fireplace. But I’m not putting bodies in my fire place. There’s other things in a body we need to worry about,” Mackiewicz told The Two River Times. Clark also noted there is mercury present in some deceased bodies, mostly derived from silver dental fillings, that is most dangerous to pregnant women and small children. Though crematoriums are considered low emitters of potentially hazardous materials, a group of township residents are not so sure. QUESTIONINGEMISSIONS According to the New Jersey Cemetery Association there are an estimated 25 operational crematoriums in the state, and around the country they are being viewed as a viable option for cemeteries that are running out of plots. A crematorium is a permitted use at Fair View Cemetery, one of the largest nonsectarian cemeteries in the Garden State. Two years ago the application was granted conditional approval by the Middletown Planning Board. The DEP approved thatpermit June 19, 2014, andthe permit is due to expireJune 18, 2019, Hajna toldThe Two River Times. Regina Mackiewicz said she began monitoring the situation in April 2017, and is the founder of the Facebook group Stop Fairview Crematorium, a private group that has nearly 550 members. Fair View Cemetery, a 90-acre parcel bordering Route 35 South, Oak Hill Road and the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line railway, initially proposed the construction of a crematorium in April 2017. However, the site of theproject will be moved.center_img Clark, who was an active member of the Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) group, which was instrumental in defeating a $111 million power line proposal by JCP&L, said a new resident opposition group is growing in the township and is collecting data that shows the potential dangers which could arise from the crematorium chambers. The scope of the project is expected to remain the same when Fair View Cemetery goes back to the planning board March 20. A NEW LOCATION Despite several attempts, Fair View Cemetery superintendent William Rockafellow could not be reached for comment. “For me, it’s the environmental impact and it’s the toxins that are most troubling. The smoke stacks are said to be low emitters, but there are still hazardous materials like mercury we need to worry about,” said Andrew Clark during a Feb. 25 interview with The Two River Times. Mackiewicz noted that some bodies can contain medical implants, silicone implants and even unaccounted-for pacemakers. “If pacemakers aren’t removed at the funeral home, who is to say they’ll be removed by the crematorium operators? It could be overlooked, and pacemakers do explode inside crematorium chambers, damaging the chambers and filtration systems, which could lead to bigger problems.” But when the developer, Fair View Cemetery Association, sought a setback variance a few months later, which would have allowed them to build the facility just 50 feet away from the nearby highway, the application was snuffed out with a unanimous vote at the July 24, 2017 zoning board meeting. According to the projectdescription delivered to thezoning board in September2016, the project called fora 1,128-square-foot humancrematorium facility withtwo chambers. Because the application is open before the planning board, Middletown Township personnel and elected officials declined comment. RESIDENTS RALLYIN OPPOSITION MIDDLETOWN – After lying dormant, an application for a proposed crematorium is scheduled to go back before the township planning board in March. Crematoriums have been a controversial topic in the area in recent years, including a 2014 case in Oceanport in which elected officials said they would mount a legal defense against Woodbine Cemetery. Though Woodbine proposed a crematorium, it could not obtain an air pollution permit from the DEP. In 2016, a group of Manalapan residents entered a similar fight against a proposed crematorium at the Old Tennent Cemetery. The planning board ultimately refused to hear the application.last_img read more