By Jay Cook |HAZLET – A nationally recognized hotel chain is looking to expand its brand behind an existing hotel on Route 35, effectively creating a hub of lodging on a roadway with a dearth of available options.At the Aug. 17 Hazlet Township Land Use Board meeting, Holiday Inn unveiled a proposal to build a four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel. It would sit behind the two-story Holiday Inn already established along the highway, across from the Cinemark and Costco shopping center.“This is a rather innocuous use,” said Calisto Bertin, project engineer for the hotel’s application. “It’s just a hotel – not a trucking terminal, not a factory.”But for some residents living on the adjacent Miller Avenue, which is actually within Holmdel Township’s borders, plans for a new hotel are unwelcome.“I think the value of our homes are going to go down,” said Holmdel resident Dean Labarca, a 13-year homeowner on Miller Avenue, after the meeting ended. “The quality of our lives are going to go down.”He was one of about 25 residents from Miller and Orchard avenues in attendance that expressed concern about this development. Earlier in the month, Labarca petitioned the Holmdel Township Committee for help to stop this project. Committee members Deputy Mayor Pat Impreveduto and Committeeman Eric Hinds said they do not like the project.According to the project application, the hotel expansion would be on a 3-acre swath of undeveloped, wooded land behind the existing Holiday Inn hotel and the Hazlet Pharmacy/Casual Male XL next door.An engineering plan for the proposed hotel expansion.The plans call for a four-story, 93-room hotel, covering 13,663 square feet. On the ground level, site plans outline a swimming pool, market, lifestyle lounge and a fitness room.Yomesh Patel, a planner hired on behalf of Holiday Inn applications, said the new hotel would “attract the right type of clients” into Hazlet, considering the Holiday Inn Express would be an “upper-scale hotel.”For Holiday Inn to even consider the new hotel for franchising, Patel said the structure would have to be four stories tall. He cited country-wide consistency and brand recognition as the main reasons why.Pending approval from the Land Use Board, attorney Jeffery Gale said the property owner would split the lots into two – the new space at 3 acres and the existing space at 3.9 acres – and the existing Holiday Inn would be sold and rebranded as a Quality Inn or similar style hotel.Holiday Inn would also be seeking a use variance on the property, oddly enough, as hotel uses are not permitted in that zone on the Route 35 highway in Hazlet. According to public Monmouth County tax records, the standing hotel was built in 1967. Gale said over the years it had been branded as a Ramada Inn and a Sheraton. He said it also is the popular overnight destination for acts performing at the PNC Bank Arts Center.Surrounding the rear of the property and abutting houses on Miller Avenue is a 6-foot-high fence, that at some points provides only a 20-foot buffer for residents from the hotel’s parking lot.And according to Gale, the 20 feet that residents have come to enjoy over the years is actually owned by the hotel. The fence line does not correctly correspond with the actual property line.But regarding where properties begin and end, Gale said, “I’d like to make it clear, because I don’t want to stir up controversy. It is not the applicant’s desire that we make this controversy or to bring it to an issue.”The Holiday Inn on Route 35 South, Hazlet.If the new Holiday Inn Express is ultimately approved, distances from fence lines to the curb inside the development would range from 7 feet to 22 feet.That lack of privacy was brought to issue by board member Vincent Solomeno, who said, “the actual situation we’re facing right now is you’re awfully close to the backs of these homes.”“I’m concerned about that, specifically, and the noise and the light,” he added.Many of Labarca’s neighbors drew on those concerns after the meeting, saying the hotel expansion would have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.“I got three kids that play in the street there every day,” said Brian Hayes, who has lived on Miller Avenue for 14 years. “This is going to increase the traffic and the cars that come down the road and turn around in my driveway.”Concerning the traffic, Hayes said cars leaving the hotel property already turn right onto Miller Avenue, where there is no way to leave the development. “No Outlet,” “Watch Children,” and 25 miles per hour signs pepper the entrance to Miller Avenue.Joe Dimari has lived on Orchard Avenue, another neighborhood behind Miller Avenue, for 28 years. He said a new hotel twice as big as the one already there would make the site significantly louder than it already is.Dimari also brought up the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a pending 230-kV transmission line proposed along NJ Transit the North Jersey Coast Line. Orchard Avenue backs up to the train tracks.“We have the JCP&L project behind us and the Holiday Inn in front,” he said. “This is our quality of life that we’re trying to protect.”Only half of the expert witnesses testified on Aug. 17, so the project was carried to the next meeting, tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Residents are urged to check HazletTwp.org for more information.This article was first published in the Aug. 24-31, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Jordan Hunter converted both scores.The victory was sweet for the injury-riddled Bombers which dropped a 28-7 decision in the opening game of the 16-team tournament to Southridge of Surrey.LVR now moves on to play Windsor of North Vancouver Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The Lower Mainland squad hammered city rival Alpha 27-0.The tournament is idle Friday before the teams conclude play Saturday. The L.V. Rogers Bombers lived up to their seventh seeding as the Kootenay reps bounced Equimault 12-5 in consolation round action Wednesday at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships in Abbotsford.Cail Spencer and Jake Lock each scored a try to power the Bomber machine.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers are off to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Basketball championships after disposing of the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 69-46 in the Kootenay Zone Final Wednesday at the Hangar. The Bombers took control from the opening tip-off, building up a 44-21 lead en route to the blowout victory.Bjorn Morris led the Bomber attack with 16 points. Josh Matosevic had 15 and Isaiah Kingdon checked in with 14.Matosevic was a one-man wrecking crew in the second quarter when LVR built up its big lead, scoring 11 of his 15 points.The Bombers now advance to the provincial tournament March 5-8 in Langley.
(12-13 years old) Ashlynn D’Alessandris – Bronze- Vault, Bronze-Bars, Gold- Beam, Gold-All AroundMercedes Majeski – Silver- Vault, Gold-Floor, Silver-All AroundTehya Colbeck – Gold-Bars, Bronze-All AroundAmanda Schacher – Gold-Vault, Gold-FloorBrynn McTague – Silver-BarsSuki Simmington – Silver-Beam, Bronze-FloorGirls Junior Olympic Level 6 (9-10 years old)Eden Bellman – Silver-Vault, Gold-Beam, Gold-Floor, Gold-All AroundAbby Majeski – Gold-Bars, Silver-Beam, Bronze-Floor, Silver-All AroundShelbi van Hellemond – Bronze-Bars, Silver-Floor(11-17 years old)Lily Taylor – Gold-Bars, Silver-Floor, Silver-All AroundDafni van Hellemond – Silver-Vault, Silver-Bars, Bronze-FloorTeagan McTague – Bronze-FloorGirls Junior Olympic Level 7 (9-12 years old)Brianne Stefani – Silver-Vault, Gold-Beam, Gold-Floor, Silver-All Around(13-16 years old)Sara Tolles – Bronze-FloorOlivia Kelly – Bronze-Vault, Silver-BarsGirls Junior High School Level 1Ryley Thompson – Silver-Vault, Bronze-Bars, Silver-Floor, Gold-All AroundEmma Lake – Gold-Vault, Bronze-Bars, Gold-Beam, Silver-All AroundMaya Buchanan – Gold-Bars, Bronze-Beam, Bronze-Floor, Bronze-All AroundGabriella Hurst – Gold-Beam, Gold-FloorJersey Hay – Bronze-Vault, Silver-BarsGirls High School Level 3Ella Keelan – Silver-Vault, Gold-Bars, Bronze-Beam, Gold-Floor, Gold-All AroundKylee Dyck – Bronze-Vault, Silver-Bars, Bronze-Floor, Bronze- All Around Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club competitive team won 90 medals over Spring Break at the Key City Invitational/Zone 1 Provincial Trials in Cranbrook.This bi-provincial competition attracted 300 participants from clubs in British Columbia and Alberta. At the event, twelve of Nelson’s Gymnastics and Trampoline athletes qualified to compete at the BC Artistic Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships in Langley, April 15-17.Experienced competitors and past BC Provincial medalists Sara Tolles, Olivia Kelly, Brianne Stefani, Teagan McTague, Gwen McCrory, Abby Majeski, Matthew Bullen and Zoe Crisfield will lead the Glacier team.The following four gymnasts also qualified to compete at their first BC Provincial Championships: Dafni van Hellemond, Eden Bellman, Shelbi van Hellemond and Lily Taylor. “This is a very exciting time for Glacier Gymnastics,” said Head Coach, Sandra Long.“Half of these gymnasts are 9-11 years old, which bodes well for the future of competitive gymnastics in Nelson.”The coaching team at Glacier Gymnastics has developed a diverse programming strategy that is beginning to mature.“We will continue to see bigger and younger teams attending BC Championships in the future, “said Long.“And the level and quality of our gymnastics and trampolining will continue to increase.”Results from the Key City Invitational in CranbrookGirls Zone 1- Level Pre-6 (8-9 years old)Paityn Lake- Bronze-Vault, Bronze- Bars, Gold- Beam, Gold- All AroundAlly Nicholson – Gold- Vault, Silver- Bars, Bronze- Beam, Silver-All AroundRayne Jean – Gold- Bars, Gold- Floor, Bronze-All AroundAmelia Finley – Silver- FloorAnouk Prud’homme– Silver- Beam(10-11 years old)Olivia Bezaire – Gold- Vault, Silver-Bars, Gold- Beam, 6th on Floor, 4th Gold-All AroundKate May – Bronze-Floor, Silver- All AroundTess Gordon – Silver-All AroundElla Taylor – Silver-FloorAurora Dool – Bronze, Bronze-FloorJulia Markin-Hellekson – Bronze- Vault, Bronze-BeamFawn Herzig – Silver-BeamElsa Sollid – Gold-Floor
Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Doug O’Neill1081010169%$588,286 Corey Nakatani881691218%$793,528 Kent Desormeaux12425221720%$1,389,110 Tiago Pereira85981211%$312,884 Tyler Baze19026202314%$1,441,444 SMITH SEEKS AN UNPRECEDENTED TRIPLE IN BIG ‘CAPBRONZO, HARD ACES WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDCAP Brice Blanc3362318%$242,872 Brandon Boulanger956586%$197,436 Martin Garcia9518131219%$1,299,460 COOL HAND SMITH EYES THIRD STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP WIN Mike Smith has been down this road before. The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden in hundreds of major races throughout his career of more than 33 years, but winning one never grows old nor does the buzz that surrounds it.Still, the native of Roswell, New Mexico, who turns 50 on August 10, manages to keep his emotions under control, both before and during the race. He’ll do that again when he rides prohibitive favorite Shared Belief in next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, a race he will be seeking to win for an unprecedented third straight year, having won it with Game On Dude in 2013 and 2014.Johnny Longden, Corey Nakatani, Bill Shoemaker and Gary Stevens have won the race twice in a row, Shoe on two separate occasions, but no one has achieved the elusive “Triple.”Not even immortals such as Eddie Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker and George Woolf himself, who won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap in 1935 aboard the 7-year-old Azucar, were able to win the Big ‘Cap three straight years in 77 previous runnings of the historic race.“I’m excited about it,” Smith said of the Big ‘Cap. “I’m not sure who’s running in it yet, but Shared Belief has proved he can definitely go the mile and a quarter, and given the opportunity, he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s a good horse and he’s proved that, and I think his last race (beating Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7) really proved it.”That endorsement aside, Smith feels we haven’t yet seen the best of Shared Belief.“I think there’s room for him to step up even a little bit more than he’s shown, so we’ll see what happens,” Smith said. “He’s been training really well since, from what I hear, so all systems are go. We’re excited about it.”FINISH LINES: Chilean-bred Bronzo, working in company with the Irish-bred Circling for Neil Drysdale, worked seven furlongs on an unexpectedly rain-free Saturday morning in 1:27.20 for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. Circling was given 1:28.40 . . . East Coast invader Hard Aces, recently acquired by Hronis Racing for trainer John Sadler, worked six furlongs for the Big ‘Cap under Victor Espinoza in 1:14.40. Espinoza has the Big ‘Cap mount on the 5-year-old Hard Spun horse, winner of the restricted Louisiana Handicap last out at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. . . Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million in the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 in the Pick 6 . . . Brian Beach, agent for Espinoza, the regular rider of Horse of the Year California Chrome, has engaged his rider on Eddie Logan winner Bolo for Carla Gaines in next Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes . . . With Martin Garcia in the saddle, Damascus Stakes winner Chitu, prepping for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes next Saturday, worked five furlongs in company for Bob Baffert in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 69 works at the distance, the average time of which 1:01.20. Stablemate Pimpernel was timed in 58.80. Sky Kingdom also fired a bullet for Baffert, going four furlongs in 47 flat while stablemate Opsec was timed in 47.20 . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. reports Prospect Park came out of his five furlong work yesterday “great” for the San Felipe . . . Next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap will mark a personal milestone for dedicated racing fan Ray Ware, as the Glendora resident will be on hand for his 50th consecutive edition of America’s longest continually run “Hundred Grander.” Ware’s first Big ‘Cap was in 1966, when Lucky Debonair, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, cruised to a one-length victory as the 3-1 favorite . . . Trainer Bob Hess Jr. has the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs penciled in for California Cup Derby winner Mischief Clem . . . The Racetrack Chaplaincy of So Cal, which supports the backstretch workers’ children’s ministry, will hold its charity golf event, “Tee Up Fore Kids Charity Golf Tournament” April 6 at Glendora Country Club. To register, contact Sharla Sanders at 626 733-3815 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a donation form . . . Not only are jockeys Tyler Baze, Kent Desormeaux and Espinoza in a donnybrook for the runner-up spot in wins behind runaway leader Rafael Bejarano in Santa Anita’s jockeys’ standings with 26, 25 and 23, respectively, through Friday, they were bunched in purse earnings, too, at $1,441,444, $1,389,110 and $1,400,408 . . .The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) invite all to an open forum at Santa Anita on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Baldwin Conference Room on the third level of the Clubhouse. For more information, call 626 574-6620 or visit www.toconline.com . . . California racing rarity: two Oklahoma-breds, Wildly Excessive and Lust for Life, run in today’s second race. Joseph Talamo15617162611%$1,190,822 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 27) Rafael Bejarano17043252225%$1,896,514 Martin Pedroza1261118179%$519,374 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato49119722%$512,270 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella4287719%$418,586 Jeff Bonde2690335%$321,280 Felipe Valdez3877818%$204,698 Richard Baltas46107322%$394,918 Bob Baffert671414921%$1,266,198 Victor Espinoza12323241419%$1,400,408 John Sadler829151311%$642,186 Peter Miller1011820818%$1,036,386 Gary Stevens6811111216%$938,820 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Eurton57118819%$550,318 Fernando Perez1221116109%$532,312 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 A. C. Avila2362326%$156,974 James Cassidy4685917%$304,850 Flavien Prat82109812%$516,536 Edwin Maldonado821151013%$404,386 Mark Casse4385519%$633,598 Mike Smith7415161120%$1,365,091 Mark Glatt4778715%$371,574 -30- Jerry Hollendorfer11222161620%$2,141,878 Drayden Van Dyke13715161811%$822,306 Elvis Trujillo14717171112%$1,044,292 Michael Pender3264319%$162,160
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2016)–Breaking from the rail, favored Illuminant showed good tactical speed and took command turning for home to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 4 ½ lengths under Flavien Prat while negotiating one mile on turf in 1:35.36.Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trained by Michael McCarthy, Illuminant switched back to the turf following a dull fourth place finish on the main track in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles La Canada Stakes here on Jan. 16 and appears headed back to graded stakes competition.“I’ll go ahead and enjoy this for a minute, but in the next 30 to 60 days, she could pop up somewhere in the Midwest, but I’m not sure where,” said McCarthy, a former longtime assistant to Todd Pletcher. “That’s up to everybody at Eclipse. We’ll sit down and talk about it.”Heavily favored at 6-5 in a field of nine older fillies and mares, the 4-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Quality Road paid $4.40, $3.60 and $2.80. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $152,650. She now has three wins, all on turf, from nine overall starts.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Journey On rallied from fourth to take the place at 5-1 and paid $5.40 and $4.20.Pacesetter Little Bit Lovely tired late, finishing a half length back in third. Ridden by Joe Talamo, she was off at 21-1 and paid $9.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.34, 46.75, 1:11.59 and 1:23.47.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.