As spring approaches, the anticipation of viewing the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs can become overwhelming. One way to insure your landscape lives up to your expectations is to add a few new plants each year. Planting now will provide surprises and enjoyment in the springs to follow. Here are three new plants that will add to your spring delight. Pink Chinese loropetalums. They’re new, but widely available, and you can select from several forms. These are large evergreen shrubs, reaching 8 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. In the spring, they’re covered with bright pink flowers with thin, strap-shaped petals. The new leaves are bright burgundy red that mature to a deep burgundy green. The plants are adapted to sun or partial shade in sandy or clay soils. They should be hardy except in the cold mountain areas of Georgia. Pink Chinese loropetalums plants are naturals for screens or hedges. They tolerate pruning, and they’re drought-tolerant and nearly pest-free. You can train older plants into small, multistem tree forms. Mohawk viburnum. This hybrid has good foliage, fragrant flowers and a truly nice form. The dark green, lustrous leaves are small and often turn burgundy in the fall before they drop. The spring flowers are in clusters 3 inches wide. The individual flowers are pink as buds and open to a nice white. The flower clusters smell like daphne and scent the surrounding space. The plant produces a few fruits that first turn red and then black. These plants do best in moist, well-drained soils and produce more flowers in full sun. They will mature at 8 to 10 feet tall and nearly as wide. Mohawk viburnum is cold hardy throughout Georgia. Its abundant, spicy flowers, neat growth habit and cold hardiness make it an outstanding shrub. Mount Airy fothergilla. This native plant deserves much greater use in Georgia. A vigorous spring flowering shrub, it reaches 4 to 6 feet in height. The plants are adapted to sun or shade, tolerant of drought and thrive in our Georgia soils. The white bottlebrush flowers, 2 inches long by 1.5 inches wide, cover the ends of the leafless spring branches. They dance with the wind, releasing their fragrance. The foliage is a dark blue-green that turns red, orange and yellow in the fall. The rounded-mound habit makes a nice addition to a border or as a specimen planting. These are three great selections that add flowers, interest and even fragrance to your landscape. If you plant now in early spring, the plants can become established and develop a strong supporting root system. Strong roots and a productive top will produce flowers for next spring’s display.
That’s according to manager Charlie McGeever, who’s preparing to lead his side into battle against Ballyboden St Enda’s of Dublin in the All-Ireland Club Championship Semi-Final tomorrow.The winners will go through to the final on St Patrick’s Day.Charlie says Commercials will need to be at their best if they’re to extend their campaign.
Ghana Tennis Federation recently hosted ITF wheelchair Tennis Coaching workshop Course from 1-3 December 2016 at the Accra Sports Stadium tennis courts. The course was made possible through funding from Ghana Tennis Federation, Dan Davan group of Companies and ITF wheelchair Tennis development Project Fund.There were 20 candidates in all, with the host nation Ghana having 16 candidates. The remaining 4 candidates were from GambiaInstructors: Daniel James and Louis Humt both from USA took participants through the 3 days course.The course is expected to impact wheelchair tennis greatly, since all the coaches are involved in the wheelchair tennis programs in their respective clubs. Therefore, the knowledge they acquired is going to help their respective clubs to develop wheelchair tennis players. Consequently the game of wheelchair tennis will not remain the same.The closing ceremony came after the written exams on Saturday 3 December and certificate of participation was awarded to the participant coaches and the day also mark World Disability Day after which other disable athlete join Wheelchair tennis team for celebrationHenry Larbi who is the Ghana Wheelchair Tennis coordinator thanked Ghana Tennis Federation, ITF, Dan Davan group of Companies and the coaches for their time and effort during the course.
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.
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 [email protected] 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