Dear Editor:Like many of you, I was shocked and disappointed by the outcome of last November’s presidential election. I cried, I argued with people on Facebook, I drank more than my fair share of cocktails, and then I finally decided to get out of my pajamas and get involved. That’s why I ran, and was ultimately elected to serve as a representative to the Hoboken Democratic Committee. I was born and raised right here in the Second Ward, where I continue to live with my husband and son. I’m lucky to count many of Hoboken’s past and current public servants as personal friends. They all share a commitment to the town I love, which is to be applauded. As citizens of this city, we are blessed to have such a variety of strong and eager voices championing our cherished hometown. However, after careful consideration, I can tell you that there is only one candidate for mayor who shares a commitment to the liberal, progressive values that I hold sacred, and that is Ravi Bhalla. I am confident that I can count on Ravi Bhalla’s administration to give meticulous scrutiny and fair debate to the issues of civil rights, climate change, and immigration when legislation is threatened at the national level. Ravi is the dad of two school-age children, so it’s clear to see that his commitment to education and the strengthening of Hoboken’s early childhood programming is rock solid. What is nearly as impressive to me is that Ravi wants to take on the juggernaut of torture that is Hoboken’s mass transit system. Listen, I take the Hop locally ten blocks to work every day, no sweat. But for those of you who take the 126, PATH, or ferry into the city, it’s time to take notice. Most days it seems like it would be quicker to swim across the Hudson. Ravi wants to work with state and federal officials to make your commute less hellacious, and that’s something to get excited about. I’ve met with Ravi several times now during this election cycle, and I am impressed with his honesty, thoughtfulness, and careful attention to detail. I mean, the guy attended the London School of Economics, so clearly he can balance a budget. But I was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on Third & Willow and as is somewhat typical of native Hobobokenites, I’m a little skeptical of outsiders. How can they love and care for my Hoboken as I do? But Ravi does care for Hoboken. He cares deeply about the kids and the senior citizens and all of us in between. On Tuesday, November 7, please join me in helping to elect Ravi Bhalla the next mayor of Hoboken, along with his stellar slate of council candidates, Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour, and John Allen.Best,Nora Martinez DeBenedetto
D-oh! Vermont means businesses! Over the past week the Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has served as a clearinghouse, offering opportunities to the business community to market Vermont and their products by rallying around the Simpsons premiere. The Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council reached out to the business community to secure donations for gifts for the premiere, and companies to exhibit at the premiere street fair. The Vermont Chamber supported the Springfield Regional Chamber in their immediate needs to raise funds for security, safety, and sanitation.As part of the effort, the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council partnered with longtime Vermont Chamber member Radio Vermont to run a day-long promotion awarding two tickets to the Simpsons screening. “Ever since the announcement that Springfield would host the movie, we’ve had a lot of interest. It was great to have the opportunity to offer our listeners a chance to actually be there, and the response to the promotion was tremendous,” stated Eric Michaels, WDEV co-anchor and Radio Vermont General Manager. “People were knocking the door down at 5 p.m. last night to submit a last-minute entry.” Chris Yager of Williston won the tickets.The Vermont Hospitality Council also spread the word that products were needed for gifts in sap buckets. Offers came fast and furious. “Our members know the value of placing their products directly into the hands of 50 Hollywood V.I.P.s,” stated Vicky Tebbetts, Vice President of the Vermont Chamber’s Hospitality Council. As soon as we sent the notice, we were flooded with willing donors. Soon we were wondering how everything would fit in a sap bucket!”Each sap bucket also includes a copy of the Vermont Chamber’s Vacation Guide and Attractions Map, published in cooperation with the State Department of Tourism and Marketing; as well as the Ski and Maple Map, published by the Vermont Chamber, the Vermont Ski Areas Association, and the Vermont Maple Foundation. Collectively these publications market nearly one thousand Vermont hospitality businesses.In addition, many Vermont Chamber member businesses jumped at the offer to exhibit at the street fair, to take place on Saturday directly prior to the premiere.The Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber worked in partnership with the Vermont Grocers’ Association, Vermont Specialty Foods, and the Vermont Farms! Association to offer the opportunity to their members as well. The Vermont Chamber continues to enjoy a close and established relationship with the Vermont Film Commission and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, two primary organizers of the event. Can’t keep all these partnerships straight? Don’t have a cow, man!
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2017 at 11:22 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Just like the first 59 minutes of football, Syracuse had its chance. On the final play for SU, wide receiver Steve Ishmael took a sharp cut back to the middle away from the right sideline. Quarterback Eric Dungey rolled toward him and fired a pass. The completion was good for 14 yards. But it needed to be 15 yards for Syracuse to keep the drive alive.Seconds later, Middle Tennessee State (1-1) took a knee to seal a 30-23 victory over Syracuse (1-1). The one-yard deficit marked the last shortcoming of a game full of them for the Orange. Despite the defense’s success early on, Syracuse’s offense was unable to beat MTSU’s defense, one led by former SU head coach Scott Shafer. He was fired at the end of 2015 and his successor, Dino Babers, admitted he didn’t prepare the Orange for the emotional challenge that Saturday night presented.“There’s nobody to blame but myself,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “It’s my job to get them ready. They weren’t ready.”Syracuse did not gain a first down until the second quarter. Linebacker Jonathan Thomas returned an interception to MTSU’s four-yard line in the first, but SU only went backwards before kicking a field goal to take its first lead, 3-2 (Middle Tennessee forced a safety after a high snap on a Syracuse punt). The Orange saw two more first-half takeaways to give the offense an opportunity to score and while one resulted in a Dontae Strickland touchdown, SU failed to capitalize.On one second-quarter possession, SU found itself in a first-and-goal situation. For three straight plays, Chris Elmore, Ravian Pierce and Moe Neal stacked up behind Dungey. Two handoffs went to Elmore. One went to Neal. On fourth and eight, Dungey appeared to have a free play when a defensive lineman moved early. But he didn’t as a pass to Ishmael fell incomplete. Dungey pleaded for an explanation from the refs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You don’t get to replay it,” Babers said. “You only get one or two chances and once it goes down the you-know-what then it’s no good for you.”The next Syracuse trip, which also journeyed inside the 10-yard line, finished with just a field goal. Ishmael and Jamal Custis dropped multiple passes. Custis later left the game with an apparent injury and was seen wearing a sling on the sideline.Through it all, Syracuse’s defense kept it in the game. The Orange led at halftime, 13-9. Then the Blue Raiders adjusted and late in the third quarter, SU lost the lead it owned since 12 minutes into the game.It started on a third down. Fans roared as they had all afternoon in support of Syracuse’s defense. Then, as he’s done his entire career, Middle Tennessee State’s Richie James hauled in a pass. The Carrier Dome fell quiet as he flew over the middle of the field. He crossed the goal line for a game-tying 28-yard touchdown, the first of three consecutive drives that would finish in a score.Syracuse had the chance to answer. On the next drive SU reached field goal range before Cole Murphy missed from 40 yards outt.“We just have to get better and just limit our mistakes,” Ishmael said.On the ensuing MTSU possession, Ty Lee ran a 48-yard streak through the seam of Syracuse’s secondary. He beat cornerback Chris Fredrick and gave MTSU a seven-point lead. Then, with 11 minutes left, Dungey tucked the ball on a designed run and plugged through the middle of the field 29 yards for a touchdown to tie the game.But again, MTSU replied with the final blow Syracuse lacked. Running back Shane Tucker capped a 10-play drive by leaping over Syracuse’s Juwan Dowels into the endzone. Syracuse’s next chance ended with a Dungey interception.“Coach Shafer, he’s a genius,” Dungey said. “He gave us stuff we hadn’t seen before, a bunch of different disguises.”Shafer, the “genius” who bested the team that thought he was a better fit elsewhere. Comments