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North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

first_imgWork to be completed in the week of Jan. 7-11:·   Feriozzi Concrete will continue work on the east side of Bay Avenue, working between Third Street and Sixth Street. ·   Pipe crews will install a 15-inch force main on Fifth Street from Bay Avenue to the bulkhead. A second crew will continue the installation of the pump station at Sixth and Bay. Project Design:See Design Presentation for Detail Construction at the intersection of Second Street and Bay Avenue is part of the drainage project.last_img read more

Harvard doctor recalls fall of Saigon

first_img The front page of the New York Times from April 30, 1975, reports the evacuation of Saigon. Injured and wearing a cast himself, Bertram Zarins treats evacuees during the fall of Saigon. Bertram Zarins poses in front of a helicopter on board the USS Okinawa. Bertram Zarins photographs the South China Sea while leaning out of a helicopter’s window. An amateur cameraman, Bertram Zarins captures the action unfolding on the deck of the USS Okinawa as he waits to deploy. center_img Marines aboard the USS Okinawa prepare to depart for the U.S. Embassy compound to support the evacuation of Saigon. “I was jogging on the deck and tripped. I fell on an outstretched wrist and broke [it], so I had the guys put a cast on it. When all these injuries came in, I just cut it off and operated.”Later, he and his team took care of the sick and injured at makeshift refugee camps in Manila and accompanied 4,000 refugees on a cargo ship headed to Guam.For Zarins, watching Vietnamese civilians fleeing the communist forces evoked an eerie déjà vu; he had once been “on the other end of it, and now we were helping other people do the same thing.”Born in Latvia, Zarins, his parents, and two young siblings fled Russian troops as they advanced on the country near the end of World War II. “Russians were killing the intelligentsia, and our family was going to get deported or killed. Everybody was trying to get out, so we went to the shore … and we happened to get on a little fishing boat that went to Sweden. It was sort of chance that we even got on.”It was lucky his little brother, Christopher — who would grow up to be chief of vascular surgery at the University of Chicago and then Stanford University Medical Center — made it to the fishing boat at all. To keep the 6-month-old safe from shore-based gunfire, someone had tucked him under a seat in the dinghy that was rowed out to the waiting trawler. The baby was nearly lost in the nighttime chaos.“The last person getting out of the boat happened to stub their toe on him,” said Zarins of Christopher. “Otherwise, they would have left him.” In Bertram Zarins’ busy Boston practice, some patients recovering from surgery hop in on crutches. Others nursing aching knees or shoulders move gingerly as their names are called.Down the hall, the walls of Zarins’ small exam room are covered with the kinds of photos that might be expected from an orthopedic surgeon and former longtime doctor for the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and New England Revolution. There are action shots of Drew Bledsoe, Teddy Bruschi, Taylor Twellman, Steve Grogan, and Bobby Carpenter, all signed with notes thanking the Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon for getting them back into the games.Two pictures, separated from the rest, stand out. In one, several servicemen are pushing a helicopter off a naval carrier into the South China Sea. In the other, the chopper has flipped upside down and is slowly sinking beneath the waves. It was Zarins, a doctor and amateur cameraman standing on the deck of the USS Okinawa, who snapped the pictures during the fall of Saigon in 1975.In advance of this weekend’s premiere of “The Vietnam War” a 10-part documentary by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Zarins recently recounted his involvement in the evacuation of American personnel and Vietnamese civilians fleeing the approaching North Vietnamese army in April of that year.A former doctor for the Patriots, Bruins, and Revolution, the walls of Bertram Zarins’ office at MGH are covered with signed photos of some of his famous patients. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerZarins had joined the Navy following his medical residency, and he became head of orthopedics at the naval regional medical center on Guam. There he also led the center’s emergency medical team, whose members were trained to set up and man makeshift field operating rooms to treat the wounded. In the war’s waning days, Zarins’ unit got the call to action.“Our assignment was going to be to set up an emergency treatment hospital in the embassy there in Saigon,” said Zarins, the Augustus Thorndike Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. “We were going to be in Saigon because there were 10 communist divisions surrounding it.” A fierce battle and heavy casualties were expected.His group was flown to the helicopter carrier USS Okinawa off the coast of Vietnam, where it awaited the orders to deploy. But the orders never came, nor did the final attack. Instead, the North Vietnamese delayed their invasion long enough for thousands to flee. Some were plucked from the roof of the American embassy by helicopters and shuttled out to sea.“Once in a while, a Vietnamese helicopter would fly over and land on our carrier,” said Zarins, recalling how South Vietnamese army pilots packed their own choppers with family members and friends and flew them to the U.S. ships offshore. “But the carrier could only hold so many things, and there was no room to keep these extra helicopters, so they emptied them out and just dumped them overboard. I was standing on the ship waiting to see what was going to happen — we were just on call, ready to go in — so I took these pictures of them dumping these helicopters in the ocean.”Crew members aboard the USS Okinawa push a helicopter overboard.A helicopter pushed from the deck of the U.S. carrier sinks beneath the waves in the South China Sea.Zarins was pressed into service the following day as injured evacuees were ferried from other vessels to his ship for treatment.“That evening they arrived with 20 serious injuries,” he said, recalling a man who had a compound fracture of his tibia, and another with a broken spine. One young mother’s arms had been crushed between two ships when she reached for her child, who had slipped from her grasp. “She had compound fractures on both elbows,” said Zarins. “We operated for 24 hours straight without stopping. We had to operate in our shorts. There were no more scrub suits or anything like that. We ran out of drills, so we sent to the machine shop on the ship to sterilize their drills.”Ironically, Zarins was also injured.last_img read more

Muslim student group teaches the art of Quranic recitation

first_imgNotre Dame’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) invites students to engage in prayer around the world Tuesday with the Art of Qur’an Recitation. Priscilla Wong, associate director of cross-cultural ministry for Campus Ministry, said the event is part of the Prayer Around the World series — a program started approximately eight years ago to promote interfaith understanding and dialogue. “We thought that we need to bring people together, and sharing how we pray is welcoming people into our faith and culture,” Wong said. “We work with people from that faith community and it’s a way that they can hold discussions and also have questions and answers.” Wong said in the past, Campus Ministry’s Muslim prayer services featured PowerPoint presentations that explained prayer posture and the basic pillars of the faith. This year, Wong said the MSA chose to focus on the art of recitation. First-year graduate student Aamir Ahmed Khan, coordinator of the event, said recitation of the Qur’an is a fundamental part of prayer. Muslims believe the Qur’an is the word of God to the prophet Muhammad. “Muslim prayer is five times a day and they recite some part of the Qur’an in each of the prayers, and they want to do so in the most beautiful voices,” Khan said. “If somebody wants to become successful or skillful in this art, he has to train also, and there are many very famous reciters in the world that are excelling in this field … It basically requires the mastery of the up and down of the voice, also using several of your muscles in the mouth or throat to correctly pronounce Arabic.” Khan said Rasoul Rasoulipour, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Theology, will discuss the significance of the prayer form and recite part of the Qur’an. Rasoulipour will also share examples of other people’s recitations. Khan said the Art of Qur’an Recitation will feature another speaker, Abdul Rashied Omar, and a review of the book “The Art of Reciting the Qur’an” by Kristina Nelson. There will also be a question and answer session. “The book review we are doing [is] just to highlight the scholarship that is going into researching and learning about reciting Qur’an,” Khan said. “There are books about it and we chose this book especially because it is by an American professor, so the general audience can connect to it.” Wong said interfaith understanding and dialogue helps to connect cultures. “The more we can invite other people into our prayer, into our faith, not converting people, but just [inviting] them into it, it really helps us understand each other or embrace each other,” she said. “And I personally believe that is how we, as humanity, are tied together.” Learning about other faiths makes a person think and feel about his or her own religion, Wong said. “They’re entering this way of communicating with God and they make their faith life better,” she said. “So the intention is not to try to convert people, but to help learning by [comparing] and [contrasting] so that we embrace our own [faith] more dearly.” Khan said MSA consists of 20 to 30 graduate students and slightly more undergraduates. He said most of the graduate students are from other countries, whereas most of the undergraduates are American citizens. MSA celebrates Muslim festivals and helps new Muslim students adjust to attending a Catholic university, Khan said. “Because Muslims have to pray five times a day, we also gather occasionally for afternoon prayer at [the Coleman-Morse Center],” he said. “So these services are basically for Muslim students on campus, but the event like this … is [a] kind of outreach.” Khan said Campus Ministry and MSA are hosting the Art of Qur’an Recitation to expose students to other forms of prayer. “I think this will be very helpful for people of the Catholic community and also other religions that don’t have an idea about how Muslims go about their prayers,” he said. The prayer service will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Center.last_img read more

Angels’ Mike Trout among finalists for AL MVP, which will be announced next week

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Trout will be vying for his third MVP award after what he said was his best offensive season.Trout, 28, hit .291 with 45 homers and a 1.083 OPS. He led the league in on-base percentage (.438) and slugging percentage (.645).Surgery to remove a Morton’s neuroma in his right foot cost Trout the final three weeks of the season, though. He played 134 games and had 600 plate appearances.Bregman played 156 games and had 690 plate appearances. He hit .296 with 41 homers and a 1.015 OPS.Because Bregman played more games than Trout, he edged Trout 8.4 to 8.3 in WAR, according to Baseball-Reference. Trout led in WAR, according to FanGraphs, 8.6 to 8.5. Related Articles Mike Trout will finish in the top three in the MVP voting once again, but the real question won’t be answered until next week.The top three finishers for each of the major annual awards were revealed on Monday, and Trout was included, as expected, among the top American League MVP candidates.Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien were the other two. Trout and Bregman are expected to finish at the top, in some order.The winner will be announced on Nov. 14. The votes, cast by two writers representing each city in the league, were cast before the start of the postseason. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sea Bright Delights in Presence of More Piping Plovers

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SEA BRIGHT – Piping plovers, the federally threatened and endangered shorebirds, are enjoying their summer on the borough beachfront.According to Christina Davis, an environmental specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, 56 pairs of plovers have been tabulated in the area: 42 at Sandy Hook, 10 in Sea Bright and four in Monmouth Beach.Davis said the borough  has the highest number of plovers among municipalities in the state. The town “is off the charts,” she said.Piping plovers breed only in North America and have been listed as threatened or endangered around the country since December 1985, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. The plovers are small shorebirds, about 7 inches long, with sand-colored plumage on top and white underneath, sporting black bands around the breast and black markings on the head.Davis said the male plovers usually arrive first in the area in March and tend to return to the same places yearly if that habitat has not been damaged. More of the birds arrive in late April or May, she said.The birds remain at their coastal breeding grounds for three to four months a year, laying three to four eggs “in shallow scraped depressions lined with light colored pebbles and shell fragments,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. The eggs are “well camouflaged and blend extremely well with their surroundings.”To protect the birds, the plovers’ nesting areas are fenced off from the rest of the beach.Jeff Dement, chief naturalist for the American Littoral Society at Sandy Hook, said the biggest dangers to the survival of the plovers are foxes and humans. He said some of the fences surrounding the birds’ nesting areas have been electrified, but foxes have been observed teaching other foxes how to dig under the electrified fences.Davis said she did not have an update on how many plovers remained in the area, but a report from the DEP to Sea Bright which was posted on the borough’s website said four chicks and two adults remained in the fenced area of the Sea Bright beach on July 28, north of Shrewsbury Avenue.Two of the chicks were estimated to fledge – having the feathers necessary for flight and being capable of flying short distances – by July 31, the report said. According to the report, 20 chicks fledged in Sea Bright this year, making the borough a “bright light for the season.”The plovers leave for their winter quarters anytime from mid-July to October, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.Davis said that as the plovers depart, the fences around their nesting areas are rearranged. The plovers from this area fly south to North Carolina to as far south as Florida, the Bahamas or the Gulf Coast for the winter, she said.This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

CBA Seniors Win National Chess Title

first_imgBy Elizabeth Wulfhorst |For the second time in three years, Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) seniors have won a national chess championship.The CBA seniors captured the 2017 Grade 12 National Championship, held Dec. 8 – 10 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The students rallied to defeat powerhouse Stuyvesant from New York City to win the title.“Winning the national championship is especially nice because none of us knew how to play chess before high school,” said Daniel Draganoff who led the team to victory, finishing fourth overall individually. “I did not expect to place that high in such a strong field,” he said.Joining Draganoff were John-Gabriel Bermudez, Michael Gilbride, Matt Notaro, Brendan Fitzgerald, Kenny Skelton and Marc Sorrentino.This is the second national title in three years for CBA. They also won the U1900 championship in 2015.Draganoff was a key player for CBA during the 2015 win as well. He recently obtained an expert ranking by the United States Chess Federation, which is one of the highest honors in U.S. chess play.According to Draganoff, practicing a lot was the key to the team’s success and they were very happy with the outcome.Just a few weeks ago, CBA won the Grade 12 New Jersey Championship, also for the second time in three years.The CBA chess program, led by Patrick Melosh, has a competitive team and club program which includes around 30 students each year. They meet two to three times per week and attend chess events throughout the school year.This article was first published in the Dec. 21-28, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Birchbank opens doors for 2011 B.C. Junior Golf Championship

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNine players from the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf Tour take to the Rossland/Trail Birchbank course Tuesday for round one in the B.C. Junior Boy’s Golf Championship.“The key to playing well at Birch is to drive the ball well,” said Zone One coordinator Rob McKay on the eve of the four-day tournament.“If the kids can keep it in play they should be okay,” he added.The kids, McKay is referring to, are the cream of the Zone One West Kootenay crop.Redstone’s Kevin Bennett; the McKay boys, Tyler and Braden, of Birchbank; Brennan Moroney of Birchbank; Garrett Underwood of Champion Lakes; Tanner Kopan and Jordan Hoodicoff of Christina Lake; Salmo’s Kevin MacDonald and Alex Rugg of Champion Lakes.A solid field of golfers from throughout the province will play a very challenging course known for large greens and lush, contoured fairways.The local contingent has played the 6.788-yard par 72 track numerous times. So home course advantage could be in their favour. Or should it?“I think there are advantages and disadvantages to playing at home,” McKay explained. “ The kids will know the course, but there will be the added pressure of wanting to play well.”McKay said the field is very deep with more than 100 players teeing it up Tuesday, starting from the hole one and ten.And back to defend his title is Adam Svensson of Vancouver.“Adam has to be the favorite,” said McKay. “He won both the world junior and the B.C. Am.”“Kevin Kwon, Curtis Chan, and Connor Kozak are also very, very good,” McKay added.Golfers are guaranteed two rounds before the field is cut before Thursday’s third round.The public is welcome to attend. There is no admission.19TH HOLE: The 2011 tournament is the final B.C. Junior for Kevin Bennett, Kevin McDonald and Tanner Kopan — the latter off to a golf scholarship at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. [email protected]last_img read more

BLINGISMYTHING & FANTICOLA HEAD A FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES AT A MILE ON TURF

first_imgALEXIS TANGIER, BIRDLOVER & QUEEN OF THE SAND HELP ROUND OUT COMPETITIVE FIELD ON GOLD CUP DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (June 24, 2015)–Graded stakes placed Fanticola and Graded stakes winner Blingismything head a field of 10 in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up going a mile on the turf.Beaten a nose and a neck in her last two races, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola will attempt to return to winning form in the Royal Heroine, her last victory coming in the Megahertz Stakes at a mile on the turf Jan. 17.Second in the Grade III Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18 to Royal Heroine contender Queen of the Sand, Fanticola was beaten a neck in her most recent outing, the Grade I Gamely when east-coast invader Hard Not to Like scraped along the rail to nail her on the wire May 25.Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, the 5-year-old mare by Silent Name has two wins, a second and a third at the distance. She is 16-4-5-6 overall with $348,300 in earnings.Graded stakes winner Blingismything was a close third in the Grade I Gamely after sitting second throughout, beaten only three quarters of a length, but gained her first graded stakes victory two races back when going a mile on the turf in the Grade III Wilshire on April 26.Trained by Eric Kruljac and owned by Class Racing Stable Blingismything’s last four races have all been in graded stakes here at Santa Anita including a third place finish four races back in the Grade II Buena Vista Feb. 16 and another third place finish in the Grade II Las Cienegas April 11.Like Fanticola, Blingismything has two wins, a second and a third from four tries at the Royal Heroine distance.Blingismything is 11-4-2-4- overall with earnings of $282,330.A winner of four out of her last six races, Doug O’Neill’s front-running Birdlover comes into Saturday off a third place finish to Blingismything in the Wilshire after leading throughout with a win in her most recent race, the Mizdirection Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.With all horses assigned 119 pounds, here is the field for Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post position order: Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Stormy Lucy, Flavien Prat; Birdlover, Mike Smith; Mangita, Aaron Gryder; Famous Alice, Gary Stevens; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano; Alexis Tangier, Victor Espinoza; One More, Mario Gutierrez.                 First post time on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Raiders DC Paul Guenther fighting through uncharted waters

first_imgALAMEDA — Paul Guenther has said it several times already this season. He’s not used to seeing teams consistently blow his defense away.In Guenther’s four years as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator prior to joining Jon Gruden’s staff in 2018, his defenses ranked 12th, second, eighth and 16th in the league, respectively, in points allowed per game. The Raiders currently rank 31st in that category allowing 31.5 points per game, and the only team below them, Tampa Bay, already fired their …last_img read more

Jesús Luzardo impresses in big league debut

first_imgHOUSTON — Brett Anderson knew his start Wednesday in Houston would be shorter than normal.Anderson had some of his best stuff of the year; he was pumping 95 mph fastballs to start — a velocity that eventually waned to its typical effectiveness. He threw 86 pitches in his five innings, and the offense turned a one-run deficit into a four-run lead for him when he departed.The A’s 5-3 win in Houston on Wednesday guaranteed Anderson’s 12th win of the year, a career-high, and just his second …last_img read more