Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 45-year-old man died after being pulled from the water in his hometown of East Hampton on Sunday evening.East Hampton Town Police said two men saw James A. Weber collapse in the water at Sammy’s Beach in Three Mile Harbor at 7 p.m.The men swam from nearby Maidstone Park to the victim, who they pulled from the water.Weber was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His death is being investigated as a possible drowning.East Hampton police ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-537-7575.
ILOILO – A 94-year-old man fromMiag-ao town is Western Visayas’ oldest positive case of coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19), data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. No one will be allowed to leave orenter the barangay. All barangay residents should observe home quarantine, saidNapulan. Napulan said the patient may havecontracted the virus from someone when he was first hospitalized on March 24,or got it from family members who had the virus but asymptomatic. He also does not have close contactwith any known COVID-19 case, the mayor added. “Paraindi na sila (residents) makagwa sa ila balay,” said Napulan. His having contracted SARS-CoV-2, thevirus which causes COVID-19, has baffled Miag-ao’s Mayor Macario Napulan, aphysician. On April 1 he underwent COVID-19testing. The result was released on April 4 – he was positive for the disease. The old man is currently confined at ahospital in Iloilo City. “Ang contacts niya sa balay iyaman lang kabataan kag apo,” said Napulan. He tasked the Miag-ao police stationand soldiers of the Philippine Army based in the town to distribute foodassistance to the barangay’s 200 households. Around 10 of them were set to betested for COVID-19, he revealed. The old man was discharged from thehospital on March 28 but hospitalized again on March 30 for difficulty ofbreathing. The patient, weakened by old age, doesnot even go out of his house, said Napulan. Wary of a possible spread of COVID-19,Napulan ordered a 14-day lockdown of the old man’s barangay beginning April 5. FILE PHOTO BY EPA He started coughing on March 10. Whenhe had fever on March 24 his family brought him to Miag-ao’s rural health unit(RHU). He was eventually confined in a government hospital. The 94-year-old man is the secondconformed COVID-19 case in Miag-ao. The first is a 22-year-old female fromanother barangay with a history of travel to Metro Manila./PN
FAIR HAVEN – The borough is joining other public entities around the state in the coming weeks in a call to reexamine and reform the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), claiming that excessive requests are tying up town hall. The borough council took action by resolution Monday, Nov. 25, encouraging the state Legislature to form a commission of stakeholders to review the demands of OPRA on local governments. The resolution, distributed by the Municipal Clerks’ Association with the support of the League of Municipalities, states that OPRA, as it approaches its 20th anniversary, “has outgrown its original intended use and has become ripe for comprehensive review and reform.” The association distributed 700 sample resolutions to its members to urge support for the initiative about a month ago. To date, Popkin said 200 have been endorsed by local governments around the state. “I’m betting we get 500 of these by Christmas,” he said. Fair Haven received 241 requests in 2019 as of Oct. 31, compared to the 244 received in 2017, and 202 in 2018. Some are more complex than others. The staff has collectively spent about 400 hours responding to OPRA requests this year as of Oct. 31, Fair Haven stated in the resolution. OPRA was established in 2001 to make government records accessible to the public unless permitted otherwise or deemed confidential. “We are as open and as transparent as we can be,” Cinquegrana said. OPRA requests must be responded to within seven days. “We have no problem with the average person coming in, requesting a copy of a budget or ordinance,” said Joel Popkin, executive director of the Municipal Clerks’ Association of NJ. But, he said, businesses are using OPRA to prospect potential customers, and gadflies are using OPRA to demand historical records. Some clerks in small towns can’t keep up. “A couple of weeks ago, someone wanted all the emails from the mayor from last eight years,” Popkin said. Some requests are short and simple; others require the clerk to request a time extension to complete them. Some examples of requests include: information from 1996 to February 2019, such as emails, voicemails, letters, etc.; the histories of ordinances, like copies of the first Land Use Ordinance through current times; multiple requests from the same person for the same information provided numerous times; past and current Land Use applications such as resolutions and exhibits; businesses and solicitors looking for vendor information; requests for borough employees’ email history; media requests for police internal affairs reports or settlements; vendor contracts; and much more. “It’s constant,” Allyson M. Cinquegrana, the municipal clerk in Fair Haven, said of OPRA requests. As the custodian of government records in the borough, she has completed 20 OPRA requests this month alone, as of Nov. 26. Most requests come in electronically through the borough’s website, but some people also make them by fax or in person. Electronic requests are easier to respond to in general, she said. Fair Haven is not the only municipality experiencing an uptick in OPRA requests. In 2018 a public school in Spring Lake considered hiring a part-time assistant solely to handle OPRA requests. The school’s superintendent at the time said the influx of requests was keeping administrators and secretaries from their day-to-day tasks. Salary and property information are among the more popular requests for information, Cinquegrana said. Requests are free of charge unless the information is more than 20 pages. After that, it’s 5 cents per page. If the office sends out plans for an OPRA request, it’s about $1 per sheet. Suggested members of the commission would be mayors, municipal clerks, municipal managers, attorneys, police chiefs, open government advocates, privacy experts, media members, citizens and other stakeholders, the resolution states. Copies of the resolution were sent to Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13); Assemblymembers Amy Handlin (R-13) and Serena DiMaso (R-13); Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; Senate President Stephen Sweeney; Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Senate majority leader; the executive director of the Government Records Council; and Gov. Phil Murphy. Sea Bright clerks have seen similar increases over the years as well. According to Christine Pfeiffer, municipal clerk, she has seen a slight increase in OPRA requests over the years. The types of requests “run the gamut,” she said.
ENOLA GRAY LANDS GOOD POST FOR SPEED-FILLED LA BREAPhil D’Amato is optimistic that Enola Gray can make amends for her second-place finish as the 1-10 favorite in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 13 when she runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day Monday.“There is definitely a ton of speed (in the race) but I love my post position with her,” D’Amato said of Enola Gray, a gray California-bred daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander. “Mike’s just going to break and go on with her.”“Mike” is Mike Smith, who rides Enola Gray for the first time in her career of seven starts, four of them victories and two of them seconds. Enola Gray drew post position seven in the field of eight three-year-old fillies.“My filly’s just got a ton of stamina,” D’Amato added. “We’re going to let her roll and see what happens.”Midnight Storm, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf, remains on course for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1 and a possible meeting with Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate.“We’re pointing for the San Pasqual,” D’Amato said. “Arrogate or no Arrogate, we’re running. We’re very excited about this meet. We’ve got a lot of nice horses, from two-year-olds to stakes horses and they all should be ready to go here at Santa Anita.”The La Brea: Lunar Empress, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 20-1; Lightstream, Julien Leparoux, 2-1; Finley’sluckycharm, Brian Hernandez Jr., 5-2; Constellation, David Flores, 6-1; Coniah, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Chao Chum, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Enola Gray, Mike Smith, 9-2; and Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1. TWO YEARS LATER AND ‘THE BAMBINO’ IS BACKBettys Bambino is ready to make his first start in nearly two years when he runs in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf opening day.The 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding last raced on Feb. 21, 2015, winning the Sensational Star Stakes, capping a four-race winning streak on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course.“He had a minor suspensory issue and we turned him out six months,” trainer Peter Eurton said in explaining one of the reasons for the lengthy absence. “We had him ready to run and then he cracked his shoulder and we turned him back out again, four more months. Now he’s ready to go.“Those injuries, six months, four months, it’s a whole year just sitting on the farm. Now he’ll be seven in May, if you really want to get technical, but he’s training well.”The California-bred Bettys Bambino has five wins and one third from six starts down the hill and has been out of the money only once in 10 career starts, earning $318,036.The San Simeon, race six of nine: Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Hobbits Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; Drummer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ohio, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; He Will, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Tough Sunday, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Betty’s Bambino, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Holy Lute, Jamie Theriot, 9-2; Horse Laugh, 30-1; and Iron Rob, Corey Nakatani, 50-1. ENOLA GRAY IS OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN LA BREABETTYS BAMBINO RETURNS AFTER LONG ABSENCEWALL CALENDAR PLUS MUCH MORE OPENING DAY WAGERING MENU HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ‘REAL HORSE RACING’ ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITABC WINNER FINEST CITY EYES JAN. 21 SANTA MONICA FINISH LINES: Ian Kruljac, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Finest City, said the Pennsylvania-bred filly could make her 2017 debut in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 21. A leading candidate for an Eclipse Award in the female sprint division, Finest City worked five furlongs Wednesday in a bullet 59.20, fastest of 48 drills at the distance. Kruljac called the move, “easy, fabulous.”. . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500, a $300 bankroll plus a $200 entry fee. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their choice of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers as follows: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest . . . Debby Baltas, wife of trainer Richard Baltas, will be in charge of Santa Anita’s track kitchen on the backstretch starting Jan. 20. “She’s looking forward to it,” Richard said. “She loves helping people.” Debby drew rave reviews when she ran the track kitchen at defunct Hollywood Park. Her mother, Norma, owns the Fresh Gourmet Restaurant on Huntington Drive in San Marino, where Debby lends a helping hand . . . Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m. . . . Richard Mandella, asked what adjustment he’s made now that three-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder has been retired: “I feel like the guy walking through a crowd that’s had his pocket picked–empty.” SANTA ANITA WAGERING MENU INCLUDES ENHANCED PICK SIX, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet will offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners.Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day. Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5) -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day. -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation. -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required). -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start). -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race. -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be on the final six races each day. -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card. -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout. -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will start with the first race each day. -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day. For more information on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. ‘IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER’ THAN SANTA ANITA It’s another opening, another show as horsemen and handicappers alike look forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet and its traditional start the day after Christmas.“This is when real horse racing starts,” said Los Angeles native Craig Lewis, who turns 70 next May 1 and has been training since 1981. “This is great horse racing. It doesn’t get any better than this.“I’ve got a couple young horses and you’re always hopeful, but you never know how it’s going to turn out.”Whether he gets another Larry The Legend or not remains to be seen. He was the unheralded colt that won the 1995 Santa Anita Derby. “I hope so,” Lewis said, “but it’s unlikely. They don’t come along like him too often.” DRESS YOUR VERY BEST ON OPENING DAY MONDAY Santa Anita will host a contest to discover how many of its loyal fans have true enthusiasm for prize-worthy, race-day attire. Males and females 18 and over are eligible and encouraged to partake in this FREE trackside event.The Grand Prize winner will take home a $2,500 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture and gain entrance into the VIP seating area of the Craft Brew & Cider Trackside event. Nine runners-up will each receive a $250 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture. SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday.A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission.The 2017 calendar is not only bucolic and picturesque, but contains information on Thoroughbreds so profound even a hard-core race tracker can learn something new.Themed “Anatomy of a Champion,” the calendar contains a veterinarian’s glossary in layman’s terms.In short, it’s a keeper!First post time Monday is 12 noon; admission gates open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events) –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events For more racing and event information, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.