Cop Serves As A Liaison To Latino Community

first_imgStory and photo by John BurtonRED BANK – “It wasn’t easy. We didn’t have much,” said Sgt. Juan Sardo, with the Red Bank Police Department, remembering back when he and his family arrived in the U.S. and settled in the borough.Those who come from other countries, just like anyone else, travel different paths in life. Some take on the challenge of starting and operating a business. Some continue to work for others. Sardo helps others as a police officer. And with his background, language skill and sensibilities stemming from his background, he serves as a voice for many in the increasingly diverse community that Red Bank has become.Sardo, who is assigned to the patrol division, is among a number of the 42-member department who are fluent in Spanish, assisting the large Latino population that has been growing for the last approximately 20 years.Sardo serves as the department’s liaison to the Latino community, often taking on the responsibility of communicating with the community putting forth department information that would benefit those residents. That mission is often done in cooperation with St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 121 Bridge Ave., which is responsible for a considerable amount of outreach to the Hispanic community.It’s Sardo’s own life story that provides an added layer of insight into the plight of the recently arrived.“With my background I can communicate better with the community,” he offered. “Not only communicate,” he continued, “I can relate to them.”Sardo was just 6, and didn’t speak a word of English, when he and his family left Venezuela for the U.S. His father, an Italian national, was a soldier in the Italian Army during World War II, who immigrated to the South American country following Italy’s surrender and married and started a family.In 1979 the family moved and settled in Red Bank. However, Sardo’s parents divorced and his father moved away and is no longer in the family picture.“It was really hard,” for him, his mother, Dianora and his three siblings, Sardo remembered. “You had to adjust to a different language,” and culture. Sardo acknowledged the language barrier led him to having to repeat a primary school grade at a time when there weren’t many Latinos in the community.“She raised the four of us cleaning houses in Rumson,” with the money not going far enough, Sardo said. “There was a lot of sacrifice.” School shopping meant visiting the former Monarc thrift shop on Monmouth Street.Growing up, though, “My mom instilled in us really good values.” And that included an appreciation of hard work, he said. “We learned responsibility quick.”At 12 he got his first job learning to make pizzas at Luigi’s Pizzeria and went on to working in just about everywhere in town where pizza was made, including Mr. Pizza Slice and The Brothers, still operating today.Today he continues that work ethic, by using his off time from the department working as a real estate agent. In the early 2000s he and another officer opened a hair salon, Que Bonita, on Shrewsbury Avenue, with Spanish speaking stylists, catering to the Hispanic community. They sold the salon a few years later.Sardo has been with the department for 19 years, working in various bureaus. “There’s no better work than police work, for this,” he said, where he can offer help and protection for the entire community.He mentors every other week at Lunch Break soup kitchen and food pantry, helping community members having difficulty making their way. “This is what I’m all about,” noting his strong religious faith, instilled in him by his mother, has been a grounding influence for much of his life. He is a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Shrewsbury, where Sardo transports some children to Bible study.In 2005 he received the Law Enforcement Award from the NAACP of Greater Red Bank; and in 2015 he was inducted into the Red Bank Regional High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.The Hispanic community can be victims of crime, taken advantage of by the unscrupulous and dangerous. However, “They have a fear coming forward reporting a crime,” especially those whose who may not be here undocumented.That’s not an issue for local law enforcement, he tries to make clear to the community. “Policy is we don’t ask,” about immigration status in that context, he explained. If it’s not exactly a law enforcement issue, he explains, what can people do to address it.“For me there’s only one race – the human race,” he said.Sardo has been married for 20 years to his wife Nohemi, has two children, Juan Jr., 13, and Javier, 10, and lives in Ocean Township.He may not have been born here, but Sardo has come to appreciate his home. “This is the best country in the world. My country.“I thank God every day that my old man decided to come here.”last_img read more

Soccer Saturday marks official opening for Nelson Youth Soccer

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer runs from April to June before taking the summer off.The association returns to the pitch in September before concluding the year with playoffs in early October.Rep teams are busy attending tournaments before gearing up for the Kootenay Provincial B Cup playoffs in June.The BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Boy’s tournament is July 4-7 in Prince George.The girl’s event is the same time in North Vancouver. Nelson Youth Soccer officiall kicked off its 2013 outdoor season with Soccer Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.House teams from the younger divisions took over the fields for opening week games.last_img read more

More than two grand, 70 birdies, five eagles and a hole-in-one

first_imgLocal golfers Braden Chown and Craig Wilkinson golfed from dawn to dusk as part of the PGA of BC Golfathon to raise more than $2,000 for ALS patient services (Monday) June 10.The total topped the $1,167 total from 2012.Wilkinson was on hand Friday at the Balfour Golf Club to receive recognition first hand from Wendy Toyer of the ALS executive. Chown and Wilkinson completed 162 holes each with 70 birdies and five eagles.The highlight of the day was Chown registering his first ever hole-in-one on the 7th hole of the fifth round.All funds raised go toward finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS ), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.This is a fatal  neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis.There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.Donations can still be made online at: www.golfathonforals.calast_img read more

Not a bad gig if you can get it

first_imgNot a bad gig if you can get it. When most people are on their way to work, there’s a group of skiers out on Kootenay Lake.The trio, led by Nelson’s own Bruce Ramsay, take to the water near the Regional District of Central Kootenay transfer station where the waterski course is located.The boys up early when the water is like glass, before 7 a.m.last_img

Nitros explode for three goals to double Leafs 4-2 in Bavarian City

first_imgIt was a positive sign for a team struggling to find anything positive.The Nelson Leafs stayed stride for stride with the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs for 48 minutes before the Nitros offence exploded for three goals in a 10-minute span to double the Green and White 4-2 Friday in the Bavarian City.Keenan Haase, Jason Richter and Trevor Van Steinburg, with an insurance marker in the final three minutes of the game, rallied the top team in the Eddie Mountain Division to its league-leading 22nd win of the season. The goal by Haase came seconds after Blair Andrews gave Nelson a 2-1 lead midway through the third period.Jordan Busch on the power play gave Kimberley a 1-0 lead after one period.Austin Anselmo, also on the power play, tied the game for the Leafs in the second.Kimberley out shot the Leafs by a wide 30-19 margin — including a 14-7 advantage in the third period — making the night a busy one for Nelson netminder Patrick Ostermann who looks to the go-to guy in goal for the Murdoch Division club.Nelson, riding a three-game losing streak, host the Columbia Valley Rockies Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs will be looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Rockies last week in Invermere.last_img read more


first_imgRAFAEL BEJARANO, LUMINANCE, FOURTH AS EVEN MONEY FAVORITE:  “She broke a little slow, so I didn’t have the position I wanted to have early.  She tried really hard, but those fillies didn’t stop.”  TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES            STEWART ELLIOTT, GLORYZAPPER, WINNER: “She ran really well in her last out (her only start on turf) but she just didn’t have that turn of foot on the grass, like a lot of grass horses do. Phil knew it and said he would put her back on the dirt and shorten her up a bit. That’s what she’s good at.“With the way she ran today…she got tested and she fought to win, so I could see the Breeders’ Cup as a possibility.”             PHIL D’AMATO, GLORYZAPPER, WINNER: “She gave us a good performance. She’s always a fighter, she always pushes on. Stewart did a great job. The four (favored Luminance) broke a little slow so Stewart put Gloryzapper into the race early and she fought everybody off.“I love her in this scenario. When she has her head in front of the rest of the opposition, she loves the fight. She loves to hold them off. Passing horses, she’s just ok, but she loves to be in the mix and fight them off.“We’ll see what’s next. Maybe the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint but, we’ll see. We’ll see how she comes out of it.” NOTES: The winning owners are A.C. Hebert, of Vinton, Louisiana, who races as Hebert Bloodstock, Andrew Leggio of Metairie, Louisiana and Peter Peluso of Glen Head, New York.last_img read more

Bearkats Advance to Semifinal Round

first_imgHUNTSVILLE, Texas – On a night where the matchup of spread offense against triple option lived up to the billing, the Sam Houston State defense did its part to steal the show.The Bearkats stopped Kennesaw State on 4th-and-five at Sam Houston’s 15-yard line with 1:24 remaining, locking up a 34-27 FCS Playoffs quarterfinals victory at Bowers Stadium on Saturday night.DENIED!!!PJ Hall shuts the door and gets the ball back for SHSUSHSU 34, KSU 27 – 4Q Watch the #FCSPlayoffs on the ESPN App— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017 With the win, Sam Houston advances to its third semifinals in four seasons. The Kats visit North Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m. CT with the game broadcast on ESPN2. The matchup will be the first between the two teams since the 2014 season, a game that was also in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs.Fans interested in purchasing tickets can call the Bearkat Ticket Office at 936-294-1729.The Bearkats (12-1) racked up 482 yards of offense for the game, but had to hold off a Kennesaw (12-2) team who entered the game leading the nation in rushing. The Owls piled up 352 yards on the ground including a team-high 120 yards from Shaqil Terry on just five carries.Meanwhile, for Sam Houston, Corey Avery rushed for 129 yards and a score for the Kats on 21 carries. The senior went over the 1,000-yard mark and joined Timothy Flanders as the only Bearkats with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons in their careers.Avery converted a pair of key fourth-down conversions for the Kats including a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line, extending Sam Houston’s lead to 24-10 with 9:57 to go in the half. The back also set up Sam Houston’s go-ahead touchdown at 14-7 on a 19-yard, fourth-down scamper late in the first quarter.Bearkats strike again as Yedi Louis finds the end zone for the first time tonightSHSU 14, KSU 7 – 1Q Watch the #FCSPlayoffs on the ESPN App— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017 Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe completed 20 of his 29 passes for 313 yards and three scores, including a pair to fellow seniorYedidiah Louis who had a game-high 123 yards receiving. Briscoe’s 4,714 yards passing sets a new single-season record at Sam Houston, surpassing his record set last year.HOW IT HAPPENED Kennesaw State took its opening drive 43 yards in seven play, scoring the game’s first touchdown but the Bearkats did not wait long to strike back. Sam Houston needed just four plays including a 61-yard long ball from Briscoe to Nathan Stewart, who hauled it in for the touchdown. The completion put the wideout over 1,500 yards for the season on his 25th career receiving score.Kennesaw followed by missing a 42-yard field goal wide right. On the ensuing possession, Briscoe found Ragan Hendersonfor a big gain over the middle and Avery rushed for 19 yards on 4th & 2 down to the Kennesaw 33-yard line. Louis scored from 16 yards out on the screen pass for the 14-7 lead with 3:10 in the first quarter.The Sam Houston defense, led by Chris Stewart’s 15 tackles and 11 more from P.J. Hall, stuffed the Owls option attack on 4th-and-four resulting in a loss of five. The offense took over inside Kennesaw territory at the 48-yard line was able to capitalize, tacking on three points courtesy of the 22-yard Tre Honshtein field goal and 17-7 lead.After forcing a three-and-out, Sam Houston drove 58 yards in 10 plays including a 1-yard leaping touchdown from Avery on fourth-and-goal, extending the advantage to 24-10. The drive took 4:12 and highlighted a rare occasion in which the Kats led the time of possession at the half.Kennesaw cut into its deficit with another field goal in the second half, capping a 14-play, 71-yard drive that took 7-plus minutes. The Owls faced a fourth-and-three at the Sam Houston 12-yard line but the Owls’ head coach was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during the timeout.Justin Thompson’s ensuing 44-yard field goal came up short but the Owls had another chance on a Sam Houston holding penalty and capitalized, hitting the 34 yarder, trimming Sam Houston’s lead to 24-13. The Kats answered on their next drive as Honshtein drilled a 21-yard field goal with 1:46 in the third.The Owls continued to pound it out on the ground, cutting Sam Houston’s lead to a touchdown behind a 50-yard rush from Terry to set up a 4-yard run to paydirt moments into the fourth quarter. Once again, the Kats wasted little time in responding.Sam Houston turned to the air as Briscoe hit Louis for 23 yards down the middle and after a 16-yard rush from Avery, Louis made a man miss for a 15-yard touchdown reception. The catch and score was his second of the game and extended the Kats lead to 34-20.For the second time in the fourth quarter, Kennesaw cut the Bearkat lead to a touchdown, doing so on a 23-yard pass from Chandler Burks to T.J. Reed with 7:21 left in the game.OTHER NOTABLES IN THE WIN With the victory, Sam Houston captured 12 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. It marks just the third time overall the Bearkats have won 12-or-more games.Zyon McCollum came away with his third interception of the season with 12:48 in the third quarter. The takeaway halted a 5-play drive in Sam Houston territory at the 39-yard line. Following the pick, the Owls ran the ball 23 consecutive times.The win was the 20th consecutive victory for Sam Houston at Bowers Stadium, setting a new mark for the second-longest home streak in school history. The victory also extended Sam Houston’s overall record to 13-0 in the FCS Playoffs at Bowers.The semifinals are set!No. 6 SHSU vs. No. 2 NDSUNo. 5 SDSU vs. No. 1 JMU#FCSPlayoffs— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017center_img The playoff victory was the first against a member of the Big South Conference. The win moves Sam Houston to 3-0 all-time against the league with a pair of regular-season victories coming against Gardner-Webb in 2008 and 2010.last_img read more

Saina, Kleshchukova Claim Week Five Cross Country Athletes of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Daniel Saina and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All Southland Athlete of the Week awards are presented by Hancock Whitney.Saina clinched a first-place finish at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend, beating out the second-place finisher by a 10-second margin. The junior closed out the four-mile race with a 4:57.9 average-mile pace in order to secure his second Athlete of the Week award this season.Kleshchukova continued her impressive 2019 run with an individual title of her own at the Cowboy Stampede this past weekend. After beating out the second-place runner by 16 seconds, the junior captured her third individual victory of the season, also sealing her third Athlete of the Week award.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Daniel Saina, McNeese – Jr. – Eldoret, KenyaSaina claimed a first-place individual finish, boosting the Cowboys to a second-place team finish at home this past weekend at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede. The junior from Eldoret, Kenya, topped a field of 104 runners from 12 schools with a 19:51.7 clip. Saina’s performance in the four-mile race marks his second individual title of the 2019 season.Honorable Mention: Kolyn Saltzman, New Orleans; Dustin Worley, Nicholls; Tristan Stellmach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova continued her impressive pace with her third individual title in three appearances, following a first-place performance at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend. The junior claimed a 17:34.6 finish in the 4k event, setting a new personal-best time by 36 seconds. Her victory makes her the first Privateer to record three consecutive individual victories since the 2002 season. Kleshchukova defeated the second-place competitor by a 14-second mark.Honorable Mention: Elsa Rijpstra, Nicholls; Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more


first_imgLOVINGIER’S HOMEBRED SHOW IT N MOE IT PREVAILS BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH IN $100,000 SPRING FEVER STAKES AS BEJARANO & SHERLOCK TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG WIN IN 1:10.18RACE IS PART OF THE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARESARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2019)–Favored by a mere $104.00, Terry Lovingier’s homebred Show It N Moe It relinquished command a quarter mile out but re-rallied late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes by three quarters of a length under Rafael Bejarano.  Trained by Gary Sherlock, the 4-year-old California bred daughter of Grace Upon Grace got six furlongs in 1:10.18.Breaking from the rail, Show It N Moe It broke like a shot and was immediately engaged by Coco Kisses to her outside as S Y Sky, the narrow second choice in the wagering, sat a stalking third.  However, heading into the far turn, Show It N Moe It was getting out noticeably and Joe Talamo, aboard S Y Sky, moved to the rail and gained a narrow advantage, only to be tagged in the final 40 yards by the winner.“I’ve been doing this for 40 years and I never like being on the rail,” said Sherlock.  “I don’t like the one-hole under any conditions.  I think the reason she was getting out there going to the far turn was that she’s never not had a horse inside of her to run with.  She overcame it and with her, the results are incredible.  We’re hoping to have a big year with her.  She ran against older horses last year and now she’s doing so well.”With $81,900 bet to win on her, Show It N Moe It, who defeated S Y Sky in a state-bred allowance going 6 ½ furlongs by 3 ¼ lengths here on Jan. 10, was the actual even money favorite in a field of five California-bred or sired older fillies and mares and paid $4.00, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by Tom London, Lovingier and Eugene Zondlo, Show It N Moe It, who is out of the Ide mare Robotica, picked up her second stakes win and improved her overall mark to 19-6-4-4.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $435,604.“She always tries really hard and she always wants to be on the lead,” said Bejarano, who has now ridden her in 10 out of her last 11 starts, winning four of them.  “This was the first time she’s ever had to be on the inside though, and she freaked out a little being on the lead down inside…In the beginning, I had to use her a bit and I think six and a half or seven furlongs are better distances for her, but she still got it done.”Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato, S Y Sky ran a huge race in defeat, finishing 4 ½ lengths in front of Coco Kisses.  The second choice at even money, “S Y” paid $2.40 and $2.10.“The winner was really getting out down the backside, I thought she might bolt,” said Talamo.  “I took my filly to the rail and she went right through there, real easy.  We were just cruising.  Hats off to that other filly, she dug in.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, Coco Kisses, who dueled early with the winner, was third best on the day.  Off at 7-1, she paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.25, 45.63 and 57.58.The Spring Fever is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.last_img read more


first_imgICE COLD SALT WATER THERAPY PROVING EFFECTIVE AS TYLER CERIN CARES FOR DOZENS OF HORSES IN-TRAINING AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2019)–With equine medicine more readily embracing holistic treatments and procedures, Tyler Cerin, 31, son of veteran conditioner Vladimir Cerin, is treating dozens of horses per week at Santa Anita with a Jacuzzi-like machine called an Equine Spa, which employs ice-cold salt water.“It’s made in England and we use it as preventative maintenance and also to treat soft tissue that may have become stressed or inflamed,” said Cerin, who has treated horses nationwide as a highly sought-after Equine Massage Therapist.  “With each horse, we school them first in order to get them comfortable, because they’re going to be standing in a confined space when treated.“So, we walk each one through and then we stand them, similar to what you would do with a horse who was just getting familiarized with the starting gate.  With some horses, if we see they’re getting stressed, we stop the process and bring them back in a day or two to make sure they’re comfortable with it.”Once each horse is secured in the spa, the process of loading the salt water is initiated.“It takes five minutes to get the water up over their knees and above their hocks,” said Cerin.  “The water temperature is very consistent, at about 35 to 36 degrees, so we don’t want the level to get any higher, because if their belly was submerged, it’s pretty cold for them just to be standing there.“Once the water has reached the proper level, we turn on the jets and it’s very similar to a human sitting in a Jacuzzi.  It’s very soothing for the horses and once the water is circulating, this process lasts no longer than 10 minutes.  So, with another five minutes required to drain the water, each horse is in and out within 20 minutes, maximum.”When asked by XBTV’s Zoe Cadman if he’d ever been in the Equi-Spahimself, Cerin replied, “Yes, anything I do with the horses, I try it myself first…For me, it’s a blessing working as a team with each trainer and their staff as we try to help each of these horses reach their maximum potential.”last_img read more