By Laura D.C. KolnoskiFort Monmouth is not envisioned to be a treatment center for Ebola, and no medical treatment for it is contemplated to occur on the premises, Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez told local officials in a recent letter.Commissioner Velez said that Fort Monmouth “would only be utilized as one possible location to temporarily house out-of-state, asymptomatic travelers for the duration of their quarantine period,” or until transportation can be arranged to the travelers home state.But State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-13) thinks that utilizing the state’s empty hospital beds for temporary quarantine would be a much better option than Fort Monmouth.“The senator believes that instead of sending folks to Fort Monmouth for quarantine, the state should be sending them to the thousands of hospital beds currently available,” said Tony Perry, Sen. Kyrillos’ Director of Legislative Affairs. “On average, 27 percent of hospital beds sit vacant, so they should be using the facilities currently available for asymptomatic travelers.”Fort Monmouth and other locations were designated as a potential quarantine site for asymptomatic out-of-state travelers arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport by the Dept. last October, citing its suitability for reasons of safety and privacy.Commissioner Velez said that local and county officials, along with members of the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority (FMERA) overseeing the fort’s redevelopment, were made aware of the plan when it was formulated by NJ Gov. Chris Christie and NY Gov. Mario Cuomo last October.“The senator was very upset and disappointed he was not alerted or made aware of the original decision (to quarantine those returning from West Africa at Fort Monmouth),” Perry said.“He has not discussed the latest letter from Commissioner Velez with the Monmouth County delegation directly yet, other than Senator [Jennifer] Beck,” Perry said. “Both Senator Kyrillos and Senator Beck are still not convinced Fort Monmouth is the right place and hope the issue will be revisited in the near future.”While officials and FMERA members were aware of the fort’s selection as an Ebola quarantine site, they had appealed to the U.S. Army, which still technically owns the fort, to block its use for that purpose. When the Army did not, officials further expressed anger and frustration the decision was imposed upon them.Signing the February 3 letter opposing the plan were Republicans Kyrillos, Beck, N.J. Assembly members Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini, Declan O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande, and Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative.“Quarantining should not take place at the fort where we’re trying to focus on economic development,” Freeholder Burry said. In addition to acquiring fort facilities for county use, Burry is spearheading the effort to create a comprehensive veterans’ facility there. Tours with potential investors and developers are ongoing, with 500 acres of the 1,128 property already in private or county hands, including the new 55-acre world headquarters of the CommVault data storage company. The creation of thousands of jobs and a boost for the economically beleaguered area that has suffered since the fort closed in 2005 could potentially be adversely affected, officials claim. The designated quarantine area is near the Suneagles Golf Course, one of the properties currently for sale.The mayors of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls were also angered they were not notified of the impending decision affecting their communities.
ARCADIA, Calif. (October 28, 2016) – Today Breeders’ Cup announced that Maddie Stevens, the 7-year old daughter of 10 time Breeders’ Cup Champion jockey and acclaimed actor Gary Stevens, will host a series of all access interviews with several of horseracing’s most influential figures. A horseracing aficionado, Maddie has spent her entire life deeply involved in the horseracing community. Ahead of and during the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Maddie will conduct interviews with some of the sport’s most influential names, including leading Breeders’ Cup jockeys, partners, executives and horses. In the weeks leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, Maddie will meet with famed jockeys Victor Espinoza, winner of the first ever Grand Slam title, and Mike Smith, the winningest jockey in Breeders’ Cup history, to get their insight on the sport of horse racing and their take on this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Maddie will also meet with Goodie Girls Cupcakes to exclusively unveil the Breeders’ Cupcake and pay a visit to California Chrome, Tepin, Songbird, Beholder, and Stellar Wind, five of this year’s leading contenders. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube To follow Maddie and stay up-to-date with news from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, click here and hereMedia Contact:Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512, email@example.com Hayley Karlan, Nike Communications, 646-654-3445, firstname.lastname@example.org Maddie Stevens, Daughter of Hall of Fame jockey, Gary Stevens, to Conduct “All Access” Interviews with Leading Breeders’ Cup Participants, Executives, and Partners “We are excited that Maddie will be joining the Breeders’ Cup team this year,” said Peter Rotondo, Vice President of Content for Breeders’ Cup. “Maddie has more horse racing knowledge than many in the industry and is the perfect person for the job, her subjects better be ready for any and all questions!” -30- Days ahead of the Breeders’ Cup, Maddie will also be on-site at several of the most exciting events, including the post position draw for both the Classic and the Longines Distaff and the highly anticipated Taste of the World event at Warner Bros. Studios. Additionally, she will conduct a one-on-one interview with Bob Baffert, one of horseracing’s most renowned trainers whose past horses include 2015 Triple Crown and Grand Slam winner American Pharaoh.