JUAN M. PEREZCouncilmember At LargeCity of Bayonne To the Editor:I am submitting this letter on behalf of William Shemin, a deceased resident of Bayonne who has been sincerely identified by his superior in the United States Army as a hero, and I quote US Army Captain Rupert Purdon “with the most utter disregard for his own safety, Sergeant William Shemin sprang from his position in his platoon trench, dashed out across the open in full sight of the Germans, who opened and maintained a furious burst of machine gun and rifle fire.” Sergeant Shemin was issued by Congress the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart and years later was honored with the Distinguished Service Cross Award.William was born in our city of Bayonne and played semi pro baseball as a teenager and after graduating from the New York State Ranger School went to work as a forester in Bayonne. He joined the US Army in 1914 and fought in Europe during WW1 where he performed acts of selfless duty to assist in saving his fellow soldiers.I admire all our veterans for their gallant and untiring service to our country in order that we may continue to benefit from the freedoms. We have so many in the city of Bayonne to be proud of. I cannot begin to identify all who are with us today. With regard to Sergeant William Shemin, I humbly suggest that Bayonne Midtown Community School be named in honor of this great man, benefactor, hero and a true son of the great city of Bayonne.
Baker of the Year Paul Rhodes on what sets his bakery apart from the crowd, and how his background as a chef has helped shape the business.Paul Rhodes describes the moment he was crowned Baker of the Year 2018 as simply surreal.“I wanted to do it for my team but I never really believed it would happen,” he tells British Baker. “It was a huge honour.”Rhodes and his team had made changes to the business over the previous few years, placing emphasis on sourcing and the provenance of ingredients to identify a range of diverse heritage grains, which Rhodes says creates the best-tasting and most nutritious flour.He has pushed the use of British-grown wheat and built strong relationships with UK millers and farmers in the process.“I know some of what we’re doing is unique, we’re pushing boundaries, particularly for a larger-scale bakery,” he says, “but I definitely wasn’t confident I would win.”Gaining the award signifies to Rhodes that he and his team are heading in the right direction.“It’s a really nice acknowledgement for my team’s years of hard work. It isn’t an end-goal, but it’s a very nice step on the journey.”Rhodes, who still independently owns his business 15 years after starting it up, believes the key to running a successful bakery is to remain close to the day-to-day operation.A chef by trade, he says his time heading up Michelin-starred restaurants and working for other chefs, such as Pierre Koffman, taught him the hands-on ethos he holds now, and has helped him understand what chefs want from a bakery product.The morning after the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs), Rhodes told his team of his success and planned a huge barbecue to celebrate. “We got London Log Co wood in and built a big fire outside the bakery, where we had slow-cooked lamb shoulders, baba ghanoush and fresh flatbreads on the coals.“It was so important for me to bring the team together to celebrate this, it was absolutely a group effort.”The team now uses the BIA winner’s logo in its email signatures and across the Paul Rhodes Bakery website, which Rhodes says allows them to celebrate and feel pride in their work – whichever part of the business they are in.“Everyone in the business can be proud of this achievement, and it is nice to share it with the team and customers alike,” he says.Looking forward, the Paul Rhodes Bakery team will maintain its focus on product innovation, and continuing to progress steadily.“I have no aspirations to be the biggest bakery around, that doesn’t motivate me,” Rhodes concludes.“I do, however, want to be the best.”Sponsor’s commentThis is our fifth year judging and sponsoring the Baker of the Year category award, and the quality of entries this year has been top-notch. We had a really tricky decision on our hands to select finalists, let alone the winner!This year’s champion, Paul Rhodes, produces an amazing product range. His focus on quality is infectious and the drive he has to create an innovative and exquisite range, suited to consumer trends, is admirable.Paul runs a business excelling in the market, with plans to continue to maintain and grow a strong position within London and the surrounding area.Ann Wells, group marketing manager, Brook Food
Birmingham: England batsman Joe Denly confirmed on Tuesday he will drop to number four for England’s opening Ashes Test against Australia, with captain Joe Root replacing him at number three in the order.Root has previously made clear he prefers batting at four but the Yorkshireman is understood to have approached England coach Trevor Bayliss after last week’s Test win over Ireland about returning to his old position of first-wicket down when the Ashes opener starts at Edgbaston on Thursday.Although England beat Ireland by skittling out the visitors for 38 in their second innings at Lord’s, they only managed 85 all out themselves in their first innings.Bayliss has long wanted Root, now England’s best batsman, to bat at number three following a succession of top-order collapses that have seen the skipper walking out to bat at four when two cheap wickets have fallen.Denly, speaking at Edgbaston on Tuesday, said: “Joe Root will bat at three and I’ll be batting at four.”He rang me the other day and told me he wanted to bat three and for me to go in at four. I think Rooty just wanted to get involved in the game, get up there and get out in the middle.”I’m very excited. I wasn’t too fussed where I’d be batting, it’s just great to be in the eleven. I’ve batted at four before for Kent and throughout my career, so it really wasn’t a big issue.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Wisconsin and Brianna Decker managed just one goal against the Gopher defense and arguably the nation’s best goalie in Nora Raty. Raty stopped 47 of the Badgers’ 48 shots on the weekend.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin women’s hockey team found out why conference rival Minnesota is ranked No.1 in the NCAA after being swept in the two-game border battle over the weekend.No. 8 Wisconsin (15-9-2, 11-9-2 WCHA) got all it could handle and more with No.1 Minnesota (26-0-0, 20-0-0), losing at home 2-0 Friday and 5-2 Sunday in a statement series for the Gophers.The Gophers’ two wins in LaBahn Arena extend their NCAA record for longest winning streak to 34 games.Junior forward Madison Packer scored the University of Wisconsin’s lone goal in the series.“Sometimes it’s good to lose like that,” Packer said. “It’s tough, it’s not fun, but we have a couple of weeks before playoffs and we’ll see them again. So we’ll learn from the mistakes we made today and try and pick ourselves up and beat them when we go up to Ridder [Arena].”Minnesota’s high flying offense got the scoring started early Sunday with a 1-on-1 goal from senior forward Becky Kortum with just over seven minutes gone in the first period.Wisconsin was quick to strike back, however, after a Minnesota penalty gave the Badgers a power play opportunity.UW was able to capitalize on the one-man advantage when Packer skated in front of the net and beat University of Minnesota goal tender Noora R?ty to the right side, tying the game at one.Packer’s power play score marked Wisconsin’s first goal against Minnesota on the season, after being shutout in their previous series against the Gophers back in December.UM was quick to take back the lead late in the first period on a power play goal by freshman forward Hannah Brandt after UW’s Erika Sowchuk was called for tripping.Wisconsin was unable to find the back of the net for rest of the game against Minnesota’s R?ty, as the elite goalie racked up 22 saves and earned her 100th career win.The Minnesota attack went on to score three more times against Wisconsin goaltender Alex Rigsby, giving the Gophers a 5-1 victory over the Badgers.Sunday marked the first time a team was able to score over four goals on Wisconsin since Minnesota scored 7 on the Badgers in November of 2010.Freshman defenseman Courtney Burke tipped her hat to Minnesota’s constant offensive attack, as the Gophers constant advances eventually took its toll on the Badgers defenders.“I think we just broke down,” Burke said. “They played a full 60 minutes and I think we could have played a lot harder throughout the game.”R?ty puts Badger offense on ice FridayIn the first of the two-game series over the weekend, Minnesota shut out Wisconsin in a 2-0 victory Friday night.Similar to the game Sunday, the Gophers got off to an early start with Brandt putting Minnesota on the board early with a shot from the left circle on a 3-on-2 break away just over four minutes into the first period.Later in the period, Minnesota took a two goal lead with a 5-on-3 power play goal on a shot from the left circle from senior defenseman Mira Jalosuo.Despite Minnesota’s 23 shots on goal in the second and third periods, the Wisconsin defense was able to stop the Gophers from scoring again but failed to get a puck past R?ty, as the goalie stopped all 25 shots on goal in the game.Head coach Mark Johnson said he realizes just how difficult Minnesota is to beat and said his team needs to play better for the whole game if UW wants to compete with UM.“Our job is to try and win a hockey game and you look at the next one,” Johnson said. “The speed of the game in the second period, they were playing on their toes and we were playing on our heels. They are comfortable in their game.” “They don’t really have a lot of weaknesses. So if you are going to beat them, you have to do a lot of little things well for the whole game. We played well at times but not for a long enough time to beat them.”The two losses to top-ranked Minnesota knocks Wisconsin out of second in the WCHA to third behind Minnesota-Duluth, who won a pair of games over the weekend against No. 9 Ohio State.The Badgers will have time to learn and recover from the Minnesota series with no games until Feb. 8 at St. Cloud State.Johnson says his team will be able to learn from their games with the Golden Gophers and come back strong for the final six games of the regular season.“Every game you are going to learn something,” Johnson said. “Obviously [Minnesota] is on a roll. They don’t have many weaknesses and play at a really high level. A little humility goes a long way.”“We still have six important games left. We’ll try to position ourselves to make sure we get home ice advantage. You don’t want to lose any hockey games but you have to learn from them and move on and that’s what we need to do.”