Bayern doubled their lead when the club’s record signing Tolisso, who cost 41.5 million euros ($48.6m) from Lyon, headed home on 18 minutes when Arturo Vidal found him in the box.Tolisso could have scored again soon after when he hit the post.Torrential rain then forced the start of the second-half to be delayed by 15 minutes.The stadium briefly emptied in the break as supporters sought shelter before resuming their soaking wet seats.Leverkusen’s new coach Heiko Herrlich responded to his side’s woeful defending in the first half with two changes for the second 45 minutes.Germany winger Julian Brandt replaced Jamaica’s Leon Bailey and defender Aleksandar Dragovic replaced new signing Sven Bender at centre-back.It changed little and when Chile international Charles Aranguiz pulled Lewandowski to the floor as Bayern attacked, the VAR spotted the foul and the Polish striker converted the resulting spot kick on 53 minutes.Moments later, Neuer’s understudy Sven Ulreich proved his worth in the Bayern goal to deny Brandt, then Dominik Kohr in quick succession.With an hour played, Bayern’s stand-in captain Thomas Mueller made way for Arjen Robben.Leverkusen showed heart when Brandt’s pass found Mehmedi unmarked on 65 minutes and the Swiss international slotted home their consolation. Robert LewandowskiBerlin, Germany | AFP | Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.The Polish striker dutifully slotted home the penalty to put Bayern 3-0 up after new signings Germany defender Niklas Suele and France midfielder Corentin Tolisso scored with first-half headers.Leverkusen deservedly pulled a goal back at 3-0 down when Swiss striker Admir Mehmedi capped off a bright passage of play with a fierce shot.“That was a special day for me — my first game for my new club and my first goal, that was nice,” said Suele.Leverkusen’s Germany defender Jonathan Tah was left ruing his side’s poor first-half display.“We were asleep in the first half and conceded stupid goals,” said Tah.On a dramatic opening night, the start of the second half was also delayed by 15 minutes as torrential rain swept the stadium.Having won last season’s German league title — their fifth in a row — by 15 points, the thumping win in Munich suggests Bayern are in no mood to relax their iron-grip on the Bundesliga title.The hosts were missing a host of injured stars at Munich’s rain-lashed Allianz Arena including new club captain Manuel Neuer, defender Jerome Boateng and new-signing James Rodriguez.Nevertheless, it took just nine minutes for Bayern to go ahead.Centre-back Suele nodded Sebastian Rudy’s free-kick past his Germany teammate, Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Share on: WhatsApp
Two women with outstanding warrants have added new charges to their list after they were found to be driving around town with a 16-day old infant on the floor of their car.The incident occurred in London, Kentucky Thursday.Officials say both 32-year-old Rebeca Jean Fultz and her mother, 69-year-old Charolotte J. Simpson were pulled over for outstanding warrants Thursday around 7:30 pm.While authorities conducted the arrest, Fultz informed them that her newborn was in the car. Officials reported that they could not find the infant at first, because she was not strapped into a car seat. The infant was later found on the floor of the vehicle between the passenger and front seat.Officials also reported that the infant was covered in ants, had a soiled diaper, and was laid amongst trash, an unsecured flat-screen television, and seemed to be having trouble breathing.The infant was taken to an area hospital where their condition was said to have since improved. The infant is still, however, being treated for dehydration, and will be turned over to social services.As for the child’s mother and grandmother, they have been taken to a local jail where they face child abuse charges along with their warrants.
:10 As you know, I am always talking to you about “Old School.” Why? Cause I’m old, that’s why! Yeah, I know. I look good for my age. People tell me that all the time …and you know what, they’re right. Anyway, back to something way more important than me. If you want that good old school feeling…I mean that early Sunday morning biscuits and gravy, grits in the deep pot, ham, bacon and sausage, hot cakes, scrambled eggs and coffee old school feeling, then all you have to do next Sunday is get your lazy butt out of the bed and walk through the warm beautiful, historic and welcoming doors of St. James AME Church on Lincoln Avenue. The Champions’ staff were invited guests to the churchmember, renown Pittsburgh actress and model Rita Gregory. The word was powerful, inspirational and yes…quick…(smile). The church family was warm and Ms. Hazel’s Kitchen is all that. Chicken, poke salad, greens, corn bread…oh lord, let me stop! And how about this, all the food is served by young people. You know, the kind of young good folks we’re proud of who far outweigh the bad. I’m talking about the kind we celebrate on the 6 p.m. evening news, not the ones we close the gate on the 11 p.m. news. You’ve heard enough. Visit St. James. Do it now…because I said so…and oh yeah, God says so too!:9 All I said was the Lakers would make the playoffs. That’s all I said…no, shut up.:8 You might as well get on the band wagon now. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are for real. Not only are they legit, but now the word comes that we got depth…back up baby. LET’S – GO – BUCS!:7 Here’s an “Overtime” sports bulletin for ya. And remember, you heard it here first. The Pittsburgh Old Timers won the National Championship yet again. Tom “Bum” Coates added to his legend by bringing home MVP honors…word is he hit 4—3s in a row to bring home the title…some say he’s still dropping 3s and the game has been over for two weeks. More info and a team photo next week.:6 Now look and listen, and trust me, this comes from the heart mmmaaannn. It’s possible you may have had a smarter coach in the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League, but none smarter than Richard Allen. And you may have more dedicated coaches, but none more so than Karen Hall. And it’s possible you may have had someone more committed to winning than Ringo Saunders, but I doubt it. And I guess you could have had a better dressed coach than Roland Slade, but you would have to look far and wide. And, if you’re going to try and tell me there was a better organized and fully equipped coach in the league than me…aka Bill Neal…forget about it. But, if you want to identify the one coach that brought all these attributes to the court…then that would be…yeah, you know it—LaVaughn “Meatball” Johnson. Stand up and be applauded! (Alright man, I told ya I would hook you up. Now quit calling me). Hey everybody, you know “ball” can’t see all that good so here’s the truth, but don’t tell him I told you. We all know the man who wears all those crowns is the godfather Eddie Jeffries “The King of the Gangsters” …the Rankin Gangsters that is, wore a shirt and tie—on—the—sidelines. C’mon man!!!:5 The Pens are in. Let’s get ready to RRRUUUMMMBBBLLLEEE!:4 All you need to know is the Steelers met all their needs. Linebacker, wide receiver, running back and safety…now we have to see if them dogs can hunt!:3 I’m just sayin’, what about O.J.?:2 Movie Review Time. Oh, shut up will ya! You wanna have some fun, go see The Big Wedding, a Simmi chick flick, but De Niro makes it man friendly I give it 3 ***. And if you got the guts to see Pain & Gain with the Rock and Mark Wahlberg, funny, intense, brutal, bloody and yes boys and girls, a true story. Now that didn’t hurt did it?:1 Hey, if you’re looking for a wonderful thing to do for Mothers’ Day, call Rita Gregory. No, I mean a Mothers’ Day good time. She’s hosting the Mothers Day / Celebrity Women’s Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, May 11, at St. James Church, 2 p.m. Tickets are only $30, honoring “20” of Pittsburgh’s outstanding women, and the special treat, the M.C. for the event is the legendary Debbie Norrell. Call the Champions at 412- 628-4856 to get a ticket while we still have them…fame—fashion—food and fun. It doesn’t get any better than that. And you know you can take that to the bank!:00 Kevin Cameron…I can’t hear you mmmaaannn!!!~ GAME OVER ~ BILL NEAL
By John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – When Lori Anne Oliwa was planning the township’s annual business–to–business networking event, she realized how well it would work in conjunction with Meridian Health System’s Paint The Town Pink breast cancer awareness effort program.“The timing couldn’t be more perfect,” given the two events traditionally are held around the same time, said Oliwa, who, along with having her own public relations firm, Write Angels, is a member of the township’s Community Affairs Council and township chairwoman for Paint The Town Pink.Middletown’s annual Business is Blooming event, now in its sixth year, has traditionally attracted the representatives of 100 to 125 local businesses as a fun way to network.This year the event also will serve as the kickoff for the township’s initial participation in Paint the Town Pink.Oliwa has been distributing flyers and has sent out about 2,500 invitations for the event, encouraging businesses to participate and individuals to attend.Business is Blooming, which will be hosted by the community affairs council, is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St.Attendees will get kits put together by Oliwa that includes decals and information from Meridian about what businesses can do to be “more pink” and support health awareness programs.“I’m anticipating there is going to be a large crowd this year,” Oliwa said. Eighty businesses have already responded and she has found that “people in town are very, very happy that Middletown decided to participate this year” in the Meridian campaign that has spread to 23 towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties.Naturally, the evening will have a pink theme with participants asked to wear some pink clothing. The event space will be decorated with pink floral arrangements, donated by Silver Tulips Florist in Lincroft, and pink table linen. The event will feature a light buffet, provided by Chiafullo’s restaurant, and the dessert of chocolate covered strawberries and bananas will be courtesy of Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe.Other businesses have notified Oliwa they plan to offer services for the month-long cancer awareness initiative, including Salon La De Da on Route 35 whose owner, Grace Sepe Caputi, will offer free makeovers in May for women undergoing chemotherapy.Meridian representatives will be on hand at the April 30 event to answer questions and breast cancer survivors will be in attendance to offer their support and share experiences.Like the other communities participating in Paint the Town Pink, the township will be informally known as Pinktown for the month.In addition, the township library at 55 New Monmouth Road will be hosting a Pink Physician Panel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, with health care professionals offering information and answering questions.While there is a festive, fun component connected to Paint the Town Pink, Oliwa stressed the underlying reason for the campaign is to inform the public about and encourage them to get mammograms and regular exams to save lives.“I’ll tell you, it’s something that touched my life personally,” Oliwa said. “It’s touched women on both sides of my family.”
By Jay Cook |EATONTOWN – A small group of seniors have long been behind the scenes and in front of the cameras, working to combine hands-on education with broadcasting senior-oriented content to public access channels along the Jersey Shore.Equipped with lights, three cameras, a full studio, and a control room, senior citizens from around Monmouth and Ocean counties trek to Monmouth Mall once a week for a full dose of the ins and outs of the television industry, provided by the Social Community Activities Network (SCAN), a non-profit adult social education and resource center, located in the mall’s lower level.“They’re in the senior years of their lives, but they have such passion,” said Robin Kampf, SCAN’s new TV Production professor. “They love getting out of the house to do this.”Kampf, a professional filmmaker and multimedia specialist with a career in the television industry, took over the TV production class in October 2016 after the position opened up.Since joining the SCAN network of continuing education classes for the 50 and older community, her students say she has reinvigorated the course with a vibrant, upbeat attitude and a hands-on approach.“She really gives us a lot of autonomy in terms of developing our projects and putting everything all together,” said Pam Tortorello, a Brick resident and 10-year member of the class.Along with classroom book work, this semester Kampf and her 10 students balance out the course load with plenty of time in the production studio.Since it is a continuing education class, there is a mix of students who either have an interest in television as a hobby, or are building off careers in similar industries.Little Silver resident Joe Hegner spent his career as the travel coordinator for the New York Giants, tasked with finding the most efficient way to get Big Blue from city to city.Always interested in the media world, he found the TV production class seven years ago and stuck with it. “It’s just been sensational,” he said.Jay Newcomb of Deal went to Oklahoma State and studied radio and television. He ultimately went the into the radio industry, working at WADB, an oldies station which served southern Monmouth and northern Ocean counties.Now only in his third semester of the class, he’s just as involved as any other long-tenured student.“I’m really looking forward to editing the shows,” he said.Enrollees in the class learn how to operate cameras, audio boards and teleprompters, as well as how to create on-air graphics and direct a show.Robin Kampf, left, directs an episode of “Welcome to SCAN” on July 28. Since joining inOctober, Kampf has brought a career of experience to SCAN’s TV production class.Students are constantly changing positions. One day they could be working Camera 2, the next they could be on the switcher, flipping camera angles at the director’s instruction.But more importantly, Kampf said, is the shows are geared to seniors. Whether it’s local doctors talking about diabetes or nonprofit watchdogs protecting the senior community from scammers, SCAN-TV provides a service to a demographic she believes was left behind once major television providers began eating up smaller markets.“Who watches television more than seniors?” Kampf questioned.And it provides an outlet for seniors who notoriously have plenty of time on their hands.“It adds a little bit of excitement to your life once you’re retired,” Hegner said. “When you come in here on Friday, you never know who is going to be here discussing whatever subject.”Last Friday that subject was the kickoff to SCAN’s coverage of the upcoming New Jersey governor’s race.The TV production class will tape sit-down interviews with the two major party New Jersey gubernatorial candidates – Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and Democrat Philip Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive.On July 28, Guadagno was in studio for her SCAN-TV interview on the “Community Connections” show, hosted by Thomas Hayes, director of customer and community relations for New Jersey Natural Gas. Murphy’s interview will take place in late September, and both interviews will be broadcast in October.The taping came at an opportune time, as both candidates had just announced their lieutenant governor picks. Guadagno announced last Thursday that Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo was her choice. Murphy declared his choice, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-34), on July 26.During Guadagno’s interview with Hayes, the conversation focused on her stance to help New Jersey senior citizens. Guadagno said she had “skin in the game” considering her husband had just recently retired, and that she wants to focus on making the state more affordable to not only the elderly, but all residents.After the “Community Connections” interview, Guadagno spoke about SCAN’s platform of informing seniors living in the same area she lives – Guadagno is a Monmouth Beach resident.“One way to reach seniors is through community activities like this,” she told The Two River Times. “I wanted to be a part of that.”Kampf hopes the TV production class gains more members in the coming semesters. As her tenure continues, she wants to improve the overall look and quality of the programs, as well as work on improving the in-studio look.But the one thing Kampf said she hopes never changes is her students’ work ethic.“They are from a different generation,” she said. “I just think it’s so wonderful that they have this passion for learning, and then producing content that’s really important to them.”Where to Watch SCAN-TV showsCablevisionMonmouth and Ocean Counties: Channel 77, Tuesdays, 8 to 9:30 p.m.Keyport: Channel 15, Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.Ocean Township: Channel 77, Tuesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.ComcastMonmouth County: Channel 97, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.Ocean County: Channel 97, Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.Toms River: Channel 19, Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m.Long Branch: Channel 20, every evening, 6 to 7:30 p.m.Verizon FiosChannel 45, Sundays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.Channel 22, Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.SCAN-TV ProgramsAll shows are aired in this sequence for each time block, starting in September 2017.“Welcome to SCAN” is hosted by SCAN executive director Pat Bohse, who provides viewers with topics relevant to the senior population.“Caregivers First” is a care giving-centered resource program that offers information about legal, end-of-life, nutrition, and health insurance topics. It is hosted by Lynette Whiteman, executive director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey.The final show, “Community Connections,” aims to give a platform for community members and local government figures that can offer some level of expertise. Thomas Hayes, director of customer and community relations for New Jersey Natural Gas is the host.This article was first published in the August 3 – 10, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.