Service Fully Restored on Long Island Rail Road

first_imgCrews had been working since Saturday’s blizzard to have the railroad fully operational by the beginning of the week.Rail yards were buried in two feet of snow and tracks were blanketed in mounds of white stuff due to the powerful Nor’easter that rolled in on Saturday. On Sunday, officials said they were hoping to have full service restored by Monday morning. But five branches remained closed Monday and only one other line was restored in time for riders to head back to the Island for the evening commute.Nowakowski said thousands of railroad employees had been working to clear snow and repair damaged equipment.“I thank them all for a job well done fighting a snowstorm that hit us harder than expected,” Nowakowski said.The delays Nowakowski had warned riders about materialized early Tuesday morning. There were scattered delays of up to 10 minutes due to ongoing effects from the storm, the LIRR said.About an hour later, however, service was running on or close to schedule. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Relief finally came to Long Island Rail Road riders Tuesday as the railroad returned to full service following a headache-filled commute a day earlier.All LIRR branches were fully restored in time for Tuesday morning’s commute, railroad officials said. The restoration of service comes one day after riders were forced to deal with cancellations, delays, and packed trains following this weekend’s blizzard.“We expect to have all segments of all branches operating Tuesday morning, but customers should allow extra travel time and check for the potential for weather-related delays before traveling,” LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski said in a statement.last_img read more

​Wednesday people roundup

first_imgDG FISMA, Legal & General Group, ARC Pensions Law, Sackers, Pensions Management Institute, RWC Partners, OssiamDG FISMA – Jonathan Hill has resigned as European commissioner for financial stability in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Hill said he had agreed his departure as commissioner for financial stability, financial services and the Capital Markets Union with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, in discussions several weeks ago. Valdis Dombrovskis, a Commission vice-president for the euro, has assumed responsibility for Hill’s portfolio.Legal & General Group – Sir John Kingman has been appointed group chairman. He succeeds Rudy Markham, who has served as interim chairman since John Stewart’s retirement from the board on 1 June. Kingman has had an extensive Whitehall career, culminating as second permanent secretary of HM Treasury. He was also chief executive at UK Financial Investments, with responsibility for managing the government’s shareholdings in Lloyds Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Northern Rock.RWC Partners – Peter Clarke is to join the board as a non-executive director. Clarke serves on the boards of Lombard Odier and AXA UK, and he is chairman of Lancashire Holdings. He has had a career spanning more than 30 years, including six years as chief executive at Man GLG. ARC Pensions Law – The pensions law firm has appointed Anna Copestake as a senior associate, joining from Sackers. Kevin Le Grand has been appointed as a consultant. Le Grand, who is president of the Pensions Management Institute, has been working part-time as a consultant since October and now joins on a permanent basis.Ossiam – Johann Nicolle joined the smart-beta fund manager and Natixis Global Asset Management affiliate as portfolio manager and quantitative analyst in April.last_img read more

Ellsworth/Sumner beats Washington Academy for historic playoff appearance

first_imgELLSWORTH — A night over six decades in the making at Ellsworth High School had the potential for a historic outcome. On the field, the Eagles turned that potential into reality.For fans of the Ellsworth/Sumner football team, a new opportunity was in the air. The Eagles had spent five seasons ineligible for the Class D North playoffs after going 56 seasons without a team, but this particular night, which fell on Week 8 of the team’s first season of eligibility, had the feeling of a special evening from the start.Hundreds gathered on the hill beside Harold “Tug” White Stadium as the Ellsworth/Sumner Eagles took the field for the final game of the regular season. This was a chance to open a new chapter in the city’s sporting annals, and everybody from casual fans to the coaches, players and volunteers who had helped to grow the Ellsworth Football League saw a dream realized.Ellsworth/Sumner made history Friday night by posting a 48-12 win over Washington Academy to secure its first playoff berth. The win gave the Eagles a three-game winning streak to end the regular season and marked the greatest achievement for a program that was dormant for more than a half-century before its revival in 2012.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I can’t even explain what this means to this team and this city,” head coach Duane Crawford said. “To think of where we came from — not even having a team — and to get here, it says so much about what we’ve done and the people who’ve helped us get here.”Washington Academy started the game off with a three-and-out, and Ellsworth/Sumner took over in the red zone after recovering a botched snap on the Raiders’ punt attempt. Two plays later, the Eagles took a 6-0 lead when Charlie Hughes ran the ball in from 10 yards out for the opening score.After two big runs from Javon Williams on the ensuing drive, Ellsworth/Sumner extended the lead to 14-0 with a 2-yard dash from Connor Crawford and a 2-point conversion catch by Hughes with 2 minutes, 52 seconds left in the first quarter. The Eagles then blocked a punt and capitalized six plays later when Crawford threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Williams less than two minutes later.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford dashes toward the goal line for a touchdown during the second half of a high school football game against Washington Academy on Oct. 20 in Ellsworth. Crawford accounted for five total touchdowns in the team’s 48-12 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“The biggest thing [on offense] is having that space in the pocket and in the backfield, and our offensive line was giving me that,” Crawford said. “Our coaches called a great game, and my teammates put me in a great position to make things happen.”The Eagles went up 28-0 after another touchdown pass with 6:27 left before Washington Academy got on the board with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the next play from scrimmage. The teams then traded touchdowns again, and Ellsworth/Sumner went into halftime with a 35-12 lead.In the second half, Ellsworth/Sumner scored two touchdowns in the opening six minutes to send the game into running time. From that point on, there was no stopping a celebration the Eagles’ head coach once thought might never come.“When we started this program, I don’t think any of us thought we would make it to this point,” Duane Crawford said. “We’ve had a lot of long seasons and a lot of hard work, and it’s nice to see it finally pay off for us.”Since the Ellsworth Football League began in 2008, the organization has had to rely on a much different approach than that used by others around the state. The team’s volunteer structure exists from the youth teams to the high school team, which is the only one in Maine to operate on that basis.“These folks put in hundreds of hours per season just to make this happen,” Crawford said. “Between them, the families who work so hard to make this team succeed with team dinners and the kids who’ve played for us at every grade level, it’s been great to see how much this sport has grown in this town since we started this up nine years ago.”Connor Crawford led Ellsworth/Sumner with 210 rushing yards on 20 carries, and Hughes added to the ground attack with 81 yards and a touchdown. Damian Carter had six solo tackles and two assisted tackles on defense, and Andrew Brown played through the flu to record two solo tackles, four assisted tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked punt.Once both teams had shaken hands, the Eagles met at midfield for a team meeting. Speaking first was assistant coach Toog McKay, who helped bring the football team back to town with the help of Duane Crawford and Tug White.“Enjoy it this weekend, but remember one thing: This is only the first step,” McKay told his players. “There’s no reason we can’t go further.”The Eagles took his message to heart, but the first order of business was celebrating the most important win they’ve ever had.“Olé, olé, olé, olé!” the Ellsworth/Sumner players chanted. In a city where boys’ soccer has dominated the high school athletics scene for years, the age-old Spanish fútbol hymn has been echoed before. This night, though, belonged to the team playing the American code of the sport.The players eventually dispersed to head back to the bench, and Duane Crawford gave everybody from his assistants to each of the players a congratulatory message. There was one, though, that he saved for last.“Connor, come here!” Duane Crawford shouted as he ran over to hug his son. The head coach had spent years of hard work building the Ellsworth/Sumner program from scratch, and it was Connor’s performance at both quarterback and running back that sent the Eagles to their first playoff game. That game will be on the road against Dexter (4-4) at noon next Saturday, Oct. 28.“When you stay the course and have kids, parents and volunteers who buy in to what you’re doing, you can go anywhere,” Duane Crawford said. “It was a process, but when you work hard and believe, this is what it gets you.” Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. 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Chris Paul and Clippers go wild on Thunder in 122-105 romp in Game 1

first_imgGame 2 is here Wednesday.Paul made his first eight 3-point baskets on his way to a game-high 32 points. He had 17 first-quarter points and made all five of his 3-pointers in those first 12 minutes. He made 12 of 14 from the field overall and, showing he’s human on a night when he was otherworldly, missed his ninth 3-point attempt.Keep in mind Paul is nursing a sore right hamstring. He didn’t look like it, though. He did not play in the fourth quarter. Neither did three of the other starters. They didn’t have to.“Me and Blake (Griffin) talked about it at shootaround this morning,” Paul said. “We were still a little tight from the traveling, but we talked about it and said, ‘At 8:30, we’ve gotta be ready to go.’“So I came over here early before the game and got a lot of shots up, so I think that had a lot to do with it.” OKLAHOMA CITY >> Chris Paul, Mr. 3-pointer.“That’s what I do, that’s what I do. That’s a lie,” he said, laughing.Paul and the rest of the Clippers were in a terrific mood late Monday, and for good reason. Thanks to a prolific shooting night by Paul and just a strong, overall performance by the entire team, the Clippers walloped the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series in front of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.The fans who were loud at the outset quickly were hushed by Paul and Co. The game was not that close, either, as the Clippers led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Paul also had 10 assists.Clippers coach Doc Rivers noticed Griffin didn’t go to the post as much as usual because he saw how hot Paul was at the outset, so he stayed outside more to help set screens.“When somebody’s going like that, you just want to try to stay out of the way as much as possible, but also help keep that fire going,” Griffin said.Thunder coach Scott Brooks was stunned, to be sure. Like the Clippers, his team had just survived a tough, seven-game first-round series. But as the No. 2 seed, Oklahoma City had home-court advantage. Not anymore.“Chris Paul had an unbelievable 3-point night,” Brooks said. “We have to do a better job of guarding the line and guarding the ball.”The Thunder actually led 16-10 before Paul went off. By the time the first quarter ended, the Clippers were up 39-25. They led 69-52 at intermission and 104-76 entering the fourth quarter.Griffin contributed 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jamal Crawford had 17 points off the bench and went 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.The Clippers shot 54.9 percent (45 of 82) overall from the field, including 51.7 percent (15 of 29) from beyond the arc.J.J. Redick had 12 points for the Clippers and Matt Barnes had 10.Russell Westbrook scored 29 for Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant had 25.Westbrook was asked if his team may have let up after starting off well.“I don’t think we relaxed, they just hit some tough shots,” he said.Westbrook and Durant understandably were disappointed.“It’s a quick turnaround, we only have a day between games,” Durant said. “That’s the best part about it.”The Clippers’ bench had 38 points, which was good but not spectacular. Still, Rivers correctly noted the second unit built a 14-point first-quarter lead to 19 points in the second.“Other than Chris Paul setting the tone, I thought the bench was the key to the game tonight,” Rivers said.Crawford said he liked what the team did as a whole.“Coach said it was one of our most complete wins, top to bottom,” he said. “I think Chris came in and set the tone, being aggressive like that.”Paul is a career 35.7 percent shooter from 3-point range.last_img read more