June 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Partners administer ‘good deeds’ foundation Partners administer ‘good deeds’ foundation Associate Editor Call it the case of a heartfelt donation from an old woman that keeps saving lives after she is dead and gone.It all began when Jonathon Marks, a North Miami Beach lawyer, found himself in an unusual conversation with a client named Fay Parkin. She was an elderly lady who was friends with his wife, Merry Marks, from once living in the same condo.As it turns out, Parkin had no husband and no children, just some far-flung relatives she wasn’t close to, and she was looking for a meaningful way to let her estate do some good after she passed away. She brought her sister with her to the lawyer’s office with the idea of leaving it all to the Marks.“I told her, ‘Look, I can’t draw any kind of a will that would make me a beneficiary or my wife,’” Marks said.Ultimately, Jonathon and Merry Marks suggested Parkin consider creating a foundation in her name, so good deeds could be carried out without a lot of bureaucratic red tape and requirements that the big organized charities are prone to have. Rather than a final donation to a charity then to be forgotten, her name could live on through the Fay Parkin Foundation that would continually find ways to do good things for others.“She lit up, and her sister lit up. They lit up together,” recalled Jonathon Marks. “That made more sense to her than the alternative.”As fate would have it, Parkin, in her late 80s, died only a few months later.“It was a very unusual situation, because there was nothing in place to guarantee that would happen except my word,” Jonathon Marks said. “She trusted me.”Her trust was well-placed.Marks got the foundation approved by the IRS and made sure it complied with state laws. He and his partner, Paul Robinson, would serve as administrators, and Merry Marks would spend time running the office, day-to-day.After enduring a few far-flung family squabbles in probate court, the Fay Parkin Foundation was in full swing in 1999.People in need started being helped in small, but magnanimous, ways.“The idea originally was that my wife would scour the papers and look for ways to give. Really, it’s something small, a mom-and-pop operation. But we wanted to give direct cash to normal people. If somebody needed a wheelchair, for crying out loud, here, have it and enjoy it. It’s a gift. That’s what the idea was,” Jonathon Marks said.“It’s very discretionary. I have to make certain disclosures to the IRS, but I got what I consider a very liberal interpretation of how this foundation can give out money — even to the point if, so warranted, we could directly write a check to an individual, somebody in need.”When a Highway Patrol officer in Broward County lost both legs in the line of duty, Marks pulled out the checkbook and wrote him a $500 check.When Kim Goedde, a motivated single mom, needed to get her nonprofit organization, The Look for Success, off the ground, it was the Fay Parkin Foundation that gave her that first crucial grant that sparked other donations.She’s been able to help more than 1,000 women with what she calls “makeup for the soul” — self-esteem boosting Estee Lauder make-overs for women going from welfare to work, as well as women recovering from substance abuse and domestic violence, women reentering the outside world from jail, cancer patients, and the elderly.“A lot of women have never applied makeup before. Afterwards, when they look in the mirror, they just glow,” said Goedde.“Jonathon is an awesome lawyer. And it was just a great feeling to know Fay Parkin’s legacy was beginning with The Look for Success.”The good deeds branched out from there, when Jonathon Marks happened to chat with a stranger in a donut shop.That person turned out to be Richard C. Schulman, city historian of the four-year-old town, Sunny Isles Beach, population 15,000, where mostly elderly retirees live.“We struck up a conversation, and one thing led to another,” Schulman said of that chance meeting.Schulman introduced Marks to Sunny Isles Beach Mayor David Sampson, and before it was over, the new city’s police patrol cars and beach patrol boat were outfitted with defibrillators to rescue heart attack victims, thanks to the Fay Parkin Foundation.One of the town activists running for office, Norman Edelcup, wanted to buy even more defibrillators and donated to the Fay Parkin Foundation for the eventual purpose of buying even more, for a total of about 50.“They have already saved two or three lives,” Schulman said. “You can’t put a dollar amount on saving lives.”Priceless philanthropy. When a Jewish community center called Marks asking for a defibrillator, too, he was happy to help.“Jonathon and his partner are certainly, to me, examples of hometown heroes,” Schulman said. “As attorneys, they’ve done a wonderful, wonderful thing.”Marks admitts he gets “a nice kick” out of signing the checks for what he calls “little stuff that might make a difference.”By keeping his promise to his client, the legacy of a generous woman, Fay Parkin, lives on.
Jason Lindstrom can summarize his best crisis leadership advice in one word: Listen.Lindstrom, president/CEO of $316 million asset Evergreen Credit Union in Portland, Maine, and chair of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, says that means putting the financials aside for a moment and focusing first on your people.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, Lindstrom takes us through Evergreen’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, which includes participating in the first wave of Paycheck Protection Program loans, holding a virtual annual meeting, leading a remote workforce, and other challenges. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Jason Lindstrom continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When Rep. Steve Israel decided eight terms in Congress were enough, he set in motion a scramble that could make the race to replace him in the 3rd Congressional District—which stretches from northern Queens through Nassau and into Suffolk—one of the most expensive in the nation. Five Democrats are in close pursuit of voters ahead of the June 28 primary.Running as an outsider vowing to get rid of money’s influence in politics may have cost 38-year-old Jericho attorney Jonathan Clarke the chance to be on an equal footing with the four other Democrats he faces—at least in terms of media exposure and mass mailings—but he says this year, it works in his favor.New York voters are so angry at the status quo, he insists, that ethics reform is a winning formula. He says that an underdog like him has a chance because the electorate is sick and tired of the corruption that has already led to federal convictions of two of the most powerful men in Albany: the former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and the ex-State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).Read: “An Inside Look At How Skelos Trial Exposed Slimy Side Of NY Politics” HEREUntil the reforms kick in, though, it still takes money to get money out of politics.Of all the Democrats running for this hotly contested Congressional seat, Clarke certainly has the emptiest campaign war chest. As of this week, he’s raised slightly more than $4,000 from 417 individual contributions, according to his treasurer, and that still falls below the $5,000 threshold, the mandatory requirement to file with the Federal Election Commission. By comparison, his opponents are rolling in it, as shown by their first quarter FEC reports. Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) had $445,000 cash on hand. Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi had $375,000. North Hempstead Town Board member Anna Kaplan had $350,000 in cash, while former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman had $189,305 and counting.Since Clarke hasn’t spent thousands of dollars on campaign mailings and TV ads, how many Democratic primary voters have heard of him beyond a few lively debates? Name recognition is one issue he has to overcome. Another is his record of public service. This primary is only his second race—he lost his first election to Nassau Legis. Dennis Dunne, Sr. (R-Seaford) in 2013.By contrast, look at the long resumes of his rivals: Tom Suozzi, the youngest mayor of Glen Cove, was the first Democrat elected in 30 years to be Nassau County executive. Jon Kaiman was North Hempstead supervisor and chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) has served in the Suffolk County Legislature since 2005. When she was 13, Anna Kaplan fled Iran as part of an international effort to rescue Jewish children facing persecution, and didn’t see her parents for more than a year until they were reunited in the United States. She has served on the North Hempstead Town Board since 2011.To Clarke, they’re all establishment candidates—“moderate centrists,” he puts it charitably, or “political has-beens and political never-will-bees,” when he’s being less kind—while he’s the only true progressive in the race.Clarke was an early and vocal supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential contest. In April, working with Election Justice USA, a voting rights organization, he filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on behalf of voters from New York City and the Island whose paper affidavit ballots were tossed out in the April 19 primary here that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won handily.He agrees with Sanders’ criticism of the “one percent” who rule corporate America.“In today’s society, if you’re legislating from a place of privilege, and you’ve gone to school and not had to pay off student loans, or you live in the millionaire class, you don’t understand what people are actually going through,” said Clarke in the Farmingdale office of his law firm, Clarke and Fellows, earlier this spring. Now in general practice, he handles personal injury law suits and does a wide range of pro bono work.“When someone hires you as an attorney, they put their life in your hands,” said Clarke. “You have to keep them out of jail because they’ve been wrongly accused, or they’re being evicted from their home due to a foreclosure. You actually have to save them.”The notion that he’s untested makes him scoff.“I don’t think political experience is the important thing,” said Clarke. “I think life experience is the actual thing we should focus on. You can’t really make laws unless you’ve experienced a certain amount of hardship.”Clarke grew up in Freeport. “We were very poor,” he said. His mother left home when he was 4 and his dad “raised me alone.” His parents were never married. His father, who Clarke thinks suffered from PTSD, had served in the Navy during WWII—enlisting when he was a teenager—and wound up on a ship hit by a Japanese kamikaze attack. At one point, Clarke dropped out of high school to support his disabled father, eventually getting his GED from night school. He later went to Nassau Community College and Hunter College in Manhattan. Then he took time off to repay his student loans before getting a law degree from Touro Law School.“I always wanted to be in politics,” he said. “If you can change the law, you can actually affect more people’s lives than by being an attorney and doing it one by one by one. But I thought there was a political class and you couldn’t join it.”Clarke says he got rebuffed the first time he approached the Nassau Democratic Party to volunteer, but he got a better reception after he had his law degree and was living in Levittown. He subsequently got tapped to be what he calls “the sacrificial lamb” running as a Democratic candidate in a heavily Republican area in Nassau against popular incumbent Legis. Dennis Dunne.Once he had his party’s nod, Clarke had been handed a stack of palm cards and campaign brochures supposed to show all the Nassau Democratic Party candidates in a coordinated effort. But to Clarke’s surprise, he discovered that he had actually been left out because he hadn’t kicked in $25,000 as each of the others had. For that race, he spent about $400 initially and then forked over a few hundred dollars more.What happened three years ago apparently made a lasting impression on Clarke. At the top of the ticket, Suozzi was trying to make a come-back bid against Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and “brought all the Democrats down with him,” Clarke observed.Clarke got 37 percent of the vote, which he deems “was actually very, very good.” He claims a Nassau party operative told him later that he had outpolled Suozzi in the 15th Legislative District.“I knocked on just about every door in Levittown,” said Clarke. “At some point, I realized that you can’t win a Republican district just by going to the Democrats, so I had to try to convince the Republicans.”Along the way, he learned a lot about retail politics. When he would tell people that he was a Democrat on a ticket supporting Suozzi, he’d get the door slammed in his face. So he revised his pitch. In his current grassroots campaign, he’s doing the same.“Obviously, I’m a progressive and I’m a Democrat,” he said. “But when you lead with that, you turn people off. You tell somebody Sanders’ agenda in the abstract, and they’ll say, ‘Yeah, I’m for that! I’m for justice! I’m for getting money out of politics!’ But if you call it progressive, then they’re not for it.”The Democratic Party chairmen in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk may disagree with Clarke’s analysis, but he thinks the key to winning the 3rd Congressional District is not the fabled Gold Coast but the working class areas of Plainview and Bethpage, where he claims he’s stronger than the established opponents who’ve had the money to reach voters through their mailboxes and on their TVs. Clarke is also banking on low turnout for the June primary, triggered in part by the confusion caused when Albany set up a separate primary date for state and local races in September. Under New York State rules, the primary is winner-take-all.Clarke drew inspiration from watching Sanders’ improbable campaign make a national impact.“This is the time for someone who’s a complete outsider who’s not in any way tainted by this pay-to-play system,” he said, “and for someone who authentically wants to do this for the right reasons.”Long before he went to law school, Clarke was a philosophy major at Hunter, and he thought about a future in academia. But not after he saw the cut-throat competition among the professors and adjuncts in his department. A political contest is a love fest by comparison, he says with a smile. Nonetheless, the subject of his college thesis still resonates with him today. He restated its theme: “Whether it’s right to do something because it’s right, or right to do something because of the effect it has.”He contends that his lack of foreign policy expertise doesn’t make him any weaker than his primary rivals and pointed out that he had served on his international law review at Touro. But those issues will confront him squarely in Congress. He said he was disappointed that Congressman Israel had signed a letter criticizing the Iran nuclear deal that the Obama administration had negotiated. He further noted that Kaplan was “pandering” to get votes in her Great Neck community when she sided with Israel’s hardline Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.“Why take a bellicose stand against Iran?” said Clarke. “They have young people coming up.” He hailed President Obama’s achievement as a major foreign policy victory for peace in the region.Asked why he wouldn’t have taken the more conventional approach to a career in politics and run for the state Assembly, for example, he was adamant that Congress was where it’s at.“Albany is an even bigger cesspool than Mineola!” Clarke exclaimed. “I don’t think anything positive is going to come out of there.”And that’s another reason Clarke is confident that he’s the best Democratic candidate to challenge state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), who’s gotten the official backing of Queens, Suffolk and Nassau Republicans and Conservative Party leaders, to be their choice for the 3rd CD. Clarke says Martins is vulnerable on the same “pay-to-play” issues that brought down Skelos, his former Albany mentor. “Martins wouldn’t give up on Skelos until the bitter end,” Clarke said.But Clarke believes change can only come from Washington.“I think campaign finance reform is the issue,” he said. “That is the pinnacle of what I’m running on.”Perhaps not surprisingly, he actually believes he can clinch the nomination.“When people see what little money it took me to win the primary,” said Clarke confidently, “then I think people will start saying, ‘Well, maybe it doesn’t cost $1.5 million. Maybe we should actually put somebody up there who cares.”
By the end of August, 15 million tourist arrivals were recorded, and in accordance with the record season, the control was strengthened, so that this year a record number of violators was recorded.The caterers were visited by the tourist inspection and inspectors of the tax administration, and about a thousand of them violated some of the regulations, the fiscalization supervision showed, while in the three summer months, more than 400.000 kuna in fines were issued.The target group, according to tax inspectors, were untidy taxpayers who did not record the entire turnover, did not issue an invoice or, for example, misspelled it.However, the results of the supervision of the tourist inspection are not commendable either. From the beginning of the year to August, more than 7.000 inspections were performed. More than 2.000 violations of regulations were found in them, and 1.910 fines were collected at the place where the violation was committed.According to the HOK, the inspection punishes registered business entities more drastically than those who work illegally. Certainly, the whole market needs to be regulated a lot, ie much better control is needed, and how the tourist inspection and tax administration inspectors need to be much better activated because it is the black market that is stifling entrepreneurship. In addition to not collecting taxes and all other taxes, we bring to a non-competitive position in the market all those who pay taxes, issue invoices and run their business legally.And especially the fact that various inspections more often visit catering facilities on the continent than on the coast. Insane and unfair, especially when we know that facilities at sea generate the most traffic in three months, and a good majority of them don’t even work out of season.We know everything, but again it is up to us whether we want to organize the market or not.Source: HRT
Topics : ‘Just one dream’ According to the WHO, there are only 14 hospital beds in Iraq for every 10,000 people. By way of comparison, France — currently overwhelmed by the spreading virus — has 60 beds for every 10,000 people. To try to fill the gap, Iraqis are stepping up with inventions of their own.Medical engineer Moqtada al-Zubaidi has created a hospital bed encased in Plexiglas, which includes a respirator with oxygen tanks, an air conditioning unit, a bell to ring nurses and a flat-screen television.”It’s an invention with humanitarian purposes. We proposed the name ‘the bed of life’ because it provides security and reassurance to people who are sick,” he said.Zubaidi is awaiting approval from the health ministry to produce more beds, which cost US$4,000 (3,600 euros) each.But for many fellow Iraqis disheartened by the rising death toll, such measures may be too little, too late. Salem al-Shummary, Malik’s cousin, had tried to help Malik bury his father and was left scarred by the experience.”We’re not fazed by death anymore. We just have one dream: to bury our dead,” he told AFP. Authorities have declared a countrywide lockdown until April 11, urging citizens to stay at home and adopt rigorous hygiene routines to forestall the spread of the virus. For Saad Malik, losing his father to the novel coronavirus was only the beginning of his nightmare. For over a week, cemeteries across Iraq refused to allow the elderly man’s burial.Fearing the respiratory illness could somehow spread from the corpses to nearby population centers, Iraqi religious authorities, tribes and townspeople have sent the bodies of COVID-19 victims back to hospital morgues, where they are piling up. “We couldn’t hold a funeral for him and haven’t been able to bury his body, even though it’s been more than a week since he died,” Malik told AFP, his voice laced with bitterness. ‘Where will we put bodies?’ But in some areas, local powers are getting even stricter.Northeast of the capital Baghdad this week, tribal figures prevented a team of health ministry officials from burying four bodies in a cemetery the state had specifically designated for COVID-19 victims. When the delegation tried to take the bodies to another burial ground southeast of Baghdad, dozens of local townspeople turned out in protest.Ultimately, the bodies were returned to the morgue.One Iraqi living near Baghdad told AFP “we decided to block any burials in our area.””We panicked over [the health of] our children and families.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the global response to the pandemic, coronavirus is transmitted through droplets and surface contact. There is no scientific evidence yet that it could spread via corpses, according to Iraqi health ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr.He said the government was taking all possible precautions when burying bodies, including wrapping them in bags, disinfecting them and placing them in special coffins. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the country’s top Shiite cleric, has said those who lost their lives to the disease must be wrapped in three shrouds and insisted authorities facilitate burials.But rejections of burials have continued, including in the two shrine cities of Karbala and Najaf, where one of the world’s largest cemeteries is located. An Iraqi medic in Najaf told AFP the health ministry had tried to intervene directly to convince Najaf authorities to allow burials of COVID-19 victims, to no avail.The medic, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had witnessed one widower beg authorities to release his wife’s body.”Just give me the body and I’ll bury her in my own home,” the heartbroken husband had said. “This is the situation after just 40 deaths. What happens if it gets worse? Where will we put the bodies?” the medic asked. Many in Iraq have been bracing themselves for a rise in cases in the weeks ahead, but the country’s hospitals are ill-prepared to deal with large numbers.They have been ravaged by decades of conflict and have received little investment in recent years, leaving them woefully bereft of medicine and equipment.Doctors, too, have been threatened, kidnapped and even killed in recent years over ransoms or under pressure from relatives of patients. Armed men claiming to be tribal leaders threatened Malik, his family and his friends, saying they would set fire to his car if they tried to bury the body in their area. “Can you imagine that across this huge country Iraq, there aren’t a few square meters to bury a small number of bodies?”In Islam, a person must be buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours. Cremation is strictly prohibited. Iraq has confirmed more than 500 COVID-19 cases and 42 deaths from the respiratory disease, but the real numbers are likely much higher as few of the country’s 40 million people have been tested.
Harvard added that it “remains fully committed to providing the financial support that it has promised to its students.”The university had been under fire over the funds, even before Trump’s comments.”The last time Harvard got this much money out of the blue, they had to accept Jared Kushner,” joked Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Twitter, referring to Trump’s son-in-law, on Monday.The Department of Education was to receive $30.8 billion to support schools and universities, which are closed across the country, under the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed last month.The Harvard Crimson reported Tuesday that the university’s endowment, the largest of any in the world, was last valued in 2019 at $40.9 billion — though it cited administrators as saying that may have declined to the “mid 30-billion range” as a result of the pandemic. Topics : Harvard University said Wednesday it would not take millions of dollars it received from a coronavirus relief fund, following a backlash led by President Donald Trump.Harvard, the globe’s wealthiest university, was allocated $8.6 million under the federal CARES Act, a government stimulus package meant to cushion the US economy from the COVID-19 fallout.On Tuesday, Trump called on the Massachusetts-based university to pay the money back, saying it was intended “for workers” and not for “one of the richest institutions” in the world. Harvard later said 100 percent of the funds would be given to students “facing urgent financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”But on Wednesday, it announced that it would not take the money after all.”Harvard has decided not to seek or accept the funds allocated to it by statute,” it said in a statement.”We will inform the Department of Education of our decision and encourage the department to act swiftly to reallocate resources previously allocated to Harvard.”
Another former bus driver, RommelJardeleza, claimed they were being obliged to pay for the damage their busessustained from road mishaps. “Perowala sila sang may ginapakita sa amon ngadeath certificate kon sin-o nga empleyadoang napatay. Nakabutang lang sa amon payslip ‘death contribution,’” hesaid. In his case, said Jardeleza who was adriver at Vallacar for six years before he resigned, he was made to shoulder 50percent of the estimated P188,000 damage that his bus incurred from anaccident. ILOILO City – Labor issues are furthercomplicating the leadership tug-of-war at the Bacolod City-based VallacarTransit, the country’s biggest transport company that operates the popularCeres buses. This Vallacar Transit terminal for its popular Ceres buses in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City is the biggest in Panay Island. Labor issues are further complicating the leadership tug-of-war at Vallacar Transit, the country’s biggest transport company. Disgruntled company workers raised several issues that included payroll deductions, among others. IAN PAUL CORDERO He eventually resigned, saidJardeleza, without receiving benefits. Gil Tabares, president of Vallacar’sdisplaced workers numbering about 60, said another deduction in their salary isthe P100 “death contribution.” Tabares said drivers are also beingunreasonably required to wash their bus units. “Konnaghambal dayun ang management nga bayran man lang ang ginakuha para sameal allowance, kontani nagbalon na langkami para wala na deduction,” said Villegas who resigned last year. This is actually money taken fromtheir daily collection for meals, said Villegas, and this is deducted fromtheir salaries. Onecame forward and articulated his colleagues’ concern. Rolens Villegas,conductor for six years of a Ceres bus plying the Iloilo City-Carles, Iloiloroute, demanded that the company reimburse their “line cash advance.” Disgruntledcompany workers raised several issues yesterday. These included payrolldeductions, “unjust” separation pay, “illegal” dismissal, workers beingpressured to do “voluntary” resignation, and non-disclosure of collectivebargaining agreement. “Ibaliknila ang ginkuha nila sa amon,” said Villegas. Backedby the progressive labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, these formerworkers called for a press conference yesterday at Gonzaga Hall of CentralPhilippine University and urged the Vallacar management to address theirconcerns. He also wondered why this deduction istermed “line cash advance” in their pay slips and not “meal allowance.” “Ti,mabiyahe kami 2 a.m. Mag 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. kapoy nakami, mabasa pa kami sang tubig,” hesaid. The Vallacar Transit management couldnot be reached for comment as of this writing./PN
ILOILO – It’s open season again for fishing inthe Visayan Sea. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. The three-month closed season in the VisayanSea is observed yearly to allow herrings, mackerels and sardines to spawn. Thegoal is to make fishing sustainable in the Visayan Sea, said Aparri. BFAR Region 6 observed no problems in itsenforcement of the fishing ban. Aparri said there were no violations. But BFAR-6 director Remia Aparri remindedfishermen to harvest fishes the legal way. The ban covered herrings, mackerels andsardines. Now fishermen could catch them again, according to the Bureau ofFisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 6. She cited the cooperation extended by localgovernment units in northern Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz./PN Do not use dynamites, fine mesh nets or activefishing gears that destroy the seabed, said Aparri. The northern seaboard of Iloilo province iscovered by the yearly ban. The following towns face the Visayan Sea: BarotacNuevo, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad,Estancia, Balasan, and Carles. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019 to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. PN FILE Also included the ban are Roxas City, Pilar,Pontevedra, President Roxas, and Panay in Capiz province; and northern NegrosOccidental’s EB Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Sagay City, Cadiz City, andEscalante City. The Visayan Sea, one of the country’s largestfishing grounds, is surrounded by the islands of Panay to the west, Negros andCebu to the south, Masbate to the north, and Leyte to the east.
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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (May 28-29) – Jason Noll and Trevor Miller both went 2-for-2 at Arizona Speedway’s Memorial Weekend John Morris Classic.Noll picked up both $1,000 to win Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features while Miller swept the $600 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events.Noll raced from 10th starting to win Saturday’s caution-free 20-lapper and earn a spot on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“I had a pretty good car. We could go to the bottom to pass and then go back to the top,” said Noll, who worked his way past leader and eventual runner-up Mike Strobl seven circuits in. “We got into lapped traffic but had a pretty sizable lead so that wasn’t a factor.”Jeremy Thornton, Steven McCollough and Joey Moriarty completed the top five across the stripe.Win number two on season and on the weekend saw Noll draw the outside pole and lead every time around the track on Sunday, as well as dodge the spinning car that brought out the first of bang-bang-bang yellows that came out on unlucky lap 13.“We ran the last seven laps green and I was able to pull away some,” he said. “The car was just rolling really well. We were fortunate to have a pretty dominant weekend.”Thornton took home second-place pay. Chaz Baca Jr., Brian Schultz and Austin Kuehl were third through fifth, respectively.Miller has split time behind the wheel of the number 10M Northern SportMod with his father Bill and brothers Ben and Cody and made the most of his holiday weekend opportunities to win two 20-lap features, both from the third starting position.He’d topped his Saturday heat short a spring but retrieved it undamaged from the track, put it back on and tinkered with the setup just a bit before the feature.“I went top the top on a restart and the car was just stupid fast,” he said. “I just checked out.”Miller wasn’t as dialed in on Sunday but still found his way to the front quickly.“I stayed on the bottom,” he said. “I wanted to go to the top but didn’t hear any other cars and didn’t want to chance it.”James Dupre, Jason George, Ray Czumaj and Matt Martinez rounded out Saturday’s top five. Dupre, Miles Morris, George and Eric Winemiller were scored after Miller on Sunday.The wins were the second and third of the season for Miller.May 28 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Noll; 2. Mike Strobl; 3. Jeremy Thornton; 4. Steven McCollough; 5. Joey Moriarty; 6. John Morris Jr.; 7. Don Earven; 8. Tyler Mecl; 9. Kelsie Foley; 10. Nate Warren; 11. Mike Martin; 12. Lance Mari; 13. Austin Kuehl; 14. Nick Gann; 15. Russel Allen; 16. Mark Stewart; 17. Chad Falco; 18. Norman Uptain Jr.; 19. Chris Caldwell; 20. Josh Wampole; 21. Duane Rogers; 22. Brad Whitfield; 23. Steve Stultz; 24. Eric Center.Northern SportMods – 1. Trevor Miller; 2. James Dupre; 3. Jason George; 4. Ray Czumaj; 5. Matt Martinez; 6. Adam Echter; 7. Tim Reese; 8. Dennis Gates; 9. Charles Hunt; 10. Dale Irby; 11. Jason Morris; 12. Kyle Smith; 13. David Harrington; 14. Clint Clausen; 15. Eric Winemiller; 16. Chris Toth; 17. Erik Shaw; 18. Tommy Thompson; 19. Dylan Ickes; 20. Lupe Gomez.May 29 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Noll; 2. Thornton; 3. Chaz Baca Jr.; 4. Brian Schultz; 5. Kuehl; 6. Allen; 7. Mari; 8. Falco; 9. Bryson Curry; 10. Whitfield; 11. Center; 12. Wampole; 13. Scott Francoeur; 14. Foley; 15. Uptain; 16. Martin; 17. Morris; 18. Stultz; 19. Warren; 20. Gann; 21. McCollough; 22. Strobl; 23. Scott Sluka; 24. Mecl.Northern SportMods – 1. Miller; 2. Dupre; 3. Miles Morris; 4. George; 5. Winemiller; 6. Toth; 7. Smith; 8. Echter; 9. Adolfo Noriega; 10. Gates; 11. Gomez; 12. Irby; 13. Shaw; 14. Hunt; 15. Clausen; 16. Czumaj; 17. Reese; 18. Morris.