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Ato Boldon

Ato Jabari Boldon is a former track and field athlete and politician from Trinidad and Tobago and four-time Olympic medal winner. He holds the Trinidad and Tobago national record in the 50, 60 and 200 metres events with times of 5.64, 6.49 and 19.77 seconds and the Commonwealth Games record in the 100 m. He held the 100m national record at 9.86s, having run it four times until Richard Thompson ran 9.85s on 13 August 2011. After retiring from his track career, Boldon was an Opposition Senator in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament, representing the United National Congress from 2006–2007, he holds U. S. citizenship. He is now an NBC Sports television broadcast analyst for field. Boldon was born in Port of Spain and Tobago to a Jamaican mother and Trinidadian father, he attended Fatima College in Trinidad before leaving for the United States at age fourteen. In December 1989, as a soccer player at Jamaica High School in Queens, New York City, head track and field coach Joe Trupiano noticed his sprinting abilities during a soccer practice session.

In his first track season at age 16, Boldon finished with 21.20 seconds in the 200 metres and 48.40 seconds in the 400 metres, recording a double win at the Queens County Championships in 1990, earning MVP honours. After transferring for his final year from Jamaica High to Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, Boldon was selected to the San Jose Mercury News' Santa Clara all-county soccer team, he continued to sprint, placing third in the 200 m at the CIF California State Meet in 1991. Athletics became his primary focus and he won the Junior Olympic Title that summer in Durham, North Carolina, in 200 m. At 18, Boldon represented Trinidad and Tobago at 100 metres and 200 m in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona but did not qualify in the first round of either event. Boldon returned to the junior circuit, winning the 100 m and 200 m titles at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in Seoul, South Korea to become the first double sprint champion in World Junior Championships history.

Boldon was an NCAA Champion while enrolled as a sociology major at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995 in the 200 m. In 1996, he secured an NCAA 100 m Championship in Eugene, Oregon in the final race of his collegiate career, setting an NCAA meet record of 9.92 s, which still stands. Boldon held the collegiate 100 m record with 9.90 s from 1996 until it was broken by Travis Padgett, who ran 9.89s, in 2008. Ngonidzashe Makusha equalled this record at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa Boldon won his first international senior-level medal at the 1995 World Championships, taking home the bronze in the 100 m. At the time, he was the youngest athlete at 21 years of age to win a medal in that event; the following year at the 1996 Summer Olympics, he again placed third in the 100 m and 200 m events, both behind world records. In 1997, he won the 200 m at the World Championships in Greece; this made him one of only a few male sprinters to win both a World World Senior title.

The following year saw Boldon reaching the peak of his career, setting a new personal best and national record of 9.86 s in the 100 m at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California on 19 April and repeating the feat in Athens on 17 June, he picked up gold in the 100 m at the 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, setting a record time of 9.88 s, beating Namibia's Frankie Fredericks and Barbados' Obadele Thompson. The Commonwealth Games 100 m record remains unbroken. In 1999, Boldon ran 9.86 s twice in the 100 m before sustaining a serious hamstring injury which forced him to miss the World Championships in Seville - the only Championship he missed in his career due to injury. A silver medal in the 100 m and a bronze in the 200 m were Boldon's results of the 2000 Summer Olympics, a personal victory, considering his comeback from a career-threatening injury the year before. In 2001, Boldon tested positive at an early-season relay meet for the stimulant ephedrine, was given a warning, but was not suspended or sanctioned, since ephedrine is a substance found in many over the counter remedies, Boldon had been treating a cold.

"It is in no way something where the blame is laid on the athlete," said IAAF General Secretary István Gyulai of the positive result. In 2001, at the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, Boldon finished fourth and out of the medals in the 100 m with 9.98 s, ran the second leg of his country's 4 x 100 metre relay, finishing third in the finals. This was Trinidad and Tobago's first 4 x 100 m relay medal in either World or Olympic competition and Boldon states that making national history with this team of young men was his greatest accomplishment in his career; the colours of his 2001 World Championship medals would change in 2005 as both his placings were improved – he received bronze in the 100 m and the bronze relay medals were upgraded to silver after all the times and performances of the American sprinter Tim Montgomery were nullified due to serious doping violations. That brought Boldon's career total to four World Championship medals, to match his four Olympic medals. Boldon was injured in a head-on crash with a drunk driver in Barataria and Tobago, in July 2002, never again ran sub-ten seconds in the 100 m or sub-twenty seconds for 200 m, something he had done on 37 separate occasions prior to 2002.

In 2006, a judge in Trinidad found that Boldon was not at fault in that accident, he was paid substantial da

Gregory Van Maanen

Gregory Van Maanen is an artist, exhibiting work since 1988. He has had several solo shows at Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York as well as a solo show at Rutgers University, his work has been shown in group exhibitions and Van Maanen’s art is in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, First Bank of Minneapolis, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Jersey City Museum, Morris Museum, others. Gregory Van Maanen began his work as an artist following discharge from the Army. A New Jersey native and Vietnam War veteran, he received a Purple Heart in honor of his service. Like many veterans he suffers from post-traumatic shock. A bullet remains in his shoulder from wounds suffered during the war. Van Maanen served in the Vietnam War between June 1968 and January 1970 and was discharged and sent home after undergoing severe physical and mental impairments, including post-traumatic stress disorder. After several years of traveling, Van Maanen began to paint voraciously—on surfaces ranging from found objects to scrap board—to help him deal with the difficulties of PTSD and exorcise the demons in his mind.

After several years of traveling, Van Maanen began to paint voraciously—on surfaces ranging from found objects to scrap board—to help him deal with the difficulties of PTSD and exorcise the demons in his mind. His paintings feature skulls, all-seeing eyes, open palms, glowing hearts, a plethora of personalized symbols of protection; some of the images may at first seem frightening, but the artist sees them as “good magic,” as talismans intended to keep evil at bay and signs of magic, of solace, of survival. Van Maanen continues to make art every day; the shrapnel lodged in his shoulder still plagues him, he is frank about the reality of living with PTSD. Yet he remains a firm believer in the healing power of art for nonveterans alike. Painting provides him with the means to address his internal struggles, his art making—his escape—is a record of the thoughts, names, demons and hopes populating his internal world

Five Fathom Bank light station

Five Fathom Bank light station was a station for lightvessels in New Jersey, United States. It was located off the south end of Five Fathom Bank, 14.7 miles and 100 degrees from the Cape May Lighthouse. The station was in service from 1837 to 1972 before being replaced by a horn buoy. Records for lightvessels are incomplete. On or about April 30, 1891, LV-40 was removed from its post on Five Fathom Bank and replaced by a schooner Drift, which temporarily would show a fixed white light on each masthead. Additionally, a buoy was used as an additional marker for the position. In 1893, the USS New York was performing sea trials and used the Five Fathom Bank light station and the North East End light station as markers to which it became the fastest armored vessel in the world. In 1894, the USS Minneapolis again used the Five Fathom Bank light as a marker for its trial which it became the fastest armored vessel in the world. On February 2, 1913, the Steamship Prinz Oskar and the schooner City of Georgetown collided and blamed the lightship for the accident.

The City of Georgetown was heading towns the Cape Hatteras lightship in the southeast while the Prinz Oskar was heading in a circle to the northeast "in a great circle toward the transatlantic steamship route" with the Five Banks Light shone between the two vessels. Unable to see each other until it was too late, the Prinz Oskar collided with the ship and resulted in a large stove in its port bow, but the City of Georgetown was doomed and sank within 8 minutes. Captain A. J. Slocum and his crew of seven managed to get into their lifeboat and was taken aboard the Prinz Oskar and returned to Philadelphia for repair, listing to the starboard; the City of Georgetown was a 170 feet long schooner with a 40 feet beam, launched in 1902 from Bath, Maine. The ship sank with its cargo of salt, of unlisted weight, but the ship's capacity was 1900 tons