The fourth running of the O&S Tack Room Trophy will be the feature event at Caymanas Park on Saturday. A restricted stakes event for three-year-olds and up, the 1300 metres race will carry a total purse of $868,000 (inclusive of $100,000 from the sponsor). Secondary feature on the race card will be the Ruel Rhoden Memorial Trophy for maiden two-year-olds. This race will carry a purse of $800,000. O&S Tack Room and Supplies’ sponsorship for the raceday is expected to top $1 million. The sum includes their contribution to purses, as well as gift presentations of products and equipment being awarded to the winning owner, trainer, jockey and groom of each race. Lucky fans could win a number of giveaways on Saturday. They include a 40′ television, smart tablets and phones. A special scholarship (valued at $30,000 for books and supplies) will also be awarded to the child of a groom who has received exemplary grades over the past school year. Shauna Kay Hinds of O&S Tack Room said the scholarship is primarily to assist the parents, as well as to encourage the children of Caymanas Park employees to excel.
Dear Editor,The role of the Chamber of Commerce encompasses: business counselling by Chamber staff; business workshops and seminars; business expansion assistance; plant visits; work force data; business retention; business recruitment; commercial site inventory; economic development committee; office space inventory; small business council; business registration info & forms; commercial and industrial site facilities and contact; transportation capacity etc.In today’s business environment, Chambers of Commerce must carefully navigate the waters between expectations and delivery of business assistance. In many instances, the role that the local chamber plays is dependent upon other organisations in the community.In those scenarios, the partnership between the organisations reduces the Chamber’s significance, enables product/service duplication, and limits the efficiency of service delivery. It is also imperative that Chambers take the initiative in areas where their strengths are an advantage. Such would be the case with distributing business-related information and assistance.These two areas offer opportunity for contact between the Chamber and the business community. Where there is an economic development organisation that has an active business retention and expansion programme, Chamber staff or senior volunteer(s) should be encouraged to be part of the visitation teams.Establishing a relationship via the site visits gives the business an opportunity to meet a Chamber representative, and the staff member the opportunity to make a follow-up contact. Such contact also puts the Chamber at the table when addressing business-related issues.The local Chamber must remain committed to helping local companies grow their businesses by taking the lead in programmes and efforts that help create a strong local economy, and make our community a great place to do business.The Chamber must continue to be an integral component of the community by offering a wide variety of programmes and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life.Members should be able to capitalise on the contacts, resources and support provided by the Chamber. The aim of the Chamber is not only to develop its members, but to strengthen the community in which they serve, and this will enable the Chamber to be more effective and competent.Sincerely,Michael Hercules
The Santa Clarita Valley does not have any clubs exclusively dedicated to comedy, and some residents had been looking forward to Comedy Blvd’s opening. Marie Callender’s in Valencia hosts a weekly comedy show, and Larry Mankin, president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the area could use more local comedy. “Certainly it provides an outlet for entertainment for, I think, a cross-generational group of people,” Mankin said. “Comedy clubs are available to young and old, to rich and poor.” The club had been scheduled to open in September of last year at the Town Center, but that was pushed back, said mall spokeswoman Jalina Warner. A January opening date also was scrapped, she said. email@example.com (661) 257-5253 VALENCIA – The proposed comedy club has a nifty slogan: “Where Funny Lives.” But where exactly Comedy Blvd will “live” remains to be seen. After delays in its planned opening date, Comedy Blvd is not coming to the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Walter Gause, a comedy writer and entrepreneur from a small city near the Bronx, is behind Comedy Blvd. He hopes to pattern Comedy Blvd after the popular Improv comedy clubs, and Gause might have the last laugh if he succeeds in bringing his club to another location in Santa Clarita. “We tried something at Westfield with the mall,” Gause said. “But we will be back, bigger and stronger.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has revealed he would be open to making his loan switch at Saint-Etienne permanent.Van Wolfswinkel is currently on loan at the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season, after enduring a dismal first year with Norwich.The 25-year-old joined the Canaries for £8.5m in 2013, but he managed just one goal in 27 appearances as Norwich suffered relegation to the Championship.Following that the Dutchman was shipped out to Saint-Etienne this summer and after making the loan switch Van Wolfswinkel has admitted he may not return to Carrow Road.“I am seriously thinking about it. I would (stay) even though I know things can evolve very quickly,” Van Wolfswinkel told Le Progrès.“For it to happen, I need to play well and be important for the team. We will see at the end of the season but I do not see why I would want to go anywhere else.“Holland, Portugal, England, France, we have moved around a lot in the last years. My family feels good here. The people are very nice.” 1 Ricky van Wolfswinkel in action for Saint-Etienne