first_imgLONGTIME OAK TREE RACING ASSOCIATION STALWART SHERWOOD C. CHILLINGWORTH PASSES AT AGE 93 ‘HE LOVED TO BET AND HE LOVED OUR GAME’  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2019)–Sherwood C. Chillingworth, a longtime director and executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, passed away on Tuesday at age 93.A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chillingworth, known affectionately as “Chilly” to all who knew him, was named an Oak Tree director in 1989, and later assumed the title of Executive Vice President in 1993.  A tireless advocate for the many causes that the not for profit Oak Tree Racing Association funded since its inception at Santa Anita in October, 1969, Chillingworth was a truly beloved figure in California racing.“He was a great man who was a very big part of the Oak Tree Racing Association for many years,” said Hall of Fame trainer and fellow Oak Tree Board member Richard Mandella on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita.  “He lived a full life and from what I knew, he loved every minute of it.  He had a great sense of humor, he loved to bet and he loved our game.”Although still active in funding various charitable causes, the Oak Tree Racing Association, which conducted its final fall meeting at Santa Anita in 2009, operated for one year at Hollywood Park in 2010, and then conducted summer meetings at the Alameda County Fair Grounds in Pleasanton through 2018.A former real estate developer, Chillingworth, who served as Vice Chairman and CEO, Santa Anita Realty Enterprises from 1994-1996, had a true passion for horses and horse racing as he owned and raced Thoroughbreds dating back to the early 1970s under the nom de course Paniolo Ranch.It was in Thoroughbred partnerships however, that he experienced considerable success, as he owned percentages of Grade I stakes winners Swing Till Dawn (1983 Strub and Widener Stakes), Yashgan (1985 Oak Tree Invitational and 1986 San Gabriel Handicap), Forzando (1985 Metropolitan, Ft. Marcy and Sierra Madre Handicaps), and Valley Victory (1986 Coaching Club American Oaks).“He was a first class guy,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Ron McAnally, whose legendary gelding John Henry won three straight runnings of the Grade I Oak Tree Invitational in the early 1980s.  “Doc Robbins (original Oak Tree Director and John Henry’s attending veterinarian) admired him so much, and was so appreciative of everything he meant to Oak Tree and our racing here.  Chilly was good for the horses and he was good for the business.”A consummate gentleman and tireless consensus builder, Chillingworth was also a past Steward of the Jockey Club, Secretary of the Board of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), director of the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau (TRPB) and member of the Equibase Management Committee.“Chilly was one of the kindest and most gracious executives in racing,” said George Haines, former Santa Anita General Manager.  “He treated the employees with great respect and was universally loved by all.  His wit and humor will be missed but not forgotten.”Chillingworth, who resided at Santa Anita Park with his wife Sandra, is also survived by four sons and two daughters, as well as several grandchildren.Services are pending.last_img read more

GWI demands woman pay for damaged meter on parapet

first_img– customer says not responsible since meter is not in yardA woman was asked to pay $125,000 to the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) for allegedly tampering with her water meter, an accusation she has since denied, claiming that the possibility exists that animals could have broken same.The meter that was allegedly tampered withThe water service was disconnected from the Lot 83 Plantation Adelphi East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) property on Wednesday last. This was after the meter reader observed that the meter was allegedly tampered with.Danlachmi Rikkhi called “Betty,” said she was not at home when the water was disconnected. According to her, a few days prior, the damaged meter was shown to her by the meter reader. As such, she went to the GWI office on Thursday where she was shown photographs of some tampered meter.“When I went to GWI, the girl calculated it and then told me that I have to pay $125,000. I told her that I will not be able to pay that money and that I am not even supposed to pay a reconnection fee because I don’t have an outstanding bill. She told me that if I am not satisfied, I could go to the Manager.”Danlachmi Rikkhi, called “Betty”, inspecting the meter that is outside her yardThe woman told Guyana Times that she visited the GWI office at Chesney Village where she met with a senior official who indicated that the pictures of the damaged meter revealed that it was hit with a blunt object.“He told me that the meter was tampered with. It is a hard case but I will have to pay.”The woman who had already paid $51,000 to the GWI between March and the December of this year said she should not be totally responsible since the water meter was moved from her yard and placed on the parapet.However, a source from the Guyana Water Inc noted that the water meters in the East Canje area were removed from within yards and placed on the parapets. This, the official explained, is to facilitate meter readers whenever they visit.Further, the official noted that if the meters are not read on a monthly basis, it will result in estimated bills being produced.According to GWI, there is a $75,000 cost for damage of property and a tampering fee of $30,000. There is also a reinstallation cost is $20,000.In light of this situation, the aggrieved customer has since reported the matter to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) which has since engaged GWI on the issue. The woman is contending that since the meters are on the parapet, the possibility exists that animals can trample upon them on any given day.“People cow, horse come there in the day and in the night. One lady tell them that animals are in this place all the time but the Manager is telling me that animals cannot do that.”Meanwhile, GWI reiterated that the meter is the property of the company but it is the responsibility of the customers to protect it.last_img read more

Friendsof Charities Raising Money for Overseas Groups—Including Israeli Military Concerns

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 16, 2014; HaaretzIn the aftermath of the latest war between Israel and Gaza, and with indications that hostilities between Israel and Palestine may yet be renewed as the Palestinian Authority plans to take a bid for statehood and a timetable to get Israel out of the Occupied West Bank to the United Nations, there is a lot of attention in the U.S. to supporting Israel’s armed forces—notably, significant funding in the CRomnibus for the Israel Defense Forces and for the “Iron Dome” missile protection shield. However, assistance for the Israeli military doesn’t flow only from government sources, but also from charitable donors.Haaretz has an article describing some of the complexities of providing assistance to the IDF through charitable arms such as Yashar LaChayal (Hebrew for “straight to the soldier”), Gear Up Our Soldiers (using crowdfunding to raise money), and PizzaIDF (which sends pizza and holiday foods to soldiers on the front lines). A well-known supplier of aid to Israeli soldiers is Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) for which donations by U.S. taxpayers are federally tax deductible.The FIDF and, apparently, many other charities that give to Israeli soldiers indicate that they don’t provide combat or tactical equipment, but they do provide material desired and appreciated by soldiers—for example, hats and neckwarmers for soldiers on Mount Hebron in the Golan Heights, supplied by Yashar LaChayal; ice and travel pillows for soldiers going into Gaza, also from Yashar; and from the FIDF, winter wear for soldiers. However, Gear Up for Our Soldiers has provided tactical gear, such as kneepads, combat gloves, and bulletproof vests.FIDF raised $67.8 million in contributions in 2012 and $61.7 million in 2011, ending 2012 with a fund balance of $87 million. Aside from donations made through community foundations or federated foundations like the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and the Boston Foundation, the top U.S. foundations providing grants to the FIDF in the past several years, as reported on the Foundation Directory Online, include the foundations of Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the Circle of Service Foundation (a largely youth-oriented funder in the Chicago metropolitan area), the Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation (established by the co-founder of Bed Bath and Beyond), and the Klarman Family Foundation (founded by investor Seth Klarman). Some seven-figure grants, including $1 million in 2011 and $2 million in 2012, came from the Marcus Foundation (founded by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus) and multiple though smallish grants came from the Pritzker Family Foundation, related to but not controlled by President Obama’s Secretary of Commerce. More seven-figure grants come courtesy of the Saban Family Foundation (established by Haim Saban, whose entertainment distribution firm was known for its “Power Rangers” franchise) and the Baltimore-based Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation—and that’s but a few of the many foundations that have assisted FIDF.It is challenging to think about donating to the Israel Defense Force or Israeli charities that assist Israel in its military efforts, but the strategy of giving to 501(c)(3) public charities with the name “Friends” is a frequently pursued but not well understood mechanism in U.S. charity philanthropy. According to the Jewish Daily Forward, one out of every twenty dollars donated to a Jewish charity goes to a “friends of” group registered in the U.S. The Forward asserts that there are nine large Jewish “friends of”-type charities with administrative structures that include sizable salaries for their executives (for example, compensation in 2012-2013 of $723,000 for Marshall Levin, the executive vice president of the American Committee for Weizmann, almost double of his compensation the previous year).Interestingly, FIDF provides online access to its financial audits and gets a top rating from Charity Navigator. It isn’t clear, however, whether the IRS audits “friends of” organizations, prompting experts to suggest that it would be better to have foreign charities simply register with the IRS to receive donations directly rather than through “friends” groups. However, it might be questionable to think that the Israel Defense Forces or, in other cases, entities that provide combat or technical gear for military purposes, soliciting tax deductible donations. In any case, it is a complicated and controversial issue in U.S. charity and philanthropy.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more