To the Editor:On Saturday, October 20, the Bayonne Civic League, in conjunction with Grace Lutheran Church, dedicated its first Little Free Library in an effort to continue its work giving back to Bayonne, the city we all call home. This work would not have been possible without the assistance and the support of Boy Scouts of America Troop 25 of St. Vincent DePaul Church. Many thanks to Troop leaders, Mr. Matt Klimansky and Mr. Jan Egan, for their leadership and Jackson DiLullo for his hard work and his willingness to “do his best” and to “help other people.” Thank you! DAN WARD
Final point races of the 2018 season are Sunday, Sept. 30 IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,199; 2. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,194; 3. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,190; 4. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,177; 5. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,170; 6. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,168; 7. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,162; 8. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,154; 9. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, and Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., both 1,149; 11. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,147; 12. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., and Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Mich., both 1,145; 14. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn., 1,141; 15. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,140; 16. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,138; 17. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., and Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, both 1,132; 19. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,130; 20. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore., 1,111.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 789; 2. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 788; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 787; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 782; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 763; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 758; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 741; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 731; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 697; 10. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 685; 11. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 680; 12. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, and Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, both 669; 14. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 650; 15. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 646; 16. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 641; 17. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 640; 18. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, and Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., both 634; 20. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 571.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 794; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 769; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 765; 4. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 761; 5. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 746; 6. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 744; 7. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., and Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., both 739; 9. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 736; 10. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind, and Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., both 732; 12. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., and Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Ind., both 723; 14. Kyle Smith, South Egremont, Mass., 722; 15. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 713; 16. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 711; 17. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 709; 18. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 707; 19. Austin Bishop, Elverson, Pa., 700; 20. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 698.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,187; 3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,176; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,153; 5. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,144; 6. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,138; 7. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,127; 8. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,124; 9. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,122; 10. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., and Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., both 1,121; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,118; 13. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,114; 14. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,113; 15. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,111; 16. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,110; 17. Chris Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,103; 18. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,102; 19. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, and Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, both 1,100.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,189; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,181; 4. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 1,179; 5. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,168; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,160; 7. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,154; 8. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,151; 9. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,150; 10. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,143; 11. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,134; 12. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,133; 13. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,118; 14. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,110; 15. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., and Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., both 1,109; 17. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,108; 18. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 1,103; 19. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,102; 20. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 1,101.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,186; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,159; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,153; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,113; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,096; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,091; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 1,050; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 1,039; 9. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 956; 10. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 952; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 951; 12. Cory Williams, Tahoka, Texas, 927; 13. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 904; 14. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 896; 15. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 864; 16. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 856; 17. J. P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 833; 18. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 832; 19. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 803; 20. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 792.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,196; 2. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,179; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,178; 4. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,177; 5. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,175; 6. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., and Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, both 1,170; 8. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,160; 9. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,158; 10. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,157; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,153; 12. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb., 1,151; 13. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,147; 14. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,145; 15. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn., and Johnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa, both 1,144; 17. Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore., 1,142; 18. Gage Neal, Ely, Iowa, 1,136; 19. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 1,126; 20. David Siercks, Princeton, Minn., 1,124.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,196; 2. Dustin Virkus, Clarkfield, Minn., 1,177; 3. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,163; 4. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 1,159; 5. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,154; 6. Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,149; 7. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,145; 8. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., and Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, both 1,142; 10. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,127; 11. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,090; 12. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,088; 13. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,079; 14. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,067; 15. Brock Klaith, Marshall, Minn., 1,064; 16. Jeff Klinkefus, Golden, Colo., 1,062; 17. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 1,053; 18. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 1,051; 19. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 1,050; 20. Austin Friedrich, Saint James, Minn., 1,046.
“I talked to the coach (Wenger) and the most important thing is to have the support of the people around you, who have faith in you, the staff, my team-mates. “Anyway we can only answer on the pitch and that is also why the FA Cup was important.” Giroud, though, will not hold any grudges, adding: “I am not really angry at him (Henry), we will talk about that together. “It is true that I found it surprising, but that is just football. “I don’t hold it against him and we will have a laugh about it when we see each other again.” Giroud’s goal at Wembley was a first in some nine appearances, having earlier been in rich scoring form, and saw him start on the bench as Theo Walcott was given his chance following a hat-trick on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season against West Brom. The French international, however, stressed he had no issues with Wenger’s decision and overall was happy with his season. “I had three difficult months. It was the first time I had been injured for so long, there was a lot of work to do, I had to be patient, work harder,” Giroud added. “Some people said that I came back stronger. I did some good work to get back in shape, re-boosted and balanced physically. “After that, I was very clinical and had good fortune. I had very good statistics in spite of a little drought at the end of the season. “It’s still a super season, and is great to end with a trophy.” Arsenal are expected to further strengthen the squad in the summer. Veteran Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is a well-reported target, along with Monaco’s defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton. Arsenal’s pre-season campaign includes a trip to the Far East for the Barclays Asia Trophy Singapore during mid-July, which will also feature Stoke and Everton. Giroud, though, also suffered his fair share of critics, especially in the wake of a disappointing personal display as Arsenal lost 3-1 at home to Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Henry, who is Arsenal’s record goalscorer and spearheaded the Invincibles side, went as far as to claim manager Arsene Wenger need to sign “a top, top-quality striker in order to win this league again” in the wake of the goalless draw with champions-elect Chelsea on April 26. While the World Cup winner has since moved to clarify his post-match TV pundit comments, claiming “people took it a bit the wrong way,” and instead stressing that “Olivier Giroud needs help”, the Gunners frontman will continue to take everything in his stride. “It is part of the game. I will never win unanimous support,” Giroud said at a press conference as he prepared with France for Sunday’s international against Belgium. “Apparently Titi (Henry) corrected himself recently, he said that he was thinking about competition, that he wanted Arsenal to have many strikers who can score goals. “He was a little brutal at the time, so it caused a fuss, but that is what he’s asked to do as a pundit and I didn’t lose any sleep over it. “Of course, it hurts your pride, it brings into question the work you do every day. “It irritates you, and I was a little annoyed, but I quickly put it behind me. Giroud took his tally to 19 with a late goal in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley last weekend. It was a positive end to a campaign which had seen the France forward sidelined for some three months with a broken leg, then battle back into the side following the £16million deadline day purchase of Danny Welbeck. Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is not about to lose any sleep over “brutal” criticism on his game from former Gunners striker Thierry Henry or anyone else. Press Association