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Hudson Valley Mall shooting suspect Robert Bonelli talks with his lawyer public defender Denise Dourdeville
under tight security in town of Ulster Court, near Kingston, NY after a shooting rampage in the local mall.
The 25-year-old Glasco, N.Y. entered a plea of not guilty and was led away in shackles.
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Have Car, Will Race
Ruminations from a mid-life publisher as he returns to his long lost passion
By Kevin Wittman
Publisher, Greater Media Newspapers
Freehold, New Jersey
I have always had a passion for racing,
dating back to my trips to Lime Rock
Park in Connecticut with my car enthusi-
ast uncle. At the track, the sounds, the
smells and the aura of the men were
intoxicating. Bravado and excitement
were in the air and a little boy could
Later on as a thirty-something bachelor
living in Florida, I finally took the plunge
and enrolled in a racing school at the his-
toric Sebring International Raceway,
home of the world famous 12 Hours of
Sebring.The incredible instructors epito-
mized all that I love about racing: they
were ferocious competitors and true
sportsmen. The time in the pit areas was
rife with laughter and joking, but when
the helmets were strapped on it was all
business. I left the school with the confi-
dence to “go racing” and jumped right
into a Formula Ford open wheel racecar,
which I competed in for almost three
years. I didn’t always win but ran consis-
tently in the top five.
Changes in my work led me to suspend
my track efforts and shortly thereafter I
met my beautiful wife, Laura. Fatherhood
and then a move to New Jersey in 1992
disconnected me from racing until this
year when I realized that tempus really
does fugit and I became determined to get
myself back in a race car.
Thankfully, my wife always understood
the passion that I had for the sport and
kept from showing her shock when I told
her that I had bought a Swift DB-2. A
what? Well, it’s what they call a Sports
Racer and it competes in a class called
Sports 2000. These cars are purpose-built
racecars, weighing only 1,100 lbs and
propelled by a 4-cylinder Ford engine.
I am competing in what is known as the
North American Sports 2000 Racing Car
Club (NAC-SRCC). This organization
was founded in 2001 to organize, pro-
mote and establish a place in vintage and
historic racing for those people interested
in racing these fabulous purpose-built
The 2005 NAC-SRCC Championship
includes a robust twelve round schedule,
which includes legendary tracks like
Watkins Glen, Mosport, Road America
and Sebring. The race weekends attract
large numbers of competitors and specta-
tors who are drawn to the spectacle of
immaculately prepared vintage racing
machines thrashing about for class wins.
Make no mistake about it;
these are real racecars com-
peting for the glory of their
marque and driver.
My first year back in a race
car after 16 years has gone
very well, with a win in my
second race at Summit
Point, WV and a recent
third at Mid-Ohio. I will
never forget pulling onto
the grounds of Virginia
International Raceway for
inaugural event of my
return tour in May. The roar
of engines and, finally, the
smell of racing fuel sealed
the deal. I was back to a
place that I needed to be.
The excitement and trepida-
tion conspired to make me a
chattering mess and things
barely improved when I
slipped my long body into a
motorized bullet that rested
barely two inches from the
My colleagues back at Greater Media are
vaguely aware that their Publisher is
doing something in motorsports but few
probably understand the “wild” side of
their mild-mannered boss. Those who
have expressed an interest find little diffi-
culty in getting me to give them all the
details they can bear about the past week-
end’s events. I am already planning my
approach to next year, which will include
more races and hopefully more wins.
Top photo shows Publisher Kevin Wittman in his car in rac-
ing form. Below, Wittman receives the trophy plate on the
podium at Summit Point. The presenter is Brian Redman, a
racing legend who won the 24 Hours Le Mans three times.
The Enterprise, Brockton, MA a 35,000 circulation daily
is celebrating its 125th anniversary serving the historic
and dynamic southeastern Massachusetts market.
We are looking for a managing editor that can lead by
example, motivate a strong news team and bring innova-
tion, enthusiasm and organization to the newsroom.
We expect our managing editor to put readers and the
community first. The successful candidate will be able to
look beyond agenda items to generate daily and enter-
prise stories, integrate photography and solid presentation
planning into the news report and who can work as part
of a management team.
Career accomplishments at small dailies
and robust weeklies, including some
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Compensation is competitive. Benefits package includes
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long term disability and life insurance.
Please send a cover letter, resume and
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60 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301
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