Olympic boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson dies


first_imgCROWD FAVORITE—In this Aug. 2, 1980, file photo, after winning his third Olympic heavyweight championship gold medal, Cuba’s Teofilo Stevenson waves to the crowd at the Moscow Olympic Games. (AP Photo, file) by Anne-Marie GarciaHAVANA (AP)—Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. He was 60.“The Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time,” said a statement read on the news Monday night. He died of heart disease, it added. Earlier a sports official, speaking on condition of anonymity lacking authorization to pre-empt an official announcement, said Stevenson had a heart attack.Considered by some to be the most accomplished amateur boxer in history, Stevenson first won gold in 1972 in Munich and followed that up in 1976 at Montreal.“The Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal are the fondest memories I have from my life, the best stage of my career,” he told The Associated Press earlier this year.In 1980, he won his third Olympic title in Moscow, becoming the second boxer to win gold at three separate games after Hungarian Lazlo Papp. Felix Savon, Stevenson’s countryman, accomplished the feat in 2000.Known affectionately on the island by the nickname “Pirolo,” Stevenson was famous for his punishing right, polished technique, deft hand and footwork, and his sportsmanship.Stevenson was born March 29, 1952, to a family of modest means, in Las Tunas province in eastern Cuba. He fought in his first match at the age of 14, and two years later won his first international title in the Central American and Caribbean championship.As his accomplishments grew, boxing fans began salivating over the prospect of a “fight of the century” pitting him against Muhammad Ali. But Cuba insisted that he not lose his amateur status, and the bout never took place.After Stevenson won his first world title in 1974, Sports Illustrated ran the headline: “He’d Rather Be Red Than Rich.”Stevenson won world amateur titles again in 1978 and 1986, and was forced to pass up a shot at a fourth Olympic gold when Cuba did not attend the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. He retired in 1988 after Cuba decided to skip the Seoul Olympics as well.Stevenson passed up millions by not leaving Communist-run Cuba to turn pro, but expressed no remorse. “I prefer the affection of 8 million Cubans,” he once said.In his later years, Stevenson served as vice president of Cuba’s boxing federation and at the island’s national sports institute. He had two children.last_img read more

Single Stream Recycling Begins in Middletown


first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Town­ship residents are now free from sorting recyclables as the township transitioned to single stream curbside recycling this week.Starting Monday, July 2, the practice of collecting glass, plastic and metal containers in one pick-up, then newspapers and cardboard in another pick-up several weeks apart came to an end. All permitted recyclable materials can be put into the same containers. Recycling will still be collected twice a month, but residents can put all their recyclables out each time, Mayor Anthony Fiore announced.The switch to single stream recycling is part of new garbage and recycling collection contracts with Republic Service/Marpal Dis­posal and Future Sanitation. The five-year contracts will save the township nearly $500,000 compared to the previous contracts, the mayor said.“It’s a real win-win situation. Under the new contract the township will be able to reduce costs and increase services,” the mayor said. “In addition to the convenience and environmental factors, single stream recycling will make the collection process more efficient, cut costs and generate new revenues.”With single stream recycling, all cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office papers and mixed papers (junk mail, magazines, coupon inserts) can be placed into the same containers. There is no change to the collection schedule. All recyclables will be collected twice a month based on the existing schedule by zone, said Public Works and Engineering Director Ted Maloney. He noted the maximum weight per container is 50 pounds.“I encourage everyone to recycle as much possible. The more we reduce what we send to the landfill means more savings on disposal fees. It also means greater revenues from the sale of the recyclables collected,” Fiore said.Recyclable materials are collected township-wide. Solid waste is collected from approximately 14,000 households located in the Solid Waste Collection District. The garbage collection schedule will remain the same. How­ever, the service provider will accept a limited amount of bulk waste on the second collection day of every week instead of twice a month.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Works Department at 732-615-2008 or visiting www.middletown nj.org/recycling.last_img read more