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first_imgThe Monmouth County Park System is shaking up its winter golf season a bit by having just one course open – Bel-Aire in Wall Township.Bel-Aire offers an 18-hole executive course and a nine-hole course. Winter golf rates are $12 for the 18-hole course and $8 for the nine-hole course.These prices are in effect now and will remain through March 11, and are good for residents of Monmouth County, and for non-residents.The tee reservation system is good through the winter months. Walk-on play is also available.Bel-Aire’s courses on Allaire Road in Wall Township will have their regular season tees and greens. Golfers will continue to be able to rent power golf carts, conditions permitting. The cost is $13.50 for the 18-hole course and $11.75 for the nine-hole course (tax included). Weather permitting, Bel-Aire is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.To learn more about park system winter golf, visit or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the park system TTY/TDD number is 711.last_img read more

USA happy for opportunity to play for medals

first_imgHowever, they were happy to have another opportunity for the medals this Saturday in the third and fourth playoffs.USA coach Michelle French commended Korea DPR for making it through to the finals saying it is a huge success for the Korea DPR team and for their country for making it through to the finals.“I thought for the first 90 minutes we did well enough to be in the game but it’s just extremely disappointing right now for our players who have used excessive amount of energy and every piece of their heart to get us back in the game,” French said.“We started the match in defense, but found ourselves pushed and putting our body on the line to do everything we can to save the game in the final minutes in an attempt to gain an equaliser.“We are obviously disappointed but we left everything out there on the field. We continued to put fight like we did in the last games against Ghana and Mexico but unfortunately we lost the fight tonight (Tuesday night).”Coach French describes the tournament as an awesome challenge that each game showed them something different with what they had to handle through their games.We kept showing that fight in each game but we have nothing to lose after displaying a stunning football after tonight.“There is a disappointing feeling now that we stand here empty-handed, but now we need to look ahead for the opportunity for the medal,” French concluded.  USA will now take on Japan to fight for the third spot on Saturday in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016.last_img read more

Former England cricket captain Bob Willis dies aged 70

first_imgFormer England captain and cricket pundit Bob Willis has died at the age of 70.The pace bowler played 90 Tests for England and has been a popular figure in broadcasting since his retirement in 1984.Willis’ family, who revealed he had died “after a long illness”, said in a statement: “We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather. He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly.“Bob is survived by his wife Lauren, daughter Katie, brother David and sister Ann.“The Willis family has asked for privacy at this time to mourn the passing of a wonderful man and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Prostate Cancer UK.”Willis’ most famous moment as a player came in the 1981 Ashes series as his eight for 43 fired England to a remarkable win in the third Test at Headingley.He is England’s fourth highest wicket-taker of all time with 325 wickets.Willis’ former county Surrey paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “All at Surrey County Cricket Club are devastated to learn of the passing of former Surrey and England bowler Bob Willis.“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”Former England fast bowler Darren Gough said Willis was “hugely admired”.“As a player he had a big heart, he’d run in, nearly 6ft 6ins, and hit the pitch hard. At his peak was one of the best three bowlers in the world,” Gough said on Talksport.“He was hugely admired all around the world. Everybody knew who he was.“If you just saw him on TV people might think he’s a bit straight, but in his company over a glass of wine he would make you laugh all night.”The England and Wales Cricket Board said that “cricket had lost a dear friend”.“The ECB is deeply saddened to say farewell to Bob Willis, a legend of English cricket, at the age of 70,” a statement read.“Bob spearheaded the England bowling attack for more than a decade and took 325 Test wickets.“He will always be remembered for his outstanding cricket career, in particular his eight for 43 in the dramatic Headingley Test victory over Australia in 1981.“In later years as a broadcaster Bob was a perceptive and respected voice at the microphone. We are forever thankful for everything he has done for the game.“Everyone at the ECB sends sincere condolences to his family. Cricket has lost a dear friend.”Known for a long run up, the seamer was last year named in England’s greatest Test XI by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).last_img read more

John Maxwell leadership event on Friday

first_imgThe John Maxwell Guyana Team Members will be hosting a dynamic leadership event on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 13:00h to 17:00h (1 pm to 5 pm).“Learn from world-class leadership experts and begin leading with renewed passion and commitment,” ActionCOACH Guyana said in a release.This half-day, leadership development experience is designed to equip and empower you with new perspectives, provide practical tools and key takeaways. Live2Lead is held live in Atlanta, GA and simulcast to more than 300 cities and 40,000 people around the world. 223-5583last_img

Column: Metta World Peace finally finds his peace

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Tuesday, April 11, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace stands on the court while teammates and fans cheer as the 24-second clock runs out near the end of the team’s 108-96 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn’t defined only by one angry moment in Detroit. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn’t defined only by one angry moment in Detroit.Before he could get it with the Los Angeles Lakers, though, World Peace had to heal his mind. The therapy had to come first if the former Ron Artest was to make it to Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT And most of them are there, beginning with his father, Ron, who recounts playing one-on-one with his son in 10-degree weather on the courts at the dangerous Queensbridge housing project. The elder Artest made up a rule that layups were to be denied at all costs, the perfect training ground for a playing style that would carry Artest through a rough-and-tumble 17-year NBA career.But it’s the interviews with former teammate Jermaine O’Neal that resonate the most. While World Peace has tried to make amends with those in his past, he and O’Neal are still trying to figure out how to repair a relationship that was fractured because O’Neal believes World Peace broke up an Indiana Pacers team that had the potential to win multiple NBA titles in the early 2000’s.“He does consider me a friend but even when he didn’t consider me a friend I considered him a friend,” World Peace said. “Because he was a friend to me. I wasn’t a friend to him.”A good part of the documentary — which was produced by Bleacher Report — revolves around the November 2004 game in Detroit, where the defending champion Pistons took a beating at home from the up-and-coming Pacers — and then the real beatings began.Artest remains unapologetic for going into the stands after a Diet Coke landed on his chest following a brawl that was precipitated by a hard foul World Peace made on Pistons center Ben Wallace in the final seconds of the game. He would later reach out to the man who threw the drink, though for some reason not the man he went into the stands to beat up after mistakenly believing he was the culprit.A livid NBA commissioner David Stern suspended World Peace for the remainder of the season — which cost him $5 million in salary — and the NBA changed its rules and policies to prevent future altercations. But while World Peace would begin therapy and medication, it wasn’t until intense therapy while playing in Sacramento in 2008 finally began making him into the man he wanted to be.He sees some of himself in Golden State’s Draymond Green, with one big difference. Green plays hard and with passion, too, but unlike World Peace knows how to set limits and stay in control.And for that World Peace does have some regrets.“Although I can’t go back in time I can always dream, I can always envision to myself, how it would have been if I could have had that type of attitude,” he said.Like Green, though, World Peace can say he is an NBA champion, something he helped ensure by taking a pass from Bryant with one minute left and sinking a 3-pointer that helped seal the Game 7 win against the Celtics. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I would not have been able to deal with the adversity. I would have been ejected,” World Peace said about the therapy that finally helped lift him out of the dark places he always seemed to frequent. “I would have probably gotten into a fight or done something stupid. I don’t think the old Ron Artest would have been ready for that final.”The old Ron Artest, of course, was best known for going into the stands in 2004 in Detroit to battle fans in what became known as “Malice at the Palace.” He was a hard-nosed defensive specialist who brought playground grudges from the housing projects in Queens onto the court, often with bad consequences.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe new World Peace was not only a good teammate but an NBA champion so thankful for his awakening that he raffled off his championship ring to help mental health causes.“Why shouldn’t I?” he asked. “I don’t wear jewelry anyway.” And the first thing World Peace did in his joyous on court interview afterward?He thanked his therapist.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu PVL: PetroGazz bags back to back wins after blanking BanKo LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila cardcenter_img MOST READ On the eve of this year’s NBA Finals, World Peace is, well, at peace with himself. The 39-year-old lives happily retired in Southern California, working with developing players and developing his assorted business interests.He’s also the subject of a new documentary being broadcast by Showtime during Mental Health Awareness Month for a reason. The documentary, which airs Friday at 10 p.m. EDT, traces Artest’s rise from a playground player in the projects to perhaps the most vilified player in the NBA and, finally, to his championship season alongside Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.It’s a raw look at a raw subject, though for the most part sympathetic to World Peace and his issues. It’s also a story with a happy ending, although one that World Peace wasn’t all that eager to fully tell.“For me, I don’t really care necessarily how people look at me,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “I’m happy with just doing my daily routine and enjoying life. I’m not looking for any feedback or publicity or to build my image.”Unlike some documentaries that use D-list celebs to recount what people might have thought, the makers of “Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story” go right to the sources who were involved in his life — and to World Peace himself — to tell his remarkable story.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

Adhere to due process to honour CCJ’s recent rulings

first_imgDear Editor,A generation ago, a British sitcom captured the essence of the Westminster model of governance and dispensed with the polite fiction that ministers are indispensable. ‘Yes Minister’ portrayed the attempts of a bumbling over-promoted politician (now minister) to enact policies and handle crises. Each policy floundered as it met the impermeable ranks of the British civil service; each crisis was handled by civil servants with minimal input from the minister. The source of the satire holds true wherever the Westminster model persists— ministers are really just transitory figures at the helm of a permanent structure of government.The model of a permanent, politically-neutral civil service derives from our time as a British colony. Patronage— always a feature of the colonial civil service— became entrenched post-Independence. Much of our public sector has since served as a repository for political acolytes through successive administrations. The result? An Orwellian dystopia: a hopelessly bloated bureaucracy, a chronic shortfall of skillsets and experience, and a corresponding decline of trust in these public institutions and services among the general populace.Our solution? Two strategies linked to American-style governance have been adopted, perhaps a symptom of our unabashed reverence for all things American. The first is to hire contract workers at inflated salaries (either as an additional layer of patronage and cronyism or to fulfil key tasks or both). The second is an insatiable appetite for ‘capacity building’ in all spheres of government. Presumably the donor agencies prefer to continually fund ‘capacity building’ than to insist that the entire system requires root-and-branch reform, and not just periodic ‘tweaks’ and upgrades.The current system is, therefore, an uncomfortable and unworkable hybrid of two competing models of governance from Westminster and Capitol Hill. The bloat extends as far as our Cabinet, now the same size as Brazil’s, with few obvious gains other than an index-linked rise in photo-opportunities and travel junkets.Neither Westminster nor Capitol Hill can be held up these days as infallible models of good governance. However, the ethos of the Westminster model endures in our system of governance. No one is indispensable. No politician, no minister, no civil servant. All are in place to serve the nation. Further, the politics of division have birthed a precarious situation where minority governments look set to continue indefinitely in Guyana. So no one, no particular party, no interest group, no cohort is assured a lasting grip on power. A plea, therefore, for all involved to adjust their mind-sets and get on with the business of governance in a functioning democracy. There is a compelling need for all parties to adhere to due process, to honour the CCJ’s recent rulings and to proceed with gravitas and dignity. What we have at present is a ‘pappy show’ worthy of an episode of ‘Yes Minister’.Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more

Professor’s books expose female Nazis

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK — When the news broke about the deportation of former concentration camp guard Elfriede Huth Rinkel, Moorpark College professor Daniel Patrick Brown already knew the name. Even though the 84-year-old Rinkel had kept her past a secret from her Jewish husband, who died at 88 last year in San Francisco, her maiden name of Huth was on a list of concentration camp overseers whose work Brown had written about in two books. “The Beautiful Beast — The Life and Crimes of SS-Aufseherin Irma Grese” was published in 1998, and “The Camp Women — The Female Auxiliaries of the Nazi Concentration Camp System” was published in 2002 and mentions Huth. The two books have made Brown an international authority on the subject of the female guards and the Ravensbruck concentration camp where Elfriede Huth worked as a guard and dog handler. “I have all the data on the women. Nobody has ever put together all of this information,” said Brown, who teaches courses on the subject at Moorpark College. Brown said the female concentration camp guards were called SS Aufseherin, or overseers, and were considered assistants or auxiliaries to the SS members who ran the concentration camps. Rachel Jagoda Lithgow, executive director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, said she had read both of Brown’s books and felt it was an important subject for more research. “I think the role of women in the Holocaust, be they victim or perpetrator, is one of the last areas not well-researched and documented as it could be,” she said. “For Dan to focus on this subject is very important. The role of women in the Holocaust is not well-known to the public.” The federal government found Elfriede Huth Rinkel living in San Francisco and returned her to Germany in late August. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Huth denied wrongdoing and said she had only watched prisoners so they wouldn’t “run away.” Brown said U.S. officials are continuing to track female concentration camp guards who escaped after World War II and may have come to the United States undetected — like Rinkel. “When the news broke about her, in a way it didn’t surprise me and in a way it did,” Brown said. “A lot of these women simply got away. They just walked away and got out of Germany claiming they were victims.” He said the female guards in movies such as “Schindler’s List,” “Sophie’s Choice” and the “Hiding Place” are generally seen in the background. But in fact many of these women were brutal, including Irma Grese, a guard at Ravensbruck at Auschwitz and at Bergen-Belsen in 1945, when Anne Frank died there a few weeks before the camp was liberated. “Irma Grese was a horrible, evil woman,” he said. “She killed many, many people. She and other female guards did things that can’t be printed.” Grese was tried and hanged on Dec. 13, 1945. Brown, 59, has a master’s degree in history from Colorado State University and did postgraduate work in Holocaust studies at the University of Colorado and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe and gave tours of Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam to embassy personnel and high-ranking officers. When he was in the Army, he asked a woman in a German pub what she did in the war, and she revealed reluctantly that she used to be a concentration camp guard, which led him to seek information on the subject and eventually focus on it in his academic career. “Very few people knew much about these women. I couldn’t believe there hadn’t been a biography written about Irma Grese,” he said. He said he knew Elfriede Huth’s name and where she worked from German records and mentioned her in one of his books, but he could only speculate about her actions. Brown said some of the female guards actually tried to be kind to prisoners and help if they could, but these guards in general were encouraged to be cruel. “The key lesson is to always be human and humane,” he said. “I think in our culture there are too many good people to allow us to ever go the way of the Nazis, but you never know.” — Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 3-2-18

first_imgCharges:IC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-1.1(D)FL3 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST FIVE GRAMS LT TEN GRAMSIC 35-48-4-1.1(E)FL2 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST TEN GRAMS BANKS, MATTHEW Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR)IC 35-48-4-13(b)FL6 ~ MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCEIC 35-47-2-1(E)(2)FL5 ~ CARRYING A HANDGUN WITHOUT A PERMIT – PRIOR CONVICTION OR CONVICTED FELON WIIC 35-48-4-1.1(E)FL2 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST TEN GRAMSIC 35-48-4-6(B)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF COCAINE OR SCHEDULE I OR II NARCOTIC DRUGIC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000218 Booking #:SCJAIL:2017-000866 Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:07-03-2017 – 2:42 am Bond:2018-03-23 09:00:00 Charges:IC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-1.1(D)FL3 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST FIVE GRAMS LT TEN GRAMS Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000219 SWORD, MELISSA Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000217 JACKSON, JAMES Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR) Booking Date:03-01-2018 – 7:32 pmcenter_img View Profile >>> Booking Date:02-27-2018 – 8:42 pm Booking Date:03-01-2018 – 11:19 am Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. SMITH, CHRIS Booking Date:03-01-2018 – 11:37 am Release Date:03-01-2018 – 1:54 pm Release Date:03-01-2018 – 9:39 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000209 HUBERT, REGINA View Profile >>> Charges:IC 35-42-2-1.3(a)MA ~ DOMESTIC BATTERY View Profile >>> View Profile >>>last_img read more

The Great Eight to undertake epic cycle for Caolan

first_imgEIGHT Donegal men will set off from Mizen Head next Saturday and cycle all the way to Malin to raised funds for a Killygordon family so they can avail of new life-changing treatment in America for their brave two-year-old son.Caolan Melaugh was just ten-weeks-old when his parents, Gerard and Stacey, received the devastating news he had Stage 4 high-risk Neuroblastoma, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.He has endured intense treatment for 15 months in Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin which got him clear scans, however, he has since relapsed and the family are raising money for future treatment for Caolan in America as options are running out in Ireland. In order to help his brave fight for life, eight men from the Finn Valley area will get on the saddle this Saturday, May 27, and cycle the 630 KM route in time to be in Malin on Tuesday.The team is Gerry Byrne, Kieran Doherty, Gabriel Doherty, Seamus McDermott, Noel McGowan, Louis Browne, Karl Gallen, Tommy Gallen and support crew leader, Mark Ewing.Please help them raise much-needed funds for Caolan, your support is greatly appreciated. To make a donation, contact any team member or log on to can also follow Caolan’s journey on The Great Eight to undertake epic cycle for Caolan was last modified: May 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Caolan MelaughcycleMalinMizenlast_img read more

The Polite Pig Debuts With Satisfying Southern Barbeque

first_imgShare This!The Polite Pig, a new fast-casual entry into the Disney Springs dining scene, recently opened to much fanfare, and we were there to try it out! A new concept and location from the minds behind the renowned Orlando eateries Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, and Swine & Sons, Polite Pig offers Southern barbeque, beer, and bourbon in a “quick service” atmosphere. Here, I’ll give you some of my first impressions from the restaurant, and a few thoughts on all of the dishes we sampled in our visit for our Polite Pig review.First ImpressionsThere will surely be a line here whenever you visit Disney Springs – Polite Pig occupies prime real estate just outside the entrance/exit of Lime Garage, directly across from UNIQLO and just a few storefronts down from World of Disney. The distinct barbecue smell that wafts outside the fast-casual eatery is intoxicating enough to draw you into line to order or to pull up a seat at the indoor or outdoor bourbon bar (where the full menu is also available).Sparse in decoration, the atmosphere isn’t going to impress immediately (though the bourbon bar is beautiful). Brass pig’s feet are sprinkled throughout the restaurant’s floor, encouraging guests to follow the food to their selected tables upon ordering. Servers will then deliver your food to you, and also continue to take care of you throughout your meal – if you need drink refills, or want to order any additional food or dessert, they’re around to help you out without needing to go back to the ordering area yourself.Overall, our food arrived pretty quickly after we ordered – a feat considering the sheer amount of items we sampled. Any cocktails or beers you order will come to you before you even leave the counter to find a table, at which point you can make your way to the self-serve drink stations and the barbecue sauce bar full of condiments for your incoming dishes. Speaking of food – what did we try? (So many things.) What did we like? (Some of these many things.) Would I return for a future meal? (Definitely.) Here are all the details:AppetizersMostly snack-y things to share at your table before the barbecue feast arrives, many of these items are suitable as entrees if you’re looking for a smaller meal to accompany a drink stop in Disney Springs.BBQ Cracklins with Spiced Vinegar ($5.00)I somehow couldn’t stop snacking on these crunchy treats – especially dipped in the sour vinegar for a little added depth. The barbecue dust on the cracklin’ exterior wasn’t overly flavorful, but the vinegar pop helped enhance the smoky sweet BBQ flavor. This is a definite must-do-again for me, even if I just drop in for a drink and a snack while shopping nearby.Smoked Chicken Wings with BBQ Ranch and Pickled Carrots ($11.00)I wasn’t a huge fan of these wings, but the pickled carrots dipped in the BBQ ranch were a sour/sweet/salty/smoky treat from the heavens. The wings themselves had a sweet and savory sauced exterior, but were a little overdone for my taste. Portion-wise, this is a sizeable snack or shareable appetizer for a family.Simple Greens Salad with Apples, Carrots, Sunflower Seeds, and White Balsamic Dressing ($9.00)One of the only vegan options on the menu (and one of few truly vegetarian options), this salad is far more than simple and far better than you’re probably imagining. The tangy, rich-and-light white balsamic helps the fresh produce really shine here, and it served as a great palate cleanser from all the richness of our other dishes. For those in search of a lighter meal option, give this salad a shot with added smoked chicken or salmon.Hop Salt Pretzel with Beer Cheese Fondue and IPA Mustard ($10.00)Probably one of the best soft pretzels I’ve encountered at Walt Disney World, this appetizer was definitely worth ordering. One note: it’s a huge portion, easily serving 4+ people, so plan accordingly with entrees if you want to conquer this whole pretzel. I didn’t find the beer cheese fondue overwhelmingly satisfying (the gelatinous texture was a little off-putting for me, but the mild flavor was just fine), in contrast to the IPA mustard that really popped and made this a successful dish. Our table also found dipping the pretzel in the sweet-but-still-vinegar-forward Carolina gold mustard off the sauce bar to be the real winner.EntreesSandwiches tend to be large in size, but do not come with any sides (which you can add for an additional $4). Entrée portions are reasonable and come with a choice of side, so for the price, these seem to be the way to go. Kid’s meal options are relatively banal, so if you have a kid craving barbecue, your best bet is to share off your own plate.Fried Chicken Sandwich with Hot Honey, Pickles, and Pimento Cheese ($12.00)Crispy fried chicken sandwiches can be tough to find, and this hit the spot in that respect (without rendering the chicken overdone). I didn’t feel like the hot honey added a whole lot to the flavor profile of the sandwich, nor did the pimento cheese (a bit disappointing, because I love pimento cheese!). Overall, this was definitely a better fried chicken sandwich than you can sample at Planet Hollywood but it’s not quite as satisfying as the fried chicken sandwich found at Homecomin’.Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich with Whole Grain Mustard, Celery, and Grapes ($11.00)A hearty portion, and though this sandwich isn’t revolutionary, it is satisfying. A light hand with the mustard dressing and sweet celery and grapes helps create depth with the large chunks of smoky chicken without overwhelming the meat. I wouldn’t run to this over any of the traditional barbeque dishes, but for those with non-BBQ eaters in tow, this is a solid option.Wild Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze ($18.00)This was probably my least favorite of the entrees, though the fish was well-cooked and the glaze was flavorful. I just didn’t feel like the two flavors married well together, but it will be a good choice if you’re looking for lighter-but-still-barbecue-ish food. For the price, this was also a great portion of high-quality fish.Half Chicken with Citrus Rub ($15.00)Smoky flavors abound here, almost overpowering any flavor the chicken had originally. I wasn’t fond of the texture of the chicken, either, but it was a great lighter option, and a perfect vehicle for trying all of the various barbecue sauces Polite Pig has on tap.Pork Shoulder with Polite Rub ($14.00)This was another option that didn’t wow me, but primarily because it was a very fatty portion, so your mileage may vary depending on that. I liked the savory-sweet flavor profile in the rub, which didn’t overpower the natural sweetness of the pork, and this meat paired best with the accompanying slaw.Brisket with Coffee Rub ($16.00)Our portion seemed like it had been bathing in the brisket jus a bit too long, as it was almost too tender to eat. I missed the traditional “bark” flavor from the brisket here, as well, so I never really got much of the coffee rub they advertise as the central flavor. I would, however, give this another shot in sandwich form (also served as a melt with the beer cheese fondue and caramelized onions).St. Louis Ribs with Layla Sweet Rub ($19.00)I’m normally not fond of ribs, but this was by far my favorite entrée of our visit. Tender without falling off the bone (perfectly cooked!), the rub on the ribs was packed with herbs and smoky sweet spices that really elevated the meat’s flavor. I will definitely be back to sample these again, especially with the addition of one of the seven barbecue sauces from the sauce bar.Side DishesHere’s where Polite Pig really shines overall. The entrees were fairly solid, but I found myself coming back to sample many of the side dishes time and time again. Order an entrée to get a side included, sample one a la carte for $6 each, or splurge on a side sampler with your choice of three for $15.Smoked Corn with Lime Butter and Breadcrumbs ($6.00)Corn on the cob is tough to navigate with plastic silverware, if I’m honest. The smokiness of the corn here is awesome, but I missed the punch of acid in the lime butter that I really craved to help overcome all the sweetness. Our corn was also a tad overdone, so it was a little more mushy in texture than tender-crisp.Charred Broccoli with Herb Buttermilk and Granola ($6.00)A take on cold broccoli salad very traditional at Southern potlucks, this was a new way to try a very divisive vegetable. The char on the broccoli was incredibly flavorful – a little added bitterness brought out the fresh and sweet flavor of the veggie, and the buttermilk ranch-style dressing kept the dish from being too dry (though I could’ve used a bit more).Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Whiskey Caramel Sauce ($6.00)The whiskey caramel on these brussels sprouts will be divisive – I found it a tad too sweet for my tastes, but those who are more afraid of the vegetable will probably love it for covering up some of the bitterness and “green” flavors. These didn’t arrive at our table super crisp, but they were well-roasted and deep in flavor without being mushy, so I’m on board with them.BBQ Cauliflower with Paprika Sour Cream ($6.00)Who knew cauliflower could taste this good, honestly? The smoke and spices of the barbecuing process really transformed this into a must-try dish, and the cool and tangy paprika sour cream on the side made this the perfect dipping snack. My only complaint is that I wanted a bit more of that sour cream – it was the perfect accompaniment, but we barely had a full dollop in our portion.Mustard-Smoked Potato Salad with Kale ($6.00)I know, you probably balked at this after seeing “kale” just like I did, but this was a contender for one of the top side dishes, for me. A light mustard dressing and bits of super-savory bacon make this potato salad decadent without being completely over-the-top. The kale brings it back down to reality by adding a little bitter and sweet to the mix, a completely satisfying bite for your palate. Bonus: this potato salad will pair well with pretty much any dish on the menu.Mac and Cheese with Aged Cheddar and Breadcrumbs ($6.00)In short, this was a disappointment. Overdone noodles and orange, flavorless cheese sauce did this dish no favors, especially when an awesome version is found just around the corner at Homecomin’. I’ll give it another shot in a future visit, just in case this was a fluke, but I really wasn’t impressed with this side given the other great options at Polite Pig.Baked Beans with Lemon, Tomato, and Bacon ($6.00)The only other forgettable side dish we sampled, the beans here weren’t all done and the sauce needed a pop of acid from the lemon I never seemed to find here. Steer towards the veggies and potato salads here- traditional sides seem to be less impressive.DessertsOnly two options on tap, but both will satisfy your sweet tooth in a pinch. Orange Blossom Honey Cake ($7.00)I’ll preface this by saying we ordered several pieces of each of the desserts, and the cake was the perfect case-study for Polite Pig’s “homemade in-house” inconsistencies between batches. One piece of our cake was delightfully fluffy, light and airy, with the sweet cream cheese icing and orange blossom honey coating on the top taking it to dreamy dessert land. Our other two pieces of cake were underdone, bordering on gummy – an unpleasant eating experience, even though the flavors were still on point. I’ll definitely order this again if I’m at Polite Pig for a meal, but I’ll be interested to see which version of the cake I get.Key Lime Pie ($7.00)I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a sucker for a good slice of key lime pie. This key lime pie is good, but not mind-blowingly great. It would benefit from an extra key lime’s worth of fresh juice – it was just slightly too sweet and not quite lime-y enough. A smaller portion than the cake, I’d skip this and head to nearby Amorette’s for their tart version instead (about the same portion size and price, but better flavor).Parting ThoughtsAs with any new restaurant, it seems like The Polite Pig has a few inconsistencies in preparation to iron out in the coming weeks. I was impressed with many dishes, disappointed in a few, with a couple I hope to try again soon. Pricewise, the entrees with a side are a good bet for a quick service-priced meal with better-than-quick-service food – a rarity in Disney Springs (and increasingly, all around Walt Disney World).Reasonably priced (for Disney) cocktails on tap ($10), a wide variety of great local beers, and an extensive bourbon list will draw many in for an occasional drink-and-snack stop, too. Overall, I will certainly make Polite Pig a regular part of my Disney dining experience – it’s a better version of barbecue than what’s available at House of Blues’ Smokehouse, better prices than D-Luxe Burger, and faster service than Cookes of Dublin, all wrapped up in a cozy (and centrally-located) package.last_img read more