Month: August 2020

YWCA Holds Annual Clothing Drive

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the YWCA of OlympiaDid you find time for some spring cleaning? If so, the YWCA of Olympia will take your donations of gently used bagged clothing items for delivery to Value Village-Lacey in the month of June. This special once-per-year drive will begin on Monday, June 2nd and end on Monday, June 30th.  For each bag donated, Value Village-Lacey will make a donation directly to the YWCA of Olympia and their programs which empower women and girls.Clothing can be dropped off at the YWCA (220 Union Ave) in bags Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm between June 2 and June 30 ONLY.  The YWCA will take all donations to Value Village Lacey on Wednesday, July 2 and Value Village will donate back to the YWCA for every single donation you bring in!  The agency is working with Auto Mall Mini Storage for the entire month to secure and collect all of your generous donations. What are we looking for?ClothingShoesAccessories (Ties, belts, scarves, purses, socks, wallets)Bed & Bath (towels, sheets, drapes, yarn, pillows, blankets)We also welcome hygiene product donations of toothpaste for the Other BankFor more information contact (360) 352-0593 or read more

Watch: A brilliant rap constructed using only football player puns!

first_imgImage Courtesy: YouTube(Lucca Libera)Advertisement 4yu081NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5b4glcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4jd0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fdd8Would you ever consider trying this?😱qc6Can your students do this? 🌚12uo0kpRoller skating! Powered by Firework A football fan named Lucca Della Libera has constructed a rap song by creatively making use of the names of football players, clubs and several terms associated with the game, and the end product is amazing!Advertisement Image Courtesy: YouTube(Lucca Libera)The creator goes by his YouTube channel name Lucca Libera, posted the video of the song on 10th September 2019. Till now it only has 124 views but is expected to go viral due to Reddit, as posted on r/soccer by u/ldl351. Check out the catchy track below-Advertisement The song is intended to be a parody of the original hip hop track named ‘Sports‘ by American rapper Lil Dicky, where he did the same using the names of various sportspersons across different fields apart from football.“He never mentioned soccer, and it only took me 5 years to respond.” Lucca’s video description reveals the main intention behind the work.Advertisement The video, 1:48 minutes in length, shows Libera rapping alongside pictures of the players or teams he is referring to, appearing on the screen gradually.Starting with the line “It’s a Cole-Cole world” – a reference to former Chelsea winger Joe Cole, the song also cites on another Blues legend Petr Cech – “You better Cech yourself”, Liverpool legend Daniel Agger – ‘Got the moves like Agger’, and Juventus star Miralem Pjanic with the line “I don’t wanna Pjanic at the disco” and so on.The video ends with the line ‘Part 2 coming soon’, indicating Libera will be releasing a sequel.     ALSO READ:Watch: Callum Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant solo goal against Liverpool Advertisementlast_img read more

Find out what legendary Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar had to say about Rohit Sharma…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ANI/ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement 6257NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsjkxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ez8whf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cltaWould you ever consider trying this?😱3lbCan your students do this? 🌚bit4opcRoller skating! Powered by Firework The last One Day International series against Australia saw alot of varieties in the Indian squad. A returning Shikhar Dhawan opening up, while the discovery of KL Rahul as Team India’s potential primary choice for wicket keeping in the near future. But, what remains constant is Rohit Sharma, and his blistering knocks in the opening overs. The series finale saw a mouth watering century from the Mumbaiker, and the most bizarre yet honouring compliment comes straight from the one and only Shoaib Akhtar!Advertisement Image Courtesy: ANI/ESPNcricinfoWhile the Aussie hit man Steve Smith put up a swashbuckling 131-off-132 in the first innings, Kohli and his squad chased down the target of 287 with 7 wickets in hand. While the skipper himself impressed with a score of 89, it was Rohit Sharma’s ton which undoubtedly sealed the victory for the hosts at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.Following the win, Pakistan’s legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar shed praise on Sharma. The 44 year old, who is now running a YouTube channel by his name, uploaded a video shortly after India’s victory, commemorating the stormy performance from his neighbouring cricketer in Bengaluru.Advertisement Akhtar didn’t hold back on hailing Sharma in the video:“Everything becomes easy for him, it comes very naturally to him. At a place like M Chinnaswamy, where it is conducive for batting, then Rohit Sharma becomes very ruthless. Usne maar maar ke bharta nikaal dia bowlers ka (He beat the bowlers to a pulp).”Starting the chase alongside Rahul, Sharma was absolutely ruthless against the Aussie bowling squad, as the 32 year old scored eight boundaries and six over boundaries in his knock. Akhtar added that Sharma was reminding him of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar that he himself faced numerous times on the 22 yards during his career.Advertisement The former Pakistani international continued: “He went after Zampa, went after Mitchell Starc. The cut shot he hit was like the one Sachin hit me. Australia were annihilated today.”See the whole video here-Rohit Sharma is holding the no. 2 spot in ICC’s ODI batting rankings with a rating of 868, closely behind Kohli, who is leading the list with 886 ratings.Also read-Shoaib Akhtar all praise for India after B’desh T20 series win: ‘India showed who’s boss!’Rohit Sharma knocks out Sachin Tendulkar’s record in 2nd ODI against Australia Advertisementlast_img read more

In the Bird World, A Glimpse of Nature’s Abundance

first_imgBy Andrew SpearsAT THANKSGIVING WE celebrate the wonderful plenty that we enjoy in our nation. In spite of natural calamities and our own environmental missteps, we benefit from a spectacular abundance of food relative to other nations thanks to our Creator’s grace, Nature’s design, and farmers’ toil. When we witness abundance in nature, we find reassurance and hope that nature’s survival impulse is ultimately victorious.  The bird world provides magnificent glimpses of bounty that are cause for celebration…gatherings of such great numbers that they beg us to pause and revel with them in their species’ success.  New Jersey is fortunate to host a number of annual bird concentrations of such awesome numbers that they truly qualify as natural spectacles.Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge’s Brigantine unit near Atlantic City hosts brilliant hordes of Snow Geese in November, great white masses that peel from the marshes and form dense white clouds that roll and tumble against the slatey autumn sky only to softly settle again among the reeds and tidal creeks.  The beautiful explosion of sound when an Eagle or other predator spooks these geese is a symphony that both deafens and delights the lucky observer. The annual spring stopover of shorebirds along the Delaware Bay as they gorge on Horseshoe Crab eggs before the last leg of their northward journey is another such spectacle.  Red Knots, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstones, and other sandpipers blanket the narrow shorelines of Cape May and Cumberland County at places such as Reed’s Beech, Moore’s Beach, East Point, and Thompson’s Beach.  When you hit it at its peek in late May, you will be rewarded with a jaw dropping display of such density that the sand beneath the birds is barely visible.  The migrants, most in their bright breeding plumage, form a carpet of red, black and white that slides back and forth with the lapping waves, frantically collecting the exposed crab eggs each time the water retreats.This spectacle repeats itself closer to home along Sandy Hook Bay, usually around Memorial Day.  A similar concentration of migrating shorebirds, albeit in much smaller numbers, can be encountered at Union Beach’s Conaskonk Point and the pebbly coves of Atlantic Highlands.  The shorebirds’ fattening contributes to their breeding success rates.  New Jersey’s moratorium on Horseshoe Crab harvest is believed to have helped stabilize the Red Knot numbers in recent years. Other striking bird displays occur locally in late fall as sparrows, Robins, and blackbirds move through our fields and forests in impressive waves.  Also, the stage is set for numbers of waterfowl to funnel into our bays and rivers and form into large rafts to feed through early winter until ice sets in.These and other notable bird events are curious if not miraculous.  One cannot help but wonder how these birds assemble and organize into such marvelous masses.  Their breeding and wintering grounds are dispersed across hundreds of miles yet somehow as part of their annual survival cycle they benefit from flocking together.  Certainly food supply plays a pivotal role…birds gather where the eating is good. But other factors must certainly play a part.  Safety in numbers is often true in the bird world.  A bird has better odds at surviving a predator’s strike if it is melded in a sea of brethren.  Navigation challenges might also contribute to flocking behavior.  It is easier to find your way in the company of others going the same way.  Or, perhaps, it is phenomenon simply steeped in tradition, much like Thanksgiving, when birds gather in a way their species has done for generations.last_img read more

“Transition Day” – An Enduring and Endearing Tradition

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – Third grade students at Viola L. Sickles School hopped on boards and bikes on June 13 as part of the traditional “Transition Day” celebration. The day started with a music- and memory-filled parent show, organized by music teacher Vince Mottern and the 3rd grade staff. After a family gathering in McCarter Park, the students began their journey over to Knollwood, the school they will attend in the fall, cheered on by teachers, district administration, and incoming Superintendent Sean McNeil.Fourth graders at Knollwood greeted the prospective students, and then the youngsters were serenaded by the glee club, band, and orchestra members. Afterward, they heard a presentation about student life at Knollwood, and received an official welcome from Principal Amy Romano. “There are lots of terrific things happening here at Knollwood School that you will soon be a part of,” said Romano. “Together we will grow physically, academically, and socially.”last_img read more

New County Homeless Shelter Construction Begins

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – Site work has started at a 3.1-acre location on the former Fort Monmouth where footings are being poured for a 4,500-square-foot temporary homeless shelter for adult men and women to be run by Monmouth County.If construction progresses as planned, the shelter is expected to open next summer, according to County Administrator Teri O’Connor. The exact occupancy date will be based on the final municipal inspections and availability of utility services, O’Connor said.The one-story “stick built construction” structure at the corner of Courier Avenue and Murphy Drive will have a 12-bed dorm for men, a four-bed dorm for women, separate restrooms and showers for men and women, a laundry room, a clothing sorting and storage room, a counseling office and a security desk. The central resident common area has a kitchen and pantry, a 16-person dining area, a computer nook and a seating area.The construction contract, awarded in May, went to Mixalia Enterprises, LLC of Shrewsbury, in the amount of $1.895 million, which will be funded by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the agency overseeing the fort’s redevelopment.The shelter’s services are funded by the county and administered by the Affordable Housing Alliance, an organization that has worked with the county addressing the needs of homeless residents in recent years.The shelter will offer temporary housing and other services until more permanent housing and treatment services are identified. The former emergency homeless shelter, also in Oceanport, was destroyed in Super Storm Sandy. Its population was assigned to the John L. Montgomery Center in Freehold Township. That facility was purchased by a private concern two years ago.By statute and agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the county’s homeless shelter must be located in the Oceanport section of the fort. A suitable permanent site was identified last year, accepted by county, FMERA and Oceanport officials, and conveyed to the county by FMERA for $1.Two existing structures on the property have been demolished, O’Connor said, adding that engineering, roadwork and utility relocation are also part of the preliminary work. The site already includes a paved parking area. A groundbreaking ceremony was held there Aug. 9, attended by county and local officials.“We are able to hold this groundbreaking due to an all-out cooperative effort between the county and FMERA,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We are grateful to everyone who had a hand in getting us to where we are today for their vision and support.”Original plans called for the homeless shelter to be made from two pre-fabricated modular structures connected by a bridge portion. That plan fell through last year when county officials learned prefabricated trailers were in short supply, as they were sent to other parts of the country where natural disasters like hurricanes and fires had occurred. Rather than wait, plans were expanded to include traditional stick built construction.“This new shelter will provide a temporary safe haven for homeless adults and lead them onto a path to a better quality of life,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry, the county’s FMERA representative. “There are strict criteria participants must follow. It’s an interim place to be sheltered until they can transition into new circumstances.”The county houses a fluctuating number of about 18 up to 30 homeless adults who are required to work or look for work and permanent housing during daylight hours. Occupants are allowed to remain at the emergency shelter for a maximum of 30 days.“We are committed to providing a safe location for people who are down on their luck to get back on their feet and become productive members of society. That’s what everyone wants,” O’Connor said.This article was first published in the August 23-30, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

B-Sens edge Portland 3-2 in opener of AHL Atlantic Final

first_imgA goal by Zack Smith at 7:35 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and powered the Binghamton Senators to a 3-2 road victory over the Pirates in game one of the AHL Calder Cup Atlantic Division Finals Wednesday in Portland, M.E. The win was Binghamton’s first of the postseason to come in regulation. All four victories over the Manchester Monarchs in the division semifinals came in overtime.Former KIJHL defenceman for the Nelson Leafs Geoff Kinrade, 25, plays for Binghamton.The 6-foot, 207-pound Kinrade finished the game logging tons of minutes and a minus-1 on the stats sheet.Captain Ryan Keller and rookie Bobby Butler also scored for the Baby Sens, the farm team of NHL’s Ottawa franchise.The Baby Sens and Pirates return to the ice in Portland Thursday for Game 2 of the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Finals.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2016)–Idle since mid-August, California-bred My Fiona smoked from off the pace to take Thursday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 3 ½ lengths under Fernando Perez. Bred and owned in-part by Terry Lovingier, the Gary Sherlock-trained filly by Ghostzapper got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.19.Breaking from her outside post position six, she sling-shotted from next to last turning for home and took the lead inside the sixteenth pole.“She was very relaxed today, just like Gary thought she would be,” said Perez. “I wanted to get her running away from the gate, but she was going at her own pace. At the three eighths, she started picking them up and she ran great.”A well beaten 10th going a mile on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 14, My Fiona, who is also owned by Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro, was off at 7-2 in an open field of six fillies and mares three and up and paid $9.40, $4.20 and $2.60.A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, My Fiona now has six wins from 15 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $42,900, she now has earnings of $474,743. (And, her bottom line will be further augmented by a Cal-bred incentive bonus of $16,500).“This is the way she wants to run,” said Lovingier in the Winner’s Circle. “As a 2-year-old, she showed a lot of speed, but she’s much better now as a come from behind sprinter. I want to give Gary a lot of credit for the way he’s developed her. We’ll run her next time in the Betty Grable at Del Mar (seven furlongs versus Cal-breds on Nov. 13).Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Brainspin was head and head outside of Ponder Lea and Ultimate Holiday early, took the lead mid-way around the turn and was second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths clear of Ponder Lea as she stayed on her left lead through the stretch run. Off as the 2-1 favorite, she paid $3.60 and $2.40.Ponder Lea, who broke from the rail with Martin Garcia, was off at 5-2 and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.47, 44.16 and 1:10.43.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more