Dragon Boats Glide On Budd Inlet

first_imgBy Kathryn MillhornNot many sports require dotting I’s before you can begin.  Or ‘eyes’, in the case of Dragon Boat races.  Legend has it that a dragon was carved in ancient China which was so realistic the artist refused to dot its eyes, for fear it would fly away.  When he did, at the urging of the people, away it soared, as do the magically carved and painted boats in each race hosted at the annual Saint Martin’s University’s Dragon Boat Festival.This year’s festival, to be held at Port Plaza on Budd Inlet Saturday, April 27, will be no different.  32 teams will compete:  12 competitive, 8 intermediate, and 12 community teams (with little or no experience).  Each team contains up to 20 rowers, with a drummer and steerperson, using boats provided by the Washington Dragon Boat Association.  Teams come from Seattle and Portland, as well as around Puget Sound and Olympia, and are comprised of high school teams, cancer survivors, retirees, businesses, a school district, and Tumwater city employees.  No formal training is required but community teams are required to attend 1-2 practices sessions (1 ½ hour each) while intermediate and competitive teams practice independently.  Participants in this free festival receive t-shirts and medals as well as a day filled with spectators, booths, and community.Josephine Yung, Saint Martin’s Vice President of the Office of International Programs and Development, facilitated the first such festival in 2005.  She has become a fan of the sport, acknowledging that “The more I learned about dragon boat racing, the more fascinated I was of the sport that traces back to two thousand years ago in China.  The event promotes cultural diversity, team-spirit and community togetherness.  I felt offering a fun, free, family-oriented cultural festival was a good way for Saint Martin’s University to give back to the community – a community that we have been a part of since 1895.”Anyone interested in dragon boating can try out practices for free courtesy of the Washington Dragon Boat Association.  In Olympia, volunteers meet at the Swantown Marina (1102 Marine Drive NE, Dock A) on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons.  Questions can be directed to Shiela Marsh at 253-302-0316.  Life jackets and paddles are provided, dress to get splashed and bring a love of the water!But beware, paddling in the great Northwest has its crazy moments.  According to one practice log for the Sea Otters Dragon Boat Team:  “great practice today…. sun, when we left the dock, wind when we were out in the open, drenching rain as we were coasting into the dock and piercing hail as we were tying up… all on a Sunday afternoon!!…but it feels so good to be on the water!”Photos courtesy of Steven Herppich Photography Facebook101Tweet0Pin7last_img read more

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Build Off Attracts Over 200 Children and their Caregivers to Build…

first_imgFacebook40Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Child Care Action CouncilFamilies throughout Thurston and Mason County came to beat the heat and the smoky air at the 2018 Build Off event held at Lacey Community Center on August 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Children made up most of the 200 people in attendance and filled their time with fun educational activities, without even knowing they were learning.Photo courtesy: Child Care Action CouncilThe Build Off Challenge was one of the most popular stations at the event; where children and their families or friends had 12 minutes to build the tallest structure out of 500 wooden Keva planks with a chance to win the grand prize of a night stay at Great Wolf Lodge. The Build Off Challenge came down to the last build flight, where two teams ended up at a tie with their structures reaching nine-feet tall!While children were not building, they enjoyed a wide range of early learning activities; fun games, arts & crafts, reading fun, and safety activities. Each activity was specially designed for kids and their families to challenge imaginations and also provide learning opportunities based on three main categories: Health & Safety, Reading, and Arts & Crafts.“They were so absorbed in what they were doing,” said Max Crabapple, parent attending the event. This was a similar response heard over and over again from parents attending with their children.Kids flocked to the Molina Healthcare Smoothie Bike station, where children peddled furiously for a couple minutes to run the blender attached to the stationary bike. The result was a delicious, healthy smoothie and many faces sporting smoothie mustaches.Photo courtesy: Child Care Action CouncilThere were multiple safety stations throughout the event. Kids learned safety skills at the Washington Boating Program and loved the challenge of throwing a rescue throw bag for water rescues. South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity had an interactive construction safety table, while also having children decorate colorful plastic hard hats. Kids competed in the giant Sidewalk Safety Chutes and Ladders game by Safe Kids Thurston County while learning basics of pedestrian safety. They also had a chance to pick up the book, “Clifford Takes a Walk” and have it signed by Sprocket Hero. Meeting the firefighters from Lacey Fire District 3 as well as climbing inside the fire truck was also a highlight; as well as meeting Marshall the Courthouse dog.Reading activities took up another huge portion of the event. Child Care Action Council’s Raising a Reader program featured the book “When I build with blocks” by Niki Alling and paired the book with a vertical sensory block building experience. Younger children not only worked on gross motor skills by placing blocks on the sensory wall but also worked on learning shapes and colors. Timberland Regional Library featured the book “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood and children made story sticks that told a visual story of the book. A huge selection of books were also distributed by South Sound Reading Foundation.Photo courtesy: Child Care Action CouncilMultiple Arts and Crafts stations rounded out the rest of the activity stations. Child Care Action Council’s Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program hosted a Sun Catcher making station where kids made stain glass-like artwork out of tissue paper cut out of different shapes. The Hands On Children’s Museum provided a make and race Rumble Bots MakeSpace station where kids made googly-eyed bots out of cups with plastic straw legs. The bots then  teetered down the moveable ramp that the children hand cranked. The Washington State University Master Gardeners program attracted kids to sort seeds, learn the plant lifecycle, and best times to plant.This free community event was made possible by the event sponsors Molina Healthcare, WSECU, McSwain & Company, Port Blakely, Van Dorm Realty, Thurston Talk, Great Wolf Lodge, Meconi’s, Earth Friendly Products, and Harbor Wholesale.The Build Off event and the Child Care Action Council’s many programs all help to accomplish the goals in their mission statement, which is to promote and nurture early learning communities where families and children thrive.Photo courtesy: Child Care Action Councillast_img read more

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The Wall’s Vigilance: Rahul Dravid pays a visit to the Indian camp ahead of…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Indian ExpressAdvertisement 4tss2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3ah5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1hs783( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ujdWould you ever consider trying this?😱8Can your students do this? 🌚kptRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former India batsman Rahul Dravid dropped by the Indian set-up before their clash against the Proteas in Bengaluru. The National Cricket Academy (NCA) head was in attendance during the optional training session at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Indian ExpressHead coach Ravi Shastri oversaw the proceedings after the players made their way down south from Mohali. Dravid proceeded to meet Shastri as well which prompted the BCCI twitter handle to come up with a tweet. Check out the tweet below:Advertisement The Wall was relieved of his duties as India A and U-19 coach and was appointed as the head of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru recently.Team India made easy work of the visitors in Mohali and are on the lookout to seal the series by winning the final clash. Virat Kohli is expected to be on the spotlight yet again with the match taking place at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the home of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, a franchise that the skipper has played for throughout his IPL career.Meanwhile, the Proteas are struggling through their transition phase with experienced players such as Faf Du Plessis, AB de Villiers, and Dale Steyn being off the radar.    Read Also:Watch: 43-year-old Darren Stevens defies age with a match winning performance for KentThen there were two: Sourav Ganguly narrows down India’s No.4 candidates to 2 prospects Advertisementlast_img read more

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RB Police Seek Suspect In Sexual Assault

first_imgRED BANK – Borough police are searching for Braulio Zeteno-Tiro, a 29-year-old borough resident who is wanted in connection with a sexual assault on an adult female that took place in the early morning hours of Dec. 3rdat a residence on West Westside Ave.According to police, Zenteno-Tiro knew the victim of the assault.The suspect is described as a Latino male, 200-220 pounds, with a stocky build, an olive complexion and short black hair.Police are asking anyone with information regarding Zenteno-Tiro’s whereabouts to contact Det. Juan Sardo at (732) 530-2700. Information may also be called in anonymously to the department’s tip line at (732) 450-9704.last_img read more

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For Family Promise of Monmouth County, Home is Where the Heart…

first_imgDespite her job at the Goddard School in West Long Branch, Hooten lacked the financial resources to afford an apartment for herself and her children. For the board members, staff members, legislators, volunteers and donors who worked to make it happen, this was a moment to celebrate: A day to cut the ribbon on a reality that began as a dream – the dream of having a stable home for the agency whose mission is to help homeless families find stable homes of their own. OCEANPORT – The red brick building at 501 Malterer Ave. was as crowded as a holiday party last Friday as supporters of Family Promise of Monmouth County gathered to celebrate the official opening of the agency’s day center for homeless families on a site formerly part of Fort Monmouth. FPMC, an affiliate of thenational Family Promiseorganization, paid FMERA$1 for a 99-year lease on the2,800-square-foot buildingand 2-acre site. The nonprofit investedapproximately $125,000 torenovate and improve thebuilding for its new mission. Anthony and Tatiana Rivera were among that number in 2018, when their mother, Suheil Hooten, found herselfwithout a home following theend of her marriage. The nonprofit is one of three social service agencies supporting the homeless that was granted the right to occupy a building at the former Fort Monmouth by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). The day center includesa comfortable living room,a fully stocked playroom,locker space where familiescan store their belongings,two showers, a kitchen, alaundry room and officespace for the agency’s threefull-time employees. Behind success stories like Hooten’s is a corps of volunteers from area religious congregations who work together to provide shelter, food and a constellation of services that support FPMC families as they tackle the obstacles that stand between them and stability. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Monmouth County is the fifth wealthiest of New Jersey’s 21 counties, with an annual median family income of over $100,000. Nevertheless, some 200 children in this county become homeless every year. Those employees are supported by an estimated 1,200 volunteers from area Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faith communities who do everything from making sandwiches to wielding sledgehammers. By Eileen Moon “It was very hard as a single mom with two kids to have to give up and say, ‘What am I going to do?’ ” she said. Fortunately, she found Family Promise. “They put a roof over my head. Me and my children had a safe haven. They provided all our meals. That gave me an opportunity to save every penny that I had. It was just amazing. They really provided time for me to do what I needed to do.” Today, Hooten and her two children have a three-bedroom apartment in Freehold that she was able to afford with the help of FPMC’s savings match program that doubled the money she set aside from her paycheck to cover the cost of a security deposit. “We’ve been working ongetting into this buildingsince 2008,” said FPMCboard vice president MikeMeriton. “The great ironyof this is that our missionis to help families in needget a permanent home andwe didn’t have a permanenthome ourselves.” “We are a small team but we are a dedicated army,” said FPMC executive director Christine Love. “Everything that you see in this building, we did with blood, sweat and tears.” “I was homeless as a child, but I was also homeless as an adult,” Love told the gathering Friday. Despite those struggles, she eventually graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in social work, followed by a master’s in business administration. “It doesn’t matter where you stop,” she said. “It matters that you keep going.”last_img read more

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Count Receives $31M For Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Replacement

first_imgBecause of its low clearance, Arnone said the NJ TRANSIT bridge “routinely gets hit by trucks traveling along County Route 52” and is in “substandard condition.” After working out details and talking to nearby community members through the earlier phases of the project, the county finds itself in the final design phase of the project. The plan is to be ready for construction by the end of the year, said Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, who called the funding “much-needed” and “necessary” in a press release. “We are very excited about the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge replacement project,” said Rumson Mayor Joseph Hemphill. “Over many years, we have completed numerous projects with the county and have built a tremendous relationship with them. They always produced extremely quality products, and we look forward to the construction of a beautiful bridge. Its time has finally come.” Approved May 11 by the North Jersey TransportationPlanning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees, the countyalso received $800,000 for an additional project in Holmdelto study Laurel Avenue. Dozens of vehicles have crashedinto the NJ TRANSIT rail line bridge over the road in thepast decade. The transition from the existing bridge to the new one will be done in the off-season to not interrupt the heavy summer traffic when anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles pass over the bridge each day. The new bridge will have one lane of traffic in each direction and will include wider sidewalks and shoulders. RUMSON-SEA BRIGHT BRIDGE Rumson and Sea Bright borough officials provided resolutions of support for the idea, as did the county freeholders. They also proposed some improvements to the Rumson Road and Ocean Avenue intersection near the bridge to “better accommodate” pedestrians and bicyclists, according to the county. FILE PHOTO The Rumson-Sea Bright bridge will soon be replaced with a new, moveable bridge, with federal funding approved May 11. LAUREL AVENUE RUMSON – Monmouth County was recently awarded $31 million in federal funding for the long-sought replacement of the Rumson-Sea Bright bridge spanning the Shrewsbury River. Plans for the bridge’s replacement arose after a 2013 study. Officials established multiple “practical conceptual alternatives” to the existing span. With help from the NJT-PA, state department of transportation, Federal Highway Administration, community members, local officials and permitting agencies, they developed a preliminary preferred alternative to replace the bridge with a new structure south of where it stands today, according to the county. With the additional $31 million in funding granted for the bridge’s replacement, the county has now received a total of $104 million over the years for the project. The existing bridge was originally built in 1950. It carries Rumson Road across the river to Sea Bright and serves as one of two evacuation and emergency routes during tidal flooding and coastal storms. But now, according to the county, it is aging and at the end of its service life. The article originally appeared in the May 21 – 27, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. According to the county, Laurel Avenue, or County Route 52, is a major connection road between the Garden State Parkway and Route 35, serving residents of Holmdel and Middletown townships. There is “significant commercial activity” along the avenue, the county said. By Allison Perrine The problem area, however, is a point at the intersection of South Laurel Avenue and the NJ TRANSIT North Jersey Coast Line between Commons Way and Continental Boulevard, according to the county. There are also vertical clearance problems with the bridge, which is 12 feet, 5 inches above Laurel Avenue. The goal of the study is to identify and assess alternatives for the existing condition. “The purpose of this study is to develop and assess various alternatives for this grade separated railroad crossing and we will be working closely with NJ Transit and NJDOT for potential improvements,” said Arnone. last_img read more

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Sookro breaks out of scoring slump to lead Hawks to 6-3 win

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks exploded for four first-period goals to double the Nelson Leafs 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Monday night in Fruitvale.The Hawks now lead the best-of-seven Murdoch Division semi final 3-2 with game six set for Tuesday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson. Game time is 7 p.m. After being called out by head coach Terry Jones, the top line of Ryon Sookro, Chris Derochie and Colton Donselaar came to play as the trio combined for 10 points.“Our top line is a minus-four in the series which is not good enough,” said Jones following game four’s 9-1 collapse in Nelson. Sookro, who has been invisible for most of the series, especially the two games in Nelson, led the charge with three goals, including two in the four-goal first period.The pair by Sookro, combined with single from Arie Postmus and Daniel Bishop, allowed the Hawks to grab a 4-1 lead.Colton Malmsten and Gavin Currie with a shorthanded tally, his second in two games, gave Nelson some life as the Leafs cut the margin to 4-3.But Sookro, who played his entire minor hockey in Nelson, scored on the power play and Donselaar added a single late in the frame to restore the three-goal advantage for the Hawks.Nelson tried to get back into the game with a strong third period, out shooting Beaver Valley 15-8. But Michael Vlanich, pulled during game four, rebounded to shutout the Leafs.“Mike’s been our rock all year long,” said Jones. “He’s been the reason why we finished where we did (in the standings).” Marcus Dahl scored the other goal for Nelson.The third-period surge allowed Nelson to out shoot the Hawks 36-33.BLUELINES: The Hawks rebounded on the power play scoring three times. . . .Beaver Valley center Dallas Calvin, who at one time was tied for the playoff lead in scoring, had a point and now sits tied for sixth in the post-season race. . . .Connor Enright tried to shift the momentum back to the Leafs with a third-period tilt against Jean-William Caron. . . .Joel Stewart was once again not in the lineup for Nelson as Leaf coach Chris Shaw went with most of the same line up that won game four. . . .Patrick Martens led Nelson in scoring with two assists. . . .Colton Donselaar and Ryon Sookro each had four points to lead the Nitehawks. . . .The series winner meets the Castlegar Rebels who knocked off Spokane Braves in the other Murdoch semi final 4-1. The series is tentatively to start, according to the KIJHL website, Thursday in the Sunflower City.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Riders denied Cyclone Taylor title after losing 5-3 to Peninsula

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second time in less than a month the Fernie Ghostriders have been denied a hockey title.Kyle Peterson scored twice to rally the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League champion Peninsula Panthers to a 5-3 victory over the host Ghostriders in the final of the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday at the Memorial Arena in the East Kootenay City.The Panthers now represent B.C. at the 2011 Keystone Cup, April 14-17 in Sherwood Park, Alta.Peterson’s two goals came in the second period, allowing the Panthers to erase a 3-2 deficit after Cale Wright scored for the Ghostriders seconds into the middle frame.Joe Densmore scored the only goal of the third period into an empty net to secure the win for Peninsula after Fernie staged a late-game rally, out shooting the Panthers 14-6. Fernie out shot the Panthers in the game 37-30.Scott Morrisseau and Connor McLaughlin scored first period goals for Fernie. Marshall Brome and Zach Mazo replied for Peninsula as the teams played to a 2-2 tie.Fernie, which lost in the semi final round of the KIJHL playoffs to the Castlegar Rebels, entered the final as the top seeded team following round robin play with a 2-0-1 record.Peninsula was second with a 1-0-2 mark.In the bronze medal contest, KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes rode the 24-save performance of Kyle Laslo to shutout Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes 3-0.Josh Gray scored twice for the Desert Dogs while team captain Thierry Martine added a single.After a scoreless first period Gray scored twice to give Osoyoos a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Kinrade ready for first Calder Cup Final

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsGeoff Kinrade and his Binghamton teammates have had a little more than a week to enjoy a sweep of the Charlotte Checkers and the Richard F. Canning Trophy as the Eastern Conference Champs.The team sitting at the opposing bench of the American Hockey League Championship series, Houston Aeros, have had only hours to savour their title after almost blowing a three-game lead before ousting the Hamilton Bulldogs in seven games.Which is always a concern heading into an important seven-game set.“I’m not sure how we will respond to this situation . . . there are pros and cons to (having all that time off),” the 6-foot, 207-pound Kinrade told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the Calder Cup Final, beginning tonight in Houston.“We’ve had more time to rest and repair, but also more time to lose focus. I think we’ve done a good job at keeping busy and we are all anxious to play. I now I feel we are ready.”Kinrade, 25, is in his second season with the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate. The first season didn’t go so well as the B-Sens failed to make the post season.This year, everything has come up roses for Kinrade & Company. Binghamton fought and kicked its way through the first three rounds of the playoffs to get to the American Hockey League showdown.After surviving a seven-game thriller against Manchester Monarchs — which the B-Sens won all four games in overtime, only the second team in AHL history to achieve this mark — Binghamton won eight of the next ten games to reach the final.“We are a very strong team,” said Kinrade, who told The Nelson Daily before the playoffs started this B-Sens team has the players to go all the way.“If we keep playing like we have been, we’ll have a very good chance at winning.”While Binghamton, 42-30-3-5, needed a late-season run to nail down sixth spot in the Eastern Conference while Houston, 46-28-1-5 was cruising along to finish second in the Western Conference.The Aeros continued its strong play in the playoffs, sweeping past Peoria Rivermen 4-0 before getting a pair of fights against Milwaukee Admirals and Hamilton — winning both series in seven games.“We don’t know much about Houston as (due to a quirk in the schedule) Binghamton hasn’t played them in the two years I’ve been here,” Kinrade explained. “All we know is that we should expect our toughest challenge yet.”“We have been anxious all week to start the series . . . no one on the team cared who we would be playing,” Kinrade adds. “We knew both (Hamilton and Houston) are good. We are just happy to be playing finally.”Once again, Binghamton starts a series on the road, with game one Friday in Houston.Game two goes Saturday, also in the Lone Star State before the AHL Final shifts back to Binghamton for games three and four Wednesday and Friday, June 3.“(Starting on the road) hasn’t been a problem for us yet, so it’s definitely not a bad thing,” Kinrade confessed.If necessary, game five is played in Binghamton Saturday, June 4. The series closes out Tuesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 9 in Houston.While Kinrade’s main focus is the AHL Championship, he’s also keeping a close eye on the happening on the west coast and the Vancouver Canucks.Growing up a fan of Kirk McLean, Greg Adams and Trevor Linden, Kinrade hopes this is the year the Canucks can finally raise Lord Stanley’s Mug above their shoulders.However, even winning the Cup may not erase the disappointment experienced 17 years ago.“I know there are a lot of happy people back home, but I know win or lose this year, it won’t come close to the ’94 playoff run,” Kinrade explained. “That still goes down, in my books, as the most exciting playoffs I have ever seen. I don’t think I ever recovered from that playoff.“(Fact is) I’ve found it hard to enjoy watching hockey since then.”Maybe creating a little playoff magic by Kinrade will erase those Canuck nightmares of 1994.It all starts Friday in Houston for the well-rested B-Sens. Geoff Kinrade Pro Career Notes:Kinrade was signed to new AHL ATO by Norfolk on 04/10/09. He made his NHL debut on 04/09/09 vs. Washington.Kinrade signed by Tampa Bay (NHL) to an Amateur Tryout Contract on 04/09/09 and released the same day. He was released from AHL ATO by Norfolk on 04/09/09.Kinrade recorded his first pro/AHL/Admirals multiple point game with two assists on 04/03/09 vs. Philadelphia and scored his first pro goal – the game-winner – on his first pro shot in his first pro game for #2 star on 03/20/09 vs. Binghamton (Jeff Glass).He signed to an Amateur Tryout Contract with Norfolk (AHL) on 03/20/09.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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