Facebook Google+ Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Twitter Google+ Twitter (“Notre Dame – 28” by Garden State Hiker, CC BY 2.0) The University of Notre Dame has suspended all of the 2020 summer study abroad programs.This includes all 20 of the Notre Dame International programs. No decision has been made yet about the NDI on-capmus programs.Last week, the University suspended all spring study abroad programs, and students have since returned to the United States or their home countries. All University-sponsored international travel is prohibited through April 13.Read the official statement from Notre Dame International by clicking here. WhatsApp Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 18, 2020 0 275 Notre Dame suspends 2020 summer study abroad programs WhatsApp Previous articleOrange Cone Season arrives in Berrien County with a $10 million project on I-94Next articleSt. Joseph County Health officials report additional positive coronavirus tests Tommie Lee
Indianapolis, In. — A team of emergency responders from Indiana deployed to Florida Tuesday to help with ongoing recovery operations related to Hurricane Michael, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) announced.The seven-person All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) deployed to Bay County, Fla., today (Nov. 13) and will return on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Indiana team will manage a long-term shelter for residents in Bay County and work with non-governmental organizations, state and local agencies. Hurricane Michael first made landfall on Oct. 10.The team includes personnel from Decatur Township Fire Department, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency, Franciscan Health Munster, Fort Wayne Fire Department, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, Porter County Health Department and Terre Haute Fire Department.Indiana first responders and emergency management professionals frequently work with colleagues in other states following major disasters to share resources and expertise. Requests for mutual aid come through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a mutual aid agreement between all 50 states. Most recently, Indiana sent teams to respond to Hurricane Florence in 2018, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.Follow the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on Facebook or Twitter for updates.
There’s a busy time ahead for the Tipperary hurlers as they launch into the National League this year.The addition of a new look Munster Championship will add to the interest for both players and supporters alike.Michael Ryan’s side open up their challenge for League honours with a trip to Ennis on Sunday to face Clare. Tipp’s Paudie Maher says the games will come thick and fast.Sunday’s game throw’s in at 2 o’clock in Cusack Park – Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Sullivan Family Butchers Brooklands, Nenagh.
Facebook40Tweet0Pin0Submitted 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 Council
Because 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.