Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Master BuildersJohn McKinlay of Olympia Overhead Doors was installed as the 41st President of Olympia Master Builders at the association’s Christmas Party last weekend. Newly elected Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman performed the honors as McKinlay’s Installing Officer. In his acceptance speech, McKinlay said he is honored to be leading the association in 2013 and looks forward to accomplishing great things for the home building industry next year.In addition to McKinlay, the following elected officers were installed to begin their service for 2013. They include: Scott Nolan of MDK Construction, Inc., First Vice President; Ross Irwin of Cabinets by Trivonna, Associate Vice President; Tina Allen of Great Floors, Second Associate Vice President; Ron Deering of Deering & Nelson, Inc. Treasurer; and Rich James of Olympia Fireplace & Supply, Secretary.The following 2012 awards were presented to members of Olympia Master Builders for outstanding performance during the year. 2012 President’s AwardJohn McKinlay – Olympia Overhead DoorsBuilder of the YearJohn McKinlay – Olympia Overhead DoorsAssociate of the YearHeather Burgess – Phillips Wesch BurgessRemodeler of the YearMike Auderer – Olympia Construction, Inc.Top Recruiter of the YearScott Nolan – MDK Construction, Inc.Golden Hammer AwardRon Deering – Deering & Nelson, Inc.Norman Paulsen AwardTim Dickey – Dickey’s Remodel & Repair and Accessible Living ConceptsStatesman of the YearLenny Greenstein – Lacey City CouncilOlympia Master Builders is a professional trade association representing nearly 600 member companies in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason Counties. The primary goal of OMB is to provide affordable housing for all segments of society. This is achieved by improving the construction industry and the business climate in which it operates. OMB members are committed to building strong communities, one home at a time.
Facebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Zonta Club of South Puget SoundOn December 9, 2017 the Zonta Club of South Puget Sound (ZSPZ) sponsored a holiday coat giveaway to benefit individuals and families served by several non-profit organizations. The event was held at the SafePlace Community Service Center.Zonta South Puget Sound members ready to help families find warm coats. Pictured (left to right): Tim Reynolds, Billie Wayt, Bev Masini, Carolyn Woodling and Phyllis Anderson. Photo credit: Tim ReynoldsAccording to Carolyn Woodling, ZSPS project chair, “Coats, jackets, and accessories allow ZSPS and local organizations to meet pressing needs in our own community, including providing warm garments to families whose budgets don’t include new winter wear. We send a big thank to everyone who contributed to this important work. You are truly making a difference to families who are affected by gender-based violence and who are rebuilding their lives.”This event bookends Zonta of South Puget Sound’s involvement with the UN’s 16 Days of Activism focusing gender-based violence. It began on Nov 25 with an event in the Capitol Rotunda and concluded on Dec 10, Human Rights Day. Women’s Rights ARE Human Rights.“We’re so grateful to the Zonta Club of South Puget Sound for putting all of this together,” said Sarah Lloyd, Executive Director of SafePlace. “We also want to extend our thanks to the Lucky Eagle Casino for bringing coffee and snacks for people to enjoy when they arrived. It was a fun and festive day bringing people together to support our community.”Sarah continued, “We always have a need for warm winter coats and jackets at our emergency shelter. People often arrive with almost nothing and this was a wonderful opportunity for adults and children to get what they need to stay warm and dry.”About SafePlace: SafePlace has been serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 1981. Programs include 24-hour help line, emergency shelter, support groups, sexual assault medical exam advocacy, legal advocacy and in-person advocacy, all of which can be provided in the survivor’s native language. Contact us at 360-786-8754 or on the web at www.SafePlaceOlympia.org. To speak to an advocate anytime day or night, call 360-754-6300.
Advertisement 48fNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbyoWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exz4zs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) alWould you ever consider trying this?😱95iv9yCan your students do this? 🌚p9nmRoller skating! Powered by Firework aLiga returns this weekend with city derbies in both Barcelona and Madrid, with teams up and down the division eager to get started again after the winter break.Advertisement Leaders FC Barcelona are two points ahead of second placed Real Madrid going into the final round of games before LaLiga Santander 2019/20 reaches its midway point and crowns its [unofficial] winter champions.Advertisement Upcoming evening sees Ernesto Valverde’s side visit city neighbors RCD Espanyol –whose new coach Abelardo will be making his debut after Pablo Machin was sacked-, as the new year begins with another ‘derbi barcelonés’. Recent history is with the blaugrana, whose last defeat in this fixture came in 2007, when Valverde was Espanyol boss. Barça captain Lionel Messi usually enjoys meeting the neighbors, having 22 goals in his 25 LaLiga city derbies – including three long-range free kicks last season.Advertisement Real Madrid travel to the Spanish capital’s southern suburbs earlier to face neighbors Getafe CF. Los Blancos finished 2019 having dropped just behind Barça after three straight draws, while Getafe sat sixth through the winter break having won six of their last seven LaLiga games. This game finished 0-0 last season and recent form suggests another tight affair.2020’s first LaLiga game takes place as Real Valladolid welcome CD Leganes – the hosts spent the break just above the drop zone having drawn three of their last four LaLiga games, while Javier Aguirre’s Lega climbed off the bottom with seven points from the last nine available.Later on is one of LaLiga’s historic fixtures as Sevilla FC host Athletic Club – both these teams had excellent ends to last year and are chasing European qualification spots. The Andalusians have the upper hand in this fixture recently with wins in each of the last four seasons, while the Basques have won just one of their nine away games so far in 2019/20.The fixtures start at Mestalla where Valencia CF welcome SD Eibar, with Los Che still unbeaten in front of their own fans so far this term as they hunt a top four spot, while Los Armeros enjoyed their break due to a badly needed three points against Granada just before heading off.Later that afternoon, Atletico de Madrid are at home to Levante UD in a clash of two teams who went on holidays having won both their two final LaLiga games of 2019, with frontmen Alvaro Morata and Roger Marti having hit goalscoring form. Upcoming schedule begins in Granada CF where RCD Mallorca are the visitors – promoted together last summer from LaLiga SmartBank both teams will have happily spent the holidays outside the relegation places but will know things do not get any easier from here.Real Sociedad against Villarreal CF brings together two of LaLiga’s most entertaining teams over the last 12 months – both teams also finished 2019 with two wins and a draw in their final three games, so will be looking forward to continuing that form into the new year.By contrast D. Alaves and Real Betis had two weeks to think over defeats in their final games of the calendar year – meaning both will be eager to start afresh when they meet at Mendizorrotza, where Betis have won three times in their last six visits.The final game is RC Celta at home to CA Osasuna at Abanca Balaidos. Celta spent the winter break in 18th spot and in need of a boost, while Osasuna will have enjoyed the break in 12th position having impressed on their return to LaLiga Santander this season. Advertisement
Image Courtesy: AFP/India TodayAdvertisement eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrpprWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo81( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bs8tWould you ever consider trying this?😱3y3aCan your students do this? 🌚27Roller skating! Powered by Firework Over the years, Team India cricketing stalwart Virat Kohli hasn’t just transformed himself into one of the most formidable batsmen of all time, but has also been one of the most successful captains of the team. Loved by his fans and respected by the global cricketing fandom, Kohli is even a revered figure for India’s arch rivals, the Australian cricket team. In fact, once upon a time the Aussie players were ‘scared’ to sledge at the Indian captain, and as Michael Clarke reveals, the reason was Indian Premier League!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/India TodaySince its inauguration in 2008, the IPL has become the world’s most popular cricket tournament, and the highly successful cash-rich league is a bulls eye for all international cricketers.Even in case of Australia, who despite having their own KFC Big Bash League, the players would eye the IPL season each year for the big prize pool, and in former Aussie captain Michael Clarke’s words, would ‘suck up’ against swearing at Kohli or their IPL franchise teammates in any international match.Advertisement In the sports talk show ‘Big Sports Breakfast’, Clarke spoke on the powerful impact the success of IPL has been on world cricket.“Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the IPL,” the former batsman said in the show.Advertisement Clarke continued by saying that the impact for India worked in their favour: “I feel that Australian cricket, and probably every other team over a little period, went the opposite and actually sucked up to India.”The ‘suck up’ of Aussie players to try and protect their IPL contracts worked in favour of Kohli, who captains Royal Challengers Bangalore.“They were too scared to sledge Kohli or the other Indian players because they had to play with them in April. The players were like: ‘I’m not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me for Bangalore, so I can make my USD 1 million for my six weeks’,” the 39 year old comically added.Clarke’s experience in the IPL has only been limited for the 2012 season, when he debuted for Pune Warriors India, a franchise that now has been dissolved.Also read-India’s T20 WC 2007 winner wants to play in one more World Cup! Advertisement
The committee will review candidate applications in the coming months. Finalist candidates will be interviewed on campus in January 2013 and the Board of Trustees expects to choose a new president by the end of the February 2013. Theodore Marchese of AGB Search in Washington, D.C. has been chosen as the search firm assisting the University in identifying its next president. The firm will provide consulting services to the University’s Board of Trustees in order to attract a suitable applicant pool and provide overall guidance to the search process. Nominations for presidential candidates can be sent to the search firm at email@example.com. The committee is comprised of nine trustees (five who are alumni), two faculty members, one academic department chair, two students (an undergraduate and a graduate) and two administrators. The members of the search committee include: Marcia Sue Clever, M.D.; Alfred Ferguson, Esq.; John Greco, Jr. ’74; Henry Mercer, III ’87; Charles Parton; Jeana Piscatelli ’01 ’02; Michael Plodwick ’82; Alfred Schiavetti, Jr.; Michelle Spicer Toto ’94; Nancy Mezey, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology/director of Institute for Global Understanding; Robert Scott, associate professor, Department of Economics, Finance and Real Estate, Jiacun Wang, associate professor/chair, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering; Christine Benol, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management/director of Enrollment Research & Technical Support; Michael Maiden, director of University Advancement Publications; Samantha Hopkins, undergraduate student; and Mychal Mills, graduate student. WEST LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University today announced that it has begun its national search for a new president to succeed Paul G. Gaffney II who will be retiring on June 30, 2013 after a decade of dedicated leadership. Monmouth University Chair of the Board of Trustees Robert B. Sculthorpe ’63 assembled a 16-member search committee to oversee the selection process. The members were selected from a cross section of the University in order to gain input from as many different areas as possible.
Joan Ellis’ address on the Internet, which contains her review library, is JoanEllis.com. Rated PG-13 By Joan EllisDon’t go lightly to this very good movie. The Impossible tackles the job of conveying the terror of the 2004 tsunami that killed a quarter of a million people along a coastline of 3,000 miles.In an acting and special effects challenge littered with pitfalls, the filmmakers win at every turn. Director Juan Antonio Bayona’s extraordinary cast scares us witless with wise, gentle performances. They all understood that in the shadow of the tsunami, even a whiff of melodrama or overstatement could ruin their movie.The ordeal of a single family becomes an abstract for the whole catastrophe. Because the characters are drawn so quietly in the face of tragedy, the story absorbs us with the tug of universal emotions: maternal compulsion, the instinct to help, paternal protection, primal fear. The special effects team has sent a wall of water of unfathomable power straight to the audience. When your inner voice tells you that no one could have survived, remind yourself that an actual family of five did just that.Tom Holland and Naomi Watts in The Impossible.Director Bayona introduces us to the Bennetts as they land in Thailand for a Christmas vacation at a luxury resort. On the day after their Christmas celebration, Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts) play happily in the pool with sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin), and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast.) Though we know it’s coming, the roar that starts as a whisper is even more frightening than we might have imagined.Maria, badly wounded, and son Lucas reunite in the treacherous water and from that point forward become partners in emotional and physical suffering so delicately rendered that only the most cynical could remain unmoved. Young Tom Holland manages to show us the love and respect he feels for his family through the smallest details and expressions. He carries the movie with the intelligence and understanding of a person who, at 13, is already a deeply fine human being.Naomi Watts is superb. From the fierce maternal drive that lets her plunge after her son as the water carries him away, to the sustained bravery and continued nurturing she offers from her hospital bed, she never once overplays. From there she teaches Lucas to help others in the hospital including a lone small toddler. Once again Tom Holland invests Lucas with a blend of bravery and fear that left me wondering at movie’s end how he could possibly have understood so much at his age. Watts and Holland make this movie soar.As the younger brothers, Joslin and Pendergast will stun you with their sweet, innocent acceptance. Ewan McGregor is fine in the smaller role of a father searching for his family. He has a goal, and he perseveres.The Impossible is a triumph for the actors who grasped the tone their director intended. Because they managed that, the story reaches past the filmmaker/ audience equation of show/ react and embeds itself in our collective imagination where it tugs mightily at our own fears.
In Middletown, the historic district was highlighted, which has Colonial American history and buildings dating back to the 1600s.Middletown Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore, along with Committeeman Stephen Massell, hosted the elected officials and NJ Transit Board members at Middletown Reformed Church, located right in the heart of Middletown Village.“It goes back to the Revolutionary War, there are buildings that go back hundreds of years, there’s history that would just be disrupted,” Fiore said by phone on Monday. “These poles through that district would just be a tattoo on history that you’re not going to get back.”Fiore said NJ Transit should consider Middletown’s point of view on the project.“We have thousands of commuters on a daily basis use New Jersey Transit, from a rail and a bus perspective,” said Fiore.The last stop on Monday afternoon was back at Sen. Kyrillos’ office, which sits on the Middletown side of Coopers Bridge, overlooking the Navesink River.The highest MCRP monopoles would stand along those riverbanks, ranging anywhere from 190 to 210 feet tall.The red balloon floats above the Cooper Bridge linking Middletown and Red Bank.As part of a visual display to show how intrusive these monopoles would be, members of Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) – a grass-roots group in opposition to the utility project – spearheaded a plan to fly a bright red weather balloon above the Senator’s building.At about 10:30 a.m., RAGE vice president Terri Vilardi was out hooking the balloon up, hoping to achieve some shock value.“The people who did see it and have seen it online are horrified because they really saw the reality,” she said by phone on Monday evening.Vilardi was also one of the four RAGE members who followed along on the site visit. With her were Rachael Kanapka, RAGE president; Kin Gee, Holmdel town coordinator; and Tara Corcoran-Clark, a Hazlet resident.“We really didn’t try to sell them anything, we really just were there and if they had a question, we answered it,” Vilardi said.The decision in front of NJ Transit is paramount to where the fight against the MCRP goes next: if the public transportation entity denies an easement to JCP&L for usage of their land, the project will be stopped right in its tracks; if NJ Transit stays quiet or allows the easement, then the next leg of the battle must be waged in court.“I do think they’re (NJ Transit) a major voice and a major player in this proposal,” Fiore said. “Clearly JCP&L is putting together a proposal that is dependent on a New Jersey Transit right-of-way.”All hands were on deck Monday, from concerned residents to elected officials serving these municipalities and districts. It is a show of solidarity that Sen. Kyrillos felt was effective and ultimately proud of. By Jay CookOver the past six months, local elected officials and residents have steadily fought to halt a controversial utility project planned to cut through Monmouth County. This week, they got valuable face-time with some key decision makers who came to see the proposed corridor for themselves.On Nov. 28, in a visit arranged by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-NJ), NJ Transit vice chairman Bruce Meisel, board members Flora Castillo and James Finkle Jr., and several aides made stops at loca- tions on the map of the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), a proposal by Jersey Central Power and Light Company.The MCRP is envisioned to run along the railroad’s right-of-way, which cuts through five towns. In some cases, the proposed power lines would be installed uncomfortably close to residential homes and schools, say local officials. The goal was to show NJ Transit officials firsthand how the proposal could permanently alter life in Monmouth County towns, to help influence a decision to deny JCP&L access to the right-of-way.“It’s very unusual that we would have the New Jersey Transit leadership here,” said Kyrillos on Monday, following the site visit. “I think they understand the density of population, the proximity to schools, community centers, the historic district of Middletown, the crossing of the Navesink River, the sight views from the communities that are typically not listed along the proposed power line.”The MCRP, a $111 million proposal, calls for construction of a 230-kV transmission line along a 10-mile stretch of NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail right-of-way. The proposal states the project would begin in Aberdeen and travel through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown before ending in Red Bank.Monopoles used to support the transmission line would follow the route, ranging from proposed heights of 100 – 210 feet tall, per the MCRP petition.That petition was filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on Aug. 9, and then sent to the Office of Administrative Law. Hearings on the case will be held after the new year.“JCP&L has good people that lead it, it’s a good, well-run utility in recent years, but it is so terribly wrong in its advocacy and push for this project which would forever blemish northern Monmouth County,” Kyrillos said.Joining the NJ Transit Board members were Kyrillos and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, both Republicans who represent the 13th Legislative District, U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R- NJ), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso.On the local level, a host of elected officials greeted the caravan at each of the stops. In Aberdeen, which was the first visit along the route, a tour led by Mayor Fred Tagliarini touched on how the MCRP would affect a project recently approved by NJ Transit.“We started at the Aberdeen train station, due to the fact that I wanted to show the commissioners the brand-new transit village being built there with the blessings of New Jersey Transit,” Tagliarini said in an interview Tuesday.The transit village, which sits directly behind the Aberdeen train station, is slated to become a five-building, 227-unit apartment complex aimed at housing commuters to New York City and south Jersey.Plans at the site also include a retail component, recreation facility, pool, courtyard and outdoor dining.Tagliarini says that the MCRP would waste the work done to develop the transit village.“What has happened in two very short months is they’ve begun framing this area, and it was just perfect timing to just show the commissioners a project we’ve worked so hard on,” he said.In Hazlet, Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley and business administrator Dennis Pino spoke with the elected officials near the district’s Beers Street School, which houses 266 fifth and sixth graders. A model just how wide the monopole bases are proposed to be was shown.“We owe it to our kids and our grandkids to not allow it (the MCRP) the way it’s proposed,” said Kiley by phone Monday evening.On June 20, Hazlet Township was the first of the five affected municipal governments to pass a formal resolution expressing concern about the project. Since then, the other four towns have done the same.NJ Transit Board members asked the officials about the potential for depreciating home values along the corridor, said Kiley.“I’m a real estate agent as well, and I’ve got homes that have been listed for sale that are by the tracks that are not moving because people have to sign a disclaimer saying they are aware of the possibility of these power lines coming in,” said Kiley.Next on the line was Holmdel Township, and the site visit in that municipality was at Cedar Village Senior Living Community, a 55-and-older housing community off Laurel Avenue, not far from the train tracks.Representing Holmdel were Mayor Eric Hinds, Deputy Mayor Gregory Buontempo and Committeeman Patrick Impreveduto.Elected officials and NJ Transit Board members surround a display showing possible monopole widths from the MCRP, just outside Beers Street School in Hazlet. The township was the second of five stops along a tour hosted by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos.Hinds, a lifelong Monmouth County resident, made his position clear to the NJ Transit Board.“This is not rural golf courses – you are putting 140-foot industrial poles 30 feet from houses, from communities right down the heart of the Bayshore area, and it’s just incredibly disruptive, and I don’t think it’s forward thinking,” said Hinds on Monday, following the meeting.For homeowners who have possibly invested in their last house, having this project come through could potentially ruin their investment, they fear.Not far from Cedar Village is another senior housing development, Village Grande, off Centerville Road. Between the two communities, just over 300 homes with either current or soon-to-be senior citizens could be affected. “Back to back, active-adult areas that are extremely important to Holmdel and it is literally, like literally, in their backyard,” Hinds said.
The Nelson Selects got the tune up the team wanted prior to the upcoming B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup after scoring a silver medal in the U17 Boy’s Division at the Sam Steele Days Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Cranbrook.The Selects, a U15 age squad, lost in shootout to Columbia Valley U17s in the gold medal game Sunday.“It was great for us as it was a real challenge going into the provincials,” said head coach Scott Lewis.“The teams will be equally as good or better and we need to continually push ourselves for that tournament.”The teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation time in the final.Lewis wanted to play additional time to settle the title but tourney rules insisted on shootout, where the Columbia Valley goalkeeper proved to be the difference.Nelson lost 1-0 in round robin play to Columbia Valley to open the tourney.The Selects bounced back to double Creston U17s 4-2 and Creston U16s 2-0 to advance to the final.The B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup for the U15 boy’s and girl’s divisions is set for July 7-10 in 100 Mile House.firstname.lastname@example.org
If Team Kootenay and Nelson’s Emma Hare didn’t have bad luck the squad would have no luck at all.Team Kootenay finished out of the medal at the B.C. Summer Games held recently in Surrey but may have done better if the skies didn’t open up during a preliminary round contest against Thompson/Okanagan.During the opening round contest Team Kootenay had a 9-0 lead after two innings before Mother Nature dumped rain on the game. During the game, Team Kootenay pulled off a triple play to end the inning.The game went into the books as a rain out costing Team Kootenay important points in the round robin draw.Team Kootenay’s second game against Fraser Valley was also a rain out before the interior squad took to the field for good, bouncing Team Cariboo 5-3. Team Kootenay overcame a 3-1 deficit, scoring four times in the sixth to grab the win.Cranbrook’s Tyler Carver picked up the win on the mound along with knocking in the winning run.In the final game of the tournament, too many errors cost Team Kootenay in a 7-1 loss to Vancouver Squamish.Fraser Valley defeated Vancouver Island Central Coast 7-0 in the gold medal game.Vancouver Squamish defeated Thompson/Okanagan for the bronze medal duringh the consolation final.
Over the long history of Grand Forks International (GFI) baseball thousands of players from North America and beyond have displayed their talents at James Donaldson Park before thousands of fans.Hundreds of these athletes have been drafted and signed by Major League organizations. Close to forty have made it to the ‘Big Show’ but many who didn’t take that final step to fulfill their dream of playing in the Majors experienced many years of professional baseball before being released. Rarely has a GFI alumnus returned to Grand Forks to once again participate in this great tournament. We have just received word that Chris Kissock, 2007 ninth round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be on the roster of the Trail Orioles at the upcoming tournament. He was officially released by the Phillies on August 3. Chris is a right-handed pitcher who was at the GFI in 2004-2006. He attended Lewis Clark State College for three years where he had an outstanding college career, registering 26 wins and only four losses.After being drafted by the Phillies he spent six seasons in the Minors; his most effective year was 2010 when he split 47 games between Clearwater, Florida and Double A in Reading, Pennsylvania. He finished the year with a combined Earned Run Average (earned runs allowed per 9 innings) of just over three.The tall right-hander, who was raised in the West Kootenays, also claims some additional successes. Last year he was selected to the roster of Canada’s national team. This team won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Panama, only the second time in 73 years they had medalled at the event. From there it was on to the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico where Canada made baseball history by winning the gold medal for the first time. With these back to back medal performances, they became the most successful team in Baseball Canada’s history.With the above successes, Chris, along with his teammates, were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June of this year. When he received the news Kissock remarked, “It is pretty awesome. It’s not all the time you get named into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.” [It should be noted that two other GFI Alumni were part of this distinguished team, Emerson Frostad and Mark Hardy.]There was yet another significant attainment in his career. He was part of the 2006 NAIA College World Series winning team – the Lewis Clark State Warriors. As a result he is in the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.The GFI looks forward to welcoming back Chris Kissock, celebrating his achievements in baseball, and once again watching him compete at James Donaldson Park.