Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Photo Courtesy of Jim MarshallAfter a week off Grays Harbor Raceway will get back to racing this Saturday September 14th. The night will feature a full lineup of all five of GHR’s staple classes. Those classes include the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets.Tickets for Saturday will be Adults $13.00, Senior (62+)/Juniors (13-18)/Military $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, Youths (5 and Under) FREE, Family Pass (Two Adults and Up To Four Youths) $30.00, and Premium Seating $20.00. Pit gates open at 2:30, front gates, 4:30, and racing starting around 6:30.It seems like it has been quite some time since the 360 Sprint were last in action. After five events completed Reece Goetz continues to sit atop the winner’s list with two feature victories. Currently he is the only driver to have won more than once while Henry Van Dam, J.J. Hickle, and Evan Margeson have a single triumph apiece.In Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified action there is a three way tie for most victories. Joe German, Craig Moore, and Zack Simpson each have won twice this year at Grays Harbor Raceway. Joining them on the win chart for 2013 is Scott Miller, Jeff Foster, Alan Muenchow, Josh Muller, Jeremy Shank, and Jesse Williamson who have all won once.Chase Goetz continues to dominate the USAC Ford Focus Midget ranks as he seeks his first career GHR championship. Goetz has visited victory lane a total of seven times while Jared Peterson has won twice and is the only driver to have beaten Goetz so far this year.You could also say the Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks is a realm of pure domination as well. Jason Tole has won eight times this year including the Cut Rate Auto Parts Iron Man 100. Cory Sweatman, Austin Kerrigan, and Jack Parshall are the only other drivers to have beat Tole and each of them has done so on one occasion. A tight point battle is underway with not many races left. Cory Sweatman has a narrow three point lead over Jason Tole headed into Saturday night.Last but not least the Hornets are putting on a good championship battle. Defending champ Chad Norton has a slim five point advantage over Willie Wright coming into this weekend. Chad North and Jeff Daniel have each won three main events while Brian Norton has two triumphs to his credit. Willie Wright is the only driver to have won in the division once in 2013.The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large track size. Hosting racing action from April to October regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets, and for the first time the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprint Car Series. Special events include visits by the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and American Sprint Car Series-Northwest Region. You can keep up on all the latest activity at www.graysharborraceway.com for the most-recent news and stories.Additional InformationTrack: Grays Harbor RacewayLocation: 32 Elma McCleary Road, Elma, WA, 98541Track Contact: (360)-699-RACEWebsite: www.graysharborraceway.comSponsors: Budweiser, Bully Dog Performance, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Harbor Pacific Distributing, Hoosier Racing Tires, Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel, The Contingency Connection, Lucas Oil Products, Our Community Credit Union, Pepsi, Shipwreck Beads, Whitney’s Auto Group, Elma Chamber of Commerce, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, Adamas Reality, Olympic Eagle Distributing, Midnight Cruisers Rod Fest, PNE Corporation, Push Rods, Q-Mart, Midnight Cruisers, Fosses Hot Rods & Cool Cars, Harrington Financial, I-5 Quarter ¼ Midget Club, Jacknut Apparel, 104.7 KDUX FM, KIX 95.3 FM, RockAuto.com By Ben Deatherage for Grays Harbor Raceway
Submitted by the Port of OlympiaGovernor Jay Inslee cuts the ribbon to the Port’s new Industrial Stormwater Treatment Plant on Dec.3, 2014, with Dept. of Ecology’s Heather Bartlett and Port Commissioners Sue Gunn and Bill McGregor.When Governor Jay Inslee cut the ribbon to the Port’s industrial stormwater treatment plant, the project partners applauded the Port’s #1 achievement of 2014.Inslee commended the Port and the community for making this significant investment in water quality.“This project will help protect Puget Sound,” said the Governor. “Hats off to everyone involved. . . . We’re going to tell everyone to follow the lead of the Port of Olympia.”The Port had the state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the Washington Dept. of Ecology’s industrial stormwater permit requirements. At $11.5 million, the facility is the Port’s largest capital project in several years.The industrial stormwater treatment facility is #1 of the Port’s Top 5 achievements for 2014. Below are the other top achievements.2. Earnings continue to increase The Port’s earnings after depreciation continued to increase. International trade drove the growth. Over the last six years vessel calls increased 260%, from 14 in 2009 to 37 in 2014. Olympia Regional Airport, Swantown Marina & Boatworks and Real Estate continued steady growth.3. Dredging restores capacity of terminal and boatyard hauloutIt has been 30 years since the last major dredge and the resulting silt buildup had reduced operations of both the Marine Terminal and the Boatworks.The shallow water depth at the Marine Terminal pier prevented even two ships from being fully loaded simultaneously. The silt buildup at the Boatworks haulout area necessitated the stoppage of haulouts at low tide. The dredging enables the Terminal and the Boatworks to operate at near full capacity.The additional shipping capacity adds local jobs and increases taxes to City of Olympia, Thurston County and the State of Washington. The dredging project also helped remove contaminated sediments from Budd Inlet.4. Community planning process begins for Port properties in Tumwater With the federal listing of the Mazama Pocket Gopher as an endangered species and the settling of the real estate market, the Port initiated a planning project for port-owned properties in Tumwater. The Port enlisted the local planning firm SCJ Alliance and the Thurston Regional Planning Council to develop a community-supported development plan for New Market Industrial Campus and Tumwater Town Center. The planning process will include public involvement events over the course of 2015.5. Port invests in maintenance and operations for safety and productivity Olympia Regional Airport received necessary maintenance including refurbishments to taxi lanes, taxiways and airplane hangars.Renovation of Swantown Marina docks A, B and C ensures safety and quality for customers. The work was scheduled for winter when boating activity is reduced. It began in November 2014 and will be completed in early 2015.The Boatworks replaced the TraveLift with a similar model of larger capacity to handle a wider variety of customer boats.Over one million dollars in improvements to Tumwater Town Center began in 2014 and are still underway. Included are building renovations, site improvements and the addition of fiber optic internet connections for customers.The Port purchased a used mobile harbor crane which will help the Marine Terminal attract heavy-lift breakbulk cargoes. The old container cranes were disassembled and sent by barge to British Columbia for recycling. The Port relocated the Peregrine Falcon nesting box (from the crane on the south end of the pier) to a site recommended by Peregrine Falcon experts. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Andy Nagle for “In My Life”When the touring show “In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles” returns to the Washington Center on October 11, be on the lookout for two quartets — not just one.The Olympia High School String Quartet has the privilege of joining the professional actors on stage to add an element of orchestral texture to the evening.The cast of “In My Life” includes (from left) Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”), Nate Bott (“John”), Axel Clarke (“Ringo”) and Jesse Wilder (“George”). The show will return to Olympia on October 11. Photo credit: Michelle Fairless“In My Life” is the musical retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and features the live music of renowned tribute band, Abbey Road. The band features Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”), Nathaniel Bott (“John”), Zak Schaffer (“George”) and Axel Clarke (“Ringo”). Brian Epstein is played by Murphy Martin. The production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments. The show has toured for years and is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades. Olympia High School seniors Anna Elewski, Hyunjin Kim and Eric So and sophomore George Tanasse will join the band for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” and “Hey Jude.” In a special touch, “Yesterday” is played as a scene in which the Paul McCartney character plays the song for the first time for Beatles producer George Martin with the songwriter explaining that he envisioned a string-quartet accompaniment.The Olympia High School String Quartet includes (from left) George Tanasse (Cello), Eric So (Viola),Hyunjin Kim (Violin II) and Anna Ewelski (Violin I). Photo credit: Joe DyvigAll quartet members perform with the Olympia High School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras as well as other prestigious area ensembles, including the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, All-Northwest Orchestra and the Capital Area Youth Symphony. The OHS Chamber Orchestra was awarded best in state two years ago and placed third in state last year. Kim placed first in the state last year with a piano trio at the solo and ensemble competition.The producers of “In My Life” approached Olympic High Orchestra Director Joseph Dyvig looking for a talented ensemble which could hold their own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly uses a local quartet to augment the production while on tour and hired an OHS quartet to perform last year at the Washington Center.“When we find a strong program like the Olympic High Orchestra, we go back to the same program year after year,” said Andy Nagle, the show’s producer.Elewski was a member of the OHS quartet which performed with the “In My Life” show last October at the Washington Center. “It was a high energy show and I had a lot of fun,” she said. “It made me appreciate Beatles music more.”Hyunjin Kim shares, when asked about her instrument, “The violin is so versatile and capable of playing so many different music genres beyond classical,” she said. “It has a pure sound. When everyone has their parts down and we’re clicking together, there’s this weird sense of community in orchestra,” Kim adds. “We make this huge beautiful thing.”The quartet’s viola player, So switched to the instrument from violin two years ago. “I like the lower voice the viola can produce,” said Do. “Viola parts have a nice concept of beat and rhythm and the instrument is underrated.”Tanasse, the cello player, sites “Here Comes the Sun” as his favorite tune. “The cello is different from most instruments,” said Tanasse. “It’s soothing.”Elewski, So and Tanasse are the group’s Beatles fans. Elewski was a member of the OHS quartet which performed with the “In My Life” show last October at the Washington Center. “It was a high energy show and I had a lot of fun,” she said. “It made me appreciate Beatles music more.” So’s favorite Beatles song is “Eleanor Rigby” and Tanasse’s favorite Fab Four tune is “Here Comes the Sun.”Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band takes shape with Nate Bott (“John”), Axel Clarke (“Ringo”), Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”) and Jesse Wilder (“George”). Photo credit: Michelle Fairless.The multi-media musical returns to the Washington Center Main Stage on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm.Tickets are $25-$55 and may be purchased online, by phone at 360-753-8586, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the theatre box office. Student, senior and group discounts are offered. The show is appropriate for all ages. The show played to a capacity crowd last year at the Washington Center.
Facebook178Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationDrivers can expect at least two months of lengthy backups near the Marvin Road (State Route 510) overpass in Lacey, especially during morning and afternoon commutes. A detour also will affect drivers using the southbound Interstate 5 exit to Marvin Road.The temporary reduced lanes and detour allow crews to convert the overpass into a more efficient diverging diamond interchange.The below roadway changes are expected to begin 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 and be in place around the clock until to mid-June.I-5 – Southbound I-5 drivers exiting at Marvin Road and turning left onto southbound Marvin Road will instead turn right and detour via Hogum Bay Road Northeast, Willamette Drive Northeast and Marvin Road.Marvin Road (SR 510) overpass – Marvin Road itself will be reduced to one through lane in each direction at I-5. Northbound Marvin Road drivers will not be able to turn right onto Hogum Bay Road and will be detoured via Willamette Drive Northeast.WSDOT needs help from drivers Check backups from the WSDOT mobile app.Allow extra time to account for congestion.Travel during non-peak hours whenever possible.Take alternate routes and defer discretionary trips.Additional information about this project is available at I5exit111.com. All users of this overpass are also encouraged to sign up for project updates and check for advance notification of ramp and lane closures.
Facebook326Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Community Youth ServicesCommunity Youth Services (CYS) Chief Clinical Officer, Alicia Ferris, recently offered some useful tips to help during the challenges and stress of social-distancing, closures and self isolation. Her work at CYS oversees the Integrated Counseling Division, working with young people and their families. “Please have a read as I hope it is helpful to you all in caring for yourself, each other and our community in the new world we find ourselves in at the moment” Ferris said. The word Pandemic sounds dramatic and scary but that is what we are experiencing at the moment. It’s shocking and certainly unnerving at the very least. For some of us, however, this experience can feel incredibly stressful. The amount of disruption to our every day life is making it necessary for us all to be in a somewhat constant state of adaptation and problem-solving through each new unanticipated challenge as we navigate a wide-spread health concern that is spanning the globe.Take Care of Yourself1) Self-care Isolation and Social Distancing are necessary for public health but also a recipe for poor mental health!! As such, while we follow the required and recommended public health guidelines, we also take extra measures to address our mental health and well being. Good Self-Care can address the heightened level of stress we are prone to feeling during this time of uncertainty and cascading challenges that result from this disruption in our lives. It’s important to press pause several times a day and breath, get outside, take a bath or shower, connect with family or friends or do something relaxing like meditation, listening to the birds outside or noticing the new buds and blooms of spring. Chronic stress has a negative effect on our health and wellbeing, including our immune systems!! So take a moment to take care of your heart and mind and be present.2) StructureThe impacts of isolation can sneak up on you but the first signs are typically a depressed mood or increased irritability. Being mindful of those and addressing it when it happens is key but prevention is even better. Given that our daily routines are likely disrupted through this, sometimes to a great extent, creating a new structure to your day through this time can be incredibly helpful. If you are telecommuting, try setting up a specific space in your home that you plan to work from. Your temporary “home office” should be inviting, peaceful, and allow you to focus on your work. Then plan to take timed breaks to step away from your work throughout the day. It may also be helpful to set up some new structure to starting and ending your day, given that you may no longer be leaving the house and coming home. Daily hygiene can be the first to go when we have the opportunity to stay in our pajamas all day, but it is not the best thing for our mental health. Try getting up, showering and getting dressed for the day, getting a bite of breakfast and making a quick daily to-do list before sitting down to start working.Creating new routines for kids and our relationships are important as well to help everyone adapt and adjust well during this time. There may be a need to reset some expectations of each other to keep conflict in the home to a minimum when we are home together with each other all day, every day.3) Stay ConnectedWhile we can’t hang out in groups or give each other hugs of support right now, we can certainly connect virtually to help lessen the impact of isolation. Reach out to friends and coworkers via phone or video chat to touch base. Check in on that elderly neighbor (while maintaining 6 feet of distance).4) Limit Screen Time and Stay ActiveScreen time can dramatically impact your mental health for the worse. Studies on watching television show that after the first hour of watching TV, our mood plummets in the second hour and further each hour after that. To fill down time and get your mind off things, try a good book or jigsaw puzzle. Establishing new activities to replace canceled recreational, creative or social group activities, etc is also critical. Try starting up a new hobby or getting back into an old one like finally doing those youtube classes on playing a guitar or finishing that old scrapbook or wood project you started.There is another dimension as well which is that although this outbreak affects everyone, it does not affect us all equally. Although we are all facing this bigger challenge together, we are not all facing the same types of challenges. So we need to exercise empathy towards each other and caution in making comparisons or broad statements.Homeless We hear a lot about those that are elderly or have significant medical conditions being more at risk of getting very sick or even dying from the virus. What we don’t hear as much is that those without housing are at significant risk and cannot isolate the way those that are housed can. Additionally, those that are homeless often have significantly more health concerns to begin with and have less access to facilities needed to maintain the hygiene we are hearing about everyday as a recommended precautionary measure.Financial InsecurityThose that have low-income, are living just at their means each day, or own a small business are at significant financial risk due to the shutdowns taking place. The impact on the economy has the potential to pull the rug out from under many people in our communities through reduced income or breaks in employment, or unanticipated expenses.Pre-Existing Mental Health ConditionsFor those of us that have significant mental health challenges such as anxiety, mood, trauma or obsessive-compulsive disorders, the events we are currently experiencing can be debilitating. This is obvious when you consider those who worry constantly, especially about germs, but even disorders like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder can be exacerbated by the safety threat, potential isolation and potential loss that can come from this outbreak. Additionally, those that suffer from or are in recovery from Substance Use Disorders may have difficulty maintaining sobriety through these stressors and forced alteration of lifestyle.Counseling Tools Can HelpWith an event this big, sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what is a realistic concern and what isn’t. For those of us that manage anxiety daily in our normal lives, this can make it difficult to re-establish and maintain recovery. The common methods of treatment for anxiety, such as “reality testing”, can fail us in this new world of uncertainty, unknowns, and large-scale impacts.What we do know, is that no matter the reality outside our doors, there are tried and true evidence-based tools we can all use to stay grounded. By far the most important one is something called “Radical Acceptance”. Similar to the “Serenity Prayer” of Alcoholics Anonymous, “Radical Acceptance” is a simple but very powerful concept. It is accepting what is happening right now (instead of trying to fight it or deny it) and then focusing only on what you personally have control over and taking action in those areas. How do you know if you are trying to fight something? Generally, if the statement or thought contains the word “should”, then there is a lack of acceptance of that reality. By accepting what is and then focusing on what you can actually do about it, we empower ourselves and reduce feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and constant worry.Virtual Care is available for Mental Health ServicesThere are many other tools and resources that can help right now. Most mental health counselors at the moment are working on or have started to offer their usual in-person therapy through virtual platforms instead. This is called Telehealth or Telemedicine. It does not involve FaceTiming or Skyping with your therapist as there are strict regulations concerning security and confidentially that have to be adhered to. But certain tools or versions of tools such as Zoom, American Well, Doxy.me are allowed to be used for receiving counseling. There are hundreds out there that are safe and approved for counseling services. Some are companies themselves that you access a provider through and others are just a technology solution for your own therapist to use.Don’t forget that you are not in this alone. Please take the time to check-in with each other throughout this time. Community Youth Services is your place of employment but it is also your work family. Lets offer each other grace through this temporary challenge, wraparound each other and help each other get through this and not just survive but thrive.Community Youth Services (CYS) is currently offering virtual behavioral services to help those young people that may be feeling the effects of this pandemic. Staff are scheduling one-on-one counseling sessions will be available based on present staffing and availability via telemedicine.CYS ParticipantsOur Behavioral Health treatment programs (Multisystemic Therapy and Transitional Age Youth Support) are both able to offer services via video (telemedicine) as of last Friday, March 13. Supported Employment is also being offered through telemedicine. For those currently in therapy elsewhere, we encourage them to check in with their providers to see if telehealth is an option. Many therapists and organizations are in the process of making the switch to offer telehealth given the current circumstances.As of today, Community Youth Services IS accepting NEW participants that may be needing virtual care for mental health services! If you are, or know of a youth age 15 to 24 experiencing mental health or substance use disorders, as well families of youth ages 12 to 17 with disruptive behavior needing support, we ask you please call 360-918-7860, to get more information on the services now available to you.In addition to offering virtual services, as of Tuesday, March 17, CYS will be adjusting all other services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CYS recognizes that we are a critical resource for young people at-risk of or that are experiencing homelessness in our community and those needing behavioral health services. We are making every effort to remain accessible and available to those who need our services, while also reducing contact and the likelihood of spreading COVID-19, adhering to the Governors statewide emergency proclamation. We are committed to continuing to provide mental health services, peer support, and outreach to the extent possible. We are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of our participants, staff, and community during this pandemic.Our office locations in Thurston, Lewis and Mason will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. We will reassess the situation weekly and update you via our website and other social media.Essential Services programs (Rosie’s/YAS, Haven House, New Directions) are being assessed on a daily basis and will stay open with certain precautions and changes in hours or capacity levels if needed based upon staffing wellness and availability or based on quarantine recommendations if warranted.Our street outreach staff will be conducting normal outreach Monday-Friday to provide support to vulnerable community members who are unsheltered – including delivering supplies and keeping youth up to date on safety and health recommendations. Drop -In hours at Rosie’s Place will be shifted and occupancy will be limited to meet safety standards.We will be actively seeking new information from health authorities as this public health emergency evolves, and we will update our response as needed. Please visit our website at www.communityyouthservices.org or social media sites for the most updated information about our services and hours.
Advertisement 6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Euc5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xyWould you ever consider trying this?😱2a44Can your students do this? 🌚99z9Roller skating! Powered by Firework The fate of this year’s T20 World Cup which has been put on hold for the past two months is likely to postpone in the ICC’s next virtual board meet on Monday. With its postponement, the BCCI are expecting to host the 13th edition of Indian Premier League at that time.Advertisement Advertisement Notably, the marquee event is supposed to take place from October 18 to November 15 in Australia but the country’s cricket board had shared its inability to host the tournament amid COVID-19 outbreak in the country. On the other hand, India’s positive cases exceeded the 10 lakh mark whereas more than 26,000 deaths have been recorded as well. Amid this situation, hosting the IPL would be a risk. Hence, they have thought to shift it in UAE.“The first step was postponement of Asia Cup, which has happened. We can only start to move ahead with our plans after the ICC announces the postponement. They have been sitting on the decision even after Cricket Australia said that they are not too keen on hosting the event,” a BCCI Apex Council member said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.Advertisement However, this year’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in 2022 as India doesn’t want to swap their hosting rights of 2021 World Cup with Cricket Australia. Moreover, Cricket Australia have asked the players to prepare for a white-ball series against England which is scheduled for late September and announced a 26-member squad as well.“Pakistan was supposed to host the Champions Trophy in 2009. After the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus, everyone in their proper senses knew that PCB will never host a big event in distant future,” said a source is known to the functioning of the ICC.“Yet, ICC deputed its employees in Pakistan for months when South Africa was already preparing to host the event. Everyone knew but a formal announcement of shift took months as threat assessment was part of protocol. The ICC couldn’t have just postponed 9the T20 World Cup) immediately as initially, the top ministers of the Australian government expressed keenness to host,” he further added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Harbhajan Singh to consider retirement after IPL 2020Coach reveals if Aussie players will participate in IPL 2020 Advertisement
FAIR HAVEN — “We don’t get the respect we should as crossing guards, that’s for sure,” said John Furiato, who spends part of every school day at the Hance and River roads intersection, making sure the young students make their way safely to Knollwood School, on Hance.After making that statement on Tuesday, Furiato thinks for a moment and then adds, “Well, except for the kids and their parents.”But Furiato received some special recognition at a regular meeting of the borough governing body last Monday, when the mayor and council honored Furiato for quick thinking on the job – quick thinking that very likely spared a child from being struck by a vehicle.“He’s a good guy,” Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge said about Furiato. “He did the right thing.”Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli presented Furiato with a proclamation, acknowledging that Furiato “made a split second decision to quickly step in front of the juvenile,” blocking the child from walking across River Road as a driver was attempting to make an illegal right turn to travel east on River, very possibly putting the child in harm’s way.As he does every school day, Furiato said, on Jan 24, he was helping the usual number of 60-80 kids make their way across the street to Knollwood school. The kids had proceeded, but one little guy, about 10, had arrived late, Furiato remembered, apologizing to the guard because he couldn’t find his bicycle helmet.Furiato was walking the boy across the street, when Furiato noticed a car, traveling north on Hance Road that was inching out into the intersection against the traffic light, looking to make a right onto River Road. As the driver continued to make the illegal turn, Furiato pulled the boy back and ste3pped in front of him, standing between the boy and the car. The car completed the turn and drove away.Another driver sitting at the light called police to report the incident, and the first driver was stopped by police and charged appropriately.“It just happened too damn quick,” Furiato said of the whole incident.The important thing, he stressed was that the child wasn’t hurt.Furiato, 75, is a lifelong Colts Neck resident, who has owned and operated small businesses for much of his life. He has been working as a crossing guard in Fair Haven since 2007. “It’s a big responsibility,” he said.“When these kids leave their yards, they’re my kids,” he said. “They’re my responsibility.”River Road is heavily traveled, putting pedestrians at risk of being hit by distracted and downright rude drivers, he said. “There are close calls every day,” he said, acknowledging some drivers “flip me the bird,” and yell obnoxious things.“I could get hurt if I’m not smart enough to get out of their way,” he said.But seeing the kids every day makes it worthwhile, he continued.And parents often express their gratitude, with small gifts at Christmas and the end of the school year.“They appreciate what I do,” he said. By John Burton Colts Neck resident and Fair Haven school crossing guard John Furiato was honored by the Fair Haven Borough Council last Monday for his actions in protecting a young Knollwood School student from being in the path of a vehicle making an illegal turn. Furiato helps some 60 to 80 kids cross safely to school at the corner of River and Hance Roads.
SEA BRIGHT – Kicking off the new year, an original anthem to Sandy survival was born.Grammy nominated artist Linda Chorney was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy when her Sea Bright home was flooded. Fellow musician Michael Ghegan, whose Red Bank home also suffered storm damage, collaborated on a song called Bright Sea (Gonna Rise).Chorney premiered her song during VH1’s Christmas in Sea Bright special in a performance that moved the audience to tears.The recorded studio version now is available for download on Nimbit Music. Part of the proceeds will go to seabrightrising.org.
The Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. By Tom PaolellaIf you knew a test could save your life, would you put it off?Mammograms are proven to save lives, yet many women put off getting their annual mammogram screening for a variety of reasons, such as simply not wanting to know the outcome, a hectic family schedule or financial challenges.New Jersey ranks among the top 10 states in the country for both incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer. Particularly at risk are the low-income, the working poor and uninsured women. Currently there are 586,300 uninsured women living in New Jersey.Paint the Town Pink committee members and volunteersgather for the First Annual Girls Night Out in 2008 at The Downtown in Red Bank in support of the Paint the Town Pink campaign. The Sixth Annual Girls Night Out is scheduled for May 9 this year.Seven years ago, a conversation took place at Riverview Medical Center about the growing percentage of women in Monmouth County, age 40 and older, who were not getting their annual mammogram. What started as an idea to educate women has grown into one of the most prevalent awareness campaigns in our area and has dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of community neighbors – cue Paint the Town Pink.In conjunction with the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview, the mission behind the campaign is to educate local women about a very significant fact – that early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.In 2012, Paint the Town Pink grew to eight towns with the support of residents, businesses, town officials and volunteers. Each year, everyone comes together in May to show their support and spread the Pink message. For 2013, the campaign has expanded into a Meridian Health event, encompassing both Monmouth and Ocean counties and expanding into 23 towns, making the event the most represented to date.What began as an idea seven years ago has been transformed into a grassroots initiative that is changing lives in very tangible and meaningful ways.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31.For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit www.PainttheTownPink. com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.
Both Atlantic Highlands and Highlands passed resolutions at their final council meetings of 2018 expressing a willingness to determine if it is in the public interest to undertake educational shared services with Sea Bright in order to promote efficiencies and reduce expenditures. “There’s no way that New Jersey towns, ourselves included, can sustain taking on the costs of everything by themselves. We share services with Atlantic Highlands, we share services with Middletown, why not Sea Bright? How can we not look into helping out our neighboring town, especially when it could be a benefit to all of us,” Gonzales said. The decision to invest in this study also follows a recent bill proposed by state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) that would require New Jersey municipalities with populations less than 1,000 residents to consolidate with larger neighboring towns. According to the resolutions, Sea Bright has contracted a professional consultant to produce a feasibility study, and both the other boroughs have agreed to contribute up to $20,000 to the cost of the study. “We’ve been very successful with shared services with neighboring municipalities and Monmouth County,” Hubeny said. “This is just another possibility for us, and another way we can potentially save our residents money.” Sea Bright taxpayers were shouldered with a school tax levy of $3.57 million to send a mere 26 borough students to Shore Regional High School during the 2018-19 school year. Long said it’s the governing body’s goal to assess all aspects of its residents’ tax bills (school, municipal and county), which is why she stressed that schooling is just one of the possible shared services Sea Bright is exploring with Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. In March 2017, Sea Bright petitioned the state to force Shore Regional’s Board of Education to agree to a referendum vote for more equal distribution of the school tax burden. Previous petitions made directly to the board of education were denied. In a June 2018 meeting of the Sea Bright Borough Council, Long explained that while the school tax levy continues to rise, she expects the number of Sea Bright students attending Shore Regional to decrease significantly in the near future. Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said the regional school funding formula has long been a thorn in the side of Sea Bright tax-payers and forced the municipality to explore another option. “We’re exploring lots of possibilities for future shared services, which could include something as small as municipal court services, or as large as trying to change school districts,” Long added. “Sea Bright has a longstanding issue with the regional funding formula because it requires that we pay a quarter of the Shore Regional High School budget, despite accounting for less than 5 percent of its student body,” Long said in a Jan. 14 interview with The Two River Times. That total equates to $137,308 per student. The tax levy was $3.3 million in 2017-2018 and $2.1 million in 2016-17. “This is not anything new. For many years Sea Bright has expressed an interest to join our school district. But recently they came and presented some facts to a committee that included council member (Steven) Boracchia and Mayor (Rhonda) Le Grice, and the governing body decided to take a step forward,” Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny told The Two River Times. Though none of the boroughs partaking in this study are immediately impacted by Gopal’s proposal, it’s the sentiment of consolidation and sharing services that Highlands borough administrator Kim Gonzales said was the push they needed to commission this study. SEA BRIGHT – Two neighboring municipalities have partnered with the borough on a feasibility study that will investigate the relocation of Sea Bright high school students to a new school district. “This is not a knock on Shore Regional. It’s solely to do with the formula. And in a climate when we’re all trying to save money, we can’t just look at municipal taxes only.” The current funding formula was instituted in 1975 and requires that regional district tax levies be allocated based on property values, rather than population or the number of borough students attending the school. Recent complimentary resolutions passed by the boroughs of Sea Bright, Atlantic Highlands and Highlands showed each Two River-area town make a financial commitment of up to $20,000 toward a study that will explore sending Sea Bright students to schools in the Henry Hudson Regional district, rather than the Shore Regional district. Hubeny said the boroughs were persuaded to investigate this partnership due to Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney’s push for shared services and the merger of school districts.