Port Schedules Public Meeting on Draft Airport Master Plan

first_imgJuly 5, 2011 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 The Port of Olympia invites the Thurston County community to a Public Information Meeting on the Draft Olympia Regional Airport Master Plan Update on Thursday, July 7, 5:30 PM, at the Olympia Regional Airport Terminal Building, 7702 Terminal Street, Tumwater. Port Schedules Public Meetingon Draft Airport Master PlanThursday, July 7, 2011 The meeting will feature a presentation by Barnard Dunkelberg & Company, the airport and environmental consultants who are coordinating the plan update.  It will include an opportunity for questions and comments from the public.  Working Papers 1 and 2 of the draft plan are available on the Port’s website:www.portolympia.com.As required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plan update will look forward 20 years at the airport’s operations, development needs and capital facilities requirements, and will include a plan for the habitat and sensitive species on airport land.  Completion of the plan is anticipated for early 2012.Read the full press release online.last_img read more

India backs down from wanting to host the Women’s Hockey World Cup; men’s bid…

first_imgAdvertisement nsa18NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsks1wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Enl8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7vaoWould you ever consider trying this?😱2x9Can your students do this? 🌚czbq5Roller skating! Powered by Firework It has come to light that Hockey India has retracted its bid for hosting the Womens World Cup but their Men’s bid for the World Cup 2022-23 will go through.Advertisement The application date was initially extended till January 31, 2019 after the FIH finalised the two windows for hosting the tournaments – July 1-17, 2022 and January 13-29, 2023. Back then, Germany and India were the only two bidders open to hosting either men or women but while Germany preferred the first window, India opted for the second. Belgium and Netherlands were not in the reckoning for either and Australia had expressed desire to host the women’s competition.Advertisement Final bids received:For July 1-17, 2022Men’s World Cup: Belgium and MalaysiaWomen’s World Cup: Germany, Spain and NetherlandsFor January 13-29, 2023:Men’s World Cup: IndiaWomen’s World Cup: Malaysia and New ZealandIt is expected that a FIH task force team will meet on 6th November and finalize by 8th November in coodination with the executive committee as to which bids will win the rights to host the World Cup.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Boxer Amit Panghal reaches historic world number 1 spot ahead of Tokyo 2020

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANS/BFIAdvertisement 7vydNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vso4jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E89qhm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fpeiWould you ever consider trying this?😱gq07e1Can your students do this? 🌚zye72Roller skating! Powered by Firework With the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics less than six months away, India’s hopes on their expected medal tally has kicked up a notch. Amateur boxer Amit Panghal has achieved a career milestone, reaching world no. 1 rank in International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force list, and is the first boxer from his country to do so in the past decade.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANS/BFIWeighing in at 52 kgs, Amit Panghal clinched the top of the list with a stunning 420 points to his name. Last September, he made history as the first Indian boxer to win a silver medal in flyweight division at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia.For the first time in 10 years, an Indian boxer has made it to the top spot, after the superstar Indian pugilist and Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh achieved the same back in 2009.Advertisement With the boxing qualifiers knocking on the door, Panghal is expected to swift through the qualification round to join hands with his fellow compatriots to inflate India’s medal hopes for the grand event in July.In a recent interview with PTI, the 24 year old said the achievement is a confidence booster ahead of the qualifiers.Advertisement “It is a great feeling and obviously means a lot to me because it will help me in being seeded at the qualifiers. Being world no.1 also gives you a renewed sense of confidence,” Panghal told reporters.The boxing qualifiers, to be held in March in Amman, Jordan, is Panghal’s last hurdle before Tokyo. However, the pugilist is nothing but positive to pass that test in the first round. “I hope to secure an Olympic spot in the first qualifier” he added.Hailing from Rohtak, Panghal’s first international glory came 3 years ago at the 2017 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He won a bronze medal in light flyweight division.Panghal secured two medals in 2018. His first international gold came at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where he defeated Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he clinched a silver in the men’s 49 kg event final.At the 2019 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships hailed in Bangkok, the Haryanvi clinched his second international gold.Also read-Amit Panghal promises at least 2 gold medals from Indian boxing at Tokyo 2020 Olympics“I love all my medals and will try to get sixth World Championship gold”- Mary Kom Advertisementlast_img read more

Paying it Forward From Florida to Highlands

first_imgBy Michele J. Kuhn The municipal workers in Punta Gorda, Fla., know what it’s like to continue working as the community around you tries to recover from a disaster – even if you and your family have suffered significant losses.Employees from the Highlands Department of Public Works continue to clear debris from borough streets. City workers in Punta Gorda, Fla., are holding a car wash in Florida over the weekend to benefit Highlands borough employees hit hard by Sandy.Because of that experience, the employees of the southwestern coastal Florida city will be holding a car wash in Punta Gorda on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, for four hours each day and will be sending the proceeds to Highlands borough employees impacted by Super Storm Sandy. Dona­tions of a minimum of $5 a car and $10 for vans, SUVs and trucks are being sought.The idea came about during a recent city directors’ staff meeting when employees asked how they – as a group – could help those affected by the devastating storm.The reason was, according to Howard Kunik, the Punta Gorda city manager, “When we had Hurricane Charley in 2004, it was pretty bad … It was a Category 4, almost 5, when it hit directly here. Everything got damaged, some things completely. Our employees, who had to work through the whole event – even though their houses got damaged – got help from other communities.“The public works folks had the idea about what we could do as an organization to help out some town in the northeast, a town like Punta Gorda, small, coastal, fishing, with tourism and a lot of history to it,” Kunik said.The idea for a car wash by city employees, using the city’s car washing facility, was brought up and accepted.Then, the city employees had to decide which municipality to help. Kunik told them he “could think of one, kind of like a Punta Gorda … a place called Highlands, N.J.”Kunik’s wife Helen, whose maiden name is Dempsey, grew up in Highlands. Her sister and brother live there as do many of their relatives. “The public works folks looked it up on the web and, sure enough, it’s a town that got really severely damaged and needs some help … It was a town, like Punta Gorda after Charley,” the city manager said.“The thing about it was, I just happened to mention the possibility of the place,” Kunik said. “It was the employees who were going to decide which community it would be, not me. They looked it up and said, ‘Hey, this could fit.’ So they jumped on it on their own.”Timothy Hill, Highlands borough administrator, called the car wash a “tremendous show of support.“We’ve gotten great support from the whole region … It has been an incredible response. We have a long way to go but this is encouraging,” he said.Hill estimated that the homes of 80 percent of the borough’s employees and emergency service volunteers were damaged during the storm.He said the fact that the Punta Gorda employees made the connection between the help they received in 2004 and the help they are now offering to borough employees is amazing. “When I received the email (about the Flordia fundraiser), it was like …these folks are wonderful, He said. “Words can’t describe…”The Punta Gorda city manager said he isn’t sure how well the car wash will do, there’s a lot going on in the city during the weekend, but another car wash or fundraising event could be planned to help Highlands municipal employees in the future. “We’re going to play it by ear,” Kunik said.“We’re trying to give back to a community that’s small, that face the same obstacles that we did after Charley for the employees,” Kunik said.“Hopefully, we’ll do well,” he said.Though Punta Gorda is larger than Highlands – Highlands has a population of about 5,000 in 1.3 square miles while Punta Gorda has about 17,000 people in 20 square miles – both municipalities have a tradition of supporting the fishing industry, have some tourism and a longstanding town history. Parts of Punta Gorda were settled during the 1800s.“It’s not a new Florida town,” Kunik said.last_img read more

Solemn 9/11 Tributes in Middletown and Mt. Mitchill

first_imgA Day Of Service and RemembranceBy Muriel J. Smith Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial ceremony began promptly at 7:59 a.m. Friday atop Mount Mitchill, marking the precise moment 14 years ago that American Airlines Flight II left Boston’s Logan Airport 14 minutes late with a destination of Los Angeles International. That was the first of four flights hijacked that day and all crashing, two into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, one in Shanksville, Pa and one into the Pentagon in, Arlington, Va. killing thousands and invigorating the nation with a new stream of patriotism and courage.A few miles away, an American flag flown over the World Trade Center on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, blew in the morning breeze at a ceremony at Memorial Gardens, the serene, blessed cove near the Middletown Arts Center where the township has a perpetual reminder that 37 of their residents lost their lives that day 14 years ago. In addition, an American flag flown over the United States Capitol in memory of these Middletown residents also flies at Town Hall. Banners hung on telephone poles along Kings Highway, Church St. and Middletown-Lincroft Road will remain all month honoring the victims, a gift of local businesses, organizations and private individuals. The ceremony, attended by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, Mayor Stephanie Murray, and the township committee, and hundreds who lost loved ones, was moving, sincere, and part of the constant reminder that Middletown never forgets its own. Silence followed the tolling of a bell 37 times by William J. Kinlin, Past Cmdr. of American Legion Post 515.Then, a single piper, Michael Hannigan from Middletown, played Amazing Grace as he led the procession to the Garden Walk to pay their respects at the proper marble monument, one for each of the 37 lost.People mourned at their loved one’s marker, some leaving flowers, some just touching the markers for comfort and others placing wreaths. Officials also attending the service include Schools Superintendent William George, representatives from the township’s fire, police, and emergency responders, as well as representatives of VFW 2179, American Legion 338, and American Legion 515.Two framed proclamations from Gov. Christie were read commemorating the moment, one declaring Sept. 11 a national day of service and remembrance and the other a letter acknowledging Middletown’s loss.Mount Mitchill’s ceremony, planned by the Board of Freeholders and the County Park System, included the Honor Guard from NWS Earle, Colts Neck, together with the Pipes & Drums of the Atlantic Watch and soloist Susan Mangini, leading a crowd of well over 100 in words, music, and song commemorating what President George W. Bush referred to at the time as the 21st century Pearl Harbor.Freeholder Lillian Burry, who welcomed the crowd and served as mistress of ceremonies, referred to the 2001 date as “a day that changed our lives forever.” She stressed how the attack on America failed in its efforts to bring down a country and spoke instead about the peace and tranquility of the county park at the highest point of land, with the exception of islands, between Maine and Florida. She urged guests at the ceremony to spend some time at the Mount Mitchill Memorial, which was begun less than a year after the attack and completed within three years.Hundreds had stood in this same place 14 years earlier and watched in shock and disbelief as the Twin Towers burned and collapsed. Burry reminded visitors that the piece of metal held by the concrete eagle in the park’s Memorial was brought back to the site by Parks and Office of Emergency Management personnel, a vivid reminder that 140 residents of Monmouth County lost their lives in the attacks. Each is recalled on the Mount Mitchill monument, engraved in stone with their ages and communities of residence. Burry spoke of the seven birch trees planted at the site to represent the three planes and four buildings that were under attack, and notedhow the park’s Journey of Grief went from darkness and shadows to light and flowers symbolic of the stages of grief everyone went through because of the tragedy.Assemblyman Robert Clifton of Matawan read a letter from Governor Chris Christie praising the spirit of New Jerseyans as exemplified by military, emergency workers, police and firemen who were “united against hatred”.Acting County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni also spoke on the terrorist’s failed attempts to “break our will,” but cautioned all to recognize what so many do not know … the gift of time. Gramiccioni was in the Navy in 2001, he said, and was assigned to the Washington Navy Yard where he was directed to stand post with an assault rifle at the time of the attack. Last year, he served in Afghanistan and strongly believes that the attacks galvanized America and “brought out the best in us.”Park rangers tolled a bell during the ceremony as Burry recounted the seven significant moments in time from when Flight II hit the North Tower until that tower collapsed at 10:20 a.m. The seven tolls were followed by a moment of silence before the Rev. William Riker of Locust led those gathered in a benediction. Rangers than laid flowers and raised the flag at the memorial before taps were played and the program concluded.Among the many officials and county employees attending the ceremony was Library Commission Member James Gray who was clerk to the Board of Freeholders in 2001. His son, Christopher S. Gray of Manalapan, was killed in the tower collapse. He was 32 years old.County Parks Director James Truncer was also present for the ceremony, a position he had held since November, 1973, when the County first acquired what is now Mount Mitchill Park. Originally scheduled to be a high-rise apartment complex, identical to the one on the adjacent property in Highlands. Monmouth County acquired the land with Green Acres Funds when Joseph Irwin, Freeholder director, and Victor Grossinger was chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission.The Memorial came about at the request of numerous local residents, many of who had stood at the park overlooking the New York Skyline on Sept. 11, 2001, and all of who wanted a memorial to the Monmouth County residents who lost their lives that day. The Freeholders created a committee to design and raise funds for the memorial. Working with the Friends of the Monmouth County Park System and the Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial Committee, funds were raised from donations throughout the county, including major corporations, big and small businesses, individuals, families, restaurants, physicians, hospitals, local police and county detectives, labor unions, and the thousands of pennies, nickels dimes and dollars raised in 33 Monmouth County public and Catholic schools.last_img read more

Navesink Brass Trumpets the Holidays with Joyful Noise

first_imgThe selections range from traditional hymns like “Silent Night” and J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” to their own arrangements of contemporary tunes that include Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” and “Umoja: The First Night of Kwanza,” composed by Valerie Coleman. During their appearances, Eschelbach said, members like sharing some of the history of the works they perform with their listeners. Members of the group are all professional musicians and music teachers who have been performing together since 1992. In addition to Navesink Brass, Eschelbach has performed with the Orchestra Amadeus, the Band of the Two Rivers, the Pinelands Symphonic Band and the OCC Band. In addition to their holiday offerings, members of Navesink Brass enjoy building their general repertoire around musical events and anniversaries, such as their rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in tribute to Queen and music composed by Leonard Bernstein for the musical “West Side Story,” which recently returned to Broadway.Photo courtesy Navesink Brass Quintet When the holiday season arrives, members of the Navesink Brass Quintet set aside room in their calendars to bring their unique blend of traditional and contemporary music to audiences around New Jersey. Tuba player Eschelbach holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from Glassboro State (now Rowan University). A Red Bank native who graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School, Eschelbach established the instrumental music program in the Commercial Township School District in Cumberland County and was honored with a Master Teacher of Music Award from the New Jersey Education Association. He later moved back to Monmouth County where he taught instrumental and vocal music in area public schools for more than four decades, retiring from the Long Branch public school system in 2017 after 31 years. NBQ trumpet player Thomas Bender holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Scranton, a bachelor’s in music education from Glassboro State (now Rowan University) and a certification in special education from Jersey City State University. Retired as a music teacher after 35 years, Bender is presently band director for Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The Navesink Brass Quintet performed on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth Library in Shrewsbury. Group members bring a lifetime of musical talent and experience to their performances, which are carefully planned each year to celebrate both traditional and contemporary composers of holiday music.Photo courtesy Navesink Brass Quintet “It’s a multicultural concert,” said Paul Eschelbach, who plays tuba in the Navesink Brass Quintet (NBQ). Their 2019 holiday repertoire embraces the music of many traditions, including music for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. In addition to their Sunday, Dec. 1 performance at the Eastern Branch, Navesink Brass has scheduled nine additional concerts at various locations throughout New Jersey during the holidays. Upcoming Monmouth County events include the Ocean Township tree lighting at the Ocean Township Historical Museum at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and the Point Pleasant Boro tree lighting at Community Park at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Check their Facebook page for info on other upcoming performances. Formed in Red Bank in 1992 and named in tribute to the Navesink River, the group includes Thomas Bender and Donald Swinchoski on trumpet, Nancy Tipnis on horn, Daniel Carver on trombone and Paul Eschelbach on tuba. Members of NBQ are virtuoso musicians whose backgrounds include teaching, composition conducting and performance. Their selections reflect months of planning and practice designed to make each season’s offerings fresh and inclusive of the many holiday traditions Americans enjoy. His professional background includes performance, arrangement and composition, as well as extensive experience as a touring professional performing around the globe. Like Carver, trumpet player Don Swinchoski has been a music educator for more than 40 years and is currently teaching middle and high school music at Central Jersey College Prep in Somerset. He’s a graduate of Johnson State College and earned a master’s degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has served as conductor of the Band of the Two Rivers for 20 years and is also co-conductor of the Colts Neck Community Band. Twice nominated as a Teacher of the Year, Swinchoski is also the recipient of a Count Basie award for Outstanding Orchestra and Outstanding Music Direction. Last Sunday, Dec. 1, they performed at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library – one of 10 concerts state-wide scheduled for the next few weeks. By Eileen Moon While the holiday season is a busy one for NBQ members, they look forward to the fun of sharing some musical magic that reflects their own passion for celebrating the holidays with sounds both old and new. Dan Carver, who is currently the seventh- and eighth-grade band director at Memorial Middle School in Point Pleasant, holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from King’s College. He has been directing bands in public schools for more than three decades. He’s also performed with the Lakewood Jazz Ensemble, the Brookdale Jazz Ensemble and the Georgian Court Wind Ensemble. He is a member of the Shore Intermediate Band, as performer and guest conductor. Horn player Nancy Tipnis is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where she studied with some of the finest horn players in New York City. Her credits include performing with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Central Jersey Concert Band, the Livingston Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea.last_img read more

Rebels surge into Murdoch Division penthouse

first_imgThanks in part to a two-out-of-three win weekend, the Castlegar Rebels surged atop the Neil Murdoch Division as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League completed its first month of the season.The Rebels looked like world-beaters during the two wins, scoring a total of 15 goals against Grand Forks and Spokane.However, it was the offence that dried up against visiting North Okanagan Knights Saturday at the Community Complex Arena in Castlegar as the Rebels lost 4-1.Still Castlegar holds down a two-point lead over defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch standings. Castlegar has played two more games.The Nitehawks gained a split against the Nelson Leafs, with each team winning on home ice.Beaver Valley took advantage of penalty problems by the visitors to skate to an 8-2 win Friday in Fruitvale.Saturday night hockey took a back seat in a 5-2 victory by Nelson after a scary scene at the NDCC Arena when Brandon Butlin was taken off the ice on a stretcher following a hit near the Leaf bench.Nelson is in third spot in the division, three points behind Castlegar with Spokane sitting in fourth, four points in back of the Rebels.After splitting on opening weekend, Grand Forks has lost five straight to hold down the cellar in the division.Rebels take two of threeCastlegar used special teams against the Bruins Thursday, skating to a 6-3 win.The Rebels scored twice on the power play and three times shorthanded to double the Bruins.Six different Rebels scored in the game — Tanner Johnson, Riley Ostoforoff, Braydon Horcoff, Jamie Vlanich, Aaron Petten and Stuart Walton.After losing Friday to North Okanagan 4-1, Castlegar rang up nine and 47 shots on the Braves Sunday in the Lilac City — with four of the markers coming on the power play.Kootenay Ice grad Darren Medeiros and Dylan Sibbald each scored twice for Castlegar with singles going to Johnson, Walton, Alex Dartnall, Brenden Heinrich and Diego Bartlett.Walton finished with three points. Hockey all but forgotten in NelsonHockey took a back seat with just over three minutes remaining in Saturday’s game at the NDCC Arena.That’s when a collision near boards by the Leafs bench sent 17-year-old Brandon Butlin into convulsions, forcing the Nitehawks forward to be taken to local hospital by ambulance and the game to be halted with 2:45 remaining in the third period.Butlin was held overnight at Kootenay Lake Hospital before returning home Sunday with a concussion.Back on the ice, Linden Horswill scored twice and Colton McCarthy scored his seventh goal in six games to lead the Leafs to the bounce-back win. James Sorrey and Colton Schell also scored for Nelson.Butlin and Ryan Edwards replied for the Hawks.Friday in Fruitvale, Taylor Stafford scored three times and Edwards added three assists to spark the Hawks attack.Arie Postmus, Brad Gaboury, Kurt Black, Luke Jones and Connor Brown-Maloski also scored.McCarthy and Greg Nickel replied for the Leafs.Bruins winless streak hits six gamesAfter splitting its opening weekend against the defending KIJHL champs, Grand Forks has lost six straight, including a three-game sweep last weekend.Castlegar doubled the Bruins 6-3 Thursday before Spokane blasted the Bruins 9-3 Friday.North Okanagan made it three straight home losses Sunday by stopping Grand Forks 6-1.Kublai Barlas and rookie Connor Gross lead the Bruins in scoring, each with three goals.Tyler Wagner has scored twice in eight games for the Bruins.last_img read more


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