Tips for Handling Expected Stormy Wet Weather

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Emergency ManagmentWatch for urban flooding with late summer squalls Thursday September 5, 2013.Change is in the air as a late summer storm system makes its way toward Western Washington.  Isolated showers and possible thundershowers forecast for Thursday, September 5 could dump heavy rain at times in Thurston County, which could potentially overwhelm storm drains and cause urban flooding in some areas.Lucy Mills, Road Operations Manager for Thurston County Public Works, says a few quick maintenance tips like clearing leaves and debris from storm drains before it rains can save residents the inconvenience of flooded roadways. “It’s been a long, dry summer, so there may be grass, debris, even garbage clogging up storm drains,” says Mills. “Taking just a few minutes to clean out the debris now could save you and your neighbors a lot of headaches when the rain comes.”Residents of unincorporated Thurston County can call the Roads Maintenance division at (360) 867-2300 to report flooded roads. Residents are urged to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.Thurston County emergency management officials urge drivers to use caution in wet weather and stay away from flooded roads. “With the kind of spotty squalls that are predicted, a sudden downpour can flood a section of road in a matter of minutes. It only takes 18 inches of water to float a small car, so even if a roadway isn’t officially closed, the only safe bet is to avoid flooded roads and find an alternate route,” says Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management Coordinator.This week’s wet weather is a reminder that storm season is right around the corner, and that the county’s annual Emergency Preparedness EXPO this Saturday is a great opportunity to get the tools, tips and information you need to get your family and your home storm ready. The free event on Saturday, September 7 will open at 10 a.m. at the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion & Worthington Conference Center, and every attendee will receive a free Kit-Man safety bag that will give you a jumpstart on creating your own emergency response kit. For more information about Preparedness EXPO 2013, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/Expo or contact Vivian Eason at EasonV@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2825.For more information on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/emlast_img read more

FirstLight HomeCare Voted “Best Home Health Care Agency” in the South…

first_imgFacebook740Tweet0Pin0Submitted by FirstLightHomeCareFirstLight HomeCare today was named “Best Home Health Care Agency” in the 2015 Best of South Sound award ceremony hosted by the Thurston County Chamber.For the past decade The Olympian has recognized Thurston County businesses with the coveted Best of South Sound awards. Readers vote online for their favorite businesses in over 80 categories. Sarah and Greg Lane, co-owners of FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, accepted the award and said they were honored to be voted the winner of “Best Home Health Care Agency.”FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is proud to be named “Best Home Health Care Agency.”“We can think of no greater accolade than being chosen as ‘Best’ by the people in our community, the clients we serve and our colleagues in health care,” said Sarah Lane after accepting the Best of South Sound award. “This is a reflection of the tremendous work done every day by our caregivers, who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to our clients and their families.”The Best of South Sound award is the third satisfaction honor won by FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound this year. In January, FirstLight also accepted two awards from Home Care Pulse, the leading independent performance and quality satisfaction firm in the home care industry. FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound received both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award, the only home care agency in Thurston County to receive either award.Sarah Lane (right), owner of FirstLight HomeCare, accepts the award on behalf of all of their caregivers.“Our goal is to be the best home care agency in this area, and to accomplish that, we’ve focused on building a team of outstanding caregivers to serve our clients,” added Greg Lane. “While we’re not in this to win awards, being voted as the ‘Best Home Health Care Agency’ in the South Sound is validation that our clients and their families are happy with the care we are providing and our referral partners in the health care community trust us to take great care of their patients.”FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is owned by Greg and Sarah Lane, long-time Olympia residents. To learn more about companion and personal care, dementia care, respite care or other non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or visit www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com.last_img read more

Need Immediate Medical Care? There’s an App (or Clinic) for That

first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Medical GroupThere are times we need immediate medical care and our doctor’s office isn’t available … and we don’t need to go to the emergency room.In Thurston County, Providence offers immediate and virtual care clinics to help fill the need. Immediate care clinics are open a variety of hours in both Lacey and West Olympia.Providence Medical Group West Olympia Immediate Care sees patients weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical GroupProvidence has two immediate (often called urgent) care clinics to serve patients on a walk-in basis – no appointment is necessary – for non-life threatening conditions including:IllnessesBone, joint or muscle complaintsCuts, puncture wounds, burns, foreign bodies, abscessesWork-related injuries such as back strain, minor bruises and minor cuts (new claims)Services such IV hydration, IV antibiotics and splintingX-rays and diagnostic imagingLab tests for strep throat and fluLacey Immediate Care: 4800 College St. SE (360-486-2900)Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. West Olympia Immediate Care: 1620 Cooper Point Road SW (360-486-6710)Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Bring the doctor to you – Providence Express Care VirtualEver “Facetimed”? Would you be willing to do it with a health care provider (via secure technology) if you needed immediate medical care for a non-life threatening condition?Providence Express Care Virtual brings the doctor to you.From your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can connect with a board-certified healthcare provider in minutes. Patients are connected with doctors and nurse practitioners through face-to-face secure video technology. It has proven to be accessible and expedient for patients who are seeking a diagnosis or treatment for minor medical concerns.It’s open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to midnight. No appointments are needed. The average wait time to see a provider is less than five minutes. And the average appointment last about 10 minutes.Providence Express Virtual Care brings the doctor to you – while you are in your pajamas. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical GroupDownload the app if you’re on a mobile device, or create an account for free on your laptop.“I can’t even get dressed and in my car in that amount of time, especially if I am not feeling well. The convenience and easy access of Express Care Virtual is paramount,” said Dr. Todd Czartoski, Medical Director of Telehealth at Providence. “Now patients have the ability to see a provider from anyplace and anywhere without having to make an appointment with their doctor or drive to the emergency room.”Patients are raving about the service and convenience. Providers average 4.8 stars out of 5. Nearly 99 percent of those who use the program have their concerns addressed, and for those who don’t have their concerns address, they are not charged.Providers can make diagnoses, recommend treatments and write prescriptions for common conditions.Signing up for Health eXpress is free. Visits are $39 or less – and many insurance plans are accepted (see here for a complete list). If you’re not using insurance, the $39 fee is payable by credit card before your visit. Please note that Express Care Virtual is not currently available to those covered under some insurance plans. For details please see FAQs.last_img read more

Thurston County Passes Tobacco-Free Parks Ordinance

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersToday, the Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance amending the Park Code of Thurston County to prohibit smoking and vaping in Thurston County parks and preserves, and on Thurston County trails.The Board of County Commissioners also serve as the Board of Health. The Board of Health is working to minimize public exposure to second hand smoke and view this ordinance as an important step in addressing a public health issue.Thurston County’s mission is “to create a community that promotes health, commerce, and environmental protection with transparency and accountability.” Tobacco use is the leading contributor to heart and lung disease and certain cancers. Ample research shows that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to health as well. There is no safe level of exposure.Fourteen percent (14%) of adults in Thurston County smoke. According to the Healthy Youth Survey (2016), a similar percentage of 12th graders smoke cigarettes, but 23% use vapes (26% use one, or the other, or both). Research has shown youth who vape are more likely to start smoking.“Our goal is to protect all of our residents and especially our kids,” said Commission Chair, Bud Blake. “We want our parks and trails to be safe for everyone to enjoy without the negative impacts of secondhand smoke—and that includes vaping. If science tells us that kids who vape are more likely to take up cigarettes, we need to take that seriously and do what we can by eliminating it in our parks and public places.”The statewide Smoking in Public Places (SIPP) law protects residents from secondhand smoke indoors but does not restrict outdoor exposures, with limited exceptions. Several cities in Thurston County have adopted similar rules to limit or prohibit smoking in parks and recreation areas. By prohibiting these activities in Thurston County parks and preserves, and on Thurston County trails, this ordinance:Helps prevent exposure of residents to secondhand smoke and vapor.Creates a safer and healthier environment for park users, including children and youth.Protects children’s health by reducing their exposure to smoking and vaping.Supports park users who may be trying to quit smoking.Protects against fire and environmental impacts of littering.Is consistent with state and regional goal of eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and vapor.Furthers the County’s mission by supporting healthy activity and preventing secondhand smoke or vapor impacts to the many users of these public spaces.Violation of the ordinance would be a misdemeanor offense, subject to the same penalties as other violations of the Park Code. This includes paying a fine on first offense which increases with each additional offense.To view the full ordinance, visit: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/personalhealth/chronicdiseaseprevention/PDF/TobaccoFreePark_Ordinance_Code10_081418.pdflast_img read more

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Restore 1st Floors with House Tour

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – The Fair Haven PTA’s biennial house hour will include a Super Storm Sandy relief fundraising effort designed to assist local victims with replacing kitchen and household items lost in the storm.The tour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.The Fair Haven First Floor House Tour will be Dec. 14. Displaying kitchenware donated to the Super Storm Sandy relief effort are: from left, co-chair Britt Garrison, homeowner Jennifer Uzzi and co-chair Lauren Steets.Tour attendees will be encouraged to donate new kitchen essentials and much needed gift cards to home-goods stores. There will be donation boxes at each of the eight tour homes. These donations will be given to Sandy Family Match, which will in turn distribute the items to local victims of Sandy.“We thought it would be a unique way of supporting the hundreds of Two River area homeowners who lost or sustained severe damage to their homes,” said tour co-chair Lauren Steets. “Most of us know at least one local family who is suffering now as a result of the storm, and we all want to help in some way.”The 2012 holiday tour features eight distinctive Fair Haven homes. Each home will be decorated for the holidays with fabulous tabletops and floral arrangements sure to inspire.Tour-goers will sample some of the best local fare from popular chefs, including David Burke’s Fromagerie (Rumson), Lusty Lobster (Highlands), Pop’s Garage (Shrewsbury), Woody’s (Sea Bright), Cups and Cakes (Rumson) and Fair Haven favorites Tavolo Pronto, Gourmet Picnic and Taste and Technique.Two special raffle prizes will be offered. The grand prize is $3,000 worth of landscaping donated by Sycamore Landscaping. The first prize features dinner for 10, prepared in the winner’s home or other local home of their choice, by Chef Hernan Garces of the Raven Tea Room. The dinner includes beverages, flowers, dessert, and service to help the host and hostess relax. Tickets for these two great prizes are $10 each.Fair Haven’s First Floors has several generous sponsors to help make the event possible, including Sycamore Landscaping, Merrick Builders, Heritage House/Sotheby’s, and Better Housekeeping.Proceeds from the tour will support the educational programs of the Fair Haven school system. The mission of the Fair Haven PTA is to promote the welfare, safety, and educational development of Fair Haven’s children in the home, school and community through cooperative efforts of parents and teachers.Tickets to Fair Haven’s First Floors are $50 and will be sold, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour, at 248 Kemp Ave. and 85 Grange Ave. No children will be allowed on the tour and participants will be asked to remove their shoes.For more information, or to support the Fair Haven PTA, contact house tour co-hairs Britt Garrison at 732-272-8622, Lauren Steets at 732-933-1867 or visit www.fairhavenpta.com.last_img read more

About Town

first_imgHOLMDELThe New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Museum & Education Center, will present a talk from 1 to 2:30 pm. Saturday, July 27 about “Modern Vietnam: A Fulbright Scholar’s Perspective” by Melissa Genovese. She will speak about her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, detailing how Vietnam has come a long way since the fall of Saigon in 1975.Genovese lived and worked from August 2011 to July 2012 in Nam Dihn, Vietnam, teaching English at Nam Dinh University of Technology Education. During this time, she was able to experience and learn about present-day Vietnam and its fast-paced movement towards modernization. Her presentation offers perspectives on modern Vietnam.Genovese grew up in Howell and received her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Rowan University in 2010. She was a recipient of a Fulbright award to Vietnam in 2011. Since returning home, she has made a mission of sharing her experiences in hopes of creating a better understanding of and future for the two countries.Museum admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students and children 10 years old or younger are free. Veterans and active military personnel also get free admission. Additional Information is available at www.njvvmf.org. FREEHOLDThe Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will present “18th Century Jews of Monmouth County,” a slide show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, featuring the story of the Solomon, Hart, and Judah families who were Monmouth County merchants and farmers of the late 1700s and early 1800s.The program is presented in complement with the museum’s current exhibit “The Land was Theirs: The Story of the Jewish Farmers of Monmouth County.” The program is free; donations will be greatly appreciated.The Jewish Heritage Museum is located at 310 Mounts Corner Drive. It is a 501(c) (3) organization and is handicapped accessible. Additional information is available by calling the museum at 732-252-6990 or visiting www.jhmomc.org. COLTS NECKThe Martha Mary Guild of St. Mary’s Church, 1 Phalanx Rd., is holding a clothing and linen sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The sale features men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and linens at bargain prices.The sale will be held in Madonna Hall, located behind the church, and in the parish hall. Donoghue Scholarships Awarded to Four Area Students HIGHLANDS – Atlantic Highlands resident Chloe Tracy, a senior at Henry Hudson Regional School, has been awarded a music scholarship by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation.The scholarship is the fourth given to an area student this year. Scholarships also have been awarded this year to Bridget Foley of Atlantic Highlands, a Red Bank Catholic High School senior, and to Middletown High School North seniors Emily Hochheiser of Belford and Jamie Waggner of Middletown’s Fairview section.This year’s scholarships bring to a total of 27 given out by the foundation in honor of the late Eric Donoghue in the 10 years since his death. The grants were awarded by former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue and Louise Donoghue, Eric’s parents.The scholarship program was instituted in 2003, the year Eric Donoghue died at age 32. Scholarships are awarded to area seniors who plan on pursuing music in college and thereafter and is financed entirely through the generosity of hundreds of friends and area residents.Tracy is a flutest who also plays guitar and piano and is a singer, an actress and a composer. She has performed with the Henry Hudson a cappella choir, Hudson Harmony and had leading roles in three musical productions. She has played in the marching, concert and stand bands and was awarded the Theatre and Music Academic awards last year. She is also very active in various clubs and in sports, captaining the varsity field hockey team. She will attend Rowan University, aiming to major in musical theater and minor in music. Her goal is to perform on Broadway or to become a music teacher.Waggner is a singer who has performed in the Middletown North a cappella choir, the All-State and All-Shore choruses and three high school musicals. She will attend Rowan University where she will pursue a degree in music education for voice with the intention of teaching.Hochheiser is a pianist and bass guitarist, a member of the Rock’n Music Academy House Band and has played at the Stone Pony and Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. She will attend Ramapo College, majoring in psychology and minoring in music with plans to become a music therapist.Foley is a singer, a member of the Red Band Catholic Chamber Choir, student manager of her school’s music department and a cantor and contemporary choir member at Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in New Monmouth. She is a former student at St. Agnes School in Atlantic Highlands, where she sang in the children’s choir under Eric Donoghue’s direction.Eric Donoghue was an accomplished musician, composer and piano teacher. He was the organist at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Atlantic Highlands at the time of his death and had previously played at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands. He was raised in Atlantic Highlands, was a 1989 graduate of Henry Hudson Regional and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. TINTON FALLSHoliday Express, the nonprofit organization of volunteer musicians and vocalists who bring music, food, gifts and friendship to hundreds, is looking for the donation of items that can be put into the thousands of gift bags it distributes each year. Members of the organization will be visiting more than 16,000 people in need this holiday season. That means volunteers will give out more than 16,000 gift bags in November and December.Every person the group visits receives a gift bag filled with personal care items, blanket, hat, gloves, scarf, playing cards, and other items. In most cases, this will be the only gift they will receive for the holidays.Individuals or groups – including Scouts, neighborhoods, churches or companies – can donate products to include in these gift bags. Items needed include body wash, non-aerosol deodorant, shampoo, lotion for babies and adults, lip balm, single toothbrushes, coloring books, crayons, Beanie Babies, stuffed animals, and playing cards. All items should be new and not hotel/small sizes. Donors may want to concentrate on collecting one item.Items can be dropped off through the end of July at the Holiday Express warehouse, 968 Shrewsbury Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Additional information about donations, collections and volunteering is available by calling 732-544-8010.center_img MIDDLETOWNA family square dance will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and Aug. 23, at the Croydon Hall Senior Center, 900 Leonardville Rd. Couples and singles are welcome. The donation is $4. Children younger than 18 are free and must be accompanied by a parent. Refreshments will be provided. No dancing experience is needed. The caller will teach newcomers all they need to know.The family square dance is sponsored by the Middletown Ramblers Square Dance Club, which invites people to come and see why square dancing is a great way to stay in shape, have fun and meet lots of friendly people.For more information and directions, call Betty at 732-291-1188 or check the website at www.middletownramblers.org. RED BANKAslan Youth Ministries will honor longtime supporters Bill and Beverly Van Winkle of Little Silver as part of its 14th annual Island Nights benefit 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road, Rumson. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at www.aslanyouth.org.This year’s event celebrates California’s famed Catalina Island and will feature boat rides, California cuisine, wine pulls, music and dancing, as well as a putting contest and exciting auction items.“We are looking forward to another exciting event where friends can enjoy themselves while making a real impact on the lives of local at-risk children,” said Craig Bogard, CEO of Aslan Youth Ministries.Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting John Fix, COO of Aslan Youth Ministries at 732-741-7824 or emailing to john@aslanyouth.org.Each year, Island Nights raises funds to support the mission of Aslan Youth Ministries, a local nonprofit which provides relationship-driven programs that impact and empower at-risk youth in Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Haiti. Aslan’s programs include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, Bible classes and recreational activities. For 38 years, Aslan has been helping children reach deeply within to overcome their limitations and, with God’s help, find the strength to endure and succeed. SHREWSBURYLittle Silver artist Roberta Carter Clark will demonstrate her technique of watercolor portrait painting with a live model at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library.As a busy portrait painter, Clark has been with Portraits, Inc. in New York City since 1974 and her commissioned portraits are in the private collections of hundreds of families throughout the United States and England. More portraits are in public and corporate collections, including universities, hospitals and banks.Clark has taught portrait and figure painting workshops from California to Texas and Hilton Head to Florida with many points between. Her paintings have received awards at national exhibitions, including The American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Midwest Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.Clark is the author of How to Paint Living Portraits and Painting Vibrant Children’s Portraits, and is a member of the Guild of Creative Art, the Ocean County Artist’s Guild, the American Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society.The event is free and open to all. The Eastern Branch Library is located at 1001 Route 35. Additional information on the program is available by calling the library at 1-866-941-8188. For more information on programming at the Monmouth County Library, visit the webpage at www.monmouthcountylib.org. OCEAN GROVEA cherished and anticipated tradition of every summer, the 144th Annual Camp Meeting Week begins on Friday, July 26 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4. Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), this 10-day pilgrimage offers sun-up to sun-down opportunities for Christian worship and prayer, religious education and exploration, and recreation and renewal along the beautiful New Jersey Shore.The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting is located at Pilgrim and Ocean pathways.  All activities are open to the public and are handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 732-775-0035 or visit www.oceangrove.orgSunrise prayers start at 6 a.m. daily at Thornley Chapel, and continue throughout the day on the Boardwalk, at Bishop James Tabernacle, the Youth Temple and the Great Auditorium.last_img read more

Red Bank Regional Proposing $22M Referendum

first_imgItems Include Classroom Expansion, Roof Replacement, New Turf Field |By Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Residents of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury Borough will be asked to vote on a two-part, $22-million referendum in December to fund a total roof replacement, classroom expansion and turf field installation at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR).An anticipated increase to student enrollment, the reduction of income from out-of-district students and a proactivity to expand programs for all students are driving the vote, said RBR Superintendent Louis Moore, Ph.D.“This is going to be the next crossroads” for RBR, Moore told The Two River Times Tuesday. “If this referendum goes forward, it’s going to put us in a place to continue to thrive. But if we lose, there are going to be some significant costs.”The referendum is set for Dec. 11 and will be split into two separate questions, with the second contingent upon approval of the first.The first is a projected $19.9 million bond to finance a total replacement of the high school’s roof which is “at the end of its life,” said Moore. It will also address an expansion to the school’s footprint creating 10 new classrooms along with transforming the media center into a “learning commons,” he said. This question qualifies for state debt service aid which the district projects would reduce the cost to $15.7 million.A second question, with a $2.2-million price tag, will fund replacing the existing grass stadium field with a new turf field, as well as upgrades to the concession stands and new bathroom facilities at the stadium. This question will only be approved if the first question passes, and it does not qualify for state debt service aid.With debt aid calculated in, the total project cost is roughly $18 million.Depending on average assessed home values in the three boroughs, homeowners would see a tax increase between $82 and $152 annually until 2023, when older debts are retired, according to a statement from the district. After 2023, the tax hit from this referendum would shrink to a range between $52 and $92.Here is a breakdown of the three towns with their average assessed home values and the tax levy based on those assessments using 2018-2019 budget information:Little Silver: Average Assessment = $633,785. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,728.67Red Bank: Average Assessment = $364,296. Regional School Tax Levy = $1,663.97Shrewsbury: Average Assessment = $496,184. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,508.13A combination of factors surrounding student enrollment is driving the referendum. Enrollment from in-district students is on the rise, said Moore. A demographic study commissioned last year shows an anticipated 5 to 10 percent increase in the student body. RBR has 1,217 students enrolled this year and its capacity is 1,200 students; that’s expected to jump to 1,350 in the coming years.The school is also seeing less money come in as increasing in-district enrollments have essentially barred out-of-district students. RBR drew 190 students from 15 different sending districts in the 2017-2018 school year at a tuition cost of $14,500 each. Tuition income to RBR has fallen from $4 million to $2.8 million over the past four years as the number of available spaces has declined.The district offers multiple unique Career Technical Educational academies drawing students from Belmar, Millstone and Union Beach, among others, Moore said. Those academies are for visual and performing arts, information technology, engineering and early childhood education.Moore added that the RBR Board of Education increases the out-of-district tuition roughly 2 percent annually, which is in line with the usual budget increases.Local taxpayers, however, will feel the brunt down the line if the referendum is denied, Moore cautioned.“I think this is a very responsible approach to these issues,” he said. “The truth is – and it’s a little counterintuitive – but if we don’t do this, the tax burden will actually increase.”The vote comes just before the tri-borough school district will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. According to the school’s history, the original building was financed by voters in the three boroughs for a total cost of $9.4 million.“This is going to improve our facility and really let us take the next step in being able to offer remarkable programs to all of our students,” Moore said. “It’s also going to deal with these fiscal issues that we’re already seeing.”The Red Bank Regional High School District will be presenting referendum plans at borough meetings and for any groups that request it to inform the public. Questions about the vote can be emailed to RBR-referendum@rbrhs.org.This article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Quick start powers Hawks to 4-1 win over Aldergrove

first_imgIt didn’t take the Beaver Valley Nitehawks long to get into the so-called “zone” at the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.Riley Brandt scored 12 seconds into the game sparking the Nitehawks to a 4-1 victory over Aldergrove Kodiaks in the opening game of the four-team B.C. Junior B Hockey Championship Tournament Thursday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Brandt shocked the Pacific Junior Hockey League reps, firing a screened shot past surprised Kodiak starting goalie Jordan Liem on the first rush of the game.“That (goal) was huge,” said Hawks sniping center Dallas Calvin when asked about the quick start against Aldergrove.“To get off to a good start like that just got us going from there.”The win gives the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion the start it wanted in a tournament that punishes teams that fall into slumps. “Every game counts . . . you don’t have that seven-game series where you can have a bad game and bounce back,” Calvin explained. “So you’ve got to win every game to have a chance to be there in the final.”Brandt, finishing the game with three points, scored on the power play in the first period to give the Hawks a quick 2-0 lead six minutes into the game.The teams traded goals in the second period.Adam Callegari scored for Aldergrove to cut the margin in half.But Calvin scored his 20th goal of the post season 90 seconds later to restore the two-goal advantage.Dan Holland completed the scoring in the final stages of the third period.Brett Clark was solid between the pipes, stopping 30 shots to register the win for the Hawks.Beaver Valley now faces host KIJHL rival Nelson Leafs Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena as the tournament enters Day two.“We expect Nelson to come out hard,” Calvin said. “They haven’t played in a while but we expect them to come out with nothing but their best.”last_img read more

Trafalgar culminates volleyball season with West Kootenay Title

first_imgIn the end, it was Trafalgar versus Trafalgar for all the bragging rights.Trafalgar A needed three sets to outlast their school rivals, Trafalgar B, to capture the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball Championship Saturday at Mount Sentinel Gymnasium in South Slocan.“This was a great group of girls and their overall play improves so much from the beginning of the year . . . they kind of peaked at the tournament,” said Trafalgar coach Staci Proctor. The interest in the school for volleyball allowed Proctor to enter three teams into the tournament — two teams in Tier I and one in Tier II.Trafalgar A went undefeated through the round robin draw in Tier I, defeating Mount Sentinel, Stanley Humphries of Castlegar, Grand Forks, Rossland and the other Trafalgar squad.Trafalgar B finished a strong second to force the meeting of the two squads in the final.The other Trafalgar side in Tier II finished fourth, losing in the consolation final.“The final was really well played,” Proctor said. “It went to three games with both teams playing very well with three hits to every rally.”Trafalgar not only won the top prize, but the squad finished second in the Team Cheer contest, third in the Team Poster contest and first in Serving Competition.last_img read more

Leafs continue building process, host Castlegar to start three-game weekend

first_imgTwo weeks into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season and there hasn’t been one trade by the Nelson Leafs.Instead, the coaching staff is very pleased with the progression of the Green and White despite the fact Nelson, undefeated during the preseason, is 2-2 out of the gates.After posting a couple of wins over Spokane, the Leafs get a chance to see the other three teams in the Murdoch Division, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against Castlegar Rebels.“We have a good balance of players,” said coach Sean Dooley.“The difference between this year and last year is this squad has a very good team environment in the dressing room. Everyone has jelled together . . . there’s no clicks in the dressing room.”“From our veteran guys down to our rookies, everyone is equal,” Dooley added. Now that league governors voted during the off-season to reduce the numer of games during the regular schedule, and not play outside the respective conferences, there’s even more importance for teams to have success within the division.After Castlegar, which exploded for two wins and ten goals last weekend, Nelson takes to the road to face defending Murdoch champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday Fruitvale before facing the Grand Forks Border Bruins for the first time this season, Sunday in the Boundary City.Last season Grand Forks rose from bottom feeders to knocking off Castlegar in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.“It’s still early in the season but we like what we’ve been able to recruit this season,” Dooley explained.“We like the work-ethic on the ice now it’s just spending time to getting the systems down.”What’s for sure is the Leafs will come at teams in waves.Dooley said it’s a philosophy both he, head coach Mario DiBella and assistant Isaac Macleod believe in.“That’s the way we want to play this season,” he said.“We want to roll all four lines . . . see all our D-men get into situations against any lines on the opposition. We believe to have a championship team everyone needs to contribute.”ICE CHIPS: Dooley said the coaching staff would continue to juggle the lineup as the Leafs have a few extra players on the roster to start the season. .  . . Beaver Valley increased its Murdoch Division lead to three points ahead of both Castlegar and Nelson after blasting Spokane Braves 8-3 Wednesday in Fruitvale. David Nemes, with two goals, and Kyle Hope each had three points to lead the Hawks. Beaver Valley, led in scoring by Hope, Tyler Ghirardosi and Nelson’s Nolan Percival, fired 61 shots at the Spokane net. . .  . Nelson fans will see Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena Friday, September 30.last_img read more