Many Sign Up for Girls Circle, Room for More

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – In January the YWCA of Olympia began offering the nationally recognized Girls Circle prevention program across Thurston County.  More than 60 middle-school age girls are now participating.  “We’ve had a good response from girls and parents”, said Kelly Hanson, YWCA Girls Circle staff.  “The program is a safe, positive place for girls during a sometimes tumultuous time in life”.  Girls Circle is held once a week, usually afterschool, over an 8 to 12 week period.  Research shows participating in Girls Circle promotes academic achievement, reduces alcohol use and improves the ability of girls to form healthier bonds with others.Five local school districts and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County signed on to offer the program.  “Being a rural district, it can be hard to access outside resources,” said Charla Dunham, Tenino District School Nurse.  “Girls Circle is a great opportunity for our families.”  YWCA staff provides the program on-site, at no-cost to partner schools and agencies.“We are pleased to be working in the communities of Tenino, Rochester, Olympia, Lacey, Rainier and Tumwater”, said Karmel Shields, YWCA Executive Director.  “That is a great start, but we have room for more.”  The YWCA wants to hear from schools and other youth-serving organizations interested in hosting Girls Circle this Spring.  The program serves girls between the ages of 10 and 14 who live in Thurston County.Girls Circle is made possible through a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health grant awarded to the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department.  The purpose of the grant is to improve health outcomes of local girls.For more information about Girls Circle call the YWCA at 360-352-0593.For information about the grant, visit the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health webpage at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health or call the Health Department’s Women’s Health Coordinator Kateri Wimsett at 360-867-2516.last_img read more

The Mayday Foundation Announces Partnership with Parenting Coach, Emily McMason

first_imgFacebook96Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Mayday FoundationWhen a family’s life is turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, there are many pieces to pick up. In Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties, families are able to turn to The Mayday Foundation for immediate, practical financial support.  Now, this assistance extends beyond getting help with paying household expenses and into the emotional side of being a parent while coping with cancer.“My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said Emily McMason. Photo courtesy: The Mayday Foundation“Along with financial assistance, The Mayday Foundation now includes a complimentary session with parenting coach, Emily McMason,” explained founder and executive director, Amy Rowley.  “We are able to expand our support of the family past paying rent and mortgages and delivering gas and grocery cards and allow each family to access Emily’s vast knowledge of parenting techniques. Parenting advice and coaching is critical since most families have not coped with a health care crisis of this magnitude.”Emily McMason, who holds a masters degree in education from Harvard University, is also a mother of two children being raised in Olympia. “A healthy community is one in which we reach out and care for one another. It matters to me to give back to the community in which I live, work and raise my children. My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said McMason. “My passion for parents and children makes working with The Mayday Foundation a natural connection.”“Emily’s generous donation of time means local families can gain the emotional support they need to cope with cancer and still be the parent they want to be to their children,” added Rowley.  “The first concern, when a parent is diagnosed with cancer, is ‘will my kids be ok, will they be able to recover from this upheaval?’ Providing access to a trained, professional parenting coach rounds out The Mayday Foundation’s support.”For example, parents may choose to talk with Emily about processing the news, adjusting to new normals, redefining family balance and boundaries, help with understanding the reactions of those you love or imagining the family with a post-cancer perspective.“A cancer diagnosis isn’t simply about our health—it is about our whole life,” added McMason in summary. “Our parenting role doesn’t stop when cancer becomes a part of a family’s life—instead it gets more complex. Spending time with families as they navigate these new spaces is an incredibly meaningful way for me to give back to my community. It’s an honor to work with The Mayday Foundation families and provide emotional support as well as practical tools for parenting as they cope with cancer.”To connect with Emily McMason, visit the Evolving Parents website or call 360-951-0563. Coaching is available to individuals, couples or whole families.To keep up with how The Mayday Foundation is making an impact in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties, visit www.maydayfoundation.org or follow the non-profit organization on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.last_img read more

Tenino COVID-19 Relief Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TeninoThe City of Tenino has just received the Wooden Scrip that forms the basis of the City’s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program and is now accepting applications for award of the grant.The grant is open to any Tenino resident who can prove economic hardship as a result of either having contracted COVID-19, or because their income was reduced as a result of the COVID-19 response mandated by State authorities.  The amount of the grant will be determined according to the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.  The maximum amount available under the grant is $300 per household, per month.  Grants will be awarded until either the emergency is declared to be over, or when all grant funding ($10,000.00) has been exhausted.Grant guidelines and applications are available on the City’s website.last_img read more

Watch: Lionel Messi scores not 1 but 2 LIT freekicks as Barcelona rout Celta…

first_imgImage Courtesy: La LigaAdvertisement h7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs663e5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ef2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) szafWould you ever consider trying this?😱1nCan your students do this? 🌚45Roller skating! Powered by Firework Lionel Messi: a name that has left a monumental mark in the Spanish top tier football. After 15 years with the senior club, and now taking the helm of the club, the Argentine excites the Camp Nou stands just as always even in 2019. Yesterday’s Celta Vigo clash certainly wasn’t lacking any bit of that.Advertisement Image Courtesy: La LigaThe 32 year old skipper produced a sublime hat trick, as Barça dominated a 4-1 victory over RC Celta de Vigo yesterday at Camp Nou. However, the veteran still provides answers as why he is one of the greatest ever to grace the beautiful game.Following a successful spot kick conversion in the 23rd minute, Messi sent the ball soaring into the net, not once, but twice, once nearing the end of first half, and the second one just 3 minutes into the second. Check out the spectacular free kicks below, courtesy to Twitter users @Vish_Akshay and @mizterlachi.Advertisement Lionel Messi Bringing joy back to FC Barcelona! Consecutive Freekicks!!!My GOAT!!! #BarcaCelta pic.twitter.com/Hb9sHsMvSS— Omo Tailor ➐ (@mizterlachi) November 9, 2019Both kicks were taken from a similar 20 yards distance, and the Blaugrana captain’s finesse saw both of them in the back of the net.Sergio Busquetes contributed the 4th in the 85th minute, and Celta’s single consolation goal came in the first half, and that too, was free kick scored by the Uruguyan defender Lucas Olaza.Barcelona are currently top of the table with 25 points, equal to Real Madrid, who are trailing in second on the basis of goal difference. Advertisementlast_img read more

T20 World Cup to (hopefully) go ahead as planned: Cricket Australia

first_imgImage Courtesy: CA/ICCAdvertisement 1mhibdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6d1mdhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej03( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65fWould you ever consider trying this?😱9y6tkCan your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Not even a month ago, Australia hosted the 2020 ICC WOmen’s T20 World Cup, where they successfully defended the title against the Indian Women’s cricket team in the final. Whilst gearing up for the Men’s T20 World Cup again later this year- the Aussies have come up with a big hurdle- the Coronavirus pandemic. The global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has caused several major sports tournaments go get cancelled or postponed. However, Cricket Australia, the governing body of the sport in the country, is primarily hopeful on successfully conducting the T20 World Cup.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CA/ICCIt was only a couple of days ago when ICC themselves gave green signal on the Men’s T20WC. In a recent statement, ICC disclosed that there are no change of plans as of now, and the tournament will go ahead as planned.“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 18 – November 15 2020 in seven venues across Australia. We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled,” the statement read.Advertisement There has been 438 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Australia in total, and five of the patients have died. Amidst the worrying situation in the country, the ongoing ODI series between Australia and New Zealand was cancelled after the hosts won the first match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Additionally, all further fixtures of cricket int the season was suspended.However, there has been no update on the upcoming cricket world cup, and on the heels of ICC’s confirmation, Cricket Australia themselves have shown confidence to conduct the tournament as planned, as CA’s chief Kevin Roberts said in an interview on Tuesday.Advertisement “We’re really hoping that all forms of sport can be played again in a few weeks’ or a few months’ time. None of us are experts in this situation obviously, so our hope is that we’re back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played,” Roberts told reporters.“And at this stage we’re planning on November 15, to have a full house at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) to inspire the world through men’s cricket as the women’s cricketers did here just last week,” the CA chief added.The seventh edition of the Men’s T20 World CUup will start with Sri Lanka vs Ireland and papua New Guinea vs Oman at the Kardinia Park stadium in Victoria on October 18th 2020.Also read-Sachin compared fight against Coronavirus to Test cricket in plea to publicDespite Coronavirus, here are the sports leagues still going on! Advertisementlast_img read more

All sportspersons that have been infected by the novel Coronavirus

first_imgImage Courtesy: EPA/ReutersAdvertisement c0tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsgpag8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2m18okvnWould you ever consider trying this?😱12b1Can your students do this? 🌚32Roller skating! Powered by Firework As the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak turned pandemic, many sporting fixtures, leagues and events all around the world saw cancellation or postponement cancelled as a preventive measure from further contamination. However, in an unfortunate turn of events, many iconic faces of the sports fraternity across the globe have been tested positive of the infection, as now many players and teams are constantly being put into quarantine and self-isolation. Below here are all the sportspersons who have tested positive of Coronavirus.Advertisement Image Courtesy: EPA/ReutersFootball:Juventus defender Daniele Rugani was found positive of Coronavirus earlier. Now, his teammate and club talisman Paolo Dybala has also tested positive, along with Blaise Matuidi.Former AC Milan legend and football icon and Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel Maldini were found to have been infected with the virus.Advertisement Six Sampdoria players- Manolo Gabbiadini, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina, Morten Thorsby, Fabio Depaoli and Bartosz Bereszynski tested positive.German Pezzella, Patrick Cutrone and Dusan Vlahovic, all who play for Fiorentina, were found infected.Advertisement Callum Hudson-Odoi, the young Chelsea winger was tested positive.Mikel Arteta, the current Arsenal gaffer has also been infected with the virus.Marouane Fellaini, former Manchester United star had positive test results.James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Sean Raggett and Haji Mnoga, four Postsmouth FC footballers were found to have contracted the virus.Hanover 96 defender Timo Hübers tested positive, along with Luca Kilian who plays for SC Paderborn 07.Valencia players Ezequiel Garay and Eliaquim Mangala gave positive test results.Chinese international Wu Lei, who plays for Espanyo was reported to have contracted the virus.South Korea international Hyun-Jun Suk has been infected.Mexican football league president Enrique Bonilla was tested positive.Basketball:Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert was the first NBA star who tested positive, followed by his teammate Donovan Mitchell.Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood was the next NBA player who gave positive results.Four players of Brooklyn Nets players including Kevin Durant have been infected.Marcus Smart of Boston Celtics has also been infected, and two unnamed LA Lakers players have also shown positive results.Real Madrid’s basketball team player Trey Thompkins was found infected, which resulted in both the basketball and football team to be put under quarantine.Cricket:Former Scottish cricker and captain Majid Haq announced his positive test results.Tennis:Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic was found to be infected.Olympics:Although the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics is still planned to go ahead smoothly in July-August, Japan’s Olympic committee deputy chief Kozo Tashima was found infected from the virus.Athletics:An athlete who participated at the Mooloolaba Triathlon in Australia was found to be infected.Hockey:An unnamed player of NHL club Ottawa Senators was reported for testing positive.American Football:Sean Payton, coach of the New Orleans Saints had tested positive.Baseball:Denny Larrondo, a 17-year old New York Yankees player, was the first MLB player who was found to be infected from the virus. Another unnamed minor league player was also reported to have tested positive. Advertisementlast_img read more

About Town

first_imgLITTLE SILVERThe Seniors of Little Silver will have their last meeting of the season at noon Tuesday, June 25, at the Club House, Church Street.A luncheon, prepared by Sickles Market with special treats from members, will be served at noon and the regular meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Members who would like to prepare their favorite dish to share should call Linda Rizzo, the hospitality chairwoman, at 732-741-5339.Those attending should RSVP by June 20. The cost is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Checks, made payable to Seniors of Little Silver, should be mailed to Diane Tresente, treasurer, at 61 Seven Bridges Road, Little Silver.Following the board meeting, board-assembled baskets will be raffled off.Informal gatherings will be held, beginning in July, at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at The Turning Point on Prospect Street. All are welcomed.Regular meetings will resume in the fall on Sept. 24 – the fourth Tuesday of the month. Conservation Foundation Holds Kids Photo/Art Contest ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe 5th Annual Atlantic Highlands Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday June 15, with June 22 as the rain date.The event, which will run along First Avenue, usually features more than 160 cars and trucks and brings out thousands of spectators.Handcrafters and automotive-related vendors will be set up in the park and the borough’s shops and eateries will be open.There will be two areas of entertainment: one stage in the center of the show and another in the park. This year’s entertainment will include D.J. Riff Raff, The Battery Electric, Michael Melore & The Winjen Band, Plato Zorba, Christina Alessi, The Brigantines, Poppa John “Bug” with Gary Wright performing acoustic and Nine Below Zero.For information about registering a vehicle or inquiring about vending, visit www.atlantichighlands.org/events/car-show or call or email Meredith at 347-528-5372 or vintagevarietyshop@yahoo.com. * * * * *Daylily Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Deep Cut Gardens.Area residents are invited to visit Deep Cut Gardens, Red Hill Road, Middletown, and enjoy an assortment of daylilies. In addition to colorful displays, expert daylily growers will be on hand to discuss this hardy flower and give horticultural advice.The event is presented by the Monmouth County Park System and the Garden State Daylily Growers.Deep Cut Gardens is the Monmouth County Park System’s site dedicated to the home gardener. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons. For more information on Deep Cut Gardens or the Mon­mouth County Park System, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call the Park System at 732-842-4000.The TTY/TDD number for people with hearing impairment is 711. MONMOUTH COUNTY – Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) announces its Fall 2013 Kids Capturing Conservation Photo/Art Contest for preschools located in Monmouth County. The purpose of this contest is to increase awareness of the importance of nature and land conservation in Monmouth County.There are two ways to win: the winning school will be awarded a grant of $1,500, the three top winning student entrants will each be awarded an exciting birthday party at Huber Woods Environmental Center in Locust (Middletown Township) and the second three winning students will each win a digital camera.The contest invites students enrolled at registered preschools to photograph or draw a special moment in nature that is then posted by an adult family member on Monmouth Conservation Foundation’s Facebook Contest Page. The winning school will be determined by the highest percentage of entrants based on school enrollment. The student winners will be based on receiving the most social media votes.Preschools must register on the MCF website contest registration page by June 21 for the opportunity to win the grant. The actual contest takes place in the fall, and student photo/art entries may be submitted from October 1 through October 15. Student entries must be from a preregistered preschool. Please visit our contest page for more details. To register online: MonmouthConservationFoundation.org/Capturing-Conservation. For more information, contact Lisa McKean at 732-671-7000.Monmouth Conservation Foundation is Monmouth County’s only countywide land trust whose overarching mission is to create a permanent legacy of open space, parks, and protected natural resources for our generation, our children’s generation and future generations. Established as a 501(c) 3 in 1977, the foundation has preserved over 6,500 acres of open space, farmland, wetlands and parks throughout Monmouth County. The conservation and preservation of land creates a better quality of life – protecting the character and integrity of Monmouth County for all to appreciate and benefit from. With continued support, MCF will continue to preserve the beauty of Monmouth’s County for future generations. * * * * *The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be holding a book sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Old First Church, 60 King’s Highway.Shoppers can fill bags with as many books that fit for $5 per bag. Treasures include complete sets, classics, children’s and young-adult books plus current fiction, mysteries, history titles, hardcovers and paperbacks.Proceeds provide scholarships for local women. MIDDLETOWNYouth from the Middletown United Methodist Church, 924 Middletown-Lincroft Rd., will host a dinner and live band on Saturday, June 15, on church grounds to raise funds for a service mission trip to upstate New York.Area families with youth and small children are invited to join in this fun summer evening of dinner and live music in a mix of music styles.Every year 15 youth and six adults from the church travel to upstate New York to help fix up the homes of those in need.Projects can include painting, roofing and building ramps, stairs or porches. The youths volunteer a week of their summer to sleep on air mattresses in schools or churches and do manual labor.The experience goes a long way in molding character, learning new skills and building lasting friendships and relationships among themselves and the families and communities they serve.It also moves youth forward in their academic pursuits and their service to their communities and those in need.Additional information is available by calling 732-671-0707 or visiting the website at www.middletownumcnj.org. * * * * *The Monmouth County Park System is hosting a pottery open house from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Newman Springs Road.Visitors can sample hand-building techniques and try the potter’s wheel.Additional information is available by visiting www.monmouthcountyparks.com or calling 732-842-4000.  For people with hearing impairment, the TDD/TTY number is 711. LINCROFTThe monthly social-action film screening will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Unitarian meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St.The film, Living Downstream, follows scientist, professor, author and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer, its environmental links and the urgent human rights issue therein. Both personal journey and scientific-social exploration, the film is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.Additional information is available by calling Dan Ciaglia at 732-284-6312 or emailing sarah.klepner@gmail.com.last_img read more

Domenic DiPiero: Commitment to Community

first_imgBy John BurtonDomenic DiPiero III is a hometown guy who grew up in The Two River area and not only loves the community but believes in giving back to it.That’s why he bought The Two River Times.“It may not have the financial upside,” of other for-profit endeavors, Domenic noted, but added, “it has real benefit for the community.”Another driving factor for Domenic is that he wanted to emulate his father, remaining in the area and running much of his investment firm as well as the Two River Times operations out of their respective Red Bank offices.“It was that balance that I was always trying to achieve,” he said.“The truth of the matter,” he explained, “is I liked the life my dad had.”The elder Domenic DiPiero and his family lived in Middletown, where he and his wife raised the young Domenic and his siblings. The senior DiPiero established his business offices in the late 1970s in what is now the headquarters of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, on the corner of Bodman Place and Riverside Avenue.Domenic remembered being able to walk from school – having attended St. James Elementary School and then Red Bank Catholic high school – to his father’s offices of Delphi Petroleum and spend time with him.“To see his ability to be around his kids and to be able to work there after school,” Domenic said, “was something what I wanted to do.”And he does, noting just recently, “Today I’ll walk to the JV football game,” at his alma mater, RBC, to catch his son, Domenic IV, playing.A year ago Domenic bought The Two River Times from then owner, Michael “Mickey” Gooch,” at the time a fellow Rumson resident and friend, who had owned the Red Bank- based weekly newspaper for 10 years. “I was always a fan of the paper,” he said, having read it for local and sports news as well as news about the various charitable and not-for-profit organizations, many of which he is involved with.Domenic had served on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, having been elected the board’s chair; the Meridian Health System Foundation board, also for a time as its chair and on its strategic planning committee; and has been a board member for the Two River Theater, Count Basie Theatre’s foundation and on the finance committee for the Two River Film Festival. He and his brother, David, have been active with the Asbury Park Pop Warner youth football program, helping to make the program more accessible to underprivileged youth.And in a sense Domenic saw his taking ownership of the TRT and continuing its work as akin to the efforts that those other organizations have been accomplishing.“More than any other publication we are really part of the community,” he emphasized, pointing out that almost all of the paper’s staff live in the coverage area and it has always been owned and operated by those who lived in the area and had heartfelt attachments to it.“It’s rare these days to have an independent newspaper run by local people,” in the contemporary media environment. He acknowledged another reason he decided to acquire the paper. “I was afraid it would fall into the hands of a big company or in the hands of someone with an agenda,” he said.And in the last year, “Everything I’ve heard has been positive,” about the publication. He admitted that “there are people who would let me know if there is something wrong with it.”Many have stepped forth to offer their expertise, wishing to contribute columns and suggestions for the publication because they believed in the area.The Two River Times continues to be a positive reflection of this community, he said. “I really believe – and I’m fortunate enough to have traveled around the country and around the world – I believe this is the best place to live. And being involved with the paper only solidified that.”So far, “It’s a lot of fun,” being involved in the newspaper, learning about the publishing world and what this all entails, he said. “And it’s a great way to showcase all these nonprofits and small businesses we have around here and the people who work for them.”“Growing up here, The Two River Times is something that we can gather around and support,” he said. “And as long as the community is interested and supports The Two River Times, I am happy to do my part in keeping it ‘our’ paper.”last_img read more

Red Bank’s ‘Couch to 5K’ Running Program Takes First Steps

first_imgby John BurtonRED BANK – For Red Bank Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Hoffmann, the aim is simple: no matter how sedentary they have been, those who signed up for his running program can start moving and get healthier.“It’s my hope it’ll plant the seed,” in the participants and they’ll continue on this fitness journey, Hoffmann said of his program “Couch Potato to 5K,” which kicked off this week.Hoffmann, who is relatively new to the Red Bank job, has conducted similar programs for about nine years, in Fair Haven, where he had previously worked as rec director, as well as in Manalapan and in South Carolina.His program is along the same lines as a national one called “Girls on the Run” and the idea is pretty simple, Hoffmann maintained—finding people’s comfort level, getting them off the couch and getting them to remain active. “It’s both an action and life enrichment course,” he explained.For the first session on a cold Monday evening this week, 13 participants joined Hoffmann at East Side Park, at the Mechanic Street/Harrison Avenue intersection, where Hoffmann told the group what to expect when they meet on Wednesdays and Mondays, from March through June.After a joke-filled introduction to the group, Hoffmann tells them to “run at a comfortable level and if you need to walk, you walk.” The idea being, he said, to extend the distances over time, “So it’ll be more running than walking,” as time progresses.Ultimately, Hoffmann hopes to have participants shape up sufficiently to be able to take on a 5K run in June.Before they start Hoffmann has them take a deep breath and give a U.S. Marine-style grunt. The grunt is for a reason, but he won’t tell them until later in the training season.Debbie Graf said she joined “Because I am a couch potato…I needed to get in shape.”Along with that, “I wanted to see who was doing it,” and was pleasantly surprised to see a neighbor had joined.Joining her, too, was Graf’s husband, John McCracken, who is already a regular runner, figuring he’d provide moral support as well. McCracken acknowledged he had already run 6 ½ miles after work before joining Graf for this program. “I’ll probably cramp up before I finish here,” he kidded.“The hardest part is done,” Hoffmann told them. “You’re here,” and are starting the program.James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, the local business coalition, decided to get involved. “I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time,” and thought getting more exercise would help, he said.The group did a series of stretches and some brief walk-run combinations for short distances for the first outing. Hoffmann reminded everyone that “Running is a little like making love.” He let that sink in before explaining, “You don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it.”“Anyone out of breath? In pain?” he asked afterwards. “That’ll change. It’ll go away,” as the sessions progress, he promised.Claudia Ferreira, a municipal employee, said she regularly exercises but conceded “I do better with a plan.”“It was fun,” she said of the first session and looked forward to continuing.“My real reason is really to get heart healthy and lose weight,” explained Doreen Hoffmann (no relation to Charlie), who also works for the town. She found the session “non-intimidating” and credited Charlie Hoffmann for setting the comforting tone.She’s not interested in being a serious runner but, “I feel however I end, jogging, walking, running,” she noted, “it’s pushing me to obtain a goal.”“My hope is that at some point maybe someone will come back to me and say ‘I’m running in the Boston Marathon,’” Charlie said. “I hope they stick with it.”There is still time to sign up. But that window is closing as the group continues with its twice weekly training, getting in shape, Hoffmann explained.The program costs $30 and participants get a T-shirt, the sessions and “homework” instructing different exercises and other activities members can do between trainings.For more information, call the borough Parks and Recreation Department, 732-530-2782.last_img read more

Small contingent of Leafs earn All Star status

first_imgOf course, Walton and Wiest were involved in that blockbuster trade last month between Castlegar and Fernie that saw the two star players switch teams mid season. Sookro leads the Hawks in scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists.There is one player each from Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Rebels have two players on the Kootenay Prospects Team. Forwards Jamie Vlanich and Diego Bartlett will make the trek along with Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin of Beaver Valley.Vlanich was also part of the Castlegar/Fernie deal that sent Walton to the Eddie Mountain powerhouse.Desert Dogs lead All Star selections with eightThe Osoyoos Coyotes have no less than eight players heading to Fernie. The expansion club, that looks more like a seasoned crew, leads the entire KIJHL with a 29-2-2 record.Defending KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies is second, three points behind the Desert Dogs. sports@thenelsondaily.com By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s a rather small contingent of Nelson Leafs that heads to Fernie next month to attend the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star weekend.Five players, including two veterans, made the grade to play in the All Star and Prospects games in January.Headlining the list is the Leafs’ leading scorer, Gavin Currie. Currie, 20, has been the most consistent player on the Green and White this season, leading Nelson in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points.Many of those points have come in the last few months before the Christmas break as the Abbotsford native has points in 15 of the last 19 games.It’s the second trip to the All Star contest for Currie.Taylor O’Neil also slated to play in the All Star Classic. The Kelowna native has been Mr. Rock Solid for the Leafs on the blueline. Nelson’s captain has played all 32 games for Nelson, amassing three goals and nine assists to go with 188 minutes in penalties.Three rookies earn the opportunity to play in the Prospects’ Game.Goalie Darren Hogg and forwards Cameron Dobransky and Connor Enright caught the eye of the All Star committee.Hogg has shared the crease with teammate Marcus Beesley and leads the Leafs with a solid 2.88 goals against average in 14 games. Nine of those games have been wins for the Penticton native.Dobransky and Enright have been key contributors to the Leaf success this season with 13 and 11 points, respectively.The KIJHL All Star weekend goes January 14-15 in Fernie.Friday is the Prospects Game while the All Star Classic is scheduled for Saturday. Prior to the All Star contest the players and coaches will be treated to a banquet.Five Riders play before home crowd in FernieThe Fernie Ghostriders lead the Kootenay Conference in selections to the All Star Game with five players.Netminders Andrew Walton and Fraser Abdallah join forwards Thomas Abenante, Scott Morriseau and Jeff Zmurchyk on the Kootenay Conference squad.Three players from the Castlegar Rebels — Darren Tarasoff, Mike Wiest and Taylor Anderson — join two from Beaver Valley — Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro and Derek Lashuk.last_img read more