Submitted by the South Sound YMCAWhen the third grade students from Madison got off the bus at the Downtown Y on September 24 it was hard to tell who was more excited; the Madison students or the Y staff greeting them. The Y planned and prepared for this week for months and we wanted to make sure their experience was awesome and that they learned important swimming skills. This week of free swim lessons counted towards their PE grade and we wanted all 40 of them to do well!The results more than exceeded our expectations. With drowning as the second leading cause of death for youth (ages 2 to 14), it i important that kids know what to do in an emergency. We are thrilled that 92 percent of the participants can now return to the edge of the water or pool if they accidentally fall in and 80 percent now have the skills to swim out of a strong, open-water current. In addition, 68 percent of the kids increased their swimming ability by one full level and 15 percent increased by two levels! (A full article about the Y’s swimming program can be found here.)The teachers were thrilled by the impact the lessons were having on the kids back in the classroom. They told us that the kids were more excited to come to school, their self-confidence increased, and that the lessons gave the students something to look forward to. On swim days, third grade attendance was near perfect.Changes were also evident to the parents of the kids. One mom told us that her daughter came home excited and full of pride on the days she went to the Y. The girl insisted that her mom take her to the Y to show off her newly learned swimming ability!We are grateful to our donors and the Olympia School District for their generosity in helping this program succeed.At the Y, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth in our community are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.For more information, visit the Y’s website. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0
Submitted by The Olympia School DistrictShannon Ritter has been named principal of Centennial Elementary School in the Olympia School District. The position became open with the announcement that current Centennial principal Alice Drummer is retiring this year. Ritter will assume her new responsibilities July 1 pending school board approval in late June.Since 2010 Ritter has served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Marshall Middle School. She also supports staff and students at Hansen Elementary School. Prior to joining the Olympia School District Ritter taught 2nd, 5th and 6th grades in the North Thurston School District and served as Dean of Students at Aspire Middle School and South Bay Elementary.“I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue working with the students, families and staff of the Olympia School District,” Ritter said. “Although I will miss the Marshall Middle School community greatly, it is a thrill for me to be able to serve as principal at Centennial Elementary and continue the great work being done by that school’s talented and dedicated staff. I have lived in this community for twenty years and am very familiar with the supportive and dedicated learning community at Centennial. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with staff and parents to continue providing exceptional educational experiences thatsupport students academically, socially and emotionally.”Ritter earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement from St. Martin’s University in 1993. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from City University in 1997 and her Administrative Credentials from Seattle Pacific University in 2009.Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said he believed Ritter will serve the students, families and staff at Centennial very well.“Shannon Ritter will be an outstanding leader for Centennial Elementary students, family and staff,” said Cvitanich. “She is student centered and always exploring ways to help them grow as students, leaders and citizens. She is highly respected by parents and staff members for her instructional knowledge, strong interpersonal skills, organization, and enthusiasm. I believe Shannon is an excellent match for the Centennial Elementary community. I look forward to her leadership for many years.”Centennial Elementary, located in southeast Olympia near the intersection of Boulevard Road and Yelm Highway, serves more than 530 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Facebook61Tweet0Pin0
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetSahylah is a darling 14-year-old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix who is looking for a forever home where she can enjoy the love and warmth of a family. Shaylah is pretty active when she is out in the yard playing. She is very sweet and enjoys a warm sofa and a fluffy blanket, too. If you’ve been looking for a companion to help you with your cross word puzzle or help you pick your TV programming, Shaylah is highly qualified!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, contact us at email@example.com or 360-432-3091.
Facebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Brewzer! He is a happy and healthy five-month-old Lab/PitBull puppy, weighing in at 24 pounds. Brewzer is actively exploring the world and learning new things. He is beginning to understand what it means to walk on a leash politely and to “come” and “sit”. He loves to play and looks cute while doing so!Brewzer is an eager 5-month-old puppy looking for a family. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetBrewzer’s coat is black and nicely accented with a white chest and white paws. When he listens to humans talk, he perks up his ears so that he doesn’t miss a thing. If you are a nice family with a fenced yard, and the desire to teach an eager puppy how to become a great forever companion, he would like to meet you. Please schedule an appointment to meet him or if you have further questions, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-432-3091.
Access resources so you can better plan for end-of-life Sliding scale tickets available and no one turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited. This is a unique opportunity. It is for anyone who wants to feel empowered about end-of-life care For a full event schedule, session descriptions, speaker bios, and to buy tickets, visit the Window Seat Media website.This project is produced by Window Seat Media and is sponsored by Humanities Washington, Olympia Federal Savings and South Sound Vasectomy. Reflect on your own journey and honor loved ones through playback theater, writing workshops, and a pop-up exhibit Learn about new progressive legislation – human composting and alkaline hydrolysis – providing more environmentally friendly options for our bodies after death Facebook62Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Window Seat MediaWindow Seat Media announces the launch of its newest Community Stories Project: InhaleExhale: Honoring Life and Navigating the Journey of Death. What are our “blueprints” for dying? Where do these stories come from and how do they inform the care we seek and receive? What stories complicate our “master narratives,” and what can we learn from those stories? “Our goal with this project,” says Lead Curator, Elaine Vradenburgh, “is to share powerful stories and ideas, access new ideas, and ask what is possible for end-of-life care in the South Sound community.” The project launch will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lord Mansion in Olympia, Washington. Participants will have the opportunity to: Participate in interactive workshops with speakers from around the state who will share their knowledge and experience with alternative, progressive death care – including the role of death doulas, how to have a home funerals, and green burial and emerging alternatives
Image Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 9f81NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa8485Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ymivWould you ever consider trying this?😱7y4sCan your students do this? 🌚1c5mdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The New Zealand tour has turned sour for Team India. Along with it, the captain Virat Kohli is struggling to find his usual finesse, and the lacklustre batting from the ODI series is has carried over into the Test. Although known for one of the present pioneer batsmen of Test cricket, Kohli failed to make a mark in the first Test, scoring only 21 across both innings of the first Test against New Zealand. As a result, the ICC no.1 Test batsman has lost his top spot, dropping to second position.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThanks to marvellous performance in the South Africa and Bangladesh test series last year, Virat Kohli soared to the top spot in the batting ranking list last December, toppling Steve Smith with 928 ratings. Now, the Aussie superstar with 911 ratings has gone back to top of the ranking list, as Kohli’s ratings are down to 906.Australia’s last Test was against New Zealand, where Smith scored a marvellous 214 in the first test, including two half centuries. This is the eighth time Smith has regained his no. 1 rank in the last five years.Advertisement The Indian batting squad failed massively to rack up a good total against the Kiwis in the test, and Kohli himself, managed to put up a score of 2 and 19 in both innings respectively. With scoring totals of just 165 and 191, the hosts snatched away an easy 10 wicket victory in the second innings, chucking India into their heaviest Test defeat under the captaincy of Kohli at the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington.Following Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara has also lost two spots, and is down at 9th rank. The specialist Test batsman scored a total of 22 runs in the first Test.Advertisement However on the other hand, Mayank Agarwal has joined the top ten list, soaring up to no. 10 in the ranking, which is his career highest. The 29 year old put up an appreciable total of 92 across the two innings, along with a half century in the second one. With a rating of 727, Agarwal is one rank below Pujara.Ajinkya Rahane gone up to his previous rank at the no. 8 position. The 31 year old veteran middle order batsman scored 75 in the match.The second Test is to happen at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch this Saturday.Also read-World Cup winning Indian captain slams Virat Kohli for team selection in NZFormer Kiwi Craig McMillan reveals exactly why India got crushed by NZ in the first test Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Getty/MirrorAdvertisement 7mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5z4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eykk7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 40pfjWould you ever consider trying this?😱o6zzwCan your students do this? 🌚obwu4Roller skating! Powered by Firework After more than three months, football is finally back in action in England, as the top leagues have all resumed the ongoing seasons. However, the atmosphere in the stadium is quite different, as the remaining matches are to be played in a behind closed doors format, due to the presence of COVID-19 threat. Meantime, a number of clubs decided to go ahead with cardboard cutouts of spectators in an attempt to recreate some of the pre-Coronavirus stadium atmosphere. However, it all went wrong in case of Leeds United, as the notorious Osama Bin Laden was spotted in their stands!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/MirrorWhile the stadium crazy spectators are unable to attend the matches, Leeds reached out to its fans to send the photos of themselves and their loved ones to be placed as cardboard cutouts at their home ground at Elland Road, for the price of £25 to have a 76cm x 46cm cardboard copy of themselves to be placed in the seats.Unfortunately, the move bit the EFL Championship back in the face, as the image of the al-Qaeda leader was spotted on one of the cardboard cutouts to be used during Leeds’ face off against Fulham this Saturday.Advertisement One fan spotted his own photo next to Laden’s cutout, and uploaded the image on Twitter which soon went viral all over the micro blogging website. While the photos were rapidly gaining hysterical reactions from the netizens, the club soon noticed the hilarious yet offensive error, and immediately took to action to have the cardboard removed.While it has been nine years since the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks was killed by the United States Navy SEALs in 2011, football stadium wasn’t an unfamiliar place for Laden. It was later discovered that the notorious terrorist mastermind was an avid fan of Arsenal, and often went to see the Gunners home matches during his residence in London in the 1990s.Leeds are currently second in the Championship table, with 71 points from 38 matches.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Reporter reminds hattrick hero Anthony Martial to collect matchball!37 year old Sreesanth admits he didn’t know about change in cricket rules during ban Advertisement
Virat Kohli of India celebrates his century during the 3rd ODI match between West Indies and India at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on August 14, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)Advertisement 12tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsyx2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2il9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7wmaizoWould you ever consider trying this?😱zCan your students do this? 🌚g5zRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed the similarities between India captain Virat Kohli and batting great Viv Richards, citing that Kohli’s batting is very similar to that of the former West Indies player. Notably, Virat Kohli is the only batsman in the world who has an average of more than 50 across formats. On the other hand, Viv Richards is considered one of the greatest batsmen ever in the history of cricket.Advertisement Backlog: DNA, Sportshow IndiaWhile talking about the similarities between the two batsmen, Gavaskar said Kohli is the best batsman in the world because of his ability to play various shots.“It was very difficult to keep Viv Richards quiet when he was at the crease. Similarly, if you look at Virat Kohli’s batting today, in the same ball and same line, he will use his top hand and score a boundary towards the extra cover region and will use the bottom hand and score a boundary towards the mid-on and mid-wicket region,” said the batting great on Star Sports’ show ‘Winning the Cup — 1983’.Advertisement “That’s why Virat Kohli is considered as the No. 1 player because he bats exactly like Viv Richards. Earlier, Gundappa Vishwanath, VVS Laxman used to bat like this,” he added.Meanwhile, in the last month, former Australia captain Ian Chappell had also shared that Virat Kohli’s batting is similar to Richards and also referred to Kohli as the best batsman across formats in recent times.Advertisement “The best short-form player in the time I played was Viv Richards, and he just played normal cricket shots but he placed the ball so well he was able to score at a very fast rate. And Kohli’s the same. He plays traditional cricket shots, and he plays them really well. Of that group (including Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root), Kohli is the best in all three forms. That’s unquestionable. His record in all three forms is quite unbelievable, particularly his record in the shorter forms,” Chappell said on ‘The RK Show’.The show is hosted by Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan on YouTube. Chappell further added that India captain’s fitness is the thing which makes him different from the other players in the current generation.“The other thing that stands out about Kohli is his fitness and running between the wickets. The way he pushes himself, he’s incredibly fit. Some of his performances are quite amazing,” shared Ian Chappell.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Gautam Gambhir reveals he was asked to plead guilty to Shane Watson elbowing incident in 2008!BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020 Advertisement
By Mary Ann BourbeauLINCROFT – Area residents can get their home and garden projects off the ground next week when the Jersey Shore Home Show springs into town.The show is a great place to meet area home professionals and gather ideas for future projects. The three-day event will take place Feb. 26-28 at Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Homeowners will have the opportunity to meet more than 150 home improvement specialists all under one roof. Builders, contractors, decorators and landscapers will be on hand to talk about their services. Visitors can find valuable information and ideas about kitchen and bath remodeling, flooring, patios, roofing and siding, and many other products and services.“I think for people who are looking to remodel their home, it’s a good place to find answers,” said Stephanie Kucharski, associate producer of expos for Townsquare Media Group, the company running the event. “You could do online research, but it’s nice to meet people face to face. You might also find things you didn’t think you needed for your house. It’s nice to have it all under one roof.”Some area exhibitors include Decorator’s Choice Closets of Shrewsbury, Majestic Exteriors of Colts Neck, Just Landscapes of Freehold, Superior Siding and Roofing of Ocean, Design Line Kitchens of Sea Girt and NJR Clean Energy Ventures of Wall.There will also be vendors offering information on basement waterproofing and remodeling, sunrooms, modular homes, tile, gutters, water conditioning, windows, awnings, home security, fencing and decks, solar panels, roofing and pools. Financial companies will also be on hand to help homeowners find a way to pay for it all.“It’s a pretty wide mix of companies,” said Kucharski.This year’s special guest will be Stephen Fanuka, host of the HGTV show “Million Dollar Contractor.” Fanuka, who has worked with some of the world’s top architects and designers, will host 45-minute workshops along with a meet and greet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.Tom Paolino, owner of Millennium Stone Works of Colts Neck, will be among the exhibitors Paolino, a third-generation mason, has been in the business for 22 years and has taken part in the Jersey Shore Home Show for nine years.“It’s a great way to introduce yourself to people,” he said.Millennium offers landscape design services that can include multilevel patios, fireplaces, firepits, waterfalls, outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens and outdoor entertainment systems.“I love to create,” Paolino said. “It gives me a lot of pleasure.”Tom Klahre of Shrewsbury-based Decorator’s Choice Closets will be on hand to talk about the latest trends, such as building drawers inside the closet so the homeowners don’t need a dresser.“A lot of people want a jewelry safe in their bedroom closet,” he said. “We have one that is tied into the studs and you open it with a fingerprint. Some people want one under the bed so they can reach their pistol in about five seconds. It’s pretty cool.”Klahre said customers these days are looking for garage cabinetry, rich-looking closet doors, or a small desk inside a pantry that can be used for paying household bills or wrapping gifts. He even built a three-level clothing rack in a closet with high ceilings, where the racks are spring-loaded and can be pulled down for use.“We design a 3-D picture on the computer with the exact dimensions of the project so people can see exactly what they’re getting” Klahre said. “Whatever the customer wants is what they get.”Klahre said appearing at the Jersey Shore Home Show has been beneficial to his business in the past, but he is glad that the scheduling for this year’s show was better than last year.“Last year, they had it during the football playoff game,” he said. “Thank God they didn’t do that again.”The Jersey Shore Home Show will take place 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults; children 17 and under are free. Seniors age 65 and up pay $6 on Friday only. Parking is free.This year, there will be a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive $5,000 to be spent at the exhibitor of their choice. For more information, visit www.jerseyshorehomeshow.com.Arts and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at email@example.com. Find her on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.
By Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – If the Shoppes at Middletown project comes to fruition, it appears the iconic Calico the Clown sign on Route 35 North will be saved.But the local landmark that has stood near the Kings Highway East since 1956 may have to move to a new home nearby.The slightly sinister-looking “Evil Clown” with the puzzling red-tipped finger has been working for years, advertising the Food Circus and Foodtown supermarkets, and today the Spirits Unlimited liquor store. At 30 feet tall, the steel sign once rotated, but now stands stationary.The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office and Division of Land Use Regulation are working with the developer on a plan to protect Calico on the development site, said DEP spokesman Larry Hajna.“The development company has stated verbally that they believe Calico is a New Jersey landmark and intend to keep it, but they need to move it to another location on the property,” said Hajna.The developer of the 118-acre proposed project – John Orrico/Village 35 LP of Purchase, New York – could not be reached for comment regarding Calico. But plans for the project on the ShoppesAtMiddletown.com site, posted by National Realty & Development Co., suggest Calico would be moved more toward Kanes Lane.The Shoppes is to be 338,455 square feet of commercial space on 52 acres of Route 35 between Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane. It is to include retail, restaurant and movie theater space.Orrico/Village 35 was to have made its second appearance before the township Planning Board Wednesday, June 15 – after this issue of the Two River Times went to press.On the remaining 66 acres, Toll Brothers of Horsham, Pennsylvania, wants to build the Oaks at Middletown, a 350-townhouse complex. The Oaks project, which would be built along the Carriage Drive end of the property, has not yet appeared before the Planning Board.The 118 acres is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, or the local Azzolina-Scaduto family. The family, which owns the Spirits Unlimited, along with Calico, could not be reached for comment.Leslie Worth Thomas of the Road Ad Sign Company designed Calico, according to Weird New Jersey magazine. Thomas also designed the Asbury Park icon, Tillie, the smiling face once gracing the city’s Palace arcade.To locals and non-locals, Calico is an icon.Margie Rafferty, 55, is a lifelong township resident, a wife, a mother of four, a technical writer – and perhaps Calico’s biggest preservation proponent.“When I was a little girl, sitting in back of the ’64 Chevy, going to the store, the thing (Calico) is revolving and I’m cowering in the backseat,” Rafferty said. “He’s been an affectionate symbol of the town I grew up in.“Most of us want to hold onto him for that idyllic sense,” said Rafferty, who lives in the Chapel Hill area. “Calico becomes symbolic of a simpler time.”A year ago, Rafferty filed paperwork with the state, starting a process to get Calico placed on the federal Register of Historic Places. She also created the “Save Calico, the ‘Evil Clown’ of Middletown, NJ” page on Facebook and the @calicoclown account on Twitter.“It’s kind of been an ongoing labor of love,” Rafferty said.Ana O’Connor, 44, who has lived in Middletown since her freshman year of high school, said she “absolutely” wants to see Calico preserved. But she is OK with moving it for preservation.“’The evil clown,’ everybody calls it,” O’Connor said. “It’s a symbol, it represents Middletown.”Lifelong township resident Gina Gizzi, 48, wants to see Calico preserved somewhere in Middletown.“I remember growing up and seeing it here,” Gizzi said. “It’s sort of, kind of known throughout the state. It’s like the Tillie of Middletown, at least for somebody who grew up here.”John Krilla, 64, remembers passing Calico as a child on his way to the Jersey Shore from his home in Perth Amboy. Seeing Calico was a gauge as to how far he had traveled.Krilla, who now lives in the township, would like to see Calico preserved.“Just the history of it,” Krilla said. “It’s just a landmark, a familiar site.”Luigi Fardini, 55, of Fort Lee was visiting the Shore recently. It was the first time he saw Calico, he said, but he was won over for preservation.“It’s a good idea,” Fardini said. “It’s a big clown, everybody notices.”The township Landmarks Commission has been involved with the matter.“The question was whether it was Register-eligible, for the state and national Registers,” said Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger. “It’s not a matter of support or not, that was the question out there.”The state said it appears to be eligible, Scharfenberger said.Scharfenberger said he did not want to comment extensively on a project before the Planning Board, so as not to have a conflict of interest. Iconic Sign May Be Moved Nearby