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Lady Cards Split Games With Lady Pirates

Lady Cards Split Games With Lady Pirates

first_imgThe 7th and 8th Grade Lady Cards hosted the Greensburg Lady Pirates.  While we came out with a split this round they were two great games.The 7th Grade Lady Cards came up short with the final score of 48-5.  Scoring were Ella Smith with 3 and Katie Nobbe with 2pts.  We worked all game long defensively and offensively.  While some may look at this game as a blow out and loss we looked at this as a learning experience for all and each of us individually took something away from the game.The 8th Grade Lady Cards came out on top with a final score of 32-16.  Scoring for us were Faith Tekulve with 11pts, Chelsea Robertson with 9pts, Emma Weberding, Alyssa Wanstrath with 5pts, Lilly Wonnell with 2pts, and Kate Voegele with 1pt.  We played a great fast break game.  We pushed the ball up the court and got quick points.  Our press also led us to points.Nice job ladies!  They are now 4-0 for the season great start!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Revealed

Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Revealed

first_imgThe sectional pairings for the 53rd Annual IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament were revealed to an online audience via IHSAAtv.org this evening. A total of 296 schools were drawn and placed into brackets for the team tournament which begins Wednesday (Oct. 2) and runs through Saturday (Oct. 5). Host sites will announce dates and times for each match. The 64 team sectional winners will advance to regional play Oct. 8 and 9 at 16 sites. The regional champions will advance to semi-state play Oct. 12 at Center Grove, Culver Academies, Homestead and Jasper.The eight-team state finals are scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19 with state quarterfinal matches played at Carmel and CenterGrove while semifinals and the state championship matches at North Central in Indianapolis.093019.BoysTennisPairingsSectional 16 @ South DearbornM1: South Dearborn vs. Milan.M2: East Central vs. Lawrenceburg.M3: Oldenburg Academy vs. M1 winner.M4: Batesville vs. M2 winner.Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.Sectional 13 @ ConnersvilleM1: Franklin County vs. Connersville.M2: Rushville Consolidated vs. Union County.Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.Sectional 27 @ Jennings CountyM1: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. Jennings County.M2: Greensburg vs. Madison Consolidated.Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.last_img read more

Villa ‘close to Traore deal’

Villa ‘close to Traore deal’

first_img The winger is not yet at the Barclays Premier League club to put the finishing touches to the deal but could be a Villa player by the time they face Manchester United on Friday. Stoke were also interested in the 19-year-old but Villa are now understood to be in pole position. Aston Villa are closing in on Barcelona’s Adama Traore, Press Association Sport understands. Press Associationcenter_img Traore has been a long-term target of boss Tim Sherwood, who refused to discuss any deal last week. He said: “He’s a good player, but at the moment he’s a Barcelona’s player.” Traore, a Spain Under-19 international, has risen through the ranks at the Nou Camp and would offer Sherwood further attacking options. He would become his 10th signing of the summer should the deal go through as Sherwood continues a summer revamp in the wake of the exits of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar. The boss had suggested he would target English players after raiding France for Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew but instead Spaniard Traore is close to joining. England winger Aaron Lennon is also a potential signing for Villa with the winger on the fringes at Tottenham. last_img read more

Brentford lose Llera to Wednesday

Brentford lose Llera to Wednesday

first_imgBrentford have confirmed that Miguel Llera has been recalled by Blackpool and is set to join Sheffield Wednesday.Spaniard Llera was due to stay on loan at Griffin Park until next month, but Blackpool had an option to recall him at 24 hours’ notice and have done so after agreeing a deal with the Owls.The former Charlton defender’s exit potentially leaves Bees boss Uwe Rosler with limited options at centre-back, as Karleigh Osborne and on-loan Watford man Dale Bennett are both injured.AdChoices广告Llera joined Brentford in September and made 14 appearances during his time at the club.last_img read more

SCALE finds success in Russell case

SCALE finds success in Russell case

first_imgAfter protests and campaigning by student groups across the country — including USC’s Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation — Russell Athletic has decided torehire about 1,200 workers in Honduras who were fired after they unionized.The campaign against Russell Athletic, which provides athletic clothing and gear for USC, was a major part of SCALE’s efforts to ensure USC works with companies that conduct fair labor practices. SCALE made an unsuccessful attempt to get USC to sever its licensing agreement with Russell Athletic when the company came under scrutiny for closing down its plant in Choloma, Honduras last year.United Students Against Sweatshops, a nationwide student organization of which SCALE is an affiliate, also worked to mobilize students whose universities had ties with Russell Athletic. Now, organizations like SCALE and USAS have posted a victory with the rehiring of the workers and the re-opening of the factory,“It’s really encouraging,” said Elias Kohn, a member of SCALE and a sophomore majoring in sociology. “It seems like you’re going against these far away ideas and the fact that the Russell campaign worked is a very positive thing for all of us.”Elisabeth Gustafson, a member of SCALE and a junior majoring in history, said that when it became apparent that SCALE could not convince the university to sever ties with Russell Athletic, the group focused on pushing for USC to affiliate with the Workers Rights Consortium, an independent monitor of the global garment industry that was conducting an investigation into Russell’s activities.“The WRC is mentioned as a major factor along with USAS in getting Russell to re-open its factory,” Gustafson said. “Now that there’s proof the WRC got Russell Athletic to change its policies, we hope we can convince the university to join the organization.”USC is already a member of the Fair Labor Association, a separate watchdog organization, but some members of SCALE and USAS say the FLA is not as effective as the WRC because it has “conflicts of interest” in its organization.“We base a lot of our information on WRC investigations,” said Jack Mahoney, a national organizer of USAS. “FLA has had apparel corporations as paying members and on its leadership board, so the FLA will not be able to give as accurate information as the WRC.”Matthew Curran, the director of trademark licensing and social responsibility at USC, said the university was still in talks with SCALE to consider whether the university will join the WRC.“Between our membership with the FLA and our own internal monitoring program, we need to see what additional value the WRC would add to the programs we already have above and beyond what we’re currently doing,” Curran said.Earlier this semester, the group met with Curran and other members of the administration to discuss the university’s relationship with the FLA. Kohn said group members plan to meet again before the end of the semester to convince the university to join the WRC.Gustafson said that since Russell Athletic had agreed to re-open the factory, SCALE did not see the need for immediate investigations, but she did say that the group will continue to work with USAS and WRC to ensure that Russell follows through on its commitments.After having made some headway in the Russell Athletic case, SCALE now wants to focus its efforts on the needs of USC workers on campus.“In addition to the campaign to have USC join the WRC, SCALE is interested in building the relationships between students and workers,” Gustafson said. “Workers at USC feel they work for students on campus, and we want them to feel open coming to SCALE and asking for our support.”The organization is planning to campaign for tuition remission for the children of janitors on campus, who work for USC’s subcontractor Aramark.It also plans to accompany the workers on regular delegations and meetings with the USC administration to ensure the university maintains its fair labor practices.Although he was thrilled with Russell Athletic’s decision to rehire the workers, Kohn said SCALE needs to continue its fight for laborers’ rights.“One success isn’t a reason to stop fighting for more,” Kohn said.last_img read more

Wisconsin takes 3 points in Minneapolis

Wisconsin takes 3 points in Minneapolis

first_imgFreshman forward Michael Mersch had two goals – his second such game in two weeks – in Friday\’s win over rival Minnesota.[/media-credit]MINNEAPOLIS – It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t quick to be official. But it was enough.Junior winger Jordy Murray managed to get just enough of his stick on a puck to poke it past Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson, tying the game at 3 with just under three minutes to play.That score would hold up as the final, after a goalless overtime period that earned the Wisconsin men’s hockey team three out of four points at Mariucci Arena. Saturday’s affair was much more tightly contested than the Badgers’ 6-0 drubbing of the Gophers the night before.While Wisconsin pushed its streak of going winless in overtime to 23 games (0-6-17), the Badgers overcame two deficits in Saturday’s game to earn the tie. UW went down 2-0 early to start the first period and tied it up before Jay Barriball scored on the power play at the end of the second to give UM a 3-2 edge.But a little luck and a long review gave Wisconsin the equalizer at 17:06 of the third. Freshman Mark Zengerle tried to jam the puck in on Patterson, but was denied. The puck stayed in between Patterson and his defensemen, who were unable to clear before Murray flew in and finished the play, his second goal of the game.“We’re a hard-working team to the core, that’s our mentality,” Murray said. “I just didn’t give up on the play and got pretty lucky there that the whistle wasn’t blown.”Wisconsin’s power play helped the Badgers pull out of an early two-goal hole.UM’s Taylor Matson and Jake Hansen got a two-on-one in transition, with Matson keeping it and beating UW goaltender Brett Bennett from the left circle at 4:18 in the first.Later, Murray was called for a trip, giving Minnesota a power play. Erik Haula had the puck to Bennett’s left and crossed it over the crease, giving Jacob Cepis a wide open net to put the Golden Gophers up 2-0.But UW would strike back at the end of the first period on the power play. Bennett, who the coaches like for his ability to play the puck, came out to handle a Minnesota clear. He found Zengerle at the opposing blue line and the freshman took it to the goalline before dropping it to Justin Schultz in the high slot. Schultz converted on a wrist shot to Patterson’s blocker side, making the score 2-1.“The puck was rolling so I had to caress it a little bit and I got it up to him as quick as possible to try to lead him across the blue line so he could get space going towards the net,” Bennett said of his assist.Murray’s first goal tied the game at 2, another power-play tally, early in the second. Zengerle skated in the zone, dropping the puck for a trailing Schultz. Patterson made a pad save on the shot, but Murray leapt in and poked it through.After winning 6-0 the night before, UW head coach Mike Eaves said he was very happy to take three points out of Minneapolis.“To come into this building and take three out of four points, and to battle back twice from being down, shows a lot of heart of this group,” he said. “So the disappointment factor is pretty small.”In Friday’s game, UW went just 1-6 on the power play. But it didn’t matter, as Scott Gudmandson got a shutout in goal and three freshmen scored for the Badgers.Michael Mersch got the only goal UW would end up needing with 43 seconds left in the first period. On an unassisted effort, he was stuffed putting it on UM goaltender Alex Kangas’ blocker side, before getting his rebound and going around the back of the net to poke it in there.“I got a chance, puck hopped up on my stick and like I said, good things happen when you go to the net,” Mersch said.Wisconsin looked thoroughly dominant throughout the game, an impressive feat considering the venue. It’s an even more exceptional accomplishment when the opponent (Minnesota) and the fact UW was playing seven freshmen in its lineup are factored in.All of Wisconsin’s goals came from down low, as the Badgers consistently won the battles in front of the net and in the corners. Derek Lee, Murray and Zengerle would all score in the second period and Mersch added his second of the night – and second two-goal game in two series – to make the score 5-0 after two periods of play.Tyler Barnes would score on a wrap-around attempt in the third period to finish the scoring.The Badgers shut out a Gophers team that was averaging over four goals scored per game and was fresh off a 9-3 win over Colorado College. UM went 0-4 on the power play and managed 24 shots on goal to Wisconsin’s 38.“I thought we played really well,” Gudmandson said. “When Minnesota was getting scoring chances, I thought we did a great job boxing out and battling in front of our net.”The big thing for Eaves was simply getting points and seeing his team grow.“At this time and point, it’s about getting points and putting hay in the barn,” Eaves said. “Getting that point now will be big at the end of the year.”last_img read more

Lee’s status still uncertain for Notre Dame

Lee’s status still uncertain for Notre Dame

first_imgUSC continued its preparation for Notre Dame on Tuesday, and the focus was again on getting the USC offensive line ready to take on one of the nation’s top defensive units. Led by defensive linemen Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt, the Fighting Irish are among the top 25 teams in the country in stopping the run.Up in the air · USC junior wide receiver Marqise Lee’s status for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame is questionable. Lee missed the Arizona game after spraining his left knee in USC’s loss to Arizona State. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“They have a very good team,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “They’re well-coached, big and they’re physical.”Last season, the Trojans failed to score on four consecutive tries from the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter, in large part because they failed to effectively block Nix and Tuitt.Notre Dame is attempting to defeat the Trojans in South Bend, Ind. for the first time since 2001.Best EnvironmentsOrgeron was not willing to dwell too much on his opponent, preferring to keep the focus on his own team.“We got to do what we can do, and the rest is out of our control,” Orgeron said. “It all depends on how we play. I know we’re playing at their place, but we’ll be ready to play.”Though he was tight-lipped about Notre Dame’s expected strategy for Saturday’s game, Orgeron was a bit more loquacious when discussing the environment his team will be playing in. South Bend is a notoriously tough place for visiting opponents, and the energy of the home crowd will be amplified with the rival Trojans in town.“It’s a great place to play,” Orgeron said. “You grew up watching USC-Notre Dame, and you always wanted to be a part of it. It’s a lot, but we got to focus in on us. It’s not about them. It’s about the Trojans.”Extra motivation USC should be focused and motivated to play in its biggest game of the season up until this point without any added inspiration, but the players were given an extra boost on Tuesday with the presence of an unlikely visitor.Former Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis asked to speak to the Trojans before Tuesday’s practice, and senior running back Silas Redd, a noted fan of Lewis’, left that talk having taken Lewis’ message to heart.“I don’t think I blinked once while he was talking,” Redd said. “He answered my question about having mental toughness and getting out of bed and doing things that you don’t necessarily want to do. He said [for him], it’s just a choice. He didn’t have much, so he made that choice to get up every morning and do the work.”One thing Redd was not expecting to do in last week’s 38-31 win over Arizona was lead the team in carries (19) in his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury suffered in the offseason.“My name was called in that situation, and I was able to deliver,” Redd said. “It was reassuring, a little confidence booster that I can play the game, too. It’s a stable of running backs, and we all can get the job done.”Finding his strideOne player who is more than happy to have a surplus of weapons in the same backfield is redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler, who had one of the best games of his young collegiate career in last week’s win over the Wildcats.Earlier in the year, amid cries for him to be benched in favor of redshirt sophomore quarterback Max Wittek, Kessler believed that he had not put his best foot forward on the field, but that certainly seems to have changed.“Ever since that [Boston College] game, I’ve felt 100 percent in control and confident,” Kessler said. “I feel like this is my team.”Though he was able to get the job done without standout junior wide receiver Marqise Lee last week, Lee’s absence will be felt much more against a tough Notre Dame team on Saturday.Luckily for Kessler and Trojan fans alike, Lee was at practice today, and Orgeron said he looked “pretty good.” No official word has been given on his status yet, but having Lee participate in practices is definitely an encouraging sign.last_img read more

Argentine woes see Codere issue profit warning

Argentine woes see Codere issue profit warning

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Submit Closing Monday 26 August trading, Bolsa Madrid gambling group Codere SA has issued a profit warning after admitting that a further Argentine Peso devaluation has impacted the firm’s 2019 expectations.Codere cannot escape Argentina’s economic volatility caused by the nation’s shock primary election results as voters turned against President Mauricio Macri’s government, backing the ‘Frente de Todos’ Peronist coalition.The firm has accounted for a number of Argentine impacts, detailing that it anticipates a 29% decline in ARG market earnings as its biggest operational division fails to hit the €100 million revenue mark during Q2 2019 trading (projected €80 million).The statement read: “Faced with recent events in Argentina following the results of the primary elections, which have generated a significant devaluation of the Argentine peso, as well as a deterioration in the valuation of the country’s sovereign debt and the majority of shares listed on its stock market, the company makes public information regarding the contribution of our local business unit to the group’s results as a whole and to the impact of the devaluation of the peso on our expectations of results in 2019.”Mitigating Argentine economic realities, in 2018 Codere governance was allowed to adjust the firm’s corporate auditing frameworks by separating its ARG division impacted results from its core business reporting. Despite its continued Argentine woes, Codere still expects to deliver improved results on 2018 trading. It anticipates an adjusted EBITDA of €70 million (Q2 2018: €65m), with the firm detailing solid LATAM performances registered in the markets of Mexico, Colombia and Uruguay. H1 results will be published on 13 September. Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and the biggest contracts in sports history

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and the biggest contracts in sports history

first_imgt9. Albert PujolsIn 2012, Albert Pujols signed a $240 million contract for 10 years with the Los Angeles Angels. He was 32 at the time of the deal, which some consider among the worst in MLB history. Los Angeles will pay Pujols $28 million in 2019, $29 million in 2020 and $30 million in 2021 before it expires. Getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/68/ae/alvarez-021919-getty-ftr_xqstrgyh1i90zsri56rwochp.jpg?t=133517865&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/99/8a/mike-trout-ftrjpg_e2n9wqnb4va51g13xye06qeyh.jpg?t=-1768625807&w=500&quality=80 t9. Robinson CanoIn 2014, Robinson Cano signed the same contract as Pujols with the Mariners, choosing to leave the Yankees in a surprising free-agent move. Seattle traded Cano to the Mets in 2018, passing off the remaining five years and $120 million on the contract to New York. PONY UP: Bryce Harper contract a stupid-good expense for PhilliesTrout not only surpasses the highest paid player in MLB history, he also surpasses highest annual value. Before his contract, Arizona pitcher Zack Greinke was making the most at $34.4 million, but now Trout will be making an annual average of $36 million. First, Machado signed for $300 million over 10 years with the Padres on Feb. 20. At the time, it was the second largest total value contract in MLB history, behind only the $325 million extension Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Marlins in the 2014-15 offseason. That lasted all of eight days.Harper and the Phillies raised the stakes on Machado and Stanton’s deals with their 13-year, $330 million pact, setting the record for the richest contract in MLB history and the second-most lucrative for a North American athlete. Machado now ranks fifth in that department, while Harper is third.The list of richest contracts in American sports history includes mostly baseball stars. Here’s where Harper and Machado slot in.MORE: The worst free-agent deals for all 30 MLB teams getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3e/5a/stanton-021919-getty-ftr_1ldge2286a2m512elgayg9csci.jpg?t=133516849&w=500&quality=80 getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7c/a1/harden-021919-getty-ftr_1a2ksa0ze46c814bjy6xdlb7ht.jpg?t=133516849&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f7/ae/bryce-harper-012919-getty-images-ftr_5db3uv4rkqk41124i505txjz6.jpg?t=-1699699152&w=500&quality=80 getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/de/rodriguez-021919-getty-ftr_5qy1a6hgp1j1rtsellvth0ac.jpg?t=133517865&w=500&quality=80 10. James HardenThe Rockets guard is the only NBA player on the list. He signed a contract extension in 2016 worth $228 million over six years. The contract came during a time when the NBA’s salary cap went up from $94.1 million to $99.093 million.  getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/be/57/price-021919-getty-ftr_1lk69wkkq18kw1g6khog06y130.jpg?t=133516849&w=500&quality=80 Right when you thought Bryce Harper and Manny Machado made American sports history signing two of the biggest free-agent contracts in back-to-back weeks, Angels outfielder Mike Trout topped it.Days after Harper signed with the Phillies, he was already plotting to get Trout to return home to Philadelphia when his contract was set to expire in 2020. Not three weeks later, Mike Trout agreed to a reported $430 million contract extension with the Angles, making it the largest contract in professional sports history.  6. Alex RodriguezIn 2007, the two-time AL MVP signed an even bigger contract with the Yankees — $275 million over 10 years. A-Rod retired in 2016, but the Yankees still had to pay him through the remainder of his contract. The remaining balance, estimated around $27 million, was paid off in 2018. 11. Joey VottoJoey Votto signed a contract extension with the Reds in 2014 worth $225 million over 10 years. The six-time All-Star is earning $25 million in 2019. getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b7/64/cabrera-021919-getty-ftr_r56fxdqopwii119mvm5l4f0lo.jpg?t=133714313&w=500&quality=80center_img 7. Alex RodriguezIn 2001, A-Rod left the Mariners to sign a contract with the Rangers, earning $252 million over the course of 10 years. At the time, it doubled the previous richest contract ever given in American sports history. He would go on to top that deal a few years later. 12. David PriceIn 2016, ace David Price signed a seven-year, $217 million free-agent contract with the Red Sox. The 33-year-old is earning a base salary of $31 million in 2019 with four seasons remaining on his deal. getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f9/29/cano-021919-getty-ftr_fp2by5l654so147723twnuh1x.jpg?t=133714313&w=500&quality=80 4. Giancarlo StantonIn 2014, Stanton signed a contract extension with the Marlins for 13 years and $325 million. The Yankees traded for Stanton in 2018, assuming the remaining 10 years on the deal. The 2017 NL MVP can opt out of the contract in 2020.  5. Manny MachadoIn 2019, Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres — the biggest contract ever signed by a free agent in any U.S. sport. Machado was with the Orioles and Dodgers during the 2017-18 season. The four-time All-Star made $16 million between the two teams last season.  getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ac/27/votto-021919-getty-ftr_sn6y2fn55k4b1xwuab2oyf8do.jpg?t=133714313&w=500&quality=80 8. Miguel CabreraMiguel Cabrera signed a contract extension with the Tigers in 2016 worth $247 million for eight years. The slugger, now 35, will make at least $30 million each of the next seven seasons. 2. Canelo AlvarezIn 2018, the professional boxer agreed to an 11-fight, $365 million contract with DAZN, a global sports streaming service. Alvarez is earning an average of $73 million annually, making him one of the highest paid athletes in sports internationally. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/0/79/manny-machado-022819-getty-ftrjpg_14fp02h5n4xj315tsiv4gvkhe5.jpg?t=901210441&w=500&quality=80 getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2a/5c/rodriguez-021919-getty-ftr_1k6ssd548zbo21qrijgossalkf.jpg?t=133517865&w=500&quality=80 getty images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/72/95/pujols-021919-getty-ftr_9uchngfle9hm1dqxyo41hm77g.jpg?t=133517865&w=500&quality=80 3. Bryce HarperLess than two weeks after Machado signed his free-agent deal, Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies blew past it and surpassed Stanton’s record as the richest in MLB history. That’s an annual salary of $25.38 million — smaller than Machado’s AAV but more lucrative overall. 1. Mike TroutLess than three weeks after Bryce Harper’s free-agent deal, Trout agreed to a $430 million contract extension with the the Los Angeles Angels for 12 years. The deal came after Harper was already lobbying to get Trout to the Phillies once Trout’s contact was up in 2020. The 27-year-old surpasses boxer Canelo Alvarez by more than $65 million.last_img read more

Toys for the Littlest Sandy Victims

Toys for the Littlest Sandy Victims

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – Margaret Spicer is working to ensure a happy holiday season for children whose lives have been disrupted by Super Storm Sandy.Spicer, owner of Distinc­tive Toys, and a group of volunteers are collecting toys and donations of money and gift cards to purchase toys to stock a space where parents can come, select gifts for their children and have them wrapped, tagged and bagged in time for Hanukkah and Christmas. They are calling the project Sandy’s Toy Shoppe.The grassroots effort was begun by Spicer a few weeks ago. She has been soliciting donations from the specialty toy companies she deals with for her shop but is specifically looking for mass-market toys that many children want.“The big need that we have,” she said, is for toys like “the Barbies and the Legos and Hot Wheels and things like that. We are also looking for sponsors financially so that we can go get those toys … Those companies have such huge minimum orders that I can’t even buy them wholesale because I can’t meet the minimum.”Sandy’s Toy Shoppe is expected to be open during the weekends of Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16 but Spicer won’t say where or when the event will take place to discourage those who are not eligible. Volunteers will pick up participants who do not have transportation. “It will be set up … as much like a toy store as I can do it,” Spicer said. “The parents will go through and pick and choose things for their children.” The number of toys a family will get will depend on the donations of toys and funds to buy additional toys.Young students who volunteer will be dressed as elves during the event and high-schoolers will help wrap gifts.Those coordinating the effort will get names of participants from churches, schools, community centers, social service agencies and other relief organizations. The agencies will reach out to those they know need some assistance, tell them about Sandy’s Toy Shoppe and invite them to participate.“If they say yes, their name gets put on a list. If they are hesitant, because they are embarrassed, those families can feed information to their churches or their organization of what they would like and those things will be given to them,” Spicer said. “These are people who have never had to ask for anything before. We don’t want to embarrass them. We just want them to receive the toys so the children can have them.”Individuals and families can approach those agencies and ask to be placed on the list. They may also contact Spicer at Distinctive Toys, 595 River Road, Fair Haven, or call the store at 732-747-8080, ask for her or leave a message if she is unavailable and she will return the call in short order. The store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and most of the day on Sunday.“If somebody knows a family and they want to get them on the list, all they have to do is call,” she said. Those whose names are not on lists provided by reputable agencies will be asked for documentation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) showing they have registered with the agency to prove they have been impacted by the storm.Spicer has teamed up with the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3187, Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation, and RecoverRebuild of Red Bank.The Junior League of Monmouth County will accept new unwrapped toys for Sandy’s Toy Shoppe during its Home for the Holidays shopping event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Rumson Country Day School, 35 Bellevue Ave., Rumson.Spicer also is getting great assistance from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Associ­ation (ASTRA), a nonprofit specialty toy trade group.Those who wish to donate may drop off toys, gift cards or checks at Spicer’s store or go online and donate via PayPal through Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation website at www.LGEF.net. Life Guard is a nonprofit, tax-deductible charity and all money donated to that foundation through Dec. 24 will go to fund Sandy’s Toy Shoppe.“I’m hoping this will be a wonderful event and people will be happy,” she said.last_img read more