Month: August 2020

Local Governments Doing Good by Going Green

Local Governments Doing Good by Going Green

first_imgCity of Tumwater – The City of Tumwater’s sustainable redesign of the Capitol Boulevard Corridor will improve the pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-friendly nature of the community. This multi-year planning project engaged hundreds of citizens and many businesses resulting in significant public input to redefine and enhance the character, mobility, and future of Tumwater. A similar planning effort is occurring in the Brewery District where the community is visioning a compact and walkable mixed-use area, allowing people to live and work in the same vicinity. The efforts to redevelop the brewery will focus on reuse of the existing facilities and infrastructure to rejuvenate and enliven an urban center.Other sustainability efforts include water use reduction since 2010 by more than 93,136 gallons a day from conservation efforts by Tumwater customers. The city previously adopted low impact development and light pollution standards, and received a Tree City USA designation for 19 consecutive years in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.This year, the City of Tumwater will invest more than $2 million (including $500,000 from a Department of Commerce energy efficiency grant) to update and replace its HVAC heating and cooling equipment and replace most of its streetlights with LED lights, to provide considerable cost savings and energy efficiency over time.  And just recently, Tumwater received an additional $219,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to install a photo-voltaic solar project at its city hall. For more City of Tumwater information, go to www.ci.tumwater.wa.us. Submitted by City of Lacey, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, Intercity Transit, Thurston County, and Port of OlympiaEarth Day is upon us but for some, every day is Earth Day. That’s the case for local governments in the South Puget Sound region, whose sustainable practices, earth-friendly programs, and conservation efforts, make a difference and get noticed.The cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, along with Thurston County, the Port of Olympia and Intercity Transit, have a long history of conservation, recycling, and green energy programs. These organizations developed partnerships, garnered grant funding, and received numerous awards for their environmental efforts.One example of an innovative earth-friendly program is the long-standing partnership between the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, and Thurston County broadly known as Stream Team. The program helps connect volunteers with activities that protect and enhance local streams and freshwater habitats. Another example is the LOTT Clean Water Alliance created in 2000. The program manages wastewater needs and infrastructure in the urban areas of North Thurston County and helps lessen the impact of treated wastewater on our environment.Thurston County, the cities of Tumwater, Lacey, and Olympia, and Intercity Transit have all initiated clean energy programs with the help of Puget Sound Energy. The results include a $20,000 grant from PSE that allowed the construction of a solar energy project at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library building, anticipated to save approximately $4,000 per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly six metric tons. Thurston County upgraded office lighting, heating and cooling systems, and changed outdoor lighting to LEDs at the County Courthouse complex, resulting in more than $70,000 in annual savings and cutting carbon by over 500 tons per year. Tumwater residents participation in the green power program increased by 80 percent last year, earning a $20,000 grant for a solar demonstration project at Tumwater City Hall, which has since expanded significantly.Most of the aforementioned organizations have received Green Business designations by the Thurston Chamber of Commerce Green Business Program. These local governmental agencies encourage their employees to reduce drive-alone trips by using transit, ridesharing, biking, and walking instead. Intercity Transit – Intercity Transit, the public transportation agency for Thurston County, recently received ISO 14001 certification for its significant environmental and sustainability efforts. It is one of only a few transit systems in the nation to earn this arduous certification, achieving a high international standard of environmental management. The agency’s Environmental and Sustainability Management System work formally began in 2010 when the Federal Transit Administration selected Intercity Transit for a two-year program provided through Virginia Technical Institute.Recognized as the best public transportation system for its size in the nation in 2009, Intercity Transit was the first transit system in the U.S. to garner a gold-level rating from the American Public Transportation Association for its Sustainability Commitment in 2012, and was designated as a Bike a Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists in 2013. Most recently, Intercity Transit received the top green business honor (government category) from the Thurston Chamber of Commerce Green Business Program, recognizing efforts in waste reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency, green purchasing, pollution prevention, and transportation.Last summer and fall, the organization’s water conservation effort saved over 800,000 gallons of water and over $4,000 by irrigating less at its facilities. The agency is finishing a lighting upgrade that will save 300,000 kilowatt-hours and about $20,000 annually. IntercityTransit is also a 100% Green Power Partner with PSE, effectively supporting independent wind, landfill gas, and agricultural waste producers in our region.Later this year, a full one-third of the Intercity Transit bus fleet will operate with hybrid biodiesel-electric vehicles. The agency reported in 2013 performance of its existing hybrid buses translated to the equivalent of saving 62,000 gallons of fuel and $185,000. For more Intercity Transit information, go to www.intercitytransit.com.Port of Olympia – The Port’s Swantown Marina was distinguished as “5-star Leadership Clean” by Clean Marina Washington in 2013, after first being certified as “Leadership Level Clean” in 2008. Swantown Boatworks was one of the first three recipients of the Clean Boating Foundation’s “Leadership Clean” awards. The sponsoring foundations’ memberships include state environmental agencies, environmental groups and industry representatives.The Port’s Marine Terminal installed 48 solar panels on its warehouse roof that generated 9.67 kW in the first 12 months, exceeding the Port’s goal and making the warehouse energy neutral. As a result, PSE provides annual cash rebates to the Port.The Port, the primary sponsor, partnered with City of Olympia, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, and the Squaxin Island Tribe in 2013 to restore the Mission Creek Estuary to its full ecological function. Mission Creek flows into Budd Inlet at the south end of Priest Point Park.The Port’s environmental programs also include: compliance with five quarter quality permits issued by the Washington Dept. of Ecology; Cascade Pole cleanup, treatment and redevelopment; cleanup and revitalization of East Bay properties which included working together with City of Olympia and LOTT to clean up areas for new roads and sidewalks and for the sites of the Hands On Children’s Museum and East Bay Public Plaza.The Port of Olympia strives to operate and develop facilities in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner while adhering to our overall mission of providing economic benefits to the citizens of Thurston County. For more Port of Olympia information, go to www.portolympia.com.Thurston County – The Thurston County WSU Extension offers a Native Plant Salvage program where volunteers salvage small native trees, shrubs, and plants from areas scheduled for clearing due to development. After being cared for, the plants are provided to community groups to restore habitat and improve water quality.The County’s Master Recycler Composters program gives volunteers the chance to become resident experts and educators on topics like waste reduction, recycling, and composting. Volunteers share waste prevention information with local citizens and participate in a wide range of county waste prevention activities and community events.Thurston County also has an employee bus pass program, known as TC Rider. The long-standing program with Intercity Transit supports the commute trip reduction interests of Thurston County and the Washington State Department of Transportation.Lastly, Thurston County’s Public Health and Social Services Department has numerous programs that monitor the health of our food, land, lakes, streams, and marine waters in Thurston County. The Environmental Health Division offers classes and workshops, as well as an “Environmental Health Matters” blog. For more Thurston County information, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us. City of Lacey – Lacey’s residents, businesses, and municipal government purchased nearly 23 million kilowatt-hours of green power last year, resulting in a reduction of nearly 16,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – equivalent to not burning 1.6 million gallons of fossil fuels. One hundred percent of the electrical energy used by the city’s municipal buildings, utility systems, park facilities, and 3,000 street lights comes from environmentally sound energy sources. The City of Lacey’s commitment to renewable energy has garnered the EPA’s coveted “Green Power Community” award for the eighth consecutive year – among the longest standing such communities in the country.The city recently completed a $2.1 million state-of-the-art facility that makes use of reclaimed water to recharge critical aquifers feeding Woodland Creek. Located in Woodland Creek Community Park, the new facility will help stabilize stream flows in the creek, which provides critical habitat for federally-listed Chinook salmon, as well as runs of Coho, Chum, Sockeye, and Winter Steelhead.Other sustainable efforts include significant investments in public utilities, such as the Chambers Lake Stormwater Facility, which will improve water quality and create wildlife habitat and recreational amenities in the center of the city. Residents and businesses also reduced water consumption by nearly 15.2 million gallons last year, bringing cumulative annual water savings to nearly 39 million gallons.Lastly, the city earned the Tree City USA designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation for its twenty-third year. More than 6,000 street trees beautify Lacey’s streets, and much of the community’s 1,200-acre parkland and open space network – one of the largest municipal park systems on South Puget Sound – permanently preserves large tracts of native forest. For more City of Lacey information, go to www.ci.lacey.wa.us.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 City of Olympia – Last month, Olympia acquired six all-electric vehicles for the City fleet, three of which replaced gas powered ones. The City also installed two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations next to City Hall that are available for both City vehicle and public use. Whiletoo early to measure results, these investments are intended to support EV use within the community, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower City fuel costs. The City also has an employee pass program with Intercity Transit as part of its commute trip reduction efforts.Residents from seven Olympia neighborhoods are participating in the City’s One-Side Road Collection pilot program which thus far resulted in garbage/recycling trucks using 22 percent less fuel in those areas and the related reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Customers in the participating neighborhoods now set their carts out on the same side of the road which means trucks no longer travel in both directions.The Washington State Recycling Association recently recognized Olympia’s Public Works as the Public Agency Recycler of the Year for its accomplishments and new programs centered on a Zero Waste Vision. The Vision to Zero Waste program leads the Olympia community toward a waste-free future and plays a strategic role creating opportunities to eliminate waste. Olympia’s innovative programs include an award-winning GrassCycling Virtual Workshop, Pedestrian Recycling, 3rd Grade Education Program, Business Waste Assessments, and Community Event Recycling/Composting.Most recently, Olympia received a State Department of Commerce grant award to place solar panels on City Hall, aiding the already significant energy savings of the LEED Silver building opened in 2011. For more City of Olympia information, go to www.olympiawa.gov.last_img read more

Buy 2014 Thurston County Fair Passes Now and Save

Buy 2014 Thurston County Fair Passes Now and Save

first_imgSubmitted by the Thurston County FairAdvance purchase discounts on admission passes and carnival armbandsBuying your admission passes and carnival ride armbands in advance of this year’s Thurston County Fair will get you savings for the whole herd! Discount admission passes and carnival ride armbands are on sale now at the Thurston County Fair Office.Get your biggest savings with your advance purchase of carnival ride armbands for only $19 each—that’s $5 off the regular price. Carnival armbands are good for unlimited carnival rides for one day during the 2014 fair that runs Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3.Season passes are also bargain at 40 percent off the full price daily admission rate. Family Passes will get you five admissions for $25 when purchased in advance, but Family Pass supplies are limited, so get yours today. Remember, admission for children 5 years old and under is always free!All advance purchase passes and carnival armbands are available only at the Thurston County Fair Office.For even more savings, bring your carnival armband on July 30 for “One Buck Wednesday.” All adult, youth and senior admission prices are just $1 with a non-perishable food donation per person to the Thurston County Food Bank. Doors open at 10 a.m. on One Buck Wednesday. Be sure to check out all of the One Buck Wednesday specials, including one buck food specials, and other One Buck Wednesday deals at participating vendors.Other special discounts are available at the fair this year. Kid’s Day is Thursday, July 31 when all admission tickets for kids 6 to 14 years old are just $2 when purchased at the gate. August 1 is also Buddy Day when you can get two carnival armbands for $24 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase (no advance purchase available for Buddy Day special).Friday, August 1 is Military Appreciation Day at the fair, when fairgoers can get $2 admission tickets when they present their military ID at the gate. There are also lots of other vendor and food deals—just ask about Military Appreciation Day specials and present your military ID.WHAT:          Discount Advance Purchase Fair Passes & Carnival Ride ArmbandsFamily Pass (limited quantities available, buy now!) — $25Season Pass (40 percent off the daily admission rate) — $10 to $21One-day unlimited carnival rides armband advance purchase — $19  (gate price $24; ride tickets $1.25 each)*Children ages 5 and under are always FREE!WHEN:          On sale now through Tuesday, July 29WHERE:       Thurston County Fair Office at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey, 98503 Facebook78Tweet0Pin0 To learn more about 2014 fair events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.“Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!”   July 30 – Aug. 3last_img read more

Husband and Wife Ophthalmology Team Joins Clarus Eye Centre

Husband and Wife Ophthalmology Team Joins Clarus Eye Centre

first_imgSubmitted by Clarus Eye & Surgery CentreDr. Jane MyungDr. Grant Aaker and Dr. Jane Myung are joining Clarus Eye & Surgery Centre in Lacey.Dr. Aaker grew up in central Minnesota. He graduated summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark College with honors in philosophy. He received his medical degree with honors in research from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and interned at New York Hospital Queens Medical Center. He went on to complete his residency training at the prestigious Casey Eye Institute of Oregon Health & Science University.Dr. Aaker provides comprehensive eye care with special emphasis in cataract and anterior segment surgery. Dr. Aaker will begin taking appointments in August.Dr. Jane Myung is originally from Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with honors in biology and English. She went on to complete her medical degree at the University of Iowa. Dr. Myung then moved to New York and completed her internship in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center – Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She then began her ophthalmology residency training at New York University School of Medicine –Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital where she served as chief resident during her final year. She went on to complete a surgical retina fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center in June 2011.Dr. Grant AakerDr. Myung specializes in retina surgery and the care of vitreoretinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration, ocular complications of diabetes, retinal vascular disorders, and the repair of retinal tears and detachments.  Dr. Myung is now taking appointments.Dr. Aaker and Dr. Myung reside in Olympia with their daughter. Clarus Eye Centre is a surgery and eye care center located in Lacey, Washington. For over 40 years our ophthalmologists, experienced optometrists and caring, professional staff have dedicated themselves to helping people maintain healthy eyes and clear vision well into the future.To learn more, visit ClarusEye.com. Facebook14Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Springer PlumbingWe have all heard of hybrid cars, but did you know there are hybrid water heaters? We have seen increased interest in these and wanted to share the benefits of installing a hybrid tank in your home. Last April, major changes in water heater efficiency came into effect, resulting in older style water heaters being phased out. This has pushed our company to explore more of the many options that are on the heating market.How Do They Work?A standard type water heater relies on electricity alone to heat water in the tank. Hybrid units take it a step further and draw heat from the surrounding air, transferring that heat into the enclosed tank. Think of it as how a refrigerator works in reverse. In case you have houseguests or are using a large amount of hot water, they also come equipped with traditional heating elements that can kick in when needed.Hybrid heat pump water heaters are one of America’s most efficient water heaters; over 65% more efficient than a standard tank. Many of the models have different modes they can be ran on depending on your water needs, which are easily changed on a convenient control panel. These modes include hybrid, heat pump only, boost and vacation mode.Why Should I Care About Efficiency?Water heaters are the 2nd highest energy user in the home. Standard tanks use more than the refrigerator, clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher combined. Switching to a more efficient tank may cost more upfront, but the energy savings will put that money back in your wallet in less than two years for a household of four.Huge Rebates are AvailableIf the energy savings are not a big enough incentive for you, Puget Sound Energy is offering a hefty rebate for the installation of these efficient tanks. If you have a hybrid water heater installed and take advantage of the rebate it will result in being about the same cost of a traditional water heater. Ron, owner of Springer Plumbing, is even taking advantage of this deal and installing a hybrid heat pump water heater in his own home. We would be happy to answer any questions for you! The conditions of the rebate can be found here.last_img read more

Local firm SCJ Alliance Part of Award-Winning Projects

Local firm SCJ Alliance Part of Award-Winning Projects

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceA project worked on by a statewide team of SCJ Alliance folks recently received two awards for excellence. SCJ’s Lacey, Centralia, and Wenatchee offices worked together on project design, outreach, and construction management for the award-winning City of Chelan projects.For more than a decade Chelan had been trying to figure out the best way to address Woodin Avenue Bridge safety issues, with its shifting and crumbling concrete, faulting electrical, and narrow sidewalks. Although structurally sound, renovations were sorely needed for this front door to downtown. The city had outgrown the narrow concrete bridge, originally built in 1927, and there was no longer enough room for all the pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicle traffic.In partnership with City staff, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association, Chelan Douglas Transportation Council, and others, SCJ designed a project that combined bridge restoration with other efforts. The Woodin Avenue Bridge Restoration Project was selected as the Project of the Year in the “Historic Less Than $5 Million” category by the Washington chapter of the Association of Public Works (APWA).Significant upgrades were also made to the adjacent Woodin Avenue Landing Park, which provides access to the downtown from the water. The Washington State Main Street Program selected it for an Excellence on Main Award in the “Outstanding Special Project” category. “By incorporating the park into the overall construction project, it saved the smaller project thousands of dollars. It’s now an inviting space for both locals and visitors alike, with increased access to Lake Chelan,” said SCJ Project Manager Dan Ireland.Ireland, an engineer, is based out of SCJ’s Wenatchee office, while the principal landscape architect, Jeff Glander, is part of SCJ’s Lacey office. Engineer Bob Tauscher, who oversaw the construction, calls the Centralia office home. “In today’s COVID world, the lines are more blurred regarding the significance of an ‘office’ location,” says Ireland. “But we’ve been ahead of the curve in that regard. For years our teams have included colleagues working seamlessly across disciplines and offices, with tremendous results.”ABOUT SCJ ALLIANCE: SCJ is a 100% employee-owned firm specializing in civil engineering and site development, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture, public outreach, and cable-propelled transit. Staff work collaboratively with public and private clients to anticipate emerging needs and priorities, envision projects that enhance communities, and create designs that bring visions to life. The firm has offices in Ballard, Seattle, Gig Harbor, Lacey, Centralia, Wenatchee, and Spokane, Washington, as well as Boulder, Colorado. SCJ has been nationally recognized many times for growth, award-winning projects, and as a great place to work.last_img read more

India footballer Ashalata Devi in the running to be named AFC Women’s player of…

India footballer Ashalata Devi in the running to be named AFC Women’s player of…

first_imgAdvertisement eqcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1nqreWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eafrz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7d969Would you ever consider trying this?😱57Can your students do this? 🌚89sRoller skating! Powered by Firework Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, captain of the Indian women’s football team, has been nominated for this year’s AFC Player of the Year award. The 26-year-old centre-back had an impressive season; leading India to Round 2 of the Olympic 2020 Qualifiers and a 2019 SAFF Championship title.Advertisement Image: AIFFThe Mizo footballer, played a crucial role helping her club, Sethu FC, win the Indian Women’s League trophy and shortly after, she was rewarded with the Women’s Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season by the All India Football Federation.Advertisement “This really is like a dream come true for me. You never really think of these milestones when you are growing up but I’m very happy that the hard work that I’ve put in over the years has got recognition on the continental level,” she said.“I would like to thank our coaches Maymol Rocky and Chaoba Devi for giving me the right guidance and motivation over the years. Also, the credit goes to my amazing teammates. It is an absolute privilege to lead them out onto the pitch every single match” the defender added.Meanwhile, Li Ying of China, and Japanese skipper Saki Kumagai are the other two other nominees for the AFC Player of the Year award in women’s category. While Akram Afif , the Villareal and Qatar forward along with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and defender Tomoaki Makino from Japan are the three players nominated for the AFC’s men’s player of the year.AIFF on the other hand, received a rather surprising nomination after being named among three federations for AFC President Recognition Awards in Grassroots Football (Developing) category.The prestigious Annual Awards event is scheduled to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 2.  Advertisementlast_img read more

The penultimate Match Day 6 of UEFA Champions League to be aired only on…

The penultimate Match Day 6 of UEFA Champions League to be aired only on…

first_imgAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1wb3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecwy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5acdnvWould you ever consider trying this?😱1jlCan your students do this? 🌚dcRoller skating! Powered by Firework The UEFA Champions’ League group stage returns with the penultimate Match Day 6 as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, RB Leipzig, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur already through while half of the places in the round of 16 still hang in the balance. With eight places in the last 16 still up for grabs, below are the important Champions League games viewers should keep their eyes glued onto:Advertisement Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool FC – When this group was drawn, not too many people would have expected Salzburg to be tussling with Liverpool and Napoli but there is all to play for at the Stadion Salzburg as Salzburg welcome holders Liverpool with each looking to progress from Group E.  The last time the holders of Champions League failed to make it through the group stage was 2012/13, and Liverpool will be desperate to escape the fate suffered by their domestic rivals Chelsea. Below are the best case scenario of the teams to qualify in Round of 16 from Group E–          Liverpool will go through if they draw, or if Napoli lose to Genk.Advertisement –          Napoli will go through if they draw, or if Salzburg do not beat Liverpool.–          Red Bull Salzburg will be through if they beat Liverpool and Napoli does not beat Genk. If Napoli win, Salzburg must beat Liverpool by a better score line than the 4-3 by which they lost against them on Match Day 2.Advertisement  Watch Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool FC Live and Exclusive on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD on 10th December 2019 at 11.25 pm (IST) AFC Ajax vs Valencia CF – Ajax will welcome Valencia to Amsterdam in Match Day 6 with both teams desperate to secure a spot in the knockout round of the competition. The home side are currently top of Group H with 10 points, while Valencia sit second, level on eight points with third-placed Chelsea, who complete their group-stage campaign against Lille. A win at home for Chelsea will see them cruise into the Round of 16 but a draw will put their qualification in the hands of Ajax.–          Ajax will go through if they draw, or if Chelsea fail to beat LOSC.–          Valencia will go through if they beat Ajax, or as long as they finish at least level on points with Chelsea due to their superior head-to-head record.–          Chelsea will go through if they beat LOSC, or if they draw and Valencia lose to Ajax.Watch AFC Ajax vs Valencia CF Live and Exclusive on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD on 11th December 2019 at 1.30 am (IST) Atletico Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moskva – While Juventus has tied up top spot in UEFA Champions’ League Group D, there’s an almighty battle developing for second place and a spot in the lucrative knockout stages of the tournament. Atlético must rediscover form and clinical edge past the Russian outfit to avoid elimination. Atlético Madrid had not lost more than once in a group campaign since 2009/10, but back-to-back defeats by Leverkusen and Juventus have ended that run and put qualification in doubt.–          Juventus are through as group winners.–          Atlético will go through if they beat Lokomotiv or if Leverkusen fail to beat Juventus.–          Leverkusen will go through if they beat Juventus and Atlético do not beat Lokomotiv. Watch Atletico Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moskva Live and Exclusive on Sony TEN 3 and Sony TEN 3 HD on 12th December 2019 at 1.35 am (IST) UEFA Champions League is among India’s most loved football tournaments and has gained increasing popularity in the last few years. Indian fans can catch the best footballing action in the world only on Sony Pictures Sports Network this season with premier international properties like Serie A, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019, UEFA EURO 2020 and many more.Watch the Match Day 6 of UEFA Champions League live and exclusive from 10th December 2019 only on Sony Pictures Sports Network DateTimeMatchBroadcast Destination10/12/1923:25Salzburg vs. LiverpoolSony Ten 2 SD & HD10/12/1923:25Napoli vs. GenkSony Ten 1 SD & HD11/12/1901.30Chelsea vs. LilleSony Ten 1 SD & HD11/12/1901.30Dortmund vs Slavia PrahaSony ESPN SD & HD11/12/1901.30Lyon vs. RB LeipzigSony SIX SD & HD11/12/1901.30Ajax vs. ValenciaSony Ten 3 SD & HD11/12/1901.30Inter Milan vs. BarcelonaSony Ten 2 SD & HD11/12/1923:25Shakhtar Donetsk vs. AtalantaSony Ten 1 SD & HD11/12/1923:25Dinamo Zagreb vs. Man CitySony Ten 2 SD & HD12/12/1901.30Club Brugge vs. Real MadridSony SIX SD & HD12/12/1901.30Atletico Madrid vs. Lokomotiv MoskowSony Ten 3 SD & HD12/12/1901.30Bayer vs. JuventusSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/12/1901.30PSG vs. GalatasaraySony ESPN SD & HD12/12/1901.30Bayern Munich vs. Tottenham HotspurSony Ten 2 SD & HD Advertisementlast_img read more

This cricketer’s World Cup final jersey just raised Rs. 6,073,818 in fight against Coronavirus!

This cricketer’s World Cup final jersey just raised Rs. 6,073,818 in fight against Coronavirus!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement r4vqwfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9lu7qo4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) d8jWould you ever consider trying this?😱a3vczbCan your students do this? 🌚j8jsRoller skating! Powered by Firework While the human population sees itself fighting the novel Coronavirus pandemic, many sportspersons around the globe have come forward with pledging and donations to help in medical sectors or to aid the poor and underprivileged of the society. The latest figure from the sporting fraternity to join in the noble cause in English cricketer Jos Buttler, who’s 2019 World Cup final jersey has brought in an amount of Rs. 6,073,818 to help tackle the virus outbreak.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersFrom the historical final match at Lord’s that saw England winning their first maiden Cricket World Cup trophy, Jos Buttler was the man behind the wickets who was vital behind Martin Guptill’s run out in the Super Over.The 29 year old put his jersey from the match on the e-commerce website eBay last week. The long sleeve sky blue jersey, which has the signatures of the world cup winning squad, saw a total of 82 bids, with the winning one at £65,100.Advertisement Buttler tweeted about the bid on 1st April, mentioning that the money will be aided to Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.Buttler, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, saw his initiative being well received by the fans and followers, including the charity themselves who were overwhelmed by the wicket keeper batsman’s deed towards.The charity, which aids the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, supervises the the Royal Brompton Hospital in Kensington and and Harefield Hospital in Hillingdon, London. The money will be aided to the cardio thoracic centres of the hospitals.Although the 29 year old himself saw his history-making jersey as a prized possession, the need of the hour was to stand up for the right cause in these times of crisis.“It’s a very special shirt but I think it takes on extra meaning with it being able to hopefully go to the emergency cause,” Buttler said on Monday.The United Kingdom, which is currently under lock down, has seen over 55,000 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is now in intensive care for two days. The death toll is at 6,159 as of today.Also read-Ronaldinho finally released from Paraguayan prison – but he’s not completely free yet! Advertisementlast_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

Theater Among Properties Released For Sale On Fort Monmouth

Theater Among Properties Released For Sale On Fort Monmouth

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – The former cinema/live performance theater along the high-profile Avenue of Memories (Route 537) in Eatontown is part of the latest group of properties on the former U.S. Army base about to be offered for sale.Other parcels include the Commissary, Post Exchange, warehouse district, post office and parking areas.The parcels were approved for sale at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). Due dates for bids will be announced soon.The entertainment facility, built in 1968, consists of 18,883 square feet with a 995-seat auditorium, slated for “adaptive reuse as well as alternate uses consistent with or complementing planned uses in the area” according to FMERA documents. The authority reports “specific interest from prospective purchasers in acquiring and renovating the property for arts, entertainment and related uses.” The parcel includes the adjacent Dean Field, a 24-acre green space intended for recreation, outdoor seating, passive open space or parking. The entire site totals approximately 31 acres.A revitalized theater would become part of what is evolving into a cultural and entertainment hub located adjacent to the proposed futuristic Freedom Pointe, a 500,000-square-foot retail/residential/business/entertainment/restaurant/hotel complex announced earlier this year. The fort’s former bowling center was recently purchased by a North Jersey bowling facility firm that will renovate and reopen it as such. A microbrewery and event space is currently being created nearby. On the other side of the Avenue of Memories – the main thoroughfare through the fort – Red Bank’s Kenneth Schwartz, owner of the borough’s Detour Gallery, has purchased and is renovating six former barracks into an artists’ and performance community. Just yards away, rows of former officers’ housing along the parade grounds are being refurbished for sale and rental, some of the first on-fort residences to be offered to the public.When Fort Monmouth closed, some lamented the loss of the Commissary site, available to military personnel and veterans, built in the Oceanport section in 1998. Early interest failed to result in purchase or lease. Located at Murphy Drive and Razor Avenue, the site lacks frontage on a major thoroughfare. Now the site is envisioned as a future retail building that could serve the thousands of new residents and workers who are expected to soon populate the revitalized fort.The Post Exchange (PX) complex includes four circa-1970 wood frame buildings totaling about 45,626 square feet, along with a 5,563-square-foot 1941 building formerly used by the Army Service Corps. The reuse plan slated the site for demolition and future use as low and medium-density housing with open space. However, there has been recent interest in the Commissary and PX for office/research and development space, active recreation and/or other commercial uses. While not consistent with the original reuse plan, FMERA officials said redevelopment nearby, including reuse of the Paterson Clinic by AcuteCare, and the relocation of Oceanport municipal operations, has reshaped the configuration of the district, “opening the door to more appropriate and potentially higher uses.” Officials said that site has also received “specific interest from prospective purchasers.”The Warehouse District consists of three general-purpose administrative buildings constructed in 1943 and two circa-1954 warehouse buildings totaling 77,589 square feet. The over 7-acre district is bound by Razor Avenue, Murphy Drive and the future Monmouth County Emergency Adult Homeless Shelter (as reported in The Two River Times last week.) FMERA staff recommends offering the site for commercial, active recreation or office/R&D space rather than residential use.The four-building post office area, bounded by Alexander, Todd, and Razor avenues is an approximately 6-acre parcel zoned for institutional use. Buildings there include the 7,641-square-foot former fort post office built in 1971, a 1970 Ticket & Tour building, a 1942 administration and classroom building and the 9,267-square-foot recreation equipment facility built in 1941. The reuse plan envisions demolition of all four structures. At one point, the site was eyed by the Oceanport School District for a new elementary school, officials said, but as the district is no longer considering that location, the property can be offered for alternate uses.A site on 6 acres that previously provided off-street parking for the buildings adjoining it is being recommended to continue to be used as such, depending on the proposals received for the adjacent parcels. Scoring of those bids by FMERA staff will give additional consideration to parties proposing to purchase multiple parcels.It is FMERA policy not to disclose parties interested in or bidding on fort parcels during the negotiation process. Past disclosures have negatively affected the negotiations and/or caused interested parties to revoke their offers. Among reasons cited are informing competition of what a commercial enterprise may be planning, as well as initiating escalation of bid prices.Factors considered by FMERA staff evaluation committees include prices offered, potential job creation numbers, timelines and enhancement of the economic value and “highest use” of Fort Monmouth. When the properties become officially available, details will be listed on fortmonmouthnj.com.This article was first published in the Dec. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more