Mayoral Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

first_imgFacebook101Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SideWalkSideWalk, an Olympia-based organization with a mission of ending homelessness in Thurston County, announced the “Mayoral Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” will officially launch this Memorial Day, May 30.A local response to an ambitious national challenge to end Veteran homelessness issued to mayors across the country by First Lady Michelle Obama, the effort is a collaboration among Catholic Community Services, the Metropolitan Development Council, Thurston County Veterans Services, and the cities of Olympia and Lacey.“More than 1,500 of our county’s 29,000 Veterans live below the poverty level, and nearly 7,000 have a disability, with many experiencing  or at risk of homelessness,” said Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder.  “The Mayoral Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness is an outstanding opportunity to spur meaningful community dialog addressing this critical issue.”The upcoming campaign will focus on four primary areas — coordinating Veteran outreach, prioritizing vulnerable Veterans, increasing outreach to landlords, and community building — with a goal of ending Veteran homelessness in Thurston County.“I’m proud of our city’s commitment to ending Veteran’s homelessness,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby.  “Anyone who’s served our country should never have to sleep outside. By applying the best practice approach of ‘Rapid Rehousing’ we can truly stabilize this important population and take care of our most vulnerable.”To kick off the effort and receive community comment, SideWalk will host two public meetings at the Veterans Outreach Center, 4232 6th Ave SE, Suite 202, in Lacey.  The first, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, will provide an opportunity to aid in the development of a strategic outreach plan.  The second, at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, will focus on action steps to finalize input on the coordinated effort.Nationally, nearly 900 community leaders have endorsed the challenge, which has been designated a National Best Practice of The Federal Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). To date, twenty-four communities and two states have utilized the challenge to help end Veteran homelessness.last_img read more

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Razor Clam Dig Starts February 7 on 3 Ocean Beaches

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)State shellfish managers have approved a six-day razor clam dig beginning February 7 on three ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.This is the first dig at Twin Harbors since late November when domoic acid levels spiked there, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.“Toxin levels have been dropping over the last several weeks at Twin Harbors and now meet public health standards,” Ayres said. “This is great news for razor clam diggers. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Twin HarborsRazor clam diggers should note that Copalis will be closed the last three days of the dig, when Mocrocks and Twin Harbors remain open, Ayres said.WDFW often opens Copalis and Mocrocks for the same dates due to the proximity of the beaches. “We’re able to provide more opportunities by opening Mocrocks separately for a few days this dig,” Ayres said.  Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Maps of the beaches can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage. Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state. Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.last_img read more

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Juventus have just lodged their 30th appeal to revoke the 2006 Serie A title…

first_imgAdvertisement 4qfrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs10u1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaf77w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bqp8xWould you ever consider trying this?😱9cnCan your students do this? 🌚5ptRoller skating! Powered by Firework Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus have a long-standing rivalry between them since the inception of the beautiful game in the country. As the teams are from the two biggest cities in Northwest Italy, the derby has also come to represent a regional rivalry. But following the infamous Calciopoli scandal which saw Juventus stripped of their league title from 2005–06 and given to Inter, the matchup between them is perhaps the most intense match in Italy. And as per recent reports, Juve have launched a fresh appeal to have the 2005-06 Serie A title stripped from Inter, just days before the two teams play each other.Advertisement Juventus was crowned champions of the 2005-06 season but had the title revoked because of their role in the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal. The Bianconeri with five other teams including second placed AC Milan, were penalised for attempting to influence results by picking certain referees. In the aftermath, Juventus was demoted to the second division and Inter who finished third was awarded the title. The Torino side though, have made numerous prior appeals since then, and have pitched a new one recently to the Italian Olympic Committee’s Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport tribunal.Advertisement That season, Juventus finished on 91 points, AC Milan on 88 and Inter Milan on 76. However, Juventus and AC Milan, along with Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina, received a variety of punishments for their role in the scandal. Juventus were moved from first in the table to bottom and relegated to Serie B, while AC Milan were docked 30 points, dropping them down to third, with Inter, managed by Roberto Mancini, becoming the champions.Juventus, who are second in this season’s Serie A will host league leaders Inter Milan on Sunday.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Former Indian footballer Mehtab Hossain leaves BJP 24 hours after joining!

first_imgImage Courtesy: TwitterAdvertisement 2beNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6xz9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo36( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vs8mWould you ever consider trying this?😱alk2iCan your students do this? 🌚i0kt1oRoller skating! Powered by Firework Retired Indian football Mehtab Hossain was all over the news yesterday. The East Bengal and Mohun Bagan legend made headlines after he decided to step into politics, and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. However, just within 24 hours, the former player has taken a U-turn, and has decided to leave the party!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter“What I was doing wasn’t enough. People were really suffering and it wasn’t sufficient. That’s why I joined politics and decided this was the best way to help people,” said Mehtab Hossain, who has been actively involved in welfare and philanthropic duties in West Bengal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.However, just a day after his welcome ceremony at the BJP headquarters in Kolkata, Hossain has broken ties with the party, stating that his near and dear ones weren’t happy with his decision of joining the party.Advertisement “I wanted to join politics to do something good for the people. But my own people who love me do not want to see me in politics; there is no point joining any political platform,” Hossain wrote on Facebook.“I have realised that they prefer seeing me in the green fields of the football ground, not in the political battlefield. They have requested me not to join direct politics,” the former defensive midfielder added.Advertisement My family has not supported my move. They still want me to be known as ‘Midfield General’. I cannot do anything which will make my family unhappy,” the 34 year old concluded, “from today, I am not associated with any political party.”Hossain has represented India 31 times at the international level, and scored in two occasions. He is currently the manager of I-League 2nd Division sides Southern Samity. During his career, he has played for both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, the two heavyweights of Kolkata. He played for 10 seasons with the former, winning Federation Cup three times.During his decade long spell with East Bengal, Hossain made his first apperance in the Indian Super League, and played two seasons with Kerala Blasters FC on loan. In 2017, he left Bangal Brigade to join Jamshedpur FC. Before his retirement last year, Hossain returned to the Marines in 2018.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-Srabani Nanda becomes first Indian sprinter to compete amidst COVID-19 pandemic!Enough is enough: Jofra Archer spills beans on online racial abuse Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ham Radio Operators Tune In For 2016 Field Day

first_imgStory and photos by Jay CookTHE GARDEN STATE Amateur Radio Association joined thousands of amateur radio operators on the airwaves for the 2016 American Radio Relay League’s Field Day.Otherwise known as hams, these amateur radio operators are licensed through the FCC and follow strict guidelines in how they operate, the quality of their transmissions and the language used over the air. Specific to the GSARA, club members come from all over Monmouth County, from towns such as Red Bank and Ocean.Held at the American Red Cross building in Tinton Falls, also the headquarters for W2GSA – the club’s specific call-sign – the 24-hour event was used to showcase capabilities out in the field and in the elements. Field Day began on Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m. and lasted until 2 p.m. the next day. Club members took shifts working the radios, either during the day or through the night.“We get about 3,000 stations all across the country, all set up this weekend doing exactly what we’re doing and trying to contact other stations,” said Frank Wroblewski, former president of GSARA.Field Day is the busiest day on a ham’s calendar. Hundreds of contacts are made from around the U.S and Canada, along with other hams tuning in from foreign countries, such as South Africa or Italy.The event is set up like a contest. Clubs receive points throughout the weekend which are tallied up once Field Day has concluded. Points can be accumulated in various ways: by the number of contacts made throughout the weekend, by promoting the event through social media and through usage of ham radios powered by alternative energy sources, to name a few. Wroblewski showcased the latter skill this year. “This is a solar station I have here,” he said. “A solar cell that’s charging this battery, and the battery is running this radio, and I connect to the antenna.”No bigger than a 15-inch MacBook, the cell brings in enough power to push frequencies throughout the continental 48 states. “Since we’re only talking the United States, I guess the furthest probably would be Washington State, west coast,” he said.A basic ham radio setup, found inside the GSARA’s communications center.All in all, Wroblewski’s solar-powered setup fit comfortably on the picnic table behind the warehouse. Adjacent to him, situated on the side yard was another outdoor station collecting contacts.“My dad was a ham radio operator and he got me interested, so it was kind of natural that I would just fall into it,” said Cy Stanway, a licensed ham radio operator of 41 years.Stanway appreciated the fortunate weather for this year’s Field Day, as his tent and equipment were almost fully soaked in last year’s event. A steady downpour ended up displacing nearly three inches of water at his feet, which made for a challenging weekend.“There’s the emergency component and the public service component,” he said. “Field Day is supposed to highlight the emergency component, so you can go out in less than ideal conditions.”While the weather is hit-or-miss outside, the environment inside is cool and controlled. Positioned beside mountains of stacked water bottles and other disaster relief equipment, the GSARA placed in the Red Cross warehouse. Through a door labeled “Disaster Communications: Authorized Personnel Only” sits a collection of ham radios ready for use at a moment’s notice.Five separate stations can be found through those doors. Hooked up to computers, communications can be received either through Morse Code or phone conversations. In a time of crisis, the ham radios could be utilized for sustaining broadcasts with neighboring counties or towns while cell phone and landline networks are reestablished.“We operate as an alternate EOC, emergency operations center,” said Howard Suffill, second-year president of GSARA.Suffill knows a thing or two about working in emergency situations. After upgrading his ham radio license in 2005, he traveled to Jackson County, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Under his own accord, he drove south in his van to lend a helping hand. “We stayed there for a little over a week and operated,” he said. “Not typically out of my van , I was at an EOC in Jackson County.”The Red Cross in Tinton Falls also saw usage during major storms, notably Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy. Suffill pointed to the importance of ham radios during times of emergency, saying that “usually in the first stages, the first 24-48 hours, it’s more us, a lot of times, until the other technology gets put into place.”ARRL’s sponsored Field Day is annually held during the last week of June. GSARA, which was founded in 1950, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Tinton Falls Red Cross location. For additional information about GSARA or the hobby of ham radio operating, visit gardenstateara.wordpress.com.last_img read more

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Referendum Voters Will Be Asked To OK $5.7M Bond Issue

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The Borough Council unanimously approved a resolution at its Aug. 2 meeting that set Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., for a special election for a referendum on three bond issues that would provide funds to replace two borough buildings lost in Sandy in 2012 and the existing Borough Hall.The resolution also set the wording of the interpretive statement that would explain the three questions being voted on, one for each bond issue.The buildings proposed would contain the borough’s lost firehouse, police department, library and beach facilities as well as replace the current Borough Hall.The interpretive statement said that total projected costs of the two buildings was $12,726,969 – of which $5,761,750 is the maximum to be bonded.The statement said that it was necessary for both bond ordinances 15-2016 and 17-2016 to pass to fund the building called the Community Center/Beach utility structure.Ordinance 17-2016 provides for construction of the beach facility while ordinance 15-2016 deals with the construction of the community center/library building.This building is described as a single 8,609 square-foot structure that would serve both as the library and beach facilities. It would add new storage space for police, fire and public works equipment with a second level that would contain a place for Borough Council, Planning Board and other town meetings as well as rentals by the public with an oceanfront deck included in the building, the statement said.“The borrowing for ordinance 15-2016 is anticipated to be fully repaid from taxes and the borrowing for ordinance 17-2016 is anticipated to be fully repaid by revenues of the Beach Utility from beach user fees,” the statement said.It described the building funded by ordinance 16-2016 as a 14,187 square-foot-structure that would replace the firehouse, and police and first aid building destroyed by Sandy that would also have an extra bay for storing equipment and space to relocate “borough administrative functions and records storage.” The borrowing for ordinance 16-2016 is to be repaid from taxes, according to the statement.A chart contained in the statement shows the projected cost of the library /beach facility to be $4,875,248 with the maximum amount to be bonded as $332,500 for the library and $1,486,750 for the beach facility. Insurance payments for the building are listed as $150,000 for the library and $185,000 for the beach facility, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds the town receives will be $900,000 for the library and $1,450,000 for the beach portion of the building. Another $400,000 will go towards the beach facility from a settlement in a lawsuit concerning beach access the borough has received.According to the table, the maximum expected to be bonded for the municipal complex is $3,942,500, with $1,000,000 provided by insurance and $2,750,000 by FEMA.Although the council vote was unanimous, several residents protested the ordinance and said the projects could be achieved through less costly replacements of the buildings and that the costs for the proposal had escalated from when it was first proposed.Jean Kingman said that when “we started out the costs were much less.” Councilmen John Lamia, Jr., and Jack Keeler have also said they believed the project costs are too high.The referendum on the bonds was required when a petition contained sufficient voter signatures requesting it. The number required was 15 percent of the last election in which members of the State Assembly were on the ballot. According to Borough Clerk Christina Pfeiffer that number was 47 and 69 qualified residents signed the petition.At a prior meeting, councilman Brian Kelly said with revenues from the new metered parking system in the town and the cell tower and insurance payments, the bonds should result in an increase of two cents per hundred dollars of assessed value to borough taxpayers.A public town meeting on the referendum will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 23. Drop-in information sessions on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon and on Sept. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Borough Hall, where questions about the bonds can be answered by council members and borough staff.last_img read more

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Maxell nips Allen for bragging rights at Ted Allen’s Jewellery Low Net tournament

first_imgLorna Maxwell covered the Granite Pointe at Nelson course in a net 61 to capture the top prize at the Ted Allen’s Jewellery tournament Tuesday at the Rosemont track.Maxwell edged out Becky Allen for the title. Allen finished with a score of net 70, two strokes in front of Cathie McLaren. Joan Jordan finished fourth ahead of Maria Dimopoulos. Both finished with scores of 73 with Jordan winning in retrogression.Edna Mierau was next at 74.last_img

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Cougars put Kootenay in deep freeze during weekend set in PG

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice ran its winless streak to eight after the Cariboo Cougars rocked the visitors by a combined 18-2 scored during B.C. Hockey Major Midget Hockey League action this past weekend at the CN Centre in Prince George.The Cougars, within one point of first place in league standings with an 8-2-0 record, opened with a 9-2 victory Saturday.Cariboo then completed the home ice sweep Sunday blasting the Ice 9-0.Cariboo opened the two-game set by jumping on the Ice, scoring four times in the opening frame.The Cougars continued to dominate the contest outscoring the Ice 2-1 in the second and 3-1 in the third.Tyler Povelofskie led the Cougars with four points, including a hat trick.Kenny Nordstrom added a pair for Cariboo. Kane Roberts of Castlegar and Ryan Neil from Fruitvale replied for Kootenay.Sunday Kootenay had a better start holding the Cougars to a 1-0 advantage after one frame on a shorthanded tally by Liam Blackburn.However, in the second Cariboo scored five times, including three markers from power plays, to take over the game.Cariboo finished the game with seven special teams goals — four on power plays.Povelofskie and Blackburn led the offence for Cariboo each finishing with two goals.Braiden Epp added three assists.Nelson’s Adam Maida and Harrison Whitlock of Fruitvale were the goalies for Kootenay.Kootenay returns home this weekend for a two-game set at the Cominco Arena in Trail against Thompson Blazers.The Blazers have one win in 10 games this season.Game time Saturday is 8 p.m.Sunday the puck drops at 9:45 a.m.last_img read more

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Leafs training camp begins Friday; season tickets on sale now

first_imgLeafs, under the guidance of new coach Dave McLellan, have very little time to get battle ready as the squad plays a series of exhibition games beginning Wednesday, September 3 in Fruitvale against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Nelson continues its preseason slate Friday, September 5 in Creston before returning home to meet the Thunder Cats Saturday September 6 and Nitehawks Sunday, September 7.Nelson opens the KIJHL season Friday, September 12 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Fans can purchase season tickets for the upcoming KIJHL campaign at the Nelson Regional Sports Council upstairs in the Chamber of Commerce building or during Leafs training camp on the NDCC concourse from 2 -4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.For more information check the Nelson Leafs website. Believe it or not, hockey season is right around the corner.The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs take to the ice for training camp Friday through Sunday at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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Leafs, Border Bruins square off in Murdoch Showdown

first_imgHowever, the key to beating Grand Forks maybe some early goals on netminder Anthony Galliart.The native of Kansas City owns 2.18 goals against average and sits ninth in KIJHL goalie leaders.Galliart, who was sitting a suspension during the first meeting of the season, is responsible for many wins last season as Grand Forks went from perennial cellar-dwellers in the Murdoch to division finalists, losing out to Beaver Valley in the 2016 playoffs.Goalies? Anyone for goalies?The Nelson Leafs have almost as many netminders on the roster as defencemen as the coaching staff looks to bolster the goal.The Leafs nets looks almost like a goaltending school with four players vying for a spot between the pipes.Ben Kelsch and Jason Sandhu were the goalies on the squad coming out of training camp.However, the coaching staff still looks to be experimenting with the goalie position as two backstoppers were added —Devin Allen and recently, Josh Bolding — to the roster.A decision should be made sooner than later regarding the goaltending position.Injury reportLeafs will be without the services of defenceman Zack Morey and forward Jacob Karran for the weekend games.Morey was injured against Castlegar while Karran, a 6’7” blueliner has yet to dress for the Leafs this season. The Nelson Leafs have spent a lot of the first six weeks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season on the bus.Nelson, 5-4-0-0-1 on the season which is good enough for third place in the Murdoch Division, have played only four games at home to start the season.This weekend, Leafs have the chance to take advantage of home ice while trying to exact some revenge on the Grand Forks Border as the two Murdoch opponents hook up Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena. The Leafs have yet to lose to the Braves this season.The Bruins, second in the divison two points ahead of Nelson, are led by September Player of the month honourable mention in the Kootenay Conference, Dylan Haney.The 5’11” 165-pound Haney has seven goals and 11 assists to lead the Bruins in scoring.Other players to watch are Trey Mason, Chad Grambo and Brady Berger.Haney, Grambo and Berger combined for eight points in the Bruins 7-4 win over Nelson September 21 in the Boundary City.last_img read more

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