August 6, 2020

Family Support Center Awarded Housing Trust Funds

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Family Support CenterOlympia, WA  November 15, 2012– The Family Support Center of South Sound’s Smith Building Project will receive $750,000 from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.  The Washington State Department of Commerce announced the awards today, which are conditional on projects meeting specific requirements.  Competing against 67 applicants from throughout Washington for 65.29 million dollars, The Smith Building Project was one of 49 projects selected in the State and the only project awarded funds in Thurston County.“We are very grateful to the Department of Commerce for investing Housing Trust Fund dollars in Thurston County.   Securing the funds was a team effort with many individuals and partner agencies and we celebrate our success.  We are eager to get started and plan to move quickly to transform the Smith Building into emergency shelter and affordable permanent housing for families with children,” says Rachael Langen Lundmark, Family Support Center Board Chair.The Family Support Center was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds of $551,000 and the Smith Building property by the City of Olympia in July to develop the vacant former City office building into emergency shelter and affordable housing units for homeless families with children.  “We are so proud to have won the support and confidence of both the Housing Trust Fund and the City of Olympia,” says Schelli Slaughter, Executive Director of the Family Support Center.   “This project means so much to the families and kids we serve every day.  We are seeing record numbers of families seeking shelter and affordable housing in our community.  With this great news, we have some hope to give them,” says Slaughter.“The Family Support Center’s mission is ‘Working Together to Strengthen all Families’ and we look forward to engaging the entire community in this effort as we move forward with the Smith Building Project.  We thank the faith community, local government leaders, the Olympia School District, the Housing Authority of Thurston County, our fellow nonprofit partners, and the many individual citizens who have pledged their support of this project and continue to demonstrate their commitment to ending family and child homelessness in our community,”  says Slaughter.Although the Family Support Center has secured the majority of the project financing, additional grant funds, financial contributions, volunteers, and donations of goods and services are needed to make the Smith Building Project a success.  To help local homeless families and children, please contact Schelli Slaughter, Executive Director at 360-754-9297 ext. 211 or visit the Family Support Center’s website at www.fscss.org.last_img read more

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August 6, 2020

Saint Martin’s University, JBLM, Microsoft Honor Students at Microsoft Software &…

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityThe second cohort of service members to complete the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy.Saint Martin’s University, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Microsoft will mark the achievement of the second cohort of service members to successfully complete the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy during an Achievement Ceremony Monday, May 5, at 4:30 p.m. The private event will be held at the Stone Education Center, which houses the MSSA as part of the Saint Martin’s Extended Learning Division, and is located at JBLM-Main, 6242 Colorado Avenue.Bill Kamela, policy counsel at Microsoft, will be the keynote speaker. Other distinguished guests include Colonel H. Charles Hodges, commander of JBLM, Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph. D., president of Saint Martin’s University, and Molly Smith, Ph.D., University provost. Additional Microsoft representatives who are expected to attend the festivities include Sean Kelley, senior staffing director, and Thomas Dawkins, senior product manager.The ceremony will recognize 17 active duty service members from JBLM who have completed 18 weeks of course work and training for technology careers that include software developers and software testers within companies such as Microsoft. The second cohort includes two Air Force service members and 15 Army service members ranging in rank from Army Specialist to a Major who is also an Apache helicopter pilot. All of the students are guaranteed job interviews with Microsoft.JBLM introduced the academy in November 2013 and the first cohort of 22 students completed the inaugural program in December. The program aims to help service members make a smooth transition as they leave their military careers and move on to civilian jobs in the technology sector. During their weeks of study, the second cohort received extensive software development training through core computer science courses such as C# and other programming languages, software analysis and design, software testing and Microsoft-led projects.“The students have completed an equivalent of our minor in computer science – they should be proud of their achievement,” says Radana Dvorak, Ph.D., dean of the Extended Learning Division. “We have been working closely with Thomas Dawkins and his team at Microsoft and now that we are  out of the pilot program stages, we are able to deliver a sound curriculum and training that aligns with emerging global workforce needs.”The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy was inspired by the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act,” which allows service members to begin the employment process before their separation from military service as a bridge from the military to other careers. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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August 6, 2020

Sounds of the Season draw Nigh at Saint Martin’s University and…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Saint Martin’s University, the South Puget Sound Community College and the American Legion Band are once again combining their talents to perform two Christmas concerts in December that feature three choirs singing musical pieces spanning the early 16th century to contemporary works.A carol sing-along will round out both “Sounds of the Season” concerts. The first event will be held Wednesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage of the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, located at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd., Olympia. The second concert will take place Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m., at Marcus Pavilion, located on the Lacey campus of Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE.The concerts will feature the Saint Martin’s University Chorale, both SPSCC Choirs and the American Legion Band. Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born directs the Saint Martin’s chorale. Molly McNamara conducts the SPSCC choirs. Kevin Robertson conducts the American Legion Band, along with Diana Appler, associate conductor.“It will be so much fun,” says Born, who is also director of the Saint Martin’s Music Program. “The students and members of our community love singing the “White Christmas” tunes and all those famous, early, golden years of Broadway musicals.”Each concert is composed of three parts. The first part will combine the three choirs, which will sing the early 16th century “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” two early American carols, the “Huron Carol” and “A Virgin Unspotted,” and a beautiful, contemporary piece, “O Magnum Mysterium.”During the second part, the American Legion Band will perform several traditional, Christmas band pieces, including “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.” The choirs and the band will conclude both evenings with combined holiday pieces, such as the “White Christmas” medley and “A Christmas on Broadway,” before leading the audience through the sing-along.The concerts are free and open to the public, and free-will donations are gratefully accepted.last_img read more

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August 5, 2020

Despite Courthouse Closure, Thurston County Elections Is Open February 12, Election…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County AuditorThe Thurston County Elections Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today, February 12. Voters in Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools are conducting special elections. Voters will be able to access all election services including replacement ballots at the county courthouse. Election results will be posted shortly after 8:00 p.m.There are 10 drop boxes located across the county which will close promptly at 8:00 p.m.  Voters are encouraged to exercise caution while returning their ballots. Voters may also download a ballot at ThurstonVotes.org. All ballots including online ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, or in a drop box no later than 8:00 p.m.There are no provisions in state law to delay an election due to inclement weather.Questions? Call Thurston County Elections at 360.786.5408.last_img read more

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August 5, 2020

The fourth edition of football tournament will scout for young talent to represent India…

first_imgAdvertisement 1prNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8a22gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9uoi( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) iWould you ever consider trying this?😱0dCan your students do this? 🌚p7Roller skating! Powered by Firework With an aim to empower marginalized sections of the society via sports, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), under the aegis of its CSR theme ‘Ek India Happywala’ sponsored the fourth consecutive edition of ‘SPN National Inclusion Cup 2020’ in association with the FIFA awarded charitable organization ‘Slum Soccer’. The only national football tournament of its kind for underprivileged youth was kicked off today at the Miramar Beach, Goa where matches will be played from 28th February to 3rd March 2020.Advertisement This year, the annual championship tournament will be spread over five days and will see the participation of young athletes from across India. Youth from different states of India like Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Gujarat, and Maharashtra will be participating in the unique tournament.Advertisement SPN firmly believes that the youth are the torchbearers for a better future of the country. Sport is a perfect medium that transcends race, religion, language and gender while simultaneously providing an equal platform and chance to further their dreams via fair representation of their skills at national and international levels. Out of 52 teams and 520 participants, the best performing 16 players, eight men and 8 women will be selected to represent Team India to compete against 63 nations at the 18th edition of ‘The Homeless World Cup 2020’ in Finland in June 2020.The SPN National Inclusion Cup concept pioneered by Prof. Vijay Barse, promotes and encourages the development of sports at grassroots level by setting positive pathways for the youth and imparting life skills for community leadership. The inaugural ceremony in Goa will be graced and flagged off by Brahmanand Sankhwalkar – Arjuna Awardee and ex-India football captain, VM Prabhudesai, Executive Director – Sports Authority of Goa, Andy Hook, Ex-Director – Homeless World Cup and David Duke, CEO Street Soccer Scotland.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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August 4, 2020

Ronald McDonald House Yard Sale

first_imgLONG BRANCH – The Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at 131 Bath Ave.The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Long Branch house and the families, whose children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.  Items for sale will include toys, games, baby clothes and blankets, refurbished computers, monitors, keyboards, Waterford crystal pieces, household items and décor. All items will be priced to sell.The Ronald McDonald House provides families with all the comforts of home within a supportive environment.  The house offers quick access to the hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing the families to focus on what’s important – the health of their child. The organization never closes its doors and a family will never be turned away based on their financial situation.last_img read more

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August 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Long-Term Care, School Closure

first_imgOn the other end of the spectrum, looking to the youngest generation, Murphy ordered that all New Jersey schools remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic calendar year. All students and staff will continue working through remote learning in the coming weeks. Private schools with longer academic calendars must remain closed until at least June 30, Murphy said Monday. Look for the full story with input from Two River area schools on page 15. NEW JERSEY – With so many unknowns about the novel corona virus and how to combat it, one thing is certain social distancing is working, said Gov. Phil Murphy Wednesday afternoon. Amid a press conference describing how New Jersey’s curve is flattening, Murphy signed an executive order extending the public health emergency by another 30 days to keep the trend going down. Now the emergency, originally declared March 9, will last through June 7. “Extending this declaration ensures that we can continue using every resource at our disposal to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Murphy. “But I want to ensure that this extension is not interpreted to mean that we are reconsidering our path forward or changing course on the principles I laid out last week in the Road Back plan. By Allison Perrine The team will be led by Cindy Mann, a 30-year expert in health policy, and Carol Raphael, former CEO and president of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the former board chair of AARP. About half of all deaths statewide related to COVID-19 4,261 have been individuals in long- term care facilities, the governor said. That’s why the state is establishing a team to specifically address long-term care and to support the state Department of Health in its efforts to do the same. It will also conduct a two-to-three-week review to protect facilities’ residents and staff members, and will make recommendations on long-term systemic reform, according to Murphy. “We know the long-term care issue has been among our biggest challenges, if not the biggest. The data spells out why we need to undertake these efforts,” said Murphy. “And just as tragically, we have seen some of the industry be slow to respond and adapt to the emergent threat of COVID-19. We intend to hold folks accountable, as we should, and as you would want us to.” We will continue to stand by these principles and protect public health as we responsibly take steps to get the economy moving again.” “We reached this conclusion based on the guidance from our public health experts, and with a single goal in mind, the safety and well-being of our children and of our educators, dministrators and staff,” said Murphy. “I had hoped that we could get back to a sense of normal by allowing our children to return to the schools they love, and to be with their friends and classmates. But the reality is that we cannot safely reopen our schools to provide students and families, or faculty and staff, the confidence needed to allow for a return to in-person instruction.” The state has yet to make a final decision on what will happen with summer education and what it and the 2020-2021 school year will look like for students and teachers. Since the state’s first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 March 4, there have been 131,890 cases statewide as of Wednesday, an increase of 1,513 overnight. Of that number, there have been 5,221 total hospitalizations and 8,549 deaths. In the Two River area specifically, that includes Atlantic Highlands, 24; Colts Neck, 67; Fair Haven, 22; Highlands, 25; Holmdel, 208; Little Silver, 32; Middletown, 505; Monmouth Beach, 17; Oceanport, 58; Red Bank, 152; Rumson, 31; Sea Bright, nine; Shrewsbury Borough, 46; and Tinton Falls, 169. The article originally appeared in the May 7th – May 13th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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August 3, 2020

Nelson’s DiBella gets Salmon Arm call

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNelson Minor Hockey grad Adam DiBella earned a trip to the B.C. Hockey League during the weekend, helping the Salmon Arm Silverback edge the Centennials 5-4 in double overtime Saturday in Merritt.David Killip scored 40 seconds in the second extra frame to give the Interior Conference leaders the narrow victory. Against the Centennials, DiBella recorded no points but had two minutes in penalties.DiBella, a 6’1”, 200-pound defenceman, is currently patrolling the blueline for the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The 17-year-old DiBella is in his first season in the Junior B League.DiBella is expected to remain with the Silverbacks as the Interior Division leader makes a four-game road swing into the Coastal Conference.Salmon Arm plays Nanaimo Wednesday, Cowichan Valley Friday and Alberni Valley Saturday before concluding the trip Sunday in Victoria.In eight games this season with the Grizzlies, DiBella has one assist to go with 29 minutes of penalties.Revelstoke, the defending league champ, leads the Shuswap Division of the KIJHL with a 10-1 record.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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August 3, 2020

Roller Derby squads back on track to battle for bragging rights

first_imgIt’s another round of the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League Friday at the Castlegar Community Complex.
The doubleheader of action begins at 7 p.m. with the Dam City Rollers of Castlegar up against the Babes of Brutality from Salmo.The second contest of the night is Nelson’s Killjoys and Gnarlie’s Angels of Rossland.The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League is made up of Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, the Gnarlie’s Angels from Rossland, Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Nelson’s   Killjoys and Lumber Jackies, Slocan’s Valley Vandettas and the region’s travel team, the Kootenay Cannibelles.Roller derby involves skating around an oval track, with points scored as the two jammers, one from each team; simultaneously lap the blockers on the opposing team. However, it’s not easy for the jammers to lap the field, as they must fight their way through the pack, scoring a point for each lap.Last month the league held a successful opening night of the 2011 season in Rossland.last_img read more

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August 3, 2020

Kootenay Wildcats host league leading Fusion Saturday at NDCC Arena

first_imgKootenay is led offensively by Kaslo’s Kathryn Haegedorn, in 17th spot in league scoring stats with three goals and three assists.Unfortunately for Haegedorn and the rest of the Cats 10 Phantom players have more points than Kootenay’s leading scorer.When the teams met earlier this season, Fraser Valley skated away with a pair of wins — 2-0 and 5-1.Meanwhile, in Castlegar, the Kootenay Ice return home to face Greater Vancouver Canadians. Game on is at 4 p.m. Saturday.Game two goes 9:30 a.m. Sunday.sports@thenelsondaily.com The Kootenay Wildcats hope a little taste of home cooking will be enough to change the fortunes of the B.C .Female Midget  AAA Hockey League team when the club hosts a pair of games this weekend in Nelson.The Cats, currently in fourth spot with a 2-8 record, host league leading Fraser Valley Phantom in a pair of league games beginning Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The teams take to the ice for game one of the two-game set at 5:45 p.m.Sunday, puck drops at 9:15 a.m.last_img read more

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