Hurricane Sandy Relief At Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen

first_imgSubmitted by Pellegrino’s Italian KitchenEven here in Olympia we have all felt the backlash from Hurricane Sandy. If you have been following the story and you are trying to figure out how you can help but don’t trust that your donation will make it to right place we understand. We at Pellegrino’s were thinking the same thing. So, here is what we came up with.Starting on Nov 5th and running through Nov 8th Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen  will be donating 10% of ALL proceeds to the Hurricane Sandy relief. In addition we will be taking flat donations in the form of cash or check. Please, in these trying times, see it in your heart to help out. There are millions without homes, power, water, food or just a blanket to keep them warm. Make your reservation today and help us help those who have had their world turned upside down!Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen205 Cleveland Avenue SETumwater, WA 98501360.709.9020 Facebook15Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Witzel Scores Early and Artesians Hold On For a Point

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansKyle Witzel scored in the ninth minute on his first shot with his new club and the Oly Town Artesians held on tight for a 1-1 draw against the Olympic Force on Sunday afternoon at Gordon Field. The Force tied the game up on a penalty kick by Diego Aceves in the 71st minute and then mounted a fierce attack thereafter but could not break through the Artesians defense and goalkeeper JJ Olson.Kyle Witzel with the shot past Lewis Watson. Photo credit: David FalkOn a deceptively warm day on the turf at Gordon Field, the Artesians broke through first in the ninth minute with a beautiful build up between Gabriele Zaccagnini, Jake Zimmerman and Tom Kemennu that was finished on a rocket of a shot by Witzel past Olympic keeper Lewis Watson. It was the Saint Martin’s forward’s first opportunity as a member of the Artesians, and he made the most of it, giving Oly Town a 1-0 lead.Olympic looked a little sluggish early after their 1-1 draw with South Sound FC on Saturday afternoon, but shook it off and started pressing midway through the first half. The pressure finally got to the Artesians in the 71st minute when Collin LaBranche clipped Joe Sammartino in the box. The official awarded a penalty kick to the Force and Diego Aceves buried the kick to tie the game 1-1.The Force continued to press heavily for the next 20 minutes giving both teams good chances to take the lead. The best opportunity came on the last play of the game well into stoppage time when Sammartino’s shot sliced across the goal and just barely missed wide left. The official blew the whistle right after and the Artesians escaped the Kitsap Peninsula with a point.Oly Town moved to 4-4-2 with 14 points in the Evergreen Premier League. The draw, combined with South Sound’s loss in Bellingham on Sunday, moved the Artesians back up to fourth place in the league table, nine points behind the first place Seattle Stars with four games left to play.The Artesians turn around almost immediately and will host the Vancouver Victory on Tuesday at Wembley Field at The Evergreen State College. First kick is set for 7:00 p.m., gates open at 6:15 p.m.Follow the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Washington State Department of Transportation to be the First Statewide Agency…

first_imgFacebook191Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationAn artist-in-residence will spend a year working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to help develop new ways to achieve agency goals through a first-of-its-kind program created by ArtPlace America and Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America. WSDOT will be the first stage agency in the country to pilot an artist-in-residence program.Applications are now open for artists interested in the year-long position, which will be located within WSDOT. The call for artists and application can be found here: as a tool for pioneering innovative and creative solutions, artist-in-residence programs have been piloted across the nation in municipal governmental agencies, including the Los Angeles and Seattle DOTs, but never before at a statewide agency.Several organizations collaborated on the artist-in-residence program. ArtPlace America is providing a $125,000 grant for the program, including a $40,000 stipend for the selected artist and $25,000 for a final project(s) the artist and staff develop. Transportation for America (T4A) will administer both the funds and the overall program, including providing staff and consulting assistance. The State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) will also provide staff support. Both T4A and SSTI are programs of Smart Growth America. WSDOT will supply in-kind contributions consisting of work space for the selected artist and staff time for agency workers to collaborate on the groundbreaking new program.“Artists can provide fresh approaches and new ways of doing things, interpret complex processes, and provide unique perspectives for existing programs,” said Ben Stone, Smart Growth America’s director of arts & culture. “While a handful of cities have embedded artists in various departments over the years, WSDOT will be the first statewide agency to embark on such a program. We’re excited to be a part of helping Washington state harness arts and creativity to create better supported and more beloved transportation projects that help accomplish the state’s goals.”Why employ an artist-in-residence?“This type of program has a proven track record at the municipal level by bringing creativity to design challenges, increasing community buy-in, fostering deeper community engagement, building relationships with underrepresented communities and helping improve processes for day-to-day work,” said Roger Millar, WSDOT’s secretary of transportation. “Our goal is to find innovative ways to better engage the communities we serve and deliver the best possible transportation projects.”What will an artist-in-residence do?The residency will run for one year with rotations through WSDOT’s core divisions to gain knowledge on the agency’s operations, priorities and challenges. The artist will then propose projects to address WSDOT’s overarching goals while improving community engagement, supporting alternatives to single occupancy vehicle transport and enhancing safety and equity. After four months of rotations, eight months will be devoted to the artist’s project(s) development and production.Cities across the country have engaged artists-in-residence to support their efforts. The Seattle Housing Authority has engaged artists-in-residence to collaboratively produce art with residents of Yesler Terrace that celebrates the community’s culture and history, builds connections to the adjacent neighborhoods, and connects residents to the arts. The Seattle Department of Transportation has embedded artists-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge to produce art and performances that explore the historic bridge’s role and meaning in Seattle.The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s artists-in-residence have installed interactive artistic elements to bus shelters, taught storytelling skills to the DOT staff to help them better communicate their projects to the public, and served as a bridge between transportation advocates and DOT staff. In Minneapolis, artists-in-residence have used theatre to help the city’s Regulatory Services Department staff develop more empathetic policies and better relate to their constituents, while St Paul’s artists-in-residence have worked to make community meetings more creative, fun, and productive.“We are thrilled to invest in the first artist-in-residence program within state government, and to share the results with state departments of transportation across the country,” said Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America’s executive director.  “WSDOT will establish a valuable model for how artists can contribute toward the planning, creation and utilization of safe, sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system.”The artist will be based in WSDOT’s headquarters in Olympia, but may also work from one of WSDOT’s regional offices in Spokane, Wenatchee, Shoreline, Tumwater, Union Gap, or Vancouver for part of the residency.Interested artists can learn more about the position and apply for consideration here: Opportunity EmploymentEqual opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Transportation for America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.Featured photo credit: jennlvs2smilelast_img read more

Olympia Symphony Brings Live Music Back to the Community

first_imgFacebook162Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Symphony OrchestraThe Olympia Symphony Orchestra is bringing live small group musical performances by local musicians back to our community, in their newly-developed “Big Music in Small Groups” program. The return of live music has been eagerly awaited by musicians and the community since the widespread shutdown of live concerts and public gatherings in March.The program launched on June 20, with a surprise performance of “Happy Birthday” and Handel’s Passacaile at Toyota of Olympia, for Toyota employee Lindsey Lampman. Lindsey, a 2017 graduate of River Ridge High School and former student apprentice violist with the OSO, received a surprise performance from an ensemble which included her former viola teacher, Lisa Dyvig, as a gift from her parents. Following this performance, the OSO musicians traveled to a private residence, performing Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance for a curbside commencement honoring a recent college graduate. Ensembles are comprised of OSO musicians, who are eager and excited to be performing together again.“Big Music in Small Groups provides connection and engagement between our musicians and community. Having a way to celebrate those big and little moments of life — graduations, birthdays, 4th of July, or just because — in a unique and personal way fills a critical niche in the midst of current social restrictions,” says Olympia Symphony Administrative Assistant Renée Zimmerman. “People have been so excited and grateful for these live local music deliveries — it brings a smile to your face to be a part of it!”Music “deliveries” will continue through July 4, with a musical menu that includes patriotic favorites such as Stars & Stripes Forever, the Armed Forces Medley, and the Star-Spangled Banner. After July 4, the OSO invites the public to request customized repertoire for private or neighborhood events. Prior to Thurston County’s advancement to Phase 3, gatherings were limited to no more than five non-household members. With Thurston County’s transition into Phase 3, gatherings may now include larger numbers of attendees, provided social distancing and face-covering requirements are met.The OSO plans to continue this program with outdoor performances throughout the summer. As part of their ongoing mission as a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization, they will also offer free performances to underserved and underrepresented populations in Olympia, with generous funding provided by a grant from the City of Olympia.To make a delivery reservation, please visit read more

Real Madrid star Isco kept his phone switched off all summer so he could…

first_imgAdvertisement aqoNBA Finals | Brooklyn VspmetWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecadr5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8ro9Would you ever consider trying this?😱x1m6Can your students do this? 🌚p77sRoller skating! Powered by Firework Spanish international Isco had shut down himself from the outer world this summer to remain at the club, reports Spanish media MARCA. The Real Madrid mid-fielder had a distressful time last season, falling out of favour for Santiago Solari and his future at the Bernabeu seemed dark. But the re-appointment of former manager Zinedine Zidane’s has changed his outlook this season. However, Isco is out for the next two to three weeks through a hamstring injury and is expected to be fit just in time for next month’s El Derbi Madrileño against Atletico Madrid.Advertisement The 27-year-old informed the club officials at the end of the last campaign that he wasn’t prepared to leave the club under any circumstances and would go to great heights to secure his time at the Spanish capital. According to MARCA, Isco had even switched off his phone for the whole summer and will keep on doing so till the transfer window closes on September 2. The newspaper claims various clubs have enquired about him but the player has asked the club to turn down any proposals. Zizou himself is a big fan of Isco and has assured him a more prominent role this season.Advertisement The former Malaga man was unhappy at the lack of games he played under former bosses, Lopetegui and Solari last term, and thought about leaving before Zidane arrived again in March.Isco came on in the second half of Real Madrid’s opening La Liga fixture which they won 3-1 at Celta Vigo and started against Real Valladolid only to be forced off early after suffering a hamstring injury.Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly and daughter Sana exchange playful banter on his IG post

first_imgAdvertisement b5kuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9872Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E803xtw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) o8jWould you ever consider trying this?😱ahnl4Can your students do this? 🌚Roller skating! Powered by Firework The President of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly and daughter Sana were seen exchanging a playful banter in an Instagram post. After the completion of the pink ball test match at Eden Gardens, Sourav Ganguly posted one picture of him at the closing ceremony of the match.Advertisement In that image, Sourav Ganguly was looking very much serious. So, in the comment of the post, his daughter Sana Ganguly commented,Advertisement “What is it that you’re not liking”.Sourav Ganguly also took the comment of his daughter lightly and told,Advertisement “That ur becoming so disobedient”.In the reply, Sana wrote,“Learning from you,”It was a playful banter between the father and daughter. In one previous interview, Sourav Ganguly was asked why most of his recent Instagram posts were with Sana. In the reply, Sourav Ganguly has answered that the pressure at work is increasing for him day by day and he is missing his daughter badly at that moment.Sourav is currently the President of BCCI. He has successfully organized a pink ball day night test match in India for the first time. He has various plans in his mind to be implemented soon and certainly his vision will take Indian cricket to a next level.Watch: Adorable Ziva gives MS Dhoni a back massage and hugs him! Advertisementlast_img read more

Lessons Learned from June Water Emergency

first_imgBy John BurtonLast month’s water emergency for much of Monmouth County may have been something of a teaching moment for the water utility and governing bodies about how they keep the public informed.“There are always lessons to be learned,” said Peter Eschbach, director of communications and external affairs for New Jersey American Water, about his company’s communications response to the collapse of water mains on June 29 near the company’s Middletown treat­ment facility. The break impacted hundreds of thousands of customers in 22 towns in Monmouth County.“I’ve had residents who’ve contacted me, who felt there was an inadequate message system,” Monmouth County Free­holder Director John Curley said.Among the issues officials found they need to work on is encouraging area residents to register on town websites for emergency notification, particularly if they did not have a landline telephone.County government doesn’t have a direct system of individually notifying residents to keep them abreast of breaking developments in emergency situations, said Curley and Laura Kirkpatrick, a county public information officer.The notification is left to individual municipalities and, in this case, the water utility company.Members of the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) kept local OEMs apprised of the situation. The county’s public information office issued a series of press releases; posted them to the county’s website, contacted media, posted on its Facebook page and used its Twitter account to get the word out.“We are trying to maximize these tools,” Kirkpatrick said.Municipalities, in general, rely on two methods for direct contact to homes and businesses. There is what is commonly referred to as “reverse 911” and another system through which residents must go to a town’s website and register to receive important notices.Reverse 911 systems have access only to landline telephone numbers. Residents must register through municipal websites to receive notification through mobile devices via cellphones, texts or emails.The problem for town officials is to get people to register.New Jersey American Water has two reverse 911 systems; one relies on a private company, the other uses company records to access phone numbers, Eschbach, said.“Here’s the glitch,” he said. “We contacted as many as we were able to,” with the company’s system. The problem was “customers are not required to give out phone numbers and many do not.”In Little Silver, Eschbach acknowledged, a system glitch went even further, as the water utility’s system somehow overlooked all its customers there and did not issue the recorded robo-call to residents.“I’m not sure exactly what happened with Little Silver,” he said. “As soon as we found out about it, we looked into it and we were able rectify it quickly.”“I have to admit this was a bit of an education for me, too,” Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said.The incident exposed a need to re-evaluate the town’s emergency notification system, he said. “Really, it was something of a blessing in disguise.”Neff has sent a letter to everyone in the community asking them to register online at the borough’s website to ensure they will be notified in case of another emergency. Residents can use any telephone number they wish for notification and can also get texts or emails. They can limit notification to bona fide emergencies only or get updates about other non-emergency events, too.“We want to get a better handle on whether we can help residents clarify what lists they’re on and when they get these emails and text alerts,” Neff said.As the county’s largest muni­ci­pality and site of the collapsed mains, Middletown became a focal point for the emergency. Adminis­tra­tor Anthony Mercantante said he felt “it went very well,” with the town’s communications system.Middletown initially issued emergency notification using reverse 911 and information collected through its website registration. “After that we pretty much relied on our website and email blasts,” to keep people up-to-date, he said.After such events, “there’s always a spike in registering” for the communication system through the township’s website, he said. “People suddenly realize how useful it is.” Middletown has about 8,000 of its 68,000 residents registered, a number that Mercantante said is a pretty good percentage.“Obviously one lesson is more people should register,” he said. “You learn about these things and you improve for the next time around.”Eschbach said the water company also learned about improvements that need to be done to its website and its contact system, including reaching out to customers to secure emergency phone numbers.Some customers told company representatives that when they received the notification calls, their caller ID came up as an unidentified number and the customers ignored it, thinking it was a telemarketer. “That’s one thing we’re looking at,” Eschbach said.The company’s website contained the latest information but didn’t highlight it well to draw people’s attention. That is another issue that will be addressed.The water main collapse impacted roughly 150,000 to 200,000 people in 22 communities, who were advised to boil water before using and to stop using water outdoors.American Water reached the majority of those customers, Eschbach said. He acknowledged that when reaching out to that many people “there are going to be some slip-ups.”Curley, however, criticized the company for failing to contact him as head of county government, failing to maintain the mains to prevent the collapse and for its water-use restrictions going much further than needed.Curley has asked the state’s Board of Public Utility to investigate the incident and the company’s handling of the situation.last_img read more

Kortney Rose Foundation Hits $1M Mark

first_imgWork inspired by 9-year-old Oceanport girlBy Carol Gorga Williams / Photos by Jaclyn ShugardOCEANPORT – As 540 walkers and runner took their mark at a fun run at Kortney’s Challenge Sunday at Monmouth Park, the charity that bears her name, the Kortney Rose Foundation, celebrated 10 years of fundraising for what some supporters believe is the oft-neglected cause of research into pediatric brain tumors.The charity was begun just five months after Kortney Rose Gillette of Oceanport died from an inoperable brain tumor by her mother, Kristen. She and her husband Rich and their daughter Kasey, and those may have been reasons enough but she wanted to accomplish more.“At the time I started, I had no idea where it was going to go,” said Gillette whose foundation grew out of the Kortney Rose Care Foundation, a group of neighbors who helped the family as Kortney battled the tumor. But as Kristen Gillette’s knowledge of pediatric brain tumors grew, so did her determination to do something to help the research “especially after I heard the facts that so little is donated to brain cancer, especially brain tumors.”Little by little, the foundation’s impact grew until this April it passed the $1 million mark, with all the money going to pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where Kortney was treated.“I’m still a little shocked,” confessed Gillette of the million-dollar-mark.Sunday’s event raised some $64,000, substantially higher than last year’s total of $42,000.“This year has been phenomenal in all aspects.”Robin Hurd, 50, of Long Branch invited her good friend Sandra Williams, 48 of Long Branch to do the 2-mile Challenge. Hurd is a brain tumor survivor of 16 years, and talking about her experience as she waited to join the race brought tears to her eyes. “I’ve been wanting to do the walk for years, but I always had some excuse. But finally yesterday, I just felt like I needed to come.”Elisabeth Maguire, 12, said she and her friend Elizabeth Norton, also 12, and both of Little Silver, wanted to be at Kortney’s Challenge because “You can get trophies. You feel so accomplished, and you feel like you did a good thing.”Opal Lachcik, 8, of Shrewsbury said the race gave her a warm feeling. “We’re doing it for someone, and it feels special,” she said.Participating in the Challenge is also a way for folks to honor someone who touched them. Hannah Duffy of Long Branch and Jeff Madonna of Red Bank ran to remember a Monmouth Regional student who died too soon. “It’s a great way to remember someone, and also bring attention to the need to raise money for brain tumor research,” said Madonna.The money goes directly to CHOP, into two projects including the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium in Neurosurgery, according to the foundation.“She is just such an amazing inspiration and a powerhouse in her dedication,” said Jena V. Lilly, consortium project manager, said of Gillette. “It is her vision and being a true partner for the advancement of science. She is great friend and I am so grateful she is part of the program.”The feeling is so mutual. So mutual in fact that Gillette is devoted to the cause.“Sometimes because I work full-time and I do this, I don’t have a lot of time to myself,” she admitted although daughter Kasey is away at Montclair State, studying costume design so her mom’s guilt about home time is less.“When it started, I needed to direct my upset into something positive,” she said. “It kind of saved my life having the foundation in the beginning. Now I cannot imagine not doing it.”Others say Gillette’s work has made a difference beyond the dollars she has collected. Just last year, she was named a New Jersey Monthly “Seed of Hope” for her work in the community. She was instrumental as well in convincing the state Legislature to set aside May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month” in the state.“She has been doing the work of bringing other people to the same space she is in,” said Adam Resnick, director of the consortium. “She and her foundation have been fantastic supporters. As a result of her support over the longterm, she has been a conduit….for (attracting) a network of like-minded people who provide a support system for each other but form a larger network…Her contribution far extends beyond the million dollars.”It starts, he said, when patients’ families find the foundation on the web and begin the process of educating themselves about CHOP research efforts.“Her authentic contribution far exceeds the million dollar number,” said Resnick who also serves as director of Neurosurgical Translational Research. “The million dollars is amazing but her value to our organization and what we are doing helps form collaborative efforts. That vision is what she is advocating for educating other families about what we are about.”Getting the message out can help convince people of the importance of the issue and the work of the consortium, which is one of the country’s largest repositories for brain tumor tissue samples where any scientist with a research proposal is welcome as the experts work to unlock the mysteries of cancer.“We are finally gaining momentum, they are coming to us,” Gillette said of sponsors and others. The foundation has a number of corporate sponsors and she is grateful for support, large and small. The foundation reached $1 million over time and with the help of nickels from school children, a program called Kortney’s Coins.“I think initially it started as an Oceanport thing,” Gillette said of the small Monmouth County community the family calls home. “My intention was to expand out of Oceanport” and sponsors like Monmouth Park and the Turning Point help do that because they have a wider reach.Turning Point Restaurants earlier this year raised more than $51,000 for the foundation. But more than that, said Gillette, it enhanced the foundation’s visibility,” Gillette said. “That is my No. 1 thing. There are plenty of other people saying that. It is not just me being that good,” she said.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015) – Graded stakes winner Finnegans Wake and Patrioticandproud are set to meet once again in Saturday’s 63rd running of the San Marcos Stakes as a competitive field of nine older horses have signed on to run 1 ¼ miles on turf.Finnegans Wake will be looking for his third straight graded stakes victory Saturday. First in Del Mar’s Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles two starts back Nov. 27 where he beat Patrioticandproud by a neck, the two hooked up again in the Grade II San Gabriel Jan. 3 at Santa Anita where Finnegans Wake won by a length, once again just besting Patrioticandproud.Though 10th to Eclipse Award Champion Grass Horse and Older Male of 2014, Main Sequence in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 1, Finnegans Wake hasn’t been worse than second in his other three starts since being acquired by trainer Peter Miller in September.Owned by Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch the 6-year-old horse by Powerscourt will break from the rail under Victor Espinoza. He is 26-5-3-3 overall with earnings of $945,375.Mark Casse’s Patrioticandproud will try to turn the tables on Finnegans Wake Saturday in his third graded stakes attempt. Ridden for the third time in-a-row by Eclipse Award Champion Apprentice Jockey Drayden Van Dyke, Patrioticandproud seeks his first graded stakes victory.Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber, the 6-year-old Proud Citizen gelding is 27-4-10-4 overall with $492,605 in earnings.Neil Drysdale will be represented by both Power Ped and Power Foot. Power Ped, a last- out winner of the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Turf Handicap Jan. 17 at Turf Paradise was third in the San Gabriel Jan. 3.The 5-year-old gelding by Powerscourt has two wins, two seconds and two thirds over Santa Anita’s turf course. Owned by Stepaside Farms, LLC, he is 18-4-5-2 overall with $274,432 in earnings.Power Foot, a 6-year-old gelding, also by Powerscourt, won his last out, a 1 ½ miles turf allowance at Santa Anita Jan. 8 and ran a game fourth in the Hollywood Turf Cup Nov. 27. Also owned by Stepaside Farms, LLC, he is 19-4-0-3 overall with earnings of $220,564.Armed with a new rider in Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Sean McCarthy’s Majestic Harbor will attempt to turn his luck around Saturday after a four race losing streak. The Grade I Gold Cup winner from June 28, Majestic Harbor will try turf for the first time since an allowance try at Del Mar in August, 2012 in which he ran third.The 7-year-old horse by Rockport Harbor is owned by Gallant Stable and is 27-6-6-4 overall with earnings of $674,264.The complete field for the Grade II San Marcos Stakes, to be run as the 7th race on a nine-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 123; Patrioticandproud, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Majestic Harbor, Mike Smith, 120; Power Ped, Flavien Prat, 118; Little Jerry, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 118; Quadrivium, Forest Boyce, 118; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 118; and Power Foot, Kieren Fallon, 118.last_img read more