Month: August 2020

Hands On Children’s Museum Wins Museums for America Grant to Bring…

first_imgFacebook89Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Hands On Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum’s Young Makers program encourages tinkering, building and investigation. Photo credit: Hands On Children’s Museum.The Hands On Children’s Museum announced today it earned a significant Museums for America federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support its innovative Young Makers program for the next two years.The museum’s Young Makers program encourages tinkering, building and investigation as a way to build meaningful math and science experiences for the earliest learners, including tens of thousands of at-risk or underserved children in the community.The program was introduced at Hands On Children’s Museum in 2014 thanks to a grant from Thrive Washington and was expanded with funding from the Aven Foundation in 2015.By introducing these experiences early, families can take advantage of a small window during the preschool years when the brain is most receptive to learning math concepts, which research shows is the greatest predictor of future success in school.“At Hands On we are enthusiastic about engaging young children, their families and educators in the burgeoning Maker Movement as an accessible way to enhance science, technology, engineering and math learning in the early years,” explains Patty Belmonte, the museum’s executive director. “This is the first time we have won a Museums for America grant. It is a very high honor and a wonderful acknowledgement of the museum’s important work in early learning.”HOCM says that the grant will help extend science, technology, engineering and math learning. Photo credit: Hands On Children’s Museum.The institute said it received 481 applications and gave 160 awards for the Museums for America grant program. The program supports “the unique ability of museums to empower people of all ages through experiential learning and discovery. Successful projects provide high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities that address particular audience needs.”The Museums for America grant, along with a second grant from Thrive Washington, will support the museum’s efforts to build on the success of its Young Makers program and extend these early learning experiences to rural and Title I schools, rural preschools and at-risk audiences.Also, it will allow Hands On to create an interactive Mobile MakeSpace exhibit, which will be featured in the museum and throughout the region.For more information about the museum’s Young Makers program, visit read more

Lacey Mayor Ryder Joins Coalition to Launch “10-Minute Walk to a…

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyLacey Mayor Ryder joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation, and Park Association and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign. The campaign has an ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.Huntamer Park, in the heart of Lacey’s Woodland District, attracts patrons of a summer community concert.This bipartisan group includes mayors from across the country and represents cities large and small, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, representing more than 1,000 U.S. mayors, also unanimously passed a resolution urging all mayors to actively pursue the 10-minute walk to a park goal. Currently, over 130 mayors/cities have endorsed the campaign.“Parks are critically important in Lacey and cities across America. This mayor’s coalition is a great step forward to work together and ensure all Americans have a quality park within a close walk of home,” said Mayor Ryder. “Lacey City Council approved the updated Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan last month which includes Lacey adopting a standard of having a neighborhood park/trail within one-half mile of each resident.” The Plan can be accessed at the City of Lacey website.Studies show high-quality parks provide many benefits to residents and cities, as well, including:Physical and mental health – providing opportunities for physical activities and to interact with natureEconomic – boosting business and helping revitalize neighborhoodsCommunity-building – providing opportunities for neighbors to interact and work together to improve their surroundingsEnvironmental – cleaning and cooling the air, improving climate resilience, and providing opportunities for environmental educationCities Partner to Advance the 10-Minute VisionThe campaign marks the start of a multi-year partnership with cities and mayors across the country. Beginning in 2018, the campaign—led by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute—will work with select cities to create measurable policies and strategies to advance the 10-minute walk vision. Reaching 100 percent served in cities nationwide will require major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city parks master plans; the expansion of “joint-use” agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks, and gyms for public use after hours and on weekends; and other innovations.Partner Organizations on the 10-Minute Walk Campaign“Everyone deserves to have a park within a 10-minute walk—that is why we are in the midst of mapping park access for every city and town across America through our new platform, ParkServe®,” said Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land. “We have already mapped more than 100,000 parks in nearly 7,700 communities across the country. Our research shows, more than 100 million Americans currently do not have access to the countless benefits parks provide. These mayors deserve enormous credit for endorsing the 10-minute walk.”“Thoughtfully designed parks make a positive difference in the quality of life in communities, serving as a respite, a source of civic pride, and a draw for investment activity,” said Patrick L. Phillips, Global Chief Executive Officer for the Urban Land Institute. “We are excited to work with these distinguished mayors and other urban leaders to promote the 10-minute walk campaign and help improve park access in their cities and urban areas across the country.”The JPB Foundation also provided generous support for this effort.For more information or to see the full list of participating mayors/cities, visit read more

City of Olympia Saturday Drop-Off Site Closed for the Season

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOlympia’s Saturday Drop-off Site, located at 1000 10th Avenue SE, is closing for the season. If you have fall leaves, yard debris, scrap metal, or additional recycling to dispose of, bring them to the site between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 17, 2018. The site will close for the season at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 17, and will reopen the first Saturday in March, 2019.Fees and RatesThere is no fee for recycling or scrap metal disposal. The cost for yard and wood waste vary, depending on volume and the type of material you bring. Customers are required to unload their own vehicles, so bring only what you can physically handle. Visit for more information.Featured photo credit: Barb Matthewslast_img read more

Case closed: BCCI accepts Dinesh Karthik’s apology on violation of contract clause

first_imgAdvertisement 5n980fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8gpdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6sg9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5q5vkWould you ever consider trying this?😱88c0tbwrCan your students do this? 🌚8Roller skating! Powered by Firework Earlier this month Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik had issued an “unconditional apology” for violating BCCI’s central contract clause after entering the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room during one of the league matches. The BCCI on Monday accepted his apology and claimed that the matter is a closed chapter.Advertisement “The BCCI has accepted Dinesh Karthik’s apology and the matter is now a closed chapter” a Board official said.Advertisement As per BCCI’s central contract, a player must seek permission from the board before attending any match outside the country. The contract forbids the player from being associated with any private league around the world.Karthik, who has represented India in 26 Tests and 94 ODIs, tendered an “unconditional apology” after he was spotted watching a Caribbean Premier League match from the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Trinbago Knight Riders’ dressing room. Karthik is the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, was seen wearing a Trinbago jersey, while watching the match, which prompted the BCCI to issue a show cause notice, asking why his central contract should not be cancelled.Advertisement Karthik, in his defence, said that he went to Port of Spain on KKR coach Brendon McCullum’s request and watched the match wearing the TKR jersey on the New Zealander’s request. Advertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs SA 1st Test Day 1 Review: Rohit Sharma’s second life proves heavy…

first_imgImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsAdvertisement 8d6dbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs85oxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elzq2w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) sbsWould you ever consider trying this?😱7btCan your students do this? 🌚5l8iRoller skating! Powered by Firework India’s home season kicked off with a dominant display on the first day in Vishakapatnam. The team are on the lookout to win their eleventh consecutive series win at home to topple the record set by the Aussies. Advertisement Image Courtesy: NDTV SportsWinning the toss and electing to bat first on a dry surface, Kohli opted to go for four bowlers with Hanuma Vihari as the fifth option. Whereas the Proteas named three spinners in their eleven.The first hour was evenly contested as Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander tried to probe the opening pair. Agarwal and Sharma started slowly with only 22 coming off the initial first overs, after which they picked up the speed.Advertisement Rohit Sharma began his second life in whites with a new role as an opener and marked it in style. The explosive batsman became the fourth batsman to score on debut as an opener after Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.At the end of Day 1, which was marred with rain and called off early, the Men In Blue ended up with 202-0 with Sharma and Mayank Agarwal unbeaten at the crease on 115 and 84 respectively.Advertisement Read Also:IPL 2020 auction set for December in Kolkata; each franchise allotted Rs 85 crore!Sarcastic Yuvraj Singh trolls Harbhajan Singh by saying ‘India doesn’t need a Number 4’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi has already scored in every stadium of LaLiga Santander after his last…

first_imgAdvertisement 23gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7xfwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E37z2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 24Would you ever consider trying this?😱89Can your students do this? 🌚2427Roller skating! Powered by Firework The FC Barcelona number ‘10’ scored the winner goal in the significant victory against Atlético (0-1). It was the only stadium where he hadn’t scored yetAdvertisement Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona offered this Sunday a brilliant game in LaLiga Santander (0-1). A match quite tough on each plot of the field, and that was only unbalanced four minutes from the end by Lionel Messi, confirming his status as one of the best players in the world. The goal by the Argentinian in the last moments of the game not only earned three points that allow Barcelona to keep the leadership in the table, but also meant that the number ‘10’ could fulfill his pending challenge at the Wanda Metropolitano. As it was the only stadium in LaLiga where he had not scored yet. An atypical anomaly for a player who has broken all color and condition marks throughout his career.Advertisement Messi scored a whopping eight times at Atleti’s old Vicente Calderon stadium but it yet to score at the stadium in the league since Los Rojiblancos moved to their new home back in 2017. Even when he got it in the Copa del Rey 2018 final against Sevilla, but not yet in the domestic championship against the colchonero team… until this Sunday.Advertisement So, now Messi can finally cross out this stadium from his list of ‘victims’. Twenty from twenty, including the Camp Nou, obviously. His most fertile hunting ground over the years has been Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan (12 goals) and Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu (11 goals). His tally at the remaining current top-flight stadiums: 10 – Ciutat de Valencia (Levante UD); 9 – Mestalla (Valencia CF); 8 – Ipurua (SD Eibar); 7 – El Sadar (CA Osasuna), Benito Villamarin (Real Betis); 6 – Son Moix (RCD Mallorca), Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal CF), Coliseum Alfonso Perez (Getafe CF); 4 – RCDE Stadium (RCD Espanyol), Reale Arena (Real Sociedad); 3 – Nuevo Los Carmenes (Granada CF), Mendizorrotza (D. Alaves); 2 – San Mames (Athletic Club), Butarque (CD Leganes), Abanca Balaidos (RC Celta), Jose Zorrilla (Real Valladolid).  MESSI – LUIS SUÁREZ: UNLIMITED COMPANYLikewise, Messi’s goal against Atlético contained great symbolism for how it was generated. With the classic action of the Argentinian starting from the wing in the midfield, and scoring close to the box with a soft shot to the opposite stick from where he started. An action seen again and again in the number ‘10’ career, but few defenders manage to abort it even when they study it. And once again, with the collaboration of Luis Suárez, who gave him the assist for the final shot.Argentinian and Uruguayan ‘created’ an unlimited company. Even when they have been together for many years and they have shown their compatibility on the grass, they are still able to repeat that same action successfully ahead the opposite goal. Totally, they have already built 77 goals between them for FC Barc Advertisementlast_img read more

From the Desk of the Editor: Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Initiative

first_imgA weekly paper’s role is clear. It must be a part of its community. Not just a reflection of it, but right into its roots. You may not be able to please everyone, but we have a diverse and rich Two River area and this paper tries hard to help make it even better.Hence our new Pedestrian and Cyclist task force that addresses the issues of crosswalks, the lack of cyclist paths and speeding traffic through the Greater Red Bank area. The Two River Times is coordinating the initiative as an editorial campaign to improve safety first in Red Bank and then in the entire Two River area.We’ve brought together government officials at the borough, county and state level, as well as representatives of schools, and major stakeholders in the community like Meridian and RiverCenter.You can’t build Rome in a day, so we’ve begun by focusing on several areas of Red Bank that are dangerous first, will advance through Red Bank and then broaden out to the Two River area. It will involve rotating legislators, local officials and stakeholders in our monthly meetings as they progress but the same county officials will be at the table throughout the initiative, as will The Two River Times. We are not excluding anyone in our coverage area and I want to assure you of that.Red Bank is very much an epicenter for vibrant cultural events, the restaurants and the business district as well as its burgeoning population so we thought that was a good place to start. But there are safety issues throughout our region, and many towns have the same positives and negatives of Red Bank on a bit of a smaller scale but their issues are just as important and we’ll tackle them all. We’ve only just begun.And we will hold ourselves and the officials and stakeholders accountable. We will run a monthly checklist of what the initiatives are and then we will track how we’re all doing. We will always tell you what’s next up on the agenda, and that may change with your input. We want to hear from you about this issue. It involves our children, our elderly and everyone who walks or cycles. We think it’s a pretty important issue. We want to hear your thoughts about dangerous places to drive, cross, cycle. We want to hear about your complaints, your ideas, your solutions.And be clear, this won’t be the only issue we address as we try to improve our Two River community. We want to follow our environment and make sure our waters and beaches are protected and the air we breathe is clean. We want to make sure our children our doing well and that our business districts flourish. We want strong hospitals and caring health services. And we want people to understand that when they donate to causes, it makes a difference in the entire community. The health of a society is built on community commitment, individual commitment. We’ve made ours and we hope you join us by advancing your ideas and concerns and help guide us to solutions.We’re listening. And we care, a lot.Let’s have coffee.Jody CalendarExecutive Editor/Co-Publisherjcalendar@tworivertimes.com732-219-5788last_img read more

Bomber seniors Andrea Stinson and Shawn DeGroot claim Kootenay Cross Country titles Wednesday in Fernie

first_imgBomber seniors Andrea Stinson and Shawn DeGroot lived up to some pre-race hype by capturing respective Kootenay High School Cross Country titles Wednesday in Fernie.The L.V. Rogers runner, who dominated the West Kootenay circuit for most of the season, won the Senior Girl’s crown in a time of twenty minutes, 17 seconds.The time was 31 seconds better than Prince Charles runner Emily Simpson.DeGroot defended the Senior Boy’s crown, edging Trafalgar’s Micah May by 59 seconds. DeGroot finished in a time of 27:50.May, a Grade 8 runner competing against senior high school, continued his surprising season by capturing the silver medal in the East Kootenay City.The top runners in each category qualifies for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 5th in Kelowna.Stinson held off a push by East Kootenay runners to top the field.After Simpson, three East Kootenay competitors — Tiara Livingston of Invermere David Thompson, Prince Charles runner Wiebke Zimmerman and Lindsay Weech of Fernie — completed the top five finishers.Taylor Wilson of Kaslo’s J. V. Humphries, who pushed Stinson all season, placed sixth.Katy Camilleri of LVR finished tenth while Ellie Hewat of JVH took 13th, Darya Huser of Salmo 16th, and Larissa Napora of LVR 18th.Tasha Hewat of JVH was 20th.West Kootenay runners finished with much better results in the boy’s race.Walker Dempster of LVR finished fourth behind third-place runner Nic Mottl of Prince Charles.Joe Cox of JVH was fifth with Levi Smith of LVR seventh, Conrad Watt of JVH eighth, Owen Thurston of LVR ninth, Cail Spencer of LVR 10th, Eli Bukoski of JVH 11th, Oliver Hail of LVR 18th and James Janz of LVR 20th.LVR boy’s won the team title while Prince Charles of Creston took the girl’s crown. The Bomber girls finished third.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Saints keep scoring big with KIJHL grads, add Mason Spear to the roster for upcoming BCIHL season

first_imgEven during the dog days of summer, the Selkirk Saints continue to build for the winter.Saints head coach Jeff Dubois added another cog to the wheel with the signing of former Beaver Valley Nitehawk assistant captain Mason Spear for the upcoming B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.”Mason’s work ethic, grit and skill level make him a tremendous addition to our roster,” said Dubois.”He plays a high-energy, physical game that I expect to be very effective in our league and he’s also shown the ability to put up some good offensive numbers, particularly over the past year in Beaver Valley. “He’ll have the opportunity to step up and be a solid contributor in his first BCIHL season,” Dubois adds.Spear is already familiar to local hockey fans following three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Kimberley Dynamiters and Fernie Ghostriders.He spent the majority of his junior career with the Nitehawks, who he helped to a KIJHL Championship this spring as one of the team’s assistant captains.He scored 21 goals and totalled 49 points in 42 regular season games during the 2011/12 campaign and added another 16 points in 17 playoff contests. The 21-year old’s career KIJHL totals include 37 goals, 65 assists and 551 penalty minutes in 129 games.”I can’t express how happy I am to come back to the Kootenays for the chance to further my education and to continue to play hockey,” said Spear.”I’ve been playing in this area for the last two seasons and it’s like my home now.  I just love the area and the people here and to have the opportunity to go to school and to play hockey at the next level is a bonus.” Spear is one of a number of Saints recruits with ties to the West Kootenays, as Trail native and former Smoke Eaters captain Logan Proulx and Nelson Leafs alumnus Connor McLaughlin both committed to Selkirk College earlier this offseason. His addition also brings the total number of KIJHL graduates on the Saints roster to 10.Also committed to Selkirk College for the fall are forwards Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Connor Stephens (Victoria, VIJHL), Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL), defencemen Brett Kipling (Melville, MJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL) and Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL) and goaltenders Alex Sirard (Pilot Butte, PJHL) and Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL).last_img read more

Hawks roll past Storm to clinch second KIJHL title in three seasons

first_imgDallas Calvin, who scored seven goals in the series, potted two to once again lead Beaver Valley.Mitch Foyle, Dan Holland, Braden Fuller and Russell Mortlock also scored for Beaver Valley.Ryan Edwards, who scored four times in Game five, added three assists.The Hawks now move on to the Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Nelson.Beaver Valley enters the four-team tournament as the KIJHL rep.Vancouver Island champs Victoria Cougars and Aldergrove Kodiaks, winners of the Pacific Coast league, join host Nelson Leafs as the other three teams.Action begins Thursday with Beaver Valley meeting Aldergrove Kodiaks at 3:30 p.m. Nelson hosts Victoria at 7 p.m.Check out the Cylcone Taylor website for full schedule and ticket information. When push came to shove, it’s obvious the Beaver Valley Nitehawks were the stronger team.Beaver Valley flexed its offensives muscles, out scoring Kamloops 14-3 in the final two games to clinch the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title with a 6-0 shutout victory Friday in Fruitvale.The Hawks, winners the best-of-seven series 4-2, capture its second KIJHL title in three seasons.Beaver Valley scored twice in each period to support the 30-save performance of netminder Brett Clark.last_img read more