Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 Last week was a relatively quiet one for events. Instead of our regular weekend event calendar, we posted a super list of all the major events and festivals that happen in Olympia. You can find dates for the beloved Pet Parade, very popular Procession of the Species, and the action packed Sand in the City weekend. Start filling in these weekends now. ThurstonTalk promises loads of coverage of all the awesome events happening in our community. You can find the 2013 Festival and Major Event Calendar by clicking here.Even though we are months away from Spring Arts Walk, which kicks off the event “season,” keep ThurstonTalk’s event calendar handy so that you can plan your activities with family and friends.Here are some highlights for what is happening this weekend in Olympia.Fearless razor clam diggers will brave the weather to capture clams. Tides occurring all weekend. Info on this family friendly activity can be found here.It may feel like Spring is a long ways off but baseball leagues are organizing youth teams now. Capitol Little League is holding their first of two in-person registration days on Saturday.Marchetti Wines is opening it’s tasting room in downtown Olympia. Celebrate on Saturday between 1:00 – 7:00 pm.Many of us will be glued to our TV sets on Sunday, watching the Seahawks battle the Falcons. Read about four Olympia residents that perform with the Sea Gals.Finally, if you are looking for some additional motivation to stay on top of those New Year’s goals, read this post which summarizes all of our health and fitness content that was published this month.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to introduce Jace Munson as President, and Reid Bates, Vice President, of the Thurston EDC Board of Directors. Both commenced their position at the beginning of this year, for a 2-year term that runs through the end of 2014.“The EDC has a long history of strong Board leadership. Both Jace and Reid possess a strong working knowledge of the Thurston County’s economy. Jace has long been recognized as one of the region’s premier leaders in his economic sector, and brings a solid background in business and community development. I am looking forward to working with Jace as our president – and I am confident that the EDC, with his leadership, will continue to see success in our efforts to recruit employment, retain our local business, and expand market opportunities,” says Michael Cade, Executive Director of the EDC.Jace Munson is the Principal and CEO of Berschauer Phillips Construction Company, a family-owned general contracting firm in Tumwater, WA. He has been with Berschauer Phillips for 18 years, and has extensive experience in general contracting and construction management services for private sector, governmental and public works clients. Mr. Munson has been a member of the Thurston EDC board since 2004.Reid Bates is the Managing Partner of Express Employment Professionals of Olympia, a recruiting and staffing firm in the South Puget Sound area. He has been with Express Employment for 6 years, and has extensive corporate management experience. He has been on the Thurston EDC board of Directors since 2010.We welcome both Mr. Munson and Mr. Bates to their respective roles, and look forward to their guidance as we continue our economic and community development work in Thurston County.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Community Youth ServicesWashington Women’s Foundation has announced grant awards to five nonprofit organizations totaling $500,000. Overall Foundation giving since 1996 now totals over $14 million, both through individual grants of $1,000 each and through Pooled Fund Grants of $50,000 – $100,000.“Reaching $14 million in cumulative grants is a testament to the power and leverage of our collective giving model,” said Carla Lewis, President of Washington Women’s Foundation. “Our members have combined their resources, their knowledge and their passion for improving our community to make a significant philanthropic impact across our state.”Pooled Fund Grants were awarded in each of the Foundation’s five giving areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services. Here’s a closer look at the award-winning organizations and the purpose of the grant funds:Shunpike: $100,000 to upgrade technology infrastructure, deliver programs more efficiently, and implement new methods of evaluation in order to provide more effective fiscal management services for artists and arts groups throughout Washington.The Martinez Foundation: $100,000 to expand partnerships with universities in Washington and bring more teachers of color to the state’s most culturally diverse and poverty-impacted school districts.Conservation Northwest: $100,000 to support the Working For Wildlife project, which aims to conserve land, restore habitats, and construct wildlife underpasses for safer migrations across Washington’s Highway 97.Open Arms Perinatal Services: $100,000 to hire more doulas for the Birth Doula Services and Outreach Doula programs, which help low-income new mothers and babies to establish a strong foundation for their future.Community Youth Services: $100,000 to provide food, daytime and overnight refuge, clothing, and referrals at Young Adult Shelter and Rosie’s Place, two shelters serving homeless youth in Thurston County.These awards were presented before a capacity crowd at the Foundation’s annual Grant Awards Celebration, held June 11th at the Northwest African American Museum. There was also a celebratory toast to acknowledge and thank Carla Lewis, President of Washington Women’s Foundation, who will be stepping down from her position in late August. The event was generously sponsored by The Hall Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.Washington Women’s Foundation also presents a WWF Merit Award to the five finalists who were not awarded the Pooled Fund Grants. The Merit Award is in recognition of the Grant Committee’s strong endorsement of these organizations and includes a $2,000 grant in appreciation for the time and effort invested in WWF’s rigorous grant process. The 2014 Merit Awardees are: Seattle Globalist, Wellspring Family Services, Northwest Natural Resource Group, Yoga Behind Bars and Low Income Housing Institute.In addition to combining their giving dollars for the Pooled Fund Grants, Washington Women’s Foundation members will distribute an additional $500,000 this year in Individual Grants to nonprofits of their choice as part of their annual membership contribution. Total Foundation giving for 2014 alone will surpass $1 million.About Washington Women’s Foundation The mission of Washington Women’s Foundation is to educate and expand the number of women engaged in philanthropy, and to build and strengthen community through individual and large impact grants. The Foundation’s members, now more than 500 strong, have invested $14 million of their own resources in nonprofit organizations in the last 19 years. Membership is open to all women interested in philanthropy. For more information, visit www.wawomensfoundation.org.
Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/Tele 13Advertisement 2dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs426wnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2y6tWould you ever consider trying this?😱ggrkzCan your students do this? 🌚987naRoller skating! Powered by Firework Diego Maradona’s lengthy managerial career that started in 1994 was likely to end at his home country’s club Gimnasia de La Plata this year. A fallout with the club hierarchy regarding a presidency debate made the Argentina hall of fame to take the decision, but the supporters made him reconsider his post and in a span of just two days he returned to the dugout!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/Tele 13The 1998 FIFA World Cup winner, who took charge of Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in September 2019, announced the news on his Instagram, with a video of fans welcoming the Golden Boy back at the club with flags. Check out the clip below-Along with the video, the 59 year old stated in the caption that he was rejoiced to return to his post with El Lobo.“I am very happy to say that I am still the technical director of Gymnastics and Fencing La Plata. I want to thank the fans of the Wolf, and the players, because among all of us we finally got the political unity of the club. I hope they fulfill everything they promised me.Thank you for your messages, for the support, for yesterday’s mobilization, with 50 degrees of heat, and to the little boy who asked me “Ten, I came back!”. Come on Wolf, hold Gymnastics !!!”Gimnasia are presently positioned 22nd in the Superliga Argentina. Advertisement
Image Courtesy: AP/GettyAdvertisement wiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eajn5g0r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cfmoWould you ever consider trying this?😱4tlCan your students do this? 🌚9gRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian Women’s cricket team has been on a marvellous run in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Under the leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur, the ladies have made history with reaching the final of the tournament for the first time, and the supporters are yearning to see them lifting their maiden T20 World Cup trophy as India takes on the hosts in the final match. However, Aussie bowler Megan Schutt has dropped a bombshell, revealing that she ‘hates’ playing against India!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/GettyBefore the commencement of the world cup, Australia and India went head to head against each other along with England in the Tri-Nation Women’s T20 Series. While Aussies came out victorious from the match, it bears some foul memories Megan Schutt.As Australia won the toss and chose to field first, Schutt opened up the bowling, but faced the wrath of India’s superstar opener Smriti Mandhana and the young teenage sensation Shafali Verma.Advertisement Not so fond of her memories against the Indian openers, Schutt stated that she doesn’t like the fixture against Women in Blue.“I just hate playing India- they’ve got the wood on me,” she said in a recent interview.Advertisement Mandhana, who landed a swashbuckling 23-ball-35, knocked a six in the first delivery from Schutt, followed by a boundary from Verma. The pacer gave away 16 runs in the over, and adding up to a total of 26 runs from 4 overs bowled.The 27 year old continued: “Smriti and Verma have got me covered. That six in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I’ve ever been hit for.”Schutt faced the wrath of the Indian bating order throughout the remnant of the series. In the second match and third match, she gave away another 26 and 28 runs respectively. This caused her international T20 economy rate to rise to 6.93 from 5.98.“There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers,” having the experience against India for handful of times before the final match, Schutt is confident about some necessary change ups in the bowling lineup.Although, Schutt added that she isn’t confident to take the pitch in the opening overs, considering the beating she received from their rivals in the recent past.“Clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the powerplay. They find me quite easy to play,” she concluded.The final, a mirror copy of the inaugural match of the tournament, is on this Sunday at Melbourne Cricket Ground.Also read-Sourav Ganguly gives massive update on IPL 2020 amid Coronavirus fears Advertisement
By John BurtonRED BANK – With the sudden death of an 18-year-old Red Bank Regional High School senior, the leader of a local community organization felt it was appropriate to honor the girl’s memory by way of a public vigil.Linda Clark, who founded the Count The Children Movement in the borough, organized the candlelight vigil for Sept. 14, in response to the death of Riyadhna Farrow.“We looked at it as something where we could come out and support the family and to let her friends share their love,” Clark said.According to Clark, the vigil brought about 200 people to Montgomery Terrace, where the student lived with her family.Capt. Darren McConnell, a Red Bank police spokesman, said Farrow’s death “appears to have been from natural causes,” but additional tests have been conducted. “I can tell you we ruled out any kind of foul play,” he said.“She deserved to be remembered for who she was,” said Clark, a lifelong resident.Among the roughly 200 who gathered at the Evergreen Public Housing development were fellow students, high school administration representatives, local clergy, Mayor Pasquale Menna and the six borough council members, according to Clark.Councilwoman Sharon Lee noted that similar events in the recent past have been set into motion by violent acts or to make a political statement, such as one held in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.The gathering for Farrow wasn’t for a political reason and was attended by many fellow students. “It was grief,” she said. “It was sorrow over the loss of one of their peers.”Farrow, Lee said, was a good student, excelling in math and science, working part time at Foodtown, Broad Street.“She had focus and direction and a lot of young people don’t have that today,” Lee said. “She was a role model.”What also struck Lee was how the young people depended on each other for support. “They needed to come together and hug each other,” she said. “That’s one of the things I noticed, the prolonged hugs.“It was very comforting to the family to see so many young people come to her home and express their concern,” Lee said.The gathering provided a chance for an impromptu fundraising effort, to assist the family with funeral costs, collecting $1,150, Clark said.Farrow’s funeral service was held Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave. She is survived by her parents, six brothers and four sisters.
By Torri SingerRED BANK – The Wells Fargo RiverFest is back and ready to present a full family-friendly weekend from Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2.The festival kicks off summer 2013 in the right spirit with New Jersey’s largest free outdoor food and music festival, sponsored by Wells Fargo. RiverFest will be held at Marine Park – rain or shine – 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 31; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 1; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2.Danny Murphy, owner of Danny’s Grill and Wine Bar, is the 2013 RiverFest organizer. He was also one of the original founders of the Red Bank RiverFest back in 1980.The festival that locals know and love today is far different than what they would have found 30 years ago, he said.“We had 14 restaurants, ran for one day under one tent, 5,000 people showed up and most of us ran out of food by 2 or 3 o’clock,” Murphy said.Over the years RiverFest has evolved, but one thing attendees can be sure to count on this year is the great variety of food and music.Featuring local and regional businesses and musicians is somewhat of a RiverFest tradition. This year event-goers can sample food from 21 local restaurants and caterers while listening to live talent such as JoBonanno & The Godsons of Soul, Motor City Revue, Brian Kirk & The Jirks and The Jazz Lobsters.“It’s just amazing, we were voted as one of the top 100 events in the U.S. by Life Magazine,” Murphy said.As popularity for the event has grown, the number of people who make RiverFest a summer destination has multiplied, to say the least. “The event exploded into over 100,000 people over the last few years visiting between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.”A new addition to RiverFest is its effort to go green. An official sponsor of the festival, M&S Waste Services, will help to organize a “zero waste” event, encouraging vendors and community members to recycle waste throughout the weekend.As for the future of RiverFest, Murphy expects it to keep growing in size and with the times. For next year, event-goers anticipating RiverFest 2014 can look out for some new additions. “Different vendors, more homegrown artwork and more artists and painters to slowly evolve with the cultural aspect of the festival,” Murphy said.Additional information about RiverFest 2013 is available on its website at www.redbankriverfest.org.For more visitor information, contact the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 732-741-0055.Interested vendors and sponsors, may contact This Is It! Productions, 201-653-2699, ext. 201. Visit the RiverFest 2013 website at www.redbankriverfest.org.
The ordinance limits the number of barstools to one stool per four dining seats or to one stool for every two feet of bar counter. The maximum capacity of the bar/lounge area will be limited to a maximum of 100 patrons, restricting it to no more than 50 seats, not more than 25 stools and standing capacity of no more than 25.Outdoor dining and serving of drinks and outdoor music would not be permitted, and the location must have food service in its interior during all hours of operation, among the other requirements and stipulations detailed in the ordinances.“This was two years in the making. This wasn’t done lightly,” Galante noted of the ordinances for the small audience on hand for the ordinance public hearing and final vote.Officials explained there are no current plans to build and open a business that would use this license. The borough plan, Neff explained, is to reach out to the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) about conducting some sort of auction or bidding process for potential purchases of the license. By John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – Details governing the borough’s first-ever consumption liquor license were approved at Monday’s Borough Council meeting.The council passed two ordinances, laying out the parameters for the license and constraints for the future establishment.“We’re trying to do this in the best and safest way we can,” said Mayor Robert C. Neff Jr.Under the conditions in the approved ordinance, any future restaurant/bar would have to be established in the borough’s commercially zoned areas and would have to pass muster with the borough Planning Board and local zoning requirements before it can be established, according to Councilman Donald Galante. Any potential buyer would also have to meet all the stringent requirements the ABC has in place, officials added. And the eventual owner would have up to one year to open an establishment for the license’s use. It couldn’t be held as what is commonly called a “pocket license,” an inactive license, Galante explained.In response to an audience question, Galante noted liquor licenses around the state cost anywhere from $350,000 “to even a million (dollars).” But “we’re in uncharted waters here,” given the borough, as far as anyone can remember, has never had an on-premise, commercial consumption liquor license, Neff said.A majority of voters cast ballots last November on a referendum to allow the community to allow its first consumption license. Two previous attempts to pass a voter referendum, in 1976 and then in 1981, were unsuccessful.The idea, according to borough resident Matt Kelly, who spearheaded the initiative, was to allow for a family-style location where residents can gather following local sporting and other borough events.As it currently stands, the borough has two retail licenses, one for the Little Silver Bottle Shop, 497 Prospect Ave., which sells beer and wine as well as spirits; and the Acme supermarket, 507 Prospect Ave., which is permitted to sell only unrefrigerated beer and wine. Diners are allowed to bring their own beer and wine to local restaurants.Under current state regulations, municipalities are allowed to issue new licenses for every 3,000 residents. With its current population at roughly 5,950, Little Silver is allowed only the one consumption license.
The generators are being funded through the Sandy Hazard Mitigation Grant Program’s Infrastructure Grant and Energy Allocation Initiative.According to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the project cost for the new generator at Collins Arena is $457,560. The dollar figure for improvements to the Warner Student Life Center is currently being reviewed, though anticipated to be around the same amount.The estimated date of completion for the generator installation is December 2017, said MCSO public information officer Cynthia Scott. With these new generators, county OEM ser vices are anticipating the two buildings at Brookdale will be an integral piece of the Monmouth County Emergency Operations Plan.Scott said Brookdale was chosen as the site because the college “is located outside of any flood zones, the campus is accessible, and the Collins Arena and Student Life Center are capable of holding the largest number of evacuees in one location, thus allowing Monmouth County to maximize its resources.”Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden called Brookdale “an ideal location” for emergency shelters. Other locations are being planned, according to Scott.After Super Storm Sandy slammed the Jersey Shore, Monmouth University was used as the county’s evacuation shelter. Nearly 1,500 people flocked to the university in West Long Branch for relief.The Robert J. Collins Arena is the home court for the Brookdale Jersey Blues, and is also used for high school graduations and other large-scale events. Capacity inside is capped around 2,000 in the 23,000-square-foot event space, according to Brookdale. A four-lane track wraps around the length of the arena, spanning 1/10 of a mile.The Warner Student Life Center, which opened in 2008, is an 81,000-square-foot complex only a few hundred feet away from the arena. It houses the community college’s 335-seat cafeteria, bookstore, numerous large seminar rooms and smaller offices on the bottom floor.Murphy said Brookdale and Monmouth County jointly applied for and received the grant funding for the emergency generators in fiscal year 2015.Throughout Monmouth County, 50 total projects have benefitted from the two Sandy Hazard Mitigation Grants, with $11,457,031 being allocated to energy and infrastructure improvements.On April 13, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the MCSO and Brookdale for the community college to become both an Emergency Evacuation Center and a Community Reception Center.This article was first published in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By Jay Cook | LINCROFT – In the event another major disaster like 2012’s Super Storm Sandy strikes Monmouth County, two buildings on Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus will be a refuge for residents.Thanks to federal grants, permanent emergency generators will soon be installed at the Robert J. Collins Arena, and also at the Warner Student Life Center, both on the campus’ southern edge. The college is accessible from Phalanx Road and County Road 520.“In emergency situations, such as we saw after Super Storm Sandy, members of our community often need guidance, support and a safe place to go,” Brookdale president Maureen Murphy said in a statement to The Two River Times. “While we hope we never see a disaster like Sandy again, we are happy to be part of an initiative to provide a safe space for county residents.”
By Jay Cook | RUMSON – Concerned East River Road residents and borough officials have reached common ground for the immediate redevelopment of Piping Rock Memorial Park after two months of back and forth.Rumson elected officials were looking to beef up the 4.3-acre park to include athletic space for new natural grass fields, but neighbors were afraid the park would lose its aura after plans to remove tennis courts and pedestrian flow were floated.That tug-of-war ended peacefully with the courts staying, new fields incorporated and Piping Rock Memorial Park keeping its community feel.“They worked overtime,” said East River Road resident Rob Thaler, who led a residents group to protect the park. “They found a way to fit everything they needed, in terms of the fields, and they soothed our concerns on the East River Road side.”“It’s a great feeling,” added Rumson Mayor Joseph K. Hemphill. “Truly, it took a lot of work, a lot of back and forth and really listening to the people. They objected so much to losing the front (along East River Road) so coming up with this plan was like a godsend to us.”The most visible change coming to Piping Rock Memorial Park is the installation of a 180-foot-by-360-foot multipurpose natural grass field for lacrosse, field hockey and soccer.A 40-foot-by-60-foot softball and baseball field will also be carved out with a newly designed bump out into the parking lot along Carton Street. Borough administrator Thomas Rogers estimated the field would have a center field depth of about 280 feet.To quell concerns from nearby homeowners and tennis players, the two tennis courts will remain.Rogers said “more of a grand entrance” will be designed along East River Road so visitors to Piping Rock Memorial Park will walk by the existing 9/11 memorial in place there. The playground associated with the Keith D. McHeffey memorial will be moved just west of the tennis courts with brand new jungle gym equipment. However, the Keith D. McHeffey 9/11 Memorial will be relocated behind the baseball/softball field backstop at the bump out into the Carton Street parking lot.A fully ADA-compliant walking path will stretch through the park with access to each amenity. Access will be to and from East River Road, Carton Street and Forrest Avenue.“It’s the same exact plan, we just shifted it around in order to preserve the tennis courts,” said Rogers.Residents in the surrounding neighborhoods mobilized after June 13 letters were sent out from the borough noticing homeowners about the impending project. Thaler and his neighbor, Christine Sibilia, helped organize a social media page called Save Piping Rock and communicated concerns to borough officials.“I do think that if we didn’t organize and voice our opposition to the plan, I think it would have been previously approved and continued without a hitch,” added Thaler Sibilia, a New York City native and East River Road resident, said her perseverance to finding a friendly solution came from childhood memories.“Piping Rock Memorial Park is my Central Park,” she said. “It’s certainly a conspicuous landmark to this town.”Rogers said the project’s funding will be consistent with prior approvals. The borough unanimously approved a $900,000 payment from the capital improvement fund to pay for the park renovations; construction costs are estimated to be around $750,000. Rumson has also acquired $387,000 in grants from Monmouth County to redesign the park. The county has since approved the most recent plans.Residents who frequent the park – which is surrounded by Ridge Road, Forrest Avenue, Carton Street and East River Road – may notice some significant soil stockpiles. Rogers said it was removed from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School as they undergo construction around the football field. The borough purchased that soil “for pennies on the dollar” and saved $50,000 from the project cost, Rogers said. It will be used to even out the new multipurpose field.A contract could be awarded at the Aug. 21 Borough Council meeting, set for a special time at 4:30 p.m. The idea is to have construction start before Labor Day.The park’s new setup is expected to accommodate the approximately 3,800 children in Rumson’s recreation program. Athletic tournaments and mass busing into and out of Piping Rock Memorial Park is not anticipated in the future.“Ideally, all the residents would have liked to keep Piping Rock Memorial Park the way it is, but something had to be done due to the recreation needs,” said Thaler. “With that said, this looks to be the best solution we could have hoped for.”This article first appeared in the August 16 – 23, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.