first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Help fund the construction of Percival Landing Phase 1 and be a part of history! Contributions are still being accepted for the Percival Landing Railing project.  Names of contributors will be sandblasted into a stainless steel railing plate – donation levels are $50, $100, $500, $1000.  Come visit the new Percival Landing, check out the names already there and pick up a donation form!  Donating on behalf of a friend or family member makes a great holiday gift!  Visit to download a donation form or call Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360/753-8380 for more information.last_img read more

Sixth Annual South Sound Wedding Show Is January 27

first_imgSubmitted by South Sound Wedding & Event MagazineThe South Sound Wedding Show is Sunday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Great Wolf Lodge, minutes south of Olympia. The show is presented by South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine, a local resource guide for engaged couples planning a wedding in the South Puget Sound area.“More than one-third of engagements occur during the December – January holidays, according to The Wedding Report,” says Paula R. Lowe, show producer and publisher of South Sound Wedding & Event magazine. “We choose highly-skilled wedding professionals to be at this show. “This is the place to meet the professionals who will help you create the wedding you have always imagined.”Couples will meet caterers, DJs, wedding planners, florists, photographers, wedding cake bakers, jewelry designers and representatives from wedding and reception venues, bridal and tux shops and many others.Guests will see the latest styles during two fashion shows featuring men’s formalwear, wedding gowns, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses all from local stores. See the latest in hairstyles and makeup on local models. Fashion shows begin at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Following each fashion show, ballroom dancers will demonstrate a couple’s first dance.At the door, couples will enter to win prizes, and they will receive a complimentary copy of South Sound Wedding & Event magazine.The show is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau and are $8 at the door.For information about the show,  visit or Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

ThurstonTalk Opens Freelance Business Writer Position

first_imgFacebook90Tweet0Pin0 ThurstonTalk is expanding it’s writing team. Join our 25 paid, professional writers as a freelance business writer.ThurstonTalk publishes positive stories about people, businesses and organizations doing good things in communities around Thurston County. Our stories are published online and distributed via social media to over 41,000 Facebook followers. Our platform reaches more than 300,000 viewers each month – people that want to know about great things happening around us.Job Requirements:Proven experience creating error-free articles on deadlineAbility to interview and interface with local business ownersInterest in writing featured business articles on specific topicsFlexibility to conduct interviews during regular business hoursCapacity to create 6 – 10 business articles per monthSkills to snap quick photographs during interviews to submit with storiesInitiative to pitch story ideas on a monthly basisSincere passion for sharing the positive stories happening in our communityTo apply:Submit a resume in Word format to 200 words (or less) about why you love your community.Please address any questions to are due by noon on Monday, August 17.last_img read more

Olympia Symphony Orchestra’s Gift to the Class of 2020

first_imgFacebook193Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Symphony OrchestraThe Olympia Symphony Orchestra (OSO) congratulates all the graduates in the Class of 2020. Although graduation ceremonies may look drastically different from what students and families imagined this year, it does not lessen the achievements that each has accomplished through hard work spent over the years. OSO musicians are presenting the traditional graduation march, Elgar’s ​Pomp & Circumstance, as a gift for all graduates in honor of their achievements. Individual musicians, many of whom are music educators in local public schools, recorded their parts individually from their homes. OSO Violinist Jason Leng, also an ophthalmologist, compiled the recordings to create a ​collaborative video​ that is posted on the ​Olympia Symphony’s YouTube channel​ and is being circulated on ​facebook. The OSO hopes this musical tribute helps fill the void experienced by high school and college graduates and loved ones during this challenging time. “I am the parent of a graduating high school senior. I always imagined seeing my son walk across the stage in front of his peers, while sitting side by side with our family and friends. Members of our orchestra are also parents. It is important to us to fill in whatever gaps we can in the absence of traditional ceremonies, and music is something that can expand to fill in missing pieces in our lives,” said Olympia Symphony executive director Jennifer Hermann. The Olympia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1947 and operates as a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization in Olympia, WA. More information can be found at ​the Olympia Symphony Orchestra websitelast_img read more

Benfica fans stone players after bad result; two players hospitalized after attack!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaAdvertisement 3aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsauw1tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3jl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4Would you ever consider trying this?😱advkCan your students do this? 🌚kfd3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The football fans of Portugal were finally treated with the return of Liga Nos- the country’s top football division with a mouth watering fixture of the elites SL Benfica going head to head against Tondela. Three months after seeing their club back in action, the Benfica fans were eager to see a stunning match with the club securing a clean three points. Instead, the match ended in 0-0, and some agitated fans pelted stones on the team bus following the game, injuring two players.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaThe incident happened following the match on Thursday, when the team bus had exited the Estadio da Luz. Following FC Porto’s 2-1 defeat against Famailcao earlier, Benfica missed the chance to secure the lead in the table due to the goalless draw.The over enthusiastic fans, who gathered outside the stadium as spectators weren’t allowed inside due to the COVID-19 outbreak, took out their frustration on the team bus while it was on the highway, with pelting stones.Advertisement Two Benfica players, Julian Weigl and Andrija Živković sustained injury after being hit with shrapnel, and were taken to hospital in Lisbon. Bruno Lage, the club gaffer was also injured in the attack.Živković, the 23 year old Serbian winger and a fan favourite, joined Benfica in 2016, while Weigl, the 24 year old German midfielder arrived at Os Encarnados this January.Advertisement Following the incident, the club released an official statement, where they denounced the stone attack on the players, and have confirmed that the perpetrators are being searched with the help of local authorities.“Benfica denounce the criminal stoning the bus of its players was victim to,” the statement read.“We guarantee total collaboration with authorities to whom we appeal for the greatest effort to be made in identifying the offenders responsible for these criminal acts,” the statement added.Both Benfica and Porto now share the league table with 60 points each, however, the former have a higher goal difference of 38, compared to the latter’s 33.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read who just became the first footballer ever to earn $1 billion!Read which Indian legend Aaron Finch picked to open in an India – Aus combined ODI XI Advertisementlast_img read more

Celebrating Miracles at Christmas

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithVic and Courtney Rossomanno and their three children will be celebrating their own little miracle this Christmas. And they know that miracle came about because of the skill of specialists, technology, and a series of incidents they can only describe as happening because of their faith. The Rossomannos have a daughter, Elizabeth, who is 2, Vic’s son, Joey, who is 15, and Victoria, who will be a year old January 13.Victoria is the miracle they are celebrating.The youngest Rossomanno was born 25 weeks prematurely two weeks into 2014, and the medical reason for that surprise birth has never been identified. Courtney had had a wonderful, healthy and happy pregnancy up until the time she suddenly went into labor and was rushed to the hospital. Victoria weighed in at a critical 1 pound, 10 ounces, stretched over a 12-inch frame. She literally could fit inside a shoebox. And she was absolutely perfect, her proud mother beams.One of the highlights for the Rossomannos will be Christmas Eve, when their relatives will be gathering at their house rather than Vic’s mother’s, Mimi Mayes, to celebrate in the Italian tradition with music, song, love and friendship…and no fewer than seven fish entrees on the Christmas Eve dinner table. Courtney is overwhelmed with the excitement of it all. “I can’t put it into words; we are always experiencing miracles.”Victoria’s miracles began at her birth when, because of her tiny size, she was admitted to the neo-natal intensive care unit at Monmouth Medical Center, her home for the next 134 days. It was a time the family and close friends rallied together to ensure both parents could visit their newest daughter every day, juggling the care for Elizabeth at the same time. It wasn’t until nine days after the birth that they could hold the infant for the first time, and then for only an hour a day. Gradually the time was increased; in the meantime, they spent their time, sometimes up to eight hours for Courtney, talking to Victoria, singing to her, going on rounds with the nurses and learning the intricacy of caring for a determined little fighter after they could take her home. Big sister Elizabeth was able to come to the hospital and visit Victoria on Easter and Mother’s Day.There was a serious setback when Victoria was 2 1/2 months old and contracted a staph infection. It was a frightening time for the young couple who were first told Victoria had meningitis; an ultra sound showed she had two brain bleeds, apparently the result of the staph infection.Treatment of that problem is highly specialized and normally would mean the infant would have to be rushed to CHOP, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. But the next of many miracles the family has experienced had already occurred. Garrett Zoeller a Morristown physician specializing in both adult and pediatric neurosurgery, had just become affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center the day before Victoria’s situation developed. And while he could see, treat, and diagnose Victoria at Monmouth, he preferred to complete the necessary surgery at St. Barnabas in Livingston, one of the other hospitals with which he is affiliated.  At under three months of age, Victoria had her first surgery.  Back once again at Monmouth, it was determined she had hydrocephalus, and two more surgeries were necessary to drain the fluids. In July, Dr. Zoeller inserted a shunt which will be permanent for Victoria, but will continue to drain fluids before they build to a crucial level.The Rossomannos, grateful and appreciative of all the help and prayers they received, reacted spontaneously when they saw a sign about the March of Dimes and its work with premature infants. They immediately launched their own fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes, raising more than $6,000 through events both at one of Vic’s restaurants… he runs several Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants in New Jersey…as well as other fundraisers. And the Rossomannos have been named the March of Dimes Family of the Year for the Jersey Shore for 2015.“We are so blessed, we have been so fortunate,” the attractive and capable mom smiles, “we believe Victoria was given to us for a reason. We feel we have to give back and help others.” They are active with Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, Courtney took both girls to Washington, D.C. to visit with Sen. Chris Smith and other Congressional leaders to keep them better informed of the special problems premature infants face and the need for government support for foundations that help families and further education. They want to continue to inform the public of special situations, and great milestones, for children like Victoria who only have 50 percent of their total brain.They’re on Facebook at Victory for Victoria Community with dozens of photos of their happy, impish little daughter and progress notes on her growth and development, sharing information with other parents with premature children.There are the numerous visits to all kinds of therapists and specialists, Courtney admits, generally five a week. There are MRIs every two to three months to keep track of the infant’s progress. “But we were told not to expect her to have any gross motor skill development,” Courtney says, then giggles as she watches Victoria roll over, laugh, hold her bottle with great dexterity, and do everything else an average full-term 6 month old would do.The couple’s faith in God and their belief God has some special reason for giving Victoria to the Rossomannos cannot be denied. Courtney describes herself as a traditional, rather than orthodox, practicing Jew, so the children have been baptized Catholic, Vic’s religion, and the family, Courtney included, worships at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Tinton Falls. The family also lights the eight candles on their menorah set up in the dining room.  For both parents, whichever formal religion in which they worship isn’t the important thing, because “it really doesn’t matter….so long as God is there.”last_img read more

Oceanport Says No To Medical And Recreational Marijuana

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |  However, like Oakes, Viana says gaining access to cannabis oil is difficult, forcing her to perform the oil extraction process in her own home.“If this vote didn’t happen tonight, if marijuana wasn’t banned in Oceanport, it would allow for safer and easier access to my son’s medication,” Viana said. “Bottom line, I shouldn’t be forced to make this stuff in my own kitchen. It should be made and regulated in a government lab and properly manufactured, like anyone else would get their medication. Safe access is all I want.”Middletown resident and founder of Monmouth County Cannabis Advocates for Responsible Education (C.A.R.E.), Vincent DiGioia-Laird, stepped before the council just days after the death of a friend from an opioid overdose.DiGioia-Laird discussed how his past opioid addiction to the pain reliever Oxycodone, which he began taking for a back injury, led to heroin addiction.According to DiGioia-Laird it was cannabis oil that helped him kick the habit, and he believes that, through proper education and outreach, it’s a tactic that can help save the lives of many local residents caught up in the heroin epidemic sweeping through Monmouth County. OCEANPORT – On the eve of “Weed Day,” an international holiday for cannabis consumption, the Borough Council took a stand against marijuana sales and production within its own borders.At Oceanport’s April 19 council meeting, the governing body voted 5-0 to approve an amendment to an ordinance that prohibits the launch of any business engaged in the growth or sale of medicinal and recreational marijuana or paraphernalia in any of the borough’s zoning districts, including its section of Fort Monmouth.Council president Joseph A. Irace said the ordinance was a preemptive movement to counteract future development plans for borough property that might coincide with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s stated intentions to legalize marijuana.“The problem with the way it’s set up now, these dispensaries are anywhere from 150,000- to 300,000-square-feet facilities, and that sort of construction kind of doesn’t fit in the borough of Oceanport,” Irace said. “If it does pass (at the state level) recreationally, these types of businesses just don’t fit with the complexity of our town.” “With the resolution we’re asking that, for medical use, it be downgraded to Schedule II, which would allow it to be sold in a pharmacy, where we think it should be sold,” Irace said. “We recognize that it has medicinal value. That’s why we passed a concurrent resolution to the ordinance. But we don’t think those large-scale facilities are right for Oceanport.”Prior to the vote, three impassioned speakers addressed the council, telling of the hardships they’re currently facing and how the cannabis ban would impede their therapeutic progress.Oceanport resident Jeffrey Oakes is a cancer patient who was about halfway through a 46-hour chemotherapy infusion. Too weak to stand, he sat in a chair to speak before the council.Weary from a lack of sleep due to his treatments, Oakes spoke about the politicization of his medication and the difficulties caused by a lack of access to marijuana.“This anti-cannabis parade has created problems for myself and a lot of other patients behind me,” Oakes said. “The efforts of (Murphy) have been to make changes that facilitate better access and lower pricing. But ordinances like this really handcuff (patients). And a lot of us don’t have time. A lot of us are in pain. I’m dealing with cancer. I need this stuff. You guys are interfering with my medicine and a lot of other people who deserve better access to it.”Susan Viana also lives in the borough and pleaded with the council on behalf of her son, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, a painful, chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the digestive tract. Viana has been treating her son’s ailment with cannabis oil, a proven medical remedy for the disease that she said has allowed her son to enter remission.center_img Oceanport now joins Rumson as the second Two River-area town to ban recreational and medicinal cannabis businesses. Other towns have also acted: Fair Haven will vote on a recreational business ban in May and Shrewsbury passed a medicinal cannabis dispensary ban in December.Irace admitted that he and the council recognize the medical benefits of cannabis, which is why they passed a coinciding resolution that night urging Congress and the federal government to change the classification of marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug. “Tonight’s vote proves one thing and it’s that they don’t care one bit about the opioid epidemic or the people caught up in it,” DiGioia-Laird said. “All we were asking tonight was to shelve the vote and take a little more time to talk. I don’t want to see recreational passed right now, because it’s going to ruin the medical program. Fix the medical first.“But they won’t even table it, to talk to real people like us who have experience,” he added. “Go take a tour of a dispensary. Sit down with people who are actually dying of cancer, of opioid addiction. These diseases and addictions are killing people in our community and this council wants to do nothing about it.”Mayor Jay Coffey did not have a vote on the ordinance but does believe it was a hasty measure, stating, “Until it’s legalized, I voiced my opinion that I thought (a vote) was premature. But it was a prophylactic measure. It could have been done six months ago or six months from now. They chose to do it now.“I haven’t met the person that is against medical marijuana applications, so I think what these people came up and spoke about tonight has a lot of credence,” Coffey added. “The gray area is when you start talking about dispensaries and the grow houses. We don’t mind medical use but should it be sold in downtown Oceanport?”This article was first published in the April 26 – May 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals take flight en route to West Kootenay Little League Minor crown

first_imgBV had a very good hitting team but left four runners on base and couldn’t get a hit on Forte.Nelson Priority Concrete, winners of the regular season title and the top seed in the nine-team tournament, finished undefeated with consecutive wins over the second seeded squad.The Nelson Overland West Tigers finished third, losing to Beaver Valley in the semi final.Nelson Fair Realty Giants finished fifth while the Nelson Hairy Productions took seventh.The tournament concludes the West Kootenay Little League season.Now the all star campaign begins with a West Kootenay select team wraps playing tournaments Washington State and Montana prior to the provincials in Vancouver.The West Kootenay All Stars have a U12 and U10 representing the area with kids from Nelson and Trail this year. The Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals finished the minor baseball season as double-winners after capturing the West Kootenay Little League Minor Division title Sunday in Nelson.The Cardinals rode the late-inning pitching heroics of nine-year-old Kelton Forte to hold onto the 7-5 victory over Beaver Valley.Forte also doubled and singled to score four runs.Aggressive base running was the difference. A suicide steal of home in the fourth by Luca Fraedenich allowed Nelson to take back the lead for good.Forte then shut the door in the fifth inning. 
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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2015)–Speedy Masochistic and late-running comebacker Sahara Sky headline Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs this Saturday.Originally conditioned by the currently suspended A.C. Avila, Masochistic was sold privately to Samantha Siegel following a front-running, 2 ¼ length allowance win going 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 28 and will make his first start on Saturday for trainer Ron Ellis. A 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Sought After, Masochistic has been shrouded in controversy since breaking his maiden by 14 lengths at 2-1 in an open maiden special weight going six furlongs at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3.With regular rider Victor Espinoza away on Saturday to ride American Pharoah in the Arkansas Derby, Tyler Baze will take over for the first time on Masochistic in the Kona Gold. With four wins and a second place finish from six starts, Masochistic has earnings of $223,850.A winner of the prestigious Grade I Metropolitan (Mile) Handicap in May 2013, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Sahara Sky has a total of four graded stakes victories to his credit and has been idle since well beaten as the even money favorite in the Grade I, seven furlong Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on June 28, 2014.A 7-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Pleasant Tap, Sahara Sky has a devastating late kick and has run some of his best races off the bench. With what appears to be an abundance of early speed signed on, Sahara Sky will hope to be flying late under leading man Rafael Bejarano, who takes over for the first time.Owned by Hollendorfer and Kim Lloyd’s Sweetwater Stable, Sahara Sky is 21-8-4-4 overall with earnings of $1,145,578.Ankeny Hill (trained by Mark Glatt), San Onofre (trained by Karen Headley) and Seeking the Sherif (trained by Gus Headley) all possess blast-off type speed and figure to keep Masochistic in high gear early.Bob Baffert’s comebacking Caminetto, idle since July 19, is another speedster who has been working well at both Los Alamitos and Santa Anita. Trainer Mark Glatt’s Ankeny Hill cuts back in distance from a third place finish in the Santana Mile on March 29, but has demonstrated outstanding early foot in 18 previous starts on dirt, synthetic and turf.Trainer Paul Aguirre’s Spirit Rules draws the rail and has won on the lead and from off the pace sprinting. A close third in the state-bred Sensational Star Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf Feb. 21, he went head and head through splits of 21.40 and 44 flat en route to winning the six furlong Cal Cup Sprint two starts back on Jan. 24.Named for Kona Gold, who won the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, the Kona Gold Stakes was formerly run as the Potrero Grande Stakes.The complete field for the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 118; Caminetto, Martin Garcia, 118; Seeking the Sherif, Kayla Stra, 118; Sahara Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 118; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 118; Masochistic, Tyler Baze, 118, and Ankeny Hill, Edwin Maldonado, 118.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30– PRESTIGIOUS SPRINT FIXTURE FORMERLY RUN AS POTRERO GRANDE STAKES last_img read more


first_imgSAN CARLOS STAKES FIELD, IN POST POSITION ORDERRACE 9 Approximate post time, 4 p.m. Calculator -Flavien Prat – 119Coastline – Tyler Baze – 119Wild Dude – Rafael Bejarano – 124San Onofre – Edwin Maldonado – 119Cautious Giant – Santiago Gonzalez – 119Mystery Train – Joe Talamo – 119Outside Nashville – Martin Garcia – 119Kobe’s Back – Gary Stevens – 124 ARCADIA, CA. (March 9, 2016) – With recency on his side, graded stakes winner Calculator will head a field of eight in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Carlos Stakes going seven furlongs on the main track.CALCULATOR: After a 13-month layoff, trainer Peter Miller’s Calculator returned to the track and the Winner’s Circle in impressive fashion winning by a neck in a seven furlong allowance at Santa Anita Feb. 13 as the even money favorite. A Kentucky Derby hopeful just last year after running second to American Pharoah in both the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes in 2014, he went on to win the Grade III Sham Stakes in January, 2015. Calculator was then sidelined due to a non-displaced fracture in his right front ankle before returning to training in November, 2015.A 4-year-old Florida-bred by In Summation, Calculator is owned by Richard C. Pell and will again be ridden by Flavien Prat, who was up for the win Feb. 13. He is 6-2-2-1 overall and has amassed earnings of $228,300.KOBE’S BACK: Trained by Peter Eurton, the 5-year-old horse by Flatter will look for his second win in-a-row Saturday following a half-length score with the addition of blinkers in the Grade II Palos Verdes on Feb. 7 in which he earned a 100 Beyer Speed figure. Notoriously slow out of the gate, Kobe’s Back won the Grade III, seven furlong Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland by three quarters of a length in April, 2015 but was winless in five consecutive starts, including a third to San Carlos contender Wild Dude in the Bing Crosby Stakes in July and seventh to Eclipse Champion Runhappy in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Oct. 31.Owned by Lee Searing of CRK Stable, he will retain the services of Gary Stevens Saturday. Kobe’s Back has won four races in 17 lifetime starts and has earnings of $772,250.last_img read more