Safety Officers Gather for Annual Military Salute

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Port Of OlympiaAfter cheering military guests, participants gather near the new harbor security vessel.Safety and emergency officers gathered once again on the Port dock to salute our Armed Services men and women at Foofaraw on September 6. The flag, flashing lights, sirens and cheers honored military guests as they cruised off for a day of rest and recreation.This year’s Foofaraw also marked the debut of the harbor security vessel, Integrity, with Sheriff John Snaza aboard. Integrity will handle law enforcement matters that occur in Budd Inlet within City and County boundaries, as well as other emergencies. The boat is also equipped with fire suppression devices.Integrity is a result of interagency cooperation between the Thurston County Sheriff and Port of Olympia.Participants in the Foofaraw salute were: Washington State Patrol, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Olympia Police Department/Harbor Patrol, Olympia Fire Department, ILWU Local 47 and staff from Weyerhaeuser Company, Brusco Tug & Barge, Securitas and Port of Olympia.Sponsored by Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Olympia Yacht Club and other area businesses and organizations, Foofaraw occurs annually on the Friday following Labor Day.last_img read more

Olympia Diaper Service Announces Partnership with Sterile Surgical Systems

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Diaper ServiceToby vanRoojen began Olympia Diaper Service in July 2014 after seeing a need in the community.Olympia Diaper Service has partnered with Sterile Surgical Systems (SSS) to deliver the highest quality diaper service available.  This partnership allows Olympia Diaper Service customers to receive diapers cleaned to the highest hospital standards while also preserving & protecting precious natural resources.  Their process has been inspected and accredited by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council to ensure that they are following the most rigorous healthcare laundry standards for safety and infection prevention.SSS has made investments in rainwater collection, water recycling, and plastic recycling that has yielded (annually) 7,200,000 gallons of water saved, 25,000 pounds of plastic recycled, a reduction in CO2 emissions of 400,000 pounds and stopped 660 gallons of sodium hydroxide from entering our wastewater treatment plant.Olympia Diaper Service is a locally owned and operated diaper rental and delivery service for Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Tenino.  Their diaper service is as convenient as disposable diapers at roughly the same cost.   This allows new parents to achieve the health and environmental benefits of cloth diapering without the compromises.  More information can be found here.Sterile Surgical Systems (SSS) is a family owned and operated healthcare laundry/surgical textile sterilizer, specializing in medical linens and hospital operating room reusable sterile textiles.  SSS provides laundry and FDA registered sterilized surgical textile service to hospitals and surgical centers across the Puget Sound region. Their relentless attention to process and detail allows them to bring their customers the highest quality linen service in the Pacific Northwest. Their efficient workforce and uncompromising focus on plant efficiency enables them to offer the most competitive prices in the region.last_img read more

Providence Community Talk to Address Substance Abuse, Other Addictions

first_imgLight refreshments will be served. Formal presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Plenty of time will be available for questions and answers. Registration is requested (floor planning purposes) but not required at or by calling 360-827-8656.For more information, contact the Center at 360-493-5084.Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center has been a leading treatment provider since 1986.  The center functions as a department of Providence St. Peter Hospital under the direction of our medical director, board certified in addiction and psychiatry. The staff of certified chemical dependency professionals is committed to helping individuals whose lives have been affected by the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs. We offer services to diagnose and treat substance use disorders and provide ongoing support throughout the recovery process.  We have programs for adults and adolescents, as well as services for problem gambling and tobacco cessation.  Our philosophy is based on the principle that each person’s needs are unique; services must be designed in a way that will support that person and sustain his or her recovery. Our treatment model incorporates the nationally recognized American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) patient placement criteria.  We encourage family involvement and use evidence-based curriculum that includes various components, ranging from education and physical wellness, to vocational goals. Facebook31Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Health & ServicesAre you struggling with substance abuse issues? Are you concerned about a friend or loved one?Join professionals from the Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center, 4800 College St. SE in Lacey for a community talk to learn more about:Substance abuse and the brainWhy people become addictedWhich drugs are commonly abusedTreatment and recoveryOther addictions:TobaccoGamblinglast_img read more

PV Sindhu advances at Hong Kong Open while Saina Nehwal’s slump continues

first_imgAdvertisement sj7bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2mwhncWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7b3md( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l8Would you ever consider trying this?😱cmzgCan your students do this? 🌚88bdRoller skating! Powered by Firework It seems that Saina Nehwal will continue her losing streak in the Hong Kong Open Super 500. She was defeated by Cai Yan Yan of China 13-21, 20-22, within just 30 minutes of the opening round, whereas PV Sindhu made it to the second round after going against Korea’s Kim Ga Run 21-15, 21-16.Advertisement Saina’s performance was disappointing in the first round, but she did put up a fight against the Chinese in the second round scoring 3-0 at the start of the game. But Cai turned the tables on her when she went onto score 7 points consecutively, and it made it hard for Saina to bridge the gap in the scores. In the end, the scoreboard displayed 20-19, and Cai won the game. Saina has lost to Cai even before this at the China Open held last week, and this is the fifth time that she has got disqualified in the first round. After her exit from the Hong Kong open tournament, she is to participate in Gwangju Korea Masters Super 300 Tournament next.Advertisement While it took Saina 30 minutes to get disqualified, it took Sindhu 36 minutes to ensure Kim’s exit from the game. She closed the opening round at 13-13, and in the second round, she broke off the tie at 5-5 and matched ahead with 7 points in the lead. Sindhu is to face Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the quarter-finals.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Cioffoletti Completes 82 Mile ‘Run for Justin’

first_imgJohn Cioffoletti with Justin Condoluci, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.WHILE SOME WHO saw the New Year in last weekend were nursing aching heads on New Year’s Day, John Cioffoletti was nursing an aching foot.All in all, however, it was a small price to pay for having achieved the goal he set for himself last September, when he vowed to run an ultra-marathon on New Year’s Eve to raise money for the family of a young friend who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.Cioffoletti, who is CIO of Royal Sovereign Bullion Group in Sea Bright, vowed to run the Peanut Island 24 in Palm Beach County, Fl., setting the personal goal of completing 60 miles in 24 hours.In the end, he exceeded that goal, running a total of 82 miles and raising $11,000, all of which will go to the family of Justin Condoluci, 12, to help with expenses related to his treatment.Diagnosed at the age of 8, Justin underwent more than three years of treatment before doctors determined that his Leukemia was in remission.But near Christmas of 2010, Justin experienced a relapse. He has been undergoing additional treatment since Christmas Day, 2010 and is presently having more chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia..Approximately 55 people entered the Peanut Island 24, but far fewer were able to finish. “Not many people made it as far as I did, “said Cioffoletti, adding that his foot began to bother him at mile 55, but he continued on, reminding himself that the battle Justin faces every day is a much more formidable challenge.When the idea began to enter his head that he should stop running, Cioffoletti said, he reminded himself that “Someone like Justin doesn’t have that option. The miles between mile 55 and mile 82 were the hardest. “That’s when I had to really dig deep. It was the thought of Justin (that kept him going).”He is grateful that so many people donated to his effort, Cioffoletti said, adding that approximately $700 in donations came in immediately after the first story on his run appeared in The Two River Times in December.While he had hoped to raise $25,000, he succeeded in raising $11,000 and that will definitely be of help to the family.. “People think, oh, you have health insurance,” Amy Condoluci said in an interview with The Two River Times last month. “Well, we do, but the deductible is $10,000 per year, and this has been going on for five years.”Commuting costs between Philadelphia and their home in Brielle have also mounted. “It’s definitely added up,” said Amy.Donations are still being accepted for Running for Justin may be made via the web at or through And more information is available on the RunforJustin Facebook page, Cioffoletti said. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Condoluci family.last_img read more

RFH Crew Shines at Championship Regatta

first_imgThe RFH Crew Mens Senior 4-plus team (left to right) Jonathan Decelle, Matt Baumer, coxswain Jason Post, Chris Cerruti and Dughan Ahimovic, pictured with Head Coach Mike Owdij, have qualified to advance to the Scholastic Rowing Associa­tion of America National Championships Regatta later this month.The Rumson Fair Haven crew team entered six boats and 32 athletes from novice to varsity in the the Garden State Scholas­tic Championships at Cooper River Park, Pennsauken.The RFH Crew Mens Senior 4-plus turned in an impressive performance which qualified them to advance to the Scho­lastic Rowing Associa­tion of America National Championships Regatta.This is the second consecutive year that an RFH crew boat has qualified for the national championship.Crew athletes representing 39 high school clubs from 36 cities across New Jersey met on the Cooper River for the state regatta.The Mens Senior 4-plus team, crewed by Dughan Ahimovic, Matt Baumer, Chris Cerruti, Jonathan Decelle and coxed by Jason Post, had a stellar performance.The RFH Crew Varsity men finished second in their qualifying heat, posting the third fastest qualifying time of the day of 5:25:04 for the event.This crew has displayed power and endurance through­out the season taking first place at the North Jersey Championship Regatta held earlier this month.In the much anticipated Mens Varsity 4-plus final, the men rowed strong and finished in third place, earning a bronze medal, with a time of 5:24.30, third overall in the state, qualifying for a trip to the national championships regatta which will be held May 25-26 at the Cooper River Park.The RFH Crew Womens Senior 4-plus crewed by Tessa Liberi, Suzanne McHeffey, Hope Knochenhauer, Jacqueline Moser and coxed by Shannon Swikart finished second in the qualifying heat with a time of 6:22.28 to advance to the finals in an attempt to qualify for their second straight SRAA Championship appearance.   However, it was not to be on this day as the women rowed well but did not place in the top four, finishing seventh overall in the state with a time of 6:32.40.last_img read more

Count Basie Theatre Names Interim CEO

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauJustine Robertson has been named interim CEO of the Count Basie Theatre and the Count Basie Foundation, Inc.RED BANK – Justine Robertson spent many years commuting three hours to work. Her new commute is 10 minutes, and she couldn’t be happier. But it’s not just the commute making the Connecticut native happy – it’s the job itself. Robertson, who lives in Rumson, has been named interim CEO of the Count Basie Theatre and its fundraising arm, the Count Basie Foundation, Inc.“The Count Basie Theatre is a beautiful, historic building and, coupled with the restaurants in Red Bank, is the mainstay of arts and entertainment in the Two River area,” she said.Ray Moser, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre’s Board of Trustees, and Russ Lucas, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation’s Board of Directors, announced a realignment of the two organizations and named Robertson interim CEO of both. She began her new position on July 2. The Count Basie Theatre, Inc. is the nonprofit corporation that owns, manages and programs the Red Bank theater. The Count Basie Theatre Foundation is the nonprofit corporation dedicated to fundraising for the theater’s renovation, as well as its cultural and educational programming. Up until now, each organization had its own chief executive.“We believe that this will improve our ability to seamlessly integrate our programming, operations and fundraising,” said Moser.Robertson agrees. 
“I’m thrilled by this structure, bringing the two entities together as one,” she said. “Each has its function but they are also integrated. Hiring one CEO makes the integration much easier.”Mark Hodges, a former board member who has served as the interim CEO of the foundation since July 2011, left to take a permanent position as executive director of the Joseph Fund, a nonprofit multi-ministry foundation in Camden. Numa Saisselin, who has served as CEO of the Count Basie Theatre since 2002, remains as chief operating officer with continued responsibility for the operation, programming and restoration of the theater.While growing up in Hartford, Conn., Robertson’s family owned a chain of movie theaters and she fondly remembers visiting them to watch cartoons as a child. After earning a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Rutgers University, Robertson married and moved to Monmouth County. Her family eventually sold all but one of the theaters. In the early 1990s, her father suggested renovating the last one, the 1937 art deco-style Webster Theatre that her grandfather had built, and using it to host live shows.
“I was a tax director at the time and that was not fun,” she said. “This was the kind of business I could get excited about. It was a very special opportunity my father gave me.”She commuted between her homes in Monmouth County and Connecticut to serve as executive director of the Webster Theatre from 1994 to 2010, where she was in charge of booking, promotions, production and all theater operations. She formed a public/private partnership with the city of Hartford, enabling her to turn the theater into a 1,350-seat performance venue.“I completely immersed myself in the business,” she said. “I sold the theater a few years ago, and I’m very excited to be back in this business.”In the fall of 2011, Robertson’s husband, Lewis, heard that the Basie was looking to hire a new CEO to oversee both arms of the theater. He urged Robertson to apply for the job but she never did. He died unexpectedly a few months ago, and in dealing with her grief, Robertson, who has two grown children, decided to go after the job. 
“I think my husband would be really happy if he knew I was given this opportunity,” she said. “Every time I went back and forth to Connecticut, I would drive by the Count Basie and say I wish my job was here. Now I have that, and I would certainly be open to having this position become a permanent one.”Robertson envisions an expansion of programming, possibly skewing from a 30- and 40-year-old audience toward 25-year-olds.“Although we are very successful with what we have here, I think we can expand on that,” she said.“Younger people have a tendency to go to the theater more often and they will keep going to concerts when they are 35. I also want to concentrate on fundraising and expand our donor base.” Though the Count Basie Theatre has undergone a tremendous aesthetic facelift in recent years, Robertson will oversee the final stages of the $21.5 million renovation as the building’s infrastructure is updated, with renovations to include restrooms, sound equipment and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).“In Justine, we have found a leader with both corporate and theater world experience,” said Lucas. “But more importantly, fundraising is the priority.” Half of the nonprofit theater’s annual $8 million budget is earned from ticket sales; 25 percent comes from theater rentals and other services, and another 25 percent is raised  through charitable contributions from its more than 1,800 members, donors and sponsors.“Justine is a longtime and very well-known member of our community and we’re thrilled we will be spending some time working with her to make the Basie even better,” Lucas said.last_img read more

Concert Proceeds Donated to Sandy Relief Fund

first_imgAssemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini has accepted a contribution for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund from a Rumson Country Day School student who organized a benefit concert to raise money for the fund.Angelini, who filled in for New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie, praised the student, Max Kyrillos for his efforts to help those impacted by the storm.Max Kyrillos, a Rumson County Day School student, hands a facsimile check to Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-11th, for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Kyrillos organized a concert at his school to raise the money.“I am so impressed by such selfless acts of kindness and compassion from Max and everyone else that helped make this event such a success,” Angelini said. “The funds raised by this benefit concert will be incredibly useful in the efforts to restore our shore.”Kyrillos, who also performed in the concert as part of the band Stone Bullets, presented a check for $3,325 to the fund. Also performing at the May 17 concert were Going Under, Ardvark Smile and Pat Guadagno.“I applaud all the bands and students involved in making this benefit concert a success,” Mary Pat Christie said. “We are thankful to Max, the Rumson Country Day School and all those who generously donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Young people like Max are an inspiration to all New Jerseyans.”The Sandy Relief fund allocates resources to nonprofits and community organizations that are aiding in the rebuilding and recovery efforts of communities across New Jersey that were affected by the hurricane.last_img read more

Honoring ‘Miracle Molly’

first_imgThe pool at Surfrider Beach Club in Sea Bright was peppered with purple swim caps bobbing up and down in the water as children on the club’s swim team and the opposing team from Chapel Beach Club honored Molly Richards.The 3-year-old girl from Fair Haven lost her two-year battle against a terminal brain tumor on July 6.Molly was diagnosed with cancer at age 2. Though the tumor was inoperable, her parents flew her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for experimental procedures in hopes of finding a cure – or at least prolonging the cancer’s progression.Back in town, Molly was known as “Miracle Molly” because of her courage and joy despite her youth and condition. Molly’s support group and inspiration extended to Surfrider Beach Club, where her family has a membership.“Instead of just swimming to win, it’s more just swim for Molly – and put it all on the line for Molly,” said 15-year-old Surfrider swimmer Peter Warshaw.Colleen Doogan, a friend of the Richards’ and fellow beach club member, originally planned to sell $10 swim caps with the logo “Peace, Love and Miracles” printed in purple, Molly’s favorite color, to help raise money for her fight against cancer.But Molly passed away before the swim caps came in, so Doogan turned the fundraiser into a memorial for Molly and her family.“(Molly’s death) put a little bit of a different spin on things, and now it is in memory of her,” Doogan said.The fundraiser and memorial was a bigger success than Doogan ever expected after Surfrider’s cross-town rival Chapel Beach Club bought 40 of the swim caps to wear at Tuesday’s meet between the two teams.Molly Ann Richards, 3, of Fair Haven died on July 6. Her favorite song was “Roar” by Katy Perry. “It shows that we’re really part of a league, instead it’s not like everyone’s separate teams,” Chapel coach Emily Velcamp said. “Yes we’re swimming against each other, but we’re also both swimming for the same cause.”In Molly’s obituary, her parents said how much of an impact she had on the Fair Haven and Surfrider communities:“Molly, although not here with us long, touched the hearts of many. She never once complained or cried during her dance. Let her life be a true example of courage, strength and fortitude until the last breath. We will LOVE you forever, Daddy and Mommy.”Molly is survived by her parents and her older sister Emily, who swam in the meet Tuesday.In an online condolence message board, family and friends celebrated her life, admiring her angelic smile and genuine happiness. They said they have learned considerable lessons from their 3-year-old role model whose favorite song was Katy Perry’s “Roar.”The profits from the swim cap fundraiser will be donated to the Richards to compensate for medical bills and other expenses.– By Dan Russo. Photos by Jaclyn Shugardlast_img read more

Refs change colours to help fight cancer

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsHoop fans taking in the Bomber tournament this weekend at the Hangar may be a little confused at the colour of the whistles used by the game officials.Please do not adjust your bifocals.The pink whistle is part of the Blow The Whistle on Cancer campaign supported by basketball officials across B.C.“Many of us have been touched by cancer and the pink whistle just shows the community that we support the fight against cancer,” said West Kootenay Basketball Official’s Association president Dave Brewer, who normally uses a black Fox-40 to officiate games.This is the second year of the program, headed by Lower Mainland officials Karn Dhillon and Shelley Ganchar.  
 From February 1-14 basketball officials throughout the province will be monitoring games using the pink whistle.Each official in the province, , more than 300 in total, raises funds for the program by purchasing a pink whistle. Coaches and the public are also urged to join the cause by buying a whistle or making an online donation to the Canadian Cancer Society/BCBOA at: BC Cancer Society/BCBOA“Last year we raised more than $2,200 to help fight against cancer,” Brewer said. “This year the goal is $5000 and I think we’ll reach it quite easily.”The West Kootenay Association covers high school and men’s games from Kaslo to Grand Forks.Brewer and company will be out in full force this weekend at the Bomber Classic High School Girl’s and Boy’s Basketball tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.The tournament concludes Saturday afternoon.Teams from Prince Charles in Creston, Fernie, Kimberley, Vernon join host Bomber teams in the two-day event.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more