Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians face a must win on Saturday night when they face the Olympic Force at The Pavilion at Evergreen. The Artesians need a win in their last league home game to stay in the Western Indoor Soccer League playoff hunt. First kick on Toyota of Olympia Autograph Night is set for 6:30 p.m.Oly Town enters the contest at 1-5-0 with three points in league play this season with two games remaining. They need a victory on Saturday to remain in the hunt for one of the four WISL playoff spots and will need to finish the season strong in Bellingham on February 3rd.The Artesians and Olympic have met once this season with the Force taking a 14-8 win at the Olympic Sports Center in Bremerton on December 9th. Christian Segovia recorded a hat trick in the loss. Oly Town dropped to 0-3-0 with 39 goals allowed, but since then, the Artesians have tightened up the defense and have allowed just 6.67 goals per game over their last three games.Matt Stalnik leads the Artesians with six goals and Gabriele Zaccagnini trails him with five. Christian Segovia, Tonbra Akpobodor and JT Meyer each have scored five times. Brett Stallworth played in his 27th straight game. The defender from Tacoma now holds the team record with 27 appearances. Kyle Wiese previously held the record with 26.Olympic sits in third place in the WISL, just three points ahead of the Artesians at 2-3-0 but with multiple tiebreakers in hand. Alex Hernandez leads the league in goals scored with 11 while Colin Ralston has nine goals and is coming off a four goal performance in their 6-3 road win over Snohomish last Saturday. Ralston and goalkeeper Lewis Watson swept the WISL Player of the Week Awards this week.Saturday is Toyota of Olympia Autograph Night at The Pavilion. The first 150 fans through the gate will receive a team autograph card with an autograph session on the field following the game. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. and gates open at 5:45 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Oly Town Artiesian website.Austin Kelley Awards Night presented by HDR Engineering is coming up on Saturday, January 27th. The Artesians will face off against the non-league Oly Legends in a tribute match honoring the memory of Austin Kelley. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Riann Kelley scholarship fund and all attendees will receive an AK memorial sticker.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.
Facebook422Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Maureen ScharberPassing through Tenino, it’s hard to miss the pink angel wings at the edge of town. Local residents know it’s Raise For Rowyn, the home-grown non-profit established in memory of Rowyn Johnson with little more than a vision, a laptop, and a town full of volunteers.I had never seen the tiny office they acquired along the way, so last summer decided to stop by. It struck me how warm and welcoming the simple space was, with two small desks side-by-side, a meticulously organized storage area and of course, a beautiful angel photo of Rowyn. I was also struck by the genuine sparkle in Brynn Johnson’s eyes that day as she worked elbow-to-elbow with the Executive Director, carrying on the legacy of her daughter. She looked up only briefly to mention preparations for their annual dinner auction. Knowing the event was always held in the spring to coincide with Rowyn’s birthday, the date seemed so far away to me, and I realized how much work and planning it must take throughout the year to organize their premiere fundraiser.It was also the first time I had seen that sparkle since I met Brynn after the tragedy in 2013 that took her baby’s life. A few years ago, I wrote a story about the auction when the event was still young and shadowed in sorrow, but seeing their enthusiastic plans for an evening in Wonderland with glorious decorations, dancing and dueling pianos, it seemed just the right time for a new, happier story about Raise For Rowyn.The 2019 Dinner Auction held last weekend lived up to its promise. It was magnificent in every detail and hugely successful, with more than 400 guests packing the house. As always, Rowyn took center stage alongside big screens projecting 243 stunning photos of her angel friends, who each have their own chapter in the story of Raise For Rowyn. The night was as dazzling as Wonderland could be, splendidly decorated, with music, costumes, laughter and tons of cool auction items. Everything was perfect for a fun story about a really fun event.Almost as soon as I arrived, the “fun” story unraveled when I ran right into a young lady I once knew as the little girl next door. I last saw her nearly a decade ago when she was in the process of adopting children. Now a beautiful mother, she told me she came to the dinner auction because of the support she received from Raise For Rowyn when her own child passed away. I had no idea, and it was heartbreaking to hear. Yet it was also heartwarming to see her there to support others, now giving back as so many Raise for Rowyn families do. So instead, it seemed just the right time to tell the amazing story of the supporters behind this organization, even though there are no words that can truly capture their spirit of giving.Each year, Raise For Rowyn families who have walked in the Johnson’s shoes return to the dinner auction to give back to their communities. Their strength and inspiration draw hundreds of volunteers to join in and lend a helping hand at this event and others throughout the year. Thousands more, even from around the world, have sent their support in donations of all kinds, large and small, each wanting to help in their own way. Their gifts help ease the burden of funeral and mortuary expenses that families have to bear on top of losing their child. Together, in just a few years, these dedicated Raise For Rowyn supporters have helped hundreds of families across 20 states.This year, the support from community members and local businesses was astounding. Behind every cheering bidder at the auction was the untold story of so many caring people who so generously donated that stay in Ecuador, the trips to Florida and Hood River, personal services from spa treatments to therapeutic massages, catered parties, coffee, a kayak, BBQ’s, beef and beer, wine tours, chain saws, fine jewelry, lunch with the Sheriff, homemade jams, golfing, estate planning, fishing trips, sporting events, a DIY sign workshop and so much more. My family won the “spring cleanup” package and it alone included gift cards from local businesses for every spring project, from beauty bark to top soil, seeds to plant, garden tools and gloves, a wheelbarrow, hummingbird trellis, tractor work and a new trailer!The most touching scenes of the night were of the great many people among the lively bidders who chose to give without fanfare, quietly raising a number to make their donation in a silent transaction. Because you knew they were there to ensure that Raise For Rowyn would always be there to help more families.Even as I was leaving the event, which was supported again this year by the Little Creak Casino, I passed rows of pick-up trucks and trailers and another small army of volunteers who were pitching in to clean up and load, haul and deliver auction items.They all made me think of Brynn’s sparkle again. As the seeds of healing took root, she could have taken a moment to catch hold of her own new destiny. Instead, she stays by her Raise For Rowyn families and everyone who has joined her in keeping Rowyn’s memory and legacy alive. And now, the story of the enormous community support behind Raise For Rowyn is as remarkable and inspiring as her own.
Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterAdvertisement 6dsNBA Finals | Brooklyn VssbzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En00( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jkhWould you ever consider trying this?😱3ql0Can your students do this? 🌚n0mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester City star Bernardo Silva’s light humour on his teammate Benjamin Mendy is not really being taken lightly around the English football scene, and the Football Association has put the situation under scrutiny. However, the club gaffer Pep Guardiola himself has come forward to defend his Portuguese gem’s deed.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterFollowing the 3-0 win over Preston in the League Cup, the Spaniard opened up on the situation in the post match interview. Check out the video below as Pep talks it out, courtesy to the official Twitter handle of PA’s video journalist Rich McCarthy.Advertisement The 25 year old’s post on Twitter that’s been making the headlines- was a childhood photo of Benjamin Mendy, put alongside a Spanish chocolate brand named ‘Conguitos’’s mascot, with the caption “Guess who?”Although Mendy himself took it light heartedly, Kick It Out, the anti-racism organisation took the mater up to FA, asking for a proper investigation.“Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I have ever met in my life.” Pep defended the accused midfielder, who has already deleted the tweet, following up with “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys…”Pep continued by saying- “He speaks four or five languages – that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is – and one of his best friends is Mendy. He is like a brother for him. The image for the two is not about the colour of the skin.”it is to be seen how FA handles the situation, and if Guardiola’s clearance for Silva stands true.The Citizens are taking on Everton this Saturday at Goodison Park. Advertisement
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By Jay CookMIDDLETOWN–With a full slate of opponents this year, the incumbent Republicans in Middletown Township, Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger and Committeeman Kevin Settembrino, look to stay on the course they have charted. Challenging them for seats on the Township Committee are Democrats Ralph Borgess and Mary Jo Fabiano, along with third-party candidate Brian Largey, an independent running under the party name “Stop the Bull.”Scharfenberger, 57, from Lincroft, and Settembrino, 46, from River Plaza, have been on the governing body together since 2010.Outside of the mayor’s office, Scharfenberger is the director of the Office for Planning Advocacy for the state, and Settembrino is the owner of Settembrino Architects, a Red Bank-based architectural firm.The hot-topic of redevelopment in Middletown is one that has inundated township meetings this past year. Scharfenberger acknowledged the issue, and noted future plans for areas around Route 36.“We just completed the Route 36 Corridor Study to help revitalize Route 36 from Sandy Hook up to the Keansburg border,” he said.Scharfenberger said new industries and businesses will soon make their way to an area in need of help.Another facet of redevelopment in town that has stirred controversy in the Chapel Hill and Kings Highway sections is the large “Village 35” project.While the mayor said he was not at liberty to speak on the issue, as it is in front of the planning board, he did divulge Middletown’s thinking towards similar issues.“We would like to see existing (property) utilized before creating new (property),” Scharfenberger said. “That’s our philosophy on development.”Settembrino said the biggest issue facing the township is the proposed Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP) along the North Jersey Coast Line railroad. The railroad is operated by the state transportation agency, NJ Transit.“Number one is the JCP&L project that the Township Committee is fighting to eliminate, to be placed underground,” he said. “I testified before the NJ Transit board, asking them to deny easement for these monster power lines.”A concern with the power lines is a loss of property value. “When property values go down, taxes go up,” Settembrino said. “It’s a pretty simple formula.”Largey, 54, is a resident in the North Middletown section. He is a former New Jersey State Trooper turned attorney at Largey, Largey & Whitehead, located in town.He formerly ran for a seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2013 as an independent candidate.Among the different topics being discussed during this election season, the most important to Largey is the possible construction of “Village 35.”“It seems that the politicians listen to the big developers here in town, and the character of the township is changing drastically, and not for the better,” he saidThe Democrats, who campaign with the slogan “Make Middletown Super,” aim to improve five aspects of Middletown life.Borgess, a 37-year old from the Port Monmouth section, owns a small business called Borgess Home Inspections, while working as an occupational health and safety manager for the consulting firm Haztek Safety Management.He moved from Kearny to Middletown in 2010. After suffering the effects of Super Storm Sandy, his main goal, if elected, would be to bring displaced Middletown residents home.“I saw the Bayshore side of town being neglected,” Borgess said. “Up to today, we still have a lot of people that are out of their homes who haven’t recovered fully.”Fabiano, 56, and from the Harmony area of Middletown, has been teaching both 2nd and 3rd grades in Keansburg since 1984.Her career in that school system has led to involvement within the Keansburg Education Association, where she currently serves as the president.With an extensive background in dealing with school life, Fabiano believes that the MCRP will threaten school-age children in Middletown.“I have to say safety in the community is very important,” she said. “Number one is the JCP&L Project – that’s a huge concern – schools along the path, residences along the path. Middletown needs to work collaboratively with other towns to fight this proposed project.”
By John Burton |There were no surprises on Tuesday. This year’s primary election found those up and down the ballot who were predicted to win, winning, mostly by safe margins.From the governor’s race for respective parties, to a local state Senate candidates’ competition, on to a challenge for the Republican nomination for county freeholders’ seats, the establishment candidates secured their places on the November ballot.This year’s governor’s race will be a Monmouth County-centered one, as both candidates call the county home. Frontrunner Philip Murphy, a Middletown resident, won approximately 50 percent of the Democratic vote cast statewide June 6. In Monmouth County, Murphy won a solid 12,886 of votes from the party faithful, according to unofficial totals offered by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office. His next closest competitor was Middlesex County Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who garnered 8,909 votes.Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive who hasn’t held elected office spent an estimated $13 million of his own fortune running for the nomination. Offering a victory speech in Newark Tuesday night, his comments clearly revealed the issues that would be raised during this campaign. “Today, you helped send a message that progressives and working New Jerseyans are united to end the failed status quo in Trenton and fight back against President Trump in Washington,” Murphy said.In West Long Branch, Monmouth Beach resident and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno basked in her victory. At her victory party, held at Branches catering facility, Guadagno vowed to “run on my record” and “on my principles,” striving to help working families and small businesses – and apparently looking to continue to distance herself from her boss, Gov. Chris Christie, whose approval rating continues to hover at 18 percent, the lowest of any sitting governor in the country. Guadagno did not mention Christie during her roughly half-hour speech.She vowed to lower taxes, offering the bargain “If we do not lower taxes in New Jersey in my term I will not stand for re-election.”Guadagno, like Murphy, won about 50 percent of the statewide party vote and received 12,741 votes from fellow Monmouth County Republicans. Her next closest challenge came from state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Somerset County, who ran a fierce, competitive campaign, and won 4,630 votes, based upon unofficial totals Wednesday.On the local level, incumbent Republican Freeholder Lillian Burry and running mate, Holmdel’s Pat Impreveduto had been facing a challenge to run for the two seats this year for the five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. Challengers Bernard Dowd and Susan S. Metz were the candidates who shared the Ciattarelli ticket in Monmouth County. However, Dowd and Metz won 6,266 and 5,969, respectively, falling short of Burry’s 12,519 and Impreveduto’s 12,508 totals.For the lone primary challenge for the Legislative race in the Two River Area, Democrat Sean Byrnes, Middletown, won the party’s nomination by a strong 7,247 votes. Byrnes was challenged by Atlantic Highlands resident Joshua Leinsdorf, who won 566 votes.This article was first published in the June 8-June 15, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Despite out shooting the Rockies 13-8 in the opening frame, it was Columbia Valley holding a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes on a goal by Ryan Henderson.Nelson picked it up Greg Nickel and Dallon Stoddart scored power play goals 61 seconds apart for the Leafs to give the visitors the lead.Colton McCarthy made it 3-1 before the period ended.But the Rockies took advantage of Nelson playing its fourth game in six days to score twice in the third to force overtime.The tying marker coming off the stick of Nic Hooobanoff with 16 seconds remaining in the third period.Nelson, regaining its two-point advantage in the Murdoch division over Castlegar after the North Okanagan Knights defeated the Rebels 4-3 Sunday in Armstrong, out shot the Rockies 49-32 making a winner out of goalie Brent Soles.After playing eight games to start the month of November, Nelson now gets a bit of a rest with only three games in the next 12 days.The Leafs return home to face division rival Spokane Braves Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m. Don’t tell Leaf players the Columbia Valley Rockies are a seven-win Kootenay International Junior Hockey League team and are last in the Eddie Mountain Division.Or that the Rockies got hammered 11-0 Saturday by Summerland Steam.The Rockies played like a KIJHL championship contender, pushing the top team in the league to the limit before the Green and White skated off with a 4-3 overtime victory Sunday afternoon in Invermere.Team captain Colten Schell busted out of a mini-scoring slump in a big way, netting the winner on the power play with three seconds remaining in the first overtime period.Ironically the win came less than 24 hours after the Leafs saw its 11-game win streak snapped as Golden scored with one second remaining in the first overtime period Saturday.And yes, the goal came on the power play.After racking up 20 points in eight games, Schell was held off the scoresheet in both weekend road games in Kimberley and Golden.But with the Leafs trying to keep ahead of Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division race, the captain came through in spades scoring the winner on Columbia Valley netminder Stewart Pratt.The win not only allowed the Leafs to finish the road trip with five of a possible six points, it also enable the Murdoch leaders to forget about squandering a 3-1 lead after two periods.
Caledonia of Terrace out scored LVR 35-15 in the second half en route to a 53-32 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers Saturday at the BC High School AA Girl’s Basketball Championships at the Events Centre in Langley.A. Wit scored 22 points to lead Caledonia to the victory.The finished the tournament in 16th spot, losing all four games in the event.LVR trailed 18-17 at halftime.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers scoring attack with nine points while Christina Champlin and Sian Nielsen each added five.The Bombers lost Friday 66-40 to Southridge of Surrey.Southridge led 15-12 after one quarter before scoring 40 points in the second and third periods to lead 55-29. Perkins led LVR with 12 points while Shannon Oothuyzen had seven and Ali Zondervan five.Rick Hansen rocks Bombers at AA Girl’s Hoops ChampionshipsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers lost for the second day in a row as Rick Hansen of Abbotsford defeated the Kootenay reps 94-36 at the BC High School AA Girl’s Basketball Championships at the Events Centre in Langley.Rick Hansen, leading 44-27 at halftime, rang up 50 points in the second half to win going away.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers in scoring with 13 points.Ansleigh Dergousoff and Christina Champlin each added four points.LVR, ranked 15th entering the tournament, dropped the opener 100-41 to second-ranked Immaculata of Kelowna.The Bombers now meet Southridge of Surrey in consolation action Friday.The final is set for Friday afternoon.
2015 DERBY HOPEFULS PROSPECT PARK & BOLO TO MAKE 4-YEAR-OLD DEBUTS ON SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2016)–Idle since running what many thought was his best career race in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) here Dec. 26, trainer Dan Hendricks’ Om and trainer Phil D’Amato’s veteran multiple grade I winning Obviously, head a star-studded field of seven older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf.One of four recently turned 4-year-olds in the Arcadia lineup, Om, who was a disappointing third as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar two starts back on Nov. 28, rebounded with a resounding win in the Mathis Brothers Mile when hand ridden by Gary Stevens.Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, Om, the Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings has brilliant natural speed and is at home on the lead or sitting just off the pacesetter. Undefeated in three tries over the Santa Anita turf, he’s unbeaten in two starts at a flat mile on grass as well. With Stevens, who has won three out of four with him, engaged to ride back Saturday, Om appears to be the horse to beat in the Arcadia. With an overall mark of 10-5-1-2, Om has career earnings of $550,500.One of America’s top turf milers dating back to the summer of 2012, Irish-bred Obviously comes off a huge second, beaten a neck, in Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 2 as the 5-2 favorite. Although he’s getting a bit long in the tooth, the 8-year-old gelding brought his “A” game in the San Gabriel, as he earned a stout 104 Beyer Speed figure and plainly appeared to have been done-in by the extra furlong.A dedicated front-runner, Obviously will likely get early pressure from Om, who will need to be in close attendance if he is to overall the old warrior. A gate to wire winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) here on June 14, 2014, Obviously has been winless in five subsequent starts and will be handled for the first time by Mike Smith, who takes over from Joe Talamo who had ridden Obviously in his last 19 starts. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Obviously has eight wins from 15 tries at a mile on turf and is 25-11-5-3 overhaul with earnings of $1,527,751.A top Kentucky Derby prospect a year ago, Pam and Martin Wygod’s homebred Prospect Park appears to have found a home on turf, as he was a 4 ¼ length winner of Del Mar’s Grade III, 1 1/16 miles La Jolla Handicap two starts back on Aug. 9, and has been idle since running a well beaten third to Om as the 1-5 favorite in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Derby Sept. 6.Trained by Clifford Sise, Prospect Park, a Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit, has a series of fast drills for his return and appears primed for a big effort in what will be his first start on the local turf. His overall mark stands at 11-3-4-2 and he has earnings of $462,570.Idle since making the early lead and finishing a distant last as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles turf Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes July 4, trainer Carla Gaines’ Bolo also appears fresh and dangerous in the Arcadia. A 4 ½ length winner of the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes here in his third career start on Dec. 27, 2014, the 4-year-old colt by Temple City then tried the nation’s best 3-year-olds on the main track in his next three starts–finishing third in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 7, third in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby April 4, and a well beaten 12th in the Kentucky Derby May 2.Owned by Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and Earle I. Mack, LLC, Bolo could likely contribute to a hot early pace scenario as he makes his 4-year-old debut. With three wins (all on turf) from eight starts, he has earnings of $288,700. The complete field for the Grade II Arcadia Stakes, to be run as the third on a nine-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Om, Gary Stevens, 124; Cape Wolfe, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Yes Yes Yes, Brice Blanc, 120; Big Cazanova, Joe Talamo, 120; Bolo, Flavien Prat, 120; Obviously, Mike Smith, 120, and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 120. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.