Halloween Safety Tips From The Olympia Police Department

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the City of OlympiaThe Olympia Police Department hopes all of the ghouls and goblins have a safe Halloween. Parents can help by reviewing the following suggestions.For optimum safety, consider participating in an organized event in a neighborhood, at a church or in a local shopping centerAvoid costumes that block visibility and hamper movementGet an early start—try to complete trick-or-treating activities before darkWalk in a group and accompanied by at least one adult with a cell phoneOnly go to houses with the porch light on or, better yet, only to homes where the residents are knownWear reflective items and carry a flashlight if out after darkStay on the sidewalk and obey traffic lawsRemind older kids to stick to a designated route and to check in if anything changes in their planAs always, please report any suspicious persons or activity to 9-1-1.last_img read more

SPSCC Welcomes 16 New Full-Time Faculty Members

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeThis year, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is delighted to welcome 16 additional members across four divisions to the ranks of its full-time faculty. While some faces may be familiar and others brand new, they all bring a valuable diversity of backgrounds, education, and life experience to the college community.Applied Technology DivisionAdam WatersArchitecture, Engineering & Construction ProfessorAdam received his Associate of Science in Mechanical Design and Drafting Technology from Green River Community College and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Massachusetts.Andrew LeirenCybersecurity Networking ProfessorAndy received his Associate in Applied Science degrees in IT- Desktop Support and Computer Network Administration from South Puget Sound Community College and his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Mathematics from The Evergreen State College.Andrew has worked part-time for the college since September 2013.Brian EriksenAutomotive ProfessorBrian received his Associate of Applied Science degree and Automotive Certificate from South Puget Sound Community College.Brian has worked for the College since April 2017.Gordon Gül CIS Programming ProfessorGordon received his Associate of Arts and Sciences in Pre-Medicine from Lower Columbia College, his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Development from Malmo University and his Master of Science in Software Engineering from Lund University, Lund Institute of Technology.Humanities and Communication DivisionCameron May Music Professor – InstrumentalCameron received his Bachelor of Music Education from University of Colorado and his Masters of Music in Conducting from University of Illinois.John GuarenteMusic Professor – ChoralJohn received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Rutgers University and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from University of Miami.Jolynn Amrine GoertzEnglish Professor – Composition & Multicultural StudiesJolynn received her Bachelor of Arts in English from John Brown University, her Master of Arts in English from The Queen’s University Belfast and her Master of Arts in Anthropology from University of Alabama.Kiffen DoschEnglish Professor – CompositionKiffen received her Associate of Arts from Wenatchee Valley College and her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Central Washington University.Kiffen has worked part-time for the college since January 2014.Natural and Applied Sciences DivisionAnnette Hill-OnstottNursing ProfessorAnnette received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Grays Harbor College and her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University.Emily BoyceMathematics ProfessorEmily received her Associate of Arts from South Puget Sound Community College, her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint Martin’s University, and her Master of Science in Mathematics and Mathematics Education from Montana State University.Jessie HubbardNursing ProfessorJessie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University.Rembrandt HaftBiology ProfessorRembrandt received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Pomona College and his Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from University of Washington.Rembrandt has worked for the college since January 2015.Sailaja ArungundramChemistry ProfessorSailaja received her Master of Science in Chemistry from University of Madras, her Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from New Mexico State University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry from University of Georgia.Social Science and Business DivisionAdam TenenbaumParalegal ProfessorAdam received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from University of California, Berkeley School of Law.Elena GarrisonBusiness ProfessorElena received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Economics, Business and Accounting from The Urals State University of Economics and her Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Education from The University of Montana.Emily WallaceCulinary Arts ProfessorEmily received her ACF Certified Culinary Certificate from Renton Technical College.Emily has worked for the College since September 2016.last_img read more

Council Moves To Shore Up Historic Wardell House

first_imgCronin would also like to see the building have its water gutters replaced, leader pipes replaced and other “sort of maintenance things,” done.Burden said it’s premature to talk about price for the work, as the council awaits bids on the project.Overall, “It looks like it’s structurally sound,” Cronin said of the building.“I think it’s got a lot of potential,” for future use, the architect observed. When one looks at the building and envisions it prior to the some of the additions that were constructed over the years, one can see, “The rooms and spaces are really grand, beautiful spaces,” Cronin said.The Wardell House, as it’s become commonly known, has portions that likely date back to prior to the American Revolutionary War. That’s according to Rick Geffken, a local historian, historical journalist and Shrewsbury Historical Society member, who co-authored an updated history of the borough with Burden. He and Monmouth University archeologist Richard Veit explored the structure with Veit estimating the building dates back to the late 1600s.“It has a long history in that location,” Geffken noted. The Wardell House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July 1974. Around that time the borough purchased it and its surrounding acres of property from the Meacham family, the owners at the time, and used it as police headquarters and municipal offices.County government had sought to use the structure as part of the county library system for special project. That idea was abandoned, given the prohibited cost to make the site compliant with requirements for the federal American with Disabilities Act.In 2011 the site reverted back to borough ownership.Cronin said this project will start shortly after the bid is accepted to have it completed before any severe winter weather.The council hasn’t discussed any long term plans for the structure. But Burden said there is a need for additional space meeting space for community activities and he would like to see it restored and used for that purpose. “That would be responding to the needs of the community,” he said. By John BurtonSHREWSBURY – While the Borough Council considers what to do with the historic Wardell House, something has to be done to keep it from deteriorating any further.The council will shortly be advertising for competitive bids to do some immediate work on the borough-owned structure, portions of which date back to the late 17th century, preparing it, to some extent, for the coming winter and protect it from any additional damage from the elements.The structure sits on the town-owned property that is home to the municipal complex and police headquarters, at 419 Sycamore Ave. It is on one of the borough’s historic Four Corners, in the distinguished company of Christ Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Quaker Meeting House and the Allen House. The Four Corners site is a national and state designated historic district.Mayor Donald Burden said the building has become increasingly run-down, steadily sustaining water damage, which is exacerbating the structure’s damage. “It is deteriorating so rapidly,” Burden said.The council had previously commissioned Red Bank architect Matthew Cronin to evaluate what can be done at this juncture to stall the damage. The building had had its roof replaced in recent years. But, Cronin, explained, the siding on portions of the building and on the dormers are starting to give way, leaving it increasingly vulnerable to weather.Cronin is recommending repairing or replacing six dormers as well as installing new windows. “It looks like they would get the most bang for their buck doing this to keep the water out of the building,” he said.last_img read more

NRL & TFA Launch Free Participation Program to Get Inactive Teens Playing Non-Contact Footy Together

first_imgThe NRL and Touch Football Australia (TFA) are delivering free non-contact footy skills sessions to inactive kids in regional areas around Australia, thanks to a participation grant from the Australian Government’s lead sports agency, Sport Australia, as part of their Move It Aus ‘Find Your 30’ campaign.The partner organisations are delivering four skills sessions to both primary and high school kids, with a focus on those aged 13 to 18, and girls in particular. Once the participants have completed their four sessions, they’re provided the opportunity to take part in a gala day competing in games, to put their new skills into practice.NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said the program would provide children with the opportunity to engage in their communities.“This program not only encourages healthy lifestyles, it provides a pathway for kids to transition into structured Rugby League and Touch Football competitions, which promote teamwork and a real sense of community,’’ he said.The programs are being delivered in regional areas of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.The NRL and TFA launched this program at Broome Touch Association on Thursday 24th October.TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor says that although the positive impacts of footy on individuals and communities all around the country are powerful no matter where you are in Australia, the impacts are even more significant in regional communities like Broome, Katherine, Mt Gambier and Griffith, which are just a few of the places where the program’s being run.“Passing or kicking a footy around helps you ‘Find Your 30’ minutes of physical activity a day, but in regional towns especially, footy can be the glue that draws the community, people of all ages, together in a healthy activity that brings benefits for physical and mental health,” he said.“The beauty about non-contact footy is that anyone can play – any age, gender, body shape and skill level – and everyone can play together, girls and boys, the young and old, family members, friends.”Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said the Move It Aus Participation Grants program was about encouraging moreAustralians to get moving and make Australia the world’s most active and healthy nation.“The Morrison Government is pleased to support this partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia, which aims to encourage up to 4,000 Aussie kids to get involved in non-contact footy,” Minister Colbeck said.“We know some kids tend to drop out of sport and physical activity in their mid-teens so this is a fantastic initiative to reach children in regional Australia and give them fun opportunities to be involved in sport.”These programs are being delivered now up until June 2020. For details about where programs are currently running, or to register interest, go to playrugbyleague.com/play/move-it-aus/last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp won’t consider releasing Lallana for loan

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp won’t consider releasing Lallana for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won’t consider releasing Adam Lallana for loan.Sky Sports says Klopp has no plans to let Lallana leave on loan.The England international hasn’t had as many minutes as he would like since recovering from injury.There had been talk of him moving to Europe on a short-term deal with Besiktas reportedly making enquiry.But there is no chance of him going anywhere else to get match action this month.Lallana remains a key member of Klopp’s squad and the Liverpool boss has no plans to let any more of his players depart this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoREVEALED: Arsenal chief Kroenke only Prem owner never to spend on their club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Arsenal chief Kroenke only Prem owner never to spend on their clubby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStan Kroenke has not spent a penny of his personal fortune on Arsenal, it has been revealed.The Sun says he is the only Prem club owner not to dig into his own pocket to fund the team over the past decade.Arsenal owner Kroenke sits on a massive personal fortune of £7billion but has been unwilling to spend any of that money on the club.Instead the 71-year-old has restricted the Gunners to only using money the club brings in itself – leading to them falling behind their Premier League rivals.Arsenal’s business model means that, unlike the rest of the Prem, their spending was entirely funded from self-generated revenues – through television, sponsorship and marketing income, plus prize money. last_img read more

13 days agoBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: The key to early season form

first_imgBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: The key to early season formby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick admits a lack of Europa League football has worked in their favour this season.The Clarets are seventh in the Premier League table after an impressive start to the campaign. “We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder said.“I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.“At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.“I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.“Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.“Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.“Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers happy with win against Burnley

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers happy with win against Burnleyby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted with their win against Burnley.City fell behind just after the first half’s midway point, as former Fox Chris Wood nodded in Dwight McNeil’s cross to give Sean Dyche’s men a 1-0 lead, which looked to be intact heading into the break.However, a fine piece of play from Harvey Barnes resulted in his delivery finding Jamie Vardy, whose header – his sixth goal in nine Premier League outings – levelled matters on the stroke of half-time. Youri Tielemans put the Foxes ahead in the 73rd minute.“It’s a very good three points without us being anywhere near our best,” Rodgers told LCFC TV. “I thought that we started slowly and we weren’t aggressive enough. Too many players probably felt that we could just play with the ball and not without the ball.“At this level, you can’t do that against a good team like Burnley who haven’t been beaten away from home since the beginning of the season. You have to earn the right, and we didn’t do that.“Thankfully, we got a goal just before half-time. It was a great cross and wonderful leap by Jamie [Vardy] and finish. But we had to be more aggressive in the game, it was too timid. Like I say, we didn’t want to do the other side of the game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Spanish Town Residents to Benefit from Health Fair at St. Catherine High

first_img The all-day event will commence at 9:00 a.m., with persons being screened and counselled for major ailments. This is part of the school’s effort to partner with the communities, according to Principal, Marlon Campbell. More than 3,000 residents in the St. John’s Road area of Spanish Town are expected to benefit from the St. Catherine High School annual health fair, to be held on Friday, March 15. Story Highlights More than 3,000 residents in the St. John’s Road area of Spanish Town are expected to benefit from the St. Catherine High School annual health fair, to be held on Friday, March 15.The all-day event will commence at 9:00 a.m., with persons being screened and counselled for major ailments.This is part of the school’s effort to partner with the communities, according to Principal, Marlon Campbell.He told JIS News that some years ago they experienced almost three break-ins each year, but through the fair and other outreach initiatives by the school with the surrounding communities, over the last four years there has been no such incident at the institution.“We have never felt so close to the community, and it is things like this that we have done that pull the communities so close to us. It tells me that the partnership is rich and real,” Mr. Campbell said.The Principal added that the school wants to uplift the area in the same way that it elevates its students. “We appreciate our communities and they must remain the eyes and ears of the school,” he said.For his part, Coordinator of the event, Jermaine Johnson, said the health fair serves as an educational forum for students, who engage in various sessions throughout the day.He noted that the fair’s theme is ‘Fit Life: Body and Mind’, and the focus will be on encouraging adults and children in the school and the surrounding communities to establish and maintain a healthy physical, spiritual and financial lifestyle.“The aim of our event is to help with primary care, and we want to ensure that we are making a mark in that area, because education is not just about making people ‘bright’ but to ensure that persons are well-rounded,” Mr. Johnson said.He said that the school embraces Christian principles, and is high on caring for others, and this initiative will help in achieving this.Mr. Johnson told JIS News that in addition to the medical entities that will have teams on the school grounds for the event, financial institutions will have representatives present to “guide persons in managing their money”.last_img read more

Agriculture Ministry to Increase Sorghum Cultivation

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is looking to identify more arable lands on which to cultivate sorghum, a crop currently being tested as a substitute grain for animal feed. This was disclosed by portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, while speaking to journalists today (April 19), following the harvesting of a pilot sorghum crop in Hill Run, St. Catherine. The Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group undertook the test project at its facility, to grow sorghum locally for feedstock as a replacement for imported corn. The Minister noted that lands have already been identified at Amity Hall in St. Thomas at one of the nine agro parks being developed across the island, aimed at enhancing food security and cutting the country’s food import bill. He informed that the CB Group will be undertaking this planting exercise and that the land is currently being prepared. “We’re targeting in that agro park, some 1,700 acres. They (CB Group) are moving now to put in 800 (acres)…and we’re trying to identify more lands. They have asked for some 6,000 acres…so the sustainability is there and we are determined to put whatever idle lands we have into production,” the Minister said. Sorghum is a genus of numerous grass species, some of which are raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder plants.  The plants take three to four months to reach maturity and are cultivated in warm climates around the world. “We are not only dealing with sorghum. We are dealing with other crops. We are going to be doing probably over 600 acres of onions. We are already moving with Irish potatoes – a whole slew of things that we’re doing (to utilize arable lands),” Mr. Clarke said. The Minister said he is pleased with the impact that growing the sorghum locally “will have on our importing grains for our animal feed”. “This was just an experimental plot, but the yield has been significant in terms of international standards and it’s just the beginning. This is just a start. What (CB Group) has learnt here is what will help them to improve in production and productivity as we go along,” he stated. Manager, Corporate Affairs, CB Group, Dr. Keith Amiel, informed that 60 per cent of the corn that goes in feedstock is imported, hence the need to create a local substitute. “The idea is to try to see how much of what we’ve been importing we can produce locally….We are going to try to make use of the unused land…it would take us about 6,000 acres to produce 10 per cent of the (crop) locally and of course, we can go up to any amount using the land that’s available,” he said. Agriculture Consultant, Johnny Haer, noted that sorghum is a dry land crop that is grown all over the world, because of its hardiness in drought and dry weather. He pointed  out that this “is one of the reasons why we felt like it would do so good here in Jamaica…I don’t see why sorghum is not going to adapt very well to the Jamaican climate.” He noted that the crop harvested from the 300-acre plot, is estimated to “probably end up yielding…roughly 3,000 pounds per acre or 1.5 tonnes per acre.” CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDSlast_img read more