Month: August 2020

Rob Rice Homes Offers Sixteen Hardwood Floor Choices

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rob Rice HomesHardwood floors continue to be a popular choice for homebuyers with many choosing to do their entire main level in hardwood.  We now offer sixteen different hardwood floors to choose from that are all standard selections.  There are many benefits of choosing an engineered hardwood floor:Durability – Because the bottom layer is not made of real wood, an engineered floor will handle moisture and water much better than a solid wood floor. It will resist warping and splitting much better overall.Installation – Most engineered floors come prefinished, so installation is usually quick and clean. Some of the thicker woods can even be installed as a floating floor type, which makes for a good do-it-yourself project.Maintenance – Engineered wood floors are easy to take care of and are not as sensitive as solid wood floors. A daily sweeping or vacuuming will keep a floor looking great for years.Composition – Because engineered flooring is created with an alternating pattern between crosswise and lengthwise grain, the planks will not shrink over time with temperature changes.Health Considerations – Being more resistant to dust and various allergens make engineered flooring better for indoor air quality.If you choose to do a pre-sale home with Rob Rice Homes, know that you will have the benefit of choosing from sixteen different hardwood samples.  What a great benefit to buy a Rob Rice Homes built home!For more information please visit our website.last_img read more

Rotary Club of Olympia Gives “Rosie’s Place” A Helping Hand

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rotary Club of OlympiaThe newly updated Cindy’s Closet at CYS Rosie’s Place offers youth a chance to find clean, gently used clothing at no cost.There are smiles all around these days at Rosie’s Place when their clients are in the need of “new” or clean clothes.   Rosie’s is a teen drop-in center focused on providing services for homeless youth, as part Olympia’s Community Youth Services’ new Brighter Futures Youth Center at 520 Pear St. NE, Olympia.“Cindy’s Closet,” a name transferred from what began as a real closet in the original Rosie’s Place largely operated by CYS board member and volunteer Cindy Berger, is now an attractive outlet for donated duds where young people in need can expand their wardrobes.“It’s fantastic,” says Cindy.  “When you operate largely without a budget, you scrounge a lot.  When we started in the old building and kids would come in and pick out clothing items from a box on the floor or recycled bin we got for free. Having pristine display racks and shelving in the new building elevates everything and it really shows respect for the kids.  They get to browse, and what I particularly enjoy about that is it gives me a chance to interact with them more, show people care about them and how they are doing.  It is particularly gratifying to be able to go a little further in helping them understand and make the best use of the services available to them.”Rotary members, including retired professionals from all fields, very much enjoyed the day at Rosie’s Place. As Dr. Gerald Pumphrey, center above, recently retired president of South Puget Sound Community College said, “When you put together a group of Rotarians with good senses of humor and power tools, it is bound to be a very fun event.”The new Cindy’s Closet is the result of a District Community Grant from Rotary Club of Olympia.  “The way it works,” says Rotarian Brian Martin, DSG Committee chair, “is we put up $2,500 in club funds which is matched by $2,500 from district, then volunteer Rotarian labor executes the project.”Development Director, Lynsi Polanco, explained, “This was a huge project that took a lot of resources to make it a reality.  Rotary surpassed what we could have expected of their donation.  The time and effort that was put into making Cindy’s Closet, the sorting area, and laundry room was a remarkable addition to a traditional donation.”“Brian was terrific,” according to Keylee Marineau, Rosie’s Place Outreach Director.  “He worked with us every step of the way to be sure we got the outcome we wanted.  He and his committee did all the leg work, purchased all the items, painted, assembled all the shelving and display materials, and got the washer and dryer delivered and set up.  The value of their efforts probably doubled what we could have done had they just given us money.”Students from Olympia High School’s Interact Club, a Rotary sponsored service club, help paint Cindy’s Closet.The commercial washer and dryer accounted for more than half the grant budget, but clearly was a good investment.  “It is used all day, every day,” says Keylee.  “By having it in an accessible area, our kids can use it any time it is free, unlike the old place where they needed to find a staff member to unlock and relock the room.  They love it.”Kadi Townsend, CYS Director of Administrative Services, called the project amazing.  “It came at a perfect time for us,” she said.  “Having Brian and the Rotary committee just take over that room and make it exactly what we wanted freed up a lot of time and resources we could dedicate to other aspects of the move into the new building.In addition to Rosie’s Place Drop-In Center and Street Outreach, the Youth Center also features an all new Young Adult Center and Gravity High School, a program to help drop-out students complete GED requirements and otherwise expand their educational opportunities.last_img read more

Mark Your Calendar for Olympia Third Thursday, February 21, 2019

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceDowntown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of local culture, art, food, music, and unique shopping experiences.Participating businesses give special Third Thursday discounts, extend happy hours and hold artist receptions. The streets are all set to live music from buskers and the mood is vibrant. Whether you make it a date night, a fun outing with friends or a family adventure, there is so much to discover downtown.A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and win! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game.Here are a few businesses that are participating this month:Three Magnets — Mention you’re in for Third Thursday and receive three 5 oz beer tasters!Budd Bay Bargains Too! Grand Opening at the Estate Store – The Estate Store is expanding its clothing section with a large selection of vintage and gently worn stylish clothing!Captain Little – Join Captain Little for sips & treats, and enjoy a night in community with downtown Olympia!Dillinger’s Cocktail Kitchen – Come imbibe on Third Thursday with Happy Hour extended until 8 p.m.!Batdorf & Bronson Coffee RoastersGallery BoomBittersweet ChocolatesHoly Lamb OrganicsRadiance Herbs & MassageCompass RoseBelleza RopaVoyeur Cafe & LoungeWHAT: Olympia’s Third ThursdayWHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2019. The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.WHERE: Olympia’s Downtown.WHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or tcutts@downtownolympia.orgThank you to our Challenge Game sponsor, HomeStreet Bank!Thank you to our Third Thursday presenting sponsor, Providence!About the Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance does not discriminate in employment or the delivery of services and resources on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir reveals he was asked to plead guilty to Shane Watson elbowing incident…

first_imgAdvertisement b12yhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs56vjjvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3xi( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dpsWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚4emRoller skating! Powered by Firework Cricket and sledging go hand in hand and this becomes more interesting when the two best teams – India and Australia take on each other. Since Australia are famous for sledging and Indian players faced it many a time, former India payer Gautam Gambhir has recently revealed such kind of incident.Advertisement The incident took place during a Test match between Indian and Australia in Bangalore when former Australia captain Ricky Ponting tried to sledge him while fielding at silly point. He mocked Gambhir on his batting, citing that it had no spark.Advertisement “Ricky Ponting in 2008. When Anil Kumble was the captain, in that series where I got a double hundred. In the 1st test match at Bangalore, he said that I had not sent the world on fire while I was batting and he was fielding at silly point,” Gautam Gambhir told on Stars Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.However, Gautam Gambhir is known for his straight forward comments – be it on Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni’s cricketing career or the current situation in the country. He revealed how he shut Ricky Ponting down with his reply by reminding him of his poor show in India. Ponting failed to impress against India. In 14 Tests matches, he had an average of 26.48 and managed only 1 out his 41 Test century in India as well.Advertisement “And I said ‘Neither have you to be honest in India. You have been a bunny’. And his record says that as well that he has been a bunny in India.” Gambhir added.Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, had topped scored with 463 runs from 3 matches and also smashed a double hundred. He also spoke about his banter with former all-rounder Shane Watson during the same series. In the 3rd Test match in Delhi Gambhir elbowed Watson while taking a run after a verbal altercation.After that incident, Gambhir pleaded guilty to a charge of not conducting play “within the spirit of the game as well as within the laws of cricket” and he was banned for a Test match also. However, Gambhir has revealed that it wasn’t intentional and he agreed to admit it on the suggestion of the then-coach Gary Kirsten.“Shane Watson! And the reason is I didn’t do that intentionally. Actually, I got banned after that game. A lot of people say that I elbowed him, but I didn’t do that purposely. When I was going for the hearing to the match, Gary Kirsten told me to accept it as it is Chris Broad. He will give you the extra sympathy and he is not going to ban you. I went inside with Gary Kirsten and he asked if you accept your mistake. I said ‘Yes’ and he said you are banned,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020Steve Smith reveals why IPL is the ‘best tournament’ he’s been a part of! Advertisementlast_img read more

Open House at New School

first_imgThe New School of Monmouth County will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Located in Holmdel, The New School of Monmouth County is one of New Jersey’s has successfully educated scores of children since 1969. At The New School of Monmouth County small, multi-aged classrooms provide an intimate setting where students receive individualized attention from teachers, learn from each other, are responsible for each other, and gain a new perspective on what it means to belong to a group larger than just one’s peers. Leadership skills and empathy are learned from teaching younger children, and self-confidence develops from sharing with older students. Cooperation—an invaluable asset in today’s business world—is fostered from the moment the children start their education at The New School.The school utilizes project-based learning which takes into consideration the input of students. With this approach, students reach a deeper understanding of the subjects being taught and are often found exploring these subjects on their own accord long after the school day has ended. Project-based learning allows the children to be self-motivated thinkers who will look beyond the basic material that is placed before them.Children from The New School don’t have any assigned homework, so they have time after school for family togetherness and to do what children do best— which is play. This downtime is so often undervalued in our society, but provides young minds the opportunity to think freely, explore the world around them and use their imagination. For more information contact The New School at (732) 787-7900 or visit the school web site at read more

Holmdel Historic Cemetery Is Getting A Facelift

first_imgStory and photos by Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – At the Beau Ridge residential development on Laurel Avenue, one can park a car and walk across a footbridge over a stream, only to find a small hill with a cemetery, surrounded by condominiums.It is one of various family burial grounds one can find in Central Jersey, where the farm that once sat in place is now developed land, with the cemetery still, sometimes barely, hanging on. This one is the Hendricks Family Burial Ground, where members of among the township’s oldest families – Hendricks or Hendricksons, depending on the variation of the surname – were buried from about 1700 to 1950.Now, with the warmer weather here, work is continuing on restoring the 1-acre cemetery, where it is believed 99 are buried, but with only 63 graves that are marked.What happened to the cemetery was a combination of the land being sold by the Hendrickson family in about 1985, when it was then a horse farm, for the Beau Ridge development; the cemetery falling into disrepair; and, in 2010, the governing body of Beau Ridge residents hiring a company to clear the cemetery, according to Art Rittenhouse of Sayreville, one of the family members.The latter led to a lawsuit by the Hendricks and Hendrickson Family Association of New Jersey against Beau Ridge and various parties, Rittenhouse said. The litigation was settled in the last several months, for a confidential amount – “enough money” to rehabilitate the cemetery, Rittenhouse said.“I’m glad the destruction has stopped, the settlement made and the restoration started,” said Robert Hendrickson of Wall. Rittenhouse said it was “probably in the early ‘90s” the cemetery began falling into disrepair. In 1999, the family had a reunion and visited the cemetery, which “was a mess,” according to Hendrickson.Over the months, the cemetery has been cleaned, which remains a work in progress. In the last year or so, a wooden fence was put up as part of a Boy Scouts Eagle project, for example.The rehabilitation also includes clearing out vegetation, repositioning old gravestones, and putting in new, but historic-looking, gravestones.“We’re hoping for possibly September to have a rededication (of the cemetery),” Rittenhouse said.Lois Hendrickson Ketcham of Wall is a Hendricks-Hendrickson family member who does family history.“Doing family history, I’m proud how the family has been here from the beginning,” Ketcham said. “I don’t want to forget the past.”Although there is room for more burials, “we’re not planning on putting” more graves in, Rittenhouse said.Rittenhouse said it appears his roots through his maternal side go back to William Hendrickson, a founder of Holmdel. William and his brother, Daniel, another township founder, were buried at the cemetery in the early 1700s.Earlier this year, various family members visited cemetery together.“I’m very happy we’re all here today,” said Claire Hendrickson Waltsak of Wall. “I feel I’m made up of all these people buried here.“We’re still here,” Waltsak said. “I hope I make my founders proud.”last_img read more

New Cell Tower Raises Concerns in Little Silver

first_imgThe installation replaced and greatly increased the height of an aging tower of approximately 60 feet and will serve the borough’s emergency services and public works and the state police and county hotlines. Verizon, which had previously proposed a tower atop a downtown commercial building, instead funded the construction of the tower in exchange for a reduced rent for placing its antennas there. The estimated cost to install the tower, had the borough funded it, would have been $150,000. “It’s not a beautiful thing,” said Mayor Robert Neff. He added that he had tried to get the word out during the discussion and planning stages of the tower, but even he hadn’t expected the tower to be quite so prominent.Prior to the installation, the police chief said he had brought an independent company in to do a study on the potential health effects associated with the tower. “The fact that our governing body thought this was the best look is insane,” Holmgren said. “At this point, I think what everyone wants is for Verizon to not be part of it. The second thing is, if they need to keep it erected then they need to make it prettier.” By Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER – Concerned residents are urging borough officials to find a way to rid their neighborhood of a newly erected cellular tower many of them deemed an eyesore and a potential health concern.During a workshop and council meetings that lasted late into Monday night, angry residents lambasted the mayor and council for agreeing to let Verizon install a bulky cellular tower close to residents’ homes and Markham Place School – and for not accurately notifying them of what the new construction would entail.“I support a regular communications tower for the safety of our town,” said Alicia Holmgren, a borough resident whose property is 200 feet from the tower. “But that is not for the safety of our town at all. That is for Verizon and that is for revenue. I’m very disappointed in every single person who looked at those plans and thought that this was a good decision.”Verizon installed the 95-foot communications tower Wednesday, May 17 as part of an upgrade meant to address some of the “dead spots” in town that had been an ongoing issue for first responders, according to Chief of Police, Daniel Shaffery. Yet residents were less thrilled with the savings and more worried about the safety, aesthetics and location of the tower. Several pointed out the unknown health risks associated with radio waves and how that could affect children at the school or in the homes nearby, while others said their property values would suffer from the proximity. Most, including the mayor and council, agreed that the tower was ugly.center_img Residents who measured the distance of the tower from their yards and homes said it was built 448 feet from Markham Place School and about 80 feet from homes with children.June 2015 photo of the Little Silver Town Hall with former cellphone tower.Holmgren, who spoke to a lawyer, said she suspected the town was buying time, and that once Verizon goes live at the tower there would be no way to get it turned off. “I’m trying to get an emergency meeting scheduled for next week so we can plead our case one more time before the tower is turned on,” she said. “We work here,” Shaffery said. “Obviously, that was a concern of ours. If it was built by me (my house) I’d probably be upset about it as well. But we do work here and there is nothing definitive that says this causes (health problems).”Neff and members of the borough council agreed to move forward with residents’ requests to pay an independent third party to monitor radio waves from the tower to ensure they are within the limits agreed upon with Verizon. They also agreed to have the borough attorney look over the contract with Verizon to find out what the penalties would be to sever ties with the company. Holmgren, who started the Facebook group “Little Silver Citizens Against the Cell Tower” in hopes of getting more people involved, said she and others felt misled by the public information that had been released about the tower and disappointed in the decision-making that lead to it. One example, she noted, was a plan approved in Sea Bright where the cell tower and base resemble a sailboat mast and lifeguard stand.Borough officials were not sure what options were available, but assured residents they would explore their concerns and requests.“Please come back to the next meeting,” said Councilman Dane Mihlon, who noted that many of these discussions had happened before, but with less public participation. “I really wish you were all here a year ago.”“We’ll try to be responsive,” Neff added. “Honestly, I don’t think any of us expected this. We’ll see if there’s something that can be done.”This article was first published in the May 25-June 1, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Bombers Rugby salutes year end winners

first_imgThe end of the school term means time to hand out athletic awards at L.V. Rogers High School.Two Bombers garnering top honours were Grade 12 players Simon Yole and Simon Yole and Mariah Maglio. Yole, powerful, high work rate, durable and commited, captured the Most Valuable Player award for the Bombers Rugby side.Yole also was the Commissioner’s Winner at B.C. High School Rugby Championships in Abottsford.Meanwhile, on the girl’s circuit, Maglio topped the awards by winning the Most Valuable Player for the Bombers.Maglio was the leading scorer with amazing speed and gifted offensive abilities.Other award winners for the Bombers Rugby include Rookie of the Year: Emma Schrader and Jef Vreys while Tiffany Markin and Brandon Sagal were Coaches Award winners.last_img read more