Foundation Funds Mobile Apple Classroom for RBR

first_imgLittle Silver – The Red Bank Regional Education Foundation recently presented the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Board of Education with a check for more than $28,000 to fund a mobile Apple classroom for the school district’s world language classes.The funds will purchase a mobile IPad cart equipped with 35 iPads and three MacBooks with a two-year protection program and a voucher to purchase apps that foster the acquisition of foreign language. The new Apple Mobile classroom is expected to be operational in September.“This level of accessibility into other cultures and languages is completely unprecedented,” said RBR Assistant Principal Will Smith, who researched the program on behalf of the foundation.The Apple classroom enables students to interact in the language they are learning in task-based activities such as reserving a hotel room, obtaining weather forecasts or driving directions. Research suggests that the authentic use of language in this way serves as a boon to the language acquisition process.In addition, the Apple classroom will also connect student and staff with foreign language newspapers, pronunciation programs, videos, podcasts, classrooms from other countries and streaming online radio.“The foundation is delighted to fund this very valuable educational tool,” said Paul Noglows, foundation president. “Students will hold in their hands a dynamic new means of participating in a language lesson, thus encouraging a truly collaborative instructional model. Also, since all students at RBR are required to take a world language, this grant will potentially positively impact the entire student body.”Over the past few years, the education foundation has funded nearly $100,000 in grants that have a direct positive impact upon the classrooms, students and faculty of RBR.Additional information about the foundation is available on it’s webpage at http://rbrhs.org/Community/EF/default.aspx or by emailing RBR.Ed.Found@comcast.net.last_img read more

Little Library a Big Plus for Highlands Readers

first_imgBy John Burton HIGHLANDS – Books and reading are important to Christine Mihok.When Super Storm Sandy blasted through Highlands last October, severely damaging the borough’s small, modest library and putting its future in jeopardy, Mihok found a way to bring books to Highlands readers.With the support of the borough council, Mihok established the Little Free Library on Waterwitch Avenue, making books available through an honor system.Highlands Borough Councilwoman Tara Ryan, left, and Christine Mihok stand next to the Little Free Library on Waterwitch Avenue.The name is something of a misnomer for those who think of a “library” as a structure with books, videos, magazines and a librarian. The “library” in this case is more akin to a large home mailbox or birdfeeder. It sits atop a cement post in front of the Water Witch Coffee and Tea Company, 67 Waterwitch Ave.The borough re-established its public library about 2 ½ years ago, operating out of the community center, at the corner of Snug Harbor Avenue and Beach Boule­vard, and independently of the county library system. Borough Councilwoman Tara Ryan described it as “a really old fashioned library. Well used and well loved.” It relied on old-school card catalogs and the efforts of volunteers like Mihok.But, the library was devastated by the storm. Flooding caused considerable damage to the entire community center. “We’re not sure if we’re going to rebuild,” Ryan said.Mihok, a lover of books and reading, stepped up, Ryan said Mihok read about the Little Free Library program, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based not-for-profit organization, and applied for a grant the program offers to get one for the community and was awarded one of the “libraries.”The mission of Little Free Library is to promote literacy, a love of reading and a sense of community worldwide by establishing free book exchanges, according to the organization’s website.Little Free Library organization is looking to establish 2,510 of their libraries to match – and exceed – the number of libraries built by Andrew Carnegie. It has established little libraries around the country and around the world, including in Africa and Australia.“The whole idea is to put them in areas where people don’t have easy access to libraries,” Mihok said.Mihok, her husband and Kenny Haber, who owns the Baking Company located in the same building as the coffee and tea company, installed the library box after it was delivered in late April. It’s painted in bright colors, has a door that closes to keep out the rain and is decorated with artwork reflecting the seashore. It can hold about 3 dozen books.“It’s adorable,” Ryan said.Since starting, about 300 books have moved in and out of the library in a box, according to Ryan and Mihok.“It is potluck,” as to which books someone will find as people pick up one and drop off another, Ryan noted.Mihok has been advising people to drop off titles that area schools recommend to students for summer reading.Ryan said a local 12 year old, who has been coming by since the Little Free Library was installed, told her, “It’s like magic,” the way new books keep coming.Monika Ivy, a Highlands resident, stopped by earlier in the week with her 5-year-old daughter, Devon, to exchange books.They pass the library every day on their way to and from Highlands Elementary School with Devon regularly exchanging books.“You know, you go to Barnes & Noble and you buy the kids books and they read them and they’re not that interested in them that long,” Ivy said. “I think this is awesome. I think when I finish my book I’ll put it in there.”Mihok lives in Phila­delphia, Pa., and grew up in Atlantic Highlands. She continues to feel a connection to the area, especially to its libraries, remembering the role the Atlantic Highlands library once played in her childhood when she went there on Saturdays with her mother. “It was our day out,” she said.Ryan sees the Little Free Library as a viable way for residents who don’t have transportation or Internet access or e-readers to go to a brick-and-mortar library to get books into their hands.“When books are right there, you don’t need a library card,” she said.Mihok hopes to get another library box to put on the other side of town to make it more accessible for those living there.last_img read more

Saints finally find offensive stride in blowout win over UFV…

first_imgBy the time the dust settled the Saints pummeled the beleaguered squad from Fraser Valley  7-1, their biggest offensive output and most lopsided win to date. Leading the way for the Saints was rookie defenceman Caleb Roy with three goals and one assist and rookie forward Burhan Pourmokhtari with three assists. Other multi point earners were Scott Jago with a goal and assist and Josh Mace with two assists. Spenser Wong earned the first star nod with 38 saves. Both teams faced off again on Sunday at the Castlegar Complex and the game was a dead heat through two periods of play. The Saints offense was on fire again as they managed five goals over the first two stanzas but UFV managed to keep pace with five of their own. With a shorthanded bench due to suspension and injury, the Saints ran out of steam as UFV added four third period markers to seal a 9-5 victory.  Caleb Roy had another big game with three assists as did Brendan Madlung with two goals and one assist. Travis Herlein earned two goals while Scotty Traverse and Devon Nazaroff contributed with two helpers each. Todd Hoodicoff took the loss in goal for the Saints after he was peppered with 48 shots. The Saints will host Trinity Western University for their final two games of the season. Game times are Friday, February 25 at 6:45pm at the Nelson and District CC and Saturday, February 26 at 7:30pm at the Castlegar Complex. The Selkirk Saints men’s hockey team welcomed the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) to town for a pair of games this past weekend.With both teams out of the playoff race and near even in the standings, the stage was set for a battle on all fronts.  A battle it was but from opposite perspectives and as UFV kept racking up penalty minutes, the Saints replied with goals….. and a lot of them. last_img read more

Skiing is simple

first_imgYou stand balanced on the center of the turning ski and pressure it through the turn. At the end of the turn, you switch to the other foot and repeat. You do this on mellow slopes, on steep slopes, in open bowls, in trees, on sunny days and on days you can’t seek the forest for the snow.That’s it. You balance on a ski sliding down a hill.Skiing is simple.I’m only half jesting. Watch a great skier on the hill and notice how they seem to simply stand on their ski riding down the hill. In essence, they are doing just that.The trick to balancing lies in remaining centered and using the whole of the ski’s running surface against the snow. This holds true for any skier at any ability level.Think about it for a second. Running across the ice of a frozen pond, it’s hard to keep your balance. Try to make a quick turn and, boom, you’re down. Running across a field, it’s easy. Run across the same field when it’s wet and it’s easy until you have to turn or stop. Then you have same problems as on the pond. Not in the same extreme manner as on ice, but the control and effort to stay upright falls somewhere between the dry field and ice. If your runners have cleats, you grip the wet grass and turn with ease. If you put on a pair of skates to cross the pond, it’s a piece of cake. Zip.Think about the skates on the pond. It’s easier to skate when you engage the skates against the ice. Just wobbling along trying to stay upright is difficult. Push and glide, the effort returns a semblance of balance. You engage the skate blade with the ice. Stay balanced over the skate and you remain upright. Go too far forward or too far back and boom, you’re down. Plop. Sounds a lot like skiing.Sounds a lot like surfing and skateboarding too.Sounds like any athletic activity. To stay upright, you remain centered. You stay engaged in the action.Go back to a wedge. Find a mellow slope and make a few turns. Watch how to start the turn in a wedge, you have to engage the uphill ski early, before it starts to turn or move into the fall line. To be smooth, you stand on it evenly and glide the ski all the way through in big sweeping “C” shaped turns until it is running across the hill and then step on the other ski, the uphill ski and repeat the effort. As you ski along, still in a wedge, watch how easy it is to turn if you keep turning. In other words, stepping from one turn to the next like you are running down stairs. Never let the ski run in a traverse. Starting a turn out of a traverse becomes more difficult.Now speed up the turns.What happens?Your skis match, go parallel. The parallel turn is a natural extension of the wedge turn.When someone makes a wedge turn, they use the non-turning ski, the ski riding on the inside of the turn, for balance like training wheels on a bike. Once you stand comfortably on the turning or outside ski, you don’t need that inside ski for balance. The faster you go, the more the outside ski grips and the less you need the inside ski for balance.As on a bike, a certain amount of speed is your friend. Gravity pulls us down the hill. A turning ski is working against gravity and converting gravity into turning motion. The more turns you make, the slower  you go. More turns means more of the acceleration of gravity has been co-opted into turns.See. It’s really simple. Stand on the ski. Make lots of turns. Control your speed.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based writer.last_img read more

Nelson native Doug Agnew honoured by Milwaukee Admirals

first_imgFormer Nelson native and L.V. Rogers grad Doug Agnew was honoured Friday by the Milwaukee Admirals on his 2,000th game as team trainer and his 25th season with the team.Agnew, who was raised in Nelson and attended Trafalgar and L.V. Rogers High Schools, has been the Athletic Trainer for the Admirals since 1989 when he was assigned to the team as a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization.The ceremony, that included Agnew’s wife Melanie and son Sanden, saw the Selkirk College graduate receive congratulations from Nashville Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton, former Admiral great Tony Hrkac and former Admirals Head Coach and General Manager Phil Wittliff before the AHL contest between Milwaukee and Lake Erie Monsters.last_img

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH TO APPEAR BETWEEN RACES AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27; OFFICIALLY LICENSED T-SHIRTS HONORING FIRST TRIPLE CROWN WINNER IN 37 YEARS TO BE GIVEN AWAY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 17, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, who will return to his Santa Anita base Thursday morning, will make a public appearance between races at The Great Race Place on Gold Cup at Santa Anita Day, Saturday, June 27, it was announced today.“We want to again thank American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat and his trainer, Bob Baffert, for being so incredibly generous in sharing this horse with fans from coast to coast,” said Santa Anita Chairman, Keith Brackpool. “We look forward to American Pharoah’s return home here to Santa Anita on Thursday and we’re excited to be able to present him to the public on June 27. It should make for a tremendous day for those joining us on-track and on television throughout the world.”In addition to a blockbuster card that will include the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes and the Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes, all fans will receive an officially licensed “American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion” T-shirt, free with paid admission and Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club membership. (Thoroughbreds Club signups will be available, free of charge, at all T-shirt distribution locations).First post time on June 27 is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For more information on American Pharoah’s appearance between races, or to make dining and seating reservations, please visit santaanita.com/featured-events/. SANTA ANITA-BASED ‘PHAROAH’ TO RETURN HOME ON THURSDAY MORNING FROM LOUISVILLElast_img read more

Bearkats Rally to Claim Southland Regular Season Title

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas – A ninth-inning rally and an extra-inning home run was just what the doctor ordered for the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Thursday night, securing the outright 2018 Southland Conference championship with a 5-4 win in 10 innings over UIW at Sullivan Field.UIW (29-24, 13-15 SLC) starter Bernie Martinez baffled the Kats (36-18, 22-6 SLC) for eight innings and entered the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead; however, Jack Rogers delivered a two-run single in the ninth with Sam Houston down to its last out and an inning later Hunter Hearn delivered a leadoff home run to put Sam Houston in front for good.The win secures the sixth regular season Southland title for Sam Houston in program history and clinches the No. 1 overall seed in next week’s SLC Tournament in Sugar Land with two games remaining in the regular season. The game-tying hit was the only hit of the night for Rogers, who finished with three RBI in the game. In all the Bearkats would be out-hit by the Cardinals, 10-8, but only three of those UIW hits came in the final four innings. That was thanks in large part in thanks to reliever Gabriel Sequeira who shut UIW out for 3.1 frames with four strikeouts on his way to picking up his fifth victory of the season.That came in relief of Nick Mikolajchak who gave the Kats 5.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Dakota Mills closed it out with the final three outs of the game, picking up his 14th save of the year and moving him into sole possession of second place in the SHSU record book in single-season saves.For UIW, Martinez took a no-decision despite being just one out away from his fourth complete game of the year. he struck out seven and allowed seven hits, but it was Cody Allen who fell to 2-5 with the loss after surrendering the go-ahead homer to Hearn in the 10th.The Kats got on the board first, plating a run in the second inning off of Martinez. Singles by Clayton Harp and Eric Bohnertset it up with Harp coming in to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Chase Cryer.Mikolajchak kept the Kats out in front until the fourth when the Cardinals erupted for three runs off the Bearkat starter. Consecutive singles to open up the inning and UIW tied it up on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eddy Gonzalez. It looked as though the Kats would get out of the frame still tied at 1-1, but Christian Gonzalez put UIW up 3-1 with a two-out, two-run double.Sam answered with a run an inning later on a sacrifice fly by Rogers, and could have had more except for a great play by Cardinal center fielder Ridge Rogers on a fly ball in center field off of the bat of Andrew Fregia that ended the inning. The Kats gave that run right back in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out error that allowed Rogers to score.Sequeira then entered with two outs in the sixth inning and picked up the first of his four strikeouts, getting the final three when he struck out the side in the eighth inning to give the Kats a chance in the ninth.Needing two runs to keep things going, Ben Haefner got the Kats the base runner they were looking for when he led off the inning with a pinch-hit walk. But Martinez would get the next two hitters out, putting the Cardinals just one out away from a win that would have essentially secured a spot in next week’s SLC Tournament.But Gavin Johnson then came up big for Sam, extending the game with a pinch-hit single and the Kats got even closer one batter later when Martinez hit Blake Chisolm to load the bases for Rogers. The freshman then came through with the big hit of the game, lining an 0-1 pitch back up the middle to plate a pair of runs, tying the game and pushing it into extra innings.Things did not last much longer as Hearn unknotted the game against Allen, blasting his eighth homer of the year over the left-field fence to put the Kats up 5-4. Sam Houston had a chance to add on, but three more UIW relievers managed to get the Cardinals back to the plate. But in the bottom of the inning Mills got it done, putting one runner on with two outs before punching out Christian Rodriguez on three pitches for the game’s final out. Courtesy of Sam Houston State Athleticslast_img read more

NSU’s Perry, UCA’s Sanchez Named Southland Softball Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Alexis Perry is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, while Central Arkansas’ Rio Sanchez is the Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. All Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Perry claims the weekly hitting honor after eight hits on 16 plate appearances through six contests for Northwestern State. In addition to a pair of home runs, the freshman also registered a .875 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage for the week.Sanchez marked a stellar week for Central Arkansas recording wins in both of her appearances and holding opponents to a .063 batting average. The sophomore allowed no runs across 10 innings pitched and twirled a no-hitter in her opening game of the week. Both awards are the first of the season for each recipient.Softball Hitter of the Week – Alexis Perry, Northwestern State – C – Fr. – Wylie, TexasPerry continued her impressive freshman season with eight hits and eight RBI in six games this week. The freshman cranked a three-run home run against Fairleigh Dickinson that broke a scoreless tie. Her two-RBI single against Houston Baptist also served as the Lady Demon’s first runs of the game. In Northwestern State’s second win over HBU, the Wylie, Texas, product had a pair of RBI as part of five-run NSU inning that extended a 1-run lead for the Lady Demons. Seven of her 8 RBI came against Fairleigh Dickinson and Houston Baptist.Honorable Mention: Kali Clement, Nicholls; Bobbi Smith, Southeastern Louisiana; Kaylyn Shpeherd, Central Arkansas; Justyce McClain, McNeese; Heidi Jaquez, Houston Baptist.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas – So. – Erie, Colo.Rio Sanchez was dominant in her two starts this week, holding opponents scoreless across 10 innings. The sophomore tossed a no-hitter, the second of her career, Wednesday against Arkansas – Pine Bluff, striking out nine of 15 batters along the way. She followed that performances up with a complete game two-hit shutout victory over Jackson State Monday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Samantha Guile, Northwestern State; Amber Coons, McNeese; Elliot Estes, Houston Baptist.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ANIMOSITY & LYNNE’S LEGACY PROMINENT IN MARATHON GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA BARBARA STAKES

first_imgCAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ANIMOSITY & LYNNE’S LEGACY PROMINENT IN MARATHON GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA BARBARA STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2019)–In a race devoid of any clear-cut standout, trainer Eric Kruljac’s Causeforcommotion, Paddy Gallagher’s Animosity and Doug O’Neill’s Lynne’s Legacy loom prominently among a field of six fillies and mare three and up going a mile and one half on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at Santa Anita.A close second in last year’s Santa Barbara, Causeforcommotion went to the sidelines following a win here in the mile and one quarter turf Possibly Perfect Stakes June 3 and didn’t resurface until running third, beaten 3 ¾ lengths, in a mile turf classified allowance on April 14.In her second start of the year, Animosity, who was second in the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes in her third career start on June 9, 2018, was an impressive 1 ¾ length gate to wire winner of a 1 1/8 mile turf allowance on April 7 and could be sitting on a huge effort Saturday.Lynne’s Legacy would appear to be coming off the best race, as she was third, beaten one length, in the Grade III, mile and one quarter turf Santa Ana Stakes on March 30.Guiliana, a French-bred trained by Leonard Powell, showed ample promise, running a close second behind Animosity in her U.S. debut here on April 7 and would appear to have considerable upside.CAUSEFORCOMMOTIONOwner:  E. Dunham, Eric Kruljac, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker and D. & S. YipTrainer:  Eric KruljacA 5-year-old mare by the Dynaformer stallion Americain, Animosty’s only other graded stakes experience came in last year’s Santa Barbara, a race in which she attended the pace and finished second, beaten a half length.  With a recent race under her belt, she’s the likely favorite on Sunday as she’ll be reunited with Geovanni Franco, who was aboard in last year’s Santa Barbara and in his most recent pairing with her, guided her to victory in the ungraded Possible Perfect Stakes two starts back in June of 2018.ANIMOSITYOwner:  Eclipse Thoroughbred PartnersTrainer:  Paddy GallagherA sharp gate to wire classified allowance winner going 1 1/8 miles on turf April 7, this 4-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom was completely dominant on the front end and appears poised to bring forth another big effort as she stretches out three furlongs in the Santa Barbara, which will be her third start of the year. With three wins from eight starts, she, like the remainder of the field, is looking for her first graded stakes victory.LYNNE’S LEGACYOwner:  Maureen Richardson, Ritchie Robershaw & Terri Tucker          Trainer:  Doug O’NeillThird, beaten 5 ¾ lengths in the Grade III, mile and one half turf Astra Stakes three starts back on Jan. 20, this 6-year-old California-bred mare by Unusual Heat was most recently third, beaten a length, in the Grade III Santa Ana Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf March 30. Although her resume is devoid of a graded stakes win, she’s been consistent over parts of five racing seasons and if she gets a fast pace to run at, looms a very serious threat on Saturday. With an overall mark of 32-5-3-6, she has career earnings of $330,131.GUILIANAOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Leonard PowellA close second going a mile and one eighth on turf in her U.S. debut April 7, this 5-year-old French-bred mare would appear to have considerable upside as she retains the services of a high-riding Flavien Prat. Despite breaking slowly, she was only beaten 1 ¾ lengths and was highly regarded at 5-2 in a field of five. Unplaced in a one mile turf Group III stakes in Italy four starts back on Sept. 23, 11 out of her 14 European starts came in Germany. In what will be her second start for Powell, the tote board would certainly merit a discerning look.THE GRADE III SANTA BARBARA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTAnimosity–Victor Espinoza–121                                          7-2Causeforcommotion–Geovanni Franco–121               9-5Kodiak West–Drayden Van Dyke–121                             6-1Lynne’s Legacy–Alonso Quinonez–121                            2-1Guiliana–Flavien Prat–121                                                      7-2Queen Bee to You–Ruben Fuentes–121                       15-1First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Spurs boss Pochettino urges Dier to fight for his place having been frozen out

first_imgTOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged out-of-favour midfielder Eric Dier to “fight for his place” in the starting XI.The England man has not started for Spurs since the 2-0 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool last season.1 Eric Dier has a fight on his hands to get back into the Tottenham starting XICredit: Rex FeaturesIt has led to transfer rumours that Dier could be on the way out of the club in January – with Manchester United believed to be one club interested.But Pochettino, who is coming under a bit of pressure himself in the hotseat, insists Dier’s career at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is far from over.Speaking to The Telegraph, Pochettino said: “It has been difficult [for Dier]. Of course it is tough for him.“He has to wait through training and then of course he has the opportunity. He has to try to fight for his place.“We have a big squad, I need to take the decision performance by performance. The plan is the plan.”We are going to assess the player and then make the decision.”Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerThe Daily Star reported how Manchester United are continuing to track out-of-favour Dier as they remain in the market for a holding midfielder.Solsjaer was priced out of moves for West Ham’s Declan Rice and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff this summer and could make a cut-price swoop for the Spurs man instead.Dier struggled throughout the last campaign with poor form and injuries and is yet to make a single appearance under Poch this year.last_img read more