Please enter your name here By Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceYou’ve heard it said before… in business, cash is king. But for firefighters and emergency medical technicians, speed is king. A fast response to a fire or traffic accident can save lives, property, and minimize injury. There is no substitute for arriving on the scene faster, and no better way to arrive faster than to be closer to the call for service in the first place. And in this regard, the firefighters and EMT’s at the Apopka Fire Department are world-class sprinters. Apopka Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale has employed a host of creative ideas to get his firefighters and EMT’s closer to the population centers of Apopka, and that involved more than just building new fire stations. In 2017, the AFD’s vision was to stay ahead of the imminent growth curve by investing in two additional fire stations – #5 and #6. But Station #5 would not be ready until 2018, and there is no projected date for #6, so Carnesale implemented a plan to set up temporary quarters for those two areas.Firefighters for Station No. 5 worked for weeks from a temporary location at the Northwest Recreation Complex that opened on December 3rd. Another temporary fire station – Station No. 6 – opened that same day at Florida Hospital Apopka’s new location off of Harmon and Ocoee Apopka roads. TAGSApopka Fire Chief Chuck CarnesaleApopka Fire DepartmentOrange County Fire Rescue Previous articleEarly voting turnout more than doubles 2016 in Orange County after four daysNext articleAAA Study: Uber and Lyft ride-hailing twice the cost of car ownership Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter “Chief Drozd and I would hate to see the improvements we’ve made between our two departments and the benefits for the residents in the contract area suffer from any possible misinformation or untruths typically seen on social media platforms without getting the proper information from the fire chiefs of both agencies. But ultimately, it’s all about response times. Yes, these new stations are not yet as busy as our other stations but the life-saving results are being seen for sure and will be seen for the residents of Northwest Orange County as well. It shows how serious we are about public safety and getting to people quickly that need help.” With Station #5 complete, and temporary Station #6 established, the attention turns to a deal that Carnesale and Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd III have been working on for about a year to expand the AFD’s reach to areas of unincorporated Northwest Orange County that are outside of the Apopka city limits. Areas that would be better served by Stations #2 and #5 than by the OCFE’s Station 29.“We’ve worked very hard over the last several months to come to a fair and equitable agreement that not only benefits the county residents but the city as well without affecting the services to our normal response areas,” said Carnesale. We recognize and respect the historical pride and independence of each other’s department’s but also realize it’s a plan like this that is best for the citizens we serve. The fire department is excited to get this opportunity once again to provide the fire and EMS service to this area. We have the resources available to not only provide services to the city residents but to this part of the county as well.”Carnesale points out two major benefits for the residents under Station 29’s coverage: There are also advantages for Apopka in this agreement. The Anatomy of Fear In addition to the property tax funds, Apopka will also receive ambulance transport fees, which are estimated to be over $500,000 for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The AFD will also have access to large water trucks owned by Orange County that are in Northwest Orange County.Carnesale also points out the improved working relationship between the two agencies is a primary reason a deal like this could be struck. During his time as Apopka’s fire chief, Carnesale has earned a reputation as a change agent, but with change inevitably comes pushback. On social media sites, there has been criticism of the expansion of Stations 5 and 6, and now there is skepticism in regards to the AFD replacing Orange County’s Station 29. It’s a concern to Carnesale, but ultimately it’s to be expected, and Carnesale is focused on the most important factor facing a fire department. #5 was the first fire station opened in Apopka in 20 years. The staff includes 21 firefighters – seven for each of three shifts. Emergency vehicles include a fire engine, ambulance, and a rapid response squad truck that carries equipment for vehicle accidents and other emergencies.Fire Station #5 has significantly improved emergency response times to the largely residential areas of northwest Apopka and also handles vehicle accidents along Wekiva Parkway and State Road 429. The opening of Fire Station #5 and its proximity to the city’s newly constructed Brush Drive cuts an estimated six minutes off of emergency responses to Rock Springs Ridge, Oak Ridge, Wekiva Run and other nearby neighborhoods. “Obviously, our growth in city limits is to the north and Station #5 is perfectly set to handle those demands,” said Carnesale. “Response times have reduced by more than 50% from where they were before Station #5. Housing developments are springing up everywhere. Fire Station #5 will serve this community well, cut down on response times, and save lives.” Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 1. More options, more backup and faster response times – “Currently, they have five firefighters, one ambulance, and one fire truck at station 29,” said Carnesale. “With station 2 and 5 covering them, they will have 12 firefighters, three fire trucks and four ambulances readily available for their area and several additional ambulances and fire trucks from the other Apopka stations that could get to the contract area if needed much quicker than the current county backup units.”2. More public outreach and safety programs – “County residents in the contract area will also benefit from the many public relations programs we provide such as the smoke detector give away program, collection of biohazard sharps boxes at any Apopka station, and the capability of scheduling their child’s birthday party at an Apopka fire station which is one of the biggest things the public enjoys about our community outreach programs,” he said. “Fire station 1 is our busiest station. When those trucks are out on another call, if station 6 wasn’t in service, the next closest trucks are coming from fire station 2 on Welch Road or Station 4 in Plymouth to get to the southwest part of town including the hospital area and the Emerson Park and other neighborhoods off of McCormick Road which are also in the city. We have several layers of redundancy built into our response plans that benefit all residents.” Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 “Relations between the AFD and OCFR fire have never been greater than they are now,” he said. “Over the last two years, we’ve worked great together. Apopka’s been assisting Orange County in joint response areas and doing whatever they need when they call us on for assistance. The dynamics between the two agencies are totally different now. It will be nice to know that if we have a catastrophic event, either agency will be there to help the other.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here In the temporary Fire Station #6, the AFD converted a 2,000 square foot construction trailer and additional space on the hospital property into a temporary fire station that will house nine firefighters (three at a time working 24-hour shifts), and a fire truck until Fire Station #6 is completed. According to Carnesale, and research done by The Apopka Voice, this may well be the only fire station operating on a hospital property anywhere in the United States.Carnesale is pleased with the partnership and the location – which is nearby to the actual Fire Station #6 site.“It gives us quicker response times to three major roadways (the 429, 415 and the 451),” he said. “It can be challenging to get to accident scenes on those roads, but with a station at the hospital, we will have quicker response times. Adding station 6 has also given the residents in the southwest area of the city a tremendous reduction in response times as well.”Carnesale also points out how thin the AFD would be spread without the additional stations. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Farm Loan Delinquencies Increase, But Remain Historically Low New research shows farm loan delinquencies remain historically low. Several years of persistently low net farm income, collapsing levels of working capital, and rising debt, has sparked concern regarding the overall health of the farm economy. However, Agricultural Economic Insights shows that at the end of 2018, delinquencies rates for non-real estate farm loans totaled 1.84 percent. After reaching a low of 0.7 percent in 2014, the measure has trended higher over the last five years, and current levels are at the highest levels since 2011. However, data compiled since 1987 shows the current level of 1.84 percent remains below the 32-year average of 2.26 percent, and current levels are well below the increase in delinquencies observed in 2009, which peaked at 3.15 percent.Further, the delinquencies rate on non-real estate farm loans remains lower than levels experienced during the 1990s and early 2000s. The research concludes that the increase seen over last several years came from historically low levels, attributing to the still below average rate. Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Loan Delinquencies Increase, But Remain Historically Low Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleResurvey of Planted Acres to Provide Clearer Crop EstimatesNext articleU.S. Trade Uncertainty Continues, but Hope for Japan Deal is Up NAFB News Service By NAFB News Service – Jul 9, 2019
Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter NewsLimerick charity CEO appeals for earthquake supportBy John Keogh – May 7, 2015 831 TAGSDavid DaltonlimerickNepal earthquakePlan IrelandRaheen Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Previous article€20 million Limerick social housing projectsNext articleMan critical injured following Limerick assault John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Raheen native is appealing to people in Limerick and Ireland to support the charity’s relief efforts in Nepal, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 that has killed an estimated 7,500 people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We have 250 Nepalese staff there, thankfully all 250 of them are ok; we’ve been very lucky. At the moment the main focus is on providing people with shelter. Approximately 350,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed so people are literally in the streets.“We’re also facing into the Monsoon season in about six weeks, so getting people at least covered is a huge priority. The rebuilding operation will take years, so at the moment a lot of our work is on providing tents and shelters,” Mr Dalton told the Limerick Post.He explained that the charity is also working to provide people in the affected areas with adequate water and sanitation, and hot food and cooking facilities.Mr Dalton added that the main focus of the charity’s work is on children, including child protection, and the Nepalese team is assisting in the reunification of families and protecting children from the ongoing problem of child trafficking in Northern India and Nepal.Plan International is also trying to provide children in the affected areas with some normality by opening up schools.“All of the schools in Nepal will be closed until May 15, but in the affected areas the schools have been destroyed. We’re trying to open up educational spaces to get the children back learning, get them back into a routine and spending time with their friends. This is very important as if children miss out on a year of education it can have a detrimental effect,” Mr Dalton said.Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to www.plan.ie, or Freephone 1800 829 829. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival David Dalton, Plan Ireland CEO, pictured in GuineaDavid Dalton, Plan Ireland CEO, pictured in Guinea LIMERICK man David Dalton, who is CEO of international charity Plan Ireland, says that rebuilding the 350,000 buildings destroyed in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake “will take years”. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
HR strategy forumOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Thedilemma: I am the HR director of a large local authorityresponsible for the full range of statutory local government services,including education and social services. It employs more than 15,000 people. Theauthority is outside the Home Counties region, and generally doesn’t experiencerecruitment difficulties. However, like all authorities, we are suffering fromthe falling trend in young people seeking careers in social care. Indeed,figures show there is a downturn of around 40 per cent in applications forprofessional social work courses. We also know from our personnel data andtrends in local government, that the composition of the workforce is imbalancedtowards older age groups. TheHR function is structured so that each service area has a dedicated HR teamheaded by an HR manager. I work closely with these HR managers as a team to setthe strategic direction for the council, and with individual managers todevelop strategic solutions to operational problems. Oneof my HR managers sits on the management board for a department responsible forsocial care services to the local community. The management board is currentlyseeking solutions to the pressures placed upon these services by demographictrends. These will lead to rising demand for social care services and higherexpectations from both the community and the Government, despite the dearth ofmoney and the lack of appropriately qualified staff. Theservices under particular strain are those for the vulnerable young and forolder people, which are suffering from high workloads and difficulties inrecruiting qualified staff. The management team is hoping to devise a plan forthe next three years to address these problems, and is looking to its HRspecialist for a major contribution. Myrole is to support my colleague and take a strategic approach to theseproblems. What would you advise me to focus on?Solution1 By Dilys Winn is HR director, Gloucestershire County CouncilFroma strategic perspective, the trick here is not to fall into the trap of tryingto deal with the whole problem as a series of ‘quick fixes’. I suggest thatwhile you seek to solve immediate problems, your strategy must have alonger-term focus. Step1Work with the management team to address the immediate difficulties, andconsider better, more effective ways of working. Decide whether currentarrangements could be streamlined, if technology could help to reduceadministrative burdens, and whether managers are organising workloads in the mostsensible way.Step2Consider your recruitment and retention strategies. In the competition forscarce workers, does your organisation attract or repel good people? Look atthe recruitment arrangements: are they modern, quick and user-friendly? Do youpay a market rate? Even in a relatively easy labour market, you need to keeppace. Are staff properly supported when they work for you? Make sure people arenot leaving as fast as you are recruiting them, and look for people withpotential and then train them.Step3 Then address the medium-term. Consider options such as getting themanagement team to consider partnership as a way to deliver services by sharingscarce resources, growing your own people through the use of bursaries andtraining schemes, and – most difficult of all – challenging them to think aboutusing staff who have not progressed through traditional training routes.Step4Create a longer-term approach by developing a proper workforce plan. Take asnapshot of your workforce at present, including skills, age and potential.Develop a picture with the management team of the service in the future, andthen consider with them what the workforce profile must become to deliver it.Step5Your role must then be to address the gaps and devise a plan to get yourworkforce into a position where they have the capacity to meet the future needsof the business. This is likely to include development programmes, addressingtraditional management hierarchies and breaking through professionalstereotypes. Solution2 By Jim Matthewman is a worldwide partner, Mercer HR ConsultingThereare three key issues to be addressed; the immediate shortfall in attractingsocial care staff, the overload on existing workers (likely to affectretention), and the far wider question of addressing the rebalance of theworkforce going forward. Step1The immediate need in social care could be used as a pilot for the widerissue, and in doing so would be likely to gain better buy-in from stakeholdersfor a revised council-wide people strategy, rather than a knee-jerk demand toraise pay levels.Step2How well do you attract qualified talent? Could this be improved throughbetter implementation of flexible working arrangements and key worker housingand career prospects, and by loosening up the succession process to providemore opportunities for would-be candidates? Step3Preview your partnership arrangements with third-party community agencies.Together, you could deliver services differently, attract alternative fundingand provide a means to ‘piggyback’ existing employees and community staff intothe new Government professional social work qualifications.Step4I would also recommend a business review of your social care requirementsfor the next three to five years. This must include an analysis of your currentand required capabilities in employees and local management. You would needCabinet agreement for the department to specifically focus on high-risk groups,such as older people and the vulnerable young (who are likely vote winners),and in doing so, you would ensure that sufficient resource is re-allocated. Step5The study should provide an opportunity to step back and review whether thecurrent organisation structure is effective, and how operational processes(including better absence management and staff and caseload utilisation) couldbe streamlined to lift some of the workload. Theoutcome should be a clear business case for ‘smarter working’, but one which providesa sustainable model going forward.Allof the above should form part of a new blueprint for a wider people strategywhich aims to re-position the council as an innovative, leading localgovernment employer of choice, focusing on outstanding community service andunderstanding what really motivates the workforce. Onlythen will it start to attract the younger talent it yearns. TheHR Strategy Forum, which is supported by some of the industry’s mostexperienced people (see below), is Personnel Today’s major new initiative tohelp readers become more strategic in their day-to-day operations. Overthe coming months, Personnel Today will give a unique, developmentalopportunity to hone your strategic skills using a wide range of HR scenarios submittedby senior HR professionals. Each week, our panel of experienced practitionersand consultants will provide solutions to a typical strategic HR dilemma. Youcan get involved by sending in your own problems, marked ‘strategic dilemmas’,to [email protected] Comments are closed.
Semenya’s tweet included a quote which referred to knowing when to walk away.One person replied to Semenya’s tweet saying “never give up” while another urged her to “fight until the end”.But Semenya posted another tweet shortly afterwards that read: “That’s me and will always be. I’m finished.”However, Athletics South Africa President Aleck Skhosana appeared to play down suggestions Semenya could quit by describing her as “an outstanding athlete who has a continuous hunger for great results”.Skhosana added: “We believe that Caster will shake off the world attention currently around her to give us another exceptional performance and give the world new topics to talk about.”Yesterday, Lord Coe, President of the IAAF, welcomed the Court of Arbitration’s decision to reject Semenya’s challenge against new rules from athletics’ governing body.Speaking in a news conference for today’s Diamond League meeting, he said: “It’s pretty straightforward. Athletics has two classifications, it has age and gender.“We are fiercely protective of both and I am really grateful the court of arbitration has upheld that principle.”Coe, who answered two questions on the subject before refusing to answer more and switching to the Diamond League, said there would be no delay in implementing the new regulations, despite CAS saying it had “serious concerns as to the future practical application” of them.It means Semenya – and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) – must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.Semenya is still eligible to compete at the Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday and can make an appeal against the CAS ruling to the Swiss Tribunal Courts within the next 30 days.Meanwhile, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, who fought and won a long battle over her own elevated levels of male sex hormones, said Semenya’s court defeat was “wrong”.“I feel sad for her – she has been made to suffer like me,” said Chand, who was cleared to compete last year after winning a court appeal against IAAF regulations.“I think she and her team will find a way out. She is an Olympic medallist and her country is behind her.”CShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Caster Semenya Fans have urged South African athlete Caster Semenya not to quit athletics after she posted a cryptic tweet following the loss of her appeal against regulations restricting testosterone levels in female runners.Semenya will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone level if she is to continue competing at 800m.The Olympic champion, 28, is confirmed for that distance in the Diamond League season opener in Doha today.
When Jeff Pearlman began doing research on a book he wanted to write about the Lakers’ “Showtime” era of the 1980s – it involved a two-year-process and about 300 interviews – someone asked him about whether the state of the current Lakers would make any difference in how the project was received.Meaning, would it be better if these Lakers were pointed toward another NBA title or if they were on a lull and about to miss the playoffs.“This was right after the Lakers got Dwight Howard (in August, 2012),” said Pearlman, the former Sports Illustrated writer and author of several New York Times’ best-selling books. “My thought was that if the Lakers were playing great, everyone would be celebrating how great this team was, and might overlook the book.“But, still, I didn’t want them to be this bad. This is kind of ridiculous. It doesn’t seem right that the Lakers are this terrible. It’s hard to watch. In “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” (Gotham Books, 482 pages, $30, released Tuesday),” Pearlman polishes off some gems we don’t believe we’ve read before, or couldn’t have known at all had he not traveled around the country to meet up again with those who lived it first hand.Pearlman explains not just the process, but how the final product produces a whole new level of understanding about that Lakers’ run that produced five NBA titles between the time Jerry Buss took over the team from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 until Magic Johnson’s first retirement in 1991:Q: How did someone like you, a kid growing up in New York in the 1980s, view the Lakers and “Showtime” from all those miles away? Was it as big as a Springsteen concert would have been during that period in his heyday?A: I think of Michael Jackson, doing the moonwalk for the first time, and we’re all watching it on some awards show and we’re like, “Oh, my God.” To me, that’s what it more like. Dazzling. The Lakers to me, it’s kinda weird – I grew up in a very white, sheltered town and everyone there liked St. John’s over Georgetown, because it was the “white team.” But I was in a very liberal, hippy-dippy house where we could root for the athletes with the big Afros, the colorful names, players like Garry Templeton, Ken Griffey Sr. And the Lakers, to me, were better to root for than the “white” Celtics because they were cool, Magic was the coolest guy ever, a 6-foot-9 point guard, looking right, looking left, passing . . . Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes . . . they were fancy, snazzy to me, exciting, explosive and dynamic.The Lakers’ “Showtime” things I still recall as a kid – Magic and Isiah Thomas and “the kiss” before the Lakers-Pistons finals, Kevin McHale and the clothesline on Kurt Rambis in a Lakers-Celtics final. Every Lakers-Celtics finals games I can remember very vividly. Nobody else in my family cared about sports, so I’d be alone watching these games.Doing this book is like diving back into your childhood. Like you get to go into your TV and remember things you once saw.Q: And to revisit “Showtime” now, in today’s context, what made that process worthwhile?A: I really enjoy more going and finding the smaller characters and smaller figures from that time. I love finding a player like Earl Jones, Wes Matthews, Mark Landsberger, Billy Thompson, Mike Smrek. They have the stories that haven’t been told about everyone. I also wanted to do a book that was fun, and lively, colorful, exciting, so I thought this was ideal.Q: As you talk about Jack McKinney, you point out that he is “the greatest NBA coach 999 of 1,000 basketball fans have never heard of.” Do you think retelling this story finally gives proper context and credit to him as the first real coach of “Showtime” until that freak bike accident in Palos Verdes disabled him, led to Paul Westhead taking over and getting a title in Magic’s rookie season of 1980, and then led to Pat Riley coming in and ramping it up?A: I hope so. Jack McKinney is one of the great tragedies in the history on the NBA. He would have had Pat Riley’s success. The players were excited to play for him. He had a great track record.Q: Even if, as you described, Jack McKinney had “the personality as glitzy as a truck stop”?A: You don’t have to have a dynamic persona to coach dynamically. He was well known on the East Coast as a great college coach. He would have been great.Q: Going back another step in that coaching chain, the fact that Jerry Tarkanian was ready and willing to take the Lakers job before his friend was killed, supposedly by mobsters, was that something you didn’t really know much about?A: I had no idea. It’s amazing to remember that the path to Pat Riley, he turns out to be the luckiest guy in the world. It was going to be Tarkanian, then McKinney, then Westhead, and there’s Riley as the accidental coach at a time when even Jerry Buss wanted Jerry West to take over. But Jerry West didn’t want to do it.Q: Considering the Buss family still owns the Lakers, do you see the Lakers able to recapture “Showtime” anytime soon?A: They don’t have a dynamic star. Kobe Bryant isn’t there. That team of the ‘80s had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This team has Chris Kaman. The Lakers’ supporting cast in “Showtime” was crazy, crazy, deep talented – I mean, Norm Nixon, Jamaal Wilkes, Bob McAdoo, Kurt Rambis, Mychal Thompson, Mike McGee . . . This team is very, very thin. And Pat Riley was one of the all-time brilliant coaches. Mike D’Antoni is a good system coach. And then there’s Jerry Buss and Jim Buss. All they have in common is they’re related.To recapture “Showtime,” I don’t think that happens anyway. It’s interesting how Jerry Buss had this vision. He wanted an NBA game to be an event and he made it that – Laker Girls, Dancing Barry, the marching band. He took something that was a stale product, something that people perceived as a bunch of coked-up millionaires, and it became an event. And it was great. But the problem is, what we have now isn’t the same. Staples Center isn’t the same as the Forum, it’s just bigger. I hate the non-stop noise that’s playing now, there’s never a break. Music when the other team is dribbling the ball. But that’s all a byproduct of “Showtime.” Nothing like this could come back because, in some ways, it’s already here. There may not be another team like the Lakers, but the NBA itself is a direct byproduct of Jerry Buss’ vision. Everyone’s making tons of money, celebs coming to games in every city . . .Q: Lakers fans who know the Kobe-Shaq experience may still never figure out why they couldn’t get along. Can they see from this book how Magic and Kareem worked it out?A: When Magic came into the league, he was deferential, this is Kareem’s team. It doesn’t mean he played deferentially. He always referred to Kareem as “Cap,” and Kareem, to his credit, every now and then he would be critical of Magic. Kareem could appreciate who Magic was, and Magic would have liked a more Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid kind of thing, but they played so great together they didn’t have to be buddy-buddy. They played brilliantly together and respected each other’s abilities. No jealousy. Magic has called Kareem a “mentor,” but I don’t know, it just seemed like he was more of an elder statesman. Maybe it helped, too, that Kareem didn’t have Shaq’s kind of ego. He was also very stand-offish, really guarded, not good with the press. So maybe with Magic that helped, he wasn’t looking for the attention.Q: This may be the only book written that has 15 indexed references to Mark Landsberger. Why does he become such a focal point for someone who was only with the team 3 ½ seasons in the early ‘80s?A: I kept hearing from a bunch of people that Landsberger would be the one who’d tell his wife things that his teammates were doing off the court. Honestly, I feel I’m too mean in this book to him a bit. He was an easy target. You ask anyone about Landsberger, and they’d start out, “Man that guy was really dumb . . .” One of the rules in a locker room is what happens on the road, stays on the road. He talked to his wife, heaven forbid, and then he got isolated by his teammates. The guy could rebound like a freak, though.Q: Imagine what “Showtime” could have been if Jerry Buss had not nixed the two things proposed to him that you point out – one was a male baton twirler who performed at halftime along with the Laker Girls, and the other was an idea for a mascot named “Slam Duck.”A: He was right. Buss really had his pulse on what was cool. Especially as an older guy. The duck, that was Linda Rambis and Jeanie Buss’ idea, and he said, “No, we’re not doing the duck.” They got an artist to sketch it out. “No.” I remember when the San Francisco Giants tried to introduce a mascot that was a giant crab and people started throwing ice chunks at him. That would have happened here. Same thing with “we’re not having a guy baton twirler.” Smart move.Q: There aren’t any stories in there about “Dancing Barry”?A: I did interview him.Q: Where did you find him?A: He’s in North Carolina. I think he’s a magician.Q: So what’s his story?A: His dancing days are done. He was happy to be found. He thought he deserved more credit for “Showtime” than he got. He wanted to get paid more. I think he saw himself as a bigger piece of the “Showtime” puzzle than people want to give him credit for. I feel like the line between him and male baton twirler is not that big. More Q-and-A with Pearlman about “Showtime” at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth “It’s so funny how a team can go stale so quickly. There’s Lakers jerseys hanging in the store now that look so stale. Even the Kobe jersey looks like something for a retired player, right next to the Steve Nash jersey.”Pearlman was admitting as much as he sat in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in L.A. Live on Friday night, as fans dressed in their purple and gold – some of them in Bryant jerseys – headed over to Staples Center to actually witness a game between the Lakers and Sacramento Kings.Even with the Lakers’ 126-122 triumph, they still trailed the Kings at the bottom of the Western Conference.So, anyone want to call a time out and relive some “Showtime” now?For the record, Pearlman does, with an excavation process that would have made the scientists at the La Brea Tar Pits even relive some goose-bump moments. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
By 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.
By 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.