Saint Martin’s University Welcomes Author Brian Doyle to Les Bailey Writers…

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityBrian DoyleAcclaimed author Brian Doyle, whose 14 books of nonfiction, essays, poems and stories provoke deep thought as well as laughter, will be the inaugural author for the Les Bailey Writers Series at Saint Martin’s University.The event will be held Wednesday, October 8, at 7 p.m. in the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. It is free and the public is invited to come and enjoy the lyrical and matchless style of the award-winning author as he talks about his craft and reads from his works.The title of his presentation says much about his witty language play and the topics he will explore in the presentation: “Grace under duress, stories as food, laughter as a weapon against the dark, courage when it doesn’t make any sense, and minor further discussion of basketball, writers, hawks, headlong children, the prevalence of miracles and thorny holiness.”The series is presented by the University’s English department with funding from the Leslie G. Bailey Endowment. The endowment honors the gifted and inspiring Saint Martin’s University English professor, Les Bailey, Ph.D. A 1964 Saint Martin’s alumnus, Bailey returned to his alma mater in 1975 as a faculty member, continuing to teach until his death in 2010.The new series will bring writers and authors of note to campus to read and discuss their books, a practice that was an especially meaningful part of Bailey’s teaching philosophy. He shared his great passion for the written word with students, inviting them over the threshold of a book to explore the deeper themes and meanings of life captured in its pages, and to go beyond the book to discover each author’s history and motivations, helping students reach new insights into a work of poetry or fiction.Associate Professor of English Jeff Birkenstein, Ph.D., who chairs Saint Martin’s English department, says the University could not have found a more fitting author for the inaugural session of the writers series.“Les was a dear friend and a rock on this campus for many, many years,” Birkenstein says. “He influenced generations of students and, frankly, remains a presence here at Saint Martin’s. This writers series is a fitting part of Les’ legacy, and Brian Doyle is a natural author to bring to Saint Martin’s. Team teaching with anthropologist David Price, Ph.D., I have used his work in my own classes, most notably his excruciatingly beautiful poem about the morning of 9/11, “Leap.” In just a few prose paragraphs, he captures so much that is, no doubt paradoxically, good about that horrible morning.  Mr. Doyle has much to teach us.”Doyle, winner of numerous awards, lives in Portland, where he also is editor of Portland Magazine, the University of Portland publication named by Newsweek as “the best university magazine in America.” His writings have been featured in prominent national magazines and newspapers. Doyle’s essays have appeared in four of the highly acclaimed “Best American Essays” series, including the “Best American Essays of 2013.” His books span the gamut from “The Wet Engine: Exploring the Mad Wild Miracle of the Heart,” a moving story about his son’s heart defect and the surgeons who helped him, to “Mink River,” a joyous novel about a small fictional town on the Oregon coast.Prior to his public reading and discussion, Doyle will speak with Saint Martin’s students about writing and literature.In selecting an author to lead off the series and work personally with the University’s students, Professor of English Olivia Archibald, Ph.D., says the committee took into consideration the essence of Bailey’s ultimate goals. “Les wanted students to leave his courses with more than just exposure to good literature.  He wanted to leave them with a passion and commitment to lifelong reading.”“He defined our English department’s purpose as a commitment to the act of awakening students to the magnificence of literature and its truths about the human family,” Archibald explains.  “We are so fortunate to have Brian Doyle as our inaugural presenter in this series since so much of what he writes, whether novels, short stories, or essays, enacts what Les was about – the power of literature to give meaning to our lives.”More information on Doyle’s presentation can be found at here.last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Lana

first_imgFacebook168Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Lana! She is a high energy, 2-year-old, 43-pound Bull Terrier/Pit Bull mix. Upon arrival at our kennels, we confirmed that Lana was deaf. She now knows sign language, and can communicate for hello, sit, down, off, ball, and good girl! Additionally, she can communicate with other dogs, and has a few mellow, male yard buddies.   This happened with proper introduction and patience. She is a sweetheart who loves people, walks, and being a part of the action. Lana is mostly white, with a few cute black spots on upwardly flip-floppy ears. She is eager to please and is looking for loving active humans to call her own, who will continue to teach her communication skills (she is treat-motivated). Children in the home should be older, dog-savvy, and patient enough to work with sign language. She will need a fenced yard to keep her safe and will feel most comfortable in a forever home where she can get plenty of exercise. Are you her lucky family?If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Lana in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

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Shreyas Iyer loves batting when the dressing room is nervous

first_imgShreyas IyerAdvertisement wnbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vso7qliWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E59yc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5fteWould you ever consider trying this?😱bewfuhCan your students do this? 🌚7cRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian captain Virat Kohli has lauded Shreyas Iyer’s maturity under pressure in the ODI series against the West Indies. And now the young batsman claims that he loves to bat in tough situations when the dressing room is “nervous”. The 24-year-old has played a major role in India’s victory in the last two games to wrap up the series 2-0. He supported his captain in the second and third ODIs under tricky situations as they put up partnerships of 125 and 120 respectively.Advertisement “I am very happy. I want to come out to bat in this kind of tough situations when everybody in the dressing room is nervous. I love it because the (complexion of the) match can change and anything can happen,” Iyer told Chahal in an interview after the third ODI on Wednesday.Advertisement In the final ODI at Trinidad, Iyer came out to bat when India were in pressure at 91/3, losing two wickets in the 13th over while chasing a revised target of 255 from 35 overs. He straightaway started counter-attacking, finishing on 65 with five huge sixes during his 41-ball knock. When asked about those maximums he joked that he was taking “revenge” of Chahal being hit for runs by Nicholas Pooran during the West Indies innings.“I have to take revenge for our bowlers. He (Pooran) is a fine batsman; but since Chahal has been hit, I was angry and so had to take revenge,” Iyer jokingly replied.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Too close to the action: Pitch invaders during the 2nd T20I arrested by the…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement 0Powered by Firework0 Team India picked up their first-ever T20 victory against the Proteas at home, but the clash was not devoid of drama as there were multiple incidents of pitch invasion. As a result of which the three invaders have been arrested by the police under multiple charges.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesThere were incidents of pitch invading across both the innings in the PCA Stadium, Mohali. The first accused, Sandeep Kumar from Yamunapur is a huge fan of Virat Kohli and jumped the “A” Block barrier in a bid to meet his idol. Kumar managed to dodge a cop in his pursuit as well.Meanwhile, the second person named Rajesh Kumar who hails from Churu, Rajasthan managed to cross the barrier on the “B” block to invade the pitch. Meanwhile, the final accused, Pawan Kumar from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh was seated in the member’s area and was also successful in evading the cops to make his way into the ground.Advertisement The station sub-inspector Jagdeep Singh Brar stated that the accused have been booked under the sections which include obstructing public servants, criminal trespass and using criminal force to stop the police. “They have been remanded in 14-day judicial custody,” he added. Advertisement   Read Also:The Wall’s Vigilance: Rahul Dravid pays a visit to the Indian camp ahead of the final T20Watch: 43-year-old Darren Stevens defies age with a match winning performance for Kent Advertisementlast_img read more

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BCCI head Sourav Ganguly to appoint a new team of selectors for Team India

first_imgAdvertisement c4eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E563s6or( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) n17Would you ever consider trying this?😱xwtiCan your students do this? 🌚xhRoller skating! Powered by Firework BCCI head Sourav Ganguly is going to appoint a new team of selectors for Team India very shortly. The term of the chief selector MSK Prasad has been ended now. MSK Prasad was in the charge for five years. There were various events that questioned the credibility of the selection committee led by MSK Prasad at times.Advertisement The tenture of three selectors have yet not finished as they joined the group of MSK Prasad just one year later. However, they will also have to leave as BCCI will now appoint a new group for next five years.Advertisement According to the President of BCCI, the governing body will not appoint selectors year by year. Rather they will go for a long term planning like 5 years. The president of BCCI is eager to remove all the controversies related to the section committee. Sourav Ganguly will certainly wish to have some efficient former cricketer in that position to have a clarity in terms of the selection process.The President of BCCI confirmed that MSK Prasad’s selection committee would not get any extension. However, the Board is happy with the way they worked for last few years. The time has now come for forming new selection committee.Advertisement IPL 2020 cracks the whip on no-balls; to have specialist umpires! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Come To Public Forum on Bike/Walk Safety

first_imgBY JOHN BURTONThe Two River Times is inviting the public to be even more a part of a dialogue about pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist safety in September.As part of the newspaper’s Crossroads initiative, it will hold a public forum from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21 at Red Bank Catholic High School, 112 Broad St.On hand will be stakeholders from a wide cross section of the community, including elected officials on the state, county and local levels, who will be joined by members of the business and education communities and representatives from law enforcement. Members of the public will have an opportunity to not only hear from the stakeholders but also offer their insights and solutions on ways to make the streets of the Two River Area safer.“We’re hoping the community comes out to learn, listen to the progress that has been made and bring to light concerns but most importantly to bring solutions,” said Jody Calendar, executive editor/co-publisher of The Two River Times. “We want to keep this forum totally positive. We’re a community and we want to come together to solve some problems, not criticize.”Since the Two River Times started with this initiative last winter, publishing a wide array of stories looking at traffic safety issues here and how they’re being addressed locally and elsewhere in the country, there have been emails, letters and phone calls from readers offering their input.One such letter was sent by Rumson resident Robert Slavin. Slavin, who has lived in the borough for more than two decades and is a non-cyclist, said in a letter to The Two River Times, police should more aggressively enforce laws for those on bikes violating the law. That, he contends, would be a more effective way of addressing road safety. His remarks have drawn a cross section of views.“How often do you see cyclists riding, two, three or four abreast,” he questioned, leaving little or no room for a motorist to pass?”Slavin pointed to the stepped-up enforcement of bicycle helmet requirements, which has led to near-universal compliance. Slavin maintained similar actions with road violations would soon put an end to unsafe habits.Slavin’s comments were a reaction to reports of an agreement struck between local officials in Rumson, Fair Haven and Little Silver and county freeholders that would establish designated bike lanes on Rumson and Ridge roads and other roadways as they are repaved and striped. According to the agreement, the county and towns would share engineering and installation costs, which include striping with stenciled figures and accompanying signage, required under state guidelines. Officials have said the cost could be as much as $15,000 per mile.State transportation officials are planning to have the lanes installed along Route 36/ Ocean Avenue from Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook in the north to the southern end of Sea Bright, when the state repaves the highway this fall.The area’s population has grown dramatically in the 50 years Slavin has lived in the area, he said, “and the infrastructure in many cases has not kept up with the housing construction, making roads far busier and less safe than they were decades ago,” and to encourage more cycling on the roads “without taking the necessary steps to ensure everyone … motorist and cyclist … obeys the present regulations, is adding more fuel to an already dangerous fire,” Slavin said.Fair Haven Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge, on the other hand, said he feels most cyclists – in a community where there is a considerable cycling ridership, especially for its student population-largely obey the rules of the road. But really, the chief offered, “It really is everyone learning to share the road.”Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson’s observation is the opposite, however, with too many cyclists failing to follow the law. “We enforce it when we see it,” Paterson said. “But we can’t be everywhere.”Paterson acknowledged he doesn’t have enough knowledge to offer an opinion on whether bike lanes offer additional safety for cyclists on the roadways. “What I can tell you is if they create an atmosphere that makes bicyclists pay more attention to the laws they’re suppose to follow, I’m in favor of it,” he said. “But I certainly have my doubts.”Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who has been a strong advocate for the bike lanes, and is a cycling enthusiast in his own right, believes that adding the lanes create a safer environment for all and encourages people to get out of their cars and take to the two wheels for health and recreation reasons and transportation – a good thing.“This is the way much of the world utilizes its road facilities,” Lucarelli said. “And to have suburban society maintain its relevance we need to provide for alternative means of transportation.”Lucarelli prefers the word “education” to enforcement, believing police should rely on written warnings for the first two offenses before issuing violations. He has also been in discussions with the state Motor Vehicle Commission which is planning to include information on cycling laws in its next driving manual, expected to be published later this year.Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, an educational and advocacy group encouraging more pedestrian and cycling uses for state roadways, also supports the idea of education over enforcement. “Ticketing is a barrier to bicycling,” she said, which research supports, discouraging cycling instead of forcing compliance.Another benefit for establishing designated bike lanes she said, is it encourages more people to take to bikes. About 60 percent of the general population is what Portland, Oregon, researchers labeled “interested but concerned,” meaning they would likely cycle more if the roadway was safer, especially with designated lanes.Speaking directly to Slavin’s point of large groups on bikes creating an unsafe condition, Steiner disputed that assertion. “The more bicycle riders you have the more likely they are to follow the rules of the road,” she argued. “Because it creates critical mass of traffic and it has no choice but follow the rules.”last_img read more

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Kyrillos Announces Decision Not to Seek Re-election To NJ State Senate

first_imgMIDDLETOWN, NJ –After 28 years in the state Legislature serving Monmouth County and the state of New Jersey, state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2017.First elected when he was 27 years old, Kyrillos served two terms in the General Assembly and was sworn in to his first term in the Senate in 1992 where he was re-elected to serve eight terms. He said he leaves public service proud to have been a statewide leader in job creation, economic growth, shore protection, and good government.“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve the people of my district and the state of New Jersey in the Legislature,” said Kyrillos in a statement to The Two River Times. “Ever since I was a kid growing up in Monmouth County, I’ve always believed that public service is an important and noble profession. I am truly fortunate to have had the ability to serve for so many years in the state Senate, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished on behalf of the people of New Jersey. And, of course, the frustrations of serving in the Minority and the current political process are obvious.”According to his office, Senator Kyrillos is the second youngest person elected to the senate since the 1947 Constitutional Convention and the tenth youngest since 1844. He served as only the 29th Republican state chairman in the recorded history of the party since 1880 and one of only four to serve simultaneously in the legislature. When he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Kyrillos’ office said he joined a small group of 135 individuals in the history of New Jersey who earned the privilege to have been nominated for Governor or U.S. Senator by the two major political parties.“When I leave the Senate in January 2018, I will have spent more than half my lifetime serving in public life,” Kyrillos said. “It’s time for some new challenges and opportunities and its also time to give others an opportunity to serve.”He added, “Susan and I will be active in our community and around the state, and I’ll continue to play a role in public affairs in New Jersey and nationally. While I won’t be on the ballot for any office in 2017, I don’t close the door on running for elected office or on another public role someday.”During his legislative tenure, Senator Kyrillos has led his caucus on issues ranging from economic development to shore and environmental protection. In a press release, he pointed to his legislative accomplishments, which include:· Economic GrowthWhen Republicans held the legislative majority in the Statehouse, Kyrillos served as Majority Conference Leader and chaired standing committees on economic development and natural resources. A ranking member of the Economic Growth, Judiciary and Legislative Oversight committees, he was the original sponsor of the state’s landmark Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP), which has resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey jobs. Senator Kyrillos also sponsored the “Grow New Jersey” bill, which is the state’s current business incentive program. He voted more than 140 times to reduce taxes and fees.· Environmental and Shore ProtectionA lifelong Monmouth County resident, Senator Kyrillos worked to protect New Jersey’s coastline and help the shore region rebuild in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. He helped establish the state’s Shore Protection Fund in 1993, which provided the first stable source of funding for protecting New Jersey’s beaches. He also sponsored legislation to keep our oceans clean and close the CAFRA loophole to protect the shoreline from overdevelopment and decay. Kyrillos led the early fight for green acres and open space efforts and sponsored the state’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust.· EducationSenator Kyrillos, an advocate for improving education, was the prime sponsor of the School Report Card legislation to hold public schools and teachers accountable. He also sponsored the current teacher tenure reform bill and has advocated for reforms to the state’s inequitable school funding formula.· Government ReformWorking with legislators on both sides of the aisle, Kyrillos championed several bi-partisan reform measures to lower property taxes and fix systemic problems with the state budget. He was a prime sponsor of the two-percent cap on property taxes that is helping to control excessive local spending. He worked with the Governor and Legislative Leaders to begin to fix the state’s broken pension system. Recently, he helped forge the coalition to renew the Transportation Trust Fund, eliminate the estate tax and the income tax for most retirees. Along the way, he sponsored initiatives that created the NJ Cultural Trust, the NJ BEST vehicle for higher education savings, and the bill that created today’s NJTV.A  leader in the state and national Republican Party, Senator Kyrillos served as New Jersey Republican State Chairman and member of the Republican National Committee from 2001 to 2004. Kyrillos was the New Jersey Chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2008, and in 2009, he served as the Chairman of Governor Christie’s successful campaign and as a member of the transition team. He was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 2012 and served as a close advisor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.Kyrillos, 56, attended Middletown Public Schools, the Rumson Country Day School and the Lawrenceville School. He graduated from Hobart College and earned a Master’s degree at Boston University. He first began his career in public service in 1984, working for Vice President George H. W. Bush on the Reagan-Bush campaign. Before running for the state Legislature, Joe worked as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior.Senator Kyrillos and his wife Susan live in Middletown with their children, Max and Georgia, and are members at Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank.last_img read more

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High Tech Team Headed To National Math Challenge Finals Again

first_imgUsing mathematical modeling, the students had 14 hours in late February to come up with a solution to a real-world issue – substance abuse in the United States. The problem asked teams to create a mathematical model to predict the spread of nicotine use due to vaping over the next 10 years, to build a second model to simulate the likelihood that a given individual will use a given substance, then predict how many high school seniors will use these substances. LINCROFT – A combination of math smarts and creative thinking has added up to a top spot in a the national MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge for a team from High Technology High School for the third year in a row. More than 875 teams from across the U.S. participated. Organized by Philadelphia-based Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and sponsored by MathWorks, M3 Challenge – now in its 14th year – spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool and motivates students to consider further education and careers in math and science. Approximately 35 scholarship prizes totaling $100,000 are up for grabs, with the champion team receiving $20,000. The team, consisting of students Jason Yan, Eric Chai, Emily Jiang, Gustav Hansen, and Kyle Lui, (pictured above with their coach Raymond Eng, a teacher at the school), will head to New York City April 29 to compete against five other finalist teams at the offices of Jane Street, a quantitative trading firm. “The M3 Challenge is a real-life experience dealing with a very complex, open-ended topical issue,” said Ellen LeBlanc, mathematics teacher at High Tech, who helped coach the students in preparation for the 14-hour challenge. “The student team must synthesize a mathematical model from an immense amount of research and incomplete information.”last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Speed Skating Club

first_imgMembers of the Nelson Speed Skating Club cooked with the big dogs during a recent meet in Vernon. The skaters filled the car trunks with medals — 12 medals by the 15 skaters including five gold, three silver and four bronze — for the return trip after competing against teams from the Okanagan and Fraser Valley.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute speed skaters with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, coach Jason Hartleb, Spencer Pearson-Atkins, Claire Young, Gary Bibby-Fox, Tyler Hartleb, Lisa Thiessen, Warren Johnson and Emily Musa. Middle, Ian Hartleb, Patrick Courtney and Max Thiessen. Front, Mason Ouchi, Cameron Bibby-Fox, Ryan Hartleb, Berend Platje and Ian Walgren. Missing, Jordan Rakuson-Buerge, Ike Thiessen, Sonya Vinderskov and Lyle Tarzwell.last_img read more

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Nelson Haynes rink rallies to capture Junior Men’s Zone title with 9-2 win over Beaver Valley’s Umpherville

first_imgThe Chris Haynes rink likes to do things the hard way.The Nelson skip overcame a one-game deficit to edge the Justin Umpherville rink of Beaver Valley 2-1 in the Kootenay Junior Men’s Curling Playdowns Sunday at the Castlegar Curling Club.Haynes, third Cameron Opperman of Castlegar, second Andrew VanHooft of Creston, and lead Alex Breen, won the third and deciding game 9-2 — once again overcoming a deficit to win the zone title. Breen is from Nelson.Trailing 2-0 after two ends, Haynes scored a single in the third before going on a stealing spree — accumulating points in the next seven ends.The Umpherville rink, consisting of third Kelvin Harper, second Spencer Soukeroff and lead Dakota Ravenstein, opened the best-of-three final on fire.The Fruitvale based team scored three in the second and four in the fifth en route to a 9-5 victory Saturday morning.During the afternoon draw, Umpherville thought to have the momentum on his side after scoring four in the tenth end to tie the game up at 9-9.However, Haynes regained his composure to score a single in the extra end to force the sudden-death game Sunday.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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