Sunday, November 25th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pmDowntown for the Holidays is a day filled with fun and entertainment. Most activities are centered in and about Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia.Schedule:Noon – 2:30 pm – Free horse-drawn wagon rides with Mrs. Claus at Sylvester ParkNoon – 2:30 pm – Free electric trolly rides for the family – Washington Street and Legion WayNoon – 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Visit and photos with Santa in the lobby of the Olympian Hotel by Cortney Kelley PhotographyNoon – 5:00 pm – Gingerbread Holiday Competition located in the Urban Onion Ballroom1:00 – 2:30 pm – First Christian Church Chime Choir – Olympia Hotel Lobby, second floor3:00 pm – Holiday parade on Capitol Way from Olympia Farmers Market to Sylvester Park4:00 pm – Olympia Highlanders Pipes & Drums – Sylvester Park & Legion Way4:00 pm – Singing Christmas Tree performance by Capital Playhouse’s Kids in Koncert – Legion Way, next to Sylvester Park4:30 pm – Tree Lighting Ceremony at Sylvester Park Facebook75Tweet0Pin0
Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/APAdvertisement wcfcfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vss9bxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eae( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9hxtxWould you ever consider trying this?😱pu5Can your students do this? 🌚r7hj7Roller skating! Powered by Firework As India faces the challenge against the novel Coronavirus pandemic, many iconic figures from the country’s sporting fraternity have come forward in aid, be it monetary or with service. Many cricketers, away from the training grounds are providing a helping hand to the poor and underprivileged of the country, who have been affected the most in the current ongoing nationwide lock down. Joining the stalwarts like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, is Shahbaz Nadeem, who has decided to look after 350 families in his locality.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/APHailing from Jharia, a town in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, Shahbaz Nadeem has taken the decision to supply the essential commodities to 350 poor families around his hometown, who are currently out of supplies as India observes a 21-day lock down.In an interview with Times of India, Nadeem stated that he intends to deliver crucial food items like rice, cereals, vegetables and sugar to the families.Advertisement “Till now we’ve been able to distribute these things among 150 families, there are 200 more to go,” the bowler claimed.The Jharkhand cricket team star, currently out of fixtures, took up the responsibility to stand beside the needy in times of crisis.Advertisement The 30 year old continued: “I believe in providing direct aid, so from the morning we’re mainly busy preparing packets so that we can help as many people as possible.”With only a single international Test cap to his name, Nadeem currently plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, the upcoming season of the blockbuster tournament which has been postponed until 15th April. However, its the least of Nadeem’s worries.“Right now the priority should be everyone’s safety and health. Whether it is today or tomorrow, IPL will be back but right now it’s human lives which are at stake,” the former Delhi Daredevils star added.Nadeem also added that he is undergoing training in self-isolation in his own home. “For me there is no other option other than working out at home. Any player would love to be on the field but one has to accept the situation,” he concluded.The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in India has crossed 2300, and 56 patients have died till date.Also read-Yuvi takes exception as Ravi Shastri remembers WC 2011 win – but fails to mention these 2 key players! Advertisement
by John BurtonOCEANPORT – John O. Bennett, the former state legislator and embattled borough administrator, is moving on from that position.As anticipated since last November’s election, Mayor Jay Coffey and a majority of the Borough Council last Thursday selected another candidate to serve as the borough administrator, the position the former state senator and one-time, short-term acting governor Bennett had held for the last three years. During part of his tenure as administrator Bennett had been the borough’s Public Works supervisor. Prior to being administrator/supervisor, Bennett served as borough attorney for six years.With Coffey’s endorsement and with four of the council members’ advice and consent, on March 17 they named Raymond Poerio, Edison, to fill the position. Poerio plans on starting the new job on April 4.Coffey, a Democrat, offered his thanks and well wishes to Bennett. “He’s a fantastic guy…I think so highly of him,” the mayor said. “He deserves your respect.”Council President Joseph Irace, a Republican, who had a very public and heated confrontation with Bennett last summer, offered a conciliatory note last Thursday. “I may have had a very public difference,” with Bennett, Irace said, but noting “He helped us through tough times.”“We got along before,” that August 2015 incident, Irace continued. “We got along after.”“We have not always agreed on everything,” Bennett acknowledged of his relationship with Coffey, who has been mayor since Jan. 1. However, Bennett continued about the mayor. “I am absolutely convinced he will bring us together.”Bennett also maintained that it has been his “absolutely great pleasure” to continue to serve the community, first as a legislator for 13 years and then as its lawyer and then administrator.Bennett said he plans on taking a family vacation for a couple of weeks and when he returns “I’ve got a couple of opportunities” to consider.“I still want to work,” he added.One source familiar with the situation said Bennett is considering taking the administrator position in another area municipality.Bennett, 67, had served as a Republican member of the state Legislature. As president of the Senate he filled in for a very short period as acting governor in 2002, when the office was vacant following Christine Todd Whitman’s resignation to become the federal Environmental Protection Agency administrator.Bennett lost his Senate seat in the 2003 election and had served as the Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman.Bennett’s tenure as administrator became a focal point for the 2015 election with Coffey’s supporters criticizing then-Mayor Michael Mahon, a Republican, for having Bennett work without a formal contract—which is legally permissible—as well as contributing to what some called the discord and lack of constructive communication among then sitting council members. That tension boiled over with the confrontation between Irace and Bennett that some said they feared would come to blows.Bennett had said last fall he would retire at the end of the year but decided he would have liked to continue as administrator/supervisor and asked to be considered.The borough council had considered 42 applicants for the administrator job before whittling the number down to 15 and then five candidates, according to Coffey.Among that group, Poerio “came up aces,” was prepared, and knows about municipal operations, Coffey said.Poerio, 45, is currently working as director of parks and recreation for Scotch Plains. His role as administrator is “to be the voice of the mayor on occasion,” as well “as working with the residents, the council and other employees to have a well run town,” he said.The administrator’s role is to be the fulltime municipal manager, overseeing the day-to-day operations.Poerio will receive a $121,000 annual starting salary. Bennett was getting $125,000 for each of his three years in the job.
Mike Vance, Matthew Fuhr, Jeremy Phelan, Brody Blair and Leo Grypma paced Team 1999-2003.Team 2006-08, consisting of Florian Joseph, Chase and Clay Rickaby, Ben Irving, Joel DeVito and Ryan Moore, advanced to the final by stopping Team 2013-18 72-63 and Team 2010-11 64-52.Team 1999-2003 opened by outlasting Team 2004-05 73-57 before edging the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League All-Stars 62-58.All proceeds from the Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament benefit the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society.The scholarship fund supports development of local grassroots basketball and student-athletes with post-secondary pursuits.D’Andrea, who was instrumental in the development of high school basketball while teaching at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Salmo Secondary and Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan, died suddenly in 2013. Florian Joseph and Chase Rickaby were too hot to handle in sparking Team 2006-08 to a 72-63 victory over Team 1999-2003 in the final of the 2016 Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.The dynamic duo of former Bomber point guards led the victors to the early lead then snuffed out any rallies by Team 1999-2003 with shots from downtown.Joel DeVito and Ben Irving also chipped in on the scoresheet for Team 2006-08.
RICHARD MANDELLA, SPIRIT OF XIAN, WINNER: “You could see, she meant to be on the lead, and Joe did a great job. I was lacking confidence, and I told Joe, ‘If you’re not sure she can get the last quarter, get off and run yourself.’ He didn’t have to.”NOTES: Winning owner Ben Keswick lists his residence as Central Hong Kong. -30- JOCKEY QUOTESJOE TALAMO, SPIRIT OF XIAN, WINNER: “We won, so it was definitely a great race! I had a lot of horse today. Coming off that sprint race in her last out, she really showed a lot of speed the whole way today. When she got to the front, she relaxed nicely and all the credit has to go to Mr. Mandella. You don’t see too many fillies going from a six and a half race to winning a mile and eighth turf race in their next out, so really all the credit goes to him. He gave me enough horse to work with today.”FLAVIEN PRAT, ENTRECHAT, THIRD: “We had a good trip. It was the first time at this distance, so it was a little bit tough. I think she needs to get more experience, she was a little bit green, so for her this was a good race.”TRAINER QUOTES
GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT PLANNED FOR SANTA ANITA INFIELD AREA ON SUNDAY, MARCH 27; SAN GABRIEL VALLEY’S BIGGEST “HUNT” TO OFFER 10,000 CANDY-FILLED EGGS TO YOUNGSTERS
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2016)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the San Gabriel Valley’s largest Easter Egg Hunt, with 10,000 candy-filled “eggs” earmarked for distribution in the track’s spacious Infield Area on Easter Sunday, March 27.Parking is free via Santa Anita’s Gate 6, off of Colorado Place and will be available to kids ranging in age from one year to 11 years. Three different age groups will be individually served; with toddlers aged one to three years in Group One, kids four to six years in Group Two, and kids seven to 11 years of age in Group Three.Easter Egg Hunt times are as follows:–12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.In addition to Easter Egg Hunts, families can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and may also enjoy Santa Anita’s regular Family Fun Activities, including Pony Rides, Face Painting, Bounce Houses and Carnival Games. (The Family Fun Zone is offered every Sunday, free of charge, in Santa Anita’s Infield).Admission and parking to the Infield Area is free each weekend. There is a two dollar “per hunt” charge for each child on March 27.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-6384.
ATASCADERO ALL HEART IN $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; GARCIA & HOLLENDORFER COMBINE FOR THREE QUARTER LENGTH WIN WHILE GETTING 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.34
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 13, 2016)–Lightly raced Atascadero sat close to the pace throughout and fought off all challengers the final quarter mile en route to an impressive three quarter length win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance for California-bred or sired horses three and up. Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Atascadero, a 4-year-old gelding by Eskendereya, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34.The 7-2 second choice in a field of eight, Atascadero paid $9.20, $4.40 and $3.20. Owned by his breeders, Al Graziani and Joe Russell, Atascadero, who was trying two turns for the first time in his fourth career start, improved his record to 4-2-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $82,720.Breaking from post position six, Atascadero sat second to longshot pacesetter Start a Runnin to the five sixteenths pole, took command and repelled a stubborn challenge from runner-up Matriculate while securing the victory.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Matriculate appeared to be in the garden spot turning for home, but had to settle for second, as he finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Ultimate Luck. Off at 5-1, Matriculate paid $4.80 and $3.80.Ultimate Luck, who was next to last turning for home, saved ground throughout and easily out-finished heavily favored Prime Issue for third by a length and a quarter. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Ultimate Luck was off at 8-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 46 flat, 1:10.06 and 1:36.53.First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.
GARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “It changes every time. If someone told me before the race that we would go in twenty five for the first quarter I would say ‘no way.’ I thought we would go in sub twenty three, forty five and change for the second and I thought the final time would be under 1:34. Twenty five is legit, forty nine is legit, but I think that’s the fastest last three eighths I’ve ever run in my life and she was lovin’ every minute of it.“She’s like family to me. I don’t spend as much time with her as Richard does and everyone at the barn but she’s very special to me. She’s the best thing I ever have ridden, or I ever will ride. I’m blessed to be on her back.” NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes resides in Lexington, Ky. There was a minus place pool of $4,650.95, and a minus show pool of $160,051.41. Of the total show pool – $854,497, $791,272 was bet on Beholder. TRAINER QUOTES “I almost wondered if it was a mistake when I saw 25. I didn’t think you could do that. But you’ve seen her work. She’ll work really slow if we want, and she’ll work fast if we want. She’s really turned into a professional.” B. WAYNE HUGHES, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “I’m glad Richard took my advice; to win. This means a lot to us.“It was a very nice effort and I’m glad the pressure is off. Every time everyone expects your horse to win, I think it adds pressure. No real unbelievable news will happen, unless you lose.“I’ve had a lot of great horses, but not like this. I don’t think this will ever happen to me again. I just heard Gary say she’s the best horse he’s ever ridden and she might well be. She’s definitely the best horse I’ve ever owned; maybe the best horse anyone has ever owned.“I’ll consider bringing her back at seven only if she’s perfect. She’s better this year than she was last year. She’s bigger, stronger and faster. They put the girth on her and she’s bigger and she loves it so who am I to interfere with her having a good time.“I thought the pace was going to be blazing hot at the beginning and it wasn’t and I don’t know exactly why. Once I saw that she was positioned, I wasn’t worried. She’s a difficult horse to beat.“If the boys show up, I’ll take on the boys again.“Mainly it’s the Breeders’ Cup in November as the main goal. The Pacific Classic is our intention right now but I don’t know the dates of everything, I’m just happy with her winning a race. Even though I take credit for it, Richard makes all the decisions.” RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “Just another great effort. She continues to amaze us all. There was a time when we didn’t think she’d go long. She seems to adjust to what we’re doing. I’m lucky to experience something that very few people in history have – to have a great horse this long. Good horses come along, and there are a few great ones, but to be great and stay great, it really is special. There’s something very special about her.” JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, SECOND: “She ran an awesome race. I expected her to run well, but not as well as she did today. This one will prove big for the next one. I’m excited for her. She came back better than before. She had a little more focus in the race, and everything went right today.”
The Lions cut the Bearkat lead in half with just their second hit of the day coming with two outs in the sixth inning. First baseman Rebecca Skains doubled to right-center to score shortstop Jaquelyn Ramon and second baseman Mahalia Gibson. Skains crossed the plate with designated player Mattie Ort’s single to left field. LAKE CHARLES, La. – In the second extra innings, walk-off ending of the day, No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana sees another game at the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. It took nine innings to declare a winner, but SLU defeated No. 8-seeded Sam Houston State 7-6 on Thursday. Southeastern will now play No. 1 Nicholls for a shot at the tournament championship tomorrow against No. 3 McNeese at noon on ESPNU. The Lions put the game away with third baseman Madison Watson’s triple down the right-field line to score rightfielder Ali McCoy in the ninth inning. It was the only lead of the game for Southeastern after Sam Houston State held it since the fourth inning.SB: What a game! @SLULionSoftball does it. The Lions eliminate Sam Houston State and move on to play Nicholls in approx. 30 minutes. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/En0DXkF1Gh— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 The Bearkats added a fifth run in the seventh inning off first baseman Codi Carpenter’s single to right field to score Thompson, but the two-run lead did not last long. Southeastern tied things up at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh with no outs as catcher Ella Manzer notched her second home run of the tournament, banging the scoreboard in left field. With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth, Sam Houston State took advantage of an unusual infield fly that scored centerfielder Megan McDonald for the 1-0 lead. Third baseman Katie Andrie almost made it 4-0 by the end of the frame with a blast to leftfield but the Lions’ Kinsey Nichols leaped high to rob the senior from her third homer of the season.SB: And it’s 4-0 Sam Houston State!Wait.. nope. Nevermind. @SLULionSoftball’s left fielder Kinsey Nichols makes the incredible play at the wall to keep it 1-0 in the fourth! #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/KzGqLKel7m— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 Bearkats’ shortstop Tiffany Thompson hammered her eighth home run of the season with a solo shot to left-centerfield in the fifth inning. Sam Houston added a pair in the sixth inning with catcher Megan Crosby’s double down the leftfield line followed by a groundout to second from Andrie that scored designated player Bailey White.SB: Okay, now that one is forsure out of here! @BearkatsSB ahead 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth after this one from Tiffany Thompson. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #EatEmUpKats #LionUp pic.twitter.com/vExkFLPq7N— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | Replay Gibson was not ready for the Lions season to end as she homered to left-centerfield to even the score at 7-7 before Watson claimed the win for Southeastern in the eighth.SB: Hold up wait a minute, y’all thought we were finished?@SLULionSoftball ties it up again! This time Mahalia Gibson goes yard to make it 6-6 in the eighth. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #EatEmUpKats #LionUp pic.twitter.com/ZQPubirb66— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 Crosby scored unearned in the top of the eighth as leftfielder Samantha Belongia reached on a fielder’s choice. The Bearkats had runners in the corner before Belongia stole second to put two in scoring position, but Southeastern avoided further damage, tagging one out, striking out Thompson and getting second baseman Brooke Malia to ground out to the third baseman.
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Kyran Jackson is the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Abilene Christian’s Jeremiah Chambers is the Defensive Player of the Week, while Lamar’s Caleb Abron is the Special Teams Player of the Week. The league made the announcement Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Jackson is the first Bearkat in history to have both 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game and is the first Southland player to do so since McNeese’s Toddrick Pendland accomplished the feat in the Cowboys’ road upset of Appalachian State in 2009. Jackson is one of just two players in the FCS to achieve the 100/100 feat this season, joined by Robert Morris’ Terrence Stephens Jr. who also did so this past weeked against Duquesne. The Wildcats’ win was their first over a Top-25 team since a 37-35 win over then-No. 25 Stephen F. Austin in 2014. Defensive Players of the Week: Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Linebacker – Austin, TexasChambers posted his fourth double-digit tackle total of the season as he finished with 14 tackles (8 solo) in the Wildcats’ win over 11th-ranked Nicholls. The Fort Worth product’s 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bearkats the lead for good. He also had a 56-yard catch in the fourth quarter, marking the longest play from scrimmage for the Kats this year. Honorable Mention: Darrel Colbert, Lamar; Darren Johnson, Southeastern Louisiana Honorable Mention: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Devonte Williams, Southeastern Louisiana 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 25 percent of ballots. The junior linebacker’s efforts helped hold the Colonels’ offense — ranked third in the league entering the game — to 388 yards, 12 points and just one touchdown. Offensive Player of the Week: Kyran Jackson, Sam Houston State – So. – Running Back – Fort Worth, TexasJackson became the first Southland Conference player since 2009 to rush for more than 100 yards and have at least 100 yards receiving in the same game. The sophomore ran 23 times for 152 yards and a score, while also hauling in four passes for 116 yards, totaling 268 all-purpose yards. The Bearkats (4-2, 3-1 SLC) posted a 42-28 at Northwestern State on Oct. 13 to remain in the thick of the Southland championship race. Sam Houston stays on the road this weekend with a Saturday afternoon date at Lamar. The Wildcats (3-4, 2-3 SLC) pulled off the 44-34 upset victory over No. 11 Nicholls. ACU will travel to Southeastern Louisiana for a Saturday matchup. Meanwhile, Lamar (2-4, 1-3 SLC) handed Incarnate Word its first conference loss, 27-21, by way of a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown to claim the home win. Honorable Mention: Derick Roberson, Sam Houston; Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas Special Teams Player of the Week: Caleb Abrom, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – DeSoto, TexasWith the game knotted at 21 with 12 seconds remaining, Incarnate Word lined up for the game-winning field goal. After calling three consecutive timeouts, Lamar blocked the kick which was scooped up by Abrom and returned 66 yards for the game-deciding touchdown. The 27-21 decisions was the Cardinals first Southland victory of the season and handed UIW its first conference loss of the year. The return helped end LU’s four-game skid. Chambers keyed a defense that pitched a second-half shutout and came up with two fourth-down stops late in the final quarter that kept the Colonels from cutting into ACU’s lead.