Thurston County : Homeowners Benefit from Grants and Sewer Project

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – Homeowners in the Woodland Creek Estates and Covington Place neighborhoods of Thurston County will benefit from a grant awarded to the county by the state Department of Commerce.  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $767,412 will relieve the financial burden of sewer connection fees for eligible low-to-moderate income households in the project area.   The project -conversion of on-site septic systems to a public sewer system- will reduce fecal coliform bacteria and nitrate pollution into Woodland Creek and Henderson Inlet. The total cost for the project has not been finalized, but is estimated at about $5.9 million.Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says the best news is that the cost for the owners of the 128 septic systems is now more affordable than ever.  “Initial estimates for the project were about $8.5 million. Thanks to hard work by county staff, we’ve slashed about $3 million from the total estimated costs. And thanks to design changes and grants like this one from Commerce, we’ve also been able to dramatically cut the original costs to residents for hook-up fees.”  Valenzuela says credit should also be given to the City of Lacey, LOTT and the state departments of Health and Ecology for their cooperation.“We’re not through looking for ways to further cut costs for residents and the county for this project,” says Public Works planner Roger Giebelhaus. He describes the CDBG grant as a big win for the eligible homes in Woodland Creek and Covington Place neighborhoods because it will pay for all sewer project related construction and design costs.  That means residents will only be responsible for their monthly sewer bill. “The CDBG grant makes sewer conversion affordable while improving water quality for Woodland Creek and Henderson Inlet.  It’s a matter of public health and safety which is a priority for the county commissioners and for all of us.”  Construction is expected to begin late this year and the project may be finished by early 2014.Project information is available at and read more

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Awards $110,000 to Thurston County…

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the The Community FoundationThe Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded $110,000 in grants to 22 Thurston County nonprofits during its fall 2013 grant round. Over the past year, The Foundation has awarded over $264,000 in grants to Thurston County groups. In addition grants of more than $126,000 were awarded in Lewis and Mason Counties.“The nonprofits receiving support help strengthen and sustain the quality of life in Thurston County,” notes Norma Schuiteman, executive director. “The variety of grantees demonstrates the broad range of causes we fund throughout our service area.”Included in this grant round is support for Ballet NW, Catholic Community Services Community Kitchen, CIELO, Community Youth Services, The Evergreen Foundation’s ‘Generations Rising’ program, the Family Education and Support Center, GRuB, Girl Scouts, Mercy Housing NW for Evergreen Vista Apartment residents, Morningside, Olympia Free Clinic, Olympia Union Gospel Mission, Olympia School District’s STEM Robotics competitive program, Olympia Symphony, South Sound Parent-to-Parent, Pizza Klatch programs to support LGBTQ youth, Rainier Therapeutic Riding serving wounded warriors, Rebuilding Together helping low-income residents stay in their homes, Rochester Organization for Families (ROOF); SafePlace, Scatter Creek Community Farm & Conservancy, and the South Sound Estuary Association.The Foundation’s next grant deadline is September 19, 2014. A new application and guidelines are being developed and will be available during mid-2014. For a more information on these grants, please visit our website.last_img read more

Lacey Timberland Library Honors Outstanding Teen Writers

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lacey Timberland Library Lacey Loves to Read (LL2R) is a community literacy program jointly sponsored by the City of Lacey, Lacey South Sound Chamber, North Thurston Public Schools, and the Lacey Timberland Library. The annual celebration of books, writing and writers focuses on the work of a single author. This year, that author was Kwame Alexander.A prominent feature of the annual program is the library’s “Teen Short Story Contest.” Here are the names of this year’s winners:Short Story1st place – Emma Wells, North Thurston High School 11th grade2nd place – Aubrey Smith, Timberline High School 10th grade3rd place – Nicholas McClelland, Aspire Middle School 6th gradeHonorable Mention – Liyana Alam, Aspire Middle School 6th gradeHonorable Mention – Steven Jordan, North Thurston High School 12th gradePoetry1st place – Claire Hill, North Thurston High School 12th grade2nd place – Kayli Robles, Timberline High School 10th grade3rd place – Amber Granger, North Thurston High School 12th gradeHonorable Mention – Monique Otter-Johnson, Timberline High School 10th gradeHonorable Mention – Micah Oldright, Timberline High School 10th gradeThe winners received a LL2R prize pack, book bag, and their works were published in the 2016 LL2R Teen Writing Contest collection ebook, which is available for download at (Select Locations / Thurston County / Lacey – click on “Lacey Loves to Read” 2016.) Honorable mention winners received a Lacey Loves to Read prize pack and book bag.last_img read more

Forbes Ranked O Bee Credit Union as the top Credit Union…

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by O Bee Credit UnionFor the second straight year, O Bee Credit Union has been recognized as one of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions. O Bee appears in Forbes’ ranking as the top Credit Union in Washington on its “America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions” list. Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to determine the Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions in the United States.“Statista surveyed more than 25,000 customers in the U.S. for their opinions on their banking relationships. The banks and credit unions were rated on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice,” the Forbes article stated.“It is an honor to be on Forbes America’s Best-In-State Credit Union list for the second straight year”, said James Collins, O Bee’s CEO. “We are doing the right things for the community and our members.  It’s our unique position in the marketplace, our passion, and creativity from our staff that makes us an award-winning credit union.About O Bee Credit Union O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started February 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full-service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has seven branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm, West Olympia, Point Ruston and Fern Hill in Tacoma. Membership is open to all Washington residents. Visit for more information about O Bee Credit Union.last_img read more

The Washington Center Announces Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing Arts“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure…if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band”.Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianistPink Martini’s “little orchestra” has sold over 3 million albums worldwide on their own independent label Heinz Record. Their music draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ’50s and crosses genres to make an eclectic, modern sound. Their arrangements of Latin music, jazz, cabaret and cinema scores come together in a sound that defies categorization.Returning to downtown Olympia at the Washington Center’s Main Stage Theater, music lovers and fans will want to get tickets early as this will be a highly anticipated special engagement and tickets will sell fast. The Washington Center is an intimate venue and has been equipped with a new sound system for the 2019/20 season – all seats in the house are excellent seats to enjoy the entertainment and appreciate the spectacular sound!This concert will include popular favorites from the band’s 25 year career as well as songs from their latest release, Je dis oui! – taking the audience on a musical trip around the world from France to Iran, Armenia to South Africa and more.General tickets on sale Tuesday, September 17 at noon FRIENDS of the Center Presale begins Tuesday, September 10 at noon | Become a donor today! Office: (360)753-8586DATE: Thursday April 9, 2020TIME: 7:30 p.m.VENUE: Washington Center Main Stage512 Washington St. SECOST: Tickets: $64 $84 $99 $129For more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.orglast_img read more

Three Republicans, One Democrat Take Two River Mayoral Slots

first_imgOutgoing Sea Bright Mayor Maria Fernandes, Fernandes’ mother Atelina Fernandes and Mayor-Elect Dina Long, (left) celebrate Long’s win last Tuesday night. Fernandes is stepping down as mayor at the end of her term in December.Two river voters elected four mayors in Tuesday’s elections, with interim Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff Jr., a Republican winning his first four-year seat with 1,180 votes.Almost sixty percent of voters in Little Silver turned out for the election, defeating Borough Council President and Independent candidate Daniel Levine, who received 802 votes, which equaled 40.42 percent, based upon the unofficial tallies recorded Tuesday night.A majority of the borough council elected Neff in August to serve the unexpired term of Mayor Suzanne Castleman, who died July 29. He then campaigned successfully for the full-four year term.“I can’t tell you how humbling it is,” to receive the endorsement of voters, Neff said on Wednesday. “It’s an enormous responsibility to live up to. I’ll work damn hard to make sure I don’t let those folks down.”Contested elections are not that frequent in Little Silver and Neff hadn’t had an opportunity to run in a contested race prior to this year. While he “felt an awful lot of strong support out there going door to door,” he acknowledged, “It was difficult to read the tea leaves and predict how it was going.”“I’d like to think I got my message out and people liked it and I’m grateful for it,” he said.His opponent was philosophical about his loss.“I feel, though I didn’t get all the votes, I did win in my own way,” Levine said on Wednesday. “I’m proud that they [voters] were aware that I was trying do something a little bit different,” working outside of the major political parties, he said of his run. “And I can make things a little bit different.”Levine was elected to the borough council as an independent three years ago when the governing body and the mayor were all Republican. “It’s not all about winning. It’s not all about losing. It’s about give and take,” he said, offering his support for the incoming mayor.Along with the mayor, borough voters re-elected Democrat Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. to his second three-year term, and elected Neff’s running mate Republican Dane S. Mihlon to a first term on the council.In Sea Bright, voters elected Democratic Borough Council member Dina Long as mayor, giving her 293 votes, or 54.16 percent of votes cast. Long defeated former Mayor Jo-Ann Kalaka-Adams, a Republican who received 196 votes, and Independent mayoral candidate Christopher Sandel, who received 52 votes.The three way race for mayor came about after one-term incumbent Mayor Maria Fernandes, a Democrat, decided not to seek re-election due to health considerations. Fernandes won her seat from Kalaka-Adams four years ago after several years of service on the council.Long had been appointed to the council in 2002 and won re-election in 2003, 2006 and again in 2009. As the unofficial results were finalized and it became clear she won, Long said “It’s a bit overwhelming.”But, she continued, “When we wake up tomorrow we’ll all still be living together,” as well as working together, in a small community. “Now I’m going to call my mother,” she concluded.Sandel, who had never run for elected office, was quick to offer his congratulations and his support to the new mayor-elect. “I think the person who worked the hardest won,” he said of the race.“I’m hopeful and optimistic,” and said he would consider another run for elected office. “I’m going to be around,” he said.Kalaka-Adams declined to comment on Election Night and did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Wednesday.Voters may have selected a Democrat for their mayor but they also returned the two incumbent Republicans to the six-member borough council, re-electing C, Read Murphy and James LoBiondo III for their three-year terms.In Atlantic Highlands voters returned incumbent Mayor Frederick J. Rast III, a Republican, to office by an almost 2-to-1 margin, with Rast received 819 votes or 64.74 percent of the turnout.Running against Rast was Democrat Paul Cavise, a local lawyer, who received 442 votes, 34.94 percent of the votes.“The residents of Atlantic Highlands, obviously, are happy,” Rast said, a face evidenced by his re-election as well as the re-election of the two incumbent Republican councilmen, John Archibald and Peter Doyle. “They realize we have done a good job and I think we have, honestly.”Democratic Council candidates Tamlyn Wilbourne and Deborah Zapulla received 473 and 486 votes, respectively.Rast said that prior to the election, he was confident that he would win the support of borough voters, noting that he has always been straightforward with the public. A case in point was his announcement last month about an additional $30 a quarter water surcharge the council will be instituting in January, he explained. That may have cost him some votes, but he never considered waiting until after the election to announce it. “That may have given my adversaries some votes,” he suspected. “But my feeling about it was you do what you got to do.”This election will probably mark Rast’s last as a candidate, said Rast, who is 67. “I wanr to move out of the way and let other people come in,” once this term is up. But, “I’ll still be around,” and probably will remain active with the local party organization.Cavise did not immediately respond Wednesday to phone call seeking comment.In Rumson, Mayor John Ekdahl was re-elected in an uncontested race, garnering 97.85 percent of the vote with 955 votes cast.Republican incumbents Shaun P. Broderick and Benamin W. Day were re-elected with 866 (40.34 percent) and 906 votes (42.24 percent) respectively. Democrat Philip Wagner garnered 367 votes, or 17.09 percent of votes cast.last_img read more

Remembering 9/11

first_imgA memorial plaque at Riverside Gardens Park placed in remembrance of Red Bank resident Mark Hemschoot. Joe McGrath of the Red Bank Elks Lodge recalls the events of Sept. 11, 2001, during the ceremony at Riverside gardens park. Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna speaks during the Sept. 11 remembrance at Riverside Gardens Park, home to the borough’s monument and garden area that honors residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony was sponsored by the Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233. Members of the Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233 and The Chorus of the Atlantic  (in blue shirts) remember the victims of 9/11 on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. The column of light to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001 as viewed from Atlantic Highlands.last_img

Public Invited to County 2013 Budget Meetings

first_imgFREEHOLD – The Board of Chosen Freeholders has two budget meetings scheduled in February and two in March.The freeholders are expected Feb. 28 to introduce the 2013 Monmouth County budget.The two meetings will be held in the Hall of Records in Freehold, one from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 27, in a space to be determined, and the second from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 28, in Room 235.The board also will take its budget presentation “on the road” and hold two public meetings in the county libraries during which time there will be a PowerPoint overview of the budget followed by public comment. The first session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the county’s Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury; the second will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the county library headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan.All budget meetings are open to the public.last_img read more

Local Effort to Double State’s Shore Protection Fund

first_imgProtecting the Coast and Tourism “After Sandy you couldsee the difference betweenthe areas of town where thedunes were maintained andmoney was invested andthe areas where that mon-ey wasn’t spent. We need todo the right thing to protectall of our coastal communi-ties,” Perry said. But pending before theLegislature are bills that aimto double the cap on fundingto $50 million annually. Margot Walsh, JSP executive director, said bill A-826 has stalled in the state Assembly, but she is encouraged by the recent advancement of bill S-1614 out of the state’s Environment and Energy Committee and into the Budget and Appropriations Committee. The next step would be a move to the state Senate for a vote. Perry and Walsh agreethat providing additionalfunding to protect the shoreis a move that will protect a$20 billion coastal tourismindustry in the state. A 200-foot-tall tide gate at Pews Creek is still being completed. It will be an automated lift gate model complete with 20-by-22-foot steel panels that can be clamped shut to keep stormwaters at bay. “Since Sandy there’sbeen a lot more work to do,and not just in the Bayshorearea, but for all of the state’sbeaches and coastal towns.And expenses for thesemaintenance projects haveincreased tremendously.It’s time for the fund to beincreased as well,” Walshsaid. “The resiliency of our coastline is critical to the future of our state’s economy, job growth, infrastructure, tourism and business development,” Walsh added. “The cost-share partnership with the Army Corps has provided a return on investment of billions in federal dollars for beach restoration and maintenance projects. And the beaches and shore directly account for $20 billion of New Jersey’s $44 billion tourism spending economy.” The most visible piece of the Port Monmouth Flood Control Project is a 200-foot-tall, automated tide gate at Pews Creek, complete with 20-by-22-foot steel panels that can be closed to keep stormwater from spreading.Photo by Chris Rotolo The Shore Protection Fund was established in 1992 following a series of destructive nor’easters that caused damage to properties from high winds and coastal flooding. The initial bill authorized $15 million to be transferred from the state’s real estate transfer tax and dedicated to beach and dune-erosion projects, as well as other shore protections measures. That annual cap bank was increased to $25 million in 1998 and has not been increased since. “I’m completely on board,” O’Scanlon said. “Our shoreline is the most valuable asset in Monmouth County, and one that is easy to take for granted. I understand that residents are pushing for increased funding and I stand with them.” Sen. Declan O’Scanlon(R-13) pledged to supportthe bill. MIDDLETOWN – For two decades, the amount of money annually dedicated to the state’s Shore Protection Fund has remained steady at $25 million. The fund was established to protect property owners from coastal storm damage, erosion and sea level rise. center_img Another major aspect of the project is a retaining wall with a mechanized road closure gate at the entrance to the Monmouth Cove Marina.Photo by Chris Rotolo A long flood wall and road closure gate near Port Monmouth Road and the Monmouth Cove Marina, and the installation of interior drainage/pump systems near Port Monmouth’s two major creeks are also in place. Already completed is the replenishment of the beach-front area and fishing pier near the historic Bayshore Waterfront Park. Additionally, concrete groins have been constructed to run perpendicular to the beach and extend into the bay. A series of levees, flood walls and pumping stations have been built as well. The bill also created a cost-share partnership among the state of New Jersey, its coastal municipalities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to engage in shore protection projects, including beach restoration and maintenance. The legislation is the work of the Monmouth County-based group Jersey Shore Partnership (JSP). At their March 18 meeting, the Middletown Township Committee expressed its support for increasing the cap with a resolution citing the need to fund necessary projects following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. “We have to do all we can to ensure the protection of our residents and their in- vestments,” Perry said. “We can’t allow taxpayer dollars to go toward restoring the shore and raising homes, and then ignore a long-term plan to protect those investments,” he said. “Over the past 20 years the state has seen its fair share of impactful storms, and Middletown has beared the brunt of the last two, in Sandy and Irene,” said Middletown Mayor Tony Perry. “We’re going on seven years since Sandy and the government and taxpayers have made large investments, not only to protect our homes, but to prevent the erosion of our beaches. Now is an appropriate time to protect those investments.” Shore protection measures are also critical for transportation, as seen in the wake of Super Storm Sandy when massive damage was done to state routes 36, 35 and 34. Jersey Shore Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for stable funding for coastal protection efforts, as well as beach replenishment initiatives. Aid For Projects Both Big and Small Stewart Farrell, director of the Coastal Research Center at Stockton University, said the fund-sharing partnership goes beyond smaller beach-filling and replenishment projects. It also helps fund large-scale endeavors like the $115 million flood control project underway in Middletown’s Port Monmouth section, which is now in its second phase. Completion is expected in 2022. last_img read more

Kimberley Newell blazes own trail as goalie for the B.C. Major Midget Kootenay Ice

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsUsually by the end of a B.C. Major Midget Hockey League game Kootenay Ice goalies have seen more rubber than Goodyear Tire.Which may be a bit of a nightmare to some aspiring netminders looking to parlay a successful midget campaign into a shot at tier two junior A.Not so for Kimberley Newell.Like a heat-seeking missile, Newell sought out the Ice goal crease as the best place to improve her skills.The idea is the boy’s game is  much more or a higher tempo and competitive which should easily for the rigours of college hockey next fall at Princeton.”I wanted to play in the B.C. Major Midget League and, after my mom moved to Nelson to work with B.C. Hydro, I thought the Ice would be the best place for me to play,” the beaming 5’8″ Newell said before taking the ice at the NDCC Arena against the Okanagan Rockets.Newell experienced ups and downs against the Rockets, winning the opener 5-4 before being shelled 7-0 in the game two.”Kootenay isn’t one of the stronger teams in the league so I thought I’d get lots of shots and have a better chance to develop my skills,” Newell added.Of course this is a male league and Newell, for those keeping score at home, is a female goalie.This may pose a bit of a problem for some coaches.However, Kootenay skipper Mario DiBella saw skill and not gender when making his final decision on goaltenders for the BCMMHL squad.”The competition was stiff but Kimberley came to camp and earned her position,” said DiBella, who had the luxury of seeing Newell in action when the Vancouver native played with is daughter Beth during the spring.”As much as this is a male midget league I certainly couldn’t be in a position where I held gender against her when she had the skill set to emerge as one of the two goaltenders on this team.”Newell was born in Vancouver and lived most of the past 16 years on the Lower Mainland. Putting on the pads is something Newell aspired to do at a young age.After spending the first few years of minor hockey as a regular skater, parents Jen and Nick were finally convinced to allow Newell to try goal.”Ever since I was young I’ve been fascinated with goalies,” Newell confessed. “I don’t remember this but my mom told me I’d go to rinks and watch the goalie sessions and goalie instructors and just loved that.”Newell has not looked out of place on the Ice, starting three of the four games this season, including the first win of the season for Kootenay against Okanagan.Normally goalies split the assignments but Kootenay’s other goalie Brett Soles of Cranbrook was sick with the flu forcing DiBella to give Newell consecutive starts against the Rockets.”I’m starting to fit in with the with guys,” Newell said. “These guys are good after a few practices when they saw what I could do they accepted me and I feel part of the team now.”But the other team? Now that’s a different story.Newell has taken her share of ribbing from the opposition players. Much like the criticism Mano Rheuame experienced — Rheuame is the first and only female to play in an National Hockey League exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues in 1992 — when the Quebec-born netminder played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.”Some of the players on the other teams do try to intimidate me like “hey, it’s a girl in net” and “we’re going to light you up”.But Newell knows “trash talking” is part of the game, which “will happen wherever I go so it really doesn’t bother me,” she said.It does, irk DiBella somewhat.”We actually experience that during the exhibition season,” said DiBella, a goalie when he played hockey. “She’s very strong mentally and able to block it out. I think it take more of a toll on her coach than it does on her.”Newell stock in goal has shot up faster than shares in gold mines.So much, the Newell returned from a tour of U.S. colleges eager for her signature on the recruiting document.And the winner is?Princeton.”I visited Cornell, Yale and Princeton because I’m looking at attending an Ivy League school and when I got back I decided to commit to Princeton,” explained Newell, currently attending LVR in Nelson and expecting to graduate from high school in June. “It’s very exciting because the campus is just beautiful and it looks like (Princeton) will have a strong team and it’s obviously a great school so I’m very happy with my decision.”Fans get a chance to see Newell in action as the Kootenay Ice play host to Cariboo Cougars Saturday and Sunday at the Castlegar and District Community Complex.Game time Saturday is 4 p.m. Sunday, puck drop is 9:30 a.m.No doubt fans may want to purchase a program. Because if you don’t know it’s Newell between the pipes, you’d probably think it’s a boy by the way she plays.Ice gain single point against BlazersThe Kootenay Ice gained a single point during a B.C. Major Midget Hockey League road series in Chase against Thompson Blazers.Four players shared in the scoring in a 4-4 tie to open the two-game set.Darren Medeiros of Castlegar, Colton Dashwitz of Nakusp, Quinn Klimchuk of Castlegar and Nelson’s Brandon Sookro scored for Kootenay.Thompson won game two 4-1. Jake Lucchini of Trail scored the lone goal for the Ice.The Ice falls to 1-4-1 on the season and sits last in the 11-team BCMMHL standings.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more