Submitted by TCTVSingers, dancers, musicians, or creative variety acts could win $500 on TCTV’S SHOW OFF! Talent Contest! Nonprofessional performers who are at least seven years old are invited to enter. SHOW OFF! is a benefit fund raiser for Thurston Community Television.Preliminary competition will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, from10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Stage II (Black Box). TCTV will pre-register entries until 5:00PM on March 7th. Walk-ins are also welcome. Entry fee is $15.A maximum of 16 acts will be selected to compete in the SHOW OFF! Final Competition on April 14, 2013.Two $500 cash awards will be presented – The Judges Choice and The Audience Choice.The SHOW OFF! judges will select the Judges Choice winner on the afternoon of April 14, 2013 when SHOW OFF! takes the stage at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts at 2:00 PM. Second and third place acts will receive trophies. The show will be carried LIVE on the TCTV Channels and streamed on the Internet. The event is free and the public is invited to be part of the live audience.The SHOW OFF! Final Competition program will be replayed several times for the next week so the viewing audience can watch and vote for Audience Choice winner. The Audience Choice Award will be announced on Saturday April 20, 2013 during a LIVE program from the TCTV studios. Show Off! is a fund raiser for TCTV. The generosity of the audience determines the Audience Choice winner. Every $1 donated to TCTV by the viewing audience will be counted as a vote for the donor’s favorite act.This is the fourth year TCTV has produced SHOW OFF! Talent Contest. Past winners include a 12-year old singer from Yakima, a doo-wop vocal group from Capital Playhouse, a mother-daughter interpretive sign-language performance and a 9-year old girl drummer.Information and contestant applications are available at www.tctv.net or by calling (360) 956-3100. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County Commissioners today, approved a proclamation honoring the many volunteers who serve county government and the citizens of the county.The proclamation declares the week of April 18 through 22 as “Volunteer Recognition Week” honoring the more than 825 women and men who give their time in support of more than 40 boards, commissions, advisory groups and other programs and organizations.Thurston County Commission Chair Sandra Romero says volunteers are a cornerstone of many county programs. “Just about any program provided by county government is impacted in a very positive way by citizens who give of their own time and expertise. Without their selflessness, we just would not be able to provide the range of services that we do.A review of the efforts of county volunteers shows:Volunteer hours donated in a year are in excess of 25,000The estimated value of the donated time is more than $476,000 dollarsVolunteers are vital in such organizations as the Medical Reserve Corps, Search and Rescue, Office of Assigned Counsel, Veterans’ Advisory Board, Victims’ Advocates, Stream Team, Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputies, Fair Board and dozens of other bodies.County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe says, “Many of the volunteers give up evening time and weekends to assist county government and we really appreciate their willingness to serve.”Commissioner Bud Blake says the donations of volunteers really make a difference. “A single person cannot do everything, but everyone can do something. The hundreds of people who give to county government contribute greatly to making this a great place to live. Their efforts are truly outstanding!”In one example alone, The WSU-Extension Master-Gardener/Master-Recycler program totaled more than 12,000 volunteer hours last year, which would equal six full time employees.
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesEvent will affect parking, traffic on Capitol CampusAbout 500 people are expected to attend the 2017 Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial ceremony that will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Law Enforcement Memorial, which is located near the Temple of Justice overlooking Capitol Lake and the north Capitol Campus.The ceremony honors law enforcement officers who gave their life in the line of duty and those who displayed exceptional meritorious conduct.The event will cause some impacts to parking, traffic and bus service on the west Capitol Campus on the day of the ceremony and the night before.There will be a 21-gun salute during the ceremony and practice salutes on the west side of the General Administration Building earlier in the day.Ceremony set-up begins around 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, requiring the closure of the parking lot and short roadway behind the Temple of Justice. The north and south diagonals, the short, one-way drives that run from Capitol Way towards the Legislative Building, will also be closed the evening of May 4. Both areas will remain closed until after the ceremony – about 3 p.m. on May 5.A short section of 11th Avenue – from Capitol Way to Water Street SW, in front of the General Administration Building – will also be closed. This closure will begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, and remain in effect until after the ceremony.Other May 5 closures related to the ceremony include:Cherry Lane from the flag circle north to Water Street – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Water Street, near the campus greenhouses, to 11th Avenue – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The hillside switchback trail below the Law Enforcement Memorial will be closed during the ceremony.The Dash shuttle will continue to run through the west campus on May 5, but the route will be modified and the colorful buses will not stop at all of the usual locations before and during the ceremony.Follow Enterprise Services on Twitter. Learn more about Visitor Services on Facebook.
Facebook225Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned two Best of Class awards at the New World International Wine Competition held in California in February.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryBoom Runner, a sparkling rose of Pinot Noir, earned 98-points,Best of Class and a double gold medal. This wine was crafted from grapes harvested at Kitara Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA. Some proceeds from this wine are donated to the Polson Museum in Hoquiam who are also credited with providing the vintage photograph for the label. Industrial artist Tavis Highlander created the sculpture commemorating this wine in their 15-acre display garden.Dawn Patrol, a blend of Riesling and raspberries was awarded 94-points, Best of Varietal, Best of Class and a gold medal at the event. The grapes for this wine were harvested from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA and Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The label features an original watercolor by Darryl Easter. The sculpture by Jeffro Uitto commemorating this wine is located on the ninth hole of the winery’s executive golf course.“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Aristotle #aristotle #crushingit #wawine #westportwinery #greatergraysharbor #goldmedal #pinotnoir #winning #dawnpatrolWestport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.
Facebook3.1kTweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey has garnered a spot on Money’s “100 Best Places to Live in America” list, coming in at number 75. Only two Washington cities are included in 2019’s national ranking, with Redmond receiving twelfth. Other Pacific Northwest recipients include the Oregon cities of Bend, Beaverton, and Salem.To compile the ranking, Money looked at U.S. communities with at least 50,000 in population and analyzed nearly 160,000 data points, including economic health, cost of living, ethnic and economic diversity, public education, income, health and safety, ease of living, and amenities. The study looked at a total of 1,796 cities.“It is a sense of pride that Lacey is included among the 100 Best Places to Live in America,” said Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder. “It reaffirms what we already know about our community — Lacey is a special place.”
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LITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional (RBR) junior Matthew Rosen of Little Silver has achieved a notable accomplishment in his musical career with his selection to the exclusive All-Eastern Honors Band.Matt Rosen, a Red Bank Regional High School junior, has been playing clarinet since he was 10.Matt will play bass clarinet for the ensemble. The band is composed of 150 of the best musicians in 12 states on the East Coast from Maine to Virginia, with only 16 percent of that number coming from New Jersey.The ensemble convenes every other year, and the players are picked from among the best musicians in their state, having performed with their All-State Honor Musical Ensembles, which alone is a major feat.Matt achieved this last year, along with the Region II Band and All-Shore Band honors. He was seated as first chair alto clarinet in the 2012 All State Wind Ensemble and was also accepted to the wind ensemble on contra alto and bass clarinet. He played first chair bass clarinet in the 2011 and 2012 All-Shore Band.The All-Eastern Band is one of five honors ensembles and includes concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus and jazz ensemble. The groups, which feature 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern Region of the U.S., will give a virtuoso performance on Sunday, April 7, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Mortensen Hall, in Hartford, Conn.Matt began his deep interest with the clarinet at age 10. It has been a major focus of his life ever since. He has studied both privately and as an instrumental music major in RBR’s Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, where he plays in the orchestra as well as the concert and jazz bands. “I have only known Matt for about three months; however, I quickly learned what an accomplished musician he is,” said RBR’s new band teacher Ross Chu. “He has developed a mastery of his instrument that is very impressive for someone as young as he is. His love of music and his desire to learn and improve his playing ability is truly inspiring.”Matt’s long-time private teacher, Jennifer Brush, coincidentally was the last RBR student to make the All Eastern Band in 2003. She is currently the Markham Place Middle School orchestra and choir director.Matt plays bass clarinet in the Rutgers University Symphonic Band, conducted by Darryl Bott. He was recommended to the position by Dr. Maureen Hurd, chairman of the Mason Gross Woodwind Department. He is the only high school student to ever play with this ensemble. Additionally, Matthew studies the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones with the well-known saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen from Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers.Next to his selection to the All Eastern Band, Matt considers his biggest accomplishment to be his acceptance to the highly competitive Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program where he studies clarinet with Renee Rosen. Matt spends every Saturday in Manhattan in this prestigious program. He hopes this will help him realize another dream: that of studying music at this exceptional conservatory of music, although he is also very fond of Rutgers’ music program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.“I just love it and believe I was born to play,” Matt said.
RED BANK – Sometime this fall with the move of Prown’s to Middletown, it will mean the borough won’t have a Prown’s-operated business for the first time in nearly 90 years.David Prown, whose family operated Prown’s variety store in the borough for three generations, has been active on a number of community involvement fronts. Still, he will be relocating his home improvement business from its current location at 135 Monmouth St. to Route 35 North in neighboring Middletown. His plans are to move sometime in the next couple of months.“Everything’s the same. The business model is the same,” Prown said. “The only thing that’s changed will be the location.”Prown has been operating Prown’s Home Improvement as a stand-alone business at the Monmouth Street location for the last 13 years.The reason for the move, Prown said is to find a higher profile spot to help expand the business. “It’s really about the visibility,” he explained. “It’s just a busier street.”“You always have to think about growing your business,” he continued.Prown will continue to live in the borough.Prown has lived in the borough since 1989, moving here from Connecticut, when he took over operating the family-owned variety store, which first opened in 1925 at 47 Broad St. The first location, whose motto was the familiar “Prown’s Has Everything,” was destroyed by fire in 1960, with the family relocating the operation to 32 Broad, where it continued until David closed it in 2003.At that time, Prown said his store could no longer compete with large box-style stores and spun off his home improvement business. Relocating to Monmouth Street Prown said, “It was definitely a smart move moving here. No regrets at all.”In addition to his business activities, Prown has long been active in helping area underprivileged families, especially borough youth, get a leg up, seeing sports as a great equalizer for many of the kids. Over the years, he’s organized various sports leagues to engage the young. And more recently he and other like-minded area residents have been collecting sports equipment donated from a variety of sources for his Red Bank Replay program, making the items available to needy young people.“Nothing’s going to change on that. I’m actually looking for ward to the next stage. A little bit more energy a little bit more passion, ” concerning his activism, Prown said. “The only thing different is kids won’t be able to walk into my showroom after school to pick up a pair of cleats or whatever.” The new location, however, doesn’t have as much storage space as the Monmouth Street spot and he’s looking to partner with organizations to help in distributing the equipment.Brookdale Community College in May awarded Prown an honorary degree for his mentorship and “has built a reputation as a staunch children’s advocate by work- ing directly with local students of color and spearheading a wide range of youth service programs in the Red Bank area,” the college said in presenting the degree.
By Chelsea Maguire |SHREWSBURY – Since the nation’s earliest days, the red, white and blue banner of stars and stripes has endured as a visible symbol of the United States, its citizens and the fight for freedom.But there comes a time when Old Glory shows signs of wear and tear and is no longer in a suitable condition to fly. According to Title 36, Section 176, Paragraph K, of The United States Code, that’s when the flag “should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”Shrewsbury-based Boy Scout Troop 50 will provide that service to the community with a dignified public Flag Retirement Ceremony Oct. 11 at Gopher Field at Borough Hall.Assistant Scoutmaster John E. Hogan will lead the ceremony, during which the scouts methodically take each flag apart with scissors, cutting stripe by stripe, because a flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. While this is taking place, the boys take turns reading words that tell the story of the importance of each stripe in regard to the history of our founding fathers, the country and the people, from gaining our independence from Great Britain to putting a man on the moon.Hogan describes the event as a very “somber and respectful event and a reminder of the importance of our citizenship and our community.”Sometimes the worn, torn or stained banners Troop 50 receives have stories attached to them as well, such as where they were flown and for how long. The stories are incorporated into the ceremony.Also participating in the Shrewsbury Scouting Program ceremony will be Cub Scout Pack 50, which includes boys ranging from first to fifth grades.Being outside after dark, in a field near a roaring fire, is an exciting experience for the kids, said Hogan. They listen to the scoutmasters tell them about the symbolism of the flag, the importance of the ceremony and how they must be responsible for treating the flag with reverence.The scoutmasters ask the boys to remember the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the name of freedom and liberty.Since the tradition began, many of the same Scouts have returned for the solemn remembrance, reading from a script they have especially for this ceremony, singing the national anthem and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, acting respectfully as each flag surrenders to retirement.A tradition such as this is not a simple flag burning, but in the words of Hogan “a funeral for an honored symbol of our nation which served its purpose.”The flag retirement ceremony will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 on Gopher Field at Borough Hall. Community members who wish to retire a flag can place it in a collection box left by Troop 50 in the vestibule of Borough Hall.This article was first published in the Sept. 20 – 26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – Plans to solidify and expand former Fort Monmouth’s future as a technology and innovation hub have won a $100,000 state grant – the only Monmouth County recipient of the new statewide “Innovation Challenge” pilot program.Nine awards of up to $100,000 were granted Sept. 13 to fund future-focused projects with demonstrable potential for success following a proposal process that began in July. The program is part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s “Stronger and Fairer” economic development agenda.“Communities responded with a clear commitment to spurring innovation,” the governor said. “From the installation of a high-speed 5G fiber network to the creation of a collaborative research-driven incubator, and a maker’s campus, these plans will help further New Jersey’s ability to compete and win in the 21st century economy.”The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) – partnering with Monmouth County, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) – will utilize the funds to facilitate development of a 50-acre tech park at the fort’s former McAfee complex, already slated for technology-focused re-use. In August, FMERA hosted a showcase there, which officials said garnered “a high level of interest” from developers, real estate professionals and technology companies in attendance. The McAfee complex will be formally offered for sale by FMERA this fall. Built in 1997, the facility features a 6-foot loading dock, eight 2,400-square-foot raised floor labs, and an anechoic chamber designed to absorb reflections of sound or electromagnetic waves.“The approximately 50-acre campus (named in the grant award), refers to the planned redevelopment of the McAfee Center and surrounding property in Oceanport and Eatontown,” said Sarah Giberson, FMERA senior marketing and development officer. “The McAfee Center is envisioned for reuse as a technology or research and development facility that will potentially include an accelerator, incubator and/or graduation space for entrepreneurs, startups and emerging tech companies.” Funding will be funneled through Monmouth County, which works closely with FMERA in myriad areas of the fort’s redevelopment and maintenance on a daily basis.Initially, NJII will lead a Cluster Readiness and Feasibility Assessment to determine which tech sectors should be targeted, as well as identifying the area’s key assets and opportunities to attract business and investment.“NJII, led by Drs. Donald Sebastian and Timothy Franklin, who also hold faculty and/or administrative positions at NJIT, is the state’s leader in cluster/regional development, distributed research, and transformative regional engagement,” Giberson said, adding that FMERA staff will participate and contribute at no cost to the county. The authority’s staff includes expertise in real estate development, engineering, planning, finance, marketing and economic development. A 20 percent funding match required through the grant will be provided as in-kind services, primarily in the form of faculty and staff time.“Providing seed funding to catalyze planning and key investments is an important step in advancing Gov. Murphy’s mission of reclaiming the innovation economy,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), which oversees the Innovation Challenge. “This program will help our communities advance plans and build the capacity they need to drive innovation-centered economic development.”Since initiating the fort’s redevelopment more than seven years ago, FMERA has ushered three tech companies through the processes to locate their headquarters on the 1,127-acre fort, which spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. To date, those firms employ more than 1,000 people.Applicants for Innovation Challenge grants were limited to cities or partnered municipalities representing at least 25,000 people, or county or regional partnerships that collectively represent at least 100,000 people. Applicants were required to demonstrate “a viable path to bring ideas to implementation, including a collaborative stakeholder engagement process and strategy.” Economic and social impact, management experience and the strength of solutions based on utilizing new and emerging technologies were among the criteria.Other awardees are: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Bridgeton, Camden County, New Brunswick, Passaic County, Trenton, and Union Township. Atlantic City and Stockton University will create a Center for Marine and Environmental Science, while in Bridgeton, the new Center for Smart Food Manufacturing seeks to create a national model by using emerging technology to establish a futuristic hub for the food industry. Projects will be tracked and assessed to “inform the EDA’s own plans for economic development activities and programs, and will be shared with other local governmental entities to foster further innovation across the state,” Sullivan said.“We owe our gratitude to Freeholder Lillian Burry and Monmouth County director of planning Ed Sampson for their overwhelming support of this initiative, as a county or municipal partner was an eligibility requirement,” Giberson said. “The county’s decision to partner with NJIT, its affiliate NJII, and FMERA indicates the significance of this grant and its potential impact on the fort and its surrounding communities.”This article was first published in the Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.