Military Spouses an Untapped Employment Resource

first_imgTo learn more about this job-ready workforce solution, please contact the Chamber at 360.357.3362. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Thurston County ChamberEvery business owner and manager knows (or they should!) that their workforce is their single greatest asset.  The Thurston County Chamber is committed to helping businesses connect with resources to build and maintain a strong workforce. According to the Department of Defense, although 85% of military spouses want or need to work, 1 in 4 are unemployed. The Chamber is working to connect employers in our community with this highly-qualified, yet largely-untapped talent pool. Providing employment opportunities for military spouses helps your business meet its human capital goals while improving the quality of life for a military family. The Thurston County Chamber is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aids and services may be available upon request to persons with disabilities.  Funds made available through the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Consortium. The number of military and civilian personnel assigned to Joint Base Lewis McChord has grown significantly in the past 10 years. From 2003-2010 employment increased by 40,000 and that number continues to grow.  As a result there has also been an influx of military spouses, many looking for work. Due to the unique demands of military life, spouses frequently bring skills sets that can strengthen your team. These include:Ability to adapt to changeSkillful stress managementAptitude for multi-asking & problem solvingDiverse backgroundBroad range of experienceslast_img read more

First Razor Clam Dig Of 2013 Starts January 8

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have approved the first razor clam dig of 2013, starting Tuesday (Jan. 8) at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches later in the week.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the evening dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that Twin Harbors beach will be open to digging for seven straight days on evening tides. No digging will be allowed there or on any beach before noon.“Our surveys show we have a lot of clams at Twin Harbors this season, and the digging schedule reflects that,” Ayres said. “But digging has been good at the other beaches, too.”The schedule for the upcoming dig and evening low tides is:Jan. 8, Tues., 3:44 p.m., -0.2 ft., Twin HarborsJan. 9, Wed., 4:38 p.m., -0.9 ft., Twin HarborsJan. 10, Thurs., 5:27 p.m., -1.3 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis,Jan. 11, Fri., 6:14 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, MocrocksJan. 12, Sat., 6:58 p.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, MocrocksJan. 13, Sun., 7:41 p.m., -1.2 ft., Twin HarborsJan. 14, Mon., 8:22 p.m., -0.6 ft., Twin HarborsAyres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at and from license vendors around the state.Information about current and proposed digs, as well as the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, is available at read more

Olympia Police Chief Recognizes Citizens And Staff

first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaIn a ceremony today, Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts honored both members of the public and members of the Police Department for their service to the community in 2012.  Each year, the Olympia Police Department meets during National Police Week to recognize those who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to help provide a safe and secure city.  Chief Roberts thanked the award recipients for their dedication to community and to duty.Life Saving Award:  Mr. Ralph Osgood and Mr. Rhys McCray, were honored this year with a Life Saving Award for the help they gave to a suicidal woman who was trying to jump off the Capitol Way bridge onto I-5.  Officers Kory Pearce, Amy King, Ryan Donald, and Duane Hinrichs were also recognized for helping bring the woman to safety.Medal of Valor:  Officer Mike Hovda received a Medal of Valor for his actions that prevented injury to officers by a suspect wielding a gun.Partnership Awards:  Awards are given to members of the community who partner with the police to address crime.  Mr. Peter Guttchen, Ms. Angie Warner-Rein and Ms. Linda Donaldson were recognized for their efforts to keep their neighborhoods safe.Chief’s Awards:  Awards are given to individuals who provided exemplary service to the Department in 2012.  Those receiving Chief’s Awards included Officers Jason Watkins and Paul Evers, Sergeant Jim Black, and Corrections Officer Kelli Hull.Employee of the Year (non-commissioned):  Lonnie Griffin received this award for his exceptional work in Evidence and in Customer Service.Officer of the Year:  Chris Johnstone received the Officer of the Year award for his outstanding work as a Detective. Facebook9Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Calling All Cars – Summer’s End Car Show Registration Now Open

first_imgSubmitted by City of Lacey12th Annual Car Show Saturday, Sept 21, 9am-3pm at Huntamer Park (618 Woodland Sq Lp SE, Lacey) presented by Lacey Parks & Recreation, Cool Creek Nites Car Club and the Lacey Chamber of Commerce.Show us your wheels!  Enter your car for a chance to win one of 50 awards!  All makes, models and years welcome!  The car voted ‘best in show’ this year will be the featured car to promote the 2014 Summer’s End show on posters, ads and t-shirts!  Pre-register by Sept. 9 for $20 or day of event registration for $25.Free admission for spectators.Wrap up the summer with a visit to Huntamer Park and take a walk through the park viewing vehicles from every era including muscle cars, rat rods, classics, and more.  In addition to all the great cars on display, enjoy live music by the Mick Hart Band, visit our many vendors, enjoy lunch in the park, participate in the car related games for kids and adults including the piston toss, lug nut challenge and the fan belt toss.  The show offers something for everyone!Proceeds help to purchase defibrillators for local emergency response agencies.  For more then 10 years the Cool Creek Nites Car Club has worked with the city of Lacey on the Summer’s end car show to raise money to purchase defibrillators for fire departments from small communities that utilize volunteer fire fighters and often can’t afford this expensive equipment that saves lives!Visit for a registration form or call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857 to register. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Forest Service Gate Closures Begin October 1

first_imgThe mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.  For general information on the Olympic National Forest, visit Submitted by US Forest ServiceOlympia, WA – Seven gates within Olympic National Forest will be closed and locked for the winter beginning on October 1, 2013.  The closures will last through April 30, 2014, and will occur on the 2451 road in the North Fork Skokomish watershed; on the 2354, 2353, and 2361 roads in the South Fork Skokomish; and on the 2294 (two gates) and 2270 roads in the Wynoochee watershed.These closures are part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Olympic National Forest and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.  They are designed to: 1) increase wildlife utilization of habitat; 2) reduce the siltation of lakes and streams; 3) provide diverse recreational hunting opportunities; 4) reduce harassment levels on deer and elk; and 5) increase the survival rate of buck deer and bull elk.The closures extend only to the use of motorized vehicles; accessing the road systems behind the gates via hiking or mountain biking is still permissible.  For questions, please contact Betsy Howell, Wildlife Biologist, at Olympic National Forest, 360-956-2292. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Football: Sunil Chettri feels the current Indian football team will not be too dependent…

first_imgImage Courtesy: India TodayAdvertisement 7fmasNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebo2uxu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b1ybWould you ever consider trying this?😱fbmdhCan your students do this? 🌚oxmlmRoller skating! Powered by Firework One of the leading active goal scorers in the International circuit, Sunil Chhetri claims that India does not require a good performance from him constantly in order to achieve success. Advertisement Image Courtesy: India TodayAhead of India’s crucial encounter against neighbours Bangladesh at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Chhetri admitted that this team is not too reliant on him to be successful. He stated:“The Indian team doesn’t need Sunil Chhetri to put up a good performance. I am just one of the 23 players in the team. I’m a little bit lucky and a little bit more experienced. That’s about it,”Advertisement The striker, who missed India’s valiant goalless draw against reigning Asian Champions Qatar owing to illness jokingly claimed that the team performed well because of his absence. He said:It was because of my absence that they played so well in the Qatar game. That’s what the players keep reminding me (laughs).”Advertisement Chhetri claimed that Igor Stimac, who was roped in as the new head coach in May has no prejudice when it comes to selection. It was clearly evident when the Croatian introduced a host of new faces for the King’s Cup and Intercontinental Cup ahead of the World Cup qualifiers. He added:“Whoever does well in training will play. Sometimes he defies what I think. He has come with no prejudice in this country. He doesn’t know what you have done in the past. That is the reason we have done so well against Qatar.Read Also:India football coach Igor Stimac refuses to take Bangladesh lightly ahead of WC 2022 Qualifier clashFormer England manager reveals bizarre phone conversation where he convinced Roman Abramovic to buy Chelsea instead of Spurs Advertisementlast_img read more

West Side Activist Ben Forest Running for Red Bank Mayor

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – Ben Forest has been a familiar face at Red Bank borough council meetings over the past two decades, usually found sitting in the first few rows. But after an announcement last week, Forest has his eyes set on another seat altogether.Forest, a West Side resident and activist, announced via his personal Facebook page last week that he is running in the Democratic municipal primary later this month for his party’s nomination in the Red Bank mayoral race.“I take no pleasure in announcing my candidacy against Mayor Pat Menna today,” Forest said in his video. “I’ve known him for probably 30 years as a town attorney, councilman and as a mayor. I think too many issues have gone unaddressed and unresolved in our town, and I think it’s time for a change.”Forest, a married father of two, has been a Red Bank resident since 1996 and lives on Locust Avenue on the West Side. He has been on the Red Bank Board of Education since 2005 and was elected as board president unanimously three times. He’s also been a board member with Clean Water Action since 1994.Forest said over the past few years he’s aired opposing views on two developments. The first was 55 West Front St., approved for development last year as the Element, a four-story, 35-unit residential complex on a vacant lot across from Riverside Gardens Park and now under construction. He was concerned with how the redevelopment process has played out.The other issue, Forest noted, was how the borough council has handled the White Street parking lot development and the ongoing conversation of whether or not a multistory parking garage should be built on the municipal-owned property.“It’s clear that the leadership in town needs to be reevaluated. There are just too many things not getting done.”Other platforms Forest supports are a thriving downtown, a data-driven solution to Red Bank’s parking issue, a safe and walkable community, updating Red Bank’s master plan and embracing Red Bank’s strong cultural roots.“I love the culture. I love that I can walk to a theater,” Forest said. “We want this to continue and we want to help.”After some jostling over the past few months, it seems the Democratic primary race for mayor has slimmed down to two candidates – Forest, and incumbent mayor Pasquale Menna, now nearing the end of his third term as mayor.“Ben has every right, and so does anyone else, to submit their nomination,” Menna said. “I look forward to it.”Menna told The Two River Times earlier this week he anticipates he will again seek reelection as mayor.“The council in Red Bank, with my leadership, are trying to grapple with a number of important issues that are still unfinished,” he said. “We’re trying to get some more accomplishments done.”In December, former Red Bank councilman Michael Dupont said he was considering a run for mayor, but has since changed his mind because of some business opportunities he wants to pursue, he said. Dupont, a Democrat, said Wednesday he is fully endorsing Menna for re-election.Dupont was ousted from Red Bank’s governing body in 2015 after losing to current Republican councilman Michael Whelan by only three votes.Forest said Red Bank Democrats will hold a municipal convention on Feb. 25 to pick between himself and Menna, so far the only two candidates in the ring. A candidate has until Feb. 16 to file a letter of intent, Forest said.The mayor’s seat in Red Bank comes with a four-year term and is selected through its own ballot question in November. Menna hasn’t faced a challenger for mayor since current Republican Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley ran against him in 2006. Menna won that race by a 106-vote margin. Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna Jr. did not seek re-election in 2005 after 16 years as mayor.This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

New Device Developed In Monmouth County May Help Detect Heart Attacks

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman Alvarez |Cardiac patients living with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) might feel they have a guardian angel looking out for them, thanks to a new medical device invented right here in the Two River area.After a long journey of starts and stops, research and trials, in April the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the AngelMed Guardian®System, the world’s first implantable cardiac monitor and patient alerting system for ACS.The AngelMed Guardian®System, nicknamed “the Guardian,” is designed to identify changes in the heart’s electrical signals indicative of a potential ACS, including heart attacks or episodes of unstable angina.“I’m a little numb,” said David R. Fischell, Ph.D., of Fair Haven, co-founder and CEO of Angel Medical Systems, and one of the inventors the device. “It’s been 17 years.”The Guardian got its start in 2002 in Fischell’s home office, where he and a handful of former AT&T Bell Lab engineers toiled for years to develop the device.Fischell, who’s company bio describes him as a “serial entrepreneur,” has founded nine biomedical device companies in the last 15 years, including Angel Medical Systems. For 11 years he worked at AT&T Bell Labs in Monmouth County locations. Much of the R&D for the Guardian was performed by former Bell Lab employees.Fischell’s father, Rober t, ScD., a physicist, inventor and holder of more than 200 medical patents, serves as chairman of the board of Angel Medical Systems. He is credited with developing modern medical stents, lifetime pacemaker batteries and implantable insulin pumps.The senior Fischell first got the idea for the Guardian when he observed that portable external devices that measure a heart’s activity continuously for 24 to 48 hours, similar to Holter monitors, use electrodes that attach to the skin. “But you can’t wear that 24 hours a day,” Fischell said. “With a heart attack you need to know when it happens. That’s what got us going.” Fischell and his father, as well as his brother Tim, M.D., an inter ventional cardiologist, set about working on an internal device.A heart attack occurs when there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to an area of the heart.According to Fischell, “14 million Americans have ACS.”When the Guardian’s implanted monitor detects a potential heart attack, it vibrates, alerting the patient. In addition, a pager-size device beeps and flashes, letting the user know to seek help or call 911.At the hospital, a physician can retrieve the information collected by the Guardian on a computer.Despite the current excitement, it was a long road from conception to approval.After clinical trials at 100 medical centers throughout the country, including four in New Jersey, Angel Medical Systems had to complete an extensive review process for the FDA approval.The company had to make tough decisions, including reducing its over-head by shuttering its space and allowing its 10 employees to work out of their homes, in order to save money.Funding through New Jersey’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program, also known as the Net Operating Loss (NOL) Program, helped immensely.Now Fischell and AngelMed are poised and ready to bring the life-saving device to market, planned for sometime in 2019.“We believe it can reduce the number of patients coming in to emergency rooms every year thinking they’re having a heart attack,” said Fischell, “but are not.”“We hope the Guardian as it’s released throughout the country will have the potential to save hearts and lives.”This article first appeared in the July 5 – 12, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–There’s a new voice in town. Australian-born Michael Wrona, who was named the Voice of Santa Anita following a rigorous audition process this past winter, is set to handle the full-time announcing duties when Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet kicks off on Friday, with first race post time at 1 p.m.“I’m ready,” said the popular Wrona, 50, at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner Wednesday morning. “It was a great honor to be named the full-time announcer this past spring and I feel much more at home coming into this meet. Kathy (longtime fiancé) and I got married in Lake Tahoe right after the Spring Meet ended in July and we just spent about five weeks in Australia, which was fantastic.“We’ve closed out our apartment in San Francisco and we’ve finally got everything down here now, so we’re both greatly relieved to be completely moved in and settled. It’s a great feeling and I truly believe we’re in for some world class racing with California Chrome, Beholder and so many other top horses competing here this Saturday and of course, during the two-day Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 4 & 5.”After making his American racing debut at Hollywood Park in 1990 at the tender age of 24, Wrona’s life has been nomadic by any measure, as he’s taken on assignments in Chicago, Texas, Louisiana, the eastern seaboard and most recently, the San Francisco Bay Area over the course of the past 26 years.“I’d like to say that I wouldn’t change anything, but that wouldn’t be entirely true,” said Wrona. “While I’ve had a great time everywhere I’ve been and met a lot of great people, I’ve been wanting the stability that this job offers for a long time now. I really can’t put into words how important this position is to Kathy and I at this point in our lives.“I consider Santa Anita the top track in America and there’s no question the best horses in the world will be competing here over the next six weeks. I can’t wait to get started on Friday.”And neither can Wrona’s many thousands of fans who will anxiously await his signature “RACING!” when the starting gates spring open for race one.For more information on Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet and two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4 & 5, please visit read more

Alberto Wins Consecutive Women’s Golfer of the Month Awards

first_imgSouthland monthly 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. Honorable Mention: Autumn Bynum, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Elodie Chapelet, Lamar; Emma Svensson, Central Arkansas; Kaity Cummings, Houston Baptist. She ended the month with third place honors at the Little Rock Golf Classic. She had three birdies in the final round to finish six-over par and two strokes from the leader. FRISCO, Texas – For the second time this season, Sam Houston State sophomore Hanna Alberto is the Southland Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Golfers of the Month are presented by The Kingwood, Texas, native opened the month with a second-place finish at Sam Houston’s host tournament, the Bearkat Invitational, en route to earning the Bearkats a team win. She posted two rounds under par; only one of two competitors to accomplish that feat at the tournament.center_img The Bearkats will pick action back up in the spring at the Islander Classic, hosted by Southland rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The tournament is set for February 26-27, 2018, at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The two-time Southland Golfer of the Month then finished tied for 12th at 13-over par at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational in Seattle, Wash., in a third place finish for the Bearkats. Alberto added two more top-three finishes in October to her resume, bringing her yearly total to four in five events.last_img read more