Rob Rice Homes, New Home Builder in South Sound Launches Campaign…

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rob Rice HomesRob Rice Homes, http://www.robricehomes.com a leading new home builder in Lacey, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis and Napavine is using Facebook to get involved with the community and donate to area food banks to support those in need.Epic Realty, Inc., and Rob Rice Homes is hosting a promotion to connect on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/epicrealty and “like” their page. Beginning November 1, 2012 through by November 22, 2012 they are donating $5 for every new connection on Facebook to local South Puget Sound food banks. This is the third year that Epic Realty and Rob Rice Homes have utilized their Facebook page to connect with South Sound residents and give back to their community by supporting area food banks.Here are some statistics about how donations can help area food banks:$5.00 provides weekend food for a homeless child for one month$10.00 provides a box of winter produce for a family of four for one month$20.00  provides food for a week for a family of two$50.00 provides food for a week for a family of eightAbout Rob Rice: New home builder Rob Rice has lived in the South Puget Sound area since 1985 and resides in Olympia, WA., with his wife Helena, their sons Alex Michael and Carson, and their two dogs.  Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with a degree in architecture and construction management.  In his spare time he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball and basketball teams through the YMCA.About Epic Realty, Inc. – Epic Realty prides itself that the foundation of this successful Washington real estate group was founded with two main building blocks–customer care and customer satisfaction. The Epic real estate team is made up of Realtors in Washington who take pride in the fact that they work to adhere to high ethical standards and integrity and work hard to exceed the new home buyer’s expectations.Each of the Washington Realtors are all extensively trained in marketing new home construction and all of them are experienced in financing and credit options. Epic Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors and adhere to the organizations strict code of professionalism.Sales Information:Epic Realty, Inc.Kim Showalter, Brokerkimshowalter@homesfromepic.comwww.homesfromepic.com(360) 754-7010Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/epicrealtylast_img read more

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ThurstonTalk Team Grows – Associate Editor Position Now Open

first_imgFacebook187Tweet0Pin0The Talk team includes (from left) Dan Jones, Kevin Coleman, Amy Rowley, Stacee Sledge, Kate Scriven, Martin McElliott, Margo Greenman and Tara Rendon. Across Western Washington more than 60 people work with our company to tell stories about what it’s like to live, work, and play in their communities.Join the fastest growing digital media company in Western Washington as our new Associate Editor.We are looking for a collaborative, team player to guide content on our community social network. The Associate Editor must be professional and display confidence working with a wide variety of people including writers, customers, teammates, marketing professionals and community partners.Read on to learn more about becoming our next Associate Editor.Job Responsibilities:Recruit, retain and manage a team of freelance writers.Source content and manage assignments.Copyedit articles prior to publishing. Work with customers on necessary revisions.Prepare articles for publishing.Edit and publish press releases.Circulate content to interested parties.Make publishing decisions to drive views.Manage social media accounts for Talk website(s).Develop article plans with customers. Translate plan to writers.Source, add, and edit events for the calendar.Act as a role model for the freelance writing team.Interact professionally and efficiently with sales team.Add insight and opinion to marketing team.Handle 8-10 featured business articles per month as a freelance writer (additional compensation).Perform other duties as assigned.Required Skills and Experience:Bachelor’s degree required.At least 3 years experience in communications, marketing, advertising or a related fieldExperience as a freelance writer or content creatorExcellent verbal and written communication skillsPrior experience in a position that required excellent organizational and time management skillsShowcase attention to detail skills.Comfortable networking and meeting new people while representing our brandProven ability to work toward solutions to problems and collaborate on ideasFluent in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel required. Previous experience working in WordPressPreferred Skills and Experience:Prior experience copy editingExperience managing othersPrevious experience managing social media accountsThis position will be a remote job with a team meeting weekly in Olympia. You must have reliable transportation to get to Olympia, handle freelance writing assignments, and meet with customers as needed. It will be important that you have prior experience managing your own time to complete tasks without direct supervision.A complete application will include:Current resume200-word writing sample about why you love your communityFour sentences that describe the value you will bring to our teamPlease do not include any other attachments or work samples, unless requested.Send your application to resumes@thurstontalk.com by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.last_img read more

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One Man Show Entertains and Empowers Olympia Audiences

first_imgFacebook515Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsHave you ever seen one actor give voice to over 35 distinct characters in the span of just 90 short minutes? This month at Harlequin Productions, you have the opportunity to experience just that in the one man show I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, starring Seattle theater artist Corey D. McDaniel.“This is original storytelling,” McDaniel points out. “The only difference between this and a campfire 500 years ago is that we’ve got some fancy lights and some set pieces. This is storytelling in its purest form.”Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsWhen he sat down with us to talk about the show, he was in the midst of working hard to figure out how to portray all 36 different characters with utmost clarity. “In early rehearsals, we were getting confused. Sometimes it’s like, ‘who said that?!’ Our goal in rehearsing is to clarify when each character is newly present and then gone.”“It is a lot of fun for the audience to watch one actor have a conversation with three people,” adds director Aaron Lamb.As well as being humorous and entertaining, I Am My Own Wife touches on some broad themes that are relevant to any human being, no matter their time in history. The central character, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, was a transgender person who lived through both the Nazi and Communist occupations in Berlin. As a gay man, von Mahlsdorf would have been targeted by Nazis during the Holocaust. In 1968, homosexuality was officially decriminalized in East Berlin, but the environment did not immediately improve. Attempts to create a public LGBT community were often thwarted by the G.D.R. government and the SED party. The play is a portrayal of von Mahlsdorf’s survival and perseverance through those oppressive societies.In the early 1990s, playwright Doug Wright became enthralled with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (Lothar Berfelde) who was a collector and museum curator in the eastern Berlin district of Mahlsdorf.“He was tipped off to her existence by a friend of his who lived in Germany. So he went over and toured her museum and met her, and he was enchanted enough that he wanted to continue researching her and getting to know her,” explains Lamb.“So he spent a couple of years visiting her and spending time in Germany, and the result is a somewhat difficult to curate piece of theater, for reasons that will be explained in the play.” Their acquaintance and the stories she told him about her life became the basis of Wright’s play, which went on to win numerous awards in 2004, including the Pulitzer Prize for drama.As he began researching the role, McDaniel started seeing the parallels between the historical context and today’s social environment: “I was amazed at how little I actually knew about the transition from Nazi Germany to Communist Germany. The parallels of what was being said by the politicians in power are very, very relevant right now. It’s frightening how relevant it is and how quickly one of the most advanced civilizations on the planet became one of the most repressed and destructive civilizations on the planet. And also, it’s a powerful experience to understand more deeply why my life is as blessed as it is today, because of the freedoms that were not allowed not that long ago.”Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsBecause of the play’s relevance to LGBTQA+ conversations, the production has attracted the attention of two major funders who are sponsoring the show. Firstly, the show is supported, in part, by a grant from ArtsWA (The Washington State Arts Commission). Part of ArtsWA’s values state that the arts are a catalyst for inclusiveness, social equity, and racial justice. The other major funder, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, expresses similar values at billerfamilyfoundation.org: “We endeavor to support artistic content that promotes important conversations around timely social issues.”A major component of the grant agreement with The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation is a community forum, featuring a panel of community speakers related to some of the themes of the play. This discussion will be held on February 4 at 5:00 p.m., and will be open to audience members from any of the I Am My Own Wife performances.Part of the beauty of this play, and what it contributes to conversations about transgender individuals, is how it portrays Charlotte von Mahlsdorf as a regular human being at the end of the day, just like the rest of us.“Even if as individuals, the audience may not think they feel a kinship with this character, they will,” reflects Lamb. “You can’t help but feel that kinship; she’s so human.”McDaniel agrees: “Her story is actually about so many other things than her being a transvestite. That’s such a small percentage of what she was about. She’s about all of these incredible pieces of furniture and history and music and all of these things that saved her soul because of who she was, living in such a repressive environment.”If any of you, like me, have looked at recent news headlines and felt an overpowering need for a prescription strength dose of hope and optimism, then this 90-minute play may be just what the doctor ordered. I’ll let director Aaron Lamb have the final word on why Charlotte von Mahlsdorf’s story is so important to share with the community:“As a collector, she’s collecting pieces of the past of a society that’s really difficult for her. She just sees beauty in the world, and she keeps it. That’s her way of coping with understanding the world around her. She’s just such a positive force. It’s amazing to see somebody that positive.”To see this beautiful story of an amazing human soul, plus have access to the community forum, buy your tickets online now at harlequinproductions.org, or contact the box office for more information: 360-786-0151.last_img read more

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Sony Pictures Networks India acquires the exclusive media rights for the world’s first professional…

first_imgAdvertisement 1hgboNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscrbfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eqno( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5dzrkWould you ever consider trying this?😱4ruh3Can your students do this? 🌚ahdv58Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (SPN) has acquired the exclusive media rights for the world’s first professional franchise-based motorsport league, X1 Racing League along with the media rights for X1 Racing eSports. The inaugural edition of X1 Racing League will be held in Delhi and Chennai over two weekends – Weekend 1 from November 30 to December 1, 2019 and Weekend 2 from December 7 to 8, 2019. X1 Racing eSports, which kicked off on October 7 and will continue till November 17, 2019, is also being held across six cities – Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune and DelhiAdvertisement The agreement with RACING PROMOTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED will cover the territories in the Indian subcontinent for the duration of 3 years (i.e. 2019, 2020, 2021 seasons). All the races of X1 Racing League will be telecast on SPN’s sports channels from November 30, 2019 onwards. SPN’s premium video on demand (VOD) service, SonyLIV, will also livestream the X1 Racing League races as well as feature X1 Racing eSports. With 50+ hours of programming content, X1 Racing League and X1 Racing eSports is all set to enthrall the Indian audiences.Advertisement Launched in November 2019 and founded by Indian race drivers Aditya Patel and Armaan Ebrahim, the X1 Racing League is the world’s first city-based motorsport league and has been sanctioned by the FMSCI. The X1 Racing League will see city-based teams comprising four drivers per team that will have 1 international male, 1 international female, 1 Indian international and 1 Indian domestic participate in three unique team-based race formats per day in 30 min races. To further engage motorsport enthusiasts in the country, the X1 Racing eSports is being held in six cities featuring simulator-based virtual racing competitions in colleges and popular malls across the country’s top metros.Motorsport is widely viewed and enjoyed by audiences across the globe for the high-speed action. Racers display their athleticism and skills via top-notch technology, provided by the biggest names in the auto industry. In India, motorsport have a passionate and dedicated fan base that has been growing steadily over the years. Several Indian drivers like Narain Karthikeyan, Jehan Daruvala, Arjun Maini, Kush Maini and Krishna Mahdek to name a few have made their mark on a global scale that has further contributed to the growth of this category.Advertisement Comments: Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited:“Motorsport is a great televised sport and has a niche but dedicated following in India that has been growing steadily over the past few years. We are the official broadcasters of premier international motorsport properties like MotoGP and Formula E and the addition of the X1 Racing League, an Indian motorsport league, to Sony Pictures Networks’ portfolio will give audiences a strong local connect. Adding to this, X1 Racing League and X1 Racing eSports have a unique format that is designed to appeal to our audiences.”   Mr. Armaan Ebrahim, Co-Founder, X1 Racing“We are thrilled to have Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited on board as our broadcast partners. Over the years they have had a great head start in effectively showcasing some of the best in sports from across unique formats. Motorsport and esport are fast-growing niche sectors seeing a brand new level of interest in India. The response so far to the X1 Racing eSports debut season has been highly encouraging and with this partnership with Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited we have a wonderful opportunity to further fulfill our vision to make motorsport more accessible.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Master Blaster’s masterplan: Tendulkar Coronavirus plea to Indians!

first_imgAdvertisement 91aa3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7in1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebn8234( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1mls1tWould you ever consider trying this?😱2ydCan your students do this? 🌚34bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a nationwide lockdown for the next 21 days, ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar expressed his complete support towards the decision, saying “this simple task can save millions of lives”. Addressing the nation on Tuesday evening, PM Modi announced a nationwide lockdown in the country till April 15th, to prevent the further contamination of the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisement “In view of the current situation, the nationwide total lockdown will be in place for 21 days — three weeks,” declared Prime Minister Modi.” It is a kind of a curfew, if we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days (of nationwide complete lockdown), we will be pushed back 21 years.” he added.Advertisement Right after this announcement several cricketers including Tendulkar took to Twitter to voice their support,“Simple things are often the hardest to do, because they require consistent discipline and determination. Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji has asked us to #StayHomeAndStaySafe for 21 days. This simple task can save millions of lives. Let’s all unite in this war against #COVID19”. Tendulkar tweeted.Advertisement “We have to act wisely for these 21 days to ensure the well-being of our entire nation. Let us all do our part, stay at home, stay safe and safeguard the health & future of our families & friends. We’ll come out of this stronger. #StayHomeIndia #JaiHind,” pacer Jasprit Bumrah tweeted.While Virender Sehwag, who was Tendulkar’s partner in crime during his playing days wrote that the next 21 days “are very important” in the history of the country,“These 21 days are very important in the history of our nation & each one of us can play our part by just staying at our homes and maintaining distance from people. Please adhere to it strictly and we shall overcome this soon #CoronavirusLockdown,”Recently, to much delight of the fans, both Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were spotted in action after a long while, in the Road Safety World Series. However, the tournament had to be called off midway through as the threat of coronavirus contamination loomed over the country a few weeks ago.You may also like:Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma relay an important Coronavirus message to IndiaSachin compared fight against Coronavirus to Test cricket in plea to public Advertisementlast_img read more

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When Rahul Dravid revealed which batsmen he would pick to ‘bat for his life’

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 2NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsavpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecvu2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ewnp6Would you ever consider trying this?😱c3hy7qCan your students do this? 🌚cec8Roller skating! Powered by Firework The icons of the last generation of Indian cricket team had their uniqueness that has made them memorable in the country’s cricketing fandom, even years after their retirement, and Rahul Dravid is no different. The former captain of the squad is remembered for his sublime batting, and even eight years after his retirement, the supporters can’t let go of ‘The Wall’s performances donning the Indian jersey. However, even Dravid has his favourite run machine, whom he would choose to ‘bat for his life’, and its none other than his former teammate the iconic Sachin Tendulkar!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyIn an interview with ESPNcricinfo dating back to 2018, Rahul Dravid had revealed his batsman of choice. The interview is now gathering the attention of the netizens again on social media, as the former cricket himself has been trending all over Twitter today under the hashtag ‘#RahulDravid’.ESPNcricinfo posted the video of the interview on their official YouTube account on 26th July, 2018, has been going around via tweets among Dravid’s fan base on the internet.Advertisement Dravid was asked 25 questions by the interviewer, from his role models in life, his favourite singer, or even the funniest sledge he faced on the pitch.However, when asked about the ‘One batsman you would choose to bat for your life?’, the 47 year old had his answer prompt.Advertisement “I think the best guy I played with was Sachin,” Dravid replied.In terms of quality and class and what he got. I would say I will have to choose Sachin if he is at his best,” the former Men in Blue stalwart added.Sachin and Dravid’s partnerships during their primes are still memorable for the Indian fans even to this date. In Test cricket, the duo still hold the world record for most hundred partnerships (20), and also the highest runs scored together (6920) in the red ball format.Check out the entire interview below-In his 16 long years with India, the occasional wicket keeper batsman enjoyed a stellar international career. Dravid earned 164 Test and 344 ODI caps for the team, scoring over 13,000 and 10,00 runs in both formats respectively.The Karnataka cricket team star also played in six Indian Premier League seasons, three with Royal Challengers Bangalore and the rest with Rajasthan Royals. He is the current Director of Cricket Operations at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.Also read-Big update on IPL 2020 after lockdown extension!Shane Watson reveals exactly how MS Dhoni made him feel ’10 feet tall’ while playing for CSK Advertisementlast_img read more

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Basketballer Amritpal and boxer Neeraj Phogat latest Indian athletes to be caught doping

first_imgImage Courtesy: 3BL/SportstarAdvertisement fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsu50Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8z( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5c9Would you ever consider trying this?😱0reCan your students do this? 🌚1u74xRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian basketball star Amritpal Singh and international medal winning boxer Neeraj Phogat are the two well known athletes of the country to have failed doping test, and are now banned by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for a period of four years.Advertisement Image Courtesy: 3BL/SportstarAmritpal, the only hoopster from the country to have played in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) for Sydney Kings, has 9 years of international career with the Indian men’s national basketball team. The 28 year old, who hails from Amritsar, underwent the doping test during the FIBA 3×3 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers preparation camp in Bengaluru back in February, and his urine sample test results arrived from Doha in May.Traces of terbutaline, which is classified as a beta 2 agonist used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is listed as a prohibited substance. Amritpal, who accepted his provisional ban until 19th May, is now suspended until 2024.Advertisement Amritpal joined Sydney Kings August 2017, following a spell with Tokyo Excellence of Japan’s National Basketball Development League (NBDL). He made his international debut in 2011 at the FIBA Asia Championship for Men in Wuhan, China, and later has been part of the Indian squad that competed in FIBA Asia Cups and Asia Championships.Neeraj Phogat, the young pugilist belonging to the revered wrestling family from the state of Haryana, failed her doping test back in December last year. Traces of ligandrol, also known as LGD 4033 is a selective androgen receptor modulator, which comes under the list of banned substances, were found in her test sample, along with additional anabolic steroids.Advertisement Neeraj’s samples were collected in September 2019. and test results from Doha came in November. After more than five months of provisional ban, NADA has decided to suspend the 57 kg featherweight boxer for four years, which will be counted from 2nd December 2019, the initiation day of her provisional suspension.Neeraj won a gold at the India Open Boxing Tournament in Guwahati, which was held in February 2019. She also secured cliched gold at the Umakhanov Memorial International in Russia back in August 2019, and another bronze at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria last year.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Ishant Sharma caught calling Darren Sammy ‘kalu’ on social media postAustralian racing driver Renee Gracie joins adult film industry to tackle financial crisis! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mater Dei Boosters Confident

first_imgNEW MONMOUTH – With well more than half its goal of $1 million raised to keep Mater Dei Prep open for another year, and another month left to attain the goal, members of the Save the Seraphs team are jubilant, confident, and anxiously continuing their work towards meeting the goal.In addition to that fund, another $824,000 has been raised in Save the Seraphs pledges, the $1,000 pledges each year for the next four years, which will kick off the endowment fund school supporters anticipate will keep the high school open, competitive, and viable for the future.“The Seraph’s Fund is on track to hit its $1,000,000 goal,” said Jim Shea, who is heading up the trustees managing the Save the Seraphs fund. “A successful fundraiser on Saturday and an increase in pledging helped us surpass the $500,000 mark over the weekend, ahead of the halfway point in our campaign. We are extremely excited about both our fundraising progress and the plan we are developing for the future of Mater Dei Prep.”In addition to the fundraising activities, leaders of the fund raising program have met with the Catholic Diocese of Trenton Superintendent of Schools, Joann Pier and are now busy setting up a formal plan which would see the 50 year old high school go forward as a 501(c) (3) entity separate from St. Mary’s parish.Within the region, Catholic school tuition is underwritten in one of three ways: either as a parish institution, such Red Bank Catholic which is organized under St. James’ Parish in Red Bank; as a separate non profit such as St. John Vianney High School in Hazlet, or as a private academy such as Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft. Until this time, Mater Dei Prep has been financed similarly to Red Bank Catholic, by the local parish, but attracting students from other parishes in the area.Since its inception, Mater Dei has been organized, built and maintained as a parish school. After last week’s meeting with diocesan officials, the committee working on saving the school is developing a plan, including setting up regulations for a Board of Governors, which would include a board chairman and would have jurisdiction over all the school’s finances and be responsible for all expenses and income. The education at the school would continue to be overseen by a principal. The Endowment Fund being set up through the $1,000 a year for four-year pledges would continue and those funds used for major improvements and other expenses at the school. Tuition would continue to be borne by parents of students in school.Once the local committee finalizes its overall plan, it will once again meet with diocesan officials and seek ultimate approval from the bishop.Meanwhile, trustees of the funds and other volunteers remain amazed and grateful at the outpouring of support for the school, with numerous fund raising events being supported and more planned. This month, there is a Seraphfest Benefit Concert from 4 p.m. top 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13, featuring a number of local and award winning bands and solo performers. A signature event, a Save the Seraphs Gala Dinner and Gift Auction is set for March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands. Gifts at that auction are still being received, but are as varied as boxes of cigars to out-of-state vacations. Tickets for the event are $125.00 per person.A major donation over the weekend came courtesy of the Mater Dei Prep Booster Club’s Pot of Gold Irish Dinner Dance. The event drew a crowd of approximately 350 friends of Mater Dei Prep who enjoyed Irish food and entertainment. The Seraph’s Fund trustee Jim Shaw regaled the partygoers with a bagpipe performance while students from the Jig Factory performed Irish dances. Local band The Shore Thing provided the dancing musicStudents at Mater Dei have also started a One in a Million campaign in which they are asking students in other Catholic schools in New Jersey to donate a dollar and sign their name to a Master Dei Prep shield. The signed shields are being displayed throughout the halls of Mater Dei Prep. Students also designed Save the Seraphs wristbands, which are being sold at $5 each at events. Students made a video with filmmaker Gary Gellman of Gellman Images, who offered to help save the school. That video can be seen at http://youtu.be/q34LRAAvYj4.Other Save the Seraphs fundraising events are planned during the month of March. On Saturday, March 14, MDP young alumni are hosting a 3-on-3-basketball tournament, also in Memorial Hall. Tournament spots are still available and registration begins at 10 am. To participate, email mdptourney@gmail.comPersons interested in keeping abreast of the latest fund raising activities can visit www.savetheserahps.org or e-mail any support to info@savetheseraphs.org.–By Muriel J. Smith..last_img read more

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Pallone Wants To Return To DC; Still Has Work To Do

first_imgGiven that position, even as a member of the minority party, Pallone said “To me it’s all new in a sense.” With his seniority and working with his fellow committee members – both Democrats and Republicans – he believes “I’ve been able to accomplish more than I’ve ever been able to.”The congressman ticked off a series of legislation that had cleared the committee, some of which are on their way to the Oval Office or at least onto the House floor for further consideration.He pointed to the recently approved bill package addressing the national opiate epidemic, the president is expected to sign into law. A group of bills providing additional access to mental health treatment and services has recently cleared his committee.A big step forward was the recent House-approved revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), offering tighter toxic chemical regulation. “It’s been 14 years we’ve been trying to get that done,” he said.These examples of work done goes to another point Pallone made about the House of Representatives. The public perception that partisan gridlock has gotten so severe that nothing is getting accomplished in the Halls of Congress. “That’s just not true,” he insisted.“I constantly try to debunk that,” maintaining that with the legislative branch controlled by one party and the executive branch by the other, compromise and cooperation is governmental life’s blood, approaching that middle ground for some matters. “To be honest there is a political side to this as well,” he acknowledged, suspecting it is in the Republican leadership’s advantage to work with the loyal opposition, given the criticism congressional Republicans have gotten for being obstructionist.Pallone said he had worked very hard, working with Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy to secure federal emergency funding over the opposition of some western and southern Republican lawmakers. But Pallone acknowledged, regrettably, there are still too many still recovering. “I’ve been very critical of both the state and federal bureaucracy,” and said now “It has to be addressed on a one-to-one basis,” relying on strong constituent ser vices from his office to help the victims.He’s been working on obtaining additional federal funds for Super Fund and brown field contaminated sites, which he believes will be of a particular benefit to New Jersey areas. That legislation, however, isn’t likely to advance this term and will need to be taken up again next January – should he continue to hold his seat.Looking back over his career, he takes pride on two accomplishments. Long very active on the environmental front, Pallone points to his work on ending the practice of ocean trash dumping. When he first took office there were about 12 permitted sites off of Jersey Shore, all of which have been closed.The other is his work on drafting and campaigning for the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Pallone was a major architect on that defining – and highly controversial – law.“The goal was really to try to get as close as possible toward universal coverage” for health care for Americans, he said. It may not have reached that level, but it has had a profound effect for so many citizens, he stressed, and actually components are exceedingly popular for Americans – allowing children to remain on parents’ plans until they’re 26; prohibiting insurance providers to deny on the basis of preexisting conditions; expanding Medicaid coverage for many more citizens; the federal subsidies for those below an income threshold. “No question it has become part of the fabric of the health care system,” he said.“I have to say I still enjoy it,” he said, hoping to win reelection because, “I do think I can still make a difference.” By John BurtonAFTER NEARLY THREE decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, Frank Pallone still feels the passion that first inspired him to run.“I guess I just still feel that government can make a difference,” said Pallone, a Democrat, as he seeks reelection for the 6th Congressional District, which represents much of Monmouth County and portions of Middlesex. “And I like to think I’m an important part of that.“If I didn’t feel the passion I wouldn’t continue to do it,” he said. Besides, he added, “There’s a lot to do.”Pallone, 64, a Long Branch native, has served in the House since 1988, replacing long-serving Democrat James Howard who died in March of that year.In his most recent two-year term in Washington, Pallone became the senior ranking Democratic member of the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee, an influential committee that addresses among other things, health, environmental and energy issues – all areas of passion for Pallone during his legislative tenure.last_img read more

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Guilty Plea For Driver Of 2015 Fatal Hit And Run

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – Toni A. Marletta’s guilty plea last week in connection with the death of 15-year- old Marissa Procopio in July 2015, is cold comfort to Marissa’s mother.“She just has no remorse,” said a teary-eyed, visibly upset Danielle Procopio-Adams, Marissa’s mother, following Marletta’s entering of guilty pleas in state Superior Court last Friday morning.“People don’t kill people and run away,” Procopio-Adams said of Marletta’s actions. “I’m just disgusted.”Marletta, a 50-year-old resident of the Middletown’s Leonardo section, appeared before Judge Ronald Reisner where she entered a guilty plea to one count of second degree knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal accident and to a third degree count of endangering the welfare of a child in the fatal hit-and-run collision.Marletta also pleaded guilty to two motor vehicle offenses, including not having auto insurance – her second conviction for that violation, according to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle, who handled the case.According to the negotiated plea agreement, Doyle said the prosecutor’s office recommended Marletta be sentenced to seven years in state prison for the leaving the scene of an accident offense, and to a four- year concurrent prison sentence for the endangering conviction.Marletta will again appear before Reisner’s court on Dec. 2 for the sentencing phase.Marletta’s voice quivered and eyes welled up in tears as she responded in brief, often one-word responses, to her attorney, Peter O’Mara’s led narrative, where Marletta took responsibility for the July 7, 2015 incident. Authorities said a joint investigation conducted by Middletown police, the county prosecutor’s office and the county Serious Collision Analysis Response Team determined Marissa Procopio, a 15-year-old Atlantic Highlands resident, had been crossing state Highway 36 at the Avenue D intersection in Leonardo, when the car Marletta was driving struck Procopio. “Ms. Marletta fled because she immediately became overcome with panic over the fact she had recently allowed her insurance to lapse,” O’Mara maintained in his statement.O’Mara alleged Procopio was crossing the highway against a red light, based upon the observation of an independent witness, when “after running a few steps,” in the westbound lane, “was struck by right passenger side of vehicle.”Marletta was actually on her way to Middletown Police Headquarters when officers contacted her, where she consented to blood and toxicological tests, according to her lawyer. Procopio was transported by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where she died the next day from her injuries.Marletta, who had three 16-year-old girls, one of whom is her daughter, in the car at the time of the collision, fled the scene. With the help of security video from an area business, investigators were able to locate the vehicle later that evening. According to Charles Webster, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, the damage to the vehicle was consistent with the collision.Following the hearing, O’Mara distributed a statement to members of the media present before ushering Marletta out of the courtroom and building, with Marletta offering no additional comments.In O’Mara’s statement, Marletta had taken her daughter and friends to the local supermarket for snacks and food for the girls’ planned sleepover, as well as a bottle of wine for Marletta. On the trip home, at about 8:54 p.m., “her vehicle unintentionally and inadvertently,” struck Procopio.center_img Despite the onslaught of social media postings on rumors to the contrary, O’Mara said an independent analysis, conducted by John Brick, Rutgers University, found “he was unable to determine or conclude that alcohol or other drugs were significant contributing factors to the collision.”Authorities hadn’t charged Marletta with driving while impaired.Procopio-Adams said she would rather have had Marletta go to trial given “she (Marletta) would have gotten a little more time,” by way of a prison sentence.“Seven years is not enough. The electric chair wouldn’t be enough,” Procopio-Adams said.For all parties, “It’s a lose-lose situation,” she said.last_img read more

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