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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All Whites and Solomons off the mark

first_imgElsewhere, the Solomon Islands edged past their Melanesian rivals Vanuatu 1-0 to complete proceedings on the opening day at Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Stadium.The All Whites went into their opening match against Fiji as hot favourites and it took them just 16 minutes to take the lead through Themistoklis Tzimopoulos.The opening goal came as a result of some good lead up play by New Zealand captain Chris Wood, who forced a reflex save from Fiji’s goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau, before Tzimopoulos tapped in the rebound.Led by Fiji captain Roy Krishna the Fijians tried to get back into the game but rarely tested All Whites keeper Stefan Marinovic.In the 41st minute, New Zealand doubled their advantage courtesy of veteran striker Rory Fallon, who pounced on another close range rebound to make it 2-0.Fiji did manage to pull a goal back before the break following a foul on Setareki Hughes inside the penalty box.Captain Roy Krishna stepped up to convert from the penalty spot to end the first half at 2-1.New Zealand looked to control possession and territory in the second half and their patience payed dividends in the 61th minute when they were awarded a penalty for Alvin Singh’s handball inside the box.Wood restored the All Whites two-goal cushion with a low shot that snuck past a diving Tamanisau.Fiji pushed forward, looking to close the gap, but the All Whites held firm to record a comfortable 3-1 win.New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson was satisfied with the result.“We’re very pleased, today was all about getting a win. It was important that we got a win here today and they caused us problems, especially [Roy] Krishna. We know all about him, he’s a great player. I was pleased that we showed a great togetherness, resilience. We had a few things go against us but they did well today.”Krishna says his side was unlucky not to get something out of the game.“In the first half we had most of the possession and we had more chances. They had two chances and they scored so credit goes to them. It’s always enjoyable to play against New Zealand and I’m proud of the boys. The result didn’t go our way but I’m proud of my boys. I know I scored one but it wasn’t enough so if we’d won it would have been a happy ending but its football and we move on.”In the second match on the opening day, the Solomon Islands had to withstand an early onslaught by Vanuatu who seemed to be in total control in the opening 15 minutes.Pressing high up the field, Vanuatu striker Kensi Tangis looked particularly dangerous, causing plenty of problems to the Solomons’ defenders with his physical presence and movement.However for all their early dominance, Vanuatu had nothing to show for, and they were made to pay in the 19th minute when the Bonitos took the lead courtesy of Jerry Donga, who chipped the ball over goalkeeper Seiloni Iaruel in a one-on-one situation inside the box.The goal seemed to have settled the nerves of the Solomon players who began to control possession and territory to hold onto their lead going into the break.The best chance of the second half fell to veteran Solomon Islands’ striker Benjamin Totori, whose shot from inside the box in the 69th minute looked to be heading for the target forcing an acrobatic diving save by Seloni Iaruel.In the final 20 minutes, Vanuatu tried to press forward searching for an equaliser, but couldn’t break down the Solomons defence.Winning coach Moses Toata Moses heaped praise on his players.“I’m very happy for the boys, it was a job well done. To our fans back at home I think the boys did it tonight, we tried to stick to our game plan and we managed to hold on to get the three point. We approach each game differently and from what we have seen we will go back to the drawing board with Ramon [Tribulietx]. From what I’ve seen so far we stepped it up from our last game.”Meanwhile, Vanuatu coach Moise Poida couldn’t hide his disappointment“Of course I’m not very happy because I believe we played better than them but they had perhaps more experienced players than us. But I think we played better. We managed the ball better, the thing is the final touch in the final third was a big problem for us. But it’s ok we accept it, we still have another two games to go.”The action at the 2016 OFC Nations Cup will continue today (Sunday) from 4pm when tournament hosts Papua New Guinea face New Caledonia at Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Stadium.Tahiti will begin their title defence against Group A rivals Samoa from 7pm.last_img read more

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Bantam Flyers open provincials with game to forget

first_imgThe Fort St. John Tier 2 Bantam Flyers didn’t get the results they were hoping for in the opening game of the Tier 2 Bantam Provincials.Sunday evening at the North Peace Arena, the Flyers opened their tournament with a 12-1 loss to the Juan De Fuca Grizzlies.- Advertisement -Leading the way for Juan de Fuca was their captain Cole Pickup, who scored 5 goals and added three assists in Sunday’s game.Next up for the bantam Flyers is a game against Prince George. That game takes place Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: No Diego Costa for Chelsea against Stoke – teams

first_img1 Chelsea v Stoke is live on talkSPORT from 5pm.Diego Costa will not start against Stoke following doubts over his fitness, with the management not satisfied he has fully recovered from a hamstring problem.Loic Remy begins for the Blues at Stamford Bridge, though Spain international Costa is on the bench.Chelsea starting line-up:Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Stoke starting line-up:Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Wilson; Ireland, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam; Walters, Diouf. Diego Costa is on the bench against Stoke last_img read more

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Teachers rally in rain for a raise

first_imgNORWALK – The labor dispute in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District escalated when a few parents braved the rain to show their support for teachers at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. About 200 people – mostly teachers, but also some parents, came out in the rain, carrying picket signs. Most of them read, “Teachers Deserve Respect.” The Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada wants a 4 percent pay raise with 3.5 percent retroactive from September through July. The district has offered 3 percent. The two sides are scheduled to bargain again Friday. “Our teachers are absolutely amazing,” Lisa Haugen, a parent with three children at Gardenhill Elementary School in La Mirada, told the board. “I respect the work they do,” Haugen said. “They deserve the raise they’re asking for.” But in a presentation to the board – before parents and teachers spoke – district officials said that although the district is getting more money, declining enrollment means revenue is still reduced. For example, a 5.5 percent cost-of-living increase for fiscal 2005-06 is equivalent to a 3.5percent because the district has lost about 1,000 students in the last two years, Saul said. But teachers said the district can still afford a bigger pay raise. “Declining enrollment is a red herring,” said William Lambeth, a La Mirada High School teacher. Teachers also complained that the district was losing their best and brightest because other nearby districts pay better. “This year, we lost a 15-year veteran because he felt he couldn’t be paid competitively,” said Keri Kropke, a Dolland Elementary School teacher. “Do people standing in the rain deserve less money than other districts?” District officials said their offer was equivalent to a 5.4percent compensation package and would cost the district $6.53 million. Maureen Saul, assistant superintendent of business services, said the 3 percent pay raise would cost $3.6 million. In addition, existing health benefits will cost nearly $1 million in additional money because of price increases. The district also has proposed $200,000 more as a done-time contribution, Saul said. And the cost of teachers getting more money for additional education and years with the district will cost about $1.7 million. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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FREE 99s AS GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN, LETTERKENNY GETS IN THE ZONE!

first_imgThe ribbon is cut on the new Play Zone.Last Friday was a huge day of celebration for what has become Donegal’s fastest growing and most successful school. The staff, Principal, parents and children celebrated the official opening of their new state of the art Play Zone at Gaelscoil Adhamhnain in Letterkenny.” More chocolate on this one please”Máire Nic Charra Uí Dhomhnaill bravely tests the ice-cream on behalf of the Parents’ CommitteeThe occasion was also used to say a fond farewell to much loved ex-Principal Máire Nic Gairbheith Uí Bhaoill whilst extending a warm welcome to new Principal Colm Breathnach. Chair of the Parents’ Committee Ms Amanda Mc Grath used the occasion to pay tribute to Máire Ni Garbheith Uí BhaoilL.She said “Máire has been a shining light and an example to all in the area of education in the County and nationally”.Later Chair of the Board of Management Barbara Uí Chathail extended a warm welcome to Colm Breathnach. Colm who hails from Co Waterford is already well know in the area not just for his contribution to education but also in traditional music circles.If that wasn’t enough he is an accomplished hurler to boot! Colm stated that he is proud and privileged to be the new Principal and very much intends to carry on the good work of his predecessor. When asked what his priorities would be he did confirm his commitment to the Irish language but also revealed that sport, music and a healthy lifestyle for kids were also important. Colm took the opportunity to thank the Parents’ Committee for their support of the school and particularly for their contribution to the new Play Zone.After a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Fr. Mc Laughlin and to loud applause – and a tear or two – Máire cut a ribbon to officially open the new Play Zone.Not to be outdone it was the children who had the final say as they first enjoyed the new Play Zone and then queued up patiently to have a delicious whipped ice-cream courtesy of the Parents’ Committee.They all seemed to enjoy it but one 6 year old did note… “Could do with more chocolate sprinkles next time”!Former principal Maire is surrounded by pupils as she cuts the ribbon.FREE 99s AS GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN, LETTERKENNY GETS IN THE ZONE! was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgaelscoil adhamhnainletterkennylast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (HI SIR – THE SONG!)

first_imgTHERE appears to be no end to the number of songs being released as the Countdown to Croker continues.Here’s another one – entitled Hi Sir.Not everyone’s cuppa….but it will give you a laugh.Click to play  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (HI SIR – THE SONG!) was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ARENA7 CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS SELLING OUT FAST!

first_imgArena7 Letterkenny has gone that extra mile this year to make the staff night out of the year a bit special and the result has been fantastic.The entertainment complex in Letterkenny has brought Elvis, Gareth Brooks and Rod Stewart Tribute acts to the venue for Christmas and two of the nights are sold out already and the rest are filling fast too.Sat the 1st of December and Sat the 15th of December are already gone with Rod Stewart and Gareth Brook tribute acts playing on those nights respectively. Christmas dinner is only €24.95 which includes complimentary bowling or if you wish to dine a little earlier then 4 course Christmas lunch is only €18.Having current business man of the year at the helm, “Enda Nicholls” and recently receiving the Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor as well as being shortlisted for the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in Business” Award it is indeed exciting times for Arena7.If you haven’t booked your Christmas party yet then check out www.arena7.ie or call 0749128853 for more information.Dates still available: • November 30th: Rod Stewart Tribute Act• December 1st: Rod Stewart Tribute Act (Sold Out)• December 7th: Elvis Tribute Act• December 8th: Charisma• December 14th: Elvis Tribute Act • December 15th: Gareth Brooks Tribute Act (Sold Out)• December 21st: Elvis Tribute Act• December 22nd: Elvis Tribute ActARENA7 CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS SELLING OUT FAST! was last modified: November 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Arena7Christmas nightslast_img read more

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DOHERTY QUESTIONS €100M ANNUAL BILL FOR EMBASSIES ABROAD

first_imgTHE Government spent more than €104M on running embassies and consulates around the world last year, according to figures released to Donegal TD Pearse Doherty.More than half the money went on RENT – including €150,000 in a consulate in East Timor – and 77 other properties.Ireland also spent €4.34million on its three Brussels officers in 2012. London cost €2.86million with €1M that on an annual lease. Also among the costliest embassies in Europe are Paris at €1.64million, Geneva at €1.28million, Rome at €1.23million and Berlin at €913,000.The Consulate General office in New York cost  €1.8million, with €875,000 on rent alone, while the Irish United Nations base also in the Big Apple cost another €1.48million.The embassy in Lesotho, Africa, ran up a bill of €534,000.  DOHERTY QUESTIONS €100M ANNUAL BILL FOR EMBASSIES ABROAD was last modified: May 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOHERTY QUESTIONS €100M ANNUAL BILL FOR EMBASSIES ABROADlast_img read more

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ALL MUST GO AT ONE-DAY PRE-CHRISTMAS ELECTRONIC TAB SALE AT BEN SWEENEY EURONICS!

first_imgTablets are all the rage this Christmas – for little and not so little kids!Raymond Sweeney pictured with one of the cool Galaxy Tabs!And one well-known Donegal store has just received a major consignment of tablets at knock-down prices.But the one-day sale at Ben Sweeney Euronics stores in both Letterkenny and Dungloe is just that – for one day only and that’s tomorrow (SATURDAY). Because their prices on a large range of electrical goods will not be repeated.What about a Samsung 8” Galaxy Tab 3 for just €199 or a 7” ACER Tab for just €99.And when it coms to accessories they can’t be beaten either with the sensational isound PopDrop Mini Bluetooth speakers for just €24.95.All will make the perfect Christmas present but they are limited to just one per customer. As well as these amazing tablets, Sweeney’s Euronics a range of laptops, printers and televisions at unbeatable deals.But their deal is that this one day only pre-Christmas sale lasts for just one day – from 10am until 5pm tomorrow (SATURDAY).So get along to Sweeney’s Euronics today in either Letterkenny and Dungloe.Beat the Christmas rush and grab a real bargain.And the good news is that they have a Christmas club too. So what are you waiting for – get down to Ben Sweeney’s Euronics!ALL MUST GO AT ONE-DAY PRE-CHRISTMAS ELECTRONIC TAB SALE AT BEN SWEENEY EURONICS! was last modified: October 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ben Sweeney EuronicsCHristmasdungloeletterkennyone day saletabletslast_img read more

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