Facebook13Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Dr. Diana YuWhat do you do when you’re HOT? Extreme highs and lows in temperature are most dangerous to infants, young children, vulnerable elderly and those who otherwise are unable to help themselves. Many of us do not have or have chosen not to have air conditioning for the few days in the year that temperatures go over 90 degrees. Here are some tips for helping you through some of our hotter days.Early morning, and evening are the best time to get in your daily aerobic exercise. It is also the best time to do more strenuous outdoor activities. If you have to be outdoors at other times, try to find some shade from direct sunlight. Remember to stay well hydrated, and use sunscreen. If you are sweating a lot, remember that you are losing some electrolytes as well, hydrate mostly with water but occasionally add some oral rehydration solution like Gatorade. Don’t forget that your pets need lots of water as well.I don’t know about you but when it is really hot, I often do not have much of an appetite. I definitely do not want to be in a hot kitchen over a hot stove. Hot days are a good time to find some shade and have a light picnic. Choose cool or cold foods that can be prepared ahead of time. Make sure to keep them properly chilled. Gelatin salads, green salads, potato or macaroni salads, sliced watermelon and other fruits are plentiful this time of year. You can also do some outdoor grilling.A breeze would be nice, but if there isn’t any, using a fan to circulate air and create a breeze has a great cooling effect. Putting an open bucket of ice in front of a fan helps to really cool the air down. Add a little sprinkler to run through or have a bottle sprayer with water to cool folks down, and you are set.Keep your house cooler by lowering shades during the day. If all else fails, this might be a great time to go window shopping at local malls or make a visit to your local library or any other air conditioned public place during the hottest part of the day. Sitting in the shade at Percival Landing with a breeze flowing through is great for people and bird watching. Heritage Park has plenty of shaded areas to rest in after a run through the water fountain.Stay cool and enjoy the heat, it won’t last!
Facebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonJake is a young male PitBull Terrier. He is current on his vaccinations, including rabies, and has been neutered. Jake is a clown who loves playing with balls, balloons and other dogs. He is gentle and tries to make friends with cats. He will sit on command, to receive food or treats, enjoys walks and car rides! He sometimes has some separation anxiety and is sensitive to loud sudden noises. He knows ‘stay’ and is ready to learn more. Jake can be a little shy until he gets to know you; then he is your best buddy. He is a volunteer favorite! Jake is looking for a loving home where he can enjoy the good life with his new family.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, you can email us at email@example.com or call 360-432-3091.
Facebook40Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Bridge Music ProjectThe Seattle Seahawks and Boeing announced today the final local organization to receive 2018 Seahawks home game tickets as part of the Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing (LOY) program. The Bridge Music Project of Thurston County has been selected as the eighth and final organization for the 2018 season, joining seven other local youth organizations that were announced earlier this season. The eighth spot was held open for fans to submit nominations of deserving organizations in their communities. The Bridge Music Project supports music and songwriting programs that mentor youth to use music and songwriting as tools to deal with life’s challenges.Photo courtesy: The Bridge Music ProjectYouth involved in The Bridge Music Project will receive 100 tickets for participants and their chosen guests to attend the Dec. 2 Seahawks home game versus the San Francisco 49ers. The group was invited to attend Seahawks practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center today, where they were surprised with the news by Seahawks LB KJ Wright, who helped Boeing and the Seahawks choose the group as part of the selection committee.This year, the Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing program received more than double the nominations for this final spot compared to last year. Because of the volume and quality of nominations from the community, the Seahawks and Boeing selected six additional organizations from this year’s nominations to participate in the 2019 LOY program. They will be announced next year.“The Seattle Seahawks and Boeing are both a large community presence here in the Northwest. To have them acknowledge the work we do to empower youth through music is a huge honor. This sends the message to our youth that they matter and their voices deserve to be heard,” said Bobby Williams, Executive Director of The Bridge Music Project.“Boeing is proud to partner with the Seahawks, a team so many of our employees are passionate about, to help provide this unique experience to local kids who are working hard to the do the right thing,” said Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Empowering local youth is part of our commitment to giving back to the local communities where our employees live and work.”The Seahawks and Boeing are committed to helping provide safe, healthy activities for local youth. The Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing program is designed to recognize and reward students who are committed to their school work, demonstrate leadership, and are active in the community. It also recognizes kids who may be facing difficult challenges and need a positive boost.Started in 2014, the Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing program seeks to empower youth in Washington by providing Seahawks game tickets to community organizations that serve kids throughout the Northwest. LOY provides 100 game tickets to a group or organization each regular season home game.The 2018 recipients are as follows: 23 vs. Dallas Cowboys: Nerdy Girls7 vs. Los Angeles Rams: FIRST Washington4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers: Techbridge15 vs. Green Bay Packers: Work Force Development Center2 vs. San Francisco 49ers: The Bridge Music Project10 vs. Minnesota Vikings: Youth in Focus23 vs. Kansas City Chiefs: JUMA30 vs. Arizona Cardinals: Washington MesaFor more information or to apply for the program, visit www.seahawks.com/legionofyouth. For more information about Boeing’s partnerships and investments in Washington, visit www.boeing.com/washington.About The Bridge Music ProjectThe Bridge Music Project (The Bridge) is a Thurston County based non-profit organization that teaches at-risk youth how music and writing can be used as tools to deal with life’s challenges. This is done through songwriting workshops where youth work together to write, record and perform original music that shares their stories. Many of the youth participating in The Bridge have experienced challenges such as foster care, homelessness and incarceration. For more visit www.bridgemusicproject.org
Facebook443Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston CountyThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) has approved a memo of understanding (MOU) with the City of Yelm to establish a Boys & Girls Clubs in the recently vacated City Hall building. This decision comes after the invitation by Yelm Community Schools administrators and months of planning and collaboration with community leaders and supporters.“Our board and staff is excited to answer this call to serve Yelm youth and their families with a new Boys & Girls Club, but this is just the beginning,” said Chris Woods, BGCTC CEO. “Continued engagement with our community partners and Yelm residents will help us to grow the new Club and serve all youth who want to attend.”The Yelm Boys & Girls Club will be the sixth Thurston County Club to serve school-aged youth during out-of-school hours with quality programs led by highly-trained youth development professionals. The Club experience helps youth see success is possible and ensures members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for future. Young people attending the Club experience fun and nurturing activities focused on supporting academic success, living healthy lifestyles, and demonstrating good character and citizenship.Following BGCTC board approval, several initiatives are now underway to determine readiness of Club operations and the number of youth served: fundraising, facility adjustments, staffing, and further collaboration with the Yelm community. “Our priority as we grow is to work with Yelm Community Schools to make sure kids who most need the support and safety of the Club after school have a place to come,” added Woods.Updates on potential dates of operation and registration details will be posted at bgctc.org and the BTCTC Facebook page (@BGCTC).
Facebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryOcean’s Daughter Distillery released its third style of agave spirits this week. Angel’s Kiss was aged in wine barrels to create a truly unique flavor profile. The distillery sources top quality organic agave syrup that is fermented and then distilled in their 400-gallon pot still. Once distillation is complete the spirits go into used Westport Winery barrels for aging.The distillery handcrafts ten vodka, two gin, two rum, three whiskey, three agave spirits and several liqueurs. The complete list can be seen at www.oceansdaughterdistillery.com. The distillery’s Splash Club members enjoy a 20% discount on all spirits and 10% off all gifts and plants.Ocean’s Daughter Distillery spirits are served exclusively at the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort. Both full size (750ml) and small format (100ml) bottles of Angel’s Kiss are available for $30 and $10, respectively. Spirit flights are available for sampling a variety of the many selections. The Sea Glass Grill is open daily 11am to 6pm for indoor, outdoor, or take-home food, beverages and gifts.A portion of the proceeds from Ocean’s Daughter spirits are donated to the construction of the first International Mermaid Museum to be built on the grounds of the resort. The museum is dedicated to teaching ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology.Ocean’s Daughter Distillery is located at Westport Winery Garden Resort on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. For more information or to place an order call 360-648-2224 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily.
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By John BurtonThe Sawtooth Group partners are, from left, Jay Quilty, Kristi Bridges and Bill Schmermund.RED BANK — The Sawtooth Group has found a new home in the borough where employees’ creative work can flourish and their quality of life has improved.Sawtooth, an advertising and marketing firm, relocated in June from Woodbridge, N.J. to about 20,000 square feet of space at 141 West Front St. in Red Bank.The move, the company’s partners said recently, made sense for them, given the work they do. “It’s important for us to be downtown,” said Jay Quilty, one of the partners.There is vitality, an energy that comes from being part of a downtown community, as opposed to simply working out of an office park, he said.“It’s a real difference,” between their former offices and Red Bank, said Quilty, who commutes from Bucks County, Pa. “You don’t walk in the suburbs.”Sawtooth employees had been working in two connecting offices in Woodbridge. The sprawling township with 100,000 residents has a mix of industrial, commercial and retail complexes, along with residential communities and is intersected by a number of major roadways.While Quilty and his partners, Kristi Bridges and Bill Schmermund, realize the Middlesex County location offered a centralized destination for employees and clients, it lacked amenities they wanted, such as a vibrant cultural scene in town and the natural light that was missing in their old offices, Bridges said.The former site “didn’t do anything for us,” said Bridges, who is the firm’s creative director.When the partners searched for a location to combine operations from the two separate spaces in Woodbridge, they knew they needed to meet their needs on both professional and personal levels.That led them to Red Bank and the fit has been successful.“People are really into Red Bank,” Quilty said, as Sawtooth Group’s approximately 70 employees can explore the culture and entertainment avenues the community provides.They have found that also has helped stoke the creative process, which is at the heart of what the Sawtooth Group does.“Building brands and making them irresistible to the customers” is what the company does, said Quilty, who heads up client services for the firm.“We try and tell a truth” about a product they have been charged with creating an image for or rebranding, he said.That is done, in part, by “connecting as an emotional image,” said Schmermund, Sawtooth’s chief executive officer.“The brand and the customer kind of mirror each other” when they are successful, Bridges said.The company’s challenge for one of its current bigger clients, McCormick’s herbs and spices, is how to reintroduce what is really a venerable product to a new generation or to re-engage former customers.“There is no one size fits all” approach to their business, Quilty noted, as the firm looks at an increasingly segmented media landscape — TV, radio, print, social media — to come up with the strategy that would best work for their clients’ goals.“We have message strategies to meet all of those segments,” Quilty said.“What’s the secret stuff?” he asked. “It starts with meeting with the clients. What’s fun and challenging is where these messages are going to show up.”Advertising, like many other industries in a time of rapidly changing technology, is “in a state of flux now,” Quilty acknowledged. But, he said, the core components remain the same. “You start with a business problem and a challenge … and you use creativity to make them fall in love with the product.“I find that interesting,” he said.That’s what keeps Quilty and his partners in the game.“It’s a great way to make a living,” said Bridges, a Rumson resident, who has spent her career in advertising. “It’s not easy. It can be very hard but I love it.”It’s all about keeping it interesting — whether it is the work, the location where the work is done or even the company’s name. Started by Schmermund, who lives in Holmdel, about 24 years ago, Sawtooth Group was named after a mountain range in Idaho. “We wanted a conversation starter,” he said.“Sometimes names are something that have a feel,” Quilty said.
By Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen | While some people were sleeping late or nursing hangovers the morning after New Year’s Eve, others were welcoming 2016 by taking a brisk walk in nature.Out on the northern tip of Sandy Hook, about 200 people gathered for the American Littoral Society’s annual beach walk, led by Executive Director Tim Dillingham.The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk took hikers through the Ramanessin section ofHolmdel Park. Photo: Courtesy Marissa FinkFurther inland, 17 people met on in the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park for a journey along a 2.1 mile trail. The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk, sponsored by the Friends of Holmdel Open Space, was led by Holmdel’s former mayor and former Environmental Commission chairman, Larry Fink.Both men said while having fun was important, getting people outside to enjoy and appreciate the environment is important to their respective groups’ missions.The American Littoral Society, a national nonprofit organization based in Sandy Hook, promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitats along the coast. Dillingham has led the annual walk for 13 years.“We’ve found the best way to help people learn about and understand the coastline is to get them out here so they develop a passion for it,” Dillingham said. “We love to be on the beach.”But life on the coast is getting more complicated.“We are trying to help fashion a better relationship with how we live along the ocean. People have been living in New York and New Jersey for 400 years and they’re not likely to leave anytime soon,” Dillingham explained. “Now the change in climate, ecologically, is causing the ocean to change so it’s becoming hazardous. We need to help people to know how to live here.”Part of the ecological coastline balancing act is preserving wetlands and salt marshes, rebuilding sand dunes and oyster reefs, and not building walls that cause waves to carve away the ocean’s bottom, Dillingham said. Those measures also are very important to the survival of marine life that live in those areas, he added.But on a chilly and windy January 1st morning, foremost on the minds of beach walkers was simply keeping warm and hoping the sun would break through gray clouds — which it did around noon.Cleo Boiko of Allenhurst said she enjoyed her first New Year’s Day beach walk with the American Littoral Society.“It was very very invigorating,” said Boiko, a member of the Monmouth County Senior Hikers group. “One of the other ladies and myself picked up a bag full of garbage so I felt I did something good for the environment and something good for myself.”Siobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife. Photo: G. Van BenthuysenSiobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife were enjoying refreshments at the Littoral Society’s headquarters at 18 Hartshorne Drive following the walk. Quinn said this was her fifth time walking, although she only walked part of the way since Aoife, who turns 1 in February, was getting cold. Raised in Leonardo, she said her parents taught her and her four siblings how to swim in the Atlantic Ocean and Raritan Bay.“We’d have picnics here at Sandy Hook, walk the beach, watch the sun set and the moon rise,” she said. “It’s a place that should be cherished, preserved, respected, appreciated and acknowledged. And this is a perfect day to do that. We so often don’t take the time to be in awe of how beautiful our surroundings are.”The Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park is another beautiful area people may miss as they drive by in their cars, said Larry Fink. The New Year’s Day walk began 21 years ago, he said, after a 416-acre area was purchased with $19 million in public and private money to preserve it from being used for a housing development.“The area was divided in two parts with over 200 acres becoming the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park and managed by the county,” Fink explained. “It’s a conservation and wilderness area that’s been kept as natural as possible with a gravel parking lot and gravel and dirt trails.”Maps of the trails are available online at monmouthcountyparks.com and in the parking lot on Roberts Road. Fink strongly suggests first timers use one.People interested in learning more about land use in Holmdel may contact Citizens for Informed Land Use at www.holmdel-CILU.org.To learn more about the American Littoral Society, upcoming events, or to receive its newsletter should call 732-291-0055 or visit www.littoralsociety.org.
By Jay Cook |BELFORD – By all accounts, Dwayne Reevey is the kind of cop any police department would be lucky to have.He’s in the schools creating relationships with the youth, allows the kids in town to call him by his first name and has been known to play pickup basketball after school while still in uniform.That’s exactly why the greater Fair Haven community has rallied to support Reevey, 32, who grew up in town, during his recovery from a tragic July 4 swimming accident that left him with a broken neck.“Deep down, I was scared,” Reevey told The Two River Times from his Belford home this week. “For a second I thought I was going to die.”He and his family were celebrating Independence Day on Long Beach Island; they had a condominium there and were on the beaches all day. It was 5:30 p.m. and Reevey headed to the ocean after a sandy game of frisbee. He might have jumped into the water about 15 times that day, but this time he didn’t realize the tide had receded.Reevey, who stands at 6 feet 4 inches, jumped into a breaking wave in water that only reached his shins.“Immediately my eyes opened and I could see the water and sand,” he recalled. “My ears were ringing like that scene on the beach in ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ That’s when my fingers went numb. I kept telling myself, ‘get up, get up, get up.’ ”After a few moments of lying in the surf, Reevey mustered up the strength to stand and walk out of the ocean. He alerted his wife, Christina, that something wasn’t right. A first aid squad arrived in short order and Reevey was at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin in under an hour.Thinking he only suffered a stinger or a muscular injury, Reevey was blindsided when a physician’s assistant informed him of the serious prognosis.He had fractured his C1 vertebrae in four places. He said every doctor told him he should be either paralyzed or dead. But remarkably, he wasn’t.“God gave me another chance,” Reevey said. “I definitely had angels looking after me that day.”Surgery soon followed. He was transferred to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, and was admitted for seven days. Doctors installed a halo, a device where four screws are drilled into the first layer of the skull and connected to support beams for stabilization. Reevey was then moved to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank to undergo five days of rehabilitation.Nearly two weeks after that life-altering leap, Reevey is back in the comfort of his own home with his wife, mother and 1-year-old son, albeit with some changes. His vigorous workout routine has come to a standstill as he can’t lift more than five pounds, meaning he can’t even pick up his son. Sleeping isn’t easy either, but Reevey has begun to find a groove. Soon after returning home July 16, Reevey started taking walks, brewed coffee and cooked his own eggs. He knows he’s lucky to be alive.“Now I just have a new perspective on life and how short it really is,” he said.Efforts to support the Reevey family after the accident quickly blossomed. He’s a Fair Haven native with roots dating back to the 1880s in the borough. A graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, he went on to major in criminal justice at Rowan University, where he played soccer and basketball. Reevey joined the Fair Haven Police Department in 2010 as a 26-year-old and quickly became a friendly presence for the police in the local school district.Reevey’s closest friends dating back to his middle school days set up a GoFundMe account to provide financial help to his family. Remarkably, in only six days, 676 people donated $71,781 to help pay for the impending hospital bills.“It was one thing to just ‘like’ the post,” said his wife, Christina, “but for people to actually put themselves out there and do that was amazing.”Seventh-grade students from Knollwood School held a bake sale July 12 to fundraise for Dwayne Reevey, who teaches the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) program to students in Fair Haven’s public schools. Photo by Jay CookHis impact on school-aged children is evident. Three young girls set up a lemonade stand fundraiser July 9 at the corner of River Road and Lexington Avenue. Later in the week, eight seventh-grade girls from Knollwood School held a homemade bake sale outside the ACME on River Road to raise money for his recovery.“We had him in fifth grade and we felt really bad because he’s one of our favorite police officers in town,” said 12-year-old Reilly Sullivan. “We just really wanted to do something.”Reevey said he’s been touched by all the personal sentiments and support from his small hometown.“I don’t know what to do to show all of my appreciation and gratitude,” he said. “I just feel like screaming to everybody about how happy I am and how much of an impact their support had on my mentality.”That mentality has kept Reevey focused on an eventual return to work. He’ll wear the halo for two months and, with no setbacks in his rehab, he hopes to return to light duty in mid-September.“He’s like a brother to us,” said Fair Haven police chief Joseph McGovern. “I’m pretty optimistic that he’s going to have a full recovery. It may take some time but he’s making progress.”That sense of normalcy will be welcomed with open arms, Reevey said. He’s eager to get back in the schools, protect the community and also fully recover to be there for his family.“I don’t know what they would do if I didn’t get out of the ocean that day,” Reevey said about his wife, son and mother. “Yeah, it’s scary, but it just means that I have to live my life to the fullest and keep doing what I’m doing.”This article was first published in the July 19-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Canada continued to build on its medal total with three more medals Monday at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.Alex Bilodeau won his second straight gold medal in Olympic moguls with teammate Mikael Kingsbury capturing the silver.The Canadians narrowly missed sweeping the podium as Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished fourth. Earlier in the day Charles Hamelin roared to victory in the men’s 1,500 short-track speedskating race.That gives him four Olympic medals overall, including three gold. Long-track speedskater Cindy Klassen has six career medals, but Hamelin still has three races left in Sochi.Bilodeau, who won Canada’s first medal four years ago in Vancouver, had a near-flawless final run to earn a score of 26.31.Kingsbury, who has been Bilodeau’s main rival on the World Cup circuit this season, had a small stumble in his final run to finish with 24.71.Russia’s Alexandr Smyshlyaev was third with 24.34.Bilodeau is the first moguls skier to defend an Olympic title.Canada now has seven medals — three goals, three silver and a bronze.