Mary Lambert Benefit Concert & Auction for Pizza Klatch February 3

first_imgFacebook75Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Pizza KlatchBullying is up in our high schools and middle schools and our LGBTQ+ youth are feeling it. Support for them is more important than ever. One way to support them is through Pizza Klatch’s annual fundraising Gayla and online auction, A Slice of the Good Life, at The Washington Center for Performing Arts in Olympia. This year’s musical guest is two-time Grammy nominee, singer/songwriter, poet and activist, Mary Lambert.Mary Lambert isn’t your typical pop artist. Inspired by confessional folk singers as well as spoken-word performers, she is a brutally candid writer who deals directly in her art with her past traumas. Lambert was raised in an abusive home, attempted suicide at 17, turned to drugs and alcohol before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and survived multiple sexual assaults throughout her childhood. With that list of horrors, you wouldn’t expect Mary to be disarmingly joyful, but she charms effortlessly, and the effect on her audience is bewitching. She describes her performances as“safe spaces where crying is encouraged; My entire prerogative is about connection, about being present, and facilitating true catharsis. Also, fart jokes.”Pizza Klatch provides life-saving support for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies in local high schools and middle schools. These support groups have a proven record that prevents teen suicide, reduces bullying, and decreases dropout rates. Each group is run by two trained adult facilitators, and are members of the LGBTQ+ community or allies. Pizza Klatch facilitators work hard to ensure this is a respectful, inclusive and safer space for all who attend.“Pizza Klatch is very accepting. They love you for who you are, and it’s a safe, happy place to be” said one student in the program. Student survey responses show that these support groups directly improve our LGBTQ+ youth’s well-being. They empower the youth to stand up against injustice while strengthening a sense of community in the schools. This enhances their desire to stay and graduate.The Gayla is Pizza Klatch’s single largest fundraising event and provides a significant portion of our operating budget. This is a fun and jubilant event as we celebrate the success of our students who benefit from our support groups. Get ready for fun, laughter and tears as we present a short program by Pizza Klatch youth, the 2017 National Team of Olympia Spoken Word, a short keynote from Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and of course, pizza (and cupcakes.) All emceed by Ty Flint of MiXX96 FM and formally of KUBE Radio fame.Everyone is welcome. Tickets are on sale now through The Washington Center at www.washingtoncenter.org  or call 360-753-8586Ticket prices range from $35-75 with a $10 discount for Seniors (65+) and Students.Doors open at 6 p.m. for the auction and schmoozing.Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.VIP Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Black Box and includes gourmet appetizers, wine, beer and the best seats in the house for the main show. Tickets are $130Every year, our Gayla includes an online auction where participants can bid on a large variety of donations provided by local businesses and residents. This year, we will be working with Silent Auction Pro to host our online auction. Please be sure to go to www.pizzaklatch.org/register to register for our auction. The auction begins online on January 20. At the Gayla itself, the auction will still be done ONLINE through computers, phones and IPads. There will be volunteers at kiosks onsite to help you bid. By registering early you will not have to stand in long lines when you arrive. You also can opt for an express checkout allowing you a fast, easy exit at the end of the concert/auction.last_img read more


Transformation Underway for The Red Store, Navesink’s Beloved Eatery

first_imgBut history wasn’t the only dish that drove customers in on a daily basis.“The old school ways, the communication and people coming in and (us) knowing what they wanted,” made The Red Store special, Verange said.It’s exactly what brought Barbara Criscito in regularly. Outside of being Verange’s real estate agent through the sale, she had been a longtime customer. Criscito brought her son and a handful of his friends in for lunch on Fridays after half-day dismissals from Rumson Country Day School.“Pat made everyone who was a customer in the store feel like they were the only customer,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for 15 years with my kids and they’ve always remembered everything that they liked.”General stores are a dying breed among the food service business due in part to larger corporations flooding the industry, Verange said. He only knows of two which are remotely close that have survived. In an effort to stand out, The Red Store had become its own brand. Bottles of soda and sarsaparilla-flavored seltzer water were specifically branded and brewed for the store. And a few years ago, Verange invested in customized sandwich wraps with The Red Store scripted logo accompanied by a “There’s only one!” proclamation.Verange ordered those sheets 100,000 at a time. He can only find one remaining sheet now and it’s stowed away in his apartment. He’s already planning to save it for his eight-year-old grandson.A Landmark’s FutureThe background sounds of a buzzing saw or a hammer’s clank illustrate the amount of construction left. Metzner, 33, the eatery’s new partner, said they’re focusing on reopening in either July or August. “We want to keep true to what has been a big part of the neighborhood there forever,” he told The Two River Times. “We want to be part of that town and keep the family feel to it.”Big Mike’s Little Red Store will still be a breakfast and lunch shop, still offering some of the usuals. They’ll also incorporate BLT and Cuban sandwiches, farm fresh salads and protein bowls for customers.Verange, though, is still figuring out his next step. He’ll soon move out of the upstairs apartment where he’s spent most of his life. He’s planning a “Red Store garage sale” later this summer for regulars to come and pick through old artifacts. But he’ll also have to say goodbye to a street corner that’s provided him with more than enough memories for a lifetime.“I haven’t had to (say goodbye) yet, so I don’t know,” said Verange. “But when I do I’m probably going to have a meltdown. I just don’t know when it’s going to hit me.”This article was first published in the May 24-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. NAVESINK – Pat Verange’s life has gradually changed since he turned off the grills for the final time last month at The Red Store.Some routines remain the same. Verange, 58, still goes to bed late at night and his interior clock continues to wake him at 3 a.m., just like a normal day of work. But instead of walking down from his upstairs apartment to unlock the doors at 5:30 a.m., he’s instead greeted by construction crews renovating the recently sold general store into a pit stop for a new owner.“It’s been a roller coaster ride, a good ride,” Verange, the former owner, said candidly Monday morning. “I know I’m going to miss it and be sorry that I sold it. But I do know I have enough memories to put up on my walls.”The Red Store officially closed for good April 28 after 59 years in business owned by the Verange family. Verange started working in the general store when he was four years old, helping out behind the counter, handling tasks fit for a toddler. But as the years progressed and health issues began to affect the business, he knew it was time to begin considering a sale.That was nearly a year ago. He listed the building in October and the queries came flying in, he said. He eventually sold it to a team comprised of Restaurant Nicholas, an upscale restaurant in Middletown, and a former chef there, Mike Metzner. It will be called Big Mike’s Little Red Store. The closing was final about two weeks ago, and the price tag was $725,000.“It was just a matter of who am I going to pass the torch to and who is going to do what I want to maintain this,” said Verange.The landmark red façade, which was originally green with black shutters, has fed thousands of locals spanning over 130 years. In one of the oldest parts of Middletown, it’s been a vital mainstay for laborers and nearby homeowners yearning for a hot morning coffee or a turkey on rye.The Red Store, located at 101 Navesink Ave., will become Big Mike’s Little Red Store when itreopens under new ownership later this summer. Photo by Jay CookWhile the exterior still has its original charm, the interior now is nearly unrecognizable. The wooden sidings and personal knick-knacks are no longer there. It’s been stripped down to the studs, literally, even recently exposing two old barn doors used in the early 20th century for horses to carry and offload goods right in the store.“You get the chill right through you” when walking through the building now, said Verange. “When you see everything coming down, it’s a little surprising, but definitely more of a chill. It’s weird.”center_img By Jay Cook |  Serving Up History and HominessVerange doesn’t know a life without The Red Store in it. His parents purchased it on a whim in 1959, looking to fund a growing family. John, his father, was a World War II veteran turned plumber and milkman. His mother, Etta, ran vegetable and fruit stands in the greater Red Bank area.But the history goes much further back. It was discovered after talks with Middletown historians that the building dates back to 1867, although it officially became a general store in 1885. An 1898 ledger Verange recently recovered lists sales to surrounding homeowners for bales, buckets and sacks of goods.Verange said it’s believed the store shuttered for about a decade in the 1930s after those owners gave out too much credit during the Great Depression. Those debts understandably were never repaid.last_img read more


OK Tire back on top of Nelson Mixed Slopitch League in 2015

first_imgOK Tire lost to Unknowns in the 2014 finale.OK Tire advanced as the top seed last season before getting blasted by Unknowns in the final.This time around the final score would be different as OK Tire took the title from The Competition.Louie’s, now OK Tire, won the title in 2013.Unknowns, edging out regular-season champion Total Chaos in the semi final round, defeated Molson Finley’s to win the B final while DeVito’s Cardinals defeated Ripping Giraffe for the C-Division Crown.Trailing 2-1, DeVito’s Cardinals scored two five-running frames to blow open the tightly played contest. Louie’s did not win the Nelson Mixed Slopitch title in 2014.However, with a new name Louie’s, now OK Tire, defeated The Competition 20-15 to capture the 2015 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Ball Diamonds.The seesaw battle came down to the final inning with OK Tire leading 20-13.The Competition was able to stage a bit of a rally, but was only able to muster a pair of runs.The Competition advanced to the final with a thrilling 7-6 extra-innings win over Uptown Tavern.last_img read more


Will big data provide a cure-all for ailing health budgets?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Big Data#Cisco#e-health#featured#health#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT#Philips#Salesforce#top Related Posts Follow the Puck Donal Powercenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As soaring health budgets continue to cause pain for governments and medical care providers, relief may be in sight thanks to big data.A new study by Lux Research found that advanced big data and analytics technologies are poised to help rein in runaway healthcare costs. The report “Industrial Big Data and Analytics in Digital Health” determined that deeper integration of relevant data will make the delivery of many therapies more affordable.“Whereas solving many past healthcare problems seemed to be a matter of scientific discovery, health policy, or adequate funding, today’s most pressing problems are due to a lack of information – or lack of understanding of what to do with it,” said Lux Research VP Mark Bünger.“Data and analytics technologies are now showing measurable benefits to cost and patient outcomes, and partnerships like Apple-IBM, Salesforce-Philips, and Cisco-University of California in San Francisco are forming to put them into practice,” he said.The participation of enterprise big data and analytics vendors will help create several major impacts on healthcare delivery according to Lux.Big data can personalize therapy deliveryFirstly, it predicts that big data and analytics will aid personalized therapy delivery, leading to reduced costs and better health outcomes when battling the most severe diseases. It will achieve this by using such cloud-based analytics as Molecular Match that will enable faster decision-making.Lux also anticipates that artificial intelligence (AI) will create more powerful methods for analyzing huge datasets. AI will enable machine vision that can study patient scans for disease and will power robots that monitor patients.Lastly, Lux sees big data as unlocking sources of additional revenue and cost reductions for hospitals. Cost cutting will come from semi-automated systems that can target expensive medical interventions much more efficiently.Meanwhile, additional revenues will emerge as data enables improved resource allocation based on conditions and volumes of patients.The report comes as health care providers are looking for other technological solutions like smart medicines to help reduce escalating costs. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more


World Cup schedule is not a problem for Virat

first_imgThe seemingly unending group stage of the upcoming World Cup has attracted some criticism from players like England’s Kevin Pietersen. But for Virat Kohli, the format is not a problem as it allows the teams to plan and comeback if there are any reversals.Virat Kohli”I feel the format now is better than before. Anyhow, it shouldn’t be a problem. When you are playing well, the format of a tournament shouldn’t matter. In this World Cup, all teams will have the chance to plan for every match and also stage a comeback if there any setbacks,” Virat said here on Thursday. “We are well prepared for the World Cup. Playing at home, there will be pressure but we will try to avoid all the outside pressures.”The one factor, though, which will weigh heavily on the minds of the players, would be the spate of injuries that has plagued Team India with just two weeks left for the mega event to begin. Virat, however, refused to brand it as a lapse in fitness management and said it was just a case of bad luck.”Injuries don’t happen intentionally. With the amount of cricket being played nowadays, injuries are bound to happen. Unfortunately, it happened to us at a very wrong time. Just unlucky for us. The injury management is not bad,” he said.The entire nation is hoping that luck would be on India’s side, more so for Sachin Tendulkar, who many feel would be playing his last World Cup. For Virat, a win would be a great gift for India and Sachin.advertisement”We need to win it for India and Sachin. What he has done on the field for the country, I don’t think anyone ever has or will ever be able to replicate. So it will be great if we can win not only for our fans but also for Sachin.”Virat will take the form of the ODI series in South Africa, where he was the most consistent Indian batsmen and seemed at ease on the pact wickets, to the World Cup. Even though the conditions would be vastly different, the Delhi batsman felt that he would have to make quick adjustments for the sub-continent wickets.”In South Africa, I just played on the merit of the ball. I didn’t make any special adjustments. It’s just that my upright stance and back-foot play helped me on those wickets. But coming to India, the wickets will be different and I will have to make quick adjustments,” the 22-year-old said.Decision reviewThe Indian team has not been a big fan of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and captain MS Dhoni categorically said he didn’t have full faith in it. But now that the system has been enforced by the ICC for the World Cup, the Indians will have to adapt to it and Virat is confident that the hosts will not be caught off-guard while dealing with it.”We know how the system works. It is going to be the same for everyone and there is no advantage or disadvantage for anyone. Personally, I have no problem with it.”last_img read more


We are looking to rip through India’s top-order: Gul

first_imgSpeedster Umar Gul on Monday upped the ante ahead of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal clash, saying that his side has the edge in bowling attack and would look to rip through the home side’s much vaunted top order to stop them on their tracks.He said Wednesday’s match would be the battle between India’s batting and Pakistan’s bowling and his side are primed to end the four-match losing streak against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.”Their (India’s) batting line-up is very strong but our bowling is very good and equally up to the task. (Skipper Shahid) Afridi is the leading wicket-taker. We have a bit of an advantage with our bowling but I am happy with the way the batsmen played in the quarterfinal,” Gul told reporters after his team’s two-hour practice session.”The first three wickets (of India) are very crucial for us. They (India) are depending on the top-three. I am in good form and am looking for these three wickets,” said Gul, who has taken 14 wickets so far in the tournament, when asked about the plans of his team to tackle the explosive duo of Tendulkar and Sehwag.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had said that from the perspective of cricket fans, the India-Pakistan match is bigger than the final and Gul agreed with it.”What he (Dhoni) said must have been not from his side but from the expectations of Indian people. From a player’s perspective, no one would say this is bigger than the final. Our people also feel that we must beat India in each match. So from that perspective, it is a final for us too and we hope we can play well and beat India,” Gul said.advertisement”Whether it is a knockout match or a league match, any match against India is a big match always, a high-pressure match. The last time we played here, we chased 327 but it depends on how the wicket behaves. The average good score here will be 270-280,” he said.Pakistan have never won against India in a World Cup tie though they have beaten them at Mohali on previous two occasions, and Gul said history will have no bearing in tomorrow’s match and his side would be looking to end the jinx.”Hopefully, we will play good cricket and try and do what we have not done till now. Semifinal is a big match, big opportunity because both bowlers and batsmen are in good form.So we are hoping for the best,” Gul said.”The team morale is very high. I am hopeful the batting will also click and if we get a similar start like in the quarterfinals, I am sure we will do well,” he saidlast_img read more


Centre asks states to observe birth anniversary of Patel

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 16 (PTI) The Centre has asked all states to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as a day to foster and reinforce the governments dedication to strengthen unity, integrity and security of the nation.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying tributes to the countrys first home minister.He would offer floral tributes on the statue of Patel in Delhi, followed by administering pledge and flagging off the Run for Unity, Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry Praveen Kumar Srivastava told reporters here.Home Minister Rajnath Singh has written to chief ministers, and ministers of the Union government, to organise the pledge, run for unity and march on the occasion, he said.”The government observes October 31 all over the country as a day of special occasion to foster and reinforce the governments dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity and security of our nation by celebrating it as a Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel,” Srivastava said.The 1.5 km Run in Delhi will start from the National Stadium, where a large number of people, including sports personalities like P V Sindhu, Mitali Raj and Sardar Singh, are expected to take part.The state governments were asked to encourage college and school students to participate in the national unity day events.Srivastava said around 15,000 people had participated in the event in Delhi last year and the number will go up this year.October 31 is also the death anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. PTI ACB ABHadvertisementlast_img read more


Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff leaves Mumbai Indians ahead of World Cup camp

first_imgMumbai Indians’ Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff left for Australia to join the national camp for ICC World Cup in England next month.For skipper Steven Smith and opener David Warner will play one match before leaving while Marcus Stoinis will also be heading home to join the camp starting May 2.Twenty nine-year-old Behrendorff, who had joined Mumbai Indians after featuring in the ODI series against Pakistan, which the Aussies swept 5-0, took to Twitter to announce that he has left the franchise for now.”#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan. Great 1st #IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time,” tweeted Behrendorff along with three pictures.#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan Great 1st #IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time pic.twitter.com/QvOT8iYl71Jason Behrendorff (@JDorff5) April 29, 2019Behrendorff played in five IPL matches and took five wickets conceding 165 runs.Mumbai Indians also through their official Twitter handle wished the pacer well for the upcoming World Cup which begin May 30 in England.”Until next time, @JDorff5. All the best for #CWC19 and see you in Mumbai soon. #OneFamily,” the Mumbai Indians said in a tweet quoting Behrendorff’s tweet.Until next time, @JDorff5All the best for #CWC19 and see you in Mumbai soon #OneFamily https://t.co/D8o725AD2NadvertisementMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Mumbai Indians, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders last night by 34 runs in a high-scoring thriller, take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium here on May 2.Also Read | I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKRAlso Read | IPL 2019 playoffs and final to start at 7:30 PM ISTlast_img read more


a month agoEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustrating

first_imgEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustratingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax and FC Twente star Jan van Halst has told Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to take the good with the bad when it comes to Jetro Willems.Willems joined Newcastle United on-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, though made his name in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, where he spent six years and won his first caps with Holland.And on Saturday, Willems scored the opener on Saturday in the Toon’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The goal was spectacular, but wasn’t enough as the Reds eventually steamrolled the visitors.Reviewing the action, Van Halst was delighted for Willems – though warned the Dutchman will always be occasionally loose defensively.Van Halst said on Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: “He makes it difficult for a football analyst. Before the game we say that he should play a little more carefully as a left back. It is of course the charm of Willems.”The good thing is too: if he does this for PSV in a home match against RKC, then you say: ‘This is of course not possible in the Premier League’. But it is foolish: he just does it. Charming. A great goal.”Indeed, Van Halst says that’s the ‘charm’ of Willems, who is capable of producing a moment of unexpected magic.He added: “He is playful. It makes you crazy as a football analyst. Of course you have to use him with his speed.”Defensively he just has his vulnerabilities. You have to take this for granted a bit. This is that playfulness of Jetro Willems. He will never get it out completely, because he is already 25.”Willems moved to Newcastle at the beginning of August. The defender has joined the Magpies on a season-long loan with the option to buy.- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Darius Rucker Will Play A Concert At South Carolina’s Horseshoe If Gamecocks Win 6 Games

first_imgDarius Rucker singing while wearing a South Carolina hat.Twitter/@dariusruckerDarius Rucker is a huge South Carolina fan, but he’s not going too crazy with expectations for the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s first year. All he wants is a bowl game. Any bowl game.If South Carolina reaches six wins this year, the country star and former leader of Hootie and the Blowfish will play a concert at the famous ‘Horseshoe’ on his alma mater’s campus.Rucker agreed to the arrangement after receiving a tweet suggestion from a ‘Cocks fan. School president Harry Pastides quickly agreed.I think if we get 6 wins this season @dariusrucker should have another concert on the horseshoe— Croc (@WhiteJungleboi) August 10, 2016I’m dying to play the horseshoe. Start a petition tell them I’m in!! https://t.co/mgiW6vV9WF— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) August 10, 2016No need for a petition…consider it done! Darius in concert on the ‘Shoe after we get to 6! https://t.co/FMKYZ56Cpa— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) August 11, 2016This isn’t the first time Rucker has put a performance on the line with South Carolina athletics, although this is a show he definitely wants to have. Last June, the country star serenaded ESPN’s Mike Golic with the Notre Dame fight song, after Golic’s Fighting Irish women’s basketball team beat the Gamecocks in the Final Four.With an SEC schedule, getting to six wins won’t be easy for South Carolina this season. Win at Vanderbilt, vs. ECU, at Kentucky, vs. UMass, vs. Missouri, and vs. Western Carolina. That’s probably the easiest path.[The State]last_img read more