Submitted by Cinderella’s ClosetAnxiety, smiles of satisfaction, then ecstatic joy – all happen any day at Cinderella’s Closet shop at South Sound Lacey Mall. Adult volunteers (the helpful Fairy Godmothers) and teenage assistants serve our community ladies of any age from 13 onward. Finding the right size, color and style gown to turn that woman or girl into a Cinderella for her current formal dance is a happy but serious task.Past volunteers remark at the pleasure of working in this boutique setting with gorgeous dresses and being rewarded with the satisfaction of being an important part preparing a young girl for her first dance or encourage a frantic woman invited to a major wedding or ball to find the right style to make her a beauty worthy of that occasion. With 1500 colorful and even glitzy dresses in sizes 0 to 24, there is a great deal of hunting for the right or best dress.Feeling pretty is part of self image development so needed for young girls and even some of us women who struggle to enjoy a glamorous night out. Everyone who volunteers collects moments of satisfaction of being part of helping another’s dream come true. Want to take part in the fun of making enchantment happen for others? Come join us during our homecoming rush months of September and October. Volunteer and work with the women and girls of our community who are seeking beauty at affordable costs.Cinderella’s Closet shop rents short party dresses and long formals, even sweeping ball gowns for that special evening affair. This community service is available for every teenage girl or women. Come in about two weeks ahead of your special occasion and find a dress or formal attire to rent and then return it immediately after your ‘big do’.Cinderella’s Closet Network is a not for profit service organization with a 501(c)3 rating so we can accept cash or clothing donations and provide tax credit receipts. Generous donors contributed these lovely gowns for use by others in our area. Thank you!Our vision is to serve, mentor and inspire all South Sound girls and women by helping each other look and feel beautiful and become more self assured. Our mission is to provide low cost formal wear, free sponsoring of girls’ for their formal dances, helping other community charities to support their formal activities, and creating esteem building activities for girls through volunteering at Cinderella Closet Network or their school fashion shows.Call Mary Ann Detzler (co-founder) at 360-878-2026 or Lori Kenyon (volunteer coordinator) at 360-550- 5336 to discuss availability to join us in this community service fun. Cinderella’s Closet Network fall hours are Wednesday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. Additional training times could be set up beyond our public hours. Come join! Facebook33Tweet0Pin0
The Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smith
Cummings had a stellar October as she recorded individual victories in two of her three tournament appearances. The senior shot a 73.1 stroke average and sunk a round low score of 70 on three separate occasions. October Golfer of the Month: Kaity Cummings, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Waco, TexasCummings took two straight individual first-place finishes to start the month, including winning a 3-hole playoff at the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational where the Huskies finished in second place. HBU women’s golf also finished third among team standings at the SHSU Bearkat Women’s Invitational behind Cummings’ first-place finish where she posted a 70 and 73 in two of her three rounds. The Huskies program never finished outside the top 10 and Cummings never placed outside the top 35 for the month. The award marks the first Southland Conference monthly honor of her career in her time with the Huskies. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Kaity Cummings has been tabbed as the Southland Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month for October, the league announced Wednesday.Southland Athletes of the Month are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Elodie Chapelet, Lamar Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Recently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.
The result meant Global stayed at fourth spot with 37 points, just a point behind Ceres Negros, which has played five less games than their Visayan rivals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Over at Davao del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City, the Davao Aguilas finally notched their first win with a 2-0 blanking of Ilocos United.Australian striker Harrison Sawyer broke the deadlock in the 25th minute, before James Younghusband sealed the win with a 63rd minute strike for the Aguilas, who are teetering on the brink of elimination with just 11 points from 19 matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIlocos remained in last place with seven points from 22 matches, which meant the newcomers from the North will miss out on a spot in the Finals Series featuring the Top Four teams at the end of the quadruple round league competition.J Baguioro scored in the 52nd minute for JPV, raising hopes of a comeback. But Global, playing its first match after the international break, proved equal to every attack from the visitors in a thrilling second half. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Global Cebu leaned on goals from Paolo Salenga and Pika Minegishi to hold off JPV Marikina, 2-1, and close in on a spot in the Final Series in the Philippines Football League on Sunday at Cebu City Sports Center.Salenga, the former National U standout, scored in the third minute, before Minegishi doubled the advantage just four minutes after halftime as the Cebuanos survived a resilient display from the visitors to secure maximum points.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Knights face Blazers in crucial race toward last semis berth OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ
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…as LTI commissions health & safety training laboratoryThe first batch of 151 students attached to the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) on Friday graduated from the “Retool Safety Awareness Training Programme”, as the institution also commissioned its first multi-purpose Health and Safety Training Laboratory in its compound.Students and officials at the graduation held at the Lichas Hall, LindenThe pilot programme, aimed at training and equipping students with technical knowledge on health and safety practices in the workplace, is a collaborative effort between Guyana Goldfields Inc and its subsidiary, Aurora Gold Mines Inc (AGM); Cuso International; Global Affairs Canada; the Canadian High Commission of Guyana; the Education Ministry; and the Council for Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (CVET).Over the course of the first year, 57 business and 94 engineering students were trained using an occupational safety and health module developed in British Columbia, Canada. There was also for lecturers a programme aimed at assisting them to teach students about health and safety.Speaking at the commissioning, and later at the graduation ceremony held at the Lichas Hall in Linden, Cuso Health and Safety Curriculum Programme Advisor Trainer and International Volunteer Marshall Denh-off said the initiative came as a result of a need for improved awareness in health and safety education among tradesman in the community, known for its mining skill-set. Denhoff, who worked along with the students, further explained that the programmet aims at preparing them for the workplace.“There’s a lot of hazards in the workplace, and the whole purpose of us being here today is to make sure that these young adults, when they go to work, they come back in as good condition or better condition than they went to work…We know about 20 percent of injuries and fatalities to young workers occur in the very first month of the job…We know young workers are at the greatest risk of being seriously injured in their first 6 months on a job… and young males face a 48 percent higher risk of injury than the overall working population…we have to try and change that culture…”, he noted.Denhoff said the programme is expected to be rolled out at all technical institutes across Guyana. Materials used in the training module, he noted, will be put together to be presented to other training institutions.Denhoff pointed out that there may also be a course for the general public. The certificate, he noted, can be recognised if included in a resume when applying for a job in the oil and gas sector.Reflecting on the training facility at LTI, Denhoff said he is excited about the future of the institution. He noted that it is well equipped, and will be a centre of excellence for health and safety training in Guyana. LTI Principal, Shurla Brotherson, said it is another milestone for the institute, which is now celebrating 60 years as an institution which provides quality skills training. She has thanked the partners of the initiative.“Three years ago, the institution was approached by Guyana Goldfields Inc about the quality of students we were providing to the labour market. Although skilled in those various areas, there was lack of the ability to demonstrate safe working practices. It was as a result of this that this revigorating training opportunity… ‘Retool Guyana,’ was championed…The programme focused on increasing the participation of youths, young men and women, including disabled and indigenous persons…“We can assure you that with the Occupational Safety and Health training that they have received, their performance in the various areas of specification would be evident. This is a great accomplishment for the Linden Technical Institute…,” she said.Brotherson added that the programme also saw upgrading of the institution’s curriculum, with Cuso and Guyana Goldfields providing technical support.Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee, in her remarks, congratulated the students and noted that the Government of Canada is proud to be associated with the programme.“Because, for Canada, youth development is a priority. Canada understands the importance of engaging youth not only on issues that affect them directly, but on all issues of national and global importance… Young people represent a generation of true global citizens…the trainees here today are role models for others out there,” she stated as she encouraged students to maximise the opportunity in an effort to develop themselves and the country.Assistant Chief Education Officer (Technica) of the Education Ministry, Patrick Chinedu, in his address, extended gratitude to the companies, noting that the laboratory will be used to train safety officers for the school system and other agencies. This, he said, is as part of the Ministry’s policy to replicate and industrialise programmes.He added it is expected that the Ministry would provide training for 2 staff members of LTI at the degree level, and other training opportunities will be extended throughout Guyana.AGM Public Relations Officer Leon Roberts said the initiative is a very important undertaking for the company. He stressed that safety is its main priority. He noted that it is also a behavioural change exercise for students aimed at having them change their mindsets as it relates to safety.Graduating student Sa-Yoor Headly noted that the training received over the past year has equipped students to be better skilled in their areas of specialisation. “This training will not only help us as individuals, but will also benefit our community and country as a whole”, he said.
All Seasons Racing Service — led by top-scorer Sultan Rooplall, who registered the maximum 18 games — cantered to an easy win in the recently staged ‘Champion of Champions’ domino tournament organised by Senior Organising Secretary of the Georgetown Domino Association (GDA), Mark ‘Jumbie’ Wiltshire.All Seasons ended the final on 89 games to cart off the first prize of $175,000 and the winning trophy, while New Castello finished second on 67 games, and Medi Care followed on 61.Tournament winners All Seasons Racing Service team members pose with the winning trophy along with the first prize following the conclusion of the ‘Champion of Champions’ Domino TournamentThe latter two teams took home $75,000 and $35,000 respectively, along with trophies.The top female player and the Most Valuable Player will receive $5,000 respectively.Sponsors of this event included Dynasty Sports Club, All Seasons Racing Service, Tony’s Jewellery, CBB&L Import & Export, and Boston Casting Jewellery, among others.
Guyana were comfortably positioned in the top spot after the first round of play; however, Trinidad had different plans going into the game at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex at Wildey.Team Guyana with Coach Damon Woodroffe and Manager Latoya FordyceAfter a 1-0 loss to Guyana in the first round of play, Trinidad returned with a vengeance and determination to beat the Guyanese women.The twin-island team got off to a rocket start against an unsteady Guyanese team as an early unforced error resulted in a Trinidad field goal by striker Brianna Gouvia just four minutes into the match.Trinidad later capitalised on Guyana’s inability to regain their composure by netting a second goal thanks to Felicia King’s penalty corner in the 25th minute. In a flash, another goal came two minutes later off of Britney Hingh’s stick.The second half of the encounter saw an improved performance from the Guyanese team. With more organised plays and increased possession, Guyana executed a swift right side attack that found striker Princessa Wilkie, who was able to elude the final Trinidadian defender and secure a goal for the team in the 49th minute. However, Guyana were unable to find the back of the net again; the match ending with a 3-1 victory for Trinidad.Guyana then entered their final match in the blistering Sunday morning heat against hosts Barbados with whom they drew 1-1 in the opening round.Team Guyana seemed more relaxed and confident as the game began with accurate passes, better ball control, and a solid defensive structure. The game was a very physical one and the teams were evenly matched with some amount of frustration showing in both sides.In the 40th minute of play, a penalty stroke was awarded to Guyana owing to a careless desperation tackle by the Bajans’ full back in the scoring circle. Former national captain Trisha Woodroffe stepped up to the challenge and sent a hard flat push to the left side of the goal, beating the Bajan keeper and putting Guyana at a 1-0 advantage.In a twist of fate with just a few seconds remaining in the match-up, the Bajans secured a penalty corner against Guyana. Barbados would save themselves from defeat as the goalmouth scramble that ensued saw the ball squeeze past eventual goalkeeper of the tournament, Alysa Xavier, ending the game at a 1-1 draw.Trinidad eventually finished in first place with Guyana securing second. The three Caribbean teams will be pooled together in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, which are scheduled for July 20-August 3.
0Shares0000David Beckham’s Miami franchise is due to make its MLS debut in 2020 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Eric EspadaMIAMI, United States, Sep 5 – David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise will be known as Inter Miami, it was confirmed Wednesday.A statement said Beckham’s team, which is due to join the league in 2020, would be officially named Club Internacional de Futbol Miami. The name, which mirrors Serie A giants Inter Milan, was chosen to reflect Miami’s status as a “truly global location that welcomes and embraces all cultures and communities.”“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team,” Beckham said.“It’s an honor to announce the new name and crest to our fans,” added Beckham, Miami MLS Owner and President of Football Operations.“We are taking another important step in establishing our club and today marks an important moment in the history of Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.”Inter Miami’s black and pink club crest features two herons standing back to back set against the backdrop of an eclipse.The club’s motto — “Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna” — pays tribute to concepts of freedom, unity, solidarity, inclusiveness, opportunity and good fortune for all, the club said.“Our city and our fans draw their strength from the dreams of a global population that calls Miami home,” said Miami MLS Managing Owner Jorge Mas.“It is only fitting that our name pays tribute to the inclusiveness that makes us who we are.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)