Olympia Crime Stoppers Holiday Safety Tips

first_imgFacebook32Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Crime StoppersThe winter holiday season brings with it plenty of good cheer, gift shopping for family and friends and gatherings at homes and restaurants. Unfortunately it also brings out criminals who are looking for the opportunity to separate us from our valuables. Here are some suggestions of ways you can avoid becoming one of the victims.When you are Shopping:Always park in areas with good lighting and park close to the entrance of the store or mall if you can. Try to get someone to shop with you. There IS strength in numbers.Don’t flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry, electronic devices or clothing.Carry a purse or shoulder bag close to your body, not dangling by straps. Put a wallet in an inside pocket of your coat or front pants pocket.Don’t talk on a cell phone when walking between your vehicle and the store or the store and your vehicle. Keep your full attention on your surroundings and remember, the cell phone itself may be tempting for someone to steal.If you are ready to leave the mall and feel uneasy about entering the parking lot or garage by yourself, stay in the mall and ask for a security escort.Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car ahead of your arrival.Be sure to place packages and other valuables out of sight in your car or locked in the trunk. Thieves are less likely to break into your car if nothing of value is visible. And remember to always lock your vehicle!Do not open your car door to anyone in a parking lot or garage. If you believe you are in danger, call 911 immediately.When at Home:ALWAYS lock your car and residence, even if you are away for only a few moments.When you arrive home, don’t fumble for house keys. Have them in your hand, ready to use when you reach the door.Do NOT leave valuables – gifts, cell phones, GPS units, purse or clothing in open view in your car even in your own driveway. Take valuables with you, lock them in your trunk, or cover them in an unobtrusive way.Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark. Criminals don’t like bright places. Likewise, you might want to close the curtains or blinds so your holiday tree, and all those gifts, are not visible from the outside.When you Travel:Many of us travel to Grandma’s house for the holiday. If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers. An overstuffed mailbox is a sure sign that no one is home, and burglars are tempted to check those envelopes for holiday gifts.Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your home and offer to do the same for them when they travel out of town.These are only some of the ways you can protect yourself, your family and your valuables this holiday season.And a happy and safe season to you and yours!last_img read more

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Puget Sound Recovery Caucus Introduces ‘National Orca Protection Month’ Resolution

first_imgFacebook204Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Puget Sound Recovery CaucusTomorrow, June 22, the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, led by U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will introduce a resolution before the United States Congress declaring June 2018 “National Orca Protection Month,” to honor the iconic endangered whales.The designation spotlights the Southern Resident orca population found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest and draws attention to the extreme danger they are in.“In one year, our Southern Resident orca population has dropped from 78 to 75 orcas, the lowest number in more than 30 years with no signs of healthy orca calves being born,” Heck said.“At this rate, we are at serious risk of no longer having this iconic species as a part of our Pacific Northwest identity. This resolution would affirm that saving orcas is a priority of the Congress and of the United States. I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass this resolution and recognize in order to save the orcas, we need to save the salmon, and to save the salmon, we must save Puget Sound.”“The Southern Resident population is in peril,” said Kilmer. “Congress must take action now.  This resolution represents our commitment to preserving this iconic species and the role orca play in our region’s identity for future generations.”The Endangered Species Act lists Southern Resident orcas and several Chinook salmon stocks in Washington as endangered.  The Puget Sound Recovery Caucus introduced a resolution to designate June as National Orca Protection Month in 2016 and 2017. Puget Sound is home to 75 Southern Resident orcas in the J, K, and L pods.On April 18, 2018, the Seattle Times reported that Southern Resident orca inbreeding could devastate the population, and on June 17, 2018, the Seattle Times reported another orca death brings the population down to 75, the lowest in 34 years.. A study released on October 11, 2017, found that reduced acoustic disturbance and increased Chinook salmon populations could help the Southern Resident orca population grow by 2.3 percent.Heck and Kilmer are co-founders of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, which seeks to bring greater federal support for Puget Sound clean-up efforts.A draft of the resolution is attached and can be found online.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamiltonlast_img read more

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Watch: Callum Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant solo goal against Liverpool

first_imgImage Courtesy: PA/ChelseaTVAdvertisement oo17NBA Finals | Brooklyn VswggWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Esxg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1y0Would you ever consider trying this?😱r2Can your students do this? 🌚9ulRoller skating! Powered by Firework Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Chelsea youngster who has been gathering praise all around in recent times, had previously scored a spectacular goal for the club’s development squad against Liverpool.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PA/ChelseaTVPosted on the club’s official Instagram with the caption “#FlashbackFriday to when @Calteck10 did THIS against Liverpool for our development squad!” the video has been earning Hudson-Odoi all the applause he deserves.Check out the clip below-Advertisement After receiving a through-ball in the middle of the field, the 18-year-old sprints and dribbles past three Liverpool defenders, dashes past the goalkeeper in the opposition box and shoots the ball into the net.The showcase of flair has been bringing in approval for the young Englishman, and fans are also starting to hail him as a replacement for the club’s former talisman Eden Hazard, who made his way to the Spanish Capital this summer, joining Real Madrid.Hudson-Odoi signed a new deal with Frank Lampard’s side yesterday, securing five years at Stamford Bridge, with a weekly wage of £120,000.The Chelsea gaffer has also been hailing his favourite youngster a lot, recently.He spoke during the pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game, where the Blues will be facing Jurgen Klopp’s boys at home.“He has got everything we are trying to bring, we know the talent he has that he has shown on occasions in the first team when he has had his opportunity. I think there is a lot more. It’s pure hard work that will get him there.” Lampard said.“Now that a five-year contract is signed it is where the hard work really starts for him,” he added.      ALSO READ:Usain Bolt names the 3 footballers who he wants to run the 4x100m with! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 2nd Butterfly Ball to be held Feb. 9

first_imgCOLTS NECK – The Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch will be the site of the Feb. 9 Ashley Lauren Foundation’s second annual Butterfly Ball.Guests will gather to honor business owners, Tommy and Yvette Bonfiglio and an evening of fine food, drink and entertainment while raising funds and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Founda­tion’s mission to provide hope and help for Children with Cancer in New Jersey.The event is being chaired by Victoria Ali. The honorary chair is one of The Ashley Lauren Foundation children, Emily Braisted.In addition to dinner and dancing, guests will be able to bid on many unique auction items graciously donated by supporters of The Ashley Lauren Foundation. Funds raised by the Butterfly Ball will support the programs of the foundation including: direct family assistance to help with household bills; bills and medications not paid through medical insurance; traveling expenses to and from hospitals; funeral expenses; material assistance for food, clothing, household items; emotional support; parties for the children; advocacy; outings; birthday and holiday gifts for the children; the “Making Dreams Come True” Program; and anything else that is needed to make their lives easier and to let each child know that they are important.The Ashley Lauren Foun­da­tion does not fund research but is instead “in the trenches” with these families as they cope with the daily battle of pediatric cancer.The Bonfiglios, who are being honored, are the owners of Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza in Red Bank, Ocean Township and Brick. They live in Monmouth Beach with their two daughters, Andrea and Christina.“My whole life, I have always strived for more – more for my career, my family, more out of my life,” said Tommy Bonfiglio. “When my wife introduced me to The Ashley Lauren Founda­tion and its founder/executive director, Monica Vermeulen, I realized that all of my hard work could be put to more good than I thought possible. With the help of my wonderful staff and family, we have built a relationship with this foundation that can never be broken. I have never seen my wife happier and that is because she is doing something she loves to do – helping others.  Like many people, I always wanted to do my part and put my hard work to good use, but unlike many people, my wife and I actually did it. Thanks to Monica and The Ashley Lauren Foundation, I was introduced to the gift of giving and how good it feels to help someone who truly needs and deserves it.”Yvette Bonfiglio said, “We all know that cancer has touched the lives of many people and affected many families through­out the world. I am so grateful that through my restaurants, I can really help some of these families make their battle a little bit easier. I love children and when an illness like cancer affects a child, it hits me right in my soft spot. All I want to do is make these kids laugh, play, smile and enjoy their youth.“No child deserves to have such precious, carefree years taken away from them. If I can give some of those precious, carefree moments back to them, well, then I have succeeded,” Yvette Bonfiglio said. “I have Monica and the Ashley Lauren Foundation to thank for this wonderful gift they have given me. Without them, I would not be using my time wisely. I now feel that every minute spent with these children or doing something for these children is time well spent.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.”Tickets for the Butterfly Ball, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available by visiting www.ashleylaurenfoundation.org or calling 732-414-1625.last_img read more

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Pipeline Protest, Clinging Jellyfish, Fish Kill Monitoring

first_img“Now that Gov. Cuomo (of New York) has stated his clear oppositionto this project, it’s now time for a resident of this town and a resident ofMonmouth County to stand up and deny the needed permits for this pipeline,” saidMiddletown Mayor Tony Perry, urging Murphy to reject the project. This essentially choked off the bunker fishes’ oxygen, leading tothe large fish kill, he said. “You had a drop-off of about 30 degrees in the area temperaturethe next day – so what happened then is the algae started to die off,”Heddendorf said. “What happens when those algae die off, the decomposers thatare decomposing then take up all the oxygen in the water leading to very lowdissolved oxygen levels.” People of all ages came out to make signs, sign petitions and listen to local officials and organizers speak against NESE at the rally sponsored by Clean Ocean Action. An interactive map showing the location of reported clinging jellyfish observations can be found at the state DEP’s website, njbeaches.org. The activists, who came from the local area and also New York,fear the installation of the William Transco NESE pipeline extension andcompressor could disrupt the ecology of the Raritan Bay and impact coastalcommunities. “A lot of these families depend on the recreation, as well as someof the industries that go on in the bay,” Cliff Moore, an economic developmentconsultant in the Bayshore towns of Highlands and Keansburg. “The pipelinewould disturb that.” That news was met with some relief by residents gathered at therecent Rally for the Navesink meeting at Bingham Hall. Fish kills can be caused by pollutants, natural causes orenvironmental factors. The DEP’s buoys can detect dissolved oxygen levels,salinity, chlorophyll, temperature and chlorophyll-a. The data will allow theDEP to act sooner if changedlevels in the water are coming from a natural cause like an algae bloom or froman unnatural pollutant which needs to be mitigated, like pesticides, detergentand biotoxins. But stay on guard, Heggendorf advised. This is around the time thedime-sized jellyfish that cling to eel grass make themselves known to humanswith their terribly painful sting. Residents fear the pipeline will negatively affect futuregenerations. Lisa Cordova of Middletown, standing with her daughter Luna andtwo friends, Madison and Scarlett Schreibman, said Murphy must “oppose thispipeline permanently.” She added, “The future of our children rests on it.” In addition to calling and tagging Murphy on social media,protestors signed a banner, petitions and wrote him letters, hoping he will denythe needed permits for this project. RUMSON – Clinging jellyfish have not been seen in the Navesink River since 2016, according to Bill Heddendorf of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The economic toll the pipeline could potentially have on Bayshorecommunities is also a concern.center_img Eight buoys identifiable by a solar panel and orange light will beplaced in the Navesink River in coming days. The buoys are part of an effort bythe DEP to understand the cause of fish kills, like the one in March at RedBank’s Marine Park. CLINGING JELLYFISH Over in Barnegat Bay and Point Pleasant, clinging jellies have shown up, concerning locals and swimmers. Finding the tiny clinging jellyfish in their sea grass habitat can be hard, so the NJDEP has considered obtaining a genome sequencer to help identify where they are gathered. This would allow them to do an environmental DNA analysis simply by analyzing collected water, and, as an additional benefit, determine their species. MIDDLETOWN – More than 60 people concerned about plans to build a controversial pipeline in Raritan Bay gathered at Bayshore Waterfront Park May 31 to send Gov. Phil Murphy a message: Say “No” to NESE. In between speeches, Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean OceanAction, asked the protestors to call the governor’s office and urge him to sayno to NESE. She asked them to tag Murphy on social media and use the #saynotonesehashtag. BUOYS TO HELP PREDICT FISH KILLS The buoys will allow the DEP to see oxygen levels in real time,before a fish kill occurs, and will be placed in the river in very early springnext year. Heggendorf said the DEP determined the cause of March’s large bunkerfish kill at Marine Park was unusually warm weather which caused a rapid bloom of algae inan area with a large number of bunker fish. Clinging jellyfish can be either of the Mediterranean or Chinesespecies, Heggendorf said. Both species of the clinging jellyfish have beenfound in different parts of New Jersey, but the kind found in the ShrewsburyRiver were of Mediterranean decent and the ones found south in Barnegat Bay andthe south bank of the Metedeconk River in Point Pleasant were of Chinesedescent. By Karyssa D’Agostino Heddendorf explained the buoys cost around $100,000 each and about the same to maintain yearly. The funding comes mostly from the state with some funding coming from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “A near 32,000-horse-powered fracking gas compressing station isgoing to pollute Central Jersey even more with benzene, formaldehyde, methane,cancer causing chemicals – in an area that already has an ‘F’ grade by theAmerican Lung Association and air quality and ground zero level ozone,” saidJunior Romero of NJ Food and Water Watch. And as of May 30, they’ve not been detected in the ShrewsburyRiver, where they were found more frequently in recent years. last_img read more

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Trafalgar Totems, LVR Bombers mix it up on the pitch

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsCity rivals, the L.V. Rogers Bombers and Trafalgar Totems take to Queen Elizabeth Park today for a friendly High School Girl’s Fieldhockey game.The contest is the first action for the teams since both clubs played in the recent Stanley Humphries Rockers Fieldhockey Tournament held at Pass Creek Park in Robson.Coaches Val Gibson, from LVR, and Trafalgar’s Jesse Anast, will mixed the players into two teams.Trafalgar consists of players in Grades 6 to 8 while LVR has players in Grades 9 to 12.Game time is right after school at Queen Elizabeth Park.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img

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Ten shot lead puts Vikings in control

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBarring a complete collapse, the Portland State Vikings appear to be heading to the NCAA Regionals.The Vikings, led by sophomore Britney Yada, shot a combined two-round score of 590 to take a 10-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Portland State, finishing the day with a round of 287, have four of the five players on the team — Yada, Kalyn Dodge, Alexia Brown and L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Lauren Taylor — in the top ten.“They were a little calmer and felt more at ease on the course today (than yesterday),” said Viking Coach Kathleen Takaishi on the university website.“They had a bad day yesterday. That is their first bad day in five or six rounds, so it happens.”After ballooning to a 79 during round one, Taylor, heading out on the course first, set the tone for the rest of the team. The pride of Granite Pointe birdied four holes in a row from the third through the sixth. Taylor finished the front nine at two-under par and the day with a one-over-par 73 on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort course.Firing a 4-under-par 68, Yada tops the individual leader board with a four shot lead over Ashli Helstrom of Montana.“I told them we shot our average yesterday (303) and that isn’t a bad thing,” said Takaishi. “They just needed to learn from their mistakes, maybe play holes differently that they struggled on.”The Vikings can wrap up the Big Sky Championship Wednesday when the players take to the course for the final round of the 54-hole tournament.The NCAA West Regional is May 5-7.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Let the playoff begin as Nelson Mixed Slopitch kicks off post season play

first_imgThe Nelson Mixed Slopitch League hit a line drive into the post season as the 2011 post season kicked off with a quartet of games Thursday at the Lakeside Diamonds.First round action in the A event commenced with the losing teams dropping down into the B event side of the 20-team draw.Action continues Friday night and all day Saturday at Lakeside with finals set for Sunday afternoon. The B and C event title games are set for 2:30 p.m. with the final of the A, the overall league champion, to have the first pitch thrown at 4 p.m.last_img

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Krause basketball camp at Selkirk CANCELLED

first_img“We just received news that (Director of Men’s Basketball at Gonzaga University) Jerry Krause will not be able to attend the upcoming camp at Selkirk College,” Kingdon said.Krause, who instructed last season during a camp at L.V. Rogers in Nelson and has been a professional basketball scout and general manager for such franchises as the Baltimore Bullets and the Chicago Bulls, was the head instructor for the two-day camp set for later this month at the Castlegar campus gymnasium.Kingdom hopes to have Krause reschedule for prior to the high school and elementary basketball seasons.For more information on Kootenay Basketball contact Vivian Kingdon at 250-509-0838.sports@thenelsondaily.com Kootenay Basketball skipper Viv Kingdon has some bad news for youth hoopsters.last_img read more

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Woods scored twice to lead Rebels past Leafs 5-3

first_imgWoods finished the game with three points while Breese had a four-point night.Eamonn Miller and Andy Fitzpatrick replied for the Leafs.Nelson out shot the Rebels 39-28 in the contest, but could not get any timely goals on winning netminder Logan Sawka of the Rebels.Patrick Ostermann was in goal for Nelson, which has lost four straight games.Nelson, falling to 17-24-0-0-2, finished the month of January with a 2-4-0-0-1 record.Both teams do it all over against Friday when Nelson hosts Castlegar at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Castlegar Rebels scored three first period goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs in a penalty-filled Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Tayden Woods, Ed Lindsey and Christ Breese scored in the opening frame to give the visitors the insurmountable lead.Nelson cut the lead to 3-1 in the second period on power play goal by Max Daerendinger, taking advantage of a five-minute penalty to Mike Bhatoa for cross checking.Then with four minutes and change remaining in the second frame, the teams took a break from hockey as a handful of players were ejected for fighting.The teams traded goals in the third period as Woods, with his second of the game, and Nick Headrick scored for the Rebels.last_img read more

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