Scorpions’ semi-final hopes hang by a thread after Marooners defeat

first_imgBASSETERRE,  St Kitts (CMC) – Jamaica Scorpions’ semi-final hopes were dealt a severe block here Friday night when reigning Super50 Cup champions, CCC Marooners, stunned them by two wickets at Warner Park.Up against a side with a single win in their previous six matches, Scorpions thought they had done enough when they piled up 272 with two balls left in the final over, behind half-centuries from Assad Fudadin and Andre McCarthy who both scored 63.But Paul Palmer struck 59 and Jonathan Drakes, 54, as Marooners overhauled their target with two balls to spare, to shock Scorpions and leave their final four bid hanging by a thread.The Marooners run chase was a clinical one and they seemed to be coasting to a comfortable victory at 218 for four in the 43rd over thanks to several key partnerships.When four wickets tumbled for 38 runs in the space of 32 deliveries, however, the game was back in the balance at 256 for eight at the start of the 49th over.Akeem Jordan, who finished with an unbeaten 16 off seven balls, cleared the ropes at mid-wicket with pacer Derval Green in the penultimate over as Marooners gathered 11 crucial runs.And with six needed from the last over bowled by off-spinner Andre McCarthy, Jordan blasted a huge six over mid-wicket to win the contest for Marooners with two balls remaining.The defeat left Scorpions third in Group A on 16 points and facing a must-win game against second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes (20 points) today.And even if Scorpions win, they will need to do so by a big enough margin to ensure they surpass Hurricanes on net run rate.The victory for Marooners, meanwhile, helped to assuage their pride, as they have already been eliminated from semi-final contention.Choosing to bat, Scorpions were given a quiet but solid start by Fudadin and Aldaine Thomas (19) who put on 44 for the first wicket.Left-arm spinner Larry Joseph (3-61) struck twice, however, removing Thomas and Jermaine Blackwood (6) as Scorpions slipped to 56 for two in the 16th over.Fudadin then combined with McCarthy to stabilise the innings in a 97-run, third-wicket stand which pushed Scorpions past the 150-run mark.The left-handed Fudadin counted five fours and two sixes in an upbeat 77-run knock to move to 341 runs for the tournament at an average of nearly 49.McCarthy proved the ideal counter, smashing four fours and sixes off just 64 balls, to mark his third half-century of the tournament and carry his tally to 345 runs at an average of 49.When Joseph accepted a caught and bowled chance to remove Fudadin in the 30th over, Scorpions stumbled to lose five wickets for 45 runs as paceman Jalarnie Seales (3-75) and left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh (2-43) hurt the innings.It was left to Denis Smith to lash five fours and a six in breezy 39-ball unbeaten 45, to get Scorpions up to a competitive total.In reply, Marooners started well, Gian Benjamin (35) posting 47 off 39 balls for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin (28) before adding 75 for the second with Drakes.Benjamin faced 61 balls and struck three fours and a six while Drakes counted seven fours in a 58-ball knock before both fell in successive overs to leave their side on 122 for three in the 25th over.Palmer then took control of the innings, hitting five fours and a six off 70 balls and anchoring successive stands of 58 for the fourth wicket with Sadique Henry (33), 38 for the fifth with Seales (21) and 28 for the sixth wicket with Odaine McCatty (7).Scorpions appeared to take control when Palmer and Joseph (0) fell in successive deliveries in separate overs with no runs added at 256 for eight but Jordan’s cameo stole it for Marooners.last_img read more

WSOC : Orange’s postseason berth special for senior Ramirez after 3-year wait

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Before Syracuse’s critical match against South Florida on Friday night, SU head coach Phil Wheddon told his team how gratifying it would be to clinch a spot in the Big East tournament for the SU’s women’s soccer program.And especially for Casey Ramirez.‘We talked about how nice it would be and how special it would be for sure,’ Wheddon said. ‘It’s now something we can celebrate together because it’s something the whole team has achieved. It’s exceptionally special for the seniors and Casey in particular.’And now after three long years in which Ramirez hadn’t been a part of an Orange team that made postseason play, the senior can finally celebrate. Ramirez, the lone senior to play four years for the Orange, started her SU career at the same time Wheddon did. Both have been through trials and tribulations during their tenures at Syracuse, but in the end, the chance to compete in the playoffs made it all worth it.Ramirez has transformed into a leader for the program in her four years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRamirez had to make a tough decision before she stepped foot on SU’s campus. Patrick Farmer, the previous head coach, recruited the Pennsylvania native to come to Syracuse, but he resigned in the spring before her freshman year.Wheddon was hired at about the same time. Three other players were part of that recruiting class, including Tina Romagnuolo. Ramirez is the only one to play all four years, as Romagnuolo redshirted as a freshman.‘I was just excited to play college soccer,’ Ramirez said. ‘Phil seemed like a great guy when I met him, when I talked to him, so I wasn’t too concerned.’‘The girls were all so nice and just adapting to the school, and getting more comfortable always makes it more enjoyable.’Looking back, Ramirez is sure she made the right move. And Wheddon is equally happy she did.Although Wheddon was not the coach to recruit Ramirez and had never seen her play before she arrived at Syracuse, Wheddon has seen all he needs to be impressed with what Ramirez has brought to all 73 games in her career.‘Casey’s gifted in an athletic way,’ Wheddon said. ‘She’s got a natural aerobic gift, which has allowed her to excel at this level.’Throughout her career, Ramirez hasn’t just excelled at one position. She came in as a defender but has played a significant amount of minutes in the midfield as well. Ramirez admittedly isn’t as comfortable in the midfield as she is at the backline, but she’s willing to do it to help the team.Goalkeeper Brittany Anghel said Ramirez’s ability to fill in at multiple positions shows her versatility. Anghel said she’s a crafty player who plays taller than her listed height of 5-foot-5. She has the toughness to go up against physically bigger players.That scrappy play has rubbed off on Anghel and the rest of the team.‘I’ve learned that you’ve got to keep battling because she’s a fighter and she doesn’t give it up,’ Anghel said. ‘It doesn’t matter the circumstances, the position she’s playing or who she has to defend, she always goes 100 percent.’That play has made her one of the unquestioned leaders on an Orange squad having one of its best seasons in its 16-year program history.Romagnuolo said everyone on the team can look to Ramirez if they have a problem. She also leads by example in training and on the field.The respect for Ramirez is clear as the team celebrates its postseason berth. Because it is her final season, the team’s success means that much more.‘For any player, it’s special,’ Wheddon said. ‘But when you’ve gone through the progression that she has, I think it’s more special for her.’ Commentscenter_img Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

University must reform campus event policies

first_imgStaff editorials are determined by the editorial board. Its members are Elena Kadvany, Nicholas Slayton, Jennifer Schultz, Eddie Kim, Joey Kaufman and Sean Fitz-Gerald. The events leading up to Wednesday night’s shooting can only be described with one phrase: playing with fire.The shooting occurred outside “Freak or Greek,” a Halloween party held at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The event was promoted by LA Hype in association with the Black Student Assembly, a division of the Undergraduate Student Government’s Program Board. Though USC said non-students were not allowed to attend the party, the opposite stands true: Students at the party reported that many of the attendees were not college students.The promoters marketed “Freak or Greek” as a party for everyone in Los Angeles, student or otherwise. According to tweets by party promoters, USC students could attend the party, but non-USC attendees were charged varying sums of money to enter the party. One promoter went so far as to tweet that “weird dudes who don’t belong” could attend — if they paid $30. Furthermore, an event page encouraged attendees to “PreGame before the party” because they would be cited if any “substances” were brought on campus.Simply put, it was outright reckless for the university to allow an outside company to host an on-campus party for individuals who do not attend USC.This lack of discretion is nothing short of inappropriate, and the groups hosting the event should have better understood that allowing large numbers of non-college, non-USC individuals to attend an on-campus party could create problems. The event not only exploited USC and its resources to make money off outside individuals, but also inadvertently put students — students who perceive the campus as a place of safety and proper enforcement — at risk of injury and even death.The event’s shameless and inappropriate promotion demonstrates an unsettling lack of judgment and oversight on behalf of the university and the organizations co-hosting the party. Moving forward, it is essential for USC to carefully study and revise its policies on event sponsorship — or face even more dire consequences.last_img read more

John Wildhack and Herman Frazier discuss fall sports and COVID-19 testing

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Director of Athletics John Wildhack and senior Deputy Athletics Director Herman Frazier addressed police brutality, fall sports and the start of voluntary offseason workouts at a news conference Thursday afternoon.Some Syracuse athletes returned to campus and began voluntary offseason workouts last Monday, placed in quarantined “pods” of less than 10 for practice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, even more athletes nationwide have spoken out about systemic racism and police brutality amid nationwide protests.Wildhack and Frazier discussed those topics, along with other outlooks for COVID-19 testing, during the news conference. Here are three takeaways:Systemic racism and national protestsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Frazier and Wildhack opened with a statement about the recent protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Unlike his statement June 2 on Twitter, Wildhack said “Black Lives Matter” in his Thursday statement and condemned the police brutality and systemic racism that has existed in America for “more than 400 years.” Wildhack said he’s committed to action and not just to words, but when pressed about Syracuse’s three-year partnership with controversial opponent Liberty, he and Frazier both said that SU hadn’t considered Liberty’s stance on racial and social issues when scheduling them as an opponent for 2019-21.“There are a number of ACC schools who have scheduled games with Liberty,” Wildhack said. “We are in no conversations to play beyond the current contractual agreement.”Frazier spoke of his difficulties growing up in inner-city Philadelphia during the 1960s and 70s, saying that he has seen and felt the frustrations for decades. While many athletes waited until after their careers to speak up about racial and social injustices, he said he’s encouraged by the athletes and young people getting involved and speaking out during their careers. “I have spoken to many colleagues and friends over the last several days and I believe that meaningful change along with educational issues is paramount as we go forward,” Frazier said.SU football coach Dino Babers said Thursday morning that his players are “energized” to get involved, and Frazier said that Wildhack hosted a Zoom meeting with many Syracuse athletes — channeling their concerns about systemic racism and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Wildhack said that there are considerations of making Election Day a no practice day for all of SU Athletics on Nov. 3, but no definitive answers as of now. Multiple schools, including Georgia Tech, said there would be no athletic activities that day. Babers said he was hesitant to cancel a Tuesday practice in November, but he and Wildhack both want to encourage students to vote. Wildhack said the department is looking for other ways to get involved, including voter registration drives. “Over the last several weeks, I’ve spoken with head coaches, many of our staff, alumni and our student-athletes,” Wildhack said. “There are a few common themes. We need to acknowledge where we failed, we need to listen, we need to learn.” Positive COVID-19 testsAll players who returned for workouts June 8 were required to provide routine temperature checks in the two weeks prior to their arrival, Frazier said. Once the players returned to Syracuse, every athlete was tested Tuesday morning. SU is still awaiting the saliva test results, but Wildhack said the university will not disclose the total number of positive tests or the names of athletes who test positive. “We’re going to do everything we can to respect the privacy rights of our student-athletes,” Wildhack said.  Any positive test will be relayed to the Onondaga County Health Department, Wildhack said. He claimed that the number of athletes who tested positive would be “a news item.”Wildhack and Frazier both said they would like to see the Atlantic Coast Conference release COVID-19 testing guidelines, including protocols on when athletes should be tested throughout the week, for all 14 schools to follow.As of now, Frazier said athletes will be tested during the week of athletic competitions and before any game, match or meet. SU Athletics has named Frazier the infection control officer, leaving him in charge of overseeing the COVID-19 safety regulations, as well as testing and quarantining procedures.Frazier said that he also managed Syracuse athletes during the mumps outbreak of the 2017-18 academic year and has previously overseen the entire U.S. Olympic team.“In these instances, I look at this like a hospital administrator,” Frazier said. “Sometimes, the person isn’t necessarily a doctor, but someone who’s been in charge of day-to-day operations as an administrator.”Unclear details for fall sportsWildhack was unable to offer any details about what the fall Carrier Dome seating arrangement could look like due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19’s spread throughout central New York. He said the ACC athletic directors have a number of contingency plans in place that include a delayed start or a truncated season, but those plans aren’t needed yet.Several models are being consulted that relate to how many fans will be able to enter the Dome when the season begins, as well as what safety measures could be in place, Wildhack said. Everything from temperature checks to masks could be required, but the precautions will depend on what local and state officials allow by September. Wildhack said he hasn’t received word from health experts that playing in an indoor stadium could cause increase the transmission of COVID-19 than an outdoor one.Premium seats and season ticket holders, including students with season tickets, are SU Athletics’ top priorities for the coming season, Wildhack said. While a season without fans is on the table, Wildhack is optimistic that fans will be able to attend games. “There’s a lot of communication within the ACC,” Wildhack said. “You can’t state anything definitively because there’s still so much that you don’t know.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 11, 2020 at 4:48 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

NLCS Game 4: Dodgers and Brewers highlights from 13-inning classic

first_imgChristian Yelich made a running catch to end the Dodgers’ seventh inning and was unhurt despite going over the wall. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Related Articles The Brewers tied it in the top of the fifth inning when pinch-hitter Domingo Santana drove home a run against Rich Hill. Justin Turner made a great play at third to end the top of the third inning: Chris Taylor made a diving catch. In the top of the 10th inning in a game that keeps getting better and better – Cody Bellinger makes a diving grab in right field. Game got a little heated in extras when Manny Machado ran into Jesus Aguilar: Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Highlights from Game 4 of the 2018 National League Championship Series. The Milwaukee Brewers entered the game at Dodger Stadium with a 2-1 series lead.==================================================The Dodgers got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Through three games, they held the lead in only 3 of 27 innings. Bellinger brings home Machado with the game-winner in the 13th inning: Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Hill wasn’t happy and the candy paid dearly. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Alex Meruelo purchase of Coyotes finalized, making him NHL’s first Latino majority owner

first_img“I look forward to helping hockey continue to thrive in the desert.” – Alex MerueloWelcome to #OurPack, Alex. 👏— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 29, reported the sale price at $300 million — much lower than initial reports that had the figure in the $400 million to $450 million range — and last month described a franchise that has been hemorrhaging money.The son of Cuban immigrants, Meruelo, who got his start in his father’s tuxedo business, bought controlling interest of the team from Andrew Barroway, who will retain a minority share. Related News Andrei Vasilevskiy signs 8-year, $76M extension with Lightning What sets Meruelo apart from many who’ve tried to help hockey thrive in the desert: He has a history of buying interests in businesses and improving them, rather than flipping them for quick profits.He has built a broad portfolio of businesses in casino gaming, real estate, construction and engineering, hospitality, TV and radio stations, food services and private equity.But he faces a stiff challenge in the Coyotes, who have faced huge financial hurdles, argue that they need a new arena and have struggled on the ice.Forbes in December valued the franchise at $290 million, last among the NHL’s 32 teams, and the team has missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons and has advanced past the first round only once (2011-12) since the Winnipeg Jets relocated to Phoenix ahead of the 1996-97 season.A glimmer of a bright spot, according to The NHL hasn’t tapped into the Latino market, and Meruelo surely will have ideas about how to do that, adding that his experience in the gambling, broadcast and land development industries make him an ideal candidate to own a sports franchise, and in particular, the Coyotes.Meruelo thanked Barroway for what he called “invaluable service to the club.” Alex Meruelo on Monday became majority owner of the Coyotes, making history in the process as the first Latino to have controlling interest of an NHL team.”This is an incredible moment for me and my entire family,” Meruelo, 55, said in a statement.  “The Arizona Coyotes team is poised to do great things on and off the ice. I look forward to helping hockey continue to thrive in the desert, and I am committed to providing our passionate fans, loyal partners and the entire state of Arizona with a team they can be proud of for years to come.” “Andy deserves credit for stabilizing the franchise and for growing the game of hockey in Arizona,” Meruelo said. “I look forward to working with him in the future and want to thank him for his hard work and commitment to the team.”Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen called Meruelo’s purchase of the team a capstone to what has, thus far, been a momentous offseason. “Mr. Meruelo is a proven winner and his track record of multi-faceted and dynamic business accomplishments makes us well-positioned for continued growth, progress and long-term success here in Arizona. Today marks a major step forward for our organization and our great fans and partners.”The team has scheduled a news conference for Thursday to introduce Meruelo as the new controlling owner.last_img read more

To Obama, campaign is barely ahead in 4th quarter

first_imgby Jim KuhnhennNEW YORK (AP)—President Barack Obama sees the presidential contest as a clutch moment in his favorite sport—the fourth quarter of a taut basketball game.Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points.“But the other side is coming strong,” Obama said. “And they play a little dirty. We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We have a couple of injuries. And I believe they have one last run in them.” Obama raised $3 million with the help of the players, who included former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan and former New York Knicks Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. NBA Commissioner David Stern also was there.Invoking Jordan’s competitive nature, Obama concluded, “If you have seven minutes to go and you have a little bit of a lead, that’s when you put them away.”The players were part a daylong fundraiser. Earlier, former and current players participated in a $250-per-person autograph session and in a skills camp priced at $5,000 for two people.“It is very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person,” Obama joked at the Lincoln Center dinner.Later, Obama changed out of his dark suit to shoot baskets with some of the players out of sight of the press. Obama, an avid basketball fan and a player, made a splash during his 2008 campaign by sinking a 3-point shot while visiting troops in Kuwait. His most recent star-studded game, also played in private, featured actors George Clooney and Tobey Maguire. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)last_img read more

Makeover complete, Steelers ready for resurgence

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, stands with the team’s first-round draft selection, linebacker Ryan Shazier from Ohio State, before Shazier is introduced at a news conference at the headquarters of the NFL football team in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 9, 2014 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The faces Ike Taylor grew so accustomed to seeing line up alongside him over the past decade have disappeared.Ryan Clark? Gone. Ditto Brett Keisel. And LaMarr Woodley. Larry Foote too.All Pittsburgh Steelers veterans with Super Bowl rings.All now are a part of the team’s past after another offseason purge, part of the inevitable churn from which no franchise – not even the one with more Lombardi Trophies than any other – is immune.Of the 90 players who will report to Saint Vincent College on Friday when the Steelers open training camp, only seven stood on the field in Tampa on that cool February night five years ago when Pittsburgh beat the Arizona Cardinals for its sixth championship.The 34-year-old Taylor knows he may be part of the next wave out the door. He’s just trying to keep it propped open as long as he can, even if it means the longtime court jester has suddenly become one of the de-facto elder statesmen.“There are a whole lot of new faces,” the cornerback said with a laugh. “That’s a good and bad thing. It’s a good thing that I am still here. I’ll give a shout out to everybody who left. But football is football. Football, you have to understand as a player, is a business.” Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)And business wasn’t so hot for the Steelers in 2013. Only a resurgent 6-2 second half allowed Pittsburgh to avoid its first losing season since 2003. The Steelers haven’t missed the playoffs three consecutive years this millennium. To keep that streak alive, they spent the long winter and spring giving the defense a needed jolt of speed and youth.The early returns are promising. Cornerback William Gay likened practice during organized team activities to a track meet. One in which the defense that finished 13th in the league in yards allowed last year did less chasing and more catching.“These boys are running,’” Taylor said. “When you look at it on the field and you actually play with them, you can see that they are running.”Perhaps, all the way back to the postseason. Here’s what to look for as Pittsburgh begins its 47th summer at Saint Vincent.SLIM SHAZIER: Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier runs like a safety and hits as if he’s a linebacker. The Steelers can deal with the 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier’s relative lack of size if it means he can move sideline to sideline as quickly as he did in three standout years at Ohio State. On a defense where youngsters typically only start when necessary, Shazier could be the exception as the Steelers search for someone to replace Foote.LOADED BACKFIELD: Le’Veon Bell put together the best rookie season by a Steelers running back since Franco Harris in 1972, with 1,259 yards from scrimmage. He’ll have plenty of help this fall from beefy LeGarrette Blount, who signed after spending last year in New England and rookie Dri Archer, whose 4.27 40-yard dash time at the draft combine has offensive coordinator Todd Haley dreaming of ways to use him.OUT OF THIS WORILDS: Pittsburgh liked enough of what it saw from outside linebacker Jason Worilds and his team-high eight sacks in 2013 to hand him the transitional player tag and cut ties with the oft-injured Woodley. Worilds and the Steelers, however, have not yet agreed to a long-term deal and the 26-year-old missed most of the offseason workouts because of a nagging leg injury.NO HUDDLE HYPE: The Steelers rallied from a miserable 2-6 start in 2013 thanks in large part to an uptick in offensive production due to an increased reliance on the no-huddle. Expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to be given even more freedom in 2014. Pittsburgh averaged 28 points a game during its 5-2 run to close 2013. Roethlisberger expects the offense to be even more productive with the addition of wide receiver Lance Moore and the potential of 6-foot-4 rookie wideout Martavis Bryant, who gives Roethlisberger the big red zone target he’s lacked since Plaxico Burress left town the first time nearly a decade ago.HEALTHY LINE: Who knows what 2013 would have looked like in Pittsburgh if center Maurkice Pouncey hadn’t torn up his right knee eight plays into the season? It took the line weeks to stabilize, and by then it was too late. Pouncey is healthy and happy after signing a contract extension in June. His return buoys a group of youngsters – including rapidly improving guard David DeCastro – that was one of the better units in the league by the end of last year even with Pouncey on the sideline in sweatpants.___AP NFL website: and read more

Thurston Chamber Announces 2016 Boss of the Year Honorees

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston County Chamber of CommerceThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the seventh annual Boss of the Year honorees.  Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance. Port of Olympia Executive Director Ed Galligan is one of the 2016 “Bosses of the Year”.The 2016 honorees are: Kevin Johnston, Capital Mall; Rozanne Garman, RHD Enterprises; and Ed Galligan, The Port of Olympia.Honorable mentions include: John Doan, City of Tumwater; Dr. Ricord Torgerson, Joint Animal Services of Thurston County; and Winfried Danke, CHOICE Regional Health Network. Over 40 bosses from non-profit organizations to state agencies to private sector companies were nominated by their employees.Again this year, Saint Martin’s University business students played an important role in the selection process by interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with exceptional business leaders in the community and to also learn more about what truly defines leadership in the workplace,” says Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.Johnston, Garman, and Galligan join a group of past honorees, including:Ron Bruchet, GHB InsuranceKevin Johnston is the general manager of the Capital Mall and one of the 2016 honorees for Boss of the Year. Photo courtesy: Kevin Johnston.Melissa Jenkins, The OlympianMeagan Darrow, TOGETHER!Steve Hall, the City of OlympiaDr. Yong Liu, State Department of AgricultureRae-Lynn Bidon, Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesJoseph Di Santo, Panorama Heidi West, America’s Credit UnionDr. Terrence Hess, Foot & Ankle Surgical AssociatesSteve Brooks, Lacey Fire District 3Jessica Jensen, Jessica Jensen Law PSJoe Ingoglia, Boys & Girls Club of Thurston CountyMariella Cummings, Physicians of Southwest WashingtonRobert Coit, Thurston County Food BankMike Harbour, Intercity TransitMike Strub, LOTT Clean Water AllianceBruce Cramer, O Bee Credit UnionJohn Setterstrom, Lucky Eagle CasinoThe recognition event will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at the Hotel RL Olympia beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch buffet and recognition program starting at noon.  To make a reservation to attend, register online at read more

Red Bank Candidates Divided On The Issues

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The Nov. 8 election will have voters selecting from two incumbents and three political newcomers to fill two, three-year terms on the Borough Council.This year’s slate of candidates features incumbent Democrat Kathy Horgan and running mate Erik Yngstrom, making his first run for elected office; opposition comes in the form of two first-time Republican candidates, Kellie O’Bosky Colwell and Brian Hanlon. Rounding out the ballot is independent candidate Cindy Burnham, who has been on the council since 2014.Burnham, 61, is a retired substitute teacher who had worked at the Red Bank Middle School and Red Bank Regional High School. Burnham won her first election three years ago and served much of her term as a Republican. But she clashed with the local GOP leadership and with the three borough council members of her party, resulting in the committee failing to nominate her for this year’s ballot.Burnham is a self-described “community activist” who said, “I’m running on my record and to stop wasteful spending and irresponsible borrowing that is ingrained in our government.”Burnham is serving as the borough council president for this year and said she’s often been a lone voice against various financial allocations that she maintained were unnecessary and done for political expediency or patronage. Over the course of her council tenure Burnham has advocated for an operational review of the Water and Sewer Authority to study expenses and see if there are cost savings available. To voters, she advises, “The best way to predict what someone will do is to look at what they have done…I have kept my promise to the people.”Horgan, 71, works as the liaison to the board of trustees for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS research. She has lived in the borough for 17 years and is the veteran among the candidates, having served for nine years on the borough council.“I will stay here for the rest of my life and I’m really interested in my community,” Horgan said, explaining her interest in taking on another term.On issues: “What do you hear when you go door to door? Taxes,” she said. Horgan’s response to voters is “there are reasons that drive them up,” explaining contributors to the situation are multiyear contractual obligations with union employees; a large number of tax appeals annually that, like most lawsuits, wind up being negotiated, and cost the borough money; and the borough’s large number of not-for-profit tax exempt properties, she explained.Commercial development has come up in the discussion of campaign issues. It can be complex, she said, as “You try to find the balance,” encouraging projects that “make for an attractive community,” and bring ratables “but that doesn’t overtax our infrastructure.”She has raised issue with the proposed 55 West Front St. proposal to rezone the property that could permit a previously zoning board-denied large residential development.The same is true for her Democratic running mate, Yngstrom, who sees the plan as undermining the role of the zoning board in the land use process.“I think development should proceed cautiously,” he advised.Yngstrom is a 31-year-old attorney who is making his first run for elected office. He says he’s always had an interest in government and took this opportunity to make a contribution to public service.He has served on the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment for about 1 ½ years and had voted against the 55 West Front St. residential development and has been critical of this plan to rezone the site, alleging it could circumvent the zoning board’s role and authority.Yngstrom has a strong interest in recreation and believes the public parks need additional attention and the west side needs a park for area families.Republican Hanlon, 47, has lived in the borough with his family since 2007, and works in the borough office of a financial services firm. This is his first run for elected office.He and his GOP candidate Colwell have expressed support for this redevelopment and in general encourage what they say is thoughtful commercial development as a means to offset the residential tax base and maintain a vibrant community.Hanlon also suggested the governing body investigate selling the water and sewer authority as a cost saving measure. “Let’s see what it’s worth.”The borough council had privatized trash collection. However, Hanlon pointed out that there were no staff reductions for that department, thus blunting the beneficial impact that step had.He also supports developing the White Street lot as a mixed use, public/private project to construct a parking garage. Hanlon opposes the borough bonding and shouldering the entire cost for such a downtown project.Colwell, 48, is a working mixed media artist who has lived in the borough for most of her life. It is her first run for political office.She, like Hanlon, said taxes and spending take center stage in discussions and their agenda and wants to keep the community affordable for aging residents and young families. “I just don’t want to see anyone leave the town because they can’t afford it,” she said.On the issue of development Colwell said projects get bogged down with bureaucratic red tape and she would like to see if the process could be streamlined. She would also like to see both sides of the community benefit by greater promoting of the community as a cultural hub.last_img read more