Olympia Federal Savings To Open Eighth Office In Yelm

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Federal Savings will begin construction on their eighth branch office this spring.  The property is in the Eagle Plaza commercial development, on the corner of Yelm Avenue West and Tahoma Boulevard.   The Olympia Federal office will be next to the Yelm Family Medical Plaza, which houses Yelm Family Medicine and Providence St. Peter Hospital Diagnostic Imaging, along with other lab and surgical facilities.  The site will allow for a full service branch along with some leased space.“We are very excited to expand into Yelm,” says Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings President.  “We have many customers who live in or near Yelm, and as a growing part of Thurston County, we are anxious to provide our full range of services to this area.”Construction on the site is planned to begin this spring, with a goal to have the office open and operating in late 2014 or early 2015. As with their new office in Belfair, and their recently remodeled office in West Olympia, Olympia Federal is looking to bring the latest in environmentally friendly construction materials and energy efficiency to the Yelm office.Olympia Federal Savings was founded in 1906 and it’s headquarters are in downtown Olympia.  They are a state chartered Mutual Savings Bank.  With assets exceeding $550,000,000, Olympia Federal has earned the Bauer Financial Rating Service 5-Star Rating for 102 consecutive quarters.  The 5-Star rating is earned by less then 1% of financial institutions nationally.For more information on Olympia Federal Savings visit www.olyfed.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Local Colleges host Planning Seminars for High School Students

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySouth Puget Sound Community College, The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin’s University are hosting three South Sound College Planning Seminars in October for local high school students, their families and counselors.The workshops will highlight the differences between the three different types of institutions: SPSCC, a public, two-year, community college,Evergreen, a public, four-year college, and Saint Martin’s, a private, four-year university. Topics to be covered are finding the right college “fit,” financial aid and the college application.All three sessions are free and open to the public. No reservation is required.This marks the second year of the collaboration, an idea originally proposed by Clarisse Leong, associate director of admissions at Evergreen.“I was thinking about ways in which our three institutions could work together and promote higher education,” Leong says. “Since there isn’t much overlap between us and we represent three different types of college options, I contacted the two institutions to propose a joint event geared towards students in Thurston County.”All three institutions will have representatives present at each workshop to speak with students, says Sarah Weiss, director of admissions for Saint Martin’s. But the focus will also include providing general information about planning for college.“We want to provide the South Sound region with a comprehensive knowledge base about the overall college planning process, while at the same time highlighting the diverse academic options high school students and their families have right here in their own backyard,” Weiss says.The following sessions will be held:How to choose a college that’s good for you: Learn about the differences between all three types of institutions, degrees offered and how to choose a school based on “fit”. This seminar will be held Wednesday, October 8, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., in Lecture Hall 1, at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway, NW, Olympia. For more information, contact Clarisse Leong at 360-867-6170.College essays and applications 101: Find out how to apply for admission, the differences in admission requirements and tips on writing your college application essay. This seminar will be held Wednesday, October 15, in Building 26-101, at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512-6292. For more information, contact Christina Winstead at 360-596-5446.Financing college: Discover the different kinds of aid available at all three types of institutions, including scholarships, financial need and federal aid, merit aid, deadlines and processes. This session will be held Wednesday, October 22, in Cebula Hall, third floor, at Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. For more information, contact Kacie McPartland at 360-486-8121.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 under­graduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts and sciences college, created by the Washington legislature in 1967 to offer integrated, flexible and reasonably priced education that equips graduates for careers in public service, science, entrepreneurship, education and the arts. Visit the Evergreen website at www.evergreen.edulast_img read more

Lacey Spring Fun Fair Offers New Attractions for 2016

first_imgFacebook63Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of LaceyThis year marks the 29th anniversary for the Lacey Spring Fun Fair! Free to the public this family friendly event includes activities for all ages! More than 16,000 folks stop by the fair each year, finding food, vendors, and entertainment to please everyone. The event will be held at Saint Martin’s University Saturday May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday May 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Thanks to many local businesses, the Lacey Spring Fun Fair is completely free.This year the on-site parade, presented by LeMay, will be returning with the theme ‘The Sights and Sounds of Spring!’ School groups and community organizations are encouraged to apply and join us on Saturday, May 21 at 12 noon. This ‘walking only’ parade weaves throughout the heart of Fun Fair on the grounds of Saint Martin’s where participants will strut their stuff with music, dance moves, and more fun!“As some may have already heard, the Grand Parade (on the street) is not happening anymore,” Fun Fair committee member Jordy Beasley said, “we were pulling a lot of resources and staff away from an already very large event to put on a parade where the participation and spectator numbers weren’t growing.“Beasley also stated, “We (the committee) knew this news would be disappointing for the community and we are so grateful to all the groups who helped us to make this parade possible.” Lacey Spring Fun Fair, as a whole, would not be possible without the assistance and support of the City, Saint Martin’s University, and local businesses and organizations.The Mariner Moose will be at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair this year. Photo courtesy: The City of LaceyOther Fun Fair events you can expect to see are: two stages of entertainment, 50+ booths inside Kid’s World, food vendors, as well as a multitude of arts, crafts, and commercial vendors. The special attractions will include the ever-popular pony rides, pirate’s revenge, and circus train. NEW features this year include the Ballistic Swings, Cliff Jump Jr., and 3-Story slide!The Mariner Moose will also be stopping by from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, sponsored by BECU.Scheduled for Sunday is the annual Car Show, sponsored by Capital Heating and Cooling, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and talent Show, sponsored by WSECU, beginning at 2:00 p.m.There is still time to get involved! Information on the event, volunteer opportunities, and applications for the On-Site Family Parade, Car Show, and Talent Show are available on the Lacey Spring Fun Fair website.www.laceyspringfunfair.comlast_img read more

Port Invests in Thurston County’s Small Cities

first_imgFacebook191Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Port of OlympiaCurrent Port Commissioner, Bill McGregor spearheaded the Small Cities program in 2010. It has become a success marking 2017 as the eighth year projects in Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities received a boost from the Port of Olympia. Port Commission approved funding matches for economic development projects in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm, at $10,000 each at the April 24 Commission meeting.The intent of the Port’s Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. The Port awards the funds after the city has completed the project and submitted the required information.Small cities are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.The Board of Directors of the Port Economic Development Corporation reviewed Finance Director Jeff Smith’s analysis of the cities’ applications, qualified the eligibility of the projects, and recommended that the Commission approve the funding awards.Here is how the cities plan to use their 2017 Small Cities Program funds:Bucoda will continue the renovation of the historic Oddfellows Building into a community center that serves both residents and visitors. Included will be the purchase and installation of two ductless heat pumps.Rainier plans to help fund the Tipsoo Loop Resurfacing project.Tenino will use the funds to remove the existing security fence at the Tenino Quarry Pool. Relocation of the fence will create additional space within the security zone to allow for additional sunbathing, picnicking, and greater freedom of movement for lifeguards. The fence itself will be replaced by a higher-quality, longer lasting, more pleasing to the eye vinyl wrapped chain link.Yelm plans to acquire electric vehicle charging stations; acquire and install a Bikeshare kiosk and acquire professional services for logo upgrade.last_img read more

Tenino Loses Another Beloved Community Servant

first_imgFacebook46Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TeninoThe City of Tenino is saddened to learn of, and extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of, former Tenino City Councilmember Phil Simmons, who succumbed to cancer on Saturday, May 13.Councilmember Simmons served as a Councilmember from 2008-2012, but for years before, and ever after, volunteered countless hours of his time and uncounted dollars of his own resources to the betterment of the community and will be sorely missed by all of us who had the good fortune to meet him.The Simmons family will celebrate his life on May 27, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Funeral Alternative of Washington, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater.  To celebrate Phil, the family would like you to wear shirts that remind you of him, such as Seahawks, Chicago Bears, or Hawaiian shirts.  Please, no flowers; but, if you would like to, please make a donation to the Honor Flight Network in Phil’s name.last_img read more

Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California…

first_imgFacebook564Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced today that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak are joining Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact — a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.“In Washington state, our decisions are guided by public health data and science and this is a principle we share up and down the West Coast. Governor Polis and Governor Sisolak are taking that approach as well, and the addition of their states will strengthen this regional partnership and save lives,” Inslee said.“Coloradans are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have important information to share with and to gain from other states. I’m thrilled Colorado is joining the Western States Pact,” Gov. Jared Polis said. “There’s no silver bullet that will solve this pandemic until there is a cure so we must have a multifaceted and bold approach in order to slow the spread of the virus, keep our people safe and help our economy rebound.”“I’m honored to have the state of Nevada join the Western States Pact and believe the sharing of critical information and best practices on how to mitigate the spread, protect the health and safety of our residents, and reopen responsibly will be invaluable as we chart our paths forward,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. “Millions of visitors from our fellow Western states travel to Nevada every year as a premier tourism destination and this partnership will be vital to our immediate recovery and long-term economic comeback.”Earlier this month, Inslee, along with California Governor Gavin Newsom and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, announced they would be working together under a shared vision for gradually modifying their state’s stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.They listed three shared principles as foundational to the agreement:Our residents’ health comes first. As home to nearly one in five Americans and gateway to the rest of the world, the West Coast has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19.Health outcomes and science – not politics – will guide these decisions. Modifications to our states’ stay at home orders must be made based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19, including: the direct impact of the disease on our communities; the health impact of measures introduced to control the spread in communities —particularly felt by those already experiencing social disadvantage prior to COVID-19; and our health care systems’ ability to ensure care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This effort will be guided by data. We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this.Our states will only be effective by working together. Each state will work with its local leaders and communities within its borders to understand what’s happening on the ground and adhere to our agreed upon approach.As part of the Western States Pact, the governors commit to working together toward the following four goals:Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment.Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.last_img read more

Watch: Shikhar Dhawan plays terrace cricket with his family – and gets out!

first_imgAdvertisement s5gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa2phgfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8eq7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) we34Would you ever consider trying this?😱sloCan your students do this? 🌚1fik5Roller skating! Powered by Firework You can take Shikhar Dhawan out of cricket, but you can’t take cricket out of him. On Tuesday, the left-handed batsman shared a video of him playing cricket on the terrace of his house with his relatives and wished all his fans a Happy Bhai Dooj. The Indian opener will be back in action for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh which starts November 3 onwards.Advertisement Image Courtesy: FB/ShikharDhawanOn the occasion of Bhai Dooj, Dhawan posted a picture with his family captioning,“Had a good time with the family today. Such days always make me so happy. Happy Bhai Dooj to everyone.”Advertisement  He then uploaded a video in which he can be seen playing cricket on the terrace with his relatives. The Delhi batsman defended a couple of deliveries before getting out and he captioned the video as “Family waali cricket ka mazaa hi kuch aur hai” Since his injury in the group game against Australia at this year’s World Cup, Dhawan hasn’t been in the best form. During his comeback, he managed to score just 38 runs in two games. And in the T20I series against South Africa his slump continued as he scored 76 runs at an average of 38.However, the 33-year-old will look forward to regain his dangerous form in the T20I series against Bangladesh. Feroze Shah Kotla now renamed as the Arun Jaitley Stadium will host the first match on November 3, while the other two matches will be played in Rajkot and Nagpur on November 7 and 10, respectively. Advertisementlast_img read more

Monmouth Medical Center Hosts Geriatric Education Program

first_imgLONG BRANCH – Results from the most recent census shows more than 12 million Americans are between the ages of 75 and 94. With an estimated 77 million baby boomers in the midst of turning 65, and fully reaching that age by 2030, the need for geriatric care continues to grow.Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health Facility, recently held a geriatric continuing education program for medical professionals on meeting the complex challenges of caring for the elderly. Topics covered during the program included: transitions in care for the frail elderly; the three most prevalent diagnoses in the elderly – delirium, dementia and depression; the geriatric patient assessment; differences in geriatrics from a pharmacology standpoint; and palliative care in the frail and elderly.Attendees of the workshop heard from a panel of experts, including Joan Wills, R.N., M.P.A, transitions in care coordinator; Dr. Priya Angi, a geriatrician; Angela Soldivieri, a nurse practitioner in geriatrics; Michelle Schork, Pharm.D., geriatrics; and Dr. Jessica Israel, section chief geriatrics, pain and palliative care.(left to right): Michelle Schork, Pharm.D., geriatrics; Priya Angi, M.D, geriatrician; Jessica Israel, M.D., section chief, Pain and Palliative Care; Angela Soldivieri, A.P.N., nurse practitioner, geriatrics and Joan Wills, R.N., M.P.A, transitions in care coordinator.Monmouth Medical Center recently introduced a dedicated geriatric emergency medicine (GEM) unit to better meet the complex needs of these patients. Older patients typically have more complex medical conditions, stay longer in emergency departments for more extensive testing and treatment regimens and are more likely to be admitted and to require critical care.Vulnerable patients, age 65 years and older, with dementia and other chronic conditions can benefit from a new and innovative Transitions Program at Monmouth Medical Center. Funded through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, the Barnabas Health Transitions Program for the Comprehensive Care of the Frail Elderly with Dementia screens eligible patients to implement the core components of the program, which include patient and caregiver education, prescription reconciliation and education, development of a detailed, patient-specific My Care Plan, and follow-up care and home visits.Additional information on the GEM Unit, Transitions Program and other geriatric services are available by visiting the Monmouth Medical Center website at www.barnabashealth.org/hospitals/monmouth_medical/services/geriatric_emergency_specialneeds.html.last_img read more

More Downtown Parking Proposed For Sea Bright Residents

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The number of residents-only downtown parking spaces will be expanded under legislation introduced by unanimous vote by the Borough Council at a special meeting Monday night.A public hearing on the ordinance will be held at the council’s June 16 workshop meeting.The designated streets – Beach Street, Center Street, Church Street, East Church Street, East New Street, New Street, Peninsula Avenue and River Street – previously had parking for residents only on one side of the street; now the restriction will be on both sides.Police Chief John Sorrentino said Tuesday that there was a need for more parking spaces for residents because of the new paid metered parking system the borough established in its parking lots, where some residents used to park. There are around 600 parking spaces in the metered lots, which cost $1 an hour to park from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day.Parking passes must be obtained from the police department for resident parking, Sorrentino said.He said two passes are available for each household, except for residents who live on Ocean Avenue, who can get a pass for the metered lots for one person per household.Before the meeting, Chris Wood, owner of Woody’s restaurant on Ocean Avenue and Church Street, complained to the council members about the paid parking being extended to 9 p.m.He said the late hours of paid parking was going “to drive people out of town” and affect the businesses. “It’s driving business away already,” Wood said.He said he saw a car with several people in it pull up to the parking spaces in front of his restaurant and then pull out when the occupants saw the numbers on the spaces, indicating it was a metered space.“The three summer months are basically our Black Friday,” Wood said, and the late hours for the metered parking were cutting that business down.Wood said the paid parking was supposed to end at 6 p.m. “It’s got to go back to 6,” he said.After the town’s business association dropped plans to file a lawsuit to block the metered parking system, the time went from 6 to 9 p.m., Wood said.According to Wood, a meeting was held last month concerning the metered parking regulations and he was not informed about it.Wood said that several other restaurants in the town had their own parking lots so were not concerned about the late parking charges.last_img read more

Getting Into Government

first_imgTINTON FALLS – A new generation of civic-minded young women got to spend a day last week with political veterans who want to show them how to start making an impact in the world.The event at Monmouth Regional High School was sponsored by the 12th annual Running and Winning conference sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Northern Monmouth County, the Junior League of Monmouth County, the Greater Red Bank League of Women Voters of New Jersey and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah.“Women are 51 percent of the population and their voices should be heard where decisions are made,” said Marian Wattenbarger of the AAUW, at the day-long, nonpartisan event that brought together about 60 female students from nine area high schools and female legislators and policy makers from the Two River area. “And I would say the events in the last few years have clearly raised interest.” By Jay Cook |  The conference zeroed in on educating young women about their meaningful voices and how they can make differences in their communities, said Linda Bricker, a member of the Junior League of Monmouth County.“To really affect change, sometimes you need to reach a point of becoming elected to a position to change laws,” she said. The best way to educate the younger generation, Wattenbarger found, has been to create a pipeline with current legislators, showcasing how women can be successful in politics.About 15 different female elected and appointed officials took turns meeting with the small groups of students during the morning session. The conversations ranged from issues in their towns or districts to their specific roads to elected office.Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) took one of those unique paths. After moving to Holmdel in the early 1990s, she joined her local parent-teacher association and volunteered to be what she called “the cupcake lady.” She eventually worked her way up to the Holmdel Township Committee, then the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and most recently, the State Assembly. Wattenbarger and other members from the Running and Winning steering committee admitted they were expecting a trend, especially considering the Parkland, Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 and the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting the day after the conference on April 20.“This is a time in which there is clearly polarization in the country,” said Wattenbarger, “but we come together and are all committed to helping women find their voices.”Women legislators from the Two River area spoke with high school students about their paths to elected office. Some of the officials who attended were, from left to right, Fair Haven Councilwoman Susan Sorensen, Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda Le Grice. Photo by Jay CookNEW JERSEY AND WOMEN LEGISLATORSNew Jersey has been one of the more progressive states for women involvement in politics over the last decade. Data from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University indicates the Garden State ranked 16th for the most female legislators at the state level: 29.2 percent of the state Legislature and Assembly is female.Both of New Jersey’s first two lieutenant governors are women – Kim Guadagno and Sheila Oliver – and female officials comprise a third of Gov. Phil Murphy’s 24-member cabinet. Additionally, 82 of the 566 municipalities in New Jersey, or 14.5 percent, are led by female mayors.While figures may be increasing compared to years past, many involved in the Running and Winning steering committee hope more women in Monmouth County step up.“We are intelligent, compassionate, organized and innovative,” said Sue Flynn, also of the Junior League of Monmouth County. “Having more women in leadership positions can only make our country and the world a better place.”center_img “They need to have a role model, somebody that has been there, done that, and is honest with them,” DiMaso said of her message to the young girls. “It’s not always easy. There are days the laundry doesn’t always get done or your dinner’s later than it should be and it’s OK. You’ll come out on the other end.”Involvement in the community is key, stressed Red Bank Borough Councilwoman Kathy Horgan. The longtime Democrat jumped right into volunteer work after moving there in 1999 and has not looked back.Horgan, the only female on Red Bank’s governing body, believes more women should take a chance and get involved in public policy.“What I want women to know is that they can make a difference,” said Horgan. “I know, that sounds trite, but it’s true. Women are nurturing, more willing to compromise and listen.”This article was first published in the April 26 – May 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. High School Girls Encouraged To Consider Politics | And those young women got a taste of the action. After meeting female councilmembers, mayors and state assemblywomen, the girls broke off into 14 smaller groups to discuss changing specific policy important to them.They were tasked with petitioning a mock school board about an ongoing, concerning issue. The possible choices were about mental health issues in school, school safety, environmental issues and increasing inclusivity.The one topic that garnered the most attention – considering current national events – was mental health awareness in students. Eight groups focused on that issue.last_img read more