Facebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by WSECUWashington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) is welcoming the community to reduce the risk of identity theft by getting rid of old tax returns, financial statements, and other personal papers at a free Shred & Share event in Olympia on July 28 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. It will also be a community donation drive for the YWCA’s Other Bank.Everyone is welcome to bring three boxes of documents – or up to approximately 150 pounds – for shredding during the event that will be held at WSECU’s downtown Olympia location.Collecting personal hygiene items & household cleaning supplies for the YWCA Other BankThe Shred & Share idea resulted from WSECU wanting both to provide a needed service to the public and help others in the community. Attendees bringing documents for shredding are also asked to bring a donation of items like shampoo, toothpaste, and laundry soap which will be collected and donated to the YWCA. The event is open to the general public regardless of WSECU membership and is free of charge. Participants may enter to win a personal document shredder. Gifts and refreshments will also be offered.Dedicated to providing outstanding member service for 50 years, Washington State Employees Credit Union has more than $1.6 billion in assets, 165,000 members and 18 branches across Washington. Membership is open to public employees and their family members. Additional information can be found online.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Office of Sen. Karen FraserSen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, has been awarded the inaugural Washington Water Leadership Award by The Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CELP) for her continuing commitment to responsible water policy and the environment.“I am honored to accept this award, and I appreciate this recognition of my efforts over many years,” said Fraser. “Water is essential for all known forms of life and is a precious resource we all must share and protect. As we advance water policy in our state and region, I believe it is important to make sure that our policies are consistent with both the U.S. and State Constitutions; that we use the best available science; and we fairly balance the many competing demands for this limited natural resource.”The inaugural Washington Water Leadership Award honors individuals and organizations who publicly advocate for sustainable water resource stewardship throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.The Center for Environmental Law & Policy was founded by University of Washington Law School Professor Ralph W. Johnson in 1993 and continues to be a strong voice for water resource management and preservation in our state.
Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions is taking applications now through October 31, 2016, for the company’s Community Partnership Program 2017. Non-profit partners receive 150 tickets to Harlequin Productions’ final dress rehearsals, which they may sell as a fundraiser or give as thank you gifts to donors or volunteers. The intent is to provide a win-win for the non-profit partner and Harlequin Productions.The non-profit partner gets an opportunity to raise money or to thank their generous donors or dedicated volunteers. In return, Harlequin’s cast and crew will benefit greatly by having a full audience for its final dress rehearsal.Natalie Moran of Family Education and Support Services, who was awarded the final dress tickets for Harlequin’s 2015 production of To Kill a Mockingbird said, “The Community Partnership Program with Harlequin Productions was a great chance to thank our donors, engage with volunteers, staff, and friends, and spend time together at an incredibly powerful performance.”The non-profit pays a minimal fee in the amount of $200 and commits to filling their allotted seats. Five final dress slots will be awarded in Harlequin’s 2017 season:My Name is Rachel Corrie on January 18, 2017The Understudy on March 1, 2017Present Laughter on May 3, 2017August: Osage County on August 23, 2017Cymbeline on October 4, 2017For more information or to apply, visit harlequinproductions.org/community-partnership-program. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0
Facebook18Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Family TheaterIt’s time to secure your seats! Olympia Family Theater’s Mainstage season is filled with imagination, curiosity and discovery. This season features five productions presented in our intimate 120-seat theater, including Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Starry Messenger, Alice in Wonderland, and Fishnapped! We are proud to feature a few favorites, 1 south sound premiere and 2 world premiere originals. Each production is recommended for all ages. Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”September 30 – October 23, 2016(Friday-Saturday-Sunday performances, +1 Thursday)Directed by Kate AyersMusically Directed by Stephanie ClaireWatch Mo Willems’ unlikely duo spring to life on stage in this exciting new musical filled with song and dance, humor and friendship! The Best Christmas Pageant EverNovember 25 – December 18, 2016(Friday-Saturday-Sunday performances)Directed by Isaac MckenzieSullivanA holiday play for your family featuring a multi-generational cast, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs! You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a family holiday favorite. Starry MessengerJanuary 27 – February 12, 2017(Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday performances)Directed by Brian TyrrellThe story begins with Galileo as a young boy, inspired and awed by the heavens and it follows his incredible and visionary life. A magical production we hope will inspire great ideas and speak to the “Galileo” in all of us! Olympia Family Theater is located in downtown Olympia and stages plays appropriate for all ages.Alice in WonderlandMarch 17 – April 2, 2017(Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday performances)World Premiere Adaptation!Directed by Jen RyleAn original adaptation by Kate Ayers of the most famous and enduring children’s classic. It is full to the brim with whimsical charm, and unsurpassed silliness. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole through a series of progressively “curiouser and curiouser” events. Fishnapped!May 12 – June 4, 2017(Friday-Saturday-Sunday performances)World Premiere Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven TillinghastDirected by Jeff PainterMusically Directed by Stephanie ClaireHelp! Claire’s beloved pet goldfish has been FISHNAPPED! We can’t solve the case ourselves – you have to help us find whodunit! Join us for this musical mystery about friendship and being true to yourself. Thursday and Friday performances are at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday performances are matinees starting at 2:00 p.m. Our lobby opens 1 hour before the performance time. Pay-What-You-Can Performances: Each show has one performance where patrons can pay what they can for a ticket. For these dates there will be no online sales. Tickets can be purchased for cash or check at box office starting at noon day of show.The Olympia Family Theater’s mainstage shows delight young and old like 2014’s family favorite “Mercy Watson to the Rescue”. Photo courtesy: Olympia Family Theater.Advance ticket purchase is recommended for all other shows due to limited seating in the downtown Olympia theater. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Ticket prices are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, students and military, and $13 for youth under 12. Enjoy a discount of 10% off for groups of 10 or more to any one performance.Box office hours: 2 hours before each performance (cash, check or credit card) Subscribe for a full or partial season for 30% off your seats with a Season Subscription, 25% off your seats with a 3-Show Subscription or 15% off your seats with a Six-Ticket Flex Pass.Learn more about Olympia Family Theater online or call 360-570-1638
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Corey Wagner, left, of Rumson and Patrick Finan of Fair Haven have established joinagame.com to match area residents looking for pickup games to games being played at local fields and courts.By John BurtonWebsite launched to help match players with gamesSometimes it’s tough to find people who want to shoot some hoops, play a little softball or toss around the football.“For adults, once you leave your college group or your high school group of friends, your network, you have a tough time finding people to fill out a game, especially like a soccer game or a baseball game, even a basketball game,” said Corey Wagner, who thinks he has a solution.Wagner, a 26-year-old Rumson resident, and his friend, Patrick Finan, 23, of Fair Haven, see the solution to finding others looking to play sports in a new social-media website they have developed.“We tossed the idea around and a lot of our acquaintances seemed to have the same feeling, you know, it’s a good idea to create a website to connect everybody,” Wagner said.“You build it, they’ll come, right?” Finan said.Wagner and Finan launched their website, joinagame.com, this week.The two are acknowledged sports enthusiasts, who are ready to play anytime, anywhere, jumping at a chance to join a volleyball or basketball game. But, “Even with my friends, I think we just accepted there is nothing out there. Nobody is willing to put the work in to arrange it,” Finan said, who concedes that calling others to get a game together takes a lot of work.“There’s a 101 social networks out there but nothing really facilitates sports playing,” Wagner said.“We wanted to simplify that process with just a click of a button, instead of calling everyone,” Finan said.What joinagame.com does is list eight local towns – Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Rumson, Little Silver, Red Bank, Oceanport Sea Bright and Shrewsbury – and the towns’ fields and parks. The site allows individuals to sign up for accounts, establish their profiles with pictures if they wish, as with Facebook or other social media sites, and list what sports in which they have an interest. There is a “find games” feature where members can click their way through, “and, if something interests you, you click ‘join,’ ” Wagner said, and get the time and location.The site will have maps to show participants where the fields, courts or parks are located and lists the others participating in the game.Participants also can start up their own games and specify how many are needed to play. Potential players have a choice of about nine different sports.“I know a lot of people who are like, ‘I’d like to play here and there but I’m not really willing to sign up for league,’” and this is the answer for those people, Wagner said.The two have contacted the various municipal recreation departments to find out what would be required. Some towns require fees, as much as $40, for organized leagues, but don’t charge for a pickup game and will take reservations for court or field time. That information would be available on joinagame.com.Most of the recreation directors “are really excited about it, actually” and thought it was a good idea, Wagner said.Finan and Wagner have decided to make the service available for no charge.“We feel a lot of people would be turned off by having to pay $5 a month or whatever,” Finan said.They hope that down the road, the site will attract enough attention that it will entice businesses to advertise with them.“If it works,” and they attract attention and participants, “we’ll go to the next town,” and expand, Wagner said.“It’s easy to replicate once it’s started,” he said.Additional information is available by logging on to joinagame.com.
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – An organization advocating for people with disabilities presented its Equalizer Award to Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny in recognition of his implementation of accessibility in the Borough Hall renovation.The award was given to Hubeny by the Equalizers during a council meeting on July 25, the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny was presented an award during a recent council meeting for his work to ensure the borough hall as Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. Posing at the meeting are, from left, Equalizers Executive Director Carolyn Schwebel, Hubeny, Library Director Jane Reynolds and Mayor Fred Rast.Mayor Frederick J. Rast III, read the Equalizers letter praising the borough’s accessibility accomplishments, recognizing Hubeny, and presenting a $3,000 check to Library Director Jane Reynolds for the Friends of the Library.“Atlantic Highlands has been more cooperative than any other area town in achieving accessibility compliance,” said Equalizers Executive Director Carolyn Schwebel as she presented the award.Hubeny responded to an ADA lawsuit not defensively, but with determined efforts to provide the fullest ADA-compliance. Schwebel said he exceeded the organization’s expectations in his empathic awareness and attention to detail of access requirements.During a recent tour of the renovated building, Hubeny said, “I kept saying to myself how would I feel about not having access.”
By Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – Local authorities are investigating a structure fire that burned through a real estate office in Holmdel Village last weekend.On Jan. 27, the Holmdel Township Police Department responded around 10:18 p.m. to reports of an active structure fire at 51 East Main St., also known as Newman Springs Road. When authorities arrived three minutes later, they found the building fully engulfed in flames, the police department said in a Facebook post.The building houses Neuhaus Realty and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. No one was injured during the firefight, authorities said.Holmdel Fire and Rescue Company #2 and Holmdel First Aid Squad both initially responded. Additional fire companies from Hazlet, Keansburg, Matawan, North Centerville, Tinton Falls and Union Beach were on scene to provide mutual aid assistance.The Holmdel Township Police Department is investigating the cause of the blaze with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Monmouth County Fire Marshall’s office. Anyone with any information is urged to call Holmdel Police Detective Sergeant Ed Martinez at 732-946-4400.Neuhaus Realty has been in business for 46 years, according to its Facebook page. It has a second office location in Staten Island.According to Monmouth County public tax records, the building was built in 1906. It is also listed on the Monmouth County Historic Sites inventory in a section of town that dates back about 150 years.This article was first published in the Feb. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
“Over the past several months, we’ve tried to learn why these two agencies feel so strongly about continuing their arrangements with ICE,” Grewal said. “And it’s become clear to me that their justifications simply don’t hold up. I’ve concluded that these agreements undermine public trust without enhancing public safety and that any of their purported benefits are already achieved through our immigrant trust directive.” FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said last week that he is pursuing “legal remedies” in response to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal blocking his office from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Grewal, appearing in Newark, said Sept. 27 that he had issued a directive to all law enforcement agencies in the state preventing them from entering into 287(g) agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Such agreements, created by Congress in 1996, allow ICE to work with state and local law enforcement agencies, where “designated officers” can “perform limited immigration law enforcement functions,” according to the ICE web site. Officers are required to get training and “function under the supervision of ICE officers.” State Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) said, “We really need a national solution and sound immigration plan, not conflicting state-by-state laws and regulations.” The timing of Grewal’s announcement came the same week ICE announced it had arrested 54 “criminal aliens” from 12 countries as part of a statewide sweep targeting those who had been released by local law enforcement instead of being handed over to ICE. The federal agency noted that it was still looking for three other men, including one who had been arrested in Vineland on child rape charges and let go from the Cumberland County jail despite a detainer being placed on him. Something like that happened nearly a year ago with a case involving a nearby New Jersey county. In November 2018, an undocumented immigrant who had been released from the Middlesex County jail earlier that year was arrested in Missouri on triple murder charges. A detainer, or request that ICE had placed on him, was not honored by the jail. “The highly successful program is of great value to maintaining safety in our communities,” Golden said in a Sept. 27 statement reacting to Grewal’s announcement. “Law enforcement throughout Monmouth County never wants to be faced with a situation where a dangerous, undocumented immigrant is released from jail and poses a threat to a community.” The Monmouth and Cape May sheriff’s offices were the only law enforcement agencies in the state that had those agreements in place, Grewal said. In July, his office contacted both demanding to know their justification for having them. In Monmouth, that arrangement had been in place for a decade at the county jail, where inmates are checked and, if found to be undocumented, ICE is contacted. But Grewal said last week that such cooperation arrangements, like the one Monmouth had in place, undermine “public safety by blurring that bright, clear line that we drew in this state between our law enforcement officers and ICE, a line that is critical to effective policing in the state.” He said his office has encouraged state residents to “feel comfortable reporting crimes to law enforcement,” regardless of their immigration status. The original directive that Grewal issued allowed law enforcement authorities to alert ICE if someone in their custody was convicted or charged with serious crimes, like murder or rape. As part of his revised directive, he expanded the offense list to include weapons and domestic violence offenses. In the case out of Middlesex, the illegal immigrant who was released originally had been locked up on domestic violence offenses. In a statement provided Sept. 30, acting ICE director Matthew T. Albence said, “It is past time to put aside all the political rhetoric and listen to the facts – and the fact is, people are being hurt and victimized every day because of jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with ICE.” Earlier this year, Golden extended the 287(g) agreement with ICE. But as the state’s top law enforcement official, Grewal had issued an “immigrant trust directive” in November 2018, limiting cooperation between all law enforcement agencies and ICE. As part of that directive, those agencies needed Grewal’s approval before entering into 287(g) agreements. Monmouth renewed its agreement, however, before the directive took effect. During fiscal year 2019, ICE said it had issued more than 160,000 detainers nationwide. In his statement, Golden referenced those 54 arrests. He said “this sanctuary directive” by Grewal “will make our communities less safe, since it places people in those communities at risk for increased violence.” The dispute pits Golden, also the Monmouth County Republican chairman, against Grewal, a leading figure in the administration of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy has said he favors making New Jersey a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants, while Grewal has repeatedly sued the Trump administration over its immigration and other policy decisions. Some state lawmakers from Monmouth last week weighed in on the controversy. “While I applaud the Attorney General’s adding additional offenses to the list of those reportable to ICE under the Immigrant Trust (directive),” O’Scanlon said, “I’m still siding with my sheriff.” By Philip Sean Curran “I completely agree with my sheriff,” said state Sen. Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr. (R- 13). “It doesn’t matter how one feels about immigration policy, we all should agree that our law enforcement personnel should be empowered (to) apprehend, detain and hold accountable those that break our laws and pose us harm.” “Uncooperative jurisdictions should be on notice that as long as criminal offenders are being released, they should get used to seeing a lot more ICE at-large enforcement activity in their communities,” Albence said. “These revisions reflect the ongoing conversations between the Department of Law and Public Safety and law enforcement agencies – who all share a commitment to protecting the public from the most dangerous of fenders,” Grewal wrote in a message to law enforcement agencies around the state. “These are challenging times for law enforcement, as we do not recall a directive that has ever been issued to ignore the laws of this country or state,” he said. “As a result, we shall continue to pursue legal remedies to this directive, which deprives Monmouth County of the ability to identify individuals who have committed crimes and are here illegally.”