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From Mini-golf to Wedding Bells, Here’s What’s Going on this Weekend

first_imgAbout the Author:Morgan Forde is a local college student from Yelm, who plans to double-major in political science and journalism. She enjoys writing, reading novels, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Saturday 1/29: Could you use some Daddy-Daughter time with the little princess in your life? Look no further than the Capital High School’s annual Father-Daughter Dance from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Capital High School (2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502). This year’s theme is, “An Enchanted Evening Princess Ball,” all princesses three years of age and older are eligible to attend along with their fathers, or father figures. There will be dancing, hot fudge sundays, and corsages for the princesses. Tickets for this magical evening cost $34 per couple and can be purchased online at: www.seatyourself.biz/capitalosd Any questions can be directed to event coordinator Mary Ellen Jones at: chs.fatherdaughterdance@yahoo.comSunday 1/30: Are there wedding bells ringing in your future? This Sunday, Centralia will have all you need to plan your upcoming wedding (the event runs from 10AM-4PM). At the South Sound Wedding Show (Great Wolf Lodge: 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia, WA), watch fashion shows featuring the latest in bridal fashions and tuxedos, and enter to win door prizes including discounts on photography, restaurant coupons, massages and more. You can even meet wedding professionals who can help you with any of your needs. If you are planning a wedding you cannot afford to miss this event, tickets cost only $8 and are sold at the doors. For more information visit the event page at:http://www.southsoundweddingshowolympia.com/olympia/index.phpFor added events see our Thurston County Events Calendar! Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Saturday 1/29: In the mood for a round of mini golf without the winter chills? The Washington Center (512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501) has converted Stages one and two into a mini-golfing wonderland. This Saturday is the family version of the event, complete with face-painting, and inflatable obstacle course, and hot dogs at the end of the holes. The event starts at 11AM. For more details visit their website at: www.washingtoncenter.org or call their box office at: (360) 753-8586Saturday 1/29: The Japanese Oshogatsu festival will be held at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St SE, Olympia WA  ) from 10AM through 4PM this Saturday. There will be all sorts of cultural activities to watch, and participate in, for all ages. There will be arts and crafts for the children, Aikido, Kendo/Taido (Japanese fencing) demonstrations, Taiko drumming performances, a traditional tea ceremony, traditional meals, and much more.last_img read more

Rob Rice Homes Community of Kensington Offers Low Maintenance Living

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rob Rice HomesIf you’ve heard the term “low maintenance living” you may just think that everything in your yard and surrounding open space is maintained all the time, right?  The answer is yes and no.  In the Rob Rice Homes new home community of Kensington located in Lacey off of College & 45th, the residents do enjoy all the yard maintenance of their front yards and open space including parks mowed and maintained as part of the dues they pay into the homeowners association.  Dues in Kensington are $65. per month. Their back or side-yards are the responsibility of each individual homeowner.Buying a home in a low maintenance community is ideal for homeowners that want to enjoy a lush, green well-maintained yard without the work.  If a resident chooses to spend the winter months in Arizona they can feel confident that their front yards will be well cared for.Kensington is one of eight communities that Rob is currently building in.  Kensington is located in an ideal location near the Chehalis Western Trail, Rainier Vista Park and conveniently located near area shopping.  We offer seven different floor plans, both single story ramblers and 2-story homes ranging in square footage from 1,490 square feet to 2,100 square feet.  The community offers an abundance of open space, tree-lined streets and an area park.  Homes are finished fully loaded with granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, fully landscaped and fenced yards & more.  Home prices start in the mid-$200s.For information on viewing a new home in Kensington, contact Lucia Arroyo at (360) 489-7478 or lucia@robricehomes.com.To view homes in Kensington go to: http://robricehomes.com/communities/kensington/last_img read more

The Family Read & Sing Aloud

first_imgThurston County Timberland LibrariesLacey, (360) 491-3860March 3-8, Book Character Scavenger HuntMarch 5, 3-4 p.m., Show Me a Story (making puppets and props)March 27, noon-1 p.m., ages 2-6, Sing Along with Caspar BabypantsApril 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Egg Hunt, bring your flashlight.April 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Read & Sing Story Time & CraftApril 10, noon-5 p.m., ages 3-9, Labyrinth in the Library, a life-size mazeOlympia, (360) 352-0595March 3-8, Sneaky Cat, a book character scavenger huntMarch 8, 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday-Caturday (crafts, activities, games, and cat stories; pick up free tickets at the youth desk.)March 19, 10:15-11 a.m., for babies and toddlers birth-age 3, Teeny Tiny Movers and Shakers Workshop with Olympia Family Theater. (Enter the Adams St. door.)March 27, 10-11 a.m., ages 2-6, Sing Along with Caspar BabypantsMarch 28, 5:30-7 p.m., Family Sing-Along LOCATION: Northern, 414½ Legion Way, Olympia. Sing with local musicians and youth librarians. Pick up free tickets at the youth desk.Tenino, (360) 264-2369March 1, Book Character Scavenger HuntMarch 5, Nursery Rhyme Scavenger Hunt, Wednesdays, March 5-April 9, a new hunt each weekMarch 22, 11-11:45 a.m., Celebrate Seuss with Charles the Clown and Biscuit the Dog PuppetApril 4, 3-4:30 p.m., Show Me a Story, making puppets and propsApril 11, 4-6 p.m., Stuffed Animal Sleepover: bring your favorite stuffed animalTumwater, (360) 943-7790March 3-8, Best Friends, a book character scavenger huntMarch 7, 3-4:30 p.m., World Book Day Best Friend Bash: stories, crafts, and gamesMarch 14, 6-6:45 p.m., Irish Dance with Scoil Rince SlieveloughaneMarch 28, 6-7 p.m., Pajama Sing-Along; wear your jammiesYelm, (360) 458-3374April 10, 11 a.m.-noon, The Chancy & Narly Show: Playing with Words: children’s songwriter Nancy Stewart and sound impressionist Charlie Williams Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryThe 2014 Family Read & Sing Aloud program runs March 1-April 12Who doesn’t remember the “ABC Song”? Besides being one of the most memorable songs of childhood, the Alphabet Song is the most basic example of singing as a pathway to reading. This year Timberland Regional Library’s (TRL) thirteenth annual early learning initiative, The Family Read-Aloud, becomes The Family Read & Sing Aloud, adding music as a major piece of the program.Running from March 1 through April 12, The Family Read & Sing Aloud centers on families reading aloud —and now singing together —in as many different areas of their homes as they can. The program focuses on children from infancy to grade 3, but all of a family’s children are encouraged to join in the fun.“It’s no coincidence that we open the Read & Sing Aloud celebration with the birthday of Dr. Seuss and close on the birthday of Beverly Cleary. Characters from books written by these beloved authors have become part of cherished childhood memories for generations!” said Ellen Duffy, TRL’s Youth Services Coordinator.Families, child care providers and classroom teachers may pick up “Read & Sing Aloud House” materials at any Timberland library beginning Saturday, March 1, enter a drawing for prizes and start reading and singing in rooms all over their homes. The more rooms and spaces, the merrier.Every local Timberland library will draw a winner for a backpack filled with books chosen especially for the winning family or classroom. Friends of the Library groups throughout the library system have generously provided many hundreds of books. Libraries will also have local drawings during the program for books and other prizes such as Read to Me calendars.New materials for this year include a Nursery Rhyme Kit and “Sing Along Stories,” a list of picture books of children’s songs. Also new is a “Books with a Beat” door hanger that includes a list of rhythmic read-alouds that just beg readers and listeners to clap, tap their toes, snap their fingers, and pat their laps.Sing to your Librarian Week is a new activity at all Timberland libraries. Children are invited to sing a nursery rhyme, short song, or the ABC song to a librarian at their library anytime during the week of March 24-29 to receive a small prize.Complete Family Read & Sing Aloud program details will be in libraries and online at www.TRL.org by March 1.Benefits of Reading Aloud and Singing Together“There is a tremendous body of research showing that a child’s emotional and social readiness is a strong predictor of school success. Sitting comfortably together to share a story or sing a song helps nurture the emotional bond between parent and child,” said Ms. Duffy.“Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library” (ECRR), a research-based initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life. ECRR and Timberland Regional Library’s family programming encourage parents and caregivers to have fun engaging their young ones in talking, singing, reading, writing and playing every day.“Children who are lovingly and joyfully read and sung to from an early age develop better language skills, enhanced listening skills and larger vocabularies, and are more ready to read when they begin school,” said Ms. Duffy.Nancy Stewart, creator of the “Sing with Our Kids” community initiative, http://singwithourkids.com, writes: “Simply singing with a child connects neural pathways, and increases the ability to retain information… Music builds a strong sense of rhythm, which leads to a better ability to understand and produce language. Singing develops spatial reasoning, which allows children to recognize patterns and later helps in problem-solving.” Songs are rich in vocabulary and build awareness of sounds, Stewart said.“Song involves even the youngest child in language,” said Duffy. According to music education professor Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., “Infants can…match pitch as early as three to four months of age. Purposeful singing can begin at around twelve months.”“The Family Read & Sing Aloud is all about highlighting the lasting value of reading aloud and singing with your child—nurturing, creating memories, modeling reading enjoyment, developing readers, helping your child enter school ready to read,” said Duffy, “And, how can you sing together without feeling happy?”Comments from families surveyed during previous years’ programs demonstrate that they enjoy reading, laughing, snuggling and spending time together. Parents heard their children using new words and stretching their imaginations by acting out the stories and making up new ones. One parent wrote, “She is beginning to read back to us!”Family Read & Sing Aloud events and activitiesPrograms listed below are for families and children of all ages unless ages are specified. Contact the libraries for more information or check the events listings at www.TRL.org/Events.March 24-29, Sing to your Librarian Week: Celebrate singing! Children are invited to sing a nursery rhyme, short song, or the ABC song to a librarian during the week of March 24-29 to receive a small prize.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonBrandy is a beautiful black lab mix. She is about 2 years old, has been spayed and is up-to-date on her vaccinations. Brandy is a very shy young girl who is slowly adjusting to life at the kennel environment and will do so much better in a home. She is getting comfortable with the volunteers who spend time taking her for walks and hanging out with her so she can learn to relax and trust again.Her perfect life would be with someone who is calm, confident, consistent and patient. She would do best in a quiet home with another confident dog. Playing with other dogs is when she really blossoms so we are hoping for a home with an another dog.We always need volunteers to help with the dogs, in the office or with outreach.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Our contact information is www.adoptapet-wa.org or reach us at thedoghouse3091@hotmail.comlast_img read more

Fairhurst Brace Leads Oly Town Artesians To 3-2 Win Over Alliance

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansJason Fairhurst scored twice including what proved to be the game winner in the 51st minute and the Oly Town Artesians knocked off the Tri-Cities Alliance 3-2 on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Christian Segovia also scored for the Artesians and Sawyer Price picked up his second win of the season in goal.After being shutout by the Artesians 3-0 in Pasco earlier this season, Tri-Cities jumped out to an early lead when Daniel Sinchuk got behind the Oly defense and scored on a one versus one opportunity giving the Alliance a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.But Oly responded with two goals in less than three minutes. The first was Fairhurst’s first of the game in the 34th minute, getting a second chance on his own shot that Alliance goalkeeper Andres Mendoza couldn’t handle. Then just a couple minutes later, Segovia gave the Artesians a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish when Manny Nicasio’s shot hit the post and landed right at his feet and he punched it home.After halftime, Fairhust scored his second goal of the game when Nate Boatright lifted a pass over the top and he got a step behind the defense. Mendoza came out to meet him, but he got to the ball first and popped it over the top and in to give Oly a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute. Tri-Cities got back in the game with a goal by Israel Gonzalez in the 74th and kept the pressure up over the final 15 minutes, but Price made three good saves to keep TCA off the board and secure the 3-2 win.With the win, the Artesians improved to 3-6-0 with one regular season Evergreen Premier League game left to play. They will face PacNW SC next Saturday in the home and season finale at 6:00 PM at Black Hills High School.The Artesians will play for a cup on Friday night when they face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup in the final of the Washington State Super Cup.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Lacey Public Hearing on Emergency Housing Facility Regulations Update Planned for…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey Planning Commission invites the community to a public hearing on the updated, proposed amendments to the Emergency Housing Facility Regulations on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 7:05 p.m. at the Lacey City Hall Council Chambers, 420 College Street SE. Interested parties can view the documents prior to the public hearing by visiting ci.lacey.wa.us/GetInvolved.Following the initial public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Emergency Housing Facility Regulations held on May 21, 2019, the Lacey Planning Commission held two worksessions to discuss the input received from the community and City of Lacey staff. The August 6, 2019, public hearing will include the updated, proposed amendments to Lacey Municipal Code 16.64 to establish a permitting process for, and standards associated with, emergency housing facilities for the temporary accommodation of homeless people. The amendments will apply within the City of Lacey.If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may submit your comments by:Mail: City of Lacey, Department of Community & Economic Development420 College St SELacey, WA 98503Email: RAndrews@ci.lacey.wa.usComments received by mail or email must be received by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019, to be considered. Comments received by this deadline and during the public hearing will become part of the record and will be used in the decision-making process.For more information, contact Ryan Andrews, Planning Manager, at RAndrews@ci.lacey.wa.us or (360) 491-5642.last_img read more

Delhi police rushes to aid of Indian Kho Kho captain Nasreen who is financially…

first_imgImage Courtesy: TOI/Delhi PoliceAdvertisement y7f8cNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsktfgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E85gzhj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 093gWould you ever consider trying this?😱zrh3Can your students do this? 🌚7l4Roller skating! Powered by Firework As India entered its second phase of lock down amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, it has been a challenge for many citizens of the country. In such worrying times, India’s Kho Kho team captain Nasreen Sheikh faced struggle regarding ration, basic amenities and even financial crisis. Following her recent plea to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal for assistance, help was on its way, and Delhi police has aided the international captain with all necessary commodities.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOI/Delhi PoliceThe South Asian Games (SAG) gold medal winning captain was exprencing financial struggle in the family, as her father Mohammad Gafoor, who is a utensil seller by profession. However, in the current state of nationwide lock down, Nasreen’s father is now jobless, and there has been a financial crisis in the family since India has been facing the COVID-19 challenge.“He (Nasreen’s father) is the sole earner in the family. Everything is closed during this lockdown. We are having troubles in getting the ration.” Nasreen recently said.Advertisement “I have worked really hard to make this country proud in kho-kho. But today, my family is struggling during the lockdown. Things are so bad that we don’t have enough food,” she added.However, following her appeal to the CM, Delhi police rushed to aid Nasreen, and provided all necessary items to the skipper and her family.Advertisement “We immediately rushed to her place and found that she is living in a rented ground floor of a small house. All needed things like ration, masks and sanitisers have been provided to her,” a statement from Delhi Police read.Additionally, the Kho-Kho Federation of India (KKFI) also lent a helping hand to Nasreen, aiding her with Rs 1 lakh.“We are always at the fore-front to support sports persons and deserving talents who face genuine issues. It is unfortunate that a national player had to face such situation in these unprecedented time,” KKFI general secretary M S Tyagi said on Friday.Along with being SAG champions, Nasreen also led the Indian Kho Kho team to win the Asian Championships. She has also won 40 Indian championship titles in her career.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Aussie quick Pat Cummins names this Indian player as the toughest batsman in the world to bowl to!Everton not Kean: Striker earns wrath of club after ludicrous lockdown bash Advertisementlast_img read more

Read the new rules that Bundesliga will function under when it returns!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement ksnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7iv08Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5ulgm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ilfoWould you ever consider trying this?😱wmCan your students do this? 🌚c3zvzRoller skating! Powered by Firework After more than two months of no football activity, the beautiful game is finally making a come back for fans all over the world, and the first major European league to resume their current season is the Bundesliga. However, as the COVID-19 crisis is still prevalent, the German top flight is returning this May 16th with behind closed doors matches for the rest of the season, but its not the only latest regulation. The league will now allow up to five substitutions in a game, and the relegation system will also be in effect, as 2. Bundesliga will also see itself in action.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThe rules were confirmed through an official statement from German Football League (DFL) on Thursday, after a joint video conference with the presence of all league members, where the application of the upcoming changes for the 9 match days remaining in the 2019-20 season were discussed.From the usual regulation of a maximum of three substitutions per match, it was raised to five after receiving green light from the The International Football Association Board (IFAB) a week ago. However, the change is only temporary with an aim to ‘protect player welfare.’Advertisement “From now on, each club will have a total of three opportunities to substitute players during a game, including the half-time break, “ a statement from the DFL read.“If there is extra time in the second leg of the relegation play-offs, both teams are given a fourth opportunity to change players, which they can use in the interruption between regular time and extra time or in the half-time period of extra time,” the statement added.Advertisement The season is currently scheduled to be over by June, but in case of any further postponement due to any future Coronavirus threat, the league can be extended into July, the it was further appended.“(The assembly) unanimously confirmed, with one abstention, the intention to carry out the current 2019/20 season in its entirety, including relegation, as far as legally possible and, if necessary, to continue beyond 30 June in July,” DFL said relarding the relegation.As of now, Werder Bremen and Paderborn 07 are down in the relegation zone, and Fortuna Düsseldorf in the playoff position. Bayern Munich leads the table, with Borussia Dortmund in second.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Break’In Dawn: Dele Alli sustains minor injury after knifepoint robbery at his residence.Watch kid juggle a football blindfolded – while doing the skip rope! Advertisementlast_img read more

Historic Re-enactment Set for June 9 in Poricy Park

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Poricy Park Conser­vancy will hold a re-enactment from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, of Patriot Joseph Murray’s encounter with Colonel Tye.The day’s event will include demonstations, tours of the historic Murray Farmhouse and presentations, such as hearth cooking, games and chores, clothes washing, spinning wheel, colonial garden, woodworking, fence building, and a discussion on George and Martha Washington. There will also be a black powder musket fire demonstration, which will be loud.The event is appropriate for adults and children 7 years old and older. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Reservations can be made by calling the nature center at 732-842-5966, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.The Poricy Park Conser­vancy strives to provide quality programs at a reasonable cost to visitors. Generous contributions assist the conservancy in sustaining operations. Unless otherwise noted, recommended program donations are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers with a maximum of $20 per family members and $25 for nonmembers.Preregistration is request­ed for all programs unless noted otherwise, allowing staff to plan supplies and instructor coverage accordingly.  Although walk-in registration the day of program is available with some programs, a program will be cancelled if the pre-registration minimums are not met. Programs are held rain or shine.The park is located at 345 Oak Hill Road, off Route 35 south. Additional information is available by visiting www.PoricyPark.org, or calling 732-842-5966.last_img read more

Oceanport Looks to 2018, With Concern For Monmouth Park

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |OCEANPORT — At Monday afternoon’s reorganization meeting it was clear the mayor and six-member Borough Council will be focused on horse racing subsidies in the new year.After overwhelming Republican victories this past election season, the council’s first session of 2018 was used to appoint Joseph Irace as the new council president by a 5-1 vote, as well as to swear in incumbents Richard Gallo Jr. and Robert Proto, each of whom won a full-term seat on the council; Stephen Solan, who was elected to a two-year unexpired term; and William Deerin, who captured the bid for a one-year unexpired term.However, the assemblage also provided a stage for the governing body, led by Mayor Jay Coffey, to discuss its focus for the next calendar year, and atop that list was the ongoing debate about Monmouth Park.“We have a financial issue confronting us with the park, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of our tax base,” said Coffey. “And if we don’t get some sort of subsidization of horse racing, the track might not be able to sustain itself.”Coffey’s ominous tidings about the future of this Jersey Shore institution come in response to the lack of New Jersey government subsidies provided to Monmouth Park and the borough, a circumstance the mayor points out is not suffered by surrounding states.Stephen Solan takes the oath to be an Oceanport Councilman.“The four states around us all subsidize their horse racing and thoroughbred racing,” Coffey said. “This year, we need seven people all working together in lockstep to support the advancement of subsidization, be it gambling revenue or, we’re hoping for sports betting.”The fight for sports betting at Monmouth Park has been an ongoing legal battle that began six years ago, but the case to legalize was finally heard by the Supreme Court on Dec. 4, 2017, meaning Coffey’s hopes could be answered in the early months of 2018. Should the state be permitted by the nation’s highest court, Monmouth Park’s share of New Jersey’s sports wagering revenue is estimated at nearly $50 million annually, an amount the venue would split with its sports betting partner, William Hill.Deerin’s election to the council is an addition Coffey is pleased with, as he believes the longtime Oceanport resident’s background can be particularly helpful in achieving the borough’s subsidization goals.“Bill is one of the first people I met when I came to Oceanport in 2002, so I know him well, and I know his financial background will be a tremendous help with what we’re facing with both the park and the fort. His business acumen is much needed in a town like ours. He was elected for a one-year term, but I hope we have him for much longer than that.”“We’re facing some challenges for sure,” said Deerin, who has lived and coached youth athletics in Oceanport for 24 years, and now plans to serve an even larger role in the borough’s recreational sports leagues. “Our biggest focuses are the fort and the track, and we’re determined to make headway with both of them, while financially keeping us in line.”John Drucker was named as the new Fire Prevention Subcode Official, while Michael Macstudy was appointed to replace Proto and serve alongside John Bonforte on the Two River’s Water Reclamation Authority.Mayor Coffey also appointed William Sullivan (Class I), Daphne Halpern (Class IV), James Whitson (Class IV), Michael Savarese (Class IV), Thomas Tvrdik (Alternate I) and Michael O’Brien (Alternate II) to the Planning Board, while Anthony Forlini and Jack L. Harris were appointed to the Environmental Commission.Tearful AcceptanceFire department and first aid squad officer elections were also made official on Monday, as Mike Patterson (Fire Chief), Paul Van Brunt (1st Assistant Chief) and Michael Lippolis (2nd Assistant Chief) each took their oath, as did Kelsey Bernaducci (First Aid Squad Sergeant), John Gallo (2nd Lieutenant) and John Connor (1st Lieutenant).Though it was the emotional acceptance of the first aid captaincy role by Kathy Kenny that proved to be the most heart-warming moment of the meeting.Kenny’s father, Danny Sapp — who passed away in 1978 at the age of 50 — was a former Oceanport Fire Chief, and deeply connected to the borough’s first aid squad, a familial connection to the position that caused Kenny to voice her oath through prideful tears.“It was an emotional moment for me,” Kenny said. “My father died when I was 14 years old and my sister, who is my only living relative and has been very sick, she came out for me today… and I was done.”A teary-eyed Kathleen Kelly celebrates her election as Oceanport First Aid Captain with grandaughter.“I’ve been with the first aid squad for 18 years and today is the first time I’ve been captain, so this means the world to me,” Kenny added. “It’s overwhelming emotion right now, and I wouldn’t be in this position without the support of my family.”“I just hope I fill the footsteps of my past captains as well as they did it,” she said.According to Kenny, one of her priorities as captain is to bolster the numbers of her volunteer squad.“It’s tough being volunteers, and to get people to come out to volunteer,” Kenny said. “We get almost 700 calls a year, but I have great people standing beside to help me do it. And I urge people to join us, because there is no better feeling in the world. We come and help people in their worst time. When they need someone the most, we’re there. It’s truly is something special to be a part of.”For more information on how to join the Oceanport First Aid Squad visit oceanportfirstaid.org or call their nonemergency number at 732-544-0864.This article was first published in the Jan. 4-11, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more