Community Foundation Of South Puget Sound Awarded Gates Foundation Grant

first_imgSubmitted by The Community Foundation of South Puget SoundOlympia, WA—The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound has received a $500,000 multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The award will be re-granted over four years to nonprofits in Mason, Lewis and Thurston counties working to reduce intergenerational poverty.  The Gates Foundation is working with numerous community partners throughout the Pacific Northwest to support one of its overarching goals to alleviate poverty.The Community Foundation was selected to allocate the grant money though community defined strategies, including educational support for children and youth, assistance in reaching self-sufficiency for families, and other means to build stronger communities.  Gates selected seven partner organizations based on the following criteria:they play catalytic roles in their communities;their grant decisions are informed by meaningful community input,their processes for grant selection are easily expanded to re-grant funds,the populations they serve are among those with the highest numbers of families in poverty in the Pacific Northwest.“The Gates grant affirms the work our foundation has done over the past many years and is an exciting springboard to a new level of community engagement in addressing its vital needs,” said Mary Thompson, The Community Foundation’s 2012 Board Chair.  “We are honored to be selected to help the Gates Foundation achieve their goals in the communities we serve.”“The Gates award will positively impact families today in ways we hope will change the future for children, “says Lori Drummond, The Community Foundation’s 2013 Board Chair.  “We are excited to put these funds to work in three counties.  We are well-positioned to address our community’s needs and this new grant will significantly augment the work we are already doing.”The Gates Foundation believes community foundations are uniquely qualified philanthropic partners.  “They have established, strong networks that can get resources to families and children quickly and efficiently,” says David Bley, director of the Pacific Northwest program.  “We will help more families with these new grants than we can by only using direct grant making.  Local partners are best positioned to know their community’s needs.”The Community Foundation will begin re-granting the Gates funds in early 2013.   “Everyone in our organization, board, staff and volunteers are thrilled with this opportunity to improve lives for many families in our service area.  This is above all an honor as well as a tremendous recognition of our ongoing work,” relates Norma Schuiteman, Community Foundation Executive Director.For more information about The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation please see  Additional information about The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound is available at Facebook14Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Port of Olympia Continues Record Growth

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaMarine terminal drives a 32% increase in revenue and 12 new jobsPort of Olympia’s financial statements show year-to-date operating revenues of $9.1 million for the nine-month period ending Sept. 30, 2013. This amount is 22 percent more than budget, and $2.2 million or 32 percent more than operating revenues for the same period last year.Longshore labor hours increased by 26,000 hours, which are equivalent to 12 new family-wage jobs in Thurston County. These hours are more than double the hours of the first nine months of 2012.The increased revenues and longshore hours are a result of general break-bulk cargo (ceramic proppant and steel) which increased 3.5 times from the prior year. The increased cargo volumes resulted in a year-to-date operating income of $63,000 and income-before-tax-levy of $1.2 million.“These results are unprecedented in Port history,” said Jeff Smith, CPA, Finance Director. “While the Marine Terminal drove the results, Olympia Regional Airport and Swantown Marina & Boatworks also showed increases.”Smith added that the Port maintenance dredging program for the Marine Terminal berths and Swantown Boatworks area is on schedule and under budget. Originally budgeted for $9 million, the Port received a low bid which revised the dredging budget to $5.2 million.See the Port’s Sept. 30, 2013 financial statements at read more

City of Olympia Eases Downtown Olympia Holiday Shopping by Postponing Washington…

first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaThe Washington Center’s new facade and marquee is expected to be complete in early 2014.The City of Olympia and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts (The Center) are pleased to announce that the City is suspending construction on the Washington Center project through the holiday season. Washington Street will be fully open and accessible starting Saturday, November 23, 2013. Final construction will resume in early January.“We are excited to ring in the holiday season with our friends and neighbors in the community. A break in the project will give patrons and shoppers a chance to experience downtown Olympia without having to negotiate the construction,” says Executive Director Jill Barnes. “We look forward to celebrating the future of the Washington Center as the project wraps up in the New Year.”The Washington Center has many events planned during December. Enjoy Flamenco dancing, multiple performances of the Nutcracker, Clean Water/Cool Jazz, and even Sing-a-long Grease! Visit for a listing of performances.Downtown merchants and Olympia Downtown Association also have a full day of Downtown for the Holidays activities planned for Sunday December 1st, from 12 noon-5pm. Visit for details. To make your holiday shopping even easier, downtown parking is FREE at 2 and 3 hour meters from December 12 through 24.In addition, you may view original artwork from local artist Ira Coyne on the front façade of the Washington Center. On large plywood panels, Coyne depicts the many eras of the Washington Center building, which opened in 1924 as the Liberty Theater and became the Olympic Theater in 1948.“We’re pleased to reopen Washington Street in time for the holiday season,” says Rich Hoey, Olympia’s Public Works Director. “We know that access is vital for a thriving downtown. We encourage residents to come down and support the businesses, see the art work, and enjoy a performance.”In January, work will resume and will include installing the brick and stone siding on Washington Street, completing the new entry canopy, and the hanging of a new marquee! One lane of Washington Street will be closed in January during this final stage of construction, lasting approximately four to six weeks. Facebook34Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Evergreen Named “Best Buy” College by Fiske Guide

first_imgSubmitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College was named a “Best Buy” college by Fistke Guide, the only college in Washington; one of three on the west coast.The Evergreen State College has been named a 2016 Best Buy School by the prestigious “Fiske Guide to Colleges.”For the past 30 years Fiske has compiled an annual list of select educational institutions noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost. The guide includes more than 300 of the nation’s best colleges and universities. The 2016 Fiske Guide Best Buy list is comprised of 20 public and 24 private colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.Evergreen is the only college in Washington state to be listed as a Best Buy institution and one of three on the West Coast, along with the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.All Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category and most picks have four or five-star academics ratings. “Fiske Guide to Colleges” was created by former “New York Times” education editor, Edward B. Fiske, once the top independent voice in college admissions.The Evergreen State College serves more than 4000 students and is nationally recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach, narrative evaluations and emphasis on learning by doing. The college also offers an upper division program in Tacoma and three graduate programs: Master in Teaching, Master of Public Administration (including a tribal governance concentration) and Master of Environmental Studies. Thanks to recent legislative action, Evergreen’s resident undergraduate tuition is expected to be reduced by five percent for the 2015-16 academic year and another 15 percent for the 2016-17 academic year. Evergreen also offers more than 100 scholarship opportunities based on merit, need or course of study. Facebook867Tweet0Pin99last_img read more

4 Things you Need to Know about The Lanai Cafe

first_imgSubmitted by The Lanai CafeA party platter from The Lanai Cafe.The South Sound’s newest Hawaiian Restaurant, the Lanai Cafe, located in downtown Olympia near 5th and Capitol, has been open for a little over two months and already, has served thousands from all over the South Sound including Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater.The reviews are in. The fresh, handmade menu items, dinner concerts, and pau hana are just a few reasons why over 75 official reviews have been left on Facebook, Yelp, and Google.  The following is a list of four things you should know before you venture into the Lanai Cafe.1.    Pau HanaPau means “finished” and “Hana” means “end of week”. Together they are “Pau Hana”, as it’s known on the islands.  Join us each Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for discounted “pupu’s” (appetizers) including fresh poke (ahi tuna).  While you’re at it, enjoy a cold beer from Kona Brewing Company.  Still hungry?  Then stay and enjoy the Sounds of the Aloha (Live Music) while you enjoy a Hawaiian meal.2.    Sounds of the AlohaGuests enjoy authentic Hawaiian musica at the Guava Jam Dinner Concert.Each Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m.  to 9:30 p.m. The Lanai Cafe offers live Hawaiian music. No other place in Western Washington offers live hawaiian music every Friday and Saturday night.  On top of that, the quality is top notch.  Award winning bands and performers include Kohala and Stephen Inglis.  There is no cover and reservations are highly recommended.  Call (360) 584-9885 to book your table. Follow us on Facebook for the latest announcements about upcoming shows.3.    The VIP ClubIf you love Hawaiian food then you will love our VIP Club.  Join our VIP Club and receive member-only specials and stay up to date on special events.  Sign up today and get free Hawaiian Shave Ice.  After ten visits you get a free “Kau Kau Dinner”.  Click here to sign up.  Just leave us your name and an email address or if you prefer to be contacted by phone leave us your mobile phone number instead.  We promise to keep your information private.4.    Dine In, Carryout, Catering & Party PlattersDine-in, carryout, delivery, catering or party platters – wherever you want to enjoy the ono grindz (good food) of the Lanai Cafe we can make it happen.  The Lanai Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday at the restaurant.  If you have an upcoming party, celebration, meeting, event or other reason for small or large orders – consider the Lanai Cafe.  Recently, we had the privilege of catering the new member orientation for Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.  On a November 9 Facebook post the Chamber shared this:On Friday, November 6, we held a New Member Orientation at the Thurston County Chamber. Thank you to The Lanai Cafe for providing the amazing food. We were not only fed, we were entertained! More lumpia, please.Chef Nate, cooking up the taste of Hawaii at The Lanai Cafe.A customer who recently visited us left a review on Yelp.  Jacklyn K., from Honolulu Hawaii gave a review on Yelp on 11/11/15 saying, “We had the lumpia to start – crisp, hot, and delicious. I had the kalua quesadilla which was made even better by the fresh guacamole they made for me after they ran out. My husband had the huli huli chicken and kalbi short rib.”Whether you dine in, carryout, or have an event catered, let The Lanai Cafe bring local island favorites to your table.  Check out our menu, sign up for our VIP club, call us at (360) 584-9885 and make a reservation and enjoy local island favorites from the Lanai Cafe.“Like” us on Facebook for the most up to date information and check out our website for hours of operation and other contact information. Facebook255Tweet0Pin1last_img read more

Gateway Rotary Club Installs New Board

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Gateway Rotary ClubThe Rotary Club of Gateway-Thurston County installed its new Board of Directors on June 29, 2016. They are: President: Eric Rowe; President-Elect: Jeff Ott; Vice President- Kimberley Bauman; Treasurer: Jerry Wilkins; Secretary: Janet Knoblach; Sergeant-at Arms: Patrick Davidson; Director of Youth Service: Mike Babauta; and Past President: Jerry Farmer. Chairpersons for the upcoming year are: Administration: Christine Forrey; Service Projects: Corinn Wohl; Membership: Kathleen Thomas; Public Relations: Dan Nicholson; Literacy: Laurie Carroll, and Foundation: Janine Ezzell. During the installation dinner the following awards and special recognition were presented: Rotarian of the Year: Janine Ezzell, President’s Award: Jonathan Sprouffske, and the Service Above Self Award: Mike Bell.To learn more about the Gateway Rotary Club visit us online and join us for our summer events including the Tour de Lacey and Brats, Brews and Bands Festival.last_img read more

Lionel Messi wins record 6th Ballon d’Or as Virgil van Dijk comes in second

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/AFPAdvertisement 4nq0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsxk74Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7lj0602( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5ycausWould you ever consider trying this?😱1doCan your students do this? 🌚1bneRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 2019 Ballon d’Or results are out, and the winner is the one and only Lionel Messi, crowned the best player in the world a record sixth time, beating out Virgil van Dijk, who came second, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo in third and Sadio Mané in fourth place.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/AFPThis is Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or in 10 years, the first one that came in 2019, and the fifth one in 2015, when he beat out Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. After coming second in both 2016 and 2017, and not even making it to the top three in 2018, the FC Barcelona talisman, despite a lot of flak, has made it to the top, and rightfully so.“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers, today, I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.” the 32 year old said on stage.Advertisement “I know I am very fortunate, even if, one day, I will have to retire. That will be difficult but I still have beautiful years in front of me.” the Argentina international continued.Watch below as Messi is honoured with the award, courtesy of the official Twitter of France Football.Advertisement Despite the Copa America controversies, Messi is having a great La Liga season leading the Catalans to the top of the table, with 9 goals and 5 assists.A sight to behold: Lionel Messi displays his six Ballon d’Or titles(Image Courtesy: in second is Virgil van Dijk, who is an inevitable and arguably the most impactful player in Liverpool’s recent success, especially in lifting the 2018-19 UEFA CHampions League trophy.Cristiano, securing third place, was absent at the ceremony in Paris. Winning the 2016 and 2017 awards, he was beaten out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modrić in 2018.Mané, another key player in Jürgen Klopp’s Red Army, came in fourth. The Senegalese has been the leader in charge of Liverpool’s attacking force, and has been vastly impressive this season, with 8 goals and 2 assists to his name. Advertisementlast_img read more

Dada vs Mahi: who is the better limited overs captain? Gautam Gambhir answers!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo/FPJAdvertisement 31aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3ydWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebngux( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3udrbWould you ever consider trying this?😱ad4aCan your students do this? 🌚zRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the two most revered cricketers of all time, and also the two most influential captains the Indian cricket team ever had. While both of the legendary wicket keeper batsmen have contributed substantially to the team, there was always a question, that between the Prince of Calcutta and the Captain Cool, who was the better leader in white ball cricket? Former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir speaks his mind.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo/FPJIn his six years of ODI captaincy, Sourav Ganguly has led India in 146 matches in the format, with 53.90 win percentage. Compared to that, MS Dhoni has been the skipper of 200 ODI and 72 T20I matches, with win percentages of 59.52 and 59.28 respectively.However, Mahi captained India to the historic win at the 2007 World T20, and the team’s second World Cup triumph in 2011, an achievement that Dada had missed out on, losing the 2003 World Cup final to Australia.Advertisement Speaking at Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’ show, Gautam Gambhir positioned Dhoni ahead of Ganguly regarding success in limited overs format.“MS Dhoni was a better captain than Sourav Ganguly in white-ball cricket, especially if you talk about the trophies alone,” Gambhir emphasised on the tournament victories Dhoni had achieved, “T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy, 50-over World Cup – there is nothing else left to win in ICC tournaments as he has won everything.”Advertisement “As a captain, obviously you cannot have a better record. So, I have no doubt that in white-ball cricket MS Dhoni has an upper hand over Sourav Ganguly,” the 38 year old added.Although, Gambhir points out the very reason behind Dhoni having done better, and that was was the star studded squad that was presented to him when he took captaincy in 2007, a team that Dada worked on and perfected for years.“When Ganguly took over as captain he had an inexperienced team, players like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Mohammad Kaif were raw,” Gauti went on, “When MS Dhoni took over as captain all these players were world-beaters, so that probably was the reason. MS Dhoni didn’t convert them into players who could handle pressure better.”“But MS Dhoni would be rated higher only because he had experienced cricketers who started under Sourav Ganguly,” he concluded.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 5 Review: WIndies overcome early stutter to record historic winGautam Gambhir reveals what MSD and him used to talk about when they were roommates Advertisementlast_img read more

Oceanport Looks To Move Forward On New Municipal Complex

first_imgBy John BurtonOCEANPORT – The mayor and Borough Council want the public to weigh in on what appears to be the preferred plan for a future borough hall and complete municipal complex at a former Fort Monmouth location.The governing body has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Blackberry Bay Pavilion, 440 Port Au Peck Ave. The purpose of the public hearing is to allow the public to offer opinions and ask questions about the proposal for Oceanport to purchase a former Fort Monmouth structure to eventually serve as the community/senior center.That plan calls for purchasing the 918 Murphy Dr. building, located in the Oceanport section of the fort property.The public hearing is a requirement under the Monmouth County Open Space Program, which could award the borough $250,000 toward the purchase of the building.The public meeting will be an initial opportunity for borough officials to lay out one of the long-discussed plans under consideration for a new municipal complex, Mayor John “Jay” Coffey told The Two River Times this week.“We’re very excited about the potential of relocating our entire facility there,” using former fort buildings, Coffey said.According to the mayor, he and the council do plan to conduct a couple of town hall-style forums in the near future to fully outline what Coffey said is the leading scenario for establishing the community’s permanent municipal complex.“I think we’re almost ready to start the public dialogue, the most important part of the process,” Coffey said.The plan would be for Oceanport to acquire a number of now vacant structures and approximately 13.25 acres located on the Oceanport property of the former fort, and renovate and upgrade them to accommodate borough police, Department of Public Works (which has been using a fort site), the community center, public library, municipal court and all other municipal departments and offices in about 40,000 square feet of building space.“They were government buildings before and they can be government buildings going forward,” Coffey said.The former fort property is under the control of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, or FMERA, a state authority coming under the auspices of the state Economic Development Authority. The borough would have to acquire the property from that state entity and Coffey said officials would search out available grants to help should they move forward with this plan. Oceanport is also expecting approximately $5.3 million in financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replace the former borough hall damaged by Super Storm Sandy four years ago. Coffey said local officials are currently negotiating with state representatives over the price.While other proposals are still under consideration, such as rebuilding on the former borough hall property, the mayor is supportive of this plan, believing it is the most efficient and cost effective way to establish a new facility without the price tag of constructing a new one.“When you look at the structures,” he said, “building new as opposed to retrofitting or remodeling, from a financial standpoint, I don’t know how anybody could opt for the new building option.”To build a new all-encompassing municipal complex could be up to four times as much, according to Coffey. “It would be great to have a brand new place, with all the bells and whistles,” he noted, “but there’s a cost attached with all those bells and whistles.”An engineering study in February 2014 determined the former borough hall, 222 Monmouth Blvd., has sustained more substantial structural damage from Sandy in October 2012 than had been previously thought. So much damage that continued use of the 50-plus-year-old structure was deemed a safety risk.Officials had relocated government offices to the borough-owned Old Wharf House, 316 East Main St., a tight fit for the offices in the building that had been used as the senior center. Police had operated out of a trailer and municipal court has been using Shrewsbury Borough’s facility. The public library has been using the former community center on Iroquois Avenue.Since then an ad hoc committee convened by former mayor Michael Mahon and the council has been studying the options.The U.S. Department of Defense shuttered the approximately 90-year-old Fort Monmouth military and research and development facility in 2011. Since closing, federal, state, county and local officials have been working on redeveloping the 1,126 acres made up of property from Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls for the economic betterment of the area.last_img read more

Donovan’s Reef Reclaims Its Place in the Sun

first_imgThe nearly finished new facility will be larger than its predecessor, Bowler said, and have a full kitchen, as compared to the original which operated with a small grill. The main, multipurpose room, at approximately 45-by-50 feet, will serve as a sometime dining area and a space to accommodate live bands and patrons. “It’s quite large,” Bowler said. Donovan’s 2014 plans submitted to the borough indicated, and co-owner Bob Phillips confirmed at the time, the overall structure would be approximately 4,375 square feet.The site’s first floor will now be 17 feet above sea level, providing some protection from storms and possible flooding, and situated at the same height as the protective seawall. The second floor will be dedicated for storage and office space. The location will have three bars and six garage doors, with three of them opening eastward, toward the beach, so “You’re basically sitting inside and looking at the ocean,” Bowler said. Following Sandy’s impact to the area and to Donovan’s Reef, Bowler said, “I’ll be honest, the first year somebody came in and offered a very large sum of money,” for the property, to which he and his partners gave a lot of thought. Ultimately, they decided to move forward with rebuilding.The reason, Bowler said, is, “The business had been doing well. After we sat down, we decided we can make it successful again.”However, they became entangled in state and federal bureaucratic red tape, which delayed approvals and construction schedules, Bowler said.Bowler’s family has been involved with the bar going back to its earliest years. “I was there on the first day” it operated, when he was 10. Originally called Manning’s Jetty, it opened in 1971. In 1977, Bob Phillips and family members, along with other investors, took control and changed the bar’s name to Donovan’s Reef, taking the name from the title of a 1963 John Wayne movie, referring to the rowdy South Pacific bar owned by Wayne’s character in the film.Over the years, the beachfront bar became increasingly popular with a wide cross-section of clientele, from college students and locals – including commercial fishermen and construction workers – to musicians (Bruce Springsteen would pop in back in the days when the E Street Band’s then saxophonist, the late Clarence Clemmons, lived in Sea Bright) and Wall Street movers-and-shakers and business executives. The crowd would be especially large on summer Sundays as customers gathered on the beach while bands played.When Donovan’s returns, “It’s going to be everybody, all walks of life,” again making up its patrons, Bowler predicted. “The same people who were there in the past.“And,” he ventured to guess, “there’ll be more people coming who have never been there,” given another generation of young people have come of age since Sandy.This article was first published in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |SEA BRIGHT – It will really seem like summer again in 2017, as Donovan’s Reef, one of the borough’s longstanding al fresco hangouts looks to fully reopen next month.Chris Bowler, a co-owner of the popular watering hole at 1171 Ocean Ave., is hoping to have his location up and running by the third week of May – just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the return of summer. “We’re trying for that,” Bowler said.The prospect of meeting the deadline after more than four years of work and planning and contemplation over whether even to rebuild has Bowler “excited, and I would say stressed,” he acknowledged.Donovan’s Reef, its structure nearly 100 years old and overlooking its privately-owned oceanfront beach, was so severely damaged in Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, that the building had to be demolished.In the interim Donovan’s operated an outdoor, tiki-style bar in a temporary structure on the beach for two summers.last_img read more