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August 4, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy Muriel J. Smith RED BANK – They may not all be out there in Santa outfits anymore, but the volunteers and employees of the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign are as diligent as ever in striving to meet this year’s goal of raising $100,000 to support Christmas programs and services throughout the entire year.This year’s Red Kettle Drive was launched by the Red Bank Corps two weeks ago, and kettles can be found at various locations throughout the Monmouth County areas, according to Lt. Brennen Hinzman, Commanding Officer of Red Bank Corps.“The work done here throughout the year cannot be done without your contri- butions this season,” Hinzman said. Staffing the kettles are either an employee or a volunteer, ringing a bell and engaging the shoppers, Hinzman explained. He noted there are individuals and groups who enjoy standing kettles every year and faithfully help the Salvation Army to meet that year’s monetary goal.For both employees and volunteers, the Corps workers can opt for wearing a Santa outfit or identifying themselves in plain clothes wearing the apron or pin synonymous with the Salvation Army. Bell Ringers also can be as individualized as they’d like, within the limits of the places where they are standing. Which means, there might be a bell ringer dancing to a boombox she’s carrying or dancing in front of his Red Kettle tripod, or, like the volunteers in Little Silver, wearing their Santa outfits because they like that the best. “Every area is different,” said Jesabel Cruz, office manager and caseworker in the Salvation Army office at 180 Newman Springs Road.“We love our volunteers because they are committed and give of their time,” the Corps commander said, adding, “but we also enjoy being able to provide temporary seasonal employment, giving people the opportunity to earn some much needed income. Many of the workers have their confidence restored, as they are entrusted with a duty that gives back to their own communities.”One such worker is the newest employee for the Red Bank unit, Joseph Kuca, who can usually be found in front of the ACME store in Lincroft, except on Wednesdays. Kuca wrote a letter to the Salvation Army this Thanksgiving, thanking them for giving him the emotional lift he needed at a difficult time in his life, and praising the Salvation Army members for “allowing me to be a part of your family.”Kuca thanked the Army for resupplying his pantry and said until that time, “I couldn’t remember when I’d had eggs last. You too touched my heart with your kindness.” Kuca thanked every individual member of the Army who welcomed him with warmth, compassion and respect when he came for assistance, and told them “your collective humanity made all the difference to me at a time when I was at my lowest. It buoyed me … up to go forward and to face the storm with renewed courage. As your nineteenth century poster proclaimed, ‘A man may be down, but he’s never out!’ ”Kuca was quick to spread the good will he himself had received by joining the Red Kettle Drive. But even here, he went on, doing the work for the drive “has been truly the single most rewarding experience that I have ever known, truly. The positive response of the public, their sharing of stories of positive, life altering, life affirming experiences, realized through contact with the Salvation Army, in their lives, is most heartening. It warms my heart.”Kuca concluded that while he may never become a soldier in the corps, “but I have always been, and ever shall be, a most devoted advocate and Camp Follower of the Salvation Army. You folks truly change lives!”Marylynn Richner couldn’t agree more. The Red Bank resident has been a bell ringer for more than 50 years, star ting with her mother almost immediately after joining the Army. Practicing Baptists, Richner and her mother picked up her sister who was attending a Salvation Army service, and were so moved by the service Richner immediately wanted to join the Army. She’s been a soldier ever since.Always in Monmouth Mall, placidly sitting in her Salvation Army uniform just outside the mall entrance to Macy’s, Richner says she does the work every year because “I like to do the Lord’s work and He’s given me the strength to do it here.That’s a good enough reason for continuing.”The charming little lady with the soft voice and quick smile is at her post six hours a day, five days a week and loves it. “In fact,” she adds, “I can’t see anything I don’t like about it.” Sometimes, only a few people may come to drop coins or bills in her red kettle; other days she might be saying thank you and “God Bless You” to a 100 or more.Always ready to help someone in need, Richner said she’s also trained at the senior building where she lives to respond to emergencies such as floods or other disasters, assisting the fire or police department. Retired from the McCormick Company in Freehold since the plant closed many years ago, she loves her bell ringing job the most because “I’m able to help families in need.”Last year, over 1,500 people received assistance from the Red Bank Army’s food program, 650 households received holiday assistance for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and more than 500 children received Christmas gifts, which usually including apparel and footwear, from the Angel Tree Tag Program. Additional services included various children’s programs, social services and more than 400 meals provided through the Corps’ Bread of Life Community Kitchen. Funds raised during the Red Kettle Campaign are used to sustain the programs and services throughout the year.The Red Kettle drive started in the 19th century, when Capt. Joseph McFee launched it in San Francisco to provide Christmas dinner for the destitute. Since then it has evolved into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the country.The Salvation Army itself is an evangelical part of the Christian Church established in England in 1865, and has been supporting those in need in this country for the past 130 years. The services of the Army ranged from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance to the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, as well as clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for the underprivileged. Eighty-two cents of every dollar the Salvation Army spends supports these services in 5,000 communities across the country.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Royal Canadian Legion held its second Triathlon today at the Royal Canadian Legion building.                                                                                                     Picture: Amber Davy – Advertisement -The Triathlon at the Legion consited of darts, crib and pool. Teams would take turns competing in each event.                                                                                                             Picture: Amber DavyPeople from Fort St. John gather at the Lido Theatre to watch Denny Morrision compete for gold in the Men’s Team Pursuit Final.                                                                               Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

December 19, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBirdwatching is more fun when you learn what’s going on in those feathered bodies.Record migration (PhysOrg): It’s been called “one of the most impressive bird migrations in the Americas.” The little Blackpolled Warbler, a gold-colored handsome bird that could fit in your hand, undertakes a migration each year from New England to South America. Scientists have banded and studied these little birds for 40 years now. “Migration is one of the most understudied, important, and perilous times in a songbird’s life cycle,” a researcher noted. The systems for navigation, metabolism and hazard avoidance must be incredible to fit into a bird that small.Pigeon leadership (Current Biology): In this dispatch, James Herbert-Read says, “A new study has decoded which birds become leaders in homing pigeon flocks, finding an unexpected benefit of leadership: faster birds emerge as leaders, and these leaders learn more about their environment than their followers.” There must be some benefit to the followers since there are so many of them.Parrot toolkit (PhysOrg): New evidence has been found that parrots can use tools. Psychologists watched ten parrots grind calcium from sea shells with pebbles. Not only that, they shared their pebbles with other parrots. “This behaviour, never before seen in this species, is the first evidence of a nonhuman using tools for grinding, and one of the few reports of nonhuman animals sharing tools directly.”How birds stay colorful (Science Daily): Because blue jays use structural color instead of pigments for their bright blues, those colors don’t fade. Understanding how they construct these patterns “could pave the way for the creation of paints and clothing colours that won’t fade over time.” What’s even more amazing is that the structures, made up of tiny holes in well-organized arrays, don’t become disorganized as the bird ages.The researchers found that the Jay is able to demonstrate amazing control over the size of the holes in this sponge-like structure and fix them at very particular sizes, determining the colour that we see reflected from the feather. This is because when light hits the feather the size of these holes determines how the light is scattered and therefore the colour that is reflected. As a result, larger holes mean a broader wavelength reflectance of light, which creates the colour white. Conversely, a smaller, more compact structure, results in the colour blue.How would you like jeans that stay as bright as when you bought them?“Current technology cannot make colour with this level of control and precision — we still use dyes and pigments. Now we’ve learnt how nature accomplishes it, we can start to develop new materials such as clothes or paints using these nanostructuring approaches. It would potentially mean that if we created a red jumper using this method, it would retain its colour and never fade in the wash.”Kestrel drone (Science Daily): Ever wonder how hunting birds can hover for long periods without moving their wings? Try building a glider that can do that. Australians are working on that problem, getting inspiration from how kestrels use updrafts efficiently by adjusting their wing feathers. Hovering without flapping allows these birds to focus their eyes precisely. If the engineers can mimic that on their micro-aerial vehicle (MAV), the technique could be “used for many tasks in urban environments, such as delivering packages, performing surveillance, and search and rescue,” the article says.Hummingbird thermostat (BBC News): Have you ever worried about your hummingbirds overheating at the feeder? All that fast flapping and zipping around would seem to make the little birds get heat exhaustion, especially on warm days. It turns out that they effectively shed excess heat in the feather-free “windows” around their eyes, shoulder joints, feet and legs. Scientists in Oregon found this out using thermal cameras.Penguin dinosaur (BBC News): Here’s another claim of “convergent evolution.” Long before penguins evolved, evolutionists are now saying, marine reptiles swam like them. Penguins literally “fly through the water” with their water wings, and that’s how plesiosaurs swam, according to new models, PhysOrg concurs. Speaking of plesiosaurs, an “enormous” fossil specimen has been found near Patagonia. Live Science tells the story of its discovery and excavation. The flippers alone are four feet long on this beast, estimated 23 feet in length. Most of the long-necked plesiosaurs have been found in North America, so this one seemed out of place.Huddle of the penguins: Speaking again of penguins, how many “March of the Penguins” movie fans knew that “Penguin huddling is more complicated than thought”? That’s a phenomenon PhysOrg tries to untangle. Who would have thought that the ones in the middle can overheat? It can get up to 100° in there! Scientists observed some of them eating snow, apparently in an effort to cool off. Outsiders try to break up the huddles, but the ones in the middle might feel trapped, wanting to get out.Watch the birdie evolve.  Nature tries to figure out “How Birds Spread Around the Globe.” Answer: They flew. Over at Live Science, Laura Geggel tells her readers that “Modern Birds Took Flight 95 Million Years Ago” as if she was there watching. “Birds began their evolutionary split from dinosaurs about 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period,” she drones. Nighty-night.Darwin’s finches under threat (BBC News): We end on a sad note; the finches of the Galapagos are under threat from parasitic flies that attack the young.  Scientists are trying various strategies because they don’t believe the birds can adapt or “evolve” in time. It makes one wonder how they got past other threats for millions of Darwin Years.Birdwatching is a fun hobby, without the ball and chain of Darwinian storytelling. The stories are like those annoying pop-ups when you want to watch a video that say, “You can skip this add in 5 seconds.” Just flap your arms for 5 seconds, click “Skip Ad” and get to the good stuff. (Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 12, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBrowse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 4, 2013. By Barbara O’NeillHow will the Affordable Care Act apply to Veterans who sometimes use VA services?Veterans who qualify and receive VA benefits do not need to purchase coverage. VA benefits remain unchanged.Some may choose to sign up for coverage in individual state marketplaces to supplement their current VA coverage.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi, left, and India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in MohaliPakistan is in the grip of an incredible cricket fever as the ‘mother of all clashes’ – the World Cup semifinal against India — is just one day away.The whole nation — from ulemas to politicians, from students to businessmen and government officials — is praying for the success of the side in the high-voltage clash at Mohali on Wednesday.While the mass prayers are being held, public screenings in cricket stadiums, cinema houses and even in prisons are being organised.The religious scholars and ulemas have got behind the team, with around 5000 students of the well known Jamia Binnoria seminary holding special collective prayers for the success of the Pakistan team in Karachi on Tuesday.”We have had Quran Khawani and collective prayers to wish the team well. The Ulemas and our students, like the rest of the country, also want the team to do well,” a spokesman for the seminary said.Religious seminaries have usually kept a distance from cricket and have never encouraged their students to take part in cricket activities but this time the spokesman said it’s different.”Our students which include foreigners are so keen about the match. We feel it is important to support the Pakistan team in their match against India,” he added.Even in the Central jail and the Malir jail in Karachi, special arrangements have been made by the prison authorities to allow prisoners to watch the match.advertisement”In Malir Jail, we have around 200 Indian prisoners and we are making arrangements to show them the match on a big screen,” IG prison, Ghulam Qadir said.There is no cable service available for the prisoners at the Central jail but for Wednesday’s match, changes have been made.”I have never seen the people keyed up so much for even an Indo-Pak match before. It is amazing the interest this game has generated,” former Test captain Zaheer Abbas told PTI.The Pakistan Cricket Board has also announced that it is holding a special screening of the semi-final at the Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday under floodlights on the directives of the government.”We have made this arrangement keeping in mind the immense interest of the people and it will be a great experience and opportunity for the people to support their team in a stadium,” a board official said.The PCB said entry into the stadium would be free and permission was also being given to organizers to arrange similar live screenings at other stadiums under the control of the Board in other cities. The Gaddafi stadium has a seating capacity of around 35,000 people.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl still to meet all playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he’s yet to meet the entirety of his squad.Hasenhuttl has met half of his squad for individual meetings and will engage with the rest next week.”I wanted to know everything about each player, about his history, what he is thinking about the way we want to play,” he said. “We showed in his position specific videos, what it is necessary for him to know.”The discussion I had with all the players was very interesting for me. You know how this guy works. What he is thinking about. You know what his problems are.”And in the future, if there are some questions, I want them to come to me. If they have good arguments that we do something different, they can come to me. We can do it differently.”But if I have a better idea, we do what I want. If they have a better one, we can discuss it!” last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari on early Bale exit: We’ll talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’ll be speaking with Gareth Bale after he left the defeat to Real Sociedad before the final whistle.Bale, who was watching from the stands as he is currently injured, departed in the 78th minute.Solari was asked on Tuesday for his thoughts on the fact that the Welshman didn’t stay to support his teammates and revealed that the situation would be discussed internally.”These are things that are solved privately,” he told reporters. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgArsenal cannot afford £10m for Barcelona midfielder Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have agreed with personal terms with Denis Suarez, but are struggling to come up with the £10m fee demanded by Barcelona. The Gunners are on a tight budget this month after spending in the previous three transfer windows.Marca believes the north London club have practically no money as they are unable to fork out £10m for the 25-year-old. Manager Unai Emery wants to add another winger to his squad and has pinpointed Suarez as a suitable option, having worked with him for one season at Sevilla.Barcelona have promised Suarez that he can leave this month, but they will continue to hold out for a fee. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Canadian Press FIELD, B.C. — Three crew members of a Canadian Pacific freight train have died in a derailment near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.A spokesman with the railway confirms the crew members died when the westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. MT near Field, B.C.Salem Woodrow says there will be a full investigation to determine what caused the derailment.British Columbia’s Environment Ministry confirms between 30 and 40 grain cars are off the tracksDavid Karn also says the ministry has been told the locomotive is in the Kicking Horse River.He says the situation is being monitored and there is no immediate word of fuel or other contaminants entering the water.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai: Aditya Roy Kapur is remarkably self aware. In a family of artistes, he says he was the least artistically inclined; but for someone who was averse to acting in Hindi cinema, he has gradually fallen in love with the profession. “As I look back, I think I am an accidental actor. Just because it has been ten years I can’t say I’ve been sure about wanting to be in this profession, even though I’ve started to love it now,” Aditya says. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe started out as a VJ for Channel V and eventually made his debut as actor in 2009 with London Dreams. Over the years, he featured in films like Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ok Jaanu. “It all happened by chance,” Aditya says. A casting call in 2008 for the Vipual Shah film gave him an opportunity to enter Bollywood, even though he never “harboured any desire to be an actor.” “I never grew up on a staple diet of hindi cinema. In fact when I was a VJ, I was averse to it. Purely because I could never imagine myself being an actor.” The 33-year-old actor has of course seen the highs and lows, hits and misses and received both appreciation and brickbats for his performances. “Over the years I’ve grown to love the industry, my job, and the profession itself. It’s been a journey full of ups and downs.last_img read more