State Representative Chris Reykdal Takes a Stand on Legislative Pay

first_imgFacebook621Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington House DemocratsState Representative Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) is donating the difference between his cost of living increase and other state workers to charity.State Representative Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater) announced that he will donate to charity any cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) provided to Legislators in excess of the COLA provided to teachers, state employees, long-term care workers, and other state collectively bargained agreements.“I deeply respect the individual decision each lawmaker will make regarding their COLA,” Reykdal said. “These are friends and fellow public servants. They often live away from their families and their communities for several months in order to serve in our citizen legislature.“There are 147 passionate and deserving legislators that serve, but speaking only for myself and as a former classroom teacher, I think it is inappropriate to accept any percentage greater than what our teachers, state employees, and other public servants receive for a COLA.”In 1986, the voters of Washington adopted a constitutional amendment taking away the salary setting authority of the Legislature. Instead, The Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is tasked with setting salaries of legislators, statewide office holders, and judges.The independent commission approved an 11.2% COLA for legislators over two years.“It’s good policy to have a citizens’ commission doing this. Legislators should not set their own salaries,” Reykdal said. “But, after six years of frozen pay for our educators and state employees that choose a life of public service, they should be first in line now that the economy is recovering.”Reykdal will donate the difference between the Legislature’s COLA (expected to be 8% beginning in September) and the COLA provided to teachers, state employees, and other bargaining groups as determined in the final operating budget to the Children’s Fund Charity.“This fund reimburses teachers who spend money out of their own pockets to buy meals, jackets, shoes, glasses, and other necessities for their students,” Reykdal said. “Educators are heroes who deserve substantially more compensation than we currently provide. They should not have to be on our state’s social safety net at the same time.”“At this point we are working hard to get our teachers and public employees a 3% COLA in the first year. If that holds, I will donate the difference, 5% of my legislative salary, to the Children’s Fund Charity. And I will continue to do so in perpetuity until teachers and state employees achieve 11.2% COLAs.”last_img read more

New Owners to Take Over Forrey’s Forza on February 1

first_imgFacebook90Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forrey’s ForzaFive years ago, Christine and Tom Forrey had a vision. A vision to create a special place where people feel welcome, have opportunities to connect with one another, and experience a sense of belonging.Tom and Christine Forrey are moving on as the owners of Forrey’s Forza after February 1, 2018. Photo courtesy: Christine ForreyA true labor of love, the Forrey’s invited the community not only into their business, but into their hearts. On February 1, they are passing the torch to two local business owners: Rachel Young of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes and Ryan Lindstrom of PugetSound2Go.What we all know and love as Forrey’s Forza, Home of TC Pies, will become Lacey Forza, Bistro and Event Center. While many things will stay the same, the new owners are looking to amplify and expand on the strong foundation built by the Forrey’s. They will continue offering the popular pies, quiche, cookies and sweet breads made in house, but will add Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes and French Macarons by Mel to the bakery menu.Rachel Young, owner of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes, is excited for this next business adventure. Photo courtesy: Rachel Young.The new owners will continue to develop and emphasize the catering side of the business, and promote Forza not only as a cozy, inviting coffeehouse, but also as a bistro with a full food menu plus beer and wine. They will maximize the event center in the back of Forza, continuing to host business meetings, networking groups and parties, as the Forrey’s have done.We invite everyone to swing by and say goodbye to Tom and Christine, and to say hello to the new owners. It has been an amazing five years, and we look forward to what the future has in store! See you all soon!last_img read more

An Event that Will Tickle You Pink

first_imgThe Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of Paint the Town Pink, a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. Additional information about Paint the Town Pink can be found at Tom Paolello is the public relations manager at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. By Tom PaolellaCome out and support the importance of annual mammography
By now you’ve probably seen some part of the Pink hue surrounding Monmouth and Ocean counties, courtesy of Meridian Health’s Paint the Town Pink.This year’s month-long Pink campaign includes num­erous signature Pink events to raise awareness of the importance of mammography. In about three weeks, The Care To Give Council, a Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital Auxiliary, will be hosting its annual Party for Pink at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown.The Care to Give Council of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital gathers in 2012 at the annual Party for Pink at the Navesink Country Club. This year’s Party for Pink is scheduled for May 31.Take part in an evening to remember from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 31. Come out for a fun-filled night of dinner, drinks and dancing, including live music by Total Soul, New York City’s most exciting party band playing everything from Motown to today’s pop and R&B to the jazz/big band standards of the 1940s.Tickets are $75 and reservations are limited. To purchase tickets call 855-PINK411.In addition, this year’s event will feature two special awards for individuals who have Paint the Town Pink running through their hearts. Tria Deibert, marketing director for Riverview Medi­cal Center and Bay­shore Community Hospi­tal, will be honored with the Pink Visionary award and Sally Harris, the very first Paint the Town Pink committee member, will be honored with the Pink Volunteer award. 
Harris is from Ocean Grove and 2013 marks the seventh year she has been volunteering her time to the Pink committee. More importantly, 2013 marks the seventh year that Harris is cancer free. Harris is a firm believer in annual mammograms, especially after one identified something suspicious in her breast seven years ago.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31. Party for Pink is just one of the exciting events happening during the month. For a complete list of events, ticket and registration information and more, visit To register for any event, call 855-PINK411.Proceeds from any ticketed event will benefit the Pink Fund, which provides mammography for uninsured or underinsured women in our community.Also be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign.last_img read more

Bike Repair Stations Pop Up in Monmouth County Parks, With More…

first_imgFobes said the success of these early installations has inspired the park system to pursue additional repair stations, includingpotential placement alongMonmouth County’s mostpopular trail. The station at Thompson Park is next to the children’s playground. At Dorbrook the station is near the basketball courts, while the station at the Manasquan Reservoir is situated by the main trailhead kiosk near the visitor center. The park system recently set up the 5-foot-tall Dero Fixit repair centers at Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck, Thompson Park in Lincroft, the Manasquan Reservoir and most recently at Rocky Point in Hartshorne Woods in Highlands. The Henry Hudson Trail is currently split into two sections. The northern portion stretches from Popamora Point in Highlands and travels along the Sandy Hook Bay to Matawan. The southern corridor is fractured, with splits between Matawan and Marlboro and another break between Marlboro and Freehold. “These stations are relatively new. We’ve seen them in other places around the country, but not so much in New Jersey,” said Tom Fobes, the Monmouth County Park System operations manager. In fact, the only other bike stations like these in New Jersey are located in public parks in the Essex County municipalities of Maplewood and Bridgewater. With the installment of new repair stations at popular parks and trails in the Two River area and beyond, the Monmouth County Park System is trying to keep cyclists riding despite an inconvenient flat tire or other mechanical problems. Good news for bike riders. The station located at Rocky Point in Hartshorne Woods is the newest of the four stations and was part of the recent remodel of the Historic Battery Lewis grounds and parking lot. The bike repair stations feature half a dozen tools inside to make various simple fixes, with an air pump and a shelf on top to rest the bike while making the repairs. “The other three were the result of our investigation. We put them in just to see how they would be used by bikers and if it made sense to pursue more of them. And they’ve become quite popular,” said Fobes. The stations feature a QR code that, when scanned with a smartphone, directs users to a website with instructional videos about how to make certain repairs. Instructional tutorials include how to change a flat tire, inflate tires, adjust gears and brakes and much more. If bikers aren’t near a bike repair station, Fobes said, park rangers are always available at their station houses to lend a hand. Park rangers also lead general biking classes as well as bike repair classes, which feature tips about how to use these new repair stations. By Greg Scharen and Chris Rotolo “The Henry Hudson Trail is one of the areas a donor has already expressed interest in and the potential exists for us to place multiple stations at various points along the trail,” said Fobes. Earlier this month the county received a $1.2 million federal grant to make safety improvements in the sections of Keansburg, Hazlet, Union Beach and Keyport, as well as to bridge the gaps in the southern section and extend the trail to Center Street in downtown Freehold. Fobes said the acquisition of future repair stations is certainly in the works through budgeting, grants and other sources. Creating a seamless 24-mile stretch from Highlands to Freehold has been discussed for years, but according to acquisition and design department chief Gail L. Hunton, this grant will provide the funding to finally complete the project. Hunton said trail construction could begin as early as next year. Will the plans include several new repair stations? At a cost of approximately $1,200 each, the park system may need to rely on donations. A QR code, located directly under the bike holders, can be scanned on a smartphone to direct cyclists to a site that has tutorials for fixing certain issues with bicycles. Photo by Greg Scharenlast_img read more

Kelowna big winners at the Nelson Midget Rep Tournament

first_imgOther teams entered included Grand Forks, Spokane and Castlegar. Kelowna came away the big winner at the Nelson Midget Rep Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Central Okanagan squad defeated South Okanagan in the tourney final.Host Nelson Midget Reps had a solid weekend, but lost a heartbreaker Sunday morning to South Okanagan squad.last_img

Ice, Cougar linebrawl the topic of conversation in BCMMHL

first_imgWhen pressed to comment about the fights, Sprague continued to remain tight lipped.“The boys had some fun . . .. It’s something that happened,” Sprague said.B.C. Hockey is now involved in conducting a full-scale investigation of the incident.“We had five guys sitting out,” Sprague said when asked if any of the Cougar players were suspended.“They exchanged phone numbers on the ice and went and sat in the stands. It was good old-time hockey . . . it’s all good.”DiBella said one of his players was taken to hospital after the brawl.Kootenay had five players — Brandon Sookro, Kyle Hope, Tristan Pagura, Justin Post and Joel Wells — sitting out Sunday’s game.Cariboo entered the weekend tied for second spot in BCMMHL standings with Okanagan Rockets.Kootenay holds down last place in the 11-team league, more than 38 points behind Cariboo.The Cariboo Cougars professed to be the first BC Major Midget League team to broadcast games.However, the game video from Saturday was removed from the website as of Sunday.“The Cariboo Cougars videoed the game and I believe it was online,” DiBella said. “It’s something that’s out there that can be reviewed by B.C. Hockey and I hope that that is the case.” The Cariboo Cougars made it look easy, waltzing into the NDCC Arena to grab all four points in a two-game B.C. Hockey League Major Midget League series against the Kootenay Ice this past weekend.However, the game was not what everyone was talking about after the weekend set concluded Sunday.Instead, everyone’s favourite topic of conversation was the line brawl that ensued following Saturday’ 8-2 triumph by the Cougars.“I think it was an unfortunate set of circumstances,” Ice head coach Mario DiBella told The Nelson Daily after Sunday’s 8-3 loss against the Cougars.“The game was over and all the players had filed out onto the ice when a Cariboo player decided to he was going to start some extracurricular activities.”DiBella said both teams were on the ice after the final game buzzer sounded when one of the Kootenay players was slew footed by a Cariboo Cougar and everyone teamed up with a partner.Several Kootenay players had their helmets removed during the melee before a few fights broke out.The line brawl lasted for just over a minute before on-ice officials were able to restore order and the players left the ice.No other fights occurred off the ice.As many as ten players were suspended for Sunday’s game along with DiBella and Cariboo coach Trevor Sprague — both receiving two-game suspensions.Sprague and DiBella were both allowed to coach Sunday, as both teams assistant coaches were unavailable for the weekend series.While DiBella was eager to give his assessment of the incident, Sprague was less committal.“Guy went on the ice, they all has some fun and we all went back into the dressing room and went to the hotel,” Sprague said when asked to comment about Saturday night’s shenanigans.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — West Kootenay Wildcats

first_imgThe West Kootenay Wildcats travel to the Central Okanagan Sunday to do battle in the B.C. Hockey Female A Championships.The Cats kick off the tournament Sunday in Vernon against the host club in the 8 p.m. feature game.West Kootenay closes out the round robin Monday against Prince George and Tuesday against South Island.Wednesday is playoff time before the provincial champ is crowned at 8 p.m. Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the Cats with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, back row, L-R, assistant coach Todd Stevens, assistant coach Simon Wheeldon, head coach D’Arcy Caron and trainer Mike Bonacci. Middle back, Kali Horner, Jessica Bonacci, Haley Elias, Emilie Tebulte, Jordan Zilkie, Hailey Herridge and Dakota Mular.Middle, front Taylor Harrison, Kendra Waterstreet, Reece Hunt, Reese McCrory, Emma Caron and Emma Wheeldon.Front, Brady Stevens, assistant captain Julie Sidoni, captain Merissa Dawson, goalie Catalina Hartland, assistant captain Paige Gattafoni and Shayla Elias.Missing trainer Jason Zilkie and assistant captain Madelaine Vockeroth-Fisher.last_img read more

Nelson Minor Hockey concludes season with award ceremony

first_imgMike Hurley won the Ted Hargreaves coaching award while Vince Vulcano took the Robert Jeffs participation and dedication in advancing minor hockey in Nelson honour.Max Spielman won the Profile Photographic award while Dylan Mowery, Alex Laing, Jaden Bennett, Spencer Szabo and Denomie Fisher were recipients of the Jackson Hole Three “A” award.Medal of Achievement awards went to Joe Davidson, Matthew Erickson and Kaleb Percivalin Atom A; Dylan Ewen, Arjun Bhabra and Levi Mint in Atom B1; and Ravi Agmon, Dylan Moynes and Nikko Lazier in Atom B2.In Peewee, Charles Curiston, Cody Barnes and Shayla Elias won in the Peewee Reps and Jack Centrone, Blair Sookro and Josh Marsden in Peewee House.In Bantam Division, Kyle Patton, Ryan MacDonald and Jackson Herridge won medals in Bantam Rep and Josh Schacher, Blake Markin-Hellekson and Keanu Tromans in Bantam House.In Midget Division, Lincoln Rosenblood, Ben Kelsch and Greg Markholm in Midget Rep and Lucas Raugust, Breanna Tate and Will Tucker in Midget House.Keegan Paterson, Morgan Flynn and Lindsay Swanson received medals in Kootenay Wildcats team.The evening also saluted the Nelson Atom A for winning the Atom A won the West Kootenay Banner. Nelson Minor Hockey wrapped up another successful campaign on the ice with the annual awards banquet Wednesday at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.The evening was led by former NHLer Mike Laughton.The Nelson product saluted the award winners along with giving the banquet goers a history lesson on the greats from Nelson Minor Hockey past.Some of the award winners included Noah Quinn winning the Barry Pearce Memorial and Amran Bhabra taking home the John Reichardt Memorial, both awards for Atom Player who displays team dedication, good sportsmanship, desire and love of the game.Other awards included, Ava Young winning the Todd Matheson Memorial; Tyler Bayoff the Walter Clarkson memorial, Jaden Dyck the Alf Baker award; Matthew Jones the Marc Severyn memorial; Kobe Nishida the Mike Laughton Sr. Award, Brandon Jmayoff the R.C. Wright memorial; Brodie Herridge the Barry Geist trophy; Morgan Flynn of the Kootenay Wildcats taking home the Brian Naka memorial; and Matthew Brind’Amour; Daniella Hanson, the Baker Street Esso Award and Kylie Thielker the top officials and the Sarge Sammartino award.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson & District Credit Union Puck Toss Team

first_imgOn Nelson and District Credit Union Member Appreciation Night at the recent Nelson Leafs KIJHL game vs Castlegar Rebels, Credit Union invited previous Puck Toss winners back for a chance to win an NDCU term deposit.A one of the busiest games of the season, where Credit Union members were invited to present their NDCU MEMBER CARD debit card for a discounted admission, Kaleb Percival came away as the bigger winner of the $1000 NDCU term deposit during the Puck-4-Bucks puck toss. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute all of the season Puck-4-Bucks puck toss winners with Team of the Week honours.Thanks to all the members that came down to the NDCC and enjoyed the game, and the puck-toss participants for the added excitement.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Hume Innkeepers Men’s Open Champs

first_imgHume Innkeepers defended its Men’s Open Soccer League title, edging Old Dogs 1-0 in the final at Lakeside Pitch.Aaron Sedlbauer scored the lone goal of the game and Mike Precious registered the shutout to lead the Innkeepers.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Innkeepers with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, Paul Anderson, Quinn Starr, Leif Zapf-Gilje, Fletcher Fitzgibbon, Keefery Joyce, Ryan Lewis, Mitch Melanson, Chris Richards, Greg Kinnear, Mike Parenteau, Kelvin Opiyo, Zeke Grimshaw, Aaron Sedlbauer, Mike Precious, Mike Balance and Kerry Dyck.last_img