Beverly and her husband, Richard, graduated from the square dancing program in 2005.She likes the activity because, “it helps you physically and mentally.” The dancing provides low-stress aerobic exercise, which is good for any age, and having to work on remembering the different movements and working with others in a square is a good problem-solving exercise, Beverly said.Along with those benefits, “It does keep me out of trouble,” she said, offering a little smile, then adding, “I still get in a little trouble around here.”There are about 78 basic calls dancers learn, such as the do-si-do (or dosado), swing your partner, promenade and grand square, which are the more commonly known ones. And while it takes time to learn the basic moves, “All you have to do is pay attention,” to begin to understand and do them, Frechette said. “There’s no dancing ability needed.”Another appeal of square dancing, participants explained, is that unlike, say, ballroom dancing or tango lessons, you don’t need to bring a designated partner to take lessons or join in the dances. “I think people think you have to know how to dance,” said Bill Smith, Port Reading. “You don’t.”Or have the partner. There are women who regularly dance the man’s part, if there is a shortage of males on a given evening. All it takes is to have eight dancers to form the square, Frechette said.Yackel said she can dance both men’s and women’s parts. But that has its difficulties, she acknowledged. “The hardest thing to remember is to move right or to move left,” she confided.Smith, who started square dancing thanks to friends in Salt Lake City, Utah, who recommended it to him. “I went to a barn dance and enjoyed it and here I am.”Smith enjoys the exercise and said, “You get to meet different people you wouldn’t get to meet other wise.”The music ranged from some classic pop tunes, swing-era standards to even Jimmy Buffett. “Whatever the caller wants,” explained caller Gotta.Gotta, North Brunswick, has been square dance calling for 54 years. The caller’s role, she said, is to “create the dance pattern and communicate it to the dancers.”“If I stop calling everything stops,” Gotta said.“Not that it’s about power,” she kidded with a small wave of her hand.Gotta has been square dancing since she was 5, attending dances at the Metuchen YMCA. “A lot of us started dancing when we were young,” she noted. “So pretty much anyone can do it without tramping on their own feet.”Red Bank resident Phyllis Lamarche was “looking for an activity to do solo.” She wound up meeting Ted Inge, Freehold, when they both started taking classes as part of the SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) program conducted at Monmouth Mall, in Eatontown. Now “We’re dance partners, at the very least,” Lamarche said.And that was a good selling point for her. “The best part is all the friends you make,” she said.The Middletown Ramblers was founded in 1970 and decided, first jokingly, to take its name from the type of car owned by three of the original members, the American Motors Rambler.The group will be holding an open house, offering an introduction to square dancing, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, 805 Newman Springs Road/County Route 520, Lincroft. Story and photo by John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Swinging your partner and do-si-do’s have had members of the Middletown Ramblers coming together for more than four decades, enjoying the shared wonderful company, the activity and of course the pleasure of square dancing.“It’s the best activity you can find for the body and the mind,” insisted Prudence Frechette. Frechette, an Eatontown resident who likes to be called Pru, has been square dancing for 35 years and really appreciates the physical activity and “the social part.” On top of that, Frechette said, what she likes is its way of leveling the playing field, its democratization on the dance floor. “When you’re on the square,” she said, “nobody knows who’s the street sweeper or the CEO.”Frechette was one of about 50-plus who squared off to the commands of caller Betsy Gotta last Friday evening at the township’s senior center, at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, in the township’s Leonardo section, for the group’s regular dance.Beverly Yackel, a River Plaza resident and the Ramblers’ coordinator, said those attending the Friday night dance, were “plus” dancers, Yackel explained, who have reached a certain accomplishment level. Club members have reached “a higher level” of square dancing that comes when they complete the nearly year-long set of two programs conducted by the Monmouth County Park System at a cost of $50 per person for each set of 12 two-hour sessions. Lessons are held at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Highway 36 and Avenue D, Leonardo. Classes for the next session begin on Sept. 27 and the first class is free.
SANTA ANITA TO OFFER $1 MILLION GUARANTEE IN SATURDAY’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT POOL; FIRST POST TIME FOR NINE-RACE CALIFORNIA CUP PROGRAM IS AT 12:30 P.M. $500,000 GUARANTEED IN SATURDAY’S 50 CENT LATE PICK 4 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2020)–Santa Anita Park has announced it will guarantee $1 million in Saturday’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, which will be comprised of races four through nine. With five stakes highlighting the nine-race California-Cup program, four of which will be included in the Rainbow Six, fans will have plenty of lucrative betting opportunities on a card consisting exclusively of California-bred or sired horses.Additionally, Santa Anita will guarantee $500,000 in Saturday’s 50 cent Late Pick 4, will begin with race six.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with approximate post time for race four, leg one in the Rainbow Six, set at 2:04 p.m. PT.Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames If ever he decides to part ways with Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao is going to make sure the seven-time trainer of the year will be duly informed.Pacquiao made the clarification in the wake of reports that he has relieved Roach of coaching duties for his world title fight against Lucas Matthysse on July 15 (July 14 in the United States) in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Destitute athletes find gold in Vigan games Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 fight with Matthysse,” Pacquiao tweeted Monday morning.The eight-division world champion, who will go after Matthysse’s World Boxing Association welterweight crown in the Malaysian capital, said he will make a final decision within the week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media,” said Pacquiao, who’s reportedly eyeing bosom friend Buboy Fernandez to take over Roach’s corner spot.On Saturday, Roach, who’s been Pacquiao’s trainer for over 15 years, said he got hurt that Pacquiao didn’t personally inform him about his sacking. —ROY LUARCA View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC
For information, call Amelia Rietzel at (661) 255-4341. SANTA CLARITA – Three city parks will hold free egg hunts Saturday for kids up to age 10. Partnering with the Saugus Action Committee and local businesses, the city will host the hunts at 10a.m. at Canyon Country Park, 17615 Soledad Canyon Road; Valencia Glen Park, 23750 Via Gavola; and Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Egg hunters will be divided by age group and will search for eggs, candy and toys. Participants should bring their own baskets. Mr.E.Bunny – so named to ensure a secular event in public parks – will be available for photos with kids. Local sponsors for the 2007 Eggstravaganza include McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Mountasia, Santa Clarita Lanes, Fun & Fit Gymnastics and Lamppost Pizza. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
VIOLENCE: Baghdad is safer, but too many civilians are dying still, military leader says. By Kim Gamel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – The U.S. second-in-command in Iraq acknowledged on Thursday mixed results for the seven-month security operation in Baghdad, saying violence is down but too many civilians are still dying. Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno told reporters that car bombs and suicide attacks in Baghdad have fallen to their lowest levels in a year, and civilian casualties have dropped from a high of about 32 to 12 per day. He also said violence in Baghdad had decreased 50 percent. But he did not provide more specific timeframes. “What we do know is that there has been a decline in civilian casualties, but I would say again that it’s not at the level we want it to be,” Odierno said. “There are still way too many civilian casualties inside of Baghdad and Iraq.” In southern Iraq, a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the nation’s top Shiite cleric, was assassinated late Thursday, police said. Amjad al-Janabi and his driver were traveling west of Basra when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle, police said. At least three aides to al-Sistani have been slain since early August; the killings were believed to be part of a Shiite power struggle. An Associated Press tally shows fewer deaths by car bomb or suicide attacks were recorded inside Baghdad in August than any other month in 2007 but that it was a deadly month nevertheless for civilians in the city. While 139 Iraqis were killed in such attacks, 530 others lost their lives by other violent means within Baghdad, most turning up as bodies on the street – apparent victims of so-called sectarian death squads usually run by Shiite militias, according to AP figures. Nationwide, at least 1,975 Iraqis were killed violently in August. That figure included 500 Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority, reported killed in one multiple bombing attack in the north. An average of 64 Iraqis were reported killed every day in August throughout the country, according to the AP analysis. The first 19 days of September show fewer Iraqis being killed every day compared with previous months: at least 34 on average, the lowest daily toll in all of 2007, which hovers around 60 daily deaths, according to AP figures. The daily casualty rate hasn’t been this low since September 2006, when at least 1,003 Iraqis died – an average of 33 daily. These numbers are considered a minimum, based on AP reporting. Iraqis, meanwhile, faced a new danger as the World Health Organization confirmed the first case of cholera in Baghdad, raising fears the disease was spreading after being detected in northern Iraq last month. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed there. Health officials stepped up measures to prevent spread of the bacteria, including closing ice factories using unfiltered water and adding chlorine to water supplies. They also urged the government to release huge quantities of chlorine they said were being held up at Iraq’s border with Jordan because of concerns the chemical could be used in explosives. Adel Muhsin, the Health Ministry’s inspector general, said teams testing water supplies in the capital had found chlorine levels were insufficient to prevent cholera in 20 areas.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Recognising the important role of carers, Donegal Local Development Company Ltd, in association with Carers Association and the Health Service Executive, is organising a Caring for Carers FREE Event for unpaid carers in An Chúirt Hotel, Gweedore on Tuesday 10th June. This event aims to provide carers with the opportunity to share their experiences and get to know others.You can sit back and avail of motivational tips from the Key Speaker Shane Martin, followed by lunch and a choice of therapies to relax and unwind. Shane is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives.Shane aligns himself to the school of Positive Psychology which focuses on our strengths; he is passionate about helping us prepare mentally and develop strategies for the inevitable crises that are part of life’s journey, so we can be happier, healthier and more resilient.So if you are caring for someone and would like to avail of some time to focus on you, then why not come along.For more information or to reserve your place please contact Diane Donnelly on 087 2770103. Healthwise have kindly sponsored the event providing goodie bags, and a free draw will also take place for all who attend the event.This event is funded by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd under Goal 1 – Promoting awareness, knowledge and uptake of services in the local community, of the Local and Community Development Programme (Transition) 2014.DLDC HOST EVENT TO RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF CARERS was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarersDLDCFeatureshealthImportancenewsNotices
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not heading to China on Manchester United’s pre-season tour.United take on Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on Friday and then head to Beijing for a mouth-watering friendly against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Monday.England internationals Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Chris Smalling are included in the 25-man travelling party, so too David De Gea and Paddy McNair after also exiting Euro 2016 at the last 16.Ibrahimovic’s Sweden were knocked out even earlier but Jose Mourinho has decided to give the 34-year-old an extended break, although fellow summer signings Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan do head to the Far East.RELATED: Zlatan Ibrahimovic responds to Eric Cantona: ‘I won’t be king of Manchester – I will be GOD of Manchester’Luke Shaw will continue to step up his fitness after making his return from long-term injury in the weekend friendly at Wigan, while Axel Tuanzebe, Will Keane and Andreas Pereira will get a chance to impress on the week-long trip.James Wilson started at the DW Stadium but is not included in the group, nor are Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Tyler Blackett and Guillermo Varela.Travelling squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Bailly, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Valencia, Carrick, Herrera, Januzaj, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Mkhitaryan, A Pereira, Young, Keane, Rashford, Rooney.
Gardai are currently hunting two men who stole a car at knife-point from a woman at teatime tonight.The incident happened in the Ballyholey area of Raphoe shortly after 6.30pm.Earlier, the two men were in a blue Northern registered Volvo car that was in collision with another vehicle travelling in the same direction on the main Lifford to Letterkenny road. The two men ran off to a nearby house where they threatened the woman with a knife before stealing her car, a black Opel Astra with a registation number beginning 05-DL and driving off in the direction of Letterkenny.The woman and a man driving the vehicle involved in the collision have been left badly shaken by the incident. COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAI HUNT TWO MEN AFTER CAR STOLEN FROM WOMAN AT KNIFE POINT was last modified: December 11th, 2013 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carknifepointMenstolentwo
URGENT JURY NOTICE: The jury panel which had been told not to turn up tomorrow (Thursday, February 6th) are now requested that they SHOULD attend court in Letterkenny at 10.30am.This notice replaces the earlier notice and follows a change in the court schedule this afternoon.So all jurors called for Thursday MUST attend tomorrow at the Circuit Court. URGENT JURY NOTICE CHANGE: JURORS NOW NEEDED ON THURSDAY was last modified: February 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:URGENT JURY NOTICE CHANGE: JURORS NOW NEEDED ON THURSDAY
A total of more than €1.2 million in funding has been awarded for energy efficiency projects to be carried out in Donegal.Dinny McGinley TDThe move will see a number of local companies benefit to make their businesses even more cost effective.The grants have been welcomed by Deputy Dinny McGinley. Donegal is to benefit from part of a €1.2 million in energy efficiency funding in 2015. The Better Energy Communities scheme is designed to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, businesses, sports clubs and homes.A project led by Údarás na Gaeltachta will see various works including; air compressor and fan upgrades, boiler upgrade, boiler relocation, pump replacement, lighting upgrades, roof insulation, tank insulation, attic insulation, internal drylining, window replacement, heating controls and zoning, solar thermal domestic hot water and air tightness testing at a number of locations.These works will take place at RA Pascaisti Teoranta, Bainistiocht Aras Gaoth Dobhair Teoranta, Snath Dun na NGall Teoranta, Feidhm Mara Teoranta, Faisc Miotail Éireann Teo, Udaras Oifig and Aisleann Gaoth Dobhair.“Glen Dimplex will also see measures including installation of Quantum space and water heating systems, smart controls, electrical wires upgrading and smart meters, cavity wall insulation, roof insulation and upgrading to efficient lamps implemented in a number of Donegal homes. “With this funding for projects across communities in Ireland, the Government is showing it takes energy conservation seriously. Nationwide, the grants total €18.6 million for 29 community energy efficiency initiatives. To date the Better Energy Communities Scheme has awarded over €62 million to community energy efficiency initiatives. Our public buildings should be leading the way on energy efficiency, but it is also up to all of us in society to conserve energy and mitigate against the effects of climate change,” said Deputy McGinley.The announcement on funding for community energy efficiency projects coincides with the Government appointing Ireland’s First Advisory Council on Climate Change.The group, to be chaired by Prof. John FitzGerald of the ESRI, will comprise eleven members to advise Government Departments and agencies on the actions required to significantly decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050.The Government has also launched a public consultation on the development of Ireland’s first National Low Carbon Transition and Mitigation Plan. The consultation period will run until Friday 31st July 2015 and submissions should be sent to: NationalMitigationPlan@environ.ieDONEGAL BUSINESSES TO GET €1.2M TO MAKE THEM MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)