HMS Westminster Hones Her Hunter-Killer Technique with Italian Navy

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Westminster Hones Her Hunter-Killer Technique with Italian Navy View post tag: Anti-Submarine Share this article September 3, 2013 HMS Westminster Hones Her Hunter-Killer Technique with Italian Navy View post tag: Naval A Royal Navy warship on deployment in the Mediterranean has been flexing her hunter-killer technique in an anti-submarine warfare exercise with the Italian Navy. HMS Westminster is working as part of the Navy’s Response Force Task Group which is on an annual deployment to the Med and then the Gulf that tests the flexibility and capability of the force.Part of their tasking includes working alongside NATO allies – and in Westminster’s case this came in the form of the Italian destroyer Francesco Mimbelli and submarine Salvatore Pelosi.Taking turns to practise hunting for each other, the sailors from both ships and the submarine were put through their paces in an action packed few days. As well as testing sensors and weapon skills, the exercise also tested the reactions of those on board.There was also the chance for some of the sailors to experience life on board a partner nation’s vessel. From HMS Westminster, Medical Officer Lieutenant Moira McLellan spent two days on Mimbelli.She said:“It was a very enjoyable visit and interesting to see the similarities in the day to day workings of both navies.Aside from the anti-submarine exercise, HMS Westminster has been busy preparing for a wide range of tasks including seamanship, flying, gunnery and boarding as part of her Cougar deployment and also in preparation for her operations further afield.HMS Westminster is due to leave the Cougar force before the end of their deployment and take up station in the Gulf as one of the Royal Navy’s long-standing commitments to the region.The Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster, Captain Hugh Beard, said:“The ship’s company of Westminster have been working hard as part of our Cougar 13 deployment and also in preparation for our future mission.“As a former Submarine Commanding Officer, I am a poacher-turned-gamekeeper and I have really enjoyed my experience with the capabilities of Westminster to try to defeat the Italian submarine Pelosi.”The ships of Cougar 13 will operate in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Horn of Africa.This annual deployment involves exercising with partner nations, and will show the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group, commanded by Commodore Paddy McAlpine from the Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark.The RFTG is the United Kingdom’s high readiness maritime force, made up of ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, at five days notice to act in response to any contingency tasking including humanitarian disaster relief or international military intervention.As well as HMS Westminster there are three other Royal Navy ships – HMS Bulwark, HMS Illustrious and HMS Montrose taking part as supported by five Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.[mappress]Press Release, September 3, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Hunter-Killer View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Technique View post tag: Italian View post tag: HMS Training & Education View post tag: Hones View post tag: Westminster View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Student government weighs in on research report

first_imgStudent government presented research on alcohol culture at Notre Dame during its semi-annual report to the University Board of Trustees on Oct. 19.“We looked at alcohol culture at Notre Dame and we said, ‘Why do students drink here? What are the factors that feed into an alcohol culture?’” senior and student body president, Becca Blais, said. “And when I say ‘alcohol culture,’ that’s not just the presence of alcohol. It’s heavy use. We actually have a higher rate of usage of alcohol than pretty much all of our peer institutions both academically and athletically.”Blais said student government began its research by examining why students drink.“We came up with about 12 reasons: the residence life traditions, the Notre Dame bubble, social interactions, [a] work hard, play hard [mentality], stress, parietals, lack of conversation on the topic, tailgating and football, this perception that there’s nothing else to do, alumni, policy enforcement and the double standard — specifically in the dorms — and then home and prior life experience,” Blais said.Student government found widespread abusive drinking produced several negative effects, including unhealthy drinking, sexual assault and lack of intellectual curiosity, Blais said.“We saw that 66 percent of females and 46 percent of males who indicated that they had experienced non-consensual sexual intercourse while at Notre Dame said that they were unable to provide consent because they were asleep or incapacitated as a result of drugs or alcohol,” Blais said.According to the University’s 2016 Sexual Conduct and Climate Questionnaire, 17 percent of males and 26 percent of females observed a fellow student who was unable to give consent to sexual advances because of drugs or alcohol.An unhealthy alcohol culture can also negatively impact relationships, Blais said, in particular between female students and hall staff.“[We saw] for example, women being afraid to go back to their dorms for a perception of being judged after drinking — so not going back home and instead spending the night elsewhere —and how dangerous that can be,” Blais said.Senior and student body vice president, Sibonay Shewit, said student government’s research relied heavily on a year-long study conducted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being.“On top of that, we collected input from the student senate,” Shewit said. “The executive cabinet talked to the Office of Community Standards [and] different administrators, looked update previous board reports and then just [talked to] students. We tried to get as many voices as possible.”Based on student government’s finding, the executive cabinet made several recommendations for improving alcohol culture at Notre Dame. Blais said the first recommendation focused on examples of healthy drinking in residence halls.“We went around and we asked a lot of people, ‘Have you ever seen healthy drinking on campus?’” she said. “There were a few positive answers, and it was mostly game watches and stuff like that. So we want to see more opportunities for students, especially underclassmen, to interact with upperclassmen and alcohol in a really safe way.”Blais said student government proposed replacing parietals with quiet hours, creating consistency in policy enforcement amongst dorms and focusing on building healthy relationships between students and hall staff.“This will come out of conversations with rectors, primarily on the best practices in the dorms,” she said. “Some of the dorms are doing a really, really good job at building sustainable, healthy hall community, so what are they doing to build that community, and how can rectors emulate those practices?”Providing information about events in South Bend would also help counter an abusive alcohol culture, Blais said.“That’s where we would be advertising more of the alternatives that students have in South Bend as opposed to drinking all the time,” she said. “Again, this is also focusing on our drinking population at Notre Dame, which is about 80 percent, which is high.”Student government chief of staff and junior Prathm Juneja said student government hopes to continue the conversation on “everything from the alcohol issue in terms of safe drinking, sexual assault [and] the drug policy, etc.”“We’ll be comparing other university policies, policies that other Notre Dame students have had — whether it’s summer housing or abroad housing — so that we can have the best collection of information as to what policies are effective for the Notre Dame student population and which ones aren’t and which one the students on campus are in favor of,” Juneja said.Though the report focused primarily on alcohol culture on campus, Blais said, student government also considered the potential effects of the new housing policy on Notre Dame’s alcohol culture.“Looking at the three year housing policy, if you’re requiring students to stay on for three years, how will that affect alcohol culture?” she said. “Especially considering all these factors that we mentioned before, such as relationships with hall staff and rectors and parietals and everything, how do students interact with their dorms? What type of experience are we looking for in the dorms, and how does alcohol play a role in that?”While student government made certain recommendations to the Board of Trustees, members are not looking for changes to the University’s alcohol policies, Blais said.“We’re not asking for a new policy,” she said. “We’re asking for a conversation.”“I know that with the new housing policy there was a lot of confusion about what student government’s role was in that decision, seeing that housing recommendations were the focus of the previous board report,” Shewit said. “So, the biggest thing to be clear is that wasn’t necessarily the focus of [Blais], [former student body president] Corey [Robinson] and [former student government chief of staff] Michael [Markel’s] board report in the spring, and a new alcohol policy wasn’t the focus of our presentation or report to the board this year.”Blais said she hopes the report brings about changes in parietals and the drinking culture.“I hope that the impact [of the report] would be a change in parietals,” she said. “There’s a group within the rectors leading some research on this right now … I would love to see healthy drinking on campus, to be led by hall communities and club communities and all over. That would be amazing.”A healthier drinking culture would expose students to examples of healthy drinking, especially in dorm communities, Shewit said.“I think that the best thing we could do for our alcohol culture is to end this taboo where students are afraid to talk about alcohol in their dorm or approach it as if it’s this topic that can’t be talked about around adults or [resident assistants]” she said.Juneja said changes to the drinking culture would also help improve the community as a whole.“We want to hopefully make steps towards making Notre Dame a safer, more equitable and more community oriented place,” he said. “That’s the community on-campus and off-campus and the South Bend community at large.” Tags: alcohol, blais-shewit, Board of Trustees, board report, Student governmentlast_img read more

Shirley Armed Home Invasion Suspects Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were arrested for allegedly committing an armed home invasion in Shirley last week, Suffolk County police said.Jvon Creighton, 19, of Shirley, and 23-year-old Arnell Nash of Riverhead broke into a house on William Floyd Parkway, flashed at least one handgun and stole cell phones from two victims inside shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12, police said.Investigators apprehended the suspects 20 minutes later, police said. The victims were not injured.Both men were charged with first-degree burglary. A grand jury indicted them Monday on additional burglary and robbery charges.Judge Mark Cohen set bail for Creighton at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash. Cohen set bail for Nash at $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash. They are due back in court on Thursday.last_img read more

Sweden’s Duplantis soars 6.17m to break pole vault world record

first_imgTopics : His father Greg, who is his coach, was a talented US pole vaulter.His mother, Helena, is a former heptathlete and volleyball player in Sweden.After celebrating his victory, Duplantis, whose given name is Armand, went to the edge of the stands and embraced his mother. He broke the record on his sixth jump of the competition, having narrowly failed to clear the same height in Dusseldorf on Tuesday when he brushed the bar on his way down.Duplantis had the runway all to himself for much of the evening as none of the other six competitors could vault higher than 5.52m.The wunderkind in the pole vault who began setting age group records at age seven opened his day at 5.52m, then cleared 5.72, 5.92 and a indoor lifetime best 6.01 without a miss.Although born in the US state of Louisiana, he chose to represent his mother’s native country of Sweden.center_img World silver medalist Mondo Duplantis realized a lifetime dream when he broke the pole vault world record on Saturday by soaring 6.17 meters on his second attempt at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Torun in Poland.American-born Swede Duplantis broke Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie’s record of 6.16m set in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.”It’s something that I wanted since I was three years old,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s a big year, but it’s a good way to start it.”last_img read more

Angels select Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers with 1st-round draft pick

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “His curveball is a separator for him,” Swanson said.“His pitches, the way he uses his pitches, they build upon themselves. He has such a natural feel for pitching, the moxie – the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. How much swing and miss he gets on fastballs up and down, in and out, it’s just a lot when you can see it.”Swanson personally scouted Detmers’ final collegiate game at Wake Forest on March 6. The weather was bad, Swanson said – “40 degrees, one of those nights where the flags were standing up” – and he was awed by Detmers’ competitiveness.“There was a sequence where he got hit on a line drive comebacker, stayed in the game, struck out the side to get out of it,” Swanson said.Last year, Detmers pitched for the U.S. National team following his sophomore season at Louisville. In his last full college season, Detmers set the Cardinals’ single-season strikeout record with 167, and tied the program record for wins with 13. Swanson said the Angels scouted Detmers often in 2019, and as a high schooler in Chatham, Illinois.The Angels have been allotted $6.4 million to spend on their five picks in this year’s draft. The assigned bonus value for the number-10 pick is $4,739,900.Detmers had been drafted once before, when the Braves selected him in the 32nd round of the 2017 draft out of high school. His father, Kris, was a minor-league pitcher in the Cardinals’ organization from 1994-99.The younger Detmers called his father a “huge influence” on his career. He wasn’t allowed to throw a curveball until his freshman year of high school, but it quickly became his signature pitch.“It’s always had that shape,” Reid Detmers said. “I’ve always had a good feel for it.”Coincidentally, Detmers was part of the same Louisville recruiting class as outfielder Jo Adell, who is now the top prospect in the Angels’ organization. While developing outfielders hasn’t been an issue for the Angels recently, developing starting pitching has. That could allow Detmers to stand out in a relatively thin minor league system.Keanan Lamb, the Senior MLB Draft Writer for Baseball Prospectus, said “the command for both (his) fastball and curveball are advanced, just needing a little extra work on the changeup to help his overall starter profile. Assuming the transition from college to the pros goes smoothly, he could move reasonably quickly in the Angels’ system that desperately could use starting pitching.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone It’s usually a safe bet that any player chosen in the Major League Baseball draft, even a first-round pick, will not make his major league debut until the following season at the earliest.Not so in 2020.The Angels chose Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers with their first-round pick Wednesday. He’s the first pitcher the Angels have chosen with their top draft pick since Sean Newcomb in 2014. The last time they drafted a pitcher higher than 10th overall was 1993, when they chose left-hander Brian Anderson with the number-3 pick.The scouting report on Detmers – and the uncertainty around MLB roster sizes this season – predict he could arrive sooner rather than later. “I think I’m ready, but that’s not up to me,” Detmers said on a conference call from Louisville. “That’s up to the organization. I’m going to follow their guidelines. Hopefully I can get that call soon. I’m going to do everything to the best of my ability.”It’s a good year to be a fast-moving minor leaguer. The coronavirus wiped out the minor league schedule, but commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Network on Wednesday “we’re going to play baseball in 2020, 100 percent.”Once the season begins, teams might need more players than a 40-man roster allows. That invites the strong possibility that teams will be allowed a “reserve list” of non-roster players who could join the major league club later in the season. Could Detmers be a candidate?“We look at him as someone who could be really close, and have an impact in short order,” said Matt Swanson, the Angels’ director of amateur scouting. “One thing I’ve learned: the player is going to let you know when that is.”Detmers, who turns 21 in July, made four starts in his junior season. He was 3-0 with a 1.23 earned-run average when the NCAA postponed games due to the novel coronavirus. Detmers struck out 48 batters in 22 innings, though he is not a power pitcher in the mold of Newcomb and many other first-round selections. His fastball sits in the low- to mid-90-mph range, and his aptitude for location is considered advanced.last_img read more

Clippers step it up again without Griffin, demolish Kings, 126-99

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers entered their game Saturday against the Sacramento Kings with a record of 3-1 since star power forward Blake Griffin went down with a staph infection in his right elbow.It was suggested to coach Doc Rivers that perhaps Griffin’s injury is a blessing in disguise because it’s making others step up even more. DeAndre Jordan had three monster games in succession before Saturday, Glen “Big Baby” Davis is getting more minutes off the bench and consequently contributing more.Rivers at first scoffed.“I’m not going there, I can tell you that,” he said before the Clippers made it 4-1 without Griffin with a 126-99 victory over the Kings before a sellout crowd of 19,133 at Staples Center. “I thought our defense was really good tonight, it was able to get me going and get us in transition and we did a good job of moving the ball,” said Rivers, who came over in a trade from Boston via New Orleans. “I was ready to shoot.”Rivers never played a game for Boston after being traded from New Orleans. He said he is stoked the way things are working out.“It has been big for me,” he said. “You go to a situation where there is an opportunity; professional sports are all about opportunity and fit. … I love New Orleans, but I just did not fit in there as well as I do here. I fit in great.”Chris Paul wasn’t shocked at what he saw.“He (Rivers) is just aggressive,” Paul said. “He shot shots when they were there. He played the right way and he shared the ball. He can play. We are not surprised at that.”J.J. Redick scored 24 points for the Clippers and made 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Sixth-man Jamal Crawford scored 23 points, Paul had 10 points and doled out nine assists and Jordan scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Jordan played only the first couple of minutes of the third quarter because he took his fourth foul at the 9:27 mark and went out. Davis contributed five points, eight rebounds and three assists.The Clippers, who led by as many as 37 points three times in the fourth quarter, made 14 of 35 (40 percent) from 3-point range.DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings (19-35) with 21 points and Rudy Gay scored 15. Omri Casspi had 11 points and 17 rebounds off the bench.Sacramento shot just 34.1 percent (30 of 88) from the field, proving what Austin Rivers said about his team’s defense. Cousins was just 6 of 19. He talked about the 16-0 Clippers onslaught that changed the game.“When they were on their run, we really didn’t know how to bounce back from it,” Cousins said. “I think some fatigue kicked in as well and our energy level went down. We let them gain confidence and they just ran away with the game.”Doc Rivers praised the overall play of the second unit.The Clippers, now in a virtual tie for fourth in the Western Conference with Portland (36-18), next play host to Memphis on Monday. The Grizzlies (39-14) are in second in the West. Rivers said that, “obviously,” it’s never good when your best players get hurt. But he admitted that there is something positive that can come out of it.“Hopefully, your team gets a little tougher mentally because they have to survive without their key guy,” Rivers said. “Hopefully, a couple of guys get their rhythm, start playing better, get their confidence. That’s what you hope when you have an injury to a key guy and I hope that’s what’s happening.”It certainly happened for Austin Rivers, son of Doc, in this one as the younger Rivers scored a career-high 28 points in 26-plus minutes off the bench. He shot 11 of 19 from the field, 5 of 9 from 3-point range. He scored seven of his points during a crucial 16-0 run that saw the Clippers (37-19) go from trailing 29-19 late in the first quarter to leading 35-29 early in the second.“His confidence has grown since he has been with the Clippers and that is good for him,” Doc Rivers said of his 22-year-old son.Austin Rivers afterward talked about his fine effort.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Schumer: Deal Reached on Major Parts of $500B Virus Aid

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday agreement has been reached on major elements of a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package for small businesses, including additional help for hospitals and virus testing.Schumer said post-midnight talks among Democratic and Republican leaders, along with Trump administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, produced a breakthrough agreement on the package.“We have a deal and I think we’ll pass it today,” Schumer said on CNN. He cautioned that staff are still “dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.”A Tuesday afternoon Senate session could provide an opportunity to quickly pass the legislation if it comes together quickly, though the Democratic-controlled House is planning on calling lawmakers to Washington for a vote later in the week.A senior Senate GOP leadership aide cautioned that the measure is not finalized and that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has yet to publicly sign off on it.Schumer said that Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were in close contact with McConnell during the endgame talks.“Every major issue was resolved,” Schumer said. “So yes, I believe we have a deal.”Most of the funding, more than $300 billion, would go to boost a small-business payroll loan program that ran out of money last week. Additional help would be given to hospitals, and billions more would be spent to boost testing for the virus, a key step in building the confidence required to reopen state economies.The emerging draft measure — originally designed by Republicans as a $250 billion stopgap to replenish the payroll subsidies for smaller businesses — has grown into the second largest of the four coronavirus response bills so far. Democratic demands have caused the measure to balloon, though they likely will be denied the money they want to help struggling state and local governments.The Senate met for a brief pro forma session Monday that could have provided a window to act on the upcoming measure under fast-track procedures requiring unanimous consent to advance legislation, but it wasn’t ready in time.McConnell, R-Ky., set up the Tuesday session in the hope that an agreement will be finished by then. McConnell warned, however, that he wouldn’t know whether the Senate could pass it by voice vote until the measure is unveiled.The House has announced a vote on the pending package could come later in the week, possibly on Thursday, according to a schedule update from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Hoyer also announced that the chamber will vote on a temporary rules change to permit limited proxy voting during the COVID-19 crisis.With small-business owners reeling during a coronavirus outbreak that has shuttered much economic activity, the administration has been pressing for an immediate replenishment of the paycheck protection program. But Democrats sought additional money in a replay of the tactical jockeying that caused the recently-passed rescue measure to spiral to about $2 trillion.Talks have dragged as the two sides have quarreled over the design of a nationwide testing regime, among other unsettled pieces.Democrats were rebuffed in a request for another $150 billion in aid to revenue-strapped state governments but did win the ability to used recently appropriated federal funds to cover revenue losses from the economic shutdown in stead of using it only for costs related to suppressing COVID-19.The administration says further state aid will come in the next relief bill. There’s also pressure to help cities with populations of less than 500,000 that were shut out of the massive $2 trillion relief bill that passed last month.Schumer said Monday that he had talked to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell and that Powell said the Fed is working to open up the Main Street Lending program to nonprofits and municipal governments.The emerging accord links the administration’s effort to replenish the small-business fund with Democrats’ demands for more money for hospitals and virus testing. It would provide more than $300 billion for the small-business payroll program, with $60 billion or so set aside for community lenders that seek to focus on under-banked neighborhoods and rural areas.Another $60 billion would be available for a small-business loans and grants program that has previously been aimed at helping businesses harmed by natural disasters like hurricanes. Additionally, it would bring $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for testing, according to those involved in the talks.The government’s Paycheck Protection Program has been swamped by companies applying for loans and reached its appropriations limit last Thursday after approving nearly 1.7 million loans. That left thousands of small businesses in limbo as they sought help. The National Federation of Independent Business, a GOP-friendly organization that advocates for small businesses in Washington, said it had surveyed their members and reported that only 1 in 5 applicants had received money so far.About $75 billion would go to U.S. hospitals — those straining under a ballooning coronavirus caseload as well as those struggling to stay financially afloat after suspending elective surgeries during the pandemic. About $25 billion would be added for COVID-19 testing, something states have said was urgently needed.The SBA loans, based on a company’s payroll costs, offer owners forgiveness if they retain workers or rehire those who have been laid off. The law provides for forgiveness for companies in any industry — even businesses like hedge funds and law firms. There’s a limit of $100,000 on the amount of employees’ compensation that can be considered when loan forgiveness is calculated.last_img read more

The End is Near…Have you Met your Deductible?

first_imgSubmitted by Foot & Ankle Surgical AssociatesThe end of the year is approaching faster than we might have liked.  It’s time to “Use it or Lose it!”The staff of Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates would like to remind you that your new insurance period begins January 1 2015.  Now is a great time to take advantage of those deductibles being met and schedule your appointment before the end of the year.We have three clinics to serve South Sound patients including Tumwater, Yelm and Centralia offices.  We offer a broad range of services from both our podiatry clinic and Medi-Spa.  Whether your problem is minor, such as persistent toenail fungus, or quite serious, such as sever planter fasciitis, the doctors and staff at all our clinics can help.Our office is also participating in a food drive to help fill the local food banks of our Tumwater, Centralia and Yelm offices. We would greatly appreciate any donation of non-perishable food.Visit our website for more information or follow us on Facebook. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Easter Hunts Canceled, Towns Get Creative

first_imgAnd the best part? The Easter Bunny will deliver small candy prizes to the porches of Bingo winners! But the borough asks that parents do not meet the Easter Bunny at the porch for social distancing. An electronic calling system will be used for the Bingo. When a person wins Bingo, the first person to type it in the chat will win. Once the win is confirmed, based on the Bingo card code each board has, boards will be cleared and a new round will begin. FAIR HAVEN – With national orders to continue social distancing through April 30, Easter will have to be celebrated without the typical outdoor egg hunts with extended family, neighbors or community members. By Allison Perrine And get creative with it, the department encouraged. “We want to see those backyard Easter decorations, unique child (or family) outfits, out-of-the-box egg hiding places and maybe even an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself.” To make this a community event, each household is asked to record a 5 to 10-second video of their hunt and email it to [email protected] The video can include activities such the hunt itself or children counting their eggs after the hunt. The recreation department will then compile the clips into one Fair Haven Virtual Egg Hunt video for all to enjoy. It will be uploaded to borough media outlets. In Fair Haven it meant a virtual egg hunt for the town, free of charge. According to DJ Breckenridge, parks and recreation director, over 5,000 eggs were distributed to Fair Haven residents of all ages. Most of them, about 80 percent, were filled with candy. The other 20 percent were filled with toys from the Georgia-based company Ayers Family Eggs. Participating residents were able to pick up their goodies in the front vestibule at borough hall. Each household was eligible for one bag with 15 filled Easter eggs in each bag. The hunt will be held April 4 at 10 a.m in the comfort of everyone’s homes. “We encourage them tostand inside by the front dooror window and the EasterBunny will stop for a waveand photo before hopping tothe next house,” said Kane. Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the three walking trails in town, walk through the borough’s natural area and access the borough’s free online video activity resources. Council president Susan Sorensen said Breckenridge has done an “excellent” job in coming up with community-focused activities that maintain social distancing, the virtual egg hunt included. center_img “We all realize that in times like these, we all really need our sense of community and being able to interact with neighbors, friends and family members more than ever, but are unable to do these things in person,” said Sorensen. “Our recreation department is working hard to maintain Fair Haven’s sense of community through these ‘virtual’ activities – and to have some fun during these trying times.” That includes the borough’s Daily Challenge. Every day for three weeks, which started March 30, residents are invited to submit their best pictures or videos of specific challenges that the borough announces. That might include the funniest pet photo, the best sports trick shot, Fair Haven’s Got Talent and more. The challenge of the day is posted every morning on Facebook, Instagram and the Fair Haven Recreation E-blast. There are four winners each day – child, adult, family and random draw. Prizes include gift certificates to Fair Haven eateries. Outside Fair Haven, Highlands Borough and its recreation department are also taking part in the virtual Easter fun with virtual Candy Bingo, instead of the annual Easter egg hunt on the beach. With federal and state mandates in mind, recreation department heads in the Two River area got to thinking: What can be done with thousands of plastic eggs and holiday treats, without the large crowds or gatherings? Highlands residents ages 14 and under can register for free through League Apps, an electronic management system. Once registered, parents will receive Bingo cards electronically or by porch delivery, as well as electronic invitations to where the activity will be hosted and streamed with chat capabilities, said Jacqueline Kane, Highlands recreation program coordinator. COURTESY FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Recreation Department left bags of filled plastic Easter eggs at borough hall for residents to take and use during an April 4 virtual Easter egg hunt. It can, however, include some virtual holiday fun. “In these difficult times, the borough seeks to continue to engage our community, and keep our ‘family feel’ while maintaining social distancing,” said Breckenridge. “If this event and other programming we are rolling out gives families just a little something to look forward to, we have done what we have set out to do.” This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more