Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by US Forest ServiceThe Upper Mount Ellinor Trailhead, Forest Service Road 2419-014, will be closed to the public on August 20 and 21, 2013, while construction of a new pre-cast concrete restroom is underway. Heavy equipment will be required to complete the installation, and this closure is necessary to ensure public safety. Please expect delays at the intersection of Forest Service Roads 24 and 2419 on August 21 while the crane is in operation.The area will be reopened as soon as the work has been completed.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College President, Les Purce, will retire in 2015.Dr. Thomas L. (Les) Purce announced today he will step down at the end of August 2015 from his position as president of The Evergreen State College, where he has served since July 1, 2000. He is the longest serving president among Washington’s public baccalaureate institutions.“Serving as Evergreen’s president continues to be one of the great joys of my life,” said Dr. Purce. “The college is fortunate to have extraordinary faculty, staff and students. We have accomplished much together.”“Les has made an enormous contribution not just to The Evergreen State College, but to higher education in this state and across the nation,” said Keith Kessler, chair of Evergreen’s board of trustees. “Under his leadership, Evergreen has updated and enhanced its buildings and technology, sustained the vitality of its distinctive interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, continued its service to students from a wide range of economic and social backgrounds, and adapted to drastic changes in state funding for higher education. Les has been an effective leader, ambassador and champion for the college and its students.”Evergreen’s board of trustees will begin a nationwide search process in May 2014.Since opening its doors in 1971, the college has become nationally recognized for its innovative academic programs that combine subjects that are traditionally taught separately. America’s top college guides regularly rank Evergreen as one of the nation’s best institutions for its strong academics, nurturing community and reasonable cost. Sierra magazine and the Princeton Review have repeatedly named Evergreen as one of the top “green” colleges in the nation for its commitment to sustainability and achievements in sustainable practices, operations, academic programming and community outreach.Evergreen serves more than 4000 students at its main campus in Olympia, through its Tacoma program, and through a unique reservation-based program for Native American students at several locations around the Puget Sound.Prior to accepting the presidency at The Evergreen State College, Dr. Purce served as vice-president of extended university affairs and dean of extended academic programs at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Between 1989 and 1995, Dr. Purce served in several roles at Evergreen, including vice president for college advancement, interim president and executive vice president.Before coming to Evergreen, Dr. Purce was at Idaho State University as special assistant to the president and director of the Research Park and economic development. Dr. Purce, an Idaho native, was the first black elected official in the state, serving as city councilman and then mayor of Pocatello. He later served as director of Idaho’s Departments of Administration and Health and Welfare. In the private sector, he served as partner and chief operating officer of Power Engineering Inc., one of the fastest growing electrical engineering firms in the Northwest.Dr. Purce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Education, and a Doctor of Counselor Education from Idaho State University. He also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. In May 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville recognizing his national work promoting public liberal arts. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo on May 17, 2014.Dr. Purce served on the board of directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities for two terms and is a past president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges board of directors. He currently serves as a board member for the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the Northwest African American Museum, and Washington Campus Compact. In addition, he is currently chair of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents.Photo credit: Photo courtesy of The Evergreen State College
Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesThe Rice Family will often stop at their local market, Johnson’s Whistle Depot, supporting businesses in their neighborhood.Rob Rice, his wife Helena and their two children are committed as a family to shopping local. So much so that they buy eggs or milk at the small family grocer Johnson Whistle Depot in their neighborhood, even if it costs a little more.“My son Alex reminded me the other day of our ‘buy local’ commitment when we were driving to a large store to get our weekly groceries,” Helena Rice smiles. “He insisted that Dad would want us to buy them at our little neighborhood store. I told him I understood our commitment to buy locally but that we just couldn’t live on Hot Pockets every night. We need a bit more variety in our weekly menu but we are determined to give back to our immediate community as much as possible.”And so it is also with building and developing Rob Rice Communities and Homes. Rob Rice has a very personal commitment to hiring local contractors and buying local products and services for his homes even if it costs him more.“What sets us apart is the long-term commitment to contractors who are as locally based as possible,” says Rob whose office is right on State Avenue across from Ralph’s Thriftway. “Not only does it contribute to the local community where our homes are built, the relationships with people you know face-to-face build trust and quality service. They do things right the first time and if something does go wrong, you know they are going to be there. It is the foundation of our customer service.”And, once he finds a company whom he can trust to maintain high standards, Rob Rice’s philosophy is to stay loyal to them.“I don’t think you can deliver a product that stands the test of time if you switch sub-contractors and vendors every time the wind changes direction,” says the local builder who has built more than 3000 homes in the area over the last 30 years. “I still have the framer that framed the first house I built in 1985. He is working for me at Campus Highlands right now. We have a long list of my sub-contractors that have been with us for 10, 20, 30 years.”Here are just a few:Heating and Cooling Systems – Much-respected local company Sunset Air, installs the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems in every Rob Rice Home and has partnered with the local builder for more than 25 years.Windows – The windows installed in Rob Rice Homes are from Milgard, a local company in Tacoma, which backs their windows with a lifetime warranty.Community Development – For nearly 30 years, local planning consultants Hatton Godat Pantier have helped Rob plan and design Rob Rice Communities with their expansive landscaping, signature green space and small community parks.Brian Fluetsch – Owner of Sunset AirLumber – Rob Rice Homes purchases its lumber from BMC out of Lakewood to frame and finish his homes with the highest quality product. Every home Rob has built has been supplied by BMC West. Doors – Doors Unlimited Inc is a family owned and operated company located in Olympia that has been around since 1975 and has partnered with Rob Rice Homes to provide the many sturdy and stylish doors they install.Paint –Imperial Painting has been a local and longstanding partner since 1986. Paint choices are higher quality to ensure color durability and prevent fading for many years.“For virtually every one of the subs on our jobs, I could go out today and find someone to do it cheaper, I know that,” says Rob. “That’s not the way we do things because we are looking at the long-term picture, the quality and longevity of a community, not just about today.”Brian Fluetsch, president of Sunset Air shares the commitment that is typical of Rob’s team of local contractors and vendors.“We don’t look at how cheap or how fast something can be put in,” Brian echos Rob’s sentiment. “We live in the same community and we are neighbors with these people.When our employees are at Fred Meyer with their uniform on and someone that had our HVAC system put in sees them, they are going to say ‘Man, you did such a great job in our house.’”That would be the comment to any one of the superior local contractors that help build Rob Rice Homes.Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture. Facebook31Tweet0Pin0
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Stream TeamDid you know 1.7 million vehicles in the Puget Sound region leak seven million quarts of oil per year? That’s equal to a tanker truck per day! Vehicle leaks cause havoc for drivers and the environment. Fixing the problem can help drivers keep their cars on the road, while keeping toxic pollutants such as oil from traveling into our local waterways and Puget Sound.During 2017, Puget Sound motorists can find an affordable fix and keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to the “Don’t Drip & Drive” campaign.Thurston County area automotive repair businesses are offering discounts to incent drivers to repair leaking cars. Photo courtesy: Stream TeamAs part of the campaign, participating local auto repair shops will conduct a FREE visual leak inspection, a diagnostic service valued at up to $80. If there is a problem, the driver will receive a coupon for 10% off service (up to $50) to fix the problem – a total savings of up to $130.Auto leaks can be expensive. Don’t Drip & Drive helps drivers find out if their car has a leak, and it gives them a discount to fix it. Studies show that 67 percent of drivers who find a leak will fix it within three months. In an effort to make that closer to 100% of drivers, Don’t Drip & Drive encourages you to go out and get your car checked.Don’t Drip & Drive was designed to build awareness and educate people throughout Washington that it is important to check for vehicle leaks regularly to keep their car in proper working order and to protect local waters.Leaking cars pollute the environment. Put a piece of cardboard below your car at night and check for drips in the morning. Photo courtesy: Stream Team.By regularly checking for vehicle leaks, you improve your car’s safety and reliability. To check your vehicle for leaks at home, all you need is cardboard or newspaper. Place one of these under your car overnight. This will allow time for any leaks that may be present to drip onto your material. The next morning, examine the material you placed beneath the car for any stains. Take note of the consistency and color of the stains, then use the Don’t Drip & Drive Leak Diagnostic Tool online to determine what kind of leak you have.If you notice a leak, take your car to a participating mechanic to get it fixed. Don’t miss your chance for a discounted leak repair. To take advantage of the free visual inspection for vehicle leaks, and 10% off repairs, visit one of these participating mechanic shops:Lacey:Automotive Artistry – 5711 Lacey Blvd SE Suite 308, Phone: (360) 412-8023Hawks Prairie Automotive – 8045 Martin Way E, Phone: (360) 456-8000Jimmy’s Automotive and Discount Muffler – 4524 Pacific Ave SE, Phone: (360) 459-7113Meineke Car Care – 5916 Pacific Avenue SE, Phone: (360) 542-6000Midas Auto Service Lacey – 3935 Pacific Ave SE, Phone: (360) 456-5880Olympia:Andy’s Automotive & Off Road – 7292 Martin Way, Phone: 360-456-1776Bron’s Automotive – 1025 Black Lake Blvd SW #2B, Phone: 360-943-5993Champion Automotive Repair – 7013 Martin Way E, Phone: 360-438-3839Lloyd’s Automotive and Transmission – 425 State Ave NE, Phone: 360-357-7422Meineke Car Care – 517 4th Avenue E, Phone: (360) 357-8995Midas Auto Service Olympia – 108 NW Kenyon St, Phone: (360) 357-4544Nisqually Automotive & Towing – 10246 Martin Way E, Phone: 360-491-4357Terry’s Automotive – 2021 W Harrison, Phone: 360-943-0410Ben’s Automotive – 1041 Southbay Rd NE, Phone: (360) 325-9414Bryan’s Automotive – 6940 Martin Way E, Phone: (360) 493-8300Integrity Automotive – 2202 4th Ave East, Phone: (360) 915-8216Olympic Transmissions & Auto Care – 7011 Martin Way E, Suite A, Phone: (360) 456-2266Tumwater:Tumwater Automotive – 6020 Capitol Blvd S, Phone: (360) 943-9097Get your leaking car repaired at a shop in Olympia, Lacey or Tumwater. Photo courtesy: Stream Team.This article was brought to you by the storm and surface water utilities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County. Stream Team participates in regional pollution prevention campaigns, such as Don’t Drip & Drive, with jurisdictions and organizations across the Puget Sound region.Stream Team offers FREE community events that are open to everyone. You can participate individually, or bring your family, friends or members of your community group. For more information, please visit www.streamteam.info or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThurstonStreamTeam
Advertisement o7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3bgymuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7i4u( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aWould you ever consider trying this?😱7vrlCan your students do this? 🌚5h1t12Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal revealed that he ‘struggled’ to hold back his tears when MS Dhoni got out in India’s chase against New Zealand in Old Trafford at the World Cup 2019 semi-final. The youngster mentioned that the defeat was hard to digest and that he couldn’t control himself after the veteran wicketkeeper’s dismissal.Advertisement Chahal arrived at the crease after Dhoni’s effort came to an end in the 49th over during their 240-run chase against the Kiwis. The rain-afflicted semi-final saw Dhoni along with Ravindra Jadeja almost pull off a miracle with a 116-run stand which took a panicked India from 92 for 6 to 208 for 7. With MS Dhoni’s dismissal, India’s hopes of reaching the final coming to an end.Advertisement And in a recent interview, Chahal said that he tried to control his tears when he came down to bat. India were ultimately bowled out for 221 after Chahal, the last man, got out for 5.“It was my 1st World Cup and when Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) got out and I was going in (to bat), I was trying to hold back my tears. It was so depressing.” Chahal said.Advertisement “We played so well for 9 games but suddenly we were going out of the tournament. Rain wasn’t in our hands and so it won’t be right to say anything (about the interruption). It was the first time that we really wanted to go back to the hotel as soon as possible from the ground” he further added.Despite the semi-final defeat, India came out as table toppers in the league-stage table with 7 wins in 9 matches. But the top order’s dismal performance in the game at Manchester helped New Zealand book a place in the final game of the tournament. India were reduced to 5 for 3 after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were dismissed for 1 each while chasing 240. Advertisement
Image Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 1m5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs79udirWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eopx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1yWould you ever consider trying this?😱vsa2Can your students do this? 🌚1pqngz0Roller skating! Powered by Firework From being a mediocre middle order batsman to becoming Team India’s primary choice for opening in Test cricket- it is no doubt that when Rohit Sharma is in form, stunning knocks will follow. The heavy hitter ended the year of 2019 as the cricketer with the most runs scored in ODI. Along with success in limited overs cricket, he has established as a brilliant Test player. Now, Rohit talks about the very thing that helped him to achieve success- keeping a cool head.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPIn a recent interview, the 32 year old credited being an opener in the red ball cricket worked as a catalyst as he improved his game.The big positive was opening the batting in Test cricket. I was not worried about scoring runs, only about getting that opportunity. And whatever happens with that opportunity, I wanted to take that in a positive way and stay in the right frame of mind.” Rohit told reporters.Advertisement Despite facing an exit in the semi finals in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Rohit had an amazing spell in the tournament, scoring an astonishing five centuries from 10 matches, and was the highest run getter with 648 runs. The most important out of the five was obviously the one against Pakistan- a swashbuckling 140 off 133.The Mumbai Indians skipper memorized the match from Old Trafford: “I know it is a World Cup game, a game against Pakistan, a high pressure game and all that. But for me nothing changes, every game remains the same—whether I play the top team or the lower, bottom team.”Advertisement “I try and stay calm against all opposition. It helps me make good decisions. It allows me to perform, do what I want to do.” he added.Opening up for the Men in Blues in the Test series against the Proteas back in October, Rohit scored over 500 runs in the series, including a blistering double century in the third test. And as the man himself says again, all of this came out of being level headed on the 22 yards.Rohit continued- “If you are cool, calm and composed, the performance will come. That is what I was trying to do before the South Africa Test series and it helped me a great deal. Staying that way helps me. I try and do that every time.”Also read-Rohit Sharma reveals Test success followed after he stopped overthinking his red ball battingRohit Sharma: New Zealand series will be ‘different’ because of the bowling attack we have now! Advertisement
MIDDLETOWN – The township health department has received laboratory confirmation of another raccoon testing positive for rabies.The new report brings the total number of wild animals testing positive for rabies this year to six – one bat and five raccoons. The raccoon was tested after it was found in altercations with a dog. The incident happened in the area of Trovillo Court, located in the vicinity of the Locust and Navesink sections of town. Luckily, the dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination and only needed to receive a rabies booster and a 45-day quarantine, according to Health Department Director Rich DeBenedetto.The township will be holding a free rabies vaccination clinic for cats from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and a similar clinic for dogs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Croydon Hall complex, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo.The township is reminding residents about the possibility of wildlife being infected with rabies and to be sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a rabies shot.If the dog had not been currently vaccinated, the owner would have been ordered to confine the animal for six months in an approved pen or facility, or humanely euthanized to protect the family members from possible exposure to the rabies virus, DeBenedetto said.Residents should not be interacting with wildlife. Those who come across a sick or injured animal should keep their distance and immediately contact animal control at732-615-2094 or 732-615-2097. Notification can also be made to the police department after hours and on weekends.Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.Additional information is available by calling animal control at 732-615-2094.
MIDDLETOWN – Trinity Hall girls school is preparing to move forward with its permanent campus with the latest approval of the planning board in hand, over the continuing objections of area residents and possibly more litigation.After a six-hour public hearing last week, filled to a standing-room only capacity for much of the hearing, the planning board reaffirmed its prior approval of the all girls religious school proposed for Chapel Hill Road. Following the school’s approval – coming after 1 a.m. on Thursday – with a 4-2 vote, the school’s co-founder, Victoria Gmelich said, “We’re ready to break ground.”No date, however, has been set to commence construction.Ron Gasiorowski, the Red Bank lawyer representing an area resident opposed to the project, said this week, “I was obviously disappointed with the decision. I think there are a multitude of issues that remain open and my client and I will be meeting and discussing options and making a determination of what to do next.”Previously, Gasiorowski has said his client of record, Linda Glowzenski, would continue the legal battle opposing the project.In addition, there are two other lawsuits stemming from the project, involving similar objections, said Gasiorowski, who is representing those plaintiffs as well.Last Wednesday’s hearing was the third separate time the planning board addressed this application. Last August, the board initially denied the application, citing traffic safety and other concerns. A Superior Court judge remanded it back to the board after the judge invalidated a portion of a township ordinance. On the second occasion the board approved it but the judge again remanded it, ruling the board acted incorrectly by not allowing public comment for the second-round hearing. That precipitated last week’s hearing and this approval.Trinity Hall is a private all-girls secondary education, Roman Catholic-based school, that is planning on constructing its permanent campus on about 37 acres of an approximately 60-acre undeveloped and largely wooded property on Chapel Hill Road at the Kings Highway intersection that could eventually accommodate as many as 500 students. The project has been a local hot button for area homeowners who continued to voice objections to the proposal, saying a large intense use for the residential area is out of place and would increase traffic creating a public safety concern, and negatively impacts the area’s environment and the homeowner’s quality of life.Gasiorowski at last week’s hearing argued there continues to be environmental and traffic safety concerns involving the project. He presented an engineer, who alleged the school project’s storm water management plan did not meet state Department of Environmental Protection’s or the township’s requirements under its ordinance and would pose a flooding threat given the area’s high water table.Gasiorowski told the board it should have its engineer take another look at the storm water plan before rendering its decision.John Giunco, Trinity Hall’s lawyer, called those assertions “incredible,” telling the board the project has received permits from the Department of Environmental Protection. Giunco also reminded the board in his closing the project is a conditional permitted use in the zone and required no variances. “I think you have more than a substantial reason to approve it,” Giunco told the board.The project continued to have its detractors, with Farm Road resident Peter Tommaso calling it “A square peg in a round hole.”“It doesn’t fit here. It doesn’t belong here,” Tommaso added. “In essence this will destroy the way of life as we know it.”But township resident Susan Meehan offered her support for the school saying “It has proven to be a good neighbor,” by revising its construction plans to make improvements to Chapel Hill Road and other accommodations. Trinity Hall issued a release on its victory, in which Gmelich stated, “We have prevailed after a long, arduous and often contentious process in which we maintained grace under pressure. We have kept our heads up and behaved aboveboard and I am proud of that.”Trinity Hall currently leases space from the township’s Croydon Hall facility, located in the Leonardo section.
By Judy O’Gorman AlvarezAs an active philanthropist and helping hand, Ann Unterberg has supported organizations that help, heal, educate and entertain.In her role as chair for Monmouth Medical Center Foundation’s Board of Trustees, she has been devoted to helping improve the lives of the people in the community.Unterberg and her husband Thomas, residents of Rumson and New York City, have been lending their names, talents and generosity to Two River charities for decades. And Unterberg has no intention of slowing down.“I try to say yes to opportunities instead of no,” she said.Unterberg was born Ann Berninger in New York City to what she describes as “loving and talented parents.” Her father was an aeronautic engineer and her mother a homemaker and the family moved to the Boston area. Unterberg was raised in rural Massachusetts. “I was a country mouse, climbing trees with my brothers,” she said. “But as a teenager I knew city life was in my future.”After graduating Boston University, Unterberg worked with Estee Lauder Companies in Boston and then moved to New York City. “There were few jobs available in the mid-70s,” she said. “I started behind the counter in Bloomingdale’s – selling.”The entry-level job launched a career in sales, and eventually account executive.“I’ve always tried to be friendly with everyone – whether I’m supervising a staff or chairing a board,” she said. “I look at people as part of our team. And although it might be work, we should enjoy ourselves.”While working in retail, friends convinced her to move to Wall Street advising her: “If you can sell retail, you can sell stocks.”It proved true, and Unterberg’s career eventually led her to a position as senior vice president for eight years at the investment banking firm L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, where she concentrated on new business development and corporate finance, and recruitment of recent college graduates.It was there she met her husband, Thomas Unterberg; they married years later in 1991.The Unterbergs’ charitable giving allowed her the opportunity to leave her job and delve into the family’s philanthropy work.“There is great joy in giving, and a great sense of accomplishment in raising money for others,” she said.“No one could be luckier than me to be in this situation,” she said. “To be able to spend time volunteering when a billion women in the world wake up each day and search for clean water and food for their family.”In New York City, Unterberg served for many years as a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, as president of Grand Street Settlement, as well as other nonprofits. She currently serves as a trustee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and chairs the education committee, and is a member of the endowment committee of the New York City Community Trust, a $2.5 billion trust to grant funds to NYC nonprofits.In addition, Unterberg has always been sensitive to women’s issues. “I was a product of the late 60s and 70s – an early feminist,” she said, and as a young adult became involved with women’s rights and in particular women’s reproductive rights, including Planned Parenthood.Nowadays the Unterbergs balance their time between their homes in New York City and Monmouth County, longtime home to the Unterberg family.“I fell in love with Monmouth County immediately and the love affair continues,” she said.Their Rumson home is home base for entertaining friends and family. “The house and grounds have been designed with our extended family and our many dogs in mind,” she said. “Lots of bedrooms and dog runs.”And along with that is a list of nonprofit endeavors to help, including the capital campaign for the building of the Two River Theater, Monmouth University and Monmouth Medical Center. The latter two have a decades-long connection to the Unterberg family.It’s hard to miss the Unterberg name at Monmouth Medical Center. Active philanthropists, the Unterberg family has been longtime supporters of Monmouth Medical Center and Ann currently serves as chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees.“I was eager to get involved with the board because it seems all important that we have excellent health care and a superior hospital close to home.”The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center was named The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center in 2013.In addition to the children’s hospital, there is the Unterberg Pediatric Emergency Room, the Unterberg Learning Center and the Unterberg mammography suites in the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center.“During the last four years, we have focused on increased outreach to our patients and to our supporters,” said Unterberg, “as well as reaching hundreds if not thousands of new friends and supporters throughout central New Jersey.”She said she is pleased that they have been successful in attracting several significant gifts to the hospital during this time. “The years ahead will be times of great expansion of our facilities and medical offerings.”Her involvement with Monmouth University also began with the Unterberg family’s legacy; Thomas had served as a trustee and gave a gift to the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing, naming the school for his mother.“Educational institutions are exciting places, “ Unterberg said who first chose to work with the Student Life Committee. “I wanted to understand the students, their concerns and issues and how we at MU could attract and retain students.”She found the experience challenging but eye-opening. “Students today are far different from those of 40 years ago,” she said. “This experience gave me invaluable insight into this generation. I was left with the realization that I was old but could at least understand and relate to the young.”She donned her fundraising hat again when she served as chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee where they secured critical funds for many projects across campus. “But, most importantly we secured funds for the building of the Multi Purpose Center (“the MAC”).At last year’s commencement, Unterberg received the inaugural Jules L. Plangere Jr. Medal in recognition for outstanding commitment to the university in the areas of philanthropy, leadership and support.Throughout her philanthropy endeavors, Unterberg said she doesn’t like to stay too long in a leadership role. “It’s important to bring in new people with new energy, new ideas and new relationships,” she said. “I like to stay involved but in a supportive role.”Unterberg attributes her unspoken motto of “just say yes” for the various directions her life has taken. “I have found myself working alongside some of the most talented lovely people and ended up being part of great organizations and many successes,” she said. “I have no regrets except that I had to decline some requests, and I know I have missed out on many an adventure.”This article was first published on the Scene Page of the Feb. 11-26, 2016 print edition of The Two River Times.
Fifteen students from the Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) chapter of Family, Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) returned home victorious from the state Fall Leadership Conference held in Edison on Nov. 21. More than 30 schools from New Jersey participated in the event. RBR’s students competed in six categories, winning two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.The FCCLA is a national nonprofit organization for students through grade 12. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been expanding their leadership potential, addressing societal issues and developing life skills for the home and workplace.At the conference, competitions were held in multiple categories, including community service, marketing, baking and fashion, with participants giving both visual and oral presentations, and creating projects and banners for judging. For the community service category, RBR students conducted a food drive at an RBR football game, collecting over 500 pounds of food for the Monmouth County Food Bank. The conference event also benefitted charity, raising over $2,500 for No Kid Hungry: Share Our Strength.According to their website, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America promotes “personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.”