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Intercity Transit Seeks Public Comment on Transportation Improvement Projects

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit invites public comment on potential federally funded transit projects proposed in its draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The comment period will be from May 7 – June 3, 2020. Intercity Transit will follow the public meetings guidance of “Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery.” If allowable, the comment period will culminate with a public hearing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Intercity Transit’s business office located at 526 Pattison Street SE in Olympia. If an in-person public meeting is not permitted, opportunities to give public comment by telephone or remote means will be made available. Further details concerning how to provide comment at the public hearing will be posted at the Intercity Transit website.The draft TIP details Intercity Transit’s complete program of potentially federally funded projects for 2021-2024. It includes projects also programmed through the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).Once the Intercity Transit Authority approves the projects outlined in the TIP, TRPC and PSRC will review them. Regional planning organizations must integrate projects specific to their respective areas into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is subject to federal and state transportation agency review.The draft TIP projects could total more than $65 million in combined federal and local funds for projects planned in 2021-2024. The draft TIP and a complete list of programmed projects for potential funding are available online at the Intercity Transit website or by contacting Intercity Transit’s grants program administrator at 360-705-5808 or jgould@intercitytransit.com.The public may comment by emailing jgould@intercitytransit.com or by mailing comments to Intercity Transit, Attn: Grants Program Administrator, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507-0659. Written comments must be received by 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020, to be considered. Email questions or comments to jgould@intercitytransit.com or call 360-705-5808.last_img read more

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Champions League group stage reaches climax

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set England is already assured of having two group winners in the last 16, through Manchester City and Tottenham. By Wednesday, it could have five.On Tuesday, Manchester United needs just a point at home to CSKA Moscow to seal first place in Group A, and already qualified Chelsea will finish top of Group C by beating Atletico.A day later, Liverpool can secure top spot in Group E by beating Spartak.The English have never had five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.___GERMANY DISAPPOINTSGermany’s representation in the last 16 could come down to just one team, Bayern Munich, after disappointing campaigns from the Bundesliga’s best — Borussia Dortmund in particular.Dortmund, which reached the final in 2013, is already out after failing to win any of its group games and the side is competing with APOEL for the consolation of Europa League qualification from Group H. Ahead of its visit to Real Madrid on Wednesday, Dortmund has just two points from five games, the same as Cypriot team APOEL.Leipzig still has a chance to progress on its European debut but needs a favor from Monaco at Porto in Group G. Leipzig, which is level on points with Porto, hosts group winner Besiktas on Wednesday and will only go through if it secures more points than the Portuguese side.Bayern hosts Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday needing to win by a four-goal margin to progress as Group B winner. PSG beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and has a far superior goal difference. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Germany’s fourth team, Hoffenheim, didn’t make the group stage after losing in the playoffs to Liverpool.___MORE ITALIAN HEARTACHE?None of the three Italian clubs in the competition have advanced yet, setting up a nail-biting finish to the group phase that is being compared to Italy’s World Cup playoff loss to Sweden.Napoli appears to have the toughest path to the knockout stage. Fresh off a devastating loss at home to Juventus in Serie A, the Partenopei must win at Feyenoord on Wednesday and hope Manchester City beats Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F.Juventus, a finalist in two of the last three seasons, can go through with a win at Olympiakos in Group D on Tuesday or if Sporting Lisbon fails to beat Barcelona.Roma will also go through with a win against Qarabag in Group C on Tuesday, or if Atletico Madrid fails to beat Chelsea.Amid sluggish ticket sales, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has been urging fans to show up at the Stadio Olimpico.“We want to win and sing together,” Di Francesco wrote on social media after opening a Twitter account. “On Tuesday we’ll need all of your support.”___ A look at what’s happening around the Champions League this week:___FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkATLETICO IN DANGERAtletico Madrid needs a lot to happen to keep alive its streak of four consecutive appearances in the knockout stage. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Manchester City’s David Silva celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Dec. 3, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)MANCHESTER, England — Eight places in the Champions League’s last 16 are still up for grabs heading into the final round of group games.Three traditional heavyweights — Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich — are already through, as are former champion Chelsea and two of the nouveaux riches in Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. Tottenham and Besiktas complete the set of current qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ EXTENDING THE RECORDAfter hammering seven goals past Celtic two weeks ago in Group B, PSG and its impressive offensive armada of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will also try to improve what is already a tournament record of 24 goals in this season’s group stage.PSG is seeking a sixth straight group win and to rebound from a shock 2-1 loss to promoted Strasbourg in the French league. Curry scores 30, Warriors dominate Heat Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Diego Simeone’s team, twice a finalist in the last four years, must beat Chelsea away and needs Roma to draw or lose against Azerbaijani team Qarabag at home.Atletico didn’t win any of its first four matches in Group C. Among its setbacks were back-to-back draws against Qarabag.Sevilla is in a much more comfortable position as it can reach the last 16 for the second straight season with a draw at Maribor on Wednesday. Sevilla can win Group E with a win if Liverpool fails to defeat Spartak Moscow at home.___ENGLISH SWEEP?ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Rockets GM denies report that Anthony will be waived

first_img“Our problem is we can’t shoot the basketball,” he said. “That’s a hindrance … and we’ve got to fix that.”D’Antoni said Houston’s problems are definitely not Anthony’s fault and agreed with Morey that the outside criticism of him has been unfair.“Melo’s been great and he’s done everything we’ve asked,” D’Antoni said.Morey said that it’s “his job” to figure out how to get the team going, but that he’s seen signs recently that things will soon turn around.“I feel like we have been playing better … but the reality is we’re nowhere near where we expect to be and we have high expectations and we’re going to stick with those,” Morey said. The New York Times had a sourced report Sunday saying Anthony has been notified that he will soon be waived. When asked about that report before Sunday night’s game, Morey said: “that’s inaccurate.”The Rockets, who reached the Western Conference finals last season, are off to a disappointing 4-7 start, with many outsiders blaming Anthony for the struggles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMorey went on to say that he wanted to speak to reporters in large part to defend Anthony.“It’s unfair that there’s all this speculation on just one person,” Morey said. “I understand it he’s obviously a Hall of Famer. But it’s unfair.” LATEST STORIES Williamson, No. 4 Duke pull away from Army Anthony, who is in his 16th season, has averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 10 games with two starts this season.When asked if he’s evaluating Anthony’s role on the team, Morey said they’re evaluating everyone as they try to get the team on track.“I know that we’re talking about everything,” he said. “We’re a team trying to win the championship and we’re 4-7 and we’re not in a good place so we’re looking at everything. We’re looking at all aspects right now.”He added that he “would expect” Anthony to play when he’s healthy.Anthony joined the Rockets after a tumultuous season with the Thunder where he averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 starts. Coach Mike D’Antoni laughed off the supposition that the rumors about Anthony are a distraction to his team.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) rubs the ball before the start of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)HOUSTON — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey denied a report Sunday that said Carmelo Anthony’s time with the team will soon come to an end.Anthony, who was out for the second straight game Sunday night with an illness, is in his first season with the Rockets after one year in Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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Kevin Stinson wins Pro-Am at Lakepoint after two hole playoff

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was a nail biter of a finish at the 2017 Wonowon Water Services Charity Pro-Am at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club on Wednesday afternoon.After shooting a four-under 68 in the first round on Tuesday, Kevin Stinson and James Allenby both stayed in the lead during today’s round. The two each shot 73 to end the day at -3 overall. However, the pair were joined by one other golfer after 18 holes. Lone Wolf’s Larry Ramstad shot a 71 to also end the day at three-under par, forcing a two-hole playoff on Lakepoint’s 17th and 18th holes.On 17, Allenby and Stinson parred, while Ramstad ended up with a bogey to be eliminated from the playoff. The wind ended up playing a big factor in the final hole, as both Allenby’s and Stinson’s drives sailed right of the fairway. Allenby’s first shot was nearly lost in the woods, but the Langley Golf Centre’s pro managed to get close to the green with his second shot. Unfortunately, it was enough, as Stinson’s second shot found the 19th green. The Cheam Mountain golfer then one-putted to clinch the win after 20 holes with a birdie.- Advertisement -With the win, Stinson takes a 100-point lead in the Vancouver Golf Tour’s order of merit points race, continuing the see-saw battle the two golfers have been in all season.last_img read more

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GIANT KILLERS! COCKHILL CELTIC BEAT GALWAY UNITED IN LEAGUE CUP!

first_imgBUNCRANA side Cockhill Celtic made soccer history last night by sending Galway United crashing out of the League Cup in a 3-1 win away at Terryland Park!United came into the game on the back of a morale-boosting first league win of the season against Bohemians on Friday night, but it was hard to reconcile the side that took all three points from Dalymount Park with the one that rolled over so insipidly against the Ulster Senior League side last night.After the final whistle, the Cockhill players and management gathered in front of the scoreboard for a souvenir photograph, as did the group of around 30 fans that made the 350-mile round trip from Buncrana for the game, and they deserved their moment of glory as they were the better team on the night.That is a terrible indictment on the near full-strength United side which started the game, but also shows the lack of strength-in-depth at manager Sean Connor’s disposal. Goalkeeper Greg Fleming was named on the bench, while the Dublin-based trio of Brian Cash, Barry Ryan and Shaun Maher were all given the night off, and the absence of those four was sorely felt. Connor will never admit it, but it is hard to argue with the idea that some of the United squad are just not up to the level required to play in the Premier Division. Given the low budget at his disposal, his hands are tied in that matter.What he doesn’t need is a run of injuries to rob him of his more experienced players, but the signs that it wasn’t going to be United’s night came as early as the first minute when Gary Curran appeared to land awkwardly, and he limped off to be replaced by Neal Keane and is likely to be out for a number of weeks.United shaded matters early on without every really testing the visitors, although Stephen Walsh came close in the eighth minute when getting on the end of Karl Moore’s corner, but his bullet header flew wide.Visiting ‘keeper Stephen Conroy was up to the task when tested by Alan Murphy from 25 yards in the 20th minute, but he was beaten in the 36th minute when Joe Yoffe got on the end of Keane’s ball across the six yard box, the striker’s scuffed effort having enough on it to find its way to the net. The goal should have settled United nerves and set up a passage into the Second Round, but their Donegal visitors had other ideas and were back on level terms within a minute. Shaun Kelly conceded a free-kick from the restart, Gerry Gill whipped the set-piece into the box, and William O’Connor headed towards Conor Winn’s right post where it was met by a flying header by Patrick McKinney for the equaliser.Worse was to come for United before the break, and again it came from the aerial route. Mark Moran made space down the left before sending in a cross which Winn should have dealt with, but under little pressure he opted to punch the ball rather than catch it.His fisted effort fell to Gill, who sent the ball straight back into the danger area, and once again McKinney was on hand to head home for a half-time lead.United should still have had enough in the tank to claw their way back into the game in the second half, but the issue was put beyond doubt in the 50th minute after the combination of Gill and McKinney once again paid dividends.Gill burned Shaun Kelly down the left and whipped in a cross, and despite United having three bodies in the box, it was McKinney who showed the greater hunger to power yet another header past Winn for his hat-trick. United heads dropped as passes went astray, and the more worrying aspect for United fans was the lack of heart for battle in the players. Players were less than fully committed in the tackle, too many balls were given up as lost causes, and there was no real fight in the side once they fell two goals behind.The fact that United’s first effort on target in the second half came seven minutes from time tells its own story, and the hope has to be that United will go out against Sligo Rovers in the Connacht derby in Terryland Park with a point to prove, when a win will soon see last night’s poor display soon forgotten.Galway United: Winn; Shaun Kelly, Sinnott, Duffy (Gartlan h-t), Walsh; Moore, Sean Kelly, Curran (inj, Keane 6; Keogh 65), G Kelly; Yoffe, Murphy.Cockhill Celtic: Conroy; K McLaughlin, O’Connor, McElroy, W McLaughlin; L O’Donnell, McDermott, Bradley, Gill; Moran (Doherty 73), McKinney (A O’Donnell 83).Referee: Brendan Kelly (Offaly). GIANT KILLERS! COCKHILL CELTIC BEAT GALWAY UNITED IN LEAGUE CUP! was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA FACE ARDARA IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT CLASH

first_imgNótaí Gaeil Fhánada   Gaeil Fhánada Membership 2016:Don’t forget!! Adult – €40   Student (over 18) – €25    Juvenile (under 18) – €15.  Membership should be paid by March 1st.  All players / members in training or taking part in any activities done through Gaels you need to register now, even if you’re training doesn’t start until May or June, boys and girls. Membership forms can be got from Registrar Margaretta. She will email/fax forms to anyone if preferable and bank details are available for EFT transfer if preferred.  If a player is under 18 please make sure parent fills top of form and signs it. Please contact 0868744405 or email m_mcconigley@yahoo.com asap. Torthaí Lotto Gaeil Fhánada Torthaí Lotto Gaeil FhánadaNí raibh buaiteoir don pota óir!Uimhreacha 01, 02, 11, 15, 19.Bonáis 15.   Buaiteoirí €100 Paul Coyle. Ballyhiernan.  €50 Leah & Megan McLaughlin. Polláid. Beidh an pota óir €2,700 an seachtain seo chugainn.If you’re not in you won’t win, come on support your wee Club! Hughie & Mícheal on duty.Buaiteoirí €100 Paul Coyle. Ballyhiernan. €50 Leah & Megan McLaughlin. Polláid.Beidh an pota óir €2,700 an seachtain seo chugainn..If you’re not in you won’t win, come on support your wee Club! Hughie & Mícheal on duty.Do not forget – if you’re looking for Gaeil Fhánada Club gear – it is available from Michael Murphy Sports!  Comórtas Peil na GaeltachtaGaeilFhanada Clg 1:12  v ArdaraNí raibh an t-ádh le foireann Gaeil Fhánada Dé Sathairn seo caite, ach d’imir siad maith go leor don chead cluiche den bhliain. Foireann: Breandáin Ó Fríl, Seosamh Ó Bléine, Fergal Ó Fríl, Caoimhín MacCongaile, Rónan Mac an tSaoir, Pádraig Ó Heireaghtaigh, Pól Mac Giolla Choille, Seamus Mac Giolla Choille 0:01, Michéal Mac Suibhne 0:01, Conor MacCongaile 0:01 , Óisín Ó Siail 0:01 , Niall Mac Giolla Chearra 0:02, Óisín Mac Pháidín 1:01, Seán Ó Fríl 0:01 , Marc Ó Fríl, Aodhán Ó Heireaghtaigh, Damien Mac Diarmuid.Cumann na mBán Tá an chead cluiche sa bhaile i gcoinne Cloch Ceann Fola, níl data socraithe go fóill.  Coinnigh súil ar Facebook.  Training Saturday morning in Community Centre, Trialough as usual ( Please take your football boots  incase the weather is ok). FAOI AOIS!Gaeil Fhánada Underage – no training for boys and girls this Saturday 27th Feb from 5pm to 6pm.Underage FixturesMinor League Round 1 and 2 fixtures will commence on Sunday March 6 at 12 noonRound 1 SUNDAY MARCH 6 AT 12 NOON.  Round 2 SATURDAY MARCH 12 AT 12 NOONA MORE DETAILED FIXTURES PROGRAM WILL BE CIRCULATED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.U12 WILL COMMENCE ON 4/5/16U13 WILL COMMENCE 28/8//16U14 WILL COMMENCE 4/5/160G SPORT TBC U16 WILL COMMENCE 27/6/16Notice to all involved with Under-Age teams GAA regulations now strictly require everyone coming into contact with Underage Members/Players in the Club at any level, to be Garda Vetted.  From Manager to anyone helping out at training matches, collecting fees, sideline supervision, Scór activities, bus drivers, first aiders etc. everyone with any contact working with underage have to fill in Garda Vetting form. A list of members who are currently Garda Vetted has been forwarded to the Club, everyone else is required to fill a form which the Club will then forward it to Ulster.  The Garda Vetting form is relatively easy to fill, it requires the usual details, name, DOB, and all addresses lived at from birth.  All forms to be placed in sealed envelope and returned to Oifigeach Leanaí Gaeil Fhánada and forwarded directly to Ulster Council.  Once forms are received and checked by Ulster Council,  notice will be sent back to the individuals concerned confirming all is ok, or where further information is required. The Club will receive a list of all successfully vetted.GV Forms are available from Child Protection Officer Máire Callaghan and from Bord na n-Óg, as the various teams get back to training.Gaeil Fhánada wish to emphasise that the safety and wellbeing of all our members is of the highest priority and we take our obligation to protect the wellbeing of our under-age members very seriously. Our club is proud of the strong volunteer base on which we are founded and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated as we head into what will hopefully be another successful season at all levels of the Club.Could everyone please have their notes sent to Margaretta by 10p.m on a Sunday night every week. GRMA!For all information about Gaeil Fhánada C.L.G.  please check out our Facebook page.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA FACE ARDARA IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT CLASH was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAASportlast_img read more

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Drawing may help find knife attacker

first_imgLANCASTER – Sheriff’s detectives have released a composite drawing of a short, fat, white or Latino man who last week stabbed and robbed a man coming out of a Lancaster doughnut shop. The 63-year-old stabbing victim remained hospitalized Tuesday under intensive care. “It’s pretty severe,” Detective Kevin Turrill said about the wound. The victim was stabbed and robbed about 9 p.m. Thursday as he was walking across a parking lot in the 800 block of East Avenue K. The assailant greeted him, then attacked without warning and stabbed him in the back, deputies said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the victim lay on the ground, the assailant took cash from his pockets and ran off. The assailant was described as a dark-haired man with a goatee and very fair skin, in his early or middle 20s, about 5 feet 4 to 5 feet 6 in height and weighing 250 to 300 pounds. He spoke with a slight accent and has a tattoo on his forearm. He was wearing an oversize white T-shirt and dark pants. Anyone with information was asked to call Turrill at the Lancaster sheriff’s station at (661) 948-8466. last_img read more

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Cats sweep the Warriors to close L4

first_imgFerndale closed out the Little 4 with a doubleheader sweep at home to Hoopa Valley on Saturday, winning game one 4-2 and taking the nightcap 7-0.Garrett Christiansen pitched the win in the opener, while teammate Austin Hughes led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-2.In game two, Shaun Leonardo got the win on the mound.At the plate Landon Gomes was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Leonardo and Putter Walters each finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. With the win, the Wildcats …last_img

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Off the Shelf: Conversations with Authors of Children’s Books

first_imgUsed with permission, P. KarstThe Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with Patrice Karst, the author of The Invisible String.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?I have no experience with the military. In fact, I had no idea what military family life was like until military readers and organizations began to write to me. They shared how The Invisible String had changed the lives of both their deployed loved ones and their families at home. The book also gave families a tangible reference to use to describe their love for each other and the ways in which they were always connected no matter how far away they were or for how long they were separated. Readers informed me that my book had real life implications as separation anxiety experienced by their children abated as they began to understand that there is really an invisible string. It helped all members of the family, including extended family members.Used with permission, P. KarstWhat made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience that inspired you?When I was a single working mother, my son Elijah suffered horrible separation anxiety and would cry whenever I had to leave him to go to work. So, around age 5 or 6 I began to tell him that we were connected all day long by an invisible string and when we missed each other, all we had to do was tug on our end of the string and the other person would feel it and could tug back. When he heard about the string, he stopped crying and all his friends wanted to know if the string was real. I told them the same story and their separation anxiety disappeared too. I knew this was a special message that needed to be spread far and wide. For children the idea of an invisible string gives them a tangible understanding of what love actually is – an invisible string that connects us to those we love.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book?I hope that readersrealize that love is FOREVER and it transcends time and space…that it can even go to h We are always connected to those that we love and we will be connected as long as love is in our hearts. I hope readers understand that no one is ever all alone. We have so many invisible strings. For military families with deployed loved ones,and for the deployed service member, this book is a reminder that they are just one tug away…on the invisible string. For those families who lose a loved one in service, the book is a reminder that their invisible string connects them forever.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?Yes, yes, yes! Military families have said the book has brought them and their families great comfort during the stressful, painful long periods of separation they often face.  They also have shared that even though they may be far away from family and friends due to their frequent moves, they are still always connected by an invisible string.Do you have plans to write another book? If so, what is the focus of that book and when might we expect to see it?I am so excited to announce that Little Brown Publishers for Young Readers in New York has just bought The Invisible String as a series! Look for the paperback version of The Invisible String on October 30, 2018; it can be pre-ordered on Amazon now. Next year a dynamic workbook based on The Invisible String will be released. The workbook was written by art therapist, Dana Wyss, Ph.D. and me. Also, next year, The Invisible Leash will be released.  This story is about our forever connection to the animals that we love and sadly eventually lose.  In 2020 The Invisible Web will be released. This is the story of what happens when the children of the world spread the word about our invisible strings and we all realize that we are really living in a large invisible web made from love.  I also have some new children’s books that I hope to publish. My spiritual book, God Made Easy, will hopefully be republished, as well as, The Single Mother’s Survival Guide.  Additionally, I am currently editing a memoir about my life story of how I went from being an abused little girl in London to a best-selling children’s author.Are there any other books that might be relevant for young military children that you would suggest?Used with permission, P. KarstI wish I could tell you that I was well versed on other children’s books that are relevant to the military, but I really am not aware of them. However, my other children’s book The Smile That Went Around the World, has a great message about the power of a smile to change people’s lives and addresses the ways that smiles can traverse the whole planet! This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

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