Rob Rice Homes Year in Review

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rob Rice HomesRob Rice has been building quality homes in the Olympia Area since 1985.This past year marked a pivotal and exciting time for Rob Rice Homes. Not only did we build & sell more homes this year than last, but we also embarked on numerous new land developments. Here is a brief recap of last year’s notables:• We exceeded our sales goals for both the first and second quarters of 2013 resulting in a 4% increase in sales year over year.• We began working on our eighth new home community; Chestnut Village located in Olympia off of Yelm Highway & Rich Road. Sales in Chestnut Village are expected to begin late January. Consisting of 105 new homes, Chestnut Village is in the Olympia School District and a short drive to downtown Olympia, Tumwater & Lacey.• We continue to develop and build in Campus Highlands, located in the master planned community of Meridian Campus. We are now developing our third phase when at completion will encompass 90 new homes. We have three communities within Campus Highlands offering both 2-story and rambler plans with many lots available on the golf course of The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie.• Preliminary plat approval for Steilacoom Ridge in Lacey was granted in December of 2013. This community will have 295 new homes with site development to begin in late 2014 with new home sales to begin in late 2015.• Our Puyallup community, the Villages at South Hill phase 1 is nearly sold out. Development has begun on phase 2 of this community. The Villages @ South Hill offers Pierce County buyers all the beauty and finite design of a Rob Rice Homes community with a location that can’t be beat. We are located directly off of the 512, just east of the South Hill mall on 39th, prior to the Meridian Road traffic.• We support many non-profit organizations in our communities, most notably the Hands on Children’s Museum, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and Saint Martin’s University. In 2013 we added another community service organization: Concern for Animals to the list. Our organization along with many of our sub-contractors assisted Concern for Animals with a complete remodel of their office building in Olympia. With our partners, we donated over $21,000.00. Concern for Animals helps thousands of people and their pets with food, veterinary care and adoption assistance.2013 was a great year for us with many accomplishments but all of our efforts would be fruitless without the dedication of our buyers, our sub-contractors, realtor partners and employees. We thank you all and look forward to yet another successful 2014!About Rob Rice: New home builder Rob Rice has lived in the South Puget Sound area since 1985 and resides in Olympia, WA. with his wife Helena, their two sons, Carson and Alex Michael and their two dogs. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with a degree in architecture and construction management. He has built over 3,000 homes in Thurston County and currently building new home communities in Lewis, Thurston & Pierce County. For more information, visit Rob Rice Homes website.last_img read more

Parents, Get Your Cameras Ready: From Tutus to Turnout, Johansen Olympia…

first_imgYoung ballet students perform the classic “Picking Flowers” routine during a recital for Olympia Dance Center.Watch a ballet recital for students at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center and you’ll find yourself asking this question: How do the dance instructors at the studio manage to transform those teeny tiny and oh-so adorable four and five year olds flitting around the stage into advanced dancers en pointe?“It is a process, one which we’re improving upon every year,” said Ken Johnson, Co-Director of the ballet school that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.Walk into the lobby of the Olympia Dance Center during the academic school year, and you’d see the first step of their teaching process. It is a simple one — clusters of dancers, from the very young in pink leotards to pink skirts, to dancers a little older in lavender leotards, a little older in royal blue, burgundy and so on. For boys it is the same no matter what class they are in — white shirt, black tights.Uniformity in leotard color by class is just one example of the many innovative programs implemented by Ken and Josie Johnson, the husband and wife duo that directs the ballet school. “We implemented leotard color by class a few years ago and our students and parents have really embraced it,” said Ken.  “The kids love promotion to a new color every year and it makes it easier for our dance instructors to teach.”Olympia Dance Center students perform annually at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.The leotard color system is also a visual representation, of sorts, of the curriculum taught at the school, a curriculum that promotes fundamental skills at each level of dance allowing students to rapidly progress from year to year, instructor to instructor, from flitting three year olds to advanced dancers en pointe.Before implementing the curriculum, the Johnsons attended the American Ballet Theatre in New York to receive certification to teach the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, from the primary level through level five. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.“The certification process was intense and rigorous and not everyone who was accepted into the program made it through. When we completed the program we had a huge sense of accomplishment,” said Josie. The Johnson couple returned to Olympia and implemented the curriculum across all ballet classes at the studio.Ken and Josie Johnson are co-dreictors of the Olympia Dance Center.“The American Ballet Theatre curriculum is a clean and healthy technique that enables dancers to dance a variety of styles. The instructors who designed the curriculum have travelled all over the world and have had the opportunity to see what types of instruction work and what doesn’t. This curriculum gives our dancers a strong foundation that will allow them to dance a variety of styles,” said Ken.In addition to dance, the certification process involves instruction in child nutrition, child development and physical therapy. “We use this curriculum to give our instructors a road map for what their students need to accomplish at the end of the week, month and school year. Yet at the same time, teachers have an incredible amount of flexibility in how they reach those goals,” said Josie. “We know that at the end of each year all our students in each grade level will have received the instruction they need to move on to the next level with outstanding technique and skill.”The Johnsons know quite well that terms like turnout, technique and rigor are not appealing to aspiring ballerinas age three and four. Younger children dream of pink tutus and pirouettes. The Center’s pre-ballet teachers have trained at the nationally renowned Creative Dance Center which features an innovative training system that is great for the kids developmentally.Olympia Dance Center is incorporating the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum into classes for its youngest students.The Johnsons also recently discovered the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum, which compliments the current syllabus in place. “The program creator, Beverly Spell, has a great understanding of where kids need to be at that young age. The structure of the curriculum creates a learning environment seamlessly integrated with pure fun,” said Josie.Originally created by author Katharine Holabird in 1983 as a series of books, the wildly popular dancing mouse even has a musical in New York City. The Johansen Olympia Dance Center joins more than 120 studios throughout the United States and Canada offering weekly classes based on the dancing mouse. The school offers a 34-week program inspired by the animated series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. The classes focus on one storybook per month.The Johnsons were able to first implement a shortened version of the program over the summer during a week-long day camp for young dancers. Just picture groups of girls dressed head to toe in pink, complete with mouse ears, led through a series of simple ballet moves.With these innovative training programs, the Johnsons have received great feedback from Master Teachers they bring to the studio from around the region, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Josie said, “The instructors that we bring in to teach our Master Classes tell us over and over how impressed they are with our students. These instructors can teach anywhere, yet they come back to Olympia because they enjoy these kids, their positive attitude and their skill.”For more information and to view the class schedule, visit Facebook40Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

September 25 is National Voter Registration Day

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Auditor’s OfficeOn September 25, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will join a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day as part of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). The Auditor’s Office encourages eligible voters to register online ( or at one of the many registration drives being held around the county.The Auditor’s Office is partnering with local colleges and high schools, as well as nonprofit organizations in the county to help register voters. Contact us:By phone: 360.786.5408In person: 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1 Room 118 Olympia, WA 98502Online: ThurstonVotes.orgAdditionally, voters are encouraged to show their civic pride by posting selfies with the official hashtag #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on their social media accounts.If voters have questions about their eligibility to vote, please contact the Auditor’s Office Elections division.Featured photo credit: Diane Waistelast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Busco

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Busco! He is a solid 73-pound, 4-Year-old, people-loving, handsome PitBull Terrier, who is a tail-wagging appreciator of belly rubs. Because he is a very strong dog, children in his forever family should be older (14 and up) and dog-savvy. However, Busco would do best in an all adult home, and be the only pet. Busco requires a securely fenced yard and a commitment from his future forever people to always insure that he is under leash only supervision – no off-leash situations. Busco is doing well living with his foster family’s dogs after having had proper introduction, consistency, and with continued supervision.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Busco in person, please contact Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Busco’s foster family will conduct all interviews. Emails are the preferred method of communication at has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Here’s why Sunil Gavaskar is not backing KL Rahul for the WK position in…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/BCCIAdvertisement ahuiazNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfcjj4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epo4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xbWould you ever consider trying this?😱saCan your students do this? 🌚v2deeRoller skating! Powered by Firework After a disappointing start of the One Day International serie sagainst Australia, Team India bounced back brilliantly as the skipper Virat Kohli’s change up of game plan worked flawlessly. One of the main factors was to play KL Rahul instead of Rishab Pant as wicket keeper, the latter who suffered a concussion in the first match and had to be substituted. While the team management and the fandom is eyeing Rahul as the perfect successor to the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni, dissent is coming from none other than Sunil Gavaskar.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/BCCIKL Rahul replaced an unavailable Rishab Pant as keeper in the first game, and continued for the rest of the series. In second game at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rahul went down to 5th place in the batting order, and again went back up to being an opener in the third and final match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.Along with an impressive performance with the glove, the 27 year old scored a total of 246 runs in the series, including a swashbuckling 80-off-52 in the second match last Friday.Advertisement While Virat Kohli himself stated that he is preferring Rahul over Pant as the keeper for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar disagrees. In an interview with Aaj Tak, the former cricketer said that he prefers Pant for red ball formats.“I will go with Rishabh Pant in the limited-overs cricket. If you need a finisher at No. 6 then Rishabh Pant can do that for the team.” Gavaskar told reporters.Advertisement While Rahul proved his adaptability in a variety of roles against the Aussies, Gavaskar thinks variations should exist in regards of handedness, as Pant is the only left handed batsman in the Men in Blues squad after Shikhar Dhawan.The 70 year old continued: “Also he is a left-handed batsman, so considering the Indian batting line-up where we have only one left-handed batsman in form of Shikhar Dhawan, so if we have another southpaw in top-order then it will be beneficial for the team. So I will go with Rishabh Pant.”Team India’s series against the Black Caps starts this Friday with the first game of the T20 series at the Eden Park Stadium.Also read-Upper glove? : Is KL Rahul a better wicketkeeper than Rishabh Pant?Nayan Mongia says KL Rahul is a better wicketkeeper than this Indian legend! Advertisementlast_img read more

Bhajji wants this upcoming batsman to play instead of Prithvi Shaw in New Zealand…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TOIAdvertisement 3m5qzjNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ez2ik4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2t9Would you ever consider trying this?😱1qzjnCan your students do this? 🌚b47jRoller skating! Powered by Firework The New Zealand ODI series is over with a disappointing performance from Team India, losing the series 3-0 to the hosts. Alongside Mayank Agarwal, the young Prithvi Shaw was chosen as the opening batsman for Kohli’s squad. Failing to fulfil his expectations after a mediocre performance in the ODIs, there are questions regarding as to include Shaw for the upcoming Test series. Amongst several opinions, Indian cricketing icon Harbhajan Singh comes up with his choice, which is the starlet batsman Shubman Gill.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TOIShubman Gill has not made any red ball cricket appearances for Team India yet, but his stellar performance for the India A team is grabbing everyone’s attention. The youngster from Punjab has scored a marvellous 204-not-out as a middle order batsman in the first unofficial Test versus New Zealand, followed by a stunning century in the second Test.In a recent interview with PTI, Harbhajan Singh put his positives forward for Gill. “Shubman should get his chance since he has been part of the team (as reserve opener) for quite a while without playing any Test match,” he told reporters.Advertisement Talking about GIll’s opening partner, two options come forward- Prithvi Shaw and Mayan Agarwal. The duo have been Team India’s openers in the recent ODIs against Kiwis.Returning from a dope ban, Shaw proved his worth in the unofficial ODIs last month, but unfortunately, failed to reflect his performances against the New Zealand XI in the ODI series, scoring 84 runs with a series average of 28.Advertisement However, Agarwal’s numbers are worse. The 28 year old from Bengaluru was massively out of form in the ODI series, scoring only 36 runs across the three matches.However, amongst Shaw or Agarwal as Gill’s Test partner, Bhajji prefers the latter, because of a better experience in the format.Harbhajan continued: “Mayank is a proven player in Test cricket and a top batsman. He understands his game very well. Just because of three ODI innings and a practice game, you don’t drop him. It doesn’t work like that.”In his 9 Test appearances for India, Agarwal has scored 872 runs, substantially more than Shaw’s two international appearances in the 2018 West Indies series.“He has been scoring lots of runs wherever he is playing, so I feel Mayank and Shubman should start in first Test,” Harbhajan concluded.Also read-Bhajji reveals who India’s ‘No.1 choice spinner’ for T20 World Cup should be5 underrated cricketers who will have a big impact for India in 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

6-year-old Italian boy’s anti-COVID drawing adopted as design for football team jersey next season!

first_imgImage Courtesy: PescaraAdvertisement mqjkNBA Finals | Brooklyn VstcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eox5i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) u933qa5Would you ever consider trying this?😱8088gCan your students do this? 🌚1byRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the novel Coronavirus has spread outside China, Italy has been one of the worst affected countries in the deadly pandemic. There has been over 24,000 deaths till date, the second highest death toll in the world. Going through such a rough time, there has been, however, one cheerful news out of all the tragic ones has emerged from the country. A kid’s drawing on depicting humanity’s fight against the COVID-19 virus has been adopted by Italian club Pescara to be used on their jersey for the next season!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PescaraWith all sports activity now halted in Italy due to the virus outbreak, Pescara, who compete in the Serie B, organised a drawing competition termed “Design the Special Jersey of the Dolphin” for their young fans, who are now confined in their homes due to the nationwide lock down.With the motto of “give a kick to Covid-19”, the drawing competition’s winning design was announced to be featured on the club’s jersey in the upcoming season.Advertisement The competition received numerous inputs, but the drawing of Luigi D’Agostino, a six year old boy has been voted as the winner. The design, where a dolphin, the club’s official symbol, is seen coming out of the sea to hit a football, with a huge rainbow in the backdrop of the picture.The beautiful drawing, and its design on the club’s first team jersey was shared on Pescara’s official Twitter handle.Advertisement Pescara’s kits are manufactured by Italian sports equipment company Erreà, which also felicitated Luigi’s spectacular design. “We will make the winning jersey,” the company was quoted on the club’s official website. The young boy has also received an invitation to spend a day at the Erreà’s headquarters in Torrile, Parma.Along with being the first team kit, the jersey will also be available for the supporters to purchase.Founded in 1936, Pescara has won two Serie B seasons, in 1986-87 and again in 2011-12. They have competed in seven Serie A seasons, last in 2016-17, the year when they were relagated to Serie B. Their home ground is the Stadio Adriatico – Giovanni Cornacchia.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-India’s fittest pay tribute to India’s finest in social media touch of classLegendary runner Milkha Singh’s daughter is a doctor fighting Covid-19 in New York! Advertisementlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh challenges Sachin Tendulkar to break his record – in the kitchen!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram/AFPAdvertisement rgs1c1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnqqcwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E499( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 053bWould you ever consider trying this?😱4jCan your students do this? 🌚amRoller skating! Powered by Firework Hailed as the greatest cricket to ever grace the 22 yards,  Sachin Tendulkar has achieved almost every possible records in his decorated career. Now seven years since his retirement, the legendary batsman faces a new challenge from former teammate Yuvraj Singh, not on the pitch, in the kitchen, as he has to bounce a ball 100 times, not with a bat, but with a rolling pin!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram/AFPIn the past few months as India is going through the novel Coronavirus crisis, cricketers and other sportspersons of the country and abroad have often thrown some challenges at each other. Now its time for the Little Master, as Yuvi took to social media to nominate Sachin for this one.On his official Instagram, Yuvraj posted a video, where he was seen blindfolded, juggling a ball with a rolling pin, as he challenged Sachin to do the same for 100 times as part of the challenge.Advertisement “Master you have broken so many records on the field!! time to break my record of 100 in the kitchen 🤪! Sorry couldn’t post full video cause it will be too long to count 100 😂 paji back to you 👊🏽hope you don’t break other things in the kitchen 😂😂 @sachintendulkar” he captioned the video. Check out the clip below-The video, posted earlier today, has gathered over 4.5 lakh views, as netizens stormed the comments with appreciation, as they are eager to see the Master Blaster take up the challenge.This was an obvious throwback to the recent ‘keep it up’ challenge that yuvi had nominated Sachin, Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh back on 14th May. While the challenge back then was about juggling a ball on the side of a bat, Yuvi now takes it to the next level by using the rolling pin, a familiar item from the Indian kitchen. Check out Yuvraj’s tweet of the challenge-The nominees all came up with clips of doing the challenge., while Rohit twisted it up by using the bat’s handle instead of the edge. If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Sports India Exclusive with Anthony Amalraj: Use hypnotherapy to train my mind to react in pressure situations!Virat Kohli reveals which International cricketer is asking him to join TikTok! Advertisementlast_img read more

RB Council Acts to Clarify Zoning Ordinance

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The Borough Council has weighed in on pending litigation opposing an application to construct a hotel that is now before the borough Planning Board.Prior to their regular meeting last Wednesday, the council held an executive session.After the closed discussion, Mayor Pasquale Menna announced that the governing body agreed to formally amend an ordinance stipulating that the tract on which the hotel construction is proposed was never intended for residential use.“The ordinance in question has some very vague language,” that this amendment would try to clarify, Menna explained.The property, which overlooks the Navesink River at the intersection of Highway 35 South and Rector Place was formerly used as a gas station, but has been vacant for about 14 years.The prospective developer appeared before the zoning board last May to present his plan for a six-story, 76-room Hampton Inn at that location, and to argue that the site shouldn’t be considered part of the residential zone that encompasses the remainder of Rector. In support of that position, the borough council sent a letter to the board indicating that the site should not be considered residential because it faces a busy highway and because of its previous commercial use.The zoning board concurred and handed off the application to the planning board.However a planning board hearing on the application was suspended after a borough resident filed suit opposing the application.Steve Mitchell, Prospect Avenue, filed a complaint in Superior Court, arguing the application rightly should go before the zoning board as the developer would need to win a variance for a non-permitted use given the area’s zoning as residential. Mitchell had also appeared before the zoning board to express his opposition to the project.When informed about the council’s action, attorney Ron Gasiorowski, who represents Mitchell, responded, “They can pass whatever ordinance they want to pass. That doesn’t mean it’ll stand up.”“The planning board will continue to hear this application,” said Menna, who sits on that board.The board is again scheduled to hear the application on Nov. 7.last_img read more

Commuters React to NYC Grand Jury Chokehold Decision

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – If the New York City grand jury deciding the Eric Garner chokehold death case were made up of a group of commuters at the Red Bank train station the outcome would have clearly been different.A random sampling of a diverse group of those arriving and departing on NJ Transit trains Wednesday evening, following the grand jury decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July 17 death of Garner had many of them expressing disappointment, in some cases anger and resignation and even some offering support for the decision.“Racism is alive and well in America,” offered one Asbury Park woman, who declined to give her name, as she waited for the train home.“It was unfair,” that decision to not indict, said Felicia Johnson, Brick. “The video itself showed it was unnecessary. There was no reason to do that,” she continued, referring to the officer’s action to place Garner under arrest resulting in a struggle.“It’s wrong they keep getting away with that,” Johnson continued, meaning police and referencing the shooting of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, youth Michael Brown by a local police officer and that grand jury’s decision to not indict.Daniel Farley, who works in New York and lives in Metuchen, said he initially wasn’t aware of the grand jury’s decision until he checked his smart phone on the train. “Ferguson was a different ball of wax,” believing there was some question there. “There should have been an indictment here,” he said.Walking to catch the train Farley said there didn’t appear to be any disruption in Manhattan—at least none he was aware of. “I didn’t see anything. I just kept my head down and kept going,” he said. “Like always.”And he didn’t think there would be, at least not to the level that occurred in Ferguson, he added.“I’m sure there won’t be violence,” thought Ethan Ledley.But as Ledley spoke, CNN was reporting that demonstrations were beginning to get underway around New York with participants holding signs with “I Can’t Breathe” written on them.Ledley lives in Brooklyn, New York, and was in Tinton Falls Wednesday on business. “I’d think it’s unfortunate,” but not an entirely unexpected decision, he said. Given this incident and outcome, “There definitely needs to be some changes made with the NYPD” in education and training, Ledley said.In light of the jury’s decision, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday called for calm.“You can call for it, it don’t mean you’re going to get it,” responded Danny Corrick, who was waiting to get home to Newark.“There’s no difference between this and Ferguson,” Corrick said. “In both cases somebody died—unnecessarily.”Carlo Rivera, a Red Bank resident returning from Jersey City, saw it differently. “The police have to protect themselves,” he said, adding the grand jury “should give him a break,” referring to Pantaleo. Rivera, however, said “They”—meaning police—“need to learn how to deal with the disabled.”Garner was accused of selling illegal loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street this summer when he was approached by police who attempted to place him under arrest and a scuffle erupted. Police used a chokehold with Garner, who was unarmed and suffered from asthma and diabetes, complaining, “I can’t breath,” and resulting in his death. The incident was captured on video by an onlooker and has been widely broadcast.last_img read more