Roll Bounce: My Life Inside an Atlanta Roller Skating Rink
I probably heard every corny line from both movies. People would approach us In Clayton County our only options were getting fat at one of the many Waffle Houses, watching movies at the AMC 24, occasionally go bowling at Pin Strikes and window ...
August 6, 2015
Migos: Young, Rich and Outrunning Trouble
A dark blue patterned T-shirt from Migos' YRN clothing line, several flashy chains and medallions, a diamond-encrusted Rolex and a pair of oversized, non-prescription Versace eyeglasses complete a look that could be compared to an extremely swagged-out ...
June 24, 2015
Bernie: Ornery Pronger was true Blue
An oversized kid. An oversized defenseman with an oversized personality. An efficient machine that could control both ends of the ice with his physical presence and instinctive feel for the game. I'll never forget being there the day Pronger was struck ...
June 29, 2015
Munson: Iowa's entire history in a single road trip
Now, the Old Capitol is a centerpiece of the University of Iowa campus that intertwines with downtown Iowa City — the epicenter for all Hawkeyes, or the heart of what some consider a liberal oasis known as the People's Republic of Johnson County. Why ...
May 30, 2015
Mission to Mars: Take a rare look inside the NJ M&M's plant
If the oversized spokes-candies in front of the building don't get the point across — Red and Yellow hold up the awning while Miss Green and Ms. Brown sit cross-legged on top — the smell hammers it home. Imagine a saccharine whiff of candy apples ...
Home of the Week: An attractive in-town home for residents with intellectual ...
A major selling point for the house is that it is a short walk from a major bus line. In addition to his Cedar Park duties, he also advises on the interior design and furnishing upgrades of the other 55 Bello Machre residences throughout the county ...
May 28, 2015
The Santos home in Pismo Beach: Ranch life on the coast
In the kitchen, leathered, black granite countertops contrast with the backsplash, which is clad in elegant, subtly crackle-finished ceramic tile from the Walker Zanger Gramercy Park line. The color is a taupe-gray, which Alli Addison said is ...
June 17, 2015
I'm really happy to see old friend Chris Pronger voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Pronger won't need a microphone when he gives his speech. The ultimate honor for an NHL player reaffirms Pronger's true greatness. the 6-6 Pronger stands tall among the best defensemen in NHL history. Pronger was a towering figure on skates, all arms and legs and carrying a mean stick that gave opposing forwards reason to pause before they wandered into his space. With an extra-long reach, Pronger could easily pluck the puck from opponents or deliver a whack that made them stop in their tracks. His name was Pronger. They had to be aware of Pronger's location at all times, because soon he'd be coming at them like a deranged giraffe. Pronger was a Blue between 1995 and 2004, and I never covered a more tenacious competitor during my time in St. Louis. Pronger defended his territory with an all-out zeal. Pronger's extreme saltiness was matched by his tremendous skill. And when Pronger got possession of the puck with the chance to put the Blues on the attack, he'd rarely hesitate. Pronger knew exactly where to go to find the opening, and he'd thread accurate passes to send the Blues into the neutral zone and on their way. Pronger did it all.
If the oversized spokes-candies in front of the building don't get the point across — Red and Yellow hold up the awning while Miss Green and Ms. Brown sit cross-legged on top — the smell hammers it home. Imagine a saccharine whiff of candy apples fused with the rich essence of a fudge factory. Here in Hackettstown, at the northwestern edge of the state in a sprawling complex on High Street, Mars Incorporated has been churning out M&M's, the company's iconic candy-coated chocolates, since 1958. Yet the candy-maker has called New Jersey... Mars may have deep roots in the state, but the company's approach to selling M&M's has changed much over the last decade. Today millions of M&M's — nearly half of the total sold in the United States — are produced in Hackettstown every year. The plant alone measures 460,000 square feet, but the compound also serves as the headquarters of Mars Chocolate North America, which manages a sea of candy brands, from Dove bars to Twix. There is IP — intellectual property — company practices and procedures that Mars doesn't allow to be photographed or recorded.
The house in the Cedar Park neighborhood is close enough to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium that its occupants can tell when Navy has scored a touchdown. Three of the house's four male residents, ranging from their 30s into early 50s, are people with mild intellectual disabilities. The house was purchased by Bello Machre in 2007 specifically to house the three men. They live in the home with its director Rob Neal. "These guys are independent," said Tracy Lynott, the organization's development director, "They can be alone on their own daily for ten hours at a time. "But after ten hours, they need to touch base," said Neal. David Hall, employed by a contractor from March through December, has worked as a member of the grounds crew at the Naval Academy for more than 30 years. The remaining two months of the year, he tends the grounds of the other Bello Machre homes. For four years, Doug Forrester has been employed by a local Royal Farms. A major selling point for the house is that it is a short walk from a major bus line. He's been employed by Bello Machre for 16 years.
Report suggests how to optimize almost-empty county juvenile lockup
EVERETT — The beds sit mostly empty at Snohomish County ... clock. However, Pierce and Spokane counties use fewer employees to run juvenile detention centers with similar average populations. Matthew Miller, a union staff representative working with ...
August 15, 2015
11 pizza places to check out in York County
Boardwalks, opened originally in 1996 by Don and Sharon Schultz as Ledo Pizza, has been voted number one for crab cakes in York County two years in a row ... stools facing an open kitchen. Tables line the opposite wall. I order a six-cut pizza ($6.99 ...
August 14, 2015
In Ireland, a haven of fly-fishing, golf and solitude
So I embarked on what might be the ultimate golf and fishing adventure: a barnstorming tour of County Mayo that included sessions on ... the right bank of the Moy backs up to a stone wall, above which is Ridge Pool Road, with assorted storefronts ...
August 16, 2015
Chase wins 3 of 4 at scrimmage
A large crowd gathered at Allen Stadium Thursday night to get ... Chase won three of four contests in preparation for its season opener Friday at Polk County. “I think we accomplished everything we wanted to,” Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said.
August 16, 2015
Reliving a national tragedy
When we were there, the seventh floor exhibits featured large wall-sized photo mosaics of John and Jackie Kennedy ... it's best to purchase tickets online ahead of time to avoid the line. On a Saturday morning with pre-purchased tickets for a 10:30 ...
August 16, 2015
Firefighters respond to 'The Last Alarm'
As usual, the week began on a much more solemn note with the memorial service that remembered county firefighters who passed away during the past year, in addition to the 37 firefighters who died in the line of duty ... t punch a time clock.
August 16, 2015
State’s prisons develop gardening programs to help inmates
Robert Hill traveled from Enoree to Pelzer in July to tour the gardens there and learn their best practices to bring back to Spartanburg County. Hill is nearly ... Thousands of plants line several greenhouses, a large garden behind the basketball courts ...
August 15, 2015