Living off the grid is no longer just for back-to-the-landers
Living off the grid. It's an ideological statement for some. It's also an emblem of self-reliance in a hyper-connected world, where the term has come to mean a weekend without smartphone service or posting on Facebook. For decades, it also has meant ...
November 8, 2015
PRUETT: Time for a rethink on driver ratings
That's the question I've been pondering since Monday when the FIA released its preliminary 2016 international sports car driver ratings, and it isn't the first time the issue has been raised. The sudden Once the GT Academy drivers become a threat ...
November 14, 2015
Shore parents race against the clock to save son
He founded JAR of Hope one year ago in hopes of raising awareness and funds for research, as well as medical treatment. Since then, JAR of Hope has enrolled schools, the Manalapan police department, and fire departments to financially support their ...
October 22, 2015
Zionsville man has every beer can ever made, or so it seems
Rows and rows of them line every wall from top to bottom. Antique, new, and from all over the world, this guy has it all. A few of them are worth something. “Beer cans can go anywhere from 50 cents to $50,000 dollars, it just depends on condition and ...
October 28, 2015
Family makes controversial decision to stunt disabled daughter's growth
Charley screamed around the clock. They waited for that moment parents rhapsodize about — when your It is the bittersweet marker of the passage of childhood, measured in the timeworn practice of pencil markings on a wall, celebrated and mourned by ...
October 26, 2015
Hot Property: 1884 Brownsburg homestead on 5 acres
In Brownsburg, you don't have to choose between the charms of country living and the convenience of a metro area. Chad and Grayson Miller raised their four children in the two-story brick farmhouse at 8790 E. County Road 1000 N, situated at the front ...
October 16, 2015
Freep Five: Restaurants worth the drive
The Romines raise their own Mulefoot heritage-breed pigs, buy live trout from a local fish hatchery and obtain as many other ingredients as possible from local and Michigan sources. Guests come from all over the region for seasonal New American dishes ...
October 21, 2015
DAMARISCOTTA — The morning sky was overcast, but enough energy was piercing the mid-October gloom for the solar panels in Dan Burr’s yard to send a small charge into the battery bank. These are the kind of mental calculations Burr makes instinctively, after six years of living beside a pond in the woods, off the electric grid. Living off the grid. They live in a modular home, just as thousands of rural Mainers do. They have an electric refrigerator and freezer, a washer and dryer and a flat-screen TV, just as any modern household might. Living off the electric grid still requires some concessions, however, and there are good reasons to stay connected. But three factors are making it easier than ever to cut the cord. First, the cost of solar-electric panels has fallen drastically over the past few years, so homeowners can generate more power for less money. Third, the technology inside electric-car batteries is coming to the home, sparking a revolution in how energy is stored for when the sun is not shining. Taken together, these factors promise to feed the fantasy of living off the grid. But even for the majority of Mainers who will stay connected, today’s off-grid homes offer lessons in how to use less energy.
That's the question I've been pondering since Monday when the FIA released its preliminary 2016 international sports car driver ratings, and it isn't the first time the issue has been raised. The sudden need to officially rate sports car drivers came about at the start of the decade, and it's unique to multi-class series like the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where dedicated classes... Adding to the confusion, IMSA abandoned its own driver rating system at the end of 2014 to follow the FIA's lead, and with some of its drivers now out of work due to Monday's news, IMSA no longer has the autonomy to affect repairs. The FIA's annual classification process evaluates and rates semi-pro sports car drivers as Bronze or Silver (depending on a variety of overwrought criteria), and assigns a Gold or Platinum status to pros based on a few different triggers,... In the WEC, the LMP1 and GTE-Pro classes are intended for professionals like Mark Webber and Gimmi Bruni, and in IMSA, pros like Joey Hand and Oliver Gavin ply their trade in Prototype and GT Le Mans.
James Raffone is in a race against time. In September 2013, Raffone of Manalapan learned his 4-year old son James Anthony Raffone wouldn’t live past 25. The boy was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle deterioration and... “We were in complete and utter devastation,” Raffone said when he and his wife Karen learned the news. To be handed a diagnosis where it’s a terminal muscle weakening disease with no cure, no survival rate to date — our son was handed a death sentence. Without a cure, James, now 6, will slowly lose control of his leg muscles. Raffone said James has been robbed of his childhood. “I think about it every minute of every day,” Raffone said. That’s why Raffone is determined to find a cure. He founded JAR of Hope one year ago in hopes of raising awareness and funds for research, as well as medical treatment. Since then, JAR of Hope has enrolled schools, the Manalapan police department, and fire departments to financially support their mission to fund research to find a cure. Last year, he ran in the New York City marathon to raise awareness.