Aladdin’s in Collegetown closes after 30 years

first_imgClosing was a very difficult but necessary decision, owner Sam Schuepbach said. Since opening in 1989, Schuepbach said they have enjoyed “many, many years of great success and community support and enthusiasm.” “We need development and I’m a fan of the development,” Cooley said. “I think it’s great that we’re going to have more offices and more housing and ostensibly more people in the core of Collegetown, but at the same time when a project that’s slated for three months takes more than 18 months of street closure that changes people’s habits.” Aladdin’s has long been a favorite for Greek, Middle Eastern and Italian fare, recognized in a number of positive newspaper reviews over the years and by different “best of” awards. Over the years, Aladdin’s has taken part in many community-focused events like “Taste of the Nation,” which raises money to end childhood hunger. For several years, he also hosted a free Thanksgiving meal for people in need. The idea came from his family around the holidays and he had help planning from his wife, stepdaughters, and staff. The flyers he circulated in 2014 to promote the event read: “It is our honor to serve a complimentary meal to those in need.” Schuepbach estimates they cooked more than 20 turkeys and served more than 250 people. Though it’s a hard time, Schuepbach is remaining positive. A note posted on the door of Aladdin’s this week states that many factors have left him no other option but to close, but he thanked all of his current and past employees because “without them no small business can survive.” He also thanked Travis Hyde Properties for 30 years of partnership, and finally expressed gratitude to the Ithaca community. “It takes support from everybody for a small business to survive, and I want to thank everybody,” Schuepbach said. Aladdin’s was the longest tenant Travis Hyde Properties has had, Frost Travis said. Aladdin’s has occupied the building at 100 Dryden Rd. since its construction. Travis said he is “deeply saddened” by the business’ closing. Being in business for so long “speak volumes to Sam’s prowess as a restauranteur,” Travis said. Kelsey O’Connor “He’s one of the hardest working people I know. I wish him great success in the future,” Travis said.center_img Though Aladdin’s has remained at the heart of Collegetown at 100 Dryden Rd. for many years, around the restaurant, Collegetown has been changing.  With a number of shop vacancies, construction projects, road closures, and parking issues in recent years, it’s been a tough time for local businesses in Collegetown. Cooley, who has had tough times through the phases of construction also, said he thinks there is a lack of empathy and thoughtfulness from city leaders and developers on the short-term impact to merchants. ITHACA, N.Y. — Aladdin’s Natural Eatery has been an anchor in the Collegetown community for three decades, but this weekend the restaurant served its last meals. Sam Schuepbach has owned Aladdin’s Natural Eatery since 1989. Sam Schuepbach has owned Aladdin’s Natural Eatery since 1989. Aladdin’s is the latest in a number of longtime establishments that have disappeared from Collegetown’s evolving and rising landscape. Last year, the owners of The Nines retired and sold their property. In recent years, some other businesses that have closed include Stella’s, the Royal Palm Tavern, Pixel, Dino’s, The Chapter House and even Dunkin Donuts. Tagged: aladdin’s, business, collegetown, development, ithaca, restaurants Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor One of Schuepbach’s neighbors of nearly 20 years, Chuck Cooley, co-owner of Classic Optical, said he was devastated to learn Aladdin’s was closing. He said the restaurant has been an “anchor” business in Collegetown and a boost to the local economy. last_img read more

The Human Shuttle

first_imgI spend a lot of time towing my kids around. Literally. I fashion a variety of sleds and actually tow my kids around through the forest, snow, water. It started when they were babies and the jogging stroller became my one and only workout. I got to run and my wife got an hour of sanity in the middle of the day. The babies cried, mostly. When they got older, I created a harness system and sled, so I could cross country ski them deep into the High Country during our too infrequent snow storms. During warmer months, it was the bike trailer. All of a sudden, taking a simple trip to the post office or the park became a workout thanks to the 75 pounds of children I was towing. It might look like an ideal picture of fatherhood, me toting my children into the woods or up a mountainous road (quality time!), but it’s totally selfish. I spend all day with my kids. The only way I’m going for a run, ride or ski is if I take my kids with me. I don’t want to stop doing awesome stuff, and I want my kids to enjoy the same awesome stuff, so my garage is full of various dad-powered, sled-like contraptions. They’re getting older and less content to sit idle while I toil under their extra weight, so the bike trailer is getting rusty from lack of use. They want to ride their own bikes now. The stroller is long gone (we maxed out the weight limit on that thing), donated to another family. And they’re rapidly becoming little rippers on the ski hill, so I don’t have to tow them around in the snow anymore. It’s as if they don’t need me at all anymore. Is this what empty nest syndrome feels like? Luckily, there’s the French Broad River. I’ve started tying a small raft to the back of my paddleboard and trudging upriver for as far as I can go, before setting them free to tube downriver under my helicopter-parent/watchful eye. It’s a brutal workout (the drag that an inflatable raft filled with 100 pounds of kid creates is significant) and the kids love being on the river. Maybe more important, I feel useful again. They need me, out there on the river. Both as a shuttle to move them upriver and as a guide as they float downstream.  And it’s a new way to look at this river for me. Usually, I’m towing a cooler full of beer, ambling downstream without expending much energy. I even developed a paddleboard-specific Koozie that hangs around my neck, so I can paddle and occasionally take a sip. But towing the kids upstream, the river is now a gym. It’s no longer a lazy class I float, it’s a formidable opponent. Something to conquer. I do miss the beer, though.last_img read more

League chief glad to see Suarez go

first_img Barclays Premier League boss Scudamore admitted he was not sorry to see Suarez join Barcelona, praising shrewd business from Liverpool in offloading the controversial Uruguay striker. Catalan giants Barcelona prised Suarez away from Liverpool in a £75million transfer. The 27-year-old was hit with a four-month ban from all football-related activity after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil. Chief executive Scudamore conceded the Premier League will be a calmer place this season without Suarez, whose latest ban is his third for biting. “I think probably the time had come,” said Scudamore. “He’s a great player and I’m not taking anything away from his talents: he was voted by both his own players and the media last year the player of the year and deservedly so. “He’s great to have but an accident waiting to happen, and if you spend your time trying to promote what’s good about the Premier League, you’re always waiting for the next thing to come along. “And this one in the summer, although it was with Uruguay, although it didn’t directly involve the Premier League, clearly it reflected on Liverpool as one of our great clubs. “And it reflected on us. “He’s done his time here, but I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go. Luis Suarez was “an accident waiting to happen” and the “time had come” for him to leave Liverpool this summer, according to Richard Scudamore. Press Association “I think it was good business on a number of levels from Liverpool to move Suarez on.” Suarez has appealed against his four-month FIFA ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and will learn the outcome on Thursday. The 78-cap striker was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and sidelined for seven matches for doing the same to PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in Ajax action in 2010. Scudamore said the Premier League does not need “every world mega star” to continue to flourish. Former Ajax striker Suarez netted 31 league goals last term, his departure leaving a chasm for Reds manager Brendan Rogers to fill, but Scudamore rejected suggestions the Premier League cannot retain its top talents. “We lost David Beckham as well, remember, we do often lose one or two,” said Scudamore, talking at the Premier League season launch. Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann echoed Scudamore’s opinion that the club will be better off in the long term without Luis Suarez. Hamann, speaking at a McDonald’s and Football Association Community Football Day, told Press Association Sport: “I think Liverpool have bought well. “I have always been very critical of Suarez’s antics. “In footballing terms, he is a big loss, but somebody else will score the goals and I think, long-term, they will be better off without him than with him. “I’d rather have the six or seven players they have now than Suarez, because at the end of the day, if you want to win things, you need people you can trust, and he can’t be trusted. “If he does something stupid again, he could be out for years, or for good. “Yes, he has been great, there is no doubt about it. But what could have been if he had not missed all the games he did when he was here? Maybe the team would have been in the Champions League a while ago. “All he has to show from his time at Liverpool is a League Cup winner’s medal (from 2011/12). He is not leaving a team that was ruling the Premier League or Europe during that the last few years. “He is a player who scored goals, but at the end of the day they only got into the Champions League with him last season.” :: Dietmar Hamann joined kids at Burnage Metro FC in Manchester to celebrate the work of FA Charter Standard clubs at a McDonald’s and FA Community Football Day. For more info visit last_img read more

Babers: Wide receiver Steve Ishmael ‘totally bought into’ the system, and now he’s taken off

first_imgOne thousand six-hundred twenty-one FBS football players have caught a pass in 2017. None of them have caught as many as Steve Ishmael. Syracuse’s (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) senior wide receiver has seen a rebirth on the outside of SU’s offensive attack. The success for Ishmael comes a season after he rode shotgun to graduate transfer Amba Etta-Tawo, whose 94 receptions set a Syracuse single-season record. Ishmael, placed on the Biletnikoff Award watch list last week for the nation’s best receiver, is on pace to best that mark. Syracuse head coach Dino Babers isn’t surprised. It’s not unusual for someone in his program to perform OK and then suddenly have a “breakout year,” he said on Wednesday’s ACC teleconference.“Any time there’s a changeover in coaching staff and a changeover in techniques and fundamentals and schemes, sometimes kids do them but they’re not totally bought in,” Babers said. “The thing I love about Ish is that he’s totally bought into what we are trying to do. He’s really changed his body and changed his attitude from last year to this year.”The changes have developed Ishmael into the nation’s leading pass-catcher with 51 receptions for 632 yards, both of which are already good for career highs. He’s surpassed 115 yards every game. Last week his catches dropped to six, but he still amassed 120 yards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIshmael has scored two touchdowns, and one got called back last week on an illegal formation penalty that had nothing to do with his side of the field. He scored seven times his sophomore season before finding the end zone just once last year. Babers doesn’t care.“He’s doing his part,” Babers said. “I think the touchdowns will come. You don’t judge your players by whether they get a touchdown or not.”Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi said on the teleconference that his team will have its “hands full” in limiting Ishmael and slot receiver Erv Philips. “One’s a big physical go-get-the-ball, vertical type of guy in Steve,” Narduzzi said. “ … (Philips) is a guy who understands coverage and leverage. They give him a lot of freedom to run option routes underneath … He’s electric. he’s got great hands. He’s got great speed.”The duo leads Syracuse into it’s Saturday matchup with Pitt at the Carrier Dome. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.Other notes from the teleconference:Babers opened by saying his team “desperately needs a win” before a follow up question invoked a reply that SU needs to take it “one game at a time.”Babers used last week’s opponent, N.C. State, as a model timeline for what the Syracuse program could look like four or five years down the line. “It’s going to be a while before we get our program up and running,” he said.Narduzzi said he’d like to get junior wide receiver Quadree Henderson, who has eight catches for 121 yards on the season, more involved downfield. “Maybe this is his week,” Narduzzi said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 4, 2017 at 2:26 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtblosslast_img read more

New Cranes coach McKinstry makes debut in Ethiopia on Sunday

first_imgKits manager: Frank BumpenjeGoalkeeping coach: Fred KajobaMedia officer: Farid MpagiFitness coach: McCarthy Alexander MichaelOfficial: Paul Mukatabala NantulyaPlayers:Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara, Timothy Denis Awany, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi, Isaac Muleme, Allan Kyambadde, Kirizestom Ntambi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Tadeo Lwanga,  William Kizito Luwagga,  Murushid Juuko, Bevis Mugabi Kristoper Kizito, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Abdu Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu, Milton Karisa, Moses Opondo, Derrick Paul Nsibambi, Allan Kayiwa*****SOURCE: FUFA MEDIA McKinstry (LEFT) starts work this weekend. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAEthiopia vs UgandaInternational Friendly, Sunday, Oct 13Bahrdar TownKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Newly appointed Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry will handle his first game this weekend, when his team travel to Ethiopia for an international friendly.The 34-year-old former coach of Rwanda was appointed head coach of Uganda Cranes on a three-year contract last month.He replaces Sebastien Desabre who resigned after the Uganda Cranes exit in the group of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt two months ago.The Uganda Cranes contingent that will travel to Ethiopia for the international friendly match in Bahrdar town has been confirmed. The team flew out early today.Newly appointed Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry will be assisted by Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, Fred Kajoba (goalkeeping coach), McCarthy Alexander Michael (fitness coach), Emmanuel Nakabago (team Doctor) and Frank Bumpenje as the kits Manager.Two other players Allan Kayiwa and Kirizestom Ntambi, both locally based have been added to the traveling team.The Uganda Cranes Traveling Delegation to Ethiopia:Head of Delegation: Juma Marjan Abdul HamidHead coach: McKinstry Jonathan BrianAssistant Coach: Charles Livingstone MbabaziTeam doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Apple Closing All Stores Outside of China for Two Weeks

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook said Saturday the company’s retail operation outside of China is going online-only for two weeks as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.Cook tweeted Saturday that “Apple will be temporarily closing all stores outside of Greater China until March 27.” He also said the company is donating $15 million to help with worldwide recovery.In a separate online statement, Cook said that Apple’s stores in China have all now reopened, and what the company has learned there has helped it develop “best practices that are assisting enormously in our global response.”last_img

Steelers win first, now face mighty Titans

first_imgDennis Dixon started off slow but as the game progressed he was given more freedom which led to more confidence as he put the ball in the air more for a very solid first game. He was 18 of 26 for 236 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He quietly outplayed his much more noted opponent Matt Ryan, who many believe is going to be an NFL star. Ryan was 27 of 44 for 252 yards but was not able to get the ball in the end zone.The defense showed why they were the best in the business in 2008, the Super Bowl year, as they bent but didn’t break, and held an outstanding offense to three field goals. As usual, they shut down the running game, holding Michael Turner to just 42 yards on 19 carries.With Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith missing 11 games each last season, the defense dropped to fifth, but still was number one against the run. However, both Smith and Polamalu are back, along with cornerback Bryant McFadden and all played major roles in the Steelers victory, with Polamalu picking up a key interception that led to the overtime. They also did something very rare in the NFL. They stopped a team from scoring in overtime which set up Rashard Mendenhall’s winning 50-yard touchdown run.The secondary was the Steelers weakness last season but with the exception of Roddy White’s 13 catches for 111 yards, they pretty much controlled the air attack.The challenge will be much greater against the Titans and Chris Johnson who led the league in rushing last season. He opened the season with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Titans slaughtered the Raiders. Johnson, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, extended his streak at 12 consecutive 100-yard games to break a tie with Marcus Allen. He trails only Barry Sanders, who had an NFL-best 14. This will be the ultimate test for the Steelers defense to stop or contain Johnson.But Johnson is not the Titans only offensive threat. Vince Young came off the bench last season to lift an 0-6 team into the playoffs. The young Dixon has been compared much to Young because of his ability to run the ball. Young doesn’t pass a lot but is very effective when he does. He was 13 of 17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders.Former Steeler Nate Washington was his leading receiver with just three catches but picked up 88 yards and one touchdown. Expect Young to put the ball in the air far more against the Steelers because it’s not likely Johnson will be able to run as freely as he did against the Raiders. With no true outside threat the Titans must depend on the run for victory, which means the Steelers will gear their defense to stopping the run.Speaking of running, the Steelers looked good with Mendenhall picking up 120 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, the biggest being the 50-yard run in overtime to win the game.Isaac Redman gained 19 yards on six carries, but was most impressive on short yardage situations when the Steelers needed one or two yards for the first down.Hines Ward once again demonstrated why he’s one of the best wide receivers in the game as he picked up the team in the second half with 108 yards on six catches. Heath Miller had four catches for 40 yards and Mike Wallace was held to just two catches for 62 yards.“It’s like Forrest Gump, I can’t explain it,” said Ward, who is from the Atlanta area and went to the University of Georgia. “I’m 34 years old, and every year regardless of what people say it’s my mindset that I have to go in and prove everybody wrong. That’s my motivation.”Look for a much more aggressive game in the air against the Titans, mostly because Tennessee has probably the third best defensive team in the league behind the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. It will be much tougher to run against this team than the Falcons.Of the four games without Roethlisberger, this is the game most pick the Steelers to lose, including myself, but this is not written in stone. If the defense can contain Johnson they can beat the Titans which means they could go 4-0 instead of 3-1. The other two games are at Tampa Bay and at home against the Ravens.The only low point was the kick returns by Antwaan Randle El with just three yards on two returns. Also missing were the two outstanding rookies Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Look for more of them in the next three games because Randle El really didn’t look that impressive as the third wide receiver. The Steelers, who survived their first game without Ben Roethlisberger 15-9 over the Atlanta Falcons, now must face their toughest foe of the four game suspension in the Tennessee Titans who ran all over the Oakland Raiders, 38-13. VICTORY CELEBRATION—James Harrison jumps on Rashard Mendenhall to celebrate Mendenhall’s 50 yard touchdown run in overtime that gave the Steelers a 15-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener at Heinz Field. last_img read more

Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among Black women

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Martin and others pointed to a cartoon by an Australian artist as the clearest example of the stereotype facing Black women. Mark Knight of Melbourne’s Herald Sun depicted Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who is actually Japanese and Haitian — “Can you just let her win?”“I was deeply offended. This is not a joke,” said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.The cartoonist “completely missed the point of why she was upset,” De Luca told The Associated Press. “It was about her integrity, and anybody who doesn’t get that is perpetuating the erasure that so many Black women feel when they are trying to speak up for themselves. It’s like our opinions don’t matter.”Some Black women say they have to worry perpetually about how they’re coming across to make sure they’re not dismissed as angry or emotional. Willingham isn’t a tennis star, but she is a Black woman. She and others like her say Williams’ experience resonates with them because they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.And if they’re not careful, they say, they risk being branded “Angry Black Woman.”“So much of what she experiences we experience in the workplace, too,” said Willingham, a professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “As Black women … we’re expected to stay in our lane, that lane that has been created for us. Any time we step out of that lane, then we become a problem.”The stereotype of the “Angry Black Woman” is alive and well, said Felicia Martin, 36, a federal employee who lives in Brooklyn. She recalls once seeing a white female co-worker cursing and throwing things and not facing repercussions, while she’s been told to calm down for expressing her own upset in a normal tone of voice. “It’s exhausting,” said Denise Daniels, 44, of the Bronx, who works in professional development for educators. “It does diminish from the work satisfaction that other people get to enjoy because it is an additional cost.”Willingham thinks that was part of Williams’ experience on Saturday as well, but that it was also about a career’s worth of frustrations that she has had to endure, such as when the French Open banned the type of catsuit she wore.“I felt it for her. I felt she was fed up, she was tired of this,” Willingham said. “How much is she supposed to take, really? How much are any of us supposed to keep taking?”___Associated Press video producer Noreen Nasir contributed to this report from Washington.___Deepti Hajela covers issues of race, ethnicity and immigration for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at For more of her work, search for her name at In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File) Retired professional tennis player Zina Garrison defended tennis player Serena Williams after Williams was hit with three code violations that led to a $17,000 fine at the U.S. Open final, saying some of the chair umpire’s calls were unfair. (Sept. 10)“If I’m upset about something, I should get to express that to you,” Martin said.During Saturday’s championship loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested that and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Many people, Black women among them, echoed Williams’ contention that she was punished while men on the tennis circuit have gotten away with even harsher language.Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women’s finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York, on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)“A lot of things started going through my head in that particular situation. You know, first and foremost, what was going to be said about her the next day? The typical angry black woman, you know … when she really was just standing up for herself and she was standing up for women’s rights,” said former tennis champion Zina Garrison, who is Black. “A woman, period, is always, when we speak up for ourselves, then you have the situation where people are saying, you know, they’re too outspoken. They’re acting like a man, all of that. But then a Black woman on top of that, the angry Black woman, who does she think she is?”last_img read more

1st-place Pitt? Resilient Panthers lead ACC Coastal Division

first_imgPittsburgh running back Darrin Hall (22) lunges into the end zone for a score as Virginia linebacker Zane Zandier (33) holds on during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi, right, welcomes running back Darrin Hall (22) back to the sideline after a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t throw the ACC Coastal Division standings up on the wall during his team’s annual Sunday night meeting.There was no need. Narduzzi is well aware his players know where the Panthers (5-4, 4-1 ACC) sit heading into Saturday’s visit from Virginia Tech (4-4, 3-2): in first place and in control of their own destiny.“I’m not going to address it,” Narduzzi said Monday. “There’s still a bunch of hungry teams sitting below us. Doesn’t really matter. I know they read on Twitter all that stuff. I guess I don’t have to address it.”center_img Maybe, but that it’s even a topic of discussion is a testament to Pitt’s resiliency.Narduzzi raised eyebrows when he told a group of fans at a kickoff luncheon in August to keep the first weekend of December open so they could plan a trip to Charlotte for the ACC title game. It’s a possibility that seemed remote at best after the Panthers were drilled by Penn State and Central Florida and then suffered a baffling loss to North Carolina, all in September.And yet the Panthers have responded brilliantly, winning shootouts and defensive struggles alike during their three-game conference winning streak. Their taut 23-13 victory at Virginia last Friday may have been the closest they have come all season to fitting Narduzzi’s definition of “Pitt football.”Darrin Hall ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns. The defense sacked Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins five times. Alex Kessman drilled a 53-yard field goal and the Panthers pushed the Cavaliers around on the road.″(It’s) kind of what you want,” Narduzzi said. ”(An) old-school game. That’s who we are, what the city of Pittsburgh is.”Still, Narduzzi stressed it’s far too early for the Panthers to think they’ve arrived.“We haven’t done anything yet,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go. Premature victories are no good.”The road to the ACC championship, however, doesn’t look quite as daunting as it did six weeks ago. Virginia Tech’s bumpy resume includes losses to Old Dominion, Georgia Tech and Boston College. Wake Forest will play the rest of the year without injured starting quarterback Sam Hartman and Miami — the preseason pick to roll in the Coastal — is closer to last place than to first.All of which makes Pitt the favorite — or the closest thing to one — at getting a shot at the ACC’s Atlantic Division champion on Dec. 1. Heady territory for a group that has faced one of the most difficult schedules around.“I don’t think anybody has played five Top 25 football teams in the country, which we have,” Narduzzi said. “We faced five of them so far. Wasn’t an easy schedule. Everybody knew it wasn’t an easy schedule coming into the year. After the game is over, no one says, ‘But it’s a hard schedule.’ What other way would you want it?”Narduzzi isn’t too concerned about his team getting caught up in the hype. Facing the Hokies should be enough. Pitt had a chance to win in Blacksburg last year but lost 20-14 when it failed to score on four plays from the Virginia Tech 1 in the final moments, a defeat that ultimately prevented the Panthers from becoming bowl eligible and one that Narduzzi still finds himself replaying in his mind 12 months later.Pitt has a chance to erase that memory on Saturday while inching closer to an improbable division title. Not that Narduzzi wants to talk about it. He’d rather his team just go out and play and worry about what it all means later.He didn’t change the way the Panthers practiced when they were struggling in September. He’s not going to change anything now that they’re rolling in November.“We do what we do, offensively, defensively, structurally,” Narduzzi said. “Our days don’t change. We try to keep things as similar, as familiar with the kids as we possibly can.”Even as they prepare for a potential trip to unfamiliar territory.___More AP college football: and read more

COVID-19 Update for Thurston County

first_imgFacebook216Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyAccording to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS), there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 originating in Thurston County. Thurston County is working closely with the state Department of Health (DOH) and other local partners to provide up-to-date, reliable, accurate information to the public and other partners regarding the rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 outbreak.PHSS is monitoring and responding to the situation day and night and working to provide support to the public and our community partners. The county will keep the media and public updated through news releases, social media posts, and website updates as the situation changes.People who are at increased risk of illness include:Healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patientsPeople who have had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patientsTravelers returning from travel in countries with community spreadOlder people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, people who have weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant“Due to the nature of how viruses are transmitted, we expect that we will see COVID-19 cases in our community. The vast majority of people who contract this virus will experience mild or moderate symptoms and fully recover,” said Schelli Slaughter, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Director. “In order to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who are at higher risk of complication, we are encouraging people to cover their coughs, stay home if they are sick, and wash hands often and thoroughly.”  Testing for COVID-19There is criteria that must be met for someone to be tested. PHSS recommends persons experiencing symptoms of an illness and are concerned about fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call their healthcare provider to seek medical advice and direction.What about school or event closures?At this time, Thurston County PHSS officials are not recommending school or event closures. If that changes, the county will notify the public and the media through news releases, social media posts, and website updates.What can you do right now? There are many specific actions you can take now to help keep your family safe:Wash your hands often! Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice).If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.Avoid touching your face. Your eyes, nose, and mouth are open doors for germs, especially when you touch them with unwashed hands.Avoid people who are sick. Steer clear of illnesses, if possible.Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then throw that tissue away and, again, WASH YOUR HANDS!Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces often, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.Stay home if you’re sick.Call first. If you or a family member are sick and plan to seek care, call first. Healthcare partners need to prepare for people who are showing symptoms—or direct you to the appropriate resource.Stay informed. Follow and share trusted sources of accurate public health information.Make sure your family emergency plan is in place, should you need it.For more information on how you can prepare your family or business, read here. More information on COVID-19 is available at:Washington State Department of HealthThurston County Public Health and Social ServicesCenters for Disease Control and PreventionWashington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-800-525-0127Follow Thurston County on social media for the most updated information:Facebook – Thurston County WashingtonTwitter – @ThurstonCountyFor questions about the potential isolation and quarantine site at Maple Lane in South Thurston County, please contact Lisa Stromme, Washington State Department of Health, at 360-628-7883 or [email protected]last_img read more