A Florida family thought they adopted a child named Natalia Grace but later speculated that she was woman posing as a little girl.Michael and Kristine Barnett adopted Natalia in Florida in 2010 and were told she was from Ukraine and had a rare form of dwarfism that makes it difficult to gauge her age. Michael Barnett said the couple believed the girl was 6.The couple, who are now divorced, claim they were scammed into adopting Natalia, who they claim is really a 30-year-old woman.Now, the Ukrainian woman claiming to be the birth mother of Natalia says her daughter is definitely a child, despite her adoptive parents claiming she is a mentally disturbed adult who terrorized their family.Natalia’s story went viral in September when her adoptive parents, the Barnetts, were charged with with neglect.The Barnetts are accused of legally changing Natalia’s age to from 8 to 22 in 2012, and moving to Canada without her. Prosecutors say she was a child at the time.Kristine Barnett told Daily Mail Online that Natalia terrorized her family. Natalia is now living with another family in Indiana.Daily Mail reporters Will Stewart, Svetlana Skarbo, and Ben Ashford found a woman claiming to be Natalia’s birth mother in Ukraine, who told the site that her daughter is a child, and that she was forced to put her up for adoption because of the girl’s physical disabilities.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0The Minnaert Art Gallery CREDIT: www.spscc.ctc.eduBy MorganEvery student has probably wondered what their professor’s do in their every day lives. If they actually have a passion for what they teach in the classroom that carries over into the realm of their sparse free time. This year, with the return of the Art Faculty Exhibit, the students at South Puget Sound Community College (2011 Mottman Rd. Olympia, WA 98512) will get to see what their art professors are capable of. Members of the art faculty on campus will be taking over the Minnaert Center Art Gallery usually dominated by student pieces, from October 3rd to November 23rd. The featured pieces will showcase their diverse talents in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and more. Even if you do not attend the college, the gallery is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 4PM, so you can still get a chance to admire all of the amazing work. Later on in the month, there will be a special opening reception for the exhibit from 6PM to 9PM inside the gallery. If you enjoyed any particular pieces earlier in the month, stop by and say hello to the artist who created them! For more information, email the gallery at: [email protected] or call: (360) 596-5527
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsMeow Meow, scheduled to perform on April 4, has been cancelled. According to Executive Director Jill Barnes, “The artist is currently in Paris, and combined with the current realities of Washington State and the recent travel ban from Europe, Meow Meow will not be able to perform in Olympia.”The Health and safety of our patrons is always a top priority. We are closely monitoring the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and are committed to keeping the community informed about actions we are taking to prevent its spread.Increased sanitation practices have been implemented for all areas of the theater. This includes frequent disinfecting of high-use areas such as theater seats, restrooms, door handles, hand rails, and elevator buttons. Hand sanitizer will be available at main entrances to the lobby and theater spaces. We also encourage staff, volunteers, and patrons to stay home if they are unwell.The Washington Center will be keeping our community informed as quickly as possible regarding show cancellations due to COVID-19 and Governor Inslee’s mandate for immediate prohibition around public gatherings and events. Ticket holders will be emailed directly with show specific details.Please visit our website for daily performance and event updates www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.
By John BurtonRED BANK – West Side Lofts, a large commercial and residential project under construction, is moving forward but will take longer to complete than initially planned.Construction for West Side Lofts, on the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue, is now expected to be completed at the end of 2014.“We’re definitely going to be pushed back to the end of the year (2014),” for completion of the project at the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue, said Stephen Santola, executive vice president and general counsel of Woodmont Properties, Fairfield, a principal in the project.Last October, company estimates put the completion date in the first quarter of 2014.“The storm definitely had something to do with it,” Santola said, referring to Super Storm Sandy that delayed work, supplies and caused the loss of electricity for about two weeks.“It’s also a complicated project” that includes a substantial integrated garage system and “sometimes those take a little longer,” he said. The construction also requires additional fabricated pieces “to get over the technical bumps.”“We’re not building a single-family home,” he said. “There are a lot of moving parts.”So far work is largely complete on the multi-level 85,000-plus square-foot parking garage that contains 221 stalls.The next phase of the work on the approximately 1.8-acre property will be delivery and placement of vertical steel beams, and the laying of cement footings – expected to begin in August, according to Santola.“We’re pleased” with how the work is proceeding, Santola said, adding that the company officials are hoping work will accelerate from here on with “the pieces of the puzzle coming together.”Last fall, the developers said the project is expected to cost approximately $35 million to $40 million.Plans call for 92 rental units, mostly one-and two-bedrooms, with three artist living/work spaces. On the commercial side, the Triumph Brew Pub, with locations in Princeton, New Hope and Philadelphia, will use 10,510 square feet of the commercial space. There will be an additional 11,353 of retail space available with the developers looking to attract arts-oriented businesses.The developers are Woodmont and Metrovation, a Washington State-based real estate development firm which has such area holdings as The Grove in Shrewsbury and Brook 35 Plaza in Sea Girt.Metrovation will be responsible for leasing the commercial space with Woodmont handling the construction and residential leasing components.The site had been the location of Blaisdell Lumber, the Monmouth Antique Shoppes and storage structures.Borough officials have touted the large project as a key component in helping revitalize the borough’s west side.
Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County will be offering two volunteer-tutor trainings and a U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class this fall.Autumn Tutor Training 1 will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept.18 through Oct. 23 at Brookdale Community College’s Higher Education Center, 213 Broadway, Room 103, Long Branch.Autumn Tutor Training 2 will be held 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 18, 25, at the Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune.Cost for the program is $10 nonrefundable registration fee and an additional $35 for books and materials due at the first session for books and materials. Refresher courses are free to trained tutors. Class size is limited.U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class is a 10-week class to be offered on Monday evenings Sept. 16 through Nov. 18 at Brookdale Community College in Long Branch, 213 Broadway, Room 103, Long Branch. This class is recommended for Permanent Residents (green card status) who will be applying for U.S. Citizenship in 2013-2014. Students should have English speaking, reading and writing skills. Topics will cover the naturalization process, U.S. history, civics, testing, interview practice and N-400 application content as well as the “100 questions.” Class size is limited to 15 students and there is a $10 registration/materials charge per student.To register for any of these programs, or to find out more about Literacy Volunteers, contact LVMC at 732-571-0209.
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – The township’s governing body unanimously approved an extensive 150-acre redevelopment plan for the famed Circus Liquors property along Route 35 earlier this week, paving the way for decreased densities and more control over any future development.The Circus Liquors Redevelopment Plan lays groundwork for smaller zoning permissions on the mostly vacant tract of land that stretches about a half-mile from Kanes Lane to Kings Highway East along Route 35 north.This new plan permits up to 400,000 square feet of commercial space and up to 400 townhomes on the site. That is a decrease compared to a 2009 court settlement that allowed for 610,000 square feet of retail space and 504 housing units.Middletown mayor Kevin Settembrino“Will that property be developed? It will be developed,” Mayor Kevin Settembrino said moments before his affirmative vote. “Are we taking steps to try to develop it as responsibly as possible and within as small of a footprint as possible? I think we are.”The next step is for the governing body to work on and sign a redevelopers’ agreement with the two prospective developers/contract purchasers for the Circus Liquors property – National Realty & Development Corp. (NRDC) for the commercial portion and Toll Brothers for the residential. Both companies would still need to progress through formal site plan applications with the Middletown Township Planning Board, a process that township officials admitted could take months.But that’s not to say Middletown’s governing body favors development on this last real piece of major developable land along Route 35.“If it was up to me, we’d have a bunch of soccer fields on the property,” said Middletown Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore. “But I don’t own the property and the township doesn’t own the property. All we can do, from a township governing body respect, is zoning.”“Change happens…I think we all want the same thing. I don’t think any of you want anything different than I want here,” committeewoman Patricia Snell said.Township counsel Brian Nelson and township administrator Tony Mercantante both said Monday evening this reduced plan would help Middletown satisfy and shore up its affordable housing obligations. A Builder’s Remedy lawsuit could be filed if a settlement isn’t hashed out, Mercantante explained.“If this were to not happen, (affordable housing advocates) would have a lot of ammunition to say the town’s not doing the right thing,” he said. “We would lose complete control over the property and things could end up a lot worse.”Nearly 200 residents stuffed town hall Monday evening for a public hearing on the plan which lasted over five hours, into the wee morning hours Tuesday. More than 30 people, most of them in opposition, spoke on the record.Concerns about various aspects related to any future project-specific plan were aired, but Settembrino declined to comment on them and suggested any concerned homeowners bring those questions to the formal planning board meetings.One of the most talked about items was the traffic impact of any development to that section of Route 35. Middletown Township has hired a traffic expert to prepare a third-party traffic study of the nearby areas but it is still in a draft form and not publicly available.“Chapel Hill Road, Bamm Hollow Road, Red Hill Road – these are going to be filled with traffic all the time and that’s going to be a real problem,” said Robert Meyer.Elaine Lent, a parishioner at Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, read a letter from the church’s leadership detailing major issues with increased traffic from a development.“The impact of the proposed development will have negative effects on our church site” and traffic “would produce a dangerous excess of cars on Kings Highway going past our church,” Lent said.Laura Patten, who lives in the Carriage Drive development off Kings Highway East, was worried about setbacks from her property line to the residential townhouse piece.“The last thing I want is people sitting in their living rooms, looking out their windows and looking into my backyard and into my neighbors’ backyards,” she said.Residents also challenged the actual proceedings leading up to Monday night’s meeting. Former township committeeman and Democratic candidate for office this year, Sean Byrnes, pushed the governing body to table the vote and hold public sessions with residents to discuss the traffic plans and concerns about the commercial and residential pieces.He questioned whether any legitimate issues brought up during the five-hour-long public comment session could be addressed.“I don’t think this process that’s been set up where you have all these people here tonight giving you comments realistically allows for those comments to go anywhere,” said Byrnes.The redevelopment plan designation is another chapter in the nearly 25-year saga involving these parcels. A 1994 “town center” plan proposed 1.7 million square feet of retail space and 425 housing units on the property. Township officials fought that project and eventually settled in court, reaching the former 610,000-square-foot, 504-unit zone parameters.This article was first published in the August 23-30, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Don Courson of Castlegar outlasted Crawford Bay’s Leif Petersen by two strokes to capture the 2011 Senior Men’s Open last month at the Balfour Golf and Country Club. Courson finished the 18-hole tournament with a 3-over-par 75 to nip Petersen of Kokanee Springs. Marc Cross of Birchbank won Low Net honours, edging Ken England and Bob Hale by a pair of shots. Cross finished with a net 66. Flight winners included Petersen taking first flight. England and Bob Hale were tied for Low Net. Bob Matthew won second flight with a score of 81. Barry Bernard and Dwayne Grieve finished one-two in Low Net with 67 and 69, respectively. Don Howie won third flight with an 86 with Albert Volpatti topping Low Net with 69. He was one shot better than Hugh Blackstock. Norm Cassels took fourth flight honours with an 88 while Ron Pederson and Merv Schmidt tied for Low Net at 67.
They opened their semester schedule last Saturday in Burnaby, when they spotted SFU a goal before scoring three unanswered in a 3-1 victory. The WolfPack are led offensively by the trio of Josh MacDonald, Duncan Schulz and Tyler Berkholtz, who have combined for 76 points and sit third, fourth and eighth amongst the league’s scoring leaders. Simon Fraser, meanwhile, looked to have a stranglehold on first place in the BCIHL after starting the season with six consecutive wins, but the Clan have since dropped three of their last seven games.The first of those defeats came in Castlegar on November 16th when the Saints scored nine goals. SFU does boast the league’s top two scorers in Nick Sandor and Jono Ceci, who have 60 points between them. “Both TRU and SFU are tough opponents, particularly at home,” says Dubois. “There’s a lot of skill on both those rosters, so you need to compete at a high level and play a responsible two-way game to have a chance at picking up points in their rinks.” Friday’s game in Kamloops is set for an 8:30 p.m. faceoff while Saturday’s match-up in Burnaby will begin at 7 p.m. Both games can be viewed live at www.FastHockey.com. The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program will look to take sole possession of first place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings this weekend when they face a pair of tough road games to open the second half of their 2013/14 regular season schedule. The Saints will open the trip on Friday night against Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops before traveling to Burnaby for a match-up with Simon Fraser University on Saturday.All three teams are currently tied for first place in the league standings, with Selkirk and SFU (both 10-3-0) having a pair of games in hand over TRU (10-5-0). The swing will give the Saints an opportunity to avenge a pair of road losses to their weekend opponents in October, when they dropped a 5-2 decision the WolfPack and a 5-3 loss to the Clan. “There’s no question that these are two big games to kick off the semester,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We’ve been very successful on home ice up to this point in the season but we need to match that same level of preparation, focus and execution when we’re on the road. It’s a tough trip with a lot of time on the bus, but there’s no place for excuses in games like these; the results are what matter.” Thompson Rivers is riding a hot streak that has seen the team collect eight wins in their past nine games.