Croydon Hall Memorial Recalls “An Extraordinary Person”

first_imgThe memorial to Daniel Piano at Croydon in Leonardo.Colleen Piano speaks about her deceased son, Daniel as daughter Julianne Piano lends her support.By Eileen Moon MIDDLETOWN – Colleen Piano has many happy memories of her son, Daniel’s growing up years in Leonardo. “He was a special kid,” she said recently, recalling the many hours he spent playing ball and skateboarding at Croydon Hall, a township park off Leonardville Road.Only 18 years old, Daniel died on September 2 in an early morning accident on Chapel Hill Road in Middletown.Earlier that day, Daniel had been at Brookdale Community College, picking up textbooks he would need for his first semester as a college student.But that was not to be.His funeral took place on September 6, the day he would have started classes.As news of the accident circulated, his friends from high school quickly established a makeshift memorial for Daniel at the side of Chapel Hill Road, but that was not a place that his mother wanted to visit.“Losing a child is just horrific,” she told Colleen Piano speaks about her deceased son, Daniel as daughter Julianne Piano lends her support.he Two River Times last week. “I would give my right arm to have him back in my life.”Shy and reserved in his early years, Daniel grew into a sociable young man whose caring nature won him many friends.“In his 18 years, he touched so many lives,” Colleen said, who took a family leave from Monmouth Medical Center, where she is employed as an executive assistant, following the death of her son.In the midst of her grief, she paid a visit to a psychic – a former religious sister, who told her that she would receive a beautiful, handwritten letter.On the first of Nov., a handwritten letter arrived, written about Daniel by his Italian teacher in high school, Lina Santori. Santori related how Daniel had approached her at the start of the year, looking directly into her eyes as he introduced himself, saying, “How are you? I’m Dan Piano.”The simple introduction was a good example of Daniel’s concern for others, the teacher noted, commenting on what an extraordinary person Daniel was.“He was so much more mature than his peers – he became her favorite,” Colleen said.And as she struggled daily with her grief, Colleen decided that she needed to create a memorial to her son; a place of peace where she could remember again the happy years that Colleen, Daniel’s father, also Daniel Piano, and their daughter, Julianne, had shared with Daniel.After obtaining permission from the township, Colleen arranged for the construction of a memorial for Daniel at Corydon Hall, where Daniel had spent so many happy hours of his childhood.The costs involved in creating the memorial were covered by private donations as well as donations of labor and materials. The memorial includes a brick walkway, a park bench and a Kwanzan Cherry tree.On Nov. 20, the Piano family and their friends gathered at the memorial to share their tears, and to remember the gift of Daniel.last_img read more

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Leaf killer Scott Morriseau sinks Nelson in OT, Rebels one game away from advancing to Murdoch Final

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyMan that’s playoff hockey — not!In a game that most definitely had coaches Frank Maida and Steve Junker searching the trainer’s room for bottles of Alka-Seltzer to help cure strong cases of acid indigestion, the Castlegar Rebels somehow managed to pull out a 7-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League overtime victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.Scott Morriseau, scoring his sixth of the series, won the game in the final minutes of the first overtime period.“I don’t know about that one,” Morriseau responded when asked about if he’s the newest Leaf killer, “but things are definitely going my way right now.”Morriseau deflected a Riley Henderson point shot past a surprised Andrew Walton to give the Rebels a commanding 3-1 lead in the Murdoch Division semi final.Castlegar can eliminate the Leafs from the post-season and advance down the playoff trail against the winner of the Beaver Valley/Spokane series with a win Thursday in the Sunflower City.“I just decided to go straight to the net and luckily the puck went off my stick and into the net,” said Morriseau, describing the game-winner at the 8:55 mark of overtime.The contest did not go according to textbook for both teams.Two teams that combined for 17 goals in three games — only three in game two— scored nine in the opening 20 minutes Tuesday. After building a 2-0 lead on goals by Brendan Heinrich and Stuart Walton 39 seconds apart, the teams traded volleys until Nick Newman finished off the scoring in the final minute of the frame.“We’re not a team that gives up that many goals, especially in the first period,” Morriseau said. “Obviously we talked about that and we have to bare down to next game.”Despite struggling with defensive zone coverage the Leafs battled back — tying the game on a goal by Patrick Martens with 35 seconds remaining in the third period —  and had two or three chances to win the game in the extra period.Nelson now must win three straight games to avoid being eliminated in the first round for the second straight year.“It’s depressing,” said Leaf forward Colton Schell“Everyone is taking it hard in the dressing room. We really needed this game.”The game was a career night for Castlegar rookie Brendan Heinrich, who finished the game with two goals and three assists.Morriseau added had four points while Henderson, Tyler Robinson, Connor Bowen also scored for Castlegar.Max Mois, having a bounce-back game as he continually pounded the Castlegar defence with several crushing bodychecks, Matthew Naka, J.J. Beitel and Carsen Willans, scoring his first career playoff goal, completed the Nelson scoring.Nelson out shot Castlegar by a 44-32 count, including an 18-4 margin in the third period.“It seems (Castlegar) is a way more energized on the bench then we are . . . everyone yelling after big hits, goal or back check,” Schell explained. “Our guys are a lot more quiet . . . we don’t have that many leaders on our team.”Game time Thursday is 7:30 p.m.GAME NOTES: One of the leaders not in the game Schell was talking about was team captain, Tyler Parfeniuk, who along with Walker Sidoni, missed the game due to sickness. Parfeniuk is hopeful to be back in the lineup for game five Thursday while Sidoni is most likely done for the playoffs. . . .The loss of Parfeniuk and Sidoni forced forward Cameron Dobransky back to the blue line core and allowed James Sorrey his first taste of the playoffs after being scratched from the first three games of the series. . . .Aaron Brewer left game in second period after taking a hit by Dallon Stoddart behind Castlegar net. . . .Nelson survived a two-man disadvantage in the second period. . . .Nelson lost the services of Nick Newman five minutes into the third after being checked to into the boards by Braydon Horcoff, who was given a five-minute major. Newman did return after being attended by the Leaf training staff. . . .Branden Amatto stopped 49 of 51 shots to lead the Spokane Braves to a 3-2 win over Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The Hawks lead the series 3-1 and can eliminate the Braves Thursday in Fruitvale.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Da Silva’s passion for gold

first_imgEvery cloud has a silver lining but it is not always easy to see. Disabled athlete Dylan da Silva has gone all out not only to see the silver lining, but also to grab it and hold on. A cyclist and swimmer, he has already notched up an impressive list of achievements, but he is not ready to rest yet.Dylan da Silva would love to win the Cape Argus, which is the world’s largest individually timed cycle raceDriven by a passion to do what many people would call impossible, his next goals are to climb Kilimanjaro and to represent the rainbow nation in the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil. By conquering Africa’s highest mountain, he hopes he will inspire others, as well as raise funds to help other disabled people reach their peak – to find what he calls “Nolimbits”, a personal slogan taken from the Guts2Glory motto “No Limits”.Guts2Glory is a non-profit organisation founded by Lee Mc Queen and friends with a goal to help raise funds for underprivileged disabled athletes, helping them to realise their dream to compete in the Paralympics and other competitions.The group is also helping Da Silva in his Kilimanjaro efforts; he hopes to climb the mountain in January 2014, a date that is dependent on how many sponsors get on board.The 19-year-old is also looking for help from anyone willing to spread their wings in hopes of having him bring home the gold in 2016.Already through its campaign, Wingz of Change, Ballz Visual Radio 93.8 Mix FM, a Gauteng radio station, has donated a bicycle since Da Silva’s five-year-old one was getting a bit too small for him to use in competitions. Wingz of Change aims to help one person a week.The athlete says: “I can consult with a bicycle specialist to customise the bicycle to accommodate my disability … I am training towards Brazil, which is my ultimate dream and goal – to participate in the Paralympics – but first I’ll take it one step at a time and focus on next year’s race.”THE CAPE ARGUS A cyclist and swimmer,  Da Silva has already notched up an impressive list of achievements, but he is not ready to rest yetHe would love to win the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on 9 March 2014. The annual cycle race around the peninsular is the world’s largest individually timed cycle race.Da Silva is an active person who wants to accomplish the top level in all things he pursues. This drive began when he was still young. “I have always been an active child,” he says, “and I had a great interest in sport. I wanted to join my older brother in swimming but in the beginning, because of the difference in the length of my arms, I would swim in circles until finally I could swim in a straight line.”He was inspired by his mother Melissa da Silva, who has always held that “you won’t know what you’re capable of until you try”.He adds: “I always try to do not the best but to give it my all in everything I do in life. I was born with phocomelia. My left arm ends at the elbow with just a stump and my right arm is three quarters in length with no elbow and half a hand with two fingers that could not bend.“I have since had surgery and am able to bend my fingers minimally.”Phocomelia is a birth defect in which the upper portion of a limb is absent or is poorly developed.Given his disability, it was difficult for his mother to find a swimming club, but she met swimming instructor Bonny Harris, who watched him swim in amazement. She quickly agreed to coach him. It was not long before Harris recommended that he become a registered swimmer and she found Da Silva a coach in Theo Verster, who was head coach at St Andrew’s Dragons.A CHAMPIONDa Silva is an active person who wants to accomplish the top level in all things he pursues (Images: Dylan da Silva)“I have been swimming competitively since 2008, winning many medals and I also hold a few South African records. During this time I was also cycling but not as competitively as the swimming. However, I’ve being participated in South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled every year since 2007 in both swimming and cycling, also winning many medals. I also hold a few South African records in cycling.”In his competitive career, Da Silva has clocked up five bronze, 23 silver and 30 gold medals. He also won four South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled in Port Elizabeth for swimming, and in Durban 2012 he went on to win a championship in cycling with two records and two more gold medals.About his heroes, he says: “I look up to my mom … most of who you would call my icons are now my friends and some are individuals with whom I compete.” Nolimbits indeed“I received a medal in 2008 from Central Gauteng Sports and Recreation for all my achievements at the South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled.”It takes a strong heart to stand up against the odds and what this young man has done and is still doing is truly a story of hope. By not looking at what he doesn’t have but how far he is willing to go, he is inspiring those around him.Most recently, he was in Cape Town where he took part in the Spin for a Dream, which was made possible by Guts2Glory. “I want people to know that just because you have neither legs nor arms we are all different in a way as humans and if you have the passion for it you can make it,” says Da Silva.For more information or to help Da Silva reach his goals, email Melissa da Silva on mdasilva@micsa.co.za or Lee Mc Queen on lee@guts2glory.co.za.last_img read more

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Ateneo rout a ‘wakeup call’ for UP early in UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tyler Tio makes up for lost time, debuts with a splash for Ateneo LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “What happened to us was like a wakeup call. We need to recover quickly,” said Desiderio in Filipino after his team slipped to 1-1. “It was really a struggle, we were scouted very well and almost all of our plays were countered.”UP head coach Bo Perasol called it a “rude awakening” but it was also something that his Fighting Maroons were eager to move past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had to move on immediately,” said Perasol in Filipino. “There’s really nothing left to do, we lost badly but it happens. We move on to Sunday and hope that we have a better game.”Against the hot shooting Blue Eagles, the Maroons were dismal on the floor, going 25-of-67 from the field. They also got sorely outrebounded, 51-38. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was on a high after a dramatic 74-73 opening win over University of Santo Tomas after wingman Paul Desiderio hit a dagger of a three-pointer on Sunday.Come Wednesday, the Fighting Maroons were sent crashing back to reality after Ateneo put on a display for the convincing 92-71 win as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament continued.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ For Desiderio’s part, he finished with just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting after scoring 17 points against the Growling Tigers.“I think we were complacent and we weren’t focused because of that,” said Desiderio. “I wasn’t able to adjust, I was too focused on scoring.”UP has a chance to bounce back on Sunday against University of the East, which has yet to win in two matches so far.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

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PBA D-League: Cignal-Ateneo destroys McDavid by 75 points

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Maodo Malick Diouf bullied his way to 22 points, 10 coming in the final frame, and 19 rebounds.“We just got to be ready for every situation. Marinero was able to catch up and get the lead, but we’re able to regroup, kept our poise, and played defense. That’s what has been keeping us to where we are,” said CEU head coach Derrick Pumaren.The Scorpions held a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter before it broke the game wide open in the fourth period behind Diouf.Angelo Kouame and Thirdy Ravena each scored 16 points while Mike Nieto added 11 for Ateneo, which rolled to its sixth victory in seven stints.Marlon Monte had 11 points for McDavid (1-5), which trailed, 90-28, after three quarters.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagles opened the game with a 31-5 lead and continued to pounce on their lowly foes up to the final buzzer.Ateneo’s 75-point rout fell just a point short from matching the D-League mark of the biggest winning margin set by Tanduay in a 141-65 thrashing of Zark’s Burger two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMcDavid, however, managed to break a league record for all the wrong reasons as the squad’s 31 points were the fewest points scored by a team in a single game.In the other game, Centro Escolar University got going late to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 93-76, and stay undefeated at 6-0. Go for Gold riders brace for 2019 Asian Road Cycling Championships PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img McDavid scored only three points in the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—It took Cignal-Ateneo just one quarter to put McDavid away en route to a 106-31 dismantling that nearly set a PBA D-League record Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Zaha and China?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists there’s been no offer from China for Wilfried Zaha.Hodgson has claimed Crystal Palace know nothing about a Chinese mega-money offer for Zaha in the January window.And Hodgson said: “The speculation we have had so far I have got to say I find it hard to take seriously but who knows? Perhaps I shall be very surprised.“I don’t know if you sign a new five-year contract in the Premier League and then go to China at the age of 26. But who knows? Perhaps I am naïve. Perhaps it does happen.”All I do know is that no-one at the club knows anything at all about this story.” last_img read more

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9 months agoBenkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester return

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Benkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester returnby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilip Benkovic says he will be ready for the Premier League after his loan stint with Celtic. The Leicester City defender has earned rave reviews for his performances in Scotland this season.And he thinks the experience will set him up perfectly for a return to the King Power.”In this period at Celtic, I feel I’ve improved as a player every day,” he told the Scottish Sun. “Here, I have to the scope to work on every aspect of my game.”That’s vital if I want to go on to play at the very top level. I feel good here and that I’m doing a good job.”Later in my career, when I look back, I want to say I did well at Celtic. I want to know that I worked hard and was very humble during my time in Scotland.”This will prepare me for the Premier League. Experience is so important for a player because it then makes it easier to deal with certain situations.”It makes you smarter. But nothing can happen without hard work because I think the Premier League is the No.1 in the world.”Here at Celtic, I play with pressure, which is good. But that’s normal for me – I came from a club in Croatia where it was the same.”I like that, I enjoy the pressure. To me that’s a positive, now and moving forward.”The last information I had from Leicester was that I am staying at Celtic until the end of the season.”I enjoy it here so that’s what I’m focusing on. After that, we will speak and see what’s for the best.”I’m having fun here and want more of it.” last_img read more

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3 days agoArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!

first_imgArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was upset with Nicolas Pepe after defeat at Sheffield United last night.The Gunners’ £72million summer signing missed a sitter when the game was goalless – and is yet to score from open play for his new club.Lys Mousset then struck for the brilliant Blades, as Arsenal, who have never won at Sheffield United in the Premier League in four attempts, missed the chance to go third.Gunners boss Emery moaned: “The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key.“Because if they score the first goal, defensively they are a very strong team.“Pepe is improving but the next step for him is to score.“Usually he is going to score chances like that – but tonight he didn’t take his chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Someone Left An Extremely NSFW Message On The 2014 Results Page Of The ACC Media Guide

first_imgNC State 2014 football schedule featuring a NSFW message.Twitter/@MrsTylerKSR Being an intern isn’t always fun. Occasionally, you’ll get stuck typing up menial things, like the 2014 schedules and results for the ACC’s 14 member schools. As frustrating and tedious as that may get, dropping an F-bomb and forgetting to deleting it, and then having that print out in every edition of the guide being given out at ACC media days probably isn’t the best course of action. Or, perhaps they’re not a fan of Wake Forest’s poor season? The Clawfense is a work in progress, give it time sir!Part of me laughed, part died, when I saw three-word “error” on page 145 in ACC FB media guide unveiled today. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/WVAv64QQlp— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) July 20, 2015Yeah, somebody’s getting fired.last_img read more

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Starkey Hearing Foundation to Help New Orleans Hear the Big Game

first_imgStarkey Hearing Foundation will conduct a service mission in New Orleans Saturday, Feb. 2, the day before the professional football championship game.Starkey Hearing Foundation is dedicated to bringing understanding among individuals and communities by providing the gift of hearing. On this mission, the foundation will continue fulfilling its commitment to provide 100,000 hearing aids to people in need annually, and 1 million by 2020, as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).The Foundation’s team of audiologists and staff will fit each of the more than 100 pre-selected recipients—including 12 local musicians—with their own customized, digital hearing device. Hearing is so important to the playing and enjoyment of music, and music is the pulse that drives New Orleans culture, which is why this mission will take place at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Musician’s Village.Musicians’ Village is one of the most recognized post-Katrina rebuilding efforts of the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity (NOAHH). This project, spearheaded by New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, was created as a way to preserve the local music and culture.Celebrity and professional athlete volunteers commonly assist at the Foundation’s missions where they witness the life-changing impact of this cause and support recipients as they are fitted with their new hearing aids. As part of the mission, recipients also receive audio testing, counseling and instruction on how to care for their new devices, all courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation.“Music plays a significant role in New Orleans’ heritage and culture and I’m delighted to return to this area to give the gift of hearing once again,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Watching somebody light up as they hear music clearly again is an incredible experience and sharing that moment is something you never forget.”Starkey Hearing Foundation’s New Orleans Mission is one of dozens conducted each year by the Foundation, both domestically and internationally. Hearing missions are the primary way Starkey Hearing Foundation realizes its goal: So the World May Hear. As a CGI member, the Foundation has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids to individuals in need by the end of this decade.According to Starkey Hearing Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive, affecting 34 million Americans – or one in 10. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority of cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community and the world around them.More information about the foundation’s work can be found at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s website, as well as via Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages.last_img read more

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