WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Karen West for five question questions. With her husband Frank, Karen is the longtime coordinator of the Marine Corp Reserves’ Toys For Tots program in Wilmington.Why did you get involved with the Toys For Tots Program?“We’ve been involved for 22 years. We got started because we wanted to do something in the community to help out. We figured this would be a very good way to give back to the community. We started a Toys For Tots drive in Wilmington, then Tewksbury asked us to start one up over there. Over time, Frank and I became the zone managers for both Wilmington & Tewksbury.”Where can Wilmington residents drop off their toy donations?“We have approximately 78 donation boxes between Wilmington and Tewksbury. Some of the locations in Wilmington include Market Basket, Super Cuts, Wilmington Dance Academy, both Reading Cooperative Banks, Eastern Bank, Firestone, All Floorz, Planet Fitness, and the list goes on and on.”When is the deadline for toy donations?“We’re looking for new, unwrapped toys. The deadline is Friday, December 14. We’re trying to get as many donations as possible by December 12. This year, there’s a concentration on toys for infants (0-2) and children (12 and up).”How many toys do you collect in Wilmington each year?“We used to count, but we no longer count [due to the overwhelming response from the community]. I can say we usually fill up the storage pod outside our building at least twice.”How did you land Rick Middleton for your big Toys For Tots Drive Fundraiser?“My husband Frank and I reach out to various organizations and let them know we’re looking for people to volunteer. Over the years, we’re worked with the Bruins Alumni Association. Rick was here many years ago. He also came last year and enjoyed himself so much, he asked if he could come back this year.”BONUS QUESTION: Do you do pickups?“If anyone needs us to pick up toy donations at their own location, they can call us at 978-658-1754 or 978-758-7824. Sometimes people have birthday parties or Christmas parties where they collect donations. We’ll gladly come and pick them up.”Karen WestLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Receives Award For Its Support Of ‘Toys for Tots’ Program; Collection Boxes Now OutIn “Community”PHOTOS: Bruins Great Rick Middleton Participates In Toys For Tots Drive In WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”
Tiger Shroff and Disha PataniTwitterNach Baliye 9 is set to hit the TV screens post-IPL and while the list of contestants has already started doing the rounds, the makers are trying their best to bring the best to the judges’ seat as well.Earlier, there were reports that Bollywood cute couple Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are in talks to judge the show, and while it is yet to be confirmed, another loveable B-Town couple have been approached to be in the judges’ panel.According to a report in SpotboyE, Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani may judge the show. However, given that the couple has still not made their relationship public, they may turn down the offer.Meanwhile, rumour has it that Salman Khan’s production venture that is co-producing TV show – The Kapil Sharma Show – is likely to produce Nach Baliye 9 as well. Not just that, the report also says that the dance reality show may see Katrina Kaif in the judge’s seat.Further, the reality show will have a superhot actress as host and its none other than the gorgeous Jennifer Winget. Joining Jennifer as a co-host will be Sunil Grover.Coming to the list of rumoured contestants, Divya Agarwal and Varun Sood, Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukhla, Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Reddy, Drashti Dhami and Neeraj Khemka, Rohan Mehra and Kanchi Singh, Sana Khan and Melvin Louis, Sumedh Mudgalkar and Mallika Singh, Siddharth Nigam and Avneet Kaur are likely to participate. Nach Baliye 8Twitter
Ajith in Nerkonda Paarvai.PR HandoutThe trailer from Ajith Kumar and Shraddha Srinath’s Nerkonda Paarvai has finally been released online and it has blockbuster written all over it. [Crawl down to watch the trailer]It is an intense trailer in which Ajith Kumar packs the punch with his solid screen presence. The drama majorly gets unfolded in court and the trailer gives a rough idea about the outline of the story. It looks like a faithful remake of Bollywood hit movie Pink, but the makers of the Tamil version seem to have made minor changes to suit the taste of the Tamil audience. One noticeable factor was Ajith’s action scene towards the end of the trailer. In the original, there was no such sequence. Nonetheless, Ajith’s action sequence remains one of the major attraction. Not to forget, it reminds the viewers of Rajinikanth’s iconic scene from Baasha where he gets beaten by the baddie after being tied up to a pole. Shraddha Srinath too leaves a good impact in the trailer. Unexpected Surprise The fans were not expecting the trailer and they were only hoping that the makers would give updates about the teaser from Nerkonda Paarvai. But the trailer release plan came out of the blue.Nerkonda Paarvai is about three girls, falsely accused of prostitution and murder attempt, fighting for justice with the support of a lawyer played by Amitabh Bachchan in the original.In Nerkonda Paarvai, the actor, who is known as Thala to his fans, will be the defense lawyer. H Vinoth-directorial movie has Vidya Balan playing Thala’s wife, while Shraddha Srinath, Andrea Tariang and Abhirami Venkatachalam are in the important roles. Delhi Ganesh, Arjun Chidambaram, Ashwin Rao and others are in the cast.Watch the trailer here:
The Election Commission of India on Sunday appreciated the role of Bangladesh Election Commission saying it was “meticulous planning and organization”, reports UNB.”….a lot of gaiety was visible. Whatever we’ve perceived I think it was very meticulous planning and meticulous organisation by the Bangladesh Election Commission,” Ariz Aftab, chief electoral officer of West Bengal, told reporters at a city hotel sharing their experience.Aftab said the election commission of Bangladesh and the Election Commission of India have a long-standing relationship of cooperation and cordial relationship.He said teams from Bangladesh EC have regularly visited India during Indian elections and it has been a long-standing precedence of visits from the Indian EC to witness the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh.This time also the EC of India has sent a three-member team to Bangladesh to witness the parliamentary elections, Aftab said.During the polls of the day, he said, they visited few polling stations. “We definitely feel that there has been very meticulous planning as per as the EC of Bangladesh is concerned.””We hope that through this visit the relationship between the EC of India and the EC of Bangladesh will be strengthened…this is to carry forward good and cordial relationship between the election commissions of the two countries,” Aftab added.
The ministry of shipping on Monday formed a committee to investigate the death of a teenage boy in an ambulance on a ferry ‘as its departure was delayed by three hours for an additional secretary’, reports UNB.The probe body, headed by joint secretary Shahnewaz Dilruba Khan, was asked to submit the investigation report within seven working days, said an official release.It said necessary steps will be taken once the report is submitted.The release said a report published in different dailies on Monday and aired by a television channel on the death of the teenage patient drew attention of the ministry.Claiming that the report not fully correct, it said there is no additional or assistant secretary or any official named Abdus Sabur Mondol in the shipping ministry and no official car of the ministry or any agency under it crossed the Padma river using Kathalbari-Shimulia ferry route on that day.According to a report published in different national dailies, Titash Ghosh, a sixth grader who was in an ambulance on a ferry died on Sunday as the authorities allegedly delayed the departure of a ferry at Kathalbari jetty in Madaripur for Abdus Sabur Mondol, an additional secretary to the shipping ministry.
Share Stephanie Kuzydym for The Texas TribuneStreets flood in central Houston during heavy rain on July 4, 2018.Hurricane Harvey left Ty Boufford’s home with 8 inches of water when it struck the Houston area last August. For several days after, Boufford and his family were trapped in their Humble home because of street flooding.On Thursday, Boufford was once again cleaning up the aftermath of a flood, this time as an employee at Eleanor Tinsley Park in the city. Flash floods on Wednesday led to Buffalo Bayou flooding into the park, the cancellation of Fourth of July festivities, miles of submerged roadways and hundreds of stranded vehicles.“When I was here yesterday, and the water started coming up, the first thing I did was call my mom to make sure she was okay,” Boufford said. “I think I knew pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to be anything like Harvey, but flooding is just a part of life now here. We have to learn to expect it.”In the park, blue letters set up in the grass to spell “HOUSTON” floated downstream.It was the worst flooding the city has seen since Hurricane Harvey hit nearly a year ago.“It’s just a reminder for us that there’s still a lot of work that we need to do,” said Rob Lazaro, a spokesperson for the Harris County Flood Control District. “A lot of our efforts are still in recovery and emergency repair. The overall watershed improvements that folks are looking for — those, for the most part, have not occurred. They can take years to build.”Only a handful of structures were flooded, said Brian Kyle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Unlike Harvey, which hovered over the city for days, yesterday’s storms came in heavy bursts, he said, falling at a rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour.“That can’t be absorbed by the ground in that amount of time,” Kyle said. “It builds up in the streets, and that’s where you get street flooding. Water doesn’t really penetrate concrete really well. Even if the area was all grass, if you get that amount of rain in a short time period, it just doesn’t have time to soak it. It runs off, and that’s when you get flooding.”By the end of the day, the Houston Police Department had towed 347 vehicles, 92 of which were stranded in the water. The remaining 255 were the result of accidents throughout the day.Rick Flanagan, emergency manager for the city, called it a “tremendous and intense” amount of flooding. Taking note of forecasts, he said, city police, fire, and public works departments notified employees ahead of the holiday that extra manpower could be needed. It was.Involved departments continuously monitored the floods, he said, with police and fire departments feeding information about emergency calls back to Flanagan and his staff.Added public awareness also helped keep damage to a minimum, Flanagan said. The city issued alerts warning residents to avoid unnecessary travel, and even Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted warnings to residents.Had the flooding not occurred on a holiday, rush hour traffic could have made matters worse, Kyle said.“It’s never a good time to flood, but if it has to, a day when most people aren’t working or traffic isn’t as bad as it usually is is a benefit,” Kyle said. “That probably saved a couple of lives in itself.”Residents and business owners watched the rain cautiously.“Here we go again,” Amber Ely, manager of The Blue Fish Japanese Restaurant, said she remembered thinking. “I don’t think it will ever be like what it was during Harvey, but that’s still in the back of your head.”Alice Kimsong said she trusted the city to take proper precautions but was still scared. Kimsong is the manager of Padthai Thai Restaurant, located near Buffalo Bayou, a flood-prone body of water in the heart of the city.After Harvey, the restaurant went without power for one month and was out of business for six months due to repairs.“We just buy more insurance and after that there’s nothing we can do,” Kimsong said. “We can’t escape it where we are, so that’s all we can do.”Scattered rain continued throughout the area on Thursday, but Kyle said residents should expect anywhere from no rainfall to a half inch heading into the weekend. Flanagan said with such heavy rainfall on Wednesday, slowed rainfall later in the day was a blessing for the city. “The bayous and tributaries had already taken on a lot. We were worried about them coming over the banks,” he said. “Mother Nature really was kind yesterday.”