He may only be a freshman, but Ben Ramin is no stranger to Syracuse soccer.The Ramin family has been connected to the program for years. Ben’s father, Peter, played at SU from 1979 to 1980, while his uncle, Greg, played for the Orange from 1979 to 1982.Continuing the soccer tradition played a key role in Ben’s decision to come to Syracuse.“When originally I was making my decision I thought it would be cool to follow in my father’s footsteps,” Ramin said, later adding that while it wasn’t the deciding factor in his decision, “it was an added plus.”Ramin is a product of C.W. Baker High School in nearby Baldwinsville, where fellow freshmen Alex Bono and Andrew Coughlin also called home. They all attended high school together. Ramin stood out in his senior year, tallying 16 goals and eight assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt C.W. Baker, his teammates noticed his work ethic.“He works really hard on and off the field every single day,” Bono said. “It pays off for him. He’s a good player because of it.”Not only has the work paid off for Ramin, but for his high school teammates as well. Ramin attributes part of his success to the fact that his C.W. Baker teammates were able to push one another in high school competition.“Being able to compete with them on a daily basis helps me be at a higher level,” Ramin said. “And we really push each other to be as good so we are all prepared for the high intensity of Division-I soccer.”Head coach Ian McIntyre has taken notice of Ramin’s dedication.“He wears his heart on his sleeve,” McIntyre said. ”He’s a tremendously hard-working individual.”Ramin’s work ethic landed him at Syracuse, where he is one of the members of a recruiting class that is unprecedented at SU. The class is ranked 14th nationally, the highest ranking for a recruiting class in Syracuse soccer history.While many could not fathom this quick of a turnaround for the SU soccer program following an abysmal 3-12-1 record in 2011, Ramin and the rest of the class saw an opportunity to change the culture of the program.They did exactly what they set out to do.Syracuse, with major contributions from the freshmen, soared to 12-6-0 this year, with a 5-3-0 record in the Big East.“This is our goal as a class coming in as freshmen to really help turn around the program,” Ramin said of his teammates.Ramin was not a major contributor this season. He only logged 108 minutes and scored his only goal in Syracuse’s 6-0 rout of Colgate back on Sept. 3.With a wealth of talented players contributing early in their collegiate careers, Ramin will only add more firepower to the Orange as it gets ready to prepare for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013.McIntyre sees a bright future ahead of the young star.“He’s a physical player, and we feel that he can score goals,” McIntyre said. “His best years are ahead of him.” Comments Published on November 15, 2012 at 12:03 am Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is recruiting for one vacancy on the Thurston Community Media (TC Media) Board.The TC Media Board sets policy for Thurston Community Media to assist residents and organizations to communicate information and exchange ideas through the medium of community access television. Board members serve three-year terms with no term limits. The TC Media Board meets on the last Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in TC Media studio A. Applicants must live in the City of Lacey or in Lacey’s Urban Growth Area (UGA).For more information or to get an application, contact Livia Romero at (360) 413-4387 or email@example.com. You can also download an application at ci.lacey.wa.us.
By Chris Rotolo |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – If a kid from Highlands who worked at the Quick Stop can make it, so can you.It’s a sentiment that local icon Kevin Smith has used to inspire a generation of independent filmmakers and one that holds weight, considering the Henry Hudson Regional High School alum was in fact an employee of the Leonardo convenience store while he wrote, directed and produced his breakthrough 1994 hit “Clerks.”A champion of independent film and the creative minds behind them, Smith has announced he’ll be coming home next month in support of the Atlantic Highlands-based FilmOneFest, where he’ll lead an intimate Q&A session on Sunday, May 6 at the vintage Atlantic Cinemas.“Whenever Kevin has hosted events like this, he’s always encouraging and supportive of the artists who are there to ask questions of him,” said Corinna Thuss, FilmOneFest managing director. “He’s genuine and speaks from the heart. He’s able to make a connection. That’s why his story continues to inspire. It’s his authenticity. You can’t fake that and it resonates.”Thuss is in her fourth year with the FilmOneFest – a showcase dedicated to two-minute-long films – and alongside festival founder Robert O’Connor and their staff of dedicated volunteers, the Atlantic Highlands native has worked to make the 10th anniversary of this celebration of the short film a special one.“I know 10 years is a special milestone for Robert and everyone involved and being able to have Kevin be part of the celebration speaks to how far this festival has come. We’re at a place now where we can properly host and promote a huge event featuring a filmmaker of his stature.”Smith is home recovering from life-saving surgery after he suffered a massive heart attack Feb. 25 while shooting a stand-up special in California. According to social media posts by Smith, he had a 100 percent blockage of his left anterior descending artery, also known as a widow-maker. His recovery is not expected to affect his attendance at the event.This is the second consecutive year Smith will be headlining a Q&A event in support of FilmOneFest and festival volunteer Janet Petersen is the one responsible for bringing the filmmaker on board.“Kevin has been a longtime friend of mine,” said Petersen, who met Smith in the eighth grade at Henry Hudson Regional School. “We connected from the very beginning. He was always someone that you just felt comfortable around. He genuinely cares about people and I think that’s why he and his work resonates so strongly with audiences.”Petersen, who attended college in California before settling with her family in the borough, became involved with FilmOneFest two years ago when she learned of the event through her volunteer work with the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.“The Arts Council offers a free summer arts camp that my two boys take part in and I wanted to give back to the organization that has given my kids so much,” said Petersen, a wealth manager at Oppenheimer. “That’s when I gave Kevin a call and mentioned the festival to him. He was on board immediately and asked what we could do.”The “Intimate Q&A with Kevin Smith” is not part of the scheduled FilmOneFest events but rather a precursor to the festivities, as the festival itself is set to take place on July 21.Tickets for the event are limited and can be purchased at filmonefest.org. There are 22 rows of seating in the Atlantic Cinemas theater. Access to premium seating (Rows 2 through 5) is $60, while regular admission seating is $55.Event Prep – The Kevin Smith Tour of the Jersey ShoreKevin Smith is the mastermind behind such revered cult classics as “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma,” a series of films that showcased the filmmaker’s adoration for his Bayshore roots by filming at least portions of the movies at various Jersey Shore locations.You can prepare for his forthcoming Q&A by taking this Kevin Smith Tour of the Jersey Shore:The Quick Stop: The tour starts where it all began for Smith, at the Quick Stop convenience store located at 58 Leonard Ave. in Leonardo. Smith filmed the majority of “Clerks” inside the shop, save for some street hockey antics on the roof and select scenes at the now defunct RST Video Rental. He also brought “Clerks II” to a heartwarming conclusion at the shop. Head inside to check out the Quick Stop’s “shrine” to Smith and search for the perfect dozen eggs.The Kings Arms Diner: When Ben Affleck delivered a royalty check to Jay and Silent Bob at this Belford eatery back in the 1997 film “Chasing Amy,” it was called the Marina Diner. Located at 553 Route 36, the diner has since been renamed the Kings Arms, but the layout is still the same. Walk inside, head to the left and pop a squat in the third booth on the right.Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash: Stopping by The Secret Stash at 35 Broad St. in Red Bank is a must for any fan on the Kevin Smith Tour of the Jersey Shore. None of his movies were filmed at the location, but you can see memorabilia from the sets of “Clerks II” and “Dogma.”Jack’s Music Shoppe: After perusing the stash, head across the street to Jack’s Music Shoppe at 30 Broad St. where scenes from “Chasing Amy” were shot. You can also sit on the steps of the apartment to the left of the legendary record store, the upstairs abode that Affleck and Jason Lee called home in the 1997 film.Victory Park: Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Red Bank by heading down River Road to Victory Park in Rumson. It was on the swing set where Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams fell in love in “Chasing Amy.”Silver Ball Museum: One thing you may not have known about God – or Alanis Morissette, who played the supreme being in Smith’s 1999 production “Dogma” – is that the omniscient being is a big fan of ski ball, or at least that’s what Smith led us to believe in his star-studded spiritual satire. God can be seen strolling on the Asbury Park Boardwalk after a ski ball binge at the 1000 Ocean Ave. locale.The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel: In “Chasing Amy” Affleck and Lee play a pair of successful comic book artists who we first see at a local comic convention. The convention was shot in the ballroom at the storied Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel at 1401 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park.Ocean Ice Palace: After a long day of touring, the last stop on this trek brings you to the historic Ocean Ice Palace. Cool off with a skate or take in a game from the balcony seating above the ice where Affleck and Adams appeared in the climactic scene of “Chasing Amy.”This article was first published in the April 12-19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Teams arrive Friday for the banquet with official opening ceremonies set to go Saturday prior to the Trail/White Rock contest.Trail, with two players from Nelson on the roster — Reece Tambellini and Quin Hall — plays Hastings Sunday at 10 a.m. and Dunbar, Forest Hills and Beacon Hill Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 5 p.m.The rest of the team is from Trail and Fruitvale.Kiran Johnston, Nolan Piche and Dawson denBeisne are the Fruitvalites on the squad while Trail’s contingent consists of Bradley Ross, Colton Miracle, Ross St. Jean, Derek Green and Jon Ballarin.Thursday is a rain out day.Friday the top four teams meet in semi final round before the two winners advance to Saturday’s Championship game at noon.The winner represents the province of BC at the Canadian Championships, August 4-11 in Edmonton, Alta.Trail has won the Canadian title five times, the last coming in 1990.For more information go to: http://www.traillittleleague.ca/Home_Page.html Baseball.The sport of the dog days of summer.Fans looking to watch some of the best youth baseball in the province should take flight to Andy Bilesky Park in Trail for the B.C. Little League Championships.The six-team tournament begins Saturday with the host Trail Allstars up against District 3 rep White Rock at 1:30 p.m.The other teams in the tournament are Hastings and Dunbar of Vancouver, Beacon Hill of Victoria and Forest Hills from the Sunshine Coast/Whistler area.The Trail All Stars enter ithe tournament with a 16-2 record of exhibition and tournament play.The squad has a pair of tournament wins, last weekend at the Pullman Summer Classic and in Kelso, Washington.