There are three phases of development not only in our sports, but in all youth sports — the discovery phase where the athlete develops a curiosity and love for sport, easily learning skills when provided enough frequency and participation at this formative prepubescent age; the intrinsic motivation phase when the athlete develops a passion for sport that motivates them to do more of their own volition; and the aspirational stage when the athlete aspires to become the best they can be at their sport, working tirelessly regardless of skill level to attain their goals.,SSCV’s success is measured not by the results of our elite athletes, but by our ability to unlock the key for each and every athlete, regardless of age, skill level or snowsport, that will enable them to evolve through each phase to become the best they can be.,It is remarkable to see how much athletes can learn through the vehicle of a competitive snowsport, not only serving them well during their time at SSCV, but providing them the confidence and skills needed to be successful in their adult lives.,These past 10 months challenged the entire SSCV community in unprecedented ways — staff, athletes and parents alike — to work harder to navigate the times.,Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s objective is to provide the level of quality commensurate to the needs and goals of all its athletes so they can become the best they can be.

The McKinley Elementary School and the TJ MAXX Building had phrases like "Beijing Biden" and "Commie Harris" crossed out.,Police say a Fairfield Board of Education employee told them a sidewalk on McKinley Elementary School had been spray-painted with the phrase "United States of China.",Before Police arrived, Fairfield Public Schools Security and Facilities workers had removed more words spray-painted on the sidewalk that read, "Biden for socialism.",The Board of Education and Fairfield Public Schools released a joint statement that reads in part:

"As we process the events unfolding across our country, we know that many in our community are dealing with feeling anger, hurt, and fear.,Officers said they are working to identifying the people responsible and said in part, "The Fairfield Police Department understands that this incident has caused a great deal of alarm and varying levels of concern for many living within our community and with that in mind police have been working diligently to identify the responsible individual(s)." read more

Throw up some 3’s in heaven, Alex.

The community is mourning the loss of 19-year-old Alex Sherrill who passed Tuesday Jan. 12 from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident Friday afternoon in the 4300 block of Jefferies Boulevard.,The Sherrills’ story continued in late May as Alex’s mother, Susan Sherrill, was able to make both her and his dreams come true.,Susan Sherrill was determined to stand for Alex’s graduation.,Sadly, tragedy struck the Sherrill household in December when Alex’s father, Anthony, died suddenly, leaving the family heartbroken.,Without doubt, the Sherrill family has suffered much across the past several years with Susan’s accident, the death of Anthony and now the loss of Alex. A GoFundMe (All for Alex Sherrill) has been established to support the cost of Alex’s medical expenses while in ICU and to help cover the cost of his funeral. read more

EAST WINDSOR — The Senior Center is collecting blankets for seniors as well as letters or notes to begin a correspondence between them and members of the community.,The initiative, titled “Snuggle a Senior,” is a way for seniors to stay engaged during a time of social isolation, Melissa Maltese, head of community of services, said.,“We are really trying to keep people connected during this pandemic and our seniors are not big on technology so we’re going old school on this one,” she said.”,Blankets can be dropped off at the senior center, located at 125 Main St. in the Broad Brook section, until the first week of February.,For details, call the Senior Center at 860-292-8262.

The MLK Youth and Children’s Program will be marked Saturday at the Sycamore Youth Center at 301 N. Fourth St., beginning at 9:30 a.m., and include a variety of service projects, the memorial service moves to a virtual platform with the service set for 6 p.m. Sunday at Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church.,The association was organized and created during the 1970s by local citizens, including Mary Ruth Thorn, Eugene Gillison, Delores Wiggins, Anita Jackson and others

“The goal of the MLK Association was to have an annual memorial of the legacy of Dr. King and to keep the ‘Dream Alive’ for the citizens of the Steubenville area,” Baber said.,“Over the past 50 years, the association has attempted to keep the dream alive by the establishment of scholarships for college students, an annual memorial service, an annual reflections of the civil rights movement, a musical of Black songs related to the movement, a prayer breakfast and awarding of monetary gifts to elementary and high school students who write essays regarding Dr. King’s vision and hope for America.”,“The MLK Association annually awards students these gifts in order to encourage students to reflect upon Dr. King’s life and impact of his work during the civil rights movement and of current America,” Baber continued.,“The association is thankful for sponsors such as Huntington Bank, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Jefferson/Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville City School District, local governments, local churches, the Sycamore Center and community citizens that have supported the goals of the association over the years,” Baber said, noting anyone can join the nonprofit organization by informing the association’s secretary, Carol Ann Simmons. read more

The shelter says Patches, who has been missing since Jan. 9, 2018, was found less than a quarter-mile from where her Montecito home stood.,The Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara County says the calico named Patches was brought in as a stray last month and a microchip scan revealed her identity.,Patches had been missing since Jan. 9, 2018, when a rainstorm on the vast burn scar of the Thomas Fire sent a debris-laden torrent crashing down through hillside neighborhoods of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles.,The ASAP shelter says Patches was found less than a quarter-mile from where her Montecito home stood.,“Though we don’t know exactly what she’s been doing with her life for the past three years, we can see that both Patches and Norm are thrilled to be reunited,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.

Amherst orthopedic injury walk-in clinic opensAMHERST — Cooley Dickinson Health Care opened its second orthopedic injury clinic last week.,The Amherst clinic, at 170 University Drive, is in addition to the West Hatfield orthopedic injury clinic location, which opened in the fall of 2016.,For more information, call 413-586-8200 or Bond finalist for Mt. Tom plant project WESTFIELD — Tighe Bond Inc. has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts as a 2020 Engineering Excellence Award Finalist (Gold Award).,Tighe Bond, in conjunction with a team of subconsultants and property owner ENGIE North America, transformed the site of the Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant into the state’s largest community solar and energy storage facility.,Grants will provide 100,000 meals for people in region HATFIELD — Two regional companies are providing major support to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts based in Hatfield that will pay for about 100,000 meals for residents in the region.

The city of Tampa will host their fifth Super Bowl on February 7, 2021.,With only 25 days until it all goes down, we came up with 25 things you need to know about Super Bowl LV in Tampa.,Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and the Host Committee will prepare for festivities with the Super Bowl Cleanup presented by Tampa Electric on Jan. 24.,Super Bowl LV marks the fifth time Tampa has hosted the big game, putting the city behind only Miami, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.,In 1991, Whitney Houston sang the National Anthem at Tampa Stadium prior to Super Bowl XXV.