Tom Walker was a quiet and considerate pupil at Monmouth School for Boys and his unexpected death last June, aged just 13, has been felt by the whole community.,Swim for Tom was organised by Tom’s 13-year-old sister Holly, Deputy Head Girl at Monmouth School for Girls, Katie Cameron, and Director of Sport, Miss Lou Scott.,Mr Tom Arrand, Acting Head at Monmouth School for Girls, reflected: “In 20 years of teaching, I have never witnessed a more impressive student-led event than the Swim for Tom.,Tom’s mum, Debbie Walker, said: “If we tally up all of the money raised starting from when Tom and his dad, Tim, did last year’s Brecon Beacons Night Hike, the money in Tom’s fund is £50,931.07.”,The tally includes money raised by Tom’s 11-year-old sister Emily who sang in Cwmbran town centre before Christmas (£229.23), a Christmas charity car park run by pupils in Town House at Monmouth School for Boys (£585), and collections made by a parent.

Without McCoy, who transferred to Texas after he was enrolled in classes for less than three weeks, USC does not have a five-star in the fold for its recruiting class for the first time since 2000, when recruiting services began ranking the top high school players.,Over more recent years, the Trojans have faced more difficulty reeling in five-star talent, largely the prospects from outside California, at times leaving them over-reliant on top players from their own backyard.,The Trojans finished 5-7 last year, their first losing season since 2000, prompting calls from fans for Helton to be fired following his third full season before the embattled coach was retained by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.,But even in the initial seasons under Helton, while the Trojans made consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, they were unable to pluck five-star recruits from other regions of the country and poach prospects from other blue-blood schools that have had a better recent track record of producing NFL draft picks, especially among offensive linemen.,Gorney and other analysts reasoned that the Trojans have had enough talent in recent seasons to contend for Pac-12 championships, and they won the conference crown in their second season under Helton in 2017.

The resulting Kickapoo Park Community Garden, which opened in late April, 2018, is the collaborative effort of Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County and the Community Garden Sub-Committee of the Blue Zones Project/Pottawatomie County.,Partners in Caring

As part of Avedis Foundation’s Pottawatomie County Education Initiative, Avedis continues to serve as a stakeholder to promote the services and activities provided by Partners In Caring (PIC), a multi-partnered, coordinated school health team that provides critical, combined support to rural schools to ensure that children are healthy, safe, engaged, and ready to learn.,Blue Zones Project read more

The postseason starts this week at the Akron Sectional, followed by the Cleveland State District and then state in consecutive weeks.,Senior Lydia Walls, a three-year district qualifier, has an outside shot at state in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly

WGH coach Steve Lukco said she has to drop a second in the 50 and her times in the fly have been coming down.,Junior Brendan Leecue, a two-year district qualifier, has an outside shot at state in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, events in which he’s been dropping time.,Seniors Katie McBane and Mia Mowatt-Larsen, along with sophomore Sydney Lukco, join Walls in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.,Steve Lukco said he can’t remember since he’s coached WGH it has sent a girls relay to state. read more

IN LATE OCTOBER, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam summoned all Cleveland Browns employees to the auditorium at team headquarters for a familiar meeting.,TWO MONTHS LATER, Jimmy Haslam is in another familiar meeting -- in the locker room with Browns players after a loss, this time to the Ravens in the regular-season finale.,He made a fortune expanding the Haslam family business of Pilot Flying J truck stops and saw it come to a halt in an FBI raid in 2013, which left him looking for redemption as the owner of the famously hard-luck and comically inept Browns.,For the past six years, as Haslam's former life dissolved, he tightly gripped every aspect of the Cleveland organization, often creating as much chaos as he inherited, according to more than two dozen interviews with current and former Browns executives, coaches, lawyers, scouts and staffers, as well as league executives and other team owners and executives, most of whom requested confidentiality.,Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the firing of coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley does not mean the team is giving up on this season.

This past weekend, victory tasted like Togarashi brown sugar as the bar sent out two teams to compete in two separate out-of-state wing competitions.,See also: Patch Picks: The Best Wings In Norwalk [PHOTOS]

Though the Rhino boasts a number of popular and inventive wing flavors (Patch wrote about them extensively here), such as Mango Habenero and Maple Chipotle Lime, they only entered their Togarashi Brown Sugar Dry Rub wings in the Atlantic City competition.,The Blind Rhino was the first out-of-state competitor invited to the Wing Wars in the competition's three-year history.,Meanwhile in New York, a second team of Rhino wing specialists brought out some of their strongest players to compete in Poughkeepsie: Spicy Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan and of course the Togarashi Brown Sugar Dry Rub.,After battling it out with some tough local competition consisting of almost 30 other bars and restaurants, the team still managed to walk away with some hardware, placing second in the Best Buffalo category and third in Best Dry Rub. read more

Fans were excited to see DeJong, whose Illinois roots also include a successful stint at Illinois State.,He isn't afraid to say how he celebrates each home run that DeJong hits.,On Monday at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center, Williamson wore a red shirt with white block letters on the front reading "Illinois State baseball" to the annual Decatur Cardinals Caravan stop.,DeJong signed a six-year contract extension in March 2018 and played in 115 games last season with 19 home runs and 68 RBIs after missing time with an injury.,Illinois State was an important step in DeJong's journey to a middle-of-the order bat on the Cardinals.

IN LATE OCTOBER, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam summoned all Cleveland Browns employees to the auditorium at team headquarters for a familiar meeting.,TWO MONTHS LATER, Jimmy Haslam is in another familiar meeting -- in the locker room with Browns players after a loss, this time to the Ravens in the regular-season finale.,He made a fortune expanding the Haslam family business of Pilot Flying J truck stops and saw it come to a halt in an FBI raid in 2013, which left him looking for redemption as the owner of the famously hard-luck and comically inept Browns.,For the past six years, as Haslam's former life dissolved, he tightly gripped every aspect of the Cleveland organization, often creating as much chaos as he inherited, according to more than two dozen interviews with current and former Browns executives, coaches, lawyers, scouts and staffers, as well as league executives and other team owners and executives, most of whom requested confidentiality.,Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the firing of coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley does not mean the team is giving up on this season.

IN LATE OCTOBER, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam summoned all Cleveland Browns employees to the auditorium at team headquarters for a familiar meeting.,TWO MONTHS LATER, Jimmy Haslam is in another familiar meeting -- in the locker room with Browns players after a loss, this time to the Ravens in the regular-season finale.,He made a fortune expanding the Haslam family business of Pilot Flying J truck stops and saw it come to a halt in an FBI raid in 2013, which left him looking for redemption as the owner of the famously hard-luck and comically inept Browns.,For the past six years, as Haslam's former life dissolved, he tightly gripped every aspect of the Cleveland organization, often creating as much chaos as he inherited, according to more than two dozen interviews with current and former Browns executives, coaches, lawyers, scouts and staffers, as well as league executives and other team owners and executives, most of whom requested confidentiality.,Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the firing of coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley does not mean the team is giving up on this season.

Today, teachers are once again on the brink of a walkout, saying public education is in peril.If the strike takes place Monday, as planned, it would be the third in the five-decade history of United Teachers Los Angeles.The earlier strikes, in 1970 and 1989, brought turmoil to the school system and angst to the city as students languished at schools with light supervision, played hooky or demonstrated while union and district officials wrangled in court and in the media for the upper hand.,The threatened walkout could do the same.As in past strikes, the pay dispute is compounded by deeper battles over the stature of teachers and the funding of public education.The district has offered teachers a 6% raise spread over the first two years of a three-year contract.,The union wants an immediate 6.5% raise, retroactive to a year earlier.Teachers have rejected the districts limited offer to reduce class size and add more support staff and are demanding the reversal of years of cutbacks to fully staff schools.The unions rhetoric reflects a theme of teacher empowerment that has been at the center of the school districts labor struggles going back to 1970, when UTLA members were off the job for nearly five weeks.The lasting effects of the earlier strikes have been mixed.,The paymaster here is the state.He wondered whether a strike might undermine any effort to amend California tax law in ways that would allow LAUSD to move up from the bottom 10 places in the country in terms of school funding.The same question infused the previous strikes.In 1970, teachers won a 5% pay raise along with smaller classes and the creation of advisory councils on which they would share power with administrators gains hailed as a watershed at the time.We have turned the school administrative system upside down, and teachers for the first time have achieved a dignity for themselves because they now speak to administrators as equals, Don Baer, UTLAs then-executive director, said at the time.But others cried sellout because the walkout failed to wring new funds from Sacramento, where Gov. Ronald Reagan remained unsympathetic.We should have stayed out on strike until Gov. Reagan and the Legislature were forced to realize that education in California is a top-priority problem, said a disgruntled teacher quoted anonymously in the Los Angeles Times.The union victory was further compromised when a court found that California law did not authorize school districts to engage in collective bargaining and nullified the contract.But the strikes impact was felt years later, in 1975, when the Legislature approved the Rodda Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers.That was my bill to protect the teachers and give them a voice and make sure the students that the teachers taught were listened to, so the winners of the strike have to be the students, said Bill Lambert, a UTLA co-founder.,Teachers in 1970 ignored a Superior Court order declaring their strike illegal, ultimately resulting in $12,000 in fines for the union and five of its officers.The union went to court in 1989 unsuccessfully seeking an order to prevent Britton from withholding pay from teachers who refused to turn in grades.In the current dispute, the district asked a court, also unsuccessfully, seeking to require special education teachers to continue working during a strike, and the union went to court over the strike start date.But Kerchner, the Claremont Graduate University historian, sees the background themes of past strikes as greatly magnified today because of changes in the city itself no longer a mecca for socially engaged corporate leadership and the emergence of charter schools.This is a strike about the soul of public education, Kerchner said, calling it a contest between two prophets preaching opposite visions.On the one hand, Caputo-Pearl has a very clear idea of what he thinks schools in Los Angeles should look like, community schools with wraparound services.Beutner, he said, has been manifestly unclear about his plan, but given who supported him making a safe haven for charter schools is much more in his wheelhouse.For Tokofsky, this debate pits an unrealistic idealist against an unseasoned ideologue with a lack of reality on both sides.There is a lot of anger here that feels different, Tokofsky said.Johnson also sees the current situation as fundamentally different from the 1989 strike he led.UTLA keeps saying publicly its not about the money, Johnson said in an interview.