Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.DUNKIRK — The National Night Out event that was planned for September 1 in Dunkirk has been postponed.The decision to postpone the event came after a discussion with the Night Out Committee.It follows a recent cluster of cases found to be associated with the Fieldbrook Foods facility.“This has been a very unique year for all of us with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dunkirk Police leaders said. There’s no new date scheduled yet, but police say the National Night Out will be rescheduled “once the situation settles down.”
Eden Hazard is set to be Chelsea’s star man once again (Getty Images)Slavia Prague have scored 10 times in their last two games in domestic football, but they are likely to find Chelsea a different proposition.This is a big week for the Blues who travel to Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League and they had Eden Hazard to thank for three points against West Ham on Monday following a virtuoso performance from the Belgian magician.Slavia produced the shock of the round in the last 16 when they eliminated Spanish giants Sevilla 6-5 on aggregate courtesy of a 119th minute winner.They clearly have goals in their ranks, but I expect Maurizio Sarri’s side to get a draw and score an important away goal.Michael’s prediction: Slavia Prague 1-1 ChelseaMichael Owen is a brand ambassador for BetVictor. For more tips from Michael read his column here.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Michael OwenWednesday 10 Apr 2019 2:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Michael Owen’s Europa League predictions for Arsenal v Napoli and Slavia Prague v Chelsea Michael Owen gives his thoughts on Arsenal and Chelsea’s Europe League chances (Getty/REX)The Europa League is back again as the first leg of the quarter-finals take place on Thursday with two Premier League sides still remaining in the competition.Arsenal face a tough test at home to Napoli, who currently sit second in Serie A under Carlo Ancelotti.Chelsea also made it through to the last eight and they are away for their first leg against Slavia Prague, who pulled off a shock upset to knock out Sevilla in the previous round.Once again our Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts ahead of the action with BetVictor.ADVERTISEMENTARSENAL VS NAPOLI Can Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fire Arsenal past Napoli? (Getty Images)This is the third game between the teams in European competition with the home side winning the two previous encounters in the group stages of the Champions League back in the 2013-14 season.AdvertisementAdvertisementNapoli have never won in England in European competition in eight previous visits, but I expect the Serie A side to score at the Emirates in what promises to be an entertaining tie.The Gunners have won their last three home games in all competitions without conceding a goal, but I think it will be honours even and all to play for back in Naples next week.Michael’s prediction: Arsenal 1-1 NapoliSLAVIA PRAGUE VS CHELSEA Advertisement Advertisement
“SALLY” IS A single mother who had been working as a caseworker for a mental health counseling facility for adults, until she became a victim of downsizing and has spent the last two years unemployed. Things were tough for her while collecting unemployment insurance, but that has ended and Sally has had to do what she could to provide food for herself and her 6-year-old daughter. And that meant getting what has traditionally been called food stamps, public assistance to help her stretch her exceedingly meager budget.Sally is not the real name of the 40-year-old Neptune resident and college graduate, but she asked that her name be withheld. Sally’s story has become more common here in Monmouth County.“You just feel so helpless; sometimes it feels so hopeless,” she said recently.Kathleen Weir, the deputy director of the Monmouth County Division of Social Services, shared the startling news that her offices has seen an 83 percent increase since Oct. 2009 in active case loads for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, previously known as food stamps, a federally funded public assistance program. According to Weir the current number of active cases as of last month stands at 16,585. By active case, Weir explained that the number of those applying has remained fairly consistent since 2009, but this indicates more are meeting the eligibility requirements.On the state level, enrollment has increased by more than 24 percent, by about 150,000 individuals, from March 2010 to March 2011, according to information provided by Nicole Brossoie, assistant commissioner of public affairs for the New Jersey Department of Human Services.During that same time period, according to Brossoie, the number of households on the program grew by a little more than 25 percent or about 80,000 additional homes.When money gets tight, when people try to live on less as they lose their jobs or find themselves in difficult straits, they will make changes, cut expenses. But “Food is not a discretionary expense. You need it to live,” this week said Arti Sinha, a Monmouth County human services specialist.Sinha said the makeup of the clients has been changing in these last few economically difficult years. “I’ve seen more retirees then I did in the past,” as those on fixed incomes try to address the rising cost of groceries. “I’m seeing younger families who in the past were able to make it,” but now can’t, she said.“I had people in the past say, ‘There are people who need it more than me. I’m not going to apply. But now I need it,’” Sinha said of her experiences. “That is the phrase I keep hearing over and over, that people are coming because they must, it’s imperative.”“It’s very said.”There has also been a change in some of the geography. There are traditional pockets within the county, most of them in the eastern portion, where clients would live. Now, though, “We’ve seen a lot of clients that we would never have seen in the past,” from some of the western and affluent communities, such as Manalapan and Marlboro, Allentown, Millstone, she said.“We’ve definitely seen quite an influx,” she said.A family of four would qualify for SNAP if their gross income level doesn’t exceed $3,447 per month. And families can include children up to age 22. “If you live together and eat together you are considered part of the same household,” according to Sinha. There are other deductions available for housing, utilities and medical expenses. At that income level a family would be eligible for $668 a month from the program for food. And “the bigger the household size, the higher the income threshold,” she said.But for some that allowance isn’t enough to carry them through the month, forcing them to go to food pantries.One woman told Sinha how she buys mac and cheese and frozen hot dogs for her three young children. “’I buy things based on how long I can make them last,’” she told Sinha.“You’re buying based on that it’s filling, rather than maybe nutritional, and you look for what’s on sale,” Sinha said, relating her clients’ experience.Sinha and her colleagues have seen their caseloads triple, which has its impact on them as well. “Everyone’s story is so compelling,” and she and her co-workers worry about suffering from compassion fatigue. “You wake up at 3 o’clock [a.m.] thinking about finishing a case,” she said.“I truly feel for families with children and the elderly,” Sinha said. “They are the most vulnerable of our population.”Sally in her work sometimes would have to assist other vulnerable populations, those emotionally and mentally challenged, to maneuver the system to get them benefits, never thinking she would be in a similar situation she said.“I’ve heard a lot of complaints,” from those that had been her clients. Some lived in single room occupancy hotels, under housing vouchers. But those facilities usually don’t allow hot plates or refrigerators, and the food program doesn’t allow clients to purchase prepared foods, making it difficult for them, she said.SNAP also doesn’t cover paper products, which can be another problem for people, Sally said.Sally has been surviving on intermittent work in her field and some help from her family. But looking for work has been “horrible” and she and her daughter will have to move in with her parents.For now the food stamps provide a necessary lifeline, but “It’s limited, it’s once a month and it’s never enough,” she said.
A late goal may have denied the Nelson U14 Selects the gold medal at the recent Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint, Idaho, but it did not stop staff at Mallard’s Source for sports to honour the squad with Team of the Week status.The Selects finished second in Sandpoint after surrendering a late goal to the Spokane Breakers to grab the silver medal. Nelson defeated Coeur d’Alene Sting 3-0 and registered a 1-0 win against the Breakers before surviving a shootout to advance to the final.The U14 Nelson Selects team includes coach Lyle Hill, Blake Markin-Hellekson, Josh Yasek, Luka Eyre, Cody St. Thomas, Keanu Tromans, Ezra Foy, Milo Baranyai Sheppard, coach Kerry Dyck, Thomas Baxter, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Josh Schacher, Ernesto Archambault, Jaden Dyck, Jesse Thurston, Grayson Hill, Aidan Mushumanski, Angus Paterson, Jacob Erickson and keeper Bradey Sookero.