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Governor Douglas, Treasurer Spaulding Announce Triple-A Bond Rating

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first_imgFor Immediate Release:Monday, February 05, 2007 Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 Governor Douglas said Vermont,which has not had a triple-A rating from Moody’s since 1972, is now oneof only 11 states with a triple-A rating by one or more of the major creditrating agencies.  ### GovernorDouglas, Treasurer Spaulding Announce Triple-A Bond Rating Contacts:  Treasurer Jeb Spaulding, (802)828–1452Jason Gibbs, Office of the Governor, (802) 828-3333 Moody’s draft statement announcing the upgrade credited Vermont’s historyof financial management, our manageable debt profile – including ongoingefforts to properly fund our pension systems – and a stable, diversifyingeconomy. According to State Treasurer Spaulding, “The triple-A rating canbe expected to reduce the State’s borrowing costs and, over the years,save taxpayers millions of dollars in interest costs that can be better spenton pressing needs or returned to taxpayers.  In addition, this will enhance oureconomic development efforts because companies are attracted to states with areputation for solid and stable financial management.” “While we celebrate this important milestone, we must remindourselves what it took to get here and what it will take to stay here,”the Governor added.  “We must continue to maintain our commitment tofiscal responsibility and conservative debt management.” v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }JAMES H. DOUGLAS            GOVERNOR Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas and State Treasurer JebSpaulding today announced Moody’s Investor Services has upgraded Vermont’s bond ratingto triple-A, the highest credit worthiness rating available. “A higher rating makes our bonds more attractive to investors,lowers our costs and saves taxpayer money,” the Governor said. “Gettingto this point has required a tremendous amount of cooperation and planning by boththe executive and legislative branches.  It also required a healthy dose ofgood old-fashioned Vermontfrugality.” State of VermontOFFICE OF THE GOVERNORlast_img read more

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Hannaford Vermont promoting scratch cards

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first_imgHannaford Food & Drug South Burlington,Delhaize America has announced a new promotion where its customers have the chance to win up to $250,000 by shopping Delhaize America stores, including Hannaford supermarkets in Vermont.Every game card distributed has the potential to be a winning card, and the card could earn customers as much as $250,000 in prizes.  The company expects to award a total of more than $5 million to approximately 3 million customers during the summer promotion, with prizes ranging from $1 to $250,000 per winning card.All Delhaize America banners are participating in the Great Grocery Giveaway, including Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford, Sweetbay and the Food Lion family of banners – Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Reid’s.The Great Grocery Giveaway will reward customers who shop at any of the company’s more than 1,600 stores in 16 states. Customers who shop these supermarkets will receive a scratch-and-win game card for every qualifying transaction.The promotion started last week and will continue until all game cards are distributed to customers.  To participate in the Great Grocery Giveaway, shoppers can:Receive a scratch-and-win game card with every qualifying transaction. Loyalty card customers may receive bonus cards by purchasing Bonus Game card products, which will be noted with bonus signage in the store.Scratch off three circles on each card.  If the three circles match, customers can scratch the Prize Box to learn what cash prize they have won.  Instructions for prize redemption are detailed on the game card.A mail-in entry method that does not require a purchase is available. Please see the official rules for details.  Official game rules, and other details, are available on all banner Web sites. SOURCE Delhaize America. SCARBOROUGH, Maine, SALISBURY, N.C., and TAMPA, Fla., July 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — This is the first contest promotion involving all Delhaize America banners.About Delhaize AmericaDelhaize America is a leading supermarket operator in the United States with more than 1,600 stores in 16 states in the eastern United States. Delhaize America operates under the banners Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Food Lion, Harveys, Hannaford Supermarkets, Reid’s and Sweetbay, each of which has a distinct strategy and a well-established brand image. Through its multiple banners, Delhaize America is able to target the needs and requirements of specific markets, customize its product and service offerings and maintain strong brand recognition with its local customers. Delhaize America employs approximately 109,000 full-time and part-time associates.About Food Lion FamilyThe Food Lion Family, based in Salisbury, N.C., operates more than 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys or Reid’s. These stores meet local customer needs and preferences for the freshest and best quality products. The Food Lion Family employs approximately 74,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com(link is external).About Bottom Dollar FoodBottom Dollar Food, based in Salisbury, N.C., operates 28 stores in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Bottom Dollar Food is a full-shop discount grocer offering the most popular national brands and private brand products at everyday best prices. Bottom Dollar Food is redefining discount shopping with its lighthearted atmosphere and focus on fresh produce and quality meats. For more information, visit www.bottomdollarfood.com(link is external).About Hannaford SupermarketsHannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 176 stores and employs more than 27,000 associates inMaine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Most Hannaford locations have full-service pharmacies and all stores feature Guiding Stars, the nation’s first storewide nutrition navigation system. In 2009, Hannaford became the first supermarket chain in the world to open a store built to the highest standards (Platinum LEED) of the U.S. Green Building Council.  For more information visit www.hannaford.com(link is external).About Sweetbay SupermarketsSweetbay Supermarkets provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, built from the ground up and developed from research in core markets to express the vibrant, exciting and diverse tastes, colors and aromas of food important to Floridians. Sweetbay offers outstanding value, quality and variety, routinely partnering with Florida growers, to bring shoppers the freshest food available in the state. Sweetbay Supermarkets was launched in November 2004 and is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.Sweetbay has 104 stores in Florida.  For more information, go to www.sweetbaysupermarket.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Pitbull Attack Leaves Girl, 9, Dead in Elmont

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 9-year-old Baldwin girl was fatally attacked by a Pitbull in Elmont over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Two officers responded to a 911 call reporting a dog attacking a child in the backyard of a Holland Avenue home, where upon arrival, they found the dog attacking the victim, Amiyah Dunston, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.When a third officer walked through the house and opened the back door, the dog stopped attacking the girl and charged toward the officer, who fired several gunshots, killing the dog, police said.The victim, who was visiting the home at the time of the incident, was taken to Franklin Hospital, where she died three hours later.The owner of the dog, 29-year-old Carlyle Arnold of Elmont, was arrested on an unrelated charge of violation of an order of protection.last_img read more

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NCUA to provide update on exam modernization efforts during NAFCU webinar

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU next week is hosting a complimentary webinar to update credit unions on the status of the NCUA’s exam modernization initiatives. Representatives from the NCUA will provide an overview of the agency’s Modern Examination and Risk Identification Tool (MERIT) examination platform and give important updates on the current state of the virtual examination undertaking.NCUA Associate Regional Director Robert Parrish and Program Analysis Officer Heather Phelps will present during the webinar, happening Thursday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. Eastern. While the event is free, registration is required and is available now online.Earlier this week, NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Ann Kossachev shared the association’s appreciation for the NCUA’s progress on certain reform initiatives and urged the agency to prioritize reducing examination burden; the letter was sent in response to the agency’s request for information (RFI) on future exam modernization efforts. continue reading »last_img read more

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Merokeety Leopard Print Sweater Dress Wins Cozy Fall Fashion

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first_imgUs Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.There’s a fashion myth that dresses can only be worn when it’s warm out. Well, we’re not afraid of breaking the rules — and just so happen to be completely obsessed with wearing dresses year-round. Why? They’re the foundation of the easiest outfits — all you have to do is choose which dress you want to wear! Once that’s out of the way, selecting complementary shoes and accessories is a piece of cake.- Advertisement – This sweater dress is made from a super soft knit that’s bound to keep you toasty. If it’s particularly cold outside, you can throw on a pair of tights or even leggings to keep your legs covered. This dress will look adorable with any pair of knee-high or thigh-high boots. We would choose a black pair, but brown boots would work just as well.This dress fits slightly on the loose side, which makes it incredibly relaxed. It essentially feels like wearing an oversized sweater — and what’s better than that? It has a large leopard-print design that’s totally trendy. Leopard is everywhere right now, so you’ll look like an Instagram influencer in this flirty frock!MEROKEETY Women's Leopard Knit Pullover Sweater DressMEROKEETY Women’s Leopard Knit Pullover Sweater Dress AmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Now that we’re in the thick of fall and quickly approaching winter, we’re shifting our focus to sweater dresses. They’re comfortable, cozy and keep Us warm all day long. When they’re as cute as this option from MEROKEETY, it’s only natural to click “Add to Cart” immediately!MEROKEETY Women's Leopard Knit Pullover Sweater DressMEROKEETY Women’s Leopard Knit Pullover Sweater Dress AmazonSee it!Get the MEROKEETY Women’s Leopard Knit Pullover Sweater Dress for prices starting at just $25, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 5, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – Get the MEROKEETY Women’s Leopard Knit Pullover Sweater Dress for prices starting at just $25, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 5, 2020, but are subject to change.There are currently four different colors available, all of which feature the leopard-print motif: beige, black, brown and grey. The size of the print may vary depending on the shade that you select, but they’re all just as adorable as the next! Every single version of this dress is a success, and we can’t wait to see it hanging in our closets.See it: Get the MEROKEETY Women’s Leopard Knit Pullover Sweater Dress for prices starting at just $25, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 5, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from MEROKEETY and shop all clothing, shoes and jewelry available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Indianapolis 500 moved to August 23 due to coronavirus

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first_imgTopics : The 104th Indianapolis 500 was moved from May 24 to August 23 on Thursday by IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.It will mark the first time the US classic on the famed 2 1/2-mile (4km) oval will be staged outside of May since its 1911 debut, with Frenchman Simon Pagenaud looking to defend his title.Organizers also moved the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which had been scheduled for May 9 on the road course at the Speedway, to July 4 — the American Independence Day holiday — as part of a revamped IndyCar season schedule. “The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” series and speedway owner Roger Penske said.”However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing.”I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”The Indy 500 will begin with practice sessions August 12-14 and qualifying on August 15-16 with a final practice session on August 21. ‘Expected finale TBD’Moving the Indy 500 required shifting two other races on a 2020 IndyCar schedule now shrunk from 17 to 14 races with Alabama, Long Beach and Austin, Texas, events cancelled due to the pandemic.To accommodate the Indy 500 shift, an August 16 race at Mid-Ohio was moved to August 9 and the Gateway 500 near St. Louis will be contested August 30, eight days later than originally planned.The season is now set to open with two Dual in Detroit street races May 30-31 as planned followed by races at Texas, Road America and Richmond before the Indy Grand Prix and races as scheduled in Toronto and Iowa.After the revamped August run, IndyCar concludes with events at Portland and Laguna Seca but IndyCar listed an “expected finale TBD” 14th race on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The Florida street race was to have been the season opener on March 15 before being called off. “This August, we’ll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19,” Penske Entertainment president Mark Miles said.”We’re grateful for the patience of our fans as we’ve navigated this situation.”The Indy Grand Prix will open an unprecedented double-header featuring the first Indy road course race for NASCAR, the closed-cockpit stock car series that is the most popular form of US auto racing.”For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan,” speedway president J. Douglas Boles said.”We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action.”Enhanced coronavirus safety measures will be used at the speedway, including more hand sanitizer stations, less hand-to-hand contact between fans and concession staff, more frequent facility cleaning and cleaning products that meet health expert standards for coronavirus disinfectants.last_img read more

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Premier League clubs to resume training from today

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first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Premier League clubs will return to training on Tuesday after agreeing to allow “small group” sessions to begin, with a possible return to normal ‘contact’ training next week.The league held a conference call for all 20 clubs on Monday where the move was given unanimous backing but there remains no firm date for the season to resume.Another meeting is scheduled for early next week when the league will decide on whether to move to the second phase which allows for training involving contact.It is the first move in the league’s ‘Project Restart’ plans to resume play in the league, which has not held a game since March 9 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.The league has set June 12 as a tentative date for a restart of action but chief executive Richard Masters said they were aware they would need to be flexible.“We have been focused on this staging post, it’s not a firm commitment, for June 12. What we are able to do today is basically to move forward on small group training,” Masters told reporters on a conference call.“Next week we are going to be discussing full contact training protocols.“Once you know when you can start full contact training, and we’ve had a proper discussion with clubs about how much is required to create the fitness levels before they can start playing, we are then in a position to be able to confirm when the season start is.“What we don’t want to do is continually move that start date so we haven’t changed it. We need to be flexible and acknowledge we are in a step-by-step process,” he added.Failure to resume the season could cost the league around 750 million pounds ($913.80 million) in lost revenue from broadcasters according to British media estimates.Some reports said clubs could lose out even if the league restarts should broadcasters demand a 330 million pounds rebate.DOOR OPEN The Government last week opened the door for the return of elite sport, but several hurdles remain before the Premier League can resume behind closed doors with the aim of completing the remaining 92 matches of the season.Some players have expressed concern about the health risks involved in a return to play but Masters said the league had done its best to create a safe environment through consulting with government and health experts.“Clearly we cannot de-risk the entire thing. But I think what we have created is an extremely safe environment that is the first stage of a return to training. So hopefully we have reassured all players and managers on that basis,” he said, adding there would be further consultations ahead of each stage.Some managers, such as Newcastle United’s Steve Bruce, have expressed concern about whether there will be enough time for players to get match-fit before the league resumes.Mark Gillett, the Premier League’s medical advisor, said they were aware of the need for preparation time.“Safety is the key thing running through all the measures we’re putting in place. I spend a lot of my time in club football, so I do understand the need for football-specific training,” he said.“We will do everything possible to try and ensure that clubs get enough time to try and prepare in the best way possible, to keep them safe during games.”Clubs will have been encouraged by the return of the Bundesliga at the weekend — the first major soccer league in the world to resume after the lockdown.The prospect of clubs playing their remaining matches at neutral venues has receded with more than half speaking out against such a proposal.Safety measures for group training are expected to include tents where temperature checks will be conducted, strict hygiene criteria, no canteens and no showers. A maximum of five players will be allowed per pitch with tackling forbidden.Players will be tested twice a week and are being asked to provide written approval that they have received and understood the club’s COVID-19 policy.last_img read more

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GOtv Boxing Night 19: ‘Esepo’ Wins N1m Best Boxer Prize

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first_imgThe 27-year-old, who is undefeated in eight fights, was quicker, more alert and energetic than the former ABU champion, who had a hugely punishing evening.Another big winner on the night was Nigeria’s Rilwan ‘Baby Face’ Babatunde, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion, who knocked out Ghana’s Edem Biki in the final round of their 10-round international challenge bout.Despite suffering a cut above his right eye, Babatunde remained undaunted and rallied back dramatically with three devastating left hooks to end the fight at the start of the last round. While the win saw Babatunde stretch his unbeaten record to nine, it was a first defeat for Biki in 10 fights.In the national lightweight challenge, Rilwan ‘Real One’ Oladosu maintained his unbeaten streak, after seeing off Hammed ‘Ese Hammed’ Ganiyu with a win via unanimous decision. Also maintaining his unbeaten record is ABU lightweight champion, Oto ‘Joe Boy’ Joseph, who knocked out Tope ‘Berinja’ Agboola their eight-round national lightweight challenge bout.The eight-round national featherweight challenge bout saw Tope ‘TP Rock’ Musa, score a unanimous decision victory over Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo.Adeyemi ‘Spirit’ Adekanla defeated Isaac ‘I-Star’ Chukwudi, Adekanla via a split decision in their national light welterweight challenge bout.In the four-round female national bantamweight challenge, bout, Rodiat Yusuf saw off Fatima Sanni via a second round technical knockout, while Cynthia ‘Bobby Girl’ Ogunsemilore, made light work of Abiodun ‘Lady Crusher’ Adedeji, by securing a first round technical knockout win.Ten journalists from the print and electronic media were honoured for their support for GOtv Boxing Night and contributions to boxing in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fast-rising featherweight boxer, Taiwo ‘Esepo’ Agbaje, on Sunday, emerged best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 19, held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. He was awarded the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1million after being adjudged the best by journalists in attendance.The award was his second, after clinching the first at GOtv Boxing Night 16 held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium last year. The boxer wowed the crowd with a commanding performance to defeat Waidi ‘Skoro’ Usman, former African Boxing Union (ABU) champion, in their eight-round national challenge bout.He left no one in doubt of his mission from the first bell, as he twice left Skoro sprawling in the first round with vicious punches delivered at a high speed.last_img read more

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Gerrit Cole ‘flattered’ by John Smoltz saying Astros rotation better than ’90s Braves: We have a ways to go

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first_img Chris Sale not optimistic umpire will be held accountable for missed calls: There’s nothing MLB is going to do Gerrit Cole was “flattered” by a comment from MLB legend John Smoltz, but wants to make sure the Astros don’t get ahead of themselves.Houston shocked the world Wednesday when it landed Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke in a trade in the waning moments of the deadline and Smoltz was one of the first men to congratulate Astros owner Jim Crane in a phone call, via MLB.com. “Man, you really did a great job of putting that together,” Smoltz told Crane.”Yeah, it looks like (John) Smoltz, (Tom) Glavine and (Greg) Maddux,” Crane replied. Related News “No, no, you guys are way better than we ever were,” Smoltz said.Astros owner Jim Crane said John Smoltz called him today to gush about his rotation: “Smoltz said ‘Man, you really did a great job of putting that together.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it looks like Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux.’ He said, ‘No, no, you guys are way better than we ever were.'”— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 2, 2019It’s a huge compliment coming from a man not only connected to one of the best rotations of all time, but also a guy who was in one of the most epic pitching matchups ever with Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.Smoltz had the best stuff in one of the best rotations ever, so for him to say Houston is better than that assortment of Hall of Famers (Smoltz-2015, Maddux-2014, Glavine-2014) is a heck of a statement.Again, Cole was absolutely flattered, but he was the first to pump the brakes on those comments.“Thank you, John, for that, but some of us have a little ways to go,” he said after Houston’s 9-0 win over the Mariners on Saturday. Cole upon hearing John Smoltz told Crane the Astros rotation is better than 1990s Braves: “Thank you, John, for that, but some of us have a little ways to go.” pic.twitter.com/ujwJIetBjN— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 4, 2019For what it’s worth, the Astros have four pitchers this season in the top 12 in ERA (Cole, Justin Verlander, Wade Miley, Greinke), three in the top five in WHIP (Cole, Verlander, Greinke) and four in the top 20 in WAR (Verlander, Cole, Greinke, Miley).Those are numbers tough to match for any rotation. The Braves came close though on multiple occasions and did it for a very long time. This Astros rotation as currently constructed could be over at the end of the year if the team doesn’t re-sign Cole and Miley.But for now, it has caught the attention of the best pitcher with the best stuff in one of the best rotations ever. That is something in and of itself.last_img read more

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NFL star Marshall returns to Pittsburgh for one-day camp

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first_imgWELCOME—Brandon Marshall talks to campers before they start drills at the Brandon Marshall Youth Football Camp. (Courier ­Photos/William McBride) The importance of determination and giving back to the community are just a few of the skills National Football League player Brandon Marshall taught at his self-titled free Youth Football Camp, June 2, at the Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy field.Marshall, a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, partnered with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and other areas, and together they hosted more than 400 boys and girls ages 7-14 at the one-day camp. “It was great. This was more hands on, he ran every drill with the kids and makes it more of a life camp,” said Jason Bell, Pittsburgh director of the Brandon Marshall Camp and former Pittsburgh Public Schools coach. Bell said he has seen a lot of camps, but was very impressed with this one. “He gave a testimony of how he got into the NFL and that it’s important to give back to the community,” he said.Bell also said Marshall stressed the importance of developing life skills, no matter what profession one chooses.Although Marshall got his start in Pittsburgh on Larimer Avenue as a part of the Kingsley Knights midget football league, he later moved to Florida where he attended Lake Howell High School, in which he lettered in basketball and track, and the University of Central Florida.Marshall and his organization were contacted numerous times, but failed to respond by the deadline of this publication.Bell said the camp was important because Marshall reiterated what parents have been trying to teach their children.“When you have a role model like that supporting what the parents are saying, it holds more value,” he said.last_img read more

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