Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ ReddIt Joey McReynolds Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU printPatients in Tarrant County can expect an improved health care experience before the end of this year.Alan Townsend, interim chief financial officer of JPS Health Network, announced on Thursday a projected budget for a new partnership between JPS Health Network and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.JPS and UNTHSC announced a plan last June to create a unified medical group between the two entities. The group, called Acclaim Physician Group, Inc., is expected to cost close to $13 million over fiscal years 2015-2016 to get up and running.Townsend said JPS is responsible for about 30 percent of that total, which includes everything from consulting costs to IT upgrades.“We’ve got the dollars in our budget,” Townsend said at Thursday’s JPS Board of Managers meeting. “I think we can cover it without having to request additional dollars.”The Texas Medical Board approved the groups’ application to create a 501(a) nonprofit unified physician group last month. The group’s goal live date is Dec. 1.J.R. Labbe, vice president of communications and community affairs for JPS Health Network, said the timeline is “aggressive,” especially when it comes to unifying two entities.“Everything is moving ahead,” Labbe said. “But now, we’re taking it from theory and actually trying to ‘operationalize.’”JPS and UNTHSC have worked together in the past, but their physicians worked under different standards. Under the new physician-run group, all physicians working for the two institutions will do so under the same provisions.“All of this is meant primarily to provide higher quality care across the care continuum, regardless of where the patient seeks care,” Labbe said.JPS Health Network currently contracts 18 different physician groups. Coordinating that many contracts causes headaches for administration, Labbe said, especially in a county with so many physicians.When it comes to expectations, hours, compensation and other factors, physicians work under different pretenses. Each physician or physician group might have ideas that clash with other physicians.Robert Earley, president and CEO of JPS Health Network, said having two different physician group sometimes causes “incongruities.”“It’s getting everybody on the same page so that our patients get the best possible care they can; and it’s seamless,” Earley said. “Standards… from the minuscule [issue] of vacation time to what time you show up for clinics.”Josh Halverson, principal for ECG Management Consultants, Inc., a firm whom JPS and UNTHSC hired to help with the move, said this negatively affects patients.“One group of primary care doctors and another group with different ideas causes inefficiencies and inconsistencies,” Halverson said. “That trickles down and has a direct impact on patients. Those patients, perhaps, aren’t able to get into clinics as easily.”Earley mirrored that thought about patients seeking care.“Our patients only know our clinics, so if we have two different providers, they won’t know that,” Earley said. “They’ll just know that there might be some difference between this clinic and that clinic.”The disparities could also result in a lack of motivation from physicians, Halverson said.“When you have that many physicians really on their own, there are no real mechanisms for accountablity,” Halverson said. “[There is] no real ability to say ‘Hey, raise your game here,’ because it really doesn’t matter — it’s not like there’s a boss. This will create a much more direct organizational structure.”“Performance matters; a direct line of authority is necessary.”One of the biggest problems the two groups face is medical records. Labbe said JPS and UNTHSC have two separate systems for their respective patients’ medical records, but they plan to move UNTHSC onto the system JPS uses.Labbe said that while the move would require “a front-end investment,” she said it would provide patients much better access to their medical records.Halverson said the initial investment would turn into savings in the future.“Over time, as we redeploy resources and eliminate duplication [from having multiple physician groups with different medical records systems], you will be able to see the same number of patients for quite a bit less [money],” Halverson said.The creation of a unified physician group is consistent with the actions of health care providers across the country.“Right now, there is a massive move to create greater alignment between physicians and hospitals, to reduce resource consumption and to create value to patients,” Halverson said.Labbe said, in this case, the partnership just made sense.“This is not unique at all,” Labbe said. “We have these two public entities. They’re three miles apart, and they act like they’re 3,000 miles apart.”Labbe said various working groups are still hashing out the fine details of the new group. 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Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Designated hitter Edgar Martinez, starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, and who many call the greatest relief pitcher of all time, Mariano Rivera, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 class on July 21.The four star players were voted in by ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Rivera, a New York Yankees legend who helped win five World Series titles, spent his entire career with the club, spanning from 1995 to his retirement in 2013. Nicknamed “Sandman” for his request to play the Metallica song each time he was called in to pitch from the bullpen, Rivera is often regarded as not only the greatest closer in baseball history, but one of the best pitchers overall to ever play the game.Halladay, nicknamed “Doc,” was an elite starting pitcher who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies from 1998 to 2013. A two time winner of the Cy Young along with eight all-star appearances, Halladay died tragically in November 2017 when a plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.Mussina, who spent 18 seasons devastating hitters with his wicked knuckle-curveball, won over 270 games with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles between 1991 and 2008. Drafted in the 11th round by the Orioles in 1987, Mussina appeared in five all-star games and six times he finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young, which is awarded to the league’s top pitcher.One of the most feared hitters of his era, Martinez made seven all-star appearances during his 18 year career, spent entirely with the Seattle Mariners.The team tweeted out video of Martinez receiving the good news about his hall of fame election.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by January 22, 2019 /Sports News – National New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera becomes first ever to be unanimously voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame
The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a three-way meet at Rising Sun with Shawe on Thursday (9/13) at the Ohio County Fairgrounds. The JCD girls’ team finished 3rd and the JCD boys’ team finished 2nd in the me[email protected] SunCourtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.
PALACE IMPLOSIONPistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn downAUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock teams and played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts during its nearly 30-year run, crumbled to the ground following a series explosive pops. The rest of the arena had already been removed.The Palace, which opened in 1988, held more than 22,000 people for NBA games and up to 23,000 for concerts and other shows, according to nba.com. Associated Press PGA-WORKDAY RESULTSThomas keeps clean card for 2-shot lead at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas went from a three-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in the Workday Charity Open. Thomas had a third consecutive round without bogeys, this one a 66. He made birdies early to keep pace with Collin Morikawa. When Morikawa fell back, Thomas added three birdies to hold off Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian star also had a 66. The final round is a glimpse of golf’s next generation. All three will be in the final group because of an early start to avoid storms. The round needs to finish Sunday to have a day to get ready for the Memorial.NHRA-RESUMESNHRA resumes season, Johnson tops Funny Car qualifying July 12, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. As part of the NBA’s recognition of the nationwide invigoration of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, NBA players are allowed to choose from a lengthy list of possible messages for their jerseys during the league’s restart. James is among just a few who declined to choose one of the messages, he said.Elsewhere in the NBA:— San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says he had some reservations about being at the NBA restart at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida. But after talks with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and others, he decided it would be smart and safe to be with the Spurs for the resumption of the season. Popovich says it’s about more than basketball. He points to how the league can help make changes in society by raising awareness to social causes and a need to combat racism.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPAC-12 shifts to conference-only LONDON (AP) — The Tennis Integrity Unit has raised concerns over 24 “suspicious matches” at exhibitions organized while the men’s and women’s tours are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TIU, which investigates match-fixing cases in the sport, said Friday it received reports of the matches at private tournaments staged between April and June.The reports are filed by gambling companies who track unusual betting patterns around matches. Suspicious betting patterns don’t necessarily mean a match was fixed. A similar effect can also happen if insider information about a player’s injury leaks. Private tennis exhibitions have proliferated after the ATP and WTA tours closed down in March. Some have little or no oversight. Besides a smattering of events with big-name players, there are many smaller events around the world with low-ranked players. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSYanks closer Chapman has coronavirus; Astros cancel workoutHOUSTON (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone announced the news Saturday. He said Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.” Hours after Chapman’s diagnosis, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was scratched from a simulated game with a stiff neck. New York is also without infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa due to the virus. The AL East champion Yankees open the season July 23 at Washington. The Minnesota Wild, who face the Canucks in the qualifying round, have ruled out defenseman Greg Pateryn indefinitely with an upper-body injury. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday the league will be taking over injury and illness disclosure from teams as a way of protecting player privacy. In other NHL news:— The NHL and the players union are credited for putting aside past differences in taking a collaborative approach in ratifying a return-to-play plan that also includes the assurance of labor peace through September 2026. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman described the months-long negotiations as unprecedented in how the two sides addressed the wide variety of concerns and challenges raised after placing the season on pause in March because of the new coronavirus pandemic. NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr said the pandemic forced both sides to work in “common spirit” in order to salvage what’s left of the season. —NHL Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday and Boone wouldn’t comment on whether he had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had gone through contact tracing protocols, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman’s positive test.In Houston, the Astros canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors. In other MLB news:— Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo says he doesn’t know if he actually had the coronavirus despite two positive tests, since he never had any symptoms and also had multiple negative tests. Gallo said Saturday that he planned to have a more extensive antibody test to be sure after a finger-prick test didn’t indicate that he had COVID-19. The All-Star slugger missed the first week of the Rangers summer camp after two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. worked out with his teammates at training camp for the first time after being sidelined by the COVID-19 virus. DeShields had suffered some “mild symptoms” after testing positive with the virus before the Indians reported to Cleveland for the re-start of training camp last week. DeShields arrived a few days ago, but he was only cleared Saturday after twice testing negative. DeShields is one of 10 outfielders trying to win a spot on the club’s 30-man roster. He batted .249 and stole 24 bases in 118 games for the Rangers last season. — Yoenis Céspedes is sure he’ll be ready to start the pandemic-delayed season with the New York Mets. Out of the lineup for almost two years, the 34-year-old slugger said Saturday he finally is close to fully recovered from a string of injuries to his feet and legs. The Mets open at home July 24 against Atlanta. And with the designated hitter available in the National League this year, Céspedes is a prime candidate for that role during a shortened schedule of 60 games. The two-time All-Star missed last season and most of 2018. He had surgery on both heels and then broke his right ankle in a nasty fall at his Florida ranch.— Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive and went to the hospital on the recommendation of his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend. The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.— Albert Pujols’ 20th season in the majors is about to begin with the Los Angeles Angels. When it does, the 40-year-old slugger is likely to be the oldest player in the big leagues. Although time has chipped away at Pujols’ mountainous talent, he has never believed his advancing age will prevent him from putting up other big numbers on the diamond. His recent years of diminishing overall production have been counterbalanced by still-steady power numbers. They’ve done nothing to hurt his confidence as he heads into this short season with big plans.NBA-NEWSLeBron won’t wear social justice message on Lakers jersey INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tommy Johnson Jr. topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday at the NHRA Nationals in the series’ return from a more than four-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson, the winner in the last race before competition was suspended, had a 3.983-second run at 317.72 mph in a Dodge Charger in front of a limited number of fans at Lucas Oil Raceway. Steve Torrence led in Top Fuel, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Torrence had a 3.779 at 321.19, Line ran a 6.626 at 206.10 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Krawiec had a 6.897 at 196.24 on a Harley-Davidson. The NHRA resumed its season Saturday in front of an expected crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. NHRA President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity. They also are expected to attend Sunday’s finals. Most fans wore face coverings on a hot, sun-drenched day, complying with county guidelines, and observed social distancing in the stands, pits and at concession areas. The weekend ends a 138-day hiatus for America’s top drag racing series.NHL-PLAYERS OUT Update on the latest sports HORSE RACING-ART COLLECTORArt Collector takes the Blue Grass at KeenelandLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Art Collector took a big step toward the Kentucky Derby, pulling away from the filly Swiss Skydiver in the stretch in the Blue Grass at Keeneland for his first graded stakes victory. The Kentucky-bred son of Bernardini and Distorted Legacy by Distorted Humor started the $600,000, Grade 2 event from the No. 3 post and battled Shivaree and Swiss Skydiver to the far turn. Rushie joined the chase at the final turn, but before Art Collector and Swiss Skydiver separated themselves from the 13-horse field. The two ran side by side before Art Collector took control at the 1/8th pole in the 3½-lengths win. Art Collector improved to 3-0 this year and has four wins and a second in eight starts. The colt collected 100 points toward the 146th Derby on Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. Stars’ Polak, Canucks’ Baertschi won’t report to NHL campsUNDATED (AP) — Edmonton’s Mike Green and Vancouver’s Sven Baertschi are opting out. Dallas defenseman Roman Polak isn’t reporting for now. And Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos isn’t reporting at full strength. Green and Baertschi joined Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic in choosing not to participate in the resumption of the NHL season. Polak is not on the Stars’ roster for the start of training camp, and a team spokesman said the 34-year-old won’t be attending at this time. Green, like Hamonic, decided not to play for family reasons. The Calgary Flames defenseman’s daughter was hospitalized last year with respiratory issues, and he and his wife also have a baby boy.The Tampa Bay Lightning won’t have captain Steven Stamkos at 100% for the opening of camp because of a lower-body injury, but they’re optimistic he’ll be ready when games get under way in early August. After the Pistons relocated in 2017 to downtown Detroit, the arena about 30 miles northwest of the city continued to host concerts and music events, the last in September 2017 by rocker Bob Seger.It also became the second suburban Detroit arena that found little real use after its main sports tenant took its games back to the city. The Detroit Lions played at the nearby Pontiac Silverdome from 1975-2001 before moving to Ford Field in Detroit. The Pistons also called the Silverdome home for a decade before The Palace opened. The Silverdome was taken down with a partial implosion in 2017.OBIT-JACK CHARLTONEngland World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85UNDATED (AP) — England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died. UNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31. The announcement came a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate nonconference games for all fall sports. The Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the U.S. men’s basketball coach, says he is watching how Japan is handling the coronavirus. Popovich says he hopes the Tokyo Games, which were delayed until 2021, could still happen — especially if a vaccine or other remedies are developed beforehand. The NBA plans to start next season in December, which could complicate Olympic availability for players. It’s not clear if the playoffs would be finished before the Olympics would begin on July 23, 2021.— Scott Dixon earned his third straight victory Saturday with an improbable triumph in the opening race of a weekend doubleheader at Road America, as IndyCar welcomed fans to its races for the first time this season. Dixon has won each of the three IndyCar races to take place thus far during this pandemic-delayed season. He’s the first IndyCar driver to start a season with at least three consecutive victories since Sebastien Bourdais reeled off four straight to start the 2006 campaign. Charlton was an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland. Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967. He spent all his club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying its all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honor, including the league title in 1969. His biggest achievement came with the England national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Charlton died at home on Friday in his native Northumberland in northeast England. He was 85.Premier League games will be preceded by a minute’s silence this weekend as a tribute to Charlton and players will wear black armbands.TENNIS-SUSPICIOUS MATCHESTennis Integrity Unit eyes suspicious exhibition matches
Americans will gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend as Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time.At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd, people across the U.S. will need to “fall back” one hour to reflect the new time.It won’t affect residents of Arizona, Hawaii, and many of the U.S. territories.President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which established daylight saving time from the second Sunday of March through the first Sunday of November.Inside Edition offers tips to help one adjust to daylight saving time in the video above!
(Washington D.C.) — Jurors are beginning deliberations to decide whether Broward resident, Roger Stone lied to Congress.The case went to the jury Wednesday after prosecutors and attorneys for the Republican operative gave their closing arguments.Stone faces seven charges over what he might have known about the release of Democratic campaign information by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.Stone, who did not take the stand in his own defense, is charged with witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to Congress.The 67-year-old Trump ally could face prison time if convicted. Stone has denied knowing about the WikiLeaks’ releases ahead of time and he has pleaded not guilty.Stone was arrested by heavily armed SWAT agents at his home in Broward County. The raid scared his wife who is hard of hearing. The raid was captured by CNN’s camera crew who happened to be on the scene at the time of the take down.
President Donald Trump and the First Lady are officially registered to vote in Florida.They registered about a month after making Mar-A-Lago their new primary residence.Trump announced this fall he would make Florida his primary residence, instead of New York’s Trump Tower, ahead of the 2020 election.Trump will be holding a campaign rally in South Florida, Nov. 26.The rally will double as a voter registration drive.He and his wife will reportedly vote at Precinct 7154, the Central Fire-Rescue Station, 355 S. County Rd in Palm Beach.
The city of Pensacola, Florida is the victim of a cyber attack one day after a terror attack at the Naval Air Station.Mayor Grover Robinson announced yesterday the attack started over the weekend, and the FBI, Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating.Robinson says it’s too early to know if any personal information was compromised.The attack did not affect public safety agencies such as 911 call, and there’s no word on when the city will be fully back online.Pensacola City spokesperson Kaycee Lagarde saying they aren’t sure if the cyber attack is linked to the naval air base shooting and as a precaution officials reported it to the FBI.For now Pensacola’s government’s doing business old school with pen and paper.
Eight people were involved in the accident, one of whom was injured, according to fire officials. The person, an adult woman, was taken to a local trauma hospital. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials report that a Tri-Rail train hit two vehicles Thursday evening on the tracks at 6th Avenue South near the I-95 overpass in Lake Worth Beach.The crash happened at 6:34 p.m.Both the eastbound and westbound lanes are shut down.I-95 off-ramp right lanes were blocked, according to 511.com.The tracks serve both Tri-Rail and freight trains.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be officially issuing tickets for texting while driving starting Wednesday, Jan. 1.A new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that will make texting while driving a primary offense instead of a secondary offense will be in full effect come 2020.The texting and driving law went into effect in July in phases. During the first phase, officers would only issue warnings. Then, in October, a ban went into effect on holding a phone while driving through a school or work zone.Well now, officers will issue tickets starting with a $30 fine plus court costs. If a second violation occurs within five years, the fine doubles to $60 and court costs increase to over $150. Violators will also have points added to their license.Thanks to the new law, texting while driving is now a primary offense, allowing officers to pull drivers over for texting.
Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference late Wednesday afternoon at the Florida State Capitol regarding the coronavirus pandemic.The governor announced that he is putting together a task force to oversee the “resurgence and reopening of Florida.”“Time is of the essence, and we want to make sure we’re getting the best ideas possible,” he said.The task force will be comprised of elected officials in addition to leaders in the fields of business and education, among others.“I’ll be seeking advice and ideas on pretty much everything under the sun. Small business, agriculture, restaurants, tourism, large events and conventions, recreation, international travel, K through 12, as well as higher education,” DeSantis added.Here’s a message to Floridians who are fighting every day to combat #COVID19. We can, and we will, get through this together. https://t.co/BBOXa4zDCD— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 15, 2020 A “stay at home” order remains in effect for the entire state until April 30.It is unknown at this time whether that order will be extended, or if DeSantis will allow it to expire and begin to reopen various parts of our state.He stated that the situation continues to change from one moment to the next, and that his team is continuing to study the data on testing and cases of COVID-19, to help them determine the next steps.Florida currently has 22,511 cases and 596 deaths.In South Florida, the statistics as of Wednesday morning are as follows:Palm Beach County: 1,782 cases-105 deaths-Men: 852, Women: 865-311 hospitalizationsBroward County: 3,334 cases-92 deaths-Men: 1,708, Women: 1,499-530 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 7,863 cases-149 deaths-Men: 4,019, Women: 3,701-655 hospitalizations
Joanna said she’ll be attending KentState University in the fall and is focused onfeeding all of her interests. Students who attended the workshop were broken up into small groups; they began the day interviewing such political leaders as assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-11) and Serena DiMaso (R-13), Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and a number of municipal mayors, council and committeewomen and school board members. Neptune Township High School studentJoanna Georges said the program has playedan integral role in her college planning. “I don’t want to be defined by anyone or pigeonhole myself. I have a dream, I have my interests and I have a goal to use whatever business platform I have to make an impact. But I am interested in politics, too. Who knows? Maybe I will run for office one day. But I don’t have to know right now. I can still be a leader in my community,” Joanna added. That was the sentiment expressed by a group of leading political women from the municipal, county and state levels who gathered at Monmouth Regional High School April 4 for the 13th annual Running & Winning event, a workshop for female high school juniors from around Monmouth County led by the League of Women Voters. “I never thought I would be a mayor someday,” Le Grice added. “I changed my mind about the path I was on halfway through my life. It’s never too late to experience everything you want to pursue.” “These young women are 16 years old.No one knows what they want to be whenthey’re 16. Don’t limit yourself. It’s okay tochange your mind and pursue everythingyou want in this life,” Le Grice said. “Youdon’t know who you want to be at 16 or 18 oreven 20. Heck, I’m still waiting to grow up.” Some of the students who attend the program may be motivated to follow a political path, but the program’s co-founder Sherri Harris said the program is intended to inspire participants to be impactful in whatever they choose to do. Fair Haven councilwoman Susan Sorensen said she never intended to toss her hat into the political ring. Sixty junior girls from high schools around Monmouth County gathered at Monmouth Regional High School for the 13th annual Running & Winning event. The League of Women Voters’ initiative brought a number of elected women to speak to the students and inspire them to lead impactful lives.Courtesy Aimee Humphreys A successful businesswoman in the telecommunications industry, Sorensen moved to the Two River area in 1998 with her husband Peter Maher – former head of the borough’s zoning board – and said a greater sense of community service led her to run for the council. Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice said she hopes a byproduct of the day-long workshop is that the young women in attendance will be empowered to follow their dreams – all of them. TINTON FALLS – Don’t limit yourself. “One of the things we recognize is thatnot every young woman who comes to usis going to run for political office. But whatwe hope it will do is show them they have avoice. They have the ability to collaborate.And they have an opportunity to impact theworld in a meaningful way,” Harris said. “Wehope they develop an awareness that theyare part of a bigger community. And theydon’t have to sacrifice any one experience.” “After work I started going to meetings. I began volunteering on a committee here and committee there. I was always involved, but I was never a political person. Politics are not for me,” Sorensen said. “But if you’re the right person for the job, you’re the right person. And when the opportunity presented itself for me to try and make a difference, I couldn’t let it pass.” Next the groups selected an issue ranging from mental health to global warming and worked alongside their group members on a public presentation for their peers about how to facilitate positive change in a school community. “I’m a very business-oriented person and I love fashion a lot. My goal is to be a fashion entrepreneur, but I still want to positively impact the people around me,” said Joanna, a senior who went through the workshop last year and returned last week in a mentoring role. After graduating from Elmira College in New York, Le Grice became a flight attendant for American Airlines, a position she held for 32 years, and was an active member of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “It was an empowering feeling to be working through these issues with so many great girls and to see what we could achieve someday by speaking to these powerful women,” Communications High School junior Tess Rempel said. “It was comforting to know that politics may not have been their interest to begin with. Not all of these women thought they’d be where they are today. But somewhere along the way their paths diverged and they saw an opportunity to make a bigger difference.”
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