WHS VOLLEYBALL Wildcats Win 5 InARow Get Back To 500

WHS VOLLEYBALL Wildcats Win 5 InARow Get Back To 500

first_imgGoing into this match, we were warned that Watertown had a very scrappy defense, but not a very potent offense. We stressed to the girls how important it was for them to keep the ball in play against a scrappy team. Keep our errors to a minimum and look for our opportunities to score.The Wildcats came out strong in the first set. Watertown ran very few attacks, relying instead on just keeping the ball in play with free balls trying to score on 2nd ball over. Wilmington stayed patient and kept the ball in play, running their own attacks and scoring when they could. Once again, after a dominant first set, there was some let-down in the second set. To their credit Watertown did a much better job of running an offense and managed to score more often, but Wilmington held tough and gutted out a narrow victory. We made a small change to the lineup in the third set to let Raegan Sweeney play all the way around again, and have her use her powerful swings to generate some energy. She did a great job, sparking the team to a dominant third set victory.Serving was a strength again this set with 96% serving, 10 aces and only 3 errors. Six of our nine active players served 100%! Our lowest serving percentage was 75%. It was great to see the girls putting our instructions into practice and not giving points away.Our game plan in this match was to attack Watertown out of the middle. Both Gianna Brunetto and Maeve Cadogan rose to the challenge. Gianna continues to thrive in the middle with 7 kills and only one error. Maeve contributed another 6 kills and only one error. Gabby Bond had 7 kills from the outside.Coming UpThe match against Watertown marked the mid-point in our 2018 season. Wilmington now stands at 3-5 in the Middlesex League and 5-5 overall. The season continues with a match against perennial powerhouse Winchester (6-2) at home on Tuesday, Oct 2nd at 4:00 pm, and away at Arlington (0-5) on Thursday, Oct 4th at 4:00 pm.Dig PinkWe seeking community support for our annual “Dig Pink” fundraiser in support of the Sideout Foundation and the work they do to support Stage 4 Breast Cancer patients and their families as the fight this terrible disease that continues to afflict so many in our community and in our families.This season, our Dig Pink fundraiser will be taking place on Friday, October 12th, during our match against Melrose. The JV and Freshman teams will be taking the court at 6:00 pm, followed by the Varsity match at 7:00 pm.We will be selling baked goods, as well as raffling off gift baskets between matches as well as between sets of the varsity match. All proceeds for the evening will go directly to the Sideout Foundation.We appreciate your support, and we look forward to seeing you in the gym.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS VOLLEYBALL: Wildcats Go 2-1 For The Week With Wins Over Triton & WakefieldIn “Sports”WHS VOLLEYBALL: Wildcats Fall To Reading & Melrose In Close MatchesIn “Sports”WHS VOLLEYBALL: Wildcats Have Best Week Of The Season (So Far)In “Sports” Newburyport115251917 Watertown012239 Wilmington3252525 On Tuesday, we travelled to Stoneham to take on the Spartans. Coming off a few recent victories the girls seemed ready to turn it on against Stoneham. I continued to stress the need to play smart. Serve in! Hit in!Apparently Brittany Cimaglia took my instructions to heart. After we got our first point on a great play from serve receive, Britt went on a run of 14 straight serves to stake us to a 15-0 lead. Wilmington never looked back in that set, allowing Stoneham only six more points in that set. As is often the case after a blow-out victory, there was a let-down in intensity and focus on our part, leading to a 4-8 deficit early on. But they were able to pull it together, tie it up and extend out to a 22-10 lead, before closing out the second set 25-14. The third set was closer, but Wilmington held the lead from start to finish.This was the Wildcats best serving performance of the season, serving 93% with 17 aces and only 5 errors! As mentioned earlier, Britt Cimaglia was outstanding, serving 97% with 10 aces and only 1 error on 33 service attempts. Anna Rideout and Khrystyna Fedynyak contributed perfect serving outings as well.We saw great improvement in our offense during this match as well, with a total of 22 kills and only 12 errors during the match. Our new middle hitter, Gianna Brunetto had a great night with 8 kills and only one error. Gabby Bond also contributed 8 kills with only one error. Maeve Cadogan had 5 kills with only one error.We were very pleased with the way that the team played their game during this match, no matter whether Stoneham was running an offense at them or just dumping free balls at them. They maintained their composure and got their jobs done.Watertown Wilmington325232525center_img Newburyport continues to improve, and is proving to be a competitive adversary. We have been trying to stress to the team how important it is to play smart: serve aggressive, but serve smart; hit aggressively, but hit in.. Don’t just try to overpower our opponents, but keep them out of system to get more opportunities to run an offense. Hit the ball over the net and find the court. We have a few really tough servers who were able to do exactly what we were looking for.In the first set, we got out to a lead and were able to maintain it all the way to the end. The second set started out the same, but Newburyport was able to stay close and finally close out a tight set, 25-23. In the third set, the team got out to an early lead again. Newburyport came close, but this time, Wilmington was able to hold on for the win. In the fourth set, Wilmington came out strong opened a wider lead and was able to close out the match.Overall we served 88% with 25 aces and only 11 errors. Maeve Cadogan led the team with 100% serving and three aces. Britt Cimaglia and Gabby Bond once again were strong servers for us with 96% serving and 8 aces and 5 aces respectively with only a single error each.We were not as pleased with our offense, which got 20 kills in the match, but also made 19 attack errors. Again, we need to play smarter in order to continue to be successful. Gabby Bond led the team with 6 kills, and Raegan Sweeney contributed 5 kills.Injuries are bound to happen during the course of a season, and we lost one of our Middle Hitters during the first set of this match. We tried a couple of different players at middle, and finally decided on playing Gianna Brunetto at middle. This decision worked out well in the Newburyport match and the remaining matches this week.Stoneham Wilmington3252525 Stoneham071419 WILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest weekly recap from WHS Volleyball Coach Bruce Shainwald.Newburyportlast_img read more

How Toll Road Officials Are Encouraging Violators To Pay Up

How Toll Road Officials Are Encouraging Violators To Pay Up

first_imgGail DelaughterNew reloadable EZ Tags are now being sold at HCTRA’s Ship Channel Bridge.News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter recently visited the Harris County Toll Road Authority to talk with Deputy Director Lisa Castaneda. They discussed HCTRA’s new website, along with the continuing challenge of tracking down toll road violators.  Delaughter: Tell us a little about the website and what it’s going to do for people.Castaneda: We looked at what people were calling into our call center, what kind of business they needed to take care of. And we tried to be as self-service as possible. So offering a website 24/7, 365, putting most of the things that customers are calling into the call center for, getting them off the phone, and being able to be self-service if they want to be. Delaughter: What kind of self-service is available there?Castaneda: Managing your account, that’s probably the biggest one, and all the things associated with managing an account. But also when a lot of people are calling in they’ve had a violation. And so instead of having to call in through the call center, we’ve put in two new features to deal with violations to make it self-service for the customer. Delaughter: So how are those violations going to be handled on the website?Castaneda: If you have accidentally used the facility, you can go on and through a small convenience fee you can take care of your violation. The sooner you go to take care of your violation, the cheaper it is. The longer it goes the more expensive it gets. The process involved with trying to collect those tolls through the violation process is very expensive. We try not to pass that off to the customers who are paying. Delaughter: So why doesn’t the Harris County Toll Road Authority just let people pay after they’ve gotten on the toll road, either by phone or online?Castaneda: That’s a very expensive business model. We don’t have a big demand for that. We don’t want to take the additional cost of doing that and add it to the burden of people who are already paying in our existing model. Paying later, it’s hard to enforce. It costs more money. It starts by an image that’s taken of the license plate. First of all, some of those image aren’t going to be great. Some of them are intentionally obstructed. They have mud on them, whatever. You may never find that person, but you’ve got all these other people who are paying.  Delaughter: How much of a problem is that, when people don’t get around to paying? We’re heard stories about people who’ve racked up some very egregious violations over a period of time, so how much of a problem is that, to track down people who just don’t pay?Castaneda: It’s a very costly problem to track it down for all those people who pay their tolls. We try to keep the tolls reduced to a reasonable amount. The people that we have to track down, that’s why the fees do get expensive. We’re not in the business to make money off people’s violations. We’re just passing the cost of what that violation is to the people who aren’t paying. But it’s pretty complicated to look for somebody after the fact. Delaughter: How complicated is that, to actually track down someone on the toll road when they haven’t paid?Castaneda: We have set up some systems for our law enforcement. They have dedicated resources that are set up to always be looking for these top violators. And they pull over maybe 100 of them a day. Egregious is the key word. These aren’t first-time violators. These shouldn’t be people who didn’t know they owed the money. It shouldn’t be people who are lost. If someone is new to Houston or visiting, they’re not going to wind up on that list. But they should know they are on the toll road. And that’s part of the website. It allows people to be self-serviced, 24/7, 365. They can go on and they can take care of it for a very reasonable amount. They just can’t repeat and do it again and again. Listen Share 00:00 /03:46 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Replace Your PC and Improve Productivity

first_img PC’s aren’t that different from a lot of us: They just sit around all day getting flabby. So if you want to squeeze another year out of your machine–or even retrofit it with Windows Vista in ’07–there’s no better time to put it on a regular program of tuning up and toning up.I don’t know your machine personally, of course. But even if it isn’t bogged down with Trojans and spyware (as so many are), just the way Windows goes about its business will pack flab on the fastest hunk of hardware. A PC’s Registry can get cluttered with outdated keys that waste processor cycles and have marginally useful or even harmful proc-esses in system memory. Just one day of computing will thoroughly fragment a C: drive. And out-of-shape PCs are more likely to be pushed around by hackers.We’ve covered the security aspect before, so let’s fast-forward through that discussion: Run Windows Update regu-larly and use ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite as well as Mozilla’s Firefox browser and its Thunderbird e-mail editor. Install Lavasoft Ad-Aware and Spybot-S&D to nuke new bugs that sneak through your firewall. You may even need a specific tool like Trend Micro’s CWShredder for some strains. ZoneAlarm is $50 (all prices street); the rest are free.As for keeping your PC in shape, we’re not talking about triathlon shape, which would mean spending half your workdays on computer maintenance. But if your computer is going to load Windows and browse the web without wheezing, its disks, memory and Windows Registry need regular tuneups.Whose PC Is It?Theoretically, you control what gets put onto your hard drives and into system memory by clicking icons. But in reality, the only PC property rights you have are those you’re prepared to enforce–which has become pretty complicated since you signed up for broadband.A lot of programs and web pages today treat your PC as though they own it. Remember that “I accept the license agreement” button? They consider that carte blanche to load whatever self-serving processes they want, hold onto as much RAM as they can and, when unloaded, leave behind a Fourth of July weekend’s worth of litter.You shouldn’t have to spend your time policing your machine, but if you don’t, you’re going to be exploited. As with security, start with a good general-purpose suite like Symantec’s $70 Norton SystemWorks 2006 or Iolo’s $50 System Mechanic 6. Both are jumbo toolboxes of scanners and utilities that will root out and fix 95 percent of your PC snafus, and you can choose whether they do it en masse or one problem at a time.It’s My ProcessJust for fun, I ran a couple of PCs for several weeks without maintenance to see how much plaque would build up. Norton’s scanners uncovered 118 invalid ActiveX entries, three invalid application paths, five missing file extensions, seven invalid help files, 38 broken shortcuts and 10 missing shared files on one. System Mechanic found a similar complement of system snarls on the other, along with 430MB of unneeded Windows and internet files. Both C: drives were a mess, and one had about 200MB worth of system memory tied up by processes whose applications were no longer running.With a couple of mouse clicks, both suites had most of that junk swept out and Registry and RAM tuned so programs could load and unload cleanly. Some jobs, like disk diagnosis and optimization, are better addressed individually so you can determine the which, when and how. In fact, even though you could schedule most maintenance tasks to run automatically at off-peak times, that’s not a good idea. Any program that can change a PC the way these suites can needs supervision.It can seem foreign at first, but over time, these scanners and sweepers will help you get to know what’s going on behind your foreground applications. Launch Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Del) and you’ll see that every machine has a couple dozen strange-sounding processes running all the time. Which are Windows services, which belong to your applications, and which are potentially harmful strangers?Task Manager won’t say. But the alternative process viewers in System Mechanic and SystemWorks can help you decipher them. Problems vary, so you may also need Codestuff’s Starter and HijackThis–a shareware pair favored by blogs and forums that helps solve parasite problems.I wish you just needed to buy one program and push one button. But it’s 2007, the bad guys are clever, and you can’t afford not to keep up. There’s no such thing as being fat and happy anymore.Personal TrainersThese sites help you figure out what’s necessary, what’s safe and what’s not.Shieldsup!: This Gibson Research site will probe your perimeter every which way to tell whether yours shields are UP!Tech Support Forum: Got a question? Someboy in this geek nation should have the answer.Winguides:Support forums and other technical resources maintained by PC Tools, publisher of several PC tuneup utilities.Spywareinfo:Volunteer sysops will hold your hand while you remove spyware and other bric-a-brac from system memory.Spyware Warrior: A list of what’s naughty and what’s nice out there. Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 1, 2007 This story appears in the January 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 5 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Browsers on the Move

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » November 14, 2008 2 min read You may be perfectly happy with whatever web browser came with your smartphone, but you’re not necessarily restricted to using only that browser. Opera Mobile (opera.com) is available for phones running Windows Mobile and S60 operating systems. The program typically costs $24 (though the 9.5 Beta version was released as freeware). Opera Mobile 9.5 ups the ante with improved speeds, pan and zoom functions, and a revamped tabbed browsing experience. Opera Mini is already a popular choice for a browser that works on most cell phones and not just smartphones.Skyfire is also a compelling new contender in the mobile browser market. Its proxy technology makes it possible to closely replicate the look of a desktop browser on a mobile phone’s screen, and smart zooming features boost the usability of the application. The free application is particularly handy when it comes to rich media, such as online videos and audio, because Skyfire servers do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, so even hefty media files load quickly.In another sign of the ongoing battle to win over mobile web browsers, Mobile Firefox, or Fennec, recently debuted as the mobile counterpart to the popular full-size Firefox. Its free price tag and familiar features will appeal to Mozilla fans. Expect it to be an emerging heavyweight in the increasingly competitive mobile browser division.last_img read more