Shore conference wrestling: Live District Results

It's time for districts -- where individual wrestlers seek to dominate to advance to the NJSIAA indvidual championships. We've got you covered, with live updates Saturday with the latest results. The top three finishers each of the 14 weight classes in the district tournaments advance to one of  eight regional tournaments to take place across the state next weekend.Here's where you'll find the live results: Shore Conference District 21 wrestling results Shore Conference District 23 wrestling resultsThe capsuled look at each district includes site, participating teams (Shore teams in bold), defending team champion and returning champions, runners-up and third-place finishers with last year's weight, pending entry Thursday night.          Region VDistrict 17When: SaturdayParticipating teams: Middletown South;, Middletown North;, Keansburg; Hunterdon Central; Hillsborough; Franklin Township; South River; Spotswood; West Windsor-Plainsboro SouthDefending team champion: Hunterdon Central. District 17 Brackets: District 17 Brackets Link Returning champions with last year's weight: Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North, 106),; Jack Bauer (Hunterdon Central, 113); Hunter Graf (Hunterdon Central, 120);  Anthony Donnadio (Hillsborough, 126); Vincent Romaniello (Hunterdon Central, 132); Stanley Wojdylak (Middletown North, 145); Steven O'Campo (West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 152); Nicko Cofone (Middletown North, 160); Kyle Baszak (South River, 195)Returning runners-up with last year's weight: Brandon Murray (West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 106);  Frederick Luchs (Middletown North, 113); Joey Zargo (South River, 132); Shea Obado (Spotswood, 152); Kevin Faulkner (Hillsborough, 160);  Jack Hardzewicz (Middletown South, 195); Adam Markmann (Middletown South, HWT)Returning third-place with last year's weight: Anthony Romaniello (Hunterdon Central, 106); Michael Holland Continue Reading

Get away from it all with your valentine on a day trip of shopping, dining and more

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to figure out where you’re going to stand on ceremony. Places book up, and if you don’t do your due diligence and planning, you can end up with a drugstore box of mystery chocolates and slim pickings at your neighborhood Redbox. Although winging it can be fun, too, here’s a list of one-day getaways from Fort Worth that are sure to make for an interesting excursion with your valentine. Just line up the Valentine’s Day playlist on your iPod for the drive and fill the tank. Shop, grab lunch and possibly buy some chocolates — all less than 2 1/2 hours away. That’s just far enough to get you out of town for the day and back to the comfort of your own home, lickety split. Hico Drive time from downtown Fort Worth: Roughly 1 1/2 hours. Directions: Take Chisholm Trail Parkway to U.S. 67 to Texas 220. Take a right on Second Street into downtown Hico. Highlights: Old-town charm, shops, handmade chocolates, silo climbing, quaint lunch spots Billy the Kid Museum. Take your valentine to ‘to the moon and back’ — actually, to Sugar Moon and back. That’s the name of Trish McMillin’s dreamy shop, the former C.L. Lynch hardware store and later a Western Auto store. McMillin and her sisters bought the building and turned it into a space chock-full of decor pieces, antiques, salvaged items and gifts. It’s easy to while away several hours in Sugar Moon, a Hico shop filled with decor pieces, antiques, salvaged items and gifts. Clare Miers Special to the Star-Telegram “Lots of people like to mix things, and that’s the way I like it — a little bit of old and new,” McMillin says. Before building Sugar Moon, McMillin worked as a contractor for the United States government. She operated out of Camp Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq, for two years. “I just wanted to support this country in a way that I could,” Continue Reading

This is where the Grammys are born — in a remote mountain workshop in Colorado

Few places feel more removed from the glamorous world of the entertainment industry than this remote town high in the San Juan Mountains.It’s an almost magical land of tumbling trout streams, turquoise lakes and craggy peaks.It’s also the home of the Grammy Awards.In a small workshop here, John Billings and his team of three craftsmen cast, hammer, polish and assemble each of the little gold gramophones. There are no robots, no assembly lines. Just century-old hammers, files and endless patience.Billings, 71, has been making the Grammys for 41 of the awards’ 60 years, including the upcoming awards show. His workshop will produce 350, along with about 220 Latin Grammys, for the upcoming show on Jan. 28. Each one takes 15 hours to make.When finished, they’re put into a trailer and driven to Los Angeles. Once there, Billings picks up a load of his signature “grammium,” a secret zinc alloy used to make the awards that is smelted in suburban Los Angeles. Then it’s back to southwest Colorado to start all over again.It might seem surprising that the Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammys, would rely on four guys in a 2,000-square-foot mountain workshop for its most prestigious award.Oscar statuettes are made by a New York company whose website says its main studio bay “is as big as a football field and four stories high.” The Primetime, Daytime and Sports Emmys are made in an 82,000-square-foot facility in Chicago.“I guess it’s not really our style to go with the easiest way of doing things,” said Bill Freimuth, senior vice president of awards for the Recording Academy. “One of the reasons artists appreciate the award is because it is handmade and handcrafted by other artists. Some would argue that it’s more precious because of that.”Billings, known locally as the Grammy Man, would certainly agree.“Every Grammy we make is an individual,” he said.And like Continue Reading

Boston time capsule dating to 1795 opened to reveal coins, medal, newspapers

A 220-year-old time capsule containing coins, documents and other artifacts left by U.S. founding fathers Samuel Adams and Paul Revere was opened by Massachusetts officials on Tuesday. "The history of Massachusetts is the history of America," Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said before the box was opened, adding the items were symbols of the "great hope" of the country's founders. The corroded 10-pound brass box, removed from beneath the state house last month, was painstakingly dismantled and unpacked by custodians at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in a gallery hung with oil portraits of both men. Among the items in the box were two dozen coins including a 1652 Pine Tree Shilling struck by colonists in defiance of England, a bronze medal portraying George Washington, a silver plate made by Revere, and colonial records and newspapers. Galvin said he expected the items would be displayed at the museum for some time before being placed back beneath the state house cornerstone, possibly with additional items from this era. The corroded 10-pound brass box was removed from the statehouse on Dec. 11, seen left, before it was carefully opened Tuesday, right. The capsule was first placed under the cornerstone of the 18th-century state house building, a Boston landmark topped by a gilded copper dome made by Revere's company, on July 4, 1795 in recognition of America's 20th anniversary of independence. Adams was then governor of Massachusetts, and Revere a colonial icon and silversmith best known for alerting Colonial fighters to the approach of British Forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. The unveiling marked the first time its contents have been seen publicly since 1855, when it was also removed from the cornerstone, the items inside cleaned, and other items like newspapers and coins added. The capsule is more than a century older than a 113-year-old one Continue Reading