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A Cayuga Community College faculty member will publish his first novel nearly two decades after writing his last line.

Chris Motto, college writing and tutoring support coordinator, published “A Knit of Identity” in October via Regal House Publishing. The book addresses “complex and relevant issues of gender identity and traditional gender roles by telling the story of a truck driver struggling with guilt and his traumatized past,” the college said in a statement. Press.

Protagonist Danny Fletcher, following in his father’s footsteps as a truck driver, sees his friend killed in a work accident and struggles with guilt over her death. Fletcher continues to drive, hoping the road will ease her guilt as she searches for a home. Motto said seeing a co-worker die in an accident was something that happened to her while working on a lube crew in college.

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“It was very traumatic to see the death of someone I knew. I knew it would come back at some point, I just didn’t think it would show up in my writing like this,” he said. she said, “But I think my subconscious pushed it to the forefront of my memory, and it made me wonder how my main character would react to that situation. I knew I had to explore it.

Motto failed to find a publisher two decades ago and moved on to another book. But as topics such as gender identity and workplace trauma became more discussed, she and her agent decided the publishing community could be more open to “A Knit of Identity.”

“Gender identity isn’t the focal point of the novel, but it’s an important part of the story and what the main character is going through,” Motto said. “Two decades ago, I don’t think many books were published that talked about it. Now, as our society talks more about gender identity and traditional gender roles, I’m just glad I was persistent.

Motto, who previously taught at SUNY Oswego, Syracuse University and American University, will participate in SUNY Oswego’s Living Writers Series on Nov. 16 and the Cayuga Culture and Wellness Series in the spring.

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Instructor, student killed in Miramar plane crash remembered as avid airmen Tue, 18 Oct 2022 16:20:58 +0000

MIRAMAR, Florida. – Friends remember the deceased student pilot and flight instructor when their plane crashed in a Miramar garden on Monday morning.

Police identified the two men on Tuesday afternoon.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said instructor Antony Rolland Yen, 34, and student pilot Jordan Travis Hall, 32, died when the Aventura II single-engine plane swung crashed in a neighborhood just south of North Perry Airport around 11:45 a.m.

Yen was last known to have lived in the Orlando area while Hall lived in West Park.

Brett Schneider, a friend and former student of Yen, said he considered him a mentor:

“Antony could best be described as a force in aviation. He always has a positive and encouraging mindset. Always there for his students through everything. He had a special gift for teaching and his extreme passion and love for aviation took his training to the next level. All he ever wanted to do was fly, it was in his blood. He enjoyed sharing his passion with others through his flight instructions and his aerial tours. The aviation community, especially the seaplane community, is very tight-knit and he will be greatly missed.”

Brett Schneider, friend and former student of Antony Yen

A friend of Hall’s, who identified himself as “Matt”, called him “remarkable”.

“Jordan was a remarkable friend, whenever I passed through Miami he always made it known that I had a place to stay. We lived across the country but he would go out to check in through social media or text. I would always leave our (conversations) so inspired by everything he did. As impossible as some of his ideas may have seemed to some, he always found a way to make them happen. If Jordan said he was going to do something, he was manifesting it. He was always full of ideas and new projects. He owned and rebuilt these amazing boats, collected cars and even built this huge shark tank at his house. He even saved up to buy a land in the Bahamas that he named after his late grandmother. Jordan knew what brought him joy and knew how to live life to the fullest.

Matt, friend of Jordan Hall

Jazmine Frisco, another friend of Hall’s, called him “brave”, “ambitious”, and avid flight attendant.

“Everything he wanted to do, he did,” Frisco said. “We talked about planes and him flying. I told him that I found it incredible. He made a YouTube video. He always posted on planes. He was the kid who could light up a room.

Airport staff reported that the plane was undergoing maintenance and had performed a test flight shortly before it crashed.

Investigators believe the aircraft, classified as an experimental aircraftwas leaking fuel before it broke down.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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Crews removed a plane that crashed in a Miramar backyard on Monday morning.

Shortly before police identified the victims on Tuesday, crews were on the scene to remove the plane from the house.

Manyerenis Moreno and her 2-year-old son, Tyler Flores, were inside the home at the time. Moreno was back at the scene on Tuesday.

“We still don’t know when we’re going to get our house back,” she said.

Moreno said the accident still left her “speechless”.

“I’m alive and my baby is alive but we could have died,” Moreno said.

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Flight instructor killed in crash that injured 2 Hampton University students remembers – Daily Press Fri, 07 Oct 2022 20:54:52 +0000

The Newport News plane crash that killed one person and seriously injured two Hampton University students happened when an in-flight student increased altitude too rapidly during takeoff, causing the aircraft to stall the plane, according to Virginia State Police.

Investigators have identified the deceased as 23-year-old Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman of Williamsburg, who was a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor for the other two passengers who were in aviation class. The student pilot was Oluwagbohunmi Ayomide Oyebode, 18, of Hanover, Maryland. Police have not named the other injured 18-year-old flight student.

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday afternoon from Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, hitting an embankment beside the runway.

Hampton University has a partnership with the Rick Aviation Flight School, which is based out of the airport, in its Bachelor of Science in Aviation program. The flight school website lists Ljungman as a flight instructor.

A flight school staff member declined to comment on Friday’s accident.

Oyebode and the other 18-year-old are students at Hampton University, a school spokesperson confirmed. Both were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries; Oyebode was later transferred to VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

Ljungman, originally from Sweden, graduated from Hampton University and played on the women’s tennis team.

Charlie Hudson, a former Hampton University tennis player who graduated in 2019, said the tight-knit and largely international squad were in shock.

“We really were each other’s family,” Hudson said Friday. Although the pandemic has scattered many team members and alumni around the world, team members have reached out to each other since learning of Ljungman’s death, he said.

“I remember when I first met her, that’s all she ever wanted to do. She wanted to be a commercial pilot,” Hudson said.

The team used to joke that when a player who dreamed of being a billionaire got big, he would provide the private jet and Ljungman would be his pilot, Hudson recalls.

Federal Aviation Administration records show Ljungman earned his commercial pilot license in March 2021 and his flight instructor license in April 2022.

“I don’t remember her ever smiling,” Hudson said. “She was just infectious in her energy, just nice to be around.”

Ljungman chronicled her journey to becoming a pilot on her Instagram account, @Viktoriathepilot, where she shared views from inside and outside the cockpit.

“She was just… such a pure soul that she seemed so innocent,” Hudson said. “The way she presents herself on social media … was the way she was in person. I think it’s pretty rare these days to find someone who looks alike, both in person and online.

The crash happened around 3:03 p.m. Thursday. The airport was then closed for about two hours.

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As he tried to take off in the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Oyebode tried to pull the plane at “too steep an angle,” according to Michelle Anaya, a spokeswoman for the state police. This caused the plane to stall at an altitude of around 100ft and then “dived” into a ditch beside the runway, Anaya said.

Hudson, who has spoken to other members of the aviation program since the crash, said the incident tested the confidence of many.

“I think everyone’s a bit lost,” Hudson said. “Students, you know, they doubt they want to be a pilot just because…being a pilot is very dangerous. ‘after what I heard.

Hampton University canceled classes on Friday and held a Friday morning prayer service for students and faculty, according to a Hampton University Student Government Association Instagram post.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting Virginia State Police with the investigation.

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis Doesn’t Slow Rotation Instructor Fri, 30 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000

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AAs a retired nurse and current fitness instructor, Lorraine Clarke is an advocate for health for everyone in her life. Sometimes, however, it is easy to forget one’s own healthy practices. Fortunately for Lorraine, in terms of mammography screening, this is not the case.

Lorraine and her husband Patrick with their dog Pepper. Photo courtesy: Providence

“I do the self-tests, and I never felt anything, but I was also religious about having my screening every year, not just every two years,” the 61-year-old said. . “And I’m glad I did that, and I tell anyone who wants to listen how important that is.”

Lorraine discovered the importance of early detection when two suspicious areas were discovered last November during her annual mammogram. A biopsy was performed in December and one of the areas turned out to be ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), an early stage breast cancer.

“It was so early that the biopsy actually caught most of the cancer, but I had surgery and then 16 sessions of radiation therapy,” Lorraine said. She currently has no evidence of the disease. “I got it early, extremely grateful, and now back in business.”

Lorraine actually never left the company. She taught spinning classes in the mornings at Tumwater Valley and went to radiation in the afternoons. “I was overwhelmed with the initial diagnosis, but the healthcare team was amazing, answered all my questions and encouraged me throughout,” she said.

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One of the first people to contact Lorraine after the diagnosis was Providence Oncology Patient Navigator Karry Trout. By working directly with oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and other clinicians, patient navigators help patients understand and follow their cancer treatment plans. This type of counseling has been shown to improve treatment outcomes for patients. By having someone else to lean on and lead the way, patients and their caregivers can focus on their recovery.

“Karry was fabulous and her communication was spot on,” Lorraine said. “Just when I was getting uncomfortable and had a question, it seemed like she would call and check in and see how it was going – it was huge. And every time I left a message for her, she came back to me immediately with excellent information.

Providence Regional Cancer System Patient Navigators understand “the system” and act as patient advocates, helping cancer patients navigate their treatment and move from one stage of survival to the next. This free service connects patients with helpful and compassionate guides who will help them find their way through cancer treatment. They are an essential link between patients and healthcare providers.

It’s also been helpful for Lorraine’s husband of 34 years, Patrick, and their two adult sons, who don’t live in the area.

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Lorraine encourages others to talk to their health care provider about their risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for them. Photo courtesy: Providence

Survival begins the day someone is diagnosed with cancer. At Providence Regional Cancer System, this also means connecting with Providence Survival Program Care Management Nurse Tiffany Randich.

Like most patients, Lorraine was done with medical treatment, but was able to use Tiffany and the survivorship program for other resources.

“First of all, Tiffany is such a treasure. She reached out to me and sent me an amazing package with everything I had been through, and it was awesome because you forget,” Lorraine said. She’s so supportive.”

One of the services Lorraine was able to take advantage of through the program was access to a therapist. “I was able to talk to someone who helped me process the whole experience and what it meant and how it affected me,” she said. “It was extremely helpful. I strongly encourage this to anyone.

Get your screening

“I preached to everyone to get their mammogram,” Lorraine said. She has resumed her busy schedule of teaching spinning classes and has just returned from a week-long trip to visit family. The early detection mantra was reinforced when she found out that a close friend had had a similar experience to hers.

“They found it early with her, and everything went well,” Lorrain said. “I tell people you have to defend yourself and you have to follow your projections.”

The American Cancer Society recommends talking with your healthcare provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.

To schedule a screening mammogram in Thurston County, contact South Sound Radiology at 360.252.9301. In Lewis County, contact the Providence Imaging Center at 360.330.8880.


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Platoon Instructor Ash Pryor Ends Fatphobia Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:00:13 +0000

Ash Pryor is not backing down. Founder of the non-profit Relentless Rowing Academy, Pryor recently announced that she is joining Team Peloton as a rowing instructor. While some people celebrate the achievement with her, others took to the announcement to criticize and shame Pryor.

Pryor took to Instagram to call out the “disgusting fat-shaming comments” and set the record straight.

“This week I was able to share with the world a project I’ve been working on for almost a year and the love was unmatched. I watched FB hoping it would be the same as everywhere else. wasn’t,” she wrote. “The amount of shameful and disgusting comments, ironically by men with profile pictures standing with their wives and daughters, was overwhelming,” she wrote.

Pryor points out that fatphobia is not isolated. When people use social media to insult and disrespect other people’s bodies, they’re not just hurting that particular person; their families and friends are also affected by these harmful beliefs. Negative and controlling comments about someone’s body send a clear message that a person’s value and the respect they deserve is tied to someone else’s standards of desirability.

“Let me be clear. I’m in good health. I’m a size 12 pants. Plus size leggings, XL sports bra and plus size tank top. College me would be mortified by these sizes, but the 31-year-old healed man stands proudly in his truth. I fought to get this far in life,” she continued.

We already know that height is not a useful indicator of health. But let’s be honest: People who claim to care about fat people’s health and use it to shame them are often just looking for an excuse to express their own insecurities and fatphobic values ​​in the name of “concern.”

“To all the fat bastards who question my health and call me Lizzo, that’s actually not an insult. I’m not sharing this for them, but for anyone trying to be first and still working on their stuff to drown out the ‘boos,'” she said. wrote, ending with some wisdom for anyone still struggling to find their confidence.

Pryor’s advice? Keep going, don’t back down and “let them talk while you work”.

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Dance teacher King who dedicated his life to craftsmanship retires Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0000

Joyce Triche of Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio is retiring after serving Stokes County as a dance teacher for nearly 50 years on East Dalton Street in King. (Photo submitted)

Joyce Triche of Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio is retiring after serving Stokes County as a dance teacher for nearly 50 years on East Dalton Street in King. Over the years, Triche has taught dance to thousands of students, including several generations of Stokes County residents.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Triche moved with her father to his Stokes County home as a baby. It was here in Stokes County that she stayed most of her life. As an educator who touched the lives of generations of Stokes County residents, Triche herself was inspired by one of her own teachers who encouraged her to pursue dance. “My second-grade teacher, Jessie Garner, who was also my Sunday school teacher, told my parents that she thought it would be a good idea if I took up dancing,” Triche recalled. During a May Day program at King Elementary School, Triche debuted as a bunny in a costume his mother had made for him. “Apparently I inflated my share a bit; I did more than I was supposed to. It was the padding that inspired Ms. Garner to encourage young Triche to pursue dancing, and in doing so, propelled her down a path that would shape not just the rest of her life, but the lives of many.

Around the age of seven, Triche was enrolled at Dorminy’s Dance Studios in Winston-Salem where she was a student for 10 years, graduating from Dorminy the same year she graduated from South Stokes High School in 1966. At Dorminy, she started with ballet, then moved on to tap and baton – all types of dance she would eventually teach at her own dance studio in King. Quickly after his debut at Dorminy, Triche discovered a second passion that would go hand in hand with dance: teaching. At age 13, Triche began teaching under Miss Dorminy, who started Dorminy Dance Studios in the 1930s. Triche’s job as a teacher was to catch up with students who had registered late so that they could join the main class of the program, and in that role she taught truncheon, tap dancing and her favourite, ballet.

Around the age of 15, Triche started teaching at Mount Airy before he even had a driver’s license. “My mom drove me there and she would sit in the car and knit while I taught an hour and a half of class.” From there, Triche was able to take part in a number of shows at the Tanglewood Barn Theater in Winston-Salem in which Miss Dorminy did the choreography for the musicals. The Tanglewood Barn Theater musicals served as the formal introduction to Triche’s performance. Triche would also become a member of Miss Dorminy’s Ballet Guild dance company, participating in various ballets. Triche even took the lead role in the production of “Giselle” at age 16 choreographed by Joseph Levanoff, who would become head of the dance department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Arts school was in its infancy when Triche began taking chemistry classes at Western Carolina between his junior and senior years of high school. Science would always interest Triche, but her formal education changed once her parents offered her space for a dance studio in a small building on their property where they had a warehouse.

This small building served as the first studio in Stokes County where she taught once a week. “It made all the difference in the world,” says Triche. “When I was able to run my own business.” Based on a recommendation, Triche enrolled at Texas Christian University at Fortworth, which offers the nation’s oldest degree program in ballet. At Texas Christian University, Triche studied dance while maintaining an on-campus job in the chemistry lab. After graduating in 1970, Triche began teaching baton and acrobatics at his home at the Mount Airy Fine Arts Carnival, which paved the way for Surry County Arts Council. It was also during this time that she established Miss Joyce’s dance studio in her parents’ warehouse. “The warehouse was originally an ice rink,” recalls Triche. “It had a rock maple floor which was fantastic for dancing.”

While in Texas, Triche met the love of her life at an acting school named Ward. After returning home to North Carolina, Ward Triche remained in Texas, but corresponded by letters and phone calls. The two married in August 1971, which led Ward Triche to move to North Carolina. The couple celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last summer. “I will say he has been very supportive of me and the business over the years. As the kids will tell you, it’s a family affair. After the couple married, Ward Triche started teaching in schools from Rockingham County to Wentworth, which led to a famous career as an educator in North Carolina.

In 1973 Triche’s parents retired, resulting in the sale of the building which housed the dance studio, and in 1974 she moved the studio to its current location on East Dalton Street in King. When Triche was a child, she remembers coming to the exact location where the studio is now, when it was a grocery store. “I remember coming here and grocery shopping with my parents,” Triche says. “In 1974, Hubbard Realty in Winston-Salem had it for rent – and you could also pay more on the rent with the option to buy. And that’s what we did.

Joyce Triche served the Stokes County community as a dance teacher from then on at the same location for almost 50 years. Offering nine dance instruction styles, including tap, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, stick twirling, musical theater and Triche’s favorite ballet. Under Triche’s guidance, many students have performed and won awards at statewide dance competitions. “We had so many trophies that they went around,” says Joyce. “I couldn’t have after this year, unless I put more shelves somewhere, more room to put more trophies. There were a bunch of them. One year, students at Miss Joyce’s dance studio won a musical theater trophy for the most entertaining act for ages 13 and under. “We would go to the Carolina Dance Masters Performing Arts Competition. Years ago we would go to the Showstopper Dance Competition – the stick did really well at that one.

Triche has been a 50-year member of Dance Masters of America Incorporated, the nation’s oldest organization of dance teachers. In 1972, Triche took a ballet and tap dance test to become a member of the organization and continued his training by attending masterclasses and conventions over the years. Triche went on to earn her Masters in Ballet Dance Education from Dance Masters of America, making her one of only five people nationwide to earn this honor due to the novelty of this particular program. Triche served on the Carolina Dance Masters Board of Directors for 10 non-consecutive years, as well as their Performance Artistic Director for six years as well.

Triche students have performed at Stokes Stomp as well as KingFest over the years. Miss Joyce’s dance studio also hosted a Flip-a-thon for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising several thousand dollars over the years for cystic fibrosis research. Additionally, to advocate for literacy in the county, Miss Joyce’s dance studio also held a program called “A Dancer Reads”, in coordination with the King Public Library. In this program, studio students read dance books for a month and counted the number of pages they had read. Through this program, children have recorded thousands of pages read, instilling in them a love of literature – just one of the many ways Joyce Triche has given back to her community and inspired young people around the world. Stokes County.

Joyce Triche officially retired from teaching at Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio on July 15.

Size 12 peloton instructor slams ‘disgusting fat shaming comments’ from online trolls Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000

A size 12 Peloton instructor has hit back at the ‘disgusting fat shaming comments’ she received after it was announced that she is teaching the training rig’s new rowing classes.

Ash Pryor, 31, from Ohio took to Instagram on Sunday to share photos of herself posing with her rower in her new Peloton gear. In the caption, she called out online trolls who tried to downplay her latest achievement by criticizing her body.

“This week I was able to share with the world a project I’ve been working on for almost a year and the love was unmatched. I watched [Facebook] hoping it would be like everywhere else. It was not,” she wrote. “The amount of shameful and disgusting comments, ironically by men with profile pictures standing with their wives and daughters, [was overwhelming].’

Ash Pryor, 31, from Ohio, has applauded online trolls who posted ‘disgusting and shameful comments’ about her after she was named one of Peloton’s new rowing instructors

Pryor teaches the new training platform rowing classes with Katie Wang (left) and Alex Karwoski (right)

Pryor teaches the new training platform rowing classes with Katie Wang (left) and Alex Karwoski (right)

Pryor made it clear that she was in good health, sharing that she had took her years to get to a place of self-love and acceptance.

‘I’m a size 12 pants. Plus size leggings, XL sports bra and plus size tank top,’ she explained. “College me would be mortified by these sizes, but the healed 31-year-old woman stands proudly in her truth.”

Pryor is the founder of Relentless Rowing Academy, a non-profit organization that introduces BIPOC and athletes with disabilities to rowing, and she emphasized that she has worked for everything she has achieved in the sport.

“I fought hard to get this far in life. A story that few know. I worked hard to make waves in rowing like I did,” she said.

Pryor took to Instagram on Sunday to share photos of herself posing with her rower in her new Peloton gear while slamming her critics

Pryor took to Instagram on Sunday to share photos of herself posing with her rower in her new Peloton gear while slamming her critics

The athlete noted that the majority of shameful comments she has received have come from men who

The athlete noted that the majority of shameful comments she has received have come from men who “ironically” pose with their wives and daughters in their profile pictures.

Pryor emphasized that she was in good health, saying she wore size 12 pants, plus size leggings, XL sports bra and plus size tank top

Pryor emphasized that she was in good health, saying she wore size 12 pants, plus size leggings, XL sports bra and plus size tank top

After Peloton announced on September 20 that it was launching a line of rowing machines and corresponding classes, Pryor proudly shared on her social media accounts that she was one of the platform’s new rowing teachers.

“I’ve played a small part of my life, and when this opportunity came up, I said I was showing up shamelessly because why not me?” she asked in her last message. ‘Someone needs to see someone like me! So let me be the first!

“To all the fat bastards who question my health and call me Lizzo, that’s actually not an insult,” she noted. “I’m not sharing this for them, but for anyone trying to be first and always working on their stuff to drown out the ‘boos’.”

Pryor concluded his post with a message for his fans who face similar discouragement and backlash as they work towards their goals.

“Keep going, fucking king,” she advised. ‘I promise the other side of your healing is unlike anything you’ve ever felt. When you start choosing yourself first, you stop noticing the people who notice you last.

“I’ve played a small part of my life, and when this opportunity came up, I said I was showing up shamelessly because why not me?” she wrote

The rowing instructor also spoke about inclusivity saying, “Someone needs to see someone like me!  So let me be the first!

The rowing instructor also spoke about inclusivity saying, “Someone needs to see someone like me! So let me be the first!

‘It’s easy to [criticize] when you’re not in the arena,” she added. ‘Let them talk while you work. Finally, to make them so appalled by you, they often stare at you and give you their time. It’s time to fuck them up by not backing down!”

Pryor’s post has been liked nearly 30,000 times, and fans flocked to the comments to praise her for her inspirational words.

‘How about being a strong woman who has a ton of rowing experience and [is] an amazing athlete?! Your body shape or size is the least important thing about you! one person wrote. ‘I’m so excited you’re with Peloton!’

Another added: “This message, your photos, your words, your attitude…. Is all! Kill the woman. Proud of you.’

“It’s funny how people who do nothing have the audacity to comment on someone who kills him!” someone else shared. “They’re not worth your energy.”

$10,000 prize won by cooking instructor Wyckoff on Food Network show Thu, 22 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000

WYCKOFF, NJ — Although Angie Shaghaghi has been eliminated on several competitive cooking shows over the years, including Rachael Ray’s “Chopped” and “Hey, Can You Cook,” she never gave up and never stopped learning. But this summer, his moment has finally arrived.

Shaghaghi, a cooking teacher at Wyckoff, has won two Food Network contest shows — “Kitchen Crash” and “Supermarket Stakeout” — the first which aired in July and the second which premiered this week.

“It’s validation that I’m doing what I’m supposed to do,” Shaghaghi said. “Honestly, I feel that from the bottom of my heart.”

Shaghaghi, a former resident of Wyckoff for 20 years, owns Creative Cooking, a mobile cooking school in Wyckoff, and offers cooking classes at the Wyckoff YMCA. She started a cooking class business out of her Wyckoff home several years ago, spending more than she earned; though, she says, she found she loved the job and never looked back.

Throughout her culinary career, she has appeared on several chef TV shows, although she has never won, that is until this year.

She was crowned winner of “Kitchen Crash”, hosted by chef Jeff Mauro, and “Supermarket Stakeout”, hosted by iron chef Alex Guarnaschelli. She hosted a watch party Tuesday at the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in Wyckoff to celebrate her $10,000 Supermarket Stakeout win, in which she competed against three other chefs in a ‘pop-up’ kitchen in a grocery store parking lot .

Ever since Shaghaghi was a young girl, she says, cooking has always contributed to a sense of well-being and created a comforting space for her.

“Cooking soothes my soul, and sharing that with others, especially young people, is more than important to me,” she said, adding that her dream was to one day have her own cooking show. and that in the meantime, she would continue to practice.

Driving instructor who harassed his 17-year-old student is jailed after breaking a restraining order Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000

An obsessed driving instructor who harassed his 17-year-old student was eventually jailed after breaking a restraining order and showed up at her house with Stanley blades.

Graham Mansie, 53, stalked Maisie Relph, now 19, over a four-month period between July and October last year.

Mansie had created a TikTok account called ‘For Maisie’ which featured a red heart emoji and the ‘my favorite’ biography, asked her for a drink and showered her with unwanted gifts, posing on WhatsApp as a college student first-year male.

He lost hundreds of pounds trying to pay dark web fraudsters to hack into his social accounts and left the teenager with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mansie, from Beckenham in south-east London, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal harassment and was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, in May this year.

But just nine days later, the stalker ignored the terms of the restraining order, got into his car and drove 220 miles to his flat in York, the court heard today.

Mansie was finally jailed for 20 months at York Crown Court today.

Maisie Relph, now 19, was stalked for four months between July and October last year

Graham Mansie, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal harassment and was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, in May - but has now been jailed.

Graham Mansie, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal harassment and was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, in May – but has now been jailed.

Maisie changed her clothes and cut her hair into a bob after police advised her to change her appearance while Mansie was out on bail.

The student said the ordeal left her unable to go out on her own and the stress of being bullied led to her being diagnosed with severe anorexia.

Mansie had already breached her bail conditions twice by contacting her on Instagram and WhatsApp before showing up outside her home, the court heard.

One of Maisie’s housemates saw Mansie sitting on the grass outside her window, rocking, when she returned from work around 11pm, the court heard.

The frightened students called security, who found injuries to her wrists. Mansie handed Stanley’s blades over and police found more blades, it was said.

Mansie was finally jailed for 20 months today. He was sentenced to 16 months for breach of a restraining order, two months for possession of blades and his two-month suspended sentence was activated, all consecutive.

Speaking just before the sentencing, Maisie said she feared he was using the knives to persuade her to go with him or sexually assault him.

Maisie, an educational psychology student from Bromley, south-east London, said: “It was awful – an absolute nightmare.” I only had nine days of freedom.

Maisie changed her clothes and cut her hair into a bob after police advised her to change her appearance when Mansie was out on bail

Maisie changed her clothes and cut her hair into a bob after police advised her to change her appearance when Mansie was out on bail

“I was confident he wouldn’t violate the restraining order, but I guess that was too good to be true.”

“I was all about rehab before, but he showed he needed to be in custody because it’s just not safe for me, my friends or him that he’s out.

“My housemates said I was like a different person for those nine days – I was so cool and smiling.

“I really thought I had my life back, but everything went wrong again.

“This whole situation has made me very cautious. I can no longer go out alone.

Maisie signed up for ten lessons with Mansie, from Beckenham, south-east London, in July 2020 and ended up having 32 in total.

Mansie showed up outside the teenager's York flat on May 27, the court heard on Wednesday

Mansie showed up outside the teenager’s York flat on May 27, the court heard on Wednesday

Mansie, 33 years older than the sixth elder, taught about 15 of his friends who had all passed their tests and recommended him.

But he soon started calling her his ‘favorite’, invited her out for a drink and talked for much of the two-hour lessons about wanting to be in a relationship with someone, he claims. -she.

A friend of hers said he kept telling them he had a student he wanted to have a relationship with, she said.

Mansie was sentenced to an eight-week prison sentence suspended for a year at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on May 18 and was asked to complete 30 days of rehabilitation and attend the Stalking Threat Assessment Center for medical treatment. ‘assistance.

The court heard he had already breached his bail conditions twice by contacting her on Instagram and WhatsApp.

Then he showed up outside his flat in York on May 27, the court heard on Wednesday.

Masie’s victim impact statement in court said: “This crime has affected me both emotionally and psychologically.”

The student said the stress of being bullied led her to be diagnosed with severe anorexia and is in therapy.

“I think about what happened every day, constantly worried and paranoid about what might happen,” she said.

“I thought things really couldn’t get any worse after the previous incidents. However, when Mr Mansie broke a legal order just nine days after sentencing, it leaves me wondering if it will ever end.

She said he was ‘obsessed’ and driving from south London left her ‘stunned’.

“I am now a 19-year-old struggling with serious mental illness and having to live with a 53-year-old stalker while trying to get a degree,” the psychology student told the court.

Maisie said she was considering moving to Australia but didn't want to change her life

Maisie said she was considering moving to Australia but didn’t want to change her life

Court heard Maisie was unable to answer questions during a police interview but gave a prepared statement saying he wanted to take his own life after information about the initial case emerged on social media sites.

She said: ‘I knew it was him as soon as I saw him sitting there – he was rocking back and forth and crying. He must be very sick.

“His image is imprinted in my brain. I can’t forget unfortunately. I could identify him anywhere from his Arsenal football top and his hair.

“I thought about changing my name and even emigrating to Australia.

‘I don’t want to do that though; I love my life and I don’t want to change it, and I can’t let it all revolve around it.

“I also think that if he wants to find me, he will. I definitely have post-traumatic stress because of it. Every time I see a red Ford Fiesta or someone in a football shirt, I freak out, even though he’s been in custody since May.

“It’s hard to describe how awful it is to worry about the end. He’s 53, so it could theoretically last at least another 20 years.

Mitigation Graham Parkin said Mansie had an avoidant and dependent personality. He is single and isolated and is now homeless.

He said his victim’s “civility” gave him inappropriate ideas.

“His feelings and his opinions were not based on any reality,” Mr. Parkin said.

Jailing her for 20 months, Judge Simon Hickey told Mansie he was also handing her an indefinite restraining order, barring her from York, referring to her on social media, not joining any groups of social networks she is on and not contacting her.

Judge Hickey said Maisie’s statement illustrated the impact Mansie’s harassment had had on her life.

“You fell in love with her and bombarded her with text messages,” he tells her.

The court heard that Mansie could never work as a driving instructor again and after his release from prison he intended to qualify as a truck driver.

Outside court, Maisie said: ‘I would have dropped out of college if not for my friends, they were so supportive.

“I’m very happy it’s over.”

Self-defense instructor in Birmingham offers protection to runners Tue, 13 Sep 2022 19:22:09 +0000

Birmingham businesswoman Lora Whitehead started running at 20 and has spent her entire adult life pursuing this passion.

If you’re a runner, you understand how tight-knit the running community is in Alabama.

It’s no surprise, then, that women across the state are now having conversations about how best to protect themselves after the recent murder of Memphis mother and teacher Eliza Fletcher.

“I’m from Birmingham and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham,” Whitehead said. “I have been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for six and a half years. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense/combat martial art that includes grapples, ground sparring, submission grapples, and throws. most every fight will end on the ground, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu takes the fight to the ground and can help you control the outcome of a fight, neutralize your opponent, and get through it. 2016 and I was immediately hooked.

And since then, Whitehead has tried to help other women, especially runners, prepare for any type of attack.

“My main advice is to always practice situational awareness: look up, look at the people around you, and make frequent eye contact,” she explained. “Trust and commitment are big deterrents. In every class I’ve taught in the past, almost every student is shocked by how quickly a random violent attack can happen. Another tip is to have a GPS watch or run with your phone and share your location with someone you trust. I constantly share mine with two of my best friends, one of whom is also a runner. As a morning runner myself, I also wear bone conduction headphones.These sit on the outside of the ear and let me be able to hear vehicles or foot traffic around me. would be to encourage female runners to enroll in some type of martial arts training, not just one or two self-defense classes, but several weeks or even months of regular training.”

And luckily for women in Alabama, those classes are available this fall.

“Anyone who wants to try a jiu-jitsu class would be welcome at our school, Heroes Martial Arts Academy, at our Trussville or Vestavia Hills locations,” Whitehead offered. “I have been training under Coach Chris Mize and his team for almost 7 years, and they truly are like second family to me. The level of expertise and knowledge that Coach Mize possesses is without doubt. previous, and even 1-2 courses would greatly benefit someone without prior training.”

Whitehead says it’s important to educate the community that blaming the victim isn’t helpful. For example, some critics said that Eliza Fletcher shouldn’t have run alone in the dark.

“These kinds of comments upset me,” Whitehead lamented. “I find it shameful that people are willing to blame the predatory behavior of an abuser on an innocent victim. worrying about their safety to the point of overthinking every little detail of something like a run, a walk, or even walking to their vehicle when leaving a store.”

Even though Fletcher’s murder took place in another state, Whitehead said the death of a runner affects all runners.

“The outpouring of concern and attention I’ve witnessed from the local running community has been exceptional,” Whitehouse said. “I have quite a few runner friends on social media and recently scrolled to find friends sharing virtual events such as ‘Finish Eliza’s Run’, as well as others sharing heartfelt messages about how when a runner is taken from us, it impacts us all. Some of these messages have been incredibly moving and inspiring to see. It has been such a heartbreaking case, and it is one of those situations that reverberates throughout the whole running community and get runners thinking, ‘That could be me.'”

Whitehead said while some people don’t like to talk about it, women should also be trained in the use of a firearm and consider running with it.

“I realize that’s not always popular opinion, but my advice is that if you’re comfortable with being armed and you’ve practiced often and well, then it’s a good idea. That’s his option. If one isn’t comfortable with that option, however, I would strongly advise enrolling in martial arts classes or, at the very least, wearing pepper spray and to be ready to race,” said Whitehead.

“I know how easy it is to be left out while you’re running or how complacent we can be in a familiar area,” she added. “I also know that many runners, myself included, often run alone. This aspect makes them more sensitive, I would say. I believe that people these days who are constantly on their phone or not paying attention to what is happening around them are just as easily targeted.Violence also tends to be random in nature and can happen so quickly that there is little, if any, time to react.

If you want to take some self-defense jiu-jitsu training with Whitehead, she can arrange the classes at the Heroes Martial Arts Academy. In the past, the money raised went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Trailblazer Challenge.

“My best friend and I participated as a fundraising/hike team for the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge,” Whitehead said. “Make-A-Wish Alabama invites people to participate in the Trailblaze Challenge to raise money to grant wishes for seriously ill children here in Alabama. Heroes Academy and I hosted a self-defense class as part of my fundraiser this year On an incredibly impressive note, my best friend completed the 26.3 mile hike on the Pinhoti Trail at 36 weeks pregnant last year!

“I have met some amazing people through this organization and look forward to participating again in 2023. I greatly admire the work they do for the children here in this state, and it was a joy to see this what a wish means to a child,” Whitehead added. “I know times are tough right now for almost everyone, but I’d like everyone reading this to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Alabama. They do life-changing work and full of hope for children here in Alabama!”

Whitehead pointed out that each of us can become a victim.

“I would like to remind every woman who reads this article to be vigilant and to be aware and understand that we do not live in an ideal world,” she advised. “There are predators walking free all the time when they should never be allowed to, so I implore you all to seek proper training and be prepared to defend yourself.”

To contact Heroes Martial Arts Academy or arrange training, email [email protected].

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