Meals on Wheels needs your help after demand increases

first_imgThey are now returning to five days a week, but they need your help to make sure meals are delivered. Prior to the pandemic, Meals on Wheels would typically serve about 350 people a day. With many elderly individuals staying at home, that demand has now skyrocketed. Between Meals on Wheels and the Office for Aging, they are now feeding more than 1,000 people a day. “We’re really in need of some other volunteers because some of our regular volunteers are still trying to social distance and socially isolate in their homes,” said Schuhle. Without Meals on Wheels delivering ready-to-eat food, Schuhle says a lot of people would struggle, as many cannot stand up long enough to cook and prepare food. However, by signing up to volunteer, you’ll be doing more than making sure people are fed. “It’s the daily check also, we run across a number of people that were medically in distress, or that had a medical emergency,” said Schuhle. “We have been able to save quite a few lives during this pandemic by having volunteers call 911 and get emergency services in there.” center_img “We’ve gone up 79 percent,” said Broome County Office for Aging Director Lisa Schuhle. “During the first few weeks of the pandemic, we went down to serving three days a week with frozen or shelf-stable food,” said Schuhle. If you would like to volunteer, you can call Meals on Wheels at (607) 778-6205. You can also sign up by calling the Office for Aging at (607) 778-2411. (WBNG) — The Broome County Office for Aging and Meals on Wheels say they have seen an increased demand for delivered meals. Now, they are calling all volunteers to help deliver those meals to those who need them most. last_img read more

Anthony Davis, LeBron James each get what they need from Lakers pairing

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers EL SEGUNDO — On Sunday afternoon, Anthony Davis and LeBron James found themselves in the rare position of being at odds.They were shooting 3-pointers from the near corner, opponents in the daily ritual of shooting contests after Lakers practice. As each shot left his fingertips, James screamed – at one point shouting to everyone in the gym: “I’m (expletive) locked in!”At its core, it was all in fun. Davis couldn’t help but laugh, even when he missed a follow-up 3-pointer. The Lakers’ headlining duo can often be found in one another’s company these days, and there are usually plenty of smiles to go around – whether it is filming “Space Jam 2” together; or the reported Italian dinner when James offered (ceremonially) his number to Davis; or in the locker room, where the two are just one empty stall apart by themselves on the far wall.This is not just a bromance: This is a partnership. This is the pairing that LeBron James asked for last winter, publicly sounding the notice that he would like a 6-foot-10 partner in the fold. This is the situation that Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, warned 29 other teams throughout the league that his client wanted – that he’d be hard-pressed to sign an extension anywhere else. When asked how he thought James and Davis were bonding, Danny Green – who has won championships at North Carolina, San Antonio and Toronto in his basketball career – brought up, unprompted, Davis’ ability to rise to James’ level as a key factor of the team. That kind of accountability at the top, he suggested, could trickle down to the rest of the roster.“His leadership of challenging LeBron – that’s gonna be huge,” Green said. “I’m interested to see where it goes, where it takes us. I know it’s gonna take us to good places because of how well they challenge each other.”Davis has gained the teammate to help carry the load that he’s always wanted – a superstar who has won before, who he expects to help lead him down the path in turn. James gained the co-star he wanted, but it might just be the accountability partner he needed.It’s something everyone will be watching closely – the Lakers most of all.“The on-the-court chemistry has looked great at times and still has a way to go at times,” Vogel said Monday after the team’s final full practice before Tuesday’s regular-season opener against the Clippers. “That’s to be expected with two players of that magnitude playing with each other for the first time. It’ll be a work in progress throughout the year but hopefully we hit the ground running tomorrow night.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIf the chemistry turns out as hoped between the stars, the big winner will be the Lakers, who have leveraged their future on their two stars meshing. Every team paints a rosy picture in the preseason – but so far, signs have pointed to James and Davis’ joint venture having legs.“We’re always learning each other,” Davis said. “The more and more we get a chance to play alongside each other, the better we’re gonna be.”In forcing a trade from New Orleans, Davis passed up an opportunity at an estimated $240 million supermax contract that would have made him one of the most handsomely paid players in NBA history. But Davis has said before that he would choose winning over money – something backed up by those who have known him for years.John Calipari, who coached Davis’ Kentucky squad to the 2012 NCAA title, recalls how the one-and-done star couldn’t score a bucket in the first half against Kansas. With their best player locked up on offense, the locker room was stewing before Davis piped up.“He starts telling the team, ‘I can’t make baskets. I can’t make any basket. I’m gonna help you guys make shots,’” Calipari recounted. “Ended up being 1 for 10, but led us in assists, rebounds and blocked shots. Winning really means everything to him. I swear there will never be another Anthony Davis.”center_img The subtext of the anecdote, however, is that Davis thrived for a Kentucky roster that produced five other NBA draft picks (although almost all have since been drummed out of the league). Even though he was the leader of the team, during the Wildcats’ most important game of the season, he needed help – Doron Lamb’s 22 points, Marquis Teague’s 14, or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s 11. Davis still did enough (16 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists) on the court to be the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, but he still needed a cast around him when he was 1 for 10.He lacked that in New Orleans, which couldn’t build on its momentum after finally winning a playoff series in 2018. In the games leading up to his trade demand in January, the Pelicans had a hard enough time winning when Davis had a big game and fell apart when their start couldn’t deliver. New Orleans was 18-15 when Davis scored 25 or more points, and just 4-10 when he scored fewer or was unable to play.James will be by far Davis’ most accomplished teammate so far. Some sense of burden seemed lifted last Wednesday, when Davis was largely the second fiddle to James in a 126-93 preseason shakedown of Golden State.“I was joking with LeBron earlier – I said it’s the first time in a while where I can have five or six points, whatever it was, at halftime and we’re up 30,” he said. “It feels good knowing that you don’t have to do much, everybody has a role and when you have guys all over the board who can score the basketball, you don’t need to do everything every possession.Then, Davis added the most telling line of all: “It feels good to be able to just, you know, fit in.”That’s something James can understand from his own career: Back in 2010, when Davis was a 17-year-old teenager at one of James’ camps, James left his native Ohio and the Cavaliers to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami seeking more help to win a then-elusive NBA title.When presented with the parallels, James bristled. He compared the scrutiny of the Heat’s Big Three to scorching weather, as he was castigated by hometown fans and NBA observers alike for wanting to team up with other stars. James’ own legacy has changed the times of the league, which now routinely sees its best players get together – James said of Davis’ circumstances: “It’s a very nice 68 (degrees). Fan on medium. L.A. weather. It’s perfect.”However, James will acknowledge his pairing with Davis is like his Heat team in one way.“Just for us to be able to challenge each other, that’s one thing that’s for sure the same. Me challenging D-Wade, D-Wade challenging me, Chris Bosh, and then me challenging A.D., A.D. challenging me. That is definitely the same.”In this factor alone, this season is very different from the last. Within the Lakers’ locker room, virtually no one had the footing to keep James accountable on the court. Coach Luke Walton battled job insecurity nearly from the opening tip, and James’ teammates on the roster ranged from young, unestablished players who were meant to be learning from him to veterans who didn’t rise to his stature.There were times when that strain leaked through, particularly on a host of defensive clips last season when James didn’t stick to his assignment, or in the poor body language that led to frustration among the team in February as the Lakers were dropping out of the playoff race.In the nearly 80 minutes James was on the court during four preseason games, the Lakers had a 91.5 defensive rating, and showed an attentiveness that only came in spurts last season. While acknowledging that he’s seen clips of James’ defensive lapses, Avery Bradley said that’s not the James he’s seen in practice or the preseason.“LeBron is the leader on both ends of the floor for our team, and I feel like he helps put us in great spots,” Bradley said. “He’s gonna make our defense that much stronger this year with his talk on the defensive end.”It’s expected that under a coach like Frank Vogel, who boasts a track record of elite defenses in Indiana, the team would show more intensity on that end of the floor. But James, Davis and their Lakers teammates have all talked about the importance of Davis’ ability to challenge James and call him out when needed as a catalyzing factor.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Zdeno Chara injury update: Bruins ‘legend’ (broken jaw) active, starting Game 5

first_imgBig Zee is in – and starting.Steven Kampfer also in, David Backes out. pic.twitter.com/SO6wIWCu43— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 7, 2019Chara was wearing a clear plastic wraparound chin guard on his helmet and was not in a red non-contact jersey during morning skate.Zdeno Chara. On the ice. pic.twitter.com/CrgN2mOeg8— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019Unable to speak to reporters, Chara, answering questions via the Bruins, said his situation ahead of Game 5 is no different than most players in the Final.“At this time of the playoffs, everyone has injuries and there are challenges that you have to overcome to play,” Chara said. “I’m no different than any player on either team.”Asked Thursday morning about the status of Chara and fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who has been in the NHL’s concussion protocol, coach Bruce Cassidy said: “They’re on the ice now, so that’s a good sign. We’ll see how they feel around 7-7:30 tonight.”Cassidy said the initial fear was that Chara sustained a concussion, but he didn’t.”That’s toughness, that’s leadership … the guy’s a legend for a reason,” defenseman John Moore said. “The guy’s 42. When I’m 42, I’m certainly not going to be the first guy in the gym, weighing all my food, squatting the most on the team.”🎥 John Moore on Zdeno Chara taking part in morning skate: “That’s toughness, that’s leadership…the guy’s a legend for a reason.” pic.twitter.com/vpwB99iRjS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019Chara, 42, left Monday’s game at the 3:07 mark of the second period with blood dripping from his mouth in what became a 4-2 loss that evened the series at 2-2.The Bruins haven’t offered any specifics on Chara’s injury, but The Athletic’s Blues reporter and Boston’s WEEI radio reported Tuesday that Chara’s jaw was broken in the incident. Both reports cited unidentified sources.Cassidy after the game said only Chara “had some stitches, probably (will have) some dental work in the near future.”Although WEEI’s source characterized Chara as “done-ski” for the Stanley Cup Final, Chara’s taking part in Thursday’s skate raises the possibility, even likelihood, that he’ll try and play. Chara wasn’t on the ice for the team’s practice Wednesday morning in Boston (per masslive.com).“We prepare as if he’s going to play,” Blues coach Craig Berube said Wednesday (via KSDK.com). “That team will be hungry and that team will be desperate.”Fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk will be out. He has been down since he was injured in Game 2 after a boarding penalty by the Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist, who was suspended for Game 3 over the high hit.Veteran Steven Kampfer and youngster Urho Vaakanainen, 20, practiced Wednesday on the Bruins’ third and fourth defensive pairings.#NHLBruins practice lines:Marchand – Bergeron – PastrnakDeBrusk – Krejci – BackesJohansson – Coyle – HeinenNordstrom – Kuraly – AcciariMoore – McAvoyKrug – CarloKampfer – CliftonGrzelcyk – VaakanainenRaskHalak— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 5, 2019After Chara went out Monday, Boston was forced to rely on its remaining five defensemen. Charlie McAvoy led the Bruins with 25:51 of ice time and Torey Krug was second at 24:11, per NHL.com.There’s this context too: The re-energized Blues claimed after their victory that the relatively penalty-free heavy game they played to tie the series Monday took its toll on a thin Bruins back end. “I think we are wearing them down when they don’t have six (defensemen),” Sundqvist said. “Obviously, you don’t want to see a guy take puck in the mouth. It’s kind of like when you saw (Blues defenseman Vince Dunn) do it. But five D against our forecheck, I don’t think it’s that easy.” Chara was injured when Blues center Brayden Schenn’s shot hit Chara’s stick and deflected into his face. Chara fell to the ice and when he lifted his head there was blood visible. Cameras caught him with a bloodied mouth as he skated off the ice.Ouch. 😷Zdeno Chara headed straight to the dressing room after taking a puck to the mouth. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/q0zZWErwq3— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2019The defenseman returned to the bench in the third period with a full clear mask but did not get back into the game.“That’s the type of guy he is, come out and be there to support,” Bruins center Charlie Coyle said. “You never want to see that happen to anyone, especially someone on your team, someone who is such a big part of our team playing-wise, leadership-wise. It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s how you respond to adversity and you see a lot of it during this time of year.”UPDATE: Zdeno Chara has returned for the 3rd period with a full face cage. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/SbOvPQolhI— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2019Through 20 playoff games, Chara is plus-12 with a goal and four assists. He played more than 24 minutes in Games 2 and 3, but was limited by the injury to just 8:23 in Game 4, though he did pick up an assist on Coyle’s goal.The Blues were leading 2-1 when Chara went out, but the Bruins quickly scored in his absence to tie the score heading into the final period. Zdeno Chara is “a legend for a reason,” an awed Bruins teammate says.The Boston captain, who reportedly suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday in St. Louis when he was struck in the face with a puck, is active for Game 5 and will start. St. Louis scored two unanswered goals in the third to seal the first Stanley Cup Final victory on home ice in Blues history — and turn the series into a best-of-three affair.Game 5 is set for 8 p.m. ET Thursday at TD Bank Garden.With reporting by Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel in Boston.last_img read more