Young Matawan softball team exceeds expectations

first_imgBy WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent One of the youngest high school softball teams in the Shore was also one of the most successful.With pitcher Erin Powers and right fielder Shannon Sansone as the only seniors in a lineup laden with sophomores, Matawan Regional High School went from a 14-13 record and early exits in tournaments a year ago to 21-8 this spring while reaching two tournament championship games and the semifinals of the other.“We expected improvement and were hoping for 15 to 16 wins,” head coach Bob Dubina said. “We exceeded my expectations, but we return so much next year.”Dubina knows what he is speaking about. He turned Allentown High School into a perennial contender in NJSIAA Group III before moving over to Matawan last season. And he also coached Brookdale Community College’s women’s basketball team, which finished 19-9 and reached the Region XIX tournament semifinals last winter.Matawan earned its most softball victories since 2005 when it won 23 games and the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title.It reached the sectional finals again this year on May 29, losing to Robbinsville High School, 3-2, in 10 innings. A year earlier, Robbinsville also knocked the Huskies out of the states in the earlier rounds, 6-0.The following day Matawan lost, 11-0, to Middletown High School South in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals.“We had nothing left,” Dubina said.Sophomore shortstop Lauren Conroy hyper-extended her elbow in the Robbinsville game and sat out the game against Middletown South. The No. 3 hitter in the lineup, Conroy led the Huskies with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs while batting .550.Matawan also reached the Monmouth County Tournament finals, losing to St. John Vianney High School, 2-0, May 16.“That game turned around our season,” Dubina said. “It gave us a ton of confidence that we can play with anybody.”Matawan won the next four games leading up to the Robbinsville state tournament game. Powers said after she felt it from the start — a season-opening 11-1 victory over Red Bank Catholic High School.“If someone told me before the season we’d do well, I probably would’ve believed that person,” Powers said. “We had a lot of returning girls who worked hard and really wanted to win. But after beating Red Bank Catholic, we really stepped it up.”The Huskies also were cochampions in the Shore Conference B North Division with Wall High School — a team it split its two games with during the season. Both were 11-3 in the division.Matawan also won state tournament games over Delran High School, 3-1, in which no Husky batter struck out, and No. 1-seed Arthur L. Johnson High School, 2-0, in an upset as Powers helped her own cause on the mound by smashing a runscoring single.The team finished strongly despite a key injury. Junior center fielder Sam Buchman, who batted in the .300s with a .500 on-base percentage hitting leadoff, missed the final three weeks of the season with a high ankle sprain. Junior Tracey Brereton went from catcher to the vacated center field spot, and freshman Amanda Hunter came off the bench to start at catcher. Dubina praised Brereton’s willingness to fill a need at a different position.Bolstered by the success of this season, Dubina said he is looking to upgrade his schedule further for 2016.“At Allentown, it helped us preparing for the state tournament,” he said.First, he must settle on his pitching, as Powers is headed to a college career at Felician College. She utilized five pitches that included a fastball Dubina said reached around 60 mph. Powers said she went with a drop curve and screwball a lot.Jess Veary, a sophomore who did not play a year ago because of a knee injury, is a leading candidate to move from first base to the mound.“She’s not overpowering but keeps the ball low. I hope she can pick up some speed,” Dubina said. Sophomore Meaghan Rutsch is another candidate. Veary also was a timely hitter. Cleanup hitter Hadassah Curry, who plays third base, and Veary smashed run-scoring hits in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to force the extra innings against Robbinsville, a team Dubina was familiar with from his days coaching at Allentown. Matawan had its chances, leaving the bases loaded in the ninth inning and stranding two runners in scoring position with none out in the third inning. Dubina believed pitching and hitting were the main ingredients to this season’s success, while the defense had its ups and downs but performed very well at times. He figures the many returning players will work on that more in the offseason. Powers believed the defense helped her to a lot of victories, however. “Our defense held us together because I’m not a strikeout pitcher, so I let the other team hit the ball, and the girls in the field had my back all the time,” Powers said.Soph Jen Lloyd at second base and junior left fielder Sami Boyne completed the lineup. Utility players Taylor Murphy and Maddie Malanga also contributed.“These girls put Matawan back on the map,” Dubina said. “Hopefully people will talk about it, and we’ll get the support from the Little League [softball] program.”“I think they have a lot of potential,” Powers said of her team’s future. “As long as they play defense, they’ll have no problem.”Dubina said the success also is shared by his coaching staff that includes new varsity assistant Maria Antista, who was the head coach at Matawan a few years ago and played on the 2005 team. Allie Murature, another assistant, played on Middletown South’s two Group III state championship teams in 2009 and 2010 and then played on a Brookdale Community College team that reached the Junior College World Series. Theresa Principe, who worked with Powers and the other pitchers, was a college pitcher after playing for Red Bank Catholic.last_img read more

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The PPC: its development, and hypocrisy of the regime

first_imgDear Editor,Once more, the situation with the setting up of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and its functioning has come to the fore and is prominent in the news. Since the author had quite a bit to do with this, it is therefore important to once more set the record straight. When the PPP/C government placed the PPC Bill before the National Assembly, the ‘no objection’ role of Cabinet was part of that Bill. The then opposition railed against this, and suggested strongly that Cabinet’s role be removed. It was on the floor that this was done. The then Attorney General, Doodnauth Singh, Khemraj Ramjattan and lawyers from the Opposition, including Winston Murray, had a sidebar and removed the role of Cabinet.Therefore, the intention of the framers should not be in doubt.I also recall that when the PPP/C moved in the National Assembly to establish that body, it was hindered by the then opposition, which tried to manipulate the process to get majority representation on the Board. At one stage, they even demanded to have the chairmanship of the PPC.At the level of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), where these manoeuvres were taking place, the PPP/C was having none of that.The PNC/R stuck to its position, refusing to compromise; and that prevented the setting up of the PPC.After the 2011 elections, the issue was raised again. This time, the joint opposition had a one-seat majority in the National Assembly. They were demanding that the PPC be established, and this time their bargaining position had improved. They appeared not to want any recommendation from the PPP/C.They used their one-seat majority in the Assembly to frustrate all of the then government’s developmental projects: They railed against the Marriott Hotel; they frustrated the beginning of the Amaila Falls Hydro Project; they voted in the National Assembly to cut the budget of the Ministry of Works, stymieing the establishment of new airstrips in the interior; and they even voted against the establishment of a Specialty Hospital, which was aimed at advancing our health services by leaps and bounds.The APNU/AFC was not only being anti-developmental, but also deliberately putting our country in harm’s way; they seemed to have wanted to make the economy grind to a halt. Their refusal to pass the Anti-Money Laundering Bill was aimed at damaging the financial sector and the economy as a whole. Further, the APNU/AFC members of the National Assembly voted against the Amendments to the Environmental Tax Act, which would have allowed a level playing field for local and regional companies. This was fulfilling Guyana’s commitment to CARICOM. That would have settled the case brought by the Rudisa Company, which claimed that the tax was discriminatory.This anti-nationalist act by the APNU/AFC cost our country more than one billion dollars.Even in such hostile circumstances, the PPP/C Administration tried to make compromises in relation to enacting the PPC. It was proposed that we establish the PPC but, however, allow cabinet to retain its ‘no objection.’ This was proposed because of the hostile attitude of the APNU/AFC towards the government’s projects.The then opposition parties refused, and adamantly demanded that Cabinet’s role be completely removed.Therefore, all the talk about things not being clear is just a mere roost for the APNU regime to renege on that position now.There should be no doubt of the intent.Cabinet’s role should be removed completely.Sincerely,Donald Ramotarlast_img read more

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Parallel leagues in 2015 as FKF adopt 18-team

first_imgThis comes two days after Kenyan Premier League (KPL) walked off a meeting with FKF following the latter’s failure to make available the FIFA consultant’s report which has been in their custody since November 20 according to a directive from FIFA.At the SGM FKF resolved that Football Kenya Federation league shall be a seven-tier structure with the FKF premier league as the elite league run and managed by the Participating Clubs.“Beginning 2015, the league shall be known as the Football Kenya Premier League, comprising 18 teams, run and managed by participating clubs under a Company Limited by Guarantee known as FKF Premier League Limited. The clubs shall elect their chairman, with FKF playing the role of oversight. The FKF Premier League clubs to get Sh9million annually as direct grants,” part of the statement from the federation read.“As provided for by Articles 78 & 79 of the FKF Constitution, as well as Articles 78 & 79 of FIFA Statutes on Rights In competitions and Events , FKF owns all rights, which are domiciled and emanating from all football competitions and is exclusively responsible for their distribution and/or dissemination.By invocation of this, FKF has with immediate effect withdrawn all such rights from KPL. The Kenyan Football calendar season to run from August -May, with the implementation date being 2016,” the communication continued.This comes even as FIFA in a letter to the federation say they have given FKF the leeway to ‘look for a local solution’ after the latter protested a report on the matter put out by FIFA’s independent consultant Robert Niemann.In a letter addressed to the FKF secretary general Michael Esakwa, FIFA’s Jerome Valcke has defended the report forwarded by Niemann, saying they do not doubt his bias even in the midst of FKF’s accusation Niemann overstepped his mandate.FIFA say; “We inform you that in our view, the report is objective as well as fair and that we do not have reason to doubt the neutrality of the consultant.”“Once FKF confirm that the report has been provided to all concerned parties, including KPL as agreed, FIFA’s support in the process to find an amicable solution on whether participants for the 2015 KPL season should be 16 or 18 clubs will have come to an end.”“This is particularly the case since after issuing the report FKF’s position is now that a solution can be found locally. We wish you well in finding a local solution.”The latest wordings from FIFA now mean all mandate rests on FKF to find a solution with the federation already having made decisions to run the league themselves.This develops even as both Nakumatt FC and Kakamega Homeboyz who are the ‘extra additions’ to the league say they will take legal action in any case they will not play in top flight this year.Nakumatt team manager Ben Achieng told Capital Sport; “We have spent so much money to buy players and prepare the team for the new season and therefore we cannot be told we will not play in the league. If that happens, then we will have to go to court,” he said.“We have a letter from the federation informing us of our promotion and therefore we are relaxed and going on with our business knowing we will be in the league this year,” he added.This comes as KPL representatives met the cabinet secretary of sports Dr. Hassan Wario in a bid to argue out their case even as they maintain their league will have a 16-team league.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 30 – It’s now official 2015 season will have parallel leagues after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) went ahead to ratify the new league changes, including the expansion to 18 teams at their Special General Meeting (SGM) on Friday in Kakamega County.last_img read more

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Bike paths tell tale of two cities

first_imgThe path is open and about 95 percent of the work is done – still not enough for the the Department of Transportation to take over maintenance. Stopgap measure As a stopgap measure Thursday, the city of Los Angeles installed new metal benches and trash cans along the path and gardeners planted small shrubs around a few of the trees bordering the Burbank city limit. “We’re trying, at the very least, to take this step to make sure the path is restored to the satisfaction of the CRA and the community,” Harris said. “We are not happy about the fact that this is taking longer than we expected and we share the community’s concerns.” The roughly mile stretch of path through North Hollywood does have colorful murals on the walls of industrial warehouses. But now graffiti is being sprayed over the the commissioned work, enraging residents who say the city is not doing enough to clean it up. Impatient residents have been doing their own cleaning on nights and weekends for months as they wait for the city to come up with a permanent solution. Residents are especially upset because the Los Angeles stretch hasn’t even been open a year and it has already fallen into disrepair. Howard, an active member of the East North Hollywood Homeowners Association, said he has been reaching out to city officials since March, when weeds began to take over the recently completed landscape. “To observe the Burbank side of the path and see how wonderful it looks compared to what we have puts a slight cloud on things,” he said. Jan Bartolo, deputy director of the parks and services division at the city of Burbank, said its portion of the path is diligently maintained by contracted gardeners and city staff who visit the path at least three times a week. “They keep a close eye on our path,” Bartolo said. `Neighborhood pride’ The land for the path, in both Burbank and Los Angeles, is partially owned by Metro, which has had no say over the design and construction of it. The path is also built on land that used to house railroad tracks, making it a transportation corridor. The city of Burbank opted to have parks and recreation handle the path’s design and maintenance, keeping accountability under one roof. Bruce Gilman, spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, said the agency is not responsible for the maintenance until the completed project is turned over to it. Some weed cleanup is scheduled for next week and permanent maintenance contracts have gone out to bid from the DOT. Still, residents like Paul Kersh, who goes for daily walks and rides on the path with his 5-year-old son, said he wants the city to step up and solve the problem. “It’s about neighborhood pride,” Kersh said. “It’s turned into a blight because of the lack of maintenance. “When there is a house that becomes a nuisance, you call the city to give them a warning,” he added. “But what do you do when it’s city property that’s not being maintained?” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – It’s a tale of one bike path, two cities and too many bureaucrats. The four-mile Chandler Boulevard bike path is a source of pride for Burbank residents, who cycle past nicely trimmed shrubs and lawns along a white-picket-fenced neighborhood. But when their three-mile journey through Burbank transitions into the city of Los Angeles, cyclists soon find themselves contending with discarded mattresses, TV sets and waist-high weeds. The stark contrast gives the path a split personality that unnerves L.A. residents who’ve been clamoring for a permanent cleanup. “To sit down and watch it deteriorate day by day is sad,” said Earl Howard, a seven-year resident of the Chandler Park neighborhood. While one department in Burbank is responsible for the path’s construction and maintenance, accountability for the Los Angeles portion is essentially spread out over three departments. With so many agencies involved in one project, communication can be an issue. “There is a problem and we’re trying to make sure there is a solution,” said Kiara Harris, a spokeswoman for the Community Redevelopment Agency, which paid for the L.A. portion of the bike path and designed it. Harris said the city’s General Services Department won the bid to build the path, and the Department of Transportation will maintain it, but only after it is fully completed. last_img
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EUROPE’S STRONGEST MEN HAVE ARRIVED IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe official weigh-in of eleven of Europe’s Stongest Men will take place at Kelly’s Moutain Top, Letterkenny at 4.00pm today.All associate partners, sponsors and members of the public are invited to attend this important part of the weekend’s activities that will ‘weigh-up’ each strongman’s chances of lifting the title of Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90KG. The much anticipated Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90KG Finals have arrived and eleven of Europe’s strongest men have this morning descended upon Letterkenny.Mayor Dessie Larkin, warmly welcomed the Strongmen at the Town Council this morning saying, “This is a great event which adds to the calendar of events in Letterkenny. The Town Council has supported this event as we strive to put us on the national and international stage. I wish the athletes well in the European competition. We hope the event returns next week.”Co-organiser, Nigel Drein, Motiv8 Fitness says “without the support of businesses in town this event wouldn’t happen. Local businesses have been key in bringing this event to fruition.”Co-organiser, Dave Warner, Renegade Strongman, “I’m thrilled to be able to take this event to Letterkenny. We are going to have an unbelievable weekend, the athletes have trained really hard for this and the competition is fierce. We hope the people of Donegal come out and support them.” The first of the weekend’s competitions will get underway at the Clanree Hotel this evening with the introduction of Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90kg taking place at 7.00pm.The first event , The Dead-Lift, sponsored by Hyundai will take place at 7.30pm. The second event – Conan’s Circle sponsored by CBM Signs will take place at 8.00pm.Day two of events will kickoff at the Bernard McGlinchey Park tomorrow, Saturday 15th from 12pm – 5pm. Don’t miss out on an action packed, FREE family fun day for all to enjoy.Logon to www.europeanstrongman.com for more EUROPE’S STRONGEST MEN HAVE ARRIVED IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Columnist DeView dies

first_imgLucille DeView, who wrote a column for this newspaper for several years, died Wednesday night in a nursing home in Florida. She was 85. DeView’s column appeared in the features pages, most recently in the Monday U section. Her topics included nostalgia, the art of aging gracefully and how people can put a positive spin on even the most hurtful experiences of their lives. She raised two children and worked as a reporter, editor and writing coach at newspapers including the Detroit News, the Christian Science Monitor, Florida Today and the Orange County Register. DeView published a book of essays and poems, “Up North: A Contemporary Woman’s Walden” in 1977 and wrote a play, “A Summer with Hemingway’s Twin” in 1997. The play was based on the summer she spent working at the cottage of Ernest Hemingway’s twin sister. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsDeView said she had hoped to meet the great writer, but for years thought about turning her experience into a book or a play. “Hemingway’s Twin” won the 1997 National Play Award of the National Repertory Theater Foundation. She is survived by a daughter, Robin Bruner, of Florida and a son, Harden DeView, of Texas. catherine.gaugh@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2479last_img read more

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WATCH: Guys head for night out to team that scores first – where did they go?

first_imgThe return of the football season has excited fans up and down the land but for one group of friends they added a little extra spice to their day.The group decided that it would be a great idea to head for a night out to whichever team scored first during Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs.Naturally the guys were hoping for places like Cardiff or Bristol – two places that are renowned for having a great night life.So who scored first? Well that would be Scunthorpe…Check out the video above to see how the guys got on.last_img read more

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21 From Indiana Tech Bowling Team Injured in Bus Crash on I-65

first_imgEmergency personnel scrambled to the aid after a charter bus carrying 16 members of the Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) coed bowling team was involved in a rollover crash this morning on I-65 southbound near the 22 mile marker.The bus belongs to Ohio-based Excursions Trailways.All 21 passengers were transported to three area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. “Our hearts go out to the Hoosiers impacted by this morning’s bus crash in southern Indiana. The State of Indiana is coordinating a multi-agency response, with Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter traveling now to the area,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement. “As law enforcement and emergency personnel respond to this situation, we urge all Hoosiers to hold these men and women in their thoughts and prayers.”Eight passengers were transported to Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg, one was transported to Clark County Hospital in Jeffersonville, and twelve were transported to University of Louisville Hospital.Both ground and air ambulances were utilized to transport the injured.One passenger at U of L Hospital was listed in serious condition.I-65 southbound was closed for approximately three hours as Indiana State Police Troopers and reconstructionist investigated the crash scene. Traffic was temporarily diverted on to southbound US 31 in Scottsburg.The crash occurred at approximately 10:25 this morning as the team was traveling to Smyrna Tennessee to compete in a United States Bowling Congress Sectional Competition.A preliminary investigation reveals that the commercial charter bus was south bound I-65 just north of the Henryville Rest Park when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle partially drove off the east side of the roadway and into the median.The vehicle then drove back onto the roadway and crossed over both southbound lanes of travel before continuing off the west side of the roadway.After leaving the roadway, the bus spun clockwise and overturned as it traveled down the embankment on the west side of the interstate. The bus came to rest facing north.More information on this crash will be released as it becomes available.last_img read more

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Anger as numerous pupils in South Inishowen denied school transport

first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin County Councillor, Jack Murray, has expressed his concern after being contacted by a number of families in South Inishowen whose children have been denied school transport to Buncrana.Cllr Murray said he has been contacted by families from both the Burnfoot and Muff areas whose children attend secondary school in Buncrana but were refused access to the school bus as they had no Bus Eireann ticket.“They have been told that it is now too late to obtain this ticket and that cannot avail of the school bus. “This is a ten mile journey twice a day, five days a week. Their families simply can’t drive them every day.“I have written to Bus Eireann, asking that this issue is addressed as a matter of priority. Children in rural areas must have access to education. It should not be impeded in any way.”Anger as numerous pupils in South Inishowen denied school transport was last modified: September 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalInishowenschool buslast_img read more

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A SATURDAY SIX Look at Walt Disney World PRESSED PENNIES

first_imgTwo of my favorite attractions to collect coins from are Country Bears and Splash Mountain, but it is interesting that this particular Splash design features Mickey and Minnie playing in the water.Maybe this Minnie got E Coli from playing in the Splash Mountain water and ended up looking like the Minnie Mouse in the penny design above. #Backstory (photo by Brian Carey)Unlike pressed quarters, pressed dimes I can get behind. (photo by Brian Carey)A pressed coin from every machine in the Magic Kingdom. (photo by Brian Carey)The Living Seas design is A+. Would love to see more references to Disney’s past. (photo by Brian Carey)The Living Seas pressed penny. (photo by Brian Carey)Mexico Pavilion designs.Mexico Pavilion pressed pennies.Some wonderful designs available at the China Pavilion in World Showcase. (photo by The Man Who Took Down DisFlix @Schmoofy)Absolutely LOVE these Tower of Terror designs. (photo by @schmoofy, who you’ve seen before in several pieces of Burgan Fine Art) Unfortunately, some of the resorts – including the Polynesian – have the resort’s “official” design only available on a pressed quarter instead of a penny. That means instead of the standard 51 cents (2 quarters and 1 penny), these designs cost $1.25 (5 quarters.)Awesome Jose Carioca design at Disney’s Coronado Springs. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Walt Disney World! Regular readers of this fine blog series know how much we love theme park souvenirs (both real and imagined) and one of our absolute favorite items is pressed pennies. Not only are they one of the most affordable pieces of merchandise in the parks, they are easily collectible, and don’t take up much space. Pressed pennies are also items you can get at other places in Florida (including the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, and Legoland) as well as tourist locations across the country.Now Disneyland – whose guests are already spoiled by having parks with tons of rides, nighttime parades, and seasonal churros – is hands down the worldwide leader in pressed pennies. For example, for the Disneyland 60th anniversary, the park debuted 60 new pressed penny designs. Meanwhile at the Animal Kingdom, guests can still get a Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade pressed penny, a design which spotlights a parade that ended in 2014. THAT SAID, Walt Disney World still has a whole bunch of reasons you, Dear Reader, should get into the pressed coin game, and let’s start off with…# 6 – Pressed Coin BooksUntil recently, Disney lagged behind its competitors when it came to the actual books for guests to put their pressed pennies in. Legoland, SeaWorld, and Universal all offer books that came with an exclusive penny design. However, a couple years ago Disney came out with a new design that is artistically a true gem. In a great touch, the new books also contained spots to hold change that you are going to use in the pressed penny machines. The previous book design used a minimalist-style of art to represent various attractions across Walt Disney World. An even newer book features some classic characters along with parks, including Mickey Mouse and Daisy Duck. These are E-Ticket pressed penny books.Pressed coin book.Pressed coin book.Pressed coin book.New style of pressed penny book. (photo by Brian Carey)Disney pressed coin book. (photo by @TheDCLBlog) While we are the types who like “running into” various machines on our travels, there are several ways to find out ahead of time where all the pressed coin locations are in WDW, including Disney’s own website. For even more convenience, a pressed penny machine locator was added to the My Disney Experience app.Screenshots from My Disney Experience app.My Disney Experience shows a whole bunch of machines, and you can narrow it down to individual parks and resorts. Double Secret Honorable Mention – runDisneyThese pennies may be the “white whale” for some pressed penny enthusiasts. At Wide World of Sports, at the Visa Athletic Center, is a runDisney themed machine that many encounter only when there is a Health & Fitness Expo during a  race weekend. Its important to keep in mind that the location of this machine may change since it is a temporary install for the races.Pressed penny machine for runDisney races. (photo by Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog)runDisney pressed penny. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Run Disney pressed pennies. (photo by @TheDCLBlog) # 5 – Disney SpringsBelieve it or not, there are lot of pressed penny machines in Disney Springs. Even better, there are a good amount of new machines and new designs thanks to the rebranding from Downtown Disney to the Springs. I’m personally a big fan of pressed penny designs that incorporate the logos of places I enjoy, so while we had to pour out a 40 for the DisneyQuest penny, there’s still a great design at the World of Disney store. Keep your head on a swivel while walking through the shopping/entertainment district as there are machines inside several stores, outside others, and can be found in several restaurants. One of the newest machines is located next to restrooms by the Coca Cola store. The restrooms themselves are themed to the Disney Springs Fire Dept, and the coin designs have characters dressed up as firemen.Disney Springs coins, including a great one featuring Donald Duck wearing a pair of Mickey Ears.Disney Springs penny designs featuring the characters as firemen.The “Disney Springs Fire Dept” themed restrooms.Fireman Mickey.Disney Springs penny. As we covered in our Six Things Your Family Needs To Pack For Your Disney Vacation, having quarters and pennies with you will save a lot of time and frustration trying to find a Cast Member to break your cash while in WDW.In the words of Scar from the Lion King , “BE PREPARED!” # 2 – The ParksThe four Disney theme parks are a pressed coin fan’s dream come true. There are machines EVERYWHERE and some of them are incredibly themed. Granted, most machines are just like all the others, but occasionally you’ll run into a machine that is a marvel of design in and of itself. As for the actual penny designs, here is where you can even take your collection to an even more insane level by collecting certain characters or groups. You could look for just princess themed pennies, or Duck family members (Donald, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge etc), or Chip & Dale, The Fab Five, and more. The overall amount and variety of designs available is staggering. The Magic Kingdom has 34 machines alone, including a pressed dime machine in Tomorrowland. In Epcot you can find a penny design referencing a now defunct Future World Pavilion from the old EPCOT Center along with some really neat options in World Showcase featuring your favorite characters.Themed pressed penny machine in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  (photo by Brian Carey)Talk about an E-Ticket pressed penny machine. (photo by Brian Carey)An absolute insane level of detail for a pressed penny machine. (photo by Brian Carey)Another awesomely themed machine found at the fire station in Magic Kingdom’s Main Street USA. (photo by Brian Carey)This Minnie Mouse design may be the weirdest looking penny in the entire Disney pressed penny universe. Something is just not right. It feels more like the Minnie Mouse you meet for pictures in Times Square than the one in Florida.Blink Twice if you need help Minnie. (photo by Brian Carey) # 1 – Disney Cruise LineWhile not technically “Walt Disney World,” the Disney Cruise Line terminal in Port Canaveral can be considered an unofficial annex of WDW in a way that, say, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort isn’t (although major props to Vero for their incorporation of Crush the turtle in their main pressed coin design.) A sailing on the high seas with the Disney Cruise Line is a special experience, and it’s fantastic that they also offer pressed penny options for those sailing out of Port Canaveral (there are no machines for the Disney ships sailing out of Miami.) There are designs for each of the current four ships, one for Castaway Cay, and one for the Disney Cruise Line as a whole. I’m a huge fan of Royal Caribbean, but these penny machines are just one of the examples of “the Disney Difference” and why sailing on DCL may be for you.DCL penny machines. (photo by Captain Cruiseline at the Disney Cruise Line BlogDCL penny designs. (photo by Captain Cruiseline of the Disney Cruise Line Blog)DCL penny designs. (photo by Captain Cruiseline of the Disney Cruise Line Blog)DCL pressed pennies. (photo by Captain Cruiseline of the Disney Cruise Line Blog) # 3 – The ResortsAs much as I love staying onsite at the Universal Orlando Resorts, because Universal doesn’t run the hotels none of them have pressed penny machines. Meanwhile, at WDW, just about every single resort has pressed coin machines. Personally, I love getting mementos of places we’ve stayed at, but I’ve never been a big magnet or keychain guy. Pressed pennies give me that small souvenir that helps instantly bring back memories of each trip.Mickey in his amazing Davy Crockett outfit design at Fort Wilderness. Can’t imagine many designs going forward will have Mickey holding a gun of any type.How INCREDIBLE are these Old Timey designs at the Boardwalk?Boardwalk pressed pennies.You know you’re at a classy place when there is a pressed penny machine at the Bus Stop, like here at Disney’s Grand Floridian.Mickey dressed to the nines in this penny design at the Grand Flo.Pressed coin bank at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. INDESCRIBABLY BEAUTIFUL. (photo by Brian Carey) So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX Looks at PRESSED PENNIES! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:The Best PRESSED PENNIES at the Universal Orlando ResortA look at the Disney Cruise Line Pressed Pennies6 Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exists (But Totally Should)Are Disney’s Hotels Going To The Dogs? A Review.Special Thanks to our spirit animal Brandon Glover, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog along with the help of intrepid intern Isabella, the sommelier of Tony’s Town Square Brian Carey, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!Liver Lips McGrowl wonders why this pressed penny machine in Frontierland is push button instead of the old fashioned crank. We don’t have the heart to tell him about the even newer machines that take $5 bills. (photo by five star author Josh Humphries Josh Humphries.) Honorable Mention – Minigolf CoursesSome of you reading this may not realize Disney has not one, but two highly themed minigolf areas in Fantasia Gardens (located next to the Swan & Dolphin) and Winter Summerland (located next to Blizzard Beach.) Like the water parks, each area has one machine with three designs. Of everything we have looked at so far, Fantasia Gardens has by far the weakest selection of any venue. None of the designs say “Fantasia Gardens” and only one really has any real connection to the area at all (outside there is a neat Sorcerer Mickey topiary, and the machine offers a Sorcerer Mickey design.) All three of Winter Summerland’s options are themed to the actual venue, and there is also one of those rare designs with Mickey’s feet being shown.Fantasia Gardens pressed pennies. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Sorcerer Mickey pressed penny at Fantasia Gardens. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Winter Summerland pressed penny designs. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Winter Summerland pressed pennies. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Closer look at Winter Summerland pressed pennies. (photo by @TheDCLBlog) # 4 – The Water ParksWhile cooling off this summer, take advantage of the pressed penny machines located at Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Each water park only has one machine, but both contain designs unique to the individual water park. Both parks also have a penny design featuring something pretty rare in the world of Disney merchandise: pictures of Mickey Mouse not wearing shoes. That’s right, in these deigns Mickey is wearing flip flops and you get the kinda-weird look at the top of his feet.Blizzard Beach pressed pennies (photo by Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line Blog)Location of Blizzard Beach machine. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Blizzard Beach penny designs. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Typhoon Lagoon designs. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)Typhoon Lagoon. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)last_img read more

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