Portrait of a Rumson Artist

first_imgBy Bernadette Hogan |RUMSON – For artist Lori Oakes a backyard shed is not a place to store things. It’s a place to make things.Inside her little outbuilding on Forrest Avenue exists a world of art. The walls are papered with published projects and storyboard sketches. Sealed egg cartons keep an assortment of oil paints from drying out and cardboard carriers hold brushes, scissors and glue. A giant Mac computer dominates her desk.“I’m not a ‘realistic artist.’ ” said Oakes during a tour of the sunlit studio, where rock music played softly. “I like thinking of a funny situation, something animated and exciting, and then developing characters.”“But you should learn the rules first and then experiment. For someone like me, I work best that way, by experimenting.”Years ago, with local artist Evelyn Leavens of Red Bank, Oakes dabbled in cel animation. She doodled and created characters inspired by Dr. Seuss, Disney and Peanuts.Oakes attended the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, taking courses in design, painting and illustration. A senior year experience made her realize how she wanted to share her art.“I interned with a school for the deaf in one of the Philly suburbs. I’ll never forget how I used to walk into a cafeteria filled with students with hands flying, lighting up the room,” Oakes remembers. “I illustrated my own interpretation of Jack and the Beanstalk and the book was printed and used in the school.”The picture book spoke for itself, delivering the fairy tale’s message without words. “That experience was incredible, and it was then I thought, ‘Wow you can use your art to help others.’ ”She turned that love into a profession.For many years Oakes worked out of a professional studio in Red Bank, collaborating with other design and advertising agencies, notably McCann-Corbran Advertising and Design, formerly of Fair Haven. She worked on projects for the Ringling Brothers, AT&T and developed the firstaid character Maxwell the Mouse for Riverview Medical Center. She designed logos for local businesses like Brennan’s Delicatessen and Cups & Cakes.But in her other job as a Forrest Avenue crossing guard, Oakes continued to draw inspiration from children. She drew little girls in mismatched polka dot outfits with cowgirl boots, hair swinging in ponytails, and huddles of boys heading back with her sons from basketball practice. The characters and storylines began appearing all over everyday life. She enjoyed observing the way her sons, John and Tommy Oakes, viewed the world.Around that time, Oakes was also helping a close family friend write and illustrate a story for his daughter, when she decided, “This is what I want to do.”She embarked on a series of children’s stories with her neighbor, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, (this reporter’s mother) to teach kids about the environment, self-acceptance and following dreams. The team has published two out of five stories, “Suzy the Scene” and “Peter the Polluter.” Their next book will focus on the distractions of texting.“Each book has a lesson,” Oakes says. “It’s simple and poignant.”Each book has a theme, too, about respecting the planet and using your unique talent to live up to your potential.This article was first published in the Around Town: Rumson special section in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Kings rally to defeat Colorado in shootout

first_imgThere should be bright days ahead for both the Kings and Colorado Avalanche, but the present is dim. The Kings, with Anze Kopitar, and the Avalanche, with Paul Stastny, have talented young scorers who give them solid reason for optimism, but this has been a season of frustration for both franchises. Both teams entered Saturday outside the Western Conference playoff picture, Colorado in 10th place, the Kings in last place. The Avalanche were trying to keep its playoff hopes alive, but the Kings ended up with a 6-5 shootout victory in front of an announced 18,118 at Staples Center. Colorado rallied from a 2-0 deficit and took the lead 61seconds into the third period when John-Michael Liles scored on the power play. Marek Svatos scored three minutes later for a 4-2 lead and Alexander Frolov answered at the nine-minute mark. Colorado regained its two-goal lead with Milan Hejduk’s power- play goal, but Lubomir Visnovsky got the Kings within 5-4 with his own power-play tally. Rob Blake scored with four seconds left to force overtime. In terms of style, none of those goals could top the first one. Nine minutes into the first period, Kopitar came down the right side and cut to the net, around defenseman Karlis Skrastins, who tried to trip up Kopitar. It didn’t work, and Kopitar waited until goalie Peter Budaj went to his knees before firing a shot at a tough angle to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. The second assist on the goal went to 40-year-old goalie Sean Burke, who played his first NHL game March 2, 1988, five-plus months after Kopitar’s birth. It was Burke’s 28th assist in 808 NHL games. center_img The Kings’ future is with its youth, and before Saturday’s game they dumped a struggling veteran. Oleg Tverdovsky, who had been a healthy scratch in the past nine games, cleared waivers and was assigned to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester. N.H. Tverdovsky, a former All-Star defenseman, had been replaced of late by journeymen Kevin Dallman and Mike Weaver. Tverdovsky is due $2.5million this next and next season, came over from Carolina in the trade that also brought highly touted prospect Jack Johnson. Also: Scott Thornton, out since Dec. 28 with a broken wrist, returned to the lineup. … Aaron Miller and Brent Sopel are believed to be the two Kings drawing the most attention on the market as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bayern star rubbishes reports he could link up with LVG again at Man United

first_img Arjen Robben 1 Arjen Robben says he is happy at Bayern Munich and insists thoughts of a move away from Bavaria have never crossed his mind.Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly keen to be reunited with Robben, who played a key role under him in Holland’s run to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger, who turns 32 in January, is not looking to leave Bayern and has quashed speculation he could be set for a switch to Old Trafford.“I never thought about a transfer [away from Bayern],” he told a Bayern supporters’ club event.“I am happy in Munich; my family is happy in Munich.“My contract runs until 2017. You can’t look too far forward in football, but everything is fine at the moment – I hope things continue this way.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL TO GET ANOTHER COMMUNITY RADIO STATION

first_imgDonegal is to get another new community radio station. Rosses Community Radio is a community project which although in its infancy is moving rapidly with great momentum by the people of West Donegal.The station aims to broadcast to, but not limited to, the entire Rosses area and online to Rosses people all over the world. Organisers of the project say it will be “the Voice of the Community, the Voice of the Rosses, Your Voice.”The venture will be initially based at the Sean Teic on the Goath Dobhair Road in Dungloe.Rosses Community Radio is a not for profit venture, run by the community for the community, to inform, entertain and promote the people and the area, socially, economically and culturally.And the good new is that if you ever wanted to work in a radio station, then RCR is looking for volunteers in front or behind the microphone. “If you feel this could be something for you, please contact us,” said a spokesman.For more information simply log onto www.rossesradio.com  DONEGAL TO GET ANOTHER COMMUNITY RADIO STATION was last modified: April 13th, 2013 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:dungloeRosses Radiothe Rosseslast_img read more

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DONEGAL WIN ALL-IRELAND FASHION FINAL – THANKS TO EVOLVE!

first_imgWin, lose or (God forbid!) draw, Donegal will be the best-dressed team in this year’s All Ireland Final.Yet again the lads have ben dressed form head to toe by the guys at Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny. Stars Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey dropped into the McCloskey brothers for a fitting and the results are a panel of sharp-dressed men!JP and Mark McCloskey said they were so proud to dress the team and wished them well on September 23rd.Cmon Donegal!  DONEGAL WIN ALL-IRELAND FASHION FINAL – THANKS TO EVOLVE! was last modified: September 11th, 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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GAA NEWS – MacCUMHAILLS HOST THEIR ANNUAL AIRTRICITY WALK

first_imgAIRTRICITY WALK.The annual Airtricity walk around the windmills will take place on 28th Sept. This is a massive fundraiser for the Minor Board. We would ask all parents to consider walking for us on the day. The more walkers we have, the more money we get from Airtricity. Any child raising €60 sponsorship will receive a new Mac Cumhaills tracksuit top. CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL.Our Seniors took to the pitch in Convoy on Saturday night in the eagerly awaited Championship quarter final. Killybegs opened the scoring in the first min but Mac Cumhaills soon settled down. Brian Lafferty scored a point after some good link up play with Benny Mc Laughlin, and this was followed by a goal by Mickey Lynch. Killybegs replied with a point of their own but this was followed by another point from young Lynch. Killybegs hit a purple patch in the last ten mins of the first half, scoring three frees to Mac Cumhaills one, a well taken 45 by Steven O Reilly. Killybegs scored a devastating goal on the stroke of halftime, leaving Mac Cumhaills four down at the break. The lads upped their game in the second half, with points from Marty O Reilly and Benny Mc Laughlin. Mac Cumhaills plled on the pressure and and scored their second goal, Benny McLaughlin finding the back of the net. Killybegs rallied again and this resulted in another goal for them. The last few mins were hectic as Mac Cumhaills threw everything they had but the lads couldn’t get the goal they needed.Final score Sean mac Cumhaills 2-07 Killybegs 2-11.Scorers for Mac Cumhaills: Steven O Reilly 0-01(45), Michael Lynch 1-01, Marty O Reilly 0-02, Benny McLaughlin 1-01, Brian Lafferty 0-02, Hard luck to Brendan, Gary and all the lads. Best wishes to Michael Lynch who sustained a knee injury during the game.SENIOR HURLING SHIELD FINAL.Congratulations to the the Senior hurlers who beat St Eunans in the shield final on Sunday with a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-09UNDER 12 HURLINGOur U-12 hurlers had a great win away to Setanta Last night. The large crowd in attendance was treated to a fantastic display of hurling. The poor conditions did little to affect the MacCumhaills boys, as they scored some fine goals and long range points. A great performance by all the players, winning comfortably with a margin of 5.7 to 2.2. We now play Carndonagh in our divisional league final on Thursday next (19th) in MacCumhaill Park. Come out and support this hard working team.UNDER 16 HURLING Our U-16 hurlers won their Championship Semi-Final against local rivals Setanta in Mac Cumhaill Park last night. Although a comfortable win for the home side, this was a match played in real championship style with both sets of supporters shouting their team on till the end. The determination of the Mac Cumhaills players to win was evident in their attitude, hard work and no little skill. In a fine overall team performance a few players stood out, including Karl Dunnion, Jamie DeWard and goal keeper Oisin Gallen. Among the many fine scores, Arron Mc Auley, playing at full forward got on the end of a fast ball from the Mac Cumhaills mid field, turned and beat his man before driving the sliotar to the top corner of the net. With Setanta now throwing everything forward in an attempt to put a better look on the scoreboard, the Mac Cumhaills Mid field and defense stood strong to repel a number of strong attacks. The final whistle brought with it an end scoreline of Mac Cumhaills 7.16 Setanta 2.1 and a well deserved victory for the home side. Mac Cumhaills are now through to the Championship Final to be played next week.UNDER 13 FOOTBALL.The A team took on Termon in Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday morning. Conditions weren’t the best with a very strong breeze blowing. Termon scored first with a point from play and it took mac Cumhaills nearly 17 mins to register their first score. But once they settled down their were always in control of the match. Three points up at half time. The second half continued in the same vein with Oisin Gallen scoring a fine goal. A good win for the lads who remain unbeaten in the league. Ft Sean mac Cumhaills 1-09 Termon 1-02The B team took on table toppers Downings on Friday evening at home. There was very little between the teams, apart from Downings managed to convert their chances. It was a solid display from the lads and the final scoreline doesn’t do them justice for their effort and endeavour. Ft Sean mac Cumhaills 1-02 Downings 5-10. ALL IRELAND TICKETS.The draw for All Ireland tickets will take place in the club this Thursday night at 9.00pm. Anyone wishing to enter their name into the draw can give it to Eugene Gallagher, Mickey Mc Mahon and Alan MartinCLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties. For all your special occasions, christenings, birthdays, functions. Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationFIXTURESUnder 13 Football. The A team V Letterkenny Gaels. Venue and Date TBCB team away to Robert Emmets. Sun 22 Sept.Under 12 Hurling Divisional League Final. Thur V Cardonagh Mac Cumhaill Park.Under 16 Hurling Final. Thur. Carndonagh V Mac Cumhaills. Venue to be confirmed.We will update Facebook and the website if we get any changes to fixtures.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every Wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcBINGOThe Bingo will take place in The Villa Rose Hotel this week. The Snowball Jackpot is a massive €6,700MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of this weeks lotto.The numbers drawn were 6, 9, 11 and 29. There was 2 match 3 winners. Tina Diver and martin Mc Donagh receive €75 each.Next weeks jackpot is €6,600.John Lillis’s team selling next week.FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose this week.GAA NEWS – MacCUMHAILLS HOST THEIR ANNUAL AIRTRICITY WALK was last modified: September 16th, 2013 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:Sean MacCumhaills GAA Club noteslast_img read more

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OFFICER TELLS MURDER SUSPECT: GIVE YOURSELF UP

first_imgWanted: McLaughlinThe detective leading the investigation into the murder of Barry McCrory has made an appeal to suspect Kieran McLaughlin to give himself up.PSNI Chief Inspector Ian Harrison confirmed they had investigated a number of false reports of McLaughlin being in the Derry area today.It follows a massive Garda search in Inishowen. Said CI Harrison: “We are continuing to appeal to the public for their assistance in establishing the current whereabouts of 58 year old Kieran McLaughlin.“I can confirm there have been a number unconfirmed sightings of Mr McLaughlin in the Derry area but it is imperative that future sightings of Kieran are reported to police immediately and reiterate to the public not to approach him, but to contact police on 999 if you think you know of his whereabouts.DCI Harrison made a direct appeal to McLaughlin to give himself up.He said: “I would also emphasise to Kieran to contact police immediately as we are actively seeking to speak with you. It is our wish that this matter is resolved without further incident.”  OFFICER TELLS MURDER SUSPECT: GIVE YOURSELF UP was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Kieran McLaughlinpolice appeallast_img read more

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Ballybofey home evacuated after deliberate car fire

first_imgThe residents of a house in Ballybofey were forced to flee during the night after a car was set on fire outside.The alarm was raised in the early hours of Monday morning when a car in the driveway of a house at Glenview Park was set alight.The blaze was so severe that the front door of the house was blocked, forcing the residents to evacuate through the back door. No injuries were reported in the incident. The fire was brought under control and an investigation is underway into the criminal damage caused. Witnesses are asking to come forward if they saw anything suspicious around the time of the fire – between midnight and 00.40am on Monday 24th June.Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact Gardai on 0749167100 or on the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.    Ballybofey home evacuated after deliberate car fire was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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There’s something fishy about the Giants’ interest in Bryce Harper

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Spring Training is about to get underway in Arizona and Florida, so it’s strange that 26-year-old Bryce Harper — one of baseball’s best players and arguably the sports’ most marketable star — is unsigned.Despite not being an initial suitor, it’s evident that the San Francisco Giants agree with that sentiment. With the market for Harper stagnant, the Giants reportedly recently met with the ex-Nationals outfielder.It’ …last_img

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DeMarcus Cousins “unlikely” to play again this season

first_imgAfter Cousins received an MRI on Tuesday morning, the Warriors ruled Cousins out … Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors consider it “unlikely” DeMarcus Cousins will return at any point in the NBA playoffs after being diagnosed with a torn left quad muscle, according to a league source. Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.last_img

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