Airbnb Offers Free Housing to Dorian Evacuees, Rescue Workers

first_imgAirbnb says it has launched its “Open Homes Program,” which provides free housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers, to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.More than 800 Airbnb hosts will be available in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Check available listings here.As of Monday morning, more than 30 Airbnb locations were available around our state in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami-Dade.Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of global response and relief, says, “Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by Hurricane Dorian across the southeast U.S. region. We encourage hosts to open up their homes, and those who need housing to take advantage of the program.”last_img

MDI boys’ basketball team beats Ellsworth with free throws

first_img Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Free-throw shooting decided Wednesday night’s boys’ basketball game between Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island.In a close matchup where every point counted, the Trojans scored 23 of theirs from the foul line en route to their 54-49 win.MDI improved to 6-2 while Ellsworth dropped to 6-3.“Free throws are one of those things we work on a lot in practice,” MDI coach Justin Norwood said. “A lot of games come down to those one or two points.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth Eagles started strong, scoring 12 unanswered points for a 17-5 lead just minutes into the first quarter.“We came out of the gate fast and hit our shots,” Ellsworth coach Peter Austin said. “We had all kinds of energy in the first quarter.”MDI temporarily appeared outmatched, but the longtime rivalry that packed Katsiaficas Gymnasium did not disappoint.The Trojans chipped away at Ellsworth’s lead in the second period, where they sank eight-of-10 foul shots. The Eagles lost some ground, missing all four of their free throws, and entered halftime up just 25-20.“It would have been easy for us to panic in that first quarter when we got down,” Norwood said. “We just trusted in what we were doing.”Junior guard Bryce Harmon scored the first points of the half with a layup for Ellsworth. Senior forward Nick Bagley added a field goal and free throw on a three-point play to put the Eagles up 30-20.Just as quickly, junior forward Russell Kropff hit two free throws, kicking off a seven-point MDI scoring run that cut its deficit from 10 to three.Ellsworth fans and players react to a play that left two players on the ground in Mount Desert Island’s 54-49 win Wednesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSWith a minute left in the quarter, Kropff snatched away Ellsworth’s lead with a field goal, and MDI entered the final period up 38-37.“I probably played some of my players too much, so they didn’t have fresh legs in the third and fourth quarters,” Austin said. “That probably had a lot to do with it.”Kropff extended MDI’s lead to 40-37 with another two points from the foul line. Ellsworth fans began chanting, “This is our house,” when junior forward Riley Swanson hit a 3-pointer for MDI that silenced the blocks of maroon in the stands.MDI built a 46-38 lead when Ellsworth senior guard Alex Braley and Bagley each drained two of two foul shots. Bagley followed his with a steal on the following MDI possession, which he drove in for another two points for Ellsworth.“Our free-throw shooting wasn’t up to par, but we won the turnover battle,” Austin said. “We could have folded there, but we showed a lot of heart.”With a minute and a half left, a Bruce St. Peter basket and a Braley free throw brought Ellsworth within a point of tying the score — the closest the Eagles would get. But again, Kropff hit two foul shots to put MDI up 50-47.In the final minute, MDI junior forward Graham Good hit four of four free throws to put the game away.“It was a nip-and-tuck game all the way,” Austin said. “We need to learn to finish games.”Kropff led MDI with 14 points, and Swanson and Good each contributed 11. The Trojans were 23-for-29 from the free throw line, while the Eagles went 10-for-19.Bagley totaled a game-high 16 points for Ellsworth. Harmon and St. Peter added 11 and nine points.Ellsworth and MDI will meet again in the final game of the season on Feb. 4 at MDI.Mount Desert Island fans and players celebrate after defeating Ellsworth 54-49 on Wednesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMScenter_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

Syracuse solving struggles at plate ahead of Big East crunch time

first_img Published on April 17, 2013 at 12:37 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse It was as if weeks of offensive struggle had become too much to bear.After going down 5-0 in the first inning against Georgetown on Sunday, the Syracuse offense adjusted its focus and mounted a comeback that could propel it into the latter half of its Big East schedule.Nine innings and nine unanswered runs later, the Orange defeated the Hoyas 9-5 on the heels of a surprising offensive outbreak.Syracuse (14-22, 2-7 Big East) will square off with Villanova (15-20, 2-9) in a doubleheader at Skytop Softball Stadium on Wednesday. While the Orange’s pitching has struggled, its anemic offense hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. Heading into its next conference test, SU will need its offense to build on Sunday’s success and start a new chapter in what has been a disappointing season thus far.“It’s always easier when the offense is clicking,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “It’s easier to play with a lead and it helps the pitching staff get comfortable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has scored first in five of its nine conference games. But after striking first blood, the team’s bats have tended to shrink as games move on.But Sunday was different.After Lindsey Larkin yielded five runs to the Hoyas in the top of the first, the Orange seemed to be heading toward another defeat. Then, Corinne Ozanne pulled off a quick turnaround.“I really struggled on Saturday and I was pretty discouraged,” Ozanne said. “Sunday, they threw the same pitchers as Saturday. I just did my best to feel out the sequences and put the ball in play.”Ozanne went 0-for-5 combined in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, then followed it up with a performance of a lifetime. On a 2-2 fastball, she jumpstarted the Orange offense with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. In the next inning, she hit a two-run home run down the left field line to make the score 5-3. After her sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh, her three-run homer in the ninth put the Orange ahead for good.Her final line: three hits, three home runs, seven RBIs.Along with Ozanne, Julie Wambold and Jasmine Watson each hit two home runs on the weekend, giving the Orange a jolt of power when it needed it the most.“We work a lot on our offensive game, and for us to pull through with eight long balls on the weekend is big,” Ozanne said. “That gives our pitching staff both a cushion and some confidence.”With the absence of sophomore Lindsay Taylor, SU’s pitching staff has struggled in Big East play. Syracuse has given up an average of nine runs in the team’s nine conference games, but the offense hasn’t been much better.The Orange is averaging a little more than three runs per game. With two games against Villanova on Wednesday and a home series with Seton Hall this weekend, it’s still not too late to mitigate the season’s struggles and right the ship.“We just need to hit the ball,” Ozanne said. “That’s going to be the key moving forward. To hit the ball and let the other team make the mistakes.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more