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When Stars Collide

first_imgAmerican Red Cross supporters will come together on Thursday, August 1, at Calissa in Water Mill, for the inaugural “When Stars Collide” summer fundraiser. Funds raised will help the Red Cross provide urgent humanitarian relief, globally and locally, to communities impacted by disasters large and small, here on Long Island and across the country.“The American Red Cross is such a vital and powerful community partner to Long Island and to communities impacted by disaster around the country,” said Neela Lockel, the CEO of American Red Cross on Long Island. “The scope and impact of our work touches so many lives each and every day.”“When Stars Collide” is sponsored by The Independent and Simple Vodka. It’s hosted by the Young Professionals of Long Island, an American Red Cross volunteer, donor, and networking group.The American Red Cross on Long Island, made up of more than 1000 volunteers, responds to more than 200 local disasters a year in Nassau and Suffolk counties, providing emergency assistance in the form of shelter, food, financial assistance, relief supplies, emotional support, and more. When the need arises, many of these same volunteers deploy far from home to lend a hand following large-scale disasters outside our region.The Red Cross also works to build resilient and strong communities by installing thousands of free smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods, by teaching water safety and first aid, and by empowering families with vital disaster-preparedness skills. Additionally, the Red Cross collects lifesaving blood and provides unwavering support to Long Island service members and their families. The event will be held from 6 to 8 PM. Tickets to the event are $75 and include cocktails, provided by Simple Vodka, and bites by Calissa. For tickets and more info, visit www.redcross.org/[email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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Vanderbilt downplays first game vs. MTSU in decade

first_imgPayback. Rivalry. Redemption.None of the above apply as Vanderbilt (1-3) and Middle Tennessee State (2-2) prepare to face off for the first time in 10 years on Saturday (6 p.m./CBS Sports Network) — that is, if you ask the coaches and players of both teams.Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said he's not placing special significance on Saturday's game at MTSU.Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said he’s not placing special significance on Saturday’s game at MTSU.“It is just a game. It’s the game we have to play,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “… I don’t get caught up in all the (talk) about the game. I think it’s important for the fans, important to the cities. Obviously, we’re neighbors. But for our players, it’s our next football game in a journey.”The Blue Raiders have won all three meetings in the modern era as FBS members in 2001, 2002 and 2005. But no  coaches or players are still around from those past meetings, leaving both teams downplaying what otherwise would seem like a marquee matchup between neighboring schools.Vanderbilt defense brings out worst in foes“I am supposed to say it’s a huge deal, but as a coach you don’t look at it that way,” MTSU coach Rick Stockstill said. “…Yes, we are excited that Vanderbilt is coming here because they are next door. (But) our team doesn’t get caught up in all that stuff.”MTSU’s 3-0 record in the recent chapter of the series was a badge of pride a decade ago, and this will be the Commodores’ first trip to Murfreesboro since 1920. A record-breaking crowd, and possibly a sellout, could come to Floyd Stadium for the matchup, which starts a four-game series.When asked if Vanderbilt players understand the significance of the game to MTSU, Commodores linebacker Darreon Herring said “I’m not really sure. I’m only aware that they only played Vanderbilt like three times in the past, and I wasn’t here for any of those games. I’m not really sure what makes it a big game for them.”Vanderbilt tight end Steven Scheu shrugged off any notion of “payback” a decade after the previous meeting with MTSU. But he said he recognizes the regional interest in the matchup, as the schools are separated by about 35 miles.Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss: 5 observations“Obviously, we want to win every single game, and the closer the opponent we’d like to think this is our state,” Scheu said. “So we would like to show everybody that we really do own Tennessee. I don’t think it changes much for us. We are just going to approach it like we do every other game and take care of business.”MTSU, a Conference USA school, opened as a 4.5-point favorite, and that line has shrunk to one point. But Mason said he sees no reason to focus on his team’s perceived underdog role in the short road trip.“When you get caught up in all the other stuff, then you care about that,” Mason said. “We don’t care about what the line is. We care about the opportunity.“… It’s going to be won between the white lines. Let’s let this thing get kicked off, and when it’s done you’ll be able to figure out what the spread or the line or whatever it all means. I just know this team is ready to play.”Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.NEXT GAME VANDERBILT (1-3) at MTSU (2-2) When: 6 p.m. Saturday TV/radio: CBS Sports Network/1510-AM, 95.9 FMlast_img read more

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