NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A Northeast Florida woman is remembering her older brother who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001.
Thomas Gambino Jr. was a New York City firefighter for nearly 30 years before being killed at the World Trade Center during the attacks.
He was one of the first firefighters to respond to the World Trade Center and one of 343 firefighters killed that day.
Paying tribute to those lost on this day 20 years ago does not get easier, his family said.
“Pain does not go away it’s the same as day one, your focus though is redirected,” Valerie Gambino said.
Valerie and Laurie Gambino lost their brother on Sept. 11.
“The last contact he was on the 78th floor,” Valerie Gambino said.
Although Nassau County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Jeff Dodd did not know Thomas, they still share a common bond.
“There is a brotherhood and sisterhood that comes with the fire department no matter what county or what state you’re in so our hearts go out to those families still today,” Dodd said.
Thomas’ body was never found, but his helmet was recovered in the rubble. It’s now in his family’s possession.
Valerie made a promise to honor her big brother.
“When he died I made a promise to do something to give back in the same manner. It took 10 years but I found cycling and I wound up with a veteran group who used cycling as a means of rehab and that’s where my journey began in recovery,” Valerie Gambino said.
That program, called Project Hero Hub Jacksonville, a group Valerie now represents.
More than a dozen bicyclists with that group and North Florida Bicycle Club riding 33 miles in the Project Hero 9/11 Memorial Ride.
“By helping others it kind of helps that pain and it keeps my brother’s spirit alive,” Valerie Gambino said.
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The relationship with AYRO is part of Karma Automotive’s ongoing business-to-business (B2B) initiatives, utilizing KICC and the company’s OEM expertise and capabilities, to provide manufacturing, engineering, design, and other services to customers in the mobility space.
By combining AYRO’s end-user, market intelligence and engineering expertise with KICC’s manufacturing capabilities and development experience, the companies aim to deliver light-duty trucks and electric delivery vehicles to businesses across the U.S. The Club Car Current is engineered for multiple bed options and accessories—van box, pickup truck with sides, flatbed configurations—for fleet versatility. It is also certified under California’s California Air Resource Board (CARB) Certification Program with “cleanest” scores for global warming and air quality of zero emission vehicles, making it an ideal solution for the local market. .
“Having the first of these vehicles roll off the line at our KICC facility is a great step forward in our relationship with AYRO and Club Car and will help us deliver on our Climate Pledge efforts to become net-zero by 2040,” said Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to growing our B2B business and delivering clean energy vehicles for other customers in the future.”
Karma Chief of Staff, Mikael Elley, said, “KICC’s strategic Southern California location near major supply routes, combined with our expertise and proximity to one of the largest electric vehicle markets, makes us an attractive partner. Our proven capabilities and quick turnaround times enable us to work with a wide range of customers—including startups and traditional automakers—to make their products succeed.”
“Karma is helping us meet strong demand from our fleet customers in delivering the initial run of vehicles from their Moreno Valley facility despite supply chain hurdles impacting production for the rest of the industry,” said AYRO CEO Rod Keller. “These purpose-built electric vehicles are fully customizable, affordable and available now, delivering on our brand promise to provide real-world solutions that meet the needs of businesses of all types.”
“Karma has done a fantastic job in meeting tight deadlines, and their plant exceeded our rigorous quality standards in assembling the new 2022 Club Car Current,” said Club Car Commercial Leader, Brant Mitchell. “The Current features new options for improved safety and comfort in the same compact, customizable design that universities, restaurants, governments, hospitals, hotel resorts, sports stadiums, and airports across the U.S. have come to love.”
ABOUT KICC Beginning operations in 2017 and re-named in 2019, the Karma Innovation and Customization Center (KICC) is California-based Karma Automotive’s production hub. The KICC facility in Moreno Valley, CA houses production of the company’s current model, the 2022 Karma GS-6 luxury electric vehicle. In addition to providing high quality craftsmanship and technology integration for Karma vehicles, KICC also provides contract manufacturing, engineering, and other services for various companies in the mobility space.
KICC sprawls over 556,000 square feet and is home to the company’s chassis and body shops, trim and final assembly, e-coat and paint shop, complete flash and end-of-line testing. The facility contains
Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and an inability to guarantee that we will be able to run this event at the capacity required we are forced to make the decision to cancel the 2020 Ride Around Washington. We are extremely disappointed, but 2021 plans are already in progress and we plan on delivering an amazing “welcome back” party for all of our dedicated supporters. Check back for more 2021 tour details by May 1st and we will open registration in the fall for 2021.
23rd Annual Ride Around Washington
Cheney, WA to Chewelah, WA
Saturday, August 1 to Saturday, August 8
NEW FOR 2020! For the first time in RAW history, we will have six days of great riding but only two campsites. That means only one move day! And for those who prefer clean sheets each night, there is the option to make motel reservations in both Cheney and Chewelah.
RAW 2020 will offer four loop rides, one out and back ride, and one point-to-point ride on the day we break camp in Cheney and set up in Chewelah. This year riders will also have the option to drive themselves to the Finish line in Chewelah, where they can leave their cars for the week, and purchase a shuttle ride to the Start Line in Cheney. This is a perfect option for those living outside the Seattle area. For those in the Seattle area, there is still the option to purchase round-trip bus transportation from the University of Washington to the Start in Cheney and from the Finish in Chewelah back to UW.
Although the number of camping venues has decreased for 2020, the heart of what attracts riders to RAW remains the same – stunning routes, variable terrain, low-traffic roads, challenging climbs, and thrilling descents, all coupled with great support! There is a lot of mileage for those who want it, but on most days there are shorter options for those who prefer a more moderate ride. And having just two base camps will enable staff to enhance and improve the in-camp experience for riders, thus ensuring that RAW 2020 will be a most memorable experience!
**Final Payment (Add-on)
* A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot on RAW
**Final payment add-on can be purchased during registration or by 5/1/20. See instructions for paying your remaining balance (final payment).
Final payment add-on DUE by 05/01/20
RAW is a fully supported bicycle tour with overnight camping accommodations. The tour includes three meals per day; hot showers; daily ride support (snacks, water, and mechanic services); daily luggage transport to and from each overnight camp. Along with professional staff, the tour experience is designed and supported by Cascade Bicycle Club volunteers, fellow cyclists dedicated to sharing a love of cycling in Washington state with our guests. Please join us in 2020!
The Salem Bicycle Club was formed in 1969 for the purpose of promoting recreational bicycle tours in the local area. Over the years, bicycle advocacy for improved biking conditions has been a priority as well. Since formation of the Salem Bicycle Club, it has grown to more than 400 members. The club supports the advocacy work of the League of American Bicyclists.
The club schedules weekly rides each weekend throughout the year. During the summer, the club also schedules week day evening rides and overnight rides. Ride distances range from 15 to 100 miles. Many routes are specially designed for novices. Non-members are welcome on club rides. All rides have assigned ride coordinators. Each ride participant must sign a release and waiver of liability before the ride and must wear a helmet meeting CPSC requirements.
The club annually sponsors two event rides which are widely publicized and draw cyclists from throughout the Northwest. These rides are the Monster Cookie Metric Century Bicycle Ride on the last Sunday in April and the Peach of a Century in late August.
The club’s newsletter, Spokes, is published 10 times each year. The newsletter provides members with the monthly rides list and includes other information and articles of interest to local bicyclists. The current and past issues of the newsletter and information on how to submit articles for publication are available on-line.
Monthly club meetings include programs on bicycle maintenance and repair, bicycle touring, health and exercise, riding law, and safety. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month except December and January and start with a social half-hour at 6:30 p.m.
Jim Ross is club president. Winnie Sangirardi is membership coordinator. The Salem Bicycle Club’s snail-mail address is P.O. Box 2224, Salem, OR 97308. For information about joining the club, see the Membership page.
Club Rides Suspended
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental directives to avoid group events, all Salem Bicycle Club rides are suspended. Rides will resume after the Governor lifts her social distancing order.
Area Route Ambassador
The Salem Bicycle Club is a Ride with GPS area route Ambassador. The program helps cyclists from around the world find great places to ride when visiting our area. Currently, we only have one route listed under the Ambassador program, but there’s more to come. Contact the SBC webmaster with ideas for other routes.
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
Salem and Keizer are on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. Check it out, or take a look at all seventeen Scenic Bikeways that have been designated under Oregon’s first-and-only scenic bikeway program in the nation.
The Bluff City Training Team (formerly known as the BCB100 Training Team) is entering its 10th Year and we have all kinds of exciting news for this training season.
First, we will be partnering with BPC to provide an even greater level of coaching than in the past. We look forward to working with Bryant and Dale and all the folks at BPC.
Second, as you can tell with our name change, we will be able to help any cyclist this year planning on a long distance ride through Fall, 2020. Of course if you join the Training Team we will have an extra special Ride Fee for our own BCB 100 Ride happening on October 10, 2020 – only $20.
We will also have special pricing for the West Fight On Ride and the Wolf River Conservancy’s Cycle The Greenway. Only available during Training Team registration!
And we will be able to help train for all of the area’s other long rides including the inaugural St. Jude Ironman 70.3!
We encourage all cyclists of all abilities to train with us, from the fast and the experienced to those just wanting to join a group ride for the first time.
This will be a very special year and the team will be limited, so you need to join when registration opens on March 1 and will close on April 30, 2020.
Not a member of the Memphis Hightailers? The cost for the team is $225, which includes a one-year Memphis Hightailers membership.
The routes can be sorted and/or
filtered by route name, tag, location, distance, elevation
and creation date. Clicking on a route takes you to
the route map, cue sheet and GPS files, which can be
downloaded to a Garmin unit. OHBTC is following a naming
convention of using the first two initials of the start
location, the distance and destination as the route
BR 44 Riverside is a 44-mile route from Bryans Road
Shopping Center to Riverside.
Sierra Club San Diego is offering a Conservation Community Organizer Internship.
This is a temporary paid ($15 @ hour – 15 hours a week) internship position (16 weeks from start) in the environmental and social justice organizing field for an individual who is currently pursuing or already graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. High-school diploma or GED required.
Under the general supervision of the assigned supervisor and mentor, the selected candidate conducts research, participates in project assignments and programs; assists in carrying out campaign strategies that can build power for our movement, and interacts with volunteers, citizens, other organizations and other club staff. Serves as a Community Organizer Intern for north inland San Diego county and the cities of Escondido, San Marcos, and Vista with a focus on ….more here and application.
Get Involved: Join SANDAC
SANDAC (San Diego Activist Citizens) is a group of Sierra Club Volunteers who are looking to prioritze public transportation in the 2019 edition of the Regional Transportation Plan. Are you interested in volunteering your time to be a part of this program?
Be part of the movement.
Looking to get active? Want to help protect our natural world and communities?
Let us help you find your perfect volunteer opportunity. Just fill out our volunteer form HERE and one of our Coordinators of Volunteers will get right back to you and get you going!
Our new web site is at www.canterburybicycleclub.co.uk/ Please update your links!
Canterbury Bicycle Club organises rides for recreation and training on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Saturday ride leaves at 9am from Canterbury West railway station forecourt, and the Wednesday ride departs from the same place at 5.30pm.
From Saturday May 9, 2015, all rides leave from the Miller’s Arms in Mill Lane. We run two rides on a Saturday: CBC Black, about 45 miles, averaging 18-19mph, and CBC Orange, about 35 miles averaging 12-16mph. We occasionally also run CBC Yellow introductory rides for those new to road cycling or new to cycling in a group.
The club has a Facebook page featuring news and route updates, so please follow the club on FB and contribute to the discussions. The club’s Twitter profile is @CBC1877, and the club is also on MapMyTracks and Strava. CBC is affiliated to British Cycling, where new members can join the club.
Organisers: Richard Archer, Ian Ashton, Bob Barman, Rachel Cornish, Sam Durkin, Jon Harris, Piers Hazelgrove, Bob Kinsella, Tim Long, Tim Rhodes, Jon Williamson, Zoe Woodward
Read about the early history of the club. You can join the club by registering and paying on the club’s British Cycling profile page. To be added to the mailing list please email email@example.com
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the best way to build your own bike. James was knowledgeable, supportive and above all -encouraging. Pick your own bamboo, work at your own pace, learn to mitre tubes- this workshop has it all. James (and Elias- good luck in Montreal) was always on hand to give tips, point out the obvious (and not so obvious) and if you were struggling, help out. If you want to learn about bikes/product design/ alternative materials/ people skills/ motivation/ manual skills/ composites/ yourself- look no further than James, his enthusiasm for life and the Bamboo Bicycle Club. When did you last mitre a tube correctly? Totally worth it.