The Golden Pineapple is Back at 14 Pine Street

Press Release: Small Business

When one door closes, another opens. In this case, it’s the same door.

Owners of the Horsefield Brothers building for 30 years and proprietors of Morristown’s Shops at 14 Pine Street since 1996, Dick and Donna Lohmeyer have sold the building and handed over the front door key. However, customers can still come to the familiar address to find the Lohmeyers, their favorite gift staples and wonderful new items at The Golden Pineapple.

Many will recall The Golden Pineapple as the centerpiece of the Shops at 14 Pine Street’s ten-room shopping experience. After selling the building this summer, the Lohmeyers will rent a smaller retail space from the new owner. As they begin a new chapter for their store, they have chosen a familiar name and the symbol of the hospitality their customers have come to depend on for the last 17 years.

Since the store is smaller than ever before, you'll know every item in it was chosen carefully – there’s no room anything ordinary. As always, you will find the unique and desirable in gifts and accessories for the home. The store will carry expanded selections of customers’ favorite lines including the chic recycled aluminum Mariposa, functional, fragrant Lampe Berger and Panier des Sens and the popular Byers’ Choice Carolers, with every active and limited edition item in the line. Additionally, the store will have a display of seasonal items for each holiday.

Customers will delight in finding hand-painted Florentine glass, striking art glad, distinctive handmade jewelry, Austrian crystal and enamel frames and hinged boxes, pashminas and more. There will be treasures at every turn and the caring staff will help you find the perfect gift or treat for yourself.

The Golden Pineapple is ready for the holiday season, featuring Christmas ceramics, serving pieces, Nativities and Santas. The store will continue to offer its signature gift wrap as well as daily shipping via UPS and USPS. Located at 14 Pine Street in downtown Morristown, the Golden Pineapple is open Tuesday through Saturday, with extended holiday hours coming in December. For more details visit the store website at or call 973-267-0400.

Daniel Keat Selected by LA Galaxy in MLS Supplemental Draft

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HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s soccer senior Daniel Keat (Welllington, New Zealand) was selected by the LA Galaxy with the third pick in the first round of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.
The three-round Supplemental Draft took place today as a follow-up to last week's SuperDraft, which featured three rounds of 18 picks each. Keat was chosen early on with the third overall pick in the first round today and has signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, two-time MLS Cup champion. The former Big Green midfielder was invited to the MLS pre-draft combine
in Florida, where he was able to showcase his skills and improve his draft stock. He was considered to be one of the best available players in the Supplemental Draft and the Galaxy has received praise for the choice.

“In the first day of the combine, I actually thought he was the best player there," said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. “I’ve watched him play closely this year,” Arena said. "I saw him against UCLA and thought he was among the best players on the field in a game with a bunch of talented players."

Keat moves on to the professional ranks after a stellar collegiate career at Dartmouth. The midfielder earned All-Ivy honors four times, including three times on the All-Ivy first team. He also earned NSCAA All-Northeast honors three times (first team as a junior and senior) and was an NSCAA third team All-America in 2009. A two-time captain, he started 58 of 64 career games played and graduated sixth all-time with 53 career points (20 goals, 13

The flashy midfielder has also been a player on the international scene, representing his native New Zealand at the U-20 World Cup in 2007 and earning a spot on the 2008 Olympic team, which he missed due to injury.

“He’s a box-to-box player and obviously that’s going to have to be analyzed at the next level,” Arena said. “But I think he’s a talented player with a great engine, looks like a player that’s really alert and has a good mind for the game.”

Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse Earns NCAA Tournament At-Large Bid

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HANOVER, N.H. - The Ivy Champion and 10th ranked Dartmouth women's lacrosse team has accepted an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will host seven-seed Albany this Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. Ticket information will be available later this week.

Albany is the seven-seed in the 16-team tournament, in which the top eight teams are seeded and the next eight are placed primarily according to geographic constraints. As a seeded team, Albany (17-0) would normally host the game but is unable to due to commencement events on campus that weekend. Dartmouth (11-4, 6-1 Ivy) will instead host the Great Danes on Scully-Fahey Field. Albany won the America East conference and received the league's automatic bid.

"I'm just really proud of our kids and feel like we deserve to be in the tournament," said head coach Amy Patton. "We've had a great year and had some critical wins that really carried us and our momentum at the end of the year was better than it has been in previous years. I think we can go out there and play with anybody — it's a whole new season."

This is Dartmouth's 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th under Patton who is in her 19th season at the helm. The Big Green advanced to consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances in 2005 and 2006, reaching the national championship game in 2006. This is the Big Green's first NCAA bid since that 2006 season.

Senior co-captain Shannie MacKenzie, a first team All-Ivy defender was in the room last year when Dartmouth's name was surprisingly not not among the 16-called for selections. This year, after a tense wait, the atmosphere was decidedly different.

"I came into this thinking I wouldn't be so emotional because I had gotten that out on Friday after the loss to Harvard, but you can't prepare yourself for a situation like this where your fate isn't in your own hands," said MacKenzie. "Hearing our name, there were a lot of tears of happiness and excitement and it was definitely an emotional room."

Dartmouth's 2011 season has included a perfect 8-0 record at home, including wins over NCAA Tournament teams Princeton and #1 Maryland. A win over Syracuse, a bubble team that did not make the field, also likely helped push the Big Green into the Field of 16.

"We couldn't ask for anything more than to play another home game on Scully-Fahey," said MacKenzie. "Scully is magical and getting to play at home, it feels like the stars are aligning in our favor and we just have to take advantage of that opportunity."

Dartmouth is one of three Ivy League teams to earn an NCAA Tournament bid this year. Princeton, which surged to the Ivy Tournament title and accompanying automatic bid, will head to six-seed James Madison. Penn, Ivy Co-Champs, travels to five-seed Duke, who the Quakers defeated just over a week ago.

Women's Soccer Players Start Community Outreach Initiative

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Dartmouth women's soccer players Becky Poskin (Leawood, Kan.) and Myra Sack (Wynnewood, Pa.) are the founders of Dartmouth's newest student-athlete run service initiative — Athletes United — an affordable sports league for Upper Valley youth.

In its first season, Athletes United is running a basketball clinic and has had a solid turnout for the first two weeks of practices. The league’s teams played their first games this past Saturday, July 12 at Thetford Elementary School.

More than 40 community members were in attendance along with 12 Dartmouth athletes.
While Thetford, Norwich and Sharon are the three towns presently involved, the program is continuing to accept new towns and individual participants throughout the season. This Saturday’s games will take place at Leede Arena on the Dartmouth campus.

Poskin and Sack created Athletes United with the hope of bringing their teammates together with other Big Green athletes to serve the Upper Valley community. The duo was well-aware of the tremendous support that local fans give their team and many others, and they wanted to find a way to give back.

“Our mission is to provide fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade children with an opportunity to compete in a free, organized and fun recreational sports league, directed and coached by Dartmouth student-athletes,” said Sack. “Through sport, the league will unite children of the Upper Valley with Dartmouth athletes in an effort to expand their extracurricular activities in a way that builds skills, confidence, friendships and mentor relationships.”

Athletes United provides a cost-free way for area youth to participate in sports, with practices held at local community centers and games played at the Dartmouth campus with transportation provided. The current season of Athletes United Basketball will run through August 16 and the group plans to offer a lacrosse league in the fall.

“While we certainly have bigger dreams for the future of Athletes United, to see the ideas we’ve been bouncing around for nine months come to life was incredibly exciting,” said Poskin. “We feel privileged to be able to work with the kids who have signed up and we only hope we can reach more children in the future. I think we’re sitting on top of something that could hatch into a giant program for Dartmouth athletes and the kids of the Upper Valley, and we are going to do everything we can to make that happen.”

Local Corporate Volunteers Build Garden for YMCA’s Blake Children’s Center

Local Corporate Volunteers Build Garden for YMCA’s Blake Children’s Center
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CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - An energetic group of volunteers from Novartis’ Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) braved the rain on Thursday, May 8, the company’s Community Partnership Day, to build a new garden at the Greater Morristown YMCA’s Blake Children’s Center. The Blake Center provides quality care and preschool for children ages six weeks to five years. 

The team of volunteers did everything from constructing the garden’s wood framework to hauling thousands of pounds of soil to planting vegetable seedlings. The result was a large garden in which the children can learn about growing plants and vegetables, enhancing their science and healthy eating curriculum. As part of its Community Partnership Day, NPC also made a donation to the project, which was used to purchase numerous plants including fresh lavender, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, string beans, Gerber daisies and more. YMCA volunteer Jim Casola coordinated the project and garden layout for the volunteers.

“Investing in the communities where we live and work is a defining part of the culture and fabric of our company,” said Kevin Rigby, Vice President and US Country Head of Public Affairs at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.  “This annual day of volunteerism gives our employee teams an opportunity to join hands in service with our outstanding nonprofit partners to help make a positive, long-lasting difference in people’s lives.”   

The Richard F. Blake Children’s Center is a NAEYC accredited early childhood program, a distinction held by only seven percent of child care centers in the United States.

Founded in 1874, The Greater Morristown YMCA is a non-profit organization focused on strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage all people – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Shell-Shocked: #14 Dartmouth Women’s Lax Upends #1 Maryland

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HANOVER, N.H. — Junior Sarah Parks (Ellicott City, Md.) scored the game-winner with eight seconds left in overtime as the #14 Dartmouth women's lacrosse team snapped #1 Maryland's 28-game winning-streak and dropped the Terrapins from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Dartmouth (11-3, 6-1 Ivy) had no letdown from its Ivy Championship-clinching win over Harvard on Friday night, withstanding two second-half deficits to hand Maryland (18-1), the defending national champion, its' first loss in more than a year. More than 1,000 fans turned out to see the Big Green improve to 8-0 at home this season.

On senior day, when all seven seniors were together in the starting lineup for the first time all season, Dartmouth gotjust its second-ever win over Maryland and first since 2005. Head coach Amy Patton is now 2-17 against her alma mater and the 2005 team ultimately advanced to the NCAA Final Four. Maryland had not lost since April 10, 2010 at the hands of North Carolina and Dartmouth is the first team other than UNC to beat Maryland since 2008.

"I couldn't be prouder of my team to come out and play and beat the number one team in the country less than 48 hours after that Friday win over Harvard," said Patton. "Going into the game, I felt Maryland was truly a step above everyone else out there and to see our kids come out and set the tone defensively and frustrate them was great."

Freshman goalie Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brookville, N.Y.) turned in another epic performance in goal, making 11 saves and grabbing three ground balls. Senior Kat Collins (Darien, Conn.) led all scorers with four goals while Parks added three. Maryland held a 28-26 shot advantage but Dartmouth won 11 draw controls to 10 for Maryland and had
15 ground balls to the Terps’ 12.

"We pretty quickly saw that we could play with them and it just shows that we are getting better at the end of the season when it counts," said Patton. "This team really believes and has the confidence that we can play with anybody."

It was a tremendous display of lacrosse by two elite teams, with countless big plays on both ends of the field. Ultimately, Dartmouth's junior class made the big plays when it mattered, starting with a draw control at the beginning of the second three-minute overtime by Hilary Smith (Bronxville, N.Y.). Dartmouth held possession for nearly the entire period, but after losing the ball with 14 seconds to play, Sarah Plumb (Wellesley, Mass.) made a big play to pick up a loose ball inside the arc. She turned and found Parks alone in front of the goal, where Parks faked high and shot low to beat Maryland goalie Brittany Dipper for the 9-8 lead. Dartmouth won the ensuing draw with just eight seconds to play and ran the clock out.

The game was back-and-forth in the early goings, with the teams tied just 2-2 and 14:30 to play in the first half. Dartmouth's goals came from Collins and Parks around scores by Katie Schwarzmann and Jen Mendez for the Terps. The goal by Parks started a 4-0 Dartmouth run to end the first half, and the Big Green got three scores within three minutes from Collins off a feed from Greta Meyer (Denver, Colo.), Parks on a free position and Courtney Bennett (Darien, Conn.). Dartmouth led 5-2 after an evenly-played first half.

Maryland came out on fire in the second half with Beth Glaros and Schwarzmann scoring in quick succession to make it a 5-4 Dartmouth lead. Collins connected off a pass from Meyer at 25:39 to get the advantage back to 6-4, but the Terrapins scored three unanswered goals in less than four minutes to storm to a 7-6 lead with 21:54 on the clock. Two of those, by Kristy Black and Schwarzmann, came on free positions. Once again, the veteran Collins stopped the bleeding for the Big Green with an unassisted goal at 19:36 to tie the game up, 7-7. Maryland got the lead back seven minutes later when Mollison scored off a feed from Black at 12:23.

The Terps won the ensuing draw and stalled for a full five minutes. Dartmouth made them pay, however, when Glaros finally shot and Giovanniello stonewalled her. The teams traded possessions before a big free position save by Giovanniello with 5:05 on the clock started a Dartmouth breakaway. Just 21 seconds later, sophomore Hana Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.) scored the game-tying goal with 4:44 on the clock off a free position.

The Terps won the next draw control and Dartmouth had work to do. The defense was stellar, with Shannie MacKenzie (Riverside, Conn.), Hope McIntyre (Cockeysville, Md.) and Kelsey Johnson (Hingham, Mass.) anchoring the efforts to keep Maryland from getting the game-winner. Giovanniello made two saves in the final 30 seconds and the Big Green was able to hold on to send it to overtime. Maryland had the ball starting the first three-minute period and tried to hold on to it, but Smith made a big play to turn the Terps over, starting the Big Green on attack but Plumb sent a last-second shot wide. Dartmouth got the job done, thanks again to the draw control by Smith to start the next three minutes, holding out to take the last-second shot and win.

Dartmouth heads to Philadelphia for the Ivy League Tournament this coming weekend. Though the Big Green shared the Ivy Championship with Penn, Dartmouth is the two-seed and will take on Harvard on Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. Penn plays Princeton in the other semifinal and the final will be played on Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m.

Angie Hind Stepping Down as Head Coach of Women’s Soccer

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HANOVER, N.H. — After six years as Dartmouth women's soccer head coach, Angie Hind is resigning to accept a position as the assistant coach with the Scottish women's national team.

A former Scottish national team player and coach, Hind will be returning to her native land not only to assist the elite national team, but also to serve as program manager for all girls and women's teams with the Scottish Football Association.

"I would like to thank everyone at Dartmouth athletics for the great experience I have had during the past eight years," said Hind. "This new opportunity allows me to be able to make a difference in the women's game in my home country which is something I am truly passionate about."

Hind spent eight years with Dartmouth soccer, serving as the Big Green's head coach for the past six seasons and amassing a 54-38-8 record, 24-15-3 in the Ivy League. Her team finished second in the Ancient Eight this past season. Her 54 victories rank second only to Steve Swanson's (1990-95) 55 wins on the all-time coaching list.

"While I am sorry to see Angie leave us, I certainly understand what a great opportunity it is to work with the national team in her home country," said Harry Sheehy, Director of Athletics and Recreation. "I appreciate all the work she put in to make us a first-class program and look forward to following her success as she moves on. I know that I speak on behalf of the entire Dartmouth Athletic Department when I wish her nothing but the best."

During her time at Dartmouth, Hind led the Big Green to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2005 and a national ranking as high as 13th in 2006. Hind also helped the Big Green win an Ivy League Championship and earn an NCAA Tournament appearance as an assistant in 2003. As head coach, she mentored 18 All-Ivy players honored 29 times, including three first team All-Ivy midfielders in 2009. Her squads also saw success off the field, winning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the past five seasons and engaging in a myriad of community service activities.

"I would also like to specifically thank the student-athletes that I have had the pleasure to work with here, and the parents and alumnae for their incredible support during my tenure," said Hind. "I wish Dartmouth athletics and the women's soccer program all the best for the future."

A national search for Hind's replacement will commence immediately.