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It Rained Alumni and Generosity at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education Gala

first_img Subscribe Faith & Religion News It Rained Alumni and Generosity at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education Gala From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 3, 2014 | 1:06 pm Amidst a down-pouring of rain, came a down-pouring of generosity and alumni at the LCPC Parent Education Gala: Love the Legacy on Friday, February 28th. Approximately 175 guests filled the beautiful Noor in downtown Pasadena to celebrate the program’s landmark 35th Anniversary.Emceed by Rev. Dr. Chuck Osburn & LA Times Columnist, Chris Erskine, the evening started with an informative speech from Parent Ed Director, Anne Bierling, reminding us that amidst our freedom here in the US, an estimated 30 million people today are enslaved worldwide. With an estimated fifteen of the thirty million people in slavery worldwide currently reside in India, Parent Education designated funds from a donated doll collection in support of International Princess Project (IPP) Since its inception in 2007, International Princess Project (which creates pathways for freedom for those escaping the ravages of human trafficking in India), has helped more than 515 women and children leave human slavery and live dignified lives. The organization was started by a group friends from Newport Beach and is currently headed by Executive Director, Julie Wood, of South Pasadena. Bierling used their accomplishments, in addition to those of the 2014 Shining Stars, to highlight a quote from Margaret Mead: “Never believe that a few caring people cannot change the world–indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”The generosity did not stop with IPP donations. After a rousing silent and live auction dedicated to supporting the Parent Education Program, Parent Education Founders Gail Hanson, Annie Latta Krach, and Claudia Zentmyer were presented with the 2014 Shining Star Award for their dedication to helping families thrive. While it is hard to estimate exactly how large of an impact LCPC Parent Education has made, Bierling estimated that the program these women started may have touched close to 18,000 parents & children over the past 35 years. Bierling lauded, “Over those years, you taught us that the goal of good parenting was not perfection—because perfect families don’t exist—but you taught us to live fully, recover well, and rely completely on a wise and mighty God.”Parent Ed Instructor Jan Roberts, who has been part of the program since its inception, stated about the 2014 Shining Stars: “These ladies had a vision, they had persistence, and they had God whispering in their ears–obviously a great combination for a winning idea that has stood the test of time.” Bierling also read quotes from previous directors. LCPC Ginny Kelly (who directed the program from 1999 to 2006) said “Annie, Gail & Claudia brought their knowledge of child development, their love of children, and their heart for parents, and mixed it all together with their faith in the Lord, always seeking guidance from Him. Annie dusted off her guitar, Gail met with the pastors, and Claudia brought her own babies to many of the first classes she taught.” Lois Harrison (who directed the program from 1991 to 1999) concluded:”These women were LEGENDS in the founding of LCPC Parent Ed–Spirit-led women who listened for God at every turn.”The evening ended with encouraging, motivational, and humble acceptance speeches from the award recipients. Annie Latta Krach wrapped up the speeches with these words: “Yahoo for the village! Yahoo for Parent Ed! Yahoo for God!” The three recipients concluded the evening by leading the entire room in a sing-a-long to the 35-year-old Parent Ed good-bye song, accompanied by Annie’s very own Jack-in-the-Box! The event was hosted by the twelve LCPC Parent Education Board Members Jenn Kliewer, McCall Avery, Carrie Kingston, Julie Engler and Lynley Gross–as well as the gala committee members: Lynne Graves (Chair), Felina Mahoney (Co-Chair), Sarah Walter, Brandi Murphy, Shannon Snaer, Katrina Harbers and Julie Hale. Scott and Deena Keys were Platinum Sponsors and Gordy and Dona Crawford were Silver Sponsors for the event.About LCPC Parent EducationIf you have a child 0-18, LCPC Parent Education has a class for you! To sign up for a class or experience a free LCPC class, go to or call (818) 790-6708 ext. 205. Classes meet weekly September through May and attract approximately 400 participants from 22 different cities. Second semester began January 28th. In addition to the classes already in session, check out the New Babies Class (for babies born August 2013- January 2014). La Canada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill in La Canada. 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Family had to jump out window of burning Limerick home

first_imgAndrew Carey Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] young children had to be thrown from the first floor of a burning house in Limerick after fire broke out in the their Thomondgate home early this Sunday morning. Three units of Limerick City Fire and Rescue service were dispatched to the scene on High Road shortly before 6am this Sunday to tend to the blaze. Five ambulances attended the High Road address to treat the family of five. Two adults had to pass the young children out of the first floor window such was the extent of the inferno below. The rest of the occupants of the house then jumped out the window after neighbours and passers by assisted in the rescue shortly before the first responding agencies arrived on scene. One person suffered a broken leg as a result of the impact of the jump. Firemen, with specialist breathing equipment, from the city fire and rescue service entered and swept the building checking for any one else that may have been trapped by the blaze or smoke. The fire was brought under control and extinguished a short time later.All five were initially treated at the scene by emergency paramedics and once stabilised, they were taken to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment.As gardai at Mayorstone investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire, the scene on High Street remains sealed off but the road is passable to motorists and pedestrians. Email Previous articleLimerick woman died of heroin overdose in prisonNext articleUPDATE – National Child Rescue Alert for missing 3-year-old and mother Staff Reporter #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday WhatsApp NewsBreaking newsFamily had to jump out window of burning Limerick homeBy Staff Reporter – February 16, 2014 576 TAGSfeaturedfirefull-imageGardaíMusic Limerickthomondgate center_img Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Print Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedin Facebook Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

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Streets give way to play with new summer initiative

first_img Keeler said blocking traffic at each location would free parents from worrying about their kids’ safety. “We want more people using the parks, we want more kids outside, so for these hours, cutting down on traffic and the possibility of accidents seems like a good idea.”The plan was approved by the city’s Board of Public Works on Tuesday after Keeler collected signatures from neighbors indicating their support. The board unanimously passed a resolution allowing the street closures on a trial basis, noting that neighbors would be responsible for setting up and removing barricades and that permission could be revoked at any time.Streets Alive! is a model for Play Streets, with both blocking traffic to bring neighbors together. (Ithaca Voice file photo)Marshall McCormick, who sits on the BPW and lives on Fair Street, said he’s excited about the opportunity to bring neighbors together.“We have two kids and hang out with the neighbors quite a bit,” he said, “but Play Streets is a unique plan and program that provides a really safe space to come and hang out.”He said the stretch of park along South Titus is a beautiful area, “but you lose 30% of it because you’re worried your kids are going to run into the street.” By stopping vehicle traffic, he said, “you get to use the full amount of the park without worrying your kids are going to go over the curb.”McCormick said the project will boost the whole neighborhood, including households without kids, by bringing people together. It’s a chance to learn, for instance, if an elderly neighbor needs help with yard work or dog walks, or if a family dealing with an illness could use meal deliveries or carpools. “It’s getting us together so we can help each other out,” he said.The Play Street dates on Madison Street will coincide with Just Play Days in Conway Park, from 10 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from July 9 until the end of August. Teens from the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Youth Employment Service will be on hand as “playworkers” to supervise the kids who come outside. Just Play Days staffed with playworkers will be held at the same time on the Southside in Wood Street Park, at Wood and Fair Streets.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the first Play Streets date on South Titus would be July 7. The correct date is June 30.Featured image: The South Titus triangle park (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice) Devon Magliozzi ITHACA, N.Y. — This summer, the Just Play Project is encouraging Ithaca’s kids to take to the streets. As part of a broader mission to encourage safe, inclusive, creative play, the organization is launching a Play Streets initiative to stop traffic along two of the city’s smaller parks on designated afternoons.The pilot program will work like a recurring block party in Ithaca’s Southside and Northside neighborhoods. Starting June 30, neighbors on South Titus Avenue will put up barricades at Fair and Plain streets to extend the park that runs along Six Mile Creek from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Across town, neighbors will do the same on Madison Street between Fourth and Fifth streets to expand Conway Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The goal is to bring kids outside, in keeping with Mayor Svante Myrick’s declaration that Ithaca is a free-range kid city.Related: What is a ‘free range kid city’? Parents weigh in at community discussion“As soon as those barricades go up it’s just this relief, you just feel free!” said Rusty Keeler, co-founder of the Just Play Project.Keeler said that as he and Just Play Project co-founder Beth Myers thought about ways to make space for play, they were inspired by Streets Alive!, which closes streets to traffic to create shared space for neighbors to hang out. Keeler said he and Myers wondered, “How could we do that on a more regular basis and on a smaller scale, on a neighborhood scale?”Southside Play Streets will divert traffic on South Titus Avenue. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice) Southside Play Streets will divert traffic on South Titus Avenue. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice)They both live near the South Titus creekside park and thought they could try to get a recurring block party off the ground in their own neighborhood. They chose the Madison Street block as a second location, in part, because of the success of a summer 2018 Just Play Day in Conway Park. During the event, Keeler said, kids from the neighborhood poured out from nearby apartments to play in the park.“It just felt like if that street were closed during those hours, it would be safer and it could be more fun and playful too,” he said.Related: Take to the streets for 14th Streets Alive! Tagged: just play, madison street, northside, southside, Streets Alive!, titus street Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi last_img read more

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Sophomores carry Syracuse into NCAA championship

first_img Published on November 21, 2013 at 1:31 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman The three Ms — Martin, Meredith and Margo — all sophomores, have carried Syracuse through the postseason and into the final test of the year: the NCAA championship this Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.Martin Hehir has been the top finisher for the No. 7 men in both the Atlantic Coast Conference championships and the Northeast Regional championships, while Margo Malone and Meredith Speakman have finished first and second on the team, respectively, in each of the No. 21 women’s postseason meets.All three runners were recently named to the Northeast All-Region team after their Top-25 finishes last Friday. Hehir finished third overall on the men’s side, while Malone and Speakman finished 11th and 19th, respectively, for the women.“This is all our second year competing, and I think the first year is about learning the ropes,” Hehir said. “Our class is coming into its own.”Twelve of the 16 top finishers for Syracuse in its meets this year have been from this class. Malone has five top finishes, Hehir has four, Angelica Peck has two and Juris Silenieks has one.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRedshirt seniors Griff Graves, Robert Molke and Joseph Whelan, who have five top 10 finishes between them, haven’t combined to win a single race this year.Instead, the older runners have provided strong off-the-course leadership while the sophomores have stepped up their performance on the course — a healthy balance that has led both teams to the final meet of the season.“It’s not necessarily the norm,” assistant coach Adam Smith said. “Usually you look to the upperclassmen to take that ownership. We’ve been fortunate to have younger guys step up and have those big-time roles, and some really good upperclassmen are leaders in their own way.”Both Hehir and Speakman stressed that after freshman year, everyone blends in together, even if the sophomores are the ones leading the pack over the elder runners. “It’s a two-way thing,” Hehir said. “We just do what the older guys do and they hopefully do what we’re doing.”Although Malone has undoubtedly been Syracuse’s top runner all year, Speakman has come into her own toward the end of the season. In addition to her two strong postseason performances, she finished third for the Orange at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, which took place during the week that the women skyrocketed into the national rankings.“Both Meredith and Margo put in a really good last 8-10 months,” Smith said. “They had the goal last year when they didn’t make it to nationals, that this year was going to be the year.”Now that both the men and women’s teams are there thanks in most part to this talented class, their sights are set on one thing: shocking the country. “Even though we’ve run well, we’re still underdogs,” Hehir said. “So we’d love to go out there and prove everyone wrong.”The sophomore class has SU primed to do just that.“This is what we train for,” Smith said. “This is what all the workouts, summer mileage, and blood, sweat, and tears comes to.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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