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Pasadena Joins Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use While Driving

first_img Community News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Pasadena Police Department will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger. Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on April 4, 2014.The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior. The “It’s Not Worth It!” theme emphasizes that a phone call or text isn’t worth a hefty fine or a collision. The current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez, “because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone’s life?”Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. According to research, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. Even a three second glance at freeway speeds means a driver has traveled the distance of a football field.Research shows that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. When over one third of your brain’s functioning that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone “zombie.”These operations are funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Public Safety Pasadena Joins Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use While Driving Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 3:06 pm Business Newscenter_img Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, January 1 – January 7, 2017

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf continued his “Jobs that Pay” initiative by visiting WebpageFX in Harrisburg. He also announced new jobs coming to Franklin, Lackawanna, and Clinton Counties.The governor congratulated members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly as they were sworn-in on Tuesday.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf attended the memorial service for State Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty on December 30, 2016.On Thursday, the Wolf Administration’s work on the “It’s On Us PA” campaign to end campus sexual assault was highlighted at a White House Summit. Pennsylvania’s Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera was able to attend and outline the progress the administration has made since the campaign was launched last year.Governor Wolf released a statement on the Department of Corrections’ decision to close two prisons in a cost savings effort.Governor Wolf will also attend the opening ceremony for the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show on Saturday.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 1 – January 7, 2017Tuesday, 1/3/17Governor Wolf Announces 157 New Jobs with Ventura Foods Expansion in Franklin CountyGovernor Wolf Congratulates Members of the General Assembly as They are Sworn-InWednesday, 1/4/17Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional GrantsOn “Jobs that Pay” Tour, Governor Wolf Visits WebpageFX in HarrisburgGovernor Wolf Announces 74 New Jobs with LBP Manufacturing LLC Facility in Lackawanna CountyGovernor Wolf Announces Statewide Development, New Jobs Through Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority ApprovalsGovernor Tom Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags to Remain at Half-Staff in Honor of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon WeaverThursday, 1/5/17‘It’s On Us PA’ Campaign to Combat Campus Sexual Assault Highlighted at White House SummitFriday, 1/6/17Governor Wolf Awards 1.35 Million in Innovation and Expansion Project ContractsGO-TIME: 4G Laptops Making Pennsylvania Agriculture Department’s Consumer Protection Work More EfficientGovernor Wolf Statement on Department of Corrections Cost-Saving MeasuresGovernor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton CountyHighlights from The BlogGovernor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Franklin County with Expansion of Ventura Foods (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterThe Capitol lights are dark except for a thin blue line to honor fallen @PaStatePolice Trooper Landon Weaver. May he rest in peace. -TW pic.twitter.com/po5b9acVWk— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 1, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf January 06, 2017 This new year, we’re resolute on continuing to fight for our schools to ensure all of PA’s children are getting the education they deserve. pic.twitter.com/e96Urvytit— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 3, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Week, January 1 – January 7, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ellsworth-Sumner football team wins first game in three seasons

first_imgEAST MACHIAS — After three winless seasons since the program’s revival, the Ellsworth-Sumner Memorial High School football team has won its first game.The Ellsworth-Sumner Eagles beat the Washington Academy Raiders 22-8 on Saturday on the road. The last win an EHS football team notched was in 1955.Ellsworth-Sumner coach Duane Crawford said he was at a loss for words while attempting to deliver a postgame speech.“I’m just so proud of our team,” Crawford said. “The kids have worked so hard for this.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA week prior, the Eagles had lost their first game 36-12 to Orono.“If you are going to lose to Orono,” Crawford told his players before their season opener, “let them beat you. Just don’t beat yourself.”Ellsworth-Sumner football player Declan White (right) poses with Harold “Tug” White — his grandfather as well as president of the Ellsworth Football League — on Monday. The Eagles gave Tug the game ball, signed by the entire team, from their win on Saturday — the program’s first in three seasons. Coach Duane Crawford said Tug had an instrumental role in bringing football back to Ellsworth. “It seemed fitting to give it to Tug,” Crawford said. “He is someone who has always been there.” PHOTO BY ENA WHITEFor the past three years, Crawford has had to balance optimism with realistic expectations for his team, which had lost 25 straight games before Saturday.But the Eagles knew they had a chance against WA, which lost its first game 64-0 to Maine Central Institute.Crawford said his players were fired up all week leading up the game, anticipating an even matchup.“We knew we could win,” Crawford said. “We just needed to execute.”And execute they did.Offensively, Devin Wright led the team with 31 carries for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Wally Moon rounded out the scoring with two two-point conversion catches.Defensively, Tyler Hardwick led the team with five solo tackles and two passes defended. Moon had four solo tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and one pass defended. Connor Petros recovered a fumble.The game wasn’t put away until late in the fourth quarter, when Ellsworth-Sumner was leading 14-8.“That wasn’t a comfortable lead,” Crawford said.Wright eased his coach’s worries when he punted the ball 40 yards to pin the Raiders on their 1-yard line.“That’s when it started to settle in,” Crawford said. “The kids were so excited.”Jacob Shorey sealed the deal when he intercepted a second-down pass and returned it 22 yards to the WA 1-yard line.Two attempts later, Wright ran the ball into the end zone, giving Ellsworth-Sumner a 20-8 lead. A pass from Hardwick to Moon put the final two points on the board for Ellsworth-Sumner’s 22-8 win.The usually quiet Ellsworth-Sumner sidelines cheered wildly as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Many hugs were exchanged, and Crawford received his first Gatorade shower as the Eagles’ coach.“So many emotions and so proud of the team,” Crawford posted on the team’s Facebook page the morning after the victory. “These players are the embodiment of a team. They never give up.”Ellsworth-Sumner improved its record to 1-1. WA dropped to 0-2.In other news, Mount Desert Island (2-0) beat Belfast (0-2) 24-14 on Friday, and Bucksport (0-2) lost to Mattanawcook (2-0) 30-14. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 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

December Razor Clam Update

first_imgSubmitted by the Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe second December 2014 recreational razor clam opener is proceeding as planned. The marine toxin tests have been completed and the Washington Department of Health has found razor clams are safe for human consumption. The following are the dates and locations of this razor clam harvest opportunity. Note that digging is only allowed on PM tides:Dec. 19, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 20, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 21, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 22, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 23, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsPlease be aware that every beach is not open every day. Having the flexibility to offer variable beach openers allows us to provide more harvest opportunity.Note that during this period, the Kalaloch beach will not be open and the Copalis management beach will only be open one day. The Copalis management beach includes: Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and the Copalis areas.  If you want to know more about how we set openers, please check out our 2014 Razor Clam Management Update here.A description of each beach and a map can be found here.For more details, see our news release at the following web link.NEW! : If have ever wondered how to dig razor clams with your kids, check out the video here. Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Silver medal for Nelson Bantams at West Kootenay Championships

first_img The Leafs opened with a narrow 7-5 victory over a persistent Grand Forks team. Nelson’s goals came from Blair Sookro with two, Mike Zarikoff with four,  including an empty net goal with 12 seconds left, and Alex Laing.In Game 2 the Leafs defeated Greater Trail #3 5-2.Zarikoff finished with two goals, and singles came from Max Spielman, Nick Haydu, and Ethan Grill. The Leafs’ third game was against Boundary.  The final featured the Leafs against a very strong Couer d’ Alene team that defeated Nelson earlier in the year 8-2. Couer d’ Alene struck first to end the opening period 1-0.  Midway through the second period Couer d’ Alene added two quick goals to end the period 3-0.Early in the third period Nelson coach Dave Zarikoff was handed an unsportsmanlike bench penalty for questioning an obvious icing call. Alex Laing was able to net a shorthanded goal and close the Couer d’ Alene lead to 3-1. With 6:29 left Mike Zarikoff fired one past Couer d’ Alene’s goaltender to close the gap to 3-2 but time ran out on the Nelson Minor Hockey squad. Nelson squeaked out a one goal victory during regular season play and expected to have their hands full. However, the Leafs  jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead by the end of the first period and cruised to an easy 11-2 victory.Zarikoff scored five times, with Sookro and Spielman each netting a pair and singles coming from Grill and Ava Young. Sunday morning the Leafs faced Greater Trail #1 in one of the semi-final games. Greater Trail defeated playoff favourites Couer d’ Alene earlier in preliminary round play 4-1. The Leaf’s were firing on all cylinders jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead after one period, before skating to a 12-1 victory. The game turned into a penalty filled contest with no fewer than 4 Greater Trail players being ejected from the game and ending with 65 minutes in penalties. Nelson came away with 24 minutes. Leafs goals came from Zarikoff with four, Spielman had three and Sookro and Grill adding a pair each. Assistant captain Ava Young chipped in with the other Nelson goal.center_img The Nelson Bantam Leafs came within one goal of winning the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League banner recently in Castlegar. Couer d’ Alene built up a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory over the Nelson Leafs at the Bantam House Championships.”(Coaches) were very happy with the teams success all year,” said Leafs coach Dave Zarikoff.”The Leafs fought valiantly to try and tie it up,” Zarikoff added about the final game.”Unfortunately time ran out and Couer d’ Alene skated away with the banner.”Nelson went 3-0 in the preliminary round to end up seeded #1 going into the playoff round. Zarikoff said Nelson received outstanding goaltending all weekend from the duo of Kylan Palm and Josh Marsden while team Captain Noah Whiffen and Assistant Captain Cale O’Meara, along with Keanu Tromans, Young, and Haydu anchored the defense. Forward Noah Marsh was outstanding, often being the first player back and pestered teams all weekend with his checking.last_img read more

How Southwest handles complaints: the social media connection

first_imgSouthwest has big plans for lesisure routes Other airlines rely on social media these days to handle complaints, but few employ e-connections as seemingly successfully as Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier in the United States.The airline sports a Social Care Team, whose job it is to take care of complaints, acknowledge compliments and, when the occasion calls for it, crack a joke to lighten the mood.We don’t know if all this contributes to Southwest’s second place ranking as the least-complained about carrier in the country during 2014 according to United States Department of Transportation statistics, but it can’t hurt. Consider, according to DOT statistics the airline boarded 135,769,098 passengers last year, second most among all U.S. carriers. It received 714 complaints, or 0.53 per 100,000 boardings. By contrast, United Airlines boarded 90,520,319 folks according to DOT and got 2,452 gripes. That translates into 2.71 complaints for every 100,000 passengers. The average number of complaints for the dozen U.S. airlines DOT ranks was 2.71 per 100,000 passengers.Tweet, tweetNothing galls a flyer more than being ignored. Southwest’s Social Care Team tries to make sure that doesn’t happen often. It strips away layers of bureaucracy and gets down to business fast. “The Team can handle virtually any inquiry without having to escalate [the issue to higher-ups] or direct the Customer to another channel or department for service,” says Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford in written response to AirlineRatings.com.Seven days a week the Social Care Team toils and Tweets. A couple of examples are illustrative:– When summer weather raised passenger hackles and played havoc on airline schedules along the East Coast of the U.S. the rock band The Fray found themselves delayed aboard Flight 176. The band Tweeted “@SouthwestAir owes us a drink.” A member of the Social Care Team got back to them, saying, “So sorry to delay you guys. Looks like Mother Nature is going to be nice and you should be your way soon.”The Social Care representative worked with Southwest’s Proactive Customer Service Team to make up for the band’s delay by issuing, via e-mail, what the airline calls a ‘LUV Voucher,’ good for passage on a future Southwest flight.– After arriving late in St. Louis because of a delay Hadas Gold Tweeted Southwest, “Dear @SouthwestAir please hold the plane from St. Louis to Phoenix so we can make it home.” She offered “to bake the whole plane pies if you hold flight 351 for 10 extra min.”The Social Care Team worked with the airline’s Network Operations Control center. NOC responded, getting right back to the flight: “PLZ MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT: THE STL-PHX FLIGHT WILL HOLD – AND SAY YOU EXPECT THE PIES TO BE KEY LIME.”The message mirrors the airline’s attitude: it takes its job seriously, but not necessarily itself. No word on how many pies produced. In short, Southwest spends a lot of time and effort attempting to nip problems in the bud, before they have a chance to blossom into a full-blown complaints.Traditional channelsWhile Southwest leans heavily on social media to mediate passenger problems, there are other channels as well. During business hours you can contact the carrier’s Customer Relations Department at 214-932-0333. E-mail contact can be had at www.southwest.com/contact _us. Finally there’s traditional snail mail. The address is Southwest Airlines, PO Box 36647-1CR, Dallas, Texas 75235.last_img read more

Jellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau GC11A56 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 28, 2012

first_imgUp close and personal (Photo Credit:FradoMedia)If you dare, this Geocache of the Week takes you underwater and into the midst of thousands of jellyfish. Jellyfish Lake (GC11A56) or “Ongeim’l Tketau”  as it is called in the local language of Palauan, is one of approximately 70 marine lakes scattered throughout the southern portion of the main island of Palau.This difficulty five, terrain five EarthCache was created by SurrenderTheBooty in March of 2007. Since then, this unique and rare lake has been visited and appreciated by geocachers all over the world.In order the log a smiley on this EarthCache, adventurers must travel to the site and complete two requirements. There’s no container to discover. Instead, geocachers discover the geological forces that created this unique location. They must email SurrenderTheBooty with a picture taken at either the arrival dock or the floating dock on the lake, as well as the GPS elevation readings at sea level, on top of the ridge, and at lake level.Swimming with JellyfishThe lake is only accessible by boat and visitors have to climb a ridge to get to the golden jellyfish. The cache page provides a comprehensive overview of Palau’s Jellyfish Lake formation over the course of thousands of years. It also details what visitors can expect when they arrive at Ongeim’l Tketau.One log reads, “Swimming in the Jellyfish Lake is a fantastic experience! The jellyfish are so fragile, so beautiful, … my English is not good enough to describe my feelings. Large jellyfish have a slow frequency when moving, smaller ones have a higher frequency.  Thanks to SurrenderTheBooty for this amazing experience.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Lake Floating DockShare with your Friends:More SharePrint Related11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find themJune 17, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Discover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community””The Emerald Lakes” GC24VY3 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 4, 2010September 30, 2010In “Community”last_img read more

Retirement Planning for Military Spouses

first_imgBy Carol ChurchThe military’s new blended retirement system will be in full effect as of January 2018, and the changes will mean that many more service members will leave service with substantial retirement savings. Though not everyone is pleased with everything about the new system, overall, this is good news for the military population, more of whom will now have a nest egg in their later years.But let’s not forget: that money belongs to the member who serves. Of course, as long as the couple remains married, and the service member is still alive, all should be fine there. But in the event of divorce or the member’s death, things look quite different.Divorce pixabay [divorce-619195_1920 by stevepb, January 31, 2015, CCO Public Domain]Most military spouses are female, and past studies have found that military wives earn less and spend less time in the workforce than civilian women, meaning they may have very little in the way of retirement savings of their own. It’s important to know that after a divorce, ex-spouses are not automatically entitled to the service member’s retirement pay. However, exes may be awarded a portion of the pay (up to 50%) by a court in the divorce order.DeathAfter the death of a service member, retirement pay stops. If the family has elected to pay into the Survivor Benefit Plan, which is similar to life insurance, families can receive up to 55% of the service member’s retirement pay monthly for life, in exchange for a monthly premium. However, remember, this is only 55% of that pay! Benefits will reduce significantly.Planning AheadNo one wants to plan ahead for these eventualities, but since they do happen, it’s very important for spouses of service members to set aside funds of their own. If nothing else, they will be an excellent source of supplemental income in the years to come, and will make both members of a couple feel secure and cared for. And in some cases, spouses who find themselves on their own will need this money. So, what are some options for military spouses wanting to save for retirement?Traditional or Roth IRA—It’s a great idea for both spouses to fund an IRA, but if the spouse does not have any other retirement funds in his or her names, this becomes a priority. Families should try to fully fund a low-cost IRA every year when possible. IRAs are great because they are so easily automated and are extremely portable. However, you can’t contribute that much per year ($5500, or $6500 if over 50).Prioritize jobs with retirement accounts—This may be difficult or impossible for spouses who must work part-time or in other less regular jobs, but employer-matching funds are a key benefit whenever they can be found!Spouses should try to contribute the max amount when possible, especially if “catching up” after years of not owning a plan. This can be done even if the military spouse is contributing to the maximum to TSP.Consider a self-employment retirement account. If the nonmilitary spouse has self-employment income, he or she has a couple of options:Simplified Employee Pension (SEP), to which he or she can contribute as much as 25% of net earnings (up to $54,000). These are the easiest to set up.A solo 401K, to which he or she can contribute as much as 100% of earnings (up to $18,000, or $24,000 if age 50 and over). This may be best if the spouse is not earning much.The advantage of these plans is that they lower your taxable business income while also creating a retirement nest egg.A SIMPLE IRA. Though perhaps more typically used for small businesses, these plans are easy to set up and workers can contribute 100% of self-employment income up to $12,500. Every military couple should take the time to put aside retirement savings for both members. Fortunately, there are multiple options that make this fairly easy. This wise financial choice ensures financial security for the future, come what may.last_img read more