Family Resources in Orange County

first_imgPicking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.American Red Crosswww.redcross.org The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service.The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This essential Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.Armed Services YMCAwww.asymca.org The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Y’s and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.Signature programs include Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.Child Care Awarewww.childcareaware.org Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for parents regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care cost assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.New York State Office of Children and Family Serviceshttp://ocfs.ny.gov OCFS aims to improve the integration of services for New York’s children, youth, families and vulnerable populations; to promote their development; and to protect them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment. The agency provides a system of family support, juvenile justice, child care and child welfare services that promote the safety and well-being of children and adults. OCFS is responsible for programs and services involving foster care, adoption and adoption assistance, child protective services, preventive services for children and families, services for pregnant adolescents and protective programs for vulnerable adults.The Spring Valley Regional Office serving Orange County is at 11 Perlman Drive – Pascack Plaza. Contact Child Care Services at 845-708-2400. Contact Child Welfare Services at 845-708-2498.Orange County Department of Social Services11 Quarry Road, Box ZGoshen, NY 10924 845-291-4000www.orangecountygov.com/680/Social-Services The Orange County Department of Social Services provides temporary help to eligible individuals and families with social service and financial needs to assist them with leading safe, healthy and independent lives. The department administers some programs and initiatives, including the Summer Food Service Program that provides free meals during the summer for children under 18 and disabled young adults enrolled in school curricula.Military OneSourcewww.militaryonesource.mil Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know more about. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you’ll always be in the loop.Operation Homefrontwww.operationhomefront.org Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, affecting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help, and that is why Hearts of Valor exists.Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes amazing military kids. The organization also hosts many Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.United Service Organizationwww.uso.org Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery, and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.last_img read more

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Black Rock RV Resort sells for nearly $4M

first_imgThe sale of the Black Rock RV Village located at 46751 E. Highway 60 in Brenda, AZ (near Quartzsite) sold April 2, 2015 for $3,925,000 to a California private investment firm.  John Grant and John Sheedy with Park Brokerage Inc. represented the buyer and the seller on the transaction.Black Rock is a winter, snowbird RV resort 15 miles east of Quartzsite which is a marketthat attracts over one million RVers every winter season.  Black Rock has 403 large RV sites of 40X50 feet to 40X100 feet with 26 pull thrus at 30X100 feet on 47 acres.  Additional revenue streams are from five motel units, leased beauty shop, five vendor booths, propane sales, and car wash.  The property’s utilities are 50 amp electric, well water, and septic sewer.  The resort has gravel streets.  Amenities include a 150 seat café leased to an operator, newer swimming pool, spa and bathrooms facility built in 2008, rec hall with a large stage and bathrooms, a smaller rec hall with a library, modem desk, kitchen and card room, a picnic area in the center of the park with cabana, large vehicle storage area, office, laundry, and a manufactured home used as a third meeting room.  The resort has a Good Sam rating of 10/10/9.5.The resort has over 250 annuals with approximately 125 of the annuals being park models at annual rental rates of $1,695-$1,895.  Overnight rates are $31-$34, weekly $195-$230, and monthly $420.The capitalization rate was 10.0%.  The buyer obtained new financing of $2,551,250 or 65% loan to value at a fixed interest rate of 4½% for ten years with monthly payments amortized over 25 years.  The property was in good condition at time of sale.John Sheedy commented, “The greater Quartzsite market is a huge snowbird destination and in January of each year becomes the second largest city in Arizona.  Brenda has a strong attraction to snowbirds for access to Quartzsite, off road quad activity right outside the resort, and reasonable rental rates”.John Grant added, “The private buyer is an experienced real estate investor but new to the RV resort industry.  The RV industry is seeing more and more new investors in the market attracted by yield.  Most apartments and commercial properties are selling at 4%-5% capitalization rates and they were able to obtain a 10% cap rate with 4.5% financed for very positive leverage at 16% cash flow plus principal reduction”.last_img read more

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How The Hen House Turns: Communication Between Animals

first_imgBy CARY NEEPERLos Alamos Daily PostWe humans are so focused on our verbal ways of communicating, it is easy to overlook the more subtle methods used by plants and animals.However, that topic has appeared in some excellent books (The Hidden Life Of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals: What They Feel by Peter Wohlben )Communication between living beings, and between themselves and their environments, is not limited to sound. Smell and taste play large roles in animal and plant communication. A giraffe can smell danger when eating.Electrical impulses can travel 1/3 inch per second in trees, increasing the tannin in some. The scent of willow trees attracts bees, who collect their pollen. Saliva from an insect is tasted by the leaf that insect is eating. Reacting to the saliva, the leaf then produces a chemical that attracts predators to the hungry insect.Soil fungi have been found to act as communicators of nourishment, making it available in a felled tree. The roots interact with the fungal hyphae. Some root tips also have nerve cells. Trees often grow close together and share nutrients gathered in their roots.These communication skills are usually lost in agricultural plants and “cultivated,” not wild plants. That’s why insects feed better off farm crops.The amazing ability of dogs to smell has been put to work in many ways. Their work finding victims of fires or earthquakes and snow avalanches is well known. They can detect killer whales’ scat floating on Puget Sound waters. They can smell mice in large meadows and find the scat from silverspot caterpillars.In the excellent series Planet Earth II, David Attenborough has captured videos of a grouper and an octopus working together to catch small fish hiding in a coral alcove. The grouper points his body at the small fish to attract the octopus’s attention.Octopuses disguise themselves with shells when they see a shark approaching. If the shells don’t confuse the shark and the octopus gets caught, the octopus puts his arm into the shark’s gills so he can’t breathe.The stories continue as we learn how other lives invent ways to survive. Some of the most remarkable examples of life’s genius is found in Ross Piper’s huge book of 540 gorgeous photos and scanning electron micrographs (SEMs) “focused” on the world’s tiniest animals.These 1.5 million microscopic species “feed on other organisms.” Some of these weird blobs move around and respond to stimuli…” like us humans.”1.5 million known species have been identified out of a possible 10 to 200 million species so small we have little or no awareness of them.Recently we are also learning about large animal strategies for survival. An August 2019 article in Scientific American by Garath Arnott and Robert W. Elwood of Northern Ireland, “When Animals Fight,” reports evidence showing that when large male nonhuman animals decide to fight or to retreat for the right to mate, they do not assess the strength of their opponent.They assess their own chances, based on their own size and weight. Studied were Siamese fighting fish, jumping spiders, stalk-eyed flies, hermit crabs, killer fish, house crickets, domestic pigs, and wild giraffes. Are humans very different? Wild California turkeys ‘communicating’. Courtesy photolast_img read more

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Air Liquide’s R&D solar lab inaugurated

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APPEA: Parliamentary inquiry further delays new gas supplies in Victoria

first_imgScience, state-of-the-art technology and 60 years of demonstrated gas industry operation in Australia have been ignored in favour of a year-long Parliamentary inquiry that will delay the development of new gas supplies in Victoria for years, according to APPEA.APPEA Chief Operating Officer Eastern Australia, Paul Fennelly said: “Restrictions, bans, delays and inquiries do not represent the ‘immediate action’ called for by the 2013 Victorian Gas Market Taskforce to facilitate new supplies for the largest natural gas consuming state in Australia.”The decision raises serious questions about whether Victoria is a state that truly welcomes investment in developing onshore gas supplies, regional economic growth, job creation and additional farming income that comes with it, Fennell added in his statement.APPEA is urging the Victorian Government to immediately lift a ban on natural gas exploration to at least determine what resources are potentially available to Victorian manufacturers, businesses and households.“The well-understood process of hydraulic fracturing should also be allowed to continue on projects with licence approvals in place,” Fennelly said.The government can already look to the vast body of science and best-industry practice that underpins successful onshore gas development in other parts of Australia and overseas.Queensland has safely developed natural gas from coal seams for almost 20 years and more than $60 billion is currently being invested in export projects that have created tens of thousands of jobs and will deliver economic benefits for decades to come.Victoria’s reticulated natural gas network supplies gas to more than 1.8 million households where it is typically used for cooking and heating.The commercial and industrial sectors also rely heavily on natural gas and input for the manufacture of products such as chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, fertilisers, paints, pesticides and cosmetics.Fennelly said: “To delay much-needed gas development decisions to mid-2016 is neglectful of the urgent need to secure Victoria’s gas supply as outlined by the Gas Market Taskforce.”Gas Market Taskforce Chair Peter Reith in October 2013 stressed that rising gas prices will have a negative impact on Victoria’s manufacturing base. He said that jobs and investment are at risk and costs of living will rise and could rise for longer if not addressed.[mappress mapid=”16604″]last_img read more

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Time to stop bashing Grayling

first_imgThe continual jibes in the Gazette about poor Mr Grayling’s lack of legal qualifications and (ergo) his supposed unconcern for the rule of law are growing wearisome.The latest occasion for them seems to be the criminal legal aid reforms. Correspondents have propounded the extraordinary maxim that ‘no one is a criminal until a court says so’. If that is the case, large areas of public and private consciousness may as well shut up shop at once. This is just the kind of nonsense that gets parroted when lawyers become obsessed with their professional standing and forget that, first and foremost, they are moral agents, rational beings and citizens of a state.Let us force ourselves to remember that presumption of innocence is a rule of evidence, nothing more, whereas the question of whether or not somebody is a ‘criminal’ is a matter of fact. Assumptions of criminality are made at every stage of the criminal justice system, else how could anyone ever be arrested or remanded in custody? A writer has identified a famous painter as Jack the Ripper, though so far as the law is concerned his only offences were on canvas. Al Capone notoriously did murder after murder yet was convicted at last merely for tax evasion. May we not boldly say that during all those ‘convictionless’ years he was nonetheless a crook? Likewise the Krays, Richardsons and their ilk. What becomes of the entertainment industry otherwise?Let’s say someone I know is a benefits cheat. I know this because he boasts of it. Just because I do not have the heart to denounce him, am I not allowed, in my innermost thoughts, to call him a criminal? I can even do so publicly and the law will support me so long as I can prove the fact, though my friend has never been brought to trial. If this were not the case, what becomes of investigative journalism? For that matter, criminal lawyers know perfectly well that the bulk of their clients are criminals, and I have no doubt that your contributors who are most indignant with Mr Grayling habitually think of them as such.The justice secretary has not breached his social and legal duties by declaring any individual to be a criminal but has spoken of criminals en masse. He has said nothing that, in essence, might not have been said by any of his legally qualified predecessors – or indeed by any sane and responsible person.Martin Maloney, solicitor, London N3last_img read more

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‘Reserved powers’ model of Welsh devolution unworkable – report

first_imgA report from a group of legal and constitutional experts warns that the government’s proposals for a ‘reserved powers’ model of devolution for Wales are unlikely to be workable and will not endure.Delivering a Reserved Powers Model of Devolution for Wales, was commissioned by the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University and the Constitution Unit at University College London.last_img

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Pink Floyd – The Division Bell album review

first_imgPink Floyd’s The Division Bell first appeared in 1994, and it was the band’s last offering for two decades until 2014’s The Endless River. It followed from the acrimonious departure of brilliant yet spiky creative driving force Roger Waters, and 1987’s indifferent A Momentary Lapse in Reason, which was the band’s first material of their post-Waters phase.Now, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut, The Division Bell has been re-issued in limited edition blue vinyl. This release contains two heavyweight LPs with gatefold sleeve and two inner full-colour inner sleeves holding all of the lyrics and many striking images. Artist Storm Thorgerson, who created many of the iconic covers for the band’s catalogue, produced some of his best work for the Division Bell, which depicts two large metal heads facing each other in a field – Ely Cathedral visible between their mouths. One of the merits of vinyl is being able to enjoy great album cover artwork.The Division Bell itself is a huge improvement on A Momentary Lapse in Reason. Pink Floyd always struggled without Roger Waters’ skill for creating concepts and strong lyrics. David Gimour, the celebrated guitarist, was not a natural songwriter, but although lyricists were (wisely) brought in to add some heft to the songs, the success of The Division Bell is that the artistic collaboration between David Gilmour and keyboardist Richard Wright is a productive one – possibly even more so without the dominating personality of Waters on the scene.The opening, Cluster One, is classic Pink Floyd. Cheekily, with the atmospheric music and sound effects, it appears to borrow from Roger Waters’ solo album Amused to Death, which had appeared a few years earlier. Nevertheless, it very successfully invites listeners into the world of the album. The fourth track, Marooned, is another instrumental, and an even better example of Gilmour and Wright’s brilliance together. Strange, ethereal, poignant – it’s a stunningly beautiful piece of music.The rest of The Division Bell consists of songs on the theme of communication – possibly a dig at Waters, whose concept for The Wall had famously been about paranoid isolation. There are certainly no bad tracks on the album. The blues-influenced What Do You Want From Me benefits from a strong showing for Gilmour’s guitar, though the backing singers give it an oddly dated feel. Poles Apart has a more laidback, pastoral feel, and journeys into a vintage Pink Floyd digression into unsettling circus music, complete with crying baby sound effects, before slamming back into the song with an uplifting key change. Great stuff.Credit: Pink Floyd RecordsAlthough the album maintains a coherent sound and coalesces successfully around particular themes, there are moments where it becomes a touch formulaic. A Great Day for Freedom, thematically interesting, on the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, is repetitive, reaching for Gilmour’s guitar work to take it in a more interesting direction. Later on, Lost For Words repeats the formula – decent song but forgettable. Wearing the Inside Out isn’t one of the standouts either, but it does have the novelty value of a rare turn at leading vocals for Richard Wright (who is also credited with writing it).Despite the few lulls in brilliance, The Division Bell builds towards a satisfying climax. Take It Back is good solid rock fayre, Coming Back to Life brilliantly takes its time in the first half, with the guitar picking out the melody long before Gilmour’s vocals kick in. Perhaps one of the most moving tracks on the album, it has something of a feel of Eric Clapton.A highlight of the album is Keep Talking, which used the standard Pink Floyd soundscape to create mood, feeding in the words of Stephen Hawking, but breaking new ground for the band by proving that they could adapt to the times. After the routine Lost for Words, the album goes out on High Hopes – a stunning and satisfyingly dramatic piece with strong percussion from Nick Mason. The Division Bell is worth it for the sheer majesty of High Hopes alone, which proves the track that stays in the mind afterwards, along with Cluster One, Marooned and Coming Back to Life.Pink Floyd without Roger Waters was always going to struggle lyrically, but with The Division Bell, David Gilmour proved that the band could liberate themselves and move in a fresh new direction, creating a strong and coherent vision punctuated by moments of sheer musical brilliance. The Division Bell builds on Pink Floyd’s legacy and brings the band up to date. There are good reasons why some fans hail it as amongst the band’s best albums. It’s certainly their most creative offering since 1977’s Animals.Four out of five for the musical content, which has more than its share of flashes of classic Floyd, whilst also successfully navigating new territory. An extra half a star awarded for the limited edition packaging to celebrate 25 years of The Division Bell’s existence.Track listing: Cluster One, What Do You Want From Me, Poles Apart, Marooned, A Great Day For Freedom, Wearing The Inside Out, Take It Back, Coming Back To Life, Keep Talking, Lost For Words, High Hopes Record Label: Pink Floyd Records Release Date: 7th June 2019 Buy The Division Belllast_img read more

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Hendak Landing Saat Topan Cimarron Menerpa, Pesawat Asal Jepang Ini Menukik Tajam!

first_imgSumber: the sun Pada Jumat (24/8/2018) kemarin, wilayah Barat Jepang diterpa Topan Cimarron yang mengakibatkan puluhan orang terluka dan ratusan ribu bangunan rusak. Selain menimbulkan kekacauan di Negara Matahari Terbit, Topan Cimarron pun tak ayal mengganggu sejumlah sistem transportasi – tidak terkecuali sektor aviasinya.Baca Juga: Bantai Bandara Internasional Hong Kong, Topan Hato Batalkan 400 PenerbanganDi balik masifnya efek dari Topan Cimarron ini, terselip satu cerita yang cukup membuat jantung seolah berhenti berdetak, yaitu manakala sebuah maskapai Jepang bermanuver menukik menuju darat ketika hendak mendarat di Bandara Narita. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman dailymail.co.uk (28/8/2018), pesawat berjenis Boeing 787 Dreamliner ini secara tiba-tiba menukik tajam ketika Topan Cimarron yang berkecepatan 200 km per jam menerpa si burung besi. Dalam sebuah rekaman yang berhasil diabadikan, tampak pesawat tersebut sempat oleng beberapa saat sebelum pesawat ini menukik dan ‘terombang-ambing’ kerasnya terpaan topan. Beruntung, sang pilot berhasil menyeimbangkan kembali pesawat dan memutuskan untuk membatalkan pendaratan di Bandara Narita.Menurut laman sumber, pesawat tersebut berhasil melakukan pendaratan pada kesempatan kedua. Dilaporkan, seluruh penumpang yang berada di dalam pesawat tersebut selamat walaupun beberapa di antaranya mengalami trauma.Dapat Anda bayangkan sendiri semisal Anda merupakan salah satu penumpang yang berada di dalam penerbangan tersebut. Penampakan langit berwarna abu-abu yang dibarengi dengan beberapa manuver pesawat yang terhempas windshear akan senantiasa meningkatkan detak jantung Anda. Belum lagi ketika pesawat menukik tajam selama beberapa detik – dipastikan adrenalin Anda kala itu akan semakin terpacu.Kendati dilengkapi dengan sejumlah teknologi yang berkaitan dengan keselamatan penerbangan, namun alam bukanlah musuh yang sebanding dengan instrumen tersebut.Sumber: news.com.auDari kejadian topan ini, dilaporkan sebanyak 30 orang di Barat Jepang mengalami luka-luka dan lebih dari 130.000 rumah mendadak kehilangan daya listriknya setelah salah satu turbin pembangkit daya listrik hancur diterpa topan.Baca Juga: Lima Poin Ini Jadi Kunci Keselamatan Saat Pesawat Alami Crash LandingSelain itu, banjir dan tanah longsor menjadi bencana lanjutan pasca topan pergi meninggalkan Jepang. Guna memastikan tidak ada korban berjatuhan lainnya, sejumlah operator transportasi pun akhirnya membatalkan sejumlah jadwal – salah satunya adalah jaringan kereta cepat di Barat Jepang. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDiterjang Topan Mangkhut, Garuda Indonesia Batalkan Penerbangan Menuju Hong Kong17/09/2018In “Bandara”Pasca Topan Mangkhut: Urai Kepadatan Trafik, Bandara Hong Kong Operasikan Dua Landasan18/09/2018In “Bandara”Bandara Terapung, Dari Sebuah Konsep Hingga Terwujud di Jepang dan Hong Kong02/01/2020In “Bandara”last_img read more

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