Hathaway-Sycamores Receives Generous Donation from Pasadena Whole Foods

first_imgGiving Back Hathaway-Sycamores Receives Generous Donation from Pasadena Whole Foods From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 11:29 am (l-r) Cindy Estorga, Andi Sica, Heather Anderson, Joe Ford and Mike Gutierrez. Photo courtesy of Hathaway-SycamoresA Pasadena partnership has been forged between Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services (which is headquartered in Pasadena) and the Whole Foods Market on South Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. This partnership began in December of last year when the Rose City’s Whole Foods designated Hathaway-Sycamores, which is one of Los Angeles County’s largest, nonprofit, private children’s mental health and welfare agencies, to be the recipient of its Feed Four More program, through which customers could donate money to purchase food for families in need. Whole Foods’ Pasadena customers gave generously, and throughout December Hathaway-Sycamores received pallets of breakfast, lunch, and dinner food items that were distributed to those receiving services through the agency’s: Center for Grief and Loss for Children; in-home mental-health services program for children and teens; residential treatment program; and its Transitional Independent Living Program.When the Feed Four More campaign concluded at year’s end, Whole Foods had surpassed its goal and informed Hathaway-Sycamores that, in addition to the food that had been distributed, the agency would be receiving a check for nearly $9,000.Presentation of that generous check took place on a recent spring Saturday at Hathaway-Sycamore’s El Nido residential campus in Altadena. Whole Foods’ representatives were first given a tour of the campus, which includes a residential treatment facility for youngsters and teens receiving intensive therapeutic care for serious mental-health challenges. Presentation of the much appreciated check was next on the agenda, followed by a barbecue lunch. The day’s events concluded with a variety of fun activities, from painting T-shirts to playing basketball, for the youngsters currently living at the Altadena campus.Commenting on this new partnership, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone said, “We are extremely appreciative of the support that Whole Foods Market and its customers have directed toward our agency. As a result of their generosity, the children and families that we serve are able to proceed down the path toward leading happy, healthy lives.”Whole Foods Market, 465 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, (626) 204-2266 or visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.Hathaway-Sycamores, 783 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 421-6160 or visit www.hathaway-sycamores.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Community News HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. Subscribecenter_img More Cool Stuff 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a commentlast_img read more

Green Mountain Power Announces Quartely Dividend

first_imgDirectors of Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE:GMP) announced today a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the utility’s Common Stock, payable June 30, 2004 to holders of record at the close of business on June 14, 2004. The indicated annual dividend rate is $0.88.Green Mountain Power Corporation (www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external) ) is a Vermont-based energy services company serving 89,000 electric customers.last_img

Here’s why the holidays make you dumb about spending

first_imgFinancial planner Barry Eckstein has heard a lot of extravagant spending stories. But when clients were chatting with him about the holidays a couple of years ago, he could not believe his ears.The couple had bought a mink coat. Not just any mink coat, mind you—a mink coat for the their precious little Yorkie.“It was custom-made, white, and cost a couple thousand dollars,” said Eckstein, of Wantagh, New York. “My initial reaction was: ‘Oh boy’.”Canine couture might not be on everybody’s shopping list for holiday gifts. But the Furry Furrier is just one end of a spectrum. For the rest of us, even when we know we should not be spending so freely, we do it anyway. It is as if we turn our brains off in November, and then switch them back on in the New Year. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PRManna: Striving for a Tech-Focused HARO

first_imgIn addition to PRManna, Waggoner suggests that startup companies look to sites like Hacker News to gain constructive feedback on their products. Given that we found Waggoner through the community, it’s indeed another good resource for entrepreneurs. To sign up for PRManna email alerts visit prmanna.com or follow the Twitter feed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A few days ago Ryan Waggoner launched PRManna – a site for startup companies to offer themselves as news sources to the tech blogging community. Similar to Peter Shankman’s Help a Reporter Out (HARO) the site allows journalists to submit requests with the idea that community members answer tech-related questions for articles. In the past we’ve listed the ideal components of a communication pipeline. We spoke to Waggoner to find out how he’s trying to address the needs of both bloggers and entrepreneurs. In addition to PRManna, Waggoner also runs conversation tracking and analysis company MightyBrand. When asked why he’d embark on this ambitious new venture he replies, “I know what it’s like to pour my heart and soul into a company and because there’s so much noise out there I wanted to help create a meritocracy for entrepreneurs. I wanted a way for startups to put less time into their outreach and more time into their core competencies and products.”After posting a request, journalists receive emails through the PRManna system in addition to a link to their request feed and the option to repost the request to Twitter. Entrepreneurs can then visit the site or follow the newly created PR Manna Twitter account to track queries. The Twitter account was only set up today, but Waggoner is already planning to categorize requests and sources in the near future. While he recognizes the value in more established sites like HARO, Waggoner hopes his site can become the press destination for tech and entrepreneurship. When asked how he’s dealing with the issues of privacy and relevancy he replies, “For now we’ve got anti-spam on posts and our initial reputation system is based on catching abusers internally and allowing reporters to flag irrelevant pitches.” dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Facebook Unveils One of History’s Most Powerful Recommendation Engines

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook just announced the availability of a new feature for users creating accounts on the social network: Suggested Interests. Facebook will now recommend that new users sign up for updates from (“Like”) publishers with high reader engagement and subscribed-to by people demographically similar to themselves. That’s a unique combination of factors that only Facebook could offer. If this intersection of 3 key social software trends is someday exposed more fully to all 500 million Facebook users and more – the Facebook vs. Google battle could become a fight between Recommendation and Search. Facebook recommendations are in the sidebar for most users today, but they are so powerful that it’s worth betting they’ll be center stage in the future.User demographics, audience engagement metrics and syndicated feed subscription are each data plays that can change the way software intersects with users. Put them all together and there may never have been a platform that knew so much about people, monitored publisher effectiveness so closely and made subscription so easy for such an incredible number of people. What other website do people tell as much about themselves as Facebook? What other website do people connect as directly with people they know in the physical, off-line world? Facebook’s ability to recommend friends that you actually know when you create an account, based only on your email address, is pretty jaw dropping in and of itself. Facebook says the page recommendation is based on users similar to yourself, but these recommendations are surfaced before you fill out your profile information. Facebook is using some seriously magical secret sauce to figure out who your friends might be, then what you might like based on your shared demographics, before asking you anything more than your email, name and age. That’s pretty amazing. Presumably they are pinging 3rd party email databases – but that would be an interesting story to dig into!All these personal details and connections can be cross referenced to create a rich picture of who you are and what you might like. There have been a lot of behind-the-scenes user tracking and profiling technologies developed over recent years – but what can come close to a system people opt-into and tell all about themselves?Likewise, Facebook has for years been paying very close attention to the click-through, commenting and update-hiding rates of publishers on its platform. If your application gets a good response from users, for example, it’s allowed to push more updates out over time. If relatively few people click on your links, then applications see their rate of allowed updates lowered.Organizations, “brands” and other publishers with Fan Pages that people subscribe to (“Like”) have their click-through rates tracked similarly. On the surface at least, it’s a pretty straight-forward relationship between user demographics, publishers you’re most likely to be interested in and who get a lot of engagement from their current subscribers.The end result is subscribers for publishers on the Facebook platform and subscriptions for users. RSS never caught on with the mainstream, but Facebook updates have. Subscription to syndicated updates from a potentially infinite variety of niche publishers has long been one of the dreams of the internet. This represents an important upgrade from Facebook’s introduction of about 100 suggested Pages to Like in February.This is just the beginning. Above, today’s new prompt for an existing account to fill out interest fields – years after account creation.The Google-Battling Power of RecommendationsThat Facebook says these recommendations cannot be purchased and are entirely algorithmic is very important. That’s an important nod towards the democratizing nature of the system. Another would be if the algorithm privileged some relevant and high-quality but long tail publishers – not just what’s popular and successful among similar people. It’s hard to believe there won’t be some paid option some time in the future.Recommendation-geeks have argued that recommendation may someday become bigger, more important and more lucrative than search. Recommendation is like a smarter, pre-emptive search before you even thought to search for anything. The richness of the data that this is based on inside Facebook is truly incredible. This could be how the battle between Facebook and Google plays out: as Recommendation vs. Search. User demographics vs. search personalization. Publisher engagement vs. Pagerank. Now what does Google have to offer against Facebook’s key feature – the Newsfeed people opt-in to get subscriptions (and ads, basically) pushed in front of them, side by side with baby pictures and friend updates, into the indefinite future?It’s too bad this had to happen under a proprietary platform with privacy problems. These subscriptions people sign up for were turned irretrievably public in the Great Privacy Implosion of last December. The idea of irretrievably public subscriptions is comparable to a requirement that your library book check-out history be printed on paper and nailed to the front door of your house. It’s crazy and anti-social. Then, at the last F8 Facebook developers’ conference, the company changed this policy and allowed users to make their subscriptions private – though they still default to being public.None the less, I’m not sure there’s ever been a platform in history that knew so much about people, monitored publisher effectiveness so closely and made subscription so easy for so many people. Get and discuss ReadWriteWeb updates on Facebook here. Tags:#Facebook#Features#Recommendation Engines#social networks#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Solving Comfort Problems Caused by Attic Kneewalls

first_imgHow to do kneewalls the right wayGeorgia recognized this problem about a decade ago and started requiring all attic kneewalls to have sheathing on the attic side and to be insulated to at least R-18. The best way to provide that sheathing is to use a rigid material. I’ve seen OSB (oriented strand board), foamboard, and structural or non-structural cardboard sheathing materials like Thermo-ply.I’ve also seen attic kneewalls sheathed with non-rigid materials, mainly housewrap. (See Figure 6.) It’s possible to use housewrap on kneewalls and to do it well. On the left side of that photo, however, notice the opening around the light switch.On the other side of that bonus room, the kneewall was in much worse shape. (See Figure 7.) It looks like the installers just shoved it in the direction of the kneewall and hoped the inspector wouldn’t look, notice, or care. Notice the batt that has fallen away from the wall in there, too. It’s right above the yellow part of the housewrap. This clearly will lead to extra energy use for heating and cooling and possibly callbacks from the new homeowners who find this room to be the least comfortable room in the house.I’d prefer to see a rigid material on attic kneewalls (Figures 8 and 9). Both can be done poorly, of course, and I’ve seen both done poorly. I think the rigid material will do a better job with air sealing, though, and will stay intact longer. Here are the three keys to sheathing an attic kneewall properly:Cover the whole wall.Seal all the edges, penetrations, and seams.Sheathe the kneewall during framing for new construction.Another word of caution here: A lot of times, framers don’t use top plates for kneewalls. They just nail the studs to the rafters instead because it’s easier and faster. For new construction, you’ve got to make sure the build a proper kneewall by including a top plate. If you’re fixing an existing home, you’ll have to put some kind of sheathing at the top of each cavity as well so the insulation will be completely encapsulated on all six sides. RELATED ARTICLES Cape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to HeatKeeping Cool in a Two-Story HouseGBA Encyclopedia: Vented or Unvented Attic?Q&A: I need help insulating a kneewall Two Ways to Insulate Attic Kneewalls Do it rightDoing things in the right order is key, no matter what material you use. Sheathing the kneewalls should happen during framing, before the electricians, HVAC contractors, and other trades get in there. Then, anyone who cuts a hole in the sheathing is responsible for sealing it. Do that and you avoid the mess you see with the housewrap above and instead end up with something like the kneewall below (Figures 7 and 8), which I saw while doing quality assurance in Nashville for our friends, E3 Innovate.There you have it. Attic kneewalls often cause big comfort problems in homes. Getting them right is fairly straightforward but takes time and attention to detail. The results are worth it, though, in happy clients, lower energy bills, and personal satisfaction that you’re doing great work. Now, if we can just get designers to cut back on the amount of kneewalls to begin with! In Texas, they call them “hot walls.” My friend Mike Barcik likes to say they’re what separate you from the blast furnace. Down here in the warmer climate zones, where attics get up to 8,000°F (well, that may be a slight exaggeration), many people call them a liability. (Sadly, architects haven’t gotten the message.)In the world of building science, we call them attic kneewalls — walls that separate conditioned space from an unconditioned attic. They’re also the cause of many comfort problems, especially in bonus rooms. What’s wrong with attic kneewalls?People who have a bonus room find that it’s often the least comfortable room in the house. Why? The main reason is that they’re the most flawed part of the building enclosure, especially the attic kneewalls. In the photo above, the kneewall is the short wall with the door in it.Now, an attic kneewall has to perform better than an exterior wall in summer because there’s a bigger temperature difference across it than there is across an exterior wall. If it’s 95°F outside, it could be up to 130°F in the attic. Since heat flow increases when you have a higher temperature difference, you can see why attic kneewalls must perform better to keep the house comfortable and efficient. Unfortunately, if you have a bonus room or FROG (finished room over garage), you may be aware that rooms with attic kneewalls are often a liability. Many of bonus rooms have surfaces that are nearly all part of the building enclosure, allowing for more heat loss or gain than a typical room in the house. (See Figure 2, below, for a diagram of the heat flows in summer.) If you’re adventurous, you may have even made a little visit to the other side of those walls and seen horrors like I’ve shown in Figures 3 and 4 below.Bonus rooms have a number of problems, and kneewalls are often one of the biggest. Kneewalls also occur in other parts of homes, especially in larger homes. We did some quality assurance on a home recently that had over 1,000 square feet of kneewalls. So, let’s look at the main problems with kneewalls now:The fiberglass batt insulation has fallen out or is displaced from the cavity.The insulation doesn’t fit properly or completely fill the cavity, allowing attic air to be in contact with the drywall.The insulation doesn’t have any attic-side sheathing.Although not strictly a kneewall problem, floor joists running below the kneewall often lack any kind of block or air-sealing.Where the first problem occurs, the insulation is doing nothing. It may be rated R-13 or R-19, but it performs as R-0 because the unconditioned air goes right around it. The second problem is similar, but if the insulation does make good contact with the kneewall, you get a little benefit. The third problem, lack of sheathing, degrades the performance so that an R-13 batt may perform like an R-7. Fiberglass doesn’t stop air movement, which is why the R-value comes from testing done on fully encapsulated batts. The fourth problem, lack of blocking between the joists, means that there’s nothing to stop hot or cold attic air from getting under the floor of the conditioned space. (See Figure 5.)If you think I had to look hard to find photos like those two shown with problems, think again. I’ve got photos like this from a majority of the houses with attic kneewalls that I’ve been in. Unless the builder certified the house in a program that requires attic-side sheathing or someone fixed the problem later, this is the standard practice for insulating attic kneewalls, at least here in the Southeast. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

You Didn’t Build That

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now If you have a business, you only have that business because you have customers. If your business is growing, it is because you have customers that are choosing to spend their money with you instead of with someone else. You owe them the value creation that earns you the right to keep that business. They are helping you grow your business and you are helping them grow theirs.If your business is in any way complex, you have partners that provide you with some of the things you use to create value for your clients and customers. Without these value-creating partners, you couldn’t do the job that you do for your clients. You owe them the same kind of trusted, partnership-based relationships that you want with your clients and customers. They are helping you to grow your business, and you are helping them to grow theirs.If anything is being done to create value, it’s likely that it’s your employees that are doing most of the heavy lifting. Without these employees, your business wouldn’t look like it looks now. Who owns those relationships with your best clients and customers? When your clients think of your company, the name that comes to mind is the employee that has time after time gone the extra mile. You owe those employees a debt of gratitude for helping you grow your business, and you owe them the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.If you sold that deal, you had a lot of help from the folks that built the product, service, or solution that you sell. You had more than a little help from the people that delivered and executed on all of the promises you made. You had some help from management for calling in some favors to make your deal work. You had the help of your entire organization.And they had a lot of help from you, as you did the difficult work that is pounding the pavement, drumming up the opportunities, finding a way to create value, building the relationships, and winning the hard fought deal.I used to care a lot about politics. But now I only care about the politics of you being the best version of you that you can possibly be (and me along with you!). Your success in no way depends on this election or any other. If your success is tied to anything, it’s tied to the success of your clients and customers, the success of your partners, the success of your team, and your ability to take action and make things happen each and every day.Be grateful. And show your gratitude by using your gifts to make a difference.You aren’t building anything alone, but your individual actions matter a great deal. Together with your clients, partners, and your team, go and build something special.last_img read more

Ancajas flies to Ireland for crown defense

first_imgThe 30-year-old Conlan, who holds a 19-0 record with 11 KOs, was at ringside watching Ancajas during that bout.Ancajas (27-1-1, 18 knockouts), who also won by stoppage over Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in his first title defense last Jan. 29 in Macau, is also deep in training under the guidance of his manager and trainer Joven Jimenez. —ROY LUARCAFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout FILE — Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark GiongcoJerwin Ancajas continues his quest for international acclaim when he defends the International Boxing Federation crown against unbeaten Jamie Conlan in Belfast, Ireland, on Nov. 18.Though Conlan was impressed with Ancajas’ seven-round demolition of Japanese challenger Teiru Kinoshita in the chief support of Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn tussle in Brisbane on July 2, the brawler is convinced he’d be able to beat the pride of Panabo City, Davao del Norte.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ateneo, Adamson try to hike win streak Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Can

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Canby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to reports.The Germany international has endured a tough season at Juve, with new boss Maurizio Sarri leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.Calcio Mercato says United are fans of the 25-year-old and would welcome his arrival at the club.Can, of course, played for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool between 2014 to 2018.He made 166 appearances for the Reds before joining Juve as a free agent. last_img read more