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first_img A South Carolina man used his food stamps to buy food and prepare a free community lunch on Christmas Day.Merrit Eggleston set up a tent outside of his home in Rock Hill on Tuesday and offered free hot meals.He used the $70 in food stamps he gets each month to buy the food.“I do everything I can to help anybody I see who needs help,” Eggleston told WSOC-TV. “They say no one else out there is doing this, why do you do it. I say because I want to.”He said others in the community contributed to the meal, such as two ministers who contributed $20 each.According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 42 million Americans received food stamps in 2017, including 420,000 South Carolina residents. Share this article Show Discussion Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   South Carolina Man Uses Food Stamps to Offer Free Community Christmas Lunch By Zachary Stieber December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018 US News Canned tomatoes line the shelves of a pantry at the SF-Marin Food Bank in San Francisco, Calif. on May 1, 2014. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Oklahoma Dealership Gifts Free Car to MotherA mother in Oklahoma was shocked to receive a brand new car on Christmas Eve.Sheraiah Crick’s story was one of hundreds submitted by friends to the Big Red Kia dealership in Norman. The owner wanted to give a car away but wanted to make sure the recipient would really need it.“That’s what we were actually looking for, looking for someone who actually deserved the car,” sale manager Andrew Faller told KFOR.Crick has been without a car for the past year, walking to where she needs to go, including 30 minutes to work each day at Family Dollar.Crick is a widow who has five children. “It’s been tough,” Crick said. “I’ve missed kids doctor’s appointments because I haven’t been able to get them to the doctor because I didn’t have the vehicle.”She said the gift left her stunned.“I stopped breathing. I stopped breathing for a second,” Crick said. “I thought I was dreaming.”Toys R Us donations Sgt. Christian Pastrana, right, prepares toys for a donation to the organization Women in Distress, at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots depot in Hialeah, Florida, on Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)California Man Donates VanA California man donated a new van to a family who had their van stolen while receiving medical care.Brandi and Brian Hampton traveled from their home in Colorado to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California, so that Brandi could undergo brain surgery to treat her epilepsy.But while they were inside the medical center, their van was stolen.Worse still, virtually all of their possessions were inside, along with their 7-month-old puppy, which was being trained as a service dog for Brandi.After the story circulated on Christmas Eve, a stranger stepped forward and donated a van to the Hamptons on Christmas Day.Jason Thorwegen saw the story and decided to help. He said he has two vans and didn’t need them both.“Just try to do good where I can and when I can,” Thorwegen told KABC. “We’re all just human, we’re all just trying to do good when we can.”The Hamptons called the donation life-changing. “I can’t describe how grateful we are,” Brian Hampton said. “I think it’s more of a Christmas miracle. This is life-altering.”From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber last_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Epoch Times reporter Holly Kellum and Reuters contributed to this article It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 9, 2018 I am pleased to announce that Heather Nauert, Spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, will be nominated to serve as United Nations Ambassador. I want to congratulate Heather, and thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her great service to our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018 Trump Nominates Kelly Craft to Be U.S. Ambassador to U.N. By Epoch Newsroom February 22, 2019 Updated: February 22, 2019 US Ambassador Nominee Kelly Craft on Capitol Hill on Jul. 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Kelly Craft) center_img Trump Presidency Trump has said in the past that he thinks Grenell would be great at representing the United States at the United Nations but Grenell likes the job he is doing in Germany.Trump had said he planned to nominate former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert for the U.N. position but a formal nomination was never made to the U.S. Senate for a confirmation hearing and vote, and she withdrew her name from consideration Feb. 16 citing family reasons. Share U.S. President Donald Trump said on Feb. 22 he was nominating Kelly Craft, currently ambassador to Canada, to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.“Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level,” Trump said in a tweet announcing his decision.Senator McConnell Recommended CraftSenate Majority leader Mitch McConnell recommended Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, to replace former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who left the job at the end of the year.McConnell’s office confirmed on Feb. 21 that he had recommended Ambassador Craft after it was reported by Axios.Craft is a native of McConnell’s home state Kentucky and calls him a “good friend.” She is married to coal magnate Joe Craft of Alliance Resource Partners who are are big GOP donors in the state.This won’t be her first time in the U.N. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Craft to be an alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.Craft is also a philanthropist who co-founded the Morehead State University Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics in Kentucky.“Kelly Craft may be a friend of Mitch McConnell and she may be a friend and supporter of Donald Trump, but if you look at the other ambassadors who have been in the job, and I will refer you to something I’ve written on this, you will find that her stature is not the same as theirs,” said Andrew Cohen, a professor of journalism at Canada’s Carleton University School of Journalism and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.Other CandidatesTrump had considered other candidates, including U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, and Republican John James, who lost a bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan last November.There was some interest in former senior White House aide Dina Powell for the position but she was believed to have been not interested in the position at this time, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.Powell returned to a senior position at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. a year ago after serving as deputy national security adviser for strategy during Trump’s first year in office. She has remained popular at the White House.Trump has said he thinks his daughter, Ivanka Trump, would do an excellent job at the U.N. but White House officials have expressed doubt he would actually nominate her. Trump has said himself that if he did, he would be accused of nepotism. Ivanka Trump has also said she wouldn’t take the job.“It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the president will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley,” she wrote on Twitter. “That replacement will not be me.” Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img NFL Responds to Pending Arrest of Billionaire Patriots Owner Robert Kraft By Ivan Pentchoukov February 25, 2019 Updated: February 25, 2019 Share The NFL said on Feb. 25 that it will treat the charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft equally to everyone involved in the league after the billionaire was charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute as part of a vast crackdown on an international human trafficking ring in Florida.Kraft faces two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute connected to a sting at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida. The evidence against him includes video recordings collected from hidden cameras inside the spa, which include sexual acts involving Kraft, police say.“Our personal conduct policy applies to everyone in the NFL. We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under our policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts,” the NFL said in a statement.Kraft denied the allegations through a spokesperson on Feb. 22. He is alleged to have paid for sex at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on two occasions. The spa was one of 10 shut down after a wide-ranging sting operation on Feb. 22.“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” a spokesman for Kraft said in a statement. “Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”Authorities say women at the spa were mostly Chinese, worked as sex servants, and were not permitted to leave the spas. They are connected to human traffickers in China and New York, according to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder. Police issued a total of 300 arrest warrants in the case, but say that it’s far from over. Billionaire equity firm owner John Childs was also charged with soliciting a prostitute as part of the same operation. Childs also denied the accusation.If convicted of the misdemeanor charges, Kraft and Child would face a maximum of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine as first-time offenders. Kraft also could be subject to disciplinary action by the NFL.Reuters contributed to this report. Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is looking to get back the team’s first-round pick. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Sports News center_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img West Virginia’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit on March 19 alleging that a Roman Catholic diocese and its former bishop “knowingly employed pedophiles,” thereby ignoring the obvious danger to children, according to a notice from the general’s office.Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alleged that former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield failed to conduct suitable background checks for potential employees at the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese working at schools and camps.A copy of the civil complaint alleges the diocese and its bishops, including Bransfield, “chose to cover up, and conceal arguably criminal behavior of admitted child sex abusers.”The suit alleged that the bishop’s actions lacked transparency and stood in stark contrast to the diocese’s advertised mission of providing a safe learning environment for their children.“Our investigation reveals a serious need for the Diocese to enact policy changes that will better protect children, just as this lawsuit demonstrates our resolve to pursue every avenue to effectuate change as no one is above the law,” Morrisey said in a statement. Share this article US News Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   West Virginia’s Attorney General Sues Diocese for ‘Knowingly’ Employing Pedophiles By Bowen Xiao March 20, 2019 Updated: March 20, 2019 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington on February 27, 2018. (Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images) Share He said that the parents, who had paid and entrusted the diocese to care for their children, deserve “full transparency.” The investigation, first initiated by Morrisey in September 2018, brought the suit against the diocese and Bransfield for violations of the state’s consumer protection laws, in addition to seeking a permanent court order blocking the diocese from the continuation of any such conduct.As of January, more than half of the 187 Roman Catholic dioceses across the United States have started investigating clergy child sex abuse claims or have announced plans to do so in the coming months. At the same time, around 20 local, state, or federal investigations, either criminal or civil, have begun since a bombshell Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing widespread abuse by priests was released 2018.Father Patrick Condron, who had admitted to sexually abusing a student at St. Joseph Preparatory Seminary High School in Vienna, West Virginia, was named in the complaint. The diocese allegedly sent Condron for treatment and later reassigned him to another school—without notifying parents of his history. Condron’s example was just one of many such cases detailed in the complaint.13 States Now Investigating Clergy Sex-Abuse Claims Parishioners worship during a mass at St. Paul Cathedral, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Aug. 15, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)In a different case, the diocese, despite its knowledge of a credible sex abuse accusation against Victor Frobas in Philadelphia, still ordained Frobas as a priest in West Virginia and years later named him director at Camp Tygart, now known as Camp Bosco, in Huttonsville.The accusations resulted in Frobas getting treatment, but he was later employed again as a chaplain at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. After that, he received more treatment and eventually prison time for pleading guilty to sexually abusing children in Missouri. He died in 1993. The suit alleges that the diocese failed to notify parents about Frobas upon his assignment to Wheeling Central High.“Today is a sad day, but the Attorney General still believes there are so many priests and deacons in the Catholic church—who are good men—who will support this effort so we can really seek meaningful changes in how the church handles sexual abuse,” Morrisey said. Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 last_img read more

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first_img Share this article More parents need to stand up to the biggest bullies of them all—Leftist educrats who try to intimidate conservatives into silence. No more! https://t.co/MDBVlaGrrY— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 6, 2019 Bella’s father, Arthur Moscato, turned on the school district board during a meeting.“My daughter’s hero is the president of our country. I can’t believe that anybody in the school would tell my daughter that that guy can’t be her hero,” he said as the audience burst into applause.“It is not accurate that this student was told that they were not allowed to conduct research or report on any individual for a school assignment, including President Trump. To the best of our knowledge, by choice the student is still conducting their project on President Trump,” Sachem Central School District Superintendent Kenneth Graham said in a statement after the incident.However, Arthur Moscato was not satisfied with Graham’s statement and scolded Graham for not protecting his daughter.“My story was said to be inaccurate by you. My story is not inaccurate. My daughter didn’t lie. No one should make a child feel that way, and you’re supposed to protect my child,” he said in the school district board meeting. Show Discussion Mom Says Daughter Not Allowed to Use Trump as Her Hero for School Project: Report By Allen Zhong April 6, 2019 Updated: April 6, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Samoset Middle School in Ronkonkoma, New York. (Screenshot via Google Maps) Valerie Moscato, Bella’s mother, was outraged and told the news outlet that what the teacher did amounts to intimidation and censorship. “This was really frustrating to me because, you know, my daughter has every right to pick a hero of her choice. It’s first amendment right, freedom of speech, freedom of expression. So it was really upsetting to me that she was trying to shut her down,” she said.In a document about the class assignment obtained by News 12 Long Island, Bella explained why she chose Trump as her hero when answering the question of “What positive contribution has this person made to society?”“Donald Trump has helped millions of people by creating a great economy. He is fighting every day to protect the people from drugs crossing the border,” she wrote. Trump Presidency Some Trump supporters were outraged by Bella’s story.“More parents need to stand up to the biggest bullies of them all—Leftist educrats who try to intimidate conservatives into silence. No more!” Laura Ingraham, a conservative television and radio talk show host, said in a Twitter post which got more than 12,500 likes and 5,000 retweets at the time of this publication.Ronkonkoma, about 50 miles from Manhattan, is located in Suffolk County, where the notorious MS-13 gang has been operating for decades.According to Newsday, 4 of the homicides that occurred in Suffolk County and neighboring Nassau County in 2018 appeared to be connected to MS-13, down from 14 in 2017. A New York mother claims that her 11-year-old daughter was not allowed to use President Trump as her hero for a class assignment.Bella Moscato, a sixth-grader at the Samoset Middle School in Ronkonkoma, chose Trump as her choice for the hero project at school. But her teacher told her to pick another hero and said Trump “spreads negativity and says bad stuff about women” in front of another teacher and the class, News 12 Long Island reported. An 11-year-old girl named Bella Moscato was not allowed to have President Donald Trump as her hero for a class assignment.Teachers should do their jobs and teach students instead of pushing their political opinions on them.That’s called indoctrination…#MAGAPhobia pic.twitter.com/1iwLbLDsSu— Rafaello J. Carone 🇺🇸 (@raficarone_21) April 5, 2019 In the 2016 General Election, 350,570 people, 51.77 percent, voted for Donald Trump in Suffolk County while 303,951 people voted for Hillary Clinton. Share The mother says the school tried to silence her daughter.Posted by News 12 Long Island on Wednesday, April 3, 2019last_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Crime and Incidents Man Sentenced to 10 Years Behind Bars for Shooting Bronx Boy In the Head By Tom Ozimek April 25, 2019 Updated: April 25, 2019 Police booking photo of Michael Quiles, who has been handed a sentence of 10 years in jail for the near-fatal shooting of a 5-year-old boy in New York. (New York State Department of Corrections) Share this article Show Discussion A man who inadvertently shot a 5-year-old boy in the head when he opened fire on a Bronx street has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.Michael Quiles, 29, was sentenced on Wednesday, April 24, after earlier being found guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, ABC7 reported. On March 26, Quiles was acquitted of the more serious charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder.The victim, Jaheem Hunter, was celebrating his fifth birthday when he was shot in the head.Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark was cited by PIX11 as saying at the sentencing that “an innocent child’s life has been utterly changed” after being struck by the stray bullet.“The young victim miraculously survived a gunshot to the head but continues to struggle with the injuries,” Clark said, according to the report.Doctors who initially examined the boy after the shooting were cited by the Daily Beast as saying he had little chance of survival. But after multiple surgeries, grueling rehab, and having to re-learn how to walk and talk, Hunter has made a recovery that’s nothing short of miraculous. Share The ShootingAt the time of the 2017 shooting, Quiles was on parole after serving six years in prison for kidnapping an Albany woman and torturing her over speaker phone while her brother was forced to listen, according to The Record News.A few days before the shooting, Quiles had gotten into an argument, during which someone broke his hand with a baseball bat, the Daily Beast reported. Locals familiar with the incident told the publication that after the altercation, Quiles carried a gun.On June 5, Quiles got into an argument with two men armed with knives, PIX11 reported. He pulled out a handgun and fired several times.Hunter was walking with his father and sister to his fifth birthday party when one of the bullets from Quiles’s  gun hit him in the head.Doctors cited by the Daily Beast determined the bullet penetrated part of Hunter’s brain, bounced off the inside of his skull and exited.“Jaheem was just limp, no movement, no life,” said the boy’s sister and legal guardian, Aja Holmes, according to The Daily News. “He just looked dead.”“The amount of blood I saw coming out of him, I didn’t think he was going to survive,” she said, according to the report.But the boy defied the odds.Neil Feldstein, the doctor who performed four surgeries on Hunter’s brain, told The Daily News a year after the shooting that the boy had made incredible progress.“He was walking. He was playful. He was interactive,” Feldstein told the publication. “It’s pretty remarkable under the circumstances.”Crime in the United StatesViolent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.“From 1993 to 2017, the rate of violent victimization declined 74 percent, from 79.8 to 20.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older,” the U.S. Department of Justice stated.Both studies are based on data up to and including 2017, the most recent year for which complete figures are available.The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, from January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.crime rates Rates of violent crime in the United States in 1993 compared with 2017, according to data from the FBI (L) and BJS (R). (The Epoch Times)While the overall rate of violent crime has seen a steady downward drop since its peak in the 1990s, there have been several upticks that bucked the trend.Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate increased by more than 20 percent, to 5.4 per 100,000 residents, from 4.4, according to an Epoch Times analysis of FBI data. The last two-year period that the rate soared so quickly was between 1966 and 1968.Property CrimeThe property crime rate fell by 50 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI, and by 69 percent according to BJS.According to the FBI’s preliminary figures for the first half of 2018, property crime rates in the United States dropped by 7.2 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.As with violent crime, the FBI survey only takes into account crime reported to the police, while the BJS figures include reported and nonreported crime.Public Perception About CrimeDespite falling long-term trends in both violent crime and property crime, opinion surveys repeatedly show Americans believe that crime is up.The vast majority of Gallup polls taken since 1993 show that over 60 percent of Americans believe there is more crime in the United States on a national scale compared to the previous year.Pew Research surveys show similar findings. A survey in late 2016 revealed that 57 percent of registered voters said crime in the nation as a whole increased since 2008, despite both FBI and BJS data showing double-digit drops in violent and property crimes.Perceptions differed on a national versus local level.Surveys of perceptions of crime levels on a local scale showed that fewer than 50 percent of respondents in every single Gallup survey done since 1996 believed that crime in their area had risen compared to the previous year.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM last_img read more

Legislative Committee Will Examine Cover Oregon Move to Federal Website

first_img Joint IT and audits committee will get answers on recent technology decisions. Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) announced that the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology will hold a hearing to examine Cover Oregon’s decision to stop trying to fix its own website and instead connect to the federal technology.  The committee will meet 10am -12pm May 6 to review Cover Oregon’s decision, get answers on the process for making the transition, and ensure that Oregon will be ready for the next open enrollment period in the fall. The Cover Oregon website is still not fully functioning six months after its originally planned roll-out date. As a result, Oregonians seeking private health insurance through Cover Oregon have had to use a hybrid system that includes completing a paper application. “This committee is best positioned to get the answers Oregonians deserve and push Cover Oregon to be prepared for upcoming milestones,” said Kotek. “Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians now have access to quality medical care thanks to Cover Oregon and the Affordable Care Act. We need to make sure Oregonians continue to have access to the health care they need.” “I want to make it clear that we expect more than a power point presentation. We expect more than promises,” Courtney said. “We want frank answers. We want to know the technology challenges Cover Oregon is facing and exactly how they plan to navigate through the minefield. We need to know how this move is going to get us out of this mess.” Despite the website woes, more than 70,000 Oregonians have signed up for private insurance through Cover Oregon and another 172,000 people have signed up through the exchange for the Oregon Health Plan as part of the expansion of Medicaid. An additional 130,000 people were added to the Oregon Health Plan rolls through a separate process outside of the exchange. House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement regarding Friday’s vote by the Cover Oregon Board to move to the federal exchange: “Today’s decision by Cover Oregon to move to the federal health exchange after months of false assurances is an incredibly embarrassing moment for the State of Oregon. This failure is the result of a complete lack of leadership.“Early warning signs were ignored or sidestepped, as were legislative attempts to ask questions and find solutions. Moreover, this incompetence has left far too many Oregon families in limbo as they now face yet another hurdle while trying to enroll for coverage. Oregonians were sold false promises, and all we got was a faulty, unfinished product that has thus far wasted $250 million. “The attempts of Democratic leadership and their hand-picked Cover Oregon appointees to conceal the mismanagement, blunders and wasteful costs associated with Cover Oregon are inexcusable. This breach of trust with the people of Oregon is unacceptable and serves as further proof that our state needs competent, accountable leadership to get Oregon back on track.” on April 29, 2014 By CBN Share. Tumblr Email LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Google+ 0 Facebook Pinterest Legislative Committee Will Examine Cover Oregon Move to Federal Website E-Headlineslast_img read more

Birdies 4 Babies Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Helping Vulnerable Children Launches 2014

first_img Share. Birdies 4 Babies Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Helping Vulnerable Children; Launches 2014 Season By CBN on May 20, 2014 LinkedIn Twitter E-Headlines 0center_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ Following the “Birdie Club” tradition, when a golfer scores a “birdie” (one under par), he or she receives a “birdie dollar” from other players in the group. Birdies 4 Babies, a Central Oregon fundraiser supporting the mission and work of MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this golf season.  Jen Rusk, MountainStar’s Development Director, says “this amazingly successful grassroots golfing fundraiser was initiated—and continues to be championed by— community golfers themselves on behalf of MountainStar’s child abuse prevention work. We are so grateful for the funds this program brings, and we love how much fun local golfers have participating!” Birdies 4 Babies was conceived by Kathy Murch, MountainStar Board president at the time, and five other avid golfers and good friends of MountainStar. Following the “Birdie Club” tradition, when a golfer scores a “birdie” (one under par), he or she receives a “birdie dollar” from other players in the group. Explains Murch, “the six of us decided that we could easily save our birdie money and donate it to MountainStar. That was year one… we adopted the name ‘Birdies 4 Babies’ and contributed about $500. Since then, Birdies 4 Babies has taken on a life of its own!” Like all Relief Nurseries, MountainStar’s role is to support the most vulnerable children in the community. “The children we serve are at high risk of abuse due to circumstances in their lives and families, “explains Tim Rusk, MountainStar’s Executive Director.“We reach these vulnerable children between the ages of six weeks and four years. These are kids who rarely have access to high quality child development opportunities at a time when early intervention is absolutely essential. Birdies 4 Babieshas made a huge impact in our ability to serve these families.”   The women in the original Birdies for Babies, or B4B, group took the idea back to their home clubs, where other golfers signed on. What started with the goal to raise a few dollars and spread the word about MountainStar’s child abuse/neglect prevention program has blossomed into a solid fundraiser as golfers in the community embraced the cause. Over the years, both amateur golfers as well as professional golfers throughout Deschutes and Jefferson counties have become involved with Birdies 4 Babies. Today Birdies 4 Babies funds are donated to MountainStarin a variety of ways, including contributions of birdie dollars and tournament winnings, the sale of gently used golf balls and proceeds from an annual B4B golf tournament hosted by volunteers from Crosswater Club. Since its inception, over $172,000 has been raised, with all the funds directly supporting MountainStar’s programs. According to Murch, “Birdies 4 Babies works well because it’s such a simple concept, and the golf course provides a terrific venue for advocates of MountainStar to talk about the imperative role it plays in our community.” To collect birdie dollars, other winnings or donations for MountainStar, Birdies 4 Babies “kits” are available. To receive a B4B kit, contact Jen Rusk, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery at 541-322-6820 or jenr@mountainstarfamily.org. About MountainStar Family Relief NurseryNationally accreditedand recently recognized as a 5-Star quality program, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (“MountainStar”) provides crisis intervention and a therapeutic classroom for 275 babies and young children from six weeks to four-years-old in Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. These children come from families with multiple risk factors for child abuse and neglect, including low income, homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Children at this critical age represent half of the victims of child abuse and are at a stage in their development when it is essential to have attached and attentive caretakers. Relief Nurseries have documented success in reducing family risk factors for child abuse and neglect, improving family functioning and self-sufficiency and reducing foster care utilization. For more information about MountainStar and its programs, please visit www.mountainstarfamily.org or call (541) 322-6820. Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

Paychex Spotlights 5 Musts for Small Businesses

first_imgSmall Business owner Sara Wiener of SaraBella Upcycled 0 Paychex Spotlights 5 Musts for Small Businesses LinkedIn Share. By Michael Cohn of AccountingToday In honor of the upcoming Small Business Saturday, payroll service provider Paychex, Inc. and its www.BuildMyBiz.com partners, is recommending five tools that will help advance the long-term success of small businesses.Held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, Small Business Saturday is a day designated for celebrating and supporting small businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all U.S. employers. Nearly 50 percent of revenue earned by locally owned businesses is re-circulated through the local economy, according to data from the American Booksellers Association and Civic Economics.“The many contributions of small businesses to local communities and economies are and will continue to be tremendously impactful,” said Paychex president and CEO Martin Mucci, in a statement. “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to spotlight and support small businesses around the country. It’s our company’s mission to be an essential partner to America’s businesses 365 days a year, and it begins with placing them on a path for success from the start.”Below are five recommendations to help guide startups down the path of business growth and success.1. Build a detailed business plan. Planning is paramount when starting a business. Know your business in and out—what its goals are, and how you’ll go about achieving each one. These goals might be financial, creative, or anything in between. While many business owners are capable of forming a business plan on their own, it helps to have guidance along the way.2. Secure a reliable lender. Starting a business is expensive. Do your homework to find a lender that has the best available rates and that you feel comfortable dealing with. If such lending is not available to you through a traditional bank, you may want to consider online business loan marketplaces, which have boomed in popularity in recent years.3. Consider outsourcing certain business functions. There’s more to owning a small business than expertly executing your product or service. From payroll and tax obligations to other necessary business filings, small business owners face a mountain of responsibilities, all of which take valuable time away from concentrating on the growth and success of your business. Outsourcing certain business functions can often be a valuable decision. Opting to work with a reputable payroll provider as well as other business outsourcing services helps small businesses streamline processes and returns valuable time back to the business owner.4. Establish an online presence. According to a National Small Business Association technology survey, 82 percent of small businesses have a traditional Web site and 85 percent of small businesses sell their products or services through that site. Taking on the development and maintenance of a website can be a daunting task that requires ongoing, and sometimes constant, management. For business owners who don’t have the time or expertise to manage this in-house, consider outsourcing. Third-party companies exist to ease the burden, allowing business owners to concentrate on everyday business operations rather than website coding.5. Accept payments electronically. Dwindling are the days of customers paying for merchandise with cash or personal check. For this reason, it’s important for businesses to have the ability to process credit card and check payments all electronically. Thanks to new technologies, business owners can now run payments through mobile devices and simply email receipts directly to their customers. Not only does this allow you to better serve your customers, it allows you to get paid faster and easier by offering your customers multiple ways to get paid electronically online or via email. For those businesses accepting credit cards in person, the new terminals that allow customers to pay with their iPhone using Apple Pay or the new “chip-based” smart cards increase the ease of accepting new methods of payment while increasing the security of those transactions.www.paychex.com/articles Tumblr E-Headlines on November 25, 2014 Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook Emaillast_img read more

Bend Business Solves Global Bike Compatibility Problem

first_img Share. Facebook 0 Google+ LinkedIn By CBN Bend Business Solves Global Bike Compatibility Problem Twittercenter_img E-Headlines Pinterest on June 14, 2016 (Photo above: Robert Axle Project allows cyclists to attach trailers to modern bikes | by Chris Kratsch)When 19 year Bend residents Chris Kratsch and Katy Bryce bought new mountain bikes in late 2012, they quickly realized they had a problem. The new carbon bikes had 12mm thru-axles that attached the wheel to the bike frame, unlike the older style quick release skewers.They were unable to attach their BOB Trailers, which they used for bike touring and trail building. So they decided to solve the problem themselves by starting The Robert Axle Project. They made a few axles, created an e-commerce website and made their first sale in May 2013.As one of those “started in the garage” stories, Kratsch and Bryce realized that not only could they produce their axles in Central Oregon, but they could sell them all over the world. In July of that year, they received their first inquiry from a large bike parts distributor in Switzerland. Today, they sell their products in over 35 countries. Their thru-axles are sold direct-to-consumer off their website, direct to dealers (bike shops) and through the largest bicycle component distributor in the U.S., Quality Bicycle Products (QBP). They also have large-scale distributors in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, the UK, and South Korea. Over 50 percent of their sales are outside of the U.S.Robert Axle Project thru-axles allow cyclists to attach trailers, such as BOB Trailers as well as kid-carrier style trailers (Thule/Chariot, Burley, etc.) to their modern bikes. They also make thru-axles to attach cargo racks or use indoor bike trainers. In addition to selling their own products, they partner with a large German bike trailer company and a California-based cargo rack company to produce “original equipment manufacturer” (OEM) axles.Those axles are co-branded with both companies, a unique partnership in the bicycle industry. They also are currently in negotiations to manufacture products for the largest bike trailer manufacturer in the world.The axles are designed, machined and tested in Central Oregon. The couple also works with various local freelancers and businesses to help them with graphic design, website development, assembly, packaging and other processes. The only process that is not done here is anodizing of the axles. Bryce says, “We have not found a quality anodizer yet that meets our needs here, so we send our products to Portland for anodizing.”Bryce credits much of their success to being based in Bend. “We are long time mountain bikers, trail builders and we love bike touring with BOB Trailers. We can literally walk to 10 different bike shops from our house, so we were able to look at virtually every bike brand that exists in the U.S. to make sure our axles would fit all brands. The local shops have been so helpful and accommodating.”The Robert Axle Project participated in the second cohort of the Bend Outdoor Worx, the outdoor industry accelerator. “We were fortunate to be able to be in this unique mentorship program led by some of the most accomplished outdoor industry veterans.”The couple has big plans for the future to grow the business, including new products to be introduced early next year. “We’ve established ourselves as the thru-axle authority in the bike industry, so we have a good base to grow from. We’ll continue to work closely with our partners to bring quality bike parts to all cycling adventurers. That’s what gets us stoked—helping people set out on adventures on their bikes, whether it’s a trip to the park with your kids or a round-the-world bike tour.”he Robert Axle Project makes 12mm thru axles for bike trailers, trainers and accessories to make your best bike fun and functional. Our vision is for everyone to experience adventures big and small. We believe that the bicycle is not just a two-wheeled vehicle, but also a tool for you and your family to explore your community, an entire country or the world. Our products allow cycling families, adventurers, commuters and enthusiasts to enjoy traveling by bicycle without leaving their cargo behind. With our thru axles, you can attach your favorite bike trailer—Burley, Chariot, Thule, BOB and more—to any bicycle that has a 12mm thru axle. We have 12mm thru axles that fit mountain, fat, road, cross, and electric bikes.www.robertaxleproject.com  Tumblr Emaillast_img read more