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first_img Make a comment 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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 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. Subscribe Giving Back Former Child in Foster Care Gives to Children of Hillsides Where She Once Lived From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, September 1, 2016 | 5:11 pm Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Lucy Garabedian (l) and Stephanie Castillo (r)The holidays may seem far away, but one woman, Stephanie Castillo, is already planning ahead. Last year, she organized a toy drive for the children of Hillsides, a 103-year-old foster care charity headquartered in Pasadena, California. This year, she’s gearing up for a second toy drive in what she hopes will become an annual tradition.And while each holiday season, some 300 generous supporters provided gifts for the families and children Hillsides serves, Castillo stands out.The 39-year-old manager at Rockport Healthcare Services in Los Angeles is a former resident of Hillsides residential treatment program for children in foster care. She lived there from 1987-1993, from the ages of 10-15.“I am in a good place in my life and want to give back in return,” said Castillo. “I have been in the kids’ position, and know how it feels to know that someone from outside cares enough to give donations.”Castillo was removed from her family and lived in a foster home before coming to Hillsides, a move she recalls as life-changing. “Hillsides offered me so much – activities and the chance to socialize,” she said. “I was very, very shy as a kid, always scared, but the nurturing there helped me grow into a well-rounded young lady and gave me a lot of opportunities in life.”She took ballet and ice skating lessons, and played soccer, basketball and softball. Summers she went away to camp and during the year participated in field trips to places like Disneyland – all new experiences. She also learned important life skills, such as budgeting and cooking.The most meaningful experience at Hillsides was becoming close to childcare worker Lucy Garabedian, who still works in the residential program today and is known to the children as “Momma Lucy.”“I was so attached to her, everyone thought I was her daughter,” said Castillo.Garabedian also encouraged Castillo to become a young entrepreneur when Castillo expressed an interest in earning extra spending money. She helped Castillo set up a car washing business for Hillsides employees, which established Castillo’s first taste of independence.Castillo left Hillsides at age 15 for another home geared toward older teens. She went on to graduate from high school, find a job, and a place to live all before the age of 18.Through her 20s and 30s, Stephanie kept transitioning to bigger and better jobs, most in the healthcare field. In 2013, she was hired by Rockport Healthcare Services, where she oversees a four-person team and loves her job. She also recently became engaged.Castillo credits the charity for her success, and for putting her in the position to give back to the place that once nurtured her. “Hillsides made me the woman I am today,” she said.About HillsidesHillsides Residential Treatment Services program is one of Hillsides five core programs. Hillsides provides high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where children and youth can thrive. Headquartered in Pasadena, the agency and its affiliation with Bienvenidos serves 13,000 children and families in Los Angeles County throughout its 35 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Adoptions services and licensed resource homes, formerly known as foster homes, serve families in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. To learn more about both agencies, visit www.Hillsides.org and www.Bienvenidos.org. Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News HerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

first_img Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – October 1, 2020 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleAssembly to discuss new restrictions for NINext articlePenalty points bill defeated, but the fight goes on – MacLochlainn News Highland West Donegal councillor fears bank may not reopen News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ There are fears the temporary closure of Bank of Ireland in Bunbeg, Gweedore will become permanent.The bank announced the closure of the branch along with branches in Bundoran and Glenties this week, to facilitate what they say is the redeployment of statt to ensure continuity of services at its Letterkenny branch amid a number of staff self-isolating.Councillor Micheal Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig says the closure of the bank is a huge loss and says he has no confidence in Bank of Ireland reinstating services there………………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/000michaelbank1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Oxford Union voted to abolish slates last night, though a failure to reach quorum means the ruling is not yet binding.After the main debate, a motion was heard urging the abolition of electoral slates from Union elections. It passed with 49 votes to 40.However, the total figure did not reach the 150 members required to reach quorum, meaning the ruling can be overturned if the pro-slate side gets 50 signatures within the next five days.However, if 150 signatures are accrued by the anti-slate side this weekend the motion will go to a poll of all union members.Anti-slate campaigner and president-elect of Christ Church JCR, Joseph Grehan-Bradley, told Cherwell: “The Union establishment are lazily embracing the status quo, defending slates on the paradoxical grounds that nothing will change if change is made. Contrary to this mentality, I strongly believe that abolishing slates will foster a fairer, more decent election culture.“A culture in which would be candidates are not dehumanised, “binned,” because they do not fit a certain mould of popularity or social background; a culture in which individuals will be forced to campaign on their own merits, their own ideas, rather than being able to hide behind the uninspiring “pledges” of a monolithic “team”; and a culture in which elected candidates will be more easily held accountable to the promises they made when running.“At no point has any supporter of the motion to abolish slates suggested that to do so would provide an all-encompassing panacea to the deeply embedded corruptions that fester within the Union. Yet, undoubtedly, doing so will act as a highly valuable and symbolic starting point for a more comprehensive reform programme in the future.”Slate advocate and president of the Oxford Union for Trinity 2016, Robert Harris, told Cherwell: “I think slates are good for three reasons. Firstly, it is a good thing for candidates to be able to run for election together, based on shared goals, aims, and beliefs; that should be encouraged, not banned.“Secondly, slates are empowering; they make elections not just about how many friends you have (popularity contests where those with the biggest public-school networks will always win), but enable those from other backgrounds to gather a large base of support based on their vision, competence, and what they stand for.“Thirdly, slates were banned between 1998 and 2015, but were nonetheless present in every single election; whether legal or illegal, they will always continue to exist. By making them illegal, all you do is incentivise the nonsense we used to see, like candidates hacking into computers and bugging rooms in an attempt to find evidence that other candidates are running as part of a slate. The Union was a really toxic place when slates were banned, and I would hate to see it return to that for the sake of some flawed ideology.”last_img read more

first_img 122 Views   no discussions BusinessInternationalLifestyleLocalNews Secret Bay Contending for Travel + Leisure’s 2020 Top Caribbean Hotel by: – February 17, 2020 We’re excited to share that Dominica and Secret Bay are being considered as a ‘Top Caribbean Destination’ and ‘Top Caribbean Hotel’ in Travel + Leisure’s “2020 World’s Best Awards.”Together, let’s earn top recognition for Dominica by selecting our country as the best destination. We would be further grateful if you select Secret Bay as the best hotel. The resort claimed a top 10 spot in the “2019 World’s Best Awards” in the ‘Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas’ category, and is aiming to be number one this year.There are two ways to vote: One is to email [email protected] with subject line: ‘T+L World’s Best Awards Giveaway’ and in the body of the email, include: Country Destination: Dominica, Hotel: Secret Bay, along with your name and address. Or take the survey by visiting: https://wba.m-rr.com/home, following the prompts and ultimately selecting ‘Dominica’ then ‘Secret Bay.’ See full survey instructions below.Voting Instructions by Survey:Visit https://wba.m-rr.com/homeClick “continue,” then follow prompts to register login and enter biographical infoWhen asked which regions you have traveled to within the past 3 years, select “Caribbean”When asked which countries you have traveled to within the past 3 years, select “Dominica”When asked which categories you would like to rate, select “Islands” and “Hotels”Click “select items to rate,” then follow the prompts to cast your vote for Dominica and Secret BayAbout Secret Bay Secret Bay features a limited collection of six freestanding, secluded and sustainably-crafted villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. Offering a wealth of transformational experiences, fine dining, wellness facilities, architectural residential-style villas, and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests with the ultimate six-star hideaway experience. Secret Bay, recently accepted into Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world, is the first and only property in Dominica and just the eighth property in the Caribbean to join the internationally acclaimed, elite group of independent hotels. Secret Bay recently earned Green Global Certification and has received numerous accolades in its eight years in operation, most recently named “Dominica’s Leading Hotel” by World Travel Awards and “Boutique Luxury Hotel of the Year” by Caribbean Journal. Secret Bay is located at Ross Boulevard, Dominica and can be reached at +1 767 445 4444 or [email protected] and online at http://secretbay.dm/. Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more