Blue Darter verbally commits to USF

first_img Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSApopka High School FootballDemetri BurchUniversity of South Florida Previous articleDo Sexual Predators Live in Your Neighborhood?Next articleWork Begins on Final Section of Wekiva Parkway Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Demetri BurchApopka Blue Darter Quarterback Demetri Burch won’t have to travel too far to continue his football career after high school. Burch, the Senior signal caller who led the Blue Darters to a state championship in 2014 as a sophomore, verbally committed to play football with the University of South Florida in 2017.“The reason why I picked USF is because of the coaching staff,” he said. “Just talking to the coaching staff, I knew it was all about family and I know they care about their players. With all of the visits I’ve taken, the longest I’ve ever talked to a head coach was about 5-10 minutes. With USF, I spoke to their head coach (Willie Taggert) for about an hour, and that let me know that this was the school for me.”Burch chose USF over larger schools like the Universities of Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisville and Syracuse.Burch rushed for 1,117 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015 as a junior. He will switch to wide receiver at USF.In his most recent game, Burch led the Blue Darters to a 35-14 win over the Osceola Kowboys last May to close out the spring season. Burch accounted for 271 all-purpose yards and three TDs. He ran 16 times for 156 yards and a score and was 5-of-9 passing for 115 yards and two more TDs. Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Making the Space

first_img When the space in your house is starting to look like the space left in your smartphone, it might be time to think about a wall bed.It sits behind a bookshelf or cabinet or even a desk. Then, when you need it, a finger’s touch brings it down onto the floor. Suddenly your place just got bigger. Wall beds can be as small as a single davenport or discreetly hidden behind a complete wall unit.Pasadena’s Wallbeds ‘N’ More is having a sale August 23 on all its wall beds, in a host of sizes, colors and styles. There will be free delivery and installation as well on all items that day.The store will also hold an open house on August 23 and every family that comes in will receive a 25ft tape measure—perfect for measuring how much room you saved with that new wall bed!Need something right now? Walbeds ‘N” More has five display beds on sales, deeply discounted to make room for the new fall styles coming in.“We have two beds that are simple and contemporary in design,” said owner Stephanie Saunders, “ and three others that are more ornate and traditional, and that feature side cabinets. We’ve got these beds from twin to full to queen.”And that’s exactly the size you were looking for, right?Wallbeds ‘N’ More will be open Aug. 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and all other days call for your personal appointment.Wallbeds ‘N’ More is at 1382 E Walnut St, Pasadena. (626) 233-8544. www.wallbedsnmore.com. Cover Story Making the Space That wall bed you’ve been considering buying is going on sale STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, August 11, 2014 | 12:30 pm Top of the News 5 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe Make a comment 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.center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Hope Café & Catering: Valentine’s Menu 2015

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Three courses that have elements that can be prepared the day before that way you are not spending too much time the day of in the kitchen. The idea is to grab some fresh flowers (Roses), your favorite sparkling drink and of course the special person in your life and make a memory that will last a lifetime.These recipes are provided by Chef Tony Lancaster from Hope Café & Catering they are tried and approved by his beautiful wife Ann.BruschettaA great appetizer that can be prepared a day ahead of time and best if shared with the one that you love. Perhaps even feeding each other to get the night going in the right direction.Ingredients• 1 French baguette cut into 3/4-inch slices• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided• 2 T. Balsamic Vinegar• 4 Fresh Ripe Roma Tomatoes, seeded and diced• 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil• 2 teaspoons minced garlic• 1/4 teaspoon salt• 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepperDirections1. Combine the tomatoes, the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, Balsamic Vinegar, basil, garlic, salt and pepper into a small bowl. (You can make this the day ahead of time and refrigerate.)2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Brush the tops of the bread with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly toasted.3. Take the baguette slices out of the oven. Divide the tomato mixture evenly over the toasted bread. Serve immediately so your SO has something to munch on while you finish the rest of the meal!Valentine’s Chicken Penne PastaIngredients• Rotisserie Chicken (Skinned and Shredded)• 2 tablespoons olive oil• 1 tablespoon minced garlic• 2 cup marinara sauce• 1/2 cup heavy cream• 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)• 8 basil leaves, julienned• 1 cup Cremini Mushrooms sliced• 1 pound penne pastaDirections1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and garlic, about two minutes.2. Carefully pour in marinara. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring consistently, for 5 minutes.3. Add Chicken about ¾ cup per person. Cook for 2-3 minutes.4. Stir in the cream, Parmesan and half the basil. Cook until the cheese has melted and the whole sauce is a creamy rose color.5. In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions until al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander.6. Toss pasta with sauce until combined. Cook for another minute. Garnish with a few shreds of Parmesan and the remaining basil.Chocolate-Covered StrawberriesIngredients:8 ounces chocolate chips (His & Hers) favorite, White makes great visual for this special day2 teaspoons unsalted butter1 pound strawberriesBuy Fresh Large Berries with NO soft spots, nice bright green tops / stem.Wash and pat dry ahead of time.Line sheet pan with Parchment Paper.Using a double boiler or bowl over hot water, melt your chocolate chips with the butter. Stir together until smooth.One at a time, take each strawberry by the stem and leaves, dip into the chocolate as far as you can, shake, tip upside-down, and then set on your drying sheet.When you have a sheet filled, place it in the refrigerator to dry the berries for 15-30 minutes.When chocolate is completely solid, put berries in an airtight container and store in a cool place away from a heat source.By all means this can be prepared ahead of time up to 24 hours, that way you can spend more quality time with the one that you love.Hope Cafe and Catering is located at 2094 E. Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena. For more information or to quote your next event call them at (626) 449-8757 or visit their website atwww.hopecafeandcatering.com. 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Top of the News Community News Hope Café & Catering: Valentine’s Menu 2015 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Sunday, January 18, 2015 | 2:24 pmlast_img read more

The harm of NZ’s prostitution law – from someone who supported the law change at the time

first_imgThe Evidence About Prostitution That The New York Times Ignored Truth Dig 1 June 2016Family First Comment: A fascinating read….“Sabrinna Valisce, a former New Zealand pro-decriminalisation lobbyist, spent over 20 years, on and off, in New Zealand prostitution and as a volunteer with the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, where she advocated for the decriminalization model before it passed into law. She then learned, in the most intimate and brutal way, the folly of Amnesty’s call to decriminalize “all aspects” of the sex trade. Valisce now campaigns for the Nordic Model of criminalizing pimps and johns, decriminalizing prostituted persons and offering real, viable exit services so that women can start exercising some of the “choice” liberal feminism keeps telling us about.”…Sabrinna Valisce fought long and hard for what she believed to be right when she campaigned to pass New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Act. She was subsequently violated and abused within the same system she fought for. It took courage for her to publicly admit she was mistaken. Now that she is speaking out about it, we owe it to her—and to women around the world—to listen.”Well said. One of the most striking things about Bazelon’s account, however, was not what she reported. It was what she did not report. I had put her in touch with Sabrinna Valisce, a former New Zealand pro-decriminalisation lobbyist. Valisce spent over 20 years, on and off, in New Zealand prostitution and as a volunteer with the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, where she advocated for the decriminalization model before it passed into law. She then learned, in the most intimate and brutal way, the folly of Amnesty’s call to decriminalize “all aspects” of the sex trade. Valisce now campaigns for the Nordic Model of criminalizing pimps and johns, decriminalizing prostituted persons and offering real, viable exit services so that women can start exercising some of the “choice” liberal feminism keeps telling us about.New Zealand is the only country in the world that has implemented the full decriminalization model championed by Amnesty International, and Valisce has lived it firsthand. Below is the word-for-word evidence, given to Emily Bazelon and subsequently forwarded to me by Sabrinna Valisce, that was not printed by The New York Times:I worked pre- and post-law reform. The Prostitution Reform Bill passed into law to become The Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) in 2003. The good part of it was that the threat of a criminal record was removed. This would happen under The Nordic Model also. I volunteered at the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC), so I was [able to compare our decriminalization] goal … to the results. I, and others who were agitating for decriminalization in New Zealand, we always wanted the power to be placed firmly in the hands of the prostituted person/sex worker. Decriminalization didn’t do that. The power went to the brothel owners, escort agency owners and johns. Immediately following the PRA, the pimps became legitimate businessmen. They introduced “All-Inclusive.” An “All-Inclusive” is a single fee paid by the john to the brothel/escort agency via the receptionist. This means that the prostituted person/ sex worker has no power of negotiation. It also means that the pimp decides her earnings (most are women). The pimps gained the power to decide what a “service” would be paid and how much of that belonged to them. They also gained the power to withhold the woman’s earnings or even deny any existence of those earnings. Prior to law reform we negotiated our own money and decided our own services.In NZ, prostituted persons are considered Independent Contractors; yet in practice women are, in fact, employees without any benefits of being employees. They are told when shifts start and finish, what the rates are, what to wear, and what to do. Some places even have a minimum amount of shifts per/week. There can be any number of fees and fines; shift fee, advertising fees (without receipts I might add), late fines, room fines, presentation fines, drivers fees for out-calls, fines for being sick and missing a shift and even laundry fees. All brothels and agencies say they are drug-free. I’ve yet to see one where this is true. I could get any drug I wanted on any day of the year in every place I ever worked.Decriminalization also saw a 400% increase in “service providers” / prostituted persons. This wasn’t solely in response to increased demand. It was also in response to the pushing of the image of sex-work as empowering, luxurious and glamorous, through TV shows like “Secret Diary of a Call-girl.” Brothel owners and escort agency owners also increased the amount of ‘their girls’ on shift. Where once it had been 4-8 [girls], it was suddenly 15-28 per night shift. This was fuelled by the johns wanting a lot of choice. Johns wanted the cheapest service, with the most extras, with the most amount of girls to choose from: the younger and newer, the better. So the pimps drove down the prices to get their patronage. This, of course, had a roll-on effect of lowering prices on the streets and in private sole contractors. It also saw girls competing by offering more and more to get the jobs.The PRA was meant to make it safer and enforce safe sex practices. In reality, it’s done the opposite. “Passionate” is code for kissing, including deep tongue kissing. Prior to the PRA this was an absolute taboo in the trade. No one did it. After the PRA, nearly everyone does, despite the huge risk of cold sores, which is herpes simplex. I saw, for the first time, oral sex being performed without barriers. The code for this is NBJ, which stands for Natural Blow Job. CBJ is the code for Covered. We had no terms for these things before [decriminalization] because we considered it a betrayal of the sisterhood. Safe sex had been rigidly internally policed. All that has gone by the wayside since high competition and lowered rates. Girls are also now expected to let men cum as many times as they can within the booked time. It was never that way before. They paid once and received one service.Porn has changed the trade dramatically. More johns expect a kind of violence to be acceptable. I’m not talking about punching and beating, though that can and does happen now, just as it always has. I’m talking more about gagging, throttling, spanking, and hard pounding. The rise of gonzo porn has normalized sexual violence. Under the Nordic Model, prostituted persons / sex workers would command far more power to draw boundaries because johns could be criminalized with a phone call. Under the circumstances in NZ right now, prostituted persons /sex workers are putting up with it because they desperately need the money.So, I repeat, the power went to the pimps and johns despite that never being the goal. I respect and adore the people I worked with at NZPC because I know [that] they, like me, wanted everyone in the sex trade to have legal protections, power of conditions and negotiation, and a way to be as safe as possible. It’s been very hard to admit we failed, but I feel morally obligated to do so. I still want the original goal and I believe the Nordic Model offers the best chance of making that happen.It is frankly disturbing that Valisce’s testimony was left out of an article that included so many voices calling for exactly the legislation she has experienced as disastrous. It is vital that her voice is heard now, when Amnesty International has just told the world that New Zealand-style prostitution laws, which decriminalize pimps, brothel owners and johns, should be rolled out across the globe.Valisce, of course, will be an enormous inconvenience to Amnesty and others who are committed to the pretence that decriminalizing human rights violations against women is some kind of positive forward step. Some people, though, will listen to her, and when they do, it will be no thanks to The New York Times.In private conversation with me, Valisce said that because of the “seemingly endless fines and fees” set by pimps, together with the 50 percent cut they took, it was not uncommon for her to be used by her first john of the day for free. She described the situation as “debt bondage rape.” She also said:In one brothel, I witnessed Thai women who barely spoke English, lived on premises, were kept separate, and never left the building. We were told they were “visiting sex workers.” I didn’t want to believe it was trafficking, but on some level I knew. Over a decade later while reading a book that described trafficked Thai girls in great detail, I had flashback memories of this. I contacted the author and gave the name of the brothel owner, the one I had worked for. The author contacted the woman whose story it was, and asked for the name of the brothel and who owned it. It was the same pimps in a different brothel. This was no coincidence.I dedicated over two decades of my life to law reform for the sole purpose of placing power into the hands of people in prostitution. I saw the travesty of pimps and johns taking that power for themselves and using it against us. I believed it was against the spirit of the law and we’d fix it. The more I looked into fixing the problems, the more the Nordic Model provided the solutions, because it disempowers those who would abuse us sexually and financially. It’s not people’s opinions that are stealing incomes and lowering charges, or beating, raping, and killing people in prostitution. It is pimps and johns. The way to protect people in prostitution is to recognize who the real criminals are, which the Nordic Model does.It is to be hoped, going forward, that institutions of influence will pay attention to voices of experience from within these regimes. Sabrinna Valisce fought long and hard for what she believed to be right when she campaigned to pass New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Act. She was subsequently violated and abused within the same system she fought for. It took courage for her to publicly admit she was mistaken. Now that she is speaking out about it, we owe it to her—and to women around the world—to listen. READ MORE: http://www.truthdig.com/report/page3/the_evidence_from_new_zealand_the_new_york_times_ignored_20160601Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

The Mission In Monmouth Beach To Build An Awesome Playground

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MONMOUTH BEACH – It’s been nearly two decades since borough playgrounds have been renovated but a project is now underway to give Griffin Street Park a state-of-the-art upgrade.A $250,000 inclusive playground with new structures and an alternative surface to sand is in the works, thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort by residents that has won support from local and county government.“For almost two years now, myself and a bunch of other moms from town have been pushing for a new playground,” said Courtney Wladyka, who spearheads Monmouth Beach’s Project Playground. “We started going to borough meetings. Then we were directed to the county parks commission and now we’ve finally made some progress.”When Wladyka began bringing her toddlers to the park two years ago, weeds were sprouting up through the sandbox and the blacktop running track showed signs of fracturing and erosion from times when the Shrewsbury River overflowed.Wladyka took note of the hard steel surfaces underneath landings by the slides and swings, questionable sections of rust on the jungle gym and the site’s lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.Monmouth Beach resident Courtney Wladyka stands in front of the Griffin Street Memorial Park Playground in Monmouth Beach, a facility she hopes to help renovate through fundraising efforts, a Monmouth County Park System grant, and further support from the borough.“When I started talking to other moms about it they didn’t hold back,” Wladyka said. “Aside from all of those concerns, they also noticed a lot of garbage around the playground and told me how some of their kids have even gotten hurt playing there. So we started thinking about organizing a cleanup but we soon realized the problem was a lot bigger than that.”After discussing the situation with town officials, Monmouth Beach submitted an application to the Monmouth County Park System, which administers the county Open Space Trust grants on behalf of the freeholders. It was approved and the borough was awarded $100,000 in 2017.Borough Commissioner Dave Stickle said, “I know Courtney is working to help offset the remaining cost of the project with donations and we’re all hopeful that she’ll be able to match the grant. But whatever she isn’t able to raise, the town will be able to make up the difference,” he said.Stickle said a plan for the final scope of the work will be formulated over the next couple of months and the signing of the grant agreement with Monmouth County is anticipated to follow in late July or August.Once the agreement is signed the borough can then put the work out to bid.“With the timeline we have in mind it may be a little ambitious but we’re hoping to have the work finished by the winter or early spring, so we can have it ready to go for the kids by next summer,” Stickle said. “This type of upgrade is absolutely needed in our community.”Until ground is broken, Wladyka’s fundraising schedule is in full swing. She recently wrapped up a Monmouth Beach apparel and tote bag sale, in which all proceeds generated were donated to the project. Wladyka will continue to sell borough-branded apparel, totes and reusable straws this summer at the Little Monmouth Beach Club, the borough farmer’s market and the town’s Church of the Precious Blood.The reusable straws are especially appropriate for Monmouth Beach, following the town’s bold action to ban all single-use plastic straws and containers at restaurants and other local establishments in order to curb pollution.The “Party for the Playground” July 28 will feature food, drinks and live music. Tickets for the event are $75 and all proceeds will be donated to the project. The fundraisers are also selling custom-engraved bricks and benches to be installed at the playground. Pricing and sizes of the bricks vary from 4 inches by 8 inches for $100 to 8 inches by 8 inches for $250 and twelve by twelves for $500. As of June 3, brick sales have generated $1,700 in funding for the project.“We’re ecstatic because this is actually going to happen,” Wladyka said, who expressed gratitude for the help from local and county officials along the way. “We just want to keep this momentum going and make sure that the grant money gets used or else we lose it.”Project Playground is one of two new playground proposals in the borough. Monmouth Beach Elementary is also working to establish a new playground on its campus. The school’s new playground will replace its current kindergarten playground, which will be removed to make room for a new all-purpose facility.Construction on the school project will begin this month, according to Monmouth Beach Superintendent Michael Ettore. “I think we all would agree that our playground being upgraded, and the playground across the street being renovated and upgraded, will only benefit our town and our residents,” Ettore said.Those wishing more information about the project or its fundraisers can contact Wladyka at [email protected] article was first published in the June 7-June 14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more