Dispatching holiday greetings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “When I don’t hear from him for a while I get a bad feeling in my stomach,” Lozano said. “I’ll be so happy when he’s home, when we know he’s safe.” Lozano, who works full time as a dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and volunteers as a reserve officer, met Martinez at a Valencia restaurant when he was in town for some R&R. They clicked. Her friends see a couple in the making; she sees another friend, one who needs all the support he can get in his chosen career. Eager to let Martinez know she’s thinking of him during the holidays, Lozano is sending a live postcard to her friend via the Daily News GI Greetings program, which guides people in making videos for loved ones in the war zone and posts them on the newspaper’s Web site for the recipients and others to enjoy. “I hope this uplifts your spirits,” she says, beaming a bright smile into the small video camera. “I know your family misses you dearly, but this will be over in February.” Standing before the Christmas tree in her Stevenson Ranch home, she told Martinez he is “truly blessed” to have little Hailey safe at home and reminded him he’d see his infant daughter early next year when he takes leave. He was there for two weeks when she was born. And Lozano ended her message with a friendly kiss. STEVENSON RANCH – Elisa Lozano, a police dispatcher and reserve cop, shares a deep friendship with Army Staff Sgt. Raymond Martinez, serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. There’s no romance, Lozano insists. Their relationship transcends that. It’s about caring for one another, fearing the danger the other faces on duty – he leading his men on missions through the streets of Iraq, she working more than her assigned 20 hours a month as a reserve officer for the San Fernando Police Department. And they share the bond that single parents know. The mother of a 6-year-old boy, Lozano helped Martinez handle the thousands of miles that separate him from his 4-month-old daughter back home in North Carolina. Martinez, 31, a native of New Mexico, is with the 82nd Airborne Division, in charge of a crew of young men whose safety he takes to heart. “He got a card from a mom of a 19-year-old under his command,” Lozano said. “She said her son talked about him all the time. (Martinez) said ‘It touched me so much.’ “He said his goal is `to bring all my men home.”‘ Martinez enlisted at age 20 and recently re-enlisted. “It’s what he wants to do,” Lozano said. “The people he’s met there, it’s rewarding for him. It can be hard. Sometimes you’re trying to protect people and they throw things at you. He said sometimes he asks himself, ‘Why am I here?’ But he’s really proud to serve his country.” Lozano says she worries about Martinez, especially when he’s on a special mission and she doesn’t hear from him for weeks at a time. That’s the case now and it saddens her she won’t be able to talk with her friend on Christmas. And she finds it ironic that he worries about her, too. Trained as a police officer, she works as a reserve, an unpaid post, but no less dangerous. “It’s like I have a big brother,” she said. “He worries about me … I worry about him.” — Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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DONEGAL COUPLE HOPING TO ‘GRIND’ OUT SOME MUCH NEEDED CASH FOR WORTHY CHARITY

first_imgRonan and Lorraine Floyd on their wedding day.A Donegal couple have thought of a unique way to raise money for charity by hosting a day of grinds this weekend.Ronan and Lorraine Floyd are both qualified teachers and will deliver grinds to any students seeking some extra tuition.The cost of attending the grinds will go towards a charity effort close to the couple’s heart. They’re desperate to raise much needed finance for the James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Carndonagh.The hospital has a special place in the heart of their family, Lorraine’s brother has spent the last thirty years in the facility.A HSE bus service which previously took the permanent residents out of the hospital once-a-week to enjoy recreational activities has been cut due to a lack of funding.This cutback prompted Lorraine and Ronan to embark on a fundraising initiative to raise enough money to restore the service to the hospital. The couple who live in Ranafast are hoping to raise €5,000 to help get the bus back on the road.Lorraine and Ronan have decided to utilize their skills by delivering grinds this weekend at The Mount Errigal Hotel.The grinds will last from 10-4.30pm.All money raised from the grinds will go to restoring the bus service at the James Connolly Memorial Hospital.The couple hope that the fact it’s beneficial for students, and with all money raised going towards such a fantastic service, that it will encourage parents to enrol their kids into the grinds this weekend. Ronan Floyd told Donegal Daily, “We’re hoping we get a good turn-out, I’m going to teach Leaving Cert Maths on Saturday for both ordinary and higher level students.“I’ll test the water and see if there is a demand out there for people to avail of these extended grinds.“Lorraine teaches Irish so if it’s successful this weekend, we’ll host Irish grinds the following week.“I charge €35 for a 1-hour grind, so students will get six grinds for the price of two. “We’re charging €100 per head and every penny of that is going towards restoring the bus service.“Lorraine’s brother has been at the hospital for over thirty years and he loved getting out every week for the day.“It’s saddened the whole family that the service was suspended due to a lack of funding.“That’s why we’re hoping we can get a good turn-out this weekend and raise as much money as we possibly can.With more and more students availing of grinds in the run-up to the Junior and Leaving cert examinations, it’s a fantastic initiative which is beneficial for both parties.For more information contact Ronan on 0879842494 or Lorraine on 0749189857 or 0879525185.DONEGAL COUPLE HOPING TO ‘GRIND’ OUT SOME MUCH NEEDED CASH FOR WORTHY CHARITY was last modified: January 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charityFeaturesfundraiserGrindsHSEJames Connolly Memorial HospitalLorraine FloydnewsRonan Floydlast_img read more

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Superstar’s spotlight shines on agriculture at the Ayars Family Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood and Matt ReeseCountry music superstar Luke Bryan performed last night on the Ayars Family Farm near Mechanicsburg in Champaign County for the first stop on his 2018 Farm Tour.In conjunction with the concert, in an effort to salute Ohio’s largest food and agriculture industry, Governor John R. Kasich declared September 27, 2018 “Here’s to the Farmer Day” in the State of Ohio.“I think a lot of times agriculture goes unnoticed. I think these kinds of events help draw attention to all of our farmers out there that work hard each and every day to provide the necessities of life,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture from a hayfield serving as a parking lot for last night’s Bryan concert. “I think it is great that the Governor proclaimed this ‘Here’s to the farmer day’ and I think it is great that Ohio was able to bring this concert here. There are only about five of these every year. With our strong agricultural heritage and what it means to our overall economy, we are glad to be here and very proud. Agriculture provides 1 out of 8 jobs and adds $124 billion to our economy. It is not just the guy who is planting the seed in the ground. We’ve got food processing in Ohio — about 1,200 processors that employ 68,000 people. It doesn’t make any difference where you live, there is agriculture and agriscience happening near you.”Daniels pointed out that events like this concert can be a nice way to connect Ohio’s farm community with consumers.“I look forward to seeing all of the people here tonight. I see a lot of people here that look like they are involved in agriculture but also a lot of fans who maybe aren’t connected to agriculture,” he said. “Maybe the best thing that can happen here tonight is everybody gets a little bit better appreciation for what farming is and what agriculture is.”John, Bonnie, Lucas, and Eli Ayars milk 150 Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows and raise corn, soybeans and hay on 1,000 acres. Staring in 2010, the Ayars began using their milk to make homemade ice cream right on the farm. Ayars Family Ice Cream is available in over 30 stores. The family plans on serving up plenty of ice cream and was excited to host the concert.On the tour, Bryan is celebrating a decade of saluting the American farmer as he takes his tenth annual Farm Tour 2018 to six cities this fall setting up stages in the fields of local farms from Ohio to Florida. Joining Bryan on the tour as guests this year are Chase Rice, Jon Langston, the Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock.Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. In addition to the on-farm performances, Bryan will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 50 scholarships have been granted.last_img read more

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Reftract House: A 2009 Solar Decathlon Contender

first_imgIt would be understandable if participants in the Solar Decathlon feel the pressure of rising expectations – pressure to outdo the work of previous teams of faculty and students who have already put enormous energy and analysis into the 800-sq.-ft. net-zero-energy dwellings that became their Decathlon entries.The Santa Clara University undergraduates who make up one of the 20 teams competing in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, for example, might even feel a little extra pressure to measure up to SCU’s performance in the 2007 Decathlon, where the team entered the competition as an underdog but ended up winning third place overall.The good news is that, competitive as it is, the Decathlon also is an excellent teaching tool whose past entries can be analyzed, and improved upon, by current contestants.To that end, SCU, located in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Santa Clara, has been developing its entry for the 2009 Decathlon in collaboration with design, art, and architecture students at the nearby California College of the Arts.The SCU/CCA team aims to produce a “bold and luxurious home that demonstrates green living does not require a compromise in lifestyle,” the team says in its mission statement about the project.Called Refract House, the project derives it name from the notion that the SCU/CCA team is attempting to alter the path of net-zero-energy home design for the better, an idea that’s represented visually by the building’s bent-tube layout and technically by the way its layout controls the entry of light into the home as it wraps around a central courtyard.Ramping up for OctoberConstruction of the house is well underway, and the team has been busy not only overseeing the process but escorting visitors on tours of the building site, which is on the SCU campus. (Tour hours are noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; call (845) 323-8029 for information.)Of course, the Refract House’s big moment will be at the Solar Decathlon, scheduled for October 8 through 18 in Washington, D.C., where the home will be reconstructed on the National Mall, along with 19 other fully operational contest entries, for viewing by visitors and judges.Each Solar Decathlon team competes in 10 areas: architecture (for a maximum of 100 points), market viability (100 points), engineering (100 points), lighting design (75 points), communications (75 points), comfort zone (100 points), hot water (100 points), appliances (100 points), home entertainment (100 points), and the newest category, net metering (150 points).The 2009 field of competitors includes 16 teams from schools in the U.S., two from Canadian universities, and two from European universities.A biennial event sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Decathlon attracted a record 200,000 visitors in 2007. The house built for that contest by SCU, which doesn’t have an architecture school, did not do well in the architecture category. But it did land perfect scores in the hot water and energy balance categories, and ended up with a total of 979.959 points out of a possible 1,200 (the first-place winner, the team representing Technische Universität Darmstadt, scored 1,024.855 points).Decathlon teams play with their hearts as well as their heads. The DOE’s Decathlon website points out that SCU’s 2007 entry almost didn’t make it to the National Mall when the truck transporting the house broke an axle on its way to Washington. The house’s arrival was delayed by three days, but the SCU persevered.last_img read more

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