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Thwarting violence in an “us vs. them” society

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first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom This week I attended a very special educational training session, sponsored by the Faith in Public Life, a national network of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice and the common good. In addition to challenging presentations, the workshop including brainstorming sessions as people sat around tables in the room. I found myself at a table of six: one Jew (obviously me), four Muslim community leaders, and a Christian representative from the Peace and Justice Alliance at a very large, local college. Interesting discussion…One of our tasks was to identify events that might incite acrimony and violence, especially those infused with the words “us-we” and “them-they,” words. It was, unfortunately, too easy to find examples in our polarized, partisan world. “They” want to destroy “us” – “They” want to take jobs from “us” – “They” want to [fill in the blank] “us.” Conversely, “we” often respond to “them” with self-assigned virtue and righteous arrogance: “We must block “them” – “We” cannot allow “them” – “We” must [fill in the blank] “them.”At the workshop, we all acknowledged the frustration and anger that flows from the narrow-minded attitude of “us” and “them.” When we find ourselves either immersed in or witnessing categorical blame or categorical self-righteousness, we are certainly within ethical limits to be angry enough to break the pattern, provided our anger leads to action that is non-violent and not violence-inducing.To achieve justice and the common good, we – all of us and each of us – require incidents of insight, not inciting incidents!The least we can do in our highly polarized and fractured world is to agree not to promote or provoke violence, either in word or deed. Faith in Public Life goes one step further: we all should develop the awareness to anticipate words or deeds that might incite, encourage, or allow violence to flourish.The Rabbinic Sages debated the merit of a Jew attending the gladiator games in the Roman amphitheater. It was an arena of “us” (the Romans) and “them” (the slaves destined to die). Some Sages proposed that one’s attendance might be seen as condoning cruelty and execution as a spectator sport. Rabbi Nathan objected: One should attend because his single voice of protest might be enough to awaken the conscience of those around him, and because his single voice might influence the Emperor to back away from the impending violent death of the slave. A single word might have the power to calm a mob-minded, violence-oriented crowd.I appreciate the insight expressed by Green Day in their song, Troubled Times:What good is love and peace on earthWhen it’s exclusive? …What part of history [have] we learnedWhen it’s repeated.Some things we’ll never overcomeIf we don’t seek it.Shabbat shalom!Rabbi Rick Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSInspirationRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleDueling birthdaysNext articleChristian Chamber speaker brings perspective to conflict Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The VOICE of InspirationBy Rabbi Rick Sherwin Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

Officer Kristin Cintron wins Apopka Police Department rookie of the year

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first_img TAGSApopka Police Department Previous articleHow talented kids from low-income families become America’s ‘Lost Einsteins’Next article4 things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rookie of the Year: Officer Kristin CintronOver 80 arrests in her first year on the job Officer Kristin Cintron was named the Apopka Police Department Rookie of the Year at its annual Awards Ceremony. Since becoming a solo officer, Cintron has displayed a great deal of professionalism and competence both with her peers and the community. Cintron’s drive and willingness to go the extra mile in the investigation of her cases has led her to make over 80 arrests with the vast majority made due to her proactivity.  Cintron is a constant presence in the communities she serves. She makes a point to get out of her vehicle to play with the children in her neighborhoods which has assisted her in building strong relationships with the citizens of Apopka.Cintron (second from the left) at her swearing-in ceremony. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment!   “Officer Cintron has done a tremendous job since becoming a member of the Apopka Police Department,” said APD Chief Michael McKinley. “She excelled through the field training program and has worked hard to learn how to do her new career. Officer Cintron always has a smile on her face and it is the first thing you notice when you meet her. Her compassionate and thoughtful personality are just a couple of the attributes that make her so good at being a police officer. She is very deserving of being selected as the Rookie of the Year.”   On top of her excellent work ethic and ability, Officer Cintron is one of the most genuinely kind people around. She always has a smile on her face and it is clear she has one on her heart too.Civilian of the Year: Dina CedilloAn eye for detail and organization Dina Cedillo was named Civilian of the Year by the Apopka Police Department at its annual awards ceremony. Cedillo began her career in 2006, and from the very beginning, she has done an outstanding job in Records and was promoted to the Records Supervisor. Cedillo keeps the agency looking professional with her attention to detail and organization. She is reliable, dependable and knowledgeable. She has an excellent attitude and ensures the records division completes the many tasks required of them professionally and in a timely manner. She is dedicated to the success of the agency and all its employees. She often comes in early and stays late to assist officers, administrators and her team in the records division fulfill the many public records requests, tasking sheets, reports and statistics required of records. Dina comes to work every day with a big smile on her face,” said McKinley. “She is always friendly and polite to everyone in and outside of the department. She works alongside her personnel and always encourages them to be their best. Her caring and personal demeanor are the great qualities that make her an asset to the agency and citizens of Apopka. Dina shows us every day why she is deserving of this recognition.”Communications Technician of the Year: Alison FahningAn unsung hero of 911 callsAlison Fahning is a dream employee. Not only is she a hardworking professional, she is kind and takes her job seriously.  She is quick to pick up tasks that she knows will be tedious and demanding. For example, she volunteered to work 8-hour shifts, which included working every single Saturday, to assist the communications center with their staffing. While working this schedule Fahning picked up overtime before and after nearly every shift to help the center and avoid mandating other employees to cover these shifts.Other employees turn to her for answers due to her many years of experience and her willingness to always help others.Working in our communications center, Alison is one of the unsung heroes of the Apopka Police Department,” said McKinley. “Our communications technicians seldom get the recognition they truly deserve. Alison answers the 911 and nonemergency lines with a caring and positive attitude. Alison’s comforting and calming personality are what make her excel in the communications center and are only a few of the reasons why she is so deserving to be the Communications Technician of the Year.” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Scouting Guides Assist Corn and Soybean Growers

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first_imgHome News Feed Scouting Guides Assist Corn and Soybean Growers Scouting Guides Assist Corn and Soybean Growers SHARE Facebook Twitter Corn and soybean growers have a mobile, interactive resource, offered by DuPont Pioneer, to assist crop scouting activities this growing season—now available at pioneer.com. The mobile-optimized web pages display lists of insects and diseases for corn and soybeans, with the seasonal timing or growth stages of the plants matched to the timing of each potential infestation.  Growers can click on the insect or disease indicated to link to:full-color photos to help with pest identificationinsect and disease life cycle informationenvironmental conditions favorable to infestationcrop damage photos and plant health impactmanagement information for prevention and control By Gary Truitt – Jun 12, 2014 center_img The corn scouting calendar profiles 32 major diseases and insects, from anthracnose stalk rot through western bean cutworm. The soybean scouting calendar profiles beetles, bugs, aphids, molds and rots.  Growers can also learn scouting methods and determine treatment thresholds for major crop insects and diseases. For more information, contact your Pioneer sales professional or visit www.pioneer.com.    Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleNew App will Help Manage Corn RootwormNext articleAction on House Ag Appropriations Bill Delayed Gary Truittlast_img read more

San Marino Community Church: Adult Spiritual Formation

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first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment San Marino Community Church (SMCC)’s Education and Spiritual Development Team presents “Faith And The Chinese-American Experience”, a two-part Sunday morning adult spiritual formation series on the Christian faith of some San Marino Community Church Chinese-American members.The class will offer the opportunity to hear how the Gospel came to these members in China and their families of origin.On May 6, all are invited to come hear a panel of Chinese-American church members share about their faith. Participants may ask questions, and will be invited to reflect on their own and their family’s introduction to Jesus Christ and his Church.On Sunday, May 20, ESD will present helpful information to facilitate appropriate and caring sharing of the Christian faith with those from China.Come learn how to relate and share faith with those from Confucian, Buddhist, and Communist/atheist backgrounds.San Marino Community Church, 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino, (626) 282-4181 or visit www.smccpby.com. Business News Subscribe Faith & Religion Events San Marino Community Church: Adult Spiritual Formation Sundays May 6 and 20, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall Published on Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 9:58 pm 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 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pasadena Preschool Reopening, Just in Time to Close

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first_imgHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Fair Oaks Preschool says it’s reopening Wednesday, but will have to close in six weeks.Fair Oaks Executive Director Elizabeth Brown told Pasadena Now she’s reached out to Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church multiple times since being notified in January 2019 the school’s lease won’t be renewed beyond June 2020, but the church won’t budge. She claims the church is instead going to let Sequoyah School expand its footprint on the church campus at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd.Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church said in a statement emailed to Pasadena Now: “A year and a half ago, the decision was made not to renew the leasing agreement with Fair Oaks Preschool based on the best opportunities for Neighborhood Church’s financial and congregational growth. We have been successful partners for 11 years and we have made every effort to support Fair Oaks in this transition. As the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted normal operations, we have offered financial flexibility to Fair Oaks through June 2020 and will continue to support them as best we can.”Brown says she and her team have physically looked at 40 properties in a seven-mile radius of the school’s current location, closeby so as not to lose too many families currently enrolled, and have scoped out 100 properties online.“We did put in letters of intent for at least five properties, including one that was a Pasadena Unified School District property. And unfortunately we have not been able to secure a site through that process.”While the 18 months’ notice Neighborhood gave Fair Oaks Preschool might seem like a lot of time, Brown says a school would normally need three years to find a new site and move.She says the COVID-19 pandemic has made the search exponentially harder “because it changes the perspectives of landlords,” and because “our doors have been closed since March 15, our income has not been steady, so it’s created a big gap in our ability to, number one, serve our families, but number two, also be able to continue searching.”Fair Oaks, however, is reopening Wednesday, albeit for a small number of children from families of essential workers and people listed as exempt under the governor’s stay-at-home orders.Brown says before the pandemic 43 kids were enrolled in the preschool. That number has dropped to 30, but Brown says she expects only a handful of kids to show up starting Wednesday.“We are following to the ‘T’ the guidelines that are set into place from (the state) Community Care Licensing, the CDC, as well as the Pasadena and Los Angeles County health departments.”Brown says all staff and teachers will be wearing masks, and the children will be encouraged to do the same.“We will continue as a nonprofit as we search for a new location,” Brown said. “We are dedicated to continuing the search and hopefully reopening as soon as possible.” 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. Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Business News Education Pasadena Preschool Reopening, Just in Time to Close By ARON BENDER Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 3:21 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News 91 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Private company to run Regional Hospital

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first_img Previous articleTime for RTE to portray positive image of cityNext articleUL urged to buy into city centre admin Facebook Email IT has been confirmed that private companies are bidding for a contract to come into the Mid-Western Regional Hospital and manage it. A spokesperson for Health Minister, Dr James Reilly, told the Limerick Post that whichever of the  companies wins the contract for running the hospital for up to 15 months, will be obliged to upskill the existing management team.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There are three UK and one Irish company in the running for the lucrative contract and, the spokesman added, “the aim of this is not to privatise the hospital. It is for the hospital to have access to state- of- the- art management skills, as there are aspects of the current management structures which need to be supported”.The move has outraged IMPACT, who are describing it as a breach of the Croke Park agreement.In a letter to the minister, IMPACT’s national secretary, Louise O’Donnell, said the plans lays bare how “the HSE has drained itself of senior management personnel under the Incentivised Early Retirement and Voluntary Redundancy scheme of 2010, forcing the HSE to rely on more expensive measures to fill the human resources gaps created by the scheme”.Meanwhile, following 12 hours of talks on Wednesday at the Labour Relations Commission, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and SIPTU, have agreed to suspend all industrial action at the Mid Western Regional Hospital for a four week period to allow for a full review of the situation in the emergency department, where nurses say patients are at risk because of conditions. For the duration of this four week period, additional resources have been provided and HSE. Linkedin Printcenter_img Advertisement NewsLocal NewsPrivate company to run Regional HospitalBy admin – October 20, 2011 546 Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Donegal TD questions if the Dáil should debate issues raised by Mairia Cahill

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first_imgNews By News Highland – October 23, 2014 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Donegal TD questions if the Dáil should debate issues raised by Mairia Cahill Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleQuigley doubt for Ulster club first roundNext articleKilcoyne feels Noamh Conaill will have to step it up for Glenswilly News Highland Google+ Pinterest A Donegal TD’s questioning why a Dáil debate is to be held into the issues raised by Mairia Cahill.The Taoiseach agreed to the move yesterday following a request from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.But Thomas Pringle says he’s not sure the Dáil is the place for such a debate:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/14prinCAH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 22nd

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first_img Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Previous article140 vacant homes in Donegal brought back into social housing stockNext articleMan arrested in Strabane on suspicion of making and distributing indecent images of children News Highland Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 22nd Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 22nd:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/22news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – January 22, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

General Dynamics Wins USS Coronado Deal

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first_img View post tag: americas View post tag: deal View post tag: wins View post tag: General Dynamics Authorities June 16, 2014 General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded $11,7 mln for cost-plus-award-fee modification 0001 to the previously awarded order to provide engineering and management efforts in support of the post-shakedown availability (PSA) for USS Coronado (LCS 4). View post tag: USS Coronado This order is for planning for LCS 4’s PSA. Bath Iron Works will provide labor and material support services for the vessel.Efforts will include program management, production supervision, temporary protection services and transportation services necessary to complete the PSA.Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2014.Fiscal 2014 ship conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $5 mln will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Bath, Maine, is the contracting activity.[mappress]Press Release, June 16, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Naval General Dynamics Wins USS Coronado Deal Back to overview,Home naval-today General Dynamics Wins USS Coronado Deal View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Islander roll as Wolenski, Mickiewicz star

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first_imgComing off an inspired comeback effort, the still winless (0-2) Devils set their sights on downing the (1-1) Islanders as the JCC of Bayonne Sr. Division Floor Hockey league wrapped up week two. Falling behind 2-0 including a shorthanded goal by the Islanders’ Marek Mickiewicz and a half court slap shot bullseye by Tristan Wolenski, the Devils looked out of sorts. Mustering fifteen shots on net in the first twenty minutes, the Islanders advantage could have been much larger if it were not for an amazing goal tending effort by the Devils’ Anthony Baez. While Baez did most of the damage control, the Devils’ offense caught a spark as Aaliyana Cifuentes drilled her first goal of the season off an assist by Alejandro Cifuentes. Leading 2-1, the Islanders went to work like a well-oiled machine as Tristan Wolenski (4 goals), Marek Mickiewicz (3 goals, 2 assists), David Matos (3 assists), Kasper Hooks (1 assist), and Mariam Rasslan (1 assist) each pitched in to amass a 9-1 advantage. Quagmired in their own zone for nearly the entire game, the Devils couldn’t mount a charge inspite of some great up court passing by Kailey Delauter and Ethan Bustamonte. Further frustrating the Devils attack was a “Brodeur” type outing by the Islanders goalie, Chris Ballance who helped secure the Isles 9-1 victory.Week 2 Sr. DivisionOffensive Player of the Week: Drew Radil – PenguinsDefense Player of the Week: Anthony Baez – DevilsTeamwork/Leadership Player of the Week: Aaliyana & Alejandro Cifuentes – Devilslast_img read more