Panel debates military recruiter approaches

first_imgNot every parent knows that a child’s name, address and home telephone number must by law be made available to recruiters unless they sign a form opting out, or that every public school using federal funds must allow recruiters access to students on campus, said Kathleen Duba, deputy superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District. The opt-out forms are always available, including online, she said. Much of the discussion, some prompted by questions from the audience of about 35, was on recruiters’ tactics – promises of foreign travel and money for education – the amount of access they are allowed without parental knowledge or consent, and perceptions that poor or minority students are disproportionately targeted. “High school is the wrong place. … The educational system should not be complicit \ enticing vulnerable minors” into the military, Inouye said. “They don’t explain it’s not like any other job, that if you want to, you can’t get out.” Sam Johnson, director of the JROTC and a 30-year veteran, said not everyone in the group goes on to a military career, but everyone learns valuable lessons in leadership and self-reliance. Lee Anthony said his son, a Marine officer serving in Iraq, was courted by recruiters in high school but joined up after college. His advice to parents is to “get all the information you can possibly get … have an open forum with family, be wary of promises, have them clarify, have a plan, have a goal, and don’t go into it blind.” PASADENA – Efforts to sign up young military volunteers in a time of war has increasingly put a spotlight on the presence of recruiters on public school campuses and the role of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in filling the ranks. A wide-ranging panel discussion on “Military Recruitment: What Families Need to Know” was held Saturday at Pasadena City College, featuring viewpoints from across the spectrum – from Marine, Army and Navy recruiters to the founder of Coalition Against Militarism in Schools. Arlene Inouye’s CAMS organization recently succeeded in halting the JROTC program at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. “I really agree with both sides,” Shirley Bernstine, whose son was recruited into the Navy from college, said afterward. “I’m not against the military, but we do have to have protections for our children – and every child is our child. There was a lot of information given meaningful to all sides.” Foster children may be particularly drawn to military service, said Theresa Reed, a former foster child and JROTC member who decided against a military career as a way of paying for college. “Yes, I was grateful for that option, but \ may need to go outside to get unbiased information,” Reed said. Duba said families must talk about options “long before military recruiters approach” as they would with anything that affects their children. The panel discussion will be broadcast in four segments on PCAC Channel 56, starting 10 a.m. March 6, on organizer Shirlee Smith’s “Talk About Parenting” program. janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD LOCAL: TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION EVERY WEDNESDAY AT MCINTYRE’S BAR DUNKINEELY

first_imgDunkineely Community NewsDOWN SYNDROME IRELAND – We received a letter of thanks from Downs Syndrome Ireland to say they would like to offer a sincere thanks to everyone who helped to host and attended the DCL Icecream Party last month as it raised €120.46. Well done everyone!WALKING GROUP – Meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for a walk or stroll of about 30 – 40 minutes with a cup of tea afterwards if you want. All are welcome to join this group. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the Dunkineely Community Limited Office if you are interested: 074 9737678. MC INTYRE’S BAR – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm, also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. All musicians and singers welcome.THE DUNKINEELY MONTESSORI – Are still currently enrolling for September 2014. Both ECCE places available and also mornings. Call Joanne or Sinead on: 087 3814655A MEETING – Of the DCL Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless Festival sub-committee will take place on Thursday 17th July at 8pm at Dunkineely Community Limited office (The Manse, Dunkineely). All welcome.DUNKINEELY/KILLAGHTEE/BRUCKLESS FESTIVAL – This is the last chance to enter the “Open Photography Competition”. Senior Photography, CLASS 1 Humorous Photography, CLASS 2 Landscape i.e Sea or Land, CLASS 3 Portrait i.e Person or Animal, CLASS 4 Best Filter i.e Smart Phone Photos. €5.00 per entry. Place your Name, Address and Contact number on the reverse of the photograph clearly marking the CLASS you want to enter. Closing date is Friday 18th July. Post your entries to Dunkineely Community Limited’s Office, Main Street Dunkineely, or just drop them into the DCL Office. Keep a look out on Dunkineely Community Limited’s Facebook page. Dunkineely/Killaghtee/Bruckless Festival – are also having an “Open Art Competition”, Categories include: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, SKETCH OR DRAWING. €5.00 per entry. Place your Name, Address and Contact number on the reverse of the photograph clearly marking the CLASS you want to enter. Closing date is Thursday 31st July. Post your entries to Dunkineely Community Limited’s Office, Main Street Dunkineely, or just drop them into the DCL Office. Keep a look out on Dunkineely Community Limited’s Facebook page.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – This competition will brighten up the town and surrounding area. From St John’s Point to Croagh and Tullintain to Ballymagowan – if you’re in the Parish of Killaghtee, please consider entering. No fee to enter as Dunkineely Community Limited has funding from Donegal Local Development Company. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as:Best Business > Best small town garden > Best Church > Best school > Best vegetable plotBest large garden > Best container garden etc.The main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area if we all take part however small or big a garden plot/place for window boxes/pots we have. Judging will take place Sunday 10th August but the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless area. Entry forms available from the Dunkineely Community Limited Office and in local business’s in the Community. “This is a great Community event if we all get involved!” If you are interested contact Dunkineely Community Limited Office on 074 9737678 if you’d like enter or help organise in anyway.BRUCKLESS ROAD RUNNERS – THE POINT 10K CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Is taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00 am (Same route as last year). The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities). Everyone welcome! Contact Pauric McNern for further information.A DEFIBRILLATOR – Is now in Killaghtee School, it is on the wall closest to the road. The following people are trained and key holders:Andrew Walker – 087 2276366 Carol Duddy – 074 9737046Norman Henry – 087 9474350Phyllis Young – 087 1300499Clive Vance – 086 8276575Georgina Armstrong – 087 3921384.There is also a key in the following places: Dunkineely Health Centre, Dunkineely Community Limited Office and Killaghtee School.DCL – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature. (Roald Dhal’s Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & The Goblet of Fire), Classics (J.R.R. Tolkien to Marian Keyes), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c or perhaps DVD’s, Lego Batman or The Patience Stone from just 50c per night.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).Please note that Dunkineely Community Limited office has changed it’s number to 074 9737678.DD LOCAL: TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION EVERY WEDNESDAY AT MCINTYRE’S BAR DUNKINEELY was last modified: July 14th, 2014 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:DD LocalDunkineelyFeaturesMcIntyre’s BarNoticeslast_img read more

Suspect sought in morning shooting

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – A man in his 30s was shot this morning, and authorities were searching for two teenage suspects. The unidedentified man suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the attack at 8:10 a.m. in the 5200 block of Cartwright Avenue, LAPD Officer Kristi Sandoval said. The victim was taken to a local hospital by paramedics and he is expected to survive. Police do not have anybody in custody and have not recovered the weapon, Sandoval said. Police are looking for two suspects, described only as teenagers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A transient who allegedly started a fire that destroyed a heavily traveled bridge on Beverly Boulevard in Pico Rivera was charged Tuesday with arson.Nelson Gastelum, 28, pleaded not guilty and is due back in Whittier Court Nov. 18 for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.The Nov. 1 blaze destroyed the bridge spanning the Rio Hondo flood-control channel.Gastelum, who was arrested Friday afternoon and held on $20,000 bail, could face up to three years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Veterans Day service canceled WHITTIER – Rose Hills Memorial Park’s annual Veterans Day observance, originally scheduled for Friday, has been canceled, Rose Hills officials announced Tuesday.The event was canceled after officials were unable to find a replacement sponsor after the event’s long-time sponsor bowed out, said spokeswoman Natalie Neufeld. Medicare Part D talks conclude MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital will hold the final session in a three-part series about the new Medicare Part D benefits from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Wilkinson Resource Center, 2019 W. Whittier Blvd.This final session, titled “Navigating Medicare Changes for 2006,” will cover specific procedures for Medicare enrollment and various options. Also to be discussed are how to avoid paying penalties for delayed enrollment.Refreshments will be served.For more information, call (323) 725-4333. Officials to present disaster plans WHITTIER – The Central East Whittier Property Owners Association will host a talk on the city’s disaster prepareness at its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Whittier Women’s Improvement Clubhouse, 14148 E. Second Ave.Mayor Greg Nordbak and members of the Whittier Police Department and the city’s Human Resources Emergency Preparedness unit will discuss the city’s plans to deal with a natural or man-made emergency. Holiday toy drive to begin Nov. 20 WHITTIER – The Police Department kicks off its annual holiday toy drive Nov. 20.Collection boxes will be placed at the Whittier Police Department, City Hall, the Whittier Community Center, Whittier Senior Center, the Santa Fe Springs Police Services Center and the Whittier Municipal Employees Credit Union.Residents who wish to receive donations can register at the Police Department from Nov. 20 through Dec. 18.For more information, call (562) 945-8287. Lutefisk supper? You betcha! WHITTIER – The 75-plus-member Nordic Lodge 660 of the Vasa Order of America hosts its annual lutefisk supper at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greenleaf Masonic Center, 12001 Beverly Blvd.Dinner is $15 for adults, $7 for children. For more information, call (714) 521-3791. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more