Kandee Lewis Receives 2017 ‘Woman of the Year’ Award for Education

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Kandee Lewis, Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation is the recipient of the 32nd Annual ‘Women of the Year’ Award for Education by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Commission for Women.
LOS ANGELESMarch 26, 2017PRLog — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Commision for Women has chosen Kandee Lewis, Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation, as a winner of the 2017 “Women of the Year in Education” Award, an annual tribute to women who have worked to bring about social and economical change, served as outstanding role models for women, worked on behalf of women’s issues or demonstrated outstanding performances within their professions to further advocate women’s rights.

Honorees were recognized at the 32nd Annual Women of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, March 13, 2017.  The annual Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women in Los Angeles County.

Event proceeds provide funding to promote vital outreach throughout Los Angeles County in fulfilling the Commission’s goals of “Educating, Motivating and Inspiring Women,” as well as, to fund critical education scholarships. As is the tradition, the Supervisors and the Commission President select their designated Awardees and then there are six award categories for at-large nominations.

Mrs. Lewis was selected for her dilgent work through The Positive Results Corporation, an organization that addresses bullying, interpersonal violence and sexual assault in youth and communities of color.  She advocated and established Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in several cities, created Stop The Pain Teen Summits  among other programs.

She also partners with K-12 schools, colleges, cities, governmental and private organizations, elected officials, community and faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies and utility companies.  She has received numerous awards, including 2014 Woman of Distinction, 2015 Woman of the Year Award, 2016 Humanitarian Award.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive the Woman of the Year Award in Education from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Commission for Women,” stated Kandee.

“Thank you Supervisor’s Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Janice Hahn for supporting me and the work The Positive Results Corporation has done in the community for 26 years! Thank you Tony Newsom for having the Vision to begin The PRC. Thank you Eulanda Lynn Matthews and Ora Watkins-Buck for nominating me for this award! Thanks to my Mother, Daisy Newsom for being an amazing Mother, my #1 Supporter and for loving me unconditionally!”, an excited Kandee stated.

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Kandee & Mother, Daisy Newsom with Supervisor’s Mark Ridley-Thomas & Janice Hahn

“Unfortunately, Violence & Abuse is the biggest threat to women, children & families. It begins in the womb & is more wide spread than any pandemic. Dare I say every person in this room has been impacted,” stated Kandee in her acceptance speech.

“Most people will never speak of the abuse for fear or shame. But it is in the silence that allows the violence to continue to grow.”

A Los Angeles native, Kandee has been married for 34 years and has three adult children and a pit bull.  She contributes her success to the love and support received from her family.

About The Positive Results Corporation

The PRC changes lives by addressing Dating Violence, while enhancing skills and internal resources by building & supporting positive self-image & healthy relationships to promote & develop thriving, safer communities and productive citizens. They advocate for Policy & Legislation for Teen Dating Violence Prevention & Awareness. Learn more at http://prc123.org/

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Los Angeles Rams Launch Application For Annual Community Improvement Project

Organizations May Submit Proposed Projects at therams.com/community through April 7

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Starting today, non-profit organizations, schools or other academic institutions within the greater Los Angeles region may apply for the 2017 Rams Annual Community Improvement Project.  Organizations seeking to apply for the community improvement project may apply online CLICK HERE through Friday, April 7, 2017. Applications received after that date will not be eligible for the project, which is currently scheduled for June.

Since 2009, the Rams have offered the Annual Community Improvement Project in an effort to address some of the community’s greatest needs. The Rams will fund and participate in the implementation of the project.

Last year, the Rams funded a playground for Woodsworth Elementary School in Inglewood, C.A. Rams front office staff and players were on site to build the playground with the help and supervision of Playcraft Systems and Pacific Play Systems, the designer of the playground. As part of this project, the Rams also power washed the school and painted two murals.  A video capturing last year’s project can be found here.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES RAMS COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Since 2009, the Rams have hosted a monthly Staff Day of Service, where the front office staff volunteers with local non-profit organizations to create a positive impact in the local community. The Rams Community Improvement Project is the cornerstone volunteer effort of this initiative. Through this initiative, the Rams staff has provided more than 12,000 hours of community service.

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The Secret to That Tempting Cinnabon Smell

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Close your eyes and picture yourself in a mall food court. Walk past the free samples of bourbon chicken on toothpicks and the rows of big, fat stromboli—hard, we know, but the reward is worth it—until you reach that distinctive blue-and-white-tiled shop. Can you picture it? More important: can you smell it?

Cinnabon has been eliciting Pavlovian responses in its customers since they opened their first store in the SeaTac mall in Seattle in 1985. The smell is truly unparalleled: first, a base of rich browned butter, with notes of caramelized brown sugar, yeasty bread, and fragrant, warm cinnamon. Today, that distinctive baked-good aroma wafts through over 1,200 stores worldwide, with a total of 1 billion (yup, that’s a “b”) buns sold each year. But whether you’re licking cream cheese frosting off your fingers in an airport in Tokyo or the middle of Times Square, one ingredient in the ‘Bon’s buns reigns supreme: their cinnamon.

You see, the cinnamon in Cinnabons (try saying that five times fast) isn’t some cheap generic blend chosen for its quantity over its quality. 32 years ago, at the company’s inception, the team tested cinnamon from virtually every growing region in the world to find which one complemented the heady brown sugar mixture that makes a cinnamon bun, well, cinnamon bun-y. The winner came from the Korintjie region of West Sumatra in Indonesia, a small, high-elevation area that produces cinnamon with a high-volatile oil and cellulose content (translation: a more pungent and tastier spice).

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And your environmental lesson for the day: cinnamon is actually the dried bark of the Laurel tree. The “quills” you might buy for your spice grinder are the result of bark that has curled into tubular shapes after being stripped from the tree. Two types of Laurel trees, Cinnamomum Cassia, and Cinnamomum Ceylon, produce the two most common forms of cinnamon, called—you guessed it—Cassia and Ceylon. The former is redder, more pungent, and what Cinnabon selected as the spice base for their buns. To further preserve the essential oils, and therefore, the flavor, the company delays grinding the quills until they arrive stateside. Per year, they go through a whopping 240,300 pounds of the stuff.

Getting your paws on a jar actually doesn’t involve calling the corporate office in Atlanta. After Cinnabon trademarked their proprietary blend, called Makara, in 1996, they made it available to consumers. All flagship Cinnabon bakeries in malls carry the jars for around $4.99, and considering its potency, one bottle will last quite a while. Its scent is so powerful, in fact, that many assume the stores pump artificial fragrance into the air to entice customers to wolf down a pastry or three. “It’s our cinnamon!” says director of research and development, Jennifer Holwill.

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This writer did an informal smell and taste test of her own, pitting the Makara against regular generic cinnamon from the grocery store while baking scones (I could lie and say cinnamon buns, but I’m not that patient). They may as well have been two different spices. The moment you open up the Makara, your nostrils are hit with a rich, slightly woodsy aroma. It’s tempting to dab a bit behind your ears. The generic, however, just barely tickles the nostrils with its scent. In terms of taste, there’s also no comparison: Makara has a richer flavor and is less sweet than an average cinnamon.

This uber-cinnamon can be utilized in myriad ways. Holwill says that fans love to sprinkle it into their coffee for an extra kick or add it into the spice blend for French toast. Its potency also makes it an excellent foil for savory dishes, like this lamb meatloaf with yogurt sauce. For baked goods, it’s absolutely perfect for sticky buns, schnecken, and, but of course, cinnamon buns.

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Michelle Obama Gives ‘MasterChef Junior’ Challenge Winner A Recipe For Life

When it comes to reaching kids, the former first lady still reigns.

 

On Thursday’s pretaped episode of “MasterChef Junior,” Justise Mayberry triumphed in guest star Michelle Obama’s cooking challenge by making pan-seared shrimp with vegetables from the White House garden.

 

But the adorable Justise, 11, won something perhaps even better: a sit-down with the then-first lady at the Kids’ State Dinner in July. As shown in an unaired conversation posted Thursday by Fox, Obama did not disappoint.

 

Asked by Justise what advice she had for young chefs, Obama replied: “There is nothing more important that you can do for yourself than to get an education. Doing your best not just in the kitchen, but you’ve got to be your best in the classroom. I want you all to keep pushing and preparing yourself for college and doing well.”

 

Obama also told Justise to introduce other kids to vegetables and healthy eating.

Sounds like a good recipe for life, kid.

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Auntie Fee’s Son Reveals Cooking Star Is Dead At 59

58cd31c3a647fb35e96d4bcfReports began swirling a few days ago that she passed away. However, those rumors went quickly corrected when someone close to Auntie Fee announced that she was only placed on life support when she suffered a heart attack.But last night (March 17), Fee’s son declared on Facebook that his mother has now passed. “Thank you for all the prayers and hope, It did all it can do and now god made the decision to take my mother home where its peace & Joy and I’m okay with that, She can finally be happy,” Tavis Hunter wrote.Read his entire note about his late mother below.
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Auntie Fee first gained popularity in 2014 with her “good ass chicken” and “sweet treats for the kids” YouTube cooking videos. One of her most popular videos taught watchers how to take less than five minutes to cook a meal for seven people, while only spending $3.35. Fee would later appear in many cooking segments on multiple TV shows including “Steve Harvey,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”Our condolences go out to Auntie Fee’s loved ones at this time.

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Sources: DOJ report does not confirm Trump’s wiretap claim

Two government officials told CNN Friday evening that the classified report the Justice Department delivered to House and Senate investigators does not confirm President Donald Trump’s allegations that President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the campaign.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, spoke with knowledge of the classified report’s contents.
When asked if the DOJ’s documents would confirm Trump’s as of yet wholly unsubstantiated allegations, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told CNN, “I don’t think so” as he walked into a room to read the report.
Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said he was “absolutely confident” the DOJ report would not back up Trump’s allegation.
“There’s really no question about this. The president’s statements before, and his tweets since leading right up today, have no basis in fact,” Schiff told CNN.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the contents of the report, but earlier in the day a spokeswoman confirmed it had delivered the document.
“The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Friday.
The House Committee is set to hold a hearing Monday with National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and FBI Director James Comey. The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on Russia’s meddling into the US election on March 30.
Nunes released a statement Friday evening confirming receipt of the report from DOJ and part of the information it requested from the NSA, which he said had committed to meet the full request by the end of next week.
However, he added, “the committee still has not received information requested from the CIA and FBI in our March 15 letter that is necessary to determine whether information collected on US persons was mishandled and leaked.”
Prior to receiving the classified documents from the DOJ, both Nunes and Schiff had already stated flatly that Trump Tower was clearly not wiretapped. But Nunes has left the door open to the potential that communications between Trump’s aides and others were swept up in “incidental” collection.
“We need to figure out what happened here, there’s a lot of unanswered question. I just don’t want anybody jumping to any conclusion on any side of this, other than the fact that we know that Obama didn’t physically wiretap Trump Tower,” Nunes told CNN Friday. “But everything else is still … there’s a lot of unknowns.”
The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have also stated that no surveillance of Trump Tower occurred during or after the 2016 election.
Republican Rep. Will Hurd, in an interview Friday evening on CNN’s Erin Burnett “OutFront,” said that while he had not yet had a chance to read the DOJ report, he believes “it’s been pretty clear that there’s no evidence to suggest” Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped.
Trump has stood by his claim, repeating the allegation again Friday while standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“At least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump said Friday, motioning to Merkel, a reference to how the US National Security Agency had tapped the German Chancellor’s phone in the past.
SOURCE: CNN

How Trump Budget Would Be ‘Devastating’ To Meals On Wheels

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The impact of federal Community Development Block Grants isn’t just about feeding seniors, a local Meals on Wheels director says.

LAKEWOOD, NJ — Every day in Ocean County, roughly 1,000 senior citizens are fed a nutrious meal that they might otherwise not have thanks to federal funding that assists the Meals on Wheels program.

With those meals go interactions — with volunteers who deliver meals to hundreds who are homebound, and with workers at local senior centers — that help keep tabs on those seniors, making sure they are safe and healthy, said Jim Sigurdson, executive director of Community Services Inc. of Ocean County, also known as Meals on Wheels of Ocean County.

The federal funding that aids Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and thousands of programs like it that serve senior citizens across the country could be gone next year, however; the $3 billion federal Community Development Block Grant program is one of the items proposed for elimination under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget.

“Every single person will be impacted by this,” Sigurdson said. “There’s lots of programs that help residents, especially those who are socially isolated and vulnerable” that are assisted through the CBDG programs.

The CDBG program is one of dozens of cuts proposed in the “America First, A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” document that gives preliminary details on Trump’s 2018 budget.

The Community Development Block Grant program, which falls under the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, is funding distributed to the states, which then distribute it in a variety of ways. The Meals on Wheels program is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the program, but it is far from the only one. In Ocean County, CDBG funds have helped hundreds of residents who were deeply affected by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, aided organizations that assist victims of domestic violence and helped at-risk teenagers. It funds crisis hotlines and housing programs and programs for the disabled.

In Ocean County, one of the greatest impacts would be on its seniors; nearly 28 percent of Ocean County’s more than 588,000 residents in 2015 were age 60 or older, according to Census information. Of that, more than 20,000 Ocean County seniors are 85 or older, according to Ocean County officials.

Brick Township, which annually announces grants to local organizations that help those in need, distributed CDBG funding it received to The Arc of Ocean County, which helps children and adults who have developmental disabilities, and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, a program that helps low-income families gain housing.

There has been $150 billion spent nationwide through CDBG funding since 1970s, Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, said during Thursday’s televised White House press briefing.

“(CDBG) has been identified since the second Bush administration as not showing any results,” Mulvaney said. “We’re not going to spend money on programs that cannot show they deliver the promises we made.”

“We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good,” Mulvaney said in response to a question about the plan to cut the funding. Mulvaney said the choice to fund Meals on Wheels is a state-level decision, not federal.

The budget document says further: “The program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results. The Budget devolves community and economic development activities to the State and local level, and redirects Federal resources to other activities.”

It doesn’t define what results officials were seeking and Mulvaney did not provide specifics.

“We look at this as $150 billion spent over 40 years without the appreciable benefits to show for that type of taxpayer expenditure,” Mulvaney said.

“This kind of action has a ripple effect,” Sigurdson said. “It doesn’t just affect the poor; it spreads out and wreaks havoc for those who are vulnerable and frail, who don’t have the ability to fight back.”

Sigurdson said the impact of Meals on Wheels goes far beyond feeding hungry senior citizens.

“Meals on Wheels and our other services are about far more than simple nourishment,” he said. “They’re about emotional and spiritual health.”

Several studies of the program back that up. Study reports published by the National Institutes of Health found Meals on Wheels and similar programs “are key to leading a healthy, functional life and mitigating chronic health conditions,” the abstract of a 2015 study said. “The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program served 86.3 million congregate and 137.4 million home-delivered meals to 1.6 million and 850,000 older adults, respectively (2012). Congregate and home-delivered participants were older, poorer, sicker, more functionally impaired, and at a greater risk of institutionalization than the general U.S. older population,” meaning hospital care or another long-term care facility.

Meals on Wheels of Ocean County, which Sigurdson said has “an active client base of 1,800” and serves between 3,000 and 4,000 seniors in the county each year, said the meals are a symbol of hope for the recipients, both those who are homebound and those who receive meals through its congregate nutrition program. In the latter, seniors who are able to walk and who have access to transportation are fed lunch at one of eight sites throughout the county.

For the homebound, the deliveries — meals are delivered six days a week, with the Saturday delivery including a meal for Sunday — are essential, because the driver often is the only person who sees them on a regular basis.

“(The drivers) don’t just see that they’re there, but that they are safe in their homes,” he said. “We are the eyes and ears for the community at large.”

Without that, those senior citizens — who lack family support and don’t have the resources to hire health aides or have others checking on them regularly — would end up in institutions, whether it’s a long-term care facility or a hospital, where the cost of care is far higher.

The congregate programs include a social element, because it’s a group gathering with activities and the opportunity for conversation.

“Participation in home-delivered meals programs may contribute to the health and independence of older adults living in the community, especially those who are food insecure or those who are making transitions from acute, subacute, and chronic care settings to the home,” another study of the program said.

“These aren’t people who are rich” receiving these services, Sigurdson said. “These services allow these people to remain living with the independence and dignity they should have.”

“We’re going to lose money to feed people but then have to spend money for psychological and physical issues,” he said.

Sigurdson estimated Meals on Wheels of Ocean County gets about 10 percent of its budget through the CDBG grants, including funding it receives from Brick and Toms River as a result of those grants. The organization raises more than $500,000 annually, but “the county goes out of the way to assist us,” he said.

“A dollar is still a dollar,” he said. “This just means we’ll have to come up with additional money (through fundraising).”

The CDBG program provides funding for a much wider scope of programs, including welfare-to-work job training programs, housing rehabilitation, and it has been a source of funding assistance for those recovering from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, through the CDBG Disaster Recovery Action Plan.

Ocean County officials, on the county’s website, call the CDBG program “an important source of federal funding for community development improvements.”

The annual direct grants help communities “revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low- and moderate-income persons,” the county website says.

“Cutting CDBG funds will be devastating,” said Brick Township Mayor John G. Ducey, who has made annual presentations on Brick’s funding awards to Meals on Wheels and other organizations. “Nonprofits are the backbone of our most vulnerable residents.”

“This is the kind of rhetoric we don’t need coming out from any administration,” Sigurdson said. “This sends a shockwave through the communities.”

“It creates a feeling of panic and fear among seniors that’s counterproductive,” Sigurdson said. “It undermines the firm understanding, knowledge and belief that we will be there tomorrow (with support for these seniors) and that creates bad feelings among these people.”

Meals are prepared for delivery to clients of Meals on Wheels of Ocean County, which serves roughly 1,000 people per day, officials said. Photo via Meals on Wheels of Ocean County Facebook page

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Meet The New Monopoly Tokens

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PAWTUCKET, RI — The boot, the thimble and the wheelbarrow are out of the next edition of Monopoly. The iconic tokens will be replaced by a T-Rex, a rubber ducky and a penguin.

The new tokens were voted in by fans along with five others to be featured in the next generation of the classic board game, Hasbro said in a news release. More than 4.3 million votes came in during the month of January from more than 100 countries. Fans picked the eight tokens from a list of 64 contenders.

The eight tokens in the next generation of the game will be:

  1. Scottie Dog Token
  2. T-Rex Token
  3. Top Hat Token
  4. Car Token
  5. Rubber Ducky Token
  6. Cat Token
  7. Penguin Token
  8. Battleship Token

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Will Go Live Coast To Coast For First Time

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Jimmy Fallon will host April 15, Chris Pine on May 6, Melissa McCarthy on May 13 and Dwayne Johnson on May 20.

“Saturday Night Live,” enjoying a ratings bump since President Trump, one of its favorite satire targets, has taken office, announced Friday that beginning April 15, it will broadcast its shows live to all time zones in the United States.

“SNL” is typically live in the Eastern and Central time zones but delayed in the rest of the country, CNN explains.

Former “SNL” cast member Jimmy Fallon will host the April 15 show; Chris Pine will host on May 6; Melissa McCarthy, who will likely reprise her buzzed-about portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, will host May 13; and Dwayne Johnson will host on May 20.

“‘SNL,’ is enjoying its most popular season in two decades,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC entertainment, said in a statement, according to CNN. The shift will ensure that “everyone is in on the joke at the same time,” Greenblatt said.

On average, 11 million viewers have been watching the show each week, according to the Washington Post.

Earlier this week, NBC announced that it will launch a prime-time, half-hour, standalone “Weekend Update,” featuring “SNL’s” current “anchors” Colin Jost and Michael Che. The prime-time “Update,” which NBC said will also feature additional “SNL” cast members, will debut Aug. 10 at 9 p.m Eastern.

Photo: Melissa McCarthy Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

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