Romance Fraud and Seniors

By Marzena Stykowska, CSR – re-post News Channel 8

Published: June 19, 2015

(WTNH) — Romance fraud robs Americans of more than $80 million each year. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is calling on the online dating industry to better protect its users. Here to share tips for how to spot and avoid online dating scams is Nora Duncan, state director of AARP in Connecticut and Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris. 

http://wtnh.com/2015/06/19/fraud-alert-aarp-wants-you-to-know-about-romance-scams/

World Sickle Cell Day, June 2015

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is June 19th. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution on June 19, 2008 recognizing sickle-cell disease as a public health concern. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day provides an opportunity to increase understanding of Sickle Cell Disease and how it affects individuals and families worldwide.

Sickle Cell Disease is one of the most common inherited blood disorders affecting 70,000 to 80,000 Americans and millions of people world-wide.

Sickle Cell Disease is common among people whose ancestors come from Africa; Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Turkey, and Italy; the Arabian Peninsula; India; and Spanish-speaking regions in South America, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that Sickle Cell Disease contributes to 5% of the deaths of children younger than 5 years of age in some African countries. While an increasing proportion of affected children now survive past 5 years of age, many remain at risk of premature death. With early detection and use of public health interventions such as penicillin, many of these deaths can be prevented. Additionally, the burden of this disease can be reduced with increased global resources and effective partnerships. Your help is needed in the education and spreading awareness of Sickle Cell Disease.

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Artist Profile: HAWKHOUSE

HAWKHOUSE  Raw Crystal Jewelry

Gay Head, Massachusetts

Jessica Kramer hails from Lincoln, Nebraska and is a self taught mixed metal artist. Since leaving the land of Lincoln she has traveled 6 of the 7 continents of the world and gathered gems, minerals and inspiration throughout her travels.
She lived in the Bay area, California for nearly 5 years working in metal fabrication and black-smithing. She also worked in Event Production with the awe inspiring company Obscura Digital.
She left California in 2012. Driving her cat and belongings to Martha’s Vineyard to waitress during the tourist filled summer season, ended up meeting the love of her life. She has rarely left the island and his side, since.
HAWKHOUSE emerged as a creative outlet for Jessica to channel all of her artistic musings in the slow and frigid winter months on the island. Her inspirations come from nature and science and her work reflects this.
Jessica Kramer

Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator,

“I was born in the early 80’s and grew up in the midwest. My mother is a potter and has inspired and taught me so much. I am well traveled and have picked up inspiration from around the world. I love to try new mediums and make messes.”

You can find more of this designer’s work on Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HAWKHOUSE

On Facebook: Bad With The Good

By CHRISTINA VALHOULI

DECEMBER 14, 2012
This is a great story about posting sensitive and personal information on social media.

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LIKE many women these days, Aran Hissam, 35, of Melbourne, Fla., posted the news that she was pregnant on Facebook. On the morning of an ultrasound last year, she debated on the site whether to learn the baby’s sex, musing “to peek or not to peek?”

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http://nyti.ms/Sr6V4C

Taking Back Detroit

Taking Back Detroit
Portraits of the Motor City by Wayne Lawrence
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Hear from the die-hard natives and upbeat newcomers who are re imagining Detroit, playing out
their dreams, or reveling in the once neglected city’s revival.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/taking-back-detroit/index.html

$49 Lucky Dog fare sale

Repost from ‘The Jet Sets Pets’

March 18, 2015 By kellyecarter

Virgin America sends chihuahuas to east coast for adoption; launches $49 Lucky Dog fare

The overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California continues to force animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help – where the dogs will quickly be adopted. As the only San Francisco-based airline, Virgin America first teamed up with the SF ACC to fly needy pups to new homes on the East Coast in 2010 to help address the influx of dogs at shelters on the West Coast. The overpopulation issue has only escalated since the original 2010 airlift, and as part of its long-standing partnership with and commitment to SF ACC, Virgin America is undertaking its sixth such airlift flight.

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Sticky Traps Are Dangerous to Wildlife

Originally posted on Fairfax County Police Department News:

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Animal Control Officers routinely respond to calls for birds, snakes and other wildlife being caught in glue traps which are designed for nuisance rodents. These reports are more common in Spring and Summer.

Recently, several chickadees were caught on the glue sheets, with deadly results. Animal Control Officers responded, took the sheets/birds to a local veterinarian for removal. The stress of handling the wild birds caused several of the birds to pass away.

Glue boards also trap local snakes, natural predators of mice and rats. Cats, bats and other animals can be trapped, unintentionally, as well. For more information on this issue, please see the U.S. Humane Society at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/glue_boards.html.

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The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

Bohemian Home Journal:

I always enjoy seeing the images from yearly Smithsonian photography competition. These are just as awesome as ever.

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

Smithsonian has just announced the winners of their 12th Annual Photo Contest. The winners were selected from over 26,500 entries by photographers from 93 different countries.

Pham Ty was awarded the grand prize for his photo of seamstresses sewing a fishing net in a small Vietnamese village. Six category winners were also selected along with two Readers’ Choice winners, who were the top vote getters from over 10,000 votes received.

For the complete list of finalists and winners, visit Smithsonian.com where you can also enter next year’s contest.

Grand Prize
Pham Ty

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Women of a small village near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, sew a fishing net while their husbands fish. (Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, November 2013, Sony NEX-6)

Natural World : Winner
Lorenzo Mittiga

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A green iguana surfaces for air. “I had decided to take…

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