Ho Ho Ho! Santa Flew In By Helicopter Wednesday, Delivering Sick Kids Holiday Cheer and Presents

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Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Top of the News Make a commentcenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Santa came early to some sick children Wednesday morning once thanks to the Pasadena Police Air Operations Section and the Foothill Air Support Team.Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez escorted Santa Claus and his flight suit clad “elves” as they arrived atop the Huntington Memorial Hospital bearing gifts and holiday cheer in their own special rotor-equipped sleigh.The two-part Christmas Toy Drive known as “Operation Polar Wind” featured helicopter deliveries Wednesday at the Pediatrics Ward of Huntington Memorial Hospital and also at the Benedict Heliport in Altadena.“It is our honor as the hosting and coordinating agency, to put this together with the men and women of so many other fine police departments, but mostly it is our pleasure to bring some joy into the lives of the children at these locations who won’t be home for Christmas,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip SanchezThe first landing took place Wednesday morning on the roof of the Huntington Memorial Hospital where crowds of hospital staff, doctors and families flocked to see the arrival of Santa in a Pasadena Police helicopter, sporting a classic red velvet sack filled with toys of all kinds for a group of excited kids.“This really is a collective effort with the Pasadena Police Department and many of the agencies in the San Gabriel Valley through the Foothill Air Support Team. I’m very, very proud of the effort of the officers put together. They collected toys, they donated their own money, we purchased gifts for children here at the hospital who aren’t having a very bright Christmas because of health issues,” said Sanchez.Operation Polar Wind was funded through the generous contributions from City of Pasadena employees and Officer Associations participating in the FAST program, throughout the San Gabriel Valley, according to a press release. Approximately $4,000 in toys were bought and donated to give to Pasadena’s youth for this year’s event.Santa’s second stop was at the Pasadena Police Department heliport in Altadena later in the afternoon.This delivery brought in 48 kids and their families to an elaborate set up of unwrapped toys and a holiday throne where Santa made his way to give away gifts after he was greeted for celebrity-like landing. This event was held in conjunction with Peace Over Violence, a local organization committed to serving domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in our community.“We are so appreciative of their generosity and commitment to serving survivors,” said Peace Over Violence Program Director Sandy Monroy about the event.Peace Over Violence, (formerly LACAAW), established in 1971 by pioneering feminist activists, is a sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center headquartered in Los Angeles and dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.One of the first agencies of its kind in the country, Peace Over Violence has been committed to social service, social change and social justice for 41 years. Peace Over Violence’s innovative programs are comprehensive and include Emergency, Intervention, Prevention, Education and Advocacy services.“Some of these kids don’t have a Christmas. They just simply don’t have the means or the money so we get our families that are in most need and we bring them to this event, which they just love. The parents are ecstatic and of course the kids are very excited,” said Peace Over Violence Case Manager and Legal Advocate Claudia Sobaja.Operation Polar Wind is a tradition that keeps on giving year after year.“We’re able to have extra gifts left over for many of the non-profits. We support Peace Over Violence for example in ensuring that we can do what we can for our local community children as well,” explained Sanchez. 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Hasty Pudding honors Octavia Spencer

first_imgTwo days after learning that she had been nominated for a second Academy Award, Octavia Spencer was back in the limelight today when she came to Harvard to receive the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 2017 Woman of the Year award.The veteran film and television actress, whose latest Oscar nomination is for best supporting actress for her role in the film “Hidden Figures,” was presented with her pudding pot at Farkas Hall during a day of irreverent festivities in her honor that included a parade through the streets of Cambridge, a celebratory roast, some raucous skits performed with Hasty Pudding members, and a live-streamed press conference.Reflecting on her eventful week during the press conference, Spencer called the Academy Award nomination a “big surprise.”“And then to find out a week ago that I would be here celebrating with you guys … I feel overwhelmingly blessed.” Related Reynolds is Hasty’s Man of the Year The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the country, has been awarding its pudding pot annually since 1951 to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to entertainment. A Man of the Year award is also presented, with actor Ryan Reynolds set to receive it next month.“This is so humbling,” Spencer said, asked what it was like to join such past award recipients as Elizabeth Taylor and Lucille Ball. “It came out of left field.”In “Hidden Figures,” which is based on a true story, Spencer plays the leader of a team of three African-American female mathematicians, or “human computers,” who made significant contributions to the success of NASA during the early 1960s.,Acknowledging she was a “nervous wreck” as she awaited word of whether she would land her second Oscar nomination, Spencer said, “For this role, for this group of people we are portraying, it’s sweeter the second time around.”Spencer, 46, won the 2012 Academy Award as best supporting actress for her performance as Minny in “The Help,” a movie set in the Civil Rights era.For all her acting success, Spencer said her dream role “is that of a producer, a woman behind the scenes who creates roles for diversity in film. When I say diversity, I mean I want to see women of all shapes and sizes, people of all shapes and sizes. It’s about creating a landscape that demonstrates what our society is as a whole.”Her advice to young women of color aspiring to be performing artists?“Train,” she said. “It’s like being a boxer. It’s like being a runner. It’s a long haul. It took me 15 years to become an overnight success. So you have to buy a good pair of sneakers and train. If you stay in the race long enough you will win a race. The question is, will you be persistent at it?” Versatile actor will receive his pudding pot on Feb. 3 last_img read more

Chartwell portfolio close to £700m sale

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Another COVID-19 frontliner dies; Confirmed cases now over 500

first_imgMANILA – Another coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) frontliner, a renowned cardiologist in the country, joined the growing list of virus casualty as the confirmed cases have reached over 500 on Tuesday. Dr. Raul Diaz Jara. Philippine Heart Association PHA also noted Jara’s massive contribution and devotion to the advancement of Philippine cardiology. Dr. Raul Diaz Jara, an esteemed cardiologist and internist, died on early Tuesday morning after testing positive to COVID-19, the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) said in a statement. “It is with profound sadness that we announce the loss of one of the great pillars of cardiology, PHA past president Dr. Raul Diaz Jara. He was a great father, teacher, mentor, poet, author, singer, colleague, friend,” the PHA said in a statement. Several other frontliners have succumbed to COVID-19. Cardiologist Israel Bactol of the Philippine Heart Center, anesthesiologist Gregorio Macasaet III of Manila Doctors Hospital, and oncologist Rose Pulido of the San Juan de Dios Hospital passed away recently. The number of people who tested positive for the coronavirus disease in the Philippines jumped to 552, with the death toll remaining at 33. The number of patients who have recovered is now at 19./PNlast_img read more

Mrs. Ethel Irene (Francis) Claypoole

first_imgMrs. Ethel Irene (Francis) Claypoole, age 83, of Florence, Kentucky, entered this life on January 6, 1933, in Brown County, Ohio, the loving daughter of the late, Robert Cecil and Alma Ethel (Gaffin) Francis. She was raised in Hamersville, Ohio where she was a 1952 graduate of Hamersville High School. Ethel was united in marriage on February 21, 1953, in Brookville, Kentucky, to the late, Wayne Taylor Claypoole and to this union arrived four sons, Kenneth, Thurman, George and John and five daughters, Frances, Barbara, Roberta, Ruth and Norma to bless their home. Ethel and Wayne shared 43 loving years of marriage together until Wayne passed away on February 22, 1996. Ethel was a former line worker for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for several years. She was also employed for the Barrell Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for 1 year and for Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was baptized at the Spring Branch Baptist Church in Switzerland County, Indiana. Ethel resided in the Switzerland County community since 1967. Ethel was a wonderful homemaker and will be dearly missed by her loving family. Ethel passed away at 8:42 am, Monday, December 12, 2016, at her residence in Florence, Kentucky.Ethel will be dearly missed by her sons: Kenneth Claypoole of St. Paul, IN, Thurman Claypoole of Vevay, IN, George Claypoole and his wife: Lisa of Florence, IN and John Claypoole and his wife: Tammy of Patriot, IN; her daughters: Frances Cochran of Patriot, IN, Barbara Gurley of Rising Sun, IN, Roberta McKay and her husband: Russell of Patriot, IN, Ruth Rose and her husband: Dale of Patriot, IN and Norma Montgomery and her husband: Rob of East Enterprise, IN; her 22-grandchildren: Braden Claypoole, Andrea Claypoole, Tiffany Claypoole, Caleb Claypoole, Tara Romans, Jeremy Romans, Timmy Gurley Lewis, Terry Gurley Lewis, Dale Rose, Jr., Jenna Felts, Wayne Cochran, Cody Cochran, Kacey Claypoole, Lacey White, Abbey Hahn, Chelsea Claypoole, Johnny Claypoole, Rusty McKay, Zack McKay, Brandi Lewis, Brady Lewis and Berry Montgomery; her 32-great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchild.She was preceded in death by her parents: Robert Cecil and Alma Ethel (Gaffin) Francis; her husband: Wayne Taylor Claypoole, died February 22, 1996; her sons-in-law: Timothy Joe Gurley and Frank Ervin Cochran, Jr.; her grandson: Justin William Claypoole; her great-granddaughter: Anna Marissa Montgomery; her sisters: Phyllis Francis, Bonnie Clifton, Janice Forbes, Eloise Yockey and Betty Hampton.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 7:00 pm, by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Graveside Services and Interment will be conducted at 1:00 pm, Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Feesburg, OhioFriends may call 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more