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Join the anti-procrastination campaign

October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

By Marla Jo Fisher, The Orange County Register

Who says you don’t get anything from your children?

I used to feel guilty about procrastinating, and then I had kids. Now I have 10 times more things to put off doing than I ever did before.

When I was single, I had a lot fewer things to not get done, mostly involving picking up extra tequila for the weekly margarita party and changing the oil in my sportscar.

The fun thing about having kids is that the list of things you should do but don’t get around to expands exponentially.

In fact, I have found an entirely new category of things to not get done, including sifting through piles of too-small kids’ clothing and getting the teeth cleaned of a dog that the kids browbeat me into rescuing.

Not long ago, I took a yellow legal pad and started writing down everything I needed to get done but was avoiding, thinking there would be maybe 15 items.

There were 42 things on that list.

Those 42 things were wearing down my brain, with all that remembering.

So I decided to start checking a few items at a time, and, seriously, it has been making me feel a little better every day.

That’s when I realized how you can improve your mood without medication, just by taking care of pesky little things that are weighing on your mind.

That’s why I have decided to create STOP, the Society To Oppose Procrastination.

You don’t have to send me any dues or sign up, though of course if you want to send me money, I’m on Paypal.

I wish we had a catchy campaign image, like Carrie Nation smashing bottles with her hatchet, but I guess hatchets and kids don’t mix.

My first act as the founder of STOP is to hold a special day and contest.

I have designated Nov. 6 as my first annual “Anti-Procrastination Day.” If you want to participate, you need to start making a list now of every task you need to get done but have been cooling your heels about.

Then designate Nov. 6 as the day you will actually get as many of these things done as possible.

Suggestions: Taking back those library books overdue since 2004. Having your tires rotated. Weeding your garden. Getting married. Powerwashing your house. Powerwashing your kid. (That one is just wishful thinking).

I suggest figuring out how many of these tasks can be completed by your children. You’re a good delegator, right? That shows leadership skills. I don’t recommend any power tools for the youngsters, unless they were born with extra limbs.

And I even have a prize: If you want to win a really groovy set of Snapware Snap N Stack portable organizers, which will help you check something off a future list, then here’s what you have to do:

Send an email to mfisher@ocregister.com by Nov. 3 (but don’t procrastinate, do it today or you’ll forget) listing at least 10 things you are going to accomplish on Nov. 6 Anti-Procrastination Day.

Then on Nov. 7 or 8, send me another email telling me how many of these items you got checked off on Saturday.

The person who gets the most items done wins the Snapware.

I wish I could win this myself because I am highly motivated, and I’ve seen this Snapware already and it’s cool.

So get cracking out there. And don’t put this off!

Marla Jo Fisher was a workaholic before she adopted two foster kids several years ago. Now she juggles work and single parenting, while being exhorted from everywhere to be thinner, smarter, sexier, healthier, more frugal, a better mom, better dressed and a tidier housekeeper. Contact her at mfisher@ocregister.com. Read her blog at http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/category/frumpy-middleaged-mom-marla-jo-fisher/.

Foreign Born Gain Jobs, Native Born Lose Jobs

October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

pewThe Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, today released a report that finds substantial differences in the experiences of foreign-born and native-born workers during the recovery from the Great Recession. The report shows that, in the year following the end of the recession in June 2009, foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs while native-born workers lost 1.2 million jobs. As a result, the unemployment rate fell for immigrants, from 9.3% to 8.7%, while it rose for the native born, from 9.2% to 9.7%.

 During the recovery from 2009 to 2010, the immigrant working-age population also increased by 709,000 following a decrease the previous year.  But employment for immigrants has not recovered to pre-recession levels and their wages fell sharply in 2009-10.

 This report also analyzes labor market outcomes for Hispanics, whites, blacks and Asians. The focus is on the period from the second quarter of 2008 to the second quarter of 2009, when most of the job losses during the Great Recession occurred, and the period from the second quarter of 2009 to the second quarter of 2010, the first year of recovery from the recession. The analysis is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor.

 The report, After the Great Recession: Foreign Born Gain Jobs; Native Born Lose Jobs, authored by Rakesh Kochhar, Associate Director for Research, Pew Hispanic Center, with C. Soledad Espinoza, Intern, Pew Hispanic Center, and Rebecca Hinze-Pifer, intern, Pew Hispanic Center, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.  

 The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Second-half meltdown vs. Kings leaves Cavs with another loss

October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers unraveled faster than a Halloween mummy costume made out of toilet paper.
Up as many as 16 in the first half, Cleveland imploded in the second and lost 107-104 to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
“You should put your foot on the gas even more, put your foot [...]

Puerto rican brith certificates update

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

puerto-ricoIn line with Puerto Rican law, effective Monday, November 1, 2010, the BMV can only accept certified copies of Puerto Rican birth certificates that are issued on or after July 1, 2010.

 It is the BMV’s goal to assure that every resident receives quality customer service and that we explore every option available to verify the required elements of Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number (if ever assigned), Proof of Ohio residency, and Proof of legal presence or citizenship.

 Assistance from the Ohio BMV

To assist residents who have not yet received their new Puerto Rico-issued birth certificate or who may have questions about the law, the BMV will continue its enhanced customer service efforts to assist in identifying other forms of documentation that can be used to verify the identity of those applying for an Ohio driver license or state identification card.

 If a local Deputy Registrar is unable to verify identity based on the documents provided to them, the Deputy Registrar will give copies of these documents, along with the customer’s contact information to the customer service representatives.

 The customer service representatives will work closely with residents to identify, retrieve and review any additional documents he or she may have, including documents beyond those on the BMV’s acceptable documents list, that we may be able to use to verify identity. The acceptable documents list can be found at: http://bmv.ohio.gov/acceptable_id_documents.stm (the full list is also bring provided as a separate attachment in this message). The customer service representative will work efficiently to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, but it may take a few days and they will need accurate contact information for you. Should additional information be needed, an in-person follow up may be necessary to go over documents or verify your identity.

 If you have any questions about how to obtain an Ohio driver license or state identification card, please visit your local Deputy Registrar.

 A list of Deputy Registrars and their hours can be found at: http://bmv.ohio.gov/county_lst.stm.

 Process for Obtaining an Ohio Driver License or State ID Card:

To obtain an Ohio driver license or state identification card, customers must be able to prove the following five items to a Deputy Registrar:

 

  • Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number (if ever assigned), Proof of Ohio residency, and Proof of legal presence or citizenship. Examples of documents that prove each of these five items can be found at: http://bmv.ohio.gov/acceptable_id_documents.stm or attached at the end of this document.

 

  • A Birth Certificate is the most commonly used document to verify Name and Date of Birth as well as Legal Presence. In most cases, Ohio accepts either an original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a seal, issued by an appropriate government agency, that also contains gender.

 

  • Additional documentation may be required if the documentation provided is questionable or does not adequately verify one of the required items. On a case-by-case basis, the BMV is willing to review other documents that are not on the acceptable documents list to prove one or more of the five required items.

 

The Ohio Department of Public Safety and Bureau of Motor Vehicles strongly recommend that Ohio residents who have a specific need for their Puerto Rican birth certificate related to the usage of this document for official purposes (such as passport, driver license or state identification card application) request a new birth certificate immediately, if they have not done so already.

 

To do this, customers may visit the Government of Puerto Rico’s Web site at www.pr.gov for more information and to use its online application process to apply for a newly certified Puerto Rican birth certificate.

Kids’ docs urged to screen new moms for depression

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO — An influential medical group says pediatricians should routinely screen new mothers for depression. Depression isn’t just bad for moms: It can also harm their babies.

That’s according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics report published Monday in the journal, Pediatrics. It cites research showing developmental and social delays in babies with depressed mothers.

The academy says that every year more than 400,000 babies are born to depressed women. Estimates say that between 5 percent and 25 percent of women develop postpartum depression.

The pediatrics academy says severely depressed women should be referred to experts for treatment.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists earlier this year recommended similar screening.

Army Pfc. Kevin C. Gomez has graduated from the Special Forces

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Service note

Army Pfc. Kevin C. Gomez has graduated from the Special Forces Candidate One-Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the first 14 weeks of basic infantry training, the private first class received training in drill and cere­mony, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military customs and courtesies, military justice, physical fitness, road marches, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and tra­ditions.

Additional training included devel­opment of basic combat skills, and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

After completing basic infantry train­ing, Pfc. Gomez will complete airborne school with a subsequent assignment to Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C., to pre­pare for and attend the Special Forces Qualification Course as a weapons ser­geant or engineer sergeant.

A 2004 graduate of Admiral King High School, he is the son of Nanette Gomez of Lorain.

Wendy’s Bravo Group Launches Campaign for Hispanic Consumer Market

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

DUBLIN, Ohio — Wendy’s International, Inc. and its Miami-based Hispanic advertising agency The Bravo Group, announce the launch of Wendy’s “Sabor de Verdad” advertising campaign for the U.S. Hispanic consumer market.

The central theme, “Sabor de Verdad,” loosely translated as “Real Taste,” neatly encompasses Wendy’s core principals of superior, quality food prepared with fresh ingredients, while appealing to Hispanic customers’ savvy and appreciation for real, quality, tasty food. “Sabor,” representing taste, flavor and character, and “de verdad” meaning authentic, real and true, plainly spell out Wendy’s food philosophy for Hispanic customers.  

“Our research shows that the phrase ‘Sabor de Verdad’ produces a strong, emotional connection for Hispanic consumers with its multi-faceted meanings – authentic food with true flavor from Wendy’s,” said Bravo Renee Lavecchia, Vice President, Managing Director. “It communicates the benefits and value of Wendy’s ‘real’ strategy in a fresh, memorable way for Hispanic consumers.”

In conjunction with the “Sabor to Verdad” launch, Wendy’s plans to introduce expanded offerings to their 99 cents Everyday Value Menu at participating Wendy’s. For Hispanic customers, advertising will focus on the ability to enjoy “sabor de verdad” by satisfying whatever “antojos” or taste cravings they may have  - at an everyday, affordable price point of 99 cents.

“In addition to showing dedication to quality, fresh food, Wendy’s seeks to build faith among the more than 45 million U.S.-based Hispanics that we will deliver the best tasting fast food experience every time at everyday prices,” said Wendy’s Bob Holtcamp, SVP Brand Marketing. ‘Sabor de Verdad’ provides a platform for a long-term campaign aimed at our ever-growing Hispanic consumer base, while directly reflecting our goal to be the ‘real choice in fast food’.”

Colts ride Vujanov express to victory

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

WESTFIELD TWP. — Not in his wildest dreams did Cloverleaf running back Grant Vujanov expect the game he put together Friday night.
In his final prep game, the senior registered the third-highest single-game rushing total in school history and scored four times as Cloverleaf crushed Highland 45-7 at Gene Clark Stadium.
“I can’t even describe it,” Vujanov [...]

More than a dream ending

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Mason Schreck took a knee, the final seconds ticked off the clock and hundreds of Medina students stormed out of the end zone bleachers Friday night to celebrate their football team’s 14-13 win over Brunswick at Kenneth Dukes Stadium.
First-year Bees coach Larry Laird and his players loved every minute of it, but they’re also hoping [...]

Bees figure to be in playoffs

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

MEDINA — With its season on the line, Medina’s football team didn’t turn to star running back Jason Suggs or even its tried-and-true defense.
With 1:25 left and Medina clinging to a 14-13 lead against rival Brunswick, the 12th man came through with flying colors.
A deafening crowd at his back, Bees coach Larry Laird’s desperate attempt [...]