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What a difference a year makes

What a difference a year makes

One week and one year ago, I went to my first social media type mixer.  It was there that I met fellow local bloggers for the first time.  Normally, I wouldn't have left  my comfort zone, but my heart had recently been broken, so I wasn't thinking rationally.  It wasn't so much a "I'll show him.  I'll become successful."  It was more like, "Why the hell not?  I need a change of pace."

PHOTO CONTEST: Father's Day 2011

PHOTO CONTEST: Father's Day 2011

Who's your favorite papa? Upload his photo to MomsLikeMe and tell us about him for a chance to win Papa Murphy's pizzas and a couple's massage from Massage Envy! The entry with the most votes will win.

SLIDESHOW: Father's Day 2011 photo contest candidates

Click here to submit a photo of your father and/or vote for your favorite dad today!

Register now for News10's free Blog U 2.0 June 20

Register now for News10's free Blog U 2.0 June 20

Register now for News10's free Blog U 2.0 session at News10 on Monday, June 20.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the News10 studio at 400 Broadway in Sacramento.

Summer Infant Water Safety in Sacramento

Summer Infant Water Safety in Sacramento

With the beginning of summer upon us, thoughts turn to fun in the sun and water.  For infants and toddlers, that can mean tragedy.  In California, drowning is the number one killer of chidren under the age of four, according to the Infant Swimming Resource of Sacramento.

In addition to providing the safest pool environment possible such as constant adult supervision, fences, covers, and alarms, ISR suggests a program of swimming self-rescue lessons as additional prevention to protect children from accidental drownings.  Children as young as 7 months old learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted.  Older children also learn to swim with their head down, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe and roll over again to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool to crawl out. 

These skills are taught by certified instructors to assure that a day

UCLA report challenges student P.E. participation

SACRAMENTO, CA - California requires middle and high school students to get 400 minutes of physical education every 10 days.

But a new UCLA study found nearly 40% ... that's 1.3 million teens enrolled in a public school ... do not participate in any school-based P.E. class.

Student Kayla Allen said, "We don't have P.E. at our school, and I think it's ridiculous because kids need physical education or else they'll get fat."

"It's kind of sad because I think everybody needs P.E.," said another student Faith Oliver. "It helps people learn how to be fit."

More alarming ... almost all 12 year olds participate in P.E. classes, but by the time they are 17 years old, less than a quarter do.

The report also found more than 80% of all California teens fail to meet the current federal recommendation for physical activity.

Congratulations Nanny Goats in Panties!!

Congratulations Nanny Goats in Panties!!

One of our local My Neighborhood bloggers was voted the best blogger in the area through KCRA's A-List. Congratulations Nanny Goats in Panties!!!

If you haven't been reading her blog, you can find it here at this link.

American Public Works Association Honors Sacramento’s Lucinda Willcox as Manager of the Year

American Public Works Association Honors Sacramento’s Lucinda Willcox as Manager of the Year

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Sacramento Chapter recognized Lucinda Willcox as one of three outstanding individuals who represented the best management professionals in public works for 2011 at an annual awards dinner on Thursday, May 19. 

Willcox provides expertise in infrastructure and transportation planning, public administration and management and program development.  During her 20 years of experience, Willcox has revamped the Private Development Fund and has secured tens of millions of dollars in state and federal transportation money. 

“Lucinda inspires excellence and dedication in the public sector,” said APWA Sacramento Chapter President Matt Brogan. “She was selected based on profession, leadership, innovation, agency service, customer service and community service.”  

The APWA also honored Ken Grehm of Placer County and Cedar Kehoe of Elk Grove as Manager of the Year award winners.