Community garden, Aptos CA — serene & peaceful. 831 688 5727
10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003
View it. Experience it. Walk through it.
The garden is there for you and others who live in Aptos, CA and near by communities including Watsonville, Freedom, La Selva, Rio del Mar, Soquel, Capitola and Santa Cruz, CA And, yes, people from Scotts Valley are welcome also. All are welcome!
Are you on holiday visiting Aptos, CA? Or near by areas? Bring a bag lunch to the garden. Walk around. Find the garden by taking the Freedom exit off Highway #1 and look for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) office. The garden is right next door at 10707 Soquel Drive in Aptos.
Here you will find rest. Serenity. Peace.
Are you visiting someone ill in the community? Perhaps you are taking care of a relative at Dominican Hospital or Watsonville Hospital? Perhaps you need a breather. Come to the Aptos Community Garden for a few minutes of peace, serenity and beauty.
Do you want to garden and like to do so with others? Garden plots at Aptos Community Garden are still available. Call 831 688 5727 extension 2 and leave a message. You will get a call back within 24 hours. You can also stop by and look around to see which plots are still available. Plots with a small red flag indicate availability. As of July, 2016 plots including # 38, 47, 65, 67 72 and 24 are available.
And, do you like or at least tolerate gophers? We have plenty of gophers to share! And birds. And,perhaps, you may see owls, hawks and other critters.
Aptos Community Garden operates under the 501c3 of Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, CA
Stop by Sundays around 11:15 – noon for a piece of fruit, cheese and a cookie.
Visitors always welcome.
Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA http://www.aptoschurch.org welcomes all — no exceptions.
Church worship services are at 10 am every Sunday.
CA Regional Center fails the sniff test.
Consent is a big deal. Written consent starts many important things such as: Will you marry me?
Will you have my child? Will you co-sign on a loan?
I consent that my child receive special education services. Yes consent is a big deal. For many reasons.
However, when it comes to consent, San Andreas Regional Center fails the sniff test. And this is probably true for other Regional Centers of which there are 21 in California.
Exactly how San Andreas Regional Center fails the sniff test is described below. First, some comments why consent is so important. Think about consent in general and why written consent is important:
Most people understand that consent matters and is a big deal. For example, everybody goes to the doctor. Everybody who goes to the doctor has to sign a consent for release of confidential information. Everybody knows that without written consent records cannot be sent electronically. Thus most people have some understanding that signed consents matter and are a big deal.
Another example: Many children get Early Start services. Early Start services are provided by California regional centers such as San Andreas Regional Center. Parents must sign written consent before assessment will start. No consent signed? Then no assessment and no services.
Many children who receive Early Start services improve considerably. Some children, however, make little or very slow progress in their social skills and how well they manage change.
Some of these slow developing children show substantial symptoms suggestive of autism. Early Start is required by law to contact the local public school and set up what is called a “transition” meeting.
Some children with autistic symptoms may be eligible for ongoing regional center services under the California Lanterman Act
Given the above, might think that before any assessment occurs for Lanterman eligibility for ongoing services that someone legally responsible must give written consent. That would logically follow. But, no.
Guess what! No written consent is obtained by SARC when children transition out of Early Start and may be eligible for ongoing services.
This is when CA Regional Center fails the sniff test.
San Andreas Regional Center SARC does not get written consent prior to assessing Early Start children who might be eligible for ongoing services.
This CA Regional Center only gets written consent one time — prior to assessment Early Start services.
So what? Does it matter that San Andreas Regional Center does not get written consent from Early Start children who might transition to ongoing services at age three?
Yes! No written consent translates into no current medical or school information will be obtained and thus not available forreview by the psychologist who assesses that child.
And, as a result a less than minimum report may be produced by CA Regional Centers based on limited or out of date records. Does this pass your sniff test? Nope.
This kind of behavior — where CA Regional Centers may meet the minimum requirements of the law but fails to implement best practice guide lines for the assessment of autism –should stop.
It is time that all CA regional centers meet the guidelines recommended by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for the assessment of autism in young children. San Andreas Regional Cener knows what those guidelines are. It’s time that this CA Regional Center met those guidelines willingly.
It all starts with consent. Yes, consent is a big deal. And consent leads to obtaining and sharing current information about young children some of whom have substantial autistic symptoms. And some of these children can and should be eligible under autism for ongoing regional center services at the age of three.
Should the public and parents require regional centers to get consent prior to assessing for autism? Yes. Consent if a big deal for many reasons. And then act on that consent. Get up to date, current medical and school records after getting consent. Yes, consent is big deal and matters.
What you can do: email your California representatives and say it’s high time that Regional Centers meet best practice guidelines for assessment of autism. Contact your local public schools and ask them to pressure the Regional Centers to get parent consent and use up to date standardized tests when testing children for autism and other developmental disabilities. And contact the California Department of Developmental Services to put pressure on specific regional centers such as San Andreas so that they will more fully meet best practice guidelines.
Did you know that the former boss of San Andreas Regional Center is now the top boss of the agency (DDS) that writes the best practice guidelines? He is Santi Rodgers and his email address is available on the DDS site. Let Mr. Rodgers know that you want best practices used when children are assessed for autism.
What do affluent Americans look for when picking a hotel for vacation?
It’s not beach access, fitness centers or privacy but something far more practical: Internet access, according to the Resonance Report on Affluent Travel and Leisure released Thursday.
book by Firenze Sage aka attorney James A. Jackson, Shoveling Smoke: Laws and Regulations Smother Jobs and Economy
The essential truth — that Islamic terrorists attacked Bengazhi which resulted in the murder of 4 Americans — was excised from the Rice Talking Points. It was just a spontaneous demonstration said U.N. Ambassador Rice on five Sunday talk shows. How did the change occur?
It happened due to the massage of various emails between CIA, State and the White House. It was done under the control of Victoria Nuland, who is close to Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State.
Yes, it does matter when the government lies to the public.
Remember what happened to Pinnoccho.
See below the exact language used by Victoria Nuland.
Today ABC News confirmed that State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland raised specific objections to an original CIA draft on the Benghazi massacre. Nuland pushed her superiors to completely delete numerous references of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. She also persuaded more senior officials to delete information on at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants prior to 9-11.
After all, an election was coming up.
Obama officials agreed with Nuland and decided to lie to the American people and claim that the offensive YouTube video was the reason for the attack.
But during her press conference on September 17, 2012, Victoria Nuland told reporters that what Ambassador Risce said on the Sunday talk shows was “very clear, very precise, about what our initial assessment of what happened.”
Victoria Nuland lied.
Here’s the transcript from the State Department:
QUESTION: Toria, in Friday’s briefing, Friday evening, you essentially stated that all questions concerning any aspect of the Benghazi attack – the circumstances surrounding it, the outcome of it, et cetera – would henceforth be directed by you to the FBI since it’s their investigation.
And yet, on five Sunday shows yesterday, Ambassador Rice, who works for the same agency as you, was giving the latest U.S. assessment of how this event unfolded, specifically by saying we don’t believe it was premeditated or preplanned, and by saying that those with heavy arms and so forth showed up, in essence, as she put it, to hijack an ongoing demonstration.
So my first question for you is: Given that Ambassador Rice is out there talking publicly about it and not referring Bob Schieffer and Chris Wallace and the rest to the FBI, may we consider that we can again begin asking you questions at this podium about the circumstances of the attack? If it’s fair for the Ambassador to discuss it, it should be fair in this room, correct?
MS. NULAND: Well, let me start by reminding you that Ambassador Rice outranks me, as does my own boss, so she is often at liberty to say more than I am. And I guess that’s going to continue to be the case.
What I will say, though, is that Ambassador Rice, in her comments on every network over the weekend, was very clear, very precise, about what our initial assessment of what happened is. And this was not just her assessment. It was also an assessment that you’ve heard in comments coming from the intelligence community, in comments coming from the White House. I don’t have anything to give you beyond that.
She also made clear, as I had on Friday, that there is an ongoing FBI investigation. So frankly, I’m not sure that it’s useful to go beyond that. I’m not capable of going beyond that, and we’ll have to just see what the FBI investigation brings us.
QUESTION: You would acknowledge, however, that the account of the events, the preliminary account of the events that Ambassador Rice offered, diverges starkly from the account offered by the Libyan President, correct?
MS. NULAND: Well, we’ve heard a number of different things from Libya. I would simply say that what – the comments that Ambassador Rice made accurately reflect our government’s initial assessment.
It’s very clear today that lib Victoria Nuland was not honest with reporters.
A study last year found that HALF of 18 to 24-year-olds did not know that Nelson led the British to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. A similar proportion were unaware the Romans built Hadrian’s Wall.
The questions abound re Fast and Furious.
Who devised the plan?
Who is in the chain of command?
What did they hope to accomplish?
How did they expect to track weapons without gps devices?
Did anyone raise the question about how the weapons would be tracked?
Why were weapons abandoned at the scene of the crime?
Who authorized wire taps in this caper?
Who was tapped?
What did the taps reveal?
Which Justice Dept fund paid for all this?
Who authorized payment?
Why is any of this subject to executive privilege?
This simply does not make sense. It seems the guns were gone forever which was obvious from the beginning. So what’s the point. Politicians may be this stupid but the cops certainly aren’t. And since when do criminals leave weapons behind at the scene of the crime.
Aptos Psychologist: Try betting your spouse a BMW if can correctly name the most expensive city to live in!
And can you name the most expensive city in the world to live? No, not New York and not London. And not Tokyo. It is …. Luanda, capital of Angola.
Angola has had its troubles …
And though most people are poor the cost of a hamburger is over $10.00
In Luanda, day laborers make roughly $50 per month, but a hamburger meal costs $12.62, and a two-bedroom apartment is $4,114. So how did these African outposts get so costly? The usual suspects: corruption, graft and a terrible business climate. And wars.
So if I pick up my BMW in Germany how long will it take to drive to Luanda, Angola for a hamburger? As a bird flies it is 4,337 miles from Germany to Angola. And should I want a little different night life one can head south to Nambia or north to Zambia for a little change.
I live at the beach in Live Oak, CA and am very aware of some of the problems associated with dogs on the beach and understand the concerns addressed in a recent article.
I also believe the incidents are infrequent and in the 10 years I’ve lived here, I have seen a positive change in the attitude of the local dog owner community.
The beach here has long been recognized as an off-leash haven, despite the law, which also prohibits fireworks, littering, glass containers, alcohol and bonfires. I have never seen efforts by the county to monitor activities that include these.
Why punish an entire community of happy frolicking dogs and responsible dog owners for the actions of a few rotten tomatoes? There are other ways to address this issue such as off-leash hours or joining community efforts to promote public awareness and pro-active measures in keeping our beaches and parks clean and safe for everyone.
One such group is Live Oak Beach Club for which information can be found on Facebook.
It’s not unusual to see a group of these local dog owners picking up the trash and broken glass left in smoldering bonfires by drunken revelers from the night before. And no, they don’t leave their waste in bags.
Letter by Marion Morris, member of Life Oak Beach Club, published 1-29-2012 in Santa Cruz Sentinel, B2
Filth is filth. Dog crap and bird crap contaminate beaches. Rolling in sand can lead to health issues. So take that walk along our beautiful beaches. And go swimming. But don’t bury your body in the sand! See the following article:
“Children and adults who build castles and dig in the sand at the beach are at greater risk of developing gastrointestinal diseases and diarrhea than people who only walk on the shore or swim in the surf, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Environmental Protection Agency.
People who playfully bury their bodies in the sand are at even greater risk, according to the study published online recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology. It also shows children, who are more likely than adults to play with and possibly get sand in their mouths, stand the greatest chance of becoming ill after a day at the beach.
“Beach sand can contain indicators of fecal contamination, but we haven’t understood what that means for people playing in the sand,” said Chris Heaney, Ph.D., a postdoctoral epidemiology student at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and lead author of the study. “This is one of the first studies to show an association between specific sand contact activities and illnesses.”
The study is based on interviews with more than 27,000 people who visited seven freshwater and marine beaches in the agency’s National Epidemiological and Environmental Assessment of Recreational Water Study (NEEAR) between 2003 and 2005 as well as in 2007. All beaches in the study had sewage treatment plant discharges within seven miles, although the source of sand pollution was unknown and could have included urban runoff as well as wild and domestic animal contamination. Water quality at the beaches was within acceptable limits, Heaney said.
“We have known for some time that swimming in waters polluted by fecal contamination can result in illness, but few previous studies have focused on sand,” said Tim Wade, Ph.D., an EPA epidemiologist and the study’s senior author. “People should not be discouraged from enjoying sand at the beach, but should take care to use a hand sanitizer or wash their hands after playing in the sand.”
People were asked about their contact with sand on the day they visited the beach (digging in the sand or whether they were buried in it). Then, 10 to 12 days later, participants were telephoned and asked questions about any health symptoms they had experienced since the visit.
Researchers found evidence of gastrointestinal illnesses, upper respiratory illnesses, rash, eye ailments, earache and infected cuts. Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illnesses were more common in about 13 percent of people who reported digging in sand, and in about 23 percent of those who reported being buried in sand.
“A lot of people spend time at the beach, especially in the summer,” Heaney said. “And while we found that only a small percentage of people who played at the beach became ill later – less than 10 percent in any age group, for any amount of exposure – it’s important to look at the situation more closely. If we find evidence that shows exposure to sand really does lead to illness, then we can look for the sources of contamination and minimize it. That will make a day at the beach a little less risky.”
Ten minutes south from Aptos: Monterey Bay Caterers Deli in Watsonville has great lunches. www.freedomOK.net/wordpress
There are 2 Monterey Bay Caterers!!! One is caterers and the other catering.
The one I like is located in Watsonville. MBC CaterERS has a small counter that holds about 8 persons. Most people get their food to go.
The cook and owner usually comes out for a break around 1:30. He chats with staff and customers about whatever. G
Good, fresh food. They will give you exactly what you want. No over eating unless you choose. The place has to die for meatloaf and gravy. Try the brownies for a $1.00.
Below is the CORRECT link for MBC Caterers. You can find out what he lunch specials are ahead of time.