Thursday, April 30, 2009
Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world.
In Pinellas, food will be unloaded from the back of the postal trucks in Clearwater/ Dunedin and placed in large postal boxes for transport to the Mallory Powell Center at 1521 E Druid Rd.
The food tends to come in all at once which is why we need we need folks to move the food as quickly as food banks can offer the trucks for transport to MPC.
The food comes in first to the post offices so peak times are generally noon-2pm and 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
Volunteers and donations are welcome and EVERYBODY can participate.
All citizens need do is to place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 9. The carrier will do all the rest. The food is taken back to a postal station, sorted, and then delivered to an area food bank or pantry. There it is available for needy families.
1) Dunedin Post Office from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. Dunedin Post Office is on CR1 just north of Main St in Dunedin – just show up.
2) Downtown Clearwater Post Office from 12 noon to 5:30 – just show up.
3) Salvation Army - Main Social Service Campus ( Mallory-Powell Center) at 1521 E Druid Rd, Clearwater from around 1 pm through 6 pm. (Folks can volunteer for one hour, two, hours, or as long as they are able/willing). People interested in volunteering should contact either JoAnn Bruner, Volunteer Coordinator at 725-9777 or Kip Corriveau, Director of Social Services at 446-6507.
4) RCS Food Bank will need volunteers the same day. They have three afternoon shifts available: 1:30-3:30 / 3:00-5:00 / 5:00-7:00. Those interested may contact Rachel Thurber, RCS Volunteer Coordinator at (727) 242-4606.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
“This partnership not only enhances PSTA’s customer service, but is also a major step forward in preparing for the regional transit network being formulated by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA),” adds Mr. Garling.
Google Transit features and benefits include:
- Plan a trip using a mobile device (like an iPhone or Blackberry)
- View a trip on a Google Map
- Google’s street-level views and aerial photos will allow riders to see the bus stop and surrounding area.
- Automatically translates 40 languages
- Easy and intuitive interface
- Interconnected with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s (HART) Google Transit information for seamless trip planning
Parents can find information on educating their children and being a good role model http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/govpubs/RPO991/
Teenagers can find answers to many of their questions. http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/govpubs/ph323/
To locate additional information on substance abuse resources in the FAQ's section of USA.gov.
Or call 2-1-1 for information on drug and alcohol related resources and support group programs in your community.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Help for American Home Owners is here.
- There is never a fee to get assistance or information about Making Home Affordable from your lender or a HUD-approved housing counselor.
- Beware of any person or organization that asks you to pay a fee in exchange for housing counseling services or modification of a delinquent loan. Do not pay – walk away!
- Beware of anyone who says they can “save” your home if you sign or transfer over the deed to your house. Do not sign over the deed to your property to any organization or individual unless you are working directly with your mortgage company to forgive your debt.
- Never submit your mortgage payments to anyone other than your mortgage company without their approval.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
10 Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2009
There are some security threats that have been around long before the advent of the Internet, and even some Internet threats have been around for a while. Still, according to one analyst, attackers are becoming more sophisticated in circumventing our security controls, and new threats are starting to emerge.
In an article on the TechRepublic website, analyst Debra Littlejohn Shinder outlines the 10 security threats she sees as growing in prominence this year. They include:
- Social networking: It’s finding its way into the workplace, Shinder says, and too many people “let their hair down when posting on these sites and share much more personal data (and even company data) than they should.”
- More attacks on the integrity of the data: It used to be attackers were just looking for a free ride on your Internet connection, but now data is quickly becoming the target.
- Attacks on mobile devices: Laptops, smart phones and new technology carry around more sensitive data than ever — and most people don’t take the proper corrective measures.
- Virtualization: Shinder says virtualized environments are becoming commonplace in the business world, and, if it’s “properly deployed, virtualization can even increase security — but that’s a big ‘if,’” she says. “Virtualization makes security more complicated because it introduces another layer that must be secured.”
- Cloud computing: “Cloud advocates envision a day when we’ll all use inexpensive terminals to access our resources that are located someplace ‘out there,’” Shinder says. “But when your data is ‘out there,’ how can you be sure that it’s protected from everyone else ‘out there?’”
Some of the other threats Shinder sees include more attacks on non-Windows operating system, increased vulnerability of third party applications, increased recycling of computer components, IP convergence and people simply being too overconfident in their existing security controls.
To read the full article, click here: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=602
If you have an analog TV and do not subscribe to a paid service (such as cable or satellite), you’ll need to purchase a TV converter box. To help with the transition, every U.S. household is entitled to two coupons (each worth $40) that can be applied towards the cost of the converter box. Apply online for coupons.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Walgreens Take Care Clinics offer free care to jobless
Take Care Clinics, located inside Walgreens drugstores, are offering free medical care to families of people who lost jobs and have no health coverage.
There are some catches. Patients have to have lost their jobs after March 30. If patients have never been treated by Take Care before, they must pay for the first visit. Prescriptions are not part of the deal.
Otherwise Take Care, which treats most minor ailments, is waiving $59 to $80 fees depending on the type of service through the rest of 2009. Quest Diagnostics also won't charge for tests Take Care commonly uses to diagnose strep throat and bladder infections. Free care is being offered to spouses, same-sex domestic partners and children if they have no other health coverage.
Visits are limited to between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.
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