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Police sell pink patches to fight breast cancer

Police sell pink patches to fight breast cancer

first_imgTags :city of hopedaily pressPink Patch ProjectpoliceSanta MonicaSanta Monica Police DepartmentSMC policesmdpsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPlease Restore ConfidenceApartments.com buys Westside RentalsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours ago HomeNewsPolice sell pink patches to fight breast cancer Feb. 02, 2017 at 7:00 amNewsPolice sell pink patches to fight breast cancerGuest Author4 years agocity of hopedaily pressPink Patch ProjectpoliceSanta MonicaSanta Monica Police DepartmentSMC policesmdpsmpd   For the first time in recent memory, the Santa Monica Police Department is releasing their patch to the public. While other police departments regularly participate in patch swaps or allow civilians to buy them, SMDP has always kept their signature mermaid by the sea for officers only – until now.There is a catch: the patches are pink.Jail administrator Jennifer Estrada was the first to purchase a pink patch and place it in her office window. From that moment they’ve been flying off her desk.“When the guys come by and see it’s pink it really garners a lot of attention,” Estrada said in an interview from her office in the jail. “It sold like crazy.”The pink patches cost ten dollars each and are raising money for the Breast Cancer Society. SMDP is the 91st agency to join the Pink Patch Project, which originated with the Irwindale Police Department. Santa Monica College’s Police Department is also selling pink versions of their patch.Without any announcement or press release, Estrada sold more than 150 patches to officers and staff at the Public Safety Facility. She’s been impressed by how quickly it has taken off with her mostly male colleagues.“All of the guys are like ‘that’s so cool’ and all of them have their own personal story of how they’ve been touched by cancer: like their mom or their grandmother or their brother,” Estrada said.It’s not hard to find a connection to start up a conversation surrounding the important topic of early detection or intervention. The National Cancer Institute estimates one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point during their lives.In fact, the entire nationwide effort started a few years ago with one conversation at the Irwindale Police Department. Chief Anthony Miranda had a heartfelt talk with his records clerk, Norma Ortiz, who had just lost her mom to breast cancer. Both of them realized their small police department had been deeply touched by cancer. Miranda decided to go beyond the traditional pink pins and bracelets to make a big difference. They borrowed the idea of pink patches from the Seal Beach Police Department, and started selling their own to raise money for City of Hope.Every October, every officer now wears a pink patch to raise awareness.“We deal with people in the best of times and the worst of times,” Sgt. Rudy Gatto said over the phone from Irwindale. “Every contact is a chance for us to spread the word. We’re human beings too. My family has been personally touched by cancer and breast cancer.”Gatto says raising awareness is important, because early detection is so vital to fighting breast cancer. The first year, the department doubled their initial fundraising goal and raised $20,000. They decided to take the idea nationwide.The pink patches spread from agency to agency and last October the entire effort raised $320,000 for breast cancer research and charities. Gatto hopes to raise half a million dollars by October this year.Word of the collectible patches spreads fast. Recently, a man in San Francisco reached out to Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks in Santa Monica with a personal letter asking to buy a patch to add to a memorial quilt he is making for his mother who died of breast cancer. The City hadn’t even announced plans to sell the patches yet.For Estrada, it’s another way for officers to connect with the many issues facing the people they serve.“We’re not just out there playing cops and robbers. We actually care about the people who live here,” Estrada said.SMDP will sell the patches year round. To get one, send a check and a self addressed envelope to Jennifer Estrada at 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The check should be made out to the City of Santa Monica with “Pink Patch” in the memo line.last_img read more

I Got You, Babe! Here’s a First Look at Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks & Micaela Diamond in The Cher Show

I Got You, Babe! Here’s a First Look at Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks & Micaela Diamond in The Cher Show

first_img The Broadway-bound bio-musical The Cher Show has officially kicked off its out-of-town run at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, and the production has just offered up a first look at the mega-talented trio of stars who embody the legendary singer of the musical’s title. Get a glance at Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block, Broadway alum Teal Wicks and newcomer Micaela Diamond in the photo above, and make your plans soon to experience The Cher Show for yourself when the Broadway run begins at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 1. We can hardly wait. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019 Micaela Diamond Star Files Stephanie J. Block The Cher Showcenter_img Related Shows Teal Wicks View Comments Teal Wicks, Stephanie J. Block & Micaela Diamond in “The Cher Show” at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre(Photo: Joan Marcus)last_img read more

Italy: OLT Offshore awards five regasification slots

Italy: OLT Offshore awards five regasification slots

first_imgOLT Offshore LNG Toscana on Thursday informed it has allocated five slots for the regasification and storage bundled service. The tender was issued on April 1 with OLT Offshore LNG Toscana is auctioning a total of 1 billion cubic meters storage capacity.According to the company’s statement, 12 bids were received before the deadline on April 19, however, due to operational limits, five slots were awarded.One slot was awarded in June, two in July and one in August, OLT said without revealing the names of the winners.The total quantity of the five allocated slots is bout 440 million cubic meters of gas that will be sent to Stogit storage system.The cargoes will be delivered to the OLT Offshore LNG Toscana’s FSRU, anchored about 22 km off the coast between Livorno and Pisa. The FSRU has the maximum regasification capacity of 15 million cubic meters a day and a storage capacity of 137.500 cubic metres of LNG. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

UFC Fight Night 156 “Shevchenko vs Carmouche” Preview and Predictions

UFC Fight Night 156 “Shevchenko vs Carmouche” Preview and Predictions

first_imgUFC Fight Night 156 delivers an entertaining semi main event and what should be an amazing Main event as Valentina Shevchenko looks to exact revenge for a loss to Liz Carmouche that apparently happened in a remote venue in Oklahoma when Shevxhenko came back off a long lay off. I have found zero video or pics from this fight so I don’t know what to tell you. Mike Perry looks to bring the fire tonight and has been in prime form during the pre fight weigh ins and face offs. That should be a fun one as Vicente Luque is all business and ready for a war.Here are my predictions for the full card. Feel free to tell me where you disagree.MAIN EVENTV. Shevchenko 17-3 vs. Liz Carmouche 13-6 at 125 lbsPrediction: Shevchenko via TKOSEMI MAIN EVENTVicente Luque 16-6-1 vs. Mike Perry 13-4 at 170 lbsPrediction: Luque via TKOHumberto Bandenay 14-6 vs. L. Garagorri 10-2 at 145 lbsPrediction: Garagorri via SubmissionVolkan Oezdemir 15-4 vs. Ilir Latifi 14-6 at 205 lbsPrediction: Oezdemir via TKOOskar Piechota 11-1-1 vs. Rodolfo Vieira 5-0 at 185 lbsPrediction: Vieira via SubmissionEnrique Barzola 15-4-1 vs. Bobby Moffett 14-4 at 145 lbsPrediction: Barzola DecisionGilbert Burns 15-3 vs. Alexey Kunchenko 20-0 at 170 lbsPrediction: Kunchenko DecisionCiryl Gané 3-0 vs. Raphael Pessoa 9-0 at 265 lbsPrediction: Gané via TKOTecia Torres 10-4 vs. Marina Rodriguez 11-0-1 at 115 lbsPrediction: Torres DecisionRaulian Paiva 10-2 vs. Rogério Bontorin 15-1 at 125 lbsPrediction: Bontorin DecisionG. de Freitas 12-4 vs. Chris Gutierrez 13-3-1 at 135 lbsPrediction: Gutierrez DecisionAlex da Silva 20-2 vs. Rodrigo Vargas 11- 2 at 155 lbsPrediction: da Silva via TKOPolyana Viana 10-3 vs. Veronica Macedo 5-3-1 at 125 lbsPrediction: Viana SubmissionI look forward to this one as there are some really solid match ups stylistically and that gets me fired up for the fights.Follow me on [email protected]@DamonSmith34Check out a previous article of mine featuring Tecia “Tiny Tornado” Torreshttp://marylandsportsblog.com/between-rounds-tecia-torres/Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Q&A with ‘Spamalot’ cast member Thomas DeMarcus

Q&A with ‘Spamalot’ cast member Thomas DeMarcus

first_imgThomas DeMarcus was a kid growing up in Tennessee when he first came across the work of Monty Python. DeMarcus, who’s been a company member in the touring production of the musical “Spamalot” based on the Python oeuvre, said the work of the comedy troupe was a revelation. Films like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “The Meaning of Life” and the sketch TV show that started it all gave DeMarcus instilled a lifelong interest in improvisation, comedy and live performance. We caught up with DeMarcus to talk about how that early fascination has been a benefit as a “Spamalot” cast member, and how the role has deepened his love of one modern comedy’s most irreverent and beloved troupes. Aurora Sentinel: Can you give me a quick idea of your history with the show?Thomas DeMarcus: I’ve been with this tour since September of 2010. We started in New York the first year. I’ve played different parts throughout the years. Right now, I just understudy King Arthur. I play Sir Bedivere, and I also play the Black Knight. I play Galahad’s mother.Has playing myriad roles in a single production been a challenge?It hasn’t been a terrible challenge. I think the challenge is living up to the Monty Python history. I have a background in improv and sketch comedy, so the idea of changing hats has come a little more naturally. There is that pressure for the large amount of Monty Python fans who come to this show with an ingrained idea. There is a pressure there to perform this material well for the fans.I imagine Monty Python fans can be pretty picky about how this material is performed. Have you run into anyone complaining about the show taking liberties with the material?I’m happy to say that I have not run into those fans. I’d say the Monty Python fans in general are very supportive of us.We have people who come dressed to the show as the knights, we have people who whistle along with the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” we have people who say the lines. We did a show a couple of weeks ago in Alabama. My parents were there, and told me the couple behind them were basically quoting the whole show as it was going on.We even met Eric Idle last year. He came to the show when we came to L.A. He had very, very positive things to say.What was it like to meet Eric Idle, an original Python troupe member who helped create this stage adaptation?We were in L.A. for a week. We had heard rumors that every night there would be people of importance. We never heard actual names. Someone had spotted Eric Idle in the audience.He came backstage and we took a cast photo with him. He was so happy. He was beaming. He took the time and introduced himself to every single person. We were trying not to bombard him with praise, but you’re kind of forced to.As someone with a background in improv comedy, has it been difficult sticking to a set script?It’s been a challenge. I’ve never done a show that’s had this sort of specific fan base. In rehearsal, our director and our choreographer had their finger on the pulse of what it needed to be. These are sort of comedy master classes. It could come down to a half a second pause – it makes all the difference. There is that pressure there.When the knights who say ni, when they come onstage, you have to have the voice they have in the movie. The French knight has to be despicable and disgusting, but he’s having fun. I haven’t seen the movie in a couple of years. I try to stay away from it … I try to make the part my own, but you do have to respect the source material.If you did play around, you would find that it’s not as funny. You’re not as funny as the material is, as much as it pains me to say that.Were you a Python fan before you started with the show?Yes, I was a huge fan. My parents introduced me to Monty Python. They were instilling this sense of humor into a young boy growing up in Tennessee. I think the whole sketch thing was very ambitious, to have six guys playing all of the parts.This has been a much more personal connection to the material. I think it’s different when you see the TV show. You never truly get it. Until you meet countless people who are quoting these lines back to you, you don’t really get a grasp of the timeless aspect of this comedy. They’re so excited when they meet us afterwards, when they see us coming to the theater. My appreciation for Monty Python has grown, and it’s become a lot more well-rounded.“Spamalot” runs for four performances from March 28 to 30 at the Buell Theatre, 950 13th St. in Denver. Tickets start at $30. Information: 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org.Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at [email protected] or 720-449-9707last_img read more