Quick summer family getaways The city is scorching and there’s nothing more stifling than being stuck in the urban jungle for summer. Let’s not even mention the crazy cabin fever our kids get when they’ve been out of school for a few weeks and literally bouncing off walls! Everyone needs a break! Even if it’s just a mini-one because not all of us may have the luxury of taking off on a long holiday for the sweltering months ahead. Traveling last minute with kids is not that simple. It is crucial to choose the right place adapted to your needs. There are two important factors I like to consider when booking a stay with my kids: space and service. When you have small children like mine, their suitcases are bigger than mine, so having extra space in a room is such a big deal to us. Service is also essential, especially when traveling without a nanny. Left the toothbrush at home? Maybe in desperate need of diapers? How about off-the-menu … [Read more...] about Quick summer family getaways
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Last year, she played in the Wednesday pro-am with Rick Keyes, Meijer’s president and CEO, and learned more about the company’s Simply Give program, which supports local food pantries. she felt a tug to give back to the community that so graciously welcomed LPGA golfers to their town. “I feel like I’m right at home,” said Ryu, who donated $100,000 to Simply Give. “I feel like even though I never really met them personally, I feel like [the fans] are like my friends who are always supporting me, always pulling for me. So coming back as defending champion is always special and I feel very blessed to be here.” Entering the week, Ryu finally feels her game coming together for the season after her tie for second at the U.S. Women’s Open, her best finish of the season. “At the beginning of the season I wasn't really comfortable with my game at all,” said Ryu, who is teeing off No. 10 at 12:59 p.m. with past Meijer … [Read more...] about So Yeon Ryu feeling right at Home in Grand Rapids
Freddie Alquiros turns 60 C‘EST CEBU - Honey Jarque Loop (The Philippine Star) - May 11, 2019 - 12:00am Extended family members from here and foreign shores and close once-upon-a-time acquaintances from universities and workstations who have become close friends, all came together to celebrate the 60th birthday of Freddie Alquiros, an important friend to a lot of people, and the fabled favorite uncle to his nephews and nieces. The unforgettable event was held at the sprawling home of his brother Filbert and sister-in-law Jong. It began with a late afternoon Mass officiated by a close family friend, Father Mark “Toto” Cerrada, beside the pool and the surrounding landscaped garden, with colorful roundtable setups, with centerpieces of mementos of Freddie’s travels. Freddie with Ted and Marijo Serrano, Henry Go, Rudy Ang, Gina Alvarez, Oliver Ortiz A lavish fusion buffet of roasted calf, … [Read more...] about Freddie Alquiros turns 60
By David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Fri., May 3, 2019 A right-leaning member of Toronto city council is urging the Ford government to reconsider “unacceptable” cuts that threaten to wipe out more than 6,000 child care subsidies for struggling parents. “It is our belief — my belief — that governments must work together,” Councillor Michael Thompson told a city hall news conference Friday. “We want an opportunity to meet at the table, to talk ... and recognize the impact of the decisions that are being made today by the province,” he said. Thompson, who had a good working relationship with Doug Ford when the two were city councillors during Rob Ford’s mayoralty, said he had called the premier to intervene personally. “I have a good hope that in speaking with the premier we can get to the bottom of this,” he added. “The premier and I … [Read more...] about Ford ally speaks out against child care funding cuts
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?