May 10,2016: May Lupus Foundation Support Group– Cumberland County

This group meets the second Tuesday of each month. There is no charge to attend the meeting, and drop-ins are welcome. Contact the LFANC at info@lupusnc.org or at 877-849-8271, ext. 1. For more information, visit www.lupusnc.org.

 

This group provides participants with an opportunity to receive introductory information about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Meeting programs vary from guest speakers to DVD presentations and open group discussion.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/may-lupus-foundation-support-group-cumberland-county-2016-05-10

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May 07,2016: Sons Of Texas

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May 07,2016: Morning Out With Mom

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Window Washers Become Superheroes for Kids

It’s a feel good story you may have heard before. A bunch of guys who do a dangerous, but necessary job were using the tools of their trade to help kids see more clearly and also give them a reason to smile and forget about their injury or condition for a bit.

You may not think of them as superheroes, but there they were, dressed in superhero garb. Four unnamed, mild-mannered gentlemen who assumed the identity of Batman, Captain America, Spiderman and Superman to give the kids at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital a treat. When the kids looked out their windows they saw some of their favorite characters scaling the sides of the building!

This act of kindness came from the folks at Allegheny Window Cleaning Inc. and it’s something they have been doing for a few years. They know how much it delights the kids and who doesn’t want to don the cloak of a superhero for a day?

Do you know someone or a group of people who are do gooders in your community? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/pa/pittsburgh/news/americantowns-heroes-window-washers-become-superheroes-for-kids-25969071

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May 07,2016: Kids Fest

Take advantage of this spring activity by attending this Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation-sponsored

This free event will offer arts and crafts, games and inflatable attractions. Several community agencies are expected to be on hand with family-based information and goodies. For more information, call 433-1547.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/kids-fest-2016-05-07

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Earth Talk: What has been the environmental impact of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal?

Dear EarthTalk: What has been the environmental impact of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal? — E.W.

An analysis by The Guardian last September 2015 revealed that affected VWs in the U.S. are likely emitting between 10,392 and 41,571 tons of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) into the air every year, based on typical annual mileage counts. If those vehicles had complied with federal pollution standards, they would have emitted just 1,039 tons per year. Researchers believe Volkswagen has added between 10 and 40 times more NOx pollution into our atmosphere than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe for people to breathe. According to the Guardian, the 11 million affected diesel-engine VWs on the road worldwide could be emitting some 237,161 to 948,691 tons of NOx emissions annually. In contrast, Western Europe’s biggest electrical power station emits just 39,000 tons each year.

 

Meanwhile, a study released in October 2015 by public health researchers from Harvard and MIT found that 59 Americans will die prematurely from the excess pollution caused by Volkswagen having cheated emissions tests in the U.S. Researchers calculated the amount of extra particulate and ozone pollution put out by the rigged vehicles between 2008 and 2015 to arrive at their conclusions—and recommend that VW prevent another 130 early U.S. deaths by recalling all affected cars in the U.S. by the end of 2016. The health implications in Europe are even more troubling given that half of the passenger cars on the road there are diesels (including eight million affected VWs), compared to just three percent in the U.S.

 

 

According to a tentative deal reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen in April 2016, Americans may be able to breathe a sigh of relief soon. VW tentatively agreed to compensate some 500,000 U.S. customers who own 2-liter diesel-engine vehicles (including certain Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Passat models) that were rigged to cheat emissions tests. While details are not finalized, VW reportedly has committed to either buying back or fixing the cars to meet emissions standards and providing “substantial compensation”—$5,000 each is a figure floating around the rumor mill—to affected car owners. This deal doesn’t apply to the 90,000 3-liter diesel-engine vehicles in the U.S. implicated in the scandal, let alone the 10+ million other affected vehicles worldwide, but it does establish a precedent and some guidelines which should direct VW’s compensatory efforts moving forward in Europe and beyond.

 

Environmental groups aren’t letting Volkswagen off-the-hook just yet, and not only because the company hasn’t agreed to any specifics yet. “The final settlement needs to fix or remove all of the polluting cars still on the road, make whole the consumers who trusted the vehicles were lower-polluting, and compensate for the pollution the faulty cars created,” says Kathryn Phillips, the Sierra Club’s California director. It’s unclear if there is any nod to Phillips’ last requirement—a key sticking point for greens intent not to let the German automaker off the hook—in the as-yet unreleased agreement.

 

For its part, VW isn’t taking the scandal lightly, recently announcing that it was setting aside $18.2 billion—more than double the amount it originally anticipated—to help fix the situation amid an environment of overall declining sales. Hopefully VW is now committed to solving the problem and will stay on the right side of regulators moving forward, but who knows how many other large industrial companies are skirting rules and spewing dangerous levels of pollution into our skies, land and water?

 

CONTACTS: “VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows,” The Guardian, http://bit.ly/1MostqE; “Impact of the Volkswagen emissions control defeat device on US public health,” Environmental Research Letters, http://bit.ly/1WLgj1C; Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit. For more information, or to make a donation, check out www.earthtalk.orgSend questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/ct/weston/news/earth-talk-what-has-been-the-environmental-impact-of-the-volkswagen-emissions-cheating-scandal-25969126

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May 07,2016: Cinco de Mayo 10K and 5K Road Race

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May 07,2016: Car, Bike Show and Cancer Run

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May 06,2016: Girls and Guys Nights Out

Participants can enjoy a night out with old friends while making some new ones too! Program focus is on community leisure opportunities, socialization and independence. Outings may include local sports events, movies, restaurants, shopping centers, and attractions. Registration fees will vary according to trip. Departures/pickups leave from Gilmore TRC. Pre-registration is required for all trips. 13+

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May 06,2016: Mother’s Day Luncheon

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