Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission 2015 Annual Recognition Award Winners

Commission/Organization Award: Chief Harold Medlock Fayetteville Police Department

This award is given to a commission or organization that provides training, orientation and workshops about equal opportunities; provides activities and programs, which provide positive human relations; meets on a regularly scheduled basis; and is actively involved in the problems of the community.

Industry/Business Award: Royal Chiropractic Center

This award is given to a business or industry that has an active Equal Employment Opportunity program; provides training and/or leadership seminars and direction for upward mobility; may have an education scholarship program; promotes and is involved in local and/or state human relations affairs; and has initiated at lease one human relations effort.

Carlos Terri Union-Zukowski Humanitarian Award: Ms. Kelly Twedell

This award honors individuals for their outstanding humanitarian and volunteer activities, who have demonstrated unselfish, extraordinary concern for others while promoting harmony, understanding and good human relations; who have demonstrated a level of commitment that is dependable, consistent and people-oriented; who have a positive effect on others; and whose contributions may be overshadowed by genuine humility.

Ester Dept and Mary McAllister Individual Award: Mr. Edward Beard

This award is given to an individual who exhibits constructive concern for oppressed people; speaks out on issues affecting the lives of poor people; is active in community/civic affairs; promotes community and human betterment; has been involved in at least one activity worthy of Human Relations recognition; and exemplifies positive attitudes toward improving human relations.

Inez Easley Educator Award: Ms. Rhonda A. McNatt

This award is given to an educator who is involved in at least one worthy human relations activity during the school year, who promotes better human relations throughout the school system and who exemplifies positive attitudes toward improving human relations.

Alphonso McCoy Youth Award: Dextorist Timmons

This award is given to a student who must be 21 years of age or younger and who has resided in Cumberland County for at least one year prior to the nomination. The student must have provided outstanding human relations service to the community, for example, serving in their church or school, at a nursing home and/or for an individual, such as tutoring, mentoring or assisting the elderly.

Religious Leader Award: Pastor Al Brice

This award is given to a religious leader who promotes better human and race relations through activities and programs, which provide positive human relations and who is actively involved in attempting to resolve community problemsand who exemplifies positive attitudes toward improving human relations.

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Mar 07,2015: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

The Murchison Road Community Farmers Market, a program of the Fayetteville State University Development Corporation (FSUDC), strives to be a guiding force in shaping the environmental, social, and financial health of the Murchison Road Community by bringing the highest quality local growers and food artisans together in the Murchison Community. The farmers market contributes to the sustainability and success of Fayetteville by serving as a community gathering place, a vehicle for a regional economy, and a center for fresh, local food.

Open Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-2pm Year Round, Rain or Shine! 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/murchison-road-community-farmers-market-2015-03-07

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City Hosts Community Awareness Meeting

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City of Fayetteville is hosting a Community Awareness Meeting Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, located at 300 Andy St.

The evening will feature conversation with City of Fayetteville Senior Management and Department Heads about City services. Citizens can ask questions of City department representatives.

For more information, you can call Connie King at 433-1430 or Nathan Walls at 433-1578.

As always, citizens can learn more about the City by “Liking” us on Facebook, following us on Twitter @CityOfFayNC, view our FayTV7 YouTube page at www.faytv7.com or engage with us at www.fayettevilleoutfront.com

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Mar 07,2015: Nature Tales: The Buzz about Bees

Free: See How You’re Listed

On Yahoo, Yelp, SuperPages, AmericanTowns and 25 other directories!

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/nature-tales-the-buzz-about-bees-2015-03-07

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Thursday's Solid Waste Collection

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Mar 07,2015: Motorjunkie

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City Development Services Operating Normally

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Earth Talk: A National Food Policy?

Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets?  – J.B.

A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policy for managing the nation’s food system as a whole.

 

Authored by food writers Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan, along with Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ricardo Salvador and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, the op-ed states that because of unhealthy diets, a third of our kids will develop Type 2 diabetes—a preventable disease that was formerly rare in children.

 

“Type 2 diabetes is a disease that, along with its associated effects, now costs $245 billion, or 23 percent of the national deficit in 2012, to treat each year,” the authors note. “The good news is that solutions are within reach—precisely because the problems are largely a result of government policies.” The authors cite Brazil and Mexico—countries they consider “far ahead of the United States in developing food policies”—as examples for positive change: “Mexico’s recognition of food as a key driver of public health led to the passage last year of a national tax on junk food and soda, which in the first year has reduced consumption of sugary beverages by 10 percent and increased consumption of water.”

 

While the White House has not responded in any way to the suggestion thus far, the article’s message that the current food system has caused “incalculable damage” remains alarming.

 

Whether or not to pass our own tax on junk food and soda in the U.S. has been the subject of much debate in recent years. Some say it’s deceitful to suggest that a tax on sodas is necessary to curb obesity and Type 2 diabetes when numerous other unhealthy options like sugary caffeinated beverages, candy, ice cream, fast food and video games that promote sedentary behavior would still be widely available. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Public Economics suggests that soft drink taxation leads to a moderate reduction in soft drink consumption by children and adolescents; however “this reduction in soda consumption is completely offset by increases in consumption of other high-calorie drinks.” Furthermore, in 2010, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that “an extra 12 cents on a can of soda would raise nearly $1 billion,” which suggests that government officials expect people to continue buying soda despite the tax.

 

Even though passing a soda tax has proven to be controversial, The Washington Post op-ed clearly points out the federal government’s contradictions concerning food. Existing federal guidelines for the U.S. diet, known as MyPlate, recommend that half the food we eat should be fruits and vegetables, yet these foods are granted less than one percent of farm subsidies. Meanwhile, more than 60 percent of subsidies go toward corn and other grains. The result, the op-ed states, is the “spectacle of Michelle Obama warning Americans to avoid high-fructose corn syrup at the same time the president is signing farm bills that subsidize its production.”

 

CONTACTS: Michael Pollan, www.michaelpollan.com; Mark Bittman, www.markbittman.com; Olivier De Schutter, www.srfood.org; Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org; MyPlate, www.choosemyplate.gov.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

 

 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/ct/weston/news/earth-talk-a-national-food-policy-22145020

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Mar 05,2015: Free Senior Dance

FREE SENIORS DANCE LESSONS  (55 yrs and older)  First Thursday of Every Month, 6:00 – 8:00 PM           

Retire Military Association

120 Old Elizabethtown Road  ( off Gillespie St ) (910) 988-2840

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Annual Water Treatment Change Begins March 1

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