Call to the community to step up if you can

West Sacramento, CA  (MPG) - A West Sacramento family is searching for a hero: a bone marrow donor match for their six year old son, Tyler Getz, who is suffering from a rare blood disease, severe aplastic anemia. Tyler has spent most of the summer at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital with his mother, father, brother and grandparents at his side. The sooner Tyler finds a match, the sooner he’ll be able to come home.

Join BloodSource/Be The Match for a simple, quick and painless cheek swab to see if you're a match for Tyler on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 2 pm until 6pm at Roundtable Pizza in the Southport Town Center (2525 Jefferson Blvd.).

To join the bone marrow registry you must: Be between the ages of 18 and 44 years old; Make a good faith commitment to donate if you are a match to anyone in need; Meet health eligibility guidelines.

Those interested in being a match, but unable to attend the bone marrow registry drive, can request a swab kit to be mailed their home by visiting https://join.bethematch.org/teamsupertyler

For additional questions contact Elaine Rock at BloodSource at 916-453-3792.

Nearly 4,000 Volunteers Celebrate Five Years of Caring

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2017-10-13

Volunteers celebrate as United Way collects school supplies for its Stuff the Bus campaign, one of dozens of projects that took place during United Way’s 2017 Day of Caring in September. Photo courtesy United Way.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) -  Since United Way California Capital Region held its inaugural 2013 Day of Caring, 3,692 volunteers have spent one day caring for their community over the last five years. Volunteers donated 18,054 hours of service, valued at $366,572, for 182 projects with nonprofits, parks and schools across the region, including on United Way’s 2017 Day of Caring that took place Sept. 22-23. 

“In just five years, Day of Caring has become the single largest volunteer day in our region,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Thousands of volunteers have dug their hands in to help hardworking nonprofits, parks and schools that do so much for our community every day.”

Hundreds of volunteers donated time for United Way’s 2017 Day of Caring at dozens of volunteer projects, including building garden beds at schools, painting nonprofit program facilities and cleaning up parks. The event began with a kickoff breakfast and rally at Cal Expo that included an appearance by Mayor Darrell Steinberg. As part of this year’s Day of Caring, United Way held its inaugural Stuff the Bus campaign, which raised more than $11,000 in school supplies for Robla School District in Sacramento. 

Nationwide has been the presenting sponsor for Day of Caring since it began in 2013. Project sponsors for 2017 included Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, ESM Prep, KPMG, Law Offices of Deon R. Stein, Nelson Staffing, SAFE Credit Union, SMUD, Social Interest Solutions, Sutter Health, Syzmanowski Orthodontics, TaxAudit.com and Zurich. Media partners included Entercom Radio’s ESPN Radio 1320 AM, 98 Rock, Eagle 96.9 FM and 106.5 The End. 

Day of Caring is part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer: www.yourlocalunitedway.org

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TAKE FLIGHT Opens at Aerospace Museum

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2017-10-13

The Aerospace Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo courtesy of Aeropsace Museum.

To Debut Interactive Exhibit in October
 

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to present an interactive new exhibit titled TAKE FLIGHT that will be available for guests to explore and enjoy from October 17, 2017 through January 9, 2018. With a variety of dynamic elements and multiple activity stations, guests of all ages will begin to understand the fundamentals needed to achieve flight. The new TAKE FLIGHT exhibit will occupy approximately 2,000-square feet of space on the ground floor inside the impressive Museum.

The new exhibit will help Museum guests learn about the evolution and history of flight before they begin their own exciting journey of discovery with a series of building activities that help them create different forms of flying machines. The exhibit is designed to help visitors explore and understand how the physical characteristics of lift, thrust, drag, rotation and gravity are important to achieve flight. Guests of all ages will especially enjoy the activity stations such as Make it Fly--Planes, Make It Fly--Rockets and Make It Fly—Copters. Museum guests will have a chance to test out and fine-tune their designs with the help of elements such as the Wing Zinger, Rocket Launcher and Wind Tube. 

Museum Guests Can Enjoy Special “Rocket Talk” Presentations by a NASA Solar System Ambassador on October 21 Only

As an added element on Saturday, October 21 only, Museum guests will have the opportunity to see a special “Rocket Talk” presentation by NASA Solar System Ambassador Jayce Pearson as he discusses the fascinating world of rocketry. Ambassador Pearson will lead three presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on that one day only that will each include a lively discussion of the history of rocketry, how rocketry works, and what is happening in rocketry now. Between presentations, Ambassador Pearson will be available to answer questions about rocketry, space exploration and the solar system.

The TAKE FLIGHT exhibit and special activities are included with Museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and teachers (with ID), $8 for children and youth (ages 6-17), and is free for children ages 5 and younger along with active duty military (with ID) and Museum members. The Aerospace Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and school or special groups of 20 or more are encouraged to book tours in advance with the reduced admission pricing of $7 per person. 

As a companion experience to the TAKE FLIGHT exhibit, the Museum is also home to a popular and fun Flight Zone flight simulator that is a state-of-the-art STEM learning laboratory featuring 10 digital flight stations (note there is an added fee for the Flight Zone flight simulator: $5 for a 20-minute session, available for purchase in the gift shop). Flight Zone is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the TAKE FLIGHT exhibit, the “Rocket Talk” presentations on October 21, the Flight Zone flight simulator or the Aerospace Museum of California in general, please call 916-643-3192 or visit www.aerospaceca.org.

Located in a spacious facility at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento, the Aerospace Museum of California is one of aviation’s greatest showcases that captures the allure of flight. With a wide range of impressive military and civilian aircraft on display – from biplanes to Russian MIGs -- and an extensive engine collection, the Museum also offers a state-of-the-art STEM learning laboratory or “Flight Zone” with 10 interactive digital flight stations. The Museum is committed to providing a world-class experience along with the opportunity to learn about and celebrate aviation’s past, present and future. For more, visit www.aerospaceca.org

For more information about the TAKE FLIGHT exhibit, the “Rocket Talk” presentations on October 21, the Flight Zone flight simulator or the Aerospace Museum of California in general, please call 916-643-3192 or visit www.aerospaceca.org.

 

Source: T-Rock Communications

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Washington, DC (MPG) - The Internal Revenue Service has an important reminder for taxpayers who filed for an extension and face an Oct. 16 filing deadline: The adjusted gross income (AGI) amount from their 2015 return may be needed to electronically file their 2016 tax return.

For those taxpayers who have a valid extension and are in or affected by a federally declared disaster area may be allowed more time to file. Currently, taxpayers impacted by Hurricanes HarveyIrma and Maria as well as people in parts of Michigan and West Virginia qualify for this relief. See the disaster relief page on IRS.gov for details.

As a reminder, taxpayers should keep a copy of their tax returns and supporting documents for a minimum of three years. Prior year tax returns are even more important as the IRS makes changes to protect taxpayers and authenticate their identity.

Extension filers should plan ahead if they are using a software product for the first time. They should have kept a copy of their 2015 tax return or if not, will need to order a tax transcript, a process that may take five to 10 calendar days. The AGI is clearly labeled on both the tax return and the transcript.

Taxpayers who prepare their own electronic tax returns are required to electronically sign and validate their return. Using an electronic filing PIN is no longer an option. To authenticate their identities, taxpayers will also need to enter either of two items: their prior-year AGI or their prior-year self-select PIN and their date of birth. If married filing jointly, both taxpayers must authenticate their identities with this information.

Generally, tax-preparation software automatically generates the prior-year AGI and/or self-select PIN for returning customers. However, taxpayers who are new to a software product must enter the prior-year AGI or prior-year self-select PIN themselves.

How to Find AGI; Plan Ahead if a Mailed Transcript Needed

The adjusted gross income is gross income minus certain adjustments. On 2015 tax returns, the AGI is found on line 37 of Form 1040; line 21 on Form 1040A and line 4 on Form 1040EZ. Taxpayers who e-filed and did not keep a copy of their original 2015 tax return may be able to return to their prior-year software provider or tax preparer to obtain a copy.

Those who lack access to their prior-year tax returns also may go to irs.gov/transcript and use Get Transcript Online or Get Transcript by Mail. A transcript is a summary of the tax return or tax account. There are various types of transcripts, but the Tax Return Transcript works best. Look for the “Adjusted Gross Income” amount on the transcript.

Taxpayers must pass Secure Access authentication in order to access Get Transcript Online and immediately access their transcripts. Those who cannot pass Secure Access authentication should use Get Transcript by Mail or call 800-908-9946, and a transcript will be delivered to their home address within five to 10 calendar days.

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Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC) is holding its Annual Education and Information Conference at the Sacramento Convention Center on Saturday, October 21st from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The event will provide information, education, and inspiration to people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) along with their carepartners and family members and interested members of the community. Featuring regionally recognized expert clinicians and therapists in the field of movement disorders, the conference will highlight the future of the disease along with inspiration and tools to help attain the highest possible quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Additional Information about the event and registration options can be found by visiting the PANC website at www.panctoday.org. The cost to attend the event which includes a full-day of presentations, exhibit fair, and lunch is $25 per registrant.

“Our annual conference is an upbeat event of community, learning and connection. We educate attendees about the latest in Parkinson’s disease research and therapies and connect individuals who share challenges and successes with PD. We’re excited to host this event for our Northern California constituents and look forward to an uplifting day,” says PANC president, Nancy Kretz.

Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed in more than 50,000 Americans each year. We are asking for the assistance of the media to help make this event a successful one and provide this information and event coverage to your audiences who may have PD, know someone with PD, or possibly be diagnosed in the future.

The Parkinson Association of Northern California has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s, their families, and carepartners since 1996. We facilitate over 30 regional Support Groups, host the Annual Conference, publish a quarterly newsletter (Parkinson Path), offer financial support for caregiver respite, support medical community collaboration across healthcare providers, and more. We live our motto, ”Until there is a cure…hope and healing every day.” For more information see www.panctoday.org

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SMUD exploring new ways to keep vehicles from hitting power poles

SMUD Media  |  2017-09-29

SMUD has installed some measures to mitigate damage to power poles and other electrical equipment by vehicles hitting them. The measures are part of a pilot program designed to increase visibility of and provide some protection to the power poles and to motorists. SMUD has seen an increase in “car-pole” accidents in recent years. The work is part of SMUD’s efforts to enhance public and worker safety and the SMUD grid’s reliability. The photo  shows a “Raptor” power pole barrier being installed in Wilton, CA. Photo courtesy SMUD

Sharp rise in incidents can jeopardize safety and power reliability

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - SMUD is evaluating several measures to reduce the number of incidents that involve vehicles crashing into the electric utility’s infrastructure, especially power poles. The five-year pilot program aims to increase public and worker safety, and reduce the number of associated power outages.

SMUD data shows an increasing trend of these incidents annually. In 2006 for example, there were 153 “car-pole” accidents. In 2016, there were 271. Increased traffic volume, distracted and unsafe driving, as well as other factors are to blame, but the end result is the same: increased potential for public and worker safety hazards and more power outages.

The pilot program will focus on power poles and electrical equipment that’s been crashed into multiple times over the years. Measures include removing and relocating power poles; redesigning them; installing higher-visibility reflective strips; and installing large, high-visibility protective barriers, known as “Raptor” technology, around the power poles.

The Raptor is big and yellow. It is easily installed at the base of the pole and is designed to absorb the impact of a vehicle crash, sparing the power pole and preventing a power outage for SMUD customers. The Raptor has been used by other utilities and SMUD wants to see if they are a possible solution to improve safety, while making power poles more visible to motorists and more resilient to being damaged if a vehicle collides with the pole.

The main goal of the pilot is enhancing public and worker safety. SMUD takes public safety very seriously Power reliability is also key. While car-pole accidents comprise about five percent of all types of SMUD outages annually, they account for about a quarter of the overall average duration of outages for SMUD’s customers. SMUD’s Board of Directors, elected by SMUD customers to set policy, has made reliability one of SMUD’s core values, so it’s a priority for SMUD staff to fulfill it.

In addition to compromised reliability and safety, power outages caused by car-pole accidents cause loss of revenue to SMUD and increased costs for labor and materials to repair and replace damaged electrical infrastructure. For example, a pole replacement can cost more than $11,000 for the pole, the five-man crew to replace it and other associated expenses for each incident. Beyond SMUD’s costs, pole replacements can take eight hours or more and cost the community’s businesses lost revenue from power outages and associated traffic jams due to lane closures to make the repairs.

SMUD is doing its part to increase public and worker safety and reduce the frequency and duration of outages due to these traffic accidents. SMUD also urges motorists to do their part by driving safely, obeying traffic laws and avoiding anything that may cause distractions. For more information about SMUD and its commitment to public and worker safety, visit SMUD.org.

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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to increase in California, according to new statistics from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). These diseases are reportable to the state and local health departments. The data are presented in CDPH’s 2016 STD Annual Report: a summary can also be found on CDPH’s website.

Over a quarter million cases of STDs were reported in 2016, a 40% increase compared to five years ago including, 198,503 cases of chlamydia, 64,677 of gonorrhea, and 11,222 of early syphilis. Particularly concerning to health officials, 207 cases of congenital syphilis were reported. If not caught early, syphilis during pregnancy can result in congenital syphilis leading to stillbirth or permanent, lifelong disabilities. Syphilis can also cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurologic problems in adults. If left untreated, STDs can increase the risk of HIV infection and lead to lifelong reproductive health problems.

“The number of reported STDs in California is increasing at a concerning rate,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “This is the third year in a row that we have seen increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.”

These three diseases can be prevented by consistent use of condoms, and they can be cured with antibiotics, so regular testing and treatment is very important, even for people who have no symptoms.  

Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are highest among people under age 30. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, whereas males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.

Regular screening for STDs is recommended for people who are sexually active. STD services also provide opportunities for further prevention of HIV through testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

“All Californians need to know how to protect themselves and their partners,” said Smith. “Getting tested regularly is one of the most important steps.” A directory of where to get tested can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage.

CDPH is collaborating with the California Department of Education and community groups to implement the newly enacted California Healthy Youth Act, which mandates comprehensive STD/HIV prevention education in schools. For more information, go to the CDPH Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch website at www.cdph.ca.gov

Source: CDPH

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West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento Moose lodge will hold a special End Of Summer program of Patriotism, Citizenship, Flag Waving and a great community and family Fun BBQ on Saturday 30 September – the last Saturday of the month.  West Sacramento Moose, members of “the Family Fraternity” cordially extend an invitation to all to attend and especially to participate in this community patriotic program of true AMERICANISM.

The Saturday program will commence at 12:15 with an assembly at the lodge flagpole for a ceremonial program about our American Flag, and will highlight uniformed Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Daisy’s as well as flag bearing color guards.  After a brief informational presentation they will raise a new American Flag and introduce the “Hygiene 4 Heroes” program.
    

The year ‘round program – “Hygiene 4 Heroes” collects toiletries and sundry items for veterans who arrive for regular medical appointments and are unexpectedly kept in the hospital for days at a time, without their miscellaneous shaving, washing and basic toiletry supplies.  Local scouts have been collecting donations to support this program and will make a presentation.

After a live 21-gun salute by the veteran’s Honor Squad, the playing of “TAPS” and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance – the formal part of the day’s event concludes, and the games, activities and food begin.

This is a fundraising community program and will serve lunches of hot dog, hamburger, salads (several), chips and ETC for only $3. kids and $5. Adults.

We want the community to know that as members of “The Family Fraternity”, we sponsor and support MOOSEHEART the “City of Children” and MOOSEHAVEN the “City of Contentment” for seniors.  Mooseheart, a 1,000 acre residential childcare facility provides a home and education for children in need, from infancy through high school; caring for youth whose families are unable, for a wide variety of reasons to care for them.  Moosehaven, a 72 acre campus on the St John River in Florida is a complete residential full service continuing care retirement community for seniors with limited family and resources, promoting active life styles and providing all levels of health care. This is a fundraising activity to help support our organizational programs.

 

The Details:

 WHAT:  END OF SUMMER PATRIOTIC
 FLAG PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY FAMILY BBQ/GAMES
              Horseshoes, Inflatable Waterslide, Pool, Bingo, Farkle, ETC
 WHEN:  Saturday 30 September
 WHERE: West Sacramento Moose Lodge, 3240 Jefferson Boulevard, West Sacramento
 WHY:      End of Summer and PATRIOTISM IS ALWAYS IN STYLE
 COSTS:  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Salads, Chips ETC $3.00 kids & $5.00 adults

 For information please contact: Shawna Manning, Shawna@signalseekers.net or call 916-373-1877

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First confirmed human cases this year

Yolo County, CA (MPG) - The Yolo County Health Department has received confirmation of two cases of West Nile virus infection in humans in Yolo County.  Two adult residents in different areas of Yolo County are critically ill and currently hospitalized.

“The serious illness of these Yolo County residents from West Nile virus is tragic and reminds us all of the need to protect ourselves and our families from mosquitoes,” said Yolo County Health Officer Ron Chapman, M.D.  “West Nile virus is spread to people from the bite of mosquitoes.  By making regular checks of their yards and draining standing water, people can help cut down on mosquito breeding areas.  Precautions such as wearing protective clothing and using bug repellents that contain DEET will also reduce the risk of mosquito bites.  Even though the summer season is coming to an end, our weather continues to support an environment for mosquitos.”

People typically develop symptoms of West Nile virus between 3 and 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito.  While 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected will not show any symptoms, up to 20 percent who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.  Symptoms can last for as short as a few days or several weeks, even for generally healthy people.

About 1 in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.  There symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.  These symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.  People over the age of 50, and those who have diabetes or hypertension are more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile virus and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent the bite of an infected mosquito.  Following the 7 Ds decreases the risk of mosquito bites:

DRAIN any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid.  These are the times when mosquitoes are most active.

DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.  Make sure you follow all label directions!

DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.  This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

DISTRICT personnel are available to address any mosquito problem you may be experiencing by calling 1-800-429-1022.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has been performing extensive control measures in and around Yolo County to reduce both larval and adult mosquitoes, and will continue to do so to minimize adult mosquitoes carrying the disease.

For additional information on West Nile virus, visit the websites below or contact the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022.

The mission of the Yolo County Health Department is to protect and enhance the health and safety of the residents of Yolo County.

Additional Resources:

Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: www.fightthebite.net

Yolo County Health Department: www.yolohealth.org

California West Nile Virus Surveillance Information Center: www.westnile.ca.gov

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: www.cdc.gov/westnile

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West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency is teaming up with nearly 70 employers, educators and apprenticeship programs to host a job fair on Wednesday, October 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City of West Sacramento Galleria, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue.  The job fair will connect job seekers beginning or continuing their careers with employment opportunities ranging from entry-level to positions requiring experience.

Employers are ready to hire and apprenticeship programs are ready to accept new apprentices.  The list of employers attending the job fair includes the County of Yolo, CalSTRS, Comfort Keepers, Pride Industries, University of California, Davis, Yolo Emergency Communications Agency, Yolo County Transdev, Caltrans and more.  Industry apprenticeship programs include carpentry, sheet metal work, general labor and transportation.  Among many other positions, employers have expressed they are looking to hire machine tool engineers, service technicians, administrative personnel, retail workers, warehouse workers, sorters, assembly line personnel, security personnel, food service workers, cement workers and home healthcare associates.

For more information, contact Steve Roberts at (916) 375-6215 or steve.roberts@yolocounty.org.

Source: Yolo County Media

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