Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Ongoing assistance available for caregivers

Posted in Lake Tahoe News on May 28th, 2012

Caregiver support groups provide an outlet to share information and feel connected to others who are also providing care.

Area meetings include:

The second Tuesday of every month from 2:30-4pm at the Georgetown Fire Station No. 61, 6283 Main St., Georgetown. The next meeting is June 12.

The second Thursday of every month from5:30-7:30pm at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe. The next meeting date is June 14.

The third Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7pm, sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The next meeting is June 19.

Refreshments will be served. Free respite care is available to qualified caregivers. Pre-authorization is required for respite services.

Questions? Contact the Family Caregiver Support Program at (530) 621.6151.

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Solstice celebration in Meyers

Posted by Lake Tahoe News on May 27th, 2012 
 
Meyers is hosting a Summer Solstice Celebration on June 23 from 2-6pm.

This family-centered event is designed to bring together the healing, artistic and recreational cultures of the Lake Tahoe Basin in a community street fair. Activities will include a parade, live music, art cars, food, children’s recreation and booths featuring local artists and healers.

The celebration is free and open to the public.

The theme of the solstice celebration is “fire,” to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Angora Fire and the community’s ability to unite.

Costumes, bicycles, strollers and all non-motorized vehicles will be encouraged around this theme. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and join the 4pm parade at 3170 Highway 50.

For more information, call (530) 577.5433 or go online.

District Grant Contest Unveiled

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Published: May 22, 2012

School districts will be able to submit proposals for innovative educational programs this year to compete for federal grants of up to $25 million under a new national contest, part of the three-year-old Race to the Top program. Rules for the competition were to be announced on Tuesday by the Department of Education.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to bring learning “into the 21st century.”

Like the department’s state-level competition for federal grants that preceded it, the program will require systems for measuring student progress and assessing teachers and administrators and will target low-income communities. Under the department’s rules, the schools included in each application must have at least 40 percent of students qualify for federally subsidized school lunches.

A spokesman for the department said it would look for programs that provide ways to tailor instruction to individual students.

“We need to take classroom learning beyond a one-size-fits-all model and bring it into the 21st century,” Arne Duncan, the education secretary, said in a statement.

The rules require districts to show how they will focus resources on “students facing significant challenges, such as students with disabilities, English learners and students affected by impacts of poverty or family instability.”

In the last three rounds, the Race to the Top competition has awarded about $4 billion in grants to 22 states and the District of Columbia. The district-level phase of the program will be much smaller, with about $400 million that could be distributed among 15 to 20 applicants around the country.

School districts can apply on their own or in a consortium with neighboring districts and propose programs that encompass all students or just a subset, making it easier to achieve the low-income population target. A district can specify schools, grade levels and even academic subjects in its application.

The department would then separate applicants into groups to avoid pitting districts instates that won grants in an earlier Race to the Top competition — and who might have a head start on some reforms — against those in states that did not.

The department expects to publish final rules in July, accept applications in October and award the grants in December.

While most states have applied for Race to the Top money and have even changed their laws to qualify — by allowing more charter schools, for example — the program has had its critics. Teachers’ unions have said that some of the measures used to gauge student progress are too crude, and officials in some states have objected to what they see as a bid to shift control of education to Washington.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE, 4/26/12

Contact: Officer Aaron Crawford (School Resource Officer)
Phone: 530-542-6100
Address: 1352 Johnson Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150
E-Mail: acrawford@cityofslt.us

PSYCHOACTIVE BATH SALT/INCENSE CITY ORDINANCE PASSED

The City of South Lake Tahoe supports the Lake Tahoe Unified School District in educating and preventing illegal substances on school properties or within the City limits. The Police Department observed an increase in the use of Spice & Bath Salts as a drug of choice amongst teens and adults. The Police Department brought their concerns to the public and the City Council, and City Council took action. On March 20th, 2012 the City Council passed City Ordinance 1038 which became effective on 4/20/2012. This Ordinance makes it a misdemeanor for persons to possess, distribute, or produce these products within the City limits.

Businesses within the City which continue to sell and distribute Spice and Bath Salts will be prosecuted under the City Ordinance.

Future South Lake Tahoe Police enforcement operations are planned to ensure businesses comply with this new ordinance, and other state laws for the sales of these drugs and/or alcohol to minors.

Foster Children in S.Tahoe Deserve Stability in their Lives

Big thanks to Leila Rosner of the Foster & Kinship Care Education program at LTCC for writing this excellent Lake Tahoe News article on South Lake Tahoe’s urgent need for foster parents.  May is National Foster Care Month.