From the monthly archives: September 2012

“Growing & Sowing” will be the theme of the 3rd Annual Women’s Conference hosted by the Women of Virtue Empowerment Network (WOVEN).  This conference is slated for Saturday, October 6th and will be held this year at Gateway Church in Brawley.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided.

Featured speaker for this year’s conference will be Becky White of the Forrest Home Christian Retreat Center.  Providing live worship will be Mandi Pinto, also of Forrest Home.

WOVEN Directors Betty Predmore, Stacie Chandler, Sara Hilfiker, and Debbie Cameron are encouraging all women to take part in this event that is being offered at no charge.  Along with the presentation and worship, there will be opportunities for small group discussions and a time of sharing at the end of the day.

For more information or to register, contact the WOVEN center at (760) 344-0411 or Betty at (760) 791-4794.  Registration can also be done the morning of the event.


Voters whose signatures are on file with the California Department of Motor Vehicles can submit voter registration forms electronically.

California’s voters have until Oct. 22 to register for the November presidential election, and now it is easier to do so.

Voters whose signatures are already on file with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles can submit their voter registration forms to county elections offices electronically by visiting

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who authored the measure, said it comes in stark contrast to controversial voter ID laws in Pennsylvania and Ohio, among other states, that are aimed at reducing fraud, according to their proponents.

“This is an incredibly exciting day for California and for our democracy,” Yee said. “While some states are suppressing the rights of voters, here in California we are proudly increasing participation.”

Yee said the online registration system is an example of ways government can bring more voters to the polls, noting that just 44 percent of eligible California voters participated in the 2008 presidential race. He said 6 million eligible voters have not registered.

“As a model example of a democratic government, it is embarrassing that our voter participation rates are as low as they are,” Yee said. “We need to find new ways to increase voter participation and I am hopeful that making it easier to register will help get more people involved.”

Election officials say the plan will reduce costs and eliminate administrative errors. Arizona, which implemented a similar program five years ago, reports a decrease of up to 83 cents per registration, and a savings of more than $1 million alone in Maricopa County.

“Though most states still cannot offer online voter registration, I am thrilled to say the largest state in the nation is ready to roll. Today the Internet replaces the mailbox for thousands of Californians wanting to register to vote,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, California’s chief elections officer.

To register to vote, a Californian must complete a brief voter registration application on paper or online.

The last day to apply for a vote by mail ballot in California is Oct. 30, seven days before the Nov. 6 election.

“Online or on paper, California’s laws and procedures for processing voter registration applications are identical. Security is a critical part of elections, and I want to emphasize this online application is not ‘automatic registration.’ The information provided in an online application still must be verified by a county elections official before an applicant can be added to the voter rolls,” Bowen said.

Paper applications are still available at many government offices, DMV offices, post offices, public libraries, and more.

When a person registers online, the system will search the DMV database for the applicant’s California drivers license or identification card number, date of birth, and last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number.

If the information is found and the applicant authorizes elections officials’ use of the DMV signature, an electronic image of the DMV signature will be added to that voter registration application.

If there is no signature on file with DMV, all of the applicant’s information will still be transmitted to the county elections office; the applicant will just need to click “print,” then sign the paper application and mail it. (California law requires that the applicant sign the voter registration application, which is considered a legal affidavit.)

As always, county elections official will contact the applicant when the voter registration application is approved or when more information is needed to confirm eligibility.

Residents of California are eligible to vote if they are U.S. citizens; at least 18 years old by Election Day; not in prison or county jail (serving a state prison sentence or a term of more than one year in jail for a defined “low-level” felony) or on parole, post-release community supervision or post-sentencing probation for a felony conviction; and not judged by a court to be mentally incompetent.

A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference.


Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.

•Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
•Get notified when an earthquake occurs; see the intensity impact to your area or those of loved-ones with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
•Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
•Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
•Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
•Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
•Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
•Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
•See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
•Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.



Singer Andy Williams died Tuesday night after a year-long fight with bladder cancer according to a representative from the public relations firm, The Shefrin Company.

The smooth-voiced crooner died at his home in Branson, Mo, after a year-long fight with bladder cancer.

This year, 2012, marked the singer’s 75th year in show business. Williams has been awarded 17 gold and three platinum records, and has won three Emmy Awards for his television work.

Born in Wall Lake, IA, Williams began singing with his three brothers as the Williams Brothers. The quartet performed on the radio in all over the Midwest, becoming regulars on the Iowa’s Barn Dance Show on WHO in Des Moines, IA.

The quartet also performed on WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati, catching the attention of Bing Crosby.

Thanks to Crosby, the Williams Brothers recorded their 1944 hit, Swinging on a Star.

After disbanding the group in 1951, Williams moved to New York and became a regular on Steve Allen’s Tonight Show.

Williams’ hit songs include Canadian Sunset, Butterfly, Lonely Street, The Village of St. Bernadette, and The Hawaiian Wedding Song – for which he received his first of five Grammy Award nominations.

From 1962 to 1971, Williams hosted the eponymous named variety show – The Andy Williams Show, which garnered three Emmy Awards for Best Variety Show.

Williams owned the Moon River Theatre in Branson, which was built in 1992, and named after his signature song Moon River – the Oscar winning song from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The singer’s first wife was Claudine Longet. A year after the couple divorced in 1975, Longet was accused of killing her boyfriend, alpine ski racer Spider Sabich in Aspen, CO. Williams was by Longet’s side during the trial.

Williams is survived by his wife Debbie, whom he married in 1991, and three children from his first marriage.

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