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Inspire Montebello! Inspire, Montebello!

January 15, 2013

The king's cheese is half wasted in parings;
but no matter, 'tis made of the people's milk.
Benjamin Franklin

Something which all elected officials should heed when taxing us?

From the Sister City Association.       ... During 2013, we celebrated the 52nd anniversary of the Montebello-Ashiya Sister City Agreement. As we begin 2013, we also start the recruitment of applications for the Student Ambassador Exchange Program. The other important effort for the first part of the year is our annual association membership drive. // The search for 2013 Montebello student ambassadors has officially begun. Once again we would like to remind you to spread the word about our program. If you know of any eligible high school students residing in Montebello please let them know about this great opportunity and give them the application. The 2013 student ambassador application is ... available at the City Clerk’s Office, Montebello City Hall, through Ms. Lillian Guzman. The City of Montebello will also post the application at their website (go to announcements at bottom of homepage). Questions regarding the application and selection process can be addressed to Ms. Lydia Glasman, Chairperson of the Student Ambassador Committee at (323) 724-4480. The student ambassador application deadline is Thursday, March 7, 2012. ... // ... The association meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13th, beginning at 7:00pm, at the Montebello City Hall staff lounge. ...       From an e-mail dated January 7, 2013.

Invitation. The Montebello Historical Society would like to encourage everyone interested in local Montebello history to join the Montebello Historical Society. All ages are welcome. We are looking for Montebello residents who are interested in preserving the Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe Historic Site and Museum for future generations to enjoy. We desperately need your help If you are interested in joining the Montebello Historical Society, please contact Gary Brougher at Thank you for your kind support. From an e-mail dated January 9, 2013.

“Website lists all the free ebooks available on Amazon”.  

A story to share.       ... His path to philanthropy began about seven years ago when he and his mother — visiting from Italy — toured an Anaheim Boys and Girls Club. When she spotted a child eating potato chips, she implored her son to provide a decent meal.

"That clicked," he said. "She gave me a passion."

He started feeding pasta to all the children at the club, many of whom live at the motels that dot the city's thoroughfares. He expanded his reach as he became more familiar with their struggles.

Now he feeds children seven days a week at two Boys and Girls Clubs in Anaheim and hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families at his pricey restaurant, complete with fake snow. This year, his nonprofit partnered with an organization that helps families get off the streets by providing first and last month's rent.

The philanthropy has made Serato something of an Orange County celebrity as well. He's appeared on the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" and was named a 2011 CNN Hero for his charity work.

Serato emigrated from Italy in 1980 with $200 in his pocket. He worked as a dishwasher and eventually as a waiter at the now-closed La Vie en Rose restaurant in Brea. Eventually, he opened the Anaheim White House.

His grandfather was a shepherd in northern Italy who gave cheese and milk to those who needed a helping hand during the tough times of World War II. His mother, who Skypes her son each morning from her home in San Bonifacio, Italy, had the same charitable instincts. Serato named his nonprofit in his mother's honor — Caterina's Club. ...      
December 27, 2012,  

“7 Young Entrepreneurs Changing The World With Their Businesses”.  

It takes one determined person.  Deforestation and desertification are critical problems in India that have led to barren land, increased soil erosion, decreased agricultural production, and devastated local wildlife. However one Indian man has made a stand – by single-handedly planting and cultivating a 1,360 acre forest that is home to a complex, thriving ecosystem. ...       April 6, 2012,  /  

Llamas llamativas.       ...Like 10,000 other animals (including 12 other llamas) across the country, Marisco and N.H. provide hugs and companionship to ailing and elderly patients. And it’s not all for the sake of hilarious photos like the ones above, and the others taken at Bellingham by photographer Jen Osborne. Hanging out with animals also lowers blood pressure, increases serotonin (which contributes to happiness), and just generally makes patients feel better about the world. The llamas probably don’t mind it either. ...       January 3, 2013,  

“5 Ways You Shorten Your Life Every Day”. 

From Dr. David Williams.       ... Joint problems, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, liver disease, and sleep apnea are just a few of the debilitating conditions linked to excess weight. If you're overweight but haven't yet experienced any health problems, don't wait until you do; take action so you don't have to weather any of these serious issues commonly associated with excess weight. ...  // High blood pressure is an extremely common health concern, but one that can often be managed through natural means. Today I want to recommend one food that can help you get your blood pressure numbers back into the healthy range: beets. ...  // Researchers recently linked dental plaque to premature death from cancer. The oral health and causes of death of 1,390 individuals was documented from 1985–2009. Those with the highest amounts of dental plaque were almost two times as likely to have cancer as those with the least amount of plaque. The type of cancer varied among men, while breast cancer was the most common in women. Oral bacteria form dental plaque. And, an increase in dental plaque is often the result of lower levels of vitamin D. ...  // ... A lot of people I talk to tell me they really don’t have time to exercise. If you feel that's the case for you, here are some simple suggestions for incorporating activity into your day-to-day routine: ...  

“U.S. Health Is Lousy Compared with Peer Nations, Report Says”.,0,357668.story  

Oh, those olives. Scientists have discovered that extra virgin olive oil contains a molecule that works in exactly the same fashion as ibuprofen at inhibiting two inflammation-inducing enzymes (COX-1 and COX-2). Ibuprofen, of course, is a widely used over-the-counter pain medication. ...  

Natural ibuprofen.       ... the current drug of choice being prescribed to flu patients is the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). But Tamiflu has become virtually worthless in fighting seasonal flu. According to CDC data, among 1,148 seasonal flu samples tested, 1,143, or 99.6 percent, were resistant to Tamiflu. So, if you come down with the common cold or flu, do you have real treatment options? Fortunately, the answer is "yes." These all-natural treatment options are some of the best for treating the common cold, flu (including H1N1), and other seasonal illnesses. * Elderberry Extract * Eucalyptus Oil * AHCC * Castor Oil * Zinc Lozenges * Oscillococcinum * Echinacea * Vitamin D * Vitamin C ... 

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