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Inspire Montebello! Inspire, Montebello!

February 28, 2013

"Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind." John Milton

Au contraire aujourd'hui. There are ways, blatant and alarming or insidious and seductive, to bridle that freedom.

 

MONTEBELLO EVENTS

At our library. Saturday March 2 from 2-4 p.m. the Montebello Library and the City of Montebello Youth Commission will host a program called "MONTEBELLO READS". Teens 12- 18 years of age are invited to join us in celebrating reading with gaming, computer tutorials and poetry readings. Meet other teens who share your interest in these areas. Refreshment will be provided. For more information, 323.722.6551.

You can donate items to help a local cause. On Saturday, March 9, the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force will participate in the largest flea market in the Montebello area, the Rosemead Annual Community Yard Sale in the parking lot of Southern California Edison at 2255 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead. We will be in row F, which is near the center of the parking lot. The sale starts at 7:30 am and ends at 1:30pm. Anyone wishing to donate items to help save our last natural open0space hills can bring them to this outreach event or leave bagged or boxed items at the end of the long driveway at 917 Hibiscus St., Montebello. Please, no large furniture. Thank you for helping us to save this treasure for future generations.

 

INSPIRATION

“Can You ‘Think Beyond Plastic’? You Could Win $50,000.”
http://www.earthtechling.com/2013/02/can-you-think-beyond-plastic-you-could-win-50000/ 

Imagine if somebody did this for clothing. “AZ Desk Grows With Your Child From Preschool Through Adulthood”, 
http://www.inhabitots.com/az-desk-features-four-settings-to-grow-with-your-child-from-preschool-through-adulthood/  

Is entrepreneurship the best hands-on learning to complement classroom learning? “Rise of the Mini-Preneurs: A Kid-Run Virtual Lemonade Stand To Teach Entrepreneurship”, 
http://www.good.is/posts/rise-of-the-mini-preneurs-a-kid-run-virtual-lemonade-stand-to-teach-entrepreneurship?utm_term%3D=ts  

Do we encourage and facilitate exploration in Montebello schools? “Watch: 2 Scientists Accidentally Discover A World-Changing Super Material”, 
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671917/watch-2-scientists-accidentally-discover-a-world-changing-super-material 

Can we use this in Montebello to get things done? “Can Nextdoor Turn Your Neighbors Into A Billion-Dollar Social Network?”, 
http://www.fastcompany.com/3005759/nextdoor-social-network-neighborhoods-raises-funding-early-facebook-linkedin-investors  

“Blind Can See Again With Experimental Subretinal Implants”
http://laughingsquid.com/blind-can-see-again-with-experimental-subretinal-implants/ 

Now, this is creative. “What Does Street Art Sound Like?”, 
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681382/what-does-street-art-sound-like  

Are we giving our youth the means for them to reach their potential? “17-Year-Old Creates a 3D-Printed Robotic Prosthetic Arm for $250”, 
http://inhabitat.com/17-year-old-creates-a-3d-printed-robotic-prosthetic-arm-for-250/ 

How proud are we of our community? “Unpaid Army of Litter Vigilantes Tackles Britain's Tide of Rubbish”, 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/17/litter-vigilantes-clean-up-dirty-streets 

“Eco Hand Painted Cardboard Playhouses from This Little Piggy's House”
http://www.inhabitots.com/eco-hand-painted-cardboard-playhouses-from-this-little-piggys-house/ 

Raising money for a business. “3D-Printing Pen, The 3Doodler, Reaches Kickstarter Funding Goal In Hours”,
http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/19/3d-printing-pen-the-3doodler-reaches-kickstarter-funding-goal-in-hours/ 

“Honey Maid Gets Kids Making Things (Other Than S’mores)”
http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682480/honey-maid-gets-kids-making-things-other-than-smores  


HEALTH

“Hip-Hop Video Compares the Food Industry to Drug Dealers”, 
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/hip-hop-video-compares-food-industry-drug-dealers.html  

For a good cause. “Man Does 2,501 Pullups!”, 
http://news.menshealth.com/man-does-2501-pullups/2013/02/12/ 

Want smarter children? Then consider these.       ... Researchers from Harvard have found that a substance rampant in the nation’s water supply, fluoride, is lowering IQ and dumbing down the population. ... One study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pesticides, which are rampant among the food supply, are creating lasting changes in overall brain structure — changes that have been linked to lower intelligence levels and decreased cognitive function. ... Following 14,000 children, British researchers uncovered the connection between processed foods and reduced IQ. After recording the children’s’ diets and analyzing questionnaires submitting by the parents, the researchers found that if children were consuming a processed diet at age 3, IQ decline could begin over the next five years. The study found that by age 8, the children had suffered the IQ decline. ... Interestingly, one particular ingredient ubiquitous in processed foods and sugary beverages across the globe -- high fructose corn syrup – has been tied to reduced IQ. ...        http://naturalsociety.com/leading-geneticist-human-intelligence-slowly-declining/  

Interesting title. “How the junk food industry has encouraged us to eat ourselves to death”,
http://grist.org/food/how-the-junk-food-industry-has-encouraged-us-to-eat-ourselves-to-death/  

“Super-Gonorrhea: The Latest STD Nobody Knows How to Cure”
http://www.menshealth.com/ripped/super-gonorrhea-latest-std-nobody-knows-how-cure  

“Does Childhood TV Viewing Lead to Criminal Behavior?”
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-television-intervention-20130218,0,3260824.story  

“Prevention as Cure: Confronting the Environmental Contributions to Breast Cancer”
http://blogs.edf.org/nanotechnology/2013/02/19/prevention-as-cure-confronting-the-environmental-contributions-to-breast-cancer/  

Cavemen had better teeth than we have today? Prehistoric humans didn't have toothbrushes. They didn't have floss or toothpaste, and they certainly didn't have Listerine. Yet somehow, their mouths were a lot healthier than ours are today. "Hunter-gatherers had really good teeth," says Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. "[But] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up." ...       “Ancient Chompers Were Healthier Than Ours”, http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/02/24/172688806/ancient-chompers-were-healthier-than-ours  

These days, are we not adding asphalt and concrete to our schools and neighborhoods? “Playing in the Grass May be the Key to Easing ADHD Symptoms”, 
http://www.inhabitots.com/playing-in-the-grass-may-be-the-key-to-easing-adhd-symptoms/  

“Deaths Surge among Youngest Drivers”
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/26/death-toll-surges-among-teen-drivers/1947599/  

About Inspire! and “My Montebello”

To learn about this newsletter, Inspire!, and the accompanying, growing Web site, “My Montebello”, visit www.mymontebello.com.  Also, you will find instructions and contact information for submitting announcements for publication in this newsletter, and for submitting stories to “Montebello Memories” at the Web site.

 

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