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NOWCastSA: journalism building community

January 22, 2013
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NOWCastSA: journalism building community

NOWCastSA is a nonprofit community journalism organization. What does that mean? For NOWCastSA, it means lots of live-streaming events and innovative, interactive, public participation in the news. It means the democratization of information by encouraging community members from all segments of the City’s population to be involved in sharing stories. It means publishing news...
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Resolve to reduce-reuse-recycle

January 10, 2013
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With all the recent talk of New Year’s resolutions, maybe some of you have decided to include renewing your personal efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Environmentally friendly practices not only help save Mother Earth, they also help save you money. Did you know food waste and yard trimmings account for up to 25%...
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Work heals at the San Antonio Clubhouse

December 26, 2012
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So, where were you this Christmas? Most likely you were with family enjoying all the usual happy activities. For many of those affected by mental illness, there is no family gathering or festivities–or hope. Fortunately, in San Antonio, nestled in a group of trees at the end of Recoleta Street, there is the San...
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Greening your holidays

December 12, 2012
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While having lunch with friend and blog writer Andrea Nocito, I mentioned that the holiday season, while spectacular, seems so wasteful. Andrea agreed and quickly, we were off to discussing strategies for a less wasteful way to deck the halls. Here are some strategies for greening your holiday season. Gifting Laura: What can we...
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ChildSafe Halos Stocking Gift Drive

December 8, 2012
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My good friends at ChildSafe reached out for help with their annual HALO Stocking Gift Drive. ChildSafe serves families and children traumatized by child abuse and neglect. Always ready to assist a good cause, I am passing on this information. Of the more than 1,500 families served annually at ChildSafe, 67% live on an...
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Art and Science Forge Together to Launch Community Partnership

December 5, 2012
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Sharing–resources, space, skill-sets, knowledge, equipment–that’s what a hackerspace does by definition. 10BitWorks Hackerspace, a nonprofit located at 1020 Roosevelt, is reaching out at the grassroots level by partnering with other nonprofits, artists, software programmers, techies and DIY enthusiasts. “In founding 10BitWorks with Mike Perez and Jeremy Zunker, we envisioned becoming a part of the...
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Nonprofits: public opinions and overhead?

November 16, 2012
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Several years ago, I met Denise Barkhurst when writing a story on Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas. Denise became the 4th President & CEO in August 2008 after working for the program for 10 years in other roles. As CEO, she leads one of the top 10 largest Big Brothers Big Sisters...
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Musical Bridges Around the World brings kids to concerts in outreach program

November 8, 2012
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Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) is not just an organization’s name. It is a description of its musical gift to San Antonio. Board Member Suhail Arastu gives a great snapshot of Musical Bridges when he says, “In its 15 years, Musical Bridges Around the World has evolved from piano and chamber music to...
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La Prensa Foundation Supports Education in San Antonio

October 29, 2012
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I had the pleasure recently to attend the La Prensa Foundation 2012 Leadership Awards. Founded by Amelia J. Duran, La Prensa Foundation has been supporting education in San Antonio for 13 years. The Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships to students seeking success through higher education. “It’s a great honor for...
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The third time is the charm for TEDx San Antonio

October 17, 2012
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Audience consensus confirmed last Saturday’s 3rd annual TEDx San Antonio was a hit. “100 times better than last year’s #TEDxSA. Lots of innovative and positive thinkers.” tweeted @dougcohenmiller “Talk about being indulgent – a whole day devoted to listening and learning! What a gift!” said Lady Ray Romano. Several years ago when I first...
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