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Family Support & Treatment Center in Need of Donations

The Family Support & Treatment Center
1255 North 1200 West
Orem, UT 84057
(801) 229-1181

Holiday food drives in December are the main source of food supplies for centers such as the Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem, which is the first line of defense for children removed from their homes. However, these resources usually run very low by the beginning of fall.

Last fiscal year, the Family Support and Treatment Center had 526 children it its nursery, provided shelter care for 14 children removed from their homes, and served 127 children in the adoption and respite program. The location in Orem is the largest Family Support and Treatment Center in Utah, serving Utah, Wasatch, Summit, Juab and Millard counties. With so many regions being served, it is easy to see why donations are in such high demand.

Development Coordinator Carrie Liljenquist says that the facility sees miracle after miracle. Most often these miracles result from donation the members of the community make. For example, a woman came in one day seeking a high chair for her young child. Staff at the Family Support and Treatment Center told her that the facility usually does not receive donations like that, but said they would keep their eyes open. Only a few hours later, a couple came in with a high chair they were wondering if the center could use.

On another day, a caregiver was worried about what she would feed the children for dinner that night. Later that day, a donor brought in a large food donation, alleviating the worry over what the children would eat.

Donations are accepted all year round, but are in especially high demand right now. Food donations including canned food, box dinners, and gift certificates to grocery stores are examples of some of the things the Family Support and Treatment Center needs. A more complete listing can be found on their website. UtahValleyFamilySupport.org

Animal Shelter Pet Adopt-A-Thon

The North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS) will be hosting a special pet Adopt-A-Thon event on Saturday, November 8, 2008. From 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, NUVAS will be streamlining the pet adoption process, as well as offering rabies vaccinations, licensing, and microchip identification for new pets.

NUVAS is located at 193 North 2000 West in Lindon, Utah. For more information, visit Nuvas or call at (801) 785-3442. Come help us in giving all our critters a second chance, and make a new friend for life!

Why does the south always lose?

From history, it seems some of the most famous wars in history have been fought for South VS North. What's more is that the South always seems to lose. Whether it's the Southern States of the Confederacy, South Vietnam or South Korea, they seem to always get their tail kicked.

To my point though, I'm curious about the North VS South side of campus I've heard about. What is the difference, if any, or even by rumor, of living from either on the North and South side of Brigham Young University? Is one side more righteous then the other?

A PREDICTION and a CAUTION

Here comes the influx of the BYU and UVSC student populations!

After a great summer break, the population in Utah County will be bursting with the hustle and bustle of college and university attendees.

And with that comes increase vehicle traffic and yes, you guessed it, collisions! Based on my own viewing experience, I predict there will be at least two accidents every week on University Avenue between the junctions of 800 North and Bulldog Boulevard.

This phenomenon is a result of increased vehicles on the road and drivers coming from other states where, unlike Utah, people can actually signal and expect someone will let them pull into their lane in front of them (or yield in some sort of fashion).

Hence, there will be unexpected collisions. (No one gets in a wreck on purpose, right?) Most of them (I hope) will be "fender benders", but some will be downright wrecks.

I hope whether you happen to be an in-state drive or a driver from another state, you will be aware that blinkers signaling a turn or lane change ought to be respected.

Booting (Part II): Contact information for Contacting Government Officials

If you read the article "Booting--why it's not a good solution" and the subsequent comments, this post will make sense to you. If you haven't, I recommend you do.

Here's the web link to the contact page for Senator Orrin G. Hatch: http://hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Home

His Provo office contact information is taken from the page connected to the above link. Here it is:

Provo Office
51 S. University Ave.
Suite 320
Provo, UT 84606
Tel: (801) 375-7881
Fax: (801) 374-5005

If you find contact information for anymore relevant government officials, please post it in a comment to this post. Thanks!

Booting: Why it's not a good solution

So, I browsed through a fiery debate that raged through provopulse a year or so back about the legitimacy of booting to enforce parking regulations, and wanted to bring it up again to see if we could generate some useful ideas on whether it is or is not ethical, and if it is not, what some alternatives might be.

So, here is why I think booting is unethical.

Now, I realize enforcing regulations is usually a good thing. I'm in full support of appropriate regulations, and I would sure like full benefit of a parking pass I pay for. However, the model for businesses like University Parking Enforcement is what I question. In my view, it abuses the leeway of City Ordinances in order to unethically take advantage of students in the Provo area.

First, is the cost. Typical city parking tickets cost about $10, whether a boot is included or not. The city of Chicago charges $50 for parking in a blatant no parking zone, and only $25 for parking in a spot that doesn't belong to you. And if you've ever been to downtown Chicago, you know that parking is much sparser than it is here. The last time I checked, University Parking charged $60. Is a parking spot here in Provo worth $60? Isn't that a bit extreme of a cost, especially considering it's the maximum permissible by law to charge for a parking violation here in Provo? Some may say that the high cost acts as a powerful deterrent, but when you consider the fact that many signs are occluded, and many regulatory times unclear, $60 seems like an awful lot to pay for inadvertent infractions, when deterrence isn't necessary.

Need help from Provo-ites

Looking for help from current Provo residents. I am sending by daughter out to school this fall, and want to get her a cell phone. Verizon is my first choice, since they have done well for us here in Michigan, and she could be on our "family Plan"

I can not tell however if Provo is in their coverage area, or if it will be roam. The guys at the cell store just throw a map at me and tell me to check it out, but it is a whole nation map, and it is not clear whether or not Provo is in their primary coverage area or not. The Verizon website is of no help on this topic either.

What is the experience of Verizon users on campus, are they reliable and can you place and recieve calls without going into "roam" mode.

Thought it would be very "web 2.0" to throw it out to the locals to get real reviews off the street.

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