ROSWELL, GA -- Family and friends will gather Friday to say goodbye to the Roswell daughter and father who died early Monday morning in a single-vehicle accident. The memorial service for Robert "Stephen" Smith, 52, and daughter Sydney Smith, 21, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at First Baptist Church Roswell. Visitation for the pair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the church.The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. Nov. 28 along King Road near Cox Road. A preliminary investigation indicates a black Ford Mustang was traveling north on King Road when it left the roadway and hit a stone mail box, said Roswell police spokesperson Lisa Holland.The car destroyed the first mailbox before striking another stone mailbox, Holland added. The elder Smith was pronounced dead at the scene while Sydney Smith, who was ejected from the vehicle, was transported to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries, Holland said.The family dog also passed away inside the vehicle due to th... http://patch.com/georgia/roswell/funeral-friday-father-daughter-killed-crash
November 15, 2016 — Each morning last summer, Michael Roswell walked through restored meadows and abandoned New Jersey farm fields, where leggy grasses and weeds grew unchecked and thick patches of bee balm, black-eyed Susans, mountain mints, goldenrod and purple-loosestrife added shots of magenta, yellow, and white. Each time a bee landed, Roswell would swing his sweep net, capturing the insect so he could identify it by species. A doctoral student at Rutgers University, he was trying to answer a seemingly simple question: What kinds of flowers do bees like?
The answer may be complicated. A recent analysis by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey detected genetic material from more than 260 different flowering plant groups in the pollen of North Dakota honeybees. And honeybees are just one species: All told, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are more than 4,000 bee species in the United States alone.
A field bursting with blooms is a bee’s delight. Researchers are working to identify how to optimize such habitats to... http://ensia.com/articles/pollinators/
The crude tattoo remains, but the woman underneath has changed – permanently, she hopes.
“I was ready to restart,” the 25-year-old Roswell woman said. “So I came here.”
“Here” is a sprawling, well-appointed five-bedroom home in the quiet Siesta Hills neighborhood where women exiting prison, jail or drug rehab learn how to restart their lives in a cleaner, more independent and accountable way. Precious Gifts, the name of the nonprofit that manages the home, is a structured and warmly connective program run for women by women.
“We have a program that is breaking a cycle of addiction, incarceration, homelessness, separation from family, inability to get a job, those things that keep so many women down,” executive director Laura Brown said. “We’re a small program, but we feel we are making a big difference.”
Inspirational messages are posted on the wall at Precious Gifts, a transitional living home for women in Albuquerque’s Siesta Hills. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)
Like many transitional living houses, Precious Gifts runs on a shoestring budget and the commitment of its small staff – many who are volunteers, some who have gone through the program, all who come from their own lives of addiction and recovery.
“If you’re going to support and guide these ladies who are new to their recovery, you better have been there yourself,” said Jeri Hollan, the program’s education and career coach.
Precious Gifts staff visit the women’s prison and jails to talk about the program with inmates preparing to return to life on the outside who need support and a place to land.
“Even those who ...