The search is on for the 2015 Guam Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Inductee and the Married Couple Recognition Program Honorees!
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In its 4th year, the Hall of Fame was established to recognize a Senior Citizen of Guam for the achievements and contributions he or she has made to our island community. The Married Couple Program was designed to honor couples who have been married for 60 years or longer.
This program was launched in 2011 to bring honor to the pillars of our history, the foundations of our island family and the strength of our people. In recognizing these Seniors, we are able to thank them for the many years of sacrifices and contributions they have given in providing our generations with a strong-willed and persevering island community.
*Nominations for the Hall of Fame: 1) Nominee must be 65 years old at nomination. 2) 1,000 word maximum essay/biography. 3) Completed Nomination Form 4) Photos, Articles and other documentation supporting the nominee.
* Nominations for the Married Couple: 1) Married Couple must be married for 60 years or longer. 2) 1,000 word maximum essay/biography. 3) Completed Nomination Form 4) Photos of couple (during younger years, family, senior years, etc.), and other documentation supporting the nominees.
Submit your nomination with the required form and letter with supporting documents/pictures. For more information please contact Sen. Rodriguez's office at 649-8638/0511 or send us a comment. Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!
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Today, twelve Senators introduced landmark legislation relative to providing court ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment for persons with certain mental illnesses. Bill No. 115-33 (COR) is to be known as the Baby Alexya Law. Assisted Outpatient Treatment is practiced in forty-five (45) States as an extension of inpatient treatment, while allowing the qualified patient with a treatable mental illness or condition to receive court ordered treatment on an outpatient basis. The continued treatment and management of the patient’s condition on an outpatient basis has also been determined to greatly reduce incidents of violence and arrests.
Bill No. 115-33 (COR) was introduced by Senators D.G. Rodriguez, Jr., R.J. Respicio, V.A. Ada, B. Mccreadie, N.B. Underwood, Ph.D., T.A. Morrison, F.F. Blas, Jr., F.B. Aguon, Jr., M.C. Torres, T.R. Muna-Barnes, M.F.Q. San Nicolas, and J.T. Won Pat, Ed.D.
Leading the nation, when New York City established Kendra’s Law, it took the tragic death of Ms. Kendra Webdale, a young woman who died in January 1999 after being pushed in front of a New York City subway train by a person who was not receiving treatment for his mental illness. “On Guam, we had the recent case of ten (10) month old baby Alexya being punched in the face while in the arms of her mother under similar circumstances by a person not receiving treatment for her mental illness,” Senator Rodriguez stated.
“It took an unfortunate act because of the cracks in our mental healthcare system to raise our people’s level of awareness that we too are seriously in need of this kind of program,” Rodriguez added. “I too had an initial reaction of anger, just as many did. But as I learned more about the circumstances my feelings changed to compassion for a mentally ill woman who fell through the cracks in a system not legally prepared to address her situation and numerous others,” Rodriguez concluded.
Senator Rodriguez was joined at the introduction of Bill 115-33 by Baby Alexya and her parents, as well as representatives of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, and Senatorial co-sponsors.
Senator Rodriguez reaches out to Baby Alexya as her parents Alyssa and Fred Esser look on during the introduction of Bill 115-33(COR) at the Guam Legislature.
Sen. Rodriguez, Baby Alexya, her parents Alyssa and Fred Esser, Sen. Tony Ada, Sen. Nerissa Underwood, Sen. Frank Blas, Jr., and Guam Behavioral Health Admin and Staff- Director Rey Vega, Dep. Dir. Paulino, Dr. Ariel Ismael and Ms. Jeremy Lloyd look on as Sen. Rodriguez explains Bill 115-33(COR)- known as the Alexya Law, during the introduction of the bill at the Guam Legislature.
Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., and the 33rd Guam Legislature, on behalf of the people of Guam presented Legislative Certificate No. 43-33(LS) to Chief Stanley Torres of the Andersen Air Force Base Fire Department.
Chief Torres' recognition is well deserved as he is the first Chamorro from the Marianas to be promoted to this position.
"I wish to express my sincerest congratulations to Chief Torres on his promotion, especially as a son of Guam and the CNMI. Chief Torres' success is evident in the trust he has from his colleagues while making us proud of our island's contributions to the military and civilian populations on Guam and the CNMI'" Senator Rodriguez stated.
In attendance at the presentation were Sen. Tina Muna Barnes and Sen. Frank Aguon, Jr., Chief Torres' wife and daughter, parents Deputy Fire Chief of AAFB, Guam Fire Department counterparts, EMS Commission & Health Professional Licensing Office representatives.
Senator Rodriguez with Chief Stanley Torres, flanked by his family, fire department couterparts, EMS & HPLO representatives and Sen. Muna Barnes and Sen. Aguon during a Legislative Certificate presentation congratulating him as the first Chamorro Fire Chief of the Andersen Air Force Base Fire Department.