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Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa dishes out hope, opportunity

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When he lost his dad at the age of 13, Michael Rodriguez looked for ways to fill the void.

He turned to the neighborhood gang for support, and he had already begun experimenting with drugs a short time after. He was selling drugs just to get by.

“Once my dad died when I was 13, I wanted that love,” said Rodriguez, 25, of Stanton. “They all showed me love. I felt loved after my dad died, and I started hanging around with the wrong people, started using drugs, tried heroin after he died.

“I tried it a few times. I wasn’t addicted to it, but I liked the feeling. It kept me away from reality … about losing my dad.”

One thing led to another. By 14, Rodriguez was intermittently homeless. By 17, Rodriguez found a drug he had promised his dad he would never do in methamphetamine.

“I just

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The Pap Corps Unveils Vision for ‘Garden of Hope’ and Brick Campaign – Press Release

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Oct 07, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research will unveil the vision for its eagerly awaited “Garden of Hope” project at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Deerfield Beach, during a free, virtual event October 15, 2020, beginning at 6 p.m. The Zoom webinar, co-hosted by Sylvester Director, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., will showcase beautiful renderings of the garden, which is designed to be a place of peaceful reflection, and will feature bricks, benches and plaques honoring loved ones, physicians, and volunteers.

Members and non-members of The Pap Corps are welcome to participate in the event and support cancer research through the brick campaign. To learn more and register for the event, visit https://www.thepapcorps.org/.

“We are delighted to announce that construction will commence on the ‘Garden of Hope’ this fall,” said Susan Dinter, chair of The Pap Corps. “The garden will offer a

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Neglected Allison Hill garden will grow food and nurture neighborhood again, organizers hope

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Harrisburg residents will get a preview Friday of a soon-to-be restored garden in the Allison Hill neighborhood.

“Our effort is to restore the entire area and return the whole thing into a functional use,” said Chris Nafe, the city’s sustainability coordinator. “We’re working on gathering resources to make it happen.”

Members of the Greenhouse Working Group have been spending hours preparing the land, raising funds, and educating nearby neighbors on their efforts to bring back the urban garden and eventually a new greenhouse to provide an option for healthy living in the city.

A virtual town hall on the “Greenhouse Transformation Project” is scheduled at noon Friday. It will be streamed to the city’s Facebook page, where residents’ input is welcomed. Some parts of the garden’s plans will start to take shape on Friday.

Planners said there’s an urgency to grow food now. The plot of land has sat near

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‘Beacon of hope’: New mural brightens community garden in Southeast DC

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The art helps to shine a light on the Southeast D.C. garden as it serves as a source of food during a time of need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Local artists Mark Garrett and Dietrich Williams pose with a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A child helps to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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Artists pose in front of a new mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A child helps to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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Residents pose while helping to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A new art display is brightening up a community park in Southeast D.C. that helps provide food to local

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