New England Patriots Bolster Defensive Roster


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New England Patriots

An experienced entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience, Becky Catino currently oversees business development at 625 Investments, LLC. She also recently co-founded GigSmart, a mobile application that facilitates short-term employment agreements. In her spare time, Becky Catino enjoys watching the National Football League (NFL). Her favorite teams include the New England Patriots.

In a historic comeback victory last February, the Patriots won Super Bowl LI by a score of 34-28 over the Atlanta Falcons. This latest win earned quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick their fifth championship ring each. In preparation for the next season, the team is focusing on building up its defensive roster.

Last March, the Patriots surprised analysts and fans by signing a five-year, $65-million-dollar contract with cornerback Stephon Gilmore, previously of the Buffalo Bills. A sixth-year player from South Carolina, Gilmore tallied 48 combined tackles and five interceptions during the 2016 regular season. As a member of the Patriots, he will join Malcolm Butler, a top-ranked defensive back, in the secondary this coming season.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Helping the Homeless

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St Vincent de Paul

Becky Catino is the co-founder of GigSmart, an on-demand job prospecting mobile application based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Among her charitable activities, Becky Catino currently serves as the board chair of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati.

A nonprofit organization, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides charitable services to those in need. With the help of local supporters, the organization implements various programs to assist vulnerable members of the community, including the homeless.

As per the Cincinnati Family Homelessness Services Study in 2014, 69 percent of families without a permanent residence are turned away from homeless shelters due to full capacity, while 56 percent of families who apply for prevention services from St. Vincent de Paul are rejected due to lack of resources. Yet, the non-profit’s impact is wide-ranging. Each year it helps over 5,000 households with utility and rent payments; 90 percent of those families avoid eviction for up to six months. Donations to the Liz Carter Homelessness Prevention Fund help with bill payments, while St. Vincent de Paul offers long-term solutions such as budget counseling and financial literacy programs, among other resources.

Winter Gardening Tips

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Winter Gardening

While serving as CEO of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp, Becky Catino was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of a $25 million organization. Apart from her professional career, Becky Catino enjoys many hobbies, including gardening.

Winter may not be the first season of the year that springs to mind when it comes to thinking about gardening tips. Just because the weather is cold, however, doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do to keep a garden healthy and vibrant. Here are two suggestions to accomplish just that.

For larger shrubs and other plants that maintain some structure during the winter months, it’s important to keep them free of snow and ice. After a snowfall or an ice storm, be sure to clear as much of the snow or ice from the shrub or plant as possible to prevent unnecessary stress to the plant’s structure. By doing this, one can prevent limbs and other parts of the plant from breaking or becoming injured.

Winter doesn’t necessarily have to mean the end of the growing season. Depending on your growing zone, there are several types of vegetables and other plants that can be planted during fall, late winter, or in very early spring. Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, spinach, and kale are among many types of green vegetables that can be grown during the cold season. Root vegetables also can be an important part of a cold-weather garden. Seed companies are an excellent resource for learning more about vegetable-growing options for fall and winter planting.

The New England Patriots and Celebrating Volunteerism


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Celebrate Volunteerism Initiative

A mother of three boys, Becky Catino is a finance professional that served as president of the Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp for over two decades. Currently, Becky Catino is committed to charitable work and serves as chair of the Cincinnati St. Vincent de Paul Society and a member of the Ursuline Academy foundation board of trustees. Outside of her professional work, Ms. Catino is a football fan and enjoys the Bengals, Broncos and the Patriots teams.

A member of the National Football League (NFL), the New England Patriots are a football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The team competes in the league’s American Football Conference West Division and has won five Super Bowl Championships, including the 2016 championship over the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to its on field success, the team also enjoys supporting a variety of community initiatives and volunteer efforts.

The Patriots promote active community engagement through the Celebrate Volunteerism Initiative. The program is designed to build awareness for volunteer work and educate others about volunteering opportunities through examples. Players are given days off to volunteer in the local community. In addition, the effort includes collection drives, volunteer outreach, and volunteer awards such as the weekly Patriots Difference Maker of the Week award.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati Hosts Golf Outing


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St Vincent de Paul

Becky Catino is co-founder and former chief executive officer of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation located in Macon, Ohio. A philanthropic individual, Becky Catino serves as a board chair for the Cincinnati Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization originally founded in 1833. The society began in Paris where student Frederic Ozanam and his colleagues went person-to-person to help minister to the poor. They believed that Christ would be revealed through their care and compassion. Since its inception, the organization has grown to include members in 150 countries. The Cincinnati Council reaches out to 120,000 people in the area each year.

To help it raise money in order to help those in need within the Cincinnati area, the organization sponsors annual events. One event is its Prescription Fore Fun Charitable Golf Outing, with the 2017 outing scheduled for July 31 at the Clovernook Country Club. Now in its tenth year, this golf outing benefits the organization’s charitable pharmacy, with every dollar raised providing eight dollars of prescription medications. The 2016 outing raised $200,000 worth of medicine.

Popular Bike Tours in Europe

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Loire Valley, France

Becky Catino, former co-CEO of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. (SNAAC), former owner of TriStar Protection Plan, and current partner with the firm 625 Investments, is an accomplished business leader. An avid traveler and cyclist, Becky Catino also enjoys taking cycling trips to Asia, Africa, and Europe in her free time. Europe offers plenty of cycling trips and tours to visitors, a sampling of which is described below:

Coast to coast, Britain: one of the most popular long-distance cycling tours in Britain runs from the Cumbrian coast to the Wearside coast. The 140-mile trip requires around three days to complete and takes cyclists along minor roads and railway tracks as well as through small villages and hills.

Loire Valley, France: great for casual cyclists, the Loire Valley in France has a relaxing bike and wine tour that takes visitors through small towns and tasting areas. Several companies offer to carry items for cyclists doing this tour and serve as guides.

Majorca, Spain: featuring both flat and hilly road areas, Majorca in Spain is popular among road cyclists. There are plenty of options for sleeping, refueling, and getting bike parts along the road. Depending on the season, the route may be more or less challenging.

Bavarian Lakes, Germany: a circular route that starts and ends in Munich, the Bavarian Lakes cycling tour winds through calming valleys, lakes, and small villages. The entire trip covers close to 180 miles and may take around seven days to fully complete.

Quarterback Andy Dalton Cracks Top 100 for First Time


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Quarterback Andy Dalton

During her time as co-CEO of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp, Becky Catino oversaw operations of a $25 million organization. Outside of her professional life, Becky Catino follows the NFL and is a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton ranks at No. 35 in NFL Network’s recently released Top 100 Players Of 2016.

Fifteen quarterbacks in total made the list, and Dalton is in the middle of that pack, ranking above such names as Andrew Luck, Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Derek Carr, and Eli Manning.

It is Dalton’s first time achieving mention on this list. While many analysts bemoaned Dalton’s play prior to last season, the Red Rifle cracked through negative perceptions and put together what many felt was an MVP-caliber campaign before losing his season to a broken thumb.

Dalton drastically cut back on his turnovers and proved more efficient at converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns. His ranking on the NFL Network’s list is indicative of his improvement and serves as validation to those who believe he is among the top 10 quarterbacks in the league.