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(AP Photo) SACRAMENTO, Calif. Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday. The bill from state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, will boost penalties for actions that include taking photos and video of a child without parental consent and in a harassing manner. Celebrities such as actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner urged lawmakers to support SB606. Berry testified before several legislative committees that her daughter has been intimidated by photographers who follow them daily. She said the photographers often shout while they snap pictures. “On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress,” Berry said in a statement released by her publicist. The measure also will help protect children of police officers and judges, and other kids who might be susceptible to harassment or unwanted attention due to their parents’ occupations, de Leon said. Berry, who won an Academy Award for her role in “Monster’s Ball,” said she plans to work with other professionals whose children are affected by the statute to ensure local law enforcement officials will vigorously enforce the new provisions.


8-9, will support the mission and work of Montgomery County Youth Services and will be hosted by PGA golfer Jeff Maggert and his wife Michelle. The Classic Gala will honor Alex and Sharon Sutton. The Classic is the longest-running tournament in The Woodlands and this year will celebrate the many sponsors and volunteers of the tournament that have been instrumental in its growth, Tournament Director Greg Freede said. We are thankful for our incredible sponsors, volunteers and celebrities who continue to contribute to the events success and make this the best tournament around. A VIP Party, hosted by Markle Luxury Jewelers, will kick off the weekend. Fridays Skins Games and Sponsor/Celebrity Stroke Play Tournament will be at The Woodlands Country Club East Course (formerly TPC). The Saturday Celebrity/Amateur Tournament will at the Palmer Course in The Woodlands. The 25th Anniversary Gala and Auction, co-chaired by Chardelle Adelson and Shelli Moran, will be at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center and will offer an evening of fun, dinner and dancing. Live auction items will again include a trip to the U.S. Open, a trip to Vegas, and many more surprises to come. About MCYS Montgomery County Youth Services is a private, not-for-profit counseling agency committed to providing quality social service programs to children and families in crisis throughout Montgomery County. The mission of MCYS is to provide crisis counseling, shelter programs and prevention services to strengthen families, keep youth in school and prepare them to be productive citizens. MCYS, a United Way Agency, provides youth and family counseling; crisis counseling; substance abuse education and prevention services; community outreach programs; and BridgeWay, an emergency shelter for abused and neglected youth in Montgomery County. MCYS is also a beneficiary of the Community Development Block Grant. With offices in Conroe, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Splendora, and Huntsville, MCYS has been in Montgomery County since 1979, working to help improve young lives. For more about MCYS, call 281-292-6471 or visit youthmc.org .

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For two days, commuters got to sit in the oversize Adirondack chairs and play croquet on the turf. Bayley said the whole idea is to make the brand real to people, rather than abstract. Now, theyre starting to accept the fact that there is this incredible product that is very distant from them, he said. When we bring it to them they can feel it. In addition to food and wine, Celebrity is also focused on entertainment that appeals to its target segment. It has added Sin City, a comedy/burlesque show, and 54 Below, a cabaret act, to its lineup. None of this has been without cost. Bayley said Celebrity is spending 30% more on marketing than it did a year ago. A big part of the spend, beyond events and sponsorships, is co-op advertising with partners to help them amplify the Celebrity message. Agents said Celebrity has been giving them tools to sell the brand, such as the expired 123Go promotion and the Pick Your Perk offer that has succeeded it. In particular, they said, the free beverage package option is highly popular with many clients. They have changed the landscape of how promotions are being offered by the cruise lines single-handedly this year, said Amber Blecker, a CruiseOne franchisee in Aurora, Colo. Ed Rudner, president of Online Vacation Center of Plantation, Fla., said he appreciates the targeted marketing focus and thinks the strategy looks promising. The company was trying to reach too broad an audience, Rudner said. This is not a mass-market brand. Bayley said he would like to see still more improvement in yields before judging the strategy a success.