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    Breakfast with a cop Milpitas Acting Police Chief Jared Hernandez and Lt. Matt Miller be the guest speakers Jan. 9 at a virtual meeting of the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association. They will update the public regarding city and policing policy and procedure changes in response to Black Lives Matter, especially those related to 8cantwait, a national campaign to compel police departments to adopt eight policies regarding use of force. The speakers will also take questions from participants. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. RSVP to info@sunnyhillsneighborhood.org to get the Zoom link. Vitamins 101 workshop Bay Area Older Adults is hosting an online presentation Jan. 28 on “Essential Nutrients and Vitamins: How to Distinguish the Good from the Bad.” More than 50 percent of adults in the United States take vitamin and mineral supplements, and most people take them without a doctor’s recommendation because they believe it will improve or maintain...
    Farmers’ market returns The Wednesday Farmers’ Market is reopening for the new year on Jan. 6, 2-6 p.m., at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave. In addition to fresh and locally grown produce from certified farmers, vendors also sell gourmet specialties and crafts. For more information call Bill Harlow of All Bay Farmers’ Market Association at 408- 831-8741 or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 408 253-7167. Free COVID testing Santa Clara County will continue providing free, appointment-based COVID-19 testing on a consistently scheduled, rotating basis into January and February. Testing will be conducted on Jan. 14 and Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Saratoga Prospect Center’s Friendship Hall, 19848 Prospect Road. Appointments are required to www.sccfreetest.org. Appointments will be open for scheduling seven days before the testing date. Once all appointments are filled, the location will no longer appear for scheduling on the website. Online events for...
    Software scholarships To help aspiring software developers learn their trade, Facebook this year doubled its regular donation to App Academy’s coding bootcamp, which serves Bay Area youth. Facebook’s $500,000 donation will go toward App Academy’s Access Scholarship program for students in marginalized communities. The program was created to continue promoting diversity and inclusivity in the tech community, particularly in underrepresented communities and in areas where financial assistance is most needed to help students fund an education that will foster successful, long-term careers. “We know COVID has had an outsized impact on underrepresented communities, and we hope these scholarships will help ease the financial barrier of pursuing a new career in tech at this critical time,” John Cantarella, Facebook’s vice president of social good and community partnerships, said in a statement. For more information about the Access Scholarship program, visit https://www.appacademy.io/access-scholarship. WIRE retirement party WIRE for Women, a nonpartisan South...
    Free COVID testing Santa Clara County will continue providing free, appointment-based COVID-19 testing on a consistently scheduled, rotating basis into January and February. Testing will be conducted from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on the following Wednesdays at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd.: Jan. 20 and Feb. 3 and 17. Appointments are required to www.sccfreetest.org and will be open for scheduling seven days before the testing date. Once all appointments are filled, the location will no longer appear for scheduling on the website. Library foundation gets grant The Cupertino Library Foundation has received a grant from the Forum Health Fund to support planning and implementation of programs for seniors in 2021. The award for $6,500 was made in November. The grant provides support for the foundation to develop and provide informational and educational programs for seniors in the Cupertino area in four categories: senior housing, memory diseases and...
    Beall gets a bench There’s a bench above Lexington Reservoir with state Sen. Jim Beall’s name on it. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District placed the bench on an open space preserve in Beall’s 15th district “to honor his longtime dedication to the health of the open space lands of the Santa Cruz Mountains.” District 15 includes Campbell. “Over the last several years, Sen. Beall has actively worked to enable our ability to protect and restore lands in the Upper Guadalupe Watershed and enhance the movement of wildlife in and out of the San Francisco Peninsula,” Midpen general manager Ana María Ruiz said in a statement. The bench is located on the Aquinas Trail in El Sereno Open Space Preserve, facing south to overlook the lands surrounding Lexington Reservoir, with a view of San Jose to the east. Beall recently helped secure funding to allow Midpen acquire a privately held 182-acre tract of land in the El Sereno preserve. “I’m honored and excited about the...
    Visual art forum Several San Jose offices, including the arts commission and the mayor’s office, are holding a community forum later this month where residents can give input on the city’s public visual art. The forum, which will take place via Zoom on Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m., will cover specific public exhibits—like the controversial Thomas Fallon statue—as well as a discussion of free expression. To add the event to your calendar, visit bit.ly/SJ_Art_Forum. Parking amnesty over San Jose’s Parking Amnesty Program, which halted late fees for parking tickets from before March 19 as part of the city’s COVID-19 relief efforts, has officially ended. Residents should pay all parking tickets in full to avoid incurring any new fees. To pay parking tickets online, visit https://tinyurl.com/SJGovTransportation. WIRE retirement party WIRE for Women, a nonpartisan South Bay group that aims to get more women into elected and appointed positions, is...
    Edition 16: Stories rescued 4PM EST Friday, Dec. 25 to 4PM EST Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 Yes that’s a lot of metaphors in the headline, but to thoroughly kick 2020 into the abyss; we need to reframe and that requires the energy of multiple metaphors. Finally, we’ve staggered out of 2020, although the year’s crash course in coping with adversity continues. I see possibilities in this new year, new President, and am anticipating the changes we can seek from an administration more attuned to our values and ethics. Beginning Jan 20, we can invest our energies in pushing for more and better policies instead of desperately trying to pull back the atrocities, as we’ve done in the past four years. This week I have 12 great stories and a poll for you. As Community member citisven says in his rescued story, “(R)ight now really is the time to pitch not only another movie, but a radically new franchise with the capacity to tell...
    By JOE SEVERINO, The Charleston Gazette-Mail MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Romelia Hodges saw too many people sitting on their hands. COVID-19 tore through North Central West Virginia’s Black Baptist church community in late March. People were dying and dozens were infected. Churchgoers were turned away from hospitals and denied tests. People were left fending for themselves. “The feeling was one of sheer panic, confusion and pandemonium,” Hodges said. “Like being underwater and trying to swim up for air and never quite reaching the top.” The institutions designed to protect the most vulnerable communities during crisis did not answer the call. “The truth is health officials and government officials ignored our pleas for help,” Hodges said. “We were invisible.” Hodges stepped up, calling attention to her community’s plight. For her response to the church outbreak and continued activism for the health of minority communities in West Virginia, Hodges is the Charleston...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The crowd near East 36th Street and Cedar Avenue after 23-year-old Dolal Idd was shot and killed by police Wednesday night gathered in search of the truth. Jaylani Hussein — executive director of Minnesota’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — was also at the scene. “We want immediately, first of all, the narrative to be clear. We don’t want to paint a picture that is not true or not reflective or creates a great deal of ambiguity,” Hussein said. Demonstrators gather following the fatal shooting of Dolal Idd (credit: CBS) He says the community has a tendency to not believe the narrative police give at the scene. “They say that was gunfire exchange, but we’ve noticed that gunfire exchange between White police officers and White victims usually ends up in nobody dying,” Hussein said. “I think we had that in Owatonna just...
    After years of dominating the streaming charts, The Office will leave Netflix on Jan. 1, 2021 for its new home on Peacock. In the nine years that The Office was on Netflix, millions of fans discovered it and millions more rewatched it, sometimes dozens of times. But don’t worry. If you’re scrolling through Netflix looking for sitcoms to fill the Dunder Mifflin-shaped hole in your heart, there are plenty of other great options (and a few less great ones) that are still on the service. Here are five sitcoms to binge watch on Netflix. Arrested Development Photo: Netflix Arrested Development follows a wealthy family trying to adjust to a new life after its patriarch is dragged to prison for a litany of financial crimes. Arrested Development is also one of the funniest sitcoms ever made. It’s got an outstanding cast...
    A mob of Pakistani Muslims attacked and set fire to a century-old Hindu temple Wednesday in the northwestern part of Pakistan, Reuters reported. Muslim clerics in the reportedly had organized peaceful protests against an expansion of the temple, located in the Karak district, Reuters reported. Hindus have been the largest non-Muslim population in the country since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Then the subcontinent was partitioned into a Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan, according to Reuters. Locals filmed people at the scene taking sledgehammers and stones to the building as dark smoke can be seen coming from the structure, according to Reuters. Rahmatullah Wazir, a police officer for the town said that the clerics made “provocative speeches,” shortly before the crowd started to attack. “It was a mob and then nobody was there to stop them from damaging the temple,” Wazir told Reuters, noting that most of the temple...
    The TikTok community's love for a little chef has left director Lucy Moss with what you could say is a tall order.On Friday, Moss will debut "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical," a first-of-its-kind collaboration that will test the creative possibilities of the beloved app and platform."It's very scary," Moss said, during a call from England where she was deep in the editing phase of the project. "It's a lot of eyes and a lot of people who are very invested and very excited but also have a very specific vision of what this kind of event is going to be."Those people are the TikTok community, who saw this project go from a quaint viral effort started by a user's Broadway-esque ode to the 2007 Disney Pixar film to a full-blown event in a matter of weeks.Moss explains that her great challenge is to take the vision created by those who helped...
    (CNN)The TikTok community's love for a little chef has left director Lucy Moss with what you could say is a tall order. On Friday, Moss will debut "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical," a first-of-its kind collaboration that will test the creative possibilities of the beloved app and platform. "It's very scary," Moss said, during a call from England where she was deep in the editing phase of the project. "It's a lot of eyes and a lot of people who are very invested and very excited but also have a very specific vision of what this kind of event is going to be." Those people are the TikTok community, who saw this project go from a quaint viral effort started by a user's Broadway-esque ode to the 2007 Disney Pixar film to a full-blown event in a matter of weeks. Moss explains that her great challenge is to take the vision...
    (CNN)Minneapolis police were involved in a fatal shooting Wednesday evening, according to Chief Medaria Arradondo, who said officers were conducting a traffic stop involving a felony suspect. "Initial witness statements indicate that the subject involved in this felony stop fired first at Minneapolis police officers who then exchanged gunfire with the suspect," Arradondo said. The subject of the stop was pronounced dead at the scene. "MPD officers were unharmed and an adult female was a passenger in this subject vehicle was unharmed as well," the police chief said.Officials did not offer any details about the suspect in the Wednesday shooting. When asked about the race of those involved, a police spokesman said more information will be released in the coming days, along with the identities of the officers.Read MoreMinneapolis City Council votes to cut millions from the police budgetThe officers had body cameras that were activated, Arrandondo said, adding he...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us The 20th Street Cafe was one of Denver's most underappreciated restaurants before it closed last March in the wake of COVID-related, statewide dining-room shutdowns. Not only did the downtown diner represent the life's work of three generations of the Okuna family — Harry and Tsugi Okuno opened it in 1946 — but it captured a piece of Japanese-American history in both its origins and its menu. But the 20th Street Cafe was more than just a time capsule; it was one of the last downtown eateries where comfort and value superseded trendiness. The New York Times recognized the importance of the 20th Street Cafe in its December 28 "The Restaurants We've Lost," which paid tribute its final owners, Rod...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us While Denny Lake fronted major label acts Atomic Boy and U.S. Crush in the ‘90s, the singer also led Denny and the Way Outs, the new wave band that he started in the early ‘80s as a student at the University of Denver. Lake formed the group after going back to his hometown of Portland during summer break and seeing Billy Rancher, who was at the forefront of the city’s new wave scene. Armed with a broken down Farfisa organ, Lake started penning nonsensical and immature lyrics that were fun and catchy, like “Betty Crocker Is a Punk Rocker,” “She’s So Cool She’s Frozen” and “We’d Be Grateful if You’d Die Grateful Dead.” At the time, Lake was...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Governor Jared Polis just confirmed another first for Colorado: The first case in the country of the virus variant known as B117, with a second, possible case. At a press conference on December 30, Polis credited this discovery to "world-class work" by the state lab, headed by Dr. Emily Travanty, who was on hand to discuss the genetic variation key to identifying the variant. "This is unlikely to be the first person with the variant in the United States," Polis said, noting that the first positive case is a Colorado National Guard member who had not been out of the country and was working in Elbert Colorado, in rural Colorado. "But I'm proud that we detected it here as quickly...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Galleries never sleep for long, and Denver artists are dumping the past for the future now, keeping it fresh with a spray of New Year’s Day First Friday shows. Put on your rosy glasses, a mask and a smile, and help them celebrate in style. EXPAND John Roemer takes over the display window at Lane Meyer Projects. Lane Meyer Projects John RoemerLMP PDA, Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street Through January 10 The work of Denver artist John Roemer, who repurposes ordinary materials to take on new visual properties, is currently on display, one piece at a time, in the window gallery at Lane Meyer Projects, where it can be viewed any time of day or night. As...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us In case you've missed it so far, Falling Rock Tap House has been holding a closeout sale of its famed Vintage Bottle Cellar. The goal of selling these bottles to go, of course, is to use the proceeds to help survive the pandemic and the current COVID-related bar and restaurant restrictions. "If you are familiar with the Falling Rock, you have probably perused our 'Blue Book Off-The-Beer-List Beer List' and know we have one of the most extensive beer cellars in the U.S.," Falling Rock explains. "If we sell these bottles, we will buy ourselves a few months of breathing room and hopefully make it to the other side." Some of the beers, which include sours, barrel-aged specialties, big beers...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Mother Nature was a bitch in Colorado in 2020, with wildfires, drought, extreme temperatures...and oh, yes, a pandemic. But man also did a number on this state this year. Here are ten of the biggest environmental stories:Historic Wildfires Brought on by record temperatures, low humidity and a significant drought in Colorado, the Cameron Peak fire, near Estes Park, became the largest fire ever recorded in the state, topping 200,000 acres in mid-October. It started on August 13 and burned for 112 days before finally being contained on December 2. The state's second-largest fire, the East Troublesome fire, also occurred this year. It started on October 14 and was extinguished on November 30 after burning 193,812 acres. Thousands of people...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Everyone hits an age when the refreshments served at birthday parties change from punch and cookies to booze and more booze. For some of us, that happens in high school. For others, it's college. But then people have children, and the punch and cookies return. Despite being a single shlub with no kids in my future, I still bring Punch and Cookies to the party — Purple Punch and Cookies weed genetics, that is. Outside of the recent Garlic craze and Chemdog resurgence, it's hard to think of two strain families more popular in Denver over the last year than Cookies and Purple Punch. Virtually every child that either cultivar produces becomes a heavyweight contender in potency, couch...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us As you walk through the door of Distortions Monster World at the Denver Pavilions, you're greeted by an oversized zombie head. You can walk inside it, have a photo taken, and then move on through the brightly lit, 19,000-square-foot interactive installation showcasing the various ghoulish creations of Distortions Unlimited, a Greeley company that has been making handcrafted Halloween props, monsters and animatronics since 1978. There are Roswell aliens to dissect and be dissected by, a massive Tyrannosaurus rex, a castle area with a giant Frankenstein, a King Kong-style gorilla hand that can hold you, a guillotine used in Alice Cooper's stage show along with other rock paraphernalia, a Dick Van Dyke gargoyle (the 95-year-old actor uses Distortions to...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Who's going to be sorry to say so long to 2020? From the coronavirus pandemic that's killed thousands of Coloradans — and counting — to the blazes that ravaged so much of the state to the demonstrations that marched through a deserted downtown, this has been a real dumpster fire of a year. One with too much action to confine to a single roundup. So we've dumped the action into a series of stories, which you can read here: "The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Denver Political Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Sports Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Restaurant and Food Stories of 2020" ...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Two restaurants in Uptown operated by Aileen Reilly, chef Paul Reilly and JP Taylor are closing temporarily, joining many other eateries that are taking weeks — or the entire winter — off. "After much consideration, we have made the decision to temporarily close both Beast + Bottle and Coperta," Paul Reilly wrote in an email announcing the move. "The current restrictions are just not sustainable, and for the health of our long-term business, we are hibernating the restaurants until indoor dining, guest confidence and a more plausible stimulus package are in place." Congress passed a new stimulus package before Christmas, and President Donald Trump finally signed it on December 28, so the Paycheck Protection Program that helped restaurants reopen...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Many of the big political stories in the state spilled over into Denver...and vice versa. From the Colorado State Capitol on May 28, lawmakers watched the first demonstration over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis polis just days before. But dissension in this city didn't just focus on racist law enforcement; residents also debated what to do with homelessness, whether the mayor had too much power...and whether a former mayor should be honored with a neighborhood named after him. Politics became very personal this year. Related Stories The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020 Our Ten Most Popular News Stories of 2020 Denver Monitor Report Critical of Police Actions During Racial-Justice Protests ...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Yes, 2020 was a terrible year for live music. After a promising start, the entire industry shut down in mid-March as concerts were canceled and venues went dark; music-industry workers lost their jobs and scrambled to pay rent. But there were some bright spots in the darkness: Industry insiders united, musicians found new ways to create, and much of the scene showed up for the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are the ten biggest music stories of 2020: Related Stories The Ten Biggest Arts and Culture Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020 How Bandmates From Denny & the Way Outs Reunited Over Cancer The Beginning of the EndAs February bled into March, COVID-19 started...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us FCI Englewood, a federal prison in Jefferson County that's the site of one of the worst COVID outbreaks in Colorado, will experience another kind of outbreak on December 31, when activists plan to hold a "New Year's Eve Noise Demo" outside the facility. An outbreak of sound. "You can anticipate abolitionist, anti-prison and leftist chanting," explains Mary Reeves, an organizer affiliated with Denver Communists. "You can participate with noisemakers of any kind. There will probably be confetti. The typical things you would expect at a New Year's Eve party. But this is not a party, because there's nothing really to celebrate in a country like this."Related Stories FCI Englewood Has Become a COVID-19 Hot Spot How Soon-to-Be-Freed Rod...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us As the legal marijuana market continues to expand, our four-legged companions have unwittingly gotten caught up in the cannabis craze. While there are plenty of CBD products for dogs and cats on the market, an unintended — and negative — consequence of the expanding business has been animal ingestion of psychoactive THC products. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (known for its Sarah McLachlan-assisted ugly-cry commercial) reports that its 24-hour Animal Poison Control Hotline saw a 765 percent increase in marijuana-related calls between 2008 and 2018. THC products are usually dosed for much larger humans; when they're accidentally ingested by pets, they can cause problems, sometimes major ones. A study of 125 cannabis-related veterinary...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us In a tweet that landed just in time for Christmas, Colorado’s gun-totin’ 3rd Congressional District Representative-elect Lauren Boebert said that she plans to challenge the electoral college vote for Joe Biden’s inevitable and absolutely legitimate presidency. This confirmation process is usually a rubber stamp by Congress, even if Boebert’s release explaining her position says that similar objections have been raised by members of Congress three times since 2001. The fact that these objections are barely recalled by anyone other than historians with a generous sense of footnote usage indicates that such moves haven't been super-effective. “Several states removed voter safeguards during the 2020 elections that violated provisions in their respective state constitutions and the United States Constitution,” Boebert claimed,...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Lasagna styles vary from chef to chef, but the dish is always warming and comforting and perfect for big meals at home. Do you like a thick and meaty lasagna oozing with cheese and ground beef? Or do you prefer a delicate tomato cream sauce speckled with fresh ricotta and thick, tender noodles? Béchamel makes an appearance in some versions, as does Bolognese sauce, Italian sausage, pesto and other tasty ingredients. These nine restaurants and delivery kitchens are making delicious take-and-bake lasagnas and meal kits to feed your whole family. Alex's DeliDelivery Only 303-901-6443 This small eatery has served the students and staff of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Lakewood for two years, but this...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Dear Stoner: I’ve been noticing more edibles brands popping up in Colorado from other states. Why the sudden influx?Howie Dear Howie: Dispensary storefronts (hello, Cookies), vaping cartridges and hash brands from California, Oregon and beyond have been infiltrating Colorado’s once-insular cannabis space for a while now, and most of them can be traced back to a 2019 change in state law allowing more publicly traded companies and out-of-state investors to own cannabis businesses here. EXPAND The Cookies company brought its edibles to Denver this year. Jacqueline Collins Since then, we’ve seen many successful cannabis brands from other legalized states and even Canada trying to carve out their own chunks in this state. (It’s worth noting that...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us For Zach Tipton, aka Mister Zach, music is a passion he has to tame to face the drudgery of mundane life and work his day job, teaching biology to high-schoolers. But when each day is over, he returns to his songs. Tipton started playing music at eighteen. Now 34, he's released three full-length albums and written music as the artist-in-residence at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. "They chose me," Tipton says. "I was there for a few weeks in the middle of winter. I don’t even think the park people were there. I was climbing on the dunes every day and brought my guitar."Related Stories Firefall Burns Bright on First Proper Album in Nearly a Quarter-Century...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Early on, the COVID-19 pandemic seemed likely to result in the shortest sports season in Colorado history — under three months, from January 1, 2020, to the stretch in March when one event after another was canceled. In the end, though, plenty of athletic contests eventually happened, albeit in fits and starts, and always under a viral cloud, and sports created big news in other ways, too. Here are the ten biggest sports stories in Colorado in 2020: Related Stories The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Restaurant and Food Stories of 2020 Denver Nuggets Reach the NBA Western Conference FinalsThe March 11 game between the...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us The pandemic hit Denver’s arts and culture scene hard, forcing many businesses, performance spaces, museums and galleries to close, at least temporarily, at the end of March. In the months since, artists and curators have rallied to keep culture alive, to comment on social injustice, and to inspire us all to appreciate essential workers and health-care providers. Along the way, the scene has shown its grit and ability to stay relevant through the toughest of times, though some longstanding cultural institutions have been wrangling with their own inner demons. Here are the ten biggest arts and culture stories in Denver in 2020:  Related Stories The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020 Unsung Heroes: Denver Artists...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us What restaurant and food news could possibly overshadow the disaster that was the 2020 coronavirus pandemic? Beyond losing jobs and revenue, restaurants also lost the ability to do what they do best: bring us all together as a community. But there were things other than COVID that made news on the Denver dining scene this year, though the virus had a way of infecting these developments, too. Related Stories Our Most Popular Beer and Brewery Stories of 2020 Our Most Popular Restaurant and Bar Stories of 2020 Project Angel Heart Continues Mission Despite Challenges Here are the ten biggest food and drink stories in Denver in 2020:The First COVID Dining Room LockdownIn early March, the seriousness of...
    The Chef’s Market drive-thru, the newest San Jose restaurant initiative to help feed the needy, isn’t just a win-win. It’s a “win-win-win-win” in the words of one downtown booster. From today, Dec. 30, through Jan. 12, five downtown San Jose restaurants are teaming up to prepare takeout meals as part of a project created by chef Rodney Baca’s new nonprofit venture. For every meal that is ordered, the cooks will make a second meal to be donated to the families served by San Jose SHIP Kits and Hunger at Home. But the benefits extend beyond that. “So, you get a meal, the less fortunate get a meal, restaurants and cooks get some much-needed business and the city of San Jose can benefit from some activity in the heart of downtown. It’s a win-win-win-win situation,” said Eric Glader, the San Jose Downtown Association’s new community engagement director and co-founder of the...
    While the issues that plagued us in 2020 will still be with us in the new year, plenty of local residents were happy to show the old year the door. Community leaders are expressing cautious optimism about what 2021 has in store for Los Gatos as the pandemic wears on. “I’m looking forward to celebrating the resilience and kindness our town showed one another as we dealt with the pandemic and its detrimental effect on our neighbors, local businesses and everyone’s mental health,” says Mayor Marico Sayoc. Catherine Somers, executive director of the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, has seen these detrimental effects on Chamber members. “No one is coming out of 2020 unscathed,” she acknowledges, but adds, “Los Gatos will rebound quickly, I think. I predict we will slowly start to emerge in late spring, but we must get through January and February first … but then recovery will...
    Online events for older adults Bay Area Older Adults has some online presentations ready for the new year. First up is a Jan. 14 Lunch and Learn program, featuring a virtual hike of Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, hosted in partnership with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. This hike runs along rolling hills from Long Ridge to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on partly shady trails with views of the eastern foothills, past a chestnut farm and Christmas tree farm, then around Horseshoe Lake. Along the way, participants will see wildlife, learn about the local chestnut farm and Skyline Ridge Christmas Tree Farm Restoration Project. The program runs noon-1 p.m. and will end with a question-and-answer session. Register at https://www.bayareaolderadults.org/bao-hikes for the information needed to join the conference call. Health concerns will be addressed Jan. 28 during a presentation on “Essential Nutrients and Vitamins: How to Distinguish the Good from the...
    Virtual Chinatown tour Photographer Dick Evans and journalist Kathy Chin Leong will give a virtual presentation Jan. 20 based on their book “San Francisco’s Chinatown.” The presentation, sponsored by the Saratoga Historical Foundation and the Organization of Chinese American Women, will cover Chinatown’s history, culture and traditions. The free presentation runs 2-3:30 p.m. For the Zoom link and password, call the historical foundation at 408-867-4311. Be-You-Tiful’ writing contest The Eating Disorders Resource Center is accepting submissions for its 12th annual Be-You-Tiful, Be Free Writing Contest. Bay Area students in grades 6-12 are invited to send in a poem or essay that addresses self-acceptance, mental health, social media and/or body image. The Campbell-based nonprofit hosts this contest to bring awareness to topics that are often stigmatized. Entries will be accepted through March 5, and winners will be announced in the beginning of April. Middle and high school entries will be...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Broward Health will begin vaccinating the public against COVID-19. The vaccinations will begin Wednesday, December 30th. Those wanting to get vaccinated must pre-register, no walk-ups will be accepted. People wanting vaccinations must meet the following criteria to be eligible: People ages 65 and over. Office staff of Broward Health’s credentialed physicians. EMS. Non-credentialed community healthcare providers who do not have access to the vaccine, as well as their office staff. Those who are eligible to receive a vaccination must call Broward Health’s Nurse Connect line at (954) 759-7500 to be screened and scheduled. In addition, vaccines are available for all Broward Health employees and credentialed medical staff at Broward Health’s hospitals. Credentialed medical staff members should call their regional medical staff office to schedule an appointment. More from CBSMiami.com You May Need A COVID Vaccine Passport To Travel In 2021 Man Struck And...
    The world as we all knew it changed a lot in 2020, especially with respect to how we communicate with one another. Thanks to the debilitating coronavirus pandemic which has impeded our ability to physically convene amongst our closest friends, family members and peers, new and innovative ways were established designed to bring us together and keep us sane while many quarantine and shelter in place. Once upon a time, seen as a cheap way to drum up conversations around showbiz productions way past their heyday, 2020 has seen a resurgence in cast reunions as fans with nothing better to do than to watch re-runs of their favorite films and series have flocked to see their respective players in one virtual meeting space as they reminisce about the good ole days on set and peek into each other’s personal spaces. Reunion shows and virtual table reads have simply become commonplace for...
    Over his 23 years, Marsai Turbin hasn’t often enjoyed the smoothest of life paths. Nor has he had the best of luck. An Oakland resident, Turbin spent much of his childhood in the foster care system. As an adult, he has endured stretches of homelessness and bouts of depression and has had little contact with his biological mother. Recently, Turbin was the victim of a freakish double-whammy. First, he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street — an incident that left him with minor injuries. As Turbin lay on the pavement, the driver rushed over, stuffed $200 in his pants and then sped off. OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 20: Marsai Turbin, 23, poses for a photograph at his apartment in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Turbin receives support from the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)...
    Their evil control can be broken. Here's one more thing to celebrate from November's election, something that got kind of lost in the never-ending saga of Trump's stupid and dangerous challenges. Yes, he lost many many times and that's fantastic. But so is this: Two more major cities gave the finger to big telecom and embraced community broadband. The voters in Chicago and Denver overwhelmingly voted for community broadband in a referendum in Chicago that directs the city to "ensure that all the city's community areas have access to broadband Internet." It's a nonbinding resolution, but it gives the city the authority to consider broadband as a utility, potentially allowing for community-run networks. The voters in Denver—83.5% of them—declared the city should be exempt from a 2005 law passed by Colorado that restricts towns and cities from building their own networks. That ALEC-inspired law had a loophole in the case of Colorado, one...
    American’s confidence to get the COVID-19 vaccine rose to 60% according to a recent poll from Pew Research Center. But at the SearStone Retirement Community Center in Cary, North Carolina, 100% of the residents turned out to get the vaccine early Monday. “This is probably the most important day of 2020 for us,” said Derrick Moore, the executive director of SearStone, according to The News & Observer. Moore said he learned two weeks ago that his facility would receive the Moderna vaccine which does not require the dramatically low temperatures to store like the Pfizer vaccine. He said the residents were enthusiastic about the news. “They’re all taking it,” he said, adding that the 350 residents were excited about getting the shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Moderna vaccine requires two doses given 28 days apart into the muscles of the arm and has been...
    Demonstrators gather at the Riverfront Plaza before a march led by the Black Womens Collective to the Breonna Taylor memorial at Jefferson Square Park on October 3, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jon Cherry/Getty Images A 41-year-old Louisville woman's house burned after a fire on Christmas Day, according to local news reports. Chaunda Lee frequented Breonna Taylor protests and is known for supplying food to the community. Jon Cherry, a photojournalist who was on the ground during protests in Louisville, said Lee "has toted her home-cooked meals around the city, day in and day out, for countless activists, medics, media, and community members," in an Instagram caption on Sunday. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chaunda Lee is well-known as a "pillar" in Louisville, Kentucky, for feeding demonstrators during Breonna Taylor protests. On Christmas day, her house burned down in a fire. Lee and her family members weren't...
    It has been a rocky year for Valve’s FPS Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Not only has there been a transition in competitive tournaments, but several pros have made a switch to Valorant. According to recent reports, yet another CS: GO legend is ending the year with a move to Valorant. The news comes as a shock to the community, which considers Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund to be one of the best players of all time. He hinted towards the next step in his career last week, leaving the fans perplexed. However, just a few hours back, Christopher via a Twitter post announced his move to Valorant. CS: GO community excited to hear about his plans in the future GeT_RiGhT reached his peak with Ninjas in Pyjamas, where the exemplary Swedish lineup dominated the early years of Global Offensive. HLTV ranked Christopher as the second-best player in the world in 2010 and 2011 before...
    Republican pollster Frank Luntz warned Sunday that he thinks both incumbent senators in Georgia could lose to their Democratic challengers because of what President Donald Trump is currently doing. Joe Biden won the election, but the president has not conceded and is instead pushing all kinds of baseless claims to falsely insist that actually he won. Some Republicans have publicly acknowledged Biden’s victory, and the president’s response has been to attack those Republicans. On MediaBuzz, Luntz first spoke with Howard Kurtz about the vaccine skepticism around the country. He brought up Trump’s continued election grumblings to say it’s frustrating the president keeps going on about this instead of “tweeting about saving lives, about taking this vaccine.” The Black community, the Latino community, the young Republican community, we need people to take the vaccine and that’s what the president should be talking about, and frankly that’s what the press should be...
    Living Classroom awarded open space grant Living Classroom, which promotes environmental literacy in Campbell elementary schools, is among 10 organizations recently awarded a Measure Q grant by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Living Classroom received $40,000 for its Oak Savanna Citizen Science Project. In total, the authority awarded over $875,000 as part of the 2020 cycle of its Urban Grant Program. Funding a variety of projects, including environmental education on the topics of food and agriculture, as well as environmental stewardship, the program focuses on providing access to nature within the urban areas of the Authority’s jurisdiction. The projects funded work toward the Authority’s larger goal to help urban communities overcome barriers of accessing nature. The Urban Grant Program, launched in 2016, is one of two grant programs the Authority offers. The program is funded by Measure Q, which was renewed by the passage of Measure T...
    Teen is energy game-changer A Sunnyvale teen was among six recipients of the California Energy Commission’s inaugural Clean Energy Hall of Fame awards Dec. 7. The awards recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions in their local communities by helping California advance its clean energy goals. Kaushik Tota received the Youth Game-Changer Award. A senior at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Tota founded the Sunnyvale  Climate Youth Ambassador Program, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about climate change and equipping individuals with the knowledge to lead sustainable lifestyles. The program has reached more than 3,000 individuals and has grown to include over 30 Climate Youth Ambassadors nationwide. The awards ceremony is posted on Youtube under “2020 Clean Energy Hall of Fame awards.” EnActe unlocks one-acts EnActe Arts is presenting eight one-act plays, in Hindi and English, on the effects of the lockdown on the playwrights. In “One on One Unlocked,”...
    Community leaders denounced the rise in outer-borough violence Saturday at a rally outside a Bronx bodega where a teen was fatally shot earlier in the week. Speaking outside King Deli and Grocery on Boston Road in Morrisania, Brooklyn Borough President and mayoral hopeful Eric Adams blamed the rash of shootings on the lack of resources in underserved neighborhoods. “Shooting, after shooting, after shooting” Adams told a crowd of activists. “Trust me when I tell you, if the victims were not black and brown, you’ll see a different response in this city. “Map the shootings, the stabbings and the killings, and then map where the lack of resources are,” Adams continued. “I’m not here for political reasons. I’m here for personal reasons. My son is 24. Every time I hear a young man is shot I’ve got to look through the article and say, ‘Tell me it’s...
    Some Virginians impacted by the coronavirus are getting special deliveries this holiday season. Cakes By Happy Eatery in Manassas has been preparing and donating food to local families in need every Thursday since March. “We have all of the basic ingredients here at the bakery and we have the staffing for it,” said Victoria Wu, owner of the bakery. But for the holidays, she wanted to do something special. “We decided to join forces with some of my neighbors,” Wu said. She partnered with Action in Community Service, also known as ACTS of Prince William County, and five other restaurants in her Liberia Avenue shopping plaza for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve deliveries. The restaurants she partnered with are Famous Kabob Restaurant, Sam’s Southern Eatery, Uncle Rico’s Cantina, Bella Vita Italian Restaurant and Pinoy Market and Café. “I know that when ACTS came through to pick up the donations,...
    Edition 15: Stories rescued from 4PM EST Friday Dec. 18 to 4PM EST Friday Dec, 25, 2020 This year as I look over the headlines during my daily tour of online newspapers, my attention snags on topics I ignored before coronavirus shrunk our social lives. My pandemic reading routine now embraces personal columns relating people’s experiences. I’ve peered into the lives of strangers facing very different situations from my own, for example The New York Times weekly real estate column “Hunt” featuring residents looking for a new home. “Hunt” describes the home-seeker, what they want, and three possible home choices. This week a recently married young couple search in Manhattan for a thrifty $800,000 fixer-upper one bedroom apartment that only requires another $200,000 of remodeling and has a monthly maintenance fee nearly twice the cost of my rent. I don’t relate to their situation, but am comforted reading about it.  Personal anecdote columns are popular, The Washington Post has three advice columns daily plus “Date Lab,” a Saturday blind date story, now with Zoom...
    (CNN)Christmas might be over, but Kwanzaa is just getting started.Today marks the start of Kwanzaa, also spelled Kwanza (with one 'a' at the end). It's a seven-day non-religious holiday observed in the US, meant to honor African Americans' ancestral roots. The celebration lasts until January 1. The name comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," which means "first fruits."Created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a black nationalist and professor of Pan-African studies at California State University at Long Beach, Kwanzaa became popular in the 1980s and 1990s in tandem with the black power movement -- making up the trio of winter holidays along with Hanukkah and Christmas.The holiday is defined by Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles. Each day of the festival is dedicated to a specific principle, marked by lighting a new candle on the kinara, a seven-branched candelabra.Read MoreEven though Kwanzaa isn't as widely celebrated as it...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Scrutinized by family, Vicki, otherwise known in the drag scene as Victoria Pope, is used to spending the holiday without any subjects. “Giving people gifts and not giving me a gift or saying Merry Christmas to me,” said Pope. Like many in the LGBTQ+ community, Brewer’s Hotel and Bar along Liberty Avenue in Lawrenceville has become this Queen’s second home. And for the first time in a long time, Pope received a Christmas gift this year. “I got a little teary eyed because it means something to me to open it because it’s a gift. Whatever it is, I don’t care what it is, it’s a gift,” said Pope. “It just makes me feel so happy inside. So happy inside.” Carol Held, the owner of Brewer’s Hotel, has been hosting this holiday giveaway for years, offering warm meals and presents to those whose families turned them away....
    Chick-fil-A offered the boy a commercial. Chick-fil-A Eleven-year-old Brycen Gault used his birthday money to buy Chick-fil-A meals for the homeless. Instead of gifts, Gault received $150 and wanted to donate it all. He and his mother, Lakeya Collins, bought 20 meals from the chicken fast-food chain and fed members of their local homeless community.  After hearing about the gesture, Chick-fil-A reached out to Gault and will be releasing a commercial starring the boy in January, WJBF reported.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. While many 11-year-olds ask for birthday presents, one boy decided to donate his gift of $150. Rather than donating the money outright, he used it to buy Chick-fil-A for his local homeless community.  "During the pandemic, a lot of people lost their jobs so they don't have a lot of food and toys for their kid," Brycen Gault told WJBF.  Gault's mother, Lakeya Collins,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —This Christmas Eve, Santa is granting one big wish list item for families: the gift of food. CBS 2’s Steven Graves talked to one group in Chicago helping out Thursday, as the pandemic forces food banks to deal with an unprecedented demand. On Thursday morning, trucks were loaded and bags of produce filled to the top. A holiday delivery in a pandemic. On a Christmas list, people are asking for food. “They’re asking for food, brother.” Christopher LeMark, founder of organization Coffee, Hip Hop and Mental Health had volunteers deliver toys and food to more than 200 families in Chicago this Christmas Eve. Grandma of three Suzana Martinez from one of them. She, like others submitted wish lists weeks ago in preparation for the holiday. “These wishes are terrible because they’re some of the most simple and basic needs,” Martinez said. “I am feeling a lot of the...
    ENGLEWOOD — Englewood neighbors can get a first look at a new house this weekend, the product of a community initiative seeking to help more residents become homeowners. The virtual community reveal is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 27. The event runs from 10:30 a.m – noon. The red brick two-flat at 6219 S. Bishop Ave. is a two-year–long “buy the block” renovation project spearheaded by the Englewood Development Group, a collective formed by R.A.G.E. Founder Asiaha Butler and E.G. Woode’s Deon Lucas. Potential buyers would have to live in the home, which will go on the market for $199,000. In addition to getting a first look at the house, attendees at the virtual event can learn the ins and outs of the home buying process and can ask questions about capital and lending. Butler is cohosting the virtual unveiling with EXIT Strategy Realtor Cassandra Sneed. There’s still time...
    NEW YORK -- As we navigate the challenges of living through this difficult time, people are finding new ways to connect, share, enjoy life, encourage and support each other. Here at abc7NY.com, we are sharing community events from around our area to participate in - virtually, until we can gather again!KIDS AND FAMILIES Kwanzaa Celebration 2020: The Global EditionWhen: Saturday December 26 through Friday January 1Where: https://kwanzaa2020.comWhat: This Kwanzaa celebration will be broadcasted live via YouTube featuring performances by local, national and international dance artists who are all brought together to celebrate Kwanzaa through dance and culture.Martin Luther King Day CelebrationWhen: Monday January 18, 2021Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T9cc9mJnRh2OrscP365ivgWhat: Join the Central Jersey Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs panelist discussion. Moderated by Dr. Walter D. Greason this discussion will be dedicated to the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. King.Paterson Virtual ExhibitWhere: https://seekingrefugephotos.com/What: Photojournalist Thomas E....
    San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Tuesday that California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom taps Shirley Weber to serve as California secretary of state Newsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat California governor reentering quarantine MORE's (D) choice of Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) to fill Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNewsom taps Shirley Weber to serve as California secretary of state Harris: 'It is my hope and prayer ... to work across party lines' Newsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat MORE's (D) vacant Senate seat is "a real blow to the African-American community." When asked about her thoughts on Newsom's pick by an ABC affiliate, Breed said the decision was a surprise.   "This is a real blow to the African American community, to African American women, to women in general," she said, according to ABC 7 News. "It's really challenging to put it into words, but it was definitely a surprise." Breed said that the...
    The ongoing pandemic forced many athletes to stay indoors and look for other modes of entertainment while keeping themselves fit. Popular Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. is just another name on the list of players who found solace in video games. The PSG winger has made headlines in the past, shocking the community with his unique set of gaming skills. He has made headlines yet again. So much so, that Esports consultant Rod Breslau dubbed him as an upcoming Esports superstar. Neymar pulled off an incredible 1vs3 clutch in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the most amazing way that had the entire lobby up and running on its feet. During a 5v5 star-studded match, Neymar’s squad went against famous French streamer Corentin “Gotaga” Houssein. Both teams had heavyweights from Counter-Strike’s competitive scene. Neymar’s team comprised members from Team FURIA, while Team Gotaga comprised members from French Team, Vitality. Neymar Jr., to...
    San Francisco Mayor Lundin Breed said that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pick to fill the Senate vacancy of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is "a real blow to the African-American community." Newsom tapped Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday, the first Latino to hold a Senate seat from the state.  "Definitely, this is a real blow to the African-American community," Breed said of the choice during a press conference to offer Covid-19 updates.  "It's an unfortunate situation as we are trying to move this country forward and making sure that Black lives truly matter and that African-Americans have a seat at the table, especially African-American women, after what was done in this race on a national level, definitely is unfortunate." Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, was the only Black woman in the Senate.  NEWSOM PICKS CALIF SEC OF STATE ALEX PADILLA TO FILL HARRIS' SENATE SEAT  "The...
    (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images) As I walked to the top floor of the Perelman Center to receive the novel COVID-19 vaccine, I was filled with an emotion I had not felt in some time: hope. Yet there was something else on my mind at that moment as a physician of African descent: Tuskegee. I told my colleague that while our country could never undo the harm it caused to the many families directly and indirectly affected by the inhumane acts of the Tuskegee syphilis experimentation, my hope was that this iteration of scientific discovery would be restorative. Read More: People 75 and older, essential workers next in line for vaccine: CDC Black Americans have expressed skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccine that needs to be confronted head-on.  Make no mistake, this reluctance is well deserved. The medical profession has a long history of mistreatment of Blacks at the hands of those...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – During this election season, voter enthusiasm was at an all-time high, not just in our area, but around the country. Because of the pandemic, more people mailed in their ballots, while others waited in lines for hours, despite the weather. Now all the votes have been counted and in most races the winners have been identified. Now what to really make the changes you want in your communities? Voting was just the first step in the process. Dr. Sarah Sayeed spoke with CBSN New York’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas to walk us through how you can stay involved and hold your public officials accountable. She’s a chair and executive director of the New York City Civic Engagement Commission. Dr. Sayeed: Thank you so much for having me on today. It’s a really exciting moment to be having this conversation. Cline-Thomas: What does the commission do? I know it was...
    This content is sponsored by United Way of the National Capital Area. For the last five decades, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) has helped to bring awareness and build capacity for partner nonprofits through the generosity of federal workers and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). In the last two years alone, over $15 million dollars was raised to support partner nonprofits in the National Capital Area—nonprofits that make critical resources available in moments of unprecedented crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic. United Way NCA has a long-standing role in the community as a convener, collaborator, and catalyst. The funds raised during the CFC are critical and enable your United Way and its partners to invest deeper into the health, education and economic opportunities of every person in our community as we recover from the pandemic in the years ahead. After a hard year like 2020, the need to lend your neighbors a helping hand is...
    (CNN)This week, I received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. As a frontline health care worker, I was one of the fortunate few in the first wave of eligibility.I was so excited -- it was as if Christmas had come early. Right before I got the shot, I had a very sick patient come in to the emergency department severely dehydrated and with confusion caused by the virus. The day before, I put another patient with Covid-19 on a ventilator as she gasped for breath. When the pandemic started, I faced it with nervous trepidation. Now, I view it with unfortunate familiarity.I lost count of how many patients I have seen with the disease. But one thing I recall is that most of them have been Black.There has been a lot of discussion within my own African American community about the vaccine. Relatives, colleagues and friends have all weighed in with different...
    A doctor in Los Angeles, Calif., who says he was the first to receive the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine at the medical center where he works hopes to help others who may be wary of receiving the jab to feel confident doing so.  "I was very fortunate to be the first person to receive the vaccine at Northridge Hospital Medical Center," Dr. Imran Sharief, a pulmonary disease specialist, told Fox News.  Dr. Imran Sharief as he received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Imran Sharief) The jab was "no different than any other vaccine I have received," he added, noting that after he received the shot at 6 a.m. Dec. 17, he went about his day "doing [his] usual work in the intensive care unit, taking care of COVID-19-impacted patients."  By that evening, Sharief said he had a low-grade fever and some chills – said to be common side effects of...
    PHOENIX, ARIZ.-- – Firefighters across the country are preparing for their busiest season of the year – with the coronavirus pandemic making their jobs even tougher. On Thanksgiving this year, the National Fire Protection Association said fire departments nationwide responded to 1,630 home cooking fires – about 3.5 times higher than an average day. With an increase in cooking and the possibility of fires from Christmas tree and lights, they are bracing for a busy end of the year. On average, U.S. fire departments respond to 160 home fires sparked by Christmas trees each year, according to data from 2014-2018. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE December is typically the busiest month for fire departments nationwide. Between 2014-2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year (National Fire Protection Association). Gary Ludwig, fire chief of the Champaign Fire Department...
    Georgina DiNardo’s first virtual class is at 9:45. It’s Introduction To Communications — she’s a TA, so she’s responsible for sharing her computer screen with the class to display articles and other visual aids. At 11, she has a short break — she walks around the room to stretch her legs. By 11:20, she’s back on Zoom for a macroeconomics class (as a student, this time). For the rest of the afternoon, she edits and writes for The Eagle, American University’s newspaper, communicating with her colleagues in a pile of Slack channels. Then, homework. DiNardo, a sophomore at American, and her roommate have to negotiate space (they both have Zoom classes every day). One takes their shared bedroom, and one takes the dining room table. DiNardo prefers the former — it’s easier to focus in a small private space — but, “We kind of rotate on how we’re feeling.”...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After they stopped using the Indian as its mascot and team name, Shady Side Academy announced Monday they’re now the Bulldogs. “Kind yet courageous, friendly yet dignified, strong and smart, the Bulldog embodies loyalty, courage and tenacity. These inherent traits also describe our Shady Side Academy community,” said Board of Trustees Chair Jon Kamin in an email. After narrowing down more than 600 mascot suggestions from the community to 22 semifinalists to 5 finalists, Shady Side Academy officially has a new mascot and team name. The new Shady Side Academy mascot is…THE BULLDOGS!! pic.twitter.com/SkdwLRnUX0 — Shady Side Academy (@shady_side) December 21, 2020 “The Bulldog is a mascot that everyone in our community – from pre-kindergarteners to alumni – will unite behind and cheer about for generations to come. Whether at an athletic contest, a robotics tournament or a class reunion, we look...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The manhunt continues today for Koby Francis, who Allegheny County Police say is a “danger to the community” after shooting a McKeesport police officer on Sunday. According to court paperwork, Francis, 22, is accused of shooting Officer Geriasimos Athens, who is 32-years-old and is a four-year veteran of the McKeesport Police Department. “We strongly encourage him [Francis] to turn himself in so he can face justice,” said Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough at a Monday morning news conference. (Courtesy: Allegheny County Police) A warrant is out of Francis’ arrest on charges of criminal attempt homicide, escape, flight to avoid apprehension, aggravated assault and firearms violations. The situation started just before 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon with Francis being served a “Protection from Abuse” order at the McKeesport Police station. According to the criminal complaint, it was just a short time later when...
    A paraglider dressed in a Santa suit on his way to deliver gifts crashed into power lines in Sacramento County and had to be rescued by firefighters.  The unidentified 'Mr Claus' was off to deliver Christmas candy canes to children in the Rio Linda community on Sunday, wearing a red and white suit as well as a safety helmet, when his red, metal 'sleigh' got tangled.  The 'hyper light' air craft was suspended around 40-feet in the air for an hour while he waited to be rescuedin Rio Linda. Firefighters and highway patrol teams - who said it looked as though 'Rudolph lane-changed' Santa - received multiple calls from concerned onlookers.     Using specialist equipment, including 40ft, extendable ladders, rescue teams managed to free him.  Around 200 homes in the area briefly lost power when electricity was turned off to enable them to reach him safely.  Captain Chris Vestal with Sacramento Metropolitan...
    HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Sunday was a day of giving for a group in Rockland County. Hot meals were served up and delivered to people in need, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported. Barbecue is comfort food, and never more so than when it is being craved up into 5,000 donated plates. “Being able to do this a week before Christmas, it’s phenomenal. These volunteers were out here with 10-degree weather, up all night cooking,” said Dana Hood of Operation BBQ Relief. MORE: Tri-State Hunger: Cars Line Up Before Dawn For Food From Meadowlands YMCA A parking lot in Montvale, New Jersey was basecamp for volunteer chefs with Operation BBQ Relief. Meals were handed out drive-through style, while other plates went to community centers and food banks in Rockland County. “We have pulled pork, green beans and bread,” one volunteer said. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: Snow Storm Leads To Heated Parking...
    Are you staying at Singapore and is in search of luxury and elegant living. Then just end your search at sengkang grand residences. The buildings and flats are extremely well designed with a proper and accurate planning, for which the building sengkang grand residences floor plan is approved by the authorities and makes it the best among all. The building is designed by CapitaLand and joint venture partner CDL who has transformed the 3.7 hectare site located in the heart of the sengkang central into a perfect landmark development. It comprises of 9 residential towers of 680 apartments above the 3 storey mall which is provided with integrated with best of commercial schools, supermarket, hawker center, community club, child care centre and even big retail shops.  Best of all:- This grand residence is one of the best integrated community hubs with seamless and sheltered connectivity to the main buangkok MRT...
    Lakewood library project moves forward The City of Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale School District (SSD), and Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) have approved the design for a new branch library and learning center in the Lakewood neighborhood. The 20,000-square-foot facility will be located on approximately 2.15 acres on the site of the closed pool of the Lakewood Elementary School property. The three agencies partnered on the plans and cost sharing for the new facility. The city is leasing the site from the elementary district for 50 years, with an option of an additional 25 years for total cost of $1 over the term of the lease. Both school districts will contribute $3 million toward construction, while the city is responsible for the design, bidding and construction management. Intended to be a hub for learners of all ages, the library will feature children, teen and adult library sections; after-hours space to...
    Online survey on online resources It’s survey season in San Jose, and city officials are calling on residents to give feedback on the city’s online resources. The brief survey, which can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/D3G2FWQ, asks residents which platforms—from the city’s mobile app to its social media—they tend to turn to for updates. It also asks residents for feedback on how these resources could be improved in 2021. Holiday volunteers needed San Jose residents have more opportunities than ever to give back during this strange holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented need, and the city’s numerous nonprofits have stepped in to fill the gap for San Jose’s vulnerable residents—but that means they need more volunteers to help reach everyone. Residents who want to donate their time can submit a volunteer application through the Silicon Valley Strong website at https://siliconvalleystrong.org/volunteer. Library ed programs San Jose parents looking...
    Audubon Society awarded open space grant The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society is among 10 organizations recently awarded a Measure Q grant by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. The society, headquartered in McClellan Ranch Park in Cupertino, received $79,608 for its Oak Savanna Citizen Science Project. In total, the authority awarded over $875,000 as part of the 2020 cycle of its Urban Grant Program. Funding a variety of projects, including environmental education on the topics of food and agriculture, as well as environmental stewardship, the program focuses on providing access to nature within the urban areas of the Authority’s jurisdiction. The projects funded work toward the Authority’s larger goal to help urban communities overcome barriers of accessing nature. The Urban Grant Program, launched in 2016, is one of two grant programs the Authority offers. The program is funded by Measure Q, which was renewed by the passage...
    (CNN)The Green Bay Packers may not be hosting fans this year, but 250 front line workers will be able to watch them take on the Carolina Panthers. The NFL organization announced on Thursday that they invited the additional fans, including health care professionals and first responders, to Saturday night's game. The individuals are selected employees of Bellin Health and other game day public safety partners. NFL plans to honor health care workers by inviting some whove been vaccinated to Super Bowl LV"We are looking forward to welcoming this group of frontline workers and their families to the game on Saturday night. We are so thankful and appreciative of all they have done for our community during this challenging time," Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. The group will sit in social distanced pods and follow all of Lambeau Field's Covid-19 safety protocols, along with the other...
    Haiti – Social: Human development ranks last in Haiti, the Caribbean and Latin America19/12/2020 10:38:09 The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has released its 2019 World Human Development Report, which puts Haiti 170th out of 189 countries behind Afghanistan. Human Development (HDI) on 0.510 land shared with Haiti and Sudan. Keep in mind that the closer the value is to 1, the higher the growth rate of the country. In 2019, Haiti’s HDI is lower than the average in the Human Development Group (0.513) and lower than the rankings of Latin American and Caribbean (0.766). Haiti was the last country to die with an average of 0.766 HDI in the Caribbean and Latin American countries, and lags behind in the group of least human developing countries with an average of 0.513 HDI. Haiti is in one place, Haiti was 169th out of...
    Student toy drive aids Christmas Child Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas recently packed 80 gift boxes to benefit children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. Students held a donation drive to collect toys, educational supplies, clothing and more, which they packed into boxes to be shipped internationally to children in need. Through this initiative, students learned about the importance of giving back and helping others, especially during the holiday season. Urban Grants from Open Space Bay Area Older Adults and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy are among 10 organizations recently awarded a Measure Q grant by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. The former was awarded $95,561 for its Trailblazer Program, enabling vulnerable older adults to access open space; the latter was awarded $130,000 for its Outdoor Field Trips for Title 1 schools and special needs groups. In total, the authority awarded over $875,000 as part of the...
    Plant-based Bingo Plant-Based Advocates, a Los Gatos-based group that promotes plant-based diets, has devised the Earth-Friendly Bingo Challenge—25 activities that residents can do to reduce their environmental impact, improve their health and generally reduce their carbon footprint. These activities range from using reusable shopping bags to composting food. “Our habits can have a huge impact on our health and on our environment,” group member Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan said in a statement. “Small changes, such as eating more plant-based (foods), reducing plastic and limiting water use, can add up to big results.” Residents of Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga and Monte Sereno can play the game via the group’s webstite. Those who complete at least five activities can submit their bingo card for a chance to win prizes including gift certificates to local businesses. The group is also conducting a survey of local residents to gauge interest in eating more plant-based foods....
    Hakone needs help In the ninth month of pandemic restrictions, Hakone Estate and Gardens is feeling the effects of being unable to host private gatherings, which make up 60% of its operating revenue. Two areas that have been affected are garden maintenance and the health of the fish in Hakone’s koi pond. To that end, the Waltonsmith family has pledged $10,000 to match donations through Dec. 31. To donate to the Hakone Foundation, visit http://hakone.com/donate-to-hakone.html. Plant-based Bingo Plant-Based Advocates, a Los Gatos-based group that promotes plant-based diets, has devised the Earth-Friendly Bingo Challenge—25 activities that residents can do to reduce their environmental impact, improve their health and generally reduce their carbon footprint. These activities range from using reusable shopping bags to composting food. Residents of Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga and Monte Sereno can play the game via the group’s webstite. Those who complete at least five activities can submit...
              Black ministry leaders hosted a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol to warn voters about Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The coalition stated that they represented a political spectrum of Black Christians’ concerns regarding the two Democratic candidates’ political stances and their implications ahead of the runoff election. Gerard Henry, former host of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Lift Every Voice, opened up the press conference. “What I’ve seen concerning Jon Ossoff, who is very quiet on many issues, is that’s not someone I could personally endorse or support,” explained Henry. “And concerning Raphael Warnock, and the stances that he’s been adamant about, [he’s] clearly anti-Biblical [and he] goes against my values. And so I want to appeal particularly to Black Georgians, as well as Georgians at large who share Christian values, is to vote your values. Don’t be moved...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — South Philadelphia is getting a food cooperative, and it was the community who organized to make it a reality. It’s been 10 years in the making. Neighbors have invested time and money and now the community-owned grocery store, which is mostly run by volunteers, is set to open. Stocking shelves and prepping for the big reveal. “We can’t wait,” Eli Sachs said. It’s been a long wait for the South Philly Food Co-Op. “Yes, 10 years! Isn’t that something?” South Philly Food Co-Op General Manager Lori Burge said. The idea was launched back in 2010. After years of community organizing and investing, there are currently 1,400 neighbors who co-own the store, including Sachs and his family, who’ve been in the neighborhood for about three years. “Co-ops are great because they support local food scene, they local producers. We have a big say into where our money goes....
    (Photo: Capital One) Black entrepreneurs not only attain higher levels of wealth but also have higher levels of upward wealth mobility — the upward or downward movement of Americans from one wealth level to another — compared to those employed by another individual or entity. Big Picture: Just 1% of venture capital funding goes to Black entrepreneurs. The Black Economic Alliance — an organization focused on advancing economic progress in Black communities through improving economic outcomes in work, wages and wealth — is committed to closing this gap by fostering connections between Black entrepreneurs and the investment community. David Clunie, the executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, says that businesses are uniquely positioned to be a key driver in closing this gap by helping elevate opportunities for entrepreneurship. “Organizations like Capital One have a wealth of resources and can bring new opportunities to people from diverse backgrounds,” Clunie says. “This in turn can create stronger...
    Me, ZenTrainer, and Neeta Lind at an Asheville, North Carolina, Daily Kos meetup. Neeta Lind, aka Navajo, is retiring at the the end of the year.  She is our beloved Director of Community. I don’t know when she actually started working here and I can’t bother to look it up because to me, Neeta has been tirelessly organizing this community from the very beginning. There is no Daily Kos without her. And I don’t know how you bid farewell to a friend, coworker, and resident diva.  Of course, it’s easier to say “goodbye” when it’s not a real goodbye. To tamp down any rising panic, Neeta won’t be leaving the community. In fact, she’ll continue maintaining the Indian Country Today account, and plans to be more present in general, thanks to being free of her administrative duties. So all in all, this might be a good thing for most of you! But it is a loss for those of...
    WOODLAWN — After a shooting severely injured a local bike mechanic and father, people from all over the world are raising money for his long road to recovery.  Jermell “Mello” Akins, 25, was shot Nov. 30 around 7:00 p.m. while walking from his car to his mother’s house in Woodlawn. He’d just run into a friend on the sidewalk when he was shot three times in the neck, stomach and left knee, police said.  Officers arrived to the 1000 block of East 62nd Street and found Akins lying on the front lawn and applied pressure to his neck until paramedics arrived, police said. He was then taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center but suffered a stroke and was placed into a medically induced coma because of all the blood he lost.  Kevin Applewhite, Akins’ brother, said the gunshot wound to the neck hit his artery and stopped his...
    (CNN)Institutional racism in the United States contributes to the disproportional impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Black community, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Tuesday. JUST WATCHEDOn GPS: Why Covid-19 hit black Americans so hardReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHOn GPS: Why Covid-19 hit black Americans so hard 07:10When asked about the racial disparities emerging amid the pandemic during the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the "Oversight of the Trump Administration's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic," Fauci responded that the Black community has been facing a "double whammy."Fauci noted that some Black adults may not be able to social distance if they are essential workers, and there is a disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions within the Black community, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, chronic lung disease and kidney disease."So unfortunately we have a situation where it's sort of a double...
    (CNN)Dr. Valerie Montgomery wants Americans to move away from vaccine hesitancy to acceptance -- and she wants other Black people to do the same.The dean at the Morehouse School of Medicine took her first Covid-19 vaccine shot Friday morning on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. They'll take the second shot in about three weeks.Montgomery said she would not recommend something that she didn't trust, and while she understands some Americans' concern about the nation's history of racism in medical research, she wants to assure people that the reality is different now."There are Black scientists in the room where decisions are being made. There are Black scientists who are in the development of the vaccine," Montgomery told Gupta.There are also Black scientists who are on the FDA advisory panel and the CDC advisory board. And she added that there are people like her looking at...
    Sing it from the rooftops: a Long Island teenager has been crowned as the new champion of NBC’s “The Voice” competition. Carter Rubin, a 15-year-old Shoreham resident, became the competition’s younger-ever winner this week after wowing the celebrity judges and audience while starring on the show over the past month. Earlier story - Video: Long Island Boy Wows Judges On 'The Voice' "Oh my God, we won!" pop star Gwen Stefani, who coached Rubin throughout the competition, posted on social media with the champion by her side. "This is so crazy. We're trying to understand that this is happening right now.” Rubin beat out four others in the competition, including John Holiday (from John Legend's team), Desz (from Kelly Clarkson's team) and Jim Ranger, and Ian Flanigan (who were part of Blake Shelton's team). 
“Carter, like everyone knows, I've been wanting to work with a young artist. You are...
    Melrose Figueroa BI Orlando-based chef Terrance Fisher learned the value of community-building from a young age, and learned on his own as he pursued his cooking career a decade ago. Now, Fisher is using his kitchen skills to give back to his Orlando community and beyond. He cooked Thanksgiving dinner for five local families as part of a collaboration with charity Everyone Eats. As an ambassador at cooking collective Chef Kulture, Fisher also helps support other communities. This article is part of a series titled The Doers. Three hours before Chef Terrance Fisher was set to serve 300 people at a Johnson University event in Kissimmee, Florida, none of the industrial kitchen's brand new ovens would heat up.  With university trustees and the president en route to the fancy affair, Fisher knew ordering pizza wasn't an option. Instead, he turned to his boss and told...
    This is America: Stop gaslighting me with the Asian model minority myth Roku, HBO Max finally strike deal (yes, youll be able to stream Wonder Woman 1984) NBA Foundation to donate $2 million to organizations helping the Black community The NBA Foundation plans to donate $2 million in grant money to seven different organizations aimed to increase educational and economic opportunities in the Black community. Dates to circle in the NBAs first half schedule USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Early NFL headlines: Chiefs win AFC west division USA TODAY SPORTS LSU upset leads to Florida tumble in Amway Coaches Poll USA TODAY SPORTS Unifying moment: ESPNs Sage Steele explains why Army-Navy is greatest rivalry in sports USA TODAY SPORTS He works his you know what off: ESPNs Sage Steele defends Stephen...
    Saariselka, Finland. Reuters Skiing is a relatively low-risk pandemic activity, as it's outdoors, already involves face coverings, and skis can be a natural social-distancing tool.  Consider what you most love about the trip and whether there are alternatives. Keep a close eye on transmission rates in the origin and destination communities, and keep in mind how you might impact the ski town you're visiting.  Planning any trip right now requires flexible mindsets and reservations, as well as good communication among travelers about what makes them feel safe.  Have a coronavirus quandary for Anna? Submit it anonymously here.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Dear Anna, My college friends meet up for a ski trip every February. There are six of us, spread across three cities, and differing opinions around how safe the trip will be, how fun it could be if we do it safely (no apres-ski...